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Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes to Star in Sneak Peek of DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE at Theater J Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

Theater J's 2018 Annual Benefit is an elegant and lively evening of theater, socializing, and delectable food and drink at Arena Stage. The centerpiece of the event is a "sneak peek" reading of Ken Ludwig's brand new play Dear Jack, Dear Louise. Mr. Ludwig, a Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright, directs the reading, which stars Tony Award nominees Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes. This celebration, which supports the nation's most distinctive and progressive Jewish theater, will take place on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana to Perform On Night Only at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces a one-night-only evening with Broadway stars Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana onFriday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the intimate Kennedy Center Jazz Club. (more...)

Broadway Records Announces SESSION GIRLS (ORIGINAL CONCERT CAST RECORDING) – LIVE AT FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Broadway Records today announced that SESSION GIRLS (ORIGINAL CONCERT CAST RECORDING) - LIVE AT FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, September 28, 2018. The album is currently available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Shakespeare Theatre Presents Sam Shepard's BURIED CHILD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its 56th season with its fourth Main Stage production, Buried Child. This will mark the first time the Theatre has presented a play by Sam Shepard, who passed away last year. Paul Mullins returns to direct. Veteran company member Sherman Howard leads a cast that features returning company members Anthony Marble and Carol Halstead, as well as Roger Clark, Paul Cooper, Michael Dale, and Andrea Morales, all of whom are making their STNJ debut. Performances begin September 19. Patrons can purchase tickets at The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by going online at www.ShakespeareNJ.org. (more...)

New Repertory Theatre Presents SO DEEP IS THE NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

New Repertory Theatre presents So Deep is the Night: An Evening of Song with Ute Gfrerer, a cabaret-style concert for one night only, Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:30pm. Gfrerer will be accompanied by Asher Denburg (piano) and Caitlin Thomas (cello). The special event takes place on the mainstage at the Mosesian Center for the Arts located at 321 Arsenal Street in Watertown, MA. Tickets, on sale now, are $30-40 and may be purchased by calling 617-923-8487 or by visiting www.newrep.org.  (more...)

Elphabios: Your Guide to the Twenty Green Girls of WICKED Past!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018

A whole lot happened in Oz before Dorothy dropped in, and Wicked has been telling that story to Broadway audiences for 15 years at the Gershwin Theatre. The milestone won't go by uncelebrated, as in just days, NBC will throw a joyous Halloween party for the ages, featuring songs from the blockbuster musical hit and a cavalcade of special guest stars, including Tony Award winners Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Additional guest performers include Ariana Grande, Adam Lambert, Ledisi, Pentatonix and the current Broadway company of 'Wicked.' 'A Very Wicked Halloween' airs tonight, October 29th at 10PM ET/PT on NBC. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 27, 2018
by - Oct 27, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 27 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Shakespeare's Globe Announces Full Casting For Paulette Randall's DOCTOR FAUSTUS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the full cast of Paulette Randall's Doctor Faustus, opening in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Saturday 1 December. (more...)

UC San Diego Department Of Theatre And Dance Presents MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance presents Mother Courage and Her Children, by Bertolt Brecht and directed by Dylan Key. (more...)

Schimmel Center Presents Ana Gasteyer In 'Holiday Tipple' Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018

Singer, actress and comedienne Ana Gasteyer is featured in Holiday Tipple, a follow-up to her popular cabaret show I'm Hip! on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Schimmel Center at Pace University (3 Spruce Street). (more...)

Nancy Anderson and More Lead Cast of Signature's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Signature Theatre announces the full cast and creative team for Billy Elliot the Musical directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Passion, West Side Story). (more...)

VIDEO: Trailer For Signature Theater's BILLY ELLIOT in DC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the trailer for Signature Theater's Billy Elliot the Musical directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Passion, West Side Story). Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, all 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. Initially facing opposition from society and his father, Billy's passion instead unites the community and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The original production with book and lyrics by Lee Hall and music by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award® winner Elton John was universally lauded, sweeping the Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Billy Elliot the Musical will run from October 30, 2018 - January 6, 2019 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

Storm Large Returns to Houston Symphony with SINFUL Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018

Sensational vocalist Storm Large and guest conductor Bramwell Tovey return to the Houston Symphony for a "sinful" program of Weill, Richard Strauss and Scriabin titled The Seven Deadly Sins, 8 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Jones Hall. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 16, 2018
by - Oct 16, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 16 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

The Atlanta Opera Presents WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

The Atlanta Opera opens the 2018-19 mainstage season with a production of Leonard Bernstein's classic Broadway musical, West Side Story. Francesca Zambello, General & Artistic Director of The Glimmerglass Festival and Artistic Director of Washington National Opera, who created this new production with Houston Grand Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, will direct. (more...)

Internationally Renowned Cabaret Star Le Gateau Chocolat Brings Two Shows To Wales Millennium Centre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Following appearances at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe that saw him play to packed houses and win a coveted award, internationally celebrated star of theatre and cabaret Le Gateau Chocolat is set to make a dazzling appearance in Cardiff this Christmas. (more...)

Rachel Tucker and More Cast in COME FROM AWAY's European Run
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

Casting has been announced for COME FROM AWAY the Tony Award-winning musical which will land in Dublin for its long-awaited European premiere at the Abbey Theatre from 6 December 2018 to 19 January 2019 before transferring to London's West End next year for performances at the Phoenix Theatre from 30 January 2019. (more...)

Karen Mason, E. Faye Butler, and More to Perform at Sarah Siddons Gala Honoring Betty Buckley
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018

Betty Buckley, star of stage, screen and television will accept the "Actor of the Year" Award at this year's Sarah Siddons gala fundraiser. Ms.Buckley, who has been called 'The Voice of Broadway,' is one of theater's most respected and legendary leading ladies. 2018 also finds her leading the first national tour ofHello, Dolly!, as Dolly Levi, which will play Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) for a limited four-week engagement October 23 through November 17, 2018. She is also currently co-starring in AMC's hit series "Preacher". Among her many illustrious credits, Betty Buckley is a Tony Award winner, Olivier Award nominee and American Theater Hall of Fame inductee. (more...)

COCK (THE COCKFIGHT PLAY) at Dramatic Repertory Company
by Elaine Bard - Nov 8, 2018

Dramatic Repertory Company (Keith Powell Beyland, Artistic Director) presents the Maine Premiere COCK (the cockfight play) by Mike Bartlett, directed by Keith Powell Beyland & Tess Van Horn, playing November 9 - 18, 2018. This premiere production will be presented at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. (more...)

Laura Osnes and Susan Egan on the Magical and Miraculous Powers of THE BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 7, 2018

What might you expect if you find yourself caught up in the spectacle of the Broadway Princess Party's festivities at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's James K. Polk Theatre on Friday, November 16? A theatrical concert like none other, predicts Laura Osnes, one of the three aforementioned princesses of the Great White Way who will bring their magical blend of entertainment, theatrical revelry, onstage magic - and pure, unadulterated pleasure (and boatloads of fun, we suspect) - to Music City for a one-night stand that promises to leave audiences feeling 'transported, enchanted, empowered and inspired.' (more...)

VIDEO: BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL At Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Nov 7, 2018

Signature Theatre is proud to present Billy Elliot the Musical directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Passion, West Side Story). Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, all 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. Initially facing opposition from society and his father, Billy's passion instead unites the community and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The original production with book and lyrics by Lee Hall and music by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award® winner Elton John was universally lauded, sweeping the Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Billy Elliot the Musical runs now thru January 6, 2019 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BILLY ELLIOT at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2018

Signature Theatre is proud to present Billy Elliot the Musical directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Passion, West Side Story). Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, all 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. Initially facing opposition from society and his father, Billy's passion instead unites the community and changes his life in extraordinary ways. The original production with book and lyrics by Lee Hall and music by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award® winner Elton John was universally lauded, sweeping the Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Billy Elliot the Musical runs now thru January 6, 2019 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's THE TENTH MAN In Yiddish Sells Out
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2018

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), the longest consecutively producing theatre in the United States and the world's oldest continuously operating Yiddish theatre company, announced the stellar cast for the free, world premiere staged reading of Paddy Chayefsky's 1959 Tony Award-nominated play The Tenth Man, newly translated into Yiddish by Eleanor Reissa and Harvey Varga, on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Pl. NY, NY 10280. All tickets were gone in a few hours. (more...)

Ed Harsh Named Director Of Strategic Initiatives By The Kurt Weill Foundation For Music
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2018

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music announced today that Ed Harsh has been appointed Director of Strategic Initiatives, effective immediately. Harsh recently concluded an eleven year tenure as President and CEO of New Music USA, including four years as President of Meet the Composer prior to the creation of New Music USA in 2011. He began his professional career in 1992 with an eight-year tenure as the inaugural Managing Editor of the Kurt Weill Edition. (more...)

BWW Review: OPERA GRAND AVIGNON Presents L'OPERA DE QUAT'SOUS
by Wesley Doucette - Nov 28, 2018

Brecht and Weill's The Threepenny Opera (l'Opera de Quat'Sous in French) is one of those works that became the hallmark of its era. Its sound, its look, and its cynicism are pure Weimar. However, during the 1928 Berlin premiere, early songs such as 'The Ballad of Mac The Knife' and 'Pirate Jenny' landed with a shrug, and it wasn't until the 'Canon Song,' halfway through the first act, that the audience became engaged. All of this to say that The Threepenny Opera is a complicated play whose virtues might not be immediately evident to the uninitiated. The production at Avignon's Opera Confluence, as directed by Jean Lacornerie, comes in at a swift two hours without intermission. While crammed onto an over-packed stage and breathlessly paced, Lacornerie still manages to keep the action moving with style. (more...)

NYCO & NYTF To Produce World Premiere Of DEAR ERICH
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2018

New York City Opera has announced that it will produce the world premiere of the award-winning jazz composer/pianist Ted Rosenthal's DEAR ERICH.  This new jazz opera, to be co-produced with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, will open Wednesday, January 9 and will play four performances only through Sunday, January 13 at the Edmond J. Safra Hall at 36 Battery Place, in lower Manhattan. (more...)

Erin Mackey, Wade McCollum and More Lead Casts of TILL SOON, ANNE And HOW THE WESTONS WON 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2018

The eleventh season of New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series continues on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 with pre-premieres of 2 new musicals: Till Soon, Anne and How the Westons Won . (more...)

Hampstead Theatre Announced First Three Productions of 2019
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2018

Hampstead Theatre has announced the first three productions of 2019. (more...)

New Musicals HOW THE WESTONS WON And TILL SOON, ANNE Headline New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2018

The eleventh season of New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series continues on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 with pre-premieres of 2 new musicals: How the Westons Won and Till Soon, Anne. (more...)

Grant Richards of Signature Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT Takes Over Instagram Today!
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Nov 10, 2018

Go behind the scenes of Signature Theatre's Billy Elliot with Grant Richards as he takes over the BroadwayWorld Instagram today, November 10th! Follow along as Richards shows you his two show day while performing as Adult Billy! Be sure to tune in today! (more...)

Victoria Clark to Be Honored at NYMF 2019
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2018

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) will honor Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning actress Victoria Clark, NYMF Board Member Jill Jaysen and Tony Award-winning producers Frankel, Viertel, Baruch, Routh Group at its 2018 Gala on Sunday, November 11 at the Edison Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan (240 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036). (more...)

Shakespeare's Globe Announces Summer Season 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the Summer Season 2019. Celebrating and interrogating our 'sceptred isle' through Shakespeare's history plays, a year-long journey begins with Richard II, opening 22 February in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, continuing into the Globe Theatre this summer with Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. The season also includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, and the return of 2018's As You Like It. Robin Hood tales will form the core of the Read Not Dead series this year, and festivals throughout the summer include Women & Power and Poland is Hamlet. This year's Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production will be Romeo and Juliet, opening on 28 February, with 20,000 free tickets available to state secondary schools. The Shakespeare's Globe Touring Ensemble will once again present a trio of plays for the audience to choose from: The Comedy of Errors, Pericles, and Twelfth Night. (more...)

Lyric Opera Of Kansas City Announces 2019 Exploration Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced the next production of Lyric Opera of Kansas City's Explorations Series, Mack The Knife is The Man I Love: A Weill-Gershwin Cabaret which will feature the songs of George and Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill. The 2018-2019 Explorations Series performance, with musical direction by Mark Markham and stage direction by Fenlon Lamb, will showcase the Lyric Opera's Resident Artists, including Kaylie Kahlich, Kelly Birch, Joseph Leppek, and James Maverick, plus Apprentice Artists Ruby Dibble, Jonathan Ray, and Armando Contreras. The performance will be held February 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyric Opera's Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building. (more...)

Fra Fee, John Lloyd Young, Chita Rivera, and More Next Week at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

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 (more...)

Nellie McKay Makes Kennedy Center Debut
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019

The 2018-2019 Renee Fleming VOICES series continues with singer-songwriter Nellie McKay on Friday, February 8, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Theater. McKay's one-night-only solo set will include songs from her recent Sister Orchid, as well as others in her catalog. Tickets for this performance are $25-$35. (more...)

Nellie McKay Returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019

Following a sold-out engagement in 2018, award-winning singer/songwriter Nellie McKay returns to Feinstein's at the Nikkoon Sunday, February 24 at 7 p.m. for an evening of songs and stories, including tracks from her seventh album, "Sister Orchid." (more...)

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Is Back By Popular Demand At Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2019

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce the first show in its fifth season of our TYA Family Series... James and The Giant Peach. With book by Timothy Allen McDonald, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the book by Roald Dahl, and directed by Darryl B. Hovis, James and The Giant Peach will preview from February 15 through February 17; regular performances will begin February 17 and continue through March 3 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Fyda-Mar Stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: Get A First Look At New Repertory Theatre's Gender-Bent Production Of 1776
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at New Rep Theatre in Massachusetts's gender-bent production of 1776 this holiday season! The production is set to run at the Mosesian Center for the Arts through December 23rd. (more...)

Review Roundup: New Repertory Theatre's Gender-Bent Production Of 1776
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018

New Rep Theatre in Massachusetts's gender-bent production of 1776 is now on stage! The production is set to run at the Mosesian Center for the Arts through December 23rd. (more...)

Sierra Boggess, Rachel York, Among Stars of EVER AFTER in Atlanta
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2018

The Alliance Theatre announced casting today for its upcoming production EVER AFTER, a captivating musical based on the hit film. (more...)

Athol Fugard's A LESSON FROM ALOES Comes to Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2018

The acclaimed South African/British actor, writer and director Janet Suzman directs the first London production in 35 years of Athol Fugard's A Lesson From Aloes at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre, running for a strictly limited four week season from Wednesday, 27 February to Saturday, 23 March 2019 (Press Nights: Tuesday, 5 March and Wednesday, 6 March 2019 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Street Theatre Company Welcomes Sawyer Wallace As Program Director Of ClassAct Dramatics
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2018

Sawyer Wallace to begin as Program Director of ClassAct Dramatics of Street Theatre Company. (more...)

Michael Feinstein: Swingin' With The Season, A Broadway Christmas, And More Next Week At Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018

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. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Casting Announced For Thousand Oaks Benefit At Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018

THOUSAND OAKS STRONG: A BENEFIT FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE BORDERLINE SHOOTING & CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES will be held at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, January 12th, at 11:30pm, in a concert directed and produced by Robert W. Schneider. (more...)

TSO Announces January 2019 Events
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2018

Launching the new year with epic music, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) features renowned guest artists like Leila Josefowiczand Pinchas Zukerman; timeless masterpieces by Stravinsky, Mozart, Sibelius, and Wagner; and the anticipated presentation of Star Wars: A New Hope-In Concert. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 14, 2018
by - Dec 14, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 14 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

A Class Act NY Will Stage Concert Performance of Bobby Cronin's PSYKIDZ: A New Musical
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2018

A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio, will produce a concert presentation of PSYKIDZ: A New Musical by award-winning composer and lyricist Bobby Cronin on Sunday, January 20th at the historic Triad Theatre in Manhattan. The creative team includes producers Jessica R. Grosman and Jonathan Grosman, director Lauren Cohn, and music director Sean Mayes. (more...)

THE EMPTY NESTERS Comes to Zephyr Theatre In January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

Helicopter parents facing the question of what they want to be when their kids grow up is the focus in the new comedy-drama The Empty Nesters by award-winning playwright Garret Jon Groenveld.  This warm and witty look at a couple who drop their youngest child off at college and then take what may be a life-changing trip to the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon, is helmed by Los Angeles based director Richard Seyd, and stars real-life empty nesters John (JW) Walker and Pamela Gaye Walker, who reunite on stage after a 20 year hiatus.  (more...)

Shattered Globe and Theater Wit's THE REALISTIC JONESES Begins January 10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2018

Shattered Globe Theatre and Theater Wit are pleased to present the Chicago premiere of Will Eno's heartbreaking new comedy THE REALISTIC JONESES, directed by Theater Wit Artistic Director Jeremy Wechsler, who has directed the Chicago premieres of four of Eno's plays. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine and TOOTSIE's Lilli Cooper
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Dec 10, 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...)

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