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New Amsterdam Theatre (New York, NY)
214 West 42nd St.

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A superb cast of West End stars including James Fox (Fame Academy, Jesus Christ Superstar), Shona White (Wicked), Tam Mutu (Love Never Dies), Rebecca Lock (The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q), James Graeme (The Phantom of the Opera), David Erik (Dirty Dancing, The Phantom of the Opera) and Steve Varnom (The Woman in White) lead a cast of 30 actors and musicians in this unmissable production.

Written by Tim Rice and ABBAís BjŲrn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, CHESS has one of the greatest musical theatre scores of all time including One Night In Bangkok, Pity The Child, Anthem, You And I and, of course, I Know Him So Well.

Two of the world's greatest chess masters battle it out at the world chess championships but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. Amidst political intrigue and international conspiracies, the American and the Russian fight to win the heart of Florence Vassy in a romantic triangle that mirrors the heightened passions of the Cold War all set to an explosive score by the composers of Mamma Mia and the lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

Make your move now and book for the must-see musical event of the year!

DESPERATE MEASURES To Play New World Stages Beginning 5/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2018

DESPERATE MEASURES, a musical comedy gone wild with music by David Friedman (Listen To My Heart), book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina), and directed by Bill Castellino (Cagney, Marry Harry), will play New World Stages (340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), it was announced today by producers Pat Flicker Addiss and Mary Cosette. Following critical and audience acclaim at The New York Musical Festival and The York Theater Company, performances for the open-ended engagement begin May 30th and opening night is set for June 13th. (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BOULEVARD Comes to The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2018

Starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond, and Danny Mac as Joe Gillis, the story of romance and obsession is based on Billy Wilder's film, with Don Black and Christopher Hampton's book and lyrics. The score, performed by a full orchestra, includes the title number Sunset Boulevard, and With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year. (more...)

BWW Review: Independent Shakespeare Co. Opens New Studio with a Crowd-Pleasing ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
by Ellen Dostal - Mar 27, 2018

In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a young hotel manager optimistically states, in the face of every disaster: 'In India we have a saying, 'Everything will be alright in the end. So if it's not alright, it is not yet the end.' ' It's the same idea Shakespeare's heroine touts in ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL and, regardless of where it originated, it requires pluck. (more...)

TINA Leads April's Top 10 New London Shows
by Marianka Swain - Mar 27, 2018

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a buzzy new musical to returning favourites, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld reviews, interviews and features! (more...)

PANIC! Productions Announces Cast For NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2018

???????Producer Paul Panico, along with Panic! Productions and well-known Casting Director Kymberli McKanna announce the complete cast of their season opening musical production of 2018.  The multi-award and Pulitzer Prize winning "NEXT TO NORMAL" by Brian Yorkey, with music by Tom Kitt.  They are thrilled to have an exceptionally talented team in place.  The acclaimed rock musical will open June 2nd, 2018 at Hillcrest Center For The Arts.  Tickets & info at: (more...)

Brief 3/27: ROCKTOPIA Opens on Broadway, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Mar 27, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Rocktopia opens tonight on Broadway, and more! (more...)

Rock Musical CHESS Set To Play Gallery Players
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018

Gallery Players announces the final show of its 51st season, the timely classic, Chess. It is an epic story set at the height of the Cold War, where two great Chess masters-an American and a Russian-meet in Bangkok to battle for the world championship... but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. (more...)

Photo Flash: West End-Bound CHESS Begins Rehearsals - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018

The first West End production of Chess since 1986 stars Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Murray Head as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Philip Browne as Molokov. This epic musical love story will open at the London Coliseum on Thursday 26 April 2018 (Press night on Tuesday 1 May 2018) for a strictly limited 5 week season. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Drops In Uptown with the Kennedy Center Cast of IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda¬†surprised the standing-room-only crowd at the Kennedy Center's Broadway Center Stage production of his Tony Award-winning musical¬†In the Heights¬†on Saturday¬†night. He was joined in the audience byHamilton¬†and¬†In the Heights¬†music director¬†Alex Lacamoire,¬†Hamilton¬†and¬†In the Heights¬†percussionist¬†Andres Forero, andHamilton¬†and¬†In the Heights¬†star¬†Javier Mu√Īoz. At the end of the performance, Lacamoire led the on stage orchestra in the show's finale with Forero joining on percussion. Miranda then joined the cast for their final bow. (more...)

BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Goes Center Stage at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - Mar 23, 2018

With the juggernaut that is Hamilton playing DC this summer, it was probably a good marketing strategy for the Kennedy Center to use its new Broadway Center Stage series to (re)-introduce local audiences to Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway musical, the Tony Award-winning In the Heights. Avid local theatergoers have likely seen the show before and fairly recently at that. Last season, Olney Theater Center and Round House Theatre co-produced a well-received production and GALA Hispanic Theatre presented the U.S. Spanish language premiere. However, the five-night, sold out run at Kennedy Center offers another look at the show - this time with an Encores-like staging featuring some of Broadway's best talent directed by original cast member Stephanie Klemons. (more...)

by Jenni Cypher - Mar 23, 2018

The weather has been dreary and we could all use a few hours of laughter in our lives. Right now, you are on your phone or your computer, reading this review.  Pause and just go ahead and buy your tickets now to see the national tour of SOMETHING ROTTEN at the Schuster Center before it leaves Dayton after this week's performances.  You will not be disappointed. (more...)

Armin van Buuren's Masterclass on Dance Music Launches Today
by TV News Desk - Mar 23, 2018

After giving budding producers and aspiring artists the chance to pre-enroll for several weeks, Armin van Buuren has launched his highly-anticipated masterclass on dance music today. Enrollment for Armin van Buuren's class is available at the price of $90 for lifetime access, or $180 per year for the All-Access pass, which grants unlimited access to all new and existing masterclasses on (more...)

The Ballard Institute And Museum Of Puppetry Presents 'American Puppet Modernism' Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2018

???????The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut is currently featuring ground-breaking modernist performance sculptures first designed by famed Connecticut sculptor Alexander Calder for the 1936 production of Socrate at Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum, as part of its current exhibition, American Puppet Modernism: The Early 20th Century, on display Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., now through July 1 at the Ballard Institute, located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. The sculptures were reconstructed with Calder's approval for a 1976 performance of Socrate produced by conductor Joel Thome, the director of the Orchestra of Our Time, as part of the National Tribute to Alexander Calder in New York City. (more...)

Lakewood Theatre Company Announces Its 66th Season Of Plays And Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2018

Lakewood Theatre Company will begin its 66th season with six productions on its Mainstage and three productions on its Side Door stage beginning July 6, 2018.   (more...)

Kravis Center Announces THE BODYGUARD: THE MUSICAL Starring Deborah Cox
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2018

???????The first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from April 10 - 15. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Meet the Cast of CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - Mar 22, 2018

Children of a Lesser God begins previews tonight at Studio 54. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances! (more...)

Photo Flash: Uptown Goes to D.C.! First Look at IN THE HEIGHTS at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2018

See brand-new photos of Vanessa Hudgens, Anthony Ramos, Ana Villafane, and more as they bring uptown to the capital with In the Heights at the Kennedy Center! (more...)

Photo Flash: Signature Theatre Honors John Kander with Stephen Sondheim Award
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018

On March 19, 2018, Virginia's Tony Award¬ģ-winning Signature Theatre honored legendary Broadway composer John Kander with the company's ninth Stephen Sondheim Award. The Stephen Sondheim Award was presented at a black-tie Gala Benefit at the Embassy of Italy and will benefit Signature Theatre's artistic, education, and community programs. (more...)

New ASPEN Novel A Thrilling Mix of Truth and Fiction
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018

A legendary resident of Aspen, Colorado, John 'No Elk' Gillespie, inspired author-conservationist Foster Sanders to merge Gillespie's captivating persona into Sanders' newly released romance-suspense novel, Almost to Aspen.   This sequel to his riveting debut, Almost to Destin, is not the first time that the author has used real life characters in his thrilling, tongue in cheek adventures.  Over twenty well-known Destin, Florida, residents were introduced in his first tale of love and adventure, and John 'No Elk' Gillespie' is exactly what Almost to Aspen demanded. (more...)

VIDEO: Ramin Karimloo Has an Anthem in His Heart - Listen to His Cover of 'From Now On' from GREATEST SHOWMAN
by Stage Tube - Mar 16, 2018

Tony Award-nominee - Ramin Karimloo - releases new track 'From Now On,' his version of the powerful song from the Oscar-nominated film The Greatest Showman. Written by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning songwriting duo, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, 'From Now On' is available now for streaming and download HERE via all digital service providers. The music video is also out now - check it out below. (more...)

Lindsey Buckingham Leaves Fleetwood Mac, Band Set To Tour With Neil Finn and Mike Campbell
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

According to Variety, key member of Fleetwood Mac Lindsey Buckingham has left the group. She has been with the band from 1975 to 1987, took a hiatus for the following ten years, and then rejoined in 1997. Read about her departure from the band from Variety here! (more...)

Porchlight Announces Cast And Team For Porchlight Revisits DO RE MI
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre concludes its fifth season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi, starring Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Director Michael Weber and Nancy Voigts, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin, with direction and choreography by Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by David Fiorello. (more...)

by Nicole Ackman - Apr 9, 2018

BroadwayWorld UK writer Nicole Ackman shares her top picks for musicals that deserve a revival in the West End. (more...)

Brief 5/6: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Tour, First Look at MEAN GIRLS, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 6, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Jesus Christ Superstar will embark on a national tour, get a first look at Mean Girls, and more! (more...)

VIDEO: See Highlights From IN THE HEIGHTS at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2018

Check out video of Vanessa Hudgens, Anthony Ramos, Ana Villafane, Eden Espinosa and more as they bring uptown to the capital with In the Heights at the Kennedy Center! (more...)

Murray Head Withdraws from West End CHESS; Cedric Neal Joins Cast as 'The Arbiter'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2018

Chess is coming back to the West End for the first time since 1986, opening at the London Coliseum on Thursday 26 April 2018 (Press night on Tuesday 1 May 2018) for a strictly limited 5 week season. The show will come without one of its previously announced cast members, however. BroadwayWorld has just learned that Murray Head has withdrawn from the production. A show representative explained: (more...)

2nd Annual NYFA Faculty Show WE'LL CALL YOU to Feature KRISTY CATES, & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018

The musical theatre department at the New York Film Academy (now known as the Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre) was launched in 2009 with nine students in the first class. Nine years later, hundreds of students have studied musical theatre at NYFA. The school's mission is to teach techniques being used every night on Broadway¬Ö and their faculty is the backbone of the Great White Way! (more...)

Red Bull Theater Continues Reading Series with THE SECOND MAIDEN'S TRAGEDY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Artistic Director | Jim Bredeson, Managing Director) today announced the cast for the next REVELATION READING, Thomas Middleton's The Second Maiden's Tragedy, directed by Craig Baldwin: Zainab Jah, Dion Johnstone, Robert Joy, Christopher Michael McFarland, Dion Mucciacito, Denis O'Hare, Bhavesh Patel, Reynaldo Piniella, John-Alexander Sakelos, Lee Sellars, Miriam Silverman, and Sam Tsoutsouvas.  This will take place on Monday April 16th at 7:30 PM at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets).   (more...)

HOUSINGFEST 2018 Featuring Buddy Guy & Mavis Staples At Ovens Auditorium 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

Ovens Auditorium will host HousingFest 2018: A Concert to End Homelessness in Charlotte featuring Buddy Guy & Mavis Staples on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the Bojangles' Coliseum Box Office located at 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Tickets cost between $51.50 and $76.50 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change.   (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 25, 2018
by - Apr 25, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 25 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Music Theatre's MEMPHIS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre announces that due to audience demand Memphis is now extended through Sunday, June 10, at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Carla Crawford, Diego Maramba, and Matt Calvert
by Elliot Lanes - Apr 25, 2018

Today's subjects Carla Crawford, Diego Maramba, and Matt Calvert are currently living their theatre lives as cast members in The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts' production of If/Then. The production runs through April 28. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 24, 2018
by - Apr 24, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 24 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 23, 2018
by - Apr 23, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 23 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 22, 2018
by - Apr 22, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 22 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 21, 2018
by - Apr 21, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 21 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: 5-Star Theatricals Presents the Thousand Oaks Premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2018

5-STAR THEATRICALS (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) continues its 2017-2018 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell (based on the Victor Hugo Novel and songs from the Disney film), musical direction by Dan Redfeld, choreography by Michelle Elkin and directed by Misti B. Wills. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME opens on Friday, April 20, 2017 and runs through Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.   (more...)

HEATHERS, Starring Carrie Hope Fletcher, Releases More Tickets
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2018

The European premiere of HEATHERS - THE MUSICAL smashed The Other Palace box office records when it went on sale last week becoming the biggest on-sale in the history of The Other Palace. The musical premieres at The Other Palace on 9 June and runs for a limited 8-week season. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 20, 2018
by - Apr 20, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 20 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

The Rose Art Museum Presents Blueprint For Counter Education
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2018

Inaugurated during the volatile and transformative late 1960s, the unconventional publication Blueprint for Counter Education introduced the tools for a radical transformation of liberal arts education. A project of Brandeis Sociology Professor and Chair Maurice Stein and his student, Larry Miller, this "classroom in a box" encouraged participants to shape an educational environment from their own lived experiences, bridging disciplinary divides to create a socially engaged mode of learning. Blueprint's open-ended charts mapped a world of ideas, from the avant-garde to the postmodern, in a form that presaged the Internet, allowing participants to chart multiple courses of thinking and discovery that anticipated the prevalence of search engines, social media, and the quick connection of the hyperlink. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2018

The Orpheum Theatre announced today that the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert on October 6-7, 2018 as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature Robert Moody conducting the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in performing live, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the entire film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the Memphis Symphony Orchestra perform John Williams' unforgettable score live. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster or the Orpheum Theatre box office.  (more...)

BWW Review: SON OF A PREACHER MAN, Theatre Royal Brighton
by Fiona Scott - Apr 18, 2018

The premise sounds promising: a brand new jukebox musical featuring the music of Dusty Springfield. Written by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Son of a Preacher Man opened in Bromley in September 2017 and is currently touring the UK. (more...)

Blake McIver to Sing the Songs of Barbra Streisand, 7/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2018

Uptown Players and director Cheryl Denson have cast an array of celebrity divas to star in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, running July 13-July 29, 2018. Jack Donahue and Blake McIver enthusiastically come to Dallas to make their Uptown debut, leading the cast alongside Dallasites Dana Harper and Kelly Groves, bringing a wide array of illustrious performance experience to the Kalita Humphreys Theater this summer. (more...)

BWW Review: CHESS Has All the Right Moves at Central New York Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - Apr 15, 2018

The Central New York Playhouse has one again stepped up, taken a risk, and created something magical with its current musical, Chess. Under Robert G. Searle's clever direction, the entire talented cast Chess cast works together beautifully to deliver a very intriguing and powerful performance of the musical that has a little bit of rock 'n roll, romance, sex appeal, betrayal, and history. (more...)

Pioneer Theatre Company Presents Readings Of ASS By Ellen Simon
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018

Pioneer Theatre Company continues its 2017-2018 Play-by-Play new play reading series with ASS by Ellen Simon. The staged readings will take place at the Dumke Auditorium of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2018. (more...)

Wilko Johnson To Release First Album Of New Material In 30 Years, BLOW YOUR MIND
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2018

'I'm supposed to be dead!' Canvey Island's Dr Feelgood guitar legend Wilko Johnson was diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. However, despite the doctors' worst predictions, he continued to perform with a new lust for life and even made the most successful album of his career 'Going Back Home' with the legendary Roger Daltrey. (more...)

STAGE LIFE to Premiere Off-Broadway Starring Brittney Lee Hamilton, Judy McLane, and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

Creative Arts Lab presents STAGE LIFE, a rousing celebration of lives well-lived in and around the Theatre - The work, the art, the passion, the craziness and the joy, conceived and adapted by Martin Tackel. (more...)

BWW Album Review: WORKING Hard For Its Money
by Amanda Prahl - Apr 10, 2018

Joining the ranks of the thoroughly-revised musicals is Working, whose latest cast recording debuted from its recent London cast. The musical, with a score by Stephen Schwartz and book and lyrics by Schwartz and assorted collaborators, originally debuted on Broadway in 1978, where it flopped rather spectacularly. It's a Chorus Line­-esque collection of stories based on interviews with workers from across America, from housewives to teachers to craftsmen and more. (more...)

THE WHO'S TOMMY, LITTLE SHOP, THE MUSIC MAN, and More Set For Kennedy Center Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2018

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced programming for its 2018-2019 theater season. The upcoming season not only exemplifies the Kennedy Center as a home for the best theater productions from Broadway and around the world, but also reinvigorates the Center's commitment to self-producing world-class theatrical work at the nation's performing arts center. (more...)

Norm Lewis To Lead THE MUSIC MAN At The Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2018

Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis will lead THE MUSIC MAN at The Kennedy Center next winter. (more...)

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