BWW Blog: Leanne Marie Laurino - PARCC Takes a Toll on the Arts
by Guest Blogger: Leanne Marie Laurino - May 9, 2016

Standardized tests already put unnecessary stress on students.  (more...)

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Dances Into Concord, MA This June
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2016

The Alexander Children's Theatre School (ACTS), in residence at the Umbrella Community Arts Center (40 Stow Street, Concord, MA), is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for their upcoming production of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: THE MUSICAL, running Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 4 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 pm. (more...)

BWW Flashback: DISASTER! Discos Off Broadway Today
by BWW Special Coverage - May 8, 2016

The new musical comedy DISASTER! plays its final performance today, Sunday, May 8, 2016 on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre, after playing 32 preview and 72 regular performances. In honor of its run on the Great White Way, BroadwayWorld takes a look back at its journey on stage! (more...)

BWW Review: Rivertown Theaters Presents THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Heidi Scheuermann - May 7, 2016

The first thing that came to my mind when I found out that Rivertown Theaters was doing SPELLING BEE was "Oh!  That's that show where Celia Keenan-Bolger wore the pink overalls!"  I don't know why that's the first thing that came to mind, but it was.  Maybe because I'm a fan of hers.  Maybe because it reminded me for some reason of my neon blue Tweety Bird overalls I had when I was a kid (I kid you not… My mom actually let me out of the house wearing that).  Maybe because those overalls reminded me of a time in life when things were simpler.  Happier.  Less complicated. (more...)

John Cariani Joins BROADWAY BEE Lineup at The Cutting Room
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Award-winning actor and playwright John Cariani (Something Rotten!) will be the Comfort Counselor for the first annual Broadway Bee, featuring Paige Davis (Chicago), Laura Michelle Kelly (Finding Neverland), Tony winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten), and Jose Llana (The King and I)  in an adults only spelling bee, on Monday, May 9 at 7pm at The Cutting Room (44 E. 32nd St). Proceeds benefit Broadway Bound Kids, a NYC performing arts education organization. (more...)

VIDEO: FULLY COMMITTED's Jesse Tyler Ferguson Takes On 'Modern Family' Characters
by TV News Desk - May 4, 2016

How would the five-time Emmy Award nominee do at impersonating characters from his ABC comedy MODERN FAMILY? PEOPLE puts him to the test below! (more...)

Photo: First Look - Rory O'Malley Appears in New Feature Comedy MOTHER'S DAY
by TV News Desk - May 4, 2016

Rory O'Malley appears in Garry Marshall's new feature film MOTHER'S DAY, starring Julia Roberts. The HAMILTON star turned to Facebook to share a first look at his appearance in the comedy. (more...)

Mo Rocca to Moderate 28th Annual NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE
by TV News Desk - May 3, 2016

The National Geographic Bee, the National Geographic Society's annual geography competition, welcomes journalist and humorist Mo Rocca as the new moderator of the competition finals, which will be held at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. (more...)

The Disco Is Closing Early... Broadway's DISASTER! to Play Final Performance This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Just announced, Broadway's new musical comedy DISASTER! will play its final performance early on Sunday, May 8, 2016, after playing 32 preview and 72 regular performances at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street). (more...)

Newnan Theatre Company to Stage THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

What do you get when six prepubescent children, a disgruntled principal, an overly cheerful realtor, and a parolee come together one Saturday to spell? The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, of course! On May 12-15, and May 19-22, Newnan Theatre Company is proud to present this hilarious musical as the final show of its 2015-2016 season. (more...)

Barrett Foa to Bring Solo Show GRIN AND BARRETT to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 6/24-25
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Barrett Foa, acclaimed star of stage and screen, brings his one-man show, Grin and Barrett, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - Friday, June 24 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, June 25 (7 p.m.). After seven seasons of spouting intricate tech geekery on the hit CBS television show, 'NCIS: Los Angeles,' the star of Broadway's Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and off-Broadway's Buyer & Cellar will present an evening of pride, desperation, and show-offsmanship in a one-man cabaret that is sure to be... an hour long! Produced by Andrew Carlberg, Grin and Barrett is directed by Christopher Youngsman and features choreography by Rene?e Felice Smith and musical direction and arrangements by David O. Tickets for Barrett Foa range in price from $45-$65 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com. (more...)

Florida Rep's 2016-17 Season to Feature 'SPELLING BEE,' TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD & More
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Florida Repertory Theatre, recently called 'one of the top regional troupes in the United States' by 'The Wall Street Journal', is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 Season in the Historic Arcade Theatre and ArtStage Studio Theatre. Running October 7 to May 14, the season includes Agatha Christie's most famous whodunit, a Tony-winning musical, multiple comedies, an American classic, a world-premiere, and more! (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW Top Summer Theatre Picks- Birmingham (Something For Everyone)
by Marietta Lunceford - May 29, 2016

School is out and the fun days of summer are upon us. But that doesn't mean that there isn't a lot of great theatre still available.All of this and there is more coming soon about summer camps and their productions. I know I have a summer full of shows I am seeing. I hope you do, too! As one friend put it, 'If you are ever bored in Birmingham, it is your own fault!' Amen. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for May 30-June 5, Featuring Laura Michelle Kelly, Barrett Foa, and More!
by Louisa Brady - May 29, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Laura Michelle Kelly at 54 Below; New Musicals at 54: Funked Up Fairy Tales by Kirsten Childs; The Songs of Carner & Gregor; Barrett Foa: Grin and Barrett; and 54 Sings How to Succeed. (more...)

CRITIC'S CHOICE: The (Summer) Game's Afoot, Y'all!
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 27, 2016

Is it just me or is everyone else amazed by how quickly 2016 seems to be moving - in a theatrical sense, at least - and what with Memorial Day Weekend upon us, we're gobsmacked (gobsmacked, I tell ya!) by the wide range of productions offered up by Tennessee theater companies this weekend. Included are Street Theatre Company's Assassins, Center for the Arts' 42nd Street down in Murfreesboro, Rumors out at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre and the final performance of The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers at Cumberland County Playhouse. (more...)

Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards Announce 2015-2016 Nominations
by Louisa Brady - May 27, 2016

The Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards have announced this year's nominations! See the full list below. The ceremony will take place June 6 at 7pm at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts in the Winningstad Theatre. (more...)

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Announces the Winners of the BOBBY G AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Denver Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2016 recipients for The Bobby G Awards, a regional awards program for The National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Charlotte Movizzoand Curtis Salinger, the 2016 Bobby G Award recipients of the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, progress to represent Colorado atThe National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Charlotte Movizzo played Charity Hope Valentine in Ponderosa High School's production of Sweet Charity. Curtis Salinger played Emmett Forrest in Durango High School's production of Legally Blonde. (more...)

UPDATE: Tickets for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Now Sold Out
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Tickets for the event went on sale at noon today, May 25th, and according to the event's official web site, they have now sold out! (more...)

Sharon Lawrence, JR Bourne, Jessy Schram & More Set for Blank Theatre's 24th Annual Young Playwrights Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

More than 40 actors have been set to participate in The Blank Theatre's 24th Annual Young Playwrights Festival, including Angelique Cabral (Life In Pieces), Christoph Sanders (Ghost Whisperer, Last Man Standing), JR Bourne (Teen Wolf), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Scott Lowell (Queer As Folk), Angel Parker (Lab Rats, American Crime Story), Lenny Jacobson (Nurse Jackie, Big Time in Hollywood, FL), and Jessy Schram (Nashville, Veronica Mars, Falling Skies). Twelve winning plays by young playwrights aged 16-19 from seven different states will be presented during this year's festival at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, running from June 2-26. (more...)

Finalists Announced for the Fourth Annual Bobby G Awards; Ceremony to Take Place, 5/26
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Finalists for the fourth annual Bobby G Awards were released this afternoon. The awards program, which culminates in a Tony Awards-style ceremony and performance on May 26 at the Buell Theatre, celebrates outstanding achievement in high-school musical theatre in Colorado. This year the program was expanded to include 40 schools across Colorado, up from 30 the year before. (more...)

Cape Playhouse to Open 90th Anniversary Season with LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The historic Cape Playhouse's 90th season kicks off with one of Neil Simon's most irresistible comedies, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, starring Jennifer Cody and Daniel Pearce. Directed by Tim Threlfall, this classic comedy plays June 7 through 18.  (more...)

VIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Explains How Garth Brooks Ruined His Production of ON THE TOWN
by TV News Desk - May 24, 2016

FULLY COMMITTED star Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by last night's LATE NIGHT to talk about playing 40 different characters in the new Broadway play. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SPRING AWAKENING's Boniello, Mientus, Rodriguez
by Theater People Podcast - May 23, 2016

On Monday, May 23 the Theater People podcast welcomes Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, and Alex Boniello. The three sit down to discuss the Tony nominated Deaf West Theater production of SPRING AWAKENING in which they all starred. Topic discussed include how they each came to the production, the unique and exciting challenges of working in a Deaf West production, and how it feels for their show to have been nominated for a Tony Award. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/23/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 23, 2016

'Spring is here! Why doesn't my heart go dancing?' - or at least to the theater to be transported to a different world, another time and place where life is transformed and magic happens before your very eyes... (more...)

Broadway's Jacob Ming-Trent to Appear on New AMC Series FEED THE BEAST
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2016

BroadwayWorld has learned that stage veteran Jacob Ming-Trent, whose credits on the Great White Way include HANDS ON A HARDBODY and SHREK, will appear on AMC's new series FEED THE BEAST, starring David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess. (more...)

Photo Coverage: FULLY COMMITTED's Jesse Tyler Ferguson Gets Honored with a Sardi's Portrait!
by Walter McBride - May 20, 2016

Just yesterday, five-time Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson, currently starring on Broadway in FULLY COMMITTED, unveiled his portrait at Sardi's, which will join the historic collection on the restaurant's walls, honoring Broadway's finest for over 85 years. Broadway World brings you photos from the special day below! (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/2/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 2, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/2/16- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - May 2, 2016

Today in 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 1136 performances. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., including a national tour with performances in Canada, and Australian productions. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's Final Installment of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY Set for 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

? Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final 2015 - 16 installment of Chicago's hit new musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. This edition, conceived and directed by Michael Weber and Chris Carter with music direction by Nick Sula, hosted by James Earl Jones II and featuring a cast of Chicago's hottest emerging artists, takes a journey through the best of Broadway's 1949 musical season via rare multi-media visuals, songs, trivia games and sing alongs in New Faces Sing Broadway 1949, Tuesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. Tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. (more...)

VIDEO: DISASTER!'s Jennifer Simard Performs Original Song on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - May 19, 2016

Tony nominee Jennifer Simard stopped by this morning's TODAY to perform the original song 'Your Endless Love,' composed by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman. (more...)

SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess to Lead Social Media for 2016 STARS IN THE ALLEY
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Can't be there live? Don't sweat it. 2016 Tony Award Nominee Alex Brightman and his School of Rock The Musical co-star, Sierra Boggess have been named social media correspondents for the 2016 STARS IN THE ALLEY concert, presented by United Airlines. The pair will post on social media throughout the event, keeping fans up-to-date on all of the action behind the scenes and on stage. (more...)

BWW Preview: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Milburn Stone Theatre - Elkton Station
by Scott Serio - May 19, 2016

Putnam Spelling Bee Raises Roof At Milburn Stone Theater's Elkton Station (more...)

David Hare's SKYLIGHT Opens in June at MTC
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

David Hare's contemporary classic Skylight returns to Melbourne Theatre Company's stage 20 years after its Australian premiere. Led by newly appointed MTC Associate Director Dean Bryant (I'll Eat You Last, Next to Normal), Skylight opens on Thursday 23 June at Southbank Theatre, The Sumner.  (more...)

Katie Mariko Murray and Tim Quartier to Star in Atlanta Lyric Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

How far would you go for true love? Atlanta Lyric Theatre explores that question with one of the most powerful and tragic love stories in American theatre, WEST SIDE STORY. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/16/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 16, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes BRIGHT STAR Tony-Nominee Carmen Cusack; Listen HERE!
by Theater People Podcast - May 16, 2016

On Monday, May 16 the Theater People podcast welcomes BRIGHT STAR's Tony nominated leading lady, Carmen Cusack. (more...)

Sean Hayes & Mo Rocca Will Host 2016 STARS IN THE ALLEY!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, will be hosted by Sean Hayes and Mo Rocca. Sean Hayes will be starring in Broadway's An Act of God and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Promises, Promises and Mo Rocca is a Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (more...)

DISASTER! Cast Will Reunite to Record Cast Album; Release Set for September 9
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

The company of the critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! will reunite to record the original Broadway cast album on Monday, May 16.  The cast recording will be released by Broadway Records onFriday, September 9, 2016. The album is produced by Michael Croiter, Bart Migal and Seth Rudetsky, with executive producers Hunter Arnold, Robert Ahrens, Carl Daikeler, Sandi Moran and Daniel Rafinejad. The album is now available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com and on Amazon. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for May 16-22, Featuring Laura Benanti, Matthew Morrison, and More!
by Louisa Brady - May 15, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Victoria Shaw: 'Under the Covers' With Special Guests Matthew and Gunnar Nelson; Laura Michelle Kelly at 54 Below; A Celebration of Laura Benanti Starring Laura Benanti and Friends; Matthew Morrison at 54 Below; and Julia Mattison IS Ruby Manger: Springtime For Ruby - A Farewell Engagement. (more...)

ASU Gammage Announces the 2016 High School Musical Theater Awards Nominees
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

ASU Gammage announces the 2016 High School Musical Theater Awards nominees! (more...)

Matthew Morrison, Laura Benanti Celebration and More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Next week, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

The 5th Annual Jerry Herman Awards Announces Nominees; Awards Show to Be Held at Pantages, 5/22
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Today, the Nederlander Organization and Hollywood Pantages Theatre announced the nominees for THE 5TH ANNUAL JERRY HERMAN AWARDS, a celebration of the achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre in Los Angeles. (more...)

Andre De Shields to Guest Star in WOZ: A ROCK CABARET at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Joining the original cast as the Wizard is Tony Award-nominated actor Andre De Shields, Broadway's original 'The Wiz' (1975). (more...)

Contra Costa Civic Theatre to Conclude 56th Season with Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) concludes its 56th season with the two-time Tony award-winning musical, American Idiot, directed and choreographed by Alex Perez, who returns to CCCT following his acclaimed Bay Area premiere production of The Addams Family, with music direction by Kevin Roland, who helmed CCCT's recent productions of The Secret Garden and The Sound of Music. American Idiot plays from June 10 through July 17; performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm at the theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Clear Space Theatre Company
by Kevin Smith - May 11, 2016

What can I say about the Clear Space production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'? Go see it! That's my recommendation and it would be my review, but they don't pay me to be succinct. They don't pay me by the word, either. (more...)

THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM Cast Will Hit the Studio This June to Record Cast Album!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) has just announced that Ghostlight Records (Kurt Deutsch, CoFounder & Album Producer; Lawrence Manchester, Album Co-Producer) will record the cast album of the critically acclaimed, Lortel Award-winning revival of The Robber Bridegroom on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. For more information and to sign-up for updates, visit sh-k-boom.com/robber-bridegroom. The Robber Bridegroom is currently playing a limited engagement through May 29, 2016 at the Laura Pels Theater. (more...)

Melissa Errico, Claybourne Elder, Sarah Stiles & More Star in DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, Starting Tonight at Encores!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

The Encores! production of DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, the romantic, rarely-seen 1965 musical that marked the only collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim, opens tonight. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at APAC
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) is pleased to present a look into their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, now playing through Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd), in Astoria, Queens. With music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional material by Jay Reiss, choreographed by Misha Shields,  music directed by Michael Ferrara, directed by Artistic Director Dev Bondarin.  (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/10/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 10, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Photo Exclusive: Character Portraits of Ford's Theatre's 110 IN THE SHADE
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The Ford's Theatre 2015-2016 season continues with the musical 110 IN THE SHADE, directed and choreographed by Tony-Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge, now through May 14, 2016. BroadwayWorld has an exclusive look at character portraits by Michael Yeshion.  Check them out below! (more...)

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