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BWW 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...)

PHANTOM Costume Exhibit Precedes Tour's Orpheum Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 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, 9/12
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 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...)

Barrington 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, 10/4-5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 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, 8/16
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 Playhouse
by Jan Nargi - Jul 09, 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 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...)

Jazz Pianist, David Benoi & Classical Pianist, Rueibin Chen to Perform in Once-In-A-Lifetime Concert.
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

Jazz pianist and composer, David Benoit, and award winning, Chinese-Austrian born pianist, Rueibin Chen, will perform in a once-in-a-lifetime performance of Two Pianos as East Meets West. (more...)

ABC Airs I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN! Tonight
by TV News Desk - Dec 21, 2013

This holiday season, ABC will again air the “PEANUTS” Christmas special, “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!,” produced and animated by the same team that has gave us the other, now classic cartoon specials based on Charles M. Schulz's famed comic strip. (more...)

Jazz Piano Legend David Benoit Brings A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS to Life Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

A wonderful holiday program conceived by Grammy nominated jazz pianist David Benoit will play at the Fred Kavli Theatre, tonight, December 12, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Thousand Oaks - Week of 12/08/2013
by BWW - Dec 08, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/08/2013 for Thousand Oaks (more...)

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Plays the Kentucky Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 05, 2013

'A Charlie Brown Christmas' with Dave Benoit will play tonight, December 5, 8 p.m. at Kentucky Center's Bomhard Theater. (more...)

ABC to Air I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN!, 12/21
by TV News Desk - Nov 27, 2013

This holiday season, ABC will again air the “PEANUTS” Christmas special, “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!,” produced and animated by the same team that has gave us the other, now classic cartoon specials based on Charles M. Schulz's famed comic strip. (more...)

Virginia Rep Opens FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of the Tony Award-winning musical, Fiddler on the Roof, at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street tonight, November 22. The show runs through January 12, 2014. (more...)

2013 Holiday Shows For Your Merry Entertainment!
by Ellen Dostal - Nov 19, 2013

Looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit? Check out this list of options to help you have a festive month and bookmark this page for handy reference! (To be updated with new shows as announced). (more...)

Jazz Piano Legend David Benoit to Bring A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS to Life, 12/12
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

A wonderful holiday program conceived by Grammy nominated jazz pianist David Benoit will play at the Fred Kavli Theatre, Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Virginia Rep to Open FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 06, 2013

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of the Tony Award-winning musical, Fiddler on the Roof, at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street on Friday, November 22 with a preview on Thursday, November 21. (more...)

Romantic Comedy WEDDING PALACE Comes to Theaters Today
by Movies News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

An indie trailblazer, WEDDING PALACE is the first Asian American romantic comedy and family movie to open in U.S. theaters. (more...)

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