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New Musical SEA LEGS to Begin 9/20 at the American Theatre of ActorsNew Musical SEA LEGS to Begin 9/20 at the American Theatre of Actors
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 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 MoreMusic Theatre Wichita's 2015 Season to Feature BIG FISH, AIDA and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 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 STREETPhoto Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 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...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway's Beth Leavel, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Keala Settle & More Toast Elaine Stritch!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...)

Ben Edquist, Arlo Hill and Natalie Ballenger Named Winners of 2014 LOTTE LENYA COMPETITIONBen 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...)