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Idina Menzel's Newest Album, IDINA: LIVE, Will Be Released October 5th
by TV News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

Tony Award-winning actress, singer and performer Idina Menzel is set to release her upcoming album, idina: live, on October 5. The two-disc album was recorded live on the final nights of her 2017 World Tour. The record is available for pre-order tomorrow Friday, September 7 and includes an immediate download of Menzel's studio version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The track will also be available for streaming on all digital platforms tomorrow.  (more...)

Daphne Rubin-Vega, Erin McKeown & More Will Celebrate MISS YOU LIKE HELL At Joe's Pub on 10/8
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS will celebrate the release of Miss You Like Hell - Original Cast Recording with a special concert at Joe's Pub on Monday, October 8. Original cast members Daphne Rubin-Vega, Danny Bolero, Andrew Cristi, Latoya Edwards, Marcus Paul James, and Michael Mulheren are scheduled to perform, in addition to composer and co-lyricist Erin McKeown (more...)

Idina Menzel Joins Adam Sandler in Crime Film UNCUT GEMS
by TV News Desk - Sep 13, 2018

Idina Menzel has signed on for the Safdie Brothers' A24 movie Uncut Gems, according to Deadline. Menzel will be joining Adam Sandler, Eric Bogosian, Lakeith Stanfield and Judd Hirsch in the crime film. (more...)

MasterVoices Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2018

Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices, announced details of the acclaimed ensemble's 77th season, celebrating the power of the human voice to unite, inspire and connect since 1941. The upcoming season will be framed by two major musical events, the New York premiere of a multi-media version of Handel's oratorioIsrael in Egypt performed at Carnegie Hall, and a new adaptation of the Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin-Moss Hart avant-garde musical, Lady in the Dark, starring Victoria Clark at New York City Center. Lady in the Dark has not been seen in New York since it was presented at New York City Center in 1994 as part of the inaugural Encores! season. (more...)

MISS YOU LIKE HELL Original Cast Recording Available Digitally Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

the Miss You Like Hell - Original Cast Recording has been released in digital and streaming formats today, Friday, October 5. A physical CD will be available online and in stores Friday, November 16. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Rachel Zampelli
by Elliot Lanes - Oct 2, 2018

Today's subject Rachel Zampelli has been living quite the theater life over the years. You most likely have seen her around town in productions that range from classics and modern plays to musicals. She can currently be seen at Signature Theatre in the two-character play Heisenberg playing opposite Michael Russotto. The production runs through November 11th in Signature's Ark space. (more...)

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Releases the Music Video for 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' from IDINA:LIVE
by Stage Tube - Oct 11, 2018

Tony Award-winning actress, singer and performer Idina Menzel's music video for her studio version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is out now. Watch/share the video HERE. The song comes from her upcoming album idina: live which is slated for release October 12. Along with "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Menzel recently released her live versions of Rent's "Seasons of Love," and "Don't Rain on My Parade" which premiered at Playbill and TheaterMania respectively.  (more...)

Scoop: Idina Menzel Slips Into An Undercover Role To Find Next Broadway Star on UNDERCOVER BOSS: CELEBRITY EDITION
by TV Scoop - May 8, 2018

Get all the scoop on Tony Winner Idina Menzel Slips Into An Undercover Role To Find The Next Broadway Sensation on UNDERCOVER BOSS: CELEBRITY EDITION, airing on CBS on Friday, May 18, 2018! (more...)

Casting Announced for Sideshow Theatre's TILIKUM
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere of Kristiana Rae Colon's spectacular and fearless indictment TILIKUM, directed by Lili-Anne Brown. (more...)

BWW CLOSE UP: Idina Menzel
by Jose German Martinez Paneque - May 30, 2018

Hoy es el cumpleaños de Idina Menzel, una de las caras mas conocidas de Broadway que se ha convertido en un icono del Teatro Musical desde finales del siglo pasado, y para celebrarlo que mejor manera de hacer un repaso por su carrera y recordar los personajes mas miticos que nos ha regalado. (more...)

Brief 5/30: DESPERATE MEASURES Begins Performances, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - May 30, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Desperate Measures begins performances off-Broadway and more! (more...)

Sideshow Theatre Presents the World Premiere of TILIKUM
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to conclude its eleventh season with the world premiere of Kristiana Rae Colon's spectacular and fearless indictment TILIKUM, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, playing June 22 - July 29, 2018 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Casting will be announced shortly. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 7, 2018 at www.victorygardens.org, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in person at the Victory Gardens Box Office.  (more...)

WATCH NOW: Idina Menzel Goes Incognito on UNDERCOVER BOSS - Full Episode
by Stephanie Wild - May 20, 2018

Tony Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Idina Menzel was featured in an episode of Undercover Boss last night. The actress got a makeover, rendering herself unrecognizable, to find the next Broadway sensation. (more...)

DVR Alert: Idina Menzel Goes Undercover on UNDERCOVER BOSS: CELEBRITY EDITION
by TV Scoop - May 18, 2018

Get all the scoop on Tony Winner Idina Menzel Slips Into An Undercover Role To Find The Next Broadway Sensation on UNDERCOVER BOSS: CELEBRITY EDITION, airing on CBS today, May 18, 2018! (more...)

MasterVoices Presents NAAMAH'S ARK As Part Of The River To River Festival, 6/17
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

MasterVoices - dedicated to the art of musical storytelling and the celebration of the human voice - presents a free performance of a new version of the dramatic oratorio Naamah's Ark by composer Marisa Michelson and librettist Royce Vavrek, on Sunday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Rockefeller Park. The event is produced in collaboration with the River To River Festival, presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and Battery Park City Authority. (more...)

MISS YOU LIKE HELL to Receive Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced it will record the new musical Miss You Like Hell, the New York premiere production from The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham), for an original cast recording to be released later this year. With book and lyrics by Quiara Alegria Hudes, music and lyrics by Erin McKeown, and choreography by Danny Mefford, the new musical was directed by Public Theater Resident Director and Founder of Public Works Lear deBessonet, and stars Daphne Rubin-Vega and Gizel Jimenez. The recording is being produced by Erin McKeown and Kurt Deutsch. (more...)

BUDDY--The Buddy Holly Story To Extend Through 9/15
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2018

American Blues Theater announces encore performance run of BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story, written by Alan Janes, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story will close as planned on May 26, 2018 and reopen June 29 - September 15, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets will be on sale for the encore run on May 15, 2018. (more...)

Firebrand Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2018

Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to announce its second season, featuring two fully-produced musicals, including a Chicago premiere.  (more...)

MasterVoices Presents New Production Of ORPHIC MOMENTS At JALC Rose Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018

MasterVoices - dedicated to celebrating the power of the human voice through the art of musical storytelling - presents two performances of a new production of Orphic Moments, in conjunction with producers Anthony Roth Costanzo and Cath Brittan.  (more...)

It's Loverly! Meet the Cast of MY FAIR LADY- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - Mar 15, 2018

Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady is officially in previews! Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at LOCK AND KEY at VAULT Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2018

This March the world premiere of a brand new musical from Barlow & Smith starring Tiffany Graves (Chicago, Sweet Charity, West End) and Evelyn Hoskins (Carrie, Southwark Playhouse, Peter and the Starcatcher, Royal & Derngate, Mrs Henderson Presents) comes to VAULT Festival for a strictly limited run directed by Adam Lenson (Superhero, Songs for a New World) (more...)

Dean John Wilson to Join Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe in THE KING AND I; Three Week Extension Announced
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 15, 2018

Looks like the West End will be getting to know Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. According to a report by the Daily Mail, Lincoln Center Theater's production of THE KING AND I 'has its eye on the London Palladium for a limited season next year.' (more...)

Idina Menzel and Casey Nicholaw to Be Honored at 2018 Drama League Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2018

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) will honor three powerhouses of the American theater community at the 84th Annual Drama League Awards, set for Friday afternoon, May 18, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. (more...)

South Korean Theater Director Dimo Kim To Stage New Musical COMFORT WOMEN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2018

Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory, a new theatre company providing more roles for Asian American actors has announced that it will present the Off-Broadway revival of COMFORT WOMEN: A NEW MUSICAL written by South Korean Theater Director Dimo Hyun Jun Kim, Osker David Aguirre, and Joann Malory Miese with music by Bryan Michaels and TaeHo Park on Friday, July 20ththrough Sunday, September 2nd at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street). The official opening will be on Friday, July 27th. The production is supported by the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan. (more...)

Brief 6/4: Theatre World Awards, THE GREAT LEAP Opens, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 4, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: The Theatre World Awards ceremony takes place tonight, The Great Leap opens off-Broadway, and more! (more...)

DVR Alert: Idina Menzel Will Discuss Her Off-Broadway Return in SKINTIGHT on LIVE With Kelly & Ryan Tuesday, July 3
by TV News Desk - Jun 28, 2018

Broadway Icon Idina Menzel will visit LIVE With Kelly and Ryan next Tuesday, July 3rd, to discuss her return to Off-Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company's world premiere of Joshua Harmon's SKINTIGHT. (more...)

Firebrand & TimeLine Announce Casting For CAROLINE, OR CHANGE At The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2018

Firebrand Theatre, in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company, is pleased to announces casting for its revival of the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, featuring music by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet), book and lyrics by Tony Kushner (Angels in America), direction by Lili-Anne Brown and music direction by Andra Velis Simon.  (more...)

Casting Announced for Sideshow Theatre's TILIKUM
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2018

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere of Kristiana Rae Colon's spectacular and fearless indictment TILIKUM, directed by Lili-Anne Brown. (more...)

American Blues Theater's Smash-Hit BUDDY Returns Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018

American Blues Theater announces encore performance run of BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story, written by Alan Janes, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story will reopen June 29 - September 15, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Scoop: CBS To Rebroadcast UNDERCOVER BOSS: CELEBRITY EDITION With Idina Menzel Tonight, Friday, July 6, 2018
by TV Scoop - Jul 6, 2018

Get all the scoop on CBS To Rebroadcast UNDERCOVER BOSS: CELEBRITY EDITION With Idina Menzel Tonight, airing on CBS on Friday, July 6, 2018! (more...)

VIDEO: SKINTIGHT's Idina Menzel Talks the 'Relief' of Starring in a Straight Play
by Stage Tube - Jul 3, 2018

Earlier today, Broadway favorite Idina Menzel stopped by LIVE With Kelly and Ryan to chat about the play that brought her back to the NYC stage-  Roundabout Theatre Company's world premiere of Joshua Harmon's Skintight. 'It's a straight play, so I'm not singing in it. It's such a relief to wake up and be like, 'Is [my voice] there?' When I'm in a musical I'm always so worried!'  (more...)

Alan Schmuckler, Amanda Yesnowitz and Christian Duhamel Win the 2018 Kleban Prize
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2018

The Kleban Foundation just announced the recipients of the 28th Annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre. Adjudication in the 2018 Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist category resulted in a tiebetween Alan Schmuckler and Amanda Yesnowitz, andthe 2018 Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Christian Duhamel. The 2018 prizes will be presented on Monday, February 5, 2018, in a private ceremony (by invitation only) hosted by ASCAP and BMI at ASCAP. (more...)

MasterVoices presents OUR AMERICA This March at The Cooper Union
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

MasterVoices presents Our America a unique program taking audiences on a journey through the contributions immigrants have made to the tapestry of American music on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Great Hall at The Cooper Union. Conceived by MasterVoices Artistic Director Ted Sperling, the program spans multiple genres and centuries, ranging from arrangements of the spirituals Gospel Train, Wayfaring Stranger, I've Been in the Storm So Long, and Ain't That Good News ; Irving Berlin's Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, and Let Me Sing and I'm Happy, ; selections by Victor Herbert, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, and Gershwin; and new works by Jerusalem native and BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop member Daniel Rein and award-winning Chinese American composer Randall Eng. (more...)

Lincoln Center Theater Announces Full Casting For MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2018

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop) has announced complete casting for its upcoming production of Lerner & Loewe's MY FAIR LADY. As previously reported, Lauren Ambrose will be playing as Eliza Doolittle and Harry Hadden-Paton will play Henry Higgins, alongside Norbert Leo Butz as Alfred P. Doolittle and Diana Rigg as Mrs. Higgins. Just announced are: Allan Corduner as Colonel Pickering, Jordan Donica as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Linda Mugleston as Mrs. Pearce, and Manu Narayan as Zoltan Karpathy. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- featuring Lesli Margherita!
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Jan 22, 2018

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...)

La Mirada Theatre to 'Willkommen' Kander & Ebb's CABARET This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2018

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the third show of its 2017-2018 season (and the 40th anniversary of the iconic theatre) with CABARET, book by Joe Masteroff (based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood), music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb with musical direction by David O, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Larry Carpenter. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Alan Schmuckler, Amanda Yesnowitz, and Christian Duhamel Awarded 2018 Kleban Prize
by Jennifer Broski - Feb 6, 2018

The Kleban Foundation just presented the 28th Annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre. Adjudication in the 2018 Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist category resulted in a tie between Alan Schmuckler and Amanda Yesnowitz, and the 2018 Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Christian Duhamel.  (more...)

16th Street Theater Announces the Opening of Ike Holter's THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE BLOCK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2018

16th Street Theater announces the opening of Ike Holter's THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE BLOCK directed by Lili-Anne Brown March 29 - May 5, 2018 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn with a press opening of Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Casting Announced For World Premiere Of New Musical LOCK AND KEY At VAULT Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

This March the world premiere of a brand new musical from Barlow & Smith starring Tiffany Graves (Chicago, Sweet Charity, West End) and Evelyn Hoskins (Carrie, Southwark Playhouse, Peter and the Starcatcher, Royal & Derngate, Mrs Henderson Presents) comes to VAULT Festival for a strictly limited run directed by Adam Lenson (Superhero, Songs for a New World). (more...)

16th Street Theater Announces the Opening of THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE BLOCK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

16th Street Theater announces the opening of Ike Holter's THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE BLOCK directed by Lili-Anne Brown March 29 - May 5, 2018 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn with a press opening of Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 PM.   (more...)

'The Poddest Couple' Podcast Welcomes RED ROSES, GREEN GOLD Stars Maggie Hollinbeck and Natalie Storrs, and Chats Spring 2018 on Broadway
by The Poddest Couple - Feb 13, 2018

On the latest episode of 'The Poddest Couple,' Alan and Matt welcome two stars from the Off-Broadway hit 'Red Roses, Green Gold,' Maggie Hollinbeck and Natalie Storrs. The two discuss what it's like to share a Grateful Dead musical with Dead Heads and theatregoers in the same audience, their upcoming trip to SXSW, and more. Matt and Alan also preview the spring 2018 season on Broadway, and we learn that Alan has significant issues when it comes to following simple directions. (more...)

FLIES! THE MUSICAL! World Premiere Comes to Pride Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2018

In a twisted mash-up of WAITING FOR GUFFMAN and GLEE, FLIES! THE MUSICAL! follows the drama kids from Lovely Valley Performing Arts Magnet High School. The students are left behind in an abandoned forest preserve during a "research" retreat for an unauthorized teacher-written musical production of LORD OF THE FLIES. (more...)

BWW TV: The Latest Lyricists- Meet the 2018 Winners of the Kleban Prize
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 10, 2018

The Kleban Foundation just presented the 28th Annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre. Adjudication in the 2018 Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist category resulted in a tie between Alan Schmuckler and Amanda Yesnowitz, and the 2018 Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Christian Duhamel. (more...)

VIDEO: Marc Kudisch Sings the National Anthem at Citi Field
by Stage Tube - Aug 8, 2018

Broadway favorite Marc Kudisch hit the field recently to perform the National Anthem, watch the video below! (more...)

The Studio Theatre Mounts IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2018

In January, The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol (806 San Marino Drive, The Villages, FL) will open the third production of its third season with the musical It Shoulda Been You; Music by Barbara Anselmi, and Book & Lyrics by Brian Hargrove. (more...)

Firebrand And TimeLine Theatre Present CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2018

Firebrand Theatre, in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company, is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with a revival of the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, playing September 22 - October 28, 2018, at The The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. (more...)

American Blues Theater Announces Complete Casting For BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

American Blues Theater concludes its 2017-2018 Season with BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story, written by Alan Janes, directed by Lily-Anne Brown, with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story runs April 27 - May 26, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.  (more...)

BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story Comes to American Blues Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2018

American Blues Theater concludes its 2017-2018 Season with BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story, written by Alan Janes, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story runs April 27 - May 26, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. The official press opening is today, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Haven Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

Haven Theatre is pleased to announce its 2018-19 Season, kicking off this fall with its fourth consecutive DIRECTOR'S HAVEN, three short plays showcasing the talents of early career directors. Helming this year's productions are Charlotte Drover, Anna Sung-En Medill and Dani Wieder. (more...)

BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story Comes to American Blues Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

American Blues Theater concludes its 2017-2018 Season with BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story, written by Alan Janes, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story runs April 27 - May 26, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. The official press opening is today, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

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