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New Podcast 'Every Musical Ever' Makes its Debut
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Fans of musical theatre and movie musicals everywhere have a new must-listen podcast which has just dropped its first full-length episode on iTunes. Every Musical Ever promises to 'go Over The Rainbow, Into The Woods and On the Town to where the Company is Wicked'. (more...)

Michael Mott to Bring Original Music to Birdland Debut This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Critically acclaimed songwriter Michael Mott will be making his Birdland debut for a one night only concert of his original music on Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m. (more...)

Peter Mills and Cara L. Reichel Sign on for LOVE! I HEAR! at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Peter Mills, composer of the the Broadway bound The Honeymooners, and Cara L. Reichel, producing artistic  director of Prospect Theater Company, have joined nine other real life couples for Love! I Hear!: Broadway's Love Letter To Valentine's Day, on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017  (7:00pm & 9:30 pm) at Feinstein's/54 Below. (more...)

Celeste Oliva and Alexander Platt to Reunite in STAGE KISS at the Lyric Stage; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl, winner of the 2016 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award and a MacArthur 'genius' grant, will be directed by Courtney O'Connor at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, opening February 26 and running through March 26, 2017. Previews begin February 24.  (more...)

Sneak Peek - TLC's New Series SHE'S IN CHARGE, Premiering 3/7
by TV News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

With more than 20 million views on her “Don't Go in the Shark's House” clip, Veronica “Pooh” Nash-Poleate has solidified her place in viral video history (more...)

Theatre Blogger West End Wilma EXPOSED!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

???????Beloved Theatre blogger West End Wilma, today celebrates five years of blogging about London Theatre at westendwilma.com. (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Star Lauren Elder Celebrates Debut Album Release at The Slipper Room
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

Broadway star, Lauren Elder (SIDE SHOW, HAIR) released her debut album of original music on Wednesday, January 25th and celebrated with a concert to a packed house at The Slipper Room in NYC. (more...)

Jay Armstrong Johnson, BOSSABRASIL and More Coming Up at Birdland in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for February 6-12, featuring BOSSABRASIL with Marcos Valle with Special Guest Celso Fonseca, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Bennie Benack III, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Kara Tointon Stars In GASLIGHT At The Lyceum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

???????One of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time, Gaslight, comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February, starring the celebrated stage and television actress Kara Tointon.  (more...)

Cygnet Theatre Presents San Diego Premiere of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

In March, a luxury train rolls into Old Town bringing nonstop laughter and mayhem. The madcap musical comedy, On the Twentieth Century, features the writing talents of Betty Comden and Adolph Greene. Original music was composed byCy Coleman, who was honored with Tony Awards for Best Original Score & Best Book (1978). This musical comedy team lent their unique comic genius and sophisticated wit to dozens of Broadway hits including On the Town and Bells are Ringing. On the Twentieth Century will be directed by Sean Murray. The production runs March 9 through April 30. Opening night for media is March 18. (more...)

It's a Date Launches 'The Couple's Guide to New York City' and The Great Chocolate Giveaway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

New company, It's a Date, announces the launch of It's a Date NYC: The Couple's Guide to New York City. A printed city guidebook with a collection of 54 complete date itineraries. In conjunction with their launch, It's a Date will also kick-off 'The Great Chocolate Giveaway' for Valentine's Day 2017. (more...)

Jeff McCarthy in KUNSTLER, RAGTIME, COMPANY and More Highlight Barrington Stage Company's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announced today its 2017 season. (more...)

Finishing The Hat! Multiple Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Brings Her Inimitable Vocal Style To The McCallum
by David Green - Jan 24, 2017

The McCallum Theatre presents Bernadette Peters, with Musical Director Marvin Laird, on Saturday, February 4, at 8:00pm. Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters dazzles audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert and in movies, and on recordings. Bernadette currently stars in Amazon Prime's Golden Globe nominated series, "Mozart in the Jungle." Recent stage credits include City Center's Encores! Production A Bed A Chair: A New York Love Affair. Prior to that, she starred on Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim/James Goldman production of Follies, following a successful run at the Kennedy Center. She also starred opposite Elaine Stritch in A Little Night Music. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for James Lapine's MRS. MILLER DOES HER THING at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Signature Theatre has announced full casting for the world premiere production Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods). This new play based on the real-life story of Elva Miller, a middle-aged housewife who gained notoriety as an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s for her warbling renditions of chart topping hits 'Downtown,' 'Monday, Monday,' 'A Hard Day's Night,' and more runs February 28 - March 26 in Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre. (more...)

Santino Fontana, Rebecca Luker, Ryan Silverman, Betsy Wolfe and More Slated for PROJECT BROADWAY at Symphony Space
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Symphony Space's PROJECT BROADWAY, a celebration of all that's new and exciting on the Great White Way, returns for its second installment, March 27 - April 2. This year's theme is 'The Art of Collaboration,' spotlighting the alchemy that turns music, book, choreography, and staging into theatrical magic. (more...)

Snow Day Deal! Get $25 Rush Tickets to CAGNEY Off-Broadway Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Today's forecast... flurries with a chance of Cagney! The show must go on folks, and now is the time to grab your tickets to see hit musical Cagney. $25 rush tickets are available for the 2PM matinee today, Thursday, February 9. (more...)

Photo Flash: Elizabeth Stanley, Alysha Umphress and More Join Jay Armstrong Johnson at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

On Monday, February 6, the Broadway at Birdland concert series welcomed Jay Armstrong Johnson, who recently starred in the titular role in Candide in the New York City Opera production. His concert was musical directed by Rodney Bush, and his special guests were Elizabeth Stanley, Alysha Umphress, Jessica Tyler Wright, Meghan Picerno and Chip Zien. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Opera Saratoga Announces Complete Casting and Full Program for 2017 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today complete casting for the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. In addition, a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events will be presented from May 28th through July 16th at venues throughout the region. (more...)

Congrats! Tony Nominee Tony Yazbeck & Katie Huff Welcome Baby Boy
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck turned to Twitter to announce the joyous news that he and Katie Huff welcomed their son, Leonard Blaise Yazbeck, into the world on Wednesday, February 1st. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jay Armstrong Johnson Revisits Favorite Tunes and More at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

The Broadway at Birdland concert series welcomed Jay Armstrong Johnson, who recently starred in the titular role in Candide in the New York City Opera production, in concert at the historic room last night, February 6. BroadwayWorld has photos from the show below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Lisa Kron and Daniel Zaitchik Accept 2017 Kleban Prizes
by Jennifer Broski - Feb 7, 2017

The annual KLEBAN PRIZE FOR MUSICAL THEATRE presentation took place just yesterday, February 6 at ASCAP.  Some of Broadway's legendary musical theatre creators and young-up-and-comers will come out to honor the two prize winners, perform some of their material, and present their prizes at a food and drink reception hosted by ASCAP and BMI.  (more...)

Tituss Burgess, Rachel Bay Jones, Javier Munoz and More Tapped for BROADWAY BACKWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Three Tony Award-winning performers and stars from Broadway's biggest hits will be among the star-studded storytellers sharing their hearts through song at this year's Broadway Backwards, a show celebrating equality and community through gender-reversed interpretations of beloved show tunes. (more...)

Top Books in Honor of Queen Elizabeth's Sapphire Jubilee
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Sapphire Jubilee, marking the 65th anniversary of the monarch's accession to the throne. (more...)

Broadway's Leading Stage Managers Unite For Third Annual BROADWAY STAGE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

For the third year in a row, Broadway's best stage managers unite for the Broadway Stage Management Symposium (BSMS), an immersive two-day program that offers practical insights, instruction and career advice for college students and young stage managers alike.  (more...)

Ebony Repertory Theatre Presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT - Producing Artistic Director Wren T. Brown) announced today that ERT will present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls/Tony nomination). Written by Clarke Peters, this exuberant, international hit musical pays tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer Louis Jordan.  ERT's production, directed and choreographed by Keith Young (On the Town), with musical direction by Abdul Hamid Royal (FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE/original Broadway production) will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the musical's Broadway production. Performances will run May 18 - June 11, 2017 with an official press opening on Saturday, May 20 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 West Washington Boulevard) in Los Angeles, 90016. (more...)

Celebrate Valentine's Day in West Michigan with Ballet, Wine, Chocolate and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Don't forget, Valentine's Day is fast approaching on Tuesday, February 14th! Couples around the world celebrate with chocolates, candies, dinners, and gifts, and West Michigan has more than enough to go around. Let our great state be the backdrop to your perfect Valentine's Day date! (more...)

Get Your Golden Ticket to Broadway's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY on Monday
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

The box office at Broadway's Lunt Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), opens Monday, February 6, at 10am (EST). The first 50 ticket buyers at the Lunt Fontanne box office will receive a copy of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Broadway tie-in edition by Roald Dahl. (more...)

Mandy Gonzalez, The Tom Kitt Band, and More Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with IN TRANSIT's Nicholas Ward
by Broadway's Backbone - Feb 3, 2017

 IN TRANSIT's Nicholas Ward made his Broadway debut in his mid-30s in On the Town and now has a featured role in the a cappella musical, where he is the foundation of the chord. Growing up 'in the sticks' he never dreamed he'd be creating music on Broadway, but with some faith, a good foundation, and the trust that life will come full circle, he is on the rise. It's his appreciation of magical moments that makes him so congenial, but it's his knowledge that they must be shared that makes him so special.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Cast of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Prepare to Enter the World of Wonka
by Walter McBride - Feb 21, 2017

See brand-new shots of Willy Wonka and his band of lucky golden ticket holders from the latest cast photo call for 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. See Christian Borle and all the fresh young faces of the cast below! (more...)

Save The Date For The 18th Annual Mayor's Charity Ball: Into The Woods!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Now in its 18th year, The Mayor's Charity Ball has been set for Saturday, May 13, 2017. Guests can expect an unforgettable evening out under the stars - and into the woods! - complete with drinks, dinner and entertainment. Hosted by the Honorable Mayor Shari Cantor, the event's proceeds are gifted to two West Hartford non-profit organizations: Playhouse on Park and The Town That Cares. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 20, 2017
by - Feb 20, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 20 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Rag Lady Productions Tackles Aging with Humor in THE GEEZE & ME
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

What if there was a musical - simultaneously serious and hilarious, that explores the wild ride of life's later years, addressing the good, the bad and the ugly of aging? The Geeze & Me is a musical production about the aging process, upsides and down. (more...)

Utah Opera Announces 2017-2018 Season For 40th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth today announced Utah Opera's 2017-18 season in recognition of the company's 40th anniversary. (more...)

Nancy Opel, Emily Skinner & More Set for 92Y's Women's History Month Concert, 'BABY, DREAM YOUR DREAM'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists series will present BABY, DREAM YOUR DREAM: DOROTHY FIELDS AND THE WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK, featuring Deborah Grace Winer (Artistic Director, Writer & Host), John Oddo (Music Director) and Mark Waldrop (Stage Director), with Marilyn Maye, Kenita Miller, Nancy Opel, Margo Seibert and Emily Skinner on vocals. (more...)

Jennifer Damiano, Taylor Louderman, Jenna Ushkowitz and More to Sing Kelly Clarkson Hits at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The Broadway Loves series makes its return to Feinstein's/54 Below this April 3rd when over a dozen of Broadway's most distinctive voices will celebrate the original 'American Idol,' three-time grammy award winner Kelly Clarkson. (more...)

VIDEO: IN TRANSIT Sings the National Anthem at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

At last night's Westminster Kennel Dog Show, the cast of Broadway's IN TRANSIT sang the National Anthem, and BroadwayWorld has the video below! (more...)

Philly Pops Announces Next Season Lineup Including Sinatra, Star Wars, Elton John, Leonard Bernstein, Classic Rock, Broadway, and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

The Philly POPS announced its 2017/18 concert season today. Subscriptions for the new season go on sale at noon. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winning Legend LaChanze
by Theater People Podcast - Feb 13, 2017

On Monday, February 13th, Theater People podcast welcomes Tony-winner LaChanze. For the episode, LaChanze talks about how growing up in Connecticut afforded her the opportunity to make frequent trips into New York City where she saw such shows as the original CHICAGO and EVITA with Patti LuPone. (more...)

Uptown Players to Host BROADWAY OUR WAY '17 Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Uptown Players presents its 15th annual fundraiser Broadway Our Way '17, running March 2 - 5, 2017 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. (more...)

Anderson University Launches Musical Theatre Major
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Anderson University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance has launched a new musical theatre major. This faith-based institution will equip students with the tools necessary for a successful career, while creating a positive impact on the entertainment industry. With a small student-to-professor ratio, students work directly with faculty in courses such as entrepreneurship, film, music business, directing and creative writing. (more...)

Rehearsals Begin Today for BANDSTAND, Starring Laura Osnes and Corey Cott
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Rehearsals begin today for the brand new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton). The musical begins performances Friday, March 31 prior to an official opening night on Wednesday, April 26 at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street). Bandstand features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker. (more...)

Interview: Natascia Diaz of ONE HAND, ONE HEART: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN at NJPAC
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 12, 2017

On Saturday, February 18th at 7:30 pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), come celebrate Maestro Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. Broadwayworld.com had the opportunity to interview one of the show's performers, Natascia Diaz about her career and the upcoming show. (more...)

Christian Borle Speaks About Building His Own Willy Wonka
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2017

In an exclusive interview with ET, Christian Borle discussed the nascent rehearsal process for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, coming to Broadway in March. At this stage, Borle and director Jack O'Brien are working to find the proper balance between the story everyone knows and the story being brought to the stage. (more...)

Lauren Molina, Julia Murney, P.J. Griffith & More Sign on for Yale Rep's ASSASSINS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) continues its 50th Anniversary Season with a new production of ASSASSINS, book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by James Bundy, March 17-April 8, at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is March 23. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephanie J. Block and More Join Brandon Uranowitz in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Tony Award nominee Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris, national tour of Rent, Baby It's You!, Falsettos revival) is making his Feinstein's/54 Below solo debut - scroll down for photos from 'Brandon Uranowitz: The Songs of William Finn,' continuing through February 11! (more...)

Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre Travels to Boston with GOOD PEOPLE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

With his signature humorous glow, David Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America in 'Good People.' (more...)

The New York Pops Presents LIFE IS A CABARET: THE SONGS OF KANDER AND EBB Featuring Caissie Levy and Tony Yazbeck
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

On March 10, 2017 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 34th season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, by bringing to life the iconic partnership of Fred Ebb and John Kander, who celebrates his 90th birthday this year. (more...)

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry Presents THE BUSINESS PUPPETRY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

As part of the 2017 Spring Puppet Forum Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present a discussion with professionals in the puppetry field entitled The Business of Puppetry on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center. (more...)

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