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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Working Moms of Broadway by Leigh Scheps

When Sherisse Springer is off stage during Kiss Me, Kate, she’s often pumping breast milk. “It’s part of my track,” the actress explains of her backstage choreography. “Wardrobe kn…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:37AM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Waitress Stars Shoshana Bean & Jeremy Jordan on Returning to a Broadway Musical by Leigh Scheps

Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan return to the Broadway musical  together in Waitress. Jordan, who plays love interest Dr. Pomatter, was last seen on Broadway this past fall in the new drama…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:56AM
Monday, April 15, 2019

Family-Friendly Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows to Enjoy This Spring by Leigh Scheps

It might as well be spring! Shake off those post-winter blues with a trip to the theatre. From spectacular Disney sensations to new musicals like The Prom, here’s a list of family-friendly…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 01:12PM
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dear Evan Hansen’s New Star: Andrew Barth Feldman by Leigh Scheps

Andrew Barth Feldman is not only making his Broadway debut at 16 years old, but this is his first professional acting gig ever. “I have never been in a process where literally the show is …

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:27PM
Monday, January 21, 2019

Why the Women of Oklahoma! Can’t Say No to This Evocative Revival by Leigh Scheps

Sexy, stripped down, suggestive, and reimagined: These are the words being used to describe the revival of Oklahoma!, beginning previews March 19. It’s not how the classical musical would…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 11:16AM
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Kinky Boots Original Company Members Reflect on Six Years in the Show by Leigh Scheps

There’s a reason nearly a dozen original cast members are still performing in Kinky Boots on Broadway six years after it premiered. “It’s not a mistake that about half of our cast …

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 11:03AM
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Memorable Moments From 2018  by Leigh Scheps

This year has us “waving through a window” and saying goodbye already! In 2018, not only did Bette Midler say “So long, dearie” to Broadway, but audiences welcomed her back to the Ha…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 04:11AM
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Will Roland and Stephanie Hsu Embrace Their Characters in Be More Chill by Leigh Scheps

In the span of one year, Be More Chill will have gone from Off-Broadway to Broadway. The show’s growing popularity on social media — including a YouTube video of one of the musical’s s…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 04:39AM
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

5 Holiday Shows to Enjoy in New York City by Leigh Scheps

Forget the skyscrapers: This time of year, New York City sparkles with lights all over, from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree to Macy’s decked-out window displays. Dazzling décor shi…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 03:18AM
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Why 2018 Is Ready for a Revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song by Leigh Scheps

When Broadway producer Richie Jackson was 17, the play Torch Song Trilogy changed his life. “It’s been a road map of a life that could be possible,” Jackson says of worshipping the 198…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 09:36AM
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Just You Wait, Henry Higgins! by Leigh Scheps

Laura Benanti is headed back to Broadway, as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Succeeding Tony-nominated Lauren Ambrose, who is departing the musical for an upc…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:17AM
Monday, October 15, 2018

Jessica Vosk Flies Wicked Into Its 15th Year on Broadway by Leigh Scheps

One of the questions Jessica Vosk, who plays Elphaba in Wicked, gets asked most at the stage door these days is: “Has the script been changed to make it more relevant to today?” And the …

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 11:31AM
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Here’s What’s Happening in Al Roker’s Neck of the Woods: Waitress by Leigh Scheps

Today show meteorologist Al Roker will make his Broadway debut as Old Joe in Waitress, now starring Nicolette Robinson as Jenna, beginning October 5 for a limited six-week run through Novemb…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 10:00AM

Show Me the Razzle Dazzle! by Leigh Scheps

Cuba Gooding Jr. returns to Broadway in Chicago as lawyer Billy Flynn beginning October 6 for a limited run through November 18 at the Ambassador Theatre. It’s the Hollywood star’s first…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 09:39AM
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Broadway Revival Tours Coming This Fall by Leigh Scheps

Broadway revivals of long-beloved musicals are hitting the road this fall, set to introduce audiences across the country to productions that have won praise for their virtuosity, authenticit…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 04:30AM
Monday, August 6, 2018

How the Pulse of Head Over Heels Is Inclusive by Leigh Scheps

If heaven is a place on Earth, The Go­Go’s have found it on Broadway. Their music is the basis of the new jukebox musical Head Over Heels, now playing at the Hudson Theatre. “They’re …

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 11:09AM
Friday, July 13, 2018

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video of Carousel’s Cast Album Recording by Leigh Scheps

Broadway Direct’s got an exclusive behind the scenes look at Lindsay Mendez singing “Mister Snow” during the recording of the new Broadway cast album, Carousel. “It’s a major dream…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:39AM
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

BWW Interview: Donna McKechnie on Dancing in HALF TIME at Paper Mill Playhouse by Leigh Scheps

All Donna McKechnie needs is the music a mirror and she'll still dance for you. The 75-year-old is currently starring as Joanne in the original musical, Half Time, at the Paper Mill Playhous…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 09:36AM
Monday, June 4, 2018

BWW Interview: Jerry Mitchell on Watching Broadway Veterans Still Dancing in HALF TIME at Paper Mill Playhouse by Leigh Scheps

Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell is going full out these days. Not only is he directing and choreographing the original musical, Half Time, at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, but he'…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 02:12PM
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

How a Trip to Haiti Inspired the Once On This Island Revival by Leigh Scheps

When you enter the Circle in the Square Theatre to see Once On This Island on Broadway, you immediately feel transported into another land just ravaged by a storm. There is not only livestoc…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 04:20AM
Sunday, April 22, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Watch a Preview of Mandy Gonzalez Singing For New Streaming Service STAGE by Leigh Scheps

First there was Grease You're the One That I Want On NBC in 2007. Then on MTV came Legally Blonde The Search for the Next Elle Woods on Broadway in 2008. Soon, theater fans will be excited t…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 09:48PM
Monday, April 2, 2018

BWW Interview: A Conversation With Jason Alexander and How He Got to Broadway by Leigh Scheps

Before his guest starring role on Young Sheldon, last season's off-Broadway production of The Portuguese Kid and of course nearly a decade as George Costanza on Seinfeld, Jason Alexander was…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 11:19AM
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

BWW Interview: Iris Rainer Dart of PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE at 3Below by Leigh Scheps

The musical, The People in the Picture, is getting a makeover as a new production is being mounted at 3Below in San Jose, California with performances beginning April 26th. Making its west c…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 08:26AM
Monday, March 5, 2018

Kazee and Barks on Making the Iconic Pretty Woman Characters Their Own by Leigh Scheps

Steve Kazee and Samantha Barks are not Richard Gere or Julia Roberts. And they’re not trying to be, as they rehearse for their starring roles as Edward and Vivian in the world premiere of …

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:15PM
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

BWW Interview: Lauren Zakrin Gets Villainous for CRUEL INTENTIONS by Leigh Scheps

She's the Marcia Fing Brady of the Upper East side and proud of it. 'For me, I get to play my first villain,' actress Lauren Zakrin tells BroadwayWorld's Leigh Scheps. 'This time I get to pl…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 09:32AM
Friday, November 10, 2017

BWW Interview: Betty Corwin on How She Pioneered Archival Recordings of Broadway Shows by Leigh Scheps

Broadway shows have been preserved for decades thanks to one pioneer with a passion. Betty Corwin was working in a hospital in 1969 when she came up with a brilliant idea to record them for …

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:48AM
Sunday, October 15, 2017

BWW Interview: Nathan Lane Talks THE BIRDCAGE & ANGELS IN AMERICA on Broadway: 'It's Important The Play Be Seen Again' by Leigh Scheps

There's not a day that goes by when someone doesn't mention The Birdcage to Nathan Lane. It's become such a loving film for so many people. This week, the Broadway veteran is getting ready…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 04:12PM
Thursday, October 5, 2017

BWW Interview: Valerie Harper Talks New Film & Not Letting Life Slip By by Leigh Scheps

She was given months to live. So now, five years later after being diagnosed with an incurable disease, Valerie Harper isn't letting life slip by. I am feeling good today, Harper, 78, tells…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 07:42AM
Thursday, August 10, 2017

BWW Interview: Cheech Manohar of MEAN GIRLS on His Parody Rap Audition by Leigh Scheps

At 21-years-old and fresh out of college, Cheech Manohar's got it pretty grool. He's about to make his Broadway debut as suave virgin North Shore mathlete, Kevin Gnapoor, in the new musical…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 07:54AM
Friday, August 4, 2017

BWW Interview: Playwright Neil LaBute Talks Latest Film SOME FREAKS: 'It's a Pretty Unconventional Romance' by Leigh Scheps

It's a story about a plus-sized girl, a one-eyed guy and a closeted gay teen. Some describe it as 'John Hughes-esque.' But Molly Ringwald isn't in this modern day ugly duckling love affair.

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 12:24PM
Monday, July 31, 2017

BWW Interview: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM's Shalita Grant Talks Return to Theater by Leigh Scheps

'It's a gift to come back. Shakespeare's hard,' Grant says of her return to theater. She hasn't performed Shakespeare since 2011 and hasn't been on a stage since 2014. 'I feel like an artist…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 03:42PM

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May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards