West End Cast Announced for SCHOOL OF ROCK!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber announces David Fynn is to lead the London cast of School of Rock - The Musical as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn.  Lloyd Webber's West End production will begin previews at the New London Theatre on 24 October 2016 with opening night on 14 November 2016, School of Rock - The Musical is initially booking to 12 February 2017. (more...)

They're in the Band- David Fynn Will Lead SCHOOL OF ROCK in London!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Today, 8 September 2016, Andrew Lloyd Webber announces David Fynn is to lead the London cast of School of Rock - The Musical as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn. Lloyd Webber's West End production will begin previews at the New London Theatre on 24 October 2016 with opening night on 14 November 2016, School of Rock - The Musical is initially booking to 12 February 2017. (more...)

Free Family Fun Weekend to Return to Sheffield Theatres
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

???????Sheffield Theatres are throwing open their doors for their annual Fun Palaces weekend from Saturday 1- Sunday 2 October.  (more...)

Syracuse Stage to Host Sensory Friendly MARY POPPINS Performance
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

 Syracuse Stage, Central New York's premiere professional theatre, will host the first sensory friendly live production in the region with a performance of Mary Poppins.  Welcoming to individuals with sensory, social and learning disabilities and their families, the performance will have special accommodations that create a more relaxed theatre experience without losing the magic of a live performance. (more...)

Sheridan Smith To Reprise Fanny Brice On UK Tour of FUNNY GIRL
by Marianka Swain - Sep 20, 2016

Following critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre, Sheridan Smith will reprise her highly praised performance of Fanny Brice at selected venues for the UK tour of Funny Girl - she is set to perform in Manchester, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Bristol, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Newcastle, Southampton, Bradford, Southend, Cardiff and Dublin. Further casting will be announced shortly, and patrons should check with venues for the performance playing schedule. (more...)

Room on the Broom flies into Arts Centre Melbourne this summer!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Best-selling children's author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler's magical tale Room on the Broom will fly into Arts Centre Melbourne's Playhouse from 4 - 15 January 2017. UK theatre company Tall Stories and Australia's CDP Theatre Producers - the team behind the stage adaptations The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child - will bring to life the award-winning book in a play filled with songs, puppets, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and up and their grown-ups. (more...)

Laurie Berkner Goes Afloat with 'Greatest Hits Solo Tour' NYC Circle Line Boat Show
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Ahoy mateys! Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will take to the sea (or at least, the river) when she brings her Greatest Hits Solo Tour home to NYC, with a floating family show (more...)

MPAC to Present MARY POPPINS, 6/3-5
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) presents its fourth annual spring production, Mary Poppins, from June 3, 2016 to June 5, 2016. Performances are June 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm, June 4, 2016 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and June 5, 2016 at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 - $25. Major support is provided by Jacobs Levy Equity Management. (more...)

Morgan & West to Bring their Magic Show to the Republic, Norden Farm & London Wonderground
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe, time travelling Victorian magic duo Morgan & West will be bringing their Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids (and Childish Grown-ups!) to Republic at Brighton Fringe, Norden Farm in Maidenhead and London Wonderground at the Southbank Centre this May half term. (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE to Premiere in Paris
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Les Barres de Broadway will present the French Premiere of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in Paris. The premiere will be held on June 13th, 2016 at Le Grand Studio of MPAA Broussais in Paris. (more...)

Photo Flash: SIDEWAYS Opens Tonight at St James Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

The European premiere of Rex Pickett's acclaimed comedy SIDEWAYS opens tonight at St James Theatre, directed by David Grindley, for a limited run until July 9. The cast features Daniel Weyman (Miles), Simon Harrison (Jack), Ellie Piercy (Maya), Beth Cordingly (Terra), Anne Kavanagh(Phyllis/Evelyn), Kirsten Hazel Smith (Rosie/Victoria) and Daniel Barry (Chris/Daryl). (more...)

Tickets to Comedian Kevin James at NJPAC on Sale This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with Kevin James. Side-splitting stand-up comedy with the star of The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Pixels and Grown Ups! (more...)

French Premiere of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE in Paris
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

Les Barres de Broadway are proud to present the French Premiere of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE in Paris. The premiere will be held on June 13th, 2016 at Le Grand Studio of MPAA Broussais. (more...)

NINE, MAJOR BARBARA, Kurt Weill Show and More Set for SU Drama's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

The Syracuse University Department of Drama packs three musicals, a wild comedy, a classic Shaw, and a never-before-produced contemporary comedy into a season full of surprises and infrequently performed theatrical gems. Beginning with the musical Nine, the 2016/2017 season includes Laura and the Sea, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins (co-produced with Syracuse Stage), The King Stag, Major Barbara, and From Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill: A Musical Voyage.  (more...)

BWW Review: THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE at Adventure Stage-MTC A Charming Tale
by Andrew White - May 3, 2016

Adventure Theatre-MTC has pulled out quite a few stops with their current production.  Playwright Damon Chua has taken Hans Christian Anderson's famous tale and created a fascinating one-hour tour of 18th century China.  This Emperor's Nightingale features everything from chubby, bamboo-chewing pandas to a truly eye-popping array of animated projections from award-winning scenic designer Hana Sooyeon Kim. (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...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/2/16- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - May 2, 2016

Today in 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 1136 performances. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., including a national tour with performances in Canada, and Australian productions. (more...)

MARY POPPINS, FOLLIES & More Set for Warner Stage Company's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

The Warner Theatre has announced its 2016-2017 Warner Stage Company season. The Main Stage season opens in November with Disney's BEAUTY & THE BEAST and follows with The Who's TOMMY, FOLLIES, and MARY POPPINS. The Nancy Marine Studio season opens in September with EVIL DEAD - THE MUSICAL and follows with the FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, CALENDAR GIRLS and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Season Subscriptions are now available. Subscribers get the best seats in the house at the best prices! Tickets go on sale to the General Public in July. Call the Warner Box Office at (860) 489-7180. (more...)

Sheridan Smith FUNNY GIRL Cast Recording To Be Released July 8th
by Michael Dale - May 18, 2016

Pre-orders for the Menier Chocolate Factory production that transferred to the West End's Savoy Theatre are now being taken by Amazon. (more...)

Sandy Taylor and Justin Anthony Long to Star in MARY POPPINS at MPAC This Spring
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) presents its fourth annual spring production, MARY POPPINS, from June 3, 2016 to June 5, 2016. (more...)

Comedian Kevin James Coming to Hershey Theatre, 9/25
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Comedian Kevin James returns to Hershey Theatre on Sunday, September 25th at 7:30 PM. (more...)

The Great Yorkshire Fringe Festival Returning in July
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

?The first Great Yorkshire Fringe was such a roaring success that it's coming back in July - and is promising to serve up even more of the very best comedians, music and family entertainment from all over the world in York's historic city centre. (more...)

Rox in Sox 2016 Set for 7/30 in Portland
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, Rox in Sox, will host a free festival of children's music and reading, on Saturday, July 30, 10 am to 3 pm. Headlining this year's festival will be OzoKidz, the percussive, world-beat family band of Ozomatli, who will be in town for a show for grown-ups at the Aladdin the evening prior, July 29th. The Portland shows are part of Ozomatli's national concert tour. (more...)

Hayes Theatre Co. to Present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

?After a highly successful Melbourne season, Vic Theatre Company in association with Hayes Theatre Co is thrilled to be bringing their production of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE to Sydney's Hayes Theatre Co for a strictly limited season from November 17. (more...)

Roald Dahl's THE TWITS Becomes Theatrical Dining Experience at The Vaults
by Marianka Swain - Jun 28, 2016

Celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl, Les Enfants Terribles (The Trench), ebp (Alice's Adventures Underground), gastronomic wunderkinds Bompas & Parr and creative wranglers Creature of London present gloriously gruesome interactive theatrical dining experience DINNER AT THE TWITS at The Vaults, Waterloo. (more...)

NOW LISTEN TO ME VERY CAREFULLY Heading to HOME
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

HOME's Theatre 2 season continues with Bootworks Theatre's production of Now Listen To Me Very Carefully, a semi-autobiographical piece about one man's hilarious obsession with Terminator 2. (more...)

South Bend Civic Theatre to Present MARY POPPINS, 7/22-30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Friday and Saturday evenings from July 22nd to July 30th, The Fischgrund Center for the Performing Arts will become the streets of London to present Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, South Bend Civic Theatre's summer production at St. Joseph County Parks. Katie Kuehner stars as the practically perfect nanny opposite Pierre Cooks as Bert the chimney sweep, in this production sponsored by Merrill Lynch - Matt Kahn Associates. Mark Abram-Copenhaver directs this production in collaboration with Music Director Roy Bronkema, Choreographer Callie Lorenz, and over 35 actors (full cast list below). (more...)

HOME Announces Complete Programme for Edinburgh Fringe Showcase ORBIT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

HOME has announced the complete programme for ORBIT - its very first international theatre festival showcasing 10 of the most exciting and critically acclaimed productions from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - on sale from today, Fri 17 June. (more...)

Review Roundup: Encores! Off-Center's RUNAWAYS
by Review Roundups - Jul 8, 2016

Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Puzzle
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 8, 2016

BWW speaks to Dance Theatre Dansema about their 2016 Edinburgh Fringe children's show Puzzle. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Scorched
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 8, 2016

BWW speaks to Lisle Turner, writer of Scorched ahead of its 2016 run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)

Top 10 London Family Shows
by Marianka Swain - Jul 26, 2016

Struggling to fill the school holidays, and no luck getting Cursed Child tickets? Fear not - there are plenty of fantastic London theatre options for family audiences. (more...)

THE SHOWSTOPPERS' KIDS' SHOW Slated for Edinburgh Fringe 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The critically acclaimed improvisational frontrunners The Showstoppers are not only bringing their Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical to Pleasance Grand this year, the team are also dropping by Pleasance Above with their unique blend of spontaneous musical theatre and whimsical kids entertainment, The Showstoppers' Kids' Show. Aimed entirely at children, The Showstoppers' story factory will be open for business from 3rd - 21st August at 11:40am. (more...)

Lady Rizo, Ghost Quartet, Alexis & the Samurai & More Coming Up at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, running July 20-31, 2016. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for details! (more...)

Jugglers, Puppets, Parties and More Set for FAMILY WEEK at Provincetown Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Provincetown Theater presents 4 awesome mornings of programming for FAMILY WEEK , July  24th through 30th. (more...)

Dr. Jay Feldman Releases THE COMIC BOOK BANDIT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Jay Michael Feldman, M.D., a semi-retired psychiatrist and psychotherapist, devoted writer and author, has completed his new book 'The Comic Book Bandit: Stories from a Life of Lies': a gripping and potent work about a small boy named Jay and his discovery of the power of bending the truth. (more...)

Kids' Music Superstar Laurie Berkner Returns to The Ravinia Festival This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

By popular demand, best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will return to The Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, IL with her Greatest Hits Solo Tour at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 27, 2016. (more...)

The Doo Wop Project, Dance Fest and More Coming Up This Season at Centenary Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Centenary Stage Company's 2016-17 season is fast approaching and in addition to its theatrical productions CSC will be hosting a season bursting with music, dance and special events for all ages and tastes. (more...)

PBS Kids' ODD SQUAD to Hit the Road for Live Musical North American Tour
by TV News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

A live musical production of the hit PBS Kids show ODD SQUAD will hit the road for a North American tour of over 60 cities. The stage show will feature both songs from the television show and new tunes from composer Paul Buckley. (more...)

BWW Interview: Emma Brunjes On Worm Salt and DINNER AT THE TWITS
by Marianka Swain - Aug 23, 2016

One of the more unusual entrants in the centenary Dahl celebrations is immersive dining experience Dinner at the Twits at The Vaults, created by ebp, Les Enfants Terribles and culinary wizards Bompas & Parr in association with Creature of London. The gruesome twosome will serve up a banquet of deliciously disgusting dishes, from bird pie to beer brewed with yeast swabbed from Dahl's writing chair. Producer Emma Brunjes whets our appetite… (more...)

Blackeyed Theatre, in Association with South Hill Park, Presents FRANKENSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Marking the 200th anniversary of the creation of Frankenstein, Blackeyed Theatre's brand new stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's gothic horror masterpiece embarks on a five-month UK tour. (more...)

Melissa Errico-Led FINIAN'S RAINBOW Headlines Irish Rep's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Irish Repertory Theatre has announced its Fall 2016 Season. On the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage will be FINIAN'S RAINBOW, adapted and directed by Irish Rep Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, and starring Melissa Errico ('Billions', Encores! Do I Hear A Waltz?), who will reprise her role from the acclaimed 2004 production. (more...)

BWW Review: After Fledgling Start PETE'S DRAGON Spreads Massive Wings & Soars!
by Katricia Lang - Aug 17, 2016

PETE'S DRAGON is a movie for children, not adults, but grown-ups will still find themselves enchanted by Pete, an orphaned 11-year-old struggling to hold on to his best friend, a dragon named Elliott. (more...)

New Adult Coloring Books Fuse Mystique of Horses, Creativity & Color
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

When Cindy Elsharouni decided to share her passions of art and horses with the world through a unique series of adult coloring books, she didn't expect to eventually sell over 6,000 copies a month (yes, a month!). The key to her success has been creating something that's not just a coloring book, but a boundless opportunity for creativity tied together with its own narrative. (more...)

Free Block Party at Louis Armstrong House Museum, Thursday, August 25th
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Louis Armstrong House Museum's annual Jazzmobile Block Party on Thursday, August 25, 2016 features the Steve Kroon Sextet. Jazzmobile block party is the grand finale to the museum's Summer with Satchmo season.  It's a free, family-friendly event featuring art-making workshops sponsored by the Queens Museum and hula hoop fun beginning at 4:00 pm.  At 5:30 pm, Fulanito, the Latin Grammy nominated Merengue band will perform and warm up the crowd.  Downbeat for Steve Kroon and the Latin Jazz Sextet is at 7:00 pm.   The museum will be open late until 8:30 pm. (more...)

SNL's Taram Killam to Lead New Showtime Comedy Pilot MATING
by TV News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

SHOWTIME has ordered a new half-hour comedy project entitled MATING (working title), executive produced by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), and written and executive produced by Stu Zicherman (The Affair, The Americans). (more...)

The Hendersonville Performing Arts Company to Present MARY POPPINS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

The Hendersonville Performing Arts Company presents MARY POPPINS! This musical is based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film. (more...)

Christopher Kaufman's THE PHANTASTIC THEATER Continues 5/7 at Brooklyn Commons
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Composer and multi-media artist Christopher Kaufman will present the third performance of his The Phantastic Theater series on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 AM at Brooklyn Commons Community Center and Cafe, 388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond) in Brooklyn, NY. (more...)

Wolf Trap Announces Children's Theatre-In-The-Woods 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces its 2016 season lineup for Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. (more...)

MARY POPPINS, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' & More on Tap for Syracuse Stage's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Two musicals, two searing dramas, a renowned classic, and an all-time favorite comedy-thriller make up the 2016/2017 Syracuse Stage season. (more...)

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