Gene Kelly News

Date of Birth: August 23, 1912
Date of Death: February 02, 1996 (83)
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Gender: Male
Photo Flash: Jose Iturbi Foundation Salutes Sinatra's 100th at the Hollywood BowlPhoto Flash: Jose Iturbi Foundation Salutes Sinatra's 100th at the Hollywood Bowl
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

For two decades, the Jose© Iturbi Foundation (www.joseiturbifoundation.org) has fulfilled his mission by sponsoring blockbuster concerts and international musical competitions, showcasing professional classical music artists in the making. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Musical Theatre West Revisits the Glorious Feeling of SINGIN' IN THE RAINBWW Reviews: Musical Theatre West Revisits the Glorious Feeling of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
by Michael L. Quintos - Jul 24, 2015

As the cliche goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. That is perhaps partly the philosophy behind the rather faithful stage adaptation of the gloriously wonderful movie musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, now once again charmingly replicated in a smile-inducing local production at Musical Theatre West that continues through July 26 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. An almost scene-by-scene, note-for-note recreation of the superb cinematic masterpiece, the musical theater iteration of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN smartly and painstakingly reenacts every key moment and memorable musical happenstance from the 1952 movie that many have since heralded as one of the best movie musicals of all time. With MTW's latest revival specifically, director/choreographer Jon Engstrom has helmed a joyful production worth experiencing, whether it's your first or hundredth time. And, yes, it rains on stage... and it's a sight to behold! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Debut of the Month - AN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Leanne CopeBWW Interviews: Debut of the Month - AN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Leanne Cope
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 20, 2015

Today, the triple threat speaks to BWW about her memorable meeting with her film counterpart, her dream musical theater role and her Broadway debut, which she calls a magical evening that will probably never be topped! (more...)

BWW Feature: Celebrate the City of Lights with our Favorite French ShowtunesBWW Feature: Celebrate the City of Lights with our Favorite French Showtunes
by Matt Tamanini - Jul 19, 2015

Paris Je t'dore! And Vive La France! French-flavored Broadway shows and songs are tres magnifique. The romantic 'City of Lights' and the lure of romance with a French accent has served as the inspiration for many musicals through the years. And since France and all of the world's Francophiles celebrated Bastille Day earlier this week, BroadwayWorld's Jeff Walker and Matt Tamanini are taking a look at the shows and tunes that make us go 'oo-la-la!' (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Classy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at MTWBWW Reviews: A Classy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at MTW
by Don Grigware - Jul 14, 2015

To those newer generation theatre and movie fans who do not remember 1952's blockbuster hit film Singin' in the Rain, directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green and costars Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds all contributed to making it the smash that it was... and still is. The zany lightweight hit transferred to the stage in the early 80s and showed the craziness that may have happened when the big movie studios were transitioning from silents to talkies in the late 20s. Now in a classy revival at Musical Theatre West (MTW) in Long Beach, it's all brought back to exuberantly colorful life by skilled director Jon Engstrom and a delicious company of triple threats through July 26 only. (more...)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN to Play Sydney's Lyric Theatre in 2016SINGIN' IN THE RAIN to Play Sydney's Lyric Theatre in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

The splash-hit West End stage production SINGIN' IN THE RAIN will open at Sydney's Lyric Theatre in July 2016 starring an all-Australian cast including star of stage and screen Adam Garcia. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 17 July 2015. (more...)

BWW Interview: Robbie and Megan Fairchild Talk Awards Season, Broadway vs. Ballet, and More!BWW Interview: Robbie and Megan Fairchild Talk Awards Season, Broadway vs. Ballet, and More!
by Sally Henry - Jul 4, 2015

What's better than becoming a principal dancer in the NYC Ballet and then scoring a major role on Broadway? Doing it all with your brother or sister. (more...)

Long Beach to Honor Gene Kelly's Legacy With Three Upcoming EventsLong Beach to Honor Gene Kelly's Legacy With Three Upcoming Events
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

Dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, and film director…Gene Kelly has done it all, leaving the world with a legacy of great performances.  Now, three Long Beach events will pay tribute to the American icon.  The tribute begins with a three-week run of the Broadway stage spectacle "Singin' in the Rain," presented live on stage by Musical Theatre West, July 10-26.  (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: High Schoolers Take Over Broadway- Watch Highlights from the 2015 Jimmy Awards!BWW TV Exclusive: High Schoolers Take Over Broadway- Watch Highlights from the 2015 Jimmy Awards!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 1, 2015

THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS (NHSMTA)/JIMMY AWARDS- The seventh annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards were held on Monday, June 29, 2015, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. This one-of-a-kind-event was hosted by two-time Tony Award®-winner Michael Cerveris, currently on Broadway in this year's Best Musical Fun Home at Circle in the Square. The coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor on Monday, June 29 at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre, was presented to Marla Louissaint representing The Gershwin Awards and Anthony Skillman, representing the M.A.C.Y. Awards. BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you highlights from the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside the 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards!Photo Flash: Inside the 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS (NHSMTA)/JIMMY AWARDS- The seventh annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards were held on Monday, June 29, 2015, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. This one-of-a-kind-event was hosted by two-time Tony Award®-winner Michael Cerveris, currently on Broadway in this year's Best Musical Fun Home at Circle in the Square. (more...)

2015 Jimmy Award Winners Announced!2015 Jimmy Award Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

The seventh annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards / Jimmy Awards were held tonight, June 29, 2015, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. This one-of-a-kind-event was hosted by two-time Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris, currently on Broadway in this year's Best Musical Fun Home at Circle in the Square. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/27/15 - PAL JOEYSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/27/15 - PAL JOEY
by Stage Tube - Jun 27, 2015

Today in 1976, the second Broadway revival of Pal Joey opened at the Circle in the SquareTheatre, where it ran for 73 performances. Pal Joey is a musical with a book by John O'Hara (from his novel of the same title) and music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart based on a character and situations O'Hara created in a series of short stories published in The New Yorker. The original 1940 Broadway production was directed by George Abbott and starred Gene Kelly. There have been several revivals since, including a 2008-09 Broadway run, and a 1957 film adaptation starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak. The 1976 cast featured: Christopher Chadman (Joey), Harold Gary (Mike), Terri Treas (Kid), Janie Sell (Gladys), and Gail Benedict (Gail). (more...)

Long Beach Celebrates Gene Kelly's LegacyLong Beach Celebrates Gene Kelly's Legacy
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2015

Dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, and film director…Gene Kelly has done it all, leaving the world with a legacy of great performances. Now, three Long Beach events will pay tribute to the American icon. The tribute begins with a three-week run of the Broadway stage spectacle "Singin' in the Rain," presented live on stage by Musical Theatre West, July 10-26. (more...)

BWW Interview: ON THE TOWN's Tony Yazbeck on His Birdland Concert and Debut Album!BWW Interview: ON THE TOWN's Tony Yazbeck on His Birdland Concert and Debut Album!
by Joseph F. Panarello - Jun 23, 2015

ON THE TOWN star discusses his show as well as his upcoming show at Birdland and his debut album. (more...)

BWW Interviews: 6 Questions & a Plug with MUSIC MAN's Tony VierlingBWW Interviews: 6 Questions & a Plug with MUSIC MAN's Tony Vierling
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jun 22, 2015

You are used to seeing the leads in local and touring shows get featured in this space but not as often the 'unsung' heroes of the stage - the ensemble cast who are out there hoofing it show after show. Actor Tony Vierling is filling that role this time and shared some thoughts in 6 Questions & a Plug. (more...)

Nominees Announced for the 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards!Nominees Announced for the 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS (NHSMTA)/JIMMY AWARDS just announced that 52 high school students from across America will compete for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the seventh annual awards ceremony. The presentation will take place on Monday, June 29th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. Tickets can be purchased by visiting NHSMTA.COM or TICKETMASTER.COM and range from $39 to $79. Premium seats are $175. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Well, Did You Evah?! Cole Porter's 124th Birthday Clip ExtravaganzaFLASH FRIDAY: Well, Did You Evah?! Cole Porter's 124th Birthday Clip Extravaganza
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 12, 2015

Today we salute the man behind the music and lyrics of many of the most popular songs of the 20th century, Cole Porter. (more...)

Kimmel Center Is Proud Co-Producer of Tony-Winning AN AMERICAN IN PARISKimmel Center Is Proud Co-Producer of Tony-Winning AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

The Kimmel Center is proud to be one of the co-producers of An American in Paris, which won four honors at Sunday's 69th Annual Tony Awards. The popular Broadway stage adaptation was co-produced by the Kimmel Center as part of Elephant Eye Theatrical and the production consortium Five Cent Productions. (more...)

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Tops Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors; Winners Announced!YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Tops Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors; Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

A panel of nationally recognized judges, including Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winner, Rita Moreno; choreographer and Broadway dancer Michael Balderrama; director Michael Donovan; and producer, director and choreographer Andy Ferrara, announced the 2015 winners of The Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors - formerly called The California High School Musical Honors - at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsored by Children's Musical Theater San Jose and Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, this yearly regional awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre in the greater California region. (more...)

UK Premiere of XANADU Skates Into Southwark Playhouse This AutumnUK Premiere of XANADU Skates Into Southwark Playhouse This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

The UK Premiere of the smash-hit Broadway musical comedy, XANADU, based on the 1980s classic cult movie, comes to Southwark Playhouse this autumn. Press night is slated for Tuesday, 3 November 2015 at 7.30pm; the show runs Friday 16 October - Saturday 21 November 2015, presented by Xanadu Theatre Productions Limited.  (more...)

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