Playbill.com's new feature series Booking It asks leading industry members to share professional insights, need-to-know tips and essential tricks of the trade for up-and-coming and established theatre artists. This week we speak with casting directors Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley, who are represented on Broadway with Pippin, On the Town and Chicago.
Sharing the wonders of “Girlfriend” with friends is a common practice among power-pop enthusiasts and sensitive young souls. Playwright Todd Almond, who experienced firsthand the effect that album could have on a lonely misunderstood teen, used “Girlfriend” as the basis for an innovative musical that features just two characters plus an onstage rock band. The show premiered in 2010 and has been done around the country for years. It’s particularly popular this month, with separate productions in Oklahoma City, Detroit and now Hartford — it’s being staged March 22 through April 28 by TheaterWorks at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
The theater owner James L. Nederlander announced Tuesday that he is producing a new musical featuring the song catalog of Ms. Spears — one of the best-selling pop artists of all time — that explores an alternative arc for some classic fairy tale princesses.
The show, a musical comedy called “Once Upon a One More Time,” is scheduled to have a production this fall in Chicago and then seek to transfer to Broadway.
This casting is totally fetch! Kyle Selig and Erika Henningsen, love interests of Broadway's Mean Girls, have been selected to appear opposite each other in an upcoming one-night benefit performance of the musical Saturday Night. Selig and Henningsen will portray Gene and Helen, respectively, in the previously announced event set to take place at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre on March 11 at 7:00pm. The concert will feature direction by Noah Brody and musical direction by Tony nominee Alexander Gemignani.
Jason Robert Brown and Shoshana Bean will star as Jamie and Cathy in an upcoming concert performance of Brown’s The Last Five Years March 4. The one-night-only performances is part of Second Stage Theater’s new Musical Mondays series, celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary season.
The winners of the 2019 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater were announced today by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. BHANGIN' IT by Mike Lew, Rehana Lew Mirza, and Sam Willmott received a Studio Production Award.
Chicago announced today that actress Veronica Dunne will return to the Broadway production in the role of "Roxie Hart" beginning Tuesday, February 12. She will play a 6-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.) through Sunday, March 24, 2019.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Larry Kirwan was just a boy, growing up in Ireland, when he began to hear stories from his grandfather about the Five Points, a chaotic neighborhood in 19th-century New York where many an Irish immigrant had settled alongside African-Americans, building a community that flourished and flamed out.
This holiday season, the team behind Los Angeles' award-winning "For The Record" series returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with a multimedia-concert celebration of the soundtrack to one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time, Love Actually.
Fall is in the air and so, too, is a crop of fresh Broadway shows. If the rising curtains have your theater itch beckoning once again, Backstage is here to help. Below, industry and Backstage Experts share their best advice for how to get hired on Broadway.
Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez will lead the cast in the role of "Aunt Eller" in Theatre Under The Stars' (TUTS) production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, the first show in the musical theatre company's 50th Anniversary Season.
Casting has been announced for the London production of Broadway-bound Hadestown! It was announced today that Amber Gray and Patrick Page will reprise their original New York Theatre Workshop roles of Persephone and Hades. They will be joined by Reeve Carney as Orpheus, a role he performed alongside Gray and Page at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, Canada).
Arianna Rosario (On Your Feet, Cats), Trent Saunders (Aladdin, American Idiot tour), and Omar Lopez-Cepero (On Your Feet, American Idiot) will star as Eva Perón, Che, and Perón, respectively, in the Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts production of Evita.
STU FOR SILVERTON, a new musical about a small town that accepted change and celebrated community in the face of great fear, is seeking trans and non-binary performers to play the title role in upcoming productions and workshops.
The cast is set for Goodspeed Musicals’ upcoming production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, which will run June 29–September 8 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Connecticut. Rob Ruggiero will direct; James Gray will choreograph.
The latest adaptation, a musical version based on the Disney Theatrical Productions' stage adaptation, is headed our way later this year on Disney Channel as part of the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise.
Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, thought-provoking works with this intimate tour-de-force new musical featuring Tony Award nominee Patti Cohenour as Diana, Broadway performers Andrea Frierson as Voice 1 and Stacia Fernandez as Voice 2, and Spamilton: An American Parody starDan Rosales as Voice 3. You Are Here will run May 18 - June 10, 2018 at The Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn.