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Summer Stages: Theatrical Happenings in Maine 2015Summer Stages: Theatrical Happenings in Maine 2015
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - May 20, 2015

After the impossibly long winter, summer is finally coming to Maine shores, woods, and towns. And along with summer outdoors fun, comes the return of summer theatre. Maine is blessed to have a wide selected of professional and community playhouses from which to choose. Here is but a small sampling: (more...)

RUTHLESS! Returns to NYC Next Month at St. Luke's TheatreRUTHLESS! Returns to NYC Next Month at St. Luke's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Tina Denmark is back! The diabolical tot who will do anything to be a star, the gal who sets things spinning in RUTHLESS! The Musical, originally staged in New York 22 years ago, winning both the Drama Desk (Best Lyrics) and Outer Critics Circle Award (Best Musical). But make no mistake - this is not your mother's RUTHLESS! This is no mere revival, but a newly imagined meditation on narcissism, talented tykes and stage mothers in this post 'Toddlers and Tiaras' and Honey Boo Boo world! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Pops and Peters - Oh, What a Night!BWW Reviews: Pops and Peters - Oh, What a Night!
by Nancy Grossman - May 7, 2015

The 130th season of the Boston Pops Orchestra is a celebration of Conductor Keith Lockhart's 20th anniversary, and the opening night festivities included balloons, cupcakes, and an exquisite cake, with sizzle provided by Tony Award-winning vocalist and actress Bernadette Peters. Music ranged from Williams to Rossini, Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, selections from the voluminous canon of Old Blue Eyes, and, of course, John Philip Sousa. (more...)

RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Will Return to NYC This Spring!RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Will Return to NYC This Spring!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

According to an Equity casting notice, Ruthless! The Musical, the award-winning Off-Broadway musical comedy (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle) will return to the stage! The musical, which played a limited run last fall, will begin previews on June 15. Rehearsals are set to begin in May. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SRO's RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Is a GemBWW Reviews: SRO's RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Is a Gem
by Nyderah Williams - Feb 22, 2015

Standing Room Only Productions' RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL serves up heavy doses of wit and hilarity. Created by Marvin Laird and Joel Paley and named best off-Broadway musical in 1992, RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL is a silly theatrical parody of what it's like to be in show business. (more...)

Tony Winner Bernadette Peters to Perform with the Houston Symphony Next MonthTony Winner Bernadette Peters to Perform with the Houston Symphony Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Tony Award-winning actress and singer Bernadette Peters, known for her decades-long career on the Broadway and television stage, will make her Houston Symphony debut on Friday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Barbara Cook, Billy Porter, Bernadette Peters & More Set for Provincetown's 2015 Broadway SeriesBarbara Cook, Billy Porter, Bernadette Peters & More Set for Provincetown's 2015 Broadway Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

Producers Rick Murray and Matthew Lombardo have announced their 2015 Broadway Series in Provincetown, Massachusetts at The Crown and Anchor's Paramount Theatre and Town Hall Auditorium. Tickets are now on sale for the Series, in which an impressive list of Oscar, Tony, and Grammy Award-winning stars will be making their Provincetown debuts. Expanding on last summer's sold out season, the 2015 Broadway Series will include the talents of Barbara Cook, Jennifer Holliday, Shirley Jones, Jeremy Jordan, Linda Lavin, Bernadette Peters, and Billy Porter. (more...)

BWW Interview: Creators Joel Paley and Marvin Laird Discuss the Return of RUTHLESS! THE MUSICALBWW Interview: Creators Joel Paley and Marvin Laird Discuss the Return of RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL
by Louisa Brady - Oct 28, 2014

Creators of RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Joel Paley and Marvin Laird discuss the current limited engagement of the musical at Stage 72 at the Triad. (more...)

RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Returns to New York City TonightRUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Returns to New York City Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

Ruthless! The Musical, the award-winning Off-Broadway musical comedy (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle) is back by popular demand after a record-breaking, sold-out nine performances to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 'RUTHLESS!' has come to be known as the Stage Mother of All Musicals, is back at Stage 72 at the Triad beginning tonight, October 23rd for an extended run. (more...)

RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL to Return for Limited Engagement Off-BroadwayRUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL to Return for Limited Engagement Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

Ruthless! The Musical, the award-winning Off-Broadway musical comedy (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle) is back by popular demand after a record-breaking, sold-out nine performances to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 'RUTHLESS!' has come to be known as the Stage Mother of All Musicals, is back at Stage 72 at the Triad beginning on October 23rd for an extended run. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tina Denmark Returns to New York in RUTHLESS Benefit!Photo Coverage: Tina Denmark Returns to New York in RUTHLESS Benefit!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Sep 8, 2014

Tina Denmark, the diabolically talented tyke in the award-winning musical Ruthless! returns to New York for nine performances only to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, continuing September 8; 12-13; 15; 19-20 and 22, 2014 at 7:00pm. Performances will be held at Stage 72 at The Triad (158 W 72nd St, NYC). Check out photos from inside the first performance below! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 9/5/14 - WINTER'S TALE in Central Park, 'MIGHTY REAL' Off-Broadway, Joan Rivers and More!WAKE UP with BWW 9/5/14 - WINTER'S TALE in Central Park, 'MIGHTY REAL' Off-Broadway, Joan Rivers and More!
by Jessica Showers - Sep 5, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: THE WINTER'S TALE begins at the Delacorte, 'MIGHTY REAL' starts performances off-Broadway, RUTHLESS! benefits BC/EFA, we remember Joan Rivers and more! (more...)

Sophia Anne Caruso, Marvin Laird and More Lead RUTHLESS! BC/EFA Benefit TonightSophia Anne Caruso, Marvin Laird and More Lead RUTHLESS! BC/EFA Benefit Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

Like the role she will be playing in a new production of 'Ruthless!,' the cult-hit musical, Sophia Anne Caruso is a young actress who will do anything to get the part. The triple threat tween will follow in the tap shoes of Laura Bell Bundy('Hairspray,' 'Legally Blonde') Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. Before they became stars, all three young actors were cast as the diabolically talented Tina Denmark. Of Caruso, Author/Director, Joel Paley says, 'We didn't find her, she found us!' Sophia tracked down the creators while they were trying out rewrites for a new Connecticut production, writing to tell them that after having been cast as Tina in regional theatre, one of the principle actors suffered a fatal heart attack during the dress rehearsal. The show never opened. Although heartbroken and terribly shaken ('It was the worst thing that ever happened in my life') she assured us she knew the role backwards and forwards and was more determined than ever to play Tina. 'We had to meet her. She was Tina Denmark.' An audition was arranged and the rest is going to be history! (more...)

Photo Coverage: BACKSTAGE with Peter LeDonne Broadcasts Live on AM970 The AnswerPhoto Coverage: BACKSTAGE with Peter LeDonne Broadcasts Live on AM970 The Answer
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 27, 2014

Broadway luminaries once again enjoyed lunch and conversation with Peter LeDonne broadcasting live from Lillie's Victorian Establishment in the Theater district . This weeks guests joining Peter and Jamie deRoy were composers Marvin Laird and Joel Paley. Danny Whitman, BCEFA director of Communications & Development and Angelina Fiordellisi, Artistic Director of the Cherry Lane Theater were also joined Peter & Jamie. Laird and Paley are the creators of the hit musical 'Ruthless' which will be remounted as a benefit for Broadway Cares on September 5-22 at the Triad Theatre. (more...)

Sophia Anne Caruso, Marvin Laird and More Join Cast of RUTHLESS Benefit Concert!Sophia Anne Caruso, Marvin Laird and More Join Cast of RUTHLESS Benefit Concert!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Like the role she will be playing in a new production of 'Ruthless!,' the cult-hit musical, Sophia Anne Caruso is a young actress who will do anything to get the part. The triple threat tween will follow in the tap shoes of Laura Bell Bundy('Hairspray,' 'Legally Blonde') Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. Before they became stars, all three young actors were cast as the diabolically talented Tina Denmark. Of Caruso, Author/Director, Joel Paley says, 'We didn't find her, she found us!' Sophia tracked down the creators while they were trying out rewrites for a new Connecticut production, writing to tell them that after having been cast as Tina in regional theatre, one of the principle actors suffered a fatal heart attack during the dress rehearsal. The show never opened. Although heartbroken and terribly shaken ('It was the worst thing that ever happened in my life') she assured us she knew the role backwards and forwards and was more determined than ever to play Tina. 'We had to meet her. She was Tina Denmark.' An audition was arranged and the rest is going to be history! (more...)

RUTHLESS! Will Return to NYC Stage in September to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity FightsRUTHLESS! Will Return to NYC Stage in September to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Tina Denmark, the diabolically talented tyke in the award-winning musical Ruthless! returns to New York for nine performances only to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on September 5-6; 8; 12-13; 15; 19-20 and 22, 2014 at 7:00pm. Performances will be held at Stage 72 at The Triad (158 W 72nd St, NYC). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Bernadette Peters In Concert - A Legend Interpreting a GeniusBWW Reviews: Bernadette Peters In Concert - A Legend Interpreting a Genius
by Tim Carney - Apr 9, 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!, 4/6Musical 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 OCBWW 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' PlayhouseBWW 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...)

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