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Marissa Sblendorio

Writer of all things stage and screen, both theatrical and desktop. Find me @MarissaSblen on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.


Tony Winner Ruthie Ann Miles to Join Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe in West End THE KING AND I
January 18, 2018

Looks like the West End will be getting to know Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. According to a report by the Daily Mail, Lincoln Center Theater's production of THE KING AND I 'has its eye on the London Palladium for a limited season next year.'

THE KING AND I to Head to the West End with Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe June 2018!
November 16, 2017

Looks like the West End will be getting to know Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. According to a report by the Daily Mail, Lincoln Center Theater's production of THE KING AND I 'has its eye on the London Palladium for a limited season next year.'

Ain't They Proud: Take a Look Back at BANDSTAND
September 17, 2017

The Tony Award-winning production of the new American musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In The Heights) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, will conclude its run on Broadway today, Sunday, September, 17, 2017 following 24 previews and 166 regular performances. Bandstand began performances on March 31, 2017, and officially opened April 26 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

If I Had My Time Again: GROUNDHOG DAY Plays Final Performance Today
September 17, 2017

After 176 performances and 32 previews, Olivier Award-winning Best New Musical Groundhog Day will play its final performance at the August Wilson Theatre today, September 17th.

Will Raúl Esparza Make Way Back to Broadway?
August 25, 2017

At last night's premiere of PRINCE OF BROADWAY, BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge had the pleasure of speaking to some of Broadway's best, including Raul Esparza. After chatting about their love and appreciation for Harold Prince, Richard asked Raul when he would be making his way back to Broadway.

Is Casting a Role Correctly an Issue for Both Broadway and Hollywood?
July 14, 2017

While this has been an issue for a long time, the public seems to finally be paying attention when it comes to controversial casting choices for not only race, but sexuality and disability. 

HAMILTON's Okieriete Onaodowan Will Make His GREAT COMET Debut on July 11
June 30, 2017

Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan, best known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton, will join the cast of the new Broadway musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 as 'Pierre' beginning July 11th, 2017, a week later than expected. 

It's the Ides of June! Inside Yesterday's Rally in Support of of Public Theater's JULIUS CAESAR
June 16, 2017

Following news that two major sponsors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America, had pulled financial support for The Public Theater in response to their Donald Trump-Themed Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR, New Yorkers showed their support of the Public with a rally, that took place yesterday evening at Astor Place. 

Will THE KING AND I Head to the West End with Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe?
June 9, 2017

Looks like the West End will be getting to know  Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. According to a report by the Daily Mail, Lincoln Center Theater's production of THE KING AND I 'has its eye on the London Palladium for a limited season next year.' 

PURPLE RAIN Tribute Show May Be in Jeopardy Thanks to Legal Threats by Prince's Estate
June 9, 2017

The fate of upcoming U.K. tour and West End production of PURPLE RAIN, a Prince tribute show, might be in jeopardy thanks to legal threats by Prince's Estate. 

Photo Flash: OG Elphaba, Idina Menzel, Takes a Trip Back to OZ
June 9, 2017

While Idina Menzel does have quite the Broadway career under her belt, there's no question that she became a bonafide star once she donned the black hat in WICKED. Ever since her departure from the show, fans have been waiting for her to make her triumphant return to OZ.

Broadway Gets Diplomatic- Meet the Cast of OSLO!
April 13, 2017

Following its sold-out Off-Broadway run, OSLO is finally opening on Broadway tonight, April 13th, so it's time to meet the cast!

Julia Cameron's THE ANIMAL IN THE TREES Will Receive a Private Industry Reading
April 5, 2017

Producers Cameron Power & Light and La Vie Productions Inc. will present a private industry reading of The Animal in the Trees, a new play by internationally best-selling author Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way), on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 3 PM at NYC's Pearl Studios.

BWW Interview: Mara Lieberman, Director of BENEATH THE GAVEL, Discusses the Cross-Pollination of the Art and Theatre Worlds
April 4, 2017

Bated Breath Theatre Company, under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director Mara Lieberman, presents the NYC debut of its acclaimed immersive theater experience, BENEATH THE GAVEL, at 59E59 Theaters. The piece, drops its audience into the center of an art auction, giving them a behind the scenes look of the art world with a theatrical twist. 

BWW Interview: THE OBJECT LESSON Director David Neumann Explains the Challenges When Faced with an Unpredictable Audience
March 14, 2017

THE OBJECT LESSON, by Geoff Sobelle, which is now playing at the New York Theatre Workshop, is an extremely visual, tactile piece that fills the theatre with stuff and invites audience members to wander around and sort through the clutter. The piece addresses our tendencies to lean toward consumerism and materialism and our attachment to objects-what we collect and what we discard.

Photo Flash: Inside the YPC Gala, featuring Mandy Gonzalez and Alexandra Socha
March 10, 2017

The Young People's Chorus of NYC had its most successful gala to date on Monday, March 6th, 2017. The chorus members, ranging in ages from 8 to 18, were joined by Hamilton's Mandy Gonzalez, Spring Awakening's Alexandra Socha, and the extraordinary Time for Three ensemble, in one vibrant production number after the next.

Robert James Waller, Author of 'Bridges of Madison County' Novel, Passes Away
March 10, 2017

According to a longtime friend, Robert James Waller, bestselling author of 'The Bridges of Madison County,' has passed away at the age of 77. 

STAGE TUBE: Go Inside Opening Night of THE GIRLS with a Special Performance by Gary Barlow
February 24, 2017

THE GIRLS, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, opened on Tuesday 21 February, at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End, where it had previewed from 28 January 2017. The West End premiere follows sold-out runs at the Grand Theatre Leeds and the Lowry Salford late 2015/early 2016. 

BWW Interview: Make a New Friend with SESAME STREET LIVE's Ernie, Kayla Renee Smith
February 17, 2017

SESAME STREET LIVE is a fun way for your kids to experience live theatre while seeing their favorite, familiar characters come to life right before their eyes. Because the show has made its way to the Theater at Madison Square Garden, BroadwayWorld was able to chat with Kayla Renee Smith, who portrays everyone's favorite roommate (except Bert's) Ernie. 

Go Behind the Scenes of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway Casts United!
February 10, 2017

Moments before the curtain went up on the Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close, the stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber's productions came together to celebrate the legendary composer's historic achievement of having four musicals running simultaneously on Broadway with a commemorative photo.