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THE BOYS NEXT DOOR at Some Theatre Company THE BOYS NEXT DOOR at Some Theatre Company
by Elaine Bard on July 25, 2017 in Maine

Penned with extraordinary humor and compassion, The Boys Next Door, by Tom Griffin, is a delightful and touching glimpse of life and friendship from the view point of 4 men who face incredible challenges. These four 'boys' always 'tell it like it is,' and don't need anyone to tell them how or when to express their feelings. In this time of cynicism, there is an honesty and sincerity about this play that will stay with you long after it ends. (more...)
Huge 'Hackmatack' Sign in Berwick Celebrates 45 Years of Theater Huge 'Hackmatack' Sign in Berwick Celebrates 45 Years of Theater
by BWW News Desk on July 25, 2017 in Maine

When you see the big wooden "H" and the nine letters that follow sitting high on the hill, you might think you made a wrong turn somewhere along the continental divide. (more...)
Lawrence Schulman To Speak On Judy Garland in Cape Elizabeth Lawrence Schulman To Speak On Judy Garland in Cape Elizabeth
by BWW News Desk on July 25, 2017 in Maine

Award-winning music producer, critic and translator Lawrence Schulman will give a talk on Judy Garland, entitled "Moments of Magic," at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. (more...)
Josh Young, Kirsten Scott, Jamie Laverdiere, Darnell Abraham and More to Lead RAGTIME at Ogunquit Playhouse Josh Young, Kirsten Scott, Jamie Laverdiere, Darnell Abraham and More to Lead RAGTIME at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk on July 24, 2017 in Maine

The Ogunquit Playhouse has created an all new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime, on stage from August 2 to August 26. This sweeping musical is complete with a cast and creative team of Broadway veterans including Kirsten Scott, Jamie LaVerdiere, Darnell Abraham, Lindsay Roberts, Tony-Award nominee Josh Young, Director Seth Sklar-Heyn and Set and Projection Designer Tim Mackabee. The Ogunquit production will also feature the original Tony-nominated costumes by Santo Loquasto. (more...)
Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 23 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 23
by Audition Roundup on July 23, 2017 in Maine

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 23, 2017 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 23 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 23
by Audition Roundup on July 23, 2017 in Maine

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 23, 2017 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 7/23/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 7/23/2017
by BWW on July 23, 2017 in Maine

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/23/2017 for Maine (more...)
BWW Review: Electrifying Joy Ride, GREASE Rocks MSMT Stage BWW Review: Electrifying Joy Ride, GREASE Rocks MSMT Stage
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on July 21, 2017 in Maine

Rock'n roll, teen rebellion, a collection of quirky, lovable characters, and a musical score seared into the American cultural fabric - all these come together in a breathless and breathtaking joy ride that pulsates with electrifying energy in Maine State Music Theatre's third main stage show, Grease. The Jim Jacobs/Warren Casey musical, which reminisces nostalgically about the joyful, naughty, unforgettable days of senior year in mythical Rydell High in 1959, has seen numerous permutations since its original production as an edgy, raunchy musical play called Vaseline in 1971, to its Broadway debut in 1972 and through various film versions including the iconic 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Here in its Broadway version, amplified with a number of the favorite songs from the movie, MSMT has created a high-flying confection that is a valentine to a simpler era with just the right sparks of sass and sweetness that combine for an irresistibly engaging evening that is sure to prove the summer theatre scene's mega hit. (more...)
City Theater Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ City Theater Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk on July 21, 2017 in Maine

Travel over the rainbow at City Theater to a magical kingdom filled with munchkins, flying monkeys, witches, and wizards. Join four unlikely friends as they set out to discover wisdom, compassion, courage, and the way home. The Wizard of Oz runs for three weekends, July 21st-August 6th. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/21 - NEWSIES, MAMMA MIA, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/21 - NEWSIES, MAMMA MIA, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on July 21, 2017 in Maine

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Newsies, Mamma Mia, and More! (more...)
Recording Artist Fantine to Lead ONE WAY TRIP TO MARS - A ROCK OPERA at Waterville Opera House Recording Artist Fantine to Lead ONE WAY TRIP TO MARS - A ROCK OPERA at Waterville Opera House
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017 in Maine

International recording sensation Fantine will star as "Casssandra," the lead female role, in the world theatrical premiere of One Way Trip to Mars - A Rock Opera at the Waterville Opera House August 24 through 27. (more...)
Hackmatack Playhouse Opens STEEL MAGNOLIAS Next Week Hackmatack Playhouse Opens STEEL MAGNOLIAS Next Week
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017 in Maine

Six women, three generations. This is the foundation of "Steel Magnolias," the show opening next week at Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick. It is also the story of the six actors who were cast in this story of a group of gossipy southern ladies who meet at a small town beauty parlor.  (more...)
John Cariani's CUL-DE-SAC Comes to Studio Series John Cariani's CUL-DE-SAC Comes to Studio Series
by BWW News Desk on July 18, 2017 in Maine

???????Portland Stage Affiliate Artists present a 'Studio Series Workshop Staged Reading' of John Cariani's cul-de-sac, Monday, July 31st at 7:30 pm, followed by an open discussion between the playwright, director and audience, Portland Stage Studio Theater, 25A Forest Avenue in Portland. Tickets are a $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. (more...)
BWW Interview: 'I Feel Most Myself When I Am Acting': A Conversation with GREASE's Chelsea Williams BWW Interview: 'I Feel Most Myself When I Am Acting': A Conversation with GREASE's Chelsea Williams
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on July 18, 2017 in Maine

'I think other people first recognized that I was geared to being a performer. I didn't necessarily recognize that myself, but when I performed in my first musical in high school, I suddenly said to myself 'Nothing else makes me feel like this. I felt these amazing vibrations between me and the audience and me and the rest of the people on stage; I felt connected to the world - more like my true self myself that I had ever felt before, and that's how I knew.' Chelsea Williams is talking about discovering her vocation as an actress and the creative journey which has taken her to the nation's leading theatres. This July and August the Windham, Maine, native returns to her home state to play Sandy in Maine State Music Theatre's production of Grease, which begins its run at the Pickard Theater on July 19. Williams made her MSMT debut last summer as Sophie in MSMT's blockbuster hit, Mamma Mia!, reprising the role that constituted her big career breakthrough. Like Mamma Mia!, Grease is blessed with an unforgettable score and a story that is both endearing and totally joyous, and the new MSMT production in which Williams stars promises to be the mega hit of the company's summer season. (more...)
Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 16 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 16
by Audition Roundup on July 16, 2017 in Maine

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 16, 2017 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 16 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 16
by Audition Roundup on July 16, 2017 in Maine

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 16, 2017 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 7/16/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 7/16/2017
by BWW on July 16, 2017 in Maine

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/16/2017 for Maine (more...)
BWW Interview:  A Reputation to Protect: Neil Starkenberg Stars as MSMT's Danny Zuko BWW Interview: A Reputation to Protect: Neil Starkenberg Stars as MSMT's Danny Zuko
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on July 16, 2017 in Maine

'I imagine that Danny is the youngest in a family of boys, and he feels he has to live up to the name Zuko at Rydell High. In the movie he says 'I've got a reputation to protect,' and I think that goes a long way to explaining his behavior.' Neil Starkenberg is commenting on his role debut in Maine State Music Theatre's upcoming production of Grease, which begins a run at the Pickard Theater on July 19. For the twenty-eight year-old actor, the iconic part of the fifties greaser, Danny Zuko, is a dream come true, and Starkenberg has spent a great deal of time preparing for the part. (more...)
Theatre Strips Secrecy From Surprise 7th Show to Reveal THE FULL MONTY Theatre Strips Secrecy From Surprise 7th Show to Reveal THE FULL MONTY
by BWW News Desk on July 15, 2017 in Maine

Penobscot Theatre Company is taking it all off this summer with a show that leaves no laughs barred: Terrance McNally's The Full Monty will cap the company's 43rd season, running June 15 through July 9. Tickets go on sale for subscribers only,January 30, at the discounted price of $33 each. All performances will be at the historic Bangor Opera House in Downtown Bangor. (more...)
BWW Review: BLUEBERRIES, BROADWAY, AND BRIAN: Storytelling at Its Best BWW Review: BLUEBERRIES, BROADWAY, AND BRIAN: Storytelling at Its Best
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on July 14, 2017 in Maine

Director, producer, actor Brian P. Allen is a born raconteur with a wicked sense of humor and his latest version of his hilarious one-man show, Blueberries, Broadway, and Brian, which he performed at the Strand Theater in Rockland and will reprise in Springvale, ME, speaks to Allen's wit, turn of phrase, and deliciously outrageous sense of humor. (more...)
Cast Set for New England Premiere of DIASTER! THE MUSICAL Cast Set for New England Premiere of DIASTER! THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk on July 14, 2017 in Maine

Full casting has been announced for the New England premiere of DISASTER! THE MUSICAL; the 1970's disaster-movie musical written by Sirius/XM On Broadway host, Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick (Glee, Ellen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). One of the first mountings of this production since the show's 2016 Broadway run, Cast Aside Productions will be bringing DISASTER! to the Mainstage at Portland Stage Company, July 13-16. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/14 - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HOOD, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/14 - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HOOD, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on July 14, 2017 in Maine

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HOOD, PIPPIN, and more! (more...)
Cast Set for New England Premiere of DIASTER! THE MUSICAL Cast Set for New England Premiere of DIASTER! THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk on July 13, 2017 in Maine

Full casting has been announced for the New England premiere of DISASTER! THE MUSICAL; the 1970's disaster-movie musical written by Sirius/XM On Broadway host, Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick (Glee, Ellen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). One of the first mountings of this production since the show's 2016 Broadway run, Cast Aside Productions will be bringing DISASTER! to the Mainstage at Portland Stage Company, July 13-16. (more...)
City Theater Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ City Theater Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk on July 12, 2017 in Maine

Travel over the rainbow at City Theater to a magical kingdom filled with munchkins, flying monkeys, witches, and wizards. Join four unlikely friends as they set out to discover wisdom, compassion, courage, and the way home. The Wizard of Oz runs for three weekends, July 21st-August 6th. (more...)
THE NATIONAL MONOLOGUE SLAM to Take Groundbreaking Acting Competition Around the U.S. THE NATIONAL MONOLOGUE SLAM to Take Groundbreaking Acting Competition Around the U.S.
by BWW News Desk on July 11, 2017 in Maine

The folks who gave you Manhattan Monologue Slam are going national with The National Monologue Slam, the latest creation from the minds of Philip and Robert Galinsky.  The brothers have been serving the acting community since 2003 with their groundbreaking monthly competition The Manhattan Monologue Slam, an opportunity for emerging actors to perform for industry professionals each and every month by providing a panel of judges consisting of agents, casting directors, producers and the like, offering valuable advice and critiques of the performers.    (more...)