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BWW Reviews: Rivertown Theaters Gets Dirty and RottenBWW Reviews: Rivertown Theaters Gets Dirty and Rotten
by Heidi Scheuermann - May 30, 2015

Once again Rivertown has done it, folks.  I mean seriously… I don't think it's actually possible for these guys to put on a bad show.  This time, they took us to the French Riviera to hang out with the likes of Lawrence Jameson (played by Robert Pavlovich), Freddy Benson (played by Gary Rucker), and Christine Colgate (played by Kayla Herrington)… each of them con artists in their own right.  (more...)

BWW Reviews: Circle's 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEEBWW Reviews: Circle's 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 29, 2015

No matter how well you know a show - how easily you can recall plot points or parrot dialogue - it's sometime good to revisit a musical even if you've seen it countless times. Oftentimes it rekindles your love for a show or, hell, it just reminds you how much fun you have every time you see a new revival. So, kudos to director Josh Waldrep and his merry band of mischief makers who bring The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to the stage to conclude Circle Players' 65th season. (more...)

Emily Padgett Leads World Premiere of Maltby & Shire's WATERFALL, Beginning Tonight in PasadenaEmily Padgett Leads World Premiere of Maltby & Shire's WATERFALL, Beginning Tonight in Pasadena
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre joins with producing partner Pasadena Playhouse in welcoming Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit to lead the cast of the world premiere of WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20. Performances at Pasadena Playhouse take place tonight, May 29, through June 28, 2015, followed by a Seattle run October 1-25, 2015. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: The Weekend's Best BetsCRITICS' CHOICE: The Weekend's Best Bets
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 29, 2015

The weekend is upon us and that means that tonight is opening night for a couple of new shows (with performances continuing through the weekend) and closing performances of several others, including Newsies (at TPAC), Circle Players' The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the farewell production of GroundWorks Theatre's Starlite Waltz. Meanwhile, John Chaffin's Cliffhanger continues at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre and Cumberland County Playhouse continues its 50th anniversary season with a whole slate of terrific shows. (more...)

VIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Invites Supreme Court Justices to Preside Over LGBT Wedding on All-New FUNNY OR DIEVIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Invites Supreme Court Justices to Preside Over LGBT Wedding on All-New FUNNY OR DIE
by TV News Desk - May 29, 2015

In an all-new FUNNY OR DIE video, Jesse Tyler Ferguson wants you to invite each Supreme Court Justice to preside over your next LGBT wedding. Check it out below! (more...)

Betsy Wolfe & Matt Bittner to Lead World Premiere of New Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez Musical UP HERE at La Jolla PlayhouseBetsy Wolfe & Matt Bittner to Lead World Premiere of New Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez Musical UP HERE at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world premiere of Up Here, a new musical comedy featuring book, music and lyrics by the husband-and-wife composing team of Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit), recipients of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Song for their hit song, 'Let It Go,' from the Disney animated film Frozen. Up Here is directed by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Broadway's Rocky, Off-Broadway's Here Lies Love, Playhouse's Peter and the Starcatcher) and will run July 28 - September 6 in the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. Up Here is being presented by special arrangement with Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions, along with Victor Alvarez, Warner/Chappell Music, Sally Horchow International Productions, Caiola Productions, Dominion Pictures. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Cast of Broadway's ALADDIN on Last Night's 'Bachelorete'!VIDEO: Watch Cast of Broadway's ALADDIN on Last Night's 'Bachelorete'!
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 9, 2015

Broadway's ALADDIN stars Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed were featured on last night's episode of ABC's 'The Bachelorette.' (more...)

Jeff McCarthy to Star in Barrington Stage's MAN OF LA MANCHA This SummerJeff McCarthy to Star in Barrington Stage's MAN OF LA MANCHA This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

Celebrating its 10th year in Downtown Pittsfiled, the award-winning Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presents the Tony Award-winning musical Man of La Mancha from June 10 through July 11 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. The press opening is Sunday, June 14 at 5pm. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 6/8/15Nashville Theater Calendar 6/8/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 8, 2015

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. Thus, we are happy to present a new feature: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. (more...)

CIRCLE PLAYERS Reveals 2015-16 Season Opening with AMERICAN IDIOTCIRCLE PLAYERS Reveals 2015-16 Season Opening with AMERICAN IDIOT
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 5, 2015

Circle Players will kick-off its 2015-2016 season with the regional premiere of the Bradley Moore-directed rock musical American Idiot, running in August at Tennessee State University's Performing Arts Center. (more...)

THE FRIDAY FIVE (on Thursday!): Dog Sees God's Thurman, Heinz, Hamilton & HowieTHE FRIDAY FIVE (on Thursday!): Dog Sees God's Thurman, Heinz, Hamilton & Howie
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 4, 2015

Inspired by BroadwayWorld.com's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's latest installment of The Friday Five: five questions designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. Today, in a special edition of The Friday Five (on Thursday), we introduce you to four young actors who will have you in stitches even before you see them in ACT 1's season-ending production of Dog Sees God. (more...)

VIDEO: Flight-Delayed Broadway Casts of ALADDIN & LION KING Have Airport Sing-Off!VIDEO: Flight-Delayed Broadway Casts of ALADDIN & LION KING Have Airport Sing-Off!
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 4, 2015

The casts of Broadway's LION KING and ALADDIN found themselves with some extra time when their Orlando-bound flight from New York's LaGuardia Airport was delayed six hours. (more...)

Full Cast Set for OKLAHOMA! at The Muny, Featuring Beth Leavel, Ben Davis & MoreFull Cast Set for OKLAHOMA! at The Muny, Featuring Beth Leavel, Ben Davis & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2015

The Muny announced today the cast for its production of Oklahoma! (August 10 -16) directed by Rob Ruggiero, choreographed by Susan Stroman and music directed by Kevin Stites. Ginger Thatcher will restage Ms. Stroman's choreography. (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO, Starring Original NY Cast, Extends Through Aug 2 at the GeffenMURDER FOR TWO, Starring Original NY Cast, Extends Through Aug 2 at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

The Off-Broadway hit Murder for Two opens tonight (June 3) in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.  The production has now been extended through Sunday, August 2. (more...)

Jose Llana Teases SPELLING BEE 10th Anniversary Reunion On Social MediaJose Llana Teases SPELLING BEE 10th Anniversary Reunion On Social Media
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 29, 2015

The SPELLING BEE cast is back together at last! (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 6/29/15Nashville Theater Calendar 6/29/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 29, 2015

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 Flash: Heidi Klum and Adam Lambert Visit Broadway's ALADDIN Over PRIDE WeekendPhoto Flash: Heidi Klum and Adam Lambert Visit Broadway's ALADDIN Over PRIDE Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Disney's Aladdin, the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, is now in its second smash year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street). Heidi Klum and Adam Lambert visited Aladdin over PRIDE weekend! Scroll down for photos of them backstage with the cast! (more...)

BWW TV: Know Your Roots! Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Prep for 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion!BWW TV: Know Your Roots! Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Prep for 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 27, 2015

The nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Jenni Barber, Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg - will reunite for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at 7:30pm at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld caught up with the company in rehearsal - see what they had to say about the nostalgia, the concert and more! (more...)

Celia Keenan-Bolger Withdraws from SPELLING BEE Reunion; Jenni Barber Steps In!Celia Keenan-Bolger Withdraws from SPELLING BEE Reunion; Jenni Barber Steps In!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

The nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard,  Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg - will reunite for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at 7:30pm at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld has just learned that Celia Keenan-Bolger, who was originally slated to participate, will no longer take part in the event. A show rep told us: "Due to the demands of being mom to a newborn, Celia Keenan-Bolger has had to withdraw from the upcoming Spelling Bee reunion concert.  The role of Olive Ostrovsky will be played by Jenni Barber, who took over the role on Broadway." (more...)

Review Roundup: Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN Opens at City CenterReview Roundup: Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN Opens at City Center
by Review Roundups - Jun 26, 2015

Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Heads to NKU's Commonwealth Theatre, 7/8-26THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Heads to NKU's Commonwealth Theatre, 7/8-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Can you spell L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R? The Tony® Award winning musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - one of Broadway's most buzzed about hits - is coming to Commonwealth Theatre Company (CTC), Northern Kentucky University's own professional theatre. CTC continues their 35th Summer Dinner Theatre season with …SPELLING BEE, running July 8-26 in NKU's Stauss Theatre. (more...)

Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN, Starring Jonathan Groff, Opens TonightEncores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN, Starring Jonathan Groff, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Jenni Barber, Quentin Earl Darrington, Bradley Dean, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Lamon, Aaron Lazar, Alyse Alan Louis and Rema Webb join Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, running tonight, June 24, through June 27, 2015. The production is directed by James Lapine, with choreography by Josh Prince. (more...)

Photo Coverage: In Rehearsal for Barrington Stage Company's A LITTLE MORE ALIVEPhoto Coverage: In Rehearsal for Barrington Stage Company's A LITTLE MORE ALIVE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 24, 2015

A rehearsal for the East Coast Premiere of Nick Blaemire's 'A Little More Alive' recently took place in New York City and BroadwayWorld was there. Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announced BSC's acclaimed Musical Theatre Lab will present Nick Blaemire's new musical A Little More Alive, from July 17 through August 8 on the St. Germain Stage.  The press opening is Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30pm. (more...)

GRUESOME PLAYGROUND Set for Playlovers Theatre in JulyGRUESOME PLAYGROUND Set for Playlovers Theatre in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

A CRITICALLY-acclaimed play from a Pulitzer Prize finalist explores the complexities of relationships at Playlovers Theatre this July. (more...)

WATERFALL World Premiere to Close This Weekend at Pasadena Playhouse; Heads to Seattle This FallWATERFALL World Premiere to Close This Weekend at Pasadena Playhouse; Heads to Seattle This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

WATERFALL, the epic new Broadway bound musical love story, which had its world premiere at The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director, Sheldon Epps) on June 7, 2015, will play its final performance on Sunday, June 28. The production will next play Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre October 1-25, 2015. (more...)

Awesome Before And After Visualization For Cast Of Broadway's ALADDINAwesome Before And After Visualization For Cast Of Broadway's ALADDIN
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 23, 2015

Get glam ALADDIN-style! (more...)

MIT Musical Theatre Guild Seeks Production Staff for 'SPELLING BEE'MIT Musical Theatre Guild Seeks Production Staff for 'SPELLING BEE'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The MIT Musical Theatre Guild is looking for a  production staff for the Summer 2015 production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (more...)

Broadway's Melissa Errico Releases New Recording of 'Walking Happy'Broadway's Melissa Errico Releases New Recording of 'Walking Happy'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

?Ghostlight Records will expand their special single from stage and screen star Melissa Errico with the third song, "Walking Happy." The digital exclusive is available today, June 23, 2015, on iTunes here. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 6/22/15Nashville Theater Calendar 6/22/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 22, 2015

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...)

More Than 50 Actors Set for Blank Theatre's 23rd Annual Young Playwrights FestivalMore Than 50 Actors Set for Blank Theatre's 23rd Annual Young Playwrights Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

More than 50 actors are set to participate in The Blank Theatre's 23rd Annual Young Playwrights Festival, including Deborah S. Craig (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Julie Gonzalo (Dallas), Echo Kellum (Sean Saves the World, Ben & Kate), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl), Sara Rue (Rules of Engagement, Impastor), Lindsey Shaw (Pretty Little Liars), and Virginia Williams (Fairly Legal). Twelve winning plays by young playwrights aged 12-19 from seven different states will be presented during this year's festival at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, running from June 4-28. (more...)

ALADDIN's Adam Jacobs & Courtney Reed to Be Featured on ABC's THE BACHELORETTE, 6/8ALADDIN's Adam Jacobs & Courtney Reed to Be Featured on ABC's THE BACHELORETTE, 6/8
by TV News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Broadway's ALADDIN stars Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed will be featured on the next episode of ABC's 'The Bachelorette,' airing MONDAY, JUNE 8 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET). (more...)

Amatrudo, Denison to Lead LAST 5 YEARS for VWA TheatricalsAmatrudo, Denison to Lead LAST 5 YEARS for VWA Theatricals
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 19, 2015

VWA Theatricals has found its Cathy and Jamie for the upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years: Delaney Amatrudo and Luke Denison. Amatrudo and Denison will lead the cast for the musical, which runs August 13-22 at Nashville's iconic Darkhorse Theater. Amatrudo currently studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Denison is a recent graduate of Indiana University. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Theatre Aspen announced casting for the organization's upcoming slate of repertory shows, which includes CABARET, Peter and the Starcatcher, Junie B Jones the Musical and Other Desert Cities. (more...)

Jose Llana & Hoon Lee Will Inherit Ken Watanabe's Throne in THE KING AND I on BroadwayJose Llana & Hoon Lee Will Inherit Ken Watanabe's Throne in THE KING AND I on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater has announced the casting of Jose Llana and Hoon Lee in the role of the King of Siam in its Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

Jon Peterson, Kirsten Wyatt & More Set for Theatre Aspen's 2015 SeasonJon Peterson, Kirsten Wyatt & More Set for Theatre Aspen's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Theatre Aspen announced casting for the organization's upcoming slate of repertory shows, which includes CABARET, Peter and the Starcatcher, Junie B Jones the Musical and Other Desert Cities. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Oliver Thornton Performs 'Not Without You' from MOSES MAN at NYMFSTAGE TUBE: Oliver Thornton Performs 'Not Without You' from MOSES MAN at NYMF
by Stage Tube - Jun 17, 2015

DEEP Arts in association with The New York Musical Theatre Festival presents the NY Premiere of Moses Man with book & lyrics by Deborah Haber and music by Casey Filiaci, directed by Michael Bush. The show will be feature choreography by Wendy Seyb with musical direction by Don Kot. Moses Man will play from July 8-13, 2015 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). Click below to hear Oliver Thornton sing 'Not Without You' from the show, which kicks off this year's festival! (more...)

MOSES MAN Set for NYMFMOSES MAN Set for NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

New York: DEEP Arts in association with The New York Musical Theatre Festival presents the NY Premiere of Moses Man with book & lyrics by Deborah Haber and music by Casey Filiaci, directed by Michael Bush. The show will be feature choreography by Wendy Seyb with musical direction by Don Kot. Moses Man will play from July 8-13, 2015 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). (more...)

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, SKIES OVER SEATTLE and More Set for UW School of Drama's 75th SeasonTHE CRADLE WILL ROCK, SKIES OVER SEATTLE and More Set for UW School of Drama's 75th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

The University of Washington School of Drama, under the leadership of Executive Director Todd London, is proud to announce its 75th Anniversary Season. This historic season will celebrate, honor, and build upon the School of Drama's deep connections to Seattle's theatre community and serve as a bridge between the School's rich history and its future. (more...)

Playhouse on Park to Welcome Broadway Guest Artists for Adult Master ClassesPlayhouse on Park to Welcome Broadway Guest Artists for Adult Master Classes
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Learn from Broadway stars this summer at Playhouse on Park! Ron Todorowski, currently in the cast of FINDING NEVERLAND, and Broadway veteran Susan Haefner will each offer a two-hour master class for students ages 16 and up. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Named for Chaffin's Barn's ALL SHOOK UPCast, Creative Team Named for Chaffin's Barn's ALL SHOOK UP
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 15, 2015

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - Nashville's venerable entertainment center, which for 49 years has been the theater home to thousands of actors, directors, technicians and artists - has announced the creative team and cast for this summer's eagerly anticipated production of All Shook Up, slated to run July 23-August 30. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of Emily Padgett and More the World Premiere of Pasadena Playhouse's WATERFALLBWW TV: First Look at Highlights of Emily Padgett and More the World Premiere of Pasadena Playhouse's WATERFALL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 15, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre joins with producing partner Pasadena Playhouse in welcoming Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit lead the cast of the world premiere of WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20. Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

MIT Musical Theatre Guild Seeks Production Staff for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEEMIT Musical Theatre Guild Seeks Production Staff for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

The MIT Musical Theatre Guild is looking for production staff for the Summer 2015 production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Music & Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman. (more...)

MY FAIR LADY, Starring Anthony Andrews and Alexandra Silber, Launches the Muny's 97th Season TonightMY FAIR LADY, Starring Anthony Andrews and Alexandra Silber, Launches the Muny's 97th Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

My Fair Lady (running tonight, June 15, through June 21) is the opening production of The Muny's 97th summer season.  (more...)

InDepth InterView: William Finn Talks Encores! A NEW BRAIN, SPELLING BEE Reunion, ROYAL FAMILY Update & MoreInDepth InterView: William Finn Talks Encores! A NEW BRAIN, SPELLING BEE Reunion, ROYAL FAMILY Update & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 15, 2015

Today we are talking to a Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist celebrated for his uniquely designed mainstages musicals showcasing a fiercely idiosyncratic style and flair all his own, the one and only William Finn. Outlining the new version of A NEW BRAIN set to be presented later this month at City Center as part of the Encores! Off-Center series, Finn discusses his original intentions behind many moments in the show as well as shares his inspiration for many musical moments in the melodic and moving score, as well. Additionally, Finn shares fresh news of his long in developtment musical adaptation of George S. Kaufman & Edna Ferber's THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY and provides preliminary details on the forthcoming revival of his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning musical FALSETTOS set to premiere later this season, as well. Plus, Finn imparts his enthusiasm for the upcoming 10th anniversary cast reunion of his popular musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, touches upon his favorite songs to date and expresses his desire to revisit Depression-era musical ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES in the future, as well as reveals his personal favorite songs to date and much, much more. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 6/15/15Nashville Theater Calendar 6/15/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 15, 2015

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. Thus, we are happy to present a new feature: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. (more...)

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes of Pasadena Playhouse's World Premiere of WATERFALLBWW TV: Behind the Scenes of Pasadena Playhouse's World Premiere of WATERFALL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 12, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps) presents the World premiere of WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, starring Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit and featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20.   (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre joins with producing partner Pasadena Playhouse in welcoming Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit lead the cast of the world premiere of WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20.  Check out a first look below! (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN! Cast Album Hits #1 on Billboard Top Broadway ChartSOMETHING ROTTEN! Cast Album Hits #1 on Billboard Top Broadway Chart
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

Ghostlight Records just announced that the Original Broadway Cast Album for Something Rotten!, the new musical comedy nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, hit #1 on the Billboard Top Broadway chart its first week in digital release. The album also debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #94, the Billboard Top Current Albums chart at #45, and the Billboard Overall Digital Albums chart at #22. This marks the strongest overall cast album debut since June 2014, and the third-strongest sales week of any cast recording in five years. Something Rotten! is officially available now on iTunes here and other digital formats with a 36-page booklet. The disc will be available in stores and online July 17. The album is produced by Kurt Deutsch, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Karey Kirkpatrick and Kevin McCollum. It is co-produced by Lawrence Manchesterand Phil Reno. The album has special liner notes by Time Out New York theater editor David Cote. To order the album, please visit www.sh-k-boom.com/somethingrotten. (more...)

Nashville's 6/1/15 Theater CalendarNashville's 6/1/15 Theater Calendar
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 1, 2015

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...)

Hennepin Theatre Trust Reveals Spring 2015 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program HonorsHennepin Theatre Trust Reveals Spring 2015 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program Honors
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today the spring 2015 honorees recognizing theatre accomplishments by Minnesota students and schools participating in the 2014-15 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program culminating in the SpotLight Showcase Sunday, June 14 and Monday, June 15 at the State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., downtown Minneapolis). Now celebrating its Tenth Anniversary, SpotLight is the Trust's premier education initiative which supports and honors Minnesota high school musical theatre students and programs that produce annual musicals. Minnesota native, award-winning Broadway performer and former SpotLight participant, Laura Osnes, is the current SpotLight spokesperson. (more...)

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