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Jonathan Groff

Highly Anticipated 'Hamilton' Cast Album Will Debut in September >>

One of the most anticipated Broadway cast albums of the year, Hamilton, will be released in September. It features the original cast, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonathan Groff. The album was produced by The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter.

Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o

Lupito Nyongo to Make Her New York Stage Debut in 'Eclipsed' >>

Oscar-winning actress, Lupito Nyongo, will make her New York stage debut this fall appearing in the Public Theater's new war drama, "Eclipsed."

Can 'School Of Rock,' the Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Punch Its Own Ticket?

Can Lloyd Webber's 'School Of Rock' Punch Its Own Ticket? >>

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber--certainly one of the theater's best-cast composers, writers and producers. Be it on Broadway or in his native West End, it's his name above so many other cast ones in productions as brilliant and as varied as 'Cats,' 'Evita,' 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,' 'Phantom of the Opera,' etc. ad inf. But what about his newest show, 'School of Rock: The Musical,' beginning previews early November (opening officially on December 6) at the Shubert's Winter Garden Theatre? And can YOU, Classicalites, afford a ticket?

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon Returns to Broadway With Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne >>

Michael Shannon, the seasoned actor from "Boardwalk Empire" and "Man of Steel," will make his Broadway return in 'Long Day's Journey Into Night," joining Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne on stage, the Roundabout Theatre Company announced on Wednesday.

'Penn & Teller On Broadway'

'Penn and Teller on Broadway' Fool Us Vegas-Style, 15 Years Later >>

For the first time in fifteen years, Las Vegas-based magicians Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller--better known as Penn & Teller--return to NYC's Broadway stage to deliver an entertaining, fast-paced show featuring a combination of classic and new illusions in their new show, aptly called 'Penn & Teller On Broadway.'

Danielle Brooks

Taystee Debuting on Broadway (in Oprah's Role) for 'The Color Purple' Revival >>

Danielle Brooks, from the Netflix original drama Orange Is the New Black (OITNB), will star in Broadway's revival of The Color Purple later this year in December. Made famous from her role as beloved inmate Taystee, Brooks will make her Broadway debut in The Color Purple later this year, producers announced Wednesday--according to The Hollywood Reporter. Brooks will join fellow Broadway rookies Jennfier Hudson and Cynthia Erivo in the John Doyle revival of the Broadway classic. THR also states that Brooks will play the role of Sofia (orginally played by Oprah Winfrey in a feature film) and that production plans to open on December 10 at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.


'Skylight' Starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan Begins Broadway Previews >>

More stars are making their way down the Great White Way. Bill Nighy and Oscar nominee, Carey Mulligan, are beginning previews for David Hare’s new show, "Skylight," on March 13.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis Makes Broadway Debut in 'Misery,' Elizabeth Marvel to Co-Star >>

And the stars just keep on coming. Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures has confirmed that Bruce Willis will make his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel-turned-movie 'Misery.' Willis will co-star with New York stage veteran Elizabeth Marvel.

Jonathan Groff

Off-Broadway Hit 'Hamilton' Moving to Broadway: Jonathan Groff Joins Cast >>

'Hamilton,' the off-Broadway musical about rapping founding fathers which recently opened to rave reviews, will be moving to the Great White Way this summer. Even bigger news: Broadway sweetheart Jonathan Groff will take over the role of King George III from Brian D'Arcy James in the Broadway production. With lyrics, music and book all done by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Public Theater production opened Feb. 17 to some of the best reviews in years. There was little doubt that the play would make it to Broadway, but many were surprised at how quickly it got there. 'Hamilton' is already an early frontrunner in the 2016 Tony Awards race. Groff, known for his work in 'Spring Awakening' and the television show 'Glee,' will take the stage as King George III after James leaves to star in the Broadway production of 'Something Rotten.'

Spongebob Squarepants

Rumors Fly Around 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Broadway Musical Announced by Nickelodeon >>

Everyone’s favorite sponge may be heading to the Great White Way. Nickelodeon has confirmed to 'Entertainment Weekly' that a 'SpongeBob SquarePants' musical is currently in the works. Though the show location has not been announced, it is rumored that Nickelodeon is hoping for a Broadway run. The show is said to feature a mixture of classical and contemporary music, with music from Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Lady Antebellum and John Legend for the score. The production is set to be directed by Tina Landau, who is currently directing the off-broadway show 'Big Love.'


Guillermo of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Makes Broadway Debut in Disney's ‘Aladdin’ >>

Broadway isn’t just for the stars anymore, it’s also for their security guards! Jimmy Kimmel Live’s security guard and show sidekick, Guillermo, made his Broadway debut in Disney’s “Aladdin” this week.

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein, Rick Miramontez Split After Heated Words About New Broadway Musical 'Finding Neverland' >>

Harvey Weinstein and press agent Rick Miramontez have split on their new Broadway musical "Finding Neverland," after heated words were exchanged between the former partners.

Tony Danza

Tony Danza's 'Honeymoon In Vegas' Opens on Broadway to Rave Reviews >>

Broadway has a new rising star and it’s none other than Tony Danza. His new Broadway musical, “Honeymoon in Vegas,” has recently opened on the Great White Way to rave reviews.

The Heart of Robin Hood

'The Heart of Robin Hood' Delays Broadway Opening Because of High Toronto Ticket Sales >>

“The Heart of Robin Hood,” the new play that was set to hit Broadway in the spring, has postponed its opening after unexpected successful ticket sales in Toronto, where the show opened last week.

Renée Fleming

Live Broadcast of Metropolitan Opera's 'Merry Widow' Starring Renée Fleming, Kelli O'Hara in Movie Theaters >>

Select theaters around the nation will be participating in a live, high-definition broadcast of "The Merry Widow" starring opera singer Renée Fleming. "The Merry Widow" is a Metropolitan Opera operetta by Franz Lehár featuring Fleming as the beguiling femme fatale Hanna, who captivates the Paris social seen. Susan Stroman, known for her Broadway productions including the Tony Award-winning musicals "Crazy for You," "Contact" and "The Producers," directs and choreographs the show. Other performers featured include baritone Nathan Gunn as Hanna’s lover Danilo, tenor Alek Shrader as the young nobleman Camille de Rosillon and baritone Sir Thomas Allen as the Baron Zeta. Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, best known for her acclaimed performances in "South Pacific" and "The Light in the Piazza," makes her Met debut as the Baron’s coquettish wife Valencienne.

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