Mac-Haydn Theatre to Raise Its Voice with SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Mac-Haydn is raising its voice with SISTER ACT. (more...)

ASU Gammage Record-Breaking Broadway Season Delivers $100M to the Valley Economy
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

The ASU Gammage 2015-2016 Desert Schools Broadway Across America/ Arizona season that wrapped up this summer resulted in an estimated $100 million of economic impact for the Valley of the Sun during its fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016. (more...)

Cast Changes Announced For West End's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by Marianka Swain - Aug 8, 2016

As the smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA heads towards its 30th birthday at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End, Ben Forster continues to star as 'The Phantom' alongside Celinde Schoenmaker as 'Christine Daae' and Nadim Naaman as 'Raoul'. (more...)

Laura Osnes Reveals Dream Role - Marian in THE MUSIC MAN!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

She's already taken on such iconic roles as Sandy, Cinderella, and Nellie, but Laura Osnes has another classic role in mind for the future. During a recording of the Theater People Podcast this weekend, the two-time Tony nominee revealed her dream role - 'Marian the Librarian' in THE MUSIC MAN. (more...)

Broadway Couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson Set for P-Town, Martha's Vineyard
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, MA, has announced that Audra McDonald, the historic six-time Tony-winner and star of Broadway's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill," "Porgy and Bess," "Ragtime," "Master Class" and TV's "Private Practice," will perform for Broadway @ Town Hall in Provincetown on August 21 for one show only at 8:00 pm, and will also perform for Broadway @ The Performing Arts Center on Martha's Vineyard on August 22 at 8:00 pm for one show only. (more...)

TNC's 2016 Dream Up Festival to Present WORLD AND MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival presents, 'Words And Music'. (more...)

Ilan Galkoff Joins BUMBLESCRATCH at the Adelphi Theatre; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

As previously announced, there will be a special Gala Charity Concert of Robert J. Sherman's new musical Bumblescratch at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 4 September 2016 at 6.30pm. (more...)

Charlotte Wakefield And Jos Vantyler Join The UK Tour Of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
by Edward Baker - Aug 3, 2016

Music & Lyrics and West Yorkshire Playhouse are delighted to announce Charlotte Wakefield in the role of Truly Scrumptious and Jos Vantyler in the role of the Childcatcher in the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, when the production arrives in Edinburgh this October. The tour continues until 4 February 2017. (more...)

Cassandra Murphy to Lead EVITA at Cabrillo Music Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

For the first time in its history, EVITA, this revolutionary Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical is being produced by Cabrillo Music Theatre.  (more...)

Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder Announces 2016 Program and Speakers
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

?The Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder announces the speakers and schedule for the second-annual event, featuring 50 sessions with world-renowned authors, speakers and musicians from across the globe, with sessions and topics for the every age and interest. (more...)

BWW Review: Jeff Harnar Dazzles A Sold-Out Metropolitan Room With An Engaging Revival of His '1959 Broadway Songbook'
by Victoria Ordin - Aug 23, 2016

When a show at the Metropolitan Room starts over thirty minutes late because the staff is frantically trying to find chairs and room for the better part of New York's cabaret community, you know you're in store for something truly special. And unless there's a chair thief on the loose in Flatiron who doesn't like Broadway, someone clearly oversold this show and/or lost track of comps; this was extremely vexing with a heat advisory in effect. Still, the mood was festive in anticipation of Jeff Harnar's 1959 Broadway Songbook, the 12th installment in Stephen Hanks' impressive (and increasingly well-known) New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits series. Harnar's show premiered 25 years ago at the Algonquin's Oak Room. Two years later, PBS filmed the collaboration with musical director Alex Rybeck, whose arrangements honor the original compositions but reimagine them in sometimes astonishing ways, making them genuinely creative acts. (more...)

BWW Blog: Bob Marks - Building Your Book of Audition Songs
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - Aug 23, 2016

Even when an audition provides specific music to be prepared, you might be asked to 'bring your book.' Every performer requires a collection of songs that are ready to be sung at a moment's notice. In our industry, your 'book' is a physical binder that holds all of these songs, and is also the term for this repertoire of pieces that you have mastered and can perform with little or no preparation. (more...)

Light Opera Works to Stage LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITS
by TV News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Light Opera Works will present LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITS, October 7 through 16 at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

CABARET Set as the Next Production at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

'What good is sitting alone in your room. Come hear the music play' when the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre features the musical Cabaret as the next production. Set to begin Friday, August 26, the musical continues through Sunday, September 4 with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Celebrate the End of Summer with a Swedish Crayfish Party at IKEA Stores
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

As summer comes to an end, IKEA will host its annual Swedish Crayfish Party - an all-you-can-eat crayfish buffet - on Friday, September 16 at participating stores nationwide**. The Crayfish Party is a Swedish tradition that dates back to the 1800's, when crayfish fishing was limited to August and September. To celebrate the beginning of crayfish fishing season, families and friends would host late summer parties - gathering in paper hats and colorful crayfish-themed bibs - to enjoy good food and good company amongst The Sound of Music and clinking classes. (more...)

Shawn Verrier, Jeanine Robinson, Adam Cantor and More Complete CHARLIE AND ALGERNON Cast at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

The 1980 musical based on the beloved novel Flowers For Algernon will come to life again for one night only at Feinstein's/54 Below on September 16. (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC to play San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Single tickets for the brand new production of¬†The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award¬ģ winner Jack O'Brien,¬†go on-sale¬†on¬†Thursday, September 1. This lavish new production will make its San Jose premiere¬†November 8-13, 2016¬†at the Center for the Performing Arts (255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose) as part of a North American tour. (more...)

Andi Alhadeff to Perform at AFTER HOURS: ORIGINS Cabaret 8/22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2016

Join ArtsWest as your favorite Seattle performers sing the songbooks of the artists who inspired them, from Carole King and Alanis Morrissette to Freddie Mercury and Stevie Wonder. Hosted by Artistic Director Mathew Wright, these one-night only events feature four of Seattle's brightest stars: Kirsten DeLohr Helland, Frederick Hagreen, Jimmie Herrod, and Andi Alhadeff. These performers are at the forefront of musical theatre in Seattle-artistic talent behind smash-hits like Lizard Boy (Seattle Rep), Green Day's American Idiot (ArtsWest), and The Sound of Music (5th Avenue Theatre), just to name a few. (more...)

The Metropolitan Room Present LEE SQUARED: AN EVENING WITH LIBERACE AND MISS PEGGY LEE 9/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2016

Liberace lived a life of flamboyance, sparkle, and lavish costumes. In this funny and touching tribute, the virtuoso musician gets one last chance to glitter and shine as he tickles the ivories through his favorite songs. Miss Peggy Lee is beyond description. New York City favorites David Maiocco and Chuck Sweeney will reprise their iconic performance as the legends who defined four decades of music and pop culture. (more...)

4th Wall Theatre Kicks Off 2016-17 Season With TRUE WEST
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

4th Wall Theatre Company (formerly Stark Naked Theatre Company) opens its 2016-2017 season on September 9th  with Sam Shepard's Tony-nominated masterpiece, True West-a modern American classic exploring themes of sibling rivalry, art as commerce, and what it means to 'be a man.' Like a runaway train, this dark comedy about two brothers and their mutual resentment takes audiences on a thrill ride into the dark side of the human psyche, with laughs and unexpected moments of revelation along the way.  In its world premiere, the San Francisco Chronicle noted that True West is "clear, funny, naturalistic. It's also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic.  If that sounds contradictory, you're on to one aspect of Shepard's winning genius-the ability to make you think your watching one thing while at the same time he's presenting another." (more...)

Jinkies! Cast Set for SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES at the London Palladium
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Jinkies! The all-new family musical, SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES presented by Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Life Like Touring, announces the cast for its West End debut. (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, NIGHT OF STARS with Patti LuPone and More Set for Kravis Center's 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Curtain's up. Light the lights. Strike up the band. Roll out the red carpet - the upcoming 25th anniversary season of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will offer a nonstop series of audience-dazzling performances by show biz legends and super-hot headliners throughout the upcoming 2016-2017 season - an exciting and unforgettable array of international artists and stage shows, from every discipline from rock to pop to classical music, from Broadway to Hollywood to Nashville, from your TV screen and iPhone, and from some of the world's hippest nightclubs and most impressive concert halls. (more...)

Berkshire Theatre Group's FIORELLO! Will Be Musical's First Full-Scale Off-Broadway Revival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) has just announced its sold-out production of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Fiorello! will transfer to Off-Broadway's East 13th Street Theater (136 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues), home of Classic Stage Company. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre Presents 3rd Annual Dance Marathon - August 12 - 13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Cabrillo Music Theatre announces its' 3rd Annual 24-hour DANCE MARATHON! This exciting community fundraising event aims to unite marathon contestants of all ages and abilities, your favorite Cabrillo cast members, and local businesses for 24 hours of dance, Zumba, Stretch, music, food, prizes and special guests!  (more...)

Stage Traffic Productions Announces Premiere of New Musical THIS LITTLE LIFE OF MINE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

The World Premiere of This Little Life of Mine will run at Park Theatre for a limited season from 4 October - 29 October, with press night on 5 October. This brilliant, brand new production will run in Park90, and will be the first musical drama to examine the real lives of modern Londoners, with the pressure of high expectation and the worry of underachieving.  (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Week for THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

The hills are alive! Tickets go on sale for the brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien on Friday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. This lavish new production runs Dec. 13-18 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center as part of a North American tour. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Ogunquit's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 10 to September 3.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)


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Laura Benanti to Pen Book of Humorous Essays, Due Out in 2017
by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

The Tony nominee reveals that she suffered from terrible morning sickness throughout her first trimester of pregnancy. During the toughest days during that time, Benanti was starring in the Broadway revival of SHE LOVES ME. (more...)

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Finds Cast; Comes to Marcus Center Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Work Light Productions, producer of the Tony Award-winning musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, has announced casting for the national tour launching in September 2016. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool), Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). (more...)

Full Company Set for BTG's Off-Broadway Transfer of FIORELLO!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Today, BTG is thrilled to announce the complete and final casting of this exciting revival - the first ever full-scale New York City and Off-Broadway revival of the hit musical! (more...)

Tony Nominee Laura Benanti to Make Cafe Carlyle Debut This September!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

BroadwayWorld has confirmed the great news that Laura Benanti will make her Café Carlyle debut this September. (more...)

Laura Benanti, Ana Gasteyer, Christine Ebersole and More Headed to The Carlyle This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel has announced Cafe Carlyle's fall 2016 season, which features the venue debuts of Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti and actress/singer Ana Gasteyer; as well as the return of audience favorites Christine Ebersole, Judy Collins (with special guest Ari Hest), John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey, and Steve Tyrell. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre's 2016 Annual Benefit: Some Enchanted Evening: A Musical Revue of Broadway Classics
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

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The Pheasantry Announces September Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

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I SING THE RISING SEA to Make World Premiere at Virginia Stage This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Commissioned through Virginia Stage Company's American Soil Series, I Sing the Rising Sea is a story of special regional interest written by the coauthor of Frog Kiss, Eric Schorr. In collaboration with ODURep, it tells the sweeping story of sea level rise that flows through generations and across continents - from the shores of Virginia to Japan and Antarctica. Scientists, soldiers, poets, and lovers strive to understand and master the power of the oceans that connect us all. (more...)

Photo Coverage: SISTER ACT at Mac-Haydn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Mac-Haydn is raising its voice with SISTER ACT. The Mac-Haydn Theatre heads back to the 1970s with this hysterical hit, based on the blockbuster movie starring Whoopie Goldberg. (more...)

Disney's 101 DALMATIONS Returns to the Children's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

A large part of The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's goal has been to bring entertainment for all ages to the Frederick stage.  The area's only year-round producing theatre has done just that with its popular Children's Theatre.  Opened in 1996, Way Off Broadway's Children's Theatre produces shows the entire family can enjoy.  In the beginning, it produced original musical stage adaptations of classic fairytales.  (more...)

Tatyana Lubov and Hayden Stanes Waltz Into CINDERELLA on Tour; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Work Light Productions, producer of the Tony Award-winning musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, has just announced casting for the national tour launching in September 2016. (more...)

BWW Preview: 2016-2017 Theatre Season Guide - Full of Promise - We Review, You Decide!
by Herbert Paine - Aug 15, 2016

A full and diverse menu of theatrical offerings for young and old and every persuasion is on tap for the 2016-2017 Season in the Phoenix region. It is reflective of the evolution of the performing arts in the Valley of the Sun. Lots ~ old and new, comforting and provocative, comedy and drama ~ for the savvy theatre-goer to see and assess. (more...)

Johanna Allen sings THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Stormy Weather, The Man That Got Away, Blues in the Night, Get Happy, One for My Baby, Paper Moon and Somewhere Over the Rainbow… enjoy hit after hit by Harold Arlen in Johanna Allen's The Songs That Got Away at Glen Street Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Takes On A New And Dramatic Look
by Barry Lenny - Aug 15, 2016

This production has it all. (more...)

LIZARD BOY THE MUSICAL to Make San Diego Debut at Diversionary Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Three best friends from Washington got together and decided to make a musical. The rest is history - or at least it will be when the cast of LIZARD BOY makes their San Diego debut at Diversionary Theatre this September. (more...)

Single Tickets on Sale Next Month for ASU Gammage's 2016-17 Broadway Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Single tickets for ASU Gammage 2016-2017 Desert Schools Broadway Across America/Arizona season including BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROL KING MUSICAL and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS are set to go on sale September, 12 at 10 a.m. at the ASU Gammage box office, asugammage.com and ticketmaster.com. (more...)

ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA Comes to DeVos Performance Hall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony¬ģ Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play at DeVos Performance Hall for a limited engagement fromSeptember 27th through October 2nd. Tickets for CINDERELLA are available now at the Broadway Grand Rapids box office at 122 Lyon St NW or at the DeVos Performance Hall box office located at 303 Monroe Ave NW. Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting www.broadwaygrandrapids.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 616-235-6285. (more...)

Congrats! Tony-Winner Laura Benanti Makes Major Personal Announcement
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 11, 2016

Today, beloved star of stage and screen, Laura Benanti made a major announcement on her Instagram account. Congratulations to Benanti and her husband Patrick Brown! Benanti won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in the Patti LuPone-led revival of GYPSY. She also received nominations for performances in SWING!, INTO THE WOODS, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, and SHE LOVES ME.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Patrice Munsel
by Walter McBride - Aug 11, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, opera star Patrice Munsel, died last Thursday in her New York Adirondacks home after a brief illness. She was 91. (more...)

Patrice Munsel, Opera Star Who Crossed Over Into Musical Theatre, Dies at 91
by Michael Dale - Aug 10, 2016

The coloratura soprano achieved remarkable notoriety when at age 18 she became the youngest singer ever to debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. (more...)

Starry PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Starts Tonight at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse tonight, August 10 to September 3. (more...)

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