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BWW Reviews: A Definitive 'Morning Glow' Lingers After a Glorious PIPPIN at The McCallum TheatreBWW Reviews: A Definitive 'Morning Glow' Lingers After a Glorious PIPPIN at The McCallum Theatre
by David Green - Jan 13, 2016

The National Tour of PIPPIN is, hands down, the finest touring production to land at The McCallum Theatre during my tenure in the desert cities. Passionate. Polished. Near Perfection! It is a glorious spectacle of sight, sound and immaculate storytelling that, despite its mesmerizing visual feast of circus spectacle, remains honest and intimate and, at every turn, very human. (more...)

BWW Interview: Everything Has a Season! Erik Altemus Talks His 'Season' of PIPPIN, at The McCallumBWW Interview: Everything Has a Season! Erik Altemus Talks His 'Season' of PIPPIN, at The McCallum
by David Green - Jan 12, 2016

Pippin, Broadway's high-flying, death-defying hit musical drops in at The McCallum Theatre for a week long engagement, January 12-17. Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin 'lifts you up and leaves you smiling', say press notes. Directed by Diane Paulus, the revival of Pippin won four 2013 Tony Awards® including 'Best Musical Revival' and has been hailed as 'an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza' (NY1). Erik Altemus originated the role of Lewis in the Broadway revival and is now on the road, reprising his role, in this national touring iteration. I had the opportunity to chat with Erik about the production and 'all things Erik'. Here are a few excerpts from that conversation. (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...)

STAGE TUBE: The Skivvies Bring Christmas to Mexico with Sexy 'Bells' MedleySTAGE TUBE: The Skivvies Bring Christmas to Mexico with Sexy 'Bells' Medley
by Stage Tube - Dec 3, 2015

While down in Mexico performing in Puerto Vallarta at the Red Room, The Skivvies came up wth a holiday medley of bells-centric tunes. Check it out below, plus get ready for their upcoming concerts December 6 and 7 at Joe's Pub! (more...)

Laura Benanti, Mamie Gummer, CMA Songwriters and More Coming Up at Joe's Pub This DecLaura Benanti, Mamie Gummer, CMA Songwriters and More Coming Up at Joe's Pub This Dec
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced a fresh slate of shows for the holiday season, starting December 2-13!  (more...)

Gad Elmaleh, The Hot Sardines, The Skivvies and More Coming Up This Fall at Joe's PubGad Elmaleh, The Hot Sardines, The Skivvies and More Coming Up This Fall at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming nightly performances from November 25-December 6, 2015. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

BWW Review: The Orpheum Offers a Flippin' PIPPINBWW Review: The Orpheum Offers a Flippin' PIPPIN
by Joseph Baker - Nov 18, 2015

There are the warhorse musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin; there are the lavish productions befitting Phantoms in opera houses and French revolutionaries and revisionist fairy tales (and you know the ones I mean); there are the Disney powerhouses; and . . . there are musicals of a quaint, mind-nudging nature that don't quite fit into any category. Certainly THE FANTASTICKS comes to mind, and -- at least in the previous productions I have seen -- Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN. Somewhere in my video collection is a filmed version of the musical with William Katt, and just a few years ago PIPPIN was the first musical staged at the shiny, new Playhouse on the Square (with Alvaro Francisco stepping in for a sidelined Jordan Nichols). I sometimes think that small-scale musicals are better suited to venues less grand than the Orpheum; I needn't have worried, however, as PIPPIN has acquired the kind of theatrical, Cirque du Soleil-style atmosphere that perfectly suits the show's opening number, 'Magic to Do.' (more...)

BWW Review: Paramount's PIPPIN Shines with a Dark Sexy CircusBWW Review: Paramount's PIPPIN Shines with a Dark Sexy Circus
by Jay Irwin - Aug 17, 2015

Stephen Schwartz's "Pippin" is one of those under appreciated musicals. It definitely has its problems but if done well it can deliver the goods. Well, the current tour of the recent Broadway run certainly delivers those goods. Not only does it retain the dark edginess of the story but it's also infused with thrilling circus routines that make it a crowd pleaser on many levels. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New Work and New Artists - Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2015 Summer SeasonBWW Exclusive: New Work and New Artists - Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2015 Summer Season
by National Theater Institute - Apr 20, 2015

Hailed as the launchpad of the American theater, the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center responsible for developing more than 1,100 new works for the stage as well as thousands of artists through the semester-long training programs of the National Theater Institute, recently announced the 2015 summer season of plays, musicals, and other works in development through the National Theater Institute, National Puppetry Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Playwrights Conference, and the Cabaret & Performance Conference. (more...)

Photos and Video: BROADWAY BARES Will Celebrate 25th Anniversary This June with TOP BOTTOMS OF BURLESQUE!Photos and Video: BROADWAY BARES Will Celebrate 25th Anniversary This June with TOP BOTTOMS OF BURLESQUE!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Broadway Bares, the unrivaled evening of sexy striptease that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will celebrate its 25th spectacular edition on Sunday, June 21, 2015, with Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, a show inspired by the golden age of Broadway. (more...)

Kyle Dean Massey & Leslie Kritzer Join BROADWAY SINGS TORI Lineup, 4/20Kyle Dean Massey & Leslie Kritzer Join BROADWAY SINGS TORI Lineup, 4/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Leslie Kritzer (Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair) and Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin, Next to Normal) join the slate of performers scheduled for Broadway Sings Tori, a one-night concert benefitting RAINN on Monday, April 20th. The concert will feature the music of legendary singer-songwriter Tori Amos. (more...)

Laura Benanti, Lena Hall, Scott Alan and More Set for BROADWAY SINGS TORI This MonthLaura Benanti, Lena Hall, Scott Alan and More Set for BROADWAY SINGS TORI This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Tony winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and singer-songwriter Scott Alan are among the stars set to perform at Broadway Sings Tori, a concert celebrating the music of eight time Grammy Award nominee, Tori Amos. The one-night concert will take place on Monday, April 20th at 7pm at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York City and will benefit RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). (more...)

Erik Altemus, Louise Pitre, Mary Michael Patterson & More to Lead LUCK BE A LADY World Premiere at Asolo RepErik Altemus, Louise Pitre, Mary Michael Patterson & More to Lead LUCK BE A LADY World Premiere at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Asolo Repertory Theatre continues its groundbreaking 2014-15 season with the world premiere of Luck Be a Lady: The Iconic Music of Frank Loesser. (more...)

Scott Alan and Garth Kravits Join BROADWAY SINGS TORI to Benefit RAINN Next MonthScott Alan and Garth Kravits Join BROADWAY SINGS TORI to Benefit RAINN Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Composer Scott Alan and performer Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone) join the slate of performers scheduled for Broadway Sings Tori, a one-night concert benefitting RAINN. Featuring the music of legendary singer-songwriter Tori Amos performed by Broadway talent, the concert will take place on Monday April 20th at 7pm. (more...)

Laura Benanti, Lena Hall and More Set for BROADWAY SINGS TORI Concert to Support RAINN, 4/20Laura Benanti, Lena Hall and More Set for BROADWAY SINGS TORI Concert to Support RAINN, 4/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for Broadway Sings Tori, a one-night concert benefitting RAINN. Featuring the music of legendary singer-songwriter Tori Amos performed by Broadway talent, the concert will take place on Monday April 20th at 7pm. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Lesli Margherita, Erik Altemus & More Sing with The Skivvies!STAGE TUBE: Lesli Margherita, Erik Altemus & More Sing with The Skivvies!
by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2015

The Skivvies are back at it! The duo returned to 54 Below last week, February 20, with special guests Randy Harrison, Lesli Margherita, Kirsten Wyatt, Erik Altemus, Max Crumm, Tori Scott, and Robyn Anderson (lead singer Postmodern Jukebox). Check out highlights from the event below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: THE SKIVVIES Perform 'Tonight You Belong to Me' With a Musical Theatre Twist!STAGE TUBE: THE SKIVVIES Perform 'Tonight You Belong to Me' With a Musical Theatre Twist!
by Stage Tube - Feb 21, 2015

The Skivvies returned to 54 Below last night, February 20, 2015, and to close out the show, Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley sang 'Tonight You Belong to Me,' with a surprising Bernstein twist at the end. Check out the video below! (more...)

Lesli Margherita, Erik Altemus, Robyn Anderson and More Join The Skivvies at 54 Below TonightLesli Margherita, Erik Altemus, Robyn Anderson and More Join The Skivvies at 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

The Skivvies return to 54 Below tonight, February 20, 2015 at 11:30 PM (doors at 11). (more...)

Tovah Feldshuh, The Skivvies & More Set for 54 Below This WeekTovah Feldshuh, The Skivvies & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2015

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for February 16-22, Featuring Joanna Gleason, Tovah Feldshuh, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for February 16-22, Featuring Joanna Gleason, Tovah Feldshuh, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Feb 15, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Melissa van der Schyff in "The Summer In Winter;' The Songs of Yandura & Melocik; Midnight at 9:30 Featuring Joanna Gleason, Aaron David Gleason, and More; Tovah Feldshuh: Aging Is Optional; and The Skivvies. (more...)

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