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by BWW Staff - Dec 9, 2019
There's just a few weeks left to make your voice heard and submit your votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2019
BBC Radio 2 will be the exclusive radio partner for the 20th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, which will take place on Sunday 1st March 2020 at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2019
Lambert Jackson Productions has announced that they will present concert performances of the Tony award-winning musical The Secret Garden starring Lucie Jones, Ramin Karimloo and Jac Yarrow, directed by Nick Winston. The performances will take place at The London Palladium, on Saturday 4 April, 3pm and 7.30pm.
by Alan Henry - Dec 9, 2019
The top growing current Broadway musicals were Jagged Little Pill (12.51%), Beetlejuice (2.16%), Ain't Too Proud (1.60%), Frozen (1.40%) and Oklahoma! (1.07%). The top growing current Broadway plays were Slave Play (7.28%), A Christmas Carol (5.25%), Darren Brown: Secret (3.82%), American Utopia (3.57%) and Betrayal (2.88%).
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2019
Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 12/8/2019.
by BWW Special - Dec 9, 2019
Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 12/8/2019.
by BWW - Dec 23, 2019
There's just one final week to submit votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
by Alan Henry - Dec 23, 2019
The top growing current Broadway musicals were Chicago (4.57%), West Side Story (2.65%), Jagged Little Pill (2.46%), Beetlejuice (1.64%) and Ain't Too Proud (1.26%). The top growing current Broadway plays were A Christmas Carol (3.91%), Darren Brown: Secret (3.35%), Slave Play (3.10%), American Utopia (2.68%) and The Sound Inside (2%).
by Norm Lewis - Dec 23, 2019
'On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...' the opportunity to share some real joy with you, from my heart. I'd be crazy not to include this video in my choices of 12, on the penultimate day of this fun feature from BroadwayWorld. Yes... it's ME! Last year, my first ever Christmas album was released and this was truly a dream I had fantasized for quite a while, coming to fruition. Richard Jay-Alexander and I produced it (during August), like most holiday albums, and Richard played me this song written by Jay Landers and Walter Afanasieff. He insisted we had to do it and I certainly loved it, but wasn't sure I had the right voice for it. Walter, of course, wrote and produced 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' with Mariah Carey and, now, here was a song written by the same guy, this time with Jay Landers.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2019
Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 12/22/2019.
by BWW Special - Dec 23, 2019
Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 12/22/2019.
by Stage Tube - Dec 23, 2019
Today, we're celebrating Christmas with Dame Shirley Bassey, who appeared on ITV this week to perform the Christmas show tune classic, 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.'
by Norm Lewis - Dec 22, 2019
I would be remiss if I did not include this angel in my 12 Days Of Christmas choices. Yes, the singular voice of Karen Carpenter. Arguably the most perfect pop voice of all time. Effortless. Full of pathos. Perfect. I remember hearing her beautiful voice ringing throughout our house during the holiday season. It always made me feel like I was being wrapped by a warm blanket whenever she sang.
by Norm Lewis - Dec 21, 2019
On Day 9, I am thinking of all the holiday movies that were on television and in our homes every single year. WHITE CHRISTMAS was always one of my favorites. I was in awe of the costumes, the dancing, the singing, the story of love and romance and also seeing everyone pull together to put on a grand show. And the reveal of the soldiers and snow actually falling at the end never failed to fill my heart... no matter how many times I saw it!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Dec 20, 2019
Carols for a Cure is back for 2019 in its 21st edition! Below, Check out exclusive photos as the cast of The Phantom if the Opera gathers to record their track- 'The First Noel.'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2019
Singer and actor, Chris Mann, will be performing at Feinstein's / 54 Below in NYC, where he will sing tribute to one of his idols, Tony Bennett! The show, Bennett--From Gershwin to Gaga: An Evening with Chris Mann and the Tony Bennett Songbook will take place on Wednesday, January 15th at 9:30PM.
by Norm Lewis - Dec 20, 2019
OK...this just makes me HAPPY! In junior high school I found a new Christmas Song I love to play every year. I'm even smiling as I write this :)
by BWW Staff - Dec 19, 2019
We're heading into the final week of voting for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
by Norm Lewis - Dec 19, 2019
This song always reminds me of my father. He Loved B.B. King and this was always on rotation with our many Christmas albums. I found this rare live performance of the legend doing his version that is so embedded in my heart.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2019
On Friday, January 31 at 8:00pm, Broadway stars and musicians of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra perform a concert reading of The Big Time, a new musical comedy from Douglas Carter Beane, author of Broadway's Sister Act, Cinderella, and Xanadu.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2019
BroadwayHD dives into the new decade with a collection of awe-inspiring and bold productions this month. Leading the roster is the 1954 classic film Brigadoon, starring Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly, which comes to the platform on January 1. Six-time Tony Award-nominated production of Red, starring Tony Nominee Alfred Molina and Harry Potter film star Alfred Enoch, will be available starting January 9. Donmar Warehouse's contemporary and innovative all-female production of Shakespeare's Henry IV makes its way to the platform on January 16, while Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny joins on January 23. Finally, one of the greatest successes of the National Ballet of Norway, the stunning ballet Hedda Gabler, will be available on January 30.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
Producer Mark Cortale and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts have announced that The Seth Rudetsky Concert Series, hosted and music directed by Sirius XM radio star Seth Rudetsky, will return to Scottsdale for the 2020 season. Kicking off the series this season will be Laura Osnes, Tony Award® nominee for her leading roles in Cinderella and Bonnie and Clyde on Broadway, and star on TV of Hallmark Channel's A Homecoming for the Holidays, on Friday, January 24 at 8:00 PM. She will be followed by Tony Award® nominated actor Norm Lewis, best known for his performances in Porgy and Bess and The Phantom of the Opera and on Television in Scandal and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!, on Friday, March 6 at 8:00 PM.
by Norm Lewis - Dec 18, 2019
On this sixth day of the 12 days of Christmas, I need to thank BroadwayWorld, Robert Diamond and Nicole Rosky for asking me to curate this year's edition. I never dreamed it would be so much fun and bring back so many memories of holiday seasons past. Here's an iconic group, The Temptations, singing 'Silent Night.' We had many albums in our home by the legendary Motown group, but this one was definitely played over and over during the holidays. I immediately flash to my high school and college years when I hear it. Magic.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
In their continuing effort to make Broadway more accessible, BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for live theater, announced today that they have partnered with Broadway & Beyond Theatricals to bring BroadwayHD digital captures to performing arts centers and regional playhouses across the U.S. BroadwayHD films Broadway shows and brings them beyond the four walls of the Broadway stage. A partnership with Broadway & Beyond Theatricals creates a steady pipeline of digital Broadway content to be shared into theaters across the country that may never have the opportunity to provide productions of this size and magnitude with this level of starpower, and to present their audiences with productions that were not or are no longer available as a national tour.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2019
Broadw.ai, the leading AI platform solution for Broadway shows, announced today that The Phantom of the Opera has launched a new skill for Amazon Alexa, providing fans a new, voice-forward way to engage with the Broadway production. For the first time, through an integration with Amazon Pay and Telecharge, customers can search for and purchase tickets entirely by voice.
by Norm Lewis - Dec 17, 2019
I loved cartoons on Saturday mornings growing up, but I looked forward to watching them in primetime during the holidays. Some of my favorites were Frosty, Rudolph, The Little Drummer Boy, and A Charlie Brown Christmas (especially the dance and Linus' speech). Even though they were the same stories told over and over again, I was riveted every year. I guess because in my mind both the fictional stories and the religious stories were all real to me. I loved the music and would sing along with so much joy.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2019
The Phantom of the Opera is the first Broadway show in history to launch a voice skill for Amazon Alexa!
by Alan Henry - Dec 16, 2019
The top growing current Broadway musicals were Jagged Little Pill (12.51%), Beetlejuice (2.16%), Ain't Too Proud (1.60%), Frozen (1.40%) and Oklahoma! (1.07%). The top growing current Broadway plays were Slave Play (7.28%), A Christmas Carol (5.25%), Darren Brown: Secret (3.82%), American Utopia (3.57%) and Betrayal (2.88%).The top growing current Broadway musicals were Jagged Little Pill (4.26%), Beetlejuice (3.87%), Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (3.58%), The Lightning Thief (2.06%) and Frozen (1.10%). The top growing current Broadway plays were American Utopia (13.65%), Slave Play (3.99%), Darren Brown: Secret (3.53%), A Christmas Carol (3.26%) and The Sound Inside (1.96%).
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2019
Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 12/15/2019.
by Norm Lewis - Dec 16, 2019
I love Vanessa Williamsa?? but who doesn't? She's a singular woman with an equally singular career and we have worked together on the stage and in film and always have a great time. She's incredibly beautiful, wildly intelligent, supremely talented, and... she's a great mom. She has recorded many albums and topped the charts with some unforgettable singles but many people aren't aware of a beautiful Christmas album she recorded, titled 'Star Bright'. I love the album and love this particular cut and video. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2019
He's been called 'a breathtaking concert artist' ('The New York Post') with a 'quietly charming sense of humor.' ('The Orange County Register'). On January 15 and 16 at 7 p.m., Davis Gaines brings both qualities to the Carpenter Center's stage for two nights of storytelling and song. 'An Evening with Davis Gaines' is part of the theater's Cabaret series where patrons are seated directly on the Carpenter Center stage for an up-close cabaret experience.
by BWW - Dec 16, 2019
There's Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
by Norm Lewis - Dec 15, 2019
Anyone who knows me knows that my love for Johnny Mathis is infinite. He was a singer I recognized, very early on, who looked like me and made all that beautiful sound- making contact with the most glorious music and lyrics. I'd be lying if I didn't say he was a huge influence on me. He also became synonymous with Christmas and the holiday season. I could never have dreamed that one day I would get to sing with him, but blessed as I've been, it happened. I love him, I love this song... and I love that fireplace!
by Norm Lewis - Dec 14, 2019
Andy Williams was a staple in our house growing up. He had those great Christmas specials every year on NBC and they always made you feel cozy and special and spirited. Great sets, costumes, sketches and terrific music. It was traditional, and he always wore great sweaters. Needless to say, all of this made me want to have a traditional-looking cover for my first Christmas album. All the stars used to sing the same handful of songs, but it was the arrangements that made them stick in your brain. No matter what he sang, I was always happy to see and hear Andy Williams. This song is a particular favorite- 'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.'
by Kyle Christopher West - Dec 14, 2019
It wasn't long after moving to New York City before actress Courtnee Carter made her Broadway debut understudying the lead character Ti Moune in the highly celebrated revival of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. This week, we caught up with Ms. Carter while on tour with the show from Charleston, North Carolina where she now performs the role full time. She spoke about breaking down barriers and building a better community through love and hope. Read our full conversation below.
by Norm Lewis - Dec 13, 2019
The Supremes' 'Merry Christmas' album was the first one off the shelf every year, which in my house, growing up, marked the official beginning of the holiday season. We would trim the tree to this record and others to come. This is my absolute favorite and why I have sung that song now for years. In this video, they perform the song on The Ed Sullivan Show, with the ORIGINAL Supremes: Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson. It aired on CBS on Dec. 4, 1966, and was unforgettable ... and indicative of the kind of preparation that was paid attention to by Motown, in presenting all of their acts.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2019
The High School Broadway Shadowing Program connects New York City public high school students with behind-the-scenes professionals including producers, stage managers, house managers, and marketing and advertising staff, who share what goes into creating and maintaining a Broadway production. On Thursday December 12th, 70 students and teachers from all over NYC came together at our host venue, Theatre Row, to learn more about non-performance careers in theatre. These participants also had the opportunity to attend The Phantom of the Opera; for some of these students it was the chance to attend a Broadway show for the first time.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents The Four Phantoms In Concert on January 9, 10, and 11, 2020. An extravagant celebration of the iconic music of Broadway and more, The Four Phantoms brings together four former Phantoms from the Tony Award-winning The Phantom of the Opera for an unforgettable night of entertainment. The Four Phantoms features an extraordinary quartet of performers, including Brent Barrett, John Cudia, Franc D'Ambrosio, and Ciarán Sheehan under the music supervision of two-time Grammy Award-winner David Caddick and music direction of Ryan Shirar.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
Called a?oethe most romantic of all Broadway musicalsa?? by The Wall Street Journal, Village Theatre is delighted to bring She Loves Me to the stage beginning this January. The charming musical, which inspired the hit film You've Got Mail, has been revered by critics and audiences alike since it first debuted on Broadway in 1963 a?' going on to be nominated for over 50 awards including the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier Awards. She Loves Me will run at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah January 16 a?' February 23, 2020 before moving to the Everett Performing Arts Center February 28 a?' March 22, 2020. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
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. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
Celine Dion visited the CATS tour in Toronto and met up with the cast following a performance at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre last night! Dion famously covered the show's anthem, Memory, in a televised 1987 performance featuring full cat costume and makeup! Check out video of that performance and photos of her visit below!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
A host of West End musical performers are set to descend on Grangemouth for the fifth annual concert A West End Christmas In Falkirk! 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
The producers of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour announced today that single tickets for the upcoming tour engagement in Dallas, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) and Broadway Across America (BAA), will go on sale Friday, December 13.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, begins the new year with the world premiere Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and written with Richard Curtis. Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber begins performances Thursday, January 30, 2020, and will continue through Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ). JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the major sponsor of Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2019-2020 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank. Opening Night is Sunday evening, February 9, 2020 at 7:00pm.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
Six weeks of enthusiastic fundraising erupted into two extraordinary performances of lighthearted parodies, inspiring calls-to-action and exceptional dance at this year's Red Bucket Follies. The show, which was performed December 9 and 10, 2019, celebrated the 58 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies that participated in fall fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2019
January events has been announced at Irvine Barclay Theatre. See full details below!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2019
Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis: In Concert will close out Kean Stage's season with a performance at the intimate Enlow Recital Hall on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
by Lily Lim - Dec 10, 2019
Casting has been announced for The Wallis and For The Record's production of LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE, the multimedia concert celebration of one of the most beloved holiday films of all time and the biggest, record-breaking hit in The Wallis' history, which is back by popular demand, now as a not-to-be-missed Los Angeles tradition with performances beginning the day before Thanksgiving (November 27) and running through the weekend following Christmas (December 29). Returning from the 2018 production are Rex Smith (RIAA Gold® recording artist), Carrie Manolakos (Broadway's Mamma Mia!, Wicked), Doug Kreeger (Broadway's Les Misérables), Tomasina Abate (For The Record's Scorsese: American Crime Requiem, Tarantino), Carson Higgins (international tour of Green Day's American Idiot) and the multi-dimensional Emily Lopez. New this year to the lineup of outstanding performers are Rogelio Douglas Jr. (In the Heights and The Little Mermaid on Broadway), Declan Bennett (Once, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Taboo in the West End, American Idiot and Rent on Broadway), Jon Robert Hall (Fox's Grease: Live, “Glee”), Chris Mann (NBC's “The Voice,” The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Tour), James Byous (Scorsese: American Crime Requiem, Netflix's 'Westside'), Ruby Lewis (Cirque du Soleil's Paramour, Lights Out: Nat 'King' Cole), singer/songwriter/actress Aubrie Sellers (one of Rolling Stone's best country albums of the year), Gabriela Francesca Carrillo (American Mariachi, Netflix's Homecoming), Levi Smith (A Bronx Tale: The Musical, It's a Wonderful Life, Mary Poppins and The Music Man on Broadway), young singer/actress Nayah Damasen, John Battagliese and accomplished violinist Molly Rogers. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2019
Six weeks of enthusiastic fundraising erupted into two extraordinary performances of lighthearted parodies, inspiring calls-to-action and exceptional dance at this year's Red Bucket Follies. The show, which was performed December 9 and 10, 2019, celebrated the 58 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies that participated in fall fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2019
As audiences prepare for Cats to leap into theaters this December, BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for live theater, has pulled together a playlist for the month which honors its famed composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. The specially curated list is sure to jog your a?oememorya??, taking viewers back to some of his beloved and critically acclaimed productions.