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LIFE WITH ORSON WELLES: THE MAN BEHIND THE LEGEND Docu-Series to Premiere in Berlin
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2019

Beatrice Mori di Gerfalco Welles and writer-producer-director Dax Phelan have teamed up for a six-episode original docu-series, “Life with Orson Welles: The Man Behind the Legend.” The daughter of Orson Welles and his third wife Paola Mori, Welles is a countess from an Italian noble family that dates back to 400 AD, a stage and film actress (“Chimes at Midnight,” “Don Quixote”), and the manager of the Orson Welles estate. (more...)

THE GLASS MENAGERIE Comes to Fulton Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2019

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning play wright Tennessee Williams, take a look through the fading memory books of Tom's fractured life in The Glass Menagerie. Living with his controlling mother and introverted sister Laura, who lives in her own world of make believe, Tom struggles as the pillar of his family. As the memories are revealed, Tom and his mother Amanda, wish for nothing more than for Laura to find a loving husband. When Tom sets up a blind date for his sister with his coworker from the shoe warehouse, Amanda's obsession and frustration is pushed to new extremes, while Laura is left vulnerable and exposed like her glass figurines. (more...)

Wake Up With BWW 2/8: BEETLEJUICE Casting, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Feb 8, 2019

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Happy Friday! End your week and kickstart an amazing weekend by catching up on the latest Broadway news! (more...)

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Comes to Storyhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2019

Storyhouse announced today that a new production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's musical Little Shop of Horrors will run on the main stage from Friday 10 May - Sunday 2 June, to mark the multi award-winning arts centres second birthday. (more...)


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Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: INTO THE WOODS
by Ben Rimalower - Feb 8, 2019

Well, my little piggies and wolves, the next CDs I'm eliminating from my apartment are all the recordings of all the versions of Into The Woods. I'm talking London cast, movie version, Broadway revival and ouch, the one that's gonna leave a gaping hole in my heart, that beautiful Original Broadway Cast Recording starring Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Tom Aldredge, Robert Westenberg and above them all as the Witch (receiving the deal-breaking top billing the producers previously refused Patti LuPone when they offered her the role) Bernadette Peters. (more...)

BWW Interview: Bibeth Orteza Talks Joining the Company of SILENT SKY
by Jude Cartalaba - Feb 8, 2019

Though acting on stage is nothing new to writer-director Bibeth Orteza, she considers her stint in this year's restaging of Lauren Gunderson's play 'Silent Sky' still difficult. For her, it is always tough when one does her best. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Broadway's Backbone with Linda Griffin
by Broadway's Backbone - Feb 7, 2019

From the Broadway Company and current 1st National tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Madeline Doherty. Maddie admits that fear and intimidation have been some of the best partners in this business and often are the greatest motivators. After 10 years in Les Miserables, over 6 years in The Producers and the entire run of Sister Act, Maddie hit the road with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to play the role she covered on Broadway. In an industry that is guaranteed to break your heart, she realizes that being tenacious and auditioning well is what provides longevity. When inspiration is needed, she revisits that kernel of being child and seeing her first show and her love for being a member of an acting company explodes. (more...)

BWW Review: Take Time To Smell, See, And Especially Hear The Roses In GYPSY At Toby's In Columbia
by Cybele Pomeroy - Feb 7, 2019

Cathy Mundy as Momma Rose creates a faceted character with depth, backstory and motivation. The Ensemble is full of experienced leading men and women who blend beautifully and as Louise, MaryKate Brouillet manages to look about fourteen years old for most of the show before her Act II transformation. Full of catchy tunes, powerhouse vocalists, lively choreography and adorable children, Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia's production of Gypsy is an impressive crowd-pleaser. (more...)

BWW Review: BNS Productions' TWO TRAINS RUNNING Runs at Full Steam With a Deep Cast
by Perry Tannenbaum - Feb 7, 2019

The BNS production of JITNEY was quite a treat in late 2017, but this season's August Wilson offering, TWO TRAINS RUNNING, is even richer and more refined. (more...)

Jana Robbins & Haley Swindal, A Very Broadway Valentine's Day And More Come to Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Andréa Burns to Star As Judy Holliday In NYC Premiere Of SMART BLONDE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019

59E59 Theaters presents the New York premiere of SMART BLONDE written by Willy Holtzman and directed by Peter Flynn. (more...)

Pear Theatre Announces Its 2019-20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019

Pear Theatre is proud to announce its 18th season, a signature mix of classic works and stunning contemporary pieces. All performances are held at the Pear Theatre's performance space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. Each show offers a preview performance on the first Thursday, followed by Press/Opening Night on Friday. (more...)

Sharon Talbot's Upcoming Piece Proves LOVE CONQUERS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2019

A (very) dark comedy by Sharon Talbot set in 1990s New York, 'inspired by the grace and moxie of an HIV-positive woman who outfoxed her demons.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jana Robbins & Haley Swindal Return with The Songs Of Kander & Ebb
by Stephen Sorokoff - Feb 6, 2019

Put together two super actor/singers to perform The Songs Of Kander & Ebb and it's like Mantle and Maris hitting back to back homers in the world series. Oops, I promised myself I would avoid the Baseball references, however watching Haley Swindal you cannot help but wonder how this enormously talented lady became such an exciting entertainer coming from a sports/business family. Then again, George Steinbrenner did create exciting entertainment for millions with the Yankee franchise and he was also an avid fan and investor in Broadway shows. (more...)

Tony Award Recipient And Broadway Legend Baayork Lee Directs City Springs Theatre's SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2019

City Springs Theatre, Atlanta's newest professional theatre company, presents Broadway'sWilliam Michals and Kristine Reese in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'South Pacific,'the glorious classic that poetically parallels two love stories threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. The original 1949 Broadway production, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, 'Tales of the South Pacific,' by James A. Michener, garnered 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The acclaimed 2008 Lincoln Center Theater production received seven Tony Awards, the most of any musical revival. Directed by Tony Award recipient and Broadway legend Baayork Lee, 'South Pacific'plays the Byers Theatre at TheSandy Springs Performing Arts Center (1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs) March 8 - 17, 2019. Tickets are $30 - $62, with discounts for seniors, students, groups, and active and retired military personnel. Visit www.CitySpringsTheatre.comor call 404-477-4365 for more information. (more...)

'Mrs. Maisel' Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino In Talks To Direct GYPSY Remake
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 6, 2019

According to Deadline, the Emmy Award-winning creator of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino is currently in talks to direct a revived film remake of the musical Gypsy. (more...)

Moscow Ballet Announces Summer Intensives For 8 To 20 Year Ballet Students In 6 US Cities
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2019

Due to popular demand, Moscow Ballet announces week-long Summer Intensive sessions for American Ballet Students ages 8 to 20 years in 7 cities across the country. The Summer Intensives will be taught by Moscow Ballet Soloists Alisa Bolotnikova and Yuriy Kuzo, both members of the performing company and experienced ballet teachers. The Russian trained dancers started their ballet studies at an early age and graduated from highly respected ballet academies per Russian standards.  (more...)

Stagecrafters Presents SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2019

Stagecrafters proudly presents Sondheim on Sondheim on Stagecrafters 2nd Stage, Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 10, 2019. (more...)

Cady Huffman to Direct CURIOUS INCIDENT at Weathervane
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

Tony Award Winner Cady Huffman will direct the Weathervane Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as part of season 54. Based on  the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens, Curious Incident premiered in London at the National Theatre before transferring to Broadway where it was awarded the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. Curious Incident joins the alternating on August 12. Casting and creative team info will be announced in the coming weeks. (more...)

SMTC Presents A Tribute To Ethel Merman And More In TOGETHER (FOR NO GOOD REASON) Cabaret Series!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents the 3rd edition of its popular cabaret series, Together (For No Good Reason) on Thursday, March 28, 2019 @ 7:30PM at Tempe Center for the Arts. (more...)

Toronto Musical Concerts Presents PARADE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

On Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 7:30pm, Toronto Musical Concerts (TMC) presents a professional staged reading of Jason Robert Brown's PARADE In Concert at the Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre - 750 Spadina Ave). (more...)

Cyrille Aimée to Share Her Sondheim Adventure at Spruce Peak
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

Cyrille Aimee's Sondheim Adventure began in 2013, when she was invited to participate in a tribute concert for the Broadway legend at New York's City Center, co-starring with Bernadette Peters and backed by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Her show-stealing performance was widely praised, but the most memorable compliment came from the composer himself. "You made me cry," Sondheim told Aimee backstage after opening night. "That was pretty powerful," Aimee recalls with a touch of understatement. (more...)

VIDEO: Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak on Carmen
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

Tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak discuss their on- and off-stage romance with host Ailyn Pérez during the Live in HD transmission of “Carmen.” (more...)

Tony Yazbeck to Lead John Doyle's THE CRADLE WILL ROCK At Classic Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

Classic Stage Company presents Marc Blitzstein's allegorical play in music The Cradle Will Rock, directed by John Doyle, March 21 - May 19, 2019. A Depression-era indictment of rampant capitalism told almost entirely in song, The Cradle Will Rock maintains a twinkle in its eye while bearing sharp fangs. The 1937 premiere of this story of American class tensions-directed by Orson Welles-was famously shut down on the eve of opening night by federal authorities over so-called 'budget cuts,' commonly considered a thin veil for fears of the play's pro-labor stance. The artists involved rebelliously circumvented its cancellation, making for one of the most memorable stories in 20th century theater history. While Blitzstein's libretto is very much a product of its own 1930s political context, The Cradle Will Rock pulses with immediacy in an era of expanding economic inequality and policy for purchase. CSC's 2018-2019 season began with The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Bertolt Brecht's allegory about the rise of fascism via a charismatic tyrant; this spring, it closes with an all-American Brecht-and-Weill-inspired work, which carries a message of defiance built into its very title. (more...)

The Hot Club Of San Francisco Swings The ABT Feb. 15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

As part of Alberta Bair Theater's Orser Outstanding Performances Series, The Hot Club of San Francisco celebrates songwriting of The Beatles with music from their album John Paul George & Django on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

VIDEO: On This Day, February 15- Remembering Ethel Merman
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 15, 2019

Ethel Merman was a Broadway institution known as the 'undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage.' After being discovered by Vinton Freedley as a singer at Brooklyn's Paramount movie theatre, she was signed to star in the Gershwin's new Broadway hit GIRL CRAZY where she stopped the show nightly with her performance of 'I Got Rhythm'. (more...)

Creative Teams Confirmed For Goodspeed Musicals Five Show Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

Two-time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals has brought together an extraordinary group of artists to helm the five exciting productions planned this season: an All-American classic, a heart-warming musical tale, an electric dance-filled tuner, an extraordinary true story, and an inspirational journey that's sure to inspire. Single tickets for all five shows set for Goodspeed's 2019 season go on public sale this Sunday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m.. (more...)

George Abud & Katrina Lenk, Laura Osnes, and More Head Up Birdland in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the following acts (more...)

Wagner College Theatre Presents The Gershwin Musical MY ONE AND ONLY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

The Gershwins s'wonderful musical My One and Only tap dances its way onto the Wagner College Theatre Mainstage from February 21-March 3, 2019, under the direction of Ann Neiman (WCT's 42nd Street and Into the Woods), with choreography by John Scacchetti (Broadway's 42nd Street and Gypsy revivals) and music direction by David Sisco (WCT's Hair and La Cage aux Folles). (more...)

Additional Actors Join The Rotating Cast For Barrow Street Theatricals' NASSIM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

Barrow Street Theatricals announced today the rotating cast of guest actors through the beginning of March for the American premiere of the Nassim Soleimanpour and Bush Theatre production of NASSIM by celebrated Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit Red Rabbit), featuring direction by Omar Elerian. Joining the production will be: (more...)

Photo: Islanders and From Aways Descend On London For COME FROM AWAY Opening
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

Come From Away is gearing up for its official London opening next week, and to join in celebrations, the real-life Islanders and From Aways have descended on London! (more...)

Tulsa Opera Announces 2019?2020 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

General Director Ken McConnell and Artistic Director Tobias Picker today announced Tulsa Opera's 72nd season comprising classics such as Bizet's Carmen and Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and a new production of Mr. Picker's 1996 opera Emmeline, to be performed in Oklahoma for the first time, and led by Mr. Picker in his opera-conducting debut. (more...)

Disney+ Begins Production on HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES
by TV News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

Production is underway in Salt Lake City, Utah, on the highly anticipated, innovative and re-invented 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' for Disney+, The Walt Disney Company's upcoming streaming service. The series is developed and executive produced by Tim Federle ('Ferdinand'), alongside showrunner and executive producer Oliver Goldstick ('Pretty Little Liars,' 'Ugly Betty'). Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush (the original 'High School Musical' trilogy) are also executive producers. Sundance Film Festival-nominated film, television and music video director Tamra Davis ('Empire,' 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend') is directing the first three episodes. The choreographer is Zach Woodlee ('Glee,' 'Dumplin''). (more...)

STEEL MAGNOLIAS Opens At Algonquin Arts Theatre February 23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

Robert Harling's critically acclaimed comedy-drama 'Steel Magnolias' opens at Algonquin Arts Theatre on Saturday, February 23, at 8 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: CAN-CAN!, Union Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Feb 15, 2019

Phil Willmott tries to rescue two shows with the plot of a third, but his show also never quite coheres, for all the energy expended by the hard-working cast. (more...)

BWW Review: THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN/THE TWO PIGEONS, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - Feb 14, 2019

In a rare piece of programming from the Royal Opera House, audiences have the opportunity, for a limited run, to watch the Royal Ballet School's talent of tomorrow and the main company's talent of today together in a mixed programme of animal-based stories. It features new work from Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton's popular Two Pigeons, seen previously this year alongside Scarlett's Asphodel Meadows. The former First Artist certainly seems to be making his mark on the company repertoire. (more...)

CSC Adds Performances To The Run Of William Wharton's BIRDY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) has added three performances to its highly anticipated upcoming production of Birdy, adapted by Naomi Wallace from the novel by William Wharton, and directed by Steven Maler. The production now runs February 27 through March 17 at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College in Wellesley. (more...)

Patti Murin, Jenny Laroche And Julie Gold Join Broadway Belts For PFF
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

Frozen's Patti Murin, Summer's Jenny Laroche and Julie Gold (Grammy-Award winner for Song of the Year for 'From a Distance'), join an amazing collection of talent for this year's BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!, hosted by actress/comedienne Julie Halston. This year marks the ninth BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!, featuring an evening of music and comedy benefitting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). The event will take place on Monday, February 25 at 5:30 pm at the Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street) in New York City. A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased at www.BroadwayBeltsForPFF.org. (more...)

RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Heads to BroadwayHD
by TV News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

Mother doesn't always know best as we see from the latest hit theater production to come to BroadwayHD.  The 2018 West End production of the award-winning, darkly funny hit, Ruthless! The Musical, will be arriving exclusively on BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for live theater, on February 14th. The show stars  Jason Gardiner (Dancing on Ice), Tony-nominated, Two-Time Olivier Winner, Best Actress Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow) and Kim Maresca (Ruthless! The Musical, Off-Broadway), who deliver a fun and engrossing performance that will appeal to a new generation of viewers. The 2018 production of Marvin Laird and Joel Paley's smartly written and lyrically funny Ruthless! The Musical is directed by Richard Fitch and choreographed by Rebecca Howell, with music supervision by Gareth Valentine. As part of this twisty tale about a mother and daughter, the cult classic features spoofs of Broadway shows turned into iconic films such as The Bad Seed,  Gypsy and The Women, as well as Hollywood's most famous iconic film, All About Eve later turned into the Broadway musicalApplause. It was originally performed 27 years ago in an off-Broadway production, and the 2018 West End production was updated with  today's audience in mind. (more...)

Michael McCormick and Gizel Jiménez to Journey to Oz in WICKED This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2019

The Broadway blockbuster WICKED will welcome new cast members to the Gershwin Theatre this spring. Beginning Monday, February 18, Michael McCormick will assume the role of The Wizard. Gizel Jimenez will assume the role of Nessarose on Tuesday, March 12. (more...)

BWW Review: MINNIE'S BOYS Returns to the Stage Celebrating the Early Years of the Mischievous Marx Brothers
by Shari Barrett - Feb 13, 2019

Musical Theatre Guild was founded 21 years ago by a dedicated group of professional musical artists who were interested in exploring and preserving works from the musical theater repertoire that were either forgotten, neglected or unfairly dismissed. Working under a special Actors' Equity Concert Staged Reading code, the entire MINNIE'S BOYS production was put together in 25 hours, focusing on the script and score with actors holding book during the performance, including while singing and dancing their way through the 14 numbers in the show, with a wonderfully talented 6-piece band backing them up. (more...)

Laura Benanti Will Be Honored At The 2019 ASTEP Color Ball
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2019

ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY (ASTEP) announced today that it will honor Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti (My Fair Lady) at its annual Gala and Dinner, The 2019 ASTEP Color Ball on Monday, April 29, at Feinstein's/54 Below. She will join Mary-Mitchell Campbell (The Prom, Mean Girls), Founder and Co-Executive Director of ASTEP, on stage to celebrate Benanti's leadership and advocacy in the creation of the benefit album SINGING YOU HOME: Children's Songs for Family Reunification. (more...)

VIDEO: Get A First Look At CARMEN at The Met
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019

Mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera's ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don Jose. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langree share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre's powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere. (more...)

Graduate Dramatic Society at UWA's New Fortune Theatre Will Present a Modern THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019

A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is sure to resonate with modern audiences, in light of today's far-right extremist groups and recent anti-Semitic attacks. (more...)

Taylor Hicks and Rachel Potter Will Star in SHENANDOAH at Serenbe Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019

Serenbe Playhouse will present the musical SHENANDOAH, starring American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks and Broadway and The X Factor finalist Rachel Potter. The story of one family's struggle living in the Shenandoah Valley during the American Civil War leaps to life in a hidden field in Serenbe, transporting you to the rolling hills of Virginia. A theatrical journey of heartbreak and ultimately hope in a fight for human rights will erupt out of an actual Civil War reenactment with over 100 soldiers, canons, horses and with an all-star cast of singer/musicians in a fight for Freedom and Love! (more...)

Artist Series Concerts Presents Russian Folk Music And Dance At Michael's On East
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019

Artists Series Concerts' 2019 Sarasota Lunch & Listen series continues with the Barynya Russian Balalaika Duo, February 28, at Michael's On East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota. (more...)

BWW Review: MINNIE'S BOYS at Musical Theatre Guild
by Cary Ginell - Feb 12, 2019

Musical Theatre Guild revived an oldie but not so goodie last Sunday at the Alex Theatre. 'Minnie's Boys' purported to be modeled on 'Gypsy,' using a meddlesome, domineering mother to get her progeny, the four Marx Brothers, into show business. Unfortunately, a tepid book and uneven score made this a flop in 1970 and it doesn't fare much better today, despite the valiant efforts of the MTG cast. (more...)

VHRP LIVE! Presents: Falling In Love For 160 Years - A Victor Herbert Birthday Soirée
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2019

VHRP LIVE! presents Falling in Love for 160 Years-A Victor Herbert Birthday Soiree, Operetta Love Songs Remembered. (more...)

VIDEO: Laura Benanti's 'Benania' Makes Feinstein's/54 Below Debut With A Sondheim Classic
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2019

Tonight, Laura Benanti's take on First Lady Melania Trump, aka Benania, officially made her cabaret debut on the Feinstein's/54 Below stage! (more...)

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