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Latest Broadway News

January 26, 2016

A national tour of the Broadway musical Hamilton will open in spring 2017 in San Francisco and continue to Los Angeles, it was announced today by producer Jeffrey Seller.
Hamilton will anchor the 2016-2017 seasons at both the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco (with performances starting March 2017) and the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles (from August 11 to December 30). 

A Chicago production of Hamilton was previously announced to begin performances on September 27, 2016 at the PrivateBank Theatre.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.  

January 21, 2016

Producers The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization announced today that CATS, one of the biggest hits in theatrical history, will return to Broadway this summer at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street). Preview performances will begin July 14,with an official opening set for August 2, 2016.

When CATS opens, Andrew Lloyd Webber will, once again, have the rare distinction of having three musicals running simultaneously on Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock – The Musical, and CATS.

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (currently home to Lloyd Webber’s newest hit, School of Rock – The Musical), where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. CATS was originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen, and The Shubert Organization.

January 19, 2016

Producer Scott Rudin announced today that Bette Midler will return to Broadway in one of the most cherished musicals in theater history when she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Michael Stewart’s (book) and Jerry Herman’s (music and lyrics) masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!. Directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances on Broadway on March 13, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017.  Rehearsals begin one year from today.

January 14, 2016

Producers Carl Levin (Rock of Ages), Vicki Halmos, Elizabeth Williams (Waiting for Godot, Crazy For You) and Greenleaf Productions (Fiddler on the Roof, Matilda) announced today that NERDS, a new musical dot-comedy about the rise and rivalry of tech trailblazers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, will open on Broadway Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), following preview performances from Thursday, March 31. Tickets are now on-sale via Telecharge.com/ 212-239-6200.

Before Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were the undisputed titans of technology, they were NERDS. Join America’s favorite garage inventors on a hilarious musical journey from the floppy disc era to the iPhone phenomenon, and the epic competition in between, that would revolutionize modern culture as we know it. Fittingly, the production will feature the most progressive technology seen on Broadway, including: on-stage holograms; projection mapping; and an enhanced theatergoing experience through app integrations that allow users to interact with the set and other audience members, choose the show’s ending, and more special features soon to be announced.

NERDS features book & lyrics by multiple Emmy Award nominees Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner (Cartoon Network’s “Robot Chicken”, Bomb-itty of Errors), music by Hal Goldberg (The Children), direction by Casey Hushion (Aladdin - Associate Resident Director) and choreography by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Josh Bergasse (On The Town, “Smash”). The Broadway cast will be announced shortly.

December 14, 2015

Grammy-nominated multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will make his long-awaited Broadway debut as ‘Pierre’ in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, the new musical The New York Times calls “a heaven-sent fireball” (Brantley) and “vibrant, thrillingly imagined” (Isherwood), Entertainment Weekly calls “a stunning, blazingly original musical,” and the New York Post calls “inventive, ravishing and full-on romantic.” Created by Dave Malloy (Preludes, Ghost Quartet) and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Small Mouth Sounds, Preludes), THE GREAT COMET will land on Broadway in September 2016.

THE GREAT COMET is a theatrical experience like no other. Malloy’s inspired adaptation of a 70-page slice of War and Peace puts audiences just inches away from Tolstoy’s brash young lovers, as they light up Moscow in an epic tale of romance and passion.