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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.



To Be Continued... Examining the History of the Broadway Sequel
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 27, 2017

'CATS 2: GRIZABELLA'S REVENGE'?, 'STILL WAITING FOR GODOT: THE SEQUEL'? Unlike successful films, which often spawn prequels, sequels and beyond, It's not often that you see a 'Part II' attached to the title of a cherished theatrical work. But that's not to say it never happens! (more...)

iLLA! A HIP HOP MUSICAL Headed to O'Neill Center's National Music Theater Conference
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Following a sold out "Best of Fest!" win at 2017's New York Musical Festival (NYMF), plus sold out runs in Ohio and Atlanta, iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical is headed to the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Music Theater Conference (NMTC) this July. (more...)

New Revival of SHIRLEY VALENTINE Comes to the King's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Willy Russell's heart-warming comedy Shirley Valentine premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm. Next week, a new production starring Jodie Prenger will run at the King's Theatre, Glasgow forming part of a major revival of the classic story. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Ethel Merman Doing Disco and More!
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 27, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Odd marketing, SNL does theatre, political correctness in musical theatre, Hal Prince tackles racism, and Ethel Merman sings Nirvana. (more...)

BWW Interview: & JULIET by Playwright Robert Caisley at NJ Rep 5/4 to 6/4
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 26, 2017

The new play, '& Juliet,' written by Robert Caisley and directed by Marc Geller will have its premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company from May 4th to June 6th. Broadwayworld.com interviewed Caisley about his career and the upcoming show. (more...)

Kenny Leon to Host 9th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition; Judges Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

The 9th Annual National August Wilson Monologue Competition, hosted by Tony Award Winning Director, Kenny Leon, with special musical performance by blues guitarist and storyteller, Guy Davis, will take place on Monday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). (more...)

Teaching Young Artists to Stage Area Premiere of CRY-BABY THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Drama Learning Center's professional training company for emerging young artists will present the area premiere of new Cry-Baby the Musical this June. (more...)

Scoop: REBECCA Trial Update; Testimony Today Throws Timeline Into Question
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

On the stand today in the trial was Ben Smith, an Australian property developer who at just under $2 million dollars has one of the largest stakes in the failed production. (more...)

Philly POPS Offers Free Tickets for MEMORIAL SALUTE Concert, 5/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

The Philly POPS announced today that Memorial Salute — Philadelphia's only concert in honor of Memorial Day — returns to the Mann Center on May 27, 2017 and the public may sign-up for FREE tickets. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON at the Washington Pavilion Announces Lottery Ticket Policy
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins May 3, 2017 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls and plays a limited one week engagement through May 7, 2017. In Sioux Falls, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece. Lottery tickets will be available for the following performances: May 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.; and May 6 and 7 at 2 p.m.  (more...)

Outer Critics Circle Nominations Announced: Hello, Dolly!, Anastasia, Groundhog Day and More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, will welcome Danny Burstein and Jane Krakowski to announce the nominees for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, April 25th (11AM) in the Oak Room at New York's renowned Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th Street). You can watch the announcement live below! (more...)

Elena Shaddow and Mark Evans to Lead MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced casting for the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Bank of America is the Major Sponsor of Mary Poppins. (more...)

BWW Interview: Billy Harrigan Tighe as J.M. Barrie in FINDING NEVERLAND on Tour
by Kathy Strain - Apr 25, 2017

As FINDING NEVERLAND prepares to make a stop in San Antonio, Texas, BWW chatted with Billy Harrigan Tighe who plays J.M. Barrie. Tighe shared with us the inspiration he received in portraying J.M. Barrie and what he continues to learn as he tours with FINDING NEVERLAND. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Virginia Rep's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Virginia Repertory presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast, now running through May 14, 2017. (more...)

Gardner & Wife Theatre to Present STUCK This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Gardner & Wife Theatre's STUCK will run 8 - 29 May 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Highlights of Virginia Rep's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Stage Tube - Apr 25, 2017

Virginia Repertory presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast, now running through May 14, 2017. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 4/18/2017 - 4/25/2017
by - Apr 25, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 4/18/2017 - 4/25/2017. (more...)

Casting Announced for St. Louis STAGES 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

STAGES St. Louis is proud to announce casting for its blockbuster 31st Season: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, The Musical, and South Pacific. According to Artistic Director Michael Hamilton, this season's exceptional talent "explores the triumphant powers of family, friendship, loyalty, and community in an ever challenging world." STAGES also announces the cast for its Theatre for Young Audiences production, the fantastical family adventure, Seussical. All subscription and single tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Infinite Variety Productions to Present BEYOND THE ETCHINGS at The Kraine Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Infinite Variety Productions will present a special Memorial Day performance of Beyond the Etchings, directed by Jessica Schechter, on Monday, May 29 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) at 8pm. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Purple Carpet for Opening Night of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
by Walter McBride - Apr 24, 2017

The new Broadway musical Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened just last night at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). BroadwayWolrd was on hand for the special night and we're taking you to the red purple carpet below! (more...)

Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with Broadway Arts Camp Co-Founder, Alexis Carra
by West of Broadway - Apr 24, 2017

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will Armstrong sits down with Broadway Veteran and Co-founder of Broadway Arts Camp, Alexis Carra to discuss her journey from Broadway to Hollywood. Alexis also shares some stories from backstage and on set as well as her motivation behind her love of teaching and why her and her partner Chryssie Whitehead founded this west coast musical theater camp. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Golden Ticket Holders Win Entry to the CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Opening Night Party!
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Apr 24, 2017

For those who were lucky enough to land a golden ticket last night, the party continued after the curtain down for opening night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The new Broadway musical celebrated a Wonkafied opening at Pier 60 and BroadwayWorld is taking you inside the festivities below! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winning Producer, Sue Frost
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 24, 2017

Sue Frost is one of the most inspirational producers working on Broadway. In addition to her indefatigable generosity, Sue is one of the theatre's loudest advocates for new musicals. In addition to the Tony Award winning Memphis, Sue also produced MAKE ME A SONG, FIRST DATE, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, and one of Behind the Curtain's favorite musicals, this season's COME FROM AWAY. Sue pulls back the curtain on her career, including how a train ride to Washington DC cemented her journey, what was the impetus to produce COME FROM AWAY, and why she refunded 1,506 people in one night! Also, Sue walks us through the process of producing a new musical!  (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp
by Elliot Lanes - Apr 24, 2017

Today's subjects, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, are most commonly associated with one particular Broadway show ¬Ė Rent. This Friday night, April 28th, you can see them join forces once again at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, and it promises to be a really good time. It may also introduce you other aspects of their theatre lives since that groundbreaking 1990s musical. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Comes from Away to Chat with Jenn Colella
by Theater People Podcast - Apr 24, 2017

On Monday, April 24 the Theater People podcast welcome's COME FROM AWAY star Jenn Colella. For the episode, Colella recounts her experience with the new Broadway musical--based on true events--from winning the role to meeting and befriending her real-life counterpart. She also shares fascinating stories from her previous work on Broadway. (more...)

REBECCA Producers Have Officially Lost Rights to Bring the Ill-Fated Musical to Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

According to Deadline, it was revealed in an opening argument that, after years of postponements, producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Florenza have indeed lost the rights to the musical. (more...)

Red Carpet Roundup: BWW Hits the Purple Carpet at Opening Night of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The new Broadway musical Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently in performances at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) and officially opened last night, April 23, 2017. BroadwayWorld correspondent Richard Ridge was live on the purple carpet, and we've got all the action for you below! (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Returns to Minneapolis; Tickets On Sale 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, with Hennepin Theatre Trust, are proud to announce MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is returning to Minneapolis as the final presentation of the 2016-2017 Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin Season July 11-16, 2017 at the historic Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Avenue., Minneapolis). (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Factory is Open! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Company Takes Opening Night Bows!
by Walter McBride - Apr 24, 2017

The factory is open! The new Broadway musical Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened just last night at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). We're taking you inside the opening night curtain call below! (more...)

Step Right Up! Step Right Up! CIRCUS 1903 Makes North Texas Debut!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

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 bring a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park May 23 - June 4, 2017, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. This North Texas premier has all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus, with an exciting new twist. (more...)

Meet the Sweet Company of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 23, 2017

The new Broadway musical Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently in performances at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) and officially opens tonight, April 23, 2017. Scroll down to get to know the company before tonight's opening bows! (more...)

HAPPY DAYS, Starring Dianne Wiest, Starts This Weekend at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

A friendly reminder! Theatre for a New Audience presents the Yale Repertory Theatre production of Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Happy Days, beginning this Sunday, April 23. Two-time Academy Award-winner Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets over Broadway) plays Winnie, widely considered modern drama's pinnacle female role, alongside Jarlath Conroy, who plays Willie, directed by Yale Repertory Theatre Artistic Director James Bundy. (more...)

Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, and Hadley Fraser to Star in Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph and Hadley Fraser will lead the cast of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein - the classic comedy musical based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit movie - which opens in the West End on Thursday 28 September at the Garrick Theatre. (more...)

Scoop: 60 MINUTES on CBS - Sunday, April 23, 2017
by - Apr 21, 2017

Get all the scoop on 60 MINUTES, airing on CBS on Sunday, April 23, 2017! (more...)

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Will Release Cast Recording in June; Rush Policy Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Producers Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions announced today that a new block of tickets for Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will go on sale on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10AM for performances through Sunday, April 22, 2018. Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is currently in performances at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), officially opens Sunday, April 23, 2017. (more...)

DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE to Samba Into Ruth Eckerd Hall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Ruth Eckerd Hall presents Broadway's Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage on Friday, May 5 at 8 pm, Saturday, May 6 at 2 & 8 pm and Sunday, May 7 at 2 & 7 pm. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

VIDEO: Get A First Look At CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 21, 2017

The new Broadway musical Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently in performances at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) and officially opens Sunday, April 23, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a sweet first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Morning Brief April 21st, 2017 - 'CHOCOLATE FACTORY' Opens Its Gates on Broadway!
by Jessica Khan - Apr 21, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! This weekend's big news: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY officially brings sweet songs to Broadway on Sunday! (more...)

Jef Miles Drop Highly Anticipated Banger 'Black Rose'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Continuing with their ability to produce ground breaking, intrinsically individual music, Jef Miles return with 'Black Rose'. (more...)

ALLEGIANCE's Marcus Choi Completes Cast for NICK AND NORA at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

As previously announced, Tony Award-winners Barry Bostwick and Joanna Gleason will reunite and revisit Nick and Nora in a one-night-only concert presented by FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, on May 2nd, 2017. Feinstein's now announces that Allegiance star Marcus Choi (Wicked, Sweet Charity and more) will join the company as Yukido (replacing original star Thom Sesma who continues his run in Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company) with Daniel Walstad as Max Bernheim. (more...)

Jake Gyllenhaal-Led SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Will Get Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The Producers of the hit Broadway revival of New York City Center's production Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, announced today that the show will live on past its critically acclaimed, sold-out limited engagement, with a cast album to be released this summer by Warner Music Group. (more...)

Hello, Broadway! Meet the Cast of HELLO, DOLLY!, Opening Tonight
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 20, 2017

The revival of Hello, Dolly opens tonight on Broadway, starring Bette Midler and featuring a star-studded cast. The Broadway revival of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman's masterpiece Hello, Dolly! is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle. Get to know the cast before they take their opening bows! (more...)

Stephanie Trudeau to Sing Chavela Vargas in 'THINK OF ME' at Pangea
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Trudeau will unveil the piece May 15 at Pangea Supper Club, 178 Second Ave. (East Village), accompanied by her arranger, David Lahm on piano and by Ben Lapidus on guitar and percussion. (more...)

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF Starring Imelda Staunton to be Screened at Ridgefield Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

James Macdonald directs a new production of multi Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's landmark play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Starring Olivier and Bafta award-winning actress Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance); Olivier award-winner Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, Stones In His Pockets, The Producers); Olivier award-winner Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fortitude, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots, in her West End debut (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre and Me And Orson Wells). (more...)

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at the Hippodrome - An Homage to Musical Theatre
by Charles Shubow - Apr 20, 2017

A stellar cast establishes SOMETHING ROTTEN! as a 'Must See Musical'! (more...)

Centenary Stage Co. Presents Mel Brooks' Instant Classic YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster musical comedy, Young Frankenstein. Presented by Centenary University and Centenary Stage Company's all student NEXTStage Repertory,Young Frankenstein will run April 27 through May 7 in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performance Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University. (more...)

WAITING FOR GOD Starts First UK Tour Today with Collections for Age UK
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Jeffrey Holland stars as Tom Ballard and Nichola McAuliffe as Diana Trent in the premiere stage production of the BAFTA-nominated WAITING FOR GOD which begins a 12 week UK tour this week. (more...)

Celebration Theatre Present the Third and Final Show in its 2016-2017 Season! CABARET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Celebration Theatre presents under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, the third and final show in its 2016-2017 season, CABARET, book by Joe Masteroff  (based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood), music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Anthony Zediker and directed by Michael Matthews.  CABARET will begin previews on Friday, May 26 at 8pm; will open on Friday, June 2 at 8pm and perform through Sunday, July 2 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

BWW Review: Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Thrilling INDECENT Recalls A Case of Broadway Censorship
by Michael Dale - Apr 19, 2017

Passion, as it applies to the need to create and communicate through artistic endeavors, is a word that can be overused. Certainly countless numbers derive immense pleasure from their participation in the arts, and may even feel an uncontrollable need for it. But to continue on despite the risk of losing your freedom, or even being killed for it... that is a display of passion. (more...)

'Hollywood Movie Night with Karlie Kloss' & More Among Programming Announced at Freeform Upfront
by TV News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

At Freeform's upfront presentation opened by Iliza Shlesinger ('Truth & Iliza') held in New York today, The Walt Disney Company's millennial-focused television network announced a bold and robust programming lineup built around top talent, premium original content and prominent Disney properties (more...)

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