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Walnut Street Theatre's Gala to Support Education ProgramsWalnut Street Theatre's Gala to Support Education Programs
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

This year, Walnut Street Theatre's annual Gala will take place on Friday, May 6. The evening will begin with a one-night-only concert titled Come Hear the Music Play: An Evening of Kander & Ebb. Some of Philadelphia's favorite performers will take the stage to 'Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle.' Guests will enjoy performances by: Charles Abbott, Sara Brophy, Jennie Eisenhower, Cameron Flurry, Laura Giknis, Lexi Gwynn, Joliet F. Harris, Billy D. Hart, Heidi Hayes, Melissa Joy Hart, Jesse Jones, Liam Keenan, John Charles Kelly, Cambria Klein, Ben Lipitz, Forrest McClendon, Ellie Mooney, Craig Mulhern Jr., Nichalas L. Parker, Owen Pelesh, Lyn Philistine, Fran Prisco, Jenny Lee Stern, Christopher Sutton, Tara Tagliaferro, Denise Whelan and Jacob Wilner. Following the Gala Concert, a sold-out, swanky speakeasy VIP Party will be held on the Thomas Jefferson University Campus in the Jefferson Alumni Hall Atrium. (more...)

SDCF Now Accepting Applications for Charles Abbott FellowshipSDCF Now Accepting Applications for Charles Abbott Fellowship
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

This Fellowship will continue to present a new generation of gifted artists with a remarkable education in - and unique understanding of - the directorial skills necessary to create musical theatre, the workings of regional theatre, and the leadership of those artists shaping the regional arts landscape. (more...)

David Garrison, Sean Hudock & Ellen Foley Set for DEEPLY SUPERFICIAL Reading at La MaMa in MayDavid Garrison, Sean Hudock & Ellen Foley Set for DEEPLY SUPERFICIAL Reading at La MaMa in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

?Tony Award nominee David Garrison, Sean Hudock and Ellen Foley will appear in an industry reading of writer and film executive Michael Menzies' new play DEEPLY SUPERFICIAL.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Romance, Fire, Warmth, and Excitement as MSMT Forges AheadBWW Interview: Romance, Fire, Warmth, and Excitement as MSMT Forges Ahead
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Apr 8, 2016

“We came up with this pitch that alliterates,” says Maine State Music Theatre's Managing Director Stephanie Dupal of the theatre's description of their upcoming 2016 summer season. “Relive the romance of Ghost; feel the fire of Evita; welcome the warmth of Fiddler; and experience the excitement of Mama Mia,” she recites. Joined by Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark, the pair is talking about their plans for their main stage productions and the various new initiatives this dynamic team has launched since taking the helm of the company's leadership in 2013. By all accounts it is to be a season to surpass even the excellence of the prior ones! (more...)

BWW Review: Walnut Theater's AND THEN THERE WERE NONEBWW Review: Walnut Theater's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
by Pati Buehler - Apr 2, 2015

A mishmash of stuffy characters debating over a 'Who done it' and by Act II you might wish There Were None left. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Director Charles Abbott Talks Walnut Street Theatre's AND THEN THERE WERE NONESTAGE TUBE: Director Charles Abbott Talks Walnut Street Theatre's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
by Stage Tube - Mar 25, 2015

It's Agatha Christie at her murderous best! AND THEN THERE WERE NONE runs at Walnut Street Theatre now through April 26, 2015. Go behind-the-scenes with award-winning director Charles Abbott below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from Walnut Street's AND THEN THERE WERE NONESTAGE TUBE: Highlights from Walnut Street's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
by Stage Tube - Mar 18, 2015

It's Agatha Christie at her murderous best! AND THEN THERE WERE NONE runs at Walnut Street Theatre now through April 26, 2015. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Walnut Street's AND THEN THERE WERE NONEPhoto Flash: First Look at Walnut Street's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

It's Agatha Christie at her murderous best! AND THEN THERE WERE NONE runs at Walnut Street Theatre now through April 26, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)


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Walnut Street Theatre to Present AND THEN THERE WERE NONEWalnut Street Theatre to Present AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is not only Dame Agatha Christie's best-selling novel, but the world's best-selling mystery. Over 100 million copies of the book have been sold to date in 50 different languages. The success of her novel, published in 1939, led to AND THEN THERE WERE NONE becoming her most adapted work. The stage adaptation came in 1943 with a world premiere at the Wimbledon Theatre in London. In November of that same year the production transferred to the West End. Its Broadway premiere came in June, 1944 under the title Ten Little Indians. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LEND ME A TENOR Opens Fulton Season With LaughterBWW Reviews: LEND ME A TENOR Opens Fulton Season With Laughter
by Marakay Rogers - Oct 24, 2014

Director Charles Abbott and actor Jeremiah James fill the Fulton stage with area native Ken Ludwig's best farce (more...)

Three Day Hangover's DRUNKLE VANYA to Run 9/4-18 at  The Gin MillThree Day Hangover's DRUNKLE VANYA to Run 9/4-18 at The Gin Mill
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

Three Day Hangover is thrilled to be bringing boozy Chekhov to New York City with Drunkle Vanya, adapted by Lori Wolter Hudson from Anton Chekhov's classic Uncle Vanya. The second full production of their 2014 Season, Drunkle Vanya will be staged at The Gin Mill, 442 Amsterdam Avenue (bet. West 81st and 82nd Streets) in NYC from September 4-18, 2014. (more...)

Three Day Hangover's DRUNKLE VANYA Runs Now thru 9/18 at The Gin MillThree Day Hangover's DRUNKLE VANYA Runs Now thru 9/18 at The Gin Mill
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Three Day Hangover is thrilled to be bringing boozy Chekhov to New York City with Drunkle Vanya, adapted by Lori Wolter Hudson from Anton Chekhov's classic Uncle Vanya. The second full production of their 2014 Season, Drunkle Vanya will be staged at The Gin Mill, 442 Amsterdam Avenue (bet. West 81st and 82nd Streets) in NYC from today, September 4-18, 2014. (more...)

Three Day Hangover's DRUNKLE VANYA to Run 9/4-18 at  The Gin MillThree Day Hangover's DRUNKLE VANYA to Run 9/4-18 at The Gin Mill
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

Three Day Hangover is thrilled to be bringing boozy Chekhov to New York City with Drunkle Vanya, adapted by Lori Wolter Hudson from Anton Chekhov's classic Uncle Vanya. The second full production of their 2014 Season, Drunkle Vanya will be staged at The Gin Mill, 442 Amsterdam Avenue (bet. West 81st and 82nd Streets) in NYC from September 4-18, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Grand and Glorious CHAMBERLAIN Stirs the HeartBWW Reviews: Grand and Glorious CHAMBERLAIN Stirs the Heart
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 27, 2014

Maine State Music Theatre's second production of the season, a revival of the Knapp-Alper 1996 musical Chamberlain A Civil War Romance, proves to be a grand and glorious theatrical experience, an endeavor of epic proportions that delivers spectacle, emotion, and inspiration in equal measure. Spanning more than fifty years in the life of Brunswick's legendary Civil War hero, Maine governor, and Bowdoin college president, Joshua L. Chamberlain, and focusing on his relationship with his passionate, mercurial wife, Fannie Adams, the musical, in this brilliantly executed new production, directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, offers both epic sweep and touching intimacy. Large in musical and dramatic scale, lavish in production values, and cast with a first rate ensemble of singing-actors, Chamberlain dazzles the ear and eye and warms the heart. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Sarah Knapp and Steven M. Alper Revisit ChamberlainBWW Interviews: Sarah Knapp and Steven M. Alper Revisit Chamberlain
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 23, 2014

I sat there alone on the storied crest, till the sun went down as it did before over the misty hills, and the darkness crept up the slopes, till from all earthly sight I was buried as with those before. But oh, what radiant companionship rose around, what steadfast ranks of power, what bearing of heroic souls. Oh, the glory that beamed through those days and nights. Nobody will ever know it here! - I am sorry most of all for that! The proud young valor that rose above the mortal, and then at last was mortal after all.... When she read these lines written by Civil War hero and Maine Legend Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain more than eighteen years ago, lyricist/ book writer Sarah Knapp became convinced that she and her husband composer Steven M. Alper had to write their 'memory play.' The musical, commissioned by Charles Abbott, then Artistic Director of Maine State Music Theatre, became one of the greatest successes in the company's history, selling out before it even opened - ('it was the only show where they were scalping tickets on the lawn,' Knapp recalls). Now almost two decades later, Chamberlain A Civil War Romance will receive its first new production since that world premiere in 1996, once again at the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, the hometown of Chamberlain and his wife Fannie. Speaking with the composer and writer just days before the opening, they shared their palpable excitement at the prospect of this revival. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Walnut Street Theatre's ARSENIC AND OLD LACESTAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Walnut Street Theatre's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre continues its landmark 205th season with Broadway's classic madcap comedy, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. Directed by Charles Abbott, this 75th Anniversary production runs through April 27th on the Walnut's Mainstage. You'll feel right at home with the Brewsters in the behind-the-scenes tour of the set of 'Arsenic and Old Lace' below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Walnut Street Theatre's ARSENIC AND OLD LACESTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Walnut Street Theatre's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Stage Tube - Mar 28, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre continues its landmark 205th season with Broadway's classic madcap comedy, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. Directed by Charles Abbott, this 75th Anniversary production runs through April 27th on the Walnut's Mainstage. Check out highlights below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Walnut Street Theatre's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Opens TonightPhoto Flash: Walnut Street Theatre's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre continues its landmark 205th season with Broadway's classic madcap comedy, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. Directed by Charles Abbott, this 75th Anniversary production begins previews tomorrow, March 11th, opens tonight, March 19th and runs through April 27th on the Walnut's Mainstage. Scroll down for some photos of the production! (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Presents ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Now thru 4/27Walnut Street Theatre Presents ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Now thru 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre continues its landmark 205th season with Broadway's classic madcap comedy, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. Directed by Charles Abbott, this 75th Anniversary production begins previews tonight, March 11th, opens on March 19th and runs through April 27th on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

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