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BWW Reviews: BEEHIVE Delights Crowd
by Marietta Lunceford - Sep 12, 2014

After two weeks stuck in the house with a bad back, it was time to venture out and see a play. BEEHIVE at the Virginia Samford Theatre was exactly the prescription I needed. High energy and fast paced, it made me forget about my troubles for awhile and focus on the great music of the 60's. From the beautiful giant jukebox set, to the talented musicians who make up the band, every aspect of this presentation is spot on. The show really has no story line and although I am a believer in plays having a message and teaching us a lesson, there are those times you just want to be entertained by the music and smile with the cast. This offering makes you smile from start to finish and although I am in no shape to dance, makes you want to tap your toes and sing along, something the older ladies beside me certainly did a few times. The first act began on this particular night with Tony Award winner Louise Beard crossing the stage with a giant dime to feed into the jukebox and begin the show. That first act is comprised of songs from 1960- 1962 and is loosely held together by the ladies telling tales of when they were preteens, daydreaming of boyfriends and being BFF's to the singers they idolize. But the major focus is always the music. Act Two starts off strong with, in my opinion, the best number of the night. Alexis Marcus, far and away the youngest cast member, sings a sultry rendition of "The Beat Goes On", the old Sonny and Cher song. During the song she tells the history of 1963 and beyond, discussing the assassination of President Kennedy, the Civil Rights movement and the start of the war in Vietnam. Her sexy delivery of the song, juxtaposed with her wide eyed innocent view of some of our countries toughest times, makes for a thought provoking and beautiful presentation. I would have paid the ticket price and gotten out of the house again on a rainy night just to see that one performance. The rest of the second act continues on a tiny bit more serious note than the first due to the times it portrayed, although it is still focused on the music of the time. My second favorite number of the night is sung by Joycelyn Whatley, a real life music teacher, who is one of the most amazing singers I have ever heard. She sings many memorable songs during the evening including some Aretha Franklin that was superb, but "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" stuck with me the most. Carl Dean, who I know best as a talented choreographer, serves as director and choreographer for BEEHIVE. Although he has done some brilliant work as a director (last year's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at VST in particular) this current job seems like it should have been easy with so much talent singing and dancing on that stage. Kudos to him and everyone else who handles the technical side of the night. With so many different cues and so much background singing from offstage it could have been a technical mess. Instead, at least from the audience's perspective, it happens flawlessly. After an extra long curtain call (I guess 7 divas need their applause) I hobbled back to my car, still sore but with a little more spring in my step. If you need a little fun in your life and a super entertaining night out, I highly recommend BEEHIVE, showing now through September 28 at Virginia Samford Theatre. (more...)

Photo Coverage: A CHRISTMAS STORY Opening Night Party!
by Linda Lenzi - Nov 20, 2012

A Christmas Story, The Musical arrives on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre just in time for the 2012 holiday season. Based on the 1983 movie perennial, the musical plays and eight-week limited engagement through December 30. The show opened on November 19th and BroadwayWorld.com was there! Check out photos from the opening night party below... (more...)

Tickets on Sale 8/1 For B'way In Detroit's A CHRISTMAS STORY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2011

This holiday season, America's #1 Christmas movie comes to life on stage as a hilarious holiday musical. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY Launches National Tour in Hershey
by BWW News Desk - Nov 08, 2011

This holiday season, America's #1 Christmas movie comes to life on stage as a hilarious holiday musical. A Christmas Story, The Musical! features a bright holiday score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book by Joseph Robinette based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite. Acclaimed director/choreographer Warren Carlyle (Broadway's Finian's Rainbow, Follies at The Kennedy Center, An Evening With Hugh Jackman) will helm the production. Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie in the original 1983 film, serves as a producer for the holiday tour. (more...)

Pasek & Paul of A CHRISTMAS STORY Win Songwriter's Fellowship Award
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 2011

The producers of A Christmas Story, The Musical! congratulate their composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on receiving the 2011 Songwriter's Fellowship Award. (more...)

Nat'l Tour Of A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL! Invites Kids To Audition Online
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 2011

As A Christmas Story, The Musical! prepares to launch a five-city national tour for the 2011 holiday season, the show's producers, including Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie in the original 1983 film, take their search for talented children to the internet. (more...)

Pasek & Paul of A CHRISTMAS STORY Win Songwriter's Fellowship Award
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2011

The producers of A Christmas Story, The Musical! congratulate their composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on receiving the 2011 Songwriter's Fellowship Award. (more...)

Nat'l Tour Of A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL! Invites Kids To Audition Online
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2011

As A Christmas Story, The Musical! prepares to launch a five-city national tour for the 2011 holiday season, the show's producers, including Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie in the original 1983 film, take their search for talented children to the internet. (more...)

Tickets on Sale 8/1 For B'way In Detroit's A CHRISTMAS STORY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2011

This holiday season, America's #1 Christmas movie comes to life on stage as a hilarious holiday musical. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY Holds Open Auditions for Kids in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2011

A Christmas Story, The Musical!, prepares to launch a five-city national tour for the 2011 holiday season, the show's producers, including Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie in the original 1983 film, have announced that they will begin their search for young actors at an open audition for children between the ages of 8-13 at the Chicago Theatre Downstairs (enter just south of the main venue), 175 N. State Street, Chicago, Monday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY Holds Open Auditions for Kids in Chicago, 6/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 09, 2011

A Christmas Story, The Musical!, prepares to launch a five-city national tour for the 2011 holiday season, the show's producers, including Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie in the original 1983 film, have announced that they will begin their search for young actors at an open audition for children between the ages of 8-13 at the Chicago Theatre Downstairs (enter just south of the main venue), 175 N. State Street, Chicago, Monday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL to Launch National Tour in November!
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2011

This holiday season, America's #1 Christmas movie comes to life on stage as a hilarious holiday musical. A Christmas Story, The Musical! features a bright holiday score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book by Joseph Robinette based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite. Acclaimed director/choreographer Warren Carlyle (Broadway's Finian's Rainbow, Follies at The Kennedy Center, An Evening With Hugh Jackman) will helm the production. Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie in the original 1983 film, serves as a producer for the holiday tour. (more...)

Photo Flash: 42nd Annual LADCC Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2011

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2010. (more...)

Miranda, Harris, Itzkin & More Win LA Drama Critics Circle
by BWW - Mar 15, 2011

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2010. Announcements were made at a ceremony held on Monday, March 14 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. (more...)

YELLOW Extends At Coast Playhouse Thru 12/19, David Steen Joins The Cast
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2010

JD3atrical Productions is thrilled to announce that with this extension of YELLOW, Shores' favorite David Steen will be joining the cast as Bobby Westmoreland and now, his plays have appeared on LA stages for over eight collective years! (more...)

RMTC Brings The DROWSY CHAPERONE To Birmingham
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2010

Get ready for a new musical comedy swooping in with tons of laughs and the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway! It's The Drowsy Chaperone - and it's presented by Philip Mann and Louise Beard, in association with Red Mountain Theatre Company, October 7-17, 2010, at the Virginia Samford Theatre (1116 26th Street South). (more...)

YELLOW Extends Again At the Coast Playhouse Thru 10/17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2010

JD3atrical Productions is thrilled to announce that with this extension of YELLOW, Shores' has now had his plays on LA stages for collectively eight years! (more...)

YELLOW Extends At Coast Playhouse Thru 12/19, David Steen Joins The Cast
by BWW News Desk - Oct 07, 2010

JD3atrical Productions is thrilled to announce that with this extension of YELLOW, Shores' favorite David Steen will be joining the cast as Bobby Westmoreland and now, his plays have appeared on LA stages for over eight collective years! (more...)

RMTC Brings The DROWSY CHAPERONE To Birmingham
by BWW News Desk - Oct 07, 2010

Get ready for a new musical comedy swooping in with tons of laughs and the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway! It's The Drowsy Chaperone - and it's presented by Philip Mann and Louise Beard, in association with Red Mountain Theatre Company, October 7-17, 2010, at the Virginia Samford Theatre (1116 26th Street South). (more...)

RMTC Brings The DROWSY CHAPERONE To Birmingham
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2010

Get ready for a new musical comedy swooping in with tons of laughs and the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway! It's The Drowsy Chaperone - and it's presented by Philip Mann and Louise Beard, in association with Red Mountain Theatre Company, October 7-17, 2010, at the Virginia Samford Theatre (1116 26th Street South). (more...)

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