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BWW TV: #AlTeatroCon @Happip y @SumiBunny - SISTER ACTBWW TV: #AlTeatroCon @Happip y @SumiBunny - SISTER ACT
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Apr 30, 2016

Nuestros amigos @Happip y @SumiBunny nos acompañaron a ver el musical SISTER ACT al Nuevo Teatro Alcala y asi fue su experiencia (more...)

American Academy of Dramatic Arts to Present THE SHOTGUN MESSAGE WorkshopAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts to Present THE SHOTGUN MESSAGE Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is pleased to announce the expansion of the Main Stage Live program for new play development with the presentation of a workshop production of The Shotgun Message by A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Adam Fitzgerald.  (more...)

BWW Review: Fall Head-Over-Glass-Heels in Love with CINDERELLA at Segerstrom CenterBWW Review: Fall Head-Over-Glass-Heels in Love with CINDERELLA at Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 27, 2016

Adorable, utterly romantic, and thoroughly winsome, this stage adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is, admittedly, a wonderful surprise---filled with dazzling stage ingenuity; a dreamy, sweeping classic score by two legendary titans of musical theater; a revised, 21st-Century-tinged new book by playwright Douglas Carter Beane; magical Tony Award-winning costumes from the great William Ivey Long that will have you wondering 'how'd they do that?' and, lastly, an ensemble cast of terrific actor-singers that will have you cheering its inevitable happy-ever-after. And, if you're anything like me, you too will be easily swept up by its visual and musical loveliness and its endearing, sweet love story.The Broadway musical's Equity National Tour---now in its last weeks---has finally winded itself back to So. Cal., this time for a two-week stay at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through May 1, 2016 (the tour then moves on from here to its final scheduled week-long stop at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre through May 8). (more...)

BWW Review: SISTER ACT Brings Joyful Noise to Musical Theatre West, Ends 4/24BWW Review: SISTER ACT Brings Joyful Noise to Musical Theatre West, Ends 4/24
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 20, 2016

Though that comedy device of rewritten song lyrics is (unfortunately) not utilized for the film's musical stage adaptation, still, much of the spirit and basic plot architecture of the original movie remains in SISTER ACT - THE MUSICAL, which features all-original songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, as well as a book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (with additional material contributed later by playwright Douglas Carter Beane). Currently, Musical Theatre West's admirable regional production of this Tony-nominated Broadway musical comedy is finishing out its final weekend of performances at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach through April 24. Goofy and full of cutesy charm MTW's regional production definitely brings in the (joyful) noise and the funk to Long Beach. So what makes the show enjoyable? Well... for lack of a better phrase... it's all about the nuns. (more...)

BWW TV: A Spectacular Dream Team Assembles to Launch the NEW YORK SPECTACULAR!BWW TV: A Spectacular Dream Team Assembles to Launch the NEW YORK SPECTACULAR!
by TV - Press Previews - Apr 18, 2016

The dream team just met the press to give a special preview of this year's show and BroadwayWorld is taking you inside the big day below! (more...)

John Dossett & Douglas Sills to Join Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole in Now-Extended WAR PAINT at Goodman TheatreJohn Dossett & Douglas Sills to Join Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole in Now-Extended WAR PAINT at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Goodman Theatre has announced Broadway stars John Dossett and Douglas Sills will join the cast of War Paint, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively. Dossett will portray Tommy Lewis, Miss Arden's husband and chief marketing officer, and Sills will portray the ambitious Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein's clubby confidante and faithful ally.   (more...)

The Arvada Center Sets 2016-17 Season: SISTER ACT, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR & MoreThe Arvada Center Sets 2016-17 Season: SISTER ACT, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Arvada Center has announced its 2016-17 season, a diverse line-up of plays and musicals. The three musical and four play season includes a world premiere musical over the Christmas holiday along with a regional premiere play in Spring 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: Jubilant SISTER ACT Will Raise You Up at MTWBWW Review: Jubilant SISTER ACT Will Raise You Up at MTW
by Don Grigware - Apr 11, 2016

Sister Act the Musical started out in 2006 at the Pasadena Playhouse, premiered in London's West End in 2009 and then underwent serious revisions before coming to Broadway in 2011. I remember liking the first mounting in 2006 with many reservations. Since I loved the 1992 film so much, I didn't feel that the stage version was particularly faithful...no pun intended. Well, with all the 2011 changes, MTW's revival of the Broadway version is tops, a joyful, tuneful, splashy romp that never lets down, with a tremendous cast, stellar direction from Michael Matthews and soulful choreography from Daniel Smith. Douglas Carter Beane, who penned the screenplay To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar and the Tony nominated play The Little Dog Laughed, added new book material for the national tour, included here, and this contributes substantially to molding a sleek and unforgettable show. (more...)

Who Was Lucille Lortel and Why Is There An Award Named For Her?Who Was Lucille Lortel and Why Is There An Award Named For Her?
by Michael Dale - Mar 31, 2016

With a career spanning seventy years in the theatre, Lucille Lortel's life mission was to help nurture emerging innovative playwrights. (more...)

Musical Theatre West to Present SISTER ACT, 4/8-24Musical Theatre West to Present SISTER ACT, 4/8-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Musical Theatre West (MTW) presents Sister Act, Broadway's feel-good musical comedy at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center April 8-24.  Based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg hit film, written by Joseph Howard, the five-time Tony nominated Broadway sensation features an award winning creative team with original score and music by composer Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors), lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Tangled), book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (Cheers), additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed ).  The reinvented musical adaptation is filled with heavenly music with a disco beat, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story that will have audiences dancing in the aisles!  Tickets are now on sale at www.musical.org or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.  Tickets start at $20. (more...)

BWW Review: Magical: So Is The Musical RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA Which Premiered This Week In Sao Paulo.BWW Review: Magical: So Is The Musical RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA Which Premiered This Week In Sao Paulo.
by Claudio Erlichman - Mar 26, 2016

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is a musical in two acts with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Douglas Carter Beane based partly on Hammerstein's 1957 book. The story is based upon the fairy tale Cinderella, particularly the French version Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre, by Charles Perrault. The story concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into an elegant young lady and is able to attend the ball to meet her Prince, but, in this version, she must open the Prince's eyes to the injustice in his kingdom. Rodgers and Hammerstein originally wrote the songs for a 1957 television broadcast starring Julie Andrews, and it was remade twice for television and adapted for the stage in various versions prior to the Broadway production. The 2013 adaptation was the first version of Cinderella with the Rodgers and Hammerstein score mounted on Broadway. The new book by Beane introduces several new characters and a sympathetic stepsister, and the score features several new Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. (more...)

Cast, Creatives Set for DEFERRED ACTION World Premiere at DTCCast, Creatives Set for DEFERRED ACTION World Premiere at DTC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

Dallas Theater Center announced today complete details for the world-premiere of DEFERRED ACTION. A co-production with Cara Mia Theatre Co. and directed by Cara Mia's Artistic Director David Lozano, DEFERRED ACTION features company members from both DTC and Cara Mia. DEFERRED ACTION will begin previews with a Pay-What-You-Can performance on Wednesday, April 20 and will run through Saturday, May 14. Press Opening will be Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. (more...)

DTC and The Sixth Floor Museum To Co-host Community Conversation on 3/21DTC and The Sixth Floor Museum To Co-host Community Conversation on 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2016

Dallas Theater Center and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will co-host a community conversation titled, "JFK - LBJ: Transition of Power" on March 21 at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Join the conversation led by the Museum's curator, Stephen Fagin, and featured panel members. This panel discussion will offer unique comparisons of President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, and showcase firsthand accounts from November 22, 1963-shared by three individuals representing the worlds of politics, presidential security, and photojournalism. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. (more...)


by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Mar 17, 2016

Hoy se estrena SISTER ACT EL MUSICAL en el Nuevo Teatro Alcala de Madrid y BroadwayWorld te trae esta entrevista con Mireia Mambo y Àngels Gonyalons, las dos protagonistas de este divertido musical. (more...)

American Theater Company Announces Cast of XANADUAmerican Theater Company Announces Cast of XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC), 1909 W. Byron Street, announces casting for the musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season. Presented as a tribute to ATC's late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli-a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic-Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown and runs at ATC May 27-July 17, 2016 (press opening Wednesday, June 8). The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title. (more...)

Emmy Winner Mia Michaels to Direct, Choreograph NEW YORK SPECTACULAR at Radio City; Creative Team Set!Emmy Winner Mia Michaels to Direct, Choreograph NEW YORK SPECTACULAR at Radio City; Creative Team Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) announced today that three-time Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels will serve as director and choreographer of the New York Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes, presented by Chase. Michaels will be joined by Drama Desk Award-winner Douglas Carter Beane as the show's writer, Alain Lortie as lighting designer, and multi-media and entertainment studio, Moment Factory, as video designer. Returning from 2015's successful inaugural production of the then called New York Spring Spectacular are set designer Patrick Fahey and costume designer Emilio Sosa, and from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, sound designer Steve Canyon Kennedy. (more...)

FRIEND ART and ENGAGEMENTS Slated for Second Stage Uptown SeriesFRIEND ART and ENGAGEMENTS Slated for Second Stage Uptown Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Second Stage Theatre will present the world premiere of Sofia Alvarez's FRIEND ART, directed by Portia Krieger, and the New York premiere of Lucy Teitler's ENGAGEMENTS as part of the company's fourteenth annual SECOND STAGE THEATRE UPTOWN SERIES this summer. (more...)

Nigerian Production of SISTER ACT Set for Later This YearNigerian Production of SISTER ACT Set for Later This Year
by Louisa Brady - Feb 20, 2016

According to Premium Times, the hit Broadway musical SISTER ACT will be performed in Nigeria later this year. The Nigerian production is conceived by manufacturer and 'serial entrepreneur,' Dr. Soji Akinkugbe in collaboration with top executives from Cape Town's Waterfront Theatre Company and will feature an all-Nigerian cast.  (more...)

LITTLE DOG LAUGHED, FULL MONTY, BUYER & CELLAR and More Set for Peregrine Theatre's 2016 SeasonLITTLE DOG LAUGHED, FULL MONTY, BUYER & CELLAR and More Set for Peregrine Theatre's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

'Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,' things we are entitled to yet sometimes extremely hard to achieve. This season Peregrine Theatre Ensemble explores what it takes to ultimately be successful, happy and in control of ones destiny. (more...)

BWW Review: CINDERELLA Dazzles Detroit Opera HouseBWW Review: CINDERELLA Dazzles Detroit Opera House
by Anton Anderssen - Feb 19, 2016

There's a new Cinderella in town, not the meek maiden who loses her glass slipper as she flees the Prince's castle; this gal has moxie, and she' accompanied by a rather outspoken Michael Moore character. Together, they set out to change the world. Now on stage at the Detroit Opera House is a reimagined Cinderella, with a new script by Douglas Carter Beane. Forget the Julie Andrews, Lesley Ann Warren or Brandy version we grew up with. This politically-charged version shows a Cinderella who definitely fights for social justice, and her Michael Mooresque comrade has no fear of the one percenters. Kaitlyn Davidson and Andy Huntington Jones star in this sumptuous musical; this is spectacle at its finest. Adding new characters to the mix allows others to evolve heuristically. The new and improved Cinderella resonates with modern sensibilities, adding to the time-honored splendor of both the damsel and those about her. (more...)

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