Billie Wildrick News

Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals to Run 8/8-17; Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 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
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 6/18-23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 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 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 4/13
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 Ara˝a', 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, 3/28-4/13
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 Ara˝a', 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, 3/27-4/13
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...)

David Pichette, Jack Fleischmann & More to Lead 5th Avenue Theatre's OLIVER!; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Nov 05, 2013

This winter The 5th Avenue Theatre presents a singing and dancing spectacular not to be missed: Lionel Bart's beloved classic, Oliver!, the holiday treat that will have audiences saying "Please sir, I want some more." The iconic musical returns to the celebrated 5th Avenue stage for the first time in 20 years, and will feature stunning costumes, dazzling sets, and a massive local cast of 66 (including 36 youngsters), singing and dancing their way through the streets and alleys of Victorian London. Based on the classic Charles Dickens novel, Oliver! is filled with memorable tunes including "Who Will Buy?", "I'd Do Anything," and "As Long As He Needs Me." Oliver! features direction by David Armstrong and will starDavid Pichette as Fagin, Grayson Smith as the Artful Dodger, Hans Altwies as Bill Sikes, and Merideth Kaye Clark as Nancy. Oliver Twist will be played by Jack Fleischmann and Mark Jeffrey James Weber at alternating performances. (more...)

Michael Thomas Holmes & Dominique Plaisant Join Cast of UnsungMusicals' BLESS YOU ALL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2013

Michael Thomas Holmes (The Producers, Oklahoma!) and Dominique Plaisant (The Nutty Professor, The Wild Party) have joined the cast of UnsungMusicalsCo.'s new Off-Broadway production of the 1950 musical revue Bless You All! with sketches by Emmy Award winner Arnold Auerbach ("The Phil Silvers Show," Call Me Mister) and a score by acclaimed songwriter Harold Rome (Fanny, Destry Rides Again). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at UnsungMusicalsCo's BLESS YOU ALL!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

UnsungMusicalsCo. presents the new Off-Broadway production of the 1950 musical revue Bless You All! with sketches by Emmy Award winner Arnold Auerbach ('The Phil Silvers Show,' Call Me Mister) and a score by acclaimed songwriter Harold Rome (Fanny, Destry Rides Again). Emilee Dupre (Venice, Chaplin), Jacob Hoffman (I'll Be Damned), Aaron Kaburick (Billy Elliot), Brent McBeth (White Christmas),Christopher Ryan (Young Frankenstein) and Clifton Samuels (Follies) join Jeremy Benton (Anything Goes), Jennifer Lee Crowl (Young Frankenstein), Ruth Pferdehirt (Finding Nemo: The Musical), Lindsay Roberts (Memphis) and Billie Wildrick (Scandalous) in the cast. Directed by UMC artistic director Ben West (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad), the limited three-week engagement will run now through Oct 5 at The Connelly Theatre (220 East 4th Street). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Emilee Dupre, Jacob Hoffman & More Join Cast of UnsungMusicalsCo.'s BLESS YOU ALL!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2013

Emilee Dupre (Venice, Chaplin), Jacob Hoffman (I'll Be Damned), Aaron Kaburick (Billy Elliot), Brent McBeth (White Christmas),Christopher Ryan (Young Frankenstein) and Clifton Samuels (Follies) have joined the cast of UnsungMusicalsCo.'s new Off-Broadway production of the 1950 musical revue Bless You All! with sketches by Emmy Award winner Arnold Auerbach ('The Phil Silvers Show,' Call Me Mister) and a score by acclaimed songwriter Harold Rome (Fanny, Destry Rides Again). (more...)

DAS BARBECU Extends For Two Performances at West of Lenin, 8/19 & 22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2013

DAS BARBEC▄ IN CONCERT has extended for 2 shows on August 19th and 22nd. (more...)

DAS BARBECU Extends For Two Performances at West of Lenin, 8/19 & 22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2013

DAS BARBEC▄ IN CONCERT has extended for 2 shows on August 19th and 22nd. (more...)

Tari Kelly, James Beaman & More Set for UnsungMusicalsCo.'s BLESS YOU ALL!, Begin. 9/19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2013

UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) has announced initial casting for its new Off-Broadway production of the 1950 musical revue Bless You All! with sketches by Emmy Award winner Arnold Auerbach ("The Phil Silvers Show," Call Me Mister) and a score by acclaimed songwriter Harold Rome (Fanny, Destry Rides Again). Directed by UMC artistic director Ben West (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad), the limited three-week engagement will run Sep 19 - Oct 5 at The Connelly Theatre (220 East 4th Street), officially opening Sep 22. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DAS BARBECU Concert Rocky But Still Golden
by Jay Irwin - Aug 13, 2013

Wagner's 'Ring' is back in town at Seattle Opera. Some say for the last time (at least as it is now) as Speight Jenkins is stepping down from the organization. So it's only fitting that the abridged twangy retelling the cycle, 'Das Barbecu' make it's way back again. But unlike the productions in the past (like the most recent at ACT) this one is a bit trimmed down into a concert version (music in hand). But not to worry as the three night only run is still filled with hilarity and heart as the performers shine like some magic gold. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside look at Village Theatre's 13th Annual Festival of New Musicals
by Jay Irwin - Aug 12, 2013

It's one of my favorite weekends of the year. The weekend I get to spend three days listening to exciting new works as presented by some of the best performers Seattle has to offer. And this year Village Theatre did not disappoint as they invited members, performers, staff and press to partake of their Village Originals 13th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Some good, some maybe not so, some needing a little more work than others but all showing a deep love for the art and presented by some of the best voices in town. Now, I can't review them as they're still works in progress but I can tell you about the shows presented over the weekend and let you know about the one show that while still in development is still running one more weekend and can have tickets purchased to by non-members (that would be you, Dear Readers). (more...)

Sandbox Radio Presents DAS BARBECÜ in Concert Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2013

DAS BARBEC▄ IN CONCERT is set for tonight, August 12, and contining on the 13th and 14th this week. Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30pm at West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98122. Tickets: $20 - available in advance online HERE. Unclaimed tickets sold to waitlist 5 minutes before curtain. (more...)

Sandbox Radio to Present DAS BARBECÜ in Concert, 8/12-14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2013

Originally commissioned by Seattle Opera to accompany their internationally renowned production of Wagner's RING CYCLE, DAS BARBEC▄ is a two-hour retelling of Wagner's 'Ring' cycle, specifically the fourth opera, Gotterdammerung, that sets Brunnhilde, Siegfried, Wotan and the gang in the middle of Texas and the 'Valhalla' Ranch. With music by Seattle composer Scott Warrender and book and lyrics by Jim Luigs,BARBEC▄ is a witty Texas fable with five actors playing more than 30 outrageous characters at breakneck speed. Songs run the gamut from Broadway to Texas swing, from jazz to twangy country and western. Mismatched lovers who meet on the day of their shotgun double wedding, three generations of feuding families and a magic ring of power make for a fast and furious love letter to Wagner's great epic. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5th Ave's PIRATES OF PENZANCE Does Honor to a Classic
by Jay Irwin - Jul 19, 2013

I hope you will indulge me, Dear Reader, as I will not be reviewing the current production of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Instead let's call this what it is, a thank you letter to the remarkable cast and crew at the 5th Avenue for infusing a musical theater classic with such heart, fun, humor, talent and beauty that even a diehard fan of the show found himself leaving the theater with a huge grin on his face and a renewed love for the piece. (I'm referring to myself, of course.) (more...)

Musicals Tonight! Continues Salute to Standbys with AT THIS PERFORMANCE... at Lion Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2013

Musicals Tonight! continues its ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with its next edition of At This Performanceů to be held tonight, April 7th at The Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street at 7 PM. (more...)

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