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BWW Review: The Queen of Broadway, Audra McDonald Returns to Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre
by Katherine Damisch - May 23, 2017

Audra McDonald, the reigning Queen of Broadway, is a woman who needs no introduction in the theatre community. This is probably why the seats at the Steppenwolf Theatre were packed Monday evening with audience members who clung silently to her every word, laughed heartily at every joke, and exploded with applause and ovations at every possibility. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for New Musical SWEETEE, Beginning Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Sweetee, new American musical, begins a strictly limited engagement at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues) tonight, May 23, for a run through June 18, with opening night on June 1. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Chats with the Legendary Betty Buckley
by Theater People Podcast - May 23, 2017

On Tuesday, May 23rd the Theater People podcast welcomes Tony winner and Broadway legend Betty Buckley. For the episode, Buckley shares hilarious and fascinating stories from her nearly five decades as a Broadway and West End star. She also shares cuts from her new album STORY SONGS. (more...)

Erik Ehn's QUIET HOUSE to Play Planet Connections This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Erik Ehn's Quiet House directed by Glory Kadigan premieres June 23 at the 2017 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (The Festivity runs June 12 - July 9 at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street, NYC). (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum presents Peter Hall's Stage Adaptation of George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

How do lies become truths? An acclaimed stage adaptation of Animal Farm, the classic novel by George Orwell, opens at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 17, part of the company's "Rising Up" Summer 2017 Repertory Season. (more...)

Possum Point Players Cook Up a Musical with SPITFIRE GRILL
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

It may be only a rundown little grill in a sleepy town with no foreseeable future, but things seem to be heating up in Possum Point Players' production of "The Spitfire Grill." The humorous and touching musical is presented June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11; Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees, 2:00 p.m. (more...)

Eliot Feld's KIDS DANCE to Feature Dances by Feld, Careless and More
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Eliot Feld's KIDS DANCE, called 'a New York City treasure' by The New York Times, makes its annual visit to The Joyce for six performances, June 8-11.   The remarkably poised, scrupulously schooled, and impeccably rehearsed whiz-kids, numbering 60, ages 11-17, will delight audiences young and old with Feld classics Meshugana Dance and The Jig is Up, along with two Feld works created especially for Kids Dance: Upside Dance and the new Pointing, a premiere for four young ladies en pointe.  (more...)

Spacelab9 Announces 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Soundtrack Double LP'
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

SPACELAB9, in conjunction with CD PROJEKT RED, is proud to announce the vinyl debut of one the most critically acclaimed role playing video games ever to grace the medium. (more...)

NUMBERS NERDS: The [almost] All-Girl Math Challenge Comes to Peter Jay Sharp Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) and CPA Theatricals present Numbers Nerds, the [almost] all-girl math challenge, with book by Laura Stratford, Music by David Kornfeld, lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser, additional music by Dylan MarcAurele and original story by Larry Little.  Amber Mak, New Works Development Director at Chicago's Paramount Theatre, directs and choreographs a cast of six, including Danielle Davila, Madison Kauffman, Jake Morrissy, Maisie Rose, Sharon Sachs (Film: 'Home Alone;'  TV: 'Weeds,' 'Dexter,' 'Grimm') and Tiffany Tatreau (Ride the Cyclone). Six performances will be staged at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 West 42nd Street, New York City from July 19-23, 2017. (more...)

Len Cariou, Michael Cerveris and More Join Irish Rep's SONDHEIM AT SEVEN Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

Irish Repertory Theatre has announced more performers for SONDHEIM AT SEVEN, this season's Gala Benefit production, on Tuesday, June 13th at 7 PM at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street, NYC). (more...)

BWW Review: OUR TOWN visits the past at The Armory
by Scott Rawson - May 22, 2017

    Grover's Corners is of course the backdrop to the romance of George Gibbs (Jon Churchwell) and Emily Webb (Amanda Rodriquez). With minimal set to interfere with the actor's ability to carry the story the play moves along initially at a refreshing small-town pace. (more...)

3-D Theatricals Presents Reimagined R&H Classic OKLAHOMA
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2017

Known for stylish award-winning productions and their signature flair for bringing to the stage thoughtfully reimagined interpretations of musical theatre spectaculars, 3-D Theatricals of Los Angeles and Orange County takes on Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!... with a new point of view. (more...)

Photo Flash: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Shows Off Some Fan Art, and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2017

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! This week CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY receives some look-alike fan art, and it's a dog's life backstage at THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA where today's guest star is the adoptable Jeb. Check out more Saturday Intermission Pics below! (more...)

Grabbitz Full-Length Debut Album 'Things Change' Out Now
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Today (May 19), Buffalo-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer GRABBITZ unleashes his full-length debut album THINGS CHANGE in stores and at all digital retailers via West Blood Records. (more...)

Overture's 2016-17 Tommy Award Recipients Announced; Ceremony Set for June!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Named for local Broadway star Tom Wopat, the Tommy Awards Program at Overture Center for the Arts encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater each year and culminates in an annual awards show in Overture Hall. The 8th Annual Awards Tommy Awards Show will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and will go on sale to the public Monday, May 22 at 11 a.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Fiasco's THE IMAGINARY INVALID at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

The Old Globe presents the Globe-commissioned world premiere adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid written by Moliere and reinvented by the acclaimed theatre group Fiasco Theater. Fiasco last delighted Globe audiences with their inventive reimagining of Into The Woods in 2014. This new take on the hilarious classic tale is directed by Fiasco Co-Artistic Directors Jessie Austrian and Noah Brody. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company below! (more...)

Blond Ambition's Debut Album 'Slow All Overout' Out Today on Swoon City Music
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Blond Ambition's captivating debut album Slow All Over is out today on Swoon City Music. The solo pop project of former Ex Cops frontman Brian Harding, Blond Ambition's songs are astute dance-pop numbers (more...)

West End stars Madalena Alberto, Kieran Brown and Rebecca Trehearn to join JOAN VÁZQUEZ at Live at Zédel
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

After his acclaimed London debut last Fall, Spanish performer Joan Vazquez brings back 'Something's Coming - a Sondheim tribute' as part of Live at Zedel Summer season, on Monday 26th June 2017, 7.00pm. (more...)

The New Harmony Project Celebrates 31 Years of New Play Development
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

THE 31ST ANNUAL NEW HARMONY PROJECT KICKS OFF MAY 23RD GATHERING IN THE QUAINT TOWN OF NEW HARMONY, INDIANA TO SUPPORT AND ELEVATE THE WORK OF WRITERS THAT EXPLORE AND CELEBRATE THE HUMAN SPIRIT (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 5/19 - Rock of Ages and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 5/19 - Rock of Ages and More! (more...)

Tony Yazbeck, Christopher Jackson, Tituss Burgess, Julia Murney and More Sing Broadway Lullabies on New Album
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

This June, Broadway babies Vasthy Mompoint (Rocky; The Spongebob Musical) and Jen Malenke (Into The Woods; Disney's High School Musical), the founders and creators of the much-needed industry service Broadway Babysitters, will release an album of children's lullabies entitled 'Broadway Lullabies.' (more...)

L.A. Percussion Quartet Reaches BEYOND in NY Debut, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

The third album from the critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, comes out Friday, June 16 on the Sono Luminus label. The high-fidelity release includes two CDs and one Blu-ray surround-sound audio disc, 86 minutes of music in all. As the title suggests, Beyond finds the LAPQ in an expansive mode, building a community of international composers with ties to the ensemble's home base. (more...)

Casting Announced for Firebrand Theatre's Inaugural Production LIZZIE
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to announce casting for its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. LIZZIE will play November 11 - December 17, 2017 at The Den Theatre's Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Single tickets for LIZZIE are currently on sale at firebrandtheatre.org. Season subscriptions (including 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL) are currently available.  (more...)

The Mountain Play presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

The Mountain Play Association, the San Francisco Bay Area's most magical outdoor theater experience, will present the timeless classic Disney's Beauty and the Beast directed by Jay Manley for their 104th season. Based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST tells the story of a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love. Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will take place every Sunday from May 21 to June 18, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Michael Urie and More in Red Bull's THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

Red Bull Theater presents their next mainstage production: The Government Inspector, directed by Mr. Berger, which will open Off-Broadway at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues) on Thursday June 1st. The show is currently in previews and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

High School Drama: Lipscomb Academy's Spotlight Award-Winning HATTY KING
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 18, 2017

It's been a big week for Lipscomb Academy's Hatty King - last Saturday night, she had the honor of performing on the stage of Andrew Jackson Hall at Tennessee Performing Arts Center and then was presented the Spotlight Award as best actress at the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards - and her summer is shaping up to be even more than that…as she heads to New York City to spend a week working the best and brightest of Broadway stars and young aspiring musical theater actors from all over the country as they vie for top honors at The Jimmy Awards. (more...)

Angelwalk Theatre Announces Cast/Creative of EVERYBODY'S GOT A STORY
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Angelwalk Theatre has just announced the cast/creative for EVERYBODY'S GOT A STORY! (more...)

El musical ANNIE JR regresa al Teatro Reina Victoria
by Felipe Velasco - May 17, 2017

Tras el exito cosechado en las funciones de Semana Santa, el musical Annie Jr regresa al Teatro Reina Victoria (Carrera de San Jeronimo, 22) donde se podra ver por temporada limitada todos los sabados de junio a las 12.30 horas. (more...)

BWW Review: 2017 Triangle Rising Star Awards
by Jeffrey Kare - May 17, 2017

For the second year in a row, I had the great pleasure of attending the Triangle Rising Star Awards at the Durham Performing Arts Center. This regional competition brings together high school musical theater students from Central and Eastern North Carolina to perform and compete for the chance to represent the Triangle in The National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City this summer on June 26th. The national competition celebrates outstanding student performances in high school musical productions from all over the United States. (more...)

Met's New Production of 'Rusalka' Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES, 6/18
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2017

Kristine Opolais stars in her first Met performances of her breakthrough role, the title character in Antonin Dvoák's Rusalka, in a critically acclaimed new staging, directed by Mary Zimmerman and conducted by Mark Elder, on GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET Sunday, June 18 at 12 p.m. on PBS (more...)


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Cast Complete for John Dewey-Led BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Full casting details for the smash summer musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story have been announced prior to runs at both Bucks County Playhouse and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ - THE MUSICAL Comes To Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces a brand new production of Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - The Musical, which opens in Adrian's 50th birthday year. Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary's musical of Leicester's favourite teen has undergone a period of further development since its original production at Curve in 2015, and Luke Sheppard's new production will open at the Menier on 26 July at 3.30pm, with previews from 14 July, and runs until 9 September. Priority booking for the productions opens on Monday 22 May, with public booking on Tuesday 30 May. (more...)

The Wooden Floor Debuts New Works at 34th Annual Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Young dancers will take the stage at Irvine Barclay Theatre for four unique performances June 1-3, in The Wooden Floor's 34th Annual Concert, Connected spaces. (more...)

BWW Interview: KAYLA BAILEY ("INTO THE WOODS") at Thousand Oaks High School
by Cary Ginell - May 17, 2017

Any time a high school theater department takes on a Stephen Sondheim musical, the intensity level cranks up a notch. So when drama teacher Joseph Donia took on Into The Woods, which the school last did in 2008, he needed some extra expertise behind the scenes to deal with Sondheim's uniquely difficult vocal score. Enter Kayla Bailey, a graduate of Oaks Christian High School (2007), Cal Lutheran University (2011), and a former Miss Ventura County (2012), who has been seen locally mainly as a performer. Donia chose Bailey to be his vocal director despite Bailey never having served in that capacity before. But when, as the saying goes, opportunity knocks, you go for it, and Bailey, who has a uniquely positive spin on life, leaped in feet first and has been having the time of her life. We spoke with Kayla in between performances about this unique experience, one which has already had a major effect on her career outlook going forward. (more...)

The Arden Theatre presents THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Theater Unspeakable brings their brand of family friendly, physical theater to Philadelphia with The American Revolution, a whirlwind re-telling of the American fight for independence. It runs in Arden Theatre Company's Studio Theatre, June 2-June 11, 2017. (more...)

Sandra Muss Installation Inaugurates the Woods at The Kreeger Museum Sculpture Garden
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Portals, a site-specific, permanent installation by artist Sandra Muss will inaugurate The Woods portion of the Kreeger Museum Sculpture Garden on May 18, 2017. The Kreeger's expansion of its outdoor exhibition space will afford visitors additional opportunities to experience art in a natural setting.  (more...)

NYC Working Professionals Share Friendship and Life Lessons in Presentation of Jason Robert Brown's 'Songs for a New World'
by Courtney Savoia - May 17, 2017

A group of working NYC professionals with a talent and passion for the performing arts are coming together this May for a special presentation of Jason Robert Brown's first musical, Songs for a New World. This production uses the themes and adages from this profound work to illustrate the human response to change and the beauty of embracing the journey for all its worth. With the added bonus of getting to perform with a group of friends, this cast is also excited to prove that you can always follow your dreams and find that creative outlet that provides balance to the routine of everyday life and responsibilities. (more...)

BWW Review: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S OKLAHOMA!
by Melissa Giordano - May 17, 2017

Brilliantly ending their spectacular 10th season, Long Island's John W. Engeman Theatre offers a great incarnation of the iconic, game-changing musical Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. Excellently directed by Engeman vet Igor Goldin, this production runs through June 25th at the gorgeous Northport venue. The cast is truly outstanding and the whole production is well done. (more...)

BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Winspear Opera House
by Samuel Weber - May 17, 2017

BWW Review: INTO The Woods at Winspear Opera House (more...)

Stay After the Show at TUTS to Hear from the Cast of FUN HOME
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents a talk back with star of FUN HOME and President of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), Kate Shindle, following the performance on Thursday, May 18, 2017.   (more...)

Virginia Rep Announces RIVER DITTY and FUN HOME
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Virginia Repertory Theatre made public additional titles for the 2017/18 Season today. "Announcing River Ditty and Fun Home simultaneously illuminates Virginia Rep's commitment to bold new work,' says Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw.   (more...)

Ruth Eckerd Hall Announces 2017-18 Broadway Season. Tickets Go On Sale Friday 6/9
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Ruth Eckerd Hall announces the 2017-18 Broadway season, which includes, making its Clearwater debut, the Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Jersey Boys, along with multiple Tony Award Best Musical winners A Chorus Line, Cabaret and Chicago, family favorites A Charlie Brown Christmas Live Onstage and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company presents MY LIFE UPON THE WICKED STAGE
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

On the heels of a thrilling performance by Phantom star DAVIS GAINES, the 2017 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company continues with a concert starring Emmy Award-winner and multiple-Tony nominee NANCY DUSSAULT in MY LIFE…UPON THE WICKED STAGE. Perhaps best known to audiences as the first host of "Good Morning America," and for her co-starring role on TV on "Too Close for Comfort," Dussault's remarkable career began on the stage. Her concert includes anecdotes about Dussault's remarkable career and songs by many of her favorite composers, such as Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne, Burton Lane and Stephen Sondheim. Dussault's extraordinary musicality and comedic storytelling infuse new meaning into beloved classics such as "Getting Married Today," "Look to the Rainbow," "Old Friend" and her iconic "Make Someone Happy." Nancy is joined by Musical Director Christopher Marlowe and Director Valentine Mayer. NANCY DUSSAULT: MY LIFE…UPON THE WICKED STAGE comes to Ventura for three-performances-only: Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. (more...)

Philip Pelkington's Manhattan Showcase Project Series Expands to the West Coast
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Vocal coach for some of the most talented youth today appearing on the Broadway stage and international screen, Philip Pelkington, expands his New York-based Manhattan Showcase Project to the west coast with the announcement of the Hollywood Showcase Project. (more...)

Broadway Guest Artists Announced for Musical Theatre Preparatory Program!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Learn from Broadway stars this summer at Playhouse on Park! Broadway actors Douglas Lyons and Jason Gotay visit the Playhouse as guest teaching artists for the Musical Theatre Preparatory Program. Running from July 10-July 21, this two week full-day intensive musical theatre program introduces and prepares young actors (3rd-8th grade) for future training and/or performance in music, dance and theater. Additionally, both Lyons and Gotay will hold evening master classes for ages 16 and up.    (more...)

TN Shakespeare Company Stages THE COMEDY OF ERRORS 6/8-18
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis' Department of Theatre & Dance, presents William Shakespeare's madcap, joyous The Comedy of Errors on the U of M's Theatre Mainstage from June 8-18. (more...)

2017 Helen Hayes Award Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

BroadwayWorld has a full list of the Helen Hayes Awards winners updating LIVE below! Named for actor Helen Hayes - a Washington native and legendary First Lady of the American Theatre - the Helen Hayes Awards celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington region and has become a hallmark recognized by theatre makers and theatre lovers far beyond Washington D.C. (more...)

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, Starring Michael Urie, Begins This Week at Red Bull
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

A friendly reminder! Red Bull Theater begins performances tomorrow, Tuesday, for their next mainstage production: The Government Inspector, directed by Mr. Berger, which will open at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour Makes DC Premiere Next Month
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the touring production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien. This lavish new production will make its Washington, D.C. premiere at the Kennedy Center Opera House June 13-July 16, 2017 as part of a North American tour. Tickets are currently on sale. (more...)

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