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ABBA - The Music to Feature the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Experience ABBA – The Music with renowned Swedish cover band Waterloo and the Richmond Symphony on September 27, 2014 – 8pm at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage. Don't miss your chance to hear ABBA's greatest hits like “Take a Chance on Me,” “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen” in an evening of fantastic live music performed with the full sound of a symphony orchestra. (more...)

Tickets to MAMMA MIA! at Saenger Theatre On Sale 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to New Orleans in January 2015. Presented by the New Orleans Theatre Association and East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans, Mamma Mia! will play at the Saenger Theatre beginning Tuesday, January 13, through Sunday, January 18. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: MAMMA MIA!'s Judy McLane's Career Reaches New Heights...Literally!
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2014

Judy McLane recently took a VIP ride with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angel Flight Demonstration Team in the F/A-18 Super Hornet as part of the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Key Influencer Rider Program. (more...)

Here I Go Again! BWW Interviews ROCK OF AGES Superfan Abe Calimag on His 500th Show
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 11, 2014

Today, Calimag speaks exclusively with BWW about his most memorable stage door experiences, the wide variety of actors he has seen take on these iconic roles and his own personal reflections on the 500 performances he has attended throughout the years. (more...)

Tickets to MAMMA MIA! at Clowes Memorial Hall Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Clowes Memorial Hall October 3-5. Tickets are on sale now and available in person at the Broadway Across America Box Office downtown at 342 Massachusetts Avenue (9am-5pm), Clowes Memorial Hall, The Old National Centre Ticket Office, online at BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Groups of 10 or more can book now by calling 317-632-7469 x103. (more...)

VIDEO: Cast of Broadway's MAMMA MIA Performs Medley on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2014

The cast of Broadway's MAMMA MIA capped off 'Best of Broadway' week on NBC's Today this morning with a medley of hits including 'Mamma Mia' and 'Dancing Queen!' (more...)

Christine Sherrill, Kimbre Lancaster, Sean Allan Krill and More Star in MAMMA MIA! in Las Vegas, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

The highly anticipated Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia! begins performances at The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas tonight, May 8. The talented cast features Mamma Mia! alumni, including all three Dynamos as well as several Las Vegas locals who will join the company. (more...)

BWW Reviews: TAP Celebrates WHAT I WORE, Womanhood and their Wardrobes
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - May 6, 2014

To celebrate women and the love/hate relationship they contemplate with their closets, Wisconsin's Sturgeon Bay', which opens the way to beautiful Door County, and Co Artistic Directors' Robert Boles and James Valcq of Third Avenue Playhouse present the late Nora Ephron's and her sister Delia's theater experience titled Love, Loss and What I Wore. The 2009 Off Broadway premiere won two Drama Desk Awards and will be considered one of the second longest running Off Broadway productions at the Westside Theatre. How fortunate Stage Door Theatre Company gives peninsula audiences a premiere opportunity to experience this worldwide hit show to end their winter season and brighten a cold spring. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Still the Reigning Dancing Queen
by Brooke Bridenstine - May 6, 2014

54 million people can't be wrong. That is the number of people that have seen the worldwide hit musical Mamma Mia since it debuted in 1999. The nearly sold out crowd in Ames this past Sunday night are now counted among those millions of fans. (more...)

DETROIT, OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, MURDER FOR TWO and More Set for Philadelphia Theatre Company's 40th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2014

Philadelphia Theatre Company announces four of its five plays for next year's 40th Anniversary season including Lisa D'Amour's disturbing yet bracingly funny drama Detroit, the Tony Award nominated Outside Mullingar by Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony Award-winning writer John Patrick Shanley, the runaway hit of this year's Humana Festival of New American Plays, brownsville song (b-side for tray) by rising playwright Kimber Lee, and Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair's musical whodunit Murder for Two, nominated for this year's Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. A final mainstage production will be announced shortly. (more...)

HANDS ON A HARDBODY, SLEEPING BEAUTY, OUTSIDE MULLINGAR and More Set for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) announces the 2014-2015 Season, which features an exciting selection of two outstanding regional premieres of critically acclaimed recent New York hits, a brand new romantic comedy, and a unique rock musical, along with the return of one of ETC's beloved holiday musicals. (more...)

Jim Carrey Speaks at Maharishi University Commencement
by Movies News Desk - May 27, 2014

'Dumb and Dumber' star Jim Carrey served as the 2014 commencement speaker at Iowa's Maharishi University of Management. Following the speech, the actor was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Caus rom the school. (more...)

BWW Reviews: UNDERSTUDY BLUES Melt Away as Candice van Litsenborgh Takes the Stage
by David Fick - May 27, 2014

In this cabaret, Candice van Litsenborgh places centre stage those actors whose work directors love 'so doggone much that (they're) their second choice', singing a selection of 18 songs along the way. (more...)

PointRoll Launches Innovation Roadshow Showing Advertisers How to Make Their 'What If' Ideas Come to Life
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - Digital advertisers have a plethora of channels and tactics to help execute even the loftiest creative ideas, including wearable devices, beacons, and facial recognition technology. With a deep understanding of these tools, creatives who used to daydream about the seemingly impossible can now bring their 'What if?' ideas to life. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Las Vegas Entertainers Welcome MAMMA MIA! Back to the Strip
by Stage Tube - May 21, 2014

In celebration of its triumphant return to the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas entertainers and notables welcomed MAMMA MIA! back with a video montage of special messages, which were shared with the company before their opening night on Friday, May 16. Included in the video are welcome messages from Mayor Goodman, ROCK OF AGES, JERSEY BOYS, Chippendales, JABBAWOCKEEZ and more. Check it out below! (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Announces the Full 2014 Schedule, 6/14-8/24
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Following the record-breaking attendance of Festival 2013, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival announces the full 2014 Festival free and ticketed event schedule. Jacob's Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, home to America's longest-running dance festival, and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Noted dance writer Jennifer Dunning has called the Pillow "the dance center of the nation, possibly the world." (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Las Vegas Entertainers Welcome MAMMA MIA! Back to the Strip
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2014

In celebration of its triumphant return to the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas entertainers and notables welcomed MAMMA MIA! back with a video montage of special messages, which were shared with the company before their opening night on Friday, May 16. Included in the video are welcome messages from Mayor Goodman, ROCK OF AGES, JERSEY BOYS, Chippendales, JABBAWOCKEEZ and more. Check it out below! (more...)

MAMMA MIA! Opens at New Tropicana Las Vegas Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Making its triumphant return to the Las Vegas Strip, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' global smash-hit musical MAMMA MIA! celebrates its grand opening at The New Tropicana Las Vegas tonight, Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at The New Tropicana Las Vegas. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Nicholas Carriere
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - May 14, 2014

A triple-threat talent, and then some (more...)

Judy Craymer Working on New Musical with MAMMA MIA! Team
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2014

In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, West End theatre producer Judy Craymer revealed that she is back at work with her MAMMA MIA! team on a new project. She told the Daily Mail: 'I'm working on something with Bjorn and Benny. Mamma Mia! was such a success and we work very well together.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Brings Fun to Durham
by Larisa Mount - Jun 6, 2014

The national touring company of Mamma Mia! made a brief pit-stop in the Triangle last weekend, doing several performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The show closed out the 2013-2014 theater season at DPAC. (more...)

Trey McIntyre Project to Make Final Appearance as Fulltime Dance Ensemble at Jacob's Pillow, 6/25-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

A bold company with a strong Jacob's Pillow history including five engagements since 2005, Trey McIntyre Project will make its final appearance as a fulltime dance ensemble June 25-29 in the Ted Shawn Theatre. Called "engaging and provocative" by Karen Campbell of The Boston Globe, Trey McIntyre's dances overflow with fresh intelligence, unabashed physicality, and spirit. TMP's Festival 2014 program features The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction, a new work inspired by the surreal art and writings of Edward Gorey, and the East Coast premiere of Mercury Half-Life, set entirely to the music of legendary rock band Queen. (more...)

SPANK!, Kathleen Madigan, Holiday Shows, The Freddy Awards, SISTER ACT & More Set for State Theatre Center for the Arts' 88th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

The State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, PA, announces its 88th Season. Tickets for the new season will go on sale to State Theatre Members on Thursday, August 5th, to the public on Tuesday, August 19th. (more...)

Know Theatre Announces 'The Welcome Experiment'; Kicks Off 17th Season with SERIALS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

At last night's opening of Serials! at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, new Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford announced a bold programming initiative called The Welcome Experiment. (more...)

The Cast of MAMMA MIA! Visits Opportunity Village
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

On Thursday (June, 19 2014) Las Vegas cast members from the smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! spent the morning visiting Opportunity Village. During the visit the cast took a tour of the beautiful Engelstad campus and got to meet some of the OVIPs while they were hard at work. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Blood, Guts and Classic Troubie Mayhem in ABBAMEMNON
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 17, 2014

After a particularly long laundry list of names in which Helen of Troy jumps out as the only familiar one, Chorus Leader Rob Nagle says in a completely deadpan voice, 'Don't worry... that's the last name you'll recognize tonight,' and everyone bursts into laughter. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Troubadour Theater Company's ABBAMEMNON Curtain Call and Press Night Celebration
by Lily Lim - Jun 16, 2014

Falcon Theatre presents Troubadour Theater Company's ABBAMEMO, directed by Matt Walker. Join us for a hysterical musical reimagining of the classic Greek tragedy Agamemnon, the sordid story of seduction and scheming, with the sweet Swedish sounds of the Seventies. Check out the opening night photos below! (more...)

SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS to Make UK Debut at the Union Theatre, Aug 15-30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

For the first time, the critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical See Rock City and Other Destinations, will be introduced to the UK for a two-week strictly limited run at the Union Theatre. Previews start on Friday 15 August and press night on Tuesday 19 August at 7.30pm, it was announced today. On sale now. (more...)

MAMMA MIA! National Tour Coming to Fox Theatre, 9/23-28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the Fox Theatre from September 23-28 as a special to the 2014/2015 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta series. (more...)

Exclusive: Hilton Declares Room Service Overhaul Successful
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

The days of the $30 room-service cheeseburger may be numbered, thanks to new findings from Manhattan's biggest hotel. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE BOLSHOI BALLET Finishes a Sold-Out Lincoln Center Festival Engagement With a Lumbering SPARTACUS
by Sondra Forsyth - Jul 29, 2014

Returning to NYC after a nine-year hiatus, the storied Bolshoi Ballet danced to nearly sold-out houses night after night at the Koch Theater during the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival in July. The evening of July 25th, when I saw the company's largely turgid production of "Spartacus", was no exception. Other reviewers had already panned the company's first two ballets of the warhorse repertoire for the run, "Swan Lake" and "Don Quixote". None other than Alistair Macaulay of The New York Times wrote on July 16th that the Bolshoi "seems keen to prove that it has reverted to the ghastly artistic torpor it enjoyed in the last two decades of the Soviet era." (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway's MAMMA MIA! Unveils New 'Guide to NYC' Video Series
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2014

The Broadway stars of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! present a new video series where they will share their favorite New York City must see destinations and hot spots. (more...)

ABBA to Release Landmark 'Live at Wembley Arena' Concert, 9/30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

By the time ABBA played London's Wembley Arena in November 1979, they had spent five years in the public spotlight – although it seems a short time now, they had lived several lives in that period. (more...)

Shakespeare & Company's 'VANYA & SONIA' to Begin 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

With a healthy dose of hilarity, heart and humility Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike joins the Bernstein repertory with director Matthew Penn at the helm. Christopher Durang's Tony-award winning homage to Chekhov leaves no stone unturned when it comes to family dynamics, sibling rivalries, love, lust, hopes and dreams in this razor sharp comedy. The stalwart cast includes audience favorites Tod Randolph and Elizabeth Aspenlieder, and S&Co. newcomers Jim Frangione, Angel Moore, Mat Leonard and Olivia Saccomanno. Performances run in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre August 6 - September 14. Press Opening is Friday, August 15 at 8:00pm. To RSVP or for interview opportunities contact Communications & Press Director Elizabeth Aspenlieder: aspenlieder@shakespeare.org. (more...)

SIGHTING: Vanna White Attends MAMMA MIA! at the New Tropicana Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

On Saturday, July 19, 'Wheel of Fortune' hostess Vanna White attended the smash-hit musical MAMMA MIA! at The New Tropicana Las Vegas. Vanna went backstage to meet the cast and was greeted with a fun surprise by the company-they had created 'Wheel of Fortune'-type letters spelled out as M-A-M-M-A-M-I-A (pictured in attached photo). Vanna and the cast had a fun time posing with the letters as she expressed her excitement for their performance. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 2nd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 2, 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. It's the TOP TEN HOT TOPIX for the first half of 2014! Did your favorites make the list? (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Debra Monk!
by Ken Womble - Jul 18, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). In anticipation of the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Debra Monk! (more...)

Randy Rogers Band to Perform at Boulder Theater, 9/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Daily Camera and Z2 Entertainment will present Randy Rogers Band to the Boulder Theater on Friday, September 5th, 2014. Tickets are on sale now for $22.50 in advance and $25.00 day of show. (more...)

Williamston Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

The Williamston Theater, mid-Michigan's award winning professional theatre company located at 122 S. Putnam in downtown Williamston, celebrates its 9th Season with a mix of comedies, dramas, murders, World Premiers and Michigan Premiers. The 2014-2015 Season will include: The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Story by Joseph Zettelmaier, Miracle on South Division Street by Tom Dudzik, The Best Brothers by Daniel MacIvor, Sirens by Deborah Zoe Laufer, Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley and The Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro. (more...)

Broadway in Indianapolis Announces 'Pick Five' Package for 2014-15 Season, Featuring MAMMA MIA!, ELF, JOSEPH and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Broadway in Indianapolis announces a 'Pick Five Package' for the all-new 2014-2015 season which includes MAMMA MIA!, ELF THE MUSICAL, THE ILLUSIONISTS - Witness The Impossible, ANNIE, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLR DREAMCOAT, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, presented by NETworks, and DIRTY DANCING. (more...)

La Mirada Theatre Presents Troubadour Theater Company's ABBAMEMNON for One Weekend Only, 8/1-3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is delighted to bring back the always hilarious TROUBADOUR THEATER COMPANY with their newest smash-hit, critically-acclaimed show, ABBAMEMNON, directed by Matt Walker! ABBAMEMNON will perform one weekend only - Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. (more...)

Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage for Hillbarn Theatre's FUNNY GIRL, Aug. 28 - Sep. 21
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Aug 28, 2014

Get ready for Hillbarn Theatre's production of Funny Girl, playing August 28 - September 21. Based on the real life story of famous Vaudeville star Fanny Bryce, Funny Girl is a Broadway classic that you're going to want to see on stage! It originally starred Barbra Streisand in both the stage and film version, garnering the actress an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actress, among many other awards and nominations. Although the movie and musical have some major differences, the stage production is bound to bring the same laughs and chutzpa as the original. Nominated for eight Tony Awards, this is a must-see musical. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: MAMMA MIA! Cast Gets Soaked for ALS
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2014

The company of Broadway's Mamma Mia just accepted an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the Pippin National Tour, and in return challenged the West End and the National Tour productions of Mamma Mia! the cast Kinky Boots Broadway, and even Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. Check out their video below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: SHE LOVES ME at Hale Centre Theatre West Valley is a Heartfelt Love Letter
by Tyler Hinton - Aug 24, 2014

SHE LOVES ME at Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley is a heartfelt love letter to old-fashioned musicals and romance. If you are a fan of classic musicals and are unfamiliar with this show, Take a Chance on it and you may be rewarded with a new favorite. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Tony Winner Jennifer Holliday Leads Dazzling BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Concert
by Michael L. Quintos - Aug 22, 2014

When you've been given the privilege to watch and, of course, listen to legendary Tony winner Jennifer Holliday sing live---in that signature inimitable style---it's practically akin to a religious experience. She is, to put it mildly, still one of the world's most treasured, gifted musical voices. Even more awesome? Holliday served as the finale headliner that capped off an impressive line-up of Broadway stars that included Erich Bergen, Rogelio Douglas, Jr., Danny Gurwin, and Tony nominee Chad Kimball. And the highly entertaining evening---a pleasant mixture of amusing anecdotes and enthralling showtune performances---was hosted by Holliday's Tony nominated DREAMGIRLS co-star, Obba Babatunde. (more...)

Tickets to MAMMA MIA!'s Return to Detroit On Sale this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to The Fisher Theatre for a limited 5-performance engagement October 17 - 19. Tickets ($39 - $79) will go on sale Sunday, August 24 at 10:00 am at all Ticketmaster locations; charge by phone - (800) 982-2787 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will go on sale at the Fisher Theatre box office at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 25. A complete performance schedule follows this release. (more...)

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...)

BWW TV: MAMMA MIA! Cast Dances Into BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 17, 2014

This week's event featured performances from the cast of MAMMA MIA!, featuring: Felicia Finley, Judy McLane, Stacia Fernandez ,Traci Victoria, Thomasina E. Gross, Jacob Pinion, Albert Guerzon, Deanna Aguinaga, Sydni Beaudoin, Allyson Carr,Felicity Claire, Mark Dancewicz, Corey Greenan, Bryan Scott Johnson, Corinne MeIancon, Christopher Hudson Myers, Jennifer Noth, Ashley Park, Tera-Lee Pollin, Gerard Salvador, Neil Starkenberg and Victor Wallace. Check out clips from 'The Winner Takes It All,' 'Mamma Mia!,' and 'Dancing Queen' below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: James Naughton Talks THE WORD, CITY OF ANGELS Reunion
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 15, 2014

In the new film 'The Word,' a man's otherwise perfect life is destroyed when his son is kidnapped and murdered. He finds himself torn between avenging his son's death and moving on with his now hollow existence. Two-time Tony-winner James Naughton plays F.B.I. agent Mike Sheehy, who is tasked with hunting down the boy's killer. 'The Word' opens in select cities, including New York and Los Angeles, this week. Last week, I spoke to Naughton about the film, his iconic role as the original Billy Flynn in long-running 'Chicago' revival, being a part of a family of performers, and whether or not there is any truth to the rumors of a 'City of Angels' reunion concert. (more...)

Music Theatre International Acquires Rights to MAMMA MIA!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) http://www.mtishows.com, has secured worldwide licensing rights to one of Broadway's biggest hits, Mamma Mia! With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and written by Catherine Johnson, Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show, taking audiences on a trip down the aisle they'll never forget. (more...)

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