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2124 Broadway at 74th St.

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based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Itís got rock. Itís got gospel. Itís got soul. And oh my, the dancing! In a dream collaboration, Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the cityís oldest continuously operating dance company, fill the Wyly Theatre with dancing, singing and laughter for the dazzling musical that won seven Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 1975. Featuring Brierley Resident Acting Company members Liz Mikel and Hassan El-Amin, this eye-popping, high-energy family hit starts with a tornado and keeps lifting from there, as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion ďEase on Down the RoadĒ and ultimately learn thereís no place like home.

Emmy Winner Thomas Kail Teases GREASE LIVE 2
by TV News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Speaking to the press following their Emmy Award win for for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special for GREASE LIVE! earlier this month, directors Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski teased the idea of bringing GREASE LIVE 2 to television. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits Chicago's Hubbard Street Dance Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

On Monday, September 26, 2016, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago was honored to welcome Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and original star ofHamilton: An American Musical, to its West Loop facility, the Hubbard Street Dance Center, located at 1147 West Jackson Boulevard. More than 160 invited guests included students and families participating in Hubbard Street's Youth Dance Programs; members of Hubbard Street's Junior Ensemble, Hubbard Street 2 and the artists of its world-renowned main company; staff members and special guests; individual and foundation supporters of its Education Programs; and Season 38 Spotlight Ball attendees who made donations at the organization's annual gala. (more...)

CAGNEY Original New York Cast Recording Out This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

A friendly reminder! Cagney, the Original New York Cast Recording, will be released this week on the Broadway Records label. (more...)

The Lyric Hammersmith's ALADDIN Announces Its Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for its Christmas show, Aladdin. The Lyric's annual panto returns when Aladdin flies into Hammersmith on his magic carpet for some festive fun in true Lyric style. Fresh for 2016, the show will be full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and of course the magical Genie. (more...)

Harlem Rep to Stage Jazzy THE WIZARD OF OZ for Young Audiences
by BroadwayWorld JR - Sep 27, 2016

Harlem Repertory Theatre will stage 'The Wizard of Oz,' co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, for young (and young-at-heart) audiences October 8 to December 13 at Tato Laviera Theatre at Harlem Prep Elementary School, 240 East 123rd Street (at 3rd Ave.), Manhattan. (more...)

Photo Flash: NBC Announces Winner of HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Dance-Off; Maddie Baillio Performs National Anthem
by TV News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

On September 15th, NBC held a dance contest at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore to find one lucky dancer who will be part of the network's live telecast of HAIRPRAY LIVE! on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

HAMILTON, SPONGEBOB, and GLEE Stars to Sing at POLKADOTS Musical Album Release 10/24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2016

On September 16th, 2016 Masterworks Broadway released the World Premiere Recording of the award winning new hit Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical. Written by Douglas Lyons, Melvin Tunstall, III and Greg Borowsky, Polkadots is a new musical inspired by the true events of the Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine. (more...)

Listen to 'Gotta Get Out' from LIKE YOU LIKE IT Studio Cast Recording, Out Today!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Broadway Records today released the star-studded studio cast recording of LIKE YOU LIKE IT. Scroll down for a first listen to 'Gotta Get Out,' featuring Alison Luff, Patti Murin, Robin de Jesus, Sam Underwood, Derek Klena, Kate Rockwell, Aaron Riesebeck and the ensemble! (more...)

Capathia Jenkins to Headline Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Pride Films and Plays' annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational, celebrates the greatest songs written for women in the Broadway canon, with Broadway great Capathia Jenkins headlining. (more...)

Billy Eichner Joins Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!; Original Dynamites to Return!
by TV News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

BWW has just learned that funny man Billy Eichner has joined the cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! as Rob Barker, the Baltimore TV newscaster who reports on Tracy Turnblad and her escape from prison in an attempt to integrate the ¬ďCorny Collins Show.¬Ē (more...)

The New Colony Announces 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

The New Colony is pleased to announce its full 2017 Season, featuring four world premiere productions by four Chicago playwrights. The season kicks off this winter with ensemble member Sean Kelly's fantasy adventure PSYCHONAUT LIBRARIANS, directed by Krissy Vanderwarker. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016


BWW Contest: Win A Signed Copy Of Jay Armstrong Johnson's Live 54 Below Album
by BWW Contests - Sep 19, 2016

BroadwayWorld is giving you and a friend a chance to win a signec copy of Jay Armstrong Johnson's Live 54 Below Album courtesy of Broadway records. Winners will be contacted at the time of contest closing at 11:59 PM EST Friday, September 23rd, 2016. (more...)

GREASE LIVE's Thomas Kail Wins Emmy Award for Best Direction For a Variety Special
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 18, 2016

Thomas Kail has won the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special for GREASE LIVE! (more...)

John Stamos Teams with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron on Drama Chronicling World of 1980's Soaps
by TV News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

John Stamos and The Wiz LIVE! producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are in the early stages of development for a new cable drama series, chronicling the excessive world of daytime soap operas (more...)

Join BroadwayWorld for Live Coverage of the 2016 EMMY AWARDS!
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 16, 2016

Be sure to tune in to BroadwayWorld beginning at 8pmET on Sunday, September 18th for live coverage of the 68th Annual EMMY AWARDS (more...)

Ted Louis Levy to SWING THE VOTE in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

This September 23rd, Tony nominated, Emmy, Helen Hays and Outer Critics Award-Winning tap dancer and choreographer Ted Louis Levy ('Black and Blue,' 'Jelly's Last Jam,' 'Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk') will present 'Swing the Vote,' a 90-minute tap dance production at the Roulette Theater in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn at 8:00pm. (more...)

PHOTO: Newest Tracy Turnblad Maddie Baillio Meets HAIRSPRAY Creator John Waters
by TV News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Last night, Maddie Baillio, who will take on the iconic role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE, met up with 'Hairspray' creator John Waters at a restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY Opens at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre This December
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Junkyard Dog Productions announced today that the new musical COME FROM AWAY will begin performances on Broadway on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) and officially open Sunday, March 12, 2017, following productions at Washington DC's Ford's Theatre (Friday, September 2 - Sunday, October 16, 2016) and Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre (Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017), and two special benefit concert performances in Gander, Newfoundland (Saturday, October 29, 2016). (more...)

Rufus Bonds, Jr. Replaces Norm Lewis in MAN OF LA MANCHA at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Broadway's Rufus Bonds, Jr. will be tilting at windmills on The 5th Avenue Theatre stage when he takes over the role of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Bonds was recently seen as Porgy in The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess in London's West End, and was a member of the original Broadway casts of RENT and Parade. (more...)

New Artistic Director Paul Caldwell Conducts First Seattle Concert: Seattle Women's Chorus UNVEILED
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

New artistic director Paul Caldwell makes his highly anticipated debut leading Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC) into a new era. This is SWC's fifth consecutive year performing inside the historic Saint Mark's Cathedral where the majestic pillars will reverberate with dynamic sounds and bold spirits. (more...)

Carmen Cusack, Zachary Levi and More Sign on for 'SUNDAY IN THE PARK' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal at City Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

New York City Center today announced additional casting for the concert performances of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, October 24 through 26. (more...)

Bernadette Peters to Present Humane Society Award to Tom Viola at BEST IN SHOWS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefitting the Humane Society of New York, will feature performances by Broadway stars on Sunday, October 23 , 2016 at 7 pm at Feinstein's/ 54 Below. (more...)

Hackney Empire Announces Full Cast for SLEEPING BEAUTY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Hackney Empire today announced the full cast of its brand new pantomime for 2016, Sleeping Beauty. The West End's leading lady Alexia Khadime (Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King) will be returning to the site of her stage debut to star as Princess Tahlia (Sleeping Beauty). She will be joined by Olivier Award-winner Sharon D Clarke who returns to Hackney Empire after her appearance in Mother Goose in 2014. They are joined by Gavin Spokes who makes his dameing debut, he joins the Hackney Empire family straight from his Olivier Award-nominated performance as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls in the West End. (more...)

NJPAC Presents Grammy Award Winners Michael Bolton & Stephanie Mills
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening of love with GRAMMY Award Winning Superstars Michael Bolton and Stephanie Mills on Friday, February 17th at 8PM. Celebrate Valentine's Day with the one you love with legendary power vocalists Michael Bolton performing his platinum plus singles "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," "When a Man Loves a Woman" among his many hits.  Special guest R&B soul songstress Stephanie Mills will perform her timeless hits "Never Knew Love Like This Before" "Home," "Power of Love"and so much more!  (more...)

Cast Complete for TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, Starring Nia Vardalos, at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, based on the acclaimed book by best-selling author Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Academy Award-nominated writer Nia Vardalos, with direction by Thomas Kail. This richly funny, uplifting new show is co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, and Nia Vardalos and will also feature Vardalos as the anonymous online advice columnist 'Sugar.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Celebrates POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL Album Release Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

On September 16th, 2016 Masterworks Broadway released the World Premiere Recording of the award winning new hit Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical. Written by Douglas Lyons, Melvin Tunstall, III and Greg Borowsky, Polkadots is a new musical inspired by the true events of the Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine. The album's release was celebrated in a concert presentation at The Lindeman (508 w42) on Monday Oct 24th, 2016. (more...)

Thomas Kail and Ice Cube Team Up for Disney OLIVER TWIST Film Remake
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the Tony Award-winning director of 'Hamilton', Thomas Kail, and rap superstar, Ice Cube are teaming up with Disney for a modern musical remake on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist (more...)

WILD WOMEN OF PLANET WONGO Extends Into December at NYC's Parkside Lounge
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

The 60s sci-fi immersive musical comedy Wild Women of Planet Wongo, a wacky B-movie inspired sci-fi comedy about two astronauts that land on a planet of beautiful warrior women who have never seen men, is extending its stay in New York through December 14, 2016 at Parkside Lounge (317 East Houston). (more...)

Billy Strayhorn Musical LUSH LIFE to Premiere Next Month at the Matrix
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of LUSH LIFE, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. LUSH LIFE begins previews Friday, November 11, 2016 and opens Friday, November 18 at 8pm. The production runs through Sunday, December 18 at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Original Soundtrack and DVD Release Dates Announced
by TV News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon has revealed release dates for NBC'S HAIRSPRAY LIVE! original soundtrack and home video! (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL's Rayvon Owen Signs on for Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

The entertainment line-up for PFP's Simply Sensational Benefit gets more and more sensational each day, with American Idol's Rayvon Owen joining in. (more...)

The Maltz Jupiter to Present THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016

For more than sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has held private weekly meetings with each Prime Minister, from Churchill to Cameron. In these intimate and sometimes explosive conversations, we see glimpses of the woman who wears the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. Go behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II for the audience in Peter Morgan's riveting new play that swept Broadway last season. Sponsored by the John McDonald Company. Learn More (more...)

Photo Flash: NBC Reveals Final Poster Art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

NBC has today shared final poster art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE, featuring the star-studded cast. The broadcast airs live on Wednesday, December 7th at 8/7c. Check out the new poster art below! (more...)

Firebrand Theatre to Host NO ONE HERE BUT US WITCHES: Halloween Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

???????Start your Halloween off right and join the coven! Due to popular demand, Firebrand Theatre presents the return of its hauntingly popular witch-themed cabaret NO ONE HERE BUT US WITCHES on Monday, October 31 at 7 pm at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway in Chicago. (more...)

Cast of CAGNEY Set for Performance, CD Signing at Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Cagney, the hit musical about James Cagney currently playing at The Westside Theater, Upstairs, celebrates the release of its original New York cast recording with a special live performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble, Upper East Side, 150 East 86th St. (at Lexington Ave), on Thursday, November 3 at 7PM. (more...)

Charity Angel Dawson Assumes the Role of Becky in WAITRESS Beginning October 20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

The producers of the Broadway hit Waitress have announced that Charity Angel Dawson will take on the role of Becky beginning October 20. Charity has been part of the Waitress cast since the production premiered at the A.R.T. in Cambridge, where she originated the role of Nurse Norma. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Kenny Leon Hints at 'Musical Surprises'; Shares More Details
by TV News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Today, BWW participated in a live conference call with HAIRSPRAY LIVE!'s award-winning director Kenny Leon (The Wiz LIVE!) and Emmy Award-winning live television director Alex Rudzinski (GREASE LIVE), who shared the latest developments in their work on the show. (more...)

Photo: First Look - NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Shares All-New Cast Photo!
by TV News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

HAIRSPRAY LIVE will air in less than two months, and today, NBC turned to Twitter to share an all-new cast photo. Check it out below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein & More in All-New HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Pics
by TV News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

NBC has shared exclusive first look photos featuring the star-studded cast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, airing Wednesday, Dec. 7 on NBC. (more...)

HAMILTON's Thomas Kail Teams with Common for New FOX Comedy About 90's Rapper
by TV News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Tony and Emmy Award winner Thomas Kail (HAMILTON, GREASE LIVE) will team with rapper-actor-producer Common to produce a new comedy for FOX titled 93 TIL INFINITY, about a 90's rapper. (more...)

WP Theatre Announces Extension of Lisa Lampanelli's STUFFED
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Stuffed began preview performances on Friday, September 23, 2016 and officially opened on Friday, October 7, 2016.  With additional material by Ashley Austin Morris, and direction by Jackson Gay (These Paper Bullets!), the new play stars the "Lovable Queen of Mean" Lampanelli, alongside Ann Harada (Cinderella, Avenue Q), Zainab Jah (Eclipsed) and Jessica Luck (The Digger).  (more...)

M*A*S*H* Star Loretta Swit to Lead ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: HER SECRET JOURNEY at Laguna Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Laguna Playhouse has announced 'M*A*S*H' star LORETTA SWIT starring in ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, HER SECRET JOURNEY. (more...)

by Stage Tube - Oct 17, 2016

On September 16th, 2016 Masterworks Broadway released the World Premiere Recording of the award winning new hit Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical. Written by Douglas Lyons, Melvin Tunstall, III and Greg Borowsky, Polkadots is a new musical inspired by the true events of the Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine. The album's release will be celebrated in a concert presentation on Monday October 24th at The Cutting Room, and BroadwayWorld has a look behind the scenes with the cast in the studio! (more...)

Andy Karl, Rob McClure, Orfeh & More Join Line-Up for BEST IN SHOWS Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Farah Alvin, Roger Bart, Haven Burton, Eden Espinosa, Capathia Jenkins, Andy Karl, Rob McClure, Orfeh, Gabriella Pizzolo, Keala Settle, Margot Siebert and Shanice Williams will star in Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefitting the Humane Society of New York, on Sunday, October 23 , 2016 at 7 pm at Feinstein's/ 54 Below. Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, will be awarded the Humane Society of New York's Sandy Fund Award, in recognition of his deep concern and support of the needs of rescued animals. The Award will be presented by Tony Award-winning actress and animal rights champion Bernadette Peters. (more...)

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Reveal New Details on NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 13, 2016

Today, BWW participated in a live conference call with HAIRSPRAY LIVE! executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are answering questions on the development of the highly anticipated live broadcast, the latest on the cast and crew, and the start of rehearsals on the Universal lot in California. (more...)

Transgender Actress to Star as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Pride Films and Plays; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Complete casting and creative team have been announced for Pride Films and Plays' production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, which will open in January as the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center's 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. (more...)

Mark Jacoby to Lead BROADWAY'S ONE HIT WONDERS at Merkin Concert Hall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Broadway's One Hit Wonders is set for Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center (129 W. 67th St., NYC) on Monday, Nov 14 at 7:30 pm and Tuesday, Nov 15 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Shows Announced for TUTS' 15th Annual Tommy Tune Awards
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) shares the production titles from the schools participating in the 15th Annual Tommy Tune Awards. The awards this year will be held on April 18, 2017. (more...)

HAMILTON'S Jon Rua to Read from THE WAR BOYS at Americas Society
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

In advance of the NYC premiere of Naomi Wallace's 1993 play The War Boys to be directed by James Will McBride, The Artist's Crossing presents a special panel discussion and reading of the play at The Americas Society on October 17, 2016 at 7:00pm. (more...)

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