The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Tour


Contra Costa Civic Theatre Continues Season with the World Premiere of THE LOST YEARS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Mistaken identities, family secrets, artistic ambitions, and terrible puns set the stage for Contra Costa Civic Theatre's world premiere production of The Lost Years by Los Angeles-based playwright Cynthia Wands, from April 7-30. The production, directed by CCCT Artistic Director Marilyn Langbehn, marks only the second world premiere in the company's 57-year history. For tickets and information visit the theatre's website at www.ccct.org or call 510.524.9012. (more...)

Ridiculous Amounts of Hilarity in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Brelby
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Karson Cook said, 'We've had no challenges whatsoever, other than me trying not to break character every time one of my fellow cast members opens their mouth,' He said. (more...)

Audiences Will Laugh and Cry with The 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Brelby Theatre Company opens The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee this Friday. (more...)

WAR PAINT Producer David Stone Honored with 2017 Green Broadway Award
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) has announced that David Stone is the recipient of the 2017 Green Broadway Award. The Green Broadway Award honors an individual, show or organization for outstanding achievement in making Broadway more environmentally friendly. The first Green Broadway Award was given to Jujamcyn Theaters in 2015. (more...)

Brelby Theatre Company Announces Creative Team for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Shelby Elise Maticic is the Artistic Director of the Brelby Theatre Company. She has BS in Theatre Performance from Northern Arizona University and an MFA in Arts Entrepreneurship & Management from Arizona State University. (more...)

A BRONX TALE Original Broadway Cast Album Out This Spring; Pre-Order Now!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, Tribeca Productions, and Evamere Entertainment announced today that the Original Broadway Cast Album of the hit musical A BRONX TALE will be released by Ghostlight Records, beginning March 24, 2017. (more...)

IRT Theater Presents THE CABARET AT THE END OF THE WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Ancient Rome looks a lot like modern America as irreverent, vivacious hosts Flora and Fawna invite you to the hottest club in the City Of Seven Hills for a sly, sexy, hilarious romp through Julius Caesar. (more...)

Iconotheatrix Gets Competitive with THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Iconotheatrix presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee April 6-15, 2017 at The MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston). (more...)

Tarell Alvin McCraney's CHOIR BOY to Open Raven Theatre Company's 2017-18 Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Raven Theatre Company, which will turn 35 years old in March of 2018, announced today that its upcoming 2017-18 season will give Chicago audiences their first looks at plays by three of America's most acclaimed young playwrights. (more...)

Photo Flash: Astoria Performing Arts Center Celebrates the First Day of Spring with Homecoming Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

On the first day of spring at the hidden gem of Long Island City Paper Factory Hotel, Astoria Performing Arts Center hosted their annual benefit, HOMECOMING. The evening welcomed nearly 100 guests to enjoy musical selections from former APAC artists. (more...)

VIDEO: Go Inside the Studio for A BRONX TALE's 'Belmont Avenue'; Original Broadway Cast Album Out Today!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Ghostlight Records releases the album of the hit musical A BRONX TALE in digital formats today, Friday, March 24 with CDs in stores and online Friday, May 12. CDs will be available at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), where the show is currently running, beginning mid-April. Below, go inside the recording studio with the cast performing 'Belmont Avenue'! (more...)

Ed Dixon's 'GEORGIE' Headed to Barrington Stage; Joe Iconis and More Set for 2017 Special Events!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Michele Weathers, announced today a special production of Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, as well as three special events, during their upcoming 2017 season. (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Bristol Riverside Theatre moves into its third decade with a jam-packed season of three musicals, a heartwarming comedy and a contemporary drama.  (more...)

Cast Announced for World Premiere of BALLAST at Diversionary
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Diversionary has announced casting for the World Premiere of BALLAST by Georgette Kelly. This highly poetic play explores the waking and dream lives of two trans and cisgender couples as they come to terms with the new lives they find themselves in. (more...)

Tony-Winning Play ALL THE WAY Opens This Friday at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

???????Political intrigue takes center stage at Actors' Playhouse in the Tony Award-winning drama All The Way by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan. (more...)

Taylor Quick, Loretta Ables Sayre to Lead Goodspeed's THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2017 season at The Goodspeed with the Broadway hit Thoroughly Modern Millie. You'll get a kick out of this dance-filled musical comedy running April 21 - July 2 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 3/19/2017
by BWW - Mar 19, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/19/2017 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

James Monroe Iglehart Revisits His Friends in Agrabah
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2017

James Monroe Iglehart, the iconic originator of The Genie in ALADDIN, recently stepped down from the role that earned him a Tony in 2014. The actor will soon be joining the Broadway cast of HAMILTON as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. It seems, however, that Iglehart was feeling a little nostalgic as he announced on Twitter that he's on stage this weekend as Genie. Time to get some last minute tickets! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - March 19, 2017
by - Mar 19, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on March 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Phoenix You Might Have Missed 3/17 - NATIVE SON, SPELLING BEE, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

Check out the top stories from Phoenix you might have missed this week and more! (more...)

Stage & Screen Stars Jonathan Freeman, Chris Sullivan and Jeffrey Schecter Join MasterVoices' BABES IN TOYLAND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

The production will be conducted by MasterVoices' Artistic Director Ted Sperling and will feature previously announced stars Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, Christopher Fitzgerald - with Jonathan Freeman, Chris Sullivan, and Jeffrey Schecter just joining the lineup - alongside 130 singers of MasterVoices, with Orchestra of St. Luke's. (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL COUNTY SPELLING BEE Continues this Weekend at Brelby
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Brelby Theatre Company's newest hit, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will play Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and Sunday at 2pm. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - NJ Thesfest 2017: Central Jersey Exists
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Mar 14, 2017

Saturday competitions and the short film festival, I grabbed my friend Mady by the hand, rushed downstairs from our Troupe 5480 corner on the second floor, and asked as many New Jersey Thespians as I could the most polarizing question you could whip out on any East Coaster. (more...)

Performances Added to CABARET AT THE END OF THE WORLD at IRT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Hard Sparks gives the ancients a twist with a pair of shows in rep: Melody Bates and Rebecca Hart's The Cabaret at the End of the World (directed by Joan Jubett), set in a nightclub in Julius Caesar-era Rome; and Bob Bartlett's Bareback Ink (directed by David Drake), a modern queer update of the Ganymede myth, set in a tattoo shop. (more...)

John Guare's SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Plays The Red House Arts Center This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

The Red House Arts Center continues its 2017 season with Six Degrees of Separation, by award-winning playwright John Guare which runs now through March 18th. Diamonds and denim clash in this fast-paced and wildly clever play inspired by true events. (more...)

World Premiere CLUE Stage Adaptation and More Headed to Bucks County Playhouse in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Bucks County Playhouse's Executive Producer, Robyn Goodman, Producing Director Alexander Fraser and Producers Stephen Kocis and Josh Fiedler are pleased to announce the Playhouse's 2017 subscription season. (more...)

Finalists Announced for 15th Annual Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer of the Year Competition
by Robert Gould - Mar 13, 2017

Finalists for the 15th annual Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer Of the Year competition have been announced. (more...)

BWW Review: Brelby Wins THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Mar 12, 2017

Brelby Theatre Company's Shelby Maticic has directed her company in a breakneck paced, enticing production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. With a book by Rachel Sheinkin and music and lyrics by William Finn, it's a show that could be breathtakingly dreadful, but instead is wildly entertaining. (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Phoenix You Might Have Missed This Week
by - Mar 10, 2017

Check out the top stories from Phoenix you might have missed this week and more! (more...)

Grab Your Dictionary! Multiple Tony Winning THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Comes to Florida Rep
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

Florida Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce the opening of the multiple Tony-winning musical comedy 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' in the Historic Arcade Theatre. Playing March 24-April 12 with four near-sold-out previews March 21-23, tickets are already going fast for the hilarious musical that took Broadway by storm. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Announces Additional Productions & World Premiere Readings for 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announced today a reading of the new musical Butterflies, as well as two additional productions, during their upcoming 2017 season. (more...)

Disney's TARZAN Gets Chicago Premiere This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, NightBlue Performing Arts Company opens its 2017 season with the Chicago premiere of 'Disney's TARZAN: The Broadway Musical' at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont. (more...)

Astoria Performing Arts Center Announces RAISIN, The Musical Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) will present a limited engagement of the Tony Award-winner Raisin this spring. The musical, which won the Best Musical Tony Award in 1973,  will return to New York City after a 42-year hiatus from May 4 to May 27, 2017 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (at 30th Road), Astoria, NY 11102.  (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Design Team at Brelby Loves the Challenge
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

'This is my first time trying my hand at scenic design,' James Beneze said. 'Honestly, I've mostly been frantically trying to find ideas to try to make such a simple set unique.' (more...)

Shirley Jones Will Be Inducted Into the Bucks County Playhouse Hall of Fame
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

Theater, television and film icon, Shirley Jones, will be inducted into the Bucks County Playhouse Hall of Fame during the Playhouse's third Oscar Hammerstein Festival, April 22-23, 2017. (more...)

Danny Ashok and Darren Kuppan to Lead European Premiere of GUARDS AT THE TAJ
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

Casting has been announced today for the European premiere of Guards at the Taj, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph and directed by Jamie Lloyd. Danny Ashok (Disgraced, Bush Theatre; Capital, BBC) will play Humayun and Darren Kuppan (East is East, West End/ UK Tour) will play Babur.  (more...)

Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff and Lisa Howard to Lead ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

La Jolla Playhouse announced today the principal leads for Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett. Paul Alexander Nolan will lead the cast as Tully, and will be joined by Alison Luff as Rachel and Lisa Howard as Tammy. (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO Kicks Off Rehearsals This Week in Seattle
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

This week The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT - A Contemporary Theatre plot their first step in musical mayhem and begin rehearsals for the drop dead funny musical comedy Murder for Two. (more...)

River Drivers, John Byrne Band and Galways Girls Set for Irish Music Festival at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Bucks County Playhouse will salute the music of Ireland with a special Irish Music Festival, March 17-18, 2017. (more...)

Michele Weathers Joins Barrington Stage Company as Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, announced today that Michele Weathers will assume the role of Managing Director of Barrington Stage Company beginning March 13, 2017. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief February 23rd, 2017 - SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Opens and More!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 23, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, opens on Broadway tonight! (more...)

University of Washington Musical Theater Program presents PIPPIN for Third Annual Production
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences presents the third annual production of the UW Musical Theater Program, Pippin. The production runs March 10th through March 19th at the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse at NE 41st Street and University Way NE.  (more...)

MAN FROM NEBRASKA Extends Through March 26 at Second Stage Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Due to extremely high ticket demand, Second Stage Theatre's New York premiere production of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts' play, MAN FROM NEBRASKA, has announced a two-week extension after opening to extremely positive reviews on February 15th. The production will now play through March 26 at the Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). (more...)

The St. Bart's Players to Celebrate 90th Season with Special Gala and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

The St. Bart's Players is incredibly excited to celebrate its 90th season in 2017! Before the group's spring play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the Players will kick the season off with a special Gala on February 25th! (more...)

Drama Desk Award-Winner Lisa Howard to Appear at Ocean State Theatre Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

???????Drama Desk Award-winner, Lisa Howard will be performing as part of the Broadway Spotlight II concert scheduled for Monday, March 6 at Ocean State Theatre in Warwick. (more...)

Podcast: 'Broadway Backstory' Explores NEXT TO NORMAL's Road to Broadway
by Theater People Podcast - Feb 21, 2017

The episode tracks NEXT TO NORMAL's journey to Broadway. Through interviews with the show's stars, composers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Director Michael Greif, and Producers David Stone and Carole Rothman, the episode follows the show from it's first incarnation as a college project to a 10-minute musical at the famed BMI Workshop and then through it's development process off-Broadway and out of town before landing on Broadway were it became a long-running Pulitzer Prize winning hit. (more...)


by Theater People Podcast - Feb 21, 2017

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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and More Lead Cleveland Play House 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2017

Cleveland Play House's newly announced 2017-18 Season contains a wide range of work certain to captivate, enlighten, excite and engage Cleveland audiences. Bursting with action, adventure, romance, and suspense, audiences will find joy in unexpected places in each production this Season.  The Season will include a swashbuckling romantic comedy, an urgent revival of an international classic, soul-shaking gospel performances, a political thriller from a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, a Tony Award-winning musical, and an electrifying athletic drama that packs a punch. With characters ranging from rebels and outsiders, to misfits, revolutionaries and geniuses, audiences will be swept up into the stories of one and all, and will be reminded that the most efficient way to resolve conflict whether on the stage or in life, is through collaboration.   (more...)

PRETTY FILTHY Cast to Celebrate Album Release at Feinstein's/54 Below This Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The Civilians, Ghostlight Records, and Jon B. Platt will celebrate the recent release of the PRETTY FILTHY original cast recording with an unforgettable evening of this groundbreaking show about the "Other Hollywood" at Feinstein's/54 Below on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM.  (more...)

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC presents A FLEA IN HER EAR
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

The Theatre Group at SBCC will continue the 16/17 season with the hilarious farce, A FLEA IN HER EAR, a new version of Georges Feydeau's farce by David Ives, Directed by R. Michael Gros, March 1-18, 2017 in the Garvin Theatre. (more...)

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