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BWW Interviews: Talking Up SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage - Part 2
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 20, 2014

A 'crazy talented cast' brings the Leiber and Stoller songbook to life once again when Arena Stage presents SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE April 25 through June 8 in the Fichlander Stage. Director Randy Johnson and choreographer Parker Esse talked with BroadwayWorld's Jeffrey Walker about their vision for the show. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Talking Up SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage - Part 1
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 19, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller comes to Arena Stage April 25 to June 8, 2014. Part 1 of our interview with director Randy Johnson and choreographer Parker Esse looks at the legacy of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's collaboration and impact on the rock and roll era. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The show runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Levi Kreis, E. Faye Butler and More in SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Director Randy Johnson returns to Arena Stage following the success of A Night with Janis Joplin (which enjoyed two runs at Arena Stage followed by a subsequent run on Broadway) to helm this Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which originally opened on Broadway in 1995 and became the longest running musical revue, topping 2,000 performances. Bursting with hit tunes including 'Hound Dog,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Stand by Me,' 'Love Potion #9' and 'On Broadway,' Smokey Joe's Cafe showcases choreography by Parker Esse (Arena Stage's The Music Man, Oklahoma!) and music direction by Victor Simonson (Center Stage's A Civil War Christmas, Arena Stage's 3 Mo' Divas) and runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Jay Adriel, Austin Colby & More Join Cast of Arena Stage's SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Director Randy Johnson returns to Arena Stage following the success of A Night with Janis Joplin (which enjoyed two runs at Arena Stage followed by a subsequent run on Broadway) to helm this Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which originally opened on Broadway in 1995 and became the longest running musical revue, topping 2,000 performances. Bursting with hit tunes including 'Hound Dog,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Stand by Me,' 'Love Potion #9' and 'On Broadway,' Smokey Joe's Cafe showcases choreography by Parker Esse (Arena Stage's The Music Man, Oklahoma!) and music direction by Victor Simonson (Center Stage's A Civil War Christmas, Arena Stage's 3 Mo' Divas) and runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Tickets to Goodspeed's 2014 Season, Including World Premiere of Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN, On Sale 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2014

Don't miss your chance to get the best seats at the greatest values for each of the three terrific musicals during the upcoming 2014 season at the Goodspeed Opera House. Unprecedented demand is expected when tickets go on sale for the new season so audience members are encouraged to call right away. The Box Office will open at 10 a.m. this Sunday offering great deals on three fantastic musicals that are sure to delight theatre-goers: the home-run hit Damn Yankees - The Red Sox Version; the vibrant Fiddler on the Roof; and the World Premiere production of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. Be among the first to purchase tickets for all three shows at Goodspeed Musicals - the first regional theatre in the nation to receive two Tony Awards. (more...)

Editor's Top Picks in Connecticut 2013
by Lauren Yarger - Jan 02, 2014

As always, Connecticut's professional theaters offerered a bountiful selection of excellent theater in 2013. It's hard to pick just a few, but here are some of the year's standouts from the theaters I cover for BroadwayWorld.com: (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside A BED AND A CHAIR's Closing Night Cast Party with Peters, Lewis, Jordan and Aimee
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 18, 2013

Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimee just concluded their run in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis's new musical event featuring Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra withWynton Marsalis. This Encores! Special Event, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator John Doyle, with choreography by Parker Esse and musical supervision by David Loud, was conceived by Peter Gethers, Jack Vierteland John Doyle. BroadwayWorld was there for last night's closing night cast party and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Encores! A BED AND A CHAIR - Curtain Call!
by Walter McBride - Nov 16, 2013

Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimee star in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis's new musical event featuring Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This Encores! Special Event, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator John Doyle, with choreography by Parker Esse and musical supervision by David Loud, was conceived by Peter Gethers, Jack Vierteland John Doyle, and will run for seven performances, now through November 17 at City Center. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night curtain call below! (more...)

Review: Marsalis and Doyle Brilliantly Jazz Up Sondheim in A BED AND A CHAIR
by Michael Dale - Nov 15, 2013

Winton Marsalis adds jazz arrangements and John Doyle whips up a narrative for an evening that vividly showcases the great dramatist's songs at fresh angles. (more...)

Review Roundup: Encores! A BED AND A CHAIR
by Review Roundups - Nov 14, 2013

Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimee star in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis's new musical event featuring Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra withWynton Marsalis. This Encores! Special Event, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator John Doyle, with choreography by Parker Esse and musical supervision by David Loud, was conceived by Peter Gethers, Jack Vierteland John Doyle, and opened last night, November 13 at City Center. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimee in Encores! A BED AND A CHAIR
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2013

Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimee star in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis's new musical event featuring Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This Encores! Special Event, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator John Doyle, with choreography by Parker Esse and musical supervision by David Loud, was conceived by Peter Gethers, Jack Viertel and John Doyle, and will run for seven performances, tonight, November 13 - 17 at City Center. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan & Cyrille Aimee in Highlights from Encores! A BED AND A CHAIR!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 13, 2013

Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimee star in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis's new musical event featuring Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This Encores! Special Event, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator John Doyle, with choreography by Parker Esse and musical supervision by David Loud, was conceived by Peter Gethers, Jack Viertel and John Doyle, and will run for seven performances, tonight, November 13 - 17 at City Center. BroadwayWorld has highlights from the show in the video below! (more...)

Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis' A BED AND A CHAIR Begins Performances Tonight at City Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2013

Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimee star in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis's new musical event featuring Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This Encores! Special Event, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator John Doyle, with choreography by Parker Esse and musical supervision by David Loud, was conceived by Peter Gethers, Jack Vierteland John Doyle, and will run for seven performances, beginning tonight, through November 17 at City Center. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Encores! A BED AND A CHAIR - Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan, Cyrille Aimee and More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 2013

Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimee star in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis's new musical event featuring Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This Encores! Special Event, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator John Doyle, with choreography by Parker Esse and musical supervision by David Loud, was conceived by Peter Gethers, Jack Viertel and John Doyle, and will run for seven performances, November 13 - 17 at City Center. Scroll down for a first look at the company! (more...)

BWW TV: Bernadette Peters, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis & More Sing Sondheim in Encores! A BED AND A CHAIR; Watch Sneak Peek!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 06, 2013

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan, Cyrille Aimee and Bernadette Peters will star in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis's A BED AND A CHAIR: A New York Love Affair, a new musical event featuring Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The cast met the press earlier today and you can check out what they had to say about the special show and catch a performance preview below! (more...)

Norm Lewis Reveals Details on Working with John Doyle for A BED AND A CHAIR
by BWW News Desk - Nov 04, 2013

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan, Cyrille Aimee and Bernadette Peters will star in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis's A BED AND A CHAIR: A New York Love Affair, a new musical event featuring Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Lewis was just on the red carpet at AFTER MIDNIGHT where he chatted with Richard Ridge about the project. He revealed: 'It's rearrangements- all jazz infusion. It's not gonna be totally jazz, you'll still understand that it's Stephen Sondheim and its his music and his arrangements, but there is a little influence that Wynton Marsalis will put on it as well.' (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: A Spotlight On Stephen Sondheim's A BED AND A CHAIR, Jazzing Up City Center With Wynton Marsalis
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 18, 2013

Today we are spotlighting one of the most hotly anticipated theatrical happenings of 2013, the new musical event A BED AND A CHAIR: A NEW YORK LOVE AFFAIR, showcasing the spectacular songs of Stephen Sondheim in new arrangements by jazz great Wynton Marsalis, served up by some of Broadway's best - Bernadette Peters, Jeremy Jordan and Norm Lewis included. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Most Happy Production of THE MOST HAPPY FELLA Entertains at Goodspeed
by Lauren Yarger - Oct 11, 2013

This revival is a sweet romance made delightful by Nolte's portrayal of Tony Esposito and a strong performance from Mamie Parris as his love interest, Rosabella. (more...)

Norm Lewis and Jeremy Jordan Join Bernadette Peters in Stephen Sondheim & Wynton Marsalis' A BED AND A CHAIR: A NEW YORK LOVE AFFAIR
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2013

Norm Lewis and Jeremy Jordan will join Cyrille Aimée and Bernadette Peters in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis's A BED AND A CHAIR: A New York Love Affair, a new musical event featuring Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This Encores! Special Event, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator John Doyle, with choreography by Parker Esse and musical supervision by David Loud, was conceived by Peter Gethers, Jack Viertel and John Doyle,and will run for seven performances, November 13 – 17 at City Center. (more...)

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