Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/18/2015by - Jul 18, 2015
BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/18/2015.
Photo Flash: Inside Bay Street Theater's Summer Gala, Featuring THE PRINCE OF EGYPT Concert!by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the success of the premiere concert reading of the first act of DreamWorks Theatricals new stage adaptation of The Prince of Egypt which was part of Bay Street Theater's 24th Annual Summer Gala which took place in Sag Harbor at the Long Wharf on July 11, 2015 to benefit Bay Street's educational and theatrical programs. ThePrince of Egypt features book by Philip LaZebnik (writer of Mulan, Pocahontas) and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked,Pippin, Godspell); both creators attended the Gala. Bay Street's Artistic Director Scott Schwartz directed the reading, Dominic Amendum was Musical Director, and casting was by Stewart/Whitley. (more...)
Photo Flash: Patina Miller, Aaron Lazar, and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT Cast Prep for Concert Readingby BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2015
BroadwayWorld previously announced that Bay Street Theater & Dreamworks Theatricals would be presenting a concert reading of the musical adaptation of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT today, July 11. Featuring book by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan, Pocahontas), and music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), the concert stars Norm Lewis and Aaron Lazar. Lazar tweeted a pic of the cast together today, with the caption, 'It's concert time!' Check it out below! (more...)
All We Ever Wanted! Meet the Starry Cast of Stephen Schwartz's THE PRINCE OF EGYPT Concert Readingby Tyler Peterson - Jun 27, 2015
As announced this week, the full cast of Bay Street Theater & Dreamworks Theatricals' upcoming concert reading of the musical adaptation of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, featuring book by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan, Pocahontas), and music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), has officially been revealed. (more...)
Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at NYMF's WHAT DO CRITICS KNOW?by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015
The New York Musical Theatre Festival and MWG Productions, LLC are pleased to announce casting for WHAT DO CRITICS KNOW?, a new musical with music and lyrics by James Campodonico and Matthew Gurren a book by Matthew Gurren and direction by Michael Bello. The company includes Chris Gleim, Sarah Stevens, Mary Mossberg, Danny Bolero, Kimberly Doreen Burns, Ryan Knowles, Bruce Rebold, Jason Fleck, Prescott Seymour, Kaitlyn Frank, Lindsay Bayer, Sean Bell and Danny Harris Kornfeld. Scroll down for a peek at the cast in their preview concert below! (more...)
Norm Lewis & Aaron Lazar Will be Joined by All-Star Cast in Concert Reading of Stephen Schwartz's THE PRINCE OF EGYPTby BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015
? Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced the full cast for the premiere concert reading of the first act of DreamWorks Theatricals new stage adaptation of The Prince of Egypt. (more...)
WHAT DO CRITICS KNOW? to Play NYMFby BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015
The New York Musical Theatre Festival and MWG Productions, LLC are pleased to announce casting for WHAT DO CRITICS KNOW?, a new musical with music and lyrics by James Campodonico and Matthew Gurren a book by Matthew Gurren and direction by Michael Bello. The company includes Chris Gleim, Sarah Stevens, Mary Mossberg, Danny Bolero, Kimberly Doreen Burns, Ryan Knowles, Bruce Rebold, Jason Fleck, Prescott Seymour, Kaitlyn Frank, Lindsay Bayer, Sean Bell and Danny Harris Kornfield. (more...)
Leading Bahamas Real Estate Brokerage, HG Christie Ltd, Announces Top Producing Agentsby BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015
HG Christie Ltd., the oldest full-service real estate brokerage in The Bahamas and the exclusive Bahamas affiliate for Christie's International Real Estate, has announced their Top Producing Agents of 2014. This is a highly coveted recognition within the company and revered among clients. 'Top Producers' are agents who possess notable attributes and who have demonstrated top-earnings in their specific region of The Bahamas. This year includes top performers from Abaco, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, New Providence (Nassau/Paradise Island) and Private Islands. (more...)
Christine Ebersole, Cast of IF/THEN, Rachelle Rak & More Set for 54 Below This Weekby BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015
Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)
5th Floor Theatre to Bring FROM THE GROUND UP to 54 Below This Monthby BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015
5th Floor Theatre's 'From the Ground Up' is set for January 30, 2015 at 9:30 PM at 54 Below. (more...)
Photo Flash: Christine Pedi Celebrates GOOD TO MAMA CD Release at Birdlandby BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014
On Monday night, funny lady Christine Pedi got to show off her musical chops as she celebrated the release of her new CD, 'Good To Mama' as part of the Broadway at Birdland concert series. She belted, she purred, she joked, she duetted with legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and she showed off her vast array of famous voices to the delight of a packed house. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)
BROADWAY BARRE to Welcome National Touring Cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU at Rockwell Table & Stage, 7/28by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014
Broadway Barre, a monthly musical-theatre themed event hosted by Kate Pazakis, continues July 28th at 8 PM. This month's special guest: The National Touring cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU. (more...)
Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Queen's WE WILL ROCK YOU at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre!by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014
Queen and Ben Elton's 'We Will Rock You,' created by Ben Elton with music supervisors Brian May and Roger Taylor, is coming to the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, and with it comes a rock attitude.'We Will Rock You' opened last night, Wednesday, July 16, and runs through August 24, 2014. Check out photos from opening night below! (more...)
BWW Reviews: 5th Ave's WE WILL ROCK YOU Rocks - But is that Enough?by Jay Irwin - Jul 9, 2014
Sometimes jukebox musicals need to stay in the jukebox. There are some exceptions where it works. When it's a good review like “Smokey Joe's Café” or when there's a fun book like “Mamma Mia”. But when you take the songs of a classic rock band (such as Queen) and jam them into a completely contrived and nonsensical, thread thin plot the result (as with “We Will Rock You” currently at the 5th Avenue Theatre) is a barely entertaining mish mash of songs that left me less entertained and more embarrassed for those involved.
Now I love me some Queen. I'm a little too young to have been aware of them in their hay day but like many others discovered them after their run as their enduring songs continue to live on. Which is why I feel they deserve better than the show they got. A show where we're in a not so distant future and people live their lives online (not so different from now) and because of this, rock and roll has been outlawed. (And there's the main plot hole because what's on the Internet but lots and lots of music.) So when a hunky idealistic dreamer, Galileo (Brian Justin Crum) who keeps hearing the lyrics from long dead rockers meets another outcast Scaramouche (Ruby Lewis), the two set out to escape the clutches of the all powerful Killer Queen (Jacqueline B. Arnold) and find other rebels who want to bring back rock. And how will they do this? Um, play music. Yeah, that's ultimately what drives the bad guys away, music. But then we've had music through out the whole show including from the bad guys. See, plot hole.
And if this ridiculous story filled with so much bad, one repeated joke (how many times can we mention that the male leader of the rebels goes by the name Britney Spears?), sitcom humor and clunky exposition laden dialog from book writer Ben Elton weren't bad enough, but then they take these wonderful Queen songs and force them into the narrative often times changing the lyrics to try and make them fit. For example, they take the title song from the movie “Flash Gordon” and bastardize it so it's now all about giving the captured rebels electro shock therapy. Or how about Killer Queen singing “Fat Bottomed Girls” because, well I'm still not certain why she was singing it other than to check that iconic tune off the list. Did no one listen to the lyrics of the songs while trying to write the show? They're all quite narrative to begin with. And Elton couldn't come up with a story that fit in with those narratives? I mean he's even got characters names Galileo and Scaramouche but “Bohemian Rhapsody” (the thing all the bohemian rockers are striving for in the story by the way) isn't even performed until the end of the show as an after thought encore.
The cast does what they can. In fact they amp their energy and intent up to about a 17 in order to try and give this story some punch. Crum and Lewis certainly have incredible voices worthy of Freddie Mercury and they completely shred any numbers given to them. Arnold too has a gorgeous voice but doesn't seem as invested in playing the villain in this over the top melodrama. But I have to mention Ryan Knowles who not only lent some incredible pipes to his numbers but some delicious comedic timing and heart to his character making him completely “ROCK”. But even the infectious energy of this amazing cast can't polish away the stench of this turd try as they may.
The show is a somewhat fun ride but ultimately weighed down with such a horrible book and bastardized songs that it just feels insulting. Queen deserves better and smarter as do audiences, which is why I give “We Will Rock You” a NAH with my three letter rating system. Others may have enjoyed it but I just found it not worth the effort.
“We Will Rock You” performs at the 5th Avenue Theatre through July 13th. For tickets or information contact the 5th Avenue box office at 206-625-1900 or visit them online at www.5thavenue.org. (more...)
WE WILL ROCK YOU Comes to The 5th Avenue Theatre, 7/8-13by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014
The worldwide smash hit 'rock theatrical', Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You, built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits will rock The 5th Avenue Theatre July 8-13. We Will Rock You is produced by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations. (more...)
BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU Fails to Impressby Brooke Bridenstine - Jun 18, 2014
There is not a lot to say about We Will Rock You. The plot is bizarre, the characters and dialogue are weak, and only the great music keeps it afloat. (more...)
BWW Interviews: RYAN KNOWLES Talks WE WILL ROCK YOUby Linda Ann Watt - May 24, 2014
Ryan Knowles plays 'Buddy' in WE WILL ROCK YOU the smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton (more...)
BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU at PPAC Lives Up to Its Titleby Robert Barossi - Apr 16, 2014
It's not every rock band or musical act that could successfully create musical based on its many widely varying songs. There has to be a certain uniformity, power and resonance to the music, all of the music, carrying through many songs, rather than just one or two 'greatest hits.' And they have to be songs that can be strung together to create a cohesive whole that works as a musical with a plot, story, characters, etc. If there's any proof that it can be done, and done smashingly well, it's found in We Will Rock You, the 'rock theatrical' created through the combination of British writer Ben Elton and the music of Queen. (more...)
WE WILL ROCK YOU Plays Warner Theatre With New Song, 6/3-8by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 31, 2014
Queen and Ben Elton's smash musical WE WILL ROCK YOU, built around 24 of British rock group Queen's biggest hits, including 'Another One Bites The Dust,' 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love,' 'We Are The Champions,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' and 'We Will Rock You,' opens at the Warner Theatre (513 13th Street NW) on Tuesday, June 3, and will run eight performances until Sunday, June 8. For tickets ($55-75), visit ticketmaster.com or warnertheatredc.com. (more...)
WE WILL ROCK YOU Opens Tonight at Music Hall at Fair Parkby BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014
The worldwide smash hit 'rock theatrical,' Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You, built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits, opens at the Music Hall at Fair Park tonight, March 4, 2014. We Will Rock You is produced by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations. (more...)
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