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Mark Hellinger Theatre (New York, NY)
237 West 51st St.

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Lyricist David Zippel Departs Fierstein's MRS. DOUBTFIRE Stage Musical?
by TV News Desk - Sep 9, 2015

Today Page Six of the The New York Post reports hat the in-development production has hit a snafu. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein to Rework Book for Sheridan Smith-Led UK FUNNY GIRL Revival
by Jessica Khan - Sep 17, 2015

FUNNY GIRL is getting a bit of a makeover! According to Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye, KINKY BOOTS book writer Harvey Fierstein will rework the book for the upcoming (and already sold-out) London revival of Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith. (more...)

Breaking: Stephen Bienskie, Donna McKechnie, Hayley Podschun and More to Star in Gattelli & Flaherty's IN YOUR ARMS at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

Among them, the company can claim 18 Tony Awards, 4 Pulitzer Prizes, 6 Pulitzer finalist distinctions, 3 Emmy Awards, and 2 Academy Awards; to list all their honors would take several pages. (more...)

Gattelli & Flaherty's IN YOUR ARMS, Featuring 10 Dance Vignettes by Iconic Writers, Begins Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

The Old Globe opens its 2015-2016 Season with IN YOUR ARMS, a World Premiere dance-theatre musical featuring direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, Godspell, Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I and South Pacific) and original music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island; two-time Oscar nominee for Anastasia). The production begins tonight, September 16, with an opening slated for September 24, and runs through October 25, 2015. (more...)

BLOOD is Back This October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy, Mr. Holland's Opus) and James Kyson (NBC's Heroes, voted one of "Hollywood's 25 Hottest" by TV Guide) join the cast when The Garage re-opens its acclaimed world premiere production of BLOOD. Written and directed by Obie and New York Outer Critics Circle Award-winner/ DGA Award, two-time Golden Globe and five-time Emmy Award nominee Robert Allan Ackerman, BLOOD returns to the The Complex in Hollywood beginning Oct. 14. (more...)

MAMMA MIA!'s Longtime Broadway Home to Host Memorial for Wardrobe Supervisor Irene Bunis
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Family, friends and the Broadway community will come together to celebrate the life of beloved wardrobe supervisor Irene Bunis on Monday, September 26 at 3:00pm at The Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway), longtime home of Broadway's hit musical MAMMA MIA!, which Irene kept vibrantly befitted in spandex and platform boots for fourteen years. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA Makes European Premiere at Southwark Playhouse Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

Director Luke Sheppard helms Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA, with previews from tonight 10 September, an opening slated for 16 September and a run through 10 October 2015 at Southwark Playhouse. (more...)

BLOOD is Back at The Complez this Halloween!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy, Mr. Holland's Opus), James Kyson (NBC's Heroes, voted one of "Hollywood's 25 Hottest" by TV Guide), Michael Yama (Betty White's Off Their Rockers) andRob Yang (The Americans, Twisted) join the cast when The Garage re-opens its acclaimed world premiere production of BLOOD. Written and directed by Obie and New York Outer Critics Circle Award-winner/ DGA Award, two-time Golden Globe and five-time Emmy Award nominee Robert Allan Ackerman, BLOOD returns to the The Complex in Hollywood beginning Oct. 28. (more...)

BLOOD is Back This October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy, Mr. Holland's Opus) and James Kyson (NBC's Heroes, voted one of "Hollywood's 25 Hottest" by TV Guide) join the cast when The Garage re-opens its acclaimed world premiere production of BLOOD. Written and directed by Obie and New York Outer Critics Circle Award-winner/ DGA Award, two-time Golden Globe and five-time Emmy Award nominee Robert Allan Ackerman, BLOOD returns to the The Complex in Hollywood beginning Oct. 14. (more...)

BWW Interview: Robert Allan Ackerman Always Going for BLOOD and Making His Mark!
by Gil Kaan - Oct 10, 2016

Obie-Awarding director Robert Allan Ackerman has worked the boards all around the globe bringing out outstanding performances from both stellar legends and before-they-were-known newbies. Robert's latest production BLOOD, which he wrote as well, had its world premiere earlier this year, also at The Complex. (more...)

VIDEO: Harvey Fierstein Talks HAIRSPRAY LIVE! on 'Theater Talk'
by TV News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

November 25 - December 1 on Thirteen/WNET, WLIW/21, CUNY TV & NYCLife/25 Favorite guest Harvey Fierstein returns to THEATER TALK to bring co-hosts Michael Riedel of the New York Post and Susan Haskins up to speed about HAIRSPRAY LIVE (more...)

Harvey Fierstein & Jerry Mitchell Talk NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Reveal Details on Lake, Winokur Cameos!
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 21, 2016

Today, BWW participated in a media conference call with HAIRSPRAY LIVE's playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.  (more...)

Annette Alicanti's Disco Musical THE ART OF THE HUSTLE Set for Industry Presentation Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

Antonia Productions and Tony Montiglio will present an invite-only industry presentation of the Disco Era musical, THE ART OF THE HUSTLE written by Annette Alicanti, directed by Jonathan Cerullo, with choreography by Kristine Bendul & Ralph Ramirez and musical direction by Oliver Marsh on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7PM (more...)

BWW Reviews: Bio-Musical CAGNEY Has Legs but Needs To Pack More Heat
by Michael Dale - May 30, 2015

Composer/lyricist Robert Creighton gives a gutsy performance as Hollywood's tough-guy song and dance man. (more...)

Eddie Bruce to Headline Thursday Night Summer Concert Series at Resorts Casino, 7/16-8/6
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2015

Eddie Bruce takes over the Boardwalk on Thursday nights this summer when he headlines at Resorts Casino and Hotel in the Screening Room for their Thursday Night Summer Concert Series. With four different themed shows, this popular entertainer will delight audiences at 8 p.m. on July 16 with 'Bruce on Broadway', July 23 with 'Bruce on Sinatra', July 30 with 'Bruce on Bennett' and on August 6th with 'Eddie's Favorites - from the Beatles to Buble'. The August 6th concert is Eddie's birthday and guests can share in the celebration with lots of surprises and birthday cupcakes for all. With music direction by Tom Adams, he'll be joined by pianist Tom Adams, bassist Andy Lalasis, drummer Grant MacAvoy and guitarist Tom Giacabatti. (more...)

Florida Grand Opera Announces 2015-16 Class of Young Artists
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is pleased to announce the members of its 2015-16 class for its Young Artist Program. These artists, consisting of both new and returning members, were selected from more than 600 singers who auditioned for the coveted program. (more...)

Brenda Braxton, Erin Davie, Lauren Molina & Kate Rockwell to Present BROADWAY'S GREATEST DIVA ANTHEMS in 6/6 Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

?Brenda Braxton, Erin Davie, Kate Rockwell, and Lauren Molina will premiere BROADWAY'S GREATEST DIVA ANTHEMS, a new concert celebrating the greatest diva moments in Broadway history on June 6th at 8 p.m. in the Fradd Theater on Fire Island Pines.  (more...)

Everybody Say Yeah! New KINKY BOOTS West End Cast Recording To Be Released!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

Kinky Boots, Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit, today announces the release of the West End cast recording on Sony Masterworks. The album was recorded live with the current West End cast at the Adelphi Theatre and is available to buy from Friday 1 April 2016 and pre-order on Friday 11 March 2016.  (more...)

Joseph Macchia's CABARET CARES Children's HIV/AIDS Charity To Honor JULIE WILSON With Variety Show at Metropolitan Room, 3/17
by Stephen Hanks - Mar 12, 2016

The art of cabaret lost its Queen almost a year ago when the Julie Wilson died on April 5 at age 90. There will likely be a number of tributes to Ms. Wilson throughout this year and a big one is happening on March 17 at 7 pm at the Metropolitan Room, where Joseph Macchia's Cabaret Cares/Help Is On the Way charity will pay tribute to the cabaret legend with a star-studded variety show that will also raise money for the organization that supports children living with HIV/AIDS.  (more...)

Brenda Braxton, Erin Davie, Lauren Molina & Kate Rockwell Present BROADWAY'S GREATEST DIVA ANTHEMS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2015

Brenda Braxton, Erin Davie, Kate Rockwell, and Lauren Molina will premiere BROADWAY'S GREATEST DIVA ANTHEMS, a new concert celebrating the greatest diva moments in Broadway history tonight, June 6th at 8 p.m. in the Fradd Theater on Fire Island Pines. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein on Gay Marriage Decision: 'Idiots Like Bill Maher' Don't Understand Why the Arts Matter
by Jessica Showers - Jun 26, 2015

KINKY BOOTS book writer and Broadway star Harvey Fierstein penned a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter following today's Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. He credits the arts for introducing society to the values and ideas that made this morning's ruling possible. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Harvey Fierstein Addresses LGBT Community at Trailblazer Honors in Wake of Orlando Shooting
by Stage Tube - Jun 25, 2016

Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein was recently honored at the 3rd Annual Logo Trailblazer Honors. In his acceptance speech, Fierstein took the opportunity to speak to the LGBT community in the wake of the Orlando shooting, telling the community to 'put your arms around each other' and reinforcing that the community is 'surrounded' with love and acceptance. Watch his full speech below. (more...)

Celebration Theatre Extends THE BOY FROM OZ
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Celebration Theatre at the Lex and Bruce W. Zisterer in association with Nicholas Caprio, Michael C. Kricfalusi, Todd Milliner and Jack Morrissey presents, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, and thrilled to announce that their critically-acclaimed (LA Times Critic's Choice) Smash-Hit, West Coast premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ, music and lyrics by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman, original book by Nick Enright, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Bryan Blaskie, produced by Andrew Carlberg and directed by Celebration Theatre co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd is EXTENDING through SUNDAY, JULY 31 at the Celebration Theatre's new home, Celebration at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

WINDYWOO AND HER NAUGHTY PETS Reading Set for NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) presents a developmental reading of Windywoo and Her Naughty Naughty Pets, a new musical based on the popular Naughty Naughty Pets franchise, featured on Cartoon Network and Disney's Hyperion Books for Children. The developmental readings will take place July 11 at 1pm and July 13 at 4pm and 7pm at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). (more...)

Broadway Wardrobe Supervisor Irene Bunis Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Irene Bunis, the veteran wardrobe supervisor for many Broadway productions since 1980, passed away on July 21st in New York City. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein Talks Impact of Gay TV & Theater Characters: 'Visibility Is Everything'
by TV News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein shares his thoughts on the positive impact that lovable, gay characters in both television and theater have had on gay rights. (more...)

Old School Square Announces Jan-March 2016 Events, Shows, Exhibits and Classes
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Old School Square has just announced its events, performances, exhibits and classes for January through March, 2016. Scroll down for details! (more...)

BLOOD to Mark The Garage's Debut Production
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

A Jewish-American reporter in Japan uncovers a conspiracy to cover up the government-sanctioned sale of HIV-contaminated blood products in a new political thriller with music inspired by true events. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS To Open At Adelphi, Aug 2015!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

The UK premiere of Kinky Boots, the feel-good multi award-winning musical, will open in the West End on 15 September at the Adelphi Theatre, with previews from 21 August 2015. With a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots won the2013 Tony Award for Best Musical, and the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. Tickets at the Adelphi Theatre go on sale from Monday 2 March 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: Forest Whitaker Undistinguished in a Handsomely Designed HUGHIE
by Michael Dale - Feb 25, 2016

The Oscar-winner makes his Broadway debut with what is essentially an hour-long monologue. (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale Today for KINKY BOOTS in Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2016

Prepare to get Kinky! Tickets for the Australian season of feel-good, multi award-winning musical KINKY BOOTS go on sale today 18 February 2016. (more...)

Tickets to Go on Sale Tomorrow for KINKY BOOTS in Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Prepare to get Kinky! Tickets for the Australian season of feel-good, multi award-winning musical KINKY BOOTS go on sale tomorrow, Thursday 18 February 2016. (more...)

Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Christine Andreas & Faith Prince to Bring 4 GIRLS 4 to Mayo Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Four dynamic, award-winning Broadway musical stars -- Andrea McArdle (Broadway's original 'Annie'), Maureen McGovern (#1 Gold record 'The Morning After'), Christine Andreas (Oklahoma!, On Your Toes) and Faith Prince (Tony winner Guys & Dolls) -- come together in concert for an evening of song, laughter and memories in 4 Girls 4, coming to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8 pm. (more...)

Photo Flashback: A Fond Farewell to Those We Lost in 2015
by Walter McBride - Dec 31, 2015

Below, BroadwayWorld sends a fond farewell to those who passed away in 2015. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 26, 2015
by - Dec 26, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 26 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Times Square Church Hosts Free Live Performances at Mark Hellinger Theatre This Weekend
by Michael Dale - Dec 18, 2015

Playgoers with get a chance to enjoy the opulent interior of one of Broadway's most lavish showplaces. (more...)

Photo Flash: Gloucester Stage Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with a limited run of Jason Robert Brown's Songs For A New World from August 4 through August 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Songs For A New World with music and lyrics by three time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown is a stirring musical journey examining the moments of decision and difficult choices faced in everyday life. Known for such Broadway hits as Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, Honeymoon in Vegas, and The Last Five Years, Mr. Brown artfully blends pop, jazz and gospel in solos and ensemble styles to create this inspiring song cycle.  Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh, the production features five singers including Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh, Broadway veterans Rockport's Wendy Waring and Jack Donahue, Berklee College of Music graduate Chris Pittman and  Brandeis' Nyah Macklin, all four in their Gloucester Stage debut. According to Director and GSC Artistic Director Walsh, "Songs For A New World is an enthralling evening of storytelling through song and movement reminiscent of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of actor-singers to bring this work to our audience. It's a particular treat to work with my cousin Barbara again after so many years!  Wendy, Jack, Chris and Nyah are also incredibly fun, hugely talented and all working together in such a fun way - it's a thrill!' (more...)

San Diego Musical Theatre Presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, September 25 - October 11 at the Spreckels Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2015

San Diego Musical Theatre announces the third production of their 2015 season, La Cage Aux Folles, September 25 - October 11, 2015 (press opening on Saturday, September 26), at the Spreckels Theatre on Broadway in downtown San Diego. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

Director Luke Sheppard today announces the full company for Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina. Sheppard directs Tamsin Carroll (Rita), Ben Deery (Miranda), Charlie Hayes (Eleanor), Bruce Montague (Terry), Robert Morgan (Amy), Matt Rixon (Bessie), Ashley Robinson (Gloria), Gareth Snook (Charlotte) and Edward Wolstenholme (Valentina). The production opens on 16 September, with previews from 10 September, and runs until 10 October. (more...)

Breaking: Stephen Bienskie, Donna McKechnie, Hayley Podschun and More to Star in Gattelli & Flaherty's IN YOUR ARMS at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Among them, the company can claim 18 Tony Awards, 4 Pulitzer Prizes, 6 Pulitzer finalist distinctions, 3 Emmy Awards, and 2 Academy Awards; to list all their honors would take several pages. (more...)

ON KENTUCKY AVENUE to Return to Stage 72 for One Night Only This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

The critically acclaimed musical revue On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City's Club Harlem, starring Tony nominee Brenda Braxton and recording artists Ty Stephens and Rosalind Brown, will return to its original theatrical home, Stage 72/The Triad (158 West 72nd Street), for one performance only on Sunday, August 23, at 7 PM. (more...)

Brenda Braxton Set for MARTY THOMAS PRESENTS DIVA at Industry Bar, 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Marty Thomas presents DIVA is a weekly show at Industry Bar in midtown Manhattan. Featuring a rotating cast of tremendous female vocalists, it is hosted and produced by Marty Thomas (XANADU, WICKED, THE SECRET GARDEN). DIVA celebrates fabulous female vocalists paying tribute to some of histories most over the top icons! The cast performs a brand new show every week with exciting new guests rotating. This weeks cast features Marissa Rosen, Brie Cassil and Lisa Ramey. (more...)

Tony Nominee Julie Wilson Passes Away at 90
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that stage, screen, and cabaret star Julie Wilson passed away yesterday, April 5, from complications from two recent stokes. She was 90 years old. Wilson's friend Ann Hampton Callaway writes on Facebook: (more...)

Photo Coverage: Remembering Julie Wilson
by Walter McBride - Apr 6, 2015

Stage, screen, and cabaret star Julie Wilson passed away yesterday, April 5, from complications from two recent stokes. She was 90 years old. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through the last two decades of her versatile career. (more...)

BREAKING NEWS: Cabaret World Mourns As Singing Legend JULIE WILSON Dies at 90
by Stephen Hanks - Apr 6, 2015

Singer and actress Julie Wilson, arguably one of the greatest cabaret chanteuses to grace a stage, died early this morning at the age of 90, according to her long time accompanist and friend Christopher Denny, who posted the news on his Facebook page. As of 8:45 this morning, the news of Wilson's death had not yet broken through major news outlets. Denny reported that Wilson 'died peacefully, surrounded by people who loved her, after having sustained two strokes over the last several days.' Up until the past couple of months of her life, the energetic Wilson was still being seen at various cabaret shows around town and supporting the new breed of stars, recently having the time of her life at a Mark Nadler show at the York Theatre. (more...)

Rick McKay Remembers Recently Departed Julie Wilson
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

As BroadwayWorld reported this morning, stage, screen, and cabaret star Julie Wilson passed away yesterday, April 5, from complications from two recent stokes. She was 90 years old. Rick McKay, the producer/director of Rick McKay's Broadway: The Golden Age Film Trilogy, recently took to Facebook to bid farewell to his friend: (more...)

Celebration Theatre to Stage West Coast Premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Celebration Theatre at the Lex in association with Nicholas Caprio, Michael C. Kricfalusi, Todd Milliner and Jack Morrissey presents, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, the West Coast premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ, music and lyrics by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman, original book by Nick Enright, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Bryan Blaskie, produced by Andrew Carlberg and directed by Celebration Theatre co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd. THE BOY FROM OZ will begin previews on Friday, April 22 at 8pm; will open on Friday, April 29 at 8pm and perform through Sunday, June 19 at the Celebration Theatre's new home, Celebration at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

Tony Nominee Brenda Braxton to Make Metropolitan Room Debut, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

Broadway Star and Tony Nominee Brenda Braxton comes to the Metropolitan Room in her new One Woman show 'ACT 2...Now What?' Join Brenda in her journey of Love, Loss, and What wore her out, yet lifted her up!! (more...)

TheatreZone Sets 12th Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

TheatreZone founder and artistic director Mark Danni wants you to celebrate the holiday season at "Home for the Holidays," a newly added original live production that joins the non-profit Equity professional theatre group's 12th season roster of Broadway musicals and plays. (more...)

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