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BWW Review: Musical HUNCHBACK On Top of the World at La MiradaBWW Review: Musical HUNCHBACK On Top of the World at La Mirada
by Don Grigware - Sep 19, 2016

Victor Hugo's monumental romantic/gothic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, published in 1831, centers in, around and on top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. So does the new musical of the same name written by Peter Parnell, Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken, which received its U.S. premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in 2014 and is currently receiving its Los Angeles premiere at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Stephen Gifford's set replete with stained glass windows, balcony and overhanging bells is scaled down from the original but still impressive and pulls you in effectively to another world, the ethereal realm of a higher power. Catholic boy that I am, every kyrie eleison exuded by the resounding chorus moved me to tears. (more...)

Broadway, Film, and TV Star Russell Harvard Starring in Open Circle Theatre's THE WHO'S TOMMYBroadway, Film, and TV Star Russell Harvard Starring in Open Circle Theatre's THE WHO'S TOMMY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Open Circle Theatre (OCT) announces the casting of Russell Harvard, Broadway, film, and TV star, to play the lead in its upcoming production of The Who's Tommy (Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend, Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff) running October 27 through November 20, 2016 at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Ingrid Michaelson Performs 'Hell No' with Deaf West Theatre Actors on TODAYSTAGE TUBE: Ingrid Michaelson Performs 'Hell No' with Deaf West Theatre Actors on TODAY
by Stage Tube - Sep 2, 2016

Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson just released her new album IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE SENSE, featuring the song 'Hell No.' Below, watch her perform the single with actors from Deaf West Theatre, the company behind Broadway's recent SPRING AWAKENING revival, on this morning's TODAY! (more...)

The Wallis Announces Full Schedule for WelcomeFestThe Wallis Announces Full Schedule for WelcomeFest
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts announces the full schedule and new artist additions to the lineup for WelcomeFest, a two-day celebration of the performing arts taking place Saturday, September 10 from 2pm - 10pmand Sunday, September 11 from 10am - 2pm.  (more...)

Theresa Rebeck's SEMINAR to Make OC Premiere at Chance TheaterTheresa Rebeck's SEMINAR to Make OC Premiere at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Anaheim's official resident theater company, Chance Theater is pleased to produce the Orange County premiere of Seminar. (more...)

Stage Manager Receives Cal State LA's Outstanding Professor AwardStage Manager Receives Cal State LA's Outstanding Professor Award
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Cal State LA recognized professional stage manager, Meredith Greenburg, and five other faculty members for excellence in the classroom and service to the community during the 2016 University Convocation at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of HUNCHBACK at Music Circus - Starring Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More!STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of HUNCHBACK at Music Circus - Starring Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More in HUNCHBACK at Music CircusPhoto Flash: First Look at Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More in HUNCHBACK at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

The Wallis Kicks Off the 2016/17 Season with WelcomeFestThe Wallis Kicks Off the 2016/17 Season with WelcomeFest
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

In anticipation of the new 2016/17 Season, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will throw open its doors and welcome the community for a two-day celebration of the performing arts. WelcomeFest will showcase many of the upcoming 2016/17 season's artists and other Los Angeles-based performers bringing their work to the Beverly Hills campus. WelcomeFest takes place Saturday, September 10 from 2pm - 10pm and Sunday, September 11 from 10am - 2pm. All performances and activities are free to the public. For complete listing of events and up-to-the-minute information, please visit TheWallis.org/WelcomeFest or join the WelcomeFestFacebook event. Detailed timeline and schedule for the weekend to be announced in early September. (more...)

The Wallis Kicks Off 2016/17 Season with WelcomeFestThe Wallis Kicks Off 2016/17 Season with WelcomeFest
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

In anticipation of the new 2016/17 Season, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will throw open its doors and welcome the community for a two-day celebration of the performing arts. WelcomeFest will showcase many of the upcoming 2016/17 season's artists and other Los Angeles-based performers bringing their work to the Beverly Hills campus. WelcomeFest takes place Saturday, September 10 from 2pm - 10pm and Sunday, September 11 from 10am - 2pm. All performances and activities are free to the public. For complete listing of events and up-to-the-minute information, please visit TheWallis.org/WelcomeFest or join the WelcomeFest Facebook event. Detailed timeline and schedule for the weekend to be announced in early September. (more...)

Voices Carry Presents World Premiere of STRINGS ATTACHEDVoices Carry Presents World Premiere of STRINGS ATTACHED
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Voices Carry, Inc. will present the World Premiere of Strings Attached, a multidisciplinary project, involving contemporary dance, abstract puppetry, an original score, and performance art, for two weekends opening on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles in Downtown LA. The work, which has been in development for three years, is a window into the human capacity to love, with a focus on the universal feelings of grief, forgiveness, devotion, entrapment, and joy. Voices Carry, a nonprofit corporation guided by Artistic Director Madeline Leavitt, is dedicated to breaking down cultural barriers and embracing diversity through dance, theatre, and performance art.  (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 7/20/2016 - 'PIRATES', MEN ON BOATS, Junie B. Jones and More!Broadway AM Report, 7/20/2016 - 'PIRATES', MEN ON BOATS, Junie B. Jones and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 20, 2016

Today's big news: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, starring Will Swenson, opens tonight at Barrington Stage, MEN ON BOATS (more here) and Junie B. Jones arrive Off-Broadway, and the company of Encores! Off-Center's GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER meets the press, so stay tuned for coverage! (more...)

VIDEO: Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING Inspires Ingrid Michaelson's New VideoVIDEO: Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING Inspires Ingrid Michaelson's New Video
by Michael Dale - Jul 19, 2016

After watching the Deaf West Theatre Company's SPRING AWAKENING performance indie pop artist Ingrid Michaelson was inspired to create a new video version of her breakup single, 'Hell No.' (more...)

Ken Davenport to Headline Panel at NMI's 'BIZ of the Musical Theatre BIZ' ConferenceKen Davenport to Headline Panel at NMI's 'BIZ of the Musical Theatre BIZ' Conference
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

New Musicals Inc. has announced Ken Davenport as a keynote panelist at their sixth national conference for musical theatre writers in Burbank on July 22-24. (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: SPRING AWAKENING's Michael Arden Explains Tony Telecast MishapTWITTER WATCH: SPRING AWAKENING's Michael Arden Explains Tony Telecast Mishap
by Michael Dale - Jun 13, 2016

Where was Michael Arden when Christopher Fitzgerald's face was on camera while his name was announced? (more...)

VIDEO: Cast of SPRING AWAKENING Reunite for Medley of Songs on the TONY AWARDSVIDEO: Cast of SPRING AWAKENING Reunite for Medley of Songs on the TONY AWARDS
by TV News Desk - Jun 12, 2016

The cast of SPRING AWAKENING reunited for an epic medley of 'Mama Who Bore Me' and 'Bitch of Living' on the 70th Annual TONY AWARDS. Watch the performance below! (more...)

Full Casting Announced for Music Circus Season - Lauren Zakrin in LEGALLLY BLONDE, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan in HELLO, DOLLY! and More!Full Casting Announced for Music Circus Season - Lauren Zakrin in LEGALLLY BLONDE, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan in HELLO, DOLLY! and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre has confirmed casting for all six shows in the 66th Music Circus season. The stellar cast for the season is loaded with Broadway veterans--some of whom are making their Music Circus debuts--Tony nominees, and audience favorites from previous Music Circus productions. (more...)

Photo Flash: Titus Burgess, Steve Kazee, Marissa Jaret Winokur & More Take Part in Michael Arden's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Development Session at The WallisPhoto Flash: Titus Burgess, Steve Kazee, Marissa Jaret Winokur & More Take Part in Michael Arden's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Development Session at The Wallis
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Tony Award-nominee Michael Arden has just concluded a weeklong research and development session led by Broadway and television star Tituss Burgess, Tony Award-winners Steve Kazee and Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Tony Award-nominee Valarie Pettiford (Fosse), in advance of a new production of the Stephen Sondheim masterwork Merrily We Roll Along, set to hit the stage of the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts November 22, 2016 through December 18, 2016. Casting for the fall production will be announced at a later date. Check out photos from the session below! (more...)

In the Spotlight Series: Backstage at Drama League Awards!In the Spotlight Series: Backstage at Drama League Awards!
by Walter McBride - May 25, 2016

Below, check out some backstage photos taken by BroadwayWorld's acclaimed photographer, Walter McBride! (more...)

UPDATE: Kickstarter Donations To Fund Deaf West SPRING AWAKENING's Tony Performance Pass $40KUPDATE: Kickstarter Donations To Fund Deaf West SPRING AWAKENING's Tony Performance Pass $40K
by Michael Dale - May 25, 2016

The Los Angeles-based company needs $200K to cover the costs of performing from their nominated revival on the telecast. (more...)

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