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BWW Blog: Eric Jackson - Transcendence's Summer Ends With Gratitude and HeartBWW Blog: Eric Jackson - Transcendence's Summer Ends With Gratitude and Heart
by Guest Blogger: Eric Jackson - Sep 22, 2015

So that's it.  We not only opened and closed our last mainstage show, The Gala Celebration, but our guest artists have all packed and left.  And even though I thought I would enjoy writing about these final moments of the summer season, I didn't expect it to be so difficult. (more...)

BWW Blog: Meggie Cansler of Transcendence Theatre's 'Rhythm of Life' - I'm ChangingBWW Blog: Meggie Cansler of Transcendence Theatre's 'Rhythm of Life' - I'm Changing
by Guest Blogger: Meggie Cansler - Sep 8, 2015

How is it late August already? Kids have already had their first day of school and we have closed our third concert, 'Rhythm of Life'! That is BANANA BOATS! (Cansler speak for nuts!) The community here in Sonoma Valley went nuts for this show. It was a variety show that surprised you with every number. One minute you had a sexy fosse style number, then a lyrical dance to 'Fields of Gold' (danced and choreographed by Amanda Lehmen and Dylan Smith and such by Leslie MacDonnel and Stephen Stubbins)...oh, and can we talk about the fact that I have always thought it was among the fields of BALI??? Barley makes so much more sense. Great job, Meggie! That got the ladies dressing room laughing... There were other stand out numbers packed with energy where there was no dancing at all. My brained was tried and tested with learning a Pointer Sisters duet called 'Cloudburst'. It has so many lyrics and we sing it at lightening speed. It was a quartet of fierce ladies and we practiced every free minute we got... to the point where if you didn't know we were rehearsing, we looked like we were talking to ourselves like crazy people. You know how people look when you don't realize they have a bluetooth in their ear?? Well, picture that and fast forward it 3x and that is what we looked like on any free moment in rehearsal to make sure we got these lyrics out of our mouths! The pay off was awesome! I felt so proud that we did. Seriously, download this song and see what I am talking about! (more...)

BWW Blog: Rachel Thomas - Skits Under The Stars and Megan HiltyBWW Blog: Rachel Thomas - Skits Under The Stars and Megan Hilty
by Guest Blogger: Rachel Louise Thomas - Aug 10, 2015

Hello magical lovers of the theatre! Oh happy day of dreaming big to you! Last week was yet another glorious well-lived and fun-filled week for us here at Transcendence!  (more...)

BWW Blog: Meggie Cansler - Superheroes in Love and Fantastical Family Night RehearsalsBWW Blog: Meggie Cansler - Superheroes in Love and Fantastical Family Night Rehearsals
by Guest Blogger: Meggie Cansler - Aug 1, 2015

As one glorious concert ends, another rehearsal process has begun in full swing! Our cast of 'Fantastical Family Fun Night' has been at it rehearsing all week! This show has some goodies in it such as a fantastic tap routine to Step in Time, a groovy Jackson Five Medley, and I get to sing some Disney! Heaven! The arrangement is 'When you Wish Upon a Star' as a quartet which I think will be so beautiful under the stars in Jack London State Park. I also love the chance to have an excuse to sing to the stars and make my own wishes for things to come. When is the last time you wished on a star? In New York City, you never see any stars. Sonoma's night skies glitter nightly. (more...)

BWW Blog: Eric Jackson of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - CelebrationsBWW Blog: Eric Jackson of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Celebrations
by Guest Blogger: Eric Jackson - Jul 10, 2015

July might have just begun, but let me tell you things are in full swing here in Sonoma, CA.  Just recently at Transcendence Theatre Company we started a new show, closed the first show with a bang, actively participated in volunteering opportunities, and joined in our local 4th of July celebrations.  But I'll let some of our Transcendence resident artists go into more detail about their personal favorite activities of these past well-lived days. (more...)

Transcendence Theatre Company's BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Kicks Off TonightTranscendence Theatre Company's BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Kicks Off Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Transcendence Theatre Company, producer of the Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Historic Park concert series, announced the company of artists who will appear during the 2015 series of shows running tonight, June 19 through September 13. From June through September on select weekends, visitors to Sonoma County can conclude a day of wine tasting by attending Broadway Under the Stars, the main stage musical concert series presented by Transcendence Theatre Company in the open-air Winery Ruins of Jack London State Historic Park. (more...)

Introducing the Bloggers of Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under The Stars' This Summer in Wine CountryIntroducing the Bloggers of Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under The Stars' This Summer in Wine Country
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Hi there! I'm Eric Jackson and I'm one of the handful of performers that has had the pleasure of being a part of Transcendence Theatre in Sonoma every summer since their first concert in 2011.  My path has taken me from Rochester, Michigan to The University of Michigan and then to NYC for the past 15 years.  But now I'm on a new path.  I accepted the position of Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director here at Transcendence and just recently moved to Wine Country to start a whole new chapter of my life!  On top of that, I am Associate Directing the 1st Concert, Co-Directing the 2nd Concert, and performing in all 4!  It's going to be a busy summer,     but it will all be worth it.  And as you follow this blog, hopefully you will understand the reason why I keep coming back and why I've decided to stay. (more...)

Transcendence Theatre Company's BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Kicks Off 6/19; Lineup Set!Transcendence Theatre Company's BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Kicks Off 6/19; Lineup Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Transcendence Theatre Company, producer of the Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Historic Park concert series, announced the company of artists who will appear during the 2015 series of shows running June 19 through September 13. From June through September on select weekends, visitors to Sonoma County can conclude a day of wine tasting by attending Broadway Under the Stars, the main stage musical concert series presented by Transcendence Theatre Company in the open-air Winery Ruins of Jack London State Historic Park. (more...)

SOMEWHERE IN TIME Workshops, Starring Laura Osnes & Ryan Silverman, Begin TodaySOMEWHERE IN TIME Workshops, Starring Laura Osnes & Ryan Silverman, Begin Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Workshop presentations begin today, February 5, for the Broadway-bound musical Somewhere in Time, based on the novel by renowned author Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come) and the subsequent hit film starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. (more...)

Full Cast Set for SOMEWHERE IN TIME Workshops, Starring Laura Osnes & Ryan SilvermanFull Cast Set for SOMEWHERE IN TIME Workshops, Starring Laura Osnes & Ryan Silverman
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

Casting is complete for the upcoming workshop presentations of the Broadway-bound musical Somewhere in Time, based on the novel by renowned author Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come) and the subsequent hit film starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Asolo Rep Debuts SOUTH PACIFIC Music VideoSTAGE TUBE: Asolo Rep Debuts SOUTH PACIFIC Music Video
by Stage Tube - Dec 5, 2014

Check it out below! (more...)

BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - More Fantastical Family NightBWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - More Fantastical Family Night
by Guest Blogger: Libby Servais - Jul 31, 2014

'I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.' - Jack London (more...)

BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Fantastical Family NightBWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Fantastical Family Night
by Guest Blogger: Libby Servais - Jul 26, 2014

As Transcendence Theatre Company prepares to open "Fantastical Family Night" of the Broadway Under the Stars concert series, I wanted to let you in on some of the fun that we've been having. Along with leading an incredibly special Broadway Kids Camp that was more inspiring than I could ever have imagined (see previous blog), I've loved every second of making magic with this uniquely amazing group of TTC artists. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Paper Mill Playhouse's SOUTH PACIFIC with Erin Mackey, Mike McGowan & More!Photo Flash: First Look at Paper Mill Playhouse's SOUTH PACIFIC with Erin Mackey, Mike McGowan & More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse continues its 75th Anniversary Season with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, South Pacific is directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreographed by Ralph Perkins. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Mike McGowan Replaces Jason Howard in Paper Mill's SOUTH PACIFICMike McGowan Replaces Jason Howard in Paper Mill's SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse continue its 75th Anniversary Season with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, South Pacific will be directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreographed by Ralph Perkins. Mike McGowan joins this enchanting cast as Emile de Becque replacing the previously announced Jason Howard. (more...)

Erin Mackey, Jason Howard, Loretta Ables Sayre & More to Star in Paper Mill Playhouse's SOUTH PACIFIC; Full Cast AnnouncedErin Mackey, Jason Howard, Loretta Ables Sayre & More to Star in Paper Mill Playhouse's SOUTH PACIFIC; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse continues its 75th Anniversary Season with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, South Pacific will be directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreographed by Ralph Perkins. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Christian Borle, Rachel York & More Wrap Up LITTLE ME at Closing Night After PartyPhoto Coverage: Christian Borle, Rachel York & More Wrap Up LITTLE ME at Closing Night After Party
by Walter McBride - Feb 10, 2014

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center's 2014 Encores! season, just concluded its seven performance run, directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse. Below, BroadwayyWorld brings you photos from the closing night after party! (more...)

Photo Coverage: LITTLE ME Cast Takes Final Encores! BowPhoto Coverage: LITTLE ME Cast Takes Final Encores! Bow
by Walter McBride - Feb 10, 2014

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center's 2014 Encores! season, just concluded its seven performance run, directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse. Below, BroadwayyWorld brings you photos from the closing night curtain call! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from Encores! LITTLE MEBWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from Encores! LITTLE ME
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 5, 2014

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center's 2014 Encores! season, runs for seven performances, February 5 - 9. The show is directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse.Little Me, Neil Simon's first musical, is the story of the glamorous Belle Poitrine (Rachel York as young Belle, Judy Kaye as older Belle), a self-invented celebrity who has spent her life in pursuit of wealth, culture and social position. Tony Award-winner Christian Borle will play all six of Belle's oddball lovers, who range from an innocent college boy to an octogenarian lecher to the dying king of a tiny European country that doesn't seem to exist. BroadwayWorld brings you and exclusive sneak peek of the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Christian Borle, Rachel York & More in Encores! LITTLE MEPhoto Flash: First Look at Christian Borle, Rachel York & More in Encores! LITTLE ME
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center's 2014 Encores! season, runs for seven performances, February 5 - 9. The show is directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse.Little Me, Neil Simon's first musical, is the story of the glamorous Belle Poitrine (Rachel York as young Belle, Judy Kaye as older Belle), a self-invented celebrity who has spent her life in pursuit of wealth, culture and social position. Tony Award-winner Christian Borle will play all six of Belle's oddball lovers, who range from an innocent college boy to an octogenarian lecher to the dying king of a tiny European country that doesn't seem to exist. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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