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STEPHEN WARD Original London Cast Recording Now Available Digitally
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 18, 2014

The original London cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's new musical STEPHEN WARD is now available digitally from Amazon and iTunes. (more...)

Robert Rattray Named New Assistant General Manager, Artistic of Metropolitan Opera
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera announced that Robert Rattray has been appointed the company's new Assistant General Manager, Artistic. He will begin his tenure this August, when rehearsals begin for the 2014-15 season. Rattray replaces Sarah Billinghurst, who will retire at the end of the current season after 20 years at the Met. (more...)

Jonas Kaufmann Sings Title Role in New Production of WERTHER at the Met, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann will star in the title role of the tortured poet in the Met's new production of Massenet's Werther, opening tonight, February 18. (more...)

Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy to Star in SKYLIGHT West End Revival from June 6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

The Daily Mail reports that Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy have signed on to star as former lovers in Stephen Daldry's upcoming West End revival of David Hare's SKYLIGHT. The production will begin performances June 6 at Wyndham's Theatre. This will be Mulligan's West End debut. (more...)

Peter Polycarpou, Gary Wilmot and Colin Stinton Join West End Transfer of THE PAJAMA GAME
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Peter Polycarpou, Gary Wilmot and Colin Stinton join the cast of the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre's sparkling production of the Broadway smash hit musical, The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre. Peter Polycarpou and Colin Stinton reprise their roles as Vernon Hines and Hasler, with Gary Wilmot taking over the role of Vernon Hines from 2 June. They join the previously announced Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier. The Pajama Game opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 13 May, with previews from 2 May, playing until 13 September 2014. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen PRINCE IGOR and WERTHER Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Experiencing a grand opera from the Met is a convenient and affordable reality, thanks to the Live in HD series at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Borodin's Prince Igor will be presented on Saturday, March 1, at 12 p.m. Massenet's Werther will thrill on Saturday, March 15, at 12:55 p.m. and on Sunday, March 16, at 12 p.m. For dinner-and-an-opera, Bernard's (22 West Lane, Ridgefield) is offering a special $45 prix-fixe menu, or a free glass of wine with dinner, before these events when tickets are presented; reservations suggested. Visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org for video previews of the Met Live in HD Series, which is underwritten by Jeanne Cook, Anita and Nicholas Donofrio, Liz and Steven Goldstone, Marilyn and Joe Kreitz, Joanne and John Patrick, Starbucks Coffee, Sabina and Walter Slavin, Taylor Zemo Foundation, The Ridgefield Press and Whistle Stop Bakery. (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-2015 Season Includes THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 season will feature 26 operas, three of them company premieres, in six new productions and 18 revivals showcasing the talents of the world's leading singers, conductors, and theater artists. The three operas that will have their first-ever Met performances, each staged by a director making his Met debut, are John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris, opening October 20; Rossini's La Donna del Lago, conducted by Michele Mariottiand directed by Paul Curran, opening February 16, 2015; and Tchaikovsky's one-act operaIolanta, conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mariusz Treli?ski. Iolanta will be presented in a double bill with a new staging of Bartók's one-act Duke Bluebeard's Castle,also conducted by Gergiev and directed by Treli?ski. (more...)

Ildar Abdrazakov Receives Praise for the Met's Production of Borodin's PRINCE IGOR
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov – whom the Metropolitan Opera just announced will star in the title role of a new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro for its 2014-15 season-opening gala – has earned a chorus of praise for his performance as the eponymous character in Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production of Prince Igor at the Met, which last staged Borodin's work nearly 100 years ago. In the New York Times, Anthony Tommasini enthused over Abdrazakov at length: “Solid and ruggedly handsome, Mr. Abdrazakov is a confident actor. Though his voice is firm and robust, he is not one of those formidable, gravelly Russian basses. He is a fine singer of Italian repertory, and his Igor has moments of Italianate lyrical refinement. He brings passion, even a touch of neediness, to his exchanges with his devoted wife, Yaroslavna. … Mr. Abdrazakov does his most burnished, powerful singing in the prince's despairing soliloquy [in Act II].” The New York Observer had a similar view: “Abdrazakov hurled his dark bass-baritone into Igor's soul-searching arias, the warm, lyrical tone suggesting the proud prince's underlying vulnerability.” WQXR likewise commended the bass's “sonorous” tone and Classical Review his “dramatic force.” (more...)

THE MERRY WIDOW, LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and More Set for The Met's 2014-15 Live in HD Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 65 countries around the world, will feature ten operas in the 2014-15 season, including all six new productions in the Met season. All ten performances, transmitted live from the Met stage, will feature the world's finest singers, conductors, and theatrical artists. (more...)

THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, THE MERRY WIDOW and More Set for The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 season will feature 26 operas, three of them company premieres, in six new productions and 18 revivals showcasing the talents of the world's leading singers, conductors, and theater artists. The three operas that will have their first-ever Met performances, each staged by a director making his Met debut, are John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris, opening October 20; Rossini's La Donna del Lago, conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Paul Curran, opening February 16, 2015; and Tchaikovsky's one-act opera Iolanta, conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mariusz Treli?ski. Iolanta will be presented in a double bill with a new staging of Bartok's one-act Duke Bluebeard's Castle, also conducted by Gergiev and directed by Treli?ski. (more...)

Julian Mitchell's ANOTHER COUNTRY Will Transfer to Trafalgar Studio, 26 March - 21 June
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

Following a hugely successful run at Chichester's Minerva Theatre last year Julian Mitchell's ANOTHER COUNTRY, directed by Jeremy Herrin, transfers to the Trafalgar Studios, Studio 1 for a limited season, 26th March - 21st June. (more...)

Jillian Mueller, Corey Mach and More Star in FLASHDANCE - THE MUSICAL at Music Circus, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

Flashdance - The Musical, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation, will run at the Community Center Theater from tonight, February 4 - 9, 2014. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Trailer For STEPHEN WARD
by Stage Tube - Feb 03, 2014

Here's the new theatrical trailer for Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Stephen Ward, starring Alexander Hanson as the titular character (more...)

Shostakovich's Dark Comedy The Nose Featuring Tony Winner Paulo Szot on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met Sunday, February 23 at 12 noon on PBS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Pavel Smelkov conducts the first Met revival of Kentridge's acclaimed 2010 staging (more...)

Finborough Theatre Presents CARTHAGE, Begin. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

A Finborough Theatre commission, Carthage is the debut play from the Finborough Theatre's new Channel 4 Playwright in Residence, Chris Thompson, and will receive its world premiere in a four week run from tonight, 28 January 2014 (Press Night: Thursday 30 January 2014 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Channel 4 Playwright in Residence to Debut CARTHAGE at Finborough Theatre,Today-Feb 22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

A Finborough Theatre commission, Carthage is the debut play from the Finborough Theatre's new Channel 4 Playwright in Residence, Chris Thompson, and will receive its world premiere in a four week run from Today, 28 January 2014 (Press Night: Thursday 30 January 2014 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Jonas Kaufmann to Sing Title Role in New Production of WERTHER at the Met, Beg. 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann will star in the title role of the tortured poet in the Met's new production of Massenet's Werther, opening February 18. (more...)

Ailyn Perez Set for Three Roles at Royal Opera House this Year
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Richard Tucker Award-winner Ailyn Pérez – the “lyric soprano who truly seems to have it all” (Opera News) – takes on a trio of starring roles at London's Royal Opera House over the coming months. After launching the new year in the title role of Manon (Jan 31–Feb 4), she makes her role debut as Liů in Turandot (Feb 17–March 10), before giving her first scheduled Covent Garden performances in the title role of La traviata opposite her husband and fellow Tucker Award-winner, tenor Stephen Costello (May 6–20). Dubbed “America's fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” (Associated Press), the couple brought down the house in London two years ago, when the soprano stepped in as a last-minute replacement to partner her husband in Verdi's masterpiece. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Charlotte Spencer Of STEPHEN WARD!
by Carrie Dunn - Jan 21, 2014

It must be an odd feeling, seeing yourself on posters all over London. It must be even odder when that poster pictures you in a state of undress, imitating one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century. (more...)

STEPHEN WARD Extends Booking Through May 31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2014

The West End production of Stephen Ward today releases a further 120,000 tickets for sale taking bookings at the Aldwych Theatre to 31 May 2014. (more...)

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