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BWW Interview: Patrick Page Discusses Rajiv Joseph's World Premiere ARCHDUKE at the Taper
by Don Grigware - May 8, 2017

Actor PATRICK PAGE has been dazzling Broadway and regional theatre audiences for many years playing the original roles in The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Spider Man, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame among many others. He has had an extensive career playing Shakespeare. Now at the Mark Taper Forum, he is about to open in a new play entitled ARCHDUKE about the events leading up to WWI. In our talk he shares his feelings about the play and proclaims his favorite role to date. (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 5/5 - COC's TOSCA and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 5, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 5/5 - COC's TOSCA and More! (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Stage West Coast Premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' AN OCTOROON
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Eric Ting will close out its season. (more...)

Patrick Cassidy to Headline Ogunquit Playhouse's Season Opener MAMMA MIA!
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

The Ogunquit Playhouse kicks off its 85th Anniversary Season with the international smash hit Mamma Mia!, dazzling audiences on stage from May 17 to July 1. (more...)

Paper Mill's MARY POPPINS to Offer Autism-Friendly Performance
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is pleased to announce a special Autism-Friendly performance of its hit musical Mary Poppins on Friday, June 23 at 1:30PM. (more...)

Alan Menken and Stars of A BRONX TALE to Celebrate Cast Album at Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Ghostlight Records will celebrate the cast album of the hit musical A BRONX TALE with a special in-store performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble on Friday, May 12 at 4:00 PM. (more...)

BWW Previews: Summer Stages CABARET, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, & More Lead BWW'S Top Atlanta Theatre Picks for Summer
by Amy Zipperer - May 27, 2017

The summer months usher in all the things we love about summer in Atlanta: visits to the Atlanta Zoo, Braves baseball, evening strolls through the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This year, the summer months are also playing host to some of the best theatre offerings of the year, and there are so many that you might need help narrowing the playing field. (more...)

WICKED Announces New London Cast
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce that Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda),Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Jack Lansbury (Boq) and Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) will head the new London cast from Monday 24 July 2017, joining current cast members Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).  (more...)

VIDEO: Paige Davis Stars in MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING, & MARRIAGE at CLO Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the cast of the Pittsburgh premiere of Off-Broadway sensation, MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING, & MARRIAGE, May 11-August 13 at the CLO Cabaret. (more...)

Legendary Pianist Byron Janis Releases First Album of Three Volume Series
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Piano legend Byron Janis releases Byron Janis Live on Tour, an album of never before released live recordings of performances by the internationally celebrated pianist. (more...)

Photo Flash: Get A First Look at MAMMA MIA! at The Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

The Ogunquit Playhouse kicks off its 85th Anniversary Season with the international smash hit Mamma Mia!, dazzling audiences on stage from May 17 to July 1. (more...)

VIDEO: Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori Talk Storytelling Through Song for DGF's 'The Legacy Project'
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

The announcement of today's Tony Award nominations marks this as a week for celebration and reaffirms the commitment of organizations that protect the survival of the arts. For those organizations, like the Dramatists Guild Fund (DGF), that commitment likely means shouldering a larger burden of funding and support. Today's celebration also coincides with the launch of the latest installment of 'The Legacy Project: Volume III' from DGF, featuring one of Broadway's best known and loved composers/lyricists, Stephen Schwartz, chatting with Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home) about storytelling through song. Watch the interview below! (more...)

Honoring the Composers Who Soundtrack Our Lives
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

ASCAP honored our tremendously talented composers of TV, film and video game music at the Screen Music Awards on Tuesday, May 16. A who's who of scoring for screens small, silver and everything in between flocked to LA's historic Wiltern Theatre for a night of dazzling performances, tender tributes and appreciation for the musical masterminds behind America's favorite screen entertainment. (more...)

VIDEO: Megan Hilty Honors Stephen Schwartz with 'Corner of the Sky' Performance
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Screen and stage composing legend Stephen Schwartz was honored with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award. (more...)

BWW Review: Gripping and Beautiful HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Synetic Theater
by Pamela Roberts - May 17, 2017

Synetic Theater's 'beautifully disturbing' HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is gripping storytelling at its best. The wordless production conveys the epic tale with movement, spectacle, connection, and artistry. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephen Schwartz Honored at ASCAP Awards; Megan Hilty Performs 'Corner of the Sky'
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Screen and stage composing legend Stephen Schwartz was honored with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and celebrated with multiple live performances. Check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Raul Esparza, Jeremy Jordan, Patina Miller and More Celebrate Stephen Schwartz at Classic Stage Company's Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Gabriel Ebert, Raul Esparza, Ann Harada, Judy Kuhn, Jeremy Jordan, Patina Miller, Jason Sudeikis, George Takei, Broadway Inspirational Voices and many others headlined 'Musical Masterworks, The Music of Stephen Schwartz,' a gala benefit for Off-Broadway's esteemed Classic Stage Company last night, May 15, 2017, at Alice Tully Hall (1941 Broadway). The performance was directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, CSC's Artistic Director. BroadwayWorld has photos from the evening below! (more...)

The Musicalization of Animation: How Broadway Made the Big Screen Sing
by Nicole Rosky - May 13, 2017

In 1937, Snow White advised us to whistle while we work. In 1940, Jiminy Cricket taught us the power of wishing upon a star. Sleeping Beauty walked with us once upon a dream in 1959, and in 1967, Baloo gave us life lessons in the bare necessities. The stories we remember, but it's the songs from our favorite animated movies that have left an even deeper impression. (more...)

Ghostlight Records Celebrates Today's Release of A BRONX TALE At Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Ghostlight Records will celebrate today's cast album release date of the hit musical A BRONX TALE with a special in-store performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble on Friday, May 12 at 4:00 PM.  (more...)

Tickets on Sale for Upper Darby Summer Stage's 2017 Season, Featuring 'HUNCHBACK'
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Tickets go on sale on May 22 for the forty-second season of Upper Darby Summer Stage, and on July 5 the lights go up on the first of the season's seven musical theater productions. (more...)

Photo Coverage: A BRONX TALE Celebrates Cast Recording Release with CD Signing
by Jennifer Broski - May 12, 2017

Ghostlight Records celebrated its cast album release of the hit musical A BRONX TALE with a special in-store performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble this week. See all the photos from the event below! (more...)

Victoria Clark-Helmed Musical THE TROUBLE WITH DOUG Opens Tonight in Denmark
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

The Trouble With Doug, a new musical from award-winning writers Will Aronson and Daniel Mate, is receiving its European premiere at Denmark's Fredericia Theatre tonight, May 11th, through June 2nd. (more...)

BWW Review: TARZAN at PMT Anchored by Strong Performances, Lots of Rope
by Greg Kerestan - May 10, 2017

Disney's jungle tuner is all about stunts and spectacle, and PMT's production delivers both, with some spectacular singing thrown in. (more...)

Barn Theatre Announces 2017 Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Barn Theatre, Michigan's oldest professional summer theatre, under the artistic leadership of Brendan Ragotzy, announced today the 71st season of plays and musicals to be presented for the 2017 summer season at the landmark theatre. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz and More to Tribute Tyler Clementi with TYLER'S SUITE at Lincoln Center
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

On June 4 at 2PM, Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) will present Tyler's Suite at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in commemoration to the memory of Tyler Clementi, a young musician who died by suicide shortly after being bullied online by his roommate for being gay. (more...)

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, Starring Diana Huey, to Make a Splash Next Week at Pittsburgh CLO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO has joined forces with Kansas City Starlight to produce a 21-week tour of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, coming to the Benedum Center June 14-25. (more...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME to Ring the Bells at Barn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and Disney animated feature, The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Robert Newman playing June 13-25. (more...)

FREAKY FRIDAY, THE CRUCIBLE, 'HUNCHBACK' Headline PCPA's 54th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

PCPA plans a 54th season of world-rocking plays and musicals from November 2017 through September 2018. (more...)

Jason Alexander to Take the Stage in John Patrick Shanley's New Play THE PORTUGUESE KID at MTC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Just announced, Manhattan Theatre Club will produce the world premiere of The Portuguese Kid, a new play written and directed by Tony, Pulitzer Prize, and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley, presented as part of MTC's upcoming 2017-2018 season. (more...)

BWW Review: Weathervane Playhouse Polishes Up One of Schwartz's Forgotten Gems, CHILDREN OF EDEN
by Paul Batterson - Jun 4, 2017

If you pull out the magnifying glass and really search the fine print, you will find listed CHILDREN OF EDEN, the opening production of the Weathervane Playhouse's summer season. The two-and-a half-hour, two-act musical opened June 1 and runs through June 10 at the Playhouse (100 Price Street in Newark). (more...)

SISTER ACT Comes to The Bristol Hippodrome this August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

Jamie Wilson is delighted to announce casting for Curve's all new production of the hit musical comedy SISTER ACT, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood and opening at Bristol Hippodrome on Mon 7 - Sat 12 Aug 2017. (more...)

The Barn Players Plan Move to Downtown Kansas City in 2018
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

The Barn Players have announced the finalization of their plans to become a flagship tenant at the Arts Asylum. (more...)

Ralph Byers to Star as Benjamin Franklin in Musical Comedy MONEY TALKS Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Visceral Entertainment will present the World Premiere of the new musical Money Talks with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg, music by David Friedman and direction/choreography by Michael Chase Gosselin with musical direction by David Hancock Turner. (more...)

Nicolas Tabio Receives Bob Fitzsimmons Scholarship for Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

This year's recipient, of the Bob Fitzsimmons Scholarship is Nicolas Tabio, a senior at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY.  It will be awarded to him on Stage at Westchester Broadway Theatre on Thursday, July 6, 2017.  (more...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME to Swing Into San Jose This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

Children's Musical Theater San Jose (CMT San Jose), a nationally acclaimed theater company honored 10 times by the NEA and the oldest operating performing arts organization in San Jose, presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame directed by CMT Artistic Director Kevin Hauge and running July 28-August 6 at the historic Montgomery Theater (271 Market Street, downtown San Jose). (more...)

Blockbuster Musical MAMMA MIA! Added to Aurora Theatre 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

???????Here we go again, Aurora Theatre fans! Bringing audiences the biggest title ever produced by the North Georgia arts leader, the Aurora Theatre team unveils plans to present Mamma Mia! as part of the 2017-2018 Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series! Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, is set to run from March 8 - April 22, 2018. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Tomorrow for Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID at VTA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

Victoria Theatre Association's Premier Health Broadway Series will present Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, the under-the-sea spectacle swimming into the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center Aug. 8-13, 2017. Tickets for the timeless fairytale go on sale Wednesday, June 21. (more...)

SISTER ACT Returns To Manchester Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

Jamie Wilson is delighted to announce casting for Curve's all new production of the hit musical comedy SISTER ACT, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood and opening next month at Manchester Palace Theatre from Mon 24 - Sat 29 July. (more...)

American Theatre Wing, MTC, City Center and More Among NEA's Second Round of Grantees for 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

More funding is reaching theaters across the country as the National Endowment for the Arts announces its second round of grants for FY 2017. (more...)

Alex Bernstein Discusses Father's WEST SIDE STORY at International Thespian Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

West Side Story, is a perennial favorite, partly because it's inspired by Romeo and Juliet. The musical,  with concept and choreography by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Leonard Bernstein,  debuted on Broadway 50 years ago and was most recently revived in 2009.  (more...)

Moonlight Stage Productions Announces 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

For its 38th Summer Season in 2018, Moonlight Stage Productions will produce four shows that are new to its stage at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Wick Theatre
by John Lariviere - Jun 11, 2017

The Wick Theatre proudly presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film, the musical features music by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Wolverton. The stage version of Beauty and the Beast includes memorable new songs in addition to familiar ones from the animated version such as "Be Our Guest", "Gaston", and the title song "Beauty and the Beast". (more...)

Goodman Theatre to Expand Education Programs Next Year with 'Disney Musicals in Schools'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer announce that Goodman Theatre will expand its Education programming into elementary schools with a $100,000 grant from Disney to bring the "Disney Musicals in Schools" program to the Chicago area. (more...)

Diana Huey, Eric Kunze, Joey Barreiro, Matt Bogart, James Snyder and More Slated for Pittsburgh CLO's 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO celebrates 71 years of musical theater magic with an incredible line-up of musicals featuring a team of Pittsburgh CLO alumni and Broadway's very best artists. (more...)

Lyric Stage Celebrates 25 Years With Exciting Changes!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

The season opens September 29, 2017 with Dallas Divas and the Dallas Winds at Meyerson Symphony Center. Up next, from November 17-19, 2017 is the regional premiere of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame at The Majestic Theatre in Dallas. The season continues at The Majestic January 19-21, 2018 with the regional premiere of the new musical, Daddy Long Legs and concludes with Frank Loesser's classic Guys and Dolls at The Majestic June 8-10, 2018. (more...)

Casting Announced for Music Theatre Wichita's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Casting is announced today for Music Theatre Wichita 46th Season, 'Hollywood to Broadway,' featuring five lavish stage musicals inspired by films, including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hairspray, and the Kansas premieres of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Disney's Newsies.   (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): JOHN AND JEN's Lynch and Scott
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 28, 2017

Street Theatre Company continues its 2017 season with its production of Andrew Lippa's John and Jen - the sentimental and evocative tale of two siblings - starring Ryan Lynch and Jordan Scott in the eponymous roles, under the direction of Brett Myers. (more...)

Walt Disney Company Announces Lineup for This July's D23 Expo 2017
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has announced the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 Expo 2017, July 14–16. (more...)

AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Coming to Toronto This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

A once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an intimate evening of music and Broadway memories with Stephen Schwartz, the Tony, Oscar, and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist of the classic musicals Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell, the Walt Disney films The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, and Pocahontas, and the DreamWorks film The Prince of Egypt. (more...)

Beth Kirkpatrick Joins 'BECAUSE WE CARE' Planned Parenthood Benefit at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Beth Kirkpatrick has joined Because We Care: A Benefit for Planned Parenthood. (more...)

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