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BWW Blog: Monica Furman - Dealing With RejectionBWW Blog: Monica Furman - Dealing With Rejection
by Monica Furman - February 23, 2017

As artists, actors, and overall human beings, we receive rejection all the time. But how we deal with rejection...that's an art. Rejection 101 isn't taught in any major perhaps because it cannot be defined or streamlined. Everyone deals with rejection differently. I asked a few artists that I look up to how they deal with rejection, in hopes that their methods inspire me to try something new: (more...)


BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - An Interview with the Cast of A PIECE OF MY HEART at Rollins CollegeBWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - An Interview with the Cast of A PIECE OF MY HEART at Rollins College
by Clarissa Moon - February 22, 2017

This week, I had the chance to talk with Fiona Campbell, Nick D'Alessandro, and Anneliese Moon from the cast of A PIECE OF MY HEART at Rollins College. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - Santino Fontana Brings THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK to the Smith Center Cabaret Jazz RoomBWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - Santino Fontana Brings THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK to the Smith Center Cabaret Jazz Room
by Jessica Vanek - February 20, 2017

Jess here. Every once in awhile you hear about a show that you would do just about anything to see. Although the stages of Las Vegas offer a variety of amazing entertainment options on a nightly basis, it's a rare occasion to have the opportunity to see a multi-talented performer whose career spans across several different medias; from TV to film to Broadway. When I saw that The Smith Center for the Performing Arts was hosting a show featuring Santino Fontana I was ecstatic! Initially scheduled for a two night run, Fontana's Friday night show was cancelled due to a foot of snow closing down all of the NYC area airports. Thankfully, 'the show must go on' adage rang true, and Fontana was welcomed to the sunny desert on Saturday night by an eagerly awaiting, over-packed house. (more...)


BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - THEatre ACCELERATOR Part 3: How to Pitch a MusicalBWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - THEatre ACCELERATOR Part 3: How to Pitch a Musical
by Clarissa Moon - February 17, 2017

This is the third post in my series about Apples and Oranges Studios' THEatre ACCELERATOR. THEatre ACCELERATOR utilizes new technology to develop musicals in a unique way. For a full explanation of THEatre ACCELERATOR, see my first post here.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Meet the Cast of THE NETHERBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Meet the Cast of THE NETHER
by Amanda Grillo - February 17, 2017

It's that time of the semester! The first week of March transports the Bucknall theater at the University of New Haven to Jennifer Haley's cyber world of The Nether. I was lucky enough to get an exclusive first look and talk to the cast about what the process has been like and what you can expect when you come to see the show. Let's find out what they have to say. Shall we? (more...)


BWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: Valentine Vocals and Love AboundingBWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: Valentine Vocals and Love Abounding
by Leanne Marie Laurino - February 17, 2017

This week, Cinderella at UHS celebrated an annual holiday and our own victory. On Tuesday, after indulging in one too many chocolate kisses, I prepared for my Valentine vocal tech. These rehearsals have been some of my favorite this process! In a brief amount of time, I have overcome a variety of my obstacles in vocal production. Post rehearsal I had a break through realizing how much I have to be proud of. While I receive devoted guidance from my teachers, I know that my personal drive is starting to pay off. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I plan to inch towards it each and every day. Into the evening, my most anticipated staging rehearsal was held! (?) (more...)


BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - THEatre ACCELERATOR Day 2: What Do Investors Look For?BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - THEatre ACCELERATOR Day 2: What Do Investors Look For?
by Clarissa Moon - February 16, 2017

The THEatre ACCELERATOR utilizes new technology to develop musicals in a unique way. Participants use video conference software to talk with industry experts from around the country. (For more information about the THEatre ACCELERATOR, see my latest post here.) Last week, artists jumped into their first week of virtual workshops.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Emma Suttell - Designer Weekend is Here in the Hundred Acre WoodBWW Blog: Emma Suttell - Designer Weekend is Here in the Hundred Acre Wood
by Emma Suttell - February 15, 2017

Hello everyone, once again it is Emma, back with my adventures of being a stage manager in training! This week has approached much faster than I ever expected, it is Designer week! This means that on Saturday, we will have our tech crew come into the theatre and set all of the lights and timing of the music for the show. The entire show has been blocked and taught vocally, but the choreography for several of the songs will finally be finished this weekend.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - The 14 Best Theatre Love SongsBWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - The 14 Best Theatre Love Songs
by Alyssa Sileo - February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day, Drama Kids! I can't wait to spend the whole day with my true love, the Fiddler revival soundtrack. (more...)


BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - 'Falling Slowly' in Love With ONCE and SOMETHING ROTTEN!BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - 'Falling Slowly' in Love With ONCE and SOMETHING ROTTEN!
by Paisley Haddad - February 13, 2017

Last Saturday I attended the Broadway tour of Once The Musical. I knew that they had won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2012, but I had never really looked into the show.  I had expected it to be not my favorite of the Broadway series at The Hanover Theatre, but I had been totally wrong. The music was mesmerizing, and the set was cleverly done. Before the show, they let the audience up on stage to buy their drinks from the bar in the pub set that they had created. Not only did that set double as a pub, but also a music store, a house, a Hoover repair shop and much more. Without large changes of sets, they created these different environments with tables, chairs, and a change of lighting. Sam Cieri and Mackenzie Lesser-Roy were strong leads as Guy and Girl followed by an equally strong cast of characters. The simple staging of the show made the small moments usually missed by the audience, more exposed and made the show more emotional. Kudos to Steven Hoggett, the movement director, for flawlessly using movement to move the show along in an eye catching way. Overall, it was a beautifully written and performed musical, that I would see again if I had the chance and would recommend to friends!  (more...)


BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Writer Jennifer RudinBWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Writer Jennifer Rudin
by Jennifer Rudin - February 13, 2017

Meet FREEWAY Writer Jennifer Rudin (more...)


BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Star Raye LevineBWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Star Raye Levine
by Jennifer Rudin - February 11, 2017

Meet FREEWAY Star Raye Levine (more...)


BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - THEatre ACCELERATOR Day 1: A Look into the Development of MusicalsBWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - THEatre ACCELERATOR Day 1: A Look into the Development of Musicals
by Clarissa Moon - February 10, 2017

???????Can the world of musicals learn something from tech startups? Tim Kashani, who comes from both worlds, thinks so. This is the idea behind Apples and Oranges Studios' THEatre ACCELERATOR. Apples and Oranges Studios has produced Tony award-winning musicals such as AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, MEMPHIS, and HAIR.   (more...)


BWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: Snow Day EditionBWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: Snow Day Edition
by Leanne Marie Laurino - February 10, 2017

I am happily writing to you from a much needed snow day at home. Unfortunately, this caused my most anticipated rehearsal to be canceled for today. (No spoilers here!) Being snowed in gave me an opportunity to rest and reflect on my first Act one run of Cinderella this week! As a company, we were able to put together and receive feedback on our performance. This rehearsal makes me look forward to our next run and all my opportunities to improve along the way.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Star Sarah BaskinBWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Star Sarah Baskin
by Jennifer Rudin - February 10, 2017

Meet FREEWAY Star Sarah Baskin (more...)


BWW Blog: Paisley Haddard - I Wrote My Own Monologue, Paisans!BWW Blog: Paisley Haddard - I Wrote My Own Monologue, Paisans!
by Paisley Haddad - February 09, 2017

At my high school, we have a Senior Arts project where we have to read a short story by a chosen author, write a paper, pick a theme, and perform an art piece in either theatre, dance, music, or visual art. I chose theatre (of course) to portray my theme of fear of change. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Star Peter DouglasBWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Star Peter Douglas
by Jennifer Rudin - February 09, 2017

Meet FREEWAY Star Peter Douglas (more...)


BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Star Sawyer SpielbergBWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Star Sawyer Spielberg
by Jennifer Rudin - February 08, 2017

Meet FREEWAY Star Sawyer Spielberg! (more...)


BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - An Interview with the Cast of Beth Marshall Presents' SPELLING BEEBWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - An Interview with the Cast of Beth Marshall Presents' SPELLING BEE
by Clarissa Moon - February 08, 2017

I had the chance to talk with Beth Marshall, Savannah Simerly, Kit Cleo, and Melina Kay from Beth Marshall Presents' THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at the Garden Theatre. (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - A Festival for the Books: A Reflection of the KCACTF Region 1 FestivalBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - A Festival for the Books: A Reflection of the KCACTF Region 1 Festival
by Amanda Grillo - February 07, 2017

I recently had the pleasure of joining classmates in the participation of the 49th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region 1. I found myself immersed in a world of talented future theatre professionals and current professionals that helped to mold my experience and bring me one step closer to accomplishing my goal. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Director Terry MilnerBWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Meet FREEWAY Director Terry Milner
by Jennifer Rudin - February 07, 2017

Meet FREEWAY Director Terry Milner (more...)


BWW Blog: Monica Furman - How We Put On the Only Ghostlight in Orange County (For Less than a Broadway Show Ticket)BWW Blog: Monica Furman - How We Put On the Only Ghostlight in Orange County (For Less than a Broadway Show Ticket)
by Monica Furman - February 07, 2017

If you've been living under a theatrical rock, you may have missed the Ghostlight Project, a national movement to pledge or reaffirm diversity and equity initiatives by artistic communities that launched on January 19, 2017. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Opening Night Started Strong!BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Opening Night Started Strong!
by Jennifer Rudin - February 06, 2017

We opened last night to a packed house and a strong first performance of Freeway. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - Michael Feinstein's Great American SONGBOOK ACADEMY 2017 is in Full SwingBWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - Michael Feinstein's Great American SONGBOOK ACADEMY 2017 is in Full Swing
by Jessica Vanek - February 06, 2017

Jess here.  Last summer I had the opportunity to spend a week in Carmel, Indiana with 39 of the most talented teens I've ever met.  What happens in Carmel, you ask…?  THE SONGBOOK ACADEMY!  Now in its eighth season, the Songbook Academy is an annual week long summer music intensive designed for teens who are passionate about the music of the Great American Songbook.  Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer founded the Great American Songbook Foundation in 2007.  Each year he helms the program, and brings Broadway actors, Grammy and Emmy winners, and faculty from collegiate arts music programs to work alongside him in educating students about the rich history, songs and composers associated with the Great American Songbook.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Less Than 12 Hours Until FREEWAY Opens!BWW Blog: Jennifer Rudin - Less Than 12 Hours Until FREEWAY Opens!
by Jennifer Rudin - February 03, 2017

Last night I dreamed that I missed tonight's opening! I was attending a performance of Mary Poppins instead and by the time I realized I was not in the right place, I'd missed the opening night performance of Freeway.  (more...)