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Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'", "It's Raining on Prom Night", "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world's most popular musicals.

Original A CHORUS LINE Star Mitzi Hamilton Directs and Choreographs at Surflight Theatre, Now thru 9/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Broadway veteran Mitzi Hamilton, one of the dancers in Michael Bennett's original developmental workshop that provided the inspiration for the character of Val in A Chorus Line, will direct and choreograph the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at Surflight Theatre, tonight, August 27-September 14. (more...)

BRAZOUKA To Debut in London This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

From the producers of 'Burn The Floor' comes the brand new 'Brazouka,' which will be making its debut in London September 16th through the 20th. (more...)

Theatre At The Center's 25th Anniversary Season to Include BIG FISH, SPAMALOT & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, celebrates its 25th anniversary season in 2015 by bringing to the stage hilarious spoofs, rock n' roll musicals and heartwarming stories, each with a close relationship to iconic films. The season opens with ON GOLDEN POND, the touching, funny, and warmly insightful story that went from a Tony Award on Broadway to the Oscar winning film, running February 26 through March 29. Overflowing with heart and humor, the extraordinary new Broadway musical, BIG FISH, will inspire audiences to live life to the fullest May 7 to June 7. Fans of "the King" of Rock n' Roll will be thrilled to join in song and dance at ALL SHOOK UP! THE MUSIC OF ELVIS PRESLEY. Inspired by the movies and songs of Elvis Presley as well as the William Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night, the musical runs July 16 through August 16. SPAMALOT, the uproariously hilarious Monty Python-inspired farce about King Arthur and his band of raunchy knights runs September 17 through October 18. Returning to Theatre at the Center during the holiday season is the nostalgic family favorite A CHRISTMAS STORY, running November 19 to December 27. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
by Walter McBride - Aug 26, 2014

So how did a crazy Teen Idol rocker end up a respected entertainer on television and Broadway? Every song has a story. Like a rock and roll Mark Twain, Rex Smith takes you on a wild and fascinating, sometimes dramatic, yet very hilarious, musical story-telling journey at 54 Below (August 26). (more...)

US-based Telecom BPO Recruits New Accounts Receivable Agent Rita Torres
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Sound Telecom, a leading nationwide provider of telephone answering services, call center solutions, and cloud-based business communication systems, has brought Rita Torres on-board as their new AR Collections/Credit Agent. A position such as hers demands that Rita must walk a fine line between having a tenacious attitude when gathering fees and still providing a pleasant customer experience. Her main responsibility will be to collect money from overdue accounts while maintaining a customer-centric approach identical to every other department at Sound Telecom. (more...)

Historic North Theatre Celebrates Two Year Anniversary this Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Before the Bruce in the USA show at 6:30 PM there will be a pre show party in the balcony lounge and show ticket holders are invited to celebrate with us as we "cut the cake" to mark the second anniversary. Tickets for Bruce in the USA are $23.00, 20.00 and 17.00. Tickets can be purchased on the theatre's website: www.TheNorthTheatre.com or by calling the box office at 434-793-SHOW (7469). (more...)

Neil Simon's THE GOOD DOCTOR to Play Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 9/12-27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Jedlicka Performing Arts Center is pleased to launch its 2014-15 season with Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy THE GOOD DOCTOR, co-directed by Steven Calzaretta and Max Cervantes, playing September 12 - 27, 2014 at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave. in Cicero. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DETROIT – Suburbia Isn't What It Used To Be
by Frank Benge - Aug 25, 2014

"When you are at zero, anything can happen. It's like total possibility," says Sharon, the next door neighbor to Mary and Ben, in Lisa D'Amour's DETROIT. And that is exactly what this play is about… sliding out of your place in society's economic structure and down to zero. (more...)

LIGHT THE NIGHT 2014 Celebrates 10 Years this October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

It was announced today that LIGHT THE NIGHT will celebrate 10 years with a final benefit concert at the City Recital Hall Angel Place on Monday October 27. The annual benefit has been raising money and awareness for leukaemia research over the past decade. To date, over $400,000 has been donated to The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation, targeting a cure for leukaemia. (more...)

Patrick Page Ben Platt & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Shows - MOTOWN
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 24, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters. BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MOTOWN below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Back to the Exam Books for Mad Cows's THE HISTORY BOYS
by Justin J Sacramone - Aug 24, 2014

As schools are opening their doors and welcoming students back, class at the Mad Cow Theatre Company is also back in session with a production of Alan Bennett's 2005 Tony Winning Play, THE HISTORY BOYS. My review on the production, running through September 7th, will be up early next week. In the meantime, I was able to interview some of the cast members. Instead of your basic interview with straightforward questions, I kept with the spirit of Bennett's scholastic play by passing out the blue books with three open-ended questions about some of the themes from the play. Although these answers will not be graded, I am sure if Irwin took a glance at them he would not be regarding them as "abysmally dull". (more...)

BWW Flashback: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Closes on the Great White Way
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 24, 2014

The world premiere production of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen, and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film, and directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, will play its final performance on Broadway today, August 24 at the St. James Theatre. As of that date, the musical will have played 156 regular performances and 33 preview performances. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through the show's run on the Great White Way! (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - ROCK OF AGES!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 23, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters. BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's ROCK OF AGES below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Aug 23 - Broadway Bids NEWSIES and BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Goodbye, & More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2014

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! (more...)

City Theatre Fall Classes Begin in September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2014

St. Petersburg City Theatre Academy has announced their schedule of classes for Fall 2014. They have plenty going on during the academic school year, so sign your child up today for one of the Fall Session programs. (more...)

Telly Leung to Return to 54 Below with 'A SONG FOR YOU'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

After a year-long hiatus, Broadway and TV actor Telly Leung (Glee, Godspell, Rent, Allegiance) returns to the 54 Below stage with a brand new show entitled, 'Telly Leung: A Song For You' on Sunday, September 7 at 9:30 p.m. (more...)

Playhouse on Park Announces Cast of ANGELS IN AMERICA, Running 10/1 - 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Playhouse on Park kicks off its 6th season with the American masterpiece Angels in America: Part 1: Millennium Approaches. Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, the first part of Tony Kushner's epic depicts life in America during the 1980s. (more...)

VIDEO: Natalie Morales Joins GREASE Star Olivia Newton John for 'Summer Nights'
by TV News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Morales joined the singer and actress on stage at her show in Las Vegas' Flamingo Hotel as an honorary Pink Lady. (more...)

Two-Time Tony Nominee Laura Osnes to Teach Masterclasses in Texas Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Two-time Tony Award winner and Broadway's own Cinderella Laura Osnes, will lead Straight From New York's upcoming masterclasses in Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth, TX on September 22-24, 2014. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Erin Sullivan's Launch Party for Debut Release, THEATRICAL BAGGAGE - Marc Bruni, Laura Osnes & More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Author and actress, Erin Sullivan, held a launch party at Hurley Saloon in NYC to celebrate the release of her debut book, 'Theatrical Baggage -A Manual, a Workbook, and a Bible on How to Survive a National Tour and Other Gigs'. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Intertek Expands Its AeroCHECK Network into the UAE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

AeroCHECK provides a full suite of oil, fuel, hydraulic fluid, and filter/debris analysis services which assists operators in identifying potential component failures before they occur, and helps reduce unscheduled maintenance to a minimum. (more...)

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Enters Final Week of Performances
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

There are only seven more opportunities to catch the world premiere production of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film and directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman - during its final week on Broadway. (more...)

Dee Hoty, Paul Schoeffler and More to Star in Walnut Street Theatre's 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 206th season with the wildly entertaining 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL. Directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this outrageous musical comedy begins previews on September 2nd, opens on September 10th and runs through October 19th on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Feathered Beasts in WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Arena Show
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when the spectacular production, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, returns to North America. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR will be performed at Honda Center from a limited eight-performance engagement from Wednesday, September 3 to Sunday, September 7 and STAPLES Center for a limited eight-performance engagement from Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, September 15. Check out new photos of the show's feathered dinosaurs below! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/19/14 - Mint's FATAL WEAKNESS, 'LA CAGE' at the Circus, IT'S ONLY A PLAY and More!
by Jessica Showers - Aug 19, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: FATAL WEAKNESS begins off-Broadway, LA CAGE stars Broadway vets in Sacramento, the company of IT'S ONLY A PLAY meets the press, and Daniel Radcliffe appears on Ovation tonight! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/19- GREASE
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2014

Today in 2007, the second Broadway revival of Grease opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it ran for 554 performances. Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical is named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as the Greasers. The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School (loosely based on William Howard Taft School), follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love, cars, and drive-ins. (more...)

Unicorn Theatre to Present HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 9/3-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Hands on a Hardbody is a new rock musical about 10 Texans whose new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end and armed with nothing but hope and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In this hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American dream. (more...)

Susan Boyle, Brian Regan, and More to Highlight the 2014-2015 Kentucky Center Presents Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

The 2014-2015 Kentucky Center Presents season features performances by Susan Boyle, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, as well as luminaries from the realms of Comedy, Classical music, and the Culinary Arts. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - MATILDA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 18, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MATILDA below! (more...)

Original A CHORUS LINE Star Mitzi Hamilton to Direct & and Choreograph at Surflight Theatre, Running 8/27-9/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Broadway veteran Mitzi Hamilton, one of the dancers in Michael Bennett's original developmental workshop that provided the inspiration for the character of Val in A Chorus Line, will direct and choreograph the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at Surflight Theatre, August 27-September 14. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2014 Announced at Sydney's Capitol Theatre
by Jade Kops - Aug 17, 2014

The Helpmann Awards, which has recognised the achievements in live performance in Australia since 2001, is the Australian industry's equivalent of the Tony Awards and the Olivier Awards. (more...)

AKA Vocal Show Group to Host AN EVENING OF BROADWAY, 9/26-27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Load up the "Fancy wine and chow" and bring them, along with your cousins, mother, brother and theater loving chums, to the Lakeway Activity Center (LAC) on September 26th and, or 27th as The AKA Vocal Show Group performs Broadway Hits from your favorite musicals. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre to Host L.A. Fundraising Concert, 8/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Why should the Cabrillo Broadway Alumni have all the fun? Los Angeles talent responds with a fundraiser concert to support Cabrillo Music Theatre, and to help secure Cabrillo's future as a nurturer of young talent. REACHING FOR THE STARS: A CABRILLO CABARET will take place on Monday, August 25th, 8:00PM at the Lyric Theatre, 520 N La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits- KINKY BOOTS!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 15, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's KINKY BOOTS below! (more...)

Adrian Galley Returns in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at the Fugard Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Since opening on 22 July for its return season at the Fugard Theatre, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW has once again been thrilling audiences night after night with its divine madness - and this week sees the return of actor Adrian Galley to the role of the quirky Narrator. (more...)

Kritzerland to Celebrate 4th Anniversary with Special Guests Kerry O'Malley and Bruce Vilanch, 9/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents its fourth anniversary show -- THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY III -- on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. AND 7 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. before the JUST ADDED matinee for brunch/lunch. (more...)

Sierra Boggess, James Monroe Iglehart and More Join Seth Rudetsky's NOT SINCE HIGH SCHOOL Benefit for MS 245, 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky will host and music direct a benefit concert at 42West on Sunday August 24th called Not Since High School. The concert, which will begin at 7:30, will showcase Broadway performers singing the classic roles they played as teens while wearing braces and/or breaking out. (more...)

Music Mountain to Welcome Dover String Quartet, 9/6-7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Music Mountain, America's oldest continuing summer chamber music festival, continues its 85th Anniversary season with Connecticut's own Michael Berkeley presenting a musical revue on Saturday, September 6 (6:30PM). The Dover String Quartet returns to Gordon Hall on Sunday, September 7 (3PM) with guest artist Roberto Diaz, viola. This summer has welcomed a wide range of music for audiences of all ages - from classical, to jazz, country and this weekend's tribute to the Broadway musical - it has been a summer to celebrate! Concerts run thru September 14. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at North Shore Music Theatre's GREASE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

North Shore Music Theatre's production of Grease runs through August 24. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Abtech Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter and First Half 2014 Financial Results
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

SCOTTSDALE,Ariz., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Abtech Holdings, Inc. (OTC QB: ABHD) ('AbTech' or the 'Company'), a full-service environmental technologies and engineering firm dedicated to providing innovative solutions to communities, industry and governments addressing issues of water pollution and contamination, today reported financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2014. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz, Ana Gasteyer and More Set for Bay Area Cabaret's 2014 Opening Gala, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Bay Area Cabaret, devoted to presenting audiences with top performers who expand the definition of cabaret, launches its 11th season this fall at the Fairmont San Francisco's historic Venetian Room with an Opening Night Gala celebrating the work of songwriter/composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Pocahontas, Enchanted, Prince of Egypt). The evening will feature two on-stage interviews with Mr. Schwartz by ASCAP's Director of Musical Theatre Michael Kerker, and performances by Saturday Night Live's Ana Gasteyer, who performed the role of 'Elphaba' in Wicked on Broadway, and by two masterful interpreters of Schwartz' work, Liz Callaway and Michael McCorry Rose. Bay Area Cabaret's Opening Night Gala Tribute to Stephen Swartz will take place 8 pm, Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street, atop Nob Hill, San Francisco. (more...)

Erin Sullivan Releases Debut Book for Actors' Travel Survival: THEATRICAL BAGGAGE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Author and actress, Erin Sullivan, has announced her debut book, 'Theatrical Baggage -A Manual, a Workbook, and a Bible on How to Survive a National Tour and Other Gigs', available for presale now on Amazon.com. (more...)

THE LAST CADILLAC to Open 8/29 at the Athenaeum
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

THE LAST CADILLAC begins Thursday, August 28, with a press opening on Friday, August 29 at 8pm, and runs at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport in Chicago, through September 21. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits- CINDERELLA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 13, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's CINDERELLA below! (more...)

Aaron Sidwell & Louise English Join Cast of BLOCKBUSTER - The Musical
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Aaron Sidwell and Louise English are joining Suzanne Shaw and Paul Nicholas to star in the world premiere of BLOCKBUSTER The Musical, which features the chart- busting hits of the legendary song-writing team Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who dominated the pop world in the 1970s and 1980s. (more...)

2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award Finalists Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

The six Finalists for the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award were announced last night at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Competing against 30 other Semi-Finalists, six outstanding performers were chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Todd McKenney, Stuart Maunder and Guy Simpson. (more...)

David Sajewich, Julie Baird & More to Lead EVIL DEAD at Broadway Playhouse; Cast & Creative Team Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced the cast and creative team for Evil Dead - The Musical, winner of the 2007 Dora Audience Choice Award as Toronto's favorite show, which will bring mayhem and fun to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) for a limited three-week engagement Sept. 23 through Oct. 12, 2014. (more...)

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL to Open Walnut's 206th Anniversary Season,
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 206th season with the wildly entertaining 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL. Directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this outrageous musical comedy begins previews on September 2nd, opens on September 10th and runs through October 19th on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GREASE Is the Show to See
by Barry Lenny - Aug 10, 2014

Grease, that longest running Broadway show, is here in Adelaide, and Adelaide is loving it. (more...)

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