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Seth Stewart Will Take Over as HAMILTON's Lafayette/Jefferson Full-Time
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Seth Stewart has officially taken over the role of 'Lafayette/Jefferson' in Hamilton on Broadway. Stewart was one of three understudies who alternated the role since Tony winner Daveed Diggs' departure in July. He assumes the role full-time through the end of the year. (more...)

Meet THE ADDAMS FAMILY of Athens Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

This weekend will be the first of Athens Theatre's run of 'The Addams Family: A New Musical', and here are just a few of the reasons they're so proud of the show: their cast! On Friday, September 30, the audience can join the company for their traditional - and  free! - Opening Night champagne toast. Sparkling cider will be available for those who are underage. (more...)

Emmy Winner Thomas Kail Teases GREASE LIVE 2
by TV News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Speaking to the press following their Emmy Award win for for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special for GREASE LIVE! earlier this month, directors Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski teased the idea of bringing GREASE LIVE 2 to television. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 9/28/2016 - ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU, A STAR IS BORN and More!
by Jessica Khan - Sep 28, 2016

Today's big news: ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU with Judith Light opens Off-Broadway, Molly Pope brings A STAR IS BORN to Feinstein's/54 Below, a starry production of THE PRODUCERS starts tonight at Paper Mill, and THE FRONT PAGE's Nathan Lane & John Goodman stop by TODAY! (more...)

Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits Chicago's Hubbard Street Dance Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

On Monday, September 26, 2016, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago was honored to welcome Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and original star ofHamilton: An American Musical, to its West Loop facility, the Hubbard Street Dance Center, located at 1147 West Jackson Boulevard. More than 160 invited guests included students and families participating in Hubbard Street's Youth Dance Programs; members of Hubbard Street's Junior Ensemble, Hubbard Street 2 and the artists of its world-renowned main company; staff members and special guests; individual and foundation supporters of its Education Programs; and Season 38 Spotlight Ball attendees who made donations at the organization's annual gala. (more...)

The New York Innovation Theatre Foundation Honors the Best and Brightest of Off-Off Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

On Monday, September 26, 2016, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 12 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2016 recipients at its annual awards ceremony, The IT Awards. Hosted by a crowd favorite, Jason Kravits and directed by award winning director and sound designer, DeLisa White the ceremony took place from 7pm to 10pm at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda Launches Fundraiser At Iconic Manhattan Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda continues his longstanding support of movies at the United Palace in Washington Heights with a $100K donation for a new DCP projection system that will produce a Hollywood-quality image. He will debut the new projector on October 16 with a screening of the original Mary Poppins, which he will introduce. The classic 1964 Disney movie has been selected because later this year Lin-Manuel Miranda is temporarily relocating to London to begin shooting Mary Poppins Returns.  (more...)

MEL GIEDROYC and CAROLINE QUENTIN Join the Cast of NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

The Great British Bake Off host MEL GIEDROYC and comedy actress favourite CAROLINE QUENTIN join the already star studded cast of NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS giving the West End a unique experience of seeing star performances of songs from four new musicals, in this one off Gala Concert at the Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER at 7.30pm produced by musical theatre production company The Stable. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - HAMILTON's Christopher Jackson Featured in Tonight's Episode of BULL
by TV News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

HAMILTON star Christopher Jackson is featured in tonight's episode of the new CBS drama series BULL, titled 'The Woman in 8D.' In the episode, Dr. Bull and his Trial Analysis Corporation (TAC) team must formulate a new defense strategy when they discover the jury has a subconscious gender bias toward their client (more...)

American Monarch Theatre Company to Open Inaugural Season with THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Easton's American Monarch Theatre Company (AMTC) will open its 2016-2017 inaugural season with the musical, The Last Five Years. Performances are October 15th at 8 p.m. and October 16th at 3 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Grand Eastonian Hotel in Easton, PA. Tickets are $20. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: ALADDIN'S Courtney Reed Takes Us Behind 'These Palace Walls' in New Video
by Stage Tube - Sep 27, 2016

Shining, shimmering inspiration! Explore beyond the palace walls with Aladdin the Musical's Courtney Reed. (more...)

Collegiate Theatrics: Belmont University's LEXIE McENTIRE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 27, 2016

Which brings us to this year's first installment of our popular feature/interview series, Collegiate Theatrics, featuring Belmont University sophomore Mary-Alexis McEntire, who is perhaps better known to friends, family and fans as Lexie McEntire. The Fairfax, Virginia, native is in the initial throes of her second year at the school - known widely for its theater and dance and musical theatre programs - as another young artist in a long line of Belmont students (then and now) making their names known on stages all over the globe. (more...)

IN THE HEIGHTS Adaptation Set to Get Underway This Spring; Lin-Manuel Miranda to Appear?
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 27, 2016

HAMILTON creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is featured on the cover of the new issue of Variety. In the feature story, the Tony Award winner speaks about his latest projects and hints that a movie musical, TV show or all-new stage show may be part of his future plans. (more...)

Taylor Louderman, Alex Wyse and More Join Original Chicago Stars in RIDE THE CYCLONE at MCC Theater; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

MCC Theater today announced casting and full creative team for its thrilling New York City premiere of the new musical Ride the Cyclone, which marks just the third musical in MCC's now-iconic 30-year history of producing new works for the American theater. (more...)

BWW Interview: Damian Buhagiar On Returning To IN THE HEIGHTS
by Marianka Swain - Sep 27, 2016

Damian Buhagiar's credits include the UK tour of Jersey Boys and Bugsy Malone at Lyric Hammersmith. He's now returned to the West End production of In the Heights in the role of Sonny, which he originated at Southwark Playhouse in 2014, in time for the show's first birthday at King's Cross this Friday. (more...)

CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED Cast Recording Now on Spotify; Concerts Set for NYC, LA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced that Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined from KYLE RIABKO is now available from Spotify and other streaming services. (more...)

2016 Recipients Announced for New York Innovative Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

On Monday, September 26, 2016, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 12 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2016 recipients at its annual awards ceremony, The IT Awards. Hosted by a crowd favorite, Jason Kravits and directed by award winning director and sound designer, DeLisa White the ceremony took place from 7pm to 10pm at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Extends IN THE HEIGHTS Through November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce a second extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In the Heights, now playing through Saturday, Nov. 19, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed and co-choreographed by Brenda Didier, co-choreographed by Chris Carter, music directed by Diana Lawrence and assistant directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The  performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with an added Thursday matinee, October 6 at 1:30 p.m. There is no 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Tickets are $43 - $51. Single tickets may be purchased at 773.327.5252 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org.  (more...)

Photo Flash: The WICKED Monkeys Show Off Their Pyramid Skills, the CHARLIE Boys Go Pond Hopping, and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2016

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! Today's edition features the Wicked monkeys showing off their pyramid skills, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory boys channeling their inner New Yorkers, and more! (more...)

Get Set to Soar IN THE HEIGHTS at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The Big Apple has never felt more like a small town than in Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "In the Heights." The Pennington Players proudly present this Tony Award-winning show at Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, Oct. 14 and 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 15 and 22 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Oct 14. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. (more...)

Andrew Samonksy, Jason Graae, Beverly Ward and More to Star in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Concert at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The 2015-16 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company concludes with a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. (more...)

Listen to 'Gotta Get Out' from LIKE YOU LIKE IT Studio Cast Recording, Out Today!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Broadway Records today released the star-studded studio cast recording of LIKE YOU LIKE IT. Scroll down for a first listen to 'Gotta Get Out,' featuring Alison Luff, Patti Murin, Robin de Jesus, Sam Underwood, Derek Klena, Kate Rockwell, Aaron Riesebeck and the ensemble! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Anthony Lee Medina and More in IN THE HEIGHTS at TUTS
by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) welcomes a dynamic cast for In the Heights, the first Tony-Award-winning show by Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame, kicking off the Theatre Under The Stars 2016-17 season now. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Opera in the Heights Artists Present INTERMEZZO Chamber Music Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Lambert Hall is the place be for "Intermezzo," a chamber music concert that includes popular opera arias and beautiful chamber pieces performed by Opera In the Heights (Oh!) singers and orchestra members who are volunteering their time and talents to raise funds for the regional opera company. Performances are Saturday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. (more...)

THE RADICALIZATION OF ROLFE Heads to Fringe Encore Series 2016 at Soho Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

The Radicalization of Rolfe, winner of 2016 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award, re-opens as part of the Fringe Encore Series 2016 at The Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, New York City on Sunday, October 23, 2016. (more...)

Future Productions Planned for New Musical A SIGN OF THE TIMES Following Goodspeed Run
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

A Sign of the Times, the new pop-fueled musical featuring songs made famous by Petula Clark and other hit-makers of the 1960s, recently wrapped up a successful five-week run at Goodspeed's Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. where the show played from July 29 - September 4 to packed houses. News of an upcoming production will be announced. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bucks County Playhouse Celebrates Final Phase Groundbreaking
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Local dignitaries, elected officials and Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) supporters gathered by the river and participated in a groundbreaking ceremony hosted by Tony Award-winning Broadway producers who now manage the Playhouse -- Alexander Fraser, Producing Director ('Kinky Boots', 'The Normal Heart') and Robyn Goodman, Executive Producer ('Avenue Q', 'In the Heights'). They recognized Bridge Street Foundation's Sherri and Kevin Daugherty, who are gifting this $3 million final phase of renovations to the Playhouse. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

HAMILTON Announces New Block of Seats On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago announced today the addition of 26 more weeks for HAMILTON at The PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe) putting tickets on sale for performances through September 17, 2017.    (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Hilarious #TBT! Cast of Broadway's ALADDIN Plays '90s Aladdin Video Game
by Stage Tube - Sep 22, 2016

The cast of Aladdin experienced some major nostalgia (and laughs) when they played the iconic 16-bit Aladdin video game from the '90s - check out their Throwback Thursday moment in the video below, then download the game to try it yourself! (more...)

Watch New Clip from HAMILTON'S AMERICA, Coming to PBS This October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

HAMILTON'S AMERICA, the documentary film that brings history to vivid life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize explodes onto THIRTEEN's Great Performances, Friday, October 21 at 9 p.m. on PBS (more...)

Staged Reading This Week for New Dan Fogelberg Musical PART OF THE PLAN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 21, 2016

Tony Award-nominated director Lynne Taylor-Corbett (Swing!) helms Part of the Plan, an original musical featuring the songs of the late, celebrated singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, currently in development at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center which this week will receive a 29-hour Equity staged reading with three invitation-only presentations September 22-24. (more...)

BWW Interview: Stephen Miranda Talks THE REDEMPTION SERIES
by Alexander Garza - Sep 21, 2016

THE REDEMPTION SERIES at the Landing Theatre Company delves into the delicate topics of race relations, ethnicity, and diversity through short plays from across the country directed by some of Houston's finest theatre professionals. The production opens Thursday September 22, 2016 at The Docks in Houston, TX. I got the opportunity to ask Stephen Miranda questions surrounding the production and get his take on these hot button issues. Miranda is Landing Theatre Company's Interim General Manager and also happens to be on of the directors working on the production. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Songs That Sum Up Fall
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Sep 21, 2016

We can all agree that there's no season more hashtag aesthetic than autumn. But, as is for everything cool, you need a playlist to bring it full circle. (more...)

Panic! Brings Tony-Nominated BRING IT ON to Thousand Oaks
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Panic! Productions brings the Lin-Manuel Miranda-Tom Kitt musical, "Bring it On," to the Scherr Forum Theatre in Thousand Oaks October 6 through 16. Directed by Nicolas Womack, and choreographed by Keenon Hooks, this Tony Award-nominated musical was adapted for Broadway from the hit film of the same title and explores the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading and the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance. (more...)

BWW Review: BRING IT ON at the University of Utah Brings a Youthful Energy
by Tyler Hinton - Sep 21, 2016

The University of Utah's production of BRING IT ON, which is the first in Utah since the national tour arrived more than two years ago, captivates with a youthful energy. (more...)

BWW Review: GOAT's JEKYLL & HYDE Is Sexy, but Safe High-Quality Theatre
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 21, 2016

Throughout all of human history, there has been something sexy and intoxicating about the fine line between good and evil; the dangerous desire to understand it, to conquer it, to control it. The Greater Orlando Actors' Theatre production of the musical JEKYLL & HYDE, running through Sunday, September 25th at the home of Central Florida Community Arts, ably captures the alluring sexuality of this temptation, but is never able to realize the innate danger that accompanies it. (more...)

Casting Complete for PARTY PEOPLE at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York Premiere of PARTY PEOPLE by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz a.k.a Ninja. Developed and directed by Liesl Tommy with choreography by Millicent Johnnie, PARTY PEOPLE begins performances on Tuesday, November 1 and runs through Sunday, December 4, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 15. (more...)

CSO Presents CHORALE MASTERPIECE with Columbus Symphony Chorus and World-Renowned Guest Vocalists, 10/28-29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Conducted by CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, this passionate and spectacular piece touches every emotion from stark terror to soothing beauty to an uplifting sense of spirituality. Although composed as a sacred work, its deep theatricality has led to it being frequently described as "Verdi's greatest opera." To adequately convey the breadth of his vision, Verdi called for the combined forces of a full orchestra, chorus, and four solo vocalists. As such, the Columbus Symphony will be joined by the Columbus Symphony Chorus, soprano Michelle Johnson, mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa, tenor Evan Johnson, and bass Burak Bilgili. (more...)

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Turn Donald Trump Tweets Into a Musical
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

In a video shared on GQ the Magazine, Lin-Manuel Miranda sings actual Donald Trump tweets on the top of a New York City sightseeing bus! The lyrics include 'Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!' (more...)

Try for Your Shot! HAMILTON Launches Day-of-Show Digital Lottery in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago have announced a day-of-show digital lottery for Hamilton, launching in Chicago today, September 27, 2016 at The PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe). (more...)

BWW Review: There is Joy in Porchlight's Controversial IN THE HEIGHTS
by Teresa Budasi - Sep 19, 2016

If you aspire to see 'Hamilton' while it's in Chicago but have yet to score tickets, you can get a tease of what Lin-Manuel Miranda has to offer this town by checking out Porchlight Theatre's production of In the Heights. (more...)

Christopher Jackson to Juggle HAMILTON with Role on New CBS Drama Series
by TV News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

As BWW has previously reported, Tony nominated actor and HAMILTON star Christopher Jackson takes on the role of fashion-conscious stylist Chunk Palmer on the new CBS drama BULL, premiering tomorrow night 9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony and Emmy Winner Thomas Kail
by Theater People Podcast - Sep 19, 2016

On Monday, September 18 the Theater People podcast welcomes Tony and Emmy Award winning director Thomas Kail. For the episode, Kail discusses creating the smash hit musical HAMILTON alongside his longtime collaborator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (more...)

The Uptown Underground Presents JUDY AND LIZA—ONCE IN A LIFETIME
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2016

RETURN ENGAGEMENT:  After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli) are bringing "JUDY & LIZA - ONCE IN A LIFETIME" back to the Uptown Underground on Sunday, October 9th at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. This cabaret show is a re-creation of the famed concert presented by the legendary mother-daughter duo of Judy Garland and an 18-year-old Liza Minnelli in 1964 at the London Palladium.  This tribute features the classic songs, costumes, dialogue and dance steps to help the audience re-live the historic occasion, with solos like "The Man That Got Away", "Just in Time" and "Gypsy in My Soul" and duets like "Chicago" and "Get Happy/Happy Days", backed by a jazz combo with orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (music director and pianist). (more...)

GREASE LIVE's Thomas Kail Wins Emmy Award for Best Direction For a Variety Special
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 18, 2016

Thomas Kail has won the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special for GREASE LIVE! (more...)

BWW Interview: Diego Klock-Perez Talks Suzi Awards and Lin-Manuel Miranda
by Justin Adams - Sep 17, 2016

Sitting down with Suzi nominee Diego Flock-Perez to chat 'In the Heights' and Miranda (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 9/16; EVITA Starring Eden Espinosa, IN THE HEIGHTS in Atlanta, Patti LuPone in CA and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Sep 16, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Nashville, Atlanta, Costa Mesa and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include Studio Tenn's EVITA starring Eden Espinosa, In the Heights in Atlanta, and Patti LuPone in concert in Costa Mesa, just to name a few. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS at Phoenix Theatre
by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2016

From the famed creator of the Broadway smash, Hamilton, comes the Tony® Award-Winning season opener for Phoenix Theatre - In the Heights! BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Is The Hottest Ticket In Town
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Sep 16, 2016

BWW Review: In the Heights Is An Exuberant Must-See At Theatre Under The Stars (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Anthony Lee Medina and More in Starry IN THE HEIGHTS at TUTS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) welcomes a dynamic cast for In the Heights, the first Tony-Award-winning show by Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame, kicking off the Theatre Under The Stars 2016-17 season now. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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