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The lights go dark and four giant screens light up with a blinking cinematic countdown...9, 8, 7, 6, 5...the sound of a helicopter approaching builds to deafening proportions as a garishly huge make-up mirror backstage at the seedy club/brothel Dreamland lights up with an unforgiving glare and the "Movie In Our Minds" begins to roll!

Miss Saigon at Near West Theatre is a high tech explosion of video, photography, lights, rigging and music together with a phenomenal teen cast of fierce energy and brazen commitment to the emotional journey of this show. This rock opera feels like Evita or Jesus Christ Superstar on steroids, You can feel the foreboding tragedy looming in fateful inevitability as Mariah Burks, in the role of Kim, gives the performance of a lifetime along with Xavier Reminick as the ratty, opportunistic Engineer and Mike Glaven as the American G.I. who wins her heart and breaks it in two.

This is a HOT show in a HOT theater. It's the Vietnam War, with all the deception, the misplaced patriotism, the idealism, the courage and the horror.....and its a MUSICAL! Sweat it out!!... it's more than worth it. The heat is ON in Saigon.

Christopher Chew and Amelia Broome to Star in SWEENEY TODD at The Lyric Stage; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2014-15 Season begins September 5 with Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The musical thriller runs September 5 through October 11, 2014. The opening is set for September 7 at 3 p.m. (more...)

25th Anniversary Production of RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET to Play King's Theatre Glasgow, 9-14 February 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

25 years after Captain Tempest and his crew first journeyed into hyperspace, and 14 years after the last UK tour, Olivier Award-winning rock spectacular Return to the Forbidden Planet is back and exploding onto stage in a major new 25th Anniversary production, playing at the King's Theatre Glasgow from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 February 2015. On sale now. (more...)

Clare Foster, Jamie Parker and More to Star in GUYS AND DOLLS at Chichester, Aug 11-Sept 21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Guys and Dolls - a joyous and vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York - marks a series of firsts when it bursts onto the Festival Theatre stage at Chichester this summer, running 11 August - 21 September 2014. (more...)

Infinity Theatre Company to Present I DO! I DO!, Begin. 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

Craig Laurie and Daniella Dalli exchange vows in Infinity Theatre Company's production of I Do! I Do! starting July 12th. (more...)

Lea Salonga Interviews New West End MISS SAIGON Star Jon Jon Briones
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 7, 2014

Iconic Tony Award-winning original star of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Miss Saigon, Lea Salonga, interviews one of the headliners of the new West End revival of the hit mega-musical, Jon Jon Briones, as part of a new interview. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 7/5-7/6/2014
by - Jul 6, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, July 6, 2014 - Sunday, July 6, 2014. (more...)

CATS to Run 9/10-10/12 at Aurora's Paramount Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Prepare to be immersed into a world like no other - the magical world of Jellicle Cats - when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, IL, presents CATS as the first production of its blockbuster 2014-15 Broadway Subscription series. (more...)

Lerner and Loewe's BRIGADOON Comes to Music Circus, 8/5-10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

The musical theatre classic Brigadoon, with music by Frederick Loewe and book/lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, is the fourth show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances are August 5 - 10. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING Comes to Boston Opera House, 9/9-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Casting has been announced for the Boston engagement of Disney's The Lion King. Boston's most eagerly awaited stage production returns to the Boston Opera House stage from September 9 to October 12 as part of the 2014-2015 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. (more...)

Houchen, Maitland, Naaman & More In MORE WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS, Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, Aug 10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

BWW reports on MORE WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS, an evening of new songwriting at the Leicester Square theatre Lounge, featuring songs with lyrics by Robert Gould performed by a cast of West End & Off West End vocalists. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Diana Huey, Eddie Egan, Mel Maghuyop and More in MISS SAIGON at Flat Rock Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Flat Rock Playhouse presents the Broadway and international hit musical, Miss Saigon, now through August 24 at The Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. As part of its 'Season of Laughter and Love' presented by the Cliffs Communities, the Playhouse is pleased to offer one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

West End Stars to Unite for THE PHILIPPINE DREAM at Leicester Square Theatre, 17 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Summer Strallen (The Sound of Music, Top Hat), Anton du Beke (Strictly Come Dancing), Dianne Pilkington (Mamma Mia!, Wicked) and cast members from Miss Saigon head a glittering line-up of West End stars in THE PHILIPPINE DREAM - a one-off Gala at the Leicester Square Theatre on Sunday 17 August to raise money for abandoned and abused orphans in Manila. A special guest host for the evening will be announced shortly. (more...)

Tickets to ANNIE National Tour at Fisher Theatre Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Broadway in Detroit has announced that the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will begin at The Fisher Theatre in Detroit, September 26 - October 4, 2014. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 18th time, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. (more...)

Broadway Producer, Karen Walter Goodwin, Dies at 66
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Broadway producer, Karen Walter Goodwin, has died from complications of color cancer surgery on June 30. She was 66 years old. (more...)

Bianco Joins Cast Of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Transferring To Vaudeville Theatre From Sep 2014!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Following a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the theatre is delighted to announce its "breathtakingly funny" (Guardian) production of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY will transfer to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday 9th September - 22nd November, with press night on Monday 15th September at 7 pm. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Daniel Koek Talks About New Album 'HIGH!'
by Stage Tube - Jul 28, 2014

Daniel Koek, star of the West End production of Les Miserables - recently playing the title role of Jean Valjean, launched his new album 'HIGH' last month, on the 7 July at the Elgar Rooms at the Royal Albert Hall. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long-Running Hits - WICKED
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 28, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's WICKED below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, 7/26- BULLETS Celebrates National Dance Day and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2014

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! Today's photos come from the casts of Broadway's BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, CINDERELLA, ROCKY, and more! (more...)

Patricia Bogg Receives LPA's Sue Nattrass Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

It is with great pleasure that Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced that Patricia Boggs has been awarded the inaugural SUE NATTRASS AWARD for her outstanding service to the Australian live performance industry. The industry achievement award will sit alongside the JC Williamson Award which saw this year's recipient, John FrostOAM, honoured recently at the JC Williamson Award dinner in Brisbane. (more...)

Gail Bennett to Star as MARY POPPINS, Beginning 7/30 at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Mary Poppins is set to fly over the rooftops of London and into the Ogunquit Playhouse July 30 to August 30! This family musical features the delightful songs from the cherished Disney film including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Step in Time.” Winner of 44 major theatre awards from around the globe, Mary Poppins has captivated audiences for generations with its enchanting story, unforgettable songs and dazzling dance numbers. (more...)

Tony & Olivier Winner Jonathan Pryce Joins Cast of HBO's GAME OF THRONES
by TV News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Pryce, a Tony and Olivier winner, will play the High Sparrow. His character is described as: 'A devout and pious man, the High Sparrow came to King's Landing to serve those forgotten by much of the world - the poor, the downtrodden and the infirm - and quickly amassed a large following. His fellow believers have swarmed over the city, ministering to the lowest and decrying the corruption of the highest.' (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Jose Llana!
by Ken Womble - Jul 25, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Jose Llana! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Beth Malone, John Cudia and More in Highlights of SOUTH PACIFIC at Music Circus
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2014

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific, a universally acclaimed musical theatre masterpiece, is the third show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances take place July 22 - 27. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Beth Malone, John Cudia and More in SOUTH PACIFIC at California Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific, a universally acclaimed musical theatre masterpiece, is the third show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances take place July 22 - 27. Check out a first look below! (more...)

RING OF FIRE to Open 7/30 at Saint Michael's Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced the opening of Richard Maltby, Jr.'s musical tribute to Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire (Wednesday, July 30 - Saturday, August 9, 2014). (more...)

SPIDER-MAN's Natalie Mendoza to Star in HERE LIES LOVE in London!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Daily Mail reports that Natalie Mendoza, who played 'Arachne' in Broadway's SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK during its long preview period, will step into the role of 'Imelda Marcos' in HERE LIES LOVE when it comes to London this fall at the National's Dorfman Theatre. (more...)

Citi Performing Arts Center and MSG Entertainment Present ANNIE, 11/5 - 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Citi Performing Arts Center and MSG Entertainment are pleased to announce that the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will play November 5 - 16, 2014 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 18th time, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. (more...)

Menier Chocolate Factory Extends FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Through 30 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Due to huge demand and critical acclaim, the Menier Chocolate Factory has announced that the run for its production of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY has been extended to Saturday, 30th August, 2014. (more...)

Tim Quartier, Lianne Marie Dobbs & More Join Cast of Orlando Shakespeare Theater's LES MISERABLES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has announced partial casting for LES MISERABLES. (more...)

Derek Klena, Liz Callaway & More to Lead Industry Reading of New Musical THE DANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Northwest Inkwell has announced the reading of a new WWII musical, The Dance. This production was conceived and written by James Langston Drake and will be held in New York City this August with music written by a yet to be announce double Grammy Award winner. (more...)

Drury Lane Theatre to Continue 30th Anniversary Season with THE GAME'S AFOOT, 8/28-10/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, continues its landmark 30th anniversary season with the winner of 'Best Play' at the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards, THE GAME'S AFOOT, previewing August 28, opening Thursday, September 4 at 8 p.m., and running through October 19, 2014. The cast is led by Derek Hasenstab (Broadway National Tour of The Lion King; The Foreigner and I Hate Hamlet at Drury Lane Theatre; Oedipus Complex at the Goodman Theatre; and Sunday in the Park with George at Chicago Shakespeare Theater) as 'William Gillette' and nine-time Jeff Award-winner Alene Robertson (National Tour of Annie, Mame at Drury Lane Theatre, and The Full Monty and Hello, Dolly! at Marriott Theatre) as 'Martha Gillette.' THE GAME'S AFOOT is written by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, The Fox on the Fairway, Crazy for You, and Moon Over Buffalo) and directed by Drury Lane Theatre Artistic Director William Osetek (Young Frankenstein and next to normal at Drury Lane Theatre). (more...)

Monty Python's SPAMALOT Set for City Lights Theater, 7/24-8/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

King Arthur and the Knights Who Say 'Ni.' Lancelot and a killer rabbit. The Lady of the Lake and her own troupe of Laker Girls. They're all jousting their way onto the stage for City Lights Theater Company's big summer musical, Monty Python's SPAMALOT. Directed by Jeffrey Bracco, SPAMALOT runs July 24 through August 31 at 529 S. Second St. in San Jose. (more...)

Photo Coverage: West End Charity Sports Day
by Darren Bell - Jul 21, 2014

Teams from West End shows took part in an old-fashioned sports day on Friday at Wormwood Scrubs park for the Tuloy Foundation. Teams competed for the trophy by taking part in the egg and spoon race, the sack race, welly flinging and a relay. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME's Ben Thompson
by BWW Staff - Jul 18, 2014

In this week's edition, we caught up with Ben Thompson, who is starring as 'Griffy' in Holler If Ya Hear Me- currently playing at the Palace Theatre. (more...)

CATS, Starring Elizabeth Stanley, Ken T. Prymus and More, Opens Tonight at Pittsburgh CLO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Jellicle cats come one, come all! Join the Jellicle Ball, today, July 18 through July 27 with Pittsburgh CLO's production of CATS! A talented company of felines will bring Andrew Lloyd Webber's mysterious masterpiece to life on the Benedum Center stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MTWichita's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Running 7/23 - 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Continuing the 43rd season for Music Theatre Wichita, the fourth of this summer's five large-scale productions is the Kansas premiere of "Catch Me If You Can," at Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita, KS. (more...)

BWW TV: 'The Heat is On!' Check Out New HD Highlights from the West End Revival of MISS SAIGON
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 17, 2014

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you high definition highlights from the exciting new production, starring Eva Noblezada, Alistair Brammer, Jon Jon Briones and more! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at SOUTH PACIFIC at California Music Circus
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2014

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific, a universally acclaimed musical theatre masterpiece, is the third show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances are currently running through July 27. Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Beth Malone, John Cudia and More in SOUTH PACIFIC at California Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific, a universally acclaimed musical theatre masterpiece, is the third show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances take place July 22 - 27. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at I LOVE YOU YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE on Battersea Barge
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

David Ribi, Nic Kyle, Sarah Goggin and Chloe Taylor will star in the London production, which is to be staged on the romantic location of The Battersea Barge, moored on the banks of the River Thames near Battersea Power Station. (more...)

Music Circus' SOUTH PACIFIC Begins 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific, a universally acclaimed musical theatre masterpiece, is the third show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances take place July 22 - 27. (more...)

MISS SAIGON, HAIR & More Set for Clocktower Players' 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Westchester Magazine unveiled their annual Best of Westchester issue announcing the very best of what Westchester County has to offer. Clocktower Players, the resident theater company of Irvington Town Hall Theater, received two prestigious awards: Best Local Theater Group and Best Children's Theater. (more...)

Pre-Order Sign-Up Now Available For New 2014 MISS SAIGON Live Recording
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 15, 2014

A pre-order sign-up is now available for fans looking to secure a copy of the new live recording of the West End revival of popular mega-musical Miss Saigon. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Welcome to Dreamland! Watch Highlights from West End's MISS SAIGON
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2014

Miss Saigon made its highly anticipated return to London on May 21, 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre, in the musical's 25th anniversary year. This new production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, production design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux, costume design by Andreane Neofitou, lighting design byBruno Poet, sound design by Mick Potter, and orchestrations by William David Brohn. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker and John Rigby. Musical direction is by Alfonso Casado Trigo. Below, check out highlights from the exciting new production! (more...)

Cast & Crew of BILLY ELLIOT, 'CHOCOLATE FACTORY', 'SCOUNDRELS' and More Set for West End Football Tournament, July 25
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

On Friday, July 25, stars from on and off-stage in the West End will take part in the WEST END CUP football tournament. (more...)

Photo Flash: Flat Rock Playhouse's MISS SAIGON Currently in Rehearsal, 7/24-8/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2014

Flat Rock Playhouse presents the Broadway and international hit musical, Miss Saigon, from July 24 - August 24 at The Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. As part of its 'Season of Laughter and Love' presented by the Cliffs Communities, the Playhouse is pleased to offer one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. (more...)

Photo Coverage: MISS SAIGON's Alistair Brammer's Fashion Shoot
by Darren Bell - Jul 12, 2014

Alistair Brammer, who plays Chris in Cameron Macintosh's latest revival of Miss Saigon, recently took part in a fashion shoot by West End photographer Darren Bell and stylist Neil Thornton, for blog The Science of Appearance. The shoot was set at the Prince Edward Theatre where Miss Saigon is currently playing to packed audiences. The Science of Appearance is the fashion and blog for fans of men's fashion. Part portfolio, part style guide, here you'll find a no-nonsense approach to what to wear, how to wear it and when to avoid it. From high street to high end and all the stylish sartorial must-haves in between, The Science of Appearance aims to be all inclusive - to inform, educate and collaborate with coveted brands, the most stylish and of-the-moment people as well as providing industry tips and lifestyle advice. The Science of Appearance is an access-for-all haven for anyone seeking to learn about the latest trends, or to master the basics. The full fashion blog article can be found here: http://www.thescienceofappearance.com/2014/06/alistair-brammer-editorial-shoot/ (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: July 5-11
by Louisa Brady - Jul 11, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'this week in pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include an Independence Day performance from ON THE TOWN, the first concert in the BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK series, the 11,000th performance of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and more! (more...)

Claybourne Elder & Brynn O'Malley to Lead Signature Theatre's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Signature Theatre is proud to announce the cast of Sunday in the Park with George, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning musical (more...)

Kelly McCormick, Beth Malone, Jason Graae, Brent Barrett and More Set for Music Circus' 2014 Season; Casting Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

California Musical Theatre released casting for the remaining shows in the 64th Music Circus season, a roster of actors including Broadway veterans, Tony nominees and audience favorites from previous Music Circus seasons, as well as actors with Sacramento-area ties. The five-show season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion includes the Music Circus premiere of the beloved Disney classic Mary Poppins, which runs through July 13, as well as other Tony Award-winning shows including Rodgers and Hammerstein's lush South Pacific, Lerner and Loewe's mystical Brigadoon, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's hilarious La Cage aux Folles, and the singular sensation A Chorus Line, which ended its week-long run on June 29. Music Circus casting for the season is determined after auditions are held in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento. (more...)

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