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BWW Interview: MSMT's MAGIC TIME Draws Capacity Crowds
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - Feb 26, 2017

¬ďAre you ready for some fun and fairytales? We're going to need you to use your imaginations to help us.¬Ē The preschoolers in the front rows giggle and squeal in anticipation. Maine State Music Theatre's Artistic Director, Curt Dale Clark knows how to energize young audiences, and he clearly relishes the opportunity top perform for this morning crowd of over 160 ranging in age from several months to grandparents who have come to hear the special program of story and song, MAGIC TIME at Brunswick, Maine's Curtis Memorial Library. The two free forty-minute interactive programs, which featured readings, video, and live performances of the Robin and Clark musical versions of Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland, were created by MSMT in partnership with the Curtis Memorial Library with the help of a generous gift from the Maine Humanities Council and drew almost 300 people for both sessions. The idea, born of MSMT's desire to expand its outreach efforts, nurture young audiences, and draw a new diverse public to live theatre, began as a successful mini-grant proposal to Maine Humanities Council and by virtue of the enthusiasm of the MSMT and CML staffs and the community response mushroomed into something of a maxi event with lines cued up and out the library doors before the start of each show. (more...)

Weeping Spoon Returns to MICF with THE BALLAD OF FRANK ALLEN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2017

From the bizarre mind of Festival-favourite Shane Adamczak (Trampoline, Zack Adams, 3x Canadian  Just For Laughs Award Nominee and producer of the Award-winning Fringe hits This Is Not A Love Song and Vicious Circles) comes a brand new comedy about how even the smallest people can do big things.  (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 2/25/2017
by - Feb 25, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 2/25/2017. (more...)

A TIME TO KILL's Hansford Prince Signs with SALT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Salt Model and Talent Agency, with offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta, just signed actor Hansford Prince to an exclusive contract. (more...)

Interview: Before The Parade! A Conversation With Michael Childers About His Upcoming HELLO JERRY! In The Desert
by David Green - Feb 24, 2017

The last remaining tickets are on sale for the desert's most anticipated annual star-studded concert event, Michael Childer's 'One Night Only', benefiting Jewish Family Services Of The Desert (JFS), to be held Thursday, April 20, 2017 at The McCallum Theatre. This 10th season's theme is 'Hello Jerry' and Michael and cast pay tribute to the incomparable composer Jerry Herman, bringing to the stage music form his popular musicals including Mame, Mack and Mabel, Grand Tour, La Cage Aux Folles and, of course, Hello Dolly. 'Hello Jerry' is directed by Jason Graae with musical direction by Christopher Marlowe. I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Childer's to talk about this special tenth anniversary production, and more. Here are a few excerpts from that conversation ¬Ö (more...)

Special Free Screening of Carlisle Floyd and Hal Prince's: WILLIE STARK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

The Paley Center for Media in New York City (25 WEST 52ND ST., NYC) will screen the complete 1981 PBS Great Performances telecast of WILLIE STARK starring Timothy Nolen on Saturday, February 25, from 1 to 3:30 pm. (more...)

EUGENE ONEGIN Opens this Sunday at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

An unforgettable romantic story of unrequited love and its unintended consequences returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago Feb. 26 -Mar. 20 for eight performances. For those who know Tchaikovsky's ballets Nutcracker and Swan Lake but not his operas,Eugene Onegin is a wonder and revelation. The glorious music brings Pushkin's poetic tale to life brilliantly in a beautiful production with a terrific international cast. (more...)

International Celebrity Images Presents Awards To 15 Tribute Artists At The 23rd Production Of The Reel Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

International Celebrity Images presented the 23rd Production of THE REEL AWARDS, an entertaining two and a half-hour tongue in cheek parody, spoof, and tribute to the real Academy Awards and other Hollywood-style awards shows, on Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. (more...)

Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Will Dazzle Audiences Next Month at Miller Auditorium
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony¬ģ Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play Miller Auditorium for a limited engagement from March 24-26, 2017. (more...)

American Opera Projects Announces New LGBTQ Operas
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

In light of recent news from Washington, American Opera Projects (AOP) announces that of its 31 new operas in development, four are on LGBTQ topics.  For AOP, this is not new. In 1998, AOP premiered the first opera ever to focus on a lesbian relationship, Patience & Sarah, by composer Paula M. Kimper, and librettist Wende Persons, three years after Houston Grand Opera's premiere of Harvey Milk composed by Stewart Wallace to a libretto by Michael Korie.  (more...)

VIDEO: New BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Featurette 'Brings Beauty to Life'
by Movies News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Go behind the scenes with the Emma Watson, director Bill Condon, and the rest of the cast of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in the new featurette 'Bringing Beauty To Life' (more...)

Additional Instructors Announces For Two Week IJ Summer Ballet Intensive
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Following the announcement earlier this year of the inaugural season of the IJ Summer Ballet Intensive, founders Irina Paradnaya and Jared G. Lillyhave announced additional instructors - repetiteurs - rounding out what is sure to be an extraordinary opportunity for advanced students and aspiring professionals to learn and perform roles from the classical ballet repertory of the Bolshoi Ballet, the world's most acclaimed ballet company.  (more...)

The Washington Ballet Announces Participation In JFK CENTENNIAL WEEK, 5/23-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Artistic Director Julie Kent is pleased to announce participation in The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts JFK Centennial Week. (more...)

Photo Flash: DeSoto Family Theatre Presents Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

DeSoto Family Theatre presents Disney's smash-hit musical, The Little Mermaid. This production runs through March 5 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi - just a 20 minute drive from Memphis, Tennessee! (more...)

Joffrey Ballet Announces 2017-2018 Season - World Premiere, Tony Winner Christopher Wheeldon's New NUTCRACKER, Balanchine/Robbins Premiere and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, proudly announces an impressive 2017-18 season including a world premiere by Joffrey Ballet Master¬†Nicolas Blanc,¬†the North American Premiere of¬†Midsummer Night's Dream¬†by acclaimed chorographer¬†Alexander Ekman¬†plus¬†Chicago Premieres by¬†George Balanchine,¬†Lola de √Āvila¬†and¬†Jerome Robbins.¬† (more...)

THE MAGIC FLUTE to Bring Tuneful, Mystical Journey to Milwaukee in 2018
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Mozart's operatic fantasy delights audiences with its tuneful and mystical journey. (more...)

Tickets on Sale March 2 for WICKED at Shea's This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

After breaking box office records and selling out in 2008 and 2012, WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return as a 2016-17 Special Engagement to Shea's Buffalo Theatre, May 17 - June 4, 2017 for 24 performances, presented by Shea's Performing Arts Center and Albert Nocciolino. (more...)

Official: Oscar Isaac to Play Title Role in HAMLET at The Public Theater This Summer with Keegan-Michael Key and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The Public Theater announced today that Hamlet has been added to the downtown summer season, featuring Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac as the tormented Danish Prince. (more...)

Diversionary Announces the World Premiere of BALLAST
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

This May Diversionary asks audiences this question with the World Premiere of BALLAST by Georgette Kelly, a highly poetic exploration of the waking and dream lives of two trans and cisgender couples as they come to terms with the new lives they find themselves in. (more...)

BWW Review: WHO SHOT WAYNE SLEEP?, The Vaults
by Cindy Marcolina - Feb 23, 2017

Deep in the belly of the Vault Festival, among the dark red lights, tinsel, and old, dirty vaudeville atmosphere Who Shot Wayne Sleep? finds fertile ground to shine too dimly to be relevant. The smells of humid basement and aged liquor only heighten the cheap middle-age entertainment that The Martini Encounter has to offer with their new cabaret show. (more...)

Record-Breaking Opening Weekend Projected for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Movies News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The three-day opening weekend of Disney's live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is on track to earn $100 million at the box office, with some sources estimating the film will take in over $120 million. (more...)

Ron Fassler and Joanna Gleason are UP IN THE CHEAP SEATS at Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome actor-writer Ron Fassler for the launching of his new book Up in the Cheap Seats: A Historical Memoir of Broadway, February 27th at 5:00pm. The event is free to the public and will be followed by a signing. He will be joined by Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods) for a discussion. Copies of the book, published by Griffith Moon Publishing, will be available for purchase ($29.95).  (more...)

Florida Grand Opera Spotlights Members of its Young Artist Program in SONGFEST SOUTH FLORIDA: SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The Josephine S. Leiser Opera Center and Steinway Piano Gallery Miami present the season's third pair of performances in the free concert series, 'SongFest Recital Series.' The program will be heard at Steinway Piano Gallery Miami in Coral Gables on Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 pm and at the Leiser Center in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, March 5 at 6:00 pm. (more...)

WICKED Returns to Boston This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Broadway In Boston, announced today that WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster and Boston's most popular musical will return to the Boston Opera House. WICKED will play a limited seven week engagement June 7 - July 23, 2017 as part of the 2016-2017 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. (more...)

'MERRILY' Documentary 'BEST WORST THING' Coming to iTunes Movies Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The acclaimed documentary film Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened -- fresh off its theatrical run, and currently 94% on Rotten Tomatoes -- will be available exclusively for purchase and rental on iTunes Movies starting March 3, 2017, announced the film's producer, Bruce David Klein, of Atlas Media Corp, and Richard Abramowitz President of theatrical distributor Abramorama. The film will be available for preorder tomorrow, February 24th, 2017. (more...)

MediaRites' Theatre Diaspora Announces 2017 Season and New Members
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

MediaRites, a nonprofit organization that provides innovative, award-winning documentary, theatre and outreach programs, today announced the 2017 season of enhanced staged readings produced by its Theatre Diaspora project, Oregon's only professional Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) theatre company. Theatre Diaspora also announces two new members who will assist in the organization's mission of portraying authentic AAPI cultural, historical, and social perspectives to reach broad audiences through staged readings. (more...)

University of Washington Musical Theater Program presents PIPPIN for Third Annual Production
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences presents the third annual production of the UW Musical Theater Program, Pippin. The production runs March 10th through March 19th at the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse at NE 41st Street and University Way NE.  (more...)

Team Tassy Kicks off Third Annual 'Run Across Haiti' Ultra-Marathon for Families in Poverty
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

PORT-AU-Prince, HAITI, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Team Tassy (www.teamtassy.org) is a nonprofit that accompanies families in Haiti out of poverty through good, dignified jobs. Today, the organization has started its third annual 'Run Across Haiti' ultra-marathon to raise $200,000 for its cause. (more...)

Shortlists Announced, Voting Open for 2017 Also Recognised Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Shortlists for the third annual Also Recognised Awards have been announced by MyTheatreMates, founded by Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock. These audience-voted industry accolades celebrate talent in fields often overlooked by other award bodies. Voting is now open for all categories and closes on Sunday 26th March 2017. Cast your vote at www.mytheatremates.com/AlsoRecognisedAwards-2017! (more...)

O2 Renews Partnership with AEG for The O2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

O2 and AEG have today announced the signing of a new agreement for the world's most successful music and entertainment venue, The O2. The landmark deal secures O2 as The O2's naming rights partner for a further ten years. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at PINOCCHIO Design Series Video
by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2017

In Episode 1 of our video series on the creation of Pinocchio, Set and Costume Designer Colin Richmond walks through his imaginative designs at The National Ballet of Canada's production shop and wardrobe department.  Check it out below! (more...)

VIDEO: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Cast & Crew Kick Off Worldwide Press Tour in Paris
by Movies News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Earlier this week,  the cast and filmmakers from Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, including Emma Watson, Dan Stevens Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Alexis Loizon, director Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken, gathered in Paris for the launch of the movie's worldwide press tour. (more...)

BWW Review: THE SORROWS OF SATAN, Tristan Bates Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Feb 22, 2017

The Sorrows of Satan delights from beginning to end, packing in witty songs, wonderful performances and a laughs per minute ratio as high as any in the West End. (more...)

Sweet Spirit Debuts Blazing New Single 'The Power'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Austin's eight-piece self-described "freak parade" Sweet Spirit just premiered "The Power", the debut single from their upcoming album St. Mojo, on Tom Scharpling's The Best Show. (more...)

Samantha Barks, Arthur Darvill, Maxwell Caulfield and More Announced for London Musical Theatre Orchestra's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

After the resounding success of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair (Cadogan Hall November 2016) and the sell out concert of Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens' A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), with numerous five star reviews for both performances, The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is delighted to announce the full casting for its first concert of the 2017 season, the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas. (more...)

Tony DeSare to Make Cleveland Debut with Cleveland Pops Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

???????The Cleveland POPS Orchestra's Severance Hall concert on Saturday, March 25th is titled "I Love a Piano," appropriately features Tony DeSare, one of today's hottest new pianists. (more...)

BWW Review: New York City Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTY
by Barnett Serchuk - Feb 22, 2017

When Aurora makes her first appearance in SLEEPING BEAUTY, the audience usually sits up-there's a murmur, an anticipation. THE STAR is here, and she's in charge for the next two hours. And THE STAR had better be ready. The audience is watching her every move, not to mention her every mishap. (more...)

ALADDIN Finds Princess, Genie, Villains and Band of Thieves for National Tour; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway In Chicago have announced full casting for the eagerly-anticipated North American tour of Disney's Aladdin, which begins rehearsals in Chicago on Monday, February 27. (more...)

Official: Marc Bruni-Helmed TREVOR Musical Will Headline Writers Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the company's 2017-2018 six-show season, opening with the World Premiere of Trevor the musical in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre. (more...)

Larry Kirwan's New Musical IRELAND - A HISTORY IN SONG Headed to NJ
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

On Thursday, March 30 at 7:30pm, Peter LeDonne, the Director of Community and Cultural Affairs at Bergen Community College (400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ), will present as part of the Ciccone Theatre's Distinguished Artist Series the World Premiere of music legend Larry Kirwan's highly anticipated musical voyage and masterful tribute to Ireland and its centuries of musical genius, IRELAND-A History In Song. (more...)

The Revival Announces March Programming
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

The Revival, Hyde Park's new comedy theater, announces its lineup of shows and events playing in March 2017. Inspired by the legacy of the Compass Players, The Revival brings improvisational comedy back to the same corner where it was invented in 1955!  Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.the-revival.com. The Revival is located at 1160 E. 55th St. in Hyde Park.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Fisher Taylor-Gaunt Productions presents THE SORROWS OF SATAN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

The Sorrows of Satan is written by musical theatre writing duo Bateman and Conley and directed by Adam Lenson (Songs for a New World, St. James Theatre) and runs at Tristan Bates for six weeks, opening on 21 February with previews from 14 February (more...)

Macau's Dr Stanley Ho Family Invested into BookDoc
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

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Photo Flash: Theater for Young Audiences Series Continues with THE LITTLE PRINCE at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce the first show in its third season of Theater for Young Audiences... The Little Prince. (more...)

Joshua James, Shawn Mullins, Murder Mystery and More Coming Up at City Winery Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces legendary guitarist Robby Krieger of the Doors, folk-rock artist Joshua James' album release show and more. (more...)

THE OUTER SPACE, Mary McBride and More Coming Up at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its nightly performances, February 22 - March 5, 2017. Scroll down for details, or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

Playwright Jan Rosenberg to Take Part in The Farm Theater's 2017/18 College Collaboration Project
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

The Farm Theater will present their 2017/18 College Collaboration Project with playwright Jan Rosenberg in collaboration with students and faculty at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama (Professor of Theatre, Alan Litsey) and West Chester University in West Chester, PA (Associate Professor, Len Kelley). (more...)

THE MUSIC MAN, RAGTIME, CHOICES and More Set for DM Playhouse's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

The Des Moines Community Playhouse has the most rootin-tootin', fan-crazed, dreamy, jazzy, gut-wrenching season ever. The theatre's 99th season includes four musicals, plus drama, comedy, and family shows. (more...)

George London Foundation to Welcome Paul Appleby & Sarah Mesko in Recital
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Tenor Paul Appleby, the 2011 George London Award winner who, it was recently announced, will be in the cast of the world premiere of John Adams's Girls of the Golden West with San Francisco Opera next season, teams up with mezzo-soprano and 2015 George London Award winner Sarah Mesko and pianist Ken Noda for the season's second event in the George London Foundation Recital Series at The Morgan Library & Museum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 4:00 pm. (more...)

Fulton Theatre Opens the Topical and Pulitzer Prize-Winning DISGRACED
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre continues its 2016/2017 Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series with the gripping Disgraced in the Tell Studio Theatre. The Ayad Akhtar drama runs through March 12 with #FridayNightConversations after each Friday Night performance. (more...)

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