Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

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Belasco Theatre (New York, NY)
111 West 44th St.
New York, NY
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Two hours
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A touching and human comedy about a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons -one per week for six weeks- in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an mercurial relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion.
Since its Broadway premiere in 2003, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks has been translated into 12 languages with more than 50 productions.

Cheyenne Jackson, Donna McKechnie, Frank Wildhorn, Cyndi Lauper and More Set for Birdland, Dec 2013
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their zesty line-up of impressive talent for the month of December 2013. Featuring: Michael Feinstein, Stacey Kent, Jazz Stories with Eddie Gomez, Kenny Barron, Al Foster, Wallace Roney, Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Cabaret, Cheyenne Jackson, Donna McKechnie, Frank Wildhorn & Friends with Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Jane Monheit and more, A Swinging Birdland Christmas, Native Soul, Victoria Shaw, Natalie Toro, Shoshana Bush, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more! (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson Set for Q&A, CD Signing at Drama Book Shop, 12/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

Jackson recently completed filming 'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks' opposite Gena Rowlands and is also performing his solo concert (more...)

Leslie Caron Stars in 6 DANCE LESSONS IN 6 WEEKS at Laguna Playhouse, Now thru 12/29
by TV News Desk - Nov 26, 2013

The Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to present film great Leslie Caron (An American In Paris, Gigi, Fanny) in a comic and heartfelt valentine to the human condition, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, written by Richard Alfieri and directed by Michael Arabian (Waiting for Godot). Additional exciting casting news to be announced shortly! Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks will begin previews tonight, November 26 and will open on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Film Legend Leslie Caron Graces the Laguna Playhouse Stage
by Don Grigware - May 5, 2014

Two character plays about love and friendship over time like Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade and Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry are A-list treasures. Their lack of pretension and real humanity make them linger quite joyously in the mind. In spite of some wonderful moments, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri is not quite at that level. As in a sitcom, many of the reactions are too quick and ready-made...and the outcome relies heavily on illness and sympathy to keep the two characters connected; but despite its flaws, the play is enormously entertaining and appealing in the right hands. What makes the current Laguna Playhouse production so memorable is the pairing of film legend Leslie Caron with 6-time Ovation Award winner David Engel, both known for their superior reliability with a dance step or two. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Leslie Caron and David Engel in Laguna Playhouse's SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors,Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham present screen legend Leslie Caron, in her first Southern California theatrical performance in over 25 years! Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, written by Richard Alfieri, with choreography by Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and directed by Michael Arabian (Waiting for Godot). Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks also features six-time Ovation Award-winning actor David Engel. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars in action below! (more...)

Heidi Blickenstaff, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Jessica Molaskey Join Encores THE MOST HAPPY FELLA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

Casting is complete for the New York City Center Encores! production of Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, running for seven performances, April 2 - 6, 2014. (more...)

Billy Zane to Join Jenn Gambatese in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC this Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014

Billy Zane, star of James Cameron's international blockbuster Titanic and critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago, has been cast as Captain von Trapp, completing principal casting for Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music, April 25-May 18, 2014. (more...)

Billy Zane Stars as Captain von Trapp in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014

Billy Zane, star of James Cameron's international blockbuster Titanic and critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago, has been cast as Captain von Trapp, completing principal casting for Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music, April 25-May 18, 2014. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Return to Birdland with Stephanie J. Block, 3/27 & 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is pleased to announce that Broadway/television leading man CHEYENNE JACKSON will return to the historic music room for two shows only on Thursday, March 27 and Saturday, March 29, with shows at 6:15pm. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson Returns to Birdland with Orfeh Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is pleased to announce that Broadway/television leading man CHEYENNE JACKSON will return to the historic music room for two shows only on Thursday, March 27 and Saturday, March 29, with shows at 6:15pm. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Return to Birdland, 3/27-29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is pleased to announce that Broadway/television leading man CHEYENNE JACKSON will return to the historic music room for two shows only today, March 27 and Saturday, March 29, with shows at 6:15pm. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson with Orfeh, Donna McKechnie & More Set for Birdland, 3/24-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announcde their line-up of talent for March 24-30, including Cheyenne Jackson, Donna McKechnie and more! (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Make Provincetown Debut, 7/4-6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2014

Cheyenne Jackson has starred on both 30 Rock opposite Tina Fey and Glee where he played the voice coach for the group Vocal Adrenaline, and will next be seen starring opposite Gena Rowlands in the feature film "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" releasing in theaters in early 2014. On Broadway, Cheyenne most recently starred in Encore's production of "The Most Happy Fella" at City Center, "Finian's Rainbow" (Drama Desk nomination), "Damn Yankees," "Xanadu" (Drama League , Drama Desk nominations), "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and," "All Shook Up" (Theater World Award, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle nomination). Off-Broadway he was seen in the orignal cast of "Altar Boyz". On July 4, 5, and 6, he makes his anticipated Broadway@ The Art House debut. SiriusXM radio star Seth Rudetsky joins him as pianist and host. For tickets please visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 508-487-9222. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Cheyenne Jackson Stars in New Comedy MUTUAL FRIENDS
by Movies News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Below, check out the trailer for MUTUAL FRIENDS, starring Broadway's Cheyenne Jackson. (more...)

BWW Reviews: More Lessons Taught Than Dancing in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS
by Frank Benge - Jun 24, 2014

Human existence can be a pretty lonely, tenuous thing. When push comes to shove, our dependence on our friends (or even strangers for that matter) is something you should never take for granted. This is just one of the lessons you will take away from your visit to the Agape Actors Co-op production of 'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks' currently playing in Georgetown in the East View High School's black box theater. (more...)

Roger Forbes, Elizabeth Franz, Robert Foxworth and Jill Tanner to Lead QUARTET at The Old Globe, Running 7/25-8/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for the third production of the 2014 Summer Season, Ronald Harwood's comedy Quartet, directed by Richard Seer (Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage, The Last Romance). Harwood received an Academy Award for his screenplay of The Pianist and was nominated for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Dresser (also a hit on Broadway and the West End). Quartet will play in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, July 25 - August 24, 2014. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Cortland Rep's SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

For the fourth show in their 43rd annual summer season, Cortland Repertory Theatre presents the New York State premiere of the new mystery/comedy 'Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily' by Katie Forgette. Performances will run from tonight, July 30th, through August 9th with evening performances at 7:30 PM. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

CRT to Present SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY, 7/30-8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

For the fourth show in their 43rd annual summer season, Cortland Repertory Theatre presents the New York State premiere of the new mystery/comedy "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily" by Katie Forgette. Performances will run from July 30th - August 9th with evening performances at 7:30 PM. Matinees are available on August 1st, 5th, and 6th at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased by calling 800-427-6160 or at the CRT Box Office's new location at 24 Port Watson Street in Cortland. Tickets are also available for sale 24 hours a day through the CRT website at www.cortlandrep.org. (more...)

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG: A TRIBUTE TO SOME GREAT FEMALE LYRICISTS!, 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

For our 48th Kritzerland show we're proud to present a salute to some incredible female lyricists of the musical theatre, mostly Carolyn Leigh, the brilliant lyricist of such Broadway shows as Little Me, Wildcat, Peter Pan and others, as well as such classic pop songs as 'Witchcraft' and 'The Best Is Yet to Come,' as well as other great female lyricists like Lynn Ahrens (Once on this Island, Ragtime, Seussical), Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden), Gretchen Cryer (I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road), Fran Landesman (The Nervous Set, 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most'), Amanda McBroom ('The Rose', Heartbeats) and Carole Bayer Sager (They're Playing Our Song). Kritzerland's Bruce Kimmel has recorded many of the lyricists above and has chosen the usual Kritzerland colorful and eclectic program, a mix of the well- known and the unknown. As always, we've assembled a stellar cast. So, come join us for some amazing songs by some amazing women. (more...)

Gloucester Stage Company Announces New Leadership for 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2014

Gloucester Stage Board of Directors President Bea Waring and President Elect Robert Boulrice have announced that Costin Manu has been named the new Managing Director of Gloucester Stage Company. A veteran theatre professional with a 35-year career in the arts, Mr. Manu recently relocated to Cape Ann from Canada to begin his duties at Gloucester Stage. Board of Directors President Elect Robert Boulrice elaborates on Manu, 'Costin has many skills. He has been successful more than once at knitting the theaters he manages into the fabric of the community. He understands the economic development potential that a business/theater interaction offers to a community. It will be fun introducing Costin Manu to the Gloucester community.' Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric Engel is excited to collaborate with the new Managing Director,' Costin is a great catch for the Gloucester Stage. He's a great administrator, a warm and articulate person, and a remarkably well-informed connoisseur of the theater. He's already proven to be a delightful and effective colleague.' (more...)

Paradox Players to Stage SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, 2/7-23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2014

Paradox Players presents the Austin premiere of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri, directed by Matthew Burnett and starring Cynthia Schiebel and Kirk Kelso. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Return to Birdland, 3/27-29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is pleased to announce that Broadway/television leading man CHEYENNE JACKSON will return to the historic music room for two shows only on Thursday, March 27 and Saturday, March 29, with shows at 6:15pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Cheyenne Jackson's LA Concert Poster!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

On Saturday, April 26, Cheyenne Jackson will bring 'Music of the Mad Men Era' to Walt Disney Concert Hall, featuring special guests Jane Lynch and Rebecca Romijn. The star of Broadway, Glee, and 30 Rock, and more will take you back to a time when bossa nova was new, the lounges of Las Vegas were hip and catchy dance music was spinning on every hi-fi. Snap your fingers and tap your toes to the cool, swinging tunes of the 1950s and '60s. For tickets, visit: http://www.laphil.com (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 3/14-16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

Following a sold-out engagement, Feinstein's at the Nikko has announced the return of actor, singer and songwriter Cheyenne Jackson for three performances only - Friday, March 14 (8 p.m.), Saturday, March 15 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, March 16 (7 p.m.) Jackson, along with his long-time musical director Ben Toth, will perform original songs from his new album, "I'm Blue, Skies," as well as classics from his acclaimed one-man show Music of the Mad Men Era, which sold out Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. Tickets for Cheyenne Jackson range in price from $60-$75 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson Makes Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

After wowing audiences as 'Tony' in recent San Francisco Symphony concert performances of West Side Story, star of stage and screen, Cheyenne Jackson, returns to San Francisco to make his Feinstein's at the Nikko debut for two performances only - tonight, January 10, 2014 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, January 11, 2014 (7 p.m.). (more...)

Broadway Vet Rita Moreno to Co-Star in NBC Comedy Pilot OLD SOUL
by TV News Desk - Feb 8, 2014

Deadline reports that Broadway, big and small screen vet Rita Moreno has signed on to co-star opposite Natasha Lyonne in NBC's OLD SOUL comedy pilot from Amy Poehler. (more...)

Paradox Players Stage SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, Now thru 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

Paradox Players presents the Austin premiere of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri, directed by Matthew Burnett and starring Cynthia Schiebel and Kirk Kelso. (more...)

'30 Rock' Star Cheyenne Jackson Engaged to Jason Landau
by TV News Desk - Feb 6, 2014

A rep for Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson has confirmed to People that he is engaged to boyfriend and fellow actor Jason Landau. ' (more...)

Los Angeles Premiere of DERBY DAY to Open 2/22 at Elephant Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

The Los Angeles Premiere of the critically acclaimed DERBY DAY written and directed by Samuel Brett Williams opens Saturday, February 22nd at 8 PM. There will be two previews on February 20th and February 21st. at 8 PM. The show runs Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's through March 22nd at the Elephant Theatre (6322 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, 90038). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.plays411.com/derbyday or by calling 323.960.7779. (more...)

Fred Willard to Join Natasha Lyonne & Rita Moreno in NBC's OLD SOUL
by TV News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

The project follows 'a reformed wild child Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age. Willard will play one of the clients, the razza-mattazy Hector, a veteran Broadway songwriter who has been joyously married to Rita (Moreno), his writing partner, for over 50 years. One of Nadia's main jobs with Hector to help him sort through the massive amounts of stuff he has have kept over the years.' (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson, LANCE HORNE & FRIENDS with Alan Cumming & More Set for Birdland in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club's March 2014 schedule will feature Quest: with Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, Ron McClure & Billy Hart, Billy Hart Quartet, Kevin Mahogany, Cheyenne Jackson; Now This: with Gary Peacock, Marc Copland & Joey Baron, Bill Charlap Trio, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, Billy Stritch; and more! Check out full details below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Paradox Players Production of SIX DANCE LESSONS Is a Valentine's Treat
by Jeff Davis - Feb 13, 2014

There's a rather funny thing about relationships, whether they be friendships or romantic. We all know that they take hard work to maintain, but the best ones appear to require no work at all. While the unlikely chums in Richard Alfieri's dramedy Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks put in a painstaking amount of work to maintain their friendship, the show itself seems effortless. The show may tug at our heartstrings, but I say tug away. These characters, brilliantly brought to life in Paradox Players' current production, are just what we need around Valentine's Day. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 12/08/2013
by BWW - Dec 8, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/08/2013 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut, 1/10-11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2013

After wowing audiences as 'Tony' in recent San Francisco Symphony concert performances of West Side Story, star of stage and screen, Cheyenne Jackson, returns to San Francisco to make his Feinstein's at the Nikko debut for two performances only - Friday, January 10, 2014 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, January 11, 2014 (7 p.m.). Jackson, along with his long-time musical director Ben Toth, will perform original songs from his new album, 'I'm Blue, Skies,' as well as classics from his acclaimed one-man show Music of the Mad Men Era, which sold out Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. Tickets for Cheyenne Jackson range in price from $50-$65 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 12/22/2013
by BWW - Dec 22, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/22/2013 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Photo Flash: Cheyenne Jackson Makes Birdland Debut with Christine Ebersole
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2013

Last night, the Broadway at Birdland concert series presented Broadway/television leading man Cheyenne Jackson on the stage of the historic music room for the first of two shows. The second show will take place tonight, Monday, December 2, at 9:15pm. This is the New York celebration for his recently-released album, 'I'm Blue, Skies.' Check out a look back at the evening below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 12/15/2013
by BWW - Dec 15, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/15/2013 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 12/01/2013
by BWW - Dec 1, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/01/2013 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson Makes Birdland Debut with Songs from I'M BLUE SKIES and More, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2013

According to Birdland's website, Broadway veteran Cheyenne Jackson will be making his debut at the venue with his brand new show, featuring songs from his new album, 'I'm Blue Skies', as well as classics from his acclaimed one-man show 'Music of the Mad Men Era,' which sold out at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy CenteR. Jackson will be working with long-time musical director Ben Toth at Birdland tonight and tomorrow, December 1 & 2, 2013 at 6 PM and 9:15 PM, respectively. (more...)

CRT to Present MAKING GOD LAUGH, 8/13-23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

For the fifth show in their 43rd annual summer season, Cortland Repertory Theatre will present the regional premiere of the comedy "Making God Laugh", written by Sean Grennan. Performances will run from August 13 - 23 with evening performances at 7:30. Matinees are available on August 15, 17, 19 and 20 at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased by calling 800-427-6160 or at the CRT Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street in Cortland. Tickets are also available for sale 24 hours a day through the CRT website at www.cortlandrep.org. (more...)

Photos: First Look - Cheyenne Jackson Guest Stars on Tonight's ROYAL PAINS on USA
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Broadway's Cheyenne Jackson will guest star in tonight's episode of USA Network's ROYAL PAINS, airing 9-10 p.m. ET. (more...)

BWW Reviews: August's KRITZERLAND at Sterling's Upstairs Celebrates Some Great Female Lyricists
by Shari Barrett - Aug 4, 2014

On the first Sunday of each month, Bruce Kimmel hosts the KRITZERLAND show at Sterling's at The Federal in the heart of the NoHo Arts District. The evening starts with a variety of dinner selections, full bar service, and lots of time to mingle and chat with old and new friends. Starting at 7pm, each revue has its own theme, with a variety of performers taking to the stage to entertain the enthusiastic crowd who loves show tunes. The 48th KRITZERLAND show on 8-3-14 presented a salute to some incredible female lyricists of the musical theatre (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Return to Provincetown's Art House, 8/29-31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

When Cheyenne Jackson made his debut in the Broadway @ The Art House series hosted by Seth Rudetsky last month, the Cape Cod Times called him 'a singer with tremendous style' and raved that 'his vocal range goes deep for Elvis-like tunes but can flip to a high, yowling falsetto' and 'his dance moves go from sultry to hip-swiveling rock.' On the heels of selling-out all three of his July 4th holiday weekend shows in Provincetown, he has announced a return to The Art House for Labor Day weekend of August 29, 30, 31 at 7:00 PM by popular demand. SiriusXM radio star Seth Rudetsky will join him again as pianist and host. For tickets please visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 508-487-9222. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present Leslie Caron & David Engel in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, 4/26-6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present screen legend Leslie Caron, in her first Southern California theatrical performance in over 25 years! Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, written by Richard Alfieri, with choreography by Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and directed by Michael Arabian (Waiting for Godot). Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks will also feature 6-time Ovation Award-winning actor David Engel. "What an honor to have on our stage the incomparable Leslie Caron and the multi-talented David Engel," remarks Wood. "It's a dream cast and a dream come true. With Michael Arabian and Donna McKechnie directing and choreographing, this has to be one of the most anticipated productions in the Playhouse's storied history,' adds Wareham. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks will begin previews on Saturday, April 26 and will open on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cheyenne Jackson Wins Hearts at Walt Disney Concert Hall
by Ellen Dostal - Apr 29, 2014

Cheyenne Jackson won the hearts of a sold-out crowd by completely opening his own in his debut performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night. The self-professed goal of the tall, dark and handsome singer was simply 'to blanket the audience with love,' which he did repeatedly in a program that paid tribute to the '50s and '60s with his Music of the Mad Men Era (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Presents Leslie Caron & David Engel in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, Now thru 6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present screen legend Leslie Caron, in her first Southern California theatrical performance in over 25 years! Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, written by Richard Alfieri, with choreography by Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and directed by Michael Arabian (Waiting for Godot). Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks will also feature 6-time Ovation Award-winning actor David Engel. 'What an honor to have on our stage the incomparable Leslie Caron and the multi-talented David Engel,' remarks Wood. 'It's a dream cast and a dream come true. With Michael Arabian and Donna McKechnie directing and choreographing, this has to be one of the most anticipated productions in the Playhouse's storied history,' adds Wareham. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks will begin previews tonight, April 26 and will open on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Billy Zane Stars as Captain von Trapp in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Billy Zane, star of James Cameron's international blockbuster Titanic and critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago, has been cast as Captain von Trapp, completing principal casting for Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music, tonight, April 25-May 18, 2014. (more...)

Ricky Martin to Present Rita Moreno with PEOPLE Lifetime Achievement Award
by Movies News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Ricky Martin will present Rita Moreno with People En Espaņol's lifetime achievement award in the arts this May. (more...)

BWW's Jeff Davis to Make Directorial Debut With SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, Runs 6/19-28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is a touching and human comedy about a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons -one per week for six weeks- in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion. A comedy with music and dance, the play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance. (more...)

Leslie Caron On Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 24, 2014

Iconic movie musical leading lady and acclaimed international performer Leslie Caron touches upon many of her experiences working with an astounding array of legendary stars as part of a new interview in promotion of her West Coast stint in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. (more...)

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