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Five Finalists Advance in OCTA's New Works Playwright CompetitionFive Finalists Advance in OCTA's New Works Playwright Competition
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

???????Olathe Civic Theatre Association is pleased to announce the five finalists whose work will be showcased during the theatre's inaugural New Works Playwright Competition March 10 and 11. Audiences will see short teasers of scripts submitted by local playwrights earlier this season and will vote for the script that will receive a full workshop at OCTA this summer. The winner will be announced following the second night of the competition. (more...)

RUTHLESS!, SUPERIOR DONUTS and More Set for Olathe Civic Theatre Association's 2017-18 SeasonRUTHLESS!, SUPERIOR DONUTS and More Set for Olathe Civic Theatre Association's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Olathe Civic Theatre Association (OCTA) announces its exciting 2017-2018 season of five diverse shows, which will kick off September 15, 2017. (more...)

Finishing The Hat! Multiple Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Brings Her Inimitable Vocal Style To The McCallumFinishing The Hat! Multiple Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Brings Her Inimitable Vocal Style To The McCallum
by David Green - Jan 24, 2017

The McCallum Theatre presents Bernadette Peters, with Musical Director Marvin Laird, on Saturday, February 4, at 8:00pm. Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters dazzles audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert and in movies, and on recordings. Bernadette currently stars in Amazon Prime's Golden Globe nominated series, "Mozart in the Jungle." Recent stage credits include City Center's Encores! Production A Bed A Chair: A New York Love Affair. Prior to that, she starred on Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim/James Goldman production of Follies, following a successful run at the Kennedy Center. She also starred opposite Elaine Stritch in A Little Night Music. (more...)

BWW Review: RUTHLESS THE MUSICAL Kills at Creative CauldronBWW Review: RUTHLESS THE MUSICAL Kills at Creative Cauldron
by Keith Tittermary - Oct 11, 2016

"Dying is easy, comedy is hard". The old adage has been attributed to countless comedians over the years. When a musical comedy attempts to combine comedy and death, the outcome can either be successful (think Monty Python) or fall on its face. Ruthless! The Musical, a 1992 off Broadway campy musical, which opened this week at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, falls into the latter category. The intermission-less show written by Marvin Laird and Joel Paley has funny bits, and a few memorable songs, but overall the piece, which has had a successful life in regional theater, is just flat. Sure, it spoofs musicals like Gypsy and movies like All About Eve, but the humor is a bit rudimentary and plays more like a bad SNL skit, then a well-polished farce. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 10/09/2016Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 10/09/2016
by BWW - Oct 9, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/09/2016 for Mesa (more...)

Creative Cauldron to Present Cult Hit RUTHLESS! THE MUSICALCreative Cauldron to Present Cult Hit RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Creative Cauldron presents the regional premiere of award-winning cult-hit Ruthless! The Musical, with book and lyrics by Joel Paley, music by Marvin Laird, and direction by Creative Cauldron Artistic Associate Matt Conner. (more...)

BWW Review: RUTHLESS!, Farcical Romp at Beck, But . . .BWW Review: RUTHLESS!, Farcical Romp at Beck, But . . .
by Roy Berko - Sep 20, 2016

Adorable eight-year-old girls are supposed to play with dolls, be obsessed with the color pink, and gossip about their friends on a smart phone. Right? Wrong, if you are Tina Denmark. She wants to be a theatrical star. Now! Not later, NOW! (foot stomp!) What will she do to get her dream? (more...)

Photo Flash: RUTHLESS! at the Beck CentrePhoto Flash: RUTHLESS! at the Beck Centre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Beck Center for the Arts proudly opens its 2016-2017 theater season with the campy cult musical Ruthless! September 16 through October 16, 2016 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: PIPPI to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by September 15. This production contains strong language and content. (more...)

Photo Flash: RUTHLESS Celebrates Closing Night!Photo Flash: RUTHLESS Celebrates Closing Night!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Off-Broadway's RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL concluded its run last Saturday, September 10th. Following the sold-out final performance, the Entire company partied into the wee hours at Philippe. RUTHLESS! opened July 13, 2015. (more...)

RUTHLESS! Takes Final Bow Off-Broadway Tonight; Tour in the WorksRUTHLESS! Takes Final Bow Off-Broadway Tonight; Tour in the Works
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2016

The Off-Broadway smash Ruthless! The Musical will end its 14-month run tonight, September 10th, prior to a national tour which will kick off in November -- finalized dates will be announced soon. (more...)

Off-Broadway Smash RUTHLESS! to Close TomorrowOff-Broadway Smash RUTHLESS! to Close Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

The Off-Broadway smash RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL will conclude its triumphant 14-month run tomorrow (Saturday) at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46 Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) RUTHLESS! opened July 13, 2015 to unanimous rave reviews led by Entertainment Weekly which called the show, "Uproarious! A mash-up of THE BAD SEED, GYPSY, ALL ABOUT EVE, plus the films of Douglas Sirk and John Waters!" Just some of the celebrities spotted in the audience have included Ron Howard, Regis & Joy Philbin, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Cohen, Chelsie Hightower, Mario Cantone, Dmitry Chaplin, Laura Bell Bundy, Barbara Eden, Jan Maxwell, Legacy, Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi), Jackie Hoffman, Sierra Boggess, and Dame Gillian Lynne. The original cast recording, produced by Robert Sher, is set for release this fall. (more...)

Creative Cauldron to Present Cult Hit RUTHLESS! THE MUSICALCreative Cauldron to Present Cult Hit RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

Creative Cauldron presents the regional premiere of award-winning cult-hit Ruthless! The Musical, with book and lyrics by Joel Paley, music by Marvin Laird, and direction by Creative Cauldron Artistic Associate Matt Conner. (more...)

Final 5 Performances of RUTHLESS!Final 5 Performances of RUTHLESS!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

There are only five performances remaining for the Off-Broadway smash RUTHLESS! The Musical, which concludes its triumphant 14-month run on September 10th.  (more...)

BWW TV: RUTHLESS! Gets Cut Throat in Bryant ParkBWW TV: RUTHLESS! Gets Cut Throat in Bryant Park
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 12, 2016

This week's final installment included a performance by the Broadway cast of Ruthless! including: Tori Murray and Kim Maresca. Watch highlights below, as they perform 'To Play This Part,' and 'It Will Never Be That Way Again.' (more...)

RUTHLESS! to Take Final Bow Off-Broadway This Fall; Tour in the WorksRUTHLESS! to Take Final Bow Off-Broadway This Fall; Tour in the Works
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

The Off-Broadway smash Ruthless! The Musical will end its 14-month run on September 10th, prior to a national tour which will kick off in November -- finalized dates will be announced soon. (more...)

Photo FLASH:  Cast of RUTHLESS! Celebrates One-Year AnniversaryPhoto FLASH: Cast of RUTHLESS! Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Off-Broadway smash, RUTHLESS! The Musical, marked its one-year anniversary on July 13th and the cast celebrated into the wee hours at Becco. RUTHLESS! opened July 13, 2015 to unanimous rave reviews led by Rex Reed who called the show, 'Malicious & Delicious...A Total Joy!' Just some of the celebrities who have been spotted in the audience so far include Ron Howard, Regis & Joy Philbin, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Cohen, Chelsie Hightower, Mario Cantone, Dmitry Chaplin, Laura Bell Bundy, Barbara Eden, Jan Maxwell, Legacy, Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi), Jackie Hoffman, Sierra Boggess, and Dame Gillian Lynne. The original cast recording, produced by Robert Sher, is set for release later this summer. (more...)

RUTHLESS! Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Off-Broadway TodayRUTHLESS! Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Off-Broadway Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

The Off-Broadway smash, Ruthless! The Musical, marked its one-year anniversary today (Wednesday). RUTHLESS! opened July 13, 2015. The company celebrated the big occasion in the best way possible - with the day off! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sylvia St. Croix of RUTHLESS! Preps for Gay PridePhoto Flash: Sylvia St. Croix of RUTHLESS! Preps for Gay Pride
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Sylvia St. Croix (as played by the fabulous Paul Pecorino in RUTHLESS!), is preparing for this year's Gay Pride festivities on Sunday. Earlier this week she brought Marcel, her newest fancy man, over to St. Luke's Theatre to show him off to her fellow cast members. Although she won't be walking the parade route (too rough on her bunions), Sylvia & Marcel will be hanging around the West Village, most likely near any booths offering food. Sylvia is widely known for her frequent eating binges (and subsequent purging). (more...)

Original Star Tracy Jai Edwards Returns to RUTHLESS! TonightOriginal Star Tracy Jai Edwards Returns to RUTHLESS! Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Original cast member Tracy Jai Edwards returns to Off-Broadway's musical smash RUTHLESS! tonight (June 20) in the dual roles of Eve Allabout and Louise Lerman. Due to overwhelming demand for tickets, the show was recently extended through September 10th. (more...)

Get RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Tickets Starting at $29Get RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Tickets Starting at $29
by Contests - Broadway - Jun 16, 2016

What if Annie was Rosemary's Baby? What if Psycho's Norman Bates was a stage mother? What if Bad Seed was an eight-year-old understudy for the lead in a school play? You'd get Ruthless! the Musical, the show that asks: Can cute little Tina and her very own Mommy Dearest make it in show business? You bet your life. No Cats or Lion Kings here-these kitties are clawing their way to the top. (more...)

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