Lynn Ahrens News

The National Gallery of Art Presents DEGAS'S LITTLE DANCER, in Conjunction with Kennedy Center's World-Premiere of 'Little Dancer', 10/5-1/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

The National Gallery of Art's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1878–1881) takes center stage in Degas's Little Dancer, a focus exhibition on view from October 5, 2014 through January 11, 2015. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' world-premiere musical Little Dancer, which runs from October 25, 2014 through November 30, 2014. The musical is inspired by Edgar Degas's renowned original wax statuette of a young ballerina, which caused a sensation when it was first shown at the 1881 impressionist exhibition in Paris and is one of the most popular works of art in the Gallery of Art's collection. (more...)

SEUSSICAL Opens Today at the Franklin Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2014

Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ('LUCKY STIFF', 'MY FAVORITE YEAR', 'ONCE ON THIS ISLAND', and 'RAGTIME') have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. (more...)

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG: A TRIBUTE TO SOME GREAT FEMALE LYRICISTS!, 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

For our 48th Kritzerland show we're proud to present a salute to some incredible female lyricists of the musical theatre, mostly Carolyn Leigh, the brilliant lyricist of such Broadway shows as Little Me, Wildcat, Peter Pan and others, as well as such classic pop songs as 'Witchcraft' and 'The Best Is Yet to Come,' as well as other great female lyricists like Lynn Ahrens (Once on this Island, Ragtime, Seussical), Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden), Gretchen Cryer (I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road), Fran Landesman (The Nervous Set, 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most'), Amanda McBroom ('The Rose', Heartbeats) and Carole Bayer Sager (They're Playing Our Song). Kritzerland's Bruce Kimmel has recorded many of the lyricists above and has chosen the usual Kritzerland colorful and eclectic program, a mix of the well- known and the unknown. As always, we've assembled a stellar cast. So, come join us for some amazing songs by some amazing women. (more...)

JPAS' First Northshore Summer Intensive, SEUSSICAL JR., to Run 7/25-27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will be presenting their second of three Summer Intensive Programs this summer, the musical Seussical Jr. Public Performances will be held: July 25-27th at the Christ Episcopal School Theater 80 Christwood Blvd. Covington, LA. Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:00pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SEUSSICAL at the Franklin Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

SEUSSICAL comes to the Franklin Theatre this Saturday and Sunday for four shows. The musical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that is fun for the whole family! BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 16th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 16, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Seussical' splashes, 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' 'Clemente' and 'Hansel & Gretel' bow, 'Hank Williams' returns, 'Charlie Brown' takes a hike, plus 'Reefer Madness' at Mayne, Bill Larkin at Davenport's and showtunes at Ravinia. Plus:'Titanic' arrives as 'The Last Ship' sails! (more...)

Breaking News: ROCKY to Close on Broadway in August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

This Just In... The Broadway musical of Rocky has been knocked out by a declining box office and will play its final performance at the Winter Garden Theatre on Sunday, August 17th after 28 previews and 188 regular performances. Stage Entertainment is currently exploring future productions across the U.S. as well as internationally. (more...)

ROCKY Vocal Selections Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 14, 2014

Vocal selections for the current Broadway adaptation of multi-award-winning boxing-themed film ROCKY are now available to order. (more...)

Childsplay to Bring Down the House at Segerstrom Center with SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!, 10/3-4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Families will soon be rocking out at Segerstrom Center for the Arts as Childsplay brings the hit cartoon series Schoolhouse Rock to life on stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CST's SEUSSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) brings the humor and magic of Dr. Seuss to life onstage this summer for young audiences and their families in the Broadway musical comedy Seussical. Playful, energetic and full of whimsy,Seussical engages the imagination with clever lyrics and melodies, unforgettable characters and the colorful world ofDr. Seuss. Seussical is written by the Tony Award®-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, whose works include Ragtime, Once on This Island and the current Broadway production of Rocky, The Musical. Eric Idle ofMonty Python and Spamalot fame co-conceived the musical. Directed by Scott Weinstein with musical direction byMichael Mahler, Seussical will be performed July 5 through August 17 in CST's Courtyard Theater. Every performance features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors for one-on-one conversations and photo opportunities. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, CST partners with the Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) to offer hands-on craft activities in CST's Lobby. Check out a first look below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of CST's SEUSSICAL
by Stage Tube - Jul 09, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) brings the humor and magic of Dr. Seuss to life onstage this summer for young audiences and their families in the Broadway musical comedy Seussical. Playful, energetic and full of whimsy, Seussical engages the imagination with clever lyrics and melodies, unforgettable characters and the colorful world of Dr. Seuss. Seussical is written by the Tony Award®-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, whose works include Ragtime, Once on This Island and the current Broadway production of Rocky, The Musical. Eric Idle of Monty Python and Spamalot fame co-conceived the musical. Directed by Scott Weinstein with musical direction by Michael Mahler, Seussical will be performed July 5 through August 17 in CST's Courtyard Theater. Every performance features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors for one-on-one conversations and photo opportunities. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, CST partners with the Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) to offer hands-on craft activities in CST's Lobby. Check out highlights below! (more...)

BPA to Present SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR., 8/1-3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Rock out at BPA as SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. - a pop culture phenomenon - comes to the musical stage! The Emmy Award-winning 1970's Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, and more through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, it's lighting up the stage at BPA this summer! (more...)

JPAS Northshore Summer Intensive to Present SEUSSICAL JR., 7/25-27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will be presenting their second of three Summer Intensive Programs this summer, the musical Seussical Jr. Public Performances will be held: July 25-27th at the Christ Episcopal School Theater 80 Christwood Blvd. Covington, LA. Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:00pm. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 7/5-7/6/2014
by - Jul 06, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, July 6, 2014 - Sunday, July 6, 2014. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' AHRENS & FLAHERTY: NICE FIGHTING YOU (A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW) is Festive and Fun
by David Clarke - Jul 06, 2014

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have had an extensive career, composing music for the stage and screen over the last thirty years. As a team, they captured us with their enchanting work on Anastasia. On Broadway, people clamored for RAGTIME and SEUSSICAL. Now fans of Ahrens & Flaherty have a beautifully produced retrospective of their work so far with Broadway Records' release of the fascinating NICE FIGHTING YOU. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo and Cassidy Janson to Star in Ahrens & Flaherty's DESSA ROSE European Debut; Show Runs July 29-Aug 30 at Trafalgar Studios
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Cynthia Erivo (I Can't Sing!, The Color Purple) returns to the West End alongside Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q, Wicked, Candide) in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Dessa Rose, running at Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2), Tuesday 29th July - Saturday 30th August 2014. Press night is Thursday, 31st July, 7pm. (more...)

Lee Wilkof, Bobby Moreno and More Set for Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY and GRAND CONCOURSE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Playwrights Horizons has announced initial casting for its upcoming 2014/2015 Season. The announcement includes casting for the first two shows of the season: initial casting for BOOTYCANDY, the New York premiere of a new play written and directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara (In the Continuum, Antebellum, Insurrection: Holding History); and initial casting for GRAND CONCOURSE, the World Premiere of a new play by playwright and two-time Obie Award-winning actress Heidi Schreck (There Are No More Big Secrets, Creature), directed by Kip Fagan (The Revisionist, Asuncion). (more...)

Playwrights Theatre Presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, 7/31-8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre present ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, A Musical, Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Music by Stephen Flaherty (based Upon The Novel "My Love, My Love" By Rosa Guy). (more...)

Photo Flash: The Franklin Theatre Presents SEUSSICAL for Two Days Only, 7/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The Act Too Players (ATP), Williamson County's premier training program for all youths interested in the performing arts will take the stage in June with the production of SEUSSICAL. The productions will run from July 19th and July 20th at the historic Franklin Theatre located in Downtown Franklin, Tennessee. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Medal of Honor Recipient Corporal Kyle Carpenter Visits ROCKY
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Jun 25, 2014

The cast of ROCKY, including Tony Nominee Andy Karl, Terence Archie and Margo Seibert just welcomed a special guest to the Winter Garden Theatre. Medal of Honor recipient Cpl Kyle Carpenter joined the company on stage during the curtain call, and BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the special night below! (more...)

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