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WPA Theater (New York, NY)
519 West 23rd St.

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Based on the 1960 film by Roger Corman

FROM PAGE TO STAGE Announces Casting for New Musical Readings
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

The From Page to Stage season of new musical theatre has announced the casting for its three semi-staged readings: Whatsonstage Award nominee Beverley Klein (Platonov, Ivanov, National Theatre; Candide; ENO), Ian Reddington (EastEnders; Coronation Street), Gerard McCarthy (Beautiful Thing; Hollyoaks), Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages, Shafetsbury Theatre; Legally Blonde, Kilworth House) and Union J's Jaymi Hensley are all taking part in the season at Tristan Bates Theatre this autumn. (more...)

ADDAMS FAMILY & MARY POPPINS Top List of Most Performed High School Shows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

The Addams Family topped the list for the most-produced high school musical for the second consecutive year, and Mary Poppins made its list debut at second place, in an annual survey conducted by the Educational Theatre Association's flagship Dramatics magazine. (more...)


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Starry MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Will Return to Ogunquit Playhouse; Hunter Foster to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse will bring back the most popular show in its history, the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, on stage October 5 through November 6. (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre Gets WORKING, November 1-20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents WORKING based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book and featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked), and James Taylor running November 1-20.  Directed by Keith Baker, the ensemble cast features Demetria Joyce Bailey, Philip Chaffin, Laura Giknis, Tamar Greene, Jenny Lee Stern, and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton. (more...)

BWW Takes a Look at What's On at the King's and Theatre Royal this Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

The King's and Theatre Royal jam-packed autumn season is already well underway with classics such as Cats and The Mousetrap earlier this with much more to come in the run up to the festive season and there's even got a glimpse as to what the new year will bring… (more...)

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 27 September 2016
by Emma Cann - Sep 28, 2016

The cult musical, Little Shop of Horrors, has long been a favourite amongst cinema and theatre fans alike. Following an unlikely beginning - a low budget Sci-fi B movie shot in just two days - Little Shop of Horrors was turned into a musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, turning this quirky part horror, part comedy into an enduring success.  (more...)

MUST SEE: Segerstrom Center for the Arts Proudly Presents the World Premiere of A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF ALAN MENKEN
by Maeve Riley - Sep 28, 2016

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Proudly Presents the World Premiere of A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF ALAN MENKEN (more...)

Disney Announces ALADDIN to Open in Melbourne Next Year
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Today, Disney Theatrical Productions announced Aladdin the hit Broadway musical, will open at Her Majesty's Theatre in April 2017. Tickets will be available to the general public through Ticketek from 9AM, Thursday 6 October. (more...)

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT - Hit Musical Makes its South Africa Debut with Local Cast
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

???????Get ready for the musical journey of your life!  The critically-acclaimed hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert based on the Oscar-winning hit film makes its South African premiere at Artscape, Cape Town on Tuesday, 28 March 2017.  Presented by Showtime Management in association with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Nullarbor Productions, and featuring an all South African cast, Priscilla will be on stage at Artscape until Sunday, 23 April, thereafter moving to Montecasino's Teatro from Friday, 28 April to 18 June 2017. Tickets are now on sale at Computicket. Hashtag: #PriscillaSA. Brought to South Africa in association with BBC First. (more...)

Casting Announced for Griffin Theatre Company's WINTERSET
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for the first production of its 2016-17 season, a rare revival of Maxwell Anderson's 1930s drama WINTERSET, directed by Ensemble Member Jonathan Berry (Pocatello, Balm in Gilead).  (more...)

The Mysterious and Beguiling Musical, GOBLIN MARKET, Opens October 21st
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

The Aux Dog Performing Arts Space, the only live theater venue in Nob Hill, is pleased to announce its next production-GOBLIN MARKET, a dramatic musical fantasy based on the classic poem by the great Victorian poet, Christina Rossetti. The poem has been the subject of countless interpretations and is endlessly fascinating for audiences, in fact, the poem had a revival of interest in the late 20th century which continues to the present. (more...)

The Lyric Hammersmith's ALADDIN Announces Its Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for its Christmas show, Aladdin. The Lyric's annual panto returns when Aladdin flies into Hammersmith on his magic carpet for some festive fun in true Lyric style. Fresh for 2016, the show will be full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and of course the magical Genie. (more...)

Where Are They Now? TYLER CRAVENS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 27, 2016

Today's subject of Where Are They Now?, our regular feature in which we catch-up with those people who once called Nashville home but who are now reaching for their dreams all over the creative world. Actor Tyler Cravens first made a splash in Nashville theater after starring on the Roxy Regional Theatre stage while still in the U.S. Army and stationed at nearby Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (more...)

Geva Announces the Line-Up for the Festival of New Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

???????Geva Theatre Center unveils its line-up for the Festival of New Theatre 2016 to be held in the Fielding Stage from October 12 - October 23. FONT 2016 is a vibrant and innovative mix of new works by some of the most exciting playwrights from across the country and around the corner and is part of Geva's ongoing commitment to developing and producing new work for the American theatre.  (more...)

Dick King-Smith's BABE, THE SHEEP-PIG Returns to the Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Adapted from Dick King-Smith's much-loved children's novel which inspired the Oscar-winning 1995 film, Babe, The Sheep-Pig will be brought to life on stage in an enchanting new production, embarking on a major UK Tour in 2017 following a Christmas season at Polka Theatre. Featuring stunning puppetry, an original score and an utterly charming 'baa-ber sheep' quartet, the tour will launch from West Yorkshire Playhouse on Monday 13 February and run until September 2017. Full tour schedule attached; further dates to be announced.   (more...)

Casting for HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS Among 2017 Artios Awards Theatre Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees for the 32nd Annual Artios Awards. The ceremony, which honors excellence in casting in all forms of entertainment, has included some of the theatre's finest among their 2016 nominations. (more...)

Taylor Louderman, Alex Wyse and More Join Original Chicago Stars in RIDE THE CYCLONE at MCC Theater; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

MCC Theater today announced casting and full creative team for its thrilling New York City premiere of the new musical Ride the Cyclone, which marks just the third musical in MCC's now-iconic 30-year history of producing new works for the American theater. (more...)

Soluna Studio to Produce LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

SoLuna Studio will produce the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors as a part their professional mainstage season, with performances running October 14th-30th. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of PCS's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Featuring Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern and More!
by Stage Tube - Sep 25, 2016

Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 2016-2017 season kicks off with the hilarious and rockin' sci-fi musical, Little Shop of Horrors, based on the film by Roger Corman, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. The demonic plant opened on September 16; and performances run through October 16. Bill Fennelly directs a cast featuring Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern, Chaz Rose, David Meyers, Ebony Blake, Johari Nandi and Alexis Tidwell. (more...)

Today's the Day! Your Complete Guide to the Broadway Flea Market!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2016

Broadway enthusiasts and stars alike will flock to New York City's famed theatre district today for the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction (#broadwayflea), produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Want to plan your route in advance? Scroll down for this year's map, plus close-ups of each zone and a list of participants! (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 9/24-9/25/2016
by - Sep 25, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, September 25, 2016 - Sunday, September 25, 2016. (more...)

Work Underway for New Musical Film from Josh Gad, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz & More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2016

Tony Award nominee Josh Gad took to Facebook today to tease a new musical film he is developing along with an all-star creative team! (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 9/23; FOLLIES in St. Louis, LAST SHIP in Salt Lake, PUMP BOYS in Seattle, HUNCHBACK in LA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Sep 23, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Seattle and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include FOLLIES in St. Louis, THE LAST SHIP in Salt Lake City, and PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES in Seattle, just to name a few. (more...)

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Platte Valley Players
by Chris Arneson - Sep 23, 2016

Down on Skid Row, there's a flower shop that eats people. Currently, that little shop has rooted itself just outside of Denver. (more...)

Javier Munoz, Mandy Gonzalez, Will Chase, Ben Vereen and More Join Sunday's Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Broadway enthusiasts and stars alike will flock to New York City's famed theatre district this Sunday, September 25, 2016, for the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction (#broadwayflea), produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

BWW Review: Don't Feed the Plants! Do See LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Portland Center Stage
by Krista Garver - Sep 22, 2016

You know the songs by heart, you have complicated feelings about the dentist (Steve Martin could never really be that bad, right?), and, admit it, you always secretly root for the plant. If any of this rings true, then go right now and buy your tickets to Little Shop of Horrors at Portland Center Stage. It will fulfill all of your 'rock musical horror comedy' fantasies. (Rock musical horror comedy -- that's how Wikipedia describes it. Are there any other shows in this genre?) (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Kyle Selig and More in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe
by Stage Tube - Sep 21, 2016

The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. OCTOBER SKY will run now through October 23, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Thursday, September 22. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Adds Matinee at Playhouse on Park
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Little Shop of Horrors at Playhouse on Park will present an exclusive Tuesday matinee with specially priced seating on Tuesday, September 27 at 2pm. (more...)

The Broadwaysted Podcast Welcomes Her Highness, Lesli Margherita
by Broadwaysted - Sep 20, 2016

All Hail the Queen! This week the Broadwaysted crew is holding court with the beautiful and fantastic Lesli Margherita! All Hail the Queen! This week the Broadwaysted crew is holding court with the beautiful and fantastic Lesli Margherita! We pour out some Maker's Mark and chat about Lesli's wild experience winning the Olivier Award for her West End debut as well as her current gig recreating her original turn in Matilda the Musical on Broadway. Lesli dishes about the ironic text message she got about Cats, her Star Wars wedding and ranking of the seven films in the franchise, and the time she died twice on stage (I smell a rat!). Kimberly recently attended Miss America and informs us all about the 'Show Us Your Shoes' parade and the entire group casts a fantasy version of Real Housewives of Broadway with famous wife characters. We play Lights of Broadway Show Cards 'Heads Up!' and Lesli shares her story about working on stage with artist and #FriendOfTheShow Squigs. (more...)

Casting Complete for PARTY PEOPLE at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York Premiere of PARTY PEOPLE by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz a.k.a Ninja. Developed and directed by Liesl Tommy with choreography by Millicent Johnnie, PARTY PEOPLE begins performances on Tuesday, November 1 and runs through Sunday, December 4, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 15. (more...)

The Four Seasons Come to the Orpheum in JERSEY BOYS This October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

The National Tour of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, welcomed Cory Jeacoma (Bob Gaudio) on September 15 in Syracuse, NY. He joins a company that includes Matthew Dailey (Tommy DeVito), Aaron De Jesus (Frankie Valli) and Keith Hines (Nick Massi) as The Four Seasons, with Barry Anderson and Thomas Fiscella. JERSEY BOYS will return to the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN October 25-30. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: BROADWAY VILLAINS PARTY Tackles CARRIE, HUNCHBACK and More at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2016

The Broadway Villains Party took over Feinstein's/54 Below on September 15, featuring a slew of Broadway talent singing some classic bad-guy tunes. Click below to watch some of the performances! (more...)

Aspire Performing Arts Company Youth Performer Receives NJACT Perry Award Nomination
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Aspire Performing Arts Company has been gaining a strong reputation in the Passaic County, NJ area for its work with local youth through theater productions and master classes. This summer, however, Aspire PAC received another impressive accolade: a Perry Awards nomination. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kyle Selig and More in OCTOBER SKY's West Coast Debut at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. OCTOBER SKY will run now through October 23, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Thursday, September 22. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Playhouse On Park
by Joseph Harrison - Sep 19, 2016

One of the biggest thrills I get as a theatre reviewer is to experience a show that I love in a new light, and to discover things about it that I never noticed before, no matter how many times I may have seen it. This was my experience viewing the first production in Playhouse on Park's eighth season, Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Video 2 on the Making of Audrey II Puppets in Portland Center Stage's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2016

Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 2016-2017 season kicks off with the hilarious and rockin' sci-fi musical, Little Shop of Horrors, based on the film by Roger Corman, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. The demonic plant opens on September 16; and performances run through October 16. Bill Fennelly directs a cast featuring Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern, Chaz Rose, David Meyers, Ebony Blake, Johari Nandi and Alexis Tidwell. (more...)

Working Management and Hayes Theatre Company Present MACK AND MABEL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2016

Working Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co is thrilled to announce the first Sydney professional production of Jerry Herman's MACK AND MABEL, which will play a strictly limited season at Hayes Theatre Co from November 18. A dazzling musical comedy that is both a poignant love story and a joyous celebration of Hollywood's golden age, MACK AND MABEL is based on the real-life tumultuous romantic relationship between early 1900s legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and accidental starlet Mabel Normand. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SISTER ACT at Toby's Dinner Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

You loved her as Felicia in Toby's production of Memphis and now she is back, rockin' the rafters from now through November 13th in Sister Act! Ashley Johnson returns to the Toby's stage as Deloris in the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg that has audiences jumping to their feet! Scroll down for a first look at Johnson and company in action below! (more...)

Olivier-Nominated POTTED PANTO is Back in the West End - 7 pantos in 80 mins at the Garrick Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Potted Panto, the spectacularly funny Olivier-nominated show, that crams seven pantomimes into just 80 minutes, is to return to the West End for a fourth festive season of silliness. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of Portland Center Stage's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern and More!
by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2016

Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 2016-2017 season kicks off with the hilarious and rockin' sci-fi musical, Little Shop of Horrors, based on the film by Roger Corman, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. The demonic plant opens on September 16; and performances run through October 16. Bill Fennelly directs a cast featuring Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern, Chaz Rose, David Meyers, Ebony Blake, Johari Nandi and Alexis Tidwell. (more...)

Photo Flash: Complete Look at LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Portland Center Stage - Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern and More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 2016-2017 season kicks off with the hilarious and rockin' sci-fi musical, Little Shop of Horrors, based on the film by Roger Corman, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. The demonic plant opens tonight on September 16; and performances run through October 16. Bill Fennelly directs a cast featuring Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern, Chaz Rose, David Meyers, Ebony Blake, Johari Nandi and Alexis Tidwell. (more...)

Audrey II to Invade Shadowbox Live in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

? It's green, it's mean, and it's a people eating machine!  The Audrey II invades the stage at Shadowbox Live in two weeks at the opening of Little Shop of Horrors on Thursday, September 29th at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 9/15/2016 - THE CHERRY ORCHARD, BROADWAY VILLAINS & More!
by Jessica Khan - Sep 15, 2016

Today's big news: BROADWAY VILLAINS live it up at 54 Below, Barbara Cook receives The Players' first-ever Helen Hayes Award, and THE CHERRY ORCHARD, starring Diane Lane, starts previews on Broadway tonight! (more...)

BWW Preview: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Platte Valley Players
by Chris Arneson - Sep 15, 2016

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Photo Flash: First Look at Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern and More in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Portland Center Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 2016-2017 season kicks off with the hilarious and rockin' sci-fi musical, Little Shop of Horrors, based on the film by Roger Corman, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. The demonic plant opens on September 16; and performances run through October 16. Bill Fennelly directs a cast featuring Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern, Chaz Rose, David Meyers, Ebony Blake, Johari Nandi and Alexis Tidwell.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

Cast Will Sing, Dance AND Play the Music for Bay Area Children's Theatre Production of Seussical!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

The Cat in the Hat accompanying himself on the piano? Yes, and the accordion, harmonica, melodica and ukulele as well. That's what families will see when the Bay Area Children's Theatre (BACT) presents Seussical, TYA, a streamlined, kid-friendly version of the exuberant Broadway musical that brings to life everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude Mc Fuzz, Mayzie LaBird and other inhabitants of the captivating worlds imagined by the late, great American writer and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes on the Making of Audrey II Puppets in Portland Center Stage's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Stage Tube - Sep 14, 2016

Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 2016-2017 season kicks off with the hilarious and rockin' sci-fi musical, Little Shop of Horrors, based on the film by Roger Corman, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. The demonic plant opens on September 16; and performances run through October 16. Bill Fennelly directs a cast featuring Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern, Chaz Rose, David Meyers, Ebony Blake, Johari Nandi and Alexis Tidwell. (more...)

Southwark Playhouse Announces Full Casting for SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Full casting is announced today for Broadway musical Side Show, which will receive its UK Premiere in a brand new production at Southwark Playhouse, opening on Wednesday 26 October with previews from Friday 21 October. (more...)

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