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Jack Lawrence Theatre (New York, NY)
359 W. 48th St.

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Based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling

How did the Elephant get his trunk?br

How did the Leopard get his spots?br

How did the Rhinoceros get his skin?brbr

In the "Just So Stories," Rudyard Kipling created a magical world as he told his daughter fables of the animal kingdom. In "Just So," George Stiles and Anthony Drewe ("Honk!") have created a new musical that weaves five of Mr. Kipling's most famous tales together into a fanciful lesson about personal courage, individuality and friendship.

BWW Interview: Ryan McCartan Talks Dancing Through His Broadway Debut and the Everlasting Magic of WICKED!
by Julie Musbach - Oct 30, 2018

Ryan McCartan is living the dream making his Broadway debut in the land of Oz as Fiyero in mega-hit Wicked. McCartan hopped in the hot air balloon out of Oz to chat with BroadwayWorld about his tornado of an experience and what it's like to be part of Wicked as it celebrates its landmark 15th anniversary! (more...)

BWW Interview: Marisol Montalvo and Jeff Roberson Open Up About the World of Opera and Their Show MAD SCENE Coming to Broadway at NOCCA
by Heidi Scheuermann - Oct 30, 2018

Opera isn't my go-to art form, I'll admit it.  In fact, I don't know many people who truly appreciate opera music nor do they understand what it actually takes to become a successful opera singer.  It's an art that often goes unnoticed because of the stereotypes that it is long, boring, difficult to understand, unrelatable, and only for old, rich people.  But if music is a universal language, and I truly believe this to be true, then why do we insist that we cannot understand and then listen to all forms of music except for this one?  I recently had the honor of speaking with two artists who are radically trying to change the scene, and make opera music accessible to everyone. (more...)

Dancers' Career Development Helps Dancers Take The Next Step
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 30, 2018

The 2008 song by the Killers 'Are we human or are we dancer' rings true for professional dancers as it transcends just being a career. To make it as a professional dancer you have to dedicate years of your life and lots of money to achieve the peak level of fitness required to be a 'professional'. Not to mention the networking, auditioning, knockbacks and receiving more noes than 'yeses'. (more...)

Horror Film FRIDAY THE 13TH Original Stars Reunite In Indie Film 13 FANBOY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018

'Friday the 13th' has a passionate fan base that has been waiting for almost a decade for another installment. With the lawsuit between Victor Miller and Sean Cunningham still not resolved a new film isn't likely for several more years, but Voorhees Films has a solution for your much-needed fix, '13 Fanboy.' (more...)

Steve Aoki Drops New Single WASTE IT ON ME With Global Megastars BTS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2018

Two-time Grammy-nominated DJ and Producer, Steve Aoki releases new single 'Waste It On Me' featuring BTS, along with the tracklist for his highly anticipated album, Neon Future III, set to release next month on Friday, 9 November via Liberator Music/Ultra Music. (more...)

Number One Bestselling Chapter Book Series Brings Holiday Cheer to TYA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2018

Magic Tree House, the #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time comes to life in a brand new spectacular just perfect for the season. This premiere of Magic Tree House's Holiday Musical: A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS features a large-scale cast donned in festive attire and celebrating the joy of giving. It also marks the first time it will be produced by any professional TYA (Theater for Young Audiences) company in the country.  Dallas audiences will be the first to see brother and sister duo, Jack and Annie, whisked back in time aboard their magical tree house to the foggy streets of Victorian England to help Charles Dickens write what will ultimately become a treasured tale. Holiday magic is in the air at DCT this season as Magic Tree House's Holiday Musical: A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS runs from November 16 - December 23, 2018 at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kevin Harvey Talks THE WILD DUCK
by Rona Kelly - Oct 25, 2018

Kevin Harvey returns to the Almeida (that is a truth), for his seventh (that is a lie) first Ibsen play: The Wild Duck. Catching up during rehearsals, Kevin talks to us about tackling Ibsen, the relevance of the play today, and reuniting with director Robert Icke. (more...)

BWW Review: Texarts + THE UNEXPECTED GUEST = Good Theatre
by Joni Lorraine - Oct 25, 2018

The weather and season are perfect for an evening or afternoon cooped up with a bunch of murder suspects in an English manor.  You won't be disappointed in THE UNEXPECTED GUEST. (more...)

The New York Pops Will Honor Cyndi Lauper at 36th Birthday Gala
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

The New York Pops will honor Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning music icon Cyndi Lauper at its 36th Birthday Gala celebration (more...)

BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Bristol Old Vic
by Leah Tozer - Oct 20, 2018

'If music be the food of love, play on'… and play Wils Wilson does with Shakespeare's chaotic, sharp-witted comedy.While wonderfully entertaining, and a comical, musical, and colourful delight, without distinct commentary on the seventies setting or a timely political parallel, this Twelfth Night is dated to the whimsical, psychedelic revels of a 1970s evening.   (more...)

Focus Features and Back Lot Music Release Troye Sivan & Jnsi's Single 'Revelation' From BOY ERASED
by TV News Desk - Oct 18, 2018

Focus Features and Back Lot Music announce the release of 'Revelation', the new original song by Troye Sivan & Jnsi written for the feature film Boy Erased. Fans can stream the song on all DSP's or get the song instantly with soundtrack pre-order here. The soundtrack to the film featuring an additional original song by Jnsi and score by Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans will release digitally on 10/26 and physically on 11/2 with the film's theatrical release in select theaters nationwide. A vinyl component will be issued later this year with Music on Vinyl. (more...)

by Linda Hodges - Oct 18, 2018

Currently playing at San Jose's 3Below, 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' is at once a dramatic tour-de-force and a Vaudevillian comedic masterpiece that will have you laughing (not to mention cheering and hissing) and leave you thoroughly entertained. Playing now through November 11, it's a grand, must-see show. (more...)

WRONG CHOPPED - A New Dada Comedy Comes to Firehouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018

Firehouse Theatre presents the work-in-progress new play WRONG CHOPPED-a Dada comedy by Dixon Cashwell and Levi Meerovich -- from November 8 thru November 17. (more...)

BWW Interview: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Levi Ross & Jessica Phillips Connecting Truthfully
by Gil Kaan - Oct 18, 2018

DEAR EVAN HANSEN, the winner of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) makes its second stop of its 23-city national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre with opening night set for October 19, 2018. I had the opportunity to sit down with two of the leads of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. I joined Ben Levi Ross (Evan Hansen) and Jessica Phillips (Heidi Hansen) in the expansive Founders' Room of the Ahmanson Theatre for a private interview. (more...)

The Oak Ridge Boys Announce 2018 Shine The Light On Christmas Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2018

GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season with their timeless hits and holiday classics on their 2018 Shine The Light On Christmas Tour. This year's tour will take the legendary group to 32 cities in 18 states, and is set to kick-off on November 14th in Branson, Missouri. (more...)

Johnny & Jaalene Release Rip Cat Records Debut
by Tory Gates - Oct 16, 2018

“I think we're the new, made from the old...we take everything that's soulful from the old, and we're trying to keep that alive in our music.' (more...)

BWW Recap: Two Fortunate Sons Star in a Very Special THIS IS US
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 16, 2018

“This is Us” came back this week with a very special look into the past of our very favorite Pearson patriarch, Jack. (more...)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Why Are Its PHANS So Obsessed With Andrew Lloyd Webber's Musical?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 16, 2018

What about the story keeps audiences coming back again and again to see The Phantom of the Opera? Is it the lushly romantic score composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber? Or could it be the costumes and scenery, so widely seen across the globe - and so easily identifiable as being from The Phantom - that they are considered iconic? Or could it be the mysteriously intriguing and sumptuously romantic Gaston Leroux story? (more...)

Keller Williams' Pettygrass to Perform at the CCA on 11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Keller Williams and eclectic bluegrass quintet The Hillbenders will perform live at the Capitol Center for the Arts (CCA) in Downtown Concord, NH on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30PM, in a new Tom Petty-inspired project titled “Keller Williams' PettyGrass”. (more...)

BWW Interview: Six Degrees of Gavin Creel on the road to the Venetian Room in San Francisco.
by Robert Sokol - Oct 13, 2018

BroadwayWorld-San Francisco Senior Editor Robert Sokol takes Creel on a trip down memory lane to revisit his Main Stem alter egos in advance of his debut at Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel as part of producer Marilyn Levinson's fifteenth anniversary season of Bay Area Cabaret in San Francisco. (more...)

Jess Glynne Releases New Album, ALWAYS IN BETWEEN
by TV News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

Jess Glynne - singer, star, voice of the street and the only British female to achieve 7 number 1 singles is the ultimate, modern British popstar. Today she releases her hugely anticipated second album “Always In Between,” featuring the UK #1 single 'I'll Be There', follow up smash hit 'All I Am' alongside the new Ed Sheeran co-penned single 'Thursday' which arrived yesterday. (more...)

Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold, Jay McGuiness and Louis Smith Lead RIP IT UP - THE 60s
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

The ultimate Strictly boy band of dance bring their spectacular show to London's West End next February. A huge success for the Strictly celebrities, Rip it Up - The 60's brings the decade smashing into the 21st century through an explosion of song, dance, acrobatics and amazing visuals to celebrate the most revolutionary cultural period ever in its first ever West End run, opening at the Garrick Theatre for four months from the 7th February 2019. (more...)

Nashville's Very Own Song-and-Dance Man Jeremy Benton Kicks Off the Holidays in IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 8, 2018

This week finds Jeremy Benton - Broadway's favorite tap-dancing man - in Paducah, Kentucky, with the rest of the cast and crew of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, preparing for tonight's opening performance of the quintessential holiday season musical. He's spent so many holiday seasons performing in White Christmas, in fact (he joined the show back in 2005 and has been a part of the company off and on ever since) that it's become second nature to him now. (more...)

BWW Interview: Deborah Hazlett on Channeling Compassion in SWEAT at Everyman Theatre
by Rowena Winkler - Nov 8, 2018

The Baltimore debut of Lynn Nottage's gripping play, Sweat, is currently playing at the Everyman Theatre through November 25th. To get an inside look at this production, BroadwayWorld sat down with Resident Company Member Deborah Hazlett to talk about her role as Tracey in this revelatory and emotionally gripping show. (more...)

San Francisco Playhouse Presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2018

San Francisco Playhouse celebrates the magic of the holiday season with the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins. Susi Damilano will direct the Playhouse production, with music direction by Katie Coleman and choreography by Kimberly Richards. (more...)

BWW Review: THE FOREIGNER at Tallgrass Theatre Company
by Denise Forney - Nov 6, 2018

Director Mark Littlejohn has ensembled an impressive cast for the production of 'The Foreigner,' with over half of the actors making their theatrical debut with Tallgrass Theatre Company. Through the exaggerated characters and situations of farce, you still see a dark underbelly of human nature, always waiting in the shadows for a chance to take hold. Yet we are also reminded in this production that sometimes the most unlikely of heroes, the most timid and shy amongst us, can find that inner fortitude to shine a light into the darkness and push that evil back from whence it came. (more...)

BWW Blog: What To Do When You Forget The Words to Your Song
by Student Blogger: Hayley Martini - Nov 5, 2018

Hello all! My name is Hayley Martini and I am so stoked to be a new student blogger here in Broadway World! I am a sophomore musical theater major at the University of Central Oklahoma. I have always been involved in shows in my community, but it was not until this time last year that one of my mentors helped me realize that I could make musical theater my career. Ever since then my love for musicals has blossomed and I am so excited for what the future holds. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sean Thompson of LOVE NEVER DIES at Robinson Performance Hall
by Mike Noland - Nov 4, 2018

A Philly boy, Sean Thompson, sees the country in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies. See how he got to be so lucky. (more...)

BWW Review: MAGIC MIKE LIVE, Hippodrome Casino
by Laura Jones - Nov 30, 2018

It's been six years since the release of Magic Mike, produced by and starring Channing Tatum as the lead stripper of a Florida strip club. Since then, Magic Mike has spawned a sequel, a live show in Las Vegas in 2017 and now a live show at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, created and directed by Tatum himself. (more...)

BWW Blog: It's Not All Fun and (Theatre) Games
by Student Blogger: Lia Capotorto - Nov 30, 2018

Attending college for theatre has taught me it's okay and necessary to make mistakes. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 11/30 - THE MUSIC MAN, HAMILTON, GUYS AND DOLLS, and More!
by BWW Special - Nov 30, 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 MUSIC MAN, HAMILTON, GUYS AND DOLLS, and More! (more...)

BWW Interview: Rebekkah Lowings of GHOST THE MUSICAL at Zorlu Center
by Onur Alec Kadioglu - Nov 27, 2018

In 2017, he re-opened the curtains under the production of Bill Kenwright, and after a large tour of the United Kingdom, he toured Istanbul with his international tour. The musical, which has been nominated for three Tony awards and won many awards, brings a new breath to the story with poetic acting and grand stage performance while preserving the romantic atmosphere of the unforgettable film. (more...)

BWW Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at Roxy Regional Theatre is Beautifully Wrapped
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 27, 2018

Now onstage at the Roxy Regional Theatre in Clarksville through December 22, Miracle on 34th Street is among a small number of titles available to theater companies all over the United States looking for seasonal entertainment options for their loyal fans and season ticket holders. In fact, there's another production of the show opening at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts this weekend and Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre in Nashville has announced the show as its holiday offering in 2019. (more...)

BWW Previews: THE GOOD SWIMMER World Premiere at BAM Fishman Space
by Cindy Sibilsky - Nov 25, 2018

The saying, 'Good things come to those who wait,' could certainly be applied to the world premiere of The Good Swimmer playing at BAM's Fishman Space as part of the Next Wave festival from November 28th-December 1st. Defined as a pop requiem for the youth of the Vietnam War, this collaboration between Heidi Rodewald (music) and Donna Di Novelli (lyrics) directed by Kevin Newbury has been the better part of a decade in the making since the two women began working on the piece at a Eugene O'Neill Theater Center residency and left with three songs based on text from out-of-print lifesaving manuals that would become the foundation of The Good Swimmer -- the title song, 'Red Cross' and 'Double Drowning'. (more...)

BWW Review: HAMILTON at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Nov 23, 2018

It's not often that a Broadway musical creates so much press and hype that almost every US citizen has heard of the phenomenon that is HAMILTON. The show that got it's start off Broadway at NY's Public Theatre has taken the country by storm. Still the hottest ticket on Broadway 3 years after it has opened, the touring production has been anticipated in almost every US National tour market for a full two years prior to it actually surfacing. This has created record breaking subscription ticket sales Just So everyone could be guaranteed a seat for HAMILTON. (more...)

BWW Interview: Bryan Hindle of JERSEY BOYS on His Role With The Iconic Show, on Tour and on Sea.
by Brian Hilbrand - Nov 22, 2018

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note.  They had a sound nobody had ever heard... and the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story-a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that's just too good to be true.  The premiere engagement of Jersey Boys in Grand Rapids in 2013 was seen by over 15,000 theatregoers in our city at DeVos Performance Hall.  I recently talked to former Jersey Boy Actor and choreographer about His role with the production not only on the Canadian tour, and North American tour as well as currently on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship. This is what he had to say: (more...)

Selladoor Worldwide Presents Selladoor Creation
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2018

Selladoor Worldwide has announced the launch of Selladoor Creation - a brand new platform for new writers to showcase and develop their work with the backing of one of the UK's leading theatre producers. With this new company, Selladoor will continue to support diverse and challenging work from talented artists, and bring innovative new work to the national and international stage, making it accessible for all audiences. (more...)

BWW Interview: Pedro Ka'awaoa of THE KING AND I at Times Union Performing Arts Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - Nov 2, 2018

Pedro Ka'awaoa is honored to be bringing King Mongkut to life in The King and I's national tour. He has a BA in Music from Harvard University. Regional: The Fantasticks, South Pacific, Evita, The Addams Family, The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar, White Christmas, The Odd Couple Female Version. MDConductor: Cabaret, First Date, Seussical, Putnam Spelling Bee, The King and I, Les Miserables School Edition. Pedro is also a choir conductor, pianist, musician, teacher, and composer. He is also a fitness and mindfulness enthusiast. Aloha and IMUA!  Ka'awaoa spent some time talking with BroadwayWorld to discuss his road to The King and I and their upcoming journey to Jacksonville. (more...)

Photo Flash: Check out a Photo From WRONG CHOPPED at Firehouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2018

Firehouse Theatre presents the work-in-progress new play WRONG CHOPPED-a Dada comedy by Dixon Cashwell and Levi Meerovich -- from November 8 thru November 17. (more...)

Pets Of Broadway: Meet Caroline Bowman & Austin Colby's newest family member, Kodak!
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Nov 16, 2018

BroadwayWorld is excited to announce an exclusive collaboration with Pets of Broadway! From the cats of choreographers, to the dogs of dancers, to the birds of belters and the many pets in between, Pets of Broadway shares the stories of your favorite Broadway stars' best friends! This week, Pets of Broadway introduces you to Kodak! A German Shepherd mix puppy adopted by Kinky Boots's Caroline Bowman and Jersey Boys's Austin Colby! Read below as Bowman and Colby talk about raising their new pup! (more...)

The Kitchen Theatre Company Presents Lisa Kron's 2.5 MINUTE RIDE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2018

The Kitchen Theatre Company's 2018-19 Season continues with 2.5 Minute Ride by three-time Tony-winner Lisa Kron, writer of Broadway's Fun Home. Performances of 2.5 Minute Ride begin at the Kitchen Theatre Company in the Percy Browning Performance Space on November 25th and run through December 9th. Opening night is Thursday, November 29th. (more...)

BWW Review: BRASS, Union Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Nov 11, 2018

Brass brings the Great War's generation to life in a way that educates and entertains - real people emerging from the seemingly endless roll call of The Fallen. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ron Bohmer of BOOK OF MORMON at Lied Center For Performing Arts
by Christine Swerczek - Dec 8, 2018

Ron Bohmer, who plays Elder Price's father in the national tour of BOOK OF MORMON, talks about this controversial musical which he calls a 'Love Letter to Musical Theatre.' As Bohmer said, 'It really is, in my lifetime, the biggest love letter to this art form. And I love this art form! To be part of something that gives audiences that feeling every night is a deep honor.' (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Inside the National Asian Artists Project Gala with Baayork Lee and More!
by Richard Ridge - Dec 7, 2018

The 2018 Inaugural NAAP (National Asian Artists Project) Gala took place on December 2nd celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein's groundbreaking musical 'Flower Drum Song'. Cast members from numerous productions including the original 1958 Broadway company, tours, the 1961 film and the 2002 Broadway revival took over the Golden Unicorn Restaurant in the heart of Chinatown for a magical evening that included a spectacular eight course Chinese banquet and a sensational show. (more...)

VIDEO: Robyn Releases the Music Video for HONEY
by Stage Tube - Dec 5, 2018

Following the release of “HONEY,” (Konichiwa/Interscope Records) one of 2018's most-beloved albums (and her first in eight years), Robyn is releasing the video for the album's title track. The video was directed by Max Vitali who has previously helmed many iconic visuals for Robyn, including the video for ”Call Your Girlfriend.”  (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 3, 2018
by - Dec 3, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Interview: Camille Eanga-Selenge's Dorothy is a Modern Torontonian in Ross Petty's THE WIZARD OF OZ Panto
by Isabella Perrone - Dec 2, 2018

After a six-year stint with international productions of The Book of Mormon, Camille Eanga-Selenge has returned to Canada to star in Ross Petty's THE WIZARD OF OZ: A TOTO-LY TWISTERED FAMILY MUSICAL. The show's leading lady recently sat down to discuss her involvement with the show, her favourite co-star, and her globetrotting experience with The Book of Mormon. (more...)

BWW Review: Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University Department of Drama Bring Holiday Cheer with ELF THE MUSICAL
by Natasha Ashley - Dec 2, 2018

The Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University (SU) Department of Drama Holiday production is an annual tradition for many Central New Yorkers. This year, the family friendly holiday show Elf the Musical is the perfect start to the Holiday season. The production features fabulous SU drama students, local child performers, and accomplished equity actors. Director Donna Drake, last season's director of The Wizard of Oz, brings the comedy, the heart, and the holiday cheer to life with her fun and festive direction. (more...)

BWW Review: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Southwark Playhouse
by Charlie Wilks - Dec 1, 2018

Snow isn't yet falling all around us. And I haven't seen the Coca Cola truck stopping by. But John Lewis has released their advert, so I suppose it's beginning to look a little like Christmas. Full of it's own individual kind of holiday cheer, Anthony Neilson's winter tale is revived at Southwark Playhouse. (more...)

BWW Review: Leapin' Lizards, The 5th Ave's ANNIE is a Heartfelt Joyride!
by Jay Irwin - Dec 1, 2018

You may say, Dear Readers, that it's impossible to have a bad production of the Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin classic "Annie". Throw some precocious kids on stage, belt out those recognizable tunes and you're gold. Well, I beg to differ as I've seen my share of "Annie" productions that missed the point, or the heart or maybe just didn't quite have the kids to pull it off well. (You know what they say, never work with kids or animals and this show has BOTH!) Well the current production at the 5th Avenue not only has the perfect tone for this boisterously fun old time musical, but they know exactly where the heart is in the show and in the audience and which buttons to push on both. Not to mention those precocious kids all seem to be consummate professionals with killer voices. So much so I'm suspecting they were actually just short adults. Maybe? (more...)

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