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BWW Reviews: Contini's Ladies Make Showtunes' NINE SublimeBWW Reviews: Contini's Ladies Make Showtunes' NINE Sublime
by Jay Irwin - Mar 30, 2015

I've never quite understood why Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's "Nine" is so under produced regionally. It's fun, flirty and sexy with some of the most stunningly beautiful songs that unfortunately too few are familiar with. It could be that in order to produce it correctly you need one killer ensemble of women (and Guido of course) who can handle the piece. Well, as is their way, Showtunes Theatre Company has taken this underdone gem and dusted it off and thankfully found that stellar ensemble to tackle it in their current concert version. Too bad it's only for two performances. (more...)

BWW Review: Theatre UCF's Talented Cast Makes Difficult NINE Compelling TheatreBWW Review: Theatre UCF's Talented Cast Makes Difficult NINE Compelling Theatre
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 26, 2015

A musical with Italian opera-inspired songs about a philandering middle-aged film director with writer's block, and the dozens of women that influence his life and work, does not seem like an obvious choice for a college theatre program to undertake. However, under the direction of Earl D. Weaver (who also choreographed), Theatre UCF sinks its collective teeth into the neurotic, misogynistic, and childish mind of Guido Contini in NINE, running through March 29th. This seven-time Tony-winning musical is based on the semi-autobiographical film '8½' by Italian director Federico Fellini. The cast of 21 women, one man, and four boys creates an evocative world that seems to hover in the realm between fantasy and reality; much like many of Fellini's films. With striking talent, breath-taking design, and artistic vision, Theatre UCF succeeds where many professional companies would (and have) faltered; despite its unsettling premise, NINE is a joyful reminder of the power of young talent in the arts. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Essential Voices USA's Judith Clurman Visits Peter LeDonnePhoto Coverage: Essential Voices USA's Judith Clurman Visits Peter LeDonne
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 26, 2015

Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) just presented BEYOND BROADWAY: COMPOSERS GO CHORAL at the DiMenna Space for Classical Music, 450 West 37 Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues), New York City. The evening featured ensemble music and conversation with composer/lyricists who have worked closely with conductor and music director Judith Clurmanand her Essential Voices USA. Guests attending included Sheldon Harnick, Larry Hochman, Andrew Lippa, Richard Maltby, Joshua Schmidt, Stephen Schwartz, David Shire, Georgia Stitt, Jonathan Tunick, and Maury Yeston. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Fiery Operatic Drama Unfolds in New Production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo TheatreBWW Reviews: Fiery Operatic Drama Unfolds in New Production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Mar 22, 2015

2015 brings a lavish new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of The Opera' that opened at Shea's Buffalo Theatre on Wednesday and it has received glorious new sets by Paul Brown, while retaining most of Maria Bjornson's Tony Award winning costume designs. (more...)

'Nine' se estrenará en España dirigido por Federico Barrios'Nine' se estrenará en España dirigido por Federico Barrios
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Mar 19, 2015

El próximo mes de mayo se estrenará en el Teatro Alfil el musical 'Nine', dirigido y adaptado por Federico Barrios, con coreografía de José Félix Romero y dirección musical de Julio Awad. Esta será la primera vez que se verá este musical en España. (more...)

Theatre UCF's NINE Begins This WeekTheatre UCF's NINE Begins This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Theatre UCF, part of the UCF School of Performing Arts, will present Nine by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit from March 19-29, 2015 in the UCF Main Stage theater. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals!Photo Coverage: Inside ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals!
by Walter McBride - Mar 16, 2015

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents a new Broadway production of the classic musical On the Twentieth Century starring Tony & Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, Golden Globe, SAG Award winner & Tony nominee Peter Gallagher, Tony nominee Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Tony winner Michael McGrath and Tony winner Mary Louise Wilson. On the Twentieth Century is choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle and directed by six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis, and features music by Cy Coleman, and book & lyrics by Betty ComdenandAdolph Green. On the Twentieth Century is based on plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur & Bruce Millholland. The original Broadway production was directed by Harold Prince. The production officially opened last night, and you can check out photos from the red carpet below! (more...)

New Production of SOUND OF MUSIC, 'BRIDGES', 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' and 'TITANIC' Set for the Ahmanson's 2015-16 SeasonNew Production of SOUND OF MUSIC, 'BRIDGES', 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' and 'TITANIC' Set for the Ahmanson's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Four Tony Award-winning musicals will be presented in Center Theatre Group's 2015-2016 season at the Ahmanson Theatre of the Music Center of Los Angeles, it was announced today by CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. (more...)

Stephen Flaherty, Andrew Lippa, Stephen Schwartz and More Set for Essential Voices' 'BEYOND BROADWAY' Concert Next MonthStephen Flaherty, Andrew Lippa, Stephen Schwartz and More Set for Essential Voices' 'BEYOND BROADWAY' Concert Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

On April 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm, Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) will present BEYOND BROADWAY: COMPOSERS GO CHORAL at the DiMenna Space for Classical Music, 450 West 37 Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues), New York City. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Jessica Vosk Thrills 54 Below in Debut NYC Solo Show I CAME FROM JERSEY FOR THISBWW Reviews: Jessica Vosk Thrills 54 Below in Debut NYC Solo Show I CAME FROM JERSEY FOR THIS
by David Clarke - Mar 1, 2015

Playing her debut NYC solo show I Came From Jersey For This to a sold out house at 54 Below, Jessica Vosk took the intimate venue by storm. Dazzling audiences with her talent, energy, sincerity, and humor, she put up a perfectly crafted cabaret tribute to her journey from singing with her dad in the living room of their New Jersey home to landing roles on Broadway. (more...)

Showtunes Theatre Company to Present NINE at Benaroya Hall, 3/28-29Showtunes Theatre Company to Present NINE at Benaroya Hall, 3/28-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Seattle-based SHOWTUNES Theatre Company wraps their 15th year with a fun, sexy concert version of the Tony award winning musical Nine. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Feisty Tovah Feldshuh Determines that 'Aging is Optional' at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: Feisty Tovah Feldshuh Determines that 'Aging is Optional' at 54 Below
by Alix Cohen - Feb 21, 2015

At 60-something-years-old, one can accurately describe Tovah Feldshuh as what plucky is when it grows up. Feldshuh's mother Lily died at 103 having lived, one gathers, like the character her daughter played in Pippin: 'Oh, it's time to start livin'/Time to take a little from this world we're given/Time to take time, cause spring will turn to fall/In just no time at all . . .' Later in her 54 Below show Aging Is Optional (which Feldshuh presents again tonight at 7 pm), we all sing the chorus, though no one with more gusto than the artist who delivers its lyric like a battle cry. (more...)

Justin Guarini, Zak Resnick, Jason Tam & More Set for BRAVE NEW WORLD Musical LabJustin Guarini, Zak Resnick, Jason Tam & More Set for BRAVE NEW WORLD Musical Lab
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

The Sheryl Kaller helmed musical adaption of the Aldous Huxley classic BRAVE NEW WORLD will present two presentations onFebruary 23rd at 3PM and February 24th at noon following the culmination of a two week experimental AEA Lab. (more...)

Kate Baldwin, Victoria Paterson and Georgia Stitt to Reunite in 'ALPHABET CITY CYCLE' at SubCulture Next MonthKate Baldwin, Victoria Paterson and Georgia Stitt to Reunite in 'ALPHABET CITY CYCLE' at SubCulture Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

On March 9th at 8 pm at SubCulture soprano Kate Baldwin, violinist Victoria Paterson and composer Georgia Stitt will reunite to perform "Alphabet City Cycle." Originally recorded in 2009, the song cycle with lyrics by Marcy Heisler consists of five songs about women alone in New York City. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kristin Towers-Rowles Brings A LOVELY LINEAGE to Sierra MadreBWW Reviews: Kristin Towers-Rowles Brings A LOVELY LINEAGE to Sierra Madre
by Don Grigware - Feb 17, 2015

On Sunday July 24, actress/singer Kristin Towers-Rowles debuted her one-woman cabaret A Lovely Lineage at Sterling's Upstairs @ Vitello's to resounding success. The amazing singer, who is the grand daughter of legendary MGM musical star Katharine Grayson and Broadway veteran Johnnie Johnston, saluted them both as well as her musical comedy performing parents Patty and Robert Towers. Although the young descendant of American show business royalty has a stupendous background, her life has not been that rosy. Playing a role onstage in a show called Veggie Tales, Towers-Rowles popped a disc in her back from wearing a 50-pound costume and was told she would never appear on stage again. She made a near complete recovery and although she still is in pain, exclaims, 'If I have to hurt, I might as well hurt on stage.' It is this unsinkable brave spirit that is present in her beautiful singing voice, in her glowing personality and overall captivating aura. She has an infectious sense of humor as well. (more...)

Tim Realbuto to Duet With GHOSTLIGHT Co-Writer Matthew Martin in BOOKSELLER IN THE RAIN, 2/15Tim Realbuto to Duet With GHOSTLIGHT Co-Writer Matthew Martin in BOOKSELLER IN THE RAIN, 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

Matthew Martin, who co-wrote the popular, Broadway-aimed musical Ghostlight with Tim Realbuto will duet with his co-writer Tim's upcoming Maury Yeston tribute concert, Realbuto announced this morning. The two best friends will duet on Yeston's Love Can't Happen from 'Grand Hotel.' (more...)

Amy Spanger Replaces Nikki Blonsky in Tim Realbuto's Maury Yeston Tribute ConcertAmy Spanger Replaces Nikki Blonsky in Tim Realbuto's Maury Yeston Tribute Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Nikki Blonsky, who was originally scheduled to perform in Tim Realbuto's Bookseller in the Rain Maury Yeston tribute concert, had to withdraw from the production due to a severe flu that has left her on bed rest with extremely strict orders from her doctors. (more...)

Amy Spanger Replaces Nikki Blonsky in Tim Realbuto's Maury Yeston Tribute ConcertAmy Spanger Replaces Nikki Blonsky in Tim Realbuto's Maury Yeston Tribute Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Nikki Blonsky, who was originally scheduled to perform in Tim Realbuto's Bookseller in the Rain Maury Yeston tribute concert, had to withdraw from the production due to a severe flu that has left her on bed rest with extremely strict orders from her doctors. Drama Desk nominee Amy Spanger ('Six Feet Under'; Reefer Madness) has replaced Ms. Blonsky as the show's opener, singing Yeston's Oscar nominated hit 'Take It All.' (more...)

Tony Nominee Laura Osnes to Mentor Students at 2015 Songbook AcademyTony Nominee Laura Osnes to Mentor Students at 2015 Songbook Academy
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

Two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie & Clyde) will serve as a mentor at the 2015 Songbook Academy. Osnes joins founder of the program, Michael Feinstein, for this one-of-a-kind music and performance intensive for high school students. (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL Alum Eric Anthony Lopez Joins Tim Realbuto's Maury Yeston Tribute CastAMERICAN IDOL Alum Eric Anthony Lopez Joins Tim Realbuto's Maury Yeston Tribute Cast
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2015

American Idol's Eric Anthony Lopez completes the principal list of special guest stars for Tim Realbuto's Bookseller in the Rain, a tribute to the music of legendary composer Maury Yeston. Mr. Lopez joins previously announced Golden Globe nominee Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change),Mara Davi (“Smash”), Jenna Leigh Green (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”), Joshua Colley (Les Miserables), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Ovation Award nominee Erika Amato (Flashdance), Kimberly Faye Greenberg (Danny and Sylvia), Abigail Ludrof (The HVAC Plays), and Emily Esposito (A Christmas Story). Also present will be our guest of honor, Tony Award winning and Oscar nominated composer Maury Yeston. (more...)

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