Eric Ankrim News

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...)

AMERICAN IDIOT to Explode Beyond Traditional Theater at ArtsWest This FallAMERICAN IDIOT to Explode Beyond Traditional Theater at ArtsWest This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 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...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Bryan Gula, Solea Pfeiffer & More in 5th Avenue Theatre's GREASEPhoto Flash: First Look at Bryan Gula, Solea Pfeiffer & More in 5th Avenue Theatre's GREASE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

The American musical sensation, Grease, will send audiences cruisin' through the days of pajama parties, sock hops, and drive-ins with an exuberant cast of Seattle's freshest faces and favorite performers at The†5th Avenue Theatre†this summer. (more...)

ArtsWest Sets AMERICAN IDIOT Creative TeamArtsWest Sets AMERICAN IDIOT Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

ArtsWest has announced the creative team behind the first production of its 2015-2016 season, two-time Tony Award-winning musical Green Day's American Idiot: Eric Ankrim, Director; R.J. Tancioco & Chris Ranney, Co-Musical Directors; Trina Mills, Supervising Choreographer; and Shadou Mintrone & Gabe Corey, Choreographers. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Overly Wholesome and Character Free GREASE at 5th AvenueBWW Reviews: Overly Wholesome and Character Free GREASE at 5th Avenue
by Jay Irwin - Jul 20, 2015

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical "Grease" is so much more than just a collection of doo wop numbers. It's a group of teens finding their own identities at a time when teens were finding identities much different from those of their parents. Or at least it should be. Unfortunately the current production at the 5th Avenue Theatre has been scrubbed clean and is so devoid of any individual or realistic characters that any emotion or meaning that might have been elicited from the story is now gone. But they sing pretty. (more...)

Bryan Gula and Solea Pfeiffer to Lead 5th Avenue Theatre's GREASE; Cast Announced!Bryan Gula and Solea Pfeiffer to Lead 5th Avenue Theatre's GREASE; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

The American musical sensation, Grease, will send audiences cruisin' through the days of pajama parties, sock hops, and drive-ins with an exuberant cast of Seattle's freshest faces and favorite performers at The 5th Avenue Theatre this summer. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY, CONSTELLATIONS, 'AMERICAN PROBLEM' & More Set for Seattle Rep's 2015-16 SeasonCOME FROM AWAY, CONSTELLATIONS, 'AMERICAN PROBLEM' & More Set for Seattle Rep's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 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 Reviews: 5th Ave and ACT's JACQUES BREL Delivers Edgy BeautyBWW Reviews: 5th Ave and ACT's JACQUES BREL Delivers Edgy Beauty
by Jay Irwin - Mar 13, 2015

Even Musical Theater nerds such as myself might not be familiar with ďJacques Brel Is Alive and Well & Living in ParisĒ, currently performing at ACT in a joint production with ACT and the 5th Avenue Theatre. I, myself, admit only a passing familiarity with the work and mostly from the covers that others have done of some of his songs. But now that I've seen it done I can understand the cultish following the show engenders and thankfully it was this production that filled the gap in my Musical Theater knowledge as this incredible ensemble took every angst ridden note and made them soar. (more...)

'JACQUES BREL', With Louis Hobson and Kendra Kassebaum, Opens Tonight at ACT in Seattle'JACQUES BREL', With Louis Hobson and Kendra Kassebaum, Opens Tonight at ACT in Seattle
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

Beginning this month, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) continues to partner with the 5th Avenue Theatre, co-producing a musical that appears on each organization's season and performed at ACT. Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opens tonight, March 12, and runs for 10 weeks in the Falls Theatre, directed by David Armstrong. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5th Avenue's CAROUSEL Lacks Emotion, Needs More SnowBWW Reviews: 5th Avenue's CAROUSEL Lacks Emotion, Needs More Snow
by Jay Irwin - Feb 23, 2015

If you read my previous review, Dear Readers, of SMT's production of "Sweet Charity" you'll know that I already had the occasion this weekend of a show where the leading lady just didn't connect for me. Well, that seems to be a trend as the 5th Avenue Theatre's current production of "Carousel" also had a leading lady who was lacking. There's plenty of good things happening in the show but their Julie Jordan (Laura Griffith) came across as emotionless and stone faced making me wonder why or even if she was falling in love. (more...)

5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2015/16 Season - Including Broadway Bound WATERFALL, Matilda, Assassins, Gentleman's Guide, Sound of Music & More5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2015/16 Season - Including Broadway Bound WATERFALL, Matilda, Assassins, Gentleman's Guide, Sound of Music & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2015

With nearly 2000 subscribers in attendance, The 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong revealed the season line-up for this celebrated theater's 8-show 2015/16 season. (more...)

Laura Griffith and Brandon O'Neill to Lead CAROUSEL at 5th Avenue Theatre; Full Cast Announced!Laura Griffith and Brandon O'Neill to Lead CAROUSEL at 5th Avenue Theatre; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

This exciting new staging will star the radiant Laura Griffith as Julie and 5th Avenue favorite Brandon O'Neill as Billy in his first Seattle production following his Broadway debut in Disney's Aladdin. The cast also includes local luminaries Anne Allgood, Eric Ankrim, Allen Fitzpatrick, Sean G. Griffin, Cynthia Jones, and Billie Wildrick, and marks The 5th Avenue debut of rising talent Joshua Downs. (more...)

Eric Ankrim, Josh Rhodes & More Nominated for 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee AwardsEric Ankrim, Josh Rhodes & More Nominated for 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Seattle Theater Writers critics' circle just announced the nomination slate of the fourth 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...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Offers Autism-Friendly Performance of ELF TodayPaper Mill Playhouse Offers Autism-Friendly Performance of ELF Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse is proud to announce a special autism-friendly performance for its critically-acclaimed, holiday musical, Elf. Paper Mill Playhouse will offer this special autism-friendly performance of Elf today, December 23, at 1:30pm. This performance is designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Extends ELF into 2015Paper Mill Playhouse Extends ELF into 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse released a block of great seats today for its holiday musical, Elf, for the week following Christmas. Expanded availability includes performances from December 27, 2014 through January 4, 2015. Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf has a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Elf is directed by Eric Ankrim and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Elf runs eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through January 4, 2015. Elf has been playing to many sold-out houses since November 26. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. (more...)

BroadwayWorld's Holiday Roundup 2014- On Stage Edition!BroadwayWorld's Holiday Roundup 2014- On Stage Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 15, 2014

The holiday season is here at last, and in just weeks, the world will be spreading the yuletide cheer by decking the halls, wrapping the gifts and sipping the eggnog. There are plenty of ways to join in the spirit, but for theatre fans, there is even more to celebrate, as our favorite holiday programming and performances will be presented across all platforms this December. Whether you'd like to check out your favorite Christmas musical on stage, tune in for a festive concert on TV, or buy a movie ticket to a big holiday release, Broadway is everywhere this season... and BroadwayWorld has a complete guide of where to find it! This year's guide is brought to you by Fathom Events. Fathom Events is the home of cinematic experiences that offer high-quality, affordable entertainment events broadcast to the big screen. This December, ring in the holidays with an array of iconic performances including world-class ballet, MET Opera, classic films and more! For additional information, visit: http://fathomevents.com. Below, check out our all-inclusive Holiday Roundup for 2014! (more...)

Review Roundup: ELF Opens at Paper Mill PlayhouseReview Roundup: ELF Opens at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Review Roundups - Dec 14, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the holiday musical, Elf, which opened on November 30 and continues through January 4, 2015. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Paper Mill's ELF is Heavy on the Showbiz FunBWW Reviews: Paper Mill's ELF is Heavy on the Showbiz Fun
by Michael Dale - Dec 7, 2014

Director Eric Ankrim's solid mounting is bursting with brassy talent. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ELF at Paper Mill Playhouse is Fabulous Fun through January 4thBWW Reviews: ELF at Paper Mill Playhouse is Fabulous Fun through January 4th
by Marina Kennedy - Dec 3, 2014

'Elf' a holiday treat for the entire family is now on stage at Paper Mill Playhouse through January 4th. Area audiences should not miss the chance to see this fabulous musical theatre performance. (more...)

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