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BWW Review: Electrifying Joy Ride, GREASE Rocks MSMT StageBWW Review: Electrifying Joy Ride, GREASE Rocks MSMT Stage
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 21, 2017

Rock'n roll, teen rebellion, a collection of quirky, lovable characters, and a musical score seared into the American cultural fabric - all these come together in a breathless and breathtaking joy ride that pulsates with electrifying energy in Maine State Music Theatre's third main stage show, Grease. The Jim Jacobs/Warren Casey musical, which reminisces nostalgically about the joyful, naughty, unforgettable days of senior year in mythical Rydell High in 1959, has seen numerous permutations since its original production as an edgy, raunchy musical play called Vaseline in 1971, to its Broadway debut in 1972 and through various film versions including the iconic 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Here in its Broadway version, amplified with a number of the favorite songs from the movie, MSMT has created a high-flying confection that is a valentine to a simpler era with just the right sparks of sass and sweetness that combine for an irresistibly engaging evening that is sure to prove the summer theatre scene's mega hit. (more...)

Single Tickets on Sale Next Month for The MAC's 2017-18 SeasonSingle Tickets on Sale Next Month for The MAC's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located at 425 Falwell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage hosts a Tickets On-Sale Party and Free Community Open House Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interview: 'I Feel Most Myself When I Am Acting': A Conversation with GREASE's Chelsea WilliamsBWW Interview: 'I Feel Most Myself When I Am Acting': A Conversation with GREASE's Chelsea Williams
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 18, 2017

"I think other people first recognized that I was geared to being a performer. I didn't necessarily recognize that myself, but when I performed in my first musical in high school, I suddenly said to myself 'Nothing else makes me feel like this. I felt these amazing vibrations between me and the audience and me and the rest of the people on stage; I felt connected to the world - more like my true self myself that I had ever felt before, and that's how I knew." Chelsea Williams is talking about discovering her vocation as an actress and the creative journey which has taken her to the nation's leading theatres. This July and August the Windham, Maine, native returns to her home state to play Sandy in Maine State Music Theatre's production of Grease, which begins its run at the Pickard Theater on July 19. Williams made her MSMT debut last summer as Sophie in MSMT's blockbuster hit, Mamma Mia!, reprising the role that constituted her big career breakthrough. Like Mamma Mia!, Grease is blessed with an unforgettable score and a story that is both endearing and totally joyous, and the new MSMT production in which Williams stars promises to be the mega hit of the company's summer season. (more...)

Singer-Songwriter Who Inspired the Greats Comes to WorcesterSinger-Songwriter Who Inspired the Greats Comes to Worcester
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts presents five-time Grammy nominated artist and Songwriter Hall of Fame member Gordon Lightfoot, Wednesday, September 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale to members of The Hanover Theatre and go on sale to the general public Tuesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. (more...)

BWW Review: Ryan Bowie Brings Back His Amazing HEDWIG To The RoxyBWW Review: Ryan Bowie Brings Back His Amazing HEDWIG To The Roxy
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 5, 2017

Ryan Bowie revives his amazing performance as the 'international song stylist' Hedwig Schmidt in the latest incarnation of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, now onstage at Clarksville's Roxy Regional Theatre through July 15. No matter if you saw him in 2014 during the show's initial run at theotherspace at The Roxy, you simply must make every effort to catch this vibrantly restaged version of the show that is unlike any other you're likely to see on any stage. (more...)

Singer Songwriter Ferlein Launches Debut Album 'Poetic Mind'Singer Songwriter Ferlein Launches Debut Album 'Poetic Mind'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

For the launch of her debut album Poetic Mind, Ferlein will be performing live in Sydney on the TV show 'Studio 10' on 7th July 2017. (more...)

Two Weeks of Travolta Coming to Warner TheatreTwo Weeks of Travolta Coming to Warner Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

It's not just a movie…it's a movie at the Warner!  TWO WEEKS OF TRAVOLTA!  The Warner Theatre will show SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER on August 19 at 8 pm and GREASE SING-A-LONG on August 26 at 8 pm on the big screen. Tickets for each movie is just $5! (more...)

ANGELS IN AMERICA Returns to Melbourne this SeptemberANGELS IN AMERICA Returns to Melbourne this September
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

For the first time since its Australian premiere in 1994, Melbourne audiences will have the chance to experience the full magnitude of Tony Kushner's ground-breaking masterpiece Angels in America. (more...)

Hannah Fredericksen, Marney McQueen, and More Join Cast of DREAM LOVER - THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICALHannah Fredericksen, Marney McQueen, and More Join Cast of DREAM LOVER - THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2017

Producer John Frost today announced the casting of the principal roles in Melbourne's summer musical Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical, which plays at Arts Centre Melbourne from December 29th for a strictly limited season. Joining David Campbell who plays Bobby Darin is Hannah Fredericksen playing Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin's wife. Starring alongside them will be Marina Prior, Marney McQueen, Rodney Dobson and Martin Crewes in the extraordinary story of the Grammy award-winning singer and Oscar nominated actor, Bobby Darin. (more...)

Paradise Theatre Announces New Season!Paradise Theatre Announces New Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Paradise Theatre announces seven exciting and diverse shows for its 2017-2018 Season to be presented in their CURRENT Downtown venue as they continue their capital campaign "Act Local" to save LIVE theatre in Gig Harbor by creating a permanent home for the performing arts and arts education in Gig Harbor. (more...)

M*A*S*H Star Jamie Farr, Chef Lidia Bastianich, Tap Legend Savion Glover, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and More Slated for MAC's 2017-18 SeasonM*A*S*H Star Jamie Farr, Chef Lidia Bastianich, Tap Legend Savion Glover, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and More Slated for MAC's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage has announced its 2017-2018 Season Performance Series. (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 6/2 - Dora Awards and More!Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 6/2 - Dora Awards and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 6/2 - Dora Awards and More! (more...)

'SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING' Unveiled as Official Title of Worldwide Adventure'SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING' Unveiled as Official Title of Worldwide Adventure
by TV News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Pack your passport and grab a chainsaw, because SHARKNADO is going global! Taking the world – and unsuspecting celebrities – by storm, the movie event of the century blows into town this summer, and today, SYFY and The Asylum revealed its chilling title: SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING. (more...)

Singing Sensation Els to Release Singles 'Slide' and 'What Els'Singing Sensation Els to Release Singles 'Slide' and 'What Els'
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Hip hop and pop music prodigy Els is joining forces with hip hop stars Silento and Zay Hilfigerrr in her new singles “Slide” and What Els,” now available on iTunes, Spotify and elsewhere. (more...)

Olivia Newton-John Postpones Concert Dates After Breast Cancer DiagnosisOlivia Newton-John Postpones Concert Dates After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

Grammy winner and Grease star Olivia Newton-John is reluctantly postponing her June U.S. and Canadian concert tour dates. (more...)

New Conservatory Theatre Center Extends San Francisco Premiere of SORDID LIVESNew Conservatory Theatre Center Extends San Francisco Premiere of SORDID LIVES
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

New Conservatory Theatre Center has extended the San Francisco premiere of Sordid Lives by Del Shores and directed by Dennis Lickteig, due to the tremendous audience response to the cult comedy phenomenon finally making its San Francisco premiere. (more...)

BWW Review: Courtney Act Glitters in THE GIRL FROM OZ at the Laurie BeechmanBWW Review: Courtney Act Glitters in THE GIRL FROM OZ at the Laurie Beechman
by Troy Frisby - May 15, 2017

A cyclone of camp with a true gift for one-liners and an even stronger voice, Courtney Act followed the yellow brick road past the crowd to hit the stage in THE GIRL FROM OZ. Despite several homages to THE WIZARD OF OZ, the May 4 show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre was centered on that other, no less magical Oz: Australia. In fact, the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE alum's entire set list was comprised of songs famously written or sung by Aussies. (more...)

Flynn Youth Theater Company Presents Summer 2017 SeasonFlynn Youth Theater Company Presents Summer 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2017

Tickets go on sale to Flynn Members on Tuesday, May 16 at 10 am and to the general public on Friday, May 19 at 10 am. (more...)

He's The One That You Want! Jimmy Osmond to Visit Birmingham Hippodrome in New UK Tour of GREASEHe's The One That You Want! Jimmy Osmond to Visit Birmingham Hippodrome in New UK Tour of GREASE
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Birmingham Hippodrome is thrilled to announce that global star Jimmy Osmond* (The Osmonds, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here) will visit Birmingham Hippodrome in the UK Tour of Grease from 29 May - 3 June. (more...)

BWW Interview: MSMT Launches New Public Film SeriesBWW Interview: MSMT Launches New Public Film Series
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - May 7, 2017

The rain was pouring down outside and the aroma of fresh hot popcorn wafted through the Morrell Meeting Room as a sizeable crowd gathered on this gloomy Friday evening at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick to enjoy a new public film series, created by MSMT, hosted by Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark, and facilitated by Olivia Wenner, Group Sales and Outreach Manager. The project, part of MSMT's community outreach program, is entitled Film Fridays and offers free screenings in HD and surround sound of three movie musicals which will be produced in their stage versions this summer at MSMT. The movies are then followed by a talkback with Curt Dale Clark, moderated by Broadway World Maine Editor Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold and - to add a little levity and spice - by a special trivia contest with prize of two complimentary tickets to MSMT's stage show for the winner. (more...)

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