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WNIT's RISING STAR MAGNIFICENT 7 LIVE IN CONCERT Set for 10/11 at Palais Royale
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2013

Lampkin Magic Productions presents WNIT's RISING STAR MAGNIFICENT 7 LIVE IN CONCERT at the Palais Royale, 105 West Colfax Avenue, South Bend, on Friday, October 11, at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $20.00 and on sale now at the Morris Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 574-235-9190 or 800-537-6415, or online at www.MorrisCenter.org. The Morris Box Office is open regular business hours Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 p.m. and is located at 211 North Michigan Street, South Bend, Indiana. Tickets can also be purchased with credit card at Morris Ticket Outlets: Hammes Bookstore & Cafe located in Eddy Street Commons, South Bend, IN; O'Brien Recreation Center, 321 East Walter Street, South Bend; and Super Sounds Catalog Center located within TG Music, 123 South Main Street, Goshen, IN. (more...)

Martha Lorin and Paul Smith to Reunite at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal, Today
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2013

Distinguished vocalist, recording artist and interpreter of the Great American Songbook Martha Lorin will appear at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal Today May 26 accompanied by legendary musical director Paul Smith for an evening of lush standards, it was announced today by producer Michael Sterling and co-producer Ralph Lampkin, Jr. of the Lampkin Music Group in Chicago. (more...)

Martha Lorin and Paul Smith to Reunite at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal, 5/26
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2013

Distinguished vocalist, recording artist and interpreter of the Great American Songbook Martha Lorin will appear at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal Sunday May 26 accompanied by legendary musical director Paul Smith for an evening of lush standards, it was announced today by producer Michael Sterling and co-producer Ralph Lampkin, Jr. of the Lampkin Music Group in Chicago. (more...)

Michele Williams of 'Destiny's Child' to Lead FELA! Tour, Coming to Miami 3/19-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2013

Producers Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith and Ruth & Stephen Hendel announced that Grammy Award-winning recording artist and former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams will star in the national tour of the award-winning Broadway musical Fela!, coming to Miami's Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Michele Williams of 'Destiny's Child' Leads FELA! Tour, Coming to Miami Now thru 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2013

Producers Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith and Ruth & Stephen Hendel previously announced that Grammy Award-winning recording artist and former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams would star in the national tour of the award-winning Broadway musical Fela!, coming to Miami's Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts from tonight, March 19 - 24. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Michelle Williams in FELA! National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2013

Grammy Award-winning recording artist and former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams stars in the national tour of the award-winning Broadway musical Fela! Check out production shots of Williams and the cast in action below! (more...)

Brian McKnight and Angie Stone to Lead LOVE LIES Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2013

Two contemporary music giants - multi-platinum recording artist and 16-time Grammy nominee, Brian McKnight and the fiercely gifted, three-time Grammy nominee Angie Stone have signed on to play lead roles in the national tour of the award-winning musical, Hinton Battle's Love Lies. The play debuted last summer at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, garnering nine MITF nominations and picking up several awards. (more...)

ABC Airs Academy Award Winning Film DREAMGIRLS Today
by TV News Desk - Feb 23, 2013

DREAMGIRLS starring Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover and Beyonce Knowles, airs as the 'ABC Today Movie of the Week,' TODAY, FEBRUARY 23 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (more...)

BWW's 2013 Valentine's Day Spectacular! 750+ Stars Tell Us 'What is the Most Romantic Broadway Love Song Ever?'
by BWW - Feb 14, 2013

From Kristin Chenoweth to Deborah Cox to Idina Menzel to Barbra Streisand to Michael Crawford to the Ladies of THE VIEW to Adam Pascal, Patti LuPone, Raul Esparza, Alan Menken, Lea Salonga, Bernadette Peters, Laura Osnes, Victoria Clark, GLEE and Everything in Between - It's the BroadwayWorld.com 2013 Valentine's Day Special - It's the Biggest Ever! (more...)

ABC to Air Academy Award Winning Film DREAMGIRLS, 2/23
by TV News Desk - Feb 4, 2013

DREAMGIRLS starring Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover and Beyonce Knowles, airs as the "ABC Saturday Movie of the Week," FEBRUARY 23 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (more...)

Gelan Lambert of FELA! Speaks at WEAM Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2013

What is anticipated to be an extraordinary evening of an homage to both Black History Month and the legendary international star, Josephine Baker, is scheduled for tonight, February 4, at 7 P.M., when Gelan Lambert, Miami-born star of the Broadway musical hit, FELA!, will be guest speaker at the World Erotic Art Museum WEAM), 1205 Washington Avenue. (more...)

Gelan Lambert of FELA! to Be Guest Speaker at WEAM, 2/4
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2013

What is anticipated to be an extraordinary evening of an homage to both Black History Month and the legendary international star, Josephine Baker, is scheduled for Monday, February 4, at 7 P.M., when Gelan Lambert, Miami-born star of the Broadway musical hit, FELA!, will be guest speaker at the World Erotic Art Museum WEAM), 1205 Washington Avenue. (more...)

35 Writers Head to Goodspeed Musicals' First-Ever Musical Theatre Writers Colony
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2013

A total of 35 established and emerging writers, composers and lyricists will converge on the Goodspeed campus this month to participate in the first-ever Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. The writing teams, representing more than twenty new musicals, will populate the campus, creating a truly exciting environment for discovery and inspiration. (more...)

35 Writers Head to Goodspeed Musicals' First-Ever Musical Theatre Writers Colony, Beg. 1/21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2013

A total of 35 established and emerging writers, composers and lyricists will converge on the Goodspeed campus this month to participate in the first-ever Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. The writing teams, representing more than twenty new musicals, will populate the campus, creating a truly exciting environment for discovery and inspiration. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: Will LES MISERABLES Lead To MISS SAIGON Onscreen For Mackintosh In 2013? The Heat Is On!
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 29, 2012

With the resounding success of the page-to-stage-to-screen adaptation of LES MISERABLES in movie theaters this week - having already grossed more than $100 million since its Christmas Day debut, the biggest ever opening in movie musical history - the eyes of many entertainment enthusiasts are on mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh for what he will do next as a follow-up, as the box office receipts begin to pile up. More than a merely spurious notion, his next project seems to be set in stone should LES MIZ journey on to mega-hit movie musical status (and it very well might) - according to Mackintosh in a recent promotional interview, if the film version of LES MIZ actually breaks the half-billion mark he will indeed proceed to produce a film adaptation of another Boublil/Schonberg hit mega-musical from the 1980s that he originally presented to the world - the Vietnam-set, MADAME BUTTERFLY-inspired MISS SAIGON. While the film adaptation of LES MISERABLES virtually has set a new standard insofar as the realism and grittiness achievable in a modern movie musical - coming particularly as a result of the entirely live, onset singing; as well as the extended, extreme POV shots and overall minimal artifice - MISS SAIGON touches upon much more recent history and thus explores themes and topics much closer to home for many of us, to say nothing of the story, which largely concerns an American GI and his doomed romance with a bar girl in the last days of Saigon before it falls and Ho Chi Minh City rises. Then, there is the seedy and slimy Engineer who sets the wheels in motion and greases up the cogs of the dramatic motor on more than one occasion - and stops the show for a knock-out fantasy sequence before the final denouement, too. The casting possibilities for the four central male roles - The Engineer, Chris, John (his friend) and Thuy (Kim's cousin) - provide unique and compelling roles for the more capable singing actors amongst the vastly talented flock on Broadway and Hollywood who could potentially more than fill the fatigues and fill out the leisure suits or uniforms necessary for those roles, but what about the titular leading lady? Well, Mackintosh apparently has already got that covered - as BroadwayWorld reported, as a matter of fact - since auditions have apparently already begun in one form or another, with preliminary auditions being held for the role of Kim in Manila, Philippines, just a few weeks ago, though that was reportedly exclusively for a future theatrical mounting (a 2014 West End revival, perhaps?). Thanks to the boffo box office of LES MIZ, MISS SAIGON could very well arrive just in time for Christmas 2013 if all goes well, so now is just as good a time to speculate on the logistics as any until we know more. The heat is on! (more...)

Tony Winner Hinton Battle's LOVE LIES - TREAT HER LIKE A LADY to Kick Off National Tour in 2013
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2012

Hinton Battle is known to theatre audiences as an extraordinarily gifted performer and recipient of three Tony Awards. Battle now adds 'playwright', to his growing list of accomplishments. Hinton Battle's Love Lies - Treat Her Like a Lady, the musical he conceived and debuted this summer at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) in New York, is scheduled to begin a national tour of key cities at the start of 2013. (more...)

GHOST THE MUSICAL Announces UK Tour, Beginning April 2013 in Cardiff
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2012

The smash hit West End musical GHOST the Musical, based on the Academy Award winning film, is to tour throughout the UK opening at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff in April 2013. GHOST the Musical is directed by the Tony award winning Matthew Warchus (Matilda, Art) and has music and lyrics by Grammy® award winning Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard and features the iconic song Unchained Melody. Set and costume designs are by Rob Howell, musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, illusions are by Paul Kieve, choreography is by Ashley Wallen, video and projection designs by Jon Driscoll, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Bobby Aitken. The UK tour is being produced by David Ian Productions, The Ambassador Theatre Group, Colin Ingram, and Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle. Full casting for the tour will be announced later this year. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- Clarke Thorell
by BWW - Nov 16, 2012

In this week's edition, we caught up with Brynn O'Malley, who is starring as 'Grace Farrell' in ANNIE- currently in previews at the Palace Theatre, and opening on November 8. (more...)

Midtown International Theatre Festival Announces 2012 Award Winners - A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE, FINAL ANALYSIS and More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2012

The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) announces the winners of the MITF 2012 Season Awards. The Award ceremony was held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7pm at The Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC. (more...)

Midtown International Theatre Festival Hosts 13th Annual Awards Ceremony Today, 11/11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2012

The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) presents its Thirteenth Annual Season AWARDS CEREMONY tonight, November 11, 2012 at 7pm at The Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC. (more...)

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