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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.


InDepth InterView: Stephen Schwartz On UPRISING OF LOVE Charity Event, WICKED Onstage & Onscreen, PIPPIN, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, New Stage & Screen Projects & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 9, 2014

Today we are talking to one of the most successful and accomplished composers and lyricists in Broadway and Hollywood history all about his participation in next week's hotly anticipated charity event UPRISING OF LOVE, co-produced with Bruce Cohen, hosted by Jane Lynch and starring Sting and Patti LuPone, among others - the one and only Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz sheds lights on what inspired him to curate the evening, as well as previews some of the entertainment set to be on hand and what audiences can expect from the Dustin Lance Black-penned benefit to raise awareness of gay bullying and support equal rights for all. Additionally, Schwartz looks back at his many major musical landmarks and touches upon the current revival of PIPPIN as well as long-running Broadway hit WICKED and the currently in development film adaptation of it. Plus, Schwartz comments on the upcoming screen-to-stage adaptation of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, currently set to premiere in La Jolla later this year. Furthermore, Schwartz shares news on the development of several current projects he is working on at the moment, including the new stage musical based on the life of Emanuel Schikaneder and the animated big screen A.R. Rahman collaboration MUMBAI MUSICAL, with remarks on the recent stateside premieres of new musical MY FAIRY TALE and musical revue SNAPSHOTS, too. All of that, thoughts on Ariana Grande and Kanye West sampling 'Popular', GLEE covering 'Defying Gravity', reflections on some lesser-known compositions from his solo albums RELUCTANT PILGRIM and UNCHARTED TERRITORY, thoughts on a Broadway production of CHILDREN OF EDEN and much, much more! (more...)

BWW Interviews: TUTS Performers Matthew and Michelle Smith Talk Dancing, Singing and BRING IT ON
by Katricia Lang - Sep 8, 2014

In this interview, BWW talks with singing, dancing brother and sister duo Matthew and Michelle Smith about the high-flying, high octane dance musical, BRING IT ON. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Cast of THE EQUALIZER at TIFF
by Walter McBride - Sep 8, 2014

The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, continuing through September 14, 2014. A total of 393 films are scheduled to be shown, including 143 world premieres. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the red carpet arrivals for THE EQUALIZER. (more...)

BWW Reviews: North Coast Rep Falls for 'Angels'
by Erica Miner - Sep 8, 2014

Female duos are the stuff of theatrical comedy. (more...)

BWW Recap: Pack Your Bagpipes, Plaid, Gaelic Dictionary; OUTLANDER Road Trip
by Kara McCoy - Sep 7, 2014

At the end of last week's OUTLANDER, Dougal Mackenzie promised us a road trip, and this week, we got it. Just So you don't get the wrong impression, Dougal's idea of a road trip doesn't include kicking your feet up on the dashboard, singing along to the Spice Girls at an obnoxious volume, or making a McDonald's pit stop on the Jersey Turnpike. The purpose of this trip is very much the journey, not the destination, as Dougal represents the Laird in collecting rent from the residents of surrounding villages. It's a good opportunity for Claire to finally get outside of Castle Leoch and maybe even make a run for it to Craigh na Dun, but as always, the Sassenach must be cautious. (more...)

Sheffield Theatres Announce Casting for World Premiere of QUEEN COAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

Sheffield Theatres today announces the full cast for the world premiere of Bryony Lavery's play Queen Coal, which will take to the Studio stage from Thursday 30 October to Saturday 22 November. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director CHRISTIAN LEBANO Discusses His New Vision for Sierra Madre Playhouse as Artistic Director
by Don Grigware - Sep 3, 2014

New artistic director of Sierra Madre Playhouse Christian Lebano is busy as director rehearsing 4000 Miles for its opening at Sierra Madre Playhouse September 26. Lebano talks about this play, this season at Sierra Madre and his role as artistic director, including his plans for the playhouse. What is your background at Sierra Madre Playhouse? (more...)

BWW Interview: CARNIE WILSON of Wilson Phillips Talks About Saban Concert on the 26th
by Don Grigware - Sep 18, 2014

Carnie, daughter of Brian Wilson, one of the original Beach Boys, and sister of Wendy Wilson, is also known for her television work and recently for creating gourmet desserts for Vitello's Ristorante in Studio City. Carnie is married to music producer Rob Bonfiglio and has two young daughters, Lola 9 and Luci 5. She recently sat down with me to chat about the upcoming concert and various aspects of her career. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Denver Center's BETH MALONE on Homecomings, Icons, and MOLLY BROWN
by Michael Mulhern - Sep 18, 2014

We sit down with the amazing Beth Malone to talk about her challenges with Molly Brown, working at the Denver Center, her Denver homecoming, and so much more! (more...)

Neil Patrick Harris Opens Up About Life After HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris played his final performance in Broadway's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH last month, in which he was replaced by stage and screen star Andrew Rannells. In a recent interview with Vulture, he opens up about life after Hedwig. He revealed: 'It's so funny - I thought when the show was over that I'd get to sleep in and have my life back, but as it turns out, this week, I'm getting up earlier because I don't get to sleep in to protect my voice. And all the things I haven't been able to schedule because I've been doing the show, now I have to actually do them!' (more...)

Gainesville Fit Body Boot Camp Launches Grand Opening
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Gainsville, VA (PRWEB) September 13, 2014 (more...)

BWW Exclusive: NTI Changed My Life - John Krasinski
by National Theater Institute - Sep 15, 2014

The National Theater Institute includes a vibrant community of over 3,500 alumni. The many talents of these actors, writers, directors, and designers can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in films, television, London's West End, and at every major regional theater in the U.S. Today, in an excerpt from The O'Neill: Transformation of Modern American Theater, we hear from actor-writer-director John Krasinski (Promised Land, Away We Go, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Big Miracle, The Office) about why he calls his semester away at NTI "one the most influential moments of [his] life". (more...)

BWW Preview: THE BLACKLIST Answers Some Questions, Asks Even More
by Marakay Rogers - Sep 15, 2014

Producer Jon Bokencamp's THE BLACKLIST, not only a breakout hit in its first season, but NBC's biggest hit since... forever, is back for a second season beginning September 22, and it once again promises more questions than answers. (more...)

BWW Reviews: STC's BLOOD RELATIONS Is Overly Complicated
by Jay Irwin - Sep 14, 2014

Many have attempted to fictionalize the tale of Lizzie Borden. Hell, there's even a rock musical version of the story (that is awesome, by the way). Why? Because we all love a scandal. If this had happened today it'd be all over the news-tainment channels and internet for days (until the next scandal comes along). So authors and producers keep coming back to it especially since she got away with it, assuming she really did it at all. No one really knows for sure. And while the tale still lends some fascination, the current retelling in Sound Theatre Company's production of "Blood Relations" manages to get unnecessarily complicated while not really conveying much that's interesting or enlightening about the story. (more...)

Singer, Actress Mandy Moore Joins Fox's RED BAND SOCIETY
by TV News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter, singer and actress Mandy Moore is headed to Ocean Park Hospital to join THE RED BAND SOCIETY. The actress, best known for A WALK TO REMEMBER, GREY'S ANATOMY, and TANGLED, will play Erin Grace, Ocen Park's (rather young) chief of staff, who also Just So happens to be the ex-fiancee of Dave Annable's Dr. McAndrew. (more...)

Kennesaw Fit Body Boot Camp Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Kennesaw, GA (more...)

Sarah Jaffe Adds Josh T. Pearson to Release Show, 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Sarah Jaffe has announced the addition of Josh T. Pearson as support for her Record Release show at Dallas' Majestic Theatre on August 23rd. The show celebrates the release of her third full-length studio album Don't Disconnect, which is due out on August 19th via Jaffe's longtime label Kirtland Records. 'I'm really excited to be joined by Josh Pearson,' said Jaffe, 'I 've been a long-time fan and I am intensely looking foward to seeing him play in such a beautiful theater.' Pearson, also a native Texan, gained critical acclaim across the world for his solo debut Last of the Country Gentlemen in 2011. This show with Jaffe marks Pearson's first live show since 2012. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING Comes to Boston Opera House, 9/9-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Casting has been announced for the Boston engagement of Disney's The Lion King. Boston's most eagerly awaited stage production returns to the Boston Opera House stage from September 9 to October 12 as part of the 2014-2015 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. (more...)

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company Adds GROUNDED to Season, Running 9/11-28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Opening night of the ninth season from the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) is coming a whole month sooner than expected. The company just announced the addition of another regional premiere to its already announced season: "Grounded" by George Brant, running September 11-28. (more...)

Tom Hiddleston's Email to Director Joss Whedon After Reading AVENGERS Script for the First Time
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2014

Marvel's The Avengers, which hit theaters in 2012, is one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. However, according to Business Insider, it didn't seem like the movie would be so successful during the production stages. It took several drafts and the help of many different individuals to get the script we know today. A biography of the director, Joss Whedon, in stores August 1, talks about the process the script underwent to get it just right. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW INTERVIEWS: Writer And Comedian Lizzy Mace
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 24, 2014

Comedy writer and actress Lizzy Mace speaks to us about her second solo show 'Overlooked' at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Landing Theatre Director Paige Kiliany Talks ALL IN THE TIMING
by Katricia Lang - Jul 24, 2014

Before VENUS IN FURS was a twinkle in David Ives' eye, there was ALL IN THE TIMING, a collection of one-act plays with a range of subjects and themes - all funny and entertaining. How else do you describe a mix of Trotsky and The Honeymooners? Though the collection of plays premiered Off-Broadway in 1993, and a few were written before I was born, they are still side-splitting. In disbelief? Well, take a gander at this interview with Paige Kiliany, a twenty-something who prefers ALL IN THE TIMING to Saturday Night Live. How's that for current? (more...)

BWW Interviews: I WISH YOU LOVE Actor Dennis Spears Talks the Mystique of Nat 'King' Cole
by Katricia Lang - Jul 21, 2014

For all his hard work and talent, Nat 'King' Cole was treated to segregated concert halls, burning crosses and slurs. We know what he did do. We know what he didn't do (ask the NAACP). We know Kimye's wedding menu. But we don't know Nat 'King' Cole. This is what I WISH YOU LOVE seeks. To push through the mystique of this enigmatic performer to discover the flesh and blood underneath. I had the privilege of speaking with actor Dennis Spears, Mr. Cole himself. (more...)

Nat Geo WILD's THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL Returns 8/23
by TV News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Veterinarian Jan Pol has won over audiences with his no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine - treating furry friends with unmatched compassion, humor and expertise. With thousands of clients ranging from large-scale farm animals to teacup-size household pets, he expertly balances the physical strains of birthing a cow with the surgical precision of suturing a shih tzu's eye socket. This summer, he returns in a new season on Nat Geo WILD's No. 1 series, The Incredible Dr. Pol, premiering Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, his new book, 'Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow,' hits the stands Aug. 18, chronicling his life from childhood in the Netherlands up to the local hero he is today. (For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com/drpol and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR.) (more...)

Seacoast Repertory Theatre to Screen WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, 8/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Seacoast Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that Let's “B” Reel: Cult Classic Films at The Rep will screen Wet Hot American Summer August 27that 7:30PM. In addition to the screening of the cult comedy, Let's “B” Reel will have its first ever “Quote-A-Long” encouraging audience members to raise their voices and quote along in time with the film. (more...)

BWW Interviews: As Patti Murin Preps for 54 Below Show, She Talks Skivvies, Sierra Boggess, & Potato Chips
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 8, 2014

Over the past few weeks, we here at BroadwayWorld have been very lucky to welcome Broadway leading lady Patti Murin into our extended family. From recapping the Season Finale of 'The Bachelorette' to interviewing it's happy couple and not so happy runner-up. But now it's time for Patti to get back to what she does best, sing her face off! This Monday, August 11th at 7:00pm at 54 Below, Patti will be performing her first-ever solo show, 'Literally Patti Murin.' She's a little anxious about people actually being in the audience, so help her self-esteem and get your tickets now. The interview will still be here when you get back. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Broadway's Patti Murin Talks to THE BACHELORETTE Runner-Up Nick Viall
by Patti Murin - Aug 6, 2014

When we asked Patti Murin to represent BroadwayWorld on a conference call with Nick the day after the finale aired, we weren't sure what we would get. Even though Patti was extremely professional, we think there might have been a bit of passive-aggressive insinuation in her question. What do you think? Also, Nick sounds like he is pretty nervous during this call. Do you think it might have something to do with completely breaking The Fantasy Suite's strict 'What Happens Here, Stays Here' policy on national TV? (more...)

Gay Football Star Among 5 Major New Characters Revealed for GLEE's Final Season!
by TV News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

When the final season of FOX's Glee returns to the line up in 2015, the halls of McKinley High will be filled with some brand new faces. (more...)

Youn Sun Nah Heads to New York City This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

In Korean, it's called han. It's an elusive but poignant feeling, the bittersweet longing mixed with shades of pleasant melancholy. A similar emotion pervades lusophone music as saudade and ducks in and out of the blues. (more...)

Lauren Samuels and More To Sing At THE WRITERS' PLAYGROUND At The Union Theatre, September 7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2014

The Fairground Theatre Company will present a cabaret of new musical theatre writing - The Writers' Playground - at the Union Theatre on Sunday September 7. (more...)

September's Featured Events at Bookworks Includes Deborah Madison Brunch, Lisa Lenard-Cook and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Below are Bookworks' featured events for the month of September. For more information on any of the events, visit bkwrks.com/event. (more...)

Xavier Van de Lanotte's New Book Encourages 'Everyone to Seek Greatness'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

'Our X Factor's' unique three-pronged approach to the subject fosters the quintessential attitudes needed for people to love life and optimize efforts to achieve maximal satisfaction with the fulfillment of goals and dreams, while also lifting outlooks and relieving stress, frustration, bad habits, tempers, shortage of time and lack of enjoyment pertaining daily routines, caused by their increasingly demanding and hectic lifestyles. It is rich in inspirational quotations, references, stories, examples and anecdotes that the author uses to highlight throughout the book the behavioral, psychological and philosophical aspects of people's quest for success and happiness. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Unsingable Blues
by Kristen Morale - Aug 29, 2014

Beautiful Soup Theater's Shades of Blue: The Decline and Fall of Lady Day is an unconventional, almost chilling ode to Holiday that is careful not to emphasize and dwell upon the singer's musical accolades and success; in fact, it does little to promote her career and the person as seen through the eyes of her adoring public. This production, written and directed by the incredibly talented Steven Carl McCasland (who also founded Beautiful Soup and serves as the group's Artistic Director), wades in the realm of storytelling without the fantastical twist that people always enjoy adding to make their lives seem more interesting - to add drama where drama may sometimes be due. (more...)

BWW Blog: Paige Davis - The Gold Stage Door
by Guest Blogger: Paige Davis - Aug 28, 2014

When I was 10 years old, I had the life altering good fortune to see A CHORUS LINE on Broadway. It was playing at the Shubert Theater and it offered a gift of magic that stayed with me from curtain up to curtain down, and beyond. I had been transported by the dancers and their stories; so when the show ended, I pleaded with my parents to let me wait at the stage door in Shubert Alley for the dancers to emerge. I didn't have lofty goals of meeting them or asking for their autographs, I just wanted to catch a reassuring glimpse that such creatures were real. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Two-Time Tony Nominee Laura Osnes Talks Masterclasses in Texas
by Katricia Lang - Aug 27, 2014

Laura Osnes is bringing her beauty, brains and talent to Texas - Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth respectively. In each city, she will teach a masterclass drawing on her wealth of experience as a Broadway actress and Tony Award Nominee. In this interview, she talks about what she's been taught and what she plans to teach. If she approaches this class with the same charming mixture of pragmatism and idealism that she approaches her career, you'd better sign up fast. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Suzanne Bradbeer Talks Religion, Politics, and THE GOD GAME
by Katricia Lang - Aug 26, 2014

Tom, a charismatic, Republican candidate on the rise is asked to enhance his non-existent religious beliefs to further his political career, which seems an easy enough task for a politician. But, Lisa, his deeply religious wife doesn't think it's so ethical or respectful of her beliefs. How does this human and political drama unfold? You'll have to see the play. But, until then, take a look at the discussion I had with author of the play Suzanne Bradbeer. (more...)

BWW Interviews: BCT Series - Colton Berry talks Career and The Mission of Bayou City Theatrics
by Katricia Lang - Aug 25, 2014

In part four of the series, I finish my conversation with Artistic Director Colton Berry. We define high-art conceptualized pieces (according to Colton), discuss the theatre prodigy's (he's been directing since was twelve) journey from Shenandoah, Virginia to Houston, Texas, and talk American Idol and believing in yourself. (more...)

E! Online Predicts the 66TH ANNUAL EMMY AWARD Winners
by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

The 2014 Emmys are fast approaching, and we have broken down all the Drama and Comedy acting categories for you, so you can go wager all your life savings on our infallible picks. (Don't actually do that.) (more...)

Fairground Theatre to Present THE WRITERS' PLAYGROUND: AN EVENING OF BRITISH WRITERS, Sept 7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Fresh from the success of THE HOMEFRONT, Fairground Theatre Company are pleased to present THE WRITERS' PLAYGROUND: An Evening of British Writers. (more...)

THEATER BOYS to Premiere at 13th Street Rep this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Casting has just been announced for the 13th Street Rep's production of ASCAP Award-winning playwright Chip Deffaa's new musical comedy 'Theater Boys.' The show, which opens September 21st, will run in repertory this fall at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC,,www.13thstreetrep.org), along with Deffaa's musical play 'One Night with Fanny Brice' (starring Chloe Brooks), and Israel Horovotz's 'Line' (now in its 40th year at the theater), which is New York's longest-running production. A cast album for 'Theater Boys'--now in the works--will be released in October. And the Rep, according to founder/artistic director Edith O'Hara, has plans to present two additional shows by Deffaa, following 'Theater Boys.' (more...)

Casting Announced for THEATER BOYS at the 13th Street Rep
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2014

Casting has just been announced for the 13th Street Rep's production of ASCAP Award-winning playwright Chip Deffaa's new musical comedy 'Theater Boys.' The show, which opens September 21st, will run in repertory this Fall at the 13th Street Theater (more...)

Redlands Fit Body Boot Camp Releases New Video on Fitness Boot Camp Experience
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

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THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Robin Williams Blames Canada At The Oscars
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 14, 2014

Today we are turning our attention to a classic clip captured on the Oscars featuring recently deceased actor and comedian Robin Williams. (more...)

BWW Reviews: COMING: A ROCK MUSICAL OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS is Irreverent Fun
by David Clarke - Aug 13, 2014

When it comes to the annual Fringe Festival in New York City, everyone gets excited. Why? It's simple. New works! Erik Ransom's COMING: A ROCK MUSICAL OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS enjoyed a 2011 premiere and is now having its own second coming at Fringe. With humor that ranges from tongue-in-cheek camp to witty panache, this irreverent rock musical is sure to make your Rock of Gibraltar roll. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jason Danieley Talks All About THE VISIT at Williamstown Theatre Festival!
by Adrienne Onofri - Aug 11, 2014

Will they or won't they...bring the Berkshires production to NY? Chita Rivera's costar brings us the scoop on the Kander and Ebb show. (more...)

BWW Interview: CHAD KIMBALL Talks BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
by Don Grigware - Aug 11, 2014

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced a one-night-only concert event at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 16 at 8pm. Broadway Under the Stars will star Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) and will also feature (in alphabetical order) Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls), Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys, stage and film), Rogelio Douglas, Jr. (In the Heights), Danny Gurwin (Little Women) and Tony Award-nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis). David Galligan will direct, and the music director is Gerald Sternbach. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Simon Bailey On MARRY ME A LITTLE, I CAN'T SING! And Future Plans
by Carrie Dunn - Aug 10, 2014

Simon Bailey talks to UK editor-in-chief Carrie Dunn about the success of Marry Me A Little, his experience in I Can't Sing!, the need to support new musical theatre writing, and his plans for the future... (more...)

Barter Theatre Extends A FACILITY FOR LIVING Through 8/16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

The play that is "funny, irreverent, politically incorrect, and poignant," is getting five more performances! Barter Theatre's current production of 'A Facility for Living" is getting rave reviews and playing to completely sold out houses. Due to popular demand, the theatre has decided to extend the run of the funniest play about a nursing home you will ever see. (more...)

Book By You Presents THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

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Exclusive: Part Two - In Conversation with MISS SAIGON's Rachelle Ann Go
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - Aug 1, 2014

In the conclusion of BroadwayWorld.com's one-one-one chat with Rachelle Ann Go, Gigi in MISS SAIGON's 25th anniversary production, Rachelle Ann reflects on how she has blossomed into her defiant bargirl role and what playing the character means to her; paints a vivid image of the fantastic frontiers that MISS SAIGON has opened up for her; and reveals the current status of her love life - and as a bonus, gives "expert"advice to the lovelorn. (more...)

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