Hairspray on Tour

DEAR EVAN HANSEN, COME FROM AWAY, and More Are Part of Broadway Across Canada's 2018/2019 Vancouver Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Broadway Across Canada is thrilled to announce the three musical productions coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as part of the company's 2018-2019 season. We wanted to pull out all the stops for our 20th anniversary season, says Broadway Across Canada's vice-president, Shana Levin. The shows we're bringing include powerful true stories about community, empowerment, and the power of the human spirit, she says. They're stories we could all learn from right now. (more...)

Tony Nominated VIOLET Kicks off Chance's 20th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce its production of Violet, which will kick off its 20th Anniversary Season. The show has book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, music by Jeanine Tesori, direction and choreography by Kari Hayter, and musical direction by Robyn Manion. Violet will preview from February 2 through February 9; regular performances will begin February 10 and continue through March 4 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. (more...)

New Date Announced For Third Annual Young Entertainer Awards At Universal Studios Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

New Date Announced For Third Annual Young Entertainer Awards At Universal Studios Hollywood (more...)

Sharriese Hamilton and James Earl Jones II Star In Porchlight's THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre continues its fifth season of Chicago's lost musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits They're Playing Our Song, starring Sharriese Hamilton and James Earl Jones II, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and book by Neil Simon, with direction and choreography by Christopher Carter and musical direction by Andra Velis Simon. Porchlight Revisits They're Playing our Song is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, March 6 through Thursday, March 8 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Merrily We Roll Along (previews begin January 26) at Porchlight's new home, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Tickets for They're Playing Our Song are $35. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber that discusses the evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and the state of the art on Broadway that season. Single tickets to They're Playing Our Song and subscriptions for the entire series are available at or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office at 773.777.9884. (more...)

VIDEO: SAG Award Winner Allison Janney Thanks 'Fearless' I, TONYA Co-Star
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Allison Janney received the SAG Award last night for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her performance as Lavona Golden in I, TONYA. 'I'd like to thank my co-star Margot Robbie who is so fearless and brave and is such a rock star,' shared the actress during her acceptance speech. (more...)

Bay Area Musicals Continues Third Season with THE WEDDING SINGER
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Bay Area Musicals!, the newest non-profit theatrical organization to join the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area arts community, continues its third season with the rocking 80s parody musical, The Wedding Singer, based on the acclaimed Adam Sandler film. (more...)

Cast Announced for Rockwell's AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY on February 12th
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

An Evening of Classic Broadway will be back on Monday, February 12th at 8PM (doors 6:30) at Rockwell Table and Stage, LA's most popular live music venue on Vermont Ave. in Los Feliz. says, the singers are incredibly talented the 90-minute show could have gone on another hour. Music Director/Master of Ceremonies Brad Ellis (Glee, Forbidden Broadway) and (producer/Cabaret artist) Dianne Fraser present a different line-up of singers with each performance of Fraser Entertainment Group's long-running concert series. (more...)

Allison Janney Wins the SAG Award for Supporting Actress in I, TONYA
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 21, 2018

Allison Janney has won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her performance as Tonya Harding's mother LaVona Golden in I, TANYA. (more...)

VIDEOS: Lesli Margherita, Nick Adams, and More Strip Down With The Skivvies at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephanie Wild - Jan 21, 2018

The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, award-winning NYC actor/musicians doing stripped down versions of eclectic covers and comedic, genre-hopping mashups. Not only are the arrangements stripped down - cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica - but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. Back by popular demand, the duo appeared at Feinstein's/54 Below for two shows on January 14th and 20th. (more...)

Lesli Margherita, HAMILTON's Bryan Terrell Clark, and Many More Join Broadway Belts for PFF Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Hosted by the one-and-only actress/comedienne Julie Halston, BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! will celebrate its eighth annual fundraiser, featuring Broadway stars in an evening of music and comedy benefitting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. This year's event will take place on Monday, March 12 at 5:30 pm at the Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street) in New York City. A variety of sponsorship opportunities and tickets are now available and can be purchased at (more...)

Christine Pedi Returns To NEWSICAL The Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Now in its 8th smash year, NEWSical The Musical, the 2011 winner of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, is excited to welcome original cast member Christine Pedi back to the production. NEWSical is New York's ever-evolving musical mockery of all the news that's fit to spoof. Tackling stories ranging from the lowest depths of reality television to the highest office in the land nothing and no one in the news is safe! With Pedi's spot on impressions audiences can expect to see her take on Oprah's Presidential run as well as current White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The current company features Scott Foster (Broadway's Brooklyn) Susan Mosher (Hairspray) and Michael West (When Pigs Fly). (more...)

Writers Theatre Presents A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents A Moon for the Misbegotten, written by Eugene O'Neill and directed by WT Resident Director William Brown. A Moon for the Misbegotten runs February 7 March 18, 2018 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 1/19 - HAIRSPRAY, RAGTIME, WAITRESS, and More!
by BWW Special - Jan 19, 2018

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature The Book of Mormon, Waitress, Love Never Dies, and More! (more...)

For The Record Presents Shoshana Bean SPECTRUM Album Release Concert with Special Guests Chrissy Metz and Lea DeLaria
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2018

On Saturday, February 24, Shoshana Bean will perform her album release show Spectrum - at Ace Theater Downtown Los Angeles. Spectrum, Bean's fourth studio album which will be released on February 9, is a fresh new take on the classic tradition of big band with arrangements by Grammy award-nominated arranger Alan Ferber. This concert will feature Bean along with an 18 piece big band performing a carefully-selected collection of standards, classics and modern favorites, while still including a few Bean-penned gems. Bean made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Hairspray before taking over for Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked and has performed all over the world with artists such as Ariana Grande, Brian McKnight, Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ), David Foster and Michael Jackson. (more...)

Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Kansas City Awards; HAIRSPRAY Wins Best Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2018

The votes have been counted... Check out the fill list of winners for the 2017 BWW Regional Awards! (more...)

Soho Rep. Announces Complete Casting And Creative Team For Aleshea Harris's IS GOD IS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2018

Soho Rep. (Sarah Benson, Artistic Director; Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director) today announces the complete cast and creative team for the world premiere of Aleshea Harris's Relentless Award-winning Is God Is, directed by Taibi Magar (Ars Nova's Underground Railroad Game), February 6 - March 11, 2018. The play, with which Soho Rep. reopens its longtime Tribeca theater, dauntlessly cracks jokes as it eviscerates. Alfie Fuller and Dame-Jasmine Hughes play Anaia and Racine, twin sisters who undertake a murderous journey from the Dirty South to the California desert, seeking payback for a horrendous act. Is God Is treats both morality and genre as notions to be exploded, drawing on the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the Spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk in its subversion of theatrical constructs. (more...)

The Huntington presents The August Wilson Monologue Competition Boston Regional Finals 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2018

Huntington Theatre Company's Department of Education presents the 8th annual Boston regional finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, celebrating the writing of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright. Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA) inaugurated the competition in 2009, and this year marks the 8th year that the Huntington's education department has hosted the competition in Boston. (more...)

Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld St. Petersburg Awards; HAIRSPRAY Wins Best Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

The votes have been counted... Check out the fill list of winners for the 2017 BWW Regional Awards! (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Hairspray alum and one of the stars of the musical film CAMP, Steven Cutts, has released My Big Fat Broadway Debut! - The Full Story in paperback. The book is a compilation of the previously released 3-part ebook series, and is is described as an inspirational, informative, short, and juicy account of Steven's personal journey from a being a kid with a dream to a pro on the Broadway stage. The actor details his encounters with talented stars like Anna Kendrick, Kristen Bell, Danny DeVito, & Jenifer Lewis along the way. (more...)

2018/19 Hippodrome Broadway Series to Include HAMILTON and More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, home of the Hippodrome Theatre, has announced the lineup of shows for the new 2018/19 Hippodrome Broadway Series. With seven shows direct from Broadway and two Season Options, the season is anchored by the Baltimore premiere of HAMILTON, in addition to new musicals, Blockbuster Tony Award-winners and returning audience favorites. (more...)

Philadelphia Theatre Company Welcomes SUMMER CLUB
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

An evening of song and swing awaits local music lovers as Philadelphia Theatre Company presents The Summer Club: A Big Band Valentine's Day. Cupid shoots his arrow down music's memory lane this February 14th as audiences are transported to an era when clubs were hot, everyone dressed up and martinis came straight up. (more...)

Fellow Ozians! Welcome New Citizens Isabel Keating and Martin Moran to WICKED
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Beginning Tuesday, January 30th, the Broadway blockbuster WICKED will welcome, to the Gershwin Theatre, Tony Award nominee ISABEL KEATING as Madame Morrible and Obie Award winner Martin Moran as Doctor Dillamond. (more...)

The Rhythm is Coming to Chicago - Tickets for ON YOUR FEET on Sale Friday
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Broadway In Chicago and ON YOUR FEET! are delighted to announce that individual tickets for the hit Broadway musical, ON YOUR FEET!, will go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. ON YOUR FEET! congas its way back to Chicago where it originated its Pre-Broadway engagement the summer of 2015. Based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan, ON YOUR FEET! will play Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) for a limited three-week engagement March 21 through April 8, 2018. (more...)

Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards; A TALE OF TWO CITIES Wins Best Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

The votes have been counted... Check out the fill list of winners for the 2017 BWW Regional Awards! (more...)

New Perspectives in Association with Lincolnshire One Venues Presents FINDING NANA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Set in a seaside hotel of halcyon childhood summers, this autobiographical play by award-winner Jane Upton journeys back to find a beloved Nana before she forgot who she was. Finding Nana was first seen at the Pleasance Courtyard at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, and now embarks on a tour of village halls and theatre studio spaces. Stacey Evans (Wolves are Coming for You, Pentabus) stars in this one-woman show. (more...)

CRT Announces Casting For THE CRUCIBLE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) begins the second half of the 2017-18 season with the Tony Award-winning classic, The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Paul Mullins will direct. Performances will be held in the Nafe Katter Theatre from February 22nd through March 4th, 2018. For tickets and information, please visit or call (860) 486-2113. (more...)

Adam Heller and Julia Knitel Star in A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2018

The musical A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK will debut Off-Broadway at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre (410 W 42 Street), beginning performances on February 21, opening on March 6, running through May 13, 2018. Tickets are $79 - $99 and can be purchased at or by calling 212-239-6200. (more...)

Cast Announced for THE WOLVES at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2018

Game on! The Chicago premiere of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, a 'smart, hilarious, delightful meditation on society, sex and soccer' (The Village Voice), directed by Vanessa Stalling, launches Goodman Theatre's 2018 Owen Theatre season. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves follows a suburban girls soccer team as they navigate life's big questions and wage their own tiny battles-with all the 'bark and bite' ( of a pack of adolescent warriors. Hailed as 'one of the year's best plays' (The New York Times), The Wolves is DeLappe's break-out play that recently concluded an off-Broadway run at Lincoln Center Theater. Stalling directs the Chicago premiere with an all-Chicago company. (more...)

TACT to Offer a Night of Song with Nancy Opel, Marc Kudisch, Andrew Samonsky, and More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2018

TACT (Scott Alan Evans, Executive Artistic Director; Nora Chester & Jeffrey C. Hawkins, Associate Artistic Directors) is proud to announce that Adinah Alexander (Kinky Boots; Wicked; Parade); Marc Kudisch (9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bells Are Ringing, Finding Neverand); Liz Larsen (Tony nominee for The Most Happy Fella; Beautiful, the Carole King Musical; Hairspray); Nancy Opel (Tony nominee for Urinetown; Honeymoon in Vegas; former member of TACT); Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific, Drood); and Karen Ziemba (Contact, Curtains, Prince of Broadway), along with Alison Blackwell, Wayne Pretlow, Ric Ryder, Patton Chandler, and Ella Mora will star in an evening of song to benefit the company, supporting and celebrating TACT's mission and programming for the past 25 seasons. Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street) will host. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: FOLLIES desde el National Theatre en YELMO CINES
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Jan 15, 2018

El 22 de febrero no te pierdas FOLLIES de Stephen Sondheim desde Londres en Yelmo Cines. (more...)

Olivier Award-winning KINKY BOOTS Celebrates Its 1000th Performance in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

Kinky Boots, the winner of every major Best Musical award, today celebrates its 1000th performance and has now received its 1,000,000th customer in the West End. The production is also pleased to announce the opening of a new booking period, with tickets now available until Saturday 30 June 2018. (more...)

Packemin Productions Brings SHREK the Musical to Riverside Theatres
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

Everyone's favourite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film. Starring JAY LAGA'AIA (Play School, Star Wars, The Lion King) as Shrek, LUKE JOSLIN (Les Miserables, Avenue Q, The Play That Goes Wrong) as Lord Farquaad, MIKAYLA WILLIAMS (Hairspray, Wicked) as Princess Fiona and NAT JOBE (The Lion King and The King and I) as Donkey, this show is one for the whole family! (more...)

Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards; Newsies Wins Best Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

The votes have been counted... Check out the fill list of winners for the 2017 BWW Regional Awards! (more...)

Marc Kudisch Joins Lineup of The Actors Company Winter Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

Mark Kudisch (9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bells Are Ringing, Finding Neverland & a past TACT Guest Artist) has just been added to an already stellar lineup celebrating TACT's 25th anniversary at its 2017 Winter Benefit. (more...)

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by John Lariviere - Jan 15, 2018

Maltz Jupiter Theatre welcomes you to the 60's with their production of the musical Hairspray. Featuring music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, the musical is based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret: Jennifer Damiano, Kyle Taylor Parker & More This Week!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2018

What good is sitting alone in your room this week? If you don't already have plans to see a Broadway show, come out to see your favorite Broadway stars in a cabaret act instead. Highlights this week include: (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 14
by Audition Roundup - Jan 14, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 14, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

Stars of JERSEY BOYS to Perform in Oh What a Night! Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2018

It's a blast from the past when Musical Theatre's West's acclaimed Broadway in Concert series returns with Oh What A Night!*, starring cast members from Broadway and film productions of Jersey Boys Joseph Leo Bwaire, Quinn VanAntwerp, Michael Lomenda, and John Edwards on Saturday, February 3, 7pm at the intimate Beverly O'Neill Theatre at Long Beach Convention Center. Ticket prices range from $45-$120. Tickets are available at, the Musical Theatre West Box Office, or by calling 562-856-1999 x4. (*Not a performance of nor affiliated with the show Jersey Boys). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Breckenridge Backstage Theatre's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2018

The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre continues its 44th season with FORBIDDEN BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS, a hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to many of Broadway's greatest shows and hitmakers. (more...)

Cast Announced for BROADWAY VALENTINE at Queens Theatre - Alysha Umphress and Cody Williams; Kyle Dean Massey and Taylor Frey; Stephen Buntrock and Tony Nominee Erin Dill
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2018

Queens Theatre (Taryn Sacramone, Executive Director) will present Broadway Valentine, a concert-style revue produced by Stephen DeAngelis exclusively for Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for two performances only on February 17 at 8pm and February 18 at 3pm. (more...)

by John Lariviere - Jan 12, 2018

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. (more...)

Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Memphis Awards; HAMLET Wins Best Play!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2018

The votes have been counted... Check out the fill list of winners for the 2017 BWW Regional Awards! (more...)

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Maltz Jupiter Theatre Positively Glows
by Sofia Carianna - Jan 12, 2018

Hairspray, while managing to remain a bounding musical comedy, simultaneously becomes a solemn reminder of our racial past and our turbulent present. (more...)

by Patrick Michael Kelly - Jan 11, 2018

A sneak peek at the next 6 months of Midlands theatre! (more...)

Third Annual Young Entertainer Awards Spectacular at Universal Studios Hollywood Set for 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

Third Annual Young Entertainer Awards Spectacular at Universal Studios Hollywood Set for 4/14 (more...)

BWW Previews: BRUNCH TO BROADWAY: BLOCKBUSTERS at Rocks Lounge At Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
by Debbie Hall - Jan 11, 2018

Broadway show tunes invokes timeless emotion and, surrounded by the beauty of Southern Nevada, Brunch To Broadway: Blockbusters brings the song-filled matinee to the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa with two performances on Jan. 14. (more...)

Coming Up Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

The the upcoming lineup of events coming your way next week at Feinstein's/54 Below! (more...)

Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Denver Awards; HAIRSPRAY Wins Best Comedic Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

The votes have been counted... Check out the fill list of winners for the 2017 BWW Regional Awards! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at HAIRSPRAY at the Maltz Jupiter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

You can't stop the beat in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's big and bold Broadway blockbuster about one girl's inspiring dream to dance! (more...)

Stephanie Yankwitt, Margaret Dunn and Hunter Arnold to Launch TBD Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

TBD Productions (Stephanie Yankwitt and Hunter Arnold, Owners) announces the official launch of TBD Casting , led by Casting Director and Co-Producer Stephanie Yankwitt and Casting Director Margaret Dunn. With a combination of over 25 years of experience in the industry, the work of this female-driven casting office spans theatre, TV, film, commercials, and web series. (more...)

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