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BWW Interview: THE BOY FROM OZ 's Director & Lead Talk Peter Allen... and Celebration Theatre Deets
by Gil Kaan - May 9, 2016

The Celebration Theatre's production of The Boy From Oz has just opened to glowing reviews; raves and compliments Celebration's co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd has gotten used to. (Look at their looong list of award-winning productions!) We had a chance to chat with both the prolifically talented (directing and acting) Shepperd and the charismatic, triple-threat Andrew Bongiorno who plays the titular BOY Peter Allen. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 5/6; ANYTHING GOES at Goodspeed, HEATHERS at TUTS Underground and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 6, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Connecticut, Houston, Los Angeles, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include ANYTHING GOES at Goodspeed, HEATHERS at TUTS Underground, and the West Coast Premiere of The Boy From Oz in Los Angeles, just to name a few. (more...)

SH*TTY AWFUL EVERYTHING to Premiere at Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Debuting as part of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival, SHITTY AWFUL EVERYTHING is a world premiere dark comedy from the twisted minds of writer Kevin Swanstrom and producer/director Kyle Cooper. (more...)

BWW Review: Splashy West Coast Premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ
by Don Grigware - May 3, 2016

Once in a great while an extraordinary performer comes along, one that not only moves us, but also affects meteoric changes within our culture. Peter Allen, born Peter Woolnough in 1944 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia and who died young in 1992, was one such mega-talented singer/dancer/musical composer, who appealed to a wide audience.Not at first, mind you; it took a few years in the 60s for him to realize his bisexuality and to understand who he was. (more...)

AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Set for Rockwell Table and Stage, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

An Evening of Classic Broadway, the popular ongoing line-up show now in its second year, will be back at Rockwell Table and Stage on Monday evening, June 13th. (more...)

Richmond Triangle Players Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Five plays, encompassing a wide range of styles and subjects - most of them mid-Atlantic premieres - comprise Richmond Triangle Players' 2016-17 Mainstage Season, its twenty-fourth year as one of the area's most acclaimed theater companies. (more...)

Richmond Triangle Players to Conclude 23rd Season with THE BOY FROM OZ, 6/15-7/16
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Richmond Triangle Players' 23rd Season will come to a close with its production of the musical smash hit The Boy From Oz, which will play from June 15 - July 16, 2016 at RTP's theater in Scott's Addition.  The play opens Thursday, June 16 at 8 pm, following a low-priced preview on Wednesday, June 15 at 8 pm.   The production is sponsored by Candace L. Osdene and David Peake. (more...)

Theater Project Receives NEA Grant
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

The award-winning professional company The Theater Project has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce the musical CROWNS at its home base in Maplewood's Burgdorff Center for the Arts. Tickets, group rates and information are available at www.thetheaterproject.org. (more...)

SHOWSTOPPER DIVAS Set for The Triad, 6/15
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

On Wednesday, June 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM, Randie Levine-Miller will host her annual Showstopper Divas event at The Triad (158 West 72nd Street) to benefit The Actors Fund.* (more...)

FUNNY GIRL, CURTAINS & DUSTY Set for The Production Company's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Today Jeanne Pratt AC, Chairman of The Production Company, announced her Company's 2016 season, starring CAROLINE O'CONNOR, DAVID HOBSON, NANCYE HAYES, SIMON GLEESON, AMY LEHPAMER AND TODD McKENNEY. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - March 5, 2016
by - Mar 5, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on March 5 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Video Flashback: Take Trip Down Memory Lane with the FALSETTOS Trio!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

To celebrate the news, we're flashing back to some of our favorite past performances from the trio! (more...)

Breaking News: Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, and Andrew Rannells to Lead FALSETTOS Broadway Revival!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

            Lincoln Center Theater, in association with Jujamcyn Theaters, has announced that Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, and Andrew Rannells will head the cast of its new production of William Finn and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical FALSETTOS.  FALSETTOS  begins previews Thursday, September 29, and opens on Thursday, October 27 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48 Street). (more...)

THE LAST FIVE YEARS to Play MTC MainStage in Norwalk
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's award-winning professional theatre company, concludes its 2015/2016 season with the Drama Desk Award winning  'The Last Five Years' by Jason Robert Brown. Performances are April 8-24, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, at Music Theatre of Connecticut, 509 Westport Avenue (behind Nine West) in Norwalk, CT. Tickets range from $35-$55 and are available by calling 203.454.3883 or visiting www.musictheatreofct.com (more...)

Bay Area Reporter to Celebrate 45th Anniversary with 2016 'Besties Party'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Celebrate the Bay Area Reporter's 45th Anniversary and the 2016 Sixth Annual Besties party at Oasis on Thursday, April 7, 6 to 9 p.m. (398 11th Street at Folsom), with guest-host Shawn Ryan. (more...)

Hugh Jackman Rescues Swimmers from Strong Riptide on Sydney Beach
by TV News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

We knew he played a 'superhero' on the big screen, but now Tony-winning actor Hugh Jackman proves he has what it takes to earn the title in real life. (more...)

Whoa, Mama! Meet the Full Cast of BRIGHT STAR, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Mar 24, 2016

With direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Josh Rhodes, BRIGHT STAR began performances on February 25th and opens officially tonight, March 24th, 2016 at at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast and watch interviews with the company! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Hugh Jackman and Luke Evans Have a Gaston Singoff on Jonathan Ross Show
by Stage Tube - Mar 19, 2016

Hugh Jackman and Luke Evans visited the Jonathan Ross Show this week. While they were there, they had a sing-off to determine which of the two is the best Gaston, given that Gaston was one of Jackman's first stage roles and that Evans is set to play Gaston in the upcoming live action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Check out the video here! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at CABARET, Heading to the Adrienne Arsht Center This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

CABARET, the musical masterpiece comes direct from Broadway to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, April 12 - 17, 2016. As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to announce casting for the national tour of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET. Currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season, the Arsht Center, along with Broadway Across America and presenting sponsor Bank of America, are proud to close the 2015-2016 Broadway in Miami season with the hit musical. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in action below! (more...)

BROADWAY DOES COUNTRY Set for Feinstein's/54 Below, 5/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Broadway Does Country on May 8th, 2016. Sponsored by Erik Hayden, Financial Advisor, & the Peloso-Barnes Group at Morgan Stanley. Broadway Does Country takes the best of classic and contemporary Country Music and pairs them up with the best voices currently on Broadway. This annual event benefitting ASTEP, Artists Striving to End Poverty, is hosted by Broadway's Bret Shuford and features a real country band! You're gonna hear songs made famous by Patsy Cline, Reba, the Judds, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, the Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton, and many others. (more...)

New York Premiere Set for MITF Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Broadway veterans Victoria Lecta Cave, Mike Longo*, and Antonio Suarez* round out the ensemble of Corpus, a new play by Jordan Stovall making its New York debut. (more...)

David Geist to Perform SEND IN THE SOUNDS at The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Broadway musician and composer David Geist brings his show, SEND IN THE SOUNDS, to The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY in a special one-night engagement, Sunday, March 6th 7 PM. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PFP Heats Things Up with BOYS IN BRIEFS
by Misha Davenport - Jan 29, 2016

Pride Films and Plays heats up the Uptown Underground with BOYS IN BRIEFS: AT THE BEACH! (more...)

HANGMEN Recoups in Under Six Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Producers Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions have revealed that Matthew Dunster's production of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen has recouped in under six weeks. The news comes as the production is announced the winner of the Critic's Circle 'Best New Play' and 'Best Design' Awards today. Following a sell out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Matthew Dunster's production of Martin McDonagh'sHangmen transferred to the West End for a strictly limited season in December and must end on 5 March. (more...)

CABARET National Tour, Starring Randy Harrison, Launches Tonight in Providence
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

The musical masterpiece returns, direct from Broadway! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning production of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) CABARET begins performances tonight, January 26, in Providence, RI at the Providence Performing Arts Center. (more...)

CABARET National Tour Begins Performances Tomorrow in Providence
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The musical masterpiece returns, direct from Broadway! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning production of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) CABARET will begin performances on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Providence, RI at the Providence Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Broadway Vets to Lead TheatreZone's THE BOY FROM OZ
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The Boy from Oz is 'a musical true story' of the late entertainer Peter Allen who was a protege of Judy Garland, and briefly married to her daughter Liza Minnelli. (more...)

Chelsea Plumley to Bring FOLLOW SPOT to Chapel Off Chapel
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Join Australian singer, musician and comedienne Chelsea Plumley in a witty live musical variety show, Follow Spot, at Chapel Off Chapel in February 2016. (more...)

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes With TheatreZone's THE BOY FROM OZ
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 9, 2016

The Boy From Oz  plays at the TheatreZone thru February 14.  Book by Nick Enright, Music and Lyrics by Peter Allen, US Edition Book by Martin Sherman.  Check out a behind the scenes look below! (more...)

Hugh Jackman Reveals Yet Another Skin Cancer Procedure; Urges Sunscreen Use
by TV News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

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

Stageplays to Host THE OAKLAND SISTERS Benefit Reading
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2016

Stageplays Theatre Company (Stageplays) presents a 2-performance intimate benefit co reading Sunday and Monday, February 28-29, 2016 to introduce its next world-premiere play, The Oakland Sisters, a new drama by two-time Emmy-winner, Harding Lemay. (more...)

TOMORROW MORNING Boards Kokandy Productions' Summer 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

Kokandy Productions just announced its 'new' summer 2016 production: the funny, intimate and moving musical TOMORROW MORNING with book, music and lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe, directed by Co-Artistic Director John D. Glover, music direction by Kory Danielson and choreography by Cameron Turner. (more...)

Sherri Shepherd, Michael Urie, Rachel Dratch and More Set for MEET & GREET Industry Readings
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

Meet & Greet, a comedy by Stan Zimmerman (The Golden Girls, Roseanne, Gilmore Girls) & Christian McLaughlin(Married...with Children, The Bold and the Beautiful, Desperate Housewives), will receive industry readings in New York on Thursday, March 3rd. The readings will be held at 11am & 4pm and are by invitation only. (more...)

Franklin School for the Performing Arts Sets Summer 2016 Sessions - Theater, Ballet & More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) announces a summer session of theater programs, ballet intensives and one-week creative camps, along with voice, instrumental and dance classes. The summer session runs from July 5 to August 26, with registration beginning March 7. (more...)

WaterTower Theatre to Host 2nd Annual Women in Theatre Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced details for the second annual WOMEN IN THEATRE series. The event is presented under the auspices of Women of WaterTower Theatre (WOW!) and it is co-chaired by Karol Omlor and Andrea Redmon. This is the second lecture in the series (the first was held last year and featured female directors), and it will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (with a post-lecture reception in the lobby with the artists). The event will be held in the Main Space at WaterTower Theatre. The lecture will be moderated by the Dallas Observer's Arts and Culture Editor Lauren Smart, and features Pam Dougherty, Jenny Ledel, Denise Lee, Sarah Elizabeth Smith and Wendy Welch. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for February 22-28, Featuring Josh Young, Will Van Dyke, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Feb 21, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Show Biz After Hours with Frank DiLella and Special Guests; Turn the Beat Around - 54 Below Celebrates Studio 54; Anita Gillette & Penny Fuller in Sin Twisters, Too!; Michael Zahler & Will Van Dyke in Still It's True; and Josh Young Sings Andrew Lloyd Webber.  (more...)

Jason Robert Brown, Stephanie Block and More Set for PARADE Event at Museum of Jewish Heritage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

The creative team behind the Tony Award-winning PARADE, the much adored musical based on the trial of Leo Frank, discusses how history can inspire art. Accompanied by an ensemble of six performers and nine musicians, "An Evening on PARADE" will be on Monday, March 7, 7 P.M., at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Welcome William Ivey Long for 'Dramalogue' Series, 3/1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. The Producers.Hairspray. Nine. Contact. Revivals of Chicago and Guys and Dolls. In addition to being big Broadway hits, those musicals have something else in common: their costume designer, the brilliant William Ivey Long. On Tuesday, March 1, Long will speak with Sheryl Flatow about the craft of costume design and discuss his illustrious career as part of Palm Beach Dramaworks' popular series,Dramalogue - Talking Theatre! William Ivey Long: Creating Character Through Costumes will be presented twice, at 2pm and 7pm, at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Circle Theatre's Chicago Premiere of 35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

The Chicago Premiere of Ryan Scott Oliver's 35MM: A Musical Exhibition with CIRCLE THEATRE begins rehearsals this month. This immersive production will have previews on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 and Sunday, March 20th, 2016, and opens for press on Wednesday, March 23rd, running through Sunday April 10, 2016 at Room 300 at the Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker Park, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. More information on performance dates and times can be found at www.circletheatrechicago.org. A sneak peek of the cast can be found below! (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars Names New Dean of Humphreys School of Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announces the appointment of acclaimed musical theatre educator, performer, music director and Broadway producer Dave Clemmons as Dean of the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT). (more...)

Uptown Players to Host 14th Annual Fundraiser BROADWAY OUR WAY This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Uptown Players presents its 14th annual fundraiser Broadway Our Way '16, running May 5 - 8, 2016 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. (more...)

Celebration Theatre to Stage West Coast Premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Celebration Theatre at the Lex in association with Nicholas Caprio, Michael C. Kricfalusi, Todd Milliner and Jack Morrissey presents, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, the West Coast premiere of The Boy From Oz, music and lyrics by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman, original book by Nick Enright, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Bryan Blaskie, produced by Andrew Carlberg and directed by Celebration Theatre co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd. The Boy From Oz will begin previews on Friday, April 22 at 8pm; will open on Friday, April 29 at 8pm and perform through Sunday, June 19 at the Celebration Theatre's new home, Celebration at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BOY FROM OZ at Celebration Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2016

Celebration Theatre at the Lex in association with Nicholas Caprio, Michael C. Kricfalusi, Todd Milliner and Jack Morrissey presents, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, the West Coast premiere of The Boy From Oz, music and lyrics by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman, original book by Nick Enright, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Bryan Blaskie, produced by Andrew Carlberg and directed by Celebration Theatre co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd.  The Boy From Oz will begin previews on Friday, April 22 at 8pm; will open on Friday, April 29 at 8pm and perform through Sunday, June 19 at the Celebration Theatre's new home, Celebration at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

BWW Reviews: END OF THE RAINBOW at Uptown Players
by Kyle Christopher West - Apr 3, 2016

Although it's been nearly five decades since the legendary Judy Garland died at age 47, her timeless performances on screen have infinitely preserved her youthful image. In fact, despite the tragic finale of Garland's young life, audiences born post-Vietnam might solely remember the actress skipping down the infamous yellow brick road in her blue gingham dress. Over at the Kalita Humphreys Theatre, not only are Dallas theatre enthusiasts treated to an interesting behind-the-scene's look of Garland's final years, but it should be noted that this career-changing performance by local legend Janelle Lutz (rhymes with boots) is the event of the season that truly should not be missed. (more...)

Laura Michelle Kelly, David Yazbek with Patrick Wilson & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, David Yazbek and More Set for May at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

This May, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. Scroll down for the full lineup! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards Nominees Are Announced - HEATHERS, BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI, LONDON WALL and More!
by Stage Tube - Apr 27, 2016

The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 121 nominations in 24 categories for the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 148 productions offered by 67 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee recommended 65 of those shows (or 44%), making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Of the 65 Jeff Recommended productions, a record 53 (or 82%) received nominations, representing 32 theatre companies. (more...)

PFP to Stage US Premiere of THE BOYS UPSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to present the US professional premiere of Jason Mitchell's zesty comedy The Boys Upstairs which The Village Voice called 'Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band.'  PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez leads a cast including Gary Henderson as Seth, Tristien Winfree as Eric, Shaun Baer as Ashley, and PFP Company Member Luke Meierdiercks playing a variety of different roles. PFP Executive Director David Zak directs. (more...)

Uptown Players Hosts '2016 Pride Write One-Act Play-Writing Competition'; Deadline May 2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Uptown Players, a professional theater group located in the Uptown area of Dallas, announces a one-act play writing competition for 2016. In memory of long-time volunteer and Uptown Players supporter, Perry Thompson, Uptown Players Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival invites submissions of original manuscripts that deal with issues or characters that are identified as gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender or contain a gay sensibility. (more...)

TheatreZone Sets 12th Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

TheatreZone founder and artistic director Mark Danni wants you to celebrate the holiday season at "Home for the Holidays," a newly added original live production that joins the non-profit Equity professional theatre group's 12th season roster of Broadway musicals and plays. (more...)

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