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My Top 20 Songs of 2013
by David Clarke - Dec 29, 2013

In 2013, I turned 28, which apparently is one of several years at the end of your 20s where basically your life hits the fan and sudden changes surround you. I looked around, and everyone else seemed so happy. Then, I breathed and realized that I have plenty to be happy about. In 2013 I became BroadwayWorld.com's official theatre recording critic and have been exposed to some incredible albums since accepting that title. Some I have loved; others I have not. Regardless of my feelings towards the albums themselves, these are the top 20 songs from 2013 I simply cannot get out of my mind. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Queen's WE WILL ROCK YOU is King
by Cybele Pomeroy - Oct 17, 2013

There are 3 things you should know if you venture to see WE WILL ROCK YOU at The Hippodrome, which I strongly suggest that you do, and quickly, as it's only in town until the 20th: (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST's Opening Night in the Park!
by Jennifer Broski - Aug 13, 2013

The Public Theater's production of the new musical LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, the second show of The Public's 2013 free Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte, recently began previews on July 23. Directed by Alex Timbers, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST features songs by Michael Friedman with book adaptation by Timbers and will run through Sunday, August 18, and opened last night, August 12. BroadwayWorld was there for the festivities and you can check out photos from the red carpet arrivals below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Kate Baldwin, Brian D'Arcy James & PJ Griffith Sing GIANT at Barnes & Noble!
by Jennifer Broski - Aug 02, 2013

Giant's Kate Baldwin, Brian D'Arcy James and Michael John LaChiusa attended a CD signing and performance at Barnes & Noble (86th & Lexington Ave) yesterday, August 1. BroadwayWorld was there for the special event and you can check out photos below! (more...)

GIANT's Kate Baldwin, Brian d'Arcy James, & Michael John LaChiusa Set for Barnes & Noble Performance & CD Signing Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2013

Giant's Kate Baldwin, Brian D'Arcy James and Michael John LaChiusa will be present for a CD signing and performance at Barnes & Noble at 86th & Lexington Ave in NYC tonight, August 1, 2013 at 7 PM. (more...)

GIANT's Kate Baldwin, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael John LaChiusa Set for Barnes & Noble CD Signing Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2013

Giant's Kate Baldwin, Brian D'Arcy James and Michael John LaChiusa will be present for a CD signing and performance at Barnes & Noble at 86th & Lexington Ave in NYC tonight, August 1, 2013 at 7 PM. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 31st, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 31, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. ChiShakes' 'Shrek,' BIC in Millennium Park, the casts of 'Flashdance' and 'We Will Rock You,' outdoor movies in Chicago and Aurora, classical music in the theater, a new 'Into The Woods' and a farewell to a friend of the Mosh Pit. (more...)

P.J. Griffith, Jared Zirilli, Brian Justin Crum & More Set for WE WILL ROCK YOU US Tour- Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2013

Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations just announced casting is complete for the first North American tour of Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You. The 'rock theatrical', built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits, will launch a national tour in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, in October 2013. (more...)

GIANT's Kate Baldwin, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael John LaChiusa Set for Barnes & Noble CD Signing, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2013

Giant's Kate Baldwin, Brian D'Arcy James and Michael John LaChiusa will be present for a CD signing and performance at Barnes & Noble at 86th & Lexington Ave in NYC on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 7 PM. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ghostlight's GIANT (Original Cast Recording) is Majestic, Opulent, and Mesmerizing
by David Clarke - May 28, 2013

Edna Ferber has been proven to be plumb inspiration for grandiose and sweeping musicals. 1927's SHOW BOAT was based on her 1926 novel Showboat. Recently, her novel Giant was musicalized by Michael John LaChiusa (SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, FIRST LADY SUITE, THE WILD PARTY). The show features a book by Sybille Pearson, Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, and luxuriant orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin with additional orchestrations by Larry Hochman. GIANT had its New York City premiere in a production that was co-produced by The Public Theater and Dallas Theater Center last fall. The acclaimed musical's rousing and extravagantly epic score has been resplendently captured by Ghostlight Records on their 2-disc GIANT (Original Cast Recording) album. (more...)

GIANT to be Licensed Through R&H Theatricals
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2013

Ghostlight Records will release the Original Cast Recording of the acclaimed epic musical GIANTonline and in stores on May 21, 2013. Performance rights for GIANT will be licensed through R&H Theatricals, a division of Rodgers & Hammerstein, an Imagem Company. Applications for performance are not yet being accepted and will be announced at a later date. In the meantime all inquiries should be directed to Theatre@rnh.com. For more information please visit http://www.rnh.com/show/335/GIANT. (more...)

GIANT Original Cast Album Released Today!
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2013

Ghostlight Records will release the Original Cast Recording of the acclaimed epic musical GIANT online and in stores today, May 21, 2013. (more...)

GIANT Original Cast Album Gets 5/21 Release
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2013

Ghostlight Records will release the Original Cast Recording of the acclaimed epic musical GIANT online and in stores on May21, 2013. GIANT had its New York Premiere at The Public Theater last fall, and was a co-production with Dallas Theater Center. GIANT features music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, and a book by Sybille Pearson, based on the novel by Edna Ferber. This production was directed by Michael Greif and had choreography by Alex Sanchez. To pre-order the album, please visit www.sh-k-boom.com/giant.html. (more...)

Photo Coverage: NEVA and DETROIT '67 Open at Public Theater!
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 12, 2013

The Public Theater began previews for the world premiere of DETROIT '67, a Public Lab production by Dominique Morisseau, on Tuesday, February 26. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, DETROIT '67 will run through Sunday, March 17 and opened last night in The Public's Shiva Theater. Additionally, the English language premiere of NEVA, written and directed by Guillermo Calderon, opened last night. BroadwayWorld was there for both openings and you can catch full photo coverage below! (more...)

P.J. Griffith and Christina Sajous Join Cast of BEYOND THE MUSIC Developmental Lab, 1/28-29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2013

Producers announced today that P.J. Griffith (Giant, American Idiot) and Christina Sajous (Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, American Idiot) will star in the industry lab presentation of the new musical, BEYOND THE MUSIC, on January 28th and 29th. They join previously announced cast members Rob Bartlett (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying), Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked), Claybourne Elder (Bonnie and Clyde) and Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Curtains). BEYOND THE MUSIC features a book by Andy Sandberg, music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz, and direction by Sandberg, with choreography by AC Ciulla and music supervision and arrangements by Fred Lassen. (more...)

The Public Theater Closes GIANT Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2012

The Public Theater's acclaimed epic musical Giant closes today, December 16, after playing an additional two weeks. With book by Sybille Pearson, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, and directed by Michael Greif, Giant officially opened on Thursday, November 15 and was originally scheduled to close on Sunday, December 2. (more...)

GIANT Original Cast Album Coming in Spring 2013!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2012

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced today that the cast of the acclaimed epic musical GIANT will enter the recording studio in January to create an original cast album, which will be released by Ghostlight Records in spring 2013. GIANT officially opened at The Public on November 15 and features a book by Sybille Pearson, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, and direction by Michael Greif. The show will end its limited run at The Public Theater at Astor Place on Sunday, December 16 following a final two-week extension. (more...)

Review - Giant
by Ben Peltz - Nov 24, 2012

If the world were a little more just and the general public's taste for musical theatre a lot more cerebral, news of a new Michael John LaChiusa musical would cause the same kind of box office frenzy that in the 1940s and 50s greeted announcements of Rodgers and Hammerstein's latest.  Or at least match the high expectations these days whenever another Stephen Sondheim revival is mounted. (more...)

The Public Theater Extends GIANT Through December 16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2012

The Public Theater announced today that it will extend the acclaimed epic musical Giant two additional weeks. The production must close on Sunday, December 16. (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with the Cast of GIANT on Opening Night - Kate Baldwin, Brian d'Arcy James, Highlights & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 17, 2012

The Public Theater presents the New York premiere production of Giant, an epic love story with book by Sybille Pearson, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and directed by Michael Greif. The show opened last night, November 15th and runs through Sunday, December 2. BroadwayWorld spoke with Kate Baldwin, Brian d'Arcy James, P.J. Griffith, Michele Pawk and John Dossett on opening night. Click below to hear what they had to say about GIANT's journey to The Public, plus highlights from the show! (more...)

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