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Fountain Hills Theater's 2015-16 Season to Include SOUTH PACIFIC, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN & MoreFountain Hills Theater's 2015-16 Season to Include SOUTH PACIFIC, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Fountain Hills Theater will present its 2015-16, 29th season for its three venues, Mainstage, Mainstage Too and Youth Theater as well as our Sizzlin' Summer Stock. Tickets go on sale May 1st, 2015. (more...)

Peter Sarsgaard Leads CSC's HAMLET, Opening TonightPeter Sarsgaard Leads CSC's HAMLET, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Classic Stage Company presents William Shakespeare's HAMLET, starring acclaimed actor Peter Sarsgaard as Hamlet, and directed by Austin Pendleton. Previews for HAMLET began on March 27 at CSC (136 East 13th Street) for a limited engagement through May 10. The official press opening is tonight, April 15. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: Something Rotten! 10 Surprising Shakespeare-Inspired Theatrical ThingsSOUND OFF Special Edition: Something Rotten! 10 Surprising Shakespeare-Inspired Theatrical Things
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 15, 2015

Today we are shining a spotlight on some rarely discussed and unusual connections between the world of William Shakespeare and theatrical pop culture at large. Given the wide breadth of material contained within the canon of the Bard, it is certainly no understatement to claim that the connections are virtually endless between many modern tropes, terms, themes and ideas that derive in his classic plays - whether they be tragedies, comedies, histories or latter plays - yet the intriguing aspects of many of the lesser-known theatrical connections between Shakespeare and modern theatre are illuminating and fascinating to unearth. Ranging from the influence of Shakespeare on some of our greatest musical theatre masters - Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and William Finn included - through to the inspiration behind both Broadway's most lucrative production in history (THE LION KING) and the longest-running show in NYC to date (THE FANTASTICKS), the impact of Shakespeare on Broadway is impossible to accurately calculate - and, now, with the lovable and hilarious Shakespeare paean SOMETHING ROTTEN! poised to open later this month, the Bard is about to get a fresh jolt of electricity, buzz and excitement from the theatre community at large. Fear no more, indeed. (more...)

Breaking News: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Make Musical Debut in Encores! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS This Summer!Breaking News: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Make Musical Debut in Encores! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS This Summer!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal, Chuck Cooper and Taran Killam will join the previously announced Ellen Greene in the Encores! Off-Center concert production ofHoward Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors, running July 1-2, 2015. NOTE: A third performance has been added at 2pm on Thursday, July 2 in order to meet ticket demand. The production will be directed by Dick Scanlan, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox. Jeanine Tesori is the Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center, and Chris Fenwick is Music Director. The show will mark the musical theater debuts of both Gyllenhaal and Killam. (more...)

Debra Monk Joins Signature Theatre's Sondheim Gala Honoring James LapineDebra Monk Joins Signature Theatre's Sondheim Gala Honoring James Lapine
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

?On April 20, 2015, Virginia's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre honors renowned playwright, director and longtime Stephen Sondheim collaborator, James Lapine. Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Monk will join Brynn O'Malley, Claybourne Elder and Donna Migliaccio to honor Mr. Lapine. (more...)

Dare to Defy Productions Sets 2015-16 Season: INTO THE WOODS, AMERICAN IDIOT, GODSPELL & MoreDare to Defy Productions Sets 2015-16 Season: INTO THE WOODS, AMERICAN IDIOT, GODSPELL & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Dare to Defy Productions announces the company's 2015-16 season today. Featuring six productions presented in either the Mathile Theatre in the Schuster Center or the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, the season includes Into the Woods, Godspell, Footloose, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Wild Party and American Idiot! (more...)

Jenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights HorizonsJenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Playwrights Horizons world premiere of IOWA, a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz, opens tonight, April 13, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: STAGEright's Minimalist INTO THE WOODS Alive with CharacterBWW Reviews: STAGEright's Minimalist INTO THE WOODS Alive with Character
by Jay Irwin - Apr 13, 2015

All too often in musical theater the performers have pretty voices but do the standard "park and bark" and just belt out those tunes with no character or story behind it. Such is not the case with the 12 person ensemble of STAGEright's current production of "Into the Woods" who not only sang the Sondheim score beautifully but also managed a ton of both comedic and dramatic timing to actually convey their characters (many of whom had multiple characters) making this one of the best productions I've seen. (more...)

BWW Review: THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION is a Treasure Trove for All Theatre Fans; Available 4/14BWW Review: THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION is a Treasure Trove for All Theatre Fans; Available 4/14
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 13, 2015

Tomorrow is a day for celebration, musical theatre fans, as Image Entertainment releases THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION. This collection includes some of the most glorious productions of the musical theatre icon's works. Ranging from original Broadway casts to starry-concerts, THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION includes DVDs of five of Sondheim's most influential shows, and a sixth disc of the master's 80th Birthday Concert. (more...)

Dare to Defy Productions Announces 2015-16 SeasonDare to Defy Productions Announces 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

Dare to Defy Productions announces the company's 2015-16 season today. Featuring six productions presented in either the Mathile Theatre in the Schuster Center or the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, the season includes Into the Woods, Godspell, Footloose, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Wild Party and American Idiot! (more...)

Brown, Daniele, Hunter, Knechtges, Prince & More Set for New York Theatre Barn's 'GOTTA DANCE' Choreography Panel, 5/3Brown, Daniele, Hunter, Knechtges, Prince & More Set for New York Theatre Barn's 'GOTTA DANCE' Choreography Panel, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

On May 3, 2015 at 2pm, New York Theatre Barn (Theatre Barn) presents its exclusive Spring Benefit - a one-time only presentation of Gotta Dance: A Choreography Conversation at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 4/10/2015 - CAROUSEL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and More!WAKE UP with BWW 4/10/2015 - CAROUSEL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 10, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: Jonathan Groff discusses his career today, a starry CAROUSEL begins in Chicago, and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens this Sunday! (more...)

Brynn O'Malley, Debra Monk & Claybourne Elder Will Honor James Lapine at Signature Theatre's Sondheim Award GalaBrynn O'Malley, Debra Monk & Claybourne Elder Will Honor James Lapine at Signature Theatre's Sondheim Award Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

On April 20, 2015, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Monk will join Brynn O'Malley, Claybourne Elder and Donna Migliaccio to honor renowned Stephen Sondheim collaborator James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion). (more...)

Bernadette Peters Talks INTO THE WOODS Movie, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE & SondheimBernadette Peters Talks INTO THE WOODS Movie, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE & Sondheim
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 9, 2015

The original INTO THE WOODS Witch herself sounds off! (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Totally Awesome Features Of Disney Musical Projects - FROZEN, BEAUTY, TANGLED, Etc.SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Totally Awesome Features Of Disney Musical Projects - FROZEN, BEAUTY, TANGLED, Etc.
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 8, 2015

What a renaissance - again! Although the period beginning with THE LITTLE MERMAID in 1989 through to the doubleheader of POCAHANTAS in 1995 and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME in 1996 and ending with MULAN in 1997 is considered by House Of Mouse superfans and many entertainment enthusiasts as the official Disney Renaissance era - meaning the company once again came to major prominence as a direct result of its animated musicals - it very much looks as if an entirely new type of Disney rebirth is in the process of occurring, spurred on by the worldwide success of the esteemed company's most successful animated feature to date, the highly theatrical and Broadway pedigreed FROZEN. Of course, in any way matching an era which in addition to MERMAID, POCAHANTAS, HUNCHBACK and MULAN shepherded BEAUTY & THE BEAST, ALADDIN and THE LION KING from inspiration to actuality would be a high order, if not outright impossible, yet it seems that the recent, current and upcoming spate of ingenuously timed and expertly devised projects that Disney possesses at the moment could put them in that stratospheric level of uber entity once again in the industry - and in the hearts and minds of millions around the world, as well. (more...)

City Circle Acting Company to Present INTO THE WOODS, 4/24-5/3City Circle Acting Company to Present INTO THE WOODS, 4/24-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Venture back Into the Woods as City Circle Acting Company of Coralville presents the Tony Award-winning musical classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, April 24-May 3 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Nick Blaemire to Lead Industry Reading of New Play TIMEPIECE This WeekNick Blaemire to Lead Industry Reading of New Play TIMEPIECE This Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Nick Blaemire, known for writing the Broadway musical (Glory Days) while also performing in another Broadway musical (Cry-Baby), leads an invitation-only industry reading of TIMEPIECE-a new play by Ben Bartolone. Directed by Markus Potter (Stalking the Bogeyman), the reading will take place on Thursday, April 9 at the Manhattan Theater Club. Jason A. Quinn will stage manage the event. (more...)

ON RECORD: Elizabeth Stanley's Five Favorite Cast Albums- 'It Moves Me to Tears Every Time I Hear It...'ON RECORD: Elizabeth Stanley's Five Favorite Cast Albums- 'It Moves Me to Tears Every Time I Hear It...'
by On Record - Apr 7, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you our latest weekly series- ON RECORD. Ever wonder which Broadway tunes have inspired your favorite performers? Check back every Tuesday to find out which cast recordings have made an impact on Broadway's brightest stars. In this week's edition, we hear from Elizabeth Stanley, who is currently starring as 'Claire de Loone' in On the Town- playing at the Lyric Theatre. Read on to find out her top five picks! (more...)

InDepth InterView: Beowulf Boritt - Part 2: CLINTON: THE MUSICAL, PRINCE OF BROADWAY, New JOSEPH & ANNIE Tours & Much MoreInDepth InterView: Beowulf Boritt - Part 2: CLINTON: THE MUSICAL, PRINCE OF BROADWAY, New JOSEPH & ANNIE Tours & Much More
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 7, 2015

Today we are continuing our expansive ongoing discussion with Tony Award-winning scenic design visionary Beowulf Boritt. Continuing the exhaustive discussion of this week's spectacular one night only concert event PARADE, Boritt outlines the visual high-points of the evening as well as offers an explanation of the impetus for many of the ideas behind the inventive design for the unique event. Additionally, Boritt opens up about his other work at Lincoln Center over the years, including Manhattan Concert Productions presentation of RAGTIME and his Tony Award-winning work on the Moss Hart drama ACT ONE, which will be shown on PBS as part of LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER later this year. Furthermore, Boritt shines a light on his multiple other current musicals running or opening soon - the revival of ON THE TOWN on Broadway, plus HAND TO GOD opening soon and Off-Broadway's CLINTON: THE MUSICAL. Plus, Boritt details his work on a dizzying array of current tours and recent mainstage mountings of musicals ranging from the national tours of ANNIE and JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT to his work on LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, LITTLE DANCER, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS in the West End and far beyond. As if all that were not enough, Boritt also looks ahead to the 2016 Tokyo production of the Harold Prince revue PRINCE OF BROADWAY and comments on rumors of an impending New York return of THE TOXIC AVENGER while sharing first news on his involvement with a number of new productions including the Keira Knightley-led revival of THERESE RAQUIN and the forthcoming revival of A BRONX TALE. All of that and much, much more in this concluding portion of our extended chat with one of Broadway's best visual artists. (more...)

CSC to Welcome Kathryn Grody in FALLING APART...TOGETHER This MonthCSC to Welcome Kathryn Grody in FALLING APART...TOGETHER This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Classic Stage Company with terraNOVA Collective in association with The Public Theater, will present two-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathryn Grody in Falling Apart….Together for four evenings in April at CSC (136 East 13th Street). In this one-woman show, Grody strives to be the predictable anchor among rambunctious sons, big personalities, and clashes between who you thought you would grow up to be and who you have become. This brilliant and explosively emotional new one-woman show is as brutally funny as it is brutally honest about what it means to be alive and present in the chaos of today's domestic possibilities. Written by Grody and directed by Timothy Near, Falling Apart…Together will be performed April 19, 20, 26 and 27 only. (more...)

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