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Musical Theatre West Opens 2016-17 Season with Four-Time Tony Award-Winning Musical MEMPHISMusical Theatre West Opens 2016-17 Season with Four-Time Tony Award-Winning Musical MEMPHIS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Musical Theatre West (MTW) opens its 2016-2017 season with Broadway's smash hit musical Memphis, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center October 21 - November 6.  The winner of four Tony Awards, including 'Best Musical,' 'Best Original Score,' 'Best Book' and 'Best Orchestrations,'  is filled with roof-raising Rock & Roll, high-octane dancing, and an extraordinary tale of fame and forbidden love that sparked a cultural revolution.   (more...)

THE TOXIC AVENGER to Save the Milburn Stone Theatre This FallTHE TOXIC AVENGER to Save the Milburn Stone Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

The Milburn Stone Theatre at Cecil College presents The Toxic Avenger the Musical, running October 14, 15, 21, 22, 29. (more...)

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre Present THE TOXIC AVENGERNorth Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre Present THE TOXIC AVENGER
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre is thrilled present the regional premiere of the 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award winner for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The Toxic Avenger, running October 7th through October 23rd. Based on the campy cult classic movie and featuring a wailing rock score, The Toxic Avenger is written by the award-winning duo behind the hit musical Memphis, with book and lyrics by Broadway veteran Jo DiPeitro and music and lyrics by David Bryan. (more...)


by Jay Irwin - Sep 19, 2016

There's nothing wrong with a bit of mindless fun at the theater. Some of my happiest memories are sitting in a darkened theater laughing hysterically at Mormons or man eating plants or oversexed puppets. But while the fun in those instances may be base and mindless they were all still backed up by a well crafted and well put together show and that's where "The Toxic Avenger Musical", currently being offered from STAGEright, falls flat. Sure, it's goofy, in your face, over the top fun but appealing to our love of things a little bit gross and repeatedly calling someone a slut cannot replace good writing and pacing. (more...)

BWW Review: Raleigh Little Theatre's MEMPHISBWW Review: Raleigh Little Theatre's MEMPHIS
by Jeffrey Kare - Aug 22, 2016

Loosely based on the life and career of Dewey Phillips, one of the first disc jockeys to have ever played black music on the radio in the 1950's, Memphis tells the story of a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black nightclub singer who is ready for her big break. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

5th Wall Theatre, the award-winning professional theatre dedicated to breaking through boundaries, will open its third season this fall with a comedic examination of gender politics. "Rapture, Blister, Burn," by Gina Gionfriddo, which was hailed as "one of the top 10 plays of 2012," kicks off a three-show subscription season in September. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Announces Cast for THE TOXIC AVENGER!Pittsburgh CLO Announces Cast for THE TOXIC AVENGER!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Are you ready to ROCK, Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce casting for the Pittsburgh premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER, September 22 - December 18 at the CLO Cabaret. This cult film-turned musical smash is a toxic love story with an environmental twist you won't want to miss! Featuring a rock score with instant hits such as: "Who Will Save New Jersey," "Thank God She's Blind," "My Big French Boyfriend" and "Evil is Hot," THE TOXIC AVENGER is sure to satisfy musical theater and movie lovers from the 'Burgh and beyond. (more...)

BWW Review: Cain Park's Anti-Pollution THE TOXIC AVENGER Will Delight Many!BWW Review: Cain Park's Anti-Pollution THE TOXIC AVENGER Will Delight Many!
by Roy Berko - Jun 6, 2016

There seems to be a trend in the choices theaters are making regarding musicals they produce. Maybe it's a desire to attract younger audiences, or it's the popularity of comic book heroes as the subject of television shows and movies, but like it or not, the age of 'unusual' protagonists is here. (more...)

BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home'BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home'
by Joseph Baker - May 9, 2016

When Director and Co-Choreographer Jordan Nichols first saw and enjoyed MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL, he knew that he just had to stage a production in the city itself; as polished and entertaining as it was, it needed just a little something . . . 'an infusion of Memphis grit.' In Playhouse on the Square's powerful, pulsating production of the musical, he has achieved just that. Memphians are very proud and protective of their musical heritage, and though originators Joe DiPietro and David Bryan have not attempted to portray real persons and events, their knowledge of the early 'rock and roll' era and its personalities has resulted in a satisfying approximation. Having few musical gifts outside a kazoo, I could nonetheless play 'Six Degrees of Elvis Presley' with some confidence: My third cousin was Bill Black, bassist for Elvis Presley in those early days; and my first cousin's brother-in-law was cult rockabilly musician Charlie Feathers ('Tongue-tied Jill'). I remember enjoying disc jockey Dewey Phillips (on whom MEMPHIS protagonist 'Huey Calhoun' is based) and his outsized personality, and anyone with any knowledge of Sun Studios and the early careers of Jerry Lee Lewis (who shocked an older generation with his marriage to a younger cousin), Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley know that these artists came from humble ('cracker,' in the play) beginnings. These icons always acknowledged their debt to black gospel and blues musicians. All of that, together with racism and interracial relationships, surfaces in MEMPHIS. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Trailer for THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark PlayhouseSTAGE TUBE: New Trailer for THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark Playhouse
by Stage Tube - May 5, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James and Szpiezak Productions presents the European premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER, directed by Benji Sperring with musical director Alex Beetschen. Performances run now through Saturday 21 May 2016. Click below for a new trailer featuring highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James and Szpiezak Productions presents the European premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER, directed by Benji Sperring with musical director Alex Beetschen. Press night was last night 26 April at 7.30pm, and performances run through Saturday 21 May 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: MEMPHIS at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: MEMPHIS at Theatre Three
by Kyle Christopher West - May 4, 2016

By 2009, when the musical MEMPHIS opened on Broadway, America had nearly 60 years since the Civil Rights Movement began in the 1950s. But, despite significant progress, headlines even today continue to affirm our society's failings in the areas of discrimination and prejudice. Monday night, when the house lights faded for opening night of MEMPHIS at Theatre Three, the crowd cheered. Although I was just as eager to support the company's newest production, I'd not considered how moved I would be by the historic, but still timely themes. (more...)

Good People Theater Company to Bring THE TOXIC AVENGER to 2016 Hollywood Fringe FestivalGood People Theater Company to Bring THE TOXIC AVENGER to 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Good People Theater Company and Producer Alejandro Patiño announced the first Hollywood Fringe Festival production of THE TOXIC AVENGER MUSICAL, 2009's winner of the Outer Critics Circle's award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MEMPHIS at Theatre Three, Now in Performances!Photo Flash: First Look at MEMPHIS at Theatre Three, Now in Performances!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2016

Memphis is set in the 1950s where rock 'n' roll was born: the seedy underground nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original book and score by David Bryan (keyboard player, songwriter and founding member of Bon Jovi) and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and All Shook Up!), it tells the fictional story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black club singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey's close-minded mama and Felicia's cautious brother, a club owner), they embark on a dangerous affair. Filled with high-octane dancing, songs that perfectly capture the era, and an absorbing tale of fame and forbidden love, the show offers soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Southwark Playhouse's THE TOXIC AVENGER Opening Night After-PartyPhoto Flash: Inside Southwark Playhouse's THE TOXIC AVENGER Opening Night After-Party
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James and Szpiezak Productions presents the European premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER. It runs through 21 May 2016. The production just officially opened, and BroadwayWorld brings you a look inside the after-party! (more...)

Photo Coverage: European Premiere Of THE TOXIC AVENGER!Photo Coverage: European Premiere Of THE TOXIC AVENGER!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero! (more...)

BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at The Woodlawn TheatreBWW Reviews: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at The Woodlawn Theatre
by Kathy Strain - Apr 16, 2016

The Tony winning musical takes you on a journey of life, prejudices and racism that existed in Memphis in the 1950's. Loosely based on the true life story of Memphis DJ Dewy Phillips and written by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book), the raw emotions of the storyline are felt strongly by the audience as portrayed by this outstanding cast. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of MEMPHIS at Theatre ThreePhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of MEMPHIS at Theatre Three
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Theatre Three presents the Tony Award-winning rock 'n' roll musical MEMPHIS by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, running April 28 - May 22, 2016, with opening night set for May 2. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE TOXIC AVENGER - In Rehearsal!Photo Coverage: THE TOXIC AVENGER - In Rehearsal!
by Liza Maria Dawson - Apr 9, 2016

The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero. (more...)

BWW Review: MEMPHIS at the EngemanBWW Review: MEMPHIS at the Engeman
by Melissa Giordano - Apr 6, 2016

The Spring season is officially underway with the start of Memphis at the John W. Engeman Theatre of Northport, Long Island. The multi Tony award winner, directed excellently by Igor Goldin, runs at the gorgeous venue through May 8th and I cannot say enough about this brilliant production. The cast, the passion, the creative team… everything is just top-notch. (more...)

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