A New Brain

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Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre (New York, NY)
150 West 65th St. at Broadway
New York, NY
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BWW Reviews: STAGEright's A NEW BRAIN Feels Undercooked
by Jay Irwin - May 9, 2014

William Finn's shows are not easy to produce. Maybe that's why (with the exception of Spelling Bee) they're not done as often as they deserve. And his largely autobiographical "A New Brain" is no exception with its emotional storyline and rich score not to mention some odd staging elements it requires. So if you're going to produce it you'd better have all your ducks in a row. Well all of the ducks are there for the current production from STAGEright now performing at the Cornish Playhouse Black Box but some of them didn't quite stay in that row. (more...)

Ryan Murphy on Chenoweth's Return to GLEE: 'I Would Love That'
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2014

Ryan Murphy was asked by one of his many Twitter followers if Chenoweth's character would be returning for next year's sixth and final season of the musical dramedy. (more...)

Norm Lewis to Host STARS IN THE ALLEY Outdoor Concert, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, will be hosted by star of stage and screen Norm Lewis, who takes over the legendary title role in Broadway's record-breaking The Phantom of the Opera beginning May 12th. (more...)

Brown Paper Box Co. to Present PROUD AT MARY'S as June Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

Following their successful run of William Finn's A New Brain, The Brown Paper Box Co. has announce their next cabaret series: PROUD AT MARY'S: A June Cabaret. Ticketing information for this evening of Pride-based stories and songs can be found at www.brownpaperbox.org. (more...)

San Francisco Playhouse to Present INTO THE WOODS, 6/24-9/6
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

San Francisco Playhouse (Artistic Director Bill English & Producing Director Susi Damilano) concludes its provocative eleventh season with Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book). The production runs June 24th to September 6th, 2014, with an official opening set for June 28. (more...)

BWW Reviews: UNDERSTUDY BLUES Melt Away as Candice van Litsenborgh Takes the Stage
by David Fick - May 27, 2014

In this cabaret, Candice van Litsenborgh places centre stage those actors whose work directors love 'so doggone much that (they're) their second choice', singing a selection of 18 songs along the way. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA just revealed production photos featuring its new leads Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis on Facebook. Scroll down for a first look at the stars in action! (more...)

FIELD HOCKEY HOT Premiere, THE LIFE & More Set for 11th Hour Theatre Company's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

11th Hour Theatre Company announces its 2014-2015 season including a world premiere musical as its main stage production, and four musicals in its Next Step Concert Series. (more...)

BWW TV: Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Jeremy Hays Sing from PHANTOM at STARS IN THE ALLEY
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 21, 2014

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines and hosted by Norm Lewis, brought the best of Broadway to Shubert Alley this morning, featuring numbers from nearly 25 shows, which were accompanied by a live 12-piece orchestra. BroadwayWorld was on the scene to capture the alley-shaking performances, including Sierra Boggess and Jeremy Hays performing 'All I Ask of You' and Lewis singing 'Music of the Night'. Below is our first footage of Boggess and Lewis singing songs from the show! (more...)

PROUD AT MARY'S Cabaret Set for Mary's Attic, 6/13-14
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

It's Pride month 2014 and The Brown Paper Box Co. is ready to celebrate! Following their successful run of William Finn's A New Brain, The Brown Paper Box Co. has announced their next cabaret series: PROUD AT MARY'S: A June Cabaret at Mary's Attic in Andersonville. Ticketing information for this evening of Pride-based stories and songs can be found at www.brownpaperbox.org. (more...)

Moonlight Stage to Open Summer Season with SPAMALOT, 6/11-28
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Moonlight Stage Productions and Artistic Director Steven Glaudini launch the 34th summer season with the hilarious Broadway musical Monty Python's SPAMALOT, presented for the first time at Moonlight, with performances from June 11 to 28. Single tickets are priced $15 to $52 and include price levels for student rush, military, senior, and family discounts. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110or visit moonlightstage.com. (more...)

AIP Hosts 12th Annual Cabaret Festival, Now thru 5/18 in Long Beach, NY
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 12th Annual Cabaret Festival today, May 15-18 at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY. All performances are FREE to the public. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook with performances by renowned local and New York City-based artists. (more...)

AIP Hosts 12th Annual Cabaret Festival, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 12th Annual Cabaret Festival today, May 15-18 at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY. All performances are FREE to the public. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook with performances by renowned local and New York City-based artists. (more...)

Norm Lewis, Linda Eder & More Set for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's 2014-15 Cabaret Series
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the third season for the 2014-2015 TRUST Cabaret Series. Enjoy the rare opportunity to experience the finest cabaret artists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The 2014-2015 TRUST Cabaret Series will showcase performers Linda Eder, Brian D'Arcy James, Norm Lewis, Ann Hampton Callaway & Broadway Showstoppers. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Best Pals and New PHANTOM Stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 12, 2014

Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. Tonight, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, welcomes Norm Lewis (who will become the first African-American performer to star as The Phantom in the New York production) and Sierra Boggess to the cast. In the special interview below, the best Broaday buddies chat about reuniting on stage, what it means to them to join (and rejoin) the cast, and so much more . Check out the full interview below! (more...)

AIP Hosts 12th Annual Cabaret Festival, 5/15-18
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2014

Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 12th Annual Cabaret Festival May 15-18 at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY. All performances are FREE to the public. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook with performances by renowned local and New York City-based artists. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth to Play Sleeping Beauty Villain in Disney Channel's DESCENDANTS
by TV News Desk - May 1, 2014

Kristin Chenoweth will take on the role of Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent in the Disney Channel telepic DESCENDANTS. (more...)

At the Helm! BWW Rounds Up This Season's Broadway Directors
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 9, 2014

Broadway stars might boast the biggest fan-bases, but without their directors, the vehicle driving their talents could easily swerve off the tracks. Keeping the runaway train at bay are season's bold Broadway 'conductors'. Scroll down to learn more about this season's intrepid and imaginative leaders! (more...)

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth and Conan O'Brien Sing Puccini!
by TV News Desk - Mar 7, 2014

Classically-trained coloratura soprano Kristin Chenoweth stopped by last night's CONAN on TBS to gave host Conan O'Brien some tips on how to sing an aria. (more...)

HOLD ME CLOSER, LOGIES DANCER with Blake Erickson Set for Hayes Theatre Co., 3/16-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

Neil Gooding Productions and Hayes Theatre Co presents, Hold Me Closer, Logies Dancer starring Blake Erickson, as part of its Cabaret in Residence at the Hayes Theatre Co on every Sunday from March 16 - March 30. (more...)

54 SINGS SIDE SHOW, Beth Leavel & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

The Mood Elevator, a New Brain Training for Stopping the Blues
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Peak Achievement Training announces the release of its new product, The Mood Elevator (www.moodelevator.net), which includes a training method that has been shown to be 84% effective in relieving treatment-resistant depression. A large scale study showed that this new brainwave biofeedback method took only six 20-minute sessions to improve scores on a depression measurement scale by over 50%, and that this improvement lasted for at least a year. In fact, the results at follow-up were better than immediately after treatment. (more...)

New York Philharmonic to Return to Bravo! Vail for 12th Annual Summer Residency, 7/18-25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail in Colorado for the Orchestra's 12th- annual summer residency there, performing six concerts July 18-25, 2014. Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct three programs, July 18-20, featuring works by composers for whom he has advocated during his tenure, ranging from Nielsen to The Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in- Residence Christopher Rouse. The other Philharmonic concerts will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey (July 23 and 25) and Ted Sperling (July 24), and will feature works by Copland, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Loesser, among others. (more...)

Lewis Cleale Joins Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff and More in 92Y's GETTING TO KNOW YOU: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, 4/5-7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were established hit makers when they teamed up to make a musical about cowboys and farmers. What follows was a miracle-Oklahoma!, then Carousel and South Pacific; the list of extraordinary hits goes on. On April 5, 6 and 7 get to know these legends even better at Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lyrics & Lyricists first look at the two songwriters as a team. Guest artistic director, writer and host Ted Chapin, head of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, shares an insider's perspective on the pair, gleaned from his years with the Rodgers and Hammerstein families; joined by vocalists Lewis Cleale, Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff, Rebecca Luker, and Phillipa Soo. (more...)

Acting Up Stage Culminates 10th Anniversary Season With ELEGIES: A SONG CYCLE, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Acting Up Stage Company, Toronto's premiere not-for-profit musical theatre, culminates their 10th Anniversary Season with a reimagined production of William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle. Director Lezlie Wade will remount her 2007 sold-out, smash hit production (which also launched Acting Up Stage as Toronto's go-to company for contemporary musical theatre) alongside an entirely new design team while reuniting most of the performers from this landmark production. (more...)

Breaking News: Broadway Stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess to Take Over in PHANTOM This May!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

This just in! Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group just announced that THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will welcome a starry leading combination beginning Monday, May 12. (more...)

Gregg Edelman and Penny Fuller to Join Kate Baldwin in Berkshire's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group has announced additional casting for A Little Night Music. Four-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Gregg Edelman will play the role of Fredrik Egerman and Emmy Award winner and two-time Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller will play the role of Madame Armfeldt for BTG's 2014 summer musical. Ethan Heard, who directed BTG's 2013 hit murder mystery The Cat and the Canary, will direct Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical which also features Tony Award and Drama Desk nominee Kate Baldwin, internationally-acclaimed vocalist and actress Maureen O'Flynn, and Broadway and television actor Graham Rowat. (more...)

Acting Up Stage Culminates 10th Anniversary Season With ELEGIES: A SONG CYCLE, 3/21-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Acting Up Stage Company, Toronto's premiere not-for-profit musical theatre, culminates their 10th Anniversary Season with a reimagined production of William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle. Director Lezlie Wade will remount her 2007 sold-out, smash hit production (which also launched Acting Up Stage as Toronto's go-to company for contemporary musical theatre) alongside an entirely new design team while reuniting most of the performers from this landmark production. (more...)

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Talks 'Meet the Parents' Moment on CONAN
by TV News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Kristin Chenoweth stopped by Conan last week on TBS and talked about bringing her boyfriend to meet her conservative Christian family in the south, and how the experience ended up a little '50 Shades of Grey'. Check out the clip below! (more...)

Photo Flash: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Welcomes Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess- More Photos!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2014

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA just released new production photos featuring its new leads Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis. BroadwayWorld brings you even more photos of the new cast in action below! (more...)

The Production Company's GUYS AND DOLLS Comes to Arts Centre Melbourne, July 19-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

One of Broadway's best musicals, the award winning Guys and Dolls opens on July 19 at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne for 10 shows only. Starring in this new production are Verity Hunt-Ballard, Martin Crewes, Chelsea Plumley, Adam Murphy, Bobby Fox and Christopher Horsey. (more...)

APPLAUSE's Penny Fuller Set for Q&A at Spiral Theater Studio, 7/25
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

In Celebrating Penny Fuller's stellar career, she will be sharing the stage with Richard Skipper recounting a 50+ year career in theater, television, film and in cabaret. She will be telling these stories to Richard Skipper of 'Richard Skipper Celebrates!' who interviews celebrities by blog and in a live setting such as the Spiral Theater Studio to get the essence of the artist's complete body of work. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Playhouse on Park's SPELLING BEE is E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-I-N-G, F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-N-G
by Jacques Lamarre - Jun 23, 2014

Review. R-E-V-I-E-W. Review. That is correct. (more...)

Broadway's Kenita Miller and More to Star in PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL at NYMF, 7/23-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

The 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) presents Propaganda! The Musical a world premiere musical Book, Music, and Lyrics by Taylor Ferrera & Matt Webster. Nathan Brewer directs a cast of 10, including MaryJoanna Grisso (Nat. Tour: West Side Story), Nick Mason, Kenita Miller* (Bway: Xanadu, The Color Purple), Kenny Morris* (Bway: Hairspray, Les Miserables), Benjiman Dallas Redding (Nat. Tour: West Side Story), Shaun Repito (Nat. Tour: West Side Story), Dale Sampson*, Beth Cheryl Tarnow*, and Jillian Wallach (Nat. Tour: Legally Blonde). Propaganda! The Musical is being staged at PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street (bet. 9th & 10th Avenues) in NYC for five performances from Wednesday, July 23 through Sunday, July 27, 2014. (more...)

'Music at the Mansion' Monthly Concert Series to Continue 6/22 at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

NiCori Studios and Productions in association with the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center announces a new installment of the monthly concert series, 'Music at the Mansion', on Sunday, June 22, at 3pm. Performers include Eric Yves Garcia, 4th Wall Theatre and Carole J. Bufford. The featured performer in the 'Young Musician Moment' will be Samy Cordero. (more...)

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Concert, Jeff Daniels, Judy Kaye, Beth Leavel & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Months
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

This March, April and May at 54 BELOW presents a lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

ALL THE WAY, PIPPIN & More Nominated for 2014 IRNE Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

The Nominating Committee of the Independent Reviewers of New England has just announced nominees for the 2014 IRNE Awards. The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards, founded by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of TheaterMirror in 1997, recognize the extraordinary wealth of talent in the Boston theatre community. (more...)

William Finn's RIDICULOUSLY TALENTED 2 to Play 54 Below, 3/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

Musical Theatre Factory presents second round of 'Ridiculously Talented,' hosted by William Finn at 54 Below, Monday, December 16th at 9:30pm. Musical Theatre Factory presents the second edition of 'Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists you Probably Don't Know but Should,' celebrating the work of emerging musical theatre writers mentored by two-time Tony Award winner William Finn. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at The Brown Paper Box Co.'s A NEW BRAIN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for The Brown Paper Box Co.'s upcoming production, A New Brain, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Finn and James Lapine. The show will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM now-March 9 at Rivendell Theatre in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood (5779 N. Ridge Ave.). (more...)

Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff and More Set for 92Y's GETTING TO KNOW YOU: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, Now thru 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were established hit makers when they teamed up to make a musical about cowboys and farmers. What follows was a miracle-Oklahoma!, then Carousel and South Pacific; the list of extraordinary hits goes on. Tonight, April 5 and April 6 and 7 get to know these legends even better at Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lyrics & Lyricists first look at the two songwriters as a team. Guest artistic director, writer and host Ted Chapin, head of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, shares an insider's perspective on the pair, gleaned from his years with the Rodgers and Hammerstein families; joined by vocalists Lewis Cleale, Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff, Rebecca Luker, and Phillipa Soo. (more...)

STAGEright to Present A NEW BRAIN at Cornish Playhouse Blackbox, Begin. 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

A New Brain was born when composer William Finn, just three days after winning the Tony Award for Falsettos in 1992, was hospitalized and operated on for a condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM). It was upon his return home that he began writing songs about the experience; the energetic, sardonic, often comical musical, A New Brain, is the result. (more...)

LCT's Platform Series to Continue with ACT ONE's James Lapine, 4/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series, a forum for public discussion between Lincoln Center Theater artists and interested theatergoers, continues its 16th season on Tuesday April 8, at 6 pm with JAMES LAPINE, the playwright and director ACT ONE. (more...)

Cast Announced for Kokandy Productions' ASSASSINS, Running 6/13-7/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Kokandy Productions has announced casting for ASSASSINS, directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith with music direction by Kory Danielson and choreography by Mike Ford. ASSASSINS begins performances on Friday, June 13, 2014 with Press Opening on Saturday, June 14th, and runs at Theater Wit in Chicago through Sunday, July 20, 2014. (more...)

AIP to Host 12th Annual Cabaret Festival, 5/15-18 in Long Beach, NY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

Artists in Partnership (AIP), a non-profit cultural arts organization, will host its 12th Annual Cabaret Festival May 15-18 at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY. All performances are FREE to the public. The festival will be a celebration of the cabaret genre honoring the Great American Songbook with performances by renowned local and New York City-based artists. (more...)

Malcolm Gets Replaces Allan Corduner in Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE; Runs May 7-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Malcolm Gets will join Jennifer Bowles and Rob McClure in the New York City Center Encores! production of Irma La Douce, running for seven performances, May 7 - 11, 2014. Mr. Gets replaces Allan Corduner, who has had a scheduling conflict. The final production of the 2014 Encores! season will also feature Sam Bolen, Ben Crawford, Stephen DeRosa, Zachary James, Ken Krugman, and Chris Sullivan. Irma La Douce will be directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Chase Brock, with music direction by Rob Berman. Jack Viertel is Encores! Artistic Director. (more...)


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James Barbour to Lead LES MISERABLES at La Mirada Theatre; Opens 5/31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the fifth and final production in its 2013-1014 season of shows with the Los Angeles regional theatre premiere of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the Tony award-winning, LES MISERABLES, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, with musical direction by John Glaudini, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. (more...)

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Confirms She's Coming Back to Broadway: 'There's Big News Coming!'
by TV News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Kristin Chenoweth stopped by the Bravo Clubhouse last night and told host Andy Cohen that she's coming back to Broadway! (more...)

Photo Flash: Kristin Chenoweth Talks Return to Broadway, 'Wicked' Film & More on Bravo
by TV News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Would Kristin Chenoweth consider playing Peter Pan in the upcoming NBC musical? Bravo's Andy Cohen aimed to find out when the actress appeared on last night's show (more...)

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Talks Playing 'Peter Pan', 'Wicked' Film & 'Adele Dazeem' Flub
by TV News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Chenoweth talks about whether she'll be in the “Wicked” movie, plus what she thought about John Travolta's “Adele Dazeem” flub at the Oscars. (more...)

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