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Zachary Noah Piser, Elena Wang, and Karl Josef Co Lead Industry Readings of Arima-Helmed TIANANMENZachary Noah Piser, Elena Wang, and Karl Josef Co Lead Industry Readings of Arima-Helmed TIANANMEN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Zachary Noah Piser (Wicked), Elena Wang (Allegiance) and Karl Josef Co (Pacific Overtures) will lead the first full industry presentations of TIANANMEN, a new musical directed by Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Altarboyz) and written by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola (off-Broadway's STRAIGHT) with musical direction by Rodney Bush. The readings will be held on April 27th and 28th in midtown. (more...)

BWW Interview: Meet the Producers of  A LITTLE NEW MUSICBWW Interview: Meet the Producers of A LITTLE NEW MUSIC
by Ellen Dostal - Apr 11, 2017

It takes a village to create a new musical. And it takes a village like A LITTLE NEW MUSIC to give musical theatre writers a place to showcase new material while their Broadway-hopeful shows are in development. Meet Peter Welkin, Christopher Maikish, Luke Klipp, Amy Francis Schott, and Kila Packett from A LITTLE NEW MUSIC. (more...)

A LITTLE NEW MUSIC to Feature Broadway and Local Talent in Spring Lineup at Catalina Jazz ClubA LITTLE NEW MUSIC to Feature Broadway and Local Talent in Spring Lineup at Catalina Jazz Club
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

A LITTLE NEW MUSIC returns to the historic Catalina Jazz Club with its 14th presentation of original musical theater material in a classic cabaret setting.  Join us as we premiere songs from the far corners of the country and beyond.  Discover your new favorite musical theater songs, before they become the stuff of Broadway legend!   (more...)

Dick Cavett, Nikki M. James, Karen Mason Among Presenters for 2017 MAC Awards; Songwriter Nominees Announced!Dick Cavett, Nikki M. James, Karen Mason Among Presenters for 2017 MAC Awards; Songwriter Nominees Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

???????Among those on hand to present the 2017 MAC Awards will be author and talk show host DICK CAVETT, as well as Broadway stars NIKKI M. JAMES (The Book of Mormon; Les Miserables), KAREN MASON (Sunset Boulevard; Hairspray), SALLY MAYES (She Loves Me; Steel Magnolias), SHARON McNIGHT (Starmites), DOREEN MONTALVO (On Your Feet; In the Heights), and MARY TESTA (Xanadu; On the Town). (more...)

Broadway Dreams Sets Cities and Dates for 2017 Summer Intensive TourBroadway Dreams Sets Cities and Dates for 2017 Summer Intensive Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Broadway Dreams has set cities and dates for their 2017 Summer Intensive Tour, #ComeTogether. Launching in Atlanta, GA on June 4, 2017, the Summer Tour will offer the international non-profit's unique brand of performing arts training in 8 U.S. cities and Toronto, Canada. In each location, Broadway Dreams will present an incredible roster of top Broadway directors, performers, and industry insiders who will offer highly personalized musical theatre training and mentoring through week-long performing arts intensive workshops for students of all ages, skill levels, and socio- economic backgrounds. (more...)

Jackie Burns and Josh Page to Be Guests of Honor at MADAME'S SOIREEJackie Burns and Josh Page to Be Guests of Honor at MADAME'S SOIREE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected Broadway's Jackie Burns (If/Then, Wicked), and tenor Josh Page (America's Got Talent, Forte) as the guests of honor at the March edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. (more...)

BWW Review: Chance Theater Amuses with New Video Game-Inspired Musical CLAUDIO QUESTBWW Review: Chance Theater Amuses with New Video Game-Inspired Musical CLAUDIO QUEST
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 20, 2017

Video games get the musical comedy treatment in CLAUDIO QUEST, a clever new musical now having its West Coast Premiere performances at Orange County's Chance Theater through February 26 in Anaheim. Those familiar with the 8-bit characters of games like Super Mario Bros. will be amused by the adventures of a pair of heroic brothers whose mission is to save the kidnapped princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing platypus terrorizing the kingdom. When the game suddenly changes players, the heroes are thrown for a loop and must figure out how to navigate and triumph this glitch-filled new world. (more...)

Photo Flash: (mostly)musicals Fills the E Spot Lounge with 'Happy' Songs for the New YearPhoto Flash: (mostly)musicals Fills the E Spot Lounge with 'Happy' Songs for the New Year
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

(mostly)musicals kicked off their 4th season in style with songsforaHAPPYnewyear at the E Spot Lounge on Monday, January 16. This was the company's 21st entry in a series of themed cabarets, and set a new attendance record. 'We were thrilled that so many people came out to Studio City to get HAPPY with us!' explains producer amy francis schott. Scroll down for pictures of the memorable night! (more...)

Chance Theater to Stage West Coast Premiere of Video Game Musical CLAUDIO QUESTChance Theater to Stage West Coast Premiere of Video Game Musical CLAUDIO QUEST
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce its West Coast premiere production of ... Claudio Quest. With music, lyrics and book by Drew Fornarola and Marshall Pailet, direction by Pailet, choreography by Maxx Reed and musical direction by Ryan O'Connell, Claudio Quest will preview from tonight, January 27, through February 3; regular performances will begin February 4 and continue through February 26 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: Michael Leon-Wooley, Eric Michael Krop and More Announced for (mostly)musicals SONGSFORAHAPPYNEWYEARPhoto Flash: Michael Leon-Wooley, Eric Michael Krop and More Announced for (mostly)musicals SONGSFORAHAPPYNEWYEAR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2017

Kicking off their 4th season in style, (mostly)musicals will return to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, January 16 (at the new time of 7:30pm) with songsforaHAPPYnewYEAR -- the company's 21st entry in a series of themed cabarets. 'We are excited to move into a new year and a new season of (mostly)musicals -- and we want to get it off to a HAPPY start! There are no sad songs allowed at *this* show,' explains producer amy francis schott. (more...)

(mostly)musicals Kicks Off Their 4th Season with HAPPY Songs(mostly)musicals Kicks Off Their 4th Season with HAPPY Songs
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Kicking off their 4th season in style, (mostly)musicals will return to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, January 16 (at the new time of 7:30pm) with songsforaHAPPYnewYEAR -- the company's 21st entry in a series of themed cabarets. (more...)

Eric William Morris, Kelechi Ezie and More Set for 7th MADAME MATHIEU'S SOIREEEric William Morris, Kelechi Ezie and More Set for 7th MADAME MATHIEU'S SOIREE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected Broadway's Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia, 'Blue Bloods'), and Kelechi Ezie (Book of Mormon - Tour) as the guests of honor at the first 2017 edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. (more...)

Video Game Musical CLAUDIO QUEST to Make West Coast Debut at Chance TheaterVideo Game Musical CLAUDIO QUEST to Make West Coast Debut at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2016

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce its West Coast premiere production of ... Claudio Quest. With music, lyrics and book by Drew Fornarola and Marshall Pailet, direction by Pailet, choreography by Maxx Reed and musical direction by Ryan O'Connell, Claudio Quest will preview from January 27 through February 3; regular performances will begin February 4 and continue through February 26 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. (more...)

Chance Theater Announces 2017 SeasonChance Theater Announces 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Chance Theater is thrilled to announce its lineup for 2017, which will be the third to employ both stages in its new home at the Bette Aitken theater arts Center. Next year will feature nine fully-staged productions, a workshop production, and three staged readings of new plays still in development. (more...)

Chance Theater Proudly Presents the West Coast Premiere of CLAUDIO QUESTChance Theater Proudly Presents the West Coast Premiere of CLAUDIO QUEST
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce its West Coast premiere production of … Claudio Quest. With music, lyrics and book by Drew Fornarola and Marshall Pailet, direction by Pailet, choreography by Maxx Reed and musical direction by Ryan O'Connell, Claudio Quest will preview from January 27 through February 3; regular performances will begin February 4 and continue through February 26 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. (more...)

Students from Across the Globe Slated for Broadway Dreams Showcase This FallStudents from Across the Globe Slated for Broadway Dreams Showcase This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

On Monday, November 21, 2016, Broadway Dreams will host its annual New York City Showcase - the organization's cornerstone programming event that affords select students the once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their dreams into realities as they perform for key industry professionals. (more...)

Moore and More Lead "Buffalo to Broadway" at The DuplexMoore and More Lead "Buffalo to Broadway" at The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Broadway's Bethany Moore (Pippin, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Louie Napoleon (CATS Tour, West Side Story Tour), and Kevin Zak (Clinton: The Musical, Silence!) will join forces with a group of students and alumni of the University at Buffalo a one night only cabaret at The Duplex celebrating fun, song, and Buffalo pride!  (more...)

Photo Flash: A LITTLE NEW MUSIC Gears Up for A Return to the Catalina Jazz Club in HollywoodPhoto Flash: A LITTLE NEW MUSIC Gears Up for A Return to the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

A LITTLE NEW MUSIC returns to the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood on Monday, November 14th at 8:30pm for its latest showcase of emerging musical theater writers, featuring performers from Broadway and beyond.  (more...)

Princeton Triangle Club Celebrates 125th AnniversaryPrinceton Triangle Club Celebrates 125th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

The Princeton Triangle Club and itsBoard of Trustees are proud to celebrate the rich 125-year history of Princeton's Famous Triangle Show with a full weekend of events. This special TRIANGLE WEEKEND offers the perfect opportunity to experience a true Princeton tradition where it all began. (more...)

Joe Kinosian to Host Second IN THE WORKS Concert at the Duplex This MonthJoe Kinosian to Host Second IN THE WORKS Concert at the Duplex This Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Honeck-Moss Productions will present "In The Works,' an exciting new series conceived as an opportunity for composers to try out new work in front of an audience and see how it plays in a supportive environment.   (more...)

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