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Slip on your ruby slippers and follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy. Itís an exciting, musical adventure as Dorothy and Toto take advice from the Good Witch, wander through Munchkin land and try to outrun the Wicked Witch on their way to find the Wizard of Oz. Help the Scarecrow get his brain, the Tin Man have a heart, the Cowardly Lion find some courage and get Dorothy back home to Kansas in this classic family story.

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 9th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 9, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Hold onto your hats! Shows beginning in late April include 'Avenue Q,' 'Ragtime,' 'Juno,' 'Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical!,' 'How To Succeed...,' 'Hair,' 'The Sound Of Music,' 'Motown' and 'The Wizard of Oz!' AMAZING! Plus news from The Second City, the Goodman, that JCS arena tour, a 2015 'Little Shop' and the return of the Mormons! Whew! (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Arvada Center Presents a Haunting and Memorable Insight into Addiction in END OF THE RAINBOW
by Michael Mulhern - Apr 9, 2014

What truly impressed me about this show and Judy's demise were the layers involved in her downward spiral and elevating this play with the absolutely stunning musical numbers. (more...)

Capathia Jenkins, Leslie Kritzer, Faith Prince and Clarke Thorell to Tribute Fanny Brice at 92Y, 5/3-5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Funny girl, singular talent, American icon. Fanny Brice hit stardom in the 1920s and, almost a century later, still inspires the public imagination. On May 3, 4, and 5, Lyrics & Lyricists pays tribute to Fanny with Ziegfeld Girl: The Many Faces of Fanny Brice, a night of songs she put on the Broadway map, led by artistic director Ted Sperling, music director of the smash 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific. Vocalists Capathia Jenkins, Leslie Kritzer, Faith Prince and Clarke Thorell sing classics like "Second Hand Rose" and "My Man"-as well as songs she inspired in Funny Girl. (more...)

Pantochino Adds New Camp to Summer Program
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Due to the success and registration of it's Summer Theatre Camps, Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. has added a fifth week of its program in Milford. (more...)

Producer John Frost Oam to Receive 2014 JC Williamson Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced that revered theatre producer John Frost has been named the 2014 JC WILLIAMSON AWARD recipient. (more...)

Producer John Frost Announced as 2014 Recipient of JC Williamson Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced that revered theatre producer John Frost has been named the 2014 JC WILLIAMSON AWARD recipient. The JC WILLIAMSON AWARD is the foremost honour that the Australian live entertainment industry can bestow. The award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian live entertainment and performing arts industry and shaped the future of our industry for the better. (more...)

WIZARD OF OZ & More Set for TCM's Classic Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Apr 7, 2014

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) has announced that six of their classic films with upcoming tent-pole Blu-ray anniversary and special editions will be featured at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival from April 10-13 in Hollywood. (more...)

BWW Recap: Off to See the Wizard on ABC's ONCE UPON A TIME!
by Danielle DeSisto - Apr 7, 2014

As the episode begins, we see a green cyclone hurling towards the ground. A middle-aged couple appears after the storm has ceased, and they hear a baby crying in the distance. (more...)

Theatre Producer John Frost Honored with 2014 JC Williamson Award; Ceremony Set for QPAC, May 19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2014

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced that revered theatre producer John Frost has been named the 2014 JC WILLIAMSON AWARD recipient. (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 Columbus - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

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

Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 6, 2014

With Broadway's 2014 season now in full swing, there's a solid group of performers making their Broadway debuts this Spring. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Apr. 6
by - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, April 6, 2014. (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...)

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

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

Photo Coverage: The New York Pops' LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: A NIGHT IN HOLLYWOOD
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Apr 5, 2014

Yesterday, April 4, 2014, The New York Pops continued its 31st season at Carnegie Hall with Lights, Camera, Action: A Night in Hollywood, featuring the orchestra and Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA, to travel through Hollywood history with the music that has transformed film's most iconic scenes into unforgettable moments of passion, fear, love, and hope for generations. The program included a celebration of the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, a tribute to the movie music of Marvin Hamlisch, selections from Ben-Hur by Miklos Rozsa, and selections from The Mission by Ennio Morricone. BroadwayWorld was there for the event! Check below for photos from the night! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The New York Pops LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: A NIGHT IN HOLLYWOOD Rehearsal Photos
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 5, 2014

On April 4, 2014, The New York Pops continued its 31st season at Carnegie Hall with Lights, Camera, Action: A Night in Hollywood, featuring the orchestra and Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA, to travel through Hollywood history with the music that has transformed film's most iconic scenes into unforgettable moments of passion, fear, love, and hope for generations. The program included a celebration of the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, a tribute to the movie music of Marvin Hamlisch, selections from Ben-Hur by Miklůs Růzsa, and selections from The Mission by Ennio Morricone. BroadwayWorld was there for the rehearsal. Check below for photos! (more...)

Riverdale Rising Stars Present RENT: SCHOOL EDITION, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

The award-winning teens of the Riverdale Rising Stars are proud to present Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking rock musical RENT: SCHOOL EDITION for eight performances only, today, April 5 - April 13, 2014. Performances will be held at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, located at 5625 Arlington Avenue (just off of Riverdale Avenue and West 256th Street), in Riverdale, Bronx, NY. (more...)

Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff and More Set for 92Y's GETTING TO KNOW YOU: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, Now thru 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were established hit makers when they teamed up to make a musical about cowboys and farmers. What follows was a miracle-Oklahoma!, then Carousel and South Pacific; the list of extraordinary hits goes on. Tonight, April 5 and April 6 and 7 get to know these legends even better at Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lyrics & Lyricists first look at the two songwriters as a team. Guest artistic director, writer and host Ted Chapin, head of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, shares an insider's perspective on the pair, gleaned from his years with the Rodgers and Hammerstein families; joined by vocalists Lewis Cleale, Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff, Rebecca Luker, and Phillipa Soo. (more...)

New York Pops Presents LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: A NIGHT IN HOLLYWOOD Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

Tonight, April 4, 2014, The New York Pops continues its 31st season at Carnegie Hall with Lights, Camera, Action: A Night in Hollywood, featuring the orchestra and Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA, to travel through Hollywood history with the music that has transformed film's most iconic scenes into unforgettable moments of passion, fear, love, and hope for generations. The program will include a celebration of the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, a tribute to the movie music of Marvin Hamlisch, selections from Ben-Hur by Miklos Rozsa, and selections from The Mission by Ennio Morricone. (more...)

Columbus Children's Theatre Hosts FAIRYTALE BALL & ROYAL FEAST Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

Columbus Children's Theatre announces the 4th annual Fairytale Ball & Royal Feast, tonight, April 4, 2014 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at The Westin downtown Columbus, presented by Altria Client Services. (more...)

Lance Horne to Celebrate FIRST THINGS LAST CD at Rockwood in LA with Ricki Lake & More, 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

LANCE HORNE - the Emmy Award winning composer, musician, vocalist and producer - will headline a special concert evening at Rockwood Table & Stage in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 15 at 8:00 PM with guest artists Ricki Lake, Julie Garnye and Lisa Ann Walter, with special surprise stars. They will perform songs from his acclaimed CD First Things Last in addition to a special preview of The Night Before My Wedding, Horne's upcoming collaboration with Neil Gaiman. (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...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ, DOKTOR KABOOM in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

On the heels of the 75th Anniversary tribute to The Wizard of Oz at the Academy Awards, The Ridgefield Playhouse will follow suit by presenting the famed story for children of all ages on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. In a musical adaptation of the classic 'The Wizard of Oz', the story will come to life for the young-at-heart. The songs featured in this beloved tale include 'Soup's On', 'Somewhere', 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' and 'It's So Easy to be a Witch'. Doktor Kaboom will prove that science can be fun when the stage production Doktor Kaboom!, which cleverly blends the wonders of science with theatre, comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. This event is ideal for grades 2 - 8. (more...)

Angela Shultz to Bring REALITY CHECK to Don't Tell Mama, 4/26 & 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

NYC cabaret artist Angela Shultz takes to the stage with her 2014 show 'Reality Check' on Saturdays, April 26 and May 10, both shows at 5:30pm, at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788; www.donttellmamanyc.com). There is a $20 cover charge plus a 2-drink minimum. (Members of MAC -- $15.) Reservations may be placed by calling (212) 757-0788 after 4pm daily or by visiting www.donttellmamanyc.com (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...)

BWW Recaps: IDOL's Top-8 Separate into Pretenders & Contenders w/ full recaps and photos
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 2, 2014

As he has been doing throughout Season XIII, new AMERICAN IDOL Executive Producer Per Blankens has again thrown a curveball of a theme at the Top-8. Instead of the well-warn 'Motown' and 'Burt Bacharach' Weeks, for the first time in IDOL history, the finalists all performed their initial audition songs. (more...)

MISS GULCH RETURNS! Kicks Off Diversionary Theatre and Martinis Above Fourth's New Collaboration, Now thru 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

Diversionary Theatre and Martinis Above Fourth | Table & Stage in beautiful Hillcrest are excited to announce a new collaboration in 2014, presenting for the first time ever performances of Diversionary's adventurous Cabaret series in San Diego's premier Dinner Theatre! (more...)

Rory O'Malley, Jane Monheit, Julia Murney & More to Headline 4th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The fourth annual 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - has announced that the initial talent lineup, which will include Jane Monheit (Grammy Award nominated jazz star), Sarah Dash (R&B/Disco legend of LaBelle), Rory O'Malley (Tony Award nominee, The Book of Mormon,) Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Erin McKeown (folk-rock singer/songwriter) and Gabrielle Stravelli (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). Additional special guests will be announced soon. The Monday, June 16 Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan). Called 'a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert' by The Wall Street Journal, 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. This show will also help celebrate the landmark 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 PM and the performance at 8:00 PM. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Sayre, and directed and choreographed by Jason Wise. For more information, visit www.aliforneycenter.org/judys. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The timeless, beloved story of the little girl from Kansas and her friends The Tin Man, The Lion and The Scarecrow will come to life for kids of all ages in this 75th Anniversary year of The Wizard of Oz at The Ridgefield Playhouse Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD OF OZ For All Audience Members
by Teresa Rodrick - Apr 17, 2014

This is an audience participation show. During the director's speech when she would asked the 'munchkins' (what the audience is referred to) if they would be willing to help a few shook their heads 'no'. It was so much fun to watch once the show started, all of the munchkins were almost hopping up to help even before characters asked. (more...)

Broadway-Themed Gala Dinner to Benefit Music Circus, Broadway Sacramento and Arts Ed Programs, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Broadway Gala, California Musical Theatre's annual fund raising dinner, takes place on Saturday, May 3, starting at 6:00 p.m., at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street in Sacramento. Memorial Auditorium will be elegantly decorated for the evening with a New York Broadway theme. (more...)

Lance Horne Celebrates FIRST THINGS LAST CD at Rockwood in LA with Ricki Lake & More Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

LANCE HORNE - the Emmy Award winning composer, musician, vocalist and producer - will headline a special concert evening at Rockwood Table & Stage in Los Angeles tonight, April 15 at 8:00 PM with guest artists Ricki Lake, Julie Garnye and Lisa Ann Walter, with special surprise stars. They will perform songs from his acclaimed CD First Things Last in addition to a special preview of The Night Before My Wedding, Horne's upcoming collaboration with Neil Gaiman. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Join Lance Horne for FIRST THINGS LAST at Rockwell Table & Stage Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Special guest Cheyenne Jackson has joined the evening, in addition to previously announced Ricki Lake, Ashley Fink ('Glee'), Shane Jenek (Courtney Act from 'RuPaul's Drag Race'), Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years) and Julie Garnye (Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl) with special surprise stars. They (more...)

BWW Blog: Alex Urdiales - Lessons from WICKED
by Guest Blogger: Alex Urdiales - Apr 14, 2014

'Good News! She's Dead!!' Just after the curtain opens, those are the first lyrics that jump out at the audience, as the, 'Citizens Of Oz.' decked out in various shades of green, including emerald, rush onto the stage to celebrate the death of the 'Wicked Old Witch Of The West!' Oh how little 'They' know. And what I mean by 'They,' is not only the people of Oz, but the audience as well. By the time the first song has ended to thunderous applause, nothing in the world we know about Oz has changed. I smile as I watch from the back of the House, and I know that, for about the next 2 hours, the audience will find that the Land of Oz, they thought they knew, will change, 'for good.' (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ National Tour to Play Fox Theatre, 5/13-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz will play May 13-18 in St. Louis. (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...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Petersburg - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for St. Petersburg (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Bend - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for South Bend (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Columbus - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Columbus (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ Flies into Durham
by Larisa Mount - Apr 13, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Tampa (more...)

Creating Arts Company Presents SNOW WHITE and WIZARD OF OZ, Beg. Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

The Creating Arts company has just announced its upcoming productions - Snow White and Wizard of Oz. Details below! (more...)

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents The Wizard of Oz led by guest conductor Sarah Hicks this weekend, April 12-13, 2014, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The film will be screened with original vocals intact accompanied by a live performance of the musical score. (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...)

Limited Engagement of SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE Set to Make US Premiere on 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

59E59 Theaters welcomes The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford to Brits Off Broadway with the US premiere of SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE, created by Simon Green and David Shrubsole, performed by Mr. Green, with musical arrangement and accompaniment by Mr. Shrubsole. SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE begins performances on Tuesday, May 20 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 1. (more...)

Gavin Creel & Hannah Waddingham Set for Charing Cross Theatre's Spring Season of SINGULAR SENSATIONS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Ahead of Gavin Creel's Singular Sensations appearance on April 20th at the Charing Cross Theatre, we today reveal that musical theatre fans can expect an exclusive treat as it is confirmed that he will perform a track of his own. This is a charity event in support of Gavin's nominated charity West End Serves and some of his fellow The Book of Mormon cast members will be on hand to help with a bucket collection at the end of the show. (more...)

Ashley Fink, Shane Jenek & Adam Kantor to Join Lance Horne at Rockwell Table & Stage, 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

LANCE HORNE - the Emmy Award winning composer, musician, vocalist and producer - will headline a special concert evening at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 15 at 8:00 PM. Special guests Ashley Fink ('Glee'), Shane Jenek (Courtney Act from 'RuPaul's Drag Race') and Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years) have joined the evening, in adition to previously announced Ricki Lake, Julie Garnye (Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl) and Lisa Ann Walter (The Parent Trap) with special surprise stars. They will perform songs from his acclaimed CD First Things Last in addition to a special preview of The Night Before My Wedding, Horne's upcoming collaboration with Neil Gaiman. Lance's March 31 evening at Birdland Jazz Club in New York featred Alan Cumming, Rachel Dratch, Stephen Wallem, Alice Ripley and more. He recently contributed a movement to Tyler's Suite, a choral song-cycle dedicated to Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers University student that took his life three years ago. The piece, which also includes contributions from Stephen Schwartz, Ann Hampton Callaway and Craig Carnelia, was premiered by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in March. Rockwell Table & Stage is located at 1714 Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, CA.. Tickets are $20 with a two drink minimum. Visit Rockwell-LA.com for more information. (more...)

Andrea McArdle to Appear in Oceania Cruises 'Life in the Theater' Series, Kicking Off 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Like fine wine and epicurean cuisine, the artistic brilliance of staged theatrics on Broadway is an indulgence enjoyed by many guests sailing with Oceania Cruises. Today, the line announced a new 'Life in the Theater' series for select sailings, starting with a voyage aboard Riviera on October 29, 2014, featuring stage legend Andrea McArdle - the original namesake character in 'Annie' on Broadway. (more...)

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