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First Concert Of New Voices For A Change To Take Place 3/8First Concert Of New Voices For A Change To Take Place 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2009

The F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company is pleased to announce the first concert in a new series called New Voices for a Change. The premise behind the concert series is that each concert will feature the music of a young, new musical theatre composer and a portion of the proceeds of each concert will be donated to a local charity. This first concert will feature the music of Scott Alan, one of New York City's finest new composers. Blending musical theater and pop sounds, Mr. Alan creates music with amazing heart and character. With two albums already on the market, ('Dreaming Wide Awake' and 'Keys'), Mr. Alan is well on his way to becoming a very successful composer. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the AIDS Action Comittee of Massachusetts, whose mission is to the stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic by preventing new infections and optimizing the health of those already infected. (more...)

The F.U.D.G.E. Theater Announces NEW VOICES FOR A CHANGE 3/8The F.U.D.G.E. Theater Announces NEW VOICES FOR A CHANGE 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2009

The F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company is pleased to announce the first concert in a new series called NEW VOICES FOR A CHANGE. The premise behind the concert series is that each concert will feature the music of a young, new musical theatre composer and a portion of the proceeds of each concert will be donated to a local charity. This first concert will feature the music of Scott Alan, one of New York City's finest new composers. Blending musical theater and pop sounds, Mr. Alan creates music with amazing heart and character. With two albums already on the market, ('Dreaming Wide Awake' and 'Keys'), Mr. Alan is well on his way to becoming a very successful composer. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the AIDS Action Comittee of Massachusetts, whose mission is to the stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic by preventing new infections and optimizing the health of those already infected. (more...)

HAIR 'Lets the Sun Shine In on Broadway', Previews Begin March 6, 2009HAIR 'Lets the Sun Shine In on Broadway', Previews Begin March 6, 2009
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2009

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, has announced the 26-member Broadway cast of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Newcomers to the cast include Gavin Creel, Caissie Levy and Sasha Allen, who join the rest of the tribe, who are reprising their roles from Central Park last summer. HAIR begins preview performances on Friday, March 6 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC) with an Opening Night set for Tuesday, March 31, 2009. (more...)

The F.U.D.G.E. Theater Announces NEW VOICES FOR A CHANGE 3/8The F.U.D.G.E. Theater Announces NEW VOICES FOR A CHANGE 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2009

The F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company is pleased to announce the first concert in a new series called NEW VOICES FOR A CHANGE. The premise behind the concert series is that each concert will feature the music of a young, new musical theatre composer and a portion of the proceeds of each concert will be donated to a local charity. This first concert will feature the music of Scott Alan, one of New York City's finest new composers. Blending musical theater and pop sounds, Mr. Alan creates music with amazing heart and character. With two albums already on the market, ('Dreaming Wide Awake' and 'Keys'), Mr. Alan is well on his way to becoming a very successful composer. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the AIDS Action Comittee of Massachusetts, whose mission is to the stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic by preventing new infections and optimizing the health of those already infected. (more...)

Groff, Dukakis, Blum & More Join Cast of Public's THE SINGING FORESTGroff, Dukakis, Blum & More Join Cast of Public's THE SINGING FOREST
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2009

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of Craig Lucas? THE SINGING FOREST. Directed by Mark Wing-Davey, THE SINGING FOREST will begin previews on Tuesday, April 7 and run through Sunday, May 17 with an official press opening on Monday, April 27 at 7 PM. (more...)

First Concert Of New Voices For A Change To Take Place 3/8First Concert Of New Voices For A Change To Take Place 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2009

The F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company is pleased to announce the first concert in a new series called New Voices for a Change. The premise behind the concert series is that each concert will feature the music of a young, new musical theatre composer and a portion of the proceeds of each concert will be donated to a local charity. This first concert will feature the music of Scott Alan, one of New York City's finest new composers. Blending musical theater and pop sounds, Mr. Alan creates music with amazing heart and character. With two albums already on the market, ('Dreaming Wide Awake' and 'Keys'), Mr. Alan is well on his way to becoming a very successful composer. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the AIDS Action Comittee of Massachusetts, whose mission is to the stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic by preventing new infections and optimizing the health of those already infected. (more...)

Winesburg, Ohio Opens At Kansas City Rep On 3/20Winesburg, Ohio Opens At Kansas City Rep On 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2009

The hopes, dreams and inner desires of the residents of a small Midwestern town will come bursting to life in Kansas City Rep's production of the new Eric Rosen musical Winesburg, Ohio, one of the most original new musicals to come along this decade. Rosen, artistic director of the Rep, wrote the book and lyrics for Winesburg, Ohio and he will direct. (more...)

THE BATTERY'S DOWN Season 2 Premieres 4/1THE BATTERY'S DOWN Season 2 Premieres 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2009

The Battery's Down, the hit online television series, will return for a second season on Wednesday, April 1, on YouTube featuring a slew of Broadway guest stars. Filmed in a style similar to Curb Your Enthusiasm or The Office, The Battery's Down chronicles the life of young actor Jake Wilson in New York City. Each twenty-minute, two-part episode will premiere at 12:01AM the first of every month. (more...)

BWW TV STAGE TUBE: THE BATTERY'S DOWN Season 2 TrailerBWW TV STAGE TUBE: THE BATTERY'S DOWN Season 2 Trailer
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 10, 2009

'The Battery's Down,' the hit online television series, will return for a second season on Wednesday, April 1, on YouTube featuring a slew of Broadway guest stars. (more...)

The Zipper Factory Presents Concert Version Of 'ALLIES' 1/26The Zipper Factory Presents Concert Version Of 'ALLIES' 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2009

ALLIES, a new rock musical featuring the songs of the legendary band Heart, will be presented in concert version at The Zipper Factory Theater (336 West 37th Street) on Monday, January 26th at 9:00 p.m. Industry and the general public are invited to make reservations on the show's official website at www.alliesthemusical.com. (more...)

Creel Joins and Espinosa Leaves Cast of Broadway Bound HAIRCreel Joins and Espinosa Leaves Cast of Broadway Bound HAIR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2009

Tony Award-nominee Gavin Creel will join the Broadway cast of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, in the leading role of 'Claude', it was announced today by Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater. In a statement, Mr. Eustis said 'We are thrilled that Gavin Creel will be joining the tribe of HAIR as Claude. (more...)

Full Cast of HAIR Lined Up; Previews Begin March 6, 2009Full Cast of HAIR Lined Up; Previews Begin March 6, 2009
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2009

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, has announced the 26-member Broadway cast of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Newcomers to the cast include Gavin Creel, Caissie Levy and Sasha Allen, who join the rest of the tribe, who are reprising their roles from Central Park last summer. Currently in rehearsal at the Union Square Theatre, HAIR begins preview performances on Friday, March 6 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC) with an Opening Night set for Tuesday, March 31, 2009. (more...)

F.U.D.G.E Theater Co Announces Neil Simon's FOOLSF.U.D.G.E Theater Co Announces Neil Simon's FOOLS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2009

F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company announces Fools, written by Neil Simon. Fools opens on January 30th, at 8:00pm and plays through February 7th, 2008. 'After producing two relatively heavy shows (Training Wisteria and Bare), we are very excited to bring our audiences something light and comedic, says Joe DeMita, The F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company's Artistic Director. 'With the comedic abilities of the cast combined with Neil Simon's hilariously clever dialogue, Fools will surely make even the grumpiest of people crack a smile. Maybe even twice.' Fools features Dorothy Ahle, AnneMarie Alvarez, Frank Consolo, Jamianne Devlin, Steve Dyer, Nate Johnson, Tom Rimer, Peter Sofronas, Stephen Turner and Andrea Webber. (more...)

MTC's 'An Intimate Night' Winter Benefit with Jackson, Naughton and More Held 1/26MTC's 'An Intimate Night' Winter Benefit with Jackson, Naughton and More Held 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2009

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB will present its annual Winter Benefit: An Intimate Night, an evening of cocktails and dinner followed by a special one-night-only cabaret-style show featuring the fresh faces of 2009, on Monday, January 26, 2009 at the Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor). Two-time Tony Award winner James Naughton will host, introducing three exciting young Broadway performers -- Renee Elise Goldsberry, Cheyenne Jackson, and Leslie Kritzer. Tony Award winner John Rando will direct the show. (more...)

ALLIES Will Now Be Presented In Concert Version At BLVD 1/26ALLIES Will Now Be Presented In Concert Version At BLVD 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2009

ALLIES, a new rock musical featuring the songs of the legendary band Heart, will be presented in concert version at BLVD ( 199 Bowery at Spring St) on Monday, January 26th at 9:00 p.m. Industry and the general public are invited to make reservations on the show's official website at www.alliesthemusical.com. ALLIES features a book by Celina Carvajal and Maggie F. Levin. The staged concert will be directed by Sam Buggein. Paul Leschen is the music director. The cast features Ms. Carvajal, Brian Charles Rooney (Threepenny Opera), Chris Hall (Bedbugs!!!, Twist). Ryan Bogner (Bedbugs!!!, Hey, You Know What Movie Would Make A Good Musical?) will read the stage directions. In the tradition of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, ALLIES is a raw, concert-style musical about a love triangle that rocks the lives of a brother & sister. Gabby & Chris Ford are as close as struggling twenty-something siblings can be, when their bond is blown apart by the seductive - and secretive - Matt Rhode. Part live rock show - complete with roadies changing the set and a kickass lead axe - and part heartstring-plucking drama, ALLIES features the songs of the legendary band Heart, including hits like 'Barracuda,' 'These Dreams,' and 'Alone.' (more...)

Leslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger to Star in 'ROOMS, a rock romance' at New World StagesLeslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger to Star in 'ROOMS, a rock romance' at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2009

Van Hill Entertainment is proud to announce that the Off-Broadway premiere of ROOMS a rock romance, starring Leslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger, will begin performances on Friday February 27th at New World Stages/Stage 2 (340 West 50th Street). Opening Night is set for Monday March 16th (7 PM). ROOMS a rock romance has music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman (Bright Lights Big City) and book by Goodman and Miriam Gordon, and will be directed by Scott Schwartz (Golda's Balcony, Bat Boy: The Musical, tick, tick... BOOM!, Jane Eyre). (more...)

ALLIES Will Now Be Presented In Concert Version At BLVD 1/26ALLIES Will Now Be Presented In Concert Version At BLVD 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009

ALLIES, a new rock musical featuring the songs of the legendary band Heart, will be presented in concert version at BLVD ( 199 Bowery at Spring St) on Monday, January 26th at 9:00 p.m. Industry and the general public are invited to make reservations on the show's official website at www.alliesthemusical.com. ALLIES features a book by Celina Carvajal and Maggie F. Levin. The staged concert will be directed by Sam Buggein. Paul Leschen is the music director. The cast features Ms. Carvajal, Brian Charles Rooney (Threepenny Opera), Chris Hall (Bedbugs!!!, Twist). Ryan Bogner (Bedbugs!!!, Hey, You Know What Movie Would Make A Good Musical?) will read the stage directions. In the tradition of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, ALLIES is a raw, concert-style musical about a love triangle that rocks the lives of a brother & sister. Gabby & Chris Ford are as close as struggling twenty-something siblings can be, when their bond is blown apart by the seductive - and secretive - Matt Rhode. Part live rock show - complete with roadies changing the set and a kickass lead axe - and part heartstring-plucking drama, ALLIES features the songs of the legendary band Heart, including hits like 'Barracuda,' 'These Dreams,' and 'Alone.' (more...)

Photo Flash: BAT BOY at Foothill Music TheatrePhoto Flash: BAT BOY at Foothill Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009

Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents the hilarious Off-Broadway musical comedy hit, Bat Boy, THE MUSICAL. This campy, off-the-wall parody inspired by a supermarket tabloid story of a half-boy, half-bat keeps both tongue and fang firmly in cheek. The exuberant score mixes rock, Broadway, gospel, and country music in a smart, witty, self-aware comical confection. Award-winning director Jay Manley helms this fabulous cult hit with musical direction by Spencer Williams, and choreography by Andrew Ceglio (also the production's star). The talented cast of Bat Boy, THE MUSICAL includes Andrew Ceglio as both Bat Boy and the production choreographer (credits include Pippin at Foothill Music Theatre, Marquee Productions at Childrens Musical Theater San Jose, Theater on San Pedro, and Forever Plaid at Cabrillo Stage as director and choreographer); Kateri McRae returns to the Foothill stage as Bat Boy's young love, Shelley (previously seen as Mae in Foothill Music Theatre's The Pajama Game, other credits include Broadway By the Bay and the Palo Alto Players); Ariel Buck as Shelley's mother and Bat Boy's tutor (credits include North Shore Music Theatre, MA, Marquee Productions at CMSTSJ, and an international tour with Tokyo Disney Sea); Tim Reynolds as the veterinarian, Dr. Parker (credits include Bobby in Company at Foothill Music Theatre, and roles at TheatreWorks and Broadway By the Bay); Todd Wright returns to Foothill as the Sherriff (previous roles include Alfie Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Mr. Hasler in The Pajama Game and numerous roles with the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival). Also featured in the cast of Bat Boy, THE MUSICAL are David Cates, RaMond Thomas, Michael Rhone, Sarah B. Griner, and Monique Hafen in rotating roles as the various citizens of Hope Falls, West Virigina. (more...)

Foothill Sinks Its Teeth Into BAT BOY THE MUSICAL Starting 2/27Foothill Sinks Its Teeth Into BAT BOY THE MUSICAL Starting 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2009

Bat Boy, THE MUSICAL plays February 27 (press opening February 28, 8pm & March 1, 2pm) through March 22, 2009 at the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. For tickets ($18-26) and information, the public may visit www.foothillmusicals.com, or phone the box office at 650 949-7360. (more...)

BAT BOY THE MUSICAL Hits The Foothill Music Theater 2/27BAT BOY THE MUSICAL Hits The Foothill Music Theater 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2009

Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents the hilarious Off-Broadway musical comedy hit, Bat Boy, THE MUSICAL. This campy, off-the-wall parody inspired by a supermarket tabloid story of a half-boy, half-bat keeps both tongue and fang firmly in cheek. The exuberant score mixes rock, Broadway, gospel, and country music in a smart, witty, self-aware comical confection. Award-winning director Jay Manley helms this fabulous cult hit with musical direction by Spencer Williams, and choreography by Andrew Ceglio (also the production's star). Bat Boy, THE MUSICAL plays February 27 (press opening February 28, 8pm & March 1, 2pm) through March 22, 2009 at the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. For tickets ($18-26) and information, the public may visit www.foothillmusicals.com, or phone the box office at 650 949-7360. Called 'exuberant, campy fun' by the San Francisco Chronicle, Bat Boy, THE MUSICAL, ripped from the headlines of The Weekly World News tabloid, is a dark but whimsical parable on the secret desires and depravities of a small West Virginia town. While visiting the caves outside of Hope Falls, West Virginia, three young explorers find a bat-boy hiding among the caverns. The local sheriff, unsure of what to do with the dangerous captive, who could be connected to the strange illness killing off the local cows, takes the bat-boy to the veterinarian. While the townspeople clamor for his destruction, Bat Boy, who is taken in by the veterinarian and his family, learns to read, speak, and even fall in love. A wickedly slick satire that spoofs convention, Bat Boy chronicles the struggles of a boy with fangs who just wants to be loved. The show premiered at Tim Robbins' Actors Gang Theatre on October 31, 1997, and has since been produced Off-Broadway, in London's West End, at the Edinburgh Festival and in scores of productions throughout the world. The New York Times declared, 'It's remarkable what intelligent wit can accomplish, even within an outlandish frame,' of this Outer Critics Circle Award-winner for Best Off-Broadway Musical. (more...)

Birkhead, Brown, Goodman & Zambello Announced as NYMF '09 Next Link JurorsBirkhead, Brown, Goodman & Zambello Announced as NYMF '09 Next Link Jurors
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2009

Jurors for The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) for the 2009 Next Link Project will include lyricist Susan Birkenhead, composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, producer Robyn Goodman, and director Francesca Zambello. The New York Musical Theater Festival is currently accepting open submissions for its Next Link Project for the sixth annual festival taking place September 28 ? October 18, 2009. Twelve of the Festival?s full production slots are reserved for participants in The Next Link Project, NYMF?s primary writer service program. The Next Link Project empowers emerging musical theatre writing teams as both artists and entrepreneurs by providing the training and relationships needed to help them move their musicals from mere readings to fully-realized productions and to advance their careers by maximizing the exposure they receive in the Festival. A meet and greet to answer any questions from those interested in applying will be held Wednesday, January 28, 6-8pm at the Irish Rogue (356 West 44th Street, between 8th and 9th Ave). NYMF staff members will be on hand to answer questions about the Next Link Project submissions process and chat about other ways to get involved with the Festival. (more...)

F.U.D.G.E Theater Co Announces Neil Simon's FOOLSF.U.D.G.E Theater Co Announces Neil Simon's FOOLS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2009

F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company announces Fools, written by Neil Simon. Fools opens on January 30th, at 8:00pm and plays through February 7th, 2008. 'After producing two relatively heavy shows (Training Wisteria and Bare), we are very excited to bring our audiences something light and comedic, says Joe DeMita, The F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company's Artistic Director. 'With the comedic abilities of the cast combined with Neil Simon's hilariously clever dialogue, Fools will surely make even the grumpiest of people crack a smile. Maybe even twice.' Fools features Dorothy Ahle, AnneMarie Alvarez, Frank Consolo, Jamianne Devlin, Steve Dyer, Nate Johnson, Tom Rimer, Peter Sofronas, Stephen Turner and Andrea Webber. (more...)

MTC's 'An Intimate Night' Winter Benefit with Jackson, Naughton and More Held 1/26MTC's 'An Intimate Night' Winter Benefit with Jackson, Naughton and More Held 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2009

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB will present its annual Winter Benefit: An Intimate Night, an evening of cocktails and dinner followed by a special one-night-only cabaret-style show featuring the fresh faces of 2009, on Monday, January 26, 2009 at the Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor). Two-time Tony Award winner James Naughton will host, introducing three exciting young Broadway performers -- Renee Elise Goldsberry, Cheyenne Jackson, and Leslie Kritzer. Tony Award winner John Rando will direct the show. (more...)

Photo Coverage: HAIR Times Talk at NYT Arts & Leisure WeekendPhoto Coverage: HAIR Times Talk at NYT Arts & Leisure Weekend
by Peter James Zielinski - Jan 12, 2009

The New York Times presented a starry line up of guests for the Eighth Annual Arts & Leisure Weekend, Jan. 8 to 11. The Times's signature event is a four-day international celebration of the arts with a wide range of activities, from interviews between Times journalists and celebrated guests from the arts, film, music, media and politics, to special offers at cultural institutions around the world. All TimesTalk events are held at TheTimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street. BWW was there as the HAIR family met the press. (more...)

Cromer Led OUR TOWN Hits 'Our Town' at Barrow St., Previews Begin 2/17Cromer Led OUR TOWN Hits 'Our Town' at Barrow St., Previews Begin 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2009

Jean Doumanian Productions and Barrow Street Theatre(Scott Morfee and Tom Wirtshafter) today announced that they will produce director David Cromer's acclaimed staging of Thornton Wilder's Our Town at Off Broadway's Barrow Street Theatre. Performances will begin on February 17, with anofficial opening night set for Thursday, February 26. The production will require acomplete redesign of the theater space. (more...)

New Rep Presents 'CABARET' Playing At The Arsenal 1/11-2/1New Rep Presents 'CABARET' Playing At The Arsenal 1/11-2/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2009

New Repertory Theatre, in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, is proud to present Kander and Ebb's Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret. Cabaret opens for the press on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 and plays through February 1, 2009 at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in the Charles Mosesian Theater. (more...)

Jean Doumanian Productions Produces PONZI'S SCHEME Musical Jean Doumanian Productions Produces PONZI'S SCHEME Musical
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2009

Film and theatre production company Jean Doumanian Productions (August: Osage County) will produce a musical based on Mitchell Zuckoff's acclaimed biography 'Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend.' Jean Doumanian Productions will be co-producing the musical with Michael Shulman and Craig Saavedra of Starry Night Entertainment. The two companies jointly acquired the rights to Zuckoff's book for both the stage and film. (more...)

Transport Group Presents World Premiere of BEING AUDREY 3/27 - 4/26Transport Group Presents World Premiere of BEING AUDREY 3/27 - 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2009

Transport Group, the winner of a special 2007 Drama Desk Award and a 2007 Obie Award, will present the world premiere of Being Audrey, music and lyrics by Ellen Weiss; book by James Hindman; additional book and lyrics by Cheryl Stern; developed with Jack Cummings III and Adam R. Perlman; musical direction, arrangements, and orchestrations by Lanny Meyers; musical staging and choreography by Scott Rink; and directed by Jack Cummings III, beginning Friday, March 27, at 8:00pm at 220 East 4 Street, between Avenues A and B. The opening is set for Sunday, April 5, at 3pm. (more...)

Kerry Butler 'Caught' for 'CATCH ME IF YOU CAN', Signed for Role of 'Brenda'Kerry Butler 'Caught' for 'CATCH ME IF YOU CAN', Signed for Role of 'Brenda'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2009

Tony Nominee Kerry Butler has been cast in the the upcoming musical adaptation of 'Catch Me if You Can,' by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind 'Hairspray.' (more...)

ROOMS: A Rock Romance Begins Performances 2/27ROOMS: A Rock Romance Begins Performances 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2009

Van Hill Entertainment and Red Griffin Media will present the Off-Broadway premiere of ROOMS a rock romance, starring Leslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger, with performances beginning Friday, February 27th at New World Stages/Stage 2 (340 West 50th Street). Opening Night is set for Monday March 16th. (more...)

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL 'Heats Up' Bethesda Theatre 4/14 - 5/10MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL 'Heats Up' Bethesda Theatre 4/14 - 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2009

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical will heat up the Bethesda Theatre for a limited engagement, April 14 through May 10. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 'ROOMS' Press Preview ConcertPhoto Coverage: 'ROOMS' Press Preview Concert
by Walter McBride - Feb 22, 2009

Van Hill Entertainment and Red Griffin Media are proud to announce that the Off-Broadway premiere of ROOMS a rock romance, starring Leslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger, will begin performances on Friday February 27th at New World Stages/Stage 2 (340 West 50th Street). Opening Night is set for Monday March 16th (8 PM). The production hosted a preview concert and BWW was there!. (more...)

Foothill Music Theatre Announces Replacement 'Man' Brewer For 'BAT BOY' Foothill Music Theatre Announces Replacement 'Man' Brewer For 'BAT BOY'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2009

Acclaimed Bay Area actor Robert Brewer is donning fangs to step into the role of 'Bat Boy' in Foothill Music Theatre's production of Bat Boy, THE MUSICAL. Due to personal reasons, previously announced Andrew Ceglio has withdrawn from the production and award-winning director Jay Manley feels that Robert Brewer is the perfect replacement. No stranger to the role, Brewer played the role of 'Bat Boy' with Theatre Three in Dallas, Texas. (more...)

Photo Flash: Foothill Music Theatre's BAT BOYPhoto Flash: Foothill Music Theatre's BAT BOY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2009

Acclaimed Bay Area actor Robert Brewer is donning fangs to step into the role of 'Bat Boy' in Foothill Music Theatre's production of Bat Boy, THE MUSICAL. (more...)

Cromer Led OUR TOWN Hits 'Our Town' at Barrow St., Previews Begin 2/17Cromer Led OUR TOWN Hits 'Our Town' at Barrow St., Previews Begin 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2009

Jean Doumanian Productions and Barrow Street Theatre(Scott Morfee and Tom Wirtshafter) today announced that they will produce director David Cromer's acclaimed staging of Thornton Wilder's Our Town at Off Broadway's Barrow Street Theatre. Performances will begin on February 17, with anofficial opening night set for Thursday, February 26. The production will require acomplete redesign of the theater space. (more...)

ROOMS Star Kreeger to Appear on WGHT Radio's Curtain Call WednesdayROOMS Star Kreeger to Appear on WGHT Radio's Curtain Call Wednesday
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2009

Doug Kreeger, currently in rehearsals for the upcoming Off-Broadway premiere of ROOMS a rock romance, will be this week's guest on WGHT Radio's 'Curtain Call' Wednesday, February 18 at 9:30 a.m. 'Curtain Call' covers the NY & NJ theater scene every Wednesday morning on WGHT Radio (1500AM), North Jersey's oldies station. Morning host Teisha Bader interviews stars of Broadway, Off-Broadway and local theaters (including Paper Mill). The interview can be heard live at www.ghtradio.com. (more...)

GLTF Announces Exciting Shows Of 2009-2010 Season GLTF Announces Exciting Shows Of 2009-2010 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2009

Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater Festival (GLTF), announced plans for the company's ambitious forty-eighth season to Festival Members earlier this week. Scheduled to run from September through May, GLTF's 2009-10 season will feature a Fall Repertory, the Festival's annual holiday classic and a Spring Repertory. In the fall (September 24-November 1, 2009), the Festival will present Rupert Holmes' Tony Award-winning solve-it-yourself musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drood) in rotating repertory with Shakespeare's enchanting comedy, Twelfth Night. GLTF's annual production of Charles Dickens' holiday classic, A Christmas Carol (December 4-December 23, 2009), originally adapted and directed by Gerald Freedman, will mark the midpoint of the Festival's 48th season. GLTF will round out its 2009-10 season with a Spring Repertory (April 8-May 16, 2010) by pairing Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming's outrageous Off-Broadway hit Bat Boy: The Musical with Shakespeare's magical masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream. (more...)

Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff is 'Ursula' in THE LITTLE MERMAIDPhoto Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff is 'Ursula' in THE LITTLE MERMAID
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2009

Broadway favorite and [title of show] star Heidi Blickenstaff is 'Ursula' in the Disney musical THE LITTLE MERMAID on Broadway. The talented and 'very sweet' Blickenstaff assumed the 'very sassy and sinister' role on January 27, 2009. (more...)

ROOMS Rock Romance Garners 5 Helen Hayes NominationsROOMS Rock Romance Garners 5 Helen Hayes Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2009

Van Hill Entertainment is proud to announce that ROOMS a rock romance garnered five nominations from the prestigious Helen Hayes Awards, in recognition of their world premiere engagement at MetroStage in Washington, DC. Nominations were presented to ROOMS a rock romance in the following categories: Outstanding Director - Resident Musical, Outstanding Lead Actor - Resident Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical, the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical, and Outstanding Resident Musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: ROOMS: A Rock RomancePhoto Flash: ROOMS: A Rock Romance
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2009

Van Hill Entertainment is proud to announce that the Off-Broadway premiere of ROOMS a rock romance, starring Leslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger, will begin performances on Friday February 27th at New World Stages/Stage 2 (340 West 50th Street). Opening Night is set for Monday March 16th (7 PM). ROOMS a rock romance has music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman (Bright Lights Big City) and book by Goodman and Miriam Gordon, and will be directed by Scott Schwartz (Golda's Balcony, Bat Boy: The Musical, tick, tick... BOOM!, Jane Eyre). (more...)

'PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY' Opens Tonight, 12/9'PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY' Opens Tonight, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2008

Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) New York premiere of PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY, a new play by two-time Tony Award nominee, Pulitzer Prize finalist and two-time Obie Award winner Craig Lucas (Small Tragedy at Playwrights Horizons, The Light in the Piazza, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, The Dying Gaul) officially opens tonight Off-Broadway. (more...)

TRU Seeks Submissions For TRU VOICES Play Reading Series TRU Seeks Submissions For TRU VOICES Play Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2008

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) seeks submissions for the 11th Annual TRU VOICES New Plays Reading Series (deadline December 29, 2008). The TRU VOICES New Plays Reading Series is a unique series geared towards producers who have an interest in developing new plays. Shows selected will receive staged readings to be presented in the spring of 2009. Each reading will be followed by a 'Dollars and Sense' panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work. The series was created to help develop new plays and to help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works. (more...)

THE FANTASTICKS' Spangler Competes In 'AMAZING RACE' Finale Tonight, 12/7THE FANTASTICKS' Spangler Competes In 'AMAZING RACE' Finale Tonight, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2008

Nick Spangler, currently appearing as Matt in the Off Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, will compete in the season finale of The Amazing Race airing tonight Sunday, December 7, 2008. After nine weeks of competition that has brought him to such diverse destinations as Cambodia, Bolivia, India and Kazakhstan, Spangler will be awarded the series' million dollar prize if he is first to cross the finish line in Portland, Oregon during tonights's episode, which airs at 8PM ET on CBS. (more...)

Interview: Cast Of Walnut Street Theater's HAIRSPRAY Interview: Cast Of Walnut Street Theater's HAIRSPRAY
by Pati Buehler - Dec 5, 2008

There is an excitement in the air on the opening night of HAIRSPRAY, as both Amy Toporek (Tracy Turnblad) and Michael Walker (Edna Turnblad) take a seat on the comfy couch in the green room at the Walnut Street Theater. It is ninety minutes before curtain and this talented pair is all smiles, each overflowing with wonderful things to say about one another. (more...)

New Rep Presents 'CABARET' Playing At The Arsenal 1/11-2/1New Rep Presents 'CABARET' Playing At The Arsenal 1/11-2/1
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2008

New Repertory Theatre, in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, is proud to present Kander and Ebb's Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret. Cabaret opens for the press on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 and plays through February 1, 2009 at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in the Charles Mosesian Theater. (more...)

TRU Seeks Submissions For TRU VOICES Play Reading Series TRU Seeks Submissions For TRU VOICES Play Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2008

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) seeks submissions for the 11th Annual TRU VOICES New Plays Reading Series (deadline December 29, 2008). The TRU VOICES New Plays Reading Series is a unique series geared towards producers who have an interest in developing new plays. Shows selected will receive staged readings to be presented in the spring of 2009. Each reading will be followed by a 'Dollars and Sense' panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work. The series was created to help develop new plays and to help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works. (more...)

THE FANTASTICKS' Spangler To Compete in 'AMAZING RACE' Finale, 12/7THE FANTASTICKS' Spangler To Compete in 'AMAZING RACE' Finale, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2008

Nick Spangler, currently appearing as Matt in the Off Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, will compete in the season finale of The Amazing Race airing this Sunday, December 7, 2008. After nine weeks of competition that has brought him to such diverse destinations as Cambodia, Bolivia, India and Kazakhstan, Spangler will be awarded the series' million dollar prize if he is first to cross the finish line in Portland, Oregon during Sunday's episode, which airs at 8PM ET on CBS. (more...)

Testa, Burgess, Fleshler, LeFevre, Ortlieb, Rosen & More Join GUYS & DOLLS CastTesta, Burgess, Fleshler, LeFevre, Ortlieb, Rosen & More Join GUYS & DOLLS Cast
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2008

Producer Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and co-producers Tulchin/Bartner/Jenkins, Bill Kenwright, Northwater Entertainment, Darren Bagert, and Tom Gregory announced the complete cast and design team for the new Broadway production of the greatest musical comedy GUYS AND DOLLS. The first joint Broadway project by two-time Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo since their collaboration on the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, GUYS AND DOLLS will begin previews on February 3, 2009 at Broadway's newly refurbished Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). Opening Night is March 1, 2009. (more...)

BWW TV: Upright's West Side Stories: 'Princess and the Black Eyed Pea'BWW TV: Upright's West Side Stories: 'Princess and the Black Eyed Pea'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 13, 2008

Featuring talent from the Great White Way to the sandy beaches of LA, 'Upright's West Side Stories' takes you up close and personal with some of your favorite entertainers in show business. This webisode finds Chris and Shane in beautiful San Diego interviewing the incredibly talented cast for the world premiere of PRINCESS AND THE BLACK EYED PEA which is currently performing through December 21, 2008 at the Lyceum Theatre. (more...)

Groff, Clark, Sudduth and More Visit Beechman's 'THE AFTER PARTY' Tonight 12/12Groff, Clark, Sudduth and More Visit Beechman's 'THE AFTER PARTY' Tonight 12/12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2008

The Laurie Beechman Theatre, located within The West Bank Caf? (407 West 42nd St.), is pleased to continue our Friday night soiree, THE AFTER PARTY. Now going strong it's third, THE AFTER PARTY is billed as 'a weekly schmoozefest for the theatrically inclined.' Tonight Friday, December 12th, they welcome the cast of Prayer For My Enemy, including Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, Tony Award winner Michelle Pawk, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff, Skipp Sudduth, Theatre World Award winner Cassie Beck, and Zachary Booth. All will be in attendance and Jonathan Groff and Skip Sudduth will perform. The evening will also feature performances by former Bette Midler 'Harlette' and Hairspray's Charlotte Crossley and The Larry King Orchestra's LARRY KING. All will be on hand to greet fans. (more...)

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