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Canon Theatre (Toronto, )
244 Victoria Street (faces 263 Yonge Street near Dundas)
Toronto,

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Based on the film by Mel Brooks

A New Mel Brooks Musical. Adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooksí 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics by Brooks and music by Brooks and Glen Kelly. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful.



The original production opened on Broadway on April 19, 2001, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, and ran for 2,502 performances, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards. It spawned a successful London production running for three years, national tours, many productions internationally and a 2005 film version.



Sound Theatre Company Announces 2017 Season of Women Playwrights
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Coming off their second win for Outstanding Theatre of The Year from the Gregory Awards, Sound Theatre Company announces their most compelling and relevant season to date. (more...)

Breaking News: Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll & More Will Join Laura Osnes and Corey Cott in BANDSTAND
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

The Producers of the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), have just announced that Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Joe Carroll (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella), Brandon James Ellis (Once), James Nathan Hopkins (What's It All About: Bacharach Reimagined), Geoff Packard (Matilda) and Joey Pero(Broadway debut) will join previously announced stars, Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella) and Corey Cott (Gigi). (more...)

New Musical SHIMMER to Showcase at the Edison Ballroom
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

During WWII, over 23,000 Jews landed in Shanghai seeking refuge from Nazi persecution. This rarely told, true and inspirational story now comes to life as an epic new musical, Shimmer.  (more...)

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance Calls for New Casting Guidelines on Use of Overseas Performers
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance is calling on other theatrical producers to follow the example of the Michael Cassel Group in adopting transparent guidelines for the engagement of overseas performers on Australian stages. (more...)

NO PAY, NUDITY, Starring Gabriel Byrne & Nathan Lane, on Digital Download, DVD & VOD 12/13
by Movies News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Following its 25 city U.S. theatrical monterey media is proud to announce the December 13th Digital Download, DVD & VOD release of Lee Wilkof's off-beat comedy NO PAY, NUDITY. (more...)

'A VERY GRANITE CHRISTMAS' Fundraiser Headed to the Twisted Vine
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

More than $3,000 in prizes will be raffled off at the Twisted Vine on Tuesday, December 6th from 5 to 9 p.m. to benefit Renaissance City Theatre, Inc. (RCTI), The Producers of year-round live theatre at Westerly's iconic Granite Theatre. (more...)

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN and More Set for Exeter Northcott Theatre's 2017 Spring/Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre has announced its exciting spring/summer 2017 season. (more...)

Photo Flash: Michael Feinstein, Neil Sedaka, Bill Nye, and Robert Picardo Visit CAGNEY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Cagney, the hit musical about James Cagney, currently plays at The Westside Theater, Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street, between 9th & 10th Aves). During Thanksgiving weekend, Michael Feinstein, Neil Sedaka, Bill Nye, and Robert Picardo visited the show. Check out photos below! (more...)

The Addams Family Are Coming to King's
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Samantha Womack, Les Dennis and Carrie Hope Fletcher will star as Morticia, Fester and Wednesday Addams in the UK & Irish premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY when the musical comedy arrives in Glasgow in October 2017. (more...)

Darren Criss to Serve as Multi-Platform Host Throughout NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE Broadcast!
by TV News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Darren Criss will be the conduit for the millions of fans watching NBC's monumental three-hour production on the network and as well as for those following the goings-on via Facebook Live. (more...)

Verdict Reached in JERSEY BOYS Copyright Infringement Case
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Case closed! According to Forbes, the jury has reached a verdict in a JERSEY BOYS copyright infringement case. The Nevada federal court ruled that because 'substantial portions' of the unpublished 'Tommy DeVito: Then and Now' were used in the musical's book, 10% is owed to Donna Corbello- the widow of the biography's author. (more...)

Denzel Washington to Be Honored at Santa Barbara Film Festival
by TV News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Denzel Washington is set to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the festival announced today. (more...)

Mayor Walsh & Billy Porter to be Honored at Huntington's SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULAR
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

 Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Tony Award-winning artist and Topdog/Underdog director Billy Porter will be honored with the Wimberly Award at the 2017 Spotlight Spectacular on Monday, April 24, 2017. The Huntington's festive annual event raises money to support the Huntington's programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives that reach more than 30,000 annually. (more...)

Washington Pavilion to Offer $20 Rush Tickets for RENT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

The Washington Pavilion is excited to announced that all three rows of the orchestra pit will be available for $20 for every performance of RENT, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical. The $20 tickets are available for in-person purchases at the Washington Pavilion Box Office, located at 301 S. Main Avenue on the day of each performance only, two hours prior to the show.  The $20 tickets are available for cash only purchases and are limited to two tickets per person.  (more...)

Scoop: 60 MINUTES on CBS - Sunday, December 11, 2016
by - Dec 9, 2016

Get all the scoop on 60 MINUTES, airing on CBS on Sunday, December 11, 2016! (more...)

National Tour of HAMILTON Comes to Minneapolis in 2018-2019 Season at the Orpheum
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Producer Jeffrey Seller and Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that the national tour of the Broadway musical HAMILTON will play in Minneapolis at the historic Orpheum Theatre as part of the 2018-2019 Broadway on Hennepin Season. (more...)

UK Dates and Casting Announced for TONIGHT FROM THE WEST END
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Dec 9, 2016

West End superstars John Partridge, Louise Dearman and Adam Garcia are confirmed for the 2017 Tonight From The West End UK dates. (more...)

Donna McKechnie and More Complete Cast of THE WILD PARTY at The Other Palace
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Full casting is announced today for Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party, which receives its first major London production at The Other Palace, playing from Monday 13 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, with a press night on Monday 20 February. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Memphis Regional Awards Update - Playhouse on the Square Winning Best Professional Theater Company!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Jacksonville Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. 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...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Omaha Regional Awards Update - Julie Fitzgerald Ryan, John E Jones and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Jacksonville Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. 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...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Orlando Regional Awards Update - WEST SIDE STORY Winning Best Musical!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Jacksonville Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. 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...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Baltimore Regional Awards Update - Amanda Spellman, Ben Whishaw in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Baltimore Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. 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...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Tallahassee Regional Awards Update - Lily Kaufmann, Alec Ruiz and More Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Tallahassee Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. 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...)

2016 BroadwayWorld West Virginia Regional Awards Update - ROCK OF AGES Winning Best Musical!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld West Virginia Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. 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...)

ANNIE to Play the Fox Theatre 3/17 ¬Ė 3/19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is proud to announce that the U.S. National Tour of¬†ANNIE, now in its third smash year, will play¬†five performances March 17 - 19, 2017¬†at the Fox Theatre as a special addition to the 2016/2017 season. Directed by original lyricist and director¬†Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new incarnation of the iconic Tony Award¬ģ-winning original. (more...)

Quartet of Hosts Named for Midwinter's First Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 8, 2016

Austin Jeffrey Smith, Taylor Tracey, Jenna Pryor and Julia Nettles will share the stage as co-hosts of 2017 Midwinter's First Night, set for Sunday, January 8, 2017, at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson. (more...)

STICK MAN Smashes Box Office Records, Extends Run at Leicester Square Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Following record-breaking sales across the UK tour and during a 6-week Christmas season at Warwick Arts Centre, Scamp Theatre have announced that the award-winning Stick Man's return to the West End has been extended. (more...)

CIRCUS 1903 to Bring 'The Golden Age of Circus' to Boston Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

In a world premiere event, The Producers of the world's biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, to present a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus has all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus, with an exciting new twist. CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus will play a one- week engagement at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, March 8-12, 2017.   (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Conservatory Offers Spring 2017 Classes for All Ages
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Ever wanted to try singing, improv or tap dancing? How about creating your own web series? The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts has just the class for you, with exciting spring classes taught by Broadway-caliber theater professionals beginning January 9. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Richard Kind Helps SHIMMER Shine at Edison Ballroom
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Dec 7, 2016

During WWII, over 23,000 Jews landed in Shanghai seeking refuge from Nazi persecution. This rarely told, true and inspirational story now comes to life as an epic new musical, Shimmer. On Tuesday, December 6, The Appeal of Conscience Foundation, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, Hengyuanxiang Drama and Phoenix Cultural Industry Development (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. presented a showcase presentation of the musical at The Edison Ballroom in Times Square, Manhattan. Actor Richard Kind (Broadway's The Producers, Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; television's 'Spin City,' 'Mad About You') offered introductory remarks prior to the presentation. (more...)

Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Winter Repertory & Festival Lineup
by Movies News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced its full lineup of repertory programs and festivals for the 2017 winter season, featuring a spotlight on Moonlight director Barry Jenkins (more...)

The Journey of HAIRSPRAY- From Screen to Stage and Back Again!
by Jeffrey Kare - Dec 7, 2016

Tonight, America shall be introduced to the fourth incarnation of Hairspray. The first was the 1988 original film, the second was the 2002 Broadway musical, the third was its 2007 film adaptation, and now the 2016 live television production on NBC. Hairspray takes place in Baltimore, Maryland in the year 1962, where we meet a plump teenage girl named Tracy Turnblad, whose lifelong dream is to dance on the local TV dance program known as The Crony Collins Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show and becomes an overnight sensation, she luanches a campaign to intergrate the show. As a Welcome to the 60's, let's go back to beginning to learn the history of the property itself. (more...)

Waggle Secures Seed Funding and Launches Ultimate Pet Content Community
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Waggle (www.waggle.tv), a new media company formed to publish original pet and animal content across multiple digital channels and platforms, formally launched today with new investments, consumer products, and partnerships. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dear Friends Celebrate Laura Benanti's Baby Shower at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

This weekend, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steve Baruch and the partners at Feinstein's/54 Below generously threw Broadway favorite, Laura Benanti, a baby shower!  (more...)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Presents LOST IN THE STARS, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in partnership with CAP UCLA, presents the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of LOST IN THE STARS Kurt Weill's powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid-era South Africa, on Saturday, January 28, 8 pm, and Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7 pm, at UCLA's Royce Hall.  (more...)

HE'S WITH ME to Host Web Series Binge-A-Thon This January
by TV News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Monday Morning Productions is hosting a binge-a-thon of its award-winning web series 'He's With Me'. Featuring a screening of the entire two-season, 21-episode series, live music and prizes, the event will be held in Queens, NY, where much of the show was shot. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 11/29/2016 - 12/6/2016
by - Dec 6, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 11/29/2016 - 12/6/2016. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON to Offer Ticket Lottery in Dallas This Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played sold-out and record-breaking engagements in 2014 and 2015 and won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour. The lottery begins Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District and plays a limited two-week engagement through Sunday, December 31, 2016.  (more...)

Broadway's Sierra Boggess to Tour Australia This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Broadway and West End music theatre star Sierra Boggess, will make her debut Australian tour from Saturday 3 June 2017, performing in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Announces Full Casting for National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards¬ģ, will play in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre for a two-week engagement¬†January 17 - 29. (more...)

Preview, On-Sale Dates Set for Paula Vogel's INDECENT on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The Producers of Indecent - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's newest work, one of the most acclaimed plays of 2016 when it debuted in New York Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre following productions at Yale Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse - have announced that the production will begin performances on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th St New York, NY), on April 4, prior to its official opening night on April 18. (more...)

Mel Brooks and Quincy Jones Will Be Feted at 15th Annual BACKSTAGE AT THE GEFFEN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The Geffen Playhouse will honor legendary Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning artists Quincy Jones and Mel Brooks at its 15th annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser, which honors the accomplishments of leaders in the artistic community and supports the theater's mission to produce original, quality works that inspire thought, evoke conversation, and engage the community in the live arts. (more...)

BWW Blog: Sebastian Trevino - Swing Life
by Guest Blogger: Sebastian Trevino - Dec 5, 2016

Mexican musical theatre, unlike the US', hasn't been around all that long. It's not just another theatre genre for you guys; it has actually helped shape and influence your pop culture! I mean, you guys blasted Age of Aquarius on your 1969 Ford Mustang radios when it was peaking five consecutive weeks on the US billboard charts even if you weren't a musical junkie. Fred Astaire was one of your biggest movie stars and heartthrobs. A leading man tap dancer on all the biggest tabloid magazines? That would've been unthinkable in machista Mexico. Fortunately though, American pop culture is so powerful, that it permeates the rest of the World's. So yeah, we've had a glimpse of all that musical theatre flare in our lives in someway or another, but since it's still a pretty undeveloped industry (compared to yours) in the southern neighboring country, it's not surprising my mom's reaction to me getting the male swing part in Rent Mx 2016 went something like this: 'Oh my god Sebastian, that's amazing! I'm so proud.' (Long pause) 'Swing. That's an interesting name for a character'… FML.  (more...)

Susan Egan Weighs in on HAMILTON Controversy in Response to Larry O'Connor
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2016

Following the curtain speech made by the Broadway cast of Hamilton to Vice President-elect Mike Pence that took over the Internet, the resultant aftermath included an article from Hot Air writer Larry O'Connor (formally known by the alias 'Stage Right') titled 'And this is why I was a closeted conservative when I worked on Broadway' (sic). (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 12/3/2016
by - Dec 3, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 12/3/2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Kevin Laughon
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 2, 2016

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Scoop: 60 MINUTES on CBS - Sunday, December 4, 2016
by - Dec 2, 2016

Get all the scoop on 60 MINUTES, airing on CBS on Sunday, December 4, 2016! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Laguna Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Panto's SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2016

Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Lythgoe Family Panto are thrilled to announce a very special holiday event, Cozi Zuehlsdorff ("Dolphin Tale" Films), Joely Fisher (Broadway: Cabaret, "Desperate Housewives"), Barry Pearl ("Grease"), The Book of Mormon's Benjamin Schrader, Jeff Sumner (Genie in Disney's Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular), "American Idol" finalist Vonzell Solomon and Conor Guzman (Pasadena Playhouse; The Fantasticks) starring in SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, book by Kris Lythgoe, choreography by Spencer Liff, musical supervisor Michael Orland, musical direction by Michael Sobie and directed by Linda Goodrich. "Last year's holiday confection returns with an all-new Lythgoe Family Panto event on our stage!" comments Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham. Remarks Becky Lythgoe, "We are delighted to be back at the Playhouse with our second show and with this extraordinary cast for a truly magical holiday show!" SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT will begin performances on Wednesday, December 7; will open on Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm and will run through Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.  (more...)

Tickets on Sale This Month for DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE in Winnipeg
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Broadway Across Canada announced today that individual tickets for the Winnipeg premiere of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage will go on sale Monday December 12 at 10am. (more...)

BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Sets Hearts & Brains Racing at Greek Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Dec 1, 2016

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