Matt Lenz News

BWW Exclusive: Creative Teams Revealed for MUNY Summer Shows - Tartaglia, Jay-Alexander, Jones, Lenz, Ruggiero, Griffin, Bruni & More
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 16, 2013

Executive Producer Mike Isaacson announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for its 2013 Season, which opens on June 17 with Monty Python's Spamalot. 'This is a phenomenally talented group of artists, and I'm thrilled to be working with all of them. Last season our audience inspired us to take many risks and push ourselves far. These directors and choreographers are already working on ways to top last season's level of excitement and excellence.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Tony Vincent, Nicole Parker, and More at BDF's WHITE CHRISTMAS Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2012

Vicki and Chris Le Vine, along with The Broadway Dreams Foundation, presented the third annual White Christmas at Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery (50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills, PA) on Sunday, December 16. The festive old-fashioned piano party and cabaret featured performances by Broadway's brightest stars and talented local BDF students. Each year hundreds of students received valuable musical theatre training through BDF programs offered in partnership with Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Check out photos from the event below! (more...)

Nicole Parker, Tony Vincent, and More to Take Part in BDF's WHITE CHRISTMAS, 12/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2012

Vicki and Chris Le Vine, along with The Broadway Dreams Foundation, present the third annual White Christmas at Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery (50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills, PA) on Sunday, December 16, 2012. The festive old-fashioned piano party and cabaret will feature performances by Broadway's brightest stars and talented local BDF students. Each year hundreds of students receive valuable musical theatre training through BDF programs offered in partnership with Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Proceeds from White Christmas at Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery will help to fund scholarships for worthy aspiring performers. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Annaleigh Ashford, Katie Holmes, and More at Broadway Dreams Foundation's 2012 Gala
by Walter McBride - Dec 11, 2012

The Broadway Dreams Foundation held its second annual Champagne & Caroling Gala last night at Celsius, a restaurant, bar and event space within Citi Pond at Bryant Park (5th Ave and 42nd Street) on Monday, December 10. At this one of a kind urban winter wonderland in of the heart of midtown Manhattan, Broadway's brightest stars and patrons of the arts joined together for a festive celebration of the country's premier musical theatre training program. Check out photos from the event below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Jason Robert Brown & More at Broadway Dreams Foundation's Philly Summer Intensive
by BWW News Desk - Aug 08, 2012

Philadelphia's Broadway dreams came true for the fourth consecutive summer when The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) partnered with The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to present their Summer Performing Arts Intensive, July 30 through August 5, 2012. Jason Robert Brown, Tony Award-winner for Parade, and a faculty of Broadway professionals taught master classes during the week to aspiring Philadelphia area students interested in pursuing a career in musical theatre. Check out photos of Brown in workshop and the faculty and students performing in concert below! (more...)

Jason Robert Brown to Take Part in Broadway Dreams Foundation Intensive at Kimmel Center, 7/30-8/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2012

Philadelphia's Broadway dreams will come true for the fourth consecutive summer when The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) partners with The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to present their Summer Performing Arts Intensive July 30 through August 5, 2012. Jason Robert Brown, Tony Award winner for Parade, and a faculty of Broadway professionals will teach master classes during the week to aspiring Philadelphia area students interested in pursuing a career in musical theatre. A week's end, the Broadway faculty will perform alongside BDF students in "Express Yourself," a unique concert event directed by acclaimed New York director Matt Lenz (Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast) at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts' Perelman Theater on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tickets range from $23 - $76 and are available now online at www.kimmelcenter.org, by calling 215-893-1999 or by visiting the Kimmel Center Box Office (260 Broad Street). (more...)

Joyce Chittick, Matt Lenz, et al. Set for Texas Musical Theatre Workshops
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2012

The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with Texas State University-San Marcos, is offering the inaugural Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, a pre-collegiate summer intensive for high school students exploring a potential career in musical theater June 10-30. This unique program brings New York's Broadway talent to Texas, providing students the best in musical theater training byindustry professionals. (more...)

University of Texas Offers Musical Theatre Workshop for Teens, Now thru 6/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2012

The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with Texas State University-San Marcos, is offering the inaugural Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, a three-week, pre-professional summer intensive for high school students exploring a potential career in musical theatre. This program brings New York's Broadway talent to Texas, providing students musical theatre training by industry professionals. Teaching artists include Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa, director Matt Lenz, Broadway performer Joyce Chittick and university faculty members. (more...)

Photo Flash: William Blake Brings ECHOES OF ETTA to Birdland!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 05, 2012

On Monday, June 4, singer William Blake brought down the house in his third R&B-infused concert at for the Broadway at Birdland series. The show, 'Echoes of Etta,' celebrated the musical legacy of Etta James, and included her first #1 hit, 'The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry),' her quintessential 'At Last,' and rare interview recordings of the star. The band included Michael Thomas Murray on piano and Fender Rhodes, Oscar Bautista on guitar, Mike Preen on bass, Steve Kelly on drums, Matthew Polashek on sax. 'The Peaches' included Shira Elias, Ashley Betton and Stephany Mora. (more...)

Photo Flash: Telly Leung Brings PLAYLIST to Birdland!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2012

On Monday, May 14, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present Telly Leung, one of the stars of Godspell, in 'Playlist.' The show, directed by Alan Muraoka with musical direction by Gary Adler, celebrated Telly's own playlist of favorite songs that have inspired him through the years. The band included Michael Croiter on drums and Mary Ann McSweeney on bass. (more...)

University of Texas to Offer Musical Theatre Workshop for Teens, 6/10-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2012

The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with Texas State University-San Marcos, is offering the inaugural Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, a three-week, pre-professional summer intensive for high school students exploring a potential career in musical theatre. This program brings New York's Broadway talent to Texas, providing students musical theatre training by industry professionals. Teaching artists include Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa, director Matt Lenz, Broadway performer Joyce Chittick and university faculty members. (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse to Present Ken Ludwig’s THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
by Beau Higgins - Mar 07, 2012

Ken Ludwig is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose many hits on Broadway, in London's West End and throughout the world have made his name synonymous with modern comedy. He has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End, and he has won the Laurence Olivier Award, England's highest theatre honor, as well as three Tony Award nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in thirty countries in over twenty languages. Ken Ludwig is also the author of the popular Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse to Present Ken Ludwig’s THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
by Beau Higgins - Feb 25, 2012

Ken Ludwig is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose many hits on Broadway, in London's West End and throughout the world have made his name synonymous with modern comedy. He has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End, and he has won the Laurence Olivier Award, England's highest theatre honor, as well as three Tony Award nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in thirty countries in over twenty languages. Ken Ludwig is also the author of the popular Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse to Present Ken Ludwig’s THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
by Beau Higgins - Feb 17, 2012

Ken Ludwig is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose many hits on Broadway, in London's West End and throughout the world have made his name synonymous with modern comedy. He has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End, and he has won the Laurence Olivier Award, England's highest theatre honor, as well as three Tony Award nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in thirty countries in over twenty languages. Ken Ludwig is also the author of the popular Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside BDF's WHITE CHRISTMAS Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2011

The Broadway Dreams Foundation just presented White Christmas, a celebratory holiday cabaret featuring performances by Broadway's brightest stars and talented local BDF performers. Each year hundreds of students receive valuable musical theatre training through BDF programs offered in partnership with Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway Dreams 3rd Annual Benefit Rocks New York City!
by Linda Lenzi - Nov 22, 2011

The Broadway Dreams Foundation presented their Third Annual New York Benefit Performance at the Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street) on Monday, November 21, 2011. The special evening, which only happens once a year in NYC, got a spontaneous ovation after a non-stop, 100 minute show, which showed off the talents of BDF students and faculty that assembled from across the country to perform and to show the audience what they were about. (more...)

Espinosa, Hanes, Jay-Alexander & More Set for BROADWAY DREAMS NYC Benefit Tonight!
by BWW - Nov 21, 2011

The Broadway Dreams Foundation will present their Third Annual New York Benefit Performance at the Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street) on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm. The special evening, which only happens once a year in NYC, will feature performances that combine Broadway favorites with BDF students from cities across the country. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here. (more...)

Share a Broadway Dream and Win a Free Broadway Dreams Foundation Summer Intensive!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2011

BroadwayWord is offering a unique opportunity to win a free one-week intensive with Broadway Dreams, in Omaha, Philadelphia, or Atlanta this coming summer. For a chance to win, visit the Broadway Dreams Facebook page and share your Broadway dream. The winner will be announced at next Monday night's THIRD ANNUAL BENEFIT in New York City. Click here to order tickets to the event now! (more...)

Espinosa, Hanes, Porter, Jay-Alexander & More Set for BROADWAY DREAMS NYC Benefit 11/21
by BWW - Nov 03, 2011

The Broadway Dreams Foundation will present their Third Annual New York Benefit Performance at the Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street) on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm. The special evening, which only happens once a year in NYC, will feature performances that combine Broadway favorites with BDF students from cities across the country. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here. (more...)

Ashley Brown, Fred Applegate, et al. Set for EMPIRE Workshop, 10/27-28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

EMPIRE, a new musical about the men and women who defied the odds and built the tallest skyscraper in the world, is currently undergoing a five-week developmental workshop and will receive industry presentations on October 27 and 28. (more...)

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