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Date of Birth: October 10, 1961 (53)
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BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre Conservatory's CRAZY FOR YOUBWW Review: North Carolina Theatre Conservatory's CRAZY FOR YOU
by Jeffrey Kare - Aug 17, 2015

Just as another Gershwin-based musical An American in Paris is currently playing big on Broadway, the triangle area was recently treated to a performance of the 1992 Tony-Winning Best Musical Crazy for You presented by the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory Master Summer Theatre Arts School. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatre by the Sea Makes a Splash with THE LITTLE MERMAIDBWW Reviews: Theatre by the Sea Makes a Splash with THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Veronica Bruscini - Jul 27, 2015

Theatre by the Sea continues its 2015 season with a colorful and thoroughly enjoyable production of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID. With ocean breezes only steps from the theater doors, Matunuck's stage is the perfect host for this tale of undersea kingdoms, fairy-tale adventures, and the power of true love. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sheena Easton, Scott Coulter and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME at SF SymphonyBWW Reviews: Sheena Easton, Scott Coulter and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - Jul 24, 2015

Singer Scott Coulter joked that those sitting in the Terrace sections had the "view to kill" at Thursday's San Francisco Symphony concert, but truly all who attended enjoyed a "killer" evening of action-packed, sensual scores and vocals. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Take a Swim With Ariel in THE LITTLE MERMAIDBWW Reviews: Take a Swim With Ariel in THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Amanda Finn - Jun 27, 2015

One little swish of her tail and they were smitten. The girls who grew up admiring Ariel and humming her tunes can now have the same giddy feeling they used to get when that well-worn VHS slid into the machine. With the incomparable success of The Lion King, Disney set out to create its fair share of Broadway blockbusters. The Little Mermaid had a short lived run on the Great White Way, but that hasn't stopped other companies from having their go at a show with a lot to give. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hale Centre Theatre's Breathtaking THE LITTLE MERMAID ShimmersBWW Reviews: Hale Centre Theatre's Breathtaking THE LITTLE MERMAID Shimmers
by Tyler Hinton - Jun 15, 2015

Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley does not disappoint with its sumptuous production of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID--a Broadway musical as much deserving of success as the hit animated film on which it's based. With a shimmering score that features both old and new favorites, it has all the makings of a hit. Hale Centre Theatre's production does justice to the material in a massive production that shimmers in its own right. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Perform Disney Tunes in Concert, 6/19Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Perform Disney Tunes in Concert, 6/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2015

PITTSBURGH – The wonderful world of Disney joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with high-resolution film clips and  beloved music and songs for PNC Pops: Disney in Concert Tale as Old as Time, June 19-21 at Heinz Hall. (more...)

ON RECORD: Brandon Uranowitz's Five Favorite Cast Albums- 'The Score Just Sends Me into Another World'ON RECORD: Brandon Uranowitz's Five Favorite Cast Albums- 'The Score Just Sends Me into Another World'
by On Record - May 19, 2015

In this week's edition, we hear from Brandon Uranowitz, who is currently starring as 'Adam' in An American in Paris- playing at the Palace Theatre. Read on to find out his top five picks! (more...)

Cancer Victim Kylie Myers Keeps Broadway Smiley on Times Square BillboardCancer Victim Kylie Myers Keeps Broadway Smiley on Times Square Billboard
by Danielle Ashley Dias - Apr 23, 2015

Kylie Myers, a 12-year-old aspiring actress form Georgia, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, on April 9, 2014. Since then, Broadway stars, companies, and thousands of people around the world quickly adopted her. And even though she had to miss her walk-on Broadway role, Kylie still made her Broadway debut this week on a billboard in Times Square. (more...)

MSO Pops to Perform from Disney Songbook in Concert, 4/24MSO Pops to Perform from Disney Songbook in Concert, 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

MILWAUKEE, WIS. 03/31/2015 – The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops presents Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time on April 24-26, 2015 at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts. Experience the magic of Disney as guest conductor Stuart Chafetz leads the orchestra and vocalists Lisa Livesay, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Aaron Phillips, and Andrew Johnson in a concert of memorable melodies and Disney visuals. Scenes include movie favorites such as Frozen, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Lion King, and more. (more...)

ABC Family Announces FUNDAY Programming Event, 3/21ABC Family Announces FUNDAY Programming Event, 3/21
by TV News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Gather your Princess posse, pop a bottle of champagne and raise your glass to some nostalgic girl power with a side of romance. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/19/15- CRAZY FOR YOUSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/19/15- CRAZY FOR YOU
by Stage Tube - Feb 19, 2015

Today in 1992, Crazy for You opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 1622 performances. Crazy for You is a musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as 'The New Gershwin Musical Comedy', it is largely based on the songwriting team's 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but interpolates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production was directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman.The cast included Jodi Benson as Polly, Harry Groener as Bobby Child, Bruce Adler as Bela Zangler, John Hillner as Lank Hawkins, Michele Pawk as Irene Roth, Jane Connell as Mother, and Beth Leavel as Tess. (more...)

MSO to Perform Musical Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, 2/14MSO to Perform Musical Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, 2/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2015

MILWAUKEE, WIS. 02/02/2015 – The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops presents One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on February 14, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The performance celebrates four decades of his magnificent contributions to music. Hamlisch, who wrote timeless music for both Broadway and film, won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, three Golden Globes, and a Tony in his lifetime. The concert features conductor Larry Blank with vocalists Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson, and Doug LaBrecque. (more...)

BWW Contest: Win Tickets to Scott Alan's 54 Below Concert with Jessie Mueller, James Monroe Iglehart & More!BWW Contest: Win Tickets to Scott Alan's 54 Below Concert with Jessie Mueller, James Monroe Iglehart & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

The concert is already sold-out, but BroadwayWorld has teamed with 54 Below to give fans a chance to see Alan live! Submit for the special contest by sending answers for the below questions by January 16, 2015. If you answer correctly, you could be selected to receive two complimentary tickets to the concert, as well as a meet and greet with the cast and a $25 food and drink coupon. (more...)

Celebrating Adolph Green, Randy Graff, The Skivvies & More Set for 54 Below this WeekCelebrating Adolph Green, Randy Graff, The Skivvies & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Ashman & Hamlisch's SMILE Gets Reunion Concert Tonight at 54 BelowAshman & Hamlisch's SMILE Gets Reunion Concert Tonight at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

The Broadway musical cult favorite SMILE, by Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch, returns to New York for a one-night-only reunion concert performance tonight, September 22, 2014 at 7PM & 9:30PM. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess & More Set for 54 Below in Coming MonthsChristine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Months
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

This September and October 54 BELOW presents a lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

ABC Family Announces 'Funday' Monthly Programming ExperienceABC Family Announces 'Funday' Monthly Programming Experience
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Weekends just aren't weekends anymore as ABC Family introduces “Funday,” a monthly programming experience that allows viewers to embrace their inner child. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stratford's CRAZY FOR YOUBWW Reviews: Stratford's CRAZY FOR YOU
by Mary Alderson - May 29, 2014

If you like musicals with amazing dancing, powerful singing and farcical comedy - and who doesn't? - get your tickets now for Crazy for You, on Stratford's Festival stage, as this show will sell out this summer. Crazy for You is an interesting invention. George and Ira Gershwin's old songs from the 1930s were gathered together, and while people love the tunes and lyrics, the stories that go with them are dated. So in 1992, playwright Ken Ludwig wrote a script incorporating the Gershwin favourites. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: March 15-21THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: March 15-21
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 21, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include a first look at the Broadway company of MOTHERS AND SONS, a peek into rehearsals of THE WAY WEST with Amy Morton, coverage of opening night of BLITHE SPIRIT starring Angela Lansbury, and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Check Out Photos from the Philly POPS' MARVIN HAMLISCH- A MUSICAL TRIBUTEPhoto Flash: Check Out Photos from the Philly POPS' MARVIN HAMLISCH- A MUSICAL TRIBUTE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2014

From One Singular Sensation to The Way We Were, composer Marvin Hamlisch left a legacy of hits that have brightened Broadway and the musical catalogue of America forever. And so, The Philly POPS presented 'Marvin Hamlisch - A Musical Tribute' conducted by Larry Blank, Hamlisch's conductor, and three of his favorite singers: Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson and Doug LaBrecque. The tribute took place on Friday, March 14-16 in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center. Blank and the guest artists not only presented wonderful musical memories with the audience, but they shared personal recollections of Marvin Hamlisch as well. Look below to check out photos from the event! (more...)

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