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BWW Review: Fall Head-Over-Glass-Heels in Love with CINDERELLA at Segerstrom CenterBWW Review: Fall Head-Over-Glass-Heels in Love with CINDERELLA at Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 27, 2016

Adorable, utterly romantic, and thoroughly winsome, this stage adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is, admittedly, a wonderful surprise---filled with dazzling stage ingenuity; a dreamy, sweeping classic score by two legendary titans of musical theater; a revised, 21st-Century-tinged new book by playwright Douglas Carter Beane; magical Tony Award-winning costumes from the great William Ivey Long that will have you wondering 'how'd they do that?' and, lastly, an ensemble cast of terrific actor-singers that will have you cheering its inevitable happy-ever-after. And, if you're anything like me, you too will be easily swept up by its visual and musical loveliness and its endearing, sweet love story.The Broadway musical's Equity National Tour---now in its last weeks---has finally winded itself back to So. Cal., this time for a two-week stay at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through May 1, 2016 (the tour then moves on from here to its final scheduled week-long stop at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre through May 8). (more...)

BWW Review: Magical: So Is The Musical RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA Which Premiered This Week In Sao Paulo.BWW Review: Magical: So Is The Musical RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA Which Premiered This Week In Sao Paulo.
by Claudio Erlichman - Mar 26, 2016

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is a musical in two acts with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Douglas Carter Beane based partly on Hammerstein's 1957 book. The story is based upon the fairy tale Cinderella, particularly the French version Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre, by Charles Perrault. The story concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into an elegant young lady and is able to attend the ball to meet her Prince, but, in this version, she must open the Prince's eyes to the injustice in his kingdom. Rodgers and Hammerstein originally wrote the songs for a 1957 television broadcast starring Julie Andrews, and it was remade twice for television and adapted for the stage in various versions prior to the Broadway production. The 2013 adaptation was the first version of Cinderella with the Rodgers and Hammerstein score mounted on Broadway. The new book by Beane introduces several new characters and a sympathetic stepsister, and the score features several new Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. (more...)

2016 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Documentary Feature Film Selections & More
by TV News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced the US Narrative, International Narrative, and Documentary Competition feature film selections (more...)

BWW Review: CINDERELLA Dazzles Detroit Opera HouseBWW Review: CINDERELLA Dazzles Detroit Opera House
by Anton Anderssen - Feb 19, 2016

There's a new Cinderella in town, not the meek maiden who loses her glass slipper as she flees the Prince's castle; this gal has moxie, and she' accompanied by a rather outspoken Michael Moore character. Together, they set out to change the world. Now on stage at the Detroit Opera House is a reimagined Cinderella, with a new script by Douglas Carter Beane. Forget the Julie Andrews, Lesley Ann Warren or Brandy version we grew up with. This politically-charged version shows a Cinderella who definitely fights for social justice, and her Michael Mooresque comrade has no fear of the one percenters. Kaitlyn Davidson and Andy Huntington Jones star in this sumptuous musical; this is spectacle at its finest. Adding new characters to the mix allows others to evolve heuristically. The new and improved Cinderella resonates with modern sensibilities, adding to the time-honored splendor of both the damsel and those about her. (more...)

Production Underway for Season 2 of Starz's BLUNT TALK; Lesley Ann Warren Joins CastProduction Underway for Season 2 of Starz's BLUNT TALK; Lesley Ann Warren Joins Cast
by TV News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

The STARZ Original series "Blunt Talk" began production in Los Angeles on the 10-episode second season of the half-hour scripted comedy series from Media Rights Capital (MRC) and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames, Tristram Shapeero, and Stephanie Davis. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Flash: BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE Premieres at Palm Springs International Film Festival!Exclusive Photo Flash: BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE Premieres at Palm Springs International Film Festival!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE, Award-winning director Rick McKay's anxiously awaited sequel to his 2004 hit film, BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE, just made its World Premiere to a sold-out crowd at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Check out photos from the big night below! (more...)

Breaking: Rick McKay's BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE to Premiere at 2016 Palm Springs International Film FestivalBreaking: Rick McKay's BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE to Premiere at 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE, Award-winning director Rick McKay's anxiously awaited sequel to his 2004 hit film, BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE, is set to make its World Premiere at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which takes place January 1-11, 2016. (more...)

BWW Column: Three Simple Ways to Improve Upon Success of THE WIZ LIVE!BWW Column: Three Simple Ways to Improve Upon Success of THE WIZ LIVE!
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 10, 2015

Now that we are a week removed from last Thursday's THE WIZ LIVE!, NBC's third live musical in as many years, we know that the production has predominantly been hailed as a critical and ratings success, vindicating the audacious experiment after two, less than artistically satisfying, outings. Led by a newcomer plucked from an open call, director Kenny Leon and executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan found a star in Shanice Williams and surrounded her with an all-star cast that ranged from serviceable to revelatory. However, as enjoyable as the event was, especially in relationship to past efforts, THE WIZ LIVE! was not a perfect production. There is, after all, a reason why no one did live TV musicals for nearly half a century; they are hard. (more...)

BWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden AgeBWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden Age
by Jeffrey Walker - Dec 3, 2015

Relive the Golden Age of Broadway and the magical moments from TV's past with Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews,Carol Burnett and many more as we look at the history of live TV musicals. (more...)

Michael Urie, Brandon Uranowitz & More to Lead CLUE Tribute Performance Next WeekMichael Urie, Brandon Uranowitz & More to Lead CLUE Tribute Performance Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

The Players, the historic private social club on Gramercy Park, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the cult comedy classic "Clue" with an all-star tribute performance honoring Jonathan Lynn, the film's director and screenwriter, on Sunday, December 13th. (more...)

BWW Discussion: BWW Orlando Editors Discuss Beautiful CINDERELLA at Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Discussion: BWW Orlando Editors Discuss Beautiful CINDERELLA at Dr. Phillips Center
by Matt Tamanini - Nov 12, 2015

On Tuesday night, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA opened a week-long run at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Running through Sunday, I was fortunate enough to attend the tour stop's opening night, as was fellow BWW Orlando editor Kimberly Moy. As we did when we discussed THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, first show of the 2014-2015 Orlando Broadway Series, we had a back-and-forth conversation about CINDERELLA. While I tend to look at things from a more historical and critical point of view, Kim is an admitted fan girl. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatre Communications Group Honors Brian Dennehy at Fall BenefitPhoto Flash: Theatre Communications Group Honors Brian Dennehy at Fall Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

On Monday, November 9, 2015 Theatre Communications Group (TCG) hosted their annual benefit honoring actor Brian Dennehy and celebrating TCG's American Theatre magazine, at the Edison Ballroom. (more...)

BWW Review: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA is Fantastic Mix of Fresh and Familiar at Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA is Fantastic Mix of Fresh and Familiar at Dr. Phillips Center
by Matt Tamanini - Nov 11, 2015

The 2015-2016 Orlando Broadway Series kicked off in royal style last night as the wonderful RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA set up shop at downtown's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This reimagined take on the classic musical will be in town through Sunday, November 15th, and is a gloriously entertaining spectacle that has as many colorful costumes as it does characters. With a fantastic, first-rate cast, the enjoyable family-friendly musical combines the comfortingly nostalgic Rodgers and Hammerstein score with a brand-new, empowering book. R&H's CINDERELLA is an inspiring, must-see hit for theatre fans of all ages. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ted Chapin Discusses CINDERELLA, SOUND OF MUSIC Tours, Future R&H Broadway ShowsBWW Interview: Ted Chapin Discusses CINDERELLA, SOUND OF MUSIC Tours, Future R&H Broadway Shows
by Matt Tamanini - Nov 9, 2015

For generations, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA existed only as a beloved television movie. First with a live broadcast in 1957 starring Julie Andrews; then in 1965 with Lesley Ann Warren, a version which was regularly re-broadcast into the 90s (which I grew up watching); and finally in 1997 with Brandy in the title role and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. However, in 2013, over 55 years after its first broadcast, led by Broadway's favorite princess Laura Osnes and crowned prince Santino Fontana, R&H 's CINDERELLA took its first Broadway bow. The show earned nine Tony nominations, running for nearly two years. Now, CINDERELLA's First National Tour sets up shop in its own little corner at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, with performances beginning on Tuesday night. (more...)

BWW Interview: The Prince is Giving An Interview: A Moment With CINDERELLA's Prince Andy Huntington JonesBWW Interview: The Prince is Giving An Interview: A Moment With CINDERELLA's Prince Andy Huntington Jones
by Christie Fisher - Oct 29, 2015

Broadway World Atlanta spent a moment conversing with Andy Huntington Jones who is currently portraying Prince Topher in the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA. Find out what it is like to be a prince across the country. (more...)

BWW Interview: CINDERELLA National Tour's Blake HammondBWW Interview: CINDERELLA National Tour's Blake Hammond
by Heidi Scheuermann - Oct 27, 2015

Whether it's Disney's Cinderella, A Cinderella Story, Ella Enchanted, Ever After, or some other variation, you know the story.  This classic fairy tale has been told time and time again.  It just never gets old!  And now, to make things even better, the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is making its way to the Saenger Theatre tonight!  That's right, you and yours have the chance to experience the most magical evening of all during the most enchanted week of the year (of course, I'm referring to Halloween). (more...)

Tony and Emmy Nominee Jerome Kass Has DiedTony and Emmy Nominee Jerome Kass Has Died
by Sally Henry - Oct 24, 2015

BroadwayWorld has learned the sad news that playwright Jerome Kass has died. A Tony nominee for penning the book of the 1978 musical BALLROOM, Kass passed away in his Manhatta home on Thursday, Oct. 22 from prostate cancer. He was 78. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Theater To Keep The Frost Off the PumpkinCRITICS' CHOICE: Theater To Keep The Frost Off the Pumpkin
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 23, 2015

There's the definite feeling of autumn in the air that makes you want to gut a pumpkin or at least have a pumpkin spice latte, chances are you are definitely going to need a sweater in the early morning hours, and it's past the perfect time for you to pick out a Halloween costume. Luckily, theater companies are well into their new seasons and there's plenty of shows to entertain you while you take time off from berating yourself for wearing that same tricked-out Star Wars costume you wore the past fwo-and-one-half years. (more...)

BWW Review: CINDERELLA Captivates in Music City DebutBWW Review: CINDERELLA Captivates in Music City Debut
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 21, 2015

Sumptuously designed, beautifully staged and wonderfully sung, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella isn't the same show you may recall from childhood hours spent in front of a television or from scores of regional theater productions since, but with a new and refreshingly timely book by Douglas Carter Beane, along with the interpolation of four 'new' songs from the R+H canon, the elaborate new production that's fresh off its first-ever Broadway run seems the ideal interpretation for the 21st century. (more...)

BWW Interviews: CINDERELLA's Blair Ross 'Comes Home' to Play 'Madame'BWW Interviews: CINDERELLA's Blair Ross 'Comes Home' to Play 'Madame'
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 16, 2015

It is fitting, perhaps, and definitely a case of perfect timing, for actress Blair Ross: Preparing to go onstage as “Madame” – aka The Wicked Stepmother – in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella with most of her Tennessee family on hand to share in the excitement from their vantage point in the audience. Currently in Memphis, the national touring company of the recent Broadway revival of Cinderella welcomes Ross to the cast as they look ahead to next week's eight-performance run at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center. (more...)

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