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The iconic Walt Disney film, based on the stories by British novelist Mary Norton and featuring music by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, comes alive onstage as a musical. At the outset of World War II, three children evacuated from the London Blitz arrive in a seaside village on the doorstep of Miss Eglantine Price, a patriotic witch-in-training and inexperienced broom flyer. Through their fantastical misadventures, they discover that their strength - and their own true magic - lie in one another, paving the way to save their town and all of England. The world premiere production will be directed and choreographed by multiple Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell.


Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: ALL EYES ON ANGELA LANSBURY; Richard Jay-Alexander Talks to the Accomplished Star
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Sep 29, 2014

Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury. I saw her in Mame, my first Broadway show seen ON BROADWAY at The Winter Garden Theatre from the front row of the mezzanine in seats my dad bought from a scalper because he knew I wanted to see it so badly. I would never recover from the splashy front of The Winter Garden Theatre. (more...)

FROZEN, ALADDIN & More Set for 'NOW That's What I Call Disney 3', Out 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

NOW That's What I Call Music! and Walt Disney Records have once again teamed up for a special NOW album collection showcasing beloved Disney music classics. NOW That's What I Call Disney 3 will be released on CD and digitally on Monday, October 27. (more...)

VIDEO: Angela Lansbury Discusses Her Lengthy Legacy and Next Steps with Studio 10 Australia
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2018

From Bedknobs and Broomsticks to Murder, She Wrote, from animated teapots to a lasting stage legacy, Angela Lansbury is a true show business legend. (more...)

Miles Jupp To Star In The World Premiere Of THE LIFE I LEAD
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

Miles Jupp, one of Britain's leading stand-up comedians and revered actors (Mock the Week, Balamory, The News Quiz, Rev, The Durrells), will tour the UK in 2019, with the world premiere of THE LIFE I LEAD by James Kettle, directed by Selina Cadell, opening at the Exeter Northcott on 6 February. (more...)

Casting Announced For The San Francisco Playhouse Production Of MARY POPPINS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

San Francisco Playhouse celebrates the magic of the holiday season with the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins. Susi Damilano will direct the Playhouse production, with music direction by Katie Coleman and choreography by Kimberly Richards. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jessica Martin On ELF: THE MUSICAL!
by Carrie Dunn - Oct 29, 2015

We talk to Jessica Martin about Christmas, Will Ferrell, and the joys of a Judy Garland-esque number... (more...)

Sherman Brothers' New Musical LEVI! to Have World Premiere in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

The Los Angeles City College (LACC) Theatre Academy and Kritzerland Entertainment present the world premiere of LEVI!, a classic fit new musical based on the life of Levi Strauss, with a book by legendary cult film writer/director Larry Cohen and Janelle Webb Cohen, and music and lyrics written by Disney's most celebrated Oscar-winning composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang, Charlotte's Web, The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and more). (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's ALADDIN at The Kentucky Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - Oct 16, 2018

As many theatre fans know, Disney isn't short of staged adaptions based on their beloved family films. Starting in the 90s with Beauty and the Beast, Disney has gone on to produce shows such as The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Mary Poppins, Frozen, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Freaky Friday (the later two sadly never made the leap to Broadway), with shows such as The Jungle Book, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and Hercules currently in development. In 2014 Disney mounted it's Arabian fairy tale Aladdin on Broadway. Now, 4 short years later, Aladdin has embarked on its first national tour, making a two week stop here in Louisville. (more...)

The Nation Celebrates Angela Lansbury's 90th Birthday with LOOKING FOR LANSBURY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

We all know her as star of stage and screen from AUNTIE MAME to MURDER SHE WROTE, but who is Angela Lansbury? (more...)

The Nation Celebrates Angela Lansbury's 90th Birthday with LOOKING FOR LANSBURY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2015

We all know her as star of stage and screen from AUNTIE MAME to MURDER SHE WROTE, but who is Angela Lansbury? (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Sherman Brothers' World Premiere Musical LEVI!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

The Los Angeles City College (LACC) Theatre Academy and Kritzerland Entertainment present the world premiere of LEVI!, a classic fit new musical based on the life of Levi Strauss with a book by legendary cult Film Writer/Director Larry Cohen and Janelle Webb Cohen; and music and lyrics written by Disney's most celebrated Oscar-winning Composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. (more...)

San Francisco Playhouse Presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2018

San Francisco Playhouse celebrates the magic of the holiday season with the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins. Susi Damilano will direct the Playhouse production, with music direction by Katie Coleman and choreography by Kimberly Richards. (more...)

Angela Lansbury Says Sexual Harassment Comments Taken 'Out of Context'
by TV News Desk - Nov 30, 2017

Following a great deal of backlash, the actress issued a statement Wednesday evening, defending her comments and expressing her belief that there is no excuse for men to sexually abuse women. (more...)

Angela Lansbury Says Women 'Must Sometimes Take Blame' for Harassment
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2017

Angela Lansbury told the Radio Times in the UK that women 'must sometimes take blame' for sexual harassment. (more...)

Legendary Puppeteer Bob Baker Dies at Age 90
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

Legendary puppeteer Bob Baker died today of natural causes. Baker was 90. (more...)

Sherman Brothers' New Musical LEVI! Premieres Tonight in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

The Los Angeles City College (LACC) Theatre Academy and Kritzerland Entertainment present the world premiere of LEVI!, a classic fit new musical based on the life of Levi Strauss. The production opens tonight, November 17, at LACC'S Camino Theatre. The production will continue through December 2, 2017. (more...)

Goodspeed's New Musical THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, original new works with the engaging musical The Theory of Relativity. Populating the world of The Theory of Relativity is a fresh-faced cast of talented and passionate actors who will bring an inspiring level of truth and energy to the musical. This dynamic musical from the writers of The Story of My Life will run from tonight, May 7, through May 31 at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. (more...)

Jennifer Apple, Robert Ariza, Jane Bruce, Victoria Cook and More to Star in Goodspeed's THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY This May
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, original new works with the engaging musical The Theory of Relativity. Populating the world of The Theory of Relativity is a fresh-faced cast of talented and passionate actors who will bring an inspiring level of truth and energy to the musical. This dynamic musical from the writers of The Story of My Life will run from May 7 through 31 at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. Supporting sponsors will be Sheridan College and April 30th Entertainment. (more...)

Goodspeed's New Musical THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY Begins Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, original new works with the engaging musical The Theory of Relativity. Populating the world of The Theory of Relativity is a fresh-faced cast of talented and passionate actors who will bring an inspiring level of truth and energy to the musical. This dynamic musical from the writers of The Story of My Life will run from tomorrow, May 7, through May 31 at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. (more...)

Ambassadors Theatre Summer Season of Musicals to Feature THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO and 13 THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2017

Following their triumphant sold-out gala fundraising concert of The Color Purple last Sunday featuring major stars from shows including Dreamgirls, the British Theatre Academy today announces a double bill of musicals this summer at London's Ambassadors Theatre. (more...)

From MOULIN ROUGE to THE WIZARD OF OZ: Top 5 Movie Musicals We Want to See on Broadway
by Sally Henry - May 23, 2015

Every other show on Broadway seems to be an adaptation of a movie. So the question is, which ones will be next? Our wonderful readers weighed in, as they did last week, and came up with some great suggestions! (more...)

VIDEO: Preview Goodspeed's New Musical YOU ARE HERE
by Stage Tube - May 22, 2018

July 20, 1969... a man walks on the moon... and Diana, a Chicago housewife, walks out of her comfortable suburban life. Suddenly alone in a fast-changing world, she finds a series of unexpected encounters can turn one small step into a giant, life-changing leap. This intimate, hilarious and heart-breaking tour-de-force musical will leave you cheering for the resilience of the human spirit. Get a preview of the new musical below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 21st, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - May 21, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Our very own Tony Award Viewing Party (you're invited), new takes on 'Hair' and 'Myths And Hymns,' tryouts of 'Amazing Grace' and 'On Your Feet!,' that reading of 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks,' Chicago originals 'Mister Kelly' and 'Caged Dames,' more film news, the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus and more! (more...)

Patti Cohenour Stars in Goodspeed's YOU ARE HERE, Opening Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

A Chicago housewife turns one small step into a giant, life-changing leap in Bartram & Hill's new musical You Are Here. Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, thought-provoking works with this intimate tour-de-force new musical featuring Tony Award nominee Patti Cohenour as Diana, Broadway performers Andrea Frierson as Voice 1 and Stacia Fernandez as Voice 2, and Spamilton: An American Parody starDan Rosales as Voice 3. (more...)

College Students Invited to Join Virtual Choir for New Bartram and Hill Musical, 6/24-26
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Music theatre practitioners from around the world will gather at Sheridan College June 24-26, 2014 for Song, Stage and Screen IX an international conference of papers, talks and practical demonstrations designed to bring together leaders to discuss music theatre. To celebrate the conference theme, 'The Art of Collaboration in Musical Theatre', The Theory of Relativity by Drama Desk Award nominated writers Neil Bartram and Brian Hill will have a one-time, live performance upon the opening of the conference featuring a global virtual choir. (more...)

BWW Interview: Brian Hill and Neil Bartram, creators of new musical YOU ARE HERE at Goodspeed's Terris Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - May 14, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drop everything, walk out your door and do something completely new? That is what Diana, the central character in Neil Bartram and Brian Hill's new musical YOU ARE HERE does on the eve of the moon landing - she walks out of her comfortable suburban, Chicago life and learns how the unexpected can lead to a life changing experience. I had the chance to sit down with the duo behind the show, book writer Brian Hill and composer and lyricist, Neil Bartram who shared a little about their creative process, Diana's journey in the show, and how they work effectively together to bring a musical like YOU ARE HERE to life. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare to Present World Premiere of BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, and More in 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare announces today fourteen productions in the Theater's 2018/19 Season-encompassing the dynamic and diverse range of offerings which have come to characterize a company that defies theatrical category. The season features programming across Chicago Shakespeare's performance spaces-the Courtyard Theater, the theater Upstairs, The Yard, and even in the lobby's Pub-fully activating the Theater's vibrant and multifaceted campus on Navy Pier. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Diversity Reigns in Cabaret Through Sublime Shows From Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna Hayes
by Billie Roe - Mar 12, 2015

When Cole Porter wrote, 'Anything Goes,' he could have easily been referring to New York cabaret circa the 2000-sies. One of the joys of attending and reviewing cabaret shows in the Big Apple these days is that every performing style, show theme, cultural perspective, political point of view, race, gender, and sexual preference is represented on a stage. Some cabaret purists may not agree, but the genre seems to have no boundaries in terms of what is acceptable and what is not. And as long as a show is entertaining, who cares about boundaries and strict definitions of what works in the art form? Here are reviews of three recent shows from Barbara Malley, Robin Kradles, and Donna Hayes that reflect the delicious diversity that is cabaret. (more...)

VIDEO: Highlights from Goodspeed's New Musical YOU ARE HERE
by Stage Tube - Jun 5, 2018

July 20, 1969... a man walks on the moon... and Diana, a Chicago housewife, walks out of her comfortable suburban life. Suddenly alone in a fast-changing world, she finds a series of unexpected encounters can turn one small step into a giant, life-changing leap. This intimate, hilarious and heart-breaking tour-de-force musical will leave you cheering for the resilience of the human spirit. Get a preview of the new musical below! (more...)

TREVOR the Musical Gearing Up for World Premiere at Chicago's Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

As previously announced, Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2017/18 season with the World Premiere of TREVOR the musical. (more...)

Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

THE WHO'S TOMMY and 'PINOCCHIO' Set for the Greenwich Theatre This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

A go-getting young producer of new musical theatre is filling the normally quiet month of August at Greenwich Theatre with two full-length musicals to appeal to a wide range of audience -- The Who's Tommy and The Adventures of Pinocchio. (more...)

THE WHO'S TOMMY and 'PINOCCHIO' Set for the Greenwich Theatre This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

A go-getting young producer of new musical theatre is filling the normally quiet month of August at Greenwich Theatre with two full-length musicals to appeal to a wide range of audience -- The Who's Tommy and The Adventures of Pinocchio. (more...)

THIRTEEN's Great Performances Airs DRIVING MISS DAISY with Angela Lansbury & James Earl Jones Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Directed for the stage by David Esbjornson, Driving Miss Daisy airs tonight, July 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS as part of THIRTEEN's GREAT PERFORMANCES. (more...)

BEHIND THE SCENES: Angela Lansbury Returns To The West End
by Alice Chappell - Jan 30, 2014

Angela Lansbury discusses her illustrious career and her hopes for her latest project. (more...)

BOB BAKER'S FUN WITH STRINGS! Opens Today at Bob Baker Marionette Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2014

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater will kick off its 54th season with 'Bob Baker's Fun With Strings!' beginning performances today, January 11, 2014. (more...)

Goodspeed Announces Brand New Musicals in Season, YOU ARE HERE, CYRANO, and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

Goodspeed Musicals is thrilled to announce three enticing productions planned for Chester, Conn. in 2018. First will be the inspiring You Are Here by Drama Desk Award nominees Bartram and Hill. This soaring musical will run May 18 - June 10. Next up will be a new musical adaptation of the enduring love story Cyrano. This exciting new take on the classic will be adapted by Erica Schmidt in collaboration with the indie band The National. Cyrano will run August 3 - September 2. Finally, A Connecticut Christmas Carol, a musical adaptation of the Dickens holiday classic spiced with the flavor of the Nutmeg State, returns to The Terris Theatre November 30 - December 30, 2018. (more...)

Angela Lansbury on Her Career, Irish Tea, and 'One of the Best Parts' She's Ever Played
by Hilary Kelly - Feb 3, 2014

Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, set to open in previews on 1 March at the Gielgud Theatre, features Angela Lansbury reprising her role after the play's New York staging in 2009. Lansbury plays a medium hired by a skeptical novelist who actually manages to call up the spirit of his first wife during a seance that wasn't meant to succeed - a role for which she won her fifth Tony Award. Lansbury talked to the Irish Times about her upcoming performance on the West End, her career thus far, and her favorite kind of tea. (more...)

It's Official! Angela Lansbury Joins MARY POPPINS RETURNS as 'Balloon Lady'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Disney has confirmed rumors from back in December that Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of 'Mary Poppins Returns,' the all-new sequel to Disney's 1964 film 'Mary Poppins' currently filming at Shepperton Studios. She will feature as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from PL Travers' series of Mary Poppins children's books. The film is scheduled for release December 25, 2018. (more...)

Broadway, Chicago Stars Round Out Principal Cast of Lyric Opera's THE KING AND I
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today casting for the remaining principal roles in its grand-scale production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, featuring Broadway stars Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban as Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam. Additional Broadway artists Ali Ewoldt (Tuptim), Alan Ariano (The Kralahome) and Rona Figueroa (Lady Thiang) join the cast, along with Sam Simahk (Lun Tha) and Chicagoland artists Charlie Babbo (Louis Leonowens), Jomar Ferreras (Interpreter), John Lister (Captain Orton), David Parkes (Sir Edward Ramsay), Peter Sipla (Phra Alack) and Matthew Uzarraga (Prince Chulalongkorn). All but Lister make their Lyric debuts with The King and I. (more...)

2014 Year in Review: Verity Wilde's Best and Worst of Theatre
by Verity Wilde - Dec 14, 2014

I've seen a lot of shows in 2014 - and I'm not done yet - but there are a couple of evenings that really stand out for me for a variety of reasons. (more...)

TREVOR the Musical Gearing Up for World Premiere at Chicago's Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

As previously announced, Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2017/18 season with the World Premiere of TREVOR the musical. (more...)

BWW Interview: Laura Pitt-Pulford and Louis Maskell Talk FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS, Chichester Festival Theatre
by Nicole Ackman - Aug 23, 2018

Laura Pitt-Pulford and Louis Maskell are returning to their roles in Flowers for Mrs Harris after previously being in the 2016 Sheffield Crucible run. Laura Pitt-Pulford garnered an Olivier nomination for playing Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and has also been seen in Side Show and Nell Gwynn. Louis Maskell is best-known for playing the lead role of Grinpayne in The Grinning Man, which was on earlier this year at the Trafalgar Studios.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ambassadors Theatre Summer Season of Musicals Features THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
by Roy Tan - Aug 1, 2017

The Adventures of Pinocchio, with Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram, Book by Brian Hill, directed by Bronagh Langan (Promises Promises, Southwark Playhouse) will run through Thursday 31 August. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Toby's Enchants Young And Old
by Cybele Pomeroy - Apr 8, 2017

If you love Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, there's not a single reason you wouldn't like the show at Toby's Dinner Theatre. It's a fun production. There's a lot to love about it. Dinner is tasty. Everyone at Toby's is unfailingly polite, cheerful, helpful and speedy, including each member of the actor/wait staff. The productions are done with attention to detail and the actors are well cast. That combination of elements is rare in ANY public forum these days, so all credit to the management for creating this wonderful environment. If you enjoy dinner theatre, you will be pleased. (more...)

Patti Cohenour to Lead Goodspeed's YOU ARE HERE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2018

A Chicago housewife turns one small step into a giant, life-changing leap in Bartram & Hill's new musical You Are Here. Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, thought-provoking works with this intimate tour-de-force new musical featuring Tony Award nominee Patti Cohenour as Diana, Broadway performers Andrea Frierson as Voice 1 and Stacia Fernandez as Voice 2, and Spamilton: An American Parody starDan Rosales as Voice 3. (more...)

New Adaptation of THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO to Arrive in London this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

A new musical adaptation of the classic children's story The Adventures of Pinocchio will arrive in London this Summer, playing at Greenwich Theatre from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 23 August, with a press performance on Friday 7 August at 3.00pm. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kirsty Bushell On Playing Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe
by Marianka Swain - Apr 19, 2017

Unusually, actress Kirsty Bushell comes to Juliet later in a stellar career; her work includes everything from the title role in Salisbury Playhouse's Hedda Gabler to Disgraced at Bush Theatre and Ivo van Hove's Antigone. English National Opera boss Daniel Kramer's production, co-starring Edward Hogg and opening Emma Rice's second and final Globe season, begins previews on 22 April. (more...)

Jennifer Apple, Robert Ariza, Jane Bruce, Victoria Cook and More to Star in Goodspeed's THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, original new works with the engaging musical The Theory of Relativity. Populating the world of The Theory of Relativity is a fresh-faced cast of talented and passionate actors who will bring an inspiring level of truth and energy to the musical. This dynamic musical from the writers of The Story of My Life will run from May 7 through 31 at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. Supporting sponsors will be Sheridan College and April 30th Entertainment. (more...)

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