Theater Productions News

Guest Conductor Jack Everly to Lead Utah Symphony in MUSIC OF THE BABY BOOMERS, 5/2-3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

Guest conductor Jack Everly joins the Utah Symphony on May 2-3 for a trip down memory lane at Abravanel Hall. This special concert, celebrating the Baby Boom generation, highlights songs and television shows from the 1960s. The program features music by the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli, and the Beatles, and guest vocalists Roy Chicas, Jim Hogan, Marissa McGowan, N'Kenge, Kristine Reese and Max Quinlan. (more...)

New York City Ballet Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center with Spring Gala on 5/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

New York City Ballet announced today that its 2014 Spring Gala on Thursday, May 8 at 7pm will feature a special one-time-only program designed by NYCB's Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the opening of the New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater) at Lincoln Center, as well as celebrate its future with a World Premiere ballet by choreographer Justin Peck and composer Sufjan Stevens. (more...)

La Vie Theaters to Present 1st Annual Short Film Red Carpet Event with THE TRUTH BEHIND THE CHORDS, 7/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

LA VIE THEATERS presents THE 1ST ANNUAL SHORT FILM RED CARPET EVENT featuring THE TRUTH BEHIND THE CHORDS. Produced by Shandell King, Co-Produced by Angel Light Pictures Antonio Saillant, Composed by Shandell King and Grammy Award Winner Joel Diamond and Directed by Jared Cline. The event will start on Sunday, July 13th 2014 at 4:30pm. (more...)

The Group Rep to Stage World Premiere Musical THE GHOST OF GERSHWIN, 5/9-6/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Group Rep presents the world premiere musical 'The Ghost of Gershwin,' with music by Wayland Pickard, book by Doug Haverty, lyrics by Laura Manning, directed by Jules Aaron, choreographed by Michele Bernath, and produced by Richard Alan Woody. The play runs May 9 through June 22, 2014, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm at the Lonny Chapman Theatre at the edge of the NoHo Arts District. (more...)

Broadway-Themed Gala Dinner to Benefit Music Circus, Broadway Sacramento and Arts Ed Programs, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Broadway Gala, California Musical Theatre's annual fund raising dinner, takes place on Saturday, May 3, starting at 6:00 p.m., at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street in Sacramento. Memorial Auditorium will be elegantly decorated for the evening with a New York Broadway theme. (more...)

Broadway's Harold Prince Set for William Paterson University's Lecturer Series, 5/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Broadway producer and director Harold Prince will speak at William Paterson University in Wayne as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the University's Shea Center for Performing Arts on campus. The program has been rescheduled from the original date of April 4. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - In Rehearsal with Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Stage Tube - Apr 14, 2014

In the video below, take a peek into the very first day of The Sound of Music rehearsals at the Lyric Opera of Chicago! (more...)

PIPPI LONGSTOCKING: THE FAMILY MUSICAL to Play Main Street Theater, 6/8-8/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Based on the novel by Astrid Lindgren, PIPPI LONGSTOCKING: THE FAMILY MUSICAL will play Main Street Theater - Chelsea Market, June 8 - August 3, 2014. Adapted for the stage by Sebastian and Staffan Gotestam, the show features music and lyrics by Sebastian and will be directed by Jimmy Phillips. (more...)

The American Composers Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 Season - ORCHESTRA UNDERGROUND, BLUES SYMPHONY & BEYOND and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan, American Composers Orchestra's (ACO) 2014-2015 season strengthens the orchestra's commitment to serve as a catalyst for the creation of new orchestral music, providing unprecedented opportunities for American composers to create new work and for audiences to discover it. Now in its 11th year at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, Orchestra Underground continues as ACO's subversive and entrepreneurial redefinition of the orchestra as an elastic ensemble, and this year features the rarely performed orchestral music of pioneering composer and performer Meredith Monk, holder of the 2014-2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall (Monk's Sphere, November 21). Orchestra Underground brings cabaret, pop, and jazz traditions into the concert hall in a program featuring Kurt Weill's cabaret cult classic The Seven Deadly Sins sung by Shara Worden (Sin & Songs, February 27). For the first time in several seasons, ACO returns to performing with full symphonic forces outside of Carnegie Hall - the orchestra's April concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center will showcase the New York premiere ofWynton Marsalis' Blues Symphony. (more...)

East End Special Players to Present NYC Showing of GIGI! THE LIFE OF A DOLL, 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

This Saturday, April 12th, The East End Special Players are pleased to present a special New York City showing of their original theater piece, Gigi! The Life of a Doll at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF)'s Florence Gould Hall. (more...)

Ladies of Rock & Roll Set for Las Vegas' Suncoast Showroom, 5/10-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Music icons Lesley Gore and 'Little' Peggy March, Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll, will perform their chart-topping songs on the Suncoast Showroom stage May 10 and 11. (more...)

The Falcon Theatre Extends Run of THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON, Now Through 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Falcon Theatre, Abbie Phillips and Jan Kallish in association with the Lookingglass Theatre Company are thrilled to announce that their critically-acclaimed (LA Times CRITIC'S CHOICE), West Coast Premiere of THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON, written by Nicola Behrman, David Kersnar, Abbie Phillips, Heidi Stillman and Andrew White and directed by Dan Bonnell is EXTENDINGthrough SUNDAY, APRIL 27 at the Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr. in Burbank. This is the first association between the Falcon Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, 2011 recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. (more...)

Natalie Wachen Returns to La Mirada Theatre to Teach Musical Theatre Workshop and More, Summer 2014
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Before joining the cast of Martin Scorsese's Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning HBO series BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and before starring as Mimi Marquez in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of RENT, Natalie Wachen was a member of the La Mirada-based Phantom Projects Theatre Group. Now, Ms. Wachen returns not as an actress and director, but as a teacher. (more...)

BWW TV: Bryan Cranston & More Stand Up for Senator Schumer's Broadway Tax Bill!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 07, 2014

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today joined actors Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston, other top Broadway actors and characters, as well as a number of Broadway producers, as he announced his campaign to give Broadway and live Theater Productions a major tax break that will encourage investment and spur job creation on the Great White Way. Schumer today called for passage of his key amendment that would change the federal tax code and create equal tax treatment for live theater by extending its investors the same benefits afforded already to film and television producers. Schumer today noted that individual investors are the backbone of this industry, but it is often a prohibitively risky enterprise to invest and finance commercial stage production. Schumer is rallying for his plan to help alter that reality; last week, he successfully fought for his amendment to be included in a Senate tax bill in that will be considered for a full vote in the Senate in the coming weeks. BroadwayWorld takes you inside the special event below! (more...)

Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston & More Stand with Senator Charles E. Schumer for a Broadway a Tax Break
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today joined actors Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston, other top Broadway actors and characters, as well as a number of Broadway producers, as he announced his campaign to give Broadway and live Theater Productions a major tax break that will encourage investment and spur job creation on the Great White Way. Schumer today called for passage of his key amendment that would change the federal tax code and create equal tax treatment for live theater by extending its investors the same benefits afforded already to film and television producers. Schumer today noted that individual investors are the backbone of this industry, but it is often a prohibitively risky enterprise to invest and finance commercial stage production. Schumer is rallying for his plan to help alter that reality; last week, he successfully fought for his amendment to be included in a Senate tax bill in that will be considered for a full vote in the Senate in the coming weeks. (more...)

TADA! Youth Theater Presents SAMANTHA SPADE, ACE DETECTIVE, 4/26-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 06, 2014

TADA! Youth Theater, Janine Nina Trevens Executive & Artistic Director, proudly presents the WORLD PREMIERE ofSAMANTHA SPADE, ACE DETECTIVE: THE CASE OF THE MALTBALL FALCON, an original family musical performed by kids for kids, from April 26-May 18. A film- noir-detective-story-musical (Nancy Drew meets Bogie!), SAMANTHA SPADE, has Book & Lyrics by Lisa Diana Shapiro, Music by Georgia Stitt, Direction & Choreography by Joanna Greer & Musical Direction by Sinai Tabak. Set & Lighting Design are by Steve O'Shea, Costume Design by Cheryl McCarron with Stage Management by Phoebe Duncan. (more...)

Central City Opera Hosts the THEATRE OF DREAMS GALA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 05, 2014

Central City Opera announces the Theatre of Dreams Gala, an elegant evening in a beautiful downtown Denver venue to raise money for the company's opera and musical Theater Productions and year-round programs. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight, April 5 at the newly renovated McNichols Civic Center Building located at 144 West Colfax (corner of West Colfax and Bannock) in Denver. (more...)

Lake Country Playhouse to Stage BONNIE & CLYDE, 7/10-27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

The Lake Country Playhouse is proud to present Bonnie & Clyde, with book by Ivan Menchell, music Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Don Black, direction by Nate C. Groonwald, choreography by Taylore Ransom, music direction by Catherine Pfeiler and starring Shannon Straka and Bryan Noll, July 10 - 27, 2014 at The Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E Capitol Drive. Opening/Press Night is Friday July 11, at 7:30pm The regular schedule is Thursday and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18-20. Single tickets for Bonnie & Clyde are on sale now and may be purchased at lakecountryplayhouse.net, The Behrend Agency, or by Piggly-Wiggly Hartland. (more...)

MITAD Y MITAD Set for Teatro SEA, 4/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

After the great success received in theaters in Miami, the dark comedy "Mitad y Mitad" written by Jordi Gomez Sanchez and Pep Anton reaches the New York Theater Productions this season. Starring Gabriel Porras and Roberto Manrique, two charismatic and talented actors from telenovelas, and directed by Venezuelan Manuel Mendoza, "Mitad y Mitad" will be showcased at Teatro SEA starting April 9 and will serve as the launch of the campaign 's conquest, which will bring to the Big Apple plays such as Toc-Toc, Taxi, Confessions of the Penis and Vagina Monologues. (more...)

Sharif Atkins to Star in NBT and CTH's DUTCHMAN, 4/30-5/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Actor Sharif Atkins ('White Collar,' 'Hawaii,' 'ER') will star as Clay in the co-production of 'Dutchman' by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT) and The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH). The two theater companies are mounting the production 50 years after the March 1964 world premiere of the play at the Cherry Lane Theatre and in tribute to the late theater great Baraka, who died on January 9. Ambien Mitchell stars opposite Atkins as Lula and Lorenzo Scott joins the cast as the Conductor. Previews of the Carl Cofield-directed show begin on April 30 and run through May 2, and performances run from May 3 through May 23 at National Black Theatre in Harlem. (more...)

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