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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.


Baltimore Dance Audition Announced for NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!; Maddie Baillio to Judge
by TV News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

One lucky dancer will have a chance to take part in NBC's upcoming HAIRSPRAY LIVE. WBAL-TV 11 in Baltimore has announced an audition taking place at the city's Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore on September 15th. (more...)

Photo: First Look - Derek Hough as HAIRSPRAY LIVE!'s Corny Collins!
by TV News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Derek Hough will take on the role of Corny Collins, the host of The Corny Collins Show in NBC's upcoming holiday broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE. Today, NBC released a first look at the Dancing With the Stars pro in costume! (more...)

This Just In! Direct from Broadway, HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Casts Seaweed and Little Inez; Plus New Video Promo
by TV News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

This just in! Essence.com has just broken the news that HAIRSPRAY LIVE! has completed its all-star dream cast with not one, but two final cast members - direct from Broadway! (more...)

Justin Vivian Bond, Darren Criss, Molly Ringwald and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly lineup of performances from September 7 - 18, 2016. Scroll down, and visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Kristin Chenoweth to Perform National Anthem on NBC's 'Sunday Night Football'
by TV News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth, who will star in NBC's presentation of "Hairspray Live!" on December 7, will perform the national anthem prior to coverage of the Patriots-Cardinals Sunday Night Football showdown (more...)

Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara, Ken Page and Paul Reubens to Reprise 'NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS' Concert at The Hollywood Bowl
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Los Angeles' reigning Pumpkin King, Danny Elfman, will return to the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, October 29 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, October 30 at 6:30 pm performing his role of Jack Skellington singing live to film for a very special screening of Disney's timeless holiday classic, 'TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.' (more...)

Tituss Burgess' THE PREACHER'S WIFE Musical Will Get NYC Presentation
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Tituss Burgess has received the rights to the beloved film, 'The Preacher's Wife.' An industry presentation will be held in NYC on Monday, Sepetember 12, starring Loretta Devine and Ledisi. (more...)

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
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 “Corny Collins Show.” (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

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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Brenda Braxton and More for THE JOINT at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

A Special Showcase Presentation of the new musical The Joint will take place on Thursday, September 8 - Sunday, September 11 (Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m; Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m.) as part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival. Scroll down for a peek at the cast in rehearsal! (more...)

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...)

HAMILTON's Thomas Kail and Jeffrey Seller Set for Panel at EXPO CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, and Project& present "An Open Conversation: Social Aesthetics Broadway, Culture and Social Impact" with creative team members of the Broadway musical Hamilton. (more...)

World Premiere of ON THE RAILS Begins Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Algonquin Theater Productions and Jason Hewitt welcome Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Mel Johnson Jr. (Jekyll & Hyde, Hot Feet, The Lion King, Big Deal, The Rink, Eubie!, On the Twentieth Century), and James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors) for the world premiere of ON THE RAILS, a new musical with book by Tony Sportiello (Second Chance, National Pastime), music and lyrics by Al Tapper (Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle), arrangements and musical direction by David Wolfson, and directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria). (more...)

BWW Emmy Review Recap: Look Back at Biggest Theatre to TV Transitions of the Year; THE WIZ, GREASE, LADY DAY
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 13, 2016

As we saw throughout the two nights of the Creative Arts Emmys, theatrical programming and theatre performers have done very well taking home trophies so far this year. So, we wanted to take a look back at three of the biggest theatrical properties to come to television in the past year, as they prepare for the biggest awards to be announced on Sunday.  (more...)

Alan Cumming, Betty Buckley and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances for September 14-25, 2016. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

Cast Complete for JAG Productions & ArtisTree's CHOIR BOY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The complete cast is set for the upcoming Vermont Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's CHOIR BOY, a gospel-infused play that will run at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT. The show, directed by Jarvis Antonio Green, begins previews on November 3 and opens on November 5. (more...)

GREASE:LIVE Tops 2016 Creative Emmy Awards; Check Out Tonight's Full List of Winners!
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 11, 2016

The Television Academy tonight presented Part 2 of its two 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies for programs and individual achievements at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (more...)

THE WIZ LIVE!'s Paul Tazewell Wins Creative Emmy Award for Best Costumes
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 11, 2016

NBC's holiday production of The Wiz LIVE this year garnered six EMMY AWARD nominations. At tonight's Creative Emmy Awards ceremony, Paul Tazewell picked up the award for Outstanding Costumes For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 9/10-9/11/2016
by - Sep 11, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, September 11, 2016 - Sunday, September 11, 2016. (more...)

Tony Winner Kenny Leon Set for Q&A at Spelman College
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

Spelman College and True Colors Theatre Company have announced a conversation with Tony Award-winning Director Kenny Leon the evening of September 8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Baldwin Burroughs Theater at Spelman College. (more...)

Scoop: MATCH GAME on ABC - Thursday, September 8, 2016
by - Sep 1, 2016

Get all the scoop on MATCH GAME, airing on ABC on Thursday, September 8, 2016! (more...)

Sierra Boggess and More Featured on THE WILD & WHIMSICAL WORLDS OF DAVID MALLAMUD Album
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Composer David Mallamud's brain is a busy place. With a particular gift for compositions that fuse genres with his own unique perspective, the dynamic young composer's debut CD, 'The Wild & Whimsical Worlds of David Mallamud' (September 30 worldwide release on Broadway Records), brings the listener through a fanciful tour of time and place. (more...)

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

BroadwayWorld has your inside look at Chicago's celebration for Andre De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens! Check out photos below! (more...)

Sarah Ruhl's New Play SCENES FROM COURT LIFE to Open Yale Rep's 50th Anniversary Season; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre, celebrating 50 years of daring artists, bold choices, and adventurous audiences, presents the world premiere of Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, September 30-October 22 at Yale University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, October 6. (more...)

'The Wiz Live's Mary J. Blige to Guest on ABC's HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
by TV News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Multi-Grammy winner Mary J. Blige will appear in a guest starring role in the third season of ABC's HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Andre De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

From the heat of urban insurrection in Baltimore, Maryland to the incandescent glare of New York's Great White Way, 'Jelly Belly' has many stories to tell. Through song, dance, and spoken word, join Victory Gardens Theater's Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow Andre De Shields in this riveting solo-performance as we follow this adventure from inner city impoverishment to self-actualization. BroadwayWorld has your first look below! Check it out! (more...)

Broadway Vet Phylicia Rashad to Recur on Hit FOX Drama Series EMPIRE
by TV News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Phylicia Rashad will recur in the role of Taye Diggs' mother on the hit FOX drama series EMPIRE. (more...)

JERSEY BOYS Star Michael Longoria to Encore BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Original "Jersey Boy" Michael Longoria will return to Joe's Pub at The Public to perform BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK on Sunday, September 18 at 7:00pm. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Critic and Historian Peter Filichia
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 28, 2016

You would be hard pressed to find someone who loves the theatre more than Peter Filichia. For years, Peter's observations on musical theatre have inspired countless actors, directors, and writers to start a career in show business. Now, Peter talks to Rob and Kevin, his two biggest fans, about the importance of arts education, for whom a critic should be crafting their reviews, and why he still loves the theatre. Plus, memories of Senator Joe, The Wiz, and My Fair Lady!  (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 8/27-8/28/2016
by - Aug 28, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, August 28, 2016 - Sunday, August 28, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Andre De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2016

Dennis Zacek and Grippo Stage Co., Inc., are presenting CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., written and performed by two-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner Andre De Shields, and directed by Samuel G. Roberson Jr. and Dennis Zacek. The cast also includes Kimberly Lawson and Donica Lynn. (more...)

Scoop: MATCH GAME on ABC - Sunday, August 28, 2016
by TV Scoop - Aug 26, 2016

Get all the scoop on MATCH GAME, airing on ABC on Sunday, August 28, 2016! (more...)

VIDEO: Legendary Andre De Shields in CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens Theater
by Michael Dale - Aug 26, 2016

The dynamic actor, singer and dancer Andre De Shields opened last night at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Avenue) in his own new play, CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., directed by Samuel G. Roberson and Dennis Zacek. (more...)

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