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George Gershwin Theatre (New York, NY)
222 West 51st St.

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The storyline: It is evening and a mother reminds her small child to put his toy-trains away and to go to bed. In the child's dream, the locomotives come alive: It is the night of the world championships for locomotives.



The young steam locomotive Rusty, charming but definitely no longer technically up to date, appears to stand no chance against its more modern challengers, such as the macho Greaseball. This self-confident diesel locomotive rocks like Elvis and conquers the hearts of its many female fans. When Electra, an ultra-modern e-locomotive, suddenly makes its appearance, the situation seems hopeless for the young steam locomotive. Beautiful Pearl, a 1st-class coach, leaves Rusty for Electra.



Three, two, one- go! The flags come down, the lights flash and the helmets sparkle. Locomotives and their coaches are hurtling along the tracks at lightning speed. The conflict between the trains comes to a climax, since the methods used to win this international race are not always fair. Suddenly it appears, the legendary "Starlight Express", like a fiery comet's tail in the sky. The night is full of glittering stars as Rusty finds out what is most important in life: believing in yourself. He finds new courage to enter the finale - and Pearl begins to understand who her true love belongs to...


BWW Review: Richard Woodford's BECAUSE OF YOU Album
by Jenny Ell - Nov 30, 2015

With a career spanning two decades, Richard 'Woody' Woodford releases his long awaited debut album Because Of You later this month. Over the years, Woodford has been a part of a multitude of West End and International musical productions with only a selection of them being celebrated on this recording. It is an absolute must for any modern musical theatre fan, featuring songs from Shrek to The Phantom Of The Opera, Saturday Night Fever to Songs For A New World. This is an excellent showcase from a supremely talented and versatile performer, singing a wonderful assortment of much-loved musical numbers. (more...)

DUNCAN JAMES TO STAR AS 'TICK' IN PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT - THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2015

David Ian Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group have announced that Duncan James will star as 'Tick' in the international smash hit musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Mon 2 - Sat 7 May 2016. (more...)

South Florida Theatre League's 2015 Remy Awards Celebration Set for 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

Nine individuals will be honored with the South Florida Theatre League's Remy Awards, which will be presented at the League's annual holiday celebration on December 7, 2015 at Stache in Fort Lauderdale. (more...)

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Performs With Andrew Lloyd Webber on THE LATE SHOW
by TV News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

Stephen Colbert and Andrew Lloyd Webber discuss and play excerpts from some of his greatest hits last night on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT! Watch the video below! (more...)

Full Cast Announced for EXPOSURE THE MUSICAL at St James Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

The full cast has been announced for Exposure The Musical - Life Through A Lens. It runs at St. James Theatre, for a limited season, from 16 July until 27 August 2016, with press night on Thursday 28 July 2016.  (more...)

BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis delights with 'La boheme'
by Steve Callahan - May 23, 2016

OTSL has opened a delicious 'La boheme'. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Andrea McArdle, Sally Struthers and More in Gateway's ANYTHING GOES
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County kicked off its new season on Wednesday May 18 with ANYTHING GOES. Tickets start at $59 and go on sale to the public on Tuesday, March 22 at 10am. Full Season Subscription Membership is only available now through March 21 and includes tickets to all five Main Stage shows and exclusive membership perks. For more information, contact the Box Office at (631) 286-1133 or visit the website atwww.TheGateway.org. (more...)

Off-Broadway's TRIP OF LOVE Welcomes New Cast Members to Company
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Trip of Love, New York's high-voltage 1960's Pop Music Spectacular, proudly welcomes Bahiyah Hibah to the company.  Starting May 24, Hibah assumes the role of 'Jennifer.' Hibah's Broadway credits include The Color Purple, The Little Mermaid, Rock of Ages, Memphis, Pal Joey, Evita, Chicago (Velma), After Midnight, and On The Twentieth Century. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Andrea McArdle, Sally Struthers and More in Gateway's ANYTHING GOES
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2016

The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County kicked off its new season on Wednesday May 18 with ANYTHING GOES. Tickets start at $59 and go on sale to the public on Tuesday, March 22 at 10am. Full Season Subscription Membership is only available now through March 21 and includes tickets to all five Main Stage shows and exclusive membership perks. For more information, contact the Box Office at (631) 286-1133 or visit the website at www.TheGateway.org. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for THE DONKEY SHOW - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DISCO in London
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

?Award winning comedian, Vikki Stone (Oberon/Mia) is joined by Siobhan Athwal (Dmitri/Vinnie), Bronte Barbe (Helen/Vinnie), Melissa Bayern (Tytania/Sander), Natalie Chua (Disco Girl), Samuel Fogell (DJ Hernando/Cobweb), James Gillan (Lady Puck), Dominique Kinisky (Peaseblossom), Nyron Levy (Moth), Adrian Martel (Mustardseed), Harry Morley (Fidget) and Jessica Spalis (Rico Suave) to complete the cast for The Donkey Show.  (more...)

Besetzung und Team für Weltpremiere von SCHIKANEDER in Wien stehen fest
by Iris Moebius - May 11, 2016

SCHIKANEDER - die turbulente Liebesgeschichte hinter der Zauberflote ist eine romantische Musical-Komodie uber eines der wohl schillerndsten Theater-Ehepaare des 18. Jahrhunderts, die am 30. September 2016 ihre Weltpremiere feiert. Die VBW schließen somit an die Tradition der Eigenproduktionen an und bringen mit SCHIKANEDER die insgesamt zwolfte Musical-Urauffuhrung des Unternehmens im Herbst auf die Buhne des Raimund Theater. Intendant Christian Struppeck stellte gestern im Beisein von Komponist und Liedtexter Stephen Schwartz Produktion und Hauptdarsteller vor. (more...)

Jane Krakowski, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr. & Hank Azaria to Take Part in Drama League's Spring UP CLOSE Series
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

The Drama League has announced its Spring 2016 'Up Close' Series, to be held at The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas) in Tribeca. (more...)

Barney Wragg Steps Down as Really Useful Group Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group today announced that Managing Director, Barney Wragg, has decided to step down after completing his five year term with the company. (more...)

Anna-Jane Casey to Star in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at the Crucible This Winter
by Jessica Khan - Mar 3, 2016

Just after her appearance in FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS at the Crucible this summer, Anna-Jane Casey will return to the stage -- this time as sharpshooter 'Annie Oakley' in Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - March 27, 2016
by - Mar 27, 2016

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

BLUE MAN GROUP to Launch Worldwide Tour in Singapore This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

The international entertainment phenomenon, BLUE MAN GROUP is pleased to announce that their wildly popular, award-winning production will be launching its world premiere in Singapore for the first time as part of a new worldwide tour from March to July 2016. (more...)

Andrea McArdle & More Set for 14th Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

MAD COW THEATRE announces the return of a singular downtown Orlando event - the 14th annual Orlando Cabaret Festival, featuring cabaret artists from Central Florida and beyond. Among the headliners for the 2016 Cabfest will be Broadway star Andrea McArdle, a leading lady ever since she played the very first Annie in the beloved Broadway show of the same name. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 3/22/2016 - DRY POWDER, THE FATHER, ALW, Sondheim and More!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 22, 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: DRY POWDER opens and THE FATHER begins, plus two legendary Broadway composers celebrate their birthday! (more...)

Dear Friends! Meet the Full Cast of SHE LOVES ME, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Mar 17, 2016

Laura Benanti (Amalia), Zachary Levi (Georg), Gavin Creel (Kodaly), Michael McGrath (Sipos), Jane Krakowski (Ilona) and Byron Jennings (Maraczek) star in Roundabout's new Broadway production of SHE LOVES ME, directed by Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Paul Gemignani. SHE LOVES ME officially opens tonight, March 17, 2016, and runs through July 10, 2016 at Studio 54 on Broadway. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch interviews with the cast! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/15/16- STARLIGHT EXPRESS
by Stage Tube - Mar 15, 2016

Today in 1987, Starlight Express opened at the Gershwin Theatre, where it ran for 761 performances. Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Richard Stilgoe (lyrics) and Arlene Phillips (choreography), with later revisions by Don Black (lyrics) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics for the 2nd US tour). The story follows a child's dream in which his toy train set comes to life; famously the actors perform wearing roller skates. (more...)

'ROCKY HORROR,' ANYTHING GOES & More Set for The Gateway's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County is thrilled to announce its 2016 Season! Producing Broadway-caliber musicals starring professional actors, The Gateway kicks off its new season on Wednesday May 18 with five dazzling Broadway hits: Anything Goes, Million Dollar Quartet, Ain't Misbehavin', Priscilla Queen of Desert, and The Rocky Horror Show. Tickets start at $59 and go on sale to the public on Tuesday, March 22 at 10am. Full Season Subscription Membership is only available now through March 21 and includes tickets to all five Main Stage shows and exclusive membership perks. For more information, contact the Box Office at (631) 286-1133 or visit the website at www.TheGateway.org. (more...)

2 ACROSS, Starring Andrea McArdle & Kip Gilman, Adds Wednesday Matinees
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

A new batch of tickets are now on sale for the Off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Mayer's new comedy, 2 ACROSS, which began a open-ended engagement on November 14th at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Emmy Award nominee Evelyn Rudie ("Eloise") directs a cast that stars Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman. Tickets are now on sale through March 20th. Wednesday Matinees at 2pm have also been added to accommodate the demand. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Adam Gwon & Sarah Hammond About STRING
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Jan 5, 2016

New Musicals at 54 is a series presented by Feinstein's/ 54 Below Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Some of the 10 new and diverse musicals by a selection of today's most talented writers have had out-of-town productions, some have had workshops... now's your chance to be first to see them in NYC! Join us at New Musicals at 54 for one-night-only concerts celebrating each new show with songs, behind-the-scenes stories, and all-star casts! (more...)

BWW Review: AIDA at Uptown Players & Turtle Creek Chorale
by Kyle Christopher West - Jan 16, 2016

Fortunately, for one weekend only, the gods of Uptown Players and Turtle Creek Chorale present a worthy 'concert version' that shouldn't be missed. (more...)

Photo Flash: TRIP OF LOVE Goes Tie-Dye for 100 Performances Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

TRIP OF LOVE, the dance musical spectacle celebrating the biggest hits of the '60s, is proud to have celebrated 100 performances this Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Following the matinee performance, the company celebrated the milestone with tie-dye cupcakes to match the show's '60s style. TRIP OF LOVE began performances Saturday, September 26 at Stage 42, formerly The Little Shubert Theater (422 West 42nd St) and officially opened on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Anton Stephans and Noel Sullivan Join SEASONS OF LARSON Concert, Jan. 25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Final names are announced today for Seasons of Larson, a one-off concert celebrating the life and music of legendary Broadway composer Jonathan Larson. The concert will take place on Monday 25 January 2016 at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. (more...)

TRIP OF LOVE to Host 60s-Themed Events Throughout February
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

TRIP OF LOVE, the new dance musical spectacle celebrating the biggest hits of the '60s, will continue the summer of love, offering a retreat from the cold, snowy weather with Flower Power February. All month long, TRIP OF LOVE and its partners will host 60s themed events, both at Stage 42 (422 West 42nd Street) and throughout the city. (more...)

Mark Siebert to Lead Stephen Schwartz and Christian Struppeck's SCHIKANEDER, Directed by Trevor Nunn, in Vienna, Sept 30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Schikaneder - the turbulent love story behind the Magic will have its World Premiere in Vienna in the Raimund Theater on September 30.  Vienna Crowd favorite Mark Seibert will star. (more...)

Laura Pitt-Pulford, Anna-Jane Casey to Bloom in FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS at the Crucible; Cast Announced!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 25, 2016

The new musical FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS has found its blooms. (more...)

Brandon Leffler Joins Cast of TRIP OF LOVE at Stage 42; New Ensemble Members Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

Trip of Love, New York's high-voltage 1960's Pop Music Spectacular, proudly announces three casting updates:  Brandon Leffler steps into the role of George.  Leffler's Broadway and national tour credits including On the Town,Cinderella, Wicked, A Chorus Line, Cats, and Fanny and Anyone Can Whistle atEncores! Great American Musicals In Concert®.  Television audiences have seen Leffler on TV's 'SNL,' '30 Rock,' and 'Gossip Girl.' (more...)

New Off-Broadway Comedy 2 ACROSS, Starring Andrea McArdle, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

The Off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Mayer's new comedy, 2 Across, is currently playing an open-ended engagement at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The production officially opens tonight, December 9, with Emmy Award nominee Evelyn Rudie ('Eloise') directing a cast that stars Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Frances Ruffelle Sings 'No Regrets'; New Album I SAY YEH-YEH Out Now
by Stage Tube - Dec 28, 2015

Tony winner Frances Ruffelle recently launched her own YouTube account and just released a montage set to 'No Regrets' from her new album I SAY YEH-YEH, available now. Check it out below! (more...)

La Mirada Theatre to Present EMPIRE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT (2014 Ovation Award Nominee for Best Season!), in association with Sue Vaccaro, Ricky Stevens & The Rivet Gang announce the third show of their 2015-2016 season, the pre-Broadway engagement of EMPIRE, book, music & lyrics by Caroline Sherman and Robert Hull, musical direction by Sariva Goetz, and directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime).  EMPIRE will preview on Friday, January 22, 2016 (with a press opening on Saturday, January 23) and run through Sunday, February 14, 2016 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Frances Ruffelle in BENEATH THE DRESS
by Stage Tube - Dec 15, 2015

Frances Ruffelle has posted footage of her solo show, Beneath the Dress, at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Frances has recently launched her own Youtube account. Check it out here! (more...)

Photo Flash: ELOISE Artist Hilary Knight Poses with Evelyn Rudie and Andrea McArdle at 2 ACROSS Opening
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2015

ELOISE creator Hilary Knight caught up with Evelyn Rudie who created the role of ELOISE in 1956 on television's 'Playhouse 90.' It brought her critical acclaim and an Emmy nomination at age six-the first time a child actress was so honored. Evelyn is now the director of the acclaimed off-Broadway hit, 2 ACROSS, which stars Andrea McArdle. Below, check out a picture of Knight, Rudie, and McArdle posing at the 2 ACROSS opening night! (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber to Use Westminster Venue for New Musical Tryouts
by Jessica Khan - Dec 10, 2015

After workshopping his new musical SCHOOL OF ROCK at New York City's Gramercy Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber is eager for a space to try out musicals in the UK. (more...)

Andrea McArdle to Perform at Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

Tony Award-nominated star Andrea McArdle brings her Broadway voice to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Tuesday, January 12 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Andrea McArdle & Kip Gilman in 2 ACROSS Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

The Off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Mayer's new comedy, 2 Across, began a open-ended engagement on November 14th at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Emmy Award nominee Evelyn Rudie ("Eloise") directs a cast that stars Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman. Opening Night is set for Wednesday December 9th. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Andrea McArdle Sings 'Tomorrow' at DISASTER!
by Stage Tube - Apr 9, 2016

Broadway veteran and Tony nominee Andrea McArdle stopped by DISASTER! to sing the song that she made famous: 'Tomorrow' from Annie. Check out the video here! (more...)

Point Park University's The REP Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

The 2016-2017 season of The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, will include regional premieres and shows written by some of the best contemporary playwrights. (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars Names New Dean of Humphreys School of Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announces the appointment of acclaimed musical theatre educator, performer, music director and Broadway producer Dave Clemmons as Dean of the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT). (more...)

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert & Jane Krakowski Sing a Song for America's 'Unsung Heroes'
by TV News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

On last night's LATE SHOW, Stephen Colbert explained that the world is full of so many heroes who never have a song sung about them. Fortunately, Stephen and guest Jane Krakowski were able to right that wrong. (more...)

New Musical BRIGHT SIDE to Play Art Square Theatre, 5/19-6/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Fighting cancer takes guts and tenacity - and a strong support system - something the lead character learns in 'Bright Side', a new musical about a macho military man diagnosed with male breast cancer. The play runs May 19-June 5 at the Art Square Theatre and features Broadway veteran actors and local talent. (more...)

Everybody Wants to Rule the World! Meet the Full Cast of AMERICAN PSYCHO, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 21, 2016

AMERICAN PSYCHO, the American premiere of a new musical based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis -- which celebrates the 25th anniversary of its publication this March -- began performances on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Opening night is tonight, April 21, 2016. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Matt Farcher to Lead Wildhorn & Murphy's THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO at Pioneer Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the American professional premiere of the new musical THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, written by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy. Performances take place May 6 through May 21, 2016. PTC has just announced the full cast and creative team for the production! (more...)

SHE LOVES ME and UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT's Jane Krakowski's Road To Broadway and TV Stardom
by Michael Dale - Apr 20, 2016

Jane Krakowski was an emerging Broadway star when she first gained national attention for 'Ally McBeal.' (more...)

BWW Invite: Attend SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversation with the Cast of SHE LOVES ME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

On Tuesday, April 26 (1pm), join us for a Career Conversations with Danielle Brooks currently starring in The Color Purple, moderated by BroadwayWorld.com's Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge!' The event will take place at The New School - University Center (63 Fifth Avenue). (more...)

I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE Revival Set for Cape Town And Johannesburg
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

VRG Theatrical is proud to announce that a new, upscale production of I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE will be presented in Cape Town and Johannesburg from July to September 2016. (more...)

TRIP OF LOVE to Play 200th Performance Off-Broadway Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Trip of Love, the 1960's pop music spectacular,will celebrate its 200th performance this Tuesday, April 12 at Stage 42 (422 W 42nd Street). Since opening night on October 18 2015, audiences have taken in... (more...)

KING JOHN Cast Announced at Rose Theatre Kingston
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Rose Theatre Kingston today announces cast for King John. Trevor Nunn returns to the Rose to direct Jamie Ballard as King John, Howard Charles as Philip the Bastard, Lisa Dillon as Constance and Maggie Steed as Queen Eleanor. (more...)

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