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BWW Reviews: Variations on a Theme - Three Musicals, THE COLOR PURPLE, CALVIN BERGER, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, All Speak to Beauty and Self-WorthBWW Reviews: Variations on a Theme - Three Musicals, THE COLOR PURPLE, CALVIN BERGER, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, All Speak to Beauty and Self-Worth
by Jill Schafer - Jan 27, 2015

At first glance, the musicals THE COLOR PURPLE, CALVIN BERGER, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES may not seem to have much in common. The settings couldn't be more different - the rural South in the early 20th century, a modern day high school, and a drag club in 1970s France. But since I happened to see them all on the same weekend, I couldn't help but draw parallels between them. All three musicals all speak to themes of beauty, identity, self-worth, and having the courage to be who you really are, despite what the world is telling you. In THE COLOR PURPLE, a young, poor, black woman is told that she's ugly and worthless, but after a lifelong journey she arrives at a place of strength and self-love. CALVIN BERGER sets the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac in a modern high school, where a young man feels that his large nose prevents him from getting what he wants in life and chooses to hide behind the handsome popular guy, both of whom eventually learn it's better to be loved for who you are. Finally, in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, a middle aged man who feels more comfortable dressed as a woman is asked by his own son to hide who he is, but confidently declares 'I am who I am!' Another thing these three musicals have in common is that they can all currently be seen on Twin Cities stages featuring talented local casts. Read on for more details on each, pick one that suits your fancy, and go see a local musical that just may inspire you to love you you really are! (more...)

Up on the Marquee: THE HEIDI CHRONICLESUp on the Marquee: THE HEIDI CHRONICLES
by Walter McBride - Jan 27, 2015

The Heidi Chronicles will begin performances on Monday, February 23, 2015, with an official opening on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). Tony Award-winnerPam MacKinnon (Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee'sWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park) will direct. The production will star Golden Globe-winner and six-time Emmy Award-nominee Elisabeth Moss ('Mad Men,' 'Top of the Lake,' Speed-the-Plow), Emmy Award-nomineeJason Biggs ('Orange Is The New Black,' American Pie), Tony Award-nominee Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), and Tracee Chimo (Lips Together, Teeth Apart, 'Orange Is The New Black,' Bad Jews), with Ali Ahn, Leighton Bryan, Elise Kibler, and Andy Truschinski. Check out photos of the marquee below! (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Cast of IF/THEN, Rachelle Rak & More Set for 54 Below This WeekChristine Ebersole, Cast of IF/THEN, Rachelle Rak & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Coming up this week, 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 or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Christina Bianco's New Comedy APPLICATION PENDING Begins Previews Off-Broadway TonightChristina Bianco's New Comedy APPLICATION PENDING Begins Previews Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

The world premiere of Application Pending, a new comedy by Greg Edwards & Andy Sandberg about the hilariously cutthroat world of kindergarten admissions at New York private schools, begins previews tonight, January 26, 2015 at the Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036). (more...)

New Line Theatre Off Line to Present SHOOTIN' THE SH!T, 1/31 in Grand CenterNew Line Theatre Off Line to Present SHOOTIN' THE SH!T, 1/31 in Grand Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

New Line Theatre Off Line presents an off-beat, decidedly adult evening of cabaret, SHOOTIN' THE SH!T, for one night only, Saturday, January 31 at the Kranzberg Arts Center Cabaret in Grand Center. (more...)

STARS OF DAVID: STORY TO SONG Opens 1/28 at Dave and Mary Alper JCCSTARS OF DAVID: STORY TO SONG Opens 1/28 at Dave and Mary Alper JCC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

STARS OF DAVID: STORY TO SONG, a new musical revue based on the best-selling book by Abigail Pogrebin, and produced by Tony Award winning producer Daryl Roth, continues its Florida tour, opening January 28 and continuing through February 1 at Miami's Dave and Mary Alper JCC, followed by performances February 4 through February 15 at Miami Beach's The Gleason Room - Backstage at the Fillmore and February 17 through March 15 at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center - Persson Hall. (more...)

TPAC's 2013-14 Season Has Record Impact on Nashville EconomyTPAC's 2013-14 Season Has Record Impact on Nashville Economy
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 22, 2015

Nashville's non-profit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) created a record-breaking economic impact of more than $64 million during its 2013-14 season. The impact, based on the nationally accepted formula from Americans for the Arts, is one of four records broken by the organization during the banner year, according to its annual report released today at a partnership event (more...)

5th Floor Theatre to Bring FROM THE GROUND UP to 54 Below This Month5th Floor Theatre to Bring FROM THE GROUND UP to 54 Below This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

5th Floor Theatre's 'From the Ground Up' is set for January 30, 2015 at 9:30 PM at 54 Below. (more...)

BWW TV: In Rehearsal with the Cast of Broadway-Bound THE HEIDI CHRONICLES!BWW TV: In Rehearsal with the Cast of Broadway-Bound THE HEIDI CHRONICLES!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 20, 2015

The Heidi Chronicles will begin performances on Monday, February 23, 2015, with an official opening on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). Tony Award-winnerPam MacKinnon (Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee'sWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park) will direct. The production will star Golden Globe-winner and six-time Emmy Award-nominee Elisabeth Moss ('Mad Men,' 'Top of the Lake,' Speed-the-Plow), Emmy Award-nomineeJason Biggs ('Orange Is The New Black,' American Pie), Tony Award-nominee Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), and Tracee Chimo (Lips Together, Teeth Apart, 'Orange Is The New Black,' Bad Jews), with Ali Ahn, Leighton Bryan, Elise Kibler, and Andy Truschinski. The company just met the press and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to chat with the full gang. Check out what they had to say below! (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Jason Biggs, Elisabeth Moss, Bryce Pinkham & THE HEIDI CHRONICLES Cast Meet the Press!FREEZE FRAME: Jason Biggs, Elisabeth Moss, Bryce Pinkham & THE HEIDI CHRONICLES Cast Meet the Press!
by Walter McBride - Jan 20, 2015

The Heidi Chronicles will begin performances on Monday, February 23, 2015, with an official opening on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). Tony Award-winner Pam MacKinnon (Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee'sWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park) will direct. The production will star Golden Globe-winner and six-time Emmy Award-nominee Elisabeth Moss ('Mad Men,' 'Top of the Lake,' Speed-the-Plow), Emmy Award-nominee Jason Biggs ('Orange Is The New Black,' American Pie), Tony Award-nominee Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), and Tracee Chimo (Lips Together, Teeth Apart, 'Orange Is The New Black,' Bad Jews), with Ali Ahn, Leighton Bryan, Elise Kibler, and Andy Truschinski. The company just met the press and you can check out a photo preview below. Check back later for full coverage! (more...)

Leigh Silverman to Helm WP Theater's World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE at New York City CenterLeigh Silverman to Helm WP Theater's World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Women's Project Theater, under the leadership of newly-appointed Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty, is pleased to present the World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE - a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Tanya Barfield and directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman - in a five-week limited engagement at New York City Center Stage II (131 W. 55th Street) from Tuesday, February 17 to March 22, 2015. Opening night is set for Wednesday, February 25. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Christina Bianco Take on 40+ Characters in APPLICATION PENDING!BWW TV: Watch Christina Bianco Take on 40+ Characters in APPLICATION PENDING!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 17, 2015

The new Off-Broadway comedy 'Application Pending' stars Christina Bianco, who plays rookie admissions officer Christine Evans as well as forty other roles. The show will be playing at The Westside Theatre from January 26th to April 19th.www.ApplicationPendingPlay.com. Bianco and company just gave a special press preview of the new play and you can check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: The Cast of THE WEST WING Reunites to Help White House Celebrate Big Block of Cheese DaySTAGE TUBE: The Cast of THE WEST WING Reunites to Help White House Celebrate Big Block of Cheese Day
by Stage Tube - Jan 16, 2015

Cast members from THE WEST WING, including Bradley Whitford, Dule Hill, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina, Allison Janney, Dule Hill and Mary McCormack, have partnered with The White House for a 'daylong engagement event on social media - inspired by President Andrew Jackson's 1837 open house featuring a 1,400 pound block of cheese.' Today, the Obama administration released a promo video for the event - check it out below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: YouTube Sensation Christina Bianco Previews APPLICATION PENDING!Photo Coverage: YouTube Sensation Christina Bianco Previews APPLICATION PENDING!
by Jennifer Broski - Jan 15, 2015

The new Off-Broadway comedy 'Application Pending' stars Christina Bianco, who plays rookie admissions officer Christine Evans as well as forty other roles. The show will be playing at The Westside Theatre from January 26th to April 19th.www.ApplicationPendingPlay.com. Bianco and company just gave a special press preview of the new play and you can check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

Jared Zirilli Joins Cast of The Civilians' New Musical PRETTY FILTHYJared Zirilli Joins Cast of The Civilians' New Musical PRETTY FILTHY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Jared Zirilli has joined the cast of The Civilians' world premiere production Pretty Filthy, BroadwayWorld has confirmed. (more...)

Raleigh Little Theatre Cancels Production of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSONRaleigh Little Theatre Cancels Production of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
by Anna Bencivengo - Jan 14, 2015

The INDY Week's Arts Blog reported today that Raleigh Little Theatre has canceled its planned production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson based on discussions with the area's Native American community this fall. (more...)

RLT Adds HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH to 2014-15 SeasonRLT Adds HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH to 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Raleigh Little Theatre today announced that it will produce Hedwig and the Angry Inch in May 2015, replacing Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson in the 2014-2015 City Series. Hedwig, a high-voltage rock musical that won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will be directed at RLT by Jesse R. Gephart. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Christina Bianco Gives Sneak Peak of APPLICATION PENDINGSTAGE TUBE: Christina Bianco Gives Sneak Peak of APPLICATION PENDING
by Stage Tube - Jan 12, 2015

Check out this sneak peak of the new Off-Broadway comedy 'Application Pending' starring Christina Bianco who plays rookie admissions officer Christine Evans as well as forty other roles. The show will be playing at The Westside Theatre from January 26th to April 19th. www.ApplicationPendingPlay.com (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Ciara Renee & More Set for CHARLIE ROSEN'S BROADWAY BIG BAND at 54 BelowJeremy Jordan, Ciara Renee & More Set for CHARLIE ROSEN'S BROADWAY BIG BAND at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Following multiple sold out engagements, Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band will return to the intimate Manhattan venue 54 Below on Thursday, February 5th to kick off an official residence for 2015. Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde) and Ciara Rene?e (Pippin, Big Fish) will make their Broadway Big Band debuts, joing a starry list of performers. (more...)

BWW TV: In Rehearsal with Merritt Wever & the Cast of MCC's THE NETHER!BWW TV: In Rehearsal with Merritt Wever & the Cast of MCC's THE NETHER!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 10, 2015

MCC THEATER will soon present the New York premiere of Jennifer Haley's The Nether directed byAnne Kaufman. As previously announced, The Nether will star 'Nurse Jackie' Emmy Award winner Merritt Wever, New York theater veteran Peter Friedman, Tony Award winner Frank Wood, Boardwalk Empire's Ben Rosenfield, and rising talent Sophia Anne Caruso. The company just met the press and below you can check out interviews from inside the rehearsal room! (more...)

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