Karen Carpenter News

Musical Theatre West to Present West Coast Premiere of S'WONDERFUL, 4/4-20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

Musical Theatre West presents the third production of their 61st season, the West Coast Premiere of S'WONDERFUL: The New Gershwin Musical, created and directed by Ray Roderick, musicaldirection by Bret Simmons with choreography by Charlie Williams. S'WONDERFUL will preview today, April 4, open on Saturday, April 5 and perform for three weeks only through Sunday, April 20 at The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Albuquerque - Week of 3/30/2014
by BWW - Mar 30, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/30/2014 for Albuquerque (more...)

2014 William Inge Theatre Festival Kicks Off Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Tickets are now on sale. The 33rd Annual William Inge Theatre Festival, the Official Theatre Festival of the State of Kansas, celebrates comedy, drama and music in four whirlwind days. (more...)

2014 William Inge Theatre Festival to Kick Off 3/26 in Independence
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

The 33rd Annual William Inge Theatre Festival, the Official Theatre Festival of the State of Kansas, celebrates comedy, drama and music in four whirlwind days starting Wednesday evening, at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas. (more...)

Musical Theatre West to Present West Coast Premiere of S'WONDERFUL, 4/4-20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Musical Theatre West presents the third production of their 61st season, the West Coast Premiere of S'WONDERFUL: The New Gershwin Musical, created and directed by Ray Roderick, musicaldirection by Bret Simmons with choreography by Charlie Williams. S'WONDERFUL will preview on Friday, April 4, open on Saturday, April 5 and perform for three weeks only through Sunday, April 20 at The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. (more...)

Photo Flash: HANDLE WITH CARE Marks Off-Broadway Closing
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

The romantic comedy Handle With Care concluded its run at the 3PM matinee performance on Sunday, March 9th the Westside Theatre, two weeks after its originally announced end date. The play, by Emmy Award nominee Jason Odell Williams is directed by Karen Carpenter ('Love, Loss and What I Wore'), played 112 performances including 15 previews. Scroll down for photos from Handle With Care's closing performance! (more...)

HANDLE WITH CARE with Carol Lawrence Ends Off-Broadway Run Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 09, 2014

The romantic comedy Handle With Care will conclude its run at the 3PM matinee performance on Sunday, March 9th the Westside Theatre (407 west 43 Street - between 9th and 10th Avenues), two weeks after its originally announced end date. The play, by Emmy® Award nominee Jason Odell Williams is directed by Karen Carpenter ('Love, Loss and What I Wore'), will have played 112 performances including 15 previews. To purchase tickets call Telecharge at(212) 239-6200, visit www.telecharge.com or log on to www.handlewithcaretheplay.com. (more...)

Cast of Off-Broadway's HANDLE WITH CARE Set for Talkback Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 2014

The hit romantic comedy Handle With Care at The Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street), concludes its run this Sunday and has a talkback with the entire cast Thursday, March 6th. The play, by Emmy Award nominee Jason Odell Williams and directed by Karen Carpenter ('Love, Loss and What I Wore'), will end its run with the March 9th, 3pm performance, two weeks after its originally announced end date. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.handlewithcaretheplay.com, TeleCharge.com or call 212-239-6200 (more...)

HANDLE WITH CARE to Conclude Off-Broadway Run with Talkbacks this Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

The hit romantic comedy Handle With Care at The Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street), a Critics' Pick from the New York Times, which calls it 'a hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy' that 'exudes gobs of comic energy and insight', concludes its run this Sunday and celebrates with two special talkbacks this week. The play, by Emmy Award nominee Jason Odell Williams and directed by Karen Carpenter ('Love, Loss and What I Wore'), will end its run with the March 9th, 3pm performance, two weeks after its originally announced end date. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.handlewithcaretheplay.com, TeleCharge.com or call 212-239-6200 (more...)

Photo Flash: Original WEST SIDE STORY Cast Reunites with Carol Lawrence at HANDLE WITH CARE!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

Just last night, the original Broadway cast of West Side Story visited Carol Lawrence at her current gig, 'Handle with Care' at the Westside Theater. Chita Rivera (who played Anita) and Carol Lawrence (who played Maria) come together again 57 years after the original Tony winning musical hit the great white way in 1957. Check out photos from the reunion below! (more...)

Photo Flash: HANDLE WITH CARE Celebrates 100th Performance Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

The hit romantic comedy Handle With Care celebrated its 100th performance off-Broadway yesterday, February 27th at 8PM. The play, by Emmy Award nominee Jason Odell Williams and directed by Karen Carpenter ('Love, Loss and What I Wore'), will end its run March 9th, two weeks after its originally announced end date. BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)

HANDLE WITH CARE Plays 100th Performance Off-Broadway Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

The hit romantic comedy Handle With Care, a Critics' Pick from the New York Times, which calls it 'a hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy' that 'exudes gobs of comic energy and insight', celebrates its 100th performance on Thursday, February 27th at 8PM. The play, by Emmy Award nominee Jason Odell Williams and directed by Karen Carpenter ('Love, Loss and What I Wore'), will end its run March 9th, two weeks after its originally announced end date. (more...)

BIG FISH, LES MIS and More Highlight Musical Theatre West's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

MUSICAL THEATRE WEST is thrilled to announce, in its 62nd consecutive year (making it one of the country's longest-running continuing musical theatre companies), some really 'Big' news for their audiences and subscribers! For their 2014-2015 season of shows, they will be presenting the first production of the Broadway musical, BIG FISH, since its New York debut with the original Broadway sets and costumes! Continuing with its 'Big' Broadway' season are three more smash-hit shows from the Great White Way - LES MISERABLES, SOUTH PACIFIC and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN! In its 62 years of producing extraordinary musical entertainment, there has never been a season this 'Enchanted' or this 'Big!' (more...)

Elizabeth Davis and Jordan Richard to Celebrate Romance in Talk Back After Tonight's HANDLE WITH CARE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

The romantic comedy, Handle With Care, which runs through March 9th at Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street) celebrates romance tonight, Tuesday, February 25th following the evening performance at 7PM. Elizabeth Davis (Tony-nominee for Once on Broadway) and Jordan Richard (Television Director) will host a talk back. The couple met their first week of college when they were 18 years old. They 'found' each other again in NYC years later and their friendship grew into love. The couple married in 2008. (more...)

Tickets Now on Sale for 2014 William Inge Theatre Festival, Running 3/26-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Tickets are now on sale. The 33rd Annual William Inge Theatre Festival, the Official Theatre Festival of the State of Kansas, celebrates comedy, drama and music in four whirlwind days. (more...)

Shelly Burch and Martin Charnin Set for HANDLE WITH CARE Talkback Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Martin Charnin & Shelly Burch celebrate romance this week at Handle With Care. Talkbacks are set for each Tuesday in February (and the first Tuesday in March prior to the show concluding its run on March 9). At each talk, one of four romantic duos will wax poetic on their life and love. Details below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of MTW's THE MUSIC MAN with Davis Gaines
by Lily Lim - Feb 17, 2014

Musical Theatre West presents the second production of their 61st season, Davis Gaines (Los Angeles' longest-running Phantom in The Phantom of The Opera) starring as Professor Harold Hill and Gail Bennett (Mary Poppins) starring as Marian Paroo in Meredith Willson's timeless and joyous, THE MUSIC MAN, book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, musical direction by Corey Hirsch, choreography by John Todd and directed by Jeff Maynard. (more...)

Photo Flash: Carol Lawrence Primps Before HANDLE WITH CARE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Carol Lawrence spent Valentine's Day at the Rossano Ferretti Hairspa in Manhattan's Fuller Building, getting ready for her return in 'Handle With Care' at the Westside Theater for its remaining run. Check out photos below! (more...)

Davis Gaines Stars in THE MUSIC MAN at Musical Theatre West, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Musical Theatre West presents the second production of their 61st season, Davis Gaines (Los Angeles' longest-running Phantom in The Phantom of The Opera) starring as Professor Harold Hill and Gail Bennett (Mary Poppins) starring as Marian Paroo in Meredith Willson's timeless and joyous, THE MUSIC MAN, book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, musical direction by Corey Hirsch, choreography by John Todd and directed by Jeff Maynard. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Andrea McArdle Talks 54 Below Show DREAM ROLES, Plus New Album, ANNIE Memories, BWW VISITS OZ & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 10, 2014

Today we are talking to a terrifically talented triple-threat diva known for her legendary Broadway performance as the title character in the iconic original production of ANNIE as well as notable appearances on Broadway since in STARLIGHT EXPRESS, LES MISERABLES, STATE FAIR and more - the engaging and passionate Andrea McArdle. Opening up about her life after 'Tomorrow' as well as sharing memories of her time in ANNIE, McArdle sheds some light on her idiosyncratic showbiz career and shares sensational stories from her past and present while also looking ahead to the future. Additionally, McArdle looks back on many of her most famous roles to date, including her roller skating days in STARLIGHT EXPRESS and her recent stint as MAME herself, as well as her various Judy Garland-related properties, too - the TV biopic RAINBOW and the stage adaptation of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS among them, not to mention her sensational star turn as the opener of the recent sold-out series of 10th anniversary concerts at Joe's Pub, BROADWAYWORLD.COM VISITS OZ, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander and MaryBeth Abel, where she exquisitely performed 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows'. Plus, McArdle comments on her recent Broadway Records live album 70'S & SUNNY and the material and decade that inspired it. Most importantly, McArdle looks ahead to her new series of solo shows kicking off at 54 Below this week titled DREAM ROLES and previews some of the stupendous song selections she has chosen for the show - with material by Stephen Sondheim, Charles Strouse and more included! All of that and much, much more awaits in this career-spanning chat with one of Broadway's best and best-loved leading ladies. (more...)

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