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The Act is a musical with a book by George Furth, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander.

It was written to showcase the talents of Kander and Ebb favorite Liza Minnelli, who portrayed Michelle Craig, a fading film star attempting a comeback as a Las Vegas singer. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1977.

BWW Interview: Ventriloquist Nina Conti Talks IN YOUR FACE
by Marianka Swain - Sep 30, 2016

Ventriloquist Nina Conti got her break when Ken Campbell specially devised Let Me Out!!! for her in 2001, and she's since won numerous awards, headlined shows, appeared in Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration. She's now on a major UK tour with improvised show In Your Face, which sees audience members donning masks and becoming live semi-puppets. The show comes to New Wimbledon Theatre on 3 October. (more...)

Act II Playhouse in Ambler to Stage MAURITIUS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Act II Playhouse in Ambler presents the exciting crime drama, Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck, on stage for four weeks only, Oct. 25-Nov. 20. (more...)

CLAIRE SHERMAN: WEST RIDGE Exhibition to Open Next Month at DC Moore Gallery
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

DC Moore Gallery has announced the opening of West Ridge, an exhibition of new work by Claire Sherman, on view October 6 - November 5, 2016, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: World Premiere of THE LAST FIREFLY Thunders Onstage at Children's Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is unveiling the world premiere of The Last Firefly, written by Naomi Iizuka and directed by CTC's Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius, beginning September 27. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES Charming Family Fare
by Frank Benge - Sep 28, 2016

NEWSIES is a Disney Theatrical Productions musical based on their 1992 film Newsies. The original film took its inspiration from the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. NEWSIES has a book by Harvey Fierstein with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman. It premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 and made its Broadway debut in 2012, where it played for 1004 performances. The stage version contains songs from the movie and several new numbers. Those who grew up on the film version will notice that this new adaptation has written out Jack's original love interest Sarah Jacobs as well as the New York Sun reporter Brian Denton, who writes about the Newsies. These characters have been replaced by a new character, Katherine Plumber, a reporter who is a composite of the characters from the original film. The North American tour, which is currently playing at the Bass Concert Hall, started in October 2014 and is ending its 43 week run on October 2, 2016 here in Austin, TX. (more...)

BWW Review: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Offers a Bouquet of Musical Delights at Washington National Opera
by Jeffrey Walker - Sep 28, 2016

Legend has it there were five encores at the triumphant Viennese premiere of Mozart and da Ponte's Le Nozze di Figaro on May 1, 1786. By the same token, Washington National Opera's new production of the effervescent comic opera deserved just as many ovations. Now playing through Sunday, October 2 in the Kennedy Center Opera House, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO with Mozart's bubbly score and de Ponte's delicious libretto sparkles as bright as ever. The cast of first class singing-actors and the prime conducting skills of James Gaffigan are reason enough to take a seat for this masterpiece. (more...)

Terrorism, Fearmongering, and America's Reality-Television Fixation Meet in BLATANTLY BLAINE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2016

As an audience member, you expect some vulgarity from a show billed as 'Kim Kardashian and Book of Mormon's ISIS musical baby.' Blatantly Blaine meets your expectations, and then smashes them. (more...)

James Turrell's MEETING Re-Opens After Renovation
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

James Turrell's site-specific installation Meeting at MoMA PS1 will re-open on October 8 after a three-year restoration and renovation. One of Turrell's celebrated Skyspaces, Meeting is an installation inside the museum that invites viewers to gaze upwards toward an unobstructed view of the sky. The only public James Turrell Skyspace in the New York area, Meeting is also the first Skyspace that Turrell created in the United States and just the second ever made. (more...)

BWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS Reinvents Meta-Theatre at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - Oct 7, 2016

Gone are the Dust Bowl affectations and commedia dell'arte affectations- Ted Pappas's reworking of the Rostandesque chamber musical is all about the power of theatre (more...)

by Jessica Naftaly - Oct 6, 2016

With us almost halfway through American Horror Story: Roanoke, the series is getting to a point where it feels like it is spinning its wheels until it reaches the much awaited sixth episode where, as creator Ryan Murphy has promised, the show will reveal a big twist. Most fans have theorized what that twist could be, debating on whether or not it will tie all of the seasons together or if it will explain why AHS chose the docudrama format for this season other than just for aesthetic purposes. The anticipation for the reveal, however, overwhelms any anticipation for the episodes preceding it. (more...)

BWW Blog: Sarah Osman - Feeling Down and In a Funk? Freshen Up and Get Inspired!
by Guest Blogger: Sarah Osman - Oct 5, 2016

For some time now I've been in a funk. (more...)

Fifth Rochester Fringe Festival Breaks Records, Changes Name
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

For 10 days from Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 24, the 2016 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival drew more than an estimated* 67,000 visitors (compared to 63,000 in 2015) to downtown Rochester to celebrate artistic expression in all of its forms. (more...)

BWW Review: LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, Crucible Studio, Sheffield, 1 October 2016
by Ruth Deller - Oct 4, 2016

The English Touring Theatre/Sheffield Theatres adaptation of DH Lawrence's classic is a tender adaptation with an atmospheric soundscape. Even though it contains full-frontal nudity and sexual themes, the production is sensitive rather than shocking. (more...)

Travel to London with New Kids Musical 'ADVENTURES OF BELLA & HARRY' at Wharton Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Come along with Chihuahua pup Bella and her little brother Harry as they "em-bark" on a fun-filled musical journey to London in The Adventures of Bella & Harry: Let's Visit London! The Musical, part of The Act One Family Series at Wharton Center. (more...)

Original CHICAGO Cast Member David Sabella Makes Metropolitan Room Debut this November
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

D. Sabella, original costar in Broadway's longest running American musical, CHICAGO, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of this iconic show with 4 special performances of  'LOOPIN THE LOOP - A celebration of CHICAGO and the music of Kander and Ebb' at the Metropolitan room, November 2, 9, 16, & 23, 9:30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: Amelia Community Theatre Vacations ON GOLDEN POND
by Michael Lipp - Oct 3, 2016

Ernest Thompson's 1979 ON GOLDEN POND is an ode to the durability of love and family in the face of aging, loss, and miscommunication. Amelia Community Theatre has just opened a touching production of the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play which became a critically-acclaimed film two years later starring Katharine Hepburn and the father-and-daughter team of Henry and Jane Fonda. Helmed by veteran director Toni D'Amico, ACT's trip to Golden Pond is a lovely, welcoming experience that effectively balances both sides of this bittersweet comedy-drama. (more...)

BWW interview: Theatre Life with Paige Hathaway
by Elliot Lanes - Oct 3, 2016

Welcome to Theatre Life, Broadway World DC's new interview column that will feature many of the artists that make up the country's second largest theatre community. (more...)

MURDER BALLAD to Slay at Omaha Community Playhouse This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Murder Ballad, running at the Omaha Community Playhouse October 14 - November 20, 2016 in the Howard Drew Theatre, is an intimate, sung-through indie-rock musical that tells the dramatic tale of a love triangle gone wrong. (more...)

Photo Flash: MURDER BALLAD at the Omaha Community Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Murder Ballad, running at the Omaha Community Playhouse October 14 - November 20, 2016 in the Howard Drew Theatre, is an intimate, sung-through indie-rock musical that tells the dramatic tale of a love triangle gone wrong. At the center of it all is Sara, a young mother and wife who seems to have it all but longs for her dangerous past and begins a love affair with her old boyfriend. As events unfold, the audience is along for the ride with every twist of the story. Murder Ballad is a steamy and fun thriller with a razor's edge. Contains situations of infidelity, adult language and mild violence. (more...)

Photo Flash: Liza Minnelli Tributes Judy Garland with Michael Feinstein in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated Michael Feinstein returned to Feinstein's at the Nikko with a special salute to the one-and-only Judy Garland, September 28 - October 1, 2016. On the final night of the run, the audience got lucky when Feinstein invited legend of the star and stage, his friend Liza Minnelli, up to the stage with him to perform 'I Love A Piano.' The number was dedicated to the celebration and memory of Minnelli's mother, beloved actress Judy Garland. Scroll down for photos from her appearance, and click here for footage! (more...)

Margaret Thatcher Projects to Present SPECTRAL FLUX
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2016

Margaret Thatcher Projects is excited to present Spectral Flux, a series of works constructed of luminously painted bars of cast acrylic  by Freddy Chandra. In what will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery, Chandra further expands on the ephemeral nature of the moving image, sound, and oscillation. While his works are grounded in the language of abstract painting, Chandra visually and conceptually references scientific notions of timbre, frequency, and spectrum to reflect the inevitable synchronicity of light, color, and noise. (more...)

BWW Review: PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS, New Wimbledon Theatre, 20 October 2016
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Oct 21, 2016

It is an unusual way to earn a living; manipulating your genitals on stage for the entertainment of others. But Puppetry of the Penis, or The Ancient Australian Art of Genital Origami, is just that. (more...)

CareerBuilder's Annual Study Reveals This Year's Craziest Excuses for Calling in Sick
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016


STAGE TUBE: Liza Minnelli Joins Michael Feinstein Onstage at Feinstein's at the Nikko for Judy Garland Tribute
by Stage Tube - Oct 2, 2016

The audience of Michael Feinstein's concert at Feinstein's at the Nikko got lucky last night when he invited legend of the star and stage, his friend Liza Minnelli, up to the stage with him to perform 'I Love A Piano.' The number was dedicated to the celebration and memory of Minnelli's mother, beloved actress Judy Garland.  (more...)

BWW Review: A Play About Failure, DEATH OF A CLOWN Has the Makings of a Successful Web Series
by David Fick - Oct 2, 2016

The way that Ryan Napier tells the story of DEATH OF A CLOWN, through a solo live performance piece, prompts the question of whether this format and medium is the best way to tell this story, and the stalemate it reaches as an extended theatrical presentation is wrapped up in the answer. (more...)

BWW Review: PRISCILLA is a Campy Disco Delight With Heart
by Frank Benge - Oct 2, 2016

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT: THE MUSICAL is a jukebox musical adapted from Australian film director-writer Stephan Elliott's 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Adapted by Elliott and Allan Scott, the musical uses well-known pop and disco songs as the score. It tells the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman who make a trip from Sydney across the desert in a bus they name Priscilla to do a drag show in the resort town of Alice Springs in the Australian desert. Along the way, they encounter a slew of odd characters, homophobia and love in the most unexpected of places. The original production debuted in Australia at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney in October 2006. The Australian success of the show lead to a two-year West End production and finally the Bette Midler produced Broadway debut in 2011. The production now on stage at Zach Theatre is one of the first regional productions of the show. (more...)

Greenhouse Theater Center Presents YOU CAN ONLY TAKE THE ACT 12 TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to present YOU CAN ONLY TAKE The Act 12 TIMES, Tracy Egan's new one-woman show about the joyful agony of parenting kids on the verge of fleeing the nest, directed by Rengin Altay.  (more...)

McLaren Engineering Group's Orlando Office Teams with Cirque du Soleil LA NOUBA for Creative City Project Performance
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

McLaren Engineering Group, a full-service engineering firm with offices throughout North America, including Orlando, adapted Cirque du Soleil La Nouba's Bamboo Aerial Act for use in a stunning outdoor performance. The Orlando-based show took its new dynamic act to the streets of downtown Orlando for the Creative City Project event last week. (more...)

ALWAYS....PATSY CLINE, Opens At Dundalk Community Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Dundalk Community Theatre kicks off its 2016/2017 season with a musical tribute Always….Patsy Cline from October 28th - November 6th.  The season is then followed by "I Hate Hamlet" and "Shrek:  The Musical". DCT has something for everyone this year and the festivities are just around the corner. Individual tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for senior adults and $15 for students/DCT Actors/Children 12 and under.  Subscriptions are still available for a limited time. (more...)

BWW Review: RENT's 20th Anniversary Tour Thrills TPAC Audience on Opening Night in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 19, 2016

It's hard to believe that Jonathan Larson's epic rock musical masterpiece, Rent, debuted on Broadway, making headlines around the world, winning the Pulitzer Prize and bringing a whole new generation of audiences to the theater 20 years ago. Larson who died just prior to the show's 1996 off-Broadway opening didn't live to see the acclaim with which his musical - based upon Puccini's La Boheme - was greeted, but if we believe in such things, we may rest assured that since his untimely demise he has watched over Rent's evolution, which includes the 20th Anniversary production now touring the country in an astounding revival which reaffirms its place among the very best of American musical theater. (more...)

Peter Shaffer's EQUUS to Make Theatre Rhinoceros Debut This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

EQUUS by Peter Shaffer will have its Theatre Rhinoceros premiere for a limited engagement - 17 performances only - 3 weeks! The show plays Nov. 25 - Dec. 10, 2016. (more...)

Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory's NUTCRACKER WINTER SUITE Will Star Nikita Boris and Justin Valentine
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Valentina Kozlova's Dance Conservatory of New York returns to Symphony Space with Kozlova's delightful new production of Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Winter Suite,' running slightly over one hour - Saturday December 3 at 7 PM.   This year's production will star Nikita Boris as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Justin Valentine as her Cavalier.   (more...)

An Outrageous Holiday Favorite Returns with Children's Theatre Company's CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) presents the back-by-popular-demand production of Cinderella.  This rambunctious musical originally created by CTC brings together the heart-warming, classic story of Cinderella's transformation, a Victorian Christmas party with lavish period costumes, grandiose sets and holiday carols, with brand-new, clever pop culture references, shameless physical comedy, audience participation, and gut-busting gags.  (more...)

Wayne Brady, Whitney Bashor, Saycon Sengbloh and More Tapped for Michael Arden's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at the Wallis; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Legendary American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim's masterwork Merrily We Roll Along is revisited in a new production under the direction of Tony Award nominee Michael Arden (Spring Awakening) set for the Bram Goldsmith Theater stage at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts from November 23 through December 18. (more...)

The Outside In to Present THE ACT OF DRAWING 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2016

The Act of Drawing: Grace Knowlton and Pat Hickman.  Recent pen and ink drawings from quiet afternoons the artists spent together at Knowlton's residence in Sneden's Landing, NY. Hickman is an admirer of Knowlton's, 'How to Draw Wrong'. Their results emphasize the physical act of drawing itself as an essential aspect of a finished work. Reception 10/30/2016; 2-5PM at The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont NY. (more...)

Act Too Pro's WILLY WONKA Opens Tuesday Night at Franklin Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 15, 2016

2013 First Night Honoree Jamey Green leads the cast of Act Too Pro's production of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, opening Tuesday night, October 18, at the historic Franklin Theatre. Running through October 23, Willy Wonka follows the critically acclaimed Act Too Pro debut production of Mary Poppins, which played to capacity crowds in 2015. (more...)

Mary Boone Gallery to Open New Ai WeiWei Exhibit ROOTS AND BRANCHES 11/5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

On 5 November 2016, Mary Boone Gallery will open at both its Fifth Avenue and Chelsea locations Ai Weiwei 2016: Roots and Branches, an exhibition of recent works by eminent international artist and human rights activist AI WEIWEI. (more...)

Metro Arts Presents DEATHFEST
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Queensland's home of contemporary arts, Metro Arts has a death wish, literally. Its wish is to get the people of Queensland talking about death and embracing grief, and it plans to facilitate this happening through a program of arts and culture this November. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 10/14; 2016 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards Nominations Now Open!
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 14, 2016

**Bonus** Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards!  Click on your region below and nominate your favorites thru October 31st only! (more...)

Groupon Aims to Donate More than a Half Million Meals to Local Communities
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016


BWW Review: TUDO E JAZZ (And the World Goes 'Round) Pays Tribute To The Great Kander & Ebb Musicals
by Claudio Erlichman - Oct 13, 2016

Tudo E Jazz - Um Tributo Musical a Kander & Ebb (And the World Goes 'Round - the Songs of Kander & Ebb) debuts at Sao Paulo stage. The show, which brings together renowned names in the cast, is a tribute to the great musicals of the duo John Kander & Fred Ebb, successful Broadway composers, responsible for creating Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and the great musical hit 'New York, New York', immortalized in the voices of Liza Minelli and Frank Sinatra. (more...)

Aurora Theatre to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

A holiday classic fit for the entire family, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol returns to Aurora Theatre this holiday season, November 25 -December 23! The timeless tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Anthony Rodriguez) and his quest for forgiveness unfolds in an unforgettable journey of transformation through Christmas past, present and future. Deemed one of the greatest Christmas stories of all time, audiences of all ages will delight in the spirit of the season as they revisit the splendor of what makes this production a holiday tradition! (more...)

BWW Review: SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND, New Wimbledon Studio, 12 October 2016
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Oct 12, 2016

Somewhere in England is a piece of 1940s war-time nostalgia with a big heart, brought to life in the cosy surroundings of New Wimbledon Studio this week. The show is an escapist and pastoral view of an interesting part of history, when American GIs arrived in England to prepare for the invasion of Normandy. They brought with them nylons, Coca Cola and bags of energy and fun. The appearance of the lively and girl-deprived young soldiers in the quiet village creates ripples with all the residents; some welcome, some less so. The show tells the story as the GIs settle into village life over the course of an eventful year; falling in love, creating a stir and making life-long friendships. (more...)

BWW Review: MACBETH at Actors Theater Of Louisville
by Taylor Clemons - Oct 12, 2016

Macbeth is back, and in a way you have never seen before (more...)

Majesco and Announce Strategic Partnership
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016


SpeakEasy Stage Company Presents THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

From October 21 - November 20, 2016, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the New England Premiere of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, a bold new musical by Broadway legends John Kander and Fred Ebb about a sensational true story that changed American history.  (more...)

BWW Review: MACBETH at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - Oct 10, 2016

Actors Theatre's current staging of Macbeth is loud, bloody, and glorious. It's far from a definitive take on one of the Bard's finest tragedies, and no doubt some purists will wince at the modern dress and liberties taken with the script-gone is 'double, double, toil and trouble' as well as the entire porter scene- but for this horror movie fan and Halloween junkie, it's hard to imagine a better production. (more...)

Ken Brady's THE LETTER H Gets Free Philadelphia Premiere During November Election
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

Haddonfield, New Jersey native Ken Brady, a writer, director, and performer, is bringing his critically-acclaimed one-man show, The Letter H, to Philadelphia's University City Arts League this November for a free one-night performance. Theater fans, performance lovers, and political junkies are invited to the performance on November 6 at 7 pm. (more...)

American Music Awards Nominees Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

The American Music Awards, the world's biggest fan-voted award show, announced today the “2016 American Music Awards” nominees with recording artists Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten revealing six categories of nominees live on ABC's “Good Morning America.” Immediately following the broadcast, five additional categories were announced in real time exclusively via Snapchat (TheAMAs).  ABC News then livestreamed the remaining 17 categories and included a recap of all nominees in the 11 previously announced categories.  (See the full list of nominees below).  The “2016 American Music Awards” will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.    (more...)

BWW Review: The Exploitation Of The Famous Conjoined Twins Plays Out In The Heartbreaking SIDE SHOW
by Jade Kops - Oct 1, 2016

SIDE SHOW, the musical about the sisters that were quite literally joined at the hip makes it's Australian Premiere at Hayes Theatre (more...)

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