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Guest Blog: Composer Joshua Schmidt On ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICALGuest Blog: Composer Joshua Schmidt On ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICAL
by Guest Blogger: Joshua Schmidt - Sep 21, 2016

One could say that the Machine chose me first, then I chose it. Adapting Elmer Rice's 1923 expressionist juggernaut was the long-time dream of librettist Jason Loewith. Apparently he had approached other composers with the project to no avail. When he finally inquired as to my interest in the project in January of 2004, I was working as a sound designer on a show he was producing at the Next Theatre Company in Evanston, Illinois, where he served as Artistic Director. Up to that point, I had never written a musical, nor did envision myself writing one and I had never read, seen or even heard of Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Premiere of ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICALPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Premiere of ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Ever feel like killing your boss? The UK premiere of the hit Off Broadway musical Adding Machine: A Musical, composed by Joshua Schmidt, with libretto by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt, and based on the classic play by Elmer Rice, opens at the Finborough Theatre on Wednesday 28 September 2016 (Press Nights: Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October 2016 at 7.30pm). BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

Cast Announced for ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICAL at Finborough TheatreCast Announced for ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICAL at Finborough Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Aug 30, 2016

Full casting is announced today for the UK premiere of the hit Off Broadway musical ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICAL, composed by Joshua Schmidt, with libretto by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt, and based on the classic play by Elmer Rice. Josh Seymour directs Joseph Alessi (Mr Zero), Kate Milner-Evans (Mrs Zero), Joanna Kirkland (Daisy Dorothea Devore) and Edd Campbell Bird (Shrdlu), with James Dinsmore (Mr One and as cast), Helen Walsh (Mrs One and as cast), George Rae (Mr Two and as cast), and Sue Appleby (Mrs Two and as cast). The production opens at the Finborough Theatre on Wednesday 28 September 2016 (Press Nights: Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October 2016 at 7.30pm). (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

The New York Philharmonic's box office opens today, August 9, 2016, for the 2016-17 season. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Theatre Royal Plymouth's MONSTER RAVING LOONYFull Cast Announced for Theatre Royal Plymouth's MONSTER RAVING LOONY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Simon Stokes, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Plymouth, today announces full cast for the London run of Monster Raving Loony. Samuel James reprises his role as Screaming Lord Sutch, alongside original cast members including Joseph Alessi, Joanna Brookes, Jack Brown, and composer/musician Tom Attwood and they are joined by Vivienne Acheampong who completes the cast for the London run. Set & Costume Design is by Bob Bailey with lighting design by Chahine Yavroyan, audio visual design by Duncan McLean and sound design by Gregory Clarke.  Guest Director is Cal McCrystal (with a trademark bravura farce contribution). (more...)

2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL Announces Webcasts, Broadcasts, and Recordings2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL Announces Webcasts, Broadcasts, and Recordings
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

A range of performances and events from the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL will be made available through live video webcasts, live audio streams, and on-demand video and audio, several in partnership with WQXR's Q2 Music, which will also feature a 24-hour biennial marathon on May 24. Biennial highlights will later be featured on a radio broadcast on WFMT's Relevant Tones with Seth Boustead, and on a release of biennial highlights on the Philharmonic's digital recording series Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2015-16 Season. (more...)

Theatre Royal Plymouth Presents MONSTER RAVING LOONY, May 17Theatre Royal Plymouth Presents MONSTER RAVING LOONY, May 17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

With its UK premiere earlier this year at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth's fast-paced, hilarious and (slightly) bonkers Monster Raving Loony brings its party fun and punkish anarchy to Soho Theatre next month.  Opening on 17 May,Monster Raving Loony by James Graham will preview from 14 May, and run until 18 June. (more...)

New York Philharmonic Announces New Albums, Series of Digital RecordingsNew York Philharmonic Announces New Albums, Series of Digital Recordings
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

The New York Philharmonic announces a new album of works by Christopher Rouse, the Philharmonic's second Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in-Residence, and the launch of Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2015-16 Season digital recording series - which will feature ten albums of performances from the current season - for download and streaming. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MONSTER RAVING LOONY, Opening Tonight at Theatre Royal PlymouthPhoto Flash: First Look at MONSTER RAVING LOONY, Opening Tonight at Theatre Royal Plymouth
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

Theatre Royal Plymouth presents James Graham's MONSTER RAVING LOONY. Samuel James takes the role of Screaming Lord Sutch, with Joseph Alessi, Camilla Beeput, Joanna Brookes, Jack Brown playing a number of different characters. The production opens tonight 10th February and runs through the 27th. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Theatre Royal Plymouth Sets Full Cast of MONSTER RAVING LOONEYTheatre Royal Plymouth Sets Full Cast of MONSTER RAVING LOONEY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Theatre Royal Plymouth Artistic Director Simon Stokes today announces the full cast for his production of James Graham's Monster Raving Loony.  Samuel James takes the role of Screaming Lord Sutch, with Joseph Alessi, Camilla Beeput, Joanna Brookes, Jack Brown playing a number of different characters. The production opens on Wednesday 10th February, with previews from Saturday 6th February, and runs until Sat 27th February. (more...)

Conductor Gerard Schwarz's All-Star Orchestra to Return to THIRTEEN Next MonthConductor Gerard Schwarz's All-Star Orchestra to Return to THIRTEEN Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

The three-time Emmy Award-winning All-Star Orchestra, under the direction of renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz, returns to public television with a new season of four episodes featuring Mr. Schwarz's 'all-star' team of top orchestral musicians, including prominent principal players from over 30 major U.S. orchestras (more...)

BWW Preview: New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet Holiday ConcertBWW Preview: New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet Holiday Concert
by Peter Danish - Dec 3, 2015

The Principal Brass has performed an annual Christmas Holiday Concert at Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall every year since 1995. If you happen to be in NYC during the holiday season this year, make the time to see it. You won't be disappointed! If however, you don't feel like making the trek down to Manhattan, they will be performing this weekend in Nyack! (more...)

RACHMANINOFF: A PHILHARMONIC FESTIVAL, Featuring Daniil Trifonov, Begins TonightRACHMANINOFF: A PHILHARMONIC FESTIVAL, Featuring Daniil Trifonov, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

The New York Philharmonic will present Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival, tonight, November 10-28, 2015, featuring 24-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performing three of the composer's piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini over the course of three consecutive all-Rachmaninoff programs, each led by a different conductor: Cristian Macelaru (in his Philharmonic debut), Neeme Jarvi, and Ludovic Morlot. (more...)

NY PHIL BIENNIAL Lineup Announced for Spring 2016NY PHIL BIENNIAL Lineup Announced for Spring 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

From May 23 to June 11, 2016, the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert will present the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL, a wide-ranging exploration of today's music by an array of contemporary and modern composers. A flagship project of the New York Philharmonic, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL brings together an international roster of composers, performers, and curatorial voices for concerts presented both on the Lincoln Center campus and in venues throughout the city. (more...)

RACHMANINOFF: A PHILHARMONIC FESTIVAL, Featuring Daniil Trifonov, Coming This NovRACHMANINOFF: A PHILHARMONIC FESTIVAL, Featuring Daniil Trifonov, Coming This Nov
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

The New York Philharmonic will present Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival, November 10-28, 2015, featuring 24-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performing three of the composer's piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini over the course of three consecutive all-Rachmaninoff programs, each led by a different conductor: Cristian Macelaru (in his Philharmonic debut), Neeme Jarvi, and Ludovic Morlot. (more...)

Cast Announced THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY at Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal BathCast Announced THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY at Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

The Ustinov Studio, Bath is delighted to announce the UK premiere of Georges Feydeau's THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY as part of its autumn 2015 season, translated by Kenneth McLeish and directed by the Ustinov Studio's Artistic Director, Laurence Boswell. (more...)

Canadian Brass to Join Principal Brass Quintet for Holiday Brass Concert, 12/13Canadian Brass to Join Principal Brass Quintet for Holiday Brass Concert, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2015

The Canadian Brass will join the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet for the 20th season of its annual Holiday Brass concert, Sunday, December 13, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. The performance will feature seasonal favorites from the Baroque to contemporary; the program will be announced at a later date. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The July-September broadcasts of The New York Philharmonic This Week - the weekly radio series of concerts and recordings by the New York Philharmonic, hosted by Alec Baldwin - will feature diverse programming, including Music Director Alan Gilbert leading Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, in A Concert for New York on the 10th anniversary of 9/11; Bramwell Tovey conducing works including the World Premiere of a work he himself composed, featuring Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi as soloist; and special compilations celebrating former Philharmonic Music Directors Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, and Kurt Masur. (more...)

Stephanie Blythe & Warren Jones to Perform at Carnegie Hall, 5/15Stephanie Blythe & Warren Jones to Perform at Carnegie Hall, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

On Friday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall presents celebrated mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in recital with pianist Warren Jones in a program of popular songs by Poulenc, Ferré, Brel, Britten, and Coward. One of the most respected and versatile artists of her generation, Ms. Blythe recently starred as Gertrude Stein in the world premiere production of Ricky Ian Gordon's Twenty-Seven, an opera commissioned for her by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In 2013, Innova Records released Ms. Blythe's first crossover album As Long as There are Songs, featuring selections from the Great American Songbook arranged together with pianist Craig Terry. Together Ms. Blythe and Mr. Jones have performed recitals in major concert halls across the United States. (more...)

Lisa Batiashvili to Perform Barber in February at Avery Fisher HallLisa Batiashvili to Perform Barber in February at Avery Fisher Hall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili will continue her tenure with performances of Barber's Violin Concerto, and The Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in- Residence Christopher Rouse's tenure concludes with performances of Iscariot, the final work by Mr. Rouse to performed during his three-year tenure. David Zinman will conduct the program, which also includes Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

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