BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON is Joyfully Irreverent and Surprisingly Uplifting
by David Clarke - Sep 5, 2013

In March 2011, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone's joyfully irreverent, soulfully blasphemous, and wholly scandalous comedy THE BOOK OF MORMON took Broadway by storm, going on to win 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Score. The musical quickly developed a ravenous parish of fans that simply couldn't get enough of the bawdy spectacle, and left many around the nation counting the days until the First National Tour kicked off. After a short two-and-a-half year wait, Houston audiences are getting their chance to experience the production, and judging by last night's reaction, we couldn't be more enthusiastic or pleased. Now holding a coveted spot as one of the best musicals I have ever seen, this show was definitely worth the wait! (more...)

BWW Review: 1776 Still Preaches Compromise to a Skeptical Electorate
by Perry Tannenbaum - Sep 30, 2016

Nearly 50 years after it first played Broadway, 1776 still confounds our drum-and-fife expectations. (more...)

Iggy Pop Life Class Opens November 4, 2016 at the Brooklyn Museum
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

In Iggy Pop Life Class, Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller uses the traditional life-model drawing class to stage a performative event with Iggy Pop as model and subject. The resulting drawings, created by twenty-two participating artists, will be shown at the Brooklyn Museum from November 4, 2016, to March 26, 2017. Along with works depicting the male body selected from the Museum's historical collections, the exhibition examines shifting cultural representations of masculinity across history.   (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Oklahoma - Week of 9/27/2015
by BWW - Sep 27, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/27/2015 for Oklahoma (more...)

THE MOST MISERABLE CHRISTMAS TREE Holiday Musical to Premiere This December in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

The Most Miserable Christmas Tree, a new fun-filled family holiday musical, will receive its World Premiere this December at Bay Ridge's Narrows Community Theater, celebrating its 45th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Fringe Encore Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

With over 200 shows presented at FringeNYC Festival and 900 at Edinburgh Fringe, it's hard to be in the know about what's worth seeing. Even worse is having missed the show everyone is talking about post festival. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Fringe Encore Series will present some of the most critically-acclaimed and crowd-pleasing shows from both festivals. But more importantly, pinpoints and cultivates the theater talent of tomorrow. (more...)

Review Roundup: WAR OF THE ROSES, Rose Theatre Kingston
by Review Roundups - Oct 5, 2015

Rose Theatre Kingston presents THE WARS OF THE ROSES, which opened on 16 September and runs through 31 October 2015. (more...)

Ellen Burstyn Signs on for Laurie Weltz's SCOUT Film
by Movies News Desk - Oct 28, 2013

According to the Hollywood Reporter, stage and screen star Ellen Burstyn has signed on to star in Laurie Weltz's Scout, opposite Jane Seymour, India Ennenga, James Frecheville, Onata Aprile, Tim Guinee, Danny Glover and Nikki Reed. (more...)

Ellen Burstyn and Blake Lively to Star in THE AGE OF ADALINE Film
by Movies News Desk - Oct 16, 2013

Deadline reports that Ellen Burstyn will star alongside Blake Lively in Lee Toland Krieger's upcoming drama THE AGE OF ADALINE, from a script by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz and revisions by Allison Burnett. (more...)

PORTLANDIA's Fred Armisen & More Featured on 'The Lost Recordings of the KGB'
by TV News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

The KGB, a short lived New York punk band, recorded a powerful 5 song EP in 1984. However before those recordings could ever see the light of day, this 3-piece band of teenage juvenile delinquents like so many others would disband. (more...)

Lotterywest Film Festival to Kick Off Nov 25; Perth International Arts Festival to Open Feb 7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2013

From great Russian theatre to world-class Israeli dance; from Man Booker Prize winners to Tony Award winners, from multi-player video theatre to a life-size bouncy castle Stonehenge, the 2014 Perth International Arts Festival really does have something for absolutely everybody. (more...)

Lotterywest Film Festival to Kick OffToday; Perth International Arts Festival to Open Feb 7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2013

From great Russian theatre to world-class Israeli dance; from Man Booker Prize winners to Tony Award winners, from multi-player video theatre to a life-size bouncy castle Stonehenge, the 2014 Perth International Arts Festival really does have something for absolutely everybody. (more...)

BWW Review: The Legendary TWYLA THARP Capped Her 50th Anniversary Tour with a Six-Day Run in NYC
by Sondra Forsyth - Nov 23, 2015

Twyla Tharp, the award-winning choreographer who has rightfully become a dance legend in her own time, capped her multi-city 50th Anniversary Tour with performances from November 17th to 22nd 2015 at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, presented by The Joyce Theater. Yet perhaps precisely because the run has been so eagerly anticipated by those of us who have followed Tharp's evolution during a stellar career that spans half a century, the double bill of premieres she created for the tour was not entirely satisfying. (more...)

BWW Review: THE HISTORY OF KING LEAR - A Glorious Achievement
by Lynn Beaver - Nov 11, 2015

THE HISTORY OF KING LEAR, as revised by Nahum Tate, produced by The Hidden Room is an absolutely brilliant piece of theatre history. (more...)

PROOF Comes to Hershey Area Playhouse, 4/25-5/5
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2013

Hershey Area Playhouse will present the Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof in April. Proof is the story of a mathematician whose genius and madness wreaks havoc on his daughters and a former student. When the former student finds a revolutionary mathematical proof among the mathematician's papers, the characters become steeped in conflict as they struggle to determine who wrote the proof. (more...)

St. Ann's Warehouse Presents 16th Annual LABAPALOOZA! Festival of New Puppet Theater This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

The Puppet Lab, which celebrates its 16th anniversary this year, is St. Ann's Warehouse'sexperimental haven for artists developing interdisciplinary projects for puppet and object theater. Under the direction of Lab Co-Directors Matthew Acheson and Krissy Smith, participating artists and their collaborators have met weekly over several months to develop projects, share puppetry elements and other design and technical ideas, discuss plot structure and character development, and work on narrative. They will present their works-in-progress in the annual Labapalooza! festival, which will run today, May 29 - June 1 at St. Ann's Warehouse (29 Jay Street, Brooklyn). (more...)

St. Ann's Warehouse to Present 16th Annual LABAPALOOZA! Festival of New Puppet Theater, 5/29-6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

The Puppet Lab, which celebrates its 16th anniversary this year, is St. Ann's Warehouse'sexperimental haven for artists developing interdisciplinary projects for puppet and object theater. Under the direction of Lab Co-Directors Matthew Acheson and Krissy Smith, participating artists and their collaborators have met weekly over several months to develop projects, share puppetry elements and other design and technical ideas, discuss plot structure and character development, and work on narrative. They will present their works-in-progress in the annual Labapalooza! festival, which will run May 29 - June 1 at St. Ann's Warehouse (29 Jay Street, Brooklyn). (more...)

BWW Recaps: IDOL Rocks Out with the Band w/ Full Recaps & Pictures
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 26, 2014

Last Thursday when I heard about this week's theme, 'I'm with the Band,' I have to admit that I just didn't get it. However, now that I've seen how the IDOL Powers-That-Be implemented it on stage, I still really don't get it. The contestants sing with Ricky Minor and his band every week, however, to switch it up, this week the finalists will be singing with Ricky Minor and his band ON STAGE. (more...)

PROOF Comes to Hershey Area Playhouse, 4/25-5/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2013

Hershey Area Playhouse will present the Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof in April. Proof is the story of a mathematician whose genius and madness wreaks havoc on his daughters and a former student. When the former student finds a revolutionary mathematical proof among the mathematician's papers, the characters become steeped in conflict as they struggle to determine who wrote the proof. (more...)

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns With Missionary Zeal
by Perry Tannenbaum - Mar 2, 2016

BOOK OF MORMON, the musical that exorcised Charlotte's Angels in America stigma, returns more energetically than ever (more...)

Broadway at the Oscars - BWW Rounds Up 2014's Theatrical Nominees
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 2, 2014

The Academy Awards will air live on ABC tonight, March 2, 2014, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and featuring a performance by the great Idina Menzel. BroadwayWorld has rounded up this year's Broadway alums, so scroll down to learn more about the stars, and be sure to let us know your picks! (more...)

BWW Reviews: WOMADELAIDE 2016: DAY 3 Had A Surprise Audience Performance
by Barry Lenny - Mar 17, 2016

"There are just too many great things to see here!" complained a punter. What a wonderful problem to have. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WOMADELAIDE 2016: DAY 1 Was A Sensational Start To The Four Day Festival
by Barry Lenny - Mar 15, 2016

As opening nights go this was a big one and if this level of artistry, diversity and energy is going to be maintained, we are in for quite a weekend. (more...)

Review Roundup: Kenneth Branagh's MACBETH Opens at Manchester International Festival
by Review Roundups - Jul 7, 2013

Shakespeare's tragedy MACBETH opened at Manchester International Festival on July 4th, 2013, starring Kenneth Branagh in the title role and Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

InDepth InterView: Ramin Karimloo Talks SubCulture Shows, New EPs, LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 31, 2013

Today we are talking to an electrifying live performer who has made a major mark in the theatrical realm with his work as the title character in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL - PHANTOM 25 for short - as well as the originator of the role in its musical sequel, LOVE NEVER DIES - to say nothing of his long-standing and upcoming association with LES MIERABLES, at the O2, in Toronto this Fall and beyond - the one and only Ramin Karimloo. Espousing on the many major musical theatre roles he has essayed thus far as well as what he would like to take on in the future, Karimloo grants unprecedented access into his background and illustrates his experiences participating in some already classic once-in-a-lifetime events, such as PHANTOM 25 and LES MIZ at the 02. Most importantly, Karimloo clues us in on what we can expect from his series of shows this week at SubCulture as well as explains the history and future plans for his Broadway and Bluegrass - aka Broadgrass - tour. Additionally, Karimloo discusses the finer points of his forthcoming headlining role as Jean Valjean in the Toronto kick-off of the brand new LES MISERABLES revival and shares his memories of appearing on the Academy Awards this year with the film's cast. Also, Karimloo offers first news on his upcoming series of EPs, reflects on his past solo albums and how they developed, as well as comments on his recent UK TV recurring role on THE SPA ROOM and desire to pursue more TV/film work in the future, as well as shares his enthusiasm for GLEE - and much, much more! (more...)

Tilted Windmills Theatricals to Bring POPESICAL to FringeNYC Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Broadway producing company Tilted Windmills Theatricals (Gent's Guide, Dr. Zhivago, Cagney, Silence! the Musical) to present Adam Overett's (My Life is a Musical) Popesical: A papal musical comedy directed by Drew Geraci (Forever Plaid, A Chorus Line, La Cage) at The New York International Fringe Festival, August 20-29 at Theatre 80 (Venue #9) in the East Village. (more...)

Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke Among MTV's 2013 VMA Nominees; Full List Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2013

MTV today revealed the nominations for the 30th annual MTV “Video Music Awards” airing LIVE from Barclays Center on Sunday, August 25th at 9pm ET/PT. (more...)

BWW Review: Unexpectedly Entertaining BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Spray Like Confetti
by Don Grigware - Jan 6, 2016

As Helen Sinclair (Emma Stratton) holds her hand over playwright David Shayne's (Michael Williams) mouth (picture above), fans of the 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway are bound to chuckle as they remember the famously unforgettable line spoken by the movie's Helen Sinclair Oscar winner Dianne Weist, 'Don't speak!' Weist, Jennifer Tilly as Olive and Chaz Palminteri as Cheech stole the brilliant film, so when I heard a couple of years ago that they were rehashing this for a Broadway musical, my reaction was 'Sacrilege! Why? Don't tamper with perfection!' Well, they didn't listen to me, obviously, as the musical went forward, and for some sketchy reasons, was a flop on Broadway. Let me tell you, as reluctant as I was to see the musical now onstage at the Pantages through January 24, I am glad I did, for it is actually quite good, with mostly sparkling performances, ingenious choreography recreated from Susan Stroman's original, fabulous costumes by William Ivey Long...and it's faithful to the film. No one dared to touch Woody Allen's uncannily sharp plot, dialogue and laugh lines. Yes, it could have an original score, but what is accomplished with the old standards aiding in moving the story forward, kind of like in Mamma Mia, works damn well. It's fun, ear and eye-filling entertainment! (more...)

VIDEO: Ellen Burstyn Talks New Lifetime Film FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

Broadway veteran Ellen Burstyn (Picnic), Heather Graham and Kiernan Sipka, the stars of the new Lifetime movie adaptation of the clasic novel 'Flowers in the Attic,' by VC Andrews, stopped by this morning's TODAY on NBC to talk about working on the suspenseful new film. (more...)

Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett & Lopez Team Among 2014 OSCAR Nominees!
by Movies News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Several notable Broadway vets were among this year's esteemed list, including Amy Adams as Best Actress in a Lead Role for American Hustle. (more...)

Broadway at the Golden Globes- BWW Rounds Up 2014's Theatrical Nominees
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 12, 2014

The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, air tonight, January 12 on NBC, and BroadwayWorld has rounded up this year's Broadway alums. Learn more about the stars below, and be sure to let us know your picks! (more...)

TRU Announces Casts, Directors for 2014 TRU VOICES Series, Beg. 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2014 Musical Reading Series on Monday, January 13, Monday, January 20, and February 3, 2014 at 7pm at the Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, NYC. (more...)

2014 Perth Festival Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

This year is the 62nd annual Festival. In 2013 Festival shows sold more than $5 million worth of tickets, with attendances of over 500,000 from a city of under 2 million people: we sell more tickets per capita than any international arts festival in Australia. (more...)

Lotterywest Film Festival to Kick Off Nov 25; Perth International Arts Festival to Open Feb 7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2014

From great Russian theatre to world-class Israeli dance; from Man Booker Prize winners to Tony Award winners, from multi-player video theatre to a life-size bouncy castle Stonehenge, the 2014 Perth International Arts Festival really does have something for absolutely everybody. (more...)

BWW Recap: Nothing Says THE BACHELOR Like Love Gurus and Sombreros
by Patti Murin - Feb 3, 2015

Hola, mis amigos! Monday night is here again, and after a long week of rehearsal (come see us at City Center this week in the Encores! production of 'Lady, Be Good!' (get tickets here), I'm ready to put my feet up and watch some ladies be crazy. And lucky for me, this episode of THE BACHELOR is SO nuts, it's not allowed in lunch boxes at fancy elementary schools. (more...)

PICNIC's Ellen Burstyn to Join Rita Moreno in NBC's OLD SOUL
by TV News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

NBC's comedy pilot OLD SOUL from Amy Poehler has added another theatre alum to its roster. According to Deadline, Ellen Burstyn will joing Fred Willard, Natasha Lyonne and Rita Moreno in the cast. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/7/2015 - LAZARUS, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER and More!
by Jessica Khan - Dec 7, 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: David Bowie's LAZARUS bows off-Broadway, Nathan Lane leads THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER and more! (more...)

Recession Launches Recording Career: 'Nu-Vintage' Vocalist Laura Ainsworth Takes Unusual Road to Acclaim
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

DALLAS, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ As a girl, Dallas-based singer Laura Ainsworth watched starry-eyed as her dad, big band sax/clarinet master Billy Ainsworth, accompanied such lounge/jazz idols as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme. She dreamed of following in their footsteps, not realizing she was witnessing the end of an era. She never imagined she would one day help bring it back to life, earning worldwide airplay, acclaim from critics and Grammy-nominated artists, and a concert tour of India and Dubai. Or that it would all start thanks to the 2008 recession. (more...)

Theater Resources Unlimited to Kick Off 13th Annual TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2014 Musical Reading Series on Monday, January 13, Monday, January 20, and February 3, 2014 at 7pm at the Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, NYC. Tickets are free and may be reserved by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com or phoning the TRU message line at 212-714-7628. For more information visit www.truonline.org/TRUMusicals.htm. (more...)

Don Scardino Returns to the Stage in DON SCARDINO: NOTHING TO HIDE WITH JOHN MILLER At Feinstein's/54 Below This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, will host the premiere of Don Scardino: Nothing to Hide with John Miller on November 12th, 2016. (more...)

BWW Exclusive Interview: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss BOMBSHELL, THE WIZ, Returning to Broadway and More; Plus a Career in Pictures
by Richard Ridge - Aug 27, 2015

Earlier this month, BroadwayWorld.com sat down with the very busy dynamic duo of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to discuss... well, everything. (more...)

2013 MTV VMA Award- All the Winners!
by TV News Desk - Aug 25, 2013

With shocking performances by Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, and the reunion of *N'sync, this year's VMAs were one of the most explosive in history. (more...)

Robin Thicke Performs Free Show in NYC to Benefit LifeBeat Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

Robin Thicke is doing what he can to make sure he earns the fans votes for this year's MTV Video Music Awards. He will be performing a free show tonight, August 23rd at Terminal 5 in NYC to benefit the HIV/Aids foundation Lifebeat. It will be a part of a series of VMA shows that lead up to the award show itself on August 25th, live in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. (more...)

Tilted Windmills Theatricals Brings POPESICAL to FringeNYC Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

Broadway producing company Tilted Windmills Theatricals (Gent's Guide, Dr. Zhivago, Cagney, Silence! the Musical) to present Adam Overett's (My Life is a Musical) Popesical: A papal musical comedy directed by Drew Geraci (Forever Plaid, A Chorus Line, La Cage) at The New York International Fringe Festival, tonight, August 20, through August 29 at Theatre 80 (Venue #9) in the East Village. (more...)

BWW Review: 'A TENDER THING' Fizzles and Frustrates
by Catherine Kustanczy - Aug 20, 2014

Ben Power's 2009 play A Tender Thing is a creative re-imagining of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with the two title characters as older figures in a lifelong relationship. Soulpepper Theatre Company's current production (on at the Young Centre through October 1st) features real-life couple Joseph Ziegler and Nancy Palk as the two star-crossed lovers. Though their performances are filled with warmth and knowing, they can't escape an essentially dreary production that pulls away the beauty of Shakespeare's language, even as it revels in some over-theatricalized decisions that mute the genuine emotion sitting at the heart of a less-than-perfect work. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Different Interpretation of GODSPELL Plays at Totem Pole Playhouse
by Marakay Rogers - Aug 13, 2014

Artistic Director Rowan Joseph presents a new take on GODSPELL - with Jesus sharing bread, wine, and a funky chicken among his disciples. It's fresh, it's different, and it may be just slightly too much. But the cast -- ah, the cast. (more...)

Robin Thicke to Perform Free Show in NYC to Benefit LifeBeat, 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2013

Robin Thicke is doing what he can to make sure he earns the fans votes for this year's MTV Video Music Awards. (more...)

PROOF Comes to Hershey Area Playhouse, 4/25-5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2013

Hershey Area Playhouse will present the Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof in April. Proof is the story of a mathematician whose genius and madness wreaks havoc on his daughters and a former student. When the former student finds a revolutionary mathematical proof among the mathematician's papers, the characters become steeped in conflict as they struggle to determine who wrote the proof. (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL Recap: It's Time For America To Pull The Plug (Updated w/ Pictures)
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 24, 2014

On this week's Top-6 edition of AMERICAN IDOL Season XIII, we were “treated” to not one, but two, songs by each competitor. The theme, “A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll” gave the contestants an opportunity to channel their inner Donnys and Maries. Speaking of the beloved Osmond sibs, nothing about them screams either Country or Rock 'n Roll to me. But I digress; in most cases tonight, the double your pleasure set-up resulted in an extra helping of awesome, but (as is expected from this season) there was one singer whose combined performances resulted in confusion with a side of frustration. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: Little Shop Of Horrors! 10 Devilish & Demonic Plays & Musicals To Devour
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 22, 2015

While Broadway is heaven for theatergoers around the world, especially when the season reaches its fever pitch as it is right now, it can also be hell in the right hands. And, that's a good thing. As the exceedingly well-received new play HAND TO GOD which opened earlier this month proves, audiences adore a good scare - particularly when it is supported by a rich and dynamic dramatic basis upon which the horror-show can play out, which HAND TO GOD undoubtedly has in spades (and pitchforks). Needless to say, many of the most popular and successful musicals of all time have also dealt with demonic presences - even if in the case of Broadway's two biggest hits, they are misunderstood monsters. Indeed, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA remains the longest-running show in Broadway history, approaching its 20th year on the Great White Way, while Oz-themed witch-centric musical mega-hit WICKED remains one of the hottest tickets in town. With this week's news of Hollywood heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal starring in an upcoming Encores! special limited-run production of cult hit and famous Off-Broadway mainstay LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - not to mention the big news of a brand new small screen version of the ultimate cult movie musical, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, being revived for a new generation - it seems more than merely appropriate to turn our attention to the scariest, bloodiest and best horror-themed musicals to date. (more...)

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