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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.



BLACK NATIVITY to Open This December at Crossroads Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Langston Hughes' soaring music- and poetry-infused retelling of the birth of Jesus comes to the Crossroads Theatre Company for the holiday season in a new production of  the late writer's classic work, Black Nativity. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Kristin Chenoweth Sings 'Miss Baltimore Crabs'
by TV News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

NBC has just released an all-new promo for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! featuring Kristin Chenoweth performing the show-stopping number 'Miss Baltimore Crabs.' (more...)

Derek Hough & Ne-Yo Join Judge's Table on NBC's WORLD OF DANCE
by TV News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

World renown dancer and two-time Emmy Award winner Derek Hough, who is set to co-star in the Dec. 7 production of ¬ďHairspray Live!,¬Ē and NE-YO have been added as judges on NBC's new dance competition series WORLD OF DANCE. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

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Pittsburgh Symphony Presents HIGHMARK HOLIDAY POPS, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the music of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's annual Highmark Holiday Pops December 9 through 11 and December 17 and 18 at Heinz Hall. (more...)

2017 Winter/Spring Cleveland Theater Calendar
by Roy Berko - Nov 29, 2016

Here's a list of some of the offerings of local theatres through the winter and spring seasons (January-May). SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL THEATRES! (more...)

Mayor Walsh & Billy Porter to be Honored at Huntington's SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULAR
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

 Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Tony Award-winning artist and Topdog/Underdog director Billy Porter will be honored with the Wimberly Award at the 2017 Spotlight Spectacular on Monday, April 24, 2017. The Huntington's festive annual event raises money to support the Huntington's programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives that reach more than 30,000 annually. (more...)

The Bushwick Starr Presents THE SOLDIER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

The Bushwick Starr is thrilled to present THE SOLDIER'S TALE, based on Stravinsky's timeless story of a violin, a book of riches, and a deal with the devil, brought to life by Puppet Kitchen Productions. (more...)

VIDEO: All-Star Cast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Stop By NBC's 'Today'
by TV News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

On this morning's TODAY, the all-star cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short and newcomer Maddie Baillio, stopped by to discuss the important message of the musical (more...)

VIDEO: Harvey Fierstein & Derek Hough Give Tour of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Set
by TV News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

HAIRSPRAY LIVE!'s Harvey Fierstein and Derek Hough give Facebook fans a tour of Derek McLane's colorful set, which features various shops named in tribute to the talented people who have been involved in HAIRSPRAY throughout the decades. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Promo Video Featuring Jennifer Hudson
by Stage Tube - Nov 27, 2016

What the world needs now is Jennifer Hudson singing 'I Know Where I've Been,' and with this new promo featuring the Oscar winner, audiences can get a preview dose of the powerful anthem-check out the video below! (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Billboard for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Shines in Times Square
by Walter McBride - Nov 25, 2016

You can't stop the beat!  A new billboard now shines in Times Square promoting NBC's HAIRSPRAY Live! Check it out below! (more...)

Theatre Royal Stratford East Announces New 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2016

With Sinbad the Sailor opening on Monday and Rani Moorthy's Whose Sari Now? currently playing in Gerry's studio space, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael today announces the theatre's forthcoming Spring/Summer 2017 season. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE Perform on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
by Stage Tube - Nov 24, 2016

Check out the video of the cast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE performing on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade below! (more...)

BWW TV: Check out the New Extended Promo for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 24, 2016

NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will originate from Los Angeles. The all-star cast includes Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Mabel, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Ariana Grandeas Penny Pingleton, Andrea Martin as Prudy Pingleton and Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle. Rosie O'Donnell and Sean Hayes will also make special appearances in the broadcast. (more...)

BWW Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Near West Theatre
by Roy Berko - Nov 23, 2016

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, had an unusual path to being one of the oft-produced musicals of all time. It has been estimated that world-wide, over 20,000 school, community and professional theatres have produced the work. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Look Around, Look Around: A Theatre Kid's Thanksgiving
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Nov 23, 2016

This November 24th I celebrate one year since first hearing something from Hamilton. It's not a coincidence that this day also is when 2016's Thanksgiving falls. (more...)

Cast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! to Visit Next Week's 'Today' on NBC
by TV News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

NBC has announced that on Monday, November 28th, the cast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE will make an appearance on 'Today.' As BWW previously announced, THE GREAT COMET of 1812's Josh Groban will also be performing on the broadcast. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein & Jerry Mitchell Talk NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Reveal Details on Lake, Winokur Cameos!
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 21, 2016

Today, BWW participated in a media conference call with HAIRSPRAY LIVE's playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: New Photos from Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Today, NBC has shared additional images of the cast from the set of HAIRSPRAY LIVENBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE airing Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from Los Angeles. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Dove Cameron, Maddie Baillio & More Participate in Today's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Press Call
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 21, 2016

Today, BWW participated in a special HAIRSPRAY LIVE! conference call featuring four of the 'nicest kids in town,' including Dove Cameron (Disney's 'Descendants'), Garrett Clayton (Disney's 'Teen Beach' Franchise), Ephraim Sykes (Hamilton on Broadway) and 20-year-old newcomer Maddie Baillio (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CEK Productions' World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES 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...)

Photo Flash: The HAIRSPRAY Company Poses from Universal Backlot!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

It's just weeks until HAIRSPRAY LIVE! airs on NBC and the company is hard at work at their very own Universal backlot, rehearsing for the big day! Below, check out two recent photos of the cast in costume from producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron! (more...)

New Donna Summer Musical, Leigh Silverman-Helmed WILD GOOSE DREAMS and More Round Out La Jolla Playhouse's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse, nationally-renowned for the development of new work, announces four world-premiere productions for the 2017/2018 season, including the previously-announced Escape to Margaritaville (May/June), featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett and an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia ('My Name Is Earl') and Mike O'Malley ('Survivor's Remorse,' 'Shameless'), directed by La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis). (more...)

Live Albums from Charles Busch, Carmen Cusack, Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp Out Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

Broadway Records today announced three new titles to be added to its 'Live at Feinstein's/54 Below' series: CHARLES BUSCH - LIVE AT FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, CARMEN CUSACK - IF YOU KNEW MY STORY and ADAM PASCAL & ANTHONY RAPP - ACOUSTICALLY SPEAKING: 20 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP. (more...)

Luna Stage Presents THIS WONDERFUL LIFE: A New Twist on a Holiday Classic
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Luna Stage is proud to present THIS WONDERFUL LIFE, a solo tour de force performance of the iconic holiday film. In a feat of theatrical gymnastics, actress extraordinaire Erica Bradshaw plays George, Mary, Clarence and the whole Bedford Falls cast of characters in this fun and heartwarming adaptation by Steve Murray. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Kenny Leon to Receive SDC Foundation's 'Mr. Abbott' Award
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDC Foundation), the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), announces that acclaimed Director Kenny Leon will be honored with the distinguished 2016-2017 'Mr. Abbott' Award for the outstanding artistry and creativity of his forty-year (and counting) career. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast & Creatives Meet the Press on Set of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

The cast and creative team for NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! met with the press in Los Angeles, CA yesterday, including our own Richie Ridge. Check out photos from the event below! (more...)

Apply for Paper Mill's 2017 Rising Star Awards Through January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Since their inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre - presented by the Investors Foundation have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes to Host HAIRSPRAY LIVE Pre-Show; NBC to Air Live Viewing Parties Throughout the Broadcast
by TV News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes will take viewers on a guided tour of everything involved in putting together NBC's highly anticipated telecast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE¬†with the ¬ďCountdown to Hairspray Live!¬Ē special set for¬†Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! to Close with Special Original Duet from Ariana Grande & Jennifer Hudson!
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 16, 2016

Today, HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealed that the cast of the NBC live broadcast will take their bows to a new song performed live by cast members Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 4, 2016
by - Dec 4, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 4 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Drops an Extended First Look!
by Stage Tube - Dec 4, 2016

NBC has unveiled an all-new promo for the highly-anticipated musical HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, airing Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Get a first look below! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 3, 2016
by - Dec 3, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: BROADWAY AT THE GOOD Brings Cheer to the Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - Dec 3, 2016

Portland's Good Theater performs its annual musical revue, Broadway at the Good Theater this weekend bringing warmth, cheer, and an array of musical treats to mark the holiday season. Conceived, written, and directed by Brian P. Allen, this year's two hours of song and dance was devoted to the musicals of the 1970s. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Former HAMILTON Ensemblist Jon Rua Shares Sneak Peek of New Dance Video to MOANA Track
by Stage Tube - Dec 3, 2016

The only thing better than Hamilton or Moana is both of them together, and former standby for the title character in Hamilton Jon Rua is serving us mashup realness in a sneak peek of his latest dance video, set to Alessia Cara's cover of Moana's signature 'I want' song, 'How Far I'll Go.' Check out the video below, and say a little prayer that we get to see the full video sooner rather than later! (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 12/3/2016
by - Dec 3, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 12/3/2016. (more...)

FIRST LISTEN: The Original HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Soundtrack Is Now Streaming!
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The original soundtrack recording of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! includes studio recordings of all the musical numbers that are performed by the cast members in the live broadcast and is now available to stream on iTunes (click here) and Spotify (click here) (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Regional Awards Update - John Arthur Greene, Judy McLane Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 2, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

BWW Review: Diana Ross with the National Symphony Orchestra, Emil de Cou Conductor at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 2, 2016

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2016 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards Update - Randall Scott Carpenter, Callan Barth Tied!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 2, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

VIDEO: Let Your Dreams Come True with All-New HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Promo!
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

NBC has unveiled an all-new promo for the highly-anticipated musical HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, airing  Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Get a first look below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Louis Baker of RAGTIME at Actors' Repertory Theatre Of Simi
by Cary Ginell - Dec 2, 2016

Louis Baker has had a varied career in the entertainment world. As an actor, he studied under three prestigious performers: Bill Duke, Haile Gerima, and Debbie Allen. He has worked as a voiceover artist in the animation world, co-produces with his wife a family-centered web series called Faces of Offense, and has played a variety of roles on stage in shows such as Tommy, West Side Story, and The Wiz. But none of those parts are as meaningful to Louis as his current one - playing the historically-based author/orator Booker T. Washington in the Actors Repertory Theatre of Simi's production of Ragtime. The show closes this weekend, but we cornered Louis after last Sunday's performance to talk about his character in the context of the current political turmoil in America, which, unfortunately, is not that much different from what was depicted in E. L. Doctorow's famous novel. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Drops an All-New Promo
by Stage Tube - Dec 2, 2016

NBC has unveiled an all-new promo for the highly-anticipated musical HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, airing Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Get a first look below! (more...)

VIDEO: Good Morning Baltimore! HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Star Maddie Baillio Visits the City
by Stage Tube - Dec 2, 2016

Newcomer Maddie Baillio, who will star as Tracy Turnblad in NBC's highly-anticipated musical HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, airing Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, recently stopped by Baltimore, Md. - check out her visit to the city behind the show's signature tune 'Good Morning Baltimore' below! (more...)

Photo Flash: When Worlds Collide- HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Meets THE WIZ LIVE!
by Marissa Sblendorio - Dec 2, 2016

Tracy meets Dorothy? Now that's something I gotta see! The stars of last year's holiday hit The Wiz LIVE! Shanice Williams (Dorothy) and Elijah Kelley (Scarecrow), stopped by to visit the cast and crew of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: The Countdown Continues! Go Behind the Scenes for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Dec 1, 2016

NBC has just released an all-new promo for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! that takes fans behind the scenes as the finishing touches are placed! NBC's live broadcast will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at HAIRSPRAY LIVE's 'Dynamites' & More New Images
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

NBC has shared all-new behind-the-scene images from the set of HAIRSPRAY LIVE, as well as a first look at Dynamites' Shayna Steele, Judine Somerville, and Kamilah Marshall (more...)

VIDEO: Derek Hough Talks HAIRSPRAY LIVE!; Mark Ballas Wedding & More on 'Ellen'
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Multi-talented actor, singer and dancer Derek Hough stopped by today's ELLEN to discuss all of his latest roles - both onscreen and off, including NBC's upcoming HAIRSPRAY LIVE!. (more...)

ME AND MY GIRL Set to Dazzle on the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Find out at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre November 29 through December 18 as the hilarious romantic comedy Me and My Girl hits the stage. In the show-stopping musical, an unrefined charmer named Bill learns he is heir to the Earl of Hareford. His aristocratic family believes he can become a gentleman and earn his inheritance - but only if he gives up his true love. Will love or money win?  (more...)

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