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La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Presents LEND ME A TENORLa Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Presents LEND ME A TENOR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT are delighted to present the second show of its 2016-2017 season:  Davis Gaines starring in the hilarious comedy LEND ME A TENOR, written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Art Manke.  LEND ME A TENOR will preview on Friday, October 21, 2016 (with a press opening on Saturday, October 22) and run through Sunday, November 13, 2016 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.    (more...)

BWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT at The Grand 1894 Opera HouseBWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT at The Grand 1894 Opera House
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Sep 23, 2016

There's not much one can say when you look at the resume of Ben Vereen. I have to admit I thought the email to interview Mr. Vereen was a hoax or a vile trick someone was playing on me. Now the reason I say this is because he is one of my idols and reasons I studied musical theatre in college and left to go to NYC to work professionally. We are familiar with his work with Bob Fosse as the Leading Player in PIPPIN and as Judas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR but Mr. Vereen still continues to give us the ole razzle dazzle on the stage and on the screen. He's starred in 9 Broadway shows, has received the coveted Antionette Perry Award (The Tony), a Drama Desk Award, and a Prism Award. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, starred in 30 plus movies and television shows, and has a huge crossover career. Ben Vereen hit the scene in Martha Graham's PRODIGAL SON in 1965 and he's been working ever since. I had the esteemed pleasure to sit and talk about his illustrious career and the current projects he's working on currently. (more...)

Broadway to Dim Marquees in Memory of Iconic Playwright Edward AlbeeBroadway to Dim Marquees in Memory of Iconic Playwright Edward Albee
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in Edward Albee's honor on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at exactly 7:45pm for one minute. (more...)

Kate Burton to Open Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama's NYC ShowcaseKate Burton to Open Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama's NYC Showcase
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

With the increasing numbers of UK-trained actors on the major US media channels, the time is right for The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama's (RWCMD) inaugural US Actors Showcase in New York City. It will be held at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater in the Signature Theater complex on September 26, 2016. The Showcase will be introduced by Emmy and Tony Award nominee Kate Burton, daughter of the great Welsh actor Richard Burton. (more...)

BWW Review: CAMELOT at Lyric StageBWW Review: CAMELOT at Lyric Stage
by Guest Blogger: Sam Weber - Sep 13, 2016

Lyric Stage at the Irving Arts Center once again brings an off forgotten show back to life with their most recent production, Camelot.  While the text of the show has had its fair share of revisions and struggles, due in part to a wordy book, Lyric's production manages to bring smiles to the audience and music to their ears. (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks Launches Seventeenth Season with Tennessee Williams' THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANAPalm Beach Dramaworks Launches Seventeenth Season with Tennessee Williams' THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The Night of the Iguana, Tennessee Williams' soul-searching, compassionate, surprisingly funny, and achingly poetic 1961 play about a defrocked minister and his one chance for salvation, opens Palm Beach Dramaworks' 2016-2017 season on Friday, October 14 (8pm) at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. Performances continue through November 13, with specially priced previews on October 12 and 13. (more...)

'Phantom' Star Davis Gaines Debut's Musical Theatre West's BROADWAY IN CONCERT Series'Phantom' Star Davis Gaines Debut's Musical Theatre West's BROADWAY IN CONCERT Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

 Musical Theatre West (MTW) raises the curtain on its inaugural "Broadway in Concert" series for the 2016-17 season.  Each concert, held at the newly renamed Beverly O'Neill Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, will feature top Broadway talent, including Davis Gaines (September 24, 2016), Valerie Perri (January 29, 2017), and Susan Egan (March 17, 2017).   Series and single tickets are now on sale at www.musical.org or by calling (562) 856-1999 ext. 4.  Single tickets start at $40, or purchase the series for packages of $100, $150, or a VIP package of $275, which includes a post-concert reception with the artists. (more...)

Melissa Errico-Led FINIAN'S RAINBOW Headlines Irish Rep's 2016 SeasonMelissa Errico-Led FINIAN'S RAINBOW Headlines Irish Rep's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Irish Repertory Theatre has announced its Fall 2016 Season. On the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage will be FINIAN'S RAINBOW, adapted and directed by Irish Rep Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, and starring Melissa Errico ('Billions', Encores! Do I Hear A Waltz?), who will reprise her role from the acclaimed 2004 production. (more...)

September Listings Announced for Sweet Dukebox EventsSeptember Listings Announced for Sweet Dukebox Events
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Sweet Dukebox (formerly the Dukebox Theatre) has announced its lineup for September. All events are 18+ due to licensing at the venue unless they specify otherwise. (more...)

Starry WAR PAINT Becomes Most Successful Musical in Goodman's HistoryStarry WAR PAINT Becomes Most Successful Musical in Goodman's History
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

War Paint has become the most successful musical in Goodman Theatre's history, extended (for a second and final time) through August 21. (more...)

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama to Present NYC Showcase This AutumnRoyal Welsh College of Music & Drama to Present NYC Showcase This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Ranked as No 1 for Drama in the well-respected Guardian University Guide for 2016, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama will stage its first New York Showcase on September 26, 2016. (more...)

Davis Gaines, Valerie Perri and Susan Egan Take Part in Musical Theatre West's BROADWAY IN CONCERTDavis Gaines, Valerie Perri and Susan Egan Take Part in Musical Theatre West's BROADWAY IN CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2016

Musical Theatre West (MTW) raises the curtain on its inaugural 'Broadway in Concert' series for the 2016-17 season. Each concert, held at the newly renamed Beverly O'Neill Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, will feature top Broadway talent, including Davis Gaines (September 24, 2016), Valerie Perri (January 29, 2017), and Susan Egan (March 17, 2017). (more...)

The Hudson Village Theatre to Present PRIVATE LIVES This AugustThe Hudson Village Theatre to Present PRIVATE LIVES This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

The Hudson Village Theatre continues its Games We Play theme with Noel Coward's hilarious romp, Private Lives, playing August 10 to 28. (more...)

John Le Carre's Best-Seller THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD Coming to TelevisionJohn Le Carre's Best-Seller THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD Coming to Television
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Paramount Television and The Ink Factory today announced their plans to develop John le Carré's literary masterpiece THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD into a television event inspired by the iconic spy novel. (more...)

Royal Welsh College Students to Showcase in New YorkRoyal Welsh College Students to Showcase in New York
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

This autumn The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama will be putting on an Actor's Showcase in New York. Staged at an Off Broadway Theatre, the showcase will feature recent American and Canadian acting and musical theatre RWCMD graduates, and will be open to agents, casting, key friends and influencers of the College. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/8/16- CAMELOTSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/8/16- CAMELOT
by Stage Tube - Jul 8, 2016

Today in 1980, the first Broadway revival of Camelot opened at the New York State Theatre, where it ran for 56 performances. Camelot is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music). It is based on the King Arthur legend as adapted from the T. H. White tetralogy novel The Once and Future King. The original 1960 production, directed by Moss Hart and orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang, ran on Broadway for 873 performances, winning four Tony Awards and spawning several revivals, foreign productions and a 1967 film version. The 1980 cast starred Richard Burton, Christine Ebersole, and Richard Muenz. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Playwright Peter ShafferPhoto Flash: Remembering Playwright Peter Shaffer
by Walter McBride - Jun 7, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, British playwright and screenwriter Peter Shaffer, best known for such works as AMADEUS and EQUUS, has passed away at the age of 90. The news was shared by his U.K. agent Rupert Lord who reported that the writer passed away this morning in Ireland following a short illness. (more...)

EQUUS, AMADEUS Playwright Peter Shaffer Dies at Age 90EQUUS, AMADEUS Playwright Peter Shaffer Dies at Age 90
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

British playwright and screenwriter Peter Shaffer, best known for such works as AMADEUS and EQUUS, has passed away at the age of 90. (more...)

BWW Review: A SUBJECT OF SCANDAL AND CONCERN, Finborough Theatre, May 23 2016BWW Review: A SUBJECT OF SCANDAL AND CONCERN, Finborough Theatre, May 23 2016
by Gary Naylor - May 25, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a fine revival of a play that was of its time in the buttoned up, pre-Beatles 1960s, but has much to say to audiences in 2016. (more...)

Davis Gaines, Benjamin Schrader and Rebecca Ann Johnson  to Lead MTW's DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, 7/8Davis Gaines, Benjamin Schrader and Rebecca Ann Johnson to Lead MTW's DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, 7/8
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Broadway's scamming, scheming, double-crossing musical hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels cons its way onto the Carpenter Center Stage via Musical Theatre West (MTW) for 13 performances July 8-24.  The production stars Broadway veterans Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera, Camelot) and Benjamin Schrader (Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) , and Ovation Award nominee (for MTW's Young Frankenstein) Rebecca Ann Johnson.  From the composer/lyricist David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by Jeffrey Lane, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the Steve Martin and Michael Caine film, written by Dale Launer and Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning.  Brilliantly crafted with wit, double-entendres , and show-stopping numbers, the Broadway  show earned 11 Tony Award nominations, including "Best Musical," "Best Book," and "Best Score" and the Drama League Award for "Best Musical."  Tickets are available at www.musical.org or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.  Tickets are $20 and up. (more...)

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