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Extra,Extra: Disney’s ‘Newsies’ Musical Ending Tour This Fall >>

Extra, Extra. Stop the presses. Disney’s 'Newsies the Musical' national tour is going the way of the modern day print newspaper. That is right. The 'Newsies' might forever, but the road show isn't. The tour will end this fall. Check out the report below for all to the details.


REVIEW: ‘Preludes,’ Based on Rachmaninoff, Struggles with Writer's Block >>

They say first impressions are everything. After wowing the world with his “Prelude in C-sharp minor,” Sergei Rachmaninoff set expectations high for his 'First Symphony.' However, things didn’t go quote so well for Rachmaninoff, leading him to a three year long struggle with writer's block. But you know what they say, one man’s writer bock is another man’s hit musical...That is a saying right? 'Dave Malloy’s' musical Preludes goes inside the mind of Rachmaninoff, exploring his three year creative drought and the events that lead to it.

Forever Plaid

‘Forever Plaid’ Comeing Back to London in April 2016 >>

'Forever Plaid' is making it’s way across the pond once again. London is getting an all new production of the Off-Broadway musical revue. The story involves four would be superstars who were tragically killed before by bus full of catholic school girls on their way to see the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan. The quartet are brought back to life for one night so that they can finally perform their set before crossing over to the afterlife.

Christine Ebersole

Matthew Broderick & Christine Ebersole Perform ‘Poets of Amityville’ Reading >>

Tony Award winners Matthew Broderick ('The Producers') and Christine Ebersole ('42nd Street,') will perform a special invite only reading of Eugene Pack’s 'Poets of Amityville,' tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 7). The reading is produced by Circus Road Films and Theatricals & Big Head Productions.


Seth Rudetsky’s ‘Disaster!’ Musical Officially Opens Tonight, March 8 with Faith Prince & Adam Pascal >>

Seth Rudetsky's all new musical, 'Disaster!' officially opens tonight (Tuesday, March 8). The show features an all star cast including Faith Prince, Roger Bart and Adam Pascal, just to name a few.

Little Shop of Horrors

'Little Shop of Horrors' Uproots for New UK Tour >>

Can you feel the sturm and drang in the air? Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s campy black comedy, 'Little Shop of Horrors,' is about to spread its way across the UK. Tour dates for Sell a Door Theatre Company’s production of the classic show have been announced.

5th Avenue Theatre

‘Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion’ Musical Coming to 5th Avenue Theatre >>

Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in the world premiere of 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion the Musical.' The show will be based on the 1997 movie of the same which same name which starred Lisa Kudrow ('Friends') and Mira Sorvino ('Human Trafficking,' 'Norma Jean & Marilyn'). The upcoming production will be directed by Kristin Hanggi ('Rock of Ages') and choreographed by Kelly Devine ('Fun Home,' 'Rock of Ages,' 'Rocky').

B.D. Wong

New ‘Gotham’ Tonight with Tony Winner BD Wong as Doctor Hugo Strange >>

Last week Tony Award winner B.D. Wong ('Law & Order: SVU,' 'OZ,' 'M Butterfly') made his debut appearance on Fox’s Batman origin series, Gotham. Wong is playing the crazed psychiatrist Doctor Hugo Strange. Now, Wong is opening up about the inner workings of his characters warped mind. Check out the report below to hear what Strange things Wong has to say about the new villain, as well as a look at tonight’s all new episode.

Rufus Wainwright Does Judy Once Again >>

Ten short years ago, Rufus Wainwright honored the late, great Judy Garland with two special tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall. This June, Wainwright, will once again be performing the tribute concerts based on Garland’s live 1961 double album from the same famed venue.

Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane in ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ Tonight After ‘Producers’ Reunion >>

No director, no set, no problem. Tonight Nathan Lane takes the ultimate challenge by jumping blindly down the rabbit hole in Nassim Soleimanpour’s 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit.' That is not all. Nathan Lane also recently reunited with his old pal Matthew Broderick in a Donald Trump based 'Producers' parody for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' titled “Trumped.”.

Finding Neverland, the Musical

Weekly Reprise: Alfie Boe Left 'Les Miserables' for 'Finding Neverland,' Jason Danieley Returns to ‘Chicago’ >>

The old theater adage says the show must go on, but that doesn’t mean every actor can. In this issue of the Classicalite Weekly Reprise we are looking at some of the recent cast shake ups on Broadway. Jean Valjean actor Alfie Boe has left 'Les Miserables' to join the cast of 'Finding Neverland' as J.M. Barrie. Boe will be replaced by former Jean Valjean actor and UK 'Phantom' John Owen-Jones. Boe will be replacing Tony Yazbeck. Meanwhile the Kander and Ebb classic, 'Chicago' has a new/old Billy Flynn. Jason Danieley ('The Visit,' 'Next to Normal,' 'The Full Monty') returned to the role this past Monday, February 29. replacing Eddie George.

Phantom of the Opera

John Owen-Jones Compares ‘Phantom of The Opera’ Erik and ‘Les Miserables’ Jean Valjean >>

John Owen-Jones is leaving the West End run of 'Phantom of the Opera' to once again take on he role of prisoner 24601 A.K.A. Jean Valjean in Broadway’s 'Les Miserables.' Now, John Owen-Jones is opening up about the two iconic roles and just how they differ.


‘Gotham’ Lands Tony Winner BD Wong as Doctor Hugo Strange >>

One of the best things to come out of the 2015-2016 TV season was Fox’s 'Gotham.; The Batman origin series quickly became a must watch for many, including Yours Truly. The show got even better with the Season 2 addition of B.D. Wong as Doctor Hugo Strange. Wong is perhaps best known for his roles in 'Law & Order: SVU' and HBO’s 'OZ.' Wong also has a Tony Award for his role in 'M. Butterfly.' Check out the report below to get a look at Wong as Strange and this week’s episode of Gotham and Doctor Strange’s plans for the Penguin.

American Psycho the Musical

Weekly Reprise: ‘American Psycho the Musical’ London Recording & UK ‘Kinky Boots’ Live Albums Coming >>

We here at 'Classicalite' understand that the week can be long and sometime some stories go unread. That is why we have devised the Weekly Reprise to keep you up to date on all the latest buzz. Show-Tune junkies get ready for next fix. It was recently announced that the London cast recording of 'American Psycho the Musical' will be released alongside the show’s Broadway debut. Starring 'Doctor Who’s' Matt Smith and featuring music by Spring Awakenings own Duncan Sheik, this blood soaked ode to the 80’s is a must grab. Speaking of must. Sony Masterworks is gearing up to release a live audio recording of the UK’s production of 'Kinky Boots.'

B.D. Wong

Tony Winner BD Wong Gets Real Strange in 'Gotham' >>

Tony Award winner B.D. Wong ('M. Butterfly,' 'You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown') recently joined the cast of Fox’s Batman prequel series 'Gotham.' On the series, Wong plays the twisted physiatrist Doctor Hugo Strange. Now, Wong is giving a look into the mind of the powerful Bat-Villain.

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