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Date of Birth: July 19
Birth Place: New York, NY
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BWW Review: THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE at Adventure Stage-MTC A Charming TaleBWW Review: THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE at Adventure Stage-MTC A Charming Tale
by Andrew White - May 3, 2016

Adventure Theatre-MTC has pulled out quite a few stops with their current production.  Playwright Damon Chua has taken Hans Christian Anderson's famous tale and created a fascinating one-hour tour of 18th century China.  This Emperor's Nightingale features everything from chubby, bamboo-chewing pandas to a truly eye-popping array of animated projections from award-winning scenic designer Hana Sooyeon Kim. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID to Swim into TOCAP This SummerCabrillo Music Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID to Swim into TOCAP This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Now Cabrillo Music Theatre brings this amazing story to life with THE LITTLE MERMAID, live on stage! This is not simply a children's show - it's a brand-new fully-developed Broadway musical, in the spirit of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LION KING, and MARY POPPINS, and Cabrillo Music Theatre's production will be the first in the region! (more...)

The Hartt Community Division Dance to Present THE RED SHOESThe Hartt Community Division Dance to Present THE RED SHOES
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

On Friday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m., The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) presents the world premiere of the ballet THE RED SHOES, featuring a newly created score with live piano, recorded music, and new compositions by Jessica Rudman, with original story and choreography by Susannah Marchese. (more...)

THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE, Featuring All-Asian Cast, to Play Adventure Theatre MTCTHE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE, Featuring All-Asian Cast, to Play Adventure Theatre MTC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recipient of the Ann Flagg Multicultural Award, brings to the stage the powerful song of a nightingale in THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE, a world premiere play directed by Natsu Onoda Power. (more...)

Refine Arts' BEFORE NEVER to Launch Frenetic Theater's 2016 SeasonRefine Arts' BEFORE NEVER to Launch Frenetic Theater's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Frenetic Theater's Artist Board program kicks off the 2016 season with the presentation of Refine Arts' BEFORE NEVER, a dark dance narrative that re-imagines J.M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan stories. (more...)

BWW  Interview: A 21st Century Brothers Grimm, Kruckemeyer Travels the World Writing Fabulous TalesBWW Interview: A 21st Century Brothers Grimm, Kruckemeyer Travels the World Writing Fabulous Tales
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Mar 16, 2016

First Stage World Premiere The Snow arrived this winter to the Todd Wehr Theater, while famed playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer traveled from half way across the world to appear on March 6 for the play's production debut. Commissioned by Oregon Children's Theatre and Magik Theatre in collaboration with First Stage, Kruckemeyer's The Snow told a tale of two towns both named after Margareta 'Mama' Kishka and the huge snow walls surrounding the towns in isolation, cut off from sun and supplies. A tiny boy Theodore together with a gentle giant named Oliver try to solve this never-ending winter through their courageous adventure written in the tradition of Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson. (more...)

42nd Street Moon to Conclude 23rd Season with THE MOST HAPPY FELLA42nd Street Moon to Conclude 23rd Season with THE MOST HAPPY FELLA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

42nd Street Moon concludes its 23rd season with Frank Loesser's glorious Napa Valley romance, the Tony Award-winning THE MOST HAPPY FELLA. This masterpiece with book, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business …, Where's Charley?) is an unconventional and sweepingly romantic love story set in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Considered one of Loesser's greatest works, the stunning score includes "The Most Happy Fella," "Standing on the Corner," "Joey, Joey, Joey," "Rosabella," "Big D," "My Heart Is So Full of You" and "Song of a Summer Night." Directed by Cindy Goldfield, with musical direction by Dave Dobrusky, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA will run April 27 - May 17, 2016 (Press opening: Saturday, April 30) at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco. For tickets ($25-$75) or more information, the public may call (415) 255-8207 or visit www.42ndstmoon.org.  (more...)

BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET's 'New Combinations' Isn't as Innovative as the Program Title SuggestsBWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET's 'New Combinations' Isn't as Innovative as the Program Title Suggests
by Wesley Doucette - Feb 18, 2016

Justin Peck's 'Most Incredible Thing' headlines this program of new works. (more...)

Gainesville Theatre Alliance to Present ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, 2/9-20Gainesville Theatre Alliance to Present ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, 2/9-20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

As winter chill hits Northeast Georgia, things are only heating up at Gainesville Theatre Alliance with their production of Once on this Island as part of its annual February Festival of plays. This Olivier Award-winning musical runs Feb. 9-20 at Brenau's Hosch Theatre in the John S. Burd Performing Arts Center 429 Academy St., Gainesville. (more...)

BWW Review: Park Square Theatre's THE SNOW QUEEN is Magical, Musical, Innovative Storytelling at its BestBWW Review: Park Square Theatre's THE SNOW QUEEN is Magical, Musical, Innovative Storytelling at its Best
by Jill Schafer - Dec 8, 2015

Inside Park Square Theatre on 7th Place in lovely downtown St. Paul, magic is happening. It's the magic of storytelling, something that has been happening for ages on this planet. Friends sitting around a campfire, telling stories of good and evil, trials, and friendship, with words, music, dance, puppets, tears, and laughter. This musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson story THE SNOW QUEEN is something truly unique and special. It's so charming, whimsical, funny, creative, and yes, magical. But with a creative team that includes Doug Scholz-Carlson (director), Denise Prosek (music director), and Jim Lichtsheidl (choreographer), I would expect nothing less. They have assembled a terrific eight-person cast of actor/singer/ musicians to bring this charming fairy tale to life in an innovative and inspired way. (more...)

BWW Interview: Adam Castaneda on FrenetiCore Dance's THE SNOW QUEENBWW Interview: Adam Castaneda on FrenetiCore Dance's THE SNOW QUEEN
by Alexander Garza - Dec 8, 2015

FrenetiCore Dance's THE SNOW QUEEN is currently being performed at Frenetic Theatre in Houston. The show is a family friendly dance narrative about true friendship and the journey to find true love. The show, which is being funded in part by a City's Initiative Grant from Houston Arts Alliance, opened last weekend and will run for three more performances this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30pm. The story of THE SNOW QUEEN, popularized by Disney's FROZEN, is retold through the imagination of dancer and writer Adam Castaneda. I got the opportunity to chat with him recently, and I got to hear his thoughts about the show, his career, and about the Houston dance scene. (more...)

BWW Review: Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Show Celebrating Famous Duets Is Widely Varied and EntertainingBWW Review: Urban Stages Winter Rhythms Show Celebrating Famous Duets Is Widely Varied and Entertaining
by Alix Cohen - Dec 7, 2015

Described as “An Afternoon of Famous Duets,” Saturday's Urban Stages Winter Rhythms presentation (Day Four of the 11-day, 20-show festival) was unexpectedly sweeping in its approach, covering duos that sang pop, folk, jazz, Great American Songbook, and musical theater tunes. With veteran cabaret singer Sue Matsuki serving as producer and host, and Musical Director Gregory Toroian on piano, the show encompassed both the predictable and the surprising and was a genuine pleasure. (more...)

TUTS Underground to Stage STRIKING 12 This MonthTUTS Underground to Stage STRIKING 12 This Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) Underground presents an unconventional holiday musical in Striking 12, on stage from December 17 - 23, 2015 in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Striking 12 is presented in a new format for Underground, in a novel band-as-the-actors format, playing the piano, drums and a super-cool six-string Viper violin. (more...)

BWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden AgeBWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden Age
by Jeffrey Walker - Dec 3, 2015

Relive the Golden Age of Broadway and the magical moments from TV's past with Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews,Carol Burnett and many more as we look at the history of live TV musicals. (more...)

Karen Oberlin's Frank Loesser Tribute Show Launches 2016 Season of NEW YORK CABARET'S GREATEST HITS at the Metropolitan Room, 1/13Karen Oberlin's Frank Loesser Tribute Show Launches 2016 Season of NEW YORK CABARET'S GREATEST HITS at the Metropolitan Room, 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

Stephen Hanks' Cabaret Life Productions and Associate Producer Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD, are bringing back Karen Oberlin's 2010 Frank Loesser Tribute Show (with original Musical Director Jon Weber and bass player Sean Smith) as the first 2016 installment of the 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' series at the Metropolitan Room on January 13 at 7 pm. 'I entered the cabaret world as a reviewer in late 2010 so I never saw this show,' says Hanks. 'I'm thrilled Karen Oberlin agreed to bring it back so those like me who didn't experience it will get a chance now.' (more...)

Stone's Throw Productions Presents MATCH GIRL at Pacific TheatreStone's Throw Productions Presents MATCH GIRL at Pacific Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2015

Port Moody's Rebel Haunt Theatre partners with Stone's Throw Productions to present "Match Girl", a new play by Sarah Dixon. Based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Match Girl", the show will be performed outside of Pacific Theatre this Holiday Season, Dec 5, 11, 18, 2015. (more...)

Fiddlehead Theatre Adds THE LITTLE MERMAID MatineesFiddlehead Theatre Adds THE LITTLE MERMAID Matinees
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

Fiddlehead Theatre Company announces the addition of 2 matinee performances during the company's production of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID from November 27-December 6, 2015 at the Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125).  (more...)

Fiddlehead Theatre Presents Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAIDFiddlehead Theatre Presents Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2015

Fiddlehead Theatre Company will continue its groundbreaking 21st season with the enchanting fable Disney's The Little Mermaid for an extended run of nine performances from Nov 27th-Dec 6th at The Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA). (more...)

Does FROZEN Turn Little Girls Into Lesbians?  Three Presidential Candidates May Think SoDoes FROZEN Turn Little Girls Into Lesbians? Three Presidential Candidates May Think So
by Michael Dale - Oct 30, 2015

Three GOP candidates attending conference held by pastor who believes FROZEN contains messages intended to indoctrinate 5-year-old girls into becoming lesbians. (more...)

Peggy Shaw & Lois Weaver and More Set for Free 3-Day Interdisciplinary Live Art Event, 10/23-25Peggy Shaw & Lois Weaver and More Set for Free 3-Day Interdisciplinary Live Art Event, 10/23-25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

Abrons Arts Center and UK's Live Art Development Agency (LADA) in collaboration with Chelsea Theatre present Just Like a Woman, (October 23-25), a three day program of performances, installations, cabarets, screenings, panels and book launches that examine the performance of identity - the ways femininity can be 'performed' and how representations of gender can be queered through performance. (more...)

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