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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...)

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...)

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...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Our Fair Frasier! Kelsey Grammer Gears Up For Broadway ReturnFLASH FRIDAY: Our Fair Frasier! Kelsey Grammer Gears Up For Broadway Return
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 14, 2014

Today we are focusing on a popular stage and screen star just announced to return to Broadway in FINDING NEVERLAND, Kelsey Grammer. (more...)

Quast Confirmed As Judge Turpin In SWEENEY TODD With Terfel And Thompson!Quast Confirmed As Judge Turpin In SWEENEY TODD With Terfel And Thompson!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Joining the previously announced Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson who will lead the cast as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett is Philip Quast as Judge Turpin. Further casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Philip Quast to Reprise Role as 'Judge Turpin' in ENO's SWEENEY TODDPhilip Quast to Reprise Role as 'Judge Turpin' in ENO's SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye just revealed via Twitter that Olivier winner Philip Quast, who played 'Judge Turpin' in the New York Philharmonic's SWEENEY TODD, will reprise his role in the musical at English National Opera. He will reunite with Bryn Terfel in the title role and Emma Thompson as 'Mrs. Lovett'. (more...)

Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jeremy Kushnier, Alli Mauzey Set for UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH, VOL. 2 at 54 BelowStephanie D'Abruzzo, Jeremy Kushnier, Alli Mauzey Set for UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH, VOL. 2 at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) will present Unsung Carolyn Leigh, Vol. 2 at 54 Below on Thursday, November 20 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM. The evening, showcasing songs by the Tony- and Grammy-nominated lyricist of Peter Pan, Little Me, and How Now Dow Jones, is created and directed by Ben West (Unsung Carolyn Leigh, The Fig Leaves Are Falling). (more...)

Colm Toibin's TESTAMENT Opens Tonight at A.C.T.Colm Toibin's TESTAMENT Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) continues its 2014-15 season with Colm Toibin's fiercely lyrical solo play, Testament. Originally staged at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2011-and retitled for Broadway in 2013 as The Testament of Mary-Testament is an incisive, vivid, and deeply human work that recounts in riveting detail a defiant mother's story of her son, who has been taken from her by men she regards as fanatics. Directed by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff and starring Canadian leading actor, Seana McKenna (last seen in A.C.T.'s production of Napoli!), Testament has been hailed as 'beautiful and daring' by the New York Times and was a 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play. Testament will perform at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco) through November 23, 2014. Press night for Testament will be tonight, November 5, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, November 4 2014BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, November 4 2014
by Gary Naylor - Nov 5, 2014

Gary Naylor sees an extraordinary production of Stephen Sondheim's extraordinary musical, one embedded in a Pie Shop... and in its local community. (more...)

InDepth InterView Exclusive: Brian Stokes Mitchell On THE BAND WAGON At Encores!, Plus GLEE Final Season, SWEENEY TODD, New Albums & MoreInDepth InterView Exclusive: Brian Stokes Mitchell On THE BAND WAGON At Encores!, Plus GLEE Final Season, SWEENEY TODD, New Albums & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 5, 2014

Today we are talking to a spectacularly gifted Tony Award-winning stage and screen performer known for originating numerous memorable roles in both new musicals and revivals as well as starring in this month's Encores! special presentation of THE BAND WAGON, Brian Stokes Mitchell. Opening up about the new stage-to-screen adaptation of the movie musical classic while granting a rare few moments for a chat while on a break, Mitchell shares his enthusiasm for re-teaming with frequent collaborator director/choreographer Kathleen Marhshall as well as what audiences can expect from the brand new concert presentation while also commenting on his starry assortment of fellow players in the production, including Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean and Laura Osnes. Furthermore, Mitchell offers first news of his return to FOX's hit musical dramedy series GLEE for its final season and preliminarily clues us in to what we can expect from his last appearance on the series. Additionally, Mitchell reflects on his starring role in the 2002 Kennedy Center production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's SWEENEY TODD and whether he would be interested in pursuing that part again in the future. Plus, Mitchell reveals he has recorded a series of studio albums awaiting release and shares his opinions on what material he would like to record in the future. All of that, thoughts on THE PRINCE OF EGYPT and if it could work onstage, his upcoming Christmas concert series with the Cincinnati Symphony, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN memories and much, much more in this exclusive conversation with one of Broadway's most beloved leading men! (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: The Top 13 Most Chilling & Thrilling Musicals Of All TimeFLASH FRIDAY: The Top 13 Most Chilling & Thrilling Musicals Of All Time
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 31, 2014

Today we are counting down the absolute scariest musicals of all time in honor of Halloween 2014. (more...)

THE SONDHEIM REVIEW Presents - Ghosts of Sweeney ToddTHE SONDHEIM REVIEW Presents - Ghosts of Sweeney Todd
by The Sondheim Review - Oct 29, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com continues its partnership with THE SONDHEIM REVIEW. Each month we'll be bringing you special, and exclusive archives from the quarterly magazine dedicated to the work of the musical theatre and Broadway's foremost composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. Each issue contains news, interviews, features, reviews, historical information, upcoming productions in your area, puzzles, and more. Our correspondents in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, and all over the world bring you the latest, most accurate information and insights. (more...)

Anne Reid, Janie Dee and More Star in 40th Anniversary Concert of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Jan 26Anne Reid, Janie Dee and More Star in 40th Anniversary Concert of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Jan 26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

For one very special night only, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's critically acclaimed and award-winning musical? A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC will be performed with an all-star cast at the Palace Theatre in the West End on Monday January 26, 2015 (more...)

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Begins its 2014-15 Cheng Family Foundation Series with a FALL CONCERT, 11/16Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Begins its 2014-15 Cheng Family Foundation Series with a FALL CONCERT, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2014

The exceptionally talented Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) begins its 2014-15 Cheng Family Foundation Youth Orchestra concert series with a “Fall Concert,” featuring beautiful and challenging music by Leonard Bernstein, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Ottorino Respighi. Led by Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez, the awe-inspiring young musicians open the concert with the grand and cheerful music of Bernstein's Overture to “Candide.” Then, “Swan Lake Suite” (selections) shines, showcasing Tchaikovsky's gift for melody. To conclude, brass musicians from the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) join in to play Respighi's “Pines of Rome,” an Italian tone poem that achieved success at a time when opera dominated the music scene. (more...)

Anne Reid, Janie Dee and More Join A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC 40th Anniversary Concert in LondonAnne Reid, Janie Dee and More Join A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC 40th Anniversary Concert in London
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

The Daily Mail reports that Anne Reid and Janie Dee will star as Madame Armfeldt and her daughter Desiree, respectively, in a concert performance of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Palace Theatre on January 26, 2015. The show will mark the 40th anniversary of the original London production. (more...)

Porchlight Extends SWEENEY TODD Through 11/16Porchlight Extends SWEENEY TODD Through 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce that, due to capacity audience response, the first production of the mainstage 20th Anniversary Season of Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, has been extended through Sunday, Nov. 16 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 22nd, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 22nd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Oct 22, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. We've got Halloween offerings 'Musical Of The Living Dead,' 'Witches Among Us,' 'Bewildered!' and more, 'The Wild Party' and 'Parade,' plus brief appearaces by'Bells Are Ringing' and 'The Color Purple,' Duncan Sheik in concert and a review of 'Edges' at Davenport's! (more...)

Casting Announced for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC West End Concert Performance, Including Janie Dee and David BirrellCasting Announced for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC West End Concert Performance, Including Janie Dee and David Birrell
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

A one night only concert performance of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's critically acclaimed and award-winning musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC will come to London's West End Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The all-star cast includes Janie Dee as Desiree Armfeldt, David Birrell as Fredrick Egerman, and Anne Reid as Madame Armfeldt. (more...)

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