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Chita Rivera to Celebrate 65-Year Career in Brooklyn This Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

On Stage at Kingsborough brings internationally renowned performing artists to Southern Brooklyn with an eclectic roster spanning multiple genres including music, dance, theatre and family programming. The full season runs through May 20, 2017. On Saturday, November 19th at 8:00pm come celebrate the one and only Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event. (more...)

Josh Rhodes and More to Take Part in GUYS AND DOLLS Panel at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Asolo Rep presents the first Inside Asolo Rep of the season today, November 9 at 11am. This insightful panel discussion will feature GUYS AND DOLLS Director Josh Rhodes, Lighting Designer Paul Miller and Set Designer Lee Savage. The artists will share their creative processes and what it takes to bring this iconic masterpiece to life. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Chita Rivera Makes Her Carnegie Hall Debut!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 8, 2016

Chita Rivera's landmark concert CHITA: NOWADAYS arrived at Carnegie Hall last night, November 7, marking the the first time the Broadway legend has headlined the iconic venue. The two-time Tony Award winner also welcomed previously- announced guests Alan Cumming, Andy Karl, Javier Muñoz and Brandon Victor Dixon, the new stars of Hamilton on Broadway; and New York City Gay Men's Chorus. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Alan Cumming, Andy Karl & More Help Chita Rivera Make Her Triumphant Carnegie Hall Debut!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 8, 2016

Chita Rivera's landmark concert CHITA: NOWADAYS arrived at Carnegie Hall last night, November 7, marking the the first time the Broadway legend has headlined the iconic venue. The two-time Tony Award winner also welcomed previously- announced guests Alan Cumming, Andy Karl, Javier Muñoz  and New York City Gay Men's Chorus. (more...)

Encores! Off-Center Staging of GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER Heads to the Recording Studio
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced plans to record the first-ever cast album of the musical Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, based on the recent production by the New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center musical theater series.  (more...)

Broadway's A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL Begins Previews This Evening
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Performances begin tonight, November 3, for the Broadway premiere of A BRONX TALE, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo. The show is produced by Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, Tribeca Productions, and Evermere Entertainment. (more...)

Chita Rivera, Alice Ripley, Matthew Morrison and Vanessa Williams Slated for BROADWAY UP CLOSE Series at Kimmel Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

After a successful first season, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has announced the 2016-17 lineup for Broadway Up Close, hosted by Sirius XM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky. Formerly known as the Seth Rudetsky Broadway Concert Series, the Broadway Up Close concert series will consist of four performances featuring renowned actors from the stage and screen. (more...)

BWW Review: New Line Theatre's ZORBA Exhibits Zest for Life
by Chris Gibson - Mar 9, 2017

There's something oddly life-affirming about the character of Zobra. He's a cheerleader for living life to its fullest. Zorba the musical (lyrics by Fred Ebb, music by John Kander, and book by Joseph Stein) impresses an audience with the realization that time never stands still, and therefore, life goes on despite the nasty curves it may lob our way. New Line Theatre's production is a real revelation, because even though this show received its fair share of award nominations, it's really not revived that often. Perhaps it's the darker elements that pervade the show that turn some people off, but then life isn't always sunshine and roses, so I like that they are present. This kind of presentation is something that New Line does better than anyone else, and that's to revive a neglected or forgotten show for a new audience to appreciate, and their track record is impeccable in this regard. This show is a genuine must see, and taking it in I've come to realize that we all need our own personal 'Zorba' to prod us into taking risks and fully investing ourselves in whatever we do, even if things might go awry on occasion. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces the Latest Edition of the NEW FACES SING BROADWAY SERIES 3/14- 15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the latest performance in its 2016 - 2017 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway 1969, hosted by E. Faye Butler, co-directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo and Michael Weber with music direction by David Fiorello, is Monday, March 14at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie and Tuesday, March 15 at the Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway at 7:30 p.m.  In tribute to the original New Faces series that ran on Broadway and on film from 1934 - 1968, Porchlight Music Theatre last year created this Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway, as a showcase for the best emerging music talent now performing on Chicago stages. Each edition is a journey from the start to the finish of a entire musical season on Broadway, peppered with photos and films of the era in an exciting multimedia presentation with a favorite Chicago theatre veteran hosting and introducing the next generation of music theatre artists while acting as your guide through a past season on the Great White Way. Seating is general admission; tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org.  (more...)

A BRONX TALE Original Broadway Cast Album Out This Spring; Pre-Order Now!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, Tribeca Productions, and Evamere Entertainment announced today that the Original Broadway Cast Album of the hit musical A BRONX TALE will be released by Ghostlight Records, beginning March 24, 2017. (more...)

The Chita Rivera Awards to Honor the Best in Dance and Choreography
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) announced that it has established the The Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography (formerly The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards) to honor the best of theatrical dance and choreography, both on Broadway and off, as well as film and television. (more...)

Breaking News: Bianca Marroquin, Constantine Maroulis, Beth Malone, John Tartaglia & More Join the Muny's 99th Season!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

The Muny announced today 21 principal cast members for its 99th season. Full company casting will be announced throughout April. The 2017 Muny season opens with Jesus Christ Superstar followed by Disney's The Little Mermaid and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The season continues with the premiere of All Shook Up! and a newly re- envisioned The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Season 99 closes with A Chorus Line and the much- anticipated Muny debut of Newsies. (more...)

VIDEO: Go Inside the Studio for A BRONX TALE's 'Belmont Avenue'; Original Broadway Cast Album Out Today!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Ghostlight Records releases the album of the hit musical A BRONX TALE in digital formats today, Friday, March 24 with CDs in stores and online Friday, May 12. CDs will be available at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), where the show is currently running, beginning mid-April. Below, go inside the recording studio with the cast performing 'Belmont Avenue'! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Chita Rivera, Joel Grey & More CHICAGO Alumni Surprise John Kander for His 90th Birthday!
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 22, 2017

Just last night, the record-breaking hit musical Chicago celebrated composer John Kander's 90th birthday at the Ambassador Theatre. Mr Kander was in the house for the special night, which featured surprise appearances by Colman Domingo, Joel Grey, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera and Karen Ziemba. (more...)

TheatreWorks Immigrant Saga RAGS Comes to Mountain View
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2016/2017 season with a musical saga of immigrant America, Rags. From the creators of Fiddler on the Roof and Wicked, this exhilarating musical follows the journey of Jewish immigrants Rebecca and her son David, who find themselves navigating the teeming, turn-of-the-century tenements of New York. (more...)

Broadway's A BRONX TALE Hits the Recording Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, Tribeca Productions, and Evamere Entertainment just announced that the Original Broadway Cast Album of A Bronx Tale was recorded in New York City today, January 9. Release dates and additional information will be announced shortly. (more...)

Photo Coverage: In the Recording Studio with A BRONX TALE
by Walter McBride - Jan 9, 2017

Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, Tribeca Productions, and Evamere Entertainment just announced that the Original Broadway Cast Album of A Bronx Tale was recorded in New York City today, January 9. Release dates and additional information will be announced shortly. See photos from the recording session below! (more...)

New Line Theatre to Present THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," has shocked the music world by discovering a long-lost first draft by the legendary British team of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan, who together wrote fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896. (more...)

Sarah Porter Launches New Cabaret Series, New LIne Theatre Off Line at the Monocle
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," launches its new cabaret series, Off Line at the Monocle, with one of New Line's most popular performers, on Saturday January 21 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

York Theatre Company's MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR Begins Performances This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director; David McCoy, Chairman of the Board), dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, presents the New2NY presentation of the new musical Mark Felt, Superstar with book, music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum (Bush Is Bad, Fermat's Last Tango).  (more...)

Porchlight's New Faces Sing Broadway Returns with SONGS OF 2001 and UPTOWN UNDERGROUND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the second performance in its 2016 - 2017 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway 2001, hosted by Keely Vasquez, is Monday, Jan. 23 at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie and Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway at 7:30 p.m.  In tribute to the original New Faces series that ran on Broadway and on film from 1934 - 1968, Porchlight Music Theatre last year created this Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway, as a showcase for the best emerging musical talent now performing on Chicago stages.  (more...)

Broadway Legend Chita Rivera to Perform in Broadway @ The Nourse Series This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Chita Rivera is a living Broadway legend and a two-time Tony winner who originated the Broadway roles of Anita in 'West Side Story,' Rosie in 'Bye Bye Birdie,' Velma in 'Chicago,' and appeared in the original casts of 'Guys and Dolls,' 'Can Can,' 'Jerry's Girls' and many others. Producer Mark Cortale announced today that she will be coming to San Francisco for one night only on April 29 at 8:00 PM, joining a stellar season that kicks off this week with two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole on Saturday, January 7 at 8:00 PM. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Company of York Theatre Company's MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Below, meet the cast and creative team of The York Theatre Company New2NY presentation of Mark Felt, Superstar, with book, music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum (Bush Is Bad, Fermat's Last Tango)! (more...)

Amas Musical Theatre to Honor Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty with The Rosie Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Amas Musical Theatre, New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, will celebrate its 48th Anniversary at a gala benefit on Monday, April 3, 2016 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). (more...)

Preview Of Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal's Classic Spree Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

The OSM Classical Spree Festival, the summertime rendezvous for music-lovers and discovery enthusiasts will run from August 10 to 13, 2017. The OSM unveils today a preview of the concerts presented at Maison symphonique, bringing together top names in classical music and make it possible for a broad audience to plunge into the musical world of the greatest composers. (more...)

Life Is Beautiful! Roundabout's CABARET to Play the Princess of Wales Theatre This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

David Mirvish will present the national tour of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET. CABARET will play a strictly one-week engagement, February 14 - 19 at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cynthia Nixon Drops by MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR at York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Cynthia Nixon stopped by The York Theatre Company's 'New2NY' production of 'Mark Felt, Superstar' to visit friends Joshua Rosenblum (composer) and cast member Peter Benson. Scroll down for photos of her with the cast! (more...)

John Kander and Greg Pierce to Chat New Musical KID VICTORY at The Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

The Drama Book Shop will welcome acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl, Her Requiem) and three-time Tony Award-winning composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Visit) for a discussion with playwright and Drama Book Shop Events Manager Steven Carl McCasland (Little Wars) about their new musical, Kid Victory, opening at The Vineyard Theatre in February. (more...)

CABARET Tour Says 'Willkommen' to New Sally Bowles and Emcee
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced new casting for the national tour of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET. (more...)

Nick Adams, N'Kenge and More to Celebrate Kander & Ebb in AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS at Schimmel Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

On Friday, March 10 at 7:30 PM, Schimmel Center will continue its American Showstoppers series. This time orchestrator and conductor Fred Barton leads his 14-piece orchestra and cast of Broadway singers and dancers in a tribute to one of the most prolific song writing duos of the 20th century, John Kander and Fred Ebb. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Line Theatre presents ZORBA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

It's 1924, on the Greek island of Crete, and you're about to go on a wild, whirlwind tour of the lusty passions of the human heart. (more...)

BWW Review: Oh What a Night with CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION at the Broad Stage
by Shari Barrett - Feb 14, 2017

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica recently presented the one and only spectacular Broadway legend Chita Rivera in a unique, one-night solo concert event - CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION, and I can honestly tell you the girl's still got it and knows exactly how to use it to bring Broadway magic to the stage! The incomparable Tony Award winner recreated signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from Sweet Charity, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bye, Bye, Birdie, The Rink, The Visit, and from her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story which brought her the stardom she so richly deserves. (more...)

New Line Theatre to Present YEAST NATION: THE TRIUMPH OF LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," is proud to announce that YEAST NATION: THE TRIUMPH OF LIFE, the world's first bio-historical musical comedy, with book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, and music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, the subversive geniuses behind the award-winning Broadway musical Urinetown, will be part of New Line's 27th season, running in June 2018.  (more...)

WA Premiere Djuki MALA Comes to FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Direct from Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance and YouTube sensations, Djuki Mala (Djuki meaning 'chooky' with a Yolngu accent and Mala meaning 'mob'), make their Perth debut performance as part of FRINGE WORLD Festival 2017 from Friday 27 January to Tuesday 14 February in the Salon Perdu, The Pleasure Garden in the heart of Northbridge.  (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 31, 2016
by - Dec 31, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 31 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

New Line Theatre Donates Historical Materials to New York Public Library
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' has donated important musical theatre materials to the New York City Library. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Golden Age of Musical Theatre Panel Discussion Now Available Online
by Stage Tube - Dec 13, 2016

In April 2016, FUSE Productions presented a panel discussion, 'Are We In A New Golden Age of Musical Theatre?' featuring authors Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Peter Filichia, and Scott Miller, hosted by Richard Biever. The discussion was recorded April 8th, 2016, at the Penn State Downtown Theatre, in Stage College, PA. (more...)

Cast Complete for MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR at York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced the complete cast for the New2NY presentation of the new musical Mark Felt, Superstar with book, music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum (Bush Is Bad, Fermat's Last Tango). (more...)

'Broadway @' Concert Series Debuts Across the Globe with Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald and Chita Rivera
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Producer Mark Cortale and creative partner Seth Rudetsky have quickly - and not so quietly - made their Broadway @ series the most sought-after ticket to see Broadway's musical mega-stars in concert. (more...)

Chita Rivera Returns to Cafe Carlyle Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Cafe Carlyle will welcome back Broadway legend Chita Rivera, May 9-20. Last year's sold out Cafe Carlyle debut received raves reviews. An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and has received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations. At the Carlyle, Chita will be accompanied by her music director Michael Croiter and trio. (more...)

Tony Winner Karen Ziemba to Star in Horton Foote's THE TRAVELING LADY at Cherry Lane
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Cherry Lane Theatre's Founder's Project will celebrate 100 years of Horton Foote as they present, in a co-production with La Femme Theatre Productions, THE TRAVELING LADY, directed by Austin Pendleton. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatreworks Silicon Valley presents Musical RAGS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2016/2017 season with a musical saga of immigrant America, Rags. From the creators of Fiddler on the Roof and Wicked, this exhilarating musical follows the journey of Jewish immigrants Rebecca and her son David, who find themselves navigating the teeming, turn-of-the-century tenements of New York. A soaring, tuneful score (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz) illuminates this sweeping saga (book by Joseph Stein) of dreams and disillusions, love lost and inspiration found, and the heart and soul of the American character. It was declared "A winner, warm and witty. You are tempted to rise cheering," by The Mercury News. Rags will be directed by TheatreWorks Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley, who notes "this production could not be timelier. As America debates immigration policies, what better time to present this deeper look at the newcomer's experience." Performances are April 5-30 (press opening: April 8) at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View. For tickets ($35-$86) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.orgor call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

Patrick Cassidy and Andrea McArdle Sign on for HAMMERSTEIN IN HOLLYWOOD Benefit at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

Bucks County Playhouse's Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, Producing Director Alexander Fraser and Producers Stephen Kocis and Joshua Fiedler announced additional casting for the Oscar Hammerstein Festival's Benefit concert, 'Hammerstein in Hollywood,' at Bucks County Playhouse on Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 pm. (more...)

HOT BROWN HONEY and DJUKI MALA Shake it Up at the Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

The Studio gets steamy this winter as two festival sensations get their own headline seasons: the all-female cabaret Hot Brown Honey and the dance celebration Djuki Mala.  (more...)

AMELIE Dreams Her Way to Broadway Tonight- Meet the Company!
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 3, 2017

The new Broadway musical, Amelie opens today, April 3, at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Meet the cast before they take their opening bows below! (more...)

Amas Musical Theatre's Stage Readings of LOVE AND REAL ESTATE Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab will present staged readings of Love and Real Estate, three one-act musicals with book and lyrics by Sean Hartley and music by Sam Davis. (more...)

The United States Pizza Team Competes at the World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The U.S. Pizza Team (USPT) will be returning to Parma, Italy, to compete in the 26th annual World Pizza Championship May 8-10, 2017. The team will bring 17 competitors, all master pizzaiolos, from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, California, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, and New York. Team captain Michael LaMarca, owner of the Master Pizza chain in Cleveland, Ohio, Coaches Gino Rago, owner of Panino's Pizza in Chicago, and Jamie Culliton, the reigning world champion in freestyle acrobatics, will lead the team in hopes of returning with gold medals. (more...)

Sergio Trujillo Brings Underground World of Buenos Aires to A.R.T. in ARRABAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, will present Arrabal, with a book written by John Weidman, music by Gustavo Santaolalla / Bajofondo, choreographed by Julio Zurita, and directed and co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. (more...)

The Actors Fund to Fete Danny DeVito, Sally Field, Hal Prince and More at 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that helps everyone in performing arts and entertainment in times of need, crisis or transition, will hold its Annual Gala on Monday, May 8, 2017. (more...)

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