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BWW Interview: Clarke Peters, Creator of FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, Talks About the Production at ERT, Louis Jordan and Whether LA Will Ever Become A "Theatre City"
by Ilana Lifshitz - May 22, 2017

Actor/singer/writer/director Clarke Peters first debuted FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE in the United Kingdom in 1990. Two years later it premiered on Broadway and ran for 445 performances. Over the last several years, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE has been produced across the United States and the United Kingdom. On May 19, a refreshed version of FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE premiered at the Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. I caught up with Peters to talk about the production, Louis Jordan and whether LA will ever become a "theatre city." (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony Winning Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler Talks ABC's DIRTY DANCING & Finding an Honest Connection to the Music
by Courtney Savoia - May 22, 2017

Award-winning dancer, choreographer, and director, Andy Blankenbuehler, has worked on some of the most groundbreaking musicals of all time, including Hamilton and In the Heights, and has used movement to connect to the complex and beautiful truth of the human condition. His current project, choreographing the long-anticipated ABC revival of one of the most classic movies of all-time, Dirty Dancing, has allowed Blankenbuehler to keep flexing his artistic muscles, and enter into a world of increased depth and discovery with its cherished characters. Since the original first debuted, Blankenbuehler was moved by its powerful themes of strength, liberation, love, and allowing the art of dance to serve as a powerful voice. (more...)

BWW Talks to HAMILTON & DIRTY DANCING Star J. Quinton Johnson + Watch Exclusive Clip from ABC Reboot!
by Caryn Robbins - May 22, 2017

Below, Johnson discusses ABC's highly anticipated DIRTY DANCING reboot, plus as a special bonus, BWW shares an exclusive clip of the actor performing 'When I'm Alone' from the movie premiering Wednesday, May 24 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. (more...)

Charlotte Wakefield Boards UK Tour of CRAZY FOR YOU as 'Polly'
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin have announced that Charlotte Wakefield will play 'Polly' in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre's acclaimed production of 'CRAZY FOR YOU'. Charlotte joins the previously announced Tom Chambers as 'Bobby' and Caroline Flack as 'Irene'. 'CRAZY FOR YOU' opens at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 17 August 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: Drew McOnie Talks ON THE TOWN
by Marianka Swain - May 19, 2017

Director/choreographer Drew McOnie's work includes In the Heights, Strictly Ballroom, The Wild Party and Jesus Christ Superstar. He's now back at Regent's Park helming On the Town - the classic musical tale of three sailors on shore leave in search of love and adventure - which opens tonight. (more...)

Overture's 2016-17 Tommy Award Recipients Announced; Ceremony Set for June!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Named for local Broadway star Tom Wopat, the Tommy Awards Program at Overture Center for the Arts encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater each year and culminates in an annual awards show in Overture Hall. The 8th Annual Awards Tommy Awards Show will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and will go on sale to the public Monday, May 22 at 11 a.m. (more...)

The Kimmel Center & Joe's Pub At The Public Present 2017 Kimmel Center Theater Residency
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Joe's Pub at The Public partners, once again, with Philadelphia's renowned Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts for the Kimmel Center Theater Residency. Under the guidance of Jay Wahl, Producing Artistic Director of the Kimmel Center, and Shanta Thake, Director of Joe's Pub, the intensive program serves as an incubator for artists and collaborators to create and develop innovative new musical theater projects and music. The program will be held in the Kimmel Center's SEI Innovation Studio (300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA) from June 5-18 with free public workshops with audience feedback and Q&A on June 16 and 17. (more...)

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Starring Obba Babatundé
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT - Producing Artistic Director, Wren T. Brown) presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls - Tony Award nomination, Broadway's Chicago, CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful) as 'Nomax.' (more...)

WAR PAINT Cast Recording Available for Pre-Order; Receive Two Singles Today!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Ghostlight Records will release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the new musical WAR PAINT – starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole – in digital formats on Friday, May 26. The CD version will be available online and in stores in mid-July. The musical, currently running at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street), played a sold-out run in Chicago last summer where it became the most successful show in Goodman Theatre's history. WAR PAINT is nominated for four 2017 Tony Awards, including “Best Actress in a Musical” for both of the leading ladies. Starting today, May 19, customers that pre-order the album via Apple Music will immediately receive the second single “If I'd Been A Man” – the stirring duet between LuPone and Ebersole – in addition to the previously available single “Back on Top.” (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed 5/19 - Shakespeare in Love and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed 5/19 - Shakespeare in Love and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 5/19 - Rock of Ages and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 5/19 - Rock of Ages and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Detroit You Might Have Missed 5/19 - JCS and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Detroit You Might Have Missed 5/19 - JCS and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Los Angeles You Might Have Missed 5/19 - MAMMA MIA at the Bowl and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Los Angeles You Might Have Missed 5/19 - MAMMA MIA at the Bowl and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 5/19 - GUYS AND DOLLS and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 5/19 - GUYS AND DOLLS and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Australia You Might Have Missed 05/19 - MY FAIR LADY and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Australia You Might Have Missed 05/19 - MY FAIR LADY and More! (more...)

Guest Blog: Myriam Gadri on GALA's Spanish-Language IN THE HEIGHTS
by Guest Blogger: Myriam Gardi - May 19, 2017

My name is Myriam Gadri, and I have the honor of playing Graffiti Pete at GALA. I feel lucky to be a part of such an eye-opening project with themes of immigration and identity. This groundbreaking show has not only given a voice to the Latino community, but to people like me. I moved to the US seven years ago to pursue a career in the performing arts. I was born in Lausanne, Switzerland to a Spanish, Tunisian, Italian, French mother and Ivorian father. I grew up between Togo, Africa, Switzerland and London, England. As a multicultural immigrant, it is not every day that you get to be a part of something that hits so close to home. I will forever cherish the discoveries made from the moment I got cast. (more...)

The Mountain Play presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

The Mountain Play Association, the San Francisco Bay Area's most magical outdoor theater experience, will present the timeless classic Disney's Beauty and the Beast directed by Jay Manley for their 104th season. Based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST tells the story of a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love. Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will take place every Sunday from May 21 to June 18, 2017. (more...)

BWW Previews: UN ANUNCIO WITH THE 'IN THE HEIGHTS' CAST at GALA Theatre
by Isabella Basco - May 18, 2017

The 'In the Heights' cast at GALA Theatre has something to say! (more...)

VIDEO: 'IN THE HEIGHTS' CAST DIARIES at GALA Theatre
by Isabella Basco - May 18, 2017

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Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company to Produce Ninth Annual Museum of Dysfunction
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

For the ninth year running, Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company (MU) will produce two weekends of new works at the annual Museum of Dysfunction short play festival. The festival has become a staple of the summer theatre calendar featuring local talent and plays that probe the dark and funny edges of the everyday. Nineteen short plays were selected from over 100 entries by emerging and established writers nationwide, with nine spots held exclusively for high school and college students as a way to encourage their craft and build their portfolio. The festival will run over two consecutive weekends: June 29-July 1 and July 6-8, 2017 at Studio 101 in Spring Street Studios, located minutes from downtown Houston in Historic First Ward. (more...)

Angelwalk Theatre Announces Cast/Creative of EVERYBODY'S GOT A STORY
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Angelwalk Theatre has just announced the cast/creative for EVERYBODY'S GOT A STORY! (more...)

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ - THE MUSICAL Comes To Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces a brand new production of Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - The Musical, which opens in Adrian's 50th birthday year. Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary's musical of Leicester's favourite teen has undergone a period of further development since its original production at Curve in 2015, and Luke Sheppard's new production will open at the Menier on 26 July at 3.30pm, with previews from 14 July, and runs until 9 September. Priority booking for the productions opens on Monday 22 May, with public booking on Tuesday 30 May. (more...)

AIDA Opens Moonlight's 37th Summer Season on 6/14
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Watch as love unfolds in the bold musical Aida from Sirs Elton John and Tim Rice. The Moonlight premiere of Aida opens the 37th season of Moonlight Stage Productions from June 14-July 1, 2017. The enchanting musical production is based on the opera by the same name by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. The triumphant love story between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends warring nations and brings a country together. Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. The love Aida and Radames has for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. Tickets range from $23 to $55 for all reserved seating and $17 to $22 for general admission lawn seating. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 760-724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com. (more...)

KING KONG to Open on Broadway Next Year
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Producers Global Creatures (CEO Carmen Pavlovic) and Roy Furman are pleased to announce that King Kong, will arrive on Broadway in the fall of 2018 at the Shubert Organization's Broadway Theatre. (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: From HAMILTON to HANSEN, Music Man Alex Lacamoire Is Back for More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 17, 2017

On the heels of his work on the Tonys juggernaut of 2016, Alec Lacamoire has shifted gears from Hamilton to Hansen, earning a Tony nomination for Best Orchestrations. Below, watch as he reveals why he believes in the importance of this story, and how he keeps cool during awards season.  (more...)

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents the hilarious audience-solves-the-murder musical, Rupert Holmes' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", June 1, 7:30p, June 2 and 3, 8:00p, June 4, 2:00p at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.a2ct.org/shows/the-mystery-of-edwin-drood. (more...)

Breaking: KING KONG Will Officially Swing to Broadway in 2018 with New Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Kong is coming! Producers Global Creatures (CEO Carmen Pavlovic) and Roy Furman just announced that King Kong, will arrive on Broadway in the fall of 2018 at the Shubert Organization's Broadway Theatre. (more...)

James A. Rocco to Depart the Ordway at the End of the Year
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that James A. Rocco has decided to step down from his role as Vice President of Programming and Producing Artistic Director to pursue his freelance career. After more than a decade of remarkable service to the Ordway, Mr. Rocco's departure date is planned for December 22, 2017. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 5/9/2017 - 5/16/2017
by - May 16, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 5/9/2017 - 5/16/2017. (more...)

CURVY WIDOW, Starring Nancy Opel, Moving Off-Broadway This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Curvy Widow, a new musical comedy with a book by Bobby Goldman, music and lyrics by Drew Brody (Broadway: Oh Hello; Cutman), and directed by Peter Flynn(Rhapsody in Seth; Two Rooms), will play at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues), it was announced today by the producers. (more...)

Here They Go Again! Corbin Bleu, Dove Cameron and Lea DeLaria Join MAMMA MIA! at the Hollywood Bowl
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Here they go again! Additional casting has been announced for the Hollywood Bowl's upcoming production of Mamma Mia!, Friday, July 28, at 8 PM, Saturday, July 29, at 8 PM and Sunday, July 30, at 7:30 PM. The new cast members are Corbin Bleu as Sky, Dove Cameron as Sophie, Lea DeLaria as Rosie, and Jennifer Nettles as Donna. The production also stars previously announced Jamie Camil as Sam. (more...)

Terrence Mann Will Host CT Critics Circle Awards
by Lauren Yarger - May 13, 2017

Terrence Mann Hosts the 27th annual CT Critics Circle Awards June 26 at the Edgerton Center for the Arts in Fairfield. (more...)

Broadway In Chicago Announces Nominees for Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce the twenty-four students nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress, and nominees for Best Production, Best Direction and the Grosh Award for Best Scenic Design for the sixth annual Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards. (more...)

Ghostlight Records Celebrates Today's Release of A BRONX TALE At Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Ghostlight Records will celebrate today's cast album release date of the hit musical A BRONX TALE with a special in-store performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble on Friday, May 12 at 4:00 PM.  (more...)

Dreaming Ahead! ANGELS IN AMERICA Opera to Make New York Debut This June
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

In its 2016 - 2017 season, New York City Opera presented the New York staged premiere of Rachmaninoff's Aleko, the New York premiere of Tobin Stokes's Fallujah, 10 sold-out performances of Bernstein's Candide, the modern-day revival of Respighi's La Campana Sommersa, and the American premiere of Antonio Literes's Baroque rarity Los Elementos. This June, New York City Opera concludes the season with the eagerly anticipated New York premiere of Peter Eotvos's Angels in America, based on the play by Tony Kushner. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsals for ON THE TOWN at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's 2017 season opens with the musical On The Town, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie. With music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, including the hit song "New York, New York", On The Town will be the biggest dance musical ever staged at the Open Air Theatre. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Complete for Fiasco's Extended IMAGINARY INVALID at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of the Globe-commissioned world premiere adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid written by Moliere and reinvented by the acclaimed theatre group Fiasco Theater. Fiasco last delighted Globe audiences with their inventive reimagining of Into the Woods in 2014. This new take on the hilarious classic tale is directed by Fiasco Co-Artistic Directors Jessie Austrian and Noah Brody. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/12 - LA CAGE AUX FOLLES in Singapore, LITTLE SHOP in Burmingham, and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature LE CAGE AUX FOLLES in Singapore, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in Birmingham, In the Heights in Connecticut and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed 5/12 - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed 5/12 - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 5/12 - EVITA and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 5/12 - EVITA and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Detroit You Might Have Missed 5/12 - CAMELOT and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Detroit You Might Have Missed 5/12 - CAMELOT and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Las Vegas You Might Have Missed 5/12 - HEDWIG and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Las Vegas You Might Have Missed 5/12 - HEDWIG and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Los Angeles You Might Have Missed 5/12 - MAMMA MIA and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Los Angeles You Might Have Missed 5/12 - MAMMA MIA and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Phoenix You Might Have Missed 5/12 - OLIVER and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Phoenix You Might Have Missed 5/12 - OLIVER and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 5/12 - STRICTLY BALLROOM and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 5/12 - STRICTLY BALLROOM and More! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Australia You Might Have Missed 5/12 - MAMMA MIA and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Australia You Might Have Missed 5/12 - MAMMA MIA and More! (more...)

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts Announces 2017 Applause Awards Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts announces the 2017 recipients of the Applause Awards, boasting a range of students and talent from 32 schools in Central Florida. (more...)

Alan Palmer and Andrew Orbison Star in FINAL, FINAL FAREWELL TOUR OF DICK AND DELORES DELRUBIO
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Palmer Productions and The Most Innocently Inappropriate Couple That Never Was Presents the new world-renowned musical, 'The Final, Final Farewell Tour of Dick & Delores DelRubio,' starring Alan Palmer and Andrew Orbison. (more...)

THE FINAL, FINAL FAREWELL TOUR OF DICK & DELORES DELRUBIO to Hit 17 Cities
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Palmer Productions and The Most Innocently Inappropriate Couple That Never Was Presents the new world-renowned musical, 'The Final, Final Farewell Tour of Dick & Delores DelRubio,' starring Alan Palmer and Andrew Orbison. (more...)

Connecticut Premiere of TRAV'LIN Opens this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Connecticut premiere of Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical opens this weekend at Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre, following productions at Houston's Ensemble Theatre and Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, and development in Washington, D.C. and New York City, including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF).  Performances being Thursday, May 11, Official Opening is Saturday, May 13, and the show runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017. (more...)

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