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Boston Playwrights' Theatre Presents Deported / a dream playBoston Playwrights' Theatre Presents Deported / a dream play
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2012

Boston Playwrights' Theatre's 30th Anniversary season comes to a close with Joyce Van Dyke's story of the Armenian genocide in Deported / a dream play, presented in association with Suffolk University. (more...)

Kathy Griffin's Weekly Talk Show KATHY to Premiere on Bravo 4/19Kathy Griffin's Weekly Talk Show KATHY to Premiere on Bravo 4/19
by TV News Desk - Mar 8, 2012

Bravo Media will premiere KATHY an all new one-hour weekly pop culture talk show hosted by two-time Emmy award winner Kathy Griffin on Thursday, April 19th at 10:00 PM ET/PT. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Kathy Griffin's New Talk Show KATHY Premiering 4/19 STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Kathy Griffin's New Talk Show KATHY Premiering 4/19
by TV News Desk - Mar 8, 2012

Bravo Media will premiere KATHY an all new one-hour weekly pop culture talk show hosted by two-time Emmy award winner Kathy Griffin on Thursday, April 19th at 10:00 PM ET/PT. (more...)

Sigourney Weaver to Star in USA Network's POLITICAL ANIMALS This SummerSigourney Weaver to Star in USA Network's POLITICAL ANIMALS This Summer
by TV News Desk - Mar 7, 2012

Two-time Golden Globe® winner, BAFTA Award winner and multiple Emmy® and Oscar® nominee Sigourney Weaver ("Avatar") will make her series TV debut starring in USA Network's provocative six-hour original series POLITICAL ANIMALS, from Warner Horizon Television. (more...)

Diversionary Theatre Presents THE PRIDE, 4/5-5/6Diversionary Theatre Presents THE PRIDE, 4/5-5/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2012

After successful runs in London and New York, Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride makes its San Diego premiere in an all-new production at Diversionary Theatre beginning April 5. (more...)

March 2012 - Early/Mid March Matinees and MORE on the California Central Coast!March 2012 - Early/Mid March Matinees and MORE on the California Central Coast!
by Curt Miner - Mar 5, 2012

As we continue our way into March, I hope you are planning to attend a couple of shows at some of the theatre and live performance establishments that can be found here on the idyllic California Central Coast! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatre Out Denver and the Denver Element Presents SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES - a Touching Gay RompBWW Reviews: Theatre Out Denver and the Denver Element Presents SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES - a Touching Gay Romp
by Michael Mulhern - Mar 5, 2012

As is typical of Del Shores plays, SBS deals with real social and emotional issues, but does so in a way that makes us laugh at ourselves while nudging us to question our own prejudices in thinking and behavior. (more...)

Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE to Be Performed at Amsterdams Marionetten Theater March 4th & 18thMozart's MAGIC FLUTE to Be Performed at Amsterdams Marionetten Theater March 4th & 18th
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2012

Your last chance to Mozart's fairytale opera The Magic Flute can be seen on Sundays 4 and March 18, 2012 at 14:00. (more...)

Theatre for a New Audience Presents THE BROKEN HEART Theatre for a New Audience Presents THE BROKEN HEART
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2012

The Broken Heart, a 1629 tragic-comic play written by John Ford (Tis Pity She's a Whore), directed by Selina Cartmell in her American debut is Theatre for a New Audience's fourth production of the 2011 - 2012 theatre season. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 28th, 2012'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 28th, 2012
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 28, 2012

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Fela!,' 'Jersey Boys' and 'I Love Lucy' from BIC, plus 'Pippin,' 'Sexy Baby,' the return of the Silk Road, 'Annie' and all that television, plus more! (more...)

Kristine Nielsen Joins Cast of USA Network's POLITICAL ANIMALSKristine Nielsen Joins Cast of USA Network's POLITICAL ANIMALS
by TV News Desk - Mar 28, 2012

Deadline.com reports that Kristine Nielsen has joined the cast of USA Network's upcoming series POLITICAL ANIMALS. (more...)

March 2012 - Late March Theatre & More on the Central Coast of CaliforniaMarch 2012 - Late March Theatre & More on the Central Coast of California
by Curt Miner - Mar 27, 2012

As we come to the end of March, I trust you're planning to attend a show (or 2?) at any one of the several live performance and theatre venues to be found here on the Central Coast of California! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Huntington Hits For the Cycle With MA RAINEYBWW Reviews: Huntington Hits For the Cycle With MA RAINEY
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 25, 2012

The Huntington Theatre Company's production of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM completes August Wilson's Century Cycle, ten plays that reflect the African-American experience in America by the decade throughout the 20th century. Yvette Freeman (NBC's ER) is a force of nature in the title role, and local actor Jason Bowen captivates as the hotheaded young trumpeter who personifies the Zeitgeist. (more...)

BENT is NBC's Lowest Rated Comedy Premiere EverBENT is NBC's Lowest Rated Comedy Premiere Ever
by TV News Desk - Mar 22, 2012

Wednesday night's broadcast of the new NBC comedy series Bent, starring Amanda Peet, was the lowest rated comedy premiere in the network's history. (more...)

Ciaran Hinds Joins Cast of USA Network's POLITICAL ANIMALSCiaran Hinds Joins Cast of USA Network's POLITICAL ANIMALS
by TV News Desk - Mar 22, 2012

Acclaimed actor Ciaran Hinds ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Debt," "Munich," "Rome") has been set to star opposite Sigourney Weaver ("Avatar") in USA Network's provocative six-hour original series POLITICAL ANIMALS, from Warner Horizon Television. (more...)

 Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Presents The Flying Karamazov Brothers, 4/14 Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Presents The Flying Karamazov Brothers, 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2012

The Flying Karamazov Brothers are headed to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 14 for an evening of unexpected entertainment. Known for their juggling skill and impromptu high jinks, The Flying Karamazov Brothers have been entertaining audiences of all ages for almost 40 years. (more...)

Skirball Center Presents Rick Miller, 3/30-31 and 4/4-7Skirball Center Presents Rick Miller, 3/30-31 and 4/4-7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2012

New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will present the award-winning writer and performer Rick Miller in two New York premieres including the hit MacHomer (March 30-31) and Bigger Than Jesus (April 4-7). (more...)

March 2012 - Springtime Shows on the California Central Coast!March 2012 - Springtime Shows on the California Central Coast!
by Curt Miner - Mar 20, 2012

As we come to the official beginning of spring, I hope your plans include attending a couple of shows at some of the wonderful theatre and live performance establishments here on the beautiful California Central Coast! (more...)

Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents MOTION, 1/26-3/3Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents MOTION, 1/26-3/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2012

Signal Ensemble Theatre has announced the second production in their 2011-2012 season, the world premiere of Motion Thursday, Jan. 26 - Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Signal Ensemble Theatre. (more...)

TLA Releasing Presents eCupid, on DVD 5/15TLA Releasing Presents eCupid, on DVD 5/15
by Movies News Desk - Mar 19, 2012

TLA Releasing is set to release the romantic comedy eCupid on DVD May 15, 2012 for the suggested retail price of $24.99. Directed by JC Calciano (Is It Just Me?), eCupid 'boasts a sharp script, attractive cast, and an extended cameo from Hollywood legend Morgan Fairchild. This hilarious romance takes online dating to the extreme!' (more...)

Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE to Be Performed at Amsterdams Marionetten Theater March 4th & 18thMozart's MAGIC FLUTE to Be Performed at Amsterdams Marionetten Theater March 4th & 18th
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2012

Your last chance to Mozart's fairytale opera The Magic Flute can be seen on Sundays 4 and March 18, 2012 at 14:00. (more...)

Target Margin Theater Hosts 0,2012: The Last Futurist Lab, Begins 3/16Target Margin Theater Hosts 0,2012: The Last Futurist Lab, Begins 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2012

Target Margin Theater returns to Brooklyn with their annual Laboratory, o,2012: The Last Futurist Lab presented by The Bushwick Starr (Sue Kessler, Executive Director; Noel Joseph Allain, Artistic Director) and curated by TMT Managing Director John Del Gaudio and Associate Artist Kate Marvin. (more...)

BWW Interviews: THE FOREIGNER's Hugh AdamsBWW Interviews: THE FOREIGNER's Hugh Adams
by Sally Henry - Mar 16, 2012

Georgia Ensemble Theatre recently presented a production of the Larry Shue classic play THE FOREIGNER, as previously reported by BroadwayWorld.com. BroadwayWorld got the chance to talk to the show's lead actor, Hugh Adams, about his time playing Charlie in THE FOREIGNER, his theatre experience, and delivering nonsense monologues. (more...)

COMMUNITY To Return to NBC Schedule, 3/15COMMUNITY To Return to NBC Schedule, 3/15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2012

EWonline reports that the NBC comedy series COMMUNITY will return to the network's Thursday night lineup beginning March 15th. The show will go head to head with the CBS powerhouse 'The Big Bang Theory' at 8:00 pm. (more...)

Sebastian Stan Joins Cast of HBO's POLITCAL ANIMALSSebastian Stan Joins Cast of HBO's POLITCAL ANIMALS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2012

Sebastian Stan has been tapped to star opposite Sigourney Weaver ('Avatar'), Carla Gugino (Broadway's 'Road to Mecca,' 'Watchmen,' 'American Gangster,' 'Entourage'), James Wolk ('Lonestar,' 'Happy Endings') and Brittany Ishibashi ('Parenthood,' FAIRLY LEGAL) in USA Network's provocative six-hour original series POLITICAL ANIMALS, from Warner Horizon Television. (more...)

Hallmark Channel Announces the Start of Production on 'Jingle & Bell'Hallmark Channel Announces the Start of Production on 'Jingle & Bell'
by TV News Desk - Mar 14, 2012

Hallmark Channel announces production will soon commence on 'Jingle & Bell,' a Hallmark Channel Original Animated Special, which will premiere on the network this Holiday season. 'Jingle & Bell' is the second story and animated special to star one of Hallmark's most lovable characters, Jingle the Husky Pup(TM). The Hallmark Channel Original Animated Special, 'Jingle All the Way,' was a ratings success for the network and generated tremendous response for the Interactive Storybook and Story Buddy(TM) at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores. (more...)

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Short Film Selections2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Short Film Selections
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2012

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding sponsor American Express, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 26 of which are world premieres. (more...)

March 2012 - Mid March Theatre Happenings on the Central Coast of CaliforniaMarch 2012 - Mid March Theatre Happenings on the Central Coast of California
by Curt Miner - Mar 12, 2012

As we come to the middle of March, I trust you will want to include going to at least a show or two at any one of the several live performance and theatre venues that make their home here on the Central Coast of California! (more...)

THE CITY CLUB Announces Cast, Will Star Kristen Martin, Peter Bradbury, Emily Tyra, MoreTHE CITY CLUB Announces Cast, Will Star Kristen Martin, Peter Bradbury, Emily Tyra, More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2012

The casting of the OFF-BROADWAY American Premiere of "THE CITY CLUB," an original Blues and Jazz Musical about the indisputable intoxication of music, is complete. The new musical will star KRISTEN MARTIN as Crystal Labelle, ANDREW PANDALEON as Chaz Davenport, ANA HOFFMAN as Maddy, PETER BRADBURY as The Lieutenant and KENNY BRAWNER as Parker Brown with AUTUMN GUZZARDI as Rose, KAITLIN MESH as Lily, PATRICK O'NEILL as Jacobus "Jake" Olsen, EMILY TYRA as Candy and ROBERT J TOWNSEND as Prince Royale. (more...)

Carla Gugino Joins USA's 'Political Animals'Carla Gugino Joins USA's 'Political Animals'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2012

USA announced that Carla Gugino ('Watchmen,' 'American Gangster,' 'Entourage'), fresh off her acclaimed run on Broadway in 'Road to Mecca,' is set to star opposite Sigourney Weaver ('Avatar') in USA Network's provocative six-hour original series POLITICAL ANIMALS, from Warner Horizon Television. Gugino will star as Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper reporter Susan Berg, a hungry DC journalist Bent on destroying the career of former First Lady and newly appointed Secretary of State Elaine Barrish (Weaver). Slated for the network's blockbuster summer lineup, the event drama comes from acclaimed television and film producers Greg Berlanti ('Brothers & Sisters,' 'Dirty Sexy Money,' 'Everwood') and Laurence Mark ('Dreamgirls,' 'Julie & Julia,' 'Jerry Maguire') and also stars James Wolk ('Lonestar,' 'Happy Endings') and Brittany Ishibashi ('Parenthood,' FAIRLY LEGAL). (more...)

Children's Theatre Company's Announces its 47th SeasonChildren's Theatre Company's Announces its 47th Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2012

In a season set to celebrate "wonder," two world premiere productions, several classic tales, one larger-than-life swashbuckling pirate tale and the American premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain's production of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, Children's Theatre Company (CTC) today announces its 2012-2013 season. (more...)

Thirsty Girl Productions Announces Upcoming Events at Feinstein's: Molly Pope, Natalie Joy Johnson and MoreThirsty Girl Productions Announces Upcoming Events at Feinstein's: Molly Pope, Natalie Joy Johnson and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2012

Daniel Nardicio and Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions join forces with this series of downtown performers moving uptown. (more...)

Thirsty Girl Productions Announces Upcoming Events at Feinstein's: Molly Pope, Natalie Joy Johnson and MoreThirsty Girl Productions Announces Upcoming Events at Feinstein's: Molly Pope, Natalie Joy Johnson and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2012

Daniel Nardicio and Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions join forces with this series of downtown performers moving uptown. (more...)

Stew, Heidi Rodewald and Michael Cerveris Set for Public Forum, 2/27Stew, Heidi Rodewald and Michael Cerveris Set for Public Forum, 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2012

The Public Theater will continue the 2011-2012 Public Forum season in February with a night of conversation and songs featuring Stew, Heidi Rodewald and Michael Cerveris. This Public Forum event will coincide with the new musical, The Total Bent, premiering in February as part of the Public Lab series. This intimate evening featuring three great singer-songwriters will take place on Monday, February 27 at 9:30 p.m. at Joe's Pub. Member tickets, priced at $15, are on sale now. Single tickets, priced at $20, go on sale Thursday, January 26. (more...)

March 2012 - Early March Theatre Happenings on the California Central CoastMarch 2012 - Early March Theatre Happenings on the California Central Coast
by Curt Miner - Feb 27, 2012

As we come to the end of February and make our way into March, I trust you will want to attend a show (or 2?) at one of the numerous live performance and theatre venues that make their home here on the beautiful Central Coast of California! (more...)

Guggenheim Presents Retrospective on John ChamberlainGuggenheim Presents Retrospective on John Chamberlain
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2012

From February 24 to May 13, 2012, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents John Chamberlain: Choices, a major retrospective comprising approximately ninety-five works by the important American artist and the first U.S. museum presentation of his work since 1986. The exhibition examines Chamberlain's development over his sixty-year career, exploring the shifts in scale, materials, and techniques informed by the assemblage, or collage, process that has been central to his working method. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: I AM THEATRE Project - Neil PatelSTAGE TUBE: I AM THEATRE Project - Neil Patel
by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2012

BroadwayWorld.com is excited to share a weekly series developed by the Theatre Communications Group! This week scenic designer Neil Patel shares pivotal moments in his theatre career and why the arts matter to him! (more...)

BWW Reviews: R-S Theatrics Presents Entertaining Production of AUTOBAHNBWW Reviews: R-S Theatrics Presents Entertaining Production of AUTOBAHN
by Chris Gibson - Feb 23, 2012

It seems like productions of prolific playwright and filmmaker Neil Labute's works have been presented everywhere the past couple of years, and another is currently being presented by R-S Theatrics, formerly known as Soundstage Productions, in their current home in the Crestwood Mall ArtSpace. AUTOBAHN is a seven play cycle where all the scenes take place in the front seat of a car between two individuals. It's an often hilarious work that presents a variety of situations, despite the fact that the setting is always the same. Four directors and seven actors collaborate to bring these pieces to life, and it makes for an enjoyable evening of theatre. (more...)

Public Theater to Premiere LaChiusa's GIANT, HERE LIES LOVE About Imelda Marcos & More; Full Season Announced!Public Theater to Premiere LaChiusa's GIANT, HERE LIES LOVE About Imelda Marcos & More; Full Season Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2012

Public Theater has announced the line-up today for The Public's 2012-2013 Season, beginning in the fall with an October rededication of The Public's historic downtown building. The season continues the theater's nearly 60 year tradition of developing new theatrical voices and presenting Shakespeare to the entire New York community. (more...)

David Walton to Star in Greg Berlanti CBS Comedy Pilot David Walton to Star in Greg Berlanti CBS Comedy Pilot
by TV News Desk - Apr 6, 2012

As first reported on Deadline.com, David Walton is set to play the male lead opposite JoAnna Garcia in the untitled CBS comedy pilot from Greg Malins and Greg Berlanti. (more...)

Diversionary Theatre Presents THE PRIDE, 4/5-5/6Diversionary Theatre Presents THE PRIDE, 4/5-5/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2012

After successful runs in London and New York, Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride makes its San Diego premiere in an all-new production at Diversionary Theatre beginning April 5. (more...)

THE PRIDE Opens April 5 at DiversionaryTHE PRIDE Opens April 5 at Diversionary
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2012

After runs in London and New York, Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride makes its San Diego premiere this week at Diversionary Theatre. (more...)

Big Cinemas Manhattan Presents London Royal Opera House's RIGOLETTO, Live in HD, 4/17Big Cinemas Manhattan Presents London Royal Opera House's RIGOLETTO, Live in HD, 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2012

The London Royal Opera House production of RIGOLETTO, an opera in three acts with music by Giuseppe Verdi, will be presented live in HD through Opera in Cinema/Emerging Pictures at the Big Cinemas Manhattan Theater at 239 East 59th Street on April 17 at 2:30 p.m. (more...)

April 2012 - Early April Theatre Opportunities on the Central Coast of CaliforniaApril 2012 - Early April Theatre Opportunities on the Central Coast of California
by Curt Miner - Apr 3, 2012

As we begin our journey into April, I hope you will want to make plans to take in a couple of shows at one of the numerous theatre and live performance establishments that ply their entertainment trade here on the California Central Coast! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Highland Park "Pippin" Is Very Well Danced and Sung, Pretty Well ActedBWW Reviews: Highland Park "Pippin" Is Very Well Danced and Sung, Pretty Well Acted
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 2, 2012

The 1972 Bob Fosse dance spectacle and play-within-a-play "Pippin" (which produced a legendary Motown Records cast album, no less) opened in Lakeview this past October, courtesy of the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. And now we have a "Pippin" for the north lakeshore, as The Music Theatre Company of Highland Park has mounted an enjoyable revival of its own, opening last weekend and running through May 6, 2012.Stephen Schwartz, one of the most popular Broadway composer-lyricists of the last 40 years, is riding high these days, with the continued mega-success of "Wicked," a late-career surprise for a guy who made his first big impact when he was just out of college in the very early 1970s. There's a revival of his "Godspell" playing on Broadway right now, directly adjacent to where "Wicked" is still selling out after 8 years, and two rival revivals of "Pippin" have been vying for Main Stem viability in recent months. Here in Chicago, we had a re-working of "Working" last spring, in a major production at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, and a Schwartz career retrospective revue called "Snapshots" premiered at the Northlight Theatre in Skokie last fall. Schwartz himself was in town for both productions, rumored to be in love with our Chicago acting scene. The 1972 Bob Fosse dance spectacle and play-within-a-play "Pippin" (which produced a legendary Motown Records cast album, no less) opened in Lakeview this past October, courtesy of the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. And now we have a "Pippin" for the north lakeshore, as The Music Theatre Company of Highland Park has mounted an enjoyable revival of its own, opening last weekend and running through May 6, 2012. Directed and choreographed by the company's founder and artistic director, Jessica Redish (how many hats IS that?), and music-directed by her "Merrily We Roll Along" partner, Ian Weinberger (their production of that problematic Stephen Sondheim show was very well received last year), this production utilizes Equity leads and a non-Equity ensemble, to interesting advantage. Many of the dance sequences look great, especially the opening number, "Magic To Do," the "Glory" sequence, the thrilling "Morning Glow" and several opportunities where Fosse trios are utilized (a lead dancer in front, flanked by a supporting dancer on each side). The women of the ensemble (Sasha Kostyrko, Kristin O'Connell, Emily Rogers and Lucy Zukaitis) are especially sexy, and the men (Brian M. Duncan, Tommy Rivera-Vega and Jeremy Sonkin) dance their socks off and carry out their small acting bits with verve. And the leading characters are played by actors with formidable singing chops, made all the more impressive by the fact that the cast is entirely unamplified. Leading Player Joey Stone has an extremely impressive, beautiful and flexible R&B voice, all runs and trills and idiomatic inflections that are very satisfying throughout (he's worked all over town since landing here five years ago, and it's easy to hear why). His stage presence is unmistakable, and you need to hear him sing these songs. You really do. The titular hero of the piece is embodied by the elfin, vaguely quirky-looking Andrew Keltz, who looks to be about 15 until you spy a little chest hair poking its way out of his shirt collar. His is not the most resonant vocal instrument, but he sounds entirely conversation and convincing every time he sings, and he too works all over the place. And he is not a conventional juvenile lead, but he plays them constantly, gifted with the innate ability to convey a searching, restless contemporary spirit, adrift in a society he doesn't understand. James Rank is the Charlemagne here, enacting all the hoary bluster and inner struggle of a man who is admittedly not a brain type of guy. His singing is a combination of exemplary Gilbert and Sullivan patter and baritonal bravado. However, he is saddled with the thankless number, "Welcome Home," which seems to always drag down the action with tons of exposition and not enough flash, so that all "Pippin" productions struggle in the early going. Thankfully, his prayer scene was remarkably nuanced. The veteran Peggy Roeder, playing Berthe until April 13 (she will be replaced by Cindy Gold, faculty member at Northwestern University and recently in "Show Boat" at Lyric Opera of Chicago), is hilarious and sings like the character actress she is, every note and word perfectly produced. And Angie Stemberg (Fastrada) and Jess Godwin (Catherine) are providing a school for contemporary musical theater singing in this production, with personalized stylings couched within perfectly placed belt techiques. If Zach Zube is not the ideal physical type for the character of Lewis, he nonetheless brings energy, focus and excitement to the role. However, young Theo is here portrayed by the pleasant commitment of young Isabelle Roberts, in a fascinating bit of pre-pubescent gender-Bent casting. The orchestra of five, conducted by Weinberger and playing his orchestral reduction of the score, plays as softly as one could imagine a pop-rock score could be played, to their credit and the credit of sound designer Christopher Kriz. In addition to the songs I've already mentioned, I loved "On the Right Track," for its perfect blend of choreography, acting moments, use of the playing space and the singing of the two male leads, the lovely and still "Love Song" by Keltz and Godwin, and, especially, Roeder and Company's delivery of "No Time At All," complete with audience sing-along and hitting all the right showbiz mastery this number requires. Can I discuss the ending of the show for a bit? I know this show's coup de theatre ending is supposed to be a secret surprise, but it's over 40 years old, and fairly well known to the readers of BroadwayWorld. So, here I go. When the Leading Player proposed to Pippin that he should end his life in a glorious blazing bonfire and Pippin refuses, prompting the Leading Player to order the removal of all "theatrical" elements (lights, costumes, music) from Pippin and Catherine, I'm never quite sure that it ever truly works. First of all, is Pippin the character rebelling, or is the unnamed actor playing him in the Leading Player's troupe rebelling? And why does the L.P. get so upset? This is not set up very well by bookwriter Roger O. Hirson (was it Fosse's idea?), nor is it really explained--this oversized, childish reaction to an actor (or character) refusing to follow the script. If you don't know it's coming, it's shocking and unique and interesting. But once you think about it, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It makes a point, but it isn't as perfect an ending as I wish it were. Oh, well. Small quibble. That being said, this particular production handles it pretty well. The lights and flashiness of the show do indeed reach their peak just before the unforeseen turn of events, and the final image of Pippin, Catherine and Theo in their underwear does carry the meaning it is intended to convey. Actually, the lighting for this show (by Charles Cooper) is one of its best aspects. The lights change constantly, directing the eye and conveying the mood and creating the time and place. I was extremely impressed. I don't think the workable scenic design (Stephen M. Carmody), properties design (Nick Heggestad) or costume design (Jessica Snyder) of this production would come off near as well, were the lighting not so perfect. So, kudos to Reddish and TMTC for a fun, meaningful and stylistically appropriate "Pippin," with moments of real creativity. The level of vocal excellence here is not always heard in other small, intimate theaters, and speaks to the priorities of this still-young company. If you love that legendary cast album, you'll enjoy this production, even with a small orchestra. And the show's theme of staying true to oneself, while looking for love and finding joy and meaning in the simple things of life, is a timeless one, well worth revisiting. Applause for the company of "Pippin!" The Music Theatre Company's production of "Pippin," by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson, plays March 22-May 6, 2012 at the Karger Center, 1850 Green Bay Road in Highland Park, directed and choreographed by Founding Artistic Director Jessica Reddish. Tickets are available by calling 847.579.4900 or by visiting www.themusictheatrecompany.org. PHOTOS: (top) Andrew Keltz as Pippin with (L to R) Emily Rogers, Lucy Zukaitis and Sasha Kostyrko in "Pippin" at The Music Theatre Company; (bottom) Joey Stone as the Leading Player with cast members of "Pippin" at The Music Theatre Company PHOTO CREDIT: www.jonathansportraits.com (more...)

UK's Landor Theatre Presents THE THING ABOUT MEN, May 15-June 9UK's Landor Theatre Presents THE THING ABOUT MEN, May 15-June 9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2012

Theatrica Ltd, in association with The Landor Theatre, have announced that this May - The Thing About Men - A Musical Comedy Affair will play for a strictly limited run of only four weeks at The Landor Theatre, from the writers of the long running Off Broadway hit, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. (more...)

 Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Presents The Flying Karamazov Brothers, 4/14 Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Presents The Flying Karamazov Brothers, 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2012

The Flying Karamazov Brothers are headed to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 14 for an evening of unexpected entertainment. Known for their juggling skill and impromptu high jinks, The Flying Karamazov Brothers have been entertaining audiences of all ages for almost 40 years. (more...)

Ellen Burstyn to Star Opposite Sigourney Weaver in USA's POLITICAL ANIMALSEllen Burstyn to Star Opposite Sigourney Weaver in USA's POLITICAL ANIMALS
by TV News Desk - Apr 13, 2012

Oscar(R), Emmy(R), Tony(R), Golden Globe(R) and BAFTA Award winner Ellen Burstyn ('Big Love,' 'Requiem for a Dream') joins the star studded cast of USA Network's provocative original series POLITICAL ANIMALS, from Warner Horizon Television. Starring Sigourney Weaver ('Avatar'), Ciarán Hinds ('Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'), Carla Gugino ('Entourage'), James Wolk ('Shameless'), Sebastian Stan ('Gossip Girl') and Brittany Ishibashi ('The Mentalist'), the six-hour event drama from acclaimed television and film producers Greg Berlanti ('Brothers & Sisters') and Laurence Mark ('Julie & Julia' ) is slated for the network's blockbuster summer lineup. (more...)

April 2012 - Mid-April Shows, Showers and MORE on the California Central Coast!April 2012 - Mid-April Shows, Showers and MORE on the California Central Coast!
by Curt Miner - Apr 10, 2012

As we move toward the middle of April, I trust you will want to attend at least a couple of productions at one or more of the various live performance and theatre venues that are here on the Central Coast of California for your entertainment pleasure! (more...)

Boston Playwrights' Theatre Presents Deported / a dream play Thru 4/1Boston Playwrights' Theatre Presents Deported / a dream play Thru 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2012

Boston Playwrights' Theatre's 30th Anniversary season comes to a close with Joyce Van Dyke's story of the Armenian genocide in Deported / a dream play, presented in association with Suffolk University. (more...)

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