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You'll be dancing in the aisles when con man Jonas Nightingale brings his gospel-charged tent revival to rain-starved Kansas. Four-time Tony Award©-nominee Raúl Esparza and Golden Globe Award-nominee Brooke Shields will star in this world premiere Broadway-bound new musical.

Based on the movie with Steve Martin, Leap of Faith boasts a brand new score from 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and directed and choreographed by Tony Award©-winner Rob Ashford, helmer of the recent Taper favorite, Parade.

Stuart Avery Gold Releases PING THE RESCUE OF EDEN
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

NEW YORK, May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ PING THE RESCUE OF EDEN, an eco-parable about an inner responsibility to the outside world, is the newest book by author Stuart Avery Gold. Based on his international bestseller PING, the storied heroic jumping frog returns in a new third installment on the heels of the just released National Climate Assessment, which scientists and the White House are calling the most detailed and U.S.-focused scientific report on global warming. (more...)

ABC Orders Alan Menken's Fairytale Musical Comedy GALAVANT to Series
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2014

According to Deadline, GALAVANT, developed by Dan Fogelman, Menken, and Glenn Slater, has officially received a series order. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 5/04/2014
by BWW - May 4, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/04/2014 for Central Pennsylvania (more...)

Fierce Backbone to Present WAITLESS as Part of Hollywood Fringe, 6/8-28
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Fierce Backbone presents the world premiere of WAITLESS, a dramedy written by Cailin Harrison, directed by Reena Dutt. (more...)

Photo Flash: Gallery Henoch's Spotlight on GARY RUDDELL
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

One of the wonderful things about mounting the current Spring Group Show at Gallery Henoch is having the opportunity to showcase the breadth of new work by our talented artists. This week we're highlighting Gary Ruddell's two new paintings, First Study for Leap of Faith, and First Study for Portrait of Marriage. Ruddell's narrative-driven paintings capture scenes reminiscent of a distant memory. Pulled out of the context of time and specific location, Ruddell's subjects are explorers in a dream-like landscape on the verge of a great discovery. Discover these striking paintings for yourself when you stop by the gallery. (more...)

Anthony Crivello, Elle McLemore & More to Join Dominic Zicari in Reading of THEY JUST DIDN'T LIKE ME, 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

The cast has been set for the invited reading of the new coming-of-age screenplay, "they just didn't like me,' by Dominic Zicari, which will be held on June 3rd at the New York offices of Peter Fields of RITHOLZ, LEVY, SANDERS, CHIDEKEL and FIELDS. (more...)

Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Elizabeth Reaser and More Star in Bay Street Theatre's CONVICTION World Premiere, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Bay Street Theatre presents the World Premiere of CONVICTION (Today, May 27-June 15) by Carey Crim and directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street's new Artistic Director. The production is co-produced by Bay Street Theatre, Rubicon Theatre in California, Dead Posh Productions, London and Canada's Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. (more...)

Cloud Will Transform the Airport Experience, According to Amadeus Insight Paper
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Rising business pressures from stakeholders and competitors mean airports must make the most efficient use of IT resources to operate effectively and work more collaboratively with airlines, whilst looking for alternative revenue streams to remain competitive. The paper indicates that modernizing approaches to Common Use systems is one route to alleviate these challenges in a world that has access to the latest models of cloud computing. (more...)

It's Official! Gloria Estefan Musical ON YOUR FEET! to Arrive Fall 2015 on Broadway; Jerry Mitchell to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

The Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises, Inc have announced that On Your Feet! - a new musical based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, legendary producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan - will premiere on Broadway in Fall 2015 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced, following a Summer 2015 World Premiere engagement in Chicago. (more...)

Gloria Estefan's ON YOUR FEET! Gets Pre-Broadway World Premiere in Chicago, Summer 2015
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Broadway In Chicago, The Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises, Inc have announced that On Your Feet! - a new musical based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, legendary producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan - will have its Pre-Broadway World Premiere in Chicago in Summer 2015 with Broadway In Chicago theater and performance schedule to be announced. It will open on Broadway in Fall 2015 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced. (more...)

Tony Yazbeck, Ann Crumb and More Set for Industry Reading of DANGEROUS Today
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Today, May 2nd there will be a special industry presentation of the new musical DANGEROUS. Directed by Jeff Whiting, the show is described as 'a 1930s swing-time musical reminiscent of Warner Brothers gangster movies, Hitchcock thrillers, and Casablanca style romance. (more...)

BURNT AT THE STEAK Opens 6/12 at Hollywood Fringe Fest
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

The Hollywood Fringe Festival will be hosting Carolann Valentino Productions premiere of Burnt at the Steak, an eight- time award winning, critically acclaimed one- woman musical comedy, created and performed by New York City artist Carolann Valentino. All performances will take place at The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd Hollywood, CA. showing Thursday, June 12th 10pm, Friday, June 13th 8pm, Saturday, June 14th 12 noon, Sunday, June 15th 4pm, Sunday, June 15th 8pm, 2014. (more...)

New York City Ballet to Host THE 4TH ANNUAL DANCE AGAINST CANCER Benefit, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Co producers, Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbrict of the New York City Ballet, present The 4th Annual Dance Against Cancer, the American Cancer Society's signature dance event dedicated to raising funds and supporting the fight against cancer. Guests enjoy cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres, as well as world premiere dance performances from companies including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Norwegian National Ballet, Broadway's finest, many more. Since its inauguration, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $200,000.00 in support of the American Cancer Society. (more...)

Wallcreate Celebrates Its 10th Year Anniversary of Launching Wallcreate Online
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Representatives with Wallcreate announced today that the company is proud to celebrate its 10th year anniversary of launching Wallcreate online. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 5/19/14 - Obies, LuPone in CRADLE WILL ROCK, MTC Gala & More!
by Jessica Showers - May 19, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Tonight is this year's Obie Awards ceremony, Patti LuPone returns to the stage for THE CRADLE WILL ROCK and Manhattan Theatre Club's starry spring gala will be in full swing! (more...)

Counting Down to This Year's Big Tony Win - BWW Highlights the Past Decade's Best Musical Winners!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 18, 2014

From the controversial and crass to the inspiring and romantic, the past decade's Tony winners for Best Musical delighted us then and continue to captivate us as they play in productions across the country and around the world. And what better way to refresh and prep for this year's big award than to relive the stand-outs from the last 10 years on Broadway? Scroll down to learn more about the winners since 2004, and be sure to tell us which musical gets your pick for 2014! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 5/18/2014
by BWW - May 18, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/18/2014 for Central Pennsylvania (more...)

VIDEO: Tony Winner LaChanze Dedicates 'Amazing Grace' to Her Late Husband at Today's 9/11 Memorial
by Stage Tube - May 15, 2014

Broadway's LaChanze, a Tony Award-winner, performer whose husband Calvin Joseph Gooding perished in the September 11, 2001 attacks, performed a stunning a cappella version of "Amazing Grace" (more...)

Tony Winner LaChanze Dedicates 'Amazing Grace' to Her Late Husband at Today's 9/11 Dedication Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Broadway's LaChanze, a Tony Award-winner whose husband Calvin Joseph Gooding perished in the September 11, 2001 attacks, performed a stunning a cappella version of 'Amazing Grace' during this morning's dedication of the 9/11 Museum in New York City. (more...)

Alice Tan Ridley, Bobby Caldwell and More Set for Centenary Stage's SUMMER JAMFEST, 7/12-8/9
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

Centenary Stage Company's (CSC) Summer Jamfest Series will keep Hackettstown buzzing with a diverse lineup of fun-for-the-whole-family events. Running July 12th through August 9th, audiences can reminisce with their favorite songs of yesterday and today at the Sitnik Theatre in the David and Carol Lackland Center with an array of talented musicians. (more...)

ABC Exec Reveals More Details on Alan Menken's GALAVANT
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2014

During this morning's pre-upfront press conference call, ABC President Paul Lee gave more details on the new series GALAVANT, a half hour fairytale musical comedy developed by Broadway composer Alan Menken (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Central Pennsylvania (more...)

Kristolyn Lloyd & Dave Thomas Brown to Join Cast of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, 6/9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

The producers of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, the new musical stage adaptation of Daniel Waters' iconic 1989 dark comedy film, welcome Dave Thomas Brown as JD and Kristolyn Lloyd as Heather Duke to the "in-crowd" on Monday, June 9, 2014. (more...)

Lawrence Menard Renews Marketing Push for Novel
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

Caledon, Ontario (more...)

NBC Results for June 27
by TV News Desk - Jun 28, 2014

The NBC News Special “A Leap of Faith: A Meredith Vieira Special” averaged a 0.5/2 in 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall from8-10:01 p.m. ET. In the two-hour time period, “A Leap of Faith” tied for #2 among the Big 4 networks in women 18-49 and adults and women 18-34. (more...)

World Premieres by Neil LaBute, Roger Hedden, Albert Innaurato & More Set for SUMMER SHORTS 2014, 7/18-8/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Throughline Artists will present SUMMER SHORTS 2014, their eighth annual festival of new American short plays from established and emerging writers, at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street). Performances will begin Friday July 18th, and continue through Saturday August 30th only. (more...)

Constantine Maroulis and Marilu Henner Lead Readings of New Musical GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Today, June 24, Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) and stage and screen icon Marilu Henner (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Chicago) will headline private industry readings of the new Broadway-bound musical GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER in midtown Manhattan. (more...)

PURPOSEFUL DESTINY is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

New Haven, Conn. (more...)

NBC to Air A LEAP OF FAITH: A MEREDITH VIEIRA SPECIAL, 6/27
by TV News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

The special report takes viewers inside the front lines of an emerging medical break-through that is both experimental and controversial (more...)

A LEAP OF FAITH: A MEREDITH VIEIRA SPECIAL Introduces Viewers to a Life-Saving Medical Break-Through, 6/27
by TV News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

On Friday, June 27th at 8pm/7c, NBC News will air “A Leap of Faith: A Meredith Vieira Special.” The special report takes viewers inside the front lines of an emerging medical break-through that is both experimental and controversial -- but has the potential to save billions of lives. “A Leap of Faith” provides an exclusive look inside the emotional journey of Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, his patients, and their families as he attempts to revolutionize the way we treat even the most deadly diseases. (more...)

Ben Fields Performs on THE BACHERLORETTE and Debuts New Album at #7 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Ben Fields has released his debut album Extraordinary Light via Sire Records on Tuesday, which landed at #7 on iTunes' Singer/Songwriter Album chart and #6 on Amazon's similar chart. Following his TV debut as he performed on Monday night's episode of ABC's The Bachelorette, Fields' lead single, 'Extraordinary Light' jumped to the #1 Hot New Single Release on Amazon's Singer/Songwriter chart and #8 on iTunes' Singer/Songwriter Singles chart. The album also managed the biggest gain in sales within its first 24 hours on Amazon, bringing it to #4 on their Movers and Shakers chart. (more...)

HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL Cast Comes to Barnes & Noble 6/16 for Performance, CD Signing
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Cast members from HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL will appear at the Barnes & Noble at 86th and Lexington in New York City on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 5 p.m. to perform selections from the show and sign copies of the show's World Premiere Cast Recording. (more...)

I HEART THE 80's with Tony Vincent & Jessica Phillips Coming to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 8/14-24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Pull up your leg warmers and strap on your fanny pack! Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein are totally excited to present, I Heart the 80's, an evening of 80's music featuring your favorite songs from such iconic artists as Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Journey, Billy Idol and more! Starring Tony Vincent (Broadway's American Idiot; NBC's 'The Voice') and Jessica Phillips (Broadway's Leap of Faith; NBC's 'Law and Order SVU'), this evening is sure to take you back to the days of big hair, big bracelets and shoulder pads! I Heart the 80's will perform August 14 - 24, 2014. The performance schedule is as follows: Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets for I Heart the 80's range in price from $35 -$50 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Andi's Fairytale Goes Awry on Tonight's THE BACHELORETTE on ABC
by TV News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

A two-night Bachelorette special event concludes tonight as Andi and the13 remaining men begin their global journey to find love with a trip to the scenic New England area and Connecticut. (more...)

Scoop: THE BACHLORETTE on ABC - Monday, June 2, 2014
by - Jun 2, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE BACHLORETTE, airing on ABC on Monday, June 2, 2014! (more...)

Hotel Nikko Presents Tony Vincent and Jessica Phillips in I HEART THE 80'S, 8/14-24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein are excited to present Broadway stars, Tony Vincent (Broadway's American Idiot; NBC's "The Voice"), and Jessica Phillips (Broadway's Leap of Faith; NBC's "Law and Order SVU"), in Broadway Pops International's production of I HEART THE 80's (August 14-24, 2014). Performances are scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. I HEART THE 80's is an evening of 80's music featuring your favorite songs from iconic artists such as Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Billy Idol, and more! (more...)

Gift Theatre's OTHELLO Begins Performances Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

The Gift Theatre's contemporary production of Othello, starring Kareem Bandealy as Othello and artistic director and ensemble member Michael Patrick Thornton as villainous Iago, begins previews this Thursday, July 10. Directed by Jonathan Berry (Dirty), this marks The Gift Theatre's first Shakespeare production ever mounted in its intimate 40-seat theater and Berry's Shakespearean directorial debut. Othello runs July 17-August 24 at The Gift, www.thegifttheatre.org (more...)

Tegile Replaces NetApp To Overcome Performance, Latency Issues Of Virtualized Infrastructure At Leading Broadcast Solutions Provider
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

NEWARK, Calif., July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that Grass Valley, a leading provider of end-to-end television production and content distribution workflow, has implemented a Tegile HA2300 hybrid array to provide the speed, cost and year-to-year investment protection for its growing VM environment. (more...)

Centenary Stage to Welcome Alice Tan Ridley, 7/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

With a star-studded concert series at Centenary Stage Company this summer, it is no surprise that they should now be celebrating the birth of a new Diva, Alice Tan Ridley. Audiences can spend an unforgettable evening with the singing sensation that People Magazine calls an 'Amazing Vocalist" on Saturday, July 19th at 8 pm at The Lackland Center. Ridley embodies a rare combination of raw power, charm, sensuality, spirituality and funk. Like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Tina Turner, Ridley is a long lasting Goddess of Soul, with enough personality, talent, and funk to become an enduring performer. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 7/22- Alan Menken
by Stage Tube - Jul 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Alan Menken! For Disney, Menken has scored The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, each of which won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, and Tangled. Menken has collaborated on several occasions with lyricists including Howard Ashman,Tim Rice and Stephen Schwartz. On Broadway, Menken has composed for The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, King David, Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, Leap of Faith, and Newsies. His most recent Broadway project, Aladdin, is currently playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/22/14 - KING LEAR, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, SEUSSICAL in STL and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 22, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: KING LEAR starts at Shakespeare in the Park, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY goes on the playlist, SEUSSICAL opens in St. Louis, and actors fill new roles in PIPPIN and LES MIZ! (more...)

7venth Power Releases WHEN BUILDING A BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Houston, TX (more...)

BWW Interviews: Dennis Tamblyn - Pushing the Limits
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Jul 11, 2014

I've seen too many times people go through a tragedy and that tragedy defines them. My dad and sister would be so angry with me if I used their deaths as an excuse to be a negative or bitter person. They both were wonderful, positive people and I feel that it is my duty to carry on their legacy as people and as musicians. (more...)

NBC Wins Primetime Ratings Week of 6/23
by TV News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

NBC has finished #1 for the primetime ratings week of June 23-29 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, despite airing no original episodes last week of “America's Got Talent.” (more...)

Blue Jeans Launches New Customer Community to Serve as Knowledge-Sharing Platform and Forum for Industry Conversation
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA(Marketwired - Jul 1, 2014) - Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable video collaboration services, today introduced its online forum for industry collaboration and customer advocacy. The Blue Jeans Community platform gives people direct access to one another as well as to engineers, product developers, and executives within Blue Jeans Network. The community serves as a hub for both customers and the larger industry to propose new product ideas, directly share product feedback, request support and engage with individuals who have a unique expertise and want to share their knowledge. (more...)

This Just In! Leslie Odom Jr. to Join Lin-Manuel Miranda & Karen Olivo in tick, tick... BOOM at City Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

This just in! Leslie Odom Jr. ("Smash") will join Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo in the New York City Center Encores! Off-Center production of Jonathan Larson¹stick, tick… BOOM!, running for five performances, June 25 ­ 28. The opening show of City Center's acclaimed Encores! Off-Center series of landmark Off-Broadway musicals will be directed byOliver Butler with choreography by Camille A. Brown and music direction by Chris Fenwick. Jeanine Tesori is Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director. (more...)

Laura Griffith and Louis Hobson Star in 5th Avenue Theatre's A ROOM WITH A VIEW, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

Love is blossoming in Seattle this spring when The 5th Avenue Theatre debuts the lush new musical, A Room with a View. Based on the E.M. Forster novel that inspired the Merchant Ivory film, this enchanting adaptation features a wonderfully rich score by Jeffrey Stock and a witty and moving book and additional lyrics by Marc Acito. This beguiling and intimate romantic comedy features a cast of Seattle's best-loved musical theater stars including Laura Griffith and Louis Hobson as Lucy and George. Directed by The 5th Avenue's David Armstrong, A Room with a View also features Patti Cohenour, Jadd Davis, Allen Fitzpatrick, Richard Gray, Suzy Hunt, Matt Owen, Will Reynolds, and Jenny Shotwell. (more...)

TRU and The Players Theatre Host Panel NURTURING NEW WORKS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center with their April panel, Nurturing New Works: What Producers Can Learn from the National Playwrights Conference tonight, April 30, 2014 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, Mainstage Theatre, NYC. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments, presentations and roundtable introductions start at 7:30pm (come prepared with your best half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 4/27/2014
by BWW - Apr 27, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/27/2014 for Central Pennsylvania (more...)

Tony Yazbeck, Ann Crumb & More Set for Industry Reading of DANGEROUS, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

On Friday, May 2nd there will be a special industry presentation of the new musical DANGEROUS. Directed by Jeff Whiting, the show is described as "a 1930s swing-time musical reminiscent of Warner Brothers gangster movies, Hitchcock thrillers, and Casablanca style romance. (more...)

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