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Seizing the Day Takes Its Toll on a Worn Out Jeremy Jordan in New Instagram Post
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

It's not easy being king...of New York, that is. In anticipation of the upcoming cinematic release of Disney's smash Broadway hit, NEWSIES, the cast has gone back into rehearsal. Reprising his Tony-nominated performance as Jack Kelly, original cast member, Jeremy Jordan took to Instagram today to document his hard-earned rehearsal fatigue.   (more...)

BWW Blog: Patti Meadors - Play Auditions
by Guest Blogger: Patti Meadors - Sep 7, 2016

I tried out for my first play in several years. In prior years, I told myself I was too busy to take on another show, and let audition opportunities pass me by. To this day, that is my biggest regret of high school: not auditioning for everything. (more...)

BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Stop Taking Your Craft So Seriously
by Guest Blogger: Christopher Panella - Sep 6, 2016

I take my craft too seriously. Yes, I said it. Every theatre kid takes their craft too seriously. Now, I know how misleading that sounds. It sounds like I'm claiming we should all relax and stop working on our pieces. Trust me, that is NOT WHAT I AM SAYING. What I am saying is something that is built on advice hundreds of people have told me. From vocal coaches to directors to fellow cast members, basically everyone I know has told me that I take my craft too seriously. And I do. But I think we all do. I think we all spend far too much time worrying and questioning rather than doing. Thus, I present new advice for a new school year: stop taking your craft so seriously! (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Love Letters to High School: ACTing Out at GCIT Freshmen Orientation
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Sep 6, 2016

I can think of only one thing that's better than theatre outreach--and that is using said outreach to welcome freshmen.  (more...)

Sutton Foster, Heather Headley & More Will Take Part in Lincoln Center Songbook Series in 2017!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

Lincoln Center's acclaimed American Songbook series returns for its 18th season of celebrating the best in American singing and songwriting. During February and March 2016, established and rising singers and singer-songwriters across a range of genres-Southern soul, bluegrass, folk, R&B, indie rock, pop, musical theater, and more-will take The Appel Room stage for concerts that explore the many iterations of American song. And in spring, American Songbook will return to Alice Tully Hall with two dynamic women whose artistry in two very different arenas demonstrates the expansive reach of American song embodied in the series. (more...)

BWW Interview: Composer Kevin Puts, the Pulitzer Prize and Atlanta Opera's SILENT NIGHT
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 31, 2016

"Art isn't easy," Stephen Sondheim wrote famously in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Some artists, however, make it look simpler than others--like composer Kevin Puts, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for SILENT NIGHT, with Mark Campbell's libretto, for his first try at the notoriously difficult art form. (The Southeast premiere is opening at Atlanta Opera on November 5.) Easy? Well, looks can be deceiving. (more...)

Frontier Productions Announce SPRING and THE LAST DANCE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Frontier Theatre Productions today announce their second production, a world premiere double bill of Susan Hill's Spring and Mitch Hooper's The Last Dance opening at The Theatre Room on 18 October. Harry Burton directs Sally Faulkner, who will be starring in both productions, as The Older Woman in Spring, where she is joined by Portia Van De Bramm who is playing The Girl, and as Suzanne in The Last Dance where she will be joined by David Mallinson who will be playing Peter. (more...)

BWW Recap: LIVE East Coast HEROES REBORN Recap 10/29
by Courtney Henley - Oct 29, 2015

Last week on HEROES REBORN, we watched as the collision of individual worlds continued to grow and escalate: Luke and Malina join forces on their quest to find Tommy (and save the future, of course); Katana Girl and Ren finally make it to the fortress where Katana Girl's father is a captive; Quentin finds his sister, but quickly loses his life; and HRG finds Hiro and heads back in time to #SaveTheCheerleader. (more...)

BWW Interview: Isa Briones of EVITA at Cabrillo Music Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Oct 20, 2016

If you have the opportunity to see Cabrillo Music Theatre's splendid production of Evita this weekend, you will no doubt be drawn to the electrifying performances by its stars, Cassandra Murphy, as Eva Peron, and Marc Ginsburg, as Che (profiled in our October 4 story - http://vconstage.com/marc-baron-ginsburg-talks-about-playing-che-in-cabrillos-new-production-of-evita/ ). But there is another, younger, performer who we predict will be a big star, whether it is on the stage, in films, or on television. Her name is Isa Briones. Isa, who is just 17, is a high school senior who comes out of the ensemble to play the part of Argentinean dictator Juan Peron's unnamed mistress, who gets shooed out of the president's palace by Eva and sings the lament, 'Another Suitcase in Another Hall.' It is one of the most quietly exquisite moments in the entire musical. Prior to playing in Evita, Isa was astonishing in Pico Playhouse's production of Next to Normal, in which she played the part of confused teen Natalie Goodman. We had a chance to visit with Isa, and found out that not only is she no novice in the world of performing, she has a perceptive and mature perspective on performing and working within a character in a musical. VCOS: Isa, when I looked at your website and checked out your credits, I was stunned by all the things you've done and that you are still only seventeen. It helps when your parents are in show business, too, doesn't it? (more...)

BWW Review: The Dream is Impossible with 5th Ave's MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Jay Irwin - Oct 19, 2016

Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh, and Joe Darion's "Man of La Mancha" is a bona fide classic. It's a sweeping epic filled with power, pathos, romance, and tragedy … when it's done right. The show is by no means bulletproof. I've seen incredible productions and I've seen mediocre productions. And after the current production at the 5th Avenue Theatre now I can say I've seen an atrocious production. Not only does it do no honor to the beauty of the original but it also does no honor to basic tenets of good musical theater. And for a musical theater nerd such as myself, that makes for an offensive evening. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SPRING and THE LAST DANCE at Frontier Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Linked by ocean sounds and the figure of a silent female listener, Spring, and The Last Dance, are a potent, poetic pairing. The girl in Susan Hill's Spring considers the life she has already lived, and the life that lies ahead of her. What might she have to look forward to? But although the sea air on a clifftop in Spring gives the feeling of hope, she's far from carefree. (more...)

Old School Square Announces New Holiday Tradition CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

Old School Square, in partnership with the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), will presentCarols by Candlelight, a new, outdoor concert experience that will become a Delray Beach holiday tradition, supporting local children's programs.  (more...)

BWW Recap: Blind Spots and No-Go Zones on THE GOOD WIFE
by Jacqueline Bublitz - Nov 30, 2015

No matter how many episodes THE GOOD WIFE devotes to technology, there's always one more thing for me to think about. Tonight, 'Discovery' spends the hour addressing technology as both a reflector, and cultivator, of racism. Essentially - if what we are shown online is primarily a reflection of how we see ourselves, how responsible is technology for making us aware of our blind spots? (more...)

Wonderlic Initiative Helps Graduates from Allied Health Programs...
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for November 25th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 25, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Plaid Tidings,' the Q Brothers and 'Die Hard' bring us holiday shows, and shows come and go at Lyric Opera and the Royal George. 'The Wiz' comes to TV and to a Bailiwick benefit, and 'The Lion King' and 'Pinocchio' promise family-friendly fare. And buy 'Season Of Carols 3!' (more...)

BWW Recap: LIVE East Coast HEROES REBORN Recap 11/19
by Courtney Henley - Nov 19, 2015

Tis the season for letting your true colors show on HEROES REBORN! Joanne becoes a kidnapper and a murderer (rest in peace, Caspar - althoug I'm sure you're still alive in some other timeline); Dearing aids a fugitive (albeit, one on the right side of justice); and Quentin abducts Tommy and takes him to who knows where. Poor Emily is caught up in the middle of all of this, probably scared and very, very confused. (more...)

BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at Broad Brook Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - Nov 14, 2016

A beautiful transformation takes place on stage at the Broad Brook Opera House in the Opera House Players' solid, beautifully presented production of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical, MY FAIR LADY. A classic such as this one requires love and care to ensure that audiences experience all the things they might expect (classic songs, familiar characters and settings) but in a way that feels fresh, new, and exciting. And in this production, the Opera House Players have done just that. (more...)

BWW Discussion: BWW Orlando Editors Discuss Beautiful CINDERELLA at Dr. Phillips Center
by Matt Tamanini - Nov 12, 2015

On Tuesday night, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA opened a week-long run at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Running through Sunday, I was fortunate enough to attend the tour stop's opening night, as was fellow BWW Orlando editor Kimberly Moy. As we did when we discussed THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, first show of the 2014-2015 Orlando Broadway Series, we had a back-and-forth conversation about CINDERELLA. While I tend to look at things from a more historical and critical point of view, Kim is an admitted fan girl. (more...)

BWW Blog: The Spunky Ballerina - 7 Tips for Having a Happy, Healthy Flight
by Emily Ramirez - Nov 1, 2016

7 tips to help you stay healthy and radiant on your next plane ride. (more...)

BWW Interviews: BETTY BUCKLEY
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - May 5, 2016

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THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- HADESTOWN's Lulu Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

In this week's edition, we caught up with Lulu Fall, who stars as 'a Fate' in HADESTOWN, playing at New York Theatre Workshop. (more...)

BWW Review: Chemistry Galore from Yoncheva and Fabiano in Met's TRAVIATA
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 6, 2017

Don't ever underestimate the importance of chemistry when it comes to pulling off an opera performance--and there was animal magnetism galore in the Met's revival of its Willy Decker production of Verdi's LA TRAVIATA. From the moment tenor Michael Fabiano came on stage, at Friday's performance of LA TRAVIATA at the Met, everyone perked up--even the evening's Violetta, Sonya Yoncheva, who had already been giving a strong performance as Verdi's “Lost One,” suddenly seemed to have a gleam in her eye that wasn't present before. (more...)

BWW Review: Coyote Stageworks' Production of ART, at the Annenberg Theater, is Superbly Acted and Directed and Loaded with Dark Humor
by Audrey Liebross - Mar 28, 2016

In Coyote Stageworks' superb production of ART, a plain white painting that contains a bit of texture, and possibly, a few almost invisible tints, serves as the catalyst for three middle-aged men to examine their friendship.The expressions of emotion, whether through the writer's words or through the actors' inflections, body-language, physical altercations, and yelling back and forth, are so natural that I Forgot that these gentlemen were acting. They are so convincing that it is almost painful in spots to watch them attempt to destroy each other. (more...)

BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Nobody Can Drag Me Down, Unapologetically Me
by Guest Blogger: Christopher Panella - Jun 2, 2016

The theatre world is full of people who would love to see you fail, people who want to watch you crash and burn. You constantly have to deal with foul personalities that refuse to see the progress and good in you. The world of theatre is just like the real world in that many of its inhabitants are negative in every meaning of the word, but that doesn't mean you have to be.  (more...)

BWW Review: Local Theatres Prepare the Next Generation
by Taryn Oesch - Jul 27, 2016

The summer teen theatre programs at Raleigh Little Theatre and PlayMakers Repertory Company prepare the next generation of theatre professionals while producing outstanding performances of 'Bay Boy' and 'Violet.' (more...)

CareerBuilder Survey Reveals This Year's Most Outrageous Employee Excuses for Being Late
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

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UNC Chapel Hill Students And Faculty Excited About PeopleMobile' From GreyHeller
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

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BWW Recap: Join Us for our HEROES REBORN Finale Live Recap! 1/21 8/7c
by Courtney Henley - Jan 21, 2016

It's the final countdown!! Tonight's the night, ladies and gents: the ultimate EVO showdown. It's make or break for brother/sister duo Tommy and Malina. They either save the world, or they fail miserably and send everyone into oblivion. No pressure, though. None at all. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - What Makes a Good Show?
by Guest Blogger: Jessica Vanek - Jan 18, 2017

Jess here.  2017 is upon us, and keeping with tradition, I have made a resolution.  No, it's not your typical "eat healthier" or "get a gym membership" kind of resolution, its one involving creativity.  You see, I attend a performing arts high school in Las Vegas and I can safely say that the art of musical theatre is my passion.  I've decided to write a one act musical this year, a feat which I know is incredibly daunting, but I am always up for a challenge.  I already have my plotline figured out, and I'm really happy with what I have, but now I just need to write it.  The problem is, I don't know where to start.  When looking at iconic musicals, I find it impossible to make a distinct connection between them all. This begs the question, what makes a good show?  This can be interpreted many ways; from a technical standpoint, to the content, to the actors portraying the characters.  The whole idea of "a good show" baffles me, because no one shares the same opinion when defining what is good vs. what is bad.   (more...)

BWW Interview: Salisha Thomas of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - Jan 16, 2017

When BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL opens on January 17 at Hartford's Bushnell Theatre, audiences will discover that though they may think they know the songs of Carole King, there is such a rich story behind those familiar lyrics and catchy melodies. BEAUTIFUL tells the true story of King's rise to stardom and illustrates how she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Taking the stage in BEAUTIFUL playing Shirley, the lead singer of the Shirelles is Salisha Thomas who I had the pleasure of speaking with and learning about her experience with this remarkable show about a remarkable woman. (more...)

BWW Review: LA LA LAND
by Gary Naylor - Jan 13, 2017

Gary Naylor sees La La Land, a film that hits you as hard in the heart as it does in the head. He doubts if he'll see a better movie in 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by Kathryn Kitt - Feb 9, 2016

Always...Patsy Cline made its debut at Westchester Broadway Theatre last week and will play until February 28th.  This jukebox type of musical tells the story of Patsy Cline's poignant relationship in the early stages of her career with a devoted fan by the name of Louise Seger. (more...)

Stars of BRIGHT STAR, WICKED and More Take Part in New Play Reading Podcast 'AT THE TABLE'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

At The Table: A Play Reading Series has released its three February episodes. Episodes 4 and 5 are now available and feature the full-length play Troop 54 by Justin Colombo (Kinky Boots National Tour, Rock of Ages National Tour). Episode 6 is an interview with the playwright, lead by co-hosts Rachel Flynn (Heathers: The Musical) and Ned Donovan (The Hunted: Encore). The episodes are edited, and feature original scoring by Marcus Thorne Bagala (This American Life). (more...)

BWW Recap: SUPERGIRL and a Mysterious Hot Man Almost Become 'Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk'
by Nicole Ackman - Feb 21, 2017

Kara, I know that you're used to hot men throwing themselves at you, but you have to be careful. In this week's Valentine's Day themed episode, a mysterious man tries to seduce Kara, Winn makes a new alien lady friend, and Maggie and Alex have a misunderstanding. I thought that this was one of the best uses of a guest star I've ever seen on a show and one of the best episodes of Supergirl all season. (more...)

Jim Gaffigan, Carl Reiner Lend Voices to Animated Film DUCK DUCK GOOSE
by TV News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Original Force Animation continues to add cast and filmmaking talent to its first animated feature DUCK DUCK GOOSE. Joining the impressive list of vocal talent, actor/writer Jim Gaffigan has been cast in one of the film's leading roles and will voice the rebellious but lovable goose Peng. Legendary director/writer/actor Carl Reiner will voice Larry, a venerable, wise and loyal friend who happens to be a turtle. (more...)

Jim Gaffigan and Carl Reiner Join Original Force Animation's 2017 Family Comedy 'Duck Duck Goose'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

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BWW Interview: Janelle Lutz of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at The Firehouse Theatre
by Kyle Christopher West - Feb 18, 2016

This week, I sat down with Janelle Lutz backstage at The Firehouse Theatre, moments before she took the stage for her second (and final) dress rehearsal for THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, which runs February 18th through March 6th. Lutz (pronounced 'loots,' although she doesn't correct those that rhyme her name with klutz) shared her affection for Julie Andrews' portrayal of the role in the 1967 movie, and admitted some intimidation in following in Sutton Foster's Broadway shoes. As we talked about her exciting stage opportunities around DFW, I couldn't help but observe how one of DFW's largest stage personalities is also one of the most sincere, humble performers I've had the chance to speak with. Upon the end of our conversation, when I gave Ms. Lutz the opportunity to add anything I may have overlooked, she thought for a moment and responded: 'I'd just like to say thank you to the Dallas theatre community. This is my family; they've taken huge chances on me.' (more...)

BWW Interview: Christina Bianco of DIVA MOMENTS at The Alex Theatre
by Victoria Beal - Feb 13, 2017

BWW caught up with acclaimed YouTube sensation, Christina Bianco as she prepares to perform her hit solo show DIVA MOMENTS at The Alex Theatre St Kilda and The Hayes Theatre in Sydney. It couldn't be harder to put into words an interview with the effervescent star as she launches into her famous impressions left right and centre but here's what she had to say: (more...)

BWW Interview: Anika Larsen Talks Being a New Mom on Broadway
by David Clarke - Dec 16, 2015

Anika Larsen, who originated the role of Cynthia Weil in the smash hit Broadway musical BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, has returned to the Broadway following her maternity leave. Recently, I went back stage at BEAUTIFUL and chatted with the celebrated actress in her dressing room. We talked about what it's like being a Broadway actress and a new mom, the upcoming holidays, and more. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): JOHN AND JEN's Lynch and Scott
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 28, 2017

Street Theatre Company continues its 2017 season with its production of Andrew Lippa's John and Jen - the sentimental and evocative tale of two siblings - starring Ryan Lynch and Jordan Scott in the eponymous roles, under the direction of Brett Myers. (more...)

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL: What's This Week's Gossip?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 26, 2016

At long last, Music City Confidential is back to help you get caught back on the talk of the town - all the news that's fit to print about the Nashville theater community - and to immerse you in the minutiae of life in Theater City (a term we've been trying to copyright since we were in junior high with Thespis, Aristophanes and Martha Wilkinson). (more...)

BWW Interview: Linda Klein and Barbara Gehring Talk THE SECRET COMEDY OF WOMEN: GIRLS ONLY
by Linda Ann Watt - Apr 24, 2017

Women love this show! (more...)

BWW Interview: Louise Dearman On Gershwin And GUYS AND DOLLS Tour!
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 21, 2016

We talk to one of the West End's favourite leading ladies about her work with the John Wilson Orchestra, their new album of Gershwin repertoire, the UK tour of Guys and Dolls - and all the concerts she has lined up! (more...)

BWW Blog: Tara Folio - The Fear of Striking Out
by Guest Blogger: Tara Folio - Apr 21, 2016

Perfection: Something that everyone desperately craves, but no one can ever actually attain. Why is society so obsessed with striving for such an unreachable goal? (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 4/1; 4000 MILES in St. Petersburg, LONDON CALLING in San Antonio and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 1, 2016

No joke!  This week, we go around  our Broadway World to feature the top 10 stories in St. Petersburg, Austin, Los Angles and more.  Included in the list are 400 MILES in St. Petersburg, LONDON CALLING in Austin, and TICK, TICK... BOOM! in Los Angeles, just to name a few.   (more...)

Seattle Rep Installs Induction Hearing Loops
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

With great excitement, Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced the installation of induction hearing loops in both its Bagley Wright and Leo K. Theatres, as well as throughout the theatre's lobby, significantly enhancing the listening experience for theatre patrons with hearing loss. Induction loop technology is prevalent in theatres and opera houses throughout the UK and Scandinavia, but widespread use in the United States has only started in recent years. To date, Seattle Rep is one of only three institutions in the greater Seattle area to install this high performance, user-friendly assistive listening system for those who are hard of hearing. (more...)

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