MAMMA MIA! and THE LITTLE MERMAID Highlight CCP's 2016 Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 29, 2015

Recent Broadway hits Mamma Mia! and The Little Mermaid - along with the 23rd year of the downhome-flavored Smoke on the Mountain - are among the highlights of the 2016 season at Crossville's Cumberland County Playhouse, which was announced during a Wednesday morning press conference at the Playhouse in the midst of its 50th anniversary season. (more...)

Cumberland County Playhouse's 2016 to Feature MAMMA MIA!, THE LITTLE MERMAID & More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

Whatever type of entertainment escape audiences are looking for, Cumberland County Playhouse's 2016 Season offers something for everyone. From a magical chocolate factory to an underwater kingdom, to a romantic Greek island - and a dozen other locales - the Playhouse's new season promises to be its most exciting yet. 'We're thrilled to announce next year's lineup,' said Associate Producing Director Bryce McDonald. 'It's filled with some of the biggest titles to have appeared on Broadway in recent years. We've also secured the rights to new titles by the authors of some of the Playhouse's biggest hits, along with bringing back the perennial favorites, Smoke on the Mountain and A Sanders Family Christmas.' (more...)

TV'S FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS: A PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA SPECIAL Airs on FOX, 12/7
by TV News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

TV'S FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS: A PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA SPECIAL is set to air Monday, Dec. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (more...)

Fox Sets 'TV'S FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS' Special for December
by TV News Desk - Oct 22, 2015

TV'S FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS: A PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA SPECIAL is set to air Monday, Dec. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The two-hour special will honor the 40 most iconic, beloved and groundbreaking animated stars who have influenced generations of fans, created new dictionary entries (D'oh!), broken down barriers with irreverent social commentary and, most importantly, made us laugh. (more...)

J. Bernard Calloway to Star in DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

BroadwayWorld can officially report the complete cast and creative team for The Old Globe's 18th annual production of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, starring J. Bernard Calloway in the title role! (more...)

J. Bernard Calloway to Star in DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

BroadwayWorld can officially report the complete cast and creative team for The Old Globe's 18th annual production of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, starring J. Bernard Calloway in the title role! (more...)

FOX to Present Paley Center Special TV's FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS, 12/7
by TV News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

The Paley Center for Media is excited to announce a two-hour special that will honor the 40 most iconic, beloved, and groundbreaking animated stars with their TV's FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS: A PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA SPECIAL (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards Update 11/27 - Ben Tajnai, Phil Stepanski Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 27, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee, WI Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

J. Bernard Calloway Stars in DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, Opening Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

The Old Globe's 18th annual production of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, starring J. Bernard Calloway in the title role, opens tonight, November 12, 2015 and will run through December 26th. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at RED at Westport Country Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Westport Country Playhouse will open its 2016 Season with two Tony Award-winning plays staged in repertory, 'Art' and 'Red,' with each play alternating daily, now through May 29. 'Art' by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, and 'Red' by John Logan, will be directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. Each of the plays is about art: making it, owning it, the anguish of creating it, and the ache of believing in it. BroadwayWorld has a first look at 'Red' below! (more...)

THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD, AIDA and More Set for Hale Centre Theatre's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Hale Centre Theatre, Utah's professional family theater, officially unveiled its 2017 entertainment season that will begin a new era of year-round, non-stop productions in its new 130,000 square-foot performing arts center in Sandy City. (more...)

EVITA, ANYTHING GOES & More Set for Broadway Palm's 24th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Broadway Palm is proud to announce its 24th Season which includes eight main stage productions, five productions in The Off Broadway Palm, four Children's Theatre productions, and five concerts. Individual tickets go on sale June 1, 2016.  (more...)

Scoop: BATTLEBOTS - Preview Special on ABC - Sunday, June 12, 2016
by - May 23, 2016

Get all the scoop on BATTLEBOTS - Preview Special, airing on ABC on Sunday, June 12, 2016! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: The Cast of the Ill-Fated NERDS Reunites at BROADWAY SESSIONS!
by Ben Cameron - May 13, 2016

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Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/7/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 7, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Playco Announces THE WILDNESS Idea Lab Programming
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

The Play Company's (PlayCo) Idea Lab series complements the productions in their 2016 season by bringing together artists, scholars, writers and community leaders for stand-alone events to examine themes raised in the shows. Following performances of the world premiere of The Wildness, a co-produced with Ars Nova, Playco will present three post show events over three Thursdays, March 3, 10 & 17. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/28/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 28, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Returns to The Public in HEAD OF PASSES, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

The Public Theater presents the New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by TarellAlvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season, HEAD OF PASSES officially opens tonight, March 28, in the Newman Theater and runs through Sunday, April 17, 2016. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/21/16: Spring is Here!
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 21, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Critic's Choice: This Weekend's Openings...'And All That Jazz'
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 17, 2016

Shows are opening, shows are closing and the newly reimagined national tour of The Phantom of the Opera continues its run at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center this weekend. Theater in Tennessee continues its fast-paced run through 2016 with a number of new openings this week, thanks to Bongo After Hours Theatre, Nashville Rep, Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Circle Players and more - and Cumberland County Playhouse, Arts Center of Cannon County, Street Theatre Company, Lakewood Theatre Company and ACT 1 continue runs of their latest shows - to give you even more opportunities to celebrate the magic of live theater in the Volunteer State! And on Monday night, The Chicago Talking Machine Company premieres its first Nashville show at the Centennial Black Box Theatre. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Returns to The Public in HEAD OF PASSES, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

The Public Theater presents the New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by TarellAlvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season, HEAD OF PASSES begins previews tonight, March 17, in the Newman Theater and runs through Sunday, April 17, with an official press opening on Monday, March 28. (more...)

Dear Friends! Meet the Full Cast of SHE LOVES ME, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Mar 17, 2016

Laura Benanti (Amalia), Zachary Levi (Georg), Gavin Creel (Kodaly), Michael McGrath (Sipos), Jane Krakowski (Ilona) and Byron Jennings (Maraczek) star in Roundabout's new Broadway production of SHE LOVES ME, directed by Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Paul Gemignani. SHE LOVES ME officially opens tonight, March 17, 2016, and runs through July 10, 2016 at Studio 54 on Broadway. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch interviews with the cast! (more...)

ProArts' THE NERD Opens 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

ProArts is proud to present the second show of its Spring season, "The Nerd", written by Larry Shue. One of the funniest plays ever written, this extraordinarily inventive, side-splitting comedy was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, then in London, and then on Broadway. The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam-the visitor turning out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid 'nerd' who outstays his welcome with a vengeance. (more...)

Critic's Choice: If Life's A Cabaret, Why Aren't You At The Theater?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 10, 2016

Winter's apparently over - it's in the mid-70s, balmy and windy, as we write this - and even before Spring pops up all over, there's an amazing amount of good theater to be found in the Nashville area. In fact, there's so much to choose from that you have absolutely no excuse staying alone in your room. Instead, in the wise and wonderful words of Sally Bowles, life is a cabaret and you're far more likely to find that out in the darkened confines of a theater, where magic and mayhem is bound to happen. (more...)

The Windham Theatre Guild Presents BECKY'S NEW CAR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The Windham Theatre Guild is proud to present a refreshingly new dramady…Becky's New Car by Steven Dietz, opening Friday, February 12th at the Burton Leavitt Theatre. (more...)

THE NERD to Bring on the Laughs at Norris Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Palos Verdes Performing Arts continues its 33rd season with the comedy, The Nerd, January 22-31 at the Norris Theatre on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Larry Shue's inventive, side-splitting farce about a socially inept nerd has been called one of the funniest plays ever written. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lambs Players Present THE NERD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2016

Lambs Players will present Larry Shue's The Nerd, now through February 21. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards Winners Announced - Nova Y. Payton, Phil Stepanski and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 13, 2016

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 70 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2015 Milwaukee Awards winners. Highlights include Nova Y. Payton for her role in DREAMGIRLS at Milwaukee Rep, Alexander B. Tacoma who wins 'Best Costume Design' for DREAMGIRLS, and Phil Stepanski winning 'Best Actor in a Play' for The Nerd at Sunset Playhouse. Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse to Host Benefit Reading of New Play by Lisa Lampanelli
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

'Fat Girls, Interrupted,' a hilarious yet heartfelt new play by two-time Grammy-nominated comedian/author Lisa Lampanelli, will receive a reading on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m., at Westport Country Playhouse. Lampanelli has requested that proceeds benefit The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport, CT. (more...)

Robert Joy & More Round Out Cast of Public Theater's HEAD OF PASSES with Phylicia Rashad
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season, HEAD OF PASSES begins previews on Tuesday, March 15 in the Newman Theater and runs through Sunday, April 17, with an official press opening on Monday, March 28. (more...)

Scoop: TV'S FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS on FOX - Monday, December 7, 2015
by - Dec 7, 2015

Get all the scoop on TV’S FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS, airing on FOX on Monday, December 7, 2015! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards Update - Ben Tajnai, Phil Stepanski Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee, WI Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

STAR WARS' Mark Hamill's Broadway Career: The Elephant Man, Mozart and a Musical Theatre Pioneer
by Michael Dale - Dec 3, 2015

Believe it or not, Mark Hamill has appeared in more Broadway shows than STAR WARS movies. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee, WI Awards - Last Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2015

Happy Holidays! It's the last week to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee, WI Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

Scoop: TV'S FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS: A PALEY CENTER SPECIAL on FOX - Thursday, December 24, 2015
by TV Scoop - Dec 21, 2015

Get all the scoop on TV'S FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS: A PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA SPECIAL, airing on FOX on Thursday, December 24, 2015! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards Update - Liz Pazik, Nova Y. Payton Tied!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 18, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee, WI Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

HCTO's THE NERD Begins 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

WILLUM CUBBERT is given a surprise visit by a fellow ex-GI named RICK, who saved his life in Vietnam, but whom he has never met. To WILLUM's dismay, RICK is a nerd, whose bizarre behavior throws his long-suffering host's life for a loop. To maintain his sanity, WILLUM must now concoct an equally bizarre plan to get his unpleasant houseguest to leave. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards Update - Ben Tajnai, Phil Stepanski Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 11, 2015

Voting is fully underway for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee, WI Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 11. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Cast Announced for THE NERD, Coming to Lamb's Players Theatre This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

Lamb's Players announced casting for their upcoming production of The Nerd by Larry Shue, running from January 8th - February 14th at Lamb's Players Theatre, Coronado. (more...)

WinterWorks 2016: A Festival of New One Act Plays Begins in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

American Renaissance Theater Company will present WinterWorks 2016: A Festival of New One Act Plays, three programs of intimate new plays in The Shop @Cap 21 from January 5 thru 18. The Festival offers eleven works running in rep that, each in its own way, deal with life's beginnings and endings and how they transform us. (more...)

TUTS to Welcome Back A CHRISTMAS STORY - The Musical This Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) welcomes the clever adaptation of the 1983 comedy classic A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL to the stage from December 8 - 20, 2015 in Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. A beloved tradition, TUTS' annual holiday main-stage production is one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season. (more...)

Critic's Choice: People to See, Shows to Do
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 7, 2016

Shows are opening, shows are closing and Fiddler on the Roof is back onstage for Actors Pointe Theatre Company while Tom Sawyer takes a bow at Springhouse Theatre in Smyrna! Obviously, the 2016 theater season continues to reveal itself at a breakneck pace, giving audiences a veritable buffet of offerings from which to choose. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 4/4/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 4, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

From the Balcony: The Ultimate Phan Performs One Night Only 4/18 at Davenport's
by Louisa Brady - Apr 3, 2016

From the Balcony: The Ultimate Phan will play one night only on Monday, April 18, 8 PM, at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret,1383 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago.  Performer Jason M. Hammond will debut his one-man show about his life-long obsession with Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. Tickets are available by calling (773) 278-1830 or by visiting davenportspianobar.com. (more...)

Scoop: BATTLEBOTS *PREVIEW SPECIAL* on ABC - Tuesday, May 10, 2016
by - Apr 25, 2016

Get all the scoop on BATTLEBOTS *PREVIEW SPECIAL*, airing on ABC on Tuesday, May 10, 2016! (more...)

BWW Invite: Attend SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversation with the Cast of SHE LOVES ME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

On Tuesday, April 26 (1pm), join us for a Career Conversations with Danielle Brooks currently starring in The Color Purple, moderated by BroadwayWorld.com's Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge!' The event will take place at The New School - University Center (63 Fifth Avenue). (more...)

ABC to Present BATTLEBOTS Season 2 Preview Special, 5/10
by TV News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

The epic robot-fighting tournament BATTLEBOTS is back for season two this summer and kicks off with a preview special entitled “BattleBots: The Gears Awaken,” on TUESDAY, MAY 10 (more...)

HEAD OF PASSES, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Extends Again at the Public
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Public Theater announced an additional one-week extension today for the New York premiere of Head of Passes, part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 4/11/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 11, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse to Open 2016 Season with ART and RED in Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Westport Country Playhouse will open its 2016 Season with two Tony Award-winning plays staged in repertory, "Art" and "Red," with each play alternating daily, from May 3 through May 29.  "Art" by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, and "Red" by John Logan, will be directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.  Each of the plays is about art:  making it, owning it, the anguish of creating it, and the ache of believing in it.   (more...)

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