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InDepth InterView: Eric McCormack Talks Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN, Shakespeare, New TV Series & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 5, 2012

Today we are talking to an Emmy Award-winning actor perhaps most well-known for his title role in the iconic and ground-breaking millennial NBC sitcom hit, WILL & GRACE, who can now be seen eight times a week on Broadway playing a pivotal role in the starry revival of Gore Vidal's politically-themed satire, THE BEST MAN - the affable Eric McCormack. Shining a spotlight on his theatrical roots at the Straford Shakespeare Festival in Canada all the way up to his small-screen sensation in WILL & GRACE and, now, his forthcoming new dramatic series, PERCEPTION, McCormack illustrates all aspects of his career and generously offers his insights, observations and shares his lessons learned over the course of his near-thirty-year career onstage and onscreen. In addition to all of that, McCormack outlines his experiences sharing the stage with titanic talents such as James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergin and the rest of the ensemble of THE BEST MAN, as well as sharing his thoughts about the relevance and poignancy of the play today, more than a half decade after its premiere, and what it says about our society, then and now, in addition to expanding on the play's pertinent political themes and their exploration in the classic drama. Plus, McCormack clues us in on his own favorite plays and musicals, initial theatrical inspiration, his stint portraying the eponymous THE MUSIC MAN, future career plans and first news about his new TNT series, PERCEPTION - all of that and much, much more! (more...)

Illinois Theatre Center Takes Its Bows; Needs Help to Finish Season
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2012

Actor and daughter of the late ITC Board Member Barbara Manuell, Lynn Manuell wrote the following as a plea to help the Illinois Theatre Center finish its season before its impending closure. (more...)

2012 Tony Awards Clip Countdown - Day 20: LES MISERABLES
by Pat Cerasaro - May 31, 2012

Today we continue our expansive look at the most memorable moments from the sixty-plus years of the Tony Awards by saluting one of the biggest hit musicals of all time that is about to hit the silver screen in a big budget adaptation starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway - the emotionally devastating and faith-affirming LES MISERABLES. (more...)

Everyman Theatre Opens YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2012

Meet the Sycamores - the delightfully eccentric family at the center of the action in the madcap comedy classic, You Can't Take It With You. They revel in day-to-day occurrences such as collecting snakes, making fireworks in the basement, and practicing ballet steps in the parlor. When their daughter Alice, decides to invite her conservative boyfriend's family to dinner, they promise to be on their best behavior. However...! Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and adapted into an Academy Award winning film, this beloved comedy has been a perennial favorite to theatre-goers for more than 70 years. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Broadway Sacramento Goes WICKED
by Harmony Wheeler - May 27, 2012

Seven is the perfect number. Thursday night marked my seventh time seeing the hit musical "Wicked." Here's the countdown: Twice in San Francisco in high school, once in New York as a high school graduation present, three times in Chicago to see a family friend in the cast, and, now, once in Sacramento where the mind blowing show - as so many have called it - plays through June 17 at the Community Center Theater. (more...)

SOUND OFF: GLEE's Graduates Say Goodbye
by Pat Cerasaro - May 23, 2012

The Boss to the Beatles to Madonna to Rod Stewart, GLEE's emotional and invigorating season finale was pretty much everything a gleek could have asked for in a grand send-off to the original crew of McKinley High's New Directions - at least insofar as we have seen them thus far - as the musical dramedy series ends its third season and heads into uncertain new terrain with Season Four and the purportedly revolutionary new dual-show concept GLEE mastermind Ryan Murphy and company plan to incorporate while bringing in guest stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson and THE GLEE PROJECT winners. As seen in "Goodbye", the future looks quite uncertain for many of the McKinley graduates - Rachel (Lea Michele) may have gotten into NYADA at the eleventh hour and arrived on Broadway to fulfill her theatre dreams, but Finn (Cory Monteith) and Kurt did not get into their performing arts academies of their choice. So, what now? So, too, will Quinn (Dianna Agron) assumedly head for the East Coast and Princeton, while Santana (Naya Rivera) will apparently be joining Rachel in New York - but, to do what? The future is evidently more promising for some than for others, but what we will see play out is infuriatingly indeterminable at this stage of the game. Anticipation is building, in any event - and GLEE continues to entice. What's next for the rest of the glee club we will have to wait until next season to witness, but we can rest assured that Blaine (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet), Joe (Samuel Larsen), Sugar (Vanessa Lengies) and Artie (Kevin McHale) will be around, with the fates of some of the original glee clubbers who graduated a little less cut and dry as far as their character's trajectories are concerned - particularly Puck (Mark Salling), Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Mercedes (Amber Riley). And, as for Mr. Shu (Matt Morrison), Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) and Emma (Jayma Mays)? We will definitely be seeing much more of them in September. While we can always rely on GLEE to provide us with outrageous jokes, outlandish characterizations, unexpected dramatic and thematic twists and turns, shockingly touching domestic drama and many incredibly heartwarming moments and socially progressive messages, the music - more importantly, the musical numbers - is what makes GLEE stand out from every other serial television series before or since and why the show will unquestionably be remembered as something revolutionary and indisputably idiosyncratic in the scheme of TV history. (more...)

Nylon Fusion Collective Presents MISS HOPE'S, Now thru 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2012

Somewhere amidst the cracked asphalt and overgrown weeds on the highway to nowhere is Miss Hope's, a small-town diner where wistful wannabes with half-forgotten dreams meet, mingle and tell their stories. Consisting of three timeless tales with more than a little laughter, tears, irony and a pinch of The Twilight Zone, and told against the backdrop of the presidential inaugurations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Miss Hope's will be open for business starting tonight, May 23rd at the Sargent Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors, located at 314 West 54th Street. Miss Hope's is directed by David Triacca, and written by Jack Karp, Alisha Silver and Joseph Samuel Wright of the Nylon Fusion Writers Collective. (more...)

BWW Interviews: BUNHEADS Sutton Foster on Braving the Small Screen and Why She'll Always Come Back to Broadway
by Caryn Robbins - May 21, 2012

Sutton Foster took time out from her busy filming schedule on the LA set of BUNHEADS to chat about why she made the decision to take on a TV role at this point in her career and her future plans to return to the Broadway stage. (more...)

2012 Tony Awards Clip Countdown - Day 9: Divas Times Three (Plus Rosie)
by Pat Cerasaro - May 20, 2012

Today we celebrate Broadway's best and brightest moments at the Tony Awards - looking ahead the 2012 Tony telecast on June 10 on CBS - with this tremendous trio of triple-threat talents; all recreating the iconic roles and songs that brought them to Tony Award glory: Jennifer Holiday with "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from DREAMGIRLS, Patti LuPone with "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from EVITA and Betty Buckley with "Memory" from CATS. All original leading ladies; all performing the songs they introduced on the Great White Way - all as fabulous as always, if not more so. (more...)

Nylon Fusion Collective Presents MISS HOPE'S, Beg. 5/23
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2012

Somewhere amidst the cracked asphalt and overgrown weeds on the highway to nowhere is Miss Hope's, a small-town diner where wistful wannabes with half-forgotten dreams meet, mingle and tell their stories. Consisting of three timeless tales with more than a little laughter, tears, irony and a pinch of The Twilight Zone, and told against the backdrop of the presidential inaugurations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Miss Hope's will be open for business starting May 23rd at the Sargent Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors, located at 314 West 54th Street. Miss Hope's is directed by David Triacca, and written by Jack Karp, Alisha Silver and Joseph Samuel Wright of the Nylon Fusion Writers Collective. (more...)

Everyman Theatre Opens YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Tonight, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2012

Meet the Sycamores - the delightfully eccentric family at the center of the action in the madcap comedy classic, You Can't Take It With You. They revel in day-to-day occurrences such as collecting snakes, making fireworks in the basement, and practicing ballet steps in the parlor. When their daughter Alice, decides to invite her conservative boyfriend's family to dinner, they promise to be on their best behavior. However...! Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and adapted into an Academy Award winning film, this beloved comedy has been a perennial favorite to theatre-goers for more than 70 years. (more...)

BWW Interviews: No Day But Today with the Cast of RENT
by Kelly Cameron - May 16, 2012

Theatre Sheridan's production of Rent was extremely well received last year when it was presented at the school, and tonight it opens in Toronto at The Panasonic Theatre, which the entire graduating class taking part. I spoke with three of the young stars about what the experience has been like so far, their love of the musical Rent and what advice they have for the next generation. (more...)

Glee-Cap: Props/Nationals
by Robert Lawlor - May 15, 2012

You know what they say - double your pleasure, double the fun, right? Hey, it worked for the Olsen Twins and DoubleMint Gum - why not Glee? It's a two hour event, Gleeks! Nationals! Double the drama! Double the hilarity! Big time fun! Rachel continues to lament her choked NYADA audition, while Sue informs Mercedes and Kurt that they created a show choir celebrity by pushing Wade to embrace his Unique side. The glee club preps for Nationals, but Tina is not happy with the Rachel Berry show that glee club has become - leading to a conforntation with Rachel about how she could easily do what she does. While shopping at the mall for costume pieces, Tina trips and falls into the fountain, hitting her head and resulting in some sort of odd body swap in which everyone in glee club has switched with someone else - Tina is now Rachel, who is rescued from the fountain by Puck asBlaineand Finn as Kurt. Tina gets her standing ovation and Rachel Berry-esque moment by performing "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion and building up Rachel as Tina a little before the strange dream is a mere memory as Tina is pulled out of the fountain by the real Kurt and Blaine. (more...)

Dallas Theater Center Presents TIGERS BE STILL, 3/2-5/13
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2012

Dallas Theater Center presents Tigers Be Still in the Studio Theatre at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center March 2 - May 13, 2012. Hal Brooks returns to DTC to direct the play, which stars DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company members Abbey Siegworth and Chamblee Ferguson. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS Brings Rock & Roll and Soul to Cleveland - Now Through 3/11
by Vicky Croisant - Mar 7, 2012

The First National Tour of MEMPHIS stops at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland for a show-stopping run. The cast - lead by Bryan Fenkart and Felicia Boswell - doesn't disappoint on any level. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A SINGLE SHARD at Seattle Children's Theatre
by Jay Irwin - Mar 5, 2012

OK, so I'll admit I was hesitant to start reviewing at the Children's Theatre. But then at the urging of others and the insistence that they are putting up some of the better shows in town, I relented. And if their current offering, "A Single Shard", is any indication, then I seriously need to rethink my attitude. Yes, it's children's theater in that it's theater that's OK for children to see, but it's so much more and better than you may expect. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hal Linden And David Brenner Bring Class and Comedy To The McCallum Theatre
by David Green - Mar 30, 2012

Last night the McCallum Theatre played host to a double bill of music and comedy that, at first glance, seemed like a very odd pairing --- a duo with nothing in common - Tony winner and multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominated stage and television actor Hal Linden and comedian David Brenner, who is best known as the comic who had the greatest number of appearances on Johnny Carson's tonight show. But, what an incredible evening it was! The common denominator was sheer talent and it paid off in spades for the near sell-out crowd. Each entertainer delivered a finely crafted, hour-long performance and either act, alone, would have been well worth the price of admission. (more...)

Fox Valley Rep and Fox Valley Troop Support Collect Donations to Help Troops
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2012

Through Fox Valley Repertory's 'FVR Give$ Back' program, they have partnered with the Fox Valley Troop Support, Inc. of St. Charles to collect donations during Breaking Up is Hard to Do performances to help support U.S. military service members deployed overseas by sending care packages, letters and by providing support for families of deployed troops. Patrons will have the opportunity to contribute to the cause after each performance at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage March 29 through May 20, 2012. (more...)

BWW Exclusive Blog: CLYBOURNE PARK Behind the Scenes: Day 5 (Part 2)
by Clybourne Park - Mar 25, 2012

As I arrive, things in the Walter Kerr Theatre seem fairly at ease. The team is joking and bantering across the house, and the actors mill about comfortably. But, work is happening fervently all around me. Between acts, the play travels 50 years in a 15 minute intermission, and the crew is busy dressing the not-quite-dry set. Will the sanding (and the noise that comes with it) be done in time for the run? And the milling actors are not shy with their questions for playwright Bruce Norris, or director Pam MacKinnon. (more...)

BWW Reviews: National Tour of MARY POPPINS Brings Its Imaginative, Colorful Magic to TPAC's Jackson Hall
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 21, 2012

Who knew that Mary Poppins, that brightly colored stage spectacle of a musical comedy confection, would be the theatrical offering that most eloquently addresses the questionable shenanigans of unscrupulous bankers, financiers and other assorted nefarious London financial district/Wall Street types and which champions the importance of family and the common folk? (more...)

Dallas Theater Center Presents TIGERS BE STILL, 3/2-5/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2012

Dallas Theater Center presents Tigers Be Still in the Studio Theatre at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center March 2 - May 13, 2012. Hal Brooks returns to DTC to direct the play, which stars DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company members Abbey Siegworth and Chamblee Ferguson. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A SINGLE SHARD at Seattle Children's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2012

OK, so I'll admit I was hesitant to start reviewing at the Children's Theatre. But then at the urging of others and the insistence that they are putting up some of the better shows in town, I relented. And if their current offering, "A Single Shard", is any indication, then I seriously need to rethink my attitude. Yes, it's children's theater in that it's theater that's OK for children to see, but it's so much more and better than you may expect. (more...)

SWAN LAKE 3D Special Interview: Matthew Bourne
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 17, 2012

Today we are kicking off our special three-part series on the movie theater presentation of Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE in 3D on Tuesday, March 20 in Fathom-equipped cinemas throughout the US with the director and choreographer of the new production of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet, Tony-winner Matthew Bourne. In this all-encompassing conversation, Bourne and I discuss the inspiration behind his gender-bending vision for SWAN LAKE and how this new 3D film presentation is the ultimate production of the piece to date. Additionally, Bourne and I discuss how this new version differs from the original ballet as seen on Broadway in the mid-1990s and how leads Richard Winsor and Nina Goldman have brought new life and a style all their own to their pivotal roles. Plus, Bourne shares exciting news about his upcoming ballet rendering of SLEEPING BEAUTY, in addition to taking a look back at his past ballet work, such as THE CAR MAN, DORIAN GRAY, PLAY WITHOUT WORDS, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, CINDERELLA as well as his experiences choreographing West End and Broadway musicals such as CHILDREN OF EDEN, MARY POPPINS, OLIVER! and more. (more...)

Ginger Newman Directs SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at The Keeton Theater 4/5-21
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 12, 2012

Smokey Joe's Cafe is a show features nine performers, who take audiences back to the 1950s and 1960s with their renditions of many wonderful hits of the rock and roll era. Four of the male singers come together to form a group reminiscent of the two famous quartets Leiber and Stoller wrote for-the Drifters and the Coasters-while other cast members deliver songs made famous by some of the most powerful figures in the world of music, including Elvis Presley, Dion and Big Mama Thornton. (more...)

Oracle Presents THE MAIDS by Genet And a B-Sides FREAK SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2012

Oracle Productions has announced the opening of Jean Genet's THE MAIDS, translated by Bernard Frechtman, directed by Executive Producer Ben Fuchsen. THE MAIDS opens March 10, 2012, and runs through April 21. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Discovery Channel's DEADLY SEAS Airing Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jun 8, 2012

The Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and the North Atlantic are among the deadliest waterways across the world. DEADLY SEAS, a new three-part series that explores these lethal waters, begins on Discovery Channel on Friday, June 8 at 9 PM ET/PT. (more...)

Original Cast Reunites in HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY RADIO SHOW, Glasgow, June 8-9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2012

Perfectly Normal Productions and The Entertainment Business for The Radio Theatre Company present the original cast - reunited live on stage - of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show- Live! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Preview Discovery's 3-Part Series DEADLY SEAS, Premiering 6/8
by TV News Desk - Jun 7, 2012

The Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and the North Atlantic are among the deadliest waterways across the world. DEADLY SEAS, a new three-part series that explores these lethal waters, begins on Discovery Channel on Friday, June 8 at 9 PM ET/PT. Watch a video preview of the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Company SJ from Ireland Performs Beckett in River to River Festival, 6/26-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2012

Company SJ from Ireland present ACT WITHOUT WORDS II by Samuel Beckett at Theatre Alley as part of River to River Festival, New York, Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 June 2012, nightly 9pm. Directed by Sarah Jane Scaife with designs by Aedin Cosgrove, the show features A - Raymond Keane and B - Bryan Burroughs. Check out photos of Keane and Burroughs performing below! (more...)

InDepth InterView Tony Awards Edition: Josh Young On JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, EVITA & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 5, 2012

Today we are talking to the Tony Award-nominated Best Featured Actor In A Musical who has set Broadway ablaze with his much-talked-about portrayal of Judas in Des McAnuff's spectacular revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's seminal rock opera, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - the electric and charismatic Josh Young. Tracing his journey with the Biblically-themed musical from the hallowed grounds of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada - where he first made his mark on the theatre world with his acting of another iconic Lloyd Webber/Rice anti-hero, Che in EVITA; as well as THE GRAPES OF WRATH - all the way to La Jolla in California, and, now, to eight performances a week on the Great White Way, Young shares his overflowing enthusiasm for the theatrical form and details his life as a performer; a veritable dream come true for the self-proclaimed Broadway baby. In addition to all about his perspective on Judas and his thoughts on the daring and innovative SUPERSTAR, Young also describes working with Tony-winning director Des McAnuff and how his training at the Royal Shakespeare Festival has prepared him for the rigors of a Broadway hit. Plus, Young looks back on past performances and his favorite roles to date as well as shines a light on some of the parts he would consider taking on in the future, both near and far. Plus, Young reacts to his Tony Award nomination, fills us in on genesis of the many new lyrics for the heavenly SUPERSTAR revival, shares thoughts on GLEE, SMASH and much, much more! (more...)

Irish Company SJ Set for Beckett's ACT WITHOUT WORDS 11 at River to River Festival 6/26-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2012

Company SJ from Ireland have announced their production of ACT WITHOUT WORDS 11 by Samuel Beckett will run at Theatre Alley as part of River to River Festival, New York from Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 June 2012 nightly 9pm. The show is directed by Sarah Jane Scaife, designed by Aedin Cosgrove and features Raymond Keane as A and Bryan Burroughs as B. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Douglas Sills Talks Gomez Addams and THE ADDAMS FAMILY Opening at the Pantages
by Don Grigware - Jun 4, 2012

Actor/singer Douglas Sills began his Broadway career in the 90s essaying the role of infamous Sir Percy in Frank Wildhorn's musical of The Scarlet Pimpernel for which he won critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination. Since then, he has been in, among many others, the revival of Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, all on Broadway, as well as the rarely seen concert of the 1930s Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein Music in the Air with Kristin Chenoweth and a slew of musical roles in LA including Mack Sennett in Reprise's Mack and Mabel and Ravenal in the Hollywood Bowl's production of Showboat. He has just started the tour of The Addams Family starring as Gomez and will open at the Pantages Theatre on June 5. In our chat, he talks at length about playing Gomez, the changes since New York in the road version of Addams Family and chooses some of his favorite all-time roles. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Jane Krakowski On 30 ROCK Final Season, Town Hall Concert & A Career Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 2, 2012

Today we are talking to one of the entertainment industry's most celebrated Broadway/Hollywood crossover stars, who has gone from memorable cameo childhood roles on the big screen in hit properties such as NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION and FATAL ATTRACTION to big Broadway success with her stints in STARLIGHT EXPRESS and GRAND HOTEL later that decade, to small screen success with ALLY MCBEAL in the 90s all the way to Tony-winning and Olivier-winning glory with the sensational revival of NINE in 2003 on Broadway, directed by David Leveaux, and GUYS & DOLLS in the West End, directed by Michael Grandage - as well as three Emmy nominations for her seven-year stint on NBC's richly awarded and highly celebrated Tina Fey comedy 30 ROCK - the precocious, alluring and arousing Jane Krawkowski. Sharing the details about her upcoming concert performance at Town Hall on June 8, Krakowski opens up about the many lauded composers and creators she has collaborated with over the years - Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Maury Yeston, Tommy Tune, Steven Spielberg and many more - and what we can expect from her brassy and bawdy solo show, in addition to shedding some light on her Broadway days; whether on roller skates in STARLIGHT EXPRESS and the workshop of XANADU or treading the boards in workshops and productions for master director Tommy Tune. Also, Krakowski clues us in on where her classic 30 ROCK character Jenna Maroney will end up in the final, seventh season of the show that begins shooting in August and reveals her affection for her 30 ROCK and DAMN YANKEES co-star Cheyenne Jackson and their experiences filming the recent live episode (and singing the theme song). Plus, potential future stage roles she would like to essay someday - KISS OF THR SPIDER WOMAN, perhaps? Or, maybe, a reprise of her Adelaide in GUYS & DOLLS? Dot in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, even? - as well as Milliken Breakfast Show memories from the 1970s and much, much more! (more...)

2012 Tony Awards Clip Countdown - Day 22: WICKED
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 2, 2012

Today we are continuing our analysis of the best Tony Awards clips of all time with an entertainment behemoth that defied the odds - and defied critics and even gravity in the process - to become the biggest hit of the new millennium: the Oz-ian meta-musical by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz, WICKED. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Jeremy Kushnier Talks JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Birdland Concert, Solo Album & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 18, 2012

Today we are talking to a supremely gifted performer who can be seen eight times a week on Broadway in the currently running Des McAnuff revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Jeremy Kushnier. Tracing his Broadway trajectory from his memorable debut in FOOTLOOSE back in the late 1990s to his impressive regional theatre and concert work - CHESS to The Dream Engine to BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY and beyond - to his success touring in AIDA, RENT and others, up to his most recent gig in JERSEY BOYS, Kushnier opens up about his diverse career thus far and what we can expect from him in the future, near and far. Plus, Kushnier analyzes the five roles he has essayed in the current production of SUPERSTAR so far, since he was first brought into the production as a standby and understudy, after all - Jesus, Judas, Pilate and two different priests - and shares his enthusiasm for the dazzling, Tony Award-nominated production - all of this as he prepares for his long-awaited upcoming solo spotlight concert at Birdland on June 18! Additionally, Kushnier shares plans and wishes for a forthcoming solo album, as well as offers his thoughts on GLEE, SMASH and much, much more! (more...)

InDepth InterView Tony Awards Edition: Joe DiPietro - Part 2: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, THE TOXIC AVENGER & What's Next
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 1, 2012

Today we are talking to a two-time Tony Award winning lyricist and book writer who was responsible for the 2010 Best Musical winner, MEMPHIS, and who has since written the libretto of the Gershwin revue NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET and received a well-earned Tony nomination for his efforts; one of the show's ten nods - Joe DiPietro. In this concluding portion of our conversation, DiPietro and I break down the process of creating NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT and he comments on the starry cast - including Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kaye and Estelle Parsons - and the process of collaboration in bringing the 2012 Tony Awards top nominee to the Broadway stage. Additionally, DiPietro fills us in on the future for THE TOXIC AVENGER and its tentative Broadway plans, as well as the upcoming West End mountings of MEMPHIS and, hopefully, NICE WORK - and, a look ahead to his next David Bryan collaboration, CHASING THE SONG, as well. Plus, a glance back at his work on I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE, F*CKING MEN and ALLEGRO and his favorite current pop acts. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Mustard Seed Theatre's Taut Production of PLAYLAND
by Chris Gibson - Feb 8, 2012

Mustard Seed Theatre continues their season with playwright Athol Fugard's PLAYLAND, and the location of the play affords the company a chance to be very creative with the set design (Courtney Sanazaro). But, this is a dark, although it brightens just as the sun rises, tale of border wars and Apartheid, all wrapped up rather neatly in a pretty package by sterling performances and compelling direction. (more...)

Dallas Theater Center Presents TIGERS BE STILL, 3/2-5/13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2012

Dallas Theater Center presents Tigers Be Still in the Studio Theatre at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center March 2 - May 13, 2012. Hal Brooks returns to DTC to direct the play, which stars DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company members Abbey Siegworth and Chamblee Ferguson. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Reality Bites? Janeane Garofalo on RUSSIAN TRANSPORT, GENERAL EDUCATION, BAD PARENTS & More!
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 25, 2012

Today we are talking to a stand-up comedienne celebrated for her caustic wit, erudite political humor and illuminating social observations who has also made a name for herself over the last two decades as an actress by appearing in over 100 feature films and television shows, including recurring roles on the TV series SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, THE BEN STILLER SHOW, THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW and 24, as well as her film resume, ranging from roles in ROMY & MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION to WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER to REALITY BITES, COP LAND, THE CABLE GUY, NOW AND THEN and many more - the one and only Janeane Garofalo. In addition to a twenty-year career retrospective, touching upon many of her most notable big screen and small screen appearances - sharing comments on many of her favorite colleagues and co-stars along the way - Garofalo also opens up about the theatrically attuned work she has previously done - such as HBO's THE LARAMIE PROJECT - and, most importantly, fills us in on the new play she is starring in for The New Group, RUSSIAN TRANSPORT, directed by Scott Elliott. Besides all about RUSSIAN TRANSPORT, her character in it and the political and social issues the new original play bravely tackles, Garofalo shares her enthusiasm for her newfound experiences in the theatre world and her intention of pursuing a theatre career further. Also, she clues us in on her upcoming film projects, BAD PARENTS and GENERAL EDUCATION, and offers her classic views on current politics as only she can, in her own delightfully droll and ingratiatingly idiosyncratic fashion - plus, much, much more! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Dan Folino and Katherine DeBoer Make Lakeland's ANYONE CAN WHISTLE Worth Seeing
by Roy Berko - Feb 17, 2012

When Martin Friedman, Artistic Director of The Lakeland Civic Theatre, announced he was staging Stephen Sondheim's ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, there were some raised eyebrows in the theatre community. Friedman is a Sondheimophile. He knows the master's works well. Why would he even adventure into Whistle land, which is fraught with land mines? (more...)

DEBUT OF THE MONTH: Phillip Boykin of THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 10, 2012

In a recent chat with BWW, Boykin shared his thoughts on what it was like to finally appear on the Broadway stage in a play that has literally been a part of his life since the time he was a little boy growing up in West Greenville, South Carolina. (more...)

Ginger Newman Directs SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at The Keeton Theater 4/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2012

Smokey Joe's Cafe is a show features nine performers, who take audiences back to the 1950s and 1960s with their renditions of many wonderful hits of the rock and roll era. Four of the male singers come together to form a group reminiscent of the two famous quartets Leiber and Stoller wrote for-the Drifters and the Coasters-while other cast members deliver songs made famous by some of the most powerful figures in the world of music, including Elvis Presley, Dion and Big Mama Thornton. (more...)

Dwayne Johnson to Receive CinemaCon's 'Actions Star of the Year' Award
by Movies News Desk - Apr 3, 2012

Dwayne Johnson will receive the 'CinemaCon Action Star of Year Award,' it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon. (more...)

Capitol Center for the Arts Season to Include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Margaret Cho and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2012

The Capitol Center for the Arts today announced an exciting lineup of performances for its seventeenth season. (more...)

Richard Jenkins Joins the Cast of ONE SQUARE MILE
by Movies News Desk - Apr 23, 2012

Academy Award-nominated actor Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") and Cameron Bright ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse") have joined the cast of Charles-Olivier Michaud's latest drama ONE SQUARE MILE. Written by scribes Josh Campbell and Jeff Van Wie, the film will be produced by Howard Burd and Micah Sparks of Phoenix Rising Motion Pictures, and Deborah Moore of Inner Primary Entertainment. Martin Harmon is executive producing for Phoenix Rising Motion Pictures. International sales are being handled by Lawrence Meyers, Bobby Meyers and Peter Rowley of Meyers Media Group. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in August with Seattle, Washington as a possible location. (more...)

Ginger Newman's Production of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Closes Tonight at The Keeton Theater
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 21, 2012

Smokey Joe's Cafe is a show features nine performers, who take audiences back to the 1950s and 1960s with their renditions of many wonderful hits of the rock and roll era. Four of the male singers come together to form a group reminiscent of the two famous quartets Leiber and Stoller wrote for-the Drifters and the Coasters-while other cast members deliver songs made famous by some of the most powerful figures in the world of music, including Elvis Presley, Dion and Big Mama Thornton. (more...)

Oracle Closes THE MAIDS by Genet and a B-Sides FREAK SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2012

Oracle Productions has announced the opening of Jean Genet's THE MAIDS, translated by Bernard Frechtman, directed by Executive Producer Ben Fuchsen. THE MAIDS opens March 10, 2012, and runs through April 21. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PHANTOM'S LEADING LADIES Unmask Harmonies At The Annenberg Theater
by David Green - Apr 17, 2012

Phantom's Leading Ladies, a trio of Broadway veterans who have all performed the role of 'Christine Daae' from The Phantom of the Opera brought an eclectic evening of music and mostly glorious three-part harmonies to The Annenberg Theater on April 14. The women that comprise The Phantom's Leading Ladies -- Teri Bibb, Karen Culliver and Mary D'Arcy -- have collectively performed more than 4,000 performances of Broadway's longest running musical and have played opposite 32 different Phantoms - on Broadway, on national tours and in Canada. (more...)

Vakhtangov Brings UNCLE VANYA to the West End, Nov 5-10 - Hopes to Launch Regular Russian Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2012

Moscow-based company Vakhtangov Theatre, under the direction of Rimas Tuminas will come to the Noel Coward Theatre for the 5 - 10 November with their modern interpretation of Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA, which won Best Production at Russia's Golden Mask Awards, equivalent to the Emmy Awards. (more...)

Photo Flash: Karen Mason & Brent Barrett Play Birdland!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2012

On Monday, April 9, Broadway stars Karen Mason and Brent Barrett thrilled a packed house with an evening of Kander & Ebb showstoppers at Birdland! The concert, titled 'Sing Happy,' was a celebration of all things K&E, and included some of the writing duo's most famous anthems ('New York, New York' and 'Maybe This Time') as well as a few lesser-known pieces ('Life Is' from Zorba and 'Skin of Your Teeth' from Over and Over). (more...)

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