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NRACT to Present XANADU, 9/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2014

North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre brings the tongue-in-cheek, award-winning hit Broadway musical Xanadu to the Triangle for its local premiere September 5th through 21st. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Entertaining Version of GREASE at The MUNY
by Chris Gibson - Aug 05, 2014

There have been a lot of versions of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's (book, music and lyrics) GREASE that I've seen over the years. Only one, New Line Theatre's brilliant staging a few years back, actually adhered to the musical as originally conceived. The majority have followed the template laid down by the 1978 movie version that was tailored to fit the stars; Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. That's the version currently gracing the stage of The MUNY, although it features a number of interesting changes, beginning with a choral version of the opening "Alma Mater" that actually utilizes the lyrics to the song "We Go Together". It's certainly an entertaining ride, and is much improved in many ways over the version staged here back in 2007. (more...)

Glen Street Theatre to Present HOPELESSLY DEVOTED, 26-31 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

A middle-aged brother and sister, Amy and Andy, are stuck living at home in regional Australia, caring for their chronically ill mother. To escape this mundane existence, Amy creates a fantasy world in her lounge room that revolves around her idol, Olivia Newton-John. In between working two jobs to pay for the medical bills, Andy indulges his sister's devotion. He knows that if it weren't for Olivia, they'd both be going mad. But Andy is starting to change. He's ready to move on. The problem is, Amy is perfectly happy in her fantasy world and wants things to stay the same. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 7/10- XANADU
by Stage Tube - Jul 10, 2014

Today in 2007, Xanadu opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it ran for 512 performances. Xanadu is a musical comedy with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, based on the 1980 cult classic film of the same name. The story of the musical focuses on a Greek muse, Clio, who descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest creation of his life - a roller disco. It earned an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book. It was also nominated for Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 'We Go Together' - Paper Mill Playhouse's GREASE Audience Tries to Scat
by Stage Tube - Jun 10, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse concludes its 75th Anniversary Season with America's favorite musical, GREASE. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease will be directed by Daniel Goldstein with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Additional songs are by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Scott Simon and Louis St. Louis. Grease plays the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through June 29, 2014. Click below to watch a fun video of audience members attempting to join in on 'We Go Together'! (more...)

BWW Reviews: AN AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY LARK, Rose Theatre Kingston, June 4 2014
by Gary Naylor - Jun 05, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a new play, with lots of music, dancing and singing, set in a traditional Lancashire village as love blossoms, war looms and everyone pays a price. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Company of Paper Mill Playhouse's GREASE Celebrates Opening Night!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 02, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse concludes its 75th Anniversary Season with America's favorite musical, GREASE. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease will be directed by Daniel Goldstein with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Additional songs are by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Scott Simon and Louis St. Louis. Grease plays the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through June 29, 2014. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the opening night after party below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Playhouse's GREASE Takes Opening Night Bows!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 02, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse concludes its 75th Anniversary Season with America's favorite musical, GREASE. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease will be directed by Daniel Goldstein with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Additional songs are by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Scott Simon and Louis St. Louis. Grease plays the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through June 29, 2014. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the opening night curtain call below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Paper Mill's GREASE with Taylor Louderman, Bobby Conte Thornton & More
by Stage Tube - May 30, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse concludes its 75th Anniversary Season with America's favorite musical, GREASE. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease will be directed by Daniel Goldstein with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Additional songs are by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Scott Simon and Louis St. Louis. Grease plays the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through June 29, 2014. The official press opening night is Sunday, June 1, at 7:00pm. Check out highlights from the production below! (more...)

Which GREASE Character Are You? Take Paper Mill's Quiz and Find Out!
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Which GREASE character are you? Paper Mill Playhouse invites you to take their fun quiz to find out. Just click HERE and find out if you are Sandy, Danny, Rizzo, Kenickie, Frenchy, Doody, Marty, Sonny, Jan or Roger! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Taylor Louderman, Bobby Conte Thornton, Telly Leung & More in Paper Mill Playhouse's GREASE
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse concludes its 75th Anniversary Season with America's favorite musical, GREASE. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease will be directed by Daniel Goldstein with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Additional songs are by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Scott Simon and Louis St. Louis. Grease plays the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through June 29, 2014. The official press opening night is Sunday, June 1, at 7:00pm. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

BWW TV: Tell Me More! Meet the Company of Paper Mill Playhouse's GREASE- Plus a Performance Preview!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 28, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse concludes its 75th Anniversary Season with America's favorite musical, GREASE. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease will be directed by Daniel Goldstein with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Additional songs are by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Scott Simon and Louis St. Louis. Grease will play the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from May 28 through June 29, 2014. The official press opening night is Sunday, June 1, at 7:00pm. The cast just met the press, and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to chat with the company. Below, check out interviews with the cast and watch a performance preview! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Dallas (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Seattle - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Seattle (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stages Repertory Theatre's XANADU is Candy-Coated Glee
by David Clarke - May 25, 2014

The 1980 film Xanadu is known for being a notoriously bad movie. In 2007 it was adapted into a stage musical by Douglas Carter Beane, featuring songs from the film written by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. This summer, Stages Repertory Theatre is presenting the candy-coated confection as their giddy summer musical. The end product couldn't be more fun, frivolous, and everything audiences would want from the campy, fun show. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Cast of Paper Mill Playhouse's GREASE!
by Jennifer Broski - May 21, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse concludes its 75th Anniversary Season with America's favorite musical, GREASE. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease will be directed by Daniel Goldstein with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Additional songs are by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Scott Simon and Louis St. Louis. Grease will play the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from May 28 through June 29, 2014. The official press opening night is Sunday, June 1, at 7:00pm. The cast just met the press, and BroadwayWorld brings you photos below! (more...)

'WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST,' XANADU JR. & More Set for Pantochino's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc., Connecticut's ridiculously entertaining non-profit theatre company for family audiences has announced its 2014/15 season. Co-producers Bert Bernardi and Jimmy Johansmeyer promise four productions, and the return of its acclaimed Teen Theatre program. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 5/18/2014
by BWW - May 18, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/18/2014 for Dallas (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Seattle - Week of 5/18/2014
by BWW - May 18, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/18/2014 for Seattle (more...)

BWW Reviews: SoLuna Studio's XANADU
by Melissa Giordano - May 07, 2014

To see an all-out fun production like Xanadu is certainly a pleasure. The musical, currently running at Hauppauge's SoLuna Studio, is entertaining and the talented cast delivers in all its campy glory. The story, a spoof of the atrocious 1980's movie, follows Kira who sets out to inspire a struggling artist in order to achieve his utmost creative desire... a roller disco! (more...)

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