The Wizard of Oz on Tour


16th St Players & Masquers Playhouse Premiere BACKSTAGE STORIES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2017

Theatre veteran John Hull draws on his love of theater for a suite of one-act comedies set in the world behind the curtain.  Backstage Stories is a co-production of San Francisco's 16th St. Players and The Masquers Playhouse of Point Richmond. It is directed by Katina Letheule.  Backstage Stories runs for three consecutive weekends, October 27-November 12, at the Mission Dolores Academy Auditorium, 3371-16th Street (between Dolores & Church) in San Francisco. (more...)

Natasha Hamilton and Kevin Kennedy Join FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

The first image of the the Musical family has today been released, as full casting for Kay Mellor's new musical is unveiled.  (more...)

NCTC Family Matinee Series Presents New Twist on WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

The fall, New Conservatory Theatre Center Family Matinee Series flies over the rainbow with a new telling of L. Frank Baum's classic, The Wizard of Oz, in a stage adaptation by Stephanie Temple, who also directs with Sophie Iribarren. (more...)

Broadway in Boston's WIZARD OF OZ Tickets Now On-Sale to the Public
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Broadway In Boston announced today that tickets for the upcoming Boston engagement of The Wizard of Oz, will go on sale to the public on Sunday, September 10, 2017. The Wizard of Oz will play a limited five performances at the Boston Opera House January 12-14, 2018 as part of the 2017-2018 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. (more...)

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Opens at Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 209th season with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Directed by, and starring, Frank Ferrante, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this production begins previews on September 5th, opens on September 13th and runs through October 22nd on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

SHOW QUEEN Returns Later this Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Start spreading the news! Sydney's favourite cabaret night, SHOW QUEEN, is back starting Sunday 24 September. Hosted by Trevor Ashley, SHOW QUEEN features a handpicked line-up of Australia's most talented and celebrated musical theatre stars alongside the next generation of performers. (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...)

Michael Crawford to Help Celebrities Master Musical Talents on ITV This Christmas
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

West End legend Michael Crawford will guide seven well known celebrities through an all singing, all dancing musical theatre extravaganza, coming to ITV this Christmas. (more...)

Meet The New West End Cast Of WICKED!
by Emma Watkins - Sep 7, 2017

A major cast change in a long-running musical means it's time for a return visit! The latest Wicked cast took over on 24 July, and BroadwayWorld chatted to several of them after a recent performance (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...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for September 7
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 7, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Ephratape Performing Arts Center Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

The Wizard of Oz was first turned into a musical extravaganza by L. Frank Baum himself. A loose adaptation of Baum's 1900 novel (there is no Wicked Witch or Toto, and there are some new characters), it first played in Chicago in 1902 and was a success on Broadway the following year. It then toured for seven years. (more...)

Joe Pasquale, Sarah Earnshaw, and Susie Blake to Star in the 2018 UK Tour of SOME MOTHERS DO 'AVE 'EM
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Joe Pasquale will star as the loveable but accident-prone Frank Spencer in the first ever stage production of the classic 1970s TV comedy, SOME MOTHERS DO 'AVE 'EM. (more...)

Photo Flash: Geva's 45th Season Begins with IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Geva Theatre Center presents In the Heights, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Melissa Rain Anderson in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from September 5 through October 8. (more...)

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Gallops Into at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Annie Get Your Gun, the musical, is a fictionalized version of the life of  Annie Oakley. Annie's (Devon Perry) ability as a sharpshooter wins her a job in Buffalo Bill's (Gary Lynch) Wild West show. Her brilliant shooting offends the masculinity of the show's star marksman, handsome baritone Frank Butler (Gregg Goodbrod), and makes a romance between the pair impossible. A happy ending only arrives when wise old Sitting Bull (Marshall Factora) gently demonstrates to the naive Oakley that she can easily win the insecure Butler by intentionally losing a shooting competition. The rousing, sure-fire finale hit's the mark every time. With songs such as "There's No Business Like Show Business", "The Girl That I Marry" and "Anything You Can Do" this wonderful Irving Berlin score will score a hit for all of us! (more...)

F&M Bank Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Roxy Regional Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

'Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!'  Just click your heels together and travel over the rainbow this weekend as Clarksville's oldest professional theatre enters Season 35 of live entertainment on the corner of Franklin and First in Historic Downtown Clarksville.  (more...)

Dinner and a Show: STAGE LEFT STEAK and STATE THEATRE NJ in New Brunswick
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 4, 2017

State Theatre New Jersey is presenting an exciting line-up of shows. Stage Left Steak and Catherine Lombardi is just a few steps from the theatre offering dining pleasures and a wonderful beverage program. (more...)

Vital's Adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ Opens this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2017

The award-winning VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the opening of its one-hour adapatation of The Wizard of Oz on Saturday, September 30. (more...)

JAG Productions Announces Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2017

Join the company for an evening of food, fashion & fun in collaboration with Revolution's Fall Fashion Show! Proceeds of the $75 per person tab help support events scheduled by JAG Productions for its 2017-2018 season! (more...)

Leanne Cabrera Joins ROMANCE OF THE WESTERN CHAMBER as Jessica Wu Leaves for Broadway's MISS SAIGON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

Romance of the Western Chamber, the musical adaptation (in English) of the fabled Chinese classic Xi Xiang Ji, which opened last Saturday, September 16 at TADA! (located at 15 W. 28th Street, 3rd Floor), will welcome Signature Theatre alum Leanne Cabrera (Emotional Creature) to the company. (more...)

Rose Theater Announces the Cast of MADAGASCAR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

The Rose Theater is pleased to announce the cast of its upcoming production, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, playing October 6-22, 2017. The show is being directed by long-time Rose artist educator Kevin Ehrhart. (more...)

Centenary Stage Company Announces the Cast of THE LEARNED LADIES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

Centenary Stage Company announces cast for upcoming production of Freyda Thomas' hilarious contemporary re-imagining of Moliere's penultimate play The Learned Ladies. Presented in the Lackland Performing Arts Center the production will run from October 6 through October 22 in the over 500 seat state of the art Sitnik Theatre. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for 9/21/17
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 21, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

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4th Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards to Honor Rachelle Rak, James Whiteside and Michael Campayno
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) will present the fourth annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards on October 16th at 8pm at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street. (more...)

2017 Rob Guest Endowment Semi-Finalists Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Earlier this month, the Rob Guest Endowment held auditions in Melbourne and Sydney to search for this year's winner of the Rob Guest Endowment Award. (more...)

New Musical AT FIRST SIGHT Receives World Premiere at The Mountain Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

The Mountain Playhouse will conclude its 78th season with a rare opportunity for audiences to see the very first performances of a new musical. At First Sight will be presented October 3 - 15. The music and lyrics are by Brandon Lambert. The book was written by Gary Jaffe and Brandon Lambert. The production is directed by Guy Stroman. (more...)

BWW Interview: Stephen Fredericks, Founder and Executive Director of THE GROWING STAGE
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 18, 2017

Broadwayworld.com had the opportunity to interview Stephen L. Fredericks, Founder and Executive Director of The Growing Stage in Netcong, New Jersey about his career, the theatre and the exciting season ahead. (more...)

Go Over The Rainbow As WIZARD OF OZ Continues North West Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Following on from its hugely successful run of performances at Stockport Plaza in August, The Wizard of Oz is back on the yellow brick road and heading towards Southport, Liverpool and Rhyl this October to continue its North West tour! (more...)

Immersion Theatre Announces 2018 UK Tour of THE JUNGLE BOOK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Following their critically-acclaimed 2017 summer tour of The Wind in the Willows, Immersion Theatre Company are thrilled to announce that they will be bringing their trademark energy to their wildest show yet, a brand new musical adaptation of the family classic, The Jungle Book! (more...)

Pay-What-You-Will Performances Announced at Syracuse Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Syracuse Stage, Central New York's premiere professional theatre, will host one pay-what-you-will performance for each show in its 2017/2018 season. There will be 76 tickets available for whatever price patrons wish to pay. The first three pay-what-you-will performances are on the following dates: (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Westchester Broadway Theatre presents ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, with music & lyrics by Irving Berlin and book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields, directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford, with musical direction by Shane Parus, running now through November 26, 2017 and December 28, 2017 - January 28, 2018. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Casting Announced For THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED at Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

The European premiere of a new play by the acclaimed American playwright Keith Bunin in his UK debut, The Busy World is Hushed opens at the Finborough Theatre for an eight week limited season on Friday, 6 October 2017 (Press Nights: Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 7.30pm). (more...)

BWW Review: WICKED Enchants Crowds at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati
by Abby Rowold - Sep 17, 2017

Fourteen years after it premiered on Broadway, WICKED was shockingly timely and far more substantive that I was expecting. And, it was bizarre how much it seemed to reflect certain current events. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Sep. 17
by Audition Roundup - Sep 17, 2017

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, September 17, 2017 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

Marionettes Bring Magic & Mozart to Jersey City
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2017

JCTC-KIDS and Jersey City's favorite string-attached theater company Puppetworks returns for its new season with an entrancing production of The Prince & The Magic Flute. (more...)

GREASE, Starring Tom Parker and Danielle Hope, Comes to the Marlowe This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

The Wanted's Tom Parker makes his theatre debut as Danny Zuko in Grease, at The Marlowe Theatre next month (October). (more...)

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, ALMOST, MAINE Are Most-Produced High School Shows for 2016-17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

From the 50-yard line to front-row center, high schools are a central aspect of community life. While the identity with sports may not be surprising, the realization about school theatre may be. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/15 - DREAMGIRLS, BOOK OF MORMON, And More!
by BWW Special - Sep 15, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Dreamgirls, The Odd Couple, The Book of Mormon, and more! (more...)

BWW Review: GREASE, Edinburgh Playhouse
by Gregor Dickson - Sep 13, 2017

The timeless story of Danny and Sandy, and the T-Birds and Pink Angels, comes to life again in this touring production which features the hit songs 'Summer Nights', 'You're The One That I Want' and 'Hopelessly Devoted To You'. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for September 13, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 13, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Michael Ball, Beverley Knight, Christina Bianco and More to Set Sail on Immersive Musical Theatre Cruise
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Some of the world's most celebrated West End and Broadway stars will entertain passengers on-board the UK's first specialist fully fledged Musical Theatre Festival at Sea. (more...)

Audrey Hepburn SABRINA Gown Going Up For Auction
by Movies News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Profiles in History is proud to announce one of the most important dresses in film history is going up for auction during their three day Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Personal Property Auction on October 7th, 8th and 9th in Los Angeles. (more...)

Registration Opens for PPT's Youth Theatre Academy
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Piedmont Players Theatre (PPT) is excited to announce the 4th season of its Youth Theatre Academy. Directed by Director and Choreographer Gwen Matthews, the program is designed around students who have a passion for theatre and a desire to improve their skills and techniques. Matthews will guide students through a structured curriculum spanning 14 weeks, beginning next month. Students will continue to develop their craft and learn how to take their theater performance to the next level. (more...)

Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio and Family Ranch Up for Auction in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Profiles in History has announced the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio and Debbie's personal family ranch will both be going up for auction at the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Personal Property Auction on October 7th, 8th and 9th in Los Angeles. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony Winner Rick Elice Talks JERSEY BOYS, Coming to NJ's State Theatre
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 11, 2017

State Theatre New Jersey has an exciting schedule of Broadway shows this season on the New Brunswick stage. Kicking off the line-up is the New Jersey Premiere of 'Jersey Boys' from October 13 to October 15. Broadwayworld.com had the fascinating opportunity to interview Rick Elice, who co-wrote the book for 'Jersey Boys' along with Marshall Brickman. (more...)

Full Cast and First Look at FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Joining the previously announced cast, Kevin Kennedy (Coronation Street) stars as Fergus and Rachael Wooding (We Will Rock You) appears as Joanne, alongside Jonathan Halliwell (Let It Shine) as Paul and Chloe Hart (Hairspray) as Val. Alan will be played by Neil Hurst, one of dozens of Yorkshiremen who applied for the role through an open audition call. (more...)

Drama Teacher and Former Student to Perform in New York City Solo Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Dr. John Newman was Natalie Blackman's drama teacher at Highland High from 2000-2004. This fall they are both performing at the United Solo Festival, the world's largest solo theatre festival, on 42nd Street in New York City. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - September 10, 2017
by - Sep 10, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 10 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: STAGES Closes 31st Season with Stunning SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2017

One of the most powerful musicals of all time, South Pacific triumphantly returns to STAGES for the first time in 25 years. Running September 8th through October 8th at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, South Pacific will close STAGES' 31st Season with a timeless tale of love and loss. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

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