Newton-John Leads AUSTRALIA PLAYS BROADWAY At Carnegie Hall On 1/20by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2009
Australia Week 2009 proudly presents Australia Plays Broadway, a celebration of Australia's most acclaimed musical artists on Tuesday, January 20 at Carnegie Hall. The one-night-only concert event features Grammy award-winning star of stage and screen, Olivia Newton-John and performances by star of Melbourne's Wicked Amanda Harrison, acclaimed stage and screen performer Simon Burke (host), singer and chart sensation Lior, singer/songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, iconic rocker Jimmy Barnes, vocalist Ursula Yovich, crooner David Campbell, twin cellists Pei-Jee and Pei-Sian Ng and many more. (more...)
MAMMA MIA!'s Baxter Guests at Broadway Sessions w/ Ben D 1/20by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2009
Broadway Sessions w/ Ben D welcomes Robin Baxter January 20th. Robin Baxter recently returned to New York after a 3 year stint as 'Rosie' in the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia! Ms.Baxters Broadway credits include Mamma Mia, A Funny Thing...Forum, Footloose, A Christmas Carol and the concert of King David. Her off Bway credits include The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Robin has appeared on Law and Order and has toured Europe as a member of the USO.
Broadway Sessions w/ Ben D is described as an evening of music, games and comedy featuring a new Broadway guest each week. Broadway Sessions is hosted by actor Ben Cameron (Wicked, Aida, Footloose) and takes place every Tuesday evening at midtown nightclub Therapy. Therapy is located at 348 west 52nd street. (more...)
Ball, Jones & James-Ellis Extend in HAIRSPRAY Thru 7/25, Planer & Rushworth Join 2/2by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2009
The producers of 'HAIRSPRAY' are delighted to announce that Nigel Planer and Verity Rushworth are to join the cast of the multi-award winning musical, beginning on Monday 2 February. Nigel takes over the role of 'Wilbur Turnblad', husband of larger than life 'Edna' played by Michael Ball. (more...)
RIALTO CHATTER: Tony Winner Vereen Hit With 10 Million Dollar Lawsuit by Rialto Chatter - Jan 19, 2009
WENN News Services is reporting that Tony winning actor Ben Vereen has been hit with a $10 million lawsuit by his daughter's ex-fiance over a house the former couple once shared together. William McGlynn, 39, in the lawsuit filed last week, claims he proposed to Malaika Vereen with a $30,500 engagement ring in 2004 and spent over $250,500 on the entertainer's daughter and grandson during their two-year courtship. McGlynn alleges he made a $123,000down payment on the $600,000 New Jersey home the couple shared, which was co-signed by Ben Vereen reports WENN. McGlynn allegedly called off the wedding in 2005 and demanded to sell the home and be reimbursed for his down payment, when he learned his future father-in-law was the only name on the deed. McGlynn says, '(Vereen) said my word is my word, we don't have to sign anything. He told me that everything would be okay... I tried reaching out to him... he said it's out of his hands. Even if I don't get the money back, I can let people know who these people are - to beware. Love is blind, I guess.' (more...)
Pazakis. Patty, Cameron & More to Showcase Music and Lyrics of Bobby Cronin Feb. 16 at Laurie Beechmanby BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2009
LIFE'S CHANGING TIDE: The music and lyrics of Bobby Cronin will be presented on Monday, February 16, 2009 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre at The West Bank Cafe on 42nd and 9th.
A night of Bobby Cronin's music featuring a bunch of his insanely talented friends...some of whom are heading out on tour for a while and some of whom just got back from tour!
The cast includes:
CARRIE MANOLAKOS (Mamma Mia, Wicked)
JESSICA PATTY (9 to 5, A Chorus Line)
ANNE BRUMMEL (Wicked)
BEN CAMERON (Aida, B'way Sessions)
STEPHEN BIENSKIE (Emmett Otter, Silence)
JENNY DINOIA (Wicked, We Will Rock You)
JARED GERTNER (Spelling Bee)
KATE PAZAKIS (Jerry Springer)
STANLEY BAHOREK (Spelling Bee)
SEAN BRADFORD (The Lion King)
JENN FURMAN (Wicked)
TRACY MCDOWELL (Rent)
BRIAN GALLAGHER (Tommy Euro tour)
ROBYN LEE (Children of Eden)
ERIC MICHAEL KROP (more...)
Next to Normal to Receive Cast Recording on Sh-k-Boom Recordsby BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2009
Tom Kitt (composer) and Brian Yorkey's (Book writer and lyricist) rock musical Next to Normal closed on January 18th at Arena Stage in Washington, DC but, the show's fans have reason to rejoice with the news that Sh-K-Boom Records will be recording the cast this February for release on CD.
Kitt and Yorkey's musical which focuses on a family in crisis follows a high-profile Off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre. The collaborators include Kitt, Yorkey, director Michael Grief, and choreographer Sergio A.Trujillo. Next to Normal chronicles the story of a mentally unstable mother and the waves she creates in the lives of her husband and daughter and stars Tony Award nominee Alice Ripley (Side Show), who returns to the project as mom Diana. (more...)
Musical 'Next to Normal' At Arena Stage Is A Must Seeby Charles Shubow - Jan 18, 2009
A musical about depression? Yes. You'll not only enjoy it, you may even learn something. (more...)
Jibson, Yazbeck And More Perform At Metropolitain Room 1/18by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2009
Carly Jibson (Cry Baby, Hairspray), Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, On the Town, A Chorus Line) Sally Wilfert (Assassins, Make Me a Song), and Jonathan Rayson (Little Shop of Horrors, I Love You, You're Perfect...) will perform highlights from the songbook of the composing team David Dabbon and Tom Bruett at Manhattan's Metropolitan Room Sunday January 18th. (more...)
Broadway Blog - Savannah Rafferty to Star in 85th Anniversary Broadway Production of Gypsyby BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2009
Today's Broadway Blogs on BroadwayWorld.com from Saturday, January 17, 2009.
Review - Savannah Rafferty to Star in 85th Anniversary Broadway Production of Gypsyby Michael Dale - Jan 17, 2009
That is, if I have anything to do with it.
Who is Savannah Rafferty? Well, my dear readers may remember 2-year-old Savannah singing 'Don't Cry For Me, Argentina' in my year-end column, '2008's Ten Memorable Theatre Moments You May Have Missed.' (more...)
West End Thriving with Record B.O. Scores by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2009
Variety is reporting some very good news for the world of theatre, while Broadway is dealing with a bit of a 'chill', the West End is heating up with record box office scores.
The entertainment bible reports that for the the week commencing Dec. 29, 'the London production of 'Wicked' grossed ?885,294 ($1.28 million), the highest weekly tally of its entire London run, while 'Billy Elliot' also broke its own weekly box office record'. The Queen musical 'We Will Rock You,' which just celebrated its seventh birthday at the Dominion Theater, achieved the highest number of paid admissions in one week for any West End show in 2008. (more...)
MADtv's Nicole Parker Joins Wicked as Elphaba Beginning January 16by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009
Beginning performances on Friday, January 16, NICOLE PARKER (from 'MADtv' and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) will assume the role of Elphaba in the musical blockbuster Wicked. Nicole joins a cast which includes Alli Mauzey as Glinda, Jayne Houdyshell as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Kevin Kern as Fiyero, Alex Brightman as Boq, Brynn O'Malley as Nessarose, and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond. Aaron Tveit will return to the role of Fiyero on Friday, January 23. The role of Elphaba is currently being played by Marcie Dodd. (more...)
Chenoweth's Westport County Benefit Concert Rescheduled for 3/28by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009
Stage and screen star Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Award winner for 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown,' and Tony Award nominee for originating the role of Glinda the Good Witch in 'Wicked,' will now perform her Benefit Concert at Westport Country Playhouse (Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, artistic directors, Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, managing director) on March 28th instead of the original date of February 7th, 8 p.m. (more...)
LOVE, NY Concert Moves to New World Stages on January 26, D'Abruzzo & Brightman Join Castby BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009
The concert performance of LOVE, NY, the new musical by Robert Rokicki and Michael Ruby, will now play at New World Stages on January 26, 2009 at 8PM. The concert had been set to play at The Zipper Factory until its unexpected closing earlier this week.
In addition, Tony Award Nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (AVENUE Q) will perform and host the event. Also joining the cast is Wicked's current Boq, Alex Brightman.
D'Abruzzo and Brightman join Randy Aaron (DAME EDNA: BACK WITH A VENGEANCE, JUNIE B. JONES), Kevin Massey (TARZAN, BIG RIVER), Brynn O'Malley (Wicked, SUNDAY IN THE PARK), Vanessa Ray (THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTRY SPELLING BEE), and Krysta Rodriguez (IN THE HEIGHTS, SPRING AWAKENING). (more...)
Photo Flash: Idina Menzel in Concert on PBSby BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009
Tony-winner Idina Menzel can be seen this month on PBS in a new concert, which premiered on January 15, 2009. The evening includes appearances with guest stars Josh Groban and Ravi Coltrane. The special, part of the PBS series - Soundstage was taped in New York City inside the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Click here to check local listings for airing information. (more...)
CHESS in Concert with Menzel, Groban and Pascal Coming to PBS in 2009by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009
Air dates have not yet been set, but Wicked's Idina Menzel and Rent's Adam Pascal will join Great Performances favorite Josh Groban in a spectacular London concert revival of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' 1986 cult musical Chess, this summer on Great Performances (check local listings). Presented by THIRTEEN in 5.1 digital surround sound on PBS HD, and featuring diamond-sharp lyrics by Tim Rice (Evita, The Lion King), the hit-filled production ('One Night in Bangkok,' 'I Know Him So Well,' 'The Anthem') was recorded in performance at Royal Albert Hall.
'A fantastic night' proclaimed musiccomh.com, while thestage.co asked 'Is there an original pop musical stuffed with better melodies?' neatly echoing Time's initial 1988 assessment: 'One of the best rock scores ever produced.' Adding to the excitement is the 50-piece City of London Philharmonic, led by David Firman, and the 100-voice West End Chorus. (more...)
Northwestern's 2009 Dolphin Show Offers Up Modern Day 'OZ'by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2009
The 2009 Dolphin Show is a modern re-telling of L. Frank Baum's popular tale 'The Wizard of Oz.' The family show will be the 67th annual production by Northwestern University students. It is one of the largest student-produced musicals in the nation. Among the show's updates will be a 'Dorothy' who will be fashionably attired in a T-shirt and skirt rather than a gingham dress, and in place of demure ruby slippers, she will wear trendy red high-heels. Five performances of 'The Wizard of Oz' will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25; 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., on the University's Evanston campus. The show will feature the songs 'Over the Rainbow' and 'We're Off to See the Wizard,' among other classic favorites. (more...)
St. Stephen's To Reopen As Arts Center, 'Second Chances' Themed 2009 Season Plannedby BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2009
St Stephen's, Hampstead, which has lain derelict for over thirty years, returns triumphantlyto life on 17 March 2009 when burgeoning young theatre company Antic Disposition commences an artistic residency and breathes new life into the building. Following its 4 million refurbishment, it will reopen with a Second Chances themed season, comprising The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Much Ado About Nothing and A Christmas Carol. (more...)
JFK Center Celebrates 12th Anniversary With BROADWAY TODAY by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2009
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the 12th Anniversary of the Millennium Stage on January 31, 2009 with 'Broadway Today'-a star-studded, free concert, produced by Michael A. Kerker and presented in cooperation with ASCAP, in the Opera House as a part of the Center's season-long artistic initiative Broadway: The Third Generation. With the composers at the piano, original cast members and Broadway stars perform signature songs that made these artists household names. Free tickets are required. Tickets will be given away one (1) per person in line in front of the Opera House beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2009. (more...)
Marty Thomas Joins ZANNA DON'T Concert 2/3by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2009
Complete casting has been announced for the upcoming concert presentation of the off-Broadway hit, Zanna Don't at the Theatre at St. Peters Church (619 Lexington Ave at 54th St.) for one night only on Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:30 PM. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased at www.glsenstore.org, at the door or by calling Solonje Burnett, GLSEN Special Events Manager at 646.388.6589.
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