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Houston, TX

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More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it's back, and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time. Tonyģ Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurentsís Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. WEST SIDE STORY remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY recently won the 2010 Grammyģ Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway's finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."

Theresa Rebeck's SEMINAR to Make OC Premiere at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Anaheim's official resident theater company, Chance Theater is pleased to produce the Orange County premiere of Seminar. (more...)

Analisa Leaming and Nathaniel Hackmann to Star in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Pull up your boots and hold onto your hats when this all-dancing, all-singing, all-new production of the rip-roarin' musical comedy classic bursts onto the Ogunquit Playhouse stage September 7 to October 1. (more...)

WONDERFUL TOWN at Center of Weeklong Leonard Bernstein Celebration at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Goodman Theatre kicks off its 2016/2017 Season with a major revival of Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein's timeless musical composition of hope and adventure, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Toasts to 28 Seasons at Annual Gala
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will celebrate the glitz and glam of The Big Apple at its 28th Season Gala: New York, New York on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. The glittering evening will feature tastings of Central Florida's finest food and beverages, a silent auction and raffle, and an exclusive one-night only cabaret featuring the cast of West Side Story. Remaining tickets range from $150 - $250 per person and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 ext. 1 or in person inside the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street. (more...)

Due To Overwhelming Demand Lea Salonga Announces 3rd Sydney Show
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Tony and Olivier Award winning star Lea Salonga returns to Australia next February, and due to demand producers are thrilled to announce a 3rd and final Sydney show has been added to the tour on Saturday 4th February at 8pm. (more...)

Víctor Ullate Roche y Carmen Conesa se unirán en PAREJA ABIERTA
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Aug 25, 2016

El musical basado en la comedia de Dario Fo y dirigido por Gabriel Olivares, se estrenara en noviembre en Alcazar de San Juan. (more...)

Cast Announced for Detroit Public Theatre's Production of MURDER BALLAD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

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GYPSY to Open MTC MainStage's 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre company, will open its 30th Anniversary Season with a revamped production of "Gypsy." The season-opener will run September 9-25. (more...)

Madison Lyric Stage Set to Present AARON AND LENNY ON THE TOWN: MUSIC AND LETTERS OF BERNSTEIN AND COPLAND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

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STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of HUNCHBACK at Music Circus - Starring Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

BWW Review: Another Resoundingly Special EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY
by Don Grigware - Aug 24, 2016

On Monday evening August 22 An Evening of Classic Broadway returned to Rockwell Table and Stage for another resoundingly superb and downright mirthful show. Headed by Brad Ellis and Dianne Fraser, this show really grows on you. I love talent, and you can definitely find it here in abundance. On the bill this time around were of course ringmaster Ellis, ingenious as always with his delicious banter at the piano, and Fraser, who manages to do it all, even adjusting microphones and assisting with the props. She's amazing! Guest singers included Joshua Finkel, Zachary Ford, Susan Edwards Martin, Barrett Foa, Christina Saffran and daughter Emma Ashford and last but never least the inimitable Julie Garnye. (more...)

Belleayre Mountain Presents CRISTINA FONTANELLI AND HER FABULOUS FRIENDS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

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Photo Flash: First Look at Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More in HUNCHBACK at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Charlie Williams Help Fialta Celebrate Summer with 'Be Someone' Music Video!
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2016

Indie Band Fialta has just released a new music video directed and choreographed by Broadway's Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Charlie Williams and featuring Broadway dancers from Matilda, She Loves Me, Tuck Everlasting, Newsies, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Finding Neverland, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, and more!  Fialta captures carefree summer friendships and fun in their newest music video for 'Be Someone,' while also shining a spotlight on up-and-coming Broadway talents.  (more...)

BWW Review: Jeff Harnar Dazzles A Sold-Out Metropolitan Room With An Engaging Revival of His '1959 Broadway Songbook'
by Victoria Ordin - Aug 23, 2016

When a show at the Metropolitan Room starts over thirty minutes late because the staff is frantically trying to find chairs and room for the better part of New York's cabaret community, you know you're in store for something truly special. And unless there's a chair thief on the loose in Flatiron who doesn't like Broadway, someone clearly oversold this show and/or lost track of comps; this was extremely vexing with a heat advisory in effect. Still, the mood was festive in anticipation of Jeff Harnar's 1959 Broadway Songbook, the 12th installment in Stephen Hanks' impressive (and increasingly well-known) New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits series. Harnar's show premiered 25 years ago at the Algonquin's Oak Room. Two years later, PBS filmed the collaboration with musical director Alex Rybeck, whose arrangements honor the original compositions but reimagine them in sometimes astonishing ways, making them genuinely creative acts. (more...)

There Are Two New Witches in Oz- Meet the New Stars of the WICKED Tour- Jessica Vosk and Kristen Martin!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The WICKED tour has just announced it will welcome Jessica Vosk as Elphaba and Kristen Martin as Nessarose beginning Wednesday, September 7 at The Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents WEST SIDE STORY COVER BATTLE
by Stage Tube - Aug 23, 2016

From the Theater that brought you 2014's 'Les Miserables Flash Mob' and 2015's 'Monty Python's SPAMALOT Sing-along,' Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) presents a 'West Side Story Cover Battle!' (more...)

Jessica Vosk and Kristen Martin to Fly Into WICKED Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The WICKED tour has just announced it will welcome Jessica Vosk as Elphaba and Kristen Martin as Nessarose beginning Wednesday, September 7 at The Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend. (more...)

MY FAIR LADY, Starring Paul Alexander Nolan and Kelli Barrett, Extends at Bay Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Bay Street Theater recently announced that MY FAIR LADY will be extended through September 4 due to popular demand. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 8/16/2016 - 8/23/2016
by - Aug 23, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 8/16/2016 - 8/23/2016. (more...)

2016-17 Broadway In Thousand Oaks On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Theater League is proud to announce that individual tickets are now on sale for the 2016-17 Broadway In Thousand Oaks Series. The 2016-17 line-up is filled with hits, including the stage adaptation of beloved movie DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE the internationally acclaimed rock opera JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, the stage musical version FAME, the new holiday favorite BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND and the stage edition of the famous family-friendly sensation RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: The Musical. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes PARAMOUR Star Jeremy Kushnier
by Theater People Podcast - Aug 22, 2016

Kushnier made his Broadway debut in the lead role of Ren McCormack in the 1998 production of FOOTLOOSE. He went on to star on Broadway in RENT, JERSEY BOYS, and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. He was a part of the original New York company of SHEAR MADDNESS, and he can currently be seen in PARAMOUR, Cirque Du Soliel's first-ever Broadway production. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Legend Carol Lawrence
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 21, 2016

For over fifty years, the beautiful voice of Carol Lawrence has filled our hearts. No one will capture the love, yearning, and heart break of Maria, the doomed heroine in West Side Story, better than the actress who originated the role: Carol Lawrence. Joining Rob and Kevin from her home in California, Carol talks about the power of West Side Story, what it was like working with Jerome Robbins, and how the theatre still has the power to heal all souls! (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 8/20-8/21/2016
by - Aug 21, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, August 21, 2016 - Sunday, August 21, 2016. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Ogunquit's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 10 to September 3.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY Cast Gives The Tony Award-Winning Classic New Life at Orlando Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

 Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF is thrilled to present the internationally acclaimed American musical, West Side Story from September 7 - October 9, 2016 in the Margeson Theater. Featuring a talented mix of international theater players, Central Florida favorites, and a live orchestra, West Side Story will kick off the Theater's upcoming 28th Season Signature Series. Tickets to West Side Story are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Benjamin Briones Ballet to Present THE ROUND TABLE in NJ and NYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

'The Round Table 2016', presented by Benjamin Briones Ballet, is a collection of some of the most fresh and innovative, upcoming and established choreographers and dance companies in the field. (more...)

Constellation Theatre Company to Kick Off 10th Season with URINETOWN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Constellation Theatre Company will present Urinetown by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis directed by Allison Arkell Stockman from August 31 - October 9 at SOURCE 1835 14th St NW, Washington, DC. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 8/18/2016 - Joe Iconis, WEST SIDE STORY and More!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 18, 2016

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Joe Iconis (portrait by Walter McBride), whose BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER is currently premiering in Boston! (more...)

Broadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Evelyn must follow her dreams ... by leaving her family. Come down for some hot times with THE JOINT at Theatre for The New City's Dream Up Festival this September. (more...)

Contra Costa Civic Theatre to Open 2016-17 Season with MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) begins its 2016-17 season with the Diamond Anniversary production of the beloved musical My Fair Lady, based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. (more...)

Maria Rizzo and Rachel Zampelli to Star in THE GULF World Premiere This Fall at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of The Gulf by DC playwright Audrey Cefaly. Directed by Signature's Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Signature Theatre's The Flick, Gypsy), The Gulfcontinues Signature Theatre's commitment to producing regional and local premieres of important new plays. The production stars Maria Rizzo (Signature's Gypsy, West Side Story) and Rachel Zampelli (Signature's The Fix, Dying City), and runs September 13 - November 6 in Signature Theatre's intimate ARK Theatre. (more...)

Have a Lark with BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

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Bryan Banville and John Massey to Star in San Diego Musical Theatre's THE PRODUCERS; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

San Diego Musical Theatre announced today the cast and creative team for the San Diego Regional Premiere of The Producers. (more...)

New York Philharmonic To Provide Live Music For WEST SIDE STORY and MANHATTAN Film Screenings
by Michael Dale - Aug 17, 2016

Both presentations are part of the Philharmonic's 'The Art of The Score: Film Week at The Philharmonic.' (more...)

STAGE TUBE: WEST SIDE STORY Gets a Chill Retelling for 2016!
by Stage Tube - Aug 17, 2016

When West Side Story was created in 1957, it was considered a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. How would the story differ in today's context? Below check out an awesome modern interpretation the 'Cool' scene, as just released by Los York. (more...)

The Pheasantry Announces September Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

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Kupferberg Center for the Arts to Welcome Caleb Teicher & Company in VARIATIONS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College will present the world premiere of Caleb Teicher's full-length Variations, set to Glenn Gould's iconic 1955 recording of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations.' (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Songs That Sum Up Summer
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Aug 16, 2016

Sometimes you just have to turn to music to tell the story. (more...)

2016-17 THEATER SEASON: PHILADELPHIA REGION AND SOUTH JERSEY
by Pati Buehler - Aug 16, 2016

From Philly to South Jersey, there's someting for everyone on stages this season. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Weighs in on Zika in Puerto Rico
by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2016

The incomparable Broadway legend and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Chita Rivera, has put her support behind the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) and its effort to allay travelers' fears about the Zika virus in Puerto Rico and provide factual information to help travelers make informed travel decisions. (more...)

Lana Gordon Hits the Cell Block in Broadway's CHICAGO Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome Lana Gordon in the role of Velma Kelly beginning tonight, Monday, August 15 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winning Producer Kevin McCollum
by Theater People Podcast - Aug 15, 2016

On Monday, August 15, the Theater People podcast welcomes three-time Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum. Best known for producing Broadway mega-hits RENT, AVENUE Q, and, IN THE HEIGHTS, McCollum is also know for taking chances on smaller shows and shepherding them to Broadway. He brought THE DROWSY CHAPERONE to Broadway in 2006--it would go on to win five Tony Awards--and [TITLE OF SHOW] to Broadway in 2009. (more...)

Talk Is Free Theatre to Take Over Barrie with Roving Production of The Music Man
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) will convert downtown Barrie into the song & dance filled streets of River City, Iowa in its upcoming rendition of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, Sept. 14 to Oct. 2, 2016. During this revolutionary, immersive production, audiences will be whisked from one city site to the next to witness the witty & whimsical tale as its cast marches through town amongst unsuspecting Barrie (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the cast & creative team for COMPANY, with Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and Book by GEORGE FURTH. Directed by Spiro Veloudos with music director Catherine Stornetta and choreography & musical staging by Rachel Bertone, COMPANY will run September 2 - October 9, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Hershey Felder Magnificently Channels Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO
by Shari Barrett - Aug 14, 2016

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the critically-acclaimed Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO from August 10 - 28. Felder channels the great composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, drawing audiences deeply into the maestro's fascinating life filled with tragedy, triumph, and extraordinary music. The Wallis' production marks the final West Coast engagement prior to a highly-anticipated transfer to New York City's 59E59 Theaters from August 31 - October 16, 2016. A Special One-Night-Only Audience Sing-Along will take place on August 22. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Paul Alexander Nolan, Kelli Barrett and More in MY FAIR LADY at Bay Street Theater
by Stage Tube - Aug 12, 2016

Bay Street Theater has just announced that MY FAIR LADY will be extended through September 4 due to popular demand. The classic musical has book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. It is based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture. The production is directed by Michael Arden, Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner for Best Director of a Musical for the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST to Open Birmingham Rep's Autumn 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

A brand new production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest launches Birmingham Repertory Theatre's exciting 2016 Autumn season. (more...)

Single Tickets to Cleveland Orchestra's 2016-17 Season Go on Sale Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Individual concert tickets for The Cleveland Orchestra's 2016-17 season go on sale on Monday, August 15, 2016, online at clevelandorchestra.com, by phone at 216-231-1111, and in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office.  (more...)

Tyne Daly to Lead DEAR WORLD in Concert at Valley Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Now, Valley Performing Arts Center will kick-off the new season and its Broadway series on September 30 at 8:00pm with a one night only concert performance of Dear World, starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly in the role of Countess Aurelia. (more...)

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