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based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Itís got rock. Itís got gospel. Itís got soul. And oh my, the dancing! In a dream collaboration, Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the cityís oldest continuously operating dance company, fill the Wyly Theatre with dancing, singing and laughter for the dazzling musical that won seven Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 1975. Featuring Brierley Resident Acting Company members Liz Mikel and Hassan El-Amin, this eye-popping, high-energy family hit starts with a tornado and keeps lifting from there, as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion ďEase on Down the RoadĒ and ultimately learn thereís no place like home.



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...)

16th Street Theater Season 2018 Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

16th Street Theater announces their Season Eleven 2018: Heroes featuring five thrilling plays about combat and those who wield weapons by authors Kathleen Cahill and Sean Christopher Lewis, and Chicago writers Ike Holter, Aline Lathrop, and J. Joseph Cox. Who are protected and served, and what are the consequences? When violence surrounds, how does one learn to speak another language? (more...)

David Rowen Raising Funds to Produce WICKED A Cappella Medley
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Last summer, motivated by a desire for civil peace, David Rowen launched a campaign to raise money for a video project that would promote love and unity, and he donated a portion of all proceeds to Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy. (more...)

Billy Porter, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Norm Lewis Set for Reading of SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR in NJ
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) launches its 2017-18 reading series, Theater at The Woodland, with a free presentation of SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR, a new play with music, written by Rob Zellers, directed by Billy Porter, with music supervision by Zane Mark and musical direction by Darryl Ivey.  (more...)

New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD Extends at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Due to an overwhelming demand, Berkeley Rep has announced that the world premiere musical of Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations will extend for two additional weeks. Originally scheduled to close on October 8, the popular musical will now run through Sunday, October 22. (more...)

Dee Dee Bridgewater to Release New Album MEMPHIS... YES, I'M READY This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Every picture tells a story; every journey begins differently.  The story of Dee Dee Bridgewater's stunning new album, Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready, begins in that city, where she was born at Collins Chapel Hospital, located not far from where the album was recorded at Producer Willie Mitchell's historic Royal Studios.  (more...)

Adrianna Hicks, Carla R. Stewart and Carrie Compere to Lead THE COLOR PURPLE on Tour; Cast, Dates Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Producers announced today the first North American tour and full casting of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE. Performances will begin 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. Check out a complete tour route for the 2017-18 season below! (more...)

Dee Dee Bridgewater Releases New Album 'Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready,' 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Every picture tells a story; every journey begins differently. The story of Dee Dee Bridgewater's stunning new album, Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready, begins in that city, where she was born at Collins Chapel Hospital (more...)

CMT San Jose Announces 50th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 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, announced its 50th Anniversary season of shows. (more...)

2017/18 Professional Training Institute Ensemble Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is pleased to announce the 2017/18 Professional Training Institute (PTI) ensemble, an advanced actor training program for students in 8th-12th grade who may have an interest in pursuing a career as a professional theater artist.¬†¬† The 2017/18 PTI ensemble includes Elliott Brotherhood, Juliana Garcia-Malacara-Flynn, Lindsay Gleason, Durran Goodwin Jr., Kamani Graham, Meguire Hennes, Nathan Kabara, Maricella Kessenich, Logan Mu√Īoz, Bradley Nowacek, Reese Parish, Dominic Schiro, Payton Elizabeth Stovall, Kenyon Terrell, Saleaqua Winston, and Mainyia Xiong.¬† These sixteen students hailing from fourteen different high schools will receive free training from some of the top theater professionals in the world, culminating in a capstone summer performance where they will be employed as paid, professional actors. (more...)

Cast Complete for ON YOUR FEET! First National Tour, Starting the Salsa in Buffalo This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

Producers James L. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc and Bernie Yuman have announced complete casting for the First National Tour of the Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET!, starring Cuban-American Broadway actress Christie Prades as seven-time GRAMMY-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan, and acclaimed stage and television actor Mauricio Martinez, playing her 19-time Grammy-winning producer and husband Emilio Estefan. (more...)

BAM Announces its 2017-18 BAMkids Programming
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

BAM announces its 2017-18 BAMkids programming slate as part of its year-round arts events for kids and families. (more...)

Jared Zirilli Joins SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

BroadwayWorld has confirmed that Jared Zirilli will star as Summer's husband and bassist 'Bruce Sudano' in the show, which runs November 7 - December 17, 2017. (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...)

Thomas Kail Will Direct Pilot for Live Interactive Comedy on Fox
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas Kail is set to direct the potential pilot of FOX's live interactive comedy show, IMMEDIATE FAMILY.  (more...)

Original Broadway 'Elvis' to Star in HEARTBREAK HOTEL Premiere at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2017

From the creator of Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, the Ogunquit Playhouse will produce the World Premiere of Heartbreak Hotel, as part of its 85th anniversary season, on stage August 30 to September 30. (more...)

Nia Vardalos to Return for TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Encore at The Public Theater; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2017

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the encore engagement of the acclaimed production of Tiny Beautiful Things, part of The Public's Astor Anniversary Season at their landmark downtown home on Lafayette Street, celebrating 50 years of new work at 425 Lafayette Street and the 50th Anniversary of HAIR. (more...)

Canine Casting Revealed for Cleveland Play House's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2017

Cleveland Play House has announced the casting of canine Broadway star Nigel as the dog "Spot" in CPH's upcoming production of Shakespeare in Love.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Taylor Louderman Talks New Animated Series; MEAN GIRLS & More
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 23, 2017

Today the talented actress shares her excitement over the new Nick Jr. series SUNNY DAY and explains why she might know a thing or two about mean girls! (more...)

Breon Arzell to Star in The Hypocrites' DRACULA at Mercury Theater Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 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 Thursday, October 12th at 8pm.  (more...)

BANDSTAND Choreographer to Helm THE SONG AND DANCE OF BROADWAY, Starring Willemijn Verkaik, Earl Carpenter and More in Tokyo
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Bandstand Associate Choreographer Mark Stuart will direct and choreograph 'The Song and Dance of Broadway' as part of the World Musical Concert series at the Tokyu Theatre Orb, the largest theater in Tokyo. (more...)

VIDEO: Lilla Crawford, Taylor Louderman Talk New Nick Series SUNNY DAY
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Actresses Lilla Crawford (Broadway's ANNIE), Taylor Louderman (KINKY BOOTS), and Elan Luz Rivera stopped by today's Pix11 to discuss their new animated series SUNNY DAY, which premiered on Monday, August 21st. 'Everything's an adventure,' shared the stars. Watch the appearance below! (more...)

In Honor of Today's Eclipse, Check Out 'Heavenly' Broadway Show Tunes!
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 21, 2017

In honor of today's once in a lifetime event, we present our favorite 'heavenly-themed' Broadway show tunes below! (more...)

LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

Broadway Records announces the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Life Is What You Make It, a short documentary written, produced and directed by Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Jhett Tolentino. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 8/19/2017
by - Aug 19, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 8/19/2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: John Doyle Directs AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater Starring Ellen Burstyn, Andre De Shields, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

Bay Street Theater has announced their take on AS YOU LIKE IT, by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, with original music by Stephen Schwartz, will run from August 8 - September 3. For tickets call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 11 am - show time daily or purchase online at www.baystreet.org. (more...)

Houston Symphony Pays Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

The Houston Symphony will kick off the 2017-18 BBVA Compass POPS Series with Ella at 100, a celebration of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald during her 100th birthday year. Led by Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke in the first concert of his inaugural season, the program will feature Fitzgerald favorites including 'Dream a Little Dream of Me,' 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)' and 'Summertime.' (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season; Tickets on Sale Now!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak have just announced BrightSide Theatre's 2017-2018 Season. (more...)

Harlem Rep Extends THE WIZARD OF OZ Through December 16th
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

'The Wizard of Oz,' presented by Harlem Repertory Theater (HRT) and Yip Harburg Foundation, will not close August 20. It has been extended through December 16, 2017 due to continuing and steady audience interest. (more...)

VIDEO: New Trailer for Jazz-Era AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Bay Street Theater has announced their take on AS YOU LIKE IT, by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, with original music by Stephen Schwartz, will run from August 8 - September 3. (more...)

Jenna Ushkowitz, Jay Armstrong Johnson and More Featured on Michael Mott's ABANDONED HEART Album
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Broadway Records today announced that Michael Mott's ABANDONED HEART will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, September 15, 2017. (more...)

Michael Mott's 'Abandoned Heart' Now Available for Pre-Order
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Broadway Records announced today that Michael Mott's Abandoned Heart will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, September 15, 2017. The album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and at www.MichaelMott.net and www.BroadwayRecords.com. (more...)

Court Theatre presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Stephen J. Albert, Executive Director, opens its 2017-2018 season with 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, runs September 7 - October 8, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. The press opening is September 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

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