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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...)

LIZARD BOY THE MUSICAL to Make San Diego Debut at Diversionary Theatre This FallLIZARD BOY THE MUSICAL to Make San Diego Debut at Diversionary Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Three best friends from Washington got together and decided to make a musical. The rest is history - or at least it will be when the cast of LIZARD BOY makes their San Diego debut at Diversionary Theatre this September. (more...)

BWW Review: AVENUE Q at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: AVENUE Q at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center
by Melissa Giordano - Sep 14, 2016

Particularly over the past several years, the Tony winning musical Avenue Q has become a favorite show of mine. It is emotional, hilarious, relatable, and an original American production utilizing the fascinating art of puppetry. Now running through October 1st at Long Island's Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC), this wonderfully executed production is superbly directed by Heather Van Velsor who additionally operates the puppets Kate Monster and Lucy in the show. (more...)

Celebrate National Video Games Day with AVENUE Q's Oregon Trail Spin-OffCelebrate National Video Games Day with AVENUE Q's Oregon Trail Spin-Off
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

In honor of National Video Games Day, Off-Broadway's AVENUE Q playfully explores adulthood in an educational/entertainment style we are all familiar with from childhood with Avenue Q TRAIL. (more...)

VIDEO: AVENUE Q Salutes Gene Wilder, Recreates Classic YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN SceneVIDEO: AVENUE Q Salutes Gene Wilder, Recreates Classic YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Scene
by Michael Dale - Aug 30, 2016

The gang at Off-Broadway's AVENUE Q saw fit to honor Wilder with humor, recreating a classic moment from YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. (more...)

GOLDI LOCKS AND THE THREE ALIENS Lands Again at NCTC's Family Matinee SeriesGOLDI LOCKS AND THE THREE ALIENS Lands Again at NCTC's Family Matinee Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

This October, New Conservatory Theatre Center Family Matinee Series launches into space once more, with the return engagement of Goldi Locks and the Three Aliens written and directed by NCTC Youth Conservatory Director Stephanie Temple.   (more...)

LIZARD BOY THE MUSICAL to Make San Diego Debut at Diversionary Theatre This FallLIZARD BOY THE MUSICAL to Make San Diego Debut at Diversionary Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Three best friends from Washington got together and decided to make a musical. The rest is history - or at least it will be when the cast of LIZARD BOY makes their San Diego debut at Diversionary Theatre this September. (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: 'Shocking' Ad Leaves AVENUE Q Puppet Star Accidentally OverexposedPHOTO FLASH: 'Shocking' Ad Leaves AVENUE Q Puppet Star Accidentally Overexposed
by Michael Dale - Aug 10, 2016

An accidental reminder that even though the hilarious musical features adorably furry puppet characters, it ain't for kids. (more...)

BWW Review: Hilarious Puppets Take over Ocean State Theatre in AVENUE QBWW Review: Hilarious Puppets Take over Ocean State Theatre in AVENUE Q
by Robert Barossi - Aug 8, 2016

There are certainly many strange and unusual musicals appearing regularly on stages in New York City and across the country. Avenue Q does not shy away from being something different and unique. Rather, it proudly owns every bit of its wonderful uniqueness and accompanying hilarity. From songs about internet porn to full-frontal puppet nudity, this is a musical that constantly surprises, bringing undeniable laughs along the way. And it's hard to imagine that any theater could create as perfect a production of Avenue Q as the one currently running at Ocean State Theatre Company. (more...)

BWW TV: The Puppets of AVENUE Q Invade Bryant Park!BWW TV: The Puppets of AVENUE Q Invade Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 5, 2016

This Thursday's show included a performance by the Broadway-bound cast of Holiday Inn. Cast members for the event included, Ben Durocher, Jason Jacoby, Elizabeth Ann Berg, GRACE CHOI, and Kerri Bracken performing the numbers, 'If You Were Gay', 'There's a Fine, Fine Line', and 'The More You Ruv Someone.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: HOLIDAY INN, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS & More Perform at Broadway in Bryant Park!Photo Coverage: HOLIDAY INN, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS & More Perform at Broadway in Bryant Park!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Aug 4, 2016

The best of Broadway will be performing FREE on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with '106.7 LITE FM's Broadway in Bryant Park 2016' - a lunchtime series that continued this week, August 4 on the Bryant Park Stage. Hosted by LITE FM's on-air personalities, the 16th annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances will run through Thursday, August 11. (more...)

BWW Review: AVENUE Q is the Funniest Street in MelbourneBWW Review: AVENUE Q is the Funniest Street in Melbourne
by Victoria Beal - Aug 4, 2016

Avenue Q is still kicking on and inciting riotous laughs from every audience member who stops by the little New York street that could. (more...)

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