Raymond Berg News

BWW Interviews: A Little Education from James Rocco on BROADWAY SONGBOOK: COMDEN & GREEN
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jun 13, 2014

James Rocco's BROADWAY SONGBOOK series at The Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minn., is a treasure for anyone who has an iPod full of showtunes (me: guilty!) and should earn continuing education credits for audience members who gain a wealth of knowledge in theatre history over the course of the show. (more...)

Ordway to Present BROADWAY SONGBOOG: COMDEN AND GREEN, 6/13-15
by BWW News Desk - May 08, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts' Broadway Songbook series returns June 13-15 with a tribute to Betty Comden and Adolph Green, who co-wrote some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows in the mid-20th century. Seating for Broadway Songbook: Comden and Green is on the Ordway's Music Theater Stage, providing a unique backstage experience. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 7th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - May 07, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Welcome to the '60s, with 'How To Succeed,' 'Motown,' 'Cabaret' and 'Hair,' plus tributes to Jack Lemmon and the Carpenters, the upcoming 'Jersey Boys' film, 'Option Up!,' that one-night 'Parade' concert and the BroadwayWorld Chicago Tony Award Viewing Party! (more...)

History Theatre Presents the New Musical THE WORKING BOYS BAND, Now thru 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 03, 2014

History Theatre will produce the world premiere of a new musical by local artists Dominic Orlando (book and lyrics) and the late Hiram Titus (composer). The Working Boys Band tells the story of Professor C.C. Heintzeman, a German-born educator who believed in the power of music to give structure and purpose to people's lives, especially for the children who worked in the mills and factories of Minneapolis in the years before Child Labor Laws. The story of the Minneapolis Working Boys Band and its founder was suggested to History Theatre back in 2010 when Titus handed a photo of the band circa 1915 and his first draft of the opening number to artistic director Ron Peluso. In September of 2013, Titus submitted the show's finale just days before suffering a fatal cardiac arrest; Raymond Berg joined the team to finish the musical arrangements. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at History Theatre's THE WORKING BOYS BAND World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2014

History Theatre produces the world premiere of a new musical by local artists Dominic Orlando (book and lyrics) and the late Hiram Titus (composer). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show below! (more...)

BLUE MAN GROUP, BRING IT ON and More Set for the Ordway, Now thru June 2014
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will feature many exciting events as part of its April-June calendar. (more...)

History Theatre Presents the New Musical THE WORKING BOYS BAND, 5/3-6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

History Theatre will produce the world premiere of a new musical by local artists Dominic Orlando (book and lyrics) and the late Hiram Titus (composer). The Working Boys Band tells the story of Professor C.C. Heintzeman, a German-born educator who believed in the power of music to give structure and purpose to people's lives, especially for the children who worked in the mills and factories of Minneapolis in the years before Child Labor Laws. The story of the Minneapolis Working Boys Band and its founder was suggested to History Theatre back in 2010 when Titus handed a photo of the band circa 1915 and his first draft of the opening number to artistic director Ron Peluso. In September of 2013, Titus submitted the show's finale just days before suffering a fatal cardiac arrest; Raymond Berg joined the team to finish the musical arrangements. (more...)

SISTERS OF SWING Begins Performances at Boulder's Dinner Theatre Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 2014

They sold over 90 million records, nine of them gold. They had more Top Ten hits than the Beatles or Elvis. And they are still one of the best-selling female vocal groups of all time. Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters puts the Andrews Sisters where we remember them best -- center stage! A regional premiere that is sure to have audiences singing along and tapping their toes, Sisters of Swing plays Boulder's Dinner Theatre March 7 through May 11, 2014. (more...)

BLUE MAN GROUP, BRING IT ON and More Set for the Ordway, April-June 2014
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will feature many exciting events as part of its April-June calendar. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards LAST CHANCE - Kendall Anne Thompson Leads!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2013

Voting is now underway for Minneapolis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Holiday Madness Awards Update 12/20 - Dean Holt Leads!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Voting is now underway for Minneapolis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Minneapolis Winter Storm Watch Awards Update 12/13 - Ron Peluso Winning Best Director!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

Voting is now underway for Minneapolis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards Update 12/6 - Norah Long Winning Best Actress!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2013

Voting is now underway for Minneapolis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Post-Turkey BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards Update 11/29 - Bloomington Civic Theater Winning Best Community Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

Voting is now underway for Minneapolis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, NUNSENSE & More Set for Fox Valley Rep's 2014 Season at Pheasant Run Mainstage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2013

Fox Valley Rep, in residence at Pheasant Run Resort, announces their calendar-year 2014 season of nostalgic memoirs and memorable musicals, including the international musical hit, Nunsense, the coming-of-age comedy and memoir, Cheaper by the Dozen, followed by the story of the real Andrews Sisters, Sisters of Swing, then to Neil Simon's heart-warming memoir, Brighton Beach Memoirs, concluding with the holiday music revue, Christmas on Broadway. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DISENCHANTED Charms Minneapolis
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 27, 2013

The premiere of DISENCHANTED opened at Minneapolis' Ritz Theatre Thursday night. Six talented actors charmed and delighted the audience with strong singing and comedy chops in this tale of what's after 'happily ever after.' (more...)

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher Wins 2013 Ivey Lifetime Achievement Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

The Twin Cities theater community bestowed on Jeffrey Hatcher, nationally-renowned playwright, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performer, director and playwright Ricardo Vasquez the Emerging Artist Award at the 9th annual Ivey Awards. The celebration, held Monday, September 23, at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, honors and showcases the work of professional theater companies and artists over the past year. (more...)

Ivey Awards Honor the Super Heroes of Minneapolis/Saint Paul Theatre
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 24, 2013

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Jeffrey Hatcher was honored by the Twin Cities theatre community Monday, Sept. 23, at a fashionable, eclectic reunion of colleagues, friends and fans at the ninth annual Iveys. (more...)

BWW Interviews: DISENCHANTED! Preview & Meet the Princesses
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 22, 2013

The princesses of DISENCHANTED! Minneapolis sing a preview of 'Once Upon a Time' and talk to BWW about their characters and the show that will premiere in Minneapolis Sept. 26-Oct. 13, 2013. Watch the videos here. (more...)

BWW Interview: DISENCHANTED! Princesses Dish on What's After 'Happily Ever After'
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 21, 2013

We're all familiar with their stories... up until the 'happily ever after,' that is. But what do those infamous princesses of the fairy tales really think in this modern world we live in? You'll find out if you attend the Upper Midwest premiere of DISENCHANTED!, a musical comedy coming to the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis beginning Sept. 26 for a three-week run. (more...)

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