The Color Purple on Tour


BWW Morning Brief September 8th, 2017: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Announces Tour, ANGELS IN AMERICA Heads to Broadway, and More!
by Danielle Ashley - Sep 8, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Announces Tour, ANGELS IN AMERICA Heads to Broadway, and More! (more...)

Michael Matthews to Helm TWELVE ANGRY MEN at Laguna Playhouse This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Laguna Playhouse has announced the third show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, written by Reginald Rose and directed by Ovation Award-winning director Michael Matthews. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo Nabs A Role in Upcoming Dystopian Drama CHAOS WALKING
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 7, 2017

It has been announced that Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo has joined the cast of Doug Liman's upcoming dystopian drama Chaos Walking. (more...)

Claire Sweeney to Join Cast of CRAZY FOR YOU UK National Tour in January 2018
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin have just announced that Claire Sweeney will take over the role of 'Irene' in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre's acclaimed production of CRAZY FOR YOU . (more...)


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BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with JC Montgomery of ALADDIN
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 25, 2017

Rub your lamp and make your three wishes: it's time to get to the Orpheum to see ALADDIN by Oct. 8, and on the way, get to know more about the Sultan, actor JC Montgomery, as he answers 6 questions. (more...)

Bea Corley, Jeremy Kushnier, Charlotte Maltby and Josh Young to Headline THE SECRET GARDEN at TUTS; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2017

Theatrical talent from across the country will converge on Houston to bring the 5th Avenue Theatre Company and the Shakespeare Theatre Company co-production of THE SECRET GARDEN presented by Theatre Under The Stars. (more...)

Photo Flash: Celebration presents the First Show in its 2017-2018 Season THE VIEW UPSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

Celebration presents under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, the first show in its 2017-2018 season, the Off-Broadway hit musical, The View UpStairs, book, music and lyrics by Max Vernon, choreography by Cate Caplin, musical direction by Jake Anthony and directed by Michael A. Shepperd. The View UpStairs will begin previews on Thursday, September 15 at 8pm; will open on Friday, September 22 at 8pm and perform through Sunday, October 29 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief September 22nd, 2017: ON YOUR FEET! Tour Starts the Salsa and More!
by Danielle Ashley - Sep 22, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: ON YOUR FEET! tour launches and more! (more...)

BWW TV: Sing It, Celie! Watch THE COLOR PURPLE Tour Bring Down the House in Rehearsal
by TV - On the Road - Sep 21, 2017

The first North American tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of The Color Purple will launch on October 7, 2017 in Schenectady, New York at Proctors and the tour will have its official opening October 17, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland at The Hippodrome Theatre. The tour will visit more than 30 cities in its first year on tour. (more...)

BWW Photo Exclusive: First Look at Nicholas Rodriguez, Emma Rose Brooks, Kelley Faulkner and Richard R. Henry in GUYS AND DOLLS at Milwaukee Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents Guys and Dolls, a Tony Award-winning musical in the intimate Quadracci Powerhouse, running now through October 29. BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at the cast in action below! (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...)

Photo Coverage: THE PLAY THE GOES WRONG Unveils a Portrait So Right at Tony's DiNapoli
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Sep 21, 2017

Earlier this week, the original Broadway and West End cast of the Tony and Olivier Award winning hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong was honored with a Tony's DiNapoli Broadway Wall of Fame portrait at the Times Square eatery after the new company of stars took their curtain call following their first performance at The Lyceum Theatre. (more...)

Video: From Disco Diva to Stage Goddess- Donna Summer Does Broadway!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 20, 2017

This afternoon, La Jolla Playhouse announced the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE North American Tour to Stop in Detroit This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Producers announced today the first North American tour and full casting of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of The Color Purple. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief September 20th, 2017: WILLY WONKA to Sweeten Hollywood Bowl, KINKY BOOTS, and More!
by Danielle Ashley - Sep 20, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: WILLY WONKA to sweeten Hollywood Bowl, KINKY BOOTS announces new tour cast, and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Fulton Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre presents the psychedelic musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, now through October 15. Expect the unexpected as Little Shop of Horrors is presented to our audience in a brand new and exciting way. Remember whatever you do, DO NOT FEED THE PLANT! BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever to Take on Title Role in New Donna Summer Musical
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical. (more...)

Festival Series Continues with A COLORFUL CONSCIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Madness, mayhem and other mood stimulants when women write! SERIES C continues on September 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th and October 1st with A COLORFUL CONSCIENCE. (more...)

Jenna Ushkowitz, Andy Mientus and More to Celebrate Michael Mott's ABANDONED HEART Album at The Cutting Room
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Songwriter Michael Mott will debut his second studio album, Abandoned Heart, live in concert on Monday, October 9th at 9:00PM at The Cutting Room in NYC. (more...)

Tony Bennett, Todrick Hall and More Among La Mirada Theatre's 40th Anniversary Special Events Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Producing Artistic Director BT McNicholl announced today its celebratory 40th Anniversary season of truly fantastic, fabulous and phenomenal special events! (more...)

Everybody Say Yeah! Casting Announced for KINKY BOOTS National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

TROIKA Entertainment has announced the complete cast for the National Tour of the smash-hit musical, KINKY BOOTS. (more...)

The Movement Theatre Company partners with Harlem School of the Arts' to present WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based nonprofit committed to showcasing artists of color, is partnering with INTERFEST, a free three-day arts & ideas festival hosted by the Harlem School of the Arts, to present a staged reading of WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN written by Aleshea Harris (2016 Relentless Award Winner), directed by Mary Hodges (48Hours in Harlem). The reading will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:15pm at the Harlem School of the Arts Theater (645 St. Nicholas Avenue). (more...)

Fulton Theatre Opens LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2017

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is proud to present the psychedelic musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, September 19 through October 15. Expect the unexpected as Little Shop of Horrors is presented to our audience in a brand new and exciting way. Remember whatever you do, DO NOT FEED THE PLANT! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Stars of Red Branch Theatre Company's THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Red Branch Theatre Company (RBTC) continues its 2017 season entitled Mad About You with The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adaptation of the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller. Rehearsals are currently underway and special events are being solidified for the production that will run at Drama Learning Center, where Red Branch is the professional theatre in residence, from September 22 - October 14. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars in character below! (more...)

Celebrating The Songs And The Life Of The Incomparable Luther Vandross Live In Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

One man's voice became everyone's music The incomparable Luther Vandross, the man, THE VOICE, the legend! Luther's voice shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all believe in The Power of Love. (more...)

Kerry Butler, Charl Brown to Tribute Tarantino with The Adam Levowitz Orchestra at B.B. Kings
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

This coming Monday, The Adam Levowitz Orchestra is bringing full, original renditions of the songs that gave Quentin Tarantino's films their lasting allure and cult status with very special guest star, Tony nominee Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can). (more...)

Phillip Brandon Debuts at The Colony Theatre in Burbank
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Springing forth following eight years of tours as 'Narrator' with platinum selling rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra to a feature role in the life story of Gospel legend BeBe Winans, 'Born For This: The Musical,' Los Angeles native singer-songwriter-actor Phillip Brandon now proudly unveils his debut CD, 'The Story Begins,' via a spectacular live launch performance Thursday, October 12 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, California. (more...)

Dule Hill, Daniel J. Watts to Star in LIGHTS OUT: NAT 'KING' COLE World Premiere at People's Light
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Fear the Walking Dead star and Philadelphia native Colman Domingo partners with nationally-acclaimed theatre-maker Patricia McGregor to co-author Lights Out: Nat 'King' Cole, a surprising and unsettling exploration of race and the American Dream. McGregor will also direct. (more...)

New Faces, New Flubs! THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG to Welcome New Company This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

A new school year is beginning at Cornley University this fall as the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong, which has inexplicably become longest-running play currently on Broadway, welcomes a new company beginning Tuesday, September 19th. (more...)

James A. Rocco and Alberto Justiniano Collaborate on IN THE HEIGHTS at the Ordway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

James A. Rocco, Broadway veteran and Producing Artistic Director of The Ordway, and Alberto Justiniano, Founding Member and Artistic Director of Teatro del Pueblo, conclude a creative collaboration with Friday, September 15th opening of Lin Manuel-Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS at The Ordway. IN THE HEIGHTS opened on Broadway in 2008 and won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Choreography, Orchestration, and Score. Lin Manuel-Miranda wrote the music and lyrics and Quiara Alegria Hudes wrote the book. The show explores the cultural integrity of New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood as American-born children of immigrants struggle to balance the importance of tradition with the inevitability of change. (more...)

Megan Hilty, Joe Iconis & More Featured on Graphic Novel Rock Album 'Monstersongs'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Broadway Records has announced the release of the original graphic novel rock album Monstersongs, with music and lyrics by The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical composer Rob Rokicki and illustrations by Dave O'Neill (Shankman & O'Neill Children's book series). (more...)

Managing Director Gregory Patterson to Depart WaterTower Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

WaterTower Theatre Board President Paul Shultz announced today that Managing Director Gregory Patterson will be leaving WaterTower Theatre at the conclusion of his current contract on September 30, 2017. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Monday for THE BODYGUARD, Starring Deborah Cox, in Seattle
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount has announced that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play The Paramount Theatre from November 14 - 19. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 18 at 10 am. (more...)

Creative Team Announced for THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the creative team for the next show of the Globe's 2017-2018 Season, acclaimed actor and playwright James Lecesne's tour-de-force one-man show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. (more...)

Cast Complete for Harriett D. Foy-Led East Coast Debut of NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Celebrating the life and music of Nina Simone, one of America's most iconic singers and civil rights activists, Christina Ham's provocative musical journey Nina Simone: Four Women makes its East Coast debut at Arena Stage. Set in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in which four little girls lost their lives in 1963, Ham uses Simone's song 'Four Women' as the framework to explore the songstress' shift from artist to artist-activist. (more...)

Company of Angels Debuts THIS LAND by Evangeline Ordaz
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

A deep, painful, joyful story about one extended California family with roots in different parts of the world, who make their home on the same plot of Southern California land over 150 years. Los Angeles native and Mexican-American playwright, Evangeline Ordaz, crafts a rich and complex web of diverse characters from Los Angeles' Latino, African-American, Anglo, and Native American communities who co-exist as if time were a wheel that constantly doubles back on itself. Through triumph and despair these families discover how deeply they are rooted in the dreams of their ancestors and the land on which they stand. Directed by Company of Angels artistic director, Armando Molina, This Land debuts on October 20, at Company of Angels, Los Angeles' oldest professional theater. (more...)

BANDSTAND Announces Partnerships for Performance Rights and Future National Tour!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

The producers of the Tony Award winning production of the new American musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by three time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In The Heights) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, are pleased to announce partnerships with Work Light Productions, The Road Company and Samuel Frenchfor the future touring and performance rights of the musical. (more...)

Jenn Colella, Drew Gehling, and More will Rock Out in BROADWAY SINGS THE BEATLES this December
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

The acclaimed Broadway Sings concert series will continue on December 4th at 7:30pm, honoring the foremost and most influential act of the rock era with Broadway Sings The Beatles. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of Suzan-Lori Parks' FUCKING A
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 12, 2017

Signature Theatre is presenting Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks' The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A & In the Blood. This is the first time these acclaimed plays will be presented together; they will run simultaneously at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). These two plays mark the final productions of Parks' Signature Residency One. (more...)

Nick Adams, Morgan James, Christine Pedi, Ali Stroker and More Join Abingdon Theatre Company's 25th Anniversary Gala Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company has announced additional casting for their upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala on Monday, October 23 at The Edison Ballroom (240 W. 47th Street). Honoring two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Sweet Charity, 'Cheers,' 'Frasier'), the event will feature a special concert performance of the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical revue And The World Goes 'Round. (more...)

Patti LuPone's DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY Live Album Out This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Broadway Records announced today that Patti LuPone: Don't Monkey With Broadway will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, September 29, 2017. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre to Bring THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY to Naperville
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

BrightSide Theatre, Naperville's only professional theatre performing in the historic downtown district, kicks off their 7thSeason - Cinema to Stage - with the Western Suburb Premiere of two-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 9/5/2017 - 9/12/2017
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Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 9/5/2017 - 9/12/2017. (more...)

Rob Rokicki and Amanda Flynn Join 4th Annual UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER SOIREE at The Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Rob Rokicki (The Lightening Thief) and Amanda Flynn (Wicked) join the cast of The 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree at The Green Room 42 on December 5th - the sweaters are hideous, but the voices are gorgeous, so come don your ugliest Christmas outfit, and ring in the holiday season with this stellar cast! (more...)

THE LIGHTNING THIEF Cast Recording Gets Special Edition Vinyl This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Broadway Records will release a special limited edition vinyl release of The Lightning Thief - The Percy Jackson Musical this winter. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Takes Over Broadway Sessions!
by Ben Cameron - Sep 11, 2017

Broadway Sessions had a very sweet season premiere this last week as we welcomed cast members from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We danced Oompa Loompa-style, enjoyed heartfelt performances, and watched a couple 11 year old boys SING THEIR FACES OFF. Jackie Hoffman was unable to attend, but never fear- the cast celebrated her through dramatic readings of some of her finer TWEETS! Enjoy these performances by legendary John Rubinstein, Emma Plaeffle, Cory Lingner, Elliot Mattox, Ryan Sell, Jake Flynn and our sensational diva "Rising Stars" Nikisha Williams (bound for The Color Purple tour) and Brittany Dorazio. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Broadway Star and Recording Artist Morgan James
by Theater People Podcast - Sep 11, 2017

On Monday, September 11, Theater People podcast welcomes Broadway favorite Morgan James. For the episode, James shares her story of first moving to New York City to attend the Julliard School as a voice major. Attending Julliard had been a life-long dream and when she was wait listed, she had to get creative in order to make her admission a reality. After graduating and deciding to pursue a career in musical theater, James struggled to find work and had to figure out how she best fit into 'the business.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Take a Step Inside Virginia Rep's FUN HOME
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2017

Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre are pleased to present their first co-production of the 2017-2018 Cadence Season, Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kronand music by Jeanine Tesori. Adapted from the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is in celebration of Richmond Triangle Players'25th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Zachary Francis Stewart Joins THE 4TH ANNUAL UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER SOIREE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2017

Zachary Francis Stewart who was born a grinch with a heart 2 sizes too small, is happy to once again return to the Ugly Sweater Christmas Soiree  where each year his icy heart melts ever closer to fully embracing the magic of the holidays. Will this be the year he turns into a jolly Kris Kringle? Well, you'll have to come find out for yourself. THE BAD YEARS (Chase), LEGENDALE (Fanboy), ISLAND SONG (Cooper), TWIGGY FARTDUST (Jane Fonda). (more...)

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