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Photo Flash: San Diego Musical Theatre presents FIRST DATEPhoto Flash: San Diego Musical Theatre presents FIRST DATE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

You go on a blind date organized by your sister's husband or a work colleague, and you meet a complete stranger in a busy, inner-city cafe; What could possibly go wrong - apart from everything? Opposites attract in this uproarious romantic musical comedy about the chances we take to find love. When blind date newbie Aaron meets serial dater Casey, a first date turns into a hilarious high stakes dinner. In an unexpected twist, Aaron and Casey's inner critics' transform restaurant patrons into scheming exes, overbearing parents, and supportive best friends who sing and dance them through their date. Will Aaron and Casey be able to turn this disastrous date around before the check arrives? (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at Rehearsals for FIRST DATE at San Diego Musical TheatreVIDEO: First Look at Rehearsals for FIRST DATE at San Diego Musical Theatre
by Stage Tube - Mar 20, 2017

San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) presents the complete cast and creative team for the San Diego Regional Premiere of First Date. This musical comedy includes music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, with a book by Austin Winsberg. First Date marks the opening of SDMT's 2017 Off Broadway Series and features direction by J. Scott Lapp, music direction by Jon Lorenz, and choreography by Allison Spratt Pearce. Performances run from March 31 - May 7, 2017 at the Horton Grand Theatre.  (more...)

San Diego Musical Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for San Diego Regional Premiere of FIRST DATESan Diego Musical Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for San Diego Regional Premiere of FIRST DATE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) announced today the complete cast and creative team for the San Diego Regional Premiere of First Date. This musical comedy includes music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, with a book by Austin Winsberg. First Date marks the opening of SDMT's 2017 Off Broadway Series and features direction by J. Scott Lapp, music direction by Jon Lorenz, and choreography by Allison Spratt Pearce. Performances run from March 31 - May 7, 2017 at the Horton Grand Theatre. Press opening is Saturday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Photo Exclusive: Wayne Brady, Whitney Bashor, Saycon Sengbloh and More in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at the WallisPhoto Exclusive: Wayne Brady, Whitney Bashor, Saycon Sengbloh and More in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at the Wallis
by Lily Lim - Dec 6, 2016

Legendary American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim's masterwork Merrily We Roll Along is revisited in a new production under the direction of Tony Award nominee Michael Arden (Spring Awakening) set for the Bram Goldsmith Theater stage at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts from November 23 through December 18.  BroadwayWorld has an exclusive look below!  (more...)

Norris Theatre to Close Out Election Year with '1776' in ConcertNorris Theatre to Close Out Election Year with '1776' in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

The pivotal event in American history will blaze to vivid life at the Norris Theatre in a staged concert performance of the musical, '1776,' November 11-12 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Bryan Banville and John Massey to Star in San Diego Musical Theatre's THE PRODUCERS; Cast, Creatives Set!Bryan Banville and John Massey to Star in San Diego Musical Theatre's THE PRODUCERS; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

San Diego Musical Theatre announced today the cast and creative team for the San Diego Regional Premiere of The Producers. (more...)

Bryan Banville and John Massey to Star in San Diego Musical Theatre's THE PRODUCERS; Cast, Creatives Set!Bryan Banville and John Massey to Star in San Diego Musical Theatre's THE PRODUCERS; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

San Diego Musical Theatre announced today the cast and creative team for the San Diego Regional Premiere of The Producers. (more...)

BWW Review: Spectacular FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Shines Its Way Into Your Heart at the Norris TheatreBWW Review: Spectacular FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Shines Its Way Into Your Heart at the Norris Theatre
by Shari Barrett - May 3, 2016

Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof is one of the most beloved stage musicals of all time which so magically weaves music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable historical experience. The Tony Award-winning musical has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its treasured tale of family and tradition, especially to those of us who can trace our origins back to the small Jewish Shtetels in Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th Century. (more...)

Musical Theatre Guild to Close 20th Anniversary Season with THE PAJAMA GAMEMusical Theatre Guild to Close 20th Anniversary Season with THE PAJAMA GAME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will conclude their 20th Anniversary Season with the classic Broadway musical THE PAJAMA GAME.  The one-night-only concert will take place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Southeastern's MBA adds seven new online areas of emphasisSoutheastern's MBA adds seven new online areas of emphasis
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opens Today at the Norris TheatreFIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opens Today at the Norris Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Palos Verdes Performing Arts mounts a new staging of 'Fiddler on the Roof,' the timeless musical that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide for more than 50 years. The production opens today, April 22 and will continue through May 8 at the Norris Theatre on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. (more...)

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF to Open April 22 at the Norris TheatreFIDDLER ON THE ROOF to Open April 22 at the Norris Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Palos Verdes Performing Arts mounts a new staging of 'Fiddler on the Roof,' the timeless musical that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide for more than 50 years. The production will run April 22 to May 8 at the Norris Theatre on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. (more...)

Musical Theatre Guild to Continue 20th Anniversary Season with A CLASS ACTMusical Theatre Guild to Continue 20th Anniversary Season with A CLASS ACT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will continue their 20thAnniversary Season with the Broadway musical A CLASS ACT. The one-night-only concert will take place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Sondheim's ROAD SHOW to Conclude MTG's 19th SeasonSondheim's ROAD SHOW to Conclude MTG's 19th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will conclude their 2014-2015 season with Stephen Sondheim's latest work, ROAD SHOW.  The one-night-only concert will take place at the Moss Theatre at New Roads School in Santa Monica on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Stages THE ODD COUPLE, Now thru 3/29Laguna Playhouse Stages THE ODD COUPLE, Now thru 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present one of the most beloved comedies of all time, Neil Simon's THE ODD COUPLE, starring Maxwell Caulfield and Kip Gilman and directed by Andrew Barnicle. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Stage THE ODD COUPLE, 3/4-29Laguna Playhouse to Stage THE ODD COUPLE, 3/4-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present one of the most beloved comedies of all time, Neil Simon's THE ODD COUPLE, starring Maxwell Caulfield and Kip Gilman and directed by Andrew Barnicle. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Bruce Kimmel's Dynomite L'IL ABNER Lights Up LACC Stage Through Tomorrow OnlyBWW Reviews: Bruce Kimmel's Dynomite L'IL ABNER Lights Up LACC Stage Through Tomorrow Only
by Don Grigware - May 23, 2014

Back in the 50s, the era that was innocence personified, Broadway musicals were written to entertain first. Of course, Stephen Sondheim and other more serious composers were beginning to change the face of the American musical with the goal to enlighten, but shows like Li'l Abner, with book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, lyrics by Johnny Mercer & music by Gene De Paul and based on Al Capp's 1934 comic strip, showed us the wild hillbilly lifestyle to make us laugh rather than think. Underneath the surface, to be sure, there is political satire and an uplifting message about appreciating the worth of that lesser known patch of American culture, kind of like what 60sTV audiences found in The Beverly Hillbillies. (more...)

ASSASSINS Opens at Mysterium Theatre Tomorrow, 5/31ASSASSINS Opens at Mysterium Theatre Tomorrow, 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2013

The Mysterium Theatre's production of the musical ASSASSINS is set to open tomorrow night, May 31, and run through June 30. The show performs on Friday and Saturdays at 8:01pm and Sundays at 7:01pm, and on June 8 and 15, there will also be a matinee performance at 2:01pm. (more...)

COUSINS - THE SONGS OF BECK & MAY Gets Digital Release Tomorrow, 12/21COUSINS - THE SONGS OF BECK & MAY Gets Digital Release Tomorrow, 12/21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2012

Cousins - The Songs of Beck & May featuring James Snyder, Todrick Hall, Allie Trimm, David Burnham and more, is set for digital release tomorrow, Dec. 21st. (more...)

BWW Reviews: May Kritzerland Pays Tribute to Unsung Broadway Songwriters at Sterling'sBWW Reviews: May Kritzerland Pays Tribute to Unsung Broadway Songwriters at Sterling's
by Don Grigware - May 8, 2012

On Sunday May 6 Kritzerland presented its monthly show, May's entitled Broadway Bound: Unsung Songwriters at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Bruce Kimmel and Adryan Russ produce a terrific evening of entertainment with an emphasis on tunes rarely if ever heard and featuring a bevy of top-notch musical theatre talent. This show proved no exception with Damon Kirsche, Melody Hollis, Jane Noseworthy, Beth Malone, John Massey and special guest star Daisy Eagan, the youngest person to ever win a Tony Award for The Secret Garden. First-time with Kritzerland, musical director Tom Griep accompanied beautifully on piano throughout the 75 minute set. Featured songwriters included among others: the amazing Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, Alan Chapman (in attendance), Larry Grossman, Hal Hackady and Ira Levin, who as a familiar writer brought us on film and stage: Rosemary's Baby and Deathtrap. (more...)

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