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BWW Review: Opulent AMADEUS Revival Fancies Up South Coast Rep StageBWW Review: Opulent AMADEUS Revival Fancies Up South Coast Rep Stage
by Michael L. Quintos - May 23, 2016

To close out its current season, Orange County's Tony-winning regional theater South Coast Repertory has chosen to mount an opulent, high-caliber revival of Peter Shaffer's 1979 play AMADEUS, which continues performances in Costa Mesa through June 5, 2016. The recipient of the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play, AMADEUS most notably became the basis for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning (and, yes, arguably, much more readily known) 1984 film of the same name. For SCR's season-ender---engagingly directed by Kent Nicholson---the rather lengthy play is presented with much of the visual grandness one expects from an antiquated period piece, particularly from this particular theater company. And as an added bonus, the play is performed by a cast of incredible, seasoned actors that winningly transports its audience to a time and place centuries ago. So is it worth revisiting the tug-of-war between Salieri and Mozart? If it is South Coast Rep's visually-stunning production, then the answer is an enthusiastic 'yes.' (more...)

BWW Review: Sandra Oh Stars in Intense New Play OFFICE HOUR at South Coast RepBWW Review: Sandra Oh Stars in Intense New Play OFFICE HOUR at South Coast Rep
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 25, 2016

More than ever, Americans are living in a state of fear. Such is the subject searingly explored in playwright Julia Cho's intensely jarring new play OFFICE HOUR which continues its exceptional world premiere performances at Orange County's Tony Award winning regional theater South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through April 30, 2016. For almost 80 gripping, heart-pounding minutes without an intermission, Cho and director Neel Keller tap into this fearful 'new normal' in the form of Gina, a divorced adjunct university professor brilliantly played with quiet yet powerful grace by Sandra Oh (of TV's Grey's Anatomy, making her SCR debut). In the play, Gina makes it her goal to get through to a young creative writing student, Dennis (Raymond Lee), whose disturbing, excessively ultra-violent writing submissions have caused some concerns with both students and teachers. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Extends THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Through March 26Rubicon Theatre Extends THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Through March 26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that its critically acclaimed American premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton, adapted from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson that also inspired the legendary John Ford 1962 film, will extend through Saturday, March 26 at the Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is a classic tale of love, honor, ambition and revenge set against the backdrop of the American West. (more...)

BWW Review: Brilliant American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Extends One Week Until March 26BWW Review: Brilliant American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Extends One Week Until March 26
by Don Grigware - Mar 14, 2016

How often do you see an American western onstage? Especially one that was a famous John Ford film in 1952 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Both the film and the stage play are adapted from a short story by Dorothy Johnson about the American west in 1890-1910. The names of the characters in the film are slightly different from those in the play, but the plot is basically the same. What seem to matter more than plot are the historical, cultural, political themes that the story exudes. Now onstage at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, in its American premiere, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is helmed by uber skilled director Jenny Sullivan and boasts a stellar cast, but you only have one more week to catch it, through March 20. (more...)

Photo Flash: Celebrities Attend Rubicon's American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCEPhoto Flash: Celebrities Attend Rubicon's American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Celebrities dressed in Western attire walked the red carpet last Saturday as Rubicon Theatre Company of Ventura presented the American Premiere of the stage play THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton. Attendees included musician Jim Messina of Loggins & Messina, Poco and Buffalo Springfield and his beautiful wife Michaela; Golden Globe nominated actor Ted Neeley with his wife Leeyan and daughter Tessa; and Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Spano with his daughters Liana and Meili. Scroll down for photos from the opening night festivities! (more...)

BWW Review: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Mar 10, 2016

John Ford's 1962 film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, is one of motion picture's all-time classic westerns. So when I heard that a play version was making its American premiere at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, I got more than just a little excited. Envisioning the tensions seen on the screen in epic portrayals by Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and Lee Marvin promised to be riveting theater. Unfortunately, the play version was taken not from the screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck (it was unavailable) but an adaptation by British playwright Joshua Compton from Dorothy M. Johnson's original short story, and although the Rubicon has created a fabulous setting, marvelous performances from all of the actors, and an atmospheric, on-stage musical tableau by Trevor Wheetman, the result is simply not as compelling as the movie. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre to Stage U.S. Debut of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCERubicon Theatre to Stage U.S. Debut of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company's 2015-2016 season continues with the American premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton. Adapted from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson that also inspired the legendary John Ford 1962 film, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is a classic tale of love, honor, ambition and revenge set against the backdrop of the American West. (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night On the Red Carpet of Pasadena Playhouse's BREAKING THROUGH - Angela Bassett, Alison Luff and More!Photo Flash: Opening Night On the Red Carpet of Pasadena Playhouse's BREAKING THROUGH - Angela Bassett, Alison Luff and More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

BREAKING THROUGH, a world premiere musical, features a book by Kirsten Guenther, and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz. The production is choreographed by Tyce Diorio and directed by Sheldon Epps. Preview performances began October 27, 2015 with the official press opening on November 1, 2015 at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena). BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at opening night on the red carpet below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Alison Luff, Matt Magnusson and More in BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at Alison Luff, Matt Magnusson and More in BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2015

BREAKING THROUGH, a world premiere musical, features a book by Kirsten Guenther, and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz. The production is choreographed by Tyce Diorio and directed by Sheldon Epps. Preview performances began October 27, 2015 with the official press opening on November 1, 2015 at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena). BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals and Behind the Scenes of Pasadena Playhouse's BREAKING THROUGHSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals and Behind the Scenes of Pasadena Playhouse's BREAKING THROUGH
by Stage Tube - Oct 29, 2015

BREAKING THROUGH, a world premiere musical, features a book by Kirsten Guenther, and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz. The production is choreographed by Tyce Diorio and directed by Sheldon Epps. Preview performances began October 27, 2015 with the official press opening on November 1, 2015 at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena).  BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peek at rehearsals and more below! (more...)

Matt Magnusson and Alison Luff Lead BREAKING THROUGH, Beginning Tonight at Pasadena PlayhouseMatt Magnusson and Alison Luff Lead BREAKING THROUGH, Beginning Tonight at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2015

Matt Magnusson stars as 'Scorpio' opposite Alison Luff in BREAKING THROUGH, beginning previews tonight, October 27, at The Pasadena Playhouse. (more...)

Matt Magnusson Replaces Constantine Maroulis in BREAKING THROUGH Premiere at Pasadena PlayhouseMatt Magnusson Replaces Constantine Maroulis in BREAKING THROUGH Premiere at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Matt Magnusson will be taking over the role of 'Scorpio' opposite Alison Luff in BREAKING THROUGH at The Pasadena Playhouse this fall. Magnusson replaces Constantine Maroulis, who has left the company due to personal matters. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Alison Luff Talks BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena PlayhouseSTAGE TUBE: Alison Luff Talks BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Oct 12, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse presents BREAKING THROUGH, a world premiere musical, with book by Kirsten Guenther, and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz. The production is choreographed by Tyce Diorio, directed by Sheldon Epps and begins rehearsals this week. Preview performances begin October 27, 2015 with the official press opening on November 1, 2015. Below, Alison Luff talks about her role, the show and more during the photo shoot for BREAKING THROUGH! (more...)

VIDEO: Constantine Maroulis Talks BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena PlayhouseVIDEO: Constantine Maroulis Talks BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Oct 2, 2015

Below, Constantine Maroulis talks about how much he wants audiences to see this show, and more! (more...)

Kacee Clanton, Robert W. Arbogast & More Join Alison Luff & Constantine Maroulis in BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena PlayhouseKacee Clanton, Robert W. Arbogast & More Join Alison Luff & Constantine Maroulis in BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps) announced today full casting for BREAKING THROUGH, a world premiere musical, with book by Kirsten Guenther, and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz. The production is choreographed by Tyce Diorio, directed by Sheldon Epps and begins rehearsals this week. Preview performances begin October 27, 2015 with the official press opening on November 1, 2015 at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena). (more...)

Constantine Maroulis & Alison Luff to Star in New Musical BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena PlayhouseConstantine Maroulis & Alison Luff to Star in New Musical BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps) announced today that, Alison Luff (Broadway: Matilda the Musical, Scandalous, GHOST the Musical, Mamma Mia!), and Constantine Maroulis (Broadway: Rock of Ages, Jekyll & Hyde, The Wedding Singer, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), will lead the cast of BREAKING THROUGH, a world premiere musical, with book by Kirsten Guenther, and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz. The production is choreographed by Tyce Diorio and directed by Sheldon Epps. Preview performances begin October 27, 2015 with the official press opening on November 1, 2015 at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena). (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2015

California Shakespeare Theater continues its 2015 season with Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz's powerfully-penned adaptation of Life Is a Dream, Pedro Calderon de la Barca's epic tale of love, power, and destiny, Life Is a Dream. Directed by Magic Theatre's Artistic Director Loretta Greco in her Cal Shakes debut, Life Is a Dream plays at the Bruns Amphitheater from July 8 through August 2. (more...)

Magic Theatre's 48th Season Concludes with Luis Alfaro's THE GOLDEN STATE - PART ONE, Beginning TonightMagic Theatre's 48th Season Concludes with Luis Alfaro's THE GOLDEN STATE - PART ONE, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

In the first play of a trilogy marking Magic's historic co-commission with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Luis Alfaro (Oedipus el Rey, Bruja), returns to Magic Theatre to tell the sweeping story of a multi-generational Latino family's California odyssey. This Golden State -- Part One: Delano begins tonight, May 20th at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. (more...)

Magic Theatre's 48th Season to Conclude with Luis Alfaro's THE GOLDEN STATE - PART ONE Premiere, Begin. 5/20Magic Theatre's 48th Season to Conclude with Luis Alfaro's THE GOLDEN STATE - PART ONE Premiere, Begin. 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

In the first play of a trilogy marking Magic's historic co-commission with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Luis Alfaro (Oedipus el Rey, Bruja), returns to Magic Theatre to tell the sweeping story of a multi-generational Latino family's California odyssey. This Golden State -- Part One: Delano begins May 20th at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. (more...)

Press Release Form - Sister Play at Magic Theatre, San FranciscoPress Release Form - Sister Play at Magic Theatre, San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Magic Theatre will welcome the return of renowned playwright John Kolvenbach (Goldfish, Mrs. Whitney), for the rolling world premiere of Sister Play which he will also direct. Sister Play begins March 24th at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. (more...)

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