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BWW Reviews: Los Angeles Premiere of VIOLET Provides an Unparalleled Spiritual Journey of Great Depth by Kelrik ProductionsBWW Reviews: Los Angeles Premiere of VIOLET Provides an Unparalleled Spiritual Journey of Great Depth by Kelrik Productions
by Don Grigware - May 26, 2015

When Violet first premiered off-Broadway in 1997, it created a stir winning two prizes for Best Musical but didn't make waves until 2014 when it transferred to Broadway in an all new production starring Sutton Foster. It heartfully tells the story of a disfigured girl from Spruce Pine, North Carolina Violet Karl who makes a journey to Tulsa, Oklahoma in the hopes of being physically transformed by a faith healer. An accident occurred when she was a teen - a blade that her father was using cut her face, leaving an ugly scar - and Violet always blamed her father proclaiming that he did not want her to be pretty. She would have no male prospects and be forced to stay on to live with him on their small farm. The scar runs deep - 'it reaches to your heart' new acquaintances tell her, so the journey to find a brand new 'glamorized' look means everything to Violet who will sacrifice just about anything to have it all. (more...)

THE WAY WE GET BY, Starring Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski, Opens Tonight at Second StageTHE WAY WE GET BY, Starring Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski, Opens Tonight at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Second Stage Theatre welcomes film star Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Dear John, Mamma Mia!, upcoming Ted 2 and Pan) in her off-Broadway debut opposite Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom, Wild, upcoming in NBC's The Slap) in the world premiere production of NEIL LaBUTE's drama, The Way We Get By. Directed by Tony nominee LEIGH SILVERMAN, the production began previews on April 28, 2015 and officially opens tonight, May 19, 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street. (more...)

BWW: Hayes Theatre Second Half 2015 Season LaunchBWW: Hayes Theatre Second Half 2015 Season Launch
by Jade Kops - May 12, 2015

The Program Launch for the second half of 2015 shows that the Independent Music Theatre team comprising Luckiest Productions (David Campbell, Lisa Campbell and Richard Carroll), Neglected Musicals (Michelle Guthrie), and Neil Gooding Productions, the driving force behind Hayes Theatre Company, have no intention of slowing down are staying true to their vision to provide a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. (more...)

Bid in Playwrights Horizons' Online Auction, Go Backstage at THE KING & I and More, Now thru 5/19Bid in Playwrights Horizons' Online Auction, Go Backstage at THE KING & I and More, Now thru 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizons has announced details for its 2015 special online Auction.  Bidding for the auction, which will feature an eclectic array of items and unique opportunities, begins today, Tuesday, May 5 at www.CharityBuzz.com/PlaywrightsHorizons. Online bidding will continue through Tuesday, May 19.  (more...)

Kelrik Production to Present VIOLET, 5/15-31Kelrik Production to Present VIOLET, 5/15-31
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Kelrik Production's upcoming production of the award-winning off-Broadway hit musical VIOLET, a powerful and heartwarming story of a vulnerable young woman's challenges, loves and emotional journey, will now be staged May 15 - 31st, 2015 at the Monroe Forum Theater @ El Portal in North Hollywood. With a score by Jeanine Tesori (FUN HOME, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, SHREK THE MUSICAL, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE) and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. VIOLET is directed by Joshua Finkel. (more...)

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's 30th Anniversary Season to Feature GROUNDED, BUYER AND CELLAR & MoreEnsemble Theatre Cincinnati's 30th Anniversary Season to Feature GROUNDED, BUYER AND CELLAR & More
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) has announced its 2015-2016 Season, which also marks the theatre's 30th Anniversary Season. The season features an exciting selection of four regional premieres including: a sharp-eyed contemporary drama focusing on one of most complicated and controversial American social institutions; an hysterical new comedy fresh off its chart-topping run Off-Broadway; and a spellbinding, ripped-from-the-headlines award-winning one-woman drama. Additionally, 2015-2016 will welcome back the return of one of ETC's beloved holiday musicals. (more...)

Amanda Seyfried Makes Off-Broadway Debut Opposite Thomas Sadoski in THE WAY WE GET BY, Beginning Tonight at Second StageAmanda Seyfried Makes Off-Broadway Debut Opposite Thomas Sadoski in THE WAY WE GET BY, Beginning Tonight at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

Second Stage Theatre welcomes film star Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Dear John, Mamma Mia!, upcoming Ted 2 and Pan) in her off-Broadway debut opposite Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom, Wild, upcoming in NBC's The Slap) in the world premiere production of NEIL LaBUTE's drama, The Way We Get By. Directed by Tony nominee LEIGH SILVERMAN, the production begins previews tonight, April 28, 2015 and officially opens on May 20, 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street. (more...)

Tony Winner Sutton Foster Added to Broadway Series in Santa MonicaTony Winner Sutton Foster Added to Broadway Series in Santa Monica
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Sutton Foster won two Tony Awards for her leading roles in "Anything Goes" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and starred in the ABC Family TV series "Bunheads." She has just returned to TV this spring as the star of the new series "Younger" on TV Land by "Sex and the City" creator Darren Star, to rave reviews. Sutton will make her anticipated debut with the celebrated Broadway @ The Broad series in Santa Monica, CA, produced by Mark Cortale, for two shows only on June 14, 2015 at 5:00 and 8:00 PM, with series host and SiriusXM radio star Seth Rudetsky at the piano. What differentiates this concert series from any other is the seamless mix of intimate, funny and revealing behind-the-scenes stories from Broadway's biggest stars and their stellar singing of musical theatre repertoire. Tickets are on-sale now, and can be purchased via The Broad Stage's website or by calling 310 434-3200 for information. (more...)

Jenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights HorizonsJenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Playwrights Horizons world premiere of IOWA, a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz, opens tonight, April 13, 2015. (more...)

Hayes Theatre Co Presents Australian Premiere of VIOLETHayes Theatre Co Presents Australian Premiere of VIOLET
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2015

?Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co are thrilled to premiere the 2014 Broadway revival of VIOLET in Australia. (more...)

The Dio to Present VIOLET, 4/3-5/17The Dio to Present VIOLET, 4/3-5/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

The Dio - Dining & Entertainment, Livingston County's only professional dinner theatre, is very excited to produce the beautiful, and rarely produced musical, Violet. (more...)

IOWA Begins Previews Tomorrow at Playwrights HorizonsIOWA Begins Previews Tomorrow at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Previews begin tomorrow, today, March 20 for the Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) world premiere of IOWA, a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz. Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls, Middletown, What Once We Felt; next season's Antlia Pneumatica at PH), the musical play will be the fifth production of the theater company's 2014/2015 Season. (more...)

VIOLET Vocal Selections Now AvailableVIOLET Vocal Selections Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 17, 2015

Sing along with Sutton Foster! (more...)

CASA VALENTINA, VIOLET, BOOTYCANDY and More Set for SpeakEasy's 2015-16 SeasonCASA VALENTINA, VIOLET, BOOTYCANDY and More Set for SpeakEasy's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Two powerhouse musicals DOGFIGHT and VIOLET; two explosive Off-Broadway plays APPROPRIATE and BOOTYCANDY; and the New England debut of Harvey Fierstein's acclaimed comic-drama CASA VALENTINA are set for SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2015-16 Season, the company's Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault announced today. (more...)

Broadway's Leigh Ann Larkin to Lead VIOLET at Capital City TheatreBroadway's Leigh Ann Larkin to Lead VIOLET at Capital City Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

Capital City Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin's new regional theatre company, announced March 5 the full cast of their inaugural production of the award-winning musical Violet. (more...)

Tony Winner Sutton Foster Joins Broadway Series in Fort LauderdaleTony Winner Sutton Foster Joins Broadway Series in Fort Lauderdale
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

Sutton Foster won the Tony Award for her leading roles in 'Anything Goes' and 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' and starred in the ABC Family TV series 'Bunheads.' Most recently she starred on Broadway in a acclaimed revival of the musical 'Violet' for New York's Roundabout Theatre and will return to TV as the star of the new series 'Younger' by 'Sex and the City' creator Darren Star, premiering on March 31st on TV Land. (more...)

Theatrical Outfit Sets 2015-16 Season: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, MEMPHIS & MoreTheatrical Outfit Sets 2015-16 Season: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, MEMPHIS & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Theatrical Outfit continues its vision of creating compassion - one story at a time - by starting the conversations that matter. (more...)

Cast Announced for New Schwartz & Almond Musical IOWA at Playwrights HorizonsCast Announced for New Schwartz & Almond Musical IOWA at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Playwrights Horizons has announced casting for IOWA, the world premiere of a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz. Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls, Middletown, What Once We Felt; next season's just-announced Antlia Pneumatica by Anne Washburn at PH), the musical play will be the fifth production of the theater company's 2014/2015 Season. (more...)

SOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive: ONE NIGHT STAND Full 15-Minute Musical MULTIPHOBIA Starring Nellie McKay, Theresa McCarthy & Michael LongoriaSOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive: ONE NIGHT STAND Full 15-Minute Musical MULTIPHOBIA Starring Nellie McKay, Theresa McCarthy & Michael Longoria
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 16, 2015

Don't miss the final complete 15-minute musical! (more...)

New Works by Jordan Harrison, Danai Gurira, Taylor Mac & More Make Up Playwrights Horizons' 2015-16 SeasonNew Works by Jordan Harrison, Danai Gurira, Taylor Mac & More Make Up Playwrights Horizons' 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

Playwrights Horizons, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, has announced the six productions of its 2015/2016 Season. The six new works will be presented at the theater company's home at 416 West 42nd Street. In season order, they will be: (more...)

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