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Holiday Fun For The Whole Family Arrives With Uproarious Musical Version Of A CHRISTMAS STORY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

Align Entertainment presents the hilarious holiday classic A Christmas Story: The Musical from November 2-17, 2018, at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby. The multi-Ovation Award-winning producers have assembled a talented cast of local stars and young up-and-comers for the heartfelt Broadway adaptation of Jean Shepherd and Bob Clark's 1983 film. The musical is set to an infectiously delightful score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (creators of La La Land and The Greatest Showman), and follows the story of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, who wants nothing more for Christmas than an official Red Ryder Carbine Action BB gun. The story is a celebration of childhood and imaginative discovery, a triumphant family-friendly experience that will hit home with anyone who ever desperately wanted a toy during the holidays. (more...)

The Green Room 42 Presents Joshua Turchin's Early Night Show LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

Joshua Turchin returns to The Green Room 42 with his cabaret series, The Early Night Show LIVE! with Joshua Turchin, after recently appearing as emcee, accompanist and performer at (YOUNG). (more...)

Photo Flash: 5-Star Theatricals Presents SHREK THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

5-STAR THEATRICALS (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) opens its 2018-2019 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of Shrek the Musical, with music by Jeanine Tesori, book & lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, musical direction by Dan Redfeld, choreography by Karl Warden and will be directed by Kirsten Chandler. Shrek the Musical opens on Friday, October 19, 2018 and runs through Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.   (more...)

BWW Interview: She's Doin' This Thing (x3)! Jennifer Simard Tells All About Her New Roles in MEAN GIRLS
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 27, 2018

It's a good thing that Jennifer Simard looks great in pink... Following a triumphant run as the hilarious Ernestina in Hello, Dolly!, the Tony nominee has just taken over not one, but three roles in Mean Girls on Broadway- Mrs. Heron, Ms. Norbury and Mrs. George. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look At THE COLOR PURPLE at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Paper Mill Playhouse's The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. The Color Purple is the Tony Award-winning musical revival based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros.Amblin Entertainment motion picture with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. (more...)

Photo Flash: Paper Mill Playhouse Presents THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Paper Mill Playhouse's The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. The Color Purple is the Tony Award-winning musical revival based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. (more...)

Theatre Arlington Presents its 45th Annual Stony Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Theatre Arlington held its 45th Annual Stony Awards at 6:30pm on Sunday, September 24th, 2018, honoring actors, designers, directors, volunteers and community partners for excellence in the productions during the 2017-2018 45th anniversary season. Guests gathered at the theater for drinks before the show and were then treated to a fun, light-hearted show with Interim Executive Producer, Steven D. Morris serving as the Master of Ceremonies and Don Powers on the piano, with entertainment by some of Theatre Arlington's favorite performers: Nik Blocker, Dawn Prejean, Tevin Cates, Donovan Lawson, Emily-Kate Ivey, Daniel Hernandez and Ashlyn Nichols. Plus, an unexpected surprise visit by Spiderman! Afterwards, all gathered in the lobby for more celebrating with drinks and a reception, sponsored in part by Cooper Street Bakery. (more...)

5-Star Theatricals Presents Thousand Oaks Premiere of SHREK THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

5-STAR THEATRICALS opens its 2018-2019 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of Shrek the Musical (more...)

PETER PAN Panto Flies In To St Helens This Christmas
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Christmas came early this week at the press launch for Regal Entertainments' panto Peter Pan, which comes to St Helens Theatre Royal from Saturday 8 December 2018 - Sunday 13 January 2019. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Begins Performances Tonight At Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2016, launches its 80th milestone season with The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. The Color Purple is the Tony Award-winning musical revival based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. Cast members from the 2015 Broadway revival lead the Paper Mill Playhouse company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act - Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost - National Tour, Rent - Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear Me, Shrek the Musical - National Tour) as Sofia. (more...)

BWW TV: What's THE PROM All About? The Broadway Cast Explains!
by TV - Press Previews - Oct 8, 2018

Put on your dancing shoes! The Prom is coming to Broadway. The new musical is set to officially open at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (more...)

Discover Your Inner Elf at ELF THE MUSICAL At The Saenger Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features, bring the Broadway musical ELF to the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. for the Dec. 18-23, 2018 engagement. Presented by the New Orleans Theatre Association, ELF, is part of the Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans 2018-2019 season. (more...)

Smugbug Productions Extends the New York Premiere of THE ELEVENTH HOUR!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

Smugbug Productions presents the New York Premiere of The Eleventh Hour!, a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon now running throughDecember 1, 2018 at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC. Performances are at 8pm, with preshow bands starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at https://www.eleventhhourmusical.com/performance-tickets/the-eleventh-hour. (more...)

WAITRESS International Premiere Announces Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group has announced the full cast of the international premiere of the Tony-nominated musical WAITRESS. The show, which continues to run on Broadway and will open in London's West End next year, features music and lyrics from six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, and will open on November 9, 2018, at the Carols P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Manila. (more...)

Cleveland Play House Production Of A CHRISTMAS STORY Returns For 11th Year
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018

Everyone's favorite characters from Cleveland Street are back for their 11th production with Cleveland Play House (CPH) during the 2018 holiday season. A Christmas Story will once again delight Cleveland audiences with the story you know and love, based on the original motion picture that was filmed in Cleveland. CPH's production of A Christmas Story has quickly become an annual holiday tradition for families of all generations. Each year, these performances attract thousands of new guests to live theatre at Cleveland Play House. Previews begin November 23rd with press opening on November 30th at the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square. This production will be sponsored by Dollar Bank and Pinecrest. (more...)

Sutton Foster To Perform With St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announced two-time Tony award-winning actress and singer Sutton Foster will perform for one night only with the SLSO at Powell Hall on Saturday, February 23, 2019. (more...)

Kim Grant To Succeed Caro Newling As New Chair Of Paines Plough
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

Paines Plough today announces that Kim Grant will succeed Caro Newling as Chair of the Board of Trustees, following three years of heading up the company's Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-committee. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch THE PROM Dance Through First Broadway Preview!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

The cast of The Prom has their dancing shoes at the ready! Previews are currently underway at the Longacre Theatre, where the new musical opens on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Below, watch from backstage as the cast dances through their first bows on Broadway! (more...)

BWW Review: FUN HOME at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley puts the home and the heart in dysfunction
by Robert Sokol - Oct 25, 2018

It would be easy to make FUN HOME a dour polemic about LGBT oppression from within and without, but the gifts of Kron, Tesori, Bechdel - which director Robert Kelley artfully deploys - are the moments of lightness and pure joy that make the losses all the more tragic. (more...)

First Stage Announces Complete Casting For Roald Dahl's MATILDA The Musical
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

First Stage, one of the nation's leading theaters for young people and families, is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for Roald Dahl's MATILDA The Musical, featuring music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and book by Dennis Kelly. This will be the first full-length musical First Stage has produced, performing at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater January 11 - February 24, 2019. First Stage productions are typically cast with two Young Performer casts; this production will feature two Young Performer casts, with three Young Performers who alternate playing the title role of Matilda. Artistic Director Jeff Frank will direct this production of MATILDA The Musical, Director of Artistic Operations Jeff Schaetzke serves as Music Director and Milwaukee Ballet's Michael and Jayne Pink will choreograph. Presented by the Molitor Foundation. (more...)

2018 Marquee Theater Journalists Association Award Winners Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2018

San Francisco North Bay theater artists gathered Monday night at the Juncture Taproom and Lounge in Santa Rosa for the Third Annual Marquee Theater Journalists Association Awards. Seventeen awards were given to local theatre artists and productions whose nominations were culled from the sixty-six Sonoma County productions attended by members from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018. (more...)

Photo Flash: Get a First Look at the Cast of THE PROM in Action!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2018

The Prom begins previews on Broadway tonight, October 23, at the Longacre Theatre. Get a first look at the full cast in action in the all new production photo below! (more...)

SHREK THE MUSICAL Comes To Bord Gais Energy Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2018

It's a big, bright beautiful world at the Bord Gais Theatre! Shrek the Musical is running through Nov. 4, with children tickets half price on Halloween.  (more...)

Beck Center For The Arts Welcomes the Holidays with SHREK THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

Beck Center for the Arts celebrates the holidays with a fun production for the whole family, Shrek the Musical.   (more...)

THE PROM Announces Rush Policy; Previews Begin Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

The new Broadway comedy The Prom has announced that a limited number of $40 general rush tickets (including the $2 facility fee) will be available at the Longacre Theatre box office (220 West 48th Street) when it opens for that day's performance(s) beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Limited to two tickets per person, tickets are subject to availability. Cast and major credit cards are accepted. (more...)

THE PROM Original Broadway Cast Recording Available 12/14; Hear the First Single Now!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

It was announced today that the Original Broadway Cast Recording Of The Prom is set for digital release December 14th and physically January 11th.  Available for preorder now, the album is produced by Scott M. Riesett and Tony Award Nominee Matthew Sklar, with music by Sklar and lyrics by four-time Tony Award Nominee Chad Beguelin. (more...)

Photo Flash: 5-Star Theatricals Presents SHREK THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

5-STAR THEATRICALS (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) opens its 2018-2019 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of Shrek the Musical, with music by Jeanine Tesori, book & lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, musical direction by Dan Redfeld, choreography by Karl Warden and will be directed by Kirsten Chandler. Shrek the Musical opens on Friday, October 19, 2018 and runs through Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.   (more...)

Fifteen Area Schools Awarded Grants For Arts Education Projects
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018

The Arts and Education Council (A&E) and Maritz have awarded 15 area schools with grants to support classroom-based art projects during the 2018-19 academic year. The program, administered by A&E, is funded by a $25,000 gift from Maritz with additional support provided by individual donors. With these 15 grants, this unique partnership between A&E and Maritz has generated nearly a quarter of a million dollars for art education across the bi-state region since 2009. (more...)

VIDEO: Paper Mill Playhouse and THE COLOR PURPLE Celebrate Spirit Day 2018
by Stage Tube - Oct 18, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse and the company of The Color Purple support Spirit Day 2018. (more...)

Exclusive Preview Performance Introduces Barter Theatre¹s 2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2018

Barter Theatre officials announced today its 2019 season lineup during an exclusive event highlighting select excerpts from various upcoming productions. The event included the details of 16 diverse shows planned for 2019 with the theme of Love, Laughter, and Passion. (more...)

Video: The Cast of 5-Star Theatricals SHREK THE MUSICAL Covers The Monkees, 'I'm A Believer'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

5-STAR THEATRICALS opens its 2018-2019 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of Shrek the Musical (more...)

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Will Transfer to the West End
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Neal Street Productions has confirmed the West End transfer of its co-production with the National Theatre of The Lehman Trilogy. Sam Mendes's acclaimed production of Ben Power's adaptation of Stefano Massini's text about the rise and fall of the Lehman family's extraordinary empire will play at the Piccadilly Theatre from May 11th 2019 for a 12 week season. Tickets for the West End season go on sale to the general public from November 2nd. Prior to appearing at the Piccadilly Theatre, The Lehman Trilogy will play a limited season from March 22nd - April 20th 2019 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York following its sell-out run at the Lyttelton Theatre. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Rob Ashford Receives Portrait at Sardi's
by Walter McBride - Oct 11, 2018

Rob Ashford has received a portrait on Sardi's wall of fame! BroadwayWorld was there for the unveiling and you can check out the photos below! (more...)

Stars And Royalty Align To Keep The Music Playing With Education Through Music-Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

On September 29, Broadway and TV stars aligned to create heartfelt music at a private soiree benefiting Education Through Music-Los Angeles' music education programs in disadvantaged Los Angeles County schools. (more...)

ELF THE MUSICAL to Bring Holiday Cheer to the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features, bring the Broadway musical ELF to the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. for the Dec. 18-23, 2018 engagement. Presented by the New Orleans Theatre Association, ELF, is part of the Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans 2018-2019 season. (more...)

Review Roundup: Paper Mill Playhouse Presents THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Paper Mill Playhouse's The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. The Color Purple is the Tony Award-winning musical revival based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. (more...)

VIOLET Will Make its UK Premiere at Charing Cross
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018

VIOLET, a multi award-winning musical with Music by Jeanine Tesori (Tony Award winner for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for Fun Home, and Tony-nominated for Caroline, or Change and Shrek the Musical), and Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley (The Little Princess), is to get its UK premiere in an international co-production that will see it transfer to Tokyo. (more...)

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL Comes To First Stage This Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

A fun, new musical adaptation of an audience favorite comes to First Stage this holiday season. Created by the talented husband/wife team of Jahnna Beecham (Playwright/Lyricist) and Malcolm Hillgartner (Composer/Lyricist) and based on the play by Barbara Robinson, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL is filled with catchy,'60s-inspired original music and a delightful story that both young and old will enjoy. The horrible Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. The entire town panics when these rowdy six siblings are cast in the church's annual Christmas pageant. It's up to good-hearted Mrs. Bradley to help the Herdmans - and the rest of the town - discover the true meaning of Christmas before it's too late. Silent night? Not a chance, but sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. Sponsored by Associated Bank and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren. (more...)

Norbert Leo Butz, Kyle Dean Massey, and More Will Perform at Paper Mill's Broadway Beats Hunger
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

Broadway's best will come together for the holidays to support the second annual Broadway Beats Hunger performance at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey on December 10th at 7PM.All proceeds raised will go directly to Summit Medical Group Foundation and Community FoodBank of New Jersey's joint initiative, Food, Health and Hope: An Answer to Diabetes,which is committed to reducing the impact of New Jersey's deadly diabetes epidemic. (more...)

Norbert Leo Butz, Erika Henningsen, Alysha Umphress and More to Sing for BROADWAY BEATS HUNGER at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

 Broadway's best will come together for the holidays to support the second annual Broadway Beats Hunger performance at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey on December 10 that 7PM. All proceeds raised will go directly to Summit Medical Group Foundation and Community Food Bank of New Jersey's joint initiative, Food, Health and Hope: An Answer to Diabetes,which is committed to reducing the impact of New Jersey's deadly diabetes epidemic. (more...)

All-New Disney BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Comes to Maltz Jupiter Theatre For The Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2018

You may think you know Disney Beauty and the Beast - but you've never seen it like this! (more...)

Declan Bennett And Bronté Barbé Lead The Cast In Off-Broadway Hit Musical STRIKING 12
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

Ben Lockwood, Rupert Henderson and Oliver Kaderbhai today announce the full cast for the hit Off-Broadway musical Striking 12 from Tony Award-winning Rachel Sheinkin and musical duo Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda. Oliver Kaderbhai directs Declan Bennett (Brendan), Bronte Barbe (The Match Girl), Danielle Kassarate (Narrator), with Kate Robson-Stuart and Leon Scott completing the cast. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl, Striking 12 will open at the Union Theatre on 3 December, with previews from 28 November and runs until 23 December. (more...)

CT Rep Presents A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) continues its 2018-19 season with Paula Vogel's "A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration." Elizabeth VanDyke will direct. Performances will be held in the Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre from November 29th - December 9th, 2018. For tickets and information please visit crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486-2113. (more...)

Listen to Two New Tracks from THE PROM Plus Pre-Order the Album Now
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2018

Available now to stream and download are two brand new tracks from the ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING of THE PROM, set for digital release December 14th and physically January 11th via Sony Masterworks Broadway.  (more...)

Selladoor Worldwide Presents Selladoor Creation
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2018

Selladoor Worldwide has announced the launch of Selladoor Creation - a brand new platform for new writers to showcase and develop their work with the backing of one of the UK's leading theatre producers. With this new company, Selladoor will continue to support diverse and challenging work from talented artists, and bring innovative new work to the national and international stage, making it accessible for all audiences. (more...)

Photos: THE PROM is Getting the Party Started! Check Out Brand New Photos from the Show
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2018

THE PROM is now in performances at Broadway's Longacre Theatre and officially opens on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Check out all new photos below! (more...)

Rent A Tux! Broadway's THE PROM Opens Tomorrow!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2018

Formal attire requested! THE PROM is now in performances at Broadway's Longacre Theatre and officially opens tomorrow, Thursday, November 15, 2018! (more...)

Broadway's THE PROM Announces Exclusive Partnership With Kenneth Cole
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

American fashion Designer and social activist, Kenneth Cole, today announced a partnership with Broadway's new musical comedy, THE PROM, to support human rights of LGBTQI people and equality. The partnership includes a fundraising initiative for the UN Foundation in support of UN Free & Equal - a global public information campaign of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to promote the fair and equal rights of LGBTQI+ people globally.   (more...)

WNO Presents THE LION, THE UNICORN, AND ME
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its annual holiday family opera tradition with The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, December 14-16, 2018, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Based on Jeanette Winterson's award-winning children's book which tells the Nativity story from the donkey's point of view, The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me features music by Tony-award winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home) and a libretto by the late poet J.D. 'Sandy' McClatchy. These performances star current and former members of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. (more...)

Connecticut Repertory Theatre Presents Presents A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2018

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) continues its 2018-19 season with Paula Vogel's "A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration." Elizabeth VanDyke will direct. Performances will be held in the Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre from November 29th - December 9th, 2018. For tickets and information please visit crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486-2113. (more...)

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