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BWW Review: SISTER ACT Brings Joyful Noise to Musical Theatre West, Ends 4/24BWW Review: SISTER ACT Brings Joyful Noise to Musical Theatre West, Ends 4/24
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 20, 2016

Though that comedy device of rewritten song lyrics is (unfortunately) not utilized for the film's musical stage adaptation, still, much of the spirit and basic plot architecture of the original movie remains in SISTER ACT - THE MUSICAL, which features all-original songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, as well as a book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (with additional material contributed later by playwright Douglas Carter Beane). Currently, Musical Theatre West's admirable regional production of this Tony-nominated Broadway musical comedy is finishing out its final weekend of performances at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach through April 24. Goofy and full of cutesy charm MTW's regional production definitely brings in the (joyful) noise and the funk to Long Beach. So what makes the show enjoyable? Well... for lack of a better phrase... it's all about the nuns. (more...)

TV Land Orders THROWING SHADE Late Night Show Based on Funny or Die SeriesTV Land Orders THROWING SHADE Late Night Show Based on Funny or Die Series
by TV News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

V Land is getting into the late night game with a series pick-up for 'Throwing Shade,' the hit podcast and Funny Or Die video series, with a 10-episode order, slated to premiere in January 2017 in the 11pm ET/PT timeslot. The political and pop culture late night show, which will have a live audience, stars Erin Gibson ('Parks and Recreation,' 'Kroll Show') and Bryan Safi ('Modern Family,' 'Superstore') as themselves and will bring their unique perspective to the hottest topics of today, from feminism and gay rights to the latest celebrity nonsense. (more...)

BWW Review: Jubilant SISTER ACT Will Raise You Up at MTWBWW Review: Jubilant SISTER ACT Will Raise You Up at MTW
by Don Grigware - Apr 11, 2016

Sister Act the Musical started out in 2006 at the Pasadena Playhouse, premiered in London's West End in 2009 and then underwent serious revisions before coming to Broadway in 2011. I remember liking the first mounting in 2006 with many reservations. Since I loved the 1992 film so much, I didn't feel that the stage version was particularly faithful...no pun intended. Well, with all the 2011 changes, MTW's revival of the Broadway version is tops, a joyful, tuneful, splashy romp that never lets down, with a tremendous cast, stellar direction from Michael Matthews and soulful choreography from Daniel Smith. Douglas Carter Beane, who penned the screenplay To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar and the Tony nominated play The Little Dog Laughed, added new book material for the national tour, included here, and this contributes substantially to molding a sleek and unforgettable show. (more...)

Showtime Offers SHAMELESS and BILLIONS Catch-Up Marathons Ahead of Season Finales
by TV News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

SHOWTIME will be offering catch-up marathons of its hit series SHAMELESS and BILLIONS on-air, ahead of their season finales on Sunday, April 3rd at 9 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, April 10th at 10 p.m. ET/PT, respectively. (more...)

Final Season of RIZZOLI & ISLES Among TNT's 2016 Summer PremieresFinal Season of RIZZOLI & ISLES Among TNT's 2016 Summer Premieres
by TV News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

TNT's chart-topping hit Rizzoli & Isles is back this summer with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as Boston's toughest crime-solving duo. The show will return this summer for its seventh and final season. (more...)

Musical Theatre West to Present SISTER ACT, 4/8-24Musical Theatre West to Present SISTER ACT, 4/8-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Musical Theatre West (MTW) presents Sister Act, Broadway's feel-good musical comedy at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center April 8-24.  Based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg hit film, written by Joseph Howard, the five-time Tony nominated Broadway sensation features an award winning creative team with original score and music by composer Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors), lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Tangled), book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (Cheers), additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed ).  The reinvented musical adaptation is filled with heavenly music with a disco beat, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story that will have audiences dancing in the aisles!  Tickets are now on sale at www.musical.org or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.  Tickets start at $20. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Ellen Barkin Stars in New Season of TNT's ANIMAL KINGDOMVIDEO: Sneak Peek - Ellen Barkin Stars in New Season of TNT's ANIMAL KINGDOM
by TV News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

TNT has set Tuesday, June 7, for the premiere of ANIMAL KINGDOM, the network's bold new drama starring Emmy(R) and Tony(R) winner Ellen Barkin (more...)

SGL Entertainment to Release THE LAST AMERICAN HORROR SHOW from Director Michael S. RodriguezSGL Entertainment to Release THE LAST AMERICAN HORROR SHOW from Director Michael S. Rodriguez
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2016

SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce that they just acquired THE LAST AMERICAN HORROR SHOW featuring three killer stories from film director Michael S. Rodriguez, Night of the Sea Monkey, Lamb Feed and Homewrecked. This three film anthology will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD in early 2017. (more...)

Tribeca Film Festival Launches 'Tribeca Tune In' to Showcase Best in TVTribeca Film Festival Launches 'Tribeca Tune In' to Showcase Best in TV
by TV News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced a further expansion of TV with a new program, Tribeca Tune In. (more...)

TV Land Orders FIRST WIVES CLUB Comedy; Inks Deal with YOUNGER Creator Darren StarTV Land Orders FIRST WIVES CLUB Comedy; Inks Deal with YOUNGER Creator Darren Star
by TV News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

Following a successful brand re-invention, TV Land continues to evolve and expand its roster of original scripted programming by partnering with A-list talent, producers and writers to become a destination for compelling, quality television (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Be a Good Boy, Come for Grandma' on Next SHAMELESSVIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Be a Good Boy, Come for Grandma' on Next SHAMELESS
by - Feb 22, 2016

On the next episode of Showtime's SHAMELESS, Fiona tries to get Sean's son to like her, but when he starts warming up to her, he takes a gun from the Gallagher house. (more...)

BWW Review: Chance Theater Deploys OC/LA Premiere of DOGFIGHTBWW Review: Chance Theater Deploys OC/LA Premiere of DOGFIGHT
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 22, 2016

America has had a long tragic history of sending brave young people off to foreign lands to fight in life-endangering wars, only to see those who have survived come home forever changed. This idea lingers over the new engaging musical DOGFIGHT, now having its Los Angeles/Orange County-area premiere at the Chance Theater in Anaheim through March 6. Adapted from the 1991 Warner Bros. film of the same name and featuring music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Peter Duchan, this 2013 Lucille Lortel Award-winning off-Broadway musical shows how even the most confident, self-assured people can still be severely affected not only physically but also emotionally by the harsh realities of explosive, in-the-trenches combat. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'How About You Move In?' on Next SHAMLESSVIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'How About You Move In?' on Next SHAMLESS
by - Feb 15, 2016

On the next episode of Showtime's SHAMELESS, Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) remakes the Gallagher home as his "crib," Debbie (Emma Kenney) gets let go. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the Los Angeles Debut of DOGFIGHT at Chance TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at the Los Angeles Debut of DOGFIGHT at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Anaheim's official resident theater company, Chance Theater presents the Los Angeles and Orange County premiere of DOGFIGHT, with book by Peter Duchan, music & lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, directed by Matthew McCray, with music direction by Taylor Stephenson, and choreography by Angeline Mirenda. DOGFIGHT previews now through February 12, with regular performances February 13 through March 6 on the Cripe Stage at Chance Theater at Bette Aitken theater arts Center. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Charles Haid's Thoughts on His Career, Giving Back, and ALTMAN'S LAST STANDBWW Interview: Charles Haid's Thoughts on His Career, Giving Back, and ALTMAN'S LAST STAND
by Gil Kaan - Feb 2, 2016

Director/producer/actor Charles Haid's latest theatrical directorial project ALTMAN'S LAST STAND opens February 6 at the Zephyr Theatre. In this one-man show, Michael Laskin portrays the Viennese-born Franz Altman who refused to sell his mid-town Manhattan second hand shop to corporate developers. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - The Gallaghers Get Evicted on Next SHAMELESSVIDEO: Sneak Peek - The Gallaghers Get Evicted on Next SHAMELESS
by - Feb 1, 2016

On the next episode of Showtime's SHAMELESS, the Gallaghers get evicted from their house. Starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, the episode airs Sunday, February 7th (more...)

Lineup Announced for 'Festival of the Emerging Musical' in PhiladelphiaLineup Announced for 'Festival of the Emerging Musical' in Philadelphia
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The University of the Arts' Ira Brind School of Theater Arts announces the 2016 lineup for Polyphone, a "festival of the emerging musical" on the UArts campus in Philadelphia.  Running March 20-27, the 2016 the Polyphone festival produces staged concerts of new musicals and re-imagined canonical works offering professional composers, librettists and directors an opportunity to develop their work among the rich creative community of the Brind School at UArts.  The festival will program five musicals, including both classical and new works, with three performances each.   (more...)

Chance Theater's DOGFIGHT Begins 2/5Chance Theater's DOGFIGHT Begins 2/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Anaheim's official resident theater company, Chance Theater is pleased to present the Los Angeles and Orange County premiere of ... Dogfight. Book by Peter Duchan, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, directed by Matthew McCray, music direction by Taylor Stephenson, and choreographed by Angeline Mirenda. Dogfight will preview from February 5 through February 12, regular performances will begin February 13 and continue through March 6 on the Cripe Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. (more...)

Hit Showtime Series SHAMELESS Gets Season 7 OrderHit Showtime Series SHAMELESS Gets Season 7 Order
by TV News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Hot off its season six premiere this past Sunday, which delivered the series' biggest premiere performance ever across platforms, SHOWTIME has ordered a seventh season of SHAMELESS (more...)

San Diego Musical Theatre to Stage RAGTIME, 2/5-21San Diego Musical Theatre to Stage RAGTIME, 2/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

?San Diego Musical Theatre announces the first production of their 2016 season, RAGTIME, February 5-21, 2016 (press opening on Saturday, February 6th) at the Spreckels Theatre. (more...)

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