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GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 23, 2017
May 23, 2017
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's Tuesday, May 23, 2017, and we are all so very lucky to be alive and to be engaged in the creation of live theater - in Tennessee, no less - with the ability to live life dramatically and to reflect on the world around us. And what a world it is: Last night, people in Nashville were exultant…the Nashville Predators won the Western Conference Playoffs to advance to the Stanley Cup Final of the National Hockey League!
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! According to my iPhone today is Monday, 22 May 2017 - the weekend, busy as it was, is over and we're left hankering for a few days off in order to relax and rejuvenate…which makes us ponder this musical question: What are your plans for next weekend? In our mind, of course, our mama is warning us that such queries are symptomatic of us 'wishing [our] life away,' as she would always admonish us to live in the now instead of trying to leap-frog over the next five days. So sayeth my beloved mama: 'Live life dramatically.' Therefore, a nap might have to suffice…
BWW Interview: Show-Stopper Grace McLean Talks GREAT COMET, The Necessity of Art and the Importance of Being Weird
May 19, 2017
We talk to Grace McLean, who dazzles audiences nightly in her show-stopping turn as Marya in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812.
Williams Street Repertory Seeks Submissions for LAB New Play Reading Series
May 19, 2017
Williams Street Repertory, a professional theatre company located in the northwest suburb of Crystal Lake, is excited to announce they are now accepting submissions for their 2017 - 2018 LAB new play reading series!
ABC & ESPN Are Live with Fantasy League Game for New Season of THE BACHELORETTE
May 17, 2017
On the heels of unveiling the full cast of men for Rachel Lindsay's season of the “The Bachelorette,” ABC will be live today at 3:00 p.m. PDT with The Bachelorette Fantasy League
BWW Interview: Emily Bautista Talks Broadway Debut in MISS SAIGON
May 8, 2017
You don't always need a fairy godmother for your dreams to come true. Nineteen-year-old Emily Bautista was lucky enough to have extremely supportive parents and a boatload of talent instead. The thankful and humble young woman is now performing eight times a week in the Broadway revival of “Miss Saigon” as an ensemble member and understudies the lead: Kim. Emily and I actually went to high school together at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts for Musical Theatre, and I was floored and overjoyed to see that she had been cast in the production. Bautista took some time in between shows of the Tony-nominated production to chat with me about her experience landing her first Broadway show.
Lyric Opera of Chicago to Hold Dance Auditions for THE PEARL FISHERS
May 1, 2017
Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions for dancers with strong technique and significant stage experience for its upcoming production of the opera The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet on Monday, June 5, 2017.
The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Seeking Musical Theatre Performers of All Ethnicities
May 1, 2017
The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT), the country's oldest professional theatre for young audiences, is accepting submissions for diverse roles in the 2017-18 touring season and within the new TCT Resident Artist Company.  
Digital Product Studio and Sue Bryce Education Announce 'Portrait Masters Conference' in Palm Springs, 9/10
Apr 27, 2017
Digital Product Studio and Sue Bryce Education have announced the first 'Portrait Masters Conference' to be held at the Miramonte Hotel & Spa in Palm Desert, CA. from September 10-12, 2017. Hosted by renowned portrait photographer and educator Sue Bryce, the two-day conference will be conducted by seven Master portrait photographers including Bryce, Peter Hurley, Lindsay Adler, Joel Grimes, Michele Celentano, Susan Stripling, and Kelly Brown. The closing keynote will be presented by legendary portrait photographer Joyce Tenneson. Attendance will be limited to 400 participants but the event will stream live at ThePortraitMasters.com. Registration fee to attend the conference in Palm Desert is $1,100.
BWW Feature: Disney Hyperion's New Imprint, RICK RIORDAN PRESENTS, Announces First Three Acquisitions, To Publish In 2018
Apr 27, 2017
This past fall, Disney Hyperion announced a new imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, to debut in 2018. Riordan was to be curator and find authors whose books featured myths and lore that would appeal to his fans, especially since sometimes, he didn't know much about the culture himself. The first three authors to debut in the new, widely diverse line were announced this week. All three books will debut in 2018, beginning on April 3, 2018 with ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME by Roshani Chokshi (THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN), followed by two releases on September 18, 2018, STORM RUNNER by Jennifer Cervantes (TORTILLA SUN) and DRAGON PEARL by Hugo and Nebula Award nominee Yoon Ha Lee (NINEFOX GAMBIT).
Kentwood Players Announce Open Auditions for THE GINGERBREAD LADY
Apr 23, 2017
Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for THE GINGERBREAD LADY, a dramedy by Neil Simon, on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 12:00noon to 4:00pm and Sunday, May 14 from 7:00 to 10:00pm. Callbacks will be held on Monday, May 15 from 7:00 to 10:00pm by appointment only. This is a non-equity, non-paid production directed by Drew Fitzsimmons and produced by Jenny Boone and Lynn Gutstadt for Kentwood Players with rights secured from Samuel French.
BWW Interview - John Tartaglia Gushes Over Netflix Co-Star Julie Andrews, Talks Broadway Return Hopes & More!
Apr 23, 2017
Today, John Tartaglia speaks with BWW about the important new Netflix series JULIE'S GREENROOM, which teaches kids, 'the arts don't discriminate.'
BWW Review: Secret City Founder Chris Wells Debuts The Hilarious and Heartwarming Musical IT WILL ALL WORK OUT At Dixon Place
Apr 21, 2017
It's one of those great New York real estate stories that underscores what only a New Yorker understands: your entire life depends upon your apartment. Even if broke, a decent place in the right part of town is they key to everything. And broke he was, working odd jobs as house cleaner, landscaper, and law firm transcriptionist (or something equally tedious). But one day, after getting paid $150.00, he splurged on the 'full package' at a Korean massage parlor downtown. The scene, with Hwang on the accordion, is a microcosm of a show that through laughter, music, and sometimes tears, presents a brave yet gentle portrait of an artist. Like the show and his life, the massage has a happy ending, but not the one you expect. It's a long way from Lancaster to upstate New York which Wells shares with his soon-to-be husband. In these terrifying times, when even the tough are rattled by the news, Wells and the outstanding ensemble of IT WILL ALL WORK OUT reminds us that things sometimes do.
BWW Interview: Matthew Jones of SHREK THE MUSICAL at Lyric Opera Theatre
Apr 20, 2017
While Jones may seem like the typical, cliched tale of the Athlete/Frat Boy who found his true self through theatre and the performing arts, Jones is anything but average. He relays his backstory with ease, with the kind of calm rare for an actor his age. But his laidback nature should not be mistaken for complacency--every word Jones says is calculated and purposeful. This is a young man who knows his words are important, and knows the art of storytelling extends even off the stage.
Big Noise Theatre's BIG FISH Opens Tomorrow
Apr 20, 2017
Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, opens the Spring show Big Fish, the Musical. Join us for an opening night reception this Friday, April 21st beginning at 7pm. Light refreshments will be provided while you mingle, and you'll have a chance to take pictures in front of our amazing, show-inspired backdrop in the lobby. It's a romantic adventure you don't want to miss!
BWW Interview: VITAL 5: This Weekend in Jacksonville Theatre
Apr 20, 2017
'Whattya wanna do?' 'I dunno, what do YOU wanna do?' 'I dunno, what do YOU-' Stop the madness, y'all. Jacksonville is the smallest big town I've ever seen, and although there is so much to do, it can be overwhelming trying to narrow it down. The Vital 5 is here to help you decide. This weekly feature breaks down my top 5 theatrical picks for the upcoming week. Share this to help your friends, and we can then all avoid the frustration of having to choose (well, kind of - you're on your own for dinner plans!)
Laurissa Romain, aka 'Lala', to Return to The Bitter End with New Songs, Covers
Apr 19, 2017
Laurissa Romain, aka 'Lala', returns to The Bitter End with her new original songs and covers of Christina Aguilera, Adele, Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse.

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