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by Roy Berko - Dec 6, 2017

'Urinetown: The Musical' opened on Broadway in 2001, but its path from lyricist Greg Kotis traveling Europe, encountering a pay toilet, getting an idea for a story, joining with Mark Hollman, writing the lyrics together, Hollman writing the music, previewing the show at the New York's Fringe Festival, and getting it on Broadway, was filled with pitfalls. Mainly, producers were turned off by the title. (more...)

WICKED Returns to Bristol Hippodrome This JanuaryWICKED Returns to Bristol Hippodrome This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2017

It is now just two months until WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will make its highly anticipated return to Bristol Hippodrome from Wednesday 31 January to Saturday 3 March 2018. This spectacular, critically acclaimed and multi record-breaking touring production has just opened in Z rich, to standing ovations and unanimous rave reviews, where it continues until 31 December 2017. (more...)

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA to Play the Fabulous Fox This WinterRodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA to Play the Fabulous Fox This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre for a limited engagement from December 27 - 31. (more...)

Celebrate Christmas in Oz! WICKED Adds Extra Christmas ShowsCelebrate Christmas in Oz! WICKED Adds Extra Christmas Shows
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

WICKED, the smash hit musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has added two extra 2.30pm shows this Christmas on Tuesday 26 December and Friday 29 December at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre. (more...)

Are You Ready? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Begins Broadway Previews Monday; New Block Of Tickets AvailableAre You Ready? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Begins Broadway Previews Monday; New Block Of Tickets Available
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway begins preview performances on Monday, November 6th with an official opening on Monday, December 4th at The Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway - Broadway at 47th Street). (more...)

A Lovely Night! Rodgers And Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Comes To The McCallum To Ring In The Holiday SeasonA Lovely Night! Rodgers And Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Comes To The McCallum To Ring In The Holiday Season
by David Green - Oct 27, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play the McCallum Theatre for a limited engagement of seven performances from Friday, November 24, through Tuesday, November 28. With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderellacombines the story's classic elements glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. (more...)

Ayad Akhtar and Doug Hughes Chat JUNK as Part of Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series TonightAyad Akhtar and Doug Hughes Chat JUNK as Part of Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2017

Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series, a forum for public discussion between Lincoln Center Theater artists and interested theatergoers, continues tonight, October 24, at 6pm with Ayad Akhtar and Doug Hughes, the playwright and director, respectively, of LCT's production of the new play Junk, currently in previews for an opening on Thursday, November 2 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. (more...)

Michael Barra to Lead The Araca Group's Media & Entertainment DivisionMichael Barra to Lead The Araca Group's Media & Entertainment Division
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

Leading Broadway producing company The Araca Group (Urinetown, SpongeBob SquarePants) has today announced they they've extended their arrangement with producer Michael Barra to lead their Media & Entertainment division. (more...)

Lily Houghton and More Among Ensemble Studio Theatre's 2017-18 EST/Youngblood MembersLily Houghton and More Among Ensemble Studio Theatre's 2017-18 EST/Youngblood Members
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), along with EST's Youngblood, have announced new EST/Youngblood members for the 2017-2018 season. (more...)

Ayad Akhtar and Doug Hughes to Chat JUNK as Part of Lincoln Center Theater's Platform SeriesAyad Akhtar and Doug Hughes to Chat JUNK as Part of Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series, a forum for public discussion between Lincoln Center Theater artists and interested theatergoers, continues on Tuesday, October 24 at 6pm with Ayad Akhtar and Doug Hughes, the playwright and director, respectively, of LCT's production of the new play Junk, beginning previews this Thursday, October 5 and opening on Thursday, November 2 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. (more...)

Photo Flash: WICKED's Elphaba Defies Gravity Dockside at M ShedPhoto Flash: WICKED's Elphaba Defies Gravity Dockside at M Shed
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

WICKED once again cast its spell over Bristol on Tuesday, when Elphaba defied gravity above the Floating Harbour as part of a special launch event at M Shed. Marking the return of the UK & Ireland Tour to The Bristol Hippodrome from 31 January 2018, the stars of the new tour were also introduced, with Amy Ross (Elphaba), Helen Woolf (Glinda) and Aaron Sidwell (Fiyero) starring. Check out photos of Elphaba defying gravity over the Floating Harbour below! (more...)

Photo Flash: WICKED Flies into its 12th Year with Brand New Portrait PhotosPhoto Flash: WICKED Flies into its 12th Year with Brand New Portrait Photos
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

WICKED, the smash hit musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, flies into its 12th year at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre today (Wednesday 27 September 2017). (more...)

WICKED UK & Ireland Tour Announces Full Cast!WICKED UK & Ireland Tour Announces Full Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce that Amy Ross (Elphaba), Helen Woolf (Glinda), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Emily Shaw (Nessarose), Iddon Jones (Boq) and Nikki Bentley (Standby for Elphaba) will join the previously announced Aaron Sidwell (Fiyero) to lead the cast of the forthcoming return engagement of the spectacular, critically acclaimed and multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour in 2018. (more...)

Do the 'Bikini Bottom Boogie' with the SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Original Cast Recording, Out TodayDo the 'Bikini Bottom Boogie' with the SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Original Cast Recording, Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

The Original Cast Recording of SpongeBob SquarePants - The New Musical is out today, September 22, by Masterworks Broadway. (more...)

Will McInerney, Tom Hayes, and More to Star in BROTHERHOOD Off-BroadwayWill McInerney, Tom Hayes, and More to Star in BROTHERHOOD Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Executive Producer Joel Edwards, Director Andrew Koenig and Playwright Jon Tlapek make their off-Broadway debut with the play BROTHERHOOD. Performances will take place in The American Theatre of Actors' John Cullum Theatre as a double feature with the play RUINS. (more...)

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Comes to CasperRodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Comes to Casper
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play the Casper Events Center for a limited engagement on November 12, 2017. Tickets for CINDERELLA will go on sale on Friday, September 22 at 11:30 am and can be purchased at SinclairTix.com, by phone at 800-442-2256, in person at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center or at any of the six statewide outlets. (more...)

Welcome Back to Oz! Mary Kate Morrissey to Star as 'Elphaba' in WICKED TourWelcome Back to Oz! Mary Kate Morrissey to Star as 'Elphaba' in WICKED Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

The WICKED Tour will welcome Mary Kate Morrissey as Elphaba, beginning Tuesday, September 26th at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, OH. (more...)

VIDEO: In a Land of Oz Far, Far Away... WICKED Spoofs STAR WARS Opening Sequence in Nerdy ClipVIDEO: In a Land of Oz Far, Far Away... WICKED Spoofs STAR WARS Opening Sequence in Nerdy Clip
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

WICKED nerded out on Twitter yesterday with a STAR WARS-themed spoof, featuring the series' iconic opening sequence but set in 'a land of Oz, far, far away...' Check it out below! (more...)

WICKED Extends Booking in the West End Through December 2018WICKED Extends Booking in the West End Through December 2018
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has just announced its 24th extension with 500,000 new tickets now released for performances until Saturday 1 December 2018. (more...)

WICKED Tour to Welcome Two New Stars This WeekWICKED Tour to Welcome Two New Stars This Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

The Wicked tour will welcome Jon Robert Hall as Fiyero and welcome back Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose, beginning Tuesday, August 22nd at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. (more...)

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