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BWW Interview: Carman Napier Talks Bringing EVITA Back to New York with the Gallery PlayersBWW Interview: Carman Napier Talks Bringing EVITA Back to New York with the Gallery Players
by Anna Bencivengo - Apr 25, 2015

Napier recently chatted with BroadwayWorld about her history with EVITA, the pressures of playing an iconic role and historical figure, her favorite moments in the show, and much more. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

Peter Dodd's Next Animated Feature 'TROLL' Now in ProductionPeter Dodd's Next Animated Feature 'TROLL' Now in Production
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

 Global Genesis Group and Bug Blue Films has announced that they have signed a worldwide distribution agreement at miptv to bring the Peter Dodd and Kristian Kamp big budget animated feature Troll, the Tale of a Tail to the big screen. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at 'WONDERLAND' at Chicago Children's TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at 'WONDERLAND' at Chicago Children's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Kids, parents, grandparents and school groups, get ready to rock! Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure, a new family musical created by top Chicago director Rachel Rockwell and music director Michael Mahler, is Chicago Children's Theatre's big 10th anniversary season finale. Performances began April 22 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Press opening is tonight, April 24 at 7 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND Star Sawyer Sweeten Dies at 19 by Apparent SuicideEVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND Star Sawyer Sweeten Dies at 19 by Apparent Suicide
by TV News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND star Sawyer Sweeten has died at by possible suicide, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (more...)

Tangent Theatre Company Extends LOBBY HERO Through 5/3Tangent Theatre Company Extends LOBBY HERO Through 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Tangent Theatre Company, based in the intimate Carpenter Shop Theater in Tivoli's village center, announces a fifth week of performances for their Spring 2015 production: the contemporary moral drama Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan. The play will now run through Sunday, May 3. Set in a Manhattan apartment building lobby, the story examines the shades of grey between right and wrong, and centers on the main character, Jeff, the building's security guard, and three other diverse characters, including Jeff's supervisor William and two New York City police officers (Bill and Dawn). Remaining performances of Lobby Hero are Thursdays - Saturdays 8pm; Sundays 3pm. (more...)

DJ Premier to Compose Score for VH1's Original Movie THE BREAKSDJ Premier to Compose Score for VH1's Original Movie THE BREAKS
by TV News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

VH1 has tapped legendary New York music producer DJ Premier to compose score and serve as executive music producer of the new original movie 'The Breaks.' (more...)

Donald R. Cope Pens THE NEPHILIM FACTORDonald R. Cope Pens THE NEPHILIM FACTOR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

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ARCC Brings American Teens to Cuba for Service, AdventureARCC Brings American Teens to Cuba for Service, Adventure
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

This summer ARCC Programs (Adventures Cross-Country) will conduct two 14-day trips for high schoolers combining culture with community service on this island that hasn't seen groups of American teens for nearly 60 years. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Bet You're Bottom Dollar That Tomorrow...You'll Love ANNIEBWW Reviews: Bet You're Bottom Dollar That Tomorrow...You'll Love ANNIE
by Wendi Reichstein - Apr 22, 2015

If you asked me to pick a musical I loved based on nostalgia alone, it would be, without a Doubt, Annie. Probably for the same reason most theatre kids will tell you; it was the very first musical I was ever in. I was in 6th grade, and I played Kathy. You probably don't know this character- that's because she doesn't actually exist. She was an addition to the script's gaggle of 6 little orphans (I believe our production had 12). (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: Little Shop Of Horrors! 10 Devilish & Demonic Plays & Musicals To DevourSOUND OFF Special Edition: Little Shop Of Horrors! 10 Devilish & Demonic Plays & Musicals To Devour
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 22, 2015

While Broadway is heaven for theatergoers around the world, especially when the season reaches its fever pitch as it is right now, it can also be hell in the right hands. And, that's a good thing. As the exceedingly well-received new play HAND TO GOD which opened earlier this month proves, audiences adore a good scare - particularly when it is supported by a rich and dynamic dramatic basis upon which the horror-show can play out, which HAND TO GOD unDoubtedly has in spades (and pitchforks). Needless to say, many of the most popular and successful musicals of all time have also dealt with demonic presences - even if in the case of Broadway's two biggest hits, they are misunderstood monsters. Indeed, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA remains the longest-running show in Broadway history, approaching its 20th year on the Great White Way, while Oz-themed witch-centric musical mega-hit WICKED remains one of the hottest tickets in town. With this week's news of Hollywood heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal starring in an upcoming Encores! special limited-run production of cult hit and famous Off-Broadway mainstay LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - not to mention the big news of a brand new small screen version of the ultimate cult movie musical, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, being revived for a new generation - it seems more than merely appropriate to turn our attention to the scariest, bloodiest and best horror-themed musicals to date. (more...)

Hortlax Cobra Set to Release Two-Song Single, 'I'm Still Here/Night Still Young'Hortlax Cobra Set to Release Two-Song Single, 'I'm Still Here/Night Still Young'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

Hortlax Cobra, the alter ego of Swedish drummer, composer and producer John Eriksson, returns this spring with a new two-song single – I'm Still Here/Night Still Young. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPPIN Brings Visually, Emotionally Stunning Circus to OrlandoBWW Review: PIPPIN Brings Visually, Emotionally Stunning Circus to Orlando
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 22, 2015

When the curtain hiding the big top is dropped after the opening verses of PIPPIN's first song, it reveals one of the most stunning visual tableaus you will ever see on stage. Acrobats, contortionists, clowns, and dancers line the colorful stage in a dazzling array of theatrical magic. However, as breath-taking as the opening scene is, the musical's impact runs far deeper than just its attractive surface. The show possesses palpable wit, passion, emotion, and a message that should impact theatre-goers of all ages. PIPPIN is, by far, the most exhilarating touring show to come through The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in its first season as host of Orlando's Broadway Series. This visually and emotionally satisfying gem runs through this Sunday, April 26th; don't miss your chance to experience this beautiful corner of the musical theatre sky. (more...)

THE JONESES is ReleasedTHE JONESES is Released
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

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The DCPA Theatre Company Adds Additional Tickets for THE 12, 4/22-26The DCPA Theatre Company Adds Additional Tickets for THE 12, 4/22-26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

The DCPA Theatre Company announced today that they will open up additional seating during the final performances of The 12 to fulfill audience demand. (more...)

Discover the Latest ICT Innovations at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2015Discover the Latest ICT Innovations at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2015
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

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Phorm Corporation Limited ('Phorm' or the 'Company') Equity Fundraising of Approximately GBP 6.0 Million Gross Phorm Corporation Limited ('Phorm' or the 'Company') Equity Fundraising of Approximately GBP 6.0 Million Gross
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Declares Tomorrow 'Talk Like Shakespeare Day'Mayor Rahm Emanuel Declares Tomorrow 'Talk Like Shakespeare Day'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) and the City of Chicago honor William Shakespeare's 451st Birthday with an official proclamation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel declaring April 23rd Talk Like Shakespeare Day. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Kate Reinders On SOMETHING ROTTEN! Plus GYPSY Memories, WICKED, INTO THE WOODS & MoreInDepth InterView: Kate Reinders On SOMETHING ROTTEN! Plus GYPSY Memories, WICKED, INTO THE WOODS & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 21, 2015

Today we are talking to a terrifically talented triple-threat who made a major mark on Broadway with her star turns in GYPSY and WICKED before appearing this season in the brand new Shakespeare-themed musical comedy SOMETHING ROTTEN!, the effortlessly cute and convivial Kate Reinders. Discussing her hilarious role in the fresh Broadway musical, Reinders praises her starry assortment of co-stars - including Brian D'Arcy James, Christian Borle and John Cariani - in addition to analyzing all the details about putting a brand new musical on its feet directly before the eyes of Broadway. Additionally, Reinders shares some of her favorite moments in the show and touches upon some of the changes that have been implemented to the new Shakespeare-themed musical as it was refined over the course of previews, having opened straight in NYC without an out-of-town tryout. Besides all about her fabulously jocular turn in SOMETHING ROTTEN!, Reinders also reflects on some of her most familiar performances to date on the Great White Way and beyond, including her star-making performance in the 2003 revival of GYPSY, starring Bernadette Peters and directed by Sam Mendes, in addition to her notable run in mega-hit Oz musical WICKED. All of that, INTO THE WOODS revival memories, A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD and much, much more! (more...)

Art Stars Shine at Awards Gala Art Stars Shine at Awards Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

LAGUNA BEACH, CA - In true academy award style, the best and brightest of Laguna's diverse artistic community enjoyed a star-studded evening on Sunday, April 12 as The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) recognized its stars and paid tribute to actor Joe Mantegna at the 9th Annual Art Star Awards held at [seven-degrees]. Attendees included 250 community and cultural leaders whose efforts allow Laguna Beach to enjoy worldwide recognition as a hub of artistic energy. (more...)

Gwen Stefani, Usher & Ceelo Green to Return to NBC's THE VOICEGwen Stefani, Usher & Ceelo Green to Return to NBC's THE VOICE
by TV News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Former coaches Gwen Stefani, Usher and CeeLo Green will serve as advisers on the two-hour Monday, April 27 telecast of NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" (8-10 p.m. ET/PT). (more...)

BWW Reviews: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Is A Big Hit, Timed For The School HolidaysBWW Reviews: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Is A Big Hit, Timed For The School Holidays
by Barry Lenny - Apr 21, 2015

There is just so much to like about this production and, even if you don't have children to take, get yourselves some tickets. (more...)

Denis Arndt Replaces Kenneth Walsh in MTC's HEISENBERG; Rehearsals Begin This WeekDenis Arndt Replaces Kenneth Walsh in MTC's HEISENBERG; Rehearsals Begin This Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Heisenberg, the new play by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Punk Rock), directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, How I Learned to Drive) starring Denis Arndt (The Night Alive at Geffen Playhouse, "The Practice") and Tony and Emmy Award winner Mary-Louise Parker (Proof, "Weeds") begins rehearsals Thursday. (more...)

Carolyn Kras Will Be Sell a Door's First Playwright in ResidenceCarolyn Kras Will Be Sell a Door's First Playwright in Residence
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Sell A Door Theatre Company are pleased to announce their new Playwright in Residence, who will work with them from this September. (more...)

BWW Blog: The 119th Boston Marathon - Reclaiming Our Freedom With DeterminationBWW Blog: The 119th Boston Marathon - Reclaiming Our Freedom With Determination
by Christina Mancuso - Apr 21, 2015

The 119th Boston Marathon will forever remain as one of the greatest moments of my life.  It is about so much more than running.  It's about reclaiming our freedom and the perseverance of the human spirit… a true test of resilience and the power of the mind to overcome any physical ailment or condition.  Although I had been battling my own nagging physical injuries for almost a year with my longest training run at a mere 13.1 miles, accomplishing this race meant so much more than my own internal impaired physicality. (more...)

Meryl Streep Funds NYWIFT's Screenwriters Lab for Women WritersMeryl Streep Funds NYWIFT's Screenwriters Lab for Women Writers
by Movies News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Oscar winner Meryl Streep has funded a screenwriters lab for women writers over the age of 40, which will be conducted by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers. (more...)

FOX Sports Names Pete Rose as New Guest AnalystFOX Sports Names Pete Rose as New Guest Analyst
by TV News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Pete Rose, a 17-time Major League Baseball All-Star and three-time World Series champion is slated to serve FOX Sports as a guest studio analyst. The announcement was made today by John Entz, Executive Vice President, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports. (more...)

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati to Close Season with OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, 5/5-24Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati to Close Season with OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, 5/5-24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Pack your bags and grab your passport! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's closes its 29th season with an adventure across the pond in the regional premiere of Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanely, one the most celebrated contemporary playwrights. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® for his play Doubt and an Academy Award for his film Moonstruck, he is also the screenwriter and director of the cult classic Joe Versus the Volcano. Outside Mullingar takes audiences to lush Ireland with a charming story of two families and their journey with fate as the vast countryside teaches them about identity, heritage, and love. Join ETC as Irish banter, family loyalty, and Guinness (of course!) floods the stage in this romantic comedy, playing May 5-45, 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: MARK McCOMBS Is Dazzlingly Hilarious Playing Multiple Characters In New Show at the Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: MARK McCOMBS Is Dazzlingly Hilarious Playing Multiple Characters In New Show at the Metropolitan Room
by Billie Roe - Apr 20, 2015

Mark McCombs is one of those madcap Thespians offering one of the best examples of “character work” on the current New York cabaret scene. Having studied and performed with the New York Gotham City Improv Company, it's little wonder McCombs's first solo show, Ten Jumps Ahead of a Fit, earned him a 2002 Bistro Award, while his second show, Bottomfeeders, brought him a Nightlife Award. His most recent show on April 10 at the Metropolitan Room, The Mark McCombs Progr'um, was a hilarious romp into the ridiculous world of five characters that no Doubt originated from McCombs' Florida panhandle origins. (more...)

Mannes and Parsons to Present Jonathan Dove's FLIGHTMannes and Parsons to Present Jonathan Dove's FLIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

The New School's Mannes School of Music and Parsons School of Design co-present the New York City premiere of Flight, by composer Jonathan Dove. Music students from Mannes Opera and Mannes Orchestra will perform the three-act opera, in a fully-staged production featuring costume and set design by students from Parsons, The New School's world-renowned art and design school. (more...)

Chicago Philharmonic Releases Schedule of Upcoming 2015-16 SeasonChicago Philharmonic Releases Schedule of Upcoming 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2015

Chicago, IL – (April 16, 2015) The Chicago Philharmonic announces its 2015-16 season, Chasing the Sun: Transitions and Transformations. The season explores works written by composers at moments of significant change in their lives or careers. Scott Speck leads the orchestra in his third season as artistic director. “With a beloved masterwork, a virtuoso soloist, and a 21st century composer represented on every concert, the Chicago Philharmonic continues its adventures in direct, urgent, truly relevant music-making,” said Speck. (more...)

Dr. Jeffrey Martin Invited to Share Latest Breakthroughs in Cataract Care During Roundtable Discussion at National 2015 ASCRS Meeting In San DiegoDr. Jeffrey Martin Invited to Share Latest Breakthroughs in Cataract Care During Roundtable Discussion at National 2015 ASCRS Meeting In San Diego
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2015

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San Francisco Opera Ball 2015: Moonlight & MusicSan Francisco Opera Ball 2015: Moonlight & Music
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2015

San Francisco Opera Guild in collaboration with San Francisco Opera Association today announced plans for Opera Ball 2015: Moonlight & Music, a gala benefit on Friday, the 11th of September celebrating San Francisco Opera's 93rd season and opening-night performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Luisa Miller. (more...)

Australian Conductor to Lead Stellar ASO Leadership TeamAustralian Conductor to Lead Stellar ASO Leadership Team
by Barry Lenny - Apr 17, 2015

For the first time in almost 30 years, an Australian conductor is to lead a major Australian symphony orchestra. (more...)

Confirmed! Dominic Cooper to Lead Upcoming AMC Pilot PREACHERConfirmed! Dominic Cooper to Lead Upcoming AMC Pilot PREACHER
by TV News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Seth Rogen, an executive producer of the upcoming AMC pilot PREACHER turned to Twitter to reveal the news that actor Dominic Cooper will star as Jesse Custer in the project. (more...)

THE FRIDAY FIVE: Adkins, Campbell and Pitt from THE PHILADELPHIA STORYTHE FRIDAY FIVE: Adkins, Campbell and Pitt from THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 17, 2015

Inspired by BroadwayWorld.com's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's latest installment of The Friday Five: five questions designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. This week the spotlight shines on Maggie Pitt, Jaymes Campbell and Susan Adkins - The Philadelphis Story's Tracy Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven and the director of Lakewood Theatre's production opening in Old Hickory this weekend. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BOUNCERS, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, April 17 2015BWW Reviews: BOUNCERS, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, April 17 2015
by Jenny Antill - Apr 17, 2015

Bouncers remains a timeless piece and one of John Godber's most popular plays. The current tour presented by the John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield is playing its penultimate venue this week in Birmingham. The show has been extensively performed across the country so one would presume it would be difficult to keep the text fresh. However, a bouncer's recollection of a regular evening at work is as valid now as it was thirty years ago when it was written. (more...)

Blitzen Trapper Coming to Fox Theatre, 7/8Blitzen Trapper Coming to Fox Theatre, 7/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Z2 Entertainment will present Blitzen Trapper at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015. Tickets are on sale April 17th for $18 advanced or $20 day of show. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE POWER OF DUFF Proves Even When in Doubt, You Can Influence Faith and Spirituality in OthersBWW Reviews: THE POWER OF DUFF Proves Even When in Doubt, You Can Influence Faith and Spirituality in Others
by Shari Barrett - Apr 17, 2015

What does it take to become a charismatic spiritual leader, one who has people questioning and empowering their own faith? Is it possible in our media soaked society to grab the attention of millions of people simply by speaking your mind and sharing your faith, ultimately proving the power of positive thinking? THE POWER OF DUFF is ultimately about a person who is fundamentally ambivalent about religion, even about spirituality - who undergoes an emotional transformation, which in turn leads him to a position of being a suddenly looked-to spiritual leader even as his ambivalence continues. (more...)

Cherry Jones Named Guest of Honor at Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Fest's GalaCherry Jones Named Guest of Honor at Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Fest's Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, announced that multi-award winning stage and screen actor Cherry Jones will be the guest of honor of the Gala this year. In 2014, Jones was nominated for a Tony Award and won the Outer Critic's Circle award for her performance as Amanda Wingfield in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. . (more...)

BWW Reviews: Admirable Regional Production of LES MISERABLES Storms into MTWBWW Reviews: Admirable Regional Production of LES MISERABLES Storms into MTW
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 16, 2015

So. Cal audiences should check out Musical Theatre West's rather admirable regional production of LES MISERABLES, which continues its limited run at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach through April 26, 2015. This highly-commendable, local production features a superb-sounding 30-person cast, an impressive arsenal of lighting, set, and costume designs, and strikingly lush musical accompaniment from a 16-piece live orchestra. Despite some choppy-ness in its narrative flow, the ear candy produced by this exceptional collective had me floating in euphoria. (more...)

BWW Recap: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Performs Killer KaraokeBWW Recap: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Performs Killer Karaoke
by Erin Resnick - Apr 16, 2015

When in Doubt, karaoke! That's the theme of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, a show about death, destruction, sex, and the supernatural. No matter what hijinks you end up in, karaoke will be sure to start a conversation about your existential life crises, if not annoy every person in your immediate area. This week's episode, entitled 'I Could Never Love Like That,' included questionable doctor ethics, flashbacks of the turn of the century variety, and Whitmore officially becoming the worst college in America. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: She's The One! A CHORUS LINE Turns 40THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: She's The One! A CHORUS LINE Turns 40
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 16, 2015

Today we celebrate a major milestone anniversary of a legendary Broadway mainstay, A CHORUS LINE. (more...)

iXBlue Celebrates a Major Sales Milestone: More than 250 USBL Acoustic Positioning SystemsiXBlue Celebrates a Major Sales Milestone: More than 250 USBL Acoustic Positioning Systems
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

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Implant Sciences Announces RestructuringImplant Sciences Announces Restructuring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

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InDepth InterView PreView: Marc Kudisch Talks SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS Concert Event & MoreInDepth InterView PreView: Marc Kudisch Talks SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS Concert Event & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 15, 2015

Today we are presenting a special preview of an upcoming InDepth InterView with acclaimed stage and screen star Marc Kudisch focusing on the upcoming gala charity event honoring EGOT recipient Marvin Hamlisch to benefit the American Cancer Society. In the complete conversation, Kudisch and I analyze all aspects of his brand new Broadway hit HAND TO GOD and parse the finer points of the religion-themed comedy as well as touch on his thoughts on the daring and provocative Robert Askins play. Additionally, in the full chat, Kudisch and I look back at some of his most notable roles, ranging from THE WILD PARTY to 9-TO-5 to his recent Shakespeare turn opposite Paul Giamatti in HAMLET and stint on Netflix's hit drama series HOUSE OF CARDS and much more. (more...)

BWW Reviews: RUMPY PUMPY, Landor Theatre, April 14 2015BWW Reviews: RUMPY PUMPY, Landor Theatre, April 14 2015
by Gary Naylor - Apr 15, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a debut musical that has great songs and an important message, but needs to get more from its cast in order to reach its potential. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: Something Rotten! 10 Surprising Shakespeare-Inspired Theatrical ThingsSOUND OFF Special Edition: Something Rotten! 10 Surprising Shakespeare-Inspired Theatrical Things
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 15, 2015

Today we are shining a spotlight on some rarely discussed and unusual connections between the world of William Shakespeare and theatrical pop culture at large. Given the wide breadth of material contained within the canon of the Bard, it is certainly no understatement to claim that the connections are virtually endless between many modern tropes, terms, themes and ideas that derive in his classic plays - whether they be tragedies, comedies, histories or latter plays - yet the intriguing aspects of many of the lesser-known theatrical connections between Shakespeare and modern theatre are illuminating and fascinating to unearth. Ranging from the influence of Shakespeare on some of our greatest musical theatre masters - Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and William Finn included - through to the inspiration behind both Broadway's most lucrative production in history (THE LION KING) and the longest-running show in NYC to date (THE FANTASTICKS), the impact of Shakespeare on Broadway is impossible to accurately calculate - and, now, with the lovable and hilarious Shakespeare paean SOMETHING ROTTEN! poised to open later this month, the Bard is about to get a fresh jolt of electricity, buzz and excitement from the theatre community at large. Fear no more, indeed. (more...)

PTC's 2015-16 Season to Feature FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO & MorePTC's 2015-16 Season to Feature FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah's premier professional theatre, has announced its 2015-2016 season. The season is bookended by two blockbuster musicals, Fiddler on the Roof and the professional U.S. premiere of the new Frank Wildhorn musical The Count of Monte Cristo. The season also includes two more musicals and three plays, two of which are world premieres and one of which is a Utah premiere. (more...)

Peter Sarsgaard Leads CSC's HAMLET, Opening TonightPeter Sarsgaard Leads CSC's HAMLET, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Classic Stage Company presents William Shakespeare's HAMLET, starring acclaimed actor Peter Sarsgaard as Hamlet, and directed by Austin Pendleton. Previews for HAMLET began on March 27 at CSC (136 East 13th Street) for a limited engagement through May 10. The official press opening is tonight, April 15. (more...)

Pigs Do Fly Productions Presents NO FEAR OF FLYING! at Andrews Living ArtsPigs Do Fly Productions Presents NO FEAR OF FLYING! at Andrews Living Arts
by Carol Kassie - Apr 15, 2015

Pigs Do Fly Productions will present NO FEAR OF FLYING! - seven brand new humorous short plays - to kick off its second season. The production will run from May 7th through May 24th at Andrews Living Arts in Ft. Lauderdale. (more...)

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