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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.

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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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