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STAGE TUBE: New Full-Length Trailer of Tim Rice's FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Finger LakesSTAGE TUBE: New Full-Length Trailer of Tim Rice's FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Finger Lakes
by Stage Tube - Jul 6, 2016

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival proudly produces the North American premiere of Tim Rice's new musical, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. Performances opened June 29, and will run through July 20 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the brand new full-length trailer below! (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Tim Rice's FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Finger LakesBWW TV: Watch Highlights of Tim Rice's FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Finger Lakes
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 30, 2016

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival proudly produces the North American premiere of Tim Rice's new musical, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. Performances opened last night, June 29, and will run through July 20 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at highlights below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Corey Mach, Paige Faure and More in Tim Rice's FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Finger LakesPhoto Flash: First Look at Corey Mach, Paige Faure and More in Tim Rice's FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Finger Lakes
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival proudly produces the North American premiere of Tim Rice's new musical, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.  Performances run from June 29 through July 20 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Extends Into May at Royal George TheatreHERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Extends Into May at Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

With its continuing success both nationwide and here in Chicago, the smash hit Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is extending its return to the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Chicago, until Sunday, May 22, 2016. The Chicago presentation will immediately be followed by a special One-Night-Only New York Presentation at The Town Hall on June 6, 2016, broadcast internationally by the WFMT Radio Network with the entire Berlin family in attendance. (more...)

BWW TV: A Musical Maid Hits Chicago! Watch Highlights of Klea Blackhurst and More in HAZEL at Drury Lane TheatreBWW TV: A Musical Maid Hits Chicago! Watch Highlights of Klea Blackhurst and More in HAZEL at Drury Lane Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 8, 2016

HAZELDrury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. HAZEL features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. HAZEL opened this week and runs through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre. BroadwayWorld has highlights from the show in the video below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Behind the Scene of HAZEL's Opening Night at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Coverage: Behind the Scene of HAZEL's Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 8, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night - check out more photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN at Royal George TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN at Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Continuing to break all box office records during its National Tour, the smash hit Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is returning to Chicago for a limited, four-week engagement starting Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Felder's Chicago theatrical home, the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, Chicago. The show will run through Sunday, May 8, 2016 with a press opening on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. The Chicago presentation will immediately be followed by a special One-Night-Only New York Presentation at The Town Hall on June 6, 2016, broadcast internationally by the WFMT Radio Network with the entire Berlin family in attendance. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of HAZEL, Starring Klea Blackhurst, at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night of HAZEL, Starring Klea Blackhurst, at Drury Lane Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 7, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night - check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Klea Blackhurst, Ken Clark and More in World Premiere of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA at Drury LanePhoto Flash: First Look at Klea Blackhurst, Ken Clark and More in World Premiere of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA at Drury Lane
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel runs March 31 - May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Day Rehearsal of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA at Drury LanePhoto Flash: First Day Rehearsal of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA at Drury Lane
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel runs March 31 - May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m.  Check out a look at the first day of rehearsal below! (more...)

Drury Lane Presents the World Premiere of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICADrury Lane Presents the World Premiere of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel runs March 31 - May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Comes to The Town Hall This JuneHERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Comes to The Town Hall This June
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

The story and music of America's Composer come to life on stage when The Town Hall presents HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN, a new play with music written and performed by award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder (Broadway's George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein). Directed by Trevor Hay, HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN plays one night only, Monday, June 6 at 8PM at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). (more...)

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Returning to Chicago in AprilHERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Returning to Chicago in April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Continuing to break all box office records during its National Tour, the smash hit Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is returning to Chicago for a limited, four-week engagement starting Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Felder's Chicago theatrical home, the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, Chicago. The show will run through Sunday, May 8, 2016 with a press opening on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. The Chicago presentation will immediately be followed by a special One-Night-Only New York Presentation at The Town Hall on June 6, 2016, broadcast internationally by the WFMT Radio Network with the entire Berlin family in attendance. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present LOUIS & KEELY: LOVE AT THE SAHARA Opens 2/27Laguna Playhouse to Present LOUIS & KEELY: LOVE AT THE SAHARA Opens 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

The Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Hershey Felder Presents are thrilled to announce the fourth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season, Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart starring in LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA, written by Vanessa Stewart, Taylor Hackford & Jake Broder, choreography by Vernel Bagneris and directed by Taylor Hackford.  "Our subscribers and audiences are about the have the time of their lives as we transport them to 1950's Las Vegas and beyond and the incomparable song-stylings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith," says Wareham. LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA will begin previews on Wednesday, February 24; will open on Saturday, February 27 and will run through Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

BWW Review: Louis & Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara Celebrates the Glory Days of an Early Las Vegas DuoBWW Review: Louis & Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara Celebrates the Glory Days of an Early Las Vegas Duo
by Shari Barrett - Jan 17, 2016

Louis Prima and Keely Smith shared a larger-than-life marriage and a groundbreaking Las Vegas act featuring unforgettable songs like "That Ol' Black Magic," "Pennies from Heaven," and "Embraceable You." These songs and many others are featured in the production which has grown from a local Los Angeles-created hit at Sacred Fools Theater Company to a national musical phenomenon. After earlier award-winning and extended productions in Los Angeles and more recent acclaim in Chicago, these outsized personalities and talents have returned to the city in which the show was born. The current production is directed by Taylor Hackford, who also wrote the show with Vanessa Clair Stewart and Jake Broder, and is presented by Hershey Felder (a musical talent in his own right). (more...)

BYE BYE BIRDIE Begins Performances in January at Drury Lane TheatreBYE BYE BIRDIE Begins Performances in January at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

Bye Bye Birdie, the four-time Tony Award-winning musical, begins performances at Drury Lane on January 14 to conclude the 2015 - 2016 Season. The funny, irreverent musical takes audiences back to 1959 in quiet Sweet Apple, OH, where rock star Conrad Birdie shakes things up when he arrives to give one lucky teenage girl a special goodbye kiss. With a cast led by 2015 Jeff Award Best Supporting Actor winners Michelle Aravena as Rosie and Matt Crowle as Conrad's agent, Albert, Bye Bye Birdie is directed and choreographed by multiple Jeff Award winner Tammy Mader. Featuring musical theater classics such as "Kids," "Put on a Happy Face," and "A Lot of Livin' to Do," the inspired cast and creative team promise to bring a decidedly fresh touch to the timeless story.  (more...)

Photo Flash: BARITONES UNBOUND Celebrates Opening at the Royal George TheatrePhoto Flash: BARITONES UNBOUND Celebrates Opening at the Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

Continuing to bring original musical stories and new productions to beloved Chicago audiences, 'Hershey Felder Presents' (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, Louis and Keely 'Live' at the Sahara) now brings BARITONES UNBOUND, a new play with music and baritone superstars to the Royal George Theatre as part of a continuing season of new productions. Performances opened last night, December 13, at the Royal George, 1641 N. Halsted Street, and continue through Sunday, January 3rd, 2016. BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Marc Kudisch, Nathan Gunn and Mark Delavan in BARITONES UNBOUND at the Royal GeorgePhoto Flash: First Look at Marc Kudisch, Nathan Gunn and Mark Delavan in BARITONES UNBOUND at the Royal George
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Continuing to bring original musical stories and new productions to beloved Chicago audiences, 'Hershey Felder Presents' (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, Louis and Keely 'Live' at the Sahara) now brings BARITONES UNBOUND, a new play with music and baritone superstars to the Royal George Theatre as part of a continuing season of new productions. Performances begin at the Royal George, 1641 N. Halsted Street, tonight, December 11th, 2015 and continue through Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 with a press opening on Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars onstage below! (more...)

 The Showstopper Phone Call The Showstopper Phone Call
by Guest Blogger: Showstopper! - Nov 19, 2015

Allow me to let you in on a little secret: there is in fact one section of Showstopper: The Improvised Musical which is, in fact, not wholly improvised... (more...)

SDSU and La Jolla Playhouse Collaborate on New Musical ON THE EVE; Reading Set for TodaySDSU and La Jolla Playhouse Collaborate on New Musical ON THE EVE; Reading Set for Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

The MFA Musical Theatre Program at San Diego State University is once again teaming up with La Jolla Playhouse to develop a new musical, following up on their collaboration on the reading of BD Wong's new musical MR. DOCTOR last February. This year, after a competitive selection process, the musical ON THE EVE has been chosen for a public staged reading at SDSU tonight, November 19, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Experimental Theatre. (more...)

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