Julie Andrews News

BWW Reviews: Aurora's Magical MARY POPPINS Brings New Surprises to Beloved Classic
by Matt Tamanini - Jul 24, 2014

There is something very special, even magical, in the wind in Lawrenceville this summer. As he did with last year's LES MISERABLES, director Justin Anderson has found exciting ways to bring new life to a beloved show that we know so well. Under his capable direction, MARY POPPINS is transformed from the classic movie of chalk drawings and dancing penguins into a poignant tale of a loving family in need of saving from its own prosperity, with a pinch of magic on top. This family-friendly classic, which runs through August 31st, is a can't-miss for fans of wonder and magic, both young and old. (more...)

Carol Burnett to Serve as Creative Director of Music Academy's Cabaret Gala, 8/7; Marilyn Horne to Headline
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Iconic television star Carol Burnett is once again lending her unique gifts to the Music Academy of the West's Cabaret gala, serving as creative director of the annual fundraiser benefiting the Music Academy's full-scholarship program. The beloved performer is teaming up with legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne for coaching sessions on the art of musical comedy with the young vocalists headlining this year's Cabaret, which will take place on Thursday, August 7, in the Plaza del Sol rotunda of Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara. (more...)

Rick Faugno Joins the Cast of REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Rick Faugno has joined the cast of the world premiere of REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER, a new musical with book, music & lyrics by Ívar Pall Jonsson, based on a story by Ívar and Gunnlaugur Jonsson. Performances will begin July 31st, with the official Opening Night on Wednesday, August 13th at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (just a few steps from Sixth Ave., one block south of W. 3rd St.) (more...)

BWW Reviews: Surflight's 50th Anniversary FIDDLER
by Michael T. Mooney - Jul 15, 2014

Very rarely a Broadway musical transcends mere entertainment and becomes part of the cultural landscape. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is such a musical. Although the word 'iconic' has been overused of late, I daresay FIDDLER has reached that status. Its themes of family, love, community and yes - tradition - have made it a transformative experience for five decades of theatergoers. (more...)

Analisa Leaming, Tom Galantich & More to Lead THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Starlight Theatre, 7/25-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The hills of Kansas City will soon come alive with The Sound of Music, and talented performers from Broadway and Kansas City stages will lead the way to Starlight Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Galen Crawley Explains Why Aurora Theatre's MARY POPPINS is Full of Magic, Laughs, and Tears
by Matt Tamanini - Jul 14, 2014

If you have been paying attention to the Atlanta theatre scene for the last three years, actress Galen Crawley has undoubtedly caught your eye. From leading family-friendly musicals to starring in more cutting-edge material, Crawley is certainly one of the community's brightest rising stars. This week she takes on another iconic role, this time as the titular MARY POPPINS at The Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Robert Creighton, Kelly McCormick and More in MARY POPPINS at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

In its Music Circus premiere, the Disney classic musical Mary Poppins, based on the books by P. L. Travers and the beloved 1964 Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, is the second show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances are July 8 - 13. Check out a first look below! (more...)

A Cappella Show, VOCALOSITY, to Launch National Tour from Gainesville in Fall 2015!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Work Light Productions, one of the nation's premiere producers of theatrical national tours, and IMG Artists, the industry's global leader in performing arts management, announced today the launch of new joint producing venture VOCALOSITY, a theatrical property comprised entirely of a cappella music, which will begin its North American tour on October 23, 2015 at the Curtis M. Phillips, M.D. Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The national tour will continue through the fall of 2015 and into the spring of 2016. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MARY POPPINS Flies in to Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - Jul 10, 2014

Sold out for the entirety of its run, Mary Poppins at Sacramento Music Circus steps in time to the beloved Disney musical. Thanks to a vivacious cast and plenty of clever trick costumes and sets, Mary maintains most of her magic. (more...)

Review Roundup: MY FAIR LADY at The Guthrie
by Review Roundups - Jul 10, 2014

The Guthrie Theater opened My Fair Lady, the hummable, quotable, utterly enjoyable musical for the whole family. Playing for the first time at the Guthrie, under the direction of Joe Dowling, My Fair Lady features Helen Anker as Eliza Doolittle, Tony Sheldon as Colonel Pickering, Donald Corren as Alfred P. Doolittle - all in their Guthrie debuts - and Jeff McCarthy as Professor Henry Higgins. (more...)

CINDERELLA Set For 50th Anniversary DVD Special Edition, Out 9/9
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 09, 2014

A 50th anniversary edition of the celebrated 1965 telecast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved musical CINDERELLA starring Lesley Ann Warren is set for DVD release this September according to a new listing, now available for pre-order. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Gail Bennett and More in MARY POPPINS at the Patchogue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

The Long Island premiere of 'Disney's Mary Poppins' is set to fly at the Patchogue Theatre - featuring Broadway caliber actors and aerial effects. The musical, produced by The Gateway, plays July 2-19. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

Tickets to bergenPAC's Holiday Offerings On Sale 7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2014

It's Holiday Cheer in July at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey who is presenting some of the greatest Christmas shows this year… Brian Setzer returns to bergenPAC with Christmas Rocks on Wednesday, December 3rd and then it's the annual New Jersey Ballet Nutcracker performances taking place on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th with show times at 1PM and 5PM. (more...)

Cleveland Orchestra Announces Community Arts Partnership with the 2014 Gay Games
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

The Cleveland Orchestra proudly announces its community arts partnership with the 2014 Gay Games, being held this summer in Northeast Ohio. The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation takes place August 9-16 in venues around Cleveland and Akron. More than 35 sports and culture events will be held, with more than 20,000 people from more than 50 countries expected to participate and visit the region. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jackie Burns, Teal Wicks, Adrienne Warren and Jane Monheit at FRANK & FRIENDS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

On Monday, June 30, the Broadway at Birdland concert series presented multi-Grammy and Tony nominated composer Frank Wildhorn in his regular series called 'Frank & Friends.' This particular show, 'Girls Night Out!' found Frank onstage with Broadway leading ladies Jackie Burns (If/Then), Teal Wicks (Wicked), Adrienne Warren (Bring It On) and jazz vocalist Jane Monheit (Jane Monheit's Jazz Party at Birdland). Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Playwright Will Cooper Has a Beautiful Mind
by Erica Miner - Jun 30, 2014

Will Cooper's play 'Jade Heart' chronicles the journey of an infant girl, abandoned in China and brought to America by her adoptive single Caucasian mother. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Incredible Diva Moments with Christina Bianco at Rockwell
by Aimee Curameng - Jun 30, 2014

Christina Bianco is best known for her cover of 'Let It Go' that went viral at the height of Frozen frenzy. In the video, she impersonates everyone from Barbra to Celine from Bernadette to Alanis and at her show titled 'Diva Moments' at Rockwell on Sunday, June 29th , she brought those divas and more to a packed house of enthusiastic fans. (more...)

Super Bowl Champion Ben Utecht Named Spokesperson for AAN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Brain Foundation have named Ben Utecht, former NFL tight end and Super Bowl champion with the Indianapolis Colts, as their national spokesperson. Utecht's role includes raising awareness of sports concussion and the need to support research into cures for brain diseases such as concussion. Utecht, who in 2009 experienced a career-ending traumatic brain injury, has been instrumental in promoting the Academy's guideline recommendations for how to diagnose and treat sports concussion, most recently during his testimony this week before the U.S. Senate: Special Committee on Aging. (more...)

The Hills Are Alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC in München
by Iris Moebius - Jun 26, 2014

„Eine Familienstory voll großer Gefuhle, Melodramatik, romantische Stimmung, sogar eine genau dosierte Prise bittere Zeitgeschichte, das Ganze vorbildlich entkitscht - was braucht es mehr?" Der Erfolg halt an, nicht zuletzt aufgrund der brillanten Verkorperung Georg von Trapps durch Musical-Star Uwe Kroger. In Salzburg regelmaßig ausverkauft, kommt „The Sound of Music" mit Originaldarstellern und -kulissen nun nach Munchen. Das Ensemble trifft im Prinzregententheater auf das Orchester des Staatstheaters am Gartnerplatz und Mitglieder der Bayerischen Theaterakademie August Everding und durfte auch hier die Herzen der Zuschauer im Sturm erobern. (more...)

Russell Grant to Star in the UK Fringe Premiere of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Oct 1-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Russell Grant, star of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and one the country's best loved celebrities, is to star as the mysterious and sinister Mrs Meers in the UK fringe premiere of the six-time Tony Award-winning tap dancing musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. (more...)

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