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Michael McGrath, Michael Mastro, Leslie Kritzer and Laura Bell Bundy to Headline THE HONEYMOONERS at Paper Mill PlayhouseMichael McGrath, Michael Mastro, Leslie Kritzer and Laura Bell Bundy to Headline THE HONEYMOONERS at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn, has announced casting for the world-premiere production of the new musical comedy The Honeymooners, based on the CBS television series, with book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, music by Stephen Weiner, and lyrics by Peter Mills. (more...)

Review Roundup: A CHORUS LINE at The MunyReview Roundup: A CHORUS LINE at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Considered a landmark celebration of the American Musical, A Chorus Line follows the lives of 17 Broadway dancers vying for a spot 'on the line.' Zach, a driven director/choreographer at the helm of a suspenseful audition, will stop at nothing to assemble an unforgettable chorus, no matter the price. With music by Oscar and Tony winning Marvin Hamlisch, A Chorus Line defines glittering promise, unwavering determination and stakes as high as the kickline itself. This is one Muny 'singular sensation' you won't want to miss! (more...)

VIDEO: The Kickline Aims High in New Highlights from A CHORUS LINE at The Muny!VIDEO: The Kickline Aims High in New Highlights from A CHORUS LINE at The Muny!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights from A Chorus Line at The Muny - check them out below! (more...)

BWW Review: The MUNY's Incredible and Heartfelt A CHORUS LINEBWW Review: The MUNY's Incredible and Heartfelt A CHORUS LINE
by Chris Gibson - Aug 1, 2017

A CHORUS LINE was the creation of Michael Bennett, one of Broadway's finest choreographers, who held a series of workshops in the mid 1970's to explore a way to examine the life that dancers lead. Then book writers James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante crafted a musical from this wealth of material collected to tell the story of Broadway's 'gypsies', the singers and dancers of the chorus that make their living by moving from production to production. And, it's how those stories are often vividly brought to life that distinguishes the current production at The MUNY. Instead of just relying solely on the compelling reasons that each character became a dancer, although some are left to stand alone in truly dramatic fashion, younger versions of themselves, whether through video projections or by using actual younger performers to act out their recollections as they speak are incorporated. It's an utterly charming touch that really stands out in stunning fashion. It makes this version particularly special, and when you combine that with a very talented ensemble, and an orchestra that sounds superb, you wind up producing a must-see show! (more...)

BWW Morning Brief July 31st, 2017: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Opens, NEWSIES at the Boro, and More!BWW Morning Brief July 31st, 2017: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Opens, NEWSIES at the Boro, and More!
by Danielle Ashley - Jul 31, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: The Public Theater's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM opens at the Delacorte! (more...)

BWW TV: He Can Do That! Sean Harrison Jones Dances Away in A CHORUS LINEBWW TV: He Can Do That! Sean Harrison Jones Dances Away in A CHORUS LINE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 30, 2017

He can sing, he can dance, show him anything and he can do it. Watch Sean Harrison Jones and the children of The Muny perform 'I Can Do That' from the newest production of A Chorus Line! (more...)

BWW TV: At The Muny - A CHORUS LINE Performs 'At The Ballet'BWW TV: At The Muny - A CHORUS LINE Performs 'At The Ballet'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 30, 2017

They would love to! Watch Caley Crawford, Bronwyn Tarboton, Holly Ann Butler perform the beautiful ballad from The Muny's A Chorus Line! (more...)

BWW TV: What She Couldn't Do Was 'Sing!' More From The Muny's A CHORUS LINEBWW TV: What She Couldn't Do Was 'Sing!' More From The Muny's A CHORUS LINE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 30, 2017

She really couldn't 'Sing!' The Muny's A Chorus Line is under way, watch Ian Paget, and Madison Johnson perform their duet! (more...)

BWW TV: Can You Imagine? Sharrod Williams Performs 'Gimme the Ball' at The MunyBWW TV: Can You Imagine? Sharrod Williams Performs 'Gimme the Ball' at The Muny
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 30, 2017

The Muny is taking on the iconic musical A Chorus Line. Watch below as cast member Sharrod Williams and the cast perform 'Gimme the Ball!' (more...)

Photo Flash: Everything is Beautiful at The Muny: First Look at A CHORUS LINEPhoto Flash: Everything is Beautiful at The Muny: First Look at A CHORUS LINE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2017

Considered a landmark celebration of the American Musical, A Chorus Line follows the lives of 17 Broadway dancers vying for a spot "on the line." Zach, a driven director/choreographer at the helm of a suspenseful audition, will stop at nothing to assemble an unforgettable chorus, no matter the price. With music by Oscar and Tony winning Marvin Hamlisch, A Chorus Line defines glittering promise, unwavering determination and stakes as high as the kickline itself. This is one Muny "singular sensation" you won't want to miss! (more...)

Social: Spend A Day At The Muny With A CHORUS LINE's Holly Ann ButlerSocial: Spend A Day At The Muny With A CHORUS LINE's Holly Ann Butler
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

Earlier this week BroadwayWorld went behind the scenes at The Muny's production of A CHORUS LINE to take a look at the rehearsal process.  (more...)

The Muny's  A CHORUS LINE Takes Over BWW on Twitter and Instagram TodayThe Muny's A CHORUS LINE Takes Over BWW on Twitter and Instagram Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Join BroadwayWorld on Instagram and Twitter today as Ian Paget and Holly Ann Butler take us behind the scenes of The Muny's production of A CHORUS LINE. (more...)

ON THE TOWN with Leonard Bernstein's Classic Score Opens 7/11 at Music CircusON THE TOWN with Leonard Bernstein's Classic Score Opens 7/11 at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

The 67th Music Circus season continues with the classic Leonard Bernstein musical comedy On The Town. This will be just the third time the Bernstein masterpiece has been produced at Music Circus, and its first appearance in the Wells Fargo Pavilion; previous Music Circus productions were in 1955 and 1961. Performances of On The Town are Tuesday, July 11 through Sunday, July 16 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

VIDEO: School Fundraiser! Watch Highlights - BROADWAY BARES: STRIP U Raises Over $1.5M for BC/EFA!VIDEO: School Fundraiser! Watch Highlights - BROADWAY BARES: STRIP U Raises Over $1.5M for BC/EFA!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

A spirited audience of thousands went back to campus with stripped-down collegians who offered a sexy lacrosse scrimmage, a Pavlovian psychology experiment, a pumped-up pep rally and a fierce feminist studies class at Broadway Bares: Strip U, this year's edition of the annual highly choreographed, highly produced striptease spectacular. Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: Strip U raised $1,568,114 in two performances on June 18, 2017, at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Jessica Grove, Jennifer Cody, Jason Graae, Zonya Love and More Complete 2017 Music Circus Season CastingJessica Grove, Jennifer Cody, Jason Graae, Zonya Love and More Complete 2017 Music Circus Season Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre has confirmed casting for all five shows in the 67th Music Circus season. The cast is loaded with Broadway veterans-some of whom are making their Music Circus debuts-Tony Award nominees, and audience favorites from previous Music Circus productions. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tony Yazbeck, Lesli Margherita, Capathia Jenkins and More Perform at BROADWAY'S GOT GUTSPhoto Flash: Tony Yazbeck, Lesli Margherita, Capathia Jenkins and More Perform at BROADWAY'S GOT GUTS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

The second annual spectacular evening of wonderful entertainment by Broadway's brightest singing the wonderful standards and hits sung by the late, great Nancy Lamott on the 21st anniversary of her death, to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, took place on Monday, October 24, at 6 PM at the Copacabana in New York City. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Matt Loehr, Kristie Kerwin, HollyAnn Butler and More in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at Music CircusPhoto Flash: First Look at Matt Loehr, Kristie Kerwin, HollyAnn Butler and More in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

The 2016 season continues with the Music Circus premiere of the Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It, now playing through August 14 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Has a Fascinating RhythmBWW Review: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Has a Fascinating Rhythm
by Harmony Wheeler - Aug 11, 2016

It's wonderful. It's marvelous. And if Tuesday's immediate standing ovation was any indication, you will more than care for the new Gershwin musical, "Nice Work If You Can Get It," playing through Sunday at Sacramento's Music Circus.  But watch out for that demon rum. You may just end up swinging by a chandelier. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at Music CircusSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at Music Circus
by Stage Tube - Aug 10, 2016

The 2016 season continues with the Music Circus premiere of the Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It. Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara starred in this smash hit on Broadway in 2012. The song-and-dance spectacular features the music ofGeorge and Ira Gershwin in a sparkling, spirited, high-stepping musical comedy. To a songbook of the greatest American standards ever sung, a cast of bootleggers, chorus girls, playboys, and politicians creates hilarity in a glorious Long Island mansion in the rip-roaring 1920s. With 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,' 'I've Got a Crush on You' and 'Someone to Watch Over Me.'  BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Premieres at Music Circus this AugustNICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Premieres at Music Circus this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2016

The 2016 season continues with the Music Circus premiere of the Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It. Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara starred in this smash hit on Broadway in 2012. The song-and-dance spectacular features the music of George and Ira Gershwin in a sparkling, spirited, high-stepping musical comedy. To a songbook of the greatest American standards ever sung, a cast of bootleggers, chorus girls, playboys, and politicians creates hilarity in a glorious Long Island mansion in the rip-roaring 1920s. With "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "I've Got a Crush on You" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." (more...)

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