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STAGE TUBE: Fran Drescher and More Celebrate CINDERELLA's Opening at the AhmansonSTAGE TUBE: Fran Drescher and More Celebrate CINDERELLA's Opening at the Ahmanson
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2015

Two-time Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominee Fran Drescher joined the cast of 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella' for the Los Angeles engagement of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Drescher reprises the role of the wicked stepmother, 'Madame', a role she played in 2014, making her Broadway debut. At the opening night performance, Drescher and the company took time to celebrate the show's LA opening! Click below to watch interviews, footage and opening night festivites! (more...)

BWW Reviews: New CINDERELLA Dreams the Impossible at AhmansonBWW Reviews: New CINDERELLA Dreams the Impossible at Ahmanson
by Don Grigware - Mar 25, 2015

Broadway's Tony Award-winning production of Cinderella (2013) has a brand new book by Douglas Carter Beane and an expanded score of the glorious music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. As the musical based on the fairy tale possesses a more contemporary storyline, both Cinderella (Paige Faure) and Prince Topher (Andy Huntington Jones) are different - they are orphans, whose similarities in character make them a perfect match. No more losing her Venetian glass slipper at the first act curtain, this Cinderella, with much help, love, support and encouragement from her fairy godmother (Kecia Lewis) is in control and journeys into the second act with a mission to make the 'Impossible' truly 'Possible'. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and More Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Opening in D.C.Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and More Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Opening in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in an exciting North American tour of Noel Coward's smash-hit comedic play, BLITHE SPIRIT. The tour makes its Washington premiere Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29 at the National Theatre, where Ms. Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day in Hotel Paradiso. Scroll down for photos from the opening night festivities! (more...)

Photo Flash: Fran Drescher & 'Nanny' Cast Mates Reunite at CINDERELLA Opening NightPhoto Flash: Fran Drescher & 'Nanny' Cast Mates Reunite at CINDERELLA Opening Night
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 19, 2015

At the opening night performance, Drescher reunited with her 'Nanny' cast mates, Charles Shaughnessy and Renee Taylor. Check out photos below! (more...)

Tonye Patano, Afi Bijou & More to Star in Katori Hall's THE BLOOD QUILT at Arena Stage; All-Female Cast SetTonye Patano, Afi Bijou & More to Star in Katori Hall's THE BLOOD QUILT at Arena Stage; All-Female Cast Set
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall returns to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater with the world premiere of her most personal project to date-the fierce comedy-drama The Blood Quilt. Hall is an inaugural resident playwright of Arena Stage's American Voices New Play Institute, and The Blood Quilt is one of three plays from Hall receiving world premieres around the country this season. Hall reunites with director and Howard University alumna Kamilah Forbes (artistic director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) following their Broadway collaboration on The Mountaintop. The Blood Quilt runs April 24-June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

On March 16, 2015, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced its winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura County theater in the year 2014. Announcements were made at a ceremony held at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale, hosted by Dixie Longate (Dixie's Tupperware Party) with musical direction by Corey B. Hirsch (LADCC award winner for A Man of No Importance in 2014). (more...)

Breaking News: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY National Tour Will Launch from Iowa This Fall!Breaking News: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY National Tour Will Launch from Iowa This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

The national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, winner of the 2014 Tony AwardŽ for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, will launch in Des Moines, IA at the Des Moines Civic Center with performances beginning Saturday, November 28th and an official opening on Tuesday, December 1st. Based on one of the most romantic stories ever written, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY will travel to more than 15 cities in its first season, including Los Angeles, CA (Ahmanson Theatre); Washington, D.C. (The Kennedy Center); Dallas, TX(Music Hall at Fair Park); Pittsburgh, PA (Benedum Center); Minneapolis, MN (Orpheum Theatre); Las Vegas, NV (The Smith Center); Houston, TX (The Hobby Center); West Palm Beach, FL (Kravis Center); Fayetteville, AR (Walton Arts Center); and Dayton, OH (Schuster Center) with additional cities to be announced soon. (more...)

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour to Kick Off in Des Moines; First Round of Dates Set!THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour to Kick Off in Des Moines; First Round of Dates Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

The national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, will launch in Des Moines, IA at the Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center with performances beginning Saturday, November 28th and an official opening on Tuesday, December 1st. (more...)

Fran Drescher to Reprise Role in CINDERELLA at the Ahmanson This MonthFran Drescher to Reprise Role in CINDERELLA at the Ahmanson This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Two-time Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Fran Drescher joins the cast of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" for the Los Angeles engagement of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Drescher will reprise the role of the wicked stepmother, 'Madame', a role she played in 2014, making her Broadway debut. (more...)

New Production of SOUND OF MUSIC, 'BRIDGES', 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' and 'TITANIC' Set for the Ahmanson's 2015-16 SeasonNew Production of SOUND OF MUSIC, 'BRIDGES', 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' and 'TITANIC' Set for the Ahmanson's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Four Tony Award-winning musicals will be presented in Center Theatre Group's 2015-2016 season at the Ahmanson Theatre of the Music Center of Los Angeles, it was announced today by CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. (more...)

Ben Platt to Lead World Premiere of New Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Arena StageBen Platt to Lead World Premiere of New Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect, The Book of Mormon) will star in the title role of Dear Evan Hansen, the original world-premiere musical debuting this summer. (more...)

Photo Flash: Shaila Essley Takes 1st Place in CTG's 2015 August Wilson Monologue CompetitionPhoto Flash: Shaila Essley Takes 1st Place in CTG's 2015 August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

From a field of 12 local high school students, Shaila Essley, Philip Patrick Bucknor and Wayne R. Mackins-Harris have been selected to represent Los Angeles in the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) national finals. Contestants this year featured high school students from four Southern California cities, who performed in the regional finals at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Monday night, March 2, 2015. Scroll down for photos from the competition! (more...)

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE Comes to CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre This SpringWALKING THE TIGHTROPE Comes to CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

'Walking the Tightrope' by Mike Kenny, directed by Debbie Devine, comes to the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of Center Theatre Group's DouglasPlus programming at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on May 2 and 3, 2015. (Student performances April 28 through May 1). This is a production of the 24th STreet Theatre. (more...)

Kristen Bell to Join Melissa McCarthy in New Comedy MICHELLE DARNELLKristen Bell to Join Melissa McCarthy in New Comedy MICHELLE DARNELL
by Movies News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

According to Variety, Kristen Bell has signed on to join Melissa McCarthy and Peter Dinklage in the upcoming comedy MICHELLE DARNELL. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dame Edna Performer Barry Humphries Celebrates Birthday at CTG/Ahmanson TheatrePhoto Flash: Dame Edna Performer Barry Humphries Celebrates Birthday at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

'Dame Edna's Glorious Goodbye -- The Farewell Tour' opened on Wednesday, January 28 at CTG's Ahmanson Theatre. The production continues through March 15, 2015 before heading out across the U.S. Last night, Feb. 17, creator and performer Barry Humphries celebrated his birthday onstage. Check out photos below! (more...)

CTG Elects First Latina President of the Board, Kiki Ramos GindlerCTG Elects First Latina President of the Board, Kiki Ramos Gindler
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

The Board of Directors for Center Theatre Group elected Kiki Ramos Gindler as President of the Board at the organization's board meeting on February 12, 2015. With this appointment, Gindler becomes the organization's first Latina president as well as the Music Center's first Latina board leader. Gindler will succeed William H. Ahmanson, who assumes the position of chairman of the board. (more...)

Photo Flash: Paige Faure and Andy Jones Lead CINDERELLA, Coming to the Ahmanson Next MonthPhoto Flash: Paige Faure and Andy Jones Lead CINDERELLA, Coming to the Ahmanson Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

The cast for the Los Angeles engagement of 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella,' the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of 'South Pacific' and 'The Sound of Music,' has been confirmed. 'Cinderella' begins previews March 17, opens March 18 and continues through April 26, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in action! (more...)

Lifetime's THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL Wins Three NAACP Image AwardsLifetime's THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL Wins Three NAACP Image Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

On the heels of record-breaking theatrical engagements in Boston and Los Angeles, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL continues to be showered with acclaim, with the Lifetime telefilm earning three NAACP Image Awards when the prestigious awards were handed out on February 5th. (more...)

BWW TV: Dame Edna Brings Farewell Tour to LA's Ahmanson TheatreBWW TV: Dame Edna Brings Farewell Tour to LA's Ahmanson Theatre
by Michael Sterling & Jordan Santacana - Feb 9, 2015

'Dame Edna's Glorious Goodbye -- The Farewell Tour' opened on Wednesday, January 28 at CTG's Ahmanson Theatre. The production continues through March 15, 2015 before heading out across the U.S. (more...)

The Muny's OKLAHOMA Set to Feature the Choreography of Susan StromanThe Muny's OKLAHOMA Set to Feature the Choreography of Susan Stroman
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

The Muny announced today its 2015 production of Oklahoma! will feature the Laurence Olivier Award-winning and Tony AwardŽ nominated choreography of Susan Stroman. The Muny is honored to be the first theater in the world to recreate this extraordinary choreography, last seen in 2004. The Muny production will be directed by Rob Ruggiero, with music direction by Kevin Stites. Ms. Stroman's work will be recreated by Ginger 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's score is everything you dream a musical should be,' said Susan Stroman. (more...)

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