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BWW Reviews: Hilarity and Heartache Vie in SOUVENIRBWW Reviews: Hilarity and Heartache Vie in SOUVENIR
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Nov 10, 2014

Portland Stage's second production of the season, Stephen Temperley's witty and poignant memoire about Florence Foster Jenkins, Souvenir, whisks the audience back and forth between hilarity and heartache. The two-character drama told from the perspective of Mme. Jenkins' longsuffering accompanist, Cosme McMoon, traces the collaboration between the pianist and New York socialite and would-be opera diva, Florence Foster Jenkins, who delighted audiences -for all the wrong reasons - with her colorful recitals from 1932-1944. (more...)

CHOSEN CHILD to Play Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 10/30-11/22CHOSEN CHILD to Play Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 10/30-11/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) continues its 2014-15 season of new plays next week with Monica Bauer's Chosen Child. (more...)

Meryl Streep to Star as Opera Diva Florence Foster Jenkins; Hugh Grant to Co-StarMeryl Streep to Star as Opera Diva Florence Foster Jenkins; Hugh Grant to Co-Star
by Movies News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

Streep is indeed attached to play the title role as the opera diva who was known for her having legions of fans, despite the fact that she was unable to hit a high note. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Peter Quilter's GLORIOUS! Comes to ICTBWW Reviews: Peter Quilter's GLORIOUS! Comes to ICT
by Don Grigware - Oct 20, 2014

At least four plays have been written about Florence Foster Jenkins, who in the 30s and 40s, in spite of being considered the worst singer ever, recorded and gave highly publicized annual SRO concerts including one in 1944 at... Carnegie Hall. A rank amateur, Jenkins had no pitch, tone or rhythm and decimated just about every note and lyric in every score she put her voice to. BUT, she had a dream and she loved music with a passion. In her head and heart, she sounded like one of the most gorgeous sopranos that ever graced a stage. Maybe she really knew she was tone deaf and couldn't hit the mark... or maybe she didn't. If we cannot get our hands on one of her recordings, we can only estimate the truth of the matter by what we read or see in the various plays about her life. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at International City Theatre's GLORIOUS!Photo Flash: First Look at International City Theatre's GLORIOUS!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

In 1940s New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Based on a true story, Glorious! is Peter Quilter's hilarious, Olivier-nominated comedy that invites us into the world of this New York socialite of great passion, considerable wealth and zero talent who fancied herself an opera diva. Richard Israel directs a four-week run at International City Theatre, opening tonight, Oct. 10. (more...)

Meryl Streep to Portray Opera Singer Florence Foster Jenkins in New Film?Meryl Streep to Portray Opera Singer Florence Foster Jenkins in New Film?
by Movies News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

Meryl Streep is currently in negotiations to star as American-born opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins in an upcoming film. (more...)

Georga Osborne Stars in GEORGA OSBORNE IS BACK at Don't Tell Mama, 9/19-10/12Georga Osborne Stars in GEORGA OSBORNE IS BACK at Don't Tell Mama, 9/19-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2014

Bistro and MAC Award winning popular cabaret artist and comedienne Georga Osborne returns to the stage after a 10-year hiatus in a brand new one-woman show, 'back' at Don't Tell Mama, September 19-October 10. Featuring an eclectic mix of music from Aretha to Winwood and Ahrens & Flaherty to Rodgers & Hammerstein, 'back' is about being back on the cabaret stage, looking back, realizing we can't go back, and 'Oh! My back!' (more...)

GLORIOUS! to Run 10/10-11/2 at ICTGLORIOUS! to Run 10/10-11/2 at ICT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

In 1940s New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Based on a true story, Glorious! is Peter Quilter's hilarious, Olivier-nominated comedy that invites us into the world of this New York socialite of great passion, considerable wealth and zero talent who fancied herself an opera diva. Richard Israel directs a four-week run at International City Theatre, opening Oct. 10. (more...)

Stephen Lee Anderson, Stephen Bogardus, Patti Cohenour and More to Lead Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe; Walter Bobbie Directs!Stephen Lee Anderson, Stephen Bogardus, Patti Cohenour and More to Lead Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe; Walter Bobbie Directs!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will run September 13 - November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 13 - September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets go on sale on Friday, August 8 at noon. (more...)

Adobe Theater's 2014-15 Season to Feature FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, CURTAINS & MoreAdobe Theater's 2014-15 Season to Feature FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, CURTAINS & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

The Adobe Theater announces the plays that will comprise the final production in 2014 and the first four shows in 2015. These plays are: (more...)

Patricia Dell to Star in ONE NIGHT WITH FANNY BRICE at Open Eye Theater in the Catskills, Beg. 7/10Patricia Dell to Star in ONE NIGHT WITH FANNY BRICE at Open Eye Theater in the Catskills, Beg. 7/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

In a career spanning 50 years, Patricia Dell has done a little bit of almost everything, playing everywhere from carnivals to opera halls, to main stages across the US. The one thing she's never done -- until now -- is carry off a one-woman show. She opens Thursday, July 10th at the Open Eye Theater in the Catskills (www.theopeneyetheater.org), in ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa's one-woman show "One Night with Fanny Brice." (more...)

Helen Anker and Jeff McCarthy Lead Guthrie's MY FAIR LADY, Opening TonightHelen Anker and Jeff McCarthy Lead Guthrie's MY FAIR LADY, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2014

The Guthrie Theater presents My Fair Lady, the hummable, quotable, utterly enjoyable musical for the whole family. Playing for the first time at the Guthrie, under the direction of Joe Dowling, My Fair Lady will feature Helen Anker as Eliza Doolittle, Tony Sheldon as Colonel Pickering, Donald Corren as Alfred P. Doolittle - all in their Guthrie debuts - and Jeff McCarthy as Professor Henry Higgins. Performances began on the Wurtele Thrust Stage on Saturday, June 28, with an opening slated for tonight, July 4, 2014. (more...)

Virginia Rep's THE CHARITABLE SISTERHOOD OF THE SECOND TRINITY VICTORY CHURCH Opens 7/18Virginia Rep's THE CHARITABLE SISTERHOOD OF THE SECOND TRINITY VICTORY CHURCH Opens 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church on July 18 at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. The world premiere production runs through Sunday, August 24. This hilarious and heart-warming comedy by award-winning Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, follows the ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood who won't let flooded roads and washed out bridges keep them from fulfilling their sworn mission. (more...)

Point Park University's The REP Announces 2014-2015 SeasonPoint Park University's The REP Announces 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The 2014-2015 season of The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, will include two world premieres by Pittsburgh playwrights, a classic by Nobel laureate John Steinbeck and a hilarious comedy about an American singer renowned for her lack of rhythm, tone and especially an ability to sing. (more...)

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE! Footage of Kristin Chenoweth's THE EVOLUTION OF A SOPRANO at Carnegie HallBWW TV EXCLUSIVE! Footage of Kristin Chenoweth's THE EVOLUTION OF A SOPRANO at Carnegie Hall
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 13, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com is proud, and feels very privileged, to have been given EXCLUSIVE access to the evening's historic performance. (more...)

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Cast of ANYTHING GOES: IN CONCERT, 5/9-10Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Cast of ANYTHING GOES: IN CONCERT, 5/9-10
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

Since its highly successful Broadway debut 80 years ago, Anything Goes has been revived multiple times and now receives a world premiere symphonic version with Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) and an all-star Broadway cast, Today, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, as part of the ISO's Printing Partners Pops Series at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Kristin Chenoweth - Exclusive Performance Shots - THE EVOLUTION OF A SOPRANO at Carnegie HallPhoto Coverage: Kristin Chenoweth - Exclusive Performance Shots - THE EVOLUTION OF A SOPRANO at Carnegie Hall
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - May 6, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com was there, and Kevin Thomas Garcia captured the evening with these beautiful images. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth Returns to Carnegie Hall with THE EVOLUTION OF A SOPRANO TonightKristin Chenoweth Returns to Carnegie Hall with THE EVOLUTION OF A SOPRANO Tonight
by BWW Special Coverage - May 3, 2014

Tonight, May 3 at 7:30 p.m., Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress and recording artist Kristin Chenoweth returns to Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with an all-new program entitled The Evolution of a Soprano. (more...)

Helen Anker and Jeff McCarthy to Lead Guthrie's MY FAIR LADY; Performances Begin 6/28Helen Anker and Jeff McCarthy to Lead Guthrie's MY FAIR LADY; Performances Begin 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

The Guthrie Theater today announced casting for the production of My Fair Lady, the hummable, quotable, utterly enjoyable musical for the whole family. Playing for the first time at the Guthrie, under the direction of Joe Dowling, My Fair Lady will feature Helen Anker as Eliza Doolittle, Tony Sheldon as Colonel Pickering, Donald Corren as Alfred P. Doolittle - all in their Guthrie debuts - and Jeff McCarthy as Professor Henry Higgins. Performances begin on the Wurtele Thrust Stage on Saturday, June 28. Single tickets start at $28 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at www.guthrietheater.org. (more...)

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Belts Out 'Over the Rainbow' on LETTERMANVIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Belts Out 'Over the Rainbow' on LETTERMAN
by TV News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

When the host requested a sampling from the concert, Chenoweth happily obliged by belting out the Judy Garland classic, 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' (more...)

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