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Date of Birth: July 15
Birth Place: South Dakota, USA
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Photo Flash: First Look at Justin Matthew Sargent and More in BRAVE NEW WORLD Premiere at NC StagePhoto Flash: First Look at Justin Matthew Sargent and More in BRAVE NEW WORLD Premiere at NC Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

The world premiere of the musical BRAVE NEW WORLD opened this past weekend at North Carolina Stage Company in Asheville, NC. Below, BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action, plus photos from the opening festivities! (more...)

Official: Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford Cast in Musical SIDE SHOW at Southwark PlayhouseOfficial: Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford Cast in Musical SIDE SHOW at Southwark Playhouse
by Marianka Swain - May 13, 2016

First casting is announced today for Broadway musical Side Show, which receives its UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse. Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford will play conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the brand new production, which runs October 21 to December 3, with a press night on October 26. (more...)

Sisters! Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford to Star in Revised SIDE SHOW in LondonSisters! Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford to Star in Revised SIDE SHOW in London
by Jessica Khan - May 12, 2016

The cult musical SIDE SHOW, receiving its London premiere at the Southwark Playhouse later this year, has found its leading twin sisters. The (more...)

BWW Review: Step Right Up! Brown/Trinity Rep Steals Spotlight with Sensational SIDE SHOWBWW Review: Step Right Up! Brown/Trinity Rep Steals Spotlight with Sensational SIDE SHOW
by Veronica Bruscini - May 8, 2016

Theater world, take notice: The Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Class of 2017 is a force to be reckoned with. Their staging of SIDE SHOW impresses in every particular from casting and costuming to setting, dramatic pacing, and lighting. From curtain to curtain, this is theatrical storytelling at its finest. (more...)

Justin Matthew Sargent and More to Star in NC Stage's BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MUSICAL PremiereJustin Matthew Sargent and More to Star in NC Stage's BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MUSICAL Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that North Carolina Stage Company (NC Stage) will welcome Broadway's Justin Matthew Sargent as the lead for its world premiere of BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MUSICAL. (more...)

Brown/Trinity Rep to Stage SIDE SHOWBrown/Trinity Rep to Stage SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs present Bill Russell and Henry Krieger's Side Show directed by Ashley Teague '17 beginning May 5, 2016.   (more...)

NC Stage to Premiere Jonnie Rockwell, John McDaniel & Bill Russell's BRAVE NEW WORLD MusicalNC Stage to Premiere Jonnie Rockwell, John McDaniel & Bill Russell's BRAVE NEW WORLD Musical
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

? North Carolina Stage Company (NC Stage) continues its recent development of world premiere productions. After playing a vital role in the development of Stalking the Bogeyman before its Off-Broadway and West End runs and Someone Else, currently slated for an off-Broadway run this spring, NC Stage announces the world premiere of the brand new musical Brave New World. This will consequently change the originally slated production of Bad Dates. (more...)

BWW Review: Circuit's PAGEANT Offers 50 Shades of PinkBWW Review: Circuit's PAGEANT Offers 50 Shades of Pink
by Joseph Baker - Mar 14, 2016

If you decide to attend Circuit Playhouse's production of PAGEANT in the next few weeks, and if you find yourself blushing at some of the eyebrow-raising humor, there's no need for alarm: Pink cheeks will blend right in, as the stage, many of the dresses and gowns, and much of the make-up are redolent with that color. However, the musical tends more toward the 'purple' at times, with innuendo, knowing looks, and pregnant pauses. Nonetheless, Robert Longbottom's lightweight little satire (with Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly and Music by Albert Evans) is a relatively harmless (and highly enjoyable) outing. (more...)

Revised SIDE SHOW To Make London Premiere At Southwark Playhouse This AutumnRevised SIDE SHOW To Make London Premiere At Southwark Playhouse This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

Side Show, the cult musical, will receive its London premiere at the Southwark Playhouse later this year. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays BirdlandPhoto Flash: Bill Russell's ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS BC/EFA Benefit Plays Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Last night, February 29, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens: A Benefit Concert with Bill Russell & Friends. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 2/27-2/28/2016Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 2/27-2/28/2016
by - Feb 28, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, February 28, 2016 - Sunday, February 28, 2016. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for February 29-March 6, Featuring Christine Andreas, Tyce Green, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for February 29-March 6, Featuring Christine Andreas, Tyce Green, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Feb 28, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens: A Benefit Concert with Bill Russell & Friends; 54 Sings The Scarlet Pimpernel; Anneliese van der Pol and Tyce Green In Concert; Pride and Prejudice: the Musical in Concert; Christine Andreas: Cafe Society. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Andy Sandberg Discusses Bringing STRAIGHT to Life Off-BroadwayBWW Interview: Director Andy Sandberg Discusses Bringing STRAIGHT to Life Off-Broadway
by Nora Dominick - Feb 26, 2016

Veteran director Andy Sandberg's newest project is the play STRAIGHT, which he is bringing to life Off-Broadway. Straight tells the story of Ben, a 26 year old investment banker, and his relationships with his longtime girlfriend Emily and a new young guy named Chris. The new play is turning heads Off-Broadway and is proving to be quite the conversation starter. (more...)

BWW Interview: Bill Russell and Jill Sapenoff Talk ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS at BirdlandBWW Interview: Bill Russell and Jill Sapenoff Talk ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS at Birdland
by David Clarke - Feb 23, 2016

On Monday, February 29, 2016, the Broadway at Birdland concert series will be presenting Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens as a benefit concert. With music by Janet Hood, lyrics and additional text by bill Russell, the piece is comprised of songs and monologues inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology. To get the inside scoop on the upcoming star studded concert, I chatted with Russell and director Jill Sapenoff. (more...)

Molly Ringwald, Peter Mazza Trio and More Coming Up This Month at BirdlandMolly Ringwald, Peter Mazza Trio and More Coming Up This Month at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its lineup for February 29-March 6, featuring Molly Ringwald, Peter Mazza Trio, Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Michael Pereira Announces Dance, Voice Classes in ParisMichael Pereira Announces Dance, Voice Classes in Paris
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

After spending 22 years as a working and teaching professional in New York City, Michael decided to follow his instincts and try living and working in Paris.  (more...)

WHAT Sets 2016 SeasonWHAT Sets 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Modern conveniences like smart phones and GPS often make us forget that the journey of life is full of the unexpected. For its 2016 theater season, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater celebrates these unexpected moments: the realization of first love; a town bonded by a bullied teenager; a family finding common ground through music; the censorship of a fictional marriage between two rabbits; the beauty behind the darkness of Edgar Allan Poe; love lost then found again. (more...)

International Guitar Night Returning to Harris Center, 2/10International Guitar Night Returning to Harris Center, 2/10
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

International Guitar Night returns to the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom with some of the world's foremost acoustic guitarists performing their latest original compositions and exchanging musical ideas in a public concert setting. Founder Brian Gore hosts three of Europe's finest in this year's tour which includes gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, contemporary fingerstyle innovator Mike Dawes, and multi-genre showman Andre Krengel. (more...)

Linda Lavin, NUTTY PROFESSOR Reunion and More Set for Birdland This FebruaryLinda Lavin, NUTTY PROFESSOR Reunion and More Set for Birdland This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its February 2016 lineup, featuring Jane Monheit, Monterey Jazz Allstars, Nicolas King, The Birdland Big Band, Showbiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, John Pizzarelli Quartet, Birdland Jazz Party, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year, BroadwayWorld! As we eagerly anticipate the amazing musicals and plays coming up in 2016, we're taking a moment to look back at the significant Broadway closings of 2015. (more...)

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