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Photo Flash: Lindsay Mendez and More in NAMT's 26th Annual Festival of New MusicalsPhoto Flash: Lindsay Mendez and More in NAMT's 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

The 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals, presented by the National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT), kicked off with THE 46TH MINUTE, a concert hosted by Lindsay Mendez and featuring performances by Heidi Blickenstaff, Doreen Montalvo, Mamie Parris, Bryce Ryness, and more. Musical presentations started October 23 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) and included Beautiful Poison, Cubamor, Great Wall, How To Break, Mary Marie, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, String and Stu For Silverton. The Festival concluded on October 24, 2014. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Sheridan to Host Inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project Festival, 11/6-9Sheridan to Host Inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project Festival, 11/6-9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

The inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) Festival will take place this week, from November 6 to 8 at Sheridan's Oakville campus, and on November 9 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto. (more...)

Margo Seibert, Jenni Barber, Lesli Margherita, Mitchell Jarvis and More Join NAMT's 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals; Full Cast Announced!Margo Seibert, Jenni Barber, Lesli Margherita, Mitchell Jarvis and More Join NAMT's 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) is proud to announce final casting for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Michael Cassara Casting serves as the resident casting office for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals, taking place on Thursday, October 23, 2014 and Friday, October 24, 2014 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Online Festival registration ends Friday, October 17. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Jennifer Damiano & Wesley Taylor Talk Straight From New York MasterclassesBWW Interviews: Jennifer Damiano & Wesley Taylor Talk Straight From New York Masterclasses
by David Clarke - Oct 9, 2014

The main goal of Straight From New York Workshop and Concert Series is to offer "educational opportunities for performing arts students to work with top Broadway artists in cities around the country. In addition, the concert series features Broadway artists in performance for the public!" This October, Tony Award Nominee Jennifer Damiano and Broadway/TV Star Wesley Taylor are touring Texas to teach a series of Musical Theatre Audition Masterclasses. (more...)

Annaleigh Ashford, Heidi Blickenstaff, Terence Archie & More Set for NAMT's FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALSAnnaleigh Ashford, Heidi Blickenstaff, Terence Archie & More Set for NAMT's FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) just announced initial casting for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Michael Cassara Casting serves as the resident casting office for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals, taking place on Thursday, October 23, 2014 and Friday, October 24, 2014 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). (more...)

11th Hour Theatre Company to Offer Staged Reading of THE LIFE, 10/4-511th Hour Theatre Company to Offer Staged Reading of THE LIFE, 10/4-5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Performances are Saturday, October 4 at 8 PM and Sunday, October 5 at 2 PM and 7 PM. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for students and industry, and are available at www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org or by calling 267-987-9865. (more...)

Lonny Price, Chris Cattelli, Marc Bruni and More to Helm NAMT's 2014 Festival Productions Next MonthLonny Price, Chris Cattelli, Marc Bruni and More to Helm NAMT's 2014 Festival Productions Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) announced today the all-star lineup of directors and musical directors participating in the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals on Thursday, October 23, 2014 and Friday, October 24, 2014 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Look at 14th Annual Village Originals Festival of New MusicalsPhoto Flash: Inside Look at 14th Annual Village Originals Festival of New Musicals
by Jay Irwin - Aug 12, 2014

It's a musical theater nerd's paradise and as a nerd one of my favorite times of the year. Village Theatre has once again brought together an incredible weekend of new works for workshop readings and one full production. Five shows put up for one performance as readings with music stands and scripts in hand and then one larger production put up for two weekends. And while the weekend may be over (and only for members anyway) there's still time to see the larger production and I've got some wonderful photos for you all. But let's start with the production you can still see and then we'll move onto the workshops. (more...)

Dimond and Kooman's THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES and More Set for Village Theatre's 'Originals Festival', Kicking Off TodayDimond and Kooman's THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES and More Set for Village Theatre's 'Originals Festival', Kicking Off Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

The Village Theatre is the birthplace of new works such Next to Normal and Million Dollar Quartet. And now, it has announced its lineup for the 14th Annual Village Originals Festival of New Musicals, which runs today, Aug 8 to 17. They will be showcasing six new musicals which have been under development. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Triple Rock Theatre Director Logan Vaden Talks The Whys of DANI GIRLBWW Interviews: Triple Rock Theatre Director Logan Vaden Talks The Whys of DANI GIRL
by Katricia Lang - Aug 8, 2014

Triple Rock Theatre will present their inaugural production, the Houston premiere of DANI GIRL, from August 8-10, 2014. DANI GIRL is the story of Dani, a precocious nine-year-old, who loses her hair to leukemia and embarks on a magical journey to get it back. Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, DANI GIRL is a tale of life in the face of death, hope in the face of despair, and the indomitable power of the human imagination. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DANI GIRL Is An Exquisite Mix of Laughter and TearsBWW Reviews: DANI GIRL Is An Exquisite Mix of Laughter and Tears
by Alan Katz - Jul 23, 2014

If you invest yourself even a little bit into Dani Girl, it will leave you exhausted. You will grin until your cheeks hurt. Your throat will tighten when you choke back tears. You will most likely audibly say, 'Awwww.' You may want to drive home in silence just to recover from the hilarity and the hardship, from the overall intensity of this play, the moments in it, and the moments that it recalls in your memory. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kooman and Dimond's DANI GIRLBWW Reviews: Kooman and Dimond's DANI GIRL
by Jude Cartalaba - Jul 22, 2014

DANI GIRL, a musical about a nine-year-old cancer-stricken girl Dani Lyons, created by the writing team of Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, is not to be missed. (more...)

The Village Theatre Will Premiere Six Brand New Musicals in Development, 8/8-17The Village Theatre Will Premiere Six Brand New Musicals in Development, 8/8-17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

The Village Theatre is the birthplace of new works such Next to Normal and Million Dollar Quartet. And now, it has announced its lineup for the 14th Annual Village Originals Festival of New Musicals, which runs from Aug 8 to 17. They will be showcasing six new musicals which have been under development. (more...)

Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals to Run 8/8-17; Lineup AnnouncedVillage Theatre's Festival of New Musicals to Run 8/8-17; Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Over one jam packed weekend, August 8 -10, six new musicals will be brought to life with help from more than 100 artists and one dozen directors and authors from across the country. (more...)

MOLLY SWEENEY, Songwriter Showcase & More Set for The Human Race Theatre Company's Festival of New MusicalsMOLLY SWEENEY, Songwriter Showcase & More Set for The Human Race Theatre Company's Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

The Human Race Theatre Company's mission to further the development of new works takes center stage with its summer Festival of New Musicals. For the seventh annual event, Producing Artistic Director Kevin Moore has selected Molly Sweeney: A Musical, an adaptation of Brian Friel's 1994 play by the same name, and created The Songwriter Showcase, a new concert production featuring a collection of songs from musicals in development by Festival alumni and writers new to Human Race audiences. (more...)

Adam Gwon and Sarah Hammond's STRING, Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond's 'HOWARD BARNES' and More Set for NAMT's 2014 Festival of New MusicalsAdam Gwon and Sarah Hammond's STRING, Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond's 'HOWARD BARNES' and More Set for NAMT's 2014 Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) announced today its selections for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Beautiful Poison, Cubamor, Great Wall, How To Break, Mary Marie, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, String and Stu For Silverton make up the eight new musicals that will be presented at the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals on Thursday, October 23, 2014 and Friday, October 24, 2014 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). (more...)

Summer Stages:  An Exciting Summer of Theatre in Washington, DC Lies Ahead!Summer Stages: An Exciting Summer of Theatre in Washington, DC Lies Ahead!
by Jennifer Perry - Jun 2, 2014

A lot of exciting theatre is happening this summer in the DC area. Here are some things to check out! (more...)

FIELD HOCKEY HOT Premiere, THE LIFE & More Set for 11th Hour Theatre Company's 2014-15 SeasonFIELD HOCKEY HOT Premiere, THE LIFE & More Set for 11th Hour Theatre Company's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

11th Hour Theatre Company announces its 2014-2015 season including a world premiere musical as its main stage production, and four musicals in its Next Step Concert Series. (more...)

Jackie Hoffman, Jake Epstein, John Tartaglia and More Join Kooman & Dimond for Ebb Award Concert TonightJackie Hoffman, Jake Epstein, John Tartaglia and More Join Kooman & Dimond for Ebb Award Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray, The Addams Family), Jake Epstein (Beautiful, Spiderman...) and John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Shrek) are among the artists who will join Fred Ebb Award-winning songwriters Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond for Kooman & Dimond: Still Not Famous tonight, May 5th at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's. (more...)

Jackie Hoffman, Jake Epstein, John Tartaglia & More to Join Kooman & Dimond for Ebb Award Concert, 5/5Jackie Hoffman, Jake Epstein, John Tartaglia & More to Join Kooman & Dimond for Ebb Award Concert, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray, The Addams Family), Jake Epstein (Beautiful, Spidermanů) and John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Shrek) are among the artists who will join Fred Ebb Award-winning songwriters Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond for Kooman & Dimond: Still Not Famous May 5th at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's. (more...)

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