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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.


VIDEO: Cast of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Performs 'Unconditional Love' on Good Day NY
by TV News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Saul Williams and Saycon Sengbloh from Broadway's Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, performed 'Unconditional Love' on this morning's 'Good Day New York.' (more...)

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME to Perform on Today's GOOD DAY NEW YORK
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Saul Williams and Saycon Sengbloh from the cast of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, will perform on Fox 5's 'Good Day New York' tomorrow, today, July 9 in the 9am hour. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Performs on GMA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 8, 2014

The cast of Broadway's Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, performed 'California Love' on this morning's 'Good Morning America' on ABC. Check out photos from the appearance below! (more...)

Photo: Cast of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Tweets from GMA!
by TV News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

The cast of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, performed on this morning's ABC's 'Good Morning America'. (more...)

VIDEO: Cast of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Performs 'California Love' on GMA
by TV News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

The cast of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, performed on this morning's 'Good Morning America'. Check out the appearance below! (more...)

VIP Concert Performance of LOUIS-AND-ELLA Set for The Cutting Room, 7/15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

On Tuesday, July 15, Onemoe Music & Palm Beach Performing Arts Center will present a 75 minutes VIP Concert performance of LOUIS-AND-ELLA!, by Trent Armand Kendall (award winning writer & star of Picture Incomplete), Music Direction / Arrangements by David Snyder (Mr. Confidential, Plaid Tidings, Forever Plaid) and Direction /Choreography by Jeff Whiting (Associate/Resident Director for Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish and Tony Nominated The Scottsboro Boys). (more...)

Ivey Awards to Celebrate 10 Years of 'Theater Forever', 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

The 10th Anniversary Ivey Awards announced today that Mu Performing Arts Artistic Director Randy Reyes will return as event co-host along with new co-host actor-singer Christina Baldwin, 'a staple in the Twin Cities theater community' (Minnesota Original). (more...)

Zonya Love, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Nathaniel Stampley & More to Lead Milwaukee Repertory Theater's THE COLOR PURPLE this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced casting today for The Color Purple, the glorious musical saga which opens Friday, September 26, 2014 and runs from September 23 - November 2, 2014. (more...)

Alliance Theatre to Premiere Natasha Trethewey's NATIVE GUARD, 9/26-10/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

The Alliance Theatre has announced the world premiere of NATIVE GUARD. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey's NATIVE GUARD will be brought to the stage with actors, music, imagery, and visual art in a complete theatrical staging. NATIVE GUARD will open the Hertz Stage season at the Alliance Theatre September 26 - October 19, 2014. Opening night is Wednesday, October 1, 2014. (more...)

GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Daniel J. Watts
by Adrienne Onofri - Jul 30, 2014

In his seventh Bway show in his eight years in NY, Daniel wowed audiences with his 'After Midnight' tap dancing. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo and Cassidy Janson to Star in Ahrens & Flaherty's DESSA ROSE European Debut; Show Runs July 29-Aug 30 at Trafalgar Studios
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Cynthia Erivo (I Can't Sing!, The Color Purple) returns to the West End alongside Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q, Wicked, Candide) in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Dessa Rose, running at Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2), Tuesday 29th July - Saturday 30th August 2014. Press night is Thursday, 31st July, 7pm. (more...)

Overtone Industries to Present ICELAND at REDCAT's NOW Festival 2014, 7/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Overtone Industries, a celebrated force in the evolution of contemporary music theatre and experimental opera, will share the stage at REDCAT, CalArt's downtown center for contemporary arts, with two other Los Angeles-based arts organizations during the kick-off weekend of the New Original Works Festival 2014 (NOW Festival), Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26, 2014. (more...)

Jacob Jonas The Company to Premiere IN A ROOM ON BROAD ST., 8/5-7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

JACOB JONAS THE COMPANY is premiering its first full- length work, In A Room On Broad St., in New York City at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, August 5th - August 7th. Showtimes are Tuesday at 8:00PM, Wednesday at 10:00PM and Thursday at 5:30PM. Tickets are $20.00 and are available by going to http://www.jacobjonas.com/connect/events- tickets/. The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre is located at 405 W. 55th Street. (more...)

RICHARD III, MEMPHIS>BROADWAY and More Set for Tennessee Shakespeare's 7th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South's professional classical theatre, today announced its 2014-15 schedule of plays, which includes three by Shakespeare, the Southern Exposure Series, a continuing partnership with Dixon Gallery & Gardens, a new summer partnership with the University of Memphis, and a new Musical Works Festival sponsored by the Broadway licensing company of Memphis, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Color Purple, and All Shook Up: The Music of Elvis Presley. (more...)

Darrian Ford Sets Chicago Concerts for Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Darrian Ford brings the music of "The King of Soul" Chicagoan Sam Cooke alive in THE COOKE BOOK - The Music of Sam Cooke at City Winery (1200 W Randolph St.) at 8 p.m. on August 4 and at Lincoln Hall (2424 N Lincoln Ave) at 8 p.m. on August 29 and August 30. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at citywinery.com and lincolnhallchicago.com. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hattiloo Goes to Haiti for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
by Joseph Baker - Jul 28, 2014

Hattiloo Theatre, the shiny 'new kid on the block' in the midtown theatre district of Memphis, has shed its 'ugly duckling' feathers and suddenly become a sleek swan; no longer limited in facilities and seating, it has taken exotic flight with a fanciful musical staging of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's calypso-driven ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, based on Rosa Guy's MY LOVE, MY LOVE; or, THE PEASANT GIRL. (more...)

Photo Coverage: DESSA ROSE, Starring Erivo, Janson And More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2014

Dessa Rose is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical and Rocky The Musical). As multiple award winners, and with nominations for Grammys, Academy Awards, and a Golden Globe, this musical collaboration is spectacular. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at NYMF's PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival presents Propaganda! The Musical, A New Musical Comedy, with Book, Music, and Lyrics by Taylor Ferrera and Matt Webster. Directed by Nathan Brewer, the show runs through this weekend in New York City. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

NEWSIES' LaVon Fisher-Wilson Welcomes Baby Girl
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

She's just a Broadway baby! LaVon Fisher-Wilson, (Broadway's Newsies, The Color Purple and Chicago) and husband Darrell C. Wilson Sr. are excited to announce the arrival of their first daughter, DaVonna Bessiella Wilson. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Idina Menzel Sings 'Some Other Me' and 'You Learn to Live Without' from IF/THEN!
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2014

Idina Menzel recently stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck to talk about playing 'Liz' and 'Beth' in the new musical IF/THEN, then performed selections from the show alongside composer Tom Kitt in the studio. Watch her sing 'Some Other Me' and 'You Learn to Live Without' below! (more...)

AUDIO: Idina Menzel Talks 'Liz' and 'Beth', Performs Tunes from IF/THEN in the Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Idina Menzel stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck to talk about playing 'Liz' and 'Beth' in the new musical IF/THEN, then performed selections from the show alongside composer Tom Kitt in the studio. Listen to the interview and performance below! (more...)

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Launches Audience Rewards Presale on 7/28!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, the eagerly awaited new Broadway musical, announces its exclusive ticket pre-sale through Audience Rewards will begin Monday, July 28 at 10 AM. Single tickets for the production will go on sale on Monday, August 4 via Ticketmaster.com. (more...)

BWW Flashback: HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Closes on Broadway Today
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 20, 2014

Holler If Ya Hear Me, written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, plays its final Broadway performance today after 30 performances. The Tupac inspired musical originally opened on June 19 at the Palace Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with NYMF's PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival presents Propaganda! The Musical, A New Musical Comedy, with Book, Music, and Lyrics by Taylor Ferrera and Matt Webster. Directed by Nathan Brewer, the show runs July 23-27, 2014 in New York City. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Adriane Lenox, Ken Page & More Set for 54 SINGS THE WIZ on 8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, celebrates the Tony Award-winning musical, The Wiz, with '54 Below Sings The Wiz,' part of the '54 Sings Series.' '54 Below Sings The Wiz' will play two performances only: Sunday, August 10 at 7PM and 9:30PM. To make a reservation, visit www.54below.com. Cover starts at $50. $25 food & beverage minimum. (more...)

MISS SAIGON, HAIR & More Set for Clocktower Players' 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Westchester Magazine unveiled their annual Best of Westchester issue announcing the very best of what Westchester County has to offer. Clocktower Players, the resident theater company of Irvington Town Hall Theater, received two prestigious awards: Best Local Theater Group and Best Children's Theater. (more...)

Azudi Onyejekwe and Rodrick Covington to Star in THE SONGS OF CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN Concert at NYMF, 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Moldy Fig Productions, LCC present THE SONGS OF CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN, a one night only concert event. With Book by Kevin Ray, Andrea Lepcio & Dominic Taylor; Music and Lyrics by Kevin Ray; and Additional Story by Suellen Vance, the concert will be directed by Lee Summers and is set for Tuesday, July 22nd at 8 p.m. at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42nd Street. (more...)

Tupac Shakur Musical HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, Starring Saul Williams, Will Close on Broadway This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, will close on Sunday, July 20 at the Palace Theatre. As of that date, the musical will have played 38 regular performances and 17 preview performances. HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME began previews June 2 and opened June 19. (more...)

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Producer Raising $5M to Keep Show Open
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Broadway's Holler If Ya Hear Me opened to mixed reviews last month, but lead producer Eric L. Gold won't let that affect the show's open-ended run at the Palace Theatre. He recently told Variety that he hopes to raise another $5 million to keep the new musical open until ticket sales improve. When asked how long the show will remain, Gold told Variety: 'It's week to week right now. It can't tell you if it'll be two weeks or two months. It's an expensive game, and I'm the guy carrying the load financially. I made a rookie mistake by underestimating how much capital was necessary, but I'm tenacious.' (more...)

BULRUSHER OPENS 8/23-24 at Skylight Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Skylight Theatre Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble present the Los Angeles Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Bulrusher, written by Eisa Davis and directed by Nataki Garrett. The show opens on 8pm on August 23rd and 3pm August 24th. RECEPTION TO FOLLOW BOTH PERFORMANCES. Runs 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm Sundays through September 28, 2014 at the Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N. Vermont, LA, 90027 (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 6th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 6, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Special nights at the Marriott and Stage 773 this weekend, plus three shows opening ('Coraline,' 'Reefer Madness' and 'Fiddler') and four shows closing ('Motown,' 'Big Fish,' 'Godspell' and 'Hillbillies'). We'll tell you the three shows that have one additional week, plus a Christmas movie has us all a-buzz!! (more...)

BWW TV: Highlights del concierto de Mireia Mambo en Atresmedia Café
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Aug 5, 2014

La actriz Mireia Mambo ofreció anoche un concierto en el Atresmedia Café de la Gran Vía madrileña, con una selección de temas pop, soul y rock, además de temas de musicales como Hair, Memphis, The Color Purple o Sister Act. (more...)

Goodman Theatre and Drury Lane Productions Lead 2014 Jeff Awards Nominations; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Chicago actress, TV and film star Jane Lynch did the honor today of announcing the nominees for the 2013-2014 Equity Jeff Awards. (more...)

Kandi Burrus to Hit the Road with A MOTHER'S LOVE; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

With the critically-acclaimed stage play 'A Mother's Love' just weeks away from embarking on its first national run, Executive Producers Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, alongside Theatrical Works Live have revealed the star-studded cast that will bring this loosely biographical family drama to audiences in 29 cities this Fall. (more...)

The Urbanworld Film Festival Presented by BET Announces 2014 Festival Slate
by Movies News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

The 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org), presented by BET Networks with founding sponsor HBO, today announced the majority of the films that will be showcased. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse's October Lineup to Include Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Madigan, and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2014

Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut presents a variety of performances in October, including an appearance from Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Madigan, and more. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND to Play the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9/12-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

A high energy Caribbean fairy tale musical the whole family will enjoy. A young peasant girl (SuCh, the award-winning actress and R&B singer who played Celie in The Color Purple) rescues and falls in love with a rich boy (Carter Edward Smith) from the other side of the island. Guided by the gods of earth, water and love, the naive girl finds herself torn between two very different worlds.? What is she willing to sacrifice in pursuit of a dream? (more...)

WAM Theatre's Change Makers to Host Benefit and Celebration 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

WAM (Women's Action Movement) Theatre's artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven has announced that legendary playwright Marsha Norman and WAMC Northeast Public Radio producer Sarah LaDuke will co-host Change Makers, WAM Theatre's fifth season celebration and benefit at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on August 24 at 7 pm. This dynamic duo takes the place of actor Jayne Atkinson, who needed to bow out to attend the Emmy Awards In Los Angeles. (more...)

Jade Anouka, Clare Dunne & More Join Cast of Phyllida Lloyd's All-Female HENRY IV at Donmar
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

In 2012, Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse placed the play in a women's prison. It stunned audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and challenged the idea of 'who owns Shakespeare?' In one of the schools workshops around the production, teachers heard one of their students, a girl, speak in public for the first time. It couldn't end there. (more...)

Gary Griffin Set to Direct Manhattan Concert Productions' PARADE Concert
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

The TONY Award-winning score from Parade will be brought to life for one night only at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on February 16, 2015. Recent TONY-winner, and original composer, Jason Robert Brown will be at the helm to direct a star-studded cast and full chorus as Music Director, joined by Olivier Award-nominee Gary Griffin as Director. (more...)

CHER Tour Dancer Jamal Story Releases New Book, TOSS IN THE ETHER; Kick Off Event at Capezio Store, 8/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Accomplished dancer Jamal Story, currently on tour with Cher and just off of Broadway's smash hit “Motown The Musical” has released a novel, “Toss in the Ether” with book-signings scheduled in cities along the icon's high-grossing “Dressed to Kill Tour.” (more...)

Marsha Norman & Sarah LaDuke Will Now Co-Host WAM Theatre's Change Makers Benefit, 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

WAM (Women's Action Movement) Theatre's annual benefit just got even more exciting. Artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven is pleased to announce that legendary playwright Marsha Norman and WAMC Northeast Public Radio producer Sarah LaDuke will co-host Change Makers, WAM Theatre's fifth season celebration and benefit at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on August 24 at 7 pm. This dynamic duo takes the place of actor Jayne Atkinson, who needed to bow out to attend the Emmy Awards In Los Angeles. (more...)

The Circuit Playhouse Presents the Regional Premiere of THE BEST OF ENEMIES, 8/22-9/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

The Circuit Playhouse to debut the regional premiere of The Best of Enemies from August 22-September 24th. (more...)

SIDE SHOW Announces Full Broadway Creative Team! Cookie Jordan, Paul Kieve, Charles LaPointe & More Join Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Making his Broadway debut, Director and Academy Award® winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2) just announced his creative 'dream team' behind the look and feel of his critically-lauded reimagining of the musical Side Show which opens on Broadway this fall. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - NEWSIES!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 11, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's NEWSIES below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from BROADWAY GETS GLAAD at Joe's Pub - Scott Alan, Natalie Weiss and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 11, 2014

Broadway Gets GLAAD: A Benefit Concert was produced by Kayla Greenspan and August Laska. Music Direction by Mark Galinovsky. On Monday, August 4th, eleven emerging and established Broadway performers starred in Broadway Gets GLAAD, a concert to benefit GLAAD, the leading organization in support of a positive LGBT image in the entertainment industry. You can watch all of the performances below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Broadway's Mandy Gonzalez Talks New Film AFTER & More
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 11, 2014

Today, the talented actress speaks exclusively to BWW about the emotionally charged drama as well as what's on tap for her busy showbiz career. (more...)

Nicholas L. Ashe, Grantham Coleman and Jeremy Pope to Star in West Coast Premiere of CHOIR BOY at the Geffen This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

The Geffen Playhouse announces the complete cast for the West Coast premiere of Choir Boy. This new production -- featuring gospel music -- will highlight several performers from the Manhattan Theatre Club run. Nicholas L. Ashe and Grantham Coleman will join the previously announced Jeremy Pope. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - CHICAGO!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 10, 2014

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Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE LION KING
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 1, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's The Lion King below! (more...)

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