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BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Makes a Believer at Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Makes a Believer at Dr. Phillips Center
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 8, 2014

In the summer of 1998, as part of my high school's drama club, I made my first trip to New York City. Over the course of seven days, I saw eight musicals, both on and Off-Broadway. While I was already a devout musical theatre fan, seven of those eight solidified my love for the art form, while one left me cold, and slightly angry. That show was THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. I have spent the past 16 years saying that Andrew Lloyd Weber and Charles Hart's musical was the worst Broadway or touring show that I have ever seen. So, when it was announced that its newly reimagined staging would be the first touring production to grace Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, I was honestly hopeful that as I aged, my appreciation for the longest running show in Broadway history would have as well; and I am happy to say that it most certainly did. (more...)

Poway Center Presents DAVID BENOIT CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE BROWN TonightPoway Center Presents DAVID BENOIT CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE BROWN Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2014

Add a new twist to your holiday tradition as the Poway Center for the Performing Arts presents a David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown tonight, December 6, at 8 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Chris Mann and Katie Travis in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA TourPhoto Flash: First Look at Chris Mann and Katie Travis in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Tour
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

New PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tour star Chris Mann just posted the first official photo of he and co-star Katie Travis as 'The Phantom' and 'Christine' onstage. Check it out below! (more...)

Poway Center to Present DAVID BENOIT CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE BROWN, 12/6Poway Center to Present DAVID BENOIT CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE BROWN, 12/6
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Add a new twist to your holiday tradition as the Poway Center for the Performing Arts presents a David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown on Saturday, December 6, at 8 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Coming to Broward Center Next MonthPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Coming to Broward Center Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group present their spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, currently on sale for the premiere Fort Lauderdale, FL, engagement at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM, one of the most successful musicals of all-time, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast onstage! (more...)

THE VOICE Star Chris Mann, Katie Travis, Storm Lineberger and Anne Kanengeiser to Join THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National TourTHE VOICE Star Chris Mann, Katie Travis, Storm Lineberger and Anne Kanengeiser to Join THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group announced today that Chris Mann, Katie Travis, Storm Lineberger and Anne Kanengeiser will join the cast of the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA currently on national tour. (more...)

BWW Reports: The 7th Annual 2014 RTCC AWARDS Are PresentedBWW Reports: The 7th Annual 2014 RTCC AWARDS Are Presented
by Bruce Levy - Oct 20, 2014

The seventh annual Richmond Theater Critics Circle Awards were presented Sunday night...and the awards went to... (more...)

The San Francisco Girls Chorus Opens the 2014-2015 Season with ROMANTIC IMAGINATION This WeekendThe San Francisco Girls Chorus Opens the 2014-2015 Season with ROMANTIC IMAGINATION This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2014

The five-time Grammy Award winning San Francisco Girls Chorus will open its first season of concerts curated under the artistic directorship of Lisa Bielawawith guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu in a program of Romantic Lieder arranged for treble voices and other works this weekend, October 4 and 5 in San Francisco and Berkeley. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 'Don't Sit Under the Chandelier with Anyone Else But Me' - PHANTOM Haunts the OrpheumBWW Reviews: 'Don't Sit Under the Chandelier with Anyone Else But Me' - PHANTOM Haunts the Orpheum
by Joseph Baker - Sep 29, 2014

When Gaston Leroux published THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA back in 1911, little did he realize the numerous chandeliers that would come crashing down through the decades, and I've witnessed a good number of them. First, in 1925, there was 'the Man of a Thousand Faces,' Lon Chaney, Sr., who frightened poor Mary Philbin (a well-done version, even IF the film was silent); then, for Universal in 1941, Claude Rains (Bette Davis' favorite co-star) was a more subdued vocal coach for soprano Susanna Foster (a wooden Nelson Eddy, alas, is a greater impending horror as 'Raoul'). I could go on - even Herbert Lom, the actor who was the harried police superior to Peter Sellers' 'Inspector Clousseau,' took a swing on the old light fixture. (And let us not forget diminutive Paul Williams in the slightly askew PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE.) All of these pale, of course, in comparison to the legendary interpretation by Michael Crawford in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which first brought the audience to its feet in 1986. (more...)

20th Anniversary Concert Introduces New Sound System at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Tonight20th Anniversary Concert Introduces New Sound System at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 20th anniversary free concert will feature David Benoit, Brooke White, Wendy Liebman and the new state-of-the-art sound system, tonight, September 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:30 for open seating. (more...)

PHANTOM Costume Exhibit Precedes Tour's Orpheum EngagementPHANTOM Costume Exhibit Precedes Tour's Orpheum Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

In celebration of The Orpheum Theatre's upcoming engagement of Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, the Orpheum, in partnership with Carriage Crossing and the Phantom North American Tour, is hosting a special limited-time free exhibit of selected Phantom costumes by the late Tony Award-winning designer Maria Björnson. Björnson's sketches as well as costumes from the production will be on display in Suite 555 at Carriage Crossing (4675 Merchants Park Cir., Collierville, TN) September 12-21, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm and Sun 1pm-5pm. These exquisite original designs will be featured in the spectacular new touring production playing at The Orpheum Theatre September 24 – October 5. (more...)

20th Anniversary Concert to Introduce New Sound System at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 9/1220th Anniversary Concert to Introduce New Sound System at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 20th anniversary free concert will feature David Benoit, Brooke White, Wendy Liebman and the new state-of-the-art sound system, Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:30 for open seating. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Barrington Stage Company's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMESPhoto Flash: First Look at Barrington Stage Company's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab new workshop production of two-time Tony winner William Finn's acclaimed Romance in Hard Times, featuring a new book by Finn's Spelling Bee collaborator, Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

Kevin Mahogany Headlines 2014 South Bend Jazz Festival TodayKevin Mahogany Headlines 2014 South Bend Jazz Festival Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2014

Kevin Mahogany to headline the 3rd annual South Bend Jazz Festival, today, August 16th from 4:00 p.m till 11:00 p.m; in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. Free to the Public! Featuring Six international acts from a Variety of Jazz genres. (more...)

Barrington Stage's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES Features New Book; Opens TonightBarrington Stage's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES Features New Book; Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab new workshop production of two-time Tony winner William Finn's acclaimed Romance in Hard Times, featuring a new book by Finn's Spelling Bee collaborator, Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin. (more...)

Barrington Stage's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES to Feature New Book; Opens This WeekBarrington Stage's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES to Feature New Book; Opens This Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab new workshop production of two-time Tony winner William Finn's acclaimed Romance in Hard Times, featuring a new book by Finn's Spelling Bee collaborator, Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin. (more...)

The San Francisco Girls Chorus Opens the 2014-2015 Season with ROMANTIC IMAGINATION, 10/4-5The San Francisco Girls Chorus Opens the 2014-2015 Season with ROMANTIC IMAGINATION, 10/4-5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

The five-time Grammy Award winning San Francisco Girls Chorus will open its first season of concerts curated under the artistic directorship of Lisa Bielawawith guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu in a program of Romantic Lieder arranged for treble voices and other works October 4 and 5 in San Francisco and Berkeley. The concerts will be conducted by San Francisco Girls Chorus Music Director and Conductor Valerie Sainte-Agathe. For more information, visit www.sfgirlschorus.org . (more...)

Kevin Mahogany to Headline 2014 South Bend Jazz Festival, 8/16Kevin Mahogany to Headline 2014 South Bend Jazz Festival, 8/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Kevin Mahogany to headline the 3rd annual South Bend Jazz Festival, Saturday, August 16th from 4:00 p.m till 11:00 p.m; in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. Free to the Public! Featuring Six international acts from a Variety of Jazz genres. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: BILLY ELLIOT Shines at Ogunquit PlayhouseBWW REVIEW: BILLY ELLIOT Shines at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Jan Nargi - Jul 9, 2014

Electricity courses through Ogunquit Playhouse's stunning production of BILLY ELLIOT, continuing through July 26 at 'America's foremost summer theatre.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ogunquit Playhouse Mounts Regional Premiere of BILLY ELLIOTBWW Reviews: Ogunquit Playhouse Mounts Regional Premiere of BILLY ELLIOT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 29, 2014

Assembling a stellar cast and creative team, the Ogunquit Playhouse has mounted a powerful production of the Elton John-Lee Hall 2005 musical, Billy Elliot. Based on the 2000 film, both directed by Stephen Daldry with original choreography by Peter Darling, Billy Elliot movingly tells the story of a Yorkshire working class boy who discovers his unlikely passion and talent for ballet and who must win his coal miner father's acceptance for his chosen vocation. Set against the background of the bitter 1984 mining strike which pitted the workers' life and death struggle against Margaret Thatcher's push to close the mines, Billy's discovery of his artistic gift becomes his ticket not only to self-fulfillment, but also to escape from his family's bleak existence. (more...)

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