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BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Always Magical A CHRISTMAS STORY
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 30, 2016

Some grand holiday traditions are exactly what is needed in these turbulent times and nothing is more pleasing than the 2016 version of Nashville Repertory Theatre's live stage version of A Christmas Story, the theatrical treatment of the movie of the same name that somehow captures all the memories and nostalgia, all the laughter and mayhem of the holiday season. (more...)

BWW Review: 'Merry Christmas!' from Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 29, 2016

While there are always rumors of closings and real estate transactions happening willy-nilly, Chaffin's Barn continues to thrive and to entertain and to give both audiences and theater folk an opportunity to get to know one another better and to be transported and transformed via the magic of live theater. I hope that Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre remains a vital part of Music City long after I've been reassigned to review shows in the afterlife. (more...)

BWW Review: Stars Align in Met's BOHEME with Opolais, Beczala, Kele and Cavalletti
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 28, 2016

Take Puccini's LA BOHEME for granted at your peril. Sure, it has more gorgeous music per square inch than just about any other opera in the repertoire, but that doesn't mean that it always falls together, even at the Met. Lucky for those attending the current run of the opera, the stars are in alignment--with Kristine Opolais (Mimi), Piotr Beczala (Rodolfo), Brigitta Kele (Musetta) and Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello) as the stellar central quartet and not a weak link down the line. (more...)

NUNCRACKERS Signals It's Christmastime at The Keeton Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 28, 2016

Nuncrackers, described as "the fourth hilarious show" in Dan Goggins' long line of musicals featuring the "Little Sisters of Hoboken," takes the stage of The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson for a December 1-17 run, under the direction and musical direction of Ginger Newman, with choreography by Jamie London. (more...)

City Theater Company Presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Kick off your holidays with City Theater Company, opening their 23rd season this December with La Cage Aux Folles. The hilarious musical comedy by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman inspired the hit film The Birdcage and is one of Broadway's most popular and enduring shows. (more...)

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK, New London Theatre
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 Recap: Liza's Twisted Love Triangle Gets Even Twistier When Worlds Collide on YOUNGER
by Matt Smith - Nov 16, 2016

Wow! What a week it's been! And I'm not just talking about what you think I'm talking about. It's messy for Liza this week... made all the worse by the fact that she's essentially drugged up and knocked out while all the action's going on (so she's oblivious to basically everything). A freak accident on a MetroBike (thanks Diana!) lands her in the hospital, where hijinks ensue with Josh, Charles and yep, even, ex-husband David as worlds collide, storylines interwine, paths are crossed, meetings are made, and piggies are covered. (Don't worry... it'll all make sense once you're through with the recap/episode!) Plus, Diana has a chance encounter with a Broadway-friendly hunky hunk, and Kelsey acquires a new book for Empirical to publish...  and gets a new boyfriend, too! It's all ahead (or behind, depending on if you've seen the episode or not!) on this week's recap, so if you're intrigued... you know what to do! Thanks!!  (more...)

Gorgeous Singing and Hilarious Hijinks Abound In Arizona Opera's Season Finale CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Arizona Opera is pleased to present its 2016/2017 season finale, Cinderella (La Cenerentola). Composed by well-known Italian opera icon Gioachino Rossini of Barber of Seville fame, this production is sure to dazzle both opera regulars and newcomers. Cinderella is sung in Italian with English supertitles. (more...)

SWEENEY TODD, BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, & More Lead Henegar Center's Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

The Henegar Center's 17th season will include something for everyone.  A mad, revengeful barber, a young orphan, some rockin' nuns, a trip to Vegas, and a romantic look at Madison County will grace the main stage of The Henegar Center.  Upstairs at the Henegar boasts all female leading ladies.  "It's the time of women and their empowerment," says Hank Rion, Artistic Director.  "Women are speaking out all over the country right now; we should hear their voice on stage, too." (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 3/05/2017
by BWW - Mar 5, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/05/2017 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

BWW Review: Larry Shue's THE NERD at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 26, 2017

Larry Shue's The Nerd brings with it a fairly healthy and reasonably impressive theater pedigree: more than 400 performances on Broadway, critical acclaim and audience adulation for its West End run (in fact, it was the most successful American play running there in 1986), scores of regional and community theater productions and it was the follow-up to his wonderfully funny and politically prescient The Foreigner. But like so many things that were popular during the 1980s - the "abdominizer," Cabbage Patch kids and friendship bracelets, Jelly shoes and Jordache jeans - time hasn't been so great to The Nerd and we're left wondering, incredulously and imploringly, "What the hell?" (more...)

Madison Lyric Stage Begins 2017 Season with Noel Coward's Madcap Comedy BLITHE SPIRIT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2017

Madison Lyric Stage announced that the first production of its 2017 season is Noel Coward's madcap comedy Blithe Spirit.  Performances will be held April 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 pm, with a special matinee performance on April 30 at 5:30 pm, at the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society located at 297 Boston Post Road in Madison, CT. (more...)

Stars of STORAGE HUNTERS Perform in Swindon this October
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

???????Storage Hunters, the reality TV series from the US that has picked up a dedicated UK cult following since being broadcast on Dave, is now coming to the stage for a nationwide tour this autumn. Audience members are encouraged to bring along a cheeky item from home, to be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to Help for Heroes. (more...)

OKLAHOMA! Featuring Same-Sex Couples Among OSF's 2018 Season Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) Artistic Director Bill Rauch announced the Festival's 2018 playbill today. (more...)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Announces 2018 Season Including Same Sex OKLAHOMA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) Artistic Director Bill Rauch announced the Festival's 2018 playbill. (more...)

BWW Review: The Barn's Southern-fried and bred SEEING STARS IN DIXIE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 17, 2017

Featuring a quintet of charming and engaging players, under the deft and focused direction of Everett Tarlton, Seeing Stars in Dixie (which winds up a month-long run at The Barn this coming Sunday, March 19) is the kind of laugh-out-loud funny that only comes from the heart, as it relates the story of a group of people in Natchez, Mississippi, circa 1956, who are caught up in all the hoopla and hullabaloo of a movie, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, being made right over yonder. It's based in fact: Taylor, Clift, Lee Marvin, Eva Marie Saint and all the accompanying Hollywood types came to Natchez to film Raintree County, a Southern gothic tale that transformed the sleepy, small town into a veritable beehive of Tinsel Town talk and celebrity hijinks. (more...)

BWW Review: ACT 1's Otherworldly ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 16, 2017

Make no bones about it: the mind and imagination of playwright Tony Kushner (whose Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is playing at Nashville's Darkhorse Theatre, in a new production of from ACT 1) is nothing like yours or mine or that guy sitting at the table by the window at your neighborhood Starbucks, tip-tap-typing away at his laptop in hopes of capturing lightning in a bottle with his words or that woman waxing philosophical about the current political climate in this country while recapping the latest happenings on her favorite TV series for some obscure website. (more...)

BWW Review: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Desert Theatreworks is Rip-Roaringly Funny
by Audrey Liebross - Mar 16, 2017

Desert Theatreworks (DTW) is currently presenting a howlingly funny, expert production of the musical farce THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, featuring brilliant performances and direction, and nonstop lunacy. (more...)

BWW Review: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, Royal Opera House
by Alexandra Coghlan - Mar 12, 2017

Is it possible that Kasper Holten, Covent Garden's outgoing director of opera, has directed a Meistersinger about himself? It certainly looks a lot like it. This black take on Wagner's sunniest and most humane opera finds doubts and uncertainties at every turn, closing not with a paean to national art but a cautionary tale about cultural insularity and convention. (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Phoenix You Might Have Missed This Week
by - Mar 10, 2017

Check out the top stories from Phoenix you might have missed this week and more! (more...)

Roanoke Children's Theatre to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

2017-2018 will be a celebratory season for Roanoke Children's Theatre as the company celebrates their 10th Anniversary. For the past decade, RCT has been the valley's only professional theatre designed specifically for children, schools and families. (more...)

18th & Union Announces Winter 2017 Lineup ODDBALLS AND MISFITS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

18th & Union is pleased to announce a baker's half-dozen of portable performances to welcome the New Year. Continuing with our mission to introduce audiences to artistic adventures, our Winter series has been curated by local artists Andrew Lee Creech and Keira McDonald. (more...)

Get Ready for Slamming Doors and Sardines! Segal Centre to Present NOISES OFF
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

The Segal Centre will present the widely popular comedy Noises Off by Michael Frayn. The shenanigans unfold both onstage and off in this classic play-within-a-play where lovers scheme, doors slam, clothes spontaneously fly off, and unbelievable hijinks ensue. The winner of multiple 'Best Play' awards, Noises Off will be on the Segal stage for three weeks only, January 29 through February 19. (more...)

Ken Ludwig's Starry A COMEDY OF TENORS Guffaws at Paper Mill Playhouse Starting Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents the comedy by Ken Ludwig, A Comedy of Tenors, the hilarious sequel to the Tony Award-winning comedy Lend Me a Tenor. A friendly reminder that performances begin tomorrow, February 1, 2017 for a limited run through Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ. (more...)

Jill Paice, Ryan Silverman & More Join Cast of A COMEDY OF TENORS at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony®Award, have just announced casting of the comedy by Ken Ludwig, A Comedy of Tenors, the hilarious sequel to the Tony® Award-winning comedy Lend Me a Tenor.  Directed by Paper Mill favorite Don Stephenson, and reuniting his original Paper Mill Lend Me a Tenor cast, the 7-member ensemble will feature Judy Blazer as Maria, John Treacy Egan as Tito, Donna English as Racon, David Josefsberg as Max, Michael Kostroff as Saunders, Jill Paice as Mimi, and Ryan Silverman as Carlo. (more...)

Award-Winning PINK HULK One-Woman Show Comes to the SaraSolo Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Actor and playwright Valerie David performs her inspiring, comical award-winning one-woman show about becoming a two-time cancer survivor while embarking on a hijinks-filled quest for love and new meaning in her life. (more...)

Social Media Superstar Hayes Grier Appearance Cancelled at the Southern Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

The Hayes Grier appearance - 'Hayes Grier & The Boys present: Detour' - scheduled for March 2 at the Southern Theatre has been cancelled as the tour has been rescheduled to a later date.  (more...)

BWW Review: Two Nights in Seville, Part 1 - with BARBIERE at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 23, 2017

It didn't strike me until the lights were going down for the start of CARMEN last Thursday that this was the second night in a row that Met audiences were being transported to the same town in sunny Spain. Truth be told, “sunny” is hardly an adjective I'd hardly use to describe Bizet's tragedy in the shadow of the bullring, while it's just about right for dizzy events of Rossini's charmer, IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, which I'd heard the night before. (more...)

JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN Encores at Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

'Judy and Liza Together Again', starring internationally acclaimed entertainers Rick Skye and Tommy Femia, named 'BEST DUO'in 2012 by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), has been EXTENDED AGAIN through the Winter Season at Don't Tell Mama's (343 West 46th Street). Teaming up for an evening of 'Just POW!', these MAC and Bistro Award winning performers pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/daughter team in show biz history in 'a high energy evening with an abundance of laughs!' (Edge) . The gaiety continues with performances on Saturdays, January 21st and 28th, February 4th and 25th. There is a $25.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum. For reservations call: 212-757-0788 or make reservations online at www.donttellmamanyc.com (more...)

Cygnet Theatre Announces 15th Season Shows Ranging from Classic Comedy to World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Cygnet Theatre is proud to announce its 15th season of presenting entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring theatre. The 2017/2018 season reflects how it felt to be fifteen years old when everything was exciting, new, emotional and hilarious...and of course, seemed to mean life or death. (more...)

Side-Splitting Comedy BIGGER FATTER LIAR Coming to DVD, Digital HD & On Demand 4/18
by Movies News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Get ready for the hysterical prank-filled adventure in the all-new family comedy, BIGGER FATTER LIAR , available on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on April 18, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. (more...)

BETC's Season 12 Lineup Features Big Names, Bold Women, Birds, and Blood
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's (BETC) Season 12 play titles were announced at a pre-show party on Saturday, February 4th. Local theater lovers joined the BETC Ensemble at the Dairy Arts Center for a sneak peek at the company's upcoming season, and the opening night, regional premiere performance of An Iliad. (more...)

Scoop: THE MIDDLE on ABC - Tuesday, February 21, 2017
by TV Scoop - Feb 6, 2017

Get all the scoop on THE MIDDLE, airing on ABC on Tuesday, February 21, 2017! (more...)

Photo Coverage: A COMEDY OF TENORS Opens at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Feb 6, 2017

The laughter has begun! Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony® Award, presents the comedy by Ken Ludwig, A Comedy of Tenors, the hilarious sequel to the Tony® Award-winning comedy Lend Me a Tenor. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Production Photos for A COMEDY OF TENORS at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

The laughter has begun!  Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony® Award, presents the comedy by Ken Ludwig, A Comedy of Tenors, the hilarious sequel to the Tony® Award-winning comedy Lend Me a Tenor.  (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 2/26/2017
by BWW - Feb 26, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/26/2017 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts Announce Spring Break and Summer Camp
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Where can you find characters from Disney Frozen, make-believe reptiles from Repticon, fun with LEGO®s and large-scale musicals under one roof? (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 2/19/2017
by BWW - Feb 19, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/19/2017 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

Seattle Playwrights Salon presents WITH DIGNITY by Sutherland Rowell
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2017

The Seattle Playwrights Salon presents With Dignity by Kristina Sutherland Rowell and Raymond Williams on Friday March 10th at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory, 5813 Airport Way South, Seattle. Admission is free. (more...)

New Album by DRYNX (Ariel Pink, Lansing-Dreiden) Out 2/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Horse Matrix is the second studio album by the world's most feared entertainer, DRYNX. Produced and mixed by Jorge Elbrecht, the long-awaited sophomore album will be released worldwide on February 24th, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: AFTER BIRTH OF A NATION at City-Theater
by Greer Firestone - Feb 17, 2017

Co-founder and Director Michael Gray has created an admirable culture at City-Theater. The group takes risks with most every production. Well one supposes they should for their mission statement is to 'rid the planet (not just Wilmington!) of complacency, redundancy, indifference and FEAR'. (more...)

BWW Review: TRAVESTIES, Apollo Theatre
by Alexandra Coghlan - Feb 16, 2017

'What did you do during the war, Dada?' Somewhere underneath the relentless punning and the pastiche, the whistle-stop wit and the whirling theoretical debate, there's a seriousness to Tom Stoppard's 1974 Travesties that feels horribly prescient. The intellectual hijinks are genuinely hilarious, but there's no disguising the weight of the question they restlessly scamper over and clamber round: what can artists do when faced with social crisis? Can their work claim political agency, or are they just schoolboys with a chit to get them off chores, daubing happily away in a corner? (more...)

Baxter's Festive Season in Full Swing and Set to Culminate with New Year's Eve Party
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

The Baxter's sensational festive season programme is set to entertain and delight audiences, culminating in the highly popular New Year's Eve party. (more...)

GAZORE! by Will Hallewell is Released
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

A boring day at the mall turns into the adventure of a lifetime. Doug and his brother Sebastian go into the Build-A-Creature store, but when the creature they build comes to life, they're left behind to clean up the mess. Before they know it, they're avoiding a creepy guy who seems to be everywhere and running from a GOT agent. Put on your helmet when reading Gazore! because you're in for a bumpy ride full of chaotic hijinks, against the backdrop of a sweet romance. But it's the healthy dose of verse in rhyme, that gives Gazore! it's lasting charm. EMSA Publishing is proud to announce the December 5, 2016 release of Gazore!, a contemporary fantasy adventure with creatures, humor and verse. Gazore! teaches responsibility-even though Doug didn't really cause the calamity, it is his creature responsible, and Doug never runs. Instead, he uses his critical thinking skills to get the whole town out of their jam. This book is perfect for young adult readers, and for adults to read to their school-age children. Fans of Build-A-Bear, and Dr. Seuss will love Gazore! Follow Gazore!'s blog tour before December 10, 2016 to win one of three eCopies of the book at https://goo.gl/kLi84H (more...)

Patton muda o jogo para o Power over Ethernet
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2016

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First Night's Top Ten of 2017 To Be Revealed Tonight
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 28, 2016

First Night's Top Ten of 2017 - critic Jeffrey Ellis' annual review of the best in Tennessee theater - will be revealed tonight during a live Facebook broadcast at 7:30 p.m. (CST). (more...)

First Night's Top Ten of 2017 Announced in Music City
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 28, 2016

First Night's Top Ten of 2017 - critic Jeffrey Ellis' annual review of the best in Tennessee theater - were revealed tonight during a live Facebook broadcast at 7:30 p.m. (CST), with Actor's Bridge Ensemble and Studio Tenn/TPAC leading the nods in this year's listing of categories. (more...)

Tony-Winning FUN HOME to Find a Home at Millbrook Playhouse This Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

The Board of Directors and Producing Artistic Director, David E. Leidholdt, are proud to announce Millbrook Playhouse's 54th Season. (more...)

truTV Announces Winter Premiere Dates for IMPRACTICAL JOKERS & More
by TV News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

After the holidays are over and the presents are opened, truTV kicks off the new year with new episodes and new seasons of some fan-favorite series! (more...)

O3b Networks e Zieltec Trazem Banda Larga de Alto Desempenho para Fernando de Noronha
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

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