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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.

Hadyn Gwynne, Jerome Pradon and Anna Skellern Join Tamsin Greig in West End's WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Hadyn Gwynne, Jerome Pradon and Anna Skellern join Tamsin Greig in the UK premiere of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane's new musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar's Oscar-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, and following two full-scale development workshops with actors, musicians and the creative team, the production will open in a limited run for 20 weeks only at The Playhouse Theatre on 12 January 2015, with previews from 20 December 2014. (more...)

Seth Bisen-Hersh and Mark Childers' LOVE QUIRKS to Begin 9/11 at Theatre 54
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

Love Quirks, a unique new musical by Seth Bisen-Hersh and Mark Childers about four young adults exploring various types of relationships in NYC, will be playing a limited three week run midtown at Theatre 54 (244 W 54th Street, 12 Floor) with previews beginning on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 8PM. The show will have its official opening on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8PM and will run through Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3PM. (more...)

New 2014 MISS SAIGON Live Recording Highlights Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 9/22
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 8, 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...)

Jim Brochu to Return to Barrington Stage in CHARACTER MAN This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announces the return of Drama Desk Award-winner Jim Brochu in his new show Character Man, following his wildly successful run of Zero Hour in 2011. A musical valentine celebrating the Golden Age of the American Musical, Character Man will be presented at BSC's St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center from September 18 through 28. The press opening is Saturday, September 20 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Drury Lane Theatre's THE GAME'S AFOOT Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 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. The show opened last night, September 4 at 8 p.m., and runs through October 19, 2014. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivites below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Drury Lane Theatre's THE GAME'S AFOOT, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 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, opening tonight, 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...)

MISS SAIGON Is Broadway-Bound, But When?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Broadway's waiting list is getting long. (more...)

PTC to Present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 9/12-27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, September 12 through 27, 2014. (more...)

New 2014 MISS SAIGON Live Recording Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 9/22
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 3, 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...)

Janine DiVita to Star in EVITA, Opening 9/18 at the John W. Engeman Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2014

The John W. Engeman Theater is proud to present EVITA, one of the most passionate and colorful musicals in theater history. Performances begin on September 18th at 8:00 pm and run through November 2nd. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Darren Carnall On WEST END BARES!
by Carrie Dunn - Sep 3, 2014

Stars of stage and screen Jake Canuso, James Dreyfuss, Matt Evers, Jill Halfpenny, Helen Lederer and Harriet Thorpe are amongst the special guest presenters for this year's West End Bares 'Nudedunnit?!' gala performances at Cafe de Paris in London's West End on Sunday. (more...)

Dave Malloy's GHOST QUARTET Plays The Bushwick Starr, 10/8-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

Award-winning composer Dave Malloy presents a new song cycle about love, death, and whiskey in GHOST QUARTET, running at The Bushwick Starr, October 8 through November 1, 2014. (more...)

Dee Hoty and More Star in Walnut Street Theatre's 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 206th season with the wildly entertaining 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL. Directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this outrageous musical comedy begins previews tonight, September 2nd, opens on September 10th and runs through October 19th on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

Reissue Of Complete Recording Of MISS SAIGON Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 16, 2014

A reissue of the complete recording of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg's Miss Saigon is set for release today according to a new listing on Amazon. (more...)

MISS SAIGON's Alistair Brammer Strips Down for Safe Sex
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

In the most recent edition of Attitude Magazine, Miss Saigon star Alistair Brammer poses to promote safe sex. He told Attiude: "The first three are diet, diet, diet. People overestimate the power of working out. But if you're not eating the right food, nothing will happen. High reps for definition. I have friends who are big and doing weights and they are not gonna lose weight, they are just going to fill out with more muscle." Click here to read the full article. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 9/15/14 - UPRISING OF LOVE, Angela Lansbury, ROCK OF AGES and More!
by Jessica Showers - Sep 15, 2014

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: The Broadway community joins together for an UPRISING OF LOVE tonight, Angela Lansbury will be honored by the American Theatre Wing, an original ROCK OF AGES cast member returns and more! (more...)

BWW Reviews: FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Vaudeville Theatre, September 15 2014
by Carrie Dunn - Sep 15, 2014

As you'd probably expect, Forbidden Broadway pokes fun at itself from the outset, before anybody else can get a jab in, pointing out its swift (and perhaps a little surprising) transfer and its less-than-prime location. (more...)

Diablo Theatre Company to Launch Diablo Youth Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Diablo Theatre Company, one of the premiere producers of musical theatre in the East Bay, announced that they will be launching Diablo Youth Theatre in the fall. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 9/12/14 - LOVE LETTERS, 'BOGEYMAN', 'MOLLY BROWN', Stritch at 54 and More!
by Jessica Showers - Sep 12, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: LOVE LETTERS begins previews Saturday, off-Broadway gets crowded with shows tonight, including STALKING THE BOGEYMAN, Broadway celebs get together to tribute Elaine Stritch this evening, and THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN hits the stage in Denver! (more...)

Sharon Leal, Angela Lin, Brandon Scott and More to Star in Pasadena Playhouse's STOP KISS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announces the cast of STOP KISS, the second production of its 2014-2015 Season. Written by Diana Son and directed by Pasadena Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Seema Sueko, STOP KISS stars Sharon Leal (Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, Fox's "Boston Public," and Lionsgate's Addicted), Angela Lin (Broadway's Chinglish), John Sloan (Fox's "Happy Hour"), Brandon Scott (ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"), Amanda Carlin (Liar Liar), and Jeff De Serrano (A&E's "Longmire"). The production is performed November 4 - 30, 2014 with the official press night on Wednesday, November 9, 2014. (more...)

Charlie Pollock and Mary Kate Morrissey to Star in Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRY This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Elmer Gantry, a musical version of Sinclair Lewis' best-selling novel, directed by Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Schaeffer collaborated on the last production of Elmer Gantry at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago with authors John Bishop (book), Mel Marvin (music) and Bob Satuloff (lyrics) in 1998; the show has not been produced since then. This will be the 5th production in the show's history. Running in the MAX Theatre October 7 - November 9, Signature's production will include several brand new songs by Mel Marvin and Bob Satuloff and a reimagined script that John Bishop worked on until his death in 2006. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CATS at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 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. Performances are now through October 12, 2014. Press opening is this Saturday, September 13 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 9/11/14 - THIS IS OUR YOUTH Opens, Yale Drama Prize and More!
by Jessica Showers - Sep 11, 2014

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: THIS IS OUR YOUTH takes its first official bows on Broadway tonight, the Yale Drama Series Award ceremony will be held this evening, and more! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sassy, Sexy, WITCHES OF EASTWICK at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Dan Marois - Sep 11, 2014

There are hot, sassy witches flying about the Ogunquit Playhouse in a production of The Witches of Eastwick, a musical comedy that has some memorable characters, high energy music and a fabulous set design. (more...)

Jessica Snow Wilson, Deedee Magno Hall & Yvette Cason Set for TRIPLE THEAT Broadway Series at Vitello's Jazz & Supperclub, 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

On September 15, 2014, Vitello's Jazz and Supperclub presents Jessica Snow Wilson, Deedee Magno Hall and Yvette Cason in Triple Threat, a monthly Broadway concert series featuring some of LA's finest Broadway talent. Hosted by Michael-Leon Wooley (Little Shop of Horrors, Five Guys Named Moe, The Music Man), Jessica Snow Wilson (Little Shop of Horrors, Les Miserables), Deedee Magno Hall (Miss Saigon), and Yvette Cason (Dreamgirls, Play On!) will present a night of Broadway standards to pop and jazz music, as well as a few original songs. (more...)

The Circuit Playhouse to Present THE FANTASTICKS, 10/3-26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Follow us into a world of moonlight and magic as we celebrate our 45th anniversary with the musical that started it all for Circuit Playhouse, Inc. The Fantasticks tells the story of Matt and Luisa who fall in love at the hands of their meddling fathers, grow apart, and find their way back to each other. With a timeless score that includes the songs "Try To Remember" and "They Were You," The Fantsticks is a musical gem that will delight all ages. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Eva Noblezada Shows 'A Day in the Life of MISS SAIGON'
by Stage Tube - Sep 1, 2014

Miss Saigon's Kim, Eva Noblezada, recently posted a video to the West End show's official Instagram, showing 'A Day in the Life of Miss Saigon.' In this video, she gives viewers a backstage look at some of the props, costumes, and more. Since it's entitled 'A Day in Miss Saigon... Part 1,' it's certain we can expect to see more videos in the near future. Keep checking BroadwayWorld for those, and check out the video below! (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - JERSEY BOYS
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 31, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already 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 JERSEY BOYS below! (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE BOOK OF MORMON
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 30, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already 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 THE BOOK OF MORMON below! (more...)

Simon Paisley Day Returns As Full Cast Announced For URINETOWN!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Simon Paisley Day (Musketeers, Doctor Who, Titanic, Sherlock, Spartacus, Being Human) will be reprising his critically-acclaimed role as the tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, the machiavellian Head of UGC (Urine Good Company) in the West End transfer of Jamie Lloyd's ground breaking, splash hit production of URINETOWN The Musical. (more...)

AUDIO: Listen to Preview from MISS SAIGON Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

CLICK HERE to listen to the Overture and 'The Heat Is On' via Soundcloud. The preview will be available until 11:59pm on Sunday August 31, before release on 22 September 2014. (more...)

Lea Salonga acompañará a IL DIVO en su concierto en Madrid
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Aug 27, 2014

La actriz ganadora de un premio Tony se unira al grupo en su gira por toda Europa 'A Musical Affair' que comenzara en septiembre en Serbia y llegara a Espaņa el 4 de noviembre. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Chita Rivera, Kelli O'Hara and More Set for Landmark on Main's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington is thrilled to announce its exciting 2014-15 Season, which includes magical evenings with some of Broadway's Brightest Stars! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch New Music Video for Julian Velard's 'No One's Getting Married Tonight'
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2014

On September 16, native New Yorker Julian Velard will release 'No One's Getting Married Tonight,' the next single off his New York City concept album aptly titled If You Don't Like It, You Can Leave. Check out the just-released music video below! (more...)

Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2014, Fall Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 26, 2014

In the coming months, Broadway will welcome a fresh crop of productions- many of which will mark the Broadway debuts for a slew of talented actors. Whether they are fresh faces or established stars, these Broadway babies will soon take their very first bows on the grandest stages in the world. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

BWW Interviews: MISS SAIGON's Hugh Maynard!
by Carrie Dunn - Aug 26, 2014

Hugh Maynard is beaming in the London sunshine as we meet at the Prince Edward Theatre to reflect on his return to the role of John in Miss Saigon. (more...)

Lea Salonga Joins Il Divo on European Leg of A MUSICAL AFFAIR Tour This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Tony Award-winning performer and world renowned vocalist Lea Salonga will be joining with supergroup Il Divo for the upcoming Europe leg of their 'A Musical Affair' tour. (more...)

Tickets to MISS SAIGON Gala Performance Sell Out Within Minutes
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

The Gala Performance to celebrate 25 years of Boublil & Schonberg's Miss Saigon on Monday 22 September, has sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale this morning, Tuesday 26 August. Over 18,000 people tried to buy tickets when booking opened at10.00am; an unprecedented amount for a single performance in a theatre with just over 1700 seats. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: West End MISS SAIGON Stars Sing 'Sun and Moon' and 'Maybe' Live!
by Stage Tube - Aug 25, 2014

Sir Terry Wogan just featured stars Alistair Brammer, Eva Noblezada and Tamsin Carroll on his radio show Weekend Wogan. Click below to listen to the full interview and to check out live performances of 'Sun and Moon' and 'Maybe.' (more...)

Irvington Town Hall Theater Adds 'Stage Door' and 'Cabaret on the Hudson' Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) has some new additions to the lineup this coming season along with a new theater manager. Joining the ever popular Best of Film Series (now in its 6th year) which will run one night each month, ITHT is adding two new series that will play throughout the season on alternate months: The Irvington Stage Door and Cabaret on the Hudson. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Shows - MOTOWN
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 24, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already 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 MOTOWN below! (more...)

WICKED's Kerry Ellis Offers Bonus Track With Album Pre-Order
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2014

Wicked's Kerry Ellis, who has just rejoined the West End cast as Elphaba, has just released a new self-titled album which is now available for pre-order. (more...)

Jones and Merkle to Host THE BROADWAY CAGE MATCH, Starring Platt, Foster, Pardo, and More 8/26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2014

The famous Rockwell Table and Stage Los Angeles presents its inaugural competition cabaret; THE BROADWAY CAGE MATCH on August 26th at 8 pm. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway's Resident 'Jean Valjean,' Ramin Karimloo, Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
by Stage Tube - Aug 22, 2014

Broadway's resident 'Jean Valjean,' the Tony-nominated Ramin Karimloo recently took the challege, posting his video to Instagram. Along with the video, he posted the caption: 'No nominations. Just Donate. Generously. Educated yourself at alsa.org This is to answer @jamieallenmagic's call out to me and in memory of his cousin.' (more...)

THE LION KING's Alton Fitzgerald White Will Give 4,000th Performance as 'Mufasa' Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

THE LION KING Broadway cast member ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE will play his 4,000th performance as Mufasa in the landmark musical event this Saturday evening, August 23rd, 2014. White originated the role of Mufasa in the US touring production in 2002 and in a sit-down Las Vegas production in 2009, in addition to leading the flagship Broadway company intermittently since. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Behind The Scenes - Hugh Maynard Of MISS SAIGON!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Check out this sneak peek behind the Miss Saigon scenes as we meet Hugh Maynard, currently playing John in the West End mega-musical! (more...)

Tickets to ANNIE at Jacksonville's Times-Union Center's Moran Theater On Sale 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

The new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will play at Jacksonville's Times-Union Center's Moran Theater from Tuesday, October 21st through Sunday, October 26th for eight performances only. Tickets for ANNIE go on sale Friday, September 12th at 10AM through the FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase, the official presenter of the Jacksonville show. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Lea Salonga Gets Cold for Charity and Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
by Stage Tube - Aug 21, 2014

Broadway favorite Lea Salonga has jumped on the bandwagon by accepting an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and taking an icy shower for charity. Click below to check out her video! (more...)

Dee Hoty, Paul Schoeffler and More to Star in Walnut Street Theatre's 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 206th season with the wildly entertaining 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL. Directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this outrageous musical comedy begins previews on September 2nd, opens on September 10th and runs through October 19th on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits -MAMMA MIA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 20, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already 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 MAMMA MIA! below! (more...)

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