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BWW Review: BYE BYE BIRDIE at Goodspeed Opera HouseBWW Review: BYE BYE BIRDIE at Goodspeed Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - Jul 18, 2016

When looking for memorable images from America in the late 50's/early 60's, you are bound to find some old standards. Mom in the kitchen baking, Dad returning home from a long day at the office, children playing with their Slinky/Mr. Potato Head while drinking Tang, or the iconic footage of man walking on the moon for the first time. These images immediately place you firmly in an era where tradition crashed headlong into a world of new sights and sounds. And it is these images that brilliantly set the stage (and the mood) during the overture for Goodspeed Musicals' new production of the classic Adams/Strouse/Stewart musical, BYE BYE BIRDIE; and they signal the nostalgic, yet amazingly fresh romp the audience will experience for the next two hours. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Goodspeed's BYE, BYE BIRDIE, Opening 6/24Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Goodspeed's BYE, BYE BIRDIE, Opening 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

The exuberant cast of BYE BYE BIRDIE will 'spread sunshine all over the place' in this summertime sensation directed by Jenn Thompson. Ms. Thompson's new take on this youthful classic includes two new songs, 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' from the 1963 film and 'A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore' from the 1995 television presentation along with crisp new dance arrangements by accomplished composer of Broadway, film and television David Krane.  Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

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...)

DISASTER!'s 'Never Can Say Goodbye' Now Available for Digital DownloadDISASTER!'s 'Never Can Say Goodbye' Now Available for Digital Download
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Disaster! producers Robert Ahrens and Hunter Arnold and Broadway Records President Van Dean today announced the release of 'Never Can Say Goodbye,' the first single from the forthcoming Original Broadway Cast Recording (out Friday, September 9, 2016), available for digital download on the label's website at BroadwayRecords.com. The classic 70's single is performed by 2016 Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard of the critically-acclaimed new musical comedy. (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...)

Janet Dacal, George Merrick, Donna English and More to Lead Goodspeed's Fresh Take on BYE BYE BIRDIE This SummerJanet Dacal, George Merrick, Donna English and More to Lead Goodspeed's Fresh Take on BYE BYE BIRDIE This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

The exuberant cast of BYE BYE BIRDIE will 'spread sunshine all over the place' in this summertime sensation directed by Jenn Thompson. (more...)

DISASTER! Cast Will Reunite to Record Cast Album; Release Set for September 9DISASTER! Cast Will Reunite to Record Cast Album; Release Set for September 9
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

The company of the critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! will reunite to record the original Broadway cast album on Monday, May 16.  The cast recording will be released by Broadway Records onFriday, September 9, 2016. The album is produced by Michael Croiter, Bart Migal and Seth Rudetsky, with executive producers Hunter Arnold, Robert Ahrens, Carl Daikeler, Sandi Moran and Daniel Rafinejad. The album is now available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com and on Amazon. (more...)

The Disco Is Closing Early... Broadway's DISASTER! to Play Final Performance This WeekendThe Disco Is Closing Early... Broadway's DISASTER! to Play Final Performance This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Just announced, Broadway's new musical comedy DISASTER! will play its final performance early on Sunday, May 8, 2016, after playing 32 preview and 72 regular performances at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street). (more...)

Photo: First Look - Will Swenson Is DISASTER!'s New Tony Delvecchio!Photo: First Look - Will Swenson Is DISASTER!'s New Tony Delvecchio!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Disaster! co-writer and star Seth Rudetsky took to Facebook today to share a first look at Swenson at his DISASTER put-in rehearsal (more...)

Tony Nominee Will Swenson Joins DISASTER! TonightTony Nominee Will Swenson Joins DISASTER! Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will assume the role of Tony Delvecchio for nine performances only in Broadway's critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! beginning performances tonight, April 29, through Friday, May 6 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). (more...)

Tony Nominee Will Swenson to Join DISASTER! On Broadway for 9 ShowsTony Nominee Will Swenson to Join DISASTER! On Broadway for 9 Shows
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will assume the role of Tony Delvecchio for nine performances only in Broadway's critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! beginning performances on Friday, April 29through Friday, May 6 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). (more...)

BWW Review: NEWSIES are the Kings of SacramentoBWW Review: NEWSIES are the Kings of Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - Apr 14, 2016

'Newsies' made the headlines as a flop Disney film back in 1992, but the musical garnered a cult following that led to its 2012 revamp on Broadway. The national tour of that production, now on its final leg, carries the banner to Sacramento this week with its own outstanding effects worthy of above-the-fold, front page attention. (more...)

BWW Review: DISASTER! is Goofy Fun Set To A Campy 1970's BeatBWW Review: DISASTER! is Goofy Fun Set To A Campy 1970's Beat
by Michael Dale - Mar 9, 2016

Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical send-up of 1970s disaster flicks has a solid company of pros having fun. (more...)

Broadway's DISASTER! Brings the Storm to the Great White Way TonightBroadway's DISASTER! Brings the Storm to the Great White Way Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Broadway's new musical comedy DISASTER!, directed by Jack Plotnick with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, officially opens tonight, March 8, 2016, for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: NEWSIES at Aronoff Never Stops Moving for Better or WorseBWW Review: NEWSIES at Aronoff Never Stops Moving for Better or Worse
by Kate Elliott - Mar 5, 2016

Disney's NEWSIES is a high-energy powerhouse of dancing, gymnastics, and rafter-raising singing. If you have ever enjoyed a Disney film in which a ragtag group of underdogs overpower 'the establishment,' then you'll know exactly what to expect from this storyline -- but that doesn't mean you won't be smiling and tapping your toes the whole time. (more...)

MAURICE HINES TAPPIN' THRU LIFE to End Run at New World Stages This WeekendMAURICE HINES TAPPIN' THRU LIFE to End Run at New World Stages This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2016

Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street) will play its final performance this Sunday, February 21st. At the time of closing the show will have played 21 previews and 46 performances. (more...)

Photo Flash: Chita Rivera Visits MAURICE HINES TAPPIN' THRU LIFEPhoto Flash: Chita Rivera Visits MAURICE HINES TAPPIN' THRU LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

MAURICE HINES TAPPIN' THRU LIFE is a swinging, song and dance musical that celebrates the astonishing showmanship of one of the last great tap dancers of a by-gone era still working today and whose collaborators were a jaw-dropping, who's who of theatre, music, film and television. Co-starring the fierce tap dancing Manzari brothers and the all female vivacious Diva Jazz Orchestra, the show is directed by Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Deaf West's Big River, Grease). Performances began December 23rd at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street), and opened January 11th. Legendary Broadway star Chita Rivera recently visited Hines after the show - check out photos below! (more...)

DVR Alert - Cast of Broadway's DISASTER to Perform on NBC's 'Today'DVR Alert - Cast of Broadway's DISASTER to Perform on NBC's 'Today'
by TV News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

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Broadway's DISASTER! Sets General Rush PolicyBroadway's DISASTER! Sets General Rush Policy
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Broadway's new musical comedy Disaster! has announced that a limited number of $30 general rush tickets will be available for each performance at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) when the box office opens for that day's performance(s). Limited to 2 tickets per patron, tickets must be purchased with cash only and are subject to availability. Directed by Jack Plotnick with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, Disaster! begins performances tonight, Tuesday, February 9, 2016 and officially opens on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016. (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...)

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