The Color Purple on Tour


Photo Flash: Evan Tyrone Martin Sings Nat King Cole in Chicagoland on 2/11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

848681Artists Lounge Live presents UNFORGETTABLE: FALLING IN LOVE WITH NAT KING COLE starring Evan Tyrone Martin for one night only on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:00pm Governor's State University Center for Performing Arts, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484-0975. (more...)

Artists Giving Back to Host 'SONGS OF HEALING' Benefit for Donica Lynn
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Artists Giving Back, a local not-for-profit that specializes in fundraising through the arts, is throwing a benefit concert called AGB Presents: Songs of Healing a Benefit for Donica Lynn. (more...)

Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo to Star as Harriet Tubman in Upcoming Biopic
by Movies News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Tony award winner Cynthia Erivo will take on the role of iconic abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the upcoming Macro/New Balloon film HARRIET. (more...)

Broadway Method Academy to Host 4th Annual Summer Musical Theatre Intensive
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Broadway Method Academy prepares for their fourth annual Summer Musical Theatre Intensive with Broadway Artists in residence. (more...)

Tony Nominee Stephen Bray to Teach at 12th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University announce Stephen Bray, Tony, and Grammy-nominated songwriter for The Color Purple, will join the 12th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project as a Master Teacher. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo and John Legend to Perform for Grammys' 'In Memoriam' Segment
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Tony winner Cynthia Erivo and Grammy winner John Legend will perform during the In Memoriam segment of this year's broadcast. (more...)

Six Emerging Artists Named 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

The American Theatre Wing announced today that the 2017 Jonathan Larson Grants recipients are Ben Bonnema (book, music and lyrics), Maggie-Kate Coleman & Erato A. Kremmyda (music and lyrics), Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke (book, music and lyrics), and Michael R. Jackson (book, music and lyrics). (more...)

Broadway in Miami Announces Twelfth Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to announce its 12th season of showcasing Broadway's greatest hits in the Ziff Ballet Opera House with a five-show subscription package that is power-packed with musical blockbusters. The 2017-2018 Broadway in Miami season includes two anticipated South Florida premieres - ON YOUR FEET! (October 5 - 15, 2017), kicking off its first national tour at the Arsht Center, and THE BODYGUARD (April 3 - 8, 2018). (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber's LOVE NEVER DIES to Play Hollywood Pantages in 2018; Season Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will be part of next season's line-up at the Hollywood Pantages. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Manatee Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

The Bridges of Madison County, one of the most romantic stories ever written, is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award-Winning Broadway musical. This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award-Winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the sweeping, expressive balladry of classic Broadway. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action at Manatee Performing Arts Center below! (more...)

Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Graham to Make GRAMMY Stage Debuts
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

With less than one week left until Music's Biggest Night, The Recording Academy just added more artists to its stellar lineup. Set to perform at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are current GRAMMY nominees Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Graham (more...)

Broadway San Jose presents THE BODYGUARD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARDwill play San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts (255 S. Almaden Blvd.) from April 25-30, 2017. (more...)

Directors Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe and Music Director Jermaine Hill to Lead LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Directors Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe and Music Director Jermaine Hill will lead a Valentine's Day themed event, LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE: A concert benefiting Planned Parenthood, the Trevor Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The concert is set to take place at 8PM on Monday, February 13, at Windy City Playhouse (3014 W Irving Park Rd) and will feature several of Chicago's most beloved theater artists including Donica Lynn, Alex Weisman and Jonathan Butler-Duplessis. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the Chicago premiere of the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys, February 3 - March 12, featuring music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson, direction by Samuel G. Roberson, Jr, music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Florence Walker-Harris with Breon Arzell as associate choreographer, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is an added matinee performance Thursday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. NOTE: *There are no Thursday 7:30 p.m. performances February 9 and March 2. Tickets for previews are $38 and for the regular run $45 - $51. Single tickets may be purchased at 773.327.5252 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

BROADWAY SESSIONS Puts Spotlight on Whole Artist Management, 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano. This Thursday night, February 9th , Broadway Sessions puts the spotlight on Whole Artist Management and more -. Whole Artist Management clients schedule to perform include Hett Banrhill (Spider-Man), Andrew Aaron Berlin (A Christmas Story), Kennedy Caughell (Great Comet), Hannah DeFlumeri (Bullets Over Broadway), Alexa Green (Wicked), Amy Linden (Bridges of Madison County), Emily McNamara (Newsical), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Monica Ramirez, Brian Charles Rooney (Three Penny Opera), Sheri Sanders (Rock the Audition), Samantha Shafer (Rocky), Christopher Timson (Young Frankenstein), Lily Tobin, Clyde Voce (Rock of Ages), Brit West (The Color Purple), Andrew Wheeler and Noah Zachary. - The evening will also feature performance from the upcoming Broadway Au Carre concert. featuring the music from Dana Levinson's 5th Republic sung by Lisandro Nesis and Manon Taris -Whole Artist Management is comprised of managers Rich Martino and Mike Cruz. Broadway Sessions takes place every Thursday evening at The Laurie Beechman Theater inside The West Bank Cafe located at 407 west 42nd street (corner of 42nd street and 9th avenue). Reservations strongly recommended at www.bencameron.nyc Doors open at 10pm for pre show open mic. Showtime at 11. $5 drink specials all night. $10 cover includes a donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Broadway Sessions is proud of it's collaboration with BroadwayWorld.com which offers an exclusive look at Broadway Sessions every Monday. Past performances can be viewed on Broadway Sessions YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/bwaysessions. www.BroadwaySessions.net. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Comes to the Fabulous Fox
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Motown Founder Berry Gordy are proud to announce the complete cast for the National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. (more...)

Get Ready for 54 Below's All-Female 1776 with an Instagram Preview from Carolee Carmello
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2017

This Monday, February 20th, President's Day, an all-female cast will present the musical 1776 in concert at Feinstein's/54 Below. Star Carolee Carmello recently posted an Instagram video previewing the exciting evening. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 2/18/2017
by - Feb 18, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 2/18/2017. (more...)

12th Annual Final Draft Awards Honorees Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Final Draft, a unit of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, now in its 26th year as the industry standard for screenwriting software, today announced the selection of Robert McKee as its Hall of Fame Award honoree for the 12th annual Final Draft Awards. (more...)

Caroline Flack to Make Her Stage Debut in CRAZY FOR YOU Alongside Tom Chambers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin are delighted to announce that Caroline Flack will make her stage debut as 'Irene' in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre's acclaimed production of 'CRAZY FOR YOU'. Caroline joins the previously announced Tom Chambers as 'Bobby'. From the producers of 'Sister Act' and 'Nativity! The Musical', the national tour of 'CRAZY FOR YOU' opens at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 17 August 2017. (more...)

Spectrum Dance Theater to Continue Rambunctious Series with THE IMMIGRANTS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Spectrum Dance Theater announces the eagerly anticipated return of the Rambunctious Series, now in its third iteration titled 'The Immigrants' - this time focusing on works by Immigrant-American classical composers. (more...)

'AMERICAN SCOREBOARD' Reading Series to Continue with Tom Price Hearing
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

AMERICAN SCOREBOARD: The Trump Administration is a series of readings that reflect the issues that President Donald Trump faces in office. The next reading in the series will take place on March 1, 2017 at 7pm and focus on the confirmation hearings for Tom Price, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. (more...)

Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo to Perform at Oscar's Governors Ball
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Cynthia Erivo is set to perform at the Oscars' Governors Ball for this year's winners and nominees, following THE ACADEMY AWARDS broadcast. (more...)

All-Chicago Cast Set for SPAMILTON at Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

"Spamilton," the critically acclaimed off-Broadway parody of Lin-Manuel Miranda's sensation, "Hamilton," has set casting for its regional premiere in Chicago at the Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted). Created by Tony Award honoree Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind "Forbidden Broadway," the show features an all-Chicago ensemble including Donterrio Johnson, Adam LaSalle, Michelle Lauto, Eric Andrew Lewis, Yando Lopez and David Robbins. "Spamilton" begins performances Friday, March 3 at the Royal George Theatre's Cabaret/Studio Theatre. (more...)

Caroline Bowman, Erin Dilly, Alton Fitzgerald White and More Set for BROADWAY SPOTLIGHT at Harbor Lights Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

A special event entitled Broadway Spotlight, March 18, at 8:00 p.m. at the College of Staten Island's Williamson Theater benefits The Harbor Lights Theater Company. (more...)

The Stylish Rhythm of THE ROYALE Closes The Rep's Studio Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis concludes its 2016-2017 Studio Theatre season with The Royale by Marco Ramirez, directed by Stuart Carden. (more...)

HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE, SCHOOL OF ROCK Headline Segerstrom Center's 2017-18 Season
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 16, 2017

A pair of fresh Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, a couple of critically-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning revivals, plus Broadway's biggest hit of the century (hint: Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote it) will all be a part of the spectacular 2017-2018 Broadway season at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Announced earlier this week, SCFTA will be offering the following national tours for next season: SOMETHING ROTTEN • THE KING & I (2015 Revival) • LOVE NEVER DIES • HAMILTON • SCHOOL OF ROCK • ON YOUR FEET! • MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL • KINKY BOOTS • The Color Purple (2016 Revival) • JERSEY BOYS • THE BOOK OF MORMON (more...)

Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers & More Join 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The fan-fueled fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, March 5, will feature live performances and first-time duets and collaborations by today's biggest artists, including Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Thomas Rhett, Noah Cyrus and Big Sean, who join already announced performer Bruno Mars. (more...)

HAMILTON to Anchor Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is proud to announce that Broadway musical HAMILTON will play its premiere Atlanta engagement and anchor the 2017/2018 season at the Fox Theatre. (more...)

Tony & Grammy Winner Cynthia Erivo Will Headline CLASSICAL ROOTS Concert in Cincinnati
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announces that the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical and 2017 Grammy Award winner, Cynthia Erivo, will headline its enormously popular annual Classical Roots concert at Crossroads Oakley in Cincinnati on Friday, May 5, 2017 (7:30 p.m.). (more...)

FREAKY FRIDAY Musical Extends Again at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Due to overwhelming demand, La Jolla Playhouse is adding a seventh week of performances for Disney's Freaky Friday.  The show will extend its run through March 19.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - The 14 Best Theatre Love Songs
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Feb 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day, Drama Kids! I can't wait to spend the whole day with my true love, the Fiddler revival soundtrack. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 2/7/2017 - 2/14/2017
by - Feb 14, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 2/7/2017 - 2/14/2017. (more...)

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Unveils 48th Season Including Two World Premieres and Five Regional Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Theatre enthusiasts packed the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts tonight to hear Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley and Managing Director Phil Santora of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley unveil the lineup for the company's 48th season. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief February 14th, 2017 - SIGNIFICANT OTHER, SWEENEY TODD and More on Valentine's Day!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 14, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: SIGNIFICANT OTHER hits Broadway, while SWEENEY TODD and 'JOAN OF ARC' start tonight Off-Broadway! (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winning Legend LaChanze
by Theater People Podcast - Feb 13, 2017

On Monday, February 13th, Theater People podcast welcomes Tony-winner LaChanze. For the episode, LaChanze talks about how growing up in Connecticut afforded her the opportunity to make frequent trips into New York City where she saw such shows as the original CHICAGO and EVITA with Patti LuPone. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief February 13th, 2017 - FRIGID Fest, Paul Rudd, GREAT COMET Sing-Along and More!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 13, 2017

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: fans gather to sing on the 'GREAT COMET' Broadway cast recording! (more...)

Tour Star J. Harrison Ghee to Reprise Role as 'Lola' in KINKY BOOTS on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that J. Harrison Ghee, currently earning rave reviews across the country as Lola in the National Tour of Kinky Boots, will strut onto Broadway this Spring, joining the Broadway production beginning March 6, 2017. (more...)

Carolee Carmello to Lead All-Female 1776 at Feinstein's/54 Below on President's Day
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

On February 20th, President's Day, an all-female cast will present the musical 1776 in concert at Feinstein's/54 Below.  (more...)

VIDEO: Exuberant Cynthia Erivo Accepts Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album
by TV News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

At last night's GRAMMY AWARDS, the cast recording of Broadway's The Color Purple picked up the award for Best Musical Theater Album. (more...)

Adele, Beyonce Among Winners of 59th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS; Full List!
by TV News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

A diverse all-star lineup of GRAMMY Award nominees, GRAMMY winners, entertainers and film and TV stars took stage last ight for THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS (more...)

Rehearsals Begin Today for BANDSTAND, Starring Laura Osnes and Corey Cott
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Rehearsals begin today for the brand new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton). The musical begins performances Friday, March 31 prior to an official opening night on Wednesday, April 26 at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street). Bandstand features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker. (more...)

Broadway's Todrick Hall To Join Broadway Theatre Project This Summer As a Guest Artist
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2017

Broadway star, Tedrick Hall, star of the Broadway hit 'Kinky Boots' will join the Tampa, Florida-based, Broadway Theatre Project as a 'Guest Artist' this Summer as part of the Summer 2017, 3-week Musical Theatre Institute held each year held at The University of South Florida. (more...)

VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo and John Legend Perform the Grammys 'In Memoriam' Segment
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2017

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, tonight's GRAMMY AWARDS In Memorium segment was performed by Tony and Grammy winner Cynthia Erivo and Grammy winner John Legend. The duo performed the Beach Boys' classic 'God Only Knows.' Check out the video below! (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 2/11-2/12/2017
by - Feb 12, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, February 12, 2017 - Sunday, February 12, 2017. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Wins Best Musical Theater Album GRAMMY Award
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2017

Broadway Records' cast recording of The Color Purple has won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson are the principal soloists on the album produced by Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders and Jhett Tolentino. Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell and Allee Willis are composers/lyricists. (more...)

LOVE NEVER DIES, THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS, and More Lead SunTrust Broadway at DPAC's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2017

Direct from New York, Nederlander presents the SunTrust Broadway at DPAC, 2017 / 2018 Season. Aptly named "Ten Great Years" to mark the tenth great year of bringing New York's best Broadway shows to the Triangle, the new season features many of Broadway's recent top-ten shows, along with brand new North American tours made famous in London's West End and Australia. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief February 10th, 2017 - IN THE HEIGHTS Film, 'SUNDAY' on Broadway and More!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 10, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! This weekend's big news: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, starts previews on Broadway this Saturday! (more...)

Lauren Molina, Julia Murney, P.J. Griffith & More Sign on for Yale Rep's ASSASSINS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) continues its 50th Anniversary Season with a new production of ASSASSINS, book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by James Bundy, March 17-April 8, at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is March 23. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 2/10; THE WHO'S TOMMY in Connecticut, THE BOOK OF MORMON in Melbourne and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 10, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE WHO'S TOMMY in Connecticut, HAND TO GOD in Columbus, THE BOOK OF MORMON in Melbourne and more. Check out our top features below! (more...)

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