BWW Review: Gerard Alessandrini's SPAMILTON Is The Master Parodist's Masterpiece
by Michael Dale - Sep 9, 2016

'I am not gonna let Broadway rot,' raps a rising musical theatre artist who describes himself as being 'just like a savior / With Mobb Deep misbehavior,' in Gerard Alessandrini's positively brilliant spoof of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony and Pulitzer winner, repackaged as SPAMILTON. (more...)

Photo Coverage: SPAMILTON Raises a Glass to Opening Night!
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 9, 2016

The musical, which promises an evening that celebrates, roasts and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster, just celebrated an official opening night yesterday, September 8, 2016 at the Triad (158 West 72nd Street). BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the big night below! (more...)

Review Roundup: The Critics Weigh In On Hamilton Parody SPAMILTON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Spamilton, a sneak peek into Forbidden Broadway creator, Gerard Alessandrini's ongoing obsession with Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, much like its source material, has taken off-Broadway by storm. The musical, which promises an evening that celebrates, roasts and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster, celebrates its official opening night tonight. (more...)

Larry Owens Comes to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with LARRY OWENS SINGS THE BERNADETTE PETERS SONGBOOK
by Liz Cearns - Sep 8, 2016

Why would a Baltimore-bred black man bond with buxom Broadway beauty Bernadette Peters? Find out as Larry Owens (Gigantic, A Strange Loop) explores music from the diva's extensive career on stage, screen, and record. Larry will be accompanied by the Andrei Strizek Trio (Andrei Strizek - piano, Jason Lang - drums, Tony Lannen - bass) and backed by The Bernadettes (Erika Conaway, Lily LaGravenese, and Tam Young). The evening features musical direction by Andrei Strizek and is produced by David Levy. (more...)

Photo Flash: SPAMILTON Has Arrived! First Look at the Parody on Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Author Gerard Alessandrini and producers John Freedson, Christine Pedi, and David Zippel recently announced that Spamilton, a sneak peek into Forbidden Broadwaycreator Alessandrini's ongoing obsession with Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, has extended through October 30, due to popular demand. The musical, which promises an evening that celebrates, roasts and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster, will celebrate an official opening night tonight, September 8, 2016 at the Triad (158 West 72nd Street). (more...)

SPAMILTON Parody Show Gets Its Shot, Opens Tonight at the Triad
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Spamilton, a sneak peek into Forbidden Broadway creator Alessandrini's ongoing obsession with Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, has extended through October 30, due to popular demand. The musical, which promises an evening that celebrates, roasts and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster, will celebrate an official opening night tonight, September 8, 2016 at the Triad (158 West 72nd Street). (more...)

GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER to Welcome Original Broadway Stars on Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder announced today that three members from the original Broadway Production - Kristen Hahn, Jennifer Smith, and Catherine Walker - will join the cast of the First National Tour. (more...)

JEST END is Back in London
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Jest End is back! The hit comedy musical show exploring and 'exposing' the hits, flops and gossip of Theatreland, returns! (more...)

MISSED CONNECTIONS: A CRAIGSLIST MUSICAL Comes to New Ohio Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

This September, MISSED CONNECTIONS: A CRAIGSLIST MUSICAL will have its U.S. debut at the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street, NYC) beginning September 10, opening on September 15 and will run through September 25. The musical is directed by Phillip George (Forbidden Broadway), choreographed by Amy Hall Garner. (more...)

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY to Return with New Victims and Laughs at Pepperdine
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Forbidden Broadway returns to the stage with new victims and new laughs at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7 p.m. (more...)

State Theatre New Jersey Presents THE MIDTOWN MEN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

State Theatre New Jersey presents The Midtown Men on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8pm. The Midtown Men is a group featuring four of the original Broadway cast members of the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys.Tickets range from $35-$75. (more...)

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Presents LEND ME A TENOR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT are delighted to present the second show of its 2016-2017 season:  Davis Gaines starring in the hilarious comedy LEND ME A TENOR, written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Art Manke.  LEND ME A TENOR will preview on Friday, October 21, 2016 (with a press opening on Saturday, October 22) and run through Sunday, November 13, 2016 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.    (more...)

DISASTER!'s Jennifer Simard to Star as 'Cindy Lou Who' in WHO'S HOLIDAY! Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard will play 'Cindy Lou Who' in the world premiere of Matthew Lombardo's Christmas comedy in couplets, WHO'S HOLIDAY!, to be directed by Carl Andress. (more...)

Master Impressionist Carla Delaney Presents her (More Than) One Woman Show, VOICES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

???????Chances are you've heard Carla Delaney's voice before. A master impressionist, her voice has featured in animation, video games and commercials everywhere. She's done everyone from Carol Brady in that famous Snicker's commercial to Bart Simpson to Martha Stewart to Lady Gaga, and the list goes on and on. A capable actor, Carla's created her own gallery of quirky, memorable character. She's written and performed in The Groundling's Sunday Company, in the hit show Forbidden Broadway, on TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Conan, and much more. (more...)

MISS GULCH RETURNS! to Ride Into Roxy Regional Theatre's theotherspace This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Who was the Wicked Witch of the West?  Did you ever wonder what might have made Almira Gulch so bitter? (more...)

Andrew Samonksy, Jason Graae, Beverly Ward and More to Star in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Concert at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The 2015-16 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company concludes with a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Caricature Art of Broadway Icons Featured in New FACES by FALLIN Exhibit
by Walter McBride - Sep 23, 2016

FACES by FALLIN opened last evening at The Ateleir, 635 West 42nd Street, and will run through 2016. The exhibit features original pen & ink drawings, as well as prints of famous faces from the World of Entertainment. Check out photos of some of the original works from the exhibit below! (more...)


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BWW's On This Day - September 17, 2016
by - Sep 17, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 17 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's THE GIRLS Comes to the West End
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new British musical, THE GIRLS, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, will open in London's West End at the Phoenix Theatre, with performances from 28 January 2017.  Tickets are on sale from 12.00noon today, Friday 16 September 2016.  The West End premiere follows sold-out runs at the Grand Theatre Leeds and the Lowry Salford late 2015/early 2016.  In the West End, the producers have made a commitment to there being no 'premium-rated' seats, no booking fees and reduced price previews.  (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - Leona Lewis in CATS
by Ken Fallin - Sep 16, 2016

BroadwayWorld has teamed up with renowned caricature artist Ken Fallin, a life-long theater enthusiast, who has drawn many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Below, check out his latest illustration, featuring Leona Lewis, currently starring as 'Grizabella' in Broadway's Cats! (more...)

Sheffield Theatres Announce Full Casting for Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Sheffield Theatres today announces the cast for its major new revival of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun. Paul Foster directs Anna-Jane Casey as Annie Oakley and Ben Lewis as Frank Butler, with Nicolas Colicos (Buffalo Bill), Mike Denman (Pawnee Bill), Lauren Hall (Winnie Tate), Matthew Malthouse (Foster Wilson), Timothy Quinlan (Charlie Davenport), Cleve September (Tommy Keeler), Maggie Service (Dolly Tate), Karl Seth (Chief Sitting Bull), and completing the ensemble, Josh Andrews, Ronan Burns, Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Omari Douglas, Rosie Fletcher, Melissa James, Jasmine Kerr, Natasha Mould, Jak Skelly, Leah West and Emma Woods (ensemble and Dance Captain). The production opens on 14 December, with previews from 8 December, and runs until 14 January.   (more...)

SPAMILTON Extends Again, Will Continue Friendly Roast Off-Broadway Through December
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Author Gerard Alessandrini and producers John Freedson, Christine Pedi, and David Zippel have announced that Spamilton, the critically acclaimed parody of Broadway smash Hamilton, by Forbidden Broadway creator Alessandrini has been extended again by popular demand. (more...)

Cast Will Sing, Dance AND Play the Music for Bay Area Children's Theatre Production of Seussical!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

The Cat in the Hat accompanying himself on the piano? Yes, and the accordion, harmonica, melodica and ukulele as well. That's what families will see when the Bay Area Children's Theatre (BACT) presents Seussical, TYA, a streamlined, kid-friendly version of the exuberant Broadway musical that brings to life everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude Mc Fuzz, Mayzie LaBird and other inhabitants of the captivating worlds imagined by the late, great American writer and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel.  (more...)

Cast Announced for SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY at Centenary Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Veteran actors return to Centenary Stage Company (CSC) next month for the October production of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, October 7 through 23 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center in Hackettstown.  The production will be directed by Carl Wallnau, award-winning CSC Artistic Director.  (more...)

World Premiere of ON THE RAILS Begins Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Algonquin Theater Productions and Jason Hewitt welcome Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Mel Johnson Jr. (Jekyll & Hyde, Hot Feet, The Lion King, Big Deal, The Rink, Eubie!, On the Twentieth Century), and James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors) for the world premiere of ON THE RAILS, a new musical with book by Tony Sportiello (Second Chance, National Pastime), music and lyrics by Al Tapper (Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle), arrangements and musical direction by David Wolfson, and directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria). (more...)

Full Cast Set for Scott Evan Davis's SUNDAY SHOW TUNES Concert at The Pheasantry
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

?The final cast has been announced for Scott Evan Davis's concert on Sunday, September 18th at The Pheasantry.  (more...)

Cast Complete for JAG Productions & ArtisTree's CHOIR BOY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The complete cast is set for the upcoming Vermont Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's CHOIR BOY, a gospel-infused play that will run at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT. The show, directed by Jarvis Antonio Green, begins previews on November 3 and opens on November 5. (more...)

'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' to Bring Comedy to Starlight Theatre Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Tony Award winner for Best Musical in 2014, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, takes cheeky musical comedy to a whole new level when it takes the stage at Starlight Theatre on Aug. 9-14. The hilarious hit musical is Starlight's seventh show of the 2016 Broadway season - and the fifth national touring production to make its Kansas City premiere at the iconic outdoor theatre this summer! (more...)

VIDEO: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES' Christina Bianco Launches 'Unlikely Interpretations': 25 Impressions In 25 Days
by Michael Dale - Jul 29, 2016

the master mimic offers famous movies quotes as interpreted by somewhat miscast performers. (more...)

PETE 'N' KEELY to Open This August Saint Michael's Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced the August 3rd opening of the musical comedy Pete 'n' Keely, at Saint Michael's Playhouse (August 3 - 13).  (more...)

Jarrod Emick, William Selby and Matthew Marks to Glitter in PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 10 to September 3. (more...)

Harry Hepple, Steffan Lloyd-Evans and Laura Tebbutt Join Menier Chocolate Factory's INTO THE WOODS
by Marianka Swain - Aug 8, 2016

The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced that Harry Hepple (Baker), Steffan Lloyd-Evans (Wolf/ Cinderella's Prince) and Laura Tebbutt (Baker's Wife) will join the company of Fiasco's enchanting reinvention of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's masterpiece INTO THE WOODS. They will take over tomorrow from Ben Steinfeld, Noah Brody and Jessie Austrian. Read BroadwayWorld's review of the show here (more...)

Photo Flash: Gloucester Stage Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with a limited run of Jason Robert Brown's Songs For A New World from August 4 through August 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Songs For A New World with music and lyrics by three time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown is a stirring musical journey examining the moments of decision and difficult choices faced in everyday life. Known for such Broadway hits as Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, Honeymoon in Vegas, and The Last Five Years, Mr. Brown artfully blends pop, jazz and gospel in solos and ensemble styles to create this inspiring song cycle.  Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh, the production features five singers including Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh, Broadway veterans Rockport's Wendy Waring and Jack Donahue, Berklee College of Music graduate Chris Pittman and  Brandeis' Nyah Macklin, all four in their Gloucester Stage debut. According to Director and GSC Artistic Director Walsh, "Songs For A New World is an enthralling evening of storytelling through song and movement reminiscent of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of actor-singers to bring this work to our audience. It's a particular treat to work with my cousin Barbara again after so many years!  Wendy, Jack, Chris and Nyah are also incredibly fun, hugely talented and all working together in such a fun way - it's a thrill!' (more...)

Josh Prince, Larry Keigwin, Lorin Latarro Kick Off Broadway Dance Lab Cycle 4 Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Broadway Dance Lab (BDL), a choreography incubator supporting new works of dance-driven theatre, has announced that Larry Keigwin, Lorin Latarro, JoAnn M. Hunter, Rosie Herrera, Al Blackstone, and Denzel Taylor will join Artistic Director Josh Prince as choreographers for Cycle 4. (more...)

Jackie Burns, Robert Creighton, Felicia Finley and More Set for BROADWAY SPOTLIGHT at Ocean State Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Producer Stephen DeAngelis, who has produced over 200 different Broadway concerts at venues in New York and across the United States, will return to his native Rhode Island to produce his first concert in his home state. (more...)

Twenty-Four to Make Broadway Debuts as 'GREAT COMET' Announces Complete Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Complete casting has been announced for the new musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, featuring the Broadway debuts of 24 cast and creative team members, including Josh Groban* as 'Pierre' and Denee Benton* as 'Natasha.' (more...)

Cast Announced for Detroit Public Theatre's Production of MURDER BALLAD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

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BWW Feature: Broadway Duo Brings Arts Education from NYC to Scituate
by Kyle Christopher West - Aug 23, 2016

Broadway couple Nick Verina and Erin Henry-Verina recently relocated from New York City to Scituate, MA, and whether it was their luggage or their bulky resumes that weighed more is anyone's guess. The talented couple first travelled the country together in the first national tour of the recent GREASE revival (Nick played Sonny and Erin played Patty Simcox), although the pair has individual credits that shine on their own. (more...)

Can Christina Bianco Just Be Herself on THE BLIND DATE PROJECT?
by Michael Dale - Aug 23, 2016

The well-intended advice many will offer before a first date is to 'just be yourself," but that may not be easy for the crazily talented Christina Bianco, who's had major success being other people. (more...)

OH, HELLO's Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland 'Steamed' at New Yorker Cartoonist Matthew Diffee
by Michael Dale - Aug 23, 2016

You might say there are three ways to tell if you've really made it on Broadway. You get your portrait up on the wall at Sardi's, you get spoofed by Forbidden Broadway or you're the subject of a cartoon in The New Yorker. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Ogunquit's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 10 to September 3.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)


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Breaking: Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Mel Johnson Jr. and James Ludwig Join the World Premiere of ON THE RAILS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Algonquin Theater Productions and Jason Hewitt have announced Broadway actors Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Mel Johnson Jr. (Jekyll & Hyde, Hot Feet, The Lion King, Big Deal, The Rink, Eubie!, On the Twentieth Century), and James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors) have joined the cast of the world premiere of ON THE RAILS, a new musical with book by Tony Sportiello (Second Chance, National Pastime), music and lyrics by Al Tapper (Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle), arrangements and musical direction by David Wolfson, and directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria). (more...)

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN to Launch Playhouse @ Westport's Grand ReOpening Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

St. Louis based, Emery Entertainment, in collaboration with Jack Lane, (Executive Producer of STAGES St. Louis) is excited to announce the re-opening of the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza with an all-new season of stage productions. The season will kick off with the longest running solo play in Broadway's history, Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman starring Las Vegas entertainer of the year Kevin Burke, running four weeks beginning September 30. (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the cast & creative team for COMPANY, with Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and Book by GEORGE FURTH. Directed by Spiro Veloudos with music director Catherine Stornetta and choreography & musical staging by Rachel Bertone, COMPANY will run September 2 - October 9, 2016. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - Living Legend Barbra Streisand!
by Ken Fallin - Aug 12, 2016

BroadwayWorld has teamed up with renowned caricature artist Ken Fallin, a life-long theater enthusiast, who has drawn many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Below, check out his latest illustration, featuring living legend Barbra Streisand, who just brought her Encore tour to Brooklyn's Barclays Center! (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: HAMILTON's Lin-Manuel Miranda: 'I Laughed My Brains Out' at SPAMILTON
by Michael Dale - Aug 11, 2016

HAMILTON's Lin-Manuel Miranda enjoyed the honor of being spoofed by master parodist Gerard Alessandrini. (more...)

SPAMILTON Parody Show Extends Through October Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Author Gerard Alessandrini and producers John Freedson, Christine Pedi, and David Zippelhave today announced that Spamilton, a sneak peek into Forbidden Broadway creator Alessandrini's ongoing obsession with Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, has extended through October 30, due to popular demand. (more...)

Starry PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Starts Tonight at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse tonight, August 10 to September 3. (more...)

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