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Donica Lynn to Present 5th Annual TODAY'S A GOOD DAY - WALK WITH ME Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Donica Lynn announces the fifth annual benefit concert Today's a Good Day-Walk With Me at 8:00pm on Monday, June 26, 2017 at The Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. All proceeds from tickets sales, donations, and raffle will be donated equally to the American Cancer Society and the American Brain Tumor Association. (more...)

Who Will Win at the 2017 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2017

The 71st Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 11th at 8/9c hosted by Kevin Spacey. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long awards season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize... (more...)

BWW Interview: Simon Lipkin Talks THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
by Marianka Swain - Jun 8, 2017

Simon Lipkin's numerous credits include Avenue Q, Rock of Ages, The Lorax and Guys and Dolls. He's currently starring as Rat in a new musical version of The Wind in the Willows, which begins its West End run at the London Palladium on 16 June. (more...)

Carole Demas and Sarah Rice to Celebrate Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt in THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Broadway veterans Carole Demas, who originated the role of Sandy in Grease, and Sarah Rice, who originated the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd, have teamed up to celebrate the music of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, composers of THE FANTASTICKS, 110 IN THE SHADE, I DO! I DO! and more. Demas and Rice have based their show on their 50 years of work and personal relationships with Jones and Schmidt.  (more...)

BWW Morning Brief June 30th, 2017 - THE CAKE, GUYS AND DOLLS and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 30, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! This weekend's big news: Josh Rhodes' GUYS AND DOLLS rolls the dice on Sunday at The Old Globe! (more...)

VIDEO: Official Trailer for THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Has Arrived ft. New Music from Pasek & Paul!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, Twentieth Century Fox has shared the first look at the bold and original new musical, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN! Check out the official trailer below! (more...)

Hugh Jackman, Pasek & Paul & More Tease Trailer for GREATEST SHOWMAN
by Movies News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

On Wednesday, ET will share a sneak peek at the official trailer for the highly anticipated film THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, starring Hugh Jackman, Zach Efron, Zendaya and Keala Settle. The movie features original music from the Tony winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The full trailer is out on Wednesday, June 28th. (more...)

Hugh Jackman Signs on for Jason Reitman's THE FRONTRUNNER Film
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

According to the Hollywood Reporter, star of stage and screen Hugh Jackman has signed on for  Jason Reitman's  new film,The Frontrunner. Jackman will play almost-Presidential candidate Gary Hart, who lost the Democratic nomination in 1988 after an extramarital affair was exposed. (more...)

Tony Nominee Michel Bell Joins SHOW BOAT at Reagle Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Tony Award nominee and renowned Broadway actor Michel Bell will make his Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston debut this July!  (more...)

Georgia Engel and Lillias White to Take the Court in Paper Mill's HALF TIME Next Year
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced early casting for Half Time, a new musical, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Five-time Emmy nominee Georgia Engel (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony and Emmy Award winner Lillias White (The Life, Sesame Street) will lead the cast in this uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. (more...)

Photo Flash: Full Casting Announced for New Production of FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Underbelly Productions have today announced full casting for a brand new production of Clarke Peters' Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe. The production will open on 14 September 2017 in a new temporary theatre in Marble Arch, London. Check out photos of the cast below! (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre Flies Off to Neverland with PETER PAN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE presents one of the most beloved family friendly musicals of all time with the third and final show in its 2016-2017 season, PETER PAN, with music by Mark 'Moose' Charlap and Jule Styne, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on J.M. Barrie's unforgettable story, musical direction by Dan Redfeld, choreography by Cheryl Baxter and direction by Yvette Lawrence. PETER PAN opens on Friday, July 14, 2017 and runs through Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.    (more...)

Tony Winner Glenn Close to Star in New Amazon Zombie-Themed Comedy Pilot
by TV News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Glenn Close, currently reprising her role as Norman Desmond in the Broadway revival of SUNSET BOULEVARD, will star in Amazon's half hour comedy pilot SEA OAK. Picked up in March, the pilot is described as a zombie drama and family revenge comedy. (more...)

Terence Archie, J. Bernard Calloway, Audrey Cardwell and Veronica J. Kuehn to Star in GUYS AND DOLLS at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the full cast for Guys and Dolls, a musical fable of Broadway. (more...)

Ciaran Sheehan and Sarah Muirhead to Headline SHOW BOAT at Reagle Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Broadway's "Phantom," Ciaran Sheehan, returns to Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston to take on the role of GAYLORD RAVENAL in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1927 masterpiece Show Boat. Running from July 6-16 for 8 performances only, Show Boat will also star Boston's own Sarah Oakes Muirhead (Sunday in the Park with George) as MAGNOLIA HAWKS.  (more...)

Robots and Creativity Collide in K-12 Educator Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

Southern Utah University's artsFUSION program increases the quality and quantity of arts educational experiences for children in southern Utah. Offering training for educators throughout the year, the program's next workshop for K-12 educators, Arts and Bots, runs June 15-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (more...)

Big Apple Circus Star Will Attempt to Break Husband's World Record at Niagara Falls
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

On Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 8:30AM ET, BIG APPLE CIRCUS star Erendira Vazquez Wallenda will attempt to break a World Record (previously set by her husband BIG APPPLE CIRCUS headliner Nik Wallenda) by hanging from a helicopter by her teeth at 300 feet, over Niagara Falls. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 11, 2017
by - Jun 11, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 11 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Michel Bell, Ciaran Sheehan, Sarah Oakes Muirhead and More in SHOW BOAT at Reagle Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Tony Award nominee and renowned Broadway actor Michel Bell makes his Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston debut this month. Bell will revive the role of JOE, the performance that earned him a Tony Award nomination in Hal Prince's 1995 Broadway production of Show Boat. Bell's bass-baritone delivery of the iconic song 'Ol' Man River' brought audiences to their feet on Broadway. Bell brings his immense talents to the Reagle stage now through July 16 for 8 performances only, in this intimate Goodspeed Musicals version of the Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II masterpiece. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Rock 'n' Roll Musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Hit Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Broadway and West End smash hit musical Million Dollar Quartet, which features some of the most iconic rock 'n' roll songs of all time, comes to the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch from 25 - 30 September. (more...)

New Season Now on Sale at Wolverhampton Grande Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

A brand new season of West End musicals, gripping dramas, dynamic dance and one night concerts on sale next week at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Season highlights include an on-stage dinner with Christopher Biggins, Tom Chambersin CRAZY FOR YOU, Phil Daniels in DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE, a Grand Theatre production of TURN OF THE SCREW and the return of smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS! (more...)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Rock Pittsburgh CLO for the First Time This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO presents the rock 'n roll hit MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET for the first time, August 8 - 13 at the Benedum Center. (more...)

Sherie Rene Scott, Mary Testa Join Jason Alexander in John Patrick Shanley's THE PORTUGUESE KID at MTC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce additional casting for Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of The Portuguese Kid, a new play written and directed by Tony, Pulitzer Prize, and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley, appearing as part of MTC's upcoming 2017-2018 season. (more...)

Alex Lacamoire Signs On as Executive Music Producer for THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Variety is reporting that three-time Tony Award winner, Alex Lacamoire, the genius behind the sounds of 'Hamilton' and 'Dear Evan Hansen', has signed onto the upcoming major motion picture, The Greatest Showman.  (more...)

STEEL MAGNOLIAS Opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre Tomorrrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

This summer, beat the heat and come on down to Truvy's beauty shop, where the motto is 'there is no such thing as natural beauty' and all the ladies who are 'anybody' come to have their hair done.  (more...)

STEEL MAGNOLIAS Opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre Friday, 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

This summer, beat the heat and come on down to Truvy's beauty shop, where the motto is 'there is no such thing as natural beauty' and all the ladies who are 'anybody' come to have their hair done.  (more...)

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People's Republic of China Come to the Center for Arts
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People's Republic of China brings scores of the best acrobatic and martial artists in the world to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, officially opening the 2017-2018 season at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts. (more...)

Terri White, Santino Fontana, Kristy Cates and More Featured on New MAD ABOUT THE BOY Cast Album, Out Today!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa is releasing a second cast album of his show 'Mad About the Boy' today. The new album - which follows on the heels of the cast album of his recently released 13th Street Theater production - mixes performances by stars of Deffaa's original festival production, plus some very special surprise guests. (more...)

Lions and Tigers and Bares, Oh My! Theme Announced For WEST END BARES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

Now in its eighth year as the West End's hottest annual fundraiser, join the cast of WEST END BARES as they strip off to see the Wizard in WEST END BARES: RUBY STRIPPERS at The Novello Theatre on Sunday 29 October with performances at 7.00pm and 9.30pm. (more...)

Ruth Eckerd Hall Announces Two Special Additions to 2017-18 Broadway Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Ruth Eckerd Hall announces two special additions to the 2017-18 Broadway season, a new mystery play, Mike Hammer Encore For Murder, starring Gary Sandy (WKRP In Cincinnati) and the Tony Award-Winning Best Musical Kinky Boots. Previously announced performances for the upcoming Broadway season include the Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Jersey Boys, multiple Tony Award Best Musical winners A Chorus Line and Cabaret, family favorites A Charlie Brown Christmas Live Onstage and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles. Tickets and packages are on-sale now. (more...)

Despite Reports, Hugh Jackman Will Not Play 'Scar' in LION KING Remake
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Prior to the D23 LION KING panel held on Saturday morning in Anaheim, CA, rumors began to swirl that Tony Award winner and action star Hugh Jackman had signed on to lend his voice to the villainous 'Scar' in Jon Favreau's upcoming remake. (more...)

Broadway's Rachel York & Tom Wopat Star in 42ND STREET at Reagle
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Broadway stars Rachel York and Tom Wopat will turn up the heat at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, starring in 42nd Street from August 3-13, 2017!   (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...)

Eden Espinosa Joins MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Huntington This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

The Huntington Theatre Company will open its 2017-2018 season with the legendary musical Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim. Director Maria Friedman will recreate her critically celebrated West End production for Boston audiences. Performances will run September 8 - October 15, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. (more...)

Ken Ludwig, Dominique Morisseau and Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen Will Be Honored with 2017 Samuel French Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

The world's leading theatrical publishing and licensing company, Samuel French, announced today that Ken Ludwig, Dominique Morisseau, and the writing team of Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen will be honored at the second annual Samuel French Awards.  (more...)

Chris Ellison and Robert Duncan Join the Cast of A JUDGEMENT IN STONE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Continuing a successful UK-wide tour throughout 2017, Chris Ellison and Robert Duncan will join the cast of The Classic Thriller Theatre Company's A Judgement in Stone. Ellison is well-loved for his longstanding role as ITV's DCI Frank Burnside in The Bill and Burnside and returns to familiar territory as Detective Superintendent Vetch in celebrated crime authoress Ruth Rendell's multi-million-selling work. (more...)

Quiz: How Many Of These 100 Musicals Have You Seen?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

BroadwayWorld has assembled a list of 100 musicals! We're wondering... which of these have our readers seen either on screen or on stage? (more...)

Seven Artists Selected for the 10th Anniversary of American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Lawrence Edelson, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced today that three composers, three librettists, and one dramaturg have been selected as Resident Artists to participate in the tenth anniversary season of the company's nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP). The artists selected for this prestigious residency and training program are composers Shuying Li, Andy Tierstein, and Liliya Ugay; librettists Lorene Cary, Julian Crouch, and Lila Palmer; and dramaturg Antigoni Gaitana. (more...)

American Lyric Theater Announces 10th Anniversary CLDP Resident Artists
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Lawrence Edelson, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced today that three composers, three librettists, and one dramaturg have been selected as Resident Artists to participate in the tenth anniversary season of the company's nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP). The artists selected for this prestigious residency and training program are composers Shuying Li, Andy Tierstein, and Liliya Ugay; librettists Lorene Cary, Julian Crouch, and Lila Palmer; and dramaturg Antigoni Gaitana. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief August 22nd, 2017: DESPERATE MEASURES Cast Set, WAITRESS Kicks Off In-Person Rush, and More!
by Danielle Ashley - Aug 22, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news:WAITRESS Kicks Off In-Person Rush, WICKED Tour Welcomes New Stars and More! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CHINA GOES POP at Edinburgh Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Direct from China comes the European premiere of this stunning new multi-spectacle show featuring martial arts, physical comedy and dazzling acrobatics performed by Cirque du Soleil alumni, and created and produced by award-winning Broadway and circus artists. (more...)

Menier Chocolate Factory Announces The First Major London Revival Of BARNUM
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announced the first major London revival of Barnum. Gordon Greenberg's production opens on 5 December, with previews from 25 November, and runs until 3 March 2018. The production goes on sale to supporters of the Menier on 31 August, and to the general public on 11 September. (more...)

Seven Artists Selected for 10th Anniversary of American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

Lawrence Edelson, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced today that three composers, three librettists, and one dramaturg have been selected as Resident Artists to participate in the tenth anniversary season of the company's nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP). The artists selected for this prestigious residency and training program are composers Shuying Li, Andy Tierstein, and Liliya Ugay; librettists Lorene Cary, Julian Crouch, and Lila Palmer; and dramaturg Antigoni Gaitana. (more...)

Cast Announced for Quest's I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Top of fall, Quest Theatre Ensemble will follow up its production of THE FANTASTICKS with another Off-Broadway offering blessed with longevity and universal appeal: the musical comedy revue I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, by Tony-winning wordsmith Joe DiPietro and composer and entertainer Jimmy Roberts. (more...)

NY Public Library's Annemarie van Roessel on Rare Portraits from the Golden Age of Circus
by NYPL for the Performing Arts - Aug 16, 2017

BroadwayWorld continues our exclusive content series, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which delves into the library's unparalleled archives, and resources. Below, check out a piece by Annemarie van Roessel, Assistant Curator of the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, on: Rare Portraits from the Golden Age of Circus. (more...)

Theater Critic at Theater Camp: A Return Visit to French Woods
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

How do you take hundreds of kids (ages 7 to 17) and put up over a dozen shows (mostly musicals, plus a few plays) in as little as three weeks, with rehearsals limited to maybe just 12 or 13 days, with all or most of the cast rehearsing just slightly more than two hours each day, and many campers working on multiple shows at once? And I'm talking about completely staged shows with full production values, including sets, lighting, sound, costumes and live orchestras. Not only that, imagine repeating this same frenzied process four times over the course of a single summer. (more...)

Harris Center Welcomes The Martial Artists & Acrobats of Tianjin
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

The Martial Artists & Acrobats of Tianjin mix martial arts, magic, and dazzling style of Chinese acrobatics for a performance of virtuosic athleticism. The company, established in 1957, has toured from North America, throughout Europe and the Middle East; their artists have shared the stage with Ringling and Barnum & Bailey Bros. Circus, Cirque du Soleil, Big Apple Circus, Swiss Knie Bros., National Circus and UniverSoul Circus among others. (more...)

Keala Settle, Hugh Jackman, and the Cast of THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Featured in This Month's Vogue
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 11, 2017

Tony nominee, Keala Settle, Hollywood star Hugh Jackman, and the cast of the upcoming motion picture musical, 'The Greatest Showman' are featured in this month's issue of Vogue. The director of the film, Michael Gracey, discussed the making of the film with the publication, discussing the process and challenges of making the film with fashion icon Hamish Bowles. (more...)

Glenn Close to Receive Zurich Film Festival's Golden Icon Award
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Glenn Close will receive Zurich Film Festival's Golden Icon Award and present THE WIFE alongside Jonathan Pryce, Annie Starke and director Bjorn Runge. (more...)

Cast Announced for Quest's I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

Top of fall, Quest Theatre Ensemble will follow up its production of THE FANTASTICKS with another Off-Broadway offering blessed with longevity and universal appeal: the musical comedy revue I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, by Tony-winning wordsmith Joe DiPietro and composer and entertainer Jimmy Roberts. A charming and tender look inside our deepest, darkest, most secret thoughts - whether out on a date, making headway toward the altar, or juggling the challenges of marriage - the musical will continue Quest Theatre Ensemble's 15th season on Saturday, September 23, 2017 following one preview performance on Friday, September 22. The performance schedule will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through October 29, 2017. Additionally, there will be a Special Accessible Programming Matinee with curb to seat assistances, pre-show touch tour and a conversation with the artists Saturday, October 21 at 2 pm. (more...)

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