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SCOTTSBORO BOYS to Return to SpeakEasy for Four Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Due to unprecedented demand, SpeakEasy Stage will remount its acclaimed production of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS for four additional weeks, December 30, 2016 - January 22, 2017. (more...)

Dwayne Clark and David Hess Join Cast of MDR's Staged Reading TORN ASUNDER
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) continues its 2016-17 staged reading series, Theater at The Woodland, with a presentation of TORN ASUNDER, written by Obie Award-winner Nikkole Salter and directed by Janeece Freeman Clark. This staged reading will be performed for one night only on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 7pm at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd. Maplewood, NJ), where MDR is the resident theater company. The reading is $15 (advance purchase), $20 (if purchased at the door) and open to the public. Student/Senior discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets (http://tornasunder.bpt.me) by clicking the direct link HERE OR by calling 1-800-838-3006. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 11/27/16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 11/27/2016. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 11/28
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 28, 2016

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 11/27/2016. (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: November 28- December 4 , 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 28, 2016

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of November 28- December 4, 2016. (more...)

Danielle Brooks Joins Reading of James Baldwin's THE AMEN CORNER 11/28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2016

Danielle Brooks, Tony Award nominee from The Color Purple and co-star of the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," will perform in a one-night only reading of James Baldwin's The Amen Corner this Mondayevening, November 28 at 7 pm as part of Classic Stage Company's annual First Look Festival. Directed by Liesl Tommy, the reading of The Amen Corner will also feature Adeola Role, Mirirai Sithole, Phumzile Sithole, Christina Redd, Brandon Jones, Curtiss Cook Jr, Kevin Mambo, Cristina Pitter and Folami Williams. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch All the Performances from MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE!
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 25, 2016

A dazzling lineup of Broadway's best took part in the milestone 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, broadcast live on NBC. (more...)

Broadway Weekly Buying Guide, Powered by SeatGeek: November 25, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 25, 2016

Looking to buy last minute tickets to a Broadway show? Don't know what to see? Trying to find a theater? (more...)

Broadway Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - 11/25/2016
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Broadway Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - updated on 11/25/2016. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Broadway Hair Designers Sound Off About What They Do and How They Do It!
by Cara Joy David - Nov 25, 2016

A show is a product of design-from the lights that you see to the sound that surrounds you to the hair on top of the actors' heads. Hair and wig designers help define characters, though their work largely goes unnoticed. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE BITE Thanksgiving Special! With Katie Lynch and THE COLOR PURPLE's Antoine L. Smith
by Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch - Nov 22, 2016

In Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch, come into Katie's kitchen with some of Broadway's brightest as they eat, drink and merrily mix it up. See your favorite stars out of their element as they whip up dishes inspired by their Broadway show. Watch what happens when these actors trade belting for baking! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Casts of HOLIDAY INN, PARAMOUR & More Rehearse for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 22, 2016

The special event will feature performances from some of Broadway's hottest shows, including Holiday Inn, Cats, Paramour, Waitress, Hairspray Live!, The Color Purple, On Your Feet!, School of Rock and the Radio City Rockettes. Check out photos from rehearsals below!??????? (more...)

Harbor Lights' BROADWAY SPOTLIGHT Moved to March 18th
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

A special event entitled Broadway Spotlight has been Rescheduled for March 18th, one night only, at 8:00 p.m. at the College of Staten Island's Williamson Theater.  (more...)

VIDEO: HAMILTON's Brandon Victor Dixon Responds to Critics on 'The View'
by TV News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

HAMILTON's Brandon Victor Dixon discussed Vice President elect Mike Pence's recent controversial visit to the Broadway musical, and responded to critics who believe that the statements made by the cast following the show, may not have been the right and place to be made.  (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 11/20/16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 11/20/2016. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 11/21
by - Nov 21, 2016

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 11/20/2016. (more...)

BWW Review: CAROUSEL at Arena Stage - It's Magical
by Charles Shubow - Nov 21, 2016

CAROUSEL features a superb cast, taut direction, and amazing dancing that packs a wallop.. (more...)

PICTURE INCOMPLETE Sketched Out on Stage at Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

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...)

Live Albums from Charles Busch, Carmen Cusack, Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp Out Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

Broadway Records today announced three new titles to be added to its 'Live at Feinstein's/54 Below' series: CHARLES BUSCH - LIVE AT FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, CARMEN CUSACK - IF YOU KNEW MY STORY and ADAM PASCAL & ANTHONY RAPP - ACOUSTICALLY SPEAKING: 20 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP. (more...)

Broadway to the Rescue Presents THE BIG FAT CHRISTMAS SHOW to Benefit Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

The largest cast of Broadway performers ever assembled in Los Angeles, with over 55 Broadway shows combined, will take the stage at the El Portal Theatre for Broadway to the Rescue's 3rd benefit concert for two spectacular nights on December 1 & 2, 2016 at 7PM. The Big Fat Christmas Show promises to be the must-attend event of the holiday season.  (more...)

Lights... Camera.. BROADWAY is Back by Popular Demand with a New Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

New Generation Theater Company is back, by popular demand, at The Duplex Cabaret Theater with its brand new show: Lights...Camera...BROADWAY! (more...)

Jennifer Holliday to Chat THE COLOR PURPLE, DREAMGIRLS on THEATER TALK
by TV News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday makes her first appearance on THEATER TALK in a revelatory conversation about the creation of her career-making Broadway role as 'Effie' in the now-legendary Michael Bennett's production of Dreamgirls (1981-83), as well as her more recent 'major acting class' - the month-long rehearsal period with director John Doyle as he prepared her to take over the role of 'Shug Avery' in the current Broadway revival of The Color Purple. (more...)

R&B Star Monifah Joins Broadway Vet Virginia Woodruff in FOR ALL MY GIRLS: A Musical Celebrating the Everyday Diva
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Today, Tmapp, in association with CBO Entertainment, announced an Equity Showcase presentation of FOR ALL MY GIRLS: A Musical Celebrating the 'Everyday Diva,' scheduled for 12 performances only, Monday through Saturday, December 5 - 17, 2016 at The Poet's Den Theatre, 309 East 108th Street, in New York City. (more...)

Photo Coverage: KINKY BOOTS Welcomes Todrick Hall and Celebrates 1500 Performances!
by Jennifer Broski - Nov 16, 2016

Just last night, Todrick Hall officially joined the Broadway company of Kinky Boots as 'Lola' in the Tony Award-winning musical, where he remains through March 5, 2017. Hall, an internationally known YouTube personality and Broadway actor who just finished a sold-out national tour of his show Straight Outta Oz, succeeds the Award-winning Alan Mingo, Jr. in Kinky Boots, now in its 4th smash year at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Apollo Launches Holiday Show- THE FIRST NOEL!
by Jennifer Broski - Nov 16, 2016

The Apollo Theater will soon present The Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of THE FIRST NOEL from December 10-18, 2016. Following its world premiere in 2015 on the Theater's soundstage, the Harlem-based holiday musical makes an unprecedented move to the Apollo's mainstage this year, as part of the institution's "Holidays at the Apollo" programming. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Rehearsals of THE SECRET GARDEN Starring Tony Winner Daisy Eagan
by Stage Tube - Nov 16, 2016

25 years after the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical production of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's story The Secret Garden, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle co-presents the timeless tale from November 15-December 31 at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW). The musical is directed by David Armstrong, Artistic Director at The 5th Avenue Theatre, with whom STC is co-producing the production.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at rehearsals below! (more...)

ELF THE MUSICAL to Skip Into Schuster Center This Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Victoria Theatre Association along with NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features, bring the Broadway musical ELF to the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center Nov. 22-27, as part of the Projects Unlimited Star Attractions. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway Show Choir Welcomes THE BODYGUARD's Deborah Cox to Paper Mill with Whitney Houston Medley
by Stage Tube - Nov 15, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse just announced the addition of two Friday matinee performances to its run of THE BODYGUARD: THE MUSICAL due to the show's popularity among ticket buyers. Below, watch Paper Mill's Broadway Show Choir welcome Deborah Cox and the company to Millburn, NJ, with a Whitney Houston medley! (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: Thanksgiving Week Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 15, 2016

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of November 21-27, 2016. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 11/13/16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 11/13/2016. (more...)

THE BODYGUARD, Starring Deborah Cox, Adds Two Shows at Paper Mill Before Tour Launch
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, in association with Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc., has announced the addition of two Friday matinee performances due to the show's popularity among ticket buyers. (more...)

Cast Complete for Kander & Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

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. (more...)

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful Message
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 8, 2016

There is one undeniable quality that HAIRSPRAY has retained as it has journeyed from the big screen to the stage, back to the big screen, and now to the small. The infectious excitement and optimism that Tracy Turnblad sings with in the opening number, 'Good Morning Baltimore,' is one of the most magical and important gifts that the musical theatre has given in recent decades. From the moment that the original musical burst onto Broadway in 2002, it has been a literal and figurative rainbow of joy and happiness, and fortunately for the show's legions of fans, directed by Tony-winner Kenny Leon, NBC's live adaptation has maintained every delightful ounce of the musical's giddy goodness. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE COLOR PURPLE Welcomes Kids from PAL
by Walter McBride - Dec 8, 2016

Just last night, kids from The Police Athletic League headed to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre to check out The Color Purple, and got to meet wit the cast afterwards. Check out photos below! (more...)

Cynthia Erivo Will Not Reprise Her Role in THE COLOR PURPLE On Tour or in the West End
by Alan Henry - Dec 7, 2016

Cynthia Erivo took to Twitter today to confirm that after The Color Purple closes on Broadway on January 8th she will not be reprising her role of Celie either on Tour or in the West End. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Songs That Sum Up the Holiday Season
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Dec 7, 2016

Merry December, Drama Kids! This is the month in which we replace our mugs of throat coat with mugs of hot chocolate and sit in Holiday Cabaret techs for hours. Our celebrations are particularly shiny this time of year-so here comes a Songs That Sum Up With Lots of Tinsel. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from 28th Annual Gypsy of the Year!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

After six dedicated weeks of fundraising, the brightest stars from Broadway and Off-Broadway's biggest hits shared one-of-a-kind performances at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year and the grand total is in! (more...)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Gypsy of the Year with the Best of Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Broadway's best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Classical Theatre of Harlem's THE FIRST NOEL at The Apollo Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

The Apollo Theater presents The Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of THE FIRST NOEL from December 10-18, 2016. Following its world premiere in 2015 on the Theater's soundstage, the Harlem-based holiday musical makes an unprecedented move to the Apollo's mainstage this year, as part of the institution's 'Holidays at the Apollo' programming. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Grammy Winner Fantasia Nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Grammy Award and third season American Idol winner FANTASIA was recognized by The Recording Academy once again with a nomination for her song 'Sleeping With The One I Love.' (more...)

28th Annual Gypsy of the Year Raises $4.4M for BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

After six dedicated weeks of fundraising, the brightest stars from Broadway and Off-Broadway's biggest hits shared one-of-a-kind performances at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year and the grand total is in! (more...)

COLOR PURPLE, BRIGHT STAR Among Nominees for Best Musical Theater Album GRAMMY Award; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

This morning, The Recording Academy and 2016 GRAMMY Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, kicked off this year's GRAMMY Awards nominations by revealing nominees in the four General Field categories (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

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Is Broadway Really Diverse? Actors Created Their Own Data to Find Out
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Quartz reports that following being passed over for a role in 2011, actor Pun Bandhu decided he wanted to know more about the racial breakup of performers on Broadway. Was Broadway really diverse? (more...)

One Night Only! Cast Announced for MDR Staged Reading of TORN ASUNDER by Nikkole Salter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) continues its 2016-17 staged reading series, Theater at The Woodland, with a presentation of TORN ASUNDER, written by Obie Award-winner Nikkole Salter and directed by Janeece Freeman Clark (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 12/4/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 12/4/2016. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS Star Todrick Hall Named National Ambassador for 2017 KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The Broadway League has announced that Todrick Hall, now starring in Kinky Boots, will serve as a National Ambassador for the 2017 KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY, taking place in New York City on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. (more...)

AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN Adds Weekend at The Actor's Temple
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

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...)

MU Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre Co-Produce FLOWER DRUM SONG
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

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...)

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