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In The Season of HAMILTON, Best Musical Nominee BRIGHT STAR Takes a Leap Of Faith Towards Tony Night
by Michael Dale - May 9, 2016

With the chance for a Tony win looking far out of reach, the struggling musical tries building box office momentum with its five nominations. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for New Musical GROUNDHOG DAY at the Old Vic
by Marianka Swain - May 9, 2016

Full casting is today announced for the world premiere of the new musical GROUNDHOG DAY, which previews at the Old Vic from July 11 with a press night on August 16. Carlyss Peer will play Rita Hanson, alongside the previously announced Andy Karl in the role of Phil Connors. Eugene McCoy plays cameraman Larry, and the ensemble cast includes Leo Andrew, David Birch, Ste Clough, Roger Dipper, Georgina Hagen, Kieran Jae, Julie Jupp, Andrew Langtree, Vicki Lee Taylor, Emma Lindars, Antonio Magro, Carolyn Maitland, Kirsty Malpass, Lisa Mathieson,  Jenny O'Leary, Leanne Pinder, Mark Pollard, Damien Poole, Jack Shalloo, Andrew Spillett and Spencer Stafford. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 8
by Audition Roundup - May 8, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 8, 2016 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WEDDING SINGER at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
by Melissa Giordano - May 4, 2016

In spite of what you may have heard or read about this show from its 2006 Broadway incarnation, The Wedding Singer is certainly an enjoyable time. Who doesn't love 1980's campiness? Not only that, the Tony nominated stage version stays very true to the hilarious Adam Sandler movie particularly with the dialog. (more...)

Adventure Stage Chicago Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), a Northwestern Settlement (the Settlement) program, announces its 2016 - 2017 season. Kicking off its thirteenth season, ASC continues its commitment to new work and original storytelling in the spirit of service and community-building. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Nominees- SHE LOVES ME's Laura Benanti
by Walter McBride - May 27, 2016

On May 4, the 2016 Tony nominees flocked to the Paramount Hotel, where they met with the press for the first time since getting the big news. BroadwayWorld will be bringing you coverage from the epic day over the next month (so watch out for lots more), but for now, check out photos of Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Musical nominee for She Loves Me, Laura Benanti, as captured by Walter McBride! (more...)

Photo Flash: New FROZEN Stage Musical Premieres at Disney California Adventure Park
by TV News Desk - May 27, 2016

FROZEN LIVE AT THE HYPERION, a new theatrical adaptation based on Disney's animated blockbuster film, opens May 27 at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park in Southern California. (more...)

Casts of JERSEY BOYS, WICKED, BEAUTIFUL & More Set for WEST END LIVE 2016
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

West End LIVE with MasterCard takes place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016. Celebrating its 12th year, the free musical extravaganza showcases the best of the West End. Attracting crowds of more than 500,000 people over the course of the weekend, West End LIVE with MasterCard is the largest event of its type in the world. (more...)

Disney's ALADDIN Now Booking in the West End Into 2017!
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

With 315 hours of rehearsals now complete; 68 tonnes of scenery hung at the Prince Edward Theatre; and 337 custom-designed, hand-made costumes created from over 1,225 varieties of fabric, adorned with millions of Swarovski crystals, Disney's new musical Aladdin will begin previews in the West End tonight. (more...)

Victoria Theatre Association Adds ELF THE MUSICAL, RAIN & More to 2016-17 Projects Unlimited Star Attractions
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Victoria Theatre Association announces the addition of several titles to the 2016-2017 Projects Unlimited Star Attractions. New titles include the return of humorist author DAVID SEDARIS and popular Beatles tribute band, RAIN. In addition to the previously announced ELF THE MUSICAL, illusionist MIKE SUPER joins the Star Attractions lineup. Tickets will be available (see below for dates) at Ticket Center Stage, located in the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, by phone at 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630, and online at www.ticketcenterstage.com. (more...)

Way Off Broadway to Host Princess Breakfast 2016, 8/13
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Way Off Broadway has announced that it is once again time for all of the young princesses in the land and their families to come together for this year's Princess Breakfast, The Fairytale Forest Fashion Show. This special family event will be held on Saturday morning, August 13th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the theatre. (more...)

Triangle Rising Stars Awards Finalists Announced; Ceremony Set for 6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Along with Theatre in the Park, Playmakers Repertory Company and ABC 11, Durham Performing Arts Center is thrilled to present the culmination of this year's Triangle Rising Stars program announced from a record number of applicants. The Triangle Rising Stars Live Showcase and Awards show will take place at DPAC on Monday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. starring the student finalists from Triangle-area high school musical productions. Triangle Rising Stars is a non-profit education initiative created in 2010 to celebrate high school theater students who participate and excel with wide -ranging talents in their musical productions. Triangle Rising Stars is a regional qualifying program for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA). (more...)

Open Book: ALADDIN's Chad Beguelin Finds A Whole New Way To Deliver An Old Favorite
by Michael Dale - May 23, 2016

The bookwriter of ELF, ALADDIN and The Wedding Singer says you can't just write a carbon copy of the source. (more...)

ALADDIN's Alan Menken Chimes In His Choices For The Next Disney Film On Broadway
by Michael Dale - May 20, 2016

Three of his Disney musicals have transferred from film to stage. Which do you think should be next? (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID to Swim into TOCAP This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Now Cabrillo Music Theatre brings this amazing story to life with THE LITTLE MERMAID, live on stage! This is not simply a children's show - it's a brand-new fully-developed Broadway musical, in the spirit of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LION KING, and MARY POPPINS, and Cabrillo Music Theatre's production will be the first in the region! (more...)

BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - One Singular Sensation X3
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

On Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending my school's Society of the Arts induction ceremony. It honors women who have graduated from our school and gone on to Broadway or have successful jobs in the Arts. I enjoyed hearing stories of past productions at my high school that took place on the stage that I am performing on today. After the ceremony, I had the pleasure of asking three of the honorees, all past theatre students, one question: What would you tell your high school theatre self now after achieving your goals? (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's Final Installment of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY Set for 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

? Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final 2015 - 16 installment of Chicago's hit new musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. This edition, conceived and directed by Michael Weber and Chris Carter with music direction by Nick Sula, hosted by James Earl Jones II and featuring a cast of Chicago's hottest emerging artists, takes a journey through the best of Broadway's 1949 musical season via rare multi-media visuals, songs, trivia games and sing alongs in New Faces Sing Broadway 1949, Tuesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. Tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for ALADDIN at Prince Edward Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 18, 2016

Ahead of its West End premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre, rehearsal images for ALADDIN have been released today. The new Disney musical previews from May 27, opening on June 15, and is booking till October 1. Dean John-Wilson stars as Aladdin, alongside Jade Ewen as Jasmine, Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas as Genie, Don Gallagher as Jafar, Peter Howe as Iago, Irvine Iqbal as the Sultan, Nathan Amzi as Babkak, Stephen Rahman-Hughes as Kassim and Rachid Sabitri as Omar. (more...)

Emerson Collins to Star in BUYER AND CELLAR at Laguna Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham is thrilled to announce the sixth and final show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season, Emerson Collins starring in BUYER AND CELLAR, written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Larry Raben. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: A Whole New World! Watch ALADDIN's Set Rise at London's Prince Edward Theatre
by Stage Tube - May 17, 2016

Disney Theatrical Productions' West End premiere of ALADDIN, based on the classic Academy Award-winning animated film, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre on Wednesday 15 June 2016, with previews from Friday 27 May. In anticipation of its first performance, the production has unveiled a new timelapse video showing the building of the set - check it out below! (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for May 16-22, Featuring Laura Benanti, Matthew Morrison, and More!
by Louisa Brady - May 15, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Victoria Shaw: 'Under the Covers' With Special Guests Matthew and Gunnar Nelson; Laura Michelle Kelly at 54 Below; A Celebration of Laura Benanti Starring Laura Benanti and Friends; Matthew Morrison at 54 Below; and Julia Mattison IS Ruby Manger: Springtime For Ruby - A Farewell Engagement. (more...)

Matthew Morrison, Laura Benanti Celebration and More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Next week, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

Ann Harada and More Set for FUNKED UP FAIRY TALES as Part of New Musicals at 54
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The NEW MUSICALS AT 54 series will present FUNKED UP FAIRY TALES by Kirsten Childs at Feinstein's/54 Below on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (more...)

Elena Shaddow, Jason Gotay, PJ Benjamin, Kevin Cahoon & More Join The Muny's 98th Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Following its initial casting announcement in April, The Muny announced today additional principal cast members for its spectacular 98th season. The 2016 Muny season opens with The Wizard of Oz followed by 42nd Street and The Music Man. The season includes the premieres of the popular Mel Brooks comedy, Young Frankenstein and world-wide megahit, Mamma Mia!, and closes with Fiddler on the Roof and Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. (more...)

VIDEO: How Many Broadway Hits Can You Spot In SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s 'A Musical'?
by Michael Dale - Mar 31, 2016

A new video of the Broadway showstopper highlights the musical theatre classics referenced. (more...)

VIDEO: 'Today's Al Roker & Natalie Morales Cameo in Broadway's ALADDIN
by TV News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Below, check out Natalie and Al's preparation for their Broadway debuts as well as video from the actual performance! (more...)

North Coast Repertory Theatre to Present WAY DOWNRIVER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

A flood of Biblical proportions on the mighty Mississippi provides the dramatic backdrop to this gripping, edge-of-your-seat adventure. Adapted by Edward Morgan from the William Faulkner short story, 'Old Man,' WAY DOWNRIVER reveals an unlikely pair of souls who are bound together by the forces of nature. With honesty and humor, they struggle to overcome their fears and prejudice in order to survive their harrowing experience. You won't want to miss this exciting West Coast premiere. (more...)

Adam Sandler & Friends to Bring 'The Do Over Tour' to Mohegan Sun Arena, 5/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

One of the biggest movie stars on the planet is bringing a few of buddies with him out on the road this spring for a select number of very special live comedy performances.  Adam Sandler, along with friends David Spade, Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson, are headlining The Do Over Tour live in Mohegan Sun Arena on May 27th at 7:30pm, the same day Netflix is releasing their film of the same name. (more...)

YOU ON THE MOORS NOW to Launch The Hypocrites' 20th Anniversary Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

The Hypocrites has announced its 20th Anniversary Season, featuring five dynamic productions, including a world premiere musical adaptation and two Chicago premieres. The company is also thrilled to launch a new play development initiative, with its first-ever new play commissions. (more...)

Photo Flash: Adam Sandler Attends ALADDIN on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, is now in its third smash year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street). Adam Sandler attended the musical over Easter weekend and posed for a picture backstage with stars Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) and Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart (Genie). Check it out below! (more...)

BWW Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's COWGIRLS is Distinctive
by Tyler Hinton - Mar 28, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company's revival of COWGIRLS, two decades after it premiered off Broadway, is a strong production of the unique show. (more...)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Rock Victoria Theatre, 4/8-9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Victoria Theater Association's Projects Unlimited Star Attractions presents the national tour of the Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, inspired by the electrifying true story, April 8-9, 2016 at the historic Victoria Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at Ticket Center Stage, by calling 937-228-3630, toll-free 888-228-3630 or online at www.ticketcenterstage.com. (more...)

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour Cast to Host BC/EFA Benefit in St. Louis
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Members of the cast of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY national tour Lucy Horton, Amy Linden, Bryan Welnicki, Cole Burden, Mary Callanan, Caitlin Houlahan, J Michael Zygo, John Campione, Tom Treadwell, Cullen Titmas, Brad Greer, and Jessica Sheridan will perform at the Curtain Call Lounge (521 North Grand Blvd.) on Monday, April 11 at 7PM to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (BCEFA). Doors to the event will open at 6 p.m. (more...)

Farewell AMERICAN IDOL! BWW Looks Back on Contestants Who Made It to Broadway
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 6, 2016

As we say good-bye to this history-making television series, BWW takes a look back at former contestants who made it to the Great White Way! (more...)

New Musical EXPOSURE to Play in Concert with Matthew Morrison at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below will host EXPOSURE in Concert, featuring Matthew Morrison and an exciting line-up of Broadway stars performing selections from the powerful new musical conceived and created by Cathy Nathan, with original music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna, musical direction by Doug Peck, and photography by Sandro.  (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Emmy-Nominated Choreographer Spencer Liff
by Theater People Podcast - Apr 4, 2016

On Monday, April 4th, the Theater People podcast welcomes Emmy nominated choreographer Spencer Liff. As a performer, Liff made his Broadway debut at age 11 in the musical BIG. He went on to appear in The Wedding Singer, CRY BABY, EQUUS, and  9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, taking on more and more responsibility along the way. He was the Associate Choreographer and Dance Captain for CRY BABY, and was the Dance Captain on EQUUS.  (more...)

Disney's ALADDIN to Launch New Digital Lottery Policy Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, will convert its in-person lottery into a digital lottery for a limited number of $30 tickets to every performance via AladdinTheMusical.com/lottery. (more...)

Party Like It's 1985 with THE WEDDING SINGER at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Bright Colors. Big Hair. Bigger Hearts! North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre is proud to rewind to the 1980s with their final production of the 2015-2016 season, The Wedding Singer: THE MUSICAL, which runs May 27th-June 12th, 2016. (more...)

Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, David Yazbek and More Set for May at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

This May, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. Scroll down for the full lineup! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Inside the Music of FROZEN - LIVE AT THE HYPERION
by Stage Tube - Apr 23, 2016

Ahead of FROZEN's highly-anticipated Broadway debut, a new musical based on Disney's animated blockbuster film will open at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park on May 27, 2016. You can catch a sneak peek of the recording session with the show's musicians now by watching the video below! (more...)

Pennington Players to One-Night-Only Performance of SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

The Pennington Players are pleased to announce a one-night only special event performance of Jason Robert Brown's song cycle, Songs for a New World, on Saturday evening, May 21, 2016 at 8:00PM.   (more...)

Broadway's an Open Book: Bookwriters From ON YOUR FEET!, TUCK EVERLASTING, ALADDIN, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, JERSEY BOYS and DISASTER! Talk About Creating Musicals
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

Writers seeking fame and recognition are generally advised to steer clear of the task of writing books for Broadway musicals. Regarded by theatre insiders to be perhaps the most vital, yet most underappreciated element of a successful musical, the book oftentimes receives the least credit when a musical's a hit, but is the first thing blamed if it's a flop. (more...)

Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre to Continue Season with THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre continues its 2016 Season with the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening Friday, May 6th. (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...)

Jon Lovitz Coming to Comedy Works South, 5/13-15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Emmy nominated, Jon Lovitz is one of the best-known names in comedy for his work over the past 30 years.  (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN! to Celebrate First Anniversary on Broadway with Series of Bard-Centric Events
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Something Rotten!, the ten-time Tony Award-nominated smash hit musical comedy, will celebrate its first year on Broadway with a series of events next weekend in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616. (more...)

Arnie Burton, Emily Robinson, Jon Tenney and Jennifer Westfeldt to Lead BIG SKY World Premiere at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Great news tonight! Geffen Playhouse has just announced a starry cast for its world premiere production of BIG SKY, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros. (more...)

Forest Whitaker to Host PERFORMERS4PEACE Concert at 42West; Lesli Margherita, Constantine Maroulis & More to Appear!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Untitled Theatricals announced today that Academy Award, Golden Globe Award & BAFTA winner and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace & Reconciliation, Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Butler, Bird, Broadway's Hughie) will host the Performers4Peace benefit concert Monday, May 9, 2016 at 8pm at 42West (514 West 42nd Street www.42west.com), featuring performances by Broadway artists to support the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative's work in peace and community building.  (more...)

Way Off Broadway to Present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre continues its 2016 Season with the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening Friday, May 6th. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Michael Arden & More Will Celebrate Laura Benanti in WE LOVE HER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

On May 16 (9:30PM) Center On The Aisle (#COTA) will present 'We Love Her,' a celebration of one of Broadway's foremost - and its funniest - leading ladies, Tony winner Laura Benanti (currently starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of She Loves Me). Conceived and hosted by #COTA's editor-in-chief, and frequent guest on NBC Weekend Today in New York, Steve Schonberg, the night will feature a cast of Benanti's friends and fellow stars who will celebrate this incredible talent with songs and stories from her career (Into the Woods, Gypsy, The Wedding Singer, ABC's Nashville, and more) - and of course, her most 'favorited' Tweets. (more...)

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