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based on The Beggar's Opera by John Gay

The Beggar's Opera reset as a satire on Chicago politics.


by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2019
The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced the full cast for West Side Story, the sweeping musical version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in the turbulent streets of New York City, where a star-crossed love blossoms between rival gangs. William Branner (National Tour: Bat Out Of Hell, Off-Broadway: Kragtar: An American Monster Musical) joins the cast to star as Tony, replacing the previously announced CJ Eldred.
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2019
The prestigious honor of performing the opening concerts of the 2019 Salzburg Festival in Austria on July 20 and 21 will be one highlight of the Los Angeles Master Chorale's Spring/Summer tour of its acclaimed production of Orlando di Lasso's Lagrime di San Pietro directed by Peter Sellars. The tour will feature 21 Master Chorale singers conducted by Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director.
by Kori Lotito - May 30, 2019
Auditioning can be stressful and exhausting, and it is easy to get a little downtrodden the more you go in for things without booking them. That said, no matter what kind of day you are having or mood you are in there are certain things you should avoid doing once you enter the audition space. Sure, doing these things will make you stand out, but not in a positive way. So whether you are auditioning for things professionally or at a community theater level take a look at the list below to make sure you aren't making any mistakes that could potentially cost you the job.
by Jay Irwin - May 29, 2019
Back in 2002, Dear Readers, I became obsessed with a new play from Richard Greenberg, "Take Me Out". Already a fan of Greenberg's works, this story of a high profile Major League Baseball player coming out was quite intriguing. I got ahold of the script and my obsession grew. I annoyed all my friends about it until they too found out about its glory. And then a local production hit town and my obsession was locked, and this Tony Award winning play has since become one of my all-time favorites. So, if you know my work, you know how picky I'll be about this. And I'm thrilled to say that my favorite play has been done absolute justice in the current production from Strawberry Theatre Workshop over at 12th Ave Arts and you all NEED to go see it.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2019
BroadwayWorld has a first look in rehearsals for The 5th Avenue Theatre's West Side Story, the sweeping musical version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in the turbulent streets of New York City, where a star-crossed love blossoms between rival gangs. 
by Katie Laban - May 16, 2019
Run, don't walk to The Ringwald to see their production of Head Over Heels! The production is the first one since the hot Broadway debut of the show that features songs of the 80s music icons, The Go-Gos, closed in January and will be at the beloved Michigan theatre until June 10th in Ferndale. The hilarious and inclusive musical celebrates love in its infinite varieties and includes iconic Go-Go's hits like 'We Got the Beat,' 'Our Lips Are Sealed,' and 'Vacation,' plus Belinda Carlisle's 'Heaven is a Place on Earth' and 'Mad About You,' and many more! It's the perfect show for The Ringwald's stage and the company does it marvelously. From the fantastic performances to the glorious costumes to the boppin' beat - The Ringwald's, Head Over Heels has it - and it should not be missed!
by Julie Yolles - May 13, 2019
The day after she closed in Hello Dolly on Broadway, Kate Baldwin flew to Michigan for a well-earned vacation. With 550 performances for her Tony-nominated portrayal of Irene Molloy behind her, Baldwin was looking forward to relaxing with her family.
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2019
Playhouse on Park's education department, Playhouse Theatre Academy, is thrilled to welcome back Stephanie Pope for another Fosse Adult Master Class on Monday, June 17 from 6:30-8:30pm at The 224 Ecospace! All performers (ages 16 and up!) who have a vested interest in the performing arts are encouraged to attend this amazing class.
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 9, 2019
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, on Sunday, March 31, after 808 performances on Broadway, Anastasia will take its final journey to the past- a journey that has lasted for three years. Even before it started winning the hearts of audiences at the Broadhurst Theatre in 2017, the musical made its world premiere in a sold-out, record breaking run at Hartford Stage in Connecticut.
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].
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2019
The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop will present its top works at this year's showcase on Monday, April 1st at 3 PM and 6 PM. The shows will be held at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in New York City (10 West 64th Street) and will premiere performances of the best of songs written and composed by recent members of this Drama League, Drama Desk and Tony honored workshop.   
by Erica Miner - Mar 28, 2019
Seattle Opera's upcoming Carmen features instantly recognizable music, an opulent new production, and a number of company debuts
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2019
MonaVision Films will present a private staged reading of Steve Monarque's THAT'S LIFE, a full-length play with music, directed by Mel Johnson Jr. Monday April 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alchemical Theatre, 104 W 14th Street, 1st Floor (between 6th & 7th Aves) New York, NY 10011.
by TV News Desk - Mar 20, 2019
The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is thrilled to announce the second wave of performers for the 7th Annual CMAOntario Award Show on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The CMAOntario Award Show will close out the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend in Ottawa June 14 - 16, 2019.  
by Kay Kudukis - Mar 18, 2019
Playwright Terry Ray's Electricity, the story of two gay men trying to figure out how they fit into each other's world, is a powerful reminder that we are worthy of being loved, even if we think we are broken. Not to mention, you'll laugh your past off.
by Student Blogger: Perri Sparano - Mar 18, 2019
Hello everyone! My name is Perri Sparano and I am a freshman at Marymount Manhattan College. I am getting my BA in Theatre with a concentration in Producing and Management. I am thrilled to be able to give you all a look into what it is like being a stage management student in college!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2019
The Chicago premiere of Lyric's new coproduction of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece West Side Story features nearly 100 artists from Chicago and across the country.
by Amanda Prahl - Mar 16, 2019
Musical theatre is the land of collaboration, and anyone who's ever tried to write a musical knows that it can be a land filled with landmines. But for the ladies of the new musical Marie, Dancing Still, their collaboration seemed downright fated.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019
Fierce. Funny. Intense. The Echo Theater Company opens its 2019 season with theLos Angeles premiere of The Wolves, the debut play by "playwright to watch" Sarah DeLappe that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Alana Dietze (Dry Land) directs for aMarch 16 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. Pay-what-you-want previews begin March 13, and performances continue through April 22.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2019
BroadwayWorld has a first look at The 5th Avenue Theatre's West Side Story, the sweeping musical version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in the turbulent streets of New York City, where a star-crossed love blossoms between rival gangs.
by Carolan Trbovich - Jun 28, 2019
The Ferryman Casts Broadway's Youngest Stars! Meet Jackson, Alex, Jack & Noelle!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2019
Barking's very own pre-Edinburgh, fringe theatre festival Clout! is back by popular demand from Thursday 4 - Sunday 14 July 2019. Clout! is a performance festival in East London which gives opportunities to artists and theatre companies to present new and existing work and showcase work in development. This is the second year of the festival and the 2019 programme will be bigger and better with theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, burlesque, music and family shows. Studio 3 Arts will be hosting the performances across two sites - Galleon Community Centre and their new venue at Unit 46, Vicarage Field Shopping Centre.
by Fiona Scott - Jun 25, 2019
Jenna Russell, Olivier Award-winning star of stage and TV, is known for her roles in Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park with George and, most recently, Fun Home at the Old Vic. She is now playing the role of Francesca in the upcoming UK premiere of Jason Robert Brown's The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2019
Nola Bulls, LLC and its revelers GET LUCKY for the 13th edition of New Orleans' favorite summer bash known as San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) presented by The Advocate, aka The Running of the Bulls in New Orleans. A legendary local band reunites for a rare return to ROCK.
by Guest Blogger: Samuel Aubuchon - Jun 24, 2019
Earlier this year, he won the title of Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Terry Connor in Blue Springs High School's Side Show. Read Samuel's second entry below and be sure to check out his first and second too!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2019
Today, CRX have released the first single 'We're All Alone,' taken from their highly anticipated forthcoming sophomore album Peek, out on August 23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2019
THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present the return of Tony Award winner Cady Huffman in Miss Peggy Lee: In Her Own Words and Music for two more shows, Wednesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 31.
by Debbie Gilpin - Jun 19, 2019
When David Mamet's new play was announced back in January, it was met with more than a raised eyebrow. Bitter Wheat is a comedy about movie mogul Barney Fein, a man who bears more than a passing resemblance to disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, and sees John Malkovich make a return to the London stage. The question is, should Mamet be the one to tell this kind of story at this juncture? Do we really need another male perspective on the subject?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2019
Following last year's smash hit production of The Secret Garden, York Theatre Royal takes a fresh look at another children's classic in this summer's family show, Arthur Ransome's Swallows & Amazons, from 26 July to 24 August.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2019
West Side Story is running now through June 23 at 5th Avenue Theatre.
by Richard Ridge - Jul 9, 2019
Tony award winner Cady Huffman returns to The Green Room 42 with her critically acclaimed sold out one woman show Miss. Peggy Lee: In Her Own Words and Music for two more shows on Weds. July 24th and Weds. July 31st. Broadway World's own Richard Ridge caught up with Cady and her long time collaborator, writer director Will Nunziata during a break in rehearsal to chat about bringing the life and career of the legendary Peggy Lee to the stage.
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 9, 2019
According to MPR News, a judge has ruled in favor of the workers in the Guthrie Theater labor dispute, forcing the theater to cease and desist from unfair labor practices.
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 7, 2019
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Martin Charnin, Broadway lyricist and director. The news was reported on Facebook, by Charnin's daughter, Sasha. Charnin was 84.
by Aaron Wallace - Jul 5, 2019
We talk about his new STRINGS ATTACHED tour - which happens to be his biggest and most extravagant ever (and for 'Weird Al,' that's saying a lot) - his Broadway bucket list, whether he's changed his mind on doing a new Star Wars song, what it was like to grow up as an uncool genius, why no one needs to look forward to his death, and his affection for a certain stuffed pastry, among other things....
by Noelle Hannibal - Jul 16, 2019
Exhilarating. Feral. Thoughtful. These are just a few choice words from The Guardian's five-star review of Rachel Bloom's recent London show. Bloom will be bringing that energy on stage for a five-night run of What Am I Going To Do With My Life Now? at this years' Just For Laughs Festival.
by Jim Munson - Jul 16, 2019
Broadway and TV actor Frances Jue is currently starring in TheatreWorks' production of Julia Cho's 'The Language Archive.' Mr. Jue recently talked to BroadwayWorld about his lengthy and surprising career path, from his formative experiences with Stephen Sondheim and TheatreWorks to working with Tony winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, and of course his continuing role on the CBS television series 'Madam Secretary.' His fascinating story serves as an inspiring example for anyone who doesn't see a clear path to success or struggles to find a place to fit in.
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Feb 27, 2019
Bootycandy, Bootycandy Bootycandy! There! I've said it three times and a zombie hasn't appeared but the brilliantly written play by Robert O'Hara has made its appearance in H-town! BOOTYCANDY had its world premiere at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre June of 2011 in Washington D.C. and then it made its way to New York City at Playwrights Horizons in August 2014. Let's just say that the institution of the black theatre was changed and every audience that has witnessed this piece of work has been ever changed! Including me!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019
“Oscars Live on the Red Carpet,” the official pre-show for the most glamorous show in Hollywood, will give viewers live access to the night's nominees, performers and presenters beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST/6:30 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network. The red carpet festivities will be hosted by actress and television personality Maria Menounos, award-winning journalist Elaine Welteroth, supermodel Ashley Graham, and actor and singer Billy Porter. Menounos, Welteroth and Graham will interview the nominees, performers and attendees as they arrive, while Porter provides all the fashion and glamour commentary on Oscar Sunday.
by Review Roundups - Feb 20, 2019
Roundabout Theatre Company and Fiasco Theater's production of Merrily We Roll Along, featuring a book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Noah Brody, officially opened last night!
by E.H. Reiter - Feb 18, 2019
According to most fairy tales, it is when the beautiful, young maiden is married to her Price Charming that their 'Happily Ever After' can begin. DIANA, the world premiere musical at the La Jolla Playhouse explores what happens after the pomp and circumstance of the royal wedding?
by Julie Musbach - Feb 14, 2019
Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of the musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate, starring Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara, begins preview performances today. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019
Today, GRAMMY-winning songwriter Dan Wilson released a new song 'Fly Safe' following his announcement last year that he will begin releasing a new song each month in lieu of full length album in 2019. These songs, which include 'Uncanny Valley' and 'We Ain't Telling,' follow the release of his critically-acclaimed 2017 solo album Re-Covered where he revisited songs he wrote with other artists including Adele, The Dixie Chicks and more.
by Aaron Wallace - Apr 8, 2019
Effective parody isn't that common, it doesn't happen to every iconic TV show, and it IS a big deal!
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2019
The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is excited to announce the nominees for the 7th Annual CMAOntario Awards. Leading the nominations are seven time CMAOntario Award winner Meghan Patrick, and five time CMAOntario Award winner Tim Hicks, with six nominations each.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Apr 29, 2019
Veterans of Broadway, Jana Robbins and Haley Swindal bring We Just Move On-The Songs of Kander and Ebb to Straz Center for the Performing Arts on May 19. Named one of the Top 9 Nightclub Cabaret Acts in New York in 2018, featuring some of the composer/lyricist's most iconic tunes from the extensive catalogue like 'Maybe This Time,' 'How Lucky Can You Get,' 'Life Is,' 'A Quiet Thing,' 'All That Jazz,' Jana and Haley tell the story of two women seeking fulfillment on Broadway.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2019
THE GREEN ROOM 42 - Broadway's newest intimate concert venue - will present the premiere of Tony Award winner Cady Huffman in Miss Peggy Lee: In Her Own Words and Music for two performances only, Monday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 12. In a brand-new show long-time collaborators Cady Huffman and Will Nunziata lovingly bring to life Miss ?Lee's extraordinary journey from her humble beginnings as Norma Deloris Egstrom of Jamestown, North Dakota to becoming one of the biggest stars the music world has ever seen.
by TV News Desk - Apr 18, 2019
Lights, camera, action! The Indy Film Fest presented by Indiana State University is back for another year. From May 2-12, hundreds of critics, film lovers and directors will flock to Newfields to view a host of films that represent the best in traditional and indie film from around the world. This year, film-goers will feel a strong sense of pride as multiple movies with Indiana ties headline the Fest.     First-Rate Flicks The Fest kicks off on Thursday, May 2 with the opening night dark thriller THEM THAT FOLLOW. Academy-award winning actress Olivia Coleman of THE FAVOURITE and Indiana-native Jim Gaffigan play characters inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia where the pastor's daughter is forced to confront the community's deadly tradition through a forbidden relationship.    WILD ROSE brings three chords and the truth as the awards night film on May 4. Moviegoers will tap their toes with Jessie Buckley as she plays a Scottish woman fresh out of prison and juggling her dead-end job, two children and a judgmental mother (played by Julie Walters) while trying to make it to Nashville to live out her dream of playing country music.   As the Indy Film Fest continues to grow in reputation, the film selection also grows in notoriety. On Friday, May 10, Indy Film Fest will host a special screening of YESTERDAY. Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He's about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis (the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill) comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life. YESTERDAY is produced by Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Love Actually, About a Boy, the Bridget Jones series).   Then the Fest will close on May 11 with THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE, a dark comedy starring Hoosier Jesse Eisenberg. Eisenberg plays Casey, a man who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local karate dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself.   Following the opening night, awards night and closing night screenings, there will be after-parties for Fest members and ticket holders that feature a DJ, food, drinks and Sun King beer.    More to Come During the Fest, guests can enjoy more than 140 feature-length and short films from across the world. The variety of films ensures that attendees can find movies for every part of their imagination. One Hoosier Lens feature is KNIVES AND SKIN, a mystical teen noir that follows a young girl's disappearance in the rural Midwest written and directed by Indiana resident Jennifer Reeder.  Also featured are documentaries with Indiana ties: QUALIFIED tells the story of Janet Guthrie, the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500, and the world premiere of GOOD MONSTERS which explores Indianapolis-based artist Eric Stine's struggle to understand how his life and work have been affected by his biracial heritage and estranged father.  Monday May 6 will also include a special program of shorts filmed in Indiana. The entire Indy Film Fest lineup is available today at  Submissions for the 2020 Fest will open in June 2019.   But Until Then… The best way to get access to these films is to become an Indy Film Fest Member. Ticket packages start at $50 and offer benefits year-round. All members receive discounts on individual ticket sales and merchandise, a member-exclusive t-shirt, access to parties and more! Fans of film, register at   “This year we're really bringing it back to our roots and paying homage to some strong Hoosier ties,” said Dan Moore, Indy Film Fest Executive Director. “Movie lovers should really take the next step and become Fest Members because our film lineup for this year is truly amazing.”
by Student Blogger: Sarah Tossman - Apr 12, 2019
Hello, Broadway World!  Since this is my last blog, I'm going to get a little bit personal for a second.  I am not the sort of person who feels comfortable in a group -- in fact, I struggle to even speak at all with anyone I do not already know very well.  Because of that, I tend to get overlooked, lost in the crowd. Even in theatre, that still happens sometimes, but the funny thing is, even though the theatre is filled with big personalities, in almost every theatre community I have ever been in (and I have been in a lot), I have always felt seen.
by Kori Lotito - Apr 10, 2019
When going into an open call audition - be it for a play, musical, dance show, or just a local community theatre production - being prepared and knowing what to expect can put you on top. In this guide, we outline 20 tips to help you get ahead at your next audition.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2019
Geva Theatre Center's 46th Season concludes with the world premiere of Revival: The Resurrection of Son House, written and directed by Keith Glover, with music by Son House, Billy Thompson and Keith Glover, musical direction by Billy Thompson and choreography by Norwood Pennewell, in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from May 1 through June 2, 2019.