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Breaking: Last Gig! BANDSTAND Will Play Final Broadway Performance This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

The Tony Award winning production of the new American musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by three time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights) and featuring music byRichard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, will conclude its critically acclaimed engagement on Broadway on Sunday, September, 17, 2017 following 24 previews and 166 regular performances. (more...)

Andrew Samonsky, Hannah Elless and Bryce Pinkham to Star in BENNY & JOON Musical at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the first show of its 2017-2018 Season, the world premiere musical Benny & Joon, with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. (more...)

New Block of Tickets Released for Immersive KPOP Run This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

Due to popular demand, Ars Nova, in association with Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, has released a new block of tickets and has added performances (September 16 & 30 at 3pm) to the world premiere of KPOP, a high-octane immersive event that gives you a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory. (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...)

StageArt Announces the Cast for MEMPHIS the Musical
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

StageArt is thrilled to announce the cast for the Australasian premiere of the Tony award-winning Memphis the Musical, which will play at Prahran's Chapel off Chapel from 6 October 2017. (more...)

Circle Players Kicks off 2017-18 Season With BRING IT ON
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 8, 2017

Circle Players kicks off its 2017-2018 season in high-flying style with the Nashville premiere of Bring It On The Musical, promising to take audiences to a colorful place filled with the complexities of high school friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. (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...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Receive Anthony Quinn Foundation Award 8/29 at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda will be honored on August 29, 2017 with the Anthony Quinn Foundation Award at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. He is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the performing arts, his humanitarianism, and his empowerment of creative youth at the organization's scholarship program benefit. (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...)

Full Cast Announced for Hal Prince Directed EVITA in South Africa
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

The full cast for the Harold Prince-directed production of EVITA in South Africa has been announced. Presented by Pieter Toerien and David Ian, this revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical will see the original West End and Broadway production presented on stage at The Teatro at Montecasino and the Artscape Opera House later this year. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief August 21st, 2017: Broadway Community Rallies for 2017 Covenant House 'Sleep Out' and More!
by Danielle Ashley - Aug 21, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: over 70 members of the Broadway community will rally tonight for 2017 Covenant House 'Sleep Out!' (more...)

CRAZY FOR YOU Comes to Bristol Hippodrome this October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

Crazy For You is coming to The Bristol Hippodrome this October starring Tom Chambers and Caroline Flack! (more...)

OC Premiere of Nina Raine's TRIBES Begins 9/24 at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce the fifth show in our 19th Anniversary Season… Tribes. Written by Nina Raine and directed by Marya Mazor, Tribes will preview from September 24 through September 29; regular performances will begin September 30 and continue through October 22 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. (more...)

A FUNNY THING...FORUM Opens the Walnut's 209th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 209th season with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Directed by, and starring, Frank Ferrante, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this production begins previews on September 5th, opens on September 13th and runs through October 22nd on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

R-S Theatrics Adds Performance to Sold Out Run of IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2017

R-S Theatrics is excited to announce it has sold out its initial performance dates of 'In the Heights.' Due to high ticket demand, we have added a performance on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm. Performances will continue at the .Zack Building, 3224 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO. Patrons may try for the 'In the Heights' waitlist. Patrons may arrive at 7:00 pm and sig-up, any unclaimed or returned tickets will be sold 10 minutes before the performance in the order names appear on the list.  (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 8/19/2017
by - Aug 19, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 8/19/2017. (more...)

Opera San Jose to Present Mozart's Dazzling COSI FAN TUTTE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Thinking himself worldly and experienced, Don Alfonso decides to relieve his young friends, Ferrando and Gugliemo, of their faith in sexual fidelity. He challenges them to a bet, promising that within 24 hours their fiancees will prove unfaithful. Outraged, they accept, but find the challenge too painfully revealing and too difficult to withstand. Dressed in clown's clothes, these young men break their own hearts and the hearts of their fiancees. A comedy that is a tragedy underneath is the perfect stuff for the uncanny genius of Mozart, so clearly revealed in this dazzling score. (more...)

HAMILTUNES - An American Sing-a-Long Announced for The Moonlight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

The sing-a-long phenomenon that is sweeping the nation, Hamiltunes, is being presented by Moonlight Stage Productions for one night only on Tues., Sept. 19 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. with curtain at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets to attend are required and can be reserved online at moonlightstage.com. (more...)

Councilmember Gil Cedillo and TNH Productions Present a New Expanded Production of Disney's ALADDIN - Dual Language Edition
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

The critically acclaimed smash hit musical, Disney's Aladdin, Dual Language Edition/Edicion De Lenguaje Dual will be presented by Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo and TNH Productions. (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...)

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...)

Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Announces 10th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (PAC) is marking its 10th anniversary season featuring the concert version of the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning RENT by Adelphi graduate Jonathan Larson; multiple Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby; powerhouse Broadway singer and Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez; star of stage and screen Lucie Arnaz and much more. Tickets are now on sale at the box office or online at pac.adelphi.edu. (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...)

World Premiere by Nilo Cruz to Headline Repertorio Espanol's 50th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Repertorio Español - one of Off-Broadway's longest-running, continuous theaters, and the ONLY company that presents Spanish-language/English-translated plays in true repertory in NYC - will mark its 50th anniversary during the 2017-18 season with a roster of plays that demonstrate the company's ongoing commitment to presenting works that represent the diversity of its own 50-year canon, and the diversity of playwriting voices among contemporary and oft-forgotten writers of Spanish drama and literature worldwide. (more...)

Casting Director Joy Dewing Joins Disney Talent Casting & Booking in Anaheim
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Casting director Joy Dewing will close her New York office after five successful years in order to accept a position with the Disney Talent Casting and Booking team in Anaheim, CA. Joy Dewing Casting will cease operations tomorrow, Thursday, August 17, 2017. (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...)

Other Theatre's BARNEY THE ELF Musical to Return for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Other Theatre will continue its 4th season with the third revival of its holiday hit BARNEY THE ELF, a campy and irreverent musical comedy, written by Bryan Renaud with lyrics by Renaud and Emily Schmidt. After helming the 2016 production, Tommy Rivera-Vega returns to direct and choreograph.  (more...)

VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda Up for Writing a GAME OF THRONES Musical; Offers Rap Lyrics
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, James Corden asked Lin-Manuel Miranda if he would consider writing a GAME OF THRONES musical. 'In a New York minute,' replied the Tony Award winner. (more...)

Thomas Rhett, Jordin Sparks & More Join MISS AMERICA Celebrity Judges Panel
by TV News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC today announced the first four celebrity judges for the final night of THE 2018 MISS AMERICA COMPETITION ”; multi-platinum ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett, author, actress and model Molly Sims, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks and PEOPLE Editor in Chief Jess Cagle. (more...)

Billy Mitchell's VILLAIN: DEBLANKS to Make Star-Studded London Debut
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

After three years of benefit performances in New York, Los Angeles and regional theaters, audience-favorite Villain: DeBlanks is bringing its money-raising shenanigans to London in support of the Make A Difference Trust (MAD) on September 3rd. (more...)

TUESDAY MATINEE SERIES Discount Announces Ticket Offer at Playhouse on Park
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Save big with Playhouse on Park's Tuesday Matinee Series featuring Season Nine Mainstage Shows! For our friends who are on a budget, we offer deeply discounted tickets for a selection of our amazing shows. (more...)

Review Roundup: EVITA at San Diego Rep
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) has announced final casting for the first production of its 2017/18 season, 'EVITA.' (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...)

Court Theatre presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Stephen J. Albert, Executive Director, opens its 2017-2018 season with Five Guys Named Moe by Clarke Peters, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson, Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal and Associate Director Felicia P. Fields. Five Guys Named Moe, which features Louis Jordan's greatest hits, runs September 7 - October 8, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. The press opening is September 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Chuck Cooper, Emily Skinner, Tony Yazbeck and More Bringing Classics to Life in PRINCE OF BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway premiere of Prince of Broadway, a musical celebration that highlights the extraordinary six-decade career of director and producer Harold Prince, is now previews ahead of a Thursday, August 24, 2017 opening night at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

INTO THE WOODS Brings Storybook Characters, Toe-Tapping Music, and All of The Drama to Escondido
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Classic fairy tales weave together like delicate rainbow threads (in hues of red, gold, white, and more...) to build an intricate, complex and epic musical that still somehow bears all of the hallmarks of reality.  (more...)

Jennifer Laura Thompson Joins Mandy Gonzalez for Latest #InterMission
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2017

Mandy Gonzalez has been inviting Broadway's best into her dressing room to riff a capella. Her latest guest is Dear Evan Hansen's Jennifer Laura Thompson. Watch the pair show off their 'killer' harmonies in 'All That Jazz'! (more...)

Javier Munoz Starts #DiversityOfBroadway, Broadway Responds
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2017

Javier Muñoz, current star of Hamilton, has started the #DiversityOfBroadway hashtag and it has swept through social media. Casts across Broadway are sharing their group photos and celebrating the diversity that makes Broadway so great. Check out some photos (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...)

BWW Review: Circle Players' BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL Brings Down the House
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 12, 2017

Strong and energetic - some even show-stopping - performances from a youthful, fresh-faced cast, choreography that will have you dancing in the aisles and sprightly direction that moves the plot along at an astonishing pace…if you aren't already a fan of Bring It On the Musical, then Circle Players' production will make you one in short order. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents Teri Bibb in ONCE UPON A SONG
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2017

Celebrate the singers and songs of the silver screen when Broadway leading lady TERI BIBB debuts her new concert ONCE UPON A SONG as part of the 2017 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company. Bibb's soaring soprano has thrilled audiences across the continent and throughout the world. In addition to performing on Broadway and tour as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (more than 1,000 performances), she has given a command performance at the White House, on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," and on the stages of Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and London's Royal Albert Hall, (more...)

The Sweet Sounds of MOTOWN The Musical Will Fill Starlight Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Motown The Musical, the Tony Award-nominated tribute to the musical greats of the 1960s and '70s, brings its signature sound and American dream story to Starlight Theatre for six performances August 22-27. The acclaimed musical follows the true life story of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. on his journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul. The man who founded Motown records in Detroit in 1959 went on to launch the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): BRING IT ON's Miracle Ham and Emily Urbanski
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 11, 2017

Now, Lewis and his team - which includes choreographers Ashley Danielle and Tosha Pendergrast - give the show their own unique spin, opening tonight at Nashville's Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, featuring a fresh-faced young cast bringing the show to life. Two of those cast members - Emily Urbanski and Miracle Ham - responded to our queries, telling us how they found their way to theatrical careers and suggesting why you should be certain to see their show in this edition of Friday 5 (+1)... (more...)

BWW Review: Lyric Theatre Spices Up The Summer with Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS
by Ronn Burton - Aug 11, 2017

Lyric closes out their Civic Center season with HAMILTON mega-star Lin-Manuel Miranda's initial hit musical, the Tony-winning In the Heights. Premiering on Broadway in 2008, this depiction of the flavorful New York City neighborhood at the top of Manhattan paints a vivid and delightful portrait of the struggles and celebrations of everyday Americans. In the Heights is an exciting capstone to Lyric's wildly successful summer season…don't miss it! (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...)

Stage & Screen Stars Jenna Ushkowitz and Shoba Narayan to Read INSOMNIA TV Pilot in NYC
by TV News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Jenna Ushkowitz (Fox's Glee, Broadway's Waitress), Shoba Narayan (Broadway's Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), and Vishaal Reddy (Upcoming Marvel Netflix Series) to lead private industry reading of Insomnia, a new comedy-drama. (more...)

Theatre In The Heights Presents A THOUSAND CLOWNS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

The year is 1962 and bachelor uncle Murray Burns is endeavoring to rear his precocious nephew in N.Y.C. (more...)

BED RECKONING Comes to Melbourne Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Modern love, IKEA, and dating apps collide in Bed Reckoning, the new musical comedy from Darwent & Gray. (more...)

Montverde Academy to Present IN THE HEIGHTS This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Montverde Academy's upper school presents 'In the Heights,' directed by Montverde Academy's Theatre Arts Director Roberta Emerson, running September 28-30. (more...)

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