Matt Lenz News

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...)

Ashley Brown, Fred Applegate, et al. Set for EMPIRE Workshop, 10/27-28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 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...)

Photo Flash: Jane Monheit Brings ANYTHING GOES to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2011

Gifted jazz vocalist Jane Monheit sang the score of Cole Porter's Anything Goes to swinging new arrangements by bassist Mary Ann McSweeney at the Broadway at Birdland concert series on Monday, September 19. This event was a fundraiser for The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. Broadway leading man Marc Kudisch joined in on the fun with a hilarious duet and dazzling solo turn during the sold-out, jazz-tinged evening of music. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Sam Harris Talks Directing New York's Finest - The Leading Men of Broadway
by Don Grigware - Sep 06, 2011

Chris Isaacson Presents New York's Finest -The Leading Men of Broadway directed by Sam Harris @ the Ford Amphitheatre on September 16. Harris certainly needs no introduction. His brilliant performances on stage/TV over the years have dazzled audiences worldwide. In our chat, he talks about this exciting show and other theatrical interests. (more...)

Matt Lenz Set for Broadway Dreams Foundation's Arts Intensive, 6/13-19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2011

Atlanta's Broadway dreams will come true for the 6th consecutive summer when The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) presents their acclaimed Summer Performing Arts Intensive Monday, June 13 through Sunday, June 19, 2011 at The Woodruff Arts Center (1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA). Director Matt Lenz (Catch Me if You Can) and a roster of Broadway veterans will work with aspiring young performers from the Atlanta area throughout the week in preparation for 'True Colors,' a one of a kind Broadway concert open to the public. Performances will take place at the Hertz Stage Saturday, June 18th at 2 pm and 7 pm and Sunday, June 19th at 1 pm and 5 pm. Tickets are $30 - $50 and are now on sale at www.woodruffcenter.org, at the Woodruff Center Box Office, or by calling 404.733.5000 . (more...)

Matt Lenz Set for Broadway Dreams Foundation's Arts Intensive, 6/13-19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 08, 2011

Atlanta's Broadway dreams will come true for the 6th consecutive summer when The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) presents their acclaimed Summer Performing Arts Intensive Monday, June 13 through Sunday, June 19, 2011 at The Woodruff Arts Center (1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA). Director Matt Lenz (Catch Me if You Can) and a roster of Broadway veterans will work with aspiring young performers from the Atlanta area throughout the week in preparation for 'True Colors,' a one of a kind Broadway concert open to the public. Performances will take place at the Hertz Stage Saturday, June 18th at 2 pm and 7 pm and Sunday, June 19th at 1 pm and 5 pm. Tickets are $30 - $50 and are now on sale at www.woodruffcenter.org, at the Woodruff Center Box Office, or by calling 404.733.5000 . (more...)

Forestburgh Playhouse Presents IDAHO, 6/1-12
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2011

The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center at the Forestburgh Playhouse announced today that it will open its Main Stage 2011 season with the original musical IDAHO!, winner of the Best of Fest Audience Prize at the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2008. Starring Austin Miller ('Grease: You're The One That I Want'), Jessica Hershberg (Little House on the Prairie), and Paul Vogt (Broadway's Hairspray, 'MadTV'), the original musical, with a book and lyrics by Buddy Sheffield and music by Sheffield and Keith Thompson will run at the Forestburgh Playhouse from June 1st through 12th. IDAHO! will be directed by Matt Lenz (Associate Director of Broadway's Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can). (more...)

Forestburgh Playhouse Presents IDAHO, 6/1-12
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2011

The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center at the Forestburgh Playhouse announced today that it will open its Main Stage 2011 season with the original musical IDAHO!, winner of the Best of Fest Audience Prize at the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2008. Starring Austin Miller ('Grease: You're The One That I Want'), Jessica Hershberg (Little House on the Prairie), and Paul Vogt (Broadway's Hairspray, 'MadTV'), the original musical, with a book and lyrics by Buddy Sheffield and music by Sheffield and Keith Thompson will run at the Forestburgh Playhouse from June 1st through 12th. IDAHO! will be directed by Matt Lenz (Associate Director of Broadway's Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can). (more...)

Review Roundup- [title of show] at the George St. Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2010

[title of show] is a musical comedy for anyone who has followed a dream. When two struggling writers make a commitment to write something new in three weeks, they quickly find that writing a comedy about the process of writing was more interesting than anything else they could write! (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Extends At Paper Mill Playhouse 9/22-10/24
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director) announces that the 2010-2011 season opening production, Hairspray has extended its performance schedule. Originally scheduled to run through October 17, Hairspray will now run from September 22 through October 24, 2010. Casting will be announced soon. (more...)

FINGERS AND TOES Adds Performance 10/13 At NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2010

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and littleloco productions announce an added performance of the American Premiere of FINGERS AND TOES. (more...)

FINGERS AND TOES Adds Performance 10/13 At NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2010

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and littleloco productions announce an added performance of the American Premiere of FINGERS AND TOES. (more...)

Review - Hairspray: Arrangement In Black And White
by Ben Peltz - Sep 30, 2010

Castro's invading, integration is the new frontier and you have to be much larger than a size 6 to be considered plus-size.  Welcome to the '60s and welcome to Paper Mill's big, bubbly and thoroughly loveable production of Hairspray. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Opens HAIRSPRAY - After Party
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 29, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting Hairspray, directed by Matt Lenz, with choreography by Michele Lynch, at the Millburn theatre from September 22 through October 24, 2010. On September 26, the company celebrated the show's official opening night. BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you after-party coverage below! (more...)

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