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Storm Large, Largo, Penny Arcade, GOD HATES THIS SHOW and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 11/2Storm Large, Largo, Penny Arcade, GOD HATES THIS SHOW and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 11/2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming shows this week, October 22 through November 2, 2014. Visit us at www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows. Details below! (more...)

THE MEETING* Returns to Los Angeles this WeekTHE MEETING* Returns to Los Angeles this Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to THE BOOTLEG THEATER on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 PM. After extended runs at 54 Below and Joe's Pub in New York, the show recently made its Los Angeles debut and is back for another performances. The Meeting* has been called 'delicious and delightfully droll' by The New York Post, and 'hilarious and sardonic' by The Village Voice. A story for Slate.com called the evening 'so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight.' The recent opening of the Fall season in New York sold out after a New York Times 'Arts & Leisure' feature. Special guests for the Los Angeles show will be announced soon. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Stephen Trask Talks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Neil Patrick Harris, Sequel Details, New Musicals & MoreInDepth InterView: Stephen Trask Talks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Neil Patrick Harris, Sequel Details, New Musicals & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 20, 2014

Today we are talking to the gifted composer and lyricist behind the earth-shattering score for Broadway's biggest recent hit, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, the versatile and passionate Stephen Trask. Shedding considerable light on the development of the idiosyncratic rock musical, Trask discusses his influences and the organic way in which the outre show developed from humble beginnings at downtown bar Squeezebox in the mid-1990s, to Off-Broadway hit at the turn of the new century all the way to the rapturously received feature film adaptation, and, now, the 2014 Broadway production. Trask also details his affection for Tony Award-winning lead actor Neil Patrick Harris and looks ahead to the new leading man donning the titular wig, Andrew Rannells. Additionally, Trask also shares news on the forthcoming sequel to HEDWIG currently being developed with John Cameron Mitchell and teases some of what we can expect from the hotly anticipated theatrical experience. Furthermore, Trask reflects on his own upbringing and musical influences and how that informed the composition of the score for HEDWIG, as well as his own favorite performers. Plus, Trask reflects on his fruitful career as a movie scorer in Hollywood and comments on his upcoming musical endeavors, including two original stage musicals - JUST THE BLACK KEYS, a real-life inspired original musical potentially involving Peter Askin and Michael Mayer, as well 15 MINUTES, a Studio 54-centric period piece written with Rick Elice - as well as much, much more. (more...)

Tony Sheldon Replaces Roger Rees in Encores! THE BAND WAGONTony Sheldon Replaces Roger Rees in Encores! THE BAND WAGON
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) has joined the cast of the Encores! Special Event The Band Wagon in the role of Jeffrey Cordova, an egotistical British director. (Roger Rees, previously announced in the role, is no longer available.) The Band Wagon cast stars Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, seven-time Emmy Award winner Tracey Ullman, Academy Award nominee Michael McKean, Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes, Tony Award nominee Michael Berresse and Don Stephenson. The Band Wagon will open on Sunday, November 8. (more...)

John Waters to Host Vineyard Theatre's Annual Gala Honoring Margo LionJohn Waters to Host Vineyard Theatre's Annual Gala Honoring Margo Lion
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

The Vineyard Theatre today announced that their 2015 Gala will honor Tony Award-winning producer Margo Lion. The annual Gala Fundraiser will take place on Monday, March 30th, 2015, beginning at 6:30pm, at Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). John Waters (Hairspray, Cry Baby) will host the Gala show. (more...)

BWW Interview: Marc Shaiman Preps for THE 54 BELOW SHOW and Wraps Up ROCK BOTTOM! Plus- Will CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Arrive on Broadway?BWW Interview: Marc Shaiman Preps for THE 54 BELOW SHOW and Wraps Up ROCK BOTTOM! Plus- Will CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Arrive on Broadway?
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 15, 2014

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents its newest late night event, 'The 54 Below Show.' The new series launches on Friday, October 17 at 11:30PM with inaugural host, Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, Catch Me if You Can). Cover starts at $20 with a $25 food & beverage minimum. (more...)

Kathleen Turner to Star in 'RED HOT PATRIOT' at Berkeley RepKathleen Turner to Star in 'RED HOT PATRIOT' at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

This November, Berkeley Repertory Theatre rolls out the red carpet for two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner for her Berkeley Rep debut in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins (more...)

FST's Winter Mainstage Season Begins with HAIRSPRAYFST's Winter Mainstage Season Begins with HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

FST opens the Winter Mainstage Season with the energetic and colorful production of Hairspray based on the film by John Waters, with book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Hairspray opens on November 15 and runs in the Gompertz Theatre through January 4, 2015. Subscriptions for all four shows can be purchased for as little as $49 online at Floridastudiotheatre.org, by phone at (941) 366-9000, or by visiting the Box Office (more...)

Katie Thompson and More to Honor Julie Andrews in THE MEETING at Joe's Pub, 10/19Katie Thompson and More to Honor Julie Andrews in THE MEETING at Joe's Pub, 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater on Sunday, October 19 at 9:30 PM for the continuation of its landmark 6th season. The October show will include a tribute to the Broadway and Hollywood star Julie Andrews, with special guests Katie Thompson, Gabrielle Stravelli, Kim Smith, Danielle Grabianowski, Rob Maitner, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson. Tracy Stark serves as the show's Music Director. (more...)

Scoop: Roger Rees, Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean, & Laura Osnes & More Join Cast of Encores! THE BAND WAGONScoop: Roger Rees, Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean, & Laura Osnes & More Join Cast of Encores! THE BAND WAGON
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

This just in! Previously announced Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will be joined by Tony Award winner Roger Rees, seven-time Emmy Award winner Tracey Ullman, Academy Award nominee Michael McKean, Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes, Tony Award nominee Michael Berresse, and Don Stephenson in The Band Wagon, an Encores! Special Event from November 6 - 16, 2014 at City Center. The Band Wagon will open on Sunday, November 8. (more...)

Justin Sayre's THE MEETING to Honor Julie Andrews This Month at Joe's PubJustin Sayre's THE MEETING to Honor Julie Andrews This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater on Sunday, October 19 at 9:30 PM for the launch of its landmark 6th season. The October show will include a tribute to the Broadway and Hollywood star Julie Andrews, with special guests to be announced. Tracy Stark serves as the show's Music Director. (more...)

Everyman Theatre to Host Memorial for Resident Company MemberEveryman Theatre to Host Memorial for Resident Company Member
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Everyman Theatre has announced that on Monday, October 20th at 7pm, actors, directors, designers, family members, friends, and audience members will gather at Everyman to remember the incredible life and work of Resident Company Member Vivienne Shub, who passed away at her home in Edenwald Retirement Community on September 18th. She was 95 years old. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kenyon Phillips Discusses THE LIFE + DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPSBWW Interview: Kenyon Phillips Discusses THE LIFE + DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPS
by Anna Bencivengo - Sep 19, 2014

Kenyon Phillips will be returning to Joes Pub on Friday, October 24 to reprise his sold-out performance of The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY, CHAPATTI and More Set for FST's 2014-15 Mainstage SeasonHAIRSPRAY, CHAPATTI and More Set for FST's 2014-15 Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Florida Studio Theatre announces its 14-15 Mainstage Season. Opening the season is the Tony Award winning musical Hairspray, followed by Regional Premieres of the emotionally stirring Dancing Lessons and the theatrical sensation of Fly. Finishing out the season is the Southeastern Premiere of the honest and uplifting Chapatti. (more...)

Kenny Mellman and More to Tribute Amy Winehouse in THE MEETING at Joe's Pub, 9/14Kenny Mellman and More to Tribute Amy Winehouse in THE MEETING at Joe's Pub, 9/14
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to Joe's Pub at The Public Theater on Sunday, September 14 at 9:30 PM for the launch of its landmark 6th season. The September show will include a tribute to the beloved soul diva Amy Winehouse, featuring special guests Kenny Mellman, Jessica Vosk, Xavier Rice and Mark Aaron James. Tracy Stark serves as the show's Music Director. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Dutch Apple's HAIRSPRAY Will Dance Into Your HeartsBWW Reviews: Dutch Apple's HAIRSPRAY Will Dance Into Your Hearts
by Marakay Rogers - Sep 3, 2014

Twist and shout your way through early 1960's Baltimore with the big-hearted, big-haired Tracy Turnblad and friends at Dutch Apple (more...)

BWW Reviews: BEST OF ENEMIES Enlightens as It EntertainsBWW Reviews: BEST OF ENEMIES Enlightens as It Entertains
by Joseph Baker - Sep 2, 2014

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Circuit Playhouse's production of Mark St. Germain's BEST OF ENEMIES - a civics lesson or an evening at the theatre. As I settled into my seat and gazed at the essentially bare set (a few platforms and chairs), I listened to bits and snatches of speeches and recollections by the likes of Barry Goldwater, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, and 'ordinary' people affected by the changes wrought by Civil Rights legislation and, in particular, the desegregation of schools. While waiting for the play to begin, I recalled just having seen MARY POPPINS last weekend at Playhouse on the Square; I thought of 'Just a Spoonful of Sugar' making the medicine go down - and considered Playhouse's crowd-pleasing musical version of John Waters' HAIRSPRAY, which drew theatre-hungry crowds just a few weeks ago. Waters, I thought, had the right idea: The seriousness of racial injustice was made delightfully palatable by the sweetness and humor of the songs in that show. I dreaded what was to follow. However, like the main characters of the play I was about to see, I had my own misconceptions, for BEST OF ENEMIES held many surprises for me - and all of them good. (more...)

Alex Breaux and Madeline Weinstein Join Roundabout's THE REAL THINGAlex Breaux and Madeline Weinstein Join Roundabout's THE REAL THING
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced additional casting for The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry,' Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie,' Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play The Real Thing, directed by Sam Gold begins preview performances on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and opens officially on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42ndStreet). This is a limited engagement. The cast also includes Alex Breaux as 'Brodie' and Madeline Weinstein as 'Debbie.' Final casting to be announced. (more...)

Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2014, Fall Edition!Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2014, Fall Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 26, 2014

In the coming months, Broadway will welcome a fresh crop of productions- many of which will mark the Broadway debuts for a slew of talented actors. Whether they are fresh faces or established stars, these Broadway babies will soon take their very first bows on the grandest stages in the world. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Raleigh Little Theatre's HAIRSPRAYBWW Reviews: Raleigh Little Theatre's HAIRSPRAY
by Jeffrey Karasarides - Aug 25, 2014

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