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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. Tony® Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’s 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 Grammy® 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."

Today's the Day! Your Complete Guide to the Broadway Flea Market!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2016

Broadway enthusiasts and stars alike will flock to New York City's famed theatre district today for the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction (#broadwayflea), produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Want to plan your route in advance? Scroll down for this year's map, plus close-ups of each zone and a list of participants! (more...)

Ryan Silverman to Co-Star with Melissa Errico in Irish Rep's FINIAN'S RAINBOW!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2016

BroadwayWorld has just confirmed that Ryan Silverman will be co-starring with pal Melissa Errico in the Irish Rep's upcoming production of FINIAN'S RAINBOW! The actor announced the news that he'd be joining the production last night at Errico's Feinstein's/54 Below concert (in which he was a guest star).  (more...)

Richmond Symphony Presents Sold Out Show Featuring Itzhak Pearlman
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The Richmond Symphony will begin the 2016-17 Season with a sold-out concert featuring legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman on Sun., Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The Altria Masterworks concert is presented in partnership with the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center (Weinstein JCC). (more...)

Andrew Samonksy, Jason Graae, Beverly Ward and More to Star in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Concert at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The 2015-16 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company concludes with a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. (more...)

Showers on the Forecast for Brisbane - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Opens Today at QPAC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Showers are on the forecast for Brisbane as the 'splash-hit' West End stage production SINGIN' IN THE RAIN opens today at Queensland Performing Arts Centre's (QPAC) Lyric Theatre running until 30 October, in a strictly limited season. (more...)

Javier Munoz, Mandy Gonzalez, Will Chase, Ben Vereen and More Join Sunday's Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Broadway enthusiasts and stars alike will flock to New York City's famed theatre district this Sunday, September 25, 2016, for the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction (#broadwayflea), produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 9/23/2016 - OH, HELLO, Broadway Flea Market & More!
by Jessica Khan - Sep 23, 2016

This weekend's big news: OH, HELLO begins previews tonight on Broadway, Lisa Lampanelli's STUFFED starts off-Broadway, THEATER TALK airs an Edward Albee tribute, and this year's Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is Sunday! (more...)

Future Productions Planned for New Musical A SIGN OF THE TIMES Following Goodspeed Run
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

A Sign of the Times, the new pop-fueled musical featuring songs made famous by Petula Clark and other hit-makers of the 1960s, recently wrapped up a successful five-week run at Goodspeed's Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. where the show played from July 29 - September 4 to packed houses. News of an upcoming production will be announced. (more...)

The Las Vegas Tenors Bring Their Dynamic Vocal Performance to the Suncoast Showroom
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

With their powerhouse voices and melodic variety, The Las Vegas Tenors return to delight audiences of all ages at the Suncoast Showroom Oct. 21 and 22. (more...)

Audio Exclusive: First Listen to Il Volo's Rendition of 'Maria' from WEST SIDE STORY on Their 'NOTTE MAGICA' Album
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Following the success of their July 1, 2016, concert in the magical setting of Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, Il Volo is getting ready for next week's release of their new album Notte Magica - A Tribute to The Three Tenors with special guest, the legendary Placido Domingo. Available September 30, the new album will give fans around the world the chance to re-live and experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first listen to their rendition of 'Maria' from West Side Story below! (more...)

BWW Review: Patti LuPone: No Monkeying Around in Worcester
by Nancy Grossman - Sep 21, 2016

Music Worcester had a grand opening to its 157th season last night at beautiful Mechanics Hall, a treasure in downtown Worcester, presenting Patti LuPone in her latest solo concert program, DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY. She shared the stage with her fantastic musical director/accompanist Joseph Thalken, and was joined by The Worcester Chorus for several songs in the second act. It was thrilling to hear so many signature songs performed live by one of the great Broadway divas. (more...)

Kristy Cates Joins THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

At the Wednesday, Sept 22nd matinee of The Marvelous Wonderettes, producers Tom and Michael D'Angora will be celebrating the show's 100th performance by welcoming Kristy Cates to the company!  Cates is joining the production in the role of Missy Miller who belts out 'You Don't Own Me', 'Wedding Bell Blues', and 'Mr. Lee' among other classic 50's and 60's pop hits.  (more...)

George Street Playhouse Announces Casting for Season-Opening MAMA'S BOY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

George Street Playhouse today announced the cast of Rob Urbinati's Mama's Boy, which runs October 18 through November 6 at the New Brunswick theatre. Betsy Aidem (Broadway's All the Way, GSP's God of Carnage) stars as Marguerite Oswald, the headstrong mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, played by Michael Goldsmith (TV's Doctor Who, Gotham).  (more...)

ROCKIN' ROAD TO DUBLIN Comes to Victoria Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

The new generation of Irish rock and dance began tonight when ROCKIN' ROAD TO DUBLIN inaugurated its 60-city tour at the McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson, NC.  On Sept. 29, the show will be performed at the Victoria Theater in Dayton OH, announce the creators and executive producers, Celtic rocker Chris Smith and Irish Dance World Champion Scott Doherty. (more...)

Des Moines Playhouse Presents WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the Tony Award nominated musical, 'West Side Story,' Oct. 7-30, 2016. Tickets may be purchased online atdmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. 'West Side Story' is sponsored by The Principal Financial Group. (more...)

BWW Review: The MAESTRO Returns at 59E59
by Peter Danish - Sep 21, 2016

Hershey Felder's 'MAESTRO' returns to NYC triumphantly. (more...)

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Comes Home for 25th Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Twenty-four years ago this Fall, the Northern Kentucky Symphony, now the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (KSO), took the stage for the first time at the newly opened Greaves Concert Hall on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. To mark the group's 25th Anniversary Season, the KSO returns to its 'Old Kentucky Home' for 4 of its 5 subscription series concerts. The orchestra, which in 1992 inadvertently mailed its first season brochure to 3,000 dogs and cats (via an Iams Pet Food mailing list), has remained true to its mission - making the symphonic concert experience - attractive, accessible and affordable for the residents of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. (more...)

BWW Interview: Dancer Ryan Steele on His Dual Roles in the Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
by Bob Rizzo - Sep 20, 2016

You may know him as Broadway's bespectacled 'Newsie' who whipped off multiple ballet turns atop a sheet of newspaper. Maybe you spotted him as a lost boy in NBC's Peter Pan Live!, or caught his sensitive portrayal of Baby John in the revival of West Side Story. But Ryan Steele has graduated from adolescent roles and is ready to take on leading man status this fall in the national tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. (more...)

Max Von Essen, Derek Klena, and More to Perform at RAISE YOUR VOICE: A CABARET FOR A CURE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

NYU student and lymphoma survivor Rob Morean will produce an evening of performances benefitting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  (more...)

Casting Complete for PARTY PEOPLE at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York Premiere of PARTY PEOPLE by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz a.k.a Ninja. Developed and directed by Liesl Tommy with choreography by Millicent Johnnie, PARTY PEOPLE begins performances on Tuesday, November 1 and runs through Sunday, December 4, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 15. (more...)

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Turn Donald Trump Tweets Into a Musical
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

In a video shared on GQ the Magazine, Lin-Manuel Miranda sings actual Donald Trump tweets on the top of a New York City sightseeing bus! The lyrics include 'Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!' (more...)

Tickets On Sale This Friday for Mario Frangoulis at bergenPAC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

New shows on sale this week at bergenPAC: Mario Frangoulis-Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 8PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 11AM at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC's Box Office at201.227.1030 (more...)

Meet East Lynne Theater Co.'s Cast of BIOGRAPHY at Restaurant Q&A
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

 For those who didn't have the opportunity to meet the cast and crew of East Lynne Theater Company's "Biography" at the after-show party at Aleathea's Restaurant on September 21, another chance is to be had on Friday, October 7 at an after-show Q&A.  It's a wonderful opportunity for patrons to ask the actors and director such questions as "why do they do what they do?" and "how do they do it?"  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS at Ogunquit Starring Analisa Leaming and Nathaniel Hackmann
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 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.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

BWW Review: Feeling Pretty at Orlando Shakes' WEST SIDE STORY
by Kimberly Moy - Sep 19, 2016

It's a Broadway classic with show tunes that have permeated popular culture. This year Orlando Shakes brings West Side Story to its mainstage to kick off its 28th season. With everything that Orlando has endured this Summer, West Side Story has never been more relevant. At the start of the show, two cast members come out, one speaking in English, the other in Spanish to dedicated the performance to one of the 49 victims of the Pulse tragedy. It is a touching tribute that fits this story well. (more...)

FST's 2016-17 Winter Cabaret Season Begins
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

FST's 2016-17 Winter Cabaret season begins with the musical revue Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves, highlighting some of the most beloved female solo singers of the last four decades. (more...)

Michael Feinstein to Feature Songbook Academy Alum at MCG Jazz
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Five-time GRAMMY-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein will feature local high school student and Songbook Academy Alum in performance at his upcoming engagement at MCG Jazz on September 23, 2016, at 9:30 PM. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony and Emmy Winner Thomas Kail
by Theater People Podcast - Sep 19, 2016

On Monday, September 18 the Theater People podcast welcomes Tony and Emmy Award winning director Thomas Kail. For the episode, Kail discusses creating the smash hit musical HAMILTON alongside his longtime collaborator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (more...)

Photo Flash: AIP Connects to a Higher Power, PHANTOM Says Farewell to a Friend, and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2016

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! Today's edition features Max von Essen connecting to a higher power, Phantom bidding farewell to their beloved hair supervisor, and more! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from THE GULF at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 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 Gulf continues 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. Click below to watch highlights from the production! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Maria Rizzo and Rachel Zampelli in THE GULF at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 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 Gulf continues 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. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Chance Theater's TYA Series Proudly Presents California Premiere of THE BOY AT THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Anaheim's official resident theater company, Chance Theater is pleased to present the exciting and wondrous The Boy at the Edge of Everything. Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer, and directed by Darryl B. Hovis, The Boy at the Edge of Everything will begin October 13 and continue through October 23, on the Fyda-Mar Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS at Phoenix Theatre
by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2016

From the famed creator of the Broadway smash, Hamilton, comes the Tony® Award-Winning season opener for Phoenix Theatre - In The Heights! BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

COME FROM AWAY Opens at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre This December
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Junkyard Dog Productions announced today that the new musical COME FROM AWAY will begin performances on Broadway on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) and officially open Sunday, March 12, 2017, following productions at Washington DC's Ford's Theatre (Friday, September 2 - Sunday, October 16, 2016) and Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre (Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017), and two special benefit concert performances in Gander, Newfoundland (Saturday, October 29, 2016). (more...)

Cast Will Sing, Dance AND Play the Music for Bay Area Children's Theatre Production of Seussical!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

The Cat in the Hat accompanying himself on the piano? Yes, and the accordion, harmonica, melodica and ukulele as well. That's what families will see when the Bay Area Children's Theatre (BACT) presents Seussical, TYA, a streamlined, kid-friendly version of the exuberant Broadway musical that brings to life everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude Mc Fuzz, Mayzie LaBird and other inhabitants of the captivating worlds imagined by the late, great American writer and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel.  (more...)

BWW Review: AVENUE Q at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center
by Melissa Giordano - Sep 14, 2016

Particularly over the past several years, the Tony winning musical Avenue Q has become a favorite show of mine. It is emotional, hilarious, relatable, and an original American production utilizing the fascinating art of puppetry. Now running through October 1st at Long Island's Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC), this wonderfully executed production is superbly directed by Heather Van Velsor who additionally operates the puppets Kate Monster and Lucy in the show. (more...)

Baltimore Symphonic Band to Launch 'Year of Shakespeare' at CCBC Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Baltimore Symphonic Band, under the direction of Christopher Wolfe, will kick off CCBC Performing Arts' 'A Year of Shakespeare' with a concert of music inspired by literature, including selections including Tchaikovsky's 'Romeo and Juliet.' (more...)

Southwark Playhouse Announces Full Casting for SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Full casting is announced today for Broadway musical Side Show, which will receive its UK Premiere in a brand new production at Southwark Playhouse, opening on Wednesday 26 October with previews from Friday 21 October. (more...)

GREASE at Curve Announces Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Curve today announces casting for their Christmas production of the hit musical Grease. Dex Lee and Jessica Paul lead the cast as Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski with Keisha Atwell, Darren Bennett, Sophie Camble, Jonny Fines, Courtney George, Luke George, Shobna Gulati, Patrick Harper, Abigayle Honeywill, Sophie Isaacs, Max Jorquera, Sinead Kenny, Nathanael Landskroner, Michael Lin, Martin McCarthy, Sam Murphy, Djalenga Scott, Justin Thomas and Natalie Woods completing the company. The production opens on 1 December, with previews from 26 November, and runs until 14 January. (more...)

HAMILTON's Thomas Kail and Jeffrey Seller Set for Panel at EXPO CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, and Project& present "An Open Conversation: Social Aesthetics Broadway, Culture and Social Impact" with creative team members of the Broadway musical Hamilton. (more...)

Broadway Performers Will Perform in a One Night Cabaret to inspire Young Artists
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Members of the Broadway community are donating their time and talent to perform in a one night cabaret to inspire young artists. On October 8th at 8:00pm, the Celebration of Stars cabaret will take place at the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT. (more...)

Houston Symphony Presents Free Fiesta Sinfonica, 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

The Houston Symphony and Music Director Andres Orozco-Estrada present the Symphony's 24th annual free Fiesta Sinfonica concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Jones Hall. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: HAMILTON Producer Jeffrey Seller Explains the Future of Storytelling
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Jeffrey Seller believes there are ways in which the digital age falls short. For him, the experience of live theater fulfills a deep visceral need for live storytelling in a way that cannot be replaced. (more...)

Alan Cumming, Betty Buckley and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances for September 14-25, 2016. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

HAMILTON's Javier Muñoz and Brandon Victor Dixon Join CHITA: NOWADAYS at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Javier Muñoz and Brandon Victor Dixon, the new stars of Hamilton on Broadway, and New York City Gay Men's Chorus have joined the list of special guests at Chita Rivera's landmark concert CHITA: NOWADAYS at Carnegie Hall on Monday, November 7, 2016 at8:00 PM. Presented by Daniel Nardicio, this event marks the first time the Broadway legend will headline the iconic venue. The two-time Tony Award winner will also welcome previously-announced guests Alan Cumming and Andy Karl, with others to be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale at www.ChitaInConcert.com. (more...)

First Look - HAMILTON's Lin-Manuel Miranda & Miguel Cervantes Grace Cover of Chicago Magazine
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

HAMILTON creator and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and Miguel Cervantes, who will take on the role of Alexander Hamilton in Chicago beginning Sept. 27, grace the cover of the October Issue of Chicago Magazine. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS at Phoenix Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

From the famed creator of the Broadway smash, Hamilton, comes the Tony® Award-Winning season opener for Phoenix Theatre - In The Heights! BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

PITCH PERFECT Stars Anna Camp & Skylar Astin Tie the Knot; Ben Platt & More Attend
by Movies News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

PITCH PERFECT stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin tied the knot on Saturday, September 10th. In attendance were cast mates from the musical comedy including Brittany Snow, who served as a brides maid, Ben Platt (DEAR EVAN HANSON) and Rebel Wilson (more...)

BWW Interviews: Ben Davis from THE SOUND OF MUSIC ON TOUR
by Kathy Strain - Sep 12, 2016

As THE SOUND OF MUSIC made its way into the hearts of many all over the world, Rogers and Hammerstein's songs have made a lasting impression on many. As THE SOUND OF MUSIC tours around North America, BWW caught up with Ben Davis as they prepared to open in San Antonio, Texas. (more...)

BWW Review: MAESTRO at 59E59 is an Inspired and Enthralling Production
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 12, 2016

'Maestro,' starring Hershey Felder as the musical legend, Leonard Bernstein will be performed at 59E59 Theaters through October 16th. Directed by Joel Zwick, this is a production that is enthralling from beginning to end. Get your tickets. It is sure to sell out. (more...)

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