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Musical Theatre Guild to Close 20th Anniversary Season with THE PAJAMA GAMEMusical Theatre Guild to Close 20th Anniversary Season with THE PAJAMA GAME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will conclude their 20th Anniversary Season with the classic Broadway musical THE PAJAMA GAME.  The one-night-only concert will take place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Kritzerland's MAY MAYHEM Concert Set for Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, 5/1Kritzerland's MAY MAYHEM Concert Set for Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, 5/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal will present MAY MAYHEM with musical director John Boswell on May 1, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns Triumphantly to RockwellBWW Review: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns Triumphantly to Rockwell
by Don Grigware - Apr 14, 2016

On Tuesday April 12 I eagerly returned to Rockwell Table and Stage for the third time to see An Evening of Classic Broadway. The show comes to Rockwell for one evening every couple of months. Why do I keep coming back? Produced by Dianne Fraser and musically directed by extraordinarily talented Brad Ellis ... and with a bevy of great singers on board, it's guaranteed fun, extra high on entertainment, and it incorporates Broadway standards both classic and contemporary. If that isn't enough, the structure is laid back and spontaneous, allowing one to sit back, relax and just savor the sounds. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

 Rubicon Theatre Company is pleased to announce the complete cast of WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?, part of the second year of the annual Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series. Celebrating the music of George and Ira Gershwin, one of the most significant and popular American songwriting teams of all time, WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? is presented for three performances only, Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. (more...)

AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Set for Rockwell Table and Stage, 4/12AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Set for Rockwell Table and Stage, 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY returns to Rockwell Table and Stage on Tuesday night, April 12th. The crowd-pleasing line-up show from Fraser Entertainment Group continues to be a popular event at the venue. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside The New York Pops After Party with Betsy Wolfe, Darren Criss, and More!Photo Coverage: Inside The New York Pops After Party with Betsy Wolfe, Darren Criss, and More!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 12, 2016

The excitement and joy of last night's The New York Pops 42nd on 57th: Broadway Today, continued on 55th street after the last note sounded at Carnegie Hall.  The artists and Maestro Steven Reineke joined guests to celebrate another great concert in this 33rd season of The New York Pops. BroadwayWorld was there for the big event - check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Exclusive: Beth Leavel, Lisa Howard, John Bolton and More in AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERSPhoto Exclusive: Beth Leavel, Lisa Howard, John Bolton and More in AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS, featuring Fred Barton & His Orchestra in 'An Evening with Cole Porter,' took place on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5 in New York.  The show was produced, orchestrated, conducted and hosted by Fred Barton, with direction and choreography by Scott Thompson. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concerts below! (more...)

Lisa Howard and John Bolton Join AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS Tribute to Cole PorterLisa Howard and John Bolton Join AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS Tribute to Cole Porter
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Broadway stars Lisa Howard (It Shoulda Been You) and John Bolton (A Christmas Story: The Musical) are joining the cast of AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS featuring Fred Barton & His Orchestra in 'An Evening with Cole Porter' next month. (more...)

Beth Leavel & More to Join American Showstoppers in Honoring Cole PorterBeth Leavel & More to Join American Showstoppers in Honoring Cole Porter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS - featuring Fred Barton & His Orchestra and starring a cast of today's best Broadway performers - will present "An Evening with Cole Porter" at Pace University's Schimmel Center in New York on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 PM and then Kingsborough Community College's Goldstein Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 PM.  The cast of outstanding Broadway performers includes Beth Leavel (Tony Award winner for The Drowsy Chaperone), Sean McGibbon, Paula Leggett Chase, Damon Kirsche, Karen Murphy and Jesse Luttrell in addition to the Scott Thompson Dancers. The show is produced, orchestrated, conducted and hosted by Fred Barton with direction and choreography by Scott Thompson. (more...)

CABARET IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES Benefits The Actors Fund This WeekendCABARET IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES Benefits The Actors Fund This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

The second annual Cabaret Is Alive and Well and Living in Los Angeles, a 4-night, 3-show, 3-venue celebration of Los Angeles Cabaret as a benefit for The Actors Fund will take place this weekend, November 13th-16th. (more...)

CABARET IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES to Benefit The Actors Fund, 11/13-16CABARET IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES to Benefit The Actors Fund, 11/13-16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

The second annual Cabaret Is Alive and Well and Living in Los Angeles, a 4-night, 3-show, 3-venue celebration of Los Angeles Cabaret as a benefit for The Actors Fund will take place November 13th-16th. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 10/19/2015 - Bessie Awards, KILL FLOOR, ON YOUR FEET! and More!WAKE UP with BWW 10/19/2015 - Bessie Awards, KILL FLOOR, ON YOUR FEET! and More!
by Jessica Khan - Oct 19, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: The Bessie Awards celebrate top dancers tonight, KILL FLOOR opens off-Broadway, and the creators/subjects of ON YOUR FEET! chat with Rita Moreno! (more...)

Photo Flash: Damon Kirsche, Lee Roy Reams, Vivian Reed, Karen Ziemba and More in Fred Barton's 'AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS'Photo Flash: Damon Kirsche, Lee Roy Reams, Vivian Reed, Karen Ziemba and More in Fred Barton's 'AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Last Friday, October 9, noted orchestrator and conductor Fred Barton presented the music of Broadway and the American Songbook to the Schimmel Center at Pace University, in AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS: AN EVENING OF JOHNNY MERCER. In his seventh concert at Pace, Fred Barton brings the power of Mercer's music and lyrics front and center, with a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of 16 Broadway singers and dancers, with direction and choreography by Scott Thompson. The cast was headlined by Damon Kirsche, Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams, two time Tony nominee Vivian Reed, Nick Spangler, Tony Nominee Lauren Worsham, and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. The cast also featured Jesse Luttrell, Sean McGibbon and Molly Pope. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Damon Kirsche, Lee Roy Reams, Vivian Reed and More Slated for 'AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS' at Schimmel Center TonightDamon Kirsche, Lee Roy Reams, Vivian Reed and More Slated for 'AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS' at Schimmel Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

Tonight, October 9, noted orchestrator and conductor Fred Barton will bring the music of Broadway and the American Songbook to the Schimmel Center at Pace University, in American Showstoppers: An Evening of Johnny Mercer. In his seventh concert at Pace, Fred Barton now brings the power of Mercer's music and lyrics front and center, with a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of 16 Broadway singers and dancers, with direction and choreography by Scott Thompson. The cast is headlined by Damon Kirsch, Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams, two time Tony nominee Vivian Reed, Nick Spangler, Tony Nominee Lauren Worsham, and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. The cast also features Jesse Luttrell, Sean McGibbon and Molly Pope. (more...)

Damon Kirsche, Lee Roy Reams, Vivian Reed and More Slated for 'AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS' at Schimmel Center This FallDamon Kirsche, Lee Roy Reams, Vivian Reed and More Slated for 'AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS' at Schimmel Center This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2015

On Friday, October 9, noted orchestrator and conductor Fred Barton will bring the music of Broadway and the American Songbook to the Schimmel Center at Pace University, in American Showstoppers: An Evening of Johnny Mercer. In his seventh concert at Pace, Fred Barton now brings the power of Mercer's music and lyrics front and center, with a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of 16 Broadway singers and dancers, with direction and choreography by Scott Thompson. The cast is headlined by Damon Kirsch, Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams, two time Tony nominee Vivian Reed, Nick Spangler, Tony Nominee Lauren Worsham, and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. The cast also features Jesse Luttrell, Sean McGibbon and Molly Pope. (more...)

BWW Review: KRITZERLAND Celebrates 5th Anniversary with StyleBWW Review: KRITZERLAND Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Style
by Don Grigware - Sep 8, 2015

On Sunday September 6 at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal, Kritzerland Records celebrated its 61st show and 5 year anniversary. On hand were affable host Kritzerland producer Bruce Kimmel, musical director extraordinaire John Boswell at the piano and a bevy of super talented singers who included: Brennley Brown, Hadley Miller, Jenna Lea Rosen, Sami Staitman, Robert Yacko, Damon Kirsche, Darcie Roberts, Sharon McNight, Jason Graae, and special guest star Tony Award winner Sammy Williams. What a cast and what a fabulous evening of entertainment entitled The Songs That Got Away IV! (more...)

BWW Reviews: ROCKWELL'S Classic Evening of Broadway a Stellar EndeavorBWW Reviews: ROCKWELL'S Classic Evening of Broadway a Stellar Endeavor
by Don Grigware - Aug 12, 2015

Proving once and for all that concerts need not be serious or dull, Fraser Entertainment Group's 9th installment of A Classic Evening of Broadway bowed at Rockwell Table and Stage on Monday, August 10 to a packed audience of enthusiastic show tune fans. And it was an uber delightful show! Musical director Brad Ellis, best known for TV's Glee and Broadway's Forbidden Broadway, is outrageous fun and his witty repartee at the piano serving as introduction to each of the guest singers was a big plus to the evening's seemingly spontaneous entertainment. Yes, indeed, the ambiance was so casual in the 90-minute set that it was as if we were all sitting on Ellis's private patio sipping drinks and listening to this musical genius create something fresh, for the very first time. He took lots of risks as in his exuberant opener, Peter Allen's 'Everything Old Is New Again'...and motivated each and every singer to join right in and follow his lead. And what a bevy of super-talented performers were on hand, including Valerie Perri, Barbara Minkus, Kevin Odekirk, Damon Kirsche, Jahmaul Bakare, Elizabeth Hayden and even producer Dianne Fraser, whom Ellis referred to as the series' empresario. (more...)

Kritzerland to Celebrate Five Years with All-Star Cast in THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY IVKritzerland to Celebrate Five Years with All-Star Cast in THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY IV
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY IV, their 5th anniversary show, on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

First Look: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns to Rockwell Table & Stage, 8/10First Look: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns to Rockwell Table & Stage, 8/10
by Shari Barrett - Jul 24, 2015

Fraser Entertainment Group's critically-acclaimed ongoing series AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY returns to Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz on Monday, August 10 at 8pm, the ninth installment of the successful concert series, produced by Dianne Fraser. Acclaimed musical director Brad Ellis (from the hit television series GLEE, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, etc.) leads a cast of superb singers from Broadway, television, and film. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre's OKLAHOMA! Begins at TOPAC TodayCabrillo Music Theatre's OKLAHOMA! Begins at TOPAC Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

OKLAHOMA! opens tonight, Friday, July 17th , 2015, playing until Sunday, July 26th, and features an added mid-week matinee on July 22nd, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

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