Theatre West News

Rebecca Spencer to Make Palm Springs Concert Debut, 8/9Rebecca Spencer to Make Palm Springs Concert Debut, 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Broadway performer and BackStage Bistro Award-winning recording artist Rebecca Spencer will celebrate her Palm Springs concert debut with a performance on Sunday, August 9 at 2:00pm, part of the Summer Series at the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert, CA. Unique arrangements that fuse both classical etudes as well as contemporary expressions of the art song, with the romantic American Songbook, Broadway, film and popular music, have become Rebecca's signature. Working with her long-time collaborator, virtuoso pianist Philip Fortenberry, their musical symmetry has been hailed by critics across the country, and heralded in BackStage as "collaboration at its finest". (more...)

AstonRep to Kick Off 2015-16 Season with THE LYONS This FallAstonRep to Kick Off 2015-16 Season with THE LYONS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to kick off its 2015-16 season with the Chicago premiere of Nicky Silver's darkly humorous family drama THE LYONS, directed by Company Member Derek Bertelsen*, playing August 27 - September 27, 2015 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. (more...)

Full Cast Set for Premiere of Neil D'Souza's COMING UP at Watford Palace TheatreFull Cast Set for Premiere of Neil D'Souza's COMING UP at Watford Palace Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Watford Palace Theatre has announced full casting for the World premiere of Neil D'Souza's new play Coming Up which runs at the theatre from 10-24 October. (more...)

First Look: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns to Rockwell Table & Stage, 8/10First Look: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns to Rockwell Table & Stage, 8/10
by Shari Barrett - Jul 24, 2015

Fraser Entertainment Group's critically-acclaimed ongoing series AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY returns to Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz on Monday, August 10 at 8pm, the ninth installment of the successful concert series, produced by Dianne Fraser. Acclaimed musical director Brad Ellis (from the hit television series GLEE, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, etc.) leads a cast of superb singers from Broadway, television, and film. (more...)

Sheffield Theatres Sets Cast of ROMEO & JULIETSheffield Theatres Sets Cast of ROMEO & JULIET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

Artistic Director Daniel Evans today announces the full company for Jonathan Humphreysproduction of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Humphreys directs Scott Arthur (Benvolio), Charlie Bate (Pastor), Morfydd Clark (Juliet), Joanna Croll (Lady Montague/Sister), Freddie Fox (Romeo), Michael Hodgson (Capulet), Jonny Holden (Tybalt), Hugh John (The Prince), Robin Kingsland (Montague), Andrew Leung (Paris/Abram), Rachel Lumberg (The Nurse), Simon Manyonder (Mercutio),Shaun Mason (Sampson/Capitan), Joshua Miles (Peter/Gregory/Balthasar) and Natalie Thomas (Lady Capulet). The production opens on 23 September, with previews from 17 September, and runs until 17 October. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Musical Theatre West Revisits the Glorious Feeling of SINGIN' IN THE RAINBWW Reviews: Musical Theatre West Revisits the Glorious Feeling of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
by Michael L. Quintos - Jul 24, 2015

As the cliche goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. That is perhaps partly the philosophy behind the rather faithful stage adaptation of the gloriously wonderful movie musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, now once again charmingly replicated in a smile-inducing local production at Musical Theatre West that continues through July 26 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. An almost scene-by-scene, note-for-note recreation of the superb cinematic masterpiece, the musical theater iteration of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN smartly and painstakingly reenacts every key moment and memorable musical happenstance from the 1952 movie that many have since heralded as one of the best movie musicals of all time. With MTW's latest revival specifically, director/choreographer Jon Engstrom has helmed a joyful production worth experiencing, whether it's your first or hundredth time. And, yes, it rains on stage... and it's a sight to behold! (more...)

Grand Scale WEST SIDE STORY for Artscape Opera House from 23 July 2015Grand Scale WEST SIDE STORY for Artscape Opera House from 23 July 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Presented at Artscape by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, WEST SIDE STORY, the musical masterpiece by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, based on an original conception of Jerome Robbins, opens at the Artscape Opera House on 23 July 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Classy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at MTWBWW Reviews: A Classy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at MTW
by Don Grigware - Jul 14, 2015

To those newer generation theatre and movie fans who do not remember 1952's blockbuster hit film Singin' in the Rain, directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green and costars Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds all contributed to making it the smash that it was... and still is. The zany lightweight hit transferred to the stage in the early 80s and showed the craziness that may have happened when the big movie studios were transitioning from silents to talkies in the late 20s. Now in a classy revival at Musical Theatre West (MTW) in Long Beach, it's all brought back to exuberantly colorful life by skilled director Jon Engstrom and a delicious company of triple threats through July 26 only. (more...)

Musical Theatre West's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Opens This FridayMusical Theatre West's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Opens This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

Musical Theatre West (MTW) is Singin' in the Rain runs July 10-26 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.  Featuring all of the beloved songs, splashy dance numbers, and comedic antics, this two-time Tony nominated musical delivers the best of the beloved film, live on stage.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Kyle Riabko & Cast of WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? Rock Menier Chocolate FactoryPhoto Flash: Kyle Riabko & Cast of WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? Rock Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

The Menier Chocolate Factory  recently confirmed the international cast - hailing from across the UK, US and Canada, for the UK premiere of What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined. Burt Bacharach's celebrated songbook is given an exciting new interpretation with Kyle Riabko's thrillingly original musical arrangement. This show, directed by Oliver Award-winner Steven Hoggett, is a dynamic 90-minute non-stop musical journey in which the 27-year-old Riabko leads a talented group of young performers through Bacharach's classic melodies, blending nostalgia and innovation, where generations old and new can revel in the joy of these hits as if for the very first time. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Stage SPAMALOT, 9/9-10/11Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Stage SPAMALOT, 9/9-10/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is pleased to present Monty Python's Spamalot from September 9 - October 11, 2015 in the Margeson Theater. Directed by Artistic Director Jim Helsinger with musical direction by Steve MacKinnon and choreography by Billy Sprague, Jr., the production will headline the Theater's upcoming 27th Season Signature Series. Tickets to Monty Python's SPAMALOT are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Long Beach to Honor Gene Kelly's Legacy With Three Upcoming EventsLong Beach to Honor Gene Kelly's Legacy With Three Upcoming Events
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

Dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, and film director…Gene Kelly has done it all, leaving the world with a legacy of great performances.  Now, three Long Beach events will pay tribute to the American icon.  The tribute begins with a three-week run of the Broadway stage spectacle "Singin' in the Rain," presented live on stage by Musical Theatre West, July 10-26.  (more...)

Watford Palace Theatre to Premiere New Play by Neil D'SouzaWatford Palace Theatre to Premiere New Play by Neil D'Souza
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

This October Watford Palace Theatre will be producing the world premiere of Coming Up, Neil D'Souza's evocative, playful and magical new play about family ties, and how quickly we can become disconnected from ourselves. The play was commissioned by Watford Palace Theatre (WPT) and will be directed by Artistic Director Brigid Larmour. (more...)

Long Beach Celebrates Gene Kelly's LegacyLong Beach Celebrates Gene Kelly's Legacy
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2015

Dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, and film director…Gene Kelly has done it all, leaving the world with a legacy of great performances. Now, three Long Beach events will pay tribute to the American icon. The tribute begins with a three-week run of the Broadway stage spectacle "Singin' in the Rain," presented live on stage by Musical Theatre West, July 10-26. (more...)

Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 6/25/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 6/25/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 25, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of The Bible in 30 Minutes...or less!, The Music Man and Harvey - and more! We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse! (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter. (more...)

Kritzerland to Present WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN: THE SONGS OF PAUL WILLIAMS, 7/5
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN: THE SONGS OF PAUL WILLIAMS on Sunday, July 5, 7PM. (more...)

Dark & Stormy Productions to Launch 2015 Season With EXTREMITIES, 8/27-9/19Dark & Stormy Productions to Launch 2015 Season With EXTREMITIES, 8/27-9/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Dark & Stormy Productions today announces the producers, venue, and partners for its upcoming production of Extremities by William Mastrosimone. Previously, Dark & Stormy has presented Outside Providence by Edward Allan Baker, Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet, The Receptionist by Adam Bock, The Drunken City by Adam Bock, and The Hothouse by Harold Pinter. Extremities will be the first production of Dark & Stormy's 2015 season. (more...)

Unbound Productions to Offer Staged Readings This SummerUnbound Productions to Offer Staged Readings This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Unbound Productions Executive Director Jonathan Josephson, Artistic Director Paul Millet, and Producing Artistic Director Jeff G. Rack have announced two events that will be taking place in the greater Pasadena area this summer: an enhanced staged reading of Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective on Friday, June 26 at 7pm at The Huntington (San Marino) and a Summer Wicked Lit Installation including a full production of W.W. Jacobs' The Monkey's Paw and a staged reading of H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond: July 10-25 at Mountain View Mausoleum (Altadena). (more...)

2015 Wilde Awards Nominees Announced2015 Wilde Awards Nominees Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Theater professionals from across Michigan will gather together Aug. 31 when The 2015 Wilde Awards are presented at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield. Presented by EncoreMichigan.com, the most comprehensive resource for news and information about the state's professional theater industry, The Wilde Awards were established in 2002 to honor the excellent work produced by Michigan's professional theaters. (more...)

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