Beauty and the Beast on Tour

BWW Feature: Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children's Hospital Presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Palace Theatre, 2/23-25
by Christina Mancuso - Feb 9, 2018

For its 60th annual production, Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children's Hospital is pleased to present Disney's Beauty and the Beast, February 23-25 at Columbus' historic Palace Theatre, located at 34 W. Broad St. This family-friendly, Broadway-quality production benefits the Hospice and Palliative Care Programs at Nationwide Children's Hospital, the only programs of its kind in central Ohio. (more...)

Honorees Leslie Uggams & Tommy Tune To Perform At TADA! Youth Theater's Annual Gala Along With Broadway Inspirational Voices, Jason Robert Brown & Michael James Leslie
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2018

On March 5, 2018, TADA! Youth Theater will host its annual gala at Tribeca 360 in Manhattan  with special performances by Leslie Uggams and Tommy Tune. The evening will feature a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent (more...)

Common Sense Media and Parents Magazine Partner on Ultimate List of Classic Movies
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2018

Common Sense Media and Parents magazine have teamed up to announce the 2018 list, 'Classic Movies Families Can Watch Together.' For the purpose of this list, classics are defined as movies that debuted before 1999. The films that made the list all have been deemed appropriate for kids, with age guidelines included, and have received 4 or 5 stars from Common Sense Media. Insider opinions from entertainers and media experts support the picks across a variety of genres. (more...)

VIDEO: Dan Stevens Shows Off Bar Trick on THE LATE LATE SHOW
by Stage Tube - Feb 9, 2018

Dan Stevens visited the Late Late Show with James Corden last night. Inspired by the bar tricks he witnessed before chat, Dan shows off his own bar trick of levitating malt balls, and challenges James, Taylor Kitsch and Ron Funches to match his feat. Check out the clip below! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 9, 2018
by - Feb 9, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: Maltz Jupiter Theater presents AN INSPECTOR CALLS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

The greatest secrets are often hidden in the most unlikely places. (more...)

Oscar-Nominated Production Designers and Set Decorators to Participate in Panel on March 3
by TV News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

This year's Oscar®-nominated Production Designers and Set Decorators from Beauty and the Beast, Blade Runner 2049, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk and The Shape of Water will discuss their craft at the 12th Annual Art of Production Design Oscar Panelpresented by the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) and Set Decorators Society of America in association with the American Cinemathequeon Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3 p.m. The panel, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, will be held at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, and is free to the public. RSVPs are recommended at: (more...)

Princess Cruises Unveils Artwork For THE SECRET SILK, The Newest Stephen Schwartz Production
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

???????Princess Cruises today revealed the artwork for "The Secret Silk," the third production created in collaboration with Oscar-, Tony- and Grammy award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked", "Pippin", "Godspell").  Created by Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion, the "The Secret Silk" artwork was commissioned specifically to reflect the whimsical nature of the production.  (more...)

NJPAC Announces Donna McKechnie and Andrea McArdle in 'American Song' Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents American Song! See two legendary musical theater leading ladies - Tony Award winner Donna McKechnieand Tony Award nominee Andrea McArdle - as they team up for an evening devoted to the inimitable songs of Marvin Hamlisch and Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

Review: SISTER ACT Offers a Sparkling Tribute to the Universal Power of Friendship, Sisterhood and Music
by Shari Barrett - Feb 7, 2018

SISTER ACT is a feel-good musical comedy smash hit based on the 1992 film that has audiences ready to rejoice! Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney's Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Enchanted), dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, SISTER ACT qualifies as the funniest and funkiest musical around. Lately this popular musical has been performed at many theaters in the greater Los Angeles area, each one brilliant in its own right. But I have to say I have never seen one more perfectly cast than the current production at the Simi Valley Cultural Center with the amazingly talented Elizabeth Adabale as Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder and then goes into hiding in a convent! (more...)

Conquistadors, Female Bulls And Animals In Drag In DeNada Dance Theatre's TORO: Beauty And The Bull
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018

TORO: Beauty and the Bull, DeNada Dance Theatre's new production by artistic director and choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra, is a full length narrative work which presents a gender questioning, Hispanic take on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. TORO embarks on a national tour from 22 March to 27 April 2018. (more...)

Less Than Fourteen Arabian Nights Until ALADDIN Comes To Brisbane
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018

???????The wishes of Queensland musical theatre fans are soon to be granted with less than two weeks until Disney's Aladdin opens at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, (QPAC) from 20 February 2018. (more...)

Voting Open for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Album Awards; DEAR EVAN HANSEN Leads Best New Cast Album 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018

Voting is open for the 2018 BWW Albums/CDs Awards, recognizing the best releases from the 2017 calendar year. (more...)

Little Shop Of Horrors Devours End-of-Winter Blues
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

???????Thousands of Alaskans will fend off cabin fever as they scream with laughter during Anchorage Concert Association's presentation of the sci-fi smash Little Shop of Horrors, Feb. 20-25 in the Atwood Concert Hall. With infectious music that combines rock, Motown and Broadway, this hilarious musical has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for more than 30 years. (more...)

Legendary Academy Award Nominated Animator Glen Keane To Direct OVER THE MOON For Pearl Studio and Netflix
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

Legendary Academy Award® nominated animator Glen Keane will direct Pearl Studio's Over The Moon as a world premiere animated film exclusively for Netflix, it was jointly announced today by Peilin Chou, Chief Creative Officer of Pearl Studio and Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family for Netflix.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Laura Osnes, Christy Altomare, Taylor Louderman, and More Get Royal at the Broadway Princess Party
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2018

After ten sold out shows and a West Coast tour, Broadway's Cinderella, Tony nominee Laura Osnes and music director Benjamin Rauhala returned to host Broadway's most beloved leading ladies at Feinstein's/54 Below. An all-star cast sang the most beloved 'Princess' songs of stage and screen in a magical evening. (more...)

Everyday Inferno Theatre Company Presents The World Premiere Of Carol Lashof's THE MELTING POT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2018

Everyday Inferno Theatre Company is thrilled to announce their production of Carol Lashof's The Melting Pot will play a limited run at The Access Theater in March. The play, directed by Alex Keegan and produced by Ana?s Koivisto and Katherine Sommer, features John Blaylock (The Metropolitan Playhouse), Matt DaSilva (Beauty and the Beast National Tour), Ty Gaines, Maya Jasmin (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Franz Jones (Big River, Original Broadway production), Isaac Allen Miller, Talia Reich, and Rochelle Slovin (Russian Arts Theatre). (more...)

The Black Box Announces March Music and Theater Events
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2018

THE BLACK BOX presents an exciting line-up of live music and theatrical entertainment this March. Programming will bring NYC-based Broadway stars, talented local artists, and a colorful family musical to the theater, music and event venue in downtown Franklin. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Song Stories- Alan Menken Reveals How He Found the Sound of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME with 'Out There'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 19, 2018

How did some of your favorite songs come to be? BroadwayWorld is getting the story behind the song in exclusive interviews from your favorite Broadway composers. Below, watch as Alan Menken, currently represented on Broadway with Aladdin and A Bronx Tale, explains how he and collaborator Stephen Schwartz came to write one of his most beloved Disney ballads, 'Out There,' from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. (more...)

Yale Rep Presents Suzan-Lori Parks's FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, Parts 1, 2 & 3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2018

Yale Repertory Theatre (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) presents Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Liz Diamond, March 16-April 7, at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, March 22. Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 is a co-production with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where it will play April 25-May 20. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at Hendersonville Performing Arts Center
by Cillea Houghton - Feb 19, 2018

There's a reason Beauty and the Beast is such a beloved classic and the Hendersonville Performing Arts Center has done a marvelous job of bringing this 'tale as old as time' to life. Directed by Robert Pitt and Brendan Martel, HPAC's production of Beauty and the Beast honors all the aspects fans love about the story including the magnificent score, led by music director Gromyko Martin-Weir, while adding original elements with the help of choreographers Christian Bare and Andrea Campbell. (more...)

Donmar Warehouse Announces Full Casting for THE WAY OF THE WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2018

The Donmar Warehouse today announces full casting for James Macdonald's new revival of William Congreve's Restoration comedy masterpiece The Way of The World. Haydn Gwynne will be playing the role of Lady Wishfort, replacing Linda Bassett who has sadly had to withdraw from the production before the start of rehearsals for personal reasons. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hendersonville Performing Arts Company Presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2018

The Hendersonville Performing Arts Company proudly presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast, opening February 15th and running through March 4th. Shows will be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday's and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (more...)

The Playhouse Says 'Wilkommen' To CABARET March 13-18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2018

February 19, 2018 - Based on Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning production, Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) CABARET will play The Playhouse on Rodney Square in Wilmington for eight performances, March 13-19. This is the first time the Broadway revival has toured the historic Wilmington theater. (more...)

Kentwood Players Presents SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2018

Kentwood Players presents the musical SISTER ACT, Book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. Music by Allen Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater. Performance dates are March 16 - April 21, 2018 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045. There will be a complimentary pre-show champagne and dessert reception between 7:00-7:30pm for season subscribers and their guests attending the Saturday, March 17 performance. (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Feb. 18
by Audition Roundup - Feb 18, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, February 18, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

BWW Review: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS at Hudson Village Theatre
by Andee Shuster - Feb 18, 2018

At a time when Disney seems to have a monopoly on fairytale musicals, both onstage and on screen, can Rogers and Barer's 1959 musical Once Upon a Mattress hold up to the likes of Frozen, Tangled, and Beauty and the Beast? (more...)

Anti-Bullying, LGBTQ Off-Broadway Musical OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE Premieres in London
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2018

Following two sold-out, off-Broadway runs in New York, Out of My Comfort Zone, a new rock musical about self-identity, gender, love, stereotypes, cyber-bullying, and friendship, will premier in London at The Redbridge Drama Centre. Written by husband-and-wife team Ivy Vale (book, lyrics and music) and Rick Reil (music), Out of My Comfort Zone will be presented and staged by The Redbridge Musical Theatre Company for three performances at Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford, London, E18 2RB, from March 1-3, 2018. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director, Ben Hodge of BEAUTY & THE BEAST at Central York High Performing Arts Program
by Rich Mehrenberg - Feb 17, 2018

At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Central York High School's performing arts program experienced a change in leadership. Bringing both veteran and new staff members together, the program is now poised for growth in the coming years. Broadway World sits down with Ben Hodge, who has been teaching Performing Arts at Central for 15 years, and is now director for the school's plays and musicals. (more...)

Photo Flash: Celebration Presents The Los Angeles Intimate Theatre Premiere Of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2018

Celebration, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, has announced that the fastest selling show in its history and the second show in its 2017-2018 season, the Los Angeles intimate theatre premiere of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT The Musical, book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., presented in special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) with choreography by Roman Pantoja, musical direction by Jennifer Lin, directed by Jessica Hanna and produced by Stephen Soucy and Jay Marcus is EXTENDING through SUNDAY, APRIL 15 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

VIDEO: On This Day, February 16: Happy Birthday, John Tartaglia!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 16, 2018

On this day we celebrate the birthday of Tony Award-nominee, John Tartaglia! (more...)

Voting Open for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Album Awards; GREAT COMET and DEAR EVAN HANSEN Tie For Best Design!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2018

Voting is open for the 2018 BWW Albums/CDs Awards, recognizing the best releases from the 2017 calendar year. (more...)

Linda And Laura Benanti, Ben Fankhauser, And The Music Box Theatre Come to Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 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. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Brief 2/16: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE Begins Previews and Releases Cast Recording, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Feb 16, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Escape to Margaritaville begins previews on Broadway today, and also releases its original cast recording! (more...)

OKC Broadway Announces HAMILTON, WAITRESS, CATS and More in 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2018

A Nederlander and Civic Center Foundation Presentation is delighted to announce its 2018 - 2019 Season lineup.  Broadway's newest and biggest hits join the previously announced engagement of HAMILTON to complete one of the most exciting seasons yet to come for Oklahoma City theatre-goers at the Civic Center Music Hall. Plus - two of the biggest Broadway blockbusters are back by popular demand and available as added attractions to your season package! (more...)

New Musical SESSION GIRLS To Debut At Feinstein's / 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

??????? SESSION GIRLS, a new musical by three-time Emmy nominee, Mia Moravis, will debut Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 9:30PM at Feinstein's/54 Below. (more...)

Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Nikki Renée Daniels and More Appear on Studio Cast Recording of KRIS KRINGLE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Yellow Sound Label has announced the release of the new studio cast recording of Kris Kringle The Musical on Friday, February 16. Kris Kringle is the brand-new Christmas musical which made its New York debut at Town Hall in November 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Contra Costa Civic Theatre presents Mary Zimmerman's THE SECRET IN THE WINGS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) continues its 58th season with Mary Zimmerman's wildly inventive, highly theatrical The Secret in the Wings from February 16 through March 11. Filled with Zimmerman's signature wit and humor and helmed by Chicago-based director Jack Phillips, this collection of lesser-known Grimm's fairy tales-told through storytelling, music, and movement-takes us on a thrilling, sometimes scary journey from 'Once Upon a Time' to 'Happily Ever After.' (more...)

Chichester Festival Theatre Announces Its 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley said: 'We're enormously grateful for the warm welcome extended to us by our local community and those visiting from further afield during our first season, which welcomed Chichester's largest-ever Festival audience. (more...)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN, COME FROM AWAY, and More Join Broadway In Atlanta's Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Sensational seven-show season includes DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Disney's ALADDIN, WAITRESS, COME FROM AWAY, SCHOOL OF ROCK - The Musical, CATS and IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS (more...)

Cape Playhouse Announces Creative Teams For 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Michael Rader, Artistic Director of The Cape Playhouse, today announced the creative teams for the 2018 summer season. The six-play schedule, features three plays and three musicals-including three Playhouse premieres-in a season featuring Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning shows and the Pre-National Tour Engagement and New England premiere of an exciting new production of the classic movie Clue: On Stage. (more...)

Utah Symphony Announces Zion Bank MUSIC IN FILM Concert Series As Part Of The 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2018

Building upon the overwhelming audience appetite for film screenings coupled with live orchestra playing the score, the Utah Symphony announced its Zions Bank Films in Concert series in the 2018-19 season featuring five orchestra presentations paired with blockbuster and award-winning motion pictures on the big screen at Abravanel Hall. Packages for the Films in Concert series go on sale February 8, 2018 at 10 AM via and (801) 533-6683. Single tickets for each film start at $29 and go on sale at varied intervals throughout the year. (more...)

Porchlight Announces Extension of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Now Through 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre announces Merrily We Roll Along, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, with direction by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, associate direction and musical staging by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham has been extended through March 17 at Porchlght's home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Merrily We Roll Along is based on the play by the same name written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.  (more...)

VIDEO: Check Out The Official Trailer for Upcoming Thriller 10x10 Starring Luke Evans
by TV News Desk - Feb 14, 2018

The official trailer for upcoming thriller 10x10 has been released. The film, directed by Suzi Ewing, stars Luke Evans, Kelly Reilly, and Noel Clarke. 10x10 will be available in Theaters & On Demand April 13th. (more...)

Goodman Theatre Announces Participants For The 'Disney Musicals In Schools' Program
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2018

Goodman Theatre announces the five Chicagoland elementary schools that have been selected to participate in the 2018 "Disney Musicals in Schools" program, an outreach initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Productions to create sustainable theater programs in under-resourced elementary schools. Coordinated by Goodman Theatre artists Adrian Azevedo and Anna Gelman, under the leadership of Walter Director of Education and Engagement Willa J. Taylor, the five area public elementary schools received performance rights to a Disney musical of their choice, at no cost. (more...)

Musical Theatre West Presents GUYS AND DOLLS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2018

Gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls, and showgirls turn the gamble of love into a high-energy musical when Musical Theatre West presents five-time Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls, February 16 - March 4 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Based on the stories and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, the show tops Entertainment Weekly's list of "The Greatest Musical of all Time." Tickets are now on sale at, by calling (562) 856- 1999 ext. 4 or at the Musical Theatre West ticket office. Tickets start at $20. (more...)

Broadway Legends Join Philly POPS for Best of Broadway Show
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2018

Factory Theatre is excited to announce an extension to the run of Kat Sandler's newest hit play, BANG BANG, currently enjoying rave reviews from audiences and media alike! Five additional performances have been added from February 20-24, 2018 due to overwhelming demand. (more...)

Local Siblings From Long Branch To Star In RAGTIME at Axelrod Theater In March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2018

Siblings Grace and Jack Sweeney will be featured cast members for the Axelrod Performing Arts Center's upcoming production of "Ragtime, The Musical," which will run from March 3-25 and will be directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado, who is returning to the theater after last year's successful production of "In the Heights." (more...)

Toni Braxton Announces New Studio Album SEX AND CIGARETTES Out March 23
by TV News Desk - Feb 12, 2018

Multi-platinum, seven-time Grammy Award®-winning superstar and icon Toni Braxton announces the release of SEX AND CIGARETTES on March 23 via Def Jam Recordings. SEX AND CIGARETTES - the ninth album in Toni's legendary career - is her first studio album since 2014's Grammy-winning collaboration with Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce and her first solo album in almost a decade. The album was co-produced by Toni herself and includes the single “Deadwood,” (released September 2017), which recently topped the charts at Urban AC radio. Her brand new single “Long As I Live” is out now, and is one of several tracks Toni co-wrote and produced for the album. The album also includes a duet with Colbie Caillat (on “My Heart”). (more...)

VIDEO: THE PRINCESS PARTY Gets a Surprise Visit from a Villainous Rachel Bloom
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2018

There were certainly no poor, unfortunate souls at last night's Princess Party when none other than Rachel Bloom (of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND fame) stopped by to say hello. Watch her hilarious tune below! (more...)

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