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PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Speeds Into the Patchogue TheatrePRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Speeds Into the Patchogue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical opened at Patchogue Theatre presented by The Gateway on July 20 and will run through August 6. (more...)

National Asian Artists Project Hosts 4th Annual DISCOVER: NEW MUSICALS TonightNational Asian Artists Project Hosts 4th Annual DISCOVER: NEW MUSICALS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

National Asian Artists Project (Baayork Lee, Executive Artistic Director) whose mission of 'showcasing the work of Asian-American theatre artists through performance, outreach and educational programming' is pleased to host the 4th Annual DISCOVER: NEW MUSICALS, an evening of staged readings of new short musicals tonight, December 7, 2015 at 7:30pm at the 47th Street Theater (304 West 47th Street, New York). (more...)

NAAP to Host 4th Annual DISCOVER: NEW MUSICALS in DecemberNAAP to Host 4th Annual DISCOVER: NEW MUSICALS in December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

National Asian Artists Project (Baayork Lee, Executive Artistic Director) whose mission of "showcasing the work of Asian-American theatre artists through performance, outreach and educational programming" is pleased to announce the 4th Annual DISCOVER: NEW MUSICALS, an evening of staged readings of new short musicals on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7:30pm at the 47th Street Theater (304 West 47thStreet, New York). (more...)

Richard Maltby, Jr. & David Shire's WATERFALL Premieres at 5th Avenue Theatre TonightRichard Maltby, Jr. & David Shire's WATERFALL Premieres at 5th Avenue Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre presents the sweeping new musical, WATERFALL, featuring Laura Griffith (Broadway: Sweet Smell of Success, The Light in the Piazza), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai pop superstar Bie Sukrit. The production officially opens tonight, October 15. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Laura Griffith, Bie Sukrit, Thom Sesma and More in 5th Avenue Theatre's WATERFALLPhoto Flash: First Look at Laura Griffith, Bie Sukrit, Thom Sesma and More in 5th Avenue Theatre's WATERFALL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre presents the sweeping new musical, Waterfall, featuring Laura Griffith (Broadway: Sweet Smell of Success, The Light in the Piazza), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai pop superstar Bie Sukrit. This epic new Broadway-bound musical love story features a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20. Seattle is the second of two locales where this unique and exciting musical is being developed after completing a popular and critically successful run at the Pasadena Playhouse in June. Check out a first look below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Laura Griffith, Thom Sesma and More in 5th Avenue Theatre's WATERFALLSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Laura Griffith, Thom Sesma and More in 5th Avenue Theatre's WATERFALL
by Stage Tube - Oct 14, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre presents the sweeping new musical, Waterfall, featuring Laura Griffith (Broadway: Sweet Smell of Success, The Light in the Piazza), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai pop superstar Bie Sukrit. This epic new Broadway-bound musical love story features a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20. Seattle is the second of two locales where this unique and exciting musical is being developed after completing a popular and critically successful run at the Pasadena Playhouse in June.  Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

Laura Griffith Will Star in Maltby & Shire's WATERFALL at 5th Avenue TheatreLaura Griffith Will Star in Maltby & Shire's WATERFALL at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2015

Rehearsals start this week at The 5th Avenue Theatre for the sweeping new musical, Waterfall, featuring Laura Griffith (Broadway: Sweet Smell of Success, The Light in the Piazza), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai pop superstar Bie Sukrit. This epic new Broadway-bound musical love story features a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20. Seattle is the second of two locales where this unique and exciting musical is being developed after completing a popular and critically successful run at the Pasadena Playhouse in June.  (more...)

WATERFALL World Premiere to Close This Weekend at Pasadena Playhouse; Heads to Seattle This FallWATERFALL World Premiere to Close This Weekend at Pasadena Playhouse; Heads to Seattle This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

WATERFALL, the epic new Broadway bound musical love story, which had its world premiere at The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director, Sheldon Epps) on June 7, 2015, will play its final performance on Sunday, June 28. The production will next play Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre October 1-25, 2015. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of Emily Padgett and More the World Premiere of Pasadena Playhouse's WATERFALLBWW TV: First Look at Highlights of Emily Padgett and More the World Premiere of Pasadena Playhouse's WATERFALL
by TV - On the Road - Jun 15, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre joins with producing partner Pasadena Playhouse in welcoming Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit lead the cast of the world premiere of WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20. Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

Review Roundup: New Musical WATERFALL Opens at Pasadena PlayhouseReview Roundup: New Musical WATERFALL Opens at Pasadena Playhouse
by Review Roundups - Jun 12, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre joins with producing partner Pasadena Playhouse in welcoming Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit to the cast of the world premiere of WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story. Performances at Pasadena Playhouse take place now through June 28, 2015.  Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre joins with producing partner Pasadena Playhouse in welcoming Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit lead the cast of the world premiere of WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20.  Check out a first look below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Lovely WATERFALL Offers a Refreshing Look at LoveBWW Reviews: Lovely WATERFALL Offers a Refreshing Look at Love
by Don Grigware - Jun 12, 2015

If you have a hankering for romance and you love the old-fashioned musicals of a by-gone era, Waterfall is a perfect fit. Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire have created a beautiful glimpse of passionate love that develops amidst the turmoil of divergent cultures, east and west before WWII. Currently onstage at the Pasadena Playhouse, Waterfall is sumptuously breathtaking with an extraordinary director and ensemble. (more...)

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes of Pasadena Playhouse's World Premiere of WATERFALLBWW TV: Behind the Scenes of Pasadena Playhouse's World Premiere of WATERFALL
by TV - On the Road - Jun 12, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps) presents the World premiere of WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, starring Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit and featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20.   (more...)

Emily Padgett Leads World Premiere of Maltby & Shire's WATERFALL, Beginning Tonight in PasadenaEmily Padgett Leads World Premiere of Maltby & Shire's WATERFALL, Beginning Tonight in Pasadena
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre joins with producing partner Pasadena Playhouse in welcoming Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit to lead the cast of the world premiere of WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20. Performances at Pasadena Playhouse take place tonight, May 29, through June 28, 2015, followed by a Seattle run October 1-25, 2015. (more...)

Thom Sesma, J. Elaine Marcos & Bie Sukrit to Join Emily Padgett in World Premiere of Richard Maltby Jr. & David Shire's WATERFALLThom Sesma, J. Elaine Marcos & Bie Sukrit to Join Emily Padgett in World Premiere of Richard Maltby Jr. & David Shire's WATERFALL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre joins with producing partner Pasadena Playhouse in announcing that Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit will lead the cast of the world premiere of Waterfall, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20. (more...)

Ethan Khusidman & Terrence Mann Lead John Doyle-Helmed AUGUST RUSH Musical Workshop TodayEthan Khusidman & Terrence Mann Lead John Doyle-Helmed AUGUST RUSH Musical Workshop Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Producers Southpaw Entertainment (Richard Lewis, CEO) and CJ E&M (Byeong-seok Kim, Senior Vice President) previously announced that August Rush, a new musical based on the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated 2007 motion picture, which starred Robin Williams and Freddie Highmore, will have a developmental lab presentation today and tomorrow, December 9 and 10, 2014. (more...)

Ethan Khusidman & Terrence Mann to Lead John Doyle-Helmed AUGUST RUSH Musical Workshop Next MonthEthan Khusidman & Terrence Mann to Lead John Doyle-Helmed AUGUST RUSH Musical Workshop Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Producers Southpaw Entertainment (Richard Lewis, CEO) and CJ E&M (Byeong-seok Kim, Senior Vice President) announced today that August Rush, a new musical based on the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated 2007 motion picture, which starred Robin Williams and Freddie Highmore, will have a developmental lab presentation in December 2014. (more...)

AVENUE Q Cast Members in RESCUE RUE, A New Musical Fairytale with Puppets at Signature Center, 7/8-20AVENUE Q Cast Members in RESCUE RUE, A New Musical Fairytale with Puppets at Signature Center, 7/8-20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in association with Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter, LLC present Rescue Rue, a new musical fairytale with puppets; Concept, Book and Additional Lyrics by Stacey Weingarten, and Music and Lyrics by Kate Steinberg & Joshua Zecher-Ross. Stacey Weingarten directs a cast of seven including Jennifer Barnhart* (Bway: Avenue Q), Nate Begle(Off Bway: John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean), Sarah Liz Haines* (Off Bway: Freckle Face Strawberry), Jason Jacoby* (Off Bway: Avenue Q), Lisa Helmi Johanson* (Off Bway: Avenue Q), Brendan Malafronte (Nat. Tour: John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean), and Gretchen Wylder* (Off Bway: 'Til Divorce Do Us Part). Rescue Rue will be staged at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street (bet. 9th and 10th Avenues) in NYC for five performances from July 8-20, 2014. A special TDF Autism-Friendly performance will be held at July 20th at 11am. The Pershing Square Signature Center is the official hub of The New York Musical Theatre Festival. *Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tony Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Visits AVENUE QPhoto Flash: Tony Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Visits AVENUE Q
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Tony-nominated actress Mary Bridget Davies caught a performance of AVENUE Q at the New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) on Sunday, May 11th, 2014. Scroll down for photos of her with the company! (more...)

BroadwayWorld St. Louis Awards LAST CHANCE TO VOTE - Barker, Ingram Tied!BroadwayWorld St. Louis Awards LAST CHANCE TO VOTE - Barker, Ingram Tied!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2013

Voting is now underway for St. Louis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

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