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New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD Extends at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Due to an overwhelming demand, Berkeley Rep has announced that the world premiere musical of Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations will extend for two additional weeks. Originally scheduled to close on October 8, the popular musical will now run through Sunday, October 22. (more...)

DETC presents 2017-18 Season Opener HERE'S TO THE LADIES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Here's to the Ladies, a musical revue, will be Desert Ensemble Theatre's 2017-18 Season Opening Gala for its seventh season. For the first time since the event's inception in 2014, this show will offer a second performance: Friday, Nov. 17 includes a pre-show reception at 6pm followed by a 7pm performance; and Sat., Nov. 18, a 7pm performance only. (more...)

Melba Moore at Comes to SOPAC 11/11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Four-time Grammy Award nominee, and Tony Award winner Melba Moore has been crossing genres from Broadway to recording star to television personality since the early '70s. Never willing to stand still, Melba Moore has continued to perform in all genres and has remained one of the most enduring artists of the 21st century. She will bring her powerhouse vocal skills to SOPAC on Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Broadway Vet and Acclaimed Actress Novella Nelson Dies at 77
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2017

BroadwayWorld has learned that acclaimed actress and Broadway vet Novella Nelson died on Friday, September 1st at the age of 77.  (more...)

CLASSY & SASSY Lena Horne Tribute Coming to The Haven
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

To celebrate the centennial of a true American treasure - the one and only Lena Horne - Lagond Music presents Julia Breanetta Simpson in Classy & Sassy for two performances on Saturday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. This special event will be held at The Haven, located at 9 Haven Street in Elmsford, NY. (more...)

Alan Alda to be Honored with SAG Life Achievement Award
by TV News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

Award-winning actor, writer, director, producer, polymath and advocate for science communication Alan Alda has been named the 55th recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Alda will be presented the performers union's top accolade at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at 8 p.m. (ET)/ 5 p.m. (PT). (more...)

Aaron Sorkin Pens Touching Tribute to Late Actor Robert Guillaume
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017

In today's Variety, playwright Aaron Sorkin (A FEW GOOD MEN) penned a touching tribute to the late actor. You may read it in full below (more...)

Tony Winner Melba Moore To Headline Benefit Concert For The Caribbean
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2017

Melba Moore - the Tony Award Winning Singer & Actress headlines A Benefit Concert For The Caribbean featuring R&B and Caribbean artists who come together to sing, speak out and raise funds and awareness for Hurricane Relief In the U.S. Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean. (more...)

Luna Stage to Host Inaugural SoloFest This December
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2017

Luna Stage has announced SoloFest 2017, opening December 8th and continuing through December 17th. (more...)

CLASSY & SASSY Lena Horne Tribute Coming to The Haven
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2017

To celebrate the centennial of a true American treasure - the one and only Lena Horne - Lagond Music presents Julia Breanetta Simpson in Classy & Sassy for two performances today, October 28 at 5:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. This special event will be held at The Haven, located at 9 Haven Street in Elmsford, NY. (more...)

Norm Lewis Remembers Fellow Phantom- the Late Robert Guillaume
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2017

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Robert Guillaume, the stage's first African American 'Phantom', passed away today, October 24, 2017, due to complications of prostate cancer. He was 89. (more...)

First African American 'Phantom' Robert Guillaume Dies at 89
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2017

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Robert Guillaume, the stage's first African American 'Phantom', passed away today, October 24, 2017, due to complications of prostate cancer. He was 89. (more...)

E.Faye Butler & Felicia P. Fields To Perform Limited Run Cabaret Concert At Chicago's Biograph Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

Steve Abrams and Kicky Productions announce that a brand new cabaret-concert, Lettin' the Good Times Roll featuring the dynamic duo, E. Faye Butler, Felicia P. Fields and a host of renowned musicians in a very special limited engagement for 9 performances at The Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

BWW Review: HERE'S TO THE LADIES at Desert Ensemble Theatre
by Stan Jenson - Nov 19, 2017

Once again, Desert Ensemble Theatre has kicked off its new season with an Opening Gala, and once again, it was an unabated delight! I found myself smiling broadly throughout the 75-minute revue, and those around me were tapping toes, clapping, hooting, and occasionally singing along. (more...)

Cast Announced for An Evening of Classic Broadway at Rockwell Table and Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

A post-Thanksgiving performance of An Evening of Classic Broadway will take place on Tuesday, November 28th at 8PM (doors open at 6:30) at LA's live music venue Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz. BroadwayWorld.com calls the show, '... guaranteed fun, extra high on entertainment... Broadway standards both classic and contemporary, with a bevy of great singers on board.' Music Director and Master of Ceremonies Brad Ellis (Glee, Forbidden Broadway) and (producer, Cabaret artist) Dianne Fraser welcome a new cast with each edition of the popular concert series presented by Fraser Entertainment Group. (more...)

INNER CITY Reunion Concert Announced for Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW will be hosting a Reunion Concert of the 1971 Broadway musical, INNER CITY. The original Broadway production, directed by Tom O'Horgan, featured music by Helen Miller and lyrics by Eve Merriam.  The show was based on Merriam's book "The Inner City Mother Goose," a collection of updated nursery rhymes reflecting life of the disenfranchised inhabitants of America's urban inner cities circa 1970. The production ran at Broadway's Barrymore Theater from December 1971 to March 1972. Featured cast member, Linda Hopkins, was awarded a 1972 Tony Award for her performance. (more...)

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CAROUSEL's Ann Roth Wins 2018 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Ann Roth has won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CAROUSEL. (more...)

EDWARD ALBEE'S THREE TALL WOMEN's Ann Roth Wins 2018 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Ann Roth has won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for EDWARD ALBEE'S THREE TALL WOMEN. (more...)

EUGENE O'NEILL'S THE ICEMAN COMETH's Ann Roth Wins 2018 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Ann Roth has won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for EUGENE O'NEILL'S THE ICEMAN COMETH. (more...)

DORIAN'S CLOSET at Rep Stage - World Premiere Musical is Stunning!
by Charles Shubow - May 10, 2017

Directed by Co-Artistic Director Joseph Ritsch, with book and lyrics by Richard Mailman and music by Ryan Haase, DORIAN'S CLOSET is a fictionalized account of Buffalo native Dorian Corey who headed to New York City for a life as a 'female impersonator' and 'performer' and became a huge hit. One may think of such Broadway hits like LA CAGE AUX FOLLES or KINKY BOOTS which both deal with the life of male performers dressing as females. And as in those two monster hits, a musical to succeed needs one heck of a star and Director Ritsch has found such an individual in Stephen Scott Wormley who is absolutely astonishing in his role as 'Dorian' . I recall seeing his former performances in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Olney Theatre Center), HAIRSPRAY at Signature Theatre, and in the HAIRSPRAY concert version with the Baltimore Symphony where he excelled as 'Seaweed'. (more...)

SARAH SINGS A LOVE STORY Opens this Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Crossroads Theatre Company's more than two-decade run at 7 Livingston Ave. comes to an end this month with the world premiere of Stephanie Berry's Sarah Sings a Love Story, a musical play that weaves the life and music of the great Sarah Vaughan through the enduring romance of two devoted fans. T (more...)

The Pasadena Playhouse Celebrates 80th Anniversary as State Theater of California
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

California State Assemblymember Chris Holden, Pasadena's Mayor Terry Tornek, and Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman gathered today at The Pasadena Playhouse to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of The Playhouse being designated the State Theater of California. (more...)

Announcing the Winners of Synchronicity Theatre's New Arts Incubator Project, STRIPPED BARE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

On January 30, 2017, Atlanta's Synchronicity Theatre launched a test-run of Stripped Bare, a new arts incubator project that gives artists a space to create and produce new work. Designed for early-career artists, Stripped Bare focuses on projects that emphasize words and ideas, with minimal technical elements. For this first year, the program was available by invitation only. Invitations were sent to Atlanta-based artists who had at least one paid professional credit, but had not originated or created more than five professional projects. They were asked to submit proposals. Two winning projects were selected: (more...)

The Pasadena Playhouse Presents THE ORIGINALIST and HOLD THESE TRUTHS as Part of the 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

The Pasadena Playhouse (Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director and Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director Emeritus) announced today that they will present THE ORIGINALIST and HOLD THESE TRUTHS as part of the theater's 2016-2017 Season. THE ORIGINALIST, by John Strand (Charles MacArthur Award-winning Lovers and Executioners), directed by Molly Smith (Camp David and Artistic Director of Arena Stage), and starring four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Edward Gero (Goodman Theatre's Red), tells the story about a liberal law student's nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Antonin Scalia. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 24, 2018
by - Jun 24, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 24 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

LYMAN The Musical Comes to The El Portal Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018

Writer and director Anne Johnstonbrown announced today the full cast for her production of LYMAN, The Musical, which tackles the prevalent issue of homelessness and how choice and chance define our future. The musical stars Lou Beatty, Jr. (Tales from the Hood 2, The Yard), and features Eric Baily, Jr., Jacob Betts, Chantel Cagle-Cordova, Jack Dempsey Collins, Tony Collins, Erik Dabrowski, Natalie Eleftheriadis, Kevin C. Ezeh, Andrew Flory, Eddie Griego, Michael Naishtut, Betty Ann Ortega, Emily Priestly, Nathan Smith-Finley, Connie Ventress, William Warren, Howard Wilson, and Veronica Crystal Young. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- featuring Alan Alda
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Jun 13, 2017

BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, 'Podcast Verite,' is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny. (more...)

Cast Complete for New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full casting and creative team for the world premiere of AIN'T TOO PROUD-THE TEMPTATIONS MUSICAL. The musical stage production will be directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Berkeley Rep presents the show by special arrangement with Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce (American Idiot, Spring Awakening). (more...)

Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel, and Christopher Sieber Will Bring THE PROM to Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2018

It was announced today that the hilarious new Broadway musical comedy THE PROM will star Tony Award Nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten!), Tony Award Winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), two-time Tony Award Nominee Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical), Caitlin Kinnunen (Bridges of Madison County), Isabelle McCalla (Aladdin), Michael Potts (Jitney), Angie Schworer (The Producers), Courtenay Collins (Broadway Debut) and Josh Lamon (Groundhog Day) and will officially open on Broadway on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at a Shubert theater to be announced. (more...)

Photo Coverage: A Final Farewell to Those We've Lost in 2017
by Walter McBride - Jan 2, 2018

As we say goodbye to 2017, we remember all of those we have lost in this past year. From actors to directors and musicians, these people have shared their gifts with us and they will not be forgotten. Join BroadwayWorld in remembering some of these people below. (more...)

Trent Armand Kendall's LOUIS-AND-ELLA to Land in NYC This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Broadway's Trent Armand Kendall has been touring the country with his new musical LOUIS-AND-ELLA!, and the party continues in 2017 with stops in Dallas, TX, Manasquan, NJ, Sanibel Island, FL, and then back to NYC's The Cutting Room this March (more stops to be announced). (more...)

Luna Stage to Host Inaugural SoloFest This December
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2017

Luna Stage has announced SoloFest 2017, opening December 8th and continuing through December 17th. (more...)

Kokandy Productions to Ease on Down the Road with THE WIZ Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Kokandy Productions will launch its fifth anniversary season with a revival of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical THE WIZ, with book by William F. Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, directed by guest director Lili-Anne Brown, music direction by Jimmy Morehead and choreography by Breon Arzell.  (more...)

High Octane Ibsen! Black Box Presents PEER GYNT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2017

December 20, 2017: The Black Box Performing Arts Center continues to emerge as the Tri-State area's premiere destination for both cutting-edge professional theater and collaborative performing arts education in the heart of Teaneck, NJ just a quick ride over the George Washington Bridge. (more...)

E.Faye Butler & Felicia P. Fields To Perform Limited Run Cabaret Concert At Chicago's Biograph Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2017

Steve Abrams and Kicky Productions announce that a brand new cabaret-concert, Lettin' the Good Times Roll featuring the dynamic duo, E. Faye Butler, Felicia P. Fields and a host of renowned musicians in a very special limited engagement for 9 performances at The Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

E.Faye Butler & Felicia P. Fields To Perform Limited Run Cabaret Concert At Chicago's Biograph Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2017

Steve Abrams and Kicky Productions announce that a brand new cabaret-concert, Lettin' the Good Times Roll featuring the dynamic duo, E. Faye Butler, Felicia P. Fields and a host of renowned musicians in a very special limited engagement for 9 performances at The Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

BWW Review: Broadway's Tony Winning Melba Moore Brings FOREVER MOORE to Catalina
by Don Grigware - Dec 12, 2016

On Friday December 9 and Saturday December 10 Chris Isaacson Presents brought us the incomparable R&B recording artist Melba Moore with her CD release party for 'Forever Moore' at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Moore is no stranger to Broadway audiences who remember her Tony-winning portrayal in Purlie and a string of other hits including Hair, Ain't Misbehavin', Les Miserables and Chicago among many others. Once you have attended one of her live concerts, you are electrified and changed for good. Moore sings passionately from the very depths of her soul. She has been known for her p (more...)

Quiz: How Many Of These 100 Musicals Have You Seen?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

BroadwayWorld has assembled a list of 100 musicals! We're wondering... which of these have our readers seen either on screen or on stage? (more...)

BWW Article: Rory D. Sheriff, Playwright
by Vickie Evans - Aug 30, 2018

Rory D. Sheriff - if you haven't heard that name, it's only a matter of time before you will. Statuesque, bearded and dread-locked, he is a man that's very visible, even in a crowded room. Yet, there is a humbleness and genuine kindness that is etched in his face and resonates in his voice. Why is this man so significant? Under the auspice of his production company, Brand New Sheriff (BNS) Productions, is consistently providing a platform of entertainment via the performing arts as a resident playwright at the Duke Energy Theater of Belk Performing Arts Center. His passion for community theater is echoed loud and clear through his talent-filled cast and masterfully-produced stage plays. (more...)

Northlight Theatre Opens its 2017-2018 Season with THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the Chicago Premiere of The Legend of Georgia McBride, written by Matthew Lopez, directed by Lauren Shouse. The Legend of Georgia McBride runs September 14-October 22at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press performance is Friday, September 22 at 8:00pm. (more...)

Orange Box Theater Announces Full Cast of PURLIE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2018

Purlie played by Ronald Edwards is a newfangled preacher man extolling the gospel of freedom. Tanasha West partners with him in the lead as love struck Lutiebelle and the key to Purlie's plan to win back Big Bethel - the family's symbol of freedom. Crystalyn Monet joins the cast as Aunt Missy apprehensive yet committed to Purlie's ambitious plan. While, Terry Kiser embodies the realist Gitlow, 'Deputy of the Color People', Missy's husband and Purlie's brother. Brian Christopher Roberson arrived in Atlanta just in time to portray Charlie Cotchipee who openly challenges the racist ideas of the old south which drives his plantation owning, Jim Crow believing father, Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee played by Ian Scott, also a newcomer to metro Atlanta, crazy. DeEtta West, sister to Cleavon Little who won the Tony for his role as Purlie in 1970, rounds out the cast as discrete yet alert Idella Landy, Charlie's childhood nurse and a former slave. (more...)

DeEtta West, Sister Of Cleavon Little, Winner Of The Tony Award For His Role In Purlie, Is Featured As Idella In Purlie
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2018

DeEtta West is featured in the role of Idella Landy in the production of Purlie, opening at the Orange Box Theater on September 29. DeEtta accepted the role as a personal tribute to her late brother, Cleavon Little, winner of the Tony Award in 1970 for his performance as Purlie in the hit show. The show runs through October 7, 2018 (Orange Box Theater @ Mark SQuared Studios, 1804 Montreal Court, Ste B, Tucker, GA 30084) (more...)

Casting Announced for the European Premiere of DOLPHINS AND SHARKS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

"My first supervisor was a African girl named Ann, and she had the nerve to tell me that I don't have a right to call myself African American. I had to tell that heffa just because your people sold my people doesn't mean I don't got African roots." (more...)

Shute-Pettaway, Wilds Head Cast of ACT 1's Upcoming Production of THE LITTLE FOXES
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 3, 2018

Helen Olaketi Mariah Shute-Pettaway, a 2011 First Night Honoree and one of Nashville's most revered actresses, will take on the iconic role of Regina Giddens in the ACT 1 production of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. Directed by 2014 First Night Honoree Jeffrey Ellis, senior contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com, The Little Foxes runs at Darkhorse Theatre May 4-19. (more...)

Broadway Noire to Celebrate African American Culture in MAKE THEM HEAR YOU at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Derrick Byars and the cast of Make Them Hear You will bring their celebration of African American culture in musical theatre to Feinstein's/54 Below! Broadway's Supper Club, presents Broadway Noire on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. Directed and Produced by Byars, Make Them Hear You follows the musical journey from the 1920's through the present and shows how we have made them hear us!  (more...)

Legendary Broadway and Film Costume Designer Ann Roth Receives 2017 Michael Merritt Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The 24th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at Loyola University Chicago.Legendary Broadway and Film Costume Designer Ann Roth (The Nance, The Book of Mormon, The English Patient, Midnight Cowboy) will receive the 2017 Merritt Award.  (more...)

The Lyric Stage Announces THE WIZ Cast And Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

A soulful retelling of L. Frank Baum's beloved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz combines fairy-tale glamour with street smarts to make a classic fantasy sparkle for today.  And our directors and choreographer will bring a blast of New Orleans Creole magic to this production!  Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, The Wiz ingeniously mixes rock, gospel, soul, and jazz, and features hits like 'Ease on Down the Road,' 'A Brand New Day,' and 'Home.' (more...)

Spotlighters Announces 56th Season!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Spotlighters is thrilled to announce a challenging and inspiring selection of exceptional theatre for our 56th Season.  This season, we take our audiences on a journey of discovery and introspection, of searching and longing, to find a place we belong! (more...)

Tony Winner Linda Hopkins Passes Away at 92
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

BroadwayWord is saddened to report that Linda Hopkins, who won a Tony Award for her performance in Inner City, passed away on April 10. She was 92 years old. (more...)

Melba Moore to Perform at Bartlett Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2018

Melba Moore is live in concert at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center. (more...)

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