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Hugh Wheeler News

Date Of Birth:
March 19, 1912
Date Of Death:
July 26, 1987 (75)
Gender:
Male
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West End's SWEENEY TODD, with Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson, Adds Performance, April 5West End's SWEENEY TODD, with Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson, Adds Performance, April 5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Due to unprecedented public demand, an extra performance has been scheduled on Sunday 5 April at 3pm for Lonny Price's production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller at the London Coliseum. Tickets for the 5 April performance, including 300 seats at £10 each, will go on sale today (3 March 2015) at 10am. Sales for Sweeney Todd broke English National Opera box office records last September and the few remaining seats for performances from 30 March are available through the box office. (more...)

A.C.T. to Stage Kwame Kwei-Armah's LET THERE BE LOVE, 4/8-5/3A.C.T. to Stage Kwame Kwei-Armah's LET THERE BE LOVE, 4/8-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Continuing its 2014-15 season, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will present Let There Be Love, an intimate and disarmingly honest play from Kwame Kwei-Armah, one of England's most distinguished contemporary playwrights. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/25/15- A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/25/15- A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by Stage Tube - Feb 25, 2015

Today in 1973, A Little Night Music opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 601 performances. A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of several couples. Since its original 1973 Broadway production, the musical has enjoyed professional productions in the West End, by opera companies, in a 2009 Broadway revival, and elsewhere, and it is a popular choice for regional groups. It was adapted for film in 1977, with Harold Prince directing and Elizabeth Taylor, Len Cariou, Lesley-Anne Down and Diana Rigg starring. (more...)

Karen Ziemba, Emily Skinner and Patrick Cassidy to Star in A.C.T.'s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC This SummerKaren Ziemba, Emily Skinner and Patrick Cassidy to Star in A.C.T.'s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Carey Perloff announced today the initial casting for A.C.T.'s upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's rapturous and seductive musical, A Little Night Music. Filled with Sondheim's signature wit and some of his most gorgeous melodies -- including the beloved and haunting treasure "Send in the Clowns" -- A Little Night Music will feature Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Bullets Over Broadway, Contact) as Desiree Armfeldt; Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner (Billy Elliot: The Musical, Side Show) as Charlotte; and Patrick Cassidy (42nd Street, Sondheim's Assassins) as Federick Egerman. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor to Reprise Roles in THE LAST FIVE YEARS at A.C.T. This MarchBetsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor to Reprise Roles in THE LAST FIVE YEARS at A.C.T. This March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is thrilled to present Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown's (Parade, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Bridges of Madison County) powerful and intimate musical, The Last Five Years, for a special concert presentation on Friday, March 27 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, March 28 (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/11/15- PACIFIC OVERTURESSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/11/15- PACIFIC OVERTURES
by Stage Tube - Jan 11, 2015

Today in 1976, Pacific Overtures opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 193 performances. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a libretto by John Weidman, and additional material by Hugh Wheeler, the musical is set in 1853 Japan and follows the difficult Westernization of Japan, through the lives of two friends caught in the change. The original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures in 1976 was presented in Kabuki style, with men playing women's parts and set changes made in full view of the audience by people dressed in black. A Broadway revival ran at Studio 54 from December 2, 2004 to January 30, 2005, directed by Amon Miyamoto and starring B.D. Wong as the Narrator and several members of the original cast. (more...)

A.C.T.'s MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY Begins 2/18A.C.T.'s MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY Begins 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

After playing to sold-out audiences in New York, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), in a coproduction with the Guthrie Theater, is thrilled to present the West Coast premiere of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (February 18-March 15, 2015). (more...)

2014 South African Theatre Retrospectives: Musical Theatre and Opera2014 South African Theatre Retrospectives: Musical Theatre and Opera
by David Fick - Dec 31, 2014

The penultimate column in our 2014 South African Theatre Retrospectives deals with musical theatre and opera. Today we celebrate 'six of the best' opera and musical theatre productions from around the country - with two honourable mentions for an outstanding cabaret and revue - having already looked at some of the best plays and dance productions of the year. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: Sondheim By The Decade, Part 2 - 1970s & 1980sFLASH SPECIAL: Sondheim By The Decade, Part 2 - 1970s & 1980s
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 25, 2014

The feature film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved fairy tale musical INTO THE WOODS is coming to movie theaters nationwide on Christmas Day and BroadwayWorld celebrates the man behind the music with a new series highlighting the work of iconic composer and lyricist, continuing today with a look at his work in the 1970s and 1980s. (more...)

Vorschau auf den Openair-Muscialsommer 2015Vorschau auf den Openair-Muscialsommer 2015
by Iris Moebius - Dec 15, 2014

Der Winter hat gerade erst begonnen, aber die Freilichtbuhnen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz blicken schon auf den nachsten Sommer. Viele der Openair-Theater in der Region fuhren auch 2015 wieder Musicals auf und haben bereits die Spielplane fur den kommenden Sommer veroffentlicht. Auf dem Programm stehen Klassiker wie Cabaret und Singin' in the Rain, aber auch Deutschlandpremieren wie Zorro und selten gespielte Musicals wie Der Geheime Garten und Das Lacheln einer Sommernacht. Vielerorts auch hat bereits der Vorverkauf begonnen. Damit ihr euch die besten Platze sichern und Ausfluge planen konnt, gibt es hier eine Übersicht uber einen Großteil der Freilicht-Musicals im Sommer 2015. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/13- A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/13- A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by Stage Tube - Dec 13, 2014

Today in 2009, A Little Night Music opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre, where it ran for 425 performances. A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of several couples. Since its original 1973 Broadway production, the musical has enjoyed professional productions in the West End, by opera companies, in a 2009 Broadway revival, and elsewhere, and it is a popular choice for regional groups. It was adapted for film in 1977, with Harold Prince directing and Elizabeth Taylor, Len Cariou, Lesley-Anne Down and Diana Rigg starring. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Stoneham's MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Is White Bread AmericanaBWW REVIEW: Stoneham's MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Is White Bread Americana
by Jan Nargi - Dec 11, 2014

Young Sirena Abalian of Lexington is the shining standout in an otherwise lackluster production of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, Stoneham Theatre's misguided attempt to stage the bland Broadway version of the classic Judy Garland movie musical. (more...)

A.C.T. Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Now thru 12/28A.C.T. Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Now thru 12/28
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area's favorite holiday tradition returns with American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)'s celebrated production of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET continues to chill audiences in New Theatre's minimalist interpretation of the musical thriller.BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET continues to chill audiences in New Theatre's minimalist interpretation of the musical thriller.
by Jade Kops - Nov 28, 2014

Giles Gartrell-Mills' (Director) interpretation of Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and Hugh Wheeler's (libretto) famous musical SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET allows the dark and twisted characters shine in this minimalist production. (more...)

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS CHRISTMAS to Run 11/28-12/28 at Stoneham TheatreMEET ME IN ST. LOUIS CHRISTMAS to Run 11/28-12/28 at Stoneham Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

Let your heart be light, and have yourself a Meet Me in St. Louis Christmas, live, on stage at Stoneham Theatre. Performances run from November 28-December 28, 2014. Written by Hugh Wheeler, this musical is based on 'The Kensington Stories' by Sally Benson, and the MGM motion picture Meet Me in St. Louis starring Judy Garland. The songs are composed by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blaine, published by EMI Feist Catalog, and produced for the Broadway stage by Brickhill-Burke Productions, Christopher Seabrooke, and EPI Products. Directed by Stoneham Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Caitlin Lowans, with Ceit Zweil as Choreographer and Bethany Aiken as Musical Director, this show features 'The Trolley Song,' 'The Boy Next Door,' and, of course, 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' (more...)

Lamplighters Music Theatre to Present CANDIDELamplighters Music Theatre to Present CANDIDE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

San Francisco's Lamplighters take Candide, his beloved Cunegonde, the absurdly optimistic philosopher Pangloss, and a virtual clown car of other eccentric characters on their picaresque journey around the world in search of the meaning of life. As classic in the realm of operetta as West Side Story is in the realm of American musical theatre, the British Royal National Theatre version of Candide, as adapted for the stage by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, is set to the sublime music of that quintessential modern American master, Leonard Bernstein, and the brilliant lyrics of Richard Wilbur and Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: As If We Never Said Goodbye! SUNSET BOULEVARD Turns 20 & Readies For RevivalTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: As If We Never Said Goodbye! SUNSET BOULEVARD Turns 20 & Readies For Revival
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 20, 2014

Today we are shining a solo spotlight on a multi-Tony Award-winning Best Musical that is eyeing a revival just in time for its 20th anniversary, SUNSET BOULEVARD. (more...)

A.C.T. to Kick Off the New Year with Tom Stoppard's INDIAN INK, Running 1/14-2/8A.C.T. to Kick Off the New Year with Tom Stoppard's INDIAN INK, Running 1/14-2/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

Continuing its exploration on the power of memory and storytelling, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will kick off the new year with an all-new production of Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink, (January 14 - February 8, 2015) a romantic saga spanning decades, continents, and cultures. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 11/16/2014Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 11/16/2014
by BWW - Nov 16, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/16/2014 for Central Pennsylvania (more...)

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS CHRISTMAS to Run 11/28-12/28 at Stoneham TheatreMEET ME IN ST. LOUIS CHRISTMAS to Run 11/28-12/28 at Stoneham Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Let your heart be light, and have yourself a Meet Me in St. Louis Christmas, live, on stage at Stoneham Theatre. Performances run from November 28-December 28, 2014. Written by Hugh Wheeler, this musical is based on 'The Kensington Stories' by Sally Benson, and the MGM motion picture Meet Me in St. Louis starring Judy Garland. The songs are composed by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blaine, published by EMI Feist Catalog, and produced for the Broadway stage by Brickhill-Burke Productions, Christopher Seabrooke, and EPI Products. Directed by Stoneham Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Caitlin Lowans, with Ceit Zweil as Choreographer and Bethany Aiken as Musical Director, this show features 'The Trolley Song,' 'The Boy Next Door,' and, of course, 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' (more...)

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