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Based on the novel by Alice Walker and the Warner Brothers/Amblin Entertainment film

A teenager gives birth to two of her father's children and then is married off to a man who sought her sister. The man convinces the sisters' father to separate the two and makes sure they never communicate by intercepting letters between them. Abused and alone, the heroine struggles to find her identity and love.


Ryan Andes Joins DUETS with thewriteteachers.com: LGBTQ+ Edition
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Ryan Andes, (Encores' Wild Party, NBC's Peter Pan LIVE!, Big Fish) joins the Broadway at Birdland concert series presentation of DUETS with thewriteteachers.com Volume 4,  the LGBTQ+ Edition.  This one-night-only event will benefit the One Orlando Fund. (more...)

Corey Mach Joins 'DUETS with thewriteteachers.com: LGBTQ+ Edition'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Corey Mach (Hands on a Hardbody, Godspell, Invisible Thread), joins the Broadway at Birdland concert series presentation of DUETS with thewriteteachers.com Volume 4, the LGBTQ+ Edition. This one-night-only event will benefit the One Orlando Fund. (more...)

Broadway Weekly Buying Guide, Powered by SeatGeek: July 28, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 28, 2016

Read on to catch up on this past week's trends: July 28- August 3, 2016. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Behind the Scenes of BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at Town Hall
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 28, 2016

Broadway Unplugged, the critically acclaimed concert with 'Sound Design by God' returned to Town Hall for its record-breaking 14th season last night, July 25. The concert starred Tony Award Winner Chuck Cooper, 2X Tony Nominee Tom Wopat, Olivier Nominee Kyle Scatliffe, 2X Drama Desk Nominee Alix Korey, Drama Desk Nominee Ryan Silverman, downtown diva Molly Pope, and many more award-winning stars. (more...)

TheatreLAB Announces New Associate Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

?TheatreLAB, Richmond's home for unexpected and evocative performance, is thrilled to announce their new Associate Artistic Director, Katrinah Carol Lewis! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Look Who's Wearing the Pantsuit Now- THE COLOR PURPLE Tributes Hillary Clinton
by Stage Tube - Jul 28, 2016

The Color Purple + Hillary Clinton = the best thing you've watched all day. Click below to check out the musical's amazing tribute to the official Democratic Presidential nominee! (more...)

BWW Interview: Debut of the Month - THE LION KING's Newest 'Nala' Adrienne Walker
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 27, 2016

Today, Adrienne Walker speaks exclusively to BWW about making her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning show and explains why her casting 'just kind of swept me off my feet!' (more...)

Photo Flash: HAMILTON's Renee Elise Goldsberry Speaks at Broadway Artists Alliance
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

On July 21st, the students of Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC were tearfully overjoyed by a surprise visit from Hamilton star Renee Elise Goldsberry. Recently winning a Tony Award and Grammy for her role as Angelica Schuyler, Goldsberry spoke about the incredible journey that Hamilton has taken from workshopping a concept, to performing at The Public and moving to the Richard Rodgers Theatre, to earning 16 Tony nominations and winning a Pulitzer Prize. Goldsberry captivated the students of Broadway Artists Alliance during a lively Q&A where she offered generous advice. Scroll down for photos from her appearance! (more...)

Redhouse Arts Center Announces its 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

The Red House Arts Center is pleased to announce its 2016-17 Main Stage Season which features a high-flying mix of musicals, plays and performances. This will be a season of exciting transition for the organization as it prepares to move operations from its current home to the new Redhouse @ City Center. There is so much excitement in store for the Syracuse Community! Samara Hannah, Acting Executive Director commented "We are thrilled to present an array of productions, from Tony Award-winning classics, to those packed with drama and comedy to tickle your funny bone. One thing is for sure, this season is not to be missed!" (more...)

DM Playhouse to Take Trip to See Broadway's THE FRONT PAGE This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Join the Des Moines Community Playhouse this fall, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, and see 'The Front Page,' starring Nathan Lane and John Goodman. (more...)

Tony Winner Renee Elise Goldsberry Joins Oprah Winfrey in HBO's THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS
by TV News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

According to BlackFilm, Tony winner and Hamilton star Renee Elise Goldsberry will join previously announced Oprah Winfrey in HBO Films' THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, based on Rebecca Skloot's critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. DGA winner, Emmy® nominee and veteran Broadway director-producer George C. Wolfe (Broadway's SHUFFLE ALONG, HBO's 'Lackawanna Blues'; Tony winner for 'Angels in America') will direct from his screenplay. (more...)

DISASTER!'s Max Crumm Set for 'DUETS with thewriteteachers.com: LGBTQ+ Edition' at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Max Crumm (Disaster!, Grease) joins the Broadway at Birdland concert series presentation of DUETS with thewriteteachers.com Volume 4, the LGBTQ+ Edition. This one-night-only event will benefit the One Orlando Fund. (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: July 25-31, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 25, 2016

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of July 25-31, 2016. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 7/24/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 7/24/2016. (more...)

Regent's Park Open Air JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Coming to West End and Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Celebrating 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's seminal musical first hit the stage, Jesus Christ Superstar just opened at Regent's Park's Open Air Theatre, and already the production is eying the West End, according to the New York Post's Michael Riedel. He writes: 'I'm told Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wouldn't mind a Broadway production either.' (more...)

Broadway Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - 7/22/2016
by BWW - Jul 22, 2016

Broadway Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - updated on 7/22/2016. (more...)

Audra McDonald, Joshua Henry, Danielle Brooks & More Join BROADWAY FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

The event will take place August 1st at Columbia University's Lerner Hall. The event The show will begin at 8:30. Admission is free and open to the public. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley
by Theater People Podcast - Jul 22, 2016

On Friday, July 22, the Theater People podcast welcomes Broadway favorites Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley. Skinner and Ripley first worked together when they were cast as Daisy and Violet Hilton in the 1998 production of SIDE SHOW. The pair reunited on stage in 2000 in the Broadway production of JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD. (more...)

Andrew Lippa's THE LIFE OF THE PARTY Makes US Premiere at TheatreWorks this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will bring U.S. audiences their first look a London hit, when it presents the American Premiere of the joyous musical revue The Life of the Party. Directed and co-created by David Babani, the Artistic Director of London's Menier Chocolate Factory, this rollicking musical journey celebrates the songs of Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish) who takes the stage as a featured performer, along with a cast of Broadway and West End veterans, bringing to life a hilarious, uplifting, memorable evening that was declared "Sexy, sophisticated, and funny" and awarded five stars by London's Telegraph. The Life of the Party will be presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley August 24-September 18 (press opening: August 27) at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View. For tickets ($19-$80) and information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call(650) 463-1960. (more...)

Broadway Weekly Buying Guide, Powered by SeatGeek: July 21, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 21, 2016

Read on to catch up on this past week's trends: July 15-21, 2016. (more...)

BREAKING NEWS: MOTOWN Will Conclude Broadway Run Early on July 31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The Broadway return engagement of Motown The Musical, the last stop on the First National Tour, will play its final performance at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) on Sunday, July 31, 2016. (more...)

Trent Armand Kendall + Brass ILLUSION Headline BROADWAY AT THE PIER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Trent Armand Kendall (host of TRENT ARMAND KENDALL Broadway Download, City World Radio) is host and producer of an outdoor, summer concert series at Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ. Pier Village is the most popular destinations on the Jersey Shore with retail, restaurants, international food trucks, residences and varied, exciting summer programming. Broadway at the Pier is a free event. Patrons are invited to bring their favorite blankets and chairs to enjoy a high energy, 60 minute concert of classic, contemporary and Broadway hits. (more...)

Photo Flash: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR At Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
by Edward Baker - Jul 21, 2016

Celebrating 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's seminal musical first hit the stage, Jesus Christ Superstar is directed by Artistic Director Timothy Sheader. With a legendary score which includes I Don't Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar, musical direction is by Tom Deering (Wonder.land, In the Heights and The Color Purple), design by Tom Scutt (Constellations, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and King Charles III, for which he has received a Tony Award nomination) and choreography by Drew McOnie (Jekyll & Hyde, The Lorax and In The Heights, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography). (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes WAITRESS' Three-Time Tony-Nominee Christopher Fitzgerald
by Theater People Podcast - Jul 20, 2016

On Wednesday, July 20th, the Theater People podcast welcomes three-time Tony Award-nominee, Christopher Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald began working professionally in New York theater in the late 1990s. His early work includes roles in the controversial Terrance McNally play CORPUS CHRISTI and the Broadway production of AMOUR. (more...)

Jennifer Hudson to Star Opposite Adam Sandler in Netflix's Original Film SANDY WEXLER
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Today, Netflix announced that Academy Award and Grammy Winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Sex and The City) will star opposite Adam Sandler in the Netflix original film SANDY WEXLER (more...)

The Marriott Theatre to Present HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

From the bustling streets of 1960's New York City comes the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical comedy, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, continuing The Marriott Theatre's acclaimed 2016 Season, previewing August 24, running through October 16 with a press opening on Wednesday, August 31 at 8 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (more...)

14th Annual BROADWAY UNPLUGGED Starring Chuck Cooper, Alix Korey, Ryan Silverman and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Broadway Unplugged, the critically acclaimed concert with 'Sound Design by God' returns to Town Hall for its record-breaking 14th season on Monday, July 25 at 8 PM. The concert stars Tony Award Winner Chuck Cooper, 2X Tony Nominee Tom Wopat, Olivier Nominee Kyle Scatliffe, 2X Drama Desk Nominee Alix Korey, Drama Desk Nominee Ryan Silverman, downtown diva Molly Pope, and many more award-winning stars. Broadway Unplugged has been featured in The New York Times, Playbill.com, The Huffington Post, The Daily News, and many other publications during the last 14 years, with all the feature pieces and reviews citing the extraordinary excitement the audience experiences at Town Hall when they hear the pure human voice ring out loud and clear -- and beautifully -- in a 1,500 seat theater.  (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's Digital Lottery, Student Rush Launch This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Motown the Musical has just announced its digital lottery and student rush policies for its Broadway return. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo Inspires Broadway Method Academy in CT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Tony Award winner for The Color Purple Cynthia Erivo spoke with students of the musical theater intensive at Broadway Method Academy today, July 19, in Fairfield, CT. The actress shared stories of her journey and words of hope and encouragement. BroadwayWorld has a photo of her with the kids below! (more...)


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WIZARD OF OZ and BRING IT ON to Play The Redhouse Arts Center This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, NY presents two familiar and popular summer shows in an alternating schedule: Bring it On the Musical and The Wizard of Oz. Both productions feature a cast of professional actors along with child actors from the Redhouse Theatrical Institute. Performances run alternating days July 28th through August 13th.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Stu James and More in RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Veteran Broadway actor Stu James (Benny in RENT, national tour of The Color Purple) will reprise the role of black entrepreneur and music mogul John Dolphin when last season's smash hit musical RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD gets an all-new production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Previews began July 8, with the press opening was held on July 16. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: THE GLASS MENAGERIE's Sally Field Visits THE COLOR PURPLE's Heather Headley, Joaquina Kalukango
by Michael Dale - Jul 18, 2016

The Oscar and Emmy winner pays a backstage visit after taking in the hit Broadway revival. (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: July 18-24, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 18, 2016

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of July 18-24, 2016. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 7/17/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 7/17/2016. (more...)

BWW TV: Laura Osnes & THE COLOR PURPLE Make Dreams Come True at MY CARNEGIE MOMENT!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 16, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins (out in theatres on August 12) is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer and perform on the Carnegie Hall stage - despite having a terrible voice. In the spirit of the movie, several aspiring singers were just given the opportunity to perform on the world's most famous stage for My Carnegie Moment. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DREAMGIRLS at Virginia Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Virginia Repertory Theatre's DREAMGIRLS opened June 24 at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street. The production runs through August 7, 2016. With music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book byTom Eyen, this megawatt Broadway crowd-pleaser electrifies the stage with Motown dreams and powerhouse voices. Loosely based on Diana Ross and the Supremes, the story follows the turbo-charged rise to fame of the Dreams. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Andre DeShields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Heads to Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Dennis Zacek and Grippo Stage Co., Inc., will present CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., written and performed by Andre De Shields, and directed by Samuel G. Roberson and Dennis Zacek. The cast also includes Kim Lawson and Donica Lynn. CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. runs August 25, 26 and 27, 2016 at 8pm at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

Scoop: THE CHEW - 7/18 - 7/22 on ABC
by TV Scoop - Jul 15, 2016

Get all the scoop on THE CHEW - 7/18 - 7/22, airing on ABC (more...)

Temah Higgins and DJ Martin Launch New Theatrical Booking & PR Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Temah Higgins, Executive Vice-President of Broadway Booking Office and DJ Martin, President of Bond Touring Group announce today the launch of Bond Theatrical Group, a fully independent Booking, Marketing and Publicity company for live entertainment productions across North America.  (more...)

Broadway Weekly Buying Guide, Powered by SeatGeek: July 14, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 14, 2016

Read on to catch up on this past week's trends: July 1-7, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's OKLAHOMA!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Music Theatre Wichita continues its 45th summer season with an innovative, large-scale production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! at Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita, KS. (more...)

Pam Trotter Joins Cast of STELLA'S LAST J-DATE at Whitefire Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Pam Trotter joins the cast of the well-received Whitefire Theatre production of Andy Rooster Bloch's world premiere play STELLA'S LAST J-DATE directed by Bryan Rasmussen, produced by Bloch, Rasmussen, and Scott Disharoon. (more...)

Kyle Scatliffe Joins the Cast of DUETS - LGBTQ+ Edition
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Kyle Scatliffe (The Color Purple, Les Miserables) joins the cast of DUETS with thewriteteachers.com: LGBTQ+ Edition, at Birdland Jazz on August 8th. (more...)

Montego Glover and Joshua Henry to Join The New York Pops at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

On September 19, 2016, The New York Pops will return to Feinstein's/54 Below in Manhattan, NY, for a cabaret performance starring Tony nominees Montego Glover and Joshua Henry. The night will be an intimate evening of dining and entertainment led by Music Director Steven Reineke as two of Broadway's most talented stars perform some of their favorite tunes. (more...)

More Revolting Children! MATILDA THE MUSICAL Extends Through November in Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

With performances only beginning last week, David Mirvish and The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers are delighted to announce that popular demand for the Canadian premiere production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL is once again forcing them to extend its run, this time through November 27, 2016.  (more...)

VIDEO: Misty Copeland Dances To THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo's 'Summertime'
by Michael Dale - Jul 13, 2016

A sumptuous combination of artistry to the tune of George and Ira Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS classic. (more...)

Courtney Jamison to Star in DREAMGIRLS at Virginia Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Virginia Rep announces that beginning July 14, Courtney Jamison will replace Zuri Washington in the role of Deena in the current production of Dreamgirls. Jamison opened the show in the ensemble and as the understudy for Washington. (more...)

Renee Elise Goldsberry Exiting HAMILTON in Fall, Filming Netflix's 'Altered Carbon'
by Michael Dale - Jul 13, 2016

The Tony Award-winner will be starring as a revolutionary leader in a new series based on Richard Morgan's 2002 novel. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo Unveils Her New Portrait at Sardi's!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Jul 13, 2016

There's a new Broadway star on the rise. Just yesterday, The Color Purple's Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo was joined by some of her Broadway friends as Sardi's unveiled her caricature, which joins the historic collection on the restaurant's walls, honoring Broadway's finest for over 85 years. (more...)

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