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Freud Playhouse ( Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles, CA

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Nominated in 1972 for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and winning five of those coveted Awards, this hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale is based upon the life of Prince Pippin the Hunchback, the firstborn son of eighth century, Frankish king Charlemagne or Charles the Great, and invites audiences to join the fantastical journey of the rosy-cheeked prince famously looking for his ďcorner of the skyĒ. But his dad is a tyrannical bore, his step-mom is a Lady Macbeth in a mini skirt, and his half-brother Lewis is a twit. Returning home from school, Prince Pippin, sure of his superior qualities but lacking a purpose to which he can apply them, becomes a soldier for his father's army, but he gets upset by the killing and murders his father to stop the war. Finding he does not want to become the "puppet king" of discontented nobles in the Carolingian Empire, Pippin longs to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He is led by a mischievous Leading Player as he tries to find his place in life in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. The youth's violent journey to fulfillment sets Pippin's quest into a tradition of psychological darkness, bringing an unusually creepy seriousness to Pippin's temptations and sinister machinations to the Leading Player. In the end, he finds the simple pleasures and domestic contentment of love, home and family is something to be quietly achieved. A rock opera filled with sex, S&M, and amputated limbs, this perky musical is meant to be at times unnerving and dark. Pippin is full of light pop music, magic, and soft-shoe dances, but it has one of the darkest and most complex themes in musical theater history.

Directed by John Thompson, Music Direction by Jeannie Cross.

VIDEO: Can You Hear Them? The Go Go's Talk the Road to Broadway with HEAD OVER HEELS!
by Stage Tube - Mar 9, 2018

Head Over Heels, the new musical comedy featuring the iconic songs of The Go-Go's - the most successful female rock band of all time - will officially open on Broadway at Hudson Theatre (141 West 44th Street) on Thursday, July 26, 2018 (performances begin Saturday, June 23). Check out a chat with the ladies themselves as they head down the long road to Broadway with their timeless catalogue of  pop hits! (more...)

Scoop: Coming Up On All New DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW on THE CW - Monday, March 26, 2018
by TV Scoop - Mar 8, 2018

Scoop: Coming Up On All New DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW on THE CW - Monday, March 26, 2018 (more...)

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Returns To New York This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2018

The original producers of Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, Broadway's longest running musical revue, announced today that the show will return to New York this summer following a limited engagement at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse. Preview performances will begin at New York's Stage 42 (422 West 42nd Street) on July 6 and opening night is set for July 22. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 12 through and the box office will open on June 25. Casting is to be announced. (more...)

Plano Children's Theatre Presents GODSPELL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2018

Plano Youth Theatre is proud to present 'Godspell' March 30-April 1 at North Texas Performing Arts - Plano. The cast is focusing on a theme of love and teamwork as they rehearse and prepare this production. (more...)

REPRISE 2.0 Season Starts with SWEET CHARITY Directed By Kathleen Marshall; VICTOR/VICTORIA and GRAND HOTEL to Follow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2018

REPRISE 2.0 is now announced, presenting a season of three classic American musicals at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, by Marcia Seligson, Producing Artistic Director of the new performing arts organization.  REPRISE 2.0 is partnering with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Department of Theater (UCLA TFT), chaired by Brian Kite.  (more...)

Casting Announced For WAITRESS Coming To D.C.'s National Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2018

Casting has been announced for the upcoming Washington, D.C. premiere of the irresistible Broadway musical hit WAITRESS, which comes to the National Theatre for a 3-week limited engagement from May 15 thru June 3, 2018. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at Rachel Bay Jones on LAW & ORDER: SVU
by TV News Desk - Mar 7, 2018

Rachel Bay Jones stars as Carisi's Sister on tonight's episode of Law & Order: SVU. In this episode, Carisi (Peter Scanavino) opens a police investigation when his niece reports a classmate for sexual assault. Meanwhile, Stone (Philip Winchester) learns there are no perfect witnesses when it comes to sex crimes. Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Olivia Benson), Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola) and Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins). Guest starring Susie Essman (Arlene Heller), Rachel Bay Jones (Teresa Carisi), Ryann Shane (Mia Marino), Tijuana Ricks (Dean Baldwin) and Sam Vartholomeos (Ethan Hartley). (more...)

Photo Flash: Elizabeth Stanley Previews JAGGED LITTLE PILL at A.R.T.'s 2018 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2018

The Board of Trustees of American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Borger, raised a record $1.3 million in support of the theater's artistic, community, and education programs at a Monday, March 5 gala that honored A.R.T. Trustee Paul Buttenwieser with the theater's Angel Award. More than 400 guests attended the event at the Boch Center Wang Theatre. (more...)

by Michael Rabice - Mar 7, 2018

Oh, remember those great mega-musicals from the 90's? There was LES MISERABLES AND PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and OMELETTE: MUSICAL...Well OMELETTE was the little known musical from the 1590's, not 1990's, that is the subject of the riotous National Tour now playing at Shea's Buffalo Theatre, aptly named SOMETHING ROTTEN! (more...)

BWW Review: PIPPIN, Southwark Playhouse
by Gary Naylor - Mar 6, 2018

Technical shortcomings and an incoherent book overpower a show with a fine pedigree and good tunes. (more...)

VIDEO: On This Day, March 6- Happy Birthday, Stephen Schwartz!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 6, 2018

Today we celebrate the birthday of gravity-defying composer, Stephen Schwartz!  (more...)

The UC San Diego Department Of Theatre And Dance Presents THE SKRIKER By Caryl Churchill
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018

The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance presents The Skriker by Caryl Churchill, directed by Jon Reimer. (more...)

They've Got Magic To Do! Clocktower Players Presents PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018

Jazz Hands Down Extraordinary! Hailed by audiences and critics alike, the Tony Award-Winning Sensation comes to lift you up and leave you smiling. Intrigue! War! Humor! Sex - presented pastorally! Experience Pippin, one young man's journey to be extraordinary. (more...)

VIDEO: Elizabeth Stanley & Company Preview Songs from JAGGED LITTLE PILL!
by Stage Tube - Mar 6, 2018

As BroadwayWorld previosuly reported, Elizabeth Stanley will lead the cast of The American Repertory Theatre's staging of Alanis Morissette's landmark album Jagged Little Pill. (more...)

The CW Shares DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW 'Amazing Grace' Trailer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018

DC's Legends of Tomorrow is new Mondays at 9/8c on The CW, and available next day on The CW App. (more...)

Tony Award-Winner Frances Ruffelle Returns To The Green Room This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018

???????THE GREEN ROOM 42 - Broadway's newest intimate concert venue - has announced the return of Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle and the monthly residency of her solo theater piece "Frances Ruffelle LIVEs in New York" on Saturday, March 24. An acclaimed sold-out hit since its debut in the fall of 2017, the show encompasses Broadway, Piaf, French 60s pop, and American chart hits. It features an updated version of "On My Own," Ruffelle's signature number from the original Les Miserables, a song cut from the original French production of the show. The evening also includes selections from Michael LaChiusa's The Wild Party, in which she starred as Qeenie in the show's recent acclaimed U.K. Premiere. (more...)

Elizabeth Stanley Will Headline JAGGED LITTLE PILL at A.R.T.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018

It has just been announced that Elizabeth Stanley will lead the cast of the American Repertory Theatre's staging of Alanis Morissette's landmark album Jagged Little PIll. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2018

Fifi Bloomsbury Khier, Charlotte Breen, Anya Evans and Lucy Simmonds alternate in the central role of Tina Denmark in Joel Paley and Marvin Laird's award-winning all female character camp killer cult classic Ruthless! The Musical. They join Jason Gardiner, Lara Denning, Kim Maresca, Harriet Thorpe and Tracie Bennett, completing the full company ahead of it's strictly limited 14 week run at the Arts Theatre. (more...)

Signature Theatre Announces Cast And Creative Team For Annie Baker's JOHN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2018

Signature Theatre announces the full cast and creative team for the DC premiere of Annie Baker's John, directed by Signature Theatre Director of New Work Joe Calarco (Signature's The Gulf, Jesus Christ Superstar). Elias and Jenny, a young Brooklyn couple, escape on a much-needed getaway to a cozy bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. However, under the watchful eye of the cheery, if slightly off, innkeeper, a ghost seems to haunt their crumbling relationship. Annie Baker's John was called "so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light' by The New Yorker. John will run April 3 - April 29 in Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre. (more...)

New York Theatre Workshop's 2018 Gala To Honor John Tiffany & Barbara Cutler Emden
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2018

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) announced today that the NYTW 2018 Annual Gala will celebrate John Tiffany, the Tony Award-winning Director of Once, which had its world premiere at NYTW, and the upcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; along with Barbara Cutler Emden, who is celebrating 25 years of arts advocacy and exceptional service on the NYTW Board of Trustees. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret: Chita Rivera, Eva Noblezada, The Skivvies & More This Week!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2018

What good is sitting alone in your room this week? If you don't already have plans to see a Broadway show, come out to see your favorite Broadway stars in a cabaret act instead. Highlights this week include: (more...)

Catherine Walker to Lead Goodspeed's THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2018

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2018 season with the Broadway hit The Will Rogers Follies, A Life In Revue. The exuberant dance-filled musical will be running April 13 - June 21 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. (more...)

Scoop: Coming Up On All New DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW on THE CW - Monday, March 19, 2018
by TV Scoop - Mar 2, 2018

Get all the scoop on Coming Up On All New DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW , airing on THE CW on Monday, March 19, 2018! (more...)

Signature Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for GIRLFRIEND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2018

Signature Theatre is proud to announce the full cast and creative team for the DC premiere of Girlfriend. Directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Crazy for You, Jelly's Last Jam), this coming of age musical features a book by Todd Almondand featuring the music and lyrics of Matthew Sweet. (more...)

Lindsay, Elder, Gravitte, Rouleau & More Join THE HAPPY TIME at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2018

Initial casting has been announced for Kander and Ebb's THE HAPPY TIME: 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT at Feinstein's/54 Below on Thursday, April 19th, 2018, at 7:00pm. (more...)

Segerstrom Center For the Arts Announces 2018-19 Broadway Season Including DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Betty Buckley in HELLO, DOLLY! and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2018

A season of Tony Award-winning Broadway hits - Center premieres and returning favorites - await audiences during Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2018-2019 Broadway and Curtain Call Series, plus a special Bonus Offer. Coming to the Center for the first time are Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, Disney's Aladdin, and Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There will be new productions of the Tony Award¬ģ-winning Best Musical Revival Hello, Dolly! starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley, Fiddler on the Roof and Cats. The season also includes two shows with remarkable and touching stories and iconic songs, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and The Phantom of the Opera. (more...)

Photo Flash: Mccarter Presents The 15th Anniversary Production Of Regina Taylor's CROWNS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2018

Fifteen years after its world premiere at McCarter Theatre Center, Crowns is returning. When Yolanda's brother is killed on the streets of Chicago, the shaken teenager is sent to live with her grandmother in South Carolina, where she embarks on a journey toward discovering her place in the world, and in her family. Produced in association with Long Wharf Theatre, Crowns runs March 13 - April 1 in McCarter's Matthews Theatre. (more...)

Scoop: Coming Up On All New DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW on THE CW - Monday, April 2, 2018
by TV Scoop - Mar 16, 2018

Get all the scoop on Coming Up On All New DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, airing on THE CW on Monday, April 2, 2018! (more...)

Photo Flash: MYO Youth Theatre Presents A CHORUS LINE; High School Edition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2018

MYO Youth Theatre will present the Iconic musical A CHORUS LINE: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION March 29-31 at the Church Street auditorium in McKinney Texas. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the door or in advance at: (more...)

Kirstin Maldonado Of KINKY BOOTS Completes All-Female 'Broadway Sings Rihanna' Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2018

Kirstin Maldonado, of the Grammy Award winning a capella group "Pentatonix" and current star of Kinky Boots, joins the lineup for the 15th installment of the acclaimed Broadway Sings concert series, Broadway Sings Rihanna. Cast members from other Broadway shows including Hamilton, Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, and Wicked will also sing completely new arrangements of the hits of the R&B superstar, accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra playing original orchestrations of her music. (more...)

Kristin Stokes And Peter Laprade Join THE CAPULET PARTY; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2018

Kristin Stokes (The Lightning Thief, The Ballad of Little Jo) and Peter LaPrade (The Lightning Thief) have joined the line-up for THE CAPULET PARTY at The Green Room 42 on Monday, March 19th at 9:30pm! (more...)

MYO Youth Theatre To Present A CHORUS LINE: High School Edition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2018

MYO Youth Theatre will present the Iconic musical A CHORUS LINE: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION March 29-31 at the Church Street auditorium in McKinney Texas. (more...)

RBTL Announces The 2018-2019 M&T Bank Broadway Season, Including HAMILTON and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2018

The 2018-2019 M&T Bank Broadway Season at RBTL's Auditorium Theatre, presented by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) and Albert Nocciolino, was announced on Wednesday, March 14th. During the '17-'18 Season, audiences have been entertained by SCHOOL OF ROCK, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, FUN HOME, A CHRISTMAS STORY and ON YOUR FEET! - plus AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and RENT are still to come! (more...)

WAITRESS Seeks Young Actresses for On Stage Role
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2018

WAITRESS, the Tony nominated musical will be premiering at The Saenger Theatre June 12 - 17 for a limited engagement and is looking for two young girls to perform the role of "Lulu" for the duration of the engagement. (more...)

El Portal Theatre Presents THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO: An Evening With Adrienne Barbeau
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

El Portal Theatre proudly presents, There are Worse Things I Could Do, An Evening with Adrienne Barbeau on the Debbie Reynolds Mainstage at the historic El Portal Theatre in the NOHO Arts District.  This two night only special engagement will be presented April 6 & 7, 2018. El Portal Theatre is located at  5269 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, California.  (more...)

Disney's ALADDIN to Anchor Broadway at the Hobby Center 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

Broadway at the Hobby Center announced the lineup of shows for its 2018-2019 Season today. Tony Award¬ģ winners, premieres, and all-time favorites make up the new season of nine productions, including two season options. (more...)

MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid and Director Diane Paulus Lead Next Women's History Month Event at WAITRESS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

Broadway's smash musical Waitress continues to celebrate Women's History Month when MSNBC TV's popular host Joy-Ann Reid speaks to Tony Award winning director Diane Paulus following the Thursday March 22 performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th St). (more...)

Tickets to A.R.T.'s JAGGED LITTLE PILL to Go on Sale Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

Tickets to all performances of American Repertory Theater's world premiere musical Jagged Little Pill will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 15 at noon. (more...)

Starry Alum Celebrate MSU At Broadway Sessions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano. This Thursday night, March 15th, Broadway Sessions welcomes the 2018 graduating MT class from Missouri State University alongside successful MSU alumni. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet Orlando's New WAITRESS Cast Members
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

Dr. Phillips Center celebrates Pi Day by revealing the two little girls chosen for their big break in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical WAITRESS at Dr. Phillips Center.  Delainey Silvestro, age 5, and Ella Helton, also age 5, will make their professional debut on the Walt Disney Theater stage next week. The girls visited the arts center for a tour of the theater and dressing rooms. Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, recent star of the Broadway production of WAITRESS, was in town to perform his Solo Acoustic tour at Dr. Phillips Center and took a moment from his sound check to meet the pint-sized pixies.  Mraz played Dr. Pomatter in a limited engagement in the musical at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre through February 11, 2018. (more...)

WAITRESS - A Slice Of Broadway Magic Comes to Dallas!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) and Broadway Across America (BAA) are thrilled to announce Waitress will play the Music Hall at Fair Park for a limited two-week engagement March 28 - April 8, 2018. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2018

ASU Gammage will bring the best of Broadway to Tempe again in the 2018-2019 ASU Gammage Desert Financial Broadway Across America - Arizona Season. The new season features everything you'd wish for including the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards and 2018 Grammy Award winner DEAR EVAN HANSEN; beloved Broadway hit Disney's ALADDIN; and the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival HELLO, DOLLY! starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley! The season will also include Broadway hits WAITRESS and ON YOUR FEET!, family favorite CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and the smash-hit comedy THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. (more...)

Local Young Actresses Cast in WAITRESS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2018

The Tony-nominated musical WAITRESS has cast four young North Texas actresses in the role of "Lulu" for the show's Dallas and Fort Worth engagements. (more...)

The New School's School Of Drama Presents Staged Readings At Cherry Lane Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2018

The School of Drama at The New School's College of Performing Arts is thrilled to announce a partnership with the Cherry Lane Mentor Project for their 2018 Graduating Class. Cherry Lane will present public industry readings for the School of Drama's graduating MFA Playwrights: Karina Billini, Blake Bishton, Nikhil Mahapatra, and Erica Mann. (more...)

The CW Shares DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW 'Necromancing the Stone' Trailer
by Stage Tube - Mar 13, 2018

The CW Shares DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW 'Necromancing the Stone' Trailer (more...)

Pasek and Paul, Darren Criss, Patina Miller and More to Perform for Stephen Schwartz's 70th Birthday
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2018

The Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) will toast the life and work of one of American theatre's greatest writers, Stephen Schwartz, on Monday April 23rd at 7PM EST at the Hudson Theatre (141 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036). The star-filled concert, sponsored in part by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and the Hudson Theatre, will showcase and shine a spotlight on Schwartz's beloved songs, stories, and legacy in celebration of his 70th Birthday. (more...)

Tickets On Sale Now for Rise: A Benefit For The Arthritis Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2018

Williams Theatricals & Joseph Macchia Events and Production present 'Rise: A Benefit For The Arthritis Foundation' on Monday, March 26th at 7:30pm at The Davenport Theatre. (more...)

5-Star Theatricals Announces THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2018

5-STAR THEATRICALS (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) continues its 2017-2018 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell (based on the Victor Hugo Novel and songs from the Disney film), musical direction by Dan Redfeld, choreography by Michelle Elkin and directed by Misti B. Wills. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME opens on Friday, April 20, 2017 and runs through Sunday, April 29, 2018at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

York Theatre Co Announces the New York Premiere of UNEXPECTED JOY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2018

The York Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of the new musical Unexpected Joy, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Janet Hood (Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens). (more...)

Fox 2000 Picks Up Stephen Schwartz's Hans Christian Andersen Movie Musical- Ansel Elgort In Talks to Star
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2018

According to Deadline, an untitled musical project based on the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen was just picked up by Fox 2000. Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a script by David Magee, the 'four quadrant epic musical fantasy' will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. (more...)

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