William Finn News

Barrington Stage Company to Present Staged Reading of PRESTO CHANGE-O, 7/27-28; Marc Bruni to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab (William Finn Artistic Producer and Julianne Boyd Artistic Director) staged reading of a new musical, Presto Change-O, on July 27 and 28 at the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 23rd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 23, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. It's the Chicago Summer Musical Theater Guide! With half the summer gone, our stages still burn bright with great showtune entertainment. Here's a rundown, from downtown to Indiana, to west and north. We've got 24 productions to keep your spirits up from now till Labor Day! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of Barrington Stage Company's BREAKING THE CODE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 21, 2014

Last night, Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presented Breaking the Code, Hugh Whitemore's biographical drama of Alan Turing, starring BSC Associate Artist Mark H. Dold. Directed by Joe Calarco, performances of Breaking the Code are from today, July 17 through August 2, with a press opening on Sunday, July 20 at 5pm. Broadwayworld was there for the opening. (more...)

Photo Flash: FALSETTOS Original Cast Visits TriArts Sharon Playhouse, Plus Production Shots!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

TriArts Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, presents William Finn and James Lapine's Tony-winning musical FALSETTOS, running now through July 20. FALSETTOS Original Broadway cast members Michael Rupert, Stephen Bogardus, Chip Zien, Jonathan C. Kaplan, and Heather MacRae attended the Saturday, July 12 performance of 'Falsettos' with a talkback afterwards. Scroll down for production photos and pictures of the Broadway cast! (more...)

PTC to Present Kenneth Jones's ALABAMA STORY Premiere as Part of 2014-15 Season, Jan 9-24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake City's major resident Equity theatre, will present the world premiere of Kenneth Jones' dramaAlabama Story January 9-24, 2015, as part of its eight-title 2014-15 season. PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg will direct. (more...)

Jonathan Pearson and Joseph Trefler to Present New Musical at Fresh Fruit Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Jonathan Pearson and Joseph Trefler, the musical theatre songwriting team behind 'The End of The World'-one of William Finn's favorite cabaret songs of 2013-will premiere The Unusual Engagement of Chester Pringle on Friday, July 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 20 at 4 p.m. at The Wild Project during the Fresh Fruit Festival. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Musical Theatre Lab to Present THE GOLEM OF HAVANA, 7/16-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab (William Finn Artistic Producer) world premiere production of The Golem of Havana, a new musical with book and direction by Michel Hausmann, lyrics by Len Schiff and music by Salomon Lerner. (more...)

Duncan Sheik & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's AMERICAN PSYCHO Musical to Get US Premiere at Second Stage Theatre in February; Rupert Goold to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) just announced the U.S. premiere of the new musical, AMERICAN PSYCHO, featuring a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (2ST's Good Boys and True, 'Glee,' Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark), music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony-Award Winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), directed by Rupert Goold (Broadway's Macbeth with Patrick Stewart, ENRON). AMERICAN PSYCHO is based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. (more...)

Photo Coverage: KT Sullivan Plays MR. FINN'S CABARET at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 14, 2014

Continuing it's highly successful cabaret season, Barrington Stages, Mr. Finn's Cabaret presented KT Sullivan this weekend. The cabaret which bears Tony Award winning Mr. Finn's name has been experiencing sold out performances for this summers Cabaret Series. William Finn is the Artistic Producer of BSC's Musical Theatre Lab. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ALYSHA UMPHRESS Ignites Signature Theatre in Solo Cabaret
by Jennifer Perry - Jul 13, 2014

Alysha Umphress returned to Signature to wow local audiences again with her powerful voice, but this time in a solo cabaret as part of the ongoing Sizzlin' Summer Nights cabaret series. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Amy Oestreicher
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - Jul 11, 2014

When you lose most of your digestive system, what more is there to fear? (more...)

TriArts Sharon Playhouse Opens FALSETTOS Tonight; Original Broadway Cast Comes to Tomorrow's Talkback
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

TriArts Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, presents William Finn and James Lapine's Tony-winning musical Falsettos, tongiht, July 11 through the 20th. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kritzerland Goes Off-Broadway at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
by Don Grigware - Jul 07, 2014

It was a pleasure to return to Kritzerland Sunday July 6 for its 47th show saluting Off-Broadway shows: Kritzerland Goes Off-Broadway. Featured were stalwart hits: Hair, Ruthless!, Little Mary Sunshine, Dames at Sea, Falsettos, The Fantasticks and more recent hits such as Floyd Collins, Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and Dogfight. With Bruce Kimmel as host, in dandy form as usual with his amazing trivia notes in between numbers, and sensational musical director John Boswell at the piano, the show got off to a rousing start with young Brennley Brown belting out 'Born to Entertain' from Ruthless! Also on the bill for the evening were the wonderful: Robert Yacko, Madison Claire Parks, Kim Huber, young folks Jenna Lee Rosen, Sami Staitman and special guest stars Jason Graae and Rita McKenzie. (more...)

The Musical Theater Project and Cleveland Public Theatre Presents I AM WHAT I AM, 8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 06, 2014

The Musical Theater Project and Cleveland Public Theatre will present "I Am What I Am: Gays, Lesbians and the American Musical" on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2pm and 7pm. Both performances will be held in the Gordon Square Theatre at Cleveland Public Theatre. (more...)

Jerome Elliott Debuts New Cabaret Show at the Arthur Newman Theater, 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Local singer and actor Jerome Elliott presents Up In Flames at the Arthur Newman Theater at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2 PM. Up in Flames is Elliott's seventh original cabaret show since 2008, following such critically acclaimed shows as Bat Out of Jersey, A Dry Heat, Crawling Back to Broadway, and Sweet Nerd of Youth. Audiences can expect Elliott's trademark witty repartee as he performs a program of "songs so hot, they're cool!" His longtime accompanist and collaborator Charlie Creasy will join him onstage, with a special appearance by Keisha D, Elliott's duet partner for the past two years. (more...)

Lee Wilkof, Bobby Moreno and More Set for Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY and GRAND CONCOURSE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Playwrights Horizons has announced initial casting for its upcoming 2014/2015 Season. The announcement includes casting for the first two shows of the season: initial casting for BOOTYCANDY, the New York premiere of a new play written and directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara (In the Continuum, Antebellum, Insurrection: Holding History); and initial casting for GRAND CONCOURSE, the World Premiere of a new play by playwright and two-time Obie Award-winning actress Heidi Schreck (There Are No More Big Secrets, Creature), directed by Kip Fagan (The Revisionist, Asuncion). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from Drury Lane's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - Jul 02, 2014

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, continues its 30th anniversary season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, now running through August 17, 2014. Scott Calcagno (Legally Blonde at The Civic Theatre, Grease at The Long Lake Theatre as well as the annual production of A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane Theatre) will direct. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

TriArts Sharon Playhouse to Present FALSETTOS, 7/11-20; Original Broadway Cast Talkback on 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

TriArts Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, has announced casting for William Finn and James Lapine's Tony-winning musical Falsettos, July 11-20. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Fyvush Finkel Plays MR. FINN'S CABARET at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 30, 2014

Barrington Stage Company presented the phenomenally entertaining Fyvush Finkel in a show that is a musical celebration of the 91 year old's long career last night. It is fitting that after a sold out run of his 54 Below nightclub debut Mr. Finkel chose William Finn's Cabaret as his next cabaret appearance. Berkshire audiences were treated to this masterful entertainer who 80 years ago was a star in the pre broadway Yiddish Theater. Check out a look at last nights concert In Barrington's Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center's Mr. Finn's Cabaret. (more...)

Photo Flash: 'SPELLING BEE' Celebrates Opening at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, continues its 30th anniversary season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, now running through August 17, 2014. Scott Calcagno(Legally Blonde at The Civic Theatre, Grease at The Long Lake Theatre as well as the annual production of A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane Theatre) directs. The show recently celebrated its opening, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivites below! (more...)

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