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Tickets Now On Sale for A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Detroit's Fisher TheatreTickets Now On Sale for A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Detroit's Fisher Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

 The Tony® Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, will play Detroit's Fisher Theatre, October 4-16, in its First National Tour, which launched in September 2015. Tickets are now on sale at The Fisher Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or box office, www.ticketmaster.com. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends COMPANY Through Aug 7Writers Theatre Extends COMPANY Through Aug 7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension to Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show, originally slated to run through July 31, 2016, will add an additional week, through August 7, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

Attend the Tale of SWEENEY TODD, Starring Benedict Campbell, at Shaw FestivalAttend the Tale of SWEENEY TODD, Starring Benedict Campbell, at Shaw Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Jackie Maxwell concludes her 14-year tenure as the Shaw Festival's Artistic Director with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – A Musical Thriller, by legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. Previews of her production of this compelling musical thriller, with its unusual take on the notion of “eat or be eaten”, began its limited run July 17 – with additional matinees already added for October 18 and 19. (more...)

Photo Flash: Drew Carey Visits 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' at 5th Avenue TheatrePhoto Flash: Drew Carey Visits 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Drew Carey visited the company of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder on Friday evening at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The first national tour will be playing in Seattle through July 31, 2016. Scroll down for a photo! (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANYWriters Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension to Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show, originally slated to run through July 31, 2016, will add an additional week, through August 7, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Will Swenson, Jessica Phillips & More in LC Originals's SOME LOVERSSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Will Swenson, Jessica Phillips & More in LC Originals's SOME LOVERS
by Stage Tube - Jun 29, 2016

Some of Broadway's top talent including Will Swenson, Jessica Phillips, Jenni Barber, and Andrew Mueller performed songs from SOME LOVERS, the new musical from legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach and Tony Award-winning playwright Steven Sater (Spring Awakening). This event is part of LC Originals, where artists share new works and demystify the creative process. (more...)

BWW Review: MSMT's A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING (and Dancing) Lives Up To Its NameBWW Review: MSMT's A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING (and Dancing) Lives Up To Its Name
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 21, 2016

Maine State Music Theatre continues its impressive 2016 lineup of shows with two performances on June 20, 2016, of A Grand Night for Singing, a musical revue conceived by Walter Bobbie to showcase the glorious songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed and choreographed by Curt Dale Clark with tap choreography by Raymond Marc Dumont, the revue features a sixteen-member cast of young professionals drawn from the intern company and local Maine performers, who turn in a performance that offers not only grand singing and dancing, but also speaks to the huge reservoirs of talent that MSMT is proud to possess. The original 1993 twenty-seven song revue skillfully weaves together a wide range of Rodgers and Hammerstein's works in arrangements by Fred Wells (and lovely orchestrations by Michael Gibson and Jonathan Tunick) from both their smash hits like Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, The King and I, and Cinderella, as well as gems from lesser-known shows like Allegro, State Fair, Flower Drum Song, and Pipe Dream. Patrick Fanning serves as MSMT's Music Director, conducting the wealth of melodic material with elan, delicious detail, and nuance and eliciting from the young cast lyrical and idiomatic renditions of beloved sings such as 'We Kiss in a Shadow,' 'Maria,' 'If I Loved You,' and 'This Nearly Was Mine' or upbeat numbers like 'Honey Bun' and 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!' The dynamically staged and imaginatively choreographed production by MSMT's Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark - with a dazzling, intricate tap number created by Raymond Marc Dumont for 'Kansas City' - is brimming with class, warmth, and humor. Clark inspires the cast to bring to their music and vignettes an infectious and embracing energy, an eloquence of emotion spiced with mischievous moments. His pacing is brisk, and he effectively builds a lively sense of character and communication among the cast members, who share their enthusiasm with the public, even interacting on several occasions with the audience in the house. By retooling the contexts of many of the songs, he is able to add a contemporary and universal touch to their appeal. Most of all, he helps these young artists find and share the timeless heart in this treasure trove of American musical theatre. Using the bare bones of the Ghost set makes for a minimal but attractive decor. The characterful casual and subsequently elegantly formal costumes by Travis S. Grant are carefully chosen for their complementary pastel hues; the kinetic lighting by Heather Reynolds and a well-balanced sound design by Nate Dickson contribute to making this revue offers a feast for eyes and ears. Working seamlessly as an ensemble, the youthful cast gives their all both in the big production numbers and in focused solos, amply illustrating the meaning of the musical theatre term 'triple threat.' They sing beautifully; they dance with technical aplomb, and they act with irresistible charm. Moreover, each and every one of them knows how to interpret a song - to make it more than a lyrical moment. Each has several occasions to shine, and Clark and Dumont have skillfully mined their individual strengths. Among the many highlights are a perky rendition of 'Surrey with the Fringe on Top' (Eric Berry-Sandelin, Katie Whittemore, Cameron Wright, Rachel Grindle, Hugh Cipparone, Berkley Jones), inspired vocal interpretations of 'If I Loved You (Jennifer Kennedy), 'It Might As Well Be Spring' (Berkely Jones)'This Nearly Was Mine,'(Matthew LaBerge), a smoldering account of 'Maria' (Alex Drost), a romantic 'We Kiss in a Shadow' (Giovanni DiGabrieli), a winsome 'All At Once' (Marty Lauter, Cipparone), and a single verse in 'Love Look Away' to bring tears to the eyes (Lauter), a feisty 'Stepsisters' Lament,' (Ali Sarnacchiaro, Haley Ostir, Megan Flynn), a spirited 'I Can't Say No' (Molly Keane-Dreyer, Kennedy), and a witty 'The Gentleman Is A Dope' (Alex Drost, Kyle Laing, Ostir, DiGabrieli, Lauter). The numerous ensemble numbers are enhanced by the strong camaraderie and chemistry among the players, making for some memorable comic and romantic moments such as the women's septet in sunny 'Wash That Man' and the men's octet in a plaintive 'Love Look Away.' The choreography is expressive, lyrical, and catchy by turns - ranging from ballet and modern to jazz and tap - with such numbers as the sweeping polka of 'Shall We Dance?' or the dueling tap in 'Kansas City' garnering special attention. Special mention to Berkely Jones, Marty Lauter, and Kyle Laing for their dance solos and impressive technique. To spend an evening with these magnificent Rodgers and Hammerstein classics makes it impossible not to take away a renewed appreciation for their geniuses and a love of their legacy. But A Grand Night for Singing does something else as well. It proves to be one more piece of evidence that MSMT is truly, as its catchphrase promises, 'Bringing Broadway to Brunswick.' Photos courtesy of MSMT, Roger S.Duncan, potographer Evita which begins on June 29 - July 16 at the Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Rd., Brunswick, ME, on Monday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For tickets call box office at 207-725-8769 or visit online at www.msmt.org (more...)

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Tour Coming to 5th Avenue Theatre; Cast Announced!A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Tour Coming to 5th Avenue Theatre; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

The Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, will play The 5th Avenue Theatre as a part of its First National Tour, which launched in September, 2015. (more...)

Tickets to A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at AT&T Performing Arts Center on Sale 6/17Tickets to A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at AT&T Performing Arts Center on Sale 6/17
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center announced today that tickets for the Tony® Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, will go on sale Friday, June 17 at 10 a.m. A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder will make its Dallas premiere for a limited two week engagement August 16 through August 28, 2016 at the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District and is part of the Broadway Series. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Conclude 2015-16 Season with Sondheim's COMPANYWriters Theatre to Conclude 2015-16 Season with Sondheim's COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show runs June 15 - July 31, 2016 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Stage Sondheim's COMPANY, 6/15-7/31Writers Theatre to Stage Sondheim's COMPANY, 6/15-7/31
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Writers Theatre concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company was originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, and features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo, and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show runs June 15, 2016 - July 31, 2016 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre: 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Road to Opening Week 7: Cynthia Dale On Rehearsals for A Little Night MusicRoad to Opening Week 7: Cynthia Dale On Rehearsals for A Little Night Music
by Guest Blogger: Cynthia Dale - May 2, 2016

We stood in a rehearsal room with our hearts beating full and hard, and sang with the orchestra for the first time. We listened to the extraordinary beauty of Stephen Sondheim's music played by some of the best musicians around. We heard the arrangements that Jonathan Tunick so masterfully created. We let the glorious music wash over us and inform our interpretations. We are all keenly aware of how unbelievably lucky we are that we get to play in this special sandbox this year - 'A Little Night Music' - here at the Stratford Festival. (more...)

WHEN EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE with Kurt Peterson & Victoria Mallory Set for Release Next WeekWHEN EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE with Kurt Peterson & Victoria Mallory Set for Release Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Ghostlight Records will release the concert recording of When Everything Was Possible, an exciting and poignant evening celebrating Broadway's Golden Age starring Kurt Peterson and Victoria Mallory, on May 13. (more...)

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Comes to 5th Avenue This SummerA GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Comes to 5th Avenue This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, will play The 5th Avenue Theatre as a part of its First National Tour, which launched in September, 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER - Farcical Felonious Fun at Ahmanson TheatreBWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER - Farcical Felonious Fun at Ahmanson Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Apr 22, 2016

Occasionally we venture beyond the borders of Ventura County to see what is going on in Los Angeles, and on this occasion, we couldn't resist taking in a performance of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which is currently playing at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown. The 2013 show won Tonys for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical after its initial Broadway run and is now currently on its first national tour. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at David St. Louis, Annie Golden and More in PlayMakers' SWEENEY TODDPhoto Flash: First Look at David St. Louis, Annie Golden and More in PlayMakers' SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

PlayMakers Repertory Company concludes its Mainstage Season with Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece 'Sweeney Todd,' onstage now through April 23.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 3, 2016BWW's On This Day - April 3, 2016
by - Apr 3, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

PlayMakers to Close 2015-16 Mainstage Season with SWEENEY TODDPlayMakers to Close 2015-16 Mainstage Season with SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

PlayMakers Repertory Company concludes its Mainstage Season with Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece 'Sweeney Todd,' onstage March 30 through April 23. Special events associated with the show begin March 14. (more...)

Signature Theatre's Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation Goes to William YaneshSignature Theatre's Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation Goes to William Yanesh
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

William Yanesh, a Washington DC-based composer (Adventure Theatre MTC's CAPS FOR SALE), orchestrator (Shakespeare Theatre's MAN OF LA MANCHA) and musical director (Signature's THE LAST FIVE YEARS) will be honored with the Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation. (more...)

Annie Golden & David St. Louis to Lead PlayMakers Repertory Company's SWEENEY TODDAnnie Golden & David St. Louis to Lead PlayMakers Repertory Company's SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

PlayMakers Repertory Company announces casting of the lead roles for its upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" to be presented March 30-April 23. (more...)

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