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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.


Photo Flash: PHANTOM, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY & More Pose for Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 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!  (more...)

Flo Rida to Play Atlantic City's Taj Mahal This September
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Flo Rida is the Carol City native often dubbed the 'It Man of Hip-Hop,' and it's easy to see why. See the chart-topping artist perform live Friday, September 2, 2016 in the Mark G. Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal. Show time is 9 p.m. with doors opening one hour prior. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY at Connecticut Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) presents the Broadway classic West Side Story with book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics byStephen Sondheim, and based on a concept ofJerome Robbins. West Side Story will be directed and choreographed by Cassie Abate (CRT's Peter Pan, A Chorus Line, The Music Man) is the final show of the 2016 Nutmeg Sumer Series. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner, 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

'BRIDGES' Tour Cast to Host LOVE IS ALWAYS BETTER Benefit for BC/EFA in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

The members of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY company are excited to host their final fundraising event, LOVE IS ALWAYS BETTER - An Evening of Music by Jason Robert Brown and More, for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at Washington, DC's Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St NW, Washington DC 20001) on Monday, July 11 at 8pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Catches Some Zzzs for Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 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! This week's edition features some backstage shots from the Broadway company of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and more! (more...)

Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

Photo Flash: Will Power! First Look at Will Chase, Rob McClure and More in Broadway's SOMETHING ROTTEN!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Something Rotten!, the ten-time Tony Award-nominated smash hit musical comedy, recently welcomed four new cast members to Broadway's St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street). Joining Rob McClure (Nick Bottom), who boarded the cast last month, are Will Chase (Shakespeare), Catherine Brunell (Portia), Josh Grisetti (Nigel Bottom) and Leslie Kritzer (Bea). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the new company in action below! (more...)

BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - East Meets West-4 Directors Talk About Directing Kids and Teens
by Guest Blogger: Paisley Haddad - Jul 27, 2016

Directing Kids and Teens sounds like a very difficult job, but for these 4 directors, the task is very easy. Cheryl Baxter-Ratliff  (Los Angeles), Joel & Christine Seger (Massachusetts), and Kelley Manson (Massachusetts) have had their fair share of young adult productions to be proud of.  No matter what coast they are from, they all can agree that kids and teens are "sponges" that can soak up information and that they do not have any bad habits they need to break on stage. They also talk about their beginnings in directing kids and teens, memorable moments thus far in their directing, and more. Read my Q&A below to see what they said.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Jellicle Cats Come Out to Play for Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 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! This week's edition features some backstage shots from the Broadway company of Cats, Finding Neverland and more! (more...)

SHEAR MADNESS Extended at Stages Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Audiences and critics are loving Shear Madness! Many dates are already full, so due to popular demand, Stages Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce FOUR MORE WEEKS of performances. (more...)

Amanda Horvath and Courtney Mack to Star in Underscore Theatre's TONYA AND NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Underscore Theatre Company, in association with Harborside Films, is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of TONYA AND NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA, a dark musical comedy based on the infamous 1990's Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan 'knee whack' ice skating scandal. (more...)

Tim Federle, Bess Wohl, Marc Bruni, Leigh Silverman and More Slated for NYMF Panels
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), previously known as The New York Musical Theatre Festival, has announced that they have partnered with The ASCAP Foundation, The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), and SDC Foundation to curate three panel conversations with industry professionals, aimed at providing more insight into the musical development process. (more...)

Faith Prince, Kerry Butler & More Join Line-Up for The Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, a summer concert series dedicated to bringing world class artists up close and musical to its audiences in the Pocono Mountains, will hold its seventh annual season July 29th through August 7th at various locations in the Pocono region. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Look at Penny Seats Theatre Company's XANADU in Ann Arbor's West Park
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Penny Seats Theatre Company's production of 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, runs July 14 through July 30 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays) at Ann Arbor's West Park Band Shell. (more...)

Photo Flash: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, PHANTOM and More Pose for Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2016

Rounding out this weekend are some Intermission pics from shows around the world in what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions: BroadwayWorld's Intermission Pic roundup! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peak of Penny Seats Theatre Company's XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Penny Seats Theatre Company's production of 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, runs July 14 through July 30 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays) at Ann Arbor's West Park Band Shell. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of SEUSSICAL at Music Circus - Jason Graae, Sharon Wilkins and More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduring musical Seussical. Explore the witty, wild and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss as you've never seen it before. Travel back to your childhood to the land of the Whos and the Jungle of Nool, and rediscover the delightfully zany characters imagined by one of the most beloved storytellers of all time. Created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), this is one visit to the doctor that neither kids nor parents will mind, an enchanting musical where anything's possible.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jason Graae, Sharon Wilkins, John Treacy Egan, Bets Malone and More in SEUSSICAL at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduring musical Seussical, playing now thru July 17. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Jinkx Monsoon, Courtney Act & Judy Gold Coming to Provincetown
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

While Provincetown's Art House has become known as the East Coast's hot spot for Broadway's biggest musical stars (think Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, all of whom are headlining there this summer), the venue has an equally long and famous (or infamous as the case may intentionally be) reputation as the right coast's breeding ground for cutting-edge comedy. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/12/16- Cheyenne Jackson
by Stage Tube - Jul 12, 2016

Happy Birthday Cheyenne Jackson! Jackson has been featured in Broadway shows including Xanadu, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and AIDA. His first Broadway leading role in ALL SHOOK UP earned him a Theatre World Award for 'Outstanding Broadway Debut.' He's been seen in such television shows such as 30 ROCK, GLEE, UGLY BETTY, and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. (more...)

Here They Come! Meet the Cast of MOTOWN, Returning to Broadway Tonight
by Meet the Cast - Jul 12, 2016

Motown the Musical returns to Broadway tonight, Tuesday, July 12 at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41Street) for a strictly limited 18-week-only engagement through Sunday, November 13, 2016. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch highlights from the original production below! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 10, 2016
by - Jul 10, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 10 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/10/16- XANADU
by Stage Tube - Jul 10, 2016

Today in 2007, Xanadu opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it ran for 512 performances. Xanadu is a musical comedy with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, based on the 1980 cult classic film of the same name. The story of the musical focuses on a Greek muse, Clio, who descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest creation of his life - a roller disco. It earned an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book. It was also nominated for Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 7/9-7/10/2016
by - Jul 10, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, July 10, 2016 - Sunday, July 10, 2016. (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN's Will Chase Shows Off His Elizabethan Resume
by Michael Dale - Aug 9, 2016

Though Will Chase is currently making 'em swoon as the rock star bard, his mug is put to good use in a clever Elizabethan resume. (more...)

VIDEO: SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Rob McClure Sings a Sweet, Jazzy Arrangement of Rodgers & Hart's 'Manhattan' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Michael Dale - Aug 8, 2016

Earlier the summer, the SOMETHING ROTTEN! star made his New York solo concert debut. (more...)

NYC Rising Star Competition Returns for Second Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

After a tremendously successful first season, Rise Bar's talent contest returns! The new summer installment will be on TUESDAY nights! (more...)

VIDEO: A Backstage Visit and Q&A With SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Josh Grisetti
by Michael Dale - Aug 3, 2016

The new SOMETHING ROTTEN! star talks about making the role his own, his "Game of Thrones" fandom and seeing the first West End preview of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD. (more...)

VeloCloud to Present Revenue Producing Service Provider SD-WAN Solutions at Cowen Communications Infrastructure Summit
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

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Tony Nominee Dan Knechtges to Helm 'HOW TO SUCCEED...' at TUTS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has just announced that Dan Knechtges will serve as Director and Choreographer for the upcoming production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. (more...)

VIDEO: A Backstage Visit With SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Brad Oscar
by Michael Dale - Aug 25, 2016

After making his initial Broadway appearances in ASPECTS OF LOVE and JEKYLL & HYDE, Brad Oscar's breakthrough Tony-nominated performance as demanding playwright Franz Liebkind in THE PRODUCERS helped make him one of musical theatre's most sought-after funnymen. (more...)

Liam Doyle and Emily Tierney to Star in GHOST THE MUSICAL Asian Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

The supernatural power of love is taking Asia by storm as the original production of the Broadway and West End musical Ghost The Musical, adapted from the Academy Award-winning film, starts it's second tour through Asia this November. (more...)

Cassandra Murphy to Lead EVITA at Cabrillo Music Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

For the first time in its history, EVITA, this revolutionary Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical is being produced by Cabrillo Music Theatre.  (more...)

Cast Announced for Detroit Public Theatre's Production of MURDER BALLAD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

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Daphne Rubin-Vega Joins Cast of World Premiere of MISS YOU LIKE HELL at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of Miss You Like Hell, book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful), music and lyrics by acclaimed singer/songwriter Erin McKeown, directed by Lear deBessonet (Public Theatre's The Odyssey) and choreographed by Danny Mefford (Broadway's Fun Home). Commissioned by the Playhouse and developed during the 2016 DNA New Work Series, the production has been extended by one week, now running October 25 - December 4 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. Tickets go on sale August 27 at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or by calling (858) 550-1010. (more...)

Monica Piper's NOT THAT JEWISH Travels Off-Broadway This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Michael Alden Productions presents the New York premiere of NOT THAT JEWISH, written and performed by Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated writer and comedian Monica Piper (Writer of Roseanne, Mad About You, Rugrats) and directed by Mark Waldrop (Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends). (more...)

Photo Flash: Paramour Celebrates 100th Show and Neverlanders Fly Away for Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 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! This week's edition features some backstage shots from the Broadway company of Cats, An American in Paris, Paramour, Finding Neverland and more! (more...)

HELD: A MUSICAL FANTASY Sets Venue at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) a production of The Present Company presents HELD: A Musical Fantasy, a poignant story of childhood friends growing apart in a world where reality is fluid and time can stand still, with book and lyrics by Kelly Maxwell and music by Meghan Rose. (more...)

CHICK FLICK THE MUSICAL to Premiere This Fall in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Grab your friends and head out for an evening of humor, heart, and harmony as Chick Flick the Musical comes to The Royal George Theatre Cabaret, 1641 N. Halsted Street in Chicago. This uniquely female-positive new musical begins previews November 1, and opens November 10 for an open run. (more...)

Maria Rizzo and Rachel Zampelli to Star in THE GULF World Premiere This Fall at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of The Gulf by DC playwright Audrey Cefaly. Directed by Signature's Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Signature Theatre's The Flick, Gypsy), The Gulfcontinues Signature Theatre's commitment to producing regional and local premieres of important new plays. The production stars Maria Rizzo (Signature's Gypsy, West Side Story) and Rachel Zampelli (Signature's The Fix, Dying City), and runs September 13 - November 6 in Signature Theatre's intimate ARK Theatre. (more...)

BWW TV: Fly High with Highlights of the Many Peters of Transport Group's PETER PAN Concert!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 16, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you highlights from the show below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Fly to Neverland with Transport Group's PETER PAN Benefit Concert!
by Jennifer Broski - Aug 16, 2016

Just last night, Transport Group presented a benefit concert of the classic 1954 Comden & Green/Charlap & Leigh musical, Peter Pan. The evening, which was hosted by drag legend, Tony-nominated playwright, and Golden Age aficionado Charles Busch (The Divine Sister, The Tale of The Allergist's Wife), featured a cast that includes three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (Finding Neverland), Drama Desk nominee Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Hannah Elless (Bright Star), Ann Harada (Cinderella), three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (Hand to God), Tony nominee Tony Sheldon (Pricilla, Queen of the Desert), Paul Slade Smith (Finding Neverland), Drama Desk nominee Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Betsy Morgan(First Daughter Suite), Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof), D.C. Anderson (Queen of the Mist), OBIE Winner David Greenspan (The Patsy, The Royal Family), Ivory McKay, Doug Shapiro (Once Upon a Mattress), Tim Dolan (Altar Boyz), Patrick Boll (Mamma Mia), Richard Costa (Once Upon a Mattress), Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I, Here Lies Love) and Tony nominee Mary Testa (First Daughter Suite, Xanadu).  (more...)

Rising Star Competition Announces Performers Advancing to Week 3 8/16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2016

After a tremendously successful first season, Rise Bar's talent contest returns! The new summer installment will be on TUESDAY nights! The RISING STAR competition began Tuesday August 2nd. Singers compete in an 8 week elimination style contest for a $1000 cash prize and a fully produced, paid solo show at Rise. In addition to the cash and prize package, RISING STAR offers networking opportunities with celebrity judges, fantastic exposure, and valuable live stage experience. The top 12 finalists were chosen from over 60 auditionees and at least 2 will go home this week. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Disney's ALADDIN Brings The Animated Movie Favourite To Life With Wondrous Colour, Comedy And Classic Broadway Musical Style.
by Jade Kops - Aug 13, 2016

Sydney has been mesmerised by the stunning stage adaptation of Disney's ALADDIN which opened to multiple standing ovations. (more...)

Yorktown Stage Kids to Perform XANADU This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Yorktown Stage Kids presents Xanadu on Friday, September 30 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 1 at 12:00 pm. (more...)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY to Open Folger Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Folger Theatre's 2016/17 season kicks off with an inspired stage adaptation of one of literature's most cherished novels, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. (more...)

Norm Lewis to Star as 'Don Quixote' in MAN OF LA MANCHA at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Just announced, Norm Lewis will star in the iconic dual roles of Cervantes/Don Quixote in the legendary Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha at The 5th Avenue Theatre. (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage to Present SIGNIFICANT OTHER This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

From September 9 to October 8, 2016, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present SIGNIFICANT OTHER, a sharply observed new comedy about the challenges of finding love and letting go, written by Bad Jews playwright Joshua Harmon. (more...)

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW to Take Over TUTS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is thrilled to present the original stage version of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, the musical that inspired the iconic 1974 film. Live on stage in Zilkha Hall, November 8-20, 2016. (more...)

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