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205 West 46th 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.


Breaking News: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Karen Olivo to Star in tick, tick...BOOM! for Encores! FAUST and PUMP BOYS Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2014

This just in! New York City Center's acclaimed Encores! Off-Center series, under the artistic direction of Jeanine Tesori, will return this summer for a second season of landmark Off-Broadway musicals. The season opens with Jonathan Larson's tick, tick… BOOM!, June 25 - 28, starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo, directed by Oliver Butler, and continues with a one-night only performance of Randy Newman'sFaust: The Concert, with Randy Newman as the Devil, directed by Thomas Kail, on July 1. Pump Boys and Dinettes, withbook, music and lyrics by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann , directed by Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Danny Mefford, wraps up the season, running July 16 - 19. Chris Fenwick is the Encores! Off-Center music director. (more...)

Official: HAMILTON, Written by and Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Set for Public Theater's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

As first reported by BWW yesterday, HAMILTON, written by the Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, will have its world premiere next January as part of The Public's 2014-15 season at Astor Place. Directed by his In The Heights collaborator Thomas Kail, this new musical features Miranda playing Alexander Hamilton, one of our country's Founding Fathers and the first Secretary of the Treasury. Tax-deductible Public Theater Memberships are available now and guarantee early access to tickets. (more...)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES to Play the Show Palace, 3/13-4/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

Show Palace Entertainment presents La Cage Aux Folles, running March 13 through April 20, 2014. (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Seeks High School Students to Produce THE CRUCIBLE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is offering local high school students the chance to produce a powerful classic American drama. (more...)

Photos and Video: Meet the Full Company of IF/THEN, Beginning Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 4, 2014

IF/THEN, starring Idina Menzel (aka 'Adele Dazeem'), begins previews tomorrow, March 5, and officially opens on March 30 at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full cast, plus watch interviews and footage of the company performing in last month's NYC fan concert of the musical! (more...)

South Bend Civic Theatre to Present THE WIZ, 3/28-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014

South Bend Civic Theatre commemorates the 75th anniversary of the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz" by presenting The Wiz, with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown. Winner of 7 Tony Awards, this original take of the journey of Dorothy through the Land of Oz will entertain and delight audience members of all ages. (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Fisher Fitness - A Marksist Perspective
by Mark Fisher Fitness - Mar 4, 2014

Goethe, Sartre, Nietzsche…Nothing like a good quote from a sage philosopher to motivate and inspire. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Bend - Week of 3/30/2014
by BWW - Mar 30, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/30/2014 for South Bend (more...)

Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young Star in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Tour, Launching in Cleveland, 3/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

The Independent Presenters Network is delighted to announce that casting for the 2014 national tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is complete. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, the new tour will launch at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH, on March 4, 2014. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre Presents Regional Premiere of IN THE HEIGHTS at TOCAP Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

The American Dream takes on a Latin Beat, as Cabrillo Music Theatre will present the regional professional premiers of this 'new classic' - the multi-Tony-winning Best Musical of 2008, IN THE HEIGHTS. IN THE HEIGHTS fuses contemporary music with timeless family struggles, and its' warmth, humor and joyful message resonates with all ages. IN THE HEIGHTS opens tonight, March 28, 2014, playing until Sunday, April 6th, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

A Beautiful Journey... Meet the Full Cast of VIOLET, Beginning Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 27, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of VIOLET, starring Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell, Alexander Gemignani and Joshua Henry, begins previews tomorrow, March 28, 2014. VIOLET officially opens on April 20, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full company and check out a sneak peek performance and interviews with the cast! (more...)

Meet the Cast of West End's MISS SAIGON; Returns May 3, 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Miss Saigon, currently booking for performances through to Saturday 25th October 2014, will make its highly anticipated return to the West End on Saturday 3 May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre, in the musical's 25th anniversary year. Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's epic musical has played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world since the sensational record-breaking run at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago. This epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI Chris--but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Meet the full company below! (more...)

Interview with Actor, Joshua Henry
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Mar 26, 2014

Actor Joshua Henry spoke with Education Dramaturg, Ted Sod to discuss his thoughts on his role as Flick before starting rehearsals for Violet. (more...)

BROADWAY BACKWARDS Hits New Record With Over $423,000 Raised for BC/EFA and The Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Broadway's best filled a sold-out Al Hirschfeld Theatre with laughter, tears and cheers during the unforgettable ninth annual edition of Broadway Backwards on Monday, March 24, 2014, raising a record-breaking $423,182 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Bend - Week of 3/23/2014
by BWW - Mar 23, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/23/2014 for South Bend (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Andrew M. Mueller, Adaeze' Kelley and More in Highlights of RENT at Paramount Theatre
by Stage Tube - Mar 21, 2014

Artistic Director Jim Corti and his team of incredible theater artists close out the company's third Broadway musical series with a daring production of the popular rock musical RENT. Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENTis a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates. Check out highlights of the show below! (more...)

'Ali Baba Had Them Forty Thieves...' Meet the Full Cast of ALADDIN, Opening Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 19, 2014

Disney's Aladdin, a new musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, opens tomorrow night, March 20th. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus watch interviews with the cast! (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Presents THE KING AND I, Now thru 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Come along on a journey to Siam as the Tony Award®-winning masterpiece The King and I bursts onto the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's stage today, March 18 through April 6, complete with imaginative scenic design, lavish costumes and a lush score of classics, including 'Getting to Know You,' 'Hello Young Lovers' and many more. This Broadway phenomenon will leave you whistling a happy tune! (more...)

Richard Maltby, Jr. to Direct Star-Studded Cast for DTC's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', 4/2-27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Delaware Theatre Company will close its 35th season with the 35th anniversary of the hit musical AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz. Delaware Theatre Company's production will be directed by original Broadway director and co-creator Richard Maltby, Jr. and feature his own handpicked cast alongside the original designs from the 1978 Tony Award-winning production. (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre's THE KING AND I with Michele Ragusa Begins Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Featuring 36 performers, the production stars Michele Ragusa as Anna, seen recently on Broadway in Young Frankenstein, Urinetown, Ragtime, A Class Act, Titanic and Cyrano. Wayne Hu stars as the King, recently seen in Camelot and King for a Day with The Glimmerglass Festival and La Boheme with Opera Memphis. The King and I also includes performances by 14 local children (ages 6 - 11) from Lake Worth to the Treasure Coast, cast through the Theatre's annual First Step to Stardom audition program. (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Presents THE KING AND I, 3/18-4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Come along on a journey to Siam as the Tony Award®-winning masterpiece The King and I bursts onto the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's stage March 18 through April 6, complete with imaginative scenic design, lavish costumes and a lush score of classics, including "Getting to Know You," "Hello Young Lovers" and many more. This Broadway phenomenon will leave you whistling a happy tune! (more...)

Photo Flash: Kennedy Center International Theater Festival 2014
by Charles Shubow - Mar 14, 2014

The three week WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014 besides presenting wonderful performances, also has a variety of wonderful installations throughout the Kennedy Center during the Festival which runs until March 30, 2014. All of these are FREE. (more...)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Plays the Show Palace, Now thru 4/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Show Palace Entertainment presents La Cage Aux Folles, running tonight, March 13 through April 20, 2014. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Paramount Theatre's RENT, Now Playing
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Performances continue through April 6, 2014. Press opening is Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m. The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, IL. Show times are Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are only $36.90 to $49.90. To purchase, go to ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or visit the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 2 hours prior to evening performances. Note:RENT is rated R for strong adult language and themes. Not recommended for audiences under 17. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Jasmin Richardson of MEMPHIS National Tour
by Heidi Scheuermann - Mar 11, 2014

Tonight, a little bit of MEMPHIS is hitting the Big Easy for a 6 day run at the Saenger Theatre. This soulful, Tony winning musical set in the 1950's highlights the story of a sassy club singer, Felicia, and the radio DJ, Huey, who wins her heart and is determined to help her rise to the top despite all of the obstacles they face together. While infused with the heavy theme of civil rights and the extreme prejudice of the time, MEMPHIS is splattered with song and dance that will certainly move you to your feet. (more...)

Allison Semmes & Clifton Oliver to Star in National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy have announced that Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes have been cast in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. The First National Tour begins performances April 22, 2014 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago before continuing to cities across the country. (more...)

Young New Yorkers, ARTs East New York and More Among First Arts Partners in NeON Arts Education Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

The New York City Department of Probation (DOP), in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, today announced the names of eleven New York City organizations to be awarded grants supporting arts programming as part of DOP's new citywideNeON Arts initiative. (more...)

The Soul 70's Super Jam to Return to the Fox Theatre for Mother's Day Concert, 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

The Soul 70's Super Jam will return to the Fox Theatre on Saturday, May 10 for a special Mother's Day concert at 8 p.m. Bringing together a classic lineup of R&B, soul and romantic hit-makers, the evening will include performances by The O'Jays and special guests Stephanie Mills, Enchantment and The Floaters. (more...)

Do You Hear the People Sing? Welcome the Company of LES MISERABLES for the Show's Broadway Return!
by Meet the Cast - Feb 28, 2014

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece LES MISERABLES begins previews on Broadway tomorrow, Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. The official opening night for LES MISERABLES is Sunday, March 23. Scroll down to learn more about the full cast, plus watch a video of the company in rehearsal! (more...)

CINDERELLA's Carly Rae Jepsen & Fran Drescher Set for Kids' Night on Broadway Google+ Hangout Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

The inaugural KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY GOOGLE + HANGOUTS ON AIR will give kids the opportunity to go behind the scenes of their favorite Broadway shows via live, interactive video chats. Today's chat is with Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher from Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. (more...)

Victory Gardens Theater to Stage World Premiere of THE GOSPEL OF LOVINGKINDNESS, 2/28-3/30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of The Gospel of Lovingkindness by Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley, directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew. The Gospel of Lovingkindness runs February 28 - March 30, 2014 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Photo Flash: Adam Michaels & Adaeze Kelley Featured in Promo Photos for Paramount Theater's RENT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

It's already been quite a season at the gorgeous Paramount Theater in downtown Aurora, with audiences flocking to see three consecutive hit productions of In the Heights, Miss Saigon and 42nd Street. (more...)

Quincy Jones, Peggy Lipton and Alfred Molina Join TBS's TRIBECA Pilot Starring Rashida Jones
by TV News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

According to Deadline, Quincy Jones will play fictional father to his real-life daughter Rashida Jones in TBS's upcoming TRIBECA pilot. Peggy Lipton is set to portray Jones' mother. (more...)

Tickets for National Tour of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS Goes on Sale Today at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

The Smith Center announced today that single tickets for The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will go on sale today, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Petersburg - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for St. Petersburg (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Bend - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for South Bend (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for Tampa (more...)

Broadway Vet Lawrence Hamilton Dies at 59
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

Lawrence Hamilton, the elegant and commanding musical theater artist and one of Broadway's leading men, died of cardiac arrest on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City due to complications following bypass surgery. He was 59. (more...)

Cleveland Play House's INFORMED CONSENT Takes to the Second Stage, 4/23-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

The 2013-2014 season at Cleveland Play House (CPH) continues with the compelling world premiere production of Deborah Zoe Laufer's Informed Consent. Co-produced with Geva Theatre Center, this incredibly thought-provoking production is inspired by the real life court case between the Havasupai Indian tribe and Arizona State University, and sparks an intriguing debate on both ethicality and morality. Directed by Sean Daniels and Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth, Informed Consent will serve as the centerpiece to CPH's 2014 New Ground Theatre Festival and will run from April 23 - May 18 in the Second Stage. (more...)

Broadway's Lawrence Hamilton Passes Away at 59
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

According to Arkansas Online, Broadway star Lawrence Hamilton passed away yesterday at age 59 due to complications from surgery. Hamilton was born in Arkansas in 1954. Aside from performing on Broadway, he also studied Music Education and taught as a professor. (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre to Offer FIRST STEP TO STARDOM Audition Workshops, 4/12 & 19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

Free optional audition workshops to prepare for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's annual free First Step to Stardom audition day will be offered on Saturday, April 12, and Saturday, April 19, at the Theatre's Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan Sings THE WIZARD OF OZ & THE WIZ Medley At MISCAST 2014
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 3, 2014

In addition to a showstopping performance of a legendary duet from iconic musical theatre masterpiece WEST SIDE STORY given by Broadway headliners Raul Esparza and Lin-Manuel Miranda at the recent star-studded MISCAST 2014 gala, Esparza also treated attendees to a spirited rendition of iconic FUNNY GIRL film showstopper 'My Man' and a new clip of the performance is now available to view. (more...)

Richard Maltby, Jr. Directs Star-Studded Cast for DTC's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Now thru 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

Delaware Theatre Company will close its 35th season with the 35th anniversary of the hit musical AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz. Delaware Theatre Company's production will be directed by original Broadway director and co-creator Richard Maltby, Jr. and feature his own handpicked cast alongside the original designs from the 1978 Tony Award-winning production. (more...)

Hangar Hands Out Distinguished Awards at Annual Meeting
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Hangar Theatre celebrated their accomplishments of 2013 at their annual meeting on Monday, April 7th where one business organization and three community members were recognized as substantially impacting the artistic integrity and financial health of the Center for Performing Arts. Board members, staff, volunteers, and community members all gathered to celebrate the continual success of the Hangar and the positive impact of those who so generously contribute their time and resources to the Hangar Theatre. (more...)

Stephen Lee Anderson, Nick Blaemire, Kim Yu Blanck & More Set for CHASING THE SONG at La Jolla Playhouse; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its Page To Stage workshop production of Chasing the Song, a jubilant new musical by the team behind the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, featuring book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music and lyrics by David Bryan and directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Kicking off the Playhouse's 2014/15 season, Chasing the Song runs May 13 - June 15 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. Tickets are available by calling the Patron Services Department at (858) 550-1010 or online at LaJollaPlayhouse.org. (more...)

Penfold Theatre Company to Host A MARVELOUS PARTY Fundraising Gala, 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

The grounds of the Kindred Oaks estate provide a beautiful, central Texas backdrop for guests to enjoy an elegant meal while singers from Austin's vibrant theatre community delight with selections from Wicked, The Wiz and The Wizard of Oz in honor of the classic film's 75th anniversary. The evening will end with the announcement of Penfold's 2014-15 Season! (more...)

BWW Review: SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Rocks at the Coterie
by Steve Wilson - Apr 13, 2014

Whoever says that learning is not fun, has not seen Schoolhouse Rock Live at the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City? Schoolhouse Rock Live opened Friday night April 11 to a sold-out house. The show is without a doubt the best production of an already fantastic season, but they are not done yet with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang coming in June. (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Offers FIRST STEP TO STARDOM Audition Workshop Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

Free optional audition workshops to prepare for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's annual free First Step to Stardom audition day will be offered today, April 12, and Saturday, April 19, at the Theatre's Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts. (more...)

Crystal Image Theatre to Present THE PLAYER, 6/12-15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Crystal Image Theatre at Boys & Girls High School brings an action-packed, drama with music to the public this June 12th - 15th, 2014. (more...)

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