BWW Review: WONDERFUL TOWN BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO BROADWAY CLASSIC at Sydney Opera House
by Brodie Paparella - May 9, 2016

In a partnership that proved you can teach an old dog new tricks, Squabbalogic and Sydney Philarmonia Choirs paired choral force with vaudeville vibes to reinvent Leonard Bernstein's classic Wonderful Town. This tale of two sisters trying to make it in 1950s New York has contributed to the blue print for countless more stage and silver screen narratives, and for its time was progressive in its focus on independent women. (more...)

Reverend Mary to Celebrate New Album THE MUSEMENTS in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Singer Mary Elizabeth Micari (a.k.a. Reverend Mary and her M Band) begins a series of live performances culminating with the release of her new album, The Musements. (more...)

Jennifer Ellis, Ciaran Sheehan and Leigh Barrett to Lead Reagle's CAROUSEL This June
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston will open its 48th consecutive summer season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterpiece CAROUSEL from June 9-19, 2016.  (more...)

Paul O'Grady, Julian Clary and More to Lead CINDERELLA at the London Palladium, Dec. 9
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Initial casting is announced today (26 May 2016) for Qdos Entertainment's London Palladium production of Cinderella.  The 32 strong cast will be led byPaul O'Grady as The Wicked Stepmother, Julian Clary as Dandini, Lee Mead as Prince Charming, Paul Zerdin as Buttons, Nigel Havers as Lord Chamberlain and Count Arthur Strong as Baron Hardup.  The roles of Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother and the Ugly Sisters will be announced soon.  (more...)

Mark Rylance, GREAT COMET & More Win Boston's Elliot Norton Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

More than 25 nominations of outstanding actors, directors, designers and ensembles were announced today by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA), with winners to be revealed at the 34th Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7 PM, at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre. (more...)

59E59 Theaters Sets 2016 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

59E59 Theaters has announced the lineup of shows for the 2016 Summer Season. Ticket prices range from $12 - $70 ($10 - $49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets for the summer season go on sale to 59E59 Members on June 2 at Noon, and to the general public on June 6 at Noon. Shows in the previously announced 5A Season are on sale now. Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or by visiting www.59e59.org. (more...)

York Theatre Company to Launch Spring Developmental Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

The York Theatre Company and its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series will present staged readings of three new musicals: A Tale of Two Cities, with book, music and lyrics by Wendy Kesselman, Platinum, with lyrics and music by Will Holt and Gary William Friedman, and book by Stevie Holland with Gary William Friedman, and The Fitzgeralds of Saint Paul, with book, music and lyrics by Christie Baugher, at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). (more...)

Melissa Errico, Claybourne Elder, Sarah Stiles & More Star in DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, Starting Tonight at Encores!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

The Encores! production of DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, the romantic, rarely-seen 1965 musical that marked the only collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim, opens tonight. (more...)

Elena Shaddow, Jason Gotay, PJ Benjamin, Kevin Cahoon & More Join The Muny's 98th Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Following its initial casting announcement in April, The Muny announced today additional principal cast members for its spectacular 98th season. The 2016 Muny season opens with The Wizard of Oz followed by 42nd Street and The Music Man. The season includes the premieres of the popular Mel Brooks comedy, Young Frankenstein and world-wide megahit, Mamma Mia!, and closes with Fiddler on the Roof and Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. (more...)

Maureen Lipman Cast as Wicked Fairy in Richmond Theatre's SLEEPING BEAUTY
by Marianka Swain - Jun 8, 2016

Renowned star of stage and screen Maureen Lipman makes a welcome return to panto this year as the Wicked Fairy in Richmond Theatre's spectacular seasonal offering SLEEPING BEAUTY! Joining her, after two hugely successful pantomimes at Richmond, will be CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis, returning for a third year in a row due to overwhelming popular demand, in the role of Chester the Jester. Sleeping Beauty runs December 2-January 8, 2017, with press night on December 8. (more...)

Broadway Vets Set for Benefit Concert at El Portal Theater This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

This Thursday, June 9th at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, an elite cast of Broadway veterans will take to the stage for a one-night only benefit concert performing numbers from the award-winning Broadway shows that put them on the map. 100% of the proceeds from this stellar night of song and dance will benefit the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. Panera Bread has graciously come on board to sponsor the evening.  Currently in rehearsals, the cast of over 50 Broadway performers, ensemble singers, and dancers is prepping for what is sure to be a thrilling night of theatre in Los Angeles. (more...)

Andrea McArdle & Sally Struthers Will Star in Ogunquit Playhouse's ANYTHING GOES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse sets sail with the delightful, Tony Award-winning Anything Goes June 15 to July 9. This splendid madcap musical comedy stars Broadway's Andrea McArdle as Reno Sweeney and features two-time Emmy Award winner Sally Struthers as Evangeline Harcourt. The pair are currently leading ANYTHING GOES at Gateway Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Entertainment Firm RWS & Associates to Acquire Binder Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Emmy Award-winning NYC based entertainment firm RWS & Associates (Ryan Stana, CEO and Bruston Manuel, COO) has announced the acquisition of Binder Casting, the 12-time Artios Award winning Broadway casting office led by industry veteran Jay Binder, along with his associates Mark Brandon and Jack Bowdan. (more...)

Creative Cauldron's Summer Cabaret Series to Kick Off This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Creative Cauldron's 7th Annual Summer Cabaret Series will be held on Fridays and Saturdays from July 1st through September 19th at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue. (more...)

Stage and Screen Vet Lucie Arnaz to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Award-winning star of stage and screen Lucie Arnaz will bring An Intimate Evening with Lucie Arnaz to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - Friday, September 16 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, September 17 (7 p.m.). (more...)

LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL Offers Free Tickets to Veterans for 4th of July Opening
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The producers of Liberty: A Monumental New Musical are proud to celebrate our nation's heroes by offering FREE* tickets to the 4th of July shows, to veterans of the Military, Fire and Police departments, NPS Rangers and their families, and $20 tickets for all other performances to both active and retired personnel. (more...)

John Bolton, Ryan Cavanaugh & More to Star in Pittsburgh CLO's DAMN YANKEES!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Batter up! Just in time for the thick of baseball season comes the muscular musical about baseball super-fan Joe Boyd. Joe is transformed into a star slugger after he makes a deal with the devil and his sexy associate, Lola, for a chance to lead his home team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. (more...)

FST to Celebrate Songs of Sammy Cahn This Summer with COME FLY WITH ME!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

The legendary lyrical talent of Sammy Cahn takes center stage in FST's first Summer Cabaret production, "Come Fly With Me!" The Sammy Cahn Songbook. With lyrics by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne & Jimmy Van Heusen, this dynamic cast of four will perform from June 14 through July 17 in the John C. Court Cabaret. Subscriptions are available for $39 and may be purchased online at floridastudiotheatre.org or by phone at 941-366-9000. (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: Meet Special Honoree Sally Ann Parsons
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 2, 2016

Costume shop proprietor Sally Ann Parsons is one of three who will receieve a 2016 Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. These annual honors celebrate individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre, but are not eligible in any of the established Tony Award categories. Below, watch as she explains why she never thought she'd be in this position! (more...)

Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti Returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with 'Tales from Soprano Isle' This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Fresh off her Tony Award-nominated role in Roundabout Theater Company's critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of She Loves Me, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her new show, Tales from Soprano Isle, for three performances only - Friday, July 29 (8 p.m.), Saturday, July 30 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, July 31 (3 p.m.). In this humorous evening, Benanti will perform songs from throughout her celebrated career, as well as share stories and personal anecdotes from her life on and off the stage! Tickets for Laura Benanti range in price from $75 - $95 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com. (more...)

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston to Present THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Casting Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston will bring the bright lights of 1920's New York City to the stage with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Mille from July 7-17, 2016.  Millie will run for eight performances at the Robinson Theatre (617 Lexington St. Waltham, MA, 02452).  Directed by Broadway veteran Cynthia Thole (Me and My Girl), Millie will star Gabrielle Carrubba (American Idol Season 11, Spring Awakening) as Millie Dillmount, a small-town girl who arrives in New York City to lead a thoroughly modern life. Millie will also feature Maryann Zschau (Nunsense National Tour) reprising her IRNE Award-winning role as Mrs. Meers (Reagle Music Theater 2006) and IRNE nominee Mark Linehan (Shrek The Musical, South Pacific) as Trevor Graydon.  This lavish musical is filled with fabulous flappers, eccentric New Yorkers and soaring musical numbers including "Forget About the Boy" and "Only In New York."   (more...)

Broadway Veterans to Lead Pittsburgh CLO's SHREK
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Get ready for an "ogre-the-top" production at the Benedum Center July 15-24! This smash-hit musical comedy will come to life with a cast of Broadway's best and Pittsburgh CLO veterans, including Finding Neverland's Rory Donovan as Shrek and Broadway's Haven Burton as Princess Fiona. (more...)

CABARET at The Cape Playhouse Aug. 9-20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

"Leave your troubles outside…" as Cabaret take the stage in its Cape Playhouse premiere, directed by Hunter Foster. With book by Joe Masteroff based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, it runs August 9 - 20.  Press night is set for Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia to Star in WONDERFUL TOWN at Goodman Theatre; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The cast and creative team is set for Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of Wonderful Town - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical that with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

Stanley Wayne Mathis Joins NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!! at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

MyCarl Productions, in association with Kampfire Films, is pleased to announce Broadway veteran Stanley Wayne Mathis has joined the cast of NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!!, a new play by Kevin R. Free, directed by Nicole A. Watson as part of the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. (more...)

William Street Rep to Bring GET LIT(erary) Reading Series to Raue Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

GET LIT(erary) is a monthly reading series based around selected themed classic and contemporary literary works. (more...)

ART and [TITLE OF SHOW] Close Out Williams Street Rep's TheatreFEST
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Don't miss out on the final weekends of Williams Street Repertory's inaugural theatre festival at Raue Center For The Arts! (more...)

Photo Flash: MARY POPPINS - The Lexington Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

The Lexington Theatre Company is thrilled to present its second season production Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins,playing at The Lexington Opera House through July 17, Mary Poppins is presented by Variety Live at the Opera House, with Co-Producing Sponsor, KentuckyOne Health. (more...)

Christina DeCicco Leads Lexington Theatre Company's MARY POPPINS This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

The Lexington Theatre Company will present its second season production Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins. Set to play at The Lexington Opera House July 14-17, Mary Poppins is presented by Variety Live at the Opera House, with Co-Producing Sponsor, KentuckyOne Health. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 7, 2016
by - Aug 7, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 7 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

MTC Kicks Off 50th Season with AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

Marin Theatre Company opens its 50th Anniversary Season with Tracy Letts' August: Osage County. The play debuted at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, IL, moving directly to Broadway in 2007. (more...)

Jimmy Bain to Lead New TREASURE ISLAND Musical in the Finger Lakes; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

?The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is proud to produce the regional premiere of TREASURE ISLAND, A New Musical for a New Generation. The show opens this Wednesday, August 24 and runs through September 10 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season. (more...)

Williams Street Repertory's LAB SERIES Presents BOSONS by K. Frithjof Peterson
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Williams Street Repertory is excited to present "Bosons" by K. Frithjof Peterson as part of its LAB new play staged reading series. Join Williams Street Repertory for a comedic journey of cosmic discovery at 7 p.m. on September 26, 2016. (more...)

Berkshire Theatre Group's FIORELLO! Will Be Musical's First Full-Scale Off-Broadway Revival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) has just announced its sold-out production of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Fiorello! will transfer to Off-Broadway's East 13th Street Theater (136 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues), home of Classic Stage Company. (more...)

Stage Traffic Productions Announces Premiere of New Musical THIS LITTLE LIFE OF MINE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

The World Premiere of This Little Life of Mine will run at Park Theatre for a limited season from 4 October - 29 October, with press night on 5 October. This brilliant, brand new production will run in Park90, and will be the first musical drama to examine the real lives of modern Londoners, with the pressure of high expectation and the worry of underachieving.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Night of the Living N-Word!! at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

MyCarl Productions, in association with KAMPFIRE FILMS, is pleased to present a first look at the world premiere production of Kevin R. Free's NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!!, directed by Nicole A. Watson as part of the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. (more...)

Full Company Set for BTG's Off-Broadway Transfer of FIORELLO!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Today, BTG is thrilled to announce the complete and final casting of this exciting revival - the first ever full-scale New York City and Off-Broadway revival of the hit musical! (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...)

Anshe Emet's 14th Annual Kaplan Concert Pays Tribute to Broadway Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

In tribute to Broadway Musicals, Cantors from several states will come together this May at Anshe Emet Synagogue's 14th Annual Dr. Arnold H. Kaplan Memorial Concert, Cantors on Broadway! (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Theatre Royal Plymouth's MONSTER RAVING LOONY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Simon Stokes, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Plymouth, today announces full cast for the London run of Monster Raving Loony. Samuel James reprises his role as Screaming Lord Sutch, alongside original cast members including Joseph Alessi, Joanna Brookes, Jack Brown, and composer/musician Tom Attwood and they are joined by Vivienne Acheampong who completes the cast for the London run. Set & Costume Design is by Bob Bailey with lighting design by Chahine Yavroyan, audio visual design by Duncan McLean and sound design by Gregory Clarke.  Guest Director is Cal McCrystal (with a trademark bravura farce contribution). (more...)

Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer of the Year 2016 Finalists Announced
by Robert Gould - Apr 24, 2016

Robert Gould reports for BWW on news of the 2016 Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer Of The Year competition. (more...)

Jim Schubin and Brian Vu Win Top Prizes in 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Jim Schubin of Plainsboro, NJ, and Brian Vu of Los Angeles, both earned top prizes in the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition, sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and held on April 16, 2016 in Kilbourn Hall of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. (more...)

Arnie Burton, Emily Robinson, Jon Tenney and Jennifer Westfeldt to Lead BIG SKY World Premiere at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Great news tonight! Geffen Playhouse has just announced a starry cast for its world premiere production of BIG SKY, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros. (more...)

Alan Ostroff to Helm Infinity Theatre Company Productions During 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Infinity Theatre Company has officially announced Directors for its 2016 season. (more...)

Jessie Mueller, THE GREAT COMET, WAITRESS Among 2016 Elliot Norton Award Nominees; Full List!
by Louisa Brady - Apr 16, 2016

Among this year's nominees for Outstanding Musical Production by a Large Theater are WAITRESS and NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE  GREAT COMET OF 1812, both at American Repertory Theatre. Tony winner Jessie Mueller and Denee Benton also each received nods for their respective performances.  (more...)

Broadway's Matt Doyle & Belinda Allyn Will Lead WEST SIDE STORY at Paper Mill Playhouse; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced complete casting for Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's classic musical West Side Story, directed by Paper Mill Playhouse's Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee and Jerome Robbins' original choreography recreated by Alex Sanchez. West Side Story is based on a conception by Jerome Robbins and features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

Jen Cody, Hunter Foster, Josh Grisetti, Ann Harada, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Julia Murney, Ken Page and More Headed to The Muny's 98th Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that The Muny has announced a star-stuffed first round of principal cast members for its spectacular 98th season! (more...)

Stage Door Records to Release CAROUSEL and SING THE POPULAR MUSIC OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Stage Door Records have announced the debut CD release of the albums CAROUSEL and SING THE POPULAR MUSIC OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN on May 27th 2016. The release continues Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products that celebrate Broadway shows and vocalists of the 1950s and 60s. (more...)

Theatre Royal Plymouth Presents MONSTER RAVING LOONY, May 17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

With its UK premiere earlier this year at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth's fast-paced, hilarious and (slightly) bonkers Monster Raving Loony brings its party fun and punkish anarchy to Soho Theatre next month.  Opening on 17 May,Monster Raving Loony by James Graham will preview from 14 May, and run until 18 June. (more...)

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas' 2016-17 Season to Include CHICAGO & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

MainStage Irving-Las Colinas unveiled four plays and a musical that will be produced as part of the 2016-17 season to a packed house of volunteers, subscribers, and supporters on Saturday night, May 9 at the Irving Arts Center. Met with tremendous excitement, the new season features Chicago the Musical, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Calendar Girls, Talking Pictures and My Sister Eileen. All MainStage productions are performed in the Dupree Theatre at the Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, Texas 75062). (more...)

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