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Marc Platt Says FOX's A CHRISTMAS STORY Will Be 'A Gift to the World'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

Executive producer Marc Platt (Grease LIVE!) and composers Ben Pasek and Justin Paul participated in FOX's TCA panel held yesterday in Los Angeles and shared further details on the project. (more...)

Fox to Air RENT Live in Late 2018; Original Cast Member to Star?
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 9, 2017

At yesterday's TCA press tour held in Los Angeles, FOX Chairman and CEO Dana Walden revealed that the broadcast will air sometime in late 2018. (more...)

Scoop: KEVIN CAN WAIT on CBS - Monday, August 28, 2017
by - Aug 9, 2017

Get all the scoop on KEVIN CAN WAIT, airing on CBS on Monday, August 28, 2017! (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 9
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 9, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

FOX Reveals Air Date for Live Musical Event A CHRISTMAS STORY; Maya Rudolph to Star
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

FOX's next live musical event, A CHRISTMAS STORY, will air Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) LIVE on FOX. Emmy Award nominee Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaids”) will star as the mother of nine-year old “Ralphie Parker.” (more...)

Treat Williams and Stephen Adly Guirgis to Star in AMERICAN BUFFALO
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Dorset Theatre Festival capstones its 40th Anniversary Season with the Regional Revival of American Buffalo by David Mamet. American Buffalo, under the direction of John Gould Rubin (Artistic Director of The Private Theater), runs for a limited engagement of 11 performances between August 24 - September 2, 2017. All performances take place at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset. (more...)

John Herrera Leads LOVELESS TEXAS, Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

BOOMERANG THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce Tony award nominee for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Drama Desk award winner for In the Heights, John Herrera* (The Times They Are A-Changin', The Threepenny Opera, Man of La Mancha, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1776, Shogun the Musical, Camelot), Kimberly JaJuan* (Marie Christine, Ragtime, King David), Trisha Jeffrey* (Motown the Musical, All Shook Up, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent), Amanda Lea LaVergne* (Annie, Grease), and Darren Ritchie* (Wonderland, Dracula the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bells Are Ringing, Les Miserables) have joined the cast of LOVELESS TEXAS. Rounding out the cast are Colin Barkell, Brett Benowitz, CJ Eldred*, Joe Joseph*, Chase Kamata*, Annette Navarro, and Bligh Voth*. (more...)

Ken Ludwig's ROBIN HOOD! Extends Again at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

The Old Globe today announced that due to popular demand, the exciting Globe-commissioned world premiere comedy Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! has now extended again, through September 10! This is the second and final extension for the hit show, which previously announced a one-week addition through September 3. The production plays in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Single tickets start at $45 and are on sale now. (more...)

Eli Cooper, Alex Rathgeber, and John Xintavelonis Join the Cast of THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2017

Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones today announced additional cast members for the upcoming Australian tour of the world's favourite musical, The Wizard of Oz. (more...)

Australian Musical MIRACLE CITY to Open at Sydney Opera House This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2017

A brand new production of Nick Enright and Max Lambert's celebrated Australian musical Miracle City takes over the Sydney Opera House Studio from 12 - 29 October with an outstanding cast of new stars and musical-theatre veterans.   (more...)

BWW Review: JOYCE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO DATING is Frothy Mix of Missed Opportunities
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 20, 2017

Make no mistake about it, there is a funny, intelligent, socially-conscious, slightly sardonic show inside of the new musical JOYCE  JACKSON'S GUIDE TO DATING. Unfortunately, the show's writers, Scott Logsdon (book and lyrics) and Steve Marzullo (music) weren't able to find it in time for the world premiere production that ended its run at Orlando's Abbey earlier this week. (more...)

The WIZARD OF OZ's Yellow Brick Road Will Extend to Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2017

Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones today announced that the world's favourite musical, The Wizard of Oz, will be coming to Melbourne as part of the upcoming Australian tour. It will play from 15 May 2018 at the Regent Theatre. If you're an Optus customer you can beat the rush for tickets with the Optus Perks pre-sale, along with registered members of the waitlist at wizardofozthemusical.com (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...)

BWW's On This Day - August 19, 2017
by - Aug 19, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

JACK Unveils Fall 2017 Season of Key Experimenting Artists in Theater, Dance & Music
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Recognized by The Village Voice as 'Best Scrappy Brooklyn Theater' in their Best of 2016 issue, JACK presents a flurry of some of today's key experimenting artists in theater, dance and music, with new work by playwrights Virginia Grise, Azure Osborne-Lee, nicHi douglas, Karma Mayetand Justin Kuritzkes, by choreographer Nicole Bindler, and by composer Justin Hicks with director Charlotte Brathwaite. (more...)

BROADWAY IN WILMINGTON Single Tickets Go On Sale This Tuesday
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Single tickets for the 2017-2018 Broadway in Wilmington series at The Playhouse on Rodney Square will go on sale August 22 at 10:00 a.m. The Broadway series, the third season under the management of The Grand Opera House, includes four week-long productions, THE WIZARD OF OZ, CABARET, DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY LIVE ON STAGE, and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. In addition, the schedule includes three limited-engagements, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL, THE ILLUSIONISTS: LIVE FROM BROADWAY and DANCE TO THE MOVIES. (more...)

Company of Fools to Present Tanya Barfield's BRIGHT HALF LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Following a successful summer run of Aaron Posner's play Life Sucks, Company of Fools' 22nd season of theatre continues this fall with a production of BRIGHT HALF LIFE by playwright Tanya Barfield. Company of Fools' Interim Artistic Director, Ilana Becker, will direct the play, which runs Sept. 27-Oct. 14, 2017, at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. (more...)

BWW Blog: HAMILTON Creative Team Talk: Looking to The Cabinet for Inspiration
by Erica Garcia - Aug 18, 2017

The Tony Award-winning HAMILTON Creative Team - Director Thomas Kail, Orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, and Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler - sat down for a Q&A in LA to reveal details about the show's creation, proving it just as inspiring as the show itself. (more...)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's PIPE DREAM Opens Musical Theatre West's Reiner Staged Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

???????Musical Theatre West's (MTW) Reiner Staged Reading Series (RRS) returns for its final season, with its premiere performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pipe Dream, Sunday, September 17, 7pm at the Beverly O'Neill Theater, located at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.  Tickets are now on sale online at www.musical.org, by visiting the MTW West Ticket Office, or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.  Advance general admission tickets for each performance are $27.  Seating is general admission with early admission for season subscribers.  Season subscriptions for all five Reiner Staged Reading Series performances are available for $140.  This season's lineup includes Once Upon a Mattress (Sunday, November 17, 2017), Louisiana Purchase (Sunday, February 11, 2018), Do Re Mi (Sunday, June 3, 2018), and The Most Happy Fella (Sunday, August 19, 2018).  (more...)

Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with Wendy Rosoff and Will Collyer about SOME LIKE IT HOT Musical, SUGAR in LA 9/24
by West of Broadway - Aug 17, 2017

On this episode of West of Broadway, Lara Scott and Will Armstrong are back from break and sitting down with Musical Theatre Guild members Will Collyer & Wendy Rosoff to discuss this remarkable organization and the work that goes behind producing their one night only musicals. (more...)

Three New Shows Just Added to King Center Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

Space Coast Ballet Company's The Nutcracker, The New York Bee Gees, and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons have just  been added to the King Center lineup! (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 18
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 16, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Geva Theatre Center's 45th Season Opens with IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Geva Theatre Center presents In the Heights, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Melissa Rain Anderson in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from September 5 through October 8. (more...)

Tony Winner Dinah Manoff to Lead THE NUTS & BOLTS OF ACTING Workshop at BPA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Tony Award winner Dinah Manoff leads The Nuts & Bolts of Acting, a two-part workshop for teens and adults, ages 16 and older this September at Bainbridge Performing Arts. (more...)

Andy Coxon Cast as 'Berger' for 50th Anniversary Production of HAIR
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Andy Coxon has been cast in the iconic role of Berger, in the new 50th anniversary production of HAIR. (more...)

Michael Halling and Leah Berry to Lead SOUTH PACIFIC at STAGES St. Louis
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

One of the most powerful musicals of all time, South Pacific triumphantly returns to STAGES for the first time in 25 years. Running September 8th through October 8th at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, South Pacific will close STAGES' 31st Season with a timeless tale of love and loss. (more...)

FUN HOME Opens 30th Anniversary Season at The Armory
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 30th anniversary season opens with the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home. Created by Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) and based on the celebrated graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home will begin preview performances on September 16, open September 22, and run through October 22 on The Armory's U.S. Bank Main Stage. Artistic Director Chris Coleman will direct a cast lead by Allison Mickelson, Sara Masterson and Aida Valentine as the central character, Alison, at three different ages. Robert Mammana (previously at The Armory as Skye Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Father in Ragtime) and Faith Sandberg will play Alison's parents, Bruce and Helen Bechdel. (more...)

Stage Left Theatre to Present Chicago Premiere of Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Stage Left Theatre announces the upcoming Chicago premiere of Building the Wall, written by Robert Schenkkan and directed by co-artistic director Amy Szerlong. Building the Wall is the first production of Stage Left's 36th season. Press opening is Thursday, September 21, at 8 PM at Athenaeum Theatre Chicago, 2936 N. Southport Ave. The show runs through October 22nd. (more...)

Chef Spotlight: Peter Van Der Mije of OSTERIA LEANA in Oyster Bay
by Marina Kennedy - Aug 15, 2017

Peter Van Der Mije of Osteria Leana in Oyster Bay, New York is in our 'Chef Spotlight.' (more...)

GREASE Led By Pretty Little Liars' Janel Parrish To Play Toronto This November
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Irregular Entertainment producers David Galpern and Charles Roy, announced today that they are producing a new production of Grease: The Musical starring Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars) as Sandy, Katie Findlay (How to Get Away with Murder) as Rizzo, and introducing Dylan S. Wallach (Summer Blink, (Blank) My Life) as Danny, directed by Josh Prince (Beautiful, The Carole King Musical; Shrek, The Musical), this fall at The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto. Previews begin November 1, 2017, with Opening Night on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Tickets go on sale September 5, 2017. (more...)

Melissa Peterman, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Teresa Ganzel and Sarah Gilman to Lead HEARTBREAK HELP at LA's Theatre Row
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Director Stan Zimmerman has found his quartet of actors for the first major revival of Justin Tanner's acclaimed comedy play, Heartbreak Help. (more...)

Michael McGrath, Michael Mastro, Leslie Kritzer and Laura Bell Bundy to Headline THE HONEYMOONERS at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn, has announced casting for the world-premiere production of the new musical comedy The Honeymooners, based on the CBS television series, with book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, music by Stephen Weiner, and lyrics by Peter Mills. (more...)

Engeman Theater presents $12,500 Check to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, Inc.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

On Wednesday, August 9th, John W. Engeman Theater owner Kevin J. O'Neill presented a check to Robert Cogliati (President of the Board of Trustees), Barbara Sorelle (Event Planner) and Linda Taylor (CEO) of Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, Inc. (VNSHS). (more...)

BWW Review: PROM KWEEN at Underbelly, Cowgate
by Adam Robinson - Aug 14, 2017

Cool kids, high school identity issues, a whole lot of singing and the starting of engines. Grease may have been the word, but hunty you are not in Rydell anymore. It is 2016 and while the world is in turmoil, the life of an American teenager is no smooth catwalk. Social outsider Matthew comes untucked when they decide it is time to step out the shadows and shine, by running for prom queen. (more...)

SISTER ACT Concludes the 2017 Music Circus Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

The 67th Music Circus season continues with the feel-good musical comedy Sister Act, featuring an infectious score by Tony and Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken. Based on the hit 1992 film, this musical will fill the round stage with saintly sisters for the first time in Music Circus history. Performances of Sister Act are Tuesday, August 22 through Sunday, August 27 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

The Broadwaysted Podcast to Release New Radio Play 'Broadwaysted Away' 8/15
by Broadwaysted - Aug 14, 2017

Broadwaysted, the popular and hilarious theatre podcast, is proud to announce the World Premiere of Broadwaysted Away, a new and original three-part 'radio play' featuring an all-star cast. Written and edited by Kevin Jaeger with additional puns by Bryan Plofsky, Broadwaysted Away will be released as three consecutive weekly episodes of Broadwaysted free on iTunes. Part One of Broadwaysted Away premieres Tuesday, August 15th. (more...)

Stage Stars on Screen - A Guide to Broadway on TV's 2017-18 Season!
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 13, 2017

Broadway stars, live musical presentations and a high school theater department-themed drama series are all on tap for the upcoming 2017-18 primetime television season. Check out the exciting programming slate below! (more...)

Vanessa Hudgens To Be Honored with #SeeHer Award at TEEN CHOICE 2017
by TV News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has partnered with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) to present TEEN CHOICE's first-ever #SeeHer Award to Vanessa Hudgens. (more...)

FOOTLOOSE Boogies Into Sheffield This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

The smash hit production, Footloose: The Musical comes to the Lyceum Theatre stage from Tuesday 29 August - Saturday 2 September. (more...)

Brooke Shields to Guest Star in Season 19 of LAW AND ORDER: SVU
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

BROOKE SHIELDS is set to guest star on “Law & Order: SVU” in a recurring role that will shake up Benson's (Mariska Hargitay) world this season.  (more...)

Will You Win a Golden Ticket? Digital Lottery Launches Today for Broadway's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

The new Broadway musical Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will launch a digital lottery on Friday, August 11, 2017, making a limited number of $40 tickets available for all performances. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): Chris McLaurin and Mara Smotherman of PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 11, 2017

Chris McLaurin and one of his cast members, Mara Bloomfield Smotherman (who will be seen later this season in The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of South Pacific) take on our list of six questions for this latest version of Friday 5 (+1), offering insight into what makes them tick, what brought them to the theater in the first place and to suggest why you won't want to miss their show. (more...)

You're Invited to an Unforgettable Wedding in IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

It's like 'Modern Family' meets wedding party drama when Saugatuck Center for the Arts' Mason Street Warehouse (MSW) theatre company presents It Shoulda Been You, a musical comedy about an unforgettable wedding day with a game-changing plot twist. (more...)

Photo Flash: F. Michael Haynie, Julia Knitel and Ryann Redmond to Headline CHASING SUMMER at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Chasing Summer, a new concert from the award-winning writing team of Ben Chavez& Yianni Papadimos. F. Michael Haynie (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory), Julia Knitel (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), and Ryann Redmond(Bring It On: The Musical) are set to headline the concert. (more...)

F. Michael Haynie, Julia Knitel and Ryann Redmond to Headline 'CHASING SUMMER' at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Chasing Summer, a new concert from the award-winning writing team of Ben Chavez & Yianni Papadimos. F. Michael Haynie (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory), Julia Knitel (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), and Ryann Redmond (Bring It On: The Musical) are set to headline the concert. (more...)

Stephen Bogardus and More Featured on IRVING BERLIN REDISCOVERED Album, Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's new CD, 'Irving Berlin Rediscovered' - being released today - features such Broadway notables as Stephen Bogardus ('Bright Star'), Giuseppe Bausilio ('Hello, Dolly!'), and Jon Peterson ('Cabaret'), plus such nightclub and cabaret stars as Seth Sikes and Natalie Douglas. (more...)

Breaking: They're Working Their Way Back! JERSEY BOYS Will Return Off-Broadway This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

The big man is back in town! The beloved Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS returns to New York City at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) this November, 2017. (more...)

Scoop: KEVIN CAN WAIT on CBS - Thursday, August 31, 2017
by TV Scoop - Aug 10, 2017

Get all the scoop on KEVIN CAN WAIT, airing on CBS on Thursday, August 31, 2017! (more...)

Scoop: KEVIN CAN WAIT on CBS - Thursday, August 10, 2017
by TV Scoop - Aug 10, 2017

Get all the scoop on KEVIN CAN WAIT, airing on CBS on Thursday, August 10, 2017! (more...)

Casting Search Announced for Role of 'Ralphie' in FOX's A CHRISTMAS STORY
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Today, Telsey & Company Casting has announced a search for a young actor to play the lead role of 'Ralphie'. The casting description reads: RALPHIE - Male, 9 - 12, Caucasian, Possibly a bit pudgy; a regular kid ... Actor must be an excellent singer and able to carry a show. (more...)

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