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drawn from the short stories of Ryonsuke Akutagawa

Preview of BROADWAY UNPLUGGEDPreview of BROADWAY UNPLUGGED
by Adrienne Onofri - Sep 15, 2004

Town Hall turns off the mikes for a special concert Sept. 27. (more...)

Blank Theatre Co Extends SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, Runs Through 5/30Blank Theatre Co Extends SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, Runs Through 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2010

Blank Theater Co extends SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE. The show features Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, Musical Direction by David O and is Directed by Daniel Henning while making its West Coast Premiere presented by The Blank Theatre Co. (more...)

La Chiusa's See What I Wanna See @ The BlankLa Chiusa's See What I Wanna See @ The Blank
by Don Grigware - May 30, 2010

See What I Wanna See words and music by Michael John La Chiusa suggested by the stories of Rynosuke Akutagawa as translated by Takashi Kojima directed by Daniel Henning The Blank Theatre Company through May 30 (more...)

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre's 'See What I Wanna See' Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre's 'See What I Wanna See'
by Walter McBride - May 26, 2009

Signature Theatre is currently presenting the Washington area premiere of the innovative musical See What I Wanna See, a fascinating exploration of three stories of lust, greed, murder, faith, and redemption. Written by Michael John LaChiusa, considered one of today's most intelligent and innovative musical theater composers. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Standing Ovations (Performances)Photo Coverage: Standing Ovations (Performances)
by BWW Staff - May 26, 2004

BroadwayWorld.com's Sold Out 'Standing Ovations' benefit concert was a huge success on May 23rd at Joe's Pub, presenting tunes new and old to a packed audience from an incredible line-up of Broadway stars. Join us now as we take a complete look at the fun-filled day, starting from the sound check, to the fantastic performance, and finally to the after-party which lasted to the wee hours of the morning at Fez. (more...)

Exclusive InDepth InterView Audra McDonald Talks GO BACK HOME Album & PBS Special, MARLENE DIETRICH'S ABC, Upcoming Projects & MoreExclusive InDepth InterView Audra McDonald Talks GO BACK HOME Album & PBS Special, MARLENE DIETRICH'S ABC, Upcoming Projects & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 24, 2013

Today we are presenting a specially-focused InDepth InterView centering upon Audra McDonald's sensational new solo album, GO BACK HOME, which is available now and will be accompanied by a PBS TV special tonight, featuring the five-time Tony Award-winning performer at her very, very best. McDonald and I parse the finer points of GO BACK HOME, analyzing the song selection process itself as well as the meanings behind the myriad masterful musical moments present on the new release and what inspired her exquisite performances of these songs by Broadway's absolute best. McDonald also shares stories and insights into composers covered on GO BACK HOME, including frequent collaborators Stephen Sondheim, Michael John LaChiusa and Adam Guettel as well as Kander & Ebb, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jule Styne, Comden & Green and many more. In addition to all about GO BACK HOME, McDonald and I also discuss the two brand new compositions on the album originating in the new specially-penned solo musical written expressly for her by LaChiusa, MARLENE DIETRICH'S ABC, and what the future potentially holds for that fascinating stage endeavor and take a look back at her other LaChiusa musicals, MARIE CHRISTINE, SEND (WHO ARE YOU? I LOVE YOU) and specialty material included. Also, McDonald fills us in on her recent and upcoming film appearances, such as last year's RAMPART with Woody Harrelson and the upcoming I FOUGHT THE LAW. Plus, McDonald expresses her enthusiasm for her continuing role as host of LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, reveals her opinions on the current movie musical renaissance and the popularity of GLEE, as well as clues us in on her iPod favorites, practicing playing the piano to relax and the possibility of even accompanying herself onstage someday, reflections on Laura Nyro and other favorite pop artists, future plans to pursue more Shakespeare onstage (and musings on what parts), the distinct possibility of essaying the title role in GYPSY sometime soon, appearing on the web series IT COULD BE WORSE - and much, much more! (more...)

Blank Theatre Co. Extends SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, Runs Through 5/30Blank Theatre Co. Extends SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, Runs Through 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2010

Blank Theater Co extends SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE. The show features Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, Musical Direction by David O and is Directed by Daniel Henning while making its West Coast Premiere presented by The Blank Theatre Co. (more...)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Sings LaChiusa and Finn at Joe's Pub June 13-July 4
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2005

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee's Jesse Tyler Ferguson will perform his solo show at Joe's Pub from June 13-July 4 (more...)

Carpenter, Graae, Margherita et al. End Run in Blank Theatre's SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, 5/23Carpenter, Graae, Margherita et al. End Run in Blank Theatre's SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, 5/23
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2010

The Blank Theatre Company will end its run of Michael John LaChiusa's See What I Wanna See on May 23. The production is directed by The Blank's Artistic Director Daniel Henning, with musical direction by David O. (more...)

Tyne Daly, Brandon Victor Dixon, Amy Spanger and More Join Williamstown Theatre Festival CastsTyne Daly, Brandon Victor Dixon, Amy Spanger and More Join Williamstown Theatre Festival Casts
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2012

Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Jenny Gersten has announced additional casting for the 2012 Summer Season. A host of Williamstown Theatre Fesival veterans and talented newcomers including Becky Ann Baker, Marylouise Burke, Tyne Daly, Brandon Victor Dixon, Alison Fraser, Heather Lind, Amy Spanger, Jeremy Strong, Lili Taylor and many more, will take the stage during the Festival's 58th Season. (more...)

La Chiusa's See What I Wanna See @ The BlankLa Chiusa's See What I Wanna See @ The Blank
by Don Grigware - May 11, 2010

See What I Wanna See words and music by Michael John La Chiusa suggested by the stories of Rynosuke Akutagawa as translated by Takashi Kojima directed by Daniel Henning The Blank Theatre Company through May 30 (more...)

Blank Theatre Co Extends SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, Runs Through 5/30Blank Theatre Co Extends SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, Runs Through 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2010

Blank Theater Co extends SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE. The show features Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, Musical Direction by David O and is Directed by Daniel Henning while making its West Coast Premiere presented by The Blank Theatre Co. (more...)

Nominee Reactions: Audra McDonald - 'Fiance Will Swenson Said Yes to Being My Tony Date!'Nominee Reactions: Audra McDonald - 'Fiance Will Swenson Said Yes to Being My Tony Date!'
by BWW - May 1, 2012

We'll be talking to nominees all day for their reactions! Click here for the complete list! Audra McDonald for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS 'I am honored and grateful and I'm super thrilled for the production as a whole to get so many nominations. I am so proud of this production and thankful to the Tony nominating committee for recognizing all aspects of the show. I got the news via text message. As usual, it was up at 6:15 for me to get the kids to school and I was back in bed by 8! Will was here though so it was nice to roll over when I got the news and say 'Hey I got a nomination!' Then we both conked out again. When we finally got up I asked him to be my date for the Tonys - he said yes! - so I guess that was our little celebration. Now it's back to being a mom for the day and get ready for the show tonight. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone at the theater tonight to congratulate them.' (more...)

Carpenter, Graae, Margherita et al. to Star in Blank Theatre's SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, 4/17-5/23Carpenter, Graae, Margherita et al. to Star in Blank Theatre's SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, 4/17-5/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2010

Casting is complete and rehearsals have begun for The Blank Theatre Company's third and final production of its 19th season, Michael John LaChiusa's See What I Wanna See. Directed by The Blank's Artistic Director Daniel Henning, with musical direction by David O, See What I Wanna See will begin preview performances on Saturday, April 10, 2010 and is set to open on Saturday, April 17 at 8pm. The engagement will run through Sunday, May 23. (more...)

LaChiusa's 'Giant' to Debut at Signature; plus 'Whistle,' 'Little Dog' & 'Inishmore'LaChiusa's 'Giant' to Debut at Signature; plus 'Whistle,' 'Little Dog' & 'Inishmore'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2008

Signature Theatre, today announced the 2008-2009 season, which runs from August 26, 2008 through May 31, 2009 and features five productions as well as the special concert presentation (more...)

CD Review: See What I Wanna SeeCD Review: See What I Wanna See
by - Mar 27, 2006

The music is inventive. Hear what you wanna hear. (more...)

IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST & BLUE DEEP Open at Williamstown Theatre Festival TodayIMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST & BLUE DEEP Open at Williamstown Theatre Festival Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2012

Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Jenny Gersten has announced the opening of the first two productions of the 2012 season: The Importance of Being Earnest on the Main Stage and the World Premiere of The Blue Deep on the Nikos Stage on June 28. It is the first time in the Festival's 58-year history that two shows have opened on the same night to kick-off the season. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Michael John LaChiusa Talks GIANT, Upcoming Projects & A Career RetrospectiveInDepth InterView: Michael John LaChiusa Talks GIANT, Upcoming Projects & A Career Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 23, 2013

Today we are talking to a spectacularly talented composer/lyricist noted for his incredibly impressive and accomplished oeuvre thus far, having collectively composed more than twenty full-length musicals, operas and specialty performance pieces - Michael John LaChiusa. Discussing his vast array of projects from BUZZSAW BERKELEY to FIRST LADY SUITE, HELLO AGAIN and THE PETRIFIED PRINCE Off-Broadway through to his double-header in the 1999-2000 millennial season with MARIE CHRISTINE and THE WILD PARTY both on Broadway to his Off-Broadway, regional and international successes since, ranging from LITTLE FISH to another two-show-season in 2006 with BERNARDA ALBA and SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE as well as THE HIGHEST YELLOW and the recent Americana-themed epic musical pseudo-trilogy of LOS otros, QUEEN OF THE MIST and GIANT. Additionally, LaChiusa touches upon some of his lesser-known work, such as his musical revue HOTEL C'EST L'AMOUR, various operatic pieces, additional material he provided for pieces such as THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS and his previous and upcoming solo musicals for continuing collaborator Audra McDonald, such as SEND (who are you? i love you) and MARLENE DIETRICH'S ABCs OF LOVE. Most importantly, LaChiusa takes us behind the scenes of the sparkling new deluxe cast album for GIANT, starring Brian D'Arcy James, and discusses the themes, ideas and adaptation of the Edna Ferber novel itself in a fascinating and revealing analysis of the vast, enveloping and vivid score he has composed for GIANT. Also, LaChiusa offers the 411 on this year's Tony Awards specialty song composed for host Neil Patrick Harris and some starry cohorts (Megan Hilty, Laura Benanti and Andrew Rannells), as well as previous Tony show one-offs penned for Hugh Jackman and others. Plus, LaChiusa clues us in on his upcoming projects - including FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE - and much, much more in this career-spanning conversations with one of modern musical theatre's most daring and prolific artists. (more...)

Ferguson Salutes LaChiusa and Finn at Joe's Pub, June 13-July 4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2005

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee's Jesse Tyler Ferguson will perform his solo show tribute to William Finn and Michael John LaChiusa on June 13, June 20 and July 4 at Joe's Pub (more...)

Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces Full Casts of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE BLUE DEEP This SummerWilliamstown Theatre Festival Announces Full Casts of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE BLUE DEEP This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2012

Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Jenny Gersten has announced today the full cast and creative teams for the first two productions of the 2012 season: The Importance of Being Earnest and the World Premiere of The Blue Deep. The Importance of Being Earnest will be presented on the Main Stage from June 26 through July 14 (opening June 28) and The Blue Deep will grace the Nikos Stage from June 27 through July 8 (opening June 28). Both casts arrived in Williamstown today for their first rehearsals on the bucolic Williams College campus in preparation for the runs of these exciting and unique productions at the Festival. (more...)

Photo Flash:  Tyne Daly, Amy Spanger and More in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTPhoto Flash: Tyne Daly, Amy Spanger and More in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2012

Williamstown Theatre Festival presents The Importance of Being Earnest at the Main Stage now playing through July 14. Check out the full production photos below. (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - July 21, 2010BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - July 21, 2010
by - Jul 21, 2010

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 21 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Signature Theatre Announces 3 New Musical Commissions & 2 Awards; Recipients Include Guettel, Foley, Michelson, Miller & RichardsSignature Theatre Announces 3 New Musical Commissions & 2 Awards; Recipients Include Guettel, Foley, Michelson, Miller & Richards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2009

Eric Schaeffer, Artistic Director of the Tony AwardŽ-winning Signature Theatre, today announced that Signature Theatre is expanding its American Musical Voices Project (AMVP) for a fourth year with the commission and production of a new musical by Adam Guettel for its 2011-2012 season. Also announced as part of The Next Generation segment of the AMVP were two additional musical commissions awarded to Peter Foley and Marisa Michelson as well as honoree grants given to Chris Miller and Scott Davenport Richards for the development of future musical ideas. Signature, with the support of The Shen Family Foundation, has awarded $595,000 to artists in honors and commissions in the past three years. The American Musical Voices Project is the largest single musical theater commissioning and producing initiative at any non-profit theater in America. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Chad Kimball Talks JULIAN PO, MEMPHIS, Solo Album, Sondheim & MoreInDepth InterView: Chad Kimball Talks JULIAN PO, MEMPHIS, Solo Album, Sondheim & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 1, 2013

Today we are talking to a passionate and prolific performer who has appeared in a number of impressive properties over the course of his career thus far - Milky White in the most recent Broadway revival of INTO THE WOODS to his starring roles in MEMPHIS and beyond - the charming Chad Kimball. (more...)

Neither Musical Theater nor Opera, It's not What I Wanna See
by Jan Nargi - Jan 16, 2007

Lyric Stage gets A for effort, but hard-working cast simply can't lift Michael John LaChiusa's weighty art musical (more...)

Ignite Theatre presents the Regional Premiere of "See What I Wanna See" February 14 - March 9 in Aurora (Musical Director correction)Ignite Theatre presents the Regional Premiere of "See What I Wanna See" February 14 - March 9 in Aurora (Musical Director correction)
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2001

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Piane Productions To Premiere DRIFT, CORAM BOY, KITTY'S KISSES & MorePiane Productions To Premiere DRIFT, CORAM BOY, KITTY'S KISSES & More
by BWW - Feb 4, 2011

Piane Productions is proud to announce its 2011-12 theatrical season. The company will present seven regular season productions, as well as two additional off-season productions. Eight of the nine shows will be presented at the Municipal Auditorium Music Hall or the historic Folly Theater. (more...)

Signature Theater Presents SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE 4/7-5/31Signature Theater Presents SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE 4/7-5/31
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2009

Signature Theatre presents the Washington area premiere of the innovative musical See What I Wanna See, a fascinating exploration of three stories of lust, greed, murder, faith, and redemption. Written by Michael John LaChiusa, considered one of today's most intelligent and innovative musical theater composers, See What I Wanna See has been hailed for its cool, jazz-infused score and smart book and called 'a little powerhouse of a show whose sheer intensity will knock you flat - and make you think' (The Wall Street Journal). The show was named one of the Best Musicals of 2005 by New York Magazine and nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical. See What I Wanna See runs in Signature's intimate 110-seat ARK Theatre from April 7 through May 31. Signature will also produce the world premiere of LaChiusa's Giant in the MAX Theatre April 28 through May 31. (more...)

Ignite Theatre to Present SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, 2/14-3/9Ignite Theatre to Present SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, 2/14-3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

'See What I Wanna See,' a musical about lust, greed, murder, faith and redemption, was named by New York Magazine as one of the Best Musicals of 2005 and nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical. It is based on three short stories by the Japanese writer Ry?nosuke Akutagawa and unfolds like a classical Japanese screen painting. In 'Kesa and Morito,' set in medieval Japan, two lovers sing of the ecstasy and torment of their illicit affair and their determination to end it that night. Neither knows the other's intent. 'R Shomon,' set in 1951, New York City, follows the investigation of a crime of passion and the witnesses' contradicting versions of the event and where everyone's truth may be a lie. In 'Gloryday,' a priest, during a crisis of faith after a terrible tragedy strikes the city, plays a practical joke by posting an anonymous letter in Central Park declaring that Christ will appear, rising from the pond. On the day of the miracle only the priest sees what his lie becomes. (more...)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Sings Finn & LaChiusa January 24 at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2004

In a show originally produced by the Ars Nova Broadway Spotlight series, Jesse Tyler Ferguson moves downtown to Joe's Pub where he name drops, practices the art of storytelling and sings the music of Michael John LaChiusa and William Finn, including songs from their new works, R Shomon and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. The evening is directed by Jason Eagan and musical directed by Mary Mitchell Campbell. (more...)

Signature Theater Presents SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE 4/7-5/31Signature Theater Presents SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE 4/7-5/31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2009

Signature Theatre presents the Washington area premiere of the innovative musical See What I Wanna See, a fascinating exploration of three stories of lust, greed, murder, faith, and redemption. Written by Michael John LaChiusa, considered one of today's most intelligent and innovative musical theater composers, See What I Wanna See has been hailed for its cool, jazz-infused score and smart book and called 'a little powerhouse of a show whose sheer intensity will knock you flat - and make you think' (The Wall Street Journal). The show was named one of the Best Musicals of 2005 by New York Magazine and nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical. See What I Wanna See runs in Signature's intimate 110-seat ARK Theatre from April 7 through May 31. Signature will also produce the world premiere of LaChiusa's Giant in the MAX Theatre April 28 through May 31. (more...)

Carpenter, Graae, Margherita et al. to Star in Blank Theatre's SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, 4/17-5/23Carpenter, Graae, Margherita et al. to Star in Blank Theatre's SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, 4/17-5/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2010

Casting is complete and rehearsals have begun for The Blank Theatre Company's third and final production of its 19th season, Michael John LaChiusa's See What I Wanna See. Directed by The Blank's Artistic Director Daniel Henning, with musical direction by David O, See What I Wanna See will begin preview performances on Saturday, April 10, 2010 and is set to open on Saturday, April 17 at 8pm. The engagement will run through Sunday, May 23. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Blank Theatre Co Presents SEE WHAT I WANT TO SEEPhoto Flash: The Blank Theatre Co Presents SEE WHAT I WANT TO SEE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2010

SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE is about lust, greed, murder, faith, and redemption based on three short stories that unfold like a Japanese screen painting. In Kesa and Morito, set in medieval Japan, two lovers sing of the ecstasy and torment of their affair. (more...)

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