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High School Musicals: What Are the Top Shows for Schools?
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2019

From Broadway superstars to Broadway super fans; Tony winners to Tony viewers- most lovers of the arts can trace their passion back to humble origins- their high school theatre programs. According to the 2018 EDTA High School Play survey, over 26,000 US high schools have a theatre program, which means that hundreds of thousands of teenagers are bit by the theatre bug every year. (more...)

WSRep Announces Casting For EMMA! A POP MUSICAL At Raue Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019

Williams Street Repertory (Founding Artistic Director, Richard Kuranda**), McHenry County's growing professional theater company, is excited to announce 'Emma! A Pop Musical,' is coming to the stage in downtown Crystal Lake this spring. This production is the first in a series of high profile theatre projects that will welcome talent from the region and around the world. This sparkling new musical based on Jane Austen's classic novel opens on March 29, 2019 and runs select dates through April 20, 2019 at Raue Center For The Arts. (more...)

Asolo Rep Presents Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE This April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019

Asolo Repertory Theatre proudly presents THE CAKE, written by Bekah Brunstetter, the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of the hit TV series This is Us. Directed by Lavina Jadhwani, this heartfelt new comedy shines a bright light on both sides of the marriage equality debate. (more...)

Edward Watts and Ellie Fishman Lead Goodspeed's THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019

River City's about to get the last thing they expected ? and the very thing they need ? in The Music Man. Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2019 season with the rip-roarin' dance-filled classic running April 12 - June 20 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. [Official Press Opening will be May 1, 2019]. (more...)

The 'Broadwaysted' Podcast Welcomes THE CHER SHOW's Michael Fatica
by Broadwaysted - Mar 7, 2019

If we could turn back time, we'd relive the amazing time we had with The Cher Show's Michael Fatica! This week, we're pouring out Milagro Tequila and Michael's making his own Old Fashioned for the first time as we chat about his current gig in The Cher Show, his time at Florida State University (with Kevin!), and his experiences in the casts of crowd-favorites Newsies (gotta catch 'em all!) and Groundhog Day. (more...)

BWW TV: Tiler Peck, Terrence Mann & More Pirouette Into Rehearsals for MARIE, DANCING STILL- Meet the Company!
by TV - Press Previews - Mar 7, 2019

Broadway visionaries meet ballet royalty at The 5th Avenue Theatre this spring in Marie: A New Musical. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers. Marie was formerly titled Little Dancer in a previous production that played at The Kennedy Center in 2015. (more...)

Paige Davis To Host The Annual Dance Lab New York Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2019

Dance Lab New York (formerly Broadway Dance Lab) will celebrate its new identity, reflective of its mission to be an inclusive hub for dance makers of all genres at their annual Spring Gala on Monday, March 25, 2019 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (405 W 55th Street, NYC). (more...)

Disney's ALADDIN Coming To Portland This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019

Casting has been announced for the Portland engagement of Disney's Aladdin.  The hit Broadway musical will begin performances at Keller Auditorium on Wednesday, March 27 for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 7. The press opening night is Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 pm.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: King of Broadway! NYC Celebrates KING KONG With Street Naming!
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 6, 2019

This afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by the Broadway Theatre to celebrate the new King of Broadway, King Kong! After a special appearance at the curtain call, Mayor de Blasio joined the company outside for a ceremonial street re-naming. (more...)

Full Cast Revealed for 5th Ave's New Ahrens and Flaherty Musical MARIE, DANCING STILL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019

The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced full casting for its production of Marie, Dancing Still - A New Musical, the gorgeous new work from Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island) and five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact). (more...)

Best Of Broadway Featured In THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND At TheatreZone
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019

Fans of the musicals Cabaret, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman will enjoy the musical The World Goes 'Round at TheatreZone in Naples on April 25 through May 5. The show is a stunning review from the songbook of the multiple Tony Award-winning team of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, who wrote these musicals and many others. The duo also scored several movies, including New York, New York, and wrote songs for Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera. And the World Goes 'Round won Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue. (more...)

SCHOOL OF ROCK's Merritt David Janes Releases First Single With The Winter Guardians
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019

Singer-songwriter Merritt David Janes, currently starring as Dewey in the National Tour of School of Rock-The Musical, releases The Winter Guardians' first single, 'Think Out Loud,' today. Along with Janes, the group features three young instrumentalists who performed with him in the on-stage band of Broadway's School of Rock: guitarist Brandon Niederauer, drummer Raghav Mehrotra and bassist Jersey Sullivan. (more...)

Leg Up On Life Announces ART|Pact Benefiting Dancers Responding To AIDS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019

Leg Up On Life is holding its inaugural ART|Pact, benefiting Dancers Responding AIDS on April 1st, 2019 at [le] Poisson Rouge. Doors will open at 7PM. Showtime at 8PM. The evening will be hosted by Leg Up On Life founder, Daniel Gold (national tours of Miss Saigon and Beauty and the Beast). (more...)

A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 Comes to The Public Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019

Universally acclaimed as the Best Play of the 2017 Broadway season, A Doll's House, Part 2, is a contemporary sort-of-sequel to Ibsen's A Doll's House, crackling with razor-sharp humor and intelligence relevant to today's audience. (more...)

Taye Diggs-Directed THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Announced for Syracuse Stage 2019-20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019

Syracuse Stage announced the shows that will make up the 2019/2020 season: six plays and musicals on subscription plus a special world premiere directed by TV, stage and film actor Taye Diggs.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Actor Jason Michael Evans Talks ANASTASIA's North American Tour
by Katricia Lang - Mar 5, 2019

Stalin, Lenin, mass executions. Who knew that war and civil unrest would make a good backdrop for a love story? Well, a lot of people. Margaret Mitchell, Victor Hugo, the Hollywood execs behind THE NOTEBOOK. But that doesn't make ANASTASIA, a romantic musical from librettist Terrence McNally, and composers Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, any less impressive. (more...)

MOTONES VS JERSEYS is Back at BDTStage By Popular Demand
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019

Get ready for the time of your life this spring! BDT Stage is presenting a limited engagement run this April, welcoming back Motones vs Jerseys April 3 - 26, 2019. (more...)

SISTER ACT (EN VÄRSTING TILL SYSTER) Comes To The China Theater
by Annette Stolt - Mar 5, 2019

The feelgood musical Sisters Act come to Sweden! The premiere will take place on September 11 at the China Theater. It is a divine rap, funny and musical comedy, based on the 1992 Blockbuster movie, Sister Act, featuring Whoopi Goldberg. The musical was nominated in the US for five Tony Awards for 'Best Musical' and of course 'Best Music'. The captivating music is made by composer Alan Menken, a numerous Oscar winner, is known as the man behind many of Disney's greatest hits, eg 'Can you feel the love tonight' and 'Beauty and the Beast'. In this swinging monastery, Menken has created a rosary of hits ranging from 70's disco in Barry White's spirit to perfectly tuned ballads. Of course, the musical also contains a huge dose of pat-friendly power gospel. The performance Sister Act proves once again that singing nuns definitely belong to the big musical scenes. (more...)


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FREEZE FRAME: Meet the Company of Ahrens and Flaherty's MARIE, DANCING STILL
by Walter McBride - Mar 4, 2019

Broadway visionaries meet ballet royalty at The 5th Avenue Theatre this spring in Marie: A New Musical. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers. Marie was formerly titled Little Dancer in a previous production that played at The Kennedy Center in 2015. (more...)

Wake Up With BWW 3/4: CAMELOT Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Mar 4, 2019

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Kick off another week by catching up on the top Broadway stories! (more...)

BWW Review: THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG at Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre
by Sean Fallon - Mar 4, 2019

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG is one of the greatest Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre shows I have ever seen! The acting is spectacular! I highly recommend this show to all audiences! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Ahrens and Flaherty's MARIE, DANCING STILL
by Walter McBride - Mar 4, 2019

Broadway visionaries meet ballet royalty at The 5th Avenue Theatre this spring in Marie: A New Musical. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers. Marie was formerly titled Little Dancer in a previous production that played at The Kennedy Center in 2015. (more...)

Ian McKellen Apologizes For Insensitive Remarks About Abuse Allegations
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2019

According to Vanity Fair, Ian McKellen recently made some offensive remarks regarding abuse allegations. (more...)

BWW Review: DISNEY'S BROADWAY HITS, Royal Albert Hall
by Rona Kelly - Mar 2, 2019

Having previously played to sold out audiences in 2016, Disney's Broadway Hits returns to the Royal Albert Hall. An evening of indescribable feelings lies in store, ranging from nostalgia to excitement for upcoming shows. However, with the previous version still in fans' minds (and available on BroadwayHD), you can't help but compare it to the original. (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars Announces Nominations For The 17th Annual Tommy Tune Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2019

High school students, teachers, and parents across Houston are celebrating the nominations for the 17th Annual Tommy Tune Awards! Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director at Theatre Under The Stars, announced the nominees for Best Musical via video on the Tommy Tune Awards Facebook page. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Ken Ludwig's THE GODS OF COMEDY At McCarter
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2019

A young Classics professor puts her career-and her love life-in peril, and calls on the gods of Ancient Greece to save her. Things don't go according to plan when the gods who show up are The Gods of Comedy! (more...)

BWW Review: ALADDIN and his Genie Conjure Up Fun and Magic at OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - Mar 15, 2019

Remarkably glitzy and broadly amusing, the delightful stage version of Disney's ALADDIN is a fun, lively, and entertaining repackaging of the originally fun, lively, and entertaining animated film classic, which will please both fans of the original and those in the mood for a great big dazzling (and bedazzled) Broadway musical. While this Casey Nicholaw-helmed big-budget extravaganza of dazzling sights and sounds is quite a faithful adaptation in terms of storyline and tone, the stage version abandons the impossible things it couldn't remotely replicate from the animated movie, but instead smartly utilizes the limitations of---and the unique qualities of---musical theater to produce a show that is, astonishingly, still an overall satisfying sensory treat. The show's national tour continues its three-week engagement at OC's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA through March 23, 2019. (more...)

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Presents a Regional MAMMA MIA! Collaboration
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2019

The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance announced today that will present a regional community theatre production of the hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia! in September 2019. The production will be an opportunity for unprecedented cooperation among Midland Center for the Arts' Center Stage Theatre, Pit & Balcony Theatre, and Bay City Players. (more...)

Pittsburgh Public Theater Announces Lineup For 2019/2020 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2019

Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski and Managing Director Lou Castelli announced the 2019/2020 lineup at Pittsburgh Public Theater. The six-play subscription series features three exciting new voices, two giants of American culture, and one outrageous musical comedy. (more...)

VIDEO: Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens and More Talk MARIE at the 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2019

Broadway visionaries meet ballet royalty at The 5th Avenue Theatre this spring in Marie: A New Musical. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers. Marie was formerly titled Little Dancer in a previous production that played at The Kennedy Center in 2015. (more...)

California Native Plant Society Presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: CALIFORNIA WILDFLOWERS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2019

The Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (Marin CNPS) will present a special exhibition of photographs entitled Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change, featuring over 70 wildflower portraits and native landscapes by Marin City photographers Nita Winter and Rob Badger.  The breathtaking photographs address climate change and its effect on a universal symbol of beauty: the wildflower. The show runs April 2 through June 1, 2019, and is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 9am - 4pm at Sausalito's Bay Model Visitor Center (2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito), with an opening reception on Saturday, April 6th from 1-3pm. Admission is free. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY Melbourne Announces Final Casting
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2019

The critically acclaimed musical COME FROM AWAY today announced its final three cast members ahead of the Australian premiere at the newly refurbished Comedy Theatre, Melbourne in July. (more...)

PPAC Announces 2019-2020 Broadway Season - SPONGEBOB, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2019

J.L. Lynn Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), is pleased to announce PPAC's 2019/2020 Broadway Season, featuring the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series and the Encore Series. WPRI 12 is the proud media sponsor of PPAC's Broadway Season. Cox Media is the proud media sponsor of the Encore Series. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Transport Group's Gala, Honoring Michael Starboin and Carmel Dean
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2019

Transport Group just presented its annual A Toast to the Artist gala, honoring Tony Award-winning orchestrator Michael Starboin and composer Carmel Dean with the Transporting American Theatre Award. (more...)

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA Showcases Star-Studded Talent at Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal
by Erica Handel - Mar 12, 2019

The jukebox musical Mamma Mia comes to the Axelrod Performing Arts Center this March as 'the Jersey Shore's First Professional Production' of this smash-hit show. (more...)

TheaterWorks Announces 2019 Summer Camps
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019

TheaterWorks SummerWorks theatre camps are the perfect summer activity for kids who love theatre or who want a fun, creative summer activity. There are SummerWorks classes for all ages and skill levels, indulging the just-for-fun campers and those who want to hone their acting and musical theatre skills. With many camp themes, from Broadway to superheroes and fairytales to talking zoo animals, boys and girls alike will have a fun-filled creative summer. (more...)

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Dr. Phillips Center
by Aaron Wallace - Mar 12, 2019

This show is essentially what it was on Broadway: a gorgeous staging that marries stunning stagecraft with complex and rewarding material. But with so many of the cast members, the singing isn't where it ought to be... (more...)

Update: Dates and Creative Team Announced For Hugh Jackman-Led THE MUSIC MAN Broadway Revival
by Alan Henry - Mar 12, 2019

Yesterday, BroadwayWorld exclusively broke the news that the two-time Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award-winning star Hugh Jackman will make his highly anticipated return to Broadway in one of the most iconic roles in the musical theater canon, Professor Harold Hill, in Meredith Willson's beloved classic, THE MUSIC MAN. (more...)

Trinity Rep Announces LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019

Trinity Rep will continue its 2018-19 Season with the perennially-popular Little Shop of Horrors an award-winning musical that blends doo-wop, rock, and Motown in a totally twisted production about what lengths we are willing to go to when we are down on our luck. (more...)

Musical Theatre West Presents Marc Shaiman And Scott Wittman's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019

Musical Theater West (MTW) brings the incredible true story, turned hit film, turned Broadway Tony Award-winning musical Catch Me If You Can to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center March 29 through April 14. Created by the dream team of song writers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash, Mary Poppins Returns) and librettist Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), Catch Me If You Can delivers a the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. (more...)

CHICK FLICK THE MUSICAL To Play Final Performance On March 16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019

Chick Flick the Musical, the new musical comedy with book, music and lyrics by Suzy Conn and directed by David Ruttura will close at The Westside Theatre on Sunday, March 16, 2019. At the time of closing, the show will have played 11 previews and 12 performances.   (more...)

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS Flies Into Tribeca PAC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, proudly presents the next event in the 2018-2019 Family Series Season: The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System from TheaterworksUSA on Saturday, March 23 at 11:00AM. The Magic School Bus is part of BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center's 2018-2019 Family Theater Season, featuring plays, musicals, puppetry, concerts and dance for all ages. (more...)

5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2019/2020 Season; SISTER ACT, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, EVITA and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019

 The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced an incredible six-show lineup for its 201920 season. First, The 5th will stage a lavish production of Austen's Pride, A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice. For the holidays, The 5th will create a brand new staging of Shrek The Musical, which premiered at The 5th in 2008. The New Year kicks off with Stu for Silverton, which continues its developmental journey as a part of The 5th's New Musical Development Program. Next comes a joyful 5th Avenue Theatre original production of Sister Act, followed by an exclusive, limited two-week engagement of Once On This Island. The season will close with an original staging of the epic masterpiece, Evita. Additionally, The 5th will host a one-week run of the national tour of Jersey Boys. (more...)

Hattie Morahan & Seth Numrich Will Lead Theatr Clwyd and Menier Chocolate Factory's ORPHEUS DESCENDING
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019

The full cast is announced for the Theatr Clwyd and Menier Chocolate Factory co-production of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending. Theatr Clwyd's Artistic Director Tamara Harvey directs Catrin Aaron (Beulah Binnings), Michael Geary (Pee Wee Binnings), Valentine Hanson (Uncle Pleasant), Jenny Livsey (Eva Temple / Woman), Laura Jane Matthewson (Dolly Hamma), Mark Meadows (Jabe Torrance), Ifan Meredith (David Cutrere / Dog Hamma), Hattie Morahan (Lady Torrance), Seth Numrich (Val Xavier), Ian Porter (Sheriff Talbott), Jemima Rooper (Carol Cutrere), Carol Royle (Vee Talbott) and Carrie Quinlan (Sister / Nurse Porter). Public booking for the Menier Chocolate Factory dates opens at 9am today. (more...)

ALADDIN Comes to Music Hall At Fair Park in Dallas This June!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019

ALADDIN is flying the magic carpet to Dallas, Texas from June 6 to 23, 2019. (more...)

The Fulton Theatre Presents ONCE and PINOCCHIO
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre, in association with Virginia Repertory Theatre, is proud to present the inspiring and romantic Once, The Musical, March 21 through April 14, with Previews March 19 and 20. The actors serve as their own orchestra, playing sixteen instruments, a mixture of Celtic and traditional, for a melodic and foot-stomping good time! (more...)

Broadway In Detroit Announces 2019-20 Subscription Season - DEAR EVAN HANSEN, COME FROM AWAY, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019

Broadway In Detroit today announced the seven remarkable Broadway productions that will share the spotlight in Broadway In Detroit's 2019-20 Subscription Season headlined by pop culture phenomenon Dear Evan Hansen, winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album! (more...)

Meet the Cast of BE MORE CHILL- Now on Broadway!
by Julie Musbach - Mar 11, 2019

Just last night the company of the cult hit Be More Chill, featuring music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, a book by Joe Tracz , direction by Stephen Brackett and choreography by Chase Brock, celebrated opening night on Broadway.  (more...)

BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Still A Veritable Force After Three Decades
by Vince Vicentuan - Mar 11, 2019

Everyone knows the musical all too well. At least for those who were already breathing theater when The Phantom of the Opera opened in London's West End in 1986, and on Broadway in 1988. (more...)

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