West Side Story on Tour


Showers in the Mother City Won't Rain on The Fugard's Parade as FUNNY GIRL Opens in Cape Town
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

There may have been a thunderstorm in the Mother City today, but nobody is gonna rain on The Fugard's parade as FUNNY GIRL celebrates its opening tonight. Having commenced performances on 18 April, The Fugard will welcome the media and special guests from the Cape Town entertainment scene at a special performance of the show this evening. (more...)

BWW Previews: Jakarta Performing Arts Community (JPAC) is Ready for WEST SIDE STORY!
by Yuliani Supandji - Apr 26, 2017

Jakarta Performing Arts Community (JPAC), a non-profit community theatre, will present one of the most well-known love story and musical of all time: West Side Story. (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse's Broadway Show Choir to Take PAPER MILL SINGS on NJ Tour
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir's 2017 tour of their fully-staged concert event 'Paper Mill Sings.' (more...)

Ballet Hispanico to Honor Rita Moreno with Lifetime Achievement Award at 2017 Carnaval Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Ballet Hispanico will honor Puerto Rican legendary actress and EGOT winner Rita Moreno with the Toda Una Vida Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by actress Gina Rodriguez, and Ecuadorian-American Pinnacle Group Chairman and CEO Nina Vaca with the Nuestra Inspiracion Award, presented by Ralph de la Vega, the former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions & International, at its annual Carnaval Gala in The Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom, 768 Fifth Avenue, NYC on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:30pm. (more...)

Elena Shaddow and Mark Evans to Lead MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced casting for the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Bank of America is the Major Sponsor of Mary Poppins. (more...)

Deena Payne Steps in for Linda Nolan in OUR HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Actress and singer Deena Payne is to join the UK Tour of OUR HOUSE, following the unfortunate withdrawal of Linda Nolan. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 4/18/2017 - 4/25/2017
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Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 4/18/2017 - 4/25/2017. (more...)

Chita Rivera to Receive 'Woman of Valor Award' from Victory Dance Project, 6/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Victory Dance Project,¬†under the Artistic Direction of¬†Amy Jordan,¬†will celebrate its third anniversary with three performances, running¬†June 15 ¬Ė 18¬†at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (no performance on¬†June 16). The season will open with a Celebration honoring Broadway legend¬†Chita Rivera, who will be presented with the company's ¬ďWoman of Valor Award.¬Ē The program, entitled¬†From This Moment On¬†will also include a world premiere as well pieces from the company's repertory.¬† On¬†June 17 and 18, the program will include special performances by students from¬†Early Mosley's Diversity of Dance¬†company. (more...)

Casting Announced for St. Louis STAGES 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

STAGES St. Louis is proud to announce casting for its blockbuster 31st Season: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, The Musical, and South Pacific. According to Artistic Director Michael Hamilton, this season's exceptional talent "explores the triumphant powers of family, friendship, loyalty, and community in an ever challenging world." STAGES also announces the cast for its Theatre for Young Audiences production, the fantastical family adventure, Seussical. All subscription and single tickets are on sale now. (more...)

2017 IRNE Awards Winners Announced - Shoshana Bean, Mark Rylance, SCOTTSBORO BOYS and More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

The 21st Annual IRNE Awards ceremony was held last night in the Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Brookline/Boston.  (more...)

VIDEO: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR's Nicholas Edwards Performs Unplugged 'Gethsemane' in D.C. Cathedral
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Below, check out Nicholas Edwards performing an unplugged version of the classic song 'Gethsemane,' filmed at The Washington National Cathedral! (more...)

BWW Review: Timeless, Cherished WEST SIDE STORY Receives a Near to Perfect Production at La Mirada
by Don Grigware - Apr 24, 2017

Indeed, West Side Story is the most acclaimed musical. And, ask musical actors/actresses what is their favorite Broadway musical of all time and most concur, West Side Story. Why? It has phenomenal music by Leonard Bernstein, with concise poetic lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a tight and gripping book by Arthur Laurents. The brilliant choreography established in 1957 by Jerome Robbins will never be forgotten. The book presents one of the most powerful love stories ever, next to Romeo and Juliet. With all these elements complementing one another, from the first downbeat of the orchestra and the appearance of the Jets creeping in one by one on a half-lit stage, the show pulls you in and doesn't let go for its two and a half hours ... and its message and images of love linger long after the curtain falls. (more...)

HAMILTON, THE HUMANS, Taylor Mac and More Highlight 2017-18 at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced programming for its 2017-2018 theater season in an event on the famed Opera House stage that showcased performances from a range of work being presented and produced this season. (more...)

In a Crowd of Thousands! Meet the Full Company of ANASTASIA, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 24, 2017

The new musical, ANASTASIA, dances into Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) tonight, April 24, 2017, produced by Stage Entertainment, Bill Taylor (Sister Act, Rocky), Tom Kirdahy (It's Only A Play, The Visit) and Hunter Arnold (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening). The company is led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton, Ramin Karimloo, Caroline O'Connor and Mary Beth Peil. Scroll down to get to know the company before they take their opening bows! (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Comes from Away to Chat with Jenn Colella
by Theater People Podcast - Apr 24, 2017

On Monday, April 24 the Theater People podcast welcome's COME FROM AWAY star Jenn Colella. For the episode, Colella recounts her experience with the new Broadway musical--based on true events--from winning the role to meeting and befriending her real-life counterpart. She also shares fascinating stories from her previous work on Broadway. (more...)

Madeleine Haynes, Lola Moxom, and Ruby Stokes to Star in West End Production of ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Rehearsals began today (24 April 2017) for the West End production of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre. Joining the previously announced Miranda Hart who will play Miss Hannigan are Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines as Rooster and Djalenga Scott as Lily. (more...)

BWW Review: 'Dinner and a Show' - Media Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY and Tom's dim Sum
by Pati Buehler - Apr 24, 2017

Media Theatre takes to the streets of 1950's New York for a rousing production of one of musical theater's most beloved, iconic classics. (more...)

Ben Thomas is the 2017 WELSH MUSICAL THEATRE YOUNG SINGER OF THE YEAR
by Robert Gould - Apr 24, 2017

Seventeen year old Ben Thomas from Swansea is the 2017 Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer Of The Year. He was awarded the coveted title by Judges Vivien Care, Claire Hammacott and Michael Morwood after a very high standard contest against Kate McKeown, Lynwen Haf Roberts and Grace-Marie Wyatt - all of whom were accompanied by virtuoso pianist, Jeffrey Howard. (more...)

The Roberto Ocasio Foundation Announces Latin Jazz Camp
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Applications for The Roberto Ocasio Foundation (TROF) are being accepted until May 15 for the Camp, June 25-30, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The Camp has been in existence for 13 years under the leadership of Artistic Director/Artist-In-Residence, Bobby Sanabria--seven-time Grammy nominee and world-renowned jazz and Latin jazz drummer/percussionist, composer, music educator, bandleader, and producer.   (more...)

Paul Iacono's PSYCHEDELIC PLAYHOUSE To Premiere at The Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2017

Star of Mercury Fur, G.B.F., and MTV's The Hard Times Of RJ Berger, Paul Iacono stars along with the underground personalities of Downtown New York in the world premiere of his musical-cabaret epic, PSYCHEDELIC PLAYHOUSE at The Green Room 42 , Thursday, May 4th & Friday, May 5th 8:00pm. (more...)

Meet the Sweet Company of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 23, 2017

The new Broadway musical Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently in performances at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) and officially opens tonight, April 23, 2017. Scroll down to get to know the company before tonight's opening bows! (more...)

Photo Flash: La Mirada Stages Timeless Classic WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2017

Powerful, poignant and timely as ever, LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT present the fourth show of its 2016-2017 season, the most acclaimed musical of all time, West Side Story, book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein with musical direction by Brent Crayon, choreography by John Todd and directed by Ovation award-winner Richard Israel. (more...)

Photo Flash: WICKED is Positively Green for Earth Day, MISS SAIGON Chills Backstage, and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 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 WICKED is proud to be green while they celebrate Earth Day, the MISS SAIGON cast is chilling out backstage, and our regional friends from across the country are flashing their smiling faces from every angle. Check out more Saturday Intermission Pics below! (more...)

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Marks 60th Anniversary of THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Palos Verdes Performing Arts concludes its 34th season with a new production of Meredith Willson's musical comedy 'The Music Man' to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the critically acclaimed Broadway classic. The production will run for 11 performances, April 21-May 7 at the 450-seat Norris Theatre. (more...)

STRANGEST THINGS! THE MUSICAL Adds 3 Performances at Greenhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Due to popular demand, Random Acts and Greenhouse Theater Center have announced that audiences will now have three additional opportunities to catch Strangest Things! The Musical - Sunday, April 30th and Sunday, May 7th at 3pm, and Thursday, May 11th at 8pm. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 4/21; TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in Salt Lake, THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE in L.A. and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 21, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature West Side Story in Philadelphia, THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE in Los Angeles, and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in Salt Lake City, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Cabrillo Music Theatre Takes to Heaven SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE is going to 'take you to heaven' with the second show in its 2016-2017 season, SISTER ACT! For the first time in the Kavli theatre, Cabrillo will present this hilarious new musical, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, musical direction by Kyle C. Norris, choreography by Michelle Elkin and direction by Misti B. Wills. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for April 21, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 21, 2017

A big GOOD MORNING shout-out to today's eye-poppingly gorgeous cover models - the beautiful and talented Tosha Pendergrast and her equally dreamy husband Benjamin Pendergrast, who start off their morning by catching up on the latest theatrical dish while listening to the score of Legally Blonde, Tosha's next choreographic assignment for Pull-Tight Players before she heads off to teach dance, among other things, at Christ Presbyterian Academy. (more...)

Photo Flash: First look at GALA's Hispanic Theatre Spanish Production of IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The U.S. premiere in Spanish of the ground-breaking musical In The Heights. Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, music and lyrics by Mr. Miranda will conclude the 41rd main stage season of Teatro Gala. Check out the cast in dress rehearsal photos below! (more...)

City Lights 2017-18 Season Focuses on Family Matters
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Family is where you find it-not just where you're born. How do we define our kin and who we are in relation to them? In City Lights Theater Company's 35th season, family and community are found in a Chekhovian country house, Washington Heights, and Mr. and Mrs. Darcy's Christmas. They're also in the pages of a controversial children's book, and in how we connect with each other to meet the dark side of humanity. (more...)

Casting Announced for Kokandy Productions' LITTLE FISH at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Kokandy Productions has announced casting for its Chicago premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's LITTLE FISH, an oblique parable for urban life after the attacks of September 11th, directed by Producing Artistic Director Allison Hendrix with music direction by Kory Danielson, playing July 9 - August 20, 2017 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Winds Down His Final Weeks With the NY Phil in Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD Concert, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

In the third of Alan Gilbert's final four subscription weeks as New York Philharmonic Music Director, he will lead an enhanced concert production of Wagner's Das Rheingold. Soloists include bass-baritone Eric Owens as Wotan, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Fricka (in her New York Philharmonic debut), baritone Christopher Purves as Alberich (debut), tenor Russell Thomas as Loge, mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor as Erda, bass Morris Robinson as Fasolt (debut), bass Stephen Milling as Fafner (debut), soprano Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Freia (debut), tenor Brian Jagde as Froh (debut), bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as Donner (debut), tenor Peter Bronder as Mime (debut), soprano Jennifer Zetlan as Woglinde, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Wellgunde, and mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as Flosshilde. The enhanced concert production will be directed by Louisa Muller with costume design - featuring character-based treatment of modern concert attire - by David C. Woolard. The performances will take place Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Hello, Broadway! Meet the Cast of HELLO, DOLLY!, Opening Tonight
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 20, 2017

The revival of Hello, Dolly opens tonight on Broadway, starring Bette Midler and featuring a star-studded cast. The Broadway revival of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman's masterpiece Hello, Dolly! is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle. Get to know the cast before they take their opening bows! (more...)

VIDEO: Get A First Look at IN THE HEIGHTS' US Spanish Language Premiere!
by Isabella Basco - Apr 20, 2017

The U.S. premiere in Spanish of the ground-breaking musical In The Heights. Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, music and lyrics by Mr. Miranda will conclude the 41rd main stage season of Teatro Gala. Check out the cast in dress rehearsal photos below! (more...)

Celebration Theatre Present the Third and Final Show in its 2016-2017 Season! CABARET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Celebration Theatre presents under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, the third and final show in its 2016-2017 season, CABARET, book by Joe Masteroff  (based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood), music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Anthony Zediker and directed by Michael Matthews.  CABARET will begin previews on Friday, May 26 at 8pm; will open on Friday, June 2 at 8pm and perform through Sunday, July 2 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Ann Hampton Callaway, Laura Osnes, Tony Yazbeck and More Slated for Segerstrom Center's 2017-18 Cabaret Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2017 - 2018 Cabaret Series celebrates the power of music and words to touch our lives and hearts. Broadway stars and today's leading vocalists and club performers will perform many of the greatest and most memorable songs composed by music legends and icons. (more...)

Cast Announced for SIREN'S DEN: A ROCK MUSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Casting for 'Siren's Den: A New Rock Musical' is complete!  The cast stars *Lindsey Lake (Rent Tour) as rockstar, Skylar Cole, Andrea Leach (Beauty and the Beast Int'l Tour) as Jessie, *Chris Gleim (Jesus Christ Superstar Tour) as Logan, *Adam R. Kaster (The Golden Bride) as Garrett, and *Alan Gillespie (Miss Saigon Tour) as Bar Manager/Kurtis Katz.  The show's creator, Rori Nogee (Showgirls, the Musical!) will play Remy Morgan.  The Vultures will be played by Lauren Chastain, Jonte Culpepper (Bayside, the Musical!), Musa Hitomi, Frankie Shin, Erin Ullman and Corbin Williams (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas). (more...)

Musical Adaptation of Homer's THE ODYSSEY, THE HUMANS and More Slated for Seattle Rep in 2017-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Artistic Director Braden Abraham today announced Seattle Repertory Theatre's new nine-play 2017/2018 Season, which kicks off with a massive, community-driven musical adaptation, and continues with a theatrical take on a Jane Austen favorite, the launch of a  Broadway National Tour of a Tony Award-winning play, an August Wilson masterpiece, and much more. (more...)

So Fetch! Tickets for MEAN GIRLS World Premiere in Washington, D.C. Go On Sale This Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Tickets go on sale this week for the world premiere of the Broadway-bound new musical Mean Girls, with a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the Paramount Pictures film; music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond ('30 Rock,' 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'); and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!) directs and choreographs.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Ohlook Performing Arts Center presents 2nd Annual 24 Hour Musical SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Ohlook Performing Arts Center (OPAC), Grapevine, TX, is proud to announce that they will be producing their 2nd Annual 24 Hour Musical with the rock musical, Spring Awakening, April 21 - 23.  (more...)

Johannesburg Boys To Star In PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Showtime Management, SA Producers of the international hit musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert announced the three Johannesburg boys who join the all South African cast alternating the role of Benji when the show opens at The Teatro, Montecasino on 29 April. (more...)

MISS SAIGON Returns to the Bristol Hippodrome
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce principal casting and further dates for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical MISS SAIGON, opening at Curve Leicester where it will play from Saturday 1 July - Saturday 22 July 2017. (more...)

BWW: Interview: Media's Anita of WEST SIDE STORY VICTORIA GUITERAS MAYO
by Pati Buehler - Apr 18, 2017

Here's an inside peek at the energetic actress playing the singing, dancing lead role of Anita, Bernardo's main squeeze in Media's upcoming production of West Side Story. (more...)

Marni Nixon's 'Loverly' Former NYC Apartment, Studio on the Market
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

'Wouldn't It Be Loverly' to own a bit of New York history? Apartments 2A and 3A at 315 West End Avenue) - the former teaching studio and apartment of legendary Marni Nixon - are on the market! (more...)

A BRONX TALE Stars Set for This Week's BROADWAY SESSIONS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

This Thursday night, April 20th, Broadway Sessions welcomes cast members from A Bronx Tale and more. (more...)

VIDEO: R.Evolucion Latina Highlights Latinx Performers in FACES OF BROADWAY Series - Episode 1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

R.Evolucion Latina has just released the first episode of its new video series 'Faces of Broadway,' featuring current and past performers, choreographers, and musicians from the New York stage. RL's series highlights the stories, backgrounds and heritage of latino performers - artists that are revolutionizing the industry with the passion and commitment to stand together for change. Click below to check it out! (more...)

INDECENT and WEST SIDE STORY Round Out Guthrie's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

The Guthrie Theater today announced the final two of nine productions to be offered as part of the theater's 2017-2018 subscription season: Indecent, a new play with music by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive), conceived by Vogel and Rebecca Taichman; and the Guthrie's first production of the iconic American musical West Side Story, directed by Joseph Haj. (more...)

Ashley Brown, Lindsay Mendez, Ryan Silverman and More to Lead THE GOLDEN APPLE at Encores!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel today announced casting for the Encores! production of The Golden Apple, John Latouche and Jerome Moross' cult classic. (more...)

Learn Everything About the Cast of GROUNDHOG DAY- Opens Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Based on the iconic film, GROUNDHOG DAY The Musical is reimagined by the award-winning creators of the international hit¬†Matilda The Musical-including director Matthew Warchus and songwriter Tim Minchin-with a book by original screenwriter Danny Rubin. Starring two-time Tony Award¬ģ nominee Andy Karl, GROUNDHOG DAY is the new musical comedy about living life to the fullest, one day at a time. Meet the cast before they take their opening bows! (more...)

They're Off to Arendelle! Meet the Broadway-Bound Cast of FROZEN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Caissie Levy will star as Elsa and Patti Murin will star as Anna in Disney's new Broadway musical Frozen, opening at the St. James Theatre in spring 2018. Also joining the principal cast are Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, Greg Hildreth as Olaf, John Riddle as Hans and Robert Creighton as Duke of Weselton. (more...)

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