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Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time Ė the first ROLLER DISCOĖhey, itís 1980! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. ??This hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, and includes, ďMagic, All Over The World, Suddenly, Iím Alive, Evil Woman, Have You Never Been Mellow and Xanadu, to name a few, and is based on the Universal Picturesí cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. ??Itís hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired, as one of Broadwayís master storytellers, Douglas Carter Beane, weaves a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep you in stitches, while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift you out of your seat. Youíll want to keep the music in your head, and Xanadu in your heart, forever.


In The Season of HAMILTON, Best Musical Nominee BRIGHT STAR Takes a Leap Of Faith Towards Tony Night
by Michael Dale - May 9, 2016

With the chance for a Tony win looking far out of reach, the struggling musical tries building box office momentum with its five nominations. (more...)

Theater Resources Unlimited & The Playroom Theatre to Host 'Practical Playwriting: How to Write for Commercial Production,' 5/14
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present Practical Playwriting: How to Write for Commercial Production, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00am - 5:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. The workshop is one of a series of TRU BEGINNINGS workshops, opportunities for early development of new work. For more details and to download an application, please visit http://truonline.org/events/practical-playwriting/ (more...)

BWW Flashback: DISASTER! Discos Off Broadway Today
by BWW Special Coverage - May 8, 2016

The new musical comedy DISASTER! plays its final performance today, Sunday, May 8, 2016 on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre, after playing 32 preview and 72 regular performances. In honor of its run on the Great White Way, BroadwayWorld takes a look back at its journey on stage! (more...)

Frankie Grande, Mallory Hagan, and Antoine L. Smith Set to Judge Rising Star Competition on 5/8
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

RISE BAR is seeking its next RISING STAR! Hosted by Broadway's Marty Thomas (Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Wicked), the RISING STAR competition begins Sunday March 6! The contestants will be competing in a 10 week elimination style contest for a $1000 cash prize and paid bookings at RISE Bar with their respective solo show. In addition to its cash and prize package, RISING STAR is offering networking opportunities with guest celebrity judges, fantastic exposure and valuable live stage experience. The winner will receive a headshot package by Claire Buffie photography. They will also receive a demo package provided by Yasuhiko Fukuoka. Competition judges Courtney Reed and Jelani Remy also donated generous prize packages from THE LION KING And ALADDIN on Broadway.  (more...)

Photo Flash: DISASTER!, AMERICAN PSYCHO, and More Casts Take Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 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 the American Psycho cast looking amazing, DISASTER's Rachel York and Max Crumm, and much more! (more...)

Euan Morton, Danny Gardner, Kacie Sheik and More to Lead NEW YORK SPECTACULAR at Radio City
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to confirm principal casting for Madison Square Garden Company's upcoming production of NEW YORK SPECTACULAR STARRING THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES, presented by Chase, at Radio City Music Hall. (more...)

Welcome to the Renaissance, Rob McClure! Tony Nominee Will Succeed Brian d'Arcy James in SOMETHING ROTTEN!
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Broadway's ten-time Tony Award-nominated smash hit musical comedy Something Rotten! will welcome Tony Award-nominated Broadway favorite Rob McClure (Chaplin, Honeymoon in Vegas, Noises Off) as "Nick Bottom" the first week of June when he assumes the role from Brian d'Arcy James, who will play his final performance on Sunday, May 29. (more...)


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BIG FISH to Close Out Stages Repertory Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Mitchell Greco, Artistic Associate and director and choreographer of past Stages productions Xanadu, The Honky Tonk Angels, Girls Night and Life Could Be a Dream, leads a cast of 12 for the finale of Stages' 2015 - 2016 Season, Big Fish. (more...)

The Disco Is Closing Early... Broadway's DISASTER! to Play Final Performance This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Just announced, Broadway's new musical comedy DISASTER! will play its final performance early on Sunday, May 8, 2016, after playing 32 preview and 72 regular performances at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street). (more...)

Penny Seats Theatre Company to Present THE CANTERBURY TALES & XANADU This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Ann Arbor's Penny Seats Theatre Company is set to open its sixth summer season at West Park, performing outdoor professional theatre at movie-ticket prices, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout June and July. This year, the group's season will open with a modern adaption of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (by Lindsay Price), followed by the 2007 Broadway musical smash, Xanadu (based on the 1980 cult classic movie of the same name), with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. (more...)

Breaking News: Patti Murin Will Join Betsy Wolfe in Disney's FROZEN Developmental Lab
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Disney's Broadway-bound FROZEN has officially found its Anna for this week's developmental lab! (more...)

Scott Siegel's Broadway Song & Dance Show Set for 54 Below on 6/4
by Louisa Brady - May 29, 2016

"Hear the beat of dancing feet!" And watch and enjoy the explosive energy, precision, and sheer genius of Broadway Dance at Feinstein's/54 Below in a new, uniquely intimate show created for the club by musical theater impresario Scott Siegel. He's the creator of Town Hall's legendary "All Singin' All Dancin" concerts, and now he's put together a brand new dance concert specifically designed for our stage. Siegel, who has worked with some of Broadway's most famous choreographers and scores of Broadway's greatest dancers, presents a show boasting the wide and exciting variety of Broadway dance from pulsating tap to boogie woogie,, and from stylish Fosse to sexy tango. And all of it to great Broadway music! (more...)

BWW Interview: Douglas Carter Beane Kick-Starts the Rockettes' Summer Adventure
by Naomi Serviss - May 28, 2016

A Drama Desk award-winner is recruited to conjure up a New York adventure fit for audiences at Radio City. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE KING AND I, AMERICAN PSYCHO, and More Take Saturday Intermission Pics
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 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 a backstage moment under the mistletoe with AMERICAN PSYCHO, Ashley Park with Justin Bieber, and more! (more...)

Audra McDonald, Vanessa Williams, Matthew Morrison & More Join Provincetown's Broadway Lineup!
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, MA, has announced that 6-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will return to Provincetown on August 21 for one show only, joined by husband and fellow-Broadway star Will Swenson.  Matthew Morrison star of "Glee" and "Finding Neverland" is also slated to join pianist & host Seth Rudetsky for the Broadway @ Town Hall series on August 7th.  The Art House's hotly anticipated 2016 summer season will also include artists like Vanessa Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Cheyenne Jackson, the Indigo Girls, Megan Hilty, Judy Kuhn, Gavin Creel and Steve Grand, among others. This summer, the venue's marquee Broadway concert series will again encompass performances at both The Art House as well as Provincetown's Town Hall. The Broadway @ Town Hall concert series will help raise funds for the Tyler Clementi Foundation. For Tickets visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006. (more...)

Laura Michelle Kelly, Corey Cott & Christine Dwyer Join BEST OF BROADWAY SINGS Concert Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

The complete lineup for the Best of Broadway Sings, the next concert in the Broadway Sings concert series at the Highline Ballroom, will feature Corey Cott (Newsies), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), and Laura Michelle Kelly (Finding Neverland). (more...)

Josh Grisetti, Leslie Kritzer & Catherine Brunell Will Step Into SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Lead Roles This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Broadway's smash hit musical comedy Something Rotten! will welcome three new principal cast members beginning Monday, July 18 as the ten-time Tony Award-nominated show enters its second year at Broadway's St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street). (more...)

15th Annual Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival to be Held in June
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Celebrating the vibrant art of dance, Dance Camera West, in association with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, presents the 15th Annual Dance Camera West Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance. (more...)

Photo Flash: AMERICAN PSYCHO, TUCK, and More Take Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 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 the cast of ON YOUR FEET celebrating their Astaire nominations, a Steve Martin faceswap at BRIGHT STAR, and more! (more...)

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ, 7/12-16
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

One of the world's most beloved movie musicals comes to life at the Civic Center Music Hall this summer in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Running July 12 through 16 and sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, this joyous musical will feature some of Oklahoma's most talented performers in its leading roles. (more...)

Open Book: SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell On Mixing Broadway and The Bard
by Michael Dale - May 2, 2016

The latest in BroadwayWorld's series of interviews with musical theatre's bookwriters. (more...)

VIDEO: DISASTER!'s Jennifer Simard Performs Original Song on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - May 19, 2016

Tony nominee Jennifer Simard stopped by this morning's TODAY to perform the original song 'Your Endless Love,' composed by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman. (more...)

Jay Armstrong Johnson, Alison Luff & Brandon Victor Dixon Set for BEST OF BROADWAY SINGS at Highline Ballroom
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

The Broadway Sings concert series will continue at the Highline Ballroom its "Best Of Broadway Sings" concert, which will feature showstoppers from the series' previous 11 concerts. Some of Broadway's brightest, current talents, such as 2016 Tony Nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Shuffle Along), Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town), and Alison Luff (Les Miserables), will sing completely new arrangements of the hits of pop superstars such as Adele, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, P!NK, Sara Bareilles, and Whitney Houston. Over 15 Broadway performers will be accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra playing unique, original orchestrations created for the acclaimed series. (more...)

BWW Review: Camp, Comic, Sugary Fluff, XANADU THE MUSICAL Is A Retro Feel-Good Night Of Nostalgia.
by Jade Kops - May 18, 2016

Douglas Carter Beane's (Book) Award Winning stage adaptation of Xanadu THE MUSICAL comes alive at Hayes in a bright, shiny explosion of high camp colour. (more...)

LIKE YOU LIKE IT Gets Studio Cast Recording, Out This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Broadway Records has announced that the star-studded studio cast recording of LIKE YOU LIKE IT will be released digitally and in stores on September 23, 2016. (more...)

Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lesli Margherita & More Set for BROADWAY STORIES at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents BROADWAY STORIES on May 20, 2016 at 11:30pm. We've seen many wonderful stories on Broadway. But sometimes the best stories are the ones told backstage. In the style of The Moth and Risk, BROADWAY STORIES will feature Broadway greats telling their hilarious, moving, and fascinating stories of a life in the theatre. Hosted by Todd Buonopane (Cinderella, Chicago, Grease & Spelling Bee), BROADWAY STORIES is recorded live and released as a podcast. (The podcast can be found (more...)

DISASTER! Cast Will Reunite to Record Cast Album; Release Set for September 9
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

The company of the critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! will reunite to record the original Broadway cast album on Monday, May 16.  The cast recording will be released by Broadway Records onFriday, September 9, 2016. The album is produced by Michael Croiter, Bart Migal and Seth Rudetsky, with executive producers Hunter Arnold, Robert Ahrens, Carl Daikeler, Sandi Moran and Daniel Rafinejad. The album is now available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com and on Amazon. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE KING AND I, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Casts Take Saturday Intermission Pics
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 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 throwing it back to his Xanadu days, the ladies of SOMETHING ROTTEN! taking a synchronized sip, and more! (more...)

*Photos & Video* BWW Sydney Gets A Preview of XANADU THE MUSICAL At Hayes Theatre
by Jade Kops - May 13, 2016

*Photos & Video* BWW Sydney Gets A Preview of Xanadu THE MUSICAL (more...)

Andre De Shields to Guest Star in WOZ: A ROCK CABARET at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Joining the original cast as the Wizard is Tony Award-nominated actor Andre De Shields, Broadway's original 'The Wiz' (1975). (more...)

WICKED Announces UK/International Tour Cast - Jacqueline Hughes, Carly Anderson, Bradley Jaden and More; Opens at Alhambra Theatre, July 20
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce that Jacqueline Hughes (Elphaba), Carly Anderson (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Iddon Jones (Boq), Emily Shaw (Nessarose) and Jodie Steele (Standby for Elphaba) will lead the cast at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford from Wednesday 20 July 2016 (and on its subsequent international tour). (more...)

Ann Harada and More Set for FUNKED UP FAIRY TALES as Part of New Musicals at 54
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The NEW MUSICALS AT 54 series will present FUNKED UP FAIRY TALES by Kirsten Childs at Feinstein's/54 Below on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: BRIGHT STAR, ON YOUR FEET, and More Take Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 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 showing off his Idina Snapchat face, a look at the cast members of BRIGHT STAR making their debuts, a backstage game of Bananagrams at KINKY BOOTS, and more! (more...)

BWW TV: #AlTeatroCon @Happip y @SumiBunny - SISTER ACT
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Apr 30, 2016

Nuestros amigos @Happip y @SumiBunny nos acompa√Īaron a ver el musical SISTER ACT al Nuevo Teatro Alcala y asi fue su experiencia (more...)

Todd Rundgren & The Tubes Featuring Fee Waybill to Play NJPAC, 5/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) located at 1 Center Street in Newark, New Jersey announces new shows see Classic Rock Legend Todd Rundgren performing with The Tubes Ft. Fee Waybill on Friday May 27, 2016 8PM. Progressive rock's groundbreaking songwriter, video pioneer and producer performs his greatest songs, including "I Saw the Light," "Hello It's Me" and "Can We Still Be Friends." The Tubes, featuring Fee Waybill, will open. Tickets available at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722). (more...)

Photo: First Look - Will Swenson Is DISASTER!'s New Tony Delvecchio!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Disaster! co-writer and star Seth Rudetsky took to Facebook today to share a first look at Swenson at his DISASTER put-in rehearsal (more...)

Tony Nominee Will Swenson Joins DISASTER! Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will assume the role of Tony Delvecchio for nine performances only in Broadway's critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! beginning performances tonight, April 29, through Friday, May 6 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). (more...)

BWW Review: Ragtag Theatre Company's THE COMMEDIA CINDERELLA Mixes Lessons with Laughs
by David Clarke - Apr 28, 2016

Helmed by Sam LaFrage, the Ragtag Theatre Company is back. Following their rip-roaring THE COMMEDIA RAPUNZEL, the talented troupe is tickling ribs with their latest concoction: THE COMMEDIA CINDERELLA. Billed as LGBTQ theatre designed for the entire family, this show puts a refreshing and much appreciated new spin on the timeless fairytale, finding a way to speak to the individual heart of every member of the audience. (more...)

'MARLOWE', WAR PAINT, JERUSALEM, TWELFTH NIGHT and More Among Summer Theatre Highlights in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The Chicago theater community will present a wide variety of plays and musicals, as well as dance and concert offerings this summer. In support, the League of Chicago Theatres will once again create a comprehensive Summer Theater Guide that will be available at hotels, theaters, events, and destinations across the Chicago area. (more...)

Tony Nominee Will Swenson to Join DISASTER! On Broadway for 9 Shows
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will assume the role of Tony Delvecchio for nine performances only in Broadway's critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! beginning performances on Friday, April 29through Friday, May 6 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). (more...)

2016 Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards Nominees Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

On Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 PM, students and supporters from 33 participating schools across the Mid-South will gather at The Orpheum Theatre for the 7th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards, sponsored in part by Memphis Audio and Sedgwick.  Modeled after the Tony Awards, the High School Musical Theatre Awards recognize achievements in all areas of high school musical theatre. (more...)

Howard Brown Benefit Concert Returns to Uptown Underground, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

?Jeff Award-nominee and HIV+ director/producer Christopher Pazdernik returns with the second annual Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest, a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health on Monday, May 16, 8:00 PM at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago. Featuring award-winning musical theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be co-music directed by Dustin Struhall and Jeff Award-winner Aaron Benham. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 773-867-1946 or visiting uptownunderground.net. (more...)

BroadwayRadio Releases First Episode of 'Literally Patti Murin: The Podcast' with Andrew Rannells
by BroadwayRadio - Apr 23, 2016

In the inaugural edition of 'Literally Patti Murin: The Podcast,' Broadway's Lysistrata Jones chats with her Broadway BFF, Tony-nominated star of stage and screen, Andrew Rannells ('The Book of Mormon,' 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' 'Hamilton'), about Broadway, 'The Bachelor,' and how being on Broadway is like 'The Bachelor.' (more...)

Courtney Reed, Jelani Remy, Jenna Leigh Green & Claire Buffie Will Judge This Week's Rising Star Competition
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2016

RISE BAR is seeking its next RISING STAR! Hosted by Broadway's Marty Thomas (Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Wicked), the RISING STAR competition begins Sunday March 6! The contestants will be competing in an 8 week elimination style contest for a $1000 cash prize and paid bookings at RISE Bar with their respective solo show. In addition to its cash and prize package, RISING STAR is offering networking opportunities with guest celebrity judges, fantastic exposure and valuable live stage experience. (more...)

Photo Flash: TUCK EVERLASTING, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, and More Take Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 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 backstage reading with Max von Essen, a little glimpse at Carolee Carmello's intermission exercise routine, the touring cast of ONCE finally mastering their instruments, and more! (more...)

Bid To Meet Brian d'Arcy James at SOMETHING ROTTEN!, Support New York Pops
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

Meet the Bottom who's heading for the top with a new auction from Charitybuzz. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Headline THE 5TH AVENUE FOLLIES Gala in Seattle
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

The 5th Avenue Theatre is thrilled to welcome back to its stage after a 12-year absence Grammy-nominated Broadway, television and pop music star Cheyenne Jackson, who will headline the annual Night at The 5th Gala, 'The 5th Avenue Follies' on Friday, May 20, 2016. (more...)

Emily Skinner, Kyle Taylor Parker & More Set for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's 2016 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma announces casting and production teams for its annual summer shows, featuring new and returning national talent, including Emily Skinner, Adam Heller, Sandra Mae Frank, Trista Dollison, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jerry Jay Cranford, Martin Burke, David Coffee, Kristina Love, Monte Riegel Wheeler, Casey Elizabeth Gill, and more. All four productions- DREAMGIRLS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - will perform at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN! to Celebrate First Anniversary on Broadway with Series of Bard-Centric Events
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Something Rotten!, the ten-time Tony Award-nominated smash hit musical comedy, will celebrate its first year on Broadway with a series of events next weekend in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616. (more...)

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