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Ambassador Theatre (New York, NY)
219 W. 49th St.

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Edward Kleban was the Tony-winning lyricist for the Broadway classic, A CHORUS LINE. Upon his death in 1978, a trunkful of songs from never-produced musicals was found by his friends and A CLASS ACT was born. Featuring songs in the classic-Broadway style and characters from his life including his A CHORUS LINE writing partner, Marvin Hamlisch and the show's creator, Buffalo's own Michael Bennett, A CLASS ACT tells the story of a remarkable man and the ups and downs of his life and career in the theatre.



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Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Revisits ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the fourth season of Chicago's hit "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, music by Burton Lane, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and based on the book Berkeley Square by John L. Balderston with direction by Lili-Anne Brown, musical direction by Andra Velis Simon and starring Sharriese Hamilton and Karl Hamilton. Porchlight Revisits On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 9 through Thursday, May 11 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Marry Me a Little (previews begin Friday, April 14) at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets are $35. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Weber that discusses that evening's production including the show's creative history, backstage gossip and the state of the art on Broadway that season. Single tickets are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252. (more...)

Stage Production Based on Iconic Board Game CLUE to Tour in 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Producers Work Light Productions (RENT, Mamma Mia!, Motown The Musical) and The Araca Group (Urinetown, Wicked), in association with Aged in Wood and Michael Barra, today announced that a stage production of the murder mystery comedy thriller CLUE will tour North America beginning in the fall of 2018. (more...)


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Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsals for Midnight Theatricals' AFTERGLOW Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Midnight Theatricals will present the World Premiere of the play AFTERGLOW, written and directed by S. Asher Gelman. Beginning performances on June 12 and opening Friday, June 23 at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45 Street), it will be an Off-Broadway kick-off to the Pride Parade and will have an initial run through August 5, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

theSpaceUK to Bring A JOKE to Edinburgh Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

theSpaceUK is proud to present a NEW PLAY FEATURING SCI FI LEGENDS SYLVESTER McCOY AND ROBERT PICARDO. (more...)

Jessica Grove and James Snyder to Play Title Roles in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

The 67th Music Circus season kicks off with a two-week run of Disney's beloved family classic musicalBeauty and the Beast. Performances are Tuesday, June 20 through Sunday, July 2 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre presents ICONS Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre annouces that its 2017 ICONS Gala celebrating the career of Broadway legend Hal Prince held Sunday, April 30 in the Atlantic Ballroom at the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago, 221 N. Columbus Drive, broke its records for number of attendees and funds raised, making it the most succesful gala in the organization's 22-year history. The Gala, with honorary chair Paul Lisnek, included special guest Lonny Price and performances from Chicago's leading talents celebrating the career of Hal Prince, the presentation of the 2017 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago to Rachel Rockwell and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event and its accompanying auctions benefit Porchlight's educational programs and productions. (more...)

Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2017 Tony Nominees!
by Matt Tamanini - May 2, 2017

The 2017 Tony nominations were announced this morning. If you haven't checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?! CLICK HERE to check out a full list of this year's nominees, and HERE for reactions from the lucky few! (more...)

Midnight Theatricals to Present World Premiere of S. Asher Gelman's AFTERGLOW
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Midnight Theatricals will present the World Premiere of the play AFTERGLOW, written and directed by S. Asher Gelman. (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of Porchlight's Revisited ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the fourth season of Chicago's hit "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, music by Burton Lane, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and based on the book Berkeley Square by John L. Balderston with direction by Lili-Anne Brown, musical direction by Andra Velis Simon and starring Sharriese Hamilton and Karl Hamilton. Porchlight Revisits On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 9 through Thursday, May 11 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Marry Me a Little (previews begin Friday, April 14) at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets are $35. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Weber that discusses that evening's production including the show's creative history, backstage gossip and the state of the art on Broadway that season. Single tickets are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252. (more...)

Mosaic Announces Full 2017 VOICES FROM A CHANGING MIDDLE EAST Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Mosaic Theater Company of DC presents the culmination of its expansive and hugely successful second season with the 2017 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival. This year's festival is of particular resonance in this 50th year since the Six Day War and the start of The Occupation, and focuses on two taut dramas about the lives, circumstances, and humanity of Palestinians in Israel and Gaza. (more...)

HAMILTON Star Andrew Chappelle Teaches Musical Theatre Workshop in Sarasota, FL
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio, threw an amazing musical theatre workshop with HAMILTON Star, Andrew Chappelle of HAMILTON, MAMMA MIA! and PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESSERT in Sarasota FL on April 10 and they are at it again, this time on the east coast of Florida in Coral Springs on May 22! (more...)

World Premiere of Tony Nominee Glenn Slater and Wendy Wilf's BEATSVILLE Opens this May at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Dig this: Asolo Rep will proudly present the world premiere of BEATSVILLE: The Beatnik Musical, a co-production with Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. BEATSVILLE has a book by Glenn Slater, a Grammy winner (Disney's Tangled), and Academy Award (Tangled), Emmy (ABC's Galavant), Golden Globe (Tangled) and three-time Tony Award nominee (School of Rock, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid), and the co-creator of Disney's worldwide smash hit Tangled. (more...)

Pushcart Players presents PETER AND THE WOLF at Union County PAC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Pushcart Players, New Jersey's renowned touring theatre for young audiences will perform their beloved musical production, "Peter and the Wolf" at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ on Saturday, April 8 at 11:00 am. In their 43rd Season of touring theater for young audiences -- bringing performances to schools, theaters, production venues, and community centers throughout the United States -- Pushcart continues their residency in the beautifully appointed historic theater in Rahway. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Class Act NY Presents MY FAVORITE THINGS Charity Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

On Monday, March 13, 2017, A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio for kids and teens, proudly presented the 'MY FAVORITE THINGS' Cabaret at the historic Triad Theatre. Talented young singers, ages 7-18, presented songs from their favorite Broadway musicals. A portion of the proceeds were donated to The enCourage Kids Foundation, a charity that encourages all kids facing health challenges to be carefree kids. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Danny Burstein & Jane Krakowski Will Announce the Outer Critics Circle Nominations on 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, is proud to announce Broadway's "Fiddler on the Roof" star Danny Burstein along with last season's high-kicking "She Loves Me" sensation and TV favorite Jane Krakowski will announce the nominees for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, April 25th(11 AM) in the Oak Room at New York's renowned Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th Street). Outer Critics Circle will announce two new award categories this year, "Outstanding Sound Design" and "Outstanding Orchestrations" to increase award nominations to 27 categories. Outer Critics Circle nominations are the first major Broadway/Off-Broadway award nominees of the New York theatre season. (more...)

BWW Review: WOMADELAIDE 2017: DAY 2 at Botanic Park
by Barry Lenny - Mar 13, 2017

The second day saw another warm but rather humid afternoon. (more...)

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Begins 6/20 at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

The 67th Music Circus season kicks off with a two-week run of Disney's beloved family classic musical Beauty and the Beast. Performances are Tuesday, June 20 through Sunday, July 2 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

Cyndi Lauper and NEW GIRL Writer to Adapt WORKING GIRL for Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Producers Fox Stage Productions and Aged In Wood Productions have announced plans to adapt the blockbuster film WORKING GIRL into a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winner Cyndi Lauper and book by FOX TV's 'New Girl' writer and Tigers Be Still playwright Kim Rosenstock. WORKING GIRL is based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture written by Kevin Wade. (more...)

Jessica Grove, Jennifer Cody, Jason Graae, Zonya Love and More Complete 2017 Music Circus Season Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre has confirmed casting for all five shows in the 67th Music Circus season. The cast is loaded with Broadway veterans-some of whom are making their Music Circus debuts-Tony Award nominees, and audience favorites from previous Music Circus productions. (more...)

54 SINGS 1776, Kyle Dean Massey, Samantha Barks and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

This July, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

Casting Announced for NYMF Readings of WOODY - A NEW FAIRY TALE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

'Woody - A New Fairy Tale' was chosen as an Official Selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival. Readings will be held on Monday, July 10th at 1:30 PM, Friday, July 14th at 3:30 PM, and 11:30 AM on Monday, July 17th at Playwrights Horizons Rehearsal Studio. (more...)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Tour to Welcome New Leads This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group announced today that Eva Tavares and Kristie Dale Sanders will join the cast of the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera currently on tour in North America. (more...)

Nancy Anderson Joins Cast of NYMF's FOURTH MESSENGER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

Fresh off the triumphant run of Sunset Boulevard, NANCY ANDERSON will play the role of world-famous spiritual teacher Mama Sid in New York Musical Festival and 4M Productions' East Coast premiere of THE FOURTH MESSENGER, a contemporary Western re-imagining of the Buddha legend featuring a flawed, female Buddha figure, as part of the New York Musical Festival. (more...)

SUNSET BOULEVARD's Nancy Anderson Makes Her Feinstein's/54 Below Debut Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

Let Nancy Anderson take you back to a time when speakeasies were born and jazz was king. With Ross Patterson and his little big band, Nancy, fresh off Broadway's Sunset Boulevard (where she understudied Glenn Close), revisits her critically acclaimed debut album Ten Cents a Dance in a nightclub -- Feinstein's/54 Below -- uniquely appropriate to her quintessential jazz-age take on enduring classics by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. (more...)

Go Jellyfishing for Tickets to SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Starting Monday
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 26 at 10:00am ET for SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway at The Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway - Broadway at 47th Street). Preview performances begin Monday, November 6th with an official opening on Monday, December 4th. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - AFTERGLOW Premieres This Friday Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Midnight Theatricals will present the World Premiere of the play AFTERGLOW, written and directed by S. Asher Gelman. Currently in performances for an opening this Friday, June 23 at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45 Street), AFTERGLOW will be an Off-Broadway kick-off to the Pride Parade and will have an initial run through August 5, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Deborah Cox-Led THE BODYGUARD Musical to Make North Texas Debut
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth have announced a co-presentation of the first U.S. national tour hit musical THE BODYGUARD, to play at the Music Hall at Fair Park July 18-30, 2017. This sensational production will then head over to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall August 1-6, 2017. (more...)

Calling All Mad Scientists! THAT CHEMISTRY SHOW to Play in Rep with THAT PHYSICS SHOW Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

Producer Eric Krebs announces the latest in performance science - That Chemistry Show. Written and performed by Borislaw Bilash, That Chemistry Show will begin performances on July 22. (more...)

Andrea Burns, Adam Kantor, Michael McElroy, Howard McGillin & More Named Coaches for 2017 Jimmy Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

THE JIMMY AWARDS has announced the industry coaches for the ninth annual awards ceremony on Monday, June 26th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. (more...)

World Premiere of AFTERGLOW Begins Tonight at the Loft at the Davenport Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

Midnight Theatricals will present the World Premiere of the play AFTERGLOW, written and directed by S. Asher Gelman. Beginning performances tonight, June 12 and opening Friday, June 23 at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45 Street), it will be an Off-Broadway kick-off to the Pride Parade and will have an initial run through August 5, 2017.  (more...)

S. Asher Gelman's AFTERGLOW to Extend Off-Broadway Run Through 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Midnight Theatricals has announced that its World Premiere production of AFTERGLOW, written and directed by S. Asher Gelman will extend its run at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45 Street) through August 19, 2017.  (more...)

BWW Review: QC Summerfest Kick-Off With A Bang
by Vickie Evans - Jul 30, 2017

QC Summerfest 2017, headlined by Flutist Althea Rene and Saxophonist Boney James, kicked-off with a bang at the Belk Theater, in Charlotte, NC. (more...)

THAT PHYSICS SHOW to Mark 300th Performance This Saturday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

That Physics Show, recipient of the 2016 Drama Desk Award for 'Unique Theatrical Experience,' written and performed by lifetime physics demonstrator David Maiullo (and his alternate, fellow physics demonstrator Andrew Yolleck), celebrates its milestone 300th performance on Saturday, July 29th at The Physics Theatre (300 West 43rd St.) (more...)

National Tour of THE BODYGUARD Runs 8/15-20 at the Hobby Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

???????BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts August 15 to 20.   (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes the Incomparable Julia Murney
by Theater People Podcast - Jul 24, 2017

On Monday, July 24, Theater People podcast welcomes Broadway favorite Julia Murney. Murney discusses growing up in New York City where she attended La Guardia High school during the year and the famed Stagedoor Manor during the summer. (more...)

Anne L. Nathan and Jeff Blumenkrantz to Star in REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2017

Lauren Taslitz (book/lyrics) and Danny Ursetti (music) are pleased to announce that their new project REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING (formerly titled Things We Think, But Don't Dare Say) will make its debut with a special two-night run as the final installment of this year's "Artists on the Horizon" emerging musical theater artists series at Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company, starring Broadway veterans Anne L. Nathan and Jeff Blumenkrantz. (more...)

Leigh Barrett to Lead GYPSY at Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

GYPSY has announced its cast and creative team at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center welcomes the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, August 15 to 20. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces 12th Annual CHICAGO SINGS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the 12th Annual Chicago Sings concert; Chicago Sings: Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Monday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m., at Second City's UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave, devised and directed by Artistic Director Michael Weber and Keely Vasquez and music directed by David Fiorello. (more...)

Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Kyle Robert Carter, Nic Cory and More to Walk Down the NYMF Aisle in I AM, I WILL, I DO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Romance comes to The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) as they announce I Am, I Will, I Do, a show that redefines relationship norms. The production, an Official Selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival, features book, music, and lyrics by Dan Manjovi. I Am, I Will, I Do will be directed by Christopher Scott with music direction by Matthew Croft. (more...)

Signature Theatre Announces Full Cast for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

Signature Theatre is proud to announce full casting for Jesus Christ Superstar directed by Signature Theatre Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Gypsy, The Flick). (more...)

THE BODYGUARD National Tour to Play Sacramento Community Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Broadway Sacramento is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play Sacramento Community Center Theater April 18 - 23. (more...)

Porchlight Revisits to Close 4th Season with ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the final production in the fourth season of Chicago's hit "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, music by Burton Lane, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and based on the book Berkeley Square by John L. Balderston with direction by Lili-Anne Brown, musical direction by Andra Velis Simon and starring Sharriese Hamilton and Karl Hamilton. (more...)

Danny Burstein & Jane Krakowski Will Announce the Outer Critics Circle Nominations; Watch Live at 11AM!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

The nominations announcement will be streamed here at BroadwayWorld. Check back at 11AM to watch live! (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Stars Courtney Reed and Lauryn Ciardullo Taught a Successful ALADDIN Workshop at A Class Act NY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

A Class Act NY, the acting studio for kids and teens, offered the opportunity for students ages 7-18 to work with Broadway Stars Courtney Reed (Princess Jasmine in ALADDIN) and Lauryn Ciardullo (Jasmine U/S, Ensemble) in a magical ALADDIN workshop. Check out photos from the workshop below! (more...)

Pushcart Players Perform ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Pushcart Players, New Jersey's Emmy-nominated and award-winning theater for young audiences will perform "Alice in Wonderland" at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn NJ on Sunday, May 7 at 10:00 am. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Concludes Season with MARRY ME A LITTLE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final mainstage production it its 2016 - 2017 season Marry Me a Little starring Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and originally conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with direction by Jess McLeod and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Cook. Previews are Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with an added matinee performance Thursday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. NOTE There are no 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday, April 20 and  May 11 and no 4 p.m. performance  Saturday, April 22. Tickets to Marry Me a Little are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252.  (more...)

SPIKE HEELS Written by Theresa Rebeck Begins 5/11 at the Beckman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Theresa Rebeck's comedy Spike Heels will open to a limited engagement on May 11th in the Beckmann Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors, 314 West 54th St, New York City. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- featuring Danny Burstein
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Apr 10, 2017

BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, 'Podcast Verite,' is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny. (more...)

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