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Patti LuPone, Marilyn Maye, Nellie McKay, Goodspeed Writers Colony and More Set for 54 Below This SpringPatti LuPone, Marilyn Maye, Nellie McKay, Goodspeed Writers Colony and More Set for 54 Below This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

This April and May, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Joanna Riding and Claire Moore to Star in Barlow & Firth's THE GIRLS Musical in LeedsJoanna Riding and Claire Moore to Star in Barlow & Firth's THE GIRLS Musical in Leeds
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

According to a Tweet by the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth have found their leading ladies for their new British musical THE GIRLS, based on the true story and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls. (more...)

Deborah Duncan and Jim Bernhard to Co-Host TUTS' 2015 Tommy Tune Awards; Nominees Announced!Deborah Duncan and Jim Bernhard to Co-Host TUTS' 2015 Tommy Tune Awards; Nominees Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is pleased to announce the nominations and presenters for TUTS' 13th annual Tommy Tune Awards, which will be held on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers. (more...)

SISTER ACT National Tour Coming to Palace Theatre, 4/28-5/3SISTER ACT National Tour Coming to Palace Theatre, 4/28-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

irect from Broadway, SISTER ACT, the hilarious, five-time Tony-nominated musical smash, is coming to a Columbus. Called "In a word, DIVINE!" by the Associated Press, SISTER ACT opens at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday, April 28, for a limited engagement. (more...)

Vanessa Dunleavy to Star in Town Hall Theater's MY POST TRAUMATIC CRUISE SHIP CABARET, 4/2-4Vanessa Dunleavy to Star in Town Hall Theater's MY POST TRAUMATIC CRUISE SHIP CABARET, 4/2-4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

When Vanessa Dunleavy takes the stage in My Post Traumatic Cruise Ship Cabaret with Clint Bierman and Peter Day at Town Hall Theater on April 2, they'll be premiering a new musical they wrote together with Middlebury playwright Dana Yeaton. And everyone will be playing at least one new role. (more...)

KC Rep to Stage World Premiere of STICKY TRAPS, 4/24-5/24KC Rep to Stage World Premiere of STICKY TRAPS, 4/24-5/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 50th anniversary season with Sticky Traps, a powerful new play by KC Rep's Playwright in Residence, Nathan Louis Jackson, Directed by Resident Director, Kyle Hatley. Sticky Traps focuses on a small town not far from Kansas City, where a mother protects her gay son's honor when his funeral is protested by a local church. Her actions have unintended consequences that will test her whole family - and the power of their love -- in the face of hate. The production begins Friday, April 24th and runs through Sunday, May 24th at Copaken Stage in downtown Kansas City. (more...)

Lucie Jones, Georgina Hagen to Showcase New Social Media Musical LIKE ME at Waterloo East Next MonthLucie Jones, Georgina Hagen to Showcase New Social Media Musical LIKE ME at Waterloo East Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Garry Lake and Jon Smith are delighted to announce that LIKE ME will be showcased at Waterloo East Theatre on Saturday 11th April at 2pm (5 in advance from Box Office). This new musical comedy will star X-Factor Finalist and West End actress LUCIE JONES and TV and West End actress GEORGINA HAGEN. (more...)

America's First Regional Theatre - Cleveland Play House - Announces Centennial SeasonAmerica's First Regional Theatre - Cleveland Play House - Announces Centennial Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2015

The Nation's first professional regional theatre, Cleveland Play House (CPH), proudly announces the highly-anticipated lineup of shows in its record-breaking 100th Anniversary Season, under Artistic Director Laura Kepley. (more...)

Breaking News: Christine Ebersole, Tony Sheldon, James Snyder, Margo Seibert & More Will Lead All-Star Cast of EVER AFTER at Paper Mill PlayhouseBreaking News: Christine Ebersole, Tony Sheldon, James Snyder, Margo Seibert & More Will Lead All-Star Cast of EVER AFTER at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced complete casting for the world-premiere musical Ever After, directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), featuring a book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich. (more...)

Laura Mansell Steps Into Lead Role for GODSPELL IN CONCERT Tour; Jade Ewen Departs Due to IllnessLaura Mansell Steps Into Lead Role for GODSPELL IN CONCERT Tour; Jade Ewen Departs Due to Illness
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Due to ill health, Sugababe Jade Ewen has regretfully stood down from her role in this spring's forthcoming tour of Godspell In Concert - the legendary rock musical from Stephen Schwartz - the Grammy and Academy Award- winning composer of WICKED. Stepping up to the mark at short notice is Laura Mansell, already a member of the current cast who are in rehearsals ahead of the tour opening at the Hackney Empire on Saturday April 4th. (more...)

They've Got Magic to Do! Penn & Teller Will Return to Broadway This Summer at the Marquis TheatreThey've Got Magic to Do! Penn & Teller Will Return to Broadway This Summer at the Marquis Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Thirty years after their New York premiere and 40 years after they first started as a team, PENN & TELLER will return this summer for a strictly limited six-week engagement at the Marquis Theatre (46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue) from July 7 - August 16. Opening night will be announced. Tickets will go on sale on April 16th. (more...)

Broadway Veterans Among Cast of Las Vegas' DUCK COMMANDER MUSICALBroadway Veterans Among Cast of Las Vegas' DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

?After a nationwide search, full casting for the highly anticipated production, DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL, is now available. (more...)

Ryan Scott Oliver to Speak at 5th Avenue Theatre's JASPER IN DEADLAND Spotlight Night, 4/2Ryan Scott Oliver to Speak at 5th Avenue Theatre's JASPER IN DEADLAND Spotlight Night, 4/2
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes audiences to Spotlight Night: an exclusive, free, behind-the-scenes look at Jasper in Deadland, an exhilarating new pop/rock musical about love, death, and life in the underworld. (more...)

Emerson String Quartet, Lea Salonga, Ramsey Lewis and More Set for Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2015-16 Music LineupEmerson String Quartet, Lea Salonga, Ramsey Lewis and More Set for Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2015-16 Music Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Since its very first season, music has been a central component of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' annual series. To help celebrate its 30th season, Segerstrom Center is pleased to announce the lineups for its three core music offerings, along with a few new twists. (more...)

Columbia Stages to Present GILGAMESH - A MUSICAL EPICColumbia Stages to Present GILGAMESH - A MUSICAL EPIC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Power. Lust. Friendship. Legacy. What matters in a human life? Gilgamesh, the larger-than-life King, travels to the end of the world to find out. Based on the epic from Mesopotamia, one of the oldest pieces of literature known to us today, GILGAMESH - A MUSICAL EPIC is a coming of age story depicting Man's breakthrough into Consciousness, told in the form of an original epic musical experience with a live band. (more...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Opens Tonight at Paper Mill, Starring Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renee, and MoreTHE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Opens Tonight at Paper Mill, Starring Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renee, and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame (which first played to rave reviews in La Jolla). Inspired by the classic Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has a book by Peter Parnell, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is directed by Scott Schwartz and choreographed by Chase Brock. (more...)

Bucks County Playhouse to Hold Talk Back for NATIONAL PASTIMEBucks County Playhouse to Hold Talk Back for NATIONAL PASTIME
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2015

Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) As the bats crack for the start of the baseball season next month, BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE begins its season with NATIONAL PASTIME, a new musical comedy about baseball and romance, playing April 2 to 19 at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2015 JEBBY AwardsPhoto Coverage: Inside the 2015 JEBBY Awards
by Jerri Shafer - Mar 15, 2015

Local actor and theatre lover Jeb Bigelow hosted the biggest cast party in Columbus at the Bluestone on March 13, 2015. Check out an exclusive look at the red carpet and event below! (more...)

Hunter Foster to Direct Broadway Vets in Bucks County Playhouse's NATIONAL PASTIMEHunter Foster to Direct Broadway Vets in Bucks County Playhouse's NATIONAL PASTIME
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

As the bats crack for the start of the baseball season next month, BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE begins its season with NATIONAL PASTIME, a new musical comedy about baseball and romance, playing April 2 to 19 at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Stage the West Coast Premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, 4/10-5/24Berkeley Rep to Stage the West Coast Premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, 4/10-5/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney for the West Coast premiere of Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic story about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting mouth of the Mississippi, Shelah's family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday -- bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah's convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by Tina Landau, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its critically lauded world premiere in Chicago. Head of Passes is a co-production with the Public Theater in New York. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, April 10, opens on Friday, April 17, and runs through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Press night for Head of Passes will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Rose Hemingway Previews 54 SINGS A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCEPhoto Coverage: Rose Hemingway Previews 54 SINGS A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
by Walter McBride - Mar 11, 2015

Tony Award-winning writing team Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty and Tony Award winner Terrence McNally's musical A Man Of No Importance comes to 54 Below on March 15, for an all-star concert presentation. The show played off-Broadway at Lincoln Center in 2002, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Since then it has become a beloved piece done by theaters all over the world. The score of A Man Of No Importance, including songs such as "Princess," "The Streets of Dublin," and "Love Who You Love," is treasured by musical theatre fans. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tituss Burgess, Lena Hall, Florence Henderson, Norm Lewis, Rob McClure, Lily Tomlin and More Raise Over $460K in BC/EFA's BROADWAY BACKWARDSPhoto Flash: Tituss Burgess, Lena Hall, Florence Henderson, Norm Lewis, Rob McClure, Lily Tomlin and More Raise Over $460K in BC/EFA's BROADWAY BACKWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

The 10th anniversary of Broadway Backwards capped off an exuberant, exhilarating and emotional evening of performances on Monday, March 9, 2015 with news that this year's event raised a record $466,717 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS andThe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Scroll down for photos from the show! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Rebecca Luker Performs Two Original Songs by Georgia StittSTAGE TUBE: Rebecca Luker Performs Two Original Songs by Georgia Stitt
by Stage Tube - Apr 9, 2015

Last month, composer Georgia Stitt along with violinist Victoria Paterson and Kate Baldwin reunited at SubCulture to perform 'Alphabet City Cycle.' Originally recorded in 2009, the song cycle with lyrics by Marcy Heisler consists of five songs about women alone in New York City. (more...)

TexARTS' BRING IT ON Opens this WeekendTexARTS' BRING IT ON Opens this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

he TexARTS Teen Musical Theatre Academy will present the brand new Broadway musical Bring It On at the Kam & James Morris Theatre, April 11 - 19. (more...)

THE WEDDING RINGER's Josh Gad, Jeremy Garelick Teaming on Musical Comedy Film with Tunes by Alan Menken and Stephen SchwartzTHE WEDDING RINGER's Josh Gad, Jeremy Garelick Teaming on Musical Comedy Film with Tunes by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
by Movies News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

Deadline writes that Broadway and FROZEN vet Josh Gad and writer/director Jeremy Garelick just unveiled an untitled musical comedy project featuring tunes by the legendary Alan Menken, with lyrics by WICKED's Stephen Schwartz. (more...)

MEMPHIS Set for MPAC, 5/8-9MEMPHIS Set for MPAC, 5/8-9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

The Tony winning musical Memphis the Musical comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9. Tickets are $39-69. This event is sponsored by Crum & Forster. (more...)

Reality TV Hits the Stage in DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL, Beginning Tonight in Las VegasReality TV Hits the Stage in DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL, Beginning Tonight in Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Based on the best-selling book The Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korie Robertson, preview performances for DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL begins tonight, April 8. The production makes its world premiere at the Crown Theater inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on April 15. The talented cast features Broadway veterans and Las Vegas locals who will join the company in celebration of the Robertson family's rags-to- riches story. (more...)

Marin Center to Present NEIL BERG'S 105 YEARS OF BROADWAY, 5/3Marin Center to Present NEIL BERG'S 105 YEARS OF BROADWAY, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

MARIN CENTER PRESENTS welcomes back Broadway maestro NEIL BERG and his current touring show, 105 Years of Broadway. (more...)

Evelyn Hoskins, Kim Criswell to Star in London Premiere of CARRIE - Full Cast Announced!Evelyn Hoskins, Kim Criswell to Star in London Premiere of CARRIE - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Full casting is announced today for Carrie, which will receive its long awaited London Premiere in The Large atSouthwark Playhouse from Friday 1 to Saturday 30 May 2015, with a press night on Wednesday 6 May. Preview performances are now sold out, following the best on-sale week of any show in the venue's 22-year history. (more...)

Ojai Playwrights Conference to Honor Gordon Davidson and Judy Ovitz at TOWN & COUNTRY GalaOjai Playwrights Conference to Honor Gordon Davidson and Judy Ovitz at TOWN & COUNTRY Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC) launches its 18th season with a benefit gala themed 'Town & Country' on Saturday, May 2, 3:00 pm, in Ojai, CA. Honoring Gordon Davidson for his decades of leadership in new play development in Los Angeles, and Judy Ovitz, an invaluable patron of the arts and OPC leader, the Benefit helps to fund the development of compelling new works for the American theatre. (more...)

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage to Close Season with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSMusic Theatre of Connecticut MainStage to Close Season with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's award-winning professional theatre company, concludes its 2014/2015 season with 'Little Shop of Horrors' the hit rock musical comedy about a hapless florist shop worker, the girl of his dreams and one very voracious plant. With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. Performances are April 17-May 3, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, at The Melissa & Doug Theatre at The New MTC, 509 Westport Avenue (behind the Jones New York and Nine West Outlet) in Norwalk, CT. Tickets range from $30-$50 ($5 discount for seniors/students) and are available by calling 203.454.3883 or visiting www.musictheatreofct.com (more...)

Paper Mill's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Will Not Transfer to Broadway; Fans Start Petition!Paper Mill's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Will Not Transfer to Broadway; Fans Start Petition!
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 6, 2015

As Paper Mill Playhouse's production of the new musical THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME came to the end of its run last evening, Patrick Page, who portrayed the evil 'Frollo' in the production, shared news on Facebook that the show will not be making a transfer to Broadway. (more...)

Tickets to Maine State Music Theatre's 2015 Season on Sale This MonthTickets to Maine State Music Theatre's 2015 Season on Sale This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

MSMT's 2015 season fires up on June 3rd with the heartwarming upbeat comedy THE FULL MONTY. This 10-time Tony Award-nominee is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and a raucous mix of razor-sharp humor and toe-tapping pizazz, not to mention the most highly anticipated closing number in Broadway history! (more...)

SISTER ACT Tour Coming to Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 4/14-19SISTER ACT Tour Coming to Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 4/14-19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

Direct from Broadway, SISTER ACT, the hilarious, five-time Tony-nominated musical smash, is coming to Miami. Called 'In a word, DIVINE!' by the Associated Press, SISTER ACT opens at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on April 14 for a limited engagement! (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Suddenly Singing! Jake Gyllenhaal Gears Up For LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS OnstageFLASH FRIDAY: Suddenly Singing! Jake Gyllenhaal Gears Up For LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Onstage
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 17, 2015

Today we are celebrating this week's news announcement of Jake Gyllenhaal's musical theatre debut. (more...)

Lesli Margherita, Amy Jo Jackson & More Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next WeekLesli Margherita, Amy Jo Jackson & More Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Craving a show after the show? 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is expanding its popular late-night series with fresh faces and hot new performances to keep the party buzzing into the wee hours. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. 54 BELOW welcomes you to loosen your tie and embrace the night at its upcoming event: (more...)

Universal Beats Out Disney for Musical Comedy Featuring Josh Gad & Music by Menken & SchwartzUniversal Beats Out Disney for Musical Comedy Featuring Josh Gad & Music by Menken & Schwartz
by Movies News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Universal Studios has beat out Paramount and Disney for the previously reported untitled musical comedy starring Josh Gad and featuring original songs by the award-winning composer lyricist team of Alan Menken (ALADDIN) and Stephen Schwartz. (PIPPIN) (more...)

B Street Presents 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Tales' by Mark TwainB Street Presents 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Tales' by Mark Twain
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

B Street Theatre's Family Series, California's only fully professional, resident theater for children, is pleased to present The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Tales by Mark Twain. The production features a collection of stories originally written by prolific American author and humorist Mark Twain. These classic tales have been transformed into an outrageously fun and fast- paced adaptation for the stage by Buck Busfield, Greg Alexander and David Pierini (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 4/15/2015 - FINDING NEVERLAND, GYPSY, HAMLET and More!WAKE UP with BWW 4/15/2015 - FINDING NEVERLAND, GYPSY, HAMLET and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 15, 2015

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: FINDING NEVERLAND brings magic to Broadway, GYPSY starts in the West End, Peter Sarsgaard takes on HAMLET and more! (more...)

Cameron Mackintosh Acquires Majority Share & Expands MTI; Offices to Open in Europe, Australia and Far EastCameron Mackintosh Acquires Majority Share & Expands MTI; Offices to Open in Europe, Australia and Far East
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Music Theatre International (MTI) is to open a European office in London this summer, to be accompanied by new offices in Melbourne, Australia by the end of this year and eventually in the Far East. Already the largest company in its field in America, MTI is the world's leading library of musicals. Founded by the legendary composer Frank Loesser over sixty years ago, MTI represents and licenses the performance rights to the works of the majority of contemporary musical theatre writers throughout the world. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS' Jake Gyllenhaal Sing DREAMGIRLS!STAGE TUBE: Watch LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS' Jake Gyllenhaal Sing DREAMGIRLS!
by Stage Tube - Apr 14, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Jake Gyllenhaal is set to lead the Encores! Off-Center concert production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors, running July 1-2, 2015. The production will be directed by Dick Scanlan, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox. Jeanine Tesori is the Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center, and Chris Fenwick is Music Director. The show will mark his musical theater debut and we can't wait to see what he can do! Click below to watch his performance of 'And I'm Telling You' from when he hosted SNL in 2007. (more...)

Nick Cordero, Diane Davis, Kathryn Kates and Liv Rooth to Star in Labyrinth's NICE GIRL This SummerNick Cordero, Diane Davis, Kathryn Kates and Liv Rooth to Star in Labyrinth's NICE GIRL This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Labyrinth Theater Company announces casting and creative team for the world premiere of Melissa Ross's Nice Girl. The production, May 7-June 7, reunites the Labyrinth Theater Company member with director Mimi O'Donnell, who worked together on the 2011 production of Thinner Than Water. Thinner Than Water marked both the playwriting debut of Ross and the directorial debut of O'Donnell. (more...)

Breaking News: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Make Musical Debut in Encores! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS This Summer!Breaking News: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Make Musical Debut in Encores! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS This Summer!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal, Chuck Cooper and Taran Killam will join the previously announced Ellen Greene in the Encores! Off-Center concert production ofHoward Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors, running July 1-2, 2015. NOTE: A third performance has been added at 2pm on Thursday, July 2 in order to meet ticket demand. The production will be directed by Dick Scanlan, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox. Jeanine Tesori is the Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center, and Chris Fenwick is Music Director. The show will mark the musical theater debuts of both Gyllenhaal and Killam. (more...)

BWW Reviews: VANITIES, the Musical at Theatre Lab, Gimmie a T for Tumultuous!BWW Reviews: VANITIES, the Musical at Theatre Lab, Gimmie a T for Tumultuous!
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Apr 13, 2015

Pompoms, popularity, sorority life and a mid-life crisis are just the tip of the iceberg in VANITIES, the musical. VANITIES, a play by Jack Heifner, opened Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in New York in 1976. The cast included Kathy Bates as Joanne, Jane Galloway as Kathy and Susan Merson as Mary. In 1981, the play was taped and televised on HBO starring Annette O'Toole, Meredith Baxter Birney and Shelley Hack. Needless to say, this script is powerful. The musical was adapted by Jack Heifner with music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum. When a popular play is transformed into a musical, I am doubtful, but this musical had its moments. (more...)

Annual Kenny Awards Set for Shea's Performing Arts Center, 5/16Annual Kenny Awards Set for Shea's Performing Arts Center, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Shea's Performing Arts Center and The Lipke Foundation will present the 22nd Annual Kenny Awards ceremony, an endeavor that recognizes the talent, dedication, and efforts of our local high school youth. (more...)

Nominees Announced for Atlanta's Shuler Hensley Awards; Ceremony Set for 4/23Nominees Announced for Atlanta's Shuler Hensley Awards; Ceremony Set for 4/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

ArtsBridge Foundation, the arts education outreach arm of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, today announced the nominees for the 2015 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards - Shuler Hensley Awards in a live streaming broadcast on WSBTV.com. Twenty four (24) public and private schools from throughout the state were nominated in 17 categories. The awards, which showcase the next generation of Georgia's musical theater talent, will be presented live at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on April 23 in an Awards Show hosted by WSB-TV's Fred Blankenship and Wendy Corona. (more...)

Jason Tam, Ed Dixon, Lee Harrington & More Set for Sharon Playhouse's 2015 SeasonJason Tam, Ed Dixon, Lee Harrington & More Set for Sharon Playhouse's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, has announced initial casting and creative teams for its 2015 Season with the musicals My Fair Lady, Merrily We Roll Along, and Little Shop of Horrors on the Mainstage; Ed Dixon's new play Georgie: The Life and Death of George Rose and True Love on Stage 2 in the Bok Gallery. The Youth Theatre will present the Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher. (more...)

Cygnet Theatre Dives Beneath the Surface with THE WHALECygnet Theatre Dives Beneath the Surface with THE WHALE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

Cygnet Theatre literally ends Season 12 in a BIG way with the San Diego premiere of The Whale. Emerging playwright Samuel D. Hunter's (The Few) big hearted and humorously touching play features a six hundred pound recluse whose issues from his past have brought him to a crisis in the present. This smart and subversive tale features sharp, provocative language and finds heart in challenging situations. The Whale begins previews on May 14. It opens on May 23 and runs through June 14. (more...)

New York Stars of MURDER FOR TWO Set for the Geffen; SWITZERLAND, Starring Laura Linney, Extends AgainNew York Stars of MURDER FOR TWO Set for the Geffen; SWITZERLAND, Starring Laura Linney, Extends Again
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Joanna Murray-Smith's Switzerland -- already extended one week -- will extend yet another eight performances by popular demand with a final closing date of April 26, 2015. A world premiere with the Sydney Theatre Company, Switzerland is a Los Angeles Times Arts Editors' "Essential Arts and Culture" Pick and features Laura Linney (Broadway World said she is "pure gold") and Seth Numrich (called "outstanding" by the Los Angeles Times). (more...)

Badia Farha Returning to 54 Below, 4/24Badia Farha Returning to 54 Below, 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents Badia Farha in Lady Sings For You on Friday April 24, 2015 at 11pm. Joined by her 6 piece band, Badia Farha (aka Lady Rose) brings her original songs and R&B Soul + style to 54 Below. Lady Sings For You features original songs from Badia's solo album Still Waiting? Her newly released radio hit Don't Know, a tribute to Carmen McCrae Aretha Franklin, and Roberta Flack as well as a bit of Bossa Nova Jazz. (more...)

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