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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.

DISASTER!'s 'Never Can Say Goodbye' Now Available for Digital Download
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Disaster! producers Robert Ahrens and Hunter Arnold and Broadway Records President Van Dean today announced the release of 'Never Can Say Goodbye,' the first single from the forthcoming Original Broadway Cast Recording (out Friday, September 9, 2016), available for digital download on the label's website at The classic 70's single is performed by 2016 Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard of the critically-acclaimed new musical comedy. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/30/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 31, 2016

Summertime is here, what with Memorial Day and all that it encompasses, and we can think of no better seasonal activity than taking in some local theater. No matter where you are in the Volunteer State, Tennessee theater companies are ready and willing to help transport you to a different world, another time and place where your life can be is transformed magically on a stage very near you! (more...)

BWW Interview: Reji Woods, Portrait of an Actor/Cabaret Producer
by Marakay Rogers - May 29, 2016

Reji Woods, a Lancaster area stage and song fixture, has a full plate this summer, with his PORTRAIT OF A LADY series and two summer shows in Philadelphia and Vermont. He talks about producing and performing at the same time. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 28, 2016
by - May 28, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 28 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Maulik Pancholy, Telly Leung & More Celebrate Opening of STC's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

 Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) presents Ed Sylvanus Iskandar's bold new interpretation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, featuring the music of Duncan Sheik, which opened last night in STC's Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW). Check out photos from opening night below! (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: Conga-Master Sergio Trujillo Is Proud to Represent His ON YOUR FEET! Family
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 24, 2016

Sergio Trujillo has the audience dancing in aisles (literally) at the Marquis Theater every night. The choreographer just picked up his first Tony nomination for his work on ON YOUR FEET, an honor that he is not taking lightly. Watch below as he explains why this nomination means so much to him. (more...)

Riant Theatre Announces 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

The Riant Theatre (Van Dirk Fisher, Artistic Director), a nonprofit theatre supporting playwrights and theatremakers of diverse cultural backgrounds, is holding the Launch Party for its annual Strawberry One-Act and Theatre Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 3pm at the Poet's Den Theatre (309 East 108th Street, NYC). The evening will include the presentation of 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award For Outstanding Achievement In Television and Theatre to the Emmy-winning stage, film and TV actor Joe Morton, Tony Nominee and eight time AUDELCO Award winner, Andre De Shields, the acclaimed Broadway and television actress Barbara Montgomery, and multiple Grammy Award winner, Broadway musical director and arranger Chapman Roberts. A reception with food, drinks and dancing will follow. Tickets ($50 before June 15th; $60 after that date) are available through The Riant Theatre's website ( and by calling the box office at 646-623-3488. They can also be purchased (cash only) at the door. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Paper Mill Playhouse's 2016 Rising Star Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at some of the winners of Paper Mill Playhouse's 2016 Rising Star Awards.  Check them out below! (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces the 2016 RISING STAR Awards Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

As one of the nation's leading regional theaters and producing partners for Broadway, Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows for the Great White Way. The theater will be the recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award this Sunday. Since their inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey.  Among the early nominees and winners are Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Tony Award winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), Shanice Williams, star of NBC's The Wiz Live! and Olivier Award nominee Jared Gertner (The Book of Mormon).  The 2016 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation ceremony took place at Paper Mill Playhouse on Tuesday, June 7, at 7:30pm, featuring presenters from Broadway and beyond. The ceremony was broadcast live on television and online through Paper Mill Playhouse video partner, Hometowne Television, of Summit, New Jersey. (more...)

54 CELEBRATES NYC PRIDE Set for Feinstein's/54 Below, 6/21-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents "54 Celebrates NYC Pride" Produced and directed by T. Oliver Reid, musical direction by Track Stark with Matt Scharfglass on bass and David Silliman on Drums. (more...)

NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Tracy Turnblad Revealed!
by TV News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

On this morning's TODAY, HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Harvey Fierstein announced that his fictional teenage daughter Tracey will be played by Maddie Baillio! (more...)

BWW Interview: Nothing Short of Miraculous: A Conversation with E. Faye Butler
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - Jun 7, 2016

'What they did is nothing short of miraculous! I know because I was there as a friend, a colleague, an artist. I was there in that room as the magic was happening!' Award-winning actress E. Faye Butler is speaking of the Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre, of her old friends from their Rockford, Illinois days, Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark, and of the entire creative team and cast of the new chamber music version of the musical Ghost in which she now stars. The Bruce Joel Rubin-Glen Ballard-Dave Stewart show which opens at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick on Thursday, June 9, is a reprise (and New England premiere) of the newly minted chamber adaptation presented at Lancaster's Fulton Theatre on April 21, 2016, after a year-long development process. One can feel the excitement and electricity in Butler's presence and her comments about this play with music which, she believes has given new life to both the original 1990 Jerry Zucker movie starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, and Whoopi Goldberg and the 2011 stage version. 'E. Faye is a force of nature!' MSMT Managing Director Stephanie Dupal proclaimed when she saw her in the premiere. (more...)

BWW TV: Maddie Baillio Opens Up About Landing the Coveted Role of Tracy Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 7, 2016

On this morning's TODAY it was announced that newcomer Maddie Baillio has been cast as teenager Tracy Turnblad in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE. Harvey Fierstein, who will reprise his Tony Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad, introduced his fictional daughter and shared that he is currently working on the script which he says may be a little different than the film and stage version of the show. BroadwayWorld met with Baillio this morning at 30 Rock, where the star-to-be opened up about how she landed the role, her reaction upon receiving the news and more! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: The TURNING THE TABLES Finale- Bernie Telsey, CSA Meets for HAMILTON's King George!
by Turning the Tables - Jun 7, 2016

BroadwayWorld will be exclusively bringing you episodes of Turning the Tables- a new web series brought to you by the team that's brought you nothing before! Find out what happens when Broadway's hottest casting directors get the tables turned and audition for the actors. Below, watch as Bernie Telsey meets to be HAMILTON's next King George! (more...)

Paper Mill Show Choir to Perform Season Finale Concert at SOPAC, 6/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced a one-night-only, season finale concert at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, New Jersey on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 6/6/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 6, 2016

Summertime is here, what with Memorial Day and all that it encompasses, and we can think of no better seasonal activity than taking in some local theater. No matter where you are in the Volunteer State, Tennessee theater companies are ready and willing to help transport you to a different world, another time and place where your life can be is transformed magically on a stage very near you! (more...)

BWW Interview: Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee & The Starry History of Tony-Winning Paper Mill Playhouse
by Michael Dale - Jun 6, 2016

Millburn, New Jersey's Playhouse since 1938 receives this year's Regional Theatre Tony Award. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 6/30/2016 - Vineyard Luncheon, Idina on THE TALK and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 30, 2016

Today's big news: Colman Domingo hosts today's Emerging Artists Luncheon at the Vineyard, and Idina Menzel co-hosts on THE TALK! (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Alexander & More Set for ABC's MATCH GAME
by TV News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

MATCH GAME's celebrity panel just got a lot more _____! The iconic and irreverent game show, hosted by Golden Globe¬ģ and Emmy¬ģ Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin welcomes more stars to the roster this season (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/30/16- David Alan Grier
by Stage Tube - Jun 30, 2016

Happy Birthday David Alan Grier! Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in The First, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won the Theatre World Award. He then joined the cast of Dreamgirls before going on to star opposite Denzel Washington in A Soldier's Play, for which both actors reprised their roles in the film adaptation titled A Soldier's Story. Recently was seen in David Mamet's Race on Broadway and received his second Tony Award nomination. He most recently starred on Broadway in Porgy and Bess. (more...)

Ibinabo Jack and Liisi LaFontaine Join Amber Riley in DREAMGIRLS - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

Sonia Friedman Productions is delighted to announce further casting for the long-awaited UK premiere of Dreamgirls which will have preview performances at the Savoy Theatre from 19 November and Opening Night on Wednesday 14 December 2016. (more...)

VIDEO: Netflix Shares Trailer for Critically-Acclaimed Original Film TALLULAH
by TV News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Netflix has released the trailer and key art for the critically-acclaimed film TALLULAH, which will debut on July 29 in all territories where Netflix is available. (more...)

Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch & More Set for First Dallas Cabaret Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Denise Lee Onstage and Fair Park Dallas have set the stage for the first-ever Dallas Cabaret Festival, July 28-30, 2016. (more...)

Broadway's Mykal Kilgore Joins FREEDOM RIDERS at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

New York Musical Festival (NYMF) presents FREEDOM RIDERS from July 27th through August 2nd at June Havoc Theatre (312 W 36th St #1, New York, NY 10018). The official opening is set for Wednesday, July 27th, at 8PM. (more...)

Cirque Du Soleil's PARAMOUR to Tumble Into the Recording Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Cirque du Soleil and RED, a Sony distribution company, announced today that the Broadway cast album of PARAMOUR will be recorded on June 29 and 30 to be released later this summer. The album will contain songs and selections from the show, including material by Bob & Bill and Andreas Carlsson. (more...)

Local Students to Take Part in Paper Mill's 2016 Summer Conservatory
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Tony Award for Regional Theatre, has selected students to be a part of the theater's prestigious Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for 2016. (more...)

New Jimmy Buffett Musical Titled ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE; Creative Team Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Paradise has a name! (more...)

VIDEO: Uzo Aduba's 'Crazy Eyes' Warren Shows You How to Speak 'Singlish'
by TV News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK STAR Uzo Aduba made a recent visit to Berlin for the hit show's fourth season premiere, where she picked up a set of 'Singlish' (Singapore English) versions of quotes from her character iconic character. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Offers 'Oz', 'Magic Suitcase' Summer 2016 Youth Theatre Classes
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Children ages 4 through 12 can have fun and gain impressive life skills by taking class and performing live on stage in one of the Laguna Playhouse Summer 2016 Youth Theatre Classes. (more...)

George Lopez, Ne-Yo & More to Guest Judge on Season 11 of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT
by TV News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Internationally known celebrities George Lopez, Reba McEntire, NE-YO and Louis Tomlinson join the AMERICA'S GOT TALENT panel for The Judge Cuts, slated to begin Tuesday, July 12 (more...)

LUDO's BROKEN BRIDE Set for New York Musical Festival, 8/2-6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) in association with Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter & Michael Chase Gosselin presents LUDO's Broken Bride, a new rock opera about one man's epic journey to save his true love's life, utilizing LUDO's entire discography. Adapted by Stacey Weingarten (NYMF: Les Enfants de Paris, Rescue Rue) with additional story and arrangements by Dana Levinson, the cast of 14 includes Spencer Clark (Regional: West Side Story, Romeo In Your Arms), Carson Higgins (Nat. Tour: American Idiot; NYMF: The Runaway Clone), Larry Hamilton (Off Bway: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Captain Louie), Catherine Landeta (Regional: The King and I, Avenue Q, Bat Boy), Melissa Hunter McCann (TV: 'Tony Awards'; NY: Carnegie Hall's West Side Story, Encore's Paint Your Wagon), Gabrielle McClinton (Bway: Pippin; 1st Nat. Tour: American Idiot), Brendan Malafronte (Nat. Tour: Annie, The Producers, Singin' in the Rain), Jamen Nathakumar, Jackson Perrin, Devin Richey, Brian Charles Rooney (Bway: The Threepenny Opera; NYMF: Bedbugs!!!), Ashley Talluto (Nat. Tour: Flashdance, West Side Story), Michael Jayne Walker (Regional: Hair, Godspell, Tommy), and Amy Whitcomb (TV: 'The Voice;' 'The Sing-Off'). LUDO's Broken Bride is being staged at The Duke on 42nd Street a NEW 42ND STREET project, 229 West 42nd Street (bet. 10th and 11th Aves.) in NYC for five performances from Tuesday, August 2 through Saturday, August 6, 2016. (more...)

Breaking: Kristin Chenoweth to Portray Velma Von Tussle in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Broadway's Kristin Chenoweth took to Twitter today to announce the exciting news that she will portray Velma Von Tussle in NBC's live broadcast of HAIRSPRAY. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway's Michael Longoria Talks SONGS FOR NEW ALTERNATIVES, His LGBT Youth Benefit
by Ashley LaChant - Jun 21, 2016

Michael Longoria kicks off New York Pride with SONGS FOR NEW ALTERNATIVES, a star-studded fundraiser to empower LGBT youth and raise money for the New Alternatives center. BroadwayWorld spoke with Longoria to learn more about the event, his passion for the community, and his heartfelt album, BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK. (more...)

'LADY DAY' & PECONG Set for Bayou Theatre Company's Third Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Bayou Theatre Company returns with its third season entitled 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Exploring the Complexities of Womanhood'. With a season focused on female-centered stories, the season will open with Lanie Robertson's riveting one woman play with music LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, followed by PECONG by Steve Carter, a resetting of the myth of Medea. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of THE WIZ LIVE Reunite for Panel Discussion & Live Musical Performances
by TV News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

The cast and crew of NBC's acclaimed production of The Wiz LIVE! reunited Wednesday, June 1 at Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles for a panel discussion and live musical performances. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Cast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! Reunites for Performance & Panel Discussion!
by Stage Tube - Jun 2, 2016

The cast and crew of NBC's acclaimed production of The Wiz LIVE! reunited yesterday, Wednesday, June 1 at Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles for a panel discussion and live musical performances. Check out clips from the day below! (more...)

Andre De Shields Set for WOZ: A ROCK CABARET at Victory Gardens Theatre in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

After selling out shows across Chicago, 'WOZ: A Rock Cabaret,' is back by popular demand for five performances only from July 14 - 17, 2016 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Joining the original cast as The Wizard is Tony Award-nominated actor Andre De Shields, Broadway's original 'The Wiz' (1975). Inspired by the beloved film The Wizard of Oz, these Ozians will follow the yellow brick road to the tune of iconic rock anthems from the '80s and '90s. It's like your favorite radio station but better... because it has witches and munchkins!  (more...)

Broadway Director Scott Ellis to Helm NBC's A FEW GOOD MEN LIVE
by TV News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

At today's Variety's annual TV Summit held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, playwright Aaron Sorkin revealed the news that Scott Ellis will direct NBC's upcoming live adaptation of A FEW GOOD MEN. (more...)

BWW TV: Andy Blankenbuehler Reacts to His Second Tony Win for HAMILTON!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 13, 2016

Just last night, Andy Blankenbuehler won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Choreography for Hamilton. His other Broadway credits include In the Heights (Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards), Bring It On, 9 to 5, The People in the Picture, The Apple Tree, Annie. Check out what he had to say about his big win below! (more...)

PHOTO: Two Tracys! Marissa Jaret Winokur Meets HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Maddie Baillio
by Louisa Brady - Jun 12, 2016

Marissa Jaret Winokur, Broadway's original Tracy Turnblad, and Maddie Baillio, NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Tracy Turnblad, have met, and both actresses took to Instagram to share it!  (more...)

HAMILTON's Alex Lacamoire Wins 2016 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2016

Alex Lacamoire has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for HAMILTON. Lacamoire is the Music Director, Orchestrator and Co-Arranger for HAMILTON. (more...)

HAMILTON's Thomas Kail Wins 2016 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2016

Thomas Kail has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for HAMILTON.  (more...)

HAMILTON's Andy Blankenbuehler Wins 2016 Tony Award for Best Choreography
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2016

Andy Blankenbuehler has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Choreography for HAMILTON. (more...)

NBC's Stanley Cup Hockey Coverage Wins Thursday in Prelim Fast-Affil Ratings
by TV News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

NBC Sports coverage of Stanley Cup Finals hockey ranks #1 from 8-11 p.m. in adults 18-49 and as well as adults, men and women 18-34, men 18-49, women 18-49 (tie), adults 25-54 and men 25-54 (with upward adjustments likely in official nationals). (more...)

Who Will Win at the 2016 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 10, 2016

The 70th Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 12th at 8/9c hosted by James Corden. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long awards season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize. (more...)

BWW TV: ALADDIN's James Monroe Iglehart Shakes Up 'Friend Like Me' at Stars in the Alley!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 10, 2016

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, took place just last week in Shubert Alley. Hosted by Tony nominee Sean Hayes and Mo Rocca, Broadway's best once again turned out for the annual performance - including Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, who was joined by Kathryn Allison, Tia Altimay, Lauryn Ciardullo and Kathryn Terza to perform 'Friend Like Me' from Aladdin! (more...)

The First-Timers Club: Hats Off to the New Tony Nominees of 2016!
by Marissa Sblendorio - Jun 10, 2016

From royalty, to rockers; revolutionaries to refugees- check out who's new to the Tony block this year, below! (more...)

TONIGHT SHOW ft. President Obama Delivers Highest Thursday Metered-Market Rating in 2 Years
by TV News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

The June 9 telecast of ¬ďThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon¬Ē (3.6 rating, 9 share in metered-market households, 1.3/7 in adults 18-49 in the local people meters), with guests President Barack Obama and Madonna delivered the highest Thursday rating for a regularly scheduled ¬ďTonight (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Alex Lacamoire Explains the Orchestrations of HAMILTON
by Stage Tube - Jun 1, 2016

As Music Director for the 16-time Tony nominated hit Hamilton, Tony Award-winner Alex Lacamoire explains just what goes into bringing a song to life. Below, watch as Lacamoire performs selections from the show, talks about the creative process, and discusses his collaborations with other members of the Hamilton team. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Alex Lacamoire Reimagines HAMILTON's 'The Schuyler Sisters' as Classic Broadway Show Tune
by Stage Tube - Jun 1, 2016

Tony Award-winner Alex Lacamoire, the music director for the 16-time Tony nominated hit HAMILTON, took part in AOLBuild, hosted by Laura Heywood, yesterday. As part of her ongoing 40 Seconds of Broadway Awesomness YouTube series, she's released a segment in which Lacamoire reimagines 'The Schuyler Sisters' from the musical as a classic Broadway show tune. Check it out below! (more...)

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