Hottest Articles on BWW 8/4/2015 - 8/11/2015

Below are's most popular articles from 8/4/2015 - 8/11/2015. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from the past week on!

1) BWW TV: Blow Us All Away! Watch Scenes from Lin-Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 05, 2015

HAMILTON, the story of 'the ten-dollar Founding Father without a father,' is currently in previews and opens Thursday night at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 W. 46 St.). (more...)

2) She'll Ease on Down the Road! Shanice Williams Will Play Dorothy in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE; Watch Audition!
by TV News Desk - August 05, 2015

NBC's The Wiz Live has found it's Dorothy! BroadwayWorld has just learned that Shanice Williams has joined the cast (more...)

3) Obituary: Jennifer Rae Beck Dies After Cancer Battle
by BWW Special Coverage - August 08, 2015 is sad to report the death of Jennifer Rae Beck, after a recurring and long-term battle with breast cancer. The actress, mother and business owner was a longtime friend of the site's, having performed in Standing Ovations IV,'s sold-out benefit concert. (more...)

4) Original MY FAIR LADY Star Julie Andrews to Helm Revival with NEWSIES Choreographer in Sydney Next Year
by BWW News Desk - August 04, 2015

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM and leading theatre producer John Frost AM will present a brand new production of Lerner and Loewe's masterpiece My Fair Lady at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House in 2016, celebrating the iconic musical's 60th anniversary. My Fair Lady will be directed by world-renowned actor and director Dame Julie Andrews with choreography by Tony Award-winning Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, The King and I, South Pacific). (more...)

5) Breaking! Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley Join Cast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!
by TV News Desk - August 06, 2015

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK star Uzo Aduba and GLEE's Amber Riley are the latest stars to join the cast of NBC's upcoming THE WIZ LIVE! (more...)

6) Breaking News: Billy Porter, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Join Audra McDonald in Musical Revival SHUFFLE ALONG
by BWW News Desk - August 09, 2015

Next spring, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Joshua Henry will star in SHUFFLE ALONG Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, a striking new production that presents both the 1921 musical itself, and additionally details the events that catalyzed the songwriting team of Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and librettists F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles to create this ground-breaking work. (more...)

7) New FCC Ruling on Airwave Use May Disrupt Quality of Broadway Performances
by Caryn Robbins - August 05, 2015

The ruling can have a huge effect on the Great White Way, as regulators chose to assign less desirable frequencies to cordless microphone users, including Broadway stage actors. (more...)

8) Review Roundup: HAMILTON Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - August 06, 2015

HAMILTON, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about America's 'the ten-dollar Founding Father without a father,' opens tonight at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

9) BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the Star of NBC's THE WIZ- Shanice Williams Shares the Story of Her Road to Oz; Plus Hear Dorothy Sing!
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 05, 2015

Below, we bring you an exclusive interview with the lady of the hour, as shares with BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge the story of how she was cast, what happens between now and December, and so much more! (more...)

10) Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Saoirse Ronan and Ciaran Hinds Set for THE CRUCIBLE Revival on Broadway; Dates Set!
by Jessica Khan - August 06, 2015

Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE is headed back to Broadway just in time for what would be the playwright's 100th birthday.  (more...)

11) Becky Gulsvig, Ben Fankhauser & More Will Hit the Road Alongside Abby Mueller in BEAUTIFUL National Tour
by Tyler Peterson - August 10, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just confirmed the complete casting for the upcoming North American Tour of the Tony, Grammy Award-winning musical BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING Musical. The show will premiere at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI, on September 15-20, 2015, and will play single- and multi-week engagements in the 2015/16 touring season and beyond. Current schedule at (more...)

12) John Rapson & Kevin Massey Set to Lead A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Tour; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - August 04, 2015

Producer Joey Parnes just announced that casting for the First National Tour of the Tony® Award-winning Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder,is complete. John Rapson will play the role of the eight D'Ysquith heirs and Kevin Massey will portray the role of Monty Navarro. (more...)

13) Scoop: Upcoming FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Revival Announces More Casting Including Karl Marx, The IRS and PETER PAN?
by BWW News Desk - August 05, 2015


14) VIDEO: Beijing's Winter Olympic Song Sounds So Familiar -We Can't 'Let It Go'!
by Movies News Desk - August 04, 2015

The city submitted a potential Olympic theme song titled 'Snow and Ice Dance', which to many, sounds an awful lot like 'Let It Go', from Disney's megahit animated film FROZEN. (more...)

15) Breaking News: Camryn Manheim & Patrick Page Board Broadway Revival of SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - August 10, 2015

BroadwayWorld has confirmed that that Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Camryn Manheim ('The Practice,' 'Ghost Whisperer'), Drama Desk Award nominee Patrick Page (Cymbeline at Shakespeare in the Park, Casa Valentina, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), and Theater World Award winner Russell Harvard (Tribes, 'Fargo,' There Will Be Blood), have completed the casting for Deaf West's acclaimed production of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's Spring Awakening, directed byMichael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff. Elizabeth Greene and Daniel Marmion also join the production as swings. (more...)

16) Breaking News: ON THE TOWN Sets Fall Closing Date on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - August 06, 2015

This just in... The Tony Award nominated revival of ON THE TOWN will conclude its run on Broadway on Sunday, September 6 following 28 previews and 368 regular performances, making this the longest-running Broadway production of the show since the 1944 original. (more...)

17) VIDEO: Benedict Cumberbatch Urges Fans to Not Record HAMLET Performances
by BWW News Desk - August 09, 2015

Following a recent performance, the HAMLET star addressed the audience directly. "I can see cameras, I can see red lights in the auditorium," he told the crowd at the London stage door. "It's mortifying and there's nothing less supportive." Watch his full speech below! (more...)

18) Constantine Maroulis & Alison Luff to Star in New Musical BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - August 05, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps) announced today that, Alison Luff (Broadway: Matilda the Musical, Scandalous, GHOST the Musical, Mamma Mia!), and Constantine Maroulis (Broadway: Rock of Ages, Jekyll & Hyde, The Wedding Singer, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), will lead the cast of BREAKING THROUGH, a world premiere musical, with book by Kirsten Guenther, and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz. The production is choreographed by Tyce Diorio and directed by Sheldon Epps. Preview performances begin October 27, 2015 with the official press opening on November 1, 2015 at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena). (more...)

19) Breaking News: NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Casts Its Cowardly Lion!
by TV News Desk - August 04, 2015

Tony Award nominee and multi-talented actor and singer David Alan Grier is joining NBC's highly anticipated holiday production of 'The Wiz Live!,' set for Thursday, Dec. 3. (more...)

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - August 09, 2015

Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. In the special interview below, Richard welcomes THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's newest leading man, James Barbour. Watch as they discuss how things are going at the Majestic Theatre, some of his career highlights, and so much more! (more...)

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