BWW Review: Mon River Arts Gets 'Serious' with LEGALLY BLONDE
by Dylan Shaffer - May 9, 2016

It's not too often that Elizabeth, Pennsylvania is fortunate enough to see real talent grace its stage. Mon River Arts' production of Legally Blonde delivers a surprisingly high-energy performance, coupled with remarkable vocals and excellent use of the Grand Theatre's space. (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2016 Rising Star Award Nominations!
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

As one of the nation's leading regional theaters and producing partners for Broadway, Paper Mill Playhouse has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows for the Great White Way. (more...)

DLC's Professional Training Program TYA to Present PARADE
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Drama Learning Center's professional training company for emerging young artists will present period musical drama PARADE next month. (more...)

BWW Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's Premiere of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Thrills Through Simple Beauty and Restraint
by Tyler Hinton - May 9, 2016

BWW Review: Pioneer Theatre Compan's Premiere of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Thrills Through Simple Beauty and Restraint (more...)

Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Welcomes New Associate Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

- Eric Byrd is joining the staff of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati as the company's new Associate Artistic Director. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for New Musical GROUNDHOG DAY at the Old Vic
by Marianka Swain - May 9, 2016

Full casting is today announced for the world premiere of the new musical GROUNDHOG DAY, which previews at the Old Vic from July 11 with a press night on August 16. Carlyss Peer will play Rita Hanson, alongside the previously announced Andy Karl in the role of Phil Connors. Eugene McCoy plays cameraman Larry, and the ensemble cast includes Leo Andrew, David Birch, Ste Clough, Roger Dipper, Georgina Hagen, Kieran Jae, Julie Jupp, Andrew Langtree, Vicki Lee Taylor, Emma Lindars, Antonio Magro, Carolyn Maitland, Kirsty Malpass, Lisa Mathieson,  Jenny O'Leary, Leanne Pinder, Mark Pollard, Damien Poole, Jack Shalloo, Andrew Spillett and Spencer Stafford. (more...)

BLUEBARN Theatre to Present Regional Debut of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

The BLUEBARN Theatre will present the regional premiere of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL with book, lyrics, and music by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tech Talk with Makeup Artist Kaye Brown
by Frank Benge - May 7, 2016

A make-up artist is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, television and film. One of the busiest in this area is Kaye Brown, who sat down with us to give our readers a backstage look at her incredible art. (more...)

Frankie Grande, Mallory Hagan, and Antoine L. Smith Set to Judge Rising Star Competition on 5/8
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

RISE BAR is seeking its next RISING STAR! Hosted by Broadway's Marty Thomas (Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Wicked), the RISING STAR competition begins Sunday March 6! The contestants will be competing in a 10 week elimination style contest for a $1000 cash prize and paid bookings at RISE Bar with their respective solo show. In addition to its cash and prize package, RISING STAR is offering networking opportunities with guest celebrity judges, fantastic exposure and valuable live stage experience. The winner will receive a headshot package by Claire Buffie photography. They will also receive a demo package provided by Yasuhiko Fukuoka. Competition judges Courtney Reed and Jelani Remy also donated generous prize packages from THE LION KING And ALADDIN on Broadway.  (more...)

KINKY BOOTS Adds One Final Performance at Royal Alexandra Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Although the Royal Alexandra Theatre will close for six months for a major renovation as soon as the show closes, the producers of KINKY BOOTS have managed to squeeze in one more final performance of the immensely popular musical.  The extra show, added to keep up with demand, will be performed on Sunday, May 15 at 7PM.  (more...)

Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards to Be Presented at the Des Moines Civic Center, 6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

A celebration of musical talent from Iowa high school students will soon take the Des Moines Civic Center stage. On Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., Des Moines Performing Arts will present the fourth annual Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase that will recognize 34 high schools from across the state. The program has continued to grow by leaps and bounds since nine schools first participated during its inaugural year in 2012. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes of the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards
by Stage Tube - May 6, 2016

A celebration of musical talent from Iowa high school students will soon take the Des Moines Civic Center stage. On Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., Des Moines Performing Arts will present the fourth annual Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase that will recognize 34 high schools from across the state. The program has continued to grow by leaps and bounds since nine schools first participated during its inaugural year in 2012.  Check out the preview video below! (more...)

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL to Play The Barn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

The Barn Theatre of Montville, New Jersey will be presenting Legally Blonde THE MUSICAL. (more...)

THE TWITS, GREASE and More Set for 2016 'Made At Curve' Series
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

?With an acclaimed revival of Legally Blonde still running in the theatre, Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster announce a new season of Made At Curve productions for autumn and Christmas 2016. (more...)

LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL Opens This Week at The Grove Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

The Grove Theatre is excited to announce the opening of Legally Blonde: THE MUSICAL this Saturday, June 4th at 7:29 pm. An international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Featuring Emmy Award winner David Lago, who recently appeared as Superman in The Grove's Superman, this action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!  (more...)

The Company Theatre Presents LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2016

The award-winning Company Theatre presents the Broadway hit Legally Blonde the Musical from July 29 through August 20 at The Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. Legally Blonde the Musical is by Heather Hach, with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture. (more...)

GUYS AND DOLLS to Play The Marlowe Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

THE ACCLAIMED West End production of Guys And Dolls is coming to The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. (more...)

The Orpheum Theatre Announces the Winners of the 2016 High School Musical Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

On Thursday, May 26, 2016 The Orpheum Theatre announced the winners of the 2016 High School Musical Theatre Awards show. (more...)

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Announces the Winners of the BOBBY G AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Denver Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2016 recipients for The Bobby G Awards, a regional awards program for The National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Charlotte Movizzoand Curtis Salinger, the 2016 Bobby G Award recipients of the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, progress to represent Colorado atThe National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Charlotte Movizzo played Charity Hope Valentine in Ponderosa High School's production of Sweet Charity. Curtis Salinger played Emmett Forrest in Durango High School's production of Legally Blonde. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the Winners of DCPA's BOBBY G AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Denver Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2016 recipients for The Bobby G Awards, a regional awards program for The National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Charlotte Movizzoand Curtis Salinger, the 2016 Bobby G Award recipients of the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, progress to represent Colorado atThe National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Charlotte Movizzo played Charity Hope Valentine in Ponderosa High School's production of Sweet Charity. Curtis Salinger played Emmett Forrest in Durango High School's production of Legally Blonde. (more...)

Jared Gertner & Nikke Bohne Showcased on KPFK Radio's Arts in Review
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review-celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area-airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM), streamed live worldwide over kpfk.org. Today, May 27, Arts in Review welcomes Jared Gertner and Nikke Bohne, stars of the premiere musical, I Only Have Eyes for You: The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin, continuing at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood through June 12.   (more...)

Josh Grisetti, Leslie Kritzer & Catherine Brunell Will Step Into SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Lead Roles This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Broadway's smash hit musical comedy Something Rotten! will welcome three new principal cast members beginning Monday, July 18 as the ten-time Tony Award-nominated show enters its second year at Broadway's St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street). (more...)

Olivier Winner Matt Henry to Keep Kicking in London's KINKY BOOTS; Amy Lennox to Depart This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

According to The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, the Olivier winner has extended his contract with the production as Lola into 2017. In other 'KINKY' casting news, Elena Skye will succeed Olivier nominee Amy Lennox as Lauren, beginning 15 August. (more...)

World Premiere of PARALLEL WORLDS: A NEW ROCK MUSIC EXPERIENCE at Club Parallel
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2016

Parrot Poet Productions presents the world premiere of PARALLEL WORLDS: A NEW ROCK MUSIC EXPERIENCE throughout all four weekends in June. Created by Brandon Beckner with stage direction by Matthew McCray, attendees can expect a powerful live rock concert, a bold theatrical stage play, and an epic big-screen love story, all harmoniously blended with one another to take its audience on a mind-bending, musical journey through Parallel Worlds. It has been described as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Pink Floyd's The Wall."  (more...)

Warwick Davis Stars in Concert Performance of New British Musical EUGENIUS! at London Palladium
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2016

A concert premiere performance of the new, original British musical EUGENIUS! will take place on 29 June 2016 at the London Palladium. This exciting and innovative musical is produced by (and stars) actor Warwick Davis. Joining the Harry Potter and Star Wars favourite will be a host of musical theatre stars, including double Olivier Award-winner David Bedella (In The Heights, Jerry Springer, The Opera, The Rocky Horror Show), Amy Lennox (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Samuel Holmes (Mrs Henderson Presents, Spamalot) and Summer Strallen (Sound of Music, Love Never Dies). Comedian Marcus Brigstocke will join the cast as the Narrator and Brian Blessed will provide a guest voiceover. (more...)

Warwick Davis, David Bedella, Amy Lennox and More to Star in Concert Premiere of EUGENIUS! at London Palladium, June 29
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

A concert premiere performance of the new, original British musical EUGENIUS! will take place on 29 June 2016 at the London Palladium. This exciting and innovative musical is produced by (and stars) actor Warwick Davis. Joining the Harry Potter and Star Wars favourite will be a host of musical theatre stars including double Olivier Award-winner David Bedella (In The Heights, Jerry Springer, The Opera, The Rocky Horror Show), Amy Lennox (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Samuel Holmes (Mrs Henderson Presents, Spamalot) and Summer Strallen(Sound of Music, Love Never Dies). Comedian Marcus Brigstocke will join the cast as the Narrator and Brian Blessed will provide a guest voiceover. (more...)

Finalists Announced for the Fourth Annual Bobby G Awards; Ceremony to Take Place, 5/26
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Finalists for the fourth annual Bobby G Awards were released this afternoon. The awards program, which culminates in a Tony Awards-style ceremony and performance on May 26 at the Buell Theatre, celebrates outstanding achievement in high-school musical theatre in Colorado. This year the program was expanded to include 40 schools across Colorado, up from 30 the year before. (more...)

Way Off Broadway to Host Princess Breakfast 2016, 8/13
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Way Off Broadway has announced that it is once again time for all of the young princesses in the land and their families to come together for this year's Princess Breakfast, The Fairytale Forest Fashion Show. This special family event will be held on Saturday morning, August 13th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the theatre. (more...)

Playhouse Square Announces Winners of First Annual Dazzle Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

With the aim of inspiring performance and recognizing the importance of musical theater and arts education in Northeast Ohio high schools, Playhouse Square proudly held its inaugural Dazzle Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 21. The Dazzle Awards are affiliated with the National High School Musical Theatre Awards ('The Jimmy Awards') presented by The Broadway League Foundation. (more...)

BWW Blog: Sam Weber - Just Another Day, Only a Day
by Guest Blogger: Sam Weber - May 23, 2016

If you're reading this, chances are I do not need to describe what many refer to as 'the magic' of theatre.  You're probably living it right now.  Whether this idea refers to the relationships within a cast, the effect of the show on an audience, or simply the energy that you can only feel onstage, there is certainly something special about being a part of theatre.  Now take all of those warm fuzzies, and put them into one tiny, little 24-Hour long box.  You shouldn't be able to, right?  But it's completely possible, and it's something students from all across my university have been doing for two years now. (more...)

Photo Flash: Playhouse Square Announces Winners of THE DAZZLE AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

With the aim of inspiring performance and recognizing the importance of musical theater and arts education in Northeast Ohio high schools, Playhouse Square proudly held its inaugural Dazzle Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 21. The Dazzle Awards are affiliated with the National High School Musical Theatre Awards ("The Jimmy Awards") presented by The Broadway League Foundation. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Go Inside Opening Night of THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL UK Premiere
by Stage Tube - May 19, 2016

Garry Lake and Waterloo East Theatre present THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL by David Nehls & Betsy Kelso. The hit off-Broadway show finally receives its London premiere, running now through 5 June 2016. Go inside opening night below! (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: He's a Music Man- How Long Did it Take Alex Lacamoire to Orchestrate HAMILTON? Find Out!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 19, 2016

Just call him the music man. Alex Lacamoire is the man in charge of the sound of HAMILTON. As music director, he heads the show's orchestra nightly at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and as the orchestrator, he has earned his second Tony nomination. So long long did it take for him to bring Lin-Manuel Miranda's music to life? He's telling all below! (more...)

Charles Dorfman, Carley Stenson & More to Star in Neil LaBute's SOME GIRL(S) at Park Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Following their debut production Miss Julie, Buckland Theatre Company has today announced casting for Some Girl(s). Written by multi Tony Award nominated Neil LaBute, Some Girl(s) will be Buckland's first play in PARK90 at the Park Theatre, London which will be the company's home in 2016. Some Girl(s) will play 14 July - 6 August with a press night on 19 July. (more...)

Quartet to Pay Tribute to Mentor Faith Prince in GOTTA HAVE FAITH! at The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

This awesome foursome, consisting of Analisa Bell, Andrew Morrisey, Clara Regula and Matt Surges, are all mentees of Tony Award-winning Broadway star, Faith Prince! Sharing a mutual love and respect for the woman who taught them to have faith in themselves, they've come together to put on a show! Because… why the hell not? (more...)

BWW Blog: Aimee Hunsinger - Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome!
by Guest Blogger: Aimee Hunsinger - May 19, 2016

Hello. My name is Aimee and I will be your tour guide to anything and everything Millbrook Playhouse. I am super excited to share my experiences this summer with you.  Millbrook Playhouse is a unique theater that used to be a barn. It has been open for over 50 years, and I have been with the barn for 11 of those years! (Including this summer season) This summer I will be in Peace Love and Cupcakes, The Little Mermaid, and the Teen Performing Arts Academy's production of Into The Woods Jr. I will write about performances, rehearsals, and the fabulous adventures with my wacky friends.  (more...)

Sheridan Smith FUNNY GIRL Cast Recording To Be Released July 8th
by Michael Dale - May 18, 2016

Pre-orders for the Menier Chocolate Factory production that transferred to the West End's Savoy Theatre are now being taken by Amazon. (more...)

STAGES St. Louis to Open 30th Season with Midwestern Premiere of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Direct from Broadway and in its Mid-Western premiere, the refreshingly modern romantic comedy, It Shoulda Been You launches STAGES St. Louis' celebratory 30th Anniversary Season. This hilarious and heartwarming new musical about a madcap wedding celebration will run June 3rd - July 3rd at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from British Premiere of THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL
by Stage Tube - May 16, 2016

Garry Lake and Waterloo East Theatre present THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL by David Nehls & Betsy Kelso. The hit off-Broadway show finally receives its London premiere, running now through 5 June 2016. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Slow Burn Theatre to Bring HEATHERS to Broward Center, 6/9-25
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

As the finale to its acclaimed inaugural season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Slow Burn Theatre Company presents the hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal Heathers: The Musical in its South Florida premiere from Thursday, June 9 - Sunday, June 26. (more...)

Gloria Estefan to Join Her Own Broadway Bio-Musical ON YOUR FEET?
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Gloria Estefan could be taking the Broadway stage in the musical based on her life, On Your Feet! (more...)

BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Advice You Should Definitely Take: Love What Everyone Else Hates
by Guest Blogger: Christopher Panella - May 13, 2016

Auditions. The thing theatre kids hate most. Auditions cause massive anxiety, stress, sleepless nights. They are hellish and terrifying. Regardless of the hate we all feel for auditions, this blog is dedicated to advising theatre kids to love auditions. Wait… is that even possible? Anything's Possible! Loving auditions can be the best thing theatre kids learn. Even though every person in the theatre world seems to hate them with a passion, learn to be different: love what everyone else hates. (more...)

Tony-Winning Producer Hal Luftig Will Receive Honorary Doctorate from SUNY Oneonta
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Hal Luftig will receive an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, SUNY Oneonta, tomorrow, Saturday, May 14, when Luftig will also address the graduating Class of 2016 at Commencement. (more...)

BWW TV: English Bernhardt of IF/THEN National Tour
by Jeffrey Kare - May 13, 2016

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Lucie Jones, Jeremy Legat, and Katie Paine Set for Parallel Productions' MUSICALS UNSUNG
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

From the producers of the hit concert series 'West End Switched Off' comes a new concert. 'MUSICALS unsung' brings you songs - from golden age of Hollywood screen to the newest Broadway shows -  that have not made it to the final cut. (more...)

Contra Costa Civic Theatre to Conclude 56th Season with Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) concludes its 56th season with the two-time Tony award-winning musical, American Idiot, directed and choreographed by Alex Perez, who returns to CCCT following his acclaimed Bay Area premiere production of The Addams Family, with music direction by Kevin Roland, who helmed CCCT's recent productions of The Secret Garden and The Sound of Music. American Idiot plays from June 10 through July 17; performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm at the theatre. (more...)

THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM Cast Will Hit the Studio This June to Record Cast Album!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) has just announced that Ghostlight Records (Kurt Deutsch, CoFounder & Album Producer; Lawrence Manchester, Album Co-Producer) will record the cast album of the critically acclaimed, Lortel Award-winning revival of The Robber Bridegroom on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. For more information and to sign-up for updates, visit sh-k-boom.com/robber-bridegroom. The Robber Bridegroom is currently playing a limited engagement through May 29, 2016 at the Laura Pels Theater. (more...)

Soluna Studio to Present LEGALLY BLONDE, 5/21-6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

SoLuna Studio will produce the musical Legally Blonde, THE MUSICAL as a part their professional mainstage season, with performances running May 21st 25-June 5th. (more...)

BWW Review: THE EXPLORERS CLUB Discovers Laughs a Plenty
by Rosanne DellAversano - May 10, 2016

THE EXPLORERS CLUB: The place to discover eternal lettuce, the East pole and belly laughs. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Heading Down Under Next Spring; Rebecca LaChance to Star?
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that the multi award-winning Broadway hit musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will make its Australian premiere at a newly refurbished Sydney Lyric Theatre from September 2017. (more...)

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