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First Look - Disney Shares New BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Featurette & International Poster
by Movies News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

In an all-new featurette, Emma Watson discusses playing Belle in Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, hitting theaters on March 17th. (more...)

BWW Review: Innovative INTO THE WOODS Examines 'Happily Ever After' at Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - Jan 16, 2017

Contemporary musical theater and jazz, are two major contributions to the arts of the world that have come from the United States. Originally filled with escapist reviews and song and dance shows, with no story or purpose other than to entertain, the American musical has evolved into a format to tell tales of importance (HAMILTON), highlight sociological and societal changes (HAIR) and make pleas for understanding (RENT). (more...)

Yuzima Releases New Call-to-Action Power Single 'Resist'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

YUZIMA has released a powerful new single 'RESIST' in response to November's U.S. election disaster. NYC's reigning 'Prince of noize' is biting, knowing and combative on the explosive, guitar-powered single. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Further casting is today announced for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead which previews from Saturday 25 February with a press night on Tuesday 7 March. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jason Graae and Company Bring JERRY HERMAN LEGACY CONCERT to Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Jan 16, 2017

Broadway vet and musical comedy genius Jason Graae will be one of several incredible performers that will be presenting JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts from January 19 - 21, 2017. For three performances at the Center's Samueli Theater---the campus' intimate cabaret space---Graae and five other artists will be taking the stage to pay tribute to Jerry Herman's musical legacy, highlighted by musical numbers from his many classic shows that include MAME, MACK AND MABEL, HELLO, DOLLY!, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. (more...)

Hotsy Totsy Burlesque's Tribute to The Ladies of Disney at The Slipper Room
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Married life is working out for the Fairy God Mother (Cherry Pitz) and her Prince Charming (Handsome Brad), but happily ever after can get kind of dull, no dragon's to slay, not evil step mothers to thwart. Looking to spice things up, the two love birds have decided to throw a ball, looking for the hottest Princess in the land to join them in a threesome! (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Wharton Center ends Jan 15
by Anton Anderssen - Jan 15, 2017

When the cast took their final bow after the Wharton Center's presentation of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL you could feel the earth move under your feet from the thunderous applause and ubiquitous standing ovations! The Wharton Center showing was absolutely fabulous! (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Presents Michael Mayer's RIGOLETTO, 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2017

Michael Mayer's 2013 production of Verdi's Rigoletto, set in a 1960s Las Vegas casino, returns to the Met January 20. Italian conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi makes his company debut leading Željko Lu?i? in the title role opposite Olga Peretyatko as Gilda and Stephen Costello as the Duke. (more...)

Stephanie Riso's THE STORM Concludes MTAP's First Season of Hot Metal Musicals Incubator Readings
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2017

MTAP's Hot Metal Musicals Incubator presents its third installment of new musical theatre work-in-development with a public reading of The Storm with book, lyrics and music by Stephanie Riso. This free reading, featuring a cast of 15 and directed by Pittsburgh CLO's producing director Mark Fleischer, will be held on Sunday, January 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Pittsburgh CLO's Charles Gray Auditorium, 130 CLO Academy Way in downtown Pittsburgh. MTAP's Hot Metal Musicals Incubator readings are being presented with the extensive cooperation and support of the Pittsburgh CLO. (more...)

Musical Theatre West Presents Valerie Perri in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Star of stage, screen, and television, Valerie Perri continues to dazzle audiences with starring turns in Los Angeles' first run of Evita, Musical Theatre West's Sunset Blvd., and most recently, 3D Theatricals Hello, Dolly!  (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 1/13; FENCES in Salt Lake City, Exclusive FUN HOME in Denver, Harold Prince's CANDIDE and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 13, 2017

As we start our new year, we are offering a more comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which will now include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature COPENHAGEN in Washington, DC, FENCES in Salt Lake City, an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of FUN HOME in Denver and more. Check out our top features below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: It Was One Fine Day! BEAUTIFUL Celebrates 3 Years on Broadway
by Jennifer Broski - Jan 13, 2017

Another milestone was reached just yesterday at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The company of Beautiful celebrated three years on Broadway and BroadwayWorld was there for all the fun. Check out photos below! (more...)

Dark Comedy DETROIT to Open Next Month at TheatreSquared
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The incendiary dark comedy Detroit - a Pulitzer Prize finalist, New York Times Critics' Pick, and Obie Award-winner for Best New American Play - begins a four-week run February 1 at TheatreSquared. The production is directed by Southern Repertory Theatre Producing Artistic Director Aimee Hayes. (more...)

Stanley Brown Pens THE WANDERER
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Stanley Brown, a retiree, devoted writer and author, has completed his new book 'The Wanderer': a gripping and potent tale full of adventure, mystery, love and friendship. (more...)

Birdland Jazz Club Announces February 2017 Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the following acts: (more...)

Tonya Pinkins to Direct VISIONARY VOICES at American Bard Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

American Bard Theater Company presents Visionary Voices, three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights, exploring gender roles, race, and death in America's early twentieth century. (more...)

Shadowbox Live to Tribute David Bowie & Prince in 'EVOLUTIONARIES'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Shadowbox Live has announced its latest tribute show: Evolutionaries: The Stories and Music of David Bowie and Prince, opening Thursday, January 26th at its Brewery District theater, 503 S. Front Street. (more...)

Dallas Theater Center Collects More Than $68k for North Texas Food Bank
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Dallas Theater Center announced today $68,660 was presented to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) following the run of DTC's production of A Christmas Carol. For nine consecutive years, DTC has partnered with NTFB to collect donations and canned goods during performances of A Christmas Carol. (more...)

Swing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The producers of the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, have just announced compete casting and an award-winning design team. (more...)

UK Premiere of War-Time Gay Love Story YANK! to Play Hope Mill Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

A moving gay love story set in World War Two is the latest collaboration between a leading London-based theatre production company and one of Manchester's newest arts venues. (more...)

Life Is Beautiful! Roundabout's CABARET to Play the Princess of Wales Theatre This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

David Mirvish will present the national tour of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET. CABARET will play a strictly one-week engagement, February 14 - 19 at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (more...)

Artists from Under the Radar, HERE and More Picked for Drama League's 2017 Residencies
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

The Drama League has announced the theater directors and ensembles chosen to develop new plays and musicals as part of the 2017 Drama League Artist Residency Program. (more...)

Ed Sheeran Announces the Release Date for New Album, Covers 'Fresh Prince' Theme Song
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

ETOnline.com reports that Ed Sheeran announced that his upcoming album, ÷ (pronounced divide) will be released on March 3rd at midnight. (more...)

Disney's CINDERELLA Brightens Weekends at Media Theatre 1/21-2/19
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Disney and fairy tales have become synonymous over the decades due to the animated cinematic treatments given to classics such as 'Cinderella'. Disney's 'Cinderella' may be seen live onstage at The Media Theatre each weekend January 21 through February 19.  (more...)

Cuba's Malpaso Dance Co. Makes Chicago Debut at the Dance Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of Malpaso Dance Company, Havana's contemporary dance company that combines work by top international choreographers and new voices in Cuban choreography. Performances are March 9-11 at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera's 2017–18 Season Features Long-Awaited Return of Strauss's Elektra and Bellini's Norma
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Houston Grand Opera expands its commitment to broadening the audience for opera with a 2017-18 season that includes the first presentations of Leonard Bernstein's classic musical West Side Story by a major American opera house and the world premiere of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek's holiday opera The House without a Christmas Tree. HGO will present its first performances in a quarter century of two iconic works: Richard Strauss's revenge-filled Elektra with virtuoso sopranoChristine Goerke in the tempestuous title role and 2016 Richard Tucker Award-winner and HGO Studio alumna Tamara Wilson in her role debut as Chrysothemis, under the baton of HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers; and Bellini's grand-scale tragedy Norma showcasing the debut of stellar dramatic soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the notoriously difficult title role, with 2015 Tucker winner and HGO Studio alumna Jamie Barton as Adalgisa. (more...)

Glory Crampton Joins From Guffman To Spinal Tap at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below has added Glory Crampton to From Guffman to Spinal Tap: 54 Sings Christopher Guest Movies, which celebrates Christopher Guest's thirty plus years in filmmaking, on Sunday, January 22nd (7:00pm & 9:30 pm) at Feinstein's/54 Below. (more...)

Action-Packed Prelude to Valentine's Day Anticipates 70th Birthday of Iconoclastic Genre Actress
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Known for her fashionable modern style, long black tresses and piercing gaze, the inimitable Meiko Kaji rose to the top of the Japanese film industry in the late 1960s and '70s, working with some of the era's most talented filmmakers to create several now-classic genre film archetypes along the way-from hard-boiled girl gang bosses to kimono-clad, sword-wielding assassins. (more...)

BWW Interview: Detroit Celebrates with the BWW Award Winners!
by Katie Laban - Jan 12, 2017

The 2016 BroadwayWorld Detroit Award winners were announced January 6th after weeks of theatre fans nominating then voting for their favorites in the Detroit community! It was the biggest year yet for awards with theatre fans first submitting their nominations in each category then having to make the tough decision on who to place that final vote for. Thanks to all who voted! (more...)

The Ridgefield Playhouse brings the Bolshoi Ballet LIVE in HD for a Screening of the Fairytale Classic SLEEPING BEAUTY on 1/22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

The Ridgefield Playhouse and Craig's Fine Jewelry Live in HD Series presents an HD screening of the enchanted fairytale classic, Sleeping Beauty, broadcast LIVE from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow on Sunday, January 22 at 12:55 p.m.  In this dazzling and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dream­?like journey through the classic fairytale, complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful Princess and a handsome Prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi's magnificent staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault's fairy tale unlike any other. (more...)

THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY Announces New Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

With Mischief Theatre's production of The Play That Goes Wrong soon to open on Broadway, today the company announces the new cast for its critically acclaimed smash (and grab) hit play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. (more...)

BWW Review: New York City Opera Returns With A Princely CANDIDE
by Michael Dale - Jan 11, 2017

The opening fanfare of one of the most exhilarating overtures ever to hit Broadway signals the joyous return of New York City Opera. After financial woes threatened to pull down the curtain for good in 2013, the company that was christened in 1943 as 'the people's opera' by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia has returned with a new home and an old friend, director Harold Prince's rollicking production of Leonard Bernstein, Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche and Hugh Wheeler's CANDIDE. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for FUNNY GIRL Tour Across The UK and Ireland
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Full casting is announced today for the tour of Funny Girl which enjoyed critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre. (more...)

Jury Members Announced for 2017 Sundance Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Sundance Institute will convene 24 experts in film, art, culture and science to award feature-length work shown at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival (more...)

Confirmed! Ariana Grande & John Legend to Perform Title Track for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend are set to perform the Oscar and GRAMMY-winning duet "Beauty and the Beast" as the title track for Disney's upcoming soundtrack (more...)

2016 BWW UK/West End Awards Winners Announced - GROUNDHOG DAY, Ian McKellen and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 11, 2017

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 75 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2016 West End winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

THE KING AND I Comes to Seattle 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I that will play Seattle's Paramount Theatre from January 24 through February 3, 2017. (more...)

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Comes to The Playhouse 2/7-12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play The Playhouse on Rodney Square for a limited engagement from February 7-12, 2017. Tickets for CINDERELLA are available now and can be purchased by calling The Playhouse Box Office at 302.888.0200 or online at ThePlayhouseDE.org. (more...)

Actors' Shakespeare Project Presents Rarely Seen EDWARD II by Christopher Marlowe
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Actors' Shakespeare Project kicks off 2017 with Christopher Marlowe's complex Edward II, England's notorious king who forsakes everything for his public and private passions--only to meet horrific ends at the hands of his queen and his conniving noblemen. ASP is fortunate to bring both the talents of its Resident Acting Company and director David R. Gammons to navigate the intricate theatrical landscape of this historically controversial and rarely seen play. Performances are February 22 - March 19, 2017 (Press Performance: Saturday, February 25, 8 PM) at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown. For more information visit actorsshakespeareproject.org. (more...)

SONY Affirm Film Subject, Aimée Marcoux-Spurlock, Makes Metropolitan Room Debut 3/3
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Classical singer/musical actress, Aimee Marcoux-Spurlock, whose true-life story will come to the big screen in 2017, will make her Metropolitan Room debut on February 3rd with Women of Bilbao, a collection of Kurt Weill's compositions from his 12-tone Weimar period to his more lush Broadway compositions. Marcoux-Spurlock has performed over fifty operatic, musical theater and oratorio roles with leading orchestras and opera companies across the globe. The Women of Bilbao repertoire will include 'Surabaya Johnny' from Happy End, 'Moon of Alabama,' from The Rise and Fall of the City ofMahagonny and 'That's Him' from One Touch of Venus. The singer will be joined by Doug Martin as Pianist/ Conductor (Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme on Broadway).  (more...)

Photo: First Production Photo Released for DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Death Takes A Holiday is the third Charing Cross Theatre musical directed by Artistic Director Thom Southerland following the critically acclaimed Titanic and Ragtime, which has just received an all-time record 14 Off West End Award nominations as well as WhatsOnStage Award nominations for Best Musical Revival and Best Off West End Producton. (more...)

Broadway Hit to Include Chat-Backs at AT&T Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center announced today "Chat-backs" during the run of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the Winspear Opera House, January 11-22, 2017. Like the show, these expert-led conversations will focus on learning differences, adolescence, and family. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won five Tony Awards® including Best Play and is based on the novel by Mark Haddon. (more...)

The Dessoff Choirs Performs All-French Program 2/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Hailed as "one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its "full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times)," The Dessoff Choirs turns the church into a petit Paris with an all-French program that puts the spotlight on the brilliant French Impressionists of music: Marcel Dupre, Claude Debussy, Lili Boulanger, Reynaldo Hahn, Jean Langlais, and Francis Poulenc. Joined by accompanist Steven Ryan (celebrating his 20th anniversary season with Dessoff) and Dr. Raymond Nagem, Associate Organist at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, Dessoff presents a magnifique tribute to French composers and to the majeste of the organ.  (more...)

Mark Inscoe to Replace Maxwell Caulfield in DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Producers have announced that there has been a cast change for the upcoming European premiere of the musical  Death Takes A Holiday. (more...)

Lonny Price and Abigail Pogrebin to Chat MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG on THEATER TALK This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

This week THEATER TALK explores the touching drama behind the original 1981 Broadway production of the musical Merrily We Roll Along, and its swift closing after just two weeks, as told by two original cast members, Lonny Price and Abigail Pogrebin. (more...)

Robin De Jesus, Ariana DeBose, Joel Perez, And Jessica Keenan Wynn Join BROADWAY SINGS BOWIE|PRINCE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

The acclaimed Broadway Sings concert series has announced the full cast of performers for their 14th installment, honoring two major legends of pop rock with BROADWAY SINGS BOWIE|Prince. The one-night-only concert, on February 6 at 8pm, will feature completely new arrangements of the hits of David Bowie and Prince, accompanied by a 14-piece band playing original orchestrations. (more...)

Netherlands Minister for Economic Affairs and Dutch Prince Strengthen Economic Ties With Silicon Valley
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

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BWW Review: ROCKET TO THE MOON Speaks to our Desire to Achieve a More Fulfilling Life, no Matter the Cost
by Shari Barrett - Jan 11, 2017

Although Clifford Odets forgotten masterpiece 'Rocket to the Moon' first premiered back in 1938, many of the themes of the Depression-era drama feel totally in step today with our own financial and career woes. With its central character, Ben Stark, (Jesse Steccato) is a dentist stuck in an unhappy marriage and a stagnant dental practice who longs for both more money as well as more passion and joy in his life. Things are set on a collision course with fate when he hires the beautiful, young Cleo Singer (lovely Kristin Couture) as his new receptionist. As his marriage fails and he succumbs to Cleo's flirting, will she be his proverbial rocket to the moon, thus allowing his dreams to come true? And will he be willing to change his life and take the necessary risks in order to make that happen? (more...)

B Street Theatre's Michael Pollock Celebrates His 50th School Tour Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

B Street Theatre Company Member Michael Pollock began rehearsal for his 50th B Street Theatre School Tour on January 2, 2017. History Extravaganza III, a play adapted from student play submissions, will mark Michael's 50th tour and almost 17 years working as an actor at B Street Theatre. (more...)

FOX Announces Premiere Date for New Comedy MAKING HISTORY & More
by TV News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

FOX is announcing premiere dates for new comedy MAKING HISTORY, new unscripted series KICKING & SCREAMING and new event series SHOTS FIRED and PRISON BREAK. (more...)

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