Music Theatre International News

BWW Reviews: North Carolina Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Jeffrey Karasarides - Jul 30, 2014

In my humble opinion, North Carolina Theatre's production of 'The Little Mermaid' is absolutely a delightful night out to the theatre! (more...)

ArtsWest and Balagan Theatre Join Forces for Seattle Premiere of DOGFIGHT This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

ArtsWest and Balagan Theatre are excited to announce the joining of forces this fall for the Seattle premiere of Dogfight. This production will be the second of the season for both companies and the first collaboration between them. ArtsWest and Balagan Theatre are looking forward to this exciting opportunity to work together and to continue reaching out and fostering new relationships. (more...)

MTI Acquires Licensing Rights to A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured licensing rights to Broadway's newest Tony Award-winning BEST MUSICAL, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE was the most-nominated show of the season, with 10 nominations and the winningest new show, taking home 4 Tonys (BEST MUSICAL, BOOK, DIRECTION, COSTUMES). It also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including BEST MUSICAL), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including BEST MUSICAL), and one Drama League Award (BEST MUSICAL). (more...)

The Youth Players Summer Musical Presents ANNIE JR, 8/15-17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2014

The popular comic strip heroine Little Orphan Annie takes center stage, charming everyone she meets despite a next-to-nothing start in Depression-era New York, overcoming the evil machinations of orphanage owner Miss Hannigan, and finding new friends and a new home in the end. Featuring hits such as 'It's the Hard Knock Life' and 'Tomorrow.' Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. (more...)

Rose Theater Educator Sue Gillespie Booton Honored at FREDDIE G BROADWAY EXPERIENCE in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Sue Gillespie Booton of Omaha's Rose Theater was one of eight outstanding educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country selected to work one-on-one with Broadway greats at the 5th Annual FREDDIE G BROADWAY EXPERIENCE which just wrapped in New York City. The event was underwritten by Myrna and Freddie ('G') Gershon, Chairman and CEO of leading theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI). (more...)

Agile Theatrical Presents EDGES at Tabard Theatre, 31 July
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The first musical of award winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, EDGES follows four twenty-somethings as they teeter on the edges of their lives. Written while they were still students at the University of Michigan, this contemporary song cycle confronts the trials and tribulations of moving into adulthood, figuring out how and who to be. (more...)

Rainbow Players Presents Disney's ALADDIN Dual Language Edition, 7/10-12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Bienvenidos a Agrabah, City of Enchantment! Disney's ALADDIN Dual Language Edition features the Academy-Award winning score from Disney's Aladdin movie, with lyrics in both Spanish and English. This bilingual adaptation has been a smash hit in schools and regional productions, including Houston's Theatre Under the Stars. (more...)

BPA to Present SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR., 8/1-3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Rock out at BPA as SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. - a pop culture phenomenon - comes to the musical stage! The Emmy Award-winning 1970's Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, and more through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, it's lighting up the stage at BPA this summer! (more...)

Jeanine Tesori, Warren Carlyle & More to Instruct Teachers at 5th Annual FREDDIE G BROADWAY EXPERIENCE, 7/9-12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

Eight outstanding educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country will work one-on-one with Broadway greats at the 5th Annual FREDDIE G BROADWAY EXPERIENCE July 9th - 12th. The event has once again been underwritten by Myrna and Freddie ('G') Gershon, Chairman and CEO of leading theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI). The weekend honors instructors and teachers who are working to make a difference for their students and communities through the process of staging musical theatre productions in their schools and educational theatre groups. In addition to the New York experience, each of the teachers' schools receives $5,000 from Freddie and Myrna to enhance their arts program. (more...)

Jonah Rawitz of Buffalo Grove Wins 2014 National High School Musical Theater Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced that Jonah Rawitz of Buffalo Grove, IL (Adlai E. Stevenson High School), representing the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards, was awarded the coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Broadway's Minskoff Theater. The Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress was presented to Jai'Len Josey, representing the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards -- Shuler Hensley Awards. (more...)

Jai' Len Josey and Jonah Rawitz Win at 6th Annual National High School Musical Awards!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

The 6th Annual National High School Musical Awards presented the coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor on Monday, June 30 at Broadway's Minskoff Theater, to Jai' Len Josey representing the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards - Shuler Hensley Awards and Jonah Rawitz, representing the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards. (more...)

Ryan McCartan Hosts 2014 Jimmy Awards Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) previously announced that 56 high school students from across America will compete for the coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress, at the 6th annual presentation at the Minskoff Theatre tonight, June 30. Ryan McCartan, 2011 Jimmy Award winner, will host the 2-hour talent showcase that features dynamic ensemble and solo performances. (more...)

Fountain Hills Theater Announces 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Fountain Hills Theater is proud to present its 2014-15 seasons for its three venues, Mainstage, Mainstage Too! and Youth Theater. For additional information call Patty Torrilhon at 480-837-9661 or email patty@fhtaz.org. (more...)

St. Catherine's Performing Arts Guild to Present PETER PAN, 7/25-8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

St. Catherine of Bologna Performing Arts Guild (SCPAG) presents Peter Pan, A Mainstage Musical based on the play by Sir J.M. Barrie. Directed by Diana Roth-Fili with Musical Directors Jan Sivertsen & Fabiola Leon-Catalano and choreography by Paula Hegyi, the show runs July 25, 26, 27, and August 1, 2, & 3, 2014. (more...)

ACT San Diego Presents ANNIE JR., 7/18-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Leapin Lizards! Actors Conservatory Theatre San Diego (ACT San Diego) proudly presents 'Annie Jr.', July 18-27 at the Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego. The show is Directed by Bernard Baldan, with Musical Direction by Tim McKnight, Choreography by Athena Espinoza and Stage Management by Mandy Wirt. (more...)

Ryan McCartan to Host 2014 Jimmy Awards, 6/30; Finalists Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) is pleased to announce that 56 high school students from across America will compete for the coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress, at the 6th annual presentation at the Minskoff Theatre on Monday, June 30. Ryan McCartan, 2011 Jimmy Award winner, will host the 2-hour talent showcase that features dynamic ensemble and solo performances. McCartan recently starred as JD in the Off-Broadway hit musical, Heathers, appears regularly as Diggy in Liv & Maddie on the Disney Channel, and is a recurring character on the USA Network's Royal Pains. The event will be held at the Minskoff Theatre (200 W. 45th St) and begins at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Ryan McCartan Set to Host 2014 National High School Musical Theater Awards; Finalists Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) just announced that 56 high school students from across America will compete for the coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress, at the 6th annual presentation at the Minskoff Theatre on Monday, June 30. Ryan McCartan, 2011 Jimmy Award winner, will host the 2-hour talent showcase that features dynamic ensemble and solo performances. McCartan recently starred as JD in the Off-Broadway hit musical, Heathers, appears regularly as Diggy in Liv & Maddie on the Disney Channel, and is a recurring character on the USA Network's Royal Pains. The event will be held at the Minskoff Theatre (200 W. 45th St) and begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets, which range from $39-$175, are on sale at Ticketmaster.com. (more...)

Vice President Biden, James Earl Jones, Scott Bakula, Debbie Allen, and More Come to Ford's Theatre Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, President pro tempore of the Senate Patrick Leahy, House Majority Leader Elect Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, actress Debbie Allen, members of Congress and other distinguished guests attended the Ford's Theatre Annual Gala the evening of Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Ford's Theatre (511 10th Street NW). The gala performance was followed by a seated dinner at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum (750 Ninth Street NW). The evening included the presentation of the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal to actor James Earl Jones and the U.S. House of Representatives' longest-serving member, The Honorable John D. Dingell. The award was given in recognition of their extraordinary character, service, accomplishments and work reflecting Lincoln's legacy of humanity, wisdom, eloquence and vision. (more...)

Arts Camps, Exhibitions, RAGTIME, Auditions and More Set for COCA, Now thru Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

COCA has announced its events, performances and exhibitions, now through August 2014. Details below! (more...)

It's Alive! YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is Fully Charged at Beck Center, 7/11-8/17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Beck Center for the Arts presents The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, July 11 through August 17, 2014 on the Mackey Main Stage. Nominated for three Tony Awards and awarded Best Musical by the Outer Critics Circle, this monstrously entertaining musical comedy is based on Mel Brooks' parody of classic horror movies. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. (more...)

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