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HEAT WAVE, ANGRY FAGS and 'THE WALK ACROSS AMERICA' Set for Steppenwolf's Garage Rep 2015HEAT WAVE, ANGRY FAGS and 'THE WALK ACROSS AMERICA' Set for Steppenwolf's Garage Rep 2015
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is pleased to announce the three Chicago companies selected for the sixth annual Garage Rep: Cold Basement Dramatics, Pride Films and Plays and Red Tape Theatre. These innovative storefront companies will present three productions in rotating repertory for a ten-week run February - April, 2015 in the Garage Theatre (1624 N Halsted St). (more...)

BRONIES: THE MUSICAL Opens at Third Street Theatre TonightBRONIES: THE MUSICAL Opens at Third Street Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Third Street Theatre in association with Oddbird Theatricals is thrilled to present the World Premiere, fully-realized production of the Hollywood Fringe Festival Best Musical Award-winning, BRONIES: THE MUSICAL, with music by Joe Greene, book and lyrics by Heidi Powers and Tom Moore, choreography by John Todd, musical direction by Jennifer Lin and direction by Richard Israel. BRONIES: THE MUSICAL began previews Thursday, September 25; will open tonight, September 27 and run through Sunday, November 1 at the THIRD STREET THEATRE, 8115 W. Third Street in West Hollywood. (more...)

JULIUS CAESAR, Starring Anthony Cochrane, Maurice Jones and More, to Open 2014-15 Season at the Folger TheatreJULIUS CAESAR, Starring Anthony Cochrane, Maurice Jones and More, to Open 2014-15 Season at the Folger Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Folger Theatre launches its 2014/15 season in Rome with William Shakespeare's enduring political tragedy, Julius Caesar from October 28 - December 7, 2014. Robert Richmond (Richard III and Henry V at Folger) directs the epic portrait of the battle between ambition and honor, conspiracy and loyalty, leading an outstanding ensemble including Anthony Cochrane (Broadway's War Horse and Folger's Henry VIII) as the honorable Marcus Brutus, and Maurice Jones, making his Folger Theatre debut as Caesar's closest ally, Mark Antony. (more...)

Charlie Pollock and Mary Kate Morrissey to Star in Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRY This FallCharlie Pollock and Mary Kate Morrissey to Star in Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRY This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Elmer Gantry, a musical version of Sinclair Lewis' best-selling novel, directed by Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Schaeffer collaborated on the last production of Elmer Gantry at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago with authors John Bishop (book), Mel Marvin (music) and Bob Satuloff (lyrics) in 1998; the show has not been produced since then. This will be the 5th production in the show's history. Running in the MAX Theatre October 7 - November 9, Signature's production will include several brand new songs by Mel Marvin and Bob Satuloff and a reimagined script that John Bishop worked on until his death in 2006. (more...)

BRONIES: THE MUSICAL to Open at Third Street Theatre, 9/27BRONIES: THE MUSICAL to Open at Third Street Theatre, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Third Street Theatre in association with Oddbird Theatricals is thrilled to present the World Premiere, fully-realized production of the Hollywood Fringe Festival Best Musical Award-winning, BRONIES: THE MUSICAL, with music by Joe Greene, book and lyrics by Heidi Powers and Tom Moore, choreography by John Todd, musical direction by Jennifer Lin and direction by Richard Israel. BRONIES: THE MUSICAL will begin previews on Thursday, September 25; will open on Friday, September 27 and run through Sunday, November 1 at the THIRD STREET THEATRE, 8115 W. Third Street in West Hollywood. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 10th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 10th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Sep 10, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Remembering Bernie Yvon and honoring Bebe Neuwirth. And the show goes on with Route 66's Alanis Morissette tribute, 'Cats' at the Paramount, Bailiwick's 'Wild Party' and BoHo's 'Parade,' music improv at MCL Chicago, the new Refuge Theatre Project, and Chicagoans on tour with 'Sister Act!' (more...)

Charlie Pollock and Mary Kate Morrissey Star in Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRY, Beginning TonightCharlie Pollock and Mary Kate Morrissey Star in Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRY, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Signature Theatre presents Elmer Gantry, a musical version of Sinclair Lewis' best-selling novel, directed by Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Schaeffer collaborated on the last production of Elmer Gantry at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago with authors John Bishop (book), Mel Marvin (music) and Bob Satuloff (lyrics) in 1998; the show has not been produced since then. This will be the 5th production in the show's history. Running in the MAX Theatre today, October 7 - November 9, Signature's production will include several brand new songs by Mel Marvin and Bob Satuloff and a reimagined script that John Bishop worked on until his death in 2006. (more...)

Strawdog Theatre to Stage DESPERATE DOLLS, 11/23-12/23Strawdog Theatre to Stage DESPERATE DOLLS, 11/23-12/23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the second production in their 2014 - 2015 Hugen Hall season, Darren Callahan's Desperate Dolls, November 23 -- December 23, directed by Michael Driscoll at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway Street. Opening night performance is Monday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Off-Broadway's BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Sets Halloween Edition, 10/29-11/1Off-Broadway's BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Sets Halloween Edition, 10/29-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

National Lampoon's Bayside! The Musical! - the hilarious unauthorized parody of the wholesome Today morning program "Saved by the Bell" - will present a special Halloween edition this year. For the week of Wednesday, October 29 through Today, November 1, the new show will be inspired on the classic 1991 "Mystery Weekend" episode of "Saved by the Bell." That week is also "Saved by the Bell" Costume Week: anyone who attends the musical dressed as their favorite character will receive a special prize. Dustin Diamond - the original "Screech" from the TV series - will be featured in every performance through December 6, playing Dustin Diamond, the role he was born to play. (more...)

Off-Broadway's BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Kicks Off Halloween Edition TonightOff-Broadway's BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Kicks Off Halloween Edition Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

National Lampoon's Bayside! The Musical! - the hilarious unauthorized parody of the wholesome Saturday morning program 'Saved by the Bell' - will present a special Halloween edition this year. Tonight, October 29 through Saturday, November 1, the new show will be inspired on the classic 1991 'Mystery Weekend' episode of 'Saved by the Bell.' That week is also 'Saved by the Bell' Costume Week: anyone who attends the musical dressed as their favorite character will receive a special prize. Dustin Diamond - the original 'Screech' from the TV series - will be featured in every performance through December 6, playing Dustin Diamond, the role he was born to play. (more...)

JULIUS CAESAR, Starring Anthony Cochrane, Maurice Jones and More, Opens 2014-15 Season at the Folger TheatreJULIUS CAESAR, Starring Anthony Cochrane, Maurice Jones and More, Opens 2014-15 Season at the Folger Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

Folger Theatre launches its 2014/15 season in Rome with William Shakespeare's enduring political tragedy, Julius Caesar from tonight, October 28 - December 7, 2014. (more...)

Gregory Haney, Marc Kudisch, Telly Leung & More to Workshop New Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL in NYC Next MonthGregory Haney, Marc Kudisch, Telly Leung & More to Workshop New Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL in NYC Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

?The new musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL is currently undergoing a New York workshop, concluding with invited rehearsals for industry members on November 6 and 7. (more...)

Off-Broadway's BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Sets Halloween Edition, 10/29-11/1Off-Broadway's BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Sets Halloween Edition, 10/29-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

National Lampoon's Bayside! The Musical! - the hilarious unauthorized parody of the wholesome Saturday morning program "Saved by the Bell" - will present a special Halloween edition this year. For the week of Wednesday, October 29 through Saturday, November 1, the new show will be inspired on the classic 1991 "Mystery Weekend" episode of "Saved by the Bell." That week is also "Saved by the Bell" Costume Week: anyone who attends the musical dressed as their favorite character will receive a special prize. Dustin Diamond - the original "Screech" from the TV series - will be featured in every performance through December 6, playing Dustin Diamond, the role he was born to play. (more...)

Gregory Haney, Marc Kudisch, Telly Leung & More Workshop New Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL in NYC TodayGregory Haney, Marc Kudisch, Telly Leung & More Workshop New Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL in NYC Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

The new musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL is currently undergoing a New York workshop, concluding with invited rehearsals for industry members today and tomorrow, November 6 and 7. (more...)

Breaking News: Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and More to Lead New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT This November!Breaking News: Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and More to Lead New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT This November!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will present a semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning musical Show Boat, November 5 - 8, 2014. Vanessa Williams will star as Julie, Julian Ovenden will star as Gaylord Ravenal, and Lauren Worsham will star as Magnolia, all in their Philharmonic debuts. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Mary Testa & Michael Starobin to Release New Album 'Have Faith' in DecemberMary Testa & Michael Starobin to Release New Album 'Have Faith' in December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

Ghostlight Records has announced the release of the new CD from MARY TESTA - the two time Tony Award nominated singer and actress currently starring in Wicked on Broadway - and MICHAEL STAROBIN, the Tony Award winning orchestrator and arranger. The album will be available in stores and via online outlets December 2, 2014. Mary and Michael will perform a special CD release engagement at The Laurie Beechman Theater at The West Bank Cafe January 4-5,11-12, 2015 at 7:00 PM. For tickets, please visit www.lauriebeechmantheatre.com. (more...)

Strawdog's Hugen Hall to Present DESPERATE DOLLS, Opening 11/24Strawdog's Hugen Hall to Present DESPERATE DOLLS, Opening 11/24
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer have announced the second production in their 2014 - 2015 Hugen Hall season, Darren Callahan's Desperate Dolls, November 23 -- December 23, directed by Michael Driscoll at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway Street. Opening night performance is Monday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Sundays at 12 p.m. and Sundays-Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Preview tickets are $10, single tickets are $15 and are currently on sale. Subscriptions, group, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866.811.4111. (more...)

Idina Menzel Announces 2015 WORLD TOUR Dates!Idina Menzel Announces 2015 WORLD TOUR Dates!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Dates have been announced for Idina Menzel's 2015 World Tour! The Tony Award winner visit cities in Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. (more...)

Idina Menzel's Stylist Reveals Why the Star Went BlondeIdina Menzel's Stylist Reveals Why the Star Went Blonde
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2015

Ever since Idina Menzel went blonde, fans have been speculating that the Broadway superstar finally looks like her FROZEN counterpart, 'Elsa.' However, Menzel's stylist says this is not the case. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: The Queen Reigns Supreme! Welcome Audra McDonald Back To BroadwayFLASH FRIDAY: The Queen Reigns Supreme! Welcome Audra McDonald Back To Broadway
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 13, 2015

Today we are celebrating this week's hot news of Audra McDonald's big Broadway return next season! (more...)

Cast Set for Signature Theatre's SIMPLY SONDHEIM World Premiere, Beginning Next MonthCast Set for Signature Theatre's SIMPLY SONDHEIM World Premiere, Beginning Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

Virginia's Signature Theatre is proud to announce the full cast for Simply Sondheim, the world premiere special event celebrating Stephen Sondheim and Signature Theatre's special partnership over the last 25 years. (more...)

Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, Zachary Quinto & More to Perform at Public Theater's ONE THRILLING COMBINATION Gala TonightSutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, Zachary Quinto & More to Perform at Public Theater's ONE THRILLING COMBINATION Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

The Public Theater tnight presents the one-night-only Public Theater annual gala ONE THRILLING COMBINATION at the Delacorte Theater. Directed by Ted Sperling, the gala event will celebrate Marvin Hamlisch, The Public Theater and the 40th anniversary of the creation of A Chorus Line. Performers will incude: John Lithgow, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Quinto, Martha Plimpton, Billy Porter, Jonathan Groff, Sutton Foster, Joshua Bell, Lindsay Mendez, Claybourne Elder, Krysta Rodriguez, Marissa McGowan, Laura Shoop, Peter Dugan, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Jessica Wu, Mylinda Hull, Brooke Sunny Moriber, Nicole Lewis and more! (more...)

Nathan Tysen and Arthur Perlman Win 2014 Kleban Prizes for Musical Theatre; Ceremony Held TonightNathan Tysen and Arthur Perlman Win 2014 Kleban Prizes for Musical Theatre; Ceremony Held Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

The Kleban Foundation's 24th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist has been awarded to Nathan Tysen and the 24th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Arthur Perlman.The 2014 prizes will be presented tonight, June 23, 2014, in a private ceremony (by invitation only) hosted by ASCAP and BMI. (more...)

Tony Winner Idina Menzel to Release Christmas Album Later this YearTony Winner Idina Menzel to Release Christmas Album Later this Year
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Among accepting a beer bottle-shaped Tony Award and performing numbers from FROZEN, IF/THEN, and more at her highly-anticipated gig at Radio City Music Hall last night, stage superstar Idina Menzel made another surprise announcement. Despite the fact that she's Jewish (her own joke,) the Tony winner is currently hard at work on releasing a Chrismas album - which should hit shelves later this year! (more...)

National Lampoon & BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Partner for Extended Schedule Featuring Dustin DiamondNational Lampoon & BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Partner for Extended Schedule Featuring Dustin Diamond
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Bayside! The Musical! - the hilarious unauthorized parody of the wholesome Saturday morning show "Saved by the Bell" - has joined forces with the iconic humor brand National Lampoon to expand their New York performance calendar. Starting on August 27, Bayside! will increase the weekly schedule from three to five shows, all of which will feature Dustin Diamond - the original "Screech" from the TV series - as Dustin Diamond, the role he was born to play. With seven extensions, has been playing to feverishly-enthusiastic, standing-room-only crowds since September 2013. Bayside! is currently scheduled to run through December 2014 at Theatre 80 (80 St. Mark's Place at First Avenue). Please visit www.BaysideTheMusical.com for details. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long-Running Hits - WICKEDMeet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long-Running Hits - WICKED
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 28, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's WICKED below! (more...)

Breaking News: Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and More to Lead New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT This November!Breaking News: Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and More to Lead New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT This November!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will present a semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning musical Show Boat, November 5 - 8, 2014. Vanessa Williams will star as Julie, Julian Ovenden will star as Gaylord Ravenal, and Lauren Worsham will star as Magnolia, all in their Philharmonic debuts. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Bruce Coughlin, Michael Starobin, Mel Marvin and Michael John LaChuisa to Lead O'Neill Orchestration Symposium, 7/3Bruce Coughlin, Michael Starobin, Mel Marvin and Michael John LaChuisa to Lead O'Neill Orchestration Symposium, 7/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director of the National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, will conduct a public symposium on orchestrating musical theater in today's world on Thursday, July 3 at 1:00pm. The Orchestration Symposium comes as the summer conference continues its focus on exploration and role of orchestration and arranging in the development of new work. (more...)

New York Philharmonic Returns to Bravo! Vail for 12th Annual Summer Residency, Now thru 7/25New York Philharmonic Returns to Bravo! Vail for 12th Annual Summer Residency, Now thru 7/25
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail in Colorado for the Orchestra's 12th- annual summer residency there, performing six concerts today, July 18-25, 2014. (more...)

Michael Cerveris and Laura Osnes Join Randy Newman in Encores! FAUST: THE CONCERT TonightMichael Cerveris and Laura Osnes Join Randy Newman in Encores! FAUST: THE CONCERT Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

Michael Cerveris, Isaiah Johnson, Randy Newman, Laura Osnes, Vonda Shepard, Brooklyn Shuck, Tony Vincent and Broadway Inspirational Voices have been cast in Randy Newman's Faust: The Concert, which will be performed tonight, July 1 as the second Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2014 season. Faust will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Marcos Santana. Jeanine Tesori is the Encores! Off-Center artistic director; Chris Fenwick is its music director. (more...)

HEAT WAVE, ANGRY FAGS and 'MOTHER EARTH' Set for Steppenwolf's GARAGE REP 2015, Beginning 2/20HEAT WAVE, ANGRY FAGS and 'MOTHER EARTH' Set for Steppenwolf's GARAGE REP 2015, Beginning 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Steppenwolf Theatre Company begins performances for Garage Rep 2015 on February 20, 2015, which features Cold Basement Dramatics' production of Heat Wave, Pride Films and Plays' production of Angry Fags and Red Tape Theatre's production of The Walk Across America for Mother Earth. These innovative storefront companies will perform in rotating repertory under Steppenwolf's banner for ten weeks. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Mary Testa Talks New Album HAVE FAITH, Upcoming Concerts & Reflects On Theatre CareerInDepth InterView: Mary Testa Talks New Album HAVE FAITH, Upcoming Concerts & Reflects On Theatre Career
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 2, 2015

Today we are talking to an instantly recognizable stage stalwart who has lit up Broadway and beyond for more than three decades since her debut in William Finn's IN TROUSERS - the one and only Mary Testa. Discussing all aspects of her exemplary new album created in collaboration with acclaimed orchestrator Michael Starobin, HAVE FAITH, Testa imparts the impetus behind the concept album and outlines what motivated the wildly eclectic song choices included on the release - ranging from the Beach Boys, Prince and Aerosmith to Michael John LaChiusa, William Finn, Jill Sobule and many more. Furthermore, Testa eloquently describes the fascinating and compelling theme upon which the album is based - the journey of a soul through life; ostensibly a search for faith - and relates the sonic experience to her own spiritual pursuits. Additionally, Testa clues us in on what we can expect from her upcoming promotional concert appearances alongside Starobin in support of the album, as well, kicking off with a concert at Barnes & Noble next week along with a series of shows at the Laurie Beechman Theater. Reflecting on the various ways in which she has seen the theatre transform over the course of her career thus far, Testa also sheds some light on many of her most celebrated roles to date, including IN TROUSERS, THE RINK, XANADU, 42nd STREET, MARIE CHRISTINE, See What I Wanna See, QUEEN OF THE MIST, GUYS & DOLLS, A NEW BRAIN, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, LUCKY STIFF, CHICAGO, WICKED and more. All of that, playing Barbara Bush in FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE and much, much more with one of Broadway's most reliably entertaining and endlessly inventive regulars. (more...)

BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Will Celebrate 200th Show with Week of Deleted ScenesBAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Will Celebrate 200th Show with Week of Deleted Scenes
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Bayside! The Musical! - the hilarious unauthorized parody of the Saturday morning show "Saved by the Bell" is celebrating its 200th show the week of January 21 with a special performances entitled "Bayside! The Musical: Deleted Scenes" Every performance will have additional scenes that were originally deleted for reasons only known by Zack Morris. (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: Audra McDonald en concierto en el Teatro RealPHOTO FLASH: Audra McDonald en concierto en el Teatro Real
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Feb 2, 2015

El pasado sabado 31 de enero la actriz Audra McDonald ofrecio un concierto en el Teatro Real de Madrid en el que compartio con el publico temas de compositores conocidos del Teatro Musical Americano. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Matt Bogart Talks 54 SINGS CHESS, Plus 2000+ JERSEY BOYS Broadway Performances, AIDA Memories, Solo Album News & MoreInDepth InterView: Matt Bogart Talks 54 SINGS CHESS, Plus 2000+ JERSEY BOYS Broadway Performances, AIDA Memories, Solo Album News & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 11, 2015

Today we are talking to one of Broadway's best baritones all about his accomplished career in musical theatre that began nearly 20 years ago with a memorable turn in MISS SAIGON, the thoughtful and debonair Matt Bogart. In addition to looking back at his arrival on Broadway during the mega-musical era, Bogart also comments on subsequent starring roles in Broadway productions ranging from Elton John and Tim Rice's Tony Award-winning AIDA to Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy's THE CIVIL WAR and far beyond. Additionally, Bogart sheds considerable light on projects he has participated in over the years in regional productions and workshops, including THE BAKER'S WIFE, CAMELOT, ACE and more. Most importantly, Bogart offers the full 411 on this weekend's hotly anticipated evening of music from famous rock concept musical CHESS and clues us in on what we can expect from the starry evening, directed by Scott Coulter. Furthermore, Bogart shares stories from the set of SMASH, outlines some of his favorite musical theatre songs to date and details the process in bringing his previous solo albums to fruition along with JAY Records executive producer John Yap, looking ahead to the release of a brand new release set for later this year. All of that, a thorough analysis of participating in 2500 performances of long-running Tony Award-winning Broadway super smash JERSEY BOYS, appearing in the international broadcast and DVD edition of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, memories of the legendary 2002 Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration and much, much more! (more...)

Strawdog Theatre to Stage DESPERATE DOLLS, 11/23-12/23Strawdog Theatre to Stage DESPERATE DOLLS, 11/23-12/23
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the second production in their 2014 - 2015 Hugen Hall season, Darren Callahan's Desperate Dolls, November 23 -- December 23, directed by Michael Driscoll at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway Street. Opening night performance is Monday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. (more...)

A VERY BAYSIDE CHRISTMAS to Welcome Ed 'The Max' Alonzo, 12/17-20A VERY BAYSIDE CHRISTMAS to Welcome Ed 'The Max' Alonzo, 12/17-20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

National Lampoon's Bayside! The Musical! - the hilarious unauthorized parody of the wholesome Saturday morning program "Saved by the Bell" - will present a "A Very Bayside Christmas" for the week of Wednesday, December 17 through Saturday, December 20. (more...)

Mary Testa and Michael Starobin Release New Album HAVE FAITH TodayMary Testa and Michael Starobin Release New Album HAVE FAITH Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Ghostlight Records has announced the release of the new CD from MARY TESTA - the two time Tony Award nominated singer and actress currently starring in Wicked on Broadway - and MICHAEL STAROBIN, the Tony Award winning orchestrator and arranger. The album will be available in stores and via online outlets today, December 2, 2014. Mary and Michael will perform a special CD release engagement at The Laurie Beechman Theater at The West Bank Cafe January 4-5,11-12, 2015 at 7:00 PM. For tickets, please visit www.lauriebeechmantheatre.com. (more...)

Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana Set for A BROADWAY ROMANCE Valentine's Day Concert with New York PhilharmonicLaura Osnes & Santino Fontana Set for A BROADWAY ROMANCE Valentine's Day Concert with New York Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Ted Sperling will conduct the New York Philharmonic and vocalists Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana in A Broadway Romance, a one-night-only Valentine's Day concert, Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. The program will feature songs from popular musicals ranging from Bernstein's West Side Story and Gershwin's Girl Crazy to Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel and Stephen Sondheim's Company, woven together to tell a unified narrative of a romance from beginning to end, from meeting to first date to falling in love to marriage. (more...)

A VERY BAYSIDE CHRISTMAS Welcomes Ed 'The Max' Alonzo, Now thru 12/20A VERY BAYSIDE CHRISTMAS Welcomes Ed 'The Max' Alonzo, Now thru 12/20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

National Lampoon's Bayside! The Musical! - the hilarious unauthorized parody of the wholesome Saturday morning program 'Saved by the Bell' - will present a 'A Very Bayside Christmas' this week, December 17 through Saturday, December 20. (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY Runs 1/9-18 at The CarnegieWEST SIDE STORY Runs 1/9-18 at The Carnegie
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

hakespeare's unforgettable love story meets modern-day New York City in The Carnegie's presentation of WEST SIDE STORY Jan. 9-18, 2015 directed by Brian Robertson. Combining playwright Arthur Laurents' touching libretto and a masterful score by Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim, America's most beloved musical is the latest production in The Carnegie's 2014-15 Theatre Series. (more...)

Mary Testa to Celebrate Release of New Album at The Laurie Beechman Theater and Barnes & Noble Next MonthMary Testa to Celebrate Release of New Album at The Laurie Beechman Theater and Barnes & Noble Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

MARY TESTA - the two time Tony Award nominated singer and actress - and MICHAEL STAROBIN, the Tony Award winning orchestrator and arranger will perform four concerts in January to promote their new album Have Faith from Ghostlight Records. Fresh off her recent starring role on Broadway in Wicked, Mary will perform a special CD release engagement at The Laurie Beechman Theater at The West Bank Cafe January 4-5,11-12, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Music Director Michael Starobin, will join her on piano with Alisa Horn on cello. Since being released earlier this month, Have Faith was called "stunning" by Playbill, "beautifully hypnotizing" by BroadwayWorld and "a sensational CD debut, terrific from first cut to last" by the Connecticut Post. For tickets, please visit www.lauriebeechmantheatre.com. To order the album, please visit www.sh-k-boom.com/havefaith. (more...)

Mary Testa to Celebrate HAVE FAITH Album at the Beechman, Barnes & Noble, 1/4-12Mary Testa to Celebrate HAVE FAITH Album at the Beechman, Barnes & Noble, 1/4-12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

MARY TESTA -- the two time Tony Award nominated singer and actress -- and MICHAEL STAROBIN, the Tony Award winning orchestrator and arranger will perform four concerts in January to promote their new album Have Faith from Ghostlight Records. (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago to Present PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION, 1/15-2/21 at Victory GardensBailiwick Chicago to Present PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION, 1/15-2/21 at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

On the heels of its wildly-successful production of The Wild Party, Bailiwick Chicago is pleased to continue its 2014-15 season with the world premiere of the fierce new play PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION by Resident Playwright Aaron Holland*, directed by Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown*, playing January 15 - February 21, 2015 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits -MAMMA MIA!Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits -MAMMA MIA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 20, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MAMMA MIA! below! (more...)

Workshop of New Michael John LaChiusa Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL to be Held this FallWorkshop of New Michael John LaChiusa Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL to be Held this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

According to a new audition listing, a workshop of Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa and Ellen Fitzhugh's new musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL will begin October 6 in New York City. The production will continue performances through November 7. (more...)

To Hell in a Hand Puppet! Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's HAND TO GOD, Opening TonightTo Hell in a Hand Puppet! Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's HAND TO GOD, Opening Tonight
by Meet the Cast - Apr 7, 2015

The new American play Hand to God opens on Broadway tonight, April 7, 2015 at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street), marking the Broadway debuts of playwright Robert Askins and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Scroll down to learn more about the cast and watch interviews with the company! (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present Orange County Debut of MURDER FOR TWO This SpringLaguna Playhouse to Present Orange County Debut of MURDER FOR TWO This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present the Orange County premiere of the Smash-Hit, Off-Broadway musical, MURDER FOR TWO, book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, choreography by Wendy Seyb, musical direction by David Caldwell and direction by Scott Schwartz. (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN! Original Broadway Cast Album Coming This SummerSOMETHING ROTTEN! Original Broadway Cast Album Coming This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

?Ghostlight Records will record the Original Broadway Cast Album of the new musical comedy Something Rotten!. (more...)

Sam Willmott & Sam Carner Receive 25th Annual Kleban Prizes for Musical TheatreSam Willmott & Sam Carner Receive 25th Annual Kleban Prizes for Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

The Kleban Foundation is pleased to announce that the 25th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist has been awarded to Sam Willmott and the 25th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Sam Carner. The 2015 prizes will be presented on Monday, June 22, 2015, in a private ceremony (by invitation only) hosted by ASCAP and BMI at ASCAP. (more...)

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