Jeremy Sams News

Ridgefield Playhouse Presents THE ENCHANTED ISLAND Live in HD from the Met, 7/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Spend a summer's eve experiencing the grandeur of opera close to home at The Ridgefield Playhouse Handel's The Enchanted Island is broadcast Live in HD from the Met on Wednesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. Fans of Baroque opera have the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare in The Enchanted Island, which showcases the talents of William Christie, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato and Pacido Domingo. Behind-the-scenes tours and interviews make this event even more memorable. For tickets ($25 adults, $20 seniors/members, $15 students, $18 each for all in the series), call the box office at (203) 438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. -- Photos courtesy of the Met (more...)

THE MET: LIVE IN HD SUMMER ENCORES Presents THE ENCHANTED ISLAND with Joyce Didonato, David Daniels and Placido Domingo, 7/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

THE MET: LIVE IN HD SUMMER ENCORES presents THE ENCHANTED ISLAND, a new baroque fantasy inspired by the pastiches of the 18th Century. Stars Joyce Didonato, David Daniels and Placido Domingo. (more...)

Fairchild, Cope, Cox, Paice, Uranowitz & von Essen to Star in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS!; Plays Winter in Paris, Spring 2015 on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Principal casting has been announced for the upcoming world premiere production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. The cast will include Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan, Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin, Veanne Cox as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz as Adam Hochberg, and Max Von Essen as Henri Baurel. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Present OTELLO & THE ENCHANTED ISLAND Live in HD, 7/9 & 16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Two spectacular operas from the Met are coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse as encore productions this month. Verdi's Shakespearean masterpiece Otello stars Johan Botha in the title role opposite acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming as Desdemona on Wednesday, July 9. On Wednesday, July 16, Handel's The Enchanted Island showcases the talents of William Christie, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato and Pacido Domingo. These performances start at 6 p.m. Advantages of the HD broadcasts are the interesting camera angles, behind-the-scenes tours and interviews. (more...)

The Ustinov Studio, Bath Announces Autumn Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The Ustinov Studio, Bath is delighted to announce its Autumn 2014 season, which will comprise three black comedies from some of the greatest names in European drama: Friedrich Durrenmatt's Play Strindberg, Florian Zeller's The Father and Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King. (more...)

Puccini's Classic Love Story La Boh'me on Great Performances at the Met Friday, June 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

NEW YORK, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Franco Zeffirelli's lavish production of La Bohme, the most-performed opera in Met history, starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the poet Rodolfo and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as the fragile seamstress Mim, airs on Great Performances at the Met on Friday, June 27 at 9 p.m. Opolais made headlines and history when she agreed to make her company role debut as Mim with just a few hours notice, having sung the demanding title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly for the first time at the Met the night before. With this performance, she became the first singer in Met history to debut two major roles in a 24-hour period. (more...)

Borodin's Prince Igor, Performed by the Met In Nearly 100 Years, Comes to Great Performances at the Met, 6/22
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

NEW YORK, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Borodin's operatic masterpiece Prince Igor, which had its first Met performances since 1917 earlier this year, will be broadcast on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, June 22 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.) (more...)

BWW Reviews: WIZARD OF OZ Is A Decidedly Mixed Bag at the Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - May 23, 2014

I hesitated to review the current touring production of THE WIZARD OF OZ (Fox Theatre, through May 18, 2014), which has been adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams, because even though I thought it told essentially the same tale as the original, I didn't particularly care for it. There's certainly a lot more spectacle than you'd find in your typical production, but the script is so camped up, and the additional songs so mundane, that it comes off as trying that they may have been trying a little too hard when they updated the show. In any event, the flashy and colorful show seemed to appeal to the crowd, but I'm wondering if they're aware of how much it's been pared down technically so that it could tour and play different size venues. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Natascia Diaz Sings 'Mack the Knife' in Signature Theatre's THREEPENNY OPERA
by Stage Tube - May 14, 2014

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre presents The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's cutting and enduring critique of capitalism and corruption. Directed by Signature Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Tender Napalm, Dreamgirls, Really Really), the production stars Mitchell Jarvis (Broadway's Rock of Ages) as the charismatic Macheath, known to popular culture as Mack the Knife. Scroll down to see a video of Natascia Diaz singing 'Mack The Knife' from the prodction! (more...)

THE MET: LIVE IN HD Summer Encore Series Hits U.S. Cinemas Again this June and July
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2014

Beginning Wednesday, June 18, the Metropolitan Opera and Fathom Events will once again present Summer HD Encores, a series of choice encore performances from the groundbreaking Live in HD series of cinema presentations (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ National Tour Plays the Fox Theatre, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play today, May 13-18 in St. Louis. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Exclusive First Look at Signature Theatre's THE THREEPENNY OPERA
by Stage Tube - May 05, 2014

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre presents The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's cutting and enduring critique of capitalism and corruption. Directed by Signature Theatre's Associate Artistic DirectorMatthew Gardiner (Tender Napalm, Dreamgirls, Really Really), the production stars Mitchell Jarvis (Broadway's Rock of Ages) as the charismatic Macheath, known to popular culture as Mack the Knife and Natascia Diaz (Jenny; Broadway's Man of LaMancha, Signature's Brother Russia, Kiss of the Spiderwoman). BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive first look at the video below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 30th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 30, 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. 'The Sound Of Music' and 'The Wizard Of Oz' live, a local 'Ragtime' and 'Avenue Q,' premieres of 'Juno' and 'The Next Thing,' 'Hit The Wall' and 'Waa-Mu' return, CCT announces two world premieres, and Illinois has its high school musical theater champs--plus even more! (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ North American Tour to Play Academy of Music, 6/3-8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

The first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will follow the yellow brick road to Philadelphia for a limited engagement at the Academy of Music beginning June 3 - June 8 as part of the Broadway Philadelphia season, presented by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization.The press opening is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Signature's THE THREEPENNY OPERA is Modern, Relevant, and Superbly Executed
by Jennifer Perry - Apr 29, 2014

Dark and edgy is what Signature does best and this is no exception. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mitchell Jarvis, Erin Driscoll, Natascia Diaz and More in Signature Theatre's THE THREEPENNY OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2014

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre presents The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's cutting and enduring critique of capitalism and corruption. Directed by Signature Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Tender Napalm, Dreamgirls, Really Really), the production stars Mitchell Jarvis (Broadway's Rock of Ages) as the charismatic Macheath, known to popular culture as Mack the Knife and Natascia Diaz (Jenny; Broadway's Man of LaMancha, Signature's Brother Russia, Kiss of the Spiderwoman). Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Signature Theatre's THE THREEPENNY OPERA
by Stage Tube - Apr 28, 2014

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre releases a photo of their production of The Threepenny Opera,Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's cutting and enduring critique of capitalism and corruption. Directed by Signature Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Tender Napalm, Dreamgirls, Really Really), the production stars Mitchell Jarvis (Broadway's Rock of Ages) as the charismatic Macheath, known to popular culture as Mack the Knife and Natascia Diaz (Jenny; Broadway's Man of LaMancha, Signature's Brother Russia, Kiss of the Spiderwoman). Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mitchell Jarvis and Natascia Diaz in Signature Theatre's THE THREEPENNY OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre releases a photo of their production of The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's cutting and enduring critique of capitalism and corruption. Directed by Signature Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Tender Napalm, Dreamgirls, Really Really), the production stars Mitchell Jarvis (Broadway's Rock of Ages) as the charismatic Macheath, known to popular culture as Mack the Knife and Natascia Diaz (Jenny; Broadway's Man of LaMancha, Signature's Brother Russia, Kiss of the Spiderwoman). (more...)

Mitchell Jarvis and Natascia Diaz Star in Signature Theatre's THE THREEPENNY OPERA, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre announces the cast for The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's cutting and enduring critique of capitalism and corruption. Directed by Signature Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Tender Napalm, Dreamgirls, Really Really), the production stars Mitchell Jarvis (Broadway's Rock of Ages) as the charismatic Macheath, known to popular culture as Mack the Knife. (more...)

Photo Flash: Signature Theatre's THE THREEPENNY OPERA Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre announces the cast for The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's cutting and enduring critique of capitalism and corruption. Directed by Signature Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Tender Napalm, Dreamgirls, Really Really), the production stars Mitchell Jarvis (Broadway's Rock of Ages) as the charismatic Macheath, known to popular culture as Mack the Knife. Scroll down for a first look at the cast! (more...)

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