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Mark Hellinger Theatre (New York, NY)
237 West 51st St.

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Based on the play Two for the Seesaw by William Gibson

Michele Lee to Premiere New Show at 54 Below Next MonthMichele Lee to Premiere New Show at 54 Below Next Month
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Back on the New York City stage following her acclaimed 54 Below debut in 2014, actress/singer/performer Michele Lee is bringing her much-anticipated all new show 'Nobody Does It Like Me: The Music Of Cy Coleman' to supper club 54 Below - 254 West 54th Street NY, NY 10019. This special three-night only engagement runs on June 11th, 12th and 13th at 7pm. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Tonys Special with 2015 Honoree Tommy Tune!BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Tonys Special with 2015 Honoree Tommy Tune!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 31, 2015

Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. In the special interview below, Richard welcomes 2015 Lifetime Achievement recipient Tommy Tune! (more...)

BWW Interview: Tommy Tune Reflects on SEESAW and Winning His First Tony AwardBWW Interview: Tommy Tune Reflects on SEESAW and Winning His First Tony Award
by Richard Ridge - May 30, 2015

Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge' recently sat down with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Broadway legend Tommy Tune, to discuss his past work, getting started on Broadway and if he would ever return to the Great White Way. Check out a sneak peek of the interview in which Tune discusses work in Seesaw and winning his first Tony Award. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tommy Tune Discusses If He Would Ever Return to BroadwayBWW Interview: Tommy Tune Discusses If He Would Ever Return to Broadway
by Richard Ridge - May 29, 2015

Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge' recently sat down with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Broadway legend Tommy Tune, to discuss his past work, getting started on Broadway and if he would ever return to the Great White Way. Check out a sneak peek of the interview in which Tune discusses if he would return to Broadway and the incredible Tony Award season this year. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Linda Lavin and More Set for 54 Below This JuneJeremy Jordan, Linda Lavin and More Set for 54 Below This June
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

This June, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Cast Announced for ALPHA BETA at Finborough TheatreCast Announced for ALPHA BETA at Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

The first major revival of Ted Whitehead's Alpha Beta since 1972, directed by Unicorn Theatre Artistic Director Purni Morell, opens at the Finborough Theatre for a five week season on Thursday, 18 June, 2015 (Press Nights: Tuesday 23, June and Wednesday, 24 June at 7.30pm) (more...)

Cy Coleman's YOU FASCINATE ME SO Now AvailableCy Coleman's YOU FASCINATE ME SO Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - May 26, 2015

Celebrate Cy Coleman with a new collection! (more...)

Photo Coverage: OUR GUY, CY-  The Songs of Cy Coleman Plays 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: OUR GUY, CY- The Songs of Cy Coleman Plays 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 21, 2015

Three Tony-winners converged to honor Cy Coleman at 54 Below last night and Broadwayworld was there. (more...)

Unicorn Theatre's Purni Morell to Direct ALPHA BETA at Finborough, June 18-July 19Unicorn Theatre's Purni Morell to Direct ALPHA BETA at Finborough, June 18-July 19
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

The first major revival of Ted Whitehead's Alpha Beta since 1972, directed by Unicorn Theatre Artistic Director Purni Morell, opens at the Finborough Theatre for a five week season on Thursday, 18 June, 2015 (Press Nights: Tuesday 23, June and Wednesday, 24 June at 7.30pm). (more...)

BWW Reviews: MICHELE LEE's First LA Cabaret a Smash at CatalinaBWW Reviews: MICHELE LEE's First LA Cabaret a Smash at Catalina
by Don Grigware - May 19, 2015

On Sunday May 17 at Catalina Jazz Club renowned actress/singer Michele Lee made her Los Angeles cabaret debut. Why has it taken this long? She takes her one-woman show Catch the Light on the road regularly and recently played 54 Below in NYC, but has never played a club in her hometown of LA. Well, it's high time, and the packed house agreed as the four-piece orchestra played the Beatles' 'Michelle, my belle...' as Lee was introduced to thunderous applause. She made her way through the audience singing the powerhouse 'Feeling Good', and with a combination of incredible drive and energy, an uber strong vocal style and sheer sauciness and personal sass, Lee's conquest of the room was guaranteed. Looking fabulous in black satin and sequins, she next essayed 'Nobody Does It Like Me' from her Broadway hit Seesaw. In the show she playe (more...)

James Monroe Iglehart, Melba Moore & More Set for 54 Below This WeekJames Monroe Iglehart, Melba Moore & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Crowd-Pleasing Revue Celebrating the Songs of CY COLEMAN Sets Off Fireworks at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: Crowd-Pleasing Revue Celebrating the Songs of CY COLEMAN Sets Off Fireworks at 54 Below
by Alix Cohen - May 18, 2015

Three of Cy Coleman's Broadway leading ladies invite you to a celebratory shindig buoyed by talent, palpably warmed by affection. Sometimes orchestrated as a harmonizing girl group and at others in distinctively different solo turns, Lillias White, Cady Huffman, and Randy Graff offer a banquet of Coleman's oeuvre in the 54 Below revue, My Guy Cy, which opened Friday night (and played again the following night). Arrangements by various musicians are texturally piquant, showcasing uncommon skill when interweaving songs. Direction (from vocalist Will Nunziata, who has a second flowering career) is fluid, deft, and winning. (more...)

Cast of SIDE SHOW, 54 SINGS THE LIFE & More Set for 54 Below This WeekCast of SIDE SHOW, 54 SINGS THE LIFE & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Tommy Tune Set for Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 25th Anniversary Jubalee, 7/30Tommy Tune Set for Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 25th Anniversary Jubalee, 7/30
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), celebrating a quarter century of creating community through American tap and contemporary percussive arts through innovative performance, education and outreach programs, welcomes 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune at its 25th Anniversary Jubalee Gala. This special evening, hosted by WGN's Dean Richards, takes place July 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago. (more...)

ONCE's Erikka Walsh & More Broadway Stars Set for New Comedy Web Series YES AND...ONCE's Erikka Walsh & More Broadway Stars Set for New Comedy Web Series YES AND...
by TV News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

'YES AND… is a new comedic web series conceived and produced by Jenny Anne Hochberg and Rasheda Crockett, featuring stars from Broadway and television. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tommy Tune Brings Home Lifetime Achievement Tony AwardPhoto Coverage: Tommy Tune Brings Home Lifetime Achievement Tony Award
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 9, 2015

An emotional and grateful Tommy Tune went to the top of his ladder and placed the Lifetime Achievement Award Tony above the other 9 he has been awarded. Here are photos of the momentous event.  You can see it on video at http://t2conline.com/stephen-sorokoff-my-view-tommy-tune-brings-home-his-tony-award-a-video/. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth Reflects On Tonys & Congratulates ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY CastKristin Chenoweth Reflects On Tonys & Congratulates ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Cast
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 8, 2015

Tony Awards host and ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY star all in one day! (more...)

Michele Lee, Seth Sikes & More Set for 54 Below This WeekMichele Lee, Seth Sikes & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

This week at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Harvey Fierstein's 1987 ON TIDY ENDINGS - Still Witty, Still Raw, Still So RelevantBWW Reviews: Harvey Fierstein's 1987 ON TIDY ENDINGS - Still Witty, Still Raw, Still So Relevant
by Gil Kaan - Jun 8, 2015

Harvey Fierstein's one-act On Tidy Endings, originally part of his 1987 Safe Sex trilogy, holds up very well in the abled reins of director Sara Wagner and her kick-ass cast. Set in a time when gay men only came out of their closets on a need-to-know basis (ex-wives, kids), contracting AIDS equalled a death sentence. Still, the after-effects of a gay man dying have similar revelancy in 2015. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Amanda Rose Thrives on Every ExperienceBWW Interviews: Amanda Rose Thrives on Every Experience
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jun 8, 2015

Musical theatre actress Amanda Rose has been living her dream since her graduation from Charleston College over a decade ago; she has been performing steadily on Broadway, on tour, and in regional theatres across the country. Now based in New York City, she, nonetheless, understands that an actress' life is peripatetic and unpredictable, and she relishes the new experiences that come with her journey. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 8-14, Featuring Michele Lee, the SPRING AWAKENING Cast, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 8-14, Featuring Michele Lee, the SPRING AWAKENING Cast, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jun 7, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Daniel Quadrino at 54 Below; Spring & Summer: Spring Awakening Cast Reunion; Seth Sikes Sings Judy Garland on Her Birthday; Michele Lee: Nobody Does It Like Me, The Music of Cy Coleman; and Liberty: A New Musical Cast Album Release. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Tommy Tune's Lifetime Achivement Award SpeechSTAGE TUBE: Watch Tommy Tune's Lifetime Achivement Award Speech
by Stage Tube - Jun 7, 2015

Just before the start of the 2015 Tony ceremony tonight, now ten-time Tony-winner Tommy Tune received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. Click below to watch his full acceptance speech! (more...)

Full Cast Set for European Premiere of ORSON'S SHADOWFull Cast Set for European Premiere of ORSON'S SHADOW
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

Final casting is announced today for the European premiere of Orson's Shadow, a critically acclaimed comedy by Austin Pendleton, about the time when Hollywood giants Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier worked together for the first time - the inspired idea of legendary theatre critic, Kenneth Tynan.  (more...)

Lilies For Lily! Kristin Chenoweth Receives Bouquet From Peter Gallagher At ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURYLilies For Lily! Kristin Chenoweth Receives Bouquet From Peter Gallagher At ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 3, 2015

A flowery day at ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY! (more...)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Tommy Tune to Present at 2015 TonysLifetime Achievement Award Recipient Tommy Tune to Present at 2015 Tonys
by TV News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

CBS has just announced that Tommy Tune, this year's recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Tony award, will be among the presenters on this year's telecast. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: She's Way Ahead! Happy Birthday To Michele LeeTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: She's Way Ahead! Happy Birthday To Michele Lee
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 25, 2015

Today we salute a Broadway and Hollywood star just announced to be making her return to Broadway later this year in WICKED. (more...)

Greg Vrostos & Angel Desai to Star in BTG's FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE This SummerGreg Vrostos & Angel Desai to Star in BTG's FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire, are thrilled to announce the casting for Berkshire Theatre Group's production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune directed by Karen Allen. Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune runs from Wednesday, July 29 to Saturday, August 22 at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage. (more...)

Two-Time Tony Nominee to Join WICKED on Broadway as 'Madame Morrible'Two-Time Tony Nominee to Join WICKED on Broadway as 'Madame Morrible'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Beginning performances Sunday, July 5th, Wicked will welcome two-time Tony and Emmy Award nominee MICHELE LEE in the role of Madame Morrible. A veteran of the stage and screen, she is perhaps best known for her fourteen seasons as Karen Mackenzie on the landmark CBS television drama, 'Knots Landing.' (more...)

RHYTHM OF LIFE, Celebrating Cy Coleman, Set for St. James Studio Next MonthRHYTHM OF LIFE, Celebrating Cy Coleman, Set for St. James Studio Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Marti Webb, Debbie Kurup, Cedric Neal and John Barr are to star in Rhythm of Life, a brand new song cycle celebrating many of the greatest hits by master of the catchy show tune, Tony Award-winning Cy Coleman.  (more...)

VIDEO: TONIGHT SHOW Presents 'Two James Taylors On a Seesaw'; Plus the Real Taylor Performs!VIDEO: TONIGHT SHOW Presents 'Two James Taylors On a Seesaw'; Plus the Real Taylor Performs!
by TV News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Last night's TONIGHT SHOW presented 'Two James Taylors On A Seesaw,' featuring host Jimmy Fallon and the REAL James Taylor. (more...)

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Stephanie J. Block & More Set for 2015-16 TRUST Cabaret SeriesLaura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Stephanie J. Block & More Set for 2015-16 TRUST Cabaret Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the fourth season for the 2015-2016 TRUST Cabaret Series. This popular series provides audiences with a rare opportunity to experience the finest cabaret artists and their outstanding musical accompanists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The 2015-2016 TRUST Cabaret Series will showcase award-winning Broadway, stage and film stars Tommy Tune, Stephanie J. Block, Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana performing together on one night, followed by Rebecca Luker and closing the season will be a performance by Paulo Szot. These exceptional performers will share a special evening of cabaret featuring songs from current Broadway, Jazz, American Standards and more. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Michele Lee Brings Cy Coleman Tribute to 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Michele Lee Brings Cy Coleman Tribute to 54 Below
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 13, 2015

Michelle Lee is performing NOBODY DOES IT LIKE ME, THE MUSIC OF CY COLEMAN, this weekend, and BroadwayWorld was on hand to snap some pictures from the evening. Check them out below! (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth Talks Tonys & ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY West End Transfer With Elaine PaigeKristin Chenoweth Talks Tonys & ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY West End Transfer With Elaine Paige
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 13, 2015

Tony Awards host and ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY star talks Tonys and more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Michele Lee Brings the Music of Cy Coleman to 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Michele Lee Brings the Music of Cy Coleman to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 12, 2015

Cy Coleman once said, 'Michele Lee is a surefire powerhouse performer. She embraces a lyric like nobody can.' Following her acclaimed 54 Below debut in 2014, this all-new at 54 Below show finds the stunning Michele Lee making a rare appearance in New York for three nights only, continuing tonight and tomorrow. Ms. Lee's new concert spotlights the music of the legendary Cy Coleman, including songs like 'Nobody Does it Like Me' and 'It's Not Where You Start' from her Tony-nominated performance in the musical Seesaw, along with other magnificent work and some surprises from Coleman's songbook. (more...)

Shon S. Lewis Pens OVERCOMING THE SEESAW OF WISDOM AGAINST FEARShon S. Lewis Pens OVERCOMING THE SEESAW OF WISDOM AGAINST FEAR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2015

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THEATER TALK Welcomes Tommy Tune This WeekTHEATER TALK Welcomes Tommy Tune This Week
by TV News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

An all-new THEATER TALK welcomes 10-time Tony® Award winner Tommy Tune, recipient of a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's June ceremony. Tune visited THEATER TALK the afternoon after the awards, still aglow with his natural effervescence and warmth, and the conversation moved smoothly from an acknowledgement of his special award to an entertaining chronicle of his roots and love for musicals. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Michele Lee as 'Madame Morrible' in WICKED!Photo Flash: First Look at Michele Lee as 'Madame Morrible' in WICKED!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Wicked recently welcomed two-time Tony and Emmy Award nominee MICHELE LEE in the role of Madame Morrible. A veteran of the stage and screen, she is perhaps best known for her fourteen seasons as Karen Mackenzie on the landmark CBS television drama, 'Knots Landing.' Check out a photo of Lee in action below! (more...)

YOU'RE GONNA HEAR FROM ME: THE SONGS OF ANDRE PREVIN Set for Sterling's Upstairs, 8/2YOU'RE GONNA HEAR FROM ME: THE SONGS OF ANDRE PREVIN Set for Sterling's Upstairs, 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents YOU'RE GONNA HEAR FROM ME: THE SONGS OF ANDRE PREVIN on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

BWW Reviews: New A/C Theatre Company's MURDER BALLAD Is Top-NotchBWW Reviews: New A/C Theatre Company's MURDER BALLAD Is Top-Notch
by Herbert Paine - Aug 9, 2015

A/C Theatre Company, the Valley of the Sun's fresh new entry in local theater, has charged out of the chute with a magnificent and electrifying staging of MURDER BALLAD, directed by Tim Shawver and featuring four of the Valley's top talents ~ Cassie Chilton,Kim Richard, Miguel Jackson, and Marshall Glass. (more...)

WICKED's Michele Lee Tells How Being In A Broadway Flop Led To A Big BreakWICKED's Michele Lee Tells How Being In A Broadway Flop Led To A Big Break
by Michael Dale - Aug 27, 2015

BRAVO, GIOVANNI closed just in time for her to be available to replace the leading lady of the biggest smash in town. (more...)

TUTS' Tommy Tune Awards Announce 2016 Participating SchoolsTUTS' Tommy Tune Awards Announce 2016 Participating Schools
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is thrilled to announce the 45 Houston area high schools participating in the 2016 Tommy Tune Awards.  Created by TUTS in 2002, the Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers. (more...)

Amanda McBroom to Get UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL at 54 Below This FallAmanda McBroom to Get UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL at 54 Below This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Amanda McBroom -- American international theater and cabaret performer and writer of the hit song, "The Rose"  -- will return to 54 Below on September 30th and October 1st at 7pm with her new show, Up Close and Personal, featuring unheard songs from her own songwriter's trunk, plus music by some of her favorite writers including Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Fran Landesman, John Bucchino, Jacques Brel and more. (more...)

Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso, Tommy Tune and More Set for Royal Room Cabaret This FallBilly Stritch & Jim Caruso, Tommy Tune and More Set for Royal Room Cabaret This Fall
by Nora Dominick - Aug 11, 2015

Returning Favorites Include Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso, Nicole Henry, Nicolas King, Aaron Weinstein & Bucky Pizzarelli, The Four Freshmen and Tommy Tune (more...)

CUTTHROAT KITCHEN: EVILICIOUS to Premiere This Month on Food NetworkCUTTHROAT KITCHEN: EVILICIOUS to Premiere This Month on Food Network
by TV News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Host Alton Brown welcomes back sixteen of the most devilishly memorable contestants to ever enter CUTTHROAT KITCHEN in the five-episode primetime tournament Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious, beginning Sunday, April 19th at 10pm (all times ET/PT). (more...)

ORSON'S SHADOW to Receive European Premiere at Southwark PlayhouseORSON'S SHADOW to Receive European Premiere at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

1960. Backstage at London's Royal Court Theatre. Hollywood giants Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier have been persuaded to work together for the first time - the inspired idea of legendary theatre critic, Kenneth Tynan. Welles has agreed to direct Olivier and Joan Plowright in a production of Eugene Ionesco's masterpiece Rhinoceros. But with Olivier's eccentric wife Vivien Leigh added to the volatile mix, legendary egos collide both on stage and off. (more...)

2015 Tommy Tune Award Winners Announced; Alec Michael Ryan and Audrey McKee Headed to the Jimmy Awards2015 Tommy Tune Award Winners Announced; Alec Michael Ryan and Audrey McKee Headed to the Jimmy Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

The 2015 Tommy Tune Awards winners have been announced! To a crowd of over 2,600 people, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) declared the winners of the 13th annual Tommy Tune Awards on April 21 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Lillias White, Randy Graff & Cady Huffman Set For OUR GUY, CY At 54 Below 5/15Lillias White, Randy Graff & Cady Huffman Set For OUR GUY, CY At 54 Below 5/15
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 20, 2015

Three Tony-winners converge to honor Cy Coleman! (more...)

San Diego Musical Theatre to Present SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 5/22-6/7San Diego Musical Theatre to Present SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 5/22-6/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

San Diego Musical Theatre announces the second production of their 2015 season, Singin' in the Rain, May 22 - June 7, 2015 (press opening on Saturday, May 23), at the Spreckels Theatre on Broadway in downtown San Diego. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Theatre Memphis' RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN - 'Blistered Sisters'BWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis' RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN - 'Blistered Sisters'
by Joseph Baker - Apr 13, 2015

While watching the Next Stage production of Gina Gionfriddo's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Theatre Memphis, I was reminded of John Van Druten's screenplay for the 1943 Warner Brothers film OLD ACQUAINTANCE. It was one of those 'women pictures' which provided thespic opportunities for the likes of actresses like Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins, who, in fact, were the lead players in this particular film. In their youth, the two women had been friends, but as their paths parted in life, the Davis character, brittle and alone, became a critically acclaimed (if financially challenged) author, while the Hopkins character, finally penning a bestseller (trash that it is, it rakes in the 'big bucks'), jealously desires what Davis has. I couldn't help thinking, if Gionfriddo's RAPTURE had fallen into the hands of a director like Vincent Sherman, I could see Davis as the 'Catherine Croll' character, who, despite national recognition and an evidently fulfilling career, begins to have doubts about her life choices. (If you've ever seen the famous car scene in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's ALL ABOUT EVE, also starring Davis, you'll hear the character of stage actress 'Margo Channing' lament what a woman gives up when she devotes herself entirely to a career: I wonder if this very scene influenced Ms. Gionfriddo in her characterizations.) The other character, 'Gwen,' would obviously have been given over to Hopkins, who would have shone as the once promising woman who jettisoned her own burgeoning promise to marry 'Don Harper,' who once had been Catherine's intended (George Brent, anyone?). (more...)

Photo Flash: Culture & Cocktails at The Colony Welcomes Tommy TunePhoto Flash: Culture & Cocktails at The Colony Welcomes Tommy Tune
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The popular series CULTURE & COCKTAILS, hosted by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, recently concluded its 10th anniversary season by attracting 175 song and dance fans to The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach for a Conversation with Broadway legend Tommy Tune. (more...)

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