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Freud Playhouse ( Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles, CA

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Nominated in 1972 for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and winning five of those coveted Awards, this hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale is based upon the life of Prince Pippin the Hunchback, the firstborn son of eighth century, Frankish king Charlemagne or Charles the Great, and invites audiences to join the fantastical journey of the rosy-cheeked prince famously looking for his ďcorner of the skyĒ. But his dad is a tyrannical bore, his step-mom is a Lady Macbeth in a mini skirt, and his half-brother Lewis is a twit. Returning home from school, Prince Pippin, sure of his superior qualities but lacking a purpose to which he can apply them, becomes a soldier for his father's army, but he gets upset by the killing and murders his father to stop the war. Finding he does not want to become the "puppet king" of discontented nobles in the Carolingian Empire, Pippin longs to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He is led by a mischievous Leading Player as he tries to find his place in life in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. The youth's violent journey to fulfillment sets Pippin's quest into a tradition of psychological darkness, bringing an unusually creepy seriousness to Pippin's temptations and sinister machinations to the Leading Player. In the end, he finds the simple pleasures and domestic contentment of love, home and family is something to be quietly achieved. A rock opera filled with sex, S&M, and amputated limbs, this perky musical is meant to be at times unnerving and dark. Pippin is full of light pop music, magic, and soft-shoe dances, but it has one of the darkest and most complex themes in musical theater history.

Directed by John Thompson, Music Direction by Jeannie Cross.


See the First Performance of TICK, TICK... BOOM! Off-Broadway for 20 Bucks
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Today Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein announced that tickets for the first performance of Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick…BOOM!  on Tuesday October 4th will be only $19.90 for all seats in honor of the year Tick, Tick…BOOM! was first workshopped Off-Off-Broadway (September 1990), as well as the year the musical takes place.  (more...)

Hollis Resnik and Christine Mild to Star in Porchlight Music Theatre's THE RINK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre (PMT) and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the initial production in the fourth season of Chicago's 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits The Rink. (more...)

BROADWAY VILLAINS PARTY and More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

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. (more...)

Bainbridge Performing Arts Presents PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Steve Martin's absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. (more...)

Hollis Resnik and Christine Mild star in Porchlight Music Theatre's THE RINK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

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GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER to Welcome Original Broadway Stars on Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder announced today that three members from the original Broadway Production - Kristen Hahn, Jennifer Smith, and Catherine Walker - will join the cast of the First National Tour. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Frank Rich's GHOST LIGHT, Blue Gobo
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 8, 2016

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Justin Vivian Bond, Darren Criss, Molly Ringwald and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly lineup of performances from September 7 - 18, 2016. Scroll down, and visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

WORKING to Launch Seattle Musical Theatre's 39th Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Seattle Musical Theatre, Seattle's longest-running musical theatre company, is launching its 39th season this Friday with the classic musical, WORKING. (more...)

Tickets on Sale This Sunday for FINDING NEVERLAND in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce that individual tickets for FINDING NEVERLAND go on sale to the public on Sunday, September 11. (more...)

BWW Review: Le Petit Theatre Celebrates 100 Years with First Show of the Season PIPPIN
by Heidi Scheuermann - Sep 28, 2016

This past weekend was the second in a three week run of Stephen Schwartz's Pippin at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre.  The show opened their 2016-2017 season in Le Petit's 100th year, which is something to celebrate in and of itself.  New Orleans is full of history and Le Petit has certainly been a wonderful part of that history for a whole century!  So before I go any further… congratulations to the Le Petit family, and happy 100th birthday! (more...)

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY to Return with New Victims and Laughs at Pepperdine
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Forbidden Broadway returns to the stage with new victims and new laughs at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7 p.m. (more...)

BIBI FERREIRA AWARDS Celebrates The Brazilian Musical Theater For The 4th Year
by Claudio Erlichman - Sep 27, 2016

Gala Night celebrated the best musicals in Sao Paulo between July 2015 and June 2016. (more...)


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Photo Flash: Kim Maresca Welcomes Betty Buckley to 'IT'S MY PARTY' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

By popular demand, Kim Maresca returned to Feinstein's/54 Below on her birthday last Wednesday evening, September 21st, with her dazzling new show IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL BELT IF I WANT TO! One of the highlights of the sold-out event was a special surprise appearance by Broadway legend Betty Buckley, who joined Kim in a thrilling duet of 'Corner of the Sky' from Pippin. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Broadway's Mercedes Herrero and Charlotte d'Amboise Set for #VTA2016 Conference
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Virginia Theatre Association will again host a Who's Who of Virginia's theatre community, including Broadway's Mercedes Herrero (University of Virginia and Yale Drama, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Laramie Project); Charlotte d'Amboise (Pippin, Chicago, A Chorus LIne) Theatre/Tech Visionary Natasha Tsakos, Google Live Event Strategist Jason Fahlstrom, and many others, when Virginia Theatre Association (VTA) returns to Norfolk for its #VTA2016: Creative Acts Annual Conference, October 26-30, 2016, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel. (more...)

CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED Cast Recording Now on Spotify; Concerts Set for NYC, LA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced that Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined from KYLE RIABKO is now available from Spotify and other streaming services. (more...)

Broadway's A BRONX TALE Finds Full Company, Kicks Off Rehearsals
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Rehearsals began today for the Broadway premiere of A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo. The show is produced by Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, and Tribeca Productions. (more...)

Photo Flash: Switt, Gardner, McDaniel & more at Sally Mayes & Jeff Harnar in DOUBLE TAKE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2016

 Tony nominee SALLY MAYES ('She Loves Me') and award-winning JEFF HARNAR (Broadway World Cabaret Award) continue their run of DOUBLE TAKE at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.  At Wednesday night's performance the audience included LORETTA SWITT ('Mash'), RITA GARDNER ('The Fantasticks'), JOHN McDANIEL ('The Rosie O'Donnel Show'), MICHAEL ALDEN ('Pippin'), REX REED ('Myra Breckinridge'),and more.  The September performances conclude on Wednesday September 28 at 7pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre followed by a special Cabaret Convention week matinee on Thursday October 20th at 2pm.  Music Director Alex Rybeck ('Grand Hotel') leads the trio featuring Bob Renino (bass) and Dan Gross (drums).  'A  swell evening of prime, solidly-anchored entertainment.  SALLY MAYES and JEFF HARNAR have created a show full of charm, schtick and creativity, not to mention a fresh song list and well-honed singing chops.  Their distinctive, individual voices work quite well as one.  In addition the show has been cannily crafted to make the most of what each can bring to the act.'  Marilyn Lester THEATRE PIZZAZZ (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Actor Ed Dixon
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 25, 2016

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Work Underway for New Musical Film from Josh Gad, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz & More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2016

Tony Award nominee Josh Gad took to Facebook today to tease a new musical film he is developing along with an all-star creative team! (more...)

BWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT at The Grand 1894 Opera House
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Sep 23, 2016

There's not much one can say when you look at the resume of Ben Vereen. I have to admit I thought the email to interview Mr. Vereen was a hoax or a vile trick someone was playing on me. Now the reason I say this is because he is one of my idols and reasons I studied musical theatre in college and left to go to NYC to work professionally. We are familiar with his work with Bob Fosse as the Leading Player in Pippin and as Judas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR but Mr. Vereen still continues to give us the ole razzle dazzle on the stage and on the screen. He's starred in 9 Broadway shows, has received the coveted Antionette Perry Award (The Tony), a Drama Desk Award, and a Prism Award. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, starred in 30 plus movies and television shows, and has a huge crossover career. Ben Vereen hit the scene in Martha Graham's PRODIGAL SON in 1965 and he's been working ever since. I had the esteemed pleasure to sit and talk about his illustrious career and the current projects he's working on currently. (more...)

BWW Interview: Josh Tolle 'takes what he got' in KINKY BOOTS
by Dylan Shaffer - Sep 23, 2016

Not every actor on tour can say that they are fortunate enough to wake up each morning and go to sleep each night in their own bed. For Josh Tolle, however, the luxury of his home just north of Pittsburgh has been a welcomed rest, if only for one tour stop. (more...)

BWW Review: Ben Vereen's STEPPIN' OUT at the Hillman Center Provides Magical and Mesmerizing Experience
by Mike Mekus - Sep 22, 2016

Ben Vereen takes audience members through a poignant and mesmerizing night, reliving his fondest performance memories, emotional triumphs and tribulations from his career, homage to his idols, and all of his best Broadway highlights. (more...)

J. Elaine Marcos to Host Broadway Artists Connection's Next 'Open Mic & Mingle'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

The Broadway Artists Connection (BAC) presents Broadway Artists & Friends Open Mic & Mingle hosted by eight time Broadway Veteran & comedian J. Elaine Marcos on Monday, October 10th at 7pm (doors open at 6pm). The evening will be kicked off by a stellar line up of Broadway pros (listed below) followed by selected artists at the legendary Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St. (more...)

FAME THE MUSICAL and PIPPIN Add Performances at the Van Wezel
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Due to popular demand The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has expanded its Broadway line-up by adding extra performances to both Pippin and Fame The Musical. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Sondheim's Screenplay & MacFarlane's TV Show
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 21, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Stephen & Seth! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Westport Country Playhouse's 2016 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Actor Richard Thomas will host Westport Country Playhouse's 2016 Gala "The Night They Invented Champagne: Celebrating Lerner & Loewe" on Monday evening, September 19.  Performing the music of the legendary Broadway composing team will be artists Britney Coleman, Kristen Hahn, Robert Sean Leonard, Stephen Mark Lukas, Howard McGillin, Ciara Renee, Mary Testa, Richard Troxell, Max von Essen, Nicholas Ward, and members of the New York Theatre Ballet.  Gala Director is Chase Brock, with musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Curtain Call and Press Night Celebration Of McCoy-Rigby's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at La Mirada Theatre
by Lily Lim - Sep 20, 2016

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT opened the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale.  THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is running through Sunday, October 9, 2016 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.   BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the opening night celebration below! (more...)

BROADWAY SINGS BEYONCE Sets Cast for 11/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

The BROADWAY SINGS concert series will present its 13th installment with Broadway Sings Beyonce at the Highline Ballroom on November 7th at 8pm. A cast of 15 Broadway stars from shows such as Hamilton, Spring Awakening, and Waitress will sing completely new arrangements of the pop queen's greatest hits (including selections from her recent Lemonade album), accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra playing original orchestrations. Previous artists honored in the series include Adele, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Sara Bareilles, Billy Joel, and Whitney Houston. (more...)

Broadway's Rachel Schur, David Rowen, and Melanie Brook Cover James Bay's 'Let It Go'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

New music YouTube channel, davidrowen/creative, has released its first music video, covering the radio hit, 'Let It Go,' by James Bay. (more...)


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Tony Winner Ben Vereen Joins Cast of FOX Comedy MAKING HISTORY
by TV News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Ben Vereen has signed on for a recurring role opposite Yassir Lester and Adam Pally in the new FOX comedy series MAKING HISTORY. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Stage, Screen Star and 'Broadway Stories' Host Todd Buonopane
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 18, 2016

Get out your calendars as Rob, Kevin and special guest Todd Buonopane, host of the amazing podcast Broadway Stories, sit down and discuss all the shows slated to open in the 2016-2017 Season. From plays to musicals, revivals to special events, these three folks cover it all! Plus: Donny & Marie's summer stock appearances, the brilliance of The Great Muppet Caper, and Alton Brown's dinner theatre experience!  (more...)

Photo Flash: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at La Mirada
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2016

Check out photos from the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale.  (more...)

BWW Feature: Slow Burn Theatre Company's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Trevor Durham - Sep 17, 2016

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Breaking: Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! Announces Cast, Creative and Design Teams!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Producer Scott Rudin announced the much anticipated Broadway revival of Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece Hello, Dolly!, starring legendary performer Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017.  Tickets go on sale, via Telecharge.com, tomorrow, Saturday, September 17, at 10:00 A.M. (EST). (more...)

Jennifer Ashley Tepper's THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOL. 3 to Benefit Broadway Green Alliance
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Dress Circle Publishing has announced that their upcoming release THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOLUME 3, the latest in a series by acclaimed historian and producer Jennifer Ashley Tepper - will donate a portion of their proceeds to The Broadway Green Alliance. (more...)

St. John of God Foundation Presents A NIGHT ON THE SWAN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

The St. John of God Foundation is proud to present 'A Night on the Swan' - a fundraising event to raise essential funds for ovarian cancer research at the picturesque setting of Acqua Viva on The Swan on19 October 2016. (more...)

MATILDA's Mia Sinclair Jenness to Star in KOTA's THE HUNDRED DRESSES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

KOTA Productions presents the New York City premiere of Mary Hall Surface's adaptation of The Hundred Dresses, Oct 13-23, 2016 at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. (more...)

HIMSELF AND NORA Live Off-Broadway Cast Recording Out This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced release of HIMSELF AND NORA - the 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Live from the Minetta Lane Theatre, NYC - a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. (more...)

WICKED to Hold Day-Of Ticket Lottery at PPAC This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) with performances from Wednesday, September 21 - Saturday, October 8, 2016. In Providence, WICKED is part of the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series. (more...)

Alan Cumming, Betty Buckley and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances for September 14-25, 2016. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

Dramatists Guild Fund to Go Presidential for 2016 GREAT WRITERS THANK THEIR LUCKY STARS Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Dramatists Guild Fund President Andrew Lippa and Executive Director Rachel Routh announced today this year's gala theme will be Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars: The Presidential Edition taking place the evening before Election Day on November 7, 2016 (6:30 PM). (more...)

Karen Akers, Karen Ziemba and More to Lead SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS Benefit for The Ziegfeld Society
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The Ziegfeld Society of New York City launches its Eighth Season on September 17, 2016 with Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin, written and hosted by David Kaufman, based on his new bestselling biography of the same name. (more...)

Kevin Kern and Christine Dwyer to Think Happy Thoughts in FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Finding Neverland, the enchanting Broadway musical set to soar on tour this fall, began rehearsals under the visionary direction of Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. The cast is led by Kevin Kern (Bridges of Madison County, Wicked) and Christine Dwyer (Wicked, Rent), with Tom Hewitt (Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago), Joanna Glushak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, After the Night and the Music), Jordan Cole, Finn Faulconer, Ben Krieger, Jacob Morrell, Gregory Trechel, and Mitchell Wray. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Inside LYRICS FOR LIFE with Mackenzie Ziegler, Casey Simpson & More!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 12, 2016

Mackenzie Ziegler ('Dance Moms') and Casey Simpson (Nickelodeon's 'Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn') hosted Lyrics For Life on Sat, Sept 10, 2016 at Symphony Space. Held on World Suicide Prevention Day, the event aims to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health. Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the nation's largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winner Scott Wise
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 11, 2016

Fosse. Bennett. Robbins. Scott Wise got to know and work with them all. His incredible dancing skills were featured in 13 Broadway musicals including A CHORUS LINE, CATS, CARRIE, and JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY, for which he won the Tony Award. (more...)

Melbourne Arts Center Presents GODSPELL REIMAGINED; Colleen Hewitt to Guest Star
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2016

Arts Centre Melbourne is delighted to announce that the star of the original Australian production, Colleen Hewett, will be the special guest star of the Melbourne season of Godspell Reimagined.  (more...)

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