The Color Purple on Tour


54 SINGS 1776, Kyle Dean Massey, Samantha Barks and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

This July, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

Dwayne Clark, Leandra Ellis Gaston and More to Star in MEMPHIS at Vanguard Theater; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

Dwayne Clark, The Color Purple and Spiderman (Broadway); Leandra Ellis Gaston - Hair and After Midnight (European Tour);  Lawrence Dandridge, Sister Act (National Tour), and Dan Drew,  Rhythm in the Night (National Tour),  join NJ talent in Vanguard Theater Company's Mainstage Production, Memphis the Musical, Beginning Thursday July 13th for one weekend only at Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield, NJ. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Opens at Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

From the picturesque covered bridges of 1965 Winterset, Iowa, comes the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, continuing Marriott Theatre's spectacular 2017 Season, running through August 13, 2017. (more...)

Joey Pero Returns to BANDSTAND Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

The Tony Award winning production 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, welcomes Joey Pero back to the production in the role of Nick Radel beginning tonight. (more...)

BWW Interview: BeBe Winans Talks BORN FOR THIS at The Broad Stage
by Don Grigware - Jun 29, 2017

Benjamin, 'BeBe' Winans, six-time Grammy Award winner, is the seventh child and youngest male of the the Detroit based first family of gospel music. BeBe is known as an inspirational, R&B, and popular vocalist, songwriter, and producer as well as an Executive Music Producer for the OWN Network's latest scripted series, 'Greenleaf'; host of his own radio show on the Heart & Soul Channel (68) on Sirius/XM Radio Networks on Sunday Mornings (9am ET/7am PT); renowned as the breakthrough artist to bridge the language of his roots in the church with a chart-topping, Award-winning career spanning audiences universally throughout all genres; author; Actor in motion pictures including friend Denzel Washington's,'The Manchurian Candidate'; and star of productions like Broadway's Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple with Chaka Khan amongst his credits. Teaming with his younger sister, Priscilla 'CeCe', the duo first began crossing lines as 'adopted children' of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker on the PTL television show. Their first tour, on which Whitney Houston proclaimed herself their 'sister' and sang background for the siblings, set the tone for a very special career.  (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 29, 2017
by - Jun 29, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 29 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BREAK FREE: Broadway Performers to Throw Manchester Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

Taking place at 9:30pm on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at New York's famed The Cutting Room, a group of Broadway performers and musical theatre artists will join forces to raise money for those affected by the attack at the Ariana Grande concert on May 21 in Manchester, England. Entitled 'Total Request Live: Break Free (a night for Manchester)' this special event will feature the work of Ariana Grande, as rearranged by the creative team and artists, and will benefit the We Love Manchester United Fund. (more...)

BWW Interview: Matt Redmond Directs 54 SINGS 1776
by Christopher Castanho - Jun 29, 2017

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents '54 Sings 1776' on July 3 and July 4, 2017. The Fourth of July meets Broadway in the fourth annual concert staging of the beloved musical, 1776, at Feinstein's/54 Below.   Featuring Broadway stars like Carrie St. Louis (Wicked/Rock of Ages) and Kyle Scatliffe (Les Miserables/The Color Purple) you're sure to feel patriotic watching this beautifully staged concert. (more...)

Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone's The Ensemblist Closes Third Season with 100th Episode
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone announce the release of The Ensemblist's 100th episode to conclude their latest season, 'The Broadway Community.' (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 28, 2017
by - Jun 28, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 28 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: BROADWAY IN BLACK at Westcoast Black Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - Jun 27, 2017

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Delivers Inspirational Original Musical Revue (more...)

Photo Flash: A First Look at Tantrum Theater's Reimagined CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2017

Tantrum Theater presents a new Equity production of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's Tony Award-nominated Caroline, or Change. Directed by Robert Barry Fleming, Caroline, or Change began preview performances July 5, 2017 and officially opened on July 7, 2017 at the Abbey Theater in Dublin, OH. This is a limited engagement thru July 22, 2017. (more...)

Nashville's Circle Players Reveals Cinema-Inspired 68th Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 7, 2017

Bring It On The Musical launches Circle Players' cinema-inspired 68th Season - a lineup that includes four musicals and one play - and the company is offering season ticket packages for theater-goers eager to witness the oldest community theater in Middle Tennessee's latest slate of productions, all related to  major motion pictures. (more...)

Ellen Burstyn, André De Shields & More Will Star in John Doyle-Helmed AS YOU LIKE IT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the full cast for AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle. The production will run at Bay Street Theater from August 8 - September 3. The production will star Hannah Cabell (The Father, Men on Boats, Major Barbara) as Rosalind, Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year, The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist) as Jacques, and Andre De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain't Misbehavin', The Wiz) as Touchstone. (more...)

Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Rock The Audition's Sheri Sanders Partner To Create Series of Rock Musicals
by Christopher Castanho - Jul 6, 2017

Broadway musical licensor Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) and Rock The Audition's Sheri Sanders have partnered to create a series of new rock musicals that bridge the gap between popular music and musical theatre. (more...)

Nicholas Rodriguez and More to Star in GUYS AND DOLLS at Milwaukee Rep; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced casting for the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls in the Quadracci Powerhouse this September 19 - October 29.  (more...)

Dream Cast Set for DREAMGIRLS in Concert at The Miramar Cultural Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

The Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar FL, presents the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, DREAMGIRLS, for two concert performances only Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 8:00 PM and Sunday, July 23, 2017, at 2:00 PM. (more...)

Understudies from HELLO, DOLLY!, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, ANASTASIA, HAMILTON and More Slated for July AT THIS PERFORMANCE...
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Stephen DeAngelis continues his ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with its next edition of AT THIS PERFORMANCE... to be held on Monday, July 10th at the series' new home, The Green Room 42, Green Fig, Fourth Floor, Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue (at 42nd Street), New York, NY 10036 at 8 PM. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief July 5th, 2017 - Starry 'BULLETS' at Ogunquit and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 5, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: Vincent Pastore and Sally Struthers star in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, starting tonight in Maine! (more...)

Felicia P Fields to be Featured as Voice of Audrey II in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

MUSIC ON STAGE, now in its 60th Season of providing Quality Musical Theatre in the Northwest Suburbs, is thrilled to announce that Broadway Star & Tony Award Nominee FELICIA P. FIELDS will be featured as the voice of Audrey II in our production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS this October. We are so fortunate and honored to have a performer of Miss Fields caliber involved in our production. (more...)

Broadway's Next Generation to Take the Stage in Town Hall's BROADWAY RISING STARS Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Town Hall's Broadway Rising Stars, the concert event that launched the careers of stars who were in the opening night casts of Hamilton, Waitress, Beautiful, The Color Purple and more is back for its 11th annual edition at The Town Hall on Monday, July 10th at 8PM. (more...)

Off-Broadway's THE LIGHTNING THIEF Original Cast Recording to Strike This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Off-Broadway's hit show, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical has announced the much-anticipated original cast recording is now available for pre-order at BroadwayRecords.com will be released at all major music retailers on Friday, July 7, 2017. Premium pre-sale order package will also be available and will come with an official The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Off-Broadway t-shirt. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 6/27/2017 - 7/4/2017
by - Jul 4, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 6/27/2017 - 7/4/2017. (more...)

Major Attaway, Glory Crampton, and More to Lead A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2017

Full casting has been announced for Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A BROADWAY MUSICAL on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

BWW's Guide to 4th of July TV Celebrations - Laura Osnes, Leslie Odom Jr., Heather Headley & More!
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 3, 2017

With the celebration of America's birthday just around the corner, BWW brings you a guide to this year's Fourth of July television specials, featuring performances by BANDSTAND's Laura Osnes, Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr, and the World Premiere of new music from award-winning composer Alan Menken! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 3, 2017
by - Jul 3, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD National Tour at Dallas Summer Musicals
by Kyle Christopher West - Jul 22, 2017

Like a burst of light, Whitney Houston put herself on the movie screen map with her performance in the 1992 Warner Bros. blockbuster hit, THE BODYGUARD, leaving a long-lasting impression in our hearts and in the music industry. But, it appears that lightning won't be striking twice with this title, as the current stage attempt creates musical magic, but falls short of memorable. (more...)

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Opens 7/26 at Peninsula Players Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

Audiences will be swept away by the life-changing, four-day love affair in the lush musical 'The Bridges of Madison County' at Peninsula Players Theatre July 26 through August 13, 2017.   One of the most romantic stories ever written, 'The Bridges of Madison County' first captured the nation's attention in 1992 as a best-selling novel, then again in 1995 as a major motion picture.  It is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award-winning musical. (more...)

Fabulous Fox Announces New Season Ticket Packages, Including MORMON, PHANTOM, CHICAGO, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

Fabulous Fox Theatre announces a new U. S. Bank Broadway Series season ticket package with a "pick one" option for subscribers will go on sale August 1. HAMILTON is no longer available as part of a Season Package. T new six-show package will include: THE BODYGUARD, ON YOUR FEET!, Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING & I, SCHOOL OF ROCK and The Color Purple. T sixth show of the package will be selected from the following series specials: THE BOOK OF MORMON, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, THE WIZARD OF OZ, CHICAGO, Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC or A CHRISTMAS CAROL. (more...)

BANDSTAND'S Hopkins & Pero Join BANDSTAND SINGS THE BIG BAND at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

BANDSTAND'S James Nathan Hopkins, Joey Pero, and Matt Cusak have joined Feinstein's/54 Below's BANDSTAND SINGS THE BIG BAND on Sunday, August 6th, at 7pm & 9:30pm. (more...)

The Movement Will Host Youth-Focused Panel AND I WOULD STAND LIKE THIS
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 20, 2017

The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based nonprofit committed to showcasing emerging artists of color, presents AND I WOULD STAND LIKE THIS…, a youth centered performance and post show panel led by sexual health educator Erika Hart targeting sexual health, family dynamics, and sexual identity. The panel will take place after the July 28th matinee performance of The Movement's current production And She Would Stand Like This by Harrison David Rivers, directed by David Mendizabal, and choreographed by Kia LaBeija at the A.R.T../New York Theatres in the Mezzanine Theatre.  Current partners for this event include The Door, A Center of Alternatives, and Safe Horizon's Streetwork Project.   (more...)

BREAKING: Daniel Breaker and Montego Glover Join HAMILTON on Broadway and in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

Tony Award nominee Daniel Breaker (PASSING STRANGE) will join the Broadway cast of the musical HAMILTON as Aaron Burr starting August 29, and Montego Glover, a Tony nominee for her performance in MEMPHIS, will join the Chicago company of HAMILTON in the role of Angelica Schuyler starting in early September, it is announced by Jeffrey Seller, producer of HAMILTON.   (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 2, 2017
by - Jul 2, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 2 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Chrysler & Broadway in Detroit Renew Partnership for 2017-18 Theatre Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Nederlander Detroit is pleased to announce that it has renewed its relationship with the Chrysler brand to sponsor the all-new 2017-2018 Broadway in Detroit season.  This will be the seventh consecutive theatre season that the automaker will sponsor, showcasing another hot line-up for both Chrysler and Broadway in Detroit. As part of this sponsorship, the latest and hottest Chrysler vehicles will be on display at The Fisher Theatre. (more...)

The Broadwaysted Podcast Welcomes Back Some Favorite Guests for a Quippy Clip Show
by Broadwaysted - Jul 19, 2017

We know what you've all been thinking. You've been sitting at home, listening to your favorite Broadwaysted episodes and wondering, 'Gee, what are some of our #FriendsoftheShow up to right now?' Well guess what?! Your prayers have been answered because this week we're bringing you a Quippy Clip Show filled to the brim with new segments featuring some of your favorite #FriendsoftheShow!  (more...)

Jennifer Holliday Replaces Ben Vereen in Bay Street Theater's 'Music Mondays' Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts have announced that Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls, The Color Purple, Chicago) has just been added to the cabaret series, Music Mondays. (more...)

Producer, Composer & Arranger Quincy Jones Announces Qwest TV
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Multi-Grammy winning producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones, in collaboration with jazz impresario and television producer Reza Ackbaraly, has announced the formation of Qwest TV, the world's first subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform dedicated to jazz and jazz-inspired music forms. (more...)

Samantha Barks, Eleanor Reissa and More Coming Up Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

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. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Leigh Barrett to Lead GYPSY at Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

GYPSY has announced its cast and creative team at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. (more...)

Cast Complete for New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full casting and creative team for the world premiere of AIN'T TOO PROUD-THE TEMPTATIONS MUSICAL. The musical stage production will be directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Berkeley Rep presents the show by special arrangement with Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce (American Idiot, Spring Awakening). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center welcomes the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, August 15 to 20. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Uzo Aduba to Lead SECRET LIFE OF BEES Musical Workshop; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK star Uzo Aduba will lead the cast of a musical workshop production of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (more...)

Cast of BANDSTAND to Get Nostalgic at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

On Sunday, August 6th, at 7pm & 9:30pm, cast members of Broadway's Tony Award winning musical Bandstand will take Feinstein's/54 Below's audiences on a trip down memory lane to the swinging sounds of the 1940s with BANDSTAND SINGS THE BIG BAND (more...)


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Photo Coverage: BROADWAY'S RISING STARS Brings Up-and-Coming Talent to Town Hall
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 11, 2017

Town Hall's Broadway Rising Stars, the concert event that launched the careers of stars who were in the opening night casts of Hamilton, Waitress, Beautiful, The Color Purple and more returned for its 11th annual edition at The Town Hall last night, July 10th. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photos below! (more...)

Navy Pier Celebrates 101st Birthday with Free Star-Studded Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

101 never looked so good! Navy Pier, Chicago's mission-driven cultural district, is celebrating its 101st Birthday on Saturday, July 15 with a star-studded bash and full day of free cultural programming in the new Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns from 11 a.m. through the Aon Summer Fireworks Show at 10:15 p.m. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Chats with BANDSTAND's Laura Osnes and THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG's Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer
by Theater People Podcast - Jul 10, 2017

On Monday, July 10, the Theater People podcast welcomes two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. For the first part of the episode, host Patrick Hinds chats with Osnes (who is making her fourth appearance on Theater People) about her work in BANDSTAND. Osnes, who has been with the show since it's very first reading, shares stories about how the show has developed, why she turned down other roles to stay with the piece, and a personal family story about why she feels so connected to the role. (more...)

BWW Interview: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Spotlight on Bryan M. Pitt- Ritz Theatre's "Beast"
by Pati Buehler - Jul 10, 2017

Newcomer to the Ritz Theatre lands a larger than life Disney role this summer for Young and Old. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/1/2017
by - Jul 1, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/1/2017. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 1, 2017
by - Jul 1, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 1 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

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