Eric Ankrim News


by Jay Irwin - Feb 5, 2016

Dear Reader (It only seems appropriate to start this review off with that), sometimes a show comes along that feels like a no brainer. A show that's fairly bulletproof and if a theater does it well enough with enough pieces in place then it'll be a crowd pleaser. 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' is one of those shows. You're bound to walk away from it with something you enjoyed. Which brings me to the current production at the 5th Avenue Theatre. They've managed to take this pleaser of a show so far beyond the bare minimum making this gem shine with so much brilliance that you may need sunglasses. (more...)

The Fifth Annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Winners Are Announced - COME FROM AWAY, LIZARD BOY and More!The Fifth Annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Winners Are Announced - COME FROM AWAY, LIZARD BOY and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Broadway-bound new musical,†Come From Away, presented by Seattle Repertory Theatre, wins†four†Gypsys, tying with another new musical,†Lizard Boy, also produced by†Seattle Repertory Theatreand also with†four†Gypsys, a company that has been known for years as a powerhouse dramatic straight-play playhouse!† (more...)

Nominees for Seattle's 5th Annual 2015 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Are Announced!Nominees for Seattle's 5th Annual 2015 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Are Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Seattle Theater Writers critics' circle is pleased to present the nomination slate of the fifth annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards, theater awards devoted to recognizing excellence across the economic spectrum of professional Seattle theaters in the prior calendar year. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Winners Announced - Adam Minton, Morgan Dietkus and More!2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Winners Announced - Adam Minton, Morgan Dietkus and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 8, 2016

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 70†regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2015†Seattle winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

BWW 2015 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)BWW 2015 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Jan 4, 2016

Dear Readers, I hope you've all fared well over the holidays and had a good time with your families. It's been a tumultuous year with lots of great theater for us to take in. And so I'm pleased to share with you some of the best things I saw this past year and the ones that I felt worthy of getting my Critic's Choice Awards for 2015. So settle in and allow me to expound on all the amazing I saw over the year. The envelope please. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at 5th Avenue TheatrePhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2015

The uproariously funny satire on corporate ladder-climbing, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, starts rehearsals this week at The 5th Avenue Theatre. This Pulitzer Prize and multi-Tony Award-winning musical takes place in TV's Mad Men era, following window washer J. Pierrepont Finch's journey from mail room to the top of the World Wide Wicket Company, all with the help of a cunning guide book. A sharp-witted send-up of the corporate rat race that will keep audiences rolling in the aisles, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is gracing The 5th Avenue stage for the first time. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards - Last Week to Vote!2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards - Last Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2015

Happy Holidays! It's the last week to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update - Quinn Mattfeld Leads!2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update - Quinn Mattfeld Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 18, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update - Amelia Meckler, Eric Jensen Tied!2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update - Amelia Meckler, Eric Jensen Tied!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 11, 2015

Voting is fully underway for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 11. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update - Donald Byrd, Eric Ankrim Lead!2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update - Donald Byrd, Eric Ankrim Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update 11/27 - Adam Minton, Billie Wildrick Lead!2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update 11/27 - Adam Minton, Billie Wildrick Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 27, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

BWW Review: Emotionally Transcendent COME FROM AWAY at Seattle RepBWW Review: Emotionally Transcendent COME FROM AWAY at Seattle Rep
by Jay Irwin - Nov 19, 2015

Dear Readers, for those that may only read the beginnings of my reviews, I must start off this by telling you to stop reading this right now and go get tickets to the new musical "Come From Away" currently at the Seattle Rep. After you have done that you can come back and read the rest of this. I'll wait. Done? OK now that you've done that I can tell you that what you will be seeing is the best musical I've seen all year and possibly ever. At least it will rank in my top 10 of shows that have affected me so much with its sheer brilliant storytelling and heart. This one CANNOT be missed! (more...)

COME FROM AWAY, with Jenn Colella, Chad Kimball and More, Opens Tonight at Seattle RepCOME FROM AWAY, with Jenn Colella, Chad Kimball and More, Opens Tonight at Seattle Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

World-premiere musical COME FROM AWAY comes to Seattle Rep†now through†December 13 in the Bagley Wright Theatre. A co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, COME FROM AWAY is the first musical to be on the main stage of the Rep in over 15 years. It opens tonight, November 18, 2015.†Featuring book, music and lyrics by the Canadian husband-and-wife team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding), the production is directed by La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. (more...)

Seattle Rep Announces Casting for COME FROM AWAY; Tickets Now on SaleSeattle Rep Announces Casting for COME FROM AWAY; Tickets Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

World-premiere musical Come From Away comes to Seattle Rep November 13- December 13 in the Bagley Wright Theatre. A co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, Come From Away is the first musical to be on the main stage of the Rep in over 15 years. Featuring book, music and lyrics by the Canadian husband-and-wife team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding), the production is directed by La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Tickets are available now through the Seattle Rep Box Office at 206-443-2222 as well as online at www.seattlerep.org. (more...)

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Kicks Off Seattle Rep's 2015-16 Season TonightA VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Kicks Off Seattle Rep's 2015-16 Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2015

Seattle Repertory Theatre's 2015-2016 season was announced today by Acting Artistic Director Braden Abraham. The season is headlined by the new musical Come from Away, Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced and the world premiere of R. Hamilton Wright's Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem. (more...)

BWW Review: ACT's BLOOMSDAY is Filled with Sweet CharmBWW Review: ACT's BLOOMSDAY is Filled with Sweet Charm
by Jay Irwin - Sep 18, 2015

In our jaded and cynical world sometimes our inner cup of hope and romance can get a little low and we can use something to refill it. Well never fear romance seekers as ACT's World Premiere production of Steven Dietz's "Bloomsday" is here. This sweet little charmer is bound to fill up the romance cup of even the most jaded among us, at least a little bit. (more...)

BWW Review: Risky and Innovative AMERICAN IDIOT at ArtsWest Pays OffBWW Review: Risky and Innovative AMERICAN IDIOT at ArtsWest Pays Off
by Jay Irwin - Sep 14, 2015

ArtsWest has taken on a huge risk by putting up the Green Day musical 'American Idiot' on their intimate stage. Not only by trying to fit this large spectacle in their space but also literally reconfiguring their floor plan and utilizing multiple areas within their theater to create an immersive experience in addition to the regular observational one. With so much going on, a cast of 31 and a full band this could have been a full on train wreck. But director Eric Ankrim and his crew have taken this super risky venture and spun it into pure gold. (more...)

AMERICAN IDIOT Explodes Beyond Traditional Theater at ArtsWest TonightAMERICAN IDIOT Explodes Beyond Traditional Theater at ArtsWest Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

Equal parts house party, opera, rock concert, and theater, ArtsWest's immersive, environmental staging of Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT explodes beyond the traditional theater space as a group of lost young Americans at the crossroads of their lives take over an entire building and use it to tell their story. (more...)

ACT to Stage World Premiere of BLOOMSDAYACT to Stage World Premiere of BLOOMSDAY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

ACT - A Contemporary Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of Bloomsday by Steven Dietz. Set against the backdrop of James Joyce's masterwork, Ulysses, an American man searches for the Irish woman who first captured his heart 30 years earlier while leading a "Bloomsday" walking tour in Dublin. We meet the couple at different points of their lives, as their younger and present selves. Told with humor, wit and heartache, this buoyant and moving new play commissioned by ACT brings the power and importance of living in the present to the light. (more...)

ArtsWest Presents New Immersive Show THE AMERICAN IDIOT EXPERIENCEArtsWest Presents New Immersive Show THE AMERICAN IDIOT EXPERIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2015

Equal parts house party, opera, rock concert, and theater, ArtWest's immersive, environmental staging of Green Day's American Idiot explodes beyond the traditional theatre space as a group of lost young Americans at the crossroads of their lives take over an entire building and use it to tell their story. ArtsWest's production gives the audience two distinct ways to engage with the story: the observational and immersive experiences. (more...)

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