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WEST SIDE STORY Comes to The Morris Performing Arts Center This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

WEST SIDE STORY plays at The Morris Performing Arts Center tonight and tomorrow, May 9-10, 2014 as part of the 2013-14 Broadway in South Bend Series presented by Broadway Theatre League. (more...)

Hugh Jackman Reveals 2nd Skin Cancer; Urges Sunscreen Usage
by Movies News Desk - May 9, 2014

Broadway headliner Hugh Jackman turned to Instagram yesterday to reveal that he has been treated for skin cancer for a second time. (more...)

Hugh Jackman on Hosting TONYS: 'Like the Olympics for An Athlete'
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2014

'It's like the Olympics for an athlete or the Super Bowl for a football player,' explained the Tony-winning actor. (more...)

It's Official! Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly, Cush Jumbo Set for Jez Butterworth's THE RIVER at Circle in the Square This Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

We've been reporting on the buzz since January, but now Hugh Jackman is making Broadway fan's May dreams come true! It's just been officially announced that Sonia Friedman Productions will present the Royal Court Theatre production of THE RIVER, a new play by Jez Butterworth, starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo, and directed by Ian Rickson. (more...)

Stephanie J. Block to Join Jason Robert Brown for Vulture Festival's THE ART OF SONGWRITING, 5/10-11
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

Vulture.com announces Actress Stephanie J. Block will join Jason Robert Brown for "The Art of Songwriting" at the first Vulture Festival, a weekend of pop culture events in New York City May 10-11. (more...)

Hugh Jackman Confirms Broadway Return in Jez Butterworth's THE RIVER Later This Year
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

Hugh Jackman withdrew from the 2015-16 Broadway run of HOUDINI due to scheduling issues, but it seems he has found another project more in line with his busy career. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the stage and screen star was rumored to return to Broadway in Jez Butterworth's play THE RIVER. Now he has confirmed in an interview with the New York Post that he will lead the play 'later this year.' (more...)

The Ensemble for the Romantic Century Presents THE TRIAL OF OSCAR WILDE, 6/19-21
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Fresh off its recent Tchaikovsky production at BAM Fisher, the Ensemble of the Romantic Century (ERC) presents another fully staged theatrical concert interweaving drama and music about one of the most famous trials of the 19th century. Delivered by a top-caliber cast in an intimate setting, The Trial of Oscar Wilde focuses on the tragic shackling, public scrutiny, and subsequent imprisonment of the homosexual playwright/writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). A script based on Wilde's correspondence, plays, and short stories (performed by Broadway's Michael Halling as Oscar Wilde and esteemed Robert Ian Mackenzie as Lord Queensbury) provides a dramatic backdrop for chamber music by French and English composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries including Chausson's masterful Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet, and works by Satie, Elgar, Faure and Franck in performances by the dynamic Amphion String Quartet, violinist Susie Park, pianist Max Barros and a romping barbershop quartet. (more...)

Bobby Steggert, Margo Seibert, Rory O'Malley & More Set for Town Hall's BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, 6/23
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

Tony Award nominees Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, Big Fish) and Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon), Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights) and Margot Seibert (Adrian in Rocky), Barrett Foa (Buyer & Cellar, Avenue Q, NCIS: Los Angeles), Terri White (Finian's Rainbow), Jack Noseworthy (The Sweet Smell of Success), Kendrick Jones (The Scottsboro Boys), Kevin Spirtas (Hugh Jackman's Understudy in The Boy From Oz), Sarah Jane McMahon (NY City Opera's Pirates of Penzance) and supermodel Oakley Boycott will be among the 25 stars set to appear in Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series on Monday, June 23 at 8pm, THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1990-2014. More stars to be announced soon! (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Hugh Jackman in Original X-MEN Audition Video!
by Movies News Desk - May 29, 2014

Check out Jackman in his 11-minute 1999 original X-Men audition video. (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY Comes to Concord for One Night Only Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY is coming to Concord, NH. WEST SIDE STORY appears for one night only at the Capitol Center for the Arts tonight, May 27, at 7:30pm. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy From Oz, The Life). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Hugh Jackman Teases Tony Night Hopping!
by Stage Tube - May 23, 2014

Host Hugh Jackman promises some of Broadway's best will join him onstage for the 2014 Tony Awards, broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, on Sunday, June 8th, and in the video below, he teases Tony hopping. What's it all about? We'll have to wait until the big night to find out! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Hugh Jackman Teases Surprise Broadway Guests in New 2014 Tonys Promo
by Stage Tube - May 23, 2014

Host Hugh Jackman promises some of Broadway's best will join him onstage for the 2014 Tony Awards, broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, on Sunday, June 8th, in a just-released promo from CBS. Check it out below! (more...)

Lottery Announced for WEST SIDE STORY's Run at National Theatre, 6/3-8
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

The National Theatre announced today that lottery tickets for West Side Story will be made available for each performance June 3 through 8. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Stephanie J. Block and Jason Robert Brown Perform Tunes from THE LAST FIVE YEARS and More at Vulture Festival
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2014

Vulture.com welcomed actress Stephanie J. Block and composer Jason Robert Brown for 'The Art of Songwriting' at the first Vulture Festival, a weekend of pop culture events in New York City on May 10 and 11. During the event, Brown spoke to New York magazine theater critic Jesse Green about composing for musicals and played and sang some of his tunes with additional vocal accompaniment by Block. Song selections included 'Falling Into You' and 'Another Life' from The Bridges of Madison County and 'Still Hurting' from The Last Five Years. Click below to watch the full performance! (more...)

Hugh Jackman Interested in Wolverine-Avengers Crossover
by Movies News Desk - May 19, 2014

If Hugh Jackman gets his way, Wolverine could join the ranks of the Avengers at some point. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Hugh Jackman Tapping in Rehearsal for the Tonys!
by Stage Tube - May 19, 2014

This year's Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman just posted a sneak peek video of him tap dancing like crazy in rehearsal for the big ceremony next month. Check it out below! (more...)

Counting Down to This Year's Big Tony Win - BWW Highlights the Past Decade's Best Musical Winners!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 18, 2014

From the controversial and crass to the inspiring and romantic, the past decade's Tony winners for Best Musical delighted us then and continue to captivate us as they play in productions across the country and around the world. And what better way to refresh and prep for this year's big award than to relive the stand-outs from the last 10 years on Broadway? Scroll down to learn more about the winners since 2004, and be sure to tell us which musical gets your pick for 2014! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Tony Winner Hugh Jackman Speaks at WAAPA to Raise Funds for New Charity
by Stage Tube - May 17, 2014

Today, Tony Award winner and this year's Tonys host Hugh Jackman spoke at a cabaret performance at WAAPA -- the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts, where he graduated 20 years ago -- to raise money for his new performing arts charity The Jackman Furness Foundation. Watch Jackman's speech, which begins about 1 hour and 26 minutes into the stream, below! (more...)

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Spit-Takes Playing 'Innuendo Bingo' on BBC Radio 1
by Movies News Desk - May 17, 2014

On a recent episode of BBC Radio 1's 'Innuendo Bingo', guest Hugh Jackman was challenged to hold a mouthful of water while listening to innocent but sexy-sounding soundbites read or introduced by guest host Kylie Minogue. The result was one wet Wolverine. Check out the clip below! (more...)

Tony-Winning Costume Designer William Ivey Long to be Featured on JEOPARDY!, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

The designs of 6-time Tony Award-winning costume designer WILLIAM IVEY LONG - currently represented on Broadway with the musicals CINDERELLA, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, CHICAGO and CABARET - will be featured in an entire category on the Friday, May 16 telecast of JEOPARDY!, America's Favorite Quiz Show . (Check local listings for broadcast times in your area.) (more...)

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Interviews Barbara Walters on ABC's THE VIEW
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2014

On today's THE VIEW on ABC, Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness turned the tables and interviewed legendary journalist Barbara Walters in her final week as host of The View. (more...)

Broadway In Detroit Presents WEST SIDE STORY, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY is returning to Detroit! WEST SIDE STORY will appear at the Fisher Theatre, today, May 13- 18, 2014. (more...)

Hugh Jackman: 'Probably Many More' Future Skin Cancer Treatments
by Movies News Desk - May 13, 2014

He told The Associated Press: 'I'm realistic about the future and it's more than likely that I'll have at least one more but probably many more (more...)

Deirdre Goodwin, Brad Anderson and Sean Cheesman Set for TexARTS' 2014 Summer Intensive, 6/9-30
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Broadway veterans Deidre Goodwin (A CHORUS LINE, CHICAGO, NINE, and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Brad Anderson (ALL SHOOK UP, FOSSE, and The Boy From Oz), and Sean Cheesman (judge and choreographer from TV's So You Think You Can Dance?) are among the professional guest teaching artists for the TexARTS Summer Musical Theatre Academy production of GREASE, June 9 - 30. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jason Robert Brown & Stephanie J. Block Perform at Vulture Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Vulture.com welcomed actress Stephanie J. Block and composer Jason Robert Brown for 'The Art of Songwriting' at the first Vulture Festival, a weekend of pop culture events in New York City on May 10-11. During the event, Brown spoke to New York magazine theater critic Jesse Green about composing for musicals and played and sang some of his tunes with additional vocal accompaniment by Block. Song selections included 'Falling Into You' and 'Another Life' from The Bridges of Madison County and 'Still Hurting' from The Last Five Years. Check out their appearance below! (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #30 - Hugh Jackman Hosts
by Pat Cerasaro - May 10, 2014

Today we are kicking off the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special salute to this year's amiable emcee, multi-Tony Award-winning stage and screen star Hugh Jackman! (more...)

Lorna Luft, Lillias White, Tony Yazbeck & More set for 92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists, 5/31-6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

Even the legendary Broadway gods and goddesses have come face to face with failure. On May 31, June 1, and 2, Lyrics & Lyricists pays tribute to musical theater's most thoroughly panned musical bullion as artistic director and Tony Award-winning lyricist and director David Zippel closes the season with Panning for Gold: Great Songs from Flop Shows. Vocalists Brent Barrett, Christiane Noll, Lorna Luft, Jessica Lea Patty, Lillias White and Tony Yazbeck sing numbers like "All the Things You Are," "They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore," "As Time Goes By" and "He Touched Me" that - despite their origins in such failures as Very Warm for May, How Now Dow Jones, Everybody's Welcome and Drat The Cat!, respectively - have become American Songbook standards. (more...)

So Why Was Hugh Jackman Hopping Through the TONYS Opening Number?
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 9, 2014

While the number was certainly amusing and entertaining, many were left wondering, what's with the hopping? (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #1 - AVENUE Q Vs. WICKED
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 8, 2014

Today we conclude the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on one of the biggest and most brutal battles for Best Musical ever with AVENUE Q versus WICKED. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: 2004 & 2014 Tony Awards Parallels Aplenty! With Hugh, Idina, Audra, NPH & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 6, 2014

Today we celebrate the many parallels between the 2004 and 2014 Tony Award races with a celebration of both as we look ahead to this Sunday's 2014 Tony Awards telecast, hosted by none other than 2004 Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Hugh Jackman Bounces His Way Through a New Tonys Promo!
by Stage Tube - Jun 4, 2014

Hugh Jackman just revealed a new promo for this Sunday's Tony Awards ceremony in which he can't stop bouncing through life -- literally. Check out the video below, and find out what it all means on June 8! (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY Enters Final Three Months of UK Tour; Ends at Theatre Royal Norwich, Sept 13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

The record-breaking UK national tour of 'WEST SIDE STORY' is now entering the final three months of its year-long tour. There are just eight stops left until the tour ends at the Theatre Royal Norwich on 13 September 2014. (more...)

Photo Flash: More Photos from Bay Street Theater's TRAVESTIES Released, Now Through 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2014

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce that the Tony award-winning comedy TRAVESTIES, by Tom Stoppard, is now on stage through July 20. The production is directed by Gregory Boyd. Tickets can be purchased online now at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500, 11 am to Showtime. For more information about Bay Street Theater log on to www.baystreet.org. (more...)

The Production Company's GUYS AND DOLLS Comes to Arts Centre Melbourne, July 19-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

One of Broadway's best musicals, the award winning Guys and Dolls opens on July 19 at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne for 10 shows only. Starring in this new production are Verity Hunt-Ballard, Martin Crewes, Chelsea Plumley, Adam Murphy, Bobby Fox and Christopher Horsey. (more...)

THE TRAVELS Set for NYMF, 7/14-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

An Official Selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival Next Link Project, Cohen Theatrical will present the premiere of The Travels, a new play with music by Aaron Riccardi, music by Kelly Hoppenjans, with lyrics by Aaron Riccardi, directed by Travis Greisler and will feature choreography by Misha Sheilds. Beginning performances on July 14, the show will run through July 26 at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 212-352-3101 or visiting www.nymf.org. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Richard Kind, Emily Trask and More in TRAVESTIES at Bay Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Bay Street Theater presents the Tony award winning comedy TRAVESTIES (June 24 - July 20) by Tom Stoppard and directed by Gregory Boyd. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Town Hall's BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Series Continues Tonight with Songs from NEWSIES, FALSETTOS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, RAGTIME and More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series tonight, June 23 at 8pm, THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1990-2014 has added to its cast Aladdin star Adam Jacobs, Tony Award-nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis), Jenn Gambatese (Tarzan, All Shook Up), Cheryl Freeman (Tommy, The Civil War), NaTasha Yvette Williams (A Night with Janis Joplin), Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones), Oliver Award-nominee Kyle Scatliffe (The Scottsboro Boys, currently in LES MISERABLES), Morgan James (Motown The Musical), Lucas Steele (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), Jeannette I. Bayardelle (Hair), Mindy Wallace (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Mark Stuart (Mark Stuart Dance Theatre), Drama Desk-nominee Jeremy Morse, Christine Aranda, and Nightlife Award-winner William Blake. (more...)

ALADDIN's Adam Jacobs, Tony Nominee Chad Kimball & More Added to Town Hall's BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Series, 6/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Town Hall's Broadway by the Year Series on Monday, June 23 at 8pm, THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1990-2014 has added to its cast Aladdinstar Adam Jacobs, Tony Award-nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis), Jenn Gambatese (Tarzan, All Shook Up), Cheryl Freeman (Tommy, The Civil War), NaTasha Yvette Williams (A Night with Janis Joplin), Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones), Oliver Award-nominee Kyle Scatliffe (The Scottsboro Boys, currently in Les Miserables), Morgan James (Motown The Musical), Lucas Steele (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), Jeannette I. Bayardelle (Hair), Mindy Wallace (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Mark Stuart (Mark Stuart Dance Theatre), Drama Desk-nominee Jeremy Morse, Christine Aranda, and Nightlife Award-winner William Blake. (more...)

THE ENSEMBLIST Podcast Strips Down BROADWAY BARES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone announce the release of The Ensemblist's 25th episode: "Broadway Bares." (more...)

TRAVESTIES, Starring Richard Kind and More, to Run 6/24-7/20 at Bay Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the Tony award winning comedy TRAVESTIES (June 24 - July 20) by Tom Stoppard and directed by Gregory Boyd. Tickets can be purchased online now at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500, 11 am to Showtime. For more information about Bay Street Theater log on to www.baystreet.org. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MASTER CLASS at Theatre Three
by Melissa Giordano - Jun 11, 2014

Terrence McNally's Tony award winning play, Master Class, is certainly an enjoyable night of theatre. This dramatic biographical story of opera diva Maria Callas tells a tale of the retired performer as she conducts a master class cultivating new operatic talent. Jeffrey Sanzel splendidly directs this delightful incarnation running through June 28th at Theatre Three of Port Jefferson, Long Island, culminating their stellar 44th season. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with NYMF's THE TRAVELS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

An Official Selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival Next Link Project The Travels, a new play with music by Aaron Riccardi is one of the first shows at the New York Musical Theatre Festival to be granted and extension to to early popular demand. The Travels features music by Kelly Hoppenjans, book and lyrics by Aaron Riccardi, directed by Travis Greisler and choreography by Misha Sheilds. Beginning performances on July 14, the show will run through July 26 at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsals! (more...)

Monty Python's SPAMALOT to Open 7/29 at Pittsburgh CLO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Join the quest for the Holy Grail July 29-August 3 with Monty Python's Spamalot. Based on the classic film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Spamalot is the award-winning Broadway musical that took the Tony Awards by storm in 2005. (more...)

Uptown Players Presents the Regional Premiere of THE BOY FROM , 7/25-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

Uptown Players closes its 2014 season with the Regional Premiere of the 2003 Tony Award winning musical, The Boy From Oz. This is the first regional theater production announced in the United States since the Broadway production and will run from July 25 through August 10, 2014 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. (more...)

Hugh Jackman Helps Childhood Friend Shed Weight Through NYC Marathon
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2014

According to Page Six, Hugh Jackman has decided to help his childhood friend, Australian radio shock jock and reality TV star Gus Worland, shed some weight. Jackman has convinced Worland, who currently stands at 308 pounds, to lose some weight by joining the TCS New York City Marathon this November. (more...)

Analisa Leaming, Tom Galantich & More to Lead THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Starlight Theatre, 7/25-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The hills of Kansas City will soon come alive with The Sound of Music, and talented performers from Broadway and Kansas City stages will lead the way to Starlight Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Getting to know MY FAIR LADY'S Tony Sheldon
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jul 1, 2014

Known best as Bernadette in PRISCILLA - QUEEN OF THE DESERT, actor Tony Sheldon is in Minneapolis for the summer and is having fun with his role, exploring the city and working at the Guthrie. (more...)

Hugh Jackman and Wife Deborra-Lee Furness Launch Charitable Foundation for the Arts
by Movies News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

Tony Award winner and 'Les Mis' star Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness launched a charitable foundation for performing arts in their native Australia this week. (more...)

BWW Interview: Once Before I Go - New York-Bound David Harris Talks Solo Show TIME IS A TRAVELLER
by Jacqueline Bublitz - Apr 21, 2014

David Harris is a boy from Oz. He's a good-looking, easy-going, hard-working country boy. Who just happens to possess a voice that can stop your heart a little. It's a voice that has, over the course of two decades, taken him on a journey from Lycra-wearing, high-school outsider, to charismatic leading man of the Australian musical theatre stage. And now New York is calling ... (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY National Tour to Play National Theatre, 6/3-8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

West Side Story returns to its theatrical home at the National Theatre for one week only, June 3 through 8. The landmark American musical made its world premiere at the National in 1957 prior to heading to Broadway, as did its revival in 2008, and now the North American tour of this celebrated story concludes in Washington at the place where it all began. (more...)

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