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Laguna Playhouse Announces Extension of HAIRSPRAYLaguna Playhouse Announces Extension of HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce that the first show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season, their smash-hit, critically-acclaimed musical, HAIRSPRAY, book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, musical direction by Michael Ferrara, directed and choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan is EXTENDING through SATURDAY, AUGUST 5th at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Review Roundup: Laguna Playhouse's HAIRSPRAYReview Roundup: Laguna Playhouse's HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

GOOD MORNING, LAGUNA BEACH!  Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the first show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season with the effervescent musical, HAIRSPRAY, book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, musical direction by Michael Ferrara and directed and choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan. 'We are opening our season with just the perfect show for a Laguna Beach Summer,' comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham 'We welcome Paula Hammons Sloan and the 'nicest kids in town' back to our stage for this nostalgic musical confection. Talent abounds on our stage this Summer!'   (more...)

BWW Review: ANNIE 'Shines' at Westchester Broadway TheatreBWW Review: ANNIE 'Shines' at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by Kathryn Kitt - Jul 11, 2017

Girls and women of all ages (including this writer) filled the seats at Westchester Broadway Theatre's current production of Annie, one of the longest running shows in Broadway History. (more...)

Photo Flash: Laguna Playhouse presents HAIRSPRAYPhoto Flash: Laguna Playhouse presents HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

GOOD MORNING, LAGUNA BEACH!  Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the first show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season with the effervescent musical, HAIRSPRAY, book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, musical direction by Michael Ferrara and directed and choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan. "We are opening our season with just the perfect show for a Laguna Beach Summer," comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham "We welcome Paula Hammons Sloan and the "nicest kids in town" back to our stage for this nostalgic musical confection. Talent abounds on our stage this Summer!"   (more...)

BWW Feature: HAIRSPRAY at Music Theatre WichitaBWW Feature: HAIRSPRAY at Music Theatre Wichita
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Music Theatre Wichita will take audiences back to the 1960s with their production of Hairspray July 12-16. (more...)

Free Staged Readings of 1776 and CRY-BABY Come to OCPFree Staged Readings of 1776 and CRY-BABY Come to OCP
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Two upcoming staged readings will be held at the Omaha Community Playhouse as part of the 2017-2018 Alternative Programming series. 1776 will be held on Monday, July 17 and Cry-Baby will be held on Monday, July 31, both at 7:30 p.m. in OCP's Howard Drew Theatre. The showings are free and open to the public with the opportunity for donation. No tickets or reservations are necessary. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse presents the First Show of 2017-2018 & 98th Season: HAIRSPRAYLaguna Playhouse presents the First Show of 2017-2018 & 98th Season: HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

GOOD MORNING, LAGUNA BEACH!  Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the first show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 98th season with the effervescent musical, HAIRSPRAY, book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, musical direction by Michael Ferrara and directed and choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan. "We are opening our season with just the perfect show for a Laguna Beach Summer," comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham "We welcome Paula Hammons Sloan and the "nicest kids in town" back to our stage for this nostalgic musical confection. Talent abounds on our stage this Summer!"  HAIRSPRAY will begin previews on Wednesday, July 5; will open on Sunday, July 9 at 5:30pm and will run through Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

ELF THE MUSICAL Will Return to Spread Christmas Cheer at Madison Square GardenELF THE MUSICAL Will Return to Spread Christmas Cheer at Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

ELF The Musical at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Back by popular demand, this limited holiday engagement begins Wednesday, December 13 and will run through Friday, December 29, 2017. Tickets are available to the general public on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10:00AM. (more...)

Award -Winning 3-D Theatricals Los Angeles Announces 2017-2018 New Season of MusicalsAward -Winning 3-D Theatricals Los Angeles Announces 2017-2018 New Season of Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

3-D Theatricals (3DT), one of the Southern California's most distinguished, award-winning musical theatre companies, will present its 2017-2018 season of Broadway hits at both the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center; and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts,  it was announced today by Executive Producer/Artistic Director T.J. Dawson.   (more...)

Skylight Music Theatre Announces ANNIE Director, Cast and One Day SaleSkylight Music Theatre Announces ANNIE Director, Cast and One Day Sale
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Skylight Music Theatre today announced the director/choreographer and lead performers for this holiday season's production of Annie. This seven-time Tony Award-winning musical runs from November 17 through December 23, 2017 in the beautiful Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.   (more...)

Alhambra's ANNIE to Star Local Girl in Lead RoleAlhambra's ANNIE to Star Local Girl in Lead Role
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Queen's Harbour resident Carly Juliana Barnes is cast as the lead in the Alhambra Theatre & Dining's upcoming production of Annie, set to open June 28, 2017.  Selected from an open casting call of more than 110 girls, Carly is one of two talented young leading ladies that perform as Annie.  She is joined by Jena Simmons of Jupiter (FL).  A much-celebrated Broadway musical, Annie continues the Alhambra's 50th Anniversary Season. For the fourth consecutive season the Alhambra's summer family show is sponsored by Snyder Heating & Air Conditioning of Jacksonville (FL). (more...)

Leapin' Lizards! Spring Lake Theatre to Stage ANNIELeapin' Lizards! Spring Lake Theatre to Stage ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Leapin' Lizards! The Spring Lake Theatre Company opens the 2017-18 season with the beloved musical Annie, with 10 performances from July 6 - 23 at the historic Spring Lake Theatre in Spring Lake, NJ. (more...)

BWW Review: ANNIE, Piccadilly TheatreBWW Review: ANNIE, Piccadilly Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Jun 8, 2017

Has there ever been a time when we're more in need of irrepressible optimism? The orphan who convinces everyone around her that 'the sun will come out tomorrow' has certainly hit the West End at an opportune moment, and there's plenty of enjoyment to be had from a show that is, nevertheless, far more throwback than vital piece for 2017. (more...)

Spring Lake Theatre Presents ANNIESpring Lake Theatre Presents ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Leapin' Lizards! The Spring Lake Theatre Company opens the 2017-18 season with the beloved musical Annie, with 10 performances from July 6 - 23 at the historic Spring Lake Theatre in Spring Lake, NJ. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Returns to Glasgow King'sHAIRSPRAY Returns to Glasgow King's
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Norman Pace (ITV1's The Hale and Pace Show) will play Wilbur Turnblad when the smash-hit musical, Hairspray arrives in Glasgow this October as part of a major UK tour. (more...)

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY brings colorful music and fun to Greenville Little TheatreBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY brings colorful music and fun to Greenville Little Theatre
by Neil Shurley - Jun 4, 2017

Greenville Little Theatre delivers great music, fabulous dancing and a still relevant message with their colorful new production of the musical Hairspray. (more...)

BWW Previews: WEEKENDER in Columbia, SCBWW Previews: WEEKENDER in Columbia, SC
by Patrick Michael Kelly - Jun 1, 2017

When one show closes another opens on Columbia stages...THE PRODUCERS takes its final (SOLD OUT!) bow at Sumter Little Theatre while ROCK OF AGES roars into Trustus Theatre! (more...)

Photo Flash: We Think She's Gonna Like It Here! First Look at ANNIE in the West EndPhoto Flash: We Think She's Gonna Like It Here! First Look at ANNIE in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Miranda Hart plays Miss Hannigan with Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines as Rooster and Djalenga Scott as Lily in the West End production of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre. The title role of Annie is shared by Madeleine Haynes, 13-years old from Hadley Wood, Barnet, Lola Moxom, 12-years old from Rochester, Kent and Ruby Stokes, 12-years old from Hampshire. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

You Can't Stop the Beat! Casting Announced For UK Tour of HAIRSPRAYYou Can't Stop the Beat! Casting Announced For UK Tour of HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Norman Pace (ITV1's The Hale and Pace Show) will play Wilbur Turnblad in the major UK tour of the smash hit musical Hairspray, opening at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff this summer. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 31, 2017GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 31, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 31, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! According to the non-clock thing hanging on the wall - what's it called? Oh, yeah, a calendar (yeah, like we'd ever allow a calendar to hang on any wall under our control - today is May 31, 2017! It's another day to allow yourself to live life dramatically and to gain ownership of your own schedule for the rest of the week so you can be certain to get to the theater. Yesterday, in our never-ending quest to enlist all of you to write our daily column for us, we posted TODAY'S QUERY on Facebook, asking our gentle readers to weigh in or whether or not 'dressing for the theater' is de rigueur or is it more of a 'come as you are' nature. Little did we know that such a question could engender such passionate responses and we daresay rather passionate defenses of the wear-whatever-the-hell-you-want school of thought. (more...)

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