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BWW Review: Lipscomb's Cinematic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 30, 2016

There is perhaps no theme more deeply resonant in Disney's Beauty and the Beast than its treatment of the redemptive power of love to change any trouble soul - and thanks to Mike Fernandez's cinematic take on the musical theater classic and the superb leading performances of Bekah Purifoy and Scott Patrick Wilson, the new revival now onstage at Lipscomb University's Collins Alumni Auditorium has much to engage and intrigue audiences. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Tomorrow for ANNIE in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Broadway In Chicago has announced that individual tickets for the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE go on sale to the public Friday, September 9. (more...)

Cheryl Ann Allen Will Star in Pair of Shows in the Upcoming Months in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Cheryl Ann Allen will star in two shows this November and December. On November 12 at 3PM she will bring back her beloved one woman tribute Sophie Tucker In Person at the Ziegfeld Society at Lang Hall at Hunter College, 69th and Lexington. Tickets are $23 and available by visiting theziegfeldsociety.com. Ms. Allen will also return to the stage with her new show she recently debuted called, I'm A New Yorker written and directed by Ian Finkel. I'm A New Yorker will be performed at Don't Tell Mama's (343 West 46th Street) on Tuesday, November 29 and Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $18 (plus a two-drink minimum). For information and reservations visit www.donttellmamanyc.com. She will be accompanied by talented Joel Martin on piano for both shows. (more...)


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BWW Preview: PETER & THE STARCATCHER at
by Tara Bennett - Nov 7, 2016

Theatre Baton Rouge invites you to take a nostalgic trip to Neverland in their current production of PETER & THE STARCATCHER, a prequel to the timeless J. M. Barrie story of Peter Pan, featuring the incorrigible boy who can fly but never wants to grow up. (more...)

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books Releases "Best Plays American Theatre Festivals"
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Theatre festivals are where we find groundbreaking work, work that often becomes part of our national theater canon.  (more...)

Sony/ATV Signs Acts Including Lady Gaga and Sting for Neighboring Rights
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has further expanded its Neighbouring Rights roster with the addition of Lady Gaga, Sting and a number of other artists. (more...)

THE BEST PLAYS FROM AMERICAN THEATRE FESTIVALS 2015 Collection Hits the Shelves
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Theatre festivals are where we find groundbreaking work, work that often becomes part of our national theater canon. The Best Plays from American Theatre Festivals 2015, edited by John Patrick Bray, invites readers to take a front-row seat for the latest in cutting-edge work produced by our most daring and thought-provoking playwrights. (more...)

THE SECOND CITY'S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE Set for Cincinnati Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

With the holidays just around the corner, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has the perfect antidote to seasonal stress: THE SECOND CITY'S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE, which offers riotous send-ups of holiday traditions from Nov. 5 through Dec. 31. (more...)

The Dallas Opera Presents MOBY-DICK, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

The Dallas Opera is very proud to present the eagerly anticipated revival of an historic Dallas Opera production: Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's critically acclaimed twenty-first century masterpiece: MOBY-DICK, starring world-renowned heldentenor Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab. (more...)

BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
by Anthony Hazzard - Nov 30, 2016

The holidays came early this year to the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre in Oakdale as they present the blissful Irving Berlin tuner 'White Christmas' through December 18. This cheerful old fashioned Broadway musical is based on the classic Paramount motion picture starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as song and dance men searching for stardom while looking for love on the way. Misunderstandings, mayhem, and mountains of mistletoe all ensure an endearing love story and the happiest holiday for all. (more...)

BWW Review: Tori Scott Provides Post-Election Catharsis in SEEING DOUBLE at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - Nov 30, 2016

Early on in Tori Scott's SEEING DOUBLE, the woman of the hour deadpanned, 'I've been in a rut since birth.' If that's the case, we should all be so lucky. But on the subject of things that could be going better, throughout Scott's performance at Joe's Pub on November 13, the unofficial theme of the night was, 'Could this year get any worse?' With the election still looming large, Scott took the stage, explaining she'd been looking forward to the show because she was in need of some attention, before adding, 'Then Tuesday happened and I needed group therapy.' (more...)

Anthony Kearns of The Irish Tenors to Perform Special Holiday Concert on Long Island
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Anthony Kearns of the PBS super-group, The Irish Tenors, is giving a Christmas concert with accompanist David George and the St Joseph's Chamber Choir at Kings Park's St. Joseph's Church on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (Ticket information below). (more...)

BWW Review: A Practically Perfect MARY POPPINS At The Engeman
by Melissa Giordano - Nov 30, 2016

Having a long run on Broadway from 2007 to 2013, it is safe to day that any incarnation of Mary Poppins will not disappoint even the most devoted fans. One thing is sure; this still remains one of the most popular tales to this day as confirmed by the enthusiastic, nearly sold out audience at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport. The iconic story's musical adaptation, now playing through January 1st at the gorgeous Long Island venue, features an exceptional and spirited cast. (more...)

Red Crescendo Theatre Company Presents GODSPELL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Red Crescendo Theatre Company presents their inaugural production of Stephen Schwartz and John Michael Tebelak's timeless classic GODSPELL (2012 VERSION) performing December 10th - 18th, Saturdays and Sundays @ 2pm as well as Thursday December 15th @ 7pm, at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. Tickets are $12; to purchase tickets call 773-598-4549 or visit gorillatangotheatre.com. (more...)

BWW Review: Something Truly Wonderful - THE KING AND I National Tour Debuts at PPAC
by Veronica Bruscini - Nov 3, 2016

The much-acclaimed Lincoln Center staging of THE KING AND I celebrates a triumphant start to its national tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center. This jewel of a production is so utterly exceptional in every detail, words of praise scarcely seem to do it justice. Simply put, this is one of the finest shows to grace the PPAC stage in recent memory. (more...)

BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS
by Kathy Strain - Nov 3, 2016

While THE ILLUSIONISTS consists of seven world class magicians, it is anything but mundane. It has shattered box-office records while entertaining millions. Originally intended to be a short-run production, THE ILLUSIONISTS have performed for mesmerized audiences around the world. (more...)

THE TALL GIRLS to Take the Court at Shattered Globe This Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Shattered Globe Theatre will continue its 2016-17 season with the Chicago premiere of Meg Miroshnik's drama THE TALL GIRLS, an ensemble piece about five young women in the 1930s rural Midwest who discover a way to escape their crumbling town - by playing basketball. (more...)

Twelfth Edition of PS122's Coil Features Dance, Theater, Virtual Reality and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Performance Space 122's annual performance festival, Coil, returns for its twelfth edition with 13 individual events. The festival explores the constant vitality of live performance in New York City through contemporary artists from diverse genres, cultures and perspectives. Featuring work created locally, across the U.S., and around the world, Coil is known for its groundbreaking contemporary performance across interdisciplinary art, working with new technologies and forms. Through installations, live and virtual practices, PS122 is committed to redefining how, where, and when performance is experienced. (more...)

BWW Review: MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS at Overture Center
by Angie Stanton - Nov 29, 2016

Comfort food for the soul. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Famed Press Agent Susan L. Schulman
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 28, 2016

In part one of Behind the Curtain's most fascinating interviews to date, Rob and Kevin sat down with famed press agent Susan L. Schulman to discuss her life and career, including such projects as Applause, State Fair, Dancin' and the infamous Dream. Susan pulls back the curtain on working side by side with such legends as Lauren Bacall, Zero Mostel, Bob Fosse,  and the abominable showman himself, David Merrick.  (more...)

GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL Coming to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

 The Boch Center and Entertainment Events announced today that Girls Night: The Musical will return to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8:00PM. Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, December 5, 2016 at 10:00AM. (more...)

BWW Interview: For PNB Musicians, 'The Nutcracker' Never Grows Old
by Erica Miner - Nov 25, 2016

This season is the second in which Pacific Northwest Ballet will present the Balanchine production of 'The Nutcracker' (more...)

BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY at The Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - Nov 25, 2016

  As a haze envelopes, The Overture Center for the Arts a drum beat begins, followed shortly by screaming electric guitar licks. The energy in the theater is palpable as dancers move and gyrate across the stage. A curtain drops over a cage suspended far above the stage and nearly immediately falls away to reveal…The Illusionists! (more...)

BWW Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Near West Theatre
by Roy Berko - Nov 23, 2016

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, had an unusual path to being one of the oft-produced musicals of all time. It has been estimated that world-wide, over 20,000 school, community and professional theatres have produced the work. (more...)

Ensemble Studio Theatre Sets 2016-17 Sloan Project and Youngblood Artists, Programming
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), along with EST's Youngblood and EST's Sloan Project, have announced new EST/Sloan commissions and EST/Youngblood members & programming for the 2016-2017 season. (more...)

BWW Blog: Miranda Jackel - Broadway's Youngest Stars Give Back
by Guest Blogger: Miranda Jackel - Nov 23, 2016

The life of a young Broadway performer isn't easy-these kids are practically living double lives, going from a busy, exhausting school day to casually performing in a Broadway show eight times a week. #nbd But despite their jam-packed schedules, these talented t(w)eens still make time to do good in the world with KIDS SERVE, a program of BROADWAY SERVES dedicated to providing Great White Way youngsters with the chance to give back. (more...)

BWW Review: 7th House Theater's New Original Musical THE PASSAGE, OR WHAT COMES OF SEARCHING IN THE DARK is Funny, Poignant, and Modern
by Jill Schafer - Nov 22, 2016

Musical theater is my favorite art form, and new original musicals are my favorite things in the world. I love seeing how music and theater can combine to tell a story in interesting forward-thinking ways. After re-imagining a couple of classic musicals (and one play), newish theater company 7th House Theater has turned to producing new original musicals. THE PASSAGE, OR WHAT COMES OF SEARCHING IN THE DARK, is the third such creation to be presented in the Guthrie Theater Studio. I've loved all of their work, but this one feels more personal and more modern and forward-thinking than what they've done before. THE PASSAGE feels like it's continuing along the trajectory of modern musicals like NEXT TO NORMAL and FUN HOME - an intimate family story told with a small cast and modern inventive staging. And the result is truly something special. (more...)

Refuge Theatre Project Announces New Leadership and New Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Refuge Theatre Project has announced leadership changes and programming for its third season, according to company co-founder Ross Egan. Christopher Pazdernik, who directed and choreographed the company's breakout production of High Fidelity: The Musical in February 2016 and more recently directed the Chicago premiere of Wicked City by Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar for Chicago Theatre Workshop, has been named Artistic Director, a position previously held by Egan. Egan, who founded the company two years ago with Morgan Egan, will move to Executive Director, a new position. Morgan Egan will continue as Managing Director. (more...)

BWW Review: Houston Grand Opera's FAUST Pulls Out All the Stops
by Gary Laird - Nov 2, 2016

HGO's production of Gounod's FAUST puts the 'grand' in grand opera. The current production has all the bells and whistles - a timeless story, a top-notch cast, the costumes, sets and lighting of an all-out extravaganza. In short, it has everything the word 'opera' conjures up. And it's at the Wortham, all for you. (more...)

BWW Review: Kim David Smith's MORPHIUM KABARETT Will Keep You Hanging On at Pangea
by Troy Frisby - Nov 2, 2016

With the wide-eyed innocence of a cold-blooded killer and a smile so broad the Cheshire Cat would be envious, Kim David Smith will have you in his clutches before you even realize. (more...)

Forget Those Two Scoundrels! Vote W.C. FIELDS FOR PRESIDENT at 13th Street Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

Never mind those two scoundrels... vote for THIS scoundrel! It's time to consider W.C. FIELDS FOR PRESIDENT. (more...)

Pea Green Theatre Group to Bring CLIQUE CLAQUE to 2017 Next Stage Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Pea Green Theatre Group presents Clique Claque at the 2017 Next Stage Theatre Festival. (more...)

BWW Review: No Humbug Here - Trinity Rep's Spirited CHRISTMAS CAROL Rings in the Season
by Veronica Bruscini - Nov 17, 2016

Every year, Trinity Repertory Company adds a new spin to its beloved adaptation of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This year's production is no exception; in fact, the 2016 Christmas Carol is one of Trinity's most unique and intriguing Yuletide offerings to date. (more...)

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK, New London Theatre, 16 November 2016
by Marianka Swain - Nov 17, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber may seem an unlikely rock god, but he's harnessed anarchic musical liberation for this big-hearted, irresistibly entertaining new show, adapted from the popular Jack Black film. Its success on Broadway looks likely to be replicated here, given its broad appeal, hummable hits and giddy, live-action cartoon hijinks framing the seriously impressive talent of its young rockers. (more...)

BWW Review: PRINCESS - THE GOOD GIRLS GONE BAD, LOST Theatre, 16 November 2016
by Gary Naylor - Nov 17, 2016

Gary Naylor sees an ambitious and challenging show that overstretches its resources and that of its audience. (more...)

BWW Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is a Family Friendly Production For All Ages
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - Nov 16, 2016

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN first appeared off-Broadway in 1967. Since that time, productions, including the award-winning 1999 Broadway revival, have delighted theatre lovers with a peak into the mishaps and adventures of these beloved characters. The production features the classic music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, with additional songs added by Andrew Lippa, and timeless witty comedy relatable to audiences both young and old. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Stephen F. Schmidt
by Elliot Lanes - Nov 16, 2016

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'A West End Christmas In Falkirk' with Kieran Brown
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Join West End performer and Falkirk native Kieran Brown this holiday season for a special one-off Christmas concert in his hometown on Sunday 18 December 2016 at Dobbie Hall, Larbert. (more...)

BWW Review: OSIPOVA & ARTISTS Crush It with a Captivating Contemporary Triple Bill
by Sondra Forsyth - Nov 14, 2016

Celebrated Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova crossed over to contemporary along with her real-life partner Sergei Polunin, the 'bad boy of ballet', in a triple bill of U.S. premieres at New York City Center from November 10th to 12th 2016. Watching these two consummate classical dancers believably embody a 21st century movement aesthetic was both astonishing and heartening. I have long told my own students that because dance is ephemeral and cannot be hung on a museum wall for posterity, each new generation of artists must be capable of dancing not only what was then but also what is now. Osipova and Polunin, as well as Jason Kittleberger and James O'Hara who shared the stage for this run, proved unequivocally that this goal is achievable. (more...)

BWW Review: THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT at Washington National Opera
by Jenny Minich - Nov 14, 2016

Despite it's bombastic and highly visible ensemble of cheery papas, THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT is a showcase for its two stars, Oropesa and Brownlee. (more...)

MasterVoices to Present Bach's ST. JOHN PASSION at Carnegie Hall This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), celebrating its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, presents St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach on February 9, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019). (more...)

Go Behind the Scenes with McCarter's Reimagined A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

McCarter Theatre Center has announced its reimagined production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Directed by Adam Immerwahr, A Christmas Carol runs December 9 - 31 in the Matthews Theatre. Press opening is Saturday, Dec. 10. (more...)

St. Bart's Players Stages COMPANY, Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The St. Bart's Players presents Company! (more...)

LISTEN…CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Adds Third Show at United Solo
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Listen...Can You Hear Me Now?, a solo show written and performed by Gloria Rosen and directed by Suzanne Bachner has sold out its first two performances. United Solo has added a third performance by popular demand on November 6th at 6PM in the 2016 United Solo Theatre Festival, the world's largest solo theatre festival, currently in its 7th season. (more...)

Dollywood Set to Celebrate Best and Brightest' Christmas Ever
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

As the only theme park in the world to win Amusement Today's Golden Ticket award for Best Christmas Event, it is fair to say Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 5 - Jan. 1) can be considered a gold standard for Christmas festivals (more...)

New Work by Daniel Fish, Virtual Reality Show and More Set for PS122's COIL 2017 Festival; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Performance Space 122's annual performance festival, Coil, returns for its twelfth edition with 13 individual events. (more...)

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON (2nd National Tour) at The Kentucky Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - Dec 2, 2016

They're back!!! That's right! Everyone's favorite blasphemous musical comedy has returned to Louisville. (more...)

WE SING, The Ultimate Singing Game Experience, Now Available on PLAYSTATION 4
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

This festive season, We Sing Productions is delighted to announce that We Sing, the top-selling, award-winning singing game series for the whole family, is now available for the first time on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system for an MSRP of $49.99. (more...)

BWW Review: I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS at Arvada Center
by Chris Arneson - Dec 1, 2016

There's no place like home for the holidays, and the Arvada Center is making sure of that this holiday season. I'll Be Home for Christmas is making its debut at the Center, featuring a broad selection of local talent. (more...)

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