David Yazbek News

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 16th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 16, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Cats,' 'Les Miserables' and 'Songs From An Unmade Bed,' rake in the reviews, 'Road Show' and 'Passion' will be followed by 'Assassins,' Theo readies 'The Andrews Sisters,' Kokandy brings back 'The Full Monty' and 'Loving Repeating,' plus two kids shows and more! (more...)

THE FULL MONTY & LOVING REPEATING Set for Kokandy Productions' 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Continuing their mission to produce high-stakes musical theater that authentically mines the emotional truth of the human experience and explores complex, challenging themes, Kokandy Productions announces their 2015 season; THE FULL MONTY (March 2 - April 12 2015), and LOVING REPEATING (July 20 - August 30, 2015), both at Theater Wit in Chicago. (more...)

Review Roundup: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Opens - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Apr 10, 2014

Producers Letty Aronson and Julian Schlossberg present the world premiere production of the brand new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film. Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY officially opens tonight, April 10, 2014 at The St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, American Songbook Concerts & More Set for Napa Valley Opera House's Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Last October, The Napa Valley Opera House celebrated the 10th anniversary of its extensive renovation and reopening. Since then, the Opera House Board of Directors entered into a long term lease with City Winery who have just completed a transformation of the venue which now features a full 100-seat restaurant and wine-on-tap bar. (more...)

Photo Flash: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Celebrates West End Opening at Savoy Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Jerry Mitchell's production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, opened at the Savoy Theatre 2 April 2014. It stars Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley, and Samantha Bond. Check below for photos from the press night! (more...)

Review Roundup: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at the Savoy Theatre
by Review Roundups - Apr 03, 2014

Jerry Mitchell's production of the Broadway musical, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, opened at the Savoy Theatre 2 April 2014. It stars Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley, and Samantha Bond. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, The Savoy Theatre, April 1 2014
by Alice Chappell - Apr 02, 2014

Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is making its West End debut, with a star-studded cast of miscreants. A fun, sweet romp of a show, this is surely one of 2014's theatrical highlights. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound & More in West End's DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which is currently playing at the Savoy Theatre, stars Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award winning Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Becket, Oliver!, My Family) and Rufus Hound (One Man Two Guv'nors, Celebrity Juice,and the winner of the recent Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special) as the conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson competing for the riches and the heart of the young impressionable heiress, Christine Colgate played by Katherine Kingsley (Singin' in the Rain), who was just nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Michael Grandage's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Samantha Bond (Passion Play, Amy's View, Downton Abbey, James Bond Outnumbered) plays Muriel Eubanks, a glamorous divorcee looking for love in Beaumont-sur-Mer on the French Riviera and John Marquez (Privates On Parade, The Taming of the Shrew, Doc Martin) plays Andre Thibault, Beaumont-sur-Mer's Chief of Police. Check out photos of the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Tony-Winning Superstar Patti LuPone Journeys to the OC with FAR AWAY PLACES
by Michael L. Quintos - Mar 27, 2014

To witness---and, yes, hear---Tony Award-winning legend Patti LuPone on a stage live-belting the bejesus out of a note (well, several notes, really) is just another not-so-subtle reminder for newbies and veterans alike why she's such a one-of-a-kind, ultra-talented star in the first place. She can, pretty much, take any piece of music and make it sound... well, effortlessly incredible. The results? Jaws dropped. Audible 'wows' echoed. Cheers were deafening and plentiful. That prowess was certainly in full-display on the evening of March 22, when LuPone came to Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Concert Hall for a one-night-only performance of her latest high-concept concert entitled FAR AWAY PLACES. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 3/15- STARLIGHT EXPRESS
by Stage Tube - Mar 15, 2014

Today in 1987, Starlight Express opened at the Gershwin Theatre, where it ran for 761 performances. Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Richard Stilgoe (lyrics) and Arlene Phillips (choreography), with later revisions by Don Black (lyrics) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics for the 2nd US tour). The story follows a child's dream in which his toy train set comes to life; famously the actors perform wearing roller skates. (more...)

At the Helm! BWW Rounds Up This Season's Broadway Directors
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 09, 2014

Broadway stars might boast the biggest fan-bases, but without their directors, the vehicle driving their talents could easily swerve off the tracks. Keeping the runaway train at bay are season's bold Broadway 'conductors'. Scroll down to learn more about this season's intrepid and imaginative leaders! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 3/3- DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
by Stage Tube - Mar 03, 2014

Today in 2005, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels openend at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 627 performances.Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a Broadway musical, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane; it is based on the 1988 film of the same name. The director was Jack O'Brien, choreographer was Jerry Mitchell, scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg carves, and lighting design was by Kenneth Posner. The cast included John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, and Sherie Rene Scott, with Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara. (more...)

LEND ME A TENOR, WHITE CHRISTMAS and More Make Up Fulton Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

Marc Robin, the Artistic Director of the historic Fulton Theatre in downtown Lancaster, has announced the company's lineup for its 2014/2015 Mainstage Season and the first fully produced play of the Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series. The lineup includes a hilarious farce, a holiday hit based on a classic Irving Berlin film musical, an Agatha Christie thriller, a Broadway hit that's a sexy game of cat and mouse, the Mel Brooks musical that took home the most Tony® Awards in history, a feel-good musical based on a Best Picture Oscar® Nominated Film, and perhaps the most magical musical of all time. (more...)

Theatre Aspen's DISCO BALL Benefit Sells Out
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

Theatre Aspen has announced that the annual benefit gala, to be held on March 8th at 6:30 pm at the Hotel Jerome has sold out. This year's theme is 'The Disco Ball,' and the glittery evening will feature entertainment, dinner, DJ, silent and live auctions and disco dancing. (more...)

Julia Gagne Directs DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Garden Theatre, Now thru 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

The Garden Theatre will present the Central Florida premiere of the devilishly cheeky, fun-filled Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, tonight, January 31 - February 23, 2014, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. (more...)

Marymount Manhattan College Presents ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS and VOW, Jan-Feb 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

Musical Theatre students at Marymount Manhattan College are thrilled to be performing two shows this January: a revival of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, and VOW, featuring writers from The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers. (more...)

Photo Coverage: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS - First Look!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award winning Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Becket, Oliver!, My Family) and Rufus Hound (One Man Two Guv'nors, Celebrity Juice, and the winner of the recent Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special) as the conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson competing for the riches and the heart of the young impressionable heiress, Christine Colgate played by Katherine Kingsley (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Singin' in the Rain). (more...)

Marymount Manhattan College to Present ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS and VOW, Jan-Feb 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Musical Theatre students at Marymount Manhattan College are thrilled to be performing two shows this January: a revival of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, and VOW, featuring writers from The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers. (more...)

Julia Gagne to Direct DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Garden Theatre, 1/31-2/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

The Garden Theatre will present the Central Florida premiere of the devilishly cheeky, fun-filled Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, January 31 - February 23, 2014, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. The book was written by Jeffrey Lane, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek, and is directed by Julia Gagne. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is sponsored by Duke Energy, Harmony Tech, The Digital CPA, Insight Credit Union and ACE Hardware. The Garden Theatre's 2013-2014 Season is presented by CenturyLink. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Broadway Actress/Singer Laura Benanti Charms Catalina Bar & Grill
by Don Grigware - Jan 13, 2014

Beautiful actress/singer Laura Benanti, Tony Award winner for Gypsy, performed at 54 Below in New York during 2013, and the live concert was recorded on Broadway Records. To celebrate the release of the CD entitled In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention, Chris Isaacson Presents booked Benanti into the Catalina Bar & Grill on Thursday January 9, and the show immediately sold out. As a result, an additional concert was scheduled for Wednesday January 8, which also sold out. Why such a fuss over Laura Benanti, you may ask? The answer is simple. Apart from the fact that this is her Los Angeles debut, let's add that like Audra McDonald, Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, this lady is a sensational singer with an incomparable range, and as the title of the album suggests, she is totally worthy of the highest form of attention. In her 75-minute set, which included just about every song on the album, she also proved what a winning charm and sense of humor she possesses! Like Patti LuPone before her, Laura Benanti has a precious wit that can only be experienced to its fullest in this kind of environment, namely a cabaret setting. She let her hair down and she was...GREAT! Outstanding musicians Kevin Axt was on bass, Ray Brinker on drums, Andrew Synowiec on guitar and virtuoso musical arranger and director Todd Almond also dueted with Benanti a couple of times during the set on pieces he had arranged or composed. (more...)

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