Date of Birth: October 10, 1961 (57)

Birth Place: Rockford, IL, USA
Jodi Benson Speaks Out On Halle Bailey's Casting In Live-Action Remake Of THE LITTLE MERMAIDJodi Benson Speaks Out On Halle Bailey's Casting In Live-Action Remake Of THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Alan Henry - Jul 9, 2019

BroadwayWorld previously reported Halle Bailey will take on the role of Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid set to go into production next year. (more...)

Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of FALSETTOS on Tour?Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of FALSETTOS on Tour?
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

The National Tour of Falsettos celebrated its official opening in Dallas this week! Let's see what the critics have to say! (more...)

BWW TV: Alan Menken Joins Disney Leading Ladies For A Trip Down Memory LaneBWW TV: Alan Menken Joins Disney Leading Ladies For A Trip Down Memory Lane
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 30, 2019

In honor of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid,” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. (more...)

THE LITTLE MERMAID Dives Into the Walt Disney Signature Collection in Honor of 30th AnniversaryTHE LITTLE MERMAID Dives Into the Walt Disney Signature Collection in Honor of 30th Anniversary
by TV News Desk - Jan 11, 2019

In honor of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid,” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel — along with loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love-to-hate sea witch Ursula — is shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD  and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on Feb. 26. (more...)

BWW Exclusive Inside Look At Elsie Fest 2018 With Darren Criss, Sutton Foster, The Cast of BE MORE CHILL, Joshua Henry, And MoreBWW Exclusive Inside Look At Elsie Fest 2018 With Darren Criss, Sutton Foster, The Cast of BE MORE CHILL, Joshua Henry, And More
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Oct 8, 2018

Yesterday, Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Alex Newell, Grant Gustin, Jodi Benson, the cast of Be More Chill and more joined Darren Criss at the fourth annual Elsie Fest! BroadwayWorld was there and brings you exclusive highlights from the outdoor music festival below!  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Elsie Fest 2018 with Darren Criss, Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and More!Photo Coverage: Go Inside Elsie Fest 2018 with Darren Criss, Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and More!
by Monroe George - Oct 8, 2018

Central Park was the place to be yesterday, as theatre fans from all over gathered to celebrate the fourth annual Elsie Fest! Elsie Fest is a one-day outdoor music festival that celebrates the stars and songs from the stage and screen, giving festival goers a unique experience to their favorite musicals. (more...)

Casting Announced For The Country Music Jukebox Musical HONKY TONK ANGELSCasting Announced For The Country Music Jukebox Musical HONKY TONK ANGELS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

Casting is now complete for the foot-stompin' musical Honky Tonk Angels. This performance, playing from September 19 - September 30, will be directed by DAVID HEMSLEY CALDWELL, returning to the Lyceum for his 20th production, and musically directed by SAM CLEIN. The production features SHARON MALANE as Darlene, ERIN MCCRACKEN as Angela, and SHELBY RINGDAHL as Sue Ellen. (more...)

Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Alex Newell, and Darren Criss Will Headline 4th Annual Elsie FestSutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Alex Newell, and Darren Criss Will Headline 4th Annual Elsie Fest
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2018

It has been announced that the festival will be led by Two-time Tony Award winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster (TV Land's Younger, ABC Family's Bunheads, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Violet ), three-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (Hamilton, Carousel, Violet, Shuffle Along,The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess), Emmy nominated songwriter, musician and actor Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and actor and Atlantic Records recording artist Alex Newell (Glee, Once on this Island). (more...)

New products from General Mills are there for 'those moments'New products from General Mills are there for 'those moments'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

The new product lineup that General Mills announced today is all about "capturing the moment." The company has foods which span the globe, for everyone, at any moment of the day. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Emily Ann TheatreBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Emily Ann Theatre
by Jesse Griffith - Jun 7, 2018

I specifically asked to see this show for three reasons. One - until last night I had never seen The Little Mermaid. (GASP!) There, I said it. Doubly strange perhaps since I actually know Jodi Benson, original star of the Disney classic. Two - I wanted to see the incredible Emily Ann Theatre & Gardens. What a gorgeous venue! This compound is an artist's dream and Wimberley is fortunate to be home to this gem. And three - I wanted to see what magic director Bridget Farias Gates would bring to this production. Gates, a Best Director winner (Broadway World Austin) enjoys an impeccable reputation as one of Austin's most beloved and respected artists - no small feat in a city teeming with talent. As expected, Gates delivered a powerful production with a cast and crew more than ready to wow the audience. The Emily Ann Theatre is very blessed to have Gates as their artistic director. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Emily Ann TheatreBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Emily Ann Theatre
by Jesse Griffith - Jun 6, 2018

I specifically asked to see this show for three reasons. One - until last night I had never seen The Little Mermaid. (GASP!) There, I said it. Doubly strange perhaps since I actually know Jodi Benson, original star of the Disney classic. Two - I wanted to see the incredible Emily Ann Theatre & Gardens. What a gorgeous venue! This compound is an artist's dream and Wimberley is fortunate to be home to this gem. And three - I wanted to see what magic director Bridget Farias Gates would bring to this production. Gates, a Best Director winner (Broadway World Austin) enjoys an impeccable reputation as one of Austin's most beloved and respected artists - no small feat in a city teeming with talent. As expected, Gates delivered a powerful production with a cast and crew more than ready to wow the audience. The Emily Ann Theatre is very blessed to have Gates as their artistic director. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the The New York Pops 35th Anniversary Gala After PartyPhoto Coverage: Inside the The New York Pops 35th Anniversary Gala After Party
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 1, 2018

The New York Pops' 35th Birthday Gala, Part of His World: The Songs of Alan Menken was held on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, presented by The New York Pops. Check out photos from the after party below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The New York Pops Holds its 35th Birthday GalaPhoto Coverage: The New York Pops Holds its 35th Birthday Gala
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 1, 2018

The New York Pops' 35th Birthday Gala, Part of His World: The Songs of Alan Menken was held on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, presented by The New York Pops. (more...)

Corey Cott Completes Cast for NY Pops 35th Birthday GalaCorey Cott Completes Cast for NY Pops 35th Birthday Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2018

The New York Pops announces the complete cast for its 35th Birthday Gala, Part of His World: The Songs of Alan Menkenon Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, presented by The New York Pops.  (more...)

VIDEO: Harvey Fierstein Preps for An Alan Menken Tribute with a Disney Villain Classic!VIDEO: Harvey Fierstein Preps for An Alan Menken Tribute with a Disney Villain Classic!
by Stage Tube - Apr 6, 2018

This month, Carnegie Hall and the New York POPS will salute composing legend, Alan Menken. Check out video from Harvey Fierstein's rehearsal for the event as he takes on a Disney villain classic! See video below! (more...)

Original HERCULES Muses, Kerry Butler & More Will Tribute Alan Menken at NY Pops GalaOriginal HERCULES Muses, Kerry Butler & More Will Tribute Alan Menken at NY Pops Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2018

Kerry Butler (Audrey in the Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors), and Cheryl Freeman, Roz Ryan, Vaneese Thomas, and Lillias White (voices of the Muses in Disney's animated classic Hercules) will join The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, for its 35th Birthday Gala, Part of His World: The Songs of Alan Menken on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, presented by The New York Pops. (more...)

The New York Pops Announces Additional Honorees at 35th Birthday GalaThe New York Pops Announces Additional Honorees at 35th Birthday Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2018

The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, is pleased to announce that in addition to its Music Honoree Alan Menken, it will pay tribute to Corporate Honoree American Airlines, and Foundation Honoree Hillary and Bill Weldon of the Gracie and Hope Foundation, at its 35th Birthday Gala, Part of His World: The Songs of Alan Menken, on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, presented by The New York Pops. (more...)


by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 26, 2018

Greg Wilson, artistic director of Actors Point Theatre Company, will direct Little Women - The Broadway Musical, which is based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, running March 8-17. (more...)

Susan Egan, Harvey Fierstein, Judy Kuhn, and More to Perform at New York Pops 35th Birthday GalaSusan Egan, Harvey Fierstein, Judy Kuhn, and More to Perform at New York Pops 35th Birthday Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2018

The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, today announces an initial line-up of guest artists and its honorary co-chairs for its 35th Birthday Gala, Part of His World: The Songs of Alan Menken on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, presented by The New York Pops. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID Makes a Splash at Fox Cities P.A.C.BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID Makes a Splash at Fox Cities P.A.C.
by Meredith Kreisa - Nov 1, 2017

THE LITTLE MERMAID opened swimmingly at Appleton's Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. With plenty of laughs, entertaining musical numbers and innovative staging, THE LITTLE MERMAID is a shore bet. (more...)

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