Mike Backes News

Estrana Theatre's EAST IN RED to Play FRIGID New York, 2/23-3/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

FRIGID New York presents an Estraņa Theatre Company production: East in Red, written by Ryan Sprague and directed by Mike Backes. Featuring Emily Tuckman, Patrick Andrew Jones, and Sam Yarabek. With Stage Manager Kass Rodriguez-Urbas. (more...)

AMERICAN IDIOT Alumni & More Set for SPREAD THE CHEER Concert at 54 Below, 12/22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

On December 22 (11:30pm), 54 Below will welcome past American Idiots, New York's Indie Rock Band Hey Guy, Montclair State Musical theater Alumni, and more for SPREAD THE CHEER, LET'S GIVE THIS YEAR- a concert to benefit the American Red Cross and disaster relief in the Phillipines. (more...)

Development Workshop of Brainpool's JUNK: A ROCK OPERA Set for this Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2013

Swedish Grammy-winning pop band Brainpool (Christoffer Lundquist, David Birde, Jens Jansson) are in New York City for a week-long development workshop of their rock opera JUNK, following two sold-out concerts of songs from the show (Pieces of JUNK) performed by a cast of Broadway performers at Joe's Pub earlier this year. (more...)

Adam Halpin, Tim Young & More Set for First Leg of BROADWAY BOYS National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2013

Omar Lopez-Cepero (AMERICAN IDIOT), Tim Young (NEXT TO NORMAL), Carlos L. Encinias (LES MISERABLES), Danny Calvert (ALTAR BOYZ), Adam Halpin (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Gallery Players' PARADE
by Stage Tube - Jan 30, 2013

The Gallery Players, now in its 46th season, will start off the New Year with Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's PARADE, running January 26 to February 17, 2013. Tony Award winner for Best Book and Best Score in 1999, PARADE is based on the true events of the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish man from Brooklyn who runs a pencil factory in Marietta, Georgia. Frank is accused of the murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher, determined district attorney and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the crime. Check out a behind the scenes look at the show with the cast and creative team below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tony Vincent, Jeremy Morse, Rebecca Naomi Jones and More in JUNK: A ROCK OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2013

JUNK: A Rock Opera played a one-night-only concert at Joe's Pub, January 18 at 11:30pm starring some of Broadway's hottest rockers. BroadwayWorld has a first look below. (more...)

Jesse Manocherian and Jennifer Lorae to Lead PARADE at Gallery Players, 1/26-2/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2013

The Gallery Players, now in its 46th season, will start off the New Year with Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's PARADE, running January 26 to February 17, 2013. Tony Award winner for Best Book and Best Score in 1999, PARADE is based on the true events of the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish man from Brooklyn who runs a pencil factory in Marietta, Georgia. Frank is accused of the murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher, determined district attorney and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the crime. (more...)

Miguel Cervantes and Christina Sajous Join JUNK Concert at Joe's Pub Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2013

After a premiere concert with the Malmo Symphonic Orchestra in Sweden and an extended Los Angeles workshop production, JUNK: A Rock Opera will play a one-night-only concert at Joe's Pub, January 18 at 11:30pm starring some of Broadway's hottest rockers. (more...)

Debo Band, Lady Rizo, and More Set for Joe's Pub This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2013

Each week Joe's Pub at The Public presents some of New York City's most eclectic programming ranging from world to classical, pop, singer-songwriter, jazz and more. At the center of Joe's Pub's genre-blind booking is The Public Theater's mission to bring world-class performance to New York City's diverse cultural community. (more...)

Derek Klena and Adam Halpin Join The Broadway Boys at 54 Below, 1/12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 09, 2013

The Broadway Boys will make their debut concert at 54 Below this Saturday, January 12th with an afternoon concert highlighting new material with new singers in a new space. Klena (DOGFIGHT, CARRIE) and Halpin (RENT, GLORY DAYS) will join Broadway Boys creator Jesse Nager (MOTOWN, SCANDALOUS), Mike Backes (JERSEY BOYS, ROCK OF AGES), Julius Thomas III (PORGY AND BESS, MOTOWN), and Brad Greer (ALTAR BOYZ) for this event. Justin Paul (composer: A CHRISTMAS STORY, DOGFIGHT) will be on hand to music direct and lead The Broadway Boys band. (more...)

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Tony Vincent, Alysha Umphress and More to Sing JUNK: A ROCK OPERA at Joe's Pub, 1/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2013

After a premiere concert with the Malmo Symphonic Orchestra in Sweden and an extended Los Angeles workshop production, JUNK: A Rock Opera will play a one-night-only concert at Joe's Pub, January 18 at 11:30pm starring some of Broadway's hottest rockers. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: In Rehearsal with Brainpool's JUNK, Set for National Opera Center
by Stage Tube - Nov 15, 2012

Epic Megalopolis Productions (New York/Los Angeles) will produce a concert reading of Swedish pop band Brainpool's new rock opera JUNK on November 17th and 19th at the National Opera Center in New York City. JUNK will be the first rock opera presented in the new recital hall opened by Opera America earlier this year, a venue dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera. Get a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal in the videos below! (more...)

Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Freddie Kimmel and More Set for JUNK Reading, 11/17 & 19
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2012

Epic Megalopolis Productions (New York/Los Angeles) will produce a concert reading of Swedish pop band Brainpool's new rock opera JUNK on November 17th and 19th at the National Opera Center in New York City. JUNK will be the first rock opera presented in the new recital hall opened by Opera America earlier this year, a venue dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera. (more...)

STANDBY - THE MUSICAL Runs Now thru 9/30 as Part of FringeNYC Encore Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 07, 2012

Alfred Solis and Keith Robinson have announced that STANDBY - The Musical has been extended as part of the 2012 FringeNYC Encore Series, featuring the best shows from the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival. STANDBY will have five performances: 9/7@7:30PM, 9/14@7:30PM, 9/20@7:30PM, 9/27@7:30PM, 9/29@7:30 PM at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St. New York, NY 10012. (more...)

STANDBY - THE MUSICAL Runs 9/7-30 as Part of New York International Fringe Festival Encore Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2012

Alfred Solis and Keith Robinson have announced that STANDBY - The Musical has been extended as part of the 2012 FringeNYC Encore Series, featuring the best shows from the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival. STANDBY will have five performances: 9/7@7:30PM, 9/14@7:30PM, 9/20@7:30PM, 9/27@7:30PM, 9/29@7:30 PM at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St. New York, NY 10012. (more...)

STANDBY, Starring Mike Backes, Michael-Anthony Souza and More, to Run 8/10-26 as Part of FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2012

Alfred Solis and Keith Robinson will present STANDBY - The Musical as part of the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. The show will have five performances: 8/10 7PM, 8/14 2:30PM, 8/18 12PM, 8/22 5PM, 8/23 7PM at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St. New York, NY 10012 - (Venue#10). (more...)

STANDBY, Starring Mike Backes, Michael-Anthony Souza and More, to Run 8/10-26 as Part of FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2012

Alfred Solis and Keith Robinson will present STANDBY - The Musical as part of the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. The show will have five performances: 8/10 7PM, 8/14 2:30PM, 8/18 12PM, 8/22 5PM, 8/23 7PM at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St. New York, NY 10012 - (Venue#10). (more...)

STANDBY, Starring Mike Backes, Michael-Anthony Souza and More, to Run 8/10-26 as Part of FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2012

Alfred Solis and Keith Robinson will present STANDBY - The Musical as part of the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. The show will have five performances: 8/10 7PM, 8/14 2:30PM, 8/18 12PM, 8/22 5PM, 8/23 7PM at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St. New York, NY 10012 - (Venue#10). (more...)

Kevin Kraft, Catherine LeFrere, Robert J. Townsend et al. Set for REALLY BAD THINGS at NYMF, 7/12-19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2012

Casting has been announced for the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival special event production of Really Bad Things, which will play the PTC Performance Space beginning July 12. (more...)

REALLY BAD THINGS Begins at NYMF, 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2012

The New York Theatre Festival special event production of the new musical Really Bad Things, starring Catherine LeFrere, Kevin Kraft, Robert J. Townsend and Mike Backes, begins performances July 12 at 4:30pm at the PTC Performance Space. (more...)

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