The Wiz on Tour


Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Revisits ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the fourth season of Chicago's hit "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, music by Burton Lane, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and based on the book Berkeley Square by John L. Balderston with direction by Lili-Anne Brown, musical direction by Andra Velis Simon and starring Sharriese Hamilton and Karl Hamilton. Porchlight Revisits On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 9 through Thursday, May 11 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Marry Me a Little (previews begin Friday, April 14) at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets are $35. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Weber that discusses that evening's production including the show's creative history, backstage gossip and the state of the art on Broadway that season. Single tickets are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays presents NOMINEE NIGHT 5/23
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

 Pride Films and Plays will again host its annual Nominee Night cabaret showcasing many of the musical theater performers nominated in the Non-Equity Jeff Awards. The nominees were announced on April 24 and the awards will be presented June 5, 2017 at the Atheneaum Theatre. This year's cabaret will for the first time be performed in the Broadway, Pride Arts Center - the new home the company acquired in summer 2016. The theater is located at 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. Audience members will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a door prize drawing for $400.00 in airfare from Southwest Airlines. (more...)

BWW Interview: SCHOOL OF ROCK Newcomer Emily Borromeo Talks Her TV Series, Diversity and the Path to Broadway
by MATTHEW BLANK - May 8, 2017

An interview with Emily Borromeo, making her Broadway debut now in SCHOOL OF ROCK! (more...)

Humphry Slocombe Creates Limited Edition 'Tim Tam Slam' PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Ice Cream Flavor
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

For those who are fans of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, ice cream, Australia, over-the-top flamboyant costumes and gay musical theatre - do we have a new ice cream flavor for you! (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2017 Rising Star Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

As one of the nation's leading professional theaters and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows to Broadway. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Offering $5 Lottery for BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Playwrights Horizons begins accepting entries today, Monday, May 8 at 12 Noon, for the LIVEforFIVE online lottery for $5 tickets to their world premiere production of BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE, a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Obie Award winner Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Playwrights, Miracle Brothers). (more...)

Guy Lockard Joins Broadway Vets for BROADWAY AT W
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

Chicago's new hit concert series BROADWAY AT W welcomes Guy Lockard as special guest host on Monday, May 8th in the exquisite W Chicago- City Center Living Room. Lockard will lend his hosting and vocal talents for the concert beginning at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm. W Chicago- City Center 172 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603. (more...)

Stars of Paramount's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Sign on for BROADWAY AT W at W Chicago-City Center
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

The Stars of Paramount Theatre's newly mounted and vibrant production of Jesus Christ Superstar have signed on to perform for Broadway at W at W Chicago- City Center. (more...)

Refuge Theatre Project's THINGS TO RUIN: THE SONGS OF JOE ICONIS Coming Up at Exit Chicago
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

The two-year-old Refuge Theatre Project, whose High Fidelity: The Musical is with eight nominations one of the top nominees in the upcoming non-Equity Jeff Awards, will continue its 2017 season with Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis, playing May 12 - June 18, 2017. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 24, 2017
by - May 24, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 24 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir to Perform PAPER MILL SINGS Concert at NJ's Hamilton Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is thrilled to announce a special performance on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 8:00pm featuring the 2017 Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir in their fully-staged concert event 'Paper Mill Sings' at the Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamiton Street in Rahway, NJ. (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir to Perform PAPER MILL SINGS at Hamilton Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is thrilled to announce a special performance on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 8:00pm featuring the 2017 Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir in their fully-staged concert event 'Paper Mill Sings' at the Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamiton Street in Rahway, NJ. This song and dance extravaganza will feature production numbers from popular Broadway shows including Newsies, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, The Wiz, A Bronx Tale, Disney's High School Musical, Annie, Sister Act, and more. The program will also feature pop favorites from Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, ABBA and Pentatonix. This is the second year of Paper Mill Playhouse's featuring its newest ensemble Voices of Paper Mill, which will be performing 'extreme acapella' in the style of the recent 'Pitch Perfect' films. The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is sponsored by Overlook Medical Center. (more...)

Tony-Winners James Monroe Iglehart & Lillias White to Lead THE FUNKENTINE RAPTURE at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

On Monday, June 19th at 7 P.M. & 9:30 P.M. at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street), Tony Award-Winners James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton) & Lillias White (Fela!, Netflix's "The Get Down") with Eric LeJaun Summers (Kinky Boots, Motown), Lawrence Clayton (The Color Purple) and Charity Angel Dawson (Waitress) bring back the funk in the concert performances of The Funkentine Rapture, Music & Lyrics by Lee Summers, Book by Lee Summers and Ben Blake. (more...)

The New, Improved Musical, 'Be A Lion' Returns For Its Fourth Season!
by Vickie Evans - May 24, 2017

The Musical, 'Be A Lion', written by award-winning playwright, Rory D. Sheriff, a spin-off similar to 'The Wiz', returns to Duke Energy Theater, Better Than Ever! What happens after The Wizard and Dorothy leaves Oz? The Emerald City is in a state of lawlessness and in dire need of a new leader. The Lion steps up to the plate and develops a campaign to become the next leader of Oz. (more...)

Photo Flash: Nominees Announced for 2017 Broadway Global Producer of the Year
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Broadway Global has announced the nominees for the 2017 Producer of the Year. The 2016 winners, Cathy Rigby McCoy & Tom McCoy, the first woman and first couple ever chosen as Producers of the Year (we couldn't honor one, without the other). Cathy & Tom, chosen unanimously by the Board of Directors, are the very definition of the Broadway Global mission statement. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Inside Broadway to Honor Kate Burton and Ramin Karimloo with 2017 Broadway Beacon Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Celebrating its landmark 35th anniversary season, on Monday, June 12 at their annual Broadway Beacon Awards Gala at The JW Marriot Essex House (160 Central Park South), leading NYC arts education nonprofit Inside Broadway (Executive Director, Michael Presser) will honor Tony and Emmy Award nominated actress Kate Burton (currently starring in the Tony Award nominated revival of Present Laughter) and Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo (currently starring in the Tony Award Nominated musical Anastasia), as well as Tino Gagliardi, president of Local 802 American Federation of Musicians, the largest union of professional musicians in the world. (more...)

Photo Flash: Refuge Theatre Project presents THINGS TO RUIN
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

The two-year-old Refuge Theatre Project, whose High Fidelity: The Musical is with eight nominations one of the top nominees in the upcoming non-Equity Jeff Awards, will continue its 2017 season with Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis, playing May 12 - June 18, 2017. (more...)

Announcing the 2017 Dazzle Awards Recipients
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

With the aim of inspiring performance and recognizing the importance of musical theater and arts education in Northeast Ohio high schools, Playhouse Square proudly held its second annual Dazzle Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 20. The Dazzle Awards are affiliated with the National High School Musical Theatre Awards ('The Jimmy Awards') presented by The Broadway League Foundation. (more...)

ALADDIN's Clifton Davis Joins A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

Aladdin's Clifton Davis will be joining Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A BROADWAY MUSICAL on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

3-D Theatricals Presents Reimagined R&H Classic OKLAHOMA
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2017

Known for stylish award-winning productions and their signature flair for bringing to the stage thoughtfully reimagined interpretations of musical theatre spectaculars, 3-D Theatricals of Los Angeles and Orange County takes on Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!... with a new point of view. (more...)

2017 Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors Announce Nominees
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

The Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors announced today the 2017 nominees who will compete in front of a panel of nationally recognized judges on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts.  (more...)

Lyric Stage Adds Two More Productions to 2017-18 Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the final two plays to complete the 2017-18 Season, Spiro Veloudos' 20th Season as Producing Artistic Director. (more...)

Danyel Fulton Signs on for 'BECAUSE WE CARE' Planned Parenthood Benefit
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Danyel Fulton joins the cast of 'Because We Care: A Benefit for Planned Parenthood' at Feinstein's/54 Below on May 15th. (more...)

The New Musical HIT HER WITH THE SKATES Opens This Weekend at Rahway's Hamilton Stages
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

The new musical, Hit Her with the Skates, by Christine Rea & Rick Briskin, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Brandon Ethridge and choreography by Gina Ventura, will get a pre-New York developmental production at Hamilton Stage (UCPAC, Rahway, NJ) from May 12 - 27, 2017.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting www.hhwts.com. (more...)

Jason Graae to Lead A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

Internationally acclaimed cabaret artist Jason Graae will be taking the lead role in Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A BROADWAY MUSICAL on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: 2017 Triangle Rising Star Awards
by Jeffrey Kare - May 17, 2017

For the second year in a row, I had the great pleasure of attending the Triangle Rising Star Awards at the Durham Performing Arts Center. This regional competition brings together high school musical theater students from Central and Eastern North Carolina to perform and compete for the chance to represent the Triangle in The National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City this summer on June 26th. The national competition celebrates outstanding student performances in high school musical productions from all over the United States. (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir to Perform Tunes from NEWSIES, A BRONX TALE and More in Morristown
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

ThePaper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir brings their fully-staged concert show "Paper Mill Sings" to the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre on Sunday, May 21, at 3:00 p.m. (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: From HAMILTON to HANSEN, Music Man Alex Lacamoire Is Back for More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 17, 2017

On the heels of his work on the Tonys juggernaut of 2016, Alec Lacamoire has shifted gears from Hamilton to Hansen, earning a Tony nomination for Best Orchestrations. Below, watch as he reveals why he believes in the importance of this story, and how he keeps cool during awards season.  (more...)

Delisfort, Harrington, and Sajous Join Upscale UPTOWN, a Cocktail Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based non-profit, will feature live entertainment from Broadway performer Christina Sajous (American Idiot, Holler If Ya Hear Me) and jazz pianist Willerm Delisfort (Willerm Delisfort Project), and food from chef Alycia Harrington (Houseman, Dirt Candy) at Upscale Uptown, a Cocktail Fundraiser on Monday May 22nd. (more...)

10 ON TUESDAY with Veronica Garza
by M. William Panek - May 16, 2017

This week's 10 ON TUESDAY participant - recent Jeff Award nominee for her duel roles in Underscore Theatre Company's Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera, Veronica Garza! (more...)

BWW Interview: Amy Toporek of HIT HER WITH THE SKATES at Hamilton Stage
by Leigh Scheps - May 16, 2017

The new musical, Hit Her with the Skates, by Christine Rea & Rick Briskin, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Brandon Ethridge and choreography by Gina Ventura, opened last weekend at Hamilton Stage (UCPAC, Rahway, NJ) from May 12 - 27, 2017. BroadwayWorld's Leigh Scheps talks with star, Amy Toporek, about her involvement with the show since inception plus what it's like performing on stage with Broadway's John Treacy Egan. (more...)

Broadway Guest Artists Announced for Musical Theatre Preparatory Program!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Learn from Broadway stars this summer at Playhouse on Park! Broadway actors Douglas Lyons and Jason Gotay visit the Playhouse as guest teaching artists for the Musical Theatre Preparatory Program. Running from July 10-July 21, this two week full-day intensive musical theatre program introduces and prepares young actors (3rd-8th grade) for future training and/or performance in music, dance and theater. Additionally, both Lyons and Gotay will hold evening master classes for ages 16 and up.    (more...)

Laura Benanti & More ft. in New Documentary on MARY POPPINS High School Productions
by TV News Desk - May 15, 2017

NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, takes to stages across the Garden State in a new documentary that captures the vitality and diversity of the local high school arts community. I CAN'T... I HAVE REHEARSAL premieres Wednesday, May 17th at 8pm on NJTV (check local listings). (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with BROADWAY SONGBOOK's Erin Schwab
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 13, 2017

The Ordway's latest BROADWAY SONGBOOK features HOLLYWOOD TO BROADWAY and this edition of 6 Questions & a Plug features the delightful Erin Schwab, who shares some of her favorites and aspirations as the show begins a five performance run, May 14- 21. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief May 12th, 2017 - BUILDING THE WALL Begins and More!
by Jessica Khan - May 12, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! This weekend's big news: The stars of A BRONX TALE appear for a performance and CD signing today at Barnes & Noble, and Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL begins Off-Broadway tonight! (more...)

Ease On Down to South Philadelphia High School for THE WIZ
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

With support from the Public Citizens for Children's Picasso Project + Youth and the Curtis Institute of Music's ArtistYear Fellowship Program, South Philadelphia High School, in collaboration with the Curtis Institute of Music's ArtistYear program, presents The Wiz, the musical, on May 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. at South Philadelphia High School's own 1400-seat historic auditorium located at 2101 S. Broad St. Tickets are available at the door as pay-what-you-wish. (more...)

Strouse, Adams & Brown's A BROADWAY MUSICAL, Which Closed on Broadway After One Show, to Return at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

On Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm, Feinstein's/54 Below will be presenting Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, and William F Brown's A BROADWAY MUSICAL, which closed on its opening night in 1978. Disappearing after one performance, and leaving no cast album behind, the score of A BROADWAY MUSICAL has long been a mystery among musical theatre fans. (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of Porchlight's Revisited ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the fourth season of Chicago's hit "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, music by Burton Lane, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and based on the book Berkeley Square by John L. Balderston with direction by Lili-Anne Brown, musical direction by Andra Velis Simon and starring Sharriese Hamilton and Karl Hamilton. Porchlight Revisits On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 9 through Thursday, May 11 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Marry Me a Little (previews begin Friday, April 14) at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets are $35. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Weber that discusses that evening's production including the show's creative history, backstage gossip and the state of the art on Broadway that season. Single tickets are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252. (more...)

NBC Has Heaven On Its Mind! JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE! to Air on Easter Sunday
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Set for Easter¬†Sunday¬†(April 1, 2018), NBC will bring to broadcast television ¬ďJesus Christ Superstar Live!,¬Ē a one-of-a-kind live staging of the iconic 1971 Broadway rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The event will be executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.¬† (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak are proud to announce BrightSide Theatre's 2017-2018 Season - "Season Seven- Cinema to Stage" "Join us as we celebrate three entertaining pieces of theatre created from three award winning films. (more...)

Broadway Entertainers from Around the World Come Together For Broadway in the HOOD
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

From Broadway with Love: Honoring The Shoulders We Stand On, is a celebration unlike any other! (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Maritza Bostic and Jared Troilo to Lead CAMELOT at Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

A love triangle for the ages meets a new adaptation for today in Lerner & Loewe's CAMELOT at Lyric Stage. (more...)

2017 Blumey Award Nominees Feature Best in High School Musical Theater; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Blumenthal Performing Arts has announced the 72 nominees - six each in 12 categories - competing in the 6th Annual High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as The Blumey Awards, presented by Wells Fargo on Sunday, May 21, in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Blumenthal Performing Arts Announces Nominees for 6th Annual Blumey Awards; Ceremony 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Blumenthal Performing Arts is pleased to announce the 72 nominees - six each in 12 categories - competing in the 6th Annual High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as The Blumey Awards, presented by Wells Fargo on Sunday, May 21, in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Broadway Vets to Headline BROADWAY AT W at W Chicago - City Center This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Broadway at W returns to W Chicago - City Center fresh off the heels of its successful Chicago launch last month, where it featured the cast members of Hamilton. (more...)

Negro Ensemble to Revive DAUGHTERS OF THE MOCK at Theatre 80 St. Marks
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

The 50th season of The Negro Ensemble Company, a year-long retrospective of some of the troupe's signature works, continues May 24 to June 10 at Theatre 80 St. Marks with 'Daughters of the Mock' by Judi Ann Mason. (more...)

BWW Review: Virginia Stage Company and Norfolk State University Present a Supersized Production of THE WIZ
by Jeremy Bustin - Apr 27, 2017

VSC's and NSU's Co-production of The Wiz runs through April 30 at the Wells Theatre in Norfolk. (more...)

GONZALO ALCAIN & THE SILVERS BAND pondr√°n punto final al festival de jazz de Sig√ľenza
by Josť GermŠn MartŪnez Paneque - Apr 27, 2017

El proximo lunes 1 de mayo se cerrara el ESTIVAL DE JAZZ DE SIG√úENZA, y el grupo GONZALO ALCAIN & THE SILVERS BAND sera el encargado de ponerle su broche de oro a las 20.00h en el Auditorio El Posito (Siguenza, Guadalajara). (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse's Broadway Show Choir to Take PAPER MILL SINGS on NJ Tour
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir's 2017 tour of their fully-staged concert event 'Paper Mill Sings.' (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...)

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