Kevin Thomas Garcia News

Playwright Colm Toibin to Lead Next Year's PEN World Voices Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

PEN American Center announced today that acclaimed writer Colm Toibin will serve as Chairman of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, beginning with next year's Festival. Founded and chaired by Salman Rushdie for a decade, the Festival brings together writers and public intellectuals from around the globe to encourage cross-cultural dialogues on issues central to individual rights and freedoms. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Lillias White, Robin de Jesus and More Sing THE SONGS OF LYONS & PAKCHAR at 54 Below
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Apr 15, 2014

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, welcomed two-time Tony Award winner Lillias White, Ben Platt, Naturi Naughton, Katie Thompson, two-time Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesus and more for 'Who We Are: The Songs of Lyons & Pakchar' last night, April 14. Contemporary musical theatre composers Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar showcased original music from their Pop/R&B catalogue. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photos from the sold-out concert below! (more...)

TACT to Honor A.R. Gurney at Spring Gala, 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre, the critically acclaimed company voted 'Company of the Year' by The Wall Street Journal, will celebrate its 21st Anniversary of presenting 'neglected or rarely produced works of literary merit' at its annual Spring Gala on Tuesday, April 29th atThe University Club (One East 54th Street). The celebratory evening will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring the popular 'Pick-a-Prize' Raffle, where attendees can select which prize they want to win, followed by dinner and live auction featuring celebrity auctioneer David Silvermanat 7:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interviews: So. Cal's Alex Mendoza Answers Our Silly Query While On Tour with MAMMA MIA!
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 09, 2014

So. Cal resident Alex Mendoza is celebrating a career milestone: he is now in the midst of his national tour debut as part of the traveling troupe of MAMMA MIA, that popular, crowd-pleasing jukebox musical now currently on stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa for a special one-week-only return through April 13. To our delight he agreed to answer a round of our 'silly' questions... (more...)

BWW Reviews: Clarke's THE THREEPENNY OPERA Stays Too Perpendicular
by Michael Dale - Apr 08, 2014

Despite some fine contributions, Martha Clarke's mounting lacks sexual spark and rebellious edge. (more...)

MAMMA MIA! Returns to Segerstrom Center, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts celebrates the return of Benny Andersson and Bjo?rn Ulvaeus' Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returning to Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, today, April 8 - 13, 2014. (more...)

Review Roundup: Atlantic Theater's THE THREEPENNY OPERA
by Review Roundups - Apr 07, 2014

Atlantic Theater Company's revival of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's musical The Threepenny Opera, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, opens tonight, April 7 and plays through Sunday, May 11, 2014 off-Broadway at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Patti LaBelle Set to Return to Broadway as AFTER MIDNIGHT's Next Guest Star?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

According to, music legend Patti LaBelle just attended a performance of Broadway's After Midnight, and will be the next star to join the guest lineup at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Current guest star Vanessa Williams will end her limited run on May 11, and will be followed by Fantasia, who returns on May 13. (more...)

Atlantic Theater Extends THE THREEPENNY OPERA by One Week Through May 11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Atlantic Theater Company has announced that the revival of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's musical THE THREEPENNY OPERA has been extended an additional week, having sold out its first four weeks of preview performances. Directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, the production opens Monday, April 7 and will now play through Sunday, May 11, 2014 off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company's main stage Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street). (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: March 22-28, 2014
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 28, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include a look ar opening night of LES MIS, a peek into a recent workshop led by Jonathan Gorff, coverage of of KING LEAR starring Michael Pennington, and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Michael Park, Laura Osnes, Mary Beth Peil and More in Atlantic Theater's THE THREEPENNY OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Atlantic Theater Company presents Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's musical THE THREEPENNY OPERA, directed and choreographed by visionary Martha Clarke. The show will open on Monday, April 7 at the Lind Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street) and plays a limited engagement through Sunday, May 4, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Baby T from WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Takes Over Times Square
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Mar 21, 2014

Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when the spectacular production, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, returns to North America this summer. The show that critics have called 'awesome', 'spectacular' and 'breathtaking' will commence a new tour in Cleveland from July 9-13, 2014. This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Worldwide, more than eight million people have seen this show in 243 cities and over 2,000 performances. A baby Tyrannosaurus Rex, star of WALKING WITH DINOSAURS, was in Times Square yesterday and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special event. Check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: ONCE Celebrates 2 Years on Broadway with Portrait at Tony's Di Napoli
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Mar 19, 2014

Just yesterday, Tony's di Napoli Restaurant (147 West 43rd Street) unveiled their newest addition to their prestigious Broadway Wall of Fame- a portrait of the company of Once. BroadwayWorld was there for the special celebration and you can catch photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Christopher J. Hanke Joins BUYER & CELLAR and Celebrates Birthday!
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Mar 19, 2014

Broadway leading man Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) just began performances as Alex More in the smash hit comedy Buyer & Cellar last night, March 18, 2014 at the Barrow Street Theatre(27 Barrow Street). BroadwayWorld was there for his first curtain call and you can check out complete coverage below! (more...)

Spiral Theatre, Skipper Celebrate Sondra Lee, 3/25
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 18, 2014

The Spiral Theatre and Richard Skipper celebrate the nearly 50-year career of Broadway's legendary actress Sondra Lee ('High Button Shoes,' 'Peter Pan') at the Spiral Theatre (242 W 36th St.) on Tuesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 845-365-0720. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Tuneful, Colorful MAMMA MIA! Brings Lively Song and Dance to PPAC
by Veronica Bruscini - Mar 16, 2014

Catchy arrangements of ABBA's familiar lyrics are very well-integrated into the storytelling, and this smart merger of narrative and song widens MAMMA MIA!'s appeal beyond that of an everyday jukebox musical. (more...)

Eric William Morris, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Molly Hager & More Set for Joe Iconis And Family St. Patty's Day Show at Laurie Beechman
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Eric William Morris, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Molly Hager and more will be part of Joe Iconis And Family at The Laurie Beechman Theater. Joe Iconis And Family is nominated for a 2014 M.A.C. 'Show Of The Year' Award. (more...)

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces Cast of MAMMA MIA!, 4/8-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 08, 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces the dynamic cast of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returning to Segerstrom Hall in Orange County from April 8 - 13, 2014. The National Tour of MAMMA MIA! is led by Georgia Kate Haege as Donna Sheridan, the independent single mother whose carefree past catches up with her on the eve of her daughter's wedding. Bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan is played by Chelsea Williams; her fiance Sky is played by Chris Stevens. (more...)

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! Becomes Broadway's Ninth Longest-Running Show!
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Mar 07, 2014

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical Mamma Mia! celebrated another milestone yesterday, Thursday, March 6, 2014, when it became the 9th longest-running show in Broadway history, a record previously held by the landmark musical Rent. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you coverage of the cast's curtain call, and after their bows! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Take a Chance on Them: MAMMA MIA! Hits DC's National Theatre
by Jamie McGonnigal - Mar 05, 2014

The good news is, fifteen years later the songs are still being sung beautifully. The touring company that is briefly visiting the nation's capital sure enough has the audience dancing in the aisles by the time they wrap things up. (more...)

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