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BWW Reviews: Kritzerland Goes Off-Broadway at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
by Don Grigware - Jul 07, 2014

It was a pleasure to return to Kritzerland Sunday July 6 for its 47th show saluting Off-Broadway shows: Kritzerland Goes Off-Broadway. Featured were stalwart hits: Hair, Ruthless!, Little Mary Sunshine, Dames at Sea, Falsettos, The Fantasticks and more recent hits such as Floyd Collins, Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and Dogfight. With Bruce Kimmel as host, in dandy form as usual with his amazing trivia notes in between numbers, and sensational musical director John Boswell at the piano, the show got off to a rousing start with young Brennley Brown belting out 'Born to Entertain' from Ruthless! Also on the bill for the evening were the wonderful: Robert Yacko, Madison Claire Parks, Kim Huber, young folks Jenna Lee Rosen, Sami Staitman and special guest stars Jason Graae and Rita McKenzie. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Paper Mill Playhouse's Gala Honoring Tony Danza & Linda Bowden
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 05, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse hosted its largest fundraising event of the year, Curtain Up on the 76th Season Gala on May 2, honoring Tony Danza and Linda Bowden, at the renowned Hilton Short Hills. Curtain Up on the 76th Season Gala was sponsored by Hilton Short Hills. Other gala sponsors include: PNC Bank, Tiffany & Co., Dior, and American Airlines, the official airline of Paper Mill Playhouse. Check out a look back below! (more...)

Red Fern Theatre Company to Present IDENTITY CRISIS Benefit Concert at Stage 72, 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

The Red Fern Theatre Company presents Identity Crisis: A Benefit Concert on February 9th at 7pm at Stage 72 (formerly The Triad). This one night only event brings together some of Broadway and the entertainment industry's finest artists performing songs identifying the ups and downs about who they are, what they have experienced, and how they got to where they are today. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Playhouse's OLIVER! Celebrates Opening Night
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Dec 02, 2013

Paper Mill Playhouse continues its 75th Anniversary Season with the classic Charles Dickens musical Oliver!, with a holiday 'twist' for the entire family. With a book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, Oliver! is directed by Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Oliver! features David Garrison (Fagin), best known for his role as Steve Rhoades on the hit television series Married...with Children, Betsy Morgan (Nancy), John Treacy Egan (Mr. Bumble), Jose Llana (Bill Sikes), David Hess (MR. Brownlow), Ethan Haberfield (Artful Dodger) and introducing Tyler Moran as Oliver. Oliver! also features 16 local boys from across the state of New Jersey who auditioned from a pool of over 200. Oliver! plays the Millburn, New Jersey theater through December 29. The official press opening was last night, December 1, 2013, and BroadwayWorld was there for the festivities. Check out photos from the after party below! (more...)

David Garrison, Betsy Morgan, John Treacy Egan, Ethan Haberfield and Tyler Moran Star in Paper Mill Playhouse's OLIVER! Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2013

Paper Mill Playhouse will continue its 75th Anniversary Season with the classic Charles Dickens musical Oliver!, with a holiday 'twist' for the entire family. With a book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, Oliver! will be directed by Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Oliver! will feature David Garrison (Fagin), best known for his role as Steve Rhoades on the hit television series Married...with Children, Betsy Morgan (Nancy), John Treacy Egan (Mr. Bumble), Jose Llana (Bill Sikes), David Hess (MR. Brownlow), Ethan Haberfield (Artful Dodger) and introducing Tyler Moran as Oliver. Oliver! will also feature 16 local boys from across the state of New Jersey who auditioned from a pool of over 200. Oliver! will play the Millburn, New Jersey theater from tonight, November 21 through December 29. The official press opening night is Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 7:00pm. (more...)

David Garrison, Betsy Morgan, John Treacy Egan, Ethan Haberfield and Tyler Moran to Star in Paper Mill Playhouse's OLIVER!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2013

Paper Mill Playhouse will continue its 75th Anniversary Season with the classic Charles Dickens musical Oliver!, with a holiday 'twist' for the entire family. With a book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, Oliver! will be directed by Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Oliver! will feature David Garrison (Fagin), best known for his role as Steve Rhoades on the hit television series Married...with Children, Betsy Morgan (Nancy), John Treacy Egan (Mr. Bumble), Jose Llana (Bill Sikes), David Hess (Mr. Brownlow), Ethan Haberfield (Artful Dodger) and introducing Tyler Moran as Oliver. Oliver! will also feature 16 local boys from across the state of New Jersey who auditioned from a pool of over 200. Oliver! will play the Millburn, New Jersey theater from November 21 through December 29. The official press opening night is Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 7:00pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kritzerland Celebrates Third Anniversary with The Songs That Got Away Part II
by Don Grigware - Sep 03, 2013

On Sunday evening September 1, Kritzerland celebrated its third anniversary and 37th show at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Entitled The Songs That Got Away II, it featured a batch of songs from various composers/musicals that Bruce Kimmel considers great but that over time have received far less airplay than deserved. In short, they have just not attained a solid popularity. Many of these songs are familiar like 'Some People' from Gypsy, but, it certainly did not gain the fame of, say, 'Everything's Coming Up Roses'... but should have. Some of the lesser known but beautiful tunes like 'It Must Be Spring' by Michel Legrand and the Bergmans are so good that it seems a shame it did get nominated for awards. Featured on this stellar program were dynamic singers Valerie Perri, Kay Cole, Jane Noseworthy, speciaLguest star Sharon McNight, Dan Callaway, Joshua Finkel, Jenna Lee Rosen, and sisters Sami and Sarah Staitman. John Boswell brilliantly served as musical director at the piano throughout the 90-minute set. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Strong Direction and Performances Can't Save Problematic Text in BETHLEHEM
by Jeff Davis - Sep 02, 2013

Octavio Solis is a prolific Latin American playwright with over 20 plays and numerous awards to his credit, or so I'm told. His drama Bethlehem, now playing in San Antonio, won the 2002 Latino Playwriting Award, but after seeing the show (my first introduction to Solis's work), I'm not exactly sure why. His text is the glaring weak link of the production. While the cast is fantastic, the text is a jumbled, long, and puzzling mess that seems more concerned with creating an 'ew' factor than an entertainment factor. (more...)

Proxy Theatre's BETHLEHEM to Open 8/22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2013

Opens August 22nd and closes September 7th; shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm. Special byProxy events are: The Designer Reveal-August 19th 8pm; Thought/Talk-August 31st 10:30pm; and the Final Curtain Party-September 7th, 10:30pm. All events take place at the Overtime Theater at 1203 Camden St, SATX 78215. Free parking can be found on site. Tickets are $10-15 for general admission; cash/check/credit/debit accepted at the door; reservations and tickets available online. Please visit proxytheatre.org or call 210-807-8646 for reservations or questions. (more...)

52nd Street Project Presents MAKE IT SNAPPY: PLAYS IN A NEW YORK MINUTE, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2013

The results of this year's Block Island One-on-Ones, Make It Snappy: Plays in a New York Minute, will run July 19-21. The evening comprises ten fully realized mini-musicals, each featuring original music by Eric March. (more...)

52nd Street Project to Present MAKE IT SNAPPY: PLAYS IN A NEW YORK MINUTE, Begin. 7/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2013

The results of this year's Block Island One-on-Ones, Make It Snappy: Plays in a New York Minute, will run July 19-21. The evening comprises ten fully realized mini-musicals, each featuring original music by Eric March. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast from Broadway's EVITA Joins Forces with Sing For Your Seniors
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2013

On Tuesday, January 22nd, members of the Broadway company of Evita joined forces with Sing For Your Seniors to bring a very special performance to the seniors at Village Adult Day Health Center. The musical performance, hosted by Sing For Your Seniors' Executive Director Jackie Vanderbeck, included songs of the performers' choosing as well of songs from Evita. Check out photos from the event below! (more...)

Syfy Cancels ALPHAS
by TV News Desk - Jan 16, 2013

After two seasons, Syfy has officially cancelled its superhuman series, ALPHAS, The Hollywood Reporter has announced. (more...)

Fantag Launches New Apparel 900+ Unique NFL Players Products
by BWW News Desk - Nov 01, 2012

Fantag, a Thinking Fan Design LLC company, launched its new NFL Players apparel line; fan humor, fantasy football culture, player-related nicknames, popular slogans, all captured on merchandise. With over 900 products available for sale and hundreds more being added in time for the holidays, Fantag enters the officially licensed sports apparel space with a deep and varied catalog. (more...)

Hannah Elless, Cicily Daniels and Laura D’Andre Join WHAT HE DID FOR LOVE Marvin Hamlisch Tribute Concert at DROM Tonight, 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2012

What He Did For Love, a tribute concert to the late composer Marvin Hamlisch will be presented at DROM tonight, October 29th at 8pm. The concert will feature some of Hamlisch's award winning songs, as well as some of his lesser known songs; the show will also feature stories from National Tour members, as well as testimonies from Mr. Hamlisch's close friends. The concert is a must for all musical theatre lovers, and will provide the perfect homage to the late great composer! (more...)

Alex Brightman, Jennifer Noble & More Set for WHAT HE DID FOR LOVE Marvin Hamlisch Tribute Concert at DROM Tonight, 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2012

What He Did For Love, a tribute concert to the late composer Marvin Hamlisch will be presented at DROM tonight, October 29th at 8pm. The concert will feature some of Hamlisch's award winning songs, as well as some of his lesser known songs; the show will also feature stories from National Tour members, as well as testimonies from Mr. Hamlisch's close friends. The concert is a must for all musical theatre lovers, and will provide the perfect homage to the late great composer! (more...)

Summer Glau Returns to Syfy's ALPHAS for Season's Final Episodes, Beg. 10/15
by TV News Desk - Oct 15, 2012

Fans of Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Firefly) and Syfy's high-octane hit-series ALPHAS will get a double dose of the actress as she returns as Alpha Skylar Adams in the final two episodes of the season beginning tonight, October 15 at 8PM ET/PT. The thrilling and shocking second season finale of Alphas airs Monday, October 22nd at 8PM ET/PT. (more...)

Summer Glau to Return to Syfy's ALPHAS for Season's Final Episodes
by TV News Desk - Oct 12, 2012

Fans of Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Firefly) and Syfy's high-octane hit-series ALPHAS will get a double dose of the actress as she returns as Alpha Skylar Adams in the final two episodes of the season beginning this Monday, October 15 at 8PM ET/PT. The thrilling and shocking second season finale of Alphas airs Monday, October 22nd at 8PM ET/PT. (more...)

Sean Astin to Guest Star on Syfy's ALPHAS, 10/8
by TV News Desk - Oct 05, 2012

Sean Astin, star of the worldwide hit trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, guest stars in a thrilling, two-episode arc of Syfy's hit-series Alphas beginning this Monday, October 8 at 8PM ET/PT. With just three episodes left, the second season finale of Alphas airs Monday, October 22nd at 8PM ET/PT. (more...)

Hannah Elless, Cicily Daniels and Laura D’Andre Join WHAT HE DID FOR LOVE Marvin Hamlisch Tribute Concert at DROM, 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2012

What He Did For Love, a tribute concert to the late composer Marvin Hamlisch will be presented at DROM on October 29th at 8pm. The concert will feature some of Hamlisch's award winning songs, as well as some of his lesser known songs; the show will also feature stories from National Tour members, as well as testimonies from Mr. Hamlisch's close friends. The concert is a must for all musical theatre lovers, and will provide the perfect homage to the late great composer! (more...)

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