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An Old Guy is Making a Stir on the UConn Campus
by Lauren Yarger - Sep 6, 2016

The First Folio of Shakespeare's works is making a tour stop at the UConn Storrs Campus (more...)

The Teeming Autumn, Big With Rich Increase... and Drunken Shakespeare!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

As the seasons change and the temperatures drop, there's one thing you can count on: Drunken Shakespeare at Bar 9! (more...)

BWW Interview: Marc Baron Ginsburg of EVITA at Cabrillo Music Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Oct 4, 2016

In Cabrillo Music Theatre's new production of Evita, the role of Che, the narrator figure based on Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, is played by Marc Baron Ginsburg. A Philadelphia native, Ginsburg has enjoyed a varied career on both coasts prior to coming to Cabrillo. His favorite roles include Aaron (First Date,) Lord Farquaad (Shrek), Lawrence Jameson (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), and Quixote/Cervantes (Man of La Mancha), among many others. He also played Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's First National Tour of Oliver! Marc and his wife Liza, who is also a performer, are recent parents of a son, Phoenix, who was born in June. We talked to Marc about his career and his approach to the key role he is playing in Evita. (more...)

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...)

BWW Review: Chekhov on the Delaware: Perfectly Calibrated Durang Play Opens Good Theater's 15th Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Oct 24, 2016

During the first act of Christopher Durang's Tony award-winning 2013 play, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, the characters muse that 'if everyone were on anti-depressants, there would be no Chekhov.' Happily for Portland theatre goers, it seems that none of the six colorful, endearing, eccentric personages in Durang's contemporary comedy appears to be on any medication. Rather they squabble and moan and rant about their lives in absurdly clever and humorous dialogue as they struggle to find some happiness in the human bonds which connect them. (more...)

BWW Interview: 10 Powerful Responses To The Question 'What is Art?'
by Andrew Burrill - Oct 18, 2016

It is the age-old question, what is Art? For many, seeking the answer to this question is a life long journey that's founded in the need for truth in one's life. Check out these answers from individuals on Broadway, in Hollywood, and on YouTube! (more...)

BWW Review: Complicated APPROPRIATE at Trinity Rep
by Andria Tieman - Oct 11, 2016

APPROPRIATE is a show that manages to be both genuinely funny, but also somewhat hard to watch.  At its core, it's about family, legacy and secrets, but it manages to become something much larger and more complicated and messy than that.  Author Branden Jacobs-Jenkins manages to punctuate moments of extreme discomfort with the perfect injection of levity to avoid this turning into something that is exclusively difficult to watch, and excellent performances from Trinity resident actors Phyllis Kay, Fred Sullivan Jr. and Angela Brazil keep the dark narrative compelling even when it's squirmingly uncomfortable. (more...)

The Teeming Autumn, Big With Rich Increase... and Drunken Shakespeare!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

As the seasons change and the temperatures drop, there's one thing you can count on: Drunken Shakespeare at Bar 9! (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...)

Sublime's Catalog Remastered For Vinyl
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

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BWW Review: MACBETH at the Stratford Festival is Frighteningly Great and Greatly Frightening
by Lauren Gienow - May 31, 2016

The Stratford Festival officially opened its 64th Season with a frighteningly great (and greatly frightening) production of the Scottish Play. Director Antoni Cimolino brings us what is likely the darkest and grittiest play to grace the Festival Theatre stage in some time. This may be the eleventh time that Macbeth has graced the Stratford Festival stage, but this daring production feels fresh and new. (more...)

BWW Review: Marin Mazzie and Daniel Dae Kim Bring New Luster to THE KING AND I
by Michael Dale - May 24, 2016

The dynamic between its new stars gives the hit revival new dramatic textures. (more...)

BWW Review: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES - A Must-See, Ideal Convergence of Creative Talent
by Gil Kaan - May 23, 2016

Rajiv Joseph's very tricky to pull off GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES lands at the Hudson Backstage as a stunning success! Considering the main conceit of GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES requires two actors playing a 30-year age range from 8 to 38; in less capable hands, this seventy-minute one-act would have been so ripe for missteps.   (more...)

BWW Review: GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING at Quality Hill Playhouse
by Alan Portner - May 2, 2016

shares new life into Roberts & Hammerstein tunes (more...)

BWW Review: LONE RIDERS Explores the Wild West in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - May 18, 2016

Trinity Street Players invites audiences to slow down and admire the old west in their latest production, LONE RIDERS, within the quaint blackbox at the First Austin Baptist Church. This original work, written by Carol Wright Krause and directed by Manuel Zarate, hopefully will survive its first workshop unscathed. Traditionally, during workshop productions, the writing and direction are experimental  - meaning quite possibly audiences can only see this original work in its current form once. During this preliminary malleable phase of any show, daring production companies like Trinity Street Players introduce something that literally has never been seen before. This sense of adventure is linked to the spirit and theme of LONE RIDERS. The intimate cast of players and the wonderful guitar stylings of Walker Lyle, take you on their adventure forcing self-reflection of individuals' motives and point of view. (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...)

Theatre Stoogette to Bring DENMARKED to Toronto Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

Clown meets Hamlet in this rare physical theatre adaptation of one of Shakespeare's iconic plays. The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival showcases Theatre Stoogette's inaugural play Denmarked from June 29 - July 10. The Annex Theatre transforms into Castle Elsinore as Tweed the clown and her sidekick skull Yorick take on sonnets, songs and Shakespearean insults. (more...)

BWW Review: The Golden Age of Broadway at The Boston Pops
by Nancy Grossman - Jun 17, 2016

The Boston Pops has been winning the affection of audiences in Boston and beyond for 131 seasons with programs like The Golden Age of Broadway and featured performers Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Laura Osnes, and Justin Hopkins. Keith Lockhart was on the podium and Lidiya Yankovskaya was Guest Chorus Conductor with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. (more...)

BWW Review: Reagle's CAROUSEL: A Sublime Ride
by Nancy Grossman - Jun 16, 2016

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston opens its 48th season with its first-rate production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic CAROUSEL. A triumvirate of women - Jennifer Ellis, Jessica Kundla, and Leigh Barrett - give sparkling performances, augmented by Broadway veteran Ciaran Sheehan, but Rachel Bertone's choreography makes this one of the best rides for the summer season. (more...)

BWW Review: BREATH OF KINGS: REBELLION & REDEMPTION at the Stratford Festival
by Lauren Gienow - Jul 6, 2016

This season at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre, audiences have the opportunity to witness Shakespeare's Henriad in a unique and exciting new way. (more...)

PRYOR TRUTH at FringeNYC this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Khalil Muhammad, in association with The Collective-NY is proud to announce Pryor Truth as part of the 20th Annual New York International Fringe Festival-FringeNYC. Pryor Truth is a one man show written and performed by Khalil Muhammad. Directed by Marcus Naylor. Co-Developed and Executive Produced by Victoria Dicce. (more...)

DRUNKEN SHAKESPEARE to Close Out Summer at Bar 9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Hey Nonny Nonny: Drunken Shakespeare is here! Just in time to close out the summer, Drunken Shakespeare returns to Bar 9 on Monday, August 22. (more...)

Creative Loafing Music Editor Highlights 10 Bands on the Brink
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Tampa Bay bands with 'the potential to be discovered, drum up a buzz, and get meaningful national exposure - in sum, artists poised to break out.' (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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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: CHICKSPEARE Moves, Audience Laughs, Comedy Wins
by Ellen Dostal - Aug 9, 2016

The ladies of CHICKSPEARE are back for another summer of Elizabethan improv, this year indoors in their new home at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. It's been two years since I saw them perform on their lovely outdoor patio in Hollywood and I wondered how the experience would compare. I'm happy to report, these Bard broads get funnier every time I see them and the new venue works like a charm. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Joshua Finkel of PARADE at Panic! Productions
by Cary Ginell - Aug 31, 2016

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BWW Review: THE SCOTTISH PLAY (M....TH) Holds Forth at Ohio Shakespeare Festival
by Roy Berko - Aug 22, 2016

Theater people are very superstitious. A light is placed center stage in many theatres, appropriately called the 'ghost light,' to scare off the demons which inhabit many performance places. (more...)

BWW Review: The Klunch Presents Kinetic Comedy THE LAST CLASS: A JAZZERCIZE PLAY
by Barbara Johnson - Aug 22, 2016

For a play that is essentially about deciding when it's time to say goodbye to the one dream that has made you happy, THE LAST CLASS: A JAZZERCIZE PLAY is as funny as it is insightful. Trying to retain her place in a fitness-class world that has long since moved on to Zumba, Kelsea (Megan Hill, also the play's writer) has continued to teach Jazzercize to an ever-shrinking class at the Chikatawnee Valley Community Center. The Klunch brings the DODO production of JAZZERCIZE to DC, featuring the original cast from the recent New York City premiere and direction from Margot Bordelon. (more...)

ShakesBeer Partners with Amsterdam Brewery at Artscape Wychwood Barns
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

ShakesBeer is this summer's funniest live comedy, and this year, the laughs come faster thanks to a new partnership with Toronto's original craft Brewery.  The Brewmasters at Amsterdam Brewery will be providing ShakesBeer fans with their finest favourite local beers and small batch Adventure Brews, for the joyous occasion.  (more...)

BWW Review: Tallahassee's AVENUE Q is Game-Changer
by Trevor Durham - Aug 19, 2016

JC Carr leads a cast into new territory (more...)

Operatini is Tomorrow!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Come listen to the cast of South Pacific in concert sing some of their favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein songs, including: Jason Detwiler singing 'Billy's Soliloquy' from Carousel and Leslie Mauldin singing 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine' from Showboat. Show will include selections from Camelot, Flower Drum Song, Oklahoma!, and some wonderful surprises. (more...)

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