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BWW Review: The MUNY's Amazing and Wonderful THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWNBWW Review: The MUNY's Amazing and Wonderful THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
by Chris Gibson - Jul 25, 2017

Dick Scanlan (revised book and additional lyrics) deserves a hand for the long process that led to a reinvigorated and refocused version of Meredith Willson's THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. A few years ago he started tinkering with this venerable classic, having workshops and readings before finally hitting the stage. Scanlan retains more than a half dozen of the original numbers, and adds some of Willson's trunk songs, as well as some songs written for the movie, to flesh out this tale, which truly highlights the life of Molly Brown in more accurately historical fashion. It's the current production playing at the MUNY, and it's a breath of fresh air, led by Beth Malone's scintillating performance, and staged with a scope that opens the show up like a piece of Colorado real estate. It's an invigorating must-see! (more...)

Review Roundup: THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN at The MunyReview Roundup: THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Hannibal Missouri's own brash and beguiling Molly Brown shines in this exhilarating adaptation of Meredith Willson's 1960 musical. Her rags-to-riches story sparkles with a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and new songs from the Meredith Willson songbook. (more...)


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Photo Flash: Belly Up and Take a First Look at The Muny's THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWNPhoto Flash: Belly Up and Take a First Look at The Muny's THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2017

Hannibal Missouri's own brash and beguiling Molly Brown shines in this exhilarating adaptation of Meredith Willson's 1960 musical. Her rags-to-riches story sparkles with a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and new songs from the Meredith Willson songbook. (more...)

Run and Tell That! NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!  Garners 7 EMMY NominationsRun and Tell That! NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Garners 7 EMMY Nominations
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 14, 2017

NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! was the recipient of seven Emmy nominations. Below, check out colorful images from the live broadcast featuring Emmy-nominated set designs, costumes, make-up, hairstyles and more, along with video which illustrates why HAIRSPRAY LIVE! was worthy of yesterday's high honors! (more...)

Photo Flash: A Look Back at BEAUTIFUL, Now Playing Final Four Weeks in LondonPhoto Flash: A Look Back at BEAUTIFUL, Now Playing Final Four Weeks in London
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

The West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, based on the early life and career of legendary singer songwriter Carole King, will complete its run at the Aldwych Theatre on 5 August 2017. (more...)

World Premiere of GIN FOR BREAKFAST to Open at the Tristan Bates TheatreWorld Premiere of GIN FOR BREAKFAST to Open at the Tristan Bates Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

The World Premiere of Gin For Breakfast, Jess Moore's debut play, will open at the Tristan Bates Theatre on Thursday 28th September for a strictly limited four-week run, it was announced today by the show's producer, Whatever Guise Productions. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Opposites Attract And Figure Out The Rest Later in CHILDREN OF A LESSER GODBWW REVIEW: Opposites Attract And Figure Out The Rest Later in CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
by Justin J. Sacramone - Jul 3, 2017

Mark Medoff's Tony-winning play CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD centers around a state school for the deaf in the 1970's and follows several interwoven faculty/student storylines. While the excitement builds once we learn where Medoff has placed his characters at the top, it's a quick deflation to see he's decided not to dive deeper into any of the interesting dynamics. Instead, his play is more about a relationship with poor communication skills than a focus on the deaf community's struggle to assimilate into the hearing community. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Starring Toronto's Chilina Kennedy Begins Performances Today at the Ed Mirvish TheatreBEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Starring Toronto's Chilina Kennedy Begins Performances Today at the Ed Mirvish Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

The highly anticipated engagement in Toronto of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit musical BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL begins performances today - June 27 and plays through September 3, 2017 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.  Media night is Wednesday July 5, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Moves the Earth at Overture CenterBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Moves the Earth at Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - Jun 14, 2017

The opening Overture's combination of 'I Feel the Earth Move' flowing directly in to 'Jazz Man' set the audience's hook (more...)

For Your EMMY Consideration: HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Kristin Chenoweth & Jennifer Hudson!For Your EMMY Consideration: HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Kristin Chenoweth & Jennifer Hudson!
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 13, 2017

Among the potential EMMY nominees this year may be HAIRSPRAY LIVE! standouts Kristin Chenoweth, who took on the role of Velma Von Tussle in the NBC live broadcast, and Jennifer Hudson, who portrayed Motormouth Maybelle. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stars of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Reunite for PanelPhoto Flash: Stars of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Reunite for Panel
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2017

The stars and creative team of 'HAIRSPRAY LIVE!' reunited for a panel discussion and special performances on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy, North Hollywood. (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Brings Down the House with Latest 'I Know Where I've Been'VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Brings Down the House with Latest 'I Know Where I've Been'
by Stage Tube - Jun 10, 2017

Jennifer Hudson is once again taking the world by storm as she blows the roof off of venues with her rendition of 'I Know Where I've Been,' which she first performed as part of NBC's 'Hairspray Live!' This time she took the stage at an FYC event at the Television Academy, check out the video below! (more...)

BWW Review: Matthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING or The One About The Sexist Male FantasiesBWW Review: Matthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING or The One About The Sexist Male Fantasies
by Michael Dale - Jun 9, 2017

In the opening scene of MCC's American premiere production of THE END OF LONGING, playwright/star Matthew Perry, playing the drunk, caustic and cocky Rolling Stone photographer Jack, looks deeply into the eyes of Stephanie, his latest attempt at a cocktail lounge pickup. (more...)

BWW Review: A Powerfully Nostalgic BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Ohio TheatreBWW Review: A Powerfully Nostalgic BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Ohio Theatre
by Christina Mancuso - Jun 8, 2017

As soon as Julia Knitel took the stage at the grand piano and opened her mouth to sing, she channeled every nuance of the legendary Carole King. Based on the inspiring true story of treasured Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Carole King, BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL certainly lives up to its title. This charming, swiftly-paced production continues performances at the Ohio Theatre through June 11. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/1 - FUN HOME, SOMETHING ROTTEN, and More!Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/1 - FUN HOME, SOMETHING ROTTEN, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 2, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature FUN HOME, SOMETHING ROTTEN, BEAUTIFUL and More! (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Delivers Powerful Performance at Fox Cities P.A.C.BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Delivers Powerful Performance at Fox Cities P.A.C.
by Meredith Kreisa - May 31, 2017

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL opened strongly at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. With glitzy production numbers, skilled performances from the cast and a lot of heart, BEAUTIFUL lives up to its name - it truly is beautiful. (more...)

BWW Review: Norbert Leo Butz Stars in Hamish Linklater's Ambitious Drama THE WHIRLIGIGBWW Review: Norbert Leo Butz Stars in Hamish Linklater's Ambitious Drama THE WHIRLIGIG
by Michael Dale - May 28, 2017

"In a whirligig of grief" is how one character describes the emotional state of another in Hamish Linklater's ambitious new play, THE WHIRLIGIG, receiving a fine premiere mounting by The New Group's artistic director, Scott Elliott. (more...)

Matthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING Extends Ahead of Opening at MCC TheaterMatthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING Extends Ahead of Opening at MCC Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

MCC Theater has announced the extension by popular demand of The End of Longing, a new play written by and starring Matthew Perry in his NYC playwriting and stage acting debuts. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Off-Broadway's Biggest Night with the Obie Award Winners!Photo Coverage: Inside Off-Broadway's Biggest Night with the Obie Award Winners!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - May 23, 2017

The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President) and The Village Voice (Peter Barbey, Owner) just presented the 62nd Annual Obie Awards®. Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard's Underground Railroad Game, produced by Ars Nova, and J.T. Roger's Oslo, produced by Lincoln Center Theater, shared the Obie Awards for Best New American Theatre Work, which is accompanied by a $500 prize each. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel received a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. Obie and Screen Actors Guild® Award-winning actress Lea DeLaria returned as host of this year's ceremony, which was held at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street).  (more...)

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