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Introducing @BWWFanGirl, Olivia Hardy - BWW's New Intern and Teen Reporter (9/3/2015)
Now, we are excited to give the entire BroadwayWorld.com readership the same opportunity as we introduce her today as our official 'Teen Correspondent' where she will be reporting for the site, and on social media @BWWFanGirl.
Exclusive Photo Coverage: Go Inside the MISS SAIGON Cast Reunion! (9/1/2015)
It all started with Marc Oka (an Original Broadway Cast member) who decided to try and gather members of the casts of MISS SAIGON for a reunion. He went to URBO (a fantastic restaurant, bar and venue, in the heart of Times Square) and Manager, Benjamin Ickies, who is also a musician, and BOOM ... the night was born.
UPDATED: Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Groban, and Many More Tribute Kyle Jean-Baptiste (8/29/2015)
Like all of the theatre community, BroadwayWorld is shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of 21-year-old Les Miserables performer Kyle Jean-Baptiste after an accident at his mother's home on Friday night. Below, read the heartfelt messages that friends and fans have been sharing to social media ever since the news of his death.
Richard Jay-Alexander & Baayork Lee to Helm NAAP's PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE Gala This Fall (8/18/2015)
National Asian Artists Project will celebrate its 5th Anniversary of 'showcasing the work of Asian-American theatre artists through performance, outreach and educational programming' on Monday, October 5th at 8pm at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (56 LaGuardia Place) with Past, Present & Future, a one-night- only Gala Benefit evening featuring a line-up of show-stopping wall-to-wall musical numbers from Broadway shows, highlights from past NAAP productions and current material, as well as what Ms. Lee hopes to stage in the future. With a cast of over one hundred supervised by Ms. Lee and acclaimed director Richard Jay-Alexander, the evening will feature seasoned Broadway professionals - friends and supporters of NAAP - staging many of the numbers. With a full orchestra led by Broadway musical supervisor and conductor Kevin Stites and lighting & sound design by Matt Berman, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support this worthy company as they head into the future. To see established Broadway stars and the young members of NAAP 'side-by-side' is sure to be a night to remember.
BWW TV Exclusive: Happy Birthday Michael Urie! BWW Visits Oz Performance! (8/9/2015)
On Monday night, January 20, 2014 BroadwayWorld.com kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a benefit for BC/EFA entitled BroadwayWorld.com Visits Oz. In celebration of Michael Urie's birthday, we bring you a special clip of his performance. A longtime friend to BroadwayWorld.com, during his sold-out run of BUYER & CELLAR, he made time to come to JOE'S PUB to be part of our 10th Anniversary. At the event, he performed a special piece, written by BUYER & CELLAR Playwright's Jonathan Tolins, entitled MY PASSION FOR OZ.
STAGE TUBE: Well-Strung at It Again with New Take on Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' (8/6/2015)
Well-Strung, the pop/classical fusion group, released their second music video today titled "Blank Space (Feat. Johann Sebastian Bach)" in advance of their new album POPssical due this October. The video can be viewed on their YouTube channel and the single can be downloaded on iTunes.
Happy Birthday to Singing Superstar Deborah Voigt! (8/4/2015)
Happy Birthday Deborah Voigt! On the heels of a sell-out for 'Deborah Voigt: Voight Lessons', this past weekend at The Art House in Provincetown, MA, we want to celebrate 'Debbie's' birthday, where we found out, on this day, that she's teaching at Glimmerglass. 'Mark Cortale Presents' has his Broadway Series at The Art House in Provincetown for the 2015 Summer Season, where the show was standing room only.
Miami-Based Reporter Rosh Lowe Reminisces About His Broadway Past (8/4/2015)
Roshi Handwerger had quite the theatrical resume back in the day, having starred in the Broadway productions of Mame and Oliver! in the 80s, as well as the original off-Broadway production of The Knife. The young actor is a adult now, and according to a recent feature in the Miami Herald, he is now a reporter for Channel 7 News.  Roshi, who is now known as Rosh Lowe, went unrecognized to Mame composer Jerry Herman- a Miami Beach resident. He told MH: 'For three years I have watched newscaster Rosh Lowe, never knowing he was my young Patrick grown up. Mame would be so proud!'
Roslyn Kind to Make Art House Debut, 7/31-8/1 (7/31/2015)
Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, MA has announced that cabaret star Roslyn Kind will join the critically acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House series for two shows only on July 31 and August 1 at 7:00 PM. The production is directed by Richard Jay-Alexander who has directed productions for Barbra Streisand (who is also Ms. Kind's big sister), as well as for Kristin Chenoweth, Il Divo, Bette Midler and Well-Strung. Musical Direction is by Alex Rybeck, with Jered Egan on bass and Dan Gross on Drums.  For tickets and information visit www.ptownarthouse.com  or call 800-838-3006.
Roslyn Kind to Make Art House Debut, 7/31-8/1 (7/31/2015)
Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, MA has announced that cabaret star Roslyn Kind will join the critically acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House series for two shows only on July 31 and August 1 at 7:00 PM. The production is directed by Richard Jay-Alexander who has directed productions for Barbra Streisand (who is also Ms. Kind's big sister), as well as for Kristin Chenoweth, Il Divo, Bette Midler and Well-Strung. Musical Direction is by Alex Rybeck, with Jered Egan on bass and Dan Gross on Drums.  For tickets and information visit www.ptownarthouse.com  or call 800-838-3006.
TV Exclusive: BroadwayWorld Celebrates THE WIZ with Dee Dee Bridgewater, André De Shields, Ken Page & More! (7/31/2015)
Broadway is abuzz with news about NBC's upcoming presentation of The Wiz, with Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and original Dorothy Stephanie Mills all having just signed on to star. They aren't the only ones with love for The Wiz though. On Monday night, January 20, 2014 BroadwayWorld.com kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a benefit for BC/EFA entitled BroadwayWorld.com Visits Oz. In celebration of this week's big news, we bring you our own concert highlights of The Wiz, including performances of 'So You Wanted to See the Wizard?,' 'Be A Lion,' 'Home,' 'If You Believe,' and of course, 'Ease on Down the Road.'
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Jay-Alexander Talks P'town: Well-Strung, Roslyn Kind & Deborah Voigt (7/29/2015)
'If you had told me just a year ago that 3 shows I was a part of would be playing Provincetown this summer, I would have not believed you.' Those were the first words out of Richard Jay-Alexander's mouth when asked how the summer was planned. He is as surprised as anyone and has stories about each ACT.
The Cabaret South Beach Closes Due to Eviction (7/23/2015)
Edison Farrow's The Cabaret South Beach has been evicted from the World Erotic Art Museum building, it was reported on Facebook.
Opera Star Deborah Voigt to Make Provincetown Debut, 8/2 (7/21/2015)
 The Art House in Provincetown, MA, headed by Mark Cortale, will present Metropolitan Opera Star Deborah Voigt in "Voigt Lessons" created by Terrence McNally, Francesca Zambello and Deborah Voigt, for one night only on August 2 at 6:30 PM. Music Direction is by Kevin Stites, and the production is Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. "Voigt Lessons" was originally created by the Glimmerglass Opera in 2011. This performance will mark Ms. Voigt's Provincetown debut as part of the critically acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House concert series. For tickets and information visit www.ptownarthouse.com  or call 800-838-3006.
Roslyn Kind to Make Art House Debut, 7/31-8/1 (7/20/2015)
Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, MA has announced that cabaret star Roslyn Kind will join the critically acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House series for two shows only on July 31 and August 1 at 7:00 PM. The production is directed by Richard Jay-Alexander who has directed productions for Barbra Streisand (who is also Ms. Kind's big sister), as well as for Kristin Chenoweth, Il Divo, Bette Midler and Well-Strung. Musical Direction is by Alex Rybeck, with Jered Egan on bass and Dan Gross on Drums.  For tickets and information visit www.ptownarthouse.com  or call 800-838-3006.
BWW TV Exclusive: Broadway Inspirational Voices First Star-Studded Parlor Night (7/16/2015)
A couple of weeks ago, Richard Jay-Alexander reported exclusively for BroadwayWorld.com on Michael McElroy, the Broadway Inspirational Voices and the launch of Parlor Night, which will soon be a regular event. 
Well-Strung Performs for Hillary Clinton After 'Chelsea's Mom' Goes Viral (7/6/2015)
When the all-male musical foursome Well-Strung released their new video 'Chelsea's Mom' on YouTube just over a week ago, the resulting chain of events was something that not even the most powerful entertainment moguls could have engineered, let alone an indie pop-classical singing string quartet.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES: WELL-STRUNG Opens Their New Residency in Provincetown Tonight! (7/3/2015)
Walter McBride was given exclusive access to a rehearsal in New York and we have some wonderful pictures to share with you as we enter this 4th of July Weekend.
BWW Feature: Broadway Knows how to Celebrate Birthdays; 10 Birthday Showtunes! (6/29/2015)
My birthday this year took on extra significance, as the Supreme Court of the United States selected that day to rule that all people had an equal and unalienable right to marry whomever they wanted, regardless of gender. While normally a day to indulge in extreme selfishness, I am quite pleased to cede the importance of June 26th from a celebration of my birth to that of love and compassion for all people. Hopefully Derek Jeter, Ariana Grande, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris O'Donnell are all on board as well. Despite long considering myself a LGBTQ ally, I am now going to turn this feature back to being about my birthday (because I already had the songs chosen before SCOTUS ruled). So, this month, I am taking over sole duties that I normally share with Jeff Walker, and composing a list of 10 showtunes all about births and birthdays. Feel free to chime in on Twitter (@BWWMatt) or in the comments below with any others you would like to add to the list.
WAKE UP with BWW 6/28/2015 - Special PRIDE Edition! (6/28/2015)
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: After Friday's landmark Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, the Broadway community -- and supporters across the country -- exploded with love and celebration. Today is the day for NYC to go even wilder in support of LGBTQ rights, so scroll down for BWW's list of Pride-related events, parties and more!
STAGE TUBE: Well-Strung Rallies for Hillary Clinton with Political Jam 'Chelsea's Mom' (6/25/2015)
When it comes to either their signature pop-classical mashups - or their politics for that matter - Well-Strung, The Singing String Quartet, wears its heart on its sleeve. For the first single from their upcoming new album titled 'POPssical', due out in early October, the group debuts their new music video 'Chelsea's Mom' today on YouTube. The video is Well-Strung's inventive take on the Fountains of Wayne hit 'Stacy's Mom', reimagined as a tribute to 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The musical arrangement for strings is by Well-Strung with lyrics by Well-Strung, Jeffery Roberson & Jacques Lamarre. The video was filmed by Blake Drummond, edited by Randy Rainbow and was produced by Mark Cortale, Matt Farber and Well-Strung.
Broadway Reacts to Supreme Court's Ruling on Marriage Equality; Updating Live! (6/26/2015)
Below, check out how Broadway stars reacted to the historic ruling
Exclusive Photos: PARLOR NIGHT Debuts in Manhattan with Michael McElroy, The Broadway Inspirational Voices and Plenty of Broadway Royalty! (6/23/2015)
The Broadway Community worships at the altar of Michael McElroy and, pretty soon, so will the world. The Broadway veteran, with many shows under his belt, founded the Broadway Inspirational Voices in 1994 and, last night, photographer and friend Walter McBride and I were invited to a private home, where an awe-inspiring event transpired. We witnessed the birth of PARLOR NIGHT, something that ladies Di Ana Pisarri and Schele Williams had dreamed of for some time.
Well-Strung to Premiere New Show in Provincetown This Summer (6/16/2015)
Well-Strung, The Singing String Quartet, will return to Provincetown on July 1 to debut their brand new show 'Summer Lovin' directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. The show arrives in conjunction with the launch of the group's Kickstarter campaign for their new CD entitled 'POPssical' scheduled for release this fall. For 'Summer Lovin' tickets and information visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006.
BWW Exclusive: All Eyes on Sir Ian McKellen: Richard Jay-Alexander Chats with a Real-Life HERO (6/12/2015)
On Monday night, June 15, Sir Ian McKellen will receive the Trevor Hero Award at The Trevor Project's TrevorLIVE New York event, presented by Wells Fargo and held at the Marriott Marquis, right in the heart of the theatre district.
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