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BWW REVIEW: Voices and Emotions Soar in Ogunquit's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAMEBWW REVIEW: Voices and Emotions Soar in Ogunquit's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Jan Nargi - Aug 1, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse in southern Maine has been setting the bar higher and higher with each new production under Bradford T. Kenney, artistic director. What used to be a quintessential ocean-side summer stock house now operates from May through November, often mounting New England, and occasionally national, regional premieres. Its current musical, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, is the company's most ambitious venture yet. Adapted from the 1996 Disney animated film which was based on the classic Victor Hugo novel "Notre Dame de Paris," the Ogunquit production boasts a towering vaulted set design, a 21-member cast of Broadway veterans, and a tremendous 32-member choir. This HUNCHBACK delivers soaring vocals as big as its epic themes. (more...)

Sneak Peak of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Ogunquit PlayhouseSneak Peak of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by James Lapine, the stage version of Disney's 1996 animated musical THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, based onVictor Hugo's 1831 novel, premiered in Berlin. The 1999 production, performed in German, enjoyed a three-year run. (more...)

BWW Review: Ogunquit Playhouse's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Does Justice to This New MusicalBWW Review: Ogunquit Playhouse's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Does Justice to This New Musical
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 17, 2016

Ogunquit Playhouse's third season offering is an epic production of the Alan Menken-Stephen Schwartz- Peter Parnell musical version of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This is only the third regional production of this adaptation of Hugo's 19th century novel set in 15th century Paris and represents another major step in the development process which will likely eventually bring this show to Broadway. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Ogunquit PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse presents the New England premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, on stage now to August 6, making The Playhouse one of the first regional theaters in the U.S. to stage this new musical. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Having Its New England Premiere at Maine's Ogunquit PlayhouseTHE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Having Its New England Premiere at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse
by Michael Dale - Jul 11, 2016

Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken's stage version of the 1996 Disney animated musical is expected to be generally available for regional productions next year. (more...)

F. Michael Haynie, Sydney Morton and Bradley Dean to Star in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Ogunquit PlayhouseF. Michael Haynie, Sydney Morton and Bradley Dean to Star in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse will present the New England premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, on stage from July 13 to August 6, making the Playhouse one of the first regional theaters in the U.S. to stage this new musical. (more...)

Alice Ripley, THE BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY & More Set for 54 Below This WeekAlice Ripley, THE BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

This week at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  BROADWAY UNPLUGGED Unamplifies the Music of the NightBWW Reviews: BROADWAY UNPLUGGED Unamplifies the Music of the Night
by Michael Dale - Aug 7, 2015

Once a year, Scott Siegel demonstrates to audiences the glories of the unamplified human voice. (more...)

Photo Coverage: BROADWAY UNPLUGGED Brings the Roof Down at Town HallPhoto Coverage: BROADWAY UNPLUGGED Brings the Roof Down at Town Hall
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 21, 2015

Postponed from last January when the fake blizzard closed New York City, Broadway Unplugged, the critically acclaimed annual concert returned last night, July 20, 2015. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage Look as Stars Prepare for BROADWAY UNPLUGGEDPhoto Coverage: Backstage Look as Stars Prepare for BROADWAY UNPLUGGED
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 21, 2015

Postponed from last January when the fake blizzard closed New York City, Broadway Unplugged, the critically acclaimed annual concert returned last night, July 20, 2015. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out backstage photos below! (more...)

Stephanie J. Block & More Headline BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at Town Hall TonightStephanie J. Block & More Headline BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at Town Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Postponed from last January when the fake blizzard closed New York City, Broadway Unplugged, the critically acclaimed annual concert returns! (more...)

Houston Symphony Offers STAR-SPANGLED SALUTE TonightHouston Symphony Offers STAR-SPANGLED SALUTE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2015

The Houston Symphony will continue its tradition of helping Houstonians celebrate Independence Day at Miller Outdoor Theatre with its Star-Spangled Salute concert at 8:30 p.m. tonight, July 4. The celebration, which will feature patriotic cannons and a thrilling fireworks display, will be directed by Steven Reineke, Principal POPS Conductor Designate. (more...)

Houston Symphony to Offer STAR-SPANGLED SALUTE, 7/4Houston Symphony to Offer STAR-SPANGLED SALUTE, 7/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

HOUSTON (July 2, 2015) – The Houston Symphony will continue its tradition of helping Houstonians celebrate Independence Day at Miller Outdoor Theatre with its Star-Spangled Salute concert at 8:30 p.m. on July 4. The celebration, which will feature patriotic cannons and a thrilling fireworks display, will be directed by Steven Reineke, Principal POPS Conductor Designate. (more...)

Toronto Symphony to Present THE WIZARD AND I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz This WeekToronto Symphony to Present THE WIZARD AND I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz This Week
by Alan Henry - Jun 15, 2015

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will present a concert featuring the music of Stephen Schwartz conducted by Steven Reineke - who's Broadway hit Wicked has been enchanting audiences in New York and around the world for over a decade. Schwartz's other big Broadway hit is the Tony Award winning Pippin, whose 2013 revival earned pseudo-Canadian Andrea Martin her second Tony Award. (more...)

Michael Cerveris, Stephanie J. Block & More to Headline BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at Town Hall in JulyMichael Cerveris, Stephanie J. Block & More to Headline BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at Town Hall in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

Postponed from last January when the fake blizzard closed New York City, Broadway Unplugged, the critically acclaimed annual concert returns! It's the show where today's stars sing great show tunes the way they used to be performed on Broadway: without a microphone! It's the pure human voice soaring to the rafters, showing an awestruck audience, once again, that they've got the same chops as the great stars of yesteryear. New York's critics have said every year that this is one of the most thrilling concerts they have ever witnessed. Broadway Unplugged always get sensational stars -- and this year is no exception. Look at this cast that is still growing: (more...)

Photo Coverage: Mary Testa, Bobby Steggert, Patrick Page & More Sing the Musicals of 1966-90Photo Coverage: Mary Testa, Bobby Steggert, Patrick Page & More Sing the Musicals of 1966-90
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 13, 2015

Author/critic Scott Siegel created BROADWAY BY THE YEAR for Town Hall, which he writes and hosts. Siegel takes audiences of all ages on a musical tour of the Great White Way, offering an entertaining verbal account of Broadway's history. Each evening celebrates the songs from Broadway shows of a selected year, sung by a cast of talented cabaret and Broadway performers. This marvelous program not only highlights favorite show-stopping numbers, it also features lesser-known gems. (more...)

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

It's your last week to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

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

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards - Spencer Liff Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards - Spencer Liff Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

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

Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards - Terrance Spencer in Lead!Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards - Terrance Spencer in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2014

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

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