Arthur Mitchell to be Honored with Columbia Doctorate of Humane Letters
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Columbia University will confer the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on the legendary dance pioneer and social activist Arthur Mitchell this month, the Arthur Mitchell Project announced today. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Deborah Cox & More in World Premiere of JOSEPHINE at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Asolo Rep, in collaboration with Tony Award® winner Kenneth Waissman (Grease, Torch Song Trilogy) presents the world premiere of the new, Broadway-bound musical JOSEPHINE. Opening tonight, Friday, May 6 at 8pm, the production runs at the Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, through May 29. Grammy® nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist Deborah Cox (Broadway's Aida, Jekyll & Hyde; vocals for the Whitney Houston Lifetime movie Whitney) stars as the legendary African-American performer Josephine Baker. Check out a first look at the cast on stage below! (more...)

Asolo Rep to Host KALEIDOSCOPE: THE SPECTACULAR SENSATION EXTRAVAGANZA!
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Asolo Rep's Education & Outreach department proudly presents Kaleidoscope: The Spectacular Sensation Extravaganza! on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6pm in the Mertz Theatre, on the set of Asolo Rep's world premiere of Josephine. The performance is the culmination of this season's Kaleidoscope, an award-winning annual program founded by Broadway veteran Ann Morrison in 1995, which serves individuals with disabilities from local community organizations and schools to discover creative and personal expression through theatre. (more...)

SHUFFLE ALONG and THE HUMANS Top 2016 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

The New York Drama Critics' Circle just announced its 2015-2016 Best Play and Best Musical: Stephen Karam's THE HUMANS and George C. Wolfe, Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's SHUFFLE ALONG, OR THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT FOLLOWED. (more...)

Two-Time Tony Nominee Vivian Reed Returns to The Metropolitan Room This Month
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

?VIVIAN REED, the two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway star and concert artist called "remarkable and ferocious" by The New York Times and "a force of nature" by The New York Post, continues her acclaimed concert series "Standards and More" at The Metropolitan Room on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 PM. Returning as special guests for this performance will be Metropolitan Opera soprano Janinah Burnett and Broadway and nightclub Raun Ruffin star, who appeared in The Civil War. Reed will also perform at The Metropolitan Room on June 17 and July 21, backed by a four-piece band led by Billy McDaniel. The evening includes unique arrangements of classic standards by Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and George Gershwin in a dazzling blend of pop, jazz, soul and R&B. (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: SHUFFLE ALONG's Audra McDonald Shows Class and Love After Tony Non-Nomination
by Michael Dale - May 3, 2016

Despite not being nominated this year, six-time Tony winner is happy to celebrate. (more...)

Bid For A Backstage Tour From SHUFFLE ALONG's Brooks Ashmanskas, Support Transport Group
by Michael Dale - May 23, 2016

One of Broadway's funniest performers offers a backstage tour in a new Charitybuzz auction. (more...)

VIDEO: OWN Unveils Extended Trailer for New Original Series GREENLEAF
by TV News Desk - May 18, 2016

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network revealed today an extended trailer of its new, original drama series GRENLEAF, from Lionsgate and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under,” “Brothers and Sisters”) (more...)

Claybourne Elder, Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC & More Set for Signature's Sizzlin' Summer Nights Cabaret Series
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Virginia's Signature Theatre opens its' air-conditioned doors once again for the annual Sizzlin' Summer Nights Series. Two and a half weeks of live music and performances by Signature favorites, DC area stars, and some of New York's most exciting Broadway performers. The cabaret series runs July 5 through July 22, with a different performance every night. (more...)

OWN Announces June 2016 Programming Highlights
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK has announced its June 2016 programming highlights. (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: SHUFFLE ALONG's New Star Rhiannon Giddens Gets Her First Taste of Tap Dancing
by Michael Dale - May 13, 2016

Her singing has helped her win a Grammy, but her Broadway debut will require her to learn tap dancing. (more...)

A.R. Gurney & Carmen de Lavallade to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honors at 61st Annual Obie Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice have announced that legendary actor/dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and renowned playwright A.R. Gurney will each receive a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 61st Annual Obie Awards, which will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). Tickets to the 2016 Obie Awards are now available via www.ObieAwards.com. (more...)

Holly Penfield to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko with THE RHYTHM OF LIFE
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Feinstein's at the Nikko is thrilled to welcome the return of San Francisco native Holly Penfield with her newest show, The Rhythm of Life, for two performances only - Friday, July 15 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, July 16 (7 p.m.). (more...)

BWW TV: SHUFFLE ALONG Tony Nominees Celebrate the News; Plus New Performance Footage!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 12, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opened on April 28 on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. The musical nabbed a total of 10 Tony nominations this year, including nods for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actor and Actress, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Direction, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. BroadwayWorld recently caught up with the nominees -- hear what they had to say about the show, plus watch new performance highlights, in the video below! (more...)

On Site Opera's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO to Run 6/14-17
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Just four years into its existence, On Site Opera (OSO) has established itself as one of New York City's most imaginative, nimble opera companies by doing more than simply staging musically and dramatically rich works outside of the opera house. (more...)

VIDEOS: SHUFFLE ALONG's Grammy-Winning New Star Rhiannon Giddens Will Sub During Audra McDonald's Maternity Leave
by Michael Dale - May 10, 2016

The country blues singer will be making her Broadway debut as Lottie Gee. (more...)

Vivian Reed's New Show STANDARDS AND MORE Opens This Weekend at The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

VIVIAN REED, the two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway star and concert artist called "remarkable and ferocious" by The New York Times, will return to New York on Saturday April 2 at 9:30 PM, with the opening night of her new show "Standards and More" at The Metropolitan Room. Her special guests for this performance will be Metropolitan Opera soprano Janinah Burnett and Broadway star Raun Ruffin, who appeared in The Civil War. Reed will also appear at The Metropolitan Room on May 23, June 17 and July 21, backed by a four-piece band led by Billy McDaniel. The evening will include unique arrangements of classic standards by Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and George Gershwin in a dazzling blend of pop, jazz, soul and R&B. (more...)

Kevin Earley & More to Join Deborah Cox in World Premiere of JOSEPHINE at Asolo Rep; Full Cast Set
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Asolo Rep will present the world premiere of the Broadway-bound new musical: JOSEPHINE. Previews for JOSEPHINE begin April 27, press opening night is Friday, May 6 at 8pm, and the musical runs through Sunday, May 29 in the Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)


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SHUFFLE ALONG Preview Canceled Tonight Due to Audra McDonald's Illness
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

Just in, Broadway's SHUFFLE ALONG has canceled a third preview performance slated for tonight, March 23rd, at the Music Box Theatre, due to the illness of Audra McDonald. (more...)

The Wallis to Host An Evening with Peter Sellars in Conversation with Alex Ross, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts joins forces with the Ojai Music Festival for the first time to present a lively Arts & Ideas conversation between groundbreaking opera and theater director Peter Sellars and The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. The conversation will take placeon the stage of the Bram Goldsmith Theater on Monday, May 16 at 7:30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: New Musical ANASTASIA in World Premiere at Hartford Stage Company
by Karen Bovard - Jun 6, 2016

A distinguished creative team has hit it big with a rousing, new, heart-warming version of ANASTASIA, premiering currently at the Hartford Stage Company. This show has appeal for romantics and history buffs and musical comedy fans and dance aficionados and features no fewer than four strong female figures for audiences to identify with; in short, it's a potential blockbuster, for all kinds of worthy reasons. (more...)

FACEBOOK WATCH: Billy Porter Welcomes Tommy Tune and Andrea Martin To SHUFFLE ALONG
by Michael Dale - Jun 29, 2016

The legendary dancer/director/choreographer and the great Broadway clown greet the Tony-winning star backstage. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 26, 2016
by - Jun 26, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 26 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

SHUFFLE ALONG Sets Sudden Broadway Closing After Audra McDonald Departs
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

The New York Times is reporting that Shuffle Along will close on July 24th, currently the date of Audra McDonald's departure citing a low advance for after she leaves the show.  (more...)

OWN's New Drama Series GREENLEAF Debuts as #1 Series Premiere in Network History
by TV News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network shatters ratings records delivering its biggest series premiere in network history on Tuesday night (6/21/16). (more...)

BWW Review: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2016: DITA VON TEESE - BURLESQUE: STRIP, STRIP, HOORAY! Thrilled Her Many Fans
by Barry Lenny - Jun 17, 2016

For burlesque fans, this will surely go down in their diaries as the event of a lifetime. (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: SHUFFLE ALONG's Audra McDonald Admits To Fangirling Over Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins
by Michael Dale - Jul 6, 2016

The pregnant Broadway stars says she will definitely be showing the animated program to her little one. (more...)

Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT to Hold 'Rock-A-Long' Performance This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The critically acclaimed production of Green Day's hit musical, American Idiot, will be performing a special 'Rock-A-Long' performance for one night only on Thursday 8 September 2016. Following the huge success of last year's event, audience members are encouraged to 'ROCK OUT' with the cast, following the musical's return to its London home at the Arts Theatre in July. (more...)

BWW Flashback: We've Got the Broadway Blues... SHUFFLE ALONG Takes Final Bow Tonight
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 24, 2016

SHUFFLE ALONG will play its final Broadway performance today, July 24, 2016, the day six-time Tony-winning star Audra McDonald was already set to depart the production for a multi-month maternity leave. SHUFFLE ALONG began performances on March 15, 2016 and officially opened on April 28 at the Music Box Theatre. It will have played 38 previews and 100 regular performances by the time it ends. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through the show's Broadway journey! (more...)

OWN Announces August 2016 Programming Highlights
by TV News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK has announced August 2016 programming highlights, including new series and seasons and returning series and seasons. (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Laura Benanti Visit Billy Porter, Brian Stokes Mitchell at SHUFFLE ALONG
by Michael Dale - Jul 14, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda tweets high praise for the show and for Audra McDonald's understudy Darlesia Cearcy. (more...)

Vivian Reed Returns to the Metropolitan Room with STANDARDS AND MORE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

VIVIAN REED - the two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway star and concert artist called "remarkable and ferocious" by The New York Times and "a force of nature" by The New York Post - will return with her acclaimed concert "Standards and More" at The Metropolitan Room on Thursday,July 21 at 7:00 PM. Special guests for this show will be soprano Andrea Jones-Sojola, who appeared on Broadway in The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, and theater and nightclub star Raun Ruffin, who appeared in The Civil War. The show was recently extended through this fall and Reed will also perform at The Metropolitan Room on September 26 and November 10, backed by a four-piece band led by Billy McDaniel. The evening includes unique arrangements of classic standards by Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and George Gershwin in a dazzling blend of pop, jazz, soul and R&B. A recent rave review from BroadwayWorld.com praises "the profound originality of Reed's arrangements and interpretations. Reed dives headlong into the songs and emerges with something entirely new, fresh and hers." (more...)

VIDEO: Savion Glover Chats Significance of SHUFFLE ALONG; Tap Dances on 'Late Night'
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

On last night's LATE NIGHT, guest Savion Glove talked about choreographing the new Broadway musical SHUFFLE ALONG. (more...)

Photo Flash Exclusive: Vivian Reed Premieres New Show 'Standards and More' at the Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

VIVIAN REED, the two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway star and concert artist called 'remarkable and ferocious' by The New York Times, returned to New York on Saturday April 2 at 9:30 PM, with the opening night of her new show 'Standards and More' at The Metropolitan Room. BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive look below! (more...)

BWW Review: UrbanArias' Pleasing AFTER LIFE / JOSEPHINE
by Roger Catlin - Apr 6, 2016

What happens when American women move to Paris for creatively fulfilling careers? (more...)

VIDEOS: A Scene By Scene, Song By Song Synopsis of the Original 1921 SHUFFLE ALONG
by Michael Dale - Apr 5, 2016

There were no original cast albums in 1921, so this scene by scene synopsis of the original SHUFFLE ALONG is augmented by various recordings of songs from the score. (more...)

Bid To Meet SHUFFLE ALONG's Audra McDonald and Support Covenant House
by Michael Dale - Apr 5, 2016

Have a backstage visit with Audra McDonald after enjoying SHUFFLE ALONG from house seats. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The SHUFFLE ALONG Cast Takes Opening Night Bows!
by Walter McBride - Apr 29, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opened just last night, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. This marks the final opening of the 2015-16 theatre season! BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the curtain call below! (more...)

VIDEO: SHUFFLE ALONG's Audra McDonald Makes Taped Appearance For JEOPARDY!'s Broadway Category
by Michael Dale - Apr 28, 2016

The 6-time Tony Award winner gives the $1,000 answer in today's Broadway category. (more...)

SHUFFLE ALONG Makes Profit-Sharing Strides with Workshop Benefits
by Jessica Khan - Apr 28, 2016

Following the news that HAMILTON's original stars will see a share of the blockbuster musical's takings, the company of Broadway's SHUFFLE ALONG has won profit-sharing participation of its own. (more...)

Simply Full of Jazz! Meet the Whole Cast of 'SHUFFLE ALONG', Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 28, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opens tonight, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book and is directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch SUNDAY MORNING's recent behind-the-scenes look at the show! (more...)

SHUFFLE ALONG, Starring Audra McDonald, Opens Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opens tonight, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Travel Back to 1921 with the Star-Studded Company of SHUFFLE ALONG!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, will open this week on Broadway. Working alongside such Tony-winning Broadway legends as Savion Glover, Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and Brian Stokes Mitchell are young performers making their debut on the Great White Way.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Tonight's First Preview of JOSEPHINE with Deborah Cox Cancelled at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Asolo Rep has confirmed it has cancelled tonight's first preview of the world premiere musical JOSEPHINE, starring Deborah Cox. Performances are scheduled to resume tomorrow, Thursday, April 28. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at SHUFFLE ALONG on Broadway + Meet the Young Cast in Rehearsal
by Stage Tube - Apr 24, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, will open this week on Broadway. Working alongside such Tony-winning Broadway legends as Savion Glover, Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and Brian Stokes Mitchell are young performers making their debut on the Great White Way. Today on CBS, Maurice DuBois gave 'Sunday Morning' a peak backstage. (more...)

Will SHUFFLE ALONG Be Considered a Revival or New Musical for the Tony Awards?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

With the announcement of the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations, awards season is now in full swing, and though many shows have already seen love, one has been noticeably excluded- Shuffle Along. And there is a reason... (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Deborah Cox & Kevin Earley Preview Broadway-Hopeful Musical JOSEPHINE
by Stage Tube - Apr 15, 2016

Asolo Rep will soon stage the world premiere of the Broadway-aimed new musical JOSEPHINE. In anticipation, stars Deborah Cox and Kevin Earley recently took part in a preview event for the production - check out their performances below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Deborah Cox Stuns in Jazzy First Look at World Premiere Musical JOSEPHINE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Asolo Rep, in collaboration with Tony Award® winner Kenneth Waissman (Grease, Torch Song Trilogy) presents the world premiere of the new, Broadway-bound musical JOSEPHINE. BroadwayWorld brings you a series of first-look photos below! (more...)

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