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based on the film by John Waters

Baltimore, 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism, and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the coolest boy in town. He's a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice, and the pursuit of rock 'n roll – and when he falls for a good girl who wants to be bad, her charm school world of bobby sox and barbershop quartets will never be the same. Wayward youth, juvenile delinquents, sexual repression, cool music, dirty lyrics, bizarre rejects...Finally, the 50's come to life! For real this time!



New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD Extends at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Due to an overwhelming demand, Berkeley Rep has announced that the world premiere musical of Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations will extend for two additional weeks. Originally scheduled to close on October 8, the popular musical will now run through Sunday, October 22. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse to Offer THE BROADWAY MUSICAL & AMERICA Seminar
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Pasadena Playhouse will offer the 10-week seminar THE BROADWAY MUSICAL & AMERICA taught by Tony Award-winning producer and NYU professor Adam Epstein. (more...)

Laura Osnes to Return to Cafe Carlyle with 'COCKEYED OPTIMISTS'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes makes her return to Cafe Carlyle with Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Ted Sperling and special guest, two-time Drama Desk nominee Ryan Silverman in Cockeyed Optimists: The World of Rodgers and Hammerstein, September 26-30. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Joe Iconis and Family Take Over The Mainstage at Barrington Stage Co.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 5, 2017

Stephen Sondheim was in the audience at Barrington Stage Company's production of COMPANY the night before, but last night it was all about Joe Iconis and family appearing on the dark Mainstage for a one night concert as COMPANY rested for the evening.  Mr. Sondheim was  highly enthusiastic for the Julianne Boyd directed COMPANY and spent time with Aaron Tveit and the cast after the show.  It was an historic evening for the BSC community as Stephen Sondheim was generous with his praise for all involved with the production, which is the talk of the Berkshires this season.  (more...)

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Just Announced at the Boch Center 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

The Boch Center announced today that the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin will rock the Boch Center Shubert Theatre stage for three performances January 19-20, 2018. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 10:00AM. (more...)

Join the Howard County Arts Council in Celebrating National Arts & Humanities
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is joining Americans for the Arts and arts agencies across the nation in encouraging people to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) by supporting the arts in our community during the month of October. (more...)

The Kentucky Center to Present A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

The Kentucky Center presents A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at The Brown Theatre. (more...)

California State University, Fullerton's 2017—2018 Season Opens with FRANKENSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Cal State Fullerton's 2017-2018 season opens with Frankenstein based on the novel by Mary Shelley, adapted by Bruce Goodrich and directed by CSUF Professor Maria Cominis, which runs September 29-October 15, 2017 in the Young Theatre on campus. An electrifying new version of Frankenstein will keep audiences mesmerized by the sheer power of Mary Shelley's 19th century classic. (more...)

Jenn Gambatese and More to Join Jeff Kready and Tally Sessions in A FINE BROMANCE at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Jeff Kready and Tally Sessions in 'A Fine Bromance' on October 7th, 2017 at 11:30PM for an evening of soaring tenor and booming baritone duets! (more...)

Stephen O'Donnell Donates Royalties From HAIRSPRAY To The Actors Fund In Memory Of Co-Writer Mark O'Donnell
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

The Actors Fund announced today that Stephen O'Donnell will donate his late twin brother Mark O'Donnell's royalties as co-writer of the Broadway musical Hairspray in perpetuity to the non-profit human services organization that helps everyone in performing arts and entertainment. (more...)

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Begins 6/20 at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

The 67th Music Circus season kicks off with a two-week run of Disney's beloved family classic musical Beauty and the Beast. Performances are Tuesday, June 20 through Sunday, July 2 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

Photo Flash: Brand-New Shots from A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at American Conservatory Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Below, BroadwayWorld has brand-new production photos from American Conservatory Theater's production of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN! Tickets are on sale now through Sunday, July 9. (more...)

Photo Flash: TYA's CRY-BABY Stars Get into Character at Clark's Elioak Farm
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Drama Learning Center's professional training program for emerging young artists will present the area premiere of Cry-Baby the Musical this June. Adapted from the cult classic 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby follows the star-crossed teen romance between delinquent Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker and the rich and square Allison Vernon-Williams in 1950's Baltimore. Recently, local photographer Bruce F Press went on location to Clark's Elioak Farm to capture images around the original Enchanted Forest attractions. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the stars in character! (more...)

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Added to North Carolina Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

North Carolina Theatre is proud to announce the addition of a new show to the 2017-18 season on stage at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This season will feature A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN during an extended run in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, May 4-20, 2018. (more...)

Tony Nominee Saycon Sengbloh and Christopher J. Hanke Set for STAGE FRIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Stage Fright Mondays has announced that on June 12th Tony Award nominated performer Saycon Sengbloh will join the show along with Broadway star Christopher J. Hanke.  (more...)

A.C.T. Announces Extension of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

In response to strong advance ticket sales, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will extend the run of Broadway's critically acclaimed musical A Night with Janis Joplin at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary St.). Tickets are now on sale through Sunday, July 9, 2017. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as 'Me and Bobby McGee,' 'Piece of My Heart,' 'Mercedes Benz,' 'Cry Baby,' and 'Summertime,' A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences-icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith-who inspired one of rock and roll's greatest legends. Tickets are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. (more...)

Jessica Grove, Jennifer Cody, Jason Graae, Zonya Love and More Complete 2017 Music Circus Season Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre has confirmed casting for all five shows in the 67th Music Circus season. The cast is loaded with Broadway veterans-some of whom are making their Music Circus debuts-Tony Award nominees, and audience favorites from previous Music Circus productions. (more...)

A.C.T. Announces Final Extension of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN; Tickets Now On Sale Through 7/16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

Due to unprecedented ticket demand and widespread critical acclaim, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has announced the second and final extension of A Night with Janis Joplin at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary St.). Tickets are on sale now through Sunday, July 16, 2017. Receiving the highest rating by the San Francisco Chronicle, A Night with Janis Joplin is a 'transcendent' (San Francisco Chronicle) and 'intoxicating' (SFist.com) musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences-icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith-who inspired one of rock and roll's greatest legends. Hailed as 'a psychedelic flashback to the glory days of Haight-Ashbury' (Bay Area News Group), A Night with Janis Joplin features such unforgettable songs as 'Me and Bobby McGee,' 'Piece of My Heart,' 'Mercedes Benz,' 'Cry Baby,' 'Summertime,' and more! Tickets for all performances are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. (more...)

The Skivvies' Nick Cearley to Lead AN ACT OF GOD at B Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

A series of tweets on the parody account @TheTweetofGod landed American comedy writer David Javerbaum a book deal. Eventually that book, The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, was adapted for the stage and renamed as An Act of God. The stage version premiered at Broadway's Studio 54 Theatre in 2015 with Big Bang Theory sitcom star Jim Parsons in the leading role. A second run featured Will & Grace's Sean Hayes in the leading role, and now the B Street Theatre will give the holy role to Nick Cearley (Buyer & Cellar). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CRY-BABY, Opening Tomorrow at Drama Learning Center
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Cry-Baby follows the star-crossed teen romance between delinquent Wade 'Cry-Baby' Walker and the rich and square Allison Vernon-Williams in 1950's Baltimore. Performances begin tomorrow, June 16, and continue June 17, 22-24 at 7:30 PM and June 18 at 2 PM at Drama Learning Center. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

ATTACK OF THE ELVIS IMPERSONATORS Brings Hound Dog Fever Off-Broadway Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

Elvis is in the house!  Opening Night of the New York premiere of Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, the zany new musical that will leave you howling for more, with book, music and lyrics by Lory Lazarus, at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues) is tomorrow, June 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Cast and Production Team Set for Midwest Premiere of THE VEIL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

 Idle Muse Theatre Company announced the cast and  production team for the Midwest premiere of The Veil written by playwright Conor McPherson. (more...)

ATTACK OF THE ELVIS IMPERSONATORS Debuts Off-Broadway Tonight at Theatre Row
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Performances begin TONIGHT for the New York premiere of Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, the zany new musical that will leave you howling for more, with book, music and lyrics by Lory Lazarus, at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues). Opening Night is Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Diana Huey, Eric Kunze, Joey Barreiro, Matt Bogart, James Snyder and More Slated for Pittsburgh CLO's 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO celebrates 71 years of musical theater magic with an incredible line-up of musicals featuring a team of Pittsburgh CLO alumni and Broadway's very best artists. (more...)

New Lines's New OUT ON BROADWAY Opens 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," closes its 26th season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the world premiere of the third installment of New Line's own creation, the new revue OUT ON BROADWAY: THE THIRD COMING, running August 3-19, 2017, at the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Mark Wolf Releases Debut Original Single 'Half In Love' 7/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

NYC-based singer/songwriter/DJ/producer—MARK WOLF—influenced by the transgressions of romance and heartbreak, releases his debut original single, “Half In Love” on Friday, July 14. (more...)

Free Staged Readings of 1776 and CRY-BABY Come to OCP
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Two upcoming staged readings will be held at the Omaha Community Playhouse as part of the 2017-2018 Alternative Programming series. 1776 will be held on Monday, July 17 and Cry-Baby will be held on Monday, July 31, both at 7:30 p.m. in OCP's Howard Drew Theatre. The showings are free and open to the public with the opportunity for donation. No tickets or reservations are necessary. (more...)

BWW Interview: Elizabeth Stanley Is Going Back the Berkshires for Barrington Stage Company's RAGTIME
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 5, 2017

Elizabeth Stanely is going back to before this summer... or at least back to the Berkshires. Freshly off of her trip around the country in the national tour of The Bridges of Madison County, she is channeling her maternal instincts in Barrington Stage Company's Ragtime, playing through July 15 in Downtown Pittsfield, MA. (more...)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Rock Pittsburgh CLO for the First Time This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO presents the rock 'n roll hit MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET for the first time, August 8 - 13 at the Benedum Center. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse presents A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the second show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season with the Tony nominated rock and roll musical, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, in Association with the Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc., with musical direction by Todd Olson and written and directed by Randy Johnson. (more...)

Midwest Premiere of Conor McPherson's THE VEIL Opens 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Idle Muse Theatre Company's season eleven, which features plays exploring women achieving self-definition in a world that tries to define them in relationship to the men around them, concludes with the Midwest premiere of The Veil written by playwright Conor McPherson directed by guest artist Ann Kreitman. (more...)

BWW Review:Broadway's James Snyder Performs Engaging SOLILOQUY
by Don Grigware - Jul 24, 2017

Actor/singer James Snyder premiered his touring cabaret show Soliloquy at the Catalina Jazz Club under the prolific banner Chris Isaacson Presents Thursday July 20. Snyder is one of those handsome Broadway leading men whose magnetic appeal is greatly assisted not only by boyish charm but more importantly by an infectiously off beat sense of humor, unpredictability...and... he has one of the most beautifully powerhouse tenor/baritone voices onstage anywhere. I can only think of one or two others who fill the bill as completely well as Snyder. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Line Theatre presents OUT ON BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," closes its 26th season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the world premiere of the third installment of New Line's own creation, the new revue OUT ON BROADWAY: THE THIRD COMING, running August 3-19, 2017, at the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

The Heavyweights to Debut THREE MAN LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents 'Three Man Little Shop Of Horrors - Starring 'The Heavyweights' on July 28th at 9:30pm. (more...)

Cast Complete for New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full casting and creative team for the world premiere of AIN'T TOO PROUD-THE TEMPTATIONS MUSICAL. The musical stage production will be directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Berkeley Rep presents the show by special arrangement with Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce (American Idiot, Spring Awakening). (more...)

Idle Muse Theatre Company Presents Midwest Premiere of THE VEIL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Idle Muse Theatre Company's season eleven, which features plays exploring women achieving self-definition in a world that tries to define them in relationship to the men around them, concludes with the Midwest premiere of The Veil written by playwright Conor McPherson directed by guest artist Ann Kreitman. (more...)

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Plays Final Week at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

American Conservatory Theater's (A.C.T.) critically acclaimed production of A Night with Janis Joplin ends its six-week run this Sunday, July 16 following two extensions and resounding critical and audience response. The performance schedule for the final week is as follows: Wednesday, July 12 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 13 at 8 p.m.; Friday, July 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Good seats for all remaining performances are available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or visiting www.act-sf.org. (more...)

Photo Flash: Third Time's the Charm in New Line Theatre's OUT ON BROADWAY: THE THIRD COMING
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," closes its 26th season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the world premiere of the third installment of New Line's own creation, the new revue OUT ON BROADWAY: THE THIRD COMING, running now through August 19, 2017, at the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Arnie Burton, Alli Mauzey, Brad Oscar and More Set for Amas Musical Theatre's LOVE AND OTHER FABLES Reading
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

Amas Musical Theatre and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab will present staged readings of Love and Other Fables, a screwball romantic musical comedy, with a book by John McMahon and music and lyrics by Jay Jeffries. (more...)

BWW Review: Soulful, Nostalgic A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Rocks Laguna Playhouse
by Michael Quintos - Aug 25, 2017

If you're looking to get a definitive Janis Joplin biography/musical (in the vein of the Carole King musical BEAUTIFUL), then you may be disappointed with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, the short-lived 2013 Broadway musical. More akin to a tribute concert rather than actual musical theater, a new regional production of the show continues at the Laguna Playhouse through September 10. But waitÂ… don't dismiss the show quite so fast. Despite a lack of a real narrative, the production boasts some incredible, standing ovation-worthy musical performances, particularly from Kelly McIntyre who plays the title role and her four 'muses' played by the ultra-talented foursome of Sharon Catherine Brown, Tawny Dolley, Carol Hatchett, and Amma Osei. These ladies alone are reason enough to go see this production! (more...)

Broadway To Dim Its Lights In Memory Of Award Winning Writer Thomas Meehan
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2017

The Broadway community mourns the loss of multiple Tony Award® winner Thomas Meehan, who passed away on Monday, August 21st at age 88. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Wednesday, August 30th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Broadway Experience Celebrates 10th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2017

The Broadway Experience celebrated its 10th Anniversary season with a culminating student performance alongside Broadway professionals this past Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the James & Martha Duffy Performance Space at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
by Walter McBride - Aug 23, 2017

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, Thomas Meehan, who is best known for his books of such classics as Annie, The Producers and Hairspray, has passed away at 88 years old. (more...)

Book Writer of ANNIE & HAIRSPRAY- Thomas Meehan Passes Away at 88
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

BroadwayWorld is sad to report that Thomas Meehan, who is best known for his books of such classics as Annie, The Producers and Hairspray, passed away yesterday, August 21, 2017. He was 88 years old. (more...)

Photo Flash: Laguna Playhouse Continues Season with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2017

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the second show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season with the Tony nominated rock and roll musical, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, in Association with the Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc., with musical direction by Todd Olson and written and directed by Randy Johnson. (more...)

Midwest Premiere of Conor McPherson's THE VEIL Opens This Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Idle Muse Theatre Company's season eleven, which features plays exploring women achieving self-definition in a world that tries to define them in relationship to the men around them, opens the Midwest premiere of The Veil written by playwright Conor McPherson directed by guest artist Ann Kreitman this month. (more...)

Joe Iconis and Family Take Over Barrington Stage Company for One Night Only Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

After many summers of blowing the roof off of Mr. Finn's Cabaret, Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, proudly presents Joe Iconis and Family TAKE OVER! on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 8pm. (more...)

CRY BABY Returns to The PIT this September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Actress/comedian (and real life mom) Jamie Aderski is back at The PIT for another run of her one-woman comedy show 'Cry Baby: My (Reluctant) Journey Into Motherhood.' (more...)

BWW Feature: Strong Women Get Their Due on Stage in August
by Ellen Dostal - Aug 11, 2017

If you were captivated by the film Hidden Figures and its story of the women known as 'human computers' who saved John Glenn's NASA space mission, get ready for Lauren Gunderson's play SILENT SKY, opening this month at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Idle Muse Theatre Company to Stage Midwest Premiere of Conor McPherson's THE VEIL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

Idle Muse Theatre Company's season eleven, which features plays exploring women achieving self-definition in a world that tries to define them in relationship to the men around them, opens the Midwest premiere of The Veil written by playwright Conor McPherson directed by guest artist Ann Kreitman this month. (more...)

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