MTV to Premiere New Season of REAL WORLD SEATTLE: BAD BLOOD, 10/12
by TV News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

After 31 seasons, 'Real World' is revisiting the Emerald City with a fresh new twist that's sure to up the ante for the latest crop of roommates when REAL WORLD SEATTLE: BAD BLOOD premieres with back-to-back episodes on October 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. (more...)

Filming Underway for New Comedy LIFE OF THE PARTY, Starring Melissa McCarthy
by Movies News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Principal photography is underway on New Line Cinema's comedy LIFE OF THE PARTY, starring award-winning actor Melissa McCarthy under the direction of Ben Falcone. McCarthy and Falcone co-wrote the screenplay and will produce through their production company On the Day Productions. (more...)

Harlem Rep to Stage Jazzy THE WIZARD OF OZ for Young Audiences
by BroadwayWorld JR - Sep 27, 2016

Harlem Repertory Theatre will stage 'The Wizard of Oz,' co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, for young (and young-at-heart) audiences October 8 to December 13 at Tato Laviera Theatre at Harlem Prep Elementary School, 240 East 123rd Street (at 3rd Ave.), Manhattan. (more...)

Taylor Louderman, Alex Wyse and More Join Original Chicago Stars in RIDE THE CYCLONE at MCC Theater; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

MCC Theater today announced casting and full creative team for its thrilling New York City premiere of the new musical Ride the Cyclone, which marks just the third musical in MCC's now-iconic 30-year history of producing new works for the American theater. (more...)

NBC Thrilling Dramas TIMELESS, EMERALD CITY & More Heading to New York Comic Con
by TV News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

NBC and Universal Television will be heading to the Javits Center for New York Comic Con with three thrilling dramas: “Timeless,” which premieres Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m.; “Emerald City,” which launches with a special two-hour event at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6; and “Midnight, Texas,” which will begin later in midseason. (more...)

Broadway's Rachel Schur, David Rowen, and Melanie Brook Cover James Bay's 'Let It Go'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

New music YouTube channel, davidrowen/creative, has released its first music video, covering the radio hit, 'Let It Go,' by James Bay. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016


BWW Review: Shimmering Dancers in New York City Ballet's JEWELS
by Marsha Volgyi - Oct 7, 2016

Jewels, choreographed by George Balanchine, performed on Friday September 30, 2016 at The Koch Theater was a wonderful beginning to the weekend. This ballet is a truly priceless gem in the repertoire of the New York City Ballet. The three-act storyless ballet is quite distinctive with its style and music. (more...)

THRONES THE MUSICAL PARODY Announces Halloween Performance and Costume Contest
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" and Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) announce a one-night-only Halloween performance and costume contest onMonday, October 31. Audience members are encouraged to don their best Halloween attire and participate in a costume contest judged by cosplay group leaders from Geeks A Gogo, AllGeeks HQ and The Age of Geeks as well as the cast of "Thrones!." In search of the best costume this side of the Seven Kingdoms, attendees have a chance of winning more than $200 in prizes from local vendors such as Chicago Costume, Taboo Tabou, G Boutique and more. The Halloween performance of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" takes place on Monday, October 31 at 7:30pm. Tickets ($20) for the Halloween performance can be purchased at the Apollo Theater Box Office by calling 773.935.6100 or using the promo code COSPLY. (more...)

Emerald City Theatre to Present Junie B. Jones in... JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Joining its 2016 fall repertoire, Emerald City Theatre (ECT) will open its remount of the highly praised holiday comedy, Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, directed by ECT Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone with movement direction by Aileen McGroddy. (more...)

Yorktown Stage Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2016

Dorothy Gale is swept away to the magical land of Oz in a tornado.  She embarks on a quest to the Emerald City to see the Wizard in who can help her return home.  On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They travel together to the Wizard of Oz  with hopes he will help them.  On the way, they encounter the Wicked Witch of the East who tries to put a halt to the friends' journey. (more...)

Polarity Ensemble Theatre's LEAVINGS Opens This Sunday; Go Behind the Scenes!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Gail Parrish's LEAVINGS, a story of racial reconciliation that brings an important voice to the public dialogue on Black Lives Matter. Directed by Ashley Honore Roberson, it plays October 21 - November 20, 2016 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, where Polarity is a resident company. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Two-Show Day in WICKED's Emerald City, SOMETHING ROTTEN Gets Something Sweet, and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2016

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! Today's edition features the Ozians of Wicked getting pumped for a two-show day, Something Rotten cast members getting a midday Schmackary's pick-me-up, and more! (more...)

John Keating, Laoisa Sexton and More to Star in THE PIGEON IN THE TAJ MAHAL at Irish Rep; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Irish Repertory Theatre has announced complete casting for the world premiere of THE PIGEON IN THE TAJ MAHAL, by Laoisa Sexton. (more...)

THRONES THE MUSICAL PARODY Announces Second Extension
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" and Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) announce the second extension for the Chicago premiere of the hit musical, now playing through January 15, 2017. Written and produced by the creative team behind "Baby Wants Candy" and "50 Shades! The Musical Parody," the sell-out show from Scotland begins as a group of friends gather for the season finale of "Game of Thrones," when they soon realize that one friend has never seen television show. Recounting plot highlights throughout all six seasons-including over 40 characters and 21 original songs-the production is a "hilarious ride that never slows down" (BuzzNews Chicago), detailing the highs and lows of the hit HBO series. Tickets ($36 - $59) for the extension go on sale Friday, October 14 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Apollo Theater Box Office by calling 773.935.6100 or visiting (more...)

THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY Announces Second Extension and Change in Schedule at Apollo Theater Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" and Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) announce the second extension for the Chicago premiere of the hit musical, now playing through January 15, 2017. (more...)

Data Science Training Provider Metis Expands to Seattle
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016


BWW Interview: Wendy Worthington is Madame Morrible in WICKED
by Heidi Scheuermann - May 26, 2016

The wildly popular show about the witches from Oz is returning to New Orleans for the third time in recent years to share the magic!  WICKED, a musical adaptation of the book by Gregory Maguire, tells the story of two young girls who meet at Shiz University, and go on an adventure that will lead them to become Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.  If you grew up with THE WIZARD OF OZ, you're going to love WICKED.  Think of it as a behind the scenes look at everything that took place before Dorothy and her little dog too were dropped into the Emerald City. (more...)

MARX IN SOHO, SPRING AWAKENING and More Set for Spotlighters Theatre's 55th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

This season holds a wealth of 'theatre magic' for you! A little frightening, and a lot of fun! Spotlighters tackles a variety of genres, and takes our audiences on some dark travels into the world of politics, feuding families and neighbors, gossipy friends, crime, murder and Dungeon & Dragons. (more...)

Muny Announces Full Cast For John Tartaglia-Directed THE WIZARD OF OZ
by Michael Dale - May 17, 2016

Dorothy's visit to The Land of Oz will kick off the summer season on June 13th. (more...)

Oscar Nominee Bruce Davison Joins Grey Ensemble Theatre's F*CK MY LIFE at Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Critically acclaimed actor Bruce Davison joins the cast of FUCK MY LIFE, Grey Ensemble Theatre's inaugural production at this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival in a pre-recorded cameo as 'The Interviewer'. (more...)

Broadway's Andrea Martin, Steven Boyer, Krysta Rodriguez & More Heading to NBC's New Season
by Caryn Robbins - May 16, 2016

Along with five sophomore series returning to the schedule, the network will also introduce several new series to the lineup, starring some of Broadway's favorite stars! (more...)

by Michael Rabice - May 16, 2016

Out of a sense of homegrown spirit and pride, Nickel City Opera enlisted the 27 time ASCAP award winning composer, Persis Vehar to set a libretto to music based on the assassination of President William McKinley at the 1901 Pan American Exposition by Polish-American dissident and self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Commissioned by Dr. Judith Wolf and written by librettist Gabrielle Vehar, 'SHOT!' dramatizes the events before, during and after President McKinley's death providing the flavor of Buffalo in 1901 including actual songs that were written about the Pan American Exposition and its' relationship to Buffalo. (more...)

NBC Announces New Line-Up for 2016-17 Primetime Season; Shares Previews
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2016

Riding the momentum of a highly successful 2015-16 season, NBC announced today a new fall lineup for the 2016-17 primetime television season that builds upon a remarkably stable schedule. (more...)

The McKittrick Hotel's Next Supercinema to Celebrate THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

New York's most dynamic new dance party, Supercinema, returns this month with The Emerald City Ball in honor of The Wizard of Oz on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at The McKittrick Hotel (530 W 27th Street, New York, NY), home of Sleep No More.  Supercinema, a one-of-a-kind nightlife experience told through a cinematic lens, invites guests to a music-and-live-performance-filled dance party inspired by the world of that month's film or film series, as with recent installments that immersed partygoers in worlds of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet in February, James Bond 007 in March, Alice in Wonderland in April, and most recently The Great Gatsby in May.  Each Supercinema party requires guests arrive in costumes inspired by the film, which for The Wizard of Oz means dressing as Dorothy Gale, Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch of the West, Cowardly Lion, Glinda (Good Witch), Flying Monkey, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, The Wizard, Emerald City Citizen (All Green), Rainbow Attire, Lollipop Guild, or Lullaby League.  The evening features scenic installations, pop-up theatrical performances, costumes galore and an all-night open bar with your ticket.  Ticket packages are on-sale now.  For info and tickets, visit (more...)

Line-up Announced for Concert Series HOT JAZZ / COOL GARDEN at Louis Armstrong House Museum
by Marianka Swain - Jun 8, 2016

Summer in the city begins on July 4th, Louis Armstrong's traditional birthday, when the Louis Armstrong House Museum kicks off its signature summer concert series Hot Jazz / Cool Garden - now in its 10th year. For three days this summer, hot jazz is served up with red beans 'n' rice in the Armstrongs' Japanese-inspired garden. Birthday cake will be served on July 4th and Hot Jazz / Cool Garden series subscribers will enjoy a soul food luncheon too. It's a wonderful world at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. (more...)

Photo Flash: American Theater Company Presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) opens musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season, this Sunday, June 5. Presented as a tribute to ATC's late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli-a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic-Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown and runs at ATC now through July 17, 2016. The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title. (more...)

Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra to Perform at Le Poisson Rouge, 7/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Le Poisson Rouge invites you to the U.S. debut and album release concert for revered producer/composer Kate Simko and her innovative new project London Electronic Orchestra. Featuring a string quintet, harp, and guest vocalist Amunet Shah, the live set will showcase material off Kate Simko & LEO's recently released, self-titled album on The Vinyl Factory.  The event is curated by established New York composer Ricardo Romaneiro, who has collaborated with a myriad of composers and performers, creating thematic concerts that blur the lines between classical and electronic music. Esteemed New York composer Justin Messina will have a bespoke piece performed, and Fiction NYC's Joe Foxton will close the evening with a DJ set. Mauricio Ceppi will perform live visuals. (more...)

The McKittrick Hotel's SUPERCINEMA to Benefit Orlando Shooting Victims
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

The McKittrick Hotel's recently announced The Wizard of Oz-themed Supercinema-which is set to take place during NYC Pride Weekend-will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community and its allies in response to the national tragedy that occurred in Orlando, Florida this week. This Supercinema, called The Emerald City Ball, will be held as previously announced on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at The McKittrick Hotel (530 W 27th Street, New York, NY), home of Sleep No More. For more information, visit (more...)

by Chris Gibson - Jun 17, 2016

THE WIZARD OF OZ opens The MUNY's 98th season this year, and it's a lively and colorful production that provides an enjoyable experience for kids of all ages. This is an excellent presentation of one of The MUNY's most beloved shows, filled with fine performances and enough action to keep even the tiniest of tykes fully engaged. Yes, I know the unseasonably hot weather we're currently experiencing is a consideration for a lot of patrons, but with the fans running at full blast, you'll find it's a lot more comfortable than you would expect. My son and I had a blast, and this is the fourth production of the musical he's seen, and as he said, easily the best. It's a perfect show to take the family to, and one I know that you'll have an absolutely wonderful time seeing. It's also a larger than life spectacle that fits the expansive MUNY stage like a glove. (more...)

Balazs Juszt's THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY to Receive World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

?Writer/Director Balazs Juszt's exciting thriller The Man Who Was Thursday has been selected for the Edinburgh Film Festival and will receive its World Premiere in June. The stellar international cast include; Francois Arnaud (The Borgias), Jordi Molla (Riddick), Ana Ularu (Serena) and Mark Ivanir (A Late Quartet). (more...)

Immersion Theatre to Launch Open-Air UK Tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

A stellar cast of actors has been announced for Immersion Theatre's brand new Open-Air adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Open Air WIZARD OF OZ
by Marianka Swain - Jul 4, 2016

Production photography has been released for Immersion Theatre's brand new open air adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ, following a triumphant sell-out opening weekend at Willington Dovecote and Stables and Houghton Mill in Bedfordshire. The show is written and directed by James Tobias, with music from Rob Gathercole, and is produced by James Tobias and Rochelle Parry for Immersion Theatre Ltd. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE WIZARD OF OZ at Theatre By The Sea
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Theatre By The Sea's production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is playing now through August 13. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

A. Zell Williams' CARROLL GARDENS at 16th Street this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

16th Street Theater's ninth season 2016 continues with the world premiere of A. ZELL WILLIAMS' biting comedy CARROLL GARDENS  directed by Artistic Director ANN FILMER and playing September 8 - October 15, 2016 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater 6420 16th Street in Berwyn, with a press opening of Thursday, September 15 @ 7:30 PM. (more...)

Broadway Bootcamp's THE WIZ to Open This Weekend at Manatee Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Broadway Bootcamp as part of Manatee Performing Arts Center's Conservatory Program presents The Wiz! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE WIZARD OF OZ at Rivertown Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

As the final production for the 2015 - 2016 season, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts is proud to present one of the most beloved musical tales from film, 'The Wizard of Oz' performed live by adults and children on the Main Stage now through July 24. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Lincoln Theatre to Welcome Todrick Hall's STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Broadway actor, MTV star, 'American Idol' finalist, and viral YouTube personality Todrick Hall performs more than 20 original songs in his take on an American classic, 'Straight Outta Oz.' (more...)

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Returns to Emerald City Theatre this Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Broadway In Chicago and Emerald City Theatre are pleased to announce A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS by Charles M. Schulz returns to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) November 11, 2016 through January 8, 2017, after playing to sold-out houses during the 2015 holiday season. Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson and adapted for the stage by Eric Schaefferby special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson,  this newly-staged production of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS will be directed by Ann Filmer. (more...)

NBC & Universal Television Unveil 2016 Comic-Con Line-Up
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

NBC and Universal Television return to San Diego Comic-Con with all-star panels for its new and returning shows, including this fall's new action-adventure series “Timeless” and freshman comedy “The Good Place,” (more...)

TNC's 2016 Dream Up Festival to Present THE JOINT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival presents 'The Joint'. (more...)

BWW Review: 7th Annual OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon - Beating the Heat to Celebrate a Lucky Year
by Christina Mancuso - Aug 29, 2016

Never have I felt safer participating in an athletic event than running this year's OhioHealth Emerald City Half Marathon. (more...)

Cast Announced for New Season of NBC's CELEBRITY APPRENTICE!
by TV News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Launching the new year in dramatic style, NBC has set January premiere dates for three key midseason series — “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” now in Los Angeles and starring master of the boardroom Arnold Schwarzenegger; “Grimm,” which will begin its sixth and final season; and the epic, romantic and wondrous “Emerald City.” (more...)

2016 OhioHealth Emerald City Half & Quarter Marathon Announces Safety Precautions for Inclement Weather, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

The OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon will celebrate its seventh anniversary when a sold out field of 3,500 runners and walkers participate in 13.1-mile and 6.55-mile events on August 28, 2016. The forecast is calling for high temps, which could reach up to 90 degrees with high humidity and scattered thunderstorms. (more...)

All-Chicago Cast Set for 'Thrones! The Musical Parody' at Apollo Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" sweeps through the Windy City once again this fall at Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N Lincoln Ave) with a talented ensemble of Chicago up-and-comers bringing the "Game of Thrones" send-up to life. Under the direction of Hannah Todd, the cast of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" includes Caitlyn Cerza, Nick Druzbanski, Madeline Lauzon, Beau Nolen, Victoria Olivier and Christopher Ratliff. This all-Chicago cast combines comedic talents and "knockout vocal harmonies" (Chicago Reader) to bring all six seasons of the HBO hit to the stage, recounting the journey of well-known characters such as Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, the Stark family, Daenerys Targaryen and more. Performances for the fall run of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" begin September 15; tickets ($29-$59) are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 773.935.6100. The press performance takes place on September 21. Headshots and imagery can be accessed here. (more...)

Christopher Jackson, HAIRSPRAY & More - BWW's Guide to Broadway on Fall TV!
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 23, 2016

Broadway stars and a host of musical presentations are on tap for the upcoming 2016-17 primetime television season. Included in THE LINEUP will be new series starring HAMILTON's Christopher Jackson, FROZEN's Kristen Bell and BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY star Stephen Pasquale. (more...)

EMPTYING THE BUCKET Announces Performances
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016


Broadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Evelyn must follow her dreams ... by leaving her family. Come down for some hot times with THE JOINT at Theatre for The New City's Dream Up Festival this September. (more...)

Polarity Ensemble Theatre to Stage World Premiere LEAVINGS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Gail Parrish's LEAVINGS, a story of racial reconciliation that brings an important voice to the public dialogue on Black Lives Matter. Directed by Ashley Honore Roberson, it plays October 21 - November 20, 2016 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, where Polarity is a resident company. (more...)

Early Registration for the Emerald City Half Marathon Ends Tonight, 8/15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

With just two weeks to go, registration for the 2016 OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon continues to heat up (less then 300 spots in the half marathon and 300 spots in the quarter marathon remain) as we approach the 7th Annual Ultimate End of Summer Celebration on August, 28 in Dublin, Ohio. REGISTER NOW before it's too late! (more...)

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