Brian Yorkey News

Maria Dizzia to Replace Annie Parisse in Second Stage Theatre's THE LAYOVERMaria Dizzia to Replace Annie Parisse in Second Stage Theatre's THE LAYOVER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Second Stage Theatre just announced Maria Dizzia will assume the role of Shellie in the world premiere production of THE LAYOVER, written by Leslye Headland and directed by Trip Cullman, on Tuesday, September 6. She returns to Second Stage Theatre after her acclaimed performance in the title role of Eurydice, during the company's 28th season. (more...)

Cast Announced for Regional Premiere of Sting's THE LAST SHIP in UtahCast Announced for Regional Premiere of Sting's THE LAST SHIP in Utah
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the regional premiere of The Last Ship, the semi-autobiographical lyrical musical by the world-renowned musician Sting. Sting wrote the music and lyrics; the book was written by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers John Logan and Brian Yorkey. (more...)

Jennifer Damiano and More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 BelowJennifer Damiano and More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Next week, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

 Paramount Television and Anonymous Content Acquire Rights to Hilde Lysiak's Forthcoming Four Book Series HILDE CRACKS THE CASE Paramount Television and Anonymous Content Acquire Rights to Hilde Lysiak's Forthcoming Four Book Series HILDE CRACKS THE CASE
by TV News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 9 year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak's forthcoming book series “Hilde Cracks the Case” (Scholastic, Fall 2017). Inspired by true news stories that Hilde Lysiak has broken throughout her aspiring career as a journalist, the mystery series stars Hilde along with her older sister Izzy, her sidekick/newspaper photographer, as the two girls stop at nothing to uncover the truth. The deal also includes Lysiak's life story rights. (more...)

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico PlayhouseBWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico Playhouse
by Cary Ginell - Aug 24, 2016

Last Sunday, we ventured into Los Angeles to see two Ventura County theater alumni in a production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Next to Normal, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that is being staged at the Pico Playhouse. Michelle Lane and Harrison Meloeny were both in Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2015 production of Mary Poppins and have reunited to appear in this highly acclaimed production. (more...)

BWW Review: Engrossing NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico PlayhouseBWW Review: Engrossing NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico Playhouse
by Don Grigware - Aug 22, 2016

Bipolar disease most often occurs in women creating abnormal behavior patterns, and usually treated with drugs. In the Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal, the problem is presented via a wife and mother, Diana (Michelle Lane). Her behavior shows extreme mental instability, and the effects on her husband Dan (Nick Sarando) and teen daughter Natalie (Isa Briones) cause a serious rift in their ongoing relationships. Eventually a heartfelt loss from the past unravels that is at the core of the woman's suffering. Structured in a most unusual way, Next to Normal is akin to a rock opera, but it is not completely sung; there is intermittent dialogue. The most emotional moments, though, come through song, so the music by Tom Kitt and book by Brian Yorkey flow together smoothly, and with the three tiered open set and loosely structured staging, what occurs is an unparalleled musical drama. Now in the intimate space of the Pico Playhouse, the complex drama unfolds crystal clear with fine direction from Thomas James O'Leary and a marvelously skilled ensemble, all of whom sing and act their socks off. (more...)

BWW Interview: ISA BRIONES Opens Up About NEXT TO NORMALBWW Interview: ISA BRIONES Opens Up About NEXT TO NORMAL
by Don Grigware - Aug 19, 2016

ISA BRIONES was born Isabella Camille Briones in London, England. Her parents, Jon Jon Briones and Megan Johnson Briones are both actors and singers, and her younger brother, Teo Briones is also an actor. She began modeling in New York at the age of 3, and started acting when her family moved to Los Angeles in 2006. She is best known for her role in the film Takers, playing Matt Dillon's daughter. Isa is entering her senior year of high school, and is excited to be making her professional theater debut in this production of Next to Normal. School theater credits include: Velma in Hairspray, Brooke in Legally Blonde and Abigail in The Crucible. TV and film: "Takers," "Cutthroat", "Lonely Boy".  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Guido Balzaretti interpreta 'Soy Real' de CASI NORMALESSTAGE TUBE: Guido Balzaretti interpreta 'Soy Real' de CASI NORMALES
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Aug 16, 2016

Como avance de la produccion que llegara a nuestro pais el año que viene, se presenta el tema 'Soy Real' (I'm Alive' de CASI NORMALES (NEXT TO NORMAL) interpretado por Guido Balzaretti. (more...)

Anna Deavere Smith's 'NOTES FROM THE FIELD' Sets Opening at Second StageAnna Deavere Smith's 'NOTES FROM THE FIELD' Sets Opening at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Just announced, Second Stage Theatre's New York Premiere production of NOTES FROM THE FIELD: DOING TIME IN EDUCATION, the latest work created, written and performed by groundbreaking theatre artist Anna Deavere Smith with music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby and directed by Leonard Foglia, will open on November 2, 2016 at the Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). Previews will begin on October 15. (more...)

BWW Interview: Thomas James O'Leary Directs NEXT TO NORMALBWW Interview: Thomas James O'Leary Directs NEXT TO NORMAL
by Don Grigware - Aug 15, 2016

Thomas James O'Leary's recent directing credits include Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Nine, Dusty de los Santos, The Debut of Georgia, A Horse with a View, and currently Sunday in the Park with George. Thomas is best known for his three-year run (over 1,000 performances) in the title role of Broadway's longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Other acting credits include Miss Saigon (Broadway original cast), Les Miserables (First National original cast), Chess (First National), You Never Can Tell (Yale Rep), Last Sunday in June (Century Center), Travels with My Aunt (Colony Theatre), and Take Me Out (LA Weekly Award, Celebration Theatre).   (more...)

The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol Announces Casting for Inaugural Season, Featuring NEXT TO NORMAL & MoreThe Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol Announces Casting for Inaugural Season, Featuring NEXT TO NORMAL & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

The Studio Theatre, a new black box theatre, under the Artistic Direction of Whitney Morse, presents its inaugural season: A Model Home: Peer Beyond The Facade. (more...)

BWW TV: Pour Us Another! IF/THEN Tour Celebrates Final Shows with Hilarious DRUNK HISTORY ParodyBWW TV: Pour Us Another! IF/THEN Tour Celebrates Final Shows with Hilarious DRUNK HISTORY Parody
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 12, 2016

IF/THEN, the original Broadway musical which reunites composer Tom Kitt, book writer/lyricist Brian Yorkey, and director Michael Greif, the creative team behind the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal, will play its final performance on tour in Atlanta this weekend. To mark the occasion, the cast put together a hilarious 'Drunk History' parody. We don't know about you, but we think this should become the Broadway community's next viral trend. Click below to watch the silliness! (more...)

Starry WAR PAINT Becomes Most Successful Musical in Goodman's HistoryStarry WAR PAINT Becomes Most Successful Musical in Goodman's History
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

War Paint has become the most successful musical in Goodman Theatre's history, extended (for a second and final time) through August 21. (more...)

NEXT TO NORMAL Next Up at Pico PlayhouseNEXT TO NORMAL Next Up at Pico Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Triage Productions and Standing Room Only Productions present Next To Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, directed by Thomas James O'Leary, features a live five-piece band conducted by music director ­­Taylor Stephenson. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NEXT TO NORMAL at Musical Theater HeritageBWW Reviews: NEXT TO NORMAL at Musical Theater Heritage
by Alan Portner - Aug 9, 2016

Journey deep into the mind of a suburban family (more...)

BWW Review: Multi-Talented Mary Olive Gauthier in CSA's Production of NEXT TO NORMALBWW Review: Multi-Talented Mary Olive Gauthier in CSA's Production of NEXT TO NORMAL
by Peter Nason - Aug 8, 2016

Can a group of talented teenagers make this adult musical work? (more...)

BWW Review: Jennifer Damiano Masterfully Showcases A Career Beyond Her Years In One-Woman Show 'Jennuinely' at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Jennifer Damiano Masterfully Showcases A Career Beyond Her Years In One-Woman Show 'Jennuinely' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Casey Mink - Aug 5, 2016

In traversing her career through the songs and stories that have brought her to this point, it is clear that Jennifer Damiano's journey belies her age. Yet, through her one-woman show Jennuinely at Feinstein's/54 Below on July 29, the second of what was originally a three-performance engagement (two more encore performances have been added to her schedule), the Tony-nominated Damiano gave the impression of a young woman who has seen it all in her decade-long career. That's not to say she isn't happily embracing the unexpected twists and turns in what's still to come. This is, after all, someone who starred in the perilously ill-fated 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' and lived to tell the tale. (more...)

NYC's Musically Human Theatre Moves to Highland ParkNYC's Musically Human Theatre Moves to Highland Park
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

Musically Human Theatre (MHT), a professional not-for-profit company focusing on musical theatre, has signed a lease with the City of Highland Park for space in the Karger Center at 1850 Green Bay Road, Producing Artistic Director David Norwood announced today. (more...)

Photo Flash: It's a NEXT TO NORMAL Reunion at Jennifer Damiano's 54 Below ShowPhoto Flash: It's a NEXT TO NORMAL Reunion at Jennifer Damiano's 54 Below Show
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

This past Saturday, July 30th, Aaron Tveit made a surprise guest appearance at the closing night Jennifer Damiano's solo show 'Jennuinely' at Feinstein's/54 Below to sing 'Superboy and the Invisible Girl' with Jennifer and Alice Ripley for the first time in more than six years. Scroll down for photos from the unexpected NEXT TO NORMAL reunion featuring Damiano and Tveit along with Alice Ripley, Meghann Fahy and Adam Chanler-Berat! (more...)

VIDEO: Aaron Tveit Joins Jennifer Damiano in Final Show at Feinstein's/54 BelowVIDEO: Aaron Tveit Joins Jennifer Damiano in Final Show at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

For Damiano's final show on July 30, stage and screen star Aaron Tveit (ASSASSINS in London, LES MISERABLES film, NEXT TO NORMAL on Broadway), stopped by to perform with AMERICAN PSYCHO's Alice Ripley and Damiano. Watch them perform 'Superboy and the Invisible Girl' below! (more...)

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