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BWW Review: BYE BYE BIRDIE at Goodspeed Opera HouseBWW Review: BYE BYE BIRDIE at Goodspeed Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - Jul 18, 2016

When looking for memorable images from America in the late 50's/early 60's, you are bound to find some old standards. Mom in the kitchen baking, Dad returning home from a long day at the office, children playing with their Slinky/Mr. Potato Head while drinking Tang, or the iconic footage of man walking on the moon for the first time. These images immediately place you firmly in an era where tradition crashed headlong into a world of new sights and sounds. And it is these images that brilliantly set the stage (and the mood) during the overture for Goodspeed Musicals' new production of the classic Adams/Strouse/Stewart musical, BYE BYE BIRDIE; and they signal the nostalgic, yet amazingly fresh romp the audience will experience for the next two hours. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Goodspeed's BYE BYE BIRDIEPhoto Flash: First Look at Goodspeed's BYE BYE BIRDIE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

Everyone will love this fun-filled musical, running now through September 4 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. The Official Press Opening will be July 13, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Goodspeed's BYE, BYE BIRDIE, Opening 6/24Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Goodspeed's BYE, BYE BIRDIE, Opening 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

The exuberant cast of BYE BYE BIRDIE will 'spread sunshine all over the place' in this summertime sensation directed by Jenn Thompson. Ms. Thompson's new take on this youthful classic includes two new songs, 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' from the 1963 film and 'A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore' from the 1995 television presentation along with crisp new dance arrangements by accomplished composer of Broadway, film and television David Krane.  Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

Janet Dacal, George Merrick, Donna English and More to Lead Goodspeed's Fresh Take on BYE BYE BIRDIE This SummerJanet Dacal, George Merrick, Donna English and More to Lead Goodspeed's Fresh Take on BYE BYE BIRDIE This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

The exuberant cast of BYE BYE BIRDIE will 'spread sunshine all over the place' in this summertime sensation directed by Jenn Thompson. (more...)

BWW Review: An Uneven COMEDY TONIGHT Presenting 'Broadway's Funniest Clowns' Offers Both Chuckles and Vocal Pratfalls at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: An Uneven COMEDY TONIGHT Presenting 'Broadway's Funniest Clowns' Offers Both Chuckles and Vocal Pratfalls at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Alix Cohen - Feb 17, 2016

Hosted by famously deadpan Julie Halston (You Can't Take It With You), the melange of actors presented in Monday night's comedy show at Feinstein's/54 Below drove home the fact that humor is simply not universal. Additionally, lack of continuity made it seem as if artists chose material no one reviewed. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for February 15-21, Featuring Claybourne Elder, Julie Halston, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for February 15-21, Featuring Claybourne Elder, Julie Halston, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Feb 14, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: The Nutty Professor Reunion Concert; Comedy Tonight: Broadway's Funniest Clowns; 54 Sings ABBA; Claybourne Elder at 54 Below; Hold On The Musical in Concert. (more...)

Julie Halston, Claybourne Elder & More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 BelowJulie Halston, Claybourne Elder & More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. Scroll down for details!  (more...)

DISASTER! Star Kevin Chamberlin Joins Julie Halston in COMEDY TONIGHT at Feinstein's/54 BelowDISASTER! Star Kevin Chamberlin Joins Julie Halston in COMEDY TONIGHT at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Kevin Chamberlin, and Brad Oscar will be joining host Julie Halston on their night off from DISASTER! and SOMETHING ROTTEN! when Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents COMEDY TONIGHT: BROADWAY'S FUNNIEST CLOWNS! (more...)

BWW Reviews: WICKED at Paramount a Bit Flat but Still WickedBWW Reviews: WICKED at Paramount a Bit Flat but Still Wicked
by Jay Irwin - Jul 10, 2015

I don't think many theater nerds need to argue the virtues of Stephen Schwartz's hit show "Wicked" currently playing at the Paramount Theatre. It's one of those shows that's widely and verbally loved by aficionados and general theatergoers alike. So when the tour comes through town it's bound to have the rich and powerful voices needed to blast those wonderful songs into the rafters. And this tour is no exception. But while this tour also boasts two wonderful leads who also manage some brilliant and layered storytelling in their characters, some of the supporting players felt lacking and flat in that aspect making this go around with the show not as awe-inspiring as past viewings. (more...)

BWW Reviews: For This Cabaret Performer (and Dozens of Others), the First Annual Tribute to New York Piano Bar Legend Jerry Scott is Poignant AND PersonalBWW Reviews: For This Cabaret Performer (and Dozens of Others), the First Annual Tribute to New York Piano Bar Legend Jerry Scott is Poignant AND Personal
by Billie Roe - Apr 14, 2015

It was more than fitting that the New York cabaret community should honor the late Jerry Scott last Saturday night at Parnell's--the last piano bar that Jerry played before he died in April, 2013 at 67. To honor Jerry's memory and his lifetime of achievements, three devoted friends, cabaret reviewer John Hoglund, Allan Armour, and Geri Malino produced The First Annual Jerry Scott Memorial Award Show. This yearly event will not only pay tribute to Jerry's extraordinary talent, but the award will be presented to an exceptional entertainer/performer in the Manhattan Piano Bar/Lounge/Restaurant scene. The first recipient of the aptly named “Bronze Piano” was Bobby Peaco, a well-respected member of the New York cabaret community for more than 20 years. (more...)

BWW Reviews: National Tour of WICKED Rolls Into HippodromeBWW Reviews: National Tour of WICKED Rolls Into Hippodrome
by Cybele Pomeroy - Apr 6, 2015

For some reason, people have brought a great many little girls to see WICKED. It didn't seem to me a particularly child-friendly novel, but since the musical stage production shares about as much with Gregory Maguire's novel as Disney's Little Mermaid did with the story written by Hans Christian Andersen, that's probably fine. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center Transforms Into OZ for the Return of WICKEDPhoto Coverage: Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center Transforms Into OZ for the Return of WICKED
by Isabel D. Almaraz - Mar 16, 2015

Go backstage at the Adrienne Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House and see it transform into OZ for WICKED's return to Miami. WICKED will play at the Arsht Center from March 11-March 29, after a record-breaking run at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Watch as the Munchkinland Tour takes over Miami and gives the Arsht Center an Ozian makeover. (more...)

Photo Flash: Alyssa Fox and Liana Hunt Join WICKED National Tour!Photo Flash: Alyssa Fox and Liana Hunt Join WICKED National Tour!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

The company of the Munchkinland tour of Wicked just welcomed Alyssa Fox as Elphaba and Liana Hunt as Nessarose in Greenville, SC. Fox and Hunt join a cast that includes Carrie St. Louis as Glinda, Kristine Zbornik as Madame Morrible and John Davidson as The Wizard. (more...)

WICKED's Munchkinland Tour Welcomes New 'Elphaba' and 'Nessarose' TonightWICKED's Munchkinland Tour Welcomes New 'Elphaba' and 'Nessarose' Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

The company of the Munchkinland tour of Wicked welcomes Alyssa Fox as Elphaba and Liana Hunt as Nessarose beginning tonight, January 28 in Greenville, SC. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WICKED National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Reviews: WICKED National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - Jan 9, 2015

Based on the Gregory Maguire novel titled Wicked: The Life & Times of The Wicked Witch of the West, this musical tells the story of The Wizard of Oz from the witches' perspective long before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda the Good, who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace. (more...)

WICKED's Munchkinland Tour to Welcome New 'Elphaba' and 'Nessarose' for 2015WICKED's Munchkinland Tour to Welcome New 'Elphaba' and 'Nessarose' for 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

The company of the Munchkinland tour of WICKED will welcome Alyssa Fox as Elphaba and Liana Hunt as Nessarose beginning Wednesday, January 28 in Greenville, SC. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 11/26/14 - ILLUSIONISTS, Macy's Parade, Turkey Day and More!WAKE UP with BWW 11/26/14 - ILLUSIONISTS, Macy's Parade, Turkey Day and More!
by Jessica Showers - Nov 26, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This holiday weekend's big news: SOUL DOCTOR comes back to New York, DISENCHANTED! begins, THE ILLUSIONISTS bring magic to Broadway, performers from the Great White Way crowd this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade and more! (more...)

Carrie St. Louis, Ashley Parker Angel, Kristine Zbornik & John Davidson Join WICKED Second National Tour TodayCarrie St. Louis, Ashley Parker Angel, Kristine Zbornik & John Davidson Join WICKED Second National Tour Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2014

The company of the second North American tour of WICKED will welcome Carrie St. Louis as Glinda, Kristine Zbornik as Madame Morrible, John Davidson as the Wizard and Ashley Parker Angel as Fiyero beginning today, November 26 in Norfolk, VA. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 11/5/14 - SHOW BOAT, WIESENTHAL, MADE IN DAGENHAM and More!WAKE UP with BWW 11/5/14 - SHOW BOAT, WIESENTHAL, MADE IN DAGENHAM and More!
by Jessica Showers - Nov 5, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: The New York Philharmonic welcomes a whole crew of stars for SHOW BOAT, beginning tonight, and the new stage adaptation of MADE IN DAGENHAM opens in the West End! (more...)

Carrie St. Louis, Ashley Parker Angel, Kristine Zbornik & John Davidson to Join WICKED Second National TourCarrie St. Louis, Ashley Parker Angel, Kristine Zbornik & John Davidson to Join WICKED Second National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

The company of the second North American tour of WICKED will welcome Carrie St. Louis as Glinda, Kristine Zbornik as Madame Morrible, John Davidson as the Wizard and Ashley Parker Angel as Fiyero beginning Wednesday, November 26 in Norfolk, VA. (more...)

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