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Bebe Winans Will Host a Preview Concert Of Broadway-Bound Musical BORN FOR THIS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

The producers of the Broadway-bound musical BORN FOR THIS, today announced that Gospel and R&B music legend BEBE WINANS will host a one-night-only concert previewing the music from his original musical BORN FOR THIS on Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 W. 54 St). For tickets please visit https://54below.com/events/born-for-this/ (more...)

The Broadway Collective Will Launch 12-City Master Class Tour This October!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

Broadway veteran Robert Hartwell is scouring the country to find-and train-the next generation of Broadway performers. (more...)

Antoine L. Smith of DCPA's OKLAHOMA! Will Takeover BWW Instagram Tomorrow!
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Sep 28, 2018

Go behind the scenes with Antoine L. Smith of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts's Oklahoma! tomorrow, September 29th as he takes over the BroadwayWorld Instagram! Smith will show followers what a two show day is like.' Smith stars as 'Curly' in the production. (more...)

Tanya Holt & Robert Fowler Premiere UK Soul Charting 'Can We?'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

The sultry soul duo Tanya Holt and Robert H. Fowler celebrate the US release of their UK chart-hopping album 'Can We?' in a special one-night only engagement at The Green Room 42 at Yotel, 570 Tenth Avenue, 4th floor on Saturday October 20 at 9:30pm. While their project sheds multiple hits on various charts in the UK and internationally (three singles have earned Top 5 positions, including on the official UK Soul chart) Holt and Fowler, who both hail from New York (she's from Queens; he's from the Bronx), have just released the album here. According to album producer Dwayne C. Palmer - the singers' frequent collaborator and the honcho of the project's label, Lovebeams -- this is the kickoff of a live promotional tour for "Can We?" dates to be announced. (more...)

Review Roundup: Geva Theatres's Production Of HAIR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

Geva Theatre Center presents Hair, with book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, music by Galt MacDermot, directed by Melissa Rain Anderson, with musical direction by Don Kot, and choreography by Liz Ramos in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from September 4 through October 7. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - September 26, 2018
by - Sep 26, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 26 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Begins Performances Tonight At Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2016, launches its 80th milestone season with The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. The Color Purple is the Tony Award-winning musical revival based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. Cast members from the 2015 Broadway revival lead the Paper Mill Playhouse company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act - Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost - National Tour, Rent - Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear Me, Shrek the Musical - National Tour) as Sofia. (more...)

Jennifer Holliday Lead THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE In Scottsdale Postponed
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company has announced Tony Award-winner and Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls, The Color Purple) and Joey Lawrence (TV's 'Blossom', 'Brotherly Love', 'Melissa & Joey' , Broadway's Chicago) will lead their production of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (September 27 - October 7 at Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona). Holliday will play Muzzy Van Hossmere and Lawrence will play Trevor Graydon. They will be joined by Marc Koeck ('Tony' in last year's 50th Anniversary international tour of West Side Story. (more...)

Photo Flash: Berkeley Playhouse Kicks Off 11th Season With DREAMGIRLS:
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

Berkeley Playhouse opens their eleventh season of professional theater for family audiences with the legendary Broadway musical, Dreamgirls. One of the most celebrated American musicals of the 20th century, Dreamgirls was inspired by the stories and rise of R&B's most popular superstars, including The Supremes, James Brown, and the roster of artists that helped change the landscape of popular music in the 60s and 70s. Effie, Lorrell, and Deena have grown up together-they are young, determined, and talented-and they've got a dream to be the next big girl group on the radio, no matter what the cost. (more...)

The Modern Movie Musical- Rotten or Fresh?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

Ever since Chicago hit the big screen in 2002, Hollywood has re-embraced the movie musical. On October 5, a new title joins the genre when A Star Is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, is released. At least for now, the film is Certified Fresh, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95%, but will it hold up? (more...)

BWW's On This Day - September 25, 2018
by - Sep 25, 2018

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

A LONELY VOICE - The Lyrics of Robert Gould Comes to the Union Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

After sold out shows in April 2018 and May 2017, lyricist Robert Gould will return to the Union Theatre at 7.30pm on October 21 with A LONELY VOICE, a concert of songs with his lyrics performed by a cast of West End and Off-West End musical theatre performers (from the casts of shows such as Tina The Musical, Little Shop Of Horrors and Wicked). The concert will feature a showcase of songs from "Cleopatra", a brand new musical-in-development by Robert Gould and Lyndon Samuel, as well as an eclectic mix of musical theatre, indie pop and folk/rock numbers with music penned by composers from the UK, USA, Sweden, Israel and the Netherlands, including Tristan Bons, Alex James Ellison, Alexander Engstrom, Dean Heller, Ty Kroll, Omri Lahav, Ben Messenger, Christopher J. Orton, Joe Sterling, Dylan Wynford and Bo Wastesson. (a composer from Sweden, whose works include the musicals "The Brothers Lionheart", "The Blacksmith's Daughter" and "Gerda") (more...)

BWW's On This Day - September 24, 2018
by - Sep 24, 2018

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

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Comes to Winningstad Theatre, 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

Artists Lounge Live presents An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin, November 23rd-25th at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205. (more...)

John Arthur Greene Stars In THESE ARE THE SHOWS I DIDN'T BOOK...AND WHY At Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents John Arthur Greene in "These are the shows I didn't book…and why" on November 25th, 2018.  (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 8, 2018
by - Oct 8, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 8 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

The North Carolina Symphony Presents BROADWAY SINGS FOR FLORENCE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

The North Carolina Symphony and five Broadway stars will be raising funds for hurricane relief and recovery during the Broadway Sings for Florence concert on Monday, Oct. 22 at Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Tyrone Huntley To Host, And Richard Eyre To Receive The Gielgud Award, Presented By Ian Mckellen, At The UK Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

Director Richard Eyre is to be this year's recipient of the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts. The award will be presented by Ian McKellen at the UK Theatre Awards on Sunday 14 October 2018. (more...)

Go Behind The Scenes of DCPA's OKLAHOMA! with Antoine L. Smith's Instagram Takeover Recap!
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Oct 5, 2018

BroadwayWorld has an inside look at Denver Center for the Performing Arts's Oklahoma! as Antione L. Smith took over the BWW Instagram this past Saturday, and gave followers a behind the scenes look. Smith is currently starring as 'Curly.' Enjoy a recap of his takeover below. (more...)

Ada Bricktop Smith Is Coming Back To Her Roots In The World Premiere Of BRICKTOP At GVT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

Gabrielle Lee will play Bricktop in Greenbrier Valley Theatre's World Premiere of Ada 'Bricktop' Smith -Legend of the Jazz Age, a one-woman play with music that celebrates and chronicles the life of Ada 'Bricktop' Smith; written by Cathey Sawyer and musical direction by Kermit Medsker. Born in Alderson, West Virginia, Bricktop a singer and dancer, rose to fame as a nightclub owner during the Jazz Age. She opened Chez Bricktop's in Paris in 1926, and eventually became the darling of Paris nightlife and nicknamed the 'Doyenne of Cafe Society.' (more...)

Greenway Arts Alliance Announces Casting For THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) announced the cast and creative team for the THE COLOR PURPLE, which will play at the Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles). Performances run from November 9 through December 9 with the official press opening on Saturday, November 10. The Tony Award-winning musical features a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Directing and choreographing the cast of 15 is NAACP Theater Award-winner Jeffrey Polk (Smokey Joe's Cafe). (more...)

WAITRESS International Premiere Announces Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group has announced the full cast of the international premiere of the Tony-nominated musical WAITRESS. The show, which continues to run on Broadway and will open in London's West End next year, features music and lyrics from six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, and will open on November 9, 2018, at the Carols P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Manila. (more...)

Virginia Repertory Theatre Presents SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Sister Act on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the November Theatre/Arenstein Stage, 114 West Broad Street. The show will run through Sunday, January 6, 2019.  Previews will be on Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 15, 2018. With music by Alan Menken, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, lyrics by Glenn Slater and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, this uplifting musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg. (more...)

David Cromer to Direct NEXT TO NORMAL in Chicago, Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces casting for its upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit) and music directed by Andra Velis Simon. Next to Normal runs May 8 - June 16, 2019 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Stars Come Out for BROADWAY SINGS FOR FLORENCE Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

Performers from some of the biggest hits on Broadway will be raising funds for hurricane relief and recovery during the Broadway Sings for Florence concert on Monday, Oct. 22 at Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Comedian And TV Star Tom Allen To Host This Year's West End Bares: Top Off The Pops
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

The Make A Difference Trust has announced that following his hugely popular WEST END BARES debut in 2017, comedian and TV star TOM ALLEN will host this year's WEST END BARES: TOP OFF THE POPS at The Shaftesbury Theatre on Sunday 28 October at 7.00pm and 9.30pm. (more...)

Time to Dance the Night Away! Meet the Cast of THE PROM- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - Oct 23, 2018

The Prom is bringing the party to Broadway! Performances begin tonight, Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances! (more...)

Shortlist Announced For The 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards; Voting Now Open!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

Today, the shortlist is announced for the 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards, celebrating the best long-running West End productions and best new productions from around the country. CLICK HERE TO VOTE! (more...)

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opens In Philly With Cast Activities And Festive Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

It could be a new 'Tradition'..... For the first time in over 30 years, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fiddler On The Roof is coming to Philadelphia! The national touring production will open on Tuesday, October 23 at the Academy of Music.  (more...)

Community Driven Family Storytelling Event EXTRA YARN Is Free At Garry Marshall Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Garry Marshall Theatre is back with the highly anticipated marshallARTS family storytelling program Storybook Pages with the Caldecott Honor-winning children's book Extra Yarn written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen on Saturday, October 13 at 11am. (more...)

Nancy Anderson and More Lead Cast of Signature's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Signature Theatre announces the full cast and creative team for Billy Elliot the Musical directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Passion, West Side Story). (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Artists Lounge Live presents AN UNFORGETTABLE NAT KING COLE CHRISTMAS starring Evan Tyrone Martin on December 18, at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL, 60069. (more...)

Queens Library's Culture Connection Program Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary With Five Concerts At Five Locations
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Queens Library will celebrate the 5th anniversary of its increasingly popular Culture Connection program with five concerts at five library locations, featuring a number of Broadway and jazz artists, and showcasing various flavors of the genres, from Broadway standards to Afro-Cuban jazz. Performers will include stars like Alton Fitzgerald White, best known for his role of King Mustafa in 'The Lion King,' and internationally acclaimed Cuban pianist Dayramir Gonzalez, as well as rising artists, who have already become strong and recognizable voices in the New York City jazz scene. (more...)

Robert Cuccioli to Lead Goodspeed's A CONNECTICUT CHRISTMAS CAROL, Hunter Foster Directs
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

Goodspeed Musicals announces the full cast of their new production of A Connecticut Christmas Carol - the musical treat infused with more Connecticut flavor by LJ Fecho and Michael O'Flaherty. (more...)

Wake Up With BWW 10/19: Inside A VERY WICKED HALLOWEEN, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Oct 19, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: go inside A Very Wicked Halloween, and more! (more...)

VIDEO: Trailer For Signature Theater's BILLY ELLIOT in DC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the trailer for Signature Theater's Billy Elliot the Musical directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Passion, West Side Story). Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, all 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. Initially facing opposition from society and his father, Billy's passion instead unites the community and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The original production with book and lyrics by Lee Hall and music by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award® winner Elton John was universally lauded, sweeping the Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Billy Elliot the Musical will run from October 30, 2018 - January 6, 2019 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

MATILDA Creates Magic At Village Theatre This Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

Village Theatre is elated to bring Roald Dahl's magical misfit Matilda to the stage in the hit musical that swept up five Tony Awards, seven Olivier Awards, and was named TIME's #1 Show of the Year in 2013. The production features an incredible cast of 15 local youth who have been training for their roles in music, acting, and CrossFit since June. They will be joined by some of the Puget Sound's best performers. (more...)

Billy Porter Cast in Tiffany Haddish's LIMITED PARTNERS
by TV News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

Billy Porter has been cast in the film 'Limited Partners' starring Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne, according to Variety. (more...)

Review Roundup: What Did the Critics Think of the Pre-Broadway Run of AIN'T TOO PROUD in Toronto?
by Review Roundups - Oct 18, 2018

The pre-Broadway run of 'Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations' officially opened in Toronto last night! (more...)

BWW Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD Succeeds on its Stunning Talent
by Taylor Long - Oct 18, 2018

The soul of Motown is alive in Toronto. On its final stop before Broadway, AIN'T TOO PROUD busts open the Motown catalogue at Mirvish's Princess of Wales Theatre. With explosive vocals that reach every extreme of the human voice, high-energy choreography, and a playlist of 31 Motown favourites - AIN'T TOO PROUD works hard to be a hit. (more...)

Songwriter Showcase, Midday Cabarets And Final Casting Announced For National Alliance For Musical Theatre's 30th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce final casting for the 30th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS along with The Songwriters Showcase and Midday Cabarets. The FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS takes place on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, 2018 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Festival events kick off on Monday, October 22 with Thank You, 30! a gala event to celebrate the 30th Annual Festival. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The International Premiere Cast of WAITRESS Meets The Press
by Oliver Oliveros - Oct 18, 2018

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group, along with PR company Media Exchange and Discovery Suites Manila, formally introduced the lead cast of the international premiere of the Broadway smash musical "Waitress" yesterday, October 18, 2018. (more...)

Breaking: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Will Play Final Off-Broadway Performance Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2018

Producers Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Tom Viertel announced today that Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, the all-new incarnation of the record breaking Broadway hit, will close on Sunday, November 4, 2018. The show will have played 20 previews and 121 performances at Stage 42 (422 West 42nd Street). Previews began on Friday, July 6 and the production officially opened on Sunday, July 22. (more...)

Spend the Evening With Stars of the West End at ONE NIGHT WITH...
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

One Night With...! is an exciting new West End after hours event that will allow fans to get up close and personal with some of the biggest musical theatre stars (more...)

Amber Sauer To Headline At The Smith Center Thanksgiving Weekend In 3 DIVAAS, 16 GRAMMYS, 1 VOICE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

With A Star-Studded Tribute to Celine Dion, Whitney Houston & Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Shania Twain's voices shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all believed in LOVE. Now, is your opportunity to experience it LIVE with your loved one as Broadway in the H.O.O.D brings '3 Divas, 16 Grammy's, 1 Voice;' staring Amber Sauer, contestant on Season 14 of The Voice as a part of Kelly Clarkson's, November 23 - 24, 2018, in Myron's Cabaret Jazz Theatre at The Smith Center for The Performing Arts! (more...)

Amas Musical Theatre To Present THE ALGONQUIN KID In One-Night Only Special Event
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) in celebration of its 50thseason, will present The Algonquin Kid, a musical revue about growing up in the Algonquin Hotel, written by Michael Colby. (more...)

WAITRESS Plays Majestic Theatre This January
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Broadway in San Antonio is thrilled to announce WAITRESS, playing the Majestic Theatre as part of the North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio 2018-2019 season, for eight performances, January 8-13, 2019.   Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, October 5. (more...)

Shanice Williams, Major Attaway, and More Join Aretha Franklin Tribute at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, who passed away on August 16th, will be celebrated in story and song at Feinstein's/54 Below on Sunday, October 7th, at 9:30pm, in a concert directed and produced by Robert W. Schneider. (more...)

Jim Byk And Shane Marshall Brown Open New Theatrical Publicity Office, The Press Room
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Veteran Broadway press agents Jim Byk and Shane Marshall Brown have created The Press Room, a new theatrical and entertainment publicity office now open in New York City. Founders Byk and Brown are joined by publicist Kelly Guiod, who serves as Vice President for the company. (more...)

Industry Editor Exclusive: Revival(s) on the Horizon
by Cara Joy David - Oct 1, 2018

We are still fairly early in the Broadway season, but it is never too early to start thinking of the Tony race. And what do people seem to be focused on? Whether the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of KISS ME, KATE, which is currently the only announced musical revival, will simply be handed a Tony. (more...)

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