BWW Review: The Collective's SHOWSTOPPERSBWW Review: The Collective's SHOWSTOPPERS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 30, 2016

There's nothing like a good musical revue - replete with well-chosen songs, performed by a talented coterie of professional performers who are ably supported by a cast of fresh-faced youngsters showing off their burgeoning talents in concert with their more seasoned counterparts - and The Collective (Nashville's newest theatrical endeavor aka The Music City Theatre Collective) certainly delivers the goods with the debut of Showstoppers, presented this weekend at St. Philip's Episcopal Church's Dimmick Hall in Donelson. (more...)

Vital Theatre Company Extends FASHION ACADEMY, THE MUSICALVital Theatre Company Extends FASHION ACADEMY, THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

The award-winning VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the extention of FASHION ACADEMY, THE MUSICAL, a new musical with book by Sheryl Berk and Sabrina Chap and music and lyrics by Sabrina Chap, based on the book Fashion Academy by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk, authors of the popular chapter book, Peace, Love, and Cupcakes: The Cupcake Club. The production is directed by Sam Viverito and will continue performances at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament, 152 West 71st Street, just east of Broadway, on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 pm, through February 28th. Tickets are $30.00 for regular seats and 40.00 for premium seats. For reservations and information visit www.vitaltheatre.org or call (212) 579-0528. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jason Manford, Martin Kemp and More in Rehearsals for CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG UK/Ireland TourPhoto Flash: First Look at Jason Manford, Martin Kemp and More in Rehearsals for CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG UK/Ireland Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016. Check out a first look at the rehearsals below! (more...)

Gainesville Theatre Alliance to Present ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, 2/9-20Gainesville Theatre Alliance to Present ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, 2/9-20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

As winter chill hits Northeast Georgia, things are only heating up at Gainesville Theatre Alliance with their production of Once on this Island as part of its annual February Festival of plays. This Olivier Award-winning musical runs Feb. 9-20 at Brenau's Hosch Theatre in the John S. Burd Performing Arts Center 429 Academy St., Gainesville. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Coming to Lyceum Theatre in FebruaryHAIRSPRAY Coming to Lyceum Theatre in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

International smash-hit musical Hairspray comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Monday 8 - Saturday 13 February starring actor, presenter and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan, Benidorm's Tony Maudsley, TV and musicals star Claire Sweeney and X Factor finalist and West End star Brenda Edwards. (more...)

West End's KINKY BOOTS Now Booking Through SeptemberWest End's KINKY BOOTS Now Booking Through September
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Kinky Boots, Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit, today announces the opening of a new booking period, with tickets now available until Saturday 24 September 2016. Tickets for this extended period will go on sale from Monday 1 February 2016. (more...)

Playhouse Merced to Present HAIRSPRAYPlayhouse Merced to Present HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Quirky, plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad (Katy Uyeno) has one dream: to dance on the 'Corny Collins Show.' When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and her new found groove wins her a spot on the show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. The bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad teaches us all to look past the color of one's skin and fight for every human being's equal rights. (more...)

Llega al Teatro Amaya VIVA BROADWAYLlega al Teatro Amaya VIVA BROADWAY
by ALBA LLANOS - Jan 28, 2016

VIVA BROADWAY estara en el Teatro Amaia del 30 de marzo al 29 de mayo (more...)

Arden Cabaret Series to Welcome Joilet HarrisArden Cabaret Series to Welcome Joilet Harris
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

?Arden Cabaret Series, in its inaugural season at the Arden Theatre Company, presents vocalist, actress and multifaceted entertainer Joilet Harris. Her cabaret, FROM ME TO YOU WITH LOVE is on stage Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 8pm in the Arden's 100-seat Studio Theatre at the Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia. (more...)

Barn Stage Company Announces Cast of CAROUSEL ConcertBarn Stage Company Announces Cast of CAROUSEL Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

Presented by The Barn Stage Company, in association with Temecula Presents, this gorgeous production of Rodger's and Hammerstein's Carousel in Concert take the Old Town Temecula stage for 3 nights only! A collaboration with the Temecula Valley Symphony puts a beautiful 32 piece orchestra directly on stage for all to enjoy! The show runs one weekend, March 3, 5 & 6, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater in Old Town Temecula. Glorious songs, a postcard New England seaside setting and a spiritually uplifting story of love and redemption have kept Carousel among the most beloved American musicals ever created. Carousel will be directed by J. Scott Lapp, with Musical Direction by John Mario Di Costanzo and choreography by Gary Iversen. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Casts of GREASE, WEST SIDE STORY, and 90 More Films Dance to 'Gonna Make You Sweat'STAGE TUBE: Casts of GREASE, WEST SIDE STORY, and 90 More Films Dance to 'Gonna Make You Sweat'
by Stage Tube - Jan 27, 2016

Check out clips from Hairspray, WEST SIDE STORY, GREASE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, and many more in the video below! (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's ICONS Gala to Honor E. Faye ButlerPorchlight Music Theatre's ICONS Gala to Honor E. Faye Butler
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

? Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the 2016 ICONS Gala celebrating the legendary woman whose name is synonymous with Broadway, Ethel Merman, Sunday, May 1, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Ave. The Gala includes performances from Chicago's leading talents celebrating the rich career of Merman, the presentation of the 2016 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago to E. Faye Butler and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event and its accompanying auction benefit Porchlight's educational programs and productions. Tickets are on sale now and require advance purchase, $125 before April 15, $150 after April 15, $50 for children ages 18 years old and younger are available at 773.777.9884 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces 2016-2017 Broadway on Hennepin Season - Tickets On Sale NowHennepin Theatre Trust Announces 2016-2017 Broadway on Hennepin Season - Tickets On Sale Now
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced the 2016-2017 Broadway on Hennepin Season, featuring the best of Broadway with five Minnesota premieres and five returning favorites. Making their Minneapolis premieres are Fun Home, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the 2015 Tony Award-winning Best Play; and Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, the critically acclaimed 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Musical. (more...)

Theatreworks USA at The Kaye Playhouse Series to Continue with THE LIGHTNING THIEF This SundayTheatreworks USA at The Kaye Playhouse Series to Continue with THE LIGHTNING THIEF This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Theatreworks USA (Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director; Ken Arthur, Producing Director) will continue its 2016 weekend family performance series this Sunday, January 31st, with The Lightning Thief, a musical adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. The Lightning Thief features a book by Joe Tracz with music, lyrics, & orchestrations by Rob Rokicki. The Off-Broadway premiere of The Lightning Thief was nominated for Outstanding Musical by the Lortel Awards in 2015. This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 8 and up. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner About 17 AGAINBWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner About 17 AGAIN
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Jan 26, 2016

New Musicals at 54 is a series presented 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...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 1/25/16Nashville Theater Calendar 1/25/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 25, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2016 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 1/25/2016 - Arthur Miller, ROCK OF AGES and More!WAKE UP with BWW 1/25/2016 - Arthur Miller, ROCK OF AGES and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jan 25, 2016

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: A slew of stars gather for ONE NIGHT 100 YEARS, honoring Arthur Miller, and the cast of ROCK OF AGES reunites in concert! (more...)

Baltimore's Hippodrome Broadway Series Announces 2016/17 Lineup - CINDERELLA, BEAUTIFUL and More!Baltimore's Hippodrome Broadway Series Announces 2016/17 Lineup - CINDERELLA, BEAUTIFUL and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, home of the Hippodrome Theatre, was pleased to announce the CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series 16/17 season lineup today.   (more...)

E Faye Butler to Perform in Concert at NorthlightE Faye Butler to Perform in Concert at Northlight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Tim Evans announce E. Faye Butler in Concert. This one-night-only concert event will be held at 7:30pm on February 8, 2016 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS Extends Toronto Run Through May 2016KINKY BOOTS Extends Toronto Run Through May 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Toronto audiences refuse to let KINKY BOOTS end at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. The show, which had its Canadian debut on June 16, 2015, was originally booked for a 12-week run. The demand from audiences was so strong, it has already been extended three times. In fact, GASLIGHT, which was supposed to play at the Royal Alex was moved to a reconfigured Ed Mirvish Theatre, so that KINKY BOOTS could be extended. (more...)

SWEAT at Arena Stage - World Premiere Co-Production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival is Riveting TheaterSWEAT at Arena Stage - World Premiere Co-Production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival is Riveting Theater
by Charles Shubow - Jan 25, 2016

Playwright Lynn Nottage notches another feather in her cap of outstanding work. (more...)

Matthew Morrison Departs FINDING NEVERLAND Today; THE GOOD WIFE Role and Concert Tour NextMatthew Morrison Departs FINDING NEVERLAND Today; THE GOOD WIFE Role and Concert Tour Next
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2016

Tony nominee Matthew Morrison will give his final performance as J.M. Barrie in FINDING NEVERLAND today, Sunday, January 24. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Tony Yazbek (ON THE TOWN) will step into the role following Morrison's departure. (more...)

Amber Riley and Ricki Lake to Join CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIENDAmber Riley and Ricki Lake to Join CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND
by Sally Henry - Jan 23, 2016

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND is about to get a dose of GLEE. (more...)

BWW Blog: Parker Hughes - Something a Little DifferentBWW Blog: Parker Hughes - Something a Little Different
by Guest Blogger: Parker Hughes - Jan 22, 2016

Many may not be familiar with the musical Ghost. Ghost is the musical adaption of the 1990 movie by the same name, written by Bruce Joel Rubin. The musical garnered incredible attention over on Britain's West End. The show's music and overall structure is very different from most classic musicals, with much of the music shouldering away from the typical "show tune" genre. What audiences hear will sound more like Christian Rock, Gospel, and even Disco. "[The music] is definitely more demanding," says music director Kyle Carozza, "the vocal ranges necessary are higher, and there gets to be well over eight parts at some points. I don't dislike it (the style of music), but I like the big, belty, vibrato type of musical theatre better." When I prompted Kyle about whether or not teaching this genre was harder, he surprised me by saying, "No, I think it's somewhat easier. It's more choir-like and isn't as intricate as some musical theatre." (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at HARVEY at Walnut Street TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at HARVEY at Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre continues its landmark 207th season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway and Hollywood comedy, HARVEY. Directed by Bob Carlton, the play is currently in previews and opens on January 27th for a run through March 6th on the Walnut's Mainstage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Jenna Leigh Green & Sally Schwab Board Off-Broadway Revival of THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTESJenna Leigh Green & Sally Schwab Board Off-Broadway Revival of THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Jenna Leigh Green and Sally Schwab will join One Life to Live's Kathy Brier and two-time Drama Desk Award nominee, Christina Bianco, in the Off-Broadway revival of The Marvelous Wonderettes, opening this spring!  (more...)

BWW Interview: Jim J. Bullock from KINKY BOOTS on TourBWW Interview: Jim J. Bullock from KINKY BOOTS on Tour
by Kathy Strain - Jan 21, 2016

KINKY BOOTS has been touring North America for a while now and audiences have fallen in love with its story and the music that makes it unique. Currently in the role of George, Jim Bullock recently shared with Broadway World his show business history and how he came to play George in this great show. (more...)

Carrie St. Louis, Judy Kaye, Peter Scolari & More Will Join Broadway's WICKED Next Month!Carrie St. Louis, Judy Kaye, Peter Scolari & More Will Join Broadway's WICKED Next Month!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Good news! The Broadway blockbuster WICKED will welcome several new cast members to the Gershwin Theatre next month. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Paramount Theatre's HAIRSPRAY with E. Faye Butler & MorePhoto Flash: First Look at Paramount Theatre's HAIRSPRAY with E. Faye Butler & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Get set for a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin' tunes and explosively colorful costumes - plus some really cool hairdos - when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, presents Hairspray - The Broadway Musical, now through February 21, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a stunning first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Tony Winner Mark Medoff's New Marilyn Monroe Play Gets Readings at Birdland This WeekTony Winner Mark Medoff's New Marilyn Monroe Play Gets Readings at Birdland This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Rob Hinderliter and Dominick LaRuffa, Jr. of R&D Theatricals (All the Way, Deaf West's Spring Awakening, An American In Paris) in association with Dennis D'Amico (NOVA, the classical music of Sir Paul McCartney) are presenting an invitation-only reading of Marilee & Baby Lamb: The Assassination of an American Goddess today and tomorrow, January 21st & 22nd, at New York City's iconic Birdland Jazz Club, following its critically acclaimed run in Las Cruces, NM, this past fall. (more...)

John Tartaglia, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Josh Rhodes, Denis Jones & More Join Creative Teams for The Muny's 2016 Season! Tickets on Sale, 3/5John Tartaglia, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Josh Rhodes, Denis Jones & More Join Creative Teams for The Muny's 2016 Season! Tickets on Sale, 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

BroadwayWorld and The Muny announces today the directors, choreographers and music directors for the Muny's 2016 Season, which opens on June 13 with The Wizard of Oz. (more...)

VIDEO: Ashley Tisdale Reveals She's 'Open' to Starring in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVEVIDEO: Ashley Tisdale Reveals She's 'Open' to Starring in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE
by TV News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL's Ashley Tisdale revealed she would consider starring in NBC's recently announced next live musical production, Hairspray. (more...)

Matt Edmonds to Lead Theo Ubique's RENT This Spring; Cast Announced!Matt Edmonds to Lead Theo Ubique's RENT This Spring; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Theo Ubique has announced the cast for its upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical RENT, according to director Scott Weinstein. (more...)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT's Branden James, LION KING's Jelani Remy and More Set for FIGHT SONG Charity ConcertAMERICA'S GOT TALENT's Branden James, LION KING's Jelani Remy and More Set for FIGHT SONG Charity Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

FIGHT SONG, the first annual charity cabaret concert presented by BLOWN by bocaj, will be held on January 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Uptown Underground lounge in Chicago, Ill. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: What's the Deal with Aaron Tveit? Sas Goldberg & Jake Wilson Investigate!STAGE TUBE: What's the Deal with Aaron Tveit? Sas Goldberg & Jake Wilson Investigate!
by Stage Tube - Feb 5, 2016

FOX's GREASE: LIVE left one question in the hearts of women everywhere. What's the deal with Aaron Tveit? Below, Jake Wilson and Sas Goldberg investigate! (more...)

IN THE HEIGHTS Extends at King's Cross TheatreIN THE HEIGHTS Extends at King's Cross Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

?Initially booking for a limited 4 week run, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights has extended its run at King's Cross Theatre for a third time, now booking for an additional 6 months until Sunday 30 October 2016. Tickets for the new booking period are on sale now. In The Heights returns to London following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014. (more...)

Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Double Platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner joins the cast of Green Day's explosive Tony Award ® winning musical, American Idiot, on it's UK Tour. Newton will be taking on the role of Johnny from May 2016 after Matt Thorpe, who will open the role from 19 March at the Curve Theatre, Leicester until 7 May at the New Theatre, Oxford.  One of the UK's finest contemporary singer-songwriters, Newton's unique style of guitar playing and soaring vocals have made him a worldwide success since he burst onto the music scene back in 2007.  (more...)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET National Tour Coming to North TexasMILLION DOLLAR QUARTET National Tour Coming to North Texas
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

The national tour of the Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, inspired by the electrifying true story, will play three performances at the Music Hall at Fair Park on February 27 & 28, 2016, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals Management Group, Inc. The show will make its way to Fort Worth, where it will play for one night only at Bass Performance Hall February 29, 2016, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS & More Set for Kravis Center's 2016-17 Broadway SeasonBEAUTIFUL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS & More Set for Kravis Center's 2016-17 Broadway Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce the ninth annual series of Kravis On Broadway, which will present a record number of seven smash hits from the Great White Way, including several multiple Tony Award® winners. (more...)

ROAST OF ALLYSON PAVONE! Set for Don't Tell MamaROAST OF ALLYSON PAVONE! Set for Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Mitchell Walker, of AKA Studio Productions, presents The Roast of Allyson Pavone! LIVE at Don't Tell Mama. This event will be a celebration of Broadway Favorite, Allyson Pavone (Les Miserables, Children of Eden) and is sure to be a one of a kind evening. The Roast is a variety show featuring some of Broadway/ Night Life's finest performers, plus some classic roast repartee celebrating the Birthday of Allyson Pavone. 'The Library will be open.' (more...)

Rehearsals Begin Monday for Broadway's WAITRESS, Starring Jessie MuellerRehearsals Begin Monday for Broadway's WAITRESS, Starring Jessie Mueller
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Rehearsals begin Monday, February 8 for the spring Broadway production of Waitress, following its sold-out limited engagement at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  (more...)

PlayMakers Rep to Stage 'WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT...'PlayMakers Rep to Stage 'WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT...'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

PlayMakers Repertory Company continues its Mainstage Season Feb. 24-March 13 with 'We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915' by award-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury. Special events associated with the show begin Feb. 8. (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse Sets Cast of MOON OVER BUFFALOGulfshore Playhouse Sets Cast of MOON OVER BUFFALO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Gulfshore Playhouse (www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org) - Southwest Florida's premier professional theatre - is pleased to announce the cast of its upcoming production of Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo, a madcap comedy from the author of The Fox on the Fairway and The Game's Afoot, scheduled for February 13 through March 13 at The Norris Center in Naples. (more...)

Multi-Talented Barry Conrad Stars in HAIRSPRAY ARENA SPECTACULAR in Brisbane, April 8Multi-Talented Barry Conrad Stars in HAIRSPRAY ARENA SPECTACULAR in Brisbane, April 8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

With a multifaceted career that spans music, screen, fitness and fashion, Barry Conrad possesses a talent that is undeniable. (more...)

THE STINKY CHEESE MAN to Open Chance Theater's TYA SeasonTHE STINKY CHEESE MAN to Open Chance Theater's TYA Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Anaheim's official resident theater company, Chance Theater is delighted to present the irreverent and uproariously silly The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales as the first production of its 2016 Theater for Young Audiences season. Performances will begin February 25 and continue through March 6 on the Fyda-Mar Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. Based on the award-winning book of the same title by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith, the show has been adapted by John Glore and is directed by Darryl B. Hovis. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/2/16- Marissa Jaret WinokurSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/2/16- Marissa Jaret Winokur
by Stage Tube - Feb 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Marissa Jaret Winokur! She is best known for her performance as Tracy Turnblad in the highly successful Broadway musical adaptation of John Waters' film Hairspray, and won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance. She recently reprised the role in the Hollywood Bowl production of Hairspray last summer. (more...)

Local Sarah Lasko to Star in THE WIZARD OF OZ at National Theatre This MayLocal Sarah Lasko to Star in THE WIZARD OF OZ at National Theatre This May
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

The North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play the National Theatre for two weeks only, May 3 - 15, 2016. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex BrightmanThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 1, 2016

On Monday, February 1st, Theater People Podcast welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK star Alex Brightman. Before being cast in the leading role in the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Brightman made his Broadway debut as an understudy in GLORY DAYS (the show that infamously closed on its opening night). He went on to replace in the role of  Boq in the Broadway company of WICKED, Michael Wormwood in the Broadway company of MATILDA, and then joined the original Broadway company of BIG FISH. (more...)

Cast Set for LAUNCHINGFWD at City WineryCast Set for LAUNCHINGFWD at City Winery
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Casting is complete for LaunchingFWD : Season 2, the second annual sneak preview concert of new musicals in development offered by FWD Theatre Project, one of the most-watched new arts organizations in town. Last year's LaunchingFWD event (starring headliner and hometown superstar Jessie Mueller in her first Chicago appearance since winning the Tony Award for Beautiful) sold out the 320 seat main room at City Winery and required overflow seating; FWD hopes this year's event will be even more impressive. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/1/16Nashville Theater Calendar 2/1/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 1, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come (more...)

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