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Critic's Choice: Best of Maine 2016Critic's Choice: Best of Maine 2016
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Nov 29, 2016

Having had the privilege to serve as Broadway World's Maine Editor for more than three years now, I can say with pride that the state, though remote as it may seem from the epicenter of the theatre world, Broadway, is blessed to be home to so many thriving theatre companies who produce exciting, vibrant seasons. As I compiled my list for 2016 with many familiar names, I was also struck by the extraordinary consistency of excellence these companies maintain. Here are my personal choices of the best in Maine, grouped by theatre and show. (more...)

BWW Review: Playful, Joyous MAMMA MIA! Rocks MSMT StageBWW Review: Playful, Joyous MAMMA MIA! Rocks MSMT Stage
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 12, 2016

The electric, near ecstatic atmosphere in Brunswick's Pickard Theater last night more closely resembled that of a rock concert than a theatre company opening. For months in advance, the sold out box office has signaled the joyful anticipation of Maine State Music Theatre's new production of Mamma Mia! - one of the first regionally for the blockbuster Broadway hit. But anticipation aside, it is the delivery here that is the story: a stunningly executed, intelligently staged, deliciously performed rendition of the 2001 long running ABBA musical that transformed the intimate Pickard Theater into a boisterous celebration. (more...)

BWW Review: MSMT's FIDDLER Weaves a Rich Tapestry of Tradition, Tears, and JoyBWW Review: MSMT's FIDDLER Weaves a Rich Tapestry of Tradition, Tears, and Joy
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 22, 2016

Maine State Music Theatre's third 2016 main stage production is a cause for celebration! After twenty-one years, the beloved Bock-Harnick musical, Fiddler on the Roof returns to the Pickard stage in a monumental production directed and choreographed by Gary John LaRosa, that stunningly weaves a rich and joyous tapestry of laughter, tears, and joy. Maintaining its perfect dramatic and emotional equipoise, this Fiddler on the Roof travels between tradition and change, monumental events and mastery of detail. (more...)

BWW Review: Spectacular EVITA Takes MSMT Stage by StormBWW Review: Spectacular EVITA Takes MSMT Stage by Storm
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 1, 2016

Twenty-five years after it was last presented at the Pickard Theater, Andrew Lloyd-Webber/Tim Rice's masterpiece has returned in triumph to Maine State Music Theatre in a stunning new production directed and choreographed by Marc Robin. Boasting the largest cast in the company's history (46), this Evita is gripping and epic, at the same time that it is touchingly intimate and magnificently detailed. The size of the endeavor is both literal and figurative, for MSMT's Evita succeeds not only in its grand sweep, but also in the magnitude of its intangible assets - unsparing honesty, intensity, and emotional depth. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre to Stage Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITAMaine State Music Theatre to Stage Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Maine State Music Theatre will be presenting one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most beloved musicals, EVITA, June 29 through July 16. (more...)

BWW Interview: MSMT Artists Discuss a Season of FirstsBWW Interview: MSMT Artists Discuss a Season of Firsts
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 16, 2016

'Sometimes in this business, it can seem you work and work and you aren't seeing results right away. Then all at once, everything comes to fruition at once, and that is a major boost to our company morale. That's exactly what has happened this season for MSMT,' says Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. 'Of our main stage productions, we have three that will be firsts!' Clark, who is joined by director Marc Robin, actors Liz Shivener and Mike Backes, is speaking to a Brunswick audience at Curtis Memorial Library on June 15, 2016, at the first of the season's Peek Behind the Curtain series, which is moderated by Broadway World's Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold. He elaborates. 'This summer we will present the New England regional premiere of Mama Mia; we have extended our twelve-week season for the first time by co-producing with Portland Stage, The Irish and How They Got That Way, and together with the Fulton Theatre, we have created the East Coast Regional premiere of the new chamber music version of Ghost The Musical. It's been an extraordinary adventure!' (more...)

BWW Review: Breathtakingly Beautiful GHOST Opens MSMT's 2016 Season on an Unforgettable HighBWW Review: Breathtakingly Beautiful GHOST Opens MSMT's 2016 Season on an Unforgettable High
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 10, 2016

Maine State Music Theatre's 2016 opening brought the East Coast premiere of the stunning and soul-stirring new chamber version of Ghost The Musical, and the evening proved to be an extraordinary artistic event! Not only did this production represent an unique collaboration between director/choreographer Marc Robin and the musical's original creators, Bruce Joel Rubin, Glen Ballard, and Dave Stewart, but it offered Maine audiences the opportunity to savor the depth and range of this remarkable company's artistry. For the Ghost which was unveiled at Brunswick's Pickard Theater June 9 (a co-production of MSMT and Lancaster's Fulton Theatre) dazzles with the complexity of its score, the tenderness of its story, its symphonically perfect direction, splendid visual values, and by the deep identification of the cast with the material. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of MSMT and Fulton's Reimagined GHOST THE MUSICALSTAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of MSMT and Fulton's Reimagined GHOST THE MUSICAL
by Stage Tube - Jun 8, 2016

The 'nationally regarded' Maine State Music Theatre and Fulton Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of GHOST THE MUSICAL, beginning tonight, June 8 through June 25.  BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peek at highlights and behind the scenes below! (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre's New Chamber Version of GHOST THE MUSICAL Begins TodayMaine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre's New Chamber Version of GHOST THE MUSICAL Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Maine State Music Theatre and Fulton Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of GHOST THE MUSICAL, beginning tonight, June 8, and continuing through June 25. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre to Present New Chamber Version of GHOST THE MUSICALMaine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre to Present New Chamber Version of GHOST THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

The 'nationally regarded' Maine State Music Theatre and Fulton Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of GHOST THE MUSICAL June 8 through June 25. (more...)

BWW Blog: Annalise Prentiss - GHOST THE MUSICALBWW Blog: Annalise Prentiss - GHOST THE MUSICAL
by Guest Blogger: Annalise Prentiss - May 3, 2016

I recently had the pleasure of seeing my friend Gabrielle Dixon perform on the Fulton Stage in Ghost the Musical. Gabby and I have been in Hairspray before where she played Motormouth Maybelle, and I played Lil' Inez. It's always a joy and so much fun to support your friends in a show. In Ghost the Musical, the part of Oda Mae Brown (played in the movie by the famous comedian, Whoopi Goldberg) is portrayed brilliantly by E. Faye Butler. A few days ago, Ms. Butler's understudy, Janelle McDermoth who normally plays Clara, went on as Oda Mae which meant that my friend Gabby had the chance to play Clara, Oda Mae's sister. (more...)

Photo Flash: Exclusive First Look at Liz Shivener, Gregg Goodbrod and More in New Immersive GHOST THE MUSICALPhoto Flash: Exclusive First Look at Liz Shivener, Gregg Goodbrod and More in New Immersive GHOST THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

The 'nationally regarded' Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, 'Unchained Melody,' 'Here Right Now,'  'Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life,' and more!   BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look below! (more...)

Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, TodayFulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

 The “nationally regarded” Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 – June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, “Unchained Melody,” “Here Right Now,”  “Suspend My Disbelief – I Had a Life,” and more! (more...)

Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

 The "nationally regarded" Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, "Unchained Melody," "Here Right Now,"  "Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life," and more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Alex Brightman, Cynthia Erivo, Lena Hall, Adam Kantor, Bebe Neuwirth and More Celebrate Drama League's 100th BirthdayPhoto Coverage: Alex Brightman, Cynthia Erivo, Lena Hall, Adam Kantor, Bebe Neuwirth and More Celebrate Drama League's 100th Birthday
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Jan 13, 2016

The Drama League of New York just celebrated a major milestone few organizations have achieved -- its 100th birthday! The 100th Birthday Party was held on January 11, 2016, at Feinstein's/54 Below, featuring cocktails, dinner, and a one-night-only concert celebrating The Drama League and 100 years of service to the American Theatre. BroadwayWorld has photos from the evening below! (more...)

Lena Hall, Alex Brightman & More Will Celebrate the Drama League's 100th Birthday Tonight at Feinstein's/54 BelowLena Hall, Alex Brightman & More Will Celebrate the Drama League's 100th Birthday Tonight at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

The Drama League will celebrate a major milestone tonight that few organizations have achieved…its 100th year of service to the American theatre community. The 100th Birthday Party will be held tonight,January 11, 2016 at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street, Cellar).  The sold-out celebration will include cocktails, dinner, speeches and musical performances recognizing the history, achievements, and future of the award-winning arts education organization.   (more...)

Ridley Creek Productions to Offer Staged Reading of THE MICHIGAN ASSASSINRidley Creek Productions to Offer Staged Reading of THE MICHIGAN ASSASSIN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

Ridley Creek Productions is presenting a staged reading of a play about one man's struggle to fight in an era more unpredictable and more brutal than our own. (more...)

Amber Iman, Kevin Worley & More Join Cast of 'FIVE POINTS' at Musical Theater FactoryAmber Iman, Kevin Worley & More Join Cast of 'FIVE POINTS' at Musical Theater Factory
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

FIVE POINTS: an American musical, with book by Harrison David Rivers, lyrics by Douglas Lyons and music by Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar, has been in residence at the Musical Theatre Factory August 4th-10th. The residency will culminate in a development sharing on August 10th with a cast that features Mike Backes ('Orange is the New Black'), Seth Eliser, RB Embleton, Alexa Green (Wicked), Katie Lee Hill (Claudio Quest), Amber Iman (Soul Doctor), Frank Manda, T. Oliver Reid (After Midnight), Noah J. Ricketts (Beautiful), Eric Stephenson, Katie Thompson (Giant), Morissa Trunzo and Kevin Worley (On the Town). FIVE POINTS is directed by Mark Schneider (Beautiful, Annie, Billy Elliot) with music direction by Madeline Smith (The Light Princess, An Octoroon). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Cast of 12 Rocks Elitch GardensSTAGE TUBE: Cast of 12 Rocks Elitch Gardens
by Stage Tube - Apr 23, 2015

Elitch Gardens, now in its 21st year downtown since relocating from northwest Denver, remains one of Colorado's the most popular entertainment destinations. It now features a vast array of modern roller-coasters, and because many of 'The 12' cast members from the DCPA Theatre Company are thrill-ride aficionados, the staff at Elitch's invited cast members Tuesday to ride the famous Carousel, which dates back to 1927 - and two coaster rides: The Brain Drain and the Boomerang. Video and photos by David Lenk and John Moore. Check out the videos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Terence Archie, Jeannette Bayardelle, Anthony Fedorov & More in Denver Center's World Premiere of THE 12Photo Flash: Terence Archie, Jeannette Bayardelle, Anthony Fedorov & More in Denver Center's World Premiere of THE 12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2015

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts presents the world premiere of THE 12, a brand new rock musical with book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan and music and lyrics by Neil Berg. The show begins tonight, March 27, and runs through April 26, with an opening slated for April 3, 2015. Check out a first look at photos from the production below! (more...)

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