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Photo Flash: AVENUE Q, CHICAGO, WAITRESS, and More Perform at Saks Fifth Avenue Spring Fete Celebration for BC/EFAPhoto Flash: AVENUE Q, CHICAGO, WAITRESS, and More Perform at Saks Fifth Avenue Spring Fete Celebration for BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

On Sunday, April 16, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE and President MARC METRICK, in partnership with BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS, hosted a selection of musical performances from top Broadway shows outside of the retailer's iconic New York flagship during the city's famed EASTER DAY PARADE. (more...)

BWW Review: AVENUE Q at MTKC ProBWW Review: AVENUE Q at MTKC Pro
by Alan Portner - Apr 3, 2017

ribald memories of another puppet driven show that may have taught lessons on PBS (more...)

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Puppet Trump & Puppet Hillary Debate Puppet Rights on World Puppetry Day!Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Puppet Trump & Puppet Hillary Debate Puppet Rights on World Puppetry Day!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Mar 21, 2017

In honor of World Puppetry Day, the Off Broadway company of AVENUE Q will conduct a Puppet Press Conference at New World Stages in NYC to declare and demand puppet rights be heard. Honorary Puppet Trump & Puppet Hillary reunited with to discuss this years top concerns for the puppet Q-mmunity. (more...)

Bring a Puppet to AVENUE Q for a Discount in Honor of World Puppetry DayBring a Puppet to AVENUE Q for a Discount in Honor of World Puppetry Day
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

The Tony Award Winning Avenue Q proudly announces its participation and observation in celebrating WORLD PUPPETRY DAY with special promo ticket offer. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): LUCKY STIFF's Bruno and KramerFRIDAY 5 (+1): LUCKY STIFF's Bruno and Kramer
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 17, 2017

Cast members - the hardest working man in Music City show business Patrick Kramer and the outrageously funny Katie Bruno - from director Jason Tucker's cast found time from their rigorous rehearsal schedule to take on our Friday 5 (+1) questions to offer us some insider information about the show and what makes them tick, after a theatrical fashion. (more...)

Photo Coverage: [title of show] Reunites After 10 Years at Vineyard Theatre Gala!Photo Coverage: [title of show] Reunites After 10 Years at Vineyard Theatre Gala!
by Walter McBride - Mar 15, 2017

On March 13, Vineyard Theatre's 2017 Gala Fundraiser celebrated the 10th anniversary of Vineyard Theatre's hit musical [title of show] with Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, and a toast to Broadway producer Kevin McCollum. (more...)

Asolo Rep to Host LA FETE DE MONTE CARLO Gala at The Ritz-Carlton SarasotaAsolo Rep to Host LA FETE DE MONTE CARLO Gala at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Asolo Rep's Annual Gala: La Fete de Monte Carlo, will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. (more...)

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q Celebrates 13th Anniversary and 3000th Performance Off Broadway!Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q Celebrates 13th Anniversary and 3000th Performance Off Broadway!
by Walter McBride - Jan 13, 2017

Avenue Q is the Tony Award winning musical featuring a cast of people and puppets, now in its 13th year on stage in NYC and around the globe. Avenue Q marked the occasion of its 3,000th performance at New World Stages (340 W. 50 St. in NYC) on January 4, 2017. The landmark performance was just celebrated with pre and post-show festivities bar-mitzvah/bat-mitzvah style as the musical turns 13, and begins its 14th year on New York stages! (more...)

AVENUE Q Announces 3,000th Performance Contest WinnersAVENUE Q Announces 3,000th Performance Contest Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Winners have been announced for AVENUE Q's contest to suggest what is in the box that the musical's HILLARY CLINTON puppet is giving to the DONALD TRUMP puppet. (more...)

Guess the Gift and Win Tickets to AVENUE Q's Bar Mitzvah CelebrationGuess the Gift and Win Tickets to AVENUE Q's Bar Mitzvah Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2016

As 2016 - inarguably one of the most unforgettable years in recent memory - comes to a close, the Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q will ring in the New Year with a one-of-a-kind contest featuring Hillary Clinton and President-elect Donald Trump, whose puppet likenesses joined the company of AVENUE Q to great effect during the recent election season.  (more...)

Full Cast Announced for JANUARY: THE MUSICAL REVUE at the ZedelFull Cast Announced for JANUARY: THE MUSICAL REVUE at the Zedel
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Atomicus Entertainment is thrilled to announce that Hannah Grover and Marc Pickering will join Julie Atherton in JANUARY: THE MUSICAL REVUE at Live at the Zedel. (more...)

Eden Espinosa Joins the Cast of LIZZIE at Greenwich Theatre in FebruaryEden Espinosa Joins the Cast of LIZZIE at Greenwich Theatre in February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Eden Espinosa joins cast of new rock musical Lizzie. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

After a sell-out workshop production at the Canal Cafe Theatre in January 2016, Atomicus Entertainment is thrilled to bring JANUARY to the West End at one of the most prestigious cabaret venues in London, with one of the finest musical theatre stars of her generation, Julie Atherton. (more...)

Ciara Renee and Jodie Jacobs Lead Cast of LIZZIE at Greenwich TheatreCiara Renee and Jodie Jacobs Lead Cast of LIZZIE at Greenwich Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Cast includes Ciara Renee (Pippin and Big Fish, Broadway), Jodie Jacobs (Carrie, Southwark Playhouse, We Will Rock You, Dominion), Bleu Woodward (Oh! What A Lovely War, Stratford East) and Bjorg Gamst (The Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone). (more...)

BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Gore Musical TheatreBWW Review: AVENUE Q at Gore Musical Theatre
by Monica Moore - Nov 14, 2016

Avenue Q is a multi-faceted, clever piece of theatre that requires complex and expertly delivered theatre techniques that would challenge the most knowledgeable and experienced theatre practitioners. Yet Gore Musical Theatre, a community theatre group in a rural town of 12 500, have produced this show. It is highly entertaining. Two key factors that made the show successful are; the smart move on behalf of Gore Musical Theatre to employ professional director Hamish McGregor who has specific expertise particularly in puppetry, and an outstandingly talented cast. While McGregor has successfully nurtured the talents of the cast, they needed to give him something to work with. And they sure did. The singing is sensational. The vocals were strong, deliberate and controlled. Great work Musical Director Sonya Barker. The story revolves around the character of recently graduated 'Princeton' (Tyler Dowling) as he struggles with his 'adult-world options' including negotiating his relationship with 'Kate Monster' played by Fran Brabant. These two were outstanding in their roles. Brabant's rendition of 'There's a Fine, Fine Line' was a highlight. While most scripts ask for commitment and dedication, this script demands it; 110% plus to pull it off. There is no margin for complacency. Errors would lose the audience in a heartbeat. The cast were faultless in their cues and delivery. Casting a first-timer in the role of Gary Coleman was indeed a risk but one that paid off. Fraser Gulliver was convincing in his role and endeared the audience. The musical involves the use of puppets, operated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside human actors. Puppeteers need to be faultless whilst singing, moving and acting using a mostly foreign accent. No mean feat! To further complicate things, some of the 'live-hands' puppets require two puppeteers and I was in awe of Nicole Weir who was often the 'second person' having to manipulate the puppets alongside the main actor. The fluidity in which she moved, and at times impromptu, was achieved with a high level of skill and fully supported the story. She also sung beautifully. She is the full package. Those who played more than one character, notably Emily Mason and Craig Wadsworth moved in and out of their roles seamlessly. They played the 'bad-idea bears' who represented temptation and conscience and were a highlight for me. Dressed in expletives the story line is presented in a very earthly, 'non PC', R18 way and explores the issues of the purpose of life, love, helping others. The characters are stereo-typical, exaggerated and mostly very funny. Rosie Brown provided the perfect balance of sultry and mean (until she becomes a born-again-christian) in her role of Lucy. Bradley Gentle playing duel roles of Nicky and Trekkie, was talent personified. His characterisation was totally excellent. He engaged the audience the minute he stepped on stage and was simply delightful. The same can be said for Brad McSoriely in his excellent portrayal of Rod a guy struggling with his sexuality. Blokey-bloke Brian (Marty Grounds) and his fiance Christmas Eve, (Shelly Ballantine) played contrasting characters, juxtaposed in their world-experience but cynical in commonality were an entertaining duo. The cast should be very proud of themselves for successfully melding the puppets, assistants and human characters into one glorious entity of entertainment. Oh and special mention to the tech team. The sound was perfect! There's so much happening onstage that I'm hoping to go again. Avenue Q Gore Town and Country Club November 11-19th Tickets available St James Theatre Gore, Phone: 03 208 7396 https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2016/nov/avenue-q (more...)

BWW Interview: Kirsten deLohr Helland Sings Her Siren SongBWW Interview: Kirsten deLohr Helland Sings Her Siren Song
by E.H. Reiter - Oct 28, 2016

LIZARD BOY is a comic book inspired musical that is taking San Diego by storm. So in honor of this musical, here are a few fun questions with Kirsten deLohr Helland about theatre, comic books, and what inspired this show (more...)

Cleveland State University Presents AVENUE Q at Playhouse SquareCleveland State University Presents AVENUE Q at Playhouse Square
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Cleveland State University's Department of Theatre and Dance, a Resident Company of Playhouse Square, starts out the 2016-2017 Theatre season with Tony Award "Triple Crown" winner Avenue Q, running October 27 - November 6 in the Allen Theatre.  (more...)

Julie Atherton Set for 'West End Up Close' Series TonightJulie Atherton Set for 'West End Up Close' Series Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Relative Motion has announced its second concert in partnership with The House of St. Barnabas, a charity and members club in Soho. After the sold-out West End Up Close concert with Jodie Jacobs in February, Relative Motion is delighted to be featuring Julie Atherton tonight, the 20th of October. (more...)

Josh Rhodes-Helmed GUYS AND DOLLS to Launch 2016-17 Season at Asolo RepJosh Rhodes-Helmed GUYS AND DOLLS to Launch 2016-17 Season at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

GUYS AND DOLLS, hailed as one of the greatest musical comedies of all time, kicks off Asolo Rep's highly anticipated 2016-17 season, the fifth and final of its celebrated American Character Project. (more...)

Julie Atherton Set for 'West End Up Close' Series This MonthJulie Atherton Set for 'West End Up Close' Series This Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

Relative Motion has announced its second concert in partnership with The House of St. Barnabas, a charity and members club in Soho. After the sold-out West End Up Close concert with Jodie Jacobs in February, Relative Motion is delighted to be featuring Julie Atherton on Thursday the 20th of October. (more...)

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