Anthony Festa News

Photo Flash: BILLY ELLIOT Ogunquit Playhouse and Broadway Casts Unite
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Members from the former Broadway, National Tour and Chicago productions of Billy Elliot the Musical came to the July 10th performance of Ogunquit Playhouse production. Among the cast members pictured from Ogunquit's production are Noah Parets (Billy), Sam Faulkner (Billy), Anastasia Barzee (Mrs. Wilkinson), Armand Schultz (Dad), Joel Blum (George), Dale Soules (Grandma), Stephen Hanna (Older Billy), and Anthony Festa (Tony). The honored guests pictured are Tony Award Winner, Trent Kowalick (original Broadway Billy Elliot) Tommy Batchelor, (Billy, Broadway and the National Tour), Thommie Retter (Mr. Braithwaite, Broadway), as well as Broadway cast members Brianna Fragomenti, Kara Oates, Annabelle Kempf and Chicago's Small Boy, Mark Page. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: BILLY ELLIOT Shines at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Jan Nargi - Jul 09, 2014

Electricity courses through Ogunquit Playhouse's stunning production of BILLY ELLIOT, continuing through July 26 at 'America's foremost summer theatre.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ogunquit Playhouse Mounts Regional Premiere of BILLY ELLIOT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 29, 2014

Assembling a stellar cast and creative team, the Ogunquit Playhouse has mounted a powerful production of the Elton John-Lee Hall 2005 musical, Billy Elliot. Based on the 2000 film, both directed by Stephen Daldry with original choreography by Peter Darling, Billy Elliot movingly tells the story of a Yorkshire working class boy who discovers his unlikely passion and talent for ballet and who must win his coal miner father's acceptance for his chosen vocation. Set against the background of the bitter 1984 mining strike which pitted the workers' life and death struggle against Margaret Thatcher's push to close the mines, Billy's discovery of his artistic gift becomes his ticket not only to self-fulfillment, but also to escape from his family's bleak existence. (more...)

Noah Parets, Armand Schultz & Anastasia Barzee to Lead Ogunquit Playhouse's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 06, 2014

The Ogunquit Playhouse, America's Foremost Summer Theatre, will be one of the first regional theatres in the U.S. to produce the Tony Award winning Billy Elliot the Musical on stage June 25 to July 26. Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy who discovers his true passion lies in ballet class and not in the boxing ring, and then finds the strength to defy the convention of his small UK mining town to make his dream come true. The Ogunquit production features a cast of Broadway veterans, including Anastasia Barzee, Armond Shultz and Tony Award nominee Joel Blum. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Weltweit umjubelte Tournee von WEST SIDE STORY feierte Deutschlandpremiere in Frankfurt
by Iris Moebius - Dec 30, 2013

Seit einigen Jahren schon ist eine erfolgreiche Neuinszenierung von West Side Story in den großen Theatern der Welt zu sehen, darunter London, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney und viele mehr. Nun ist die Produktion mit den Orginalchoreografien endlich auch im deutschsprachigen Raum zu erleben. Seine Premiere feierte West Side Story war 20.12. in Frankfurt, wo in Show in der Alten Oper gastiert und dort die Rolle des alljahrigen Weihnachtsmusicals ubernimmt. (more...)

Ultimate Kilimanjaro Announces Finalists for Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Giveaway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2013

Ultimate Kilimanjaro, the #1 Kilimanjaro guide service, is giving everyone a chance to climb Kilimanjaro for free. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside BROADWAY BACKWARDS 2013; Total Reaches $347,060!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2013

BROADWAY BACKWARDS, the once-a-year celebration of the LGBT community, brought down the house Monday while raising a record-setting $347,060 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. This year's total surpassed the previous record of $329,000, set last year. Check out photos from this year's event below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: BROADWAY BACKWARDS 2013 - All the Performances!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 19, 2013

This year's star-studded BROADWAY BACKWARDS took place last night, March 18, 2013 at the Palace Theater (1564 Broadway). BROADWAY BACKWARDS is a one-night-only performance produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefiting BC/EFA and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York. Now in its eighth year, BROADWAY BACKWARDS is an annual celebration where gays and lesbians see their stories onstage, told through the great songs of musical theatre, sung by their favorite Broadway performers. BroadwayWorld brings you full coverage from the star-studded event below! (more...)

Who Sang What at Last Night's BROADWAY BACKWARDS!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2013

An extremely limited number of $20 rush tickets to this year's star-studded BROADWAY BACKWARDS will be released for sale at 6:30 PM Monday, March 18, 2013. The rush tickets will be sold in the lobby of the Palace Theater (1564 Broadway). They will not be available at the box office. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, cash only and are limited to two tickets per person. The show begins at 8 PM. (more...)

BWW Flashback: Cult Hit Rock Musical BARE Closes Off-Broadway Today
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 03, 2013

Bare plays its final performance tonight, February 3rd, 2013, after 21 previews and 65 regular performances. Bare began previews off-Broadway at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) on Monday, November 19, 2012 and opened on Sunday, December 9, 2012. BroadwayWorld takes you back through BARE's beginnings off-Broadway below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Jenna Leigh Green, John Hill & More Reunite at BARE!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 01, 2013

Bare begins its final weekend of performances, playing its final performance on Sunday, February 3rd at 7:30pm after 21 previews and 65 regular performances. The original 2004 cast, including John Hill, Natalie Joy Johnson, Adam Fleming, and Jenna Leigh Green reunited at the show and took pictures backstage with the current cast. Check them out below! (more...)

BARE Begins Final Weekend of Performances; Closes 2/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 01, 2013

Bare will begin its final weekend of performances, playing its final performance on Sunday, February 3rd at 7:30pm after 21 previews and 65 regular performances. Bare began previews Off-Broadway at New World Stages (340 West 50thStreet) on Monday, November 19, 2012 and opened on Sunday, December 9, 2012. (more...)

Taylor Trensch, Stafford Arima and More to Take Part in BARE TalkOUTs 1/30-31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2013

The producers of the new musical BARE have announced the final speakers for the TalkOUT series. Audiences at performances on Wednesday, January 30th and Today, January 31st will be invited to stay after the show to participate in a discussion with this week's special guests, including The Clementi Family (The Tyler Clementi Foundation) and Taylor Trensch with Stafford Arima (BARE's "Peter" and the show's director). (more...)

Taylor Trensch, Stafford Arima and More Take Part in BARE TalkOUTs, 1/30-31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2013

The producers of the new musical Bare have announced the final speakers for the TalkOUT series. Audiences at performances tonight, January 30th and Thursday, January 31st will be invited to stay after the show to participate in a discussion with this week's special guests, including The Clementi Family (The Tyler Clementi Foundation) and Taylor Trensch with Stafford Arima (BARE's 'Peter' and the show's director). (more...)

Taylor Trensch, Stafford Arima and More to Take Part in BARE TalkOUTs 1/30-31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

The producers of the new musical BARE have announced the final speakers for the TalkOUT series. Audiences at performances on Wednesday, January 30th and Thursday, January 31st will be invited to stay after the show to participate in a discussion with this week's special guests, including The Clementi Family (The Tyler Clementi Foundation) and Taylor Trensch with Stafford Arima (BARE's "Peter" and the show's director). (more...)

Cast of BARE and Moya Angela Set for BROADWAY SESSIONS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2013

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano. Tonight, January 24th, Broadway Sessions will welcome the cast of Off-Broadway hit Bare, Moya Angela and more. (more...)

Breaking News: BARE to Play Final Performance Off Broadway on February 3
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2013

Producers Randy Taradash, Paul Boskind andMartian Entertainment, and Gregory Rae announced today that BARE will play its final performance on Sunday, February 3rd at 7:30pm after 21 previews and 65 regular performances. BARE began previews Off-Broadway at New World Stages (340 West 50thStreet) on Monday, November 19, 2012 and opened on Sunday, December 9, 2012. (more...)

Cast of BARE and Moya Angela Set for BROADWAY SESSIONS, 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2013

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano. This Thursday, January 24th, Broadway Sessions will welcome the cast of Off-Broadway hit Bare, Moya Angela and more. (more...)

Treat a Loved One to Off-Broadway's BARE to Honor PFLAG's Jeanne Manford, 2/1-3/3
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2013

In honor of the recent passing of PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford, the producers of the new musical BARE are proud to invite you to bring a loved one to see the show as a guest of the production with the purchase of your full price ticket. Using the code BMPRNTS13, audience members will receive two tickets to BARE for $92.50 for performances from February 1 - March 3, 2013. To purchase these tickets click HERE or call (800) 432-7250. (more...)

GLAAD's Ross Murray, Missi Pyle and More Set for BARE's TalkOUT Series, Now thru 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 09, 2013

The producers of the new musical Bare have announced the upcoming series of speakers for the January TalkOUT events. Audiences at select performances will be invited to stay after the show to participate in a discussion with some of the foremost leaders in the fight for LGBT equality. This month's special guests will include Ross Murray (GLAAD) with Missi Pyle (BARE's own 'Sister Joan'), Nathan Schaefer (Empire State Pride Agenda), Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Derrick Miller-Handley (The Point Foundation), Rabbi Michael Mellen, The Clementi Family (Tyler Clementi Foundation) and Taylor Trensch with Stafford Arima (BARE's 'Peter' and the show's director). (more...)

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