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Oriental Theatre- Ford Center for the Performing Arts (Chicago, IL)
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL

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Based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire


Composer/Librettist Fellowships Awarded for Two-Year Opera Training
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

AOP (American Opera Projects) and Composers & the Voice Artistic Director Steven Osgood have selected six composers and three librettists to receive fellowships for its upcoming ninth season of Composers & the Voice. The 2017-2019 season will train, and present new works from, composers Matthew Browne, Scott Ordway, Frances Pollock, Pamela Stein Lynde, Liliya Ugay, and Amber Vistein and librettists Laura Barati, Kim Davies, and Sokunthary Svay. The primary focus of Composers & the Voice is to give emerging composers and librettists experience working collaboratively with singers on writing for the voice and contemporary opera stage. (more...)

BWW Review: Teens Prove Talent Is Ageless As They Bring DOG SEES GOD To Hollywood
by Erica Garcia - Jul 20, 2017

Worst First Kiss Productions Present DOG SEES GOOD at The Blank Theater in Hollywood, CA. Directed by Jonah Platt, the production is fresh off its run from the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Their Encore performance takes place this upcoming weekend at The Blank Theater. (more...)

Royal Surrey Choir Announces Charity Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

This Sunday 23rd July at 7pm, Emcee Jake Hellier and the Royal Surrey Choir return to the stage for their 2017 Summer Concert, performing live at the historic Holy Trinity Church (Guildford, GU1 3RR) to raise funds for The Fountain Centre, Surrey's leading charitable organisation providing advice, on-going support, community and complimentary therapies to the individuals and families of those whose lives have been affected by cancer. (more...)

Lions and Tigers and Bares, Oh My! Theme Announced For WEST END BARES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

Now in its eighth year as the West End's hottest annual fundraiser, join the cast of WEST END BARES as they strip off to see the Wizard in WEST END BARES: RUBY STRIPPERS at The Novello Theatre on Sunday 29 October with performances at 7.00pm and 9.30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Shakespeare's Globe
by Debbie Gilpin - Jul 20, 2017

Matthew Dunster brings some desert sun to a so far patchy summer, with his Mexican inspired production of Much Ado About Nothing. It truly is the beating heart of the Summer of Love, running until the end of the season alongside first Twelfth Night, then King Lear and Boudica. (more...)

VIDEO: The Memory Lives Again with CATS Resident Grizabella, Mamie Parris
by Stage Tube - Jul 20, 2017

Mamie Parris, who plays the iconic role of 'Grizabella the Glamour Cat' in the first-ever Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS, visited Fox 5 today to deliver her impressive take on the classic ballad, 'Memory.' (more...)

HAMILTON's Mandy Gonzalez to Bring Solo Show to Long Island's Guild Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

Mandy Gonzalez, now starring in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Hamilton as Angelica Schuyler, brings her acclaimed concert and talent to Guild Hall for one night only. (more...)

James Atherton, Taj Atwal, Sally Bankes, and More to Star in RITA, SUE, AND BOB TOO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

James Atherton, Taj Atwal, Sally Bankes, Gemma Dobson, Samantha Robinson and David Walker have been cast in Rita, Sue and Bob Too directed by Max Stafford-Clark. (more...)

Composer/Librettist Fellowships Awarded for Two-Year Opera Training
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

AOP (American Opera Projects) and Composers & the Voice Artistic Director Steven Osgood have selected six composers and three librettists to receive fellowships for its upcoming ninth season of Composers & the Voice. The 2017-2019 season will train, and present new works from, composers Matthew Browne, Scott Ordway, Frances Pollock, Pamela Stein Lynde, Liliya Ugay, and Amber Vistein and librettists Laura Barati, Kim Davies, and Sokunthary Svay. The primary focus of Composers & the Voice is to give emerging composers and librettists experience working collaboratively with singers on writing for the voice and contemporary opera stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: Aurora Theatre presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

Based on the Victor Hugo novel, this epic musical traces the journey of Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer in a cold, cathedral tower as he discovers his inner strength. His guardian, Archdeacon Frollo, seethes as all of Paris readies for the annual Feast of Fools. Frollo becomes obsessed with scouring the Gypsies from the city, even as he lusts after the beautiful dancer Esmeralda. (more...)

BROADWAY DREAMS to Return to Charlotte with a Terrific Broadway Faculty
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

Broadway Dreams has partnered with the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and Central Piedmont Community College on the return of their annual Summer Intensive, July 29 - August 5, 2017 in Charlotte, N.C. Lead by an all-star roster of Broadway's brightest stars and industry professionals, Charlotte's rising stars will participate in a week-long intensive focusing on acting, vocal performance and dance. The week will culminate in two public performances of a unique Broadwaystyle cabaret, allowing students to perform alongside their Broadway idols. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for July 19, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 19, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Wizard of Oz at the Wilson Theater
by Marlon Deleon - Jul 19, 2017

The Wizard of Oz performs in the Wilson Theater at South Bend Civic Theatre, 403 N. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601. Performances run through July 30th. Visit their website, sbct.org, or call the box office as 574-234-1112 to reserve your tickets today! (more...)

Rachel Tucker Announces Two Edinburgh Festival Fringe Dates
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 19, 2017

West End and Broadway sensation Rachel Tucker makes her debut at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe in two intimate concerts at the Pleasance (more...)

Recording Artist Fantine to Lead ONE WAY TRIP TO MARS - A ROCK OPERA at Waterville Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

International recording sensation Fantine will star as "Casssandra," the lead female role, in the world theatrical premiere of One Way Trip to Mars - A Rock Opera at the Waterville Opera House August 24 through 27. (more...)

Chrysler & Broadway in Detroit Renew Partnership for 2017-18 Theatre Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Nederlander Detroit is pleased to announce that it has renewed its relationship with the Chrysler brand to sponsor the all-new 2017-2018 Broadway in Detroit season.  This will be the seventh consecutive theatre season that the automaker will sponsor, showcasing another hot line-up for both Chrysler and Broadway in Detroit. As part of this sponsorship, the latest and hottest Chrysler vehicles will be on display at The Fisher Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Shoshana Bean, Jesse Eisenberg and More Light Up the Stage in First Ever 24 HOUR MUSICALS: LOS ANGELES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Last night, stars of the stage and screen dazzled a full house at the Theatre at ACE Hotel during the first ever The 24 Hour Musicals: Los Angeles. The event raised money for the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit arm of the Dramatists Guild of America, which advocates for the freedom of expression on behalf of all who are confronting censorship on stages across America. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Sounds Off on Bad Theatre Costumes on @Midnight
by Stage Tube - Jul 19, 2017

Kristin Chenoweth just stopped by Comedy Central's @MIDNIGHT WITH CHRIS HARDWICK to joke about all things pop culture, including bad community theatre costumes. Watch below as she , joined by Jim Norton and James Davis, sound off on some low-budget gems.  (more...)

Vicky's of Santa Fe Announces 2018 Show Supper Club Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Vicky's of Santa Fe located on Highway 111 & Club Drive in Indian Wells will host the 2018 Show Supper Club Series. (more...)

Stephen Bogardus to Star in SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES Musical Adaptation at Delaware Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Delaware Theatre Company captures lightning in a bottle with the World Premiere musical adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes, based on the classic best-selling novel by Ray Bradbury. The spine-tingling tale of a traveling carnival that mysteriously arrives in a small town is woven on stage with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill (Broadway: The Story of My Life). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New West End Cast of WICKED
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Wicked, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has just released the first pictures of Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard) and Jack Lansbury (Boq) who will lead the new London cast from 24 July 2017 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, joining current cast members Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond) and Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose). Check out the photos below! (more...)

Feinstein's/54 Below Presents NEW WRITERS AT 54: Songs by Julia Meinwald & Gordon Leary
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below presents "New Writers at 54: Songs by Julia Meinwald & Gordon Leary" on Sunday, July 30. Julia and Gordon write aggressively empathetic musicals. In the tradition of their shows Pregnancy Pact (Weston Playhouse, 2012) and The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre, 2018), their three newest musicals explore unlikely (and sometimes unlikeable) characters behaving badly. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at South Bend Civic Theatre
by Marlon Deleon - Jul 18, 2017

For a performance run that spans multiple weekends, the first weekend is often accepted as a wrinkly weekend...acknowledging some things still need to be ironed out. Recognizing that this is the first production to open at 403 N. Main Street since Aaron Nichols stepped in as Executive Director (different from the previous alignment of a tag team Managing and Artistic Directors) also deems it necessary to say that this season was selected before Nichols took charge. He was indeed actively involved before, but to accurately evaluate his effectiveness, he would need to stay in this role through the beginning of the 2020 season (ironic, yet fitting, for a target of hindsight evaluation). (more...)

BWW Review: Jolly Good MARY POPPINS Flies Into Musical Theatre West
by Michael Quintos - Jul 18, 2017

Disney/Cameron Mackintosh's stage adaptation of MARY POPPINS, the closing production of Musical Theatre West's 64th season is mostly jolly good fun. Full of palpable joy, wonderfully-performed songs, and smile-inducing moments, MTW's buoyant, crowd-pleasing production of the London-set musical continues performances at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach through July 23. (more...)

The Richmond / Ermet Aid Foundation Presents HELP IS ON THE WAY 23 – Puttin' On The Glitz
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

The Richmond / Ermet Aid Foundation presents HELP IS ON THE WAY 23 - Puttin' On The Glitz. (more...)

Theatreworks USA to Return to Feinstein's/54 Below with *CARDED
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents "*CARDED by Theatreworks USA" on Tuesday, August 1st at 9:30pm. (more...)

BACKSTAGE AT OZ: A MUSICAL COMEDY to Play Woodlawn Pointe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Backstage at Oz is a comedy musical that follows the backstage antics of a group of six actors and a director who are taking part in a stage production of The Wizard of Oz. (more...)

Social: Go Backstage at The Muny's ALL SHOOK UP with Caroline Bowman
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Go behind the scenes of The Muny's production of ALL SHOOK UP with Caroline Bowman who took over our Instagram account this past weekend! See all her fun posts below! (more...)

High School Drama: Cookeville High Grad EMMA CHOATE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 18, 2017

t's been an exceptionally busy summer thus far for recent Cookeville High School graduate Emma Choate as she prepares to make the transition to college student at Tennessee Technological University in her hometown. Making the leap from high schooler to college student is a challenge, no matter who you are, but for Emma - who has been an over-achiever in live theater most of her life - it's probably made easier by her decision to remain at the local college, where she plans to major in vocal music education. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 7/11/2017 - 7/18/2017
by - Jul 18, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 7/11/2017 - 7/18/2017. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ to Close Stageworks Theatre's 2016-17 Season This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Stageworks Theatre presents its final show of the 2016-2017 season, The Wizard of Oz,by L. Frank Baum, music and lyrics Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg. Directed by Adam Delka the show will run July 28 - August 13, 2017 at The Berry Center. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz Set for Afternoon of Stories & Songs at Glimmerglass
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

The Glimmerglass Festival presents award-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz in an afternoon of stories and songs at the Alice Busch Opera Theater on Friday, July 21, at 4:30 p.m. (more...)

The Broadway Boys Launch 'A New Broadway' Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Touring vocal group The Broadway Boys announce the launch of a month long Kickstarter campaign to fund their new album, "A New Broadway."  The company is aiming to raise $30,000 by August 13th and have recorded their first single, "Magic to Do," as a preview of the album's sound.  (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 7/16/17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 7/16/2017. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/17; Broadway Bumps Up
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 17, 2017

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 7/16/2017. (more...)

Lala to Sing Songs by Jeanine Tesori with Tim Realbuto & Friends This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Laurissa Romain aka 'Lala' is excited to be be back at Feinstein's/54 Below with Tim Realbuto and many of her Broadway, TV & Film friends, singing songs by Jeanine Tesori from 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' and 'Caroline or Change' this Sunday, July 23rd at 9:30 PM. (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: July 17- 23, 2017
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 17, 2017

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of July 17- 23, 2017. (more...)

Megan Hilty to Kick Off String of Leading Ladies Onstage in Provincetown This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Mark Cortale's Broadway @ Town Hall series in Provincetown is set to welcome the first of three leading ladies of Broadway who will be gracing its stage this summer. Megan Hilty, breakout star of NBC TV's "Smash" and Broadway's "Wicked" and a Tony nominee for the recent Broadway production of "Noises Off", makes her Town Hall series debut on Sunday, August 6 at 6:30 PM, joined by Sirius XM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. (more...)

Tony Winner Steve Kazee Joins ONCE 'Reunion Jam' to Benefit VH1's Save The Music Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Matt DeAngelis (Waitress), Julia Hoffman (ONCE), Lauren Thomas (ONCE), Cassidy Stirtz (ONCE) and Erica Spyres (ONCE) have teamed up with additional members from every company of ONCE: The Musical (sans Australia) for a one-night only musical jam extravaganza. (more...)

Alice Ripley, Daisy Eagan and More to Share SMALL TOWN CONFESSIONS at Broadway Bound Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Small Town Confessions, a new play by Phil Geoffrey Bond, will be seen as part of the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival this August for three performances only. (more...)

Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver's Actor Therapy Begins New Summer Intensive Workshops
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2017

Acclaimed actor training ground Actor Therapy expands today to two summer programs: one, COLLEGE PREP, geared towards teens preparing for college admissions and a second, NEW YORK OR BUST, for newcomer performers looking to make their mark in The Big Apple. (more...)

The Muny's ALL SHOOK UP Star Caroline Bowman Takes Over BroadwayWorld's Instagram Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2017

BroadwayWorld is excited to announce that Broadway star Caroline Bowman will be taking us behind the scenes at The Muny's thrilling new production of ALL SHOOK UP! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 16, 2017
by - Jul 16, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 16 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: Summer Orlando Becomes First Male Actor to Play 'Dorothy' in THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2017

Ben Orlando AKA drag performer Summer Orlando stars in The Wizard of Oz, the first male actor to ever play the role of Dorothy in an officially licensed production of the show in the world. Scroll down for a first look! (more...)

More Than 100 E-Book Deals From 99¢ - $4.99!
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Jul 16, 2017

Want some new books to curl up with this summer? Check out some of the fantastic e-books currently on sale!! The publishers have made it really easy to stock up--and a lot of books have the ENTIRE SERIES on sale, so you can buy them in one swoop without hurting your wallet too much!!! (more...)

BWW Review: Idina Menzel in Concert at Jacobs Pavilion
by Roy Berko - Jul 16, 2017

Menzel's openness to the audience, her kid-inclusiveness, courtesy to her joint performers and fine singing voice, made for a fine evening of entertainment. Applause, applause! (more...)

BWW Review: New Leading Lady Narrates An Amazing Technicolor JOSEPH At Toby's In Columbia
by Cybele Pomeroy - Jul 15, 2017

In celebration of Columbia's 50th year, Toby Orenstein, Artistic Director of Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia, rotates one powerhouse leading lady per decade into the well-written Narrator role of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Toby Orenstein and co-director Mark Minnick put together a fun, energetic production. Add new arrangements and musical direction by Ross Scott Rawlings, and the resulting show is engaging, sassy, funny, family-friendly and stuffed with talking points for the car ride home. (more...)

Photo Flash: WICKED Practices a Kiss Goodbye and More Saturday Intermission Pics
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2017

Today is 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 our Instagram take over leads to a sweet #SIP with Wicked on tour and friends from far and wide celebrate their two show days. Check out more Saturday Intermission Pics below! (more...)

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