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BWW Blog: Christopher Vo of ON THE TOWN - Getting 'Snipered'
by Guest Blogger: Christopher Vo - Sep 12, 2014

Things are moving along so quickly as the first preview performance of On The Town (September 20) approaches. We have completed teching almost half of our show. One of my favorite songs in the show is 'Lonely Town', performed by Tony Yazbeck (as the sailor Gabey). Tony's voice is hauntingly gorgeous, and the accompanying duet danced by Kristine Covillo and Stephen Hanna is stunning. On The Town is such a comedic show, so it is a refreshing change of pace when we get to the 'Lonely Town' number. I dressed up my dogs, Hugo and Banjo, in sailor outfits and took pictures of them. Enjoy. I imagine them howling out this tune while they are home alone. (more...)

Michael Rupert, Allison Guinn, Phillip Boykin & Stephen DeRosa Join ON THE TOWN Broadway Revival; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 04, 2014

Producers Howard and Janet Kagan have announced complete casting for the new revival of ON THE TOWN, the musical-comedy love letter to New York City opening on Broadway this fall. Directed by John Rando (Tony Award for Urinetown) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award winner for 'Smash') ON THE TOWN is set to begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially opens on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN are on sale now and available at (more...)

Photo Flash: BILLY ELLIOT Ogunquit Playhouse and Broadway Casts Unite
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Members from the former Broadway, National Tour and Chicago productions of Billy Elliot the Musical came to the July 10th performance of Ogunquit Playhouse production. Among the cast members pictured from Ogunquit's production are Noah Parets (Billy), Sam Faulkner (Billy), Anastasia Barzee (Mrs. Wilkinson), Armand Schultz (Dad), Joel Blum (George), Dale Soules (Grandma), Stephen Hanna (Older Billy), and Anthony Festa (Tony). The honored guests pictured are Tony Award Winner, Trent Kowalick (original Broadway Billy Elliot) Tommy Batchelor, (Billy, Broadway and the National Tour), Thommie Retter (Mr. Braithwaite, Broadway), as well as Broadway cast members Brianna Fragomenti, Kara Oates, Annabelle Kempf and Chicago's Small Boy, Mark Page. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: BILLY ELLIOT Shines at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Jan Nargi - Jul 09, 2014

Electricity courses through Ogunquit Playhouse's stunning production of BILLY ELLIOT, continuing through July 26 at 'America's foremost summer theatre.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ogunquit Playhouse Mounts Regional Premiere of BILLY ELLIOT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 29, 2014

Assembling a stellar cast and creative team, the Ogunquit Playhouse has mounted a powerful production of the Elton John-Lee Hall 2005 musical, Billy Elliot. Based on the 2000 film, both directed by Stephen Daldry with original choreography by Peter Darling, Billy Elliot movingly tells the story of a Yorkshire working class boy who discovers his unlikely passion and talent for ballet and who must win his coal miner father's acceptance for his chosen vocation. Set against the background of the bitter 1984 mining strike which pitted the workers' life and death struggle against Margaret Thatcher's push to close the mines, Billy's discovery of his artistic gift becomes his ticket not only to self-fulfillment, but also to escape from his family's bleak existence. (more...)

Noah Parets, Armand Schultz & Anastasia Barzee to Lead Ogunquit Playhouse's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 06, 2014

The Ogunquit Playhouse, America's Foremost Summer Theatre, will be one of the first regional theatres in the U.S. to produce the Tony Award winning Billy Elliot the Musical on stage June 25 to July 26. Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy who discovers his true passion lies in ballet class and not in the boxing ring, and then finds the strength to defy the convention of his small UK mining town to make his dream come true. The Ogunquit production features a cast of Broadway veterans, including Anastasia Barzee, Armond Shultz and Tony Award nominee Joel Blum. (more...)

Summer Stages: Top 10 Summer Theatre Offerings in Columbus, Ohio
by Christina Mancuso - Jun 02, 2014

As the summer months heat up, so do the Columbus stages. Check out BWW's top 5 picks that the whole family can enjoy without breaking the bank this summer: (more...)

BWW Reviews: BALLETNEXT - The Great Leap Forward
by Marjorie Liebert - May 22, 2014

Michele Wiles' BalletNext gave its best performance at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), on Friday, May 17, Founded in 2011, the dancers have developed and matured into a cooperating, fluid dance company, rather than a group of interesting soloists without connection to each other. The two works presented had been previously performed by BalletNext and were welcomed back, demonstrating growth, deeper understanding of the works, and a stronger connection with the audience. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dance Against Cancer Raises Over $200,000 for the American Cancer Society
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

Dance Against Cancer raised more than $200,000 for the American Cancer Society on Monday, May 5, 2014. Proceeds from the evening will benefit research initiatives and patient and family service programs. More than 500 guests attended the fourth annual Dance Against Cancer. VIP guests enjoyed cocktails, preferred seating, and a gift bag in addition to the performance and post-event reception. The performance featured new work by Brian Reeder created for American Ballet Theatre's Isabella Boylston with New York City Ballet's Chase Finlay and Amar Ramasar, Paul Taylor Dance Company in its first appearance at the benefit, Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley performed with students from National Dance Institute, and included the NYC premiere of Justin Peck's Sea Change. Scroll down for photos from the performances! (more...)

New York City Ballet to Host THE 4TH ANNUAL DANCE AGAINST CANCER Benefit, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2014

Co producers, Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbrict of the New York City Ballet, present The 4th Annual Dance Against Cancer, the American Cancer Society's signature dance event dedicated to raising funds and supporting the fight against cancer. Guests enjoy cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres, as well as world premiere dance performances from companies including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Norwegian National Ballet, Broadway's finest, many more. Since its inauguration, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $200,000.00 in support of the American Cancer Society. (more...)

There's Still Time to See the Minnesota Dance Theatre at the Cowles Center, 4/12-13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

If you haven't bought your tickets yet THERE'S STILL TIME! Minnesota Dance Theatre at the Cowles Center Saturday, April 12 at 8:00 pm*** and Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 pm. (more...)

BalletNext Sets Benefit Performance for BAM Fisher, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

BalletNext, led by internationally renowned dancer Michele Wiles, returns to the BAM Fisher (Fishman Space ) for a one-night-only benefit performance on Friday, May 9. Following a critically acclaimed season at New York Live Arts in January 2014, the company will present two popular works by Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti and BalletNext's resident choreographer Brian Reeder. Live music by noted pianist Benjamin Laude will accompany the dancers. (more...)

Minnesota Dance Theatre Welcomes New Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT) has announced the new Board of Directors, director of Development and Communications along with exciting news on the 2014/15 season and the 50th anniversary of Nutcracker Fantasy. (more...)

INTERMEZZO Dance Company to Perform at Vassar College, 3/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

INTERMEZZO Dance Company, a new ballet company founded by American Ballet Theatre soloist Craig Salstein, will perform at Vassar College on Saturday, March 29 at 8pm and Sunday, March 30 at 2pm at Kenyon Hall Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater. Tickets are free and can be reserved by emailing or calling Vassar College Dance (845) 437-5541. For more information visit (more...)

Tom Gold Dance to Present World Premieres at Gerald Lynch Theater, 3/6-7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

Tom Gold Dance will present two evenings of dance with a program that will feature two world premieres. Urban Angels with music by Karl Jenkins, choreography by Tom Gold, costumes by Janie Taylor is inspired by the weeping angels from the Dr. Who television show where these angels might look beautiful but move with a velocity that will astound you. The Ladies Room, music by Claude Debussy, choreography by Tom Gold is what happens when ladies meet in the ladies room. Find out as three ladies gather to reveal the private moments of what is happening in their life and come along with these three women on their own journey. A revival of La Plage, with music by John Zorn and choreography by Tom Gold is a journey from a tropical rainforest to the mythical La Plage where exotic creatures roam the beach and end in a fun beach romp. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ballet Next Performs at New York Live Arts
by Marjorie Liebert - Jan 27, 2014

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Michele Wiles presented the second evening of performances of her new company, Ballet Next, at NYLA. (more...)

Intermezzo Dance Set Edward Henkel's MOVEMENTTALKS, 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

INTERMEZZO Dance Company, founded by American Ballet Theatre soloist Craig Salstein, will be featured in Edward Henkel's MovementTalks on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8pm. In its second appearance, INTERMEZZO will perform and take part in a panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, 1395 Lexington Avenue (between 91st and 92nd Streets), NYC. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at or 212.415.5500. (more...)

American Dance Machine to Present Works by Susan Stroman, Michael Bennett & More, 11/11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2013

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) will present a benefit evening of classic musical theater dance numbers from A Chorus Line, Contact, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, 42nd Street and Promises! Promises on Monday, November 11 at New York City Center, Studio Five at 7:00 p.m. Each piece has been coached by artists intimately involved in their original productions. The evening will be directed by Artistic Director Margo Sappington and feature live music with musical direction by Eugene Gwozdz. ADM21 is a new non-profit dance company founded by Executive Director Nikki Feirt Atkins, dedicated to creating a living and vibrant archive of classic and current notable musical theater choreography. (more...)

Intermezzo Dance Company Kicks Off Debut Performance Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2013

INTERMEZZO Dance Company, a new ballet company founded by American Ballet Theatre soloist Craig Salstein, announces its debut performance season. Performances will take place from tonight, October 18-20, 2013 at 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, 1395 Lexington Avenue (between 91st and 92nd Streets), NYC. (more...)

Tom Gold Dance to Return to STARS OF BALLET in Bilbao, Spain, 8/21-22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2013

Tom Gold Dance has been invited back to be a part of Stars Of Ballet in Bilbao, Spain, as part of the program Works & Process at the Guggenheim. This will be the 5th season for the company in Bilbao. They will present performances on Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 pm at El Auditorio del Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain. (more...)

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