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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 - Debut of the Month: ANASTASIA's Zach Adkins
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 30, 2017

In our June Debut of the Month feature, talented actor Zach Adkins tells us, 'I'm just trying to take it all in stride, take those mental pictures, because you only get one debut and you just gotta hold on to it!' (more...)

BWW Feature: HAMILTON's Christopher Jackson at Mormon Tabernacle Choir
by Blair Howell - Jun 30, 2017

With its guests soloists, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has sung everything from Broadway ballads to African-American spirituals, and from the Great American Songbook and opera to Swedish folk music. (more...)

Electric Forest Celebrates Self Expression and Diversity with MONARCH RACHEL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

The 7th annual Electric Forest (EF) festival returned to its home in the beautiful forest of Rothbury, Michigan for the first of two weekends, welcoming over 40,000 fans for four days and nights of camping, live music, incredible art installations and the magic of the enchanted Sherwood Forest. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company's Summer Program Soars with ALADDIN JR.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

'A Whole New World' kicks off the summer youth program with Aladdin JR., based on the iconic animated film and featuring an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Soar to new heights on a magical, flying carpet ride filled with romance, adventure and hilarious hijinks. When street urchin Aladdin vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more beloved characters come to life in this fantastical musical that celebrates the power of love and friendship. Aladdin JR. is directed and choreographed by Carolanne Marano, with Musical Direction by Miriam Arichea. The production opens July 7 and runs for 5 performances only through July 9. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ashley Gilmour Talks MISS SAIGON Tour
by Marianka Swain - Jun 23, 2017

Ashley Gilmour's previous work includes Link Larkin in Hairspray and the ensemble of the original revival cast of Miss Saigon. Now, he's graduated to playing Chris in the UK and Ireland tour of Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical, which begins at Curve Leicester on 1 July. (more...)

BWW Review: SQUAWKS Hasn't Sharpened Its Claws
by Perry Tannenbaum - Jun 22, 2017

CHARLOTTE SQUAWKS 13: CHARLOTTE, WE HAVE A PROBLEM does a better job targeting statewide and national scoundrels than delivering on its promise to face local issues, but there are genuine nuggets among the worthless trinkets - and an absolutely sensational new cast member. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kally Duling of FUN HOME at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - Jun 17, 2017

Looking back at one's childhood with grown-up eyes can be revealing in many ways. Sometimes we understand better the sacrifices our parents made to give us the things they never had. And sometimes, exploring the past helps us find closure, clarity, and a sense of peace. In the Tony Award winning musical, FUN HOME, the character of Alison does just this - peers back at her life and reveals the joy and pain hidden in the past. Based on the acclaimed, autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, FUN HOME arrives in Hartford at The Bushnell June 20 - 25. I had the pleasure of catching up with Kally Duling who plays the character of Joan, and who shared her insights on the show and its important message. (more...)

Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse 2017-2018 season celebrates the diversity of the theatrical experience with professional and student productions, Pittsburgh premieres, Tony Award-winning musicals, edgy new works and fresh takes on classic stories. (more...)

Human Nature Announced as Patrons of Bankstown Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

???????One of the world's greatest pop vocal groups and a true international success story, (more...)

Tony Nominee Jonathan Groff Shares Update on FROZEN Sequel
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

During an interview about his upcoming musical podcast 36 QUESTIONS, two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff shared a few details about the highly anticipated sequel to Disney's FROZEN. The HAMILTON star lent his voice to the character of Kristoff in the original animated hit film, as well as in the upcoming featurette OLAF'S FROZEN ADVENTURE (more...)

BWW Interview: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM's Shalita Grant Talks Return to Theater
by Leigh Scheps - Jul 31, 2017

'It's a gift to come back. Shakespeare's hard,' Grant says of her return to theater. She hasn't performed Shakespeare since 2011 and hasn't been on a stage since 2014. 'I feel like an artist again.' (more...)

COME FROM AWAY's Irene Sankoff and David Hein Reveal the Challenge of Telling the Islanders' Stories
by Danielle Ashley - Jul 31, 2017

Come From Away has been 2017's little musical that could. Soon after opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, the show earned seven Tony nominations (picking up one for director Christopher Ashley), coming as quite a shock to the creative team that has been nurturing the project since the beginning. (more...)

BWW Review: GENERATION ME Captivates at New York Musical Festival
by Kristen Morale - Jul 30, 2017

As part of the New York Musical Festival, Generation Me is absolute perfection in its ability to prove how kindness and cruelty are of the same unfortunate hand. How people, so certain in their anger or jealousy, are sometimes so blind to what really matters: what can you do to help me? (more...)

BroadwayWorld's Debut of the Month Flashback - Where Are They Now?
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 30, 2017

Today, BWW looks back on some of those fresh-faced, up-and-comers and finds out, 'Where are they now?' (Not surprisingly, they've done quite well for themselves!) (more...)

VIDEO: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST's James Snyder and Peter Saide Bare All with The Skivvies
by Stage Tube - Jul 3, 2017

The Skivvies made it all the way out to Sacramento and paid a visit to industry buds James Snyder and Peter Saide, currently starring in Sacramento Music Circus' production of Beauty and the Beast. Check out their jams below! (more...)

BWW Review: Good Evening, Ephrata - HAIRSPRAY at EPAC
by Marakay Rogers - Jul 29, 2017

It's bigger than a beehive, it's louder than a transistor radio - it's HAIRSPRAY at Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Welcome to the Sixties! (more...)

FROM SHIP to SHAPE Makes Its New York Premiere at United Solo
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

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FROM SHIP TO SHAPE Makes New York Premiere at United Solo
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Under the direction of Academy Award and Emmy Award winning producer and director, Milton Justice, actor and award-winning radio personality, Walker Vreeland shares his compelling autobiographical monologue as part of the United Solo Festival. (more...)

Review Roundup: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY at True Colors Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company presents the Atlanta premiere of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning dramedy, Between Riverside and Crazy written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Eric J. Little. (more...)

BWW Review: LUCKY IN LOVE by Kasie West
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Jul 25, 2017

Have you ever wanted to win the lottery...while falling in love and trying to get into your dream college? Maddie finds herself a winner in Kasie West's new release LUCKY IN LOVE! See how she deals with her sudden change in fortune! (more...)

Drop The Gun Share Blue Foundation Remix + Debut EP Out Now
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Drop The Gun is the latest project by Danish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and DJ Sara Savery. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- A Drinking Game!
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 24, 2017

BWW speaks to Initiative Productions about bringing A Drinking Game! to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)

South Bend Civic Theatre to present BLACK EAGLES 8/11-20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

America's first black fighter pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, are the central focus of this historical drama. As they battle opponents in the skies over Europe and among their fellow flyers back at base, we discover the bravery, humor and resilience that helped to change the fate of the world and the face of our nation. This is the story of Black Eagles. (more...)

BWW Review: THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Jul 24, 2017

Sci-Fi is always an area that's touch and go for me. Oftentimes, it stretches my mind to the point where I feel dumb because I'm not good enough at math/science to understand the concepts making up the book's core. Thankfully, in Tal. M. Klein's debut novel THE PUNCH ESCROW, the science is broken down in a way that anyone can understand. And you never feel stupid about it, either. (more...)

BWW Interview: Mackenna Goodrich of ARIZONA YOUNG ACTOR'S ALLIANCE
by Emma Suttell - Jul 23, 2017

Mackenna Goodrich, founder of Arizona Young Actor's Alliance, and host of the AYAA Awards, is an Ohio college student majoring in drama. She started theatre at the age of six, in a production of The Frog Prince in Montana. While playing a 'venus fly trap' she got to 'hang backstage and eat snacks'. She continued theatre through high school, and started directing shows her sophomore year of high school at Hamilton High School. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sarah Charles of FINDING NEVERLAND at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - Jul 23, 2017

It is not often that one gets a peek inside the creation of an iconic piece of art, and even rarer to see that story come to life on stage in a full-fledged Broadway musical. But for fans of the classic tale of Peter Pan, the new musical FINDING NEVERLAND, which is the opening production in The Bushnell's 2017 - 2018 Broadway series, does just that. Based on the Academy Award-winning film by David Magee and the play THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN by Allen Knee, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the story of author J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family that inspired him to write one of the most beloved stories of all time. When FINDING NEVERLAND makes its way to Hartford August 1 - 6, the cast will include Sarah Charles who plays in the ensemble and also understudies the roles of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and Mary Barrie. I had the pleasure of catching up with Sarah and discussing the life of an understudy and her perspective on bringing this beautiful story to life on stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre Closes Out 40th Season with SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2017

The Bee Gees celebrate the 40th Anniversary of 'Saturday Night Fever'. Now what sets The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre's reasoning to do the show apart from everyone else, is that this Just So happens to be the last show of their 40th Season. (more...)

BWW Interview: Debut of the Month - BANDSTAND's Joey Pero
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 21, 2017

After several difficult months of rehab and recovery, talented star Joey Pero finally stepped on the stage of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Friday, June 30th to make his Broadway debut. Today, the actor speaks with BWW about his journey. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sharon Lewis Carries On With the Blues
by Tory Gates - Jul 2, 2017

'You know who you sound like?' I say, 'No, but you're gonna tell me.' She says, 'Yeah, you're like Janis Joplin and Tina Turner all rolled in to one!” (more...)

Jon Stickley Trio Brings New Music To The Knitting Factory
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

 Jon Stickley Trio is touring with Maybe Believe, their 3rd independently released full length album [May 12, 2017]. Jon Stickley Trio creates textural soundscapes combining Jon Stickley's rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. (more...)

BWW Interview: DC Native Jose Llana of THE KING & I at The Kennedy Center
by Jamie McGonnigal - Jul 19, 2017

20 years after making his Broadway debut in THE KING & I, Jose Llana returns to his hometown of DC to bring the title role to life. I had the chance to chat with the actor, activist, and political junkie about his roles on and offstage. (more...)

BWW Previews: LION KING JR. ROARS INTO TECO THEATRE at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Jul 18, 2017

On July 20-23, The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will present Disney's The Lion King, Jr. in the TECO Theater to a sold-out crowd. (more...)

BWW Review: DIE ZAUBERFLOTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE) is a FEAST FOR THE EYES AND EARS at The Aronoff Center
by Abby Rowold - Jul 18, 2017

The concept, a collaboration between Komische Oper Berlin and London-based performance group 1927, (Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt), was utterly unique, and Cincinnati Opera's production values were top notch. (more...)

BWW Interview: Star Johnson of #BLACKGIRLJOY at NYMF
by Jamie McGonnigal - Jul 17, 2017

Now in it's 13th year, NYMF is ambitiously mounting 20 full productions of musicals and more than 30 concerts, readings and other events. Among those concerts is a showcase of music and lyrics by DC native Star Johnson. #BLACKGIRLJOY: STAR JOHNSON IN CONCERT will feature pieces from How to Quit Your Day Job (54 Below), Flattops and F Words (Kennedy Center), and other works created by Star. (more...)

Interview: Lucas 'Rico' Corrubia Talks Career in Broadway's Audio World, Stars from Michael Crawford to Liza Minnelli, Health Troubles & His Journey Back to Work
by Robert Diamond - Jul 14, 2017

Currently, Lucas is mostly staying at his home in Atlantic City recovering from severe complications he received from open heart surgery in January 2016. He suffered extensive injuries to his hands and feet, spent a total of 4 1/2 months in the cardiac ICU at Brigham and Women's hospital & various rehabs and has been unable to return work. He is anxiously waiting to work with new hand and finger prosthetics while continuing to get stronger every day...all this while keeping an amazingly positive attitude and having his wife Rebecca by his side. (more...)

Thom Southerland to Direct First London Revival of THE WOMAN IN WHITE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Acclaimed rising star director Thom Southerland (Titanic, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel) is to direct the first ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical The Woman in White. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ingrid Michaelson Finds Her Way to Broadway by the Light of THE GREAT COMET
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 14, 2017

Ingrid Michaelson has more than one reason to celebrate this summer. Following the release of her latest EP, Alter Egos, the multi-platinum recording artist is calling the Imperial Theatre home, playing Sonya in the Tony Award-winning musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. Michaelson's trip to Imperial Russia will be brief, as the songstress will only be performing the role through August 15, while Brittain Ashford, who originated the role takes a temporary leave from the show. (more...)

BWW Interview: Creators Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary Talk The ADRIAN MOLE Musical
by Marianka Swain - Jul 10, 2017

Playwright Jake Brunger and composer Pippa Cleary have been creating musicals together since they met at Bristol University in 2008. Their work includes Jet Set Go!, The Great British Soap Opera and an adaptation of Sue Townsend's beloved The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾. The latter begins a London run at the Menier Chocolate Factory this week. (more...)

Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic Release MANFRED SYMPHONY, 8/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic's recording of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony is released on Tuesday, August 25, as Volume 2 in The Tchaikovsky Project, their recording cycle on Decca Classics that will encompass the composer's complete symphonies and piano concertos, as well as selected orchestral works. The cycle was launched in October 2016 with a recording of the composer's Sixth Symphony (“Pathétique”) and Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Pre-orders are available now through Amazon and iTunes. (more...)

WATCH: Kesha Performs 'Praying' Live
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

MTV.com reports that Kesha has performed her new song “Praying” for the first time ever, in front of an intimate crowd at YouTube Space LA. (more...)

BWW Feature: Go behind the scenes and watch the making of the cover for IF THERE'S NO TOMORROW by Jennifer L. Armentrout!
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Aug 2, 2017

Who doesn't love a good book cover? Even better when we get a behind-the-scenes look at how it was all put together. (more...)

BWW Review: THE NEW CABARET Is a Splendid Addition to 'Night Music' Series at Stratford Festival's Forum
by Lauren Gienow - Aug 2, 2017

With the 2017 season of the Stratford Festival in full swing, and locals and visitors alike enjoying the glorious theatrical productions on stage at the Festival, Avon, Tom Patterson and Studio Theatres. It is important to note that there is far more than just theatre for audiences to enjoy at the Festival. 'The Forum', now in its 5th year, provides additional interactive programming of talks, panels, lunches, musical performances, and behind the scenes glimpses into the Festival's 65th season. (more...)

BWW Interview: Paris Remillard Is Getting Into THIS (and That) This Summer at Barrington Stage Company
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 15, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, is wrapping up its summer season with This, written by Obie Award-winner Melissa James Gibson and directed by Louisa Proske. After receiving rave reviews during its off Broadway run in 2009, the play arrived on the St. Germain Satge, where it will run through August 27. (more...)

BWW Review: Fortune Wags Its Tail at Element Theatre Company's SYLVIA
by Kristen Morale - Aug 13, 2017

With time spent on Broadway, off-Broadway and on stages from France to China, A.R. Gurney's Sylvia is now in performances at Elements Theatre Company at Rock Harbor. It is the epitome of taking something that is seemingly normal and turning it into a drama-filled, heartfelt tale of what it means to be (and feel) human. Directed by Danielle Dwyer, CJ and in memory of the late Gurney, this show truly goes above and beyond to tell a story that is so much more than that of a dog who finds an aging man in the park, followed by his wife's jealousy of his affection towards this stray. It is a touching story about the indisputable need to be loved, and how figuring out why we love the way we do concerns so much more than the bond man shares with his canine friend. (more...)

KIKO BOKSINGERO, A Small Film That Almost Didn't Happen
by Oliver Oliveros - Aug 12, 2017

A small film with a big heart, 'Kiko Boksingero' (Kiko, The Boxer), a film by debuting full-length feature filmmaker Thop Nazareno, a multimedia arts graduate from the College of Saint Benilde, is one of this year's top-grossing entries at the Cinemalaya: Philippine Independent Film Festival, which closes today at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and select Ayala mall cinemas. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/11 - CHICAGO, KILL LOCAL, 42ND STREET, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 11, 2017

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 Chicago, Kill Local, 42nd Street, and More! (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...)

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...)

Centric PLM Helps Mud Pie Get Set for Speed
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

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BWW Review: The "Hart" of Theater Beats for Peregrine's CHICAGO
by Kristen Morale - Aug 10, 2017

When the unconquerable Billy Flynn and the ensemble sing of that "old razzle dazzle," they sing of corruption and deceit - of wicked things turned into truth when presented in just the right light. Under the pretense of being decent in a world of easy exploitation and unremorseful women, Billy's smile is a falsity he doesn't care to hide - his performance as showy as the lights which illuminate the stage. Transforming the lives of the potentially dead murderesses of Chicago into a form of entertainment for the masses is manipulation at its core - it is just one of the reasons Kander and Ebb's Chicago has remained one of our favorite musicals for so long. Now, we can all be grateful for Peregrine Theatre Ensemble's current production of the longest running American musical in Broadway history, happening right in the heart of Provincetown. (more...)

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