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Based on the 1960 film by Roger Corman

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS to Bring Twisted Humor to City Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

The out-of-this-world hit musical Little Shop of Horrors, with book & lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith, runs August 19 - September 11 at City Theatre, Austin. (more...)

ASSASSINS Comes to Los Altos Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Los Altos Stage Company's 21st season opens with arguably one of the most controversial Broadway musicals ever written. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, Assassins opens September 2 (preview performance on September 1) and runs through September 25, 2016 at the Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos. (more...)

Original Mrs. Wormwood Lesli Margherita Will Return to MATILDA This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Lesli Margherita, Broadway's original Mrs. Wormwood, returns to MATILDA THE MUSICAL at the Shubert Theatre beginning September 6, 2016. (more...)

Hayes Theatre Announces Cast for Australian Premiere of SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

One Eyed Man Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co is thrilled to announce the cast of SIDE SHOW, due to play a strictly limited four-week season at Hayes Theatre Co from September 23. This will be the Australian premiere of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical that tells a stunning tale of sisterhood. With music from the composer of Dreamgirls, SIDE SHOW is based on the remarkable real-life story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton and their transition from 'circus freaks' to megastars. (more...)

SARTA Announces 2016 Elly Nominees!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

More than 410 Elly nominees for the 2015-16 season were announced at an informal nomination reception on Sunday, August 7, 2016 beginning at 7pm. More than 100 actors, directors, technicians, and producers were on hand to listen excitedly for their names to be called.  This year's theme is Some Enchanted Ellys.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Dayana Sanchez - Diversity Series: POC
by Guest Blogger: Dayana Sanchez - Aug 4, 2016

THROUGHOUT OUR COLLEGE CAREER AS THEATRE MAJORS WE ARE ASKED TO READ AND DISCUSS PLAYWRIGHTS THAT HAVE CHANGED AND CONTRIBUTED TO THEATRE. We read about THE GREATS Shakespeare, Ibsen, Shaw, Moliere, Brecht, Beckett and many other playwrights that have pushed traditional theatre creating and producing something different. Reading about 'The Greats' is a given in theatre education, Valuing the work of the playwrights and ultimately educating students of different time periods and exploring themes of the era. (more...)

Hit Musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Opens New Season at Playhouse on Park!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Prepare to be scared silly with the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the first show in Playhouse on Park's 2016-17 Mainstage Series. This show offers fun for the whole family! Opening night isFriday, September 16, at 8:00pm, with a pre-performance wine and cheese reception from 7pm-8pm.  (more...)

Everybody Knows Their Names! Grayson Powell, Jillian Louis, Barry Pearl and More Set for CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Broadway In Chicago, Stageworks Media and TROIKA Entertainment have just announced casting for the upcoming National Touring production of CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE. (more...)

Guest Blog: The Urchins On LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Guest Blogger: Sasha Latoya - Aug 4, 2016

Before the new UK tour of Little Shop of Horrors opens at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre tonight, the Urchins Sasha Latoya (Crystal), Vanessa Fisher (Chiffon) and Cassie Clare (Ronnette) give us an insight into the new production and how rehearsals are going. (more...)

VIDEO: It's Magic Time: ALADDIN's James Monroe Iglehart Duets With His London Genie Counterpart, Trevor Dion Nicholas
by Michael Dale - Aug 4, 2016

The talented pair launch into a special rendition of the musical's second act vaudevillian turn, 'Somebody's Got Your Back.' (more...)

SoLuna Studio Presents FIRST DATE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

SoLuna Studio will produce the musical comedy FIRST DATE as a part their professional mainstage season, with performances running August 5th-14th. (more...)

BroadHollow Theatre Company Presents SISTER ACT at The Bayway Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. (more...)

Jeannette Bayardelle to Lead Theatre By The Sea's SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Get ready to rejoice! SISTER ACT, the gloriously funny five-time Tony-nominated musical, is taking the stage at Bill Hanney's award winning Theatre By The Sea (TBTS). SISTER ACT will begin Wednesday, August 17, and plays thru Sunday, September 4, 2016. Press night is scheduled for Friday, August 19 at 8p.m. (more...)

Tony-Winning CABARET Comes to Atlanta's Fox Theatre This Fall; Tickets on Sale This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta announced today that individual tickets for the Atlanta engagement of Roundabout Theatre Company's CABARET will go on sale Sunday, August 28 at 10 a.m. (more...)

BWW Review: The City Theatre Closes Season By Opening a LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Joni Lorraine - Aug 25, 2016

'On the twenty-third day of the month of September in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places.' And so goes the prologue to the popular small cast musical Little Shop of Horrors. Based on the 1960 movie directed by Roger Corman, Little Shop of Horrors by writer Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken, is the marriage of a 60's love story and the apocalyptic sci-fi films of the era set to music. The result is a crowd pleasing intimate campy black musical comedy. Its success led to the musical being produced as a movie in 1986 with Rick Moranis, Vincent Gardenia, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin in the lead roles. (more...)

Hunter Foster Will Helm FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD Reading
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

According to an Equity casting notice, Hunter Foster will direct an upcoming staged reading of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD.  The project, which will be presented in November, will feature musical direction by Paul Masse. (more...)

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, New Wimbledon Theatre, 23 August 2016
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Aug 24, 2016

It is rare that you might see a Jewish florist, a sadistic dentist and a giant singing, flesh-eating plant on the same stage, but in Little Shop of Horrors, this is all part of the show. (more...)

Broadway in Chicago Sets Deadlines for 2017 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to invite high schools across the state of Illinois to participate in the Sixth Annual Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards. The Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards celebrate excellence in high school theatre throughout the State of Illinois. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at The City Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The City Theatre will end the 2016 summer season with the out-of-this-world hit musical Little Shop of Horrors, continuing August 25 - September 11. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: (mostly)musicals Takes a ROAD TRIP at the E Spot Lounge
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

After a 3 month absence, (mostly)musicals made a long-awaited return to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, August 15 with ROAD TRIP, the company's 18th entry in a series of themed cabarets. BroadwayWorld takes you inside the event below! (more...)

BROADWAY'S BEST with Seth Rudetsky, Roger Bart, Kevin Chamberlin, Kerry Butler Sets Performance at NJPAC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

The 'amahzing' SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky is joined by three of the funniest stars on Broadway for an evening of song and laughter: Tony winner Roger Bart (The Producers) and Tony nominees Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family) and Kerry Butler (Rock of Ages). (more...)

White Plains Performing Arts Center Announces 2016 – 2017 Fall/Winter Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is proud to announce an exciting Fall/Winter Season.  All performances are at the White Plains theatre, located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street in downtown White Plains.  (more...)

Dare to Defy Productions Presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2016

Dare to Defy Productions will present Little Shop of Horrors on Friday September 2 at 8 p.m. and Saturday September 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the historic Victoria Theatre. (more...)

Eric B. Anthony and More Set for A LITTLE NEW MUSIC at Feinstein's at the Nikko
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Today, co-founders Chris Maikish and Luke Klipp announced the cast for the acclaimed Los Angeles musical theater series, A Little New Music, performing at San Francisco's Feinstein's at the Nikko on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of OCTOBER SKY's West Coast Premiere at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 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 September 10 - October 23, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 10 - September 21. Opening night is Thursday, September 22. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company below! (more...)

BAD JEWS to Launch 2016-17 at BBPAC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Black Box Studios presents the first fully­produced show of the 2016­-17 season, Black Box Studios' inaugural season of professional theatre: a new production of Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon (B'way 2016-­17 season: Significant Other), directed by Black Box Performing Arts Center's Artistic Director, Matt Okin. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Theatre By The Sea's SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Theatre By The Sea's production of SISTER ACT plays now through September 4, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Comes To Lichfield Garrick
by Marianka Swain - Aug 19, 2016

Don't miss X-Factor's Rhydian in the charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical, Little Shop of Horrors, at the Lichfield Garrick this September. (more...)

Constellation Theatre Company to Kick Off 10th Season with URINETOWN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Constellation Theatre Company will present Urinetown by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis directed by Allison Arkell Stockman from August 31 - October 9 at SOURCE 1835 14th St NW, Washington, DC. (more...)

ROCK OF AGES to Make Central Florida Debut at Dr. Phillips Center This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

TheatreWorks Florida will present the Central FL regional premiere of Rock Of Ages, opening at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater) Sept 28 - Oct 9, 2016 for 15 sizzling performances. TheatreWorks Florida is proud to announce the outstanding cast, band, designers and staff of Rock Of Ages... (more...)

Broadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Evelyn must follow her dreams ... by leaving her family. Come down for some hot times with THE JOINT at Theatre for The New City's Dream Up Festival this September. (more...)


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Photo Flash: Remembering Fyvush Finkel
by Walter McBride - Aug 17, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this week, star of stage and screen  Fyvush Finkel just passed away at 93 years of age. Fyvush Finkel began his career over 80 years ago playing the numerous Jewish theatres along Second Avenue. When he was 43 he began touring in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF playing the Innkeeper, then the Butcher and eventually Tevye. (more...)

Breaking: Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Mel Johnson Jr. and James Ludwig Join the World Premiere of ON THE RAILS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Algonquin Theater Productions and Jason Hewitt have announced Broadway actors Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Mel Johnson Jr. (Jekyll & Hyde, Hot Feet, The Lion King, Big Deal, The Rink, Eubie!, On the Twentieth Century), and James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors) have joined the cast of the world premiere of ON THE RAILS, a new musical with book by Tony Sportiello (Second Chance, National Pastime), music and lyrics by Al Tapper (Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle), arrangements and musical direction by David Wolfson, and directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria). (more...)

KENNY MORGAN to Return to the Arcola with Original Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Arcola Theatre's production of Kenny Morgan will return for just four weeks this September after a sold-out premiere earlier this year. This critically-acclaimed new play is the latest drama by Mike Poulton (Tony nominated for his Broadway versions of Fortune's Fool, Wolf Hall, and Bring up The Bodies). (more...)

Arkansas Repertory Theatre Names John Miller-Stephany Producing Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Arkansas Repertory Theatre announced today that John Miller-Stephany has been named the theatre's new Producing Artistic Director. He assumes his new role in mid-October. The announcement by Board Chair Brian Bush ends an extensive national search. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE BITE with Katie Lynch and SCHOOL OF ROCK's Will Blum!
by Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch - Aug 16, 2016

In Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch, come into Katie's kitchen with some of Broadway's brightest as they eat, drink and merrily mix it up. See your favorite stars out of their element as they whip up dishes inspired by their Broadway show. Watch what happens when these actors trade belting for baking! Today, we are excited to bring you the latest episode, featuring SCHOOL OF ROCK's 'Dewey' alternate, Will Blum! (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the cast & creative team for COMPANY, with Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and Book by GEORGE FURTH. Directed by Spiro Veloudos with music director Catherine Stornetta and choreography & musical staging by Rachel Bertone, COMPANY will run September 2 - October 9, 2016. (more...)

SMASH Star Wesley Taylor to Ascend to Heaven in AN ACT OF GOD in Denver
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway/Cabaret announces today that Wesley Taylor, Broadway star and fan favorite in the NBC TV show 'Smash', will play God in the new comedy AN ACT OF GOD making its Denver debut at the Garner Galleria Theatre starting October 15. (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Bids Fond Farewell to Fyvush Finkel
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has just sent out the following letter in remembrance of Fyvush Finkel, who passed away over the weekend. (more...)

Troy Heard Departs Onyx, Joins Majestic Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2016

After guiding the venerable Onyx Theatre for two years which included its successful tenth anniversary season, Producing Director Troy Heard has announced his departure from that position and his subsequent succession of the role of Executive and Artistic Director of the newly formed Majestic Repertory Theatre. (more...)

Emmy-Winning Stage and Screen Star Fyvush Finkel Dies at 93
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2016

The artistic community is mourning the death of star of stage and screen, the beloved Fyvush Finkel, who passed away this morning at 93 years of age. (more...)

Mama Bares Debut First Concert at East West Players, August 25 through September 4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

East West Players (EWP), the nation's longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, opens its 51st Anniversary Season Radiant with the world premiere of The Mama Bares in Concert: Once Upon a Play Date, developed by and featuring Broadway performers Joan Almedilla, Ai Goeku Cheung, Deedee Magno Hall, and Jennifer Paz, directed by Giovanni Ortega with musical direction by Marc Macalintal. (more...)

Deaf Actor to Play Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Los Angeles Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale. (more...)

Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern Set for LITTLE SHOP at Portland Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 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 will take over the U.S. Bank Main Stage with preview performances beginning September 10; an opening night on September 16; and performances running 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...)

Aladdin Announces Australian Premiere in Sydney Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Disney's Aladdin, a new musical comedy based on the classic Academy Award®- winning animated film, will have its Australian premiere in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre tomorrow night, 11th August 2016. (more...)


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STAGE TUBE: ALADDIN Arrives Down Under- Watch Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Aug 10, 2016

The Australian production of Disney's Broadway blockbuster, Aladdin, has arrived at Sydney's Capitol Theatre, and you can check out highlights below! (more...)

CHILDREN OF EDEN Returns to London Tonight at the Union Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

CHILDREN OF EDEN returns to London 25 years after its original West End production, playing at the Union Theatre from tonight 10 August, with a press night on Friday 12 August 2016. (more...)

Actor's Express to Stage LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Next Summer
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

Actor's Express will stage the off-Broadway hit Little Shop of Horrors next summer, July 15 - August 20 2017. (more...)

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