Parris to Succeed Lewis in CATS

Mamie Parris

Mamie Parris

Broadway veteran Mamie Parris (former Elphaba – 1st Natl. Tour) will succeed pop star Leona Lewis in the part of Grizabella in the revival of CATS. Ms. Parris is currently starring as Patty in SCHOOL OF ROCK, a role she created.

CATS is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It originally ran for 7,485 performances. The creative team for the new production includes scenic and costume design by John Napier, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne. The director is Trevor Nunn.

Ms. Lewis will complete her three month run on October 9. A date for Ms. Parris’ debut has not been set.

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Dwyer Cast in Tour of FINDING NEVERLAND

Christine Dwyer

Christine Dwyer

Christine Dwyer (former Elphaba – Broadway; former s/b Elphaba – Broadway; former Elphaba, s/b Elphaba, ensemble, u/s Elphaba – 2nd Natl. Tour) has been cast in the upcoming tour of FINDING NEVERLAND. The Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND is based on the 2004 Academy Award winning movie of the same name by David Magee and the play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan” by Allan Knee. It follows the story of J.M. Barrie and the family who inspired Peter Pan. This Tony Award winning musical is set to begin touring the country on October 7 in Buffalo, NY.

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Media: WICKED in South Bend

Amanda Jane Cooper

Amanda Jane Cooper

Check out these articles from the WICKED 2nd National Tour’s stop in South Bend, Indiana. WICKED flies away on September 18, so get your tickets now.

WICKED prepares to land at the Morris Performing Arts Center

Behind the scenes at WICKED (with Amanda Jane Cooper)

WICKED delights

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BroadwayWorld Interviews Gambatese

Check out this interview BroadwayWorld did with Jenn Gambatese (former Glinda – 1st Natl. Tour) where she discusses her role in SCHOOL OF ROCK.

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WICKED Alums to Perform at The Broadway Villains Party

Caroline Bowman

Caroline Bowman

Hosted by Amy Jo Jackson with arrangements and musical direction by Brian Nash, The Broadway Villains Party “features an all-star cast of Broadway and Off-Broadway favorites, singing tunes written for all of the characters you most love to hate. From sea witches to dentists to fashionistas who love puppy fur, everyone who is ANYONE will be there!” Caroline Bowman (former Elphaba – Broadway, former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Broadway), Julia Murney (former Elphaba – Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour), Brynn O’Malley (former Nessarose – 1st Natl. Tour, Broadway), and Nick Adams (former Fiyero – 1st Natl. Tour) are all set to perform.

The Broadway Villains Party plays Feinstein’s/54 Below on Thursday, September 15th, 2016, at 7:00 and 9:30pm. There is a $35-$75 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www. 54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551. Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street.

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Chenoweth to Return to Broadway

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth (original Glinda – Broadway, Pre-Broadway) will return to Broadway this fall in MY LETTER TO BROADWAY. Ms. Chenoweth will perform a hand-picked selection of theatre favorites, including songs from her upcoming album The Art of Elegance. This limited engagement is presented by James L. Nederlander with music direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and costume design by Christian Siriano.

The limited engagement begins November 2, 2016 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and will run through November 13, 2016. Individual ticket prices start at $67 with premium prices at $249 and VIP meet and greets at $375. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, September 17. The American Express pre-sale begins on September 7 at 10 am. For tickets, visit www.KristinOnBroadway.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 877-250-2929.

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Hunton Cast in FREAKY FRIDAY

Emma Hunton

Emma Hunton

Signature Theatre has announced the full cast for the world premier of Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY. Emma Hunton (former Elphaba – 1st Natl. Tour) will star as Ellie Blake.

Developed by  Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres, FREAKY FRIDAY features a book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorky. It will be directed by Christopher Ashley with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. FREAKY FRIDAY will run from October 4 – November 20 in Signature Theatre’s MAX Theatre.

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Blake to Lead Cast of A BRONX TALE on Broadway

Richard H. Blake

Richard H. Blake

Casting has been announced for the Broadway premiere of A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL. Richard H. Blake (former Fiyero – Asian Tour, Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour) will star as Lorenzo. The new musical features  a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.

“Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s-where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.”

After a successful run premier at the Paper Mill Playhouse earlier this year, A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL begins previews Thursday, November 3 and open Thursday, December 1 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street).

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WICKED Alums Join Cast of IN TRANSIT

Justin Guarini

Justin Guarini

Justin Guarini (former Fiyero – Broadway), Telly Leung (former Boq – Chicago), Erin Mackey (former Glinda – Broadway, Los Angeles, Chicago; former ensemble, u/s Glinda – Chicago; former swing – 1st Natl. Tour), Mariand Torres (former s/b Elphaba – 1st Natl. Tour), and Laurel Harris (former Elphaba – 2nd Natl. Tour; former s/b Elphaba – 1st Natl. Tour; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba, u/s Nessarose – 2nd Natl. Tour) will star in Broadway’s first a capella musical, IN TRANSIT.

“Featuring an a cappella score from Broadway’s freshest creators including musical minds behind Frozen and Pitch Perfect, IN TRANSIT is a new, modern musical, bringing to life a vivid tapestry of characters and music in the city that never sleeps…or stands still. Inspired by the vibrant rhythms of life on the subway, IN TRANSIT follows the intertwining lives of eleven New Yorkers, all hoping to catch the express train to success, love and happiness-and the stops they make along the way.”

IN TRANSIT is produced by Janet B. Rosen and features scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Tony Award winner Clint Ramos, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Ken Travis, vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon, and music supervision by Rick Hip-Flores. 

IN TRANSIT begins performances on Thursday, November 10, 2016 and officially opens on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street). For more information,visit www.InTransitBroadway.com.

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Media: WICKED in Columbus

Emily Koch and Amanda Jane Cooper

Emily Koch and Amanda Jane Cooper

Check out these articles from the WICKED 2nd National Tour’s stop in Columbus, Ohio. WICKED will be in Columbus through September 4.

Billion-dollar blockbuster WICKED returns to Columbus

WICKED in Columbus (includes interview with Jeremy Woodard and Wendy Worthington)

WICKED creates magic

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