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Thrillpeddlers Presents Shocktoberfest 12: FEAR OVER FRISCO
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2011

Thrillpeddlers announces their anticipated annual Halloween season extravaganza Shocktoberfest 12: FEAR OVER FRISCO - A Trio of Noir-Horror Plays by Eddie Muller. This 12th annual festival of Grand Guignol horror theatre and black comedies, plays Thurs., Fri., and Sat. at 8:00 pm from Sept. 23 through Nov. 19, 2011, with a special Halloween performance on Mon., Oct. 31 at 8:00 pm. Previews begin Fri., Sept 23. Opening Night (press night) - Thurs., Sept. 29, 2011. Thrillpeddlers' Hypnodrome Theatre is located at 575 10th Street, San Francisco 94103. (Bryant & Division Sts.) (more...)

Alan Rickman-Led SEMINAR Tix Now on Sale to AmEx Card Holders; Box Office Opens 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2011

Producers Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith and Roy Furman have announced the on-sale Ticketing schedule for two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Private Lives, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Harry Potter franchise) making his eagerly-anticipated return to Broadway starring in the World Premiere of SEMINAR, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, The Understudy, Omnium Gatherum, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, NBC's upcoming 'Smash'). Directed by acclaimed Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, Tigers Be Still, Kin, The Coward) in his Broadway debut, the production will also star Tony Award nominee Lily Rabe (The Merchant of Venice, Steel Magnolias, this summer's lauded A Doll's House at Williamstown) and Obie Award winner Hamish Linklater (The School for Lies, Twelfth Night, 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'). SEMINAR will begin previews on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) with an Opening Night set for Sunday, November 20 at 6:30 PM. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 28th, 2011
by Paul W. Thompson - Sep 28, 2011

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Pinkalicious' extends, 'Un-Type Cast' prepares, 'Xanadu' replaces 'Promises, Promises,' 'The Andrews Brothers' jukeboxes the night away, an 'Evita' with full orchestra and more.... (more...)

Behind the Scenes of SEMINAR's Photo Shoot!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2011

In SEMINAR, four aspiring young novelists (Ms. Rabe, Mr. Linklater, Mr. O'Connell and Ms. Park) sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (Mr. Rickman), an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting new comedy. Previews will begin on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) with an Opening Night set for Sunday, November 20 at 6:30 PM. EW.com featured a behind the scenes look at the cast's recent photoshoot. Click here to check it out! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Thought-Provoking POOR BEHAVIOR at Taper
by Don Grigware - Sep 20, 2011

Like God of Carnage before it, ever ready to expose raw emotions to the very core, Poor Behavior, a world premiere by Theresa Rebeck is a starkly real, sometimes funny and thought-provoking play bound to create controversy. Morality, now there's the rub. Whether 'tis better to live one's life complacent and nice, or break free of goodness, just once, in the hopes of finding a viable alternative for happiness. Now onstage at the Mark Taper Forum, Poor Behavior is tautly directed, consummately acted theatre not to be missed. (more...)

Tickets Available Tonight for Broadway's SEMINAR!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2011

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning tonight, Friday, September 16 at midnight for two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Private Lives, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Harry Potter franchise) making his eagerly-anticipated return to Broadway starring in the World Premiere of SEMINAR, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, The Understudy, Omnium Gatherum, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, NBC's upcoming 'Smash'). Directed by acclaimed Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, Tigers Be Still, Kin, The Coward) in his Broadway debut, the production will also star Tony Award nominee Lily Rabe (The Merchant of Venice, Steel Magnolias, this summer's lauded A Doll's House at Williamstown) and Obie Award winner Hamish Linklater (The School for Lies, Twelfth Night, 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'). (more...)

Jerry O'Connell Joins Alan Rickman & Lily Rabe in Broadway's SEMINAR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2011

Complete casting has just been announced for two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Private Lives, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Harry Potter franchise) making his eagerly-anticipated return to Broadway starring in the World Premiere of SEMINAR, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, The Understudy, Omnium Gatherum, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, NBC's upcoming TV series 'Smash'). The production is directed by acclaimed Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, Kin, The Coward) in his Broadway debut. (more...)

SOUND OFF SPECIAL: Revivals Galore! A Retrospective With FUNNY GIRL, SUPERSTAR, GODSPELL, EVITA, ON A CLEAR DAY & PORGY & BESS
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 8, 2011

Today, in an extension of the FLASH FRIDAY column, we are sharpening our focus on the six upcoming revivals of musicals that are soon to hit the boards in the next few months (post-FOLLIES) and battle it out for the Best Revival as the Broadway season heats up just when the weather begins to cool: the classic Jule Styne/Bob Merrill musical that originally starred that star-of-stars, Barbra Streisand - FUNNY GIRL; the groundbreaking rock opera that rewrote the theatrical rulebook thanks to young creators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR; the hippie, flower child take on the Christ story covering some similar Biblical ground to that of SUPERSTAR, with this one being the composing debut of WICKED songwriter Stephen Schwartz - GODSPELL; another Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice collaboration that won seven Tony Awards and acted as the vehicle for Patti LuPone's blazing Broadway debut in a starring role - EVITA; the significantly reworked, revised and rewritten new version of the beautifully scored time-travel musical by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner, this time starring a male movie star crooner - ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER; and, the landmark American opera composed by the Gershwins with DuBose Haywerd - PORGY & BESS. While each and every one of these entities has a huge hit song or two that nearly everyone on the planet knows by heart - "Don't Rain On My Parade", "I Don't Know How To Love Him", "Day By Day", "Don't Cry For Me Argentina", "On A Clear Day…" and 'Summertime' included - each of these revivals also comes after a film version (or two) that, in more than a few of these cases, will be relatively difficult to top as far as expectations of many audience members undoubtedly will go. So, by taking a listen to the smash hit crossover songs from these musicals as well as looking at their respective film version's trailers - as well as a couple of surprises, too - perhaps we can glean some insight into what makes these generally pretty terrific properties so well worth reviving on Broadway, here, now, today, in 2011. Furthermore, all of this crystal ball commentary is not even taking into account the starry assortment of performers that have already been announced for these productions so far - especially with FUNNY GIRL's Lauren Ambrose and Bobby Cannavale, GODSPELL's Hunter Parrish, SUPERSTAR's lauded Josh Young, EVITA's Ricky Martin and Michael Cerveris, PORGY's Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald, as well as the leading man in what was once a leading lady's role (that of Barbara Harris) in ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, Harry Connick, Jr.! What a tight race it is turning out to be for these new productions, particularly come Tony time in June! With rock to rhumba and borscht belt comedy to messianic hosannas and even full-out opera, seemingly every conceivable customer base is more than covered by this packed, potentially, well, awesome, season of shows - and many Broadway babies around BroadwayWorld are undoubtedly looking most forward to these six forthcoming revivals - with particularly good reason given the relative dearth of new musicals announced so far. So, let these revivals revive your flagging spirits as we leap into the 2011-2012 season with this comprehensive prospective and retrospective all about what makes them work so well in the first place and so worthy of another look! (more...)

SOUND OFF: AMERICAN HORROR STORY Makes Hell Heaven
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 6, 2011

SOUND OFF: AMERICAN HORROR STORY Makes Hell Heaven Perhaps it should have been billed more appropriately as: Grand Guignol From The Genius Guys Who Gave Us GLEE (& NIP/TUCK, too). Any entity with the pedigree apparent in FX's new drama series AMERICAN HORROR STORY is worth a view or two and last night's premiere episode was nothing short of riveting. An explosive and absolutely terrifying corroboration of creepy historical drama, atmospheric suspense, psycho-sexual character study, semi-snuff, psychological terror, grand guignol and plain old scares, AMERICAN HORROR STORY delivered on all of the mysterious and intriguing previews that have aired for the last several months on FX - from the creator of NIP/TUCK and the co-creators of GLEE, Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchak, this was a definite opportunity for envelopes, buttons and limits of taste, decency and sheer terror allowable on TV. On that accord, Murphy and Falchuk scored a solid field goal. Insofar as the talent assembled to tell the tale at the heart of the haunted house story - including major TV talent in the leads with Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton, as well as a seriously starry supporting cast including Broadway regulars Denis O'Hare and Jessica Lange. AMERICAN HORROR STORY delivers as a compelling character-based family drama - with the backstory of the central couple being a situation rife with possibilities - and an all-out horror show of THE SHINING proportions - and, the acerbic comedy, camp, one-liners and hot-button-pushing that makes Ryan Murphy television always entertaining is amped up to such a high level as to be far too much to take all in in one mere viewing. Even on the second look I'm not sure I've caught all of the flash-cut secrets and editing tricks employed in the impressively dynamic and complex meta-narrative employed by the various camera and stylistic techniques. If the creepy, cryptic and surprisingly quite comprehensive website is any indication whatsoever of the devilishly detailed tapestry being woven by Murphy, Falchuk and company over the course of the first season then we are certainly in for the decadent danse macabre of the decade - perhaps not since David Lynch's groundbreaking TWIN PEAKS has a TV premiere so completely enraptured and ensnared me in its wicked web of debauchery and depraved devilry. Heck - if this is Hell, throw another coal or two on the flames. (more...)

SEMINAR Box Office Now Open
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2011

The box office for The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) opened today at 10AM for two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Private Lives, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Harry Potter franchise) making his eagerly-anticipated return to Broadway starring in the World Premiere of SEMINAR, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, The Understudy, Omnium Gatherum, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, NBC's upcoming 'Smash'). (more...)

Tacoma Musical Playhouse Presents PINKALICIOUS, Opens 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2011

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is in the sixth season of The Tacoma Children's Musical Theater, promising to be more colorful and imaginative than ever before. Presented by TMP's regular adult performers, these fully-staged musicals based on classic children's literature are a great reason to make a family date and enjoy a trip to the theater! (more...)

BWW Interview Exclusive: Eugene Levy Talks Godspell, Improv and Harold Green
by Kelly Cameron - Oct 31, 2011

This past Monday Eugene Levy graced the stage of The St Lawrence Centre in Toronto for a very special one-off performance as part of The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company's 'Conversations on the Green' series. BWW got to hang with Mr. Levy backstage in order to bring its readers this exclusive interview, in which he talks about improvisation, the demands of theatre work and the Broadway revival of Godspell. (more...)

Ignat Solzhenitsyn Joins North Carolina Symphony for Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, Oct. 27-29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2011

The theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey launches a concert to remember later this month when the North Carolina Symphony, led by Maestro William Henry Curry and joined by renowned pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, presents works by three of classical music's leading lights. (more...)

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH WICKED's GINA BECK - An Actor's Life for G...
by Kathryn Pintus - Oct 29, 2011

Ever wondered exactly what an actor thinks, feels and does throughout the trying process of auditions, rehearsals and ultimately performing eight shows a week? Then you've come to the right place. In this BWW:UK mini-series, we quiz the talented Gina Beck, recently announced as Wicked London's newest Glinda, to find out just what happens during an actor's journey, from auditions to costume fittings, and first rehearsals to opening night. (more...)

Ignat Solzhenitsyn Joins North Carolina Symphony for Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, Oct. 27-29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2011

The theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey launches a concert to remember later this month when the North Carolina Symphony, led by Maestro William Henry Curry and joined by renowned pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, presents works by three of classical music's leading lights. (more...)

Tacoma Musical Playhouse Presents PINKALICIOUS, Opens 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2011

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is in the sixth season of The Tacoma Children's Musical Theater, promising to be more colorful and imaginative than ever before. Presented by TMP's regular adult performers, these fully-staged musicals based on classic children's literature are a great reason to make a family date and enjoy a trip to the theater! (more...)

CHELSEA SETTLES to Lead Off Tuesday Nights on MTV
by TV News Desk - Oct 28, 2011

MTV today announced 'Chelsea Settles' and 'I Used To Be Fat,' two critically acclaimed series that chronicle inspirational stories of transformation, will move to 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, respectively, beginning Tuesday, November 1. In addition, a special episode of MTV's Emmy Award-winning series, 'True Life,' will kick off the night with 'True Life: I'm Addicted to Exercise,' at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

SEMINAR Begins Previews Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2011

Previews begin this tonight at 8PM at The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) for two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Private Lives, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Harry Potter franchise) making his eagerly-anticipated return to Broadway starring in the World Premiere of SEMINAR, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, The Understudy, Omnium Gatherum, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, NBC's upcoming 'Smash'). (more...)

Ignat Solzhenitsyn Joins North Carolina Symphony for Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, Oct. 27-29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2011

The theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey launches a concert to remember later this month when the North Carolina Symphony, led by Maestro William Henry Curry and joined by renowned pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, presents works by three of classical music's leading lights. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Ricki Lake On DANCING WITH THE STARS, Sondheim, ANNIE, WICKED, HAIRSPRAY & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 24, 2011

With one of the most refreshingly unique career trajectories in recent show business history, the quirky late-80s/early-90s film star known for her outlandish John Waters comedies - HAIRSPRAY, CRY-BABY and SERIAL MOM included - parlayed her big screen success to a decade-long running eponymous talk-show in the 90s and early 00s that is still talked about to this day - look no further than Nicki Minaj's verse on the remix of Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" for proof - and, now, with news of the 2012 syndicated return of a new iteration of her show, a new memoir, as well as her current compelling casting on the new season of DANCING WITH THE STARS, Ricki Lake has clearly reached a new career high. Imparting her contagious energy and enthusiasm and amply displaying why she is the foremost queen of gab, Lake generously shares her thoughts on a range of topics - Broadway, Hollywood, GLEE, Sondheim, BOOK OF MORMON and much more included - and reveals details about her many upcoming projects and passion, as well as her ongoing star turn on TV's hottest reality competition, DANCING WITH THE STARS. While in rehearsal on Friday night, talking to me from the backstage costume fitting for DANCING/STARS - tutu included - and on the road back to her LA home - before attending Chaz Bono's party later that evening - Lake and I cover it all and she shows why she has been a TV fixture in millions of homes for twenty years and most likely will continue to be so for the next twenty or more - if we are lucky, that is. Plus, she also happens to be a big BroadwayWorld fan, to boot! Who could ask for anything more? (more...)

InDepth InterView: Connie Britton Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Neighborhood Playhouse, African Children's Choir & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 22, 2011

Acing the tailor-made lead role in GLEE creators' Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's new supernaturally-themed FX series AMERICAN HORROR STORY, the former FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS star Connie Britton is finding herself at a career peak (look no further than the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly that just hit newsstands yesterday). Britton's bright beginnings at the Neighborhood Playhouse and study under acclaimed acting instructor Sanford Meisner - as well as her Off-Broadway and stage work - have clearly prepared her well for the tricky ROSEMARY'S BABY-esque role of a lifetime that Murphy, Falchuk and company have devised for her on the star-studded nighttime soap thriller - which also features TV heavyweight Dylan McDermott, as well as two-time Oscar-winner Jessica Lange and Tony-winner (and TRUE BLOOD's King of the Vampires), Denis O'Hare. Discussing all aspects of the first three episodes of the surprise hit horror series, as well as offering some hints as to what we can expect from the forthcoming two-part Halloween special and upcoming episodes (including a Rubber Man tease), Britton and I dissect the complex inter-workings of the Harmon family and the house from Hell that they now reside in - as well as its ghostly inhabitants. Will they somehow make it out alive? And, who exactly is the new ghost in house, revealed just this week, played by previous InDepth InterView participant Lily Rabe? What can we expect from Zachary Quinto's first appearance coming up this week? And, what about The Infatata? As Murphy's original pitch's tagline states, "The House Wins," but, as far as AMERICAN HORROR STORY goes, the actors do, too. In addition to all about AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Britton and I also discuss her passionate dedication to Bono's ONE charity, as well as her participation in supporting the African Children's Choir, who will be performing at a gala raising awareness and funds on Monday at The Highline Ballroom. (more...)

Players Club of Swarthmore Theater Announces ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Beginning 10/21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2011

Mortimer Brewster has just dropped in on his aunts to tell them about his engagement, but the poor guy is in for a bit of a shock when he finds out what the ladies have been up to. Abby and Martha may seem sweet, but their idea of hospitality is, well...creative. Audiences have been roaring at Arsenic and Old Lace for six decades - now locals can enjoy it at The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Boston Premiere of OR, at Lyric Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - Oct 20, 2011

The title may not grab you, but Director Daniel Gidron's production at the Lyric Stage will keep you laughing and guessing in Liz Duffy Adams' comic sex farce. (more...)

Players Club of Swarthmore Theater Announces ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Beginning 10/21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2011

Mortimer Brewster has just dropped in on his aunts to tell them about his engagement, but the poor guy is in for a bit of a shock when he finds out what the ladies have been up to. Abby and Martha may seem sweet, but their idea of hospitality is, well...creative. Audiences have been roaring at Arsenic and Old Lace for six decades - now locals can enjoy it at The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater. (more...)

NY Stage And Film Presents THE VANDAL 10.17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2011

New York Stage and Film (Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director; Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang, Producing Directors) has announced Hamish Linklater's new play The Vandal with direction by Jim Simpson as the newest reading in a recently established partnership with Barnard College on Monday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theatre in The Diana Center on Barnard's Morningside Heights campus (3009 Broadway at 117th Street, Lower Level 2). (more...)

Victoria Theatre Association presents Town Hall Theatre's PINKALICIOUS, 11/4-5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2011

Victoria Theatre Association presents Town Hall Theatre's Pinkalicious The Musical as part of VTA's ImPACt program, November 4th at 7pm and November 5th at 11am & 3pm, in the Mathile Theatre of the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, downtown Dayton. Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office, via phone 228-3630 or online at www.ticketcenterstage.com. (more...)

NY Stage And Film Presents THE VANDAL 10.17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2011

New York Stage and Film (Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director; Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang, Producing Directors) has announced Hamish Linklater's new play The Vandal with direction by Jim Simpson as the newest reading in a recently established partnership with Barnard College on Monday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theatre in The Diana Center on Barnard's Morningside Heights campus (3009 Broadway at 117th Street, Lower Level 2). (more...)

Jerry O'Connell To Co-Host Live With Regis And Kelly 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2011

Film and television star Jerry O'Connell, now in rehearsals to make his Broadway debut in the World Premiere of Alan Rickman starring in the new comedy SEMINAR by Theresa Rebeck, will co-host 'Live! with Regis and Kelly' this Thursday morning, October 13. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Lukas Poost Goes Green as SHREK Tour's New Ogre
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 11, 2011

Now starring as the title role in the NETworks produced 2nd National Tour of SHREK THE MUSICAL, recent University of the Arts grad Lukas Poost recently chatted with BroadwayWorld's Michael Lawrence Quintos to talk about his past influences and his greeny-fied alter ego in the relaunched tour (which continues its two-week engagement at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts through October 16). (more...)

BWW Reviews: MTW's Joyful HAIRSPRAY Revival Charms in Long Beach
by Michael L. Quintos - Nov 9, 2011

Almost ten years after its triumphant debut on Broadway, the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical HAIRSPRAY is making quite a resurgence lately, thanks to the plethora of regional theaters across the country that now have licenses to mount their own versions. It's a Good Thing, too, because the show is one of the funniest and most entertaining stage musicals of the modern era, and one that deserves an afterlife with a new crop of the nicest kids in town. Bursting with laughs and ear candy from heel to coif, the wonderful folks over at Musical Theatre West have put on a very worthy, slam-dunk of a revival, recreating HAIRSPRAY with impressive moxie and a staggeringly talented cast. The show continues its brief run at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts in Long Beach, California through November 13. (more...)

GLEE RECAP: Episode 4 'Pot O' Gold'
by Laura Holmes - Nov 8, 2011

What's going down at McKinley? (more...)

MODERN MUSIC MASTERS: Mark Isham & ONCE UPON A TIME
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 6, 2011

Today we are going to continue our ongoing interview series focusing on composers whose work transcends merely one medium with this highly-lauded and respected film and television composer known for over 100 film scores in his thirty year career - such as his Academy Award-nominated work on CRASH; as well as this year's WARRIOR starring Tom Hardy, in theaters now - the immensely talented Mark Isham! Detailing the challenge of scoring each and every episode of ABC's hit new fairytale-themed series ONCE UPON A TIME and what it is like bringing the magical Disney wonderland of the show to musical life every week - as well as some hints of what we can expect in future episodes - we also look back at many of his most notable collaborations over his accomplished career, many with some of the finest theatre and film directors of our age - Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman and David Mamet included. Additionally, Isham shares insights into the work of fellow composers soon to be featured in this column - such as Alexandre Desplat and Alan Menken - as well as what we can look forward to from him in the future, near and far - on screens, both small and large! Plus - much, much more! (more...)

Exclusive InDepth InterView: Lin-Manuel Miranda Talks BRING IT ON, MERRILY, HEIGHTS, HAMILTON & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 3, 2011

Pioneer, innovator and the voice of an entire new musical theatre generation coming in the dawning of the age of GLEE, Tony Award recipient and Grammy-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda has merged the worlds of the two most significant of original American art forms - musicals and rap - in such a striking and surprisingly inventive way with his hit musical IN THE HEIGHTS - currently touring the country - and is setting out to do the same with his fresh collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning NEXT TO NORMAL composer Tom Kitt on their new musical BRING IT ON!, currently in previews out of town in Los Angeles as it eyes New York. In addition to discussing the development of IN THE HEIGHTS and BRING IT ON! in detail, Miranda and I also outline his experience working alongside the two modern-day masters of the musical theatre - Stephen Sondheim and the recently deceased Arthur Laurents - on the Spanish translation and new lyrics for the recent bilingual revival of WEST SIDE STORY - in addition to his forthcoming ALEXANDER HAMILTON project, which Miranda recently performed a medley from for President Obama himself at the White House Poetry Jam. As if all of that were not enough, we also delve into his thought process as he sets out to take on one of Sondheim's most challenging roles in all of musical theatre - that of Charley Kringas in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Encores!, under the direction of James Lapine. Plus, news on his new feature film THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, as well as recollections of his fondest Broadway shows, scores, cast albums, movie musicals and general musical and theatrical inspirations - and his favorite Shakespeare plays, too - as well as much, much more! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Curious Theatre's COLLAPSE - Under Construction
by Michael Mulhern - Nov 21, 2011

But even as after school special as the show feels, it does make you think about things like fracturing and falling and failing. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sierra Rep Creates A Winter Wonderland with the WINTER WONDERETTES Now Through Dec 17
by Harmony Wheeler - Nov 21, 2011

Classic Christmas window displays and lights on either sides of the stage invite audiences to the warm spirit of the season as they walk to their seats at the Fallon House theatre in historic Columbia State Park. It's an old hardware store, and the Marvelous Wonderettes are singing at a Christmas celebration. (more...)

Tennessee Rep Offers Holiday Favorite The Santaland Diaries
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2011

Tennessee Rep Offers Holiday Favorite The Santaland Diaries, with Matt Chiorini returning to Nashville to Don the Ears of the Elf. (more...)

Tennessee Rep Offers Holiday Favorite The Santaland Diaries
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2011

Tennessee Rep Offers Holiday Favorite The Santaland Diaries, with Matt Chiorini returning to Nashville to Don the Ears of the Elf. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Look, I Made A Musical - A Stephen Sondheim Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 18, 2011

Modern-day master of musical theatre Stephen Sondheim is about to release the second book of his complete collected lyrics - covering mostly everything written in the last three decades and in this one so far - titled after a line from what may very well be his ultimate masterpiece, the Pulitzer Prize-winning SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE - LOOK, I MADE A HAT; Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. So, today, we are going to be taking a look at a litany of the finest moments from Sondheim's post-SWEENEY TODD musicals that are highlighted in LOOK, I MADE A HAT and perhaps discover a few of the many reasons why Sondheim's musicals - whether late-period or early on- are the best of the best Broadway has to offer - now or ever. And, what an absolutely mind-blowing list it is - and what a masterpiece of a book! (more...)

THE X FACTOR: The Top 10 Results Show!
by Jennie Mamary - Nov 17, 2011

Here we go again, folks- the results show! Last night was rough as the contestants performed rock songs. Some shined, while others crashed and burned. Only 9 will move on to next week's live show. Did some of last night's slips affect the fates of the strongest competitors? We will soon find out as the bottom two will be revealed and one contestant will be going home tonight! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Rubicon's Irma Vep is a Ghoulish Treat
by Don Grigware - Nov 1, 2011

The Mystery of Irma Vep, written by Charles Ludlam in 1984 and a sensation off Broadway and beyond into the 90s, certainly lives up to its subtitle A Penny Dreadful. That's actually a Good Thing! A Penny Dreadul was a 19th century British fictional publication, usually printed in papers and magazines as a serial (in consecutive installments), aimed at cheap sensationalism. In all its campy style and ludicrousness, Irma Vep aims to thrill, even overkill, tickling one's fancy with its heavy emphasis on vampires, ghosts and werewolves. This perfect for Halloween treat, directed in brilliant, resourceful style by Jenny Sullivan will play on at the Rubicon in Ventura through Sunday November 6 only. (more...)

2012 Poised to Usher In a New Golden Age for Movie Musicals; WICKED, AMERICAN IDIOT, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR & More in Development
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2012

Variety reports today that despite an absence of movie musicals in multiplexes around the country this past year, 2012 is poised to usher in a record number of musical adaptations on the big screen. The season of musical films will begin with Joyful Noise (Warner Brothers), starring Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah and Broadway's own Jeremy Jordan, set for release on January 13. Throughout the year, musical lovers can expect cinematic renditions of the highly anticipated Rock of Ages (June 1), starring A-listers Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin and more, and Les Miserables (December 7) with the likes of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Taylor Swift, Amanda Seyfried, Broadway's Aaron Tveit and others. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 4th, 2012
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 4, 2012

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to New York. Check out the Mosh Pit 'Top Ten Hot Topics' for the last half of 2011! (more...)

Twitter Watch: GODSPELL Cast Flies to Chicago for ROSIE Appearance
by BWW - Dec 5, 2011

On Twitter Watch, GODSPELL wrote 'Follow us tomorrow as @GeorgeSalazar takes over the @BwayGodspell account to live tweet the cast trip to Chicago to tape 'The Rosie Show'! Guess who's up early!? Baristas, insomniacs, and the cast of @BwayGodspell! Step 1 of our trip to Chicago: Getting out of the apartment. Step 2 of our trip to ROSIE: Hailing a cab that'll pick up Charlie Alterman and Morgan James along the way. #uws #sweettalking Nothing starts a travel day off right like a 700 calorie breakfast sandwich at FIVE GUYS with @AnnaMariaPdT, @hinkleystomp, & @ericmkrop! Its a Good Thing I know all the lyrics to 'Bless The Lord' because I'm throwing Lindsay off the plane today. Ok, we're about to board, so the tweets will have to seize. Just know this: @AnnaMariaPdT has seven rows to herself. About to take off! @Rosie, get those #kooshballs ready! @BwayGodspell's comin!! http://pic.twitter.com/ssZ0JC1Z The 40th Anniversary production and first-ever Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's rock musical GODSPELL officially opened at the Circle in the Square Theater on November 7. The cast just visited 'The View' where they performed a medley of songs from the show. Click below to check it out! The show is directed by Daniel Goldstein and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific), and stars a diverse company of 10 young actors, lead by Hunter Parrish as Jesus and Wallace Smith as Judas, and co-starring Uzo Aduba, Nick Blaemire, Celisse Henderson,Morgan James, Telly Leung, Lindsay Mendez, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle and George Salazar. GODSPELL features scenic design by David Korins (Passing Strange, Bridge and Tunnel), costume design by Miranda Hoffman (Well), lighting design by Ben Stanton (Angels in America) and orchestrations by Michael Holland (Hurricane). Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelakwith music and new lyrics by Academy and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), GODSPELL's Tony-nominated score features instantly recognizable hits including 'Day by Day,' 'Turn Back, O Man,' 'Learn Your Lessons Well, 'Prepare Ye the Way,' 'Light of the World' and many more. For tickets and more information, visit www.godspell.com. ' (more...)

Julie Andrews to Host PBS' 'From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration' Special
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2011

Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the third time to host the merry annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Mariss Jansons from Vienna's Musikverein. (more...)

Tennessee Rep Offers Holiday Favorite The Santaland Diaries
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2011

Tennessee Rep Offers Holiday Favorite The Santaland Diaries, with Matt Chiorini returning to Nashville to Don the Ears of the Elf. (more...)

Julie Andrews to Host PBS' 'From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration' Special
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2011

Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the third time to host the merry annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Mariss Jansons from Vienna's Musikverein. (more...)

Funny Fridays at Aurora Theatre Announces New Host - Same Great Comedy
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2011

In 2012, Aurora Theatre Funny Fridays introduces a new permanent host for the club comedy performances on the square in downtown Lawrenceville on January 20, with shows at 7:15 & 9:15 PM. (more...)

Hugh Jackman Confirms LES MISÉRABLES to Begin Rehearsing in January, Film in March
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2011

Jackman talks his beginning in theatre, performing in Carnegie Hall for the first time, what he considers to be the 'Halmet of musicals' and the transformation that he needs to make for the upcoming LES MISÉRABLES film; and the star confirms that the film is on track to begin rehearsals at the end of January and start filming in March. (more...)

BANANAS! A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker Opens At J.E.T. Studios
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2011

BANANAS! A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker is an award-winning, one-woman tour-de-force play based on the extraordinary life of international star and civil rights freedom fighter, Josephine Baker. (more...)

Anthony de Mare Salutes Stephen Sondheim in LIAISONS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2011

Internationally renowned contemporary pianist Anthony de Mare presents LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano - an intrepid program featuring 36 short solo piano pieces based on the music of the legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

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