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Ringo Starr Announces Tour Dates After #PeaceAndLove CelebrationRingo Starr Announces Tour Dates After #PeaceAndLove Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

It was a very happy birthday for Ringo Star who was joined today in front of Capitol Records for his #PeaceAndLove birthday celebration. Special guests, family, and friends took part in his now annual (since 2008) July 7th, noon 'Peace and Love' salute (more...)

BWW Interview: MSMT Artists Discuss a Season of FirstsBWW Interview: MSMT Artists Discuss a Season of Firsts
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 16, 2016

'Sometimes in this business, it can seem you work and work and you aren't seeing results right away. Then all at once, everything comes to fruition at once, and that is a major boost to our company morale. That's exactly what has happened this season for MSMT,' says Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. 'Of our main stage productions, we have three that will be firsts!' Clark, who is joined by director Marc Robin, actors Liz Shivener and Mike Backes, is speaking to a Brunswick audience at Curtis Memorial Library on June 15, 2016, at the first of the season's Peek Behind the Curtain series, which is moderated by Broadway World's Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold. He elaborates. 'This summer we will present the New England regional premiere of Mama Mia; we have extended our twelve-week season for the first time by co-producing with Portland Stage, The Irish and How They Got That Way, and together with the Fulton Theatre, we have created the East Coast Regional premiere of the new chamber music version of Ghost The Musical. It's been an extraordinary adventure!' (more...)

BWW Interiew: Art That Resonates Within: Talking with Gregg GoodbrodBWW Interiew: Art That Resonates Within: Talking with Gregg Goodbrod
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 13, 2016

'We do art because of what it does for us - how it transforms us,' actor Gregg Goodbrod states with quiet conviction. 'Being an actor helps me to understand other people and see their lives and my own from a different perspective. That's why doing a play like Ghost becomes a journey that really resonates for me.' Goodbrod is speaking about his emotionally and physically demanding role as Sam Wheat in the new chamber version of the original 1990 movie and 2011 stage musical, which is currently playing at Maine State Music Theatre. He uses an example of the scene in which Sam, now a ghost, watches his beloved Molly sort through his belongs. 'I am really very Method as an actor, so I try to get into it completely and feel the actual feelings. And as I am watching Liz [Shivener] play this scene, it suddenly hits me that all these things are not what are important. If I were go, I know it is the love that I would miss. That's why I am an actor - so I can take these journeys and learn new lessons.' (more...)

BWW Review: Breathtakingly Beautiful GHOST Opens MSMT's 2016 Season on an Unforgettable HighBWW Review: Breathtakingly Beautiful GHOST Opens MSMT's 2016 Season on an Unforgettable High
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 10, 2016

Maine State Music Theatre's 2016 opening brought the East Coast premiere of the stunning and soul-stirring new chamber version of Ghost The Musical, and the evening proved to be an extraordinary artistic event! Not only did this production represent an unique collaboration between director/choreographer Marc Robin and the musical's original creators, Bruce Joel Rubin, Glen Ballard, and Dave Stewart, but it offered Maine audiences the opportunity to savor the depth and range of this remarkable company's artistry. For the Ghost which was unveiled at Brunswick's Pickard Theater June 9 (a co-production of MSMT and Lancaster's Fulton Theatre) dazzles with the complexity of its score, the tenderness of its story, its symphonically perfect direction, splendid visual values, and by the deep identification of the cast with the material. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of MSMT and Fulton's Reimagined GHOST THE MUSICALSTAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of MSMT and Fulton's Reimagined GHOST THE MUSICAL
by Stage Tube - Jun 8, 2016

The 'nationally regarded' Maine State Music Theatre and Fulton Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of GHOST THE MUSICAL, beginning tonight, June 8 through June 25.  BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peek at highlights and behind the scenes below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Nothing Short of Miraculous: A Conversation with E. Faye ButlerBWW Interview: Nothing Short of Miraculous: A Conversation with E. Faye Butler
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 7, 2016

'What they did is nothing short of miraculous! I know because I was there as a friend, a colleague, an artist. I was there in that room as the magic was happening!' Award-winning actress E. Faye Butler is speaking of the Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre, of her old friends from their Rockford, Illinois days, Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark, and of the entire creative team and cast of the new chamber music version of the musical Ghost in which she now stars. The Bruce Joel Rubin-Glen Ballard-Dave Stewart show which opens at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick on Thursday, June 9, is a reprise (and New England premiere) of the newly minted chamber adaptation presented at Lancaster's Fulton Theatre on April 21, 2016, after a year-long development process. One can feel the excitement and electricity in Butler's presence and her comments about this play with music which, she believes has given new life to both the original 1990 Jerry Zucker movie starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, and Whoopi Goldberg and the 2011 stage version. 'E. Faye is a force of nature!' MSMT Managing Director Stephanie Dupal proclaimed when she saw her in the premiere. (more...)

BWW Review: Marissa Mulder's Impressionistic Theater/Cabaret Piece Exploring the Life of Marilyn Monroe is Both Fascinating and FragmentedBWW Review: Marissa Mulder's Impressionistic Theater/Cabaret Piece Exploring the Life of Marilyn Monroe is Both Fascinating and Fragmented
by Alix Cohen - Jun 7, 2016

When New York cabaret community insiders and frequent club goers heard that Marissa Mulder was planning a Marilyn Monroe-themed show, the consensus was the vocalist's naturally breathy voice paired with a roster of songs from Monroe's films would be a good fit. Sidestepping expectations, Mulder and Director Sondra Lee have instead put together a one-woman theater piece with almost as much monologue (using Monroe's own words) as music. Equally surprising, the impressionistic show (currently in the midst of a four-show run at the Laurie Beechman Theatre after launching in February at the Metropolitan Room) features not Monroe's familiar material, but rather songs that reflect what its creators intuit as her internal life. (more...)


by Iris Moebius - May 31, 2016

Die Spielzeit 2016/2107 am Landestheater Linz wird wieder funf Musicalpremieren beinhalten, darunter mit IN 80 TAGEN UM DIE WELT EINE Urauffuhrung, mit PRELUDES eine europaische Erstauffuhrung direkt nach der kritisch-gefeierten New Yorker Off-Broadway Premiere, und eine deutschsprachige Erstauffuhrung mit GHOST - NACHRICHT VON SAM. Ebenfalls auf dem Programm stehen der modere Musical-Hit THE FULL MONTY und der Bernstein-Klassiker ON THE TOWN. Der Vorverkauf ist bereits eroffnet. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre to Present New Chamber Version of GHOST THE MUSICALMaine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre to Present New Chamber Version of GHOST THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

The 'nationally regarded' Maine State Music Theatre and Fulton Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of GHOST THE MUSICAL June 8 through June 25. (more...)

New Adaptation of GHOST, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET & More Set for Georgia Ensemble Theatre's 24th SeasonNew Adaptation of GHOST, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET & More Set for Georgia Ensemble Theatre's 24th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) Artistic Director Robert J. Farley has announced an exciting lineup of plays for the Company's 24th season of professional theatre in North Fulton County. Following an extraordinarily successful record-breaking year, the bar has been set high for GET as programming continues to grow and expand. The 2016-2017 season will take a journey through love, death, time, foreign lands, freedom fights, and even back to 1956 Memphis, Tennessee. With musicals, comedy, drama, and a world premiere, GET will once again offer an entertaining, enlightening, and illuminating variety of theatre for our patrons throughout north Georgia and beyond. In addition to the mainstage subscription series, GET will produce a four-play Theatre for Young Audiences series, and a four concert Big Band series. (more...)

BWW Blog: Meet Liz Shivener of GHOST at Fulton TheatreBWW Blog: Meet Liz Shivener of GHOST at Fulton Theatre
by Guest Blogger: Liz Shivener - Apr 25, 2016

Hello Broadway world! (more...)

BWW Review: The New 'Chamber Musical' of GHOST is Nearly AwesomeBWW Review: The New 'Chamber Musical' of GHOST is Nearly Awesome
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 24, 2016

One of the most loved films in history produced one of the most panned musicals around. The new, smaller version of the show is closer to the film and far easier to watch - and actually is worth watching (more...)

BWW CD Review: Matt Doyle's UNCONTROLLED is Heartfelt Pop PerfectionBWW CD Review: Matt Doyle's UNCONTROLLED is Heartfelt Pop Perfection
by David Clarke - Apr 21, 2016

After two successful EPs, Broadway veteran Matt Doyle has released his first full-length album, Uncontrolled. Doyle successfully crowd-funded the album on Kickstarter, and his passion for the material shines on every track. For fans of his EPs, the pop tonality emanating from Will Van Dyke's skillful arrangements will be familiar. For those listening to Matt Doyle for the first time, this aural landscape is inviting and addictive. (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Rubin, Robin and the Cast on the New Production of GHOSTBWW EXCLUSIVE: Rubin, Robin and the Cast on the New Production of GHOST
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 19, 2016

GHOST author Bruce Joel Rubin and director Marc Robin are unveiling a new, leaner, tighter version of GHOST: THE MUSICAL. They and leads Gregg Goodbrod and Liz Shivener speak out on re-recreating a classic story. (more...)

Photo Flash: Exclusive First Look at Liz Shivener, Gregg Goodbrod and More in New Immersive GHOST THE MUSICALPhoto Flash: Exclusive First Look at Liz Shivener, Gregg Goodbrod and More in New Immersive GHOST THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

The 'nationally regarded' Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, 'Unchained Melody,' 'Here Right Now,'  'Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life,' and more!   BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look below! (more...)

Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

 The "nationally regarded" Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, "Unchained Melody," "Here Right Now,"  "Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life," and more! (more...)

BWW Interview: Romance, Fire, Warmth, and Excitement as MSMT Forges AheadBWW Interview: Romance, Fire, Warmth, and Excitement as MSMT Forges Ahead
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Apr 8, 2016

“We came up with this pitch that alliterates,” says Maine State Music Theatre's Managing Director Stephanie Dupal of the theatre's description of their upcoming 2016 summer season. “Relive the romance of Ghost; feel the fire of Evita; welcome the warmth of Fiddler; and experience the excitement of Mama Mia,” she recites. Joined by Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark, the pair is talking about their plans for their main stage productions and the various new initiatives this dynamic team has launched since taking the helm of the company's leadership in 2013. By all accounts it is to be a season to surpass even the excellence of the prior ones! (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The internationally award-winning musical Chicago will be the Christmas show at the New Alexandra Theatre this year, it was announced today. (more...)

BWW Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL Pairs Cinematography, Live Performance And Magic To Bring The Paranormal Love Story Into The 21st CenturyBWW Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL Pairs Cinematography, Live Performance And Magic To Bring The Paranormal Love Story Into The 21st Century
by Jade Kops - Mar 21, 2016

The 1990 movie of love beyond death is bought to the stage with GHOST THE MUSICAL. (more...)

BWW Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL - Visual Effects Enhance a Well Written ShowBWW Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL - Visual Effects Enhance a Well Written Show
by Tim Carney - Feb 8, 2016

With some spectacular visual effects and thrilling performances, Ghost the musical opened at the Regent Theatre last night in front of an appreciative audience. From the outset Jon Driscoll's video projections set the scene for what is a particularly clever musical both optically and emotionally. While Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard's score isn't overtly memorable there are some stunning melodies that capture characters inner thoughts and feelings and move the action forward, staying faithful to the original film with Bruce Joel Rubin adapting his original screenplay for the stage. (more...)

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