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.

Broadway Inspirational Voices Takes Part in 'IMAGINE' Benefit Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

Broadway Inspirational Voices joins 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 tonight, September 8th at 8:00 pm (le) poisson rouge (158 Bleecker St.). (more...)

Catherine Tate, Mike McShane, Carly Bawden and More to Star in ASSASSINS at Menier Chocolate Factory, November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate have been cast in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's ASSASSINS, directed by Jamie Lloyd, at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 21st November 2014 - 7th March 2015. Press Night is Monday 1st December, 8pm. Public booking opens today. (more...)

Jim Brochu to Return to Barrington Stage in CHARACTER MAN This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announces the return of Drama Desk Award-winner Jim Brochu in his new show Character Man, following his wildly successful run of Zero Hour in 2011. A musical valentine celebrating the Golden Age of the American Musical, Character Man will be presented at BSC's St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center from September 18 through 28. The press opening is Saturday, September 20 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Drury Lane Theatre's THE GAME'S AFOOT Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 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. The show opened last night, September 4 at 8 p.m., and runs through October 19, 2014. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivites below! (more...)

Redhouse Arts Center Announces Celebrity Spellers for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Opening 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

School season is upon us, and the Redhouse Arts Center is joining in on the school spirit fun with its first mainstage musical of the season, Tony Award winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opening on Sept. 12. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss, Spelling Bee tells the delightful story of six quirky adolescents as they compete in the Putnam Valley Middle School Bee and learn that winning isn't everything! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Drury Lane Theatre's THE GAME'S AFOOT, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 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, opening tonight, 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...)

BWW Interview: Betsy Werbel Previews Upcoming IMAGINE Benefit Concert!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Betsy Werbel, who co-founded the Brian Werbel Memorial Fund and organized the event, recently took the time to chat with BroadwayWorld about the upcoming concert. Read on to preview the upcoming benefit performance. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 9/4/14 - INDIAN INK, WAYSIDE MOTOR INN, RED EYE OF LOVE and Two 'MONEY' Shows Start Tonight!
by Jessica Showers - Sep 4, 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: It's an off-Broadway extravaganza, with INDIAN INK and THE MONEY SHOT starting previews, and THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN, RED EYE OF LOVE and BAD WITH MONEY celebrating their openings tonight. Plus, the KINKY BOOTS tour launches in Vegas! (more...)

PTC to Present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 9/12-27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, September 12 through 27, 2014. (more...)

Hayes Theatre Co to Present NEXT TO NORMAL, From 8 January
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Boasting the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards including best musical score, Doorstep Arts in association with Hayes Theatre Co will present Next to Normal at Hayes Theatre Co from Thursday 8 January after a wildly successful season in Geelong earlier this year. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Stanton Nash, Bruce Randolph Nelson & More in Center Stage's AMADEUS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Helmed by Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, the production of AMADEUS, the first show in Center Stage's 2014/15 Season, runs through Oct. 12. (more...)

Producer Barbara Whitman to be Honored at Transport Group's Annual Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Transport Group, the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and OBIE Award-winning theatre company, has announced its annual gala Gimme a Break!, will honor Tony Award-winning producer Barbara Whitman on December 8, 2014 at 6pm at the Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue at 70 Street. (more...)

Yutopian Entertainment to Open THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 10/3
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

New theater company Yutopian Entertainment is set to open The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee this Friday, Oct 3rd at the Grove Theater Center in Burbank. (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics September 27 - Part 2 - FINDING NEVERLAND Shares Last SIP, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2014

BroadwayWorld collected as many of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics as we could to bring you Part 2 of our September 27 #SIP round-up! Check out Part 1 HERE. (more...)

Performance Now to Present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 10/10-19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul crushing, pout inducing, life un-affirming 'ding' of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box (more...)

Photo Coverage: Aretha Franklin Visits ALADDIN
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 24, 2014

The LEGENDARY Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was in the house last night at Disney's hit production of ALADDIN on Broadway and after the show posed with the excited cast -- and BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture the magic moment (no lamp required!). (more...)

JULIUS CAESAR, Starring Anthony Cochrane, Maurice Jones and More, to Open 2014-15 Season at the Folger Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Folger Theatre launches its 2014/15 season in Rome with William Shakespeare's enduring political tragedy, Julius Caesar from October 28 - December 7, 2014. Robert Richmond (Richard III and Henry V at Folger) directs the epic portrait of the battle between ambition and honor, conspiracy and loyalty, leading an outstanding ensemble including Anthony Cochrane (Broadway's War Horse and Folger's Henry VIII) as the honorable Marcus Brutus, and Maurice Jones, making his Folger Theatre debut as Caesar's closest ally, Mark Antony. (more...)

Broadway Inspirational Voices Set to Take Part in IMAGINE Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

Broadway Inspirational Voices joins 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 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 UHGiving.org. (more...)

Photo Flash: 'They've Got Magic to Do!' Carly Hughes & John Dossett Join the Cast of Broadway's PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Carly Hughes, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, joins the Tony Award winning production of Pippin in the role of 'Leading Player' beginning tonight, September 19. Ciara Renee played her final performance in the role on Sunday, September 14. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at Hughes and John Dossett in the award-winning revival! (more...)

Court Theatre & American Blues Theater Extend NATIVE SON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Due to early ticket demand, Court Theatre and American Blues Theater announce an extension to the world premiere of American Blues Ensemble Member Nambi E. Kelley's new adaptation of Richard Wright's classic novel, Native Son, directed by Seret Scott. Native Son will now run September 11 - October 19, 2014 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. (more...)

TAIL! SPIN! Begins Previews Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Tail! Spin!, the outrageously entertaining verbatim reenactment of four recent preposterous sex scandals, begins performances tonight, September 18 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street), ahead of an official opening on Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm. The cast of Tail! Spin! features Arnie Burton (39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher), Rachel Dratch ('Saturday Night Live'), Sean Dugan (Next Fall, 'Smash'), Tom Galantich ('House of Cards') and Nate Smith (UCB, FunnyOrDie.com). (more...)


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BEAUTIFUL's Carly Hughes Joins PIPPIN This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

Carly Hughes, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, will join the Tony Award winning production of PIPPIN in the role of 'Leading Player' beginning Friday, September 19. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 17th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Sep 17, 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. '50 Shades' joins the fall-winter lineup at the Broadway Playhouse, 'Stomp' and 'Rain' join BIC, Halloween musicals begin, two sketch musicals at pH, the Muellers and Mason headline FWD's gala, Weill and Porter shows prepare to open, and Barbra goes for six straight decades! (more...)

Center Stage Sets AMADEUS Preshow Activities
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

The lobby of Center Stage will be transformed into the Royal Court of Vienna for an immersive preshow experience during the production run of Amadeus, from Sept. 18 to Oct. 12. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Pioneer Theatre Company's SPELLING BEE Spells H-I-T
by Tyler Hinton - Sep 16, 2014

The new production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Pioneer Theatre Company knows how to spell H-I-T. If the longer-than-usual title isn't familiar to you, you owe yourself a visit to Putnam County. And if it is, you already know why a return trip is in order. (more...)

BWW TV: Broadway Sings for a Cure - Watch Highlights from IMAGINE Benefit Concert!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 14, 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 was held earlier this week at (le) poisson rouge (158 Bleecker St.). All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Brian Werbel Memorial Fund. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out highlights below! (more...)

SMTC Announces New Additions to THE PRODUCERS Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

SMTC welcomes choreographer Bill Hotaling back after his work in last June's Cabaret and musical director Curtis Moeller. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Rachel Dratch, Sean Dugan & More Preview TAIL! SPIN!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Sep 10, 2014

Tail! Spin!, the outrageously entertaining verbatim reenactment of four recent preposterous sex scandals, begins performances Thursday, September 18 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street), ahead of an official opening on Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm. The cast of Tail! Spin! features Arnie Burton (39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher), Rachel Dratch ('Saturday Night Live'), Sean Dugan (Next Fall, 'Smash'), Tom Galantich ('House of Cards')and Nate Smith (UCB, FunnyOrDie.com). The cast just met the press and you can check out photos from the big day below! (more...)

Point Park Junior Kaley Ann Voorhees Debuts on Broadway as 'Christine' in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Point Park University musical theatre junior Kaley Ann Voorhees, this week, made her Broadway debut, playing the highly coveted leading role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. (more...)

THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, SEUSSICAL, HARVEY, ANYTHING GOES and More Set for Alhambra Theatre & Dining's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

The 48th season for the Alhambra Theatre & Dining promises a diverse nine-show slate with seven shows never before seen at the Alhambra. It will also feature three Broadway and pop culture veterans: Lisa Whelchel, who starred as Blair in NBC's 'Facts of Life,' 80's pop icon Debbie Gibson, and Charles Shaughnessy, who rose to prominence on the CBS hit, 'The Nanny.' Season Packages and individual-show tickets went on sale to the general public on October 1, said Managing Partner Craig Smith. Smith also announced the Alhambra's new website, making access to the Alhambra simpler and more dynamic. (more...)

TAIL! SPIN!, Starring Rachel Dratch and More, Opens Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Tail! Spin!, the outrageously entertaining verbatim reenactment of four recent preposterous sex scandals, opens tonight, October 1 at 7 pm at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street). The cast of Tail! Spin! features Arnie Burton (39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher), Rachel Dratch ('Saturday Night Live'), Sean Dugan (Next Fall, 'Smash'), Tom Galantich ('House of Cards') and Nate Smith (UCB, FunnyOrDie.com). (more...)

Review Roundup: TAIL! SPIN! Opens Off-Broadway
by Review Roundups - Oct 1, 2014

Tail! Spin!, the outrageously entertaining verbatim reenactment of four recent preposterous sex scandals, opens tonight, October 1 at 7 pm at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street). The cast of Tail! Spin! features Arnie Burton (39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher), Rachel Dratch ('Saturday Night Live'), Sean Dugan (Next Fall, 'Smash'), Tom Galantich ('House of Cards') and Nate Smith (UCB, FunnyOrDie.com). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Arden Theatre Company to Present GREAT EXPECTATIONS, 10/23-12-14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Arden Theatre Company continues its 27th season of great stories with Great Expectations, based on the book by Charles Dickens and adapted by Gale Childs Daly. Great Expectations runs in the Arcadia from October 23 through December 14, 2014. Associate Artistic Director Matthew Decker directs. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: A NEW BRAIN in Melbourne
by Brett Considine - Aug 31, 2014

A New Brain is one of William Finn's his many exquisite musical theatre works. Producer Phill Scanlon let BWW view one of the final rehearsals before A NEW BRAIN opens at the Doncaster Playhouse from September 12. Based on what we saw, this show promises heart and music. (more...)

Rachel Dratch, Sean Dugan, Nate Smith & Arnie Burton to Lead TAIL! SPIN! Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

The producers of Tail! Spin!, the outrageously entertaining verbatim reenactment of four recent preposterous sex scandals, announced today the full cast for the production, which begins performances Thursday, September 18 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street), ahead of an official opening on Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm. The cast of Tail! Spin! features Arnie Burton (39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher), Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live"), Sean Dugan (Next Fall, "Smash"), Tom Galantich ("House of Cards")and Nate Smith (UCB, FunnyOrDie.com). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Lyric Video for ALADDIN's 'Prince Ali'
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2014

Disney's Aladdin, the new musical comedy based on the Academy AwardŽ-winning animated film, opened to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014 at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre. Below, check out a just-released lyric video for one of the show's well-known anthems, 'Prince Ali.' (more...)

Wilde Award Nominations Announced for 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

The Wilde Awards 2014 Ceremony will be taking place September 22nd and hosted by EncoreMichigan.com. (more...)

Broadway Inspirational Voices Along with Mary Testa, Justin Guarini and more set for IMAGINE: A CONCERT OF HOPE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The Broadway Inspirational Voices will lead a host of Broadway talent in 'Imagine: A Concert of Hope,' a benefit concert to raise funds for cancer research through the Brian Werbel Memorial Fund at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. The event will take place Monday, September 8th at 8pm at Le Poisson Rouge and all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Brian Werbel Memorial Fund. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company to Present CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF WILLIAM FINN, 8/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents Celebrating the Music of William Finn on August 29 and 30 at 8pm at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage Stage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company to Present CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF WILLIAM FINN, 8/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents Celebrating the Music of William Finn on August 29 and 30 at 8pm at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage Stage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Shows - MOTOWN
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 24, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters. BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MOTOWN below! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/22/14 - BOOTYCANDY Begins, LUCKY STIFF in Montreal, NEWSIES & 'BULLETS' Say Farewell and More!
by Jessica Showers - Aug 22, 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: BOOTYCANDY begins previews, the LUCKY STIFF movie premieres in Montreal, and NEWSIES and BULLETS OVER BROADWAY close the curtain for the last time this Sunday! (more...)

Goodman Theatre and Drury Lane Productions Lead 2014 Jeff Awards Nominations; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Chicago actress, TV and film star Jane Lynch did the honor today of announcing the nominees for the 2013-2014 Equity Jeff Awards. (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...)

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