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Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus & More Set for Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING; Michael Arden to Direct!Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus & More Set for Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING; Michael Arden to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts ('The Wallis'), Deaf West Theatre and Cody Lassen announce casting for Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning best musical that has a limited 22-performance engagement Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, June 7, 2015 (press opening May 28) in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. (more...)

LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

On March 16, 2015, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced its winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura County theater in the year 2014. Announcements were made at a ceremony held at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale, hosted by Dixie Longate (Dixie's Tupperware Party) with musical direction by Corey B. Hirsch (LADCC award winner for A Man of No Importance in 2014). (more...)

BWW Interviews: Tony Award Winning Actor Scott Waara from the National Tour of ONCEBWW Interviews: Tony Award Winning Actor Scott Waara from the National Tour of ONCE
by Heidi Scheuermann - Mar 17, 2015

So here's the thing… The first time I heard of/saw ONCE was back in college. A group of friends were squishing into a tiny living room in an on-campus apartment (I think there were probably 10-15 of us), and one of the crew decided we were going to watch this totally awesome movie called "Once." So we squished, we sat, we watched. I remember thinking, "Ok, the movie was cute, but man… the music!" There's no mistaking the magic that is Glen Hansard's and Marketa Irglova's music, including their incredibly beautiful, Academy Award Winning song "Falling Slowly." (more...)

STAGE RAW Announces First Ever Nominations, April 13 at LA Theater CenterSTAGE RAW Announces First Ever Nominations, April 13 at LA Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2015

STAGE RAW is pleased to announce the FIRST ANNUAL STAGE RAW LOS ANGELES THEATER AWARDS, championing the best work of 2014 in L.A.'s now embattled theaters of up to 99-seats. (STAGE RAW is using the same jury that was assembled through 2014 for the now dearly departed LA WEEKLY Theater Awards.) Check out the full list of nominees below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at AMERICAN BUFFALO at Cal State L.A.Photo Flash: First Look at AMERICAN BUFFALO at Cal State L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Offering a fresh look at the groundbreaking play that established David Mamet as a seismic force in theater, the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles joins forces with multiple award-winning Deaf West Theatre to present American Buffalo. Professor of Theater and longtime Deaf West collaborator Stephen Rothman directs Deaf West regularsTroy Kotsur (Spring Awakening, Cyrano) and Paul Raci (Cyrano, What Are You…Deaf?) along with Cal State L.A. MFA candidate Matthew Ryan Pestfor a Feb. 21 opening at the 250-seat State Playhouse on the university campus (just east of downtown). (more...)

York Theatre Company Welcomes Michael Unger as New Associate Artistic DirectorYork Theatre Company Welcomes Michael Unger as New Associate Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, welcomes Michael Unger in his new role as Associate Artistic Director. He joins James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director, and Andrew Levine, Executive Director, in carrying out The York's mission. (more...)

2014 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Winners Announced - Chita Rivera, Christine Ebersole, Vanessa Williams & More!2014 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Winners Announced - Chita Rivera, Christine Ebersole, Vanessa Williams & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 14, 2015

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 60 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2014 Los Angeles winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

Cal State L.A. & Deaf West Theatre to Present AMERICAN BUFFALO, 2/14-3/8Cal State L.A. & Deaf West Theatre to Present AMERICAN BUFFALO, 2/14-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Offering a fresh look at the groundbreaking play that established David Mamet as a seismic force in theater, the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles joins forces with multiple award-winning Deaf West Theatre to present American Buffalo. Professor of Theater and longtime Deaf West collaborator Stephen Rothman directs Deaf West regulars Troy Kotsur (Spring Awakening, Cyrano) and Paul Raci (Cyrano, What Are You...Deaf?) along with Cal State L.A. MFA candidate Matthew Ryan Pest for a Feb. 14 opening at the 250-seat State Playhouse on the university campus (just east of downtown). (more...)

Deaf West's Michael Arden-Helmed SPRING AWAKENING to Return This SummerDeaf West's Michael Arden-Helmed SPRING AWAKENING to Return This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts ('The Wallis'), Deaf West Theatre and Cody Lassen present the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening for a limited 22-performance engagement Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, June 7, 2015 (press opening May 28) in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. (more...)

Photo Flashback: A Fond Farewell - Remembering The Stars We Lost in 2014Photo Flashback: A Fond Farewell - Remembering The Stars We Lost in 2014
by Walter McBride - Jan 1, 2015

Broadway fans had plenty of reasons to celebrate this year, with dozens of shows having opened since January, hundreds of actors having made their debuts, and many more having returned to the stage for critically acclaimed performances. Not all news was good though, as we also suffered a loss of an incredible amount of talent. Below, BroadwayWorld sends a fond farewell to those who passed away in 2014. (more...)

Last Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles AwardsLast Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2014

It's your last week to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 26th. Voting closes at the end of the year, in under one week! (more...)

Emmy-Winning Film and TV Helmer Joseph Sargent Passes Away at 89Emmy-Winning Film and TV Helmer Joseph Sargent Passes Away at 89
by TV News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

Variety writes that four-time Emmy and DGA Award winner Joseph Sargent passed away today, December 22, due to complications from heart disease. He was 89. (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards - Spencer Liff Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards - Spencer Liff Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards - Terrance Spencer in Lead!Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards - Terrance Spencer in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Presents GrooveLily Musical STRIKING 12, Beginning TonightLaguna Playhouse Presents GrooveLily Musical STRIKING 12, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present the third show of their 2014-2015 season and the perfect confection for the Holiday season, the Orange County Premiere of STRIKING 12, with book music and lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin and Valerie Vigoda and directed by Janet Roston. (more...)

2014 BroadwayWorld LA Awards Update 11/25 - Vanessa Williams, Cody Jamison Strand Gobble Up Competition!2014 BroadwayWorld LA Awards Update 11/25 - Vanessa Williams, Cody Jamison Strand Gobble Up Competition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 25, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 25th. (more...)

BWW Interviews: MICHAEL ARDEN Talks About Playing Quasimodo at La JollaBWW Interviews: MICHAEL ARDEN Talks About Playing Quasimodo at La Jolla
by Don Grigware - Nov 25, 2014

Actor Michael Arden, who has played Broadway and sung on a European tour with Barbra Streisand, is currently blowing audiences away at La Jolla Playhouse as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, playing through December 14. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present GrooveLily Musical STRIKING 12 This WinterLaguna Playhouse to Present GrooveLily Musical STRIKING 12 This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present the third show of their 2014-2015 season and the perfect confection for the Holiday season, the Orange County Premiere of STRIKING 12, with book music and lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin and Valerie Vigoda and directed by Janet Roston. (more...)

Deaf West Hosts Memorial for Phyllis Frelich at the Mark Taper Forum TonightDeaf West Hosts Memorial for Phyllis Frelich at the Mark Taper Forum Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

Deaf West Theatre hosts a memorial to celebrate the life and career of Tony Award-winning actress and deaf activist Phyllis Frelich tonight, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum. Ms. Frelich, who was deaf, passed away from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in April. She was 70. (more...)

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