The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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A spoof of the contests that pit children against children to determine who has the best command of their voluminous vocabulary. Among the competitors are the incumbent, Wentworth Miller III, and Grammarcy Park, who placed first in the Math Bee. Presiding over the test are four-time champion Rhona Janet and vice principal Douglas Panch.

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by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2014-15 Season begins September 5 with Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The musical thriller runs September 5 through October 11, 2014. The opening is set for September 7 at 3 p.m. (more...)

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by - Jul 6, 2014

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 6, 2014. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Original Jasmine Lea Salonga Takes a Magic Carpet to Broadway's ALADDIN
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 5, 2014

Lea Salonga, the singing voice of Jasmine in the iconic ALADDIN film took a magic carpet ride to Broadway for a night to visit Aladdin himself - Adam Jacobs! Salonga provided the singing voice of two official Disney Princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin (1992), and Fa Mulan in Mulan (1998) and Mulan II (2004). She was named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work with The Walt Disney Company. Most recently, she's toured with IL DIVO. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek at Jesse Tyler Ferguson on TLC's WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
by TV News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

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The Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces its 2014-15 Season, filled with classic comedies and challenging, engaging new work. The 2014-15 Season is full of characters in search of their identity. Their journeys explore the dramatic moments and decisions that allow for self-discovery. (more...)

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE to Play Open Air Theatre, 8/1-3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Get out your dictionaries! The Tony Award winning musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - one of Broadway's most buzzed about hits - comes to the Open Air Theatre stage for one weekend with performances on Friday, August 1, Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Fiasco Theater's INTO THE WOODS Extends Through August at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

The Old Globe today announced additional performances for the second production of the 2014 Summer Season, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, which made its World Premiere at The Old Globe in 1986. The production is an inventive reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. By popular demand, it will now play through Sunday, August 17. Tickets for the extension will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, July 29 at noon. (more...)

Photo Flash: James Iglehart Hosts, Kristin Chenoweth Guests on Today's THE VIEW!
by TV News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

James Monroe Iglehart, 2014 Tony Award winner for his performance as Genie in Disney's Aladdin, served as a co-host on ABC's Emmy Award-winning talk show THE VIEW today. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Jose Llana!
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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). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Jose Llana! (more...)

Karen Olivo to Teach Master Class at Minnetonka Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

The Tony Award-winning actress Karen Olivo is coming to Minnetonka Theatre to teach a Master Class for high school students. This exciting two-day event is open to all Minnetonka High School theatre students interested in improving their audition techniques, and will include workshops, mock auditions, and even private coaching for the cast of Minnetonka's student summer stock production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (August 8-16). (more...)

SPIDER-MAN's Natalie Mendoza to Star in HERE LIES LOVE in London!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Daily Mail reports that Natalie Mendoza, who played 'Arachne' in Broadway's SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK during its long preview period, will step into the role of 'Imelda Marcos' in HERE LIES LOVE when it comes to London this fall at the National's Dorfman Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tune-In Tomorrow to Watch ALADDIN's James Monroe Iglehart on THE VIEW!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

James Monroe Iglehart, 2014 Tony Award winner for his performance as Genie in Disney's Aladdin, will co-host ABC's Emmy® Award-winning talk show 'The View' tomorrow, Friday, July 25, 2014. "The View" is broadcast live weekdays from New York City from 11:00am - 12:00pm ET. Check out a photo preview from his appearance below! (more...)

Theatre Aspen Opens Sandy Rustin's THE COTTAGE Tonight, 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Award-winning Theatre Aspen opens the final show of the theatre's summer repertory season on July 24th, with the regional premiere of the brand new comedy The Cottage, by Sandy Rustin, running in rep with The Full Monty and Little Women. The playwright has been in residence to work on the show before the opening performance, with a cast of Broadway veterans including Nancy Anderson, Michele Ragusa, Mark Price, Michael Kostroff, Bailey Frankenberg and Spencer Plachy. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 23rd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 23, 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 Chicago Summer Musical Theater Guide! With half the summer gone, our stages still burn bright with great showtune entertainment. Here's a rundown, from downtown to Indiana, to west and north. We've got 24 productions to keep your spirits up from now till Labor Day! (more...)

Drury Lane Theatre to Continue 30th Anniversary Season with THE GAME'S AFOOT, 8/28-10/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, continues its landmark 30th anniversary season with the winner of 'Best Play' at the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards, THE GAME'S AFOOT, previewing August 28, opening Thursday, September 4 at 8 p.m., and running through October 19, 2014. The cast is led by Derek Hasenstab (Broadway National Tour of The Lion King; The Foreigner and I Hate Hamlet at Drury Lane Theatre; Oedipus Complex at the Goodman Theatre; and Sunday in the Park with George at Chicago Shakespeare Theater) as 'William Gillette' and nine-time Jeff Award-winner Alene Robertson (National Tour of Annie, Mame at Drury Lane Theatre, and The Full Monty and Hello, Dolly! at Marriott Theatre) as 'Martha Gillette.' THE GAME'S AFOOT is written by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, The Fox on the Fairway, Crazy for You, and Moon Over Buffalo) and directed by Drury Lane Theatre Artistic Director William Osetek (Young Frankenstein and next to normal at Drury Lane Theatre). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage at ALADDIN with Phil Collins!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Jul 21, 2014

Disney's Aladdin, the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, opened to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014 at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre and went on to receive 24 major theatrical award nominations. Disney veteran and music legend Phil Collins stopped by the theatre yesterday to check out the show for himself and BroadwayWorld brings you photos from backstage below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from Drury Lane's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - Jul 2, 2014

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, continues its 30th anniversary season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, now running through August 17, 2014. Scott Calcagno (Legally Blonde at The Civic Theatre, Grease at The Long Lake Theatre as well as the annual production of A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane Theatre) will direct. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Theatre Aspen Kicks Off 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

Award-winning Theatre Aspen opened last week, with a production of The Full Monty receiving rave reviews. Tonight the season continues to unfold with the opening of Little Women, the Broadway Musical. The Hurst Theatre offers a summer repertory season, which will also include a brand new comedy by Sandy Rustin called The Cottage (more...)

Griffin Theatre to Launch 2014-15 Season with New, Intimate Staging of TITANIC, 10/18-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

Griffin Theatre Company will launch its 2014-15 season with a new, intimate version of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical TITANIC, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine, Phantom), book by Peter Stone (Woman of the Year, 1776), new orchestrations by Ian Weinberger, directed by Scott Weinstein (Griffin Theatre's Spelling Bee, Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Seussical) and music direction by Elizabeth Doran (Timeline's Juno). TITANIC will play October 18 - December 7, 2014 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: ALADDIN's Tony-Winning Genie James Monroe Iglehart Grants Wishes at Daily Lottery
by Stage Tube - Jul 18, 2014

ALADDIN's Tony-winning Broadway Genie, James Monroe Iglehart, decided to swing by the production's daily lottery to grant a few wishes to a few lucky potential audience members - and the crew managed to check out his surprise visit on camera. Check it out below! (more...)

Public Theater's A SECOND CHANCE Original Cast Recording Out Online, In Stores Next Month
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Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording of The Public Theater's production of A SECOND CHANCE online and in stores August 5. (more...)

ALADDIN's Tony Winner James Monroe Iglehart to Co-Host ABC's THE VIEW, 7/25
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

James Monroe Iglehart, 2014 Tony Award winner for his performance as Genie in Disney's Aladdin, will co-host ABC's Emmy Award-winning talk show 'The View' on Friday, July 25, 2014. 'The View' is broadcast live weekdays from New York City from 11:00am - 12:00pm ET. (more...)

PTC to Present Kenneth Jones's ALABAMA STORY Premiere as Part of 2014-15 Season, Jan 9-24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake City's major resident Equity theatre, will present the world premiere of Kenneth Jones' dramaAlabama Story January 9-24, 2015, as part of its eight-title 2014-15 season. PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg will direct. (more...)

MISS SAIGON, HAIR & More Set for Clocktower Players' 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Westchester Magazine unveiled their annual Best of Westchester issue announcing the very best of what Westchester County has to offer. Clocktower Players, the resident theater company of Irvington Town Hall Theater, received two prestigious awards: Best Local Theater Group and Best Children's Theater. (more...)

side project's MILES AWAY Begins Previews 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

As the final play of the side project's 9-show 'Season of Reps,' the company will present the Chicago premiere of Miles Away by Christine Whitley. Directed by Scott Weinstein, the play will start previews August 4th and run in rep with Mike and Seth by Daniel Talbott, directed by Artistic Director Adam Webster. Both plays are hyper-intimate studies of characters at key turning points of their lives. (more...)

Duncan Sheik & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's AMERICAN PSYCHO Musical to Get US Premiere at Second Stage Theatre in February; Rupert Goold to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) just announced the U.S. premiere of the new musical, AMERICAN PSYCHO, featuring a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (2ST's Good Boys and True, 'Glee,' Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark), music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony-Award Winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), directed by Rupert Goold (Broadway's Macbeth with Patrick Stewart, ENRON). AMERICAN PSYCHO is based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ROMANCE Is in the Air at North Coast Rep
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TAIL! SPIN! to Open Off-Broadway After Acclaimed Run at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

Tail! Spin!, the breakout hit of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, earning unanimous rave reviews, with its entire run selling out in record time, is the outrageously entertaining verbatim reenactment of the preposterous sex scandals that brought down former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), former Governor / current Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC), former Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL), and former Senator Larry Craig (R-ID). (more...)

BWW Reviews: F-U-N with Theatre UCF's 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Kimberly Moy - Jul 13, 2014

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was BroadwayWorld Orlando's Summer Stages "Date Night" pick and this designation is spot on. So much more than a musical about a spelling bee, this production hits all its comedic marks and doesn't take itself too seriously. (more...)

Jenna Russell, Jonathan Slinger & Marc Elliott to Reprise Roles in West End Transfer of URINETOWN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Olivier Award winning Jenna Russell, star of the RSC, Jonathan Slinger, and EastEnders' Marc Elliott, reprise their acclaimed roles, Penelope Pennywise, Officer Lockstock and Mr. McQueen respectively, in the West End transfer of Jamie Lloyd's ground breaking, splash hit production of Urinetown The Musical. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/10/14 - Broadway in Bryant Park, 'RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY', Leslie Uggams as 'Mama Rose' and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 10, 2014

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: BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK launches its summer season today, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY begins off-Broadway, Leslie Uggams stars in GYPSY in Connecticut and more! (more...)

VIDEO: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's Betsy Wolfe Sings National Anthem at Yankee Game
by Stage Tube - Jul 1, 2014

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY star Betsy Wolfe sang The National Anthem at last night's Yankee game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (more...)

URINETOWN Transfers To Apollo Theatre From Sept 29, 2014!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

Director Jamie Lloyd's critically acclaimed, sell-out production of Urinetown The Musical, will transfer to the Apollo Theatre, running from 29 September 2014. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Paul Stanley of KISS Visits ALADDIN
by Jennifer Broski - Aug 8, 2014

Disney's Aladdin, the new musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, opened to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014 at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre. Just last night, KISS' Paul Stanley stopped by to check out the new musical and you can check out a photo of him with the cast backstage below! (more...)

PARACHUTE MEN, GIRL OF GLASS, THE TIGER AMONG US and More Set for Lark's 21st Annual Playwrights' Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

Lark Play Development Center has announced that seven plays have been chosen for its 21st Annual Playwrights' Week, which will take place September 22nd - 27th. This year's plays and playwrights are Parachute Men by Mando Alvarado, Lucky Ladies by Dominic Finocchiaro, INC. by Diana Grisanti, No More Sad Things by Hansol Jung, Girl of Glass by Jennifer A. Kokai, Chalk by Walt McGough, and The Tiger Among Us by Lauren Yee. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 6th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 6, 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. Special nights at the Marriott and Stage 773 this weekend, plus three shows opening ('Coraline,' 'Reefer Madness' and 'Fiddler') and four shows closing ('Motown,' 'Big Fish,' 'Godspell' and 'Hillbillies'). We'll tell you the three shows that have one additional week, plus a Christmas movie has us all a-buzz!! (more...)

Nikki M. James, Keala Settle and More Join Andrew Kober in KOBERET at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present Andrew Kober's KOBERET on Monday, August 18th at 9:30pm. The performance will feature guest appearances by Andrew's Les Miserables cast mates Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody), Caissie Levy (Hair), and Samantha Hill (The Phantom of the Opera), as well as a never-before-heard duet between Andrew and Elena Shaddow (The Bridges of Madison County). (more...)

Nikki M. James, Keala Settle and More Join Andrew Kober in KOBERET Tonight at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present Andrew Kober's KOBERET tonight, August 18th at 9:30pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bernadette Peters Visits James Monroe Iglehart & Adam Jacobs at Broadway's ALADDIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Beloved Broadway legend Bernadette Peters attended Aladdin yesterday, stopping backstage to posewith James Monroe Iglehart and Adam Jacobs. Check out a look back at her visit below! (more...)

VIDEO: ALADDIN's James Iglehart Pays Tribute to Robin Williams with Audience Sing-Along
by Movies News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Tony winning actor James Monroe Iglehart, who portrays 'Genie' in the musical, honored the original Genie, late actor Robin Williams, by leading the theater audience in a sing-along of 'Friend Like Me.' (more...)

Center Stage Announces Cast of the Season's First Production AMADEUS, 9/10 - 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Rehearsals begin Tuesday for Amadeus, the first show in Center Stage's 2014/15 Season. Helmed by Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, the production begins previews Sept. 10 and runs until Oct. 12. (more...)

CM Teens Educational Program to Stage THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 8/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

The CM Teens Educational Program presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, NY. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Open 47th Season with AN AUDIENCE WITH MEOW MEOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Berkeley Rep opens its 47th season this September with An Audience with Meow Meow, a musical play of gargantuan proportions starring international superstar Meow Meow. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - NEWSIES!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 11, 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 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 NEWSIES below! (more...)

SUBMISSIONS ONLY's Kate Wetherhead to Star in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES at the Guthrie This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

The Guthrie Theater today announced casting for the first production on the Wurtele Thrust Stage in the 2014-2015 season, Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles. Under the direction of 2014 Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Broadway's Violet, Chinglish, Well), The Heidi Chronicles will feature the talents of Kate Wetherhead, Ben Graney, Tracey Maloney and Zach Shaffer, as well as Sam Bardwell, Eleonore Dendy, Mo Perry and Stacia Rice. (more...)

Justin Guarini & Mary Testa Set to Host IMAGINE Concert to Benefit Brian Werbel Memorial Fund
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

IMAGINE: A Concert of Hope, a benefit concert to raise funds to benefit Cancer Research through the Brian Werbel Memorial Fund at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, will take place on Monday, September 8th at 8:00 pm (le) poisson rouge (158 Bleecker St.). All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Brian Werbel Memorial Fund. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.uhgiving.org/uh-giving/get-involved/fundraising-events-and-programs/imagine. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PETER PAN JR. at Stage West
by Peter Nason - Aug 10, 2014

Don't come in expecting the Broadway classic; this version is pure Disney. Although the fast moving show doesn't reach the heights of some of Stage West's earlier youth shows, it's perfect for kids. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/1/14 - HAIR at the Hollywood Bowl, Edinburgh Fringe and More!
by Jessica Showers - Aug 1, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: HAIR gets wild with an all-star cast at The Hollywood Bowl this weekend, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival launches in Scotland today! (more...)

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