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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Birmingham Rep for THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2018

Follow the yellow brick road for the ultimate family adventure at Birmingham Repertory Theatre this Christmas as Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion go in search of the wonderful Wizard of Oz. This new staging of the legendary musical opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Saturday 24 November and runs until Sunday 13 January. (more...)

David Benson & Jack Lane Star in DAD'S ARMY RADIO SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2018

Two acclaimed actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of three classic Dad's Army radio episodes based on favourite scripts from the original TV series. Dad's Army Radio Show celebrates 50 years of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's quintessential sitcom, which won the Best One-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted by digital channel Gold, with the immortal words "Don't tell him, Pike" from The Deadly Attachment episode. (more...)

14th Annual Suzi Awards Gala Announced At The Conant Performing Arts Center 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2018

Atlanta professional theatre artists, producers and patrons gather to celebrate the 2017-2018 season of plays and musicals at the 14th Annual Suzi Bass Awards on Monday, November 5, 2018, at 7pm, doors open at 6pm.  The event is being held at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. (more...)

Cent. Stage Co. Hosts Rolling World Premiere of APPLES IN WINTER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2018

Centenary Stage Company's 2018 - 19 theatrical season continues with the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Jennifer Fawcett's award winning Apples in Winter. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ryan McCartan Talks Dancing Through His Broadway Debut and the Everlasting Magic of WICKED!
by Julie Musbach - Oct 30, 2018

Ryan McCartan is living the dream making his Broadway debut in the land of Oz as Fiyero in mega-hit Wicked. McCartan hopped in the hot air balloon out of Oz to chat with BroadwayWorld about his tornado of an experience and what it's like to be part of Wicked as it celebrates its landmark 15th anniversary! (more...)

BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Centrestage Theatre Company Orewa
by Monica Moore - Oct 30, 2018

The much-loved characters of yesteryear are brought to life in this resplendent production that more than pays homage to the 1939 movie version of this show. Director Michael Sanders and his team have created a magnificent production igniting the same feelings of wonder and joy that the movie version brought to the screen whilst playing the full advantage of the medium of live theatre. (more...)

Theatre Arlington Presents THE MAGICAL CITY OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018

Lion and tigers and bears, oh my! Main Street in Arlington is now paved with yellow bricks as kids and adults alike are following it to enjoy Theatre Arlington's production of The Magical City of Oz. This fun and whimsical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, based on L. Frank Baum's book, was first written and staged by Steven D. Morris and Don Powers in 1984. At that time Morris was the theater's first Children's Theatre Director and was frustrated by the lack of entertaining scripts for children, so he set out to create his own with his friend, Don Powers, who composed all the new music. This charming retelling has all of the familiar, loveable characters portrayed by adult actors, but throws in a few new ones along the way, as they attempt to find their way to the mysterious and magical city of Oz. What differs a bit in this version is the participation by the children in the audience! No matter the version or the year, this timeless message still rings true - no matter how we far we travel there is simply no place like home. (more...)

Full Cast Announced For The 5th Avenue Theatre's Exciting New Holiday Production Of ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018

Rehearsals have begun for The 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of the beloved musical Annie, which plays this holiday season from November 23 - December 30, 2018. The 5th is excited to introduce Visesia Fakatoufifita of Tacoma, WA, and Faith Young of Kent, WA, who make their 5th Avenue Theatre debuts alternating the title role. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ryan Boyles, Lindsay Bretz, Mamie Covell, And Brian Viera of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
by Andrea Stephenson - Oct 30, 2018

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Breaking: RENT Finds Its Bohemians! Vanessa Hudgens, Jordan Fisher, Brandon Victor Dixon, Keala Settle & More Join Cast
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018

There's no day but January 27, 2019 when it comes to FOX's Rent.  (more...)

Review Roundup: Critics Ease On Down To THE WIZ At TUTS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018

Theatre Under The Stars' production of The Wiz is now open! (more...)

Theatre West and Artist Levi Ponce Celebrate Judy Garland in New Mural
by Ellen Dostal - Oct 29, 2018

On Sunday, October 27th, Theatre West presented a beautiful new addition to the urban art landscape in Los Angeles with the unveiling of local artist Levi Ponce's latest mural featuring Judy Garland. Painted in full color and pictured with the Emerald City behind her, the portrait immortalizes one of the most beloved singers of all time in her signature role - Dorothy Gale from the classic 1939 MGM musical, The Wizard of Oz. (more...)

See The Current Standings In The BroadwayWorld UK Awards; Cast Your Vote!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018

Voting continues for the 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites! (more...)

Auditions Announced for THE WIZARD OF OZ at Jewish Community Center Of Dallas
by Kyle Christopher West - Oct 27, 2018

Jewish Community Center of Dallas' Performing Arts Space (JPAS) will hold auditions for two casts of the musical Wizard of Oz Young Performers Edition (Tams-Witmark) on Sunday, Jan. 13 and Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. This treasured family musical proves there's truly no place like home. (more...)

Sellout Crowds Flock To Gainesville's Next Tornado
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2018

Another tornado heads to Gainesville as GTA sells out "The Wizard of Oz" before its Nov. 6 opening (more...)

Village Players Fight the Dragons in BIG FISH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

The Village Players of Birmingham continues its 96th season with the funny, fanciful and heart-warming new musical BigFish. (more...)

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS Waddles Into Main Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

They sing!  They dance!  They are Mr. Popper's Penguins!!  Main Street Theater (MST) presents the delightful musical Mr. Popper's Penguins, based on the beloved novel by Richard and Florence Atwater.  Performances are Sundays, November 11 & 18 at 12:30pm and 3:30pm, Monday - Wednesday, November 19 - 21 at 11am and 2pm, Fridays, November 23 & December 21 at 11am and 2pm, Saturdays, November 24 - December 15 at 11am and 2pm at MST's Midtown location, 3400 Main St. in Matchbox4.  All tickets are on sale via phone at 713.524.6706 or online at MainStreetTheater.com.  Tickets are $16 - $24.  (more...)

VIDEO: Get A First Look At TUTS' THE WIZ
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 24, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Theatre Under The Stars' upcoming production of The Wiz! Leading off the cast is Salome B. Smith in the role of 'Dorothy'. Smith is a recent graduate of Alabama State University where she performed in many theatrical productions including The Color Purple, Rent and Carousel. Marva Hicks is playing the role of 'The Wiz'. Hicks has appeared on Broadway in Motown The Musical, Caroline or Change, and The Lion King. Yvette Clark will play the roles of 'Evilene', 'Glinda', and 'Aunt Em'. Clark has appeared in numerous regional productions including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Showboat, Chicago, and Hairspray. Simone Gundy will play the role of 'Addaperle'. Gundy returns to TUTS after starring in the 2017 production of Memphis. Paris Nix is playing 'Tin Man'. Nix was last seen on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Allyson Kaye Daniel is 'Lion'. Daniel most recently appeared at TUTS as 'Miss Jones' in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Her other credits include Newsies, Ghost, and We Will Rock You. Christopher Campbell, who just appeared in the TUTS production of Oklahoma! as Will Parker, will play the role of Scarecrow (more...)

BWW Interview: Stephen Schwartz on WICKED Across Cultures
by Stuart Friedman - Oct 24, 2018

The Broadway musical phenomenon that is Wicked has become the very definition of defying gravity. Not only is it the 6th longest running Broadway musical of all times, it's been translated into 8 languages, performed in 15 countries, and seen by almost sixty million people worldwide. (more...)

Photo Flash: Ease On Down the Road With THE WIZ At TUTS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018

Leading off the cast is Salome B. Smith in the role of 'Dorothy'. Smith is a recent graduate of Alabama State University where she performed in many theatrical productions including The Color Purple, Rent and Carousel. Marva Hicks is playing the role of 'The Wiz'. Hicks has appeared on Broadway in Motown The Musical, Caroline or Change, and The Lion King. Yvette Clark will play the roles of 'Evilene', 'Glinda', and 'Aunt Em'. Clark has appeared in numerous regional productions including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Showboat, Chicago, and Hairspray. Simone Gundy will play the role of 'Addaperle'. Gundy returns to TUTS after starring in the 2017 production of Memphis. Paris Nix is playing 'Tin Man'. Nix was last seen on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Allyson Kaye Daniel is 'Lion'. Daniel most recently appeared at TUTS as 'Miss Jones' in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Her other credits include Newsies, Ghost, and We Will Rock You. Christopher Campbell, who just appeared in the TUTS production of Oklahoma! as Will Parker, will play the role of Scarecrow (more...)

2019 Kenny Awards Finalists Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2018

The Kenny Awards has announced its 10 program finalists for the 2018-2019 school year. The Kenny Awards, presented by Shea's Performing Arts Center and The Lipke Foundation, is an endeavor that recognizes the talent, dedication, and efforts of our local high school youth in musical theatre. The Lipke Foundation recently announced that it is doubling its grant to $10,000 for the WNY area high school that receives the Outstanding Musical Production award. (more...)

Shortlist Announced For The 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards; Voting Now Open!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

Today, the shortlist is announced for the 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards, celebrating the best long-running West End productions and best new productions from around the country. CLICK HERE TO VOTE! (more...)

Pacific Symphony Brings The Beloved Musical Favorites From The Enchanting Land Of Oz
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

"Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," Dorothy said upon stepping into the color-filled landscape of Oz bringing the magic of Technicolor pictures to moviegoers in the 1930s. Since then "The Wizard of Oz" has become a beloved classic with numerous adaptations including two re-interpretations of the Broadway stage, "Wicked" and "The Wiz." Pacific Symphony will bring the "Music of Oz" to life with vocalists Kelli Rabke, Law Dunford, Scott Coulter and pianist John Boswell on Nov. 9-10, led by Principal Pops conductor Richard Kaufman. The orchestra will play selected songs from each of the productions, including some of the beloved classics such as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Defying Gravity."  (more...)

Robert Cuccioli to Lead Goodspeed's A CONNECTICUT CHRISTMAS CAROL, Hunter Foster Directs
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

Goodspeed Musicals announces the full cast of their new production of A Connecticut Christmas Carol - the musical treat infused with more Connecticut flavor by LJ Fecho and Michael O'Flaherty. (more...)

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For TUTS' THE WIZ
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is excited to introduce the cast of its upcoming production of The Wiz! (more...)

BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at The Growing Stage
by Jaclyn Layman - Oct 17, 2018

The Growing Stage presents a delightful production of The Wizard of Oz in Netcong, New Jersey. (more...)

The Music Of Harold Arlen, Wonderful Wizard Of Song Comes to The Soraya, 12/1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018

Legendary American song composer Harold Arlen will have a Hollywood Big Band tribute when Broadway powerhouse Eden Espinosa (Wicked) and Joseph Leo Bwarie (Jersey Boys) join Arlen's son Sam Arlen and singers Karon Blackwell and George Bugatti, for The Music of Harold Arlen, Wonderful Wizard of Song at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) on Saturday, December 1 at 8:00pm. (more...)

Latest Casting Announced For LYTHGOE FAMILY PANTO'S OZ at Pasadena Civic
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018

Casting News! Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP), in association with the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, announce the latest casting for their newest production, the world premiere of THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, (300 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101) which will play a strictly limited engagement from December 15 through December 30. (more...)

The Genesis of Wizard of Oz at Profiles in History's Next Blockbuster Hollywood Auction
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

Profiles in History is proud to announce the original handwritten first draft script for The Wizard of Oz will be going up for sale at their next blockbuster Hollywood Auction, December 11th, 12th 13th & 14th in Los Angeles. (more...)

All-New Disney BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Comes to Maltz Jupiter Theatre For The Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2018

You may think you know Disney Beauty and the Beast - but you've never seen it like this! (more...)

APPLES IN WINTER Opens at Cent. Stage Co.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2018

The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Jennifer Fawcett's award winning Apples in Winter opens this weekend at Centenary Stage Company. The limited performances run November 8 through November 18 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ. Directed by Mikaela Kafka, the production stars Colleen Smith Wallnau. (more...)

See The Current Standings In The BroadwayWorld UK Awards; THE JUNGLE Leads Best Play!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

Voting continues for the 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favourites. (more...)

The Media Theatre Announces Casting for THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

The Media Theatre Has An All-star Philly Cast In 'The Wizard of Oz' This Holiday Season (more...)

Ross Petty Presents A Toto-ly Twistered THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

Ross Petty Productions presents The Wizard of Oz - A Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical, November 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019, his 23rd fractured fairytale and original family musical. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Nov. 4
by Audition Roundup - Nov 4, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, November 4, 2018 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

Selladoor Worldwide Presents Selladoor Creation
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2018

Selladoor Worldwide has announced the launch of Selladoor Creation - a brand new platform for new writers to showcase and develop their work with the backing of one of the UK's leading theatre producers. With this new company, Selladoor will continue to support diverse and challenging work from talented artists, and bring innovative new work to the national and international stage, making it accessible for all audiences. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jos Vantyler Talks THE WIZARD OF OZ
by Rona Kelly - Nov 16, 2018

Playing the Wicked Witch of the West, actor Jos Vantyler shares the challenges of taking on such well-known roles, the joys of performing villains, and what audiences can expect from the show. (more...)

Don't Miss ELF THE MUSICAL at Syracuse Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2018

The good news from Syracuse Stage is that there are still excellent seats available for the holiday family show "Elf The Musical," scheduled to run Nov. 23 - Jan. 6. While many performances are full or near capacity, the Syracuse Stage Box Office recommends patrons check dates after Dec. 28 as performances with good availability. (more...)

Groove Into The Holiday Season With WINTER WONDERETTES At The Off Broadway Palm
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2018

The Off Broadway Palm Theatre is kicking off the holiday season with Winter Wonderettes playing now through December 25, 2018. This energetic and glittering holiday revue is the perfect treat to help you groove into the spirit of the season! (more...)

Photo Flash: THE WIZARD OF OZ Flies Into Berkeley Playhouse!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2018

The Wizard of Oz has skipped into Berkeley Playhouse! See photos from the production below! (more...)

Special Needs Theatre Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ This Weekend Only
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2018

Gettysburg Community Theatre's 5th Annual Penguin Project (Special Needs Theatre) will be the musical (more...)

BWW Interview: Media's Witches - ELISA MATTHEWS AND JENNIE EISENHOWER
by Pati Buehler - Nov 15, 2018

Media Theater in Media PA is taking on the classic masterpiece; The Wizard of Oz with a stellar cast which includes two of a handful of elite, highly talented, respected ladies of the stage in the Delaware Valley. (more...)

See The Current Standings In The BroadwayWorld UK Awards; Ian McKellen Leads Best Actor!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

Voting continues for the 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favourites. (more...)

BWW Interview: Chad-Alan Carr, Natalie Hurwitch, Maddie Greco, Ella Scott, Leah Watson, And TJ Williams of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Gettysburg Community Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - Nov 12, 2018

The Wizard of Oz has been delighting audiences since it first appeared as a 1939 movie starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. The story, first created by L. Frank Baum in 1900, has inspired a number of adaptations, and the most popular stage version frequently finds its way to the stage at high schools and community theatres. Even though many of you have probably seen The Wizard of Oz, you've likely never seen a production of it like the one that will open at The Eichelberger Performing Arts Center on November 16th. Why is this production so unique? Because it is being performed by actors from The Penguin Project of Gettysburg Community Theatre. This program gives youth with special needs an opportunity to perform with other youth, both with and without special needs, giving them a chance to focus on their abilities rather than their challenges. BroadwayWorld had an opportunity to hear from Gettysburg Community Theatre's Executive Director, Chad-Alan Carr, as well as from five of the actors who will be performing-Natalie Hurwitch and Maddie Greco, two of the peer mentors; Ella Scott, the actor playing Dorothy; Leah Watson, who portrays Glinda the Good Witch of the North; and TJ Williams, who plays The Wizard of Oz-about their experiences with this production of The Wizard of Oz. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ Touches Down In Casper
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2018

The greatest family musical of all time, The Wizard of Oz, is touching down in Casper at the Casper Events Center, January 30, 2019. (more...)

NJ Sisters, Eva And Valentina Zazzali Hit The Stage Again
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2018

NJ Sisters, Eva Zazzali and Valentina Zazzali are hitting the stage again! (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Nov. 11
by Audition Roundup - Nov 11, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, November 11, 2018 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

BWW Review: DJUNGELBOKEN THE MUSICAL (THE JUNGLE BOOK) at Waterfront
by Annette Stolt - Nov 11, 2018

For some years, Drose & Norberg has set up a family musical based on a famous story like The Wizard of Oz, Snow White the Musical and the Aladdin Adventure- The story they chosen this year is the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. It's not a Disney version of the Jungle Book but a new musical with newly written music by Marin Landh and Peter Nygren. The well-known characters such as Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and the snake Kaa is still in the story. (more...)

Spend Your Holidays With THE WIZARD OF OZ At BPA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2018

Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions - the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, whom she meets on the way - Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Continues 2018-19 WST For Kids Series At Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2018

It's time for families and friends to come together and enjoy Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, live on stage. Walnut Street Theatre (WST) for Kids' heartwarming hour-long musical adaptation of Dickens' classic novel runs from December 1 through December 23. (more...)

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