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Photo Flash: First Look at Jordan Tyson, Jelani Aladdin and More in New Musical SWEETEE Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Sweetee, a new American musical, a strictly limited engagement at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues) opens tomorrow, June 1 and runs until June 18. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: Savor Skylight's Exceptional SWEENEY TODD
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - May 31, 2017

Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street arrived at the Skylight Music Theatre last weekend to dazzle audiences with the American songwriter's brilliant, exquisite lyrics and melodies complimented by Hugh Wheeler's book.  A story resurrected from an old three penny publication titled 'String of Pearls' adapted from a 1976 Christopher Bond play retells dark, almost demonic yet ultimately redemptive tale revealing the horrors of revenge and the power of love through this award winning musical with songs such as "Johanna," "Pretty Women," and "By the Sea."  (more...)

Virago Theatre Stages World Premiere of THE EDGE OF THE WORLD at Potrero Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

At a desolate campground in Oregon, two desperate families are driven over the edge by greed, secrets, and desire.  (more...)

COME FROM AWAY and MATILDA Receive 14 Dora Award Nominations - See All The Nominees!
by Alan Henry - May 30, 2017

At a press conference held May 30 in the lobby of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 235 nominations for the 38th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which recognize excellence in the performing arts in Toronto. (more...)

Meghan Kennedy's NAPOLI, BROOKLYN Starts Tomorrow Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

A friendly reminder! Roundabout Theatre Company presents Roundabout Underground alumni playwright Meghan Kennedy's (Too Much, Too Much, Too Many) new play Napoli, Brooklyn, commissioned by Roundabout, directed by Gordon Edelstein, beginning preview performances tomorrow, June 9, 2017 and opening officially on June 27, 2017 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street). This is a limited engagement Off-Broadway through September 3, 2017. (more...)

Leapin' Lizards! Spring Lake Theatre to Stage ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Leapin' Lizards! The Spring Lake Theatre Company opens the 2017-18 season with the beloved musical Annie, with 10 performances from July 6 - 23 at the historic Spring Lake Theatre in Spring Lake, NJ. (more...)

BWW Review: ANNIE, Piccadilly Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Jun 8, 2017

Has there ever been a time when we're more in need of irrepressible optimism? The orphan who convinces everyone around her that 'the sun will come out tomorrow' has certainly hit the West End at an opportune moment, and there's plenty of enjoyment to be had from a show that is, nevertheless, far more throwback than vital piece for 2017. (more...)

Spring Lake Theatre Presents ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Leapin' Lizards! The Spring Lake Theatre Company opens the 2017-18 season with the beloved musical Annie, with 10 performances from July 6 - 23 at the historic Spring Lake Theatre in Spring Lake, NJ. (more...)

MARVIN'S ROOM, Starring Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor and Celia Weston, Starts Tomorrow at Roundabout
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

A friendly reminder! Roundabout Theatre Company will present Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor and Celia Weston in the Broadway premiere of Marvin's Room, by Scott McPherson, Obie Award-winning director Anne Kauffman, beginning preview performances tomorrow, June 8, 2017 and officially opening on June 29, 2017. (more...)

Michael Chernus, Krysta Rodriguez and More to Star in Vassar Powerhouse's 2017 Season; Princess Diana Musical Joins Lineup!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced initial casting for the first mainstage and first musical workshop productions of the 33rd Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, NY, running from June 23 through July 30, 2017: (more...)

Orphan Train Leads to Foster Care, Jimmy Wayne Keynotes Milestone Event
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Many wouldn't associate the words 'bucket list item' with a town boasting a population of 5,395 (according to the 2010 census), but after learning it was the home of the National Orphan Train Museum, it became just that for Jimmy Wayne.  (more...)

Review Roundup: ANNIE Returns to the West End - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Jun 6, 2017

Last night, Nikolai Foster's revival of Annie opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End. The production stars Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan, Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines as Rooster and Djalenga Scott as Lily. (more...)

Photo Flash: Miranda Hart-Starring ANNIE Opens In The West End
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Last night, Nikolai Foster's revival of ANNIE opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End. The production stars Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan, Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines as Rooster and Djalenga Scott as Lily. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatre East Honors Richard Mawe with 2017 Laurette Taylor Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

Theatre East honored Richard Mawe with the 2017 Laurette Taylor Award on Monday, May 15th in New York City. Richard Mawe, an ardent supporter of the arts, served for decades as a teacher and Board President at HB Studio where he studied with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen. Scroll down for photos from the celebration! (more...)

A Cavalcade of Cutting Edge Comedies Kick-Off July at Ptown's Art House
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

Within the span of just the first two weeks of July, four cutting edge comedies will open at producer Mark Cortale's renowned Art House in Provincetown, hot on the heels of the just-opened new hit Varla Jean Merman show Bad Heroine.  First, Jinkx Monsoon and Peaches Christ bring their smash hit Return to Grey Gardens back to Ptown after a two-year hiatus for a summer long run from July 5 - September 7. Next, Jinkx Monsoon debuts her own new show The Ginger Snapped with cohort Major Scales at the piano, from July 8 through September 10. The next evening, super-duo Kitten n' Lou make their Art House debut with their new comedy "Holier Than Thou" - fresh from a critically-acclaimed, sold out smash run at Fringe World in Australia and Joe's Pub in NYC, from July 9 - 24. Following that, Varla Jean, Ryan Landry & Peaches Christ debut their new comedy 5 to 9 - a hilarious parody of the hit movie 9 to 5, set in our even MORE absurd Oval Office, running from July 14 - September 9.  For Tickets and information, visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006. (more...)

Richard Schiff, Asia Kate Dillon, Molly Ranson and More Sign on for Vassar & New York Stage and Film's 2017 Powerhouse Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced the latest wave of casting for their highly anticipated 33rd Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, NY, which is currently running through July 30, 2017: (more...)

BWW Interview: Alysha Umphress of HOOD: THE ROBIN HOOD MUSICAL ADVENTURE at Dallas Theater Center
by Kyle Christopher West - Jun 29, 2017

With the challenges of putting a brand new musical on its feet, finding a moment where actress Alysha Umphress could steal away from rehearsal for this interview was a challenge of its own. And when we did connect, it was not without technical difficulties on my end, and a coffee spilling fiasco on her end as she prepared for her long day of rehearsal. Through it all, Alysha, who has appeared on Broadway in AMERICAN IDIOT, ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, BRING IT ON and ON THE TOWN (starring opposite DFW's Jay Armstrong Johnson), was upbeat, down-to-earth, excited to talk about her new big gig, and just as happy to humor me with stories from her early career. (more...)

BRIC presents PILOBOLUS as Part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is pleased to present a free performance by the world-renowned and ever-creative dance company, Pilobolus, on Thursday, July 6. The performance will take place at the Prospect Park Bandshell (9th St. & Prospect Park West), is free to the public (with a suggested $5 contribution at the gate) and begins at 8:00 P.M. (more...)

Roundabout's MARVIN'S ROOM Opens Tomorrow on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

A friendly reminder! Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Broadway premiere of Marvin's Room by Scott McPherson directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman, opening officially tomorrow, June 29, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: Extra! NEWSIES Scoops Up Applause at the Fulton
by Marakay Rogers - Jun 27, 2017

The Disney classic soars on the Fulton stage with fabulous choreography by director Marc Robin (more...)

Daniel Reece, Michael Boatman, Kevin Cahoon, Meredith Garretson, Paul Whitty and More Line Up for Ken Ludwig's ROBIN HOOD! at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of an exciting Globe-commissioned world premiere comedy, Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! (more...)

Roundabout's NAPOLI, BROOKLYN Officially Bows Tomorrow Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

A friendly reminder! Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Roundabout Underground alumni playwright Meghan Kennedy's (Too Much, Too Much, Too Many) new play Napoli, Brooklyn, commissioned by Roundabout, directed by Gordon Edelstein, opens officially tomorrow, June 27, 2017 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street). (more...)

BWW REVIEW: JATINGA Exposes The Stories That The Rest Of The World Would Rather Ignore
by Jade Kops - Jun 25, 2017

Purva Naresh's new play, JATINGA, shares a heartbreaking side of India that the rest of the world has tried to ignore. In its world premiere, this 80 minute play delves into the stories of India's forgotten girls, based on Naresh's personal experience with girls she met in the Kamathipura region of India. (more...)

Adam Chanler-Berat, Lindsay Mendez, Lily Rabe and More Join Vassar Powerhouse's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced the next wave of casting for their highly anticipated 33rd Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, NY, which starts this Friday, June 23 and runs through July 30, 2017. (more...)

Roundabout Theatre Company's A ROUNDABOUT ROAD TO BROADWAY Wins Top Honors from Four Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) has just announced the 22-minute film A Roundabout Road to Broadway, directed by Andrew Lawton, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the not-for-profit theatre company has won top honors from the AVA Digital Awards, the Telly Awards, the Hermes Creative Awards and the Creative International Awards. (more...)

VIDEO: ANNIE Leaps to the Stage at Flat Rock Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Leapin' lizards! For the very first time, America's favorite red headed orphan will be gracing the stage at Flat Rock Playhouse in the Broadway hit sensation, Annie. Do not miss what is considered one of the best family musicals ever written, running June 9th through July 2nd on the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage located in the Village of Flat Rock. (more...)

Photo Flash: HANDBAGGED Opens at Theatre by the Lake
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Two icons, one destined to rule, the other to lead. But when the gloves came off, who had the upper hand? Moira Buffini's sensational comedy looks behind the closed doors of the palace to speculate what really happened when two of the most powerful women in the world clashed. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)


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Moonlight Stage Productions Announces 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

For its 38th Summer Season in 2018, Moonlight Stage Productions will produce four shows that are new to its stage at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. (more...)

Alhambra's ANNIE to Star Local Girl in Lead Role
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Queen's Harbour resident Carly Juliana Barnes is cast as the lead in the Alhambra Theatre & Dining's upcoming production of Annie, set to open June 28, 2017.  Selected from an open casting call of more than 110 girls, Carly is one of two talented young leading ladies that perform as Annie.  She is joined by Jena Simmons of Jupiter (FL).  A much-celebrated Broadway musical, Annie continues the Alhambra's 50th Anniversary Season. For the fourth consecutive season the Alhambra's summer family show is sponsored by Snyder Heating & Air Conditioning of Jacksonville (FL). (more...)

VIDEO: Former Annies Reunite for 40th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

She's the little redhead everyone knows, and she has launched the career of more than a few actresses. CBS Sunday Morning got an inside look at the reunion planned by former Annies on the 40th anniversary of the orphan's debut. Check out the video featuring Kristen Vigard, Andrea McArdle, Shelley Bruce, Sarah Jessica Parker, Allison Smith and Alyson Kirk. (more...)

First Look: ANNIE Plays Flat Rock for First Time Ever
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2017

Leapin' lizards! For the very first time, America's favorite red headed orphan will be gracing the stage at Flat Rock Playhouse in the Broadway hit sensation, Annie. Do not miss what is considered one of the best family musicals ever written, running June 9th through July 2nd on the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage located in the Village of Flat Rock. (more...)

2nd Annual Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company and Columbia University School of the Arts have announced the winners of Columbia@Roundabout's 2017 New Play Reading Series. (more...)

Photo Flash: We Think She's Gonna Like It Here! First Look at ANNIE in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Miranda Hart plays Miss Hannigan with Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines as Rooster and Djalenga Scott as Lily in the West End production of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre. The title role of Annie is shared by Madeleine Haynes, 13-years old from Hadley Wood, Barnet, Lola Moxom, 12-years old from Rochester, Kent and Ruby Stokes, 12-years old from Hampshire. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Madonna to Officially Open The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery in Malawi
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Madonna today announced the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will officially open on Tuesday, July 11th at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): ANNIE's Goodwin, Verbeten and Orozco
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 7, 2017

Opening tonight at the Arts Center of Cannon County in Woodbury is the newest iteration of the beloved musical Annie, directed by Matthew Hayes Hunter and featuring an all-star cast of actors bringing the show to life. Featuring songs that have become musical theater standards since the show's premiere on Broadway in 1977 - including "Tomorrow," "Maybe," "Easy Street" and "Hard Knock Life." (more...)

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Flying to Penny Seats' Summer Home at West Park
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

The Penny Seats Theatre Company has announced that Peter and the Starcatcher, the second show of its seventh summer season, will open on Thursday, July 13th. The story is a clever and imaginative prequel to J.M. Barrie's classic tale, Peter Pan.  (more...)

Fall 2017 McDaniel College Theatre Performances Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

McDaniel College offers a variety of art, music, theatre, literary, film and other events during the fall of 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Inspired by Little Orphan Annie, the 1924 comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie is a heart-warming story, filled with adventure and laughs that defines what family truly means. One of the longest running shows in Broadway history and the winner of seven Tony Awards, Annie, returns to the WBT stage from June 29 toSeptember 10, 2017! (more...)

BWW Review: Alhambra Dinner Theatre presents ANNIE
by Heather Vollman - Jul 5, 2017

ANNIE opened at The Alhambra Dinner Theatre last week to a house full of excited young ladies, local theatre lovers, and even those who aren't as familiar with the Jacksonville theatre scene, as the timelessly successful musical tends to draw large crowds who know every song from childhood. With iconic characters, familiar scenery, and a Tony Award winning score, a fellow directing friend from my past once said, "It's really hard to mess this one up," and I tend to agree. There are several elements of this production that left me disappointed, however, the overarching themes and values, along with several outstanding performances, are endearing and inspiring. (more...)

NEWSIES Hits PCPA's Stages In Santa Maria And Solvang!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2017

Coming to the Marian Theatre July 19 - 22 and Solvang Festival Theater July 27 - August 20 is PCPA's production of Disney's Newsies The Musical - the Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon. The show is based on the historical newsboy strike of 1899 that shook the ivory towers of William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. It leaps onto the stage with soul stirring music, amazing heart, and stunning choreography. (more...)

World Premiere of POOR BOYS' CHORUS Headlines Broadway Bound Theatre Festival 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Poor Boys' Chorus, a new play written by Portland-based playwright Brian Kettler, is making its WORLD PREMIERE as part of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival's inaugural season in New York City! (more...)

Brandon Gill to Star in TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET This Fall at Roundabout
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the first new play of Roundabout Underground's expanded 2017-2018 season, the world-premiere production of Too Heavy For Your Pocket by Jireh Breon Holder, directed by Margot Bordelon, and featuring Eboni Flowers (Evelyn Brandon), Hampton Fluker (Tony Carter), Brandon Gill (Bowzie Brandon) and Nneka Okafor (Sally-Mae Carter). (more...)

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER to Take Flight at The Allenberry Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

'When I was a boy, I wished I could fly.' With these words, Peter and the Starcatcher, a grownup's prequel to Peter Pan, sets sail on a magical voyage to answer the century old-question: How did a boy named Peter become the boy who wouldn't grow up? (more...)

Judy Paster Announces New Gaither Produced EP 'Rubies, Rocks & Stones' Coming 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Judy Paster, a three time GMA (Gospel Music Association) nominee and winner of the 2015 Jazz/Blues Song of the Year announced today she will be releasing a new Americana EP “Rubies, Rocks & Stones” produced by the Southern Gospel Legends the Gaithers on Friday, July 28th via iTunes. Paster will pre-release a new single from the EP, “Wings of Gold” a week prior on July 21st. (more...)

Alice Ripley, Daisy Eagan and More to Share SMALL TOWN CONFESSIONS at Broadway Bound Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Small Town Confessions, a new play by Phil Geoffrey Bond, will be seen as part of the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival this August for three performances only. (more...)

Dark Comedy About Nebraska Killing to Take Roundabout Stage in BOBBIE CLEARLY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the New York premiere of Bobbie Clearly, by Alex Lubischer, directed by Will Davis. This is the second play in Roundabout Underground's expanded two-play season, following Too Heavy For Your Pocket by Jireh Breon Holder this fall. (more...)

BWW Review: ANNIE 'Shines' at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by Kathryn Kitt - Jul 11, 2017

Girls and women of all ages (including this writer) filled the seats at Westchester Broadway Theatre's current production of Annie, one of the longest running shows in Broadway History. (more...)

SUMMER ON THE ROCK at Flat Rock Playhouse - Week 7
by Guest Blogger: Resa Mishina - Jul 10, 2017

Closing of Annie and Opening of The Little Mermaid! (more...)

Photo Flash: THE RAINMAKER, An American Classic, Opens at Gloucester Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with N. Richard Nash's moving American classic The Rainmaker from July 14 through August 5 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Set in the time of a paralyzing drought in Depression-era America, The Rainmaker tells the story of a pivotal hot summer day in the life of spinsterish Lizzie Curry, whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her marriage prospects as they are about their dying cattle. Enter Starbuck, the consummate con man, who promises to solve all their problems, for a fee. Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh, The Rainmaker cast features Brian Homer as Starbuck; Jessica Bates as Lizzie Curry; David DeBeck as H.C. Curry, the patriarch of the Curry family; Joe Short and Sean McCoy as the Curry brothers; Dave Rich as File and longtime Gordon College Professor of Theater Arts Norm Jones as Sheriff Thomas. N. Richard Nash's most celebrated play, The Rainmaker, appeared in all three mediums; on Broadway in 1954, as a motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn in 1956, and as a television production in 1982. A musical version of The Rainmaker, entitled 110 Degrees in the Shade, debuted on Broadway in 1963. (more...)

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