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A Stephen Schwartz Celebration, Patti LuPone & More on Tap for Symphony Space's 2015-16 SeasonA Stephen Schwartz Celebration, Patti LuPone & More on Tap for Symphony Space's 2015-16 Season
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 28, 2015

Symphony Space will usher in a new series of works for its 2015-16 season, thanks to new artistic director Andrew Byrne. (more...)

Prospect's NEWS TO ME to Premiere 7/24Prospect's NEWS TO ME to Premiere 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Prospect Theater Company has announced the world premiere of NEWS TO ME, an original teen musical revue inspired by current events.  Hero-rats, robot dogs, squatters and squirrels leap from page to stage at The Times Center, in this special one night performance, held on Friday July 24th at 7pm. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Scott Coulter on SF Symphony, James Bond and MoreBWW Interviews: Scott Coulter on SF Symphony, James Bond and More
by Harmony Wheeler - Jul 15, 2015

Singer Scott Coulter joins Sheena Easton at the San Francisco Symphony July 23 for a concert of favorite Spy film music. The concert will include both instrumental-only and vocal-accompanied hits from James Bond, Austin Powers and more. Other summer film-themed concerts this month include the new Star Trek film and Back to the Future July 16 - 20. Coulter talks about his cabaret career and what to expect from The Spy Who Loved Me concert in our interview. (more...)

Award-Winning Kids' Musicians Andrew & Polly Set for DC Area Debut This AugustAward-Winning Kids' Musicians Andrew & Polly Set for DC Area Debut This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Award-winning kids' musicians Andrew & Polly will make their DC area debut with a show filled with sweet and quirky, imaginative and fun music. (more...)

Musical Theatre Factory to Present ONE WAYMusical Theatre Factory to Present ONE WAY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) will present the first act of ONE WAY, a new musical from MTF's developmental residency program. ONE WAY is written by MTF founding members Christopher Staskel (book & lyrics) and Benjamin Bonnema (book & music). (more...)

ASCAP Foundation Names New Executive DirectorASCAP Foundation Names New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

The ASCAP Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators through music education, talent development and humanitarian initiatives, today announced that Colleen McDonough has been promoted to Executive Director of the Foundation, effective July 1st. She succeeds Karen Sherry, who recently retired after 17 years in the role. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Stephen Schwartz Accepts Isabelle Stevenson Award at the 2015 Tony AwardsSTAGE TUBE: Stephen Schwartz Accepts Isabelle Stevenson Award at the 2015 Tony Awards
by Stage Tube - Jun 7, 2015

Stephen Schwartz accepting a Isabelle Stevenson Award during the Creative Arts Awards portion of the 2015 Tony ceremony, presented by City National Bank. (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO, Starring Original NY Cast, Extends Through Aug 2 at the GeffenMURDER FOR TWO, Starring Original NY Cast, Extends Through Aug 2 at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

The Off-Broadway hit Murder for Two opens tonight (June 3) in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.  The production has now been extended through Sunday, August 2. (more...)

Drama Desk Award Winner Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION Plays Portland Center Stage This MonthDrama Desk Award Winner Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION Plays Portland Center Stage This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

On Sunday night, Benjamin Scheuer was selected as the recipient of a 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance in The Lion. Scheuer, who also received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Lyrics, is currently performing The Lion to packed houses in Portland Center Stage's Ellyn Bye Studio through June 14. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Tonys Special with 2015 Honoree Stephen Schwartz!BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Tonys Special with 2015 Honoree Stephen Schwartz!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 30, 2015

Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. In the special interview below, Richard welcomes 2015 Isabelle Stevenson recipient Stephen Schwartz! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barry Kleinbort Discusses Broadway at  Backstage with Peter LeDonnePhoto Coverage: Barry Kleinbort Discusses Broadway at Backstage with Peter LeDonne
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 28, 2015

Barry Kleinbort, director, composer, lyricist, and librettist shared his vast theatre knowledge with the 970am radio audience this past Sunday. Barry paid a visit to his longtime friend Jamie deRoy at Backstage with Peter LeDonne. This informative hour is available on Podcast at http://am970theanswer.com. Mr. Kleinbort is one of the select of creative people who are called upon to write special material for many cabaret and theatre performers. (more...)

Tony Nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega & Elizabeth A. Davis to Lead Industry Reading of New Musical AMANDINETony Nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega & Elizabeth A. Davis to Lead Industry Reading of New Musical AMANDINE
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2015

An invitation-only reading of the new musical Amandine, featuring a book and lyrics by Winter Miller and music and lyrics by Lance Horne, will be presented on May 28, directed by Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Markus Potter.  The evening will feature the talents of Tony Award nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) and Elizabeth A. Davis (Once), along with Nick Blaemire (Found), Erin Markey (Erin Markey at Joe's Pub with Kenny Mellman), John Kelly (James Joyce's The Dead), and Romain Fruge (Threepenny Opera). (more...)

'Padme' Marks Recording Debut of Jazz Pianist/Composer Caili O'Doherty'Padme' Marks Recording Debut of Jazz Pianist/Composer Caili O'Doherty
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

Pianist/composer Caili O'Doherty steps into the top tier of promising young jazz artists with the release on July 7 of her sparkling debut album, 'Padme,' on her ODO Records imprint. O'Doherty's prowess on acoustic and electric keys, her proclivity for writing airy, flowing melodies, and her clear vision as a leader are much in evidence on the new CD. (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat to Host 17 Writers, Featuring Obie, Larson & Kleban Award WinnersRhinebeck Writers Retreat to Host 17 Writers, Featuring Obie, Larson & Kleban Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, announced the 17 writers and 8 new musicals selected for the fifth summer of weeklong retreats. For eight consecutive weeks beginning July 5th, each writing team will have a residency in Rhinebeck, New York. Writers are provided a private home, transportation, food, and a $400 stipend. This year's writers include Obie winner Kirsten Childs, Tony nominee Elizabeth Davis, and 2015 Jonathan Larson award-winners Charlie Sohne, Tim Rosser, and Sam Willmott, who also just won the Kleban Prize.  (more...)

American Music Theatre Project to Workshop New Musical THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF PERCIVAL VON SCHMOOTZAmerican Music Theatre Project to Workshop New Musical THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF PERCIVAL VON SCHMOOTZ
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University will workshop and present a staged reading of the new musical "The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz" written by the Fred Ebb Award, Jonathan Larson Grant and Lorenz Hart Award-winning team Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond.  (more...)

National Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces 2015-16 Grant RecipientsNational Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces 2015-16 Grant Recipients
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) announces nine awards granted from their National Fund for New Musicals, a major funding program to support NAMT member not-for-profit theatres in their collaborations with writers to create, develop and produce new musicals. Now in its seventh year, the Fund will provide grants totaling $46,000 to ten organizations across the country. (more...)

Milwaukee Rep Announces First Round of Casting, Creative Teams for 2015-16 SeasonMilwaukee Rep Announces First Round of Casting, Creative Teams for 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Milwaukee Repertory Theater announces directors, creative teams, and initial casting for 2015/16, a season featuring a Tony Award-winning musical, a play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee playwright Ayad Akthar, and three world premieres. (more...)

Just In: Stephen Schwartz to Receive 2015 Isabelle Stevenson Tony AwardJust In: Stephen Schwartz to Receive 2015 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

It's a big day for Tony Awards news, less than 24 hours from tomorrow morning's nominations! The Tony Awards® Administration Committee hasjust  announced Stephen Schwartz as this year's recipient for the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award. (more...)

TN Shakespeare Company Sets Titles for Inaugural SHOWPLACE MEMPHISTN Shakespeare Company Sets Titles for Inaugural SHOWPLACE MEMPHIS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

As part of Tennessee Shakespeare Company's first year-round season, the development of three exciting new musicals launches on the University of Memphis Mainstage this summer with Showplace Memphis: Musical Works in Progress. (more...)

Yale Institute for Music Theatre Names 2015 SelectionsYale Institute for Music Theatre Names 2015 Selections
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE (Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director) has selected two original book musicals to be developed in an intensive lab setting in New Haven, June 13-28: gilgamesh & the mosquito, music by Bob Kelly and book and lyrics by Sam Chanse; and Horizons, music by Ben Wexler and book and lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick. The Institute culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as a part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, on June 26 and 27. (more...)

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