Scott Wittman News

BWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Music Theatre Wichita
by Alison Bridget Chambers - Jul 25, 2014

Music Theatre Wichita continues its impressive summer with another show stopper. Catch Me If You Can, directed by MTW's own Wayne Bryant, is a slick little number with a host of unforgettable performances. (more...)

BWW TV: Patti's Back! Watch Preview from Patti LuPone's THE LADY WITH THE TORCH at 54 Below
by Randy Rainbow - Jul 23, 2014

In an evening, conceived and directed by Tony Award winner Scott Wittman, LuPone will perform an eclectic collection of torch songs by songwriters including Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn,Billy Barnes, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times described the show as 'a beautifully paced, marvelously delivered torch-song exploration of the pleasures and pains of love; LuPone's remarkable, larger-than-life qualities and stunning musicality are distilled into the pure essence of her art.' BroadwayWorld was there for a special press preview with Patti and you can check out a sneak peek of the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ready or Not, Here Comes Patti! LuPone Previews New Show at 54 Below
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 21, 2014

Earlier today it was announced that 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, has a multi-year agreement with two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone. Twice yearly, LuPone will play two-week engagements at the venue. The agreement, which runs through 2016, launches with the upcoming July 21 - August 2 engagement, 'The Lady with The Torch.' (more...)

Patti LuPone Coming Back for More at 54 Below; Signs Agreement Through 2016!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, has announced a multi-year agreement with two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone. Twice yearly, LuPone will play two-week engagements at the venue. (more...)

Patti LuPone Brings THE LADY WITH A TORCH to 54 Below, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Two-time Tony Award winner and 54 Below favorite Patti LuPone returns to 54 Below with her critically-acclaimed show 'The Lady with A Torch', conceived and directed by Scott Wittman. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MTWichita's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Running 7/23 - 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Continuing the 43rd season for Music Theatre Wichita, the fourth of this summer's five large-scale productions is the Kansas premiere of "Catch Me If You Can," at Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita, KS. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tony Nominee Santino Fontana Visits Broadway Artists Alliance
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Santino Fontana, 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Cinderella), visited students of Broadway Artists Alliance Junior Summer Intensive on July 9th. Fontana spoke of his start in school plays all the way to his Broadway career. Fontana relayed some words of wisdom during a Q&A, answering questions ranging from memorizing all those lines to the process of making Frozen. (more...)

Bridget Everett's ROCK BOTTOM to Open The Public Theater's 2014-15 Downtown Season; Performances Begin 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

The Public Theater will open its 2014-15 downtown season with the world premiere of Bridget Everett's ROCK BOTTOM at Joe's Pub. Created by Bridget Everett, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Matt Ray, ROCK BOTTOM was originally commissioned as part of the Joe's Pub 2013 New York Voices series. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Summer Theatre of New Canaan Rocks with HAIRSPRAY
by Cindy Cardozo - Jul 06, 2014

Summer Theatre of New Canaan rocks the summer months with the powerhouse, feel-good musical, Hairspray. (more...)

Megan Hilty Sings SMASH, WICKED & More Broadway Showstoppers At BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR!
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 05, 2014

SMASH star, Broadway headliner and small screen standout Megan Hilty participated in the familiar annual Independence Day celebration BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR and reminded us why she is one of Broadway's best bombshells with some stupendous musical theatre showstoppers of all sorts - including tunes from SMASH, WICKED and GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES! (more...)

Photo Flash: Alex Jennings, Ben Forster, and More Celebrate West End's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY's One Year Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, last night marked the first anniversary of its opening at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane with a gala performance and party for cast, crew and special guests. Check out a first look at cast members on the red carpet below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Leslie Odom, Jr. Talks Tick, Tick...Boom
by Jena Tesse Fox - Jun 26, 2014

Leslie Odom, Jr. talks about starring in Tick, Tick...Boom at City Center's Encores! Off-Center series, performing on TV's Smash and choosing wings over cages. (more...)

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Marc Shaiman & More Set for Second Season of AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) announced the artists who will perform in the second season of American Songbook at NJPAC, to be taped before a live audience at the Arts Center for a series to air on NJTV, WLIW and THIRTEEN this fall. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Playhouse on the Square Teases Its Beehives in HAIRSPRAY
by Joseph Baker - Jun 21, 2014

When Playhouse on the Square first showcased the musical version of the giddy John Waters' romp HAIRSPRAY a few seasons back, terpsichorean dynamo Courtney Oliver (as 'Tracy Turnblad') and theatre veteran Ken Zimmerman ('Miss Edna') left the stage each night with clamorous standing ovations for them and their colorful cohorts. I saw it more than once; it was the kind of theatrical experience that not only made you want to see it repeatedly, but one to which you longed to introduce others. I was thrilled to learn not only that HAIRSPRAY would return to end the current season at Playhouse, but that it would also reunite most of the original cast - and would be directed by the ever reliable Dave Landis. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals for CCT's HAIRSPRAY
by Stage Tube - Jun 21, 2014

Columbus Children's Theatre presents HAIRSPRAY, July 5 - 20, 2014 at Park Street Theatre. Music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, and based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. Performed by CCT's Summer Pre-Professional Company (ages 16-22). Check out a behind-the-scenes look below! (more...)

Gladstone Theatre in the Park to Open 27th Season with HAIRSPRAY, 7/3-6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Gladstone will open its 27th Season of Theatre in the Park with "Hairspray". The show opens Thursday, July 3rd, but will break for the Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 4th and continue again on Saturday, July 5th and Sunday, July 6th. All performances begin at 8:30 p.m. and concessions will be provided by Gladstone Rotary. (more...)

PlayMakers' Summer Youth Conservatory to Perform HAIRSPRAY, 7/16-20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

A cast of young student actors will perform the Tony Award-winning musical 'Hairspray' July 16-20 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. High school actors and technicians will begin work on the production June 16. PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theater in residence in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, will present the Broadway musical as the culmination of its popular Summer Youth Conservatory. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Paul Stuart Windows Celebrate Broadway: Ken Fallin-A Salute to the Tonys
by Walter McBride - Jun 04, 2014

Extensive window displays as well as a storewide presentation of Broadway memorabilia run through June 30th at thePaul Stuart flagship located at Madison Avenue at 45th Street. The exhibit features photography by Martha Swope(the celebrated chronicler of Broadway and only photographer to ever be presented a Tony Award), illustrations byKen Fallin (whose great caricatures of Broadway theatre regularly grace the pages of The Wall Street Journal), and both design sketches and a carefully curated selection of the costumes designed by 5 time Tony winner (and Chairman of the American Theatre Wing) William Ivey Long. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from of the displays below! (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Scott Wittman, Patti LuPone & More Salute the Tony Awards at Paul Stuart!
by Walter McBride - Jun 04, 2014

An in-store reception was hosted by Paul Stuart and The Wall Street Journal with special guest hosts two-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time Tony Award winner and 2006 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Lupone and director and Tony Award-winning lyricist (for Hairspray) Scott Wittman. Entertainment throughout the evening was provided by the legendary Broadway orchestrator (and one of 12 people to have won all four major show business awards referred to as EGOT: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) Jonathan Tunick and his 'Broadway Moonlighters'. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the special event below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: A Conversation with Anisa Cameron of Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society
by Noelle Hannibal - Jun 04, 2014

Anisa Cameron was born to be in showbiz. Born in New York, but raised under the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, Her grandmother was a Rockette, her father was the lead singer of the Folies Bergere at the Tiffany Theatre inside the Tropicana and her mother, a dancer, was a chorus girl who worked her way up to company manager. Says Cameron, 'Vegas in the 80's was, and still is, a place where performers can have a modicum of stability. You can raise a family, own a home and basically live a normal life. Excpet you're working nights. [You can] still have all of the amenities of community and family, without the stress of wondering where your next gig coming from or how you're going to raise your children.' Cameron and her brother, a dancer, were more or less raised backstage at the Tiffany Theatre. Although their parents begged and pleaded, both chose to pursue a life in the arts. (more...)

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