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by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2018
Transport Group has announced casting for its world premiere musical, Renascence, which begins performances Friday, October 5 at 7:30pm, at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. Renascence has music by Carmel Dean (musical director If/Then, American Idiot), book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), and lyrics from the poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The musical is directed by artistic director Jack Cummings III and Dick Scanlan. The opening is set for Thursday, October 25 at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2018
5th Wall Theatre is proud to announce the selection of four eminently talented actresses to take on the bloody tale of accused axe murderess Lizzie Borden in LIZZIE, a rock opera musical filled with the adrenaline of a rock concert and the intrigue of one of America's most blood-curdling murder mysteries.  LIZZIE puts a unique spin on the Lizzie Borden tale, reimagining it through a lens that combines Victorian era propriety and a give-no-cares riot girl attitude with book by Tim Maner, music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, and lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner. Reviewers have praised the LIZZIE, calling it "a furiously performed declaration of feminist strength and survivorship" (Chicago Tribune) and "presented with wall-rattling glee...deliciously watchable" (New York Times).
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 12, 2018
Transport Group's world premiere musical, Renascence, begins performances Friday, October 5 at 7:30pm, at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. Meet the cast below!
by Stage Tube - Oct 8, 2018
Transport Group's world premiere musical, Renascence, just began performances at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. Renascence has music by Carmel Dean (musical director If/Then, American Idiot), book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), and lyrics from the poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The musical is directed by artistic director Jack Cummings III and Dick Scanlan. The opening is set for Thursday, October 25 at 7:30pm.
by Stage Tube - Oct 31, 2018
Transport Group's world premiere musical, Renascence, just opened at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. Renascence has music by Carmel Dean (musical director If/Then, American Idiot), book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), and lyrics from the poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The musical is directed by artistic director Jack Cummings III and Dick Scanlan.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018
Fresh from the runaway success of his Broadway-bound production of Be More Chill, musical theatre vanguard and rabble-rouser Joe Iconis brings his merry band of theatre punks back to Weston for a fall foliage concert run. The New York Times recently dubbed Joe and his troupe of musical mavericks "the future of musical theater,' so treat yourselves to some of the industry's hottest new work in Weston's new, versatile performance surrounded by Vermont's famed fall foliage!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2018
Transport Group's world premiere musical, Renascence, just began performances at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. Renascence has music by Carmel Dean (musical director If/Then, American Idiot), book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), and lyrics from the poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The musical is directed by artistic director Jack Cummings III and Dick Scanlan. The opening is set for Thursday, October 25 at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018
Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast of the world premiere of GAME ON , November 9, 2018 - January 27, 2019 at the CLO Cabaret. GAME ON is the second musical to be given a world premiere from Pittsburgh CLO's inaugural SPARK festival, which showcased musicals designed to cultivate the next generation of small-cast shows that will thrive in small venues around the country. GAME ON is written by Pittsburgh CLO alums Marcus Stevens and David Dabbon. Tickets for this hilarious game show extravaganza are now available online at CLOCabaret.com, by phone at 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, and start at $31.25.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018
Redhouse Arts Center, its Executive Director Samara Hannah and its Board of Trustees today announced that Broadway actor, director and writer, Hunter Foster, will be the theatre's new artistic director. This appointment follows an extensive national search and brings an artistic leader with outstanding credentials and national reach and impact.
by BWW Staff - Nov 26, 2018
There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Buffalo Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2019
Ruby gets off the bus from Utah with 'nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart.' As fate would have it, she is immediately cast in the chorus of a Broadway show. When the theatre is forced to close, Ruby's songwriting sailor boyfriend persuades the Captain of his ship to allow the show to move on deck. Voila! Dames at sea! When the show's lead gets seasick, Ruby may have to go on for her. Will Ruby come back a star? Do you need to ask?
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2019
This summer Goodspeed Musicals will produce the heartwarming new musical Because of Winn Dixie. This touching tale based on the award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo will run June 28 - September 1 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2019
The Muny announced today its complete cast, design and production team for Lerner and Loewe's Paint Your Wagon, the sixth show of its second century, July 27 – August 2. Lerner and Loewe's Paint Your Wagon is proudly sponsored by Ameren.     
by Neil Shurley - Mar 23, 2019
'It all adds up to a road trip you won't be disappointed you made.'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2019
A special performance Celebrating Cole Porter - YOU'VE GOT THAT THING will be presented at The Triad Theatre (158 West 72nd Street - off Broadway between Broadway & Columbus Ave) on Saturday, March 30th at 9:30 pm. The production celebrates the life of musical prodigy, Cole Porter, with those who knew him best: his muse Ethel Merman (Analisa Bell), his wife Linda (Alexandra Foley) and Edward, a young writer who embodies the essence of all his male lovers (Quinn Martin). Featuring classics like Anything Goes, Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love, Night and Day, and, of course, You've Got that Thing!. This delightful show has humor, pathos, and of course those glorious songs. Tickets are $20 and there is a two drink minimun and a small facility fee. Premium packages are also available.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2019
Celebrate the life of musical prodigy, Cole Porter, with those who knew him best: his muse Ethel Merman (Analisa Bell), his wife Linda (Alexandra Foley) and Edward, a young writer who embodies the essence of all his male lovers (Quinn Martin). A show where anything goes, You've Got That Thing! A Celebration of Cole Porter is happening at The Triad Theater on Saturday, March 30 at 9:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2019
The Delray Beach Playhouse announces an exciting, special engagement for one night only on March 2nd, LAURA HODOS & SHELLEY KEELOR SING THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK COLLECTION with Music Director, Caryl Fantel.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019
Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, The Cher Show, My Fair Lady, SpongeBob) will direct an invite-only, developmental reading of the new musical, The Song of Bernadette, March 14th & 15th, starring Dear Evan Hansen's Mallory Bechtel as Bernadette, alongside Tony Winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, Side Show, American Psycho), Derek Klena (Carrie, Dogfight, Anastasia) and Drew Gehling (Waitress, Dave).
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2019
Take a dollop of Grease, mix in some Pump Boys and Dinettes and add a generous dose of Forever Plaid, and you've got the high-octane fun of Route 66! Roger Bean's Route 66 is a jukebox comedy about a gang of rowdy Chicago service station attendants who take an imaginary road-trip from Chicago to L.A. singing tunes by Willie Nelson, Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller and The Beach Boys, just to name a few. They sing, they dance, and they 'act up' in this fast-paced, dynamic show for the entire family.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2019
Grammy Award-nominated classical composer and rock icon Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper, Alan Parsons), in his theatrical composing debut, and acclaimed writer/director Damien Gray (Atomic the Musical, Animagique, Steps In Time, Biohazard and Sing On Tour) are thrilled to announce the concept album release of their new musical thriller GET JACK on Friday, July 19th 2019 worldwide.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2018
Continuing a full tilt schedule of summer entertainment, Weston presents America's most beloved musical, West Side Story, on the Main Stage from July 12 through August 4.
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 25, 2018
One thing's for sure - country musicals are an awful lot of fun. There aren't very many of them and, if you can name one at all, it's most likely THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS or THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM. But there is another rarely produced gem that is just as enjoyable - PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES - the fun-loving retro revue written by its original cast (John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann).
by Melanie Votaw - Jul 24, 2018
PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES was my first Broadway musical, so it not only holds a special place in my heart, but I still remember most of the lyrics. Running for 577 performances in 1982-83 and earning a Tony nomination for Best Musical, PUMP BOYS was 'the little show that could' with just six cast members and a small set. But the characters and songs captured many fans who came out to relive the experience at Feinstein's/54 Below July 22.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2018
The John W. Engeman Theater presents Newsies. Performances began on Thursday, July 19 at 8:00pm and run through Sunday, September 2, 2018. Check out photos from the production below!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 23, 2018
The John W. Engeman Theater presents Newsies. Performances begin on Thursday, July 19 at 8:00pm and run through Sunday, September 2, 2018.
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 23, 2018
The John W. Engeman Theater presents Newsies. Performances began on Thursday, July 19 at 8:00pm and run through Sunday, September 2, 2018. Check out photos from the cast's opening night party below!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2018
Continuing a full tilt schedule of summer entertainment, Weston presents America's most beloved musical, West Side Story, on the Main Stage from July 12 through August 4.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018
Four wildly talented actor-musicians deliver a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, sing-along summer experience for all generations in Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie, back by popular demand at People's Light. Folk revolutionary Guthrie showed you can strum a revolution with joy. Current troubadour David M. Lutken and friends celebrate the fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life of the legend who inspired Dylan, Springsteen, DiFranco, and an entire songwriting tradition. Featuring 15 instruments, 25 songs, and comprised almost entirely of Guthrie's own words, Woody Sez runs August 1-26 on the Leonard C. Haas Stage in Malvern.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2019
The Winter Park Playhouse continues to delight audiences with its new 2019-20 Series of professional Mainstage musicals.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2019
Encores! today announced that Lear deBessonet would join the artistic team at City Center as the first-ever Encores! Resident Director.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2019
Abingdon Theatre Company announces the presentation of Broadway on the Bowery, a curated series of downtown cabaret, directed by Abingdon Theatre Company Artistic Director Chad Austin, to be held monthly at the intimate entertainment venue Duane Park
by Stephi Wild - Feb 27, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019
The Delray Beach Playhouse announces an exciting, special engagement for one night only on March 2nd, LAURA HODOS & SHELLEY KEELOR SING THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK COLLECTION with Music Director, Caryl Fantel.
by Frank Benge - Feb 12, 2019
PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is a Tony nominated 1981 musical written by the performance group of the same name. The group, Pump Boys and Dinettes, consisted of John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. The members also jointly directed and starred in the original Broadway production. The show is basically a series of standalone songs rather than a conventional story tied together with music. The book for this musical is very thin and really only exists to get to the next song. Each song represents some element of small-town life: the sacredness of fishing, the fun of owning a pair of "Drinkin Shoes," and other assorted blue collar tales including growing up with with their grandma, whom they called Mamaw. The company tosses off 21 short-form songs with performances that harken back to simpler, more straight forward times with good natured knee-slapping, song, dance and humor. They shatter the fourth wall by talking directly to the audience and eventually coming right out into it and the end result is a refreshing blast from the past.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2018
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Ben Lohrberg's New York and Feinstein's/54 Below cabaret debut in Dream with Me. With his charming wit and "powerful, yet sweet vibrato" (Revue West Michigan), Ben sings the music of Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Buckley, Harry Nilsson, Stephen Sondheim, and many others to create a rich tapestry of dreams sure to ease your mind and melt your heart. Joining Ben and previously announced special guest Erin Mackey will be Marina Kondo, Sari Koppel, and Skylar Okerstrom-Lang. Marina Kondo has appeared in the National Tour of Lincoln Center's The King & I; Off-Broadway: K- POP (MWE) Regional: Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aida at The MUNY. As a musical ambassador of Japan she performs internationally. A proud recent graduate of The University of Michigan and an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy.
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018
There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Buffalo Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Ben Lohrberg's New York and Feinstein's/54 Below cabaret debut in Dream with Me. With his charming wit and "powerful, yet sweet vibrato" (Revue West Michigan), Ben sings the music of Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Buckley, Harry Nilsson, Stephen Sondheim, and many others to create a rich tapestry of dreams sure to ease your mind and melt your heart. Joining Ben and previously announced special guest Erin Mackey will be Marina Kondo, Sari Koppel, and Skylar Okerstrom-Lang. Marina Kondo has appeared in the National Tour of Lincoln Center's The King & I; Off-Broadway: K- POP (MWE) Regional: Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aida at The MUNY. As a musical ambassador of Japan she performs internationally. A proud recent graduate of The University of Michigan and an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy.
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018
There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Buffalo Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2018
There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Buffalo Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2018
Join Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre as they open the country music revue that is 'Pump Boys and Dinettes'. The gas station 'Pump Boys' sell high octane fuel on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country, and the 'Dinettes' run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. This musical celebrates and embodies the value of friendship and life's simple pleasures. 'Pump Boys and Dinettes' opens Today, August 31st at 8:00pm and runs through the month of September.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2018
Join Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre as they open the country music revue that is 'Pump Boys and Dinettes'. The gas station 'Pump Boys' sell high octane fuel on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country, and the 'Dinettes' run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. This musical celebrates and embodies the value of friendship and life's simple pleasures. 'Pump Boys and Dinettes' opens Friday, August 31st at 8:00pm and runs through the month of September.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2018
Village Theatre is thrilled to kick off the 2018-2019 Season with the World Premiere of The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond (Romantics Annonymous at the Old Globe in London, Disney Channel's Vampirina). This production will be directed by Village Theatre associate artistic director,Brandon Ivie (Lizard Boy, Jasper in Deadland) and choreographer Al Blackstone, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on the popular television show So You Think You Can Dance
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2018
Ted Swindley's hit musical Always...Patsy Cline closes out the 2018 mainstage season at the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2019
Theatre of Young Audiences/USA (?TYA/USA?)?, the national service organization supporting, connecting, and advocating for the field of theatre for young audiences, will present the ?2019 National TYA/USA Awards? in three categories: ?Stan Foote ?and? Rosemary Newcott? will receive the ?Harold Oaks Award for Sustained Excellence in TYA?; ?Chicago Children's Theatre? (Jacqueline Russell, Artistic Director) will receive the ?TYA Artistic Innovation Award?; and ?Courtney J. Boddie ?will receive the ?TYA Community Impact Award?.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2019
THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series presents Mamie Parris in a one-night-only solo show accompanied by Broadway composer Barbara Anselmi (It Should Have Been You) on Saturday, May 11 at 8 pm. On Broadway, Mamie most recently returned to the cast of School of Rock  in the role of Rosalie. She previously starred as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical CATS. Her other Broadway and National Tour credits include School of Rock (Patty) (cast album), Wicked (Elphaba), 9 To 5 The Musical (as Judy Bernly, the role created by Jane Fonda in the iconic film), the Tony-Nominated revival of Ragtime, 5-time Tony-Winner The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde the Musical, and Roundabout Theatre's acclaimed revivals of On The 20th Century (Agnes) (cast album), and 110 In the Shade (cast album). Off-Broadway credits include Pump Boys and Dinettes (Prudie), part of the Encores! Off-Center series, and See Rock City and Other Destinations (Dodi) presented by the Transport Group (cast album out now). Other notable credits include roles at The Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The Muny, The Macau International Music Festival in Macau, China, and many more. Her film and television credits include The Blacklist (NBC), A Stand Up Guy (Orchard), and State of Affairs (NBC).
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2019
Abingdon Theatre Company recently presented Broadway on the Bowery, a curated series of downtown cabaret, directed by Abingdon Theatre Company Artistic Director Chad Austin, to be held monthly at the intimate entertainment venue Duane Park (308 Bowery - between Bleecker & Houston Streets). The inaugural event was held on Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00pm.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2019
Chula Vista's premier live theater, OnStage Playhouse presents Venus in Fur Written by David Ives. The erotic drama replaces the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes initially scheduled to complete the Playhouse's 37th Season.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2019
BroadwayWorld has learned that The Muny announced today 25 principal cast members for the first season of its second century. Complete company casting will be announced throughout April and May. The 101st season opens on a brand new, state-of-the-art stage with Muny favorite Guys and Dolls followed by the U.S. regional premiere of Kinky Boots. The season continues with 1776, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Footloose and a newly-reimagined Lerner and Loewe's Paint Your Wagon. Season 101 closes with the highly-anticipated Muny debut of Roald Dahl's Matilda.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2019
After hosting the World Premiere in 2007, Village Theatre is ecstatic to mount an all-new production of Million Dollar Quartet complete with a rock star team of professionals from around the country. The blockbuster hit story of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins is set to run in Issaquah May 9 - June 23, 2019 before moving to Everett June 28 - July 28, 2019.