Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo Confirmed as Stars for the Phantom of the Opera Sequel: Love Never Dies

Andrew Lloyd Webber has confirmed that Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, Las Vegas Phantom of the Opera) and Ramin Karimloo (West End Phantom of the Opera) will star in the world premiere of the Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies, set to open "early next year" at London's Adelphi Theatre. The two stars originated the roles in…

Ragtime headed to Broadway this fall!

It's official: the Kennedy Center's production of Ragtime, directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, is headed to Broadway this fall. Previews begin on Friday, October 23 and the show will officially open on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Casting and ticketing information will be announced soon. The production team includes…

Little Mermaid to Close on Broadway August 30

This week brings another sad closing announcement: Disney’s The Little Mermaid will close at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on August 30. The musical, composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman and directed by Francesco Zambello, will have played 50 previews and 685 performances upon closing. Thomas Schumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical Productions said they…

Rock of Ages Attempting to Break Air Guitar Guinness World Record

The cast and crew of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Rock Of Ages will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble on Wednesday, July 1st. The event will start at 1:30 pm PST, and will be streamed live on Ustream here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/us-air-guitar-world-record The ensemble will include Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis,…

A Vacation, A Rumor, A Cast Album and A Web Site Story

A Little Vacation for Hair star Gavin Creel Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel just announced on his blog that he "will be off with the Creel Clan chilling by a lake in Michigan" from Aug 10-17 this summer, so if you head to Hair that week, you'll be seeing understudies Jay Armstrong Johnson or Paris…

Amy Spanger will not return to Rock of Ages

Amy Spanger, who created the role of Sherrie in Rock of Ages, left the show for some vocal rest after the Tony Awards and was expected to return on June 29; however, a new press statement issued today announced that she will not return due to "personal reasons." Savannah Wise will continue to play the…

Jerry Lewis, Marvin Hamlisch & Rupert Holmes are bringing Nutty Professor to Broadway

"I know what you're thinking: Where's he been all my life? Right? " The King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis (Damn Yankees!) is bringing the 1963 movie he directed, wrote and starred in - The Nutty Professor - to the Broadway stage in 2010/2011. He will sit in the director's chair this time round, working alongside…

Avenue Q to Close on Broadway on September 13

It's a sad day on Broadway. Producers just announced that the critically acclaimed Avenue Q will close its run at the John Golden Theatre on September 13, 2009. When it closes, the Tony-award winning Best Musical will have played 22 previews and 2,534 performances. If you haven't seen it yet - get your tickets now…

Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming will star in Broadway’s Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark!

Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming (Cabaret, The Threepenny Opera) are set to star in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark on Broadway as Mary Jane Watson and Norman Osborn (a.k.a. Green Goblin) respectively. The show, written by Julie Taymor (Lion King) and Glen Berger, features music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge. The…

Harry Potter: The Musical Online

It may not be headed for Broadway...but is highly entertaining and actually quite good. Produced by a non-profit student theater company, this musical spoof "filled with magical fun and original songs ... is a Potter-spectacular that no fan should miss." The show only played five performances, but was captured on video and luckily for us…