Broadway ProducerDavid Richenthal admitted in a settlement with the office of the New York State Attorney General to using the family's charity assets to pay for personal expenses, including travel. In total, he confessed to stealing up to $500,000. Additionally, he made a large grant using his family's foundation funds as a settlement with a former romantic partner.Theatre Under The Stars Releases Hilarious Casting Breakdowns for THE WIZ! May 17, 2018
In case you missed it, Theatre Under The Stars is holding auditions in North Hollywood, CA for their Houston, TX production of The Wiz today, May 17. Two weeks ago, BroadwayWorld posted the casting call to keep you updated and informed about auditions. The casting call looks pretty normal at first glance. Rehearsal dates, contract, audition location, etc. However, it's the breakdown that caught our eye. Take a look at the breakdowns we pulled from the casting call below!BWW Interview: New Film 'Landing Up' Focuses on Hardships of Homeless Women May 16, 2018
'Landing Up' (Bold Compass Films) is a story about a girl with nothing to lose and everything to hide, directed by Dani Tenenbaum and produced/written by Stacey Maltin. The film is to be released on DVD, as well as on-demand throughiTunes, Amazon, and Google Play on May 15, 2018. Check out BroadwayWorld's exclusive interview with lead actress and writer Stacey Maltin, leading man Ben Rappaport, and director Dani Tenenbaum here!BWW Interview: Steve Landes Talks RAIN Bringing The Beatles Back To NYC This Weekend May 4, 2018
RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular! This mind blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the world's most iconic band live with a two hour family friendly show -- come celebrate 50 years of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. The show runs at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden May 3-6. Buy tickets here!Patti LuPone Speaks Her Mind: 'Cheap' Standing Ovations, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Uma Thurman, and More April 10, 2018
Recent Hamilton alum Solea Pfeiffer makes her Television debut this evening on ABC'S Scandal. She plays Meghan -- a pretty young woman, smart and savvy, charismatic, ambitious over-achiever. Perhaps not a far stretch for the University of Michigan alum who celebrated her 23rd birthday while touring as a lead with the most Tony-nominated musical of all time!Photo Flash: Olympian Broadway Debut Gone Right at THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG March 6, 2018
Two-time Tony Award Winner Norbert Leo Butz is about to take the stage again this year in the Broadway Revival of My Fair Lady as Alfred P. Doolittle -- a part that won George Rose the Tony back in 1976. Butz is one of only nine actors who have won the Best Actor Tony twice (alongside stars like Nathan Lane). As he prepares to take stage yet again, let's reflect on his career: all twenty two years of it!Extra, Extra! NEWSIES Is Now Available For Licensing! March 1, 2018
Check the headlines! The beloved Disneymusical Newsies, featuring songs like 'Seize The Day', 'Santa Fe', and 'King of New York', could be coming to your stage! Music Theatre International announced that they would be exclusively licensing this New York tap extravaganza! Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale ofJack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer andWilliam RandolphHearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.Rosie O'Donnell Sells Out Anti-Trump Art On Her Etsy Page February 23, 2018
Famed LGBT activist is officially making money off of her long-time feud with the current president of the United States.
O'Donnell's first collection has already sold out on her Etsy page, ROSIEOart. The collection consisted of a dozen 5x7 inch aluminum printed art pieces that are each signed and numbered. The pieces themselves depict 'Trumpy' alongside several descriptors, such as 'CHEAT', 'CON MAN', and 'LIAR'.Photo Flash: The Cast of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Finds Immense Success In Olympic Curling! February 23, 2018
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The Broadway stars of the smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong got in the Olympic spirit in advance of the U.S. Men's Curling team going for the gold medal tonight against Sweden at the PyeongChang Olympics in the last must-see winter Olympics event of the season airing at 1:35am EST. Naturallytheir attempt to master the sport of curling all went wrong at The Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Bryant Park, Brooklyn despite expert instruction from CurlNYC coach Dean Roth.Will Scar's 'Be Prepared' Make The Cut For Live-Action THE LION KING? February 22, 2018
The live-action Lion King is set to feature four of the film's original songs by John andTim Rice. Elton John told The Sun, 'They need to have a new end credits song. There's going to be four of our songs in the film, from the original: 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight?', 'Hakuna Matata', 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King' and 'Circle of Life'. And then there will be an end, closing song, and we've been speaking to Beyonce's people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something.' But will Scar's 'Be Prepared' make the cut for live-action THE LION KING?VIDEO: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Finds Its Judas, Peter, Simon & More- Meet the New Cast Members! February 22, 2018
More members of the 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live!' cast have been announced. Set for Easter Sunday (April 1, 2018), NBC will bring to broadcast television 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live!' -- a one-of-a-kind live staging of the iconic 1971 Broadway rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The event will be executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Get to know the cast with some of their past performances below!Liza Minnelli's CABARET Costume Among 1,000 Pieces Up For Auction February 15, 2018
Profiles in History, an auction house located in Southern California, announced on Wednesday that Liza Minnelli would be auctioning off more than 1,000 items from her personal collection of items, including items that belonged to her mother, Judy Garland, and her filmmaker father, Vincente Minnelli, in the auction dubbed 'Love, Liza'.
The dazzling list of items includes her signature Cabaret costume -- the classic bowler hat, boots, and halter top vest included -- and her Cabaret script, complete with her hand-written annotations. In addition to these, the 'Love, Liza' auction will also include her 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.Photo Flash: KINKY BOOTS Welcomes Flynn the Bichon Frise to Broadway February 15, 2018
The Tony Award-winning cast of Kinky Boots spent their Valentine's Day with Flynn the Bichon Frise -- aka the winner of the 2018 Westminster Dog Show!
Flynn is the adorable Bichon Frise who was named 'Best in Show' yesterday at the 2018 Westminster 'Best in Show'. Last night, hecontinuedhis NYC tour, making his Broadway debut with a walk-on role in Broadway's hottest show!KINKY BOOTS Welcomes Westminster 'Best In Show' Winner To Broadway! February 14, 2018
The Tony Award-winning cast of Kinky Boots is about to meet Flynn the Bichon Frise -- aka the winner of the 2018 Westminster Dog Show!
Flynn is the adorable Bichon Frise who was named 'Best in Show' yesterday at the 2018 Westminster 'Best in Show'. This Valentine's Day, he continues his NYC tour, making his Broadway debut with a walk-on role in Broadway's hottest show!Casting Controversy Leads to Online Threats Against High School Students February 8, 2018
The Ithaca High School production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME has been cancelled following an outcry over the lack of diversity in casting. However, the national attention placed on the school has lead to online threats.
The Ithaca Journal reported that students complained when a white actress was cast in the role of Esmerelda, a part intended to be portrayed as a Romani person living in 15th century Paris. In recent productions, including its2014 premiere at La Jolla Playhouse and the New Jersey's 2015 production at the Paper Mill Playhouse, a woman of color -- Ciara Renee -- was cast in the leading role. Additionally, the 1996 Disney film animates Esmerelda with a dark complexion, and this is the film that the students of Ithaca High School grew up watching.
An African-American Ithaca High School student told the Ithaca Journal, 'It shows you that, if you can't get the parts that are written for you, what parts are you going to get?'