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The lights go dark and four giant screens light up with a blinking cinematic countdown...9, 8, 7, 6, 5...the sound of a helicopter approaching builds to deafening proportions as a garishly huge make-up mirror backstage at the seedy club/brothel Dreamland lights up with an unforgiving glare and the "Movie In Our Minds" begins to roll!

Miss Saigon at Near West Theatre is a high tech explosion of video, photography, lights, rigging and music together with a phenomenal teen cast of fierce energy and brazen commitment to the emotional journey of this show. This rock opera feels like Evita or Jesus Christ Superstar on steroids, You can feel the foreboding tragedy looming in fateful inevitability as Mariah Burks, in the role of Kim, gives the performance of a lifetime along with Xavier Reminick as the ratty, opportunistic Engineer and Mike Glaven as the American G.I. who wins her heart and breaks it in two.

This is a HOT show in a HOT theater. It's the Vietnam War, with all the deception, the misplaced patriotism, the idealism, the courage and the horror.....and its a MUSICAL! Sweat it out!!... it's more than worth it. The heat is ON in Saigon.

Corey Cott and Mikaela Bennett to Lead Lyric Opera's WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

Acclaimed Broadway performer Corey Cott and rising star Mikaela Bennett will headline Lyric Opera of Chicago's premiere of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking American musical West Side Story, presented from May 3 - June 2, 2019 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago (press opening May 4, 2019). (more...)

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the National Tours Coming to Los Angeles' Pantages and Ahmanson Theatres in 2019
by West of Broadway - Jan 9, 2019

It's our first show of 2019, an this is going to be another incredible year of musical theatre here in Southern California. We love that there are so many CLASSIC shows this season that a lot of us will get to see for the first time. (more...)

BWW Interview: J. Daughtry of MISS SAIGON at Peace Center
by Neil Shurley - Jan 9, 2019

'I really love that this cast allows the story to be the star of the show.' (more...)

Atlanta Lyric Theatre Presents THE WEDDING SINGER
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents this totally 80s romantic musical comedy February 8-Feb- ruary 24, 2019. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Just say yes to the most romantic musical in twenty years! THE WEDDING SINGER performs at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (548 South Marietta Pkwy., Marietta). (more...)

LEADING LADIES OF BROADWAY Playing At Emelin Theatre 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

LEADING LADIES OF BROADWAY, a concert performance, comes to the Emelin Theatre on Saturday, January 26th, 2019.  (more...)

GHOST The Musical Returns To Wolverhampton
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

Bill Kenwright's 'beautiful' and 'spectacular' production of GHOST - THE MUSICAL returns to the UK this year, following a spectacular international tour in Dubai, Istanbul and Trieste. The 2019 UK tour opens in just two weeks' time at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 22 - 26 January. (more...)

Rosie O'Donnell Joins THE MUSIC MAN at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today that Broadway, film, and television star Rosie O'Donnell will play Mrs. Paroo in the Broadway Center Stage production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man. O'Donnell joins Tony Award® nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) as Harold Hill and Tony Award®–winning actress Jessie Mueller (Waitress, Carousel, Beautiful) as Marian Paroo in the starry semi-staged concert production directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful, Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed…) with choreography by Chris Bailey (Jerry Springer: The Opera, The New Yorkers at Encores!) and music direction by James Moore (Miss Saigon, the Kennedy Center's Follies and Ragtime). (more...)

Wake Up With BWW 1/8: CHOIR BOY Officially Opens, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jan 8, 2019

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Choir Boy officially opens, and more! (more...)

VIDEO: Billy Porter Goes Acoustic in Original Song 'Love The Pain Away'
by Stage Tube - Jan 7, 2019

Broadway & Pose Star Billy Porter has teamed up with Broadway YouTuber Michael Korte to deliver some vocal magic! For Korte's 'One Take' acoustic sessions, Billy sings his original song 'Love The Pain Away' (more...)

David Burnham and Tami Tappan Damiano Perform In Musical Theatre West's 'Broadway In Concert' Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019

Musical Theatre's West's acclaimed "Broadway in Concert" series returns with David Burnham (Wicked and Light in the Piazza) & Tami Tappan Damiano (Cyrano and Miss Saigon) in A Broadway Romance Sunday, February 3, 2019, 7pm at the Beverly O'Neill Theatre in Long Beach. Tickets range from $35-$75. For tickets, go to, by calling 562-856-1999, or at the Musical Theatre West Box Office. (more...)

MISS SAIGON Comes to Playhouse Square
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019

Casting for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical Miss Saigon-a smash hit in London, Broadway and across the UK-has been announced for its highly anticipated engagement in Cleveland at Playhouse Square for three weeks, January 29 - February 17, as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series. To purchase tickets, visit, call 216-241-6000 or visit the Playhouse Square Ticket Office (1519 Euclid Ave.). Groups of 10 or more may reserve seating by calling 216-640-8600. Single ticket prices start at $10.00. (more...)

VIDEO: On This Day, January 4- Happy Birthday, Dave Malloy!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 4, 2019

On this day, we're wishing a happy birthday to Tony Award-nominated composer, Dave Malloy! (more...)

Leg Up On Life Holds Second NIGHT OF LIFE Benefiting The Trevor Project
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2019

Leg Up On Life is holding its second NIGHT OF LIFE benefiting The Trevor Project (18+) on February 4th, 2019 at [le] Poisson Rouge. Doors will open at 7PM. Showtime at 8PM. The evening will be hosted by Leg Up On Life founder, Daniel Gold. (more...)

Mickey Thomas Of Starship To Star In New Production Of ROCK OF AGES At The 5th Avenue Theatre; Full Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced that Mickey Thomas, the lead singer of Starship (formerly Jefferson Starship), will star as Dennis in its sensational new production of Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is the '80s rock ballad blast that features the music of Styx, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, and more. With Mickey Thomas as lead vocalist, Starship produced hits including "We Built This City" (which appears in the production), "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," and "Sara." (more...)

World Premiere LITTLE GIRL BLUE - THE NINA SIMONE MUSICAL Comes to George Street Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

The world premiere of Little Girl Blue - The Nina Simone Musical-a powerful new show exploring the life of American icon Nina Simone, as told through her own words and groundbreaking music-will kick off 2019 at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ. (more...)

Sandhills Rep Announces A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING Featuring Autumn Hurlbert, Devin Ilaw, and More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019

In 1993, creative Broadway talents combined some of the most beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein songs from their hugely successful career and created 'A Grand Night for Singing'. It was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and featured future Tony award winners. Now, the Sandhills Repertory Theatre is bringing this exciting show to the Sandhills. 'I have loved Rodgers and Hammerstein shows all my life, and their music speaks to our humanity, with some of the most beloved music and lyrics of all time. It is a privilege to bring this beautiful show to the Sandhills', says Michael Pizzi, Artistic and Producing Director. (more...)

Instagram Idols: BroadwayWorld's 100 Must-Follow Instagram Profiles in 2019
by BWW Special - Jan 2, 2019

We take a closer look at 100 Instagram profiles you should add to your feed as we close out the year, accounts noted for stellar content in 2018 and hints as to more excitement to come in 2019. By no means, however, could this list include all of our favorite creatives, industry representatives, and theatrical performers. (more...)

BWW Interview: MISS SAIGON'S Red Concepción Says this Grittier Version of the Show is Resonating with American Audiences
by Lauren Van Hemert - Jan 18, 2019

Red Concepcion grew up listening to show tunes, including the cast album of Miss Saigon, which he first heard around the age of five. Fast forward 20 plus years and Concepcion found himself playing the role of The Engineer on the UK tour. He says although he knew the music by heart, he had no idea how big and epic the show was until rehearsals started. And for that five-year-old little boy growing up listening to the soundtrack in the Philippines, working with Claude-Michel Schonberg (music), Alain Boublil (lyrics), and ?Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics) is a dream come true. 'It's wonderful as an actor to be in such a creative space,' he says. 'They don't write scores like this anymore.' (more...)

Hippodrome Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season - DEAR EVAN HANSEN, THE BAND'S VISIT, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2019

Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, home of the Hippodrome Theatre, has announced the lineup for the new 2019/20 CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series. The season is anchored by the 2017 and 2018 Tony Award®-winners for "Best Musical" DEAR EVAN HANSEN and THE BAND'S VISIT. Several classic fan favorites will return including season options WICKED and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, as well as CATS and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. (more...)

Full Cast Announced For ANNIE At Storyhouse Starring Anita Dobson
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2019

Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce full casting for the forthcoming UK tour of their smash hit production of the musical Annie, which is heading to Storyhouse in the spring. (more...)

BWW Review: Touring CINDERELLA Charms and Delights with its Modern Political Messages
by Roy Berko - Jan 16, 2019

Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the fathers of the modern American musical, were advocates of social responsibility. In OKLAHOMA, they stressed the building of community. In SOUTH PACIFIC they pegged prejudice. In THE KING AND I, the duo examined intercultural understandings. (more...)

Broadway's Viveca Chow Shares Her Advice on How to Nail Your BFA Audition
by Viveca Chow - Jan 11, 2019

Viveca Chow is one of Broadway's rising stars having recently made her debut in the 2017 revival of Miss Saigon. In an effort to share her art, opinions, advice and more, she is now authoring the new blog Vivaaace. We're featuring her recent post giving students all the advice and encouragement they need to nail their BFA auditions. (more...)

Drury Lane Theatre Announces Casting For MAMMA MIA!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2019

Drury Lane Theatre announces casting for its production of the international megahit Mamma Mia!, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bj rn Ulvaeus, some songs with Stig Anderson, and book by Catherine Johnson. Originally conceived by Judy Craymer, Mamma Mia! is directed by Artistic Director William Osetek and choreographed by Jane Lanier with music direction by Roberta Duchak. Mamma Mia! runs February 7 April 14, 2019, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The press opening is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Carolyn Maitland, Richard Meek, and More Join UK Tour of ANNIE; Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2019

Full casting has been announced for the forthcoming UK tour of their smash hit production of the musical "ANNIE" opening at the Manchester Opera House on Saturday 2 February 2019. (more...)

by Daria Vorobyeva - Jan 10, 2019

2019 has been announced as the Theatre Year in Russia. Will it be great? What are the shows that you don't want to miss? Here are 9 musicals and plays, which I expect to be interesting. And they are going to premiere this year in Russia! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 1, 2019
by - Jan 1, 2019

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 1 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY at Hanna, A Theatre-Goers Delight, Right!
by Roy Berko - Dec 28, 2018

It won Best Unique Theatrical Experience and 2017 MAC Award Show of the Year. 'Hamilton?' No, 'Spamilton: An American Parody,' which is now starting its North American tour at the Hanna Theatre in CLE's Playhouse Square. (more...)

Ford's Theatre and Kennedy Center Will Continue Performances Despite Government Shutdown
by Stephanie Wild - Dec 27, 2018

Despite the partial government shutdown, performances will go on as planned at Washington, D.C.'s Ford's Theatre and Kennedy Center. (more...)

Kate Bailey, Kevin Csolak, Kimberly Dodson and Wayne 'Juice' Mackins Make The Ensemblist's First Annual 'Ones To Watch' List
by BWW News Desk - Dec 26, 2018

The Ensemblist, the online advocate for talented artists working in theatre ensembles, announces it's 1st Annual 'Ones to Watch' List: Kate Bailey, Kevin Csolak, Kimberly Dodson and Wayne 'Juice' Mackins. (more...)

Final Chance to Vote for the BWW Philippines Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 24, 2018

It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 12/21 - MISS SAIGON, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and More!
by BWW Special - Dec 21, 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 Miss Saigon, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and More! (more...)

The Barrow Group Hosts the World Premiere of K. Lorrel Manning's AWAKE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2018

Following the success of The New York Times critic's pick The Tricky Part by Martin Moran, The Barrow Group, under the leadership of Co-Artistic Directors Seth Barrish and Lee Brock and Executive Director Robert Serrell, continues its 2018-2019 season with the world premiere of AWAKE, written and directed by K. Lorrel Manning. (more...)

Michael Feinstein: Swingin' With The Season, A Broadway Christmas, And More Next Week At Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Tickets for KING KONG Now On Sale Through September 1, 2019
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018

Tickets for King Kong are now on sale through September 1, 2019. The new Broadway musical is playing at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) where it opened on Thursday, November 8 (previews began October 5, 2018). (more...)

Stanley Townsend, Ian Drysdale, and More Join Cast of ALL ABOUT EVE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018

Further casting has been announced for the world premiere of Ivo van Hove's highly anticipated stage production of the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film All About Eve. (more...)

Daisy Eagan and More Will Sing the Songs of Rusty Magee at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents "Rusty Magee: Revisited", a celebration of the life and music of Rusty Magee, the legendary cabaret staple of the 80s and 90s with one of the most distinct and creative musical voices of all time. (more...)

Rialto Chatter: Will Jonathan Pryce And Eileen Atkins Head To Broadway In THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM?
by Rialto Chatter - Dec 20, 2018

The Post is reporting that multi award-winning star of screen and stage Jonathan Pryce and three-time Olivier award-winning Dame Eileen Atkins will star in a Broadway transfer of Florian Zeller's family drama The Height of the Storm. (more...)

VIDEO: New Holiday Song 'Our December Day' Features Broadway's Graham Scott Fleming and Natalie Gallo
by Stage Tube - Dec 19, 2018

Anderson & Petty have just released their new holiday song, Our December Day. The full music video featuring Graham Scott Fleming and Natalie Gallo went live today, and the single is available for digital download on iTunes and streaming on Spotify.  (more...)

Muny Announces 101st Season Creative Teams - Including KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, GUYS AND DOLLS, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018

The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for its 2019 season, which opens on June 10 with Guys and Dolls. (more...)

Christian Borle, John Tartaglia to Direct at Muny; Full Creative for 101st Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018

The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for its 2019 season, which opens on June 10 with Guys and Dolls. (more...)

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center For The Arts Presents ON BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2018

The best of New York City theatre comes to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu for one unforgettable night of entertainment with On Broadway on Tuesday, January 29 at 8 p.m.   (more...)

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW Philippines Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

The Cabaret Announces Joshua Henry, Gavin Creel, Lea Salonga and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2018

The Cabaret is celebrating its 10th Anniversary season with some of the most highly acclaimed acts in the nation. The line-up for Winter/Spring 2019 includes a Grammy Award winner, the voice of two beloved Disney princesses and four Tony Award winners. (more...)

BWW Review: Don't Miss MISS SAIGON at Kennedy Center
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Dec 17, 2018

There are few entertainments as popular as Miss Saigon (36 million attendees worldwide since it premiered on London's West End in 1989), and few that have occasioned as much controversy. Despite all that popularity, this reviewer had happened never to see the show until the current national tour surfaced this last week at Washington's Kennedy Center. Miss Saigon's reputation for controversy had preceded it, however, and I was on the lookout for offensiveness. But what I saw was a well-honed crowd pleaser with spectacular stagecraft and spectacle, excellent singing, a few catchy tunes, and a compelling plot. Some of the provocations complained of in earlier productions are no longer in evidence. In other instances, I would dispute that the material was ever objectively offensive. I'll discuss all this below, but first, some basics. (more...)

Win 2 House Seats to HAMILTON & Backstage Tour with Cast Member Marc delaCruz
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2018

See the smash hit, Hamilton on Broadway from the best seats in the house in New York City. Then meet cast member Marc delaCruz and go backstage after the show! (more...)

LA TI DO & Broadway Barkada Host Balikbayan: A DC Homecoming Concert
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2018

Broadway Barkada is pleased to announce a concert celebrating Philippine Independence Day, featuring cast members of the US Tour Company of Miss Saigon, artists on Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as local Washington, DC Filipino artists. Broadway Barkada will be producing the concert in partnership with La Ti Do Productions. (more...)

BWW Review: MISS SAIGON Offers Up Dose of High Drama at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - Dec 15, 2018

Based on the 2017 Broadway revival (a West End transfer) this new tour offers a solid mix of splash and raw, complex human emotion. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Norm Lewis Announces Special Guests for NUTCRACKER COOL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2018

Norm Lewis opens his 4th Annual residency at Feinstein's 54 Below on Monday night, December 17th and one of the fun gifts he likes to share with his audiences each year is featuring special guests for each night of the six night run. BroadwayWorld has the scoop and he's assembled a festive line-up, indeed. (more...)

BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES at Arena Stage - Get On Board For A 'De-Lovely' Voyage of Music and Dance
by Charles Shubow - Dec 14, 2018

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith's gift to Baltimore/Washington theater patrons this season is just plain delightful. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kevin Odekirk Releases SEASON OF HOPE
by Don Grigware - Dec 13, 2018

Actor/singer Kevin Odekirk has been delighting audiences worldwide with his stage appearances in musicals such as Miss Saigon, concert venues and with his amazing CD Unheard. He now has a Christmas album called Season of Hope. Odekirk took time from a hectic holiday schedule to tell us about the album. Why did you want to record a Christmas album? And why at this point in time? (more...)

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