The Color Purple on Tour


Jo Lampert to Star in David Byrne's JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE at The Public; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

The Public Theater has announced casting for JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE, with book, music, and lyrics by David Byrne. (more...)

US National Tour of THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL to Play Columbus Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

CAPA and Broadway in Columbus are is delighted to announce that the first US national tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play the Ohio Theatre February 14-19. Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox will star as Rachel Marron. (more...)

PICTURE INCOMPLETE to Play Return Season at Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Through storytelling and song, PICTURE INCOMPLETE sketches out the portrait of a man's life as he celebrates a rather unusual birthday on which an eviction notice arrives advising him to vacate his apartment. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 1/8/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 1/8/2017. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 1/9
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 9, 2017

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 1/8/2017. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 8, 2017
by - Jan 8, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 8 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Hillary Clinton Receives Standing Ovation at Final Performance of THE COLOR PURPLE
by Julie Musbach - Jan 8, 2017

Keeping a low profile since the election, sightings of Hillary Clinton have been rare, and according to the New York Times her latest appearance was highly recognized. Joined by her husband and daughter, Clinton attended the final performance of Broadway's The Color Purple where she received a standing ovation from the sold-out house. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Cynthia Erivo's Final 'I'm Here' LIVE at the Closing of THE COLOR PURPLE
by Alan Henry - Jan 8, 2017

Today audiences around the world were treated to an incredible surprise when Cynthia Erivo's final 'I'm Here' was broadcast LIVE on Facebook. Check out the very special performance at the closing of The Color Purple below! (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 1/7-1/8/2017
by - Jan 8, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, January 8, 2017 - Sunday, January 8, 2017. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 7, 2017
by - Jan 7, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 7 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo Talks Lasting Impact of THE COLOR PURPLE on CBS
by TV News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Cynthia Erivo stopped by 'CBS This Morning' to discuss the impact of the musical which shutter this Sunday (more...)

HAMILTON Anchors Hobby Center's 2017-18 Season, Featuring New Jimmy Buffett Musical, SCHOOL OF ROCK and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Today, BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center announced its line-up of shows for the new 2017-2018 season.  HAMILTON will play its Houston engagement April 24-May 20, 2018, and anchor the BBVA Compass Broadway Season with five other shows, all of which will be Houston premieres.  (more...)

Off-Broadway's A DOG STORY Musical Sniffs Out the Recording Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Broadway Records has announced that A Dog Story (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording) will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, January 20, 2017. (more...)

Actors' Shakespeare Project Names Acting Co-Artistic Directors
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Actors' Shakespeare Project (ASP), the Somerville-based itinerant theater company, currently performing its 13th season, names Resident Acting Company members Maurice Emmanuel Parent and Paula Plum as interim co-artistic directors. (more...)

Philippe Bowgen, Donald Faison, Hal Linden, Justin Long, Luna Velez and More Tapped for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for its revival of Steve Martin's clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit Picasso at the Lapin Agile. (more...)

LOVE SONGS FOR V-DAY Coming to Birdland Jazz Club This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Megan Minutillo's LOVE SONGS for V-Day concert is back! (more...)

TOOTSIE Stage Adaptation Headed to Broadway in 2018?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

As reported back in 2012, the 1982 comedy film TOOTSIE, which starred Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman, is being adapted for Broadway by Scott Sanders, producer behind The Color Purple and more. Now, according to an interview with the Australian, TOOTSIE 'is about a year away.' (more...)

HAMILTON MIXTAPE, KINKY BOOTS and WAITRESS Win Curtain Up Show Album of the Year 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

With over 13,000 votes cast, the winners have today been for The Curtain Up Show Album of the Year 2016 in association with TodayTix. (more...)

New Musicals QUESTION 1 and DUMB LUCK Get Readings with TRU Voices
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, on January 23 & 30 at 7pm at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th Street, NYC 10036. A 'Dollars and Sense' talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. (more...)

Park Square and Mu Performing Arts to Co-Produce FLOWER DRUM SONG
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Park Square continues its 42nd season on the Proscenium Stage with a Mu Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre co-production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song, directed by Mu Artistic Director Randy Reyes, based on the 2002 book adaptation by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Yellowface, Chinglish).  Previously produced by Mu in 2009, this will be a fully reimagined production featuring new and familiar faces. Flower Drum Song, created by legendary musical theater duo Rodgers and Hammerstein takes audiences to the vibrant world of San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s to Club Chop Suey, a nightclub owned by a Chinese-American family. Old World tradition clashes with New World trends as two generations, father and son, struggle to honor and protect their cultural traditions while adapting to the changing times. (more...)

Drake, The Chainsmokers Top iHeartRadio Music Award Nominations; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Be prepared for another all-star night in music as the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards returns to the historic Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 5). (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 1/1/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 1/1/2017. (more...)

Broadway's Grasan Kingsberry and Betsy Struxness to Join Greenwich Village Orchestra for Spring Pops Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

On May 7, 2017, at 3:00PM, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, led by Music Director and Conductor Barbara Yahr, will close its 30th anniversary season at Washington Irving Campus Auditorium (at 17th St. and Irving Place) with a pops concert, Broadway Downtown, featuring performances by guest artists and Broadway stars Grasan Kingsberry (The Color Purple, Motown The Musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aida) and Betsy Struxness (Hamilton, Matilda, Memphis, Wicked). (more...)

Matt Crowle to Star in Porchlight Revisits' LITTLE ME
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the continuation of the fourth season of Chicago's hit "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Little Me, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and book by Neil Simon based on the novel by Patrick Dennis, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, musical direction by Linda Madonia, choreography by Craig Miller with special guest choreography by veteran Bob Fosse dancer Jane Lanier and starring Jeff Award-winner Matt Crowle.  (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs February 10 - March 12, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

BROADWAY ON MAIN STREET Exclusively at Jeanne Rimsky Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

It's an all-new event created exclusively for the Jeanne Rimsky Theater. Producer Stephen DeAngelis brings five of Broadway's finest vocalists to recreate their signature musical moments from their long-running roles in the Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals you know and love. They'll also share backstage stories and take questions from the audience. (more...)

THE BODYGUARD at Atlanta's Fox Theatre On Sale 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD will play at Atlanta's Fox Theatre from March 28 - April 2 as part of the 2016/2017 season. (more...)

BWW Women in Theater: January 2017
by Lauren Yarger - Jan 18, 2017

Monthly column featuring women in theater and upcoming opportunities. (more...)

HAMILTON, WAITRESS, SCHOOL OF ROCK & More Slate for Baltimore Hippodrome's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

The Hippodrome Theatre, Maryland's home for Broadway has just announced its 2017/18 season via Twitter. (more...)

MIGHTY REAL Creators' AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN Adds Weekend Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN, a world premiere musical the creators of the Broadway bound musical Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, has added an additional three-performance weekend to the previously announced performances due to popular demand. (more...)

thirtywhatever, New Musical Revue About the Journey Through Your 30s, To Play Laurie Beechman Theater 1/29 -- 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

 thirtywhatever, a new musical revue filled with songs about what happens between the time you say goodbye to 29 and hello to 40, will be presented at the Laurie Beechman Theatre from January 29 -- February 20, 2017. (more...)

Brandon Victor Dixon Reflects on Mike Pence's Controversial Visit to HAMILTON
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

In the interview, the two time Tony nominee, currently starring as Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical HAMILTON, reflects back at a controversial visit from Vice President-elect Mike Pence last November. (more...)

Constantine Maroulis, Mel Johnson, Jr., Grasan Kingsberry and More Sign on for WEARING BLACK Reading
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

NewYorkRep and The Telling Company have announced casting for their upcoming staged reading of WEARING BLACK, the new musical featuring book, music and lyrics by Riley Thomas. (more...)

Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park Presents BEST OF BROADWAY: 2006-2010
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

???????The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents its annual musical revue, 'Best of Broadway: 2006-2010', from January 20-February 13, 2017. (more...)

3-D Theatricals' ONCE ON THIS ISLAND to Sail to Redondo Beach and Cerritos PAC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

From the creators of Broadway's RAGTIME and SEUSSICAL, 3-D Theatricals will present the eight-time Tony nominated ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. (more...)

Hillary & Bill Clinton Met with Thunderous Applause at THE HUMANS Final Matinee Performance
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Yesterday, the power couple showed their love for theater once again when they arrived at the final matinee performance of the Tony winning play THE HUMANS. (more...)

UPDATE: DREAMGIRLS, COLOR PURPLE Star Jennifer Holliday Not Confirmed for Trump Inauguration Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

UPDATE: Despite an official announcement from the President-elect's team, Jennifer Holliday's publicist says the DREAMGIRLS and COLOR PURPLE Broadway star has not agreed to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial this month. (more...)

BWW Blog: Emma VanDeVelde - Broadway Stars and Awkward Selfies: Interview With MISS SAIGON Star Eva Noblezada 
by Guest Blogger: Emma VanDeVelde - Jan 13, 2017

The summer after her junior year of high school, seventeen-year-old Eva Noblezada ventured to the big apple to compete in the National High School Musical Theater Awards (aka the Jimmy Awards). It was there that she would learn from industry professionals, and compete against the cream of the crop in high school theater from around the country. Little did she know that this competition would catapult her into a series of auditions and eventually land her the lead role in Miss Saigon on London's West End.  (more...)

Up on the Marquee: BANDSTAND Arrives!
by Walter McBride - Jan 13, 2017

Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), will begin previews March 31 and open April 26, 2017 at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street). The new musical, starringing Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella) and Corey Cott (Gigi), features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics byRobert Taylor and Richard Oberacker.  Check out photos of the marquee below! (more...)

'MARGARITAVILLE', THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS and More on Tap for Broadway in New Orleans' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2017 - 2018 season was announced today. Presented by the New Orleans Theatre Association, the new season will play at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans beginning fall 2017. (more...)

Swing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The producers of the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, have just announced compete casting and an award-winning design team. (more...)

BWW Interview: Cameron J. Ross Talks Teaching Four-Session Screenwriting Intensive for Esurient Arts
by Katricia Lang - Jan 13, 2017

Cameron J. Ross, a New York-based writer and native Houstonian teaches a four session screenwriting intensive in Houston. Sessions begin this weekend.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE BODYGUARD US Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

The U.S. National tour of the hit musical, THE BODYGUARD, launched on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis as part of Hennepin Theatre Trust's 2016-2017 Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin Season. (more...)

Tony-Winning Broadway Producer Mike Isaacson to Receive CTI's 2017 Robert Whitehead Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Mike Isaacson will be presented The Commercial Theater Institute's Robert Whitehead Award for 'outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing' at a reception at Sardi's on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (more...)

Ramin Karimloo & Alison Luff Star on SONG OF SOLOMON Original Concept Recording, Arriving 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Broadway Records has announced that Song of Solomon (Original Concept Recording) will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, January 27, 2017. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE, HAMILTON, Josh Groban & More Win 2016 BWW Albums/CDs/DVDs Awards!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2016 BWW Albums/CDs/DVDs Awards winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

Celebration Theatre and JohnMichael Beck Present DIE, MOMMY, DIE!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Celebration Theatre and JohnMichael Beck present the second show in its 2016-2017 season, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, Drew Droege starring in DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! by Charles Busch and directed by Ryan Bergmann.  DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! will begin previews on Friday, February 10 at 8pm; will open on Friday, February 17 at 8pm and perform throughSunday, March 26 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Mile Square Theatre Presents YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County's leading professional theatre, presents the popular family musical comedy You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Opening MST's 2nd season in its new space, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown maintains MST's high standards for quality family theatre, and kicks off an eclectic season with a classic musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: Shuler Hensley, Sydney Lucas, Julia Murney and More Take Part in MARY & MAX Industry Presentation
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

An invite-only presentation of the new musical Mary & Max took place yesterday starring Tony Winner SHULER HENSLEY (Oklahoma, Sweet Charity, The Whale), Tony Nominee SYDNEY LUCAS (Fun Home), Drama Desk Nominee JULIA MURNEY, The Color Purple's KYLE SCATLIFFE, and LAUREN ELDER (Sideshow, Hair). (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 1/3/2017 - 1/10/2017
by - Jan 10, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 1/3/2017 - 1/10/2017. (more...)

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