Libby is the newest editor for BWW Orlando. When she isn't obsessing over all things Hamilton or wondering just how Christine hits that high E note in Phantom of the Opera, she works as a communications director at an independent school in the Orlando area. In the past, she has worked in various communications roles for the Walt Disney Company and has volunteered with many community theater companies. Libby has loved all things theatre since she was a little girl, and she couldn't be more excited to be a part of the BWW team. You can connect with Libby through Twitter @LibbyChamps.
'Anything can happen in the woods.'
And in the Garden Theater's production of INTO THE WOODS, many, many things happen there. The Sondheim favorite has been adored by theater-goers the world over since it's opening night in 1987. With its combination of fabled fairytales, witty music, and intricate storyline, it's no wonder this show has enjoyed staying power over the years. But staying power can be dangerous as well - a theater never wants a beloved production to start to feel stale or aged. A theatre-goer may love 'Into the Woods,' but how do you make it fresh and new but still keep that beloved quality to the production?BWW Review: UCF's OKLAHOMA! was more than just OK April 9, 2017
'Oooook-lahoma! Where the wind comessweepin' down the plain...' Fun fact- that's the first thing that pops into my head whenever I think about the musical, OKLAHOMA. But, withit'sversatile musical scale and it's bold andmeaningful storyline, OKLAHOMA is so much more than the story of goodol' country cowboys and farmers trying to get along and the making of a newAmerican state. It's a story of the triumphs and struggles for women in early American life andthe conflicts that a local rivalry can bring, all wrapped up ina beautiful love story.BWW Review: A Telenovela Drama Before Your Very Eyes in DESTINY OF DESIRE March 30, 2017
Joy. Pride.Jealousy. Sadness. Pain. These words and so much more describe the relationship between THE LAST FIVE YEARS' Jamie, an up-and-coming successful novelist,and Cathy,a strugglingactress,as they navigatethe story offalling in love, getting married, and then drifting apart. JasonRobert Brown'squintessentiallove-gone-wrong tale is performed wonderfully by Brian Zealandand Whitney Morseat the Village's Studio Theatre at Tierra Del Sol. The telling of this musical is interesting in own right - Cathy tells the story from the end of their relationship, when she discovers that Jamie wants a divorce, while Jamie starts from the beginning when he meets Cathy and falls head over heels.BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE February 13, 2017
S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G B-E-E. Those 11 lettersspell out'spelling bee,' but in the Garden Theatre's production of THE 25THANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, those 11 letters spellso much more than that. Based on a fictional spelling bee in the fictionalPutnam County, this hilarious and heartfelt tale centers on six young spellers who made it through various rounds in their own school's spelling bee to compete at the illustrious 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Along with the six adolescent kidsare the three adults who run the bee. Each child is played by an adult and each of them have their own quirks,hardships, and goals which make this show an absolute delight.BWW Review: Mad Cow's PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE January 26, 2017
Picasso and Einstein meet at a bar, hateeach otherand then eventually becomefriends. Sounds crazy, right? Well, a little bit of crazy and a little bit of genius come together in Mad Cow Theatre's production of PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE in the best way possible.BWW Review: BLACKBERRY WINTER at Orlando Shakes January 15, 2017
My mother is.
For many, these three little words evoke things such as "interesting," "crazy," or even "getting old." But when you hear "My mother is suffering - no not suffering - living with Alzheimer's disease," these three little words take on a whole new meaning. When your own mother starts to forget you, do you even know your mother anymore? Do you even know yourself? These are the questions Vivienne painstakingly tries to answer in Steve Yockey's BLACKBERRY WINTER.BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Athens Theatre December 12, 2016
From December 1 to 18, the beloved tale of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' comes to life at the Athens Theatre in Deland. This particular telling of the story is a musical version with singing and dancing numbers. While I'm not sure Iparticularlyenjoyed the musical version of the show, I can definitely say that the outstanding performances of the cast are well worth the cost of a ticket.BWW Review: Mad Cow's PYGMALION an Absolute Treat November 21, 2016
The business side of Mad Cow Theater may be going through a rough patch, but you'd never know it by their recent production of Pygmalion, the beloved tale by George Bernard Shaw. On the Sunday afternoon that I attended the show, the theater was almost full and both the actors and the audience seemed to be having a lovely time (and rightly so as the show was fabulous!).BWW Review: A Perfectly English Evening with Rollins' UPTON ABBEY November 19, 2016
The rigidness of the acclaimed PBS show Upton Abbey and theunpredictabilityand overall silliness of improv theater. These things could never work together... or could they?While these two genres of theatercouldn't be more different, they come together to form both a hilarious and heartfelt night oftheater.BWW Interview: Q & A With 13: THE MUSICAL's Director Roberta Emerson October 25, 2016
Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida will be showing the critically acclaimed 13: THE MUSICAL starting this week. The show centers on 13-year-old Evan Goldman who moves from New York City to Indiana. Goldman must escape gossip and blackmail if he hopes to make friends and find peace and happiness at his new school. The play deals with the hardships of leaving familiar places for unfamiliar ones, fitting in with your peers, and transitioning from youth to adulthood. Montverde Academy's production will be entered in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Applause Awards for the 2016-17 year. Unlike many school productions in which teenage kids play adults, '13' is unique since kids are playing kids their age. Broadway World Orlando's Libby Champion caught up with the director of the production, Roberta Emerson, to talk about what that experience is like for kids and to see how composer Jason Robert Brown's tough musical score affected the cast.BWW Review: Good and Evil Collide in Orlando Shakes' DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE October 21, 2016
Good and evil. Purity and sin. Divinity and hell. These things are complete opposites and many would argue that people can be either one or the other. But is it possible that both of these traits can live inside of us? Can each of us have a darkness inside of them yearning to be free? In Orlando Shakes' DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE these are the questions audience members find themselves asking.BWW Review: Witness the Impossible with THE ILLUSIONISTS October 5, 2016
Magic shows. These two little words spark so many different thoughts, feelings and opinions from people. Some view them as a complete farce and waste of time, while others are completely fascinated by the sleight of hand, the disillusionment and the mystery behind it all. I happen to be the latter type of person and have seen my fair share of magic shows, so I really wasn't expecting to see anything new or daring in this particular show. Boy, was I wrong! In THE ILLUSIONISTS the seven different type of magicians promise they will "notice, observe, deduce" in a way never seen before, and they absolutely do not disappoint.BWW Review: THE FOREIGNER at Rollins College is Witty, Brilliant and Timely September 30, 2016
1942 - it was thetime of the big band, war bonds for the troops, and radio. Winter Park Playhouse's ALL HANDS ON DECK transports the audience back to that time with classic tunes, hilarious jokes, and so much more.Based on Bob Hope's 1942 USO tour during World War II, this roadshow turned radio show for the troops hasstoppedinWinter Park, Florida for the evening!BWW Review: Cultural Fusion's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL is Smooth as Silk September 12, 2016
Perfectly encapsulating the great singer Billie Holiday is no easy feat. The legendary jazz singer with a career spanning over thirty years was a mystery to manypeople - she wasbeautiful and talented but her personal life was shrouded in drug and alcohol addiction and a myriad ofabusiverelationships. On paper, it's easy to leave it at that and move on - another celebrity sob story. But in Cultural Fusion's production of LADY DAY ATEMERSON'SBAR AND GRILL, words normally associated with Holiday such as 'revered', 'pain' and 'soulful' take on a whole new meaning, and Holiday's story is so much more than that.BWW TV: Dancing with the Company of Orlando Shakespeare's WEST SIDE STORY September 10, 2016
Not sure what you're in the mood for for dinner tonight? How about five generations of an American family with a side of laughs, tears, and introspective reflection? If that sounds like something you could munch on, then the Mad Cow Theatre's THE BIG MEAL is for you. This outstanding play by Dan LeFranc is directed by Mark Edward Smith and serves up the story of two characters - Sam and Nicole - and their journey through the feast that is life.BWW Review: Find Your Grail at the Athens Theater's SPAMALOT July 27, 2016
Based on the quintessential British comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Athens Theater's production of SPAMALOT will have you not only crying of laughter, but wishing you could see it again and again. Whether you're the number one Monty Python fan in your family and know every line of the film, or this is your first dive into the quirky and over-the-top humor of Python, the show's wit, tenacity, and outstanding musical numbers leave something for everyone to enjoy.