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The National Portrait Gallery Unveils New Portrait of British Politician Ken Livingstone by Artist Andrew Tift
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

A newly commissioned portrait of British politician Ken Livingstone by artist Andrew Tift has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced today, Thursday 3 July 2014. The commission is supported by BP as part of the BP Portrait Award. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WIZARD OF OZ Is A Decidedly Mixed Bag at the Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - May 23, 2014

I hesitated to review the current touring production of THE WIZARD OF OZ (Fox Theatre, through May 18, 2014), which has been adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams, because even though I thought it told essentially the same tale as the original, I didn't particularly care for it. There's certainly a lot more spectacle than you'd find in your typical production, but the script is so camped up, and the additional songs so mundane, that it comes off as trying that they may have been trying a little too hard when they updated the show. In any event, the flashy and colorful show seemed to appeal to the crowd, but I'm wondering if they're aware of how much it's been pared down technically so that it could tour and play different size venues. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatre Under the Stars' THE WIZARD OF OZ is Entirely Charming
by David Clarke - Mar 06, 2014

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's beloved classic film THE WIZARD OF OZ has been re-adapted for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams. The splashy show features Harold Arlen's original music and E.Y. Harburg's original lyrics, with additional lyrics by Tim Rice and additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Flying audiences over the rainbow, this musical is sentimental, family-friendly schmaltz that entertains with ease. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Tricky New WIZARD OF OZ Storms Into the OC
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 18, 2014

During my first taste of the show last fall, I was certainly wowed by its technical wizardry and its talented cast, but was sadly underwhelmed by how much of the original film's stirring, emotional magic and innocent fantasy had been stripped away in favor of easy, high-camp laughs, dazzling onstage visual effects, and head-scratching staging choices. I think perhaps a small part of me had hoped that a few alterations have been enacted into the tour now that it has arrived an hour south in Costa Mesa months since that L.A. premiere. Alas, no.... the very same show (except for a cast change or two) is now playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County through February 23. (more...)

Danielle Wade Stars in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Segerstrom Center, Now thru 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the Orange County engagement of the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The show will play at Segerstrom Hall from today, February 11 - 23, 2014. (more...)

GoDigital to Release Sarah Jessica Parker-Produced PRETTY OLD Doc, March 2014
by Movies News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

PRETTY OLD, Walter Matteson's crowd-pleasing senior citizen pageant documentary executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, has been acquired by GoDigital for domestic release. Produced by Group Effort Films, Boss Films Productions and Parker's own Pretty Matches Productions, PRETTY OLD will see a simultaneous New York theatrical and nationwide VOD release via GoDigital this March. A theatrical on-demand release courtesy of Gathr Films is also slated for spring. (more...)

Danielle Wade to Star in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Segerstrom Center, 2/11-23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced casting for the Orange County engagement of the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The show will play at Segerstrom Hall from February 11 - 23, 2014. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ Opens at the Ordway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 04, 2013

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today announced the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber's all-new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, which will run tonight, Dec. 4-29 at the Ordway in Saint Paul, Minn. This national production features the original music by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg from the 1939 Oscar-winning film, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Bridget Everett and Patti LuPone Perform 'Me and Bobby McGee' at Joe's Pub
by Stage Tube - Nov 10, 2013

Last night at Joe's Pub, ROCK BOTTOM benefit star Bridget Everett invited the legendary Pattil LuPone on stage to perform Janis Joplin's 'Me and Bobby McGee.' Check out their rendition of the classic bluesy rock song below! (more...)

Joe's Pub Hosts 15th Anniversary Party, Featuring ROCK BOTTOM Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 09, 2013

Joe's Pub at The Public previously announced a special concert tonight, November 9 at 9:00 PM to benefit its New York Voices commissioning series and to celebrate 15 years of presenting the best in live music and performance nightly (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ to Open at the Ordway, 12/4
by BWW News Desk - Nov 05, 2013


Turnpike Troubadours, 15th Anniversary Celebration and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 11/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 04, 2013

Joe's Pub has announced its lineup for this week, November 4-10, 2013, featuring Son Lux, Griffin House, Turnpike Troubadours, Polkabjorn & Kleine Heine, Ed Kowalczyk, Words & Music by Dan Wilson Co-Presented with WFUV, Mark Olson, The Hot Sardines, Never Sleep Alone, Marcelle Davies-Lashley, Joe's Pub 15th Anniversary Celebration featuring Bridgett Everett: Rock Bottom a Night to Benefit New York Voices, Nora York: Water Water Everywhere / Nay Any Drop to Drink, and The Joey Arias Experience. Details below! (more...)

Robert Kraft, Bridget Everett & More Set for Joe's Pub this Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2013

This week at Joe's Pub at the Public, Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, will feature performances by JOAQUIN POZO, ADRIENNE TRUSCOTT'S ASKING FOR IT, LEWIS WATSON, JULIE ROBERTS, A NIGHT WITH ROBERT KRAFT, BRIDGET EVERETT: ROCK BOTTOM, NATHAN SALSBURG, DISAPPEAR FEAR, TOM RUSH, GAUCHO, ONLY WE WHO GUARD THE MYSTERY, and LET ME TRY THAT AGAIN: A BENEFIT FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PROJECT. (more...)

Joe's Pub to Host 15th Anniversary Party, Featuring ROCK BOTTOM, 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced a special concert on November 9 at 9:00 PM to benefit its New York Voices commissioning series and to celebrate 15 years of presenting the best in live music and performance nightly. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Paramount's THE WIZARD OF OZ Does No Honor to Original
by Jay Irwin - Oct 10, 2013

There are some classics you just don't mess with. "Casablanca", "Lawrence of Arabia" and yes, "The Wizard of Oz". OK, so there have been a number of sequels or prequels and complete rewrites (such as "The Wiz", which I love) but up to now no one has felt they could make the original better. That is until the ego that is Andrew Lloyd Webber came along and said, "Sure it's good but it needs my special flair." Well Sir Andrew, keep your special flair to yourself as what you have done is to jam in utterly forgettable new songs and horrifying jokes into the show and created a bastardized version of a classic. (more...)

Nikki M. James, Jackie Hoffman and More Set for 'Women of Comedy and Cabaret' Series at Joe's Pub, Oct-Dec 2013
by BWW News Desk - Oct 06, 2013

Amber Martin, Tori Scott, Never Sleep Alone, Nikki M. James, Erin Markey, Bridget Everett, Andrea Marcovicci, Lady Rizo, Julie Klausner, Our Lady J, Tammy Faye Starlite, Jackie Hoffman, Sandra Bernhard and Pam Ann are set for the 'Women of Comedy and Cabaret' series at Joe's Pub at the Public, running October to December 2013. Details below! (more...)

Nikki M. James, Jackie Hoffman and More Set for 'Women of Comedy and Cabaret' Series at Joe's Pub, Oct-Dec 2013
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2013

Amber Martin, Tori Scott, Never Sleep Alone, Nikki M. James, Erin Markey, Bridget Everett, Andrea Marcovicci, Lady Rizo, Julie Klausner, Our Lady J, Tammy Faye Starlite, Jackie Hoffman, Sandra Bernhard and Pam Ann are set for the 'Women of Comedy and Cabaret' series at Joe's Pub at the Public, running October to December 2013. Details below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Webber's Touring WIZARD OF OZ Touches Down in L.A.
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 01, 2013

What do you do for an updated stage adaptation of arguably one of cinema's much-beloved motion pictures of all time? Well for theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Jeremy Sams, you populate the show with over-the-top, more cartoonish characters and snarky, audience-winking dialogue. Oh, yeah, and add a few new songs from Webber and his frequent collaborator, lyricist Tim Rice, too. The touring company plays the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through October 6. (more...)

Bridget Everett to Star in ROCK BOTTOM; Featuring Collaborations from Everett, Shaiman, Wittman & Horovitz at Joe's Pub, 10/30-11/2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2013

Joe's Pub at The Public has confirmed the premiere of Bridget Everett in Rock Bottom, a brand new theatrical event commissioned as part of its New York Voices series on October 30, November 1 & 2 at 9:30 PM. Written by Everett with Tony-winning writing duo Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys, Rock Bottom is the entertainer's first major show since 2007's At Least It's Pink and the first since her critically-acclaimed tour with Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. Tickets are on sale now: http://bit.ly/15WdMrz (more...)

Photo Flash: THE WIZARD OF OZ Celebrates Opening at the Pantages
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

THE WIZARD OF OZ national tour, with old standards and new music written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book adapted by Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams, opened at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre last week on September 18. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

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