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BWW Interviews: Abigail Shapiro Talks A LITTLE PRINCESS at 54 BELOWBWW Interviews: Abigail Shapiro Talks A LITTLE PRINCESS at 54 BELOW
by David Clarke - Nov 28, 2014

At the age of 14, actress Abigail Shapiro is quite the busy lady. With credits like Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and the titular character in LIBERTY under her belt, she is currently gearing up to portray Sara Crewe in a special cabaret presentation of Andrew Lippa's musical A LITTLE PRINCESS. Recently, she and I sat down to discuss this exciting, new cabaret event. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Episode 5 of 'PUPPY TALES' - On the Road with THE GRINCH Tour's Andreas WyderSTAGE TUBE: Watch Episode 5 of 'PUPPY TALES' - On the Road with THE GRINCH Tour's Andreas Wyder
by Stage Tube - Nov 28, 2014

UPPY TALES is back! Travel along with Andreas Wyder, currently starring as 'Young Max' in the 2014 National Tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical, and get a backstage peek at life on the GRINCH National Tour in Episode 5 of PUPPY TALES, a backstage video blog. Click below! (more...)

Warner Theatre to Host Annual Holiday Movie Event this WeekendWarner Theatre to Host Annual Holiday Movie Event this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

For the 2nd year, the Warner Theatre will open the holiday season by inviting the community to enjoy two classic holiday films shown on our 50' screen! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of A LITTLE PRINCESS Concert at 54 Below with Andrew Lippa & Abigail Shapiro!BWW TV Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of A LITTLE PRINCESS Concert at 54 Below with Andrew Lippa & Abigail Shapiro!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 24, 2014

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the show with Lippa and Shapiro! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Engeman TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Engeman Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

The John W. Engeman Theater just opened the musical adaptation of the iconic holiday classic - A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL on Thursday, November 20; the show runs through January 4, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICALBWW Reviews: DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL
by Misha Davenport - Nov 24, 2014

While being short on appeal for adults, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas: THE MUSICAL' is a decidedly kid-friendly holiday show is the perfect vehicle to introduce children to the wondrous magic of live musical theater. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The John W. Engeman Theater's A CHRISTMAS STORY OpensPhoto Coverage: The John W. Engeman Theater's A CHRISTMAS STORY Opens
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 23, 2014

?The John W. Engeman Theater has just opened the musical adaptation of the iconic holiday classic - A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL on Thursday, Nov. 20, running through January 4, 2015. Below, BroadwayWorld brings photos of the bows and opening night festivities! (more...)

'DISCORD' Extends Again Through Dec 21 at the Geffen Playhouse'DISCORD' Extends Again Through Dec 21 at the Geffen Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

The Geffen Playhouse production of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, is extending for a third time, now through December 21, 2014. The production, in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, is written by Scott Carter, executive producer and writer for Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect and Real Time. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Episode 4 of 'PUPPY TALES' - On the Road with THE GRINCH Tour's Andreas WyderSTAGE TUBE: Watch Episode 4 of 'PUPPY TALES' - On the Road with THE GRINCH Tour's Andreas Wyder
by Stage Tube - Nov 20, 2014

THE GRINCH 2014 National Tour stars Stefan Karl as The Grinch, Andreas Wyder as Young Max, Bob Lauder as Old Max, and Raleigh Shuck/Aviva Winick as Cindy Lou Who. (more...)

Scoop: Audra McDonald, Marc Kudisch, Carolee Carmello, Will Swenson & More Star in Reading of LaChiusa's RAINScoop: Audra McDonald, Marc Kudisch, Carolee Carmello, Will Swenson & More Star in Reading of LaChiusa's RAIN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

This just in! The Old Globe will hold a developmental reading of the new musical Rain, with book by Sybille Pearson (Baby, Giant), music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Giant, Marie Christine), based on the short story 'Rain' by W. Somerset Maugham, and directed by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. (more...)

Burke Moses Stars as 'THE GRINCH', Opening Tonight at The Old GlobeBurke Moses Stars as 'THE GRINCH', Opening Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

The Old Globe presents its 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The holiday musical will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre,part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, now through December 27. Opening night is tonight, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. (more...)

Abigail Shapiro, Andrew Lippa & More to Bring A LITTLE PRINCESS to 54 Below in DecemberAbigail Shapiro, Andrew Lippa & More to Bring A LITTLE PRINCESS to 54 Below in December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

Andrew Lippa and Brian Crawley's beloved musical, A Little Princess, is coming to 54 Below. The cast will include Abigail Shapiro (current star of Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, "Cindy Lou Who" in How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Sara Crewe, composer Andrew Lippa (Big Fish, The Addams Family, I am Harvey Milk) as Miss Minchin, Emerson Steele (young "Violet" in Violet) as Becky, Alicia Hall Moran (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) as Aljana along with Paige Brady ("Matilda" in Matilda The Musical), Ava Ulloa ("Matilda" in Matilda The Musical), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita), and Emma Howard (Matilda The Musical, Violet). Additional Broadway stars cast in the concert to be announced soon. (more...)

BWW Review: Rita Carrey's AROUND EACH CHRISTMAS TREE AlbumBWW Review: Rita Carrey's AROUND EACH CHRISTMAS TREE Album
by Dennis Kucherawy - Nov 19, 2014

Listening to Rita Carrey's debut CD Around Each Christmas Tree, it's obvious baby brother Jim, one of filmdom's greatest and most successful comic-actors, didn't get all the talent in the family. This is a wonderful, fun-filled celebration of seasonal classics with performances so infectious you are tempted to toss away your holiday stress and just sing along. The star capping this Christmas pine of musical pleasure is Rita's own, original song that gives the CD its title ... Around Each Christmas Tree. It's the rum in your egg nog with a catchy, pop-rock, maybe even country, melody and lovely lyrics celebrating the true meaning of our Yuletide season. (more...)

TNT's THE LIBRARIANS Delivers 7.3 Million ViewersTNT's THE LIBRARIANS Delivers 7.3 Million Viewers
by TV News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

TNT's new series The Librarians scored a huge launch Sunday night, drawing a combined audience of 7.3 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery for its two-hour premiere and encore. (more...)

Hunter Hayes, Aloe Blacc Among TNT's CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON Performance LineupHunter Hayes, Aloe Blacc Among TNT's CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON Performance Lineup
by TV News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

?Global box-office powerhouse Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, star of the upcoming TNTseries Wake Up Call, is set to ring in the holidays as host of TNT's annual music spectacular Christmas in Washington. (more...)

ABC Family's 17th Annual '25 Days of Christmas' Drives Network to #1ABC Family's 17th Annual '25 Days of Christmas' Drives Network to #1
by TV News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Powered by the network's 17th annual ô25 Days of Christmasö programming event, ABC Family ranked as the #1 cable TV network in Prime in Adults 18-34 (more...)

First Book Offers 10 Book Giving Ideas for the HolidaysFirst Book Offers 10 Book Giving Ideas for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ This holiday season, bring the magic of reading to children growing up in low-income communities with 10 book-giving ideas from First Book, the award-winning nonprofit social enterprise: (more...)

Scoop: SHREK THE HALLS on ABC - Tuesday, December 23, 2014Scoop: SHREK THE HALLS on ABC - Tuesday, December 23, 2014
by - Dec 8, 2014

Get all the scoop on SHREK THE HALLS, airing on ABC on Tuesday, December 23, 2014! (more...)

Scoop: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS Animated Classic on ABC - Thursday, December 25, 2014Scoop: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS Animated Classic on ABC - Thursday, December 25, 2014
by TV Scoop - Dec 8, 2014

Get all the scoop on How the Grinch Stole Christmas, airing on ABC on Thursday, December 25, 2014! (more...)

Scoop: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS - Movie on ABC - Thursday, December 25, 2014Scoop: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS - Movie on ABC - Thursday, December 25, 2014
by - Dec 8, 2014

Get all the scoop on How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Movie, airing on ABC on Thursday, December 25, 2014! (more...)

Laura Osnes, Annaleigh Ashford & More Set for 54 Below this WeekLaura Osnes, Annaleigh Ashford & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

oming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top Cabaret Picks for December 8-14 Featuring Daniel Reichard, Abigail Shapiro, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top Cabaret Picks for December 8-14 Featuring Daniel Reichard, Abigail Shapiro, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Dec 7, 2014

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess in Concert, Ewalt & Walker's Holiday Pajamboree, Singing Cyndi Lauper: 54 Just Wants to Have Fun, Daniel Reichard's Decked Out Holiday Party, and The Stephen Schwartz-athon. (more...)

Segerstrom Center Sets Activities for DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, 12/10-14Segerstrom Center Sets Activities for DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, 12/10-14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Audiences attending the Segerstrom Center performances of DR. SEUSS' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! THE MUSICAL from December 10 - 14 might find their hearts growing a few sizes when participating in all the fun and free lobby activities planned starting one hour prior to show time and during intermission. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Thanksgiving Episode of 'PUPPY TALES' - On the Road with THE GRINCH Tour's Andreas WyderSTAGE TUBE: Watch Thanksgiving Episode of 'PUPPY TALES' - On the Road with THE GRINCH Tour's Andreas Wyder
by Stage Tube - Dec 4, 2014

PUPPY TALES is back with a special Thanksgiving episode! Travel along with Andreas Wyder, currently starring as 'Young Max' in the 2014 National Tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical, and get a backstage peek at life on the GRINCH National Tour in Episode 6 of PUPPY TALES, a backstage video blog. Click below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: You're a Bastardization, Mr. GRINCH!BWW Reviews: You're a Bastardization, Mr. GRINCH!
by Jay Irwin - Dec 3, 2014

What in the name of Theodor Geisel were they thinking? Not since that deplorable live action film version have I seen a worse retelling of the classic Dr. Seuss tale as 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical' currently playing at the Paramount. (more...)

PIPPIN's Carly Hughes Will Join Cast of CHICAGO as 'Velma Kelly'PIPPIN's Carly Hughes Will Join Cast of CHICAGO as 'Velma Kelly'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

On Monday, February 2, Carly Hughes, currently appearing as the Leading Player in Broadway's acclaimed revival of Pippin, will step into the iconic role of jazz slayer Velma Kelly in Broadway's Tony Award-winning, record-breaking smash CHICAGO. (more...)

This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 12/22/2014This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 12/22/2014
by - Dec 22, 2014

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 12/22/2014. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 22, 2014BWW's On This Day - December 22, 2014
by - Dec 22, 2014

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 22 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Hal Linden to Lead The Old Globe's THE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN; Cast & Creative Team Announced!Hal Linden to Lead The Old Globe's THE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN; Cast & Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

The Old Globe today announced Tony and Emmy Award winner Hal Linden ('Barney Miller,' The Rothschilds) will star in the West Coast Premiere of The Twenty-seventh Man by award-winning novelist Nathan Englander, directed by Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. The cast also features Ron Orbach, Robert Dorfman, Eli Gelb, James Shanklin, and Lowell Byers. The Twenty-seventh Man will run February 14 through March 15 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run February 14-18. Opening night is Thursday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m. Single tickets go on sale Friday, January 16. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse to Offer Autism-Friendly Performance of ELF, Dec 23Paper Mill Playhouse to Offer Autism-Friendly Performance of ELF, Dec 23
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse is proud to announce a special autism-friendly performance for its critically-acclaimed, holiday musical, Elf. Paper Mill Playhouse will offer this special autism-friendly performance of Elf on Tuesday, December 23, at 1:30pm. This performance is designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. (more...)

Garden of Dreams Foundation's First 'Garden of Dreams Week' Begins TodayGarden of Dreams Foundation's First 'Garden of Dreams Week' Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

For the first time ever, The Garden of Dreams Foundation and The Madison Square Garden Company are coming together to host Garden of Dreams Week. From Dec. 2 - 8, children from across the tri-state area will enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences - including participating in game-night entertainment at Knicks and Rangers games and attending a show in the company of an Oscar-nominated actress. Other activities include the unveiling of a newly remodeled pediatric emergency department, MSG Network fundraisers to benefit Garden of Dreams, and a day of service for employees of The Madison Square Garden Company. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Open HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN, Jan 10Laguna Playhouse to Open HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN, Jan 10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present the Orange County premiere of HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN, written and performed by Hershey Felder and directed by Trevor Hay. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Episode 8 of 'PUPPY TALES' - On the Road with THE GRINCH Tour's Andreas WyderSTAGE TUBE: Watch Episode 8 of 'PUPPY TALES' - On the Road with THE GRINCH Tour's Andreas Wyder
by Stage Tube - Dec 18, 2014

Travel along with Andreas Wyder, currently starring as 'Young Max' in the 2014 National Tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical, and get a backstage peek at life on the GRINCH National Tour in Episode 8 of PUPPY TALES, a backstage video blog. Click below! (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Extends ELF into 2015Paper Mill Playhouse Extends ELF into 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse released a block of great seats today for its holiday musical, Elf, for the week following Christmas. Expanded availability includes performances from December 27, 2014 through January 4, 2015. Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf has a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Elf is directed by Eric Ankrim and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Elf runs eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through January 4, 2015. Elf has been playing to many sold-out houses since November 26. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. (more...)

Chuck Jones Exhibition WHAT'S UP, DOC? Enters Final Weeks at Moving ImageChuck Jones Exhibition WHAT'S UP, DOC? Enters Final Weeks at Moving Image
by Movies News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

During the final month of the popular Smithsonian exhibition What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones -- closing Monday, January 19 -- Museum of the Moving Image will be celebrating animation in its galleries, theaters, and classrooms. In conjunction with the Chuck Jones exhibition, this holiday period, the Museum is presenting daily screenings of classic Chuck Jones cartoons and "Stop Motion Shapes," family animation workshops inspired by the legendary animator. In addition, the Museum will present the contemporary animated features Coraline (in 3-D), Ratatouille, Toy Story 2, The Wind Rises, and others. (more...)

Colorado Native Katy Vaughn Appears in 'THE GRINCH' at the Buell Theatre This MonthColorado Native Katy Vaughn Appears in 'THE GRINCH' at the Buell Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Colorado Native, Katy Vaughn will fulfill a lifelong dream of performing on the stage of Denver's Buell Theatre when the National Tour of Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas-The Musical! concludes its 2014 run December 17 - 28. (more...)

Shakespeare at Notre Dame's 2015 Season to Feature MACBETH, THE WINTER'S TALE & MoreShakespeare at Notre Dame's 2015 Season to Feature MACBETH, THE WINTER'S TALE & More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Shakespeare at Notre Dame announced its 2015 season today. Offering a subscription of plays for the first time in the organization's history, the 16th season will include one tragedy, two comedies, and one romantic fairy tale, all following the theme: 'Love, Loss, and Laughter.' (more...)

Pearl Sun & Bryce Ryness to Lead LONG STORY SHORT at 59E59 TheatersPearl Sun & Bryce Ryness to Lead LONG STORY SHORT at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

59E59 Theaters and Prospect Theater Company announce the cast for the NYC premiere LONG STORY SHORT, adapted from David Schulner's play An Infinite Ache by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda, and directed by Kent Nicholson. (more...)

Laura Osnes, Annaleigh Ashford & More Set for 54 Below this WeekLaura Osnes, Annaleigh Ashford & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Teco's Modernized, Youthful BLACK NATIVITY is a Resounding HitBWW Reviews: Teco's Modernized, Youthful BLACK NATIVITY is a Resounding Hit
by Buster Spiller - Dec 15, 2014

But even this self-professed Grinch has a soft spot so when my favorite children's Christmas tale The Little Drummer Boy comes on, I'm fixed in front of the TV like I was as a young boy and often find myself crying because the message in the story transcends a religious and biblical one; it is a story about the best in humanity. That childlike fascination and sentiment was evoked recently during Teco Theatrical Productions updated and modern version of Langstan Hughes The Black Nativity, produced annually by the company. I have seen many versions of this show, and nearly every one staged by Teco, and I can say with utter confidence this is by far the BEST Nativity I have ever witnessed. It's that good! (more...)

BroadwayWorld's Holiday Roundup 2014- On Stage Edition!BroadwayWorld's Holiday Roundup 2014- On Stage Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 15, 2014

The holiday season is here at last, and in just weeks, the world will be spreading the yuletide cheer by decking the halls, wrapping the gifts and sipping the eggnog. There are plenty of ways to join in the spirit, but for theatre fans, there is even more to celebrate, as our favorite holiday programming and performances will be presented across all platforms this December. Whether you'd like to check out your favorite Christmas musical on stage, tune in for a festive concert on TV, or buy a movie ticket to a big holiday release, Broadway is everywhere this season... and BroadwayWorld has a complete guide of where to find it! This year's guide is brought to you by Fathom Events. Fathom Events is the home of cinematic experiences that offer high-quality, affordable entertainment events broadcast to the big screen. This December, ring in the holidays with an array of iconic performances including world-class ballet, MET Opera, classic films and more! For additional information, visit: http://fathomevents.com. Below, check out our all-inclusive Holiday Roundup for 2014! (more...)

'THE GRINCH' Musical to Steal the Holidays at Buell Theatre, 12/17-28'THE GRINCH' Musical to Steal the Holidays at Buell Theatre, 12/17-28
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway and Big League Productions present the critically acclaimed, record-breaking Broadway musical production DR. SEUSS' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! THE MUSICAL at The Buell Theatre December 17-28 only. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: December 6-12THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: December 6-12
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 12, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include coverage of Laura Osnes and Annaleigh Ashford at 54 Below, opening night of THE ELEPHANT MAN, Sting's return to Broadway in THE LAST SHIP, and more! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Episode 7 of 'PUPPY TALES' - On the Road with THE GRINCH Tour's Andreas WyderSTAGE TUBE: Watch Episode 7 of 'PUPPY TALES' - On the Road with THE GRINCH Tour's Andreas Wyder
by Stage Tube - Dec 12, 2014

Travel along with Andreas Wyder, currently starring as 'Young Max' in the 2014 National Tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical, and get a backstage peek at life on the GRINCH National Tour in Episode 7 of PUPPY TALES, a backstage video blog. Click below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE GRINCH Stage Musical Offers Fun, Kid-Friendly TheatricsBWW Reviews: THE GRINCH Stage Musical Offers Fun, Kid-Friendly Theatrics
by Michael L. Quintos - Dec 12, 2014

I'd have to be, well... a mean ol' Grinch to say anything remotely negative about the new non-equity touring stage production of DR. SEUSS' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! THE MUSICAL, so I'll try my best to keep it to a minimum. Honestly though, it's really not that hard, actually, because---surprise---the show, for the most part, is an honest-to-goodness adorable little musical with lots of kid-friendly comedy and a feel-good holiday message that really softens even the hardest of cynics. And yes, even I myself found my heart growing three sizes during the course of the show's smile-inducing opening night performance at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts (it continues here for a brief run through December 14). Sure, the show isn't exactly the pinnacle of musical theater excellence, nor does it even attempt to be. But what it lacks in roof-raising, show-stopping splendor, it makes up for ten-fold in pure pluck---the kind that kids, especially, will eat right up like candy. (more...)

Dick Van Dyke's MARY POPPINS Jacket and More Up for Auction, 12/18-19 in LADick Van Dyke's MARY POPPINS Jacket and More Up for Auction, 12/18-19 in LA
by Movies News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

?The iconic jacket worn by Dick Van Dyke as "Bert" in one of the most memorable scenes from Walt Disney's timeless children's classic, Mary Poppins is expected to garner $60,000+ at Profiles in History's highly anticipated Animation Auction 66 taking place December 18-19, 2014. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Abigail Shapiro, Emerson Steele & More Sing A LITTLE PRINCESS at 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Abigail Shapiro, Emerson Steele & More Sing A LITTLE PRINCESS at 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 10, 2014

Andrew Lippa and Brian Crawley's beloved musical, A Little Princess, just played 54 Below This special holiday season concert featured Abigail Shapiro (current star of Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, 'Cindy Lou Who' in How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Sara Crewe, composer Andrew Lippa (Big Fish, The Addams Family, I am Harvey Milk) as Miss Minchin, Anthony Warlow ('Daddy Warbucks' in Annie) as Captain Crewe, Emerson Steele (young 'Violet' in Violet) as Becky, Alicia Hall Moran (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) as Aljana, Alexandra Silber (Master Class) as Mother Sara/Victoria/Amelia along with Paige Brady ('Matilda' inMatilda The Musical), Ava Ulloa ('Matilda' in Matilda The Musical), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita), and Emma Howard(Matilda The Musical, Violet). (more...)

Bob Anderson to Star in FRANK THE SINGER THE SONGS at The Palazzo Theatre, Beginning Jan 24Bob Anderson to Star in FRANK THE SINGER THE SONGS at The Palazzo Theatre, Beginning Jan 24
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

FRANK THE SINGER THE SONGS, starring Bob Anderson, comes to The Palazzo Theatre at The Palazzo Las Vegas, beginning January 24, 2015. (more...)

Annaleigh Ashford, Laura Osnes, Laura Benanti and More Come to 54 Below This WinterAnnaleigh Ashford, Laura Osnes, Laura Benanti and More Come to 54 Below This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

This December and January 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Scroll down for details! (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...)

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