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Jack Lawrence Theatre (New York, NY)
359 W. 48th St.

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Based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling

How did the Elephant get his trunk?br



How did the Leopard get his spots?br



How did the Rhinoceros get his skin?brbr



In the "Just So Stories," Rudyard Kipling created a magical world as he told his daughter fables of the animal kingdom. In "Just So," George Stiles and Anthony Drewe ("Honk!") have created a new musical that weaves five of Mr. Kipling's most famous tales together into a fanciful lesson about personal courage, individuality and friendship.




Julie Atherton Joins Arion Productions' Masterclass Team
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Arion Productions has announced actress Julie Atherton as the latest artist to join their exceptional line-up of industry professionals to provide expert,  'one day only' training in much-sought-after specialist fields for professional theatre-makers and those considering professional training at Diorama Arts Studios. (more...)

GRANNY'S BLUE-MERS to Premiere at The Duplex This October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Join Rev. Mary, Courteney, and Liz ... and Dan for a night of Raunchy, Naughty, Saucy, Bawdy Blues from 'back in the day' with GRANNY'S BLUE-MERS World Premiere at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street @ 7th Avenue) in the heart of Greenwich Village! (more...)

Cesar Alvarez Continues to Reshape Musicals with World Premiere THE ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW at 2016 Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

From the creator of the 2016 Lortel Award-winning Off-Broadway musical Futurity, comes the world premiere of The Elementary Spacetime Show, a new non-traditional musical premiering at the 2016 Fringe Festival, Sept. 15-24 (preview shows Sept. 10-14). (more...)

BWW Interview: The Original Tom Jones Still Improving on His THE FANTASTICKS 50+ Years Later
by Gil Kaan - Sep 7, 2016

The latest production of the classic THE FANTASTICKS arrived at The Pasadena Playhouse September 6, 2016, directed by Seema Sueko. With the book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, THE FANTASTICKS was awarded the Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 1991, in its 33rd year of its 42-year Off-Broadway run (17,162 performances!). (more...)

BWW Review: MORAL IMPERATIVE Asks How Far Would You Go to Get What You Want?
by Shari Barrett - Sep 27, 2016

In today's world, many are passed over for promotion, often causing jealousy and bitter reactions to the person who does advance over you. But just how far would you go to get that job you want and feel best qualified for, at least in your own mind? And what if you feel that person in the positions above you was Just So vile and wrong for the job that you became convinced the world would simply be a better place if that person was dead? Would you have a moral imperative to shove that individual over to the other side? That's the question posed by the new World Premiere mystery MORAL IMPERATIVE by L.A.-based playwright Samuel Warren Joseph, now onstage at Theatre 40 through October 17. (more...)

The Pennsylvania Blues Festival Marks its 25th Anniversary in Style!
by Tory Gates - Sep 23, 2016

“The blues will always be alive, the blues doesn't need our help.' -- Bill Wax, host of 'Roots and Fruits,' WPFW Radio, Washington, DC (more...)

BWW Interviews: Andy Richardson from NEWSIES ON TOUR
by Kathy Strain - Sep 23, 2016

NEWSIES has entertained audiences all over North America as the tour visited many cities. As this current tour wraps up in Austin, Texas, BWW had a chance to visit with San Antonio, Texas native Andy Richardson who plays Crutchie. (more...)

BWW Interview - John Treacy Egan Returns as Franz Liebkind in Paper Mill's THE PRODUCERS
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 23, 2016

Today, John Treacy Egan speaks with BWW about revisiting the role of this Nazi-loving, Broadway-crazed nutjob! (more...)

Find the Hidden 'Easter Eggs' in DreamWrights' THE ADVENTURES OF PETER RABBIT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

???????The Adventures of Peter Rabbit opens at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts with some hidden surprises for the audience to discover. (more...)

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Michael Perlman, Michael Berresse and More Among Directors for NAMT's 2016 Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced the directors for the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). (more...)

BWW Review: STAGEright's TOXIC AVENGER – Fun but as Solid as Toxic Waste
by Jay Irwin - Sep 19, 2016

There's nothing wrong with a bit of mindless fun at the theater. Some of my happiest memories are sitting in a darkened theater laughing hysterically at Mormons or man eating plants or oversexed puppets. But while the fun in those instances may be base and mindless they were all still backed up by a well crafted and well put together show and that's where "The Toxic Avenger Musical", currently being offered from STAGEright, falls flat. Sure, it's goofy, in your face, over the top fun but appealing to our love of things a little bit gross and repeatedly calling someone a slut cannot replace good writing and pacing. (more...)

BWW Interview: Colman Domingo on His Intervening BARBECUE, Hollywood & Controversies
by Gil Kaan - Sep 19, 2016

Playwright Robert O'Hara's BARBECUE deservedly earned a rousing reception (and standing ovation) from The Geffen Playhouse's enthusiastic opening night audience September 14.  BroadwayWorld and I had a chance to chat with O'Hara's frequent collaborator, actor/playwright/director Colman Domingo a few days after his directorial success. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

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BWW Interview: Actress Hope Davis On Thrillers, Escaping To London and David Hare's THE RED BARN
by Marianka Swain - Sep 19, 2016

Acclaimed American actress Hope Davis has starred in numerous independent films and TV dramas, from About Schmidt and American Splendour to In Treatment, The Special Relationship and Wayward Pines. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the original Broadway production of God of Carnage, and next month she returns to the stage in David Hare's new play The Red Barn at the National Theatre, directed by Robert Icke. (more...)

PLENTY, Starring Rachel Weisz, Extends at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that PLENTY, written by David Hare, will extend two weeks through Sunday, November 20. (more...)

Sheffield Theatres Announce Full Casting for Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Sheffield Theatres today announces the cast for its major new revival of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun. Paul Foster directs Anna-Jane Casey as Annie Oakley and Ben Lewis as Frank Butler, with Nicolas Colicos (Buffalo Bill), Mike Denman (Pawnee Bill), Lauren Hall (Winnie Tate), Matthew Malthouse (Foster Wilson), Timothy Quinlan (Charlie Davenport), Cleve September (Tommy Keeler), Maggie Service (Dolly Tate), Karl Seth (Chief Sitting Bull), and completing the ensemble, Josh Andrews, Ronan Burns, Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Omari Douglas, Rosie Fletcher, Melissa James, Jasmine Kerr, Natasha Mould, Jak Skelly, Leah West and Emma Woods (ensemble and Dance Captain). The production opens on 14 December, with previews from 8 December, and runs until 14 January.   (more...)

Guest Blog: Brian Logan Introduces Feminist Festival CALM DOWN, DEAR at Camden People's Theatre
by Guest Blogger: Brian Logan - Sep 14, 2016

Autumn 2016. Comedian Amy Schumer, visiting the UK, tells the BBC that anyone who doesn't identify as feminist must be 'insane'. Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott, in an article addressing her passion for involving girls in sport, tells the Guardian 'I wouldn't say I'm a feminist. It's a funny word, isn't it?' New London mayor Sadiq Khan tells Red magazine, 'I'm obsessed with being a feminist in City Hall,' while distinguished columnist Suzanne Moore writes in the New Statesman, 'I hate all men… I once made exceptions. I was wrong.' (more...)

New Songs 'In The Works' at the Duplex This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Honeck-Moss Productions, in conjunction with The Duplex Development Stage is proud to present 'In The Works.' (more...)

Kim Kardashian and Book of Mormon had a ISIS Musical Baby - BLATANTLY BLAINE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Wade Jennings presents Blatantly Blaine - A New 'Family' Musical Hollywood's most despicable reality TV family reunited, at The People's Improv Theater.  October 6 through November 12 The writers that brought you the sold out performances of The Disembodied Hand that Fisted Everyone to Death return to The People's Improv Theater to present their most hilarious work yet. The world premiere of Blatantly Blaine will open October 6 and run through November 12. (more...)

Ryan Lochte Protestors Crash DANCING WITH THE STARS Live Premiere - Watch Video
by TV News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Last night's premiere of DANCING WITH THE STARS was filled with drama, but not the kind that ABC was hoping for. (more...)

VIDEO: Go Behind-the-Scenes of Streisand/McCarthy 'Encore' Recording
by TV News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

In the video below, ET goes behind-the-scenes of the making of Barbra Streisand and Melissa McCarthy's recording of 'Anything You Can Do' from Babs' newly released duets album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. (more...)

BWW Review: The Phenomenal Force of THE FANTASTICKS at Monomoy Theatre
by Kristen Morale - Jul 31, 2016

Arriving on the Monomoy stage under the direction of Alan Rust, The Fantasticks is the first production of this show I have seen, and I believe it to be the most utterly captivating production that has been on this theater's - rather any I have seen this summer - stage in quite some time. This is not only because of the rather basic but wonderful plot of a boy falling in love with a girl, being torn apart by no obstacles but themselves and then brought back together through what seems like an almost realized fate. It is not just because of the beautiful music provided by a very talented pianist and harpist - music which accompanies this story that teeters between our reality and fiction. (more...)

BWW Interview: We're Not in Kansas Anymore: A Chat with STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ Star and Creator Todrick Hall
by Jamie McGonnigal - Jul 28, 2016

Following his stint as a semi-finalist on American Idol, Todrick has not only become a YouTube sensation, but he's redefined the genre. He's currently touring the country with a concert version of his new visual album, Straight Outta Oz, which will be at DC's Howard Theatre on Monday, August 1st. (more...)

BWW Review: Joyful Praise for UNEXPECTED JOY at WHAT
by Kristen Morale - Jul 28, 2016

This, in addition to the almost absurd talent of the cast and crew that is Unexpected Joy, is why you should all take a visit to WHAT as soon as you possibly can to witness the world premiere of this beautiful show. In association with Jim Kierstead, with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Janet Hood and now under the direction of Lynne Taylor-Corbett, this one is truly a winner. (more...)

BWW Review: Andy Mientus with Teen Commandments Introduce 'Manhattan Kids' Musical at Feinstein's/54 Below, Debuting New Musical Theatre Style Along the Way
by Casey Mink - Aug 9, 2016

Andy Mientus won a fictional Tony Award on television before ever actually having appeared on Broadway. However, following his concert debut with Teen Commandments at Feinstein's/54 Below on August 2, the first of a two-show engagement, it became clear that his fake Tony win may very well have been prophetic. The evening did not consist of a traditional, career-introspective set, and though there were a few covers (a mashup of Justin Bieber's 'What Do You Mean?' with Beyonce's 'XO' a highlight among them), as well as a selection from Spring Awakening, which Mientus appeared in this past season on Broadway as well as on tour in 2008, the intent was to introduce Manhattan Kids, a new musical that Mientus has been intermittently at work upon for years, alongside Teen Commandments (made up of Brett Moses, synth and piano; Van Hughes, bass and acoustic guitar; Nicholas LaGrasta, guitar, bass, keyboard, and computer; and Hampus Öhman-Frolund, drums). Though the majority of the plot was not divulged, through the selections performed it was made clear that the musical is audacious in both its story and its musical style. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bryce Dallas Howard & More Attend Disney's PETE'S DRAGON Premiere
by Movies News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

The stars and filmmakers arrive at the world premiere of PETE'S DRAGON at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on August 8, 2016.  (more...)

BWW Review: Shake It to the Sound of HAIRSPRAY at Cape Rep
by Kristen Morale - Aug 7, 2016

With a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman and now directed by Scott Ripley, Cape Rep's production of Hairspray: The Broadway Musical has already imaginably caused quite the stir since its opening on Wednesday. This musical has a little bit of everything that creates a whole lot of joy that will have audiences dancing on their feet even after the show has ended. From the diverse styles (and sheer amount) of dance to an eclectic bunch of characters and costumes that would make any other production of this musical turn green with envy, to the unbelievable talent of the cast and crew and the show's happy ending such a controversial topic as race segregation can bring forth, others aside from myself will assuredly be find themselves wearing a constant smile on their faces throughout. (more...)

This Weeks New Movies - 8/12/2016 - 8/12/2016
by BWW - Aug 7, 2016

Information, posters, descriptions of all the upcoming movies being released from 8/12/2016 - 8/12/2016! (more...)

NOT ANOTHER INDIE CABARET Set For Melbourne Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

We've all sat through that show... It's, like, totally unique and the songs are so obscure you probably haven't heard them before. You're there because a friend swears they knew about the performer before they were cool. But the show is Just. So. Indie.Featuring obscure instruments, luscious loops and original songs soaked in satire. See her before she totally becomes a sell out.  I mean… do you even indie? (more...)

BWW Blog: Patti Meadors - Online Casting Calls
by Guest Blogger: Patti Meadors - Aug 31, 2016

As social media becomes more and more prevalent in society, casting calls and other theatre things have become increasingly digital. With Facebook pages for several kinds of casting calls, specific types, agencies and websites, people have more information about how to submit to these casting calls. (more...)

Alex Lubischer's BOBBIE CLEARLY to Premiere Next Month at Steep Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Steep Theatre will kick off its sixteenth season in September with the world premiere of Alex Lubischer's Bobbie Clearly, directed by Josh Sobel.  (more...)

BWW Interview - Broadway Alum Brian Justin Crum Talks AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Experience
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 30, 2016

Broadway alum Brian Justin Crum speaks exclusively with BWW about his experience on the talent competition and shares his hope that his performances spread 'a message of love' to the global TV audience. (more...)

BWW Interview: Shayna Leigh Pursuing Music with 'Drive'
by Tory Gates - Aug 30, 2016

'I've always felt more connected to my core, and who I am when I'm singing. I have the deepest connection to myself when I'm singing and it feels like an extension of my person.' (more...)

NetBet-Betting on the Olympics
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

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BWW Interview: FIDDLER's Michael C. Bernardi Takes On His Father's Iconic Role of 'Tevye'
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 29, 2016

Forever bonded with his father through this experience (even wearing pieces of his father's original costume for the role!), the moment marked the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Today, Bernardi speaks exclusively with BWW about his profoundly sentimental and history-making performance! (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Janet Morris of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Mind's Eye Theatre Company
by Taylor Clemons - Aug 26, 2016

Director Janet Morris takes a minute to discuss Louisville's first community theater production of the Peter Pan prequel! (more...)

BWW Review: Raise a Glass High to Monomoy's JOHNNY ON A SPOT
by Kristen Morale - Aug 25, 2016

Have you ever been high on what life is and all it throws at you - to become charged by the excitement and wonder of it all, followed by the mayhem, the confusion and the constant need to keep up with the bundles of mess that almost seem too perfectly destined to fall right in your lap? Have you ever dealt with the absurdly funny truth of a unrestrained drunkard of a Senate-hopeful gone missing on the day he is meant to win over the votes of all who believe he is the perfect man for the job? Probably not, which makes it all the funnier to watch how such a wacky plot, saturated with a conservatively (hah) witty sense of humor circling around an almost irresolvable bunch of problems, has now come to the Monomoy Theatre in the form of Johnny on a Spot. (more...)

Cast Complete for Rachel Weisz-Led Revival of PLENTY at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the first major New York revival of David Hare's PLENTY. Directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux and featuring the previously announced Rachel Weisz and Corey Stoll, the show will begin previews on Tuesday, October 4 and run through Sunday, November 6, with an official press opening on Thursday, October 20. (more...)

ON YOUR FEET!'s David Baida Wins 2016 MetroStar Contest
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

?The Metropolitan Room erupted into wild cheers when David Baida was announced as the next MetroStar last night.  (more...)

VIDEO: Larry Wilmore Addresses Cancellation News on Last Night's Show
by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

As BWW reported yesterday, Comedy Central has cancelled the NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE. During his show last night, Wilmore addressed yesterday's cancellation news (more...)

BWW Review: freeFall Theatre's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Is Out of This World Fun
by Peter Nason - Aug 15, 2016

Gilbert and Sullivan meets 80's synth-pop and 'Star Wars' in this brilliant adaptation by Eric Davis and Michael Raabe. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Brings Love to New Heights at CCTC
by Kristen Morale - Aug 14, 2016

The Last Five Years, starring Kevin Quill as Jamie (who also directs) and Broadway's Sarah Killough as Cathy, opened this past weekend at the Cape Cod Theatre Company (home of the Harwich Junior Theatre). With book, music and lyrics all written by Brown (The Bridges of Madison County, Parade), The Last Five Years was the winner of the 2002 Drama Desk Award and was also recently made into the film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. The musical chronicles the five-year relationship between Cathy, an aspiring actress and Jamie, a promising author, from meeting to breakup and from breakup to meeting in New York City. (more...)

BWW Interview: In Sunshine or in Shadow: Peter Cormican, Charis Leos, and Cary Michele Miller in McCourt's IRISH
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Aug 13, 2016

'There are two kinds of people in the world, as ye very well know,' Peter Cormican asserts in a lilting accent, 'those that are Irish and those that want to be.' The English-born actor, son Irish parents - a Protestant mother from Belfast and a Catholic father from Galway - is currently in Maine to make his Maine State Music Theatre/Portland Stage debut in Frank McCourt's play The Irish and How They Got That Way, directed by Marc Robin, which opens in Portland August 19th. The production, a bold new collaboration between two of Maine leading Equity companies, marks an exciting new chapter for both theatres and promises to be one of the season's biggest hits, as it has been in every town its played. Cormican is joined in our conversation by two of the other four principals from the a small cast that also stars Curt Dale Clark [see BWW interview 5/24/16], Charis Leos and Cary Michele Miller, (and features Cameron Wright and Emily Davis, Ernest Sauceda (fiddler) and two other musicians). Both Leos and Miller are MSMT veterans, but new to McCourt's play. 'This is my debut at Portland Stage,' Miller says with anticipation. 'I always look forward to working with Curt and Charis and Marc, and I am enjoying getting to know Peter. And I am always excited to learn new material and new music.' (more...)

Jeanna de Waal Says Goodbye to KINKY BOOTS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2016

Today, Saturday 13th August 2016, is my last day at Kinky Boots on Broadway, and I couldn't let the moment pass without publicly yelling out my gratitude for the whole experience. (more...)

BWW Interview: Liza Vann in IAGO at NJ Rep
by Marina Kennedy - Aug 12, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Liza Vann who will play Vivacity in James McLure's IAGO. Directed by the SuzAnne Barabas, the show will be performed at New Jersey Repertory Theatre from August 25th to September 25th. (more...)

BWW Interview: 'Sweeney Todd' Original Sarah Rice On Her Upcoming Shows At Pangea, Working With Sondheim, and the Zen-Like Theremin
by Ashley Steves - Aug 12, 2016

Name an opera or operetta and it is likely listed in soprano Sarah Rice's repertoire. Over her long and illustrious career, she has starred and performed in a myriad of productions all across the map, from Broadway to Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy. Strauss, Salieri, Sondheim--- it's there. Now, in her first solo show since 2013, Rice will debut her new show Music of the Night (borrowing, of course, from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, in which Rice played Christine in the National Tour) at Pangea Restaurant Pangea Restaurant (2nd Avenue between 11th and 12th streets) on August 17, 18, and September 20, all at 7 pm. Alongside pianist Matthew Martin Ward (Eric Sedgwick for the September show) and special guest David Vernon, she will sing and play a set aimed to explain 'the things that go through your head at 4:00 AM,' covering classical, Celtic, television and movie themes, and musical theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview 'Days of Our Lives' Peter Reckell Returns to His Theater Roots in THE FANTASTICKS
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 11, 2016

Many years ago he played the role of The Mute and Matt in the Sullivan Street Production of THE FANTASTICKS. Today, Reckell speaks exclusively with BWW about the challenges and rewards of returning to the stage after a thirty-five year absence! (more...)

BWW Interview: Katherine Bottoms of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Actors' Repertory Theatre Of Simi
by Cary Ginell - Aug 10, 2016

Today we meet Katherine Bottoms, a young actress who we hope you will be able to see on stage some day before fame and fortune takes her away from us. Katherine was born in Palm Springs but has lived in Santa Barbara most of her life. Her father and three uncles were actors so it was only natural that Katherine would become one as well. She performed in musical theater at Santa Barbara High School and was attending Santa Barbara City College when she decided acting was what she was going to do with her life. While in high school, she got a manager and was driving to auditions in Los Angeles so often, she was missing class, so she put off her career until later. Now, at 23, she feels she is ready, and has been making solid appearances in a number of local productions. Her life has been a procession of one show after another ('my longest break was maybe a month'), with her latest being the ARTS production of Peter and the Starcatcher (see our review in this week's Simi Valley Acorn). In the show, she plays Molly, a wide-eyed, independent 13-year-old girl who embarks on an adventure with her father to deliver a trunk of magic star dust to a far-off island. Katherine's bubbly personality and infectious giggle make it easy to accept her as a teenager, but this is only one aspect of her versatility as an actress. (more...)

BWW Review: Barbra Streisand; The Diva Shines Her Light on Chicago
by Kevin Pollack - Aug 10, 2016

Barbra Streisand. That name alone strikes millions of people as one of the best singers in the world. She is a queen, a diva and a superstar all rolled into one. (more...)

CHILDREN OF EDEN Returns to London Tonight at the Union Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

CHILDREN OF EDEN returns to London 25 years after its original West End production, playing at the Union Theatre from tonight 10 August, with a press night on Friday 12 August 2016. (more...)

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