BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Summer Reflection: Why Tech Deserves the Spotlight
by Guest Blogger: Christopher Panella - Jul 29, 2016

Summer: a time for reflection, relaxation, and work. As I have been reading, writing, and working on my craft, I reflected constantly back to a few months ago, during Seussical the Musical, when I saw firsthand the stress crew undergoes to provide the best environment for cast members. I have said it before and I will say it every day until I die: without the thankless work of crew and tech, the cast wouldn't even exist. Thanks to these reflections, I have decided the best blog as the summer begins to come to an end is a blog with a theme that I hope carries into the next school year and theatre season: tech deserves the spotlight.  (more...)

Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

THE ADDAMS FAMILY to Close Out Moonlight Stage's Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

When the daylight ends and the moon ascends, find yourself at Moonlight Amphitheatre for 'The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy.' The creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family we all know and love storms onto the Moonlight stage Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT to Hold 'Rock-A-Long' Performance This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The critically acclaimed production of Green Day's hit musical, American Idiot, will be performing a special 'Rock-A-Long' performance for one night only on Thursday 8 September 2016. Following the huge success of last year's event, audience members are encouraged to 'ROCK OUT' with the cast, following the musical's return to its London home at the Arts Theatre in July. (more...)

CHEESEBURGER DELUXE to Make World Premiere at The 4th Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Cheeseburger Deluxe, a new musical play featuring book, music, and lyrics by J. William Bruce, will receive its world premiere production at The 4th Street Theater in New York City. (more...)

Justin Guarini, Michele Ragusa and Euan Morton to Lead New Musical CAKE OFF at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Broadway, television and film star Justin Guarini returns to Bucks County Playhouse when he joins Tony nominee Euan Morton, Barrymore winner Michele Ragusa and newcomer Aidan J. Lawrence at Bucks County Playhouse for 'Cake Off,' a new musical by Sheri Wilner, Julia Jordan and Adam Gwon. 'Cake Off', directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, will preview on August 19, with opening night August 20 and run through September 10, 2016. (more...)

VIDEO: Natascia Diaz Performs Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Burn' in Concert
by Michael Dale - Jul 26, 2016

The two-time Helen Hayes Award winner puts her own spin on the searing HAMILTON ballad. (more...)

Campers Present SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL in Berwick
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Sydney Gosselin of North Berwick (left) and Lily Tasker of Berwick, campers at Hackmatack camp, rehearse for Seussical Jr., which can be seen 10 am Friday Aug. 5 and Saturday Aug. 6 at Hackmatack Playhouse. The mattress in the background is a prop in Once Upon a Mattress, the main stage production playing through Aug. 13. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. For tickets and information, call 207-698-1807 (more...)

STILL READY: THE SONGS OF ROB ROKICKI at New York Musical Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Broadway favorites Luca Padovan, Tracee Beazer, and Kathleen Monteleone will join composer Rob Rokicki for two special NYMF concert events July 31 st and August 2 nd . Rob's music has been described by The New York Times as "sassy" and "energetic" and 'Intelligent, inspired and incredibly relatable' by frequent collaborator Joe Iconis. (more...)

SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL to Begin This Weekend at Warner Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

The Warner Stage Company will present the family favorite Seussical: The Musical on the Warner's Main Stage July 30-August 7, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL Is Lively Event
by Marietta Lunceford - Jul 23, 2016

ACTA theatre is presenting Seussical, THE MUSICAL now through July 31. A mixture of characters from several different stories by Dr. Seuss, with a through line that involves Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and JoJo, a small boy from Whoville, Seussical is fast paced and fun. Running July 21, 22, 23 and 28, 29 and 30 at 7:00pm and July 24 and 31 at 2:30, contact the theatre at 205-655-3902 or go to www.actatheater.com for more information. Last night's audience was full, but with such a large cast that is to be expected. If you want to see Seussical you need to call asap! (more...)

IN THE CAR WITH BLOSSOM AND LEN and More Set for Queens Theatre's 28th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Queens Theatre's new season, which will begin in October 2016 and continue through May 2017, will feature Dance, Theatre and Family programming along with many special events. (more...)

Carnegie Theatre to Open 2016-17 Season with ROCK OF AGES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

The Carnegie patrons can expect 'Nothin' But a Good Time' with the 2016-17 Theatre Season opener, ROCK OF AGES. The classic boy meets girl tale features classic 80s hair band hits and runs weekends August 13-28, 2016. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Touring Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

?Full casting is confirmed for hit musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, bringing everyone's favourite carnivorous plant to bringing everyone's favourite carnivorous plant to the Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Monday 14 until Saturday 19 November 2016 as part of a major new UK Tour. (more...)

ALADDIN's Adam Jacobs, Don Darryl Rivera, and Joshua Dela Cruz Join Tribute Concert to Ahrens & Flaherty
by Oliver Oliveros - Jul 19, 2016

Adam Jacobs, Don Darryl Rivera, and Joshua Dela Cruz, current cast members of the Broadway smash musical Disney's ALADDIN, are joining the cast of Broadway Barkada's tribute concert to Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty titled 'Make Them Hear You: The Songs of Ahrens & Flaherty' on Sunday, July 24, 7 p.m. at the Cutting Room (44 East 32nd St., between Park and Madison). (more...)

Photo Flash: Casts of TINK!, CAMP ROLLING HILLS and THE GOLD Turn Out for NYMF Opening Party
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Last night, the casts of of TINK!, CAMP ROLLING HILLS and THE GOLD turned out for the NYMF Opening Night Party at 42West. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Look at Worthington Community Theatre's SEUSSICAL
by Jerri Shafer - Jul 18, 2016

A musical perfect for the whole family, Seussical takes us into the world of Dr. Seuss, where we revisit beloved characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and JoJo. The Cat in the Hat guides us into The Jungle of Nool where we see Horton, the kind hearted elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whoville. He meets JoJo, a Who child sent to military school for thinking too many 'thinks.'Horton decides he must protect the speck of dust on a nearby clover, while at the same time protecting an abandoned egg left to his care by the lazy Mayzie la Bird. Horton tries to convince the other animals in The Jungle of the existence of the Whos, but he is ridiculed and put on trial for insanity. Only his loyal neighbor,Gertrude McFuzz, never loses faith in him. Eventually, the two fall in love. Now one of the most widely produced musicals in the country, Seussical weaves a story of friendship, loyalty and love. Despite all odds, Horton and Gertrude band together to save the Whos, free Horton, and restore peace and unity to the Jungle of Nool. Charming Seussical teaches us the power of being unique, and the importance of fighting for your beliefs. (more...)

Junie B. Jones Brings 'SURVIVAL GUIDE' Off-Broadway This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

This summer Theatreworks USA, the nation's leading not-for-profit professional theatre for young audiences, will present the Off-Broadway Premiere of Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Natascia Diaz Takes on Versatile Lineup at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stage Tube - Jul 15, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presented Every Little Step star and two-time Helen Hayes Award winner Natascia Diaz in her New York City solo debut one month ago today, following her acclaimed and nominated performance as Anita in Signature Theatre's sold out run of West Side Story in Washington, D.C. Click below to watch Diaz perform 'I Miss The Mountains,' 'Happy Birthday, Darling', 'Autumn Leaves' and more on the 54 Below stage! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 7/15/2016 - Will Swenson in 'PIRATES', THE BODYGUARD and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 15, 2016

This weekend's big news: Will Swenson stars in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, beginning tonight at Barrington, THE BODYGUARD returns to London with Beverley Knight, and more! (more...)

BWW Blog: Bob Marks - Your Performance Goals in the Context of Your Lifestyle
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - Jul 15, 2016

As one of the pianists for the original Broadway production of Annie, many of my voice teacher colleagues were horrified at the thought of little girls being asked to belt out songs such as 'Tomorrow' and 'Hard Knock Life.' And yet, many of these teachers refused to accept those young girls as students! At that time, many voice teachers would not agree to teach students who had unchanged, prepubescent voices. They were under the impression that voice lessons could permanently damage a child's voice, which remained a widely accepted belief for many years.  (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/15; SEUSSICAL at Music Circus, GREY GARDENS at Ahmanson and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 15, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Boston, Sacramento, Los Angeles and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include THE MUSIC MAN at Cape Playhouse, Seussical at California Music Circus, and GREY GARDENS in Los Angeles, just to name a few. (more...)

Andre DeShields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Heads to Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Dennis Zacek and Grippo Stage Co., Inc., will present CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., written and performed by Andre De Shields, and directed by Samuel G. Roberson and Dennis Zacek. The cast also includes Kim Lawson and Donica Lynn. CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. runs August 25, 26 and 27, 2016 at 8pm at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

Bloom & Wolf's INSOMNIA: A NEW MUSICAL to Play MITF This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The Midtown International Theater Festival (MITF) presents Insomnia with music and lyrics by Charles Bloom and book by Theo Wolf. Ovi Vargas directs a cast of seven, including Philip Skinner, Jesse Manocherian*, Anette Michelle Sanders*, Lauren Lukacek*, Chris Brick*, Tyler Milliron*, and Dennis Holland* (Bway: The Music Man, Peter Pan). Insomnia is being staged at the Main Stage, 312 West 36th Street in New York City from August 2-7, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lorna Luft, Mario Cantone, Len Cariou and More Visit CAGNEY Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

This week, July 17, marks the 117th birthday of Hollywood legend James Cagney. This very same week, CAGNEY, the new hit musical about James Cagney, plays its 117th performance at The Westside Theatre, upstairs. Among the stars who've recently come out to celebrate Cagney are Mario Cantone (Laugh Whore, 'Sex & the City'), Jerry Dixon (If/Then, Once on this Island), Lorna Luft (Guys & Dolls, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Grease 2), and Tony Award winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music). Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Berkeley Rep's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE Adaptation Finds Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents a new adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel, It Can't Happen Here. (more...)

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, Autism Friendly Shows and More Set for Paper Mill's 2016-17 Children's Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is proud to announce its 2016-2017 children's show programming. Paper Mill's Children's Shows are charming, delightful and educational performances filled with audience participation and adventure.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Matthew Brys Yee and DON'T LET ME GO at Project REAL in Asbury Park
by Marina Kennedy - Aug 8, 2016

'Don't Let Me Go' is a new play written and directed by Matthew Brys Yee. It will be performed at Project REAL in Asbury Park on August 19th and 20th. Broadwayworld.com interviewed Matthew Brys Yee about his career and the show. (more...)

New Musical ON THE RAILS to Premiere This Fall Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

ALGONQUIN THEATER PRODUCTIONS and JASON HEWITT proudly present the world premiere of On the Rails, a new musical with book by Tony Sportiello (Second Chance, National Pastime), music and lyrics by Al Tapper (Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle), arrangements and musical direction by David Wolfson, and directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria). (more...)

Jackie Chung and Raymond J. Lee to Star in TIGER STYLE! at La Jolla Playhouse; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its production of Tiger Style!, by La Jolla native Mike Lew, directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda, running September 6 - October 2 (press opening: Wed, September 14 at 7:00pm) in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. (more...)

South Jersey Stageworks' ANYTHING GOES Featuring Alix Vitarelli
by Pati Buehler - Aug 4, 2016

It's a family affair theater company with the focus on young artists and the Gibbins family; all 5 of them are deeply passionate about keeping this all about the kids. (more...)

BWW Blog: Bob Marks - Building Your Book of Audition Songs
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - Aug 23, 2016

Even when an audition provides specific music to be prepared, you might be asked to 'bring your book.' Every performer requires a collection of songs that are ready to be sung at a moment's notice. In our industry, your 'book' is a physical binder that holds all of these songs, and is also the term for this repertoire of pieces that you have mastered and can perform with little or no preparation. (more...)

CABARET Set as the Next Production at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

'What good is sitting alone in your room. Come hear the music play' when the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre features the musical Cabaret as the next production. Set to begin Friday, August 26, the musical continues through Sunday, September 4 with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Sean Hayes and Rosie O'Donnell Join Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

It was announced Tuesday that Broadway vets, Sean Hayes and Rosie O'Donnell would be joining the cast of NBC's Hairspray Live! as Mr. Pinky and Tracy Turnblad's gym teacher. This news comes hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement that Disney channel star, Dove Cameron, and Garrett Clayton would be joining the cast as Amber von Tussle and Link Larkin, respectively.  (more...)

Eric B. Anthony and More Set for A LITTLE NEW MUSIC at Feinstein's at the Nikko
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Today, co-founders Chris Maikish and Luke Klipp announced the cast for the acclaimed Los Angeles musical theater series, A Little New Music, performing at San Francisco's Feinstein's at the Nikko on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. (more...)

Contra Costa Civic Theatre to Open 2016-17 Season with MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) begins its 2016-17 season with the Diamond Anniversary production of the beloved musical My Fair Lady, based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. (more...)

OCPAC Set to Present CATCH ME IF YOU CAN This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

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BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE BITE with Katie Lynch and SCHOOL OF ROCK's Will Blum!
by Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch - Aug 16, 2016

In Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch, come into Katie's kitchen with some of Broadway's brightest as they eat, drink and merrily mix it up. See your favorite stars out of their element as they whip up dishes inspired by their Broadway show. Watch what happens when these actors trade belting for baking! Today, we are excited to bring you the latest episode, featuring SCHOOL OF ROCK's 'Dewey' alternate, Will Blum! (more...)

BWW Preview: 2016-2017 Theatre Season Guide - Full of Promise - We Review, You Decide!
by Herbert Paine - Aug 15, 2016

A full and diverse menu of theatrical offerings for young and old and every persuasion is on tap for the 2016-2017 Season in the Phoenix region. It is reflective of the evolution of the performing arts in the Valley of the Sun. Lots ~ old and new, comforting and provocative, comedy and drama ~ for the savvy theatre-goer to see and assess. (more...)

Off-Broadway's CAGNEY Heads to the Recording Studio; Cast Album Out This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Broadway Records enters the studio today to record the original New York cast recording of Cagney, which will be released digitally and at the theatre on Friday, September 30, 2016, and in stores on October 14th. (more...)

BWW Interview: In Sunshine or in Shadow: Peter Cormican, Charis Leos, and Cary Michele Miller in McCourt's IRISH
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Aug 13, 2016

'There are two kinds of people in the world, as ye very well know,' Peter Cormican asserts in a lilting accent, 'those that are Irish and those that want to be.' The English-born actor, son Irish parents - a Protestant mother from Belfast and a Catholic father from Galway - is currently in Maine to make his Maine State Music Theatre/Portland Stage debut in Frank McCourt's play The Irish and How They Got That Way, directed by Marc Robin, which opens in Portland August 19th. The production, a bold new collaboration between two of Maine leading Equity companies, marks an exciting new chapter for both theatres and promises to be one of the season's biggest hits, as it has been in every town its played. Cormican is joined in our conversation by two of the other four principals from the a small cast that also stars Curt Dale Clark [see BWW interview 5/24/16], Charis Leos and Cary Michele Miller, (and features Cameron Wright and Emily Davis, Ernest Sauceda (fiddler) and two other musicians). Both Leos and Miller are MSMT veterans, but new to McCourt's play. 'This is my debut at Portland Stage,' Miller says with anticipation. 'I always look forward to working with Curt and Charis and Marc, and I am enjoying getting to know Peter. And I am always excited to learn new material and new music.' (more...)

BWW Feature: TOGETHER AS ONE: ASEAN-USA SHOWCASE CONCERT by YES Academy ASEAN in Luwes Theatre, Jakarta Institute Of Arts, Aug.12
by Yuliani Supandji - Aug 11, 2016

YES Academy ASEAN 2016 will held their showcase performance on Teater Luwes, Jakarta Art Institute, in 12 August. (more...)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY to Open Folger Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Folger Theatre's 2016/17 season kicks off with an inspired stage adaptation of one of literature's most cherished novels, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. (more...)

Deaf Actor to Play Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Los Angeles Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale. (more...)

Roanoke Children's Theatre to Move to the Jefferson Center for 9th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

The 2016-2017 Season at Roanoke Children's Theatre (RCT) will be BIGGER and BETTER than ever! Roanoke Children's Theatre Artistic Director Pat Wilhelms, along with Jefferson Center Executive Director Cyrus Pace, announce that RCT will be moving to the Jefferson Center for the Company's 9th season. (more...)

Ann Harada Writes of Her Experiences 'Acting While Asian'
by Michael Dale - Aug 10, 2016

After making her Broadway debut in 1998 as a replacement in M. BUTTERFLY and returning a dozen years later as Marshal of the Court in Seussical, Ann Harada made a huge splash as the no-nonsense, perpetually engaged social worker Christmas Eve in AVENUE Q. (more...)

Andre De Shields' New Work CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Comes to Victory Gardens This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Dennis Zacek and Grippo Stage Co., Inc., will present Confessions of a P.I.M.P., written and performed by Andre De Shields, and directed by Samuel G. Roberson and Dennis Zacek. The cast also includes Kimberly Lawson and Donica Lynn. Confessions of a P.I.M.P. runs August 26, 27 at 8pm and August 28 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

Star of the Day Events Productions Presents SEUSSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

Star of the Day Events Productions is proud to bring Seussical The Musical Jr. to McCoole's Arts & Events Place August 26-28, 2016.  (more...)

DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE Goes on Sale This Week at Cobb Energy Centre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

Fox Theatre in partnership with the Cobb Energy Centre announced today that individual tickets for the return engagement of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage will go on sale Friday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m. (more...)

BWW Review: SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL at the Warner Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - Aug 1, 2016

"Oh, the Thinks you can Think, when you think about Seuss!" These are some of the first lyrics heard in the Warner Stage Company's current production of Seussical THE MUSICAL. And boy, what thinks have been brought to life on the stage in this fresh, fun, and family friendly musical at the Warner Theatre in Torrington. (more...)

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