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Jonny Fritz Releases New Video Via Funny Or Die TodayJonny Fritz Releases New Video Via Funny Or Die Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

In anticipation of his fourth studio album, Los Angeles based Jonny Fritz has shared the video for track “I Love Leaving” today via Funny Or Die. Fritz says of the video, “whenever I feel lousy I can always rely on either leaving town or going down a YouTube wormhole of security cam fail videos. (more...)

Jonny Fritz Announces 'Sweet Creep' LP Produced by Jim JamesJonny Fritz Announces 'Sweet Creep' LP Produced by Jim James
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Jonny Fritz is back with a new album, a new hip, and a new homebase in Los Angeles, CA. The singer/songwriter announced the forthcoming release of full length Sweet Creep today and shared first track “Are You Thirsty” via Rolling Stone Country. (more...)

Sharon Playhouse to Stage BIG RIVER, 7/21-31Sharon Playhouse to Stage BIG RIVER, 7/21-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, proudly presents the Tony Award-winning musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with performances July 21 through July 31 at Sharon Playhouse (49 Amenia Road). Opening Night is Thursday, July 21 at 7:00pm. (more...)

St. Luke's United Methodist Church to Present BIG RIVERSt. Luke's United Methodist Church to Present BIG RIVER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Music by Roger Miller | Lyrics by Roger Miller | Book by William Hauptman | Directed by Steve McKinnon Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain (more...)

Gordon Connell, BIG RIVER's Original Mark Twain, Dies at 93Gordon Connell, BIG RIVER's Original Mark Twain, Dies at 93
by Michael Dale - Jun 24, 2016

A frequent performer on and off Broadway, Connell was married to actress Jane Connell. (more...)

The Ramblin Jug Stompers Headed to Bridge Street TheatreThe Ramblin Jug Stompers Headed to Bridge Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

GET STOMPERIZED! It's Ladies' Choice, womenfolk! Nab you a partner and head on over to the Bridge Street Theatre Speakeasy at 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill for some old school good times this 4th of July weekend! (more...)

Theatre at the Center Sets 2017 SeasonTheatre at the Center Sets 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Theatre at the Center is announcing its first season under the leadership of new Artistic Director Linda Fortunato.   Theatre at the Center's 2017 season is comprised of a variety of works ranging from Broadway musicals to a Chicagoland premiere play and a holiday classic.  The season opens with My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, followed by Kander and Ebb's Tony Award winning Cabaret.  Next will be the Chicagoland premiere of The Tin Woman by Sean Grennan, then Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and closing the season is A Wonderful Life: The Musical.  Jeff award-winner Fortunato will direct three of the five productions.   William Underwood will serve as music director for the season. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BIG RIVER at Musical Theater HeritageBWW Reviews: BIG RIVER at Musical Theater Heritage
by Alan Portner - Jun 6, 2016

MTH's 'Big River' Soars (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Musical Theater Heritage's BIG RIVERPhoto Flash: First Look at Musical Theater Heritage's BIG RIVER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

MTH (your source for all things Musical Theater in Kansas City) will present 20 performances of BIG RIVER, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, winner of 7 Tony Awards in 1985 including Best Musical and Best Original Score by Roger Miller(King of the Road). This unjustly forgotten masterpiece stands as a dazzling, heartwarming slice of musical Americana and the final crowning achievement in one of country music's most celebrated careers. Miller's music is a perfect fit toMark Twain's classic American story of Huckleberry Finn, adapted for the musical byWilliam Hauptman. (more...)

R.E.M.'S Dead Letter Office And Eponymous To Be Reissued On Vinyl For The First Time On July 29R.E.M.'S Dead Letter Office And Eponymous To Be Reissued On Vinyl For The First Time On July 29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

R.E.M. has teamed with Capitol/UMe for the July 29 reissue of three of the band's I.R.S. Records releases: Lifes Rich Pageant, Dead Letter Office, and Eponymous. (more...)

BWW Review: Hale Centre Theatre's BIG RIVER is a Literal RushBWW Review: Hale Centre Theatre's BIG RIVER is a Literal Rush
by Tyler Hinton - Jun 2, 2016

Hale Centre Theatre's production of BIG RIVER in West Valley is joyous and tender, with a literal rush of water that amazes. If you're a fan of Huck Finn's story and have never experienced this musical retelling, this BIG RIVER is worth taking a raft ride down. (more...)

THE JOEY CANYON SHOW Returns to RFD-TV for Second SeasonTHE JOEY CANYON SHOW Returns to RFD-TV for Second Season
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2016

In the midst of a successful debut season that has received rave reviews, fan praise, and industry recognition, 'The Joey Canyon Show,' has been confirmed for renewal for a second season. (more...)

Tony Winner Karen Ziemba to Star in GYPSY at Sharon Playhouse; Klea Blackhurst, Elizabeth Franz & More Also on Tap for 2016 SeasonTony Winner Karen Ziemba to Star in GYPSY at Sharon Playhouse; Klea Blackhurst, Elizabeth Franz & More Also on Tap for 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, announces casting and creative teams for the 2016 summer season of musicals and plays Gypsy; Big River; Quartet; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; and the new musical, Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court. (more...)

Musical Theater Heritage to Present BIG RIVERMusical Theater Heritage to Present BIG RIVER
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

MTH (your source for all things Musical Theater in Kansas City) will present 20 performances of BIG RIVER, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, winner of 7 Tony Awards in 1985 including Best Musical and Best Original Score by Roger Miller (King of the Road). This unjustly forgotten masterpiece stands as a dazzling, heartwarming slice of musical Americana and the final crowning achievement in one of country music's most celebrated careers. Miller's music is a perfect fit to Mark Twain's classic American story of Huckleberry Finn, adapted for the musical by William Hauptman. (more...)

BIG RIVER, THE NEW YORKERS and THE GOLDEN APPLE Will Return to the Stage Next Year in Encores! SeasonBIG RIVER, THE NEW YORKERS and THE GOLDEN APPLE Will Return to the Stage Next Year in Encores! Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

New York City Center's Tony-honored Encores! series, led by Artistic Director Jack Viertel and Music Director Rob Berman, begins its 24thseason with Roger Miller's 1985 retelling of Mark Twain's classic novel, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; followed by Cole Porter's 1930 Prohibition romp The New Yorkers, and The Golden Apple, John Latouche and Jerome Moross' 1954 reinvention of the Greek epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey into an all-American fable. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Look at SRO's BIG RIVERPhoto Coverage: First Look at SRO's BIG RIVER
by Jerri Shafer - Apr 29, 2016

WHAT: Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Sets 2016-17 SeasonLaguna Playhouse Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is thrilled to announce its 2016-2017 season of shows! Comments Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, 'It's truly one of our most diverse, wildly entertaining and thrilling seasons ever. Our subscribers and audiences are going to love each of these theatrical journeys.' This summer is going to jailhouse rock as you dance to your favorite Elvis songs in ALL SHOOK UP, you can't help falling in love with this jukebox musical; followed by BILLY & RAY which tells the behind the scenes story of Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder as they nearly kill each other making 'Double Indemnity', directed by Michael Matthews; the new year starts with the unexpected love storyCHAPATTI; Hershey Felder returns as master pianist TCHAIKOVSKY; then another musical genius hits our stage with the world premiere musical KING OF THE ROAD: THE ROGER MILLER STORY, directed by Andrew Barnicle; and we complete our season with the extraordinary THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY. Add in a special engagement from Lythgoe Family Productions of SLEEPING BEAUTY and her WINTER KNIGHT Panto and you have one of the finest seasons in our nearly 100 year history! (more...)

BIG RIVER Opens at Queensbury TheatreBIG RIVER Opens at Queensbury Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Big River, the Tony Award-winning musical based on Mark Twain's classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, opened at Queensbury Theatre on Thursday, March 10, 2016. (more...)

Mario Cantone & Jerry Dixon Headed to Bay Street Theater for Memorial WeekendMario Cantone & Jerry Dixon Headed to Bay Street Theater for Memorial Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND with MARIO CANTONE & JERRY DIXON, 'HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?', May 28 at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now for Patrons and Subscribers until March 11 and to the general public on March 12. To become a Patron call Kim Fink, Director of Development at 631-725-0818. To become a Subscriber call the Box Office at 631-725-9500. For more information and to find out when tickets are available to the public, log on to www.baystreet.org or call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm. The Box Office will be open 7 days a week beginning Memorial Day weekend. This evening includes a special VIP ticket opportunity to mix and mingle with the artists at a cocktail party following the performance. (more...)

BWW Feature: MUSICAL THEATER HERITAGE at MTH At Crown CenterBWW Feature: MUSICAL THEATER HERITAGE at MTH At Crown Center
by Alan Portner - Mar 4, 2016

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