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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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Porchlight Music Theatre to Continue Series with NEW FACES SING BROADWAY 1939
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the first production in its 2017 2018 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway 1939, hosted by Rob Lindley, directed by Keely Vasquez with music direction by David Fiorello, is Monday, Oct. 23 at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie and Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Arena Stage's THE PAJAMA GAME, Featuring Britney Coleman, Edward Gero, Donna McKechnie and More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents The Pajama Game, directed by Alan Paul in his Arena Stage debut, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. Featuring Musical Direction by James Cunningham and Choreography by Parker Esse, The Pajama Game runs October 27-December 24 in the iconic in-the-round Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has a peek at the company at their first rehearsal below! (more...)

Pacific Symphony's Class Act Enters 23rd Season as Students Discover the Magic of Music Through Beethoven
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

More than 23 years ago, Pacific Symphony first joined hands with Orange County schools and parents to create a program that would bring quality music education to elementary school children, and it's been A Class Act ever since! (more...)

TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW Returns to HBO for Season Two, 10/20
by TV News Desk - Sep 25, 2017

A longtime HBO favorite returns with six new episodes of her Emmy -nominated series when TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW kicks off its second season FRIDAY, OCT. 20 (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Week for THE BODYGUARD, Starring Deborah Cox, at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has announced that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play Reynolds Hall from Tuesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 26. Tickets go on sale next Friday, Sept. 29. (more...)

THAT PHYSICS SHOW and THAT CHEMISTRY SHOW to Continue Off-Broadway Experiments Through the End of the Year
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 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) and That Chemistry Show, written by Borislaw Bilash will continue to delight, amaze and educate audiences through the end of the year. (more...)

BWW Review: Let GYPSY At The Engeman Entertain You
by Melissa Giordano - Sep 20, 2017

Northport's exquisite John W. Engeman Theatre does it again with a stellar version of the iconic Laurents/Styne/Sondheim musical Gypsy. The Tony winner runs at the Long Island venue through October 29th excellently directed by Engeman vet Igor Goldin boasting an outstanding cast. And I know you are probably saying that there are showings of this everywhere you look. However, when you have a production like this, it definitely warrants another visit. (more...)

New Musical ROAD TO HEAVEN: THE JONATHAN LEE MUSICAL Gets D.C. Reading Before Shanghai Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

China Broadway Entertainment announces its latest original global musical: Road to Heaven: The Jonathan Lee Musical. Adapted from the novel by internationally acclaimed author Li Xiuwen, the original musical will feature music by one of China's most iconic singer-songwriters Jonathan Lee. (more...)

Leigh Barrett to Lead SOUVENIR at the Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Spiro Veloudos remounts one of his favorite productions in celebration of his 20 years as Producing Artistic Director. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at GYPSY, Starring Michele Ragusa, at the Engeman
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

The John W. Engeman Theater presents GYPSY, running now through October 29, 2017, starring Michele Ragusa as Rose and Austen Danielle Bohmer as Louise. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Gary Little to Kick Off GILDED BALLOON COMEDY at Drygate
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

Non-stop hilarity is on the cards at Drygate Brewery, Glasgow, today 6 October when Gary Little, whose sets, stories and jokes have earned him the reputation as one of Scotland's top comedians, headlines the first Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate, as the monthly club night returns for the autumn. (more...)

Tickets on Sale 10/15 for THE BODYGUARD at Detroit's Fisher Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

Broadway In Detroit is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play the Fisher Theatre from January 16 to 28. Tickets start at $39 and go on sale Sunday, October 15 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. (more...)

Porchlight Revisits to Return with Meghan Murphy & Brandon Dahlquist in WOMAN OF THE YEAR
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced the first production in the fifth season of Chicago's lost musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Woman of the Year, starring Meghan Murphy and Brandon Dahlquist, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Peter Stone, with direction by Porchlight's Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Florence Walker Harris and musical direction by David Fiorello. (more...)

THE BODYGUARD Comes to The Paramount Theatre, 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2017

KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play The Paramount Theatre from November 14 19. Tickets are available on-line at STGPresents.org, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm). (more...)

THE BODYGUARD Tour to Hit St. Louis This October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre from Today, October 3 to Sunday, October 15. (more...)

Gary Little to Kick Off GILDED BALLOON COMEDY at Drygate
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Non-stop hilarity is on the cards at Drygate Brewery, Glasgow, on Friday 6 October when Gary Little, whose sets, stories and jokes have earned him the reputation as one of Scotland's top comedians, headlines the first Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate, as the monthly club night returns for the autumn. (more...)

Houston Symphony presents Symphonic Spooktacular at Miller
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

The Houston Symphony presents Symphonic Spooktacular, an evening of spooky classics of the orchestral repertoire to celebrate the arrival of Halloween season. The program will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2017

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BWW Review: Triumphant CD Release Concert FOR MY FOLKS by Jean Louisa Kelly
by Don Grigware - Oct 23, 2017

It baffles me when singers have a CD release party and then sing everything except the contents of the album. Even worse is not bothering to share with the audience the deep need to record it. And then they expect you to buy it! Go figure! Such was not the case at the Federal in NoHo for the solo concert debut of beautiful singer/actress Jean Louisa Kelly who literally sang the entire CD minus one song* and devoted the concert to her parents, husband and two children. Kelly is a joy to look at and has a wonderfully full and powerful vocal instrument that she uses to perfection. It doesn't hurt that all of your arrangements are composed by the brilliant Todd Schroeder who also served as musical director at the piano for the show that ran just under an hour at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Sunday night October 22 to a packed house of adoring fans. (more...)

Leigh Barrett to Lead SOUVENIR at the Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

Spiro Veloudos remounts one of his favorite productions in celebration of his 20 years as Producing Artistic Director. (more...)

TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW Returns to HBO for Season Two, Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

A longtime HBO favorite returns with six new episodes of her Emmy -nominated series when TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW kicks off its second season FRIDAY, OCT. 20 (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. (more...)

Pushcart Players Launches 44th Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

Pushcart Players announces the 44th Season of touring theater for young audiences, bringing performances to schools, theaters, production venues, and community centers throughout the United States. In Pushcart's 5th decade of stirring up serious fun, the repertoire is an exceptional mix of musical productions exploring American history, self-discovery, classical music, teaching tolerance, and holiday celebrations. (more...)

Centenary's Stage Company Sets Young Performers Workshop for Winter Festival of Shows
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

Centenary Stage Company's critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns with their annual Winter Festival of Shows running December 9 through December 17. These talented young thespians between the ages of 8 and 18 fill the Little Theater with musical theatre favorites including The Pajama Game, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and A Class Act. Young Performers will also be featured in Centenary Stage Company's Family Holiday Spectacular Disney's Newsies The Musical which runs November 24 through December 10 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Stephen Cole and Todd Ellison's New Musical THE BLACK AND WHITE BALL to Receive Industry Reading
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2017

It's 1966. Summer in New York City. America is a country in transition. Racial tensions are coming to a head. Black Power is a new catch-phrase in all the daily papers. The country is divided. Protests and violence are everywhere. The classes are ready to clash! (more...)

Robbie Simpson to Return to Off-Broadway's AFTERGLOW; New Block of Tickets on Sale Through January 2018!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

Original cast member Robbie Simpson (TV: The Path NY: A Class Act) rejoins the cast of the hit Off-Broadway play AFTERGLOW written and directed by S. Asher Gelman. The play, which recently celebrated its 100th performance, has enjoyed two extensions and has opened another block of tickets through January 14, 2018 at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45 St). (more...)

Pushcart Players Headlines Children's Performances at Montclair Arts Festival
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

Pushcart Players' 44th Season presents Velveteen Rabbit at United Way Theatre in Montclair NJ on Saturday, December 2 at 11:00 am. The performance is hosted by the Montclair Arts Alliance as part of the inaugural Montclair Arts Festival featuring theater, dance, visual arts, music, and opera. (more...)

Porchlight's BILLY ELLIOT Announces Second Extension at The Ruth Page Center For The Arts
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the second extension of Billy Elliot the Musical through Sunday, Dec. 31. Billy Elliot the Musical with music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall is directed and co-choreographed by Porchilght Artistic Associate Brenda Didier, with Co-Choreographer Craig V. Miller and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia at Porchlght's new home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. The current and extendsion performance schedule is included below. (more...)

BWW Review: SISTER ACT at ASB Waterfront Auckland
by Monica Moore - Nov 27, 2017

'Get thee to a nunnery' now has a whole new meaning after seeing Sister Act at the ASB Waterfront Theatre on Saturday night. The audience loved it, their energetic clapping and 'wa-hoos' said it all, with most jumping to their feet during the final number. (more...)

Centenary Stage Company to Return with 2017 Winter Festival of Shows
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2017

Centenary Stage Company's critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns with their annual Winter Festival of Shows running December 9 through December 17. (more...)

Traverse Theatre's Education Project, Class Act, Returns for 26th Year
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2017

The Traverse Theatre's flagship education project, Class Act, returns for what will be its 26th year. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Week for THE BODYGUARD, Starring Deborah Cox, at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2017

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has announced that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play Reynolds Hall from Today, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 26. Tickets go on sale next Friday, Sept. 29. (more...)

Broadway Veteran Michele Ragusa To Star As Miss Hannigan In Ordway's ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2017

Following a critically acclaimed performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy at the John W. Engeman Theatre in New York this past month, Michele Ragusa comes to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to play Miss Hannigan in Annie. Ms. Ragusa is best known for her Broadway performances in A Class Act, Titanic, Ragtime and taking over for Megan Mullally in Young Frankenstein. She has also performed with some of the top Symphonies in the country including: Detroit Symphony, Oklahoma City Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and The Kennedy Center Holiday Pops with Marvin Hamlisch. (more...)

Traverse Theatre's Education Project, Class Act, Returns for 26th Year
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2017

The Traverse Theatre's flagship education project, Class Act, returns for what will be its 26th year. (more...)

VIDEO: Tim Rogan, Britney Coleman, Donna McKechnie and More in New Trailer for THE PAJAMA GAME at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents The Pajama Game, directed by Alan Paul in his Arena Stage debut, with music and lyrics by Richard Adlerand Jerry Ross, and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. Featuring Musical Direction by James Cunningham and Choreography by Parker Esse, The Pajama Game runs now through December 24 in the iconic in-the-round Fichandler Stage. Check out a brand-new trailer for the show below! (more...)

HAMILTON's Andrew Chappelle to Host Workshop at Kravis Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2017

Andrew Chappelle, a star of Hamilton and Mamma Mia! on Broadway, will give a one-night theater workshop with A Class Act NY on Friday, December 8, at the Kravis Center. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Monday for THE BODYGUARD, Starring Deborah Cox, in Seattle
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount has announced that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play The Paramount Theatre from November 14 - 19. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 18 at 10 am. (more...)

Porchlight Revisits to Return with Meghan Murphy & Brandon Dahlquist in WOMAN OF THE YEAR
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced the first production in the fifth season of Chicago's lost musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Woman of the Year, starring Meghan Murphy and Brandon Dahlquist, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Peter Stone, with direction by Porchlight's Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Florence Walker Harris and musical direction by David Fiorello. (more...)

Kelowna Moving Company Becomes Official Movers of the Kelowna Rockets
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2018

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Lynne Shankel's New Musical POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN to Have First Industry Presentation This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

The new musical POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN will have its first industry presentation in New York City on January 12th. This timely new musical features a book by Crystal Skillman (Geek, Mary & Max) and music and lyrics by Lynne Shankel (Allegiance, Cry- Baby, bare: The Musical, Altar Boyz), with direction by Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Carrie, bare: the Musical, Altar Boyz), musical direction by Michael Gacetta (Groundhog Day, Matilda) and music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Mean Girls, Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland, Company). (more...)

Porchlight's New Faces Series Returns to the Skokie Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the second production in its 2017 2018 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway 1959, hosted by Gene Weygandt, directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo with music direction by David Fiorello, Monday, Feb. 26 at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie at 7:30 p.m. In tribute to the original New Faces series that ran on Broadway and on film from 1934 1968, Porchlight Music Theatre created the Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway as a showcase for the best emerging music talent now performing on Chicago stages. (more...)

VIDEO: Elphabas Jessica Vosk and Julia Murney Unite for a WICKED Duet
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Jessica Vosk is gearing up for her upcoming (Feb 1-3) 54 Below show which will feature an exciting surprise guest every night! Though she can't make it to the show, friend and former Elphaba Julia Murney recently stopped by a rehearsal for a spontaneous duet. (more...)

Centenary Stage Company to Return with 2017 Winter Festival of Shows
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2017

Centenary Stage Company's critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns with their annual Winter Festival of Shows running December 9 through December 17. (more...)

HAMILTON's Andrew Chappelle to Host Workshop at Kravis Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2017

Andrew Chappelle, a star of Hamilton and Mamma Mia! on Broadway, will give a one-night theater workshop with A Class Act NY today, December 8, at the Kravis Center. (more...)

Broadway Veteran Michele Ragusa Stars as 'Miss Hannigan' in ANNIE, Opening Tonight at the Ordway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2017

Following a critically acclaimed performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy at the John W. Engeman Theatre in New York this past month, Michele Ragusa comes to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to play Miss Hannigan in Annie. (more...)

Broadway Director Lonny Price to Lead Leonard Bernstein Masterclass at HB Studio
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2017

HB Studio, one of New York's legendary institutions for theater training and practice, this winter offers musical theater performers the opportunity to study 'The Musical Theater Works of Leonard Bernstein' in a five week masterclass led by Broadway Director Lonny Price. (more...)

BWW Review: MALGUDI KE GAON SE at Akshara Theatre
by Richa Das - Dec 22, 2017

Our fascination for R K Narayan and his world of innocence is never ending and it is precisely this nostalgia that brings out the best of 'Malgudi Ke Gaon Se'. Rahul Saini's Malgudi is resplendent with the same old charming characters from a colonial India, fighting and finding easy resolutions for their daily hassles. (more...)

THAT PHYSICS SHOW and THAT CHEMISTRY SHOW to Move to the Playroom Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2017

That Physics Show - now in its 3rd year Off Broadway - 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) and That Chemistry Show, written by Borislaw Bilash will delight, amaze and educate audiences in their final performances at The Physics Theatre (300 West 43rd Street). (more...)

Cast and Creative Announced for Lyric Stage's ROAD SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2017

On his continuing journey through the works of Stephen Sondheim, director Spiro Veloudos brings us Sondheim's latest work,Road Show, the true boom-and-bust story of two of the most colorful and outrageous fortune-seekers in American history. From the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s, entrepreneur Addison Mizner and his fast-talking brother Wilson were proof positive that the road to the American Dream is often a seductive, treacherous tightrope walk. (more...)

THE BODYGUARD Starring Deborah Cox, Comes To PPAC This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2017

The first U.S. National Tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD will play at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) from January 9 14, 2018. In Providence, THE BODYGUARD is part of the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series. (more...)

New Musical ROAD TO HEAVEN: THE JONATHAN LEE MUSICAL Gets D.C. Reading Today Before Shanghai Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2017

China Broadway Entertainment announces its latest original global musical: Road to Heaven: The Jonathan Lee Musical. Adapted from the novel by internationally acclaimed author Li Xiuwen, the original musical will feature music by one of China's most iconic singer-songwriters Jonathan Lee. (more...)

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