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BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Theatre RaleighBWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Theatre Raleigh
by Taryn Oesch - Jul 29, 2016

What better way to spend a hot summer night than seeing "Steel Magnolias" at Theatre Raleigh's Hot Summer Nights? Theatre Raleigh's summer series is beginning to wind down, but it's definitely not cooling off. July 27 was opening night of its production of "Steel Magnolias," the play by Robert Harling (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at After Hours Theatre Company's I LOVE YOU BECAUSEPhoto Flash: First Look at After Hours Theatre Company's I LOVE YOU BECAUSE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

AFTER HOURS THEATRE COMPANY, (who most recently produced Jonathan Larson's tick, ...tick...BOOM!), presents a modern day musical love story, I LOVE YOU BECAUSE, music by Joshua Salzman, book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham, musical direction by Elmo Zapp, choreography by Aja Gomez and directed by Rebecca Kenigsberg. I LOVE YOU BECAUSE opened July 22 and will perform through Sunday, August 7 at the Hudson Backstage, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

After Hours Theatre Company to Present I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Hudson Backstage TheatreAfter Hours Theatre Company to Present I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Hudson Backstage Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

AFTER HOURS THEATRE COMPANY, (who most recently produced Jonathan Larson'stick, ...tick...BOOM!), presents a modern day musical love story, I LOVE YOU BECAUSE, music by Joshua Salzman, book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham, musical direction by Elmo Zapp, choreography by Aja Gomez and directed by Rebecca Kenigsberg. I LOVE YOU BECAUSE will open on Friday, July 22 and perform through Sunday, August 7 at the Hudson Backstage, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. (more...)

BWW Review: SPAMALOT at Casa MananaBWW Review: SPAMALOT at Casa Manana
by Kyle Christopher West - Jun 6, 2016

When SPAMALOT opened on Broadway in 2005, I wasn't much of a Monty Python fan, but the buzz around town convinced me to go see the show before it eventually won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. And even though a few jokes (and a cow) seemed to fly right over my head, when the British shtick met the high kicks and glitz, I caught myself laughing until I cried. The star-studded cast at Casa Manana, appearing only though June 12th, might miss a beat here or there throughout the evening, but they are so energetic and enthusiastic that the opening night audience couldn't help but love them. (more...)

BWW Review: 1st Stage Takes on a Rarely Done Musical With FLOYD COLLINSBWW Review: 1st Stage Takes on a Rarely Done Musical With FLOYD COLLINS
by Jennifer Perry - Jun 6, 2016

1st Stage's production is - for me, at least - a very, very welcome addition to the 2015-2016 theatre season. While Guettel's intricate and original score is, quite simply, extraordinary - and reason enough to make the trek to the McLean/Tysons Corner area to hear it sung live - Director Nick Olcott and his talented and committed cast and design team offer other reasons to pay this little gem of a production a visit. (more...)

Theatre Raleigh to Present ALL MY SONS, 6/8-19Theatre Raleigh to Present ALL MY SONS, 6/8-19
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

All My Sons established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American theater.   During World War II, industrialist Joe Keller commits a crime and frames his business partner Herbert Deever but years later his sin comes back to haunt him when Joe's son plans to marry Deever's daughter. Come see Theatre Raleigh's electric production in the intimate setting of Kennedy Theatre from June 8-19.   (more...)

Opera North Announces TOSCA Cast, Creative TeamOpera North Announces TOSCA Cast, Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Opera North has announced the principal roles for Tosca, one of its three 2016 mainstage productions. Soprano Sandra Lopez will play the title role of Tosca, while baritones Jeff Gwaltney and Aleksey Bogdanov will play Cavaradossi and Scarpia, respectively. All three are Opera North alumni and have extensive international experience. (more...)

Sally Mayes, John Paul Almon and Lauren Kennedy Will Lead Theatre Raleigh's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROODSally Mayes, John Paul Almon and Lauren Kennedy Will Lead Theatre Raleigh's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Theatre Raleigh invites you to come see the world premiere adaptation of The Mystery of Edwin Drood:  A Musical by Rupert Holmes on May 11 - 22 at the Kennedy Theatre. (more...)

Jeremy Schonfeld to Open Theatre Raleigh's 2016 Cool Summer Evenings Concert SeriesJeremy Schonfeld to Open Theatre Raleigh's 2016 Cool Summer Evenings Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Theatre Raleigh is excited to present their first Cool Summer Evenings Concert of the 2016 season. Theatre Raleigh favorite, Jeremy Schonfeld will open the series on April 30.  (more...)

David & Tamela Mann Return for More Laughs As Season Two of Popular Bounce TV Comedy Series Mann & Wife Premieres Tues. April 5 at 9pm ET/8pm CTDavid & Tamela Mann Return for More Laughs As Season Two of Popular Bounce TV Comedy Series Mann & Wife Premieres Tues. April 5 at 9pm ET/8pm CT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

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VIDEO: Broadway Veteran Alisan Porter Performs 'California Dreamin' on THE VOICEVIDEO: Broadway Veteran Alisan Porter Performs 'California Dreamin' on THE VOICE
by TV News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

On last night's THE VOICE on NBC, Broadway vet Alisan Porter faced off against Lacy Mandigo during Part 3 of the Battle Round competition. (more...)

Michelle Dowdy, Chris Dilley & Jonathan Reid Gealt to Judge First Round of RISING STAR $1000 Singing CompetitionMichelle Dowdy, Chris Dilley & Jonathan Reid Gealt to Judge First Round of RISING STAR $1000 Singing Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

This Sunday, RISE BAR is seeking it's next RISING STAR! Hosted by Broadways Marty Thomas (Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Wicked), the RISING STAR competition begins Sunday March 6! The contestants will be competing in an 8 week elimination style contest for a $1000 cast prize and paid bookings at RISE Bar with their respective solo show. In addition to it's cash and prize package, RISING STAR is offering networking opportunities with guest celebrity judges, fantastic exposure and valuable live stage experience. (more...)

UNTIL DEATH DO US PART debuts in New York CityUNTIL DEATH DO US PART debuts in New York City
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Feb 18, 2016

Until Death Do Us Part is a new play, which will debut on February 22 at the Hudson Guild Theater as part of the Venus Adonis Theater Festival. This dark comedy is written by Catherine Hurd, and directed by Valeria Cossu. (more...)

New Play UNTIL DEATH DO US PART Announced as Part of the Venus Adonis Theater FestivalNew Play UNTIL DEATH DO US PART Announced as Part of the Venus Adonis Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

UNTIL DEATH DO US PART is a new play, which will debut on February 22 at the Hudson Guild Theater as part of the Venus Adonis Theater Festival. This dark comedy is written by Catherine Hurd, and directed by Valeria Cossu.  (more...)

Theatre Raleigh to Present THE WOLF, 3/3-20Theatre Raleigh to Present THE WOLF, 3/3-20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Back by popular demand - The Wolf!  This original show, written by Joe Calarco and Andre Catrini, brings dance, theatre and imagination together in a whole new way!  Last season, The Wolf was presented with a limited run, so you won't want to miss this encore production from March 3-20 at the Kennedy Theatre.  (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards Winners Announced - North Carolina Theatre Dominates!2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards Winners Announced - North Carolina Theatre Dominates!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 12, 2016

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 70 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2015 Raleigh winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

Jason Robert Brown and Shoshana Bean to Perform in Concert Together TomorrowJason Robert Brown and Shoshana Bean to Perform in Concert Together Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2016

Tony Award-winning Composer Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County, Parade) and acclaimed singer Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Hairspray) will perform a special One Night Only concert entitled 'JASON ROBERT BROWN IN CONCERT WITH SHOSHANA BEAN' on Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 8:30pm (Doors at 7:00pm). (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards - Last Week to Vote!2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards - Last Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2015

Happy Holidays! It's the last week to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards Update - Sam Faulkner in Big Lead!2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards Update - Sam Faulkner in Big Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 18, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards Update - Sam Faulkner, Bryan Welnicki Lead!2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards Update - Sam Faulkner, Bryan Welnicki Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 11, 2015

Voting is fully underway for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 11. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

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