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Cast Announced for Seattle Music Theatre's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARCast Announced for Seattle Music Theatre's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Seattle Musical Theatre's 2015/2016 season roars to life with the high-voltage rock opera JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Seattle superstar Billie Wildrick makes her SMT directorial debut as director and will be joined by SMT Associate Music Consultant Brandon Peck as music director and BroadwayWorld Award-winning Troy Wageman as choreographer. (more...)

New Scott Warrender Musical PEANUTTY GOODNESS Comes to Theater Schmeater, 7/9-20New Scott Warrender Musical PEANUTTY GOODNESS Comes to Theater Schmeater, 7/9-20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Theater Schmeater is proud to announce a co-production of a new workshop with celebrated author and composer Scott Warrender of his new musical Peanutty Goodness, directed by Billie Wildrick and with Warrender himself musically directing and playing the performances. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Village's CABARET Slow and Safe but ThoughtfulBWW Reviews: Village's CABARET Slow and Safe but Thoughtful
by Jay Irwin - May 24, 2015

I have to say that when it comes to Kander and Ebb's "Cabaret" I prefer my Kit Kat Club dirty, my Sally Bowles damaged and my Berlin dangerous. And while the current production at Village Theatre has all of those elements, they're all very safe versions of those elements. And while director Brian Yorkey attempted a very thoughtful telling of the story, often times the pacing was so deliberately slow as to lose any urgency of the moment. (more...)

Billie Wildrick to Make SMT Directorial DebutBillie Wildrick to Make SMT Directorial Debut
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

Seattle Musical Theatre's 2015/2016 season roars to life with the high-voltage rock opera JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Seattle superstar Billie Wildrick makes her SMT directorial debut as director and will be joined by SMT veterans SMT Associate Music Consultant Brandon Peck as music director and BroadwayWorld Award-winning Troy Wageman as choreographer. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5th Avenue's CAROUSEL Lacks Emotion, Needs More SnowBWW Reviews: 5th Avenue's CAROUSEL Lacks Emotion, Needs More Snow
by Jay Irwin - Feb 23, 2015

If you read my previous review, Dear Readers, of SMT's production of "Sweet Charity" you'll know that I already had the occasion this weekend of a show where the leading lady just didn't connect for me. Well, that seems to be a trend as the 5th Avenue Theatre's current production of "Carousel" also had a leading lady who was lacking. There's plenty of good things happening in the show but their Julie Jordan (Laura Griffith) came across as emotionless and stone faced making me wonder why or even if she was falling in love. (more...)

STG to Continue Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays with GERMAN SILENTSSTG to Continue Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays with GERMAN SILENTS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays return in March featuring the theme GERMAN SILENTS. The three part series will include masterpieces varying from science fiction to literary classic to documentary of daily life in Berlin. German-Jewish artists who fled to the U.S. and had significant influences on American Cinema made all of the films to be featured throughout the month. Following each film, CineClub will be held in The Paramount Bar. CineClub includes a community discussion around the film of the evening, silent film trivia questions and exploration of the silent film genre. (more...)

Laura Griffith and Brandon O'Neill to Lead CAROUSEL at 5th Avenue Theatre; Full Cast Announced!Laura Griffith and Brandon O'Neill to Lead CAROUSEL at 5th Avenue Theatre; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

This exciting new staging will star the radiant Laura Griffith as Julie and 5th Avenue favorite Brandon O'Neill as Billy in his first Seattle production following his Broadway debut in Disney's Aladdin. The cast also includes local luminaries Anne Allgood, Eric Ankrim, Allen Fitzpatrick, Sean G. Griffin, Cynthia Jones, and Billie Wildrick, and marks The 5th Avenue debut of rising talent Joshua Downs. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Ordway's A CHRISTMAS STORY's Dieter BierbrauerBWW Interviews: Ordway's A CHRISTMAS STORY's Dieter Bierbrauer
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Dec 8, 2014

Accomplished Twin Cities actor Dieter Biebrauer is playing an iconic character in a show based on an iconic, now classic Christmas movie. But don't expect him to be just like the one you remember from the film. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Ordway's Local Production of the New Musical A CHRISTMAS STORY is a Charming, Funny, Nostalgic Look at Holiday MemoriesBWW Reviews: The Ordway's Local Production of the New Musical A CHRISTMAS STORY is a Charming, Funny, Nostalgic Look at Holiday Memories
by Jill Schafer - Dec 4, 2014

St. Paul's Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is returning to its tradition of an original and (mostly) locally cast production during holidays, rather than the touring productions that often come through. In fact, the last Ordway Original holiday production was 2011's CINDERELLA. This year's production of the new musical based on the cult holiday movie A CHRISTMAS STORY is worth the wait. I am usually skeptical of movies turned into musicals, because often it doesn't work or it just simply isn't necessary. But I saw a preview of A Christmas Story (which officially opens on Friday and runs through December 28) last night and was pleasantly surprised; I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. In fact I loved pretty much every minute of it. The creators did a wonderful job of retaining the movie's unique tone of humor, silliness, and nostalgia while creating something new that stands on its own merits, whether you're a fan of the movie or not. And best of all, director James Rocco and his team have created a wonderful production that showcases some of the Twin Cities' finest talent, as well as giving a chance for talented local youngsters to play and shine on stage. The Ordway's A CHRISTMAS STORY is a wonderful, fun, extravagant, poignant, top-notch production of a new musical based on a beloved classic. (more...)

Cast & Creative Team Set for A CHRISTMAS STORY at The OrdwayCast & Creative Team Set for A CHRISTMAS STORY at The Ordway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present its 2014 holiday show, A Christmas Story, the Musical. The Ordway-produced musical comedy will run Nov. 29-Dec. 28, 2014, for a total of 36 performances. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Studios Inaugurates with Richard Gray's HERE'S TO THE LADIESPhoto Flash: The Studios Inaugurates with Richard Gray's HERE'S TO THE LADIES
by Jay Irwin - Oct 13, 2014

The new performance/rehearsal/training space in town launched last night with their inaugural performance by hosting an evening of the works of local musical theater composer Richard Gray with "Here's to the Ladies". Gray and some of the most talented women in town got together to explore Gray's work and send off this new space with a bang. And all those in attendance knew they were watching something extra special. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Look at 14th Annual Village Originals Festival of New MusicalsPhoto Flash: Inside Look at 14th Annual Village Originals Festival of New Musicals
by Jay Irwin - Aug 12, 2014

It's a musical theater nerd's paradise and as a nerd one of my favorite times of the year. Village Theatre has once again brought together an incredible weekend of new works for workshop readings and one full production. Five shows put up for one performance as readings with music stands and scripts in hand and then one larger production put up for two weekends. And while the weekend may be over (and only for members anyway) there's still time to see the larger production and I've got some wonderful photos for you all. But let's start with the production you can still see and then we'll move onto the workshops. (more...)

Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals Runs Through 8/17Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals Runs Through 8/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Over one jam packed weekend, today, August 8 -10, six new musicals will be brought to life with help from more than 100 artists and one dozen directors and authors from across the country. (more...)

Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals to Run 8/8-17; Lineup AnnouncedVillage Theatre's Festival of New Musicals to Run 8/8-17; Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Over one jam packed weekend, August 8 -10, six new musicals will be brought to life with help from more than 100 artists and one dozen directors and authors from across the country. (more...)

 Seattle/ Mainstreet Festival of New Musicals Company Casting Announced Seattle/ Mainstreet Festival of New Musicals Company Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Seattle / Mainstreet Festival of New Musicals will take over Fremont's West of Lenin Theatre, presenting three brand new musicals, three late-night trivia cabarets, an evening of pitch sessions for fresh, up-and-coming musicals; and a final concert featuring all-Seattle talent performing pieces written by all-Seattle composers! (more...)

Seattle/Mainstreet Festival of New Musicals Set for 6/18-23Seattle/Mainstreet Festival of New Musicals Set for 6/18-23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

Seattle / Mainstreet Festival of New Musicals will take over Fremont's West of Lenin Theatre, presenting three brand new musicals, three late-night trivia cabarets, an evening of pitch sessions for fresh, up-and-coming musicals; and a final concert featuring all-Seattle talent performing pieces written by all-Seattle composers! (more...)

BWW Reviews: SSR's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Lacks The Heat and The FearBWW Reviews: SSR's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Lacks The Heat and The Fear
by Jay Irwin - Mar 30, 2014

A musical about imprisonment, homosexuality, fascist regimes, revolutionaries, morphine addiction and a movie star; must be Kander and Ebb because only they could pull it off so beautifully. But their "Kiss of the Spider Woman" is not often produced possibly due to its harsh themes but also that it's a very difficult show to stage and perform with its rich nuances. And while the current production at SecondStory Repertory has some wonderful performances, ultimately the choices and in some cases additions to the show made it lack the passion and danger the show needs to up the stakes of its story. (more...)

SecondStory Rep Presents KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, Now thru 4/13SecondStory Rep Presents KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

SecondStory Repertory will present Kander and Ebb's rarely produced masterpiece, Kiss of the Spider Woman, a sensual musical set all at once in the brutal reality of a Latin American prison, and in the airily glamorous world of the silver screen that plays endlessly in the mind of long-time prison inmate, Luis Alberto Molina. With a book by Terrence McNally, and based on the Manuel Puig novel 'El Beso de la Mujer Araa', Kiss of the Spider Woman won the 1993 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score. Running today, March 28 through April 13, 2014, Kiss of the Spider Woman is directed by Billie Wildrick who recently returned to Seattle after her Broadway debut in Kathy Lee Gifford's Scandalous. (more...)

SecondStory Rep to Present KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, 3/28-4/13SecondStory Rep to Present KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, 3/28-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

SecondStory Repertory will present Kander and Ebb's rarely produced masterpiece, Kiss of the Spider Woman, a sensual musical set all at once in the brutal reality of a Latin American prison, and in the airily glamorous world of the silver screen that plays endlessly in the mind of long-time prison inmate, Luis Alberto Molina. With a book by Terrence McNally, and based on the Manuel Puig novel 'El Beso de la Mujer Araa', Kiss of the Spider Woman won the 1993 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score. Running March 28 through April 13, 2014, Kiss of the Spider Woman is directed by Billie Wildrick who recently returned to Seattle after her Broadway debut in Kathy Lee Gifford's Scandalous. (more...)

Second Story Repertory Presents KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, 3/27-4/13Second Story Repertory Presents KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, 3/27-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2014

Second Story Repertory presents Kiss of the Spider Woman. The book was written by Terrence McNally and directed by Billie Wildrick. The music and lyrics are by Kander and Ebb. Kiss of the Spider Woman will run from March 27 to April 13. (more...)

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