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...)

Cardboard Citizens Announces Full Details for their Tour of CATHY COME HOME Inspired Production
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Following their one-off theatrical re-staging of Ken Loach's seminal work Cathy Come Home at the Barbican in July of this year, the award-winning theatre company Cardboard Citizens has announced a brand new touring production for October, Cathy, based around similar themes. This year marks the marks the both 50th anniversary of Loach's film and the 25th anniversary of the theatre company who work making theatre with and for homeless people.  (more...)

The Finborough Rediscovers Howard Brenton Classic, MAGNIFICENCE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

"I loathe us, I loathe our stupid puerile view of the World … That WE have only to do it, that WE have only to go puff, and the monster buildings will go splat…" The first professional London production in over 40 years of Magnificence, the seminal 1973 play by revered British dramatist Howard Brenton, runs at the Finborough Theatre for a strictly limited four week season from Tuesday, 25 October 2016 (Press Nights: Thursday, 27 October and Friday, 28 October 2016 at 7.30pm). (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...)

by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Cape Rep Theatre will soon present the Cape Cod premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, with music by Wayne Barker, November 3 through December 4: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, with an additional 2 pm matinee on Saturday, November 26. There are no performances on November 6, 9, 23 or 24.  Tickets are $35.  Pay-What-You-Can-Night is the first Friday, November 4. Group rates & Student Rush tickets also available.  Call the box office for details.  Cape Rep Indoor Theater. North Side Route 6A E. Brewster. 508.896.1888 or www.caperep.org.  (more...)

'The Black River Chronicles: Level One' Launches on Amazon
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

WINDSOR, Ontario, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ A new book for teenagers and adults has been launched by Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. (DigitalFictionPub.com) in the genre of fantasy and speculative fiction. The Black River Chronicles: Level One, is the first book in a planned series featuring The Black River Academy for Swordcraft and Spellcraft. A fantasy adventure novel, The Black River Chronicles promises to be an engaging read for aficionados of this intriguing style of fiction, especially as a dose of humor is also included. (more...)

Adam Sandler & Friends Return to Uncasville 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

One of the biggest movie stars on the planet is returning to Uncasville for another night of hilarious stand-up comedy.  Adam Sandler, along with friends David Spade, Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson, will be live in Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, December 10th at 8:00pm.   (more...)

DONALD THE GRUMP Hits #1 on Amazon
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

This beautifully-illustrated, clever, adult fairy tale is a parody of our current presidential election, and it forecasts what will happen after the election depending on who wins. (more...)

THE GRUFFALO LIVE Returns to South Africa Following Sold-Out Debut
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Currently enjoying its 15th anniversary at the Lyric Theatre, where it runs until 8 January, The Gruffalo Live returns to South Africa this December. The national tour follows on from a sell-out run at the Cape Town Fringe where the production made its debut this September. This also marked the first time Tall Stories' smash-hit production had been staged on the African continent. Having previously toured to over 500 venues across the globe, The Gruffalo Live first opened on 12 May 2001 at Chester Gateway theatre and since then has performed in 15 countries and 6 continents, played twice at the Sydney Opera House, twice on Broadway, once at the National Theatre and is now in its ninth West End season. (more...)

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

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

After Three Decades, Film Returns to the Roxy Regional Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

In 1980, after the last credit rolled off the big screen at the final showing, the Roxy movie theater closed it doors, reopening three years later as a live performance theatre.  (more...)

Chris Rock Makes His Return to Stand-Up With Two All-New Netflix Original Comedy
by TV News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, is bringing its members two brand new comedy specials from one of the funniest and most influential comedians of all time: the one and only Chris Rock. (more...)

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS Co-Star David Mills to Bring SHAME! to Pangea
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

After recently gracing the screen with Meryl Streep as super-fan "Augustus Corbin" in Stephen Frears' Florence Foster Jenkins, and a sold-out run at London's Soho Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe, London-based American comic David Mills returns to NYC's Pangea on November 5 with his razor sharp rants delivered with his signature cocktail swagger, biting, acerbic wit and a clutch of apocalyptic tunes. (more...)

Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Tall Stories Present THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

Get ready for a 'whale of a time' at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) this summer as the charming stage production, The Snail and the Whale comes to the Cremorne Theatre from Friday 6 to Sunday 22 January 2017 as part of the QPAC SummerSet program. (more...)

Q.E.D to Present NO NAME SPECIAL Comedy Variety Show 10/2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2016

No Name Comedy Variety brings their multicultural mix of music, comedy and fun  back  to Q.E.D. Astoria on Sunday, October 2nd. Scheduled to begin at 8:30pm.   NN producer / host Eric Vetter brings   comedian/author/ pundit   Leighann Lord (co-Host of National Geographic Channel's'Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson!'), Liz Miele (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) comedy writer,performer and podcaster Frank Conniff   (Mystery Science Theater 3000), Subhah Agarwal (New York Comedy Festival) and Menuhin Hart (NBC's Stand Up for Diversity) to the stage of Astoria's newest performing arts, crafts, entertainment and teaching space.  Music at the show will be provided by BinderSuze the piano-vocal duo created and curated by  Richard Binder and Alex DeSuze.  (more...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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