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  • Cabrillo Music Theatre Presents Regional Premiere of IN THE HEIGHTS at TOCAP Tonight
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

    The American Dream takes on a Latin Beat, as Cabrillo Music Theatre will present the regional professional premiers of this 'new classic' - the multi-Tony-winning Best Musical of 2008, IN THE HEIGHTS. IN THE HEIGHTS fuses contemporary music with timeless family struggles, and its' warmth, humor and joyful message resonates with all ages. IN THE HEIGHTS opens tonight, March 28, 2014, playing until Sunday, April 6th, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

    Cabrillo Music Theatre to Present Regional Premiere of IN THE HEIGHTS at TOCAP, 3/28
    by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

    The American Dream takes on a Latin Beat, as Cabrillo Music Theatre will present the regional professional premiers of this "new classic" - the multi-Tony-winning Best Musical of 2008, IN THE HEIGHTS. IN THE HEIGHTS fuses contemporary music with timeless family struggles, and its' warmth, humor and joyful message resonates with all ages. IN THE HEIGHTS opens on Friday, March 28, 2014, playing until Sunday, April 6th, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

    LES MISERABLES, FALSETTOS & Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Set for Sharon Playhouse's 25th Season
    by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2014

    TriArts Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, celebrates its 25thAnniversary Season with the award-winning musicals Les Miserables and Falsettos, along with Disney's The Little Mermaid, on the Mainstage. Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie and the new musical Nine Wives (by Douglas J. Cohen and Dan Elish) will play Stage 2 in the Bok Gallery. The Youth Theatre will present the Tony-winning Spring Awakening. (more...)

    MEGA STAGE TUBE: Carolee Carmello, Ben Platt & More Sing Maltby & Shire at 54 Below
    by Stage Tube - Dec 31, 2013

    Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire are among the top songwriting teams working in the musical theatre today. Their shows written together, including Starting Here Starting Now, Baby, Closer Than Ever, Big, Take Flight, Love Match, and How Do You Do I Love You will be celebrated by Broadway's best in story and song. Their work was just celebrated at 54 Below with WHAT COULD BE BETTER, which was performed earlier this month. Check out highlights from the concert below! (more...)

    Photo Coverage: Carolee Carmello & More Sing Maltby & Shire at 54 Below!
    by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 18, 2013

    Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire are among the top songwriting teams working in the musical theatre today. Their shows written together, including Starting Here Starting Now, Baby, Closer Than Ever, Big, Take Flight, Love Match, and How Do You Do I Love You will be celebrated by Broadway's best in story and song. Their work was just celebrated at 54 Below with WHAT COULD BE BETTER, which was performed last night, December 17. Check out photos from the concert below! (more...)

    Carolee Carmello, Jenn Colella & More to Join Maltby & Shire at 54 Below, 12/17
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

    Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire are among the top songwriting teams working in the musical theatre today. Their shows written together, including Starting Here Starting Now, Baby, Closer Than Ever, Big, Take Flight, Love Match, and How Do You Do I Love You will be celebrated by Broadway's best in story and song. Expect original cast performances recreated, as well as brand new interpretations, and even a world premiere song! (more...)

    Way Off Broadway Presents LEGALLY BLONDE, 6/14-8/24
    by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

    The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's 2013 Season is the year Broadway and Hollywood meet with all of the productions at the theatre being hits both on the silver screen and Great White Way. The season kicked off with the funny and heartwarming Steel Magnolias, followed by Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 – The Musical. Beginning June 14th, the theatre is going pink when it opens Legally Blonde for its summer run. (more...)

    STAGE TUBE: Highlights from Barrington Stage Company's ON THE TOWN
    by Stage Tube - Jun 18, 2013

    Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd Artistic Director and Tristan Wilson Managing Director, presents the Bernstein/Comden/Green musical On the Town now through July 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield. Check out highlights from the production below! (more...)

    Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of Barrington Stage Company's ON THE TOWN
    by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 18, 2013

    Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership ofJulianne Boyd Artistic Director and TriStan Wilson Managing Director, presents the Bernstein/Comden/Green musical On the Town now through July 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield. The show just opened and you can check out photos from opening night below! (more...)

    BWW Reviews: It's one Helluva ON THE TOWN at Barrington Stage
    by Larry Murray - Jun 17, 2013

    The full Bernstein score honors ON THE TOWN, not the truncated movie version, on stage with a great cast, stunning choreography and a fresh new approach under the artful hand of John Rando, director. (more...)

    Photo Flash: First Look at Jay Armstrong Johnson, Alysha Umphress and More in Barrington Stage's ON THE TOWN
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2013

    Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd Artistic Director and Tristan Wilson Managing Director, presents the Bernstein/Comden/Green musical On the Town now through July 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield. The press opening is Sunday, June 16 at 5pm. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

    Way Off Broadway Presents LEGALLY BLONDE, Now thru 8/24
    by Nicole Rosky - Jun 14, 2013

    The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's 2013 Season is the year Broadway and Hollywood meet with all of the productions at the theatre being hits both on the silver screen and Great White Way. The season kicked off with the funny and heartwarming Steel Magnolias, followed by Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 - The Musical. Beginning today, June 14th, the theatre is going pink when it opens Legally Blonde for its summer run. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: Tony Winner Betty Buckley Brings Her Class Act to Segerstrom's Samueli Theatre
    by Don Grigware - May 17, 2013

    It is easy to understand why Betty Buckley has been called the 'Voice of Broadway'. To begin, she has an astounding instrument with an incredible range. She can belt out the lyrics from 'Come Back to Me' from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and then in the next breath bring her voice down to almost a whisper, like a prayer, in essaying 'Maria' from West Side Story. Secondly, she is a dynamic actress who feels the story the song is telling. Most of all, through living this material, there's great soul, a deep sense of humanity lurking beneath. I have always said it takes a great actress to be a great singer. Betty Buckley is most definitely among the small group of Broadway divas who consistently hit the mark. Her unique contribution is an unparalleled grace and class which emanate from every phrase she utters. (more...)

    Way Off Broadway Presents LEGALLY BLONDE, Beginning 6/14
    by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2013

    The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's 2013 Season is the year Broadway and Hollywood meet with all of the productions at the theatre being hits both on the silver screen and Great White Way. The season kicked off with the funny and heartwarming Steel Magnolias, followed by Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 - The Musical. Beginning June 14th, the theatre is going pink when it opens Legally Blonde for its summer run. (more...)

    Tony Yazbeck, Elizabeth Stanley, Jay Armstrong Johnson and More Set for ON THE TOWN at Barrington Stage
    by BWW News Desk - May 06, 2013

    Barrington Stage Company has announced principal casting for the Bernstein/Comden/Green musical On the Town from June 12 through July 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield. The press opening is Sunday, June 16 at 5pm. (more...)

    THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- Ann Harada
    by BWW - Apr 12, 2013

    In this week's edition, we caught up with Ann Harada, who is starring as 'Charlotte' in Cinderella- currently playing at the Broadway Theatre. (more...)

    BWW's 2013 Valentine's Day Spectacular! 750+ Stars Tell Us 'What is the Most Romantic Broadway Love Song Ever?'
    by BWW - Feb 14, 2013

    From Kristin Chenoweth to Deborah Cox to Idina Menzel to Barbra Streisand to Michael Crawford to the Ladies of THE VIEW to Adam Pascal, Patti LuPone, Raul Esparza, Alan Menken, Lea Salonga, Bernadette Peters, Laura Osnes, Victoria Clark, GLEE and Everything in Between - It's the BroadwayWorld.com 2013 Valentine's Day Special - It's the Biggest Ever! (more...)

    FLASH SPECIAL: Magic To Do! PIPPIN Prepares For First Broadway Revival
    by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 12, 2013

    "We've got magic to do, just for you!" sing the weird and slightly worrisome band of players in the uniquely compelling 1970s classic PIPPIN, by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. While the creation of the original Broadway production in 1972 was plagued with problems - none the least of which being the composer/lyricist, Schwartz, and the show's choreographer/director, Bob Fosse, failing to see eye to eye on virtually anything, resulting in Schwartz's barring from rehearsals and much of his input denied - it went on to become a Tony Award-winning mega-hit, running for nearly 2000 performances before it closed in 1977. The score even had a few crossover pop/rock bids thanks to the Jackson 5 and The Supremes utilizing the sounds of Schartz's contemporary and radio-friendly score, with a cast album on the Motown record label, no less (and some funky new arrangements and orchestrations augmenting the sterling Ralph Burns originals, as a result). Starring Fosse muse Ben Vereen in one of his most sensational and unforgettable musical roles - which is really saying something - PIPPIN is an indescribable musical in many ways, but the powerful pull that the music and Fosse's original staging had, mixed with the narcissistic flower power message at the core, made it a hit. While the book may have its flaws - and, believe me, it does - the sassy, spunky, try-anything vibe of the show makes it an endearing, playful, and, ultimately, rewarding theatrical experience. With news coming this week that the new Boston Conservatory production of PIPPIN is coming to Broadway later this season, directed by lauded HAIR revival helmer Diane Paulus and produced by CHICAGO super-producers Fran and Barry Weissler, 2013 will mark the first time Charlemagne's son will had treaded the boards in almost forty years. From PIPPIN, PIPPIN at Carnegie Mellon in 1967, written by Schwartz as an undergrad at Carnegie Mellon, through to the Broadway production in 1972, titled PIPPIN: HIS LIFE & TIMES, and, now, with the new Paulus circus-style staging (choreographed "in the style of Bob Fosse", natch, by Chet Walker), PIPPIN is poised to come alight once more - and, based on the preliminary reviews, the new production seems to be more than merely "on the right track", to crib a phrase from the musical's hit-packed song stack. Come the dawn of some say this spring, "Morning Glow" will be here, once more… at last. (more...)

    Robert Cuccioli, Laila Robins and More Set for DEJA VU Reading, 12/3
    by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2012

    DÉJÀ VU, a new comedy featuring Bob Cuccioli, Laila Robins, Michael Rupert, Angela Pierce and Todd Bartels will hold an invitation-only reading on Monday, December 3 at 2PM at the Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street. (more...)

    Desert Favorite, Mara Getz Bring A TRIBUTE TO MS. PEGGY LEE to Arthur Newman Theatre, 10/28
    by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2012

    Local singer Mara Getz will perform her latest one woman show A TRIBUTE TO MS. PEGGY LEE at The Arthur Newman Theatre at The Joslyn Center in Palm Desert today, October 28, 2012 at 2 pm. (more...)

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