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BWW TV: Onstage and Off with Grease Star Derek KeelingBWW TV: Onstage and Off with Grease Star Derek Keeling
by Eddie Varley - Jul 26, 2008

Rydell High got a new class couple, Tuesday, July 22, 2008 when Derek Keeling and Ashley Spencer joined the cast in the lead roles of Danny and Sandy. Derek and Ashley were both popular finalists on the NBC talent competition series Grease: You're the One That I Want. BroadwayWorld TV spent some time with Derek as he got ready for his big Broadway debut! (more...)

BWW TV: Ace Young Makes His Broadway Debut in GREASE!BWW TV: Ace Young Makes His Broadway Debut in GREASE!
by Eddie Varley - Sep 19, 2008

On September 11th, 2008 the smash hit Broadway production of Grease welcomed 'American Idol' Season Five finalist, Ace Young, in his Broadway as he joined the company in the role of 'Kenickie' at the Brooks AtkinsonTheatre. BroadwayWorld TV chatted with the engaging young talent about the thrill of making his big debut on the Broadway stage! (more...)

BWW TV: GREASE Backstage Pass with Ashley SpencerBWW TV: GREASE Backstage Pass with Ashley Spencer
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 9, 2008

Ashley was a popular finalist on the NBC talent competition series 'Grease: You're the One That I Want.' Ashley's good girl charm and blonde tresses evoked an example of the perfect 'Sandy'. Ashley Spencer came directly from the Broadway company of Hairspray where she starred as 'Amber von Tussle.' She took BWW TV backstage at 'Rydell High' to give us a look at life at Grease! (more...)

BWW TV: PRISCILLA Toronto Press Preview: I Say a Little PrayerBWW TV: PRISCILLA Toronto Press Preview: I Say a Little Prayer
by Kelly Cameron - Oct 3, 2010

BWW is thrilled to bring you the first in a series of video previews for the North American Premiere of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The show commences a 12 week pre-Broadway run in Toronto on October 12th, 2010 at The Princess of Wales Theatre, and BWW will be bringing videos, photos and interviews with the team behind the magic that is 'Priscilla.' First up is Will Swenson and cast singing 'I Say A Little Prayer' (more...)

BWW TV: Cast of PRISCILLA Talks to BWW TorontoBWW TV: Cast of PRISCILLA Talks to BWW Toronto
by Kelly Cameron - Oct 11, 2010

This is the second in a series of video previews for the North American Premiere of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Cast members say hello to BWW and tell us a bit about their arrival in Toronto. The show begins previews on October 12th 2010 with an official opening on October 26th at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Bette Midler On PRISCILLA!STAGE TUBE: Bette Midler On PRISCILLA!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2010

Bette Midler, whose solo Broadway debut at the Palace Theatre is the stuff of showbiz legend, will return to that landmark venue as a producer of this season's eagerly anticipated, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL. Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The MusicaL began a pre-Broadway engagement yesterday, Tuesday, October 12, at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Canada, prior to beginning performances at Broadway's Palace Theatre in New York City on February 28, and opening March 20, 2011. Bette Midler said 'A new star on Broadway and her name is PRISCILLA!! So much fun, it's practically illegal!! In fact, it IS illegal in four states!!' Here Bette is after seeing the show in London! (more...)

BWW TV: Meet 'Priscilla' in Toronto!BWW TV: Meet 'Priscilla' in Toronto!
by Kelly Cameron - Oct 14, 2010

Priscilla Queen of the Desert began previews last night at the Princess of Wales Theatre. It will have a 12 week pre-Broadway run in Toronto before leaving for Broadway where it opens in March of 2011. Everyone involved will be quick to tell you that the real 'star' of the show is 'Priscilla' herself, and BWW was on hand as Tony Sheldon (Bernadette) introduced 'Priscilla' to the Toronto press. (more...)

BWW TV: Meet 'Priscilla' - Part 2!BWW TV: Meet 'Priscilla' - Part 2!
by Kelly Cameron - Oct 16, 2010

Priscilla Queen of the Desert began previews last night at the Princess of Wales Theatre. It will have a 12 week pre-Broadway run in Toronto before leaving for Broadway where it opens in March of 2011. Everyone involved will be quick to tell you that the real 'star' of the show is 'Priscilla' herself, and BWW was on hand as Tony Sheldon (Bernadette) introduced 'Priscilla' to the Toronto press. This video features 'Priscilla' showing off her amazing 30,000 LED light and various features. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: A Big 'Hello' from PRISCILLA's Divas!STAGE TUBE: A Big 'Hello' from PRISCILLA's Divas!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 30, 2011

In a fun new video recently posted on Youtube, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT's divas show off their dance moves to Martin Solveig & Dragonette's 'Hello.' Click below to check it out! (more...)

BWW TV: PRISCILLA Celebrates Cast Album Release at B&N!BWW TV: PRISCILLA Celebrates Cast Album Release at B&N!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 11, 2011

The stars of Broadway's new hit PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL appeared at a special live performance at Barnes & Noble's upper east side flagship location (150 East 86th Street at Lexington Avenue) last week to celebrate the release of the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording. (more...)

BWW TV: Cast of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Performs at Broadway in Bryant Park!BWW TV: Cast of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Performs at Broadway in Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 13, 2011

The best of Broadway was presented free on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with '106.7 Lite fm's Broadway in Bryant Park 2011' - a lunchtime series that began on Thursday July 7th on the Bryant Park Stage. Sponsored by Bank of America, and Clean Air NY, and hosted by Lite fm's on-air personalities, the eleventh annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances concluded yesterday, August 11th. (more...)

BWW TV: MARY POPPINS Cast Performs at Broadway in Bryant Park!BWW TV: MARY POPPINS Cast Performs at Broadway in Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 13, 2011

The best of Broadway was presented free on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with '106.7 Lite fm's Broadway in Bryant Park 2011' - a lunchtime series that began on Thursday July 7th on the Bryant Park Stage. Sponsored by Bank of America, and Clean Air NY, and hosted by Lite fm's on-air personalities, the eleventh annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances concluded yesterday, August 11th. (more...)

BWW TV: MAMMA MIA! Cast Performs at Broadway in Bryant Park!BWW TV: MAMMA MIA! Cast Performs at Broadway in Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 13, 2011

The best of Broadway was presented free on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with '106.7 Lite fm's Broadway in Bryant Park 2011' - a lunchtime series that began on Thursday July 7th on the Bryant Park Stage. Sponsored by Bank of America, and Clean Air NY, and hosted by Lite fm's on-air personalities, the eleventh annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances concluded yesterday, August 11th. (more...)

BWW TV: AVENUE Q Cast Performs at Broadway in Bryant Park!BWW TV: AVENUE Q Cast Performs at Broadway in Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 13, 2011

The best of Broadway was presented free on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with '106.7 Lite fm's Broadway in Bryant Park 2011' - a lunchtime series that began on Thursday July 7th on the Bryant Park Stage. Sponsored by Bank of America, and Clean Air NY, and hosted by Lite fm's on-air personalities, the eleventh annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances concluded yesterday, August 11th. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: PRISCILLA's Divas Perform on WCBS FMSTAGE TUBE: PRISCILLA's Divas Perform on WCBS FM
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 19, 2011

Broadway's PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT 'Divas' Jacqueline B. Arnold, Anastacia McCleskey and Ashley Spencer visited WCBS FM 101.1 radio host Bob Shannon in the studio to belt out a medley of dance floor favorite hit songs from the Tony Award winning smash musical tomorrow, Thursday, August 18 to kick off 'Divas of Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame' Thursday. Click below to check out the performance! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Featured on CURTAIN UP!STAGE TUBE: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Featured on CURTAIN UP!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 22, 2011

Broadway's Tony Award winning hit PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL kicked off PIX-11's 'Curtain Up!' Broadway week series with an exclusive behind the scenes television segment this morning. PIX11 host Tamsen Fadal went backstage at the Palace Theatre to visit Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon, took a tour of Priscilla's Tony Award winning costumes, spoke with star Will Swenson in the middle of Times Square and went behind the hit music of the show with 'Divas' Anastacia McCleskey and Ashley Spencer. Click below to check it out! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jeremy Jordan, Tom Hewitt, et al. Perform at  IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE 8STAGE TUBE: Jeremy Jordan, Tom Hewitt, et al. Perform at IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE 8
by Stage Tube - Jan 18, 2012

If It Only Even Runs A Minute 8 was the eighth edition of this series of rare songs, behind-the-scenes tales, and inspiring photos from Broadway musicals that may not have been fully appreciated the first time around. The show features performances and stories from original cast members and writers of several of the featured shows. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Jeremy Jordan, Ashley Spencer, Lauren Kennedy & More in BROADWAY LOVES CELINE DIONSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Jeremy Jordan, Ashley Spencer, Lauren Kennedy & More in BROADWAY LOVES CELINE DION
by Stage Tube - Jan 14, 2015

On January 9th, Broadway's biggest belters celebrated the best-selling Canadian music artist in history, Celine Dion, in an evening of epic power ballads, and classic pop tunes at 54 Below. With one of the most distinctive voices in music history, and with albums sales of over 200 million, Dion is undeniably one of the most influential female artists of our generation. Audiences can expect to hear a wide array of Celine's greatest hits from her 25 year career, including 'The Power Of Love,' 'It's All Coming Back to Me Now,' 'My Heart Will Go On,' 'I Drove All Night,' and many more. Featuring a star-studded Broadway cast, this is one concert no Broadway or Pop Music love should miss! Check out highlights from the concert below! (more...)

BWW TV: Watch the Cast of Paper Mill Playhouse's THE PRODUCERS Flaunt It!BWW TV: Watch the Cast of Paper Mill Playhouse's THE PRODUCERS Flaunt It!
by TV - On the Road - Oct 3, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents Mel Brooks' award-winning musical The Producers, directed by Don Stephenson and choreographed by Bill Burns. The Producers features music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and the original Broadway direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: He's Back in the Building! Go Inside Rehearsal for ATTACK OF THE ELVIS IMPERSONATORSBWW TV Exclusive: He's Back in the Building! Go Inside Rehearsal for ATTACK OF THE ELVIS IMPERSONATORS
by TV - Press Previews - May 27, 2017

Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, the new musical that will unleash your inner hound dog, with book, music and lyrics by Lory Lazarus. Directed by Broadway veteran Don Stephenson, with choreography by Melissa Zaremba, and music direction, arrangements and orchestrations by Benjamin Rauhala, performances are set to begin Thursday, June 1, 2017 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues). Opening Night is set for Thursday, June 15, 2017. Ryan Conway serves as Executive Producer. (more...)

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