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Barry Manilow Brings Harmony, Johnny Rabe Meets Some Lions & More Cross-Country Highlights

Barry Manilow Brings Harmony, Johnny Rabe Meets Some Lions & More Cross-Country Highlights

Broadway.com road trip! We’re traveling across the country to highlight the most exciting regional theater productions across the United States. From a revamped Pal Joey in Little Rock to a New Kids on the Block alum's return to the stage in Denver, check out five can’t-miss productions in this week’s Countrywide Guide.


DENVER, CO
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Pasek & Paul’s James and the Giant Peach to Premiere at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Starring Kendra Kassebaum

Pasek & Paul’s James and the Giant Peach to Premiere at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Starring Kendra Kassebaum

A reworked musical version of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach will receive its premiere at the Seattle Children’s Theatre November 21 through January 5. Directed by SCT artistic director Linda Hartzell, the stage adaptation features a book by Timothy Allen McDonald and music by Tony nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

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Tony Winner Alice Ripley Will Play Margaret White in Seattle Production of Carrie

Tony Winner Alice Ripley Will Play Margaret White in Seattle Production of Carrie

Tony and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Alice Ripley will lead the Balagan Theatre’s fall production of Carrie. Ripley will star as Carrie’s religious fanatic mother, Margaret White, opposite Keaton Whittaker (A Little Night Music) as the show’s title character. Directed by Ripley’s Next to Normal co-star and Balagan Theatre’s Artistic Director Louis Hobson, the musical will also feature Broadway ...

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Veronica Hart Goes Deep, Broadway Stars Head South to Camelot & More Cross-Country Highlights

Veronica Hart Goes Deep, Broadway Stars Head South to Camelot & More Cross-Country Highlights

Broadway.com is hitting the road! We’re highlighting five exciting productions happening all over the United States right this minute. Hop aboard for a cross-country tour of the best regional theater offerings, from the legend of Bigfoot in Alaska to the behind-the-scenes world of adult films in Hollywood.


HOLLYWOOD, CA
Veronica Hart & Ron Jeremy Relive a Sex Scandal

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Raúl Esparza and the Cast of Leap of Faith Rise Up in the Recording Studio

Raúl Esparza and the Cast of Leap of Faith Rise Up in the Recording Studio
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Are you ready for a miracle? As the stars of the Tony-nominated musical Leap of Faith, Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum know how to "step into the light" but on June 13 they stepped into the darkness at Avatar Studios in Manhattan to lend their voices to an original cast recording. The entire company reunited a month after Leap of ...

Raúl Esparza and Cast of Leap of Faith Reunite for Broadway Cast Recording

Raúl Esparza and Cast of Leap of Faith Reunite for Broadway Cast Recording

The cast of the Tony-nominated musical Leap of Faith will reunite in a recording studio on June 13 to record an original cast album, according to the show’s Twitter account. Starring Raúl Esparza, Leap of Faith finished its brief Broadway run on May 13 at the St. James Theatre after 24 preview performances and 20 regular performances.

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Despite Closing, Leap of Faith Will Perform at the 2012 Tony Awards

Despite Closing, Leap of Faith Will Perform at the 2012 Tony Awards

Despite closing, Leap of Faith, the Tony-nominated musical that starred Raúl Esparza, will perform at the 2012 Tony Awards on June 10, according to The New York Times. Nominated for Best Musical (its sole nomination), the show closed on May 13 at the St. James Theatre. At the time of closing, Leap of Faith had played 24 preview performances and ...

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Tony-Nominated Musical Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza, Sets Broadway Closing Date

Tony-Nominated Musical Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza, Sets Broadway Closing Date

Leap of Faith, the Tony-nominated musical from Alan Menken and starring Raúl Esparza, will play its final performance on May 13 at the St. James Theatre. At the time of closing the show will have played 24 preview performances and 20 regular performances. The show recently received a Tony nod for Best Musical as its sole nomination.

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Squigs Feels the Heavenly Spirit of Best Musical Tony Nominee Leap of Faith

Squigs Feels the Heavenly Spirit of Best Musical Tony Nominee Leap of Faith

Can we get an Amen? Broadway.com resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson headed to Broadway’s St. James Theatre to take part in the Broadway revival meeting known Leap of Faith, and he captured the newly minted Best Musical nominee in a red-hot portrait. Surrounding star Raúl Esparza as charismatic con man Jonas Nightingale are Jessica Phillips, Kendra Kassebaum, Talon Ackerman ...

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Praise Him! Watch Raúl Esparza and the Stars of Leap of Faith Catch the Spirit on a Blessed Opening Night!

Praise Him! Watch Raúl Esparza and the Stars of Leap of Faith Catch the Spirit on a Blessed Opening Night!

The spring season on Broadway ended with a bang as Leap of Faith opened April 26 on the Great White Way. Starring Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum, the musical adaptation of the 1992 film of the same name follows part-time reverend and full-time con artist Jonas Nightingale (Esparza) as his traveling ministry breaks down in a small Kansas ...

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Raúl Esparza and the Stars of Leap of Faith Step Into the Light on a Starry Opening Night!

Raúl Esparza and the Stars of Leap of Faith Step Into the Light on a Starry Opening Night!
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Trading miracles for money paid off for stars Raúl Esparza and as Leap of Faith stepped into the light on its official April 26 opening night. Director Christopher Ashley was joined by co-creators Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, Janus Cercone and Warren Leigh to testify to the awesome power of the gospel-tinged musical. Post-show the starry crowd, including Smash’s Megan Hilty ...

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Rise Up for Raúl Esparza and Leap of Faith?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Rise Up for Raúl Esparza and Leap of Faith?

Gospel-tinged musical Leap of Faith, is rising up on Broadway starring Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum. Based on the 1992 film of the same name, Leap of Faith follows part-time reverend and full-time con artist Jonas Nightingale (Esparza) as his traveling ministry breaks down in a small Kansas town. He quickly pitches a tent and invites the locals ...

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Hallelujah! Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza, Opens on Broadway

Hallelujah! Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza, Opens on Broadway

The musical adaptation of Leap of Faith opens on April 26 at Broadway's St. James Theatre, starring Raúl EsparzaJessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum. Directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, the show features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Janus Cercone and Warren Leight and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.



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Are You Ready For a Miracle? How Leap of Faith Jumped From the Movie Screen to Broadway

Are You Ready For a Miracle? How Leap of Faith Jumped From the Movie Screen to Broadway

Leap of Faiththe rousing gospel-tinged musical that follows the escapades of part-time reverend and full-time con artist Jonas Nightingale, is raising spirits at Broadway's St. James Theatre, where it opens on April 26. Read on to get the good word on a show that gives audiences something to believe in.


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Take a Spirited Video First Look at Raúl Esparza & Jessica Phillips in Leap of Faith

Take a Spirited Video First Look at Raúl Esparza & Jessica Phillips in Leap of Faith

Get ready to catch the spirit as Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum get jumping in the gospel-tinged new musical Leap of Faith at the St. James Theatre. Featuring a rousing score by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Janus Cercone, Leap of Faith tells the story of Jonas Nightingale (Esparza). The part-time reverend and ...

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Take a Miraculous First Look at Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza

Take a Miraculous First Look at Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza
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Are you ready for a miracle? Leap of Faith has jumped to the Great White Way, starring Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum, and we’ve got a sneak peek at the cast in action. Based on the 1992 film of the same name, the musical adaption follows full-time reverend and part-time con artist Jonas Nightingale (Esparza) as his ...

Exclusive! Watch Raúl Esparza Dish with Alan Menken on the ‘Delicious’ Score of Leap of Faith

Exclusive! Watch Raúl Esparza Dish with Alan Menken on the ‘Delicious’ Score of Leap of Faith

Four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza and eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken sat down at the birthplace of the Tony Award, Sardi’s Restaurant, to jump into the gospel-tinged tunes of Leap of Faith. “It’s a delicious show,” Esparza exclaims. “The greatest thing about Broadway is that it’s live and that it changes every night. It’s never the same show twice ...

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Step Into the Light as Previews Begin for Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza

Step Into the Light as Previews Begin for Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza

Raúl EsparzaJessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum headline the musical adaptation of Leap of Faithas previews begin April 3 at the St. James Theatre. Directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, the new Broadway musical will officially open on April 26. The show will feature music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Janus Cercone and ...

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Catch the Razzle Dazzle of Raúl Esparza and Co. at the Leap of Faith Meet and Greet

Catch the Razzle Dazzle of Raúl Esparza and Co. at the Leap of Faith Meet and Greet

Are you ready for a miracle? As Alan Menken and Glenn Slater’s Leap of Faith readies to get hopping on the Great White Way on April 3, Broadway.com couldn’t wait to marvel at the new musical. We headed to the New 42nd Street Studios on March 8 to chat with Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and company about the gospel-tinged ...

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It's a Miracle! Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and the Cast of Leap of Faith Meet the Press

It's a Miracle! Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and the Cast of Leap of Faith Meet the Press
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Get ready to fall under the spell of Raúl Esparza as Jonas Nightingale, a part-time reverend and full-time con artist in Leap of Faith. With his troupe of singers, Nightingale (Esparza) has journeyed far and wide, rattling the rafters, conning the crowds and trading miracles for money but when he makes an unplanned stop in Kansas, Sheriff Marla Humes, played ...

Tickets on Sale for Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza & Jessica Phillips

Tickets on Sale for Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza & Jessica Phillips

Tickets are now on sale for Leap of Faith, starring the Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum. Directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, the new Broadway musical begins performances April 3 at the St. James Theatre, with an opening night set for April 26.

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Leap of Faith Sets Broadway Opening Date; Full Cast Announced

Leap of Faith Sets Broadway Opening Date; Full Cast Announced

Complete casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway musical Leap of Faith, starring the previously announced Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips, Kendra Kassebaum, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Krystal Joy Brown. Directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, the new musical begins performances April 3  at the St. James Theatre, with an opening night set for April 26.

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Kecia Lewis-Evans and More Join Raul Esparza for Broadway’s Leap of Faith

Kecia Lewis-Evans and More Join Raul Esparza for Broadway’s Leap of Faith

Kecia Lewis-Evans (ChicagoThe Drowsy Chaperone), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Rent, TV's Smash) and Krystal Joy Brown (Hair) will join previously announced stars Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum in the upcoming Broadway musical Leap of Faith. Directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, the new musical begins performances April 3 at the St. James Theatre. The opening night date ...

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Leap of Faith Sets April Start Date at the St. James Theatre

Leap of Faith Sets April Start Date at the St. James Theatre

As previously speculated, the new musical Leap of Faith will push up its Broadway start date from the fall and begin performances April 3 at the St. James Theatre, replacing the revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

Four-time Tony Award nominee Raul Esparza will headline the show, joined by Jessica Phillips as Marla and Kendra Kassebaum ...

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Leap of Faith, Starring Raul Esparza, Eyes Fall 2012 Broadway Bow

Leap of Faith, Starring Raul Esparza, Eyes Fall 2012 Broadway Bow

Leap of Faith, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater’s musical adaptation of the 1992 feature film starring Steve Martin, is headed to Broadway in fall 2012, according to The New York Times. Four-time Tony nominee Raul Esparza, who starred in a 2010 debut production in Los Angeles, will reprise his performance as Jonas Nightingale, an evangelical con man offered the chance ...

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