Robert Ariza News

New Musical SEA LEGS to Begin 9/20 at the American Theatre of Actors
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

Producers Lindsay Alexis, Alexa Bergman, and Jason Kovacs have announced that Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical, with book and lyrics by Tyler Dean and music by Michael Tooman, will begin performances September 20 in the Chernuchin Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors. (more...)

Music Theatre Wichita's 2015 Season to Feature BIG FISH, AIDA and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 08, 2014

Music Theatre Wichita's 43 summer season finishes this weekend with the closing of "42nd Street," but plans are already underway for next summer, as the 2015 titles have just been announced. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2014

Music Theatre Wichita's 43 summer season comes to a conclusion with "42nd Street," directed and choreographed by original cast member Jon Engstrom, and featuring Damon Kirsche as Julian Marsh, Tracy Lore as Dorothy Brock, Tessa Grady as Peggy Sawyer, and Shonn Wiley as Billy Lawlor. Patty Reeder appears as Maggie Jones, partnered by Robert Ariza as Bert Barry, with Timothy W. Robu as Abner Dillon and Ryan Vasquez as Pat Denning. Tapping their way into several major numbers are Amy Baker Schwiethale as "Anytime" Annie, Jacob Chancellor as dance director Andy Lee, Katie Wesler as Phyllis, Becca Petersen as Lorraine, and Emily Pirtleas Diane. (more...)

Photo Flash: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman Visit Music Theatre Wichita's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN; Plus Production Shots!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2014

On Saturday night July 26, songwriters / co-creators Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman paid a visit to Wichita to see Music Theatre Wichita's all-new production of "Catch Me If You Can," and had many compliments for director / producer Wayne Bryan, choreographer Linda Goodrich, and all the cast members, including Thom Sesma ("The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Miss Saigon," "Sweeney Todd") as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, and Skyler Adams (Pippin understudy in the upcoming national tour of "Pippin") as Frank Jr. Special praise also went to Broadway veterans David Hess and Paula Leggett Chase as Frank's parents, and to Carolyn Anne Miller as love interest Brenda. Scroll down for photos of Shaiman and Wittman backstage, plus images from the production! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway's Beth Leavel, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Keala Settle & More Toast Elaine Stritch!
by Stage Tube - Jul 29, 2014

Fans and performers from around the world have gathered to honor the memory of Elaine Stritch. In a new video created and edited by Steven Carl McCasland, Artistic Director of Beautiful Soup Theater, over 25 participants have gathered to celebrate her most famous song, 'The Ladies Who Lunch'. Click below to check out appearances from Beth Leavel, Donna Lynne Champlin, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Elizabeth Stanley, Clyde Alves, Anne L. Nathan, Keala Settle, Nancy Shayne, and Lisa Brescia. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Music Theatre Wichita continues its 43rd summer season this week with the second of its five large-scale productions, the classic "West Side Story." The show opened Wednesday, June 25 and continues through June 29. Scroll down for an epic look at the cast in action! (more...)

Ben Edquist, Arlo Hill and Natalie Ballenger Named Winners of 2014 LOTTE LENYA COMPETITION
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Ben Edquist, of Houston, won the $15,000 First Prize in the finals of the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition, sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and held on April 12, 2014, in Kilbourn Hall of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Arlo Hill, of New York, won the Second Prize of $10,000, and the Third Prize of $7,500 was awarded to Natalie Ballenger, also of New York. (more...)

2014 Lenya Competition Finalists Revealed; Judy Kaye, Rob Berman & James Robinson Will Judge
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Fourteen exceptionally talented young singer-actors have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition. They will compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500 on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Rochester, New York. Broadway conductor and Encores! music director Rob Berman, 2-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Artistic Director James Robinson will judge. (more...)