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Jeff Calhoun Directs Noah Racey's PULSE Musical at Florida's Asolo Rep, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2013

Extending this season's hot streak of productions that make bold artistic statements, Asolo Repertory Theatre will present Noah Racey's Pulse. A song and dance celebration that harkens back to the golden age of hoofing, Pulse is written, conceived, and choreographed by Broadway song and dance man Noah Racey in collaboration with Broadway director and two-time Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun. Pulse opens tonight, May 23 with an 8 p.m. curtain. The show runs through June 16, 2013 in Asolo Rep's Mertz Theatre located in The FSU Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Accompanies Screening of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2013

Widely proclaimed to be the greatest movie musical of all time, 'Singin' in the Rain,' with its Academy Award-nominated score, lovable characters, priceless dialogue and memorable songs, is the perfect choice for Pacific Symphony Pops' upcoming presentation of 'A Symphonic Night at the Movies.' A beautifully restored version of the 1952 American classic plays above the stage as the orchestra performs Nacio Herb Brown and lyricist Arthur Freed's music live and in synch with the film. (more...)

Jon Peterson Revives SONG MAN, DANCE MAN at Stage 72 Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2013

Jon Peterson will revive Song Man, Dance Man tonight, May 7 at 7:00 at Stage 72 at The Triad, 158 west 72nd Street near Broadway. (more...)

Porchlight Announces 2013 - 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2013

Michael Weber, managing artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre, has announced Porchlight's 19th season. The 2013 - 2014 season includes the Chicago premiere of the new musical farce Double Trouble, August 31 - October 6; the "Fats" Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin', February 1 - March 9, 2014, the Broadway classic How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, April 26 - June 1, 2014 and a new "Lost Musicals" series Porchlight Revisits... taking audiences to a particular time and place in Broadway musical history. All Porchlight Main Stage and Porchlight Revisits… productions take place at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. "Early Bird" discount Season Subscriptions are on sale through July 1. Single tickets for all performances go on sale July 1 at stage773.com or by calling the Stage 773 box office at 773.327.5252. All subscriptions are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by phone at 773.777.9884. Group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling Peggy at 773.282.7427. (more...)

Porchlight Announces 2013 - 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2013

Michael Weber, managing artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre, is proud to announce Porchlight's 19th season. The 2013 - 2014 season includes the Chicago premiere of the new musical farce Double Trouble, August 31 - October 6; the "Fats" Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin', February 1 - March 9, 2014, the Broadway classic How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, April 26 - June 1, 2014 and a new "Lost Musicals" series Porchlight Revisits... taking audiences to a particular time and place in Broadway musical history. All Porchlight Main Stage and Porchlight Revisits… productions take place at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. "Early Bird" discount Season Subscriptions are on sale through July 1. Single tickets for all performances go on sale July 1 at stage773.com or by calling the Stage 773 box office at 773.327.5252. All subscriptions are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by phone at 773.777.9884. Group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling Peggy at 773.282.7427. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT at the National Theatre - You Will Laughalot!
by Charles Shubow - Apr 12, 2013

You will laugh out loud, even though you know what's coming next. (more...)

Jon Peterson to Revive SONG MAN, DANCE MAN at Stage 72, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2013

Jon Peterson will revive Song Man, Dance Man on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 at Stage 72 at The Triad, 158 west 72nd Street near Broadway. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 4/1- Debbie Reynolds
by Stage Tube - Apr 01, 2013

Happy Birthday Debbie Reynolds! Reynolds regularly appeared in movie musicals during the 1950s and had several hit records during the period. Perhaps her most high-profile film role was in Singin' in the Rain (1952) as Kathy Selden. On Broadway, Reynolds has starred in such shows as Irene, Debbie, and Woman of the Year. Reynolds appeared in her West End show Debbie Reynolds: Alive and Fabulous (more...)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN To Close At Palace In June Prior To UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2013

The West End production of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN will have its final performance at the Palace Theatre on Saturday 8 June 2013 ahead of an extensive UK tour. The production will open at Manchester's Opera House on Wednesday 13 November and move to Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre for a Christmas and New Year season. (more...)

Patti Smith Narrates TUBBY THE TUBA with Little Orchestra Society Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2013

The Little Orchestra Society (LOS) presents TUBBY THE TUBA narrated by Patti Smith, the iconic National Book Award-winner, rock musician and poet, today, March 16, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. (more...)

Music Director Tim Fowlar Conducts Live Band at TheatreZone Gala Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2013

When Broadway and television star Eddie Mekka (Carmine "the big Ragu" Ragusa from Laverne & Shirley TV series) entertains at TheatreZone's gala fundraiser later this month, he'll be backed by a live six-piece band, led by legendary musical director and saxophone player Tim Fowlar. They will be joined by TheatreZone artistic director Mark Danni playing drums, Joe Choomack on bass, Tom Weaver on guitar, Mike Santiago on trumpet and Peter Van Wyk on trombone. (more...)

GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Kevin Worley of 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella'
by Adrienne Onofri - Feb 26, 2013

Just off a long run on the 'Jersey Boys' tour, Kevin is playing both a peasant and an earl in his 4th Broadway show. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5th Avenue's MUSIC MAN High On Energy But Low On Chemistry
by Jay Irwin - Feb 15, 2013

Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" may be about a con man but at its heart it's a love story. A love story about a man who's willing to give up his duplicitous ways so he can be with the one woman who sees through his lies. And it's because this is a love story that it's such a shame that the current production at the 5th Avenue Theatre is lacking in love. Luckily what the production lacks in some areas it makes up for in the energy, comedy and fun surrounding it. (more...)

Jennifer Ellison Joins SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

From 18 February 2013 television and West End star Jennifer Ellison will join Adam Cooper in the award-winning, critical smash revival of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at the Palace Theatre. Ellison joins the cast to play silent movie screen siren, and owner of a voice never meant for the ‘talkies', Lina Lamont. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jennifer Ellison Joins SINGIN' IN THE RAIN!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

She will star alongside Adam Cooper, who continues to lead the cast as Don Lockwood, joined by new cast members Louise Bowden playing Kathy Selden and Stephane Annelli who will play Cosmo Brown, completing the iconic trio made famous by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor in 1952 MGM musical film. (more...)

Jennifer Ellison Joins SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Feb 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

Ellison joins the cast to play silent movie screen siren, and owner of a voice never meant for the ‘talkies', Lina Lamont. (more...)

DISCONNECT Among Line-Up of 2013 Santa Barbara Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Jan 08, 2013

The Santa Barbara Film Festival has announced its 2013 lineup. The 28th edition features films from 49 countries and runs January 24-February 3. The festival will open with DISCONNECT, a drama starring Jason Bateman and will conclude with Rowan Athale's Wasteland. (more...)

Rubicon's Musical Theatre Camp Presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, 8/8-12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2012

Rubicon's Summer Youth Theatre programs continue with the much anticipated Musical Theatre Camp production. Last Summer's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was honored with an Indy Award from the Santa Barbara Independent for Musical Direction by John Enrico Douglas. This Summer, Douglas joins the artistic team again for Once On This Island, a highly original and theatrical Caribbean fairy tale. (more...)

Rubicon's Musical Theatre Camp Presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, Now thru 8/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 08, 2012

Rubicon's Summer Youth Theatre programs continue with the much anticipated Musical Theatre Camp production. Last Summer's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was honored with an Indy Award from the Santa Barbara Independent for Musical Direction by John Enrico Douglas. This Summer, Douglas joins the artistic team again for Once On This Island, a highly original and theatrical Caribbean fairy tale. (more...)

Rubicon's Musical Theatre Camp Presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, 8/8-12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2012

Rubicon's Summer Youth Theatre programs continue with the much anticipated Musical Theatre Camp production. Last Summer's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was honored with an Indy Award from the Santa Barbara Independent for Musical Direction by John Enrico Douglas. This Summer, Douglas joins the artistic team again for Once On This Island, a highly original and theatrical Caribbean fairy tale. (more...)

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