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Photo Coverage: Engeman's THE MUSIC MAN Celebrates Opening Night!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 31, 2014

The beloved classic musical Meredith Wilson's THE MUSIC MAN just opened at the John W. Engeman Theater on March 29. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the after party below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE MUSIC MAN Opens at The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 30, 2014

The beloved classic musical Meredith Wilson's THE MUSIC MAN opened at the John W. Engeman Theater yesterday, March 29. Look below for photos from the evening! (more...)

THE MUSIC MAN Begins Previews Tonight at The John W. Engeman Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

The beloved classic musical Meredith Wilson's THE MUSIC MAN, will begin previews at the John W. Engeman Theater tonight, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. with the official opening on Saturday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. and running through May 18, 2014. (more...)

THE MUSIC MAN to Begin Previews 3/27 at The John W. Engeman Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The beloved classic musical Meredith Wilson's THE MUSIC MAN, will begin previews at the John W. Engeman Theater on Thursday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. with the official opening on Saturday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. and running through May 18, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Music Circus Production Sweetens SUGAR
by Don Grigware - Jul 26, 2013

Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond's screenplay for the 1959 cult classic film Some Like It Hot relied on one comedy gimmick, that two men, played by Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, could escape from Chicago mobsters by donning drag and joining a girl band ...and convince everyone around them that they were really women. Could they pull it off? Wilder himself reputedly stated that he never thought the movie would be as successful as it became due to its meager plotline. But... with Marilyn Monroe alongside Lemmon and Curtis as Sugar Kane, the hilarious trio really blended uproariously...and the rest is history. When in 1972 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill collaborated with book writer Peter Stone to create Sugar, their Broadway musical flopped, probably for two reasons. Firstly, Styne's music, with the exception of one or two songs, is not memorable. Secondly, the book, too faithful to the screenplay, has tremendous holes for a stage play and just does not, no offense to composer Styne, come up roses. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SUGAR Treats Audiences to Dance, Comedy
by Harmony Wheeler - Jul 25, 2013

The secret ingredient is dance. After that, everything else falls into place. Fantastic ensemble singers. Broadway talent. Men in women's clothing. The production's name fits it well, as plenty of delicious treats entice Music Circus audiences into the world of 'Sugar.' (more...)

Jason Graae, Brent Barrett and Elizabeth Stanley Star in Music Circus' SUGAR, Now thru 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2013

Sugar, a hilarious Tony-nominated musical comedy based on the classic film Some Like It Hot, is the next show in the 2013 Music Circus season, at the Wells Fargo Pavilion from today, July 23 - 28. Like the 1959 film starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, Sugar follows the hysterical antics of two male musicians, disguised as women in an all-female band, as they experience a series of mishaps while fleeing from the mob. The brassy score is by Jule Styne (music) and Bob Merrill (lyrics), composers of the hit musical Funny Girl. (more...)

Jason Graae, Brent Barrett and Elizabeth Stanley to Star in Music Circus' SUGAR, 7/23-28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2013

Sugar, a hilarious Tony-nominated musical comedy based on the classic film Some Like It Hot, is the next show in the 2013 Music Circus season, at the Wells Fargo Pavilion from July 23 - 28. Like the 1959 film starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, Sugar follows the hysterical antics of two male musicians, disguised as women in an all-female band, as they experience a series of mishaps while fleeing from the mob. The brassy score is by Jule Styne(music) and Bob Merrill (lyrics), composers of the hit musical Funny Girl. (more...)

Phillip Boykin, Jennifer Hope Wills, Tom Hewitt and More Cast in Music Circus' 2013 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2013

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre Artistic Director Glenn Casale has announced casting for the 63rd Music Circus season, including Broadway veterans, Tony nominees and audience favorites from previous Music Circus seasons. The five-show season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion includes The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, Sugar, The King and I and the Music Circus premiere of Chicago. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GREASE at the Gateway
by Melissa Giordano - May 29, 2013

The Gateway's wonderful production of Grease refreshed my fondness for the pop culture staple. Like most people, I was more familiar with the popular movie incarnation that was based on the staged show. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
by Walter McBride - Feb 03, 2013

Former congressman Barney Frank assumed the role of a conservative senator when he made his stage debut yesterday, February 2, in Fiorello!, the opening musical of New York City Center's Encores! 20th Anniversary season. BroadwayWorld spent some time with Frank and the cast backstage and brings you photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: FIORELLO! Opens Encores! 2013 Season - Curtain Call!
by Walter McBride - Feb 03, 2013

Bock and Harnick's Fiorello!, the opening musical of the Encores! 20th Anniversary season, stars Kate Baldwin, Erin Dilly, Jenn Gambatese, Shuler Hensley and Emily Skinner, with Danny Rutigliano as Fiorello LaGuardia. Fiorello! is directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Rob Berman. The show will run for seven performances through today, February 3, at New York City Center. BWW brings you photos from Fiorello!'s curtain call below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
by Walter McBride - Feb 03, 2013

Former congressman Barney Frank assumed the role of a conservative senator when he made his stage debut yesterday, February 2, in Fiorello!, the opening musical of New York City Center's Encores! 20th Anniversary season. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Danny Rutigliano, Kate Baldwin, and More in Encores! FIORELLO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2013

Bock and Harnick's Fiorello!, the opening musical of the Encores! 20th Anniversary season stars Kate Baldwin, Erin Dilly, Jenn Gambatese, Shuler Hensley and Emily Skinner, with Danny Rutigliano as Fiorello LaGuardia. Fiorello! will be directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Rob Berman. The show will run for seven performances from January 30 - February 3 at New York City Center. BWW has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: First Look at Encores! FIORELLO! on Stage - Show Clips!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 30, 2013

Bock and Harnick's Fiorello!, the opening musical of the Encores! 20th Anniversary season stars Kate Baldwin, Erin Dilly, Jenn Gambatese, Shuler Hensley and Emily Skinner, with Danny Rutigliano as Fiorello LaGuardia. Fiorello! will be directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Rob Berman. The show will run for seven performances from January 30 - February 3 at New York City Center. BWW has a first look at the production onstage! (more...)

Congressman Barney Frank to Make Stage Debut in Encores! FIORELLO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

Former congressman Barney Frank will assume the role of a conservative senator when he makes his stage debut on Saturday, February 2 in Fiorello!, the opening musical of New York City Center's Encores! 20th Anniversary season. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Encores! FIORELLO- Kate Baldwin, Erin Dilly and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2013

Bock and Harnick's Fiorello!, the opening musical of the Encores! 20th Anniversary season, will star Kate Baldwin, Erin Dilly, Jenn Gambatese, Shuler Hensley and Emily Skinner, with Danny Rutigliano as Fiorello LaGuardia. Fiorello! will be directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Rob Berman. The show will run for seven performances from January 30 - February 3 at New York City Center. (more...)

BWW TV: Meet the Cast of Encores! FIORELLO- Kate Baldwin, Emily Skinner & More; Plus a Performance Preview!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 23, 2013

Bock and Harnick's Fiorello!, the opening musical of the Encores! 20th Anniversary season, will star Kate Baldwin, Erin Dilly, Jenn Gambatese, Shuler Hensley and Emily Skinner, with Danny Rutigliano as Fiorello LaGuardia. Fiorello! will be directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Rob Berman. The show will run for seven performances from January 30 - February 3 at New York City Center. The cast and creative team met the press today and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with the whole gang and catch a special performance preview. Check it out below! (more...)

Kate Baldwin, Emily Skinner and More Set for Encores' FIORELLO!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 09, 2013

Bock and Harnick's Fiorello!, the opening musical of the Encores! 20th Anniversary season, will star Kate Baldwin, Erin Dilly, Jenn Gambatese, Shuler Hensley and Emily Skinner, with Danny Rutigliano as Fiorello LaGuardia. Fiorello! will be directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Rob Berman. The show will run for seven performances from January 30 - February 3 at New York City Center. (more...)

With It's Solid Gold Heart, Damn Yankees- the Red Sox Version is a Home Run Hit
by Michael Tobin - Jul 27, 2012

Carson Kressley (Mr. Applegate) is devilishly delicious, providing a subtle playing field for the entire cast to play on. The audience delights in the Kressley-isms sprinkled throughout. Kressley's vocals and comedic timing prove that he can do more than just make people look fashionably good. (more...)

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