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Liz Callaway Set for Rubicon Theatre Company's Broadway Musical Concert SeriesLiz Callaway Set for Rubicon Theatre Company's Broadway Musical Concert Series
by Adam Jay - Apr 27, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company is pleased to present the sensational Broadway icon LIZ CALLAWAY in her stellar cabaret act as the third offering in the annual Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series. A Tony® Nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, LIZ CALLAWAY's cabaret features her favorite Broadway show tunes, songs from movie musicals and pop hits from the 1960s. Having performed to rave reviews at venues from New York's Rainbow & Stars and Metropolitan Room, to the Donmar Warehouse in London, LIZ CALLAWAY brings her crystal-clear Broadway belt to Ventura for three performances only, Saturday,May 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rubicon Theatre Presents American Premiere of eXtrasPhoto Flash: Rubicon Theatre Presents American Premiere of eXtras
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2016

Following a critically hailed, highly successful extended run of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rubicon Theatre Company continues the 2015-2016 Season with another American premiere -- eXtras  by Sabina Berman. Loosely adapted from Marie Jones' Olivier Award-winning comedy Stones in His Pockets, eXtras is the hilarious story of what happens when a Hollywood film company descends upon a small California/Mexico border town to shoot a major motion picture, wreaking havoc on the fragile ecosystem of the community.  eXtras will open on Saturday, April 16 at 7pm and run through Sunday, May 1 at the Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura. (more...)

18-Year-Old Wins DADDY LONG LEGS 'Give A Girl Her Chance' Contest18-Year-Old Wins DADDY LONG LEGS 'Give A Girl Her Chance' Contest
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Ken Davenport and Michael Jackowitz, the producers of the new Off-Broadway musical Daddy Long Legs, are pleased to announce the winner of the 'Give A Girl Her Chance' contest, which will gift an Off-Broadway debut to one talented young woman. (more...)

Bruno and Odiseo Bichir to Make U.S. Stage Debuts in 'eXtras' at RubiconBruno and Odiseo Bichir to Make U.S. Stage Debuts in 'eXtras' at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Following a critically hailed, highly successful extended run of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rubicon Theatre Company continues the 2015-2016 Season with another American premiere -- eXtras by Sabina Berman. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

 Rubicon Theatre Company is pleased to announce the complete cast of WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?, part of the second year of the annual Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series. Celebrating the music of George and Ira Gershwin, one of the most significant and popular American songwriting teams of all time, WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? is presented for three performances only, Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: RAGTIME at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts PlazaBWW Reviews: RAGTIME at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
by Cary Ginell - Mar 25, 2016

At the beginning of Act II of Ragtime, Terrence McNally's masterful musical adaptation of E. L. Doctorow's novel, journeyman pianist Coalhouse Walker Jr., decimated by the murder of his beloved Sarah, sings, 'Say goodbye to music / Say goodbye to light.' This sums up my feelings about Theater League's production of Ragtime, which arrived for a brief four-day stay at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Thursday night. The original 1998 Broadway production won a Tony Award for Best Score, but many patrons who packed the Fred Kavli Theatre on opening night were dismayed to discover that Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's sumptuous, moving songs were being played from pre-recorded synthesized music tracks. Despite superb performances from the entire cast, Theater League's Ragtime suffers greatly from this omission, which was apparently a decision of Phoenix Entertainment, the independent theatrical producing and management enterprise in charge of producing the show. (more...)

VIDEO: DADDY LONG LEGS Celebrates 200th Off-Broadway PerformanceVIDEO: DADDY LONG LEGS Celebrates 200th Off-Broadway Performance
by Michael Dale - Mar 24, 2016

Stars Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin shared celebratory cake with Tuesday night's audience members. (more...)

DADDY LONG LEGS Extends Contest DeadlineDADDY LONG LEGS Extends Contest Deadline
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

Ken Davenport and Michael Jackowitz, the producers of the new Off-Broadway musical DADDY LONG LEGS, are pleased to announce the deadline extension of their "Give A Girl Her Chance" Contest, which will gift an Off-Broadway debut to one talented young woman. The contest submission due date will now be Monday, March 28th at 11:59pm, and the age limit for submissions has been removed. (more...)

DADDY LONG LEGS to Play 200th Performance Off-Broadway TonightDADDY LONG LEGS to Play 200th Performance Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

DADDY LONG LEGS celebrates their 200th performance on Tuesday, March 22nd at the Davenport Theatre. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre to Present WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? Concert, 4/2-3Rubicon Theatre to Present WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? Concert, 4/2-3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

The Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company continues in its second year with a weekend concert celebrating one of the most significant and popular American songwriting teams of all time, George and Ira Gershwin. WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? will be presented for two nights only on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Extends THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Through March 26Rubicon Theatre Extends THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Through March 26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that its critically acclaimed American premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton, adapted from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson that also inspired the legendary John Ford 1962 film, will extend through Saturday, March 26 at the Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is a classic tale of love, honor, ambition and revenge set against the backdrop of the American West. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre to Present SONGS FROM THE WEST AND BEYOND Benefit ConcertRubicon Theatre to Present SONGS FROM THE WEST AND BEYOND Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company has announced a benefit concert this Sunday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. called SONGS FROM THE WEST AND BEYOND, which will feature Nashville based singer/songwriters SYLVIE DAVIDSON and TREVOR WHEETMAN (currently appearing in the cast of Rubicon's acclaimed American premiere production of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE). (more...)

DADDY LONG LEGS Launches Competition for Young Female PerformersDADDY LONG LEGS Launches Competition for Young Female Performers
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Ken Davenport and Michael Jackowitz, the producers of the new Off-Broadway musical DADDY LONG LEGS, have announced the "Give A Girl Her Chance" Contest, which will gift an Off-Broadway debut to one talented young woman. (more...)

Photo Flash: Celebrities Attend Rubicon's American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCEPhoto Flash: Celebrities Attend Rubicon's American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Celebrities dressed in Western attire walked the red carpet last Saturday as Rubicon Theatre Company of Ventura presented the American Premiere of the stage play THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton. Attendees included musician Jim Messina of Loggins & Messina, Poco and Buffalo Springfield and his beautiful wife Michaela; Golden Globe nominated actor Ted Neeley with his wife Leeyan and daughter Tessa; and Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Spano with his daughters Liana and Meili. Scroll down for photos from the opening night festivities! (more...)

BWW Review: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Mar 10, 2016

John Ford's 1962 film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, is one of motion picture's all-time classic westerns. So when I heard that a play version was making its American premiere at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, I got more than just a little excited. Envisioning the tensions seen on the screen in epic portrayals by Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and Lee Marvin promised to be riveting theater. Unfortunately, the play version was taken not from the screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck (it was unavailable) but an adaptation by British playwright Joshua Compton from Dorothy M. Johnson's original short story, and although the Rubicon has created a fabulous setting, marvelous performances from all of the actors, and an atmospheric, on-stage musical tableau by Trevor Wheetman, the result is simply not as compelling as the movie. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCEPhoto Flash: First Look at American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company's 2015-2016 Season continues with the American premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton. Adapted from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson that also inspired the legendary John Ford 1962 film, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is a classic tale of love, honor, ambition and revenge set against the backdrop of the American West.   (more...)

BWW Interview: Jenny Sullivan of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Interview: Jenny Sullivan of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Mar 1, 2016

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was originally a short story penned in 1953 by Dorothy M. Johnson (1905 - 1984), who wrote numerous articles and stories with Western themes. In 1962, Valance was adapted for motion pictures in a blockbuster film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, James Stewart, and Lee Marvin, in the title role of the sadistic gunslinger who is taken on by Stewart, who portrayed a tenderfoot attorney new to the dusty town of Shinbone. Jethro Compton's new stage play is based on the short story instead of the movie, getting its start in England in 2014. The Rubicon Theatre Company's new production marks the play's American debut, starring Gregory Harrison in the role of Bert Barricune, the equivalent of John Wayne's Tom Doniphon in the film. Reviews of the play have called it 'gripping drama' and 'consistently absorbing.' We spoke with Jenny Sullivan, who is directing Rubicon's production and she talked about the process of presenting a subject that has become much more famous through the film adaptation than for the original story. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre to Stage U.S. Debut of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCERubicon Theatre to Stage U.S. Debut of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company's 2015-2016 season continues with the American premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton. Adapted from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson that also inspired the legendary John Ford 1962 film, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is a classic tale of love, honor, ambition and revenge set against the backdrop of the American West. (more...)

DADDY LONG LEGS Releases 'The Secret of Happiness' Sheet Music for FreeDADDY LONG LEGS Releases 'The Secret of Happiness' Sheet Music for Free
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2016

The producers of the new Off-Broadway musical DADDY LONG LEGS, and Paul Gordon (Music & Lyrics) have released "The Secret of Happiness" sheet music from DADDY LONG LEGS for free.  (more...)

Noel Paul Stookey Coming to Rubicon Theatre, 5/15Noel Paul Stookey Coming to Rubicon Theatre, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

 Returning after last year's sold-out concert, singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey (Paul of Peter, Paul and Mary), brings his intimate musicality to the Rubicon Theatre Company stage once again for a one-night-only, two-hour event of story and melody spanning 50 years. The concert, entitled "At Home: Ventura," takes place on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Rubicon's home in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District. For tickets, call (805) 667-2900 or go to www.rubicontheatre.org. (more...)

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