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Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (New York, NY)
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.



Jo Lampert to Star in David Byrne's JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE at The Public; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

The Public Theater has announced casting for JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE, with book, music, and lyrics by David Byrne. (more...)

Ignite Theatre to Close After 31st Show, THE WIZ
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Ignite Theatre's thirty-first production, The Wiz, will be its last. (more...)

Off-Broadway's A DOG STORY Musical Sniffs Out the Recording Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Broadway Records has announced that A Dog Story (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording) will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, January 20, 2017. (more...)

BWW Album Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Remy Holzer - Jan 5, 2017

Skeptics of musical theater like to ask, 'But how do they know the song?' when characters join in during a musical number. One of the virtues of HAIRSPRAY is that the audience itself actually does this: the songs are so catchy that we start singing along. This is appropriate, given the show's message of inclusivity and empowerment of the ordinary. Marc Shaiman (music and lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics) are responsible for the irresistible score of this show, set in Baltimore in the 1960s, that follows plucky, overweight teenager Tracy Turnblad's quest to integrate the 'Corny Collins Show,' an AMERICAN BANDSTAND-style teen dance party that she adores. Along the way, she falls in love with one of its stars, locks horns with another, makes new friends who are black and have a different perspective and a different way of dancing, and finds a place for herself on the show and in life. And her mother Edna and best friend Penny also benefit from Tracy's widening world. (more...)

Breaking News: Joshua Henry, Michael Luwoye and Rory O'Malley Will Go 'Non-Stop' in HAMILTON National Tour; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Producer Jeffrey Seller has just announced that two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry, Broadway's Michael Luwoye and Tony Award Nominee Rory O'Malley will lead the National Tour of HAMILTON as Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and King George III, respectively. (more...)

Broadway's Joshua Henry, Michael Luwoye and Rory O'Malley to Lead National Tour of HAMILTON
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Producer Jeffrey Seller is thrilled to announce that two-time Tony Award® nominee JOSHUA HENRY, Broadway's MICHAEL LUWYOYE and Tony Award® Nominee RORY O'MALLEY will lead the National Tour of HAMILTONas Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and King George III, respectively.  (more...)

Harlem Rep's THE WIZARD OF OZ Will Follow the Yellow Brick Road Into Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Harlem Repertory Theatre's production of 'The Wizard of Oz,' co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, has been extended through May 27, 2017 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan. (more...)

PBS' GREAT PERFORMANCES to Present Bel Canto the Opera from Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1/13
by TV News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

The world premiere production of Bel Canto the Opera - recorded in Chicago last January - airs on Great Performances Friday, January 13 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (more...)

World Premiere of HOW TO USE A KNIFE at Unicorn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Will Snider's How to Use a Knife is a world premiere play bursting with energy, secrets and suspense. It isn't easy running a busy restaurant kitchen in New York City, but it may be the last chance Chef George gets to turn his life around. (more...)

Vision Latino Theatre Company to Launch Second Season with JUST LIKE US
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Vision Latino Theatre Company (VLTC) kicks off their Second Season with Karen Zacarias, Just Like Us. Performance of Just Like Us will be held at Chicago Dramatists (1105 W Chicago Ave.). (more...)

Billy Porter, Theresa Rebeck and More Tapped for Sundance Institute Retreat
by Movies News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

Six theatre artists will be the focus of the 18th annual Sundance Institute Retreat at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, taking place January 23 - February 10. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
by Walter McBride - Jan 18, 2017

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (more...)

BWW Interview: Salisha Thomas of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - Jan 16, 2017

When BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL opens on January 17 at Hartford's Bushnell Theatre, audiences will discover that though they may think they know the songs of Carole King, there is such a rich story behind those familiar lyrics and catchy melodies. BEAUTIFUL tells the true story of King's rise to stardom and illustrates how she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Taking the stage in BEAUTIFUL playing Shirley, the lead singer of the Shirelles is Salisha Thomas who I had the pleasure of speaking with and learning about her experience with this remarkable show about a remarkable woman. (more...)

Design-Focused 'in 1: the podcast' Welcomes Tony and Emmy-Winner Derek McLane
by in 1: the podcast - Jan 16, 2017

It's 2017 and we're going to Hollywood! Or at the very least, bridging the gap between theatre and film as we sit down with the man responsible for the look of the Academy Awards, the NBC Live Musicals, and over 35 Broadway shows, it's Scenic Designer Derek McLane! (more...)

3-D Theatricals' ONCE ON THIS ISLAND to Sail to Redondo Beach and Cerritos PAC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

From the creators of Broadway's RAGTIME and SEUSSICAL, 3-D Theatricals will present the eight-time Tony nominated ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. (more...)

Billy Porter of KINKY BOOTS Fame Marries Partner Adam Smith
by Julie Musbach - Jan 15, 2017

In an exclusive interview with People Magazine, Billy Porter announced his marriage to longtime partner Adam Smith. 'We're looking forward to understanding and learning how to share your life with somebody,' Porter was quoted. 'I'm really thrilled to figure out what that means - together, with my soul mate!' (more...)

BWW Review: Circle Players and TSU's Dazzling and Delightful THE WIZ
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 14, 2017

And, lord! What a cast Larson has assembled for his unique take on the musical - which again was catapulted into the cultural zeitgeist thanks to the critically acclaimed televised version from NBC last year of the show that features the music and lyrics of Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown - and what a collective of creative types he's once again pulled together to bring his vision to the TSU stage. (more...)

BRECHT ON BRECHT to Celebrate the Legendary Dramatist at New Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

New Repertory Theatre presents Brecht on Brecht, February 4-March 5, 2017 in the Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

Gary Floyd & Denise Lee Kick- Off Third Cabaret Season at Fair Park Women's Building and Second Dallas Cabaret Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Denise Lee Onstage (DLO) in conjunction with Fair Park Dallas is proud to announce the third season lineup for the cabaret series at the Women's Building and Dallas' 2nd Annual Cabaret Festival. The series, entitled "Life Is a Cabaret," officially launches January 24, 2017, with its first show "Together We Can - Love is the Key" featuring Denise Lee and nationally renowned recording artist and long-time Dallas favorite, Gary Lynn Floyd. Floyd also serves as music director. (more...)

Ramin Karimloo & Alison Luff Star on SONG OF SOLOMON Original Concept Recording, Arriving 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Broadway Records has announced that Song of Solomon (Original Concept Recording) will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, January 27, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Maltz Jupiter Theatre Presents THE PRODUCERS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has just the solution for you this season with the hit Broadway blockbuster The Producers, set to take the Theatre by storm January 10 through 29. (more...)

James Anthony Tyler's Timely Comedy DOLPHINS AND SHARKS to Debut at Labyrinth Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Labyrinth Theater Company presents the world premiere of the witty and socially poignant production of Dolphins and Sharks by upcoming playwright James Anthony Tyler. The production, which marks Tyler's professional debut, is scheduled for February 9 - March 19 and is directed by Charlotte Brathwaite. (more...)

Ken Ard Hosts 'Luck Be A Lady Tonight'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Broadway Performer Ken Ard (Smokey Joe's Cafe) hosts an Evening of Lovely Ladies from the Great White Way. (more...)

Scoop: MATCH GAME on ABC - Saturday, January 14, 2017
by TV Scoop - Jan 11, 2017

Get all the scoop on MATCH GAME, airing on ABC on Saturday, January 14, 2017! (more...)

Mile Square Theatre Presents YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County's leading professional theatre, presents the popular family musical comedy You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Opening MST's 2nd season in its new space, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown maintains MST's high standards for quality family theatre, and kicks off an eclectic season with a classic musical. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Winners Announced - Anthony Rapp, Idina Menzel and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 11, 2017

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 75 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2016 Seattle winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

El Greco Productions Presents FUTURE SEX, INC.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

What does the future hold for sex? The mysterious conglomerate Monocorp fabricates an epidemic condemning intimacy to profit from its "safe" new pseudo-sex product called the Love Light. (more...)

2016 Alrededor de BroadwayWorld
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Dec 30, 2016

Quedan pocas horas a este año que se acaba y en BroadwayWorld Spain hacemos un repaso de las historias mas destacadas alrededor del mundo que nos fascina: el Teatro Musical (more...)

Tim Larson Directs THE WIZ As Circle Players Kicks Off 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 28, 2016

Circle Players eases into 2017 and will 'Ease On Down The Road' - beginning January 6 - with its production of The Wiz, the musical that infuses L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music to create a fun, family-friendly show that has become one of the most popular musicals of its time. (more...)

Encore Telecast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Delivers 2.5 Million Viewers Overall
by TV News Desk - Dec 27, 2016

Last night, NBC aired an encore telecast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The broadcast delivered a 0.5/2 rating in the 18-49 demographic as well as 2.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Norm Lewis' Gift to New York City at Feinstein's / 54 Below
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Dec 24, 2016

I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is what Norm Lewis named his show this year, his 2nd consecutive holiday booking, at Feinstein's / 54 Below. (more...)

"We AreÂ… ON BROADWAY!" A Concert Celebrating Penn State Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

After a sold-out performance last year, alumni from the Penn State School of Theatre return to State College for 'We Are... ON BROADWAY!', a one-night-only concert. (more...)

Tony Winner Phylicia Rashad Named 2017 Women in the Arts Honoree at Steppenwolf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly announces stage director, singer and Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad as the 2017 honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 12noon at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N Columbus Dr. Ms. Rashad joins Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro for a riveting conversation about her multifaceted career and her role as a leader in the field. (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Welcome Tony Walton for 'Dramalogue' Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Tony Walton, who has designed sets and costumes for film, opera, ballet, and television but is perhaps best known for his extensive work in theatre, will appear live, onstage at Palm Beach Dramaworks on Tuesday, January 3, to discuss his distinguished career with J. Barry Lewis as part of the popular series Dramalogue - Talking Theatre! The program will be presented twice, at 2pm and 7pm, at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. (more...)

Josh Davis Joins Billie Wildrick in THE PAJAMA GAME at 5th Avenue Theatre; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

This winter, The 5th Avenue Theatre will have Seattle adjusting its radiators with a steaming hot new production of the Richard Adler and Jerry Ross musical theater hit, The Pajama Game. With direction by 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, this sultry stunner features Bob Fosse-inspired choreography by Bob Richard and music direction by Joel Fram. (more...)

On Sale Today! 'From Broadway With Love For Orlando' Benefit Concert Now Available as Double CD, DVD, and Blu-ray
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

The sold-out concert featured all-star Broadway performances with Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. (more...)

THE PRODUCERS Takes the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Stage in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

So you wanna be a producer? (more...)

Billy Porter to Host A.R.T./New York Theatres Ribbon Cutting Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, New York City's leading service and advocacy organization for nonprofit theatre, today announced that Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter will host the official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 beginning at 10:30am and located at 502 West 53rd Street. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway Animal Trainer Bill Berloni Tames Hounds in A CHRISTMAS STORY at Virginia Rep
by Stage Tube - Dec 19, 2016

Broadway dog trainer Bill Berloni isn't just a Tony Honoree - he's also a true animal lover. In the video below, learn more about his history training Broadway's most famous dogs, and how he brought Moose and Reba to the Virginia Repertory Theatre stage in A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL! (more...)

BEL CANTO To Premiere Nationally On GREAT PERFORMANCES PBS, 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Lyric's world premiere production of the opera Bel Canto - recorded in Chicago last January - will air nationally on Great Performances Friday, January 13 at 9pm CST on PBS (Check local listings). B (more...)

Matt Dempsey, Llandyll Gove, and More Join the Cast of THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Theatre Royal Stratford East and Belgrade Coventry Theatre today announces the cast for Kirsten Childs' award-winning off-Broadway musical The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin. (more...)

Tunes from Highline Ballroom Concert Featured on LaChanze's FEELING GOOD EP
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

LaCHANZE - the Tony Award-winning actress and concert star of The Color Purple, If/Then, Once on This Island and more - has announced plans to record a special EP "Feeling Good" to feature musical highlights of her electric new concert of the same name at The Highline Ballroom. (more...)

Just In Time For the Holidays! Take Home NBC's Star-Studded HAIRSPRAY LIVE! on DVD 12/20
by TV News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Starring world-class performers and recording artists, NBC's musical television production of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! stays true to the groundbreaking Broadway show. (more...)

Kathleen Marshall, Gordon Greenberg & More Join The Muny's 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for The Muny's 2017 Season, which opens on June 12 with Jesus Christ Superstar. (more...)

Chester Gregory, Allison Semmes and Jarran Muse to Lead MOTOWN THE MUSICAL National Tour; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Motown Founder Berry Gordy have announced the complete cast for the National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. (more...)

NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Wins Wednesday; Up +77% Vs. Wednesday Season Average
by TV News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

With two primetime NFL games, “This Is Us,” “Hairspray Live!” and two editions of “The Voice” accounting for six of the week's top nine ratings among Big 4 primetime telecasts in the key adult 18-49 demographic (more...)

Broadway Stars Light Up Stage at 2017 St. Louis Arts Awards
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

The dazzling lights of Broadway will shine brightly when Broadway stars Taylor Louderman and Ken Page perform as part of the star-studded entertainment line-up at the 26th annual St. Louis Arts Awards, on Mon., Jan. 23 at the Chase Park Plaza.  (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 11, 2016
by - Dec 11, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 11 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: Jennifer Hudson and HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Say 'Thank You' to Producers
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2016

The gratitude and nostalgia run deep for the cast of Hairspray Live!, who are continuing to share their thoughts about the special experience on social media. Today, Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle) posted an Instagram of her with the live musical's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, thanking them for believing in her and giving her an opportunity to be a part of Hairspray Live! On the heels of her post, we received a mega thank you photo of the entire cast and members of the creative team. One thing's for sure: we'll be feeling the beat from Hairspray Live! for some time to come! (more...)

Photo Flash: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Members Share Photos of Memories and Life After HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2016

It's only been three days since NBC's latest installment in their series of annual live musical events, Hairspray Live!, but the stars of the production are already being hit hard with nostalgia! Several members of the cast, including Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed), Ariana Grande (Penny), and Tracy herself, Maddie Baillio, have taken to Instagram to express their post-Hairspray feelings. BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the most adorable posts below-let us know which ones we missed, and fingers crossed Ephraim keeps his promise to flood our timelines with more precious behind-the-scenes memories! (more...)

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