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Gershwin Theatre (New York, NY)
222 West 51st St.

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The storyline: It is evening and a mother reminds her small child to put his toy-trains away and to go to bed. In the child's dream, the locomotives come alive: It is the night of the world championships for locomotives.



The young steam locomotive Rusty, charming but definitely no longer technically up to date, appears to stand no chance against its more modern challengers, such as the macho Greaseball. This self-confident diesel locomotive rocks like Elvis and conquers the hearts of its many female fans. When Electra, an ultra-modern e-locomotive, suddenly makes its appearance, the situation seems hopeless for the young steam locomotive. Beautiful Pearl, a 1st-class coach, leaves Rusty for Electra.



Three, two, one- go! The flags come down, the lights flash and the helmets sparkle. Locomotives and their coaches are hurtling along the tracks at lightning speed. The conflict between the trains comes to a climax, since the methods used to win this international race are not always fair. Suddenly it appears, the legendary "Starlight Express", like a fiery comet's tail in the sky. The night is full of glittering stars as Rusty finds out what is most important in life: believing in yourself. He finds new courage to enter the finale - and Pearl begins to understand who her true love belongs to...



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...)

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Extends At The Marble Arch Theatre Due To Popular Demand
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Underbelly Productions has today confirmed the new production of Clarke Peters' Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe, will extend its run at The Marble Arch Theatre until Saturday 17th February 2018, due to overwhelming popular demand.  (more...)

Meredith Braun To Release New Album 'When Love Is Gone'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Stage Door Records has just announced the release of West End performer Meredith Braun's new solo album 'When Love Is Gone' on November 10th, 2017 (available on CD / Download / Streaming). (more...)

Charles Busch, Laura Benanti, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and More Coming Up This October at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

This October, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Kevin Aichele, Derek Carley, Robyn Hurder and Jenna Nicole Schoen Headline FROM HERE TO ETERNITY's North American Rollout at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

The Ogunquit Playhouse is honored to be part of the North American rollout of the new musical From Here to Eternity, on stage October 4 through 29. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Week for THE BODYGUARD, Starring Deborah Cox, at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has announced that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play Reynolds Hall from Tuesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 26. Tickets go on sale next Friday, Sept. 29. (more...)

SUNSET BOULEVARD Opens In Manchester Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

In four weeks, Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard arrives in Manchester for a two-week run. (more...)

Indian Wells Resort Debuts BROADWAY'S BEST With Welch And Olsen
by David Green - Sep 21, 2017

Indian Wells Resort Hotel is excited to debut Broadway's Best in October, presenting an evening of enchanting entertainment with acclaimed performers Patricia Welch and Terri Olsen, along with musical director and pianist Alex Danson. Together they perform a selection of timeless Broadway show stoppers, solos and duets, while adorning fanciful costumes. The dinner and show will be held in Frank's Place at the resort in an intimate setting. The dinner service begins at 5:00 p.m. with the musical starting at 6:30 p.m. (more...)

Brenda Braxton to Lead Industry Reading of NYMF Musical TRAV'LIN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical comes home to New York City for an invite-only industry reading featuring Brenda Braxton, who starred in the sold-out debut production at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) in 2010. (more...)

4th Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards to Honor Rachelle Rak, James Whiteside and Michael Campayno
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) will present the fourth annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards on October 16th at 8pm at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Ria Jones, Danny Mac, and More in SUNSET BOULEVARD UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical SUNSET BOULEVARD starring Ria Jones as 'Norma Desmond' and Danny Mac as 'Joe Gillis'. Directed by Nikolai Foster, the tour opened at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017. Check out a first look at the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2017

The London Fringe Premiere of 9 to 5 The Musical which is being produced at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village is now open and runs until Sunday 1st October 2017. This hilarious musical comedy is based on the hit. The show has music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick based on the screenplay by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins.  (more...)

Only Two Weeks Left to Catch 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

The critically acclaimed five star London Fringe Premiere production of 9 to 5 The Musical which is being produced at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village is entering it's final two weeks running until Sunday 1st October 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere of GILGAMESH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2017

Gilgamesh the world premiere of a new queer play told in verse by Piers Beckley, directed by Ray Shell, is the story of Gilgamesh and his best friend and lover Enkidu. How the two men fought the demon Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven. How they lived, loved, and died. It is about the most important of questions: What does it mean to live forever? (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway's Original 'Eponine,' UK Star, Frances Ruffelle Talks LIVE(S) IN NEW YORK
by Steve Schonberg - Oct 6, 2017

Welcome back! Tony Award winner, and UK star, Frances Ruffelle recently moved to New York. On Sunday, she will remind the city why she's one of the theater's great stars with a special performance at The Green Room 42. Broadway's original Eponine in Les Miserables, Ruffelle's Live(s) in New York will treat fans to songs from her stage and recording career from 17th century torch songs to Sanskrit chants, and show covers to original penned tracks. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Gavin Creel & Ben Platt and More Coming Up This Month at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

Next week, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Adrian Blake Enscoe and Sydney Shepherd to Star in New Musical BILLY AND THE KILLERS at HERE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

Actor, novelist and award-winning playwright Jim Shankman, who recently debuted his newest play, Heartless Bastard, as part of the SubletSeries@HERE, has announced that his new musical, Billy and the Killers, will make its world premiere this November at HERE! Arts Center (located at 145 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY). (more...)

Cast Complete for West End Transfer of John McCrea-Led EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, directed by Jonathan Butterell and written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, which will play a limited season at the Apollo Theatre from Monday 6 November following a critically acclaimed run at Sheffield Crucible. (more...)

White Bear Theatre Presents the World Premiere of GILGAMESH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Gilgamesh the world premiere of a new queer play told in verse by Piers Beckley, directed by Ray Shell, is the story of Gilgamesh and his best friend and lover Enkidu. How the two men fought the demon Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven. How they lived, loved, and died. It is about the most important of questions: What does it mean to live forever? (more...)

Robert Cuccioli, Ciara Renee and More to Support Long Island High School for the Arts in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

Come see Broadway stars Ken Ard (Smokey Joe's Caf ; Jelly's Last Jam; Dangerous Games; Song and Dance; Starlight Express; Cats; The Little Prince and the Aviator; Marlowe); Steven 'HeaveN' Cantor (In Transit); Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Robert Cuccioli (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Les Miserables; Jekyll and Hyde); Joshua Dela Cruz (Aladdin); Lana Gordon (Chicago; The Lion King; Jesus Christ Superstar); Taylor Iman Jones (Groundhog Day); Crystal Kellogg (Finding Neverland; School of Rock-The Musical), Tari Kelly (Groundhog Day; Something Rotten!; Stanley Wayne Mathis (Nice Work If You Can Get It; The Book of Mormon; Wonderful Town; Kiss Me Kate; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Lion King; Jelly's Last Jam; Oh. Kay!) Jon Peterson (Cabaret); Wayne Pretlow (The Civil War); Ciara Renee (Pippin; Big Fish); Anthony Rosenthal (Falsettos); Drama Desk Award nominee Nora Schell (Spamilton); Ayla Schwartz (Frozen) and Sarah Jane Shanks (Cats; Bright Star; Promises, Promises; Shrek the Musical; The Apple Tree; Wonderful Town) and musical director/accompanist Eugene Gwozdz at Broadway Supports LIHSA. (more...)

Tony Award Winner Jane Krakowski & Chris Diamantopoulos Join Cast of FOX's A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017

Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski ( Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock ) and Emmy Award nominee Chris Diamantopoulos ( Good Girls Revolt, Silicon Valley, Episodes ) have been cast in featured roles in FOX's live musical event, A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!, airing Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Krakowski will play Miss Shields, the teacher of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker ; and Diamantopoulos will portray Ralphie's dad. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Andrea McArdle Previews New Show at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by Walter McBride - Oct 12, 2017

An Evening with Andrea McArdle is a brand new show (playing through October 14 at Feinstein's/54 Below) that celebrates The Great American Songbook, Broadway and contemporary music. With Andrea's soaring vocals, audiences will be taken on a musical journey that is filled with anecdotes about the legends she has worked with and the songs that became the soundtrack of America. (more...)

54 SINGS 1776, Kyle Dean Massey, Samantha Barks and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

This July, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

Photo Flash: Full Casting Announced for New Production of FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Underbelly Productions have today announced full casting for a brand new production of Clarke Peters' Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe. The production will open on 14 September 2017 in a new temporary theatre in Marble Arch, London. Check out photos of the cast below! (more...)

Classic Musicals Get Improv Twist in 3 BLOCKS FROM BROADWAY at The Annoyance
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

From Cats and A Chorus Line to Heathers and even Wicked, the Musical Improv team 'Rhyme & Punishmint' has mastered the art of creating feature-length shows in the various styles of Broadway's favorite musicals. Now they are ready to bring Broadway to Belmont with their feature length improvised musicals, opening today, June 22nd at the Annoyance Theatre. (more...)

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Comes to Montecasino Theatre from 5 July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

Jonathan Roxmouth, one of the biggest names in South African theatre, stars with the inimitable Weslee Swain Lauder in THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP as they have never been seen before. The acclaimed play is conceived and written by Charles Ludlum, and is directed by Elizma Badenhorst with an original score by Wessel Odendaal.  (more...)

EDINBURGH 2017: Pick Of The Programme - Theatre
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jun 20, 2017

With hundreds of theatre productions to choose from at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BroadwayWorld reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue has narrowed down her top picks from the theatre section of the programme (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast Announced for London Fringe Premiere of 9 TO 5
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

Casting has been announced today and tickets are on sale for the London Fringe Premiere of 9 to 5 The Musical which is being produced at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village from 30th August through to 1st October 2017 with press night on 1st September, at 7.30 p.m.  (more...)

Stalybridge Teen to Make Stage Debut in GANGSTA GRANNY at Manchester Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

A teenage dancer from Stalybridge in Manchester will get her big break next week when she takes to the Manchester Opera House stage to appear in the stage version of the smash-hit David Walliams' children's book, Gangsta Granny. (more...)

BWW TV: Actors Fund of Los Angeles Raises $225K at 21st Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party!
by Michael Sterling - Jun 19, 2017

Tony Award winner Betty Buckley (Broadway's "Cats," "Sunset Boulevard," "The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, "Song & Dance, "Pippin," "1776," "Triumph Of Love" and "Carrie"; M. Night Shyamalan's "Split"; and TV's "Eight Is Enough") was honored with the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement on Sunday, June 11 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. (more...)

CD Review: BLONDEL Original London Cast Album
by Nicky Sweetland - Jun 18, 2017

It's been over 10 years since the comedy musical Blondel was last seen on stage in London and with a new production about to open at the Union Theatre, Stage Door Records has released the Original London Cast album as a timely reminder of the wonderfully wacky show. (more...)

Trevor Nunn to Helm DESSERT World Premiere at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

Following on from his success with Daytona at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, Oliver Cotton, has written a new play for our time, Dessert. (more...)

Joshua Mumby, David Kristopher-Brown, and More to Lead THE BLUES BROTHERS at the Hippodrome
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Full casting announced for The Blues Brothers - Summer Special, which includes the return of Joshua Mumby as Elwood Blues and David Kristopher-Brown as Jake Blues, alongside Helen Hart and Hannah Kee as the Stax Sisters and new cast member Arnold Mabhena as Ray. (more...)

Full Casting Announced For SUNSET BOULEVARD UK and Ireland Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2017

Michael Harrison, David Ian and Curve are delighted to announce full casting for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical SUNSET BOULEVARD. Directed by Nikolai Foster, the tour will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017 (press night Thursday 28 September). Tour schedule below with more dates to be announced soon. sunsetboulevardthemusical.com (more...)

Andrea McArdle to Headline The Gateway Playhouse's Grand Reopening Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Tony nominee Andrea McArdle, Broadway's Original 'Annie', will open the newly renovated Gateway Playhouse on Saturday Evening August 19, 2017 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Annie Golden, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Allen Nichols and More Set for INNER CITY in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Tom O'Horgan's controversial 1971 Broadway musical INNER CITY will be presented in concert on August 17th at Feinstein's/54 Below, with shows at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

Theatre Producer James Thane Joins Michael Cassel Group as Executive Counsellor
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

Michael Cassel Group, a leading live entertainment producer in Australia and Asia, announced today that seasoned theatre producer James Thane has joined the company as Executive Counsellor. (more...)

Liz Callaway, Steve Kazee, HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDUH! Reunion and More Coming Up Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond, including Liz Callaway, Steve Kazee, the cast of CATS, the New Writers at 54! series, and a HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDUH! reunion concert. Scroll down for details! (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...)

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company presents A Special Evening with Andrea McArdle
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

The Weston Playhouse is thrilled to present An Evening with Andrea McArdle.  This one night only concert event celebrates the great American songbook as performed by Broadway legend Andrea McArdle and her accompanist and music director. Audiences will be taken on a musical journey that reaches from the sounds of Tin Pan Alley to stages of Broadway to the sound stages of Hollywood. Filled with anecdotes about the legends with whom she has worked and with songs that became the soundtrack of America, Andrea sings songs of love, life, joy, our yesterdays and "tomorrows". (more...)

Flat Rock Playhouse presents The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

The Flat Rock Playhouse 2017 season continues with the legendary music and lyrics of one of musical theater's greatest composers: Andrew Lloyd Webber. Featuring songs from Broadway sensations like Evita, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, Music of the Night: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber plays on the Mainstage August 25th - September 3rd. (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...)

An Evening of DIRTY DANCING Announces New Tour Cast For Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show will embark on a UK tour in September starring Julian Essex-Spurrier and Lucy Jane Adcock. Now in its 7th consecutive year the show is a fully choreographed, highly interactive concert celebration of the music from the iconic movie. (more...)

BWW Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at ENCORE THEATRE Thru Aug 27
by Anton Anderssen - Aug 26, 2017

Now on stage at the Encore Theatre is the musical '9 to 5.' I'd love to invite you to enjoy seeing this show, but due to its overwhelming popularity, it's completely sold out. The only possible way to get tickets is if there are cancellations. This is a smash hit for Encore Theatre, and of course, everything they do is performed to perfection. You are best off buying a season ticket so you can always see their shows. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at 'MUSIC OF THE NIGHT' at Flat Rock Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2017

The Flat Rock Playhouse 2017 season continues with the legendary music and lyrics of one of musical theater's greatest composers: Andrew Lloyd Webber. Featuring songs from Broadway sensations like Evita, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, Music of the Night: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber plays on the Mainstage tonight, August 25th, through September 3rd. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Cast and Creative Team Announced for SoCal Co-Production of BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) and California Ballet Company (CBC) announced today the complete cast and creative team for their upcoming co-production of Billy Elliot. This Tony Award-Winning musical includes music by Elton John, with book and lyrics by Lee Hall. Billy Elliot features direction by Neil Dale, who makes his San Diego directorial debut, music direction by Don LeMaster, and choreography by California Ballet Company Associate Artistic Director, Jared Nelson. Performances run from September 22 - October 8, 2017, at the Spreckels Theatre. Press opening is Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Hal Prince Directed EVITA in South Africa
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

The full cast for the Harold Prince-directed production of EVITA in South Africa has been announced. Presented by Pieter Toerien and David Ian, this revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical will see the original West End and Broadway production presented on stage at The Teatro at Montecasino and the Artscape Opera House later this year. (more...)

REMEMBER WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG: THE ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE Returns From National Tour To Perform For Atlanta Audiences
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Atlanta-based, nationally acclaimed Elton John tribute artist Craig A Meyer, returns home to Atlanta for a one-night only concert. (more...)

Concert-Style Workshops of Andrew Lloyd Webber's STARLIGHT EXPRESS Coming to The Other Palace
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

The Other Palace has announced three concert-style workshop performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Starlight Express, in The Theatre at The Other Palace on Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September at 7.30pm (more...)

9 TO 5 Comes to The Encore Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

The Encore Musical Theatre Company proudly presents 9 to 5 The Musical, running August 3rd - August 27.  (more...)

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