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Jason Robert Brown to Take Part in Broadway Dreams Foundation Intensive at Kimmel Center, 7/30-8/5Jason 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 WorkshopsJoyce 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 6/30University 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!Photo Flash: William Blake Brings ECHOES OF ETTA to Birdland!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 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!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, 6/10-30University 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 FAIRWAYGulfshore Playhouse to Present Ken Ludwig's THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
by Beau Higgins - Mar 7, 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 FAIRWAYGulfshore 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 FAIRWAYGulfshore 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 CabaretPhoto 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!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!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!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 11/21Espinosa, Hanes, Porter, Jay-Alexander & More Set for BROADWAY DREAMS NYC Benefit 11/21
by BWW - Nov 3, 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, 10/27-28Ashley 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, 10/27-28Ashley 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 BirdlandPhoto 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 BroadwayBWW Interviews: Sam Harris Talks Directing New York's Finest - The Leading Men of Broadway
by Don Grigware - Sep 6, 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, 6/13-19Matt 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, 6/13-19Matt Lenz Set for Broadway Dreams Foundation's Arts Intensive, 6/13-19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 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...)

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