Heads Up Broadway


Alvin Theatre

(New York, NY)
250 W. 52nd St.
by Broadwaysted - Sep 19, 2019
This week, the Broadwaysted Crew is thrilled to be joined by Jenna Rubaii from the 50th Anniversary Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar! We're pouring out Montelobos Mezcal, Milagro Tequila, and Barr Hill Gin with a 'tear-and-share' lime as Jenna spills about the exciting, music-focused Anniversary Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, flying around the country upside-down in American Idiot, and the differences in international audiences' reactions.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2019
Miss Mona Stangley and her Girls have arrived in Downtown Arlington to have a darn-tootin' great time opening Theatre Arlington's 47th season with the award-winning musical, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. This charming, fun-loving musical by Carol Hall, Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, based loosely on the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas, recounts the story of Miss Mona's cozy little brothel that was popular with senators, mayors and football teams and protected by the local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd. Times are good for Miss Mona's Girls until a TV evangelist's cameras and righteous indignation interfere. The lively tale is told with a bit of bawdy humor and high-energy production numbers, with sweet ballads and sentimentality thrown in, and is meant for mature audiences but as Miss Mona says, a?oethere's nothing dirty going on.a??
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) will hold its 2019 gala fundraiser, Celebrating A Creative Jamaica, on October 29th, honoring three important and respected leaders in their fields. The Honorees include Obba Babatunde, a celebrated, award-winning entertainer, Broadway, film and television star, whose career spans more than four decades, winner of a daytime Emmy for his role in CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful, nominated for a Tony for his role in the original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls, Critic's Circle Awards-winner for the musical Sammy, NAACP Image Award-winner for A Soldier's Play; and will next be seen on the new season of the CBS series SWAT(starring Shemar Moore), and in the Hulu produced series, Little Fires Everywhere, starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon. The other honorees are New York Public Advocate, Jumaane D. Williams, one of New York City's rising political stars, who prior to winning the seat vacated by State Attorney General Leticia James, served on the NYC Council representing the 45th District; and Marilyn F. Booker, a career financial specialist with Morgan Stanley who heads up their Urban Markets Group, an attorney who is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Spelman College and considered one of the most influential women of power.
by Ben Rimalower - Oct 9, 2019
Actor-singer-dancer-choreographer Adam Fleming became a part of Broadway history originating the roles of Sketch in Hairspray and Lucas in Bare. In 2005, he starred in David Brind and Adam Salky's acclaimed short film, Dare, about two teenage boys' tense, spark-filled encounter in a pool following high school play practice. Dare gained a cult following as part of Strand Releasing's 'Boys Life' series and ultimately achieved worldwide popularity via more than 12 Million views on Youtube. The fan fervor (and fan fiction!) eventually inspired a sequel, ten years later. The original and the sequel are now being presented together as The Dare Project and attracting new legions of fans.
by Jade Kops - Oct 5, 2019
'Against a backdrop of Tory cuts, high unemployment and the deregulated economy of 1970s Britain, a young urban guerrilla group mobilises: The Angry Brigade. Their targets: MPs, embassies, police, pageant queens. A world of order is shattered by anarchy and the rules have changed. An uprising has begun. No one is exempt.' The New Theatre impresses us again with their production of James Graham's The Angry Brigade.
by Chelcy Harrell - Oct 28, 2019
BWW met with Lyric Theatre's own Frank-N-Furter, Eric Ulloa, for an in-depth look beneath the layers of glue stick and glitter at Ulloa's physical and mental transformation into the cult classic's sweet transvestite.
by Nancy Grossman - Oct 18, 2019
The National (non-equity) Tour of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL settled in at the Boch Center's Wang Theatre this week and brought out families and children raised on the beloved Nickelodeon series. Joining a long list of animated shows adapted into Broadway musicals, this one is set apart by the clever collaboration with a wide variety of popular artists who composed individual songs, seamlessly curated, orchestrated, and arranged by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Tom Kitt (of Next to Normal). Based on the television series by Stephen Hillenburg, it was conceived and directed by Tina Landau and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, but the eclectic score is the crème de la crème of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
The Chicken Ranch has shut down and is making the way for the Hundred Acre Wood in downtown Arlington, as Theatre Arlington turns their attention to children and families, with the musical, Winnie the Pooh, written by Steven D. Morris with music by Don Powers. This adaptation of A.A. Milne's classic story brings Winnie, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and all their friends to life and was originally written and staged by Steven D. Morris and Don Powers in 1986. At that time, Morris was the theater's first Children's Theatre Director and was frustrated by the lack of entertaining scripts for children, so a few years earlier he set out to create his own with his talented friend, Don Powers, who composed all the new music.
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Oct 15, 2019
There's a new Dance Movie, which opened nationwide Friday, October 11th, that's sure to advance the genre in popularity.  In the last few decades “Dirty Dancing,” “Footloose,” “Flashdance,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Staying Alive” and more recently “La La Land” all caused quite a stir when they hit theatres, and many of them are still quite popular today.   “High Strung Free Dance” and it's predecessor “High Strung' (2016) has everything you could want to see and hear in a film about dance, music and dancers. Written and produced by professional dancer Janine Best Damian “Solid Gold” and numerous film and television appearances, and her talented actor/singer/director/composer/husband Michael Damian (Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”/Broadway; 18 years appearing on “The Young and the Restless,” among many other credits for directing, as a vocalist and creating soundtracks for films he's also directed). This latest film is one out of 13 films he has written and produced with Janeen, as well as directed; ”Marley and Me: The Puppy Years,' the “Flicka” franchise, and more.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2019
With the world première of Emily White's Pavilion running at the theatre, and the company's large-scale promenade show Mold Riots about to take to the streets, Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd Tamara Harvey and Executive Director Liam Evans-Ford today announces the company's new season, which centres on two world premières by Seiriol Davies and Alan Harris.
by Broadwaysted - Oct 11, 2019
This week the Broadwaysted crew is thrilled to be chatting and laughing with singer-songwriter and former Jersey Boys on Broadway star, Michael Longoria! This week we're pouring out Milagro Tequila and picturing the 'Movies in our Minds' as Michael spills about his newest album, 'Like They Do in the Movies' released by Broadway Records (oh HEY Robbie Rozelle!) Michael shares about his experience joining the Broadway smash hit Hairspray for his Broadway debut, the wild ride of Jersey Boys on Broadway, and the inspiration behind selecting each of the fantastic movie songs on his amazing new album.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
EPIC Players Inclusion Company announced their final production of 2019, a neuro-inclusive adaptation of Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice. The production runs December 6 - 15 at HERE's mainstage in SoHo. Opening night is slated for December 6.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2019
Ariana Grande has revealed in an Instagram story that she is sick and may need to cancel an upcoming concert.
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - Nov 11, 2019
Sam Harvey is one cast member who has been with the show since the beginning. In a really fun interview session, I learned he comes back every year because he loves sharing Christmas with the world...and longs for the chicken nuggets at Japanese convenient stores??
by Dan and Julie Izzo - Nov 11, 2019
On the surface Geva Theatre Center's Fielding Studio series production of QUEEN examines the potential devastation caused by the dwindling honeybee population due to Colony Collapse Disorder. This first look seems to indicate that Madhuri Shekar's play will be another social drama about the capitalistic monolith and its insidious corruption in greedy pursuit of wealth. Monsanto stands as the corporate boogeyman that needs to be taken down to save the bees and thereby rescue the planet. The plot could be linear and predictable, clearly establishing villain and hero. Thankfully, Shekar's play delivers a much more complex and thoughtful dramatic work.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 10, 2019
You never know what's just around the corner and that's the fascinating thing about discovering cabaret artists who are new to your milieu. Last night it was at the corner of 71st Street and 2nd Avenue at the Beach Cafe. Friend Ron Abel, one of the music industry's preeminent pianists/ arranger/music directors in his heads up to me about this artist said …“Sometimes you get lucky. You get to work with a smart actress whose ability to understand a lyric translates to her being able to take the song to a place that people haven't heard before. And then, she has the vocal range and ability to take it that one step further.” That folks is Lianne Marie Dobbs who while new to me is well known by cabaret enthusiasts.
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2019
Last week, Columbus, Ohio trio Caamp announced their new album, By and By out July 26th on Mom + Pop Music and shared their first single, “Penny, Heads Up.” Today, they announce a full North American tour. After a summer of festival appearances, they'll kick things off on October 15th in Phoenix, AZ at the Crescent Ballroom. Highlights include The Fonda in Los Angeles, Thalia Hall in Chicago, a two-night stint at the Basement East in Nashville and they will round out the tour with Brooklyn Steel in New York on December 10th.
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2019
Eastern Electrics descends on iconic London venue Fabric their 2019 after party. Following on from the all-day festival, the seminal London promoter take over Room 1 and 2 for a night of big vibes and even bigger basslines, inviting the cream of the line-up for a night of vibes programmed specifically for the straight through crew.
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019
Scripps Ranch Theatre wraps up its 40th Anniversary Season with Move Over, Mrs. Markham - previewing May 31st and running through June 30th on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are Fridays and Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2019
Introducing one of the UK's hottest new comics, Sukh Ojla. With her naturally likeable stage presence and bullet-proof timing, a recent slot on BBC2's The Big Asian Stand Up has already won her a dedicated fan-base, and this summer she heads up to the Fringe with her first ever hour.
by TV News Desk - May 3, 2019
Today, Columbus, Ohio trio Caamp announce their new album, By and By out July 26th on Mom + Pop Music. The first single from the forthcoming album is available today - the sparkling and sincere, “Penny, Heads Up.” By and By was produced by Caamp with Josh Block and Austin Jenkins (Leon Bridges, White Denim) from Niles City Sound in Fort Worth. The album is available for pre-order here.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2019
Poker Central and CBS today announced a partnership to live stream the gold bracelet events at the 50th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) across platforms including PokerGO, Poker Central's direct-to-consumer OTT service, and CBS All Access, CBS's subscription video on demand and live streaming service, from May 30-July 16, 2019, with additional coverage to air on CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports Digital platforms.
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2019
DreamWorks Theatricals (a division of Universal Theatrical Group), Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw have announced that THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, the new stage musical based on the celebrated DreamWorks Animation film and featuring the Academy Award®-winning song When You Believe, will begin performances at London's Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 5 February 2020, with an official London premiere on Tuesday 25 February 2020, for a limited 32-week engagement.
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2019
Legendary comedian Buddy Hackett is brought to life in My Buddy, a live musical, theatrical production, told by the person closest to him…his son, Sandy Hackett. It runs June 28 - 30, 2019 at Bristol Riverside Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2019
Scripps Ranch Theatre wraps up its 40th Anniversary Season with Move Over, Mrs. Markham - previewing May 31st and running through June 30th on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are Fridays and Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019
The Winter Park Playhouse continues to collaborate with Winter Park local powerhouse Maria Olivia Bryant and her company Maria Olivia Inspires to present a quarterly cabaret series, Expressions: A Celebration of Voices in African-American Music. The latest cabaret in this series is titled Harlem Blues and will premiere Thursday, March 28,2019 at 7:30 p.m. It will pay tribute to the music of iconic greats such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Mary J. Blige , Stevie Wonder and more!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019
Sandy Hackett Rat Pack Show, which has stacked up rave reviews over the years, is a theatrical, musical production which recreates what it would have been like to see legendary icons, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop live onstage together. After a successful run in 2013, it returns to Bristol Riverside Theatre April 5 - 7, 2019.
by TV News Desk - Mar 29, 2019
Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky have taken their longstanding friendship to the next level with the release of their debut album, Tryst, to be released on ABC/Universal Music Australia on Friday, 3 May 2019.
by Sarah Hookey - Mar 27, 2019
From the songs of the swinging sixties to An Evening with Eric and Ern, there's lots to look forward to at the Belgrade Theatre this Spring with a wide range of music and comedy that's guaranteed to suit all tastes.
by Brett Cullum - Mar 11, 2019
It's the right time to resurrect the 1982 off-Broadway phenomenon LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. It's a catchy little musical that says a lot about greed combined with materialism, and it reminds audiences of how brilliant Howard Ashman and Alan Menken have always been.
by TV News Desk - Jun 27, 2019
Drummer Dave Schoepke will be releasing his first solo drum album titled “Drums On Low” on July 15, 2019. Schoepke is an accomplished North American drummer, who has had the pleasure of working with the legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre. Dave toured with Martin's band in 2017 and in 2018 for the “Cruise To The Edge” Tour. He's also been the primary drummer for The Willy Porter Band since 2002, and has loved every second of his time with the band. Dave has toured with Willy Porter on a number of occasions over the years, and has numerous television and radio appearances on his record. The amazing part is that Dave is able to do all of this, and still has time to devote to his own band Tweed. Tweed has been a mainstay touring in Europe for the last few years along with a number of other blues and soul groups. 
by DC Felton - Jun 10, 2019
As we remember the 75th anniversary of D-day, it is important to remember why D-Day was so important. When the allied forces invaded France, it was a turning point in World War II. When a little girl in hiding found out about the invasion, she had hope that she would one day be able to come out of hiding and live freely again. That little girl's name was Anne Frank. Ankeny Community Theatre is making sure her story is not forgotten with their current production of 'The Diary of Anne Frank.'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2019
National New Play Network, the country's alliance of professional theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays, announces its 2019-20 grant recipients, including the 2019 Smith Prize for Political Theatre, seven Producer Residencies, and eight Collaboration Fund awards that will support partnerships between multiple Member Theaters, playwrights, and other theater makers in various projects.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2019
Theatre Arlington closes out the 2018-2019 Season with the first work in Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical trilogy, Brighton Beach Memoirs. This coming-of-age story, opening August 9th, is an affectionate and humorous portrait of a Jewish-American family in 1937 Brooklyn as seen through the eyes of 15-year old Eugene Morris Jerome. Sharing his home with six other family members doesn't give him much privacy to dream about girls, particularly his beautiful cousin Nora, or playing baseball for the Yankees.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2019
Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House invites audiences to embrace a sense of adventure with a new season of music, theater, exhibitions, film, book launches, special events, and community programs this August to December.
by TV News Desk - Jul 19, 2019
The key creative and business operations and strategy teams responsible for the original programming and acquisitions for HBO Max were announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and president, TNT, TBS, and truTV. Rolling up to Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment & Direct-To-Consumer, this group of veteran executives has been involved in developing and producing popular award-winning film and television content for the past 30 years.
by Review Roundups - Jul 11, 2019
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat plays a strictly limited 11-week season at the London Palladium, directed by Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon). Let's see what the critics are saying...
by TV News Desk - Jul 10, 2019
Today, Columbus, Ohio trio Caamp share the latest single from their upcoming album, By and By which will be out July 26th on Mom + Pop Music. “Peach Fuzz” is an upbeat love song ripe for soundtracking summer afternoons. listen to “Peach Fuzz” HERE.
by Meredith Kreisa - Feb 9, 2019
THE LION KING opened at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton on February 7 and will continue to play through February 24. Whether this is your first time seeing it or your 50th, it is an elaborate, engaging, immersive experience audiences are unlikely to forget.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019
Following a sold out, critically-acclaimed run at the Traverse Theatre in 2018, Fringe First winner Kieran Hurley brings Mouthpiece to Soho. The production, directed by former Traverse Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin, sees Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who, BBC; The Replacement, BBC) and Lorn Macdonald (Outlander, Starz!; Trainspotting, Citizen's Theatre) reprise their roles. A frank, funny and unflinching look at the polarities of social inequality in a city, Mouthpiece asks when does the portrayal of poverty become poverty porn?
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2019
The crowd-pleasing musical, 'Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show,' now in its tenth season, announced the launch of a new website at www.SandysRatPack.com and additional tour dates for 2019. The theatrical production stars Sandy Hackett, son of the illustrious comedian Buddy Hackett, and his wife, Lisa Dawn Miller, daughter of legendary songwriter, Ron Miller. The two produce the show under their jointly-led production company, Hackett Miller.
by Broadwaysted - Feb 15, 2019
This week the Broadwaysted crew is thrilled to hang out with new #FriendoftheShow and original cast member in Disney's Aladdin Stanley Martin! This episode also include the very first installment of 'A.Hammered,' a new segment with #BestFriendoftheShow Aaron J. Albano as he tours the nation in Hamilton.
by Gil Kaan - Aug 24, 2019
The west coast premiere of Jen Silverman's WITCH will launch the Geffen Playhouse's 2019/2020 season, having begun previews August 20, 2019. Originally commissioned by and premiering at Writers Theatre, WITCH centers on a charming outsider arriving to the quiet village of Edmonton bargaining for souls in exchange for the villagers' darkest wishes. I had the opportunity to delve into the sharp, clever mind of Jen Silverman on her creation of WITCH.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2019
The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation announces the winner of this year's The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the highest honor at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Chosen by Carol Tambor and members of her Foundation, along with The Scotsman Newspaper's Arts Writers Joyce McMillian, Jackie McGlone and Mark Fisher, Mouthpiece was announced as the winner at the Scotsman Award Ceremony during the closing ceremonies of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Friday, August 23.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 17, 2019
For Carter Calvert, the velvet-voiced, charismatic star of the Bucks County Playhouse's production of Always... Patsy Cline, stepping into those famous dresses and ruby red lipstick, belting out 27 heart-wrenching songs nearly every night, embodying the spirit of a?oeThe Clinea??... is a dream come true.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
Sandy Hackett has finished authoring 'My Buddy,' a new book of stories about his father, Buddy Hackett. Sandy (Buddy's only son), shares personal and professional memories of his dad, and never-before-heard anecdotes in the upcoming release.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2019
In 1984, young actor, B.J. Cleveland was thrilled to be cast in his very first show at Theatre Arlington as one of the Voices of Vernon Gersch in Neil Simon's They're Playing Our Song. Now, 35 years later and with a more than a few shows under his belt, Cleveland is proud to return to the TA stage in the same musical, but this time he is taking the lead. This funny, romantic musical comedy with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager opens in downtown Arlington on Friday, May 3rd.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2019
59E59 Theaters welcomes the US premiere of SQUARE GO, written by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair and directed by Finn den Hertog. Produced by Francesca Moody Productions (Fleabag) in association with Seared Productions, SQUARE GO begins performances on Wednesday, June 5 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 30.
by Julie Halpert - Apr 10, 2019
From the moment the dancers in the contemporary dance group, Ballet Preljocaj walked onto the stage, they managed to hold the audience in their grasp. Executing a combination of flawless moves founded in classical ballet, yet infused with athleticism and stark, modern moves, it was a captivating performance.