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Jose Llana Teases SPELLING BEE 10th Anniversary Reunion On Social MediaJose Llana Teases SPELLING BEE 10th Anniversary Reunion On Social Media
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 29, 2015

The SPELLING BEE cast is back together at last! (more...)

BWW TV: Know Your Roots! Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Prep for 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion!BWW TV: Know Your Roots! Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Prep for 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 27, 2015

The nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Jenni Barber, Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg - will reunite for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at 7:30pm at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld caught up with the company in rehearsal - see what they had to say about the nostalgia, the concert and more! (more...)

Celia Keenan-Bolger Withdraws from SPELLING BEE Reunion; Jenni Barber Steps In!Celia Keenan-Bolger Withdraws from SPELLING BEE Reunion; Jenni Barber Steps In!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

The nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard,  Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg - will reunite for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at 7:30pm at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld has just learned that Celia Keenan-Bolger, who was originally slated to participate, will no longer take part in the event. A show rep told us: "Due to the demands of being mom to a newborn, Celia Keenan-Bolger has had to withdraw from the upcoming Spelling Bee reunion concert.  The role of Olive Ostrovsky will be played by Jenni Barber, who took over the role on Broadway." (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Heads to NKU's Commonwealth Theatre, 7/8-26THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Heads to NKU's Commonwealth Theatre, 7/8-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Can you spell L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R? The Tony® Award winning musical comedy, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - one of Broadway's most buzzed about hits - is coming to Commonwealth Theatre Company (CTC), Northern Kentucky University's own professional theatre. CTC continues their 35th Summer Dinner Theatre season with …SPELLING BEE, running July 8-26 in NKU's Stauss Theatre. (more...)

Photo Coverage: In Rehearsal for Barrington Stage Company's A LITTLE MORE ALIVEPhoto Coverage: In Rehearsal for Barrington Stage Company's A LITTLE MORE ALIVE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 24, 2015

A rehearsal for the East Coast Premiere of Nick Blaemire's 'A Little More Alive' recently took place in New York City and BroadwayWorld was there. Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announced BSC's acclaimed Musical Theatre Lab will present Nick Blaemire's new musical A Little More Alive, from July 17 through August 8 on the St. Germain Stage.  The press opening is Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30pm. (more...)

MIT Musical Theatre Guild Seeks Production Staff for 'SPELLING BEE'MIT Musical Theatre Guild Seeks Production Staff for 'SPELLING BEE'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The MIT Musical Theatre Guild is looking for a  production staff for the Summer 2015 production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. (more...)

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, SKIES OVER SEATTLE and More Set for UW School of Drama's 75th SeasonTHE CRADLE WILL ROCK, SKIES OVER SEATTLE and More Set for UW School of Drama's 75th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

The University of Washington School of Drama, under the leadership of Executive Director Todd London, is proud to announce its 75th Anniversary Season. This historic season will celebrate, honor, and build upon the School of Drama's deep connections to Seattle's theatre community and serve as a bridge between the School's rich history and its future. (more...)

MIT Musical Theatre Guild Seeks Production Staff for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEEMIT Musical Theatre Guild Seeks Production Staff for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

The MIT Musical Theatre Guild is looking for production staff for the Summer 2015 production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Music & Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman. (more...)

InDepth InterView: William Finn Talks Encores! A NEW BRAIN, SPELLING BEE Reunion, ROYAL FAMILY Update & MoreInDepth InterView: William Finn Talks Encores! A NEW BRAIN, SPELLING BEE Reunion, ROYAL FAMILY Update & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 15, 2015

Today we are talking to a Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist celebrated for his uniquely designed mainstages musicals showcasing a fiercely idiosyncratic style and flair all his own, the one and only William Finn. Outlining the new version of A NEW BRAIN set to be presented later this month at City Center as part of the Encores! Off-Center series, Finn discusses his original intentions behind many moments in the show as well as shares his inspiration for many musical moments in the melodic and moving score, as well. Additionally, Finn shares fresh news of his long in developtment musical adaptation of George S. Kaufman & Edna Ferber's THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY and provides preliminary details on the forthcoming revival of his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning musical FALSETTOS set to premiere later this season, as well. Plus, Finn imparts his enthusiasm for the upcoming 10th anniversary cast reunion of his popular musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, touches upon his favorite songs to date and expresses his desire to revisit Depression-era musical ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES in the future, as well as reveals his personal favorite songs to date and much, much more. (more...)

Jeff McCarthy to Star in Barrington Stage's MAN OF LA MANCHA This SummerJeff McCarthy to Star in Barrington Stage's MAN OF LA MANCHA This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

Celebrating its 10th year in Downtown Pittsfiled, the award-winning Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presents the Tony Award-winning musical Man of La Mancha from June 10 through July 11 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. The press opening is Sunday, June 14 at 5pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Circle's 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEEBWW Reviews: Circle's 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 29, 2015

No matter how well you know a show - how easily you can recall plot points or parrot dialogue - it's sometime good to revisit a musical even if you've seen it countless times. Oftentimes it rekindles your love for a show or, hell, it just reminds you how much fun you have every time you see a new revival. So, kudos to director Josh Waldrep and his merry band of mischief makers who bring The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to the stage to conclude Circle Players' 65th season. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: What's Happening This Week?CRITICS' CHOICE: What's Happening This Week?
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 26, 2015

Disney's Newsies will claim Nashville as their own hometown with a weeklong run at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center beginning Tuesday, Osborne and Eppler's Southern Fried Nuptials takes the stage in Woodbury, and local favorite Geoff Davin unveils his latest theatrical creation - Adamenses Huckster…and there's plenty of theater continuing this week to keep you occupied all week long! (more...)

Married Stars Kier Dullea and Mia Dillon to Lead ON GOLDEN POND at Bucks County PlayhouseMarried Stars Kier Dullea and Mia Dillon to Lead ON GOLDEN POND at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) announces Bucks County's own John Augustine to return (The Hummingbird's Tour, 2014, Director) to the Bucks County Playhouse stage as 'Larry' in Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY, running May 29-June 21. Augustine will play alongside Broadway's Candy Buckley (Scandalous, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret) as 'Joanne'. (more...)

Original Cast of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE to Reunite for 10th Anniversary Benefit ConcertOriginal Cast of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE to Reunite for 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg - will reunite for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at 7:30pm at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). Benefit tickets, priced $50, $100, $150, $250, and $500 are available at Ticketmaster.com. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/2/15- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/2/15- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - May 2, 2015

Today in 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 1136 performances. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., including a national tour with performances in Canada, and Australian productions. (more...)

Centenary College Theatre Department Reveals New Musical Theatre ConcentrationCentenary College Theatre Department Reveals New Musical Theatre Concentration
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

The Centenary College Theatre Department launches its new musical theatre concentration this spring with the wildly funny and entertaining Broadway smash musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, April 30-May 10 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center, Hackettstown NJ. Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features the fast-paced book by Rachel Sheinkin and a lively and witty score by William Finn. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Tickles Brisbane's F-U-N-N-Y B-O-N-EBWW Reviews: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Tickles Brisbane's F-U-N-N-Y B-O-N-E
by Bonny Loo - Apr 4, 2015

The ability to spell is the unlikely subject of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a 2005 Broadway musical by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin now playing to hysterical audiences at the 150-seat Brisbane Arts Theatre. (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Continues at PCSTHE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Continues at PCS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2015

Well, they can spell, but can they get a life? The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater invites audiences to laugh at the nerdy antics of some quirky spelling contestants, in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Chaz Meyers. These serious spellers hit the Players Club of Swarthmore stage for 10 performances: March 20th to April 4th. (more...)

Players Club of Swarthmore Theater to Present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 3/20-4/4Players Club of Swarthmore Theater to Present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 3/20-4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Well, they can spell, but can they get a life? The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater invites audiences to laugh at the nerdy antics of some quirky spelling contestants, in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Chaz Meyers. These serious spellers hit the Players Club of Swarthmore stage for 10 performances: March 20th to April 4th. (more...)

Arkansas Repertory Theatre Sets 2015-16 Season: 'BRIDGES,' 'SPELLING BEE,' 'STARCATCHER' & MoreArkansas Repertory Theatre Sets 2015-16 Season: 'BRIDGES,' 'SPELLING BEE,' 'STARCATCHER' & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Arkansas Repertory Theatre, the state's largest nonprofit professional theatre, is proud to announce its 40th Season. Beginning in September, the new season will include Tony Award-winning artistic experiences and family favorites that exemplify The Rep's mission of producing diverse work of the highest artistic standards for its Arkansas audience. (more...)

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