Marvin Laird News

BWW Reviews: Bernadette Peters In Concert - A Legend Interpreting a Genius
by Tim Carney - Apr 09, 2014

Bernadette Peters is a music theatre icon unsurpassed by many, if any. Even if you've haven't seen her craft on display, she is bound to be on an original cast recording that you have tucked away amongst your collection. Peters graced the stage of Her Majesty's theatre in Melbourne last night on the final leg of her Australian tour with an orchestra of local artists under the guidance of her legendary musical director Marvin Laird. Her familiar tone and vibrato was on display and even if her voice happened to waiver in certain moments the connection she had with her lyric far surpassed any technical hic up. As composer Stephen Sondheim's muse, Peter's has had to clearly develop her interpretation of some of the more complex melodies and lyrics in the music theatre repertoire. It is in this pocket that she sits superior to any of her peers. Her delivery of Send In The Clowns from A Little Night Music and Losing My Mind from her most recent Broadway show Follies prove to be Peter's stand out performances on this evening. The combination of piano, clarinet and voice in Send In The Clowns is as close to perfection as you could get. (more...)

Musical Theatre Guild to Present RUTHLESS!, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will continue their 2013-2014 season with the hilarious RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL. The one-night-only concert will take place at the Moss Theatre at New Roads School in Santa Monica on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Makes Exquisite Return to OC
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 22, 2013

On the evening of October 11, Peters made an exquisite concert return to the OC accompanied by an incredible mini-orchestra helmed by longtime musical director Marvin Laird, which kicked off Segertrom Center for the Arts' 2013-2014 Cabaret series. As somewhat expected, the concert was a beautifully executed affair, providing the audience with several reasons to be awed. (more...)

BWW REVIEWS: A Star is Born During RUTHLESS! at Actors' Playhouse
by Michelle Petrucci - Oct 14, 2013

Miami regional theatre Actors' Playhouse wisely chose pint-sized powerhouse Julia Dale to lead their company to victory with their production of Ruthless! The Musical, which opened this weekend at the Miracle Theatre. (more...)

MAN OF LA MANCHA, RUTHLESS! and More Set for Bergen County Players' 2013-14 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2013

Long considered one of America's premier community theater groups, Bergen County Players (BCP) has announced for 2013-14 another ambitious, passionate and playful year of audience-pleasing musicals and innovative plays for its 81st consecutive season. From toe-tapping musicals to hilarious comedies to intense dramas, BCP has garnered a reputation for outstanding quality productions at affordable prices. The new season kicks off with one of the best-loved musicals of a generation, the five-time Tony Award-winning Man of La Mancha (its principal song, 'The Impossible Dream' has become a standard). BCP's 81st season opener will once again feature a live orchestra and will be suitable for all ages. (more...)

Big Noise Theatre Announces 2013-14 Season: RAGTIME, ALONE TOGETHER & More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2013

Big Noise Theatre Company, celebrating its 14th season of top-notch, live entertainment at the Prairie Lakes Theatre, is thrilled to announce the full line up of productions for 2013-14. Additionally, Big Noise welcomes back Stacey Flaster to direct the musical RAGTIME, which will be the company's final offering in the Spring. (more...)

Big Noise Theatre Announces 2013-14 Season: RAGTIME, ALONE TOGETHER & More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2013

Big Noise Theatre Company, celebrating its 14th season of top-notch, live entertainment at the Prairie Lakes Theatre, is thrilled to announce the full line up of productions for 2013-14. Additionally, Big Noise welcomes back Stacey Flaster to direct the musical RAGTIME, which will be the company's final offering in the Spring. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 21st, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 21, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Jungle Book' and 'Flashdance' depart, 'Pageant' and 'Ruthless!' appear, two musicals celebrating black music begin September 14 at BET and the Goodman, two Gary Griffin shows get their leading ladies, plus 'Hank Williams' and much more! (more...)

Actors' Playhouse to Present RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL, Starring Julia Dale, 10/9-11/3
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2013

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre will kick off its 2013-2014 Season with the ruthlessly outrageous Off-Broadway hit Ruthless! The Musical from October 9 - November 3, 2013. (more...)

Musical Theatre Guild Moves to Santa Monica's Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre; Announces New Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2013

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, has announced an exciting quartet of shows, all with film ties, to celebrate its eighteenth season of Broadway in Concert musicals and in addition, a move to Santa Monica's Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre. (more...)

Actors' Playhouse at Miracle Theatre Announces 2013-14 Season: SPAMALOT, END OF THE RAINBOW, & More!
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2013

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is proud to announce the six stellar productions selected for its 2013-2014 Mainstage Season, featuring five South Florida regional premieres and a Tony Award-winning hit-musical production. The stellar line up will include Actors' Playhouse's Miami revival of the hilarious Off-Broadway hit Ruthless! The Musical (October 9 - November 3, 2013), followed by the South Florida premiere of the deeply moving and unbelievable funny Making God Laugh (December 4 - 29, 2013), the groundbreaking 2012 drama End Of The Rainbow (January 15 - February 9, 2014), the South Florida regional premiere of the three-time Tony Award-winning 'Best Musical' Monty Python's SPAMALOT (March 5 - 30, 2014), the smart and powerful drama Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah (May 14 - June 8, 2014) and the hilariously tuneful MID-LIFE 2! (The Crisis Continues) (July 16 - August 17, 2014). (more...)

MAN OF LA MANCHA, RUTHLESS! and More Set for Bergen County Players' 2013-14 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2013

Long considered one of America's premier community theater groups, Bergen County Players (BCP) has announced for 2013-14 another ambitious, passionate and playful year of audience-pleasing musicals and innovative plays for its 81st consecutive season. From toe-tapping musicals to hilarious comedies to intense dramas, BCP has garnered a reputation for outstanding quality productions at affordable prices. The new season kicks off with one of the best-loved musicals of a generation, the five-time Tony Award-winning Man of La Mancha (its principal song, 'The Impossible Dream' has become a standard). BCP's 81st season opener will once again feature a live orchestra and will be suitable for all ages. (more...)

BWW Reviews: RUTHLESS! Offers a Musical Parody of The Bad Seed with Tons of Talent and Lots of Fun!
by Shari Barrett - May 04, 2013

Those of us well versed in Broadway musicals and Hollywood films will certainly catch lots of references in RUTHLESS! And with its off-the-wall, farcical humor and schmaltzy songs, this musical comedy will definitely have you laughing in the aisles! (more...)

GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Heather Tepe of 'Matilda'
by Adrienne Onofri - Apr 29, 2013

Heather has grown up on Broadway, going from Baby June to Little Who to Ballet Girl to a partly adult role now. (more...)

Bernadette Peters Plays The Granada Theatre, 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2013

Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on television, in concert, and on recordings, but she is perhaps best known as one of Broadways' brightest stars. Nominated for seven Tony Awards, she has won two and received an honorary Tony just last year. Her work with Stephen Sondheim - such as Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods, and a recent revival of Follies - is legendary. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Bernadette Peters & More Perform at TDF Gala!
by Jessica Gordon - Mar 05, 2013

At last night's Theatre Development Fund Gala, they celebrated the 40th Anniversary of TDF's TKTS Booth in Times Square - which first opened on June 25, 1973, and honoring The Shubert Organization's Chairman and Co-CEO, PHILIP J. SMITH who was involved with the founding of TKTS. (more...)

Philip J. Smith Honored at Theatre Development Fund Gala Tonight; Bernadette Peters & More Perform
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2013

Philip J. Smith, the Chairman and Co-Chief Executive of the Shubert Organization will be honored at Theatre Development Fund's gala today, March 4 which celebrates the 40th Anniversary of TKTS in Times Square. (TKTS Times Square will turn 40 on June 25, 2013). The gala will be held at The Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street, NYC). For tickets, table information and journal ad information go to: www.tdf.org/gala, email: events@tdf.org or call 212.912.9770 x340. (more...)

RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Comes to Coronado Playhouse, 1/25-3/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 02, 2013

What would you do for the role of a lifetime? In the case of Tina Denmark, an adorable 8-year-old with a consuming drive for stardom, the real question is: 'What wouldn't you do?' Ambition runs amok in Ruthless! The Musical. This outrageous musical hit is a hysterical send up of the entertainment business. You'll laugh, cry and be on the edge of your seat from the suspenseful start to a truly unforgettable finish. (more...)

Philip J. Smith to Be Honored at Theatre Development Fund Gala on 3/4; Bernadette Peters & More to Perform
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2013

Philip J. Smith, the Chairman and Co-Chief Executive of the Shubert Organization will be honored at Theatre Development Fund's gala on Monday, March 4 which celebrates the 40th Anniversary of TKTS in Times Square. (TKTS Times Square will turn 40 on June 25, 2013). The gala will be held at The Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street, NYC). For tickets, table information and journal ad information go to: www.tdf.org/gala, email: events@tdf.org or call 212.912.9770 x340. (more...)

BWW's 2013 Valentine's Day Spectacular! 750+ Stars Tell Us 'What is the Most Romantic Broadway Love Song Ever?'
by BWW - Feb 14, 2013

From Kristin Chenoweth to Deborah Cox to Idina Menzel to Barbra Streisand to Michael Crawford to the Ladies of THE VIEW to Adam Pascal, Patti LuPone, Raul Esparza, Alan Menken, Lea Salonga, Bernadette Peters, Laura Osnes, Victoria Clark, GLEE and Everything in Between - It's the BroadwayWorld.com 2013 Valentine's Day Special - It's the Biggest Ever! (more...)

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