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208 W. 41st St.

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Broadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT Tonight at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Evelyn must follow her dreams ... by leaving her family. Come down for some hot times with THE JOINT at Theatre for The New City's Dream Up Festival this September. (more...)

Don't Call It A Comeback: Melba Moore Resurfaces With 'It's My Time Again'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2015

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TNC's 2016 Dream Up Festival to Present THE JOINT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival presents 'The Joint'. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - September 7, 2015
by - Sep 7, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 7 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

James Murray Jackson, Jr. to Reprise Role in Chicago Premiere of UNSPEAKABLE; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2015

Broadway In Chicago has announced full casting for the Chicago premiere of UNSPEAKABLE, a dramatic fantasia inspired by the life of comedic legend Richard Pryor.  (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Honor Dance Legend Louis Johnson in UP IN THE AIR Tribute This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

UP IN THE AIR, a tribute to dance legend Louis Johnson, will take place Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Peter Norton Theater at Symphony Space located at 2537 Broadway in New York City. The event has two purposes: to honor the life and work of Johnson and to raise funds to complete a feature length documentary about the renowned dancer entitled UP IN THE AIR. (more...)

James Murray Jackson, Jr. Reprises Role in Chicago Premiere of UNSPEAKABLE, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2015

Broadway In Chicago presents the Chicago premiere of UNSPEAKABLE, a dramatic fantasia inspired by the life of comedic legend Richard Pryor. UNSPEAKABLE features a cast of many prominent Chicago performers and will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St.) for a limited five-week engagement tonight, Oct. 6 through Nov. 8, 2015. (more...)

Billy Strayhorn Musical LUSH LIFE to Premiere Next Month at the Matrix
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of LUSH LIFE, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. LUSH LIFE begins previews Friday, November 11, 2016 and opens Friday, November 18 at 8pm. The production runs through Sunday, December 18 at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. (more...)

Five Reasons Why Naming A Theatre After John Cullum Is a Great Idea
by Michael Dale - Oct 13, 2015

On Friday, October 16th, the Chernuchin Theatre will be renamed for the beloved Broadway star. (more...)

Casting Announced for Kokandy Productions' THE WIZ at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Kokandy Productions has announced casting for its upcoming revival of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical THE WIZ, directed by guest director Lili-Anne Brown with music direction by Jimmy Morehead and choreography by Breon Arzell, playing March 5 - April 16, 2017 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Melba Moore to Portray Ethel Waters in New Play with Music, STILL WATERS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2015

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PICTURE INCOMPLETE Sketched Out on Stage at Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Through storytelling and song, PICTURE INCOMPLETE sketches out the portrait of a man's life as he celebrates a rather unusual birthday on which an eviction notice arrives advising him to vacate his apartment. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CEK Productions' World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES begins previews Friday, November 11, 2016 and opens Friday, November 18 at 8pm. The production runs through Sunday, December 18 at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. (more...)

Melba Moore: Forever Moore At Catalina Bar & Grill In Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced that four-time Grammy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner Melba Moore will appear in concert at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood celebrating the release of her new CD "Forever Moore."  (more...)

Upcoming World Premiere Musical 'LUSH LIFE' changes its title to 'WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

The producers of Liberty: A Monumental New Musical have announced the full cast for their upcoming Off-Broadway run this summer at 42West (514 West 42nd Street). Performances begin on June 6th with its official opening set for July 4th, 2016. (more...)

James Monroe Iglehart, Melba Moore & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 3/2/2016 - Wayne Brady Honors Emerging Artists and More!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 2, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Wayne Brady honors Jon Viktor Corpuz, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Nellie McKay and more at Lincoln Center's Emerging Artist Awards! (more...)

FLY, Inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, Comes to New Victory Theater Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

From training to combat, experience the anguish, fears and triumphs of a brotherhood who fought for freedom abroad -- and at home. FLY, directed by Ricardo Khan, co-founder and former artistic director of Crossroads Theatre Company, and choreographed by Hope Clarke (A Free Man of Color; Jelly's Last Jam; Caroline, or Change) and Omar Edwards (Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk), tells the heroic tale of the Tuskegee Airmen through the eyes of four courageous young men. (more...)

Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan's FLY Headed Off-Broadway Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that The New Victory Theater in New York will present the Off-Broadway premiere of The Pasadena Playhouse/Crossroads Theatre Company production of FLY, by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, the Tony Award-winning co-founder and former artistic director of Crossroads Theatre Company, to open March 11, 2016. FLY will be directed by Ricardo Khan. (more...)

BWW Interview: Nothing Short of Miraculous: A Conversation with E. Faye Butler
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jun 7, 2016

'What they did is nothing short of miraculous! I know because I was there as a friend, a colleague, an artist. I was there in that room as the magic was happening!' Award-winning actress E. Faye Butler is speaking of the Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre, of her old friends from their Rockford, Illinois days, Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark, and of the entire creative team and cast of the new chamber music version of the musical Ghost in which she now stars. The Bruce Joel Rubin-Glen Ballard-Dave Stewart show which opens at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick on Thursday, June 9, is a reprise (and New England premiere) of the newly minted chamber adaptation presented at Lancaster's Fulton Theatre on April 21, 2016, after a year-long development process. One can feel the excitement and electricity in Butler's presence and her comments about this play with music which, she believes has given new life to both the original 1990 Jerry Zucker movie starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, and Whoopi Goldberg and the 2011 stage version. 'E. Faye is a force of nature!' MSMT Managing Director Stephanie Dupal proclaimed when she saw her in the premiere. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 24, 2015
by - Jun 24, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 24 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL Offers Free Tickets to Veterans for 4th of July Opening
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The producers of Liberty: A Monumental New Musical are proud to celebrate our nation's heroes by offering FREE* tickets to the 4th of July shows, to veterans of the Military, Fire and Police departments, NPS Rangers and their families, and $20 tickets for all other performances to both active and retired personnel. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Abigail Shapiro and More in LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Liberty: A Monumental New Musical plays at 42West (514 West 42nd) and will celebrate its opening on July 4th, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Perez Hilton to Host DREAMGIRLS 35th Anniversary Event in Hollywood with Original Broadway Stars
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Perez Hilton has been set to host Broadway Under the Stars - Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of 'Dreamgirls' - on Sunday, July 10 at 8pm at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. (more...)

VIDEO: Tony Winner Anika Noni Rose Talks New Drama Series POWER
by TV News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Actress Anika Noni Rose stopped by this morning's TODAY to talk about her new drama series POWER and her role in the recently broadcast remake of ROOTS. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/21/2015 - INTO THE WOODS, MACK & MABEL, LOVE LETTERS and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 21, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: INTO THE WOODS comes to Forest Park, MACK & MABEL take over Chichester, LOVE LETTERS heads out on tour and more! (more...)

HEDWIG's Taye Diggs & Rebecca Naomi Jones Visit THEATER TALK This Weekend
by TV News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

An all-new THEATER TALK looks at a major cast change for a hit Broadway musical plus a new illustrated history of Black performers and shows on Broadway.  This week's episode boasts a cast of famous names that includes actors Taye Diggs and Rebecca Naomi Jones - the new leads in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway - in addition to producer Stewart Lane, author of the new book Black Broadway, accompanied by director Kenny Leon and performer Melba Moore, all with rich Broadway histories. (more...)

LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL to Close Off-Broadway, Resume This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Off-Broadway show, Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, which opened on July 4, will end its current run on July 24 and plans to resume performances this fall. (more...)

Drury Lane Theatre Launches Cabaret Series with LEADING LADIES OF CHICAGO THEATRE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre premieres The Cabaret Room at Drury Lane with Leading Ladies of Chicago Theatre, a two-night event that gives audiences exclusive access to some of Chicago's top talent in an intimate setting. (more...)

Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan's FLY Headed Off-Broadway Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that The New Victory Theater in New York will present the Off-Broadway premiere of The Pasadena Playhouse/Crossroads Theatre Company production of FLY, by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, the Tony Award-winning co-founder and former artistic director of Crossroads Theatre Company, to open March 11, 2016. FLY will be directed by Ricardo Khan. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps to Depart Following 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that Sheldon Epps will leave his post as Artistic Director at the end of the 2016-17 season. Epps will continue his long affiliation with The Playhouse when he assumes the role of Artistic Director Emeritus. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for January 4-10, Featuring Melba Moore, Lorna Luft, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jan 4, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Neil Bartram: 'New Songs for a New Year'; Broadway Is A Drag: Celebrating Drag Queens for BC/EFA; Lorna Luft at 54 Below; 54 Sings Kiss Me Kate; and Melba Moore: I Got Love. (more...)

Lorna Luft, Melba Moore & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

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

WAKE UP with BWW 1/28/2016 - SOJOURNERS, RED PAVILIONS and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jan 28, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: SOJOURNERS and 'RED PAVILIONS' open off-Broadway! (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's ICONS Gala to Honor E. Faye Butler
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

? Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the 2016 ICONS Gala celebrating the legendary woman whose name is synonymous with Broadway, Ethel Merman, Sunday, May 1, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Ave. The Gala includes performances from Chicago's leading talents celebrating the rich career of Merman, the presentation of the 2016 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago to E. Faye Butler and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event and its accompanying auction benefit Porchlight's educational programs and productions. Tickets are on sale now and require advance purchase, $125 before April 15, $150 after April 15, $50 for children ages 18 years old and younger are available at 773.777.9884 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan's FLY Headed Off-Broadway Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that The New Victory Theater in New York will present the Off-Broadway premiere of The Pasadena Playhouse/Crossroads Theatre Company production of FLY, by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, the Tony Award-winning co-founder and former artistic director of Crossroads Theatre Company, to open March 11, 2016. FLY will be directed by Ricardo Khan. (more...)

E Faye Butler to Perform in Concert at Northlight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Tim Evans announce E. Faye Butler in Concert. This one-night-only concert event will be held at 7:30pm on February 8, 2016 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. (more...)

FLY, Inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, Coming to New Victory Theater This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

From training to combat, experience the anguish, fears and triumphs of a brotherhood who fought for freedom abroad -- and at home. FLY, directed by Ricardo Khan, co-founder and former artistic director of Crossroads Theatre Company, and choreographed by Hope Clarke (A Free Man of Color; Jelly's Last Jam; Caroline, or Change) and Omar Edwards (Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk), tells the heroic tale of the Tuskegee Airmen through the eyes of four courageous young men. (more...)

Dominion Entertainment Group Adds Performances to Run of 'BLACK NATIVITY'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

Dominion Entertainment Group is proud to announce that due to popular demand two additional performances of its hit holiday musical, BLACK NATIVITY: A GOSPEL CHRISTMAS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE, has been added to the schedule. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 27, 2015
by - Dec 27, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 27 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

TNC's 2016 Dream Up Festival to Present THE JOINT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival presents 'The Joint'. (more...)


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Carmen Cusack and John Lloyd Young Join The Cast of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE at The Wallis
by Nora Dominick - Aug 26, 2016

Revolutionizing the live musical theater experience, the acclaimed company For The Record makes its triumphant return to Los Angeles in a new production, For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem. This new show will bring the legendary filmmaker's soundtracks to life in a new generation cabaret from September 21 through October 16 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem is co-produced by The Wallis and Ad Astra Live, and is made possible by the generous support of David C. Bohnett. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/25/2015 - Misty Dances Into ON THE TOWN, Benedict Opens HAMLET and More!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 25, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Misty dances into ON THE TOWN, Benedict Cumberbatch brings HAMLET to life and more! (more...)

Broadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Evelyn must follow her dreams ... by leaving her family. Come down for some hot times with THE JOINT at Theatre for The New City's Dream Up Festival this September. (more...)

Drury Lane Theatre Launches Cabaret Series with LEADING LADIES OF CHICAGO THEATRE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre premieres The Cabaret Room at Drury Lane with Leading Ladies of Chicago Theatre, a two-night event that gives audiences exclusive access to some of Chicago's top talent in an intimate setting. (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

Tony Winner Anika Noni Rose to Star in BET Drama Pilot THE YARD
by TV News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Anika Noni Rose has nabbed the lead role in BET's 2-hour scripted pilot THE YARD. (more...)

Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

 The "nationally regarded" Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, "Unchained Melody," "Here Right Now,"  "Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life," and more! (more...)

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