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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Chicago

A spoof of the contests that pit children against children to determine who has the best command of their voluminous vocabulary. Among the competitors are the incumbent, Wentworth Miller III, and Grammarcy Park, who placed first in the Math Bee. Presiding over the test are four-time champion Rhona Janet and vice principal Douglas Panch.

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Drury Lane Theatre

(Oakbrook Terrace, IL, )
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL,
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by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - May 6, 2021
BroadwayWorld has your exclusive first listen to 'This Song is Awesome,' a new track from Ride the Cyclone!
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2021
Dallas Summer Musicals has announced the 2021 nominees for the 10th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2021
Paper Mill has announced the return of its wildly popular Brookside Cabaret starting Wednesday, June 9. The outdoor series, which debuted last summer, features world-class performers and fine dining under the stars at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House Restaurant.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 24, 2021
James Monroe Iglehart has taken to Instagram to share his rendition of Daryl Coley's 'I’ll Be With You'. Iglehart shared, 'Sometimes singing makes you feel better.'
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - May 21, 2021
You voted, now here they are! Meet our top 10 of Next on Stage in the high school category.
by Stephi Wild - May 21, 2021
Stages' 2021-2022 Season will resume in-person performances at their new campus, The Gordy, this October! The 2021-2022 Season celebrates comedies, musicals, and various joyful projects providing an opportunity to explore and experience humanity from many different perspectives.
by Joseph Harrison - May 2, 2021
Settings for musicals range from the rather ordinary to the extraordinary. Audiences can be transported to the pre-war Austrian countryside or the magical world of Oz, or in the case of THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Celebration Theatre Company’s latest production at Dr. Phillips Center, a county spelling bee. And though this may not sound like the most exciting of places to set a musical, this show is filled with quirky (but lovable) characters, a compelling story and great music – making for a fun couple hours of theatrical magic that is both touching and funny, and which also illustrates some of the challenges facing young people today – parental approval, pressure to excel, first crushes and the intense need to fit in.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2021
Musical Theatre students at Orange County School of the Arts and California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley will join a star-studded cast of Broadway, television and film actors for an exciting reimagined “Performing with Pros” theater event. For the first time ever, this show features a cast of 12 guest artists and 87 students.
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2021
A year ago, it was “The Impossible Dream,” now, the nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is proud to announce a marquee season in the theatre's 169th year. The Fulton invites audiences to “Return to LIVE,” beginning this summer with a concert series that will ease back into full audiences.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2021
After a 15-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic, proprietors Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, and Tom Viertel have announced that “Broadway’s Supper Club” Feinstein’s/54 Below will reopen its iconic red door for live performances on June 17, 2021. 
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 14, 2021
Broadway's Jose Llana will perform at Lincoln Center's Restart Stages Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 pm ET.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 8, 2021
Disaster! features a showstopping score including some of the most memorable pop, rock and disco hits of the 1970s, including 'Hot Stuff,' 'I Am Woman,' 'Knock On Wood,' 'Daybreak' and more.
by Roy Berko - Mar 6, 2021
Beck's stream is a total must see!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 29, 2021
Hagerstown Community College Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE next month.
by Student Blogger: Bea Mienik - Mar 26, 2021
“But,” she says hopefully, “with the re-spark of the Black Lives Matter movement, I have been able to find my voice in theatre, as well as socially.” “We still have so much work to do.” she continues. “And there are so many performers, as well as organizations, putting in the work for things to change; to push for equity on and off the stage.”
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 26, 2021
The Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin- Virtual Edition Podcast has released a new episode. Season six, episode eleven stars Catherine Ashmore Bradley (Broadway's Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, Nickelodeon's 'Deema' on Bubble Guppies) and Lisa Howard (It Shoulda Been You, Escape to Margaritaville, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 26, 2021
Host Patrick Oliver Jones coducts a two-part conversation with Wilfert, covering not only the performance and recording of ALL THE GIRLS but also highlighting pivotal moments in her singing career, from working with Stephen Sondheim to the vocal injury that forced her to pull out of a show.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 24, 2021
This April 22 at 7:00 PM EST, Queens Theatre will spotlight stories about resilience and hope amid the COVID-19 pandemic with its new film, I See You and You See Me, based on oral history and source material from the Queens Memory Project.
by Student Blogger: Madison Moore - Mar 22, 2021
The criteria are that these shows have been nominated for Best Musical from the 3rd Tony Awards (the ceremony that started the Best Musical category) in 1949 to the nominations of what will now be the 74th Tony Awards in 2021. I will be determining their signs based upon their Broadway premiere date. With those rules in mind, here we go!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2021
Kate Wetherhead, creator of the series “Submissions Only,” author, director and Broadway actress, is writing the book for the new musical The Devil Wears Prada with playwright Paul Rudnick. Kate Wetherhead is the co-creator, writer, director and star of the online comedy 'Submissions Only'.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 18, 2021
CCAE Theatricals will present a showcase of some of the area's brightest Rising Stars to audiences for the first time in Escondido!
by Team BWW - Mar 16, 2021
The best of Broadway is available to you this year through BroadwayWorld's Stage Door. Book your favorite stars from around the theater community from Broadway, West End, National Tours, Viral Stars, and more for video shout-outs, classes, and more.
by Stage Tube - Mar 10, 2021
Jesse talks about his son Beckett being born in Vegas, his friends from “Modern Family” meeting his 8-month-old son, making the documentary Welcome to Chechnya with his husband Justin Mikita, writing his new cookbook “Food Between Friends” with Julie Tannus, and the best meal he has ever prepared.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 9, 2021
Tony-nominees Alex Brightman and Rory O'Malley have signed on to a new NBC pilot from executive producer Demi Lovato.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2021
This Month, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. Performers include George Salazar and Joe Iconis, Shakina Nayfack, Lauren Marcus, Nicole Henry, Larry Owens, Beth Malone, Andrew Barth Feldman and more.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 3, 2021
Portland Center Stage released a statement today from Stacey Caldwell Roberts, incoming board chair; Cynthia Fuhrman, managing director, and Marissa Wolf, artistic director:
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 22, 2021
This week, The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales welcomes Broadway actor, Derrick Baskin.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2021
City Circle Theatre Company is back on stage for live performances June 25–27 with the wickedly funny musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Tickets are $14-$29.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 21, 2021
Mānoa Valley Theatre continues its season with the Drama Desk Award winning musical Daddy Long Legs, by Paul Gordon and John Caird. Daddy Long Legs is based on the 1912 novel which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire.
by Student Blogger: Blake Velick - Jun 2, 2021
For her Broadway debut, Dana originated the role of the Girl Scout and she understudied Lydia. She has also been seen Off-Broadway in Avenue Q and in the first national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Read on for some inspiration, advice, and hope for the future of the theatre industry!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 17, 2021
Many of life’s moments can only be expressed and understood through music. In his Feinstein’s/54 Below headliner debut, Derrick Baskin journeys through cherished moments of love, sorrow, hope, and joy, and extends to you an invitation to live lighter than you ever have before.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 16, 2021
On June 30th, The REV Theatre Company reopens its historic flagship venue, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, with the song and dance spectacular, 42nd Street. The show marks the company's return to live performances and runs through July 28 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park. The REV is implementing extensive safety precautions for audience and employees alike -- you can read more about them at TheRevTheatre.com/Covid-19. 
by TV News Desk - Jun 15, 2021
With new music from Alan Menken and a pilot directed by a Tony nominee, the series is set up for success.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2021
Mumford Place Inc. will present STAGE DOOR MIXER, a celebratory night of theatre and live music with performances by some of NYC’s finest talent, at Watermark Bar (78 South Street #Pier 15, New York City).
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 14, 2021
After what will be a 23-month intermission, The Muny's 103rd season will open with the Muny premiere of Smokey Joe's Cafe, followed by The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, On Your Feet! and Chicago.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 14, 2021
Hennepin Theatre Trust has announced the theater accomplishments of students and schools participating in the Trust's Spotlight Education program for the 2020-2021 academic year. As the Trust's premier education program, Spotlight Education supports and honors Minnesota high school students and programs focused on theater.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 11, 2021
City Circle Theatre Company is back on stage for live performances June 25–27 with the wickedly funny musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 6, 2021
The Growing Stage will present their first Studio Series of the 39th season, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, virtually unlimited streaming April 15th through the 18th. This production is directed and edited by Cara Scalera, the theatre's Manager and Teaching Artist. Broadwayworld.com had the pleasure of interviewing Cara about her career and the upcoming show at The Growing Stage
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 6, 2021
New York Theatre Barn has announced that it has named Kate Trammell as its Managing Director and Pauls Macs as its Artistic Associate. Under the direction of Joe Barros (Artistic Director) and Jen Sandler (Associate Artistic Director), New York Theatre Barn is an anti-racist  non-profit theatre company that has served as a home for original culture shifting musicals during incubation since 2007.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 30, 2021
Groundbreaking Broadway star and Tony Award Winner Ali Stroker will return to Philadelphia Theatre Company for a one-night only event recorded live from the Suzanne Roberts Theatre stage. An Evening with Ali Stroker is Wednesday, May 26 at 7:00pm. Audiences can view the event online, through a dedicated streaming link.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 28, 2021
Ride the Cyclone: World Premiere Cast Recording – based on the critically acclaimed musical that has sold out hit productions across the US and Canada – will be released in digital and streaming formats on Friday, May 7.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 28, 2021
Celebration Theatre Company continues its fifth season with Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn's Tony Award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, running from April 30 - May 9, 2021 at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts' Alexis and Jim Pugh Theatre.
by Núria Pedret - Apr 27, 2021
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 22, 2021
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced the official public opening of Restart Stages—a new outdoor performing arts center constructed on the Lincoln Center campus—welcoming audiences to reimagined community spaces and new outdoor venues, with dozens of free events and surprise Pop-Up performances in music, dance, drama, and more.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 22, 2021
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 20, 2021
A new streaming concert series, titled Broadway Stories & Songs with Ted Sperling & Friends, will debut on May 7, 2021.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 19, 2021
In a special online presentation, ArtsBridge Foundation today announced the nominees for the 13th Annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, with winners to be unveiled in a virtual awards event on May 20.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 19, 2021
On April 22 at 7:00 PM (ET), Queens Theatre will spotlight stories about resilience and hope amid the COVID-19 pandemic with its new film, I See You and You See Me, based on oral history and source material from the Queens Memory Project.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 18, 2021
Broadway Alive presents the Ellen's Stardust Diner Alumni Reunion, an interactive musical theatre benefit show, streaming on Sunday, April 18 at 7 PM EDT.