Michael Orland News

Pat Birch and Donna McKechnie Join Broadway Theatre Project Summer ProgramPat Birch and Donna McKechnie Join Broadway Theatre Project Summer Program
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Broadway Theatre Project welcomes back Donna McKechnie and Pat Birch as visiting artists for the 2017 Summer Institute. (more...)

Pat Birch and Donna McKechnie Sign on for Broadway Theatre Project's 2017 Summer InstitutePat Birch and Donna McKechnie Sign on for Broadway Theatre Project's 2017 Summer Institute
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Broadway Theatre Project welcomes back Donna McKechnie and Pat Birch as visiting artists for the 2017 Summer Institute. (more...)

Broadway Theatre Project's Visiting Faculty Member Nominated for Outer Critic's CircleBroadway Theatre Project's Visiting Faculty Member Nominated for Outer Critic's Circle
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Broadway Theatre Project's (BTP) visiting faculty member Chazz Palmintirit's 'A Bronx Tale' has been nominated for 4 Outer Critic's Circle awards. (more...)

Broadway Theatre Project's Visiting Faculty Member Nominated for Outer Critic's CircleBroadway Theatre Project's Visiting Faculty Member Nominated for Outer Critic's Circle
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Broadway Theatre Project's (BTP) visiting faculty member Chazz Palmintirit's 'A Bronx Tale' has been nominated for 4 Outer Critic's Circle awards. For Best New Musical, Best Score (Glen Slator and Alan Menken), Best Book (Chazz Palmintiri) And Best Performance by a Leading Actor (Nick Cordero). (more...)

BWW Interview: Actress Christine Pedi Talks S.T.A.G.E. Benefit IDOLS & ICONS To Be Performed One Night Only on May 13BWW Interview: Actress Christine Pedi Talks S.T.A.G.E. Benefit IDOLS & ICONS To Be Performed One Night Only on May 13
by Don Grigware - Apr 26, 2017

Actress Christine Pedi is well known for her theatre/cabaret appearances as well as TV and SiriusXM radio. Her finest hour has come in Forbidden Broadway with her glorious singing impressions. She took time out from her busy schedule to talk about her upcoming appearance in LA for the last S.T.A.G.E. benefit on Saturday May 13 at the Saban Theatre. (more...)

Austin Pendleton and Todrick Hall Return to Broadway Theatre ProjectAustin Pendleton and Todrick Hall Return to Broadway Theatre Project
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Tony nominated Austin Pendleton returns to the faculty of Broadway Theatre Project's (BTP) this summer after directing the revival of Horton Foote's 1955 play The Traveling Lady at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Acclaimed vocalist and BTP alumni Todrick Hall, also returns as a visiting artist to the summer institute. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Internationally-known voice coaches Peisha McPhee and Michael Orland have a message for prospective Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) students to encourage them to apply for the summer institute where they will be teaching this summer. (more...)

Broadway Theatre Project Summer Faculty Includes Dance VirtuosoBroadway Theatre Project Summer Faculty Includes Dance Virtuoso
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Broadway Theatre Project's (BTP), visiting faculty will include international notable artists from all areas of musical theatre and dance.  This summer apprentices will have the opportunity to work with Emmy-award winning dance virtuoso Jason Samuels Smith who will also be performing at this year's SummerStage Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in New York City. (more...)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A CHRISTMAS ROSE Panto to Debut This Holiday Season in PasadenaBEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A CHRISTMAS ROSE Panto to Debut This Holiday Season in Pasadena
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) in association with The Pasadena Playhouse expands this holiday season at The Pasadena Civic Auditorium with their newest production - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A CHRISTMAS ROSE.  (more...)

Barrett Foa, Christine Pedi, Jai Rodriguez and More Among Lineup for 33rd Annual S.T.A.G.E. BenefitBarrett Foa, Christine Pedi, Jai Rodriguez and More Among Lineup for 33rd Annual S.T.A.G.E. Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

The Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (STAGE) has announced the all-star cast participating in its 33rd annual gala, "Idols & Icons," being held on Saturday, May 13th, at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. David Galligan directs with Michael Orland returning as musical director.   (more...)

Broadway Theatre Project Extends Deadline For Summer InstituteBroadway Theatre Project Extends Deadline For Summer Institute
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Broadway Theatre Project (BTP), a program described by Playbill as 'The world's most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students', has extended its deadline for the upcoming 3-week summer institute held in July.  Acceptance announcements for the remaining five spots will be announced on an individual basis. (more...)

YOU GOT TRUMPED! by Matthew Hill Comes to Manhattan Repertory TheatreYOU GOT TRUMPED! by Matthew Hill Comes to Manhattan Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

You Got Trumped! by Matthew Hill is playing at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre Friday, March 31 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 6 p.m. Manhattan Repertory Theatre is located at 17-19 West 45th Street, New York. To reserve tickets, visit http://manhattanrep.com/you-got-trumped-by-matthew-hill/ . (more...)

Bruce Vilanch, Chris Hendricks, Roslyn Kind and More Slated for MY NEXT BREATH FundraiserBruce Vilanch, Chris Hendricks, Roslyn Kind and More Slated for MY NEXT BREATH Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

An evening of music and comedy will serve as a fundraising event for the filming and editing of the documentary project 'My Next Breath' (mynextbreathfilm.com/about), hosted by Bruce Valanch, with musical performances by Chris Hendricks, Roslyn Kind and Mary Wilson, on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Catalina Jazz Club 6725 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. (more...)

Bay Area Cabaret Announces March ShowsBay Area Cabaret Announces March Shows
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Bay Area Cabaret continues its acclaimed series at the Venetian Room at Fairmont San Francisco (950 Mason Street atop Nob Hill) with two special shows in March-one a tribute to cabaret as a distinctive art form, and the other a return engagement for two of the most popular Bay Area Cabaret artists. On March 5 at 5:00 pm, A Cabaret Spectacular will celebrate the art of cabaret performance featuring some of the finest cabaret performers from across the nation. Then on March 26 at 7:30 pm, world-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli and Broadway soprano Jessica Molaskey, return to the Bay Area Cabaret stage with their brand new hit show from Cafe Carlyle in New York. Tickets for both shows at www.bayareacabaret.org or by calling (415) 392-4400. (more...)

VIDEO: BWW Exclusive - Roslyn Kind Celebrates Valentine's Day with New Single & Video 'Beautiful Day'VIDEO: BWW Exclusive - Roslyn Kind Celebrates Valentine's Day with New Single & Video 'Beautiful Day'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Singer-Songwriter Roslyn Kind has a love song for you! Currently touring the country in her new concert showcase, 'Beautiful Day,' Kind wants to add a touch of blissful 'Sunshine Pop' music to your Valentine's Day with her inspired new single and music video 'It's A Beautiful Day.' (more...)

BWW Review: A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS Lythgoe Family Panto Scores BigBWW Review: A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS Lythgoe Family Panto Scores Big
by Don Grigware - Dec 12, 2016

For the last few years the uber talented Lythgoe family have been entertaining us at Christmastime, at the Pasadena Playhouse with a British style panto. A panto is an interactive entertainment that starts with a very contemporary retelling of a fairy tale such as Snow White, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, or in this case Cinderella  and turns it into a fun imaginative show with music that will appeal to both children and their parents. There's usually an actor or two in drag, and a villain ... and audience are encouraged to root for the heroes and HISS loudly at the villains. It's all in amusement, of course, and this year's A Cinderella Christmas is all good fun with a superb cast, some fine pop singing and fast-paced dancing... and, first and foremost, a funfilled script by Kris Lythgoe. To pull the younger audience into the proceedings, crowns and magic wands are on sale. The kids wave their wands on high to encourage the union of Prince Charming (Kenton Duty) and Cinders, short for Cinderella (Lauren Taylor). The delightful family show plays at the Pasadena Playhouse throughout the holiday season until January 8. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Laguna Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Panto's SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHTPhoto Flash: First Look at Laguna Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Panto's SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2016

Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Lythgoe Family Panto are thrilled to announce a very special holiday event, Cozi Zuehlsdorff ("Dolphin Tale" Films), Joely Fisher (Broadway: Cabaret, "Desperate Housewives"), Barry Pearl ("Grease"), The Book of Mormon's Benjamin Schrader, Jeff Sumner (Genie in Disney's Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular), "American Idol" finalist Vonzell Solomon and Conor Guzman (Pasadena Playhouse; The Fantasticks) starring in SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, book by Kris Lythgoe, choreography by Spencer Liff, musical supervisor Michael Orland, musical direction by Michael Sobie and directed by Linda Goodrich. "Last year's holiday confection returns with an all-new Lythgoe Family Panto event on our stage!" comments Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham. Remarks Becky Lythgoe, "We are delighted to be back at the Playhouse with our second show and with this extraordinary cast for a truly magical holiday show!" SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT will begin performances on Wednesday, December 7; will open on Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm and will run through Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.  (more...)

Starry SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT Starts Tonight at Laguna PlayhouseStarry SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT Starts Tonight at Laguna Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Lythgoe Family Panto present a special holiday event, Cozi Zuehlsdorff ('Dolphin Tale' Films), Joely Fisher (Broadway: Cabaret, 'Desperate Housewives'), Barry Pearl ('Grease'), The Book of Mormon's Benjamin Schrader, Jeff Sumner (Genie in Disney's Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular), 'American Idol' finalist Vonzell Solomon and Conor Guzman (Pasadena Playhouse; The Fantasticks) starring in SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, book by Kris Lythgoe, choreography by Spencer Liff, musical supervisor Michael Orland, musical direction by Michael Sobie and directed by Linda Goodrich. (more...)

Neil Patrick Harris to Appear as 'Magic Mirror' in A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS Panto in San DiegoNeil Patrick Harris to Appear as 'Magic Mirror' in A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS Panto in San Diego
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

San Diego Theatres in collaboration with San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents A Lythgoe Family Panto 'A Snow White Christmas,' an American panto presentation featuring an onscreen appearance from Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris as the 'Magic Mirror.' (more...)

Erich Bergen to Play in Concert at Feinstein's at the Nikko This FallErich Bergen to Play in Concert at Feinstein's at the Nikko This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

After sold-out engagements in New York, Los Angeles, London and Las Vegas, Erich Bergen will bring his acclaimed concert to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - Today, November 5 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, November 6 (3 p.m.). (more...)

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