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Based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, 5/31- LES MISERABLES Gets Crafty, BULLETS Takes a Field Trip, and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 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 ROCKY, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, 50 SHADES!, ROCK OF AGES, National Tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and more! (more...)

Dallyn Vail Bayles Stars in THE WEAVER OF RAVELOE at OBERON, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

The world premiere of THE WEAVER OF RAVELOE, a new musical by Erica Glenn and Melissa Leilani Larson based on the classic novel Silas Marner by George Eliot, opens at the OBERON in Boston tonight, May 29, 2014. (more...)

BIG OTIS JUMP UP BLUES Revue Plays 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents Otis Sallid's Big Otis Jump Up Blues Revue, for one night only tonight, May 29th at 9:30pm. The show features the music of Big Joe Turner, Julia Lee, Duke Ellington, Joe Liggins, La Vern Baker and Nellie Lutcher. It is steeped in the tradition of speakeasy shows that became popular during the rise of the Harlem Renaissance, performed in after-hours joints all across the Midwest and East Coast. (more...)

Photo Flash: William Inge's Grand Nephew Visits Peccadillo's A LOSS OF ROSES
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Saturday night, May 25th, the sold-out audience at the first NY revival of William Inge's A LOSS OF ROSES included Inge's grand-nephew, David Inge Kirchmaier. He enthusiastically greeted the entire cast onstage afterwards and posed for photos. Scroll down for a look! (more...)

ROCKY Original Cast Album Released Today, 5/27
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Universal Music Enterprises, Stage Entertainment USA, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sylvester Stallone announced today the forthcoming release of the new original Broadway cast recording of ROCKY, on May 27th, 2014 (UMe). ROCKY has an original score by the Tony® Award-winning team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once On This Island), who are the album's producers; additionally the score incorporates the iconic songs 'Eye Of The Tiger' and 'Gonna Fly Now.' The musical, which opened Thursday, March 13th at the historic Winter Garden Theatre, stars Andy Karl as Rocky, Margo Seibert as Adrian (making her Broadway debut), Terence Archie as Apollo Creed and features a superb ensemble. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Richmond (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Baltimore (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Orleans - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

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Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 25
by - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 25, 2014. (more...)

CLO Cabaret Presents RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, Now thru 8/17
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

Pittsburgh CLO presents the rousing musical hit Ring of Fire, which will run today, May 22 through August 17 at the CLO Cabaret. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: VIOLET's Sutton Foster and ROCKY's Andy Karl Visit LARRY KING NOW
by Stage Tube - May 22, 2014

Tony nominees Sutton Foster and Andy Karl just visited LARRY KING NOW to talk about their award-garnering turns in Broadway's VIOLET and ROCKY. Watch the interviews below! (more...)

Meadow Brook Theatre Sets 2014-15 Season Featuring AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND & More
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Meadow Brook Theatre's 2014-2015 season promises to please with hilarious comedy, toe-tapping musical theatre and powerful drama. 'This is going to be an exciting season you won't want to miss.' said Cheryl Marshall, Managing Director. 'We've got a literary classic, a heartwarming comedy and a 'Nunsensical' musical, back by popular demand and starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka!' The 2014-2015 season features three Michigan Premieres and two Michigan Professional Premieres. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Denzel Washington Celebrates Talented Youth at BROADWAY JUNIOR!
by Jessica Gordon - May 20, 2014

Denzel Washington, currently starring in the acclaimed Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun, served as Host of the Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Student Share celebration while hundreds of students from middle and intermediate New York City Public Schools made their Broadway debut on stage at the Broadhurst Theatre yesterday, May 19th. (more...)

Photo Flash: Relatives of William Inge Visit Peccadillo's A LOSS OF ROSES
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

This past Sunday, May 18th, the sold out audience at the first NY revival of William Inge's A LOSS OF ROSES included Inge's nephew, James A. Mahan, as well as Mahan's children and grandchildren. They joined the cast onstage afterwards for a full family & company portrait. On behalf of the family, James Mahan's daughter Sandra wrote the following to the production the next day: 'A heartfelt thank you for having us! We so enjoyed the play and meeting the cast. Clearly everyone involved with this production put much heartfelt energy into it. Your theater has such a very warm and inviting feel which we embraced!' (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 5/18/2014
by BWW - May 18, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/18/2014 for Philadelphia (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 5/18/2014
by BWW - May 18, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/18/2014 for Dallas (more...)

ROCKY's Christopher Barreca Wins Tony for Best Scenic Design of Musical
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2014

Christopher Barreca won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for ROCKY. This is Christopher Barreca's first Tony nomination. His past scenic design work on Broadway includes Search and Destroy, Marie Christine, and The Violet Hour. (more...)

Idina Menzel Shares Selfies & Tweets From Tony Awards Rehearsal
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 8, 2014

Broadway/Hollywood notable and Tony Award winner Idina Menzel is preparing to perform a song from her new Broadway musical IF/THEN on tonight's Tony Awards and has taken to social media to share some behind the scenes shots of rehearsal. (more...)

Moonlight Stage Productions Opens Summer Season with MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, 6/11 - 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

Moonlight Stage Productions and Artistic Director Steven Glaudini launch the 34th summer season with the hilarious Broadway musical Monty Python's SPAMALOT, presented for the first time at Moonlight, with performances from June 11 to 28 (Wednesday through Sundays). Single tickets are priced $15 to $52 and include price levels for student rush, military, senior, and family discounts. (more...)

A LOSS OF ROSES to Close Off-Broadway This Saturday
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

A LOSS OF ROSES is concluding its limited Off-Broadway engagement tomorrow evening, June 7th at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street (between Ninth & Tenth Ave.) Presented by The Peccadillo Theater Company, in association with La Femme Theatre Productions, the first NY revival of William Inge's A LOSS OF ROSES opened May 12th, 2014. (more...)

Flat Rock Playhouse to Present MY FAIR LADY, 6/12-7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

The Flat Rock Playhouse presents Lerner and Loewe's classic musical, My Fair Lady from June 12 through July 13 on the Clyde and Nina Allen Mainstage. Sponsored by Tryon Estates and Ace Hardware, My Fair Lady is part of the 'Season of Laughter and Love' presented by the Cliffs Communities, and considered to be the standard by which all other musicals are measured. (more...)

Life Is a Cabaret at Cain Park, June 19-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2014

June is bustin' out all over with a series of four special cabaret concerts taking place in the intimate Alma Theater nestled in the heart of Cain Park. The concert dates for the series are June 19, 21, 26 and 28. All Cabaret Series concerts begin at 7:00 PM, and are made possible with support from WCPN 90.3 FM. (more...)

Playwrights Theatre Presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, 7/31-8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre present Once On This Island, A Musical, Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Music by Stephen Flaherty (based Upon The Novel "My Love, My Love" By Rosa Guy). (more...)

Enter To Win Idina Menzel-Signed IF/THEN Original Broadway Cast Recording
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 30, 2014

The original Broadway cast recording for new musical IF/THEN, starring Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, is now available to order and a copy of the cast album signed by the accompliahsed cast of the show is now available to win via a new competition according to a new announcement. (more...)

Kristolyn Lloyd & Dave Thomas Brown to Join Cast of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, 6/9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

The producers of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, the new musical stage adaptation of Daniel Waters' iconic 1989 dark comedy film, welcome Dave Thomas Brown as JD and Kristolyn Lloyd as Heather Duke to the "in-crowd" on Monday, June 9, 2014. (more...)

Fountain Hills Theater Announces 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Fountain Hills Theater is proud to present its 2014-15 seasons for its three venues, Mainstage, Mainstage Too! and Youth Theater. For additional information call Patty Torrilhon at 480-837-9661 or email patty@fhtaz.org. (more...)

West Fargo Summer Arts Intensive Musical Theatre Camp to Present ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR., 7/1-2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

West Fargo Summer Arts Intensive Musical Theatre Camp, Formerly Moorhead Horizon Middle School Musical Theatre will present "Once On This Island, Jr" on July 1st at 7:00 pm and 2nd at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at West Fargo High School Theatre, 801 9th Street East, West Fargo, ND. Over 50 middle school aged students from Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo are participating in this camp, which started June 10. (more...)

Idina Menzel Showcased In Eye-Grabbing New IF/THEN Advertisement
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 25, 2014

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel is featured prominently in a new attention-grabbing Manhattan advertisement for new Broadway musical IF/THEN. (more...)

Dora Awards 2014: A List Of All The Winners!
by Alan Henry - Jun 24, 2014

It was an incredible night for Toronto theatre when our community joined together to celebrate another year of performing arts in Toronto on June 23rd at the WestJet Stage at the Harbourfront Centre. For the 2013-2014 season, 143 producing companies (up 41 from last season's 102) registered eligible productions. A total of 48 Dora Awards, plus the Silver Ticket Award and the Audience Choice Award, were given out in a glittering ceremony hosted by Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, founding Co-Artistic Directors of the three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning The National Theatre of the World. (more...)

BWW Recaps: The 2014 Dora Awards
by Alan Henry - Jun 24, 2014

The 35th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the 2013/2014 season were handed out in a star-studded ceremony in Toronto on the evening of Monday, June 23 at Harbourfront Centre's WestJet Stage, hosted by the hilarious Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, Second City alumni and founding members of the National Theatre of the World. (more...)

DESSA ROSE to Make European Premiere at Trafalgar Studios, July 29-Aug 30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

This July, the European premiere of the uniquely stirring musical drama Dessa Rose is coming to London's West End. Dessa Rose is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical and Rocky The Musical) who have won Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards and been nominated for Grammys, Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. (more...)

Broadway's Kenita Miller and More to Star in PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL at NYMF, 7/23-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

The 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) presents Propaganda! The Musical a world premiere musical Book, Music, and Lyrics by Taylor Ferrera & Matt Webster. Nathan Brewer directs a cast of 10, including MaryJoanna Grisso (Nat. Tour: West Side Story), Nick Mason, Kenita Miller* (Bway: Xanadu, The Color Purple), Kenny Morris* (Bway: Hairspray, Les Miserables), Benjiman Dallas Redding (Nat. Tour: West Side Story), Shaun Repito (Nat. Tour: West Side Story), Dale Sampson*, Beth Cheryl Tarnow*, and Jillian Wallach (Nat. Tour: Legally Blonde). Propaganda! The Musical is being staged at PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street (bet. 9th & 10th Avenues) in NYC for five performances from Wednesday, July 23 through Sunday, July 27, 2014. (more...)

Idina Menzel & IF/THEN Original Broadway Cast Recording CD Signing Set For 6/12
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 2, 2014

The original Broadway cast recording for new musical IF/THEN, starring Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, is now available for pre-order and the cast will be signing copies of the albums on June 12 at the Madison Avenue Sony store in NYC according to a new announcement. (more...)

McNally, Ahrens & Flaherty's ANASTASIA Musical Gets Developmental Lab in NYC, August 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

According to an Equity casting notice, a developmental lab of the new musical version of ANASTASIA -- featuring book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens -- will be held at Pearl Studios this August. Darko Tresnjak is set to direct the project from Stage Entertainment USA, along with musical director Tom Murray. (more...)

Dominique Fishback Presents SUBVERTED, 7/2-14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

'Subverted is an explosive solo show by Dominque Fishback, a talented and dynamic new voice on the theatre scene.' -Lynn Nottage (more...)

Playwrights' Center Sets 2014-15 McKnight Theater Artists
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

The Playwrights' Center has announced the 2014-15 recipients of its McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships: costume designer Mathew LeFebvre; actor, director and choreographer Austene Van and actor Sally Wingert. (more...)

IF/THEN Original Broadway Cast Recording, Featuring Idina Menzel, Breaks Top 20 on the Billboard 200
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for If/Then, starring Idina Menzel, is off to a dramatic start at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart. This is the highest debut for a cast album since RENT (also featuring Menzel), which peaked at the No. 19 slot in 1996. If/Then has sold 15,000 copies as of June 8, and the numbers are climbing. (more...)

Michael Cerveris and Laura Osnes to Join Randy Newman in Encores! FAUST: THE CONCERT, July 1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Michael Cerveris, Isaiah Johnson, Randy Newman, Laura Osnes, Vonda Shepard, Brooklyn Shuck, Tony Vincent and Broadway Inspirational Voices have been cast in Randy Newman's Faust: The Concert, which will be performed on July 1 as the second Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2014 season. Faust will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Marcos Santana. Jeanine Tesori is the Encores! Off-Center artistic director; Chris Fenwick is its music director. (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Part 2 - 5/31- MOTHERS AND SONS Sends PHANTOM a Message, LES MIZ Planks, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2014

BroadwayWorld collected as many of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics as we could to bring you Part 2 of our May 31st SIP round-up! Check out part one HERE. Yesterday's SIPs come from Broadway's LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MOTHERS AND SONS, WICKED, and more! (more...)

THE LION KING's Chondra Profit to Present A JAZZED UP WOMAN at the Met Room, 7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Chondra Profit makes her Metropolitan Room debut, July 13, 2014 with A JAZZED UP WOMAN. Currently appearing as Sarabi in Disney's The Lion King on Broadway, Chondra Profit presents an evening of Jazz music including standards and not-so-standard, 'jazzed up' versions of top 40 hits ranging from My Funny Valentine to Beyonce's Love on Top. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of CST's SEUSSICAL
by Stage Tube - Jul 9, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) brings the humor and magic of Dr. Seuss to life onstage this summer for young audiences and their families in the Broadway musical comedy Seussical. Playful, energetic and full of whimsy, Seussical engages the imagination with clever lyrics and melodies, unforgettable characters and the colorful world of Dr. Seuss. Seussical is written by the Tony Award®-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, whose works include Ragtime, Once On This Island and the current Broadway production of Rocky, The Musical. Eric Idle of Monty Python and Spamalot fame co-conceived the musical. Directed by Scott Weinstein with musical direction by Michael Mahler, Seussical will be performed July 5 through August 17 in CST's Courtyard Theater. Every performance features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors for one-on-one conversations and photo opportunities. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, CST partners with the Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) to offer hands-on craft activities in CST's Lobby. Check out highlights below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CST's SEUSSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) brings the humor and magic of Dr. Seuss to life onstage this summer for young audiences and their families in the Broadway musical comedy Seussical. Playful, energetic and full of whimsy,Seussical engages the imagination with clever lyrics and melodies, unforgettable characters and the colorful world ofDr. Seuss. Seussical is written by the Tony Award®-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, whose works include Ragtime, Once On This Island and the current Broadway production of Rocky, The Musical. Eric Idle ofMonty Python and Spamalot fame co-conceived the musical. Directed by Scott Weinstein with musical direction byMichael Mahler, Seussical will be performed July 5 through August 17 in CST's Courtyard Theater. Every performance features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors for one-on-one conversations and photo opportunities. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, CST partners with the Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) to offer hands-on craft activities in CST's Lobby. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Michelle DeJean, Kevin Cooney, Michael Tapley & More to Lead TUTS' THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has announced the cast of The Best Little W...house In Texas, playing July 15 - 20 for TUTS' 47th consecutive year of offering free musical theatre at Miller Outdoor Theatre. (more...)

TUTS Announces Cast of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS - Michelle DeJean, Kevin Cooney and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is proud to announce the cast of The Best Little W…house In Texas, playing June 15 - 20 for TUTS' 47th consecutive year of offering free musical theatre at Miller Outdoor Theatre. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' AHRENS & FLAHERTY: NICE FIGHTING YOU (A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW) is Festive and Fun
by David Clarke - Jul 6, 2014

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have had an extensive career, composing music for the stage and screen over the last thirty years. As a team, they captured us with their enchanting work on Anastasia. On Broadway, people clamored for RAGTIME and SEUSSICAL. Now fans of Ahrens & Flaherty have a beautifully produced retrospective of their work so far with Broadway Records' release of the fascinating NICE FIGHTING YOU. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo and Cassidy Janson to Star in Ahrens & Flaherty's DESSA ROSE European Debut; Show Runs July 29-Aug 30 at Trafalgar Studios
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Cynthia Erivo (I Can't Sing!, The Color Purple) returns to the West End alongside Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q, Wicked, Candide) in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Dessa Rose, running at Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2), Tuesday 29th July - Saturday 30th August 2014. Press night is Thursday, 31st July, 7pm. (more...)

Lee Wilkof, Bobby Moreno and More Set for Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY and GRAND CONCOURSE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Playwrights Horizons has announced initial casting for its upcoming 2014/2015 Season. The announcement includes casting for the first two shows of the season: initial casting for BOOTYCANDY, the New York premiere of a new play written and directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara (In the Continuum, Antebellum, Insurrection: Holding History); and initial casting for GRAND CONCOURSE, the World Premiere of a new play by playwright and two-time Obie Award-winning actress Heidi Schreck (There Are No More Big Secrets, Creature), directed by Kip Fagan (The Revisionist, Asuncion). (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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