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BWW Blog: Dalton Allison - Broadway and The Chicago Cubs, A Comparison 
by Guest Blogger: Dalton Allison - Oct 31, 2016

Besides Damn Yankees, there is not much common ground between the baseball world and the theater world. In case you have not heard, the Chicago Cubs have finally climbed back to the World Series after years of missed chances and deflating blunders by players and Cubs fans alike. The Cubs have not won a World Series Title since 1908, nor made an appearance in the series itself since 1945. What does any of this have to do with Broadway or theater in general? Well, it turns out 1945 was a pretty interesting year in the theater world. (more...)

'2112' At 40: Rush Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of Its Classic '2112' With Expansive 2CD/DVD/3LP Vinyl Packages To Be Released On December 16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

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BWW Review: CAROUSEL at Arena Stage - It's Magical
by Charles Shubow - Nov 21, 2016

CAROUSEL features a superb cast, taut direction, and amazing dancing that packs a wallop.. (more...)

VIDEO: Hey Holly Jolly- It's Time For A Drunken Shakespeare Extravaganza!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Mark your calendars, grab a friend and put on your Monday best- just in time for the holidays, the Bardian-Karaoke love child that's taking Hell's Kitchen by storm is back at Bar 9 for a special Holiday Extravaganza! (more...)

BWW Review: Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL Sparkles at Arena Stage
by Barbara Johnson - Nov 14, 2016

There's something about a classic, standard musical that tugs at the heartstrings. Maybe it's the the swelling orchestra, the time-honored songs, or the amazement that an old love story can feel new again. Under the direction of Molly Smith at Arena Stage, Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL is all of the above. (more...)

BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE A Warm Hearted Comedic Winner
by Frank Benge - Nov 14, 2016

What do you get when you cross Christopher Durang, the master of anxious comedy, with Anton Chekhov, the master of Russian despair? You get VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, an evening of melancholia and mirth. While Durang starts with Chekhov he soon runs off in every direction. Chekhov and Walt Disney? California Suite and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie? Why not? He ends up delivering a warmhearted, surprisingly personable play that is a mixture of clever and sweet that's hard to pull off. The production now on stage at The Wimberley Playhouse pulls it off beautifully. Chekhov's characters are full of angst and dissatisfaction, and so are Durang's. The key difference is that while tragic Chekhov can be funny, Durang is pretty much flat out bonkers. (more...)

Union Avenue Opera Prepares for 23rd Festival Season, Featuring ALBERT HERRING, CAROUSEL & HANSEL UND GRETEL
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Over 30 artists will make their Union Avenue Opera [UAO] debut during its 23rd Festival Season this summer. (more...)

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? DRUNKEN SHAKESPEARE to Return in June
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Just in time to turn up the summer heat, Drunken Shakespeare is here to help you chill out with a frosty drink and a bit of the blazing-hot Bard! (more...)

BWW Review: Drink to Love and Love to Drink at The Musical Stage Company's ONEGIN
by Taylor Long - May 18, 2017

You don't always get a second chance at love. The Musical Stage Company's ONEGIN presents this cautionary moral tale in 120 minutes of energetic, interactive musical theatre. A mix of old and new, Pushkin's famous poem and Tchaikovsky's renowned opera meet music and lyrics by creators Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 12, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 12, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Live life dramatically: It's Friday, May 12, 2017 - graduation day at Vanderbilt University - which prompts the musical question: 'Does it always have to rain on that day? This day, in particular?' Truly it's a FREAKY FRIDAY tradition, if the grads are donning caps and gowns at Vandy, chances are everyone else will be carrying their umbrellas with them in Music City. (more...)

BWW Interview: IN TRANSIT's James Snyder Discusses Singing and His Upcoming Green Room Concert
by Joseph F. Panarello - May 10, 2017

Singing techniques, Green Room concert and IN TRANSIT are topics James Snyder likes to talk about. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/31; THE LAST FIVE YEARS in Omaha, CAROUSEL in L.A. and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 31, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LAST FIVE YEARS in Omaha, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES in Tampa, and CAROUSEL in Los Angeles, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)

BWW Review: Musical Theatre West Mounts a Quintessential CAROUSEL
by Don Grigware - Mar 27, 2017

Carousel is Rodgers and Hammerstein's favorite musical. Produced on Broadway in 1945 with John Raitt and Jan Clayton in the roles of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, it was R & H's second hit in a row, Oklahoma! being the first, with a string of others to follow. Any Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is among the very best there is in the annals of musical theatre history. The incredibly beautiful music alone is enough to keep an audience riveted, but Hammerstein's books were also laden with topical themes and much food for thought, as with Carousel that becomes a sort of parable for love, forgiveness and redemption. In their current beautifully mounted revival of Carousel, MTW may be assured of a gigantic hit. (more...)

The Skivvies, Alice Ripley, GREAT COMET Cast and More Slated for Spring at The Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

The Green Room 42, Broadway's newest, funkiest, and most spacious club located on 42nd street and Tenth Ave inside YOTEL announces an all-star lineup for the spring. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Slow Burn's BIG RIVER is A Joyous Musical Ride
by Trevor Durham - Mar 19, 2017

Fitzwater has finally gotten his chance to deliver Big River, a production dazzling in its music and performances, showcasing a wild range of talents that give this American musical the most American feel a show could hope for. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Laura Osnes, Telly Leung & More Sings For The Oscar Hammerstein Museum
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 14, 2017

Broadway sang at The Players Club last night for the Benefit of The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

BWW Review: Cherry Hill East High School RAGTIME:THE MUSICAL School Edition
by Pati Buehler - Mar 14, 2017

Surrounded by a barrage of local and regional media attention Cherry Hill East High School decides to "Make Them Hear You". (more...)

BWW Review: OVERTURE LIVE - THE MUSIC OF DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS, The Hippodrome
by Gary Naylor - Mar 13, 2017

Daniel and Laura Curtis showcase their current album, Overture, and give us a glimpse or two of emerging work, the songs belted out by A list West End performers. (more...)

Drunken Shakespeare Returns on a Midsummer's Night
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2017

The days are hot, but Drunken Shakespeare is here to keep you cool with a frosty drink and a bit of the blazing-hot Bard! (more...)

BWW Review: Riverside Center Presents Tuneful SOME ENCHANTED EVENING of Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites
by Jeffrey Walker - Jun 14, 2017

A starry night, with a huge moon looking down, is the perfect setting for an evening of songs that have become part of musical theatre history. This is the look and the sound of SOME ENCHANTED EVENING, now running through July 16, 2017, at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, just south of DC off of I-95. (more...)

BWW Interview: Killian Donnelly On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLES
by Marianka Swain - Jun 12, 2017

Killian Donnelly's stellar musical career includes Kinky Boots, Memphis, The Commitments, Billy Elliot and The Phantom of the Opera. From tonight, he becomes the new West End Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. (more...)

James Snyder and More to Highlight Chris Isaacson Presents' Summer Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced a full slate of summer entertainment, beginning with Chris Mann (star of NBC-TV's The Voice), and continuing with Broadway leading man James Snyder, Electro Jazz and pop chanteuse Maya, Joey Arias: Still Misbehavin', and Grammy Award-winning Motown legend Thelma Houston. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- Macblair
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 17, 2017

BWW speaks to Charlie Dupre about 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (more...)

BWW Reviews: Fresh SWEENEY TODD Reinvents Darkness
by Trevor Durham - Jul 17, 2017

Clive Cholerton takes the demon barber's ballads into new dimensions of cruelty and possibility. (more...)

BWW Review: Will Albert Herring ever shed his innocence?
by Steve Callahan - Jul 11, 2017

Union Avenue Opera mounts a delightful production of 'Albert Herring,' Benjamin Britten's only comic opera. (more...)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL Returns to Theaters Nationwide This January
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2017

A cinematic fusion of fantasy, music, intense drama and widescreen beauty, Rodgers & Hammerstein's celebrated, one-of-a-kind musical returns with "CAROUSEL 60th Anniversary" in movie theaters across the country on Sunday, January 8, and Wednesday, January 11, from Fathom Events and 20th Century Fox. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Hampshire - Week of 1/08/2017
by BWW - Jan 8, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/08/2017 for New Hampshire (more...)

Larry Marshall Performs A Lincoln Portrait with Downtown Music Productions 2/12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Downtown Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mimi Stern-Wolfe, presents, on the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, a performance of Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait, with Broadway's Larry Marshall as narrator; Creation du Monde by Darius Milhaud, and Flower of the Mountain by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Stephen Albert, inspired by the writings of James Joyce, with Alissa Grimaldi, soprano.    Sunday February 12, 3:30 PM at St. Mark's in the Bowery, 131 West 10th Street (Second Avenue). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 1/29/2017
by BWW - Jan 29, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/29/2017 for Miami (more...)

BWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare Company's HAMLET Breaks The Mold ~ A Unique and Imaginative Interpretation!
by Herbert Paine - Jan 24, 2017

William Wilson delivers an electrifying portrayal of the aggrieved prince that gives depth, weight and nuance to Southwest Shakespeare Company's extraordinary production of HAMLET, directed by David Barker. (more...)

Drunken Shakespeare Returns with Drunken Love Edition
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Mark your calendars: Drunken Shakespeare is back to revel and get 'Drunk in Love,' just in time for Valentine's Day! (more...)

BWW Review: SUNSET BABY at TheaterWorks
by Joseph Harrison - Feb 6, 2017

How do you build a world and a home at the same time? What gets lost in the struggle? How can a generation be so brilliant and so self-destructive at the same time? These are the questions that playwright Dominique Morisseau notes are what spark and guide her play SUNSET BABY, currently in its Connecticut premiere at TheaterWorks in Hartford. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 2/05/2017
by BWW - Feb 5, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/05/2017 for Miami (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 2/19/2017
by BWW - Feb 19, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/19/2017 for Miami (more...)

Gorilla Tango Originals Produces Wacky, Gender-Bending, Family-Friendly Spin on JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Gorilla Tango Originals proudly presents a new take on an old story: "Jack and the Beanstalk: A Panto Adventure" by Jason Peck and directed by Drew Alexander Echales. "Jack and the Beanstalk: A Panto Adventure" is family friendly (best for ages 5 and up), and performs Saturdays at 1pm, March 4-April 22, 2017, at Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647). Tickets are $15; lap children (i.e. ages 1 and under) free. Please visit www.gorillatango.com or call 773-598-4549 for tickets and more information. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 2/12/2017
by BWW - Feb 12, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/12/2017 for Miami (more...)

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Rings Out at PMT
by Greg Kerestan - Feb 1, 2017

After a two-decade wait, Disney's cult animated musical finally comes to the stage, in an all too timely production. (more...)

Paulo Szot, Joyce DiDonato To Join the New York Philharmonic in New Year's Eve Concert, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Tony Award winner and Metropolitan Opera baritone Paulo Szot will join Music Director Alan Gilbert, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and the New York Philharmonic for the Orchestra's New Year's Eve celebration, Saturday, December 31, 2016, at 8:00 p.m., an evening of American classics including music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, and Copland. (more...)

11 Superb New Theatrical Experiences from 2016
by Charles Quittner - Dec 31, 2016

New York theatre stuck it to the patriarchy this year with healthy-for-the-soul offerings like A 24 Decade History of Popular Music, O, Earth, The Wolves, and more! (more...)

Paulo Szot, Joyce DiDonato To Join the New York Philharmonic in New Year's Eve Concert, Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2016

Tony Award winner and Metropolitan Opera baritone Paulo Szot will join Music Director Alan Gilbert, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and the New York Philharmonic for the Orchestra's New Year's Eve celebration, Today, December 31, 2016, at 8:00 p.m., an evening of American classics including music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, and Copland. (more...)

New York Philharmonic to Ring in 2017 with Tunes from MY FAIR LADY, SOUND OF MUSIC and More on PBS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2016

This New Year's Eve, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER rings in 2017 with the New York Philharmonic as international opera star Joyce DiDonato and Tony Award winner Paulo Szot join Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert for an Enchanted Evening. Humorist and CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca hosts the broadcast from David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. (more...)

Vancouver's Art Rock Band, Sunday Morning, Release Self-Titled Debut Record Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2016

On their self-titled record, which was released today, December 23rd, they enlisted the talents of bassist Coco Culbertson (Bif Naked. The Gay and The Choir Practice); drummer Justin Leigh (Pluto); guitarist Kevin Rose (Tankhog, Coal, The Wongs); cellist Finn Manniche; and vocalists Leah Commons (Bubble 11) and Carmen Bruno (Trailerhawk). Says Wilson, 'We basically went after our dream band of Vancouver musicians and got exactly that!' (more...)

New York Philharmonic to Ring in 2017 with Tunes from MY FAIR LADY, SOUND OF MUSIC and More on PBS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

This New Year's Eve, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER rings in 2017 with the New York Philharmonic as international opera star Joyce DiDonato and Tony Award winner Paulo Szot join Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert for an Enchanted Evening. Humorist and CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca hosts the broadcast from David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. (more...)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL Returns to Theaters Nationwide This January
by Movies News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

A cinematic fusion of fantasy, music, intense drama and widescreen beauty, Rodgers & Hammerstein's celebrated, one-of-a-kind musical returns with "CAROUSEL 60th Anniversary" in movie theaters across the country on Sunday, January 8, and Wednesday, January 11, from Fathom Events and 20th Century Fox. (more...)

BWW Review: An Alluring Journey with ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Orlando Shakes
by Kimberly Moy - Apr 4, 2017

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA is one of those mandatory high school reading Shakespeare classics that never gets old. Though it is a tragedy, Orlando Shakes production is glamorous, entertaining and extremely palatable. Casting, costumes, and classic story come together to make ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA the crown jewel of the season. (more...)

Revel in the Rites of Spring with DRUNKEN SHAKESPEARE at Bar 9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

Mark your calendar - Drunken Shakespeare is back and wants you to help revel in some rites of Spring! (more...)

Jackie Adams Relases DOGGERAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

Jackie Adams has completed his new book 'Doggeral (Urban Ballads)': a gripping collection of urban ballads, which are art songs and poems that hint at oppression, bewilderment, and hate. (more...)

Doug Elkins Returns To PEAK PERFORMANCES To Show Two New Works, 4/20-23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2017

Peak Performances is pleased to welcome back Doug Elkins, whom The New York Times calls "one of the most witty, musical and inventive choreographers of his generation," and his company, doug elkins choreography, etc., in an evening-length program of new and acclaimed works, April 20-23 at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. (more...)

Shakespeare Festival Comes to the PACE Center Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Hoist thine noble banner and may ye heralding trumpets sound! On Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, Parker Arts will present its first annual Shakespeare Festival, a theatrical competition for Parker middle schools and high schools. (more...)

Breaking: Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renée Fleming to Star in CAROUSEL on Broadway
by Alan Henry - Apr 16, 2017

The New York Times reports that producers Scott Rudin and Roy Furman will revive CAROUSEL on Broadway next spring with Jesse Mueller as Julie Jordan, Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow, and Renee Fleming as Nettie Fowler. (more...)

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