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BWW Review: The Gamm Theatre's THE RANT is Powerful and Timely
by Andria Tieman - Nov 18, 2015

THE RANT takes place in Brooklyn, NY, not too long ago--that's what the program says. It feels like it could have easily taken place within the past year, month or week. Denise Reeve's son, a black teenager, was shot to death by a police officer on her front porch while she and her husband ate Eskimo Pies inside. At least that's what the audience hears first. From there, the story devolves into different versions of what might be the truth from Ms. Reeves, police officer Charles Simmons, investigator Lila Mahnaz and journalist Alexander Stern. In the end, the story is so twisted and murky with events, intentions and agendas that the actual events become secondary to the perceived situation. (more...)

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: Gift Theatre's High-Tech RICHARD III Reaches New Heights
by Teresa Budasi - Mar 9, 2016

The title character's opening Soliloquy sets the tone for the despicable acts to come in William Shakespeare's 'RICHARD III,' but it is a later scene in The Gift Theatre's version that packs the biggest punch. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury Visits Sweeney Todd Co-Star Len Cariou at BROADWAY AND THE BARD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2016

It was quite a reunion last evening at BROADWAY AND THE BARD when 'Mrs. Lovett,' Angela Lansbury, greeted 'Sweeney Todd,' Len Cariou backstage after the show. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Tom Selleck Visits BLUE BLOODS Co-Star Len Cariou at BROADWAY AND THE BARD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2016

'Broadway and the Bard' is playing through Sunday at the Lion Theatre. TOM SELLECK was a surprise audience member who came to see his fellow 'Blue Bloods' castmate Len Cariou perform, marking the first visit he'd made to a theatre since Blue Bloods began. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Ciaran McCarthy, Heather Lundstedt O'Neill and More in The Barn Stage's CAROUSEL IN CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

Presented by The Barn Stage Company, in association with Temecula Presents, this gorgeous production of Rodger's and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL IN CONCERT take the Old Town Temecula stage for three nights only! A collaboration with the Temecula Valley Symphony puts a beautiful 32-piece orchestra directly on stage for all to enjoy. The show runs one weekend, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater in Old Town Temecula. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

BWW Interview: A Women's History Month Special with ECLIPSED Director Liesl Tommy
by Adrienne Onofri - Mar 30, 2016

It's only appropriate that Tommy, who's committed to diversity and an int'l perspective in theater, is helming an Africa-set play that's Broadway's first ever whose writer, director and cast are all black women. (more...)

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields and More Visit Len Cariou at BROADWAY AND THE BARD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

Last night, BROADWAY AND THE BARD, starring Len Cariou, welcomed some high-profile guests, including Andre De Shields, Greg Jbara, Catherine Byers and James Murtaugh. BROADWAY AND THE BARD is playing through March 6 at The Lion Theatre off-Broadway. Scroll down for photos of the visitors backstage! (more...)

BWW Review: Richard Holbrook Sings Richard Rodgers With A Lot Of Heart and Mixed Results at Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - Mar 16, 2016

Veteran cabaret performer Richard Holbrook peppers his show, 'Sings Richard Rodgers With a Lot of Hart' (at the Metropolitan Room this past Monday night) with facts about Rodgers' life and career. It's obvious the performer feels strongly about his subject's work. Unfortunately, the same energy, volume, and mood predominate throughout. Arrangements are highly similar. Holbrook's musical self consciousness overrides lyric content. His show presents spirit and heart, but inadequate direction. (more...)

BWW Review: Don't Judge! Do Go See STUPID F**KING BIRD at Portland Center Stage
by Krista Garver - Mar 11, 2016

In Chekov's THE SEAGULL, writer Constantin Treplev says: 'We need new forms of expression. We need new forms, and if we can't have them we had better have nothing.' And, with THE SEAGULL, the first of his four great plays, Chekov did indeed introduce a new form of theatre -- one that replaced the melodrama popular at the time with realism. Chekov's characters were real people, having real conversations, and doing real things. It wasn't always successful in his time (read about it in the STUPID F**KING BIRD Playbill), but it had a huge impact on theatre. (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...)

IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, ALL THE WAY & More on Tap for Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is proud to announce four of five stellar productions secured for 2016 - 2017. The line-up features a carefully curated selection of exciting new Tony Award-winning musicals and plays direct from Broadway, and one large-scale classic Broadway musical for which the company is acclaimed.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tony Winner Len Cariou in BROADWAY AND THE BARD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre in association with Alan Siegel Entertainment presents Tony Award-winning actor Len Cariou(Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Applause, Teddy & Alice) in the World Premiere of BROADWAY AND THE BARD, an evening of Shakespeare & song, conceived by Mr. Cariou, Barry Kleinbort and Mark Janas. Check out a first look below! (more...)

BWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare's OTHELLO Is A Tour De Force
by Herbert Paine - Jan 18, 2016

Southwest Shakespeare Company's mastery in interpreting the Bard's work is on display in this intelligently and innovatively conceived edition of OTHELLO, directed by Harold Dixon. Jesse James Kamps and Hope Brown deliver compelling performances as Iago and the Moor. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Len Cariou for BROADWAY AND THE BARD Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre in association with Alan Siegel Entertainment presents Tony Award-winning actor Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Applause, Teddy & Alice) in the World Premiere of BROADWAY AND THE BARD, an evening of Shakespeare & song, conceived by Mr. Cariou, Barry Kleinbort and Mark Janas. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at Cariou and company in rehearsal below! (more...)

BWW Review: ReAct's PRELUDE TO A KISS Lacks Spark
by Amelia Reynolds - Jan 12, 2016

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, ReAct performs 'Prelude to a Kiss' in this updated, ethnically diverse adaptation directed by David Hsieh.. Twenty-somethings Peter and Rita fall in love and decide to get married after six weeks. Their basking in the honeymoon phase of their relationship takes a turn when a mysterious man at the wedding asks to kiss Rita, causing a Freaky Friday-esque soul switch that promises a lot of hilarity. Unfortunately, due to lack of chemistry between the lovers along with serious pacing issues in the script, Peter and Rita's love (which should be beyond skin-deep) falls flat. (more...)

Tony Winner Len Cariou to Star in 'BROADWAY AND THE BARD' Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre in association with Alan Siegel Entertainment presents Tony®Award-winning actor Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Applause, Teddy & Alice,) in the World Premiere of Broadway and the Bard, an evening of Shakespeare & song, conceived by Mr. Cariou, Barry Kleinbort and Mark Janas. (more...)

BWW Review: ReAct's PRELUDE TO A KISS Lacks Spark
by Amelia Reynolds - Jan 12, 2016

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, ReAct performs 'Prelude to a Kiss' in this updated, ethnically diverse adaptation directed by David Hsieh.. Twenty-somethings Peter and Rita fall in love and decide to get married after six weeks. Their basking in the honeymoon phase of their relationship takes a turn when a mysterious man at the wedding asks to kiss Rita, causing a Freaky Friday-esque soul switch that promises a lot of hilarity. Unfortunately, due to lack of chemistry between the lovers along with serious pacing issues in the script, Peter and Rita's love (which should be beyond skin-deep) falls flat. (more...)

International Shakespeare Center to Present DAMES OF THRONES
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

The International Shakespeare Center (ISC) is bringing the award-winning New York City based Ducdame Ensemble and their original production DAMES OF THRONES: THE WOMEN IN SHAKESPEARE'S HISTORIES for a one night only performance at the Adobe Rose Theater in Santa Fe, NM. (more...)

Len Cariou Stars in BROADWAY AND THE BARD, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre in association with Alan Siegel Entertainment presents Tony Award-winning actor Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Applause, Teddy & Alice,) in the World Premiere of BROADWAY AND THE BARD, an evening of Shakespeare & song, conceived by Mr. Cariou, Barry Kleinbort and Mark Janas. (more...)

Humanizing the $10 Founding Father: Understudy Jon Rua Talks Being Born to Play HAMILTON
by Sally Henry - Feb 28, 2016

Jon Rua received the call that he would be going on as Alexander Hamilton the morning of the show. Without a proper put-in rehearsal, he rushed to the Richard Rodgers to take on the title role of the hottest ticket in town for the first time. (more...)

Photo Flash: Petula Clark Visits Len Cariou at BROADWAY AND THE BARD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Legendary singer and actress PETULA CLARK ('Downtown') attended last evening's (Friday) performance of BROADWAY AND THE BARD starring LEN CARIOU and had a chance to visit with him following the performance. Check out photos below! (more...)

BWW Review: Ageless Chanteuse Liliane Montevecchi Defines Joie de Vivre With Valentine's Show at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Alix Cohen - Feb 12, 2016

The indomitable Liliane Montevecchi revived her 25-year-old cabaret show Thursday night at Feinstein's/54 Below with verve, style, and the expansive flirting of a lifelong femme fatale. This time it's aptly titled Be My Valentine. Few can ad lib with so much beguiling heat. As the Cliff Notes of her extraordinary life are now familiar to most fans, this audience is here to experience the infectious joy of live performance. (more...)

VIDEO: BROADWAY & THE BARD'S Len Cariou and NEWSICAL's Christine Pedi Brush Up Their Shakespeare
by Michael Dale - Feb 10, 2016

The Broadway legend and the legend-mimicking star duet a little Cole Porter. (more...)

Photo Flash: Kathleen Turner Visits Len Cariou at BROADWAY AND THE BARD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre in association with Alan Siegel Entertainment presents Tony Award-winning actor Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Applause, Teddy & Alice) in the World Premiere of BROADWAY AND THE BARD, an evening of Shakespeare & song, conceived by Mr. Cariou, Barry Kleinbort and Mark Janas. Kathleen Turner and her daughter, singer Rachel Weiss, just stopped by the production and you can check out backstage photos below! (more...)

BWW Review: THE TWELFTH STORY at The Annex Theatre Tells A Few Too Many
by Amelia Reynolds - Feb 1, 2016

'The Twelfth Story' at The Annex Theatre reminded me of the Rudyard Kipling Just-So Stories that were read to me at bedtime. Directed by Amy Poisson, the cast of 'The Twelfth Story' was as jubilant as spritely camp counselors. As a child, I think I would have liked the story's magic, goblins, twinkling lights and fairy tales. Unfortunately, due to an overlong script and lack of depth, my adult self was a bit bored. (more...)

BWW Review: Enchanting EMMA Returns to TheatreWorks
by Harmony Wheeler - Dec 7, 2015

Clever, sharp and witty, "Emma" the musical is as charismatic as it title character. Creator Paul Gordon took the Jane Austen classic and gave audiences a crisp, well-paced and engaging script with a score that wonderfully serves its characters' acerbic humor and innermost thoughts. Gordon's Soliloquy style and multiple short themes highlight each role, which, when well-cast, sell the show with radiant storytelling. In the case of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, a four-member orchestra also adds charm. (more...)

BWW Review: X'S AND O'S - Center Stage Presents a Play About Football
by Charles Shubow - Dec 1, 2015

You will never watch a football game the same after you see this play. (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 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...)

SHOTSPEARE Will Return This Spring at the Slipper Room
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Back by popular demand, Shotspeare is returning to New York with its reprehensible renditions of Romeo & Juliet and Macbethat The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002). Performances are Monday nights starting April 4th through June 13th, 2016. Tickets are on sale now via www.slipperroom.com. (more...)

President Obama Visits the Globe in Honor of Shakespeare's 400th
by Louisa Brady - Apr 23, 2016

President Barack Obama reportedly visited London's Globe Theatre on Saturday, April 23rd, in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.  (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Lea Salonga Will Return to Her Roots at the New York Pops Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

In anticipation of the big event, BroadwayWorld is checking in with some of the performers. Today, check out what Lea Salonga had to say... (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

Most Popular Shakespeare App Celebrates 400th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

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Stage Door Records to Release CAROUSEL and SING THE POPULAR MUSIC OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Stage Door Records have announced the debut CD release of the albums CAROUSEL and SING THE POPULAR MUSIC OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN on May 27th 2016. The release continues Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products that celebrate Broadway shows and vocalists of the 1950s and 60s. (more...)

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