Carly Rae Jepsen Joins FOX's GREASE LIVE as 'Frenchy'; Additional Casting Announced!
by TV News Desk - Sep 30, 2015

BWW has just learned that multi-Platinum Grammy®Award-nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen will join the cast of FOX's GREASE: LIVE as iconic Pink Lady 'Frenchy.' (more...)

BUYER AND CELLAR Opens in November at Arts Centre Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2015

A massive cult hit in New York that went on to enjoy a sell-out US tour, Buyer and Cellar is a shopaholic's delight and an adoring fan letter to Barbra Streisand. Directed by Gary Abrahams, Green Room Award-winner Ash Flanders takes on Jonathan Tolins' funny one-man extravaganza which opens at 8pm Thursday 5 November 2015 at Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio. (more...)

Michael Laurence's HAMLET IN BED Pushes Back Opening at Rattlestick
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long have announced that HAMLET IN BED, written by Michael Laurence and directed by Lisa Peterson, will now open Today, September 17, a week later than the previously announced date of September 10. The change was made to accommodate for the holiday weekend. (more...)

HEATHERS' Elle McLemore Joins FOX's GREASE LIVE as 'Patty Simcox'
by TV News Desk - Oct 8, 2015

Rydell High just gained another student! Deadline writes that Elle McLemore, star of off-Broadway's HEATHERS THE MUSICAL and Broadway's BRING IT ON, has just been tapped to play 'Patty Simcox' in Fox's GREASE: LIVE.  (more...)

GREASE Co-Author Jim Jacobs Donates $50,000 To Chicago's American Theater Company, Honoring PJ Paparelli
by Michael Dale - Oct 29, 2015

The late artistic director produced THE ORIGINAL GREASE at the company's 100 seat theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: Hilarity with Babs in Seattle Rep's BUYER & CELLAR
by Jay Irwin - Oct 29, 2015

We've all had demanding bosses over the years. Hell I had a manager who insisted I go around the office and set all the clocks to the exact same time. But what happens when you're working for an actual Diva? Well, Jonathan Tolins' hilarious play "Buyer & Cellar", currently playing at the Seattle Rep, takes that on brilliantly and the Rep production completely shines. (more...)

Sound Bites 10-Minute Musical Theatre Festival Finalists Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

Theatre Now New York proudly announces the ten musical finalists that will be featured in the Third Annual Sound Bites 10-Minute Musical Theatre Festival. This year's benefit festival will be performing on January 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King Holiday), at 7:00 pm at the 47th Street Theatre, 304 West 47th Street, in Manhattan. Tickets go on sale to the public on December 1st at www.tnny.org or by calling 855-254-SHOW [7469]. Sound Bites Musical Theatre Festival benefits the development of new musicals. (more...)

Mario Lopez Gets a Gig at Rydell High, Joins Cast of FOX's GREASE LIVE
by TV News Desk - Oct 22, 2015

FOX's GREASE: LIVE is practically packed with Broadway talent. And the latest to join the company, according to Variety, is A CHORUS LINE's Mario Lopez. The SAVED BY THE BELL alum will play the smooth talking host of Rydell High's sock hop, 'Vince Fontaine'. (more...)

Broadway Vet Andrew Call & More Join Cast of FOX's GREASE LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

PEOPLE reports exclusively that the final three actors for FOX's upcoming GREASE: LIVE have been cast. The trio will portray the T-Birds and Pink Ladies in the upcoming FOX musical broadcast. (more...)

Photo Flash: Pink Hair, T-Bird Jackets & More Featured in All-New GREASE LIVE Poster Art!
by TV News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

Poodle skirts, T-Bird jackets, pink hair and more are among the iconic images featured in FOX's all-new poster art for GREASE LIVE!, airing January 31st. (more...)

PHOTO: First Look - Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens & Julianne Hough in FOX's GREASE LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

FOX has shared an exclusive first look at GREASE LIVE's Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko and Vanessa Hudgens as Betty Rizzo. (more...)

Seth Golay Stars in BUYER & CELLAR at Unicorn Theatre This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

BUYER & CELLAR is an outrageous new one-man comedy about an out of work actor who signs up to take on the oddest of odd-jobs: the only shopkeeper in the private shopping mall beneath Barbra Streisand's Malibu mansion. Will she get him his big break? Or will life with the demanding diva try his patience and his love life? This campy comedy, directed by Darren Sextro, features KC's favorite Bat Boy, Seth Golay as Alex More. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jamie Lee Curtis, John Stamos, and More FOX Stars Tackle GREASE Lyrics
by Sally Henry - Nov 14, 2015

How many lyrics do you remember from your high school's production of GREASE, or that time you were obsessed with the movie soundtrack? Stars of multiple FOX shows have put that question to the test. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look- New GREASE: LIVE Poster Released!
by Sally Henry - Nov 13, 2015

Finally, a visual for GREASE: LIVE! Is it January 31st yet? (more...)

Ana Gasteyer Will Rule the School as Principal McGee in FOX's GREASE LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

On stage, Ana Gasteyer made her triumphant Broadway debut as Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show.' Since then, Gasteyer earned raves as Elphaba in 'Wicked' on Broadway, and originated the role for the Chicago production, earning a Jefferson Award nomination. Other New York theater credits include the Tony-nominated Broadway productions of 'The Royal Family' directed byDoug Hughes, 'The Threepenney Opera' with Alan Cumming and Jim Dale, Eve Ensler's acclaimed Off-Broadway hit 'The Vagina Monologues,' and Manhattan Theatre Club's hit production of 'Kimberly Akimbo' by CELEBRATED playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Ana also she starred as Fanny Brice in 'Funny Girl' at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. (more...)


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Photo Flash: THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN Opens Tomorrow at Bay Street Theater
by Marianka Swain - May 30, 2016

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the arrival of the Hamptons' newest diva, with the world premiere of THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN, a new play by Jonathan Tolins, directed by Noah Himmelstein. The production starts tomorrow, May 31, and runs through June 19. There is a 'Pay What You Can' performance on May 31 with a limited amount of tickets available at the Box Office starting at 11 am that are based on a first-come, first-served basis. (more...)

Michael Urie to Reprise Role in BUYER & CELLAR at Westport Country Playhouse; Will be Filmed for THIRTEEN!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

The original Off-Broadway production of the critically acclaimed comedy 'Buyer & Cellar' will take the stage of Westport Country Playhouse, June 14 - July 3.  (more...)

Emerson Collins to Star in BUYER AND CELLAR at Laguna Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham is thrilled to announce the sixth and final show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season, Emerson Collins starring in BUYER AND CELLAR, written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Larry Raben. (more...)

Props, Costumes From FOX's GREASE: LIVE! Now Up for Auction
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

GREASE: LIVE!, Paramount Television's sensational reimagining of the beloved musical Grease, was a hit with critics and audiences alike and now viewers will have a chance to own a piece of the landmark live television event.  (more...)

Nathan Lee Graham, Robin De Jesus, Jason Tam Lead Industry Readings of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

The workshop of award-winning composer/lyricist/playwright/performer Max Vernon's new musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, directed by Scott Ebersold and with choreography by Spencer Liff and music direction by Matt Aument, will hold their industry presentations this week, starting today, March 31st, and continuing tomorrow, Friday, April 1st, in New York City. (more...)

FOX to Air Special 'Tweet Along' Encore of GREASE: LIVE This Sunday
by TV News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

Don't miss a special 'Tweet-Along' Encore of GREASE: LIVE airing Easter Sunday, March 27 (7:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX! (more...)

BUYER & CELLAR Opens Next Week at New Century Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Hennepin Theatre Trust presents BUYER & CELLAR, the outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs at the New Century Theatre (615 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) March 31-April 24, 2016. The New York Post praised the show as "fantastically funny" when it premiered off-Broadway in April 2013. The Minneapolis production stars local actor Sasha Andreev as "Alex Moore" and is directed by critically acclaimed Wendy Knox. (more...)

Jonathan Tolins Developing Patty Hearst Limited Series for CBS
by TV News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

According to Deadline, GREASE LIVE!'s writer Jonathan Tolins is currently at work on a limited series, centered around the abduction of Patty Hearst. (more...)

GREASE: LIVE Soundtrack Release to Coincide with Live Event; Pre-Order Now!
by TV News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Republic Records, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and Paramount Television have announced exciting news about the release of the GREASE: LIVE Official Soundtrack Album. (more...)

GREASE: LIVE to Debut on CTV Before Launching Exclusively on CraveTV
by TV News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Grease is the word! CTV and CraveTV(TM) have joined forces to bring GREASE: LIVE first to audiences on CTV and CTV GO and then exclusively to subscribers of premium streaming service CraveTV. (more...)

Photo Flash: GORGONZLA Sweeps Sound Bites 3.0 Festival at Hurley's After-Party
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Last night, January 18th, 2016, Theatre Now New York presented its 3nd Annual festival of new musicals, Sound Bites 3.0 (sponsored by Music Theatre International and Disney Theatrical Productions) to a sold-out house at the 47th Street Theatre. An after-party, sponsored by MTI, was held after at Hurley's Saloon where awards were given. Sound Bites showcases ten 10-minute musicals or musical excerpts in one evening. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Paramount TV's GREASE: LIVE Tops 17 Million Viewers Worldwide
by TV News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Paramount Television's highly-acclaimed, breakthrough hit GREASE: LIVE delivered more than 17 million total viewers worldwide since it originally aired this past Sunday, Jan. 31. (more...)

GREASE LIVE! Now Available on Digital HD; Coming to DVD 3/8!
by TV News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Grease is the word! The landmark, live television production of the beloved musical Grease makes its home entertainment debut with GREASE LIVE! now available on Digital HD and coming to DVD March 8, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. (more...)

NCTC to Stage Hit Comedy BUYER & CELLAR, Starring J. Conrad Frank
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

This spring, the hilarious Off-Broadway hit, Buyer and Cellar by Jonathan Tolins comes to NCTC, starring acclaimed performer and frequent NCTC collaborator, J. Conrad Frank, most recently at NCTC with his acclaimed performance in Charles Busch's Die Mommie Die!. Rebecca Longworth directs. In this uproarious comedy, an unemployed actor is thrust into a close relationship with Barbra Streisand when he is hired to watch over a mall of shoppes she has built in a cellar on her Malibu compound. Soon it begins to take a toll on his patience, his love life, and his view of people (who need people). As Entertainment Weekly declares, 'This show will go down like 'butta'!' (more...)

GREASE: LIVE Official Soundtrack Album Debuts at #5 on iTunes!
by TV News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Adding to the news that last night's broadcast of GREASE: LIVE was a ratings bonanza, Showbiz 411 reports that the soundtrack to FOX's live musical has debuted at number 5 on iTunes (more...)

Like Lightning! GREASE: LIVE Brings Record Audience to CTV
by TV News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Like greased lightning! CTV's very big January concluded last night with 1.7 million viewers for GREASE: LIVE preliminary overnight data from Numeris reveals, making it the #1 entertainment program Sunday with total viewers and all key demos. The special peaked with 2.37 million viewers, tuning in to Sandy and Danny's dance solo during 'Born To Hand Jive'. (more...)

Rattlestick's Sixth Annual F*CKING GOOD PLAYS FESTIVAL Begins Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater announces the 2015 F*ck!ng Good Plays (festival, VI). The festival, to be presented at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place - off 7th Avenue South between West 11th & Perry Streets) will begin Saturday, December 5th, and continue thru Saturday, December 20th. The festival will kick off with readings of new plays by today's hottest playwrights! Playwrights include: Keith Josef Adkins, Dan Aibel, Dipika Guha, Mary Hamilton, Basil Kreimendahl, Laura Marks, Lucy Thurber, and Emily Zemba. The festival will then continue with Rattlestick's annual Theater Jam ending with a workshop production of Daniel Talbott's play, What Happened When. (more...)

VIDEO: John Stamos & More FOX Stars Sing Their Favorite Songs from GREASE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

The FOX network but their talent, including Keke Palmer, John Stamos and Jamie Lee Curtis to the test when and asked them to sing their favorite GREASE song - check out the results below! (more...)

PHOTOS: First Look - Carlos PenaVega as GREASE LIVE's 'Kenickie'!
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

FOX has revealed a first look at Carlos PenaVega ('Big Time Rush', 'Dancing With the Stars') as'Kenickie,' Zuko's tough-guy sidekick (more...)

BUYER & CELLAR to Make Colorado Premiere at the FAC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FAC) is excited to present the hilariously funny Colorado premiere of Buyer & Cellar Jan 14?24, written by Johnathan Tolins, starring Sammy Gleason and directed by Cory Moosman. Grab your pals and get ready for this hilarious fictional Off?Broadway hit. (more...)

Will Pullen and More Lead Workshop of Daniel Talbott's WHAT HAPPENED WHEN, Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long have announced that WHAT HAPPENED WHEN, a workshop production written and directed by Daniel Talbott, will play for one week begining tonight, December 15, at 7pm. Produced in association with {Your Name Here}, the workshop will play Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place). (more...)

Will Pullen and More to Lead Workshop of Daniel Talbott's WHAT HAPPENED WHEN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long have announced that WHAT HAPPENED WHEN, a workshop production written and directed by Daniel Talbott, will play for one week begining Tuesday, December 15, at 7pm. (more...)

Michael Laurence & Annette O'Toole to Lead HAMLET IN BED at Rattlestick
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long have announced that Hamlet In Bed, written by Michael Laurence and directed by Lisa Peterson, will begin previews Friday, August 28, at 8pm at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place.  Joining Mr. Laurence in the cast is Annette O'Toole.  The official opening night is set for Thursday, September 10; the production will run through Sunday, October 25. (more...)

SOUND BITES 4.0 is Calling All Writers and Composers!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Theatre Now New York has announced it is accepting online submissions for SOUND BITES 4.0, a 10-minute musical theatre festival and benefit, now through Saturday, October 1, 2016. The festival offers composers, lyricists, and librettists the opportunity to showcase their work in front of theatre-goers and industry professionals. (more...)

Rattlestick's 2015-16 Season to Include New York, World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long announce the company's 2015-16 season, its 21st, which includes New York and world premieres by Michael Laurence, William Francis Hoffman, and Martyna Majok. All productions play at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place. (more...)

Michael Laurence's HAMLET IN BED Begins Tonight at Rattlestick
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

HAMLET IN BED, written by Michael Laurence and directed by Lisa Peterson, begins previews tonight, August 28, and opens September 17, 2015 (a week later than the previously announced date of September 10). HAMLET IN BED plays at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place. Joining Mr. Laurence in the cast is Annette O'Toole. The production runs through Sunday, October 25. (more...)

Cast Complete for Adam Bock's A LIFE, Starring David Hyde Pierce, at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Playwrights Horizons has announced complete casting for A LIFE, the world premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Adam Bock (A Small Fire and The Drunken City at Playwrights, The Receptionist, The Thugs, Swimming in the Shallows). Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Marjorie Prime, Detroit, Maple and Vine at Playwrights; You Got Older; Belleville; This Wide Night; Smokefall), A LIFE will be the second production of the theater company's 2016/2017 Season. (more...)

Michael Laurence's HAMLET IN BED Pushes Back Opening at Rattlestick
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long have announced that HAMLET IN BED, written by Michael Laurence and directed by Lisa Peterson, will now open Thursday, September 17, a week later than the previously announced date of September 10. The change was made to accommodate for the holiday weekend. (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the cast & creative team for COMPANY, with Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and Book by GEORGE FURTH. Directed by Spiro Veloudos with music director Catherine Stornetta and choreography & musical staging by Rachel Bertone, COMPANY will run September 2 - October 9, 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Thomas James O'Leary Directs NEXT TO NORMAL
by Don Grigware - Aug 15, 2016

Thomas James O'Leary's recent directing credits include Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Nine, Dusty de los Santos, The Debut of Georgia, A Horse with a View, and currently Sunday in the Park with George. Thomas is best known for his three-year run (over 1,000 performances) in the title role of Broadway's longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Other acting credits include Miss Saigon (Broadway original cast), Les Miserables (First National original cast), Chess (First National), You Never Can Tell (Yale Rep), Last Sunday in June (Century Center), Travels with My Aunt (Colony Theatre), and Take Me Out (LA Weekly Award, Celebration Theatre).   (more...)

Middle Voice Theater Company to Host Workshop Production of EXPOSURE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's apprentice company, The Middle Voice Theater Company invites you to the workshop production of Steve' DiUbaldo's Exposure directed by Victor Cervantes Jr., which opens Thursday, August 20th and runs until Sunday, August 23rd at WorkShop Theater. (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play (partly inspired by the theatricality of Nicholas Nickleby) that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. (more...)

Arnie Burton, Emily Robinson, Jon Tenney and Jennifer Westfeldt to Lead BIG SKY World Premiere at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Great news tonight! Geffen Playhouse has just announced a starry cast for its world premiere production of BIG SKY, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros. (more...)

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