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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.

Amalgamate Dance Company Presents ADC's Guest Artist Showcase, 9/14
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2014

Amalgamate Dance Company presents ADC'S 4th Guest Artist Showcase: See and Be Seen, September 14, 2014. The show is produced by ADC to highlight NYC-based professional dancers. The G.A.S. provides dancers the unique environment to network, hone their craft, and work closely with professional choreographers. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Inside a Magical CINDERELLA Fitting with Paige Faure and William Ivey Long!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 28, 2014

Cinderella launches its First National Tour in Providence, RI, at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Friday October 10, 2014 ,and the cast and creative team is hard at work making final preparations. In the exclusive video below, BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge takes you inside the fitting room with six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long and Cinderella herself, Paige Faure. Go behind the scenes of the magical costume fitting below! (more...)

BWW TV: The Prince Is Giving a Ball! Watch a Performance Preview of CINDERELLA on Tour!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 26, 2014

Cinderella launches its First National Tour in Providence, RI, at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Friday October 10, 2014, starring Paige Faure in the title role, and ready to sweep Cinderella off her feet, Andy Jones in role of Prince Topher. The company just met the press and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to chat with the full company about the show. Check out what they had to say, plus watch a special performance preview of 'The Prince Is Giving a Ball' and 'Ten Minutes Ago' below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of the CINDERELLA National Tour
by Walter McBride - Sep 26, 2014

Cinderella launches its First National Tour in Providence, RI, at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Friday October 10, 2014, starring Paige Faure in the title role, and ready to sweep Cinderella off her feet, Andy Jones in role of Prince Topher. The company just met the press and below you can check out photos from inside the special event! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Here Ye! Go Inside the Performance Preview for CINDERELLA on Tour
by Walter McBride - Sep 26, 2014

Cinderella launches its First National Tour in Providence, RI, at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Friday October 10, 2014, starring Paige Faure in the title role, and ready to sweep Cinderella off her feet, Andy Jones in role of Prince Topher. The company just met the press and below you can check out photos from inside the performance preview! (more...)

Katie Brayben to Star in West End's BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, February
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Katie Brayben will play the title role in the West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musicalopening at the Aldwych Theatre in February next year. Alan Morrissey will play King's husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, with Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King's mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. London previews beginning on 10 February 2015 and with the show currently booking to 13 June 2015. Press night will now take place on 24 February at 7pm. Final casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Paige Faure and William Ivey Long Prepare for CINDERELLA Tour
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 25, 2014

Cinderella launches its First National Tour in Providence, RI, at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Friday October 10, 2014, and the cast and creative team is hard at work making final preparations. In the exclusive photos below, BroadwayWorld takes you inside the fitting room with six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long and Cinderella herself, Paige Faure. Go behind the scenes of the magical costume fitting below! (more...)

Scoop: THE AMAZING RACE on CBS - Friday, September 26, 2014
by TV Scoop - Sep 23, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE AMAZING RACE, airing on CBS on Friday, September 26, 2014! (more...)

Swiftly Tilting Theatre Presents Cabaret Benefit For Reproductive Rights
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Broadway, Off-Broadway, and up-and-coming NY talent raise their voices for reproductive rights at the Don't Speak Cabaret Benefit at the Metropolitan Room on Sunday, October 26 at 9:30pm. (more...)

New York Theatre Barn's The Choreography Lab Continues Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

In the September installment of New York Theatre Barn's The Choreography Lab, three choreographers will present new production numbers created in conjunction with three composer/lyricists. The salon begins at 6:30pm at ART/NY Studios, Spaces @ 520 (520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Studio B). Doors open at 6:15pm tonight. This event is free, but kindly RSVP to: ChoreoLab@NYTheatreBarn.org (more...)

'The Paseo' to Feature Multimedia Outdoor Art Installations, 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Taos, New Mexico (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...)

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...)

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...)

Andy Jones, Kecia Lewis, Blake Hammond & More Join Paige Faure in CINDERELLA Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Producers of the Tony® Award winning musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman and Stephen Kocis, have announced additional casting for the First National Tour launching in Providence, RI at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) onOctober 10, 2014. (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...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Tony Yazbeck!
by Ken Womble - Aug 8, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Tony Yazbeck! (more...)

Technology now plays an integral part in the Recruitment industry, says Intellectual Property recruiters Fellows and Associates
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

In their latest article on the Fellows and Associates website Pete Fellows, Managing Director and Founder, offers his perspective on the evolution of the recruitment industry and his experiences throughout his early career. The article, part two of an earlier edition back in April 2014, may well have been conceived out of nostalgia due to the upcoming fifth anniversary of Fellows and Associates this month. (more...)

VIDEO: Sarah Paulson Reveals AHS: FREAK SHOW Secrets on LATE NIGHT!
by TV News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

On last night's LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, Sarah Paulson revealed the snake sex secrets of AHS Season 4. Check out the appearance below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Shines at Union Avenue Opera
by Steve Callahan - Aug 5, 2014

Andre Previn's operatic adaptation of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' opens at the Union Avenue Opera. (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...)

OWN Announces September Highlights
by TV News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has released highlights of its upcoming September 2014 schedule. (more...)

Lesli Margherita & Alexis Fishman to Join Patty & Emily at The Laurie Beechman
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

After two successful shows in the winter, Patty & Emily are bringing their special brand of fangirl enthusiasm to The Laurie Beechman! Join in the obsessive Broadway chat with this late night talk show. Patty & Emily, along with their music director Jeremy Robin Lyons, will welcome Broadway guests Lesli Margherita, Alexis Fishman, and more for performances and interviews, all the while gushing over them embarrassingly. There will be gasping, laughing, probably a lot of tears, and a whole lot of Broadway love. (more...)

Scoop: RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS on NBC - Friday, September 19, 2014
by TV Scoop - Aug 28, 2014

Get all the scoop on RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS, airing on NBC on Friday, September 19, 2014! (more...)

NFL Football, Finales, Premieres Highlight NBC Schedule 9/14-20
by TV News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Sunday September 14, 2014 - Saturday September 20, 2014 (more...)

VIDEO: Indie-Band Knox Hamilton Debuts Video for 'Work it Out'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Emerging indie band Knox Hamilton will embark on an extensive nationwide tour this fall, including stops in Seattle, Los Angeles, DC, New York and Boston. See below for complete details. The tour celebrates the group's new single, “Work it Out,” which is currently #2 on SiriusXM's Alt18 and has been streamed over 250,000 times on Spotify (iTunes). Check out the video below. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Shows - MOTOWN
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 24, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters. BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MOTOWN below! (more...)

NBC Primetime Schedule - Sunday September 7, 2014 - Saturday September 13, 2014
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

NBC Primetime Schedule - Sunday September 7, 2014 - Saturday September 13, 2014 (more...)

Steve Martin to Join Disney's MAGIC CAMP?
by Movies News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steve Martin is in final negotiations to join Disney's upcoming family comedy MAGIC CAMP. Martin also just wrote a new draft of the script with Stu Zicherman (A.C.O.D.). (more...)

36 VIEWS to Play Severson Theatre, 9/11-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Closing the 50th anniversary season is 36 Views, Naomi Iizuka's intelligent, intricate, and imaginative look into the world of art and relationships. It plays in the Severson Theatre in Santa Maria September 11 - 28. (more...)

Scoop: RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS on NBC - Monday, September 8, 2014
by TV Scoop - Aug 22, 2014

Get all the scoop on RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS, airing on NBC on Monday, September 8, 2014! (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Leslie Odom Jr.'s LESLIE ODOM JR. Gives All the Heart
by David Clarke - Aug 22, 2014

Leslie Odom Jr. took a risk to progress his career with a solo album. He turned to Kickstarter and received copious donations from his loyal fans. Funded with almost $11,000 more than his original goal, Leslie Odom Jr., who had caught our attention on SMASH, entered the studio. Now, fans and newcomers alike can revel in the glory of his decadently jazzy debut solo album, and after just one listen, I'm sure that you'll be hooked. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Summer Finale of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
by TV News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Don't miss an all new episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, August 26th at 8/7c titled 'Taking This One to the Grave'. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - MATILDA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 18, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MATILDA below! (more...)

ON YOUR FEET Finds Its Home on Broadway- Theatre and Opening Night Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

James L. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc and Bernie Yuman just 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 Opening Night on Broadway on Thursday, November 5, 2015, with preview performances beginning Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. The musical, directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), will land on Broadway following a five-week World Premiere engagement at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, from June 2 - July 5, 2015. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/14/14 - NEWSIES Reunion, LINCOLN'S FAVORITE SHAKESPEARE, Christmas in August and More!
by Jessica Showers - Aug 14, 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: NEWSIES will 'stop the presses' at 54 Below tonight, Abe's Favorite scenes from the Bard go center stage in the Berkshires, The Rockettes bring Christmas to Sixth Avenue and more! (more...)

BWW Reviews: CORALINE: THE MUSICAL
by Misha Davenport - Aug 13, 2014

Fans of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name will find a much more true adaptation of the book than in the 2009 film. (more...)

BWW Interview: Getting to Know Local Theatre with Kyra Lehman: Proximity's Youth Program
by Maggie Yates - Aug 13, 2014

Lehman, through her work with Proximity, explores the themes of what it means to exist in the world; what it means to be alive. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Open 47th Season with AN AUDIENCE WITH MEOW MEOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Berkeley Rep opens its 47th season this September with An Audience with Meow Meow, a musical play of gargantuan proportions starring international superstar Meow Meow. (more...)

The Broadway Experience Wraps Seventh Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

The Broadway Experience returned for a seventh summer program at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center from July 28th - August 10th. With over 20 professional educators from the Broadway community, TBE offered over 75 classes, workshops, lectures, a performance based second week and invited Jonathan Groff as guest speaker. Jonathan spoke about his life on and off the stage, and took the time to answer questions and offer advice and inspiration. He was even kind enough to give an impromptu performance from Disney's recent hit film, Frozen. (more...)

Kenny Loggins Coming to SCERA, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

In a career that spans four decades, gifted singer, songwriter and guitarist Kenny Loggins has written some iconic music, some platinum music, some popular movie music and some award-winning music. And whether his choice is contemporary adult, soft rock, jazz, pop, ballads, or more recently, country, he provides a standard of excellence that keeps him and his music well-liked and admired. (more...)

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