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Photo Flash: First Look at Katerina Papacostas, Matthew Schatz and More in FIRST DATEPhoto Flash: First Look at Katerina Papacostas, Matthew Schatz and More in FIRST DATE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Blumenthal Performing Arts presents the Broadway musical comedy FIRST DATE, which is part of the 2015-2016 PNC Broadway Lights.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

BWW Review: FIRST DATE - A Fantastic Night of FunBWW Review: FIRST DATE - A Fantastic Night of Fun
by Tim Carney - Sep 3, 2016

Opening last night at Chapel off Chapel, Pursued By Bear's production of the 2013 Broadway musical First Date was a true delight. From the moment you enter the theatre Sarah Tulloch's set design established the tone for what was a very fun and enjoyable evening. The cafe inspired set, not only accompanies the story perfectly but enables the audience to feel as though they are in the cafe with the protagonists of the story. Those protagonists, Aaron (Jordan Mahr) and Casey (Rebecca Hetherington) take us on a riotous journey of their first blind date together. Mahr and Hetherington shine in their individual portrayals of the characters and work together brilliantly. Mahr in particular shines as the up tight, highly nervous Aaron, his version of 'In Love With You' is a musical highlight. 'The Thing's I Never Said' a stunning duet between Aaron and Aaron's mother (Nicole Molloy) is where First Date also shines. For while it stands up as a musical comedy it also has heart and touches on some very real, poignant moments highlighting that while we come in contact with so many people in our lives, often we do not know the burdens they are carrying or the stories that lie underneath the surface. (more...)

Katerina Papacostas and Matthew Schatz to Lead FIRST DATE's Charlotte DebutKaterina Papacostas and Matthew Schatz to Lead FIRST DATE's Charlotte Debut
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Casting has been announced for Blumenthal Performing Arts' production of the Broadway musical comedy FIRST DATE, which is part of the 2015-2016 PNC Broadway Lights. (more...)

SoLuna Studio Presents FIRST DATESoLuna Studio Presents FIRST DATE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

SoLuna Studio will produce the musical comedy FIRST DATE as a part their professional mainstage season, with performances running August 5th-14th. (more...)

PUMP UP THE VOLUME and More Slated for 5th Avenue Theatre's 2nd Annual NextFestPUMP UP THE VOLUME and More Slated for 5th Avenue Theatre's 2nd Annual NextFest
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The 5th Avenue Theatre is proud to present the second annual NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals. The company's rehearsal halls will be brimming with activity this fall as new musicals take shape in readings and intensives, brought to life by local and Broadway talents. (more...)

Tim Federle, Bess Wohl, Marc Bruni, Leigh Silverman and More Slated for NYMF PanelsTim Federle, Bess Wohl, Marc Bruni, Leigh Silverman and More Slated for NYMF Panels
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), previously known as The New York Musical Theatre Festival, has announced that they have partnered with The ASCAP Foundation, The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), and SDC Foundation to curate three panel conversations with industry professionals, aimed at providing more insight into the musical development process. (more...)

Liz Callaway, Max von Essen, Patti LuPone and More Join WALL TO WALL STEPHEN SCHWARTZ at Symphony SpaceLiz Callaway, Max von Essen, Patti LuPone and More Join WALL TO WALL STEPHEN SCHWARTZ at Symphony Space
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Symphony Space pays exuberant homage to the Great White Way with Project B-way/95, a two-week celebration comprising 14 events, April 7 - 20. A particular highlight is this year's installment of Symphony Space's signature event, WALL TO WALL STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Saturday, April 16). (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Stephen Schwartz, Patti LuPone & More Will Take Part in Symphony Space's Project B-way/95Kelli O'Hara, Stephen Schwartz, Patti LuPone & More Will Take Part in Symphony Space's Project B-way/95
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Symphony Space pays exuberant homage to the Great White Way with Project B-way/95, a two-week celebration comprising 14 events, April 7 - 20. Curated and Produced by Joel Fram andAnnette Jolles, and named for the intersection where Symphony Space stands, Project B-way/95 salutes Broadway with an exciting array of concerts, tributes, film screenings, discussions, workshops, and more. Anchored by three starry concerts in the Sharp Theatre - an evening with the incomparable Patti LuPone (Tuesday, April 19), the cheerfully nepotistic "All in the Family" with Kelli O'Hara (Monday, April 11), and this year's installment of Symphony Space's signature event, Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz (Saturday, April 16) - Project B-way/95 offers something for every lover of American musical theater. Tickets for all events are available at symphonyspace.org. (more...)

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE and More Set for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's 2016-17 SeasonTHE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE and More Set for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) has announced its 2016-2017 Season, which features a compelling selection of stories centered upon the power of change and moving forward. (more...)

Patti LuPone, Kelli O'Hara & More of Broadway's Best to Take Part in Symphony Space's Project B-way/95 SeriesPatti LuPone, Kelli O'Hara & More of Broadway's Best to Take Part in Symphony Space's Project B-way/95 Series
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Symphony Space pays exuberant homage to the Great White Way with Project B-way/95, a two-week celebration comprising 14 events, April 7 - 20. Curated and Produced by Joel Fram and Annette Jolles, and named for the intersection where Symphony Space stands, Project B-way/95 salutes Broadway with an exciting array of concerts, tributes, film screenings, discussions, workshops, and more. Anchored by three starry concerts in the Sharp Theatre - an evening with the incomparable Patti LuPone (Tuesday, April 19), the cheerfully nepotistic "All in the Family" with Kelli O'Hara (Monday, April 11), and this year's installment of Symphony Space's signature event, Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz (Saturday, April 16) - Project B-way/95 offers something for every lover of American musical theater. Tickets for all events are available at symphonyspace.org. (more...)

PRIDE & PREJUDICE, Judy Gold, Laura Osnes and More Set for This March at Feinstein's/54 BelowPRIDE & PREJUDICE, Judy Gold, Laura Osnes and More Set for This March at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

This March, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. Scroll down for details! (more...)

54 SINGS THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, Anneliese van der Pol & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week54 SINGS THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, Anneliese van der Pol & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Review: FIRST DATE is a Charming Look at DatingBWW Review: FIRST DATE is a Charming Look at Dating
by Frank Benge - Feb 23, 2016

FIRST DATE THE MUSICAL is a new musical with a book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. It's based around the various permutations of blind dating. It made its world premiere in 2012 at Seattle's ACT Theatre in a 5th Avenue Theatre co-production and made its Broadway debut in 2013. FIRST DATE THE MUSICAL has a noticeable sitcom quality. It also has genuine wit, charm and a musical panache that is a breath of fresh air compared to the overblown musicals being created these days. Set mostly in a Manhattan restaurant, it shows the audience the extremely awkward first date of Aaron (Scott Garrett Graham) and Casey (Marett Hanes), a serial dater who's clearly more experienced with romance Russian roulette. This blind date is Aaron's reentry into the world of romance after being ditched at the altar by his fiancee, Allison (Kate Sullivan Gibbons), and his nervousness is clearly evident. The couple's inner thoughts are revealed in the evening's musical numbers. (more...)

The Wallis, ASCAP & DreamWorks Animation Award Scholarships to Six Student SongwritersThe Wallis, ASCAP & DreamWorks Animation Award Scholarships to Six Student Songwriters
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

The three-day 2016 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop in Partnership with DreamWorks Animation and The Wallis concluded tonight with a special scholarship presentation by ASCAP Workshop Artistic Director and Tony, Oscar and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz. Six recipients - Mina Bloom, Rachel Gilbert, Tristan McIntyre, Dylan Schifrin, Bailey Share-Aizic and Juan Solis - were invited onto the stage of the Bram Goldsmith Theater at The Wallis to receive a combined $5,000 in scholarship funds to be applied to furthering their studies in musical theater and songwriting. (more...)

Matt Doyle, Krysta Rodriguez, Kate Baldwin & More to Star in 17 AGAIN as Part of 'New Musicals at 54' SeriesMatt Doyle, Krysta Rodriguez, Kate Baldwin & More to Star in 17 AGAIN as Part of 'New Musicals at 54' Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Life doesn't always work out the way we want, or expect it to. What would happen if you could turn back the clock to a younger version of yourself and start over? 17 Again - a new musical based on the popular 2009 film starring Zac Efron and Matthew Perry - tells the story of a married 35-year-old man who fears his best days have passed him by, until he mysteriously wakes up as a seventeen year-old high school basketball star with the chance to rewrite the future he believes he was meant to have. (more...)

BWW Review: Midvale Main Street Theatre's Utah Premiere of FIRST DATE is Funny and RealBWW Review: Midvale Main Street Theatre's Utah Premiere of FIRST DATE is Funny and Real
by Tyler Hinton - Feb 9, 2016

The Utah premiere of FIRST DATE, presented by Midvale Main Street Theatre, is a great chance to experience a new show straight from Broadway. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Caroline Nicolian and Luke Halftery in FIRST DATE at Pittsburgh CLOPhoto Flash: First Look at Caroline Nicolian and Luke Halftery in FIRST DATE at Pittsburgh CLO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Pittsburgh CLO presents the Pittsburgh premiere of FIRST DATE, now through April 24, 2016 at the CLO Cabaret. This inventive new version of the Broadway musical comedy was created just for Pittsburgh CLO by the original writers, Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner About 17 AGAINBWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner About 17 AGAIN
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Jan 26, 2016

New Musicals at 54 is a series presented by Feinstein's/ 54 Below Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Some of the 10 new and diverse musicals by a selection of today's most talented writers have had out-of-town productions, some have had workshops... now's your chance to be first to see them in NYC! Join us at New Musicals at 54 for one-night-only concerts celebrating each new show with songs, behind-the-scenes stories, and all-star casts! (more...)

Il musical FIRST DATE debutta in ItaliaIl musical FIRST DATE debutta in Italia
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

"Appuntamento al buio" e la versione ufficiale italiana del musical americano di Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary e Michael Weiner, dal titolo "First Date - Broadway's Musical Comedy". (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Drama Learning Center's FIRST DATEPhoto Flash: First Look at Drama Learning Center's FIRST DATE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Drama Learning Center's professional training company for emerging young artists will present the area premiere of new musical comedy First Date  this month. When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilariously high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? (more...)

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