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The Temperance Movement to Release Second Album in July
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Some music is too powerful to ignore. For proof, please meet WHITE BEAR, the raucous new rock 'n roll animal from THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT (vocalist Phil Campbell, bassist Nick Fyffe, guitarists Paul Sayer and Matt White, drummer Damon Wilson). The band's second album, WHITE BEAR is set for release July 15th, 2016 via Fantasy Records. The album pre-order and instant grat download of the title track will be available beginning Friday, May 6th. A stream of the song, “White Bear,” can be heard now on NewNoiseMagazine.com. (more...)

BWW Review: You'll Want All of Richard Linklater's EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!
by Katricia Lang - May 5, 2016

With Richard Linklater's 1980-set sports comedy EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! you'll leave the theater, like you left high school, college, or primary school, wondering whatever happened to those guys you knew - truly knew- in school. (more...)

BWW Interview: Dantanio of MICHAEL JACKSON HISTORY TRIBUTE TOUR
by Brodie Paparella - May 24, 2016

The King of Pop, upon whose head the crown was heavy. A star from the age of five, using that remarkable voice to catapult his entire family into global fame and of course massive personal tumult. Amidst a reportedly abusive childhood, accusations of child sexual assault, a transformation of appearance unlike any seen before that time, and the controversial circumstances surrounding his death, it is the connection with his music that has lasted for audiences the world over. A new tribute show promises to reign as Jackson himself did, fronted by Dantanio, a man called the 'most loved' impersonation act. I was fortunate enough to communicate with Dantanio about the upcoming HIStory tour, arriving in the coming weeks to Australia and New Zealand. (more...)

BWW Review: New York Theatre Ballet Presents CHILDREN'S DANCE ON A SHOESTRING
by Holly Kerr - May 20, 2016

One of New York City's cultural treasures, the New York Theatre Ballet, presented Children's Dance on a Shoestring on May 6th and May 7th, 2016, at New York Theatre Ballet's intimate E. 10th street studio inside St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery. This was a delightful weekend of student dancers and their original choreography. (more...)

BWW Review: Towne Centre Theatre's PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 2, 2016

Will Miranne and Daniel Morgan give top-notch performances, playing Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in soon-to-be Lipscomb University theater grad Jonah Jackson's production of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, now onstage at Brentwood's Towne Centre Theatre through May 7. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Announced for Jonathan Tolins' THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN at Bay Street
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the full cast and creative team of the World Premiere of THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN, A New Play by Jonathan Tolins, directed by Noah Himmelstein. The production will run May 31-June 19. (more...)

Out Now: Justin Paul Presents The Model 'Wrong Number' (Underground Sol)
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

As the summer festival season kicks into high gear, the time is ripe for a return to the soulful basics of electronic dance music with songs grounded in the human element. Justin Paul presents The Model's “Wrong Number” is just that kind of release. (more...)

BWW Review: Thoroughly Modern LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE Dazzles First Stage Audiences
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - May 17, 2016

Twenty years and 21st century technology bring Kevin Henkes' beloved picture book, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse to First Stage this May and June to send their audiences into summer on a brilliant high. In a production combining three Henkes' stories, including 'Chester's Way' and 'Julius, Baby of the World,' Kevin Kling's theatrical adaptation of Henkes' tiny mice tales delightfully portray Lilly, 'Queen of the World.' Stories where Lilly discovers friendship and family carry her through those times when as Henkes wrote: 'Today was difficult, tomorrow will be better.' (more...)

BWW Review: NYCB'S ALL ROBBINS Proves that Everything is Beautiful at the Ballet
by Christina Pandolfi - May 16, 2016

A different kind of energy crackled throughout the David H. Koch Theater on the evening of May 13, 2016, vibrant and self-aware, with a knowing sense of the dynamic dancing that lay ahead. As I settled into my seat, preparing to bask in the evening's ode to Jerome Robbins, a British accent behind me said, clearly and plainly, 'I've never been to the ballet...I'm so excited.' I smiled to myself; thankful for all of the ballets I had seen before, and with a keen certainty that after tonight, this gentleman was certainly going to be returning. (more...)

BWW Review: Desert Rose's World Premiere Musical JUNK is Sweet, Funny, and Highly Enjoyable
by Audrey Liebross - May 13, 2016

Desert Rose Playhouse, the Coachella Valley's main LGBT-friendly theatre, is currently presenting the world premiere of JUNK, a sweet, funny musical, written and composed by Michael Penny. The talented actors perform their roles with Panache, and the company's behind-the-scenes designers help give Mr. Penny's clever material a top-notch introduction to audiences. (more...)

BWW Review: CAMELOT Raises the Bar at Downriver Actors Guild
by Anton Anderssen - May 12, 2016

Now on stage at Downriver Actors Guild in Wyandotte is the exuberant musical Camelot. Filled with spectacular color, easy to love tunes, graceful and festive costumes, Camelot has a forbidden love story iconic of the Middle Ages. (more...)

Michael Arden-Helmed 'MERRILY', BACHARACH REIMAGINED, Stephen Schwartz and More Slated for The Wallis in 2016-17
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Over 300 performances of more than 50 different programs of theater, dance and music featuring local and world-renowned talent are on tap for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' 2016/17 season, among them a production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, helmed by SPRING AWAKENING director Michael Arden. (more...)

BWW Review: Jazz Legends DUKE ELLINGTON and ELLA FITZGERALD Are Celebrated By Performing TRIPLE THREATS In Classy Style at the Friars Club
by Victoria Ordin - May 10, 2016

The spirit of jazz legends Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald (with a little Tito Puente) was palpable in the Milton Berle room at New York's Friars Club on April 25 for the second-annual production of Triple Threats. Broadway veterans (including Duke's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington, who also co-produced the show) joined some of America's most accomplished jazz musicians to celebrate the April birthdays of the music greats and to honor those performers who sing, dance, and act at the highest levels. (more...)

The Puppini Sisters to Play Second Bay Area Cabaret Show
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

In addition, at 2 pm on Saturday, April 16 at the Fairmont's Laurel Court Restaurant, Bay Area Cabaret will host a High Tea/High Fashion event celebrating the Panache and style that defines The Puppini Sisters. Vintage attire is encouraged for this event, which will provide an opportunity to welcome the singers to town, hear them sing an a cappella number and see an array of fashions by local vintage fashion enthusiasts.  Reservations for the afternoon tea - $75 ($40 tax deductible) may be made at www.bayareacabaret.org. (more...)

BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH COLE PORTER at Musical Theater Heritage
by Alan Portner - Mar 9, 2016

Enjoyable show with fine singers (more...)

Carole Demas, Kristoffer Lowe & More to Close Out Cabaret Series at Irvington Town Hall Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

 Irvington Town Hall Theater in association with NiCori Studios and Productions announces the finale Cabaret on the Hudson for the 2015/2016 season on Sunday, April 10 at 3pm. Cabaret on the Hudson is a series that features outstanding cabaret performers, each bringing a 25 minute sampling of their New York City cabaret shows to Westchester, NY. Many of the performers are Broadway veterans and have performed in New York City venues such as 54 BELOW, the Oak Room at the Algonquin, Birdland, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, Iridium, the Metropolitan Room and Jazz at Lincoln Center to name a few. Cabaret on the Hudson will be hosted by multi-nominated Cabaret singer and host of the Music at the Mansion series, Corinna Sowers Adler and will feature James Horan on piano.   (more...)

Dysfunctional Family Comedy TABLE MANNERS Comes to Little Fish Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Little Fish Theatre presents TABLE MANNERS by Alan Ayckbourn as the fourth production in their eleven-show line-up for 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Carmen Cusack Shines In Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Southern Gothic BRIGHT STAR
by Michael Dale - Mar 24, 2016

The pleasantly earnest new show boasts nice music and fine performances, but lacks engaging storytelling. (more...)

BWW Review: THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS at TUTS Underground
by Brett Cullum - Mar 21, 2016

TUTS Underground has a crowd pleaser on its hands, and this one should have a deservedly successful run with plenty of fans at the end of it. THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS tells a great story, has a solid cast, and is a ton of fun. (more...)

BWW Review: DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY Brings Back Hysterical Memories of 1950s TV Families
by Shari Barrett - Mar 21, 2016

The West Coast premiere of DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY by Rich Orloff is currently playing to uproariously laughing audiences at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, directed with a clear vision by Holly Baker-Kreiswirth in which much homage is paid to classic gangster movies. Directing in the most over-the-top slapstick style makes sense for this imaginary tale in which even convicts are cardboard cut-outs compared to those who might break into your home these days. (more...)

BWW Review: MATILDA - E-X-T-R-A-O-R-D-I-N-A-R-Y
by Tim Carney - Mar 20, 2016

Watching Matilda the musical is like witnessing something as close to musical theatre perfection as you can get. The detail in this masterpiece is so intricate & refined. I'm still trying to find fault in the show, to give a balanced objective summation of the work. And yet as hard as I try I cannot think of a single moment that didn't work, a cast member out of place a or time where my mind wandered. Dennis Kelly's writing is brilliant Tim Minchin's lyric and score unconventionally perfect and Matthew Warchus' staging thrilling. (more...)

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE at Kingsbury Hall is Pristine
by Tyler Hinton - Mar 2, 2016

Best Musical Tony winner A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is playing at Kingsbury Hall to great, deserved acclaim. From its physical production to its performances, it is a pristine national tour of the hit. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre to Present WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? Concert, 4/2-3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

The Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company continues in its second year with a weekend concert celebrating one of the most significant and popular American songwriting teams of all time, George and Ira Gershwin. WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? will be presented for two nights only on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. (more...)

BWW Review: DON QUIXOTE, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon
by Emma Cann - Mar 17, 2016

This season, the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrates not only the 400th anniversary of the death of their namesake, but also that of Miguel de Cervantes, with a brand new adaptation of Don Quixote. After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, Don Quixote decides to embark on a quest of his own. Taking up a lance and sword, he sets out to become a wandering knight, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked. Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, he travels across Spain accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited squire. With each calamitous adventure they experience, the romantic ideal of Quixote's books seems further away than ever. (more...)

BWW Review: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE at Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
by Alan Portner - Mar 17, 2016

Elixir enjoys great success in updated version (more...)

New, Swashbuckling Adaptation of CYRANO to Play TheatreWorks This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2015/2016 season with the Regional Premiere of the dazzling romance, CYRANO, a new sprightly adaptation by Michael Hollinger (Opus) and Aaron Posner (My Name is Asher Lev, The Chosen) of Edmond Rostand's classic Cyrano de Bergerac. (more...)

Americana Rhythm & Blues Band Roosevelt Dime to Play in Granby, 3/19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Brooklyn-based Americana rhythm & blues band Roosevelt Dime will be performing on Saturday, March 19, in Granby, Conn., as part of the Salmon Brook Music Series. (more...)

The Rep's 50th Anniversary Season to Include FOLLIES, ALL MY SONS & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

The Rep's biggest season yet runs September through April at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, kicking off with Stephen Sondheim's masterwork musical Follies. (more...)

BWW Review: Tantalizing Life Tidbits Well Shared in SAFE AT HOME: An Evening With Orson Bean
by Shari Barrett - Feb 7, 2016

To those of us called Baby Boomers, we grew up being entertained by television shows everyone in the family could enjoy together. There was the Ed Sullivan Show, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and many others too numerous to name. I remember watching To Tell the Truth and attempting to guess along with the panelists, one of whom was Orson Bean, who added his own humorous stamp to the show for eight years. So when I heard that his one-man show "Safe at Home, An Evening with Orson Bean" was being presented at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice (where he has been a long-time member), I knew the stories he was going to share would be extremely humorous. And, as it turns out, deeply insightful into how he survived and thrived in the entertainment industry for so many years. (more...)

BWW Review: FIRST DATE is a Charming Look at Dating
by Frank Benge - Feb 23, 2016

FIRST DATE THE MUSICAL is a new musical with a book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. It's based around the various permutations of blind dating. It made its world premiere in 2012 at Seattle's ACT Theatre in a 5th Avenue Theatre co-production and made its Broadway debut in 2013. FIRST DATE THE MUSICAL has a noticeable sitcom quality. It also has genuine wit, charm and a musical Panache that is a breath of fresh air compared to the overblown musicals being created these days. Set mostly in a Manhattan restaurant, it shows the audience the extremely awkward first date of Aaron (Scott Garrett Graham) and Casey (Marett Hanes), a serial dater who's clearly more experienced with romance Russian roulette. This blind date is Aaron's reentry into the world of romance after being ditched at the altar by his fiancee, Allison (Kate Sullivan Gibbons), and his nervousness is clearly evident. The couple's inner thoughts are revealed in the evening's musical numbers. (more...)

BWW Review: Chance Theater Deploys OC/LA Premiere of DOGFIGHT
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 22, 2016

America has had a long tragic history of sending brave young people off to foreign lands to fight in life-endangering wars, only to see those who have survived come home forever changed. This idea lingers over the new engaging musical DOGFIGHT, now having its Los Angeles/Orange County-area premiere at the Chance Theater in Anaheim through March 6. Adapted from the 1991 Warner Bros. film of the same name and featuring music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Peter Duchan, this 2013 Lucille Lortel Award-winning off-Broadway musical shows how even the most confident, self-assured people can still be severely affected not only physically but also emotionally by the harsh realities of explosive, in-the-trenches combat. (more...)

Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble to Present 'Seascapes'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

The Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble will give the world premiere of a new arrangement of Benjamin Britten's evocative 'Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia' from his dramatic opera 'Peter Grimes' at concerts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St, Oak Park, Ill.; 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 256 Chicago St., Elgin, Ill.; and 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, Ill. (more...)

Theater at Monmouth's 47th Season to Include HENRY V, THE ILLUSION & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

?For 2016 Theater at Monmouth invites you to unleash your inner Francophile for their Vive la France season! What do an unproven king, a swordsman with an astonishing nose, four pairs of lovers running amuck, and two meddling fathers with wayward children have in common? They are all part of TAM's 47th Vive la France season featuring plays that simmer, sizzle, and surprise. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: PIPPIN Brings Its Magic Back to Boston
by Jan Nargi - Feb 10, 2016

The extraordinary journey of the Broadway revival of PIPPIN began at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge a few years back, and now that triumphant Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Diane Paulus, is back in Boston via the national tour. While some tweaks have since been made to the production that had its Broadway tryout at the A.R.T., the show's exuberant joie de vivre and circus-inspired excitement are still intact. If anything, the show's politics and humor have been heightened in this iteration, thanks largely to its sensational cast. (more...)

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Coming to MPAC, 3/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

Acclaimed as 'New Zealand's hottest music/comedy ensemble' by the Christchurch Arts Festival, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 8 pm. Tickets are $19 - $49. (more...)

HOTEL BLACK CAT to Open at London Wonderground
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

This Summer, London's cabaret trailblazers return to London Wonderground with an all-new spectacular. Located in a formerly grand hotel - notable for its artistes-in-residence and nights of giddy abandonment - Black Cat Cabaret invites guests to experience the most decadent dazzling and delectable show in town. Hotel Black Cat is a place of distinctly old world glamour. There is magic to be discovered behind each closed door, yet danger and madness lurking behind every potted palm. Step over the threshold into a bohemian melee of prima ballerinas, daredevil acrobats, miraculous musicians, a wayward heiress and a former cartoonist now transformed into his own greatest creation. (more...)

Blue Mountain Gallery to Display New Owen Gray Exhibit, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Owen Gray's recent paintings will be presented at the Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea, New York City April 26th-May 21st. World of Darkness, World of Light is Gray's 10th solo show at the Blue Mountain Gallery, which he has been a member of since 1992.  Praised by critic Jed Perl of the New Republic for his “deft, fleet, subtly virtuosic brushwork that articulates shape and spirit with confidence and ease,” Gray presents the viewer two worlds in these paintings. The first one looks up into a vast, rich darkness that encompasses fantastical flying creatures lit brightly from below.  In the second world, the world of light, there is an emphasis on the vast sunlit world, where the open blue sky is inhabited by a dazzling array of winged creatures twirling and whirling every which way or down into the an aquatic netherworld where birds, insects, musical instruments and overturned boats inhabit a lush mysterious environment of dense vegetation.  Gray's paintings have a Rococo Panache, and are influenced and inspired by the ceilings of the Italian painter Tiepolo, as well as by Peter Brueghel, Hieronymus Bosch, and 17th century Dutch still life. (more...)

Terryl Hallquist Directs MISANTHROPE for VU Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 6, 2016

Terryl Hallquist directs Moliere's The Misanthrope, with a setting in modern-day Nashville, as Vanderbilt University Theatre takes a creative leap with its April 7-10 production. (more...)

Peterborough Players' Arts on Screen Series to Continue with DON QUIXOTE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Cervantes' eccentric hero Don Quixote leaves on a journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman. On the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper who he thinks might be his ideal love. (more...)

BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and Soul
by Nancy Grossman - Apr 5, 2016

Director/choreographer Ilyse Robbins pays homage to Bob Fosse, but puts her artistic stamp on the 1966 Tony Award-winning musical. You will love Vanessa Dunleavy as the hopeful dance-hall hostess looking for love in all the wrong places. Stoneham Theatre veterans and newcomers comprise a stellar ensemble that delivers the songs and dances with Panache. (more...)

International HEDWIG Star Sven Ratzke to Debut Bowie-Inspired STARMAN at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Sven Ratzke -- the transgressive European Entertainer Extraordinaire -- will celebrate the New York debut of his international hit show STARMAN at Joe's Pub at the Public for three shows only from May 23-26. (more...)

Patrick Barlow's THE 39 STEPS Opens at Little Fish Theatre on 4/28
by Louisa Brady - Apr 3, 2016

Little Fish Theatre is excited to announce The 39 Steps as the fifth production in their 2016 season.  Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan, The 39 Steps won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy and was a two-time 2008 Tony® Awards winner.  Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, then add a dash of Monty Python and you have a thrilling piece of theater magic for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. This wild adventure, full of intrigue and humor allows LFT actors and designers to show what they can create from thin air, which is quintessentially what theater is all about. (more...)

BWW Review: Real Housewives of Sneden's Landing: RUMORS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 29, 2016

Neil Simon's Rumors - one of the most popular stage farces of the late 20th century - is given its due with the fourth production at Nashville's iconic and I daresay historic Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre. Directed with Panache by stage veteran Lydia Bushfield (who, herself, has starred in one of the four productions of Rumors at Chaffin's Barn over the past quarter-century), Simon's broadly drawn characters are brought vividly to life by a cast of capable and very funny actors who know how to land a line, deliver a rejoinder and, when called upon, play the straight man to help a fellow actor out when it comes time for him to shine. (more...)

Critic's Choice: Rumor-Mongering and Pageant-Hopping in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 29, 2016

They're dishing up some tasty Rumors at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - along with the bountiful buffet of Southern delicacies - while at Donelson's The Larry Keeton Theatre, the last two performances of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest are served up this weekend, and the national touring company of Mamma Mia! winds up its weeklong stand at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall. And the intrepid Nashville Repertory Theatre Professional Interns present their very own production of Gruesome Playground Injuries. (more...)

BWW Review: Pink Lady Brings MAGICAL MUSICAL MATINEES to the Whitefire
by Don Grigware - Apr 29, 2016

On Thursday April 21, Prime Time Players presented their second of three Magical Musical Matinees at the Whitefire Theatre. It was a delightful show full of talented people 60 years young or older. There was dancing, singing and comedy all wrapped up with a pink bow in the name of Jackie Goldberg, the Pink Lady. Goldberg stands for Senior Star Power 'Get Up, Get Out and Get a Life!' The talent in this show are prime examples of people who are still vital and full of performing glee. (more...)

Celebrating 25 Years of RUMORS at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 26, 2016

Opening night quickly approaches at Nashville's historic Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - which this year celebrates its 50th season - for Neil Simon's Rumors, first produced on the iconic and completely magical floating stage in 1991. (more...)

BWW Review: Hale Centre Theatre's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Soars
by Tyler Hinton - Apr 20, 2016

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley is a magical production of story theatre that soars. (more...)

BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Blows The Roof Off THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
by Herbert Paine - Apr 19, 2016

Arizona Broadway Theatre blows the roof off the THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS with a non-stop hit parade of Lone Star big star moments. Leading the pack is Cassandra Norville Klaphake as Miss Mona, the madam of the legendary brothel that inspired Carol Hall, Larry King, and Peter Masterson to pen the tale of tricks and treats. Klaphake delivers a commanding performance as the mother hen who guards her coop with a righteous blend of good business sense and sentimentality. (more...)

BWW Review: More Lovelier Than Ever, MY FAIR LADY Blossoms at Riverside
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 18, 2016

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's near masterpiece of a musical MY FAIR LADY took Broadway by storm 60 years ago this year and has become a 20th century classic. I am happy to report the plucky flower girl from the mean streets of London who gets molded into a proper lady is as lovely as ever as presented by Riverside Performing Arts Center. The sparkling wit, unrequited romance, musical hall turns and lush music are all performed with love and Panache in director Patrick A'Hearn's production, featuring well-known DC actor Thomas Adrian Simpson as Henry Higgins and Riverside veteran Quinn Vogt-Welch in the title role. (more...)

BWW Review: First Stage Young Company Presents Stunning, Superb ANTIGONE
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Apr 15, 2016

Antigone--an ancient play first written by Sophocles in approximately 400 B.C.--challenges audiences in the 21st century and centers around strong women, political drama, and difficult moral choices necessary for the characters to choose. This classic play dramatically illustrates that over centuries, humanity changes little with modern circumstances. First Stage Young Company tackles this acclaimed tragedy under Joshua Pohja's direction by choosing modern language using a translation from the prestigious French dramatist Jean Anouilh written in 1943. Anouilh often centered his stories on idealistic youth, in this play a young princess, who fights for a divine and personal morality over royal social compromise. Pohja dedicated the production to young Middle Eastern women, similar to Malala who also raised her singular voice against her adversaries even under threat of death. (more...)

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