Happy Days News

Full Casting Announced for GREASE Starring Tom Parker and Danielle HopeFull Casting Announced for GREASE Starring Tom Parker and Danielle Hope
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Grease is the word! Full casting is announced for the hit 70s musical, which returns this year to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Monday 27 November - Saturday 2 December. (more...)

JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN Encores at Don't Tell MamaJUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN Encores at Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

'Judy and Liza Together Again', starring internationally acclaimed entertainers Rick Skye and Tommy Femia, named 'BEST DUO'in 2012 by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), has been EXTENDED AGAIN through the Winter Season at Don't Tell Mama's (343 West 46th Street). Teaming up for an evening of 'Just POW!', these MAC and Bistro Award winning performers pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/daughter team in show biz history in 'a high energy evening with an abundance of laughs!' (Edge) . The gaiety continues with performances on Saturdays, January 21st and 28th, February 4th and 25th. There is a $25.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum. For reservations call: 212-757-0788 or make reservations online at www.donttellmamanyc.com (more...)

BWW Review: ROBYN SPANGLER Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN SPANGLER to RockwellBWW Review: ROBYN SPANGLER Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN SPANGLER to Rockwell
by Don Grigware - Jan 18, 2017

Who says artistry seldom improves with age? I saw Robyn Spangler perform her first Linda Ronstadt show, after an extensive tour to promote her CD Why I Love Linda Ronstadt about five years ago. I had the following to say about her performance. 'Accessible, friendly with an aura of poise and self-confidence, Spangler ... fully engages and entertains her audience. I had such a good time, when the hour was over, I wanted to cry out for more...more Nelson Riddle, more Gilbert and Sullivan! Leaving an audience wanting more is a sign of a truly great cabaret artist, and Robyn Spangler fills the bill'. (more...)

Conjo Players Theatre Releases Exciting News About ENCORE! An Evening Celebrating TheatreConjo Players Theatre Releases Exciting News About ENCORE! An Evening Celebrating Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Conjo Players Theatre has released exciting news about ENCORE! An Evening Celebrating Theatre (more...)

Broadway Adaptations of BEETLEJUICE, NIGHT SHIFT & More In the Works at Warner BrosBroadway Adaptations of BEETLEJUICE, NIGHT SHIFT & More In the Works at Warner Bros
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Warner Bros' theater slate includes a musical adaptation of the 1982 comedy film NIGHT SHIFT, and a play adaptation of the 1975 crime drama DOG DAY AFTERNOON, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis. (more...)

Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces February EventsIrvine Barclay Theatre Announces February Events
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Irvine Barclay Theatre has announced its events lineup for February. See the full schedule below: (more...)

BWW Interviews: Luke Frazier of DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE: 75 YEARS OF BARBRA STREISAND with The American Pops OrchestraBWW Interviews: Luke Frazier of DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE: 75 YEARS OF BARBRA STREISAND with The American Pops Orchestra
by Jamie McGonnigal - Jan 11, 2017

We've all got our divas. And Luke Frazier is no different. He's going to be spending this Friday night celebrating that Funny Girl, Barbra Streisand for her 75th birthday. (more...)

HOLIDAY INN's Gordon Greenberg to Helm World Premiere of ASSISTED LOVING, Starring Barry Pearl, in AlbanyHOLIDAY INN's Gordon Greenberg to Helm World Premiere of ASSISTED LOVING, Starring Barry Pearl, in Albany
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Dating is hard enough on its own, much less when you have to screen your father's options, too. Bob Morris' hilarious, poignant new play Assisted Loving: Dating with My Dad posits a brave new world that tangles filial piety, romance and the internet in bright, unexpected ways. (more...)

Meryl Streep Performs Carrie Fisher's Favorite Song at Intimate MemorialMeryl Streep Performs Carrie Fisher's Favorite Song at Intimate Memorial
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 6, 2017

Close friends and family members of Carrie Fisher gathered together yesterday at the star's home in Beverly Hills, CA. Fisher passed away on December 27th at the age of 60 following a heart attack. (more...)

Devin Archer and Natalie Storrs to Meet in the Middle in THE LAST FIVE YEARS at La Mirada TheatreDevin Archer and Natalie Storrs to Meet in the Middle in THE LAST FIVE YEARS at La Mirada Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the third show of its 2016-2017 season, Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS, starring Devin Archer and Natalie Storrs, with musical direction by Brent Crayon and directed by Ovation Award-winner Nick DeGruccio. (more...)

Robyn Spangler Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN to Rockwell Table and StageRobyn Spangler Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN to Rockwell Table and Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

To celebrate the Nelson Riddle / Linda Ronstadt three album collaboration of the Great American Songbook Broadway World Award Winner and PLAYBILL Pick ROBYN SPANGLER sings selections from the three platinum certified albums: "What's New", "Lush Life" and "For Sentimental Reasons". (more...)

THE BABIES to Babble for the Last Time Off-Broadway This JanuaryTHE BABIES to Babble for the Last Time Off-Broadway This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

If you were ever a baby, had a baby, or just acted like a baby, The Babies is the musical for you. Going from the womb to preschool, The Babies sing and dance and tell you what they really think. A musical from the folks who gave you classic television like 'The Brady Bunch' and 'Gilligan's Island.' The Babies has book by Lloyd J. Schwartz (who will also direct), music by Matt Dahan (who will serve as musical director) and lyrics by Lloyd J. Schwartz & Anthony Gruppuso, with musical staging by Gene Castle. Just announced, the musical will end its limited engagement on January 7th, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: Michael Feinstein Salutes Judy Garland at His Annual Holiday ShowBWW Review: Michael Feinstein Salutes Judy Garland at His Annual Holiday Show
by Alix Cohen - Dec 17, 2016

'For 47 years, the world of entertainment was blessed with a force of nature called Judy Garland,' Michael Feinstein begins, 'and for Judy, it all began at MGM.' As the artist takes his time with Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz's 'That's Entertainment,' screens on either side of the stage show clips from the film of the same name deftly edited to reflect every lyric. A coda of special material makes 'star' recognition even more specific. In Feinstein's A HOLIDAY TO REMEMBER at Feinstein's/54 Below, we hear songs from Garland's films and appearances, some iconic, others less known. Despite a life of trials, we're told, the performer left a legacy of optimism and joy. She had a quick-witted sense of humor, especially about herself. On one occasion, when Lucille Ball was praised for her humor, she responded that it was scripted, while Judy Garland's was spontaneous. The show is peppered with illuminating anecdotes. (more...)

BWW Interview: New Orleans Welcomes Home Leslie Rochette in JERSEY BOYSBWW Interview: New Orleans Welcomes Home Leslie Rochette in JERSEY BOYS
by Heidi Scheuermann - Dec 15, 2016

Returning to New Orleans this week is the musical that made the world fall in love with the Four Seasons all over again, JERSEY BOYS. First a superstar boy group from Jersey, then a hit musical, next a movie, and now we're getting to see the show once again on tour! Whether you realize it or not you know the music, so come see the story behind the music where all the "magic" happened. (more...)

DAMES AT SEA's Randy Skinner to Helm GOTTA GETTA GIRL ReadingsDAMES AT SEA's Randy Skinner to Helm GOTTA GETTA GIRL Readings
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab will present further staged readings of Gotta Getta Girl, a 1930s musical romp with book and lyrics by Peter Charles Morris and music by David Caldwell. (more...)

KOAN Unit Rings in 2017 at Odyssey with Quintet of Short Plays by Samuel BeckettKOAN Unit Rings in 2017 at Odyssey with Quintet of Short Plays by Samuel Beckett
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

The KOAN Unit kicks off the new year with Beckett5, a quintet of darkly humorous, seldom-seen short plays by Samuel Beckettopening January 21 at the Odyssey Theatre. (more...)

Michael Feinstein to Introduce 2016 Songbook Academy Winner at Feinstein's/54 Below This MonthMichael Feinstein to Introduce 2016 Songbook Academy Winner at Feinstein's/54 Below This Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Michael Feinstein will introduce teen vocalist Brighton Thomas as part of his holiday engagement at Feinstein's/54 Below Supper Club, December 15-30. Thomas is the winner of the 2016 Songbook Academy, a program sponsored by the Great American Songbook Foundation. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Quintessence Theatre Group's WILDE TALESPhoto Flash: First Look at Quintessence Theatre Group's WILDE TALES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2016

Quintessence Theatre Group continues its tradition of holiday classics for the whole family with Oscar Wilde's Wilde Tales. Celebrated up-and-coming experimental director Jeremy Bloom adapts and directs this amalgamation of short stories. Wilde Tales begins performances on Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm and opens on Saturday, December 10 at 7pm. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave. in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Laguna Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Panto's SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHTPhoto Flash: First Look at Laguna Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Panto's SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2016

Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Lythgoe Family Panto are thrilled to announce a very special holiday event, Cozi Zuehlsdorff ("Dolphin Tale" Films), Joely Fisher (Broadway: Cabaret, "Desperate Housewives"), Barry Pearl ("Grease"), The Book of Mormon's Benjamin Schrader, Jeff Sumner (Genie in Disney's Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular), "American Idol" finalist Vonzell Solomon and Conor Guzman (Pasadena Playhouse; The Fantasticks) starring in SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, book by Kris Lythgoe, choreography by Spencer Liff, musical supervisor Michael Orland, musical direction by Michael Sobie and directed by Linda Goodrich. "Last year's holiday confection returns with an all-new Lythgoe Family Panto event on our stage!" comments Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham. Remarks Becky Lythgoe, "We are delighted to be back at the Playhouse with our second show and with this extraordinary cast for a truly magical holiday show!" SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT will begin performances on Wednesday, December 7; will open on Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm and will run through Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.  (more...)

Tom Parker and the Cast of GREASE to Perform at Wolverhampton Grand TheatreTom Parker and the Cast of GREASE to Perform at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

GREASE is the word! The hit 70s musical returns in 2017 for a UK tour, coming to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Monday 27 November - Saturday 2 December 2017. (more...)

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