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The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the New American Shakespeare Tavern Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROLThe Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the New American Shakespeare Tavern Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2014

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Dec. 4-23. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers to Present Non-Traditional Christmas Tale in JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers to Present Non-Traditional Christmas Tale in JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Johnna Leary - Nov 28, 2014

The Potomac Playmaker's production of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, directed by Charles Kopack, will open December 5 at the Hagerstown Women's Club in Hagerstown, MD. The show tells the story of A Christmas Carol, but from Jacob Marley, Scrooge's best friend and business partner's, point of view (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Artist Rep's BLITHE SPIRITPhoto Flash: First Look at Artist Rep's BLITHE SPIRIT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

Having already extending the run of the show twice, Artists Rep will present Noel Coward's elegantly comedic classic, Blithe Spirit, this holiday season. This production is directed by Christopher Liam Moore, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival company member, who directed our 2013 hit comedy Red Herring, and who recently returned from a stint on Broadway with the Tony Award-winning All the Way. Blithe Spirit starts previews November 25 and has already been EXTENDED through January 4. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the show below! (more...)

UK's THE RULING CLASS Announces Full Cast, Including Ron Cook & Kathryn DrysdaleUK's THE RULING CLASS Announces Full Cast, Including Ron Cook & Kathryn Drysdale
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

Ron Cook (Mr Selfridge, Henry V, King Lear, Hot Fuzz) as Sir Charles Gurney, Kathryn Drysdale (Suspects, Love's Labour's Lost, Tripping Over, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) as Grace Shelley, Joshua McGuire (Privacy, Posh, About Time, Mr Turner) as Dinsdale Gurney and Anthony O'Donnell (The Captain of Kopenick, Skyfall, Matchpoint) as Daniel Tucker, join BAFTA winning James McAvoy, as Jack, the 14thEarl of Gurney, in the first West End revival of Peter Barnes' satirical comedy, The Ruling Class, directed by Jamie Lloyd, Artistic Director of Trafalgar Transformed. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Ford's Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLPhoto Flash: First Look at Ford's Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

The Ford's Theatre 2014-2015 season continues with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and adapted by Michael Wilson, November 20, 2014, to January 1, 2015. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Ron Cook, Kathryn Drysdale & More to Join James McAvoy in THE RULING CLASSRon Cook, Kathryn Drysdale & More to Join James McAvoy in THE RULING CLASS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

Ron Cook (Mr Selfridge, Henry V, King Lear, Hot Fuzz) as Sir Charles Gurney, Kathryn Drysdale (Suspects, Love's Labour's Lost, Tripping Over, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) as Grace Shelley, Joshua McGuire (Privacy, Posh, About Time, Mr Turner) as Dinsdale Gurney and Anthony O'Donnell (The Captain of Kopenick, Skyfall, Matchpoint) as Daniel Tucker, join BAFTA winning James McAvoy, as Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney, in the first West End revival of Peter Barnes' satirical comedy, The Ruling Class, directed by Jamie Lloyd, Artistic Director of Trafalgar Transformed. (more...)

BWW Review: BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO Opens at the Unicorn TheatreBWW Review: BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO Opens at the Unicorn Theatre
by Steve Wilson - Dec 9, 2014

Thought provoking, dramatic, depressing, with a dash of humor describes the current production of the Unicorn Theatre on their Levin Stage. Ian R. Crawford directs Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, written by Rajiv Joseph. The complex plot and vivid images are a co-production of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Theatre Department. (more...)

LA Theatre Works, in Partnership with LA Opera, Presents THE GUILTY MOTHER, 2/13-14LA Theatre Works, in Partnership with LA Opera, Presents THE GUILTY MOTHER, 2/13-14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Pierre Beaumarchais' 1792 play The Guilty Mother, the last and least-known of the French playwright's trilogy of stage comedies about the adventures of Figaro, will be presented in a 'radio theater-style performance' by LA Theatre Works in partnership with LA Opera. A highlight of LA Opera'sFigaro Unbound celebration, The Guilty Mother will be directed by Michael Hackett, with performances taking place at 8pm on February 13 and 14 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater (235 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, 90095). (more...)

Tickets to LA Opera & LA Theatre Works' THE GUILTY MOTHER On Sale TomorrowTickets to LA Opera & LA Theatre Works' THE GUILTY MOTHER On Sale Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

Pierre Beaumarchais' 1792 play The Guilty Mother, the last and least-known of the French playwright's trilogy of stage comedies about the adventures of Figaro, will be presented in a 'radio theater-style performance' by LA Theatre Works in partnership with LA Opera. A highlight of LA Opera's Figaro Unbound celebration, The Guilty Mother will be directed by Michael Hackett, with performances taking place at 8pm on February 13 and 14 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater (235 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, 90095). (more...)

BWW Reviews: CATCO Reinvents Holiday Classic in A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Reviews: CATCO Reinvents Holiday Classic in A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Amanda Etchison - Dec 8, 2014

In an imaginative retelling of "A Christmas Carol," CATCO breathes new life into Charles Dickens' beloved holiday story and presents a creative reinterpretation of this classic yuletide tale. (more...)

BWW Reviews: David Mann Astonishes in freeFall Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Reviews: David Mann Astonishes in freeFall Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Peter Nason - Dec 8, 2014

David Mann is astonishing as Scrooge in this Dickens masterpiece, brought to life by the miraculous team at freeFall Theatre. (more...)

Techno-Thriller, 'Twilight Visitor,' Depicts Reality of Nuclear Threat to EarthTechno-Thriller, 'Twilight Visitor,' Depicts Reality of Nuclear Threat to Earth
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2014

Since its publication just two months ago, by Netherworld Books (UK), "Twilight Visitor" has already been described as '...a high concept thriller that is comparable with the best of Dan Brown or Jack Higgins,' says novelist, David Luddington. Book-Reviewer.com says, 'The story races along with (the) pace of a Tom Clancy thriller...' "Twilight Visitor" is a global thriller which depicts an all too-real energy-desperate China shocking the world with its sudden invasion into Iran to secure its oil. Meanwhile, a lonely man sits on the beach of his home village in Portugal, trying to resolve his dysfunctional personal life, when he meets a strange mystery woman who informs him that because of his special field of knowledge that he alone holds the answer to an impending and inevitable global nuclear war which is about to occur and which leaders seem helpless to stop. Two worlds collide, as the Sino-Persian conflict escalates in just 24 hours into a global debacle, and as this one man comes head-to-head with the Ghosts of his own past, fighting to hold onto a shadow of himself while refusing to do anything about the approaching crisis. A high tech, high-octane, adrenaline-pumping thriller with political and philosophical insights which pose many questions. About the Author: Réal Laplaine is an internationally published author, mostly in the genre of thrillers and techno-thrillers. While he currently lives in Sweden, he was born in Canada. His roots however trace back to Spain, where his grandfather was born and raised, and thereafter emigrated to Canada where he married an indigenous Indian. Thus it is no surprise that a good part of Twilight Visitor takes place on the coastal region of the Iberian Peninsula. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Opens Tonight at Heights PlayersA CHRISTMAS CAROL Opens Tonight at Heights Players
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

With many different ways to celebrate the holidays from cheerful music, beautiful dance, bright lights or brilliant displays, there is one story told year after year that never gets old and whose relevancy is stronger than ever. It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' beloved classic, A Christmas Carol. Opening at the Heights Players this Friday is a new adaptation of that wonderful novel, written by Crispin Whittell for the Guthrie Theater in 2010. (more...)

Deaths Head Productions to Recreate Victorian Seances Throughout NYCDeaths Head Productions to Recreate Victorian Seances Throughout NYC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Deaths Head Productions promises a visit from the spirit world in their latest and first public performance. Join their premier Medium in a traditional seance on-site at the Morris-Jumel Mansion where Ghosts are said to roam free. The eerie new show take you on a journey into the land of the dead and beyond. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL at Tacoma Little TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL at Tacoma Little Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Tacoma Little Theatre presents the holiday classic SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL. This musical, with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, is adapted from the 1970 film Scrooge which starred Albert Finney and Sir Alec Guinness. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Walnut Street Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLPhoto Flash: First Look at Walnut Street Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre for Kids' annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will bring warmth and cheer to thousands of families and students this holiday season. This hour-long musical adaptation of Dickens' classic novel begins November 29th and runs through December 21st. (more...)

Folly Beach Mystery Novel, FINAL CUT, is ReleasedFolly Beach Mystery Novel, FINAL CUT, is Released
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

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Photo Flash: First Look at North Shore Music Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLPhoto Flash: First Look at North Shore Music Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Check out photos from North Shore Music Theatre's production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL which runs thru December 21 below! For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA. (more...)

Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces 2015 Jewish Film FestivalFilm Society of Lincoln Center Announces 2015 Jewish Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 24th annual New York Jewish Film Festival at the Film Society's Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (more...)

Garden Theatre to Host Holiday Movie Series Based on A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/9-18Garden Theatre to Host Holiday Movie Series Based on A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/9-18
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

The Garden Theatre presents a Holiday Movie Series as a part of What The Dickens Orlando, a celebration of the life and times of Charles Dickens, Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 9 – 18, 2014 at the Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street). (more...)

HO HO HUMBUG World Premiere to Open 12/5 at Stark Naked TheatreHO HO HUMBUG World Premiere to Open 12/5 at Stark Naked Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Stark Naked Theatre Company presents its first-ever holiday production with the world premiere of Ho Ho Humbug - a hilarious Christmas-themed comedy produced in association with Third Coast Creative. Certain to become an annual holiday tradition for Houston theatre go-ers, Ho Ho Humbug opens on Friday, December 5th and runs through December 24th at Stark Naked's STUDIO 101. (more...)

NYC Parks Celebrates to Host 32nd Annual Wreath Interpretations ExhibitNYC Parks Celebrates to Host 32nd Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibit
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Just in time for the holiday season, Wreath Interpretations celebrates its 32nd anniversary with more wreaths than ever before. A holiday custom at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, this show puts an imaginative spin on the traditional symbol that has roots in antiquity. The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, December 5, 2014 and remains on display through January 7, 2015. An opening ceremony will be held in the gallery on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., with remarks from NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. Among the exhibitors are fine artists, designers, horticulturalists, and NYC Parks' former blacksmith. (more...)

Perseverance Theatre to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/19-28Perseverance Theatre to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/19-28
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Perseverance Theatre (PT) presents the holiday classic adapted from Charles Dickens' Original by Arlitia Jones and Michael Evan Haney. A holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, performs for two weeks December 19-28, with one Pay-As-You-Can preview on December 18, in the Discovery Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Share Scrooge's miraculous transformation with the whole family and experience the remembrance of the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets for A Christmas Carol are $20.25 - $49.25 and are available online at PTALASKA.ORG or by calling 907-263-ARTS. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Stage Theatre Inspires the Christmas SpiritBWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Stage Theatre Inspires the Christmas Spirit
by colin roybal - Dec 20, 2014

The holiday season is in full swing, and holiday magic is all around. Especially at the Denver Center's production of A Christmas Carol. The classic tale by Charles Dickens has been told countless times, and every variation brings the same wonder and spirit of giving to life. As the lights dim and the hum of the pre-show crowd settles, the audience can't help but wonder what variation of the tale they will be treated to in this annual tradition at the DCPA. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE At Arena Stage - Just Relax and Enjoy!BWW Reviews: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE At Arena Stage - Just Relax and Enjoy!
by Charles Shubow - Dec 2, 2014

Director Robert O'Hara's first professional musical production is a huge success. (more...)

SERRANO THE MUSICAL to Make World Premiere 1/16 at the Matrix TheatreSERRANO THE MUSICAL to Make World Premiere 1/16 at the Matrix Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Serrano NY, LLC is thrilled to present the World Premiere of SERRANO THE MUSICAL, book and lyrics by Madeline Sunshine, music by Robert Tepper, musical direction by Jeff Rizzo (Sunset Blvd. The Wizard of Oz), choreography by Tony nominee Peggy Hickey (A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder) and directed by Tony nominee Joel Zwick (Dance With Me, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'). (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre to Present Dael Orlandersmith's FOREVER, Beginning 1/2Long Wharf Theatre to Present Dael Orlandersmith's FOREVER, Beginning 1/2
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Long Wharf Theatre, led by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, presents Forever, written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith, from January 2 through February 1, 2015 on Stage II. The press opening is Wednesday, January 7 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

The LA Opera Presents THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES, 2/7-3/1The LA Opera Presents THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES, 2/7-3/1
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Nearly a quarter-century after its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, the monumental 'grand opera buffa' The Ghosts of Versailles, by composer John Corigliano and librettist William C. Hoffman, will receive its long awaited west coast premiere in a new production directed by 2014 Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak. LA Opera Music Director James Conlon will conduct performances featuring the work's original orchestrations, heard for the first time since the opera's 1999 European premiere. (more...)

Horse Trade Announces 9th Annual FRIGID Festival Lineup; Runs 2/18-3/8Horse Trade Announces 9th Annual FRIGID Festival Lineup; Runs 2/18-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Horse Trade Theater Group will present the 9th Annual FRIGID Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) andUNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) February 18-March 8. (more...)

Patricia Racette & More to Join Patti LuPone in LA Opera's THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLESPatricia Racette & More to Join Patti LuPone in LA Opera's THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Nearly a quarter-century after its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, the monumental 'grand opera buffa' ?The Ghosts of Versailles, by composer John Corigliano and librettist William C. Hoffman, will receive its long awaited west coast premiere in a new production directed by 2014 Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak. LA Opera Music Director James Conlon will conduct performances featuring the work's original orchestrations, heard for the first time since the opera's 1999 European premiere. (more...)

Nat Geo to Premiere New Season of BRAIN GAMES, 1/19Nat Geo to Premiere New Season of BRAIN GAMES, 1/19
by TV News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Season four of Emmy-nominated series Brain Games premieres Monday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back new episodes. Our hidden cameras capture all the hilarious and shocking results of the interactive experiments (more...)

New Book 'Psyche's Stories' Gives Psychological Insight into Fairy Tales and Disney's INTO THE WOODSNew Book 'Psyche's Stories' Gives Psychological Insight into Fairy Tales and Disney's INTO THE WOODS
by Movies News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Chiron Publications is offering an in-depth look at fairy tales and how they enrich and inform our lives. What do these tales have to offer us as grown-ups? (more...)

Dakota Blue Richards to Lead ARCADIA UK Tour; Full Cast Announced!Dakota Blue Richards to Lead ARCADIA UK Tour; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Brighton Productions today announced casting for a new touring production of Tom Stoppard's comedy masterpiece, Arcadia, which will be the first major national tour since 1993, and over 20 years since the play has been seen by audiences around the UK. (more...)

MN Opera's Michael Christie Leads World Premiere of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE at The Ordway, 3/7-15MN Opera's Michael Christie Leads World Premiere of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE at The Ordway, 3/7-15
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Minnesota Opera Music Director Michael Christie leads the world premiere performances of The Manchurian Candidate, March 7-15, 2015 in the Music Theater at Ordway. (more...)

BWW Reviews: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Opens 'The Christmas Attic' at Consol Energy CenterBWW Reviews: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Opens 'The Christmas Attic' at Consol Energy Center
by Greg Kerestan - Dec 17, 2014

The legendary hard rock Christmas spectacular brings two shows for the price of one, plus lasers, dragons and real fake snow. (more...)

LA Opera to Stage World Premiere of ˇFIGARO! (90210), 1/16-18LA Opera to Stage World Premiere of ˇFIGARO! (90210), 1/16-18
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

The debate over immigration reform takes center stage in ˇFigaro! (90210), a contemporary adaptation of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, presented by LA Opera in its world premiere staging at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre from January 16 through 18. (more...)

BWW Reviews: EBENEZER at Resorts Casino HotelBWW Reviews: EBENEZER at Resorts Casino Hotel
by Michael T. Mooney - Dec 16, 2014

You may wonder why the Ocean Professional Theatre Company's holiday offering EBENEZER is being presented in an Atlantic City casino showroom. This charming 350-seat theatre is one of the oldest performance spaces in Atlantic City, dating back to 1912. The Screening Room is a jewel box setting in which to present one of the holiday's most enduring classics. This sort of family-driven entertainment is exactly what Atlantic City sorely needs at the moment. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Everyman Kills With DEATHTRAPBWW Reviews: Everyman Kills With DEATHTRAP
by Cybele Pomeroy - Dec 15, 2014

Everyman's new location provides a warm home for the 'cozy' DEATHTRAP. The high production values and seamless performances create an evening of humor-filled suspense. (more...)

Randy Dixon Shows the Many Faces of Scrooge in A(N IMPROVISED) CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/18-27Randy Dixon Shows the Many Faces of Scrooge in A(N IMPROVISED) CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/18-27
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Not Your Parent's Christmas Carol A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol has become a Seattle holiday tradition since it opened in 1985 at the Old Pioneer Square Theater. Unexpected Productions' Artistic Director, Randy Dixon created the show and has played Scrooge in most of the performances. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Portland Playhouse's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Will Enrapture Even the Scroogiest Among YouBWW Reviews: Portland Playhouse's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Will Enrapture Even the Scroogiest Among You
by Patrick Brassell - Dec 15, 2014

When you walk into the theatre, you're greeted by ticket takers, ushers, and assorted others all in Dickensian costume, all sporting English accents; a young urchin who looked to be about eight tried to sell me a raffle ticket in a voice that came right out of Oliver Twist. (more...)

Tim Burton Says He's 'Closer Than Ever' to Finishing BEETLEJUICE Sequel ScriptTim Burton Says He's 'Closer Than Ever' to Finishing BEETLEJUICE Sequel Script
by Movies News Desk - Dec 14, 2014

After years of rumors, Tim Burton just revealed to ComingSoon.net that he and Michael Keaton are “closer than ever” to working on a BEETLEJUICE sequel. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Mesmerizes at The AlleyBWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Mesmerizes at The Alley
by Katricia Lang - Dec 13, 2014

You'll still find atmospheric Victorian sets by scenic designer Tony Straiges, Alejo Vietti's elaborate ornate costumes, and dramatic sound design by John Gromada. The plot change does not unfairly ground or overly explicate this ghost drama. That's what I'm here for. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Theatre Memphis Spikes the Eggnog with A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis Spikes the Eggnog with A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Joseph Baker - Dec 12, 2014

As my hand was turning to mincemeat while writing personal notes in Christmas card after Christmas card, I persevered, knowing that at the end of my travails there would be a reward: A much anticipated performance of Theatre Memphis' annual 'gift' to Memphis, Charles Dickens' venerable A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I must admit: I have not attended every performance of that classic since its inception. I have, however, infrequently stopped to hang my wreath at its door; and I've seen some fine 'Ebeneezers' over the years (I recall a former teaching colleague, Tom Ford, offering a tight, clipped interpretation and, of course, one of the best and most frequent of the actors donning those tattered gloves, Memphis acting favorite Barry Fuller). As I wrote card after card, I began to think about all the other interpretations of A CHRISTMAS CAROL that I have encountered through the years - Seymour Hicks; Reginald Owen (in the role MGM intended for an ailing Lionel Barrymore, who had become famous for his radio performance and who would have, no doubt, been superior; a not-all-that-bad consolation prize was his equally tight-fisted 'Mr. Potter' in Frank Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE); Orson Welles (in a Mercury Theatre radio performance); Sir Ralph Richardson (a beautiful audio recording); Alastair Sim (in the early 1950's British film and offering my favorite interpretation of the role; Danny Peary, in his fascinating ALTERNATE OSCARS, selects him as Best Actor for that performance); and, certainly, George C. Scott, in what was considered to be the version to end all versions. (And does anyone recall Jim Backus' 'Mr. Magoo' in a delightful animated musical television special back in the 1960's?) (more...)

BWW Reviews: NOEL COWARD'S CHRISTMAS SPIRITS, St James Theatre Studio, December 10 2014BWW Reviews: NOEL COWARD'S CHRISTMAS SPIRITS, St James Theatre Studio, December 10 2014
by Gary Naylor - Dec 11, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a beautifully judged show that revisits some of the most famous Christmas songs and poems and delivers them with panache and charm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Nola Project's TWELFTH NIGHT is a Work of Art at NOMABWW Reviews: Nola Project's TWELFTH NIGHT is a Work of Art at NOMA
by Tara Bennett - Dec 11, 2014

If you're wondering whether you should go see the NOLA Project's production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), I'll make it easy for you: go see Twelfth Night. It's the perfect escape during the holidays if sugarplum faeries and Christmas Ghosts are not your thing. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Rep's Sublime HARVEY Celebrates Holiday SpiritBWW Reviews: The Rep's Sublime HARVEY Celebrates Holiday Spirit
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Dec 10, 2014

Mysterious circumstances and the inexplicable spirit of a six feet tall white rabbit revisit the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's exquisite 70th anniversary production of Harvey. Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of Ellwood P. Dowd, a man who imagines the rabbit named Harvery is his best friend, unfolds on an elegant double turntable stage designed by Dan Conroy, a sight to delight any audience. The eloquent production humorously explores on a complex level what makes life worth living. Perhaps Ellwood's own words succinctly crystallize that premise: 'You must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant. For years I was smart, and than I chose pleasant.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: The KC Rep's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, No Better Way to Start The HolidaysBWW Reviews: The KC Rep's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, No Better Way to Start The Holidays
by Steve Wilson - Dec 1, 2014

Like a fine glass of champagne, A Christmas Carol, at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre only gets better with age. The 34th production of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens and adapted by Barbara Fields, opened on Saturday November 29 at the Spencer Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The KC Rep continues its 50th anniversary with the magnificent production of the holiday classic, which has been seen by more than a half million patrons since 1981. The KC Rep serves more than 12,000 schoolchildren annually. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Children's Theatre Company's HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS is a Silly, Sweet, and Heart-warming Tale of Redemption and LoveBWW Reviews: Children's Theatre Company's HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS is a Silly, Sweet, and Heart-warming Tale of Redemption and Love
by Jill Schafer - Dec 1, 2014

'Tis the season for stories of sad, lonely, grumpy people who experience a change of heart and learn to love their fellow citizens, whether of London or Whoville. After a double bill of CHRISTMAS CAROLs last week, I saw a similar story this week in Dr. Seuss' classic fable HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. Like Scrooge, the Grinch hates Christmas, people, and dogs. Also like Scrooge, the Grinch learns how wrong he was, not from Ghosts but from one sweet open-hearted little girl. Where A CHRISTMAS CAROL is the perfect image of a Victorian Christmas, THE GRINCH takes place in the fantastical rhyming world familiar to anyone who's read Dr. Seuss, or had it read to them, as the case may be with much of Children's Theatre Company's audience. It's a bright and colorful, silly and funny, sweet and heart-warming tale of redemption and love. (more...)

BUTCH WALKER's Seventh LP 'Afraid of Ghosts' Out 2/3BUTCH WALKER's Seventh LP 'Afraid of Ghosts' Out 2/3
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

Butch Walker's highly anticipated seventh full-length album Afraid Of Ghosts, will be released February 3 via Dangerbird Records. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ACT's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Alive with MagicBWW Reviews: ACT's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Alive with Magic
by Jay Irwin - Dec 1, 2014

ACT and Director John Langs completely nailed it again and then some. I saw the production last year of ACT's Seattle tradition of "A Christmas Carol" and found myself struck by how well they conveyed this classic tale. And as much as I enjoyed it last year there was something even more magical and special in the air for this year's production (or they spiked my eggnog) as I completely found myself swept away by this incredible show and, yes, crying my eyes out. (more...)

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