A little bit country, a little bit rock n' roll and A LOT of Broadway is currently on display in the hit DONNY & MARIE show currently playing the showroom at The Flamingo in Las Vegas.
The show, recently voted #1 in 'The Best of Vegas', and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, makes several stops on a trip down the memory lane of their almost 50 year careers. It was my first time seeing the duo live, and while familiar with both's theatrical appearances over the years (and loved Donny's performance as 'Gaston' in the closing of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and on record as JOSEPH), I only had a passing knowledge of some of their pop hits.
I of course was familiar with 'Puppy Love' and 'A Little Bit Country/Little Bit Rock and Roll' and the 90 minute show is filled with their highlights (including those two) and a ton of great footage which both reference throughout the show. The video clips work well to catch you up to speed if you're a newbie, or a great trip down your own memory lane if you grew up watching them on TV, as clearly much of the audience did. From their show to both's appearances on DANCING WITH THE STARS - it's all there.
Aside from their MANY pop hits, both paid significant tribute to the Great White Way, including songs from shows they each did - JOSEPH, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, THE KING & I and shows that they didn't, like CHICAGO, CABARET and WICKED (yes, WICKED - they close with 'For Good'). The show is briskly paced, and the backup includes a great dancing ensemble and an onstage band that are adept at all of their many styles of music. Definitely put this on your must see list if you're passing through Las Vegas.
Also, if anyone out there is taking requests - let's find another Broadway show for Donny please. Thank you.
Posted on: Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 01:03 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond
A Fond Farewell to Cirque's Viva ELVIS
We were a little late to the party when it came to catching Cirque's brilliant Viva ELVIS show at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. We saw the spectacular production last night, which sadly closes tonight, to be replaced in November by an updated and modified version of Zarakana (which had its premiere at Radio City in New York). To say that I'm shocked the show is closing would be an understatement.
There's NOTHING like a great Cirque experience that makes us all look upon the stage with childlike wonder at the feats of the human body, the artistry and the magic. What made Viva ELVIS special, and akin to their BEATLES LOVE show is that it also layered in the music and the great story of the one-of-a-kind American icon.
There never will be another like Elvis Presley, and there likely will never be a Cirque experience quite like Viva ELVIS either, so here's hoping that the show winds up touring or landing elsewhere.
Out here - we were all shook up.
Posted on: Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 09:27 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
Open Intern & Writer Positions
BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theater site on the net, is continuously striving to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of all things theater happening around the world - and we couldn't do this without our dedicated and talented team of interns and contributors!
If you're a reader of our site but have always wanted to contribute in a different way, why not consider an internship or contributor position? BWW offers positions to fit all types of skills and interests, including tech internships, newsdesk, contributing editor opportunities and more! Check out the current opportunities below and get in touch with us to learn more!
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BWW is currently seeking talented theater enthusiasts to head up feature coverage our over 130 regional areas. As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.
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With the upcoming launch of the 2012-2013 Student Center, we want to engage even more students and faculty in a variety of ways, including Backstage Blogs, Interviews with students, faculty, cast and creative teams, Features & Profiles, Reviews and much more. Want to get involved? Contact Romina at email@example.com for more info!
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Posted on: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 @ 06:30 PM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
New: Cruise Line Auditions
Feeling the urge to hit the high seas?
We've been getting requests for a while to include the ever-expanding world of cruise lines in our popular audition listings, and have now done just that. Click here to check them out and happy trails, or sails...or something like that. :-)
Posted on: Monday, August 13, 2012 @ 01:18 PM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
POLL: Should INTO THE WOODS Transfer?
The Public Theater's production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s beloved musical INTO THE WOODS, part of The Public’s 50th Anniversary season at the Delacorte, officially opened last night, August 9. Directed by Timothy Sheader with co-direction by Liam Steel, INTO THE WOODS began previews on Tuesday, July 24 and will now close on September 1.
Check out highlights from the show HERE and see what the critics had to say HERE.
There has already been a lot of buzz about the show transferring to Broadway this fall. Do you think it should make the move?
Posted on: Saturday, August 11, 2012 @ 11:58 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
Updates for iPhone, iPad & Android Apps
We were the first Broadway app on the market back in 2009. The world has come a long way since then and our apps have too!
If you already downloaded our new apps which were released just in time for the Tonys, you'll have received the updates automatically via the App Store.
Today, July 6, we've released updates to our applications for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices which now feature an improved login system (login once and forget it), multitasking improvements, speed improvements, an updated player for BWW radio, access to your BWIDB Personalized News Feed and other miscellaneous fixes and enhancements.
BWW's new apps were completely redesigned from the ground-up and release in June and feature all of our news, content, videos, show listings, message boards, special offers, radio channel, search features, regional news and lots more - all updated in real-time!
Get the New Apps Now!
Posted on: Saturday, July 07, 2012 @ 11:16 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
New BWW TV & Photo Coverage Homepages
When the theatre world slows down, our coding time increases and continuing our summer of upgrades here at BroadwayWorld.com, we pushed 'live' today new homepages for both:
BWW Photo Coverage
Aside from being updated to our new mid-2012 page design with significantly faster load and browse times, both pages also now incorporate a slew of long-requested updates including the ability to search or browse JUST our video or photo coverage with new section specific search engines.
More to come soon!
Posted on: Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 12:35 PM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
Updated Broadway Reviews Report Card
We've just released a complete redesign of our uber-popular Broadway Critics Report Card that features all of the major critics reviews for everything on the Great White Way... Featuring up to the minute information from our opening night review roundups, if you make your show-going choices based on critical consensus - it's the area of the site for you. It's also all linked in to our exclusive Pick-a-Show web app as well. More to come and have a great weekend!
Posted on: Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 04:26 PM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
More Randy Rainbow!
If you're like me, you can't get enough of our bi-weekly CHEWING THE SCENARY with Randy Rainbowseries... I'm not going to admit to how many times I watched the ROCK OF AGES video, showing it to anyone in the digital or physical vicinity of my desk. I'm excited to share that Randy is now doing on-the-scene reporting for us as well, the first of which went up earlier today at BWW TV: Randy Rainbow Goes to the Jimmys! Gets JEKYLL & HYDE Scoop from Constantine Maroulis, Deborah Cox, Frank Wildhorn & More!