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BWW Review: GOODNIGHT MOON Won't Put You To Sleep
by Christine Swerczek - Sep 6, 2016

Let's say you are a six year old and you have trouble falling asleep. Let's say your imagination runs away with you. Let's say animals can talk, crawl out of paintings on the wall, and sing and dance. These are the components for The Rose Theater's current production, GOODNIGHT MOON, the tale of a young boy (actually, he may be a bunny) who goes on an hour-long romp through the world of make-believe. (more...)

BWW Review: WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Almost Tugs the Heart Strings
by Katherine Waddell - Sep 29, 2016

Why Do Fools Fall In Love had a short run this past weekend and was produced by Pickapart Theatre in association with The Acting Ensemble. The musical, created and written by Roger Bean, tells the story of Millie and friends at an impromptu bachelorette party where they sing their way through 1960's songs trying to understand love and all its struggles. This version was directed by Dave Kempher and had the main actresses double as part of the production team. (more...)

Review Roundup: OLD TIMES Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Oct 6, 2015

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Harold Pinter's Old Times, directed by Douglas Hodge, starring Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly, and featuring original music by Radiohead's Thom Yorke, as part of Roundabout's 50th anniversary season. OLD TIMES opens officially tonight, October 6, 2015 and runs through Sunday, November 29, 2015, on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Jaci Davis Returns to Arthur Newman Theater 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Back by popular audience demand, local singer, Jaci Davis returns for her third appearance at the Arthur Newman Theater at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2 PM in "Can't Help Singing". The show features Standards by composer Jerome Kern and marks the final show of the 7th season for the Sundays In Summer Cabaret Series produced by Les Michaels. Jaci Davis will be backed by a live trio made up of Derrik Lewis on piano, Bill Siatta on bass, and Doug MacDonald on acoustic guitar. Tickets are $11 cash only and sold only at the door, which opens at 1 PM with open seating at 1:30 PM. (more...)

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2016

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. (MCCE) is proud to announce its 13th Season, Revolution #13, launching today, October 15th with Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) at the Staten Island Museum. (more...)

Rosanne Hopkins to Debut New Cabaret Show in Palm Desert, 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

Desert performer, Rosanne Hopkins' new cabaret show, "Formerly Fabulous" makes it's debut at the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 2 PM. Joining her on piano will be another local, pianist Joel Baker. The show marks the 6th season finale of the popular Sundays In Summer Cabaret Series presented by Les Michaels. Tickets for this show are $11 cash at the door. (more...)

Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins & Sy Smith to Join The New York Pops for 'Sophisticated Ladies' Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

On November 13, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 33rd season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Sophisticated Ladies, featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith. The concert commemorates the centennial year of the birth of Billie Holiday and also celebrates other groundbreaking icons of American popular song, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughan to Dinah Washington. (more...)

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. (MCCE) is proud to announce its 13th Season, Revolution #13, launching on Saturday, October 15th with Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) at the Staten Island Museum. (more...)

Custom Made Theatre Co. Stages Gina Gionfriddo's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Not since Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize winning The Heidi Chronicles has a play taken on the complexities of the women's liberation movement with such intimacy and acerbic wit.  Custom Made Theatre Company presents Pulitzer Prize finalist Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, November 17 - December 17 at Custom Made's theater at 533 Sutter Street in San Francisco.  Leah Abrams (Sam and Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant) directs. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Presents HIGHMARK HOLIDAY POPS, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the music of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's annual Highmark Holiday Pops December 9 through 11 and December 17 and 18 at Heinz Hall. (more...)

Top 40 Obscure Musicals of All Time- BWW Readers Weigh In!
by Sally Henry - Nov 25, 2015

For our most recent BroadwayWorld Reader Question, we asked everyone to name their favorite forgotten or obscure musicals, because I think we all need an avenue through which to express our true love for our favorite musical- and find the others out there who share our obsession. (more...)

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Presents a Memorial Concert for MCCE Founding Board Member Marilyn Keshecki
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. (MCCE) presents a Memorial Concert in honor of Marilyn Keshecki, MCCE Founding Board Member and beloved longtime supporter, on Sunday, November 20th at Christ Episcopal Church at 1pm. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith Lead NY Pops' SOPHISTICATED LADIES at Carnegie Hall
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 14, 2015

Last night, November 13, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 33rd season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with SOPHISTICATED LADIES, featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Backstage with Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith at Carnegie Hall
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 14, 2015

Last night, November 13, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 33rd season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with SOPHISTICATED LADIES, featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith. Check out some backstage shots from the performance below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside SOPHISTICATED LADIES After-Party with Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, Sy Smith, and More
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 14, 2015

Last night, November 13, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 33rd season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with SOPHISTICATED LADIES, featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith. Go inside the after-party with us through the photos below! (more...)

Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins & Sy Smith Join New York Pops for 'Sophisticated Ladies' Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

Tonight, November 13, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 33rd season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with SOPHISTICATED LADIES, featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith. (more...)

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Comes To Out of Box Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 30, 2016

Can any woman really 'have it all?' Gina Gionfriddo's comedy RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN features two women, Cathy and Gwen, who took different paths after college and are asking the same question. While Cathy (Shakespeare Tavern's Laura Cole) built a career as a 'rock star academic,' Gwen (Jill Hames Graham) built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, when Cathy returns home, Cathy and Gwen realize the depth of their unfulfillments and so begin a risky game of Musical Chairs as each tries to claim the other's territory. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Usually Marvelous LAUREN FOX Missteps With New Show Chronicling Groupies Who Bedded and/or Inspired Rock Legends
by Alix Cohen - May 21, 2015

With her new show at the Metropolitan Room that opened last night—Groupies: The Muses Behind the Legends of Rock & Roll--the usually smart and meticulous Lauren Fox (as evidenced by her shows that celebrated the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen and later the Pop/Rock that emerged from Laurel Canyon in the 1960s) has here chosen questionable territory--the celebration of women who serially slept their way through the music business or, as Fox more poetically says, “Made it their life's mission to meet the beautiful boys who made the music that moved them.” Hook-ups are exemplified by often unappealing numbers (too much monotone) and bridged with quotes by groupies whose role as “muses” or sources of creative inspiration seems a stretch. (more...)

BWW Review: A Family in Comedic Turmoil Rules the Roost in TABLE MANNERS
by Shari Barrett - May 16, 2016

Sometimes last minute changes of director can raise a struggling play into a masterful team effort showing the brilliant humor meant to be mined from an award-winning script. Such was the case for co-director/actor David Graham when two previous directors had to step aside and he was asked to take over directing TABLE MANNERS at Little Fish two days before the first rehearsal. Along with his co-director Stephanie Coltrin, the perfect casting in all the roles and the skill of knowing just how far to take the characters in this comedy of family manners gone bad makes for two hours of close-up fun for every member of the audience. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 14, 2016
by - May 14, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 14 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Hedda Lettuce Coming to Milford Center for the Arts, 4/2
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Milford Arts Council, in association with Pantochino Productions Inc. announce the next show of their Nite Spot Nights series of cabaret entertainment, Hedda Lettuce, 'Big Queen Small Throne', Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8 pm at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford, CT. (more...)

Dreamcatcher to Present RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at Oakes Center in Summit, is producing the New Jersey premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's "Rapture, Blister, Burn." This smart new comedy, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, recently played Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. "Rapture, Blister, Burn" plays April 16 through May 3, 2015, with talkbacks following the April 19 and April 26 matinees. (more...)

Amas Musical Theatre Honors Tony Winner Priscilla Lopez at Gala Benefit Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre, New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, celebrates its 47th Anniversary at a gala benefit tonight, Monday, March 28th, 2016 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center(East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). Honorary Chair for the event is Tony Award winning actress, singer and dancer Donna McKechnie.  The master of ceremonies for the evening is noted theatre journalist Peter Filichia. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE SUICIDE CLUB Is A Cliffhanger
by Herbert Paine - Mar 23, 2015

Jeffrey Hatcher's Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club is now on stage at Desert Foothills Theatre. Directed by Amy Serafin, the fun of the play is in the twists and turns that engage and captivate the audience until the true culprit is unmasked and the conceit that has driven the crime is revealed. (more...)

BWW Interview: A Women's History Month Special with Director & Choreographer Susan Stroman!
by Adrienne Onofri - Mar 16, 2016

She's won multiple Tonys for big, splashy, toe-tapping musicals, but Stro's current project is a nonmusical family dramedy off-Broadway. (more...)

San Diego REP Announces Cast of RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents "Rapture, Blister, Burn," the 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist hit comedy from "House of Cards" writer Gina Gionfriddo, for its sixth and final show of the 40th anniversary season. REP Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse directs this play that the New York Times calls "intensely smart and immensely funny," and has been called "a smart, funny, and lightning-paced look at feminism" by New York Daily News. The show's run begins on Thursday, April 21, 2016 and plays through Sunday, May 15, 2016 with an opening night on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum Space Theatre at San Diego REP in Horton Plaza. (more...)

CVRep to Welcome Back Scott Dreier in DORIS AND ME, 6/19-21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre (CVRep) is once again proud to present award winning performer Scott Dreier in Doris and Me as the first of its Summer Cabaret Series. (more...)

Capathia Jenkins Set for Trent Armand Kendall's Broadway Download on 6/29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2016

Capathia Jenkins is a Brooklyn-born actress who most recently starred as 'Medda' in the hit Disney production of Newsies' on Broadway. She made her debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of 'Turn Back, O Man'. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of 'The Washing Machine' in Caroline, Or Change and 'Frieda May' in Martin Short-Fame becomes me where she sang 'Stop the Show' and brought the house down every night. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jessica Gould - SEUSSICAL Part 1
by Guest Blogger: Jessica Gould - Jun 2, 2016

Rehearsals for Worthington Community Theatre's production of Seussical started two weeks ago. I was cast as one of the three bird girls, which are a trio of performers similar to a girl group from the 60s and act as the narrator in addition to the Cat in the Hat. I was so excited because the role involved a lot of dancing and harmonies, and I couldn't wait to meet my new cast members! (more...)

CVRep Welcomes Back Scott Dreier in DORIS AND ME This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre (CVRep) is once again proud to present award winning performer Scott Dreier in Doris and Me as the first of its Summer Cabaret Series. (more...)

'Machinal's Morgan Spector to Star in USA Network Drama Pilot PARADISE PICTURES
by TV News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Morgan Spector (“Boardwalk Empire”) has signed on to star in the USA Network pilot, PARADISE PICTURES.  (more...)

Kicking Off A Summer Of Music Discovery In Southern California
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

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Wayne Abravanel Set for MY LIFE ON BROADWAY at Arthur Newman Theatre, 6/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

Wayne Abravanel will bring is acclaimed one-man cabaret concert, "My Life On Broadway" to the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 2 PM. Tickets are $11 cash only, and it is presented by Les Michael's Sundays In Summer Cabaret Series. (more...)

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Opens in August at Little Fish Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

? Little Fish Theatre is excited to present 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for drama, Rapture, Blister, Burn, as its seventh production of 2016.  Authored by playwright and television writer Gina Gionfriddo, this intensely smart comedy tackles two sides of the feminist puzzle - Career vs. Marriage - while weaving in heady, controversial ideas about gender politics, internet porn, reality TV, and choices made in an ever-changing world. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - The Rules of Inflation
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 18, 2016

We talk to Balloons Theatre about 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show The Rules of Inflation. (more...)

Capathia Jenkins and More Set for I'M EVERY WOMAN with the Cincinnati Pops This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2016

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of Pops Conductor John Morris Russell presents two concerts this weekend, January 9-10, at Cincinnati Music Hall, dubbed I'M EVERY WOMAN, starring three powerhouse vocalists. (more...)

Capathia Jenkins and More Set for I'M EVERY WOMAN with the Cincinnati Pops This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of Pops Conductor John Morris Russell presents two concerts January 9-10 at Cincinnati Music Hall, dubbed I'M EVERY WOMAN, starring three powerhouse vocalists. (more...)

PFP Sets GREAT GAY PLAY AND MUSICAL Contest Semi-Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

?A slate of 11 vibrant and kinetic new LGBTQ+ plays and musicals have emerged as Semi-Finalists in Pride Films and Plays' 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. They come from writers across the United States, and were selected by a reading team from across the country doing blind readings of the manuscripts. (more...)

Grammy Winner Common and Stage Star Capathia Jenkins to Join the CSO This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announces that acclaimed hip-hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet Common will be performing at its annual Classical Roots concert at Music Hall on Friday, April 29. (more...)

Amas Musical Theatre to Honor Tony Winner Priscilla Lopez at Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre, New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, will celebrate its 47th Anniversary at a gala benefit on Monday, March 28th, 2016 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). Honorary Chair for the event is Tony Award winning actress, singer and dancer Donna McKechnie. (more...)

VIDEO: Ryan Reynolds & Katie Holmes Compete in 'Musical Beers' on TONIGHT SHOW
by TV News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, guests Ryan Reynolds and Katie Holmes competed in a Musical Beers, an adult twist on Musical Chairs. (more...)

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES Finds Full Broadway Company for Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Full casting has been announced for the Donmar Warehouse production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, starring Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. (more...)

5th Wall Theatre Announces 2016 – 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

5th Wall Theatre, the award-winning professional theatre dedicated to breaking through boundaries, will open its third season this fall with a comedic examination of gender politics. "Rapture, Blister, Burn," by Gina Gionfriddo, which was hailed as "one of the top 10 plays of 2012," kicks off a three-show subscription season in September. (more...)

VIDEO: Aaron Paul, Florida Georgia Line & Tig Notaro Play Musical Chairs on TONIGHT
by TV News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, guests Aaron Paul, Florida Georgia Line and Tig Notaro competed in a tense game that put an adult twist on Musical Chairs. (more...)

VIDEO: Sesame Street Parodies HBO's GAME OF THRONES
by - Apr 6, 2015

SESAME STREET's "Game of Chairs" will determine who will be king or queen of Jesteros. Four players will march around three chairs while music plays until one remains. (more...)

Grammy Winner Common and Stage Star Capathia Jenkins to Join the CSO This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announces that acclaimed hip-hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet Common will be performing at its annual Classical Roots concert at Music Hall today, April 29. (more...)

San Diego Repertory Theatre's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents 'Rapture, Blister, Burn,' the 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist hit comedy from 'House of Cards' writer Gina Gionfriddo, for its sixth and final show of the 40th anniversary season. REP Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse directs this play that the New York Times calls 'intensely smart and immensely funny,' and has been called 'a smart, funny, and lightning-paced look at feminism' by New York Daily News. The show's run began on Thursday, April 21, 2016 and plays through Sunday, May 15, 2016 with an opening night tonight, April 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum Space Theatre at San Diego REP in Horton Plaza. (more...)

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents "Rapture, Blister, Burn," the 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist hit comedy from "House of Cards" writer Gina Gionfriddo, for its sixth and final show of the 40th anniversary season. REP Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse directs this play that the New York Times calls "intensely smart and immensely funny," and has been called "a smart, funny, and lightning-paced look at feminism" by New York Daily News. The show's run begins today, April 21, 2016 and plays through Sunday, May 15, 2016 with an opening night on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum Space Theatre at San Diego REP in Horton Plaza. (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2016

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents "Rapture, Blister, Burn," the 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist hit comedy from "House of Cards" writer Gina Gionfriddo, for its sixth and final show of the 40th anniversary season. REP Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse directs this play that the New York Times calls "intensely smart and immensely funny," and has been called "a smart, funny, and lightning-paced look at feminism" by New York Daily News. The show's run begins on Thursday, April 21, 2016 and plays through Sunday, May 15, 2016 with an opening night on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum Space Theatre at San Diego REP in Horton Plaza. (more...)

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