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Black Box Performing Arts Presents BRING IT ON the Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2018

A MUSICAL focusing on the bold and brash world of competitive high school cheerleading is the latest offering from Black Box Performing Arts this February. Directed by Katherine Freind at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, Bring It On: The Musical is the story of Campbell, cheer captain and most popular girl at the affluent Truman High School. (more...)

East Lynne Theater Co.'s Sunday Social at Fins to Take Place on January 21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2018

Like the last two years, Fins Bar & Grille is helping local nonprofit organizations with its Social Sunday Events during the winter, and once again, the Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is pleased to be one of the recipients. ELTC, listed as one of the top 75 summer theaters in North America in 'The New York Times,' is having its Special Event on January 21 from 10:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. (more...)

Michael Crawford Set for Q&A at The Guildhall, Cambridge on Wednesday 11 April 2018
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2018

Join renowned actor and President of The Sick Children's Trust, Michael Crawford CBE for an exclusive evening as he shares tales from his illustrious career, followed by a Q&A on Wednesday 11 April 2018 The Guildhall, Cambridge. (more...)

ADG Gallery 800 Announces Exhibit, Opening 2/10
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2018

Adg Gallery 800 Presents "the Golden Brush: A Tribute To Duncan Alanson Spencer" Honoring The Legendary Motion Picture Scenic Artist (more...)

RWS Entertainment Group Names New VP of Commercial Theater Ventures And Director Of Theatrical Development
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2018

???????RWS Entertainment Group (RWS), a New York City based full-service production company that creates award-winning custom entertainment, live events, and branded experiences worldwide, announced today the appointment of Joe Christopher as VP, Commercial Theater Ventures. Christopher will lead RWS's newly formed Theatrical and Development Department, which will produce theatrical shows for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and more. Additionally, joining the new RWS department will be legendary casting director Jay Binder who will step into the role of Director of Theatrical Development. (more...)

BWW Review: Penumbra Theatre and Children's Theatre Company's First Collaboration is a Hit - the Fabulous and Inspirational THE WIZ
by Jill Schafer - Jan 30, 2018

'Combining CTC's critical literacy work and Penumbra's racial justice work allows us to forge something together that neither could do alone.' These words in the playbill of THE WIZ, the first collaboration between these two acclaimed #TCTheater companies, brought tears to my eyes before the show even started. Especially after wading through a sea of children of all shapes, sizes, colors, and creeds. In an increasingly divided world, Penumbra (one of the longest-running and most acclaimed African American theater companies in the nation) and Children's Theatre (ditto for children's theater) give me hope, as individual companies and especially in this collaboration in which an all-black cast tells a story of a young black woman who discovers her own power through the help of friends. They give me hope that maybe we can overcome our seemingly insurmountable differences and join together in song and awesome dance to solve our problems. It's possible, right? Can't you feel a brand new day? Indeed I can. (more...)

RELATIVELY CONSCIOUS Opens In February at Hudson Guild Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2018

Veteran Broadway actor, Richard Waits, is bringing Jon-Marc McDonald's anticipated play, Relatively Conscious, to the stage in February at the New York Theater Festival. The play, which centers around the murder of James Byrd Jr in 1998, will run February 6, 7, and 10th at the Hudson Guild Theater in New York City.   (more...)

BWW Feature: The Great South Bay YMCA Act Out Theatre Program's THE LION KING JR. Presented at Newly Renovated Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
by Jaime Zahl - Jan 29, 2018

Since late December the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts has been dark due to major renovations of their front lobby. But this weekend the theater's in house Act Out Theatre School will debut the first show in the updated venue with a production of Disney's The Lion King Jr.  (more...)

Roger Daltrey to Perform The Who's TOMMY at Bethel Woods
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2018

Legendary Who frontman and Woodstock '69 alum Roger Daltrey will be performing the band's most iconic masterpiece this summer, the groundbreaking TOMMY, on a special 10 city solo tour featuring full orchestral backing.  (more...)

Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel, and Christopher Sieber Will Bring THE PROM to Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2018

It was announced today that the hilarious new Broadway musical comedy THE PROM will star Tony Award Nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten!), Tony Award Winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), two-time Tony Award Nominee Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical), Caitlin Kinnunen (Bridges of Madison County), Isabelle McCalla (Aladdin), Michael Potts (Jitney), Angie Schworer (The Producers), Courtenay Collins (Broadway Debut) and Josh Lamon (Groundhog Day) and will officially open on Broadway on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at a Shubert theater to be announced. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Youth Project Presents HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2018

BrightSide Theatre, Naperville's only professional theatre performing in the historic downtown district, is pleased to announce its 6th production of the BrightSide Theatre Youth Project with the musical - Disney's High School Musical Jr. directed by Megan E. Farley and playing March 10-18, 2018 at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Street in Naperville, tickets are on sale now at or by calling 630-447-TIXS (8497). (more...)

Photo Flash: Gleb Hangs With the Romanovs and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2018

Today is Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! This week, Anastasia's Gleb (Max von Essen) hangs with the Romanovs, and more. Check out more Saturday Intermission Pics below! (more...)

Premiere UK Tour Of A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN Comes To St Helens Theatre Royal
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2018

A Spoonful of Sherman coming to St Helens Theatre Royal from Mon 26 - Wed 28 February, is a new musical stage show from Robert J Sherman which tells the compelling story of one family's century-long, award-winning musical journey. (more...)

Breaking: Arena Stage Announces World-Premiere Musical DAVE Coming Summer 2018; Tina Landau to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2018

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the world-premiere musical production of Dave by three-time Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers), Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin (Mean Girls, Legally Blonde) and Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, If/Then). The world-premiere engagement is produced by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Doshudo Productions and Larger Than Life. Inspired by the Academy Award-nominated American political comedy film, Dave will run July 13-August 19, 2018 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Exclusive: Catching up with the Original Phantom, Michael Crawford as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Turns 30 on Broadway
by Robert Diamond - Jan 24, 2018

To celebrate this amazing milestone, we checked in by phone with Michael Crawford, from New Zealand. As many know, along with a long career creating numerous roles, the star also inspired the creation of this very web site. After I saw the production myself in 1994, my father said 'If you thought that was great, you need to hear the original...' And, the rest is BroadwayWorld history. (more...)

Maryann Plunkett, Pearl Rhein, and More Star in Ars Nova's THE LUCKY ONES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2018

Ars Nova one of the most adventurous Off-Broadway companies (New York Times), piece by piece productions and Z Space present the world premiere of The Lucky Ones, a new musical by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher (Hundred Days), commissioned and developed by Ars Nova. (more...)

Gettysburg Community Theatre presents Disney's SLEEPING BEAUTY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2018

Gettysburg Community Theatre (GCT) the not-for-profit 501c3 community theatre located at 49 York Street in historic downtown Gettysburg, will present Disney's Sleeping Beauty kids with PreK 4th Grade actors at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm Sundays February 2-18, 2018 at GCT. Tickets are $12 +tax/fees reserved seating. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ to leave Sydney in 2 weeks
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2018

The Wizard of Oz has quickly become Sydney's smash hit summer musical, with almost every performance to date sold out and only a limited number of tickets left until the end of the run. The London Palladium production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz has been thrilling capacity audiences since it opened but it must leave Sydney in two weeks' time on 4 February, ahead of seasons in Adelaide and Melbourne. (more...)

Photo Flash: An A-OOOO-Some Cast is Announced For Immersion Theatre's Wildest Show Yet THE JUNGLE BOOK
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Immersion Theatre announces full casting for their high energy, larger-than-life adaptation of The Jungle Book. Rachael Stratton will lead the company in the role of Mowgli having previously played Dorothy for Immersion Theatre in their 2016 summer tour of The Wizard of Oz. A seasoned family theatre performer, previous credits include Izzy in the UK tour and West End run of Rainbow Magic Live, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Little Prince, and Alice in Alice in Wonderland. (more...)

Carrie St. Louis Joins Isaac Sutton in an Upcoming Israel Tour of BROADWAY-ISREAL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

For the first time in Israel and in celebration of Israel's 70th Anniversary, International theater and concert headliner Isaac Sutton will welcome Broadway Star Carrie St. Louis (Wicked and Rock of Ages) when they perform together in Israel in March 2018 with the show Broadway-Israel. (more...)

Cast Announced for Rockwell's AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY on February 12th
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

An Evening of Classic Broadway will be back on Monday, February 12th at 8PM (doors 6:30) at Rockwell Table and Stage, LA's most popular live music venue on Vermont Ave. in Los Feliz. says, the singers are incredibly talented the 90-minute show could have gone on another hour. Music Director/Master of Ceremonies Brad Ellis (Glee, Forbidden Broadway) and (producer/Cabaret artist) Dianne Fraser present a different line-up of singers with each performance of Fraser Entertainment Group's long-running concert series. (more...)

Cabaret Revue Pays Tribute to the Wizard of Song in THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC; Now Open
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2018

Quality Hill Playhouse will pay tribute to Harold Arlen, the man who brought the blues to the Great American Songbook, in THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC, an original cabaret revue which opened on January 19. (more...)

Photo Flash: WICKED Cast Members Support the Women's March and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2018

Today is Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! This week, the cast of Wicked supports the Women's March, cast members from Anastasia get serious, and more. Check out more Saturday Intermission Pics below! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 20, 2018
by - Jan 20, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 20 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Choreographer and TV Star Arlene Phillips To Join UK's First Musical Theatre Cruise
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Internationally acclaimed choreographer and TV personality Arlene Phillips will be hitting the high seas with Glitz, Glamour and Gossip onboard the UK's first ever fully immersive musical theatre cruise. (more...)

Photo Flash: Donmar Warehouse presents THE YORK REALIST
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Donmar Associate Robert Hastie returns for this timely revival from one of our greatest living playwrights, following his previous productions My Night with Reg and Splendour. (more...)

Follow The Yellow Brick Road To St Helens Theatre Royal This Half Term
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Go on a magical adventure over the rainbow at St Helens Theatre Royal this February half-term as Regal Entertainments' enchanting panto production of The Wizard of Oz returns from Tue 13 Sun 18 February. (more...)

OKLAHOMA, THE WIZ, RAGTIME, and More Fill TUTS 50th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2018

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has spent the past 50 years serving the Houston community from our first performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre to the more than 300 productions TUTS has staged at Miller, The Music Hall, and now at the Hobby Center. With our 50th Season, we will build upon the legacy, of our founder, Frank M. Young, and confidently step forward into the next 50 years! (more...)

The Willow Theatre Presents GARLAND IN WORD AND SONG
by Carol Kassie - Jan 18, 2018

When Judy Garland stepped out onto the stage at Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961, the raucous standing ovation that greeted her was just the start of what has been called the greatest night in show business history. Award-winning actress/singer Jody Briskey will channel Garland and recreate that night's iconic performance in Garland in Word and Song at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. The production, produced by Black Box Booking (The Jazz Singer, Danny Kaye & Sylvia), will run from January 26th through February 11th. (more...)

2018 Alley ALL NEW FESTIVAL Begins This Saturday
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2018

The Alley Theatre's Alley All New Festival, January 20-28, 2018, features six playwrights and more than 30 actors from the Alley and around the country who will be presenting new work through a series of readings and workshop performances. In addition to Alley Resident Company members, many artists have existing connections to the Alley and some are making their Alley debut. The start of the festival will celebrate the reopening of the Neuhaus Theatre. Tickets to the festival are available now online at or by calling the Box Office at 713.220.5700. (more...)

Broadway Veterans Featured at the Sidenotes Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Broadway veterans SUSAN AND ANDREW VARELA will be featured in a cabaret titled PEOPLE WILL SAY WE'RE IN LOVE: THE ROMANCE OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, February 15-18, 2018 at the Sunset Playhouse SideNotes Cabaret in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. Timeless classics from OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, and other works by Rodgers & Hammerstein will be presented by these charismatic and gifted performers. The Varelas relocated to Wisconsin after two decades of successful appearances on Broadway and in touring companies. (more...)

CFRT & 2 Ring Circus present New Circus-fied SEUSSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Seussical is one of the most performed shows in America, but nobody's seen it quite like this before! (more...)

Fulton Theatre Opens Agatha Christie's THE MOUSETRAP
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2018

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is proud to present the classic murder mystery Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, January 16 through February 11. Check in to the Monkswell Manor and stay the night as murder is the name of the cruel game played with inside these walls. (more...)

Lyric Theatre Opens Season with Gospel Musical CROWNS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

Lyric Theatre will experience a convergence of faith and fashion next month when it opens its 2018 season with Crowns, a jubilant celebration of African American church ladies and their long-standing love affair with glamorous hats. (more...)

Packemin Productions Brings SHREK the Musical to Riverside Theatres
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

Everyone's favourite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film. Starring JAY LAGA'AIA (Play School, Star Wars, The Lion King) as Shrek, LUKE JOSLIN (Les Miserables, Avenue Q, The Play That Goes Wrong) as Lord Farquaad, MIKAYLA WILLIAMS (Hairspray, Wicked) as Princess Fiona and NAT JOBE (The Lion King and The King and I) as Donkey, this show is one for the whole family! (more...)

Modern Classic HOLES Takes the Stage at Main Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

Main Street Theater (MST) presents the beloved modern classic Holes by Louis Sachar (who resides in Austin). Children and adults alike love the book Holes, the now-iconic movie of Holes, and the play. Performances are Sundays, January 28 February 18 at 2:30pm at MST's Midtown location, 3400 Main St. in Matchbox4. All tickets are on sale via phone at 713.524.6706 or online at Tickets are $18 - $22, depending on section. Large print playbills are also available at Will Call. (more...)

RELATIVELY CONSCIOUS Comes to New York Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2018

Veteran Broadway actor, Richard Waits, is bringing Jon-Marc McDonald's anticipated play, Relatively Conscious, to the stage in February at the New York Theater Festival. The play, which centers around the murder of James Byrd Jr in 1998, will run February 6, 7, and 10th at the HudsonGuild Theater in New York City. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Jersey Boy Gets a New Mustache and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2018

Today is Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! This week, Stephen Cerf of Jersey Boys off-Broadway gets a new mustache. Check out more Saturday Intermission Pics below! (more...)

BWW TV: North Carolina Theatre's LOVE LETTERS
by Jeffrey Kare - Jan 12, 2018

From January 12th-21st, North Carolina Theatre will be presenting A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater. I recently had the great pleasure of stopping by rehearsal to interview the stars of this production, two-time Emmy nominee Sandy Duncan and Ira David Wood III. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ Lands At Sangamon Auditorium, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2018

The greatest family musical of all time, The Wizard of Oz, is touching down in Springfield at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS for one show only on January 28th. (more...)

The Laurie Beechman Presents The Life And Art Of Erte: One Night Only
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2018

Erte was nicknamed 'the father of Art Deco', a soubriquet that he was not comfortable with but it unfortunately stuck. He was born into Russian aristocracy and his family tree can be traced back to the Tartar kahns. He was greatly influenced by books on Persian and Indian miniatures in his father's library and by his beloved Greek vases that he studied during frequent trips as a boy to the Hermitage Museum. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

Duncan Alanson Spencer (1911-1999), the legendary Scenic Artist behind some of Hollywood's greatest films, will be honored by the Art Directors Guild Gallery 800 (ADG, IATSE Local 800) in a special exhibit entitled The Golden Brush: A Tribute to Duncan Alanson Spencer. Spencer's career spanned over 38 years and over 400 movies including The Wizard of Oz, White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis and Ziegfeld Follies. The exhibit opens with a hosted opening reception on Saturday, February 10 from 5 - 9pm and will run through Feb. 10, 2018. (more...)

Washington Pavilion Offers WIZARD OF OZ Programs and Events
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018

The beauty and wonder of The Wizard of Oz is coming to the Washington Pavilion through special, themed programming and events from January 16-25. Programs include a Broadway touring musical, art displays, family story time, science workshops and art studios that will feature a Wizard of Oz connection. (more...)

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Announces February Programming
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018

From the lyricism of R. Strauss, the passion of Prokofiev, and the vitality of Beethoven to the fanciful atmosphere of The Wizard of Oz with Live Orchestra just in time for Family Day weekend February at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is full of fantasy and zest. (more...)

Shadowbox Live Hits the Ground Running in 2018!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018

Just ten days into 2018 and the metaperformers at Shadowbox Live have opened their new sketch comedy and rock 'n' roll show Epic and their revival of their tribute show Front Street Funk. Additionally, the creative forces are well into rehearsals for their new original passion project titled The Dream, and plan to bring back audience favorite Which One's Pink?. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018

'The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages,' presented by Harlem Repertory Theater (HRT) and Yip Harburg Foundation, will not close January 13. It has been extended through June 16, 2018 due to continuing and steady audience interest. The production has played since October 8, 2016 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan, and has previously been extended four times. (more...)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Grooves at Encore Musical Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018

The Encore Musical Theatre Company proudly presents Million Dollar Quartet, running February 1st through 25th, 2018, directed by Tobin Hissong, and music directed by R. MacKenzie Lewis. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ Crosses the Rainbow to Van Wezel
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018

Click your heels three times and transport yourself to the magical land of Oz at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7:00pm. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ Approaches Opening at Artisan Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018

???????The Wizard of Oz opens at Artisan Center Theater on Friday, February 9, 2018 and runs through Saturday, March 17, 2018. The 196 seat theater-in-the-round is located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst. Performances are at 7:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with 3:00pm matinees on Saturdays beginning February 17. Reserved seating tickets are $24.00 for adults, $22.00 for students and seniors, and $12.00 for children 12 and under.  Monday through Thursday tickets are $22.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling the box office at 817-284-1200. (more...)

Concord Music Acquires Tams-Witmark Music Library
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018

Concord Music just announced today that it has acquired the celebrated Tams-Witmark Music Library, underscoring the company's commitment to continuing expansion of its musical theater franchise. (more...)

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