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Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Grisetti, Matthew James Thomas, Adam Kantor and the Cast of Sheryl Crow's DINER at Signature Theatre!Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Grisetti, Matthew James Thomas, Adam Kantor and the Cast of Sheryl Crow's DINER at Signature Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Virginia's Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of the landmark film with a book by the movie's Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, The Natural) and an original score by nine-time Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

Sheryl Crow's DINER Musical Begins Performances Tonight in D.C.Sheryl Crow's DINER Musical Begins Performances Tonight in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Virginia's Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of the landmark film with a book by the movie's Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, The Natural) and an original score by nine-time Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow. The production begins performances at Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre tonight, December 9. It will play for six and a half weeks, through January 25. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Meet the Men of Signature Theatre's DINER - Opening Tonight!STAGE TUBE: Meet the Men of Signature Theatre's DINER - Opening Tonight!
by Stage Tube - Dec 9, 2014

Virginia's Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of the landmark film with a book by the movie's Academy AwardŽ-winning screenwriter and director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, The Natural) and an original score by nine-time Grammy AwardŽ winner Sheryl Crow. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony AwardŽ WinnerKathleen Marshall (Broadway's Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), the ensemble piece will feature Whitney Bashor (Barbara; Broadway's Bridges of Madison County and Signature's The Hollow), Bryan Fenkart (Modell; Broadway's Memphis), Aaron Finley (Billy; Broadway's Rock of Ages),Josh Grisetti (Shrevie; Off-Broadway's Enter Laughing), Erika Henningsen (Beth; Show Boat: Live from Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic), Derek Klena (Boogie; Broadway's Wicked, The Bridges of Madison County and Second Stage'sDogfight), Adam Kantor (Eddie; Broadway's Rent, Next to Normal and Second Stage's The Last Five Years), Tess Soltau(Elyse; Broadway's The Addams Family), Matthew James Thomas (Fenwick; Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,Pippin), and John Schiappa (Older Boogie; Broadway's Rocky, The Other Place, Wicked). (more...)

Sheryl Crow & Barry Levinson Will Talk DINER in POST:POV SeriesSheryl Crow & Barry Levinson Will Talk DINER in POST:POV Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

Virginia's Signature Theatre will soon present the world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of the landmark film with a book by the movie's Academy AwardŽ-winning screenwriter and director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, The Natural) and an original score by nine-time Grammy AwardŽ winner Sheryl Crow. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony AwardŽ Winner Kathleen Marshall (Broadway's Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), the production begins performances at Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre December 9. It will play for six and a half weeks, through January 25. According to the Washington Post, later today Crow and Levinson will both take part in Post: POV, a series hosted by Peter Marks, at which the duo will discuss putting the new musical together. (more...)

Signature Theatre Announces Cast for Sheryl Crow's DINER Musical; Whitney Bashor, Bryan Fenkart & More Set to Star!Signature Theatre Announces Cast for Sheryl Crow's DINER Musical; Whitney Bashor, Bryan Fenkart & More Set to Star!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

Virginia's Signature Theatre just announced the full cast for the world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of the landmark film with a book by the movie's Academy AwardŽ-winning screenwriter and director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, The Natural) and an original score by nine-time Grammy AwardŽ winner Sheryl Crow. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony AwardŽ Winner Kathleen Marshall (Broadway's Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), the ensemble piece will feature Whitney Bashor (Barbara; Broadway's Bridges of Madison County and Signature's The Hollow), Bryan Fenkart (Modell; Broadway's Memphis), Aaron Finley (Billy; Broadway's Rock of Ages),Josh Grisetti (Shrevie; Off-Broadway's Enter Laughing), Erika Henningsen (Beth; Show Boat: Live from Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic), Derek Klena (Boogie; Broadway's Wicked, The Bridges of Madison County and Second Stage'sDogfight), Adam Kantor (Eddie; Broadway's Rent, Next to Normal and Second Stage's The Last Five Years), Tess Soltau(Elyse; Broadway's The Addams Family), Matthew James Thomas (Fenwick; Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,Pippin), and John Schiappa (Older Boogie; Broadway's Rocky, The Other Place, Wicked). (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: October 25-31THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: October 25-31
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 31, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'this week in pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include the first preview of SIDE SHOW, Jeremy Jordan at 54 Below, the opening nights of THE REAL THING and THE LAST SHIP, and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Ben Vereen Reunites With PIPPIN Cast on National TourPhoto Flash: Ben Vereen Reunites With PIPPIN Cast on National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

On Thursday Evening, October 30th, there was certainly "Magic to Do" backstage at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Ben Vereen, the original "Leading Player" in the 1972 Broadway production of PIPPIN, visited with the cast backstage after watching the performance. Ben was reunited with his original "Pippin", actor John Rubinstein ("Charles"), with whom Ben appeared in the original Broadway production helmed by Bob Fosse. Actors pictured with Ben are Tony-Winner Andrea Martin ("Berthe") Matthew James Thomas ("Pippin"), Sasha Allen ("Leading Player") and more! Check out the photos below! (more...)

Kyle Dean Massey to Join Cast of PIPPIN National Tour in Los Angeles Straight from BroadwayKyle Dean Massey to Join Cast of PIPPIN National Tour in Los Angeles Straight from Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

The Nederlander Organization and the producers of the Tony Winning revival of PIPPIN have announced that Kyle Dean Massey will assume the role of Pippin beginning Tuesday, Nov 4th at the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles. He will be replacing Matthew James Thomas who takes his final bow on Sunday, November 2nd. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Extraordinary Tony-Winning Revival of PIPPIN Somersaults into SoCalBWW Reviews: Extraordinary Tony-Winning Revival of PIPPIN Somersaults into SoCal
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 28, 2014

Arguably, director Diane Paulus' greatest triumph to date is the spectacular new production of PIPPIN, the 2013 Tony-winning revival of Stephen Schwartz's trippy but winsome musical about the angst-riddled but hyper-aspirational young son of King Charlemagne, and his erratic, sometimes frustrating journey of self-discovery. In her marvelously inventive, re-imagined update---now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through November 9---Paulus brilliantly orients the topsy-turvy machinations of the entire story within the canvas-lined confines of a big-top circus. Here, the over-the-top performance troupe that 'guides' our hero's search for self-fulfillment aren't merely just actors (or 'players') but are also all agile, athletic circus performers that tumble, leap, and balance themselves for our (and Pippin's) entertainment pleasure. As expected, both Pippin and the audience are equally lulled into submission. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Newest Broadway Revival of PIPPIN Provides Spills and Thrills at the PantagesBWW Reviews: Newest Broadway Revival of PIPPIN Provides Spills and Thrills at the Pantages
by Don Grigware - Oct 23, 2014

In 1972 Pippin opened on Broadway and became one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, closing in 1977. Stephen Schwartz's bubbling optimistic tunes made the surreal and sensual mood of the piece an ultra-pleasant experience for theatre goers. One actually left the theatre humming the score. Throughout the dreamlike texture of Pippin's quest for his 'Corner of the Sky', however, there blooms a simplistic, timeless message that reverberates to this day. So, even though this brand new revival set in a circus big top is visually more opulent with high swinging artists and feats of magic, the pieces of the puzzle do fit into place - original director Bob Fosse would approve - and the play's substance is untarnished. Director Diane Paulus may take a bow for her simply stunning ambition of embellishment. I prefer the simplicity of the original, which allows your imagination to take flight, but must own up to enjoying most of the new version. How can you not, as the Fosse-esque style with acrobatics added on make for a visually splendid evening of dance and action. (more...)

Photo Flash: On the Red Carpet for PIPPIN National Tour's Opening Night at Hollywood Pantages!Photo Flash: On the Red Carpet for PIPPIN National Tour's Opening Night at Hollywood Pantages!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

The 2013 Tony Award winning Best Revival of a Musical Pippin made its premiere earlier this week at L.A. Premiere at the Hollywood Pantages, where it will play through November 9th. Tickets are now on sale to the general public online at www.HollywoodPantages.com orwww.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787 or at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard (Opens daily at 10am.) Check out a look back at the opening night's red carpet below! (more...)

Entire PIPPIN National Tour Dedicated to Denver Center's Randy WeeksEntire PIPPIN National Tour Dedicated to Denver Center's Randy Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

The entire national touring production of PIPPIN, which launched in Denver last month, has been dedicated to Denver Center for the Performing Arts President Randy Weeks, who died suddenly on Oct. 9 in London. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Witness the Awe-Inspiring Spectacle that is PIPPIN, Launching its National Tour in Denver!BWW Reviews: Witness the Awe-Inspiring Spectacle that is PIPPIN, Launching its National Tour in Denver!
by Michael Mulhern - Oct 10, 2014

When the curtain first dropped so did my jaw and I was simply amazed at the sheer magnitude of this spectacle of a show! (more...)

Andrea Martin Joins PIPPIN on Tour Tonight in San FranciscoAndrea Martin Joins PIPPIN on Tour Tonight in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

SHN previously announced that Andrea Martin, who won the 2013 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for creating the role of 'Berthe' in the Broadway production, would reprise the role in the final two weeks (beginning today, October 7 and running through October 19) of the San Francisco engagement at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre. (more...)

VIDEO: Matthew James Thomas & Sasha Allen Chat National Tour of PIPPINVIDEO: Matthew James Thomas & Sasha Allen Chat National Tour of PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Stars Sasha Allen (Broadway's Hair) and Matthew James Thomas (Broadway's Pippin, Spider-Man) stopped by KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area News yesterday to discuss the musical. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Revival Hits the Heights - Now thru October 19thBWW Reviews: PIPPIN Revival Hits the Heights - Now thru October 19th
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Sep 29, 2014

The air was crackling with excitement on opening night for the much anticipated revival of Pippin at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre. And for good reason. The show won four Tony Awards last year including Best Musical Revival, with Diane Paulus taking home the Tony for Best Director. Patina Miller as the Leading Player took home Best Actress, while Andrea Martin won Best Featured Actress. Not to be outdone, the national tour signed Sasha Allen, Lucie Arnaz, and John Rubinstein, not to mention Canada's circus troupe, Les 7 doigts de la main. Talk about the wow factor. Pippin is an exuberant, extravaganza of a show and it plays now through October 19 at SHN's Golden Gate Theatre. (more...)

Andrea Martin to Reprise Tony-Winning Role in PIPPIN National Tour for Second Half of San Francisco RunAndrea Martin to Reprise Tony-Winning Role in PIPPIN National Tour for Second Half of San Francisco Run
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

SHN has announced that Andrea Martin, who won the 2013 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for creating the role of 'Berthe' in the Broadway production, will reprise the role in the final two weeks (October 7-19) of the San Francisco engagement at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sasha Allen Talks Leading PIPPIN in DenverSTAGE TUBE: Sasha Allen Talks Leading PIPPIN in Denver
by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2014

Below, from the PIPPIN National Tour launch in Denver, 'In Focus' host Eden Lane brings us her full one-on-one with Sasha Allen (a finalist on the 4th season on THE VOICE) who portrays the 'Leading Player'. Click to watch the interview! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Stephen Schwartz and Diane Paulus Talk PIPPIN TourSTAGE TUBE: Stephen Schwartz and Diane Paulus Talk PIPPIN Tour
by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2014

The national tour of Pippin launched in Denver this week, and host of 'In Focus' Eden Lane sat down for a one-on-one with composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (GODSPELL, WICKED, Pippin, and more). Lane also met the director and driving force behind this re-imagined Pippin, Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. This episode also includes highlights with cast members Matthew James Thomas as Pippin, Lucie Arnaz as Berthe, Sasha Allen (a finalist on the 4th season on THE VOICE) as Leading Player, and Tony Award-winner John Rubinstein, who created the role of Pippin in the 1972 original Broadway production. Click below to watch the interviews! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from PIPPIN National Tour, Starring Sasha Allen, Matthew James Thomas & More!STAGE TUBE: Highlights from PIPPIN National Tour, Starring Sasha Allen, Matthew James Thomas & More!
by Stage Tube - Sep 15, 2014

Sasha Allen and Matthew James Thomas (filling in for Kyle Selig,) Lucie Arnaz, and more lead the new national touring production of Pippin, now playing in Denver. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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