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Producer- Farinelli and the King
Producer - The Elephant Man
Producer- On Your Feet
Producer -Catch Me If You Can
Producer- The Addams Family
Producer -Come Fly Away
Producer- An American in Paris
Director/Producer The Jimmy Awards

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Van Kaplan Productions

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[Broadway, 2015]
[Broadway, 2014]
[New York, 2004]

Van Kaplan Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Musical

Van Kaplan, An American in Paris

Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Revival of a Play

Van Kaplan, The Elephant Man

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Photos: First Look at Leslie Odom, Jr. & More in PURLIE VICTORIOUS on Broadway

Get a first look at Leslie Odom Jr. and more in PURLIE VICTORIOUS: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington & More Join PURLIE VICTORIOUS as Producers

Don't miss out on the exciting collaboration between Hollywood heavyweights Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, and others for the upcoming Broadway production of PURLIE VICTORIOUS. Get all the details about this highly anticipated musical that is set to make a splash on the theater scene.

Interview: Mia Nelson of JIMMY AWARDS SEMI-FINALIST at Jimmy Awards

Rosemount High School student Mia Nelson was named as a Semifinalist at the 14th annual National High School Musical Theater Awards (Jimmy Awards®), a coast-to-coast celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performance.

Photos: On the Red Carpet for the 2023 Jimmy Awards

Just last night, the most talented teenagers from across the country took the stage at the Minskoff Thetare for the 14th Annual Jimmy Awards, hosted by Corbin Bleu. We have photos from the red carpet here!

Go Inside Jimmy Awards Rehearsal With THE ART OF KINDNESS Podcast

Join host Robert Peterpaul at The Juilliard School in NYC as he speaks with Jimmy's founder and director Van Kaplan, choreographer Kiesha LaLama, President of The Broadway League Charlotte St. Martin, and high school nominees.

INTO THE WOODS, SWEENEY TODD, A DOLL'S HOUSE & More Lead in Nominations for 2023 Drama League Awards

The Drama League has announced the 2023 Drama League Awards Nominees. See the full list!

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Starring Billy Crystal to Premiere on BroadwayHD in December

 BroadwayHD will present the exclusive streaming release of Billy Crystal’s five-time Tony Award® nominated Mr. Saturday Night: A New Musical Comedy. Filmed during its Broadway run, Mr. Saturday Night: A New Musical Comedy will be available exclusively on BroadwayHD starting December 1st.

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Starring Billy Crystal to Stream on BroadwayHD

BroadwayHD will debut the exclusive worldwide streaming release of Billy Crystal’s five-time Tony-Award nominated musical, Mr. Saturday Night: A New Musical Comedy, on their platform after the production concluded its Broadway run on September 4. The exact airing dates will be forthcoming.

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced For THE PIANO LESSON, Starring Samuel L Jackson, Danielle Brooks and More

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for the first Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Joining the cast are Nadia Daniel and Jurnee Elizabeth Swan. Rounding out the company are Shirine Babb, Charles Browning, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sharina Martin, Warner Miller, Doron JePaul Mitchell and Kim Sullivan.

Interview: Meet the 2022 Jimmy Awards Winners- Nicholas Barrón and Kendall Becerra

On Monday night, Kendall Becerra and Nicholas Barrón's lives changed forever when they were announced the winners of the the thirteenth annual Jimmy Awards. Watch as they perform their winning solos ('Breathe' from In the Heights and 'This is Not Over Yet' from Parade) and read as BroadwayWorld checks in with the pair following their big wins!

Nicholas Barrón and Kendall Becerra Win Top Prizes at the 2022 Jimmy Awards

The 2022 Jimmy® Award for Best Performance by an Actor was presented to Nicholas Barrón representing Las Casas Foundation's Joci Awards. The 2022 Jimmy® Award for Best Performance by an Actress was presented to Kendall Becerra representing The Broadway San Diego Awards.

AMERICAN BUFFALO On Broadway to Require Audience Masking Through the End of its Run

There are two weeks left to see the Tony nominated Broadway revival of AMERICAN BUFFALO. The production will continue to mandate audiences to wear masks in this space, despite the recent industry announcement of masking-optional across other Broadway theaters beginning July 1st.  

Interview: Catching Up with 2021 Jimmy Awards Winner Elena Holder

Just last summer, Elena Holder's world was turned upside down when she was named a winner of the 12th annual Jimmy Awards. As a participant from Durham, North Carolina's Triangle Rising Stars, Holder took part in the first ever virtual presentation on July 15, 2021, and was awarded Best Performance by an Actress, along with a check for $25,000 to further her education.

AMERICAN BUFFALO Enters Final Weeks of Performances

Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss currently star in the Broadway revival of AMERICAN BUFFALO by David Mamet, directed by Neil Pepe. AMERICAN BUFFALO will end its previously announced strictly limited 16-week engagement on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Circle in the Square Theatre.

2022 Gene Kelly Award Winners Announced

A near sold-out crowd gathered at the Benedum Center as Pittsburgh CLO and The Michael J. Kara Family honored Allegheny County’s finest high school performers at the 31st Annual Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater on Saturday, May 28, 2022. View the full list of winners

A STRANGE LOOP, COMPANY, TAKE ME OUT & More Win 2022 Drama League Awards

Find out this year's nominees and winners for Drama League Awards. The 2022 Awards will recognize eligible Broadway and Off-Broadway (non-virtual only) productions that began preview performances between March 16, 2021, and April 23, 2022.

2022 Drama League Awards Nominations Announced- Full List!

The Drama League today announced the 2022 Drama League Awards Nominees and we've got all the nominations for for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Direction of a Play, Outstanding Direction of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award.

AMERICAN BUFFALO Announces Digital Lottery and Rush Policies

American Buffalo has announced its digital lottery and rush ticket policies! Find out how to get rush and lotto tickets to the production.

BWW Interview: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Star Robert Fairchild Talks Its Australian Tour

Ahead of his Australian season, we had a chat with Robert Fairchild - a former principal dancer with the New York Ballet who made his debut as Jerry in An American in Paris on Broadway and then reprised it for London's West End.


An American in Paris does what it expects to do, it takes you away into a world of technicolour and jazz and then returns you feeling a bit better than before. Whilst the story lacks, technically it's divine. And in this case, that's enough.


Van Kaplan has been nominated for several prestigious awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Best Musical at the Tony Awards for his work on "An American in Paris." Additionally, he received a nomination for Best Revival of a Play at the Tony Awards for his contribution to "The Elephant Man." These nominations highlight Kaplan's talent and recognition in the Broadway industry.

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