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BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at Dallas Theater CenterBWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at Dallas Theater Center
by Kyle Christopher West - Jun 20, 2016

Prior to my attendance at Dallas Theater Center's DREAMGIRLS this weekend, my familiarity with the show was based on the 2006 motion picture and the 2001 Actors Fund concert recording (not to mention the Tony Awards clip featuring Jennifer Holliday). Basically knowing only the film, I had often considered how smoothly the stage show could handle the onstage to backstage transitions, given the fast-paced musical score it followed. And, although the DTC production offers a slick, seamless interpretation of the piece, I'm afraid I left the theatre with the impression that the (gasp) movie adaptation was superior to the stage version. That being said, there are still many reasons to head to the Wyly to see this production. (more...)

Photo Flash: DREAMGIRLS Celebrates Opening Night at Porchlight Music TheatrePhoto Flash: DREAMGIRLS Celebrates Opening Night at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present DREAMGIRLS, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now through May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Music Theatre's DREAMGIRLSPhoto Flash: First Look at Porchlight Music Theatre's DREAMGIRLS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present Dreamgirls, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now April 8 - May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Tony Winner Michele Pawk to Helm Wagner College Theatre's A CHORUS LINETony Winner Michele Pawk to Helm Wagner College Theatre's A CHORUS LINE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Tony Award-winner and Broadway veteran Michele Pawk will direct A Chorus Line, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at Wagner College Theatre, April 13-24. (more...)

BWW Review: CFTA's Remarkable DREAMGIRLSBWW Review: CFTA's Remarkable DREAMGIRLS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 27, 2016

Directed with confidence by a young director - Matthew Hayes Hunter, who was a 2013 First Night Most Promising Actor - and performed by an eager and energetic cast (led by a quartet of extraordinary actresses portraying the four Dreams and another First Night MPA [who very nearly steals the entire production right out from under everyone else onstage] in the role of James 'Thunder' Early - CFTA's Dreamgirls delights its audience from the beginning, engaging them with focused performances that come from the heart to inspire and entertain. (more...)

Critic's Choice: The Shows You Just Can't MissCritic's Choice: The Shows You Just Can't Miss
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 25, 2016

There's so much great theater going on in the Nashville area right now, that you may be having a difficult time choosing among the bounteous offerings local companies are providing you. We're delighted to herald the return of BWW Nashville's Critics Choice with today's feature, offering up a compendium of what's available, what we recommend you see, and - in the cases of show's we've seen already - snippets of our reviews to help you make up your mind! (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/22/16Nashville Theater Calendar 2/22/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 22, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/15/16Nashville Theater Calendar 2/15/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 15, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

The Friday 5: CFTA's DREAMGIRLS' Leading LadiesThe Friday 5: CFTA's DREAMGIRLS' Leading Ladies
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 12, 2016

Doubtless, there's a lot of hustling, bustling and what-not going on at Murfreesboro's Center For The Arts today as the company prepares for tonight's premiere of the musical extravaganza Dreamgirls. Directed by 2013 First Night Most Promising Actor Matthew Hayes Hunter (who may or may not answer to the name of "Matt" these days), the grand-scale production features four of the loveliest, most talented and mesmerizing leading ladies to be found on any stage, anywhere: Ra'Shaun Simon (playing Deena Jones), Brianna Booker (Lorell Robinson), Brittany Easley (Michelle Morris) and Robbyn "Vyrgo" Daniel, who plays the clarion-voiced Effie Melody White, the part made famous on Broadway by Jennifer Holliday. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/8/16Nashville Theater Calendar 2/8/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 8, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/1/16Nashville Theater Calendar 2/1/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 1, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 1/25/16Nashville Theater Calendar 1/25/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 25, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2016 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. (more...)

Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 11/04/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 11/04/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 4, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of The Larry Keeton Theatre's upcoming production of Sunset Boulevard, Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts' Dreamgirls, Arts Center of Cannon County's Memphis the Musical and ACT 1's production of Will Enos' The Flu Season. We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse: go follow your dream! (more...)

Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 10/30/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 10/30/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 30, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of Will Enos' The Flu Season, Memphis the Musical and The Wiz. We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse: go follow your dream! (more...)

BWW Review: Dream Cast and Production Electrify Milwaukee Rep's DREAMGIRLSBWW Review: Dream Cast and Production Electrify Milwaukee Rep's DREAMGIRLS
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Oct 2, 2015

The glitter and shimmer of show business underscores the 'American Dream' at Milwaukee Rep this October. The mulit-award winning  Broadway production Dreamgirls, floods the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater with showstopping light, song and an equally award-winning cast to dazzle Milwaukee audiences. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Amanda Renee Baker, John Cormier, Conor McGiffin & More in WPPAC's CHESSPhoto Flash: First Look at Amanda Renee Baker, John Cormier, Conor McGiffin & More in WPPAC's CHESS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

Stage 2 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center presents CHESS the Musical. The smash hit rock musical of the 1980s has been re-imagined and updated to reflect today's explosive political climate between the United States and the Middle East. (more...)

BWW Previews: CHESS THE MUSICAL at White Plains Performing Arts CenterBWW Previews: CHESS THE MUSICAL at White Plains Performing Arts Center
by Peter Danish - Aug 7, 2015

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Re-Imagined CHESS Begins Tonight at White Plains Performing Arts CenterRe-Imagined CHESS Begins Tonight at White Plains Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

Stage 2 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center presents CHESS the Musical. The smash hit rock musical of the 1980s has been re-imagined and updated to reflect today's explosive political climate between the United States and the Middle East. (more...)

National Tour Stars Join Re-Imagined CHESS at White Plains Performing Arts Center Next MonthNational Tour Stars Join Re-Imagined CHESS at White Plains Performing Arts Center Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Stage 2 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center presents CHESS the Musical. The smash hit rock musical of the 1980s has been re-imagined and updated to reflect today's explosive political climate between the United States and the Middle East. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

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