Twitter Watch: Harvey Fierstein- 'So exciting to see NEWSIES reimagined in Italy'
by BWW Staff - November 6, 2015

On Twitter, Harvey Fierstein had this to say @HarveyFierstein:  'New production of NEWSIES in Milan! So exciting to see our show reimagined in Italy. And next..?' Inspired by a true story, the musical features a Tony-winning soundtrack composed by eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, with lyrics by Jack Feldman and book by four-time Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein. The Tony-winning show premiered on Broadway in 2012. NEWSIES begins October 31 and runs through December 27, 2015 at the Barclays Teatro Nazionale in Milan. ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Shanice Willams & Neil Meron Prep for THE WIZ at Promo Shoot!
by BWW Staff - September 22, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Neil Meron wrote 'Me & #Dorothy @LuvbeingShanice at promo shoot for #TheWizLive today @nbc @iamKENNYLEON (more...)
Twitter Watch: Go Inside the Rehearsal Room for PRINCE OF BROADWAY!
by BWW Staff - September 15, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Prince of Broadway wrote 'So much talent in one room.' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Patti LuPone Beg Theatre-Goers to Turn Off Their Phones
by BWW Staff - August 17, 2015

What do HAMILTON creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patti LuPone have in common (other than their Broadway star status, of course)? Both actors have had no problem calling out audience members for cell phone use during their performances. Earlier this spring, Miranda banned Madonna from coming backstage after she spent most of HAMILTON on her phone. Months later, LuPone snatched a phone from an audience member who was texting during SHOWS FOR DAYS. On Twitter, Lin-Manuel Miranda had this to say @lin_manuel: (more...)
Twitter Watch: Lea Salonga - 'Look at what's across from @HamiltonMusical!'Twitter Watch: Lea Salonga - 'Look at what's across from @HamiltonMusical!'
by BWW Staff - August 11, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Lea Salonga wrote 'Look at what's across from @HamiltonMusical!!! Hee hee!!! @allegiancebway (more...)
Twitter Watch: Stephanie J. Block - '2015-16 Broadway Season Bringing This Mom Back'
by BWW Staff - July 30, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Stephanie J. Block wrote 'Looks like the 2015-2016 Broadway season will be bringing this mom back to work. Stay tuned..' (more...)
Twitter Watch: LES MISERABLES Fan Gets Creative with Show Lyrics!
by BWW Staff - July 29, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Les Miserables wrote 'This is brilliant! Credit: #LesMiz (more...)
Twitter Watch: Wild Deer Finds Its Way Onto the Signature Theatre Stage!
by BWW Staff - July 29, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Signature Theatre wrote 'Oh deer! Just your average Tuesday when A DEER GETS STUCK IN THE THEATER! #Vote4Bambi (more...)
Twitter Watch: Amy Spanger Will Return to CHICAGO as Roxie This August!
by BWW Staff - July 27, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Amy Spanger wrote 'I'm playing Roxie in @ChicagoMusical for 2 weeks Aug 4 - 16! Can't wait!!! #illbeatthegym #roxie (more...)
Twitter Watch: Fan Compares Words in HAMILTON to Works of Shakespeare!
by BWW Staff - July 7, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Lin Manuel Miranda wrote 'My man @jcrystal44 made this. Hamilton says A LOT OF WORDS in @HamiltonMusical. But not more than Hamlet! #YayHamlet (more...)
Twitter Watch: Lea Salonga Visits Darren Criss & Rebecca Naomi Jones at HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by BWW Staff - June 25, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Lea Salonga wrote 'Post-show. These two are incredible. #HedwigOnBway (more...)
Twitter Watch: Lin-Manuel Miranda on the New $10 Bill- 'I hope they put Eliza on it'Twitter Watch: Lin-Manuel Miranda on the New $10 Bill- 'I hope they put Eliza on it'
by BWW Staff - June 18, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote 'Yay Women! RIP, my '10 Dollar Founding Father' lyric! I hope they put Eliza on it. …' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Laura Bell Bundy- 'Music is Finally A-Coming, Y'all!'
by BWW Staff - May 15, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Laura Bell Bundy wrote 'Music is finally a-coming, y'all! Pre-order 5/26, Available 6/9. #anotherpieceofme (more...)
Twitter Watch: Angela Lansbury, Shirley MacLaine & Rita Moreno Visit AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - Three Legends at One Show!
by BWW Staff - May 13, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Leanne Cope wrote '@AmericanInParis cast with @maclaineshirley Rita Moreno and @_AngelaLansbury was in the audience tonight #legends (more...)
Twitter Watch: Luke Evans and Josh Gad in the Studio for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW Staff - May 5, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Luke Evans wrote '@joshgad and I recording! My what a guy!!! That's Gastoooooooooooooon!!!! #beautyandthebeast ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: ALADDIN Fan Josh Lloyd Recreates Genie's Broadway Getup!
by BWW Staff - May 4, 2015

On Twitter, Aladdin fan Josh Lloyd recreatred Gregg Barnes' design of the Genie's ensemble and had this to say @Josh_Lloyd_: Had an awesome time replicating @jamesmiglehart 's Genie costume. Not exact, but I'd say its not too bad! @aladdin (more...)
Twitter Watch: Josh Gad Takes Selfie with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Cast!
by BWW Staff - April 14, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Josh Gad wrote ' that stage veteran and film star Ian McKellen has joined Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as 'Cogsworth'. Set for a release on March 17, 2017, the beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. As BWW announced previously, Josh Gad will reportedly take on the role of Le Fou, with six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald playing Garderobe. Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the new BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice. Bill Condon will direct from a script by Stephen Chbosky, and the film will be produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Production begins in May at Shepperton Studios in London. Disney also recently announced it will be creating live-action versions of MULAN and PINOCCHIO, joining reboots of THE JUNGLE BOOK, PETE'S DRAGON and WINNIE THE POOH. The live-action adaptation of CINDERELLA, starring Lily James, just hit the big screen this winter. McKellen was last seen on the big screen as 'Gandalf' in THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (a role he originated in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) and will soon appear in MR. HOLMES and THE DRESSER. He is also well known for his role as 'Magneto' in the X-MEN movies. The Olivier-winning, classically trained actor last starred on Broadway in NO MAN'S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT opposite Patrick Stewart. Before that, he appeared in DANCE OF DEATH, IAN MCKELLEN: A KNIGHT OUT AT THE LYCEUM, WILD HONEY, IAN MCKELLEN: ACTING SHAKESPEARE, AMADEUS -- which earned him a Tony Award in 1981 -- and THE PROMISE. McKellen was a member of the Old Vic and has performed at the Chichester Festival, in the West End, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and more. 1991's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was an animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the traditional French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont,Beauty and the Beast is the 30th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Additionally, it is third in the Disney Renaissance period. Starring Paige O'Hara and Robby Benson, Beauty and the Beast focuses on the relationship between the Beast (Benson), a prince who is magically transformed into a monster as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle (O'Hara), a young woman who he imprisons in his castle. The film also features the voices of Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, and Angela Lansbury, who occupy supporting roles. The film was a box office success, and has since garnered over $424 million worldwide. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was nominated for several awards, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Beauty and the Beast became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; it also received five additional Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Score, Best Sound, and three separate nominations for Best Original Song. Ultimately, the film won Best Original Score, while Best Original Song was awarded to its title song. In 2002, Beauty and the Beast was deemed 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant' by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In April 1994, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST became Disney's first animated film to be adapted into a Broadway musical. ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: IN THE HEIGHTS Gang Reunites at HAMILTON!
by BWW Staff - April 8, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Lin Manuel Miranda wrote ' Just me & the G.W. (hee) Asking gee Nina, what'll you be?' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces Understudy Javier Muoz Will Perform Weekly at HAMILTON
by BWW Staff - April 2, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote 'From the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: AlexanderHamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington,Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe,Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become. Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down.' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Audra McDonald Rips Indiana Governor Mike Pence Over 'Hateful Legislation'Twitter Watch: Audra McDonald Rips Indiana Governor Mike Pence Over 'Hateful Legislation'
by BWW Staff - March 26, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Audra McDonald wrote '@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE I donate the money I make in your state while Im there to organizations that will combat your hateful legislation.' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Hugh Jackman Cancels Shows in Turkey - 'Make No Mistake, I'll Be Back!'Twitter Watch: Hugh Jackman Cancels Shows in Turkey - 'Make No Mistake, I'll Be Back!'
by BWW Staff - March 18, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Hugh Jackman wrote 'Merhaba. I have a left vocal hemorrhage. At advice of Dr. Kocak Dr Korovin I will cancel my shows in Turkey. Make no mistake, I'll be back! (more...)
Twitter Watch: Hugh Jackman Rehearses for Performances in Istanbul!
by BWW Staff - March 17, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Hugh Jackman wrote 'Even though 'Hugh Jackman - An Evening with Hugh Jackman' may be a set performance, it is in effect a concert that also contains improvisations. Hugh Jackman is a Tony-Award-winning actor renown the world over, most notably by his roles in movies such as 'Wolverine', 'X-Men', 'Les Miserables' and 'Real Steel.' The Australian artist puts his talent in song and dance on full display before our very eyes and he is accompanied by dancers and an orchestra of thirty two pieces during the performance. The show features various segments, including tributes to classic movie musicals like 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'Guys and Dolls' as well as odes to the Aborigine culture of Jackman's native Australia and Peter Allen, the Australian composer Jackman earned a Tony Award for playing in The Boy From Oz. Jackman improvises often throughout the show. His charming interactions keep things fresh and funny. An international movie star who got his start in Australian theater, Jackman earned a Tony for his Broadway debut in The Boy From Oz in 2004, the same year he first hosted the Tony ceremony. He returned to Broadway in the 2009 hit 'A Steady Rain' opposite Daniel Craig, followed by the solo concert 'Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway' in 2011. In 2012, he played the role of Jean Valjean in the musical movie 'Les Miserables.' - See more at:' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Darren Criss Preps for Broadway Return in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by BWW Staff - March 11, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Darren Criss wrote 'Steppin into it… (more...)
Twitter Watch: Lilla Crawford to Guest Star on ABC's FOREVER? See Her in Costume!
by BWW Staff - February 27, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Ioan Gruffudd wrote 'Working with the lovely and talented @LILLACRAWFORD today! #IntoTheWoods @ForeverABC Crawford moved from Los Angeles to New York City where she made her Broadway debut in 2011 as Debbie in the closing cast of the musical Billy Elliot. She previously auditioned for the role while she had been on vacation in New York City and was not planning on auditioning. Later, after a nationwide search, she won the title role in James Lapine's 2012 revival of the Tony-winning musical Annie at the age of 11 after having previously been in a community theatre production of the same show, of which she played Bert Healy. She competed against over 5,000 other girls auditioning to play Annie over a span of nine months.[4] After her initial audition in New York she had five or six callbacks, the final one with a dozen girls. While performing in Annie, she filmed the video blog 'Simply Red' for the show, which earned her a title of 'most clicked stars of 2013'.[5] She has also played 'The Little Girl' in Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall, alongside Lea Salonga, Norm Lewis, and many others. Additionally, Crawford played Little Katie in a workshop production of Home the Musical by Scott Alan in New York City. Crawford has also appeared in a workshop of Melissa Arctic and has performed in 14 shows at Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.[6] Crawford has also held many musical theater workshops for children in NYC that focus on audition techniques and stage presence. She has partnered with her vocal coach Philip Pelkington and the performing company A Class Act to hold these workshops. She also held a workshop at the Marymount School of New York where she mentored the middle school's cast of Into the Woods Junior. Crawford made her feature-film debut playing Little Red Riding Hood in the Disney film adaption of the musical Into the Woods, a role that was originally rumored to have been given to Sophia Grace Brownlee.[7] The film was released on December 25, 2014, at the Ziegfeld Theater where Crawford was dressed in an Oscar De La Renta dress.[8]' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Anna Kendrick Will Perform at Oscars- Will We See Anything from INTO THE WOODS?
by BWW Staff - February 9, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Anna Kendrick wrote 'Excited to announce @TheAcademy has invited me to be part of a special performance at the #Oscars on Feb. 22nd! Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical 'Chicago' and Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics - including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, 'Wicked' producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. The complete cast for INTO THE WOODS is as follows: Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker,Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Christine Baranski as Cinderella's Stepmother and Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother, with Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, directed by Rob Marshall. ' (more...)

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