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HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Wins Three Emmy Awards; Derek McLane Wins 2nd Emmy
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 9, 2017

It was announced at tonight's CREATIVE EMMY AWARDS that NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! was the winner of three Emmy Awards (more...)

Local Youngsters Take Centre Stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with Hip-Hop Dance Company ZooNation
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Talented teenagers from across Wolverhampton and Sandwell are being given the opportunity to perform their acclaimed hip-hop version of The Wizard of Oz, Groove on Down the Road, at the Birmingham Hippodrome for three nights from Wed 27 to Fri 29 September. (more...)

NEWSIES, SEUSSICAL, THE WIZ and More Set for CMT San Jose's 50th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Children's Musical Theater San Jose (CMT San Jose), a nationally acclaimed theater company honored 10 times by the NEA and the oldest operating performing arts organization in San Jose, has marked the announcement of the 50th Anniversary season of shows with the help of alumni and the launch of a new website, cmtjh.org. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre to Continue Series with NEW FACES SING BROADWAY 1939
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the first production in its 2017 2018 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway 1939, hosted by Rob Lindley, directed by Keely Vasquez with music direction by David Fiorello, is Monday, Oct. 23 at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie and Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

DUKE ELLINGTON'S GREATEST HITS Coming to Music Theater Works
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

The music of American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington will be celebrated at Music Theater Works, October 6-15, 2017, at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

PBS to Feature Lyric Opera's ORPHEE ET EURYDICE on GREAT PERFORMANCES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced that Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET New York has selected the world-renowned opera company's premiere production of the 1774 Paris version of Gluck's Orph e et Eurydice, created by the legendary choreographer John Neumeier and featuring The Joffrey Ballet, to be part of the prestigious Great Performances series on PBS. (more...)

Tony Winners LaChanze and Lillias White Star in MELINDA Short Film
by Movies News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

Filming has been completed on writer/director Marishka S. Phillips', MELINDA, a suspense-filled short, starring Tony Award winner LaChanze in the title role. (more...)

Jay Armstrong Johnson and More Complete Lineup for Michael Mott's ABANDONED HEART Release Concert
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

As previously announced, 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...)

Court Theatre Extends Smash-Hit FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Stephen J. Albert, Executive Director, announces the extension of Five Guys Named Moe by Clarke Peters, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson, Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal and Associate Director Felicia P. Fields. Five Guys Named Moe, which features Louis Jordan's greatest hits, now runs through October 15, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets to extension performances of Five Guys Named Moe are on sale and available by calling the box office at (773) 753-4472 or www.CourtTheatre.org. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Ben Rimalower
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 27, 2017

This Week: Hide the children because this episode gets a bit naughty with acclaimed writer and director Ben Rimalower (PATTI ISSUES, BAD WITH MONEY). The gents discuss Patti LuPone as a gateway drug, Ben's Top 5 Divas, the joy of ranking cast albums, the best auditions ever seen, what was Ben's most controversial Playbill article, what it's like to have Patti in the audience, INTO THE LIGHT returns, a lengthy discussion about length, what shows need to come back, a case for why The Wiz movie is better than The Wiz stage play, and Rob does Robert Goulet in FIDDLER. (more...)

Aisha Jawando, Tony Whittle, Kat B, and More to Star in Hackney Empire's CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Hackney Empire today announces casting for its highly anticipated 2017 Christmas pantomime, Cinderella, having last been staged at the venue in 2011. (more...)

Christie Prades to Play Gloria Estefan in ON YOUR FEET! at the Fabulous Fox This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 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...)

BWW Interviews #1 New York Times Best Selling Author Leigh Bardugo
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Sep 25, 2017

Today, BroadwayWorld sits down with Leigh Bardugo to talk about her books, her process when creating THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS, and, of course, her favorite musicals. (more...)

Rachel Tucker, Brittain Ashford, WEST SIDE STORY 60th Anniversary Celebration and More Coming Up This Month at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 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 Rachel Tucker, a West Side Story 60th Anniversary Celebration, Julia Mattison Is Ruby Manger, Gloria Reuben, Brittain Ashford and more. Scroll down for details! (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...)

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...)

Industry Editor Exclusive: The Rise and Fall of Cirque du Soleil on Broadway
by Cara Joy David, Industry Editor - Sep 20, 2017

The early success of Disney on Broadway led other successful entertainment companies to believe that conquering the Great White Way possibly was not that hard. But, as Warner Bros' first foray into the lead producing game, LESTAT, proved, it's not as easy as opening and tossing some money at marketing. And now, after a sole Broadway show, PARAMOUR, Cirque du Soleil has essentially shuttered its theatrical division, Cirque du Soleil Theatrical. A spokesperson for Cirque confirmed that former head Scott Zeiger is no longer with the company. (more...)

Cast Complete for 5th Avenue Theatre's New Staging of RAGTIME
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 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...)

Jackie Hoffman, Tituss Burgess & More Broadway Faves Up for Primetime EMMYs - Performance Highlights!
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 16, 2017

Below, find out which Broadway stars are up for a Primetime Emmy Award this Sunday night and check out highlights of their outstanding work! (more...)

Photo Flash: The Joint Starts Jumpin' in La Mirada's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2017

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT present the first show of its 2017-2018 season, and the 40th anniversary of the iconic theatre with American Idol's Frenchie Davis starring in AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (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...)

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...)

3rd Annual VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS Concert to Feature Jonathan Groff, James Monroe Iglehart, and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Your Kids, Our Kids (Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, Founding Directors) proudly 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...)

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...)

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...)

Dee Dee Bridgewater to Receive ASCAP Foundation Champion Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

The ASCAP Foundation announces that Grammy- and Tony Award-winning jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater will be honored with The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award at The ASCAP Foundation Honors Celebration on Thursday, December 14. The annual, invitation-only event takes place at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. (more...)

Joanna Gleason, Andrea McArdle, Laura Osnes and More to Sing for Rescued Animals in BEST IN SHOWS Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Joanna Gleason, Andrea McArdle, Brad Oscar, Laura Osnes and Karen Ziemba will star in the 2017 Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefitting the Humane Society of New York, on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7 pm at Feinstein's/ 54 Below. (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...)

Creative Emmy Award Roundup - Jane Lynch, James Corden Among Winners
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Over the weekend, The Television Academy announced the winners of the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (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...)

Redhouse presents 70 SCENES OF HALLOWEEN, 10/19-29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

Redhouse Arts Center continues its fall season with 70 Scenes of Halloween by Jeffery M. Jones, which runs from October 19-29, 2017. If you take a David Lynch movie, a domestic drama, and a haunted house than shuffle them together and toss them up in the air, you get (more...)

Virginia Stage Company to Continue 39th Season with 'THE PARCHMAN HOUR'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 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...)

Zadan & Meron Developing Amazon Drama Based on Early Acting Life of John Stamos
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Amazon is developing a new drama series from John Stamos and prolific producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The Wiz LIVE!) which will follow the fame and excess of daytime soap operas in the 1980s. (more...)

Original Stars Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara and Ken Page to Perform Live at THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Screening in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Pumpkin King Danny Elfman is coming to Barclays Center in Brooklyn on December 6 and 7 to perform his legendary role of Jack Skellington in a very special screening, with the music performed live by a full orchestra and choir, of Disney's timeless holiday classic, 'TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.' (more...)


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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...)

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...)

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 Among Honorees at 21st Annual HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS
by TV News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

dick clark productions announced today that Iconic Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist Mary J. Blige will receive the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award for her work in Mudbound, and actor Timoth e Chalamet will be recognized for his performance in Call Me By Your Name with the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award at the 21st Annual HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 11, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 11 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Michael Feinstein to Return to Feinstein's/54 Below with New Holiday Show CHRISTMAS CROONERS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

This holiday season, two-time Emmy Award- and five-time Grammy Award-nominated Michael Feinstein returns to Feinstein's/54 Below in his all-new show 'Christmas Crooners.' (more...)

Michael Mott's 'More Than Me' Single to Benefit Puerto Rico Relief
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017

Broadway Records has released 'More Than Me,' a single from Michael Mott's newly released album, Abandoned Heart, as a benefit single for Puerto Rico. (more...)

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