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Umeda Arts Theater
Japan, 〒530-0013 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, 北区茶屋町19-1

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Celebrating one of the most influential and successful careers in the American theatre of the past 60 years, Prince of Broadway will look at the circumstances and fortune, both good and bad, that led to Hal Prince creating some of the most enduring and beloved theatre of all time, including The Pajama Game, West Side Story, Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Evita, and The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history.


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Returns to St. Louis
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2018

Casting has been announced for Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for its highly anticipated return to St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre May 9-20. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. (more...)

CURSED CHILD & SPONGEBOB Leads Outer Critics Circle Award Winners - Full List of Winners!
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2017-18 season in 27 categories. (more...)

Mamie Parris, Josh Breckenridge, and More Join Drew Gehling in DAVE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2018

Arena Stage announces the full cast and creative team for Dave. By Thomas Meehan, Nell Benjaminand Tom Kitt, Dave is inspired by the Academy Award-nominated American political comedy film. (more...)

BWW Blog: So Much Happened in So Little Time
by Student Blogger: Lea Passione - May 4, 2018

Hello, Everyone! Its Lea writing after a long absence and an eventful time. So much has happened within a short amount of time. I'm recapping this from my last article to finals week so bear with me. Time to recap. (more...)

The 2018 Woodstock Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions
by TV News Desk - May 30, 2018

Aspiring and established filmmakers have just over two weeks left to get their submissions in for the 19thAnnual Woodstock Film Festival that runs from October 10 – 14, 2018.  (more...)

Deborah Grace Winer Celebrates Barbara Cook At 54 Below Featuring Karen Ziemba, Rebecca Luker, and More
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018

Deborah Grace Winer continues her 3-part Feinstein's/54 Below series of jewel box revues celebrating the Classic American Songbook with its season finale on Sunday, June 17th, TILL THERE WAS YOU: A CELEBRATION OF Barbara Cook with Musical Direction by Mark Hummel and direction by Mark Waldrop. Ms. Winer will host a glittering parade of Broadway divas including Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba; Tony nominees Christine Andreas, Rebecca Luker and Christiane Noll; Linda Purl, Aisha de Haas, Natalie Douglas and K.T. Sullivan, who will raise their voices in celebration of Barbara Cook, one of the greatest interpreters of the American Songbook. (more...)

Chris Sarandon, Joanna Gleason, and More to Appear at Inaugural Sondheim Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018

On June 4, students and educators from across Connecticut and Rhode Island will gather at the Shubert Theatre of New Haven for the first annual Stephen Sondheim Awards, which will be hosted by Hamilton's Solea Pfeiffer and Ryan Vasquez. The Sondheim Awards are presented by Broadway Method Academy (BMA), in association with the Shubert Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse. (more...)

Steve Martin, Michael Cera, Tony Yazbeck, and More Announced For BROADWAY BETS 2018
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2018

Broadway and television stars, theatre fans, poker pros and game-faced novices alike will come together when Broadway Bets, Broadway's official poker tournament, returns on Monday, May 14. The event is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Donald Corren, Brandon Andrus, and More Lead Goodspeed's OLIVER!
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2018

Charles Dickens' beloved orphan makes his Goodspeed debut in the hope-filled musical set in the dark shadows of Victorian London. Bounced from workhouse to forced labor, Oliver Twist escapes to the streets where he meets Fagin, the Artful Dodger and a band of child pickpockets. Will he find love, home and happiness before it's too late? (more...)

Susan Stroman to Direct and Choreograph Industry Reading of New Ahrens & Flaherty Musical LITTLE DANCER; Baldwin, Ziemba and More to Star
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2018

Producers Anita Waxman and Rodney Rigby announce today that they will present a private industry reading of the new musical Little Dancer on Friday, June 8, 2018 prior to the production's West Coast Premiere. Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, Little Dancer features a book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens and music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty. (more...)

The Best Of The West End Comes to The Royal Albert Hall
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

Seventh Sense presents a stunning collection of some of the greatest stars of musical theatre celebrating the very best of the West End with classic songs (more...)

Review Roundup: What Did the Critics Think of THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE?
by Review Roundups - May 24, 2018

The world premiere of The Beast in the Jungle officially opened last night, May 24 at Vineyard Theater - 108 East 15th Street, NYC. Let's see what the critics are saying... (more...)

The York Theatre Co to Award Susan Stroman the 2018 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

The York Theatre Company will honor Five-time Tony Award-winning musical theatre director/choreographer Susan Stroman (Crazy for You) with the 2018 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 27th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala to be held on Monday evening, November 12, 2018. (more...)

Jason Tam Joins Cast of BE MORE CHILL
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

Broadway's Jason Tam joins the company of this summer's hotly anticipated musical Be More Chill. Assuming the role of 'The Squip,' Tam joins previously announced cast members from the 2015 Two River Theater production and original cast recording including Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening, Groundhog Day) as Rich, Katlyn Carlson (Dirty Dancing, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin) as Chloe, Stephanie Hsu (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Christine, Lauren Marcus (The Humans at St. Louis Rep, Company at Barrington Stage) as Brooke, and George Salazar (tick tick BOOM!, Godspell, The Lightning Thief) as Michael; as well as Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen, The Black Suits) as Jeremy and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Freaky Friday, Benny and Joon, Bloodsong of Love) as Jeremy's Dad/Mr. Reyes. (more...)

Hal Prince and Jason Robert Brown to Celebrate PRINCE OF BROADWAY Cast Album Release at Barnes and Noble
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

Ghostlight Records will celebrate the release of Prince of Broadway Original Broadway Cast Recording with an exclusive in-store event at Barnes & Noble on Friday, June 1 at 7:00 PM. Prince of Broadway is a musical celebration of director and producer Hal Prince. Mr. Prince will appear at the event in conversation with three-time Tony winner Jason Robert Brown. (more...)

Donja R. Love's SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS to Explore Civil War LGBT Love at MTC Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Just announced, Manhattan Theatre Club will produce the world premiere of Sugar in Our Wounds, a new play by Donja R. Love and directed by Saheem Ali (Twelfth Night for the Public Theater's Mobile Unit), as part of MTC's upcoming 2017-2018 season. (more...)

Who Won Big at the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards? - Full List of Winners!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2018

At this year's Chita Rivera Awards, actress, dancer, and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade received the second annual Lifetime Achievement Award, iconic composer John Kander received the Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater as a Composer and legendary theater director and producer Harold Prince was presented with the SDC Director Award for Exemplary Collaboration with Choreographers. (more...)

Ogunquit Playhouse To Open SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

The Ogunquit Playhouse kicks off its 86th season with the all-new incarnation of the sizzling song and dance celebration Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller on stage May 16 to June 9. This exuberant production of the record breaking Broadway smash hit is directed and choreographed by Emmy Award-winner and Tony Award-nominee Josh Bergasse who will bring new life to more than 30 classic songs including 'Stand by Me,' 'I'm a Woman,' 'Hound Dog,' 'Fools Fall In Love,' 'On Broadway,' 'Yakety Yak,' 'Pearl's a Singer,' 'Treat Me Nice,' 'There Goes My Baby,' 'Love Potion #9,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' and 'Spanish Harlem.' The all-new production heads to Stage 42 (422 West 42nd Street, NYC) following its Ogunquit run. (more...)

Meet the Cast of BE MORE CHILL at Box Office Event
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

On Friday June 8, the company of  Be More Chill hosts a special box office event. From 3:00 - 5:00PM, fans are invited to The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street, NYC) to buy their tickets and meet company members from this summer's hotly anticipated musical. Come and chill out with cast members including Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Marcus, Will Roland, George Salazar and Jason SweetTooth Williams, as well as composer/lyricist Joe Iconis and director Stephen Brackett. There will be opportunities for selfies with the company, fun giveaways and other surprises. (more...)

Andy Karl and Orfeh Will Host the Chita Rivera Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

Andy Karl and Orfeh will host the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards, taking place at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, May 20 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Steven Hoggett to Receive Critics' Choice Award at Chita Rivera Awards; Osnes, Salonga, and More to Present
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2018

Steven Hoggett, who is represented on Broadway this season with Angels in America and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will receive the inaugural Douglas and Ethel Watt Critics' Choice Award at the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards (more...)

They Were Robbed! Who Was Snubbed of a Tony Nomination?
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2018

The 2018 Tony Award Nominations were announced this morning, and while a select, talented few will spend the day celebrating their achievements, there are many who fell just short of a nod. (more...)

Shuler Hensley to Give a Close Shave in SWEENEY TODD at Atlanta Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2018

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will slay audiences at Atlanta Opera next June, starring Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley in his company debut in the title role. Meredith Arwady will sing the role of Mrs. Lovett. (more...)

THE CHER SHOW Announces Digital Lottery For Chicago Run
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2018

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller are pleased to announce a digital lottery, powered by Broadway Direct, for the Pre-Broadway Premiere The Cher Show, which will begin previews on June 12, 2018 at Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) and will play a strictly limited engagement in Chicago through July 15, 2018. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet The Pitiful Children of Off-Broadway's BE MORE CHILL!
by Walter McBride - Jun 8, 2018

Be More Chill, the original musical with music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (NBC's 'Smash', The Black Suits, Broadway Bounty Hunter) and a book by Joe Tracz(The Lightning Thief, Netflix's 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events') will have its New York premiere production this summer. The cast met the press this afternoon and BroadwayWorld was on hand to meet the new class of Be More Chill! Check out photos below! (more...)

THE CHER SHOW's Broadway Ticket Presale Has Begun, and General Sale Date is Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2018

Tickets for the Broadway production of the new musical The Cher Show are on sale exclusively for American Express Card Members. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, June 6 at 10am EST through Wednesday, June 13 at 9:59am EST by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com or calling 877-250-2929. (more...)

Donja R. Love's SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS to Explore Civil War LGBT Love at MTC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

Just announced, Manhattan Theatre Club will produce the world premiere of Sugar in Our Wounds, a new play by Donja R. Love and directed by Saheem Ali (Twelfth Night for the Public Theater's Mobile Unit), as part of MTC's upcoming 2017-2018 season. (more...)

Who Won Big at the Drama Desk Awards? Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2018

The time has come for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Michael Urie, June 3 (8:00 PM) at The Town Hall in Manhattan. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Cast of THE CHER SHOW Takes Their Opening Night Bows
by Walter McBride - Jun 29, 2018

The Cher Show officially opened its pre-Broadway run in Chicago last night, June 28. Check out photos of the cast taking their opening night bows below! (more...)

Review Roundup: Do the Critics 'Believe' in THE CHER SHOW in Chicago?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2018

The Cher Show took its opening night bows in Chicago last night, June 28. Let's see what the critics are saying... (more...)

Brief 6/29: First Look at SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 29, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: get a first look at Encores! production of Songs For a New World, and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: It's Cher x3! First Look at Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks & Micaela Diamond in THE CHER SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2018

Superstars come and go. Cher is forever. For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture - breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. The Cher Show takes its opening night bows in Chicago tonight, June 28. Check out a first look at the Broadway-bound cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: First Listen of Jason Robert Brown's Original Finale for PRINCE OF BROADWAY; New Album Released Tomorrow!
by Stage Tube - Jun 28, 2018

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS will release How We React and How We Recover, the new album from three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. His first solo recording in over a decade is a politically-charged, far-reaching rumination on love, family and music. The album will be available in digital and streaming formats on Friday, June 29, with a physical CD planned for later this year. The release coincides with New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center production of Brown's landmark New York debut show Songs for a New World, which runs from June 27-30. For more information on the album, click here. (more...)

VIDEO: Stephanie J Block and Jarrod Spector Spill What it Was Like Performing THE CHER SHOW for Cher
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2018

Bio musicals are tricky in their own way, but what's it like when the source of the life's story is sitting in the fifth row? Stephanie J. Block, Jarrod Spector, and the cast of The Cher Show found this out firsthand when the iconic diva snuck in to see the show's Chicago debut. They chat with WGN about the experience and the show below! (more...)

Jason Robert Brown Talks New Album with Ilana Levine 6/29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2018

Three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown will be the guest for a special podcast taping of 'LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine' to discuss How We React and How We Recover, his new album. (more...)

Photo: The Chers of THE CHER SHOW Cher A Moment with Cher!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 25, 2018

Cher swung by the out of town tryout of her new musical this week and went nose to nose backstage with the three actresses who share the mammoth task of portraying this American icon. Stephanie J. Block tweeted an exclusive photo from Cher meeting the Chers of The Cher Show.  (more...)

Cher Sees CHER SHOW in Chicago: 'Much Better Than I Thought It Would Be'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2018

The Cher Show has begun previews in Chicago, and who better to catch an early look than Cher herself! The superstar stopped by the Oriental Theatre for three performances this past weekend to check out the show. 'Some parts of it are really fabulous. We're going to work on the other parts. In many parts, it was much, much better than I thought it would be. And there were no parts where I wanted to gouge my eyes out,' she tells the Chicago Tribune. 'It needs work. I'm not supposed to say that but I don't care.' (more...)

New Album by Jason Robert Brown To Be Released This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2018

How We React and How We Recover, the new album from three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, will be released by Ghostlight Records this month. His first solo recording in over a decade is a politically-charged, far-reaching rumination on love, family and music. The album will be available in digital and streaming formats on Friday, June 29, with a physical CD planned for later this year. The release will coincide with New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center production of Brown's landmark New York debut show Songs for a New World, which runs from June 27-30. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside PRINCE OF BROADWAY's Album Release Event at Barnes and Noble
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 2, 2018

Ghostlight Records celebrated the release of Prince of Broadway Original Broadway Cast Recording with an exclusive in-store event at Barnes & Noble on Friday, June 1. Prince of Broadway is a musical celebration highlighting the extraordinary six-decade career of director and producer Hal Prince. Mr. Prince appeared at the event in conversation with three-time Tony winner Jason Robert Brown, who co-produced the album and provided new songs, arrangements, orchestration and music supervision for the show. In addition to a CD signing, members of the original cast performed musical highlights. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Watch Jason Robert Brown's 'Do the Work' from PRINCE OF BROADWAY performed by Kristin Chenoweth's Broadway Bootcamp
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018

Saturday night, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the 2nd Annual Kristi Awards took place, culminating the end of a week's work and training at the 4th year of Kristin Chenoweth's BROADWAY BOOTCAMP. (more...)

Photo Flash: Kristin Chenoweth Joins Students for The 2nd Annual Kristi Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2018

Broadway World has an exclusive look at photos from Saturday night's 2nd Annual Kristi Awards celebrating the 4th year of Kristin Chenoweth's Broadway Bootcamp held in the Kristin Chenoweth Theater at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. (more...)

BE MORE CHILL Finds Its Full Cast; Tiffany Mann, Britton Smith, and More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2018

One of this summer's most anticipated musicals, Be More Chill, has announced complete casting for the New York premiere production (more...)

BWW Exclusive: John Kander Ebbs & Flows In 3/4 Time
by Harry Haun - Jun 13, 2018

In the black at the back of the Vineyard Theater during one of the final previews of The Beast in the Jungle the other night sat its composer, disguising himself as a member of the audience by dispassionately drinking in the stage action and politely applauding at the appropriate places. This is-typically-the usual battle station for the artist-in-progress. Atypically-in fact, for the first time--John Kander sat alone. (more...)

Hershey Felder's BEETHOVEN Brings Composer to Life
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018

Hershey Felder returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Artswith Beethoven, directed by Joel Zwick, from July 27 to August 12, 2018. This new production is based on the original Aus dem Schwarzspanierhausby Dr. Gerhard von Breuning with text by Felder and features some of Beethoven's greatest compositions from his keyboard works such as the "Emperor Concerto" to the 5thand 9thSymphonies, his keyboard sonatas, and chamber music. The Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli and Erik Carstensen production is an extraordinary one-man musical play that brings the composer to life as it dramatizes the true story of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro's side as the son of Beethoven's best friend. (more...)

Douglas Sills Joins DAVE the Musical at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018

BroadwayWorld has learned Douglas Sills will play Chief of Staff Bob Alexander in the new musical DAVE, premiering at Arena Stage this summer! (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Drew Gehling and the Cast of DAVE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018

Arena Stage is preparing for the world premiere of a new musical Dave. Check out photos of the cast and creative in rehearsal below!  (more...)

Ramin Karimloo, Christine Allado, and More Record Webborn And Finn's British Musical THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2018

Acclaimed new British musical The Clockmaker's Daughter premiered in London in 2015 and has, to date, been nominated for 11 awards. (more...)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Comes To The Paramount Theatre Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2018

???????Casting has been announced for Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for its highly anticipated return to Seattle's Paramount Theatre from August 8 - 19. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.  To purchase tickets, visit STGPresents.org, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-982-2787 or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm). Tickets start at $35. (more...)

Industry Interview: Wolf of Broadway- Meet Tony-Winning Producer, Orin Wolf
by Robert Diamond - Jul 16, 2018

Just over a month ago, Orin Wolf was celebrating a whooping ten Tony wins for his little musical that could- The Band's Visit. As the big winner at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on June 10, the new show not only swept the ceremony, but it found a place in history with some of Broadway's most awarded musicals- a producer's dream. (more...)

THE CHER SHOW Cancels Final Performance in Chicago Due to Technical Error
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 15, 2018

The Cher Show cancelled its final performance in Chicago, which was set for today, July 15, due to a technical issue. The issue was announced to the audience shortly after the show was set to begin. A mini concert was performed in lieu of the full production, including 4 songs. (more...)

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