BWW Feature: Musical Histories of THE WIZ LIVE!'s Native Ozians, Queen Latifah, Common, Stephanie MillsBWW Feature: Musical Histories of THE WIZ LIVE!'s Native Ozians, Queen Latifah, Common, Stephanie Mills
by Matt Tamanini - Nov 30, 2015

In anticipation of this star-studded event, over the next few days, we are going to be looking at the impressive musical careers (and when possible, musical theatre careers) of THE WIZ LIVE! stars. Today, we are going to throw open the gates of the Emerald City and look at the stars making their home in Oz. First, Queen Latifah as The Wizard of Oz, then Common as the Bouncer, and finally Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em. While Auntie Em never actually does make it to Oz, since Mills has been a major part in the journey of THE WIZ for over 40 years, I think it is safe to say that she is an official Ozian! (more...)

Emerald City Theatre to Present MAGIC TREE HOUSE: A NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANSEmerald City Theatre to Present MAGIC TREE HOUSE: A NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

Broadway In Chicago and Emerald City Theatre are pleased to announce that MAGIC TREE HOUSE: A NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS based on the best-selling book series by Mary Pope Osborne will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place March 19 through April 10, 2016. MAGIC TREE HOUSE is directed by Samuel Roberson with book and lyrics by Will Osborne and Murray Horwitz and music and additional lyrics by Allen Toussaint. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch a Preview of THE MAKING OF THE WIZ LIVE! Airing 11/25VIDEO: Watch a Preview of THE MAKING OF THE WIZ LIVE! Airing 11/25
by TV News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

Go behind the curtain in The Land of Oz with NBC's “The Making of The Wiz Live!” The hour-long primetime special produced by NBC News' Peacock Productions will give an exclusive backstage look at this holiday's highly anticipated television event (more...)

BWW Review: Named as the Musical of the Decade, WICKED Opens in Sao PauloBWW Review: Named as the Musical of the Decade, WICKED Opens in Sao Paulo
by Claudio Erlichman - Mar 4, 2016

Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, an alternative telling of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; its plot begins before and continues after Dorothy's arrival in Oz from Kansas and includes several references to the 1939 film and Baum's novel. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda, who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace. (more...)

Stage 773 to Host Inaugural Chicago Youth Comedy FestivalStage 773 to Host Inaugural Chicago Youth Comedy Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Stage 773 producers of The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and Chicago Women's Funny Festival are thrilled to introduce The Chicago Youth Comedy Festival (YouCom), a brand new, one-day extravaganza for young comedians on May 7 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. YouCom features top-notch workshops led by professionals from Chicago's notable comedy institutions as well as engaging experiences for over 100 young comic hopefuls to learn, play, and perform together. YouCom 2016 focuses on physical improv and sketch comedy with standout performances by the all-silent, all-funny trio Bri-Ko and the hip and humorous Comedy Dance Collective. Individual students and groups ages 12-17 are invited to register by visiting http://stage773.com/ChicagoYouthComedyFestival. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (On Thursday!): Four From STC's IN THE HEIGHTSFRIDAY 5 (On Thursday!): Four From STC's IN THE HEIGHTS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 3, 2016

Today, we introduce you to four cast members from In The Heights - Lipscomb University's Bekah Purifoy, Belmont University's Chris D. Lee and Arik Vega, and one of the newest members of the Nashville theater community, Ashley Wolfe. Purifoy is a 2015 First Night Most Promising Actor, while Lee and Vega are members of the 2016 Class. Wolfe electrified the audience with her performance at Midwinter's First Night in January. (more...)

Desiree Linden and Abdi Abdirahman Among Elites in the 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships in Columbus, 4/30Desiree Linden and Abdi Abdirahman Among Elites in the 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships in Columbus, 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

U.S. Olympic team member Desiree Linden and four-time Olympian and 2012 USATF Half Marathon Championship winner Abdi Abdirahman are among the big names in American long-distance running on the early entry list for the 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships on April 30 in Columbus. (more...)

Jane Monheit's CD 'The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald,' Out 4/8Jane Monheit's CD 'The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald,' Out 4/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Vocalist Jane Monheit had long thought about recording an Ella tribute. Fitzgerald's beloved songbook albums held “Biblical” importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company to Present Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MENArizona Theatre Company to Present Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

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BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns With Missionary ZealBWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns With Missionary Zeal
by Perry Tannenbaum - Mar 2, 2016

BOOK OF MORMON, the musical that exorcised Charlotte's Angels in America stigma, returns more energetically than ever (more...)

BWW Review: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE at Lyric Opera Of Kansas CityBWW Review: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE at Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
by Alan Portner - Mar 17, 2016

Elixir enjoys great success in updated version (more...)

BWW Review: Top 10 Reasons Why WICKED Is Still Worth Seeing On TourBWW Review: Top 10 Reasons Why WICKED Is Still Worth Seeing On Tour
by Michael L. Quintos - Mar 1, 2016

When it comes down to it, trying to convince rabid or even casual fans of the hit Broadway blockbuster WICKED into seeing the show again (and again… and again) when it comes to their town really doesn't take much of a struggle. No matter how many times over the years that the Broadway blockbuster has landed in our own backyard, the demand for tickets is still high (hence the often long engagements the show has on our stages). Now finishing up the final week of its national tour's latest return engagement at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through March 6, the 'popular' musical continues to be a must-see favorite, and shows no signs of slowing down. So, 15 years later... is WICKED still worth seeing at a city near you for the umpteenth time these days? Absolutely! And here are 10 pretty good reasons why... (more...)

Theater for the New City & NY Theatre Academy to Present BRILLIANT TRACESTheater for the New City & NY Theatre Academy to Present BRILLIANT TRACES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Theater for the New City Executive Director Crystal Field and the New York Theatre Academy are presenting 'Brilliant Traces' directed by Michael Luggio Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m.at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave (more...)

Darren Criss, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ben Platt & More Set for 2016 Junior Theater FestivalDarren Criss, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ben Platt & More Set for 2016 Junior Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Stage and screen stars Darren Criss (Glee, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies, Tuck Everlasting), Ben Platt ("Pitch Perfect", Dear Evan Hansen), Tony-nominated composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, A Christmas Story, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach), Philip McAdoo (The Lion King and Rent), Brad Simmons ("Camp", Lysistrata Jones), Jacob Brent (Cats); Cory Lingner (On the Town), and writing team Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel (Camp-Wish-No-More, My Little Brony) are some of the talent confirmed for the 2016 Junior Theater Festival (#JTF16), it was announced today by Timothy Allen McDonald, founding chairman of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group.   (more...)

Victory Gardens Announces Departure of Managing Director Christopher MannelliVictory Gardens Announces Departure of Managing Director Christopher Mannelli
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

?Victory Gardens Theater today announces the departure of Managing Director Christopher Mannelli.  Mannelli has accepted a position as Executive Director of the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY.  Mannelli will remain at Victory Gardens through February 26, 2016.  The board of directors has begun a national search for his successor.  (more...)

Geva Names New Executive Director and Co-C.E.O.Geva Names New Executive Director and Co-C.E.O.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

? Joanna Grosodonia, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Geva Theatre Center, has announced that, following a national search, Christopher Mannelli will join the theatre as Executive Director and partner with Artistic Director Mark Cuddy as co-C.E.O. (more...)

Bards Bands and Bravura Announces CHECKHOV IS MY VALENTINEBards Bands and Bravura Announces CHECKHOV IS MY VALENTINE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Bards Bands and Bravura is pleased to announce 'Chekhov is My Valentine', where Anton Chekhov comes off his pedestal for fun and play at a good old fashioned Tent Revival Meeting. (more...)

GUYS AND DOLLS Confirmed to Transfer to the Phoenix Theatre!GUYS AND DOLLS Confirmed to Transfer to the Phoenix Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls will transfer to the Phoenix Theatre whilst simultaneously touring the UK from March 2016. T (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of WICKED in BrasilSTAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of WICKED in Brasil
by Stage Tube - Jan 18, 2016

Seen by over 48 million people worldwide and with a turnover of more than US $ 3.9 billion, WICKED currently has five productions around the world (New York, London, Australia, a tour in the UK and US tour). In Brazil, the original assembly, with lyrics in Portuguese, first for the general public on March 4, 2016 at the Teatro Renault in Sao Paulo. The cast is headed by Myra Ruiz (Elphaba), Fabi Bang (Glinda), Sergio Rufino (Wizard of Oz), Adriana Frames (Madame Morrible), Jonatas Faro and Andrew Loddi (Fiyero), Giovanna Moreira (Nessarose), Bruno Fraga ( Boq) and Cesar Mello (Doctor Dillamond).  Check out the videos below of the cast announcement, interviews, and a sneak peek at 'One Short Day.' (more...)

BWW Review: The Wonderful WINTER PANTO 2016 Journeys to OzBWW Review: The Wonderful WINTER PANTO 2016 Journeys to Oz
by Nancy Grossman - Jan 11, 2016

Chase the post-holiday blues and January blahs away with a trip to Oz, courtesy of the imaginary beasts' annual WINTER PANTO 2016: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. Artistic Director Matthew Woods presents his 13th panto in collaboration with a talented ensemble of actors and an amazing team of designers. They sing, they dance, and they tell a great story, but they can't do it without you. Audience participation is a must and guarantees a good time for all ages. (more...)

Marc Salem's MIND OVER CHICAGO Begins 2/7 at Apollo Theater ChicagoMarc Salem's MIND OVER CHICAGO Begins 2/7 at Apollo Theater Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

Amazing and amusing, Marc's theatrical creations have been hailed as 'NOT TO BE MISSED!' by ABC News and 'A SUREFIRE 'you-gotta-see-this-show' SHOW!' by Variety. Both fascinating and psychological, his performances have been enjoyed by millions around the world from Broadway and the West End to the Sydney Opera House and Singapore, earning him the name 'The King of the Mind-Readers' by Time Out. (more...)

Sarah A. Enzenbacher is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle ProfessionalSarah A. Enzenbacher is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Professional
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

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A Red Orchid Sets SENDER World Premiere CastA Red Orchid Sets SENDER World Premiere Cast
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

?A Red Orchid Theatre concludes its 2015-2016 season with the world premiere of Sender by Ike Holter, directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray. Featuring Ensemble Member Steve Haggard, the cast of Sender also includes McKenzie Chinn, Mary Williamson and Steven Wilson. Sender will run April 14 - May 29, 2016. The press opening for Sender is April 18, 2016 at 7 p.m. A Red Orchid Theatre is located at 1531 N Wells. (more...)

Common Reveals on Oscar Red Carpet: 'Looking Forward' to Doing Live TheaterCommon Reveals on Oscar Red Carpet: 'Looking Forward' to Doing Live Theater
by Movies News Desk - Feb 28, 2016

On tonight's red carpet, the Oscar winner told E!'s Ryan Seacrest that one of his goals in the near future is to do live theater. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of WICKED in Brazil - 'One Short Day', 'Dancing Through Life' and 'What Is This Feeling?'STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of WICKED in Brazil - 'One Short Day', 'Dancing Through Life' and 'What Is This Feeling?'
by Stage Tube - Feb 26, 2016

Seen by over 48 million people worldwide and with a turnover of more than US $ 3.9 billion, WICKED currently has five productions around the world (New York, London, Australia, a tour in the UK and US tour). In Brazil, the original production, with lyrics in Portuguese, begins on March 4, 2016 at the Teatro Renault in Sao Paulo. The cast is headed by Myra Ruiz (Elphaba), Fabi Bang (Glinda), Sergio Rufino (Wizard of Oz), Adriana Frames (Madame Morrible), Jonatas Faro and Andrew Loddi (Fiyero), Giovanna Moreira (Nessarose), Bruno Fraga ( Boq) and Cesar Mello (Doctor Dillamond). Scroll down to watch clips from 'One Short Day',, 'What Is This Feeling?' and 'Dancing Through Life'! (more...)

THE MANY ROADS TO OZ to Play The Duplex, 3/12THE MANY ROADS TO OZ to Play The Duplex, 3/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2016

After their sold-out show at The Duplex in December, Disney Miscast!, Gay and Girl Studios return to The Duplex. The Many Roads to Oz is a cabaret involving all three of everyone's favorite journeys to the Emerald City. This show features songs from The Wiz, Wicked & The Wizard of Oz. All three in a combination to make for a wonderful night. The Many Roads to Oz is produced, written, and directed by Jason Hillard and Alexa Bishop of Gay and Girl Studios. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company to Stage Steinbeck's Stirring Classic, OF MICE AND MENArizona Theatre Company to Stage Steinbeck's Stirring Classic, OF MICE AND MEN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

Arizona Theatre Company's (ATC) powerhouse season continues with one of the most celebrated works in American literature, John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN, the emotional and stirring account of migrant workers George and Lennie who dream of settling down on a farm where the land stretches forever and the soft rabbits need tending, March 5-26 at the Temple of Music and Art, 333 S. Scott Ave. I. (more...)

THE MANY ROADS TO OZ to Take the Stage at The DuplexTHE MANY ROADS TO OZ to Take the Stage at The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

After their sold-out show at The Duplex in December, Disney Miscast!, Gay and Girl Studios return to The Duplex. The Many Roads to Oz is a cabaret involving all three of everyone's favorite journeys to the Emerald City. This show features songs from The Wiz, Wicked & The Wizard of Oz. All three in a combination to make for a wonderful night. The Many Roads to Oz is produced, written, and directed by Alexa Bishop and Jason Hillard of Gay and Girl Studios. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WIZ Eases its Way Down the Road to Brilliance at Hamilton High SchoolBWW Review: THE WIZ Eases its Way Down the Road to Brilliance at Hamilton High School
by Shari Barrett - Feb 19, 2016

With music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown, THE WIZ is an urban retelling of the classic fantasy story based on the children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Filled with beloved songs, incredible dance numbers, tornadoes, munchkins, and skateboarding monkeys, the enthusiasm of the cast as directed and choreographed by Chelsea Field and magnificent student rock orchestra conducted by Stephen McDonough under the Musical Direction of Kelci Hahn, will transport you in believing this is a professional company of triple threat actors at the top of their game. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stars of WICKED Get in Costume in Brazil; Behind-the-Scenes Video!Photo Flash: Stars of WICKED Get in Costume in Brazil; Behind-the-Scenes Video!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

Seen by over 48 million people worldwide and with a turnover of more than US $ 3.9 billion, WICKED currently has five productions around the world (New York, London, Australia, a tour in the UK and US tour). In Brazil, the original production, with lyrics in Portuguese, begins on March 4, 2016 at the Teatro Renault in Sao Paulo. The cast is headed by Myra Ruiz (Elphaba), Fabi Bang (Glinda), Sergio Rufino (Wizard of Oz), Adriana Frames (Madame Morrible), Jonatas Faro and Andrew Loddi (Fiyero), Giovanna Moreira (Nessarose), Bruno Fraga ( Boq) and Cesar Mello (Doctor Dillamond). Scroll down for a sneak peek at the stars in costume, plus click here to watch Ruiz get into character! (more...)

Spiro and Kind Join Tompsett In Phoenix West End Transfer Of GUYS AND DOLLS!Spiro and Kind Join Tompsett In Phoenix West End Transfer Of GUYS AND DOLLS!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls will be extending its run at the Phoenix Theatre from 19 March 2016. Casting for the West End extension includes multiple Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro (Hello Dolly) as Miss Adelaide, Richard Kind (Disney/Pixar's BAFTA award-wining Inside Out) as Nathan Detroit and Oliver Tompsett (Wicked) as Sky Masterson. Continuing in their roles from the Savoy to the Phoenix Theatre are Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown, and Gavin Spokes as Nicely Nicely Johnson. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WIZ LIVE! Proves 'Home' is Where the Heart Is; a Star is Born in Shanice WilliamsBWW Review: THE WIZ LIVE! Proves 'Home' is Where the Heart Is; a Star is Born in Shanice Williams
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 4, 2015

Thanks to Tony-winner Kenny Leon and a delightfully entertaining cast of characters, 'Home' is most certainly where the heart is this holiday season. Coming into this year's NBC live musical, theatre lovers nationwide were appropriately apprehensive, given the spotty results from THE SOUND OF MUSIC and PETER PAN. However, in THE WIZ LIVE!, we were finally given a production worthy of the show's beloved Broadway legacy. Executive Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan still haven't solved the riddle of recreating a stage show's scope and grandeur on screen without an audience, but with a once-in-a-lifetime star, and one of the most acclaimed casts in recent memory, for the first time since this annual experiment began in 2013, there's truly a reason to rejoice! (more...)

imaginary beasts to Stage New Take on THE WIZARD OF OZimaginary beasts to Stage New Take on THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

Hold onto your hats!  imaginary beasts sweeps into town like a cyclone this January with a tale full of magic and wonder when they refashion an American classic into a fantasy of technicolor proportions! (more...)

Chicago's Cor Theatre Sets 2016 SeasonChicago's Cor Theatre Sets 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Cor Theatre, the new Chicago storefront company hailed for 'Most Promising Debut' last season by Time Out Chicago, has announced a bold and ambitious two-play season in 2016. (more...)

2016 Capital City Half Marathon, USA Half Marathon Championships To Air Live On WBNS-TV, 4/30!2016 Capital City Half Marathon, USA Half Marathon Championships To Air Live On WBNS-TV, 4/30!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

The 2016 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and 2016 Men's & Women's USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships will air live on WBNS-TV (Channel 10) for the first time when the National Championship Edition of the Capital City Half Marathon is held in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods. (more...)

Tickets to THE WIZARD OF OZ at The Orpheum Theatre on Sale FridayTickets to THE WIZARD OF OZ at The Orpheum Theatre on Sale Friday
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

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Gerard Way Introduces 'DC's Young Animal' ImprintGerard Way Introduces 'DC's Young Animal' Imprint
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

The DC All Access panel at Emerald City Comicon was crashed by none other than Gerard Way, Eisner Award-winning writer of The Umbrella Academy and former vocalist and co-founder of the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance. Way announced that he will be curating DC's Young Animal, a new mature reader pop-up imprint of DC Comics that will consist of four series and feature his creative direction. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ at SHEA'S BUFFALO TheatreBWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Apr 6, 2016

Escaping to Oz may be the fate for Dorothy, but her glorious adventure had patrons at Shea's Buffalo Theatre delighted to follow her down that infamous  yellow brick road. The lavish new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ opened last night and had the audience enraptured with the familiar story. The classic MGM musical has been lovingly adapted to the stage by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Jeremy Sams, with some new songs by Weber and Tim Rice, who previously collaborated on Jesus Christ Superstar. (more...)

Sir Charles Barkley the French Bulldog to Help Home2 Suites by Hilton Unveil Latest "Fresh New Way" Video on National Pet DaySir Charles Barkley the French Bulldog to Help Home2 Suites by Hilton Unveil Latest "Fresh New Way" Video on National Pet Day
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

"So many people love their four-legged friends, and embracing our pet-friendly culture on National Pet Day seemed like a natural way to introduce our 'Fresh, New Way' video," said Christian Kuhn, vice president of marketing, Extended Stay Brands. "Home2 Suites by Hilton focuses on helping our guests shape their stay with amenities that fit their lifestyle, and making it easy for travelers to bring their pets achieves this." (more...)

CBJ Captain Nick Foligno Named Honorary Race Director of the Capital City Half Marathon, 4/30CBJ Captain Nick Foligno Named Honorary Race Director of the Capital City Half Marathon, 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno will serve as Honorary Race Director of the National Championship Edition of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, race organizers announced today. (more...)

Chicagoland Kids to Join Kate Baldwin & Paolo Montalban in Lyric Opera's THE KING AND IChicagoland Kids to Join Kate Baldwin & Paolo Montalban in Lyric Opera's THE KING AND I
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today an all-Chicagoland children's ensemble for its grand-scale production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, featuring Broadway stars Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban as Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam. (more...)

'MARLOWE', WAR PAINT, JERUSALEM, TWELFTH NIGHT and More Among Summer Theatre Highlights in Chicago'MARLOWE', WAR PAINT, JERUSALEM, TWELFTH NIGHT and More Among Summer Theatre Highlights in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The Chicago theater community will present a wide variety of plays and musicals, as well as dance and concert offerings this summer. In support, the League of Chicago Theatres will once again create a comprehensive Summer Theater Guide that will be available at hotels, theaters, events, and destinations across the Chicago area. (more...)

BWW Review: WICKED at The Music Hall at Fair ParkBWW Review: WICKED at The Music Hall at Fair Park
by Kyle Christopher West - Apr 26, 2016

The Broadway blockbuster WICKED is easily one of the most popular musicals of the past several decades, and I write that without any pun intended. (more...)

Emily Skinner, Kyle Taylor Parker & More Set for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's 2016 Summer SeasonEmily Skinner, Kyle Taylor Parker & More Set for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's 2016 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma announces casting and production teams for its annual summer shows, featuring new and returning national talent, including Emily Skinner, Adam Heller, Sandra Mae Frank, Trista Dollison, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jerry Jay Cranford, Martin Burke, David Coffee, Kristina Love, Monte Riegel Wheeler, Casey Elizabeth Gill, and more. All four productions- DREAMGIRLS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - will perform at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. (more...)

Anthony Kearns Stars in Donizetti's ELIXIR OF LOVE, Opening Tonight at Gulfshore OperaAnthony Kearns Stars in Donizetti's ELIXIR OF LOVE, Opening Tonight at Gulfshore Opera
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

World renowned tenor Anthony Kearns will make his debut in the tenor role of 'Nemorino' in Gulfshore Opera's new production of Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera, L'Elisir d'amore, opening tonight. (more...)

Emerald City Theatre to Bring SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! to Broadway PlayhouseEmerald City Theatre to Bring SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! to Broadway Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Broadway In Chicago and Emerald City Theatre are pleased to announce that SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place July 8 through August 28, 2016. Individual tickets for SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! go on sale on Friday, April 22. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Michael R. Jackson About A STRANGE LOOPBWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Michael R. Jackson About A STRANGE LOOP
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Apr 13, 2016

New Musicals at 54 is a series produced by Feinstein's/ 54 Below Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Some of the 10 new and diverse musicals by a selection of today's most talented writers have had out-of-town productions, some have had workshops... now's your chance to be first to see them in NYC! Join us at New Musicals at 54 for one-night-only concerts celebrating each new show with songs, behind-the-scenes stories, and all-star casts! (more...)

BWW Review: BE A LION By Rory D. SheriffBWW Review: BE A LION By Rory D. Sheriff
by Vickie Evans - Apr 11, 2016

'Be A Lion', inspired by the Broadway musical and film, 'The Wiz', opens its third season at The Duke Energy Theater, at Spirit Square in Charlotte, NC (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWGeeksWorld.com for 4/3/2016 - 4/10/2016Hottest Articles on BWWGeeksWorld.com for 4/3/2016 - 4/10/2016
by BWW - Apr 10, 2016

Hottest Articles on BWWGeeksWorld.com from 4/3/2016 - 4/10/2016. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Natalia Vivino & Ryan Driscoll of CHILDREN OF EDEN at Cabrillo Music TheatreBWW Interviews: Natalia Vivino & Ryan Driscoll of CHILDREN OF EDEN at Cabrillo Music Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Apr 10, 2016

Last night's opening of Cabrillo Music Theatre's Children of Eden was every bit as enchanting and magical as anticipated. After the debacle of Theater League's Ragtime, in which two synthesizer players were hidden back stage, out of sight of the audience, it was a pleasure to hear a sumptuous orchestra of musicians playing real instruments in the Kavli orchestra pit once again. My review of the show will be in this coming Thursday's Acorn, but today, we conclude our visit with Natalia Vivino, who plays the role of Yonah, and Ryan Driscoll, who plays Cain and Act I and Japheth in Act II. Natalia, Ryan, and the rest of the cast of Children of Eden had to conduct rehearsals for the show while Cabrillo was going through the turmoil of deciding its own future. The stress and emotional levels were high during this process, but there was a tremendous sigh of relief when the recent news that Cabrillo had once again been saved was announced to the cast. Opening night was an artistic triumph for Cabrillo, with the roller coaster of emotions regarding its viability hopefully receding into the past for the time being. As our interview continues, Natalia and Ryan talked about their characters and the motivations behind them. (more...)

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