The Wiz on Tour


Milton Hershey School Alumnus & Broadway Star Marcus Paul James Returns for Special Performance in Hershey
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017

Milton Hershey School alumnus and Broadway star Marcus Paul James '99 will return to Hershey on Friday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. for a special performance for Milton Hershey School students at the Hershey Theatre in celebration of the school's annual Founders Week. (more...)

Andre De Shields Will Star in Robert O'Hara's MANKIND at Playwrights Horizons; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017

Playwrights Horizons has announced complete casting for Mankind, the world premiere of a new play written and directed by two-time Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy, Bella: An American Tall Tale at Playwrights; Barbecue, In the Continuum, The Brother/Sister Plays). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway Sings for Foster Kids at VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Oct 31, 2017

Your Kids, Our Kids (Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, Founding Directors) proudly presented the 3rd Annual VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS: Stars For Foster Kids, an event that brings together the very best performers from the American stage and screen to raise awareness about the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those aged 13 and older who are in danger of aging out of the foster care system alone. (more...)

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Back in the Boots with Billy Porter and Stark Sands!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Oct 30, 2017

Lola and Charlie are reunited and it feels so good, according to Billy Porter and Stark Sands. Just last month, the duo officially returned to Kinky Boots, reprising the roles they created back in 2013. Below, watch as they chat with Richard Ridge about some of their favorite memories of sharing the stage, their most hysterical mishaps, and so much more! (more...)

VIDEO: David Rowen Creates 'The Oz Medley' for WICKED's 14th Anniversary on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2017

In celebration of Wicked's 14th anniversary, New York actor and musician David Rowen has created a music video featuring an a cappella medley of music from Wicked, The Wiz, and The Wizard of Oz. Check it out below! (more...)

Virginia Stage Company to Continue 39th Season with 'THE PARCHMAN HOUR'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2017

Virginia Stage Company continues its 39th Season with The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the '61 Freedom Riders. Co-produced with Norfolk State University Theatre Company, The Parchman Hour journeys through the Deep South with the pioneers who fought discrimination and paved the way for the future. Written and directed by Mike Wiley, this play is adapted from real life accounts of the 1961 Freedom Rides and shares these struggles through music that ranges from spirituals to Bob Dylan. (more...)

Podcast Roundup: Best Broadway Podcast's for the Week of Oct. 23rd featuring Jessica Vosk, Matthew James Thomas, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Ken Page, and More
by Matt Tamanini - Oct 27, 2017

Here at BroadwayWorld, we love podcasts! So, starting today, we are going to be rounding up the best episodes of our favorite theatrical podcasts every week, so you can find them all in one place. (more...)

BAMcinematek to Celebrate Sam Shepard on Film Next Weekend
by Movies News Desk - Oct 27, 2017

Coming up this week at BAMcin matek is a celebration of Sam Shepard, including Robert Altman's Fool For Love (1985) and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Ayodele Casel's DIARY OF A TAP DANCER V.4 Gets NYC Workshop; Daphne Rubin-Vega to Host Benefit Performance!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2017

Royal Family Productions, a non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, will present a week-long workshop of Ayodele Casel's DIARY OF A TAP DANCER V.4, directed by Torya Beard at the Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor) from November 12-16, 2017. (more...)

How Sweet the Sound! Broadway's AMAZING GRACE to Launch National Tour in Washington, D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2017

The Broadway musical AMAZING GRACE will take its inspirational message on the road as it launches a 23-week national tour, kicking off with an eight-week run at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, as it inaugurates the new museum's state-of-the-art, 472 seat theatre. The DC run will begin on November 17 through January 8, 2018, opening on November 20. (more...)

Jessie Mueller Signs on for 2017 VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS Benefit for Foster Kids
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2017

Your Kids, Our Kids presents the 3rd Annual VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS: Stars For Foster Kids, an event that brings together the very best performers from the American stage and screen to raise awareness about the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those aged 13 and older who are in danger of aging out of the foster care system alone. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Visits with the Legendary Ken Page
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 23, 2017

Even if your feet's too big come to the heavyside layer and join Rob and Kevin as they sit down with the incredible star of The Wiz, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN, CATS, and the iconic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, the warm and wonderful Ken Page. (more...)

Duncan Sheik, Jennifer Simard and Emily Skinner Sign on for BEST IN SHOWS Benefit at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017

Adam Kantor, Andrea McArdle, Michael Mulheren, Orfeh, Brad Oscar, Duncan Sheik, Jennifer Simard, Emily Skinner and Stephen Wallem will star in the 2017 Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefiting the Humane Society of New York, on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7 pm at Feinstein's/ 54 Below. (more...)

VIDEO: Adrienne Warren and Director Phyllida Lloyd Talk TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 17, 2017

Today, 17 October 2017, Adrienne Warren was announced by Tina Turner as the actor who will portray her in the world premiere of the new musical TINA. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, TINA will open at the Aldwych Theatre in April 2018. Performances will begin on 21 March 2018 with press night on 17 April 2018. Produced by Stage Entertainment, TINA is currently booking to 16 June 2018. (more...)

F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ Gets Industry Reading
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Diamond as Big as The Ritz is set for a staged reading for the theatre industry at 7pm, Thursday, November 9, and 1pm Friday, November 10, at the Dramatists Guild Fund's The Music Hall. (more...)

Adrienne Warren to Star as the Glam Queen in TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

Today, 17 October 2017, Adrienne Warren was announced by Tina Turner as the actor who will portray her in the world premiere of the new musical TINA. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, TINA will open at the Aldwych Theatre in April 2018. Performances will begin on 21 March 2018 with press night on 17 April 2018. Produced by Stage Entertainment, TINA is currently booking to 16 June 2018. (more...)

Laura Michelle Kelly to Bring BOTH SIDES NOW to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Laura Michelle Kelly in 'Both Sides Now' on November 7, 2017. (more...)

Stephen Cole and Todd Ellison's New Musical THE BLACK AND WHITE BALL to Receive Industry Reading
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2017

It's 1966. Summer in New York City. America is a country in transition. Racial tensions are coming to a head. Black Power is a new catch-phrase in all the daily papers. The country is divided. Protests and violence are everywhere. The classes are ready to clash! (more...)

Cast Complete for 5th Avenue Theatre's New Staging of RAGTIME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2017

The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced full casting for its evocative new production of Ragtime, which begins rehearsals today. A tale of family, heart and perseverance at the turn of the 20th century, Ragtime is a vital story about the headstrong and determined individuals and their families who helped make the United States a diverse and thriving nation. (more...)

ROMEO AND JULIET Now on the Road in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's WillPower Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

From the page and to the stage, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet launches Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's annual WillPower Tour which will perform for 50 schools across Pennsylvania and New Jersey through November 17. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Now for ON YOUR FEET at Hobby Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center is pleased to announce that the Houston engagement of the hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan will star Cuban-American Broadway actress Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan, and acclaimed stage and television actor Mauricio Martinez, playing Emilio Estefan. (more...)

The Muny Announces 100th Season With 7 Shows Including Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Gypsy, Jersey Boys, Meet Me In St. Louis, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

The Muny announced today its epic seven-show 100th season in Forest Park. Befitting this historic year, The Muny will be the first theatre in the U.S. to produce two Tony award-winning Best Musicals: Jersey Boys and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. (more...)

Breon Arzell to Star in The Hypocrites' DRACULA at Mercury Theater Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue - will present The Hypocrites' production of DRACULA, directed by award-winner Sean Graney, from October 7th through November 5th, 2017. Press opening is Today, October 12th at 8pm.  (more...)

Adam Kantor, Orfeh and More Join 'BEST IN SHOWS' Humane Society Benefit at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

Adam Kantor, Michael Mulheren, Orfeh and Stephen Wallem will join the previously announced Andrea McArdle and Brad Oscar in the 2017 Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefiting the Humane Society of New York, on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7 pm at Feinstein's/54 Below. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, and More Announced for Placido Domingo 50th Anniversary Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

Uzo Aduba, Garth Brooks and Kristin Chenoweth will join a host of opera stars featured at the Pl cido Domingo 50th Anniversary Concert. LA Opera's gala event will take place on November 17, 2017, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 50 years to the day since Mr. Domingo made his Los Angeles debut on the very same stage. (more...)

Mary J. Blige, Timoth'e Chalamet And The Cast Of 'I, Tonya' To Be Honored At The 21st Annual 'Hollywood Film Awards''
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN to make it's Las Vegas Debut January 2018 at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2017

Broadway in the H.O.O.D continues with the third installment of its Resilience Personified season at The Smith Center with the Las Vegas premiere of Lorraine Hansberry's classic Tony Award-winning masterpiece, A Raisin in the Sun, January 12-14, 2018 in the Troesh Theatre. (more...)

SPEECH & DEBATE to Make Non-Equity Chicago Debut at Brown Paper Box Co.; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

Following their Jeff Award Recommended run of They're Playing Our Song, Brown Paper Box Co. concludes their 2017/2018 season with the non-Equity Chicago debut of Tony Award winner Stephen Karam's Speech & Debate. BPBCo. Board President David Lipschutz* helms the timely dark comedy at The Edge Theater (5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660). (more...)

The Wizard Of OZ to Follow the Yellow Brick Road To Greenbelt Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

Dorothy and Toto travel to Oz and join a Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion in search of the Wonderful Wizard. (more...)

New Donna Summer Musical Starts Tonight at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017

La Jolla Playhouse presents the world-premiere production of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, featuring book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who's Tommy); directed by Des McAnuff; choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys), with musical supervision by Ron Melrose. (more...)

Christie Prades to Play Gloria Estefan in ON YOUR FEET! at the Fabulous Fox This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017

The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced the engagement of the hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! - based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan - will star Cuban-American Broadway actress Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan, and acclaimed stage and television actor Mauricio Martinez, playing Emilio Estefan. (more...)

Laura Michelle Kelly Brings BOTH SIDES NOW to Feinstein's/54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Laura Michelle Kelly in 'Both Sides Now' tonight, November 7, 2017. (more...)

The Muny Slates 100th Season Dates for JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY, JERSEY BOYS, GYPSY and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

The Muny announced today show dates for its epic seven-show 100th season in Forest Park. Befitting this historic year, The Muny will be the first theatre in the U.S. to produce two Tony award-winning Best Musicals: Jerome Robbins' Broadway and Jersey Boys, and will offer three shows with extended performances. (more...)

Paris Bennett to Star in CTC & Penumbra's THE WIZ; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) in partnership with Penumbra Theatre will present The Wiz, adapted from L. Frank Baum's classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre to Bring THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY to Naperville
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 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...)

Analisa Leaming to Play the Principal in Broadway's SCHOOL OF ROCK; New Stars Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit musical School of Rock - The Musical will welcome four new adult cast members to the show this November. (more...)

BAMcinematek to Celebrate Sam Shepard on Film Next Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

Coming up this week at BAMcin matek is a celebration of Sam Shepard, including Robert Altman's Fool For Love (1985) and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY to Return to Cleveland Play House for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2017

Everyone's favorite characters from Cleveland Street are back for their 10th production with Cleveland Play House (CPH) during the 2017 holiday season. (more...)

Broadway's Peggi Blu to Perform SINATRA IN BLU at the Triad Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2017

On Sunday, December 3rdth at 8:00 pm Lee Summers' 'Just A Piano' Concert Series presents Broadway's Peggi Blu in a return to the Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street. In Sinatra in Blu, Ms. Blu demonstrates her gospel/soulful beginnings; her Broadway brilliance and Recording Artist chops in a virtuosic evening of classic song and story telling (more...)

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Cleveland Awards; CAMEO's NEXT TO NORMAL Leads as Best Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Nashville Awards; Springhouse's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Leads as Best Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld St. Petersburg Awards; freeFall's HAIRSPRAY Leads as Best Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)

Tituss Burgess to Perform One Night Only at El Rey Theatre
by Stephanie Wild - Nov 17, 2017

Tituss Burgess, star of the hit Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and a veteran of Broadway's The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, and more appears live in concert! One night only at El Rey Theatre. Music direction by James Sampliner. (more...)

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards; TREVOR Leads for Best Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)

New Casting Information Announced for Premiere of Tina Turner Musical TINA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

Joining the previously announced Adrienne Warren, who plays the title role, are Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner, Madeline Appiah as Tina's mother Zelma Bullock, Jenny Fitzpatrick as the alternate Tina, Lorna Gayle as Tina's Grandmother GG, Tom Godwin as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, Francesca Jackson as Ike and Tina's manager Rhonda Graam, Aisha Jawando as Tina's sister Alline Bullock, Natey Jones as Tina's father Richard Bullock and Tina's first love Raymond Hill, Gerard McCarthy as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach and Ryan O'Donnell as Tina's Manager Roger Davies. They are joined by ensemble members Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Keisher Downie, Kit Esuruoso who also plays Tina's son Craig Hill, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Jason Langley, Kayleigh McKnight, Baker Mukasa and Tanisha Spring and swings Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Edward Bourne, Candace Furbert, Hannah Jay-Allan and Rodney Vubya. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz Single 'Testimony' to Benefit Anti-Bullying Workshops in NYC Schools
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017

Judith Clurman, Silas Brown, Essential Voices and Tony & Grammy Award-winning producer Van Dean (Broadway Records) announced today the release of 'Testimony,' a new single written by award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) with proceeds benefiting anti-bullying workshops in New York City Public Schools. (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Announces Newly Formed Artistic Council
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) announces the formalized creation of an Artistic Council, comprised of renowned theater artists and producers who will work closely with NYTF CEO Christopher Massimine and NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek to help steer and advise on the company's programming. The 103-year-old National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, in residence at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Pl., NYC, 10280), has a unique place in Theatre History as the last-standing of the professional Yiddish Theatres of the Golden Age of 2nd Avenue. (more...)

Calling All NJ High Schools! Apply Now for Paper Mill's Rising Star Awards
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2017

Since their inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre presented by the Investors Foundation have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey. (more...)

BWW Interview: Darius J. Manuel On Being Multi-Disciplined, Art with Heart - 'Dream Fierce'
by Trevor Durham - Nov 12, 2017

I am proud to have met rising artist Darius J. Manuel, a man bursting forth with the energetic, raw force of voice across any medium he inhabits. 'Don't let the journey be tainted by pride. Dream big. Dream fierce. Stay relentless, friends.' (more...)

Diane Phelan Joins THE DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ Industry Reading
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2017

With the addition of Diane Phelan (The King and I, Here Lies Love), casting is complete for the staged reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Diamond as Big as The Ritz, (www.theritzmusical.com) at 7pm, Thursday, November 9and 1PM Friday, November 10 at the Dramatists Guild Fund's The Music Hall, 356 W. 40th St., 2nd Floor. (more...)

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