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next to normal is a contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. With provocative lyrics, and an electrifying score of more than 30 original songs, Next to Normal shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.

Anthony Rapp Out of IF/THEN Due to Knee Surgery; Curtis Holbrook to Play 'Lucas' for Several Weeks
by BWW Staff - Jul 9, 2014

On Twitter Watch, Anthony Rapp wrote ' Sad 2 miss several weeks @IfThenMusical while I recover from knee surgery. Great @CurtisHolbrook will play Lucas. Can't wait 2 return soon. Thanks to everyone for the get well wishes. Seems my ACL had been partially torn and finally just blew out. Fortunate to have a great ortho.' (more...)

Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals to Run 8/8-17; Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Over one jam packed weekend, August 8 -10, six new musicals will be brought to life with help from more than 100 artists and one dozen directors and authors from across the country. (more...)

Alice Ripley Releases New SoundCloud Song 'Miss America'
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 9, 2014

Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Alice Ripley has recently been utilizing her Soundcloud account to share a series of intriguing and entertaining musical selections and a new song is now available to hear, titled 'Miss America'. (more...)

HIGH FIDELITY to Begin 9/11 at Chapel Off Chapel
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Tickets are on sale for the Australian premiere of Broadway rock musical High Fidelity, which will debut at Chapel Off Chapel later from September 11th this year. (more...)

Kevin Kern, Sara Jean Ford & More to Lead Industry Reading of New David Austin Musical FINISHING ARTHUR DANBY, 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

David Austin's original new musical, Finishing Arthur Danby, will receive an NYC industry reading Sunday August 3. This is the latest effort from the rising star and composer of the new musical Beaches, which received its world premier in DC earlier this year. (more...)

Williamstown Theatre Festival's THE VISIT, Starring Chita Rivera, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Williamstown Theatre Festival presents The Visit, running on the Main Stage from tonight, July 31 through August 17, 2014. (more...)

TUTS' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre to Stage BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL, 9/12-13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

TUTS' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre presents Bring It On The Musical, September 12-13, 2014 at The Hobby Center for Performing Arts' Zilkha Hall. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Jessica Grove, Alan Mingo Jr. and More in Highlights of NCT's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Stage Tube - Jul 30, 2014

North Carolina Theatre (NCT), the region's premier producer of professional Broadway musicals now celebrating 30 years, presents their original production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, their final show of the 2013/14 season. This will be the professional regional premiere of the production, running from July 29 to August 3, 2014 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long-Running Hits - PIPPIN!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 30, 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 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 Pippin below! (more...)

The Gallery Players' 2014-15 Season to Feature NEXT TO NORMAL, PROOF & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

The Gallery Players is proud to announce their 48th Season: new plays and new musicals, as well as Gallery's signature reimagining of Broadway classics. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jessica Grove, Alan Mingo Jr. and More in North Carolina Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

North Carolina Theatre (NCT), the region's premier producer of professional Broadway musicals now celebrating 30 years, has announced the casting for their upcoming original production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, their final show of the 2013/14 season. This will be the professional regional premiere of the production, running from July 29 to August 3, 2014 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

RICHARD III, MEMPHIS>BROADWAY and More Set for Tennessee Shakespeare's 7th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South's professional classical theatre, today announced its 2014-15 schedule of plays, which includes three by Shakespeare, the Southern Exposure Series, a continuing partnership with Dixon Gallery & Gardens, a new summer partnership with the University of Memphis, and a new Musical Works Festival sponsored by the Broadway licensing company of Memphis, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Color Purple, and All Shook Up: The Music of Elvis Presley. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes of THE VISIT Rehearsals with Chita Rivera, John Kander & More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 28, 2014

Williamstown Theatre Festival will soon present The Visit, which runs on the Main Stage from July 31 through August 17. In her Festival debut, Broadway legend Chita Rivera embodies Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, in The Visit. When Claire returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth, the locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price. Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks: What can your heart afford? Go inside rehearsals with the video below! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Pippins of Past and Present, Kyle Dean Massey and John Rubinstein!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jul 27, 2014

Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. In the special interview below, Richard welcomes Pippin princes of past and present- current leading man Kyle Dean Massey and John Rubinstein, who originated the role in 1972 and is now back playing 'Charles'. Watch as they discuss the challenges of the role, how the show has changed since the original production, and so much more. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

Award-winning Choreographer and Dancer Terrance Henderson Premieres New Original Work at Trustus Theatre, 8/20 & 22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2014

Terrance Henderson, well-loved dancer/choreographer/actor/director/artist, premieres his new and very personal creation The Black Man. . .Complex at Trustus Theatre in Columbia, South Carolina Wednesday, August 20, 2014 and Friday, August 22, 2014. Both performances are at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.trustus.org. Premieres packages may be purchased for $50, and include a ticket to all three Premieres events. Packages must be purchased by calling the Trustus box office at (803) 254-9732. (more...)

Alice Ripley Performs WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Solo
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 25, 2014

Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Alice Ripley has recently been utilizing her SoundCloud account to share a series of intriguing and entertaining clips and she now presents another skillful and absorbing performance of a classic scene from the acclaimed Edward Albee drama WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? in which she plays all the roles. (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...)

STAGE TUBE: Idina Menzel Sings 'Some Other Me' and 'You Learn to Live Without' from IF/THEN!
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2014

Idina Menzel recently stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck to talk about playing 'Liz' and 'Beth' in the new musical IF/THEN, then performed selections from the show alongside composer Tom Kitt in the studio. Watch her sing 'Some Other Me' and 'You Learn to Live Without' below! (more...)

Hal Leonard to Release Vocal Selections from Broadway's IF/THEN Later this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Hal Leonard has confirmed that Vocal Selections for Broadway's If/Then are set to be released later this summer, during the week of August 18th. (more...)

AUDIO: Idina Menzel Talks 'Liz' and 'Beth', Performs Tunes from IF/THEN in the Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Idina Menzel stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck to talk about playing 'Liz' and 'Beth' in the new musical IF/THEN, then performed selections from the show alongside composer Tom Kitt in the studio. Listen to the interview and performance below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: A Conversation with Tara Bissett: Actress, Singer, Storyteller
by Noelle Hannibal - Jul 24, 2014

Tara Bissett was always interested in the arts. Born in Montreal and raised in Montreal, Ontario and the US, her parents encouraged her from an early age to involve herself in art classes and choir in school. Having traveled overseas just after high school, Bissett returned to Montreal for university and has remained ever since. Bissett was shy as child, so although she loved the idea of theatre, she was too shy to go out for lead roles or solos and instead performed in the ensemble, keeping herself in the background. She focused primarily on the visual arts, eventurally earning a degree in Fine Art. (more...)

Alice Ripley Set for Broadway @ The Art House, 8/2-3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Alice Ripley won a Tony Award for her leading role in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical "Next to Normal," and was a Tony-nominee for the musical "Side Show" on Broadway. This summer, on August 2 and 3 at 7:00 PM, she joins the star-studded lineup of the celebrated Broadway @ The Art House series, with Jessica Means joining her at piano. For tickets please visit The Art House website, or call 508-487-9222. (more...)

Aaron Tveit Lands Lead Role in Romantic Comedy STEREOTYPICALLY YOU
by TV News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Broadway's Aaron Tveit has landed the lead role in the upcoming romantic comedy film STEREOTYPICALLY YOU, from writer-director Benjamin Cox. (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...)

Alice Ripley Covers Tori Amos
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 21, 2014

Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Alice Ripley has recently been utilizing her Soundcloud account to share a series of intriguing and entertaining musical selections and a new song is now available to hear, titled 'Miss America'. (more...)

Alice Ripley Performs Opening Scene From WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Solo
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 18, 2014

Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Alice Ripley has recently been utilizing her Soundcloud account to share a series of intriguing and entertaining musical selections and a new song is now available to hear, titled 'Miss America'. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Julie Atherton and Paul Spicer Talk Onstage Acts!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Julie Atherton and Paul Spicer have a long and varied history with new and contemporary musical theatre, both as individuals and as a pair. Together they co-founded Notes from New York, a concert series designed with the intention of introducing London to new musical theatre and making it cool, and celebrated its 5 year anniversary with a fully staged production of Jason Robert Brown's cult musical The Last 5 Years. They were also the original team behind Taking Notes, a summer course developed to share their skills with aspiring actors. This summer, they continue their mission to inspire a new generation of musical theatre performers with Onstage Acts, a week long enrichment programme in new and contemporary musical theatre featuring masterclasses with casting directors, agents, composers and directors, as well as performers currently working in the West End and beyond. Ahead of the course's launch on August 4th, Julie and Paul shared some of their favourite contemporary musical theatre moments from the careers which made them West End theatre's reigning experts on the subject. (more...)

Public Theater's A SECOND CHANCE Original Cast Recording Out Online, In Stores Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording of The Public Theater's production of A SECOND CHANCE online and in stores August 5. (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...)

Alice Ripley Performs More Of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Solo
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 17, 2014

Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Alice Ripley has recently been utilizing her Soundcloud account to share a series of intriguing and entertaining musical selections and a new song is now available to hear, titled 'Miss America'. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of PRINCESS AND PIRATES Sing-a-Long Concert at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) in association with The Pasadena Playhouse, presents a production for kids and their families -- PRINCESS AND PIRATES Sing-a-Long Concert. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast! (more...)

Alice Ripley Performs WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Solo
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 16, 2014

Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Alice Ripley has recently been utilizing her Soundcloud account to share a series of intriguing and entertaining musical selections and a new song is now available to hear, titled 'Miss America'. (more...)

VIDEO: Alice Ripley & Joanna Gleason Cameo in 'Mastermind' Music Video
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2014

Next to Normal's Alice Ripley and her fellow Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason are featured in a new music video for the song 'Mastermind,' written by Aaron David Gleason, Joanna's son. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Lyric Arts Company of Anoka Does Jonathan Larson Proud with their Production of RENT
by Jill Schafer - Jul 15, 2014

RENT gets me every time. Seeing it for the 14th time is just as thrilling, emotional, and epic as the first time I saw it 17 years ago. I can't even put into words why it has such a strong grip on my soul. It's just such a beautiful message of love, hope, community, and life, made all the more poignant by creator Jonathan Larson's untimely passing. Lyric Arts' new production is truly beautiful; the cast is energetic and talented, the sets and costumes have that cool rock show vibe, and the staging is different enough to make it feel fresh and original, but similar enough to the Broadway version to feel familiar to RENTheads like me. RENT is a brilliantly written piece of music-theater, and Lyric Arts has done Jonathan Larson proud. I can think of no higher praise. (more...)

IF/THEN's Idina Menzel Sings National Anthem at Today's MLB All-Star Game
by TV News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Broadway's Idina Menzel will be performing the National Anthem and giving a pre-game concert at Target Field, site of the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Minneapolis, Minnesota today. (more...)

Twisted Broadway's 5th Brithday Concert to be Hosted by Winners and Losers' Virginia Gay on 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Star of TV's Winners and Losers and talented cabaret artist Virginia Gay will be this year's compere with a twist at the one-night-only Twisted Broadway charity concert at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse on Monday 4th August, 2014. (more...)

Britney Spears: The Cabaret Set for Brisbane Powerhouse, 13-17 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Luckiest Productions presents Britney Spears: The Cabaret Written by Dean Bryant Musical Direction by Mathew Frank Brisbane Powerhouse Wednesday 13 August - Sunday 17 August. (more...)

Photo: Idina Menzel Prepares to Sing National Anthem on Tonight's MLB ALL-STAR GAME
by Movies News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Broadway's Idina Menzel will be performing the National Anthem and giving a pre-game concert at Target Field, site of the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Minneapolis, Minnesota today. (more...)

Alice Ripley Plays All Roles In A Scene From WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 14, 2014

Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Alice Ripley has recently been utilizing her Soundcloud account to share a series of intriguing and entertaining musical selections and a new song is now available to hear, titled 'Miss America'. (more...)

Chandra Lee Schwartz and Etai BenShlomo to Join WICKED National Tour in Salt Lake City, July 29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The company of the first North American tour of WICKED will be welcoming Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda and Etai BenShlomo on Tuesday, July 29 in Salt Lake City, UT. (more...)

Rob McClure and Jenny Powers Lead THE ADDAMS FAMILY at The Muny; Show Begins Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The Muny presents the fourth show of its 96th season, The Addams Family, directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, choreographed by Vince Pesce, with musical direction by Ben Whiteley. The show begins tonight, July 14 and runs through July 20, 2014. (more...)

Duncan Sheik & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's AMERICAN PSYCHO Musical to Get US Premiere at Second Stage Theatre in February; Rupert Goold to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) just announced the U.S. premiere of the new musical, AMERICAN PSYCHO, featuring a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (2ST's Good Boys and True, 'Glee,' Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark), music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony-Award Winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), directed by Rupert Goold (Broadway's Macbeth with Patrick Stewart, ENRON). AMERICAN PSYCHO is based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. (more...)

Lillias White, Lindsay Mendez & Derek Klena and More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Tighe and Holmes Lead West End's THE BOOK OF MORMON, July 28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

From 28 July 2014, the cast of the Olivier Award-winning The Book of Mormon, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London, will be led by Billy Harrigan Tighe as Elder Price and A.J. Holmes as Elder Cunningham. (more...)

Aaron Tveit and Kevin McHale to Co-Star in THEY MIGHT BE KENNEDYS Movie?
by Movies News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Rumor is stage star Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables) is in talks to co-star opposite GLEE's Kevin McHale (WetPaint reported McHale's involvement in May) in the upcoming comedy film THEY MIGHT BE KENNEDYS, according to a listing on IMDb. (more...)

The Village Theatre Will Premiere Six Brand New Musicals in Development, 8/8-17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

The Village Theatre is the birthplace of new works such Next to Normal and Million Dollar Quartet. And now, it has announced its lineup for the 14th Annual Village Originals Festival of New Musicals, which runs from Aug 8 to 17. They will be showcasing six new musicals which have been under development. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor Preview IT COULD BE WORSE Concert at 54 Below
by Walter McBride - Jul 11, 2014

Broadway vets Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor's critically-acclaimed "IT COULD BE WORSE," was a humble yet cherished web series amongst our community. After winning a slew of online indie awards and raising over 70K on Kickstarter to shoot a second season, the "awesomely addictive" dark comedy was acquired for cable television.The Washington Post said ICBW was "what Smash might have been…had it found a looser and sharper-witted footing." (more...)

Alice Ripley Performs Scene From WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 10, 2014

Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Alice Ripley has recently been utilizing her Soundcloud account to share a series of intriguing and entertaining musical selections and a new song is now available to hear, titled 'Miss America'. (more...)

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Go Inside the Making of the IF/THEN Cast Album with Idina Menzel & More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 10, 2014

Lots of hard work went into the making of the recently released original cast recording of Broadway's If/Then. In the must-watch video below, BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of the album, featuring clips from the Tony-nominated songs and commentary from Idina Menzel, LaChanze, Anthony Rapp and more! (more...)

Tracy McDowell, Joe Calveri, Julius Thomas III & More Set for PARTY MONSTER THE MUSICAL at 54 Below, 8/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Party Monster The Musical on Wednesday, August 27th at 9:30pm. (more...)

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