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BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Offers Look At Early Jason Robert BrownBWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Offers Look At Early Jason Robert Brown
by Frank Benge - Sep 6, 2016

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is a musical theatre piece by Jason Robert Brown. Originally produced Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre in 1995, this was Jason Robert Brown's first produced show. It is neither a book musical or a revue and has been called a 'song cycle', which was put together out of songs he had written for other venues and events. I was very much struck by the fact that many of these songs sounded like they could fit into his latter shows such as 'The Last Five Years' or 'Parade'. In the final analysis, calling this a musical is a stretch. What it all boils down to is a series of songs very loosely connected by the theme: 'the moment of decision.' (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Jason Robert Brown's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Is Presented With Heart, Honesty and HumourBWW REVIEW: Jason Robert Brown's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Is Presented With Heart, Honesty and Humour
by Jade Kops - Aug 14, 2016

Blue Saint Productions delivers another beautifully crafted, passionate rollercoaster of emotions with SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. (more...)

Photo Flash: Gloucester Stage Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLDPhoto Flash: Gloucester Stage Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with a limited run of Jason Robert Brown's Songs For A New World from August 4 through August 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Songs For A New World with music and lyrics by three time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown is a stirring musical journey examining the moments of decision and difficult choices faced in everyday life. Known for such Broadway hits as Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, Honeymoon in Vegas, and The Last Five Years, Mr. Brown artfully blends pop, jazz and gospel in solos and ensemble styles to create this inspiring song cycle.  Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh, the production features five singers including Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh, Broadway veterans Rockport's Wendy Waring and Jack Donahue, Berklee College of Music graduate Chris Pittman and  Brandeis' Nyah Macklin, all four in their Gloucester Stage debut. According to Director and GSC Artistic Director Walsh, "Songs For A New World is an enthralling evening of storytelling through song and movement reminiscent of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of actor-singers to bring this work to our audience. It's a particular treat to work with my cousin Barbara again after so many years!  Wendy, Jack, Chris and Nyah are also incredibly fun, hugely talented and all working together in such a fun way - it's a thrill!' (more...)

Renowned Harpist Richard Spendio Appears at Summer Soul SoundsRenowned Harpist Richard Spendio Appears at Summer Soul Sounds
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

Renowned Harpist Richard Spendio has agreed to appear as a guest artist for Summer Soul Sounds. He joins Mary Elizabeth Micari, an ordained minister and Reiki master, who has gathered a group of vibrant musicians to create an afternoon of sound and music healing. (more...)

Renowned Harpist, Richard Spendio, to Appear at Summer Soul SoundsRenowned Harpist, Richard Spendio, to Appear at Summer Soul Sounds
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2016

Renowned harpist, Richard Spendio, has agreed to appear as a guest artist for Summer Soul Sounds: Music for the Mind, Body, & Spirit at the 13th Street Repertory Theater on August 14th. He joins Mary Elizabeth Micari, an ordained minister and Reiki master, who has gathered a group of vibrant musicians to create an afternoon of sound and music healing. (more...)

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Set to Return to Sydney Next Week for 10 Days OnlyLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Set to Return to Sydney Next Week for 10 Days Only
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

After making waves across the country, cult musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors returns home to Sydney next week for its penultimate season. With a slew of recently announced Helpmann Award nominations including Best Male Actor in a Musical, Best Female Actor in a Musical, Best Director of a Musical and Best Choreography in a Musical, this production has received rave reviews in every major Australian capital city. Starring Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford, the production lands at Sydney's Roslyn Packer Theatre for 12 days only before concluding its run in Perth. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: LITTLE SHOP's Original Urchins Discuss Upcoming Reunion Concert at 54 BelowBWW Exclusive: LITTLE SHOP's Original Urchins Discuss Upcoming Reunion Concert at 54 Below
by Louisa Brady - Jun 25, 2016

This upcoming Monday, June 27th, an exciting concert will be held at 54 Below...an 'unprecedented evening' that will bring original LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS performers together, spanning from the original production to the more-recent Broadway revival. Three of the performers: Jennifer Leigh Warren (Original 'Crystal'), Nikki Rene (Off-Bway 'Chiffon'), and Sheila Kay Davis (Original 'Ronnette') spoke with BroadwayWorld about their experiences, their favorite memories from the production, and what they are most looking forward to for Monday night's concert. (more...)

Photo Flash: The League of Professional Theatre Women Lead Equality March Through Times SquarePhoto Flash: The League of Professional Theatre Women Lead Equality March Through Times Square
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

On June 15th at 6pm, The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a not-for-profit organization promoting visibility and increased opportunities for women in the field, led an equality march through Times Square to advocate for equal representation of women in theatre, the fourth annual Women Stage The World. (more...)

The League of Professional Theatre Women Lead Equality March Through Times SquareThe League of Professional Theatre Women Lead Equality March Through Times Square
by Marianka Swain - Jun 9, 2016

On June 15th at 6pm, The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a not-for-profit organization promoting visibility and increased opportunities for women in the field, will lead an equality march through Times Square to advocate for equal representation of women in theatre, the fourth annual Women Stage The World. (more...)

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Opens in June at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing ArtsDisney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Opens in June at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT invite you to journey "Under The Sea" as it presents the fifth and final show of its 2015-2016 season, THE LITTLE MERMAID, music by Alan Menkcn, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, book by Doug Wright, musical direction by Colin R. Freeman, choreography by John MacInnis and directed by Glenn Casale.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Brent Hill, Esther Hannaford, and More in Adelaide's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSPhoto Flash: First Look at Brent Hill, Esther Hannaford, and More in Adelaide's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2016

The cult musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors has commenced its Australian Tour. Starring Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford, the production premiered at Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney to rave reviews and will be followed by seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and a newly announced Sydney return season. (more...)

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Begins This Month at Her Majesty's TheatreLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Begins This Month at Her Majesty's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Direct from a sell-out Sydney season, the cult musical comedy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, starring Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford, has arrived in Adelaide for 10 days only with Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth seasons to follow. (more...)

BWW Interview: Charles Busch Recaptures 'That Raffish, Anything Goes Feeling' With CLEOPATRABWW Interview: Charles Busch Recaptures 'That Raffish, Anything Goes Feeling' With CLEOPATRA
by Michael Dale - Mar 26, 2016

The great playwright and drag artist recalls his early days at Alphabet City's Limbo Lounge. (more...)

New Block of Tickets on Sale for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in MelbourneNew Block of Tickets on Sale for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

Take note Melbourne earthlings - new tickets to the monster hit cult musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS have just been released and are available to purchase from this Friday March 11. (more...)

Skyler Astin, Jonathan Groff & More Join Encores! Off-Center 2016 Season; Jeanine Tesori Will Depart as Artistic DirectorSkyler Astin, Jonathan Groff & More Join Encores! Off-Center 2016 Season; Jeanine Tesori Will Depart as Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

The 2016 season will be Tesori's fourth and final season leading Encores! Off-Center. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown and Shoshana Bean to Perform in Concert Together TomorrowJason Robert Brown and Shoshana Bean to Perform in Concert Together Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2016

Tony Award-winning Composer Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County, Parade) and acclaimed singer Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Hairspray) will perform a special One Night Only concert entitled 'JASON ROBERT BROWN IN CONCERT WITH SHOSHANA BEAN' on Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 8:30pm (Doors at 7:00pm). (more...)

Notre Dame's FFT Production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Starts TonightNotre Dame's FFT Production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Starts Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Notre Dame's Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, tonight, November 18-22 in the Decio Mainstage Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Directed and choreographed by guest artist Nathan Halvorson, who previously helmed FTT's production of Cabaret (2013), LITTLE SHOP will also feature puppets by special effects makeup artist and puppeteer RJ Haddy, who was a finalist on Season 2 of the Syfy channel's reality competition series FACE OFF. (more...)

Notre Dame's FFT to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS This NovemberNotre Dame's FFT to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS This November
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

Notre Dame's Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, November 18-22 in the Decio Mainstage Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Directed and choreographed by guest artist Nathan Halvorson, who previously helmed FTT's production of Cabaret (2013), LITTLE SHOP will also feature puppets by special effects makeup artist and puppeteer RJ Haddy, who was a finalist on Season 2 of the Syfy channel's reality competition series FACE OFF. (more...)

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Tour to Premiere at Hayes Theatre Co.LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Tour to Premiere at Hayes Theatre Co.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2015

It has been announced today that cult musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors will next year embark on an Australian Tour. Starring Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford, the production will premiere at Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney in February 2016 followed by seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. (more...)

Author, Actor, Icon! Charles Busch Brings His One-Man Show to The COPA Palm Springs This WeekendAuthor, Actor, Icon! Charles Busch Brings His One-Man Show to The COPA Palm Springs This Weekend
by David Green - Oct 16, 2015

CHARLES BUSCH, author and star of such plays as Psycho Beach Party, Times Square Angel, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, You Should Be So Lucky, Shanghai Moon and The Divine Sister brings his iconic Cabaret stylings to The COPA Palm Springs for two 'sure to be sell-out' performances, October 16 and 17 at 8:00 pm.   Born in New York City, he began his theatrical career shortly after graduating from Northwestern University in 1976.  After spending two years in Chicago working with different local theatre companies, he returned to his home town of New York City with a solo play called Hollywood Confidential, which he performed as a weekend late show at Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatrical Company's theatre at One Sheridan Square.  (more...)

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