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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.





BWW Review: WISDOM OF A FOOL, LOST Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Mar 9, 2017

Wisdom of a Fool resurrects the much loved Norman Wisdom in Jack Lane's respectful and entertaining show that charts his rags-to-riches story. (more...)

BWW Interview: Arthur Darvill Talks UK Premiere of HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
by Marianka Swain - Mar 9, 2017

Arthur Darvill's work ranges from TV shows like Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Legends of Tomorrow to starring in Once in the West End and on Broadway, as well as composing music for projects like the recent stage adaption of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox. This Sunday, he and Samantha Barks lead the UK premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas, in a special concert presentation with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Launches Free Breaking the Waves Audio Stream, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

The runaway success of Opera Philadelphia's world premiere production of Breaking the Waves marked a catalytic moment last fall, “changing many of the people who brought the piece to the stage – and the company itself” (Philadelphia Inquirer). The new adaptation of Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated film scored a nomination for the International Opera Award for Best World Premiere, and Opera News declared it “among the best 21st-century American operas yet produced.” Now home audiences the world over can hear the spellbinding production in its entirety at operaphila.org, starting next Wednesday, March 29 at 1pm, when Opera Philadelphia unveils a free on-demand audio stream of the world premiere production that took the opera world by storm, capping an online celebration of Women's History Month. (more...)

BWW Interview: In Met's IDOMENEO, Soprano Nadine Sierra Flies High
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 8, 2017

In our time, IDOMENEO is the earliest of Mozart's operas regularly done, its full title being IDOMENEO, RE DI CRETA OSSIA ILIA E IDAMANTE--or IDOMENEO, KING OF CRETE, OR ILIA AND IDAMANTE. “Ilia” of the extended title is the daughter of Priam, the king of Troy. (“Idamante” is Idomeneo's son.) At the Met starting this week, Ilia is being sung by the skyrocketing young American soprano, Nadine Sierra. (more...)

Austin Swift, Arden Myrin & More Join Cast of CMT Hit Comedy STILL THE KING
by TV News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

CMT today announced that Austin Swift, Arden Myrin and Natalie Dreyfuss will appear in season two of the hit comedy, STILL THE KING starring Billy Ray Cyrus, Joey Lauren Adams and Madison Iseman premiering this summer. (more...)

BWW Interview: Rachel Bloom Talks CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, Sondheim, and Community Theater
by Remy Holzer - Mar 8, 2017

"I'll watch the Tonys with you!" That's something I meant to tell the amazing Rachel Bloom, creator and star of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, when I had the opportunity to speak with her on the occasion of the Season 2 soundtrack release. The trove of YouTube videos by Bloom includes a musical plea for a Tonys-viewing partner; it was her hilarious music videos, posted under RachelDoesStuff, that earned Bloom the attention that led to her TV series. Rachel is doing quite a lot of stuff at the moment-making a series that is ingeniously written and loaded with original songs (34, plus 5 bonus tracks, on the new album-and those are just from Season 2). She still found time to star in Manhattan Concert Productions' one-night performance of CRAZY FOR YOU last month. And she has her own stage musical ready for future production. Like her heroine, lawyer and full-time romantic (or stalker, as the situation requires) Rebecca Bunch, Bloom is a manic achiever. (more...)

BWW Review: HANDBAGGED, Jack Studio Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Mar 8, 2017

Handbagged imagines what was said by Mrs Thatcher and The Queen in their weekly meetings to hilarious effect in Moira Buffini's award-winning satire. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Launches Free BREAKING THE WAVES Audio Stream
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

When Opera Philadelphia's new adaptation of Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated film, Breaking the Waves made its world premiere in September 2016, the New York Times declared the opera "ambitious, accomplished, [and] dramatically direct," and Opera News said it "stands among the best 21st-century American operas yet produced." It has since earned an International Opera Award nomination for Best World Premiere and made its New York debut with Beth Morrison Projects' Prototype Festival to continued acclaim. (more...)

Trump Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway Opens Up on CBS SUNDAY MORNING, 3/5
by TV News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

President Donald Trump's senior advisor Kellyanne Conway talks with CBS SUNDAY MORNING about her work in the White House, Mr. Trump as a leader, her credibility and the impact her new job is having on her family, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday, March 5 (9:00 AM ET) on the CBS Television Network. (more...)

BWW Interview: Singer and Songwriter Jessica Miller
by Mark C. Lloyd - Mar 27, 2017

BWW Interview: SINGER AND SONGWRITER JESSICA MIL (more...)

New York Comedy Club Introduces The Quarterly Headliner Series
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

New York Comedy Club has announced a new headliner series to begin Monday, April 3, 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview - Debut of the Month - GROUNDHOG DAY's Vishal Vaidya
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 23, 2017

Today, Vishal Vaidya speaks with BWW about making his Broadway debut alongside a cast and crew who 'exhibit the same spirit as the people of Punxsutawney.' (more...)

CBS Sports' Verne Lundquist to Visit CBS SUNDAY MORNING, 3/26
by TV News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

Sportscasters rehearse calling big moments over and over in their heads, but few ever get the chance to make a call that will echo through the years. CBS Sports' Verne Lundquist is one of the lucky ones, who, in a career spanning 50-plus years, has made some of the most memorable calls for a variety of sports from football to figure skating. (more...)

Syracuse University Department of Drama presents MAJOR BARBARA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

"The greatest of evils and the worst crime is poverty," declared George Bernard Shaw in the introduction to his famous play "Major Barbara". Written in 1906, this deliciously provocative comedy is the next offering in the Syracuse University Department of Drama season. Performances in the Storch Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/Drama complex begin March 31, with the official opening night on April 1. (more...)

BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - Giving DROWSY A New Meaning
by Guest Blogger: Cheyenne Dalton - Mar 20, 2017

I was the assistant sound designer and the sound engineer for Auburn University Theatre's production of The Drowsy Chaperone. My duties ran from paperwork, to recordings, to sound pick-up, load-in, running the show, and strike. The sound designer was Anthony Narciso, who we have hired three times previously to design sound for our shows. I am still amazed at how much he can teach me, and how much I still have to learn, regardless of how well I'm doing at sound at the moment. There is never a moment when I want to stop learning about my field, or really when I want to stop learning in general. There is always going to be someone out there who knows more than I do, and it's not as threatening as it may seem. It's a challenge, yes, but also a wonderful experience of sharing and collaborating with what we know. I'm happy to announce that now I know what microphone Mariah Carey wants for her performances, and I know why she wants that, and why it matters. I can tell you what a line array is, and I've learned so much more about EQ than I thought I was going to during the run of The Drowsy Chaperone (like how bringing down a frequency will notch out those harsh "s" sounds, and how I should always cut out the low end of the frequencies). (more...)

Guest Blog: Playwright Nicholas de Jongh on Shakespeare's Sexuality and PRICKED OUT
by Guest Blog: Nicholas de Jongh - Mar 20, 2017

My play Pricked Out may be set in Dorset on Midsummer's Day 2016, where two young men meet and make a sensational discovery about themselves, but the focus is on time past - in the shape of William Shakespeare and the extraordinary revelation of his sonnets, published in 1609 to far more embarrassed silence than to general applause. It was the playwright's greatest act of self-exposure and a most uncharacteristic one at that from a man known for his canniness and personal diplomacy… (more...)

Majestic Athletic Launches 'My Team My Colors' Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

TAMPA, Fla., March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ With a focus on the ever-growing choice of MLB jerseys through design and color, Majestic's new 'My Team My Colors' campaign emphasizes the deep-rooted connection between player, fan and city. Majestic's 30 player ambassadors include a representative from each MLB Club and features high-profile names such as Noah Syndergaard, Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Cabrera, Francisco Lindor, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Nolan Arenado, Joc Pederson and many others. (more...)

Yuri Yunakov to Headline 20th Anniversary Herdeljezi Romani Music Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Voice of Roma, a human rights advocacy organization dedicated to the promotion of Balkan Romani (Gypsy) cultural arts and traditions, has announced the program for its 20th anniversary Herdeljezi Romani Music Festival to take place Saturday, May 6 at the Croatian American Center in San Francisco. (more...)

BWW Interview: Christopher Gattelli Taps into Big Screen NEWSIES and Broadway-Bound FROZEN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Christopher Gattelli, the Tony-winning choreographer, is practically jumping with joy over the success of ''Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical!'' and its giant leap to the big screen. Its three-day screenings (Feb. 16, 18 and 22) broke records to become the highest-grossing Broadway event from Fathom Events. And now ''Disney's Newsies'' will return for an encore showing on Saturday, March 4, at 12:55 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - Mar 17, 2017

Flawless production makes Drowsy Chaperone a must-see hit (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): LUCKY STIFF's Bruno and Kramer
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 17, 2017

Cast members - the hardest working man in Music City show business Patrick Kramer and the outrageously funny Katie Bruno - from director Jason Tucker's cast found time from their rigorous rehearsal schedule to take on our Friday 5 (+1) questions to offer us some insider information about the show and what makes them tick, after a theatrical fashion. (more...)

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Tops Off 2017-18 Season at Seattle Shakespeare Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Intertwining themes of money, power, and love weave through the plays of Seattle Shakespeare Company's upcoming season just announced by Artistic Director George Mount. Plans for the company's 2017-2018 season include Julius Caesar, The Government Inspector, Timon of Athens, The Merchant of Venice, and Shakespeare in Love. (more...)

BWW Review: Top 10 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Retellings
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Mar 14, 2017

Since we're celebrating A Week of Beauty and the Beast all week, of COURSE I want to tell you about my ten favorite retellings! Dive into these great novels while you count down to the new movie! Are you ready to see what I've come up with? (more...)

Henrik Harlaut Wins Gold in Men's Ski Big Air at X Games Norway 2017
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Monster Energy's Henrik Harlaut made history by clenching his fourth X Games Gold medal in Men's Ski Big Air at X Games Norway 2017, which makes him the first male skier to ever win four gold medals in a single event. (more...)

BWW Preview: THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY at Old Opera House
by Johnna Leary - Mar 10, 2017

Directed by Steven Brewer and debuting on the Old Opera House stage, The Savannah Sipping Society is a hysterical and sentimental show about the relationship between four women, formed over an impromptu happy hour. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Launches BREAKING THE WAVES, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

When Opera Philadelphia's new adaptation of Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated film,Breaking the Waves made its world premiere in September 2016, the New York Times declared the opera "ambitious, accomplished, [and] dramatically direct.' (more...)

Guest Blog: Michael Griffiths On His New Cole Porter Show COLE
by Guest Blog: Michael Griffiths - Jan 30, 2017

Michael Griffiths On His New Cole Porter Show COLE at the Royal Albert Hall (more...)

James Woods Wins Gold in Men's Ski Big Air; Henrik Harlaut Takes Silver at X Games Aspen 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Monster Energy's James Woods earned a gold medal in Men's Ski Big Air, which is one of the most anticipated events of X Games Aspen 2017. Teammate Henrik Harlaut took silver marking his 4th Big Air medal. The event went off in front of a sprawling, energetic crowd on Buttermilk Mountain, in Aspen Colorado. (more...)

Visa Ban Endangers Upcoming Theatrical Artists and International Creative Collaboration
by Julie Musbach - Jan 29, 2017

Trump's recent executive order curtailing entrance into the US from primarily Muslim countries has, according to the New York Times, inflicted damage on valued artists in the theatrical and performing community.  (more...)

BWW Review: THE ROYALE at City Theatre Showcases the Power of Sports and Theatre in 75 Brilliant Minutes
by Mike Mekus - Feb 9, 2017

THE ROYALE at City Theatre follows the story of Heavyweight Champion boxer Jay Johnson as he deals with racial inequity and impacting African-American culture with his success. (more...)

Irving Franco's CHEERLEADER Is Not Your Typical High School Story at 2017 Winter Film Awards Festival
by Movies News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Irving Franco's debut feature flick Cheerleader seamlessly flows into this beloved genre. See the NYC Premiere of Cheerleader on Sunday February 26 at the 2017 Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Hannah Corneau of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Winspear Opera House
by Guest Blogger: Sam Weber - Feb 7, 2017

Last week, before the Hedwig and the Angry Inch tour opens at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, I caught up with the production's Yitzhak: Hannah Corneau.  It was lovely chatting with her about how she came to Hedwig, and how this truly unique show has been received across the country! (more...)

BWW Feature: Hartt School's Natalie Noack Takes You Inside the Process in 'On My Way To A BFA' Podcast
by Christopher Castanho - Feb 6, 2017

BIG NEWS in the world of Broadway Podcasts: Natalie Noack, freshman Musical Theatre major at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford will releases her new podcast 'On My Way to a BFA'. The show will chronicle Noack's experience obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree for Musical Theatre, while getting to hear from other performers or individuals that she admires. (more...)

Jamie Anderson Wins Snowboard Slopestyle at Mammoth Grand Prix
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Monster Energy's Jamie Anderson continued her stellar season by adding another trophy to her collection by winning Slopestyle at the final stop of the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix event at Mammoth Mountain. Battling strong competition and tough weather, Anderson leaned on focus and experience to grind out another win. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sarah Primmer of CINDERELLA at Palace Theater
by Joseph Harrison - Feb 6, 2017

You may think you know the story of CINDERELLA, but when the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical plays at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised. This updated version which recently closed an award-winning debut on Broadway will take the stage in Waterbury for four performances February 24 - 26. Playing the evil stepmother, Madame, will be Connecticut native, Sarah Primmer. I had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah and learning about her experience with this magical musical. (more...)

BWW Review: Josephine Reigns Supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER at Midtown Arts Center
by Gary Laird - Feb 27, 2017

Josephine reigns supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER. (more...)

BWW Interview: Charles Busch Talks THAT GIRL/THAT BOY in His LA Cabaret Debut at Rockwell Table and Stage
by Don Grigware - Feb 27, 2017

Actor, singer, playwright and film historian Charles Busch is a multi-talented artist who has won many awards over the course of  his varied career. Remembered for his plays Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party and Die! Mommie Die!, the latter two having been translated to film, Busch never ceases to amaze with his unique style of creativity. On March 13 and 14 he is bringing his act That Girl/That Boy to Rockwell Table and Stage. In our chat, he talks about this cabaret evening along with delightful observations of the theatre and movie world. In a nutshell, tell our readers about what you are doing in That Girl/That Boy at Rockwell on March 13/14. How is the show unlike any show you have ever done? (more...)

BWW Interview: John Charles McLaughlin Talks CRACKSKULL ROW and its Unique Challenges
by Stephanie Wild - Feb 27, 2017

The Irish Repertory Theatre is currently presenting Crackskull Row, through March 19, 2017. John Charles McLaughlin is featured in the double role of Young Rash/ESB Boy. McLaughlin is a resident artist at the cell and most recently performed in the production of Crackskull Row there. He just chatted with BroadwayWorld about his experience in the show, his ties to the cell, and what it's like to play two characters! (more...)

BWW Interview: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH's Hannah Corneau Chats About 'Acceptance and Love'
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 24, 2017

I recently had the chance to speak with Hannah Corneau, who is currently taking on the role of Yitzhak in the national tour of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH following a successful revival on Broadway during the 2014-2015 theater season. The tour arrives in Chicago on March 7, and Corneau reflected on her experience with the show and the importance of HEDWIG's message. Below are excerpts from the conversation. (more...)

BWW Experts and Stage and Screen Stars Pick the 2017 Academy Award Winners
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 24, 2017

Time is running out to get your 2017 Oscars Pool picks in, so we here at BroadwayWorld have put together a team of experts and stage and screen stars to help you in your prognostication. The stars lending their acting and filmmaking expertise are Broadway and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND star Donna Lynne Champlin; UNDATEABLE and the West End's Dewey Finn in SCHOOL OF ROCK, David Fynn; Broadway and CHICAGO MED star Patti Murin; and one of the stars of the new Broadway musical Caesar Samayoa. (more...)

BWW Interview: Marlie Rodriguez
by Cary Ginell - Feb 20, 2017

Last month I went to a private showcase of music from the musical Hamilton. The showcase was organized by pianist/arranger/singer Justin Ramos, former director of vocal music at Newbury Park High School who is now living in New York. For his cast, Ramos utilized some of the more talented singers he worked with during his tenure at NPHS to make the showcase happen. Marlie Rodriguez played the role of Eliza, Alexander Hamilton's wife, and got an outpouring of applause for her singing from the invitation-only audience. We got together a few weeks later to talk not just about the singular honor of performing songs from Hamilton, which has already revolutionized Broadway, but how she has reached a crossroads in her still young career in musical theater. (more...)

Audra McDonald to Bring LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL To The West End
by Alan Henry - Feb 2, 2017

Billie Holiday will be travelling across the pond this summer! BroadwayWorld can report that six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald will make her West End debut as the legendary jazz icon in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Wyndham's Theatre with performances beginning on June 17th. (more...)

Director Talks PTSD, Female Veterans and More in SOLDIER BEE, Set to Screen at Winter Film Awards Indie Festival
by Movies News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Winter Film Awards' Walter Howard interviewed director Alex Hardy about the making of the film about the effects of PTSD on a female veteran. (more...)

BWW Review: Spend Valentine's Day Curled Up with Great Reinterpretations Of Classic Literary Couples!
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Feb 14, 2017

Fall into a great retelling based on some of the most romantic couples in classic literature! (more...)

BWW Review: BLUES IN THE NIGHT Smolders at Creative Cauldron
by Barbara Johnson - Feb 13, 2017

Creative Cauldron's production of BLUES IN THE NIGHT, directed by Matt Conner, spotlights a strong four-person cast that delivers 26 songs by Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, and other early jazz legends. Backed by a live band led by Walter 'Bobby' McCoy and surrounded with a sultry set, these singers enthrall. (more...)

BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Libby Champion - Feb 13, 2017

S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G B-E-E. Those 11 letters spell out 'spelling bee,' but in the Garden Theatre's production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, those 11 letters spell so much more than that. Based on a fictional spelling bee in the fictional Putnam County, this hilarious and heartfelt tale centers on six young spellers who made it through various rounds in their own school's spelling bee to compete at the illustrious 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Along with the six adolescent kids are the three adults who run the bee. Each child is played by an adult and each of them have their own quirks, hardships, and goals which make this show an absolute delight.  (more...)

PHIT Comedy to Debut Family-Friendly Show FINDERS KEEPERS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

PHIT Comedy has created a series of family-friendly shows so that youth can see live, improvised comedy shows in Center City Philadelphia. The show is called 'Finders Keepers.' Joe Tuzzi directs the cast which includes instructors from the PHIT Comedy Kids & Teens program. (more...)

BWW Interview: Conleth Hill On WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
by Marianka Swain - Feb 13, 2017

Conleth Hill is beloved by millions of Game of Thrones watchers as spymaster Varys, but he's also a respected theatre actor, with work ranging from The Cherry Orchard and Stones in His Pockets to the 2013 revival of Quartermaine's Terms. He's about to embark on Edward Albee's masterpiece Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring opposite Imelda Staunton; the production begins previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 22 February. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): The Leading Ladies of CFTA's 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 10, 2017

Opening tonight at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts is 9 to 5: The Musical, the Broadway musical by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick, based upon the hit movie in which Parton played Doralee, a buxom, down-home kind of gal. Directed by Matthew Hayes Hunter, with choreography by Kate Adams-Kramer and musical direction by Emily Dennis, the show features a stunning trio of leading ladies - played by Katie Hahn, Mary Ellen Smith and Memory Strong-Smith - and an ensemble filled with local favorites, including two Matt Smiths... (more...)

NYC Art & Fashion World Gets Spotlight in SHOOT ME NICELY Series
by TV News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Elias Plagianos' web series Shoot Me Nicely starring John Behlmann, William Sadler, Linda Hamilton and Tasie Lawrence, is the story of a fashion photographer who loses his elite magazine job, plunging him into a downward spiral of odd jobs and celebrity chasing. (more...)

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