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WRITER'S BLOCK with Joe Iconis Returns to 54 Below, 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

After a year-long hiatus, WRITER'S BLOCK is back at 54 Below on Tuesday August 19th, 2014 at 9:30 pm. WRITER'S BLOCK is the place where NYC's most talented up-and-coming songwriters of contemporary musical theatre and beyond stop by to try new work, revisit older tunes, and maybe even make a friend or two. (more...)

World Premiere Musical ROAR! and More Set for Rockwell Table & Stage This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Rockwell Table and Stage, L.A.'s premier spot for extraordinary entertainment and dining, has announced its September line-up of can't-miss events. ROCKWELL Table and Stage is located at 1714 N. Vermont in Los Feliz and this September is going to ROAR with excitement. Details below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Dreams Foundation Presents TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT in Atlanta!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

The Broadway Dreams Foundation presented TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT: Defining EXTRA-Ordinary, a unique Broadway concert event, with performances by Broadway's brightest and Atlanta's rising stars at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre's Jennie T. Anderson Theater on Wednesday, June 18th at 7:30 pm. Directed by acclaimed Atlanta-based director and choreographer Otis Sallid (Black Nativity, Smokey Joe's Cafe), TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT was the culmination of a five-day BDF musical theatre intensive where students had the unique opportunity to work with the industry's top directors, choreographers, and writers on new material currently being developed for Broadway. The performance featured work and appearances by film and theatre choreographer Michele Lynch (The Last Five Years, Little Miss Sunshine), the award-winning writing team of Drew Fornarola and Marshall Pailet direct from DreamWorks, Titus Burgess (Tina Fey's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," The Little Mermaid), Meg Gillentine (The Producers, Cats), Craig D'Amico (Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun), A.J. Lockhart (Bring It On: The Musical), and more. Check out photos from the special event below! (more...)

Tituss Burgess and More to Appear in Broadway Dreams Foundation's TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT at Atlanta Lyric Theatre, 6/18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 05, 2014

The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) presents TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT: Defining EXTRA-Ordinary, a unique Broadway concert event, with performances by Broadway's brightest and Atlanta's rising stars. Directed by acclaimed Atlanta-based director and choreographer Otis Sallid (Black Nativity, Smokey Joe's Cafe?), TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT is the culmination of a five-day BDF musical theatre intensive where students have the unique opportunity to work with the industry's top directors, choreographers, and writers on new material currently being developed for Broadway. (more...)

Eric Petersen and Lisa Marie Morabito to Host A LITTLE NEW MUSIC at Rockwell: Table & Stage, 6/10
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Having established itself as the premier night of new musical theatre in Los Angeles, A LITTLE NEW MUSIC returns to Rockwell: Table & Stage in Los Feliz with a freshly innovative program featuring Broadway and local talent. This exciting evening will be hosted by hilarious husband and wife team Eric Petersen (“KIRSTIE,” SHREK THE MUSICAL) and Lisa Marie Morabito (MAMMA MIA). (more...)

Broadway Dream Foundation to 'Take It To The Limit' with Arts Intensive at the Kimmel Center, 8/4-10
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2014

The Philadelphia intensive at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts will include master classes devoted to mastering the college audition process led by Mary Anna Dennard, top college audition coach and author of 'I Got In!' Joining Dennard will be representatives from top musical theatre schools including, Kaitlin Hopkins (Texas State University), Grant Kretchik (Pace University, Dyson College), Robin Lewis (Rider University), Barbara MacKenzie-Wood (Carnegie Mellon University), Mark Madama (University of Michigan), and Amy Rogers (Pace University). (more...)

Broadway Dreams Foundation's 2014 Summer Intensive to Make Stops in Atlanta, Omaha, LA & More!
by BWW News Desk - May 05, 2014

The Broadway Dreams Foundation will give aspiring performers across the country their "big break" when the program embarks on Take It To The Limit: Defining EXTA-Ordinary, the 2014 Summer Performing Arts Intensive Tour. The national non-profit training program will present an incredible roster of Broadway directors, performers, and industry insiders who will offer highly personalized musical theatre training and mentoring through unique, week-long performing arts intensive workshops for students of all ages, skill levels, and socio-economic backgrounds. (more...)

MARY POPPINS, REEFER MADNESS & More Set for FAC's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The world's most beloved nanny and the world's most notorious vampire join a fine crew of stoners, gamblers and talking mice in the FAC's exciting 2014-15 theatre season lineup. (more...)

New Competitors Announced for TUNE IN TIME, New York's Exciting Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge at Stage 72, 4/14
by Stephen Hanks - Apr 12, 2014

What happens when a composer and a lyricist have to write a song from a new musical (invented on the spot), in a style determined by the spin of the dreaded Genre Wheel . . . in 20 minutes? Brainfrying fun! Brave musical theater composers and lyricists David Ingber, Erin Hill, Jack Lechner, James Harvey, Kristin Bair and Rosemary Loar will step up to the songwriting plate on April 14 at 7pm at Stage 72 (The Triad). (more...)

Competitors Announced for TUNE IN TIME, New York's Exciting New Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge at Stage 72, 4/7
by Stephen Hanks - Apr 05, 2014

What happens when a composer and a lyricist have to write a song from a new musical (invented on the spot), in a style determined by the spin of the dreaded Genre Wheel . . . in 20 minutes? Brain-frying fun! Brave musical theater composers and lyricists Kevin Ray, Arianna Rose, Dan Wolpow, Adam Spiegel, Andy Roninson, and Drew Fornarola will step up to the creative plate in the April 7 premiere of the exciting new songwriting competition TUNE IN TIME at Stage 72 (formerly The Triad) at 7pm. The finals will be on April 14 at 7pm. (more...)

Judy Kaye 54 Sings Funny Girl & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

Telly Leung, Ruthie Ann Miles & More Set for TIANANMEN Concert at 54 Below, 3/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Telly Leung, Ruthie Ann Miles, & more in Tiananmen: A New Musical In Concert on March 27. Tiananmen is an original rock musical that follows the story of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing. (more...)

Pace New Musicals Stages LITTLE MISS FIX-IT, CONFIRMED Readings, Now thru 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Pace University's Pace New Musicals (PNM) program (est. 2007 by Program Head Amy Rogers), dedicated to the discovery of new theater works, and Ryan Scott Oliver, composer- lyricist and producer, will present a staged reading of Little Miss Fix-It (book and lyrics by Kirsten A. Guenther and music by Joy Son) today, January 23-27, 2014. (more...)

LA's Next Great Stage Star Competition Digs Deep into New Music
by Ellen Dostal - Jan 17, 2014

Contestants in LA's Next Great Stage Star competition had an exciting second week on Sunday, January 12th. The theme for this round was Breaking New Ground - A Little New Music, and featured songs from some of today's most up and coming musical theatre writers. (more...)

Pace New Musicals to Stage LITTLE MISS FIX-IT, CONFIRMED Readings, 1/23-27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

Pace University's Pace New Musicals (PNM) program (est. 2007 by Program Head Amy Rogers), dedicated to the discovery of new theater works, and Ryan Scott Oliver, composer- lyricist and producer, will present a staged reading of Little Miss Fix-It (book and lyrics by Kirsten A. Guenther and music by Joy Son) on January 23-27, 2014. (more...)

Broadway's Future Songbook Series Holiday Concerts Continue 12/14 & 16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

Broadway's Future Songbook Series - presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul - will continue Dec. 14 at 2:30 PM and Dec. 16 at 6 PM with two holiday concerts featuring new holiday songs. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bobby Cronin, Carner & Gregor, Katie Thompson and More at INSPIRED: A Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2013

INSPIRED: A Benefit Concert for the ASPCA of NYC and The Last Resort Rescue of NJ took place on September 22, 2013. The concert invited the audience into the hearts and minds of some of today's exciting musical theatre writers in a casual and intimate setting as they sit behind the piano and, unlike traditional concerts of their material, perform songs by other writers that have inspired their work. Scroll down for photos from the show! (more...)

Annie Golden, Kate Pfaffl & More Set for WRITER'S BLOCK with Joe Iconis at 54 Below Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

On Wednesday, September 25th at 11:30 pm, WRITER'S BLOCK is back at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street). Hosted by Joe Iconis (The Black Suits at Center Theatre Group, Joe Iconis and Family at 54 Below), WRITERS BLOCK features fresh, new work by some of the New York's most talented up-and-coming songwriters of contemporary musical theatre and beyond. The September 25th event features new work by Broadway veteran Annie Golden (Hair, Assassins, Orange is the New Black), Mighty Kate (Kate Pfaffl from War Horse - Broadway), Eli Bolin (Volleygirls, Sesame Street, Found), and more. Want to perform your own original work at 54 Below? Join us on Wednesday for the chance to sign up for one of the open-mic slots! (more...)

Bobby Cronin, David Are & More Set for INSPIRED Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2013

Brad Alexander, David Are, Carner & Gregor, Bobby Cronin, Drew Fornarola, Michael Holland, Rob Rokicki, Georgia Stitt, Katie Thompson, & Michael Patrick Walker star in INSPIRED: A Benefit Concert for the ASPCA of NYC and The Last Resort Rescue of NJ, tonight, September 22nd, 7pm at Stage 72/Triad. (more...)

Atlantic For Kids Premieres Molly Shannon's TILLY THE TRICKSTER, Now thru 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2013

ATLANTIC FOR KIDS presents the World Premiere of Molly Shannon's Tilly the Trickster, with Music and Lyrics by Drew Fornarola and Book by Jeremy Dobrish, Based on the book Tilly the Trickster by Molly Shannon. Tilly the Trickster by Molly Shannon was originally published by Abrams Books for Young Readers on September 1, 2011 and is available from major bookstores as well as online retailers. (more...)

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