BWW Review: Stunning TWILIGHT OF THE GODS at the Washington National Opera
by Andrew White - May 9, 2016

Director Francesca Zambello's Gotterdammerung is truly awesome-in both the original and contemporary senses of the word.  The conclusion of a four-part epic, this six-hour installment depicts the final struggle for ownership of a magical ring whose owner might rule the world-but which also holds a dire curse for all who come into contact with it. Through unforgettable projections, beautifully-executed music and stunning vocal performances, this is a once-in-a-lifetime artistic event.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Kevin Oliver Jones & Leanne Jarvis on SENSATION - A CONCERT CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF THE WHO
by Jenny Ell - May 5, 2016

Celebrating the music of The Who, one of the most iconic bands of all time, Sensation is about to embark on a UK tour featuring fantastic singers and a live band. In the midst of rehearsals, BWW:UK speaks to Musical Director Kevin Oliver Jones and vocalist Leanne Jarvis who was a finalist on Season 2 of BBC's The Voice. (more...)

BWW Review: The Guthrie Theater's Production of the 60-Year-Old Play TROUBLE IN MIND Starts an Important Conversation that's Still Relevant Today
by Jill Schafer - May 26, 2016

Friends, something exciting is going on at the Guthrie Theater. In the wake of (not unjustified) criticism about their lack of diversity onstage and backstage, they are currently presenting a 60-year-old play written by Alice Childress, one of the most important female African-American playwrights of the 20th Century, and directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, the first African-American woman to ever direct on a Guthrie mainstage. And I'm happy to report that TROUBLE IN MIND succeeds on so many levels. First of all, it's hilarious, engaging, and entertaining, and offers a behind the scenes look at the theater world we love so well. But more importantly, it talks about racism, sexism, classism, ageism in a smart and nuanced way that has as much resonance in today's world as it did in the 1950s NYC theater world depicted in the play. I was fortunate enough to attend on a night when there was a post-show discussion with the cast, which just made the experience that much richer. The best and most important work of theater is to start conversations about the world we live in, give voice to everyone's stories, and in doing so help us to better understand our fellow human beings. Trouble in Mind, and the conversations it will hopefully spark amongst its audience, is a fantastic example of that. (more...)

BWW 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...)

BWW Review: Gripping, Compelling and Explosive - HOSTAGES Explores The Heart of Darkness
by Herbert Paine - May 23, 2016

Todd Michael Isaac and Mike Traylor deliver riveting and captivating performances as two hostages, isolated in a sterile cell and united only by their shared Kafkaesque despair, in iTheatre Collaborative's gripping and compelling production of Yussef El Guindi's HOSTAGES. (more...)

BWW Interview: Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director of The Powerhouse Theater
by Kathryn Kitt - May 2, 2016

Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced a few of the projects tapped for the upcoming 32nd Powerhouse Season, the annual summer season which stages full productions of new plays, workshop presentations of new plays and musicals, and readings of other works in progress, among other developmental programming. (more...)

Don Howard Releases WAIPUNA
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Author Don Woodward wanted to write a simple book based in the area he grew up with and the result of which is 'Waipuna,' (published by Xlibris NZ) a fictional romantic adventure novel set in the breathtaking Manawatu-Wanganui region in New Zealand. (more...)

Broadway by the Way to Present OKLAHOMA!, 6/3-19
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The musical OKLAHOMA! runs from June 3rd through June 19th at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City (2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA). (more...)

Novum Deploys Patton VoIP CPE in BroadSoft-Based NBN Solution for Business
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016


Martha Lorin to Bring 'THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK' to Newman Theatre, 6/26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Acclaimed New York City jazz singer Martha Lorin brings her show 'The Great American Songbook' to the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2 PM. Joining Ms. Lorin will be local pianist Barney McClure and bass player, Larry Holloway. Tickets are $11 cash only at the box office that opens at 1 PM and is presented by Les Michael's Sundays In Summer Cabaret Series. (more...)

BWW Interview: Assistant Director Tommy Heller and ALMOST, MAINE at Theatre UCF
by Libby Champion - Jun 7, 2016

Tommy Heller has wanted to work in theatre ever since he can remember. “When I was six I saw a production of “The Christmas Carol” where I grew up in Long Island and I was totally entranced by the whole thing. That's when I knew – I just knew that theatre was going to be my thing.” Heller says. Heller is chasing those dreams by working on his BA in Theatre Studies the University of Central Florida (UCF) in his junior year. He'd one day like to be a theatre director or a screenwriter, and he recently assistant directed Theatre UCF's production of Almost, Maine running through June 11 in UCF's Black Box theater. (more...)

National Democratic Strategist Robert Weiner Rebuts Hillary Clinton Email, Benghazi Critics; Commends Foreign Policy Speech, Makes Case On Rick Smith Radio Show, Six PA S
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2016


BWW Review, Part I: Part's MISERERE and Mozart's REQUIEM a Pair to Remember with Dudamel and LA Philharmonic
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 3, 2016

Early in May, Gustavo Dudamel—the brilliant music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic—was booed at the opening of TURANDOT at the Vienna State Opera purportedly for playing too loud. There were no such complaints when he returned to Disney Hall in Los Angeles on May 20, with a grand, finely nuanced performance that paired the austere but marvelous MISERERE by Arvo Part with Mozart's REQUIEM. (more...)

BWW Review: A Wondrous New World Washes Ashore in CCTC's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Kristen Morale - Jun 29, 2016

The Cape Cod Theatre Company (CCTC), home of the Harwich Junior Theatre, is now celebrating its 65th season with a beautiful rendition of Disney's The Little Mermaid. Based on Anderson's story and the original Disney film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, book by Doug Wright and hereby directed/choreographed by the incredibly gifted Ethan Paulini, CCTC's production of The Little Mermaid is really quite a wonderful collection of profound moments of storytelling. (more...)

Beatles' Drum Kit Used to Record First Single 'Love Me Do' to be Auctioned
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

The Ludwig drum kit used for the recording of the Beatles' first American single “Love Me Do,” will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on June 30. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online. (more...)

Gavin Creel, Karen Olivo, Eden Espinosa & More Will Mentor Students at 2016 Jimmy Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS (NHSMTA)/JIMMY AWARDS have announced the industry coaches for the eighth annual awards ceremony on Monday, June 27th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. (more...)

BWW Review: Impro's TENNESSEE WILLIAMS UNSCRIPTED Scores at the Falcon
by Don Grigware - Jun 21, 2016

If you have never seen a production of the Impro Theatre Company, be aware that the play you see is one-time only. With the suggestion from an audience member at the top of the name of an heirloom, the actors take it, title the play, and then create the characters and the play totally from scratch. Everything that happens is spontaneous and will never be repeated in another performance. It makes me question what the job of the director, in this case member Brian Lohmann, actually is? (more...)

Check Out Monologue Highlights from LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, 6/20
by TV News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Below check out monologue highlights from LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS from the last night's broadcast. (more...)

BWW Review: Pulitzer Winner CLYBOURNE PARK Takes on Gentrification
by Joni Lorraine - Jun 1, 2016

CLYBOURNE PARK is a play worthy of producing and seeing in any city that claims to be as progressive and liberal as Austin. It's a couple hours worth of good theatre by a theatre company that consistently produces excellent work.  We can sit in the dark and laugh at ourselves and race relations and enjoy some theatre that is, By the Way,suffering from gentrification itself. (more...)

BWW Blog: Casey Hebbel - Closing One, Opening Another
by Guest Blogger: Casey Hebbel - Jul 8, 2016

One show closes, another starts rehearsals, and a few fireworks in between! Here is guest blogger Casey Hebbel to fill you in with the latest during our 2016 season of Broadway Under the Stars... (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Hunter Foster, Elena Shaddow and More in THE MUSIC MAN at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

The Muny continues its spectacular 98th season this week with The Music Man, starring Hunter Foster (Harold Hill), Elena Shaddow (Marian Paroo), Mark Linn-Baker (Mayor Shinn), Liz McCartney (Mrs. Paroo), Todd Buonopane (Marcellus) and more, running through July 11, 2016.  BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you a first look at the cast in action below!    (more...)

BWW Review: BREATH OF KINGS: REBELLION & REDEMPTION at the Stratford Festival
by Lauren Gienow - Jul 6, 2016

This season at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre, audiences have the opportunity to witness Shakespeare's Henriad in a unique and exciting new way. (more...)

BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Read More Plays!
by Guest Blogger: Christopher Panella - Jul 6, 2016

Plays can be the most riveting, inspiring, heartbreaking, and exciting pieces of literature to read. Plays are consuming and often remind me of great classics because of their elegance and sheer effortlessness. Just like The Great Gatsby effortlessly leaves you questioning the morals of the wealthy class, plays can leave you with questions, answers, emotions, and nothing. As it's summer and most of us are traveling, working on our crafts (you'd better be, I blogged about it earlier), and relaxing, I propose a great piece of advice: read more plays! (more...)

BWW TV: They've Got Trouble at the MUNY! Watch Highlights of Hunter Foster & More in THE MUSIC MAN!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 6, 2016

The Muny continues its spectacular 98th season this week with The Music Man, starring Hunter Foster (Harold Hill), Elena Shaddow (Marian Paroo), Mark Linn-Baker (Mayor Shinn), Liz McCartney (Mrs. Paroo), Todd Buonopane (Marcellus) and more. BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you highlights from the show, which runs through July 11, below! (more...)

BWW Review: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at National Hispanic Cultural Center Journal Theater
by Devon Hoffman - Jul 6, 2016

It takes guts to do a show like Priscilla Queen of the Desert, a drag-queen pop musical based on a popular Oscar winning movie-in a venue like the National Hispanic Cultural Center's grand and elegant Journal Theater.  To do it right, the show needs to be big.  Big glitz, big musical numbers, big choreography, big audience.  Last Saturday, Albuquerque's Drag-queen performance group 'the Dolls' went as big as they could.  But because of the natural limitations that come with community theater, the show could not be enormous.  And because there wasn't enough character development to distract from these limitations, the empty spaces between each vamping glitzy drag queen began to detract.  (more...)

BWW Review: OF MICE AND MEN Amazes at Monomoy
by Kristen Morale - Jul 21, 2016

Never having seen this on stage but having read the novella some time ago, at the time acknowledging it as one of the most memorable stories I have ever read, seeing Steinbeck's words and emotions transposed on stage by the Monomoy Theatre, bringing to the life this simultaneously sad and touchingly hopeful plot by such talented individuals, really made the impact of Of Mice and Men that much stronger. In my opinion, it enhances this plot to the extent of it being particularly memorable for some time to come for all who are fortunate enough to see this production. (more...)

HAMILTON Heads West- Watch the New Chicago Cast in Action!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

There is a whole new Hamilton cast to get to know, and BroadwayWorld is here to help. Get to know the new Chicago company below! (more...)

BWW Review: Smoothly Revised RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns to LA at Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Don Grigware - Jul 18, 2016

The name of the game in show biz is never to settle for greatness, but rather to go that extra mile and make it better. Such is the case with Recorded in Hollywood. In its transferal from a smaller Hollywood space to the Kirk Douglas Theatre,  the show provides a book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin that opens up even more than before to tell the true story of record producer John Dolphin. The story takes place from 1948 to 1958 in South Central, Los Angeles, when blacks were arrested for the slightest infractions of the law. Since I did not see the initial production, I am basing my opinions on this newer version. It is slick, a very slick show with a dynamic, triple threat ensemble headed by Stu James, directed superbly by Denise Dowse and choreographed to the max by Cassie Crump. The bad feature is that it only runs through August 7. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Dame Nature
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 15, 2016

BWW speaks to Tim Bell about 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show Dame Nature: The Magnificent Bearded Lady. (more...)

'KIMMY SCHMIDT's Tituss Burgess & Ellie Kemper React to EMMY Noms
by TV News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

This morning it was announced that UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT's Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess received EMMY nominations for the hit Netflix comedy. (more...)

BWW Interview: MONSTAH BLACK, The Interview. Part II
by Juan Michael Porter II - Jul 14, 2016

Well, yeah. I guess I am self-made. Because - thinking in terms of what my goals have been all my life - I've had very specific ideas around what I've wanted to do since I was about three. I can remember back to the day, the time of day, what I was doing, when the light bulb went off and I said to myself, "That's what I want to do." I pretty much focused on that. I said it on that day and I've gotten to the point where I'm in the middle of it happening. It's hinting towards what I see, what my goals have been. But it's not out of reach. It could happen. It's just a matter of putting the time into that and making it happen. It has happened already and now it's about allowing it to happen again and maybe getting more exposure to let it expand. My earliest inspiration is pretty much what helped shape myself into what I am. I can pinpoint who those people are and at some point I allowed it to… I let those landmarks inspire, I held onto them, and continued to step forward as the man. But it pretty much started with the Sonny and Cher show. (more...)

SKYY Digital Media Group Appoints Ronaldo Kos as Country Manager of Brazil Office
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016


Breaking News: Karen Olivo, Alexander Gemignani & Miguel Cervantes Will Lead HAMILTON in Chicago!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

KAREN OLIVO, who electrified audiences with her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, returns to the stage as the brilliant and beautiful Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago production of HAMILTON, it has been announced by producer Jeffrey Seller. Joining Ms. Olivo in Chicago are Broadway veterans MIGUEL CERVANTES as Alexander Hamilton, and ALEXANDER GEMIGNANI as King George III. (more...)

Monitronics Announces Two New Directors of Marketing
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016


Point Park University's The REP Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

The 2016-2017 season of The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, will include regional premieres and shows written by some of the best contemporary playwrights. (more...)

BWW Recap: 'Mr. Solomon' is THE BLACKLIST's 'Red Wedding' Episode
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 8, 2016

Can Liz Keen marry her ex-husband Tom without a nuclear emergency, the return of Mr. Solomon, Red Reddington discovering a devious plot, and more deaths than GAME OF THRONES? Of course not. (more...)

Hannover Marketing & Tourismus: Welcome to Hannover, Mr. President!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Trade Fair Hub & attractive Destination (more...)

BWW Interview: Tim Robbins' Improving the World - One Play at a Time
by Gil Kaan - Apr 5, 2016

Tim Robbins truly relishes the value and reach of theatre; and he persistently works to disseminate it throughout the world. We got a chance to talk with Tim, co-founder of The Actors' Gang and its current Artistic Director, the day after his latest directorial project ORWELL'S 1984 opened. See any of the productions Tim has directed and be challenged only not to be entertained, but thinking about what the play is saying. (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ultimately Grabs The Heart
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Apr 29, 2016

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Goes Beyond Skin Deep (more...)

BWW Review: MARIE ANTOINETTE - History with a Modern Twist and Potential Relevance at Dobama
by Roy Berko - Apr 27, 2016

The subject of David Adjmi's play, MARIE ANTOINETTE, was a delicate beauty, with gray-blue eyes and ash-blond hair, who following the Seven Years War, was used by her scheming mother, Empress Maria Theresa, to cement an alliance between Austria and France by arranging a marriage to Louis-Auguste. (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play (partly inspired by the theatricality of Nicholas Nickleby) that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. (more...)

BWW Interview: Playwright WILLARD MANUS Discusses His New Play About MM
by Don Grigware - Apr 22, 2016

Local Playwright Willard Manus' Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story, a new play about the troubled relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, debuts this Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm, runs April 23 - May 22, produced by John Lant and Anne Mesa, directed by T.J. Castronovo and starring Rico Simonini and Emily Alicia Low, produced by Write Act Rep@TheBrickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. The play was developed at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit (West Coast), where Manus and Castronovo are fellow-members. He shared with us a bit about the play and quite a bit about his life. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Close Out Café Concertos at Café Ludwig, 5/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Orange County, Calif.—April 18, 2016—So civilized! Sip coffee or tea and sample sweet treats in a coffeehouse-style setting, while enjoying the aural beauty composed by four masters of classical music—Vivaldi, Bach, Holst and Mozart—during Pacific Symphony's final Café Ludwig chamber concert of the 2015-16 season. “Café Concertos,” hosted by the incomparable pianist Orli Shaham, offers the perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day—with a delightful program of concerted works performed as intimate chamber music. Opening with the great composers Bach and Vivaldi followed by works of Mozart and the 20th-century composer Gustav Holst, who were admirers of the Baroque masters, this program spotlights the talent of an impressive cast of Symphony musicians: Jessica Pearlman-Fields, oboe; Ted Sugata, oboe; Benjamin Smolen, flute; Raymond Kobler, violin; Paul Manaster, violin; Nancy Eldridge, violin; Bridget Dolkas, violin; Robert Becker, viola; Timothy Landauer, cello; and Steven Edelman, bass. (more...)

Bid on Items from David Bowie, Lady Gaga & More in Julien's Auctions 'Music Icons' Event
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Julien's Auctions, the world record breaking auction house to the stars, has announced its highly anticipated Music Icons auction event to take place at the Hard Rock Café New York on Saturday, May 21, 2016. (more...)

by Herbert Paine - Apr 19, 2016

The exceptional and distinctively comedic performances of Cathy Dresbach as Sonia and Bruce Laks as Vanya are the highlights of Theater Works' otherwise uneven production of Christopher Durang's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. (more...)

Goodman Theatre to Host Citywide Lorraine Hansberry Celebration This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

In conjunction with a production of playwright Lorraine Hansberry's final work, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Goodman Theatre presents a Lorraine Hansberry Celebration (April 30 - June 5), curated by Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith. (more...)

BWW Review: DIAL M FOR MURDER at Olney Theatre Center - It's Like 'CSI' In Person
by Charles Shubow - Apr 18, 2016

Olney Theatre Center Associate Artistic Director Jason King Jones directs an enticing psychological thriller. (more...)

60 MINUTES to Examine Insurance Companies Not Paying Benefits, 4/17
by TV News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Thirty-five companies still haven't settled and remain under investigation. Stahl's report will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, April 17 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (more...)

Will It Remain Quiet Uptown After HAMILTON-Inspired Real Estate Boon?
by Michael Dale - Apr 13, 2016

Real estate agents and local businesses and attractions are noticing a sharp increase in interest in the past year. (more...)

ESPN Films' 30 FOR 30 Shorts Continues With Slate of Five New Films
by TV News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

ESPN Films' award-winning 30 for 30 Shorts documentary series returns with a spring lineup of five new short films debuting every Tuesday (with the exception of April 26) over the next six weeks. (more...)

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