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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

It’s got rock. It’s got gospel. It’s got soul. And oh my, the dancing! In a dream collaboration, Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the city’s 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 “Ease on Down the Road” and ultimately learn there’s no place like home.


Bailiwick Chicago to Stage MURDER BALLAD This SpringBailiwick Chicago to Stage MURDER BALLAD This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Bailiwick Chicago will conclude its 2014-15 season with the Chicago premiere of the intense off-Broadway rock musical MURDER BALLAD, conceived by and with book and lyrics by Julia Jordan, music and lyrics by Juliana Nash, directed and choreographed by James Beaudry with musical direction by Nicholas Davio. MURDER BALLAD will play April 2 - May 9, 2015 at the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

SIDE SHOW Recording Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Cast Albums Chart; 3/9 Concert Set for 54 BelowSIDE SHOW Recording Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Cast Albums Chart; 3/9 Concert Set for 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

The all-new original Broadway cast recording of Side Show debuted this week at #1 on Billboard's Cast Albums Chart. (more...)

Big Noise Theatre to Present HAIR, 4/24-5/9Big Noise Theatre to Present HAIR, 4/24-5/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot's Tony Award-winning musical, HAIR, will be presented by Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Community Center Theater, Des Plaines, April 24 through May 9. (more...)

ALADDIN Star & Tony Winner James Iglehart Heads to 54 Below, 5/4ALADDIN Star & Tony Winner James Iglehart Heads to 54 Below, 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

James Monroe Iglehart makes his 54 Below debut with How the Heck Did I Get Here? on Monday, May 4th at 7 pm. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 3/31/2015 - Lane & Knight in IT'S ONLY A PLAY, Barbeau in PIPPIN, YOUNGER and More!WAKE UP with BWW 3/31/2015 - Lane & Knight in IT'S ONLY A PLAY, Barbeau in PIPPIN, YOUNGER and More!
by Jessica Showers - Mar 31, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: IT'S ONLY A PLAY gains two 'new' cast members, the PIPPIN tour gets a new 'Berthe', Sutton Foster leads TV Land's new series YOUNGER and more! (more...)

Chaka Khan, Boy George & More Added to NJPAC's Summer Music LineupChaka Khan, Boy George & More Added to NJPAC's Summer Music Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Get ready for a spectacular summer at New Jersey Performance Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, New Jersey announces new shows! See Ten-time Grammy Award winner and international icon Chaka Khan ('Ain't Nobody,' 'I Feel for You') with special guest, Grammy Award winner and Broadway star Stephanie Mills 'Never Knew Love Like This Before' 'Home' perform Sunday, May 31 at 7PM. On Saturday, June 6th at 8PM it's acclaimed fado-singer, Nathalie Pires with special guest Danças Ocultas. Don't miss internationally acclaimed, multi-platinum selling Boy George and Culture Club have announced its first North American tour in 14 years with all four original members and included NJPAC as one of the first venues on their tour on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Reserve your tickets for these two great shows now at NJPAC.org or by calling 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) (more...)

Cheatham, Hart, Reynolds and Richards Set for ALL ABOUT THAT FACE at Stage 72, 4/24Cheatham, Hart, Reynolds and Richards Set for ALL ABOUT THAT FACE at Stage 72, 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Friday, April 24 at 9:00 pm there will be a special performance at Stage 72 at The Triad, 158 West 72 Street (just off Broadway) of a new musical entertainment: 'All About That Face'. The show stars Courtney Cheatham, Amelia Hart, Roxy Reynolds, and Eva Richards. (more...)

Breaking News: NBC Sets THE WIZ as 2015 Live Musical; Broadway Revival in the Works!Breaking News: NBC Sets THE WIZ as 2015 Live Musical; Broadway Revival in the Works!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

NBC will debut a new live television production of the hit Broadway musical 'The Wiz' on Thursday, Dec. 3, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. (more...)

Chaka Khan, Stephanie Mills, Culture Club and More Set for NJPAC This SummerChaka Khan, Stephanie Mills, Culture Club and More Set for NJPAC This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Get ready for a spectacular summer at New Jersey Performance Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, New Jersey announces new shows! (more...)

Jonathan Groff Takes Over as 'King George' in HAMILTON TonightJonathan Groff Takes Over as 'King George' in HAMILTON Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

The Public Theater welcomes Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff to the cast of HAMILTON as 'King George' tonight, March 3. Groff, who performed in The Public's recent revival of Hair as well as The Bacchae and The Singing Forest, is replacing Brian d'Arcy James, who will be starring in Something Rotten on Broadway this spring. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS' Billy Porter to Play the Colony Theater, 3/20-21KINKY BOOTS' Billy Porter to Play the Colony Theater, 3/20-21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Billy Porter whose role as "Lola" shook up Broadway when he starred in "Kinky Boots" and took both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Best Actor in a Musical, has been nabbed by producers Matthew Lombardo and Rick Murray to wrap up their inaugural South Beach Broadway Series, Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, at 8 P.M at the Colony Theater. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 3/28-3/29/2015Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 3/28-3/29/2015
by - Mar 29, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Sunday, March 29, 2015. (more...)

Craig Zadan Offers Update On Next NBC Live Musical: 'One Will Be Coming For The Holidays'; Announcement Monday?Craig Zadan Offers Update On Next NBC Live Musical: 'One Will Be Coming For The Holidays'; Announcement Monday?
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 29, 2015

Will it be The Wiz or THE MUSIC MAN or maybe something else entirely?! (more...)

Dallas Theater Center to Present Rolling World Premiere of COLOSSAL, 4/2-5/3Dallas Theater Center to Present Rolling World Premiere of COLOSSAL, 4/2-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

?Dallas Theater Center announced today complete details for the rolling world premiere of Colossal, a new play by Andrew Hinderaker. DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty directs the Kennedy Center Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award-winning play, which is choreographed by founder and artistic director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Joshua L. Peugh. Colossal begins with previews on Thursday, April 2 with a Pay-What-You-Can performance and runs through Sunday, May 3. (more...)

Eva Richards to Perform at The Metropolitan Room, 5/11Eva Richards to Perform at The Metropolitan Room, 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Join Eva Richards as she sings songs from award winning Broadway musicals, Latin standards such as 'Besame Mucho' and 'Guantanamera' as well as Bossa Nova hits including 'The Girl from Ipanema' and 'Dindi' at the Metropolitan Room on May 11 at 9:30pm. (more...)

RAISIN' CANE to Play Byham Theater, 4/16RAISIN' CANE to Play Byham Theater, 4/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the Pittsburgh premiere of Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey, starring Jasmine Guy and The Avery Sharpe Trio, which will be performed on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh's Cultural District. This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The creative concept for this production was inspired by the classic 1923 Jean Toomer novel 'Cane' and works by the musicians, composers, poets and actors of the Harlem Renaissance. The Arizona Daily Star said, 'Cane is a sweet salute to Harlem's glory days' and the Dayton Daily News wrote the performance was 'Lively, informative, motivating and entertaining...' (more...)

Annual BROADWAY COMES TO YONKERS Returns 4/6Annual BROADWAY COMES TO YONKERS Returns 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

12th Annual "Broadway Comes to Yonkers" Presented By Youth Theatre Interactions, Inc. Returns April 6, 2015 (more...)

Final Lineup Announced for Youth Theatre Interactions' BROADWAY COMES TO YONKERS Benefit, 4/6Final Lineup Announced for Youth Theatre Interactions' BROADWAY COMES TO YONKERS Benefit, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Donise Lyons and Chelsea P. Freeman, Board Members of Youth Theatre Interactions are proud to present The 12th Annual Broadway Comes to Yonkers benefit concert on Monday, April 6th at 7pm. (more...)

VIDEO: ALADDIN's James Iglehart Returns as Co-Host of THE VIEWVIDEO: ALADDIN's James Iglehart Returns as Co-Host of THE VIEW
by TV News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

ALADDIN star James Monroe Iglehart returned as co-host of ABC's THE VIEW and shared his thoughts on recent research which indicates that chivalry may actualy be considered 'benevolent sexism.' (more...)

Asian-Inspired WINTER'S TALE, RIVER BRIDE and YEOMEN OF THE GUARD Premieres, THE WIZ and More Set for OSF's 2016 SeasonAsian-Inspired WINTER'S TALE, RIVER BRIDE and YEOMEN OF THE GUARD Premieres, THE WIZ and More Set for OSF's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

The ?Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) Artistic Director Bill Rauch announced the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2016 playbill today. The 2016 season is sponsored by U.S. Bank. (more...)

Goodspeed to Honor Tony Walton at 2015 RAZZLE DAZZLE Gala This JuneGoodspeed to Honor Tony Walton at 2015 RAZZLE DAZZLE Gala This June
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

?Goodspeed Musicals is thrilled to announce that Tony, Emmy and Academy Award-winner Tony Walton will be the latest recipient of The Goodspeed Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre. (more...)

ALADDIN's James Monroe Iglehart to Return as Co-Host of ABC's THE VIEW TomorrowALADDIN's James Monroe Iglehart to Return as Co-Host of ABC's THE VIEW Tomorrow
by TV News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

ALADDIN star and Tony Award winner James Iglehart is set to return to ABC's THE VIEW to serve as co-host tomorrow, March 20th. (more...)

BWW Interview: Galen J. Williams, Swing for MOTOWN THE MUSICALBWW Interview: Galen J. Williams, Swing for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by Christine Swerczek - Mar 18, 2015

When I was asked to interview a cast member of "MOTOWN THE MUSICAL" currently on tour, I chose Galen J. Williams. I had two reasons. The first is that I had previously seen him performing in a Broadway Dreams Foundation show in Los Angeles and found him to be a captivating performer. The second is that I am intrigued by the demands of a swing. So I called Galen and spoke with him about MOTOWN and swings and Broadway dreaming. (more...)

Dee Dee Bridgewater's DEE DEE'S FEATHERS Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 8/11Dee Dee Bridgewater's DEE DEE'S FEATHERS Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 8/11
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 17, 2015

A Tony-winner with a jazz-tastic new solo album! (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Chair Arena Stage's THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere Celebration This MayPhylicia Rashad to Chair Arena Stage's THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere Celebration This May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will join Event Chair and Arena Stage Board member Shawna Watley (Senior Policy Advisor with Holland & Knight) as the Honorary Chair for The Blood Quilt World Premiere Celebration on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The new play by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Our Lady of Kibeho) is directed by Kamilah Forbes and runs April 24-June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Fiddlehead Theatre to Present JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, 4/24-5/3Fiddlehead Theatre to Present JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, 4/24-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Fiddlehead Theatre Company, the Resident Theatre Company of the historic Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA), ends their 2014-2015 season with the Tony-Award winning rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, directed and costumed by Fiddlehead's Associate Producing Artistic Director Stacey Stephens, from April 24-May 3, 2015. Loosely based on the Gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus' life, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless work set against the backdrop of extraordinary and universally-known series of events. Fiddlehead takes on a modern interpretation of this centuries-old story, creating a musical experience that resonates in today's society. Performance tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar are $25-$45 each, special discounts available for Seniors, Students and Dorchester residents. Discounts for groups of 15 or more. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 617-229-6494 or online at www.fiddleheadtheatre.com. (more...)

Sutton Foster Makes Solo Carnegie Hall Debut with the New York Pops TonightSutton Foster Makes Solo Carnegie Hall Debut with the New York Pops Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Tonight, March 13, 2015, The New York Pops continues its 31st season with two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in her solo debut at Carnegie Hall. (more...)

ALADDIN's James Iglehart to Return as Co-Host of ABC's THE VIEW, 3/20ALADDIN's James Iglehart to Return as Co-Host of ABC's THE VIEW, 3/20
by TV News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

ALADDIN star and Tony Award winner James Iglehart announced on his official Facebook page that he will be returning to ABC's THE VIEW to serve as co-host on Friday, March 20th. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at LES MISERABLES at Maltz Jupiter TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at LES MISERABLES at Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Experience the passion of Les Miserables. For four weeks only (March 10 - April 5), the epic Broadway blockbuster will transform the stage at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre into 19th century France. Survival of the human spirit prevails in this larger-than-life tale of compassion and destruction. Seen by over 70 million people in more than 42 countries, Les Miserables has received over 76 awards internationally, including eight Tony Awards and five Drama Desk awards. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Diversity Reigns in Cabaret Through Sublime Shows From Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna HayesBWW Reviews: Diversity Reigns in Cabaret Through Sublime Shows From Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna Hayes
by Billie Roe - Mar 12, 2015

When Cole Porter wrote, 'Anything Goes,' he could have easily been referring to New York cabaret circa the 2000-sies. One of the joys of attending and reviewing cabaret shows in the Big Apple these days is that every performing style, show theme, cultural perspective, political point of view, race, gender, and sexual preference is represented on a stage. Some cabaret purists may not agree, but the genre seems to have no boundaries in terms of what is acceptable and what is not. And as long as a show is entertaining, who cares about boundaries and strict definitions of what works in the art form? Here are reviews of three recent shows from Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna Hayes that reflect the delicious diversity that is cabaret. (more...)

BWW TV: The Wives Have Arrived! Watch Highlights from Broadway-Bound THE FIRST WIVES CLUB in ChicagoBWW TV: The Wives Have Arrived! Watch Highlights from Broadway-Bound THE FIRST WIVES CLUB in Chicago
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 11, 2015

The premiere of the new Broadway-bound musical First Wives Club opens tonight, March 11, 2015 at the Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph St.) and runs through March 29, 2015. Below, BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Broadway-Bound THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, Starring Carmen Cusack, Faith Prince and Christine Sherrill, Opens Tonight in ChicagoBroadway-Bound THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, Starring Carmen Cusack, Faith Prince and Christine Sherrill, Opens Tonight in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

The premiere of the new Broadway-bound musical First Wives Club opens tonight, March 11, 2015 at the Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph St.) and runs through March 29, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Wives are Back! First Look at Broadway-Bound Musical THE FIRST WIVES CLUB in ChicagoPhoto Flash: The Wives are Back! First Look at Broadway-Bound Musical THE FIRST WIVES CLUB in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

The premiere of the new Broadway-bound musical First Wives Club opens tonight, March 11, 2015 at the Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph St.) and runs through March 29, 2015. Below, BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 3/10/2015 - JOSEPHINE AND I at the Public and More!WAKE UP with BWW 3/10/2015 - JOSEPHINE AND I at the Public and More!
by Jessica Showers - Mar 10, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: JOSEPHINE AND I opens off-Broadway, Sarah Brightman details her space travels, SOON begins in D.C. and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Tituss Burgess, Lena Hall, Florence Henderson, Norm Lewis, Rob McClure, Lily Tomlin and More Raise Over $460K in BC/EFA's BROADWAY BACKWARDSPhoto Flash: Tituss Burgess, Lena Hall, Florence Henderson, Norm Lewis, Rob McClure, Lily Tomlin and More Raise Over $460K in BC/EFA's BROADWAY BACKWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

The 10th anniversary of Broadway Backwards capped off an exuberant, exhilarating and emotional evening of performances on Monday, March 9, 2015 with news that this year's event raised a record $466,717 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS andThe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Scroll down for photos from the show! (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Star as Series Regular in CBS Drama FOR JUSTICEPhylicia Rashad to Star as Series Regular in CBS Drama FOR JUSTICE
by TV News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Variety reports that Phylicia Rashad has signed on to be a series regular in the CBS' drama series FOR JUSTICE. (more...)

CINDERELLA's Carly Rae Jepsen Announces New Single 'I Really Like You'CINDERELLA's Carly Rae Jepsen Announces New Single 'I Really Like You'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

CINDERELLA's Carly Rae Jepsen has confirmed she's been working on new music and shared on her Website that she will soon release her new single 'I Really Like You.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & NoblePhoto Flash: Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Yesterday, February 25, author and six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide…, War Horse), was joined by Tony Award winning actress Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah Baby!, On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedly II), and acclaimed director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Blues in the Night), for a conversation with Tom Santopietro (The Godfather Effect…, Considering Doris Day, Sinatra in Hollywood) at Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street, to discuss the inspiring account of the tumultuous path that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Portland Ovations Presents National Tour of MEMPHIS, 3/14Portland Ovations Presents National Tour of MEMPHIS, 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Portland Ovations heats up this winter with its' presentation of the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis at Merrill Auditorium on Saturday, March 14 for two performances 4pm and 8pm. (more...)

Original Stars of Disney's ALADDIN Will Remain on Broadway Into 2016Original Stars of Disney's ALADDIN Will Remain on Broadway Into 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Disney's Aladdin, the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, is pleased to announce that original stars Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Tony Award nominee Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and Courtney Reed (Jasmine) have extended their contracts with the production through February 21, 2016. The four actors have led the 'sublime' (NY1) Aladdin company since its pilot production at Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre in the summer of 2011 and garnered critical acclaim when the Broadway production opened on March 20, 2014. (more...)

Larry Marshall, Michael James Leslie & More Set for KC Rep's HAIR: Retrospective, 3/20-4/12Larry Marshall, Michael James Leslie & More Set for KC Rep's HAIR: Retrospective, 3/20-4/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Eric Rosen announced today the casting for HAIR: Retrospection, under his direction. (more...)

Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble TodayLeslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Today, February 25 at 7PM, Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street hosts author and six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide..., War Horse), Tony Award winning actress Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah Baby!, On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedly II), acclaimed Broadway director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Play On!, Blues in the Night), and author Tom Santopietro (The Godfather Effect..., Considering Doris Day, Sinatra in Hollywood) in a discussion about the inspiring account of the tumultuous path that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. (more...)

This Just In! Jonathan Groff to Take Over as King George in HAMILTON!This Just In! Jonathan Groff to Take Over as King George in HAMILTON!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced today that Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff will join the cast of HAMILTON as 'King George' on Tuesday, March 3. Groff, who performed in The Public's recent revival of Hair as well as The Bacchae and The Singing Forest, is replacing Brian d'Arcy James, who will be starring in Something Rotten on Broadway this spring. The world premiere musical HAMILTON, inspired by the book 'Alexander Hamilton' by Ron Chernow, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Thomas Kail, has been extended three times at The Public due to sold-out demand and will close as scheduled on Sunday, May 3 prior to a Broadway transfer to the Richard Rodgers Theatre beginning July 13 and opening August 6. (more...)

LES MISERABLES Runs 3/10-4/5 at Maltz Jupiter TheatreLES MISERABLES Runs 3/10-4/5 at Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

For four weeks only (March 10 - April 5), the epic Broadway blockbuster will transform the stage at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre into 19th century France. Survival of the human spirit prevails in this larger-than-life tale of compassion and destruction. Seen by over 70 million people in more than 42 countries, LES MISERABLES has received over 76 awards internationally, including eight Tony Awards and five Drama Desk awards. (more...)

Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More to Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble TomorrowLeslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More to Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

On Wednesday, February 25 at 7PM, Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street hosts author and six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide…, War Horse), Tony Award winning actress Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah Baby!, On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedly II), acclaimed Broadway director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Play On!, Blues in the Night), and author Tom Santopietro (The Godfather Effect…, Considering Doris Day, Sinatra in Hollywood) in a discussion about the inspiring account of the tumultuous path that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. This special Black History Month event celebrates the release of Lane's new book Black Broadway: African Americans on The Great White Way. (more...)

Philadelphia Theatre Company's Theatre Masters Series to Continue with Tony Winner Billy Porter, 3/23Philadelphia Theatre Company's Theatre Masters Series to Continue with Tony Winner Billy Porter, 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter continues Philadelphia Theatre Company's new Theatre Masters Series on March 23 at 7:00 PM at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets). Porter will be joined in conversation by theatre historian and author John Kenrick. Launched as part of PTC's celebration of its 40th Anniversary season, Theatre Masters offers an array of Monday night on-stage interviews with major theatre artists with whom PTC has worked, each sharing personal journeys of transformation and creative growth over time and how it has impacted both art and life. The series, which launched February 16 with a sold out house for Bill Irwin, concludes with Anna Deavere Smith on May 11. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 2/21-2/22/2015Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 2/21-2/22/2015
by - Feb 22, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Sunday, February 22, 2015. (more...)

Tavis Smiley, Kenny Leon Adapting Maya Angelou Memoir for the StageTavis Smiley, Kenny Leon Adapting Maya Angelou Memoir for the Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

According to the Associated Press, Tavis Smiley is teaming with Kenny Leon to adapt his memoir MY JOURNEY WITH MAYA into a stage play. (more...)

Badia Farha Returning to 54 Below, 4/24Badia Farha Returning to 54 Below, 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents Badia Farha in Lady Sings For You on Friday April 24, 2015 at 11pm. Joined by her 6 piece band, Badia Farha (aka Lady Rose) brings her original songs and R&B Soul + style to 54 Below. Lady Sings For You features original songs from Badia's solo album Still Waiting? Her newly released radio hit Don't Know, a tribute to Carmen McCrae Aretha Franklin, and Roberta Flack as well as a bit of Bossa Nova Jazz. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: Ease On Down The Road! 10 Fabulous Features Of THE WIZ, 2015's Live NBC MusicalSOUND OFF Special Edition: Ease On Down The Road! 10 Fabulous Features Of THE WIZ, 2015's Live NBC Musical
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 1, 2015

This week it was announced that NBC would be following up its successful broadcasts of THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! and PETER PAN LIVE! with an all-star new production of popular 1970s R&B musical The Wiz and today we celebrate some of the most tantalizing aspects of the entertainment event. Given the fact that The Wiz is based on one of the most cherished and timeless stories ever written, L. Frank Baum's The WizARD OF OZ, the potential for this new live presentation of The Wiz to become a widely-viewed take on one of the most well-known tales of all time, poised to introduce a classic to a whole new generation, is doubly stacked. (more...)

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