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BLACK NATIVITY to Open This December at Crossroads Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Langston Hughes' soaring music- and poetry-infused retelling of the birth of Jesus comes to the Crossroads Theatre Company for the holiday season in a new production of  the late writer's classic work, Black Nativity. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Kristin Chenoweth Sings 'Miss Baltimore Crabs'
by TV News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

NBC has just released an all-new promo for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! featuring Kristin Chenoweth performing the show-stopping number 'Miss Baltimore Crabs.' (more...)

Derek Hough & Ne-Yo Join Judge's Table on NBC's WORLD OF DANCE
by TV News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

World renown dancer and two-time Emmy Award winner Derek Hough, who is set to co-star in the Dec. 7 production of ¬ďHairspray Live!,¬Ē and NE-YO have been added as judges on NBC's new dance competition series WORLD OF DANCE. (more...)


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Pittsburgh Symphony Presents HIGHMARK HOLIDAY POPS, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the music of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's annual Highmark Holiday Pops December 9 through 11 and December 17 and 18 at Heinz Hall. (more...)

2017 Winter/Spring Cleveland Theater Calendar
by Roy Berko - Nov 29, 2016

Here's a list of some of the offerings of local theatres through the winter and spring seasons (January-May). SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL THEATRES! (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...)

The Bushwick Starr Presents THE SOLDIER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

The Bushwick Starr is thrilled to present THE SOLDIER'S TALE, based on Stravinsky's timeless story of a violin, a book of riches, and a deal with the devil, brought to life by Puppet Kitchen Productions. (more...)

VIDEO: Harvey Fierstein & Derek Hough Give Tour of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Set
by TV News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

HAIRSPRAY LIVE!'s Harvey Fierstein and Derek Hough give Facebook fans a tour of Derek McLane's colorful set, which features various shops named in tribute to the talented people who have been involved in HAIRSPRAY throughout the decades. (more...)

VIDEO: Re-Live the Magic - Watch NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! In Full Now!
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Miss last night's live broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! on NBC or just need to re-live the magic all over again? Below, watch the musical in full! (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Brings it Home with 'I Know Where I've Been' in HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Last night, Jennifer Hudson brought everyone to tears during her performance of 'I Know Where I've Been' on NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Ready to live that moment again? We've got the video for you below! (more...)

VIDEO: Watch HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Maddie Baillio Greet the Day with 'Good Morning Baltimore'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Good morning from BroadwayWorld! It still feels like there's a drummer inside our hearts watching Maddie Baillio's performance of 'Good Morning Baltimore' on NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE last night. Check out the video below! (more...)

VIDEO: Watch the Timeless HAIRSPRAY LIVE Performances Here
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Last night, NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE had the world spinning round and round, and our hearts are still keeping time to the speed of sound. Check out some of the night's timeless performances below! (more...)

Actors Theatre to Launch the New Year with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are delighted to announce the cast and creative team for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. This commanding and moving play, written by Lanie Robertson, directed by Bill Fennelly and featuring Deidrie Henry as Billie Holiday, is set in the intimate atmosphere of the Bingham Theatre. (more...)

VIDEO: See Harvey Fierstein Be Welcomed Back to the '60s in HAIRSPRAY LIVE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Welcome back to the '60s, Harvey Fierstein! The Tony Award winner reprised his role last night as Edna Turnblad in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE, and we've got the video for you below! Also, keep an eye out for some other performers from the original Broadway cast of HAIRSPRAY. (more...)

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful Message
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 8, 2016

There is one undeniable quality that HAIRSPRAY has retained as it has journeyed from the big screen to the stage, back to the big screen, and now to the small. The infectious excitement and optimism that Tracy Turnblad sings with in the opening number, 'Good Morning Baltimore,' is one of the most magical and important gifts that the musical theatre has given in recent decades. From the moment that the original musical burst onto Broadway in 2002, it has been a literal and figurative rainbow of joy and happiness, and fortunately for the show's legions of fans, directed by Tony-winner Kenny Leon, NBC's live adaptation has maintained every delightful ounce of the musical's giddy goodness. (more...)

NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Early Ratings: Down from 'The Wiz'; Matches 'Peter Pan Live'
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

NBC has just released early ratings results for last night's broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! BWW will be updating these results as more numbers become available. (more...)

Kokandy Productions to Ease on Down the Road with THE WIZ Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Kokandy Productions will launch its fifth anniversary season with a revival of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical The Wiz, with book by William F. Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, directed by guest director Lili-Anne Brown, music direction by Jimmy Morehead and choreography by Breon Arzell.  (more...)

Review Roundup: Run & Tell That - Critics Weigh In On NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE aired last night, Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and originated from Los Angeles. Let's see what the critics had to say! (more...)

42 Timeless HAIRSPRAY LIVE GIFS You Shouldn't Live Without
by Alan Henry - Dec 8, 2016

BroadwayWorld is pleased to be able to offer our readers our exclusive HAIRSPRAY LIVE gifs which we created while live tweeting the event over on @BroadwayWorld! Bookmark these timeless (to me) gifs and use them anytime you need to make a post who's beat your friends won't be able to stop! (more...)

WEST WING Creator Aaron Sorkin to Receive WGAW's 2017 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Aaron Sorkin, the Emmy-winning creator of The West Wing and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Social Network, is set to receive the Writers Guild of America, West's 2017 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement (more...)

SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL to Play Roanoke Children's Theatre for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

This holiday season, Roanoke Children's Theatre brings a fantastical, magical, musical adventure to the stage with SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL. (more...)

Photo Flash: Additional Images from Tonight's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! on NBC
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Below, check out more images from NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The live broadcast aired tonight from Los Angeles, CA. (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...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Gives 'The Voice' Contestants Tour of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Set
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

On last night's THE VOICE on NBC, the remaining artists received unforgettable advice from Oscar-winning and HAIRSPRAY LIVE! star Jennifer Hudson while touring the set of the upcoming musical event. (more...)

VIDEO: HAIRSPRAY LIVE!'s Derek Hough Sends Message from Cast's Final Run-Through
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Martin Short are just a few of the stars of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! which will air on NBC tonight. Below, Derek Hough sends viewers a video message from the cast's final run-through! (more...)

Photo Flash: Just In: Images from Tonight's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Below, check out just-released photos from NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The live broadcast is airing right now from Los Angeles, CA.  (more...)

Forecast for NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!: Sunny & Clear
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 7, 2016

Good Morning Baltimore! The cast and crew of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! will wake up to a beautiful day in Los Angeles, the perfect weather to entertain millions of TV viewers across the country. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Sean Hayes as 'Mr. Pinky' & More HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Images
by TV News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

NBC has released new images from the highly anticipated broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, including a first look at Sean Hayes as Mr. Pinky - check out the photos below! (more...)

VIDEO: HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Harvey Fierstein Has Fireside Chats With the Cast!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 6, 2016

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! brings us a new video - fire-side chats with the cast hosted by Harvey Fierstein! Check out his chats with Dove Cameron, Martin Short, Maddie Baillio and more below! (more...)

Comcast NBCUniversal to Offer Viewing Experience for Those with Visual Disabilities During National Broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Following last year's successful effort to add video description services to NBC's musical production The Wiz Live!, Comcast NBCUniversal will continue its commitment to accessible programming by offering video description with NBC's national broadcast of Hairspray Live! on December 7 at 8pm. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 4, 2016
by - Dec 4, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 4 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Drops an Extended First Look!
by Stage Tube - Dec 4, 2016

NBC has unveiled an all-new promo for the highly-anticipated musical HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, airing Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Get a first look below! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 3, 2016
by - Dec 3, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: BROADWAY AT THE GOOD Brings Cheer to the Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - Dec 3, 2016

Portland's Good Theater performs its annual musical revue, Broadway at the Good Theater this weekend bringing warmth, cheer, and an array of musical treats to mark the holiday season. Conceived, written, and directed by Brian P. Allen, this year's two hours of song and dance was devoted to the musicals of the 1970s. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Former HAMILTON Ensemblist Jon Rua Shares Sneak Peek of New Dance Video to MOANA Track
by Stage Tube - Dec 3, 2016

The only thing better than Hamilton or Moana is both of them together, and former standby for the title character in Hamilton Jon Rua is serving us mashup realness in a sneak peek of his latest dance video, set to Alessia Cara's cover of Moana's signature 'I want' song, 'How Far I'll Go.' Check out the video below, and say a little prayer that we get to see the full video sooner rather than later! (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...)

FIRST LISTEN: The Original HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Soundtrack Is Now Streaming!
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The original soundtrack recording of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! includes studio recordings of all the musical numbers that are performed by the cast members in the live broadcast and is now available to stream on iTunes (click here) and Spotify (click here) (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Regional Awards Update - John Arthur Greene, Judy McLane Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 2, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Raleigh 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...)

BWW Review: Diana Ross with the National Symphony Orchestra, Emil de Cou Conductor at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 2, 2016

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2016 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards Update - Randall Scott Carpenter, Callan Barth Tied!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 2, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Seattle 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...)

VIDEO: Let Your Dreams Come True with All-New HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Promo!
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

NBC has unveiled an all-new promo for the highly-anticipated musical HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, airing  Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Get a first look below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Louis Baker of RAGTIME at Actors' Repertory Theatre Of Simi
by Cary Ginell - Dec 2, 2016

Louis Baker has had a varied career in the entertainment world. As an actor, he studied under three prestigious performers: Bill Duke, Haile Gerima, and Debbie Allen. He has worked as a voiceover artist in the animation world, co-produces with his wife a family-centered web series called Faces of Offense, and has played a variety of roles on stage in shows such as Tommy, West Side Story, and The Wiz. But none of those parts are as meaningful to Louis as his current one - playing the historically-based author/orator Booker T. Washington in the Actors Repertory Theatre of Simi's production of Ragtime. The show closes this weekend, but we cornered Louis after last Sunday's performance to talk about his character in the context of the current political turmoil in America, which, unfortunately, is not that much different from what was depicted in E. L. Doctorow's famous novel. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Drops an All-New Promo
by Stage Tube - Dec 2, 2016

NBC has unveiled an all-new promo for the highly-anticipated musical HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, airing Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Get a first look below! (more...)

VIDEO: Good Morning Baltimore! HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Star Maddie Baillio Visits the City
by Stage Tube - Dec 2, 2016

Newcomer Maddie Baillio, who will star as Tracy Turnblad in NBC's highly-anticipated musical HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, airing Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, recently stopped by Baltimore, Md. - check out her visit to the city behind the show's signature tune 'Good Morning Baltimore' below! (more...)

Photo Flash: When Worlds Collide- HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Meets THE WIZ LIVE!
by Marissa Sblendorio - Dec 2, 2016

Tracy meets Dorothy? Now that's something I gotta see! The stars of last year's holiday hit The Wiz LIVE! Shanice Williams (Dorothy) and Elijah Kelley (Scarecrow), stopped by to visit the cast and crew of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: The Countdown Continues! Go Behind the Scenes for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Dec 1, 2016

NBC has just released an all-new promo for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! that takes fans behind the scenes as the finishing touches are placed! NBC's live broadcast will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at HAIRSPRAY LIVE's 'Dynamites' & More New Images
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

NBC has shared all-new behind-the-scene images from the set of HAIRSPRAY LIVE, as well as a first look at Dynamites' Shayna Steele, Judine Somerville, and Kamilah Marshall (more...)

VIDEO: Derek Hough Talks HAIRSPRAY LIVE!; Mark Ballas Wedding & More on 'Ellen'
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Multi-talented actor, singer and dancer Derek Hough stopped by today's ELLEN to discuss all of his latest roles - both onscreen and off, including NBC's upcoming HAIRSPRAY LIVE!. (more...)

ME AND MY GIRL Set to Dazzle on the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Find out at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre November 29 through December 18 as the hilarious romantic comedy Me and My Girl hits the stage. In the show-stopping musical, an unrefined charmer named Bill learns he is heir to the Earl of Hareford. His aristocratic family believes he can become a gentleman and earn his inheritance - but only if he gives up his true love. Will love or money win?  (more...)

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