Hairspray on Tour


Photo Flash: Something New Is Happening in Oz- Meet the New Cast of WICKED on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

The Broadway blockbuster Wicked just welcomed new cast members to the Gershwin Theatre last week. Jackie Burns makes her long-awaited return to the Gershwin Theatre and the role of Elphaba for the first time since 2013, having recently concluded her starring run in the national tour of If/Then, of which she was also an original Broadway company member. She also played the role of Elphaba on the national tour of Wicked, where her performance received an Irene Award nomination. (more...)

Joshua Carter, Kendra Kassebaum, Douglas Lyons and More Set for New Staging of RAGTIME at The 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

The 5th Avenue Theatre is creating a rich and evocative new production of Ragtime, a tale of family, heart and perseverance at the turn of the 20th century that is a timely story about the immigrants who helped make the United States the diverse and thriving nation it is today. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: It's Her Turn! Get a First Look at Julia Murney in GYPSY at Cape Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

The fifth production of the Cape Playhouse season arrives as Gypsy takes the stage, the second musical in the historic theatre's 91st season. Starring Julia Murney, Caroline Bowman, James Lloyd Reynolds, Tess Soltau and Garett Hawe, and directed by Michael Rader, Gypsy plays now through August 19. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering a Broadway Legend- Barbara Cook
by Walter McBride - Aug 9, 2017

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, Barbara Cook has passed away at 89. This is an enormous loss for Broadway, the golden age of television and the music world. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Alex Newell Slay Song from ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

As BroadwayWorld reported today, Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Alex Newell ('Glee'), Merle Dandridge ('Greenleaf'), and Quentin Earl Darrington (Cats) will join the cast of the new Broadway production of Once On This Island, which will play the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 W. 50th street, NYC) this fall. (more...)

CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY and MORMON BOY TRILOGY to Play Pride Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Steven Fales, whose one-man show CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY was a hit at the former Bailiwick Arts Center in 2005, will bring that autobiographical play back to Chicago along with staged workshop readings of two new pieces that detail an earlier period and a later period of Fales' life. (more...)

Official Casting Announced for ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman, and Beth Williams announced the official cast for the pre-Broadway tour and Broadway premiere of Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical featuring the songs of iconic singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett. As previously announced, the musical begins previews on Broadway on Friday, February 16, 2018, at the Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street), with an official opening night set for Thursday, March 15, 2018. Broadway tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929. (more...)

2Scoops and Broadway's Allison Guinn to Play Joe's Pub, 9/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

The rumors are true. 2Scoops: The Legendary, Chart-Topping, Entirely Fictional 90's Girl Group have broken up...again. Although they are not on speaking terms, and embroiled in a vicious legal battle, they will perform as planned because the court has ruled that they are LEGALLY OBLIG8TED. (more...)

X Factor Duo Set to Star in Musical Comedy with Slight Political Edge
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Stevi Ritchie is set to make his musical debut alongside Stacey Franks (McClean) in Musical Comedy The Sword And The Dope at Waterloo East Theatre this September. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Actress & Author Alexandra Silber and Tony-Winner Reed Birney
by Theater People Podcast - Aug 7, 2017

On Monday, August 7th Theater People podcast welcomes Alexandra Silber and Reed Birney in a two-part episode. In the first segment, Silber discusses her new novel 'After Anatevka' which tells the story of Hodel, the middle daughter in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, after the action of the beloved musical ends. Silber also discusses her career in The West End (THE WOMAN IN WHITE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and on Broadway (MASTER CLASS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and shares how her life journey prepared her to write her book. In the second segment, Tony winner Reed Birney discusses his work in the provocative new production of 1984, a play based on George Orwell's 1949 novel. (more...)

Jill-Christine Wiley to Lead National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

NETworks Presentations announces casting for a brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC as part of a North American tour. For more information, please visit www.TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com. (more...)

Broadway In Chicago presents ON YOUR FEET!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Broadway In Chicago and ON YOUR FEET! are delighted to announce that the hit Broadway musical, ON YOUR FEET!, will dance 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 (more...)

Complete Casting Announced for TORCH SONG at Second Stage Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director, Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced complete casting for its upcoming production of Harvey Fierstein's TORCH SONG, directed by Moises Kaufman. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- featuring Jerry Mitchell
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Aug 7, 2017

BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, 'Podcast Verite,' is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY To Open In Tel Aviv Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Hairspray will open tonight at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv! It will close on October 8, and is scheduled to continue its tour around the country. Hairspray premiered on Broadway in 2002 and ran until 2009. The show received twelve Tony Award nominations, and won eight, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score. (more...)

The Hills Are Alive! THE SOUND OF MUSIC Tour Heads to Jacksonville
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, produced by NETworks Presentations, is making its Jacksonville premiere October 31-November 5 at the Times-Union Center as part of a North American tour. (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...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Marissa Jaret Winokur, Ryan O'Connor and More for A LITTLE NEW MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

On Monday, August 21 at 8:30pm, A Little New Music will present its 15th concert collaboration with an eclectic array of artists performing original musical theatre songs at the historic Catalina Jazz Club. Those who attend A Little New Music will be some of the first to discover new pieces of musical theatre that could potentially become Broadway hits. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal! (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...)

New Immersive 1930s Sideshow CURIOSITIES Coming to NYC This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Joining the explosion of fully immersive theater, Green Lite Productions presents CURIOSITIES, an intimate multi-sensory theatrical experience in which visitors traverse the tunnels of an illegal 1930s sideshow world full of bootleggers, deviants, performers, and misfits. (more...)

Secret Trysts, Swordfights and Drama Coming to Cleveland Play House in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

"I will have poetry in my life.  And adventure.  And love. Love above all." The Cleveland Play House produces the Academy Award-winning romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, complete with swordfights, secret trysts, and backstage drama. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season; Tickets on Sale Now!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak have just announced BrightSide Theatre's 2017-2018 Season. (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...)

Way Off Broadway will Rock the Pews with SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre will welcome the "Sunday Morning Fever" this fall when its production of the Heavenly musical comedy Sister Act takes to the stage beginning September 8th. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein Celebrates 15 Years of Broadway's HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

On August 15, 2002, 'Hairspray' opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre, winning eight 2003 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Actor (Harvey Fierstein), Best Actress (Marissa Jaret Winokur), Best Featured Actor (Dick Latessa), Best Costume Design and Best Direction of a Musical.  (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars to Hold Local Auditions for SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is holding dance auditions for the upcoming holiday production of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, which TUTS is bringing to Houston with Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP). (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...)

Theater Critic at Theater Camp: A Return Visit to French Woods
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

How do you take hundreds of kids (ages 7 to 17) and put up over a dozen shows (mostly musicals, plus a few plays) in as little as three weeks, with rehearsals limited to maybe just 12 or 13 days, with all or most of the cast rehearsing just slightly more than two hours each day, and many campers working on multiple shows at once? And I'm talking about completely staged shows with full production values, including sets, lighting, sound, costumes and live orchestras. Not only that, imagine repeating this same frenzied process four times over the course of a single summer. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 15, 2017
by - Aug 15, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 15 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Casting Announced for the New National Touring Production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

NETworks Presentations announces casting for a brand new production of The Sound of Music as part of a North American tour. State Theatre New Jersey presents four performances of The Sound of Music December 22-24, 2017. Tickets range from $35-$98. (more...)

TUTS Welcomes Dan Knechtges as New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announces the appointment of Tony-nominated director and choreographer, Dan Knechtges, as TUTS new Artistic Director. (more...)

BWW Previews: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broward Center for the Performing Arts
by John Lariviere - Aug 14, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies will make its premiere at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, November 7 - 19, 2017 as part of a North American Tour. The new touring production will reflect an extensive re-working of the material by an Australian creative team for the original Australian premiere in 2011. (more...)

Doo-Wop, Citizen Cope, Kristin Chenoweth, Boyz II Men and More on Sale at bergenPAC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

New show on sale at bergenPAC: Oh What a Night of Doo-Wop & Rock N' Roll, presented by LAR Enterprises on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.; Citizen Cope: An Intimate Solo/Acoustic Performance on Nov. 10, 2017 at 8 p.m.; Freestyle Holiday Jam on Nov. 24, 2017 at 8 p.m.; Los Mejor de Los '90s on Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.; The Maccabeats on Dec. 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.; An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth on Dec. 10, 2017 at 8 p.m.; The Premier Elvis Birthday Bash on Jan. 19, 2018 at 8 p.m.; Boyz II Men on Feb. 17, 2018 at 8 p.m. (more...)

VIDEO: Jackie Hoffman Makes a Compelling Offer to Her Fellow Emmy Nominees!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

In an all-new video, FEUD star Jackie Hoffman calls the other Emmy-nominated actresses in her category to make a compelling offer! The actress can currently be seen starring in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY on Broadway. (more...)

2017 BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS GALA Celebration Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

???????Transcendence Theatre Company will conclude their 2017 season of spectacular outdoor Broadway concerts in Sonoma Wine Country with a special Gala Celebration at Jack London Stare Historic Park running September 8-10. Transcendence Theatre Company was named by USA Today's 10BEST as the #2 'Outdoor Concert Venue You Shouldn't Miss' in the United States, and received four 2016 Broadway World San Francisco awards including Best Special Theater Event for the fifth consecutive year. At the conclusion of this season, Transcendence performances will have been seen by over 110,000 people and will have raised over $351,000 to benefit Jack London State Historic Park.           (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...)

Teen Choice Awards Nominee FIYM's Song 'Compass' to be Featured in New Film REACH
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2017

Hollywood Records artists (FIYM) Forever In Your Mind's single, 'Compass,' from their hit 2016 self-titled debut EP 'FIYM,' will be featured in the high school dramedy REACH (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...)

BWW Interview: Trevor Michael Schmidt Seizes the Day in NEWSIES at MTWichita
by Christopher Castanho - Aug 11, 2017

Recent graduate of Florida State University's Musical Theatre program, Trevor Michael Schmidt is currently seizing the day in Music Theatre Wichita's production of 'Newsies' as 'Crutchie' the sickly boy with a big heart. Schmidt has been a company member in MTWichita's whole summer season and is wrapping up his stay in Kansas by telling the Newsboy strike of 1899. (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...)

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA Will Grace Atwood Concert Hall in Anchorage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

The tour cast of RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA will start off their fall and winter performances in Anchorage at the Atwood Concert Hall from October 24-29. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS Set To 'Raise You Up' at Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Arkansasmatters.com reports that the national tour of KINKY BOOTS will perform at the Robinson Performance Hall in downtown Little Rock from October 13-15. (more...)

Disney's Garrett Clayton to Reprise Role in SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at Theatre Under The STars
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Disney star, Garrett Clayton, will reprise his role in the Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) and Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) holiday production of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT. (more...)

CRADLE TWO GRAVE, About Twin Sisters Grappling with Mental Illness, to Close Corkscrew Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Corkscrew Theater Festival presents the world premiere of Cradle Two Grave, written and directed by Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood. (more...)

2017-18 THEATER SEASON: Philadelphia Area and South Jersey
by Pati Buehler - Aug 10, 2017

90 minuets from Broadway takes you to some of the best theater entertainment in the Delaware Valley. Whether its in the bustling city of Philly, one of its neighboring suburbs... or a short drive across the bridge to South Jersey. Support your local Theaters in your towns. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jim Johnson of A CHORUS LINE at Susquehanna Stage Company
by Rich Mehrenberg - Aug 10, 2017

Audiences will be amazed that our little community theatre has been so successful in presenting a polished, beautiful, and mature work of ART (more...)

VIDEO: Billy Eichner Reacts to Patti LuPone Calling Madonna a 'Movie Killer'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

On last night's WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE, comedian Billy Eichner tells a caller how he felt when Patti LuPone called Madonna a 'movie killer' when she was a guest on the the Bravo show.   (more...)

CMT Pays Tribute Tonight with CMT REMEMBERS GLEN CAMPBELL
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

CMT pays homage to the life and legacy of music icon Glen Campbell in a 30-minute special, CMT REMEMBERS GLEN CAMPBELL premiering tonight, Thursday, August 10 at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT (encores Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT). (more...)

What is the Everlasting Lesson the Charlies of the Chocolate Factory Learned From Christian Borle?
by Danielle Ashley - Aug 10, 2017

The three Charlies have the amazing opportunity to work with the candy man himself, Christian Borle. Ryan Foust mentioned that they got to learn some acting and comedy tips from Borle. (more...)

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Names New Musical Theatre Director
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts announced last week that Joe Kemper has been named the theatre department's new Musical Theatre Director. He assumes his new role in mid-August.  (more...)

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