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Based on the novel by Henry Fielding

Women can’t keep their hands off Tom Jones, a man of unknown parentage but undeniable charm. Tom’s heart belongs to the virtuous Sophia Western, but when he finds himself the center of female attention and all manner of romantic complication, everything seems to stand between the two. Former Producing Director Jon Jory returns with his rollicking adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic comic tale of scandal, sword fighting and the bewildering power of love.


Quest Theatre Ensemble 2016-17 Season Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Quest Theatre Ensemble, the innovative company that has been offering free theatre to Chicago audiences for approaching fifteen seasons will bring its unique blend of pageantry, puppetry and music to a season of three distinctly different types of theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview: The Original Tom Jones Still Improving on His THE FANTASTICKS 50+ Years Later
by Gil Kaan - Sep 7, 2016

The latest production of the classic THE FANTASTICKS arrived at The Pasadena Playhouse September 6, 2016, directed by Seema Sueko. With the book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, THE FANTASTICKS was awarded the Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 1991, in its 33rd year of its 42-year Off-Broadway run (17,162 performances!). (more...)

THE FULL MONTY's Full Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

The full casting has been announced for the 2016/17 UK Tour of Simon Beaufoy's THE FULL MONTY. As previously announced, the cast is led by Gary Lucy as Gaz, with Andrew Dunn as Gerald, Louis Emerick as Horse, Chris Fountain as Guy and Kai Owen as Dave. Anthony Lewis will now be playing the role of Lomper. (more...)

Welsh Diva Iris Williams to Return to The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

International song stylist Iris Williams returns to the Metropolitan Room for one night only on October 22 at 7pm, direct from her performance interpreting Sondheim at the Cabaret Convention on October 19. (more...)

Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson Signs On as Coach for U.K.'s THE VOICE
by TV News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Jennifer Hudson has signed on to be a coach on the U.K. version of THE VOICE singing competition. (more...)

Royal Court Announces Casting for THE CHILDREN by Lucy Kirkwood
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay have been cast in Lucy Kirkwood's new play The Children which runs in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs 17 November 2016 - 14 January 2017 with Press Night on Thursday 24 November. Directed by James Macdonald. With design by Miriam Buether and lighting design by Peter Mumford. "At our time of life, we simply cannot deal with this shit."  (more...)

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Michael Perlman, Michael Berresse and More Among Directors for NAMT's 2016 Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced the directors for the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). (more...)

BWW Interview: David Lee Sets His Sights on His DEAR WORLD With Tyne, Jerry & Broadway
by Gil Kaan - Sep 19, 2016

Director David Lee's latest directorial project DEAR WORLD stars Tyne Daly in a one-night-only concert performance at the Valley Performing Arts Center on September 30, 2016. The multi-lauded director/writer/producer of such television hits as Cheers, Fraiser and Wings continues his childhood passion in theatre. (more...)

New Line Theatre has a CELEBRATION
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

New Line Theatre, “the bad boy of musical theatre,” opens its 26th season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the world premiere of a new revised version of the wild, 1969 adult jazz-rock musical CELEBRATION, by the creators of The Fantasticks, running Sept. 29-Oct. 22, in the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents THE FANTASTICK'S
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Pittsburgh Public Theater begins its 42nd season with a new production of The Fantasticks, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. Directed by The Public's Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas, the legendary musical runs Sept. 29 - Oct. 30, 2016at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. (more...)

New Album 'Enemy' from Richie Supa to be Celebrated at Seminole Hard Rock, FL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

The release of Richie Supa's new album Enemy will be celebrated at a reception at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 21st at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. (more...)

BWW Review: Forever Entertaining FANTISTICKS Receives a Sterling Production at Pasadena Playhouse
by Don Grigware - Sep 13, 2016

The longest running musical in the world The Fantasticks is always at its best when produced and performed with simplicity. When I first saw it in New York in the 60s, it was performed in a cabaret space against a brick wall, with the suspension of a paper moon above. You can't get much simpler than that. In the current revival at the Pasadena Playhouse, the setting is bigger: a dilapidated, war-torn theatre in Southern California, shuttered since 1969, into which the actors enter to create art. The space may be bigger than the original, but the fine work on display maintains simplicity, especially in its message of love. This is a stunning production, one of the very best I have seen, with a magnificent interracial cast under the seamless direction of Seema Sueko. (more...)

Darryl Maximilian Robinson Will Appear as a Guest on THE ACTOR'S CHOICE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Veteran and award-winning stage actor, play director and theatre producer Darryl Maximilian Robinson, the Founder of the award-winning, multiracial, professional classical and contemporary chamber theatre, The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago, and who will be appearing Oct. 14th through the 16th as the great Broadway impresario extraordinaire Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.. in new Conundrum Theatre Company revival production of FUNNY GIRL at The Historic Rialto Theatre, will discuss his life and times in his new home of L A and his 42-year-long non-Equity professional stage career and involvement in the live performing arts at 11:30 am Monday September 19th 2016 as a guest on "THE ACTOR'S CHOICE" an internet informational arts program hosted by noted entertainment and performing arts journalist Ron Brewington.   (more...)

Karen Akers, Karen Ziemba and More to Lead SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS Benefit for The Ziegfeld Society
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The Ziegfeld Society of New York City launches its Eighth Season on September 17, 2016 with Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin, written and hosted by David Kaufman, based on his new bestselling biography of the same name. (more...)

Paines Plough Announces Full Cast and Creative Team for ROUNDABOUT 2016
by Marianka Swain - Jun 8, 2016

Paines Plough, the UK's leading new writing company, is delighted to announce full cast and creative team for its Roundabout 2016 productions. Accomplished stage and screen actors Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush will form an ensemble to perform the company's three new plays which will premiere from 5 to 28 August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring the UK.  The productions will be directed by Paines Plough's Joint Artistic Director, George Perrin with Sound Designer Dom Kennedyand Lighting Designer Prema Mehta completing the creative team. (more...)

Amy Engelhardt Returning to Don't Tell Mama, 6/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, arranger and composer/lyricist Amy Engelhardt returns to Don't Tell Mama for an encore presentation of her solo show June 20 at 3PM. My Own Devices is a collection of songs by turns poignant, pithy and... downright goofy from her upcoming CD of the same name, plus choice eclectic covers and selections from her award-winning debut, Not Gonna Be Pretty ("A rare and intelligent edge in wordsmithery..." - Metroland Magazine). (more...)

TRIP OF LOVE to Welcome DANCE MOM's Nia Sioux to Company
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

Trip of Love, New York's high-voltage 1960's Pop Music Spectacular, welcomes Nia Sioux to the company. Starting July 12, the star of the hit Lifetime Television series 'Dance Moms' will join the company, performing specialty dance solos including 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin', 'Moon River,' and 'Wipe Out.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: TRIP OF LOVE Welcomes DANCE MOMS' Nia Sioux!
by Jennifer Broski - Jun 30, 2016

Trip of Love, New York's high-voltage 1960's Pop Music Spectacular, welcomes Nia Sioux to the company. Starting July 12, the star of the hit Lifetime Television series 'Dance Moms' will join the company, performing specialty dance solos including 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin', 'Moon River,' and 'Wipe Out.' (more...)

New Line Sets Full 26th Season; Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' announces its 26th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, including the world premiere of a new revised version of the wild, 1969 adult jazz-rock musical CELEBRATION, by the creators of The Fantasticks, running Sept. 29-Oct. 22, 2016; followed by Kander & Ebb's rarely produced gem ZORBA, running March 2-25, 2017; then the regional premiere of the pitch-black 2002 jazz-rock musical THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, based on the famous novel and film, running June 1-24, 2017; and the world premiere of the third installment of New Line's own creation, the new revue OUT ON BROADWAY: THE THIRD COMING, running August 3-19, 2017. All New Line's mainstage shows will be in the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (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...)

Fraud & Phony to Present Inaugural Show TROLL This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Fraud & Phony is pleased to announce its inaugural show: TROLL, a new play by Elizabeth Archer, directed by Melanie Keller, playing July 28 - August 13, 2016 at Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W Cortland St. in Chicago. (more...)

TRIP OF LOVE Becomes Longest Running Show to Play Stage 42
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Trip of Love, the 1960's pop music spectacular,breaks the Stage 42 house record, becoming the theater's longest running tenant. At the matinee on Wednesday, June 22, Trip of Love will have played 305 performances (including 24 preview performances). This breaks standing house record held by the 2003 musical Fame on 42nd Street, which ran for a total of 304 performances (including 40 previews) at the same venue when it was previously called The Little Shubert Theater. (more...)

BWW Review: SILENCE! slays the spoof at Standing Room Only Productions
by Brett Cullum - Jun 16, 2016

From the bodily fluid throwing Miggs to the naked and tucked Buffalo Bill, expect to see everything you witnessed in the movie recreated live onstage by a company who at times don Lambchop hand puppets to narrate the action. It's fast, furious, and like being blasted by hits of nitrous oxide constantly without the pain of dental work. (more...)

BWW Interview: The World Changes. Do Broadway's Longest Running Hits? Updates From THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CHICAGO and THE LION KING
by Michael Dale - Jul 9, 2016

How do hit Broadway musicals stay fresh after running for two decades? (more...)

BWW Review: The Phenomenal Force of THE FANTASTICKS at Monomoy Theatre
by Kristen Morale - Jul 31, 2016

Arriving on the Monomoy stage under the direction of Alan Rust, The Fantasticks is the first production of this show I have seen, and I believe it to be the most utterly captivating production that has been on this theater's - rather any I have seen this summer - stage in quite some time. This is not only because of the rather basic but wonderful plot of a boy falling in love with a girl, being torn apart by no obstacles but themselves and then brought back together through what seems like an almost realized fate. It is not just because of the beautiful music provided by a very talented pianist and harpist - music which accompanies this story that teeters between our reality and fiction. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Features Sheena Easton in the Music of James Bond, 8/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

For the second to last concert of Pacific Symphony's Summer Festival 2016 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre—the audience is sure to hear these words ringing in their ears: The name is Bond…James Bond. Dashing and debonair, Bond's movie themes are instantly recognizable, evoking international intrigue, glamour and suspense. Making this concert especially memorable are vocalist Scott Coulter and two-time Grammy Award-winner Sheena Easton, featured singer on the James Bond soundtrack, “For Your Eyes Only.” With more than 20 million records worldwide, Easton joins the Symphony to seduce the audience into the world of “Goldfinger,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “A View to a Kill,” “Skyfall” and more. The concert also includes “Diamonds are Forever,” “For Your Eyes Only” and “spy” songs from “Mission Impossible,” “Austin Powers,” “Dick Tracy,” “Pink Panther” and “Charlie's Angels.” And that's just a sampling! (more...)

World-Famous Impersonators THE EDWARDS TWINS Set for Tilden Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

?The superstars are coming to Hyannis as the world-famous celebrity impersonators The Edwards Twins bring their highly acclaimed show, An Evening with The Stars, to the Tilden Arts Center in Hyannis. (more...)

The Name is Bond... at Pacific Symphony's Summer Festival 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

For the second to last concert of Pacific Symphony's Summer Festival 2016 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre-the audience is sure to hear these words ringing in their ears: The name is Bond...James Bond. (more...)

Broadway, Cabaret, Jazz and More Coming to The Smith Center This Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

The Smith Center is ushering in a dazzling fall-winter lineup featuring the world's favorite Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals, seasonal concerts and world-renowned shows. (more...)

Darryl Maximilian Robinson Set for FUNNY GIRL at The Historic Rialto Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Two major revivals of sorts are occurring at The Historic Rialto Theatre at 1023 Fair Oaks Ave in South Pasadena, Calif. (more...)


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Emmy Nominated Peter Reckell Re-Joins Cast of Off Broadway's THE FANTASTICKS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Peter Reckell, the Emmy nominated actor best known for playing Bo Brady, a role he originated in 1981 on the NBC drama Days of Our Lives, will take on the role of the suave and charismatic El Gallo when he joins the cast of the long running musical THE FANTASTICKS in a limited engagement that begins on September 5th and runs through September 25th the show's producers, Al Parinello and Catherine Russell announced today. This isn't the first time the he's performed in the show. Mr. Reckell played the role of The Mute (and covered The Boy) 35 years ago, in the Sullivan Street Production. (more...)

DAYS OF OUR LIVES Star Peter Reckell to Join Off-Broadway's THE FANTASTICKS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Peter Reckell, the Emmy nominated actor best known for playing Bo Brady, a role he originated in 1981 on the NBC drama Days of Our Lives, will take on the role of the suave and charismatic El Gallo when he joins the cast of the long running musical THE FANTASTICKS in a limited engagement that begins on September 5th and runs through September 25th the show's producers, Al Parinello and Catherine Russell announced today. (more...)

Music Icon Darlene Love to Star in Off-Broadway's TRIP OF LOVE This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

It's a summer of Love x 2 when Trip of Love, New York's high-voltage 1960's pop music spectacular, welcomes the legendary Darlene Love (Broadway's Hairspray, Carrie, Leader of the Pack) to the company. (more...)

BWW TV: THE FANTASTICKS Cast Returns to Broadway in Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 15, 2016

In attendance today was the cast of The Fantasticks(Dale Hensley, Rob Richardson, Andrew Polec, Madison Claire Parks) who performed the songs 'Soon It's Gonna Rain' and 'Never Say No.' Check out highlights below! (more...)

National Alliance for Musical Theatre Sets 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) has announced the line-up of new musicals for their 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). (more...)

Sharon Hendrix Releases Her Retro-Summertime Fun 'Frazzelmatic' Video
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

After years of working just 20 feet from stardom Sharon “Muffy” Hendrix has stepped into the spotlight. (more...)

GREASE's Lorenzo Lamas Will Join THE FANTASTICS as 'El Gallo'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Lorenzo Lamas, (Grease, Falcon Crest, Celebrity Apprentice) has signed on to play the suave and charismatic narrator El Gallo in the long running musical THE FANTASTICKS this fall. (more...)

Charlie D. Barkle Presents SHAKEN: Baritones Belting Bond
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

?He's the world's greatest spy, suave, patriotic, with a devil may care attitude, his name is Bond, James Bond. Perfect for newbies and know-it-alls alike, Shaken plunges head first into over 50 years of James Bond iconography. Pitting the seven 'James Bond' actors against each other in a race to determine, scientifically, which of them is the greatest all-time Bond.  (more...)

TNC's 2016 Dream Up Festival to Present LOVE BITES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival presents 'Love Bites', A Short Drama About Lost and Rekindled Love. (more...)

REGINA SPEKTOR: A SOUNDSTAGE SPECIAL to Premiere on PBS This October
by TV News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

The acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist REGINA SPEKTOR –known for her chart-topping albums and soulful and evocative songs and music videos – will be featured in a new hour-long special in the popular music series SOUNDSTAGE, premiering on PBS stations nationwide beginning Saturday, October 1, 2016 (check local listings). (more...)

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE to Play the Plaza Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Julie Johnson stars as America's favorite country music sweetheart in Dean Regan's musical tribute, "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline." (more...)

Horse Head Theatre to Stage Regional Premiere of THE JUDGMENT OF FOOLS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Absurdities abound in 2016, so this fall Horse Head invites you to blow off some steam, knock back a few and tell us what you really think. (more...)

MedNet Solutions' iMedNet Named 'Best eClinical Solution 2016'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

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Paul Anka to Perform at Detroit's Fox Theatre This December
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Prolific Singer and songwriter Paul Anka announced a performance a the Fox Theatre on Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Encore Run for REMEMBERING THE LUX at the Baxter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Alistair izobell's hit production REMEMBERING THE LUX is back by popular demand and returns to the Baxter Theatre for a limited season. (more...)

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez, Conor Guzman, Ashley Park, Hal Linden and More to Lead THE FANTASTICKS at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The Pasadena Playhouse presents THE FANTASTICKS by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. The production will be directed by Seema Sueko, who directed The Pasadena Playhouse's critically acclaimed production of Real Women Have Curves last season.  (more...)

BACHARACH AND FRIENDS- Melanie Parry Returns to Glen Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Following two sell out concerts at Glen Street Theatre, one of Australia's leading ladies of song and acclaimed chanteuse Melanie Parry takes audiences on a musical journey of the 60s with some of the greatest hits of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. (more...)

BWW Interview: 'Sweeney Todd' Original Sarah Rice On Her Upcoming Shows At Pangea, Working With Sondheim, and the Zen-Like Theremin
by Ashley Steves - Aug 12, 2016

Name an opera or operetta and it is likely listed in soprano Sarah Rice's repertoire. Over her long and illustrious career, she has starred and performed in a myriad of productions all across the map, from Broadway to Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy. Strauss, Salieri, Sondheim--- it's there. Now, in her first solo show since 2013, Rice will debut her new show Music of the Night (borrowing, of course, from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, in which Rice played Christine in the National Tour) at Pangea Restaurant Pangea Restaurant (2nd Avenue between 11th and 12th streets) on August 17, 18, and September 20, all at 7 pm. Alongside pianist Matthew Martin Ward (Eric Sedgwick for the September show) and special guest David Vernon, she will sing and play a set aimed to explain 'the things that go through your head at 4:00 AM,' covering classical, Celtic, television and movie themes, and musical theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview 'Days of Our Lives' Peter Reckell Returns to His Theater Roots in THE FANTASTICKS
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 11, 2016

Many years ago he played the role of The Mute and Matt in the Sullivan Street Production of THE FANTASTICKS. Today, Reckell speaks exclusively with BWW about the challenges and rewards of returning to the stage after a thirty-five year absence! (more...)

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