Matt Lenz News

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...)

Review - Alphabetical Order: Keeping Up Appearances
by Ben Peltz - Sep 28, 2010

Michael Frayn's 1975 comedy, Alphabetical Order, is the type of play that, either as a compliment or as a dismissal, American audiences are likely to label as 'very British.'  Its humor is subtle, its themes are sub-textual and the characters all talk in these funny accents.  But even those who appreciate the delicacy of that type of play may find this early work by the versatile writer who went on to pen the riotous Noises Off and the heady Copenhagen a little padded and lacking in both humor and bite.  Still, director Carl Forsman and the Keen Theatre Company serve up a lively production that boasts its charms, particularly in the performances of the engaging ensemble. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sieber Opens in HAIRSPRAY at Paper Mill!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 27, 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. Yesterday, September 26, the company celebrated the show's official opening night. BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you photo coverage below! (more...)

30 Days Of NYMF: Day 10 Fingers and Toes
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2010

Fingers and Toes Book, Music and Lyrics by Logan Medland (more...)

Photo Flash: HAIRSPRAY at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW Photo Special - Sep 24, 2010

Hairspray will play the following performance schedule: Wednesdays at 7:00PM, Thursdays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM, Fridays at 7:00PM, Saturdays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM and Sundays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM. Single tickets are now on sale and range in price from $25 to $92. Family week is September 22 through September 26, during which children's tickets are half off. Student rush tickets are $20 and are available the day of performance in person with current student ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at brand new website: www.papermill.org. Paper Mill Playhouse gift cards, available in any denomination, can be purchased at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted. Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 25% discount on tickets and should call 973-379-3636 ext.2438. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Extends At Paper Mill Playhouse 9/22-10/24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 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...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Holds HAIRSPRAY Blowout Bash, 9/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2010

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt, Managing Director) is proud to announce a free, community event celebrating the opening of Hairspray at the Millburn Theater. Hairspray's Blowout Bash will take place on Main Street and Taylor Park in Downtown Millburn on Sunday, September 19th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Hairspray's Blowout Bash will feature: rides, games, live entertainment, contests, give-a-ways, food, a special appearance from members of the Hairspray cast and more. Hairspray's Blowout Bash is a rain or shine event. (more...)

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