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Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2015, Spring Edition!Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2015, Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 22, 2015

In the coming months, Broadway will welcome a fresh crop of productions- many of which will mark the Broadway debuts for a slew of talented actors. Whether they are fresh faces or established stars, these Broadway babies will soon take their very first bows on some of the grandest stages in the world. (more...)

California Musical Theatre to Host Annual Broadway Gala, 5/2California Musical Theatre to Host Annual Broadway Gala, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

The Broadway Gala, California Musical Theatre's annual fund raising dinner, takes place on Saturday, May 2, starting at 6:00 p.m., at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St. in Sacramento. The Black Tie Optional evening is filled with the glitz and glamour of Broadway, including dinner and hosted bar, musical entertainment and dancing, and a live auction. Memorial Auditorium will be elegantly decorated with a New York Broadway theme. (more...)

FIFTH OF JULY Runs 4/17-5/17 at Aurora Theatre CompanyFIFTH OF JULY Runs 4/17-5/17 at Aurora Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Lanford Wilson's 'Talley Trilogy' continues on the Aurora Theatre Company main stage with FIFTH OF JULY. Aurora Artistic Director Tom Ross (A Bright New Boise, This Is How It Goes, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, The Shape of Things) helms FIFTH OF JULY, featuring Craig Marker (The Shape of Things, The Persians), Elizabeth Benedict, John Girot, Jennifer Le Blanc, Oceana Ortiz, Harold Pierce, Josh Schell, and Nanci Zoppi. FIFTH OF JULY plays April 17 through May 17 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-60) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Chemistry Counts in MURDER FOR TWOBWW Reviews: Chemistry Counts in MURDER FOR TWO
by Ellen Dostal - Feb 4, 2015

This two-man tour de force musical comedy mystery is killing it on stage at The Old Globe in San Diego - or, rather, it's killing someone - and that someone is none other than Great American Novelist, Arthur Whitney. Unfortunately, this is one birthday party the much-hated author will never get to enjoy since he takes a bullet to the head in the first few minutes of the musical with all of his guests in attendance. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT, Starring Noah Parets, Begins Tonight at La Mirada TheatreBILLY ELLIOT, Starring Noah Parets, Begins Tonight at La Mirada Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT present pure 'electricity' with the third show of their 2014-2015 season, the Southern California Regional Premiere of the ten-time Tony Award-winning musical, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, musical direction by John Glaudini, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL will preview tonight, January 16, 2015 (with a press opening on Saturday, January 17) and run through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. (more...)

2014 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Winners Announced - John Rubinstein, Melissa Giattino, Emma Hunton & More!2014 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Winners Announced - John Rubinstein, Melissa Giattino, Emma Hunton & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 15, 2015

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 60 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2014 San Francisco winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

2015 Music Circus Season to Feature MY FAIR LADY, PETER PAN, HAIR & More!2015 Music Circus Season to Feature MY FAIR LADY, PETER PAN, HAIR & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2015

California Musical Theatre announced a varied lineup of musicals for the 2015 season of Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 65th season for what has become a Northern California summer tradition. The summer lineup will include two classics that are Music Circus audience favorites, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady and Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim's West Side Story, as well as the Mississippi adventure Big River, the musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie, the magical journey Peter Pan, and a sixth show that will be offered as an option for season subscribers, the generation-defining Hair. (more...)

La Mirada Theatre Announces Full Cast for BILLY ELLIOT; Performances Begin Next Month!La Mirada Theatre Announces Full Cast for BILLY ELLIOT; Performances Begin Next Month!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT announce the complete cast as they present pure "electricity" with the third show of their 2014-2015 season, the Southern California Regional Premiere of the ten-time Tony Award-winning musical, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, musical direction by John Glaudini, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL will preview on Friday, January 16, 2015 (with a press opening on Saturday, January 17) and run through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. (more...)

Last Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld San Francisco AwardsLast Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2014

It's your last week to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 26th. Voting closes at the end of the year, in under one week! (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld San Francisco AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

La Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment to Present SoCal Debut of BILLY ELLIOT This WinterLa Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment to Present SoCal Debut of BILLY ELLIOT This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT present pure 'electricity' with the third show in its 2014-2015 season, the Southern California Regional Premiere of the ten-time Tony Award-winning musical, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, musical direction by John Glaudini, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL will preview on Friday, January 16, 2015(with a press opening on Saturday, January 17) and run through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. (more...)

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards - Samantha Rodriguez Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards - Samantha Rodriguez Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

DIRTY DANCING National Tour Coming to Sacramento Community Center TheaterDIRTY DANCING National Tour Coming to Sacramento Community Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

The Classic Story On Stage, an unprecedented live experience exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing, will play at Sacramento Community Center Theater from December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Based on the tremendously popular classic 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage is part of the Broadway Sacramento series presented by California Musical Theatre. Performance times vary; for information visit BroadwaySacramento.com. (more...)

Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards - Kate Kenyon Leads!Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards - Kate Kenyon Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

2014 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards Update 11/25 - Samantha Rodriguez in Big Lead for Best Costume Design!2014 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards Update 11/25 - Samantha Rodriguez in Big Lead for Best Costume Design!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 25, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 25th. (more...)

JERSEY BOYS Returns to Sacramento, Now thru 11/22JERSEY BOYS Returns to Sacramento, Now thru 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

The return Sacramento engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, plays at Community Center Theater, tonight, Nov. 5 - 22, 2014. (more...)

JERSEY BOYS to Return to Sacramento, 11/5-22JERSEY BOYS to Return to Sacramento, 11/5-22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

Casting has been announced for the return Sacramento engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing at Community Center Theater, Nov. 5 - 22, 2014. The cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Nicolas Dromard (Tommy DeVito), Keith Hines (Nick Massi), Hayden Milanes (Frankie Valli) and Drew Seeley (Bob Gaudio) as The Four Seasons, with Barry Anderson and Thomas Fiscella. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have a Luminous BRIGHT STAR on the HorizonBWW Reviews: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have a Luminous BRIGHT STAR on the Horizon
by Ellen Dostal - Oct 7, 2014

What I found so utterly engaging about the world premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new musical BRIGHT STAR is its complete unpretentiousness. Certainly its musical style --American bluegrass with a heaping helping of laid back mountain charm -- has the kind of lilting homespun ease that makes you feel like you're listening to the neighborhood jug band on mama's back porch, and there's something oddly comforting about that. (more...)

Classic Verse Clashes with Contemporary Culture in the  Sacramento Premiere of AN ILIAD by Denis O'Hare and Lisa PetersonClassic Verse Clashes with Contemporary Culture in the Sacramento Premiere of AN ILIAD by Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

AN ILIAD demonstrates SacImpulse Theatre's ongoing commitment to contemporary translations and adaptations of classic works. Homer's Iliad as retold by one actor who shares the stage with a lone musician, has received acclaim across the country. 'AN ILIAD is pure theater: shocking, glorious, primal and deeply satisfying.' -Time Out NY. (more...)

Steps Beyond to Present THE WOMEN OF FOSSE, 10/5Steps Beyond to Present THE WOMEN OF FOSSE, 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Steps Beyond announces another of its lively and informative Artists Talks with three 'Broadway Babies' who can rightly be called The Women of Fosse - Diane Laurenson, Dana Moore and Mimi Quillin. Laurenson and Moore have appeared in five Fosse shows between them - Sweet Charity, Chicago, Fosse, Dancin', and Big Deal, and Quillin performed in Sweet Charity and was also assistant to Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. The Broadway veterans will share fascinating stories about the great choreographer, drawn from their personal experiences and highlighted by film clips, followed by a Q&A session and reception. Sunday October 5, 7:30 PM at Steps on Broadway, 4th floor. (more...)

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