The all new 20th Anniversary Season of Broadway Beat is here! Broadway Beat is the premier, award-winning half hour television program covering theatre, music and performers. Each week, the show's popular and knowledgeable host, Richard Ridge, takes you behind-the-scenes for a look at the very best of New York Theatre - on Broadway, and beyond. The show always features beautiful footage shot by video veteran Bradshaw Smith. Broadway Beat takes you from the rehearsal studios to opening nights, including in-depth interviews with Tony Award winning stars and directors. Broadway Beat is your front row seat to all the music, all the magic, and all of the magnificent drama that is Broadway.
BWW TV Flashback: Opening Night of THE BOOK OF MORMON! Happy First Anniversary!
March 24, 2012
THE BOOK OF MORMON opened one year ago tonight on, Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre to RAVE reviews. Here's a look back at the cast and creative team at the opening night after party at Gotham Hall in New York City!
BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of PORGY & BESS with Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis & More!
January 18, 2012
On Thursday, January 12, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Broadway Beat was on hand for exciting opening night party to chat with the cast and company and takes you inside below!
BWW TV: WIT's Cynthia Nixon & Lynne Meadow Meet the Press
December 18, 2011
Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming Broadway premiere of WIT, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow, will start previews Thursday, January 5 and open Thursday, January 26 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. WIT features Pun Bandhu (Technician), Olivier Award winner Suzanne Bertish (E.M. Ashford), Michael Countryman (Harvey Kelekian/Mr. Bearing), Jessica Dickey (Technician), Chik Johnson (Technician), Greg Keller (Jason Posner), Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon (Vivian Bearing), Carra Patterson (Susie Monahan), and Zachary Spicer (Technician).
The company met the press on Tuesday, Decmber 13 and BroadwayBeat was on hand for interviews with Cynthia Nixona and Lynn Meadow. Click below to check it out!
BWW TV: Go Inside the Opening Night of LYSISTRATA JONES on Broadway!
December 16, 2011
Everybody's talking about LYSISTRATA JONES this week which opened earlier this week to great reviews. Now, Broadway Beat and host Richie Ridge takes you inside the show's opening night with interviews of all the show's stars & more!
BWW TV: Chatting With THE ROAD TO MECCA Co.; Previews Begin Tomorrow, Dec. 16!
December 15, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company's The Road To Mecca, begins previews tomorrow, December 16, and opens officially on January 17, 2012 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. This Broadway premiere production of Athol Fugard's play features Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld'. Click below to hear from the cast and company on the exciting new production!
BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER!
December 13, 2011
Grammy and Emmy Award winner, Tony Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. stars as Dr. Mark Bruckner in the newly imagined production of ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, which opened December 11, 2011 on Broadway at The St. James Theatre. Broadway Beat was on hand for the opening night party and takes you inside below!
BWW TV: Inside the Opening Night Party of STICK FLY!
December 12, 2011
Last week, December 8, Lydia R. Diamond's STICK FLY opened at the Cort Theatre. Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Alicia Keys presents and writes original music for the Broadway premiere of STICK FLY, directed by Kenny Leon. Broadway Beat was on hand for the celebratory opening night party and takes you inside below!
BWW TV: Meet the Cast and Creative Team of PORGY & BESS!
December 11, 2011
The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS comes to Broadway in a stirring new staging, featuring such legendary songs as 'Summertime,' 'It Ain't Necessarily So,' and 'I Got Plenty Of Nothing,' plus a remarkable cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, 'Private Practice'), Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misrables, Sondheim on Sondheim) and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (Race, 'In Living Color').
BWW TV Must-Watch Exclusive: FOLLIES Cast Mourns EVITA's Return to Broadway at GYPSY OF THE YEAR in Hilarious Sketch
December 8, 2011
One of our favorite sketches was the cast of FOLLIES, featuring Jan Maxwell, Elaine Paige, Terri White and company 'welcoming' EVITA starring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger to Broadway (and to the Marquis Theater, currently home to FOLLIES). Click below to watch the complete and hilarious performance including Elaine Paige finally showing a little of her EVITA on Broadway!
BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: BC/EFA's GYPSY OF THE YEAR Highlights & Interviews - GREASE, HUGH, BILLY ELLIOT, Leslie Uggams & More!
December 7, 2011
Check out performances by 17 of the hottest Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, a 40-year reunion of the original Broadway cast of Grease, a tribute to national touring companies and appearances by more than 300 actors, singers and dancers. Broadway Beat has got all the highlights of the special event!
BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: GYPSY OF THE YEAR - Original Cast of GREASE Highlights
December 6, 2011
The opening number featured the original Broadway cast of Grease reuniting for a special 40-year anniversary tribute. Among the stars returning to the stage from one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history are Barry Bostwick (Danny), Carole Demas (Sandy), Adrienne Barbeau (Betty Rizzo), Alan Paul (Teen Angel/Johnny Casino) and Walter Bobbie (Roger). Also joining the opening number reunion are original cast members Don Billett (Vince Fontaine), James Canning (Doody), Daniel Douglas (Burger Palace Boy), Katie Hanley (Marty), Tom Harris (Eugene Florczyk ), Ilene Kristen (Patty Simcox), Joy Rinaldi (Pink Lady) and Mews Small (Frenchy). Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and WarRen Casey, garnered seven Tony Award nominations and played 3,388 Broadway performances before closing April 13, 1980.
BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of BONNIE & CLYDE with Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes & More!
December 3, 2011
BONNIE & CLYDE opened on Thursday, December 1, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Want to see what went on at the opening party and hear from the stars on their big night? Broadway Beat was there and takes you inside below!
BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: John Cullum & Chita Rivera Light Up Broadway Again in THE VISIT - Watch Performance Highlights Here!
December 1, 2011
The Actors Fund and the Vineyard Theatre presented a one-night-only benefit concert performance of THE VISIT, starring Broadway stage legends and Tony Award winners Chita Rivera and John Cullum, last night, November 30. Broadway Beat got exclusive coverage of the show and brings you highlights, in addition to company interviews, below!
BWW TV: Chita Rivera & John Cullum Lead THE VISIT Benefit Nov. 30
November 30, 2011
The Actors Fund and the Vineyard Theatre present a one-night-only benefit concert performance of THE VISIT, starring Broadway stage legends and Tony Award winners Chita Rivera and John Cullum, tonight, November 30. Click below to hear from the cast and catch a glimpse of the company in rehearsal!
BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of Dan Sperry's Shock Illusion at TIMES SCARE!
November 28, 2011
Times Scare, New York City's ULTIMATE Haunted Destination, now brings to New York THE HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE, where guests step into the tormented mind of one of the most iconic serial killers from the horror movie genre. Click below for a peek inside...if you dare!
BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of SEMINAR!
November 27, 2011
Two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman is making his eagerly-anticipated return to Broadway starring in the World Premiere of SEMINAR, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck. The show opened on Broadway last week, Sunday, November 20th and Broadway Beat was inside the after party to chat with the company!
BWW TV: Opening Night of STANDING ON CEREMONY!
November 26, 2011
The Off Broadway production of Standing On Ceremony kicked off its open-ended run on November 7 and opened on Sunday, November 13, 2011. Broadway Beat was on hand to cover the show's opening night!
BWW TV: Opening Night of AN EVENING WITH PATTI AND MANDY on Broadway!
November 25, 2011
Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, two Broadway legends who first appeared together giving Tony Award winning performances in Evita, have brought their critically acclaimed theatre concert to the Barrymore Theatre for 63 performances through Friday, January 13. The show opened on Monday, November 21 and Broadway Beat was there to capture all the excitement of the night! Scroll down to see the opening night party!
BWW TV: Broadway Beat - Opening Night of PRIVATE LIVES!
November 21, 2011
Private Lives began on Thursday night, November 17 at The Music Box Theatre. Broadway Beat was on hand to capture all the excitement and glamour of the opening night party and to talk to the show's cast!
BWW TV Exclusive: COTTON CLUB PARADE at City Center!
November 21, 2011
Carla Cook, Brandon Victor Dixon, Jared Grimes and Adriane Lenox star in Duke Ellington's Cotton Club Parade, which opened November 18 at New York City Center and Broadway Beat got an exclusive look at the show on stage!
BWW TV: First Look at Liza Minnelli & Sam Harris in 'Schmoolie & Minnooli'!
November 20, 2011
Jim Caruso's Broadway at Birdland concert series presented the premiere of Liza Minnelli and Sam Harris in 'Schmoolie & Minnooli' on Sunday November 20 at 6pm and Broadway Beat was there to capture the show's zippy opening number with musical direction by Billy Stritch!
BWW TV Must Watch!: Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin Share Laughter, Tears & Even a Four-Letter Word!
November 16, 2011
Yesterday, Broadway Beat's Richard Ridge sat down at Sardi's with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin for an emotional and wide-ranging interview that talked about their relationship, about EVITA, what it means to be back on stage together and more! Laughter, tears and even a four-letter word, who could ask for anything more?
BWW TV: Sneak Peek at COTTON CLUB PARADE at City Center!
November 13, 2011
Carla Cook, Brandon Victor Dixon, Jared Grimes and Adriane Lenox star in Duke Ellington's Cotton Club Parade, opening November 18 at New York City Center and Broadway Beat got a sneak peek!
BWW TV: Chatting with the Cast of OTHER DESERT CITIES on Opening Night!
November 10, 2011
Last week, the Lincoln Center Production of Jon Robin Baitz's critically acclaimed new play OTHER DESERT CITIES directed by Joe Mantello opened at the Booth Theatre. The production stars Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths, Stacy Keach, Judith Light and Thomas Sadoski. Click below to hear from the company on opening night!
BWW TV: Go Inside the Steamy VENUS IN FUR Opening Night Party!
November 9, 2011
Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway premiere of VENUS IN FUR, the new play by David Ives, directed by Walter Bobbie opened last night, November 8 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Broadway Beat was there for the after party to speak with the company about the hot new show!
BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of A CHARITY CASE
November 9, 2011
A CHARITY CASE starring Two-Time Tony Nominee Alison Fraser, Alysia Reiner (Sideways) and Jill Shackner (Les Miserables) opened last week, November 2nd at The Clurman Theatre. This new play about adoption is written and directed by Australian playwright Wendy Beckett. A CHARITY CASE will play through November 20th. Below, Broadway Beat chats with the company and takes you inside opening night.
BWW TV: Broadway Beat Beseeches Thee to Go Inside GODSPELL's Big Broadway Opening Night!
November 8, 2011
The 40th Anniversary production and first-ever Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's rock musical GODSPELL officially opened at the Circle in the Square Theater on November 7, 2011. Broadway Beat was on hand with host Richard Ridge to talk to the company and creative team at the show's opening night party at Planet Hollywood!
BWW TV: Inside PRIVATE LIVES Press Day with Kim Cattrall, Paul Gross & More!
November 4, 2011
Noel Coward's PRIVATE LIVES starring Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross, directed by Richard Eyre, begins Broadway previews on Sunday November 6 and opening night is Thursday November 17. The limited engagement runs through February 5 2012. Broadway Beat was on hand to speak with the cast about the exciting new production at Press Day yesterday and takes you inside the event below!
BWW TV: Marilyn Maye Pays Tribute to Jerry Herman in THE BEST OF TIMES IS NOW at Feinstein's at Loew's Regency
November 3, 2011
Feinstein's at Loews Regency continues its Fall 2011 season with the return engagement of Grammy Award nominated singer and entertainer Marilyn Maye. Her new show, 'The Best Of Times Is Now!' - which honors the legendary Broadway composer Jerry Herman on this 80th Birthday year - features songs from his shows including Mame, Mack and Mabel, Hello, Dolly! and Milk and Honey. Marilyn starred in Hello, Dolly! many times and recorded a CD of all the songs from the Tony Award winning score. Her recent local appearances have been received with rave reviews and full houses. The show opened November 1 and runs through Saturday, November 12 at the Loews Regency Hotel. Broadway Beat was on hand for opening night and takes you inside the showroom below!
BWW TV: Inside the Opening Night Party of RELATIVELY SPEAKING!
October 21, 2011
The world premiere production of RELATIVELY SPEAKING - three one-act comedies by the prolific writing trio of Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, and directed by John Turturro - opened last night October 20 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Broadway Beat was on hand for the opening night, and takes you inside the after party below!
BWW TV: SONS OF THE PROPHET Celebrates Opening Night!
October 21, 2011
The Roundabout Theatre Company's New York Premiere of Stephen Karam's new play, Sons of the Prophet, opened last night, October 20. Directed by Peter DuBois, the cast features Yusef Bulos (Bill), Jonathan Louis Dent (Vin), Santino Fontana (Joseph), Joanna Gleason (Gloria), Lizbeth MacKay (Mrs. McAndrew), Dee Nelson (Dr. Manor), Chris Perfetti (Charles), Charles Socarides (Timothy). Broadway Beat was there for the big opening, and brings you interviews with the cast below!
BWW TV: Chatting with Alicia Keys and the Company of STICK FLY!
October 20, 2011
Rosie Benton, Dul Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Condola Rashadall star in STICK FLY, the critically-acclaimed American play by Lydia R. Diamond and directed byKenny Leon and produced by Alicia Keys. STICK FLY begins previews on Friday, November 18, 2011 and officially opens on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at the Cort Theatre. Broadway Beat was on hand for the press event this morning and introduces you to the company below.
BWW TV: Welcome Back Hugh Jackman - HUGH JACKMAN: BACK ON BROADWAY Singing and Dancing Press Preview!
October 18, 2011
Tony Award-winner Hugh Jackman will return to the New York stage this month in Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, playing October 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012 at The Broadhurst Theatre. Today, Jackman hosted a press event and below, BroadwayWorld brings you video of the performance preview and company interviews below! Stay tuned for complete photo coverage coming soon!
BWW TV: STANDING ON CEREMONY, THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS Press Preview!
October 18, 2011
Joan Stein and Richard Frankel, are presenting Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, featuring Tony Award-nominee and Theatre World Award winner Craig Bierko (The Music Man), Daytime Emmy nominee and frequent 'Live with Regis and Kelly' co-host Mark Consuelos, Emmy Award-nominee Polly Draper ('thirtysomething') and Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) Previews on Monday, November 7 with an official opening night set for Sunday, November 13 at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Today, the company met the press and Broadway Beat was on hand to capture the performance preview and interview the show's stars!
BWW TV: MAMMA MIA! Turns 10 on Broadway! A Look Back at Opening Night
October 18, 2011
Today, the international hit musical MAMMA MIA! celebrates its 10th year on Broadway. MAMMA MIA! opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre on October 18, 2001, and has become one of the most successful musicals of all time anywhere in the world. In September of this year, MAMMA MIA! became the 10th longest running show in Broadway history and MAMMA MIA! The Movie is the most successful live musical film of all time. In anticipation of the big day, BroadwayWorld takes you back 10 years to the show's starry opening night. Revisit the fun below!
BWW TV: Inside the Celebratory After Party of THE MOUNTAINTOP!
October 17, 2011
The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson (DR. Martin Luther King, Jr.,) and Angela Bassett, directed by the Tony-nominated Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun), opened on October 13, 2011 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Broadway Beat was at the opening night after party and takes you inside the celebration below!
BWW TV: Meet the Company of LYSISTRATA JONES!
October 17, 2011
Last week, the company of Lysistrata Jones took some time out from some rigorous basketball training with former NBA star and Hall of Famer Chris Millen to meet the press. Broadway Beat was there to speak with the company!
BWW TV: Go Inside MAN & BOY Opening Night!
October 11, 2011
Broadway Beat was on hand for the Man and Boy opening night and takes you inside the after party below. Here what Langella and the stars have to say about the new production!
BWW TV: Chatting with BONNIE, CLYDE & Cohorts - Inside Performance Preview Day!
October 5, 2011
BONNIE & CLYDE will play at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, beginning previews on Friday, November 4th and opening on Thursday, December 1st. The company met the press yesterday, October 4, and Broadway Beat was on hand to capture the performance preview and chat with the company. Click below to meet Bonnie, Clyde and their cohorts!
BWW TV: Bobby Cannavale, Ellen Barkin et al. Honor George C. Wolfe with SDC 'Mr. Abbott' Prize
October 4, 2011
Last night, October 3, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), just honored acclaimed director George C. Wolfe with the 2011 'Mr. Abbott' Award for his incredible breadth and depth of work in the American Theatre. Broadway Beat was on hand for the event and takes you inside the ceremony below!