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The Triad Theatre Presents Brenda Braxton's It's A Wonderful Life 12/12The Triad Theatre Presents Brenda Braxton's It's A Wonderful Life 12/12
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2010

The Triad Theatre Presents Tony Nominee Brenda Braxton in "It's A Wonderful Life" under the Musical Direction of Michael Mitchell. (more...)

TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2010

The New York Musical Theatre Festival is pleased to announce the world premiere production of TRAV?LIN by Gary Holmes and Allan Shapiro, with musical direction by John Dipinto and choreographed and directed by Paul Stancato. TRAV'LIN will play a limited engagement at TBG Theatre, (312 West 36th Street, NY, NY 10018). Performances begin Monday, October 11 and continue through Sunday, October 17. (more...)

Spotlight On NYMF: Tom Hewitt & THE GREAT UNKNOWNSpotlight On NYMF: Tom Hewitt & THE GREAT UNKNOWN
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 8, 2010

A friendly giant known best for his devilish and, at times, demonic lead roles in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW as Frank N. Furter, the eponymous DRACULA and the first replacement cast of THE LION KING as Scar - in addition to his current essaying of the role of the lecherous lawyer Billy Flynn in the smash hit Broadway revival of CHICAGO - time and perseverance has aided Tony-nominated actor Tom Hewitt in carving out a career on Broadway quite unlike most others in existence. In this comprehensive conversation we discuss his many marvelous stage performances on Broadway and beyond thus far, including his new lead role in the New York Musical Theater Festival musical THE GREAT UNKNOWN written by William Hauptman (PUMP BOYS & DINETTES) and Jim Wann (BIG RIVER) and directed by Don Stephenson. In addition to a thorough discussion of that new NYMF musical, we also talk about working with Julie Taymor on the PBS film FOOL'S FIRE and Broadway's THE LION KING, what the insane ROCKY HORROR LIVE experience was like from a stage perspective, his many stints in CHICAGO, as well as working with co-stars like Matt Morrison, Kelli O'Hara, Brenda Braxton, Charlotte D'Amboise and Chip Zien. We also discuss his feelings on Dan Savage's IT GETS BETTER campaign and what he thinks of GLEE taking on the garters, boas and stilettos of Frank & Crew when they do their ROCKY HORROR tribute later this month. Performances of the original bluegrass musical THE GREAT UNKNOWN have already begun so be sure to grab some tickets a the link below and catch the show on Sunday if you haven't done so yet! (more...)

TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2010

The New York Musical Theatre Festival is pleased to announce the world premiere production of TRAV?LIN by Gary Holmes and Allan Shapiro, with musical direction by John Dipinto and choreographed and directed by Paul Stancato. TRAV'LIN will play a limited engagement at TBG Theatre, (312 West 36th Street, NY, NY 10018). Performances begin Monday, October 11 and continue through Sunday, October 17. (more...)

Spotlight On NYMF: Brenda Braxton & TRAV'LINSpotlight On NYMF: Brenda Braxton & TRAV'LIN
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 6, 2010

Today we kick off our series on the 2010 New York Musical Theater Festival with the warm and fuzzy memories - as well as some less than fond remembrances - of the life and career of Broadway triple-threat leading lady Brenda Braxton. From the original company of DREAMGIRLS on Broadway under the direction of Michael Bennett to CATS and LEGS DIAMOND and George C. Wolfe's JELLY'S LAST JAM all the way up to her many stints in the Broadway revival of CHICAGO - as well as directing and recreating the original Bennett/Avian/Peters choreography for the post-9/11 star-studded DREAMGIRLS concert starring Audra McDonald, Lillias White and Heather Headley - we talk it all, plus all the exciting new musicals she is participating in - such as her NYMF starrer TRAVELIN' and another new musical reading, as well as projects of her own creation - both onstage and, now, behind-the-scenes! Ms. Braxton was generous enough to spend some time on a rainy afternoon earlier this week to discuss her career, the state of Broadway, the necessity of new musical theatre voices, working with Michael Bennett, and all the details on the new musical she is starring in that premieres this Friday at the NYMF, TRAVELIN' as well as some exciting news of what lies ahead! (more...)

TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17TRAV'LIN Plays NYMF At The TBG Theatre 10/11-10/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2010

The New York Musical Theatre Festival is pleased to announce the world premiere production of TRAV?LIN by Gary Holmes and Allan Shapiro, with musical direction by John Dipinto and choreographed and directed by Paul Stancato. TRAV'LIN will play a limited engagement at TBG Theatre, (312 West 36th Street, NY, NY 10018). Performances begin Monday, October 11 and continue through Sunday, October 17. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 'To Mexico From New York With Love' Hurricane Alex Benefit ConcertPhoto Coverage: 'To Mexico From New York With Love' Hurricane Alex Benefit Concert
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 2, 2010

Broadway's Bianca Marroquin (In the Heights, Chicago) spearheaded 'To Mexico From New York with Love,' a one-night-only benefit concert last night, September 1, at the Merkin Concert Hall in the Kaufman Center. The concert featured performances from Tony nominee Tom Wopat (A Catered Affair), Carol Woods (Chicago), Jaime Camil, Tony nominee Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe's Café), Raymond Bokhour (Chicago) and many more. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 'To Mexico From New York With Love' Hurricane Alex Benefit After-PartyPhoto Coverage: 'To Mexico From New York With Love' Hurricane Alex Benefit After-Party
by Linda Lenzi - Sep 2, 2010

Broadway's Bianca Marroquin (In the Heights, Chicago) spearheaded 'To Mexico From New York with Love,' a one-night-only benefit concert last night, September 1, at the Merkin Concert Hall in the Kaufman Center. The concert featured performances from Tony nominee Tom Wopat (A Catered Affair), Carol Woods (Chicago), Jaime Camil, Tony nominee Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe's Café), Raymond Bokhour (Chicago) and many more. (more...)

Photo Flash: To Mexico From New York With Love In Rehearsal Photo Flash: To Mexico From New York With Love In Rehearsal
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2010

Broadway actress Bianca Marroquin (In the Heights, Chicago) is pleased to announce details for 'To Mexico From New York with Love,' a one-night-only benefit concert on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 (8 p.m.) at the Merkin Concert Hall in the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street). (more...)

Marroquin, Sparks, Wopat & More Lead 'To Mexico...' Hurricane Alex Benefit, 9/1Marroquin, Sparks, Wopat & More Lead 'To Mexico...' Hurricane Alex Benefit, 9/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2010

Broadway actress Bianca Marroquin (In the Heights, Chicago) is pleased to announce details for 'To Mexico From New York with Love,' a one-night-only benefit concert on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 (8 p.m.) at the Merkin Concert Hall in the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street). (more...)

Join Sparks, Marroquin et al. for Hurricane Alex Benefit, 9/1Join Sparks, Marroquin et al. for Hurricane Alex Benefit, 9/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2010

Broadway actress Bianca Marroquin (In the Heights, Chicago) will host 'To Mexico From New York with Love,' a one-night-only benefit concert on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 (8 p.m.) at the Merkin Concert Hall in the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street). The concert will feature performances from Jordin Sparks (In the Heights), Tony nominee Tom Wopat (A Catered Affair), Carol Woods (Chicago), Jaime Camil, Tony nominee Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe's Café), Raymond Bokhour (Chicago) and many more. (more...)

Marroquin, Sparks, Wopat & More Lead 'To Mexico...' Hurricane Alex Benefit, 9/1Marroquin, Sparks, Wopat & More Lead 'To Mexico...' Hurricane Alex Benefit, 9/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2010

Broadway actress Bianca Marroquin (In the Heights, Chicago) is pleased to announce details for 'To Mexico From New York with Love,' a one-night-only benefit concert on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 (8 p.m.) at the Merkin Concert Hall in the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street). (more...)

BWW Reviews: CHICAGO at The Paramount TheatreBWW Reviews: CHICAGO at The Paramount Theatre
by Jay Irwin - Mar 4, 2010

The Parmount has once again brought Kander and Ebb's killer musical "Chicago" here to Seattle. So how many times do we really need to see this show? Apparently one more time if this is the production! (more...)

REVIEW: Sleek and Sexy CHICAGO Plays at the Fox January 1 -3REVIEW: Sleek and Sexy CHICAGO Plays at the Fox January 1 -3
by Chris Gibson - Jan 2, 2010

A sleek and sexy production of Kander and Ebb's brilliant musical, CHICAGO, is currently playing the Fox Theatre for a brief run (January 1-3, 2010). If you've only ever seen the film version, then you should do yourself a favor and check out the more minimalistic staging carried over from the 1996 revival by producers Barry and Fran Weissler. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage at Celebrity Autobio: In Their Own Words at the TriadPhoto Coverage: Backstage at Celebrity Autobio: In Their Own Words at the Triad
by Walter McBride - Dec 8, 2009

Rhea Perlman joined Ryan Reynolds, Martin Short, and Rita Wilson at the 2009 Drama Desk Award winner Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words on Monday, December 7, at 7:30pm and 9:30pm at New York's Triad Theater. In addition to Perlman, Reynolds, Short, and Wilson, the cast included Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Carol Kane, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Steve Schirripa, and Alan Zweibel. (more...)

Photo Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW's Opening Night on Broadway - ArrivalsPhoto Coverage: FINIAN'S RAINBOW's Opening Night on Broadway - Arrivals
by Walter McBride - Oct 30, 2009

Finian's Rainbow began previews at Broadway's ST. James Theatre, 246 West 44 Street, on Thursday, October 8 at 8pm, and celebrated Opening Night, last night, Thursday, October 29 at 6:45pm. BroadwayWorld.com was there as the stars arrived for the first night festivities! (more...)

The New York Musical Theatre Festival Announces Extensions for F#@KING UP EVERYTHING and SING, BUT DON'T TELLThe New York Musical Theatre Festival Announces Extensions for F#@KING UP EVERYTHING and SING, BUT DON'T TELL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2009

Due to popular demand, the following shows have added additional performances: F#@KING UP EVERYTHING - Sat, Oct 17 at 11pm SING, BUT DON'T TELL - Sun, Oct 18 at 3pm (more...)

The New York Musical Theatre Festival Announces Extensions for F#@KING UP EVERYTHING and SING, BUT DON'T TELLThe New York Musical Theatre Festival Announces Extensions for F#@KING UP EVERYTHING and SING, BUT DON'T TELL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2009

Due to popular demand, the following shows have added additional performances: F#@KING UP EVERYTHING - Sat, Oct 17 at 11pm SING, BUT DON'T TELL - Sun, Oct 18 at 3pm (more...)

New York Musical Theatre Festival Adds More Extensions: MO FAYA, ACADEMY And CROSS THAT RIVERNew York Musical Theatre Festival Adds More Extensions: MO FAYA, ACADEMY And CROSS THAT RIVER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2009

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, now in its sixth year, has premiered more than 175 new musicals since 2004. The largest musical theatre event in America, NYMF has been hailed as 'the Sundance of Musical Theatre,' and is widely regarded as the key source for new material and talent discovery. (more...)

PLAGUED - A LOVE STORY With Brenda Braxton Gets Extended At NYMF With Extra Performance On 10/10PLAGUED - A LOVE STORY With Brenda Braxton Gets Extended At NYMF With Extra Performance On 10/10
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2009

THE NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL and KIM VASQUEZ/ GRAY LADY ENTERTAINMENT, INC. team up again with this year's PLAGUED - A LOVE STORY with book and lyrics by VYNNIE MELI and music by CASEY L. FILIACI. Directed by SAMUEL BUGGELN (Bedbugs!) with musical direction by ZAK SANDLER. (more...)

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