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

BWW Interviews: WICKED's Emma Hatton Talks EDGES!
by Carrie Dunn - Jul 26, 2014

It's been a frantic fortnight for Emma Hatton, the Elphaba standby for Wicked in London. With Willemijn Verkaik leaving the show earlier than expected and Kerry Ellis going back into green in August, that means a short notice two-week run for Hatton - and she's also preparing for a concert version of song cycle Edges in the Delfont Room on August 1st. (more...)

Photo Coverage: DESSA ROSE, Starring Erivo, Janson And More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2014

Dessa Rose is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical and Rocky The Musical). As multiple award winners, and with nominations for Grammys, Academy Awards, and a Golden Globe, this musical collaboration is spectacular. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 26, 2014
by - Jul 26, 2014

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 26 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Idina Menzel Sings 'Some Other Me' and 'You Learn to Live Without' from IF/THEN!
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2014

Idina Menzel recently stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck to talk about playing 'Liz' and 'Beth' in the new musical IF/THEN, then performed selections from the show alongside composer Tom Kitt in the studio. Watch her sing 'Some Other Me' and 'You Learn to Live Without' below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Texas Reps Southern Invites a Grand Ole' Time with PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
by Nyderah Williams - Jul 25, 2014

This summer the Texas Repertory Theatre Company serves up a slice of apple pie and southern charm with PUMP BOYS AND THE DINETTES. Prior to the show, I wasn't really sure what to expect. It certainly sounded like something that had country charm splattered all over it. Turns out, I wasn't too far off. Being born and bred in Texas along with an affinity for diners this was a great treat. (more...)

SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - 7/25/2014
by BWW - Jul 25, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com's SHOW BIZ: Rush, Lottery & Standing Room Only Ticketing Policies - updated on 7/25/2014. (more...)

West End's WICKED Welcomes 6 Millionth Theatregoer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Wicked, the award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, welcomed its 6 millionth theatregoer to London's Apollo Victoria Theatre last night, Thursday 24 July. Owen Thomas attended the performance with Stephanie Willingham, both from Bury St. Edmonds, and enjoyed a backstage visit with the cast after the show. (more...)

2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award Semi-Finalists Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

The 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award were announced today. They are Daniel Assetta, Ben Bennett, Hilary Cole, Andy Cook, Thomas Davis, Daniel Downing, Vivien Emsworth, Anna Freeland, Nelson Gardner, Nick Hedger, Matt Holly, Georgina Hopson, Loren Hunter, Graeme Isaako, Kirby Lunn, Seann Matthew Moore, Katie McKee, Lauren McKenna, Emily Mercurio, Joel Parnis, Daniel Raso, Joshua Robson, Angela Scundi, Rebecca Selley, Zach Smith, Monica Swayne, Connor Sweeney, Karla Tonkich, Tarisai Vushe and Sophie Wright. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER- Ben Fankhauser and Matthew McCorry Rose Sing Alexander Sage Oyen's 'Gods Among Men'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 25, 2014

This week's features composer is Alexander Sage Oyen. Newsies' Ben Fankhauser and Wicked's Matthew McCorry Rose performed this song from his new musical 'Outlaws' at our concert at 54 Below. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/24/14 - Kristin Chenoweth, FOOL FOR LOVE, LIGHTNING THIEF and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 24, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: FOOL FOR LOVE opens at WTF, THE LIGHTNING THIEF strikes off-Broadway, and it's Kristin Chenoweth's birthday! (more...)

Casting and Cameo Groups Announced for Free Public Works' Musical Adaptation of THE WINTER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Following last year's acclaimed Public Works production of The Tempest, The Public Theater will continue this community-based initiative this September with a free original musical adaptation of Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE. Featuring more than 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs performing alongside professional actors and The Public's community partners, Public Works' THE WINTER'S TALE will run for three nights only, September 5-7, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free tickets will be distributed, two per person, at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the show at the Delacorte Theater and via the Virtual Ticketing lottery at www.publictheater.org. (more...)

Hal Leonard to Release Vocal Selections from Broadway's IF/THEN Later this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Hal Leonard has confirmed that Vocal Selections for Broadway's If/Then are set to be released later this summer, during the week of August 18th. (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with the Company of Broadway-Bound YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU- James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 24, 2014

Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You will begin previews on August 26, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), with an opening night set for September 28, 2014. The production will be directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winnerScott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776) and will play a limited run for 19 weeks only. Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com. The company met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand for interviews with the whole gang. Check out what they had to say about bringing the play back to Broadway below! (more...)

AUDIO: Idina Menzel Talks 'Liz' and 'Beth', Performs Tunes from IF/THEN in the Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Idina Menzel stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck to talk about playing 'Liz' and 'Beth' in the new musical IF/THEN, then performed selections from the show alongside composer Tom Kitt in the studio. Listen to the interview and performance below! (more...)

Photo Flash: BEAUTIFUL's Jake Epstein Guest Stars in the IAN Season Finale
by TV News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

In the final episode of ian, hold onto your hats, partners. ian imagines himself the hero of an old spaghetti western and takes on The Black Cowboy, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical's Jake Epstein (TV: Degrassi, The Next Generation), to defend a beautiful damsel in distress (Sarah Schenkkan (National Tour: Wicked). Wearing a hat as big as his...honor, ian's courage is challenged like never before in the greatest showdown of his life. It's nerd vs. cowboy. Whose gun is bigger? Scroll down for stills from the episode! (more...)

VIDEO: BEAUTIFUL's Jake Epstein and WICKED's Sarah Schenkkan Guest Star in the IAN Season Finale
by TV News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

In the final episode of ian, hold onto your hats, partners. ian imagines himself the hero of an old spaghetti western and takes on The Black Cowboy, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical's Jake Epstein (TV: Degrassi, The Next Generation), to defend a beautiful damsel in distress (Sarah Schenkkan (National Tour: Wicked). Wearing a hat as big as his...honor, ian's courage is challenged like never before in the greatest showdown of his life. It's nerd vs. cowboy. Whose gun is bigger? Click below to watch the episode! (more...)

Theatre Aspen Opens Sandy Rustin's THE COTTAGE Tonight, 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Award-winning Theatre Aspen opens the final show of the theatre's summer repertory season on July 24th, with the regional premiere of the brand new comedy The Cottage, by Sandy Rustin, running in rep with The Full Monty and Little Women. The playwright has been in residence to work on the show before the opening performance, with a cast of Broadway veterans including Nancy Anderson, Michele Ragusa, Mark Price, Michael Kostroff, Bailey Frankenberg and Spencer Plachy. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 7/24- Kristin Chenoweth
by Stage Tube - Jul 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Kristin Chenoweth! On Broadway, Chenoweth has appeared in Steel Pier, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Epic Proportions, Funny Girl, Wicked, The Apple Tree, and Promises, Promises. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Fantasticks, Box Office of the Damned, Scapin, Strike Up the Band, A New Brain, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Candide, The Apple Tree, Stairway to Paradise, Love, Loss and What I Wore and many more. She will soon return to Broadway in On the Twentieth Century. (more...)

Photo Flashback: Happy Birthday, Kristin Chenoweth!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 24, 2014

Today, July 24, BroadwayWorld celebrates the birthday of one of the industry's most cherished talents- Kristin Chenoweth! Celebrate this special day along with us by checking out a photo slideshow of some of her past roles and appearances! (more...)

WICKED Reunion! Megan Hilty, Eden Espinosa & Shoshana Bean
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 24, 2014

A trifecta of terrifically talented triple-threats famous for their headlining roles in Oz-themed mega-hit Wicked convened this week to share a special photo - Eden Espinosa and Shoshana Bean with Megan Hilty! (more...)

The Araca Project Announces Seven Original Productions
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Araca Group has announced the seven shows that will comprise the 2014 Araca Project season, lasting from September 7th until November 2nd at the American Theatre of Actors. Led by Matthew Rego, Michael Rego, and Hank Unger, The Araca Group is a New York City-based Broadway production and merchandising that has served, among others, Wicked, Urinetown, Rock of Ages, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. In addition, Araca is now the largest screen printing and merchandising company on Broadway. Learn more at www.araca.com. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Nancy Opel & Paige Faure in CINDERELLA!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Tony Award winning musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA recently welcomed Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel to the cast, playing Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother. Paige Faure also recently took over the title role of Broadway's favorite princess. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the latest cast in action below! (more...)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Announces Cast Changes - Liam Tamne, John Ellis, Alicia Beck and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

There will be a number of key cast changes in the smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End. (more...)

THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK Set for DM Playhouse's Play Reading Series, 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

The Des Moines Community Playhouse play reading series presents Naomi Wallace's 'The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek,' 7:00 PM, Monday, Aug. 4. The evening is free; beverages will be available for purchase. (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Meet the Star-Studded Company of Broadway-Bound YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU!
by Walter McBride - Jul 23, 2014

Moss Hart andGeorge S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You will begin previews on August 26, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), with an opening night set for September 28, 2014. The production will be directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winnerScott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776) and will play a limited run for 19 weeks only. Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com. The company just met the press and you can catch a photo preview from the festivities below. Be sure to check back later for complete coverage! (more...)

The Hub's BARK WEEK to Kick Off 8/17
by TV News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Fresh off the biting adventures of Discovery's 'Shark Week' comes the Hub Network's celebration of a furrier creature - dogs. Starting Sunday, August 17 to Friday, August 22, the Network is bringing everyone's favorite family member and best friend to its air with 'Bark Week,' a special week full of fun canine programming for dog-lovers of all ages to enjoy. The tail-wagging week will feature four popular series from Animal Planet, a sister network also owned by Discovery, called 'America's Cutest,' 'It's Me or the Dog,' 'Bad Dog!' and 'Too Cute!' airing for the first time on the Hub Network, champions of family fun and the only network dedicated to providing kids and their families with entertainment they can watch together. It will also feature a different dog-themed family movie every night, including 'Cats & Dogs,' '101 Dalmatians,' '102 Dalmatians,' 'Snow Buddies,' 'Good Boy' and 'Scooby-Doo.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside BROADWAY SINGS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE with Lena Hall, Andy Mientus & More!
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Jul 23, 2014

Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake, the sixth concert of the BROADWAY SINGS concert series, just continued last night at (le) Poisson Rouge. More than 15 Broadway performers were accompanied by a full jazz band playing brand new, original orchestrations of Timberlake's greatest hits. Previous artists honored in the series were Adele, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, and Amy Winehouse. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Company Meets the Press!
by Walter McBride - Jul 23, 2014

Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You will begin previews on August 26, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), with an opening night set for September 28, 2014. The production will be directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winnerScott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776) and will play a limited run for 19 weeks only. Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visitingTelecharge.com. The company just met the press and you can check out complete photo coverage below! (more...)

WICKED Shifts Morrison Center into Top 50 Theatre Venues for Worldwide Ticket Sales
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

The Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts was listed as one of the top 50 theatre venues for worldwide ticket sales in Pollstar's mid-year report. Pollstar is the only trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry, providing in-depth information to entertainment professionals for more than 25 years. The Morrison Center was listed 44th with 69,248 tickets reported for the period of 1/1/14 to 6/30/14. Ticket figures include selected national presentations reportable to Pollstar and not all events ticketed during that period. (more...)

Menier Chocolate Factory Extends FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Through 30 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Due to huge demand and critical acclaim, the Menier Chocolate Factory has announced that the run for its production of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY has been extended to Saturday, 30th August, 2014. (more...)

Aaron Tveit Lands Lead Role in Romantic Comedy STEREOTYPICALLY YOU
by TV News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Broadway's Aaron Tveit has landed the lead role in the upcoming romantic comedy film STEREOTYPICALLY YOU, from writer-director Benjamin Cox. (more...)

Broadway Palm Adds 8/10 Performance of THE LITTLE MERMAID
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Due to popular demand and sold-out performances Broadway Palm Children's Theatre has added a matinee performance of The Little Mermaid on Sunday, August 10, 2014. In addition to the added performance The Little Mermaid has matinee performances on July 23, 25, 27, 31 and August 1, 2, 2014. Bring the whole family and join the cast in this fun-filled, under water adventure. (more...)

VIDEO: Look Out Idina & Kristin! YouTubers Present All-Male Medley of WICKED Songs
by Stage Tube - Jul 22, 2014

Below, check out YouTube stars Peter Hollens and Nick Pitera in a male-only medley of songs from the Broadway musical Wicked! (more...)

Fall PBS Specials Announced - Kristin Chenoweth, PORGY & BESS, SWEENEY TODD, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, CATS & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Announced today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, the 2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival returns in September with 11 weekly programs featuring classic Broadway hits, music from around the country and a theater performance by award-winning actor Nathan Lane. (more...)

Christina Hendricks Reveals MAD MEN Cast Sang Showtunes At Series Wrap Party
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 22, 2014

MAD MEN and COMPANY star Christina Hendricks shares that the cast of the popular AMC period-set drama series enjoy singing showtunes at cast celebrations according to a new interview. (more...)

Broadway in Atlanta Launches 'BROADWAY BOUND' Artwork Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Broadway in Atlanta has partnered with the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces to debut Broadway Bound: Atlanta Artist Competition! Local artists are invited to submit their best, original artwork showcasing a vivid vision of the 2014/2015 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta Series and the city of Atlanta! One talented artist can have their work selected to represent the upcoming series, which will feature Atlanta premieres of Disney's NEWSIES, PIPPIN, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, DIRTY DANCING and Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID as well the spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. BLUE MAN GROUP will once again play the Fox Theatre; Broadway's biggest blockbuster Wicked and crowd pleaser MAMMA MIA! will also be returning as options to the regular series subscription. (more...)

Transcendence Theatre Company to Present Carrie Manolakos & Morgan Karr in Concert, 8/1-2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

The Transcendence Theatre Company will present Carrie Manolakos and Morgan Karr in concert at Landmark Vineyards as the second offering from the Transcendence Artist Series on August 1st and 2nd. (more...)

Theatre at the Center to Present WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, 9/11-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

In its first professional production since its Broadway debut, the musical comedy WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN makes its Chicago area premiere in a brand new production at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, September 11 through October 12, with a press opening on September 14. With an irresistible Latin-infused score by Tony Award-nominated David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane (the team behind past Theatre at the Center hit DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN is a touching and hilarious story of a group of women whose relationships with men lead to a whirlwind of emotions- love as they find them, confusion as they lose them and passion when they need them. This regional premiere is directed by William Pullinsi with Choreography by Danny Herman and Musical Direction and Orchestrations by William Underwood. (more...)

WICKED Trifecta! Eden Espinosa & Shoshana Bean With Idina Menzel At IF/THEN
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 22, 2014

A trifecta of terrifically talented triple-threats famous for their headlining role in Oz-themed mega-hit Wicked convened backstage at the new Broadway musical IF/THEN this weekend - Eden Espinosa and Shoshanna Bean congratulated the show's star and original Wicked Tony Award winner Idina Menzel. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Broadway in Indianapolis 2013/2014 Season
by Trevor Cox - Jul 22, 2014

And that concludes another stellar season of Broadway touring shows through Indianapolis. Five exciting, high-energy shows each spent one week in the capital of Indiana, as well as an extended run for a Broadway favorite. Here's a recap of the shows from the 2013/2014 season. (more...)

ASK A TRAINER: 'Is It Safe to Workout With a Hangover?'
by Michael Buckley - Jul 22, 2014

'Is it safe to work out with a hangover?' - Craig H., Syracuse, NY (more...)

Patti LuPone, The Skivvies, Malcolm Gets & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

NYC Costume Jewelry Designer to Make Coronation Jewels for Mardi Gras Royalty
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Chris Crouch, the jewelry designer behind the label Moans Couture, has hand crafted the custom designed crowns, scepters, and sets of jewels for the stage productions of Broadway's Wicked and Aladdin, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows, Fashion Designer Zac Posen, and Katy Perry. Expanding his presence as a designer, he will be hosting trunk shows this September in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for Mardi Gras enthusiasts. (more...)

Disney Channel Announces August Programming Highlights
by TV News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Disney Channel announces August 2014 Programming Highlights (more...)

Vickie Shaw Set for I'M NOT YOUR ROLE MODEL Gala Evening at LA LGBT Center, 8/9
by Movies News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and StandOut Productions present a gala evening celebrating the world premiere of Vickie Shaw's brand new comedy film, I'm Not Your Role Model, directed by StandOut's Andrea Meyerson A 'comedy Q&A' featuring Ms. Shaw and her funniest friends, Roxana Ward and Lisa Koch, will follow the screening. The audience is then invited to an outdoor reception in the beautiful courtyard of the Center's The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The party will take place on Saturday, August 9, starting at 8 p.m. (more...)

Hartford Stage Sets Cast, Creatives for East Coast Premiere of ETHER DOME, 9/11-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

In 1846, the history of the world was forever changed by a dentist from Hartford, and now Hartford Stage will launch its 2014-15 Season with that remarkable and electrifying story: Ether Dome by Elizabeth Egloff (The Swan), directed by former Artistic Director Michael Wilson (The Orphans' Home Cycle). (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 7/20/14
by - Jul 21, 2014

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 7/20/2014. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/21
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 21, 2014

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 7/20/2014. (more...)

Broadway Ticket Buying Guide: July 21-27
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 21, 2014

Later this week, Broadway bids adieu to George and Lenny and OF MICE AND MEN takes final bows at the Longacre Theatre. Catch it now before it's gone for good! (more...)

Photo Coverage: West End Charity Sports Day
by Darren Bell - Jul 21, 2014

Teams from West End shows took part in an old-fashioned sports day on Friday at Wormwood Scrubs park for the Tuloy Foundation. Teams competed for the trophy by taking part in the egg and spoon race, the sack race, welly flinging and a relay. (more...)

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