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BWW Review: NEWSIES at the Capitol Theatre is MesmerizingBWW Review: NEWSIES at the Capitol Theatre is Mesmerizing
by Tyler Hinton - Jun 8, 2016

Everything about the national tour of Disney's NEWSIES, playing this week at the Capitol Theatre (with a rare return engagement scheduled for August due to high demand), is mesmerizing. With a rousing score, striking stage pictures, fluid movement, sympathetic characters, and athletic dancing, there is always something to excite. (more...)

BWW Review: Seize the Stage! Rousing NEWSIES Leaps Over to OC's Segerstrom CenterBWW Review: Seize the Stage! Rousing NEWSIES Leaps Over to OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - May 24, 2016

Now after more than a year, NEWSIES' North American First National Tour is nearing its conclusion, finally stopping at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through May 29 (the musical will motor down to San Diego the following week). After seeing the original Broadway production in NYC and then seeing its Los Angeles debut at the Pantages Theatre last year, experiencing this exuberant, high-energy, smile-inducing crowd-pleaser again here in my own home turf felt like a special gift. NEWSIES is a fun, uplifting night at the theater... and continues to be in subsequent, multiple viewings. With its winning combination of incredibly acrobatic dancing, family-friendly comedy, engaging story, awesome singing, and dazzling showmanship, there is a lot to love with this show---whether you're 5 or 95. Heck, it certainly made a #Fansie out of me. (more...)

20th Annual IRNE Awards Nominees Are Announced - A.R.T.'s THE GREAT COMET, NICE WORK at Ogunquit, BILLY ELLIOT at NSMT and More!20th Annual IRNE Awards Nominees Are Announced - A.R.T.'s THE GREAT COMET, NICE WORK at Ogunquit, BILLY ELLIOT at NSMT and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) today announced the nominees for the 20th Annual IRNE Awards, which honors the best of the previous year's actors, directors, choreographers, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, mid-size and fringe theater companies. (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES at The Fox TheatreBWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Jan 25, 2016

It's not unusual for movies to be adapted for the stage these days, in fact, it's become rather commonplace. But typically, musicals written for the screen that flop (even though they might have a rather substantial cult following), are usually avoided for obvious reasons. Although, that didn't stop the producers of XANADU from plowing forward, go figure. The Disney film NEWSIES actually seems likes a logical choice to revamp and produce on the stage, and it wound up winning Tony Awards for best score and choreography back in 2012, and becoming quite the hit. So why am I so surprised? I guess because the current touring production, while occasionally dazzling, comes off slightly uninspired and flat. Now, don't get me wrong, there are some really fine performances, an eye catching scenic design, cool effects, and energetic choreography that certainly lives up to expectations. And, like the film, an awful lot of people, both young and old, are guaranteed to truly love this show, as evidenced by the very enthusiastic response from the audience at the performance I attended. (more...)

BWW Review: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES Weighs in at Boston's Huntington TheatreBWW Review: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES Weighs in at Boston's Huntington Theatre
by Jan Nargi - Nov 20, 2015

Jeffrey Hatcher's stage adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A CONFERERACY OF DUNCES, now in its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, feels like a lost opportunity. Much like its obnoxious and oversized central character Ignatius J. Reilly, a slovenly, unemployed 30-year-old still living with and supported by his sweetly doting mother, the play is a lumbering behemoth that is often equal parts boring and boorish. (more...)

BWW Review: THE OTHER PLACE Misses The MarkBWW Review: THE OTHER PLACE Misses The Mark
by Alexander Garza - Nov 3, 2015

I've always liked the intimacy of the Neuhaus stage at the Alley Theatre. I was left feeling like I witnessed real theatre magic through the special effects, interesting dialogue, and over the top violence in LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE, and felt hopeful and inspired by the end of ROCK N' ROLL. But THE OTHER PLACE, written by Sharr White and directed by Don Stephenson, didn't really leave me thinking or feeling anything special after seeing it. It seemed more like an acting exercise for the talented cast rather than a play that would provide any type of catharsis for the audience. (more...)

BWW Review: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES Tour Makes Headlines at Providence Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES Tour Makes Headlines at Providence Performing Arts Center
by Veronica Bruscini - Oct 21, 2015

The stage production of NEWSIES, now playing a limited run at the Providence Performing Arts Center, features the same stirring and beloved songs that captured the hearts of moviegoers, as well as newly choreographed, high-octane dance numbers that dazzle with gravity-defying leaps and spins. (more...)

Alley Theatre Sets Cast, Creative Team of THE OTHER PLACEAlley Theatre Sets Cast, Creative Team of THE OTHER PLACE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2015

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for The Other Place. Josie de Guzman leads the cast as Juliana Smithton, a neurologist whose research leads to a potential breakthrough for a new treatment. Just as it does, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues, she enters into a mystery that blurs fact with fiction, the past with the present, until the elusive truth is unraveled in a windswept cottage on the shores of Cape Cod. The Other Place, by Sharr White and directed by Don Stephenson, begins previews October 23 and opens October 28, with performances continuing through November 15, 2015. (more...)

Anita Gillette, Julie Halston & More to Join Nick Offerman in A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES in BostonAnita Gillette, Julie Halston & More to Join Nick Offerman in A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES in Boston
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2015

The Huntington Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of A Confederacy of Dunces, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by John Kennedy Toole, directed by David Esbjornson (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and All My Sons) and featuring Nick Offerman of NBC's "Parks and Recreation."  Performances begin November 11, 2015 and will run through December 13, 2015 at the BU Theatre / Avenue of the Arts.  (more...)

BWW Review: NEWSIES at SHEA'S BUFFALOBWW Review: NEWSIES at SHEA'S BUFFALO
by Michael Rabice - Sep 30, 2015

Disney's Theatrical Productions high energy stage version of the 1992 film NEWSIES opened last night at Shea's after a tryout at New Jersey's PAPERMILL PLAYHOUSE and subsequent Broadway run. Based on the Disney film,  Harvey Fierstein's book delineates the struggle in 1899 of a group of newsboys who strike against the powerful newspaper magnates, led by Joseph Pulitzer. (more...)

BWW Review: NEWSIES in Toronto is a Hit Full of HeartBWW Review: NEWSIES in Toronto is a Hit Full of Heart
by Alan Henry - Jul 9, 2015

You can't help but cheer for the loveable Newsies in Disney's Broadway musical based on the real news boy strike of 1899 and the financial flop film they produced on the matter in 1992. Disney's Newsies is a well written, incredibly designed, choreographed, and acted hit! Audiences are getting all of the great Disney quality music they've come to expect from legendary composer Alan Menken along with a story line that is as timely as ever with university, teacher, and grocery workers strikes appearing almost daily in the headlines. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Dancers Bring Something Extra to NEWSIES National TourBWW REVIEW: Dancers Bring Something Extra to NEWSIES National Tour
by Jan Nargi - Jun 29, 2015

A lot may seem familiar in Disney's Broadway musical NEWSIES now on tour in Boston, but the dancing chorus of a dozen or so able-bodied newsboys makes this production soar. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NEWSIES National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Reviews: NEWSIES National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - Jun 4, 2015

Based on the 1992 Disney film of the same name, which in turn was inspired by the real-life newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. (more...)

UPDATE: REBECCA Publicist Marc Thibodeau Responds to Latest RulingUPDATE: REBECCA Publicist Marc Thibodeau Responds to Latest Ruling
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

As reported last night, Broadway's ever-evolving REBECCA scandal continues, with press agent Marc Thibodeau having been found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull $2.25 million from the musical, a move that forced the project to a halt. (more...)

Broadway Publicist Found Liable in REBECCA Scandal; Musical Eyeing Spring 2016 BowBroadway Publicist Found Liable in REBECCA Scandal; Musical Eyeing Spring 2016 Bow
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

In the latest legal news from Broadway's ever-evolving REBECCA scandal, Deadline writes that press agent Marc Thibodeau has been found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull $2.25 million from the musical, a move that forced the project to a halt. (more...)

BWW Review: NEWSIES Delights San Fransisco Now thru March 15BWW Review: NEWSIES Delights San Fransisco Now thru March 15
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Feb 21, 2015

Stop the presses! Stop the presses! Newsies is hitting the headlines in a way that is worthy of front page, above-the-fold coverage. If you're looking for an uplifting powerhouse show that will inspire you to action then Newsies is the show for you. (more...)

AUDIO: New Clips Released from REBECCA; Coming to Broadway in Fall 2015?AUDIO: New Clips Released from REBECCA; Coming to Broadway in Fall 2015?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

As BroadwayWorld last reported in October, Rebecca producer Ben Sprecher is still working to bring the much-delayed musical to Broadway in Fall 2015. Fans need wait no longer for a taste of what the show will sound like though! Audio selections of 'Last Night,' 'She's Invincible,' 'I'll Never Forget Her Smile,' 'Free Now,' and 'Rebecca' have just been posted on the show's official website. CLICK HERE to check out clips featuring Lisa O'Hare, Pia Douwes, Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Non-Stop Movement Marks NEWSIES Musical  at The HippodromeBWW Reviews: Non-Stop Movement Marks NEWSIES Musical at The Hippodrome
by Cybele Pomeroy - Dec 4, 2014

NEWSIES showcases enthusiastic, athletic, acrobatic dancing- the Company is chockablock with high-end dancers equal to the complications of Christopher Gattelli's choreography, which deservedly earned this show one of its Tony awards. (more...)

New Version of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID to Return to North American Stage?New Version of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID to Return to North American Stage?
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Despite the fact that THE LITTLE MERMAID was considered an initial failure, Disney exec Thomas Schumacher reveals that there is a good chance it may return to North America in its latest incarnation. (more...)

REBECCA Con Man Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison, Will Pay $68K in RestitutionREBECCA Con Man Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison, Will Pay $68K in Restitution
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

The New York Daily News reports that Mark Hotton, who in 2012 scammed the producers of REBECCA out of $65,000 and all-but extinguished the musical's plans for a Broadway run, was sentenced today, October 10, to almost three years (34 months) in federal prison. (more...)

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