Stephen Costello Set for San Francisco Opera World Premiere, Return to the Met, Debut at Wigmore and More in 2014-15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

Stephen Costello looks forward to a number of important firsts in 2014-15. Besides creating the role of Michele in San Francisco Opera's world premiere production of Two Women, the Tucker Award-winning tenor returns to the Metropolitan Opera for a pair of house role debuts, reprising his star turn as Alfredo -- also seen this season at the Vienna State Opera -- in La traviata, and singing Camille in Susan Stroman's new staging of The Merry Widow. He makes his professional role debut as Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Houston Grand Opera, and house debuts at both Austin Lyric Opera, in the title role of a new Roméo et Juliette, and London's Wigmore Hall, where he launches the season with a solo recital in the prestigious Rosenblatt Series. Costello also joins his wife, soprano Ailyn Pérez, for romantic duets from their recent hit album, Love Duets, with the BBC Symphony at London's Barbican Hall, and on a U.S. duo recital tour to the opera houses of Washington, Dallas, San Diego, and Philadelphia. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A More Engaging Romeo and Juliet, 3 Blocks from Broadway's in R+J: STAR-CROSS'D DEATH MATCH
by Jonathan Mandell - Sep 28, 2013

Orlando Bloom, park your motorcycle, and walk three blocks to a bar that used to be called Harley's, where there is a weird, well-acted, fun, immersive boozy bro party production of Shakespeare's tragedy that is, in several ways, more engaging and far more original than your Romeo and Juliet on Broadway - with a ticket price of ten dollars (plus a two-drink minimum.) (more...)

BWW Reviews: Roberto Bolle And Friends Gala
by Barnett Serchuk - Sep 20, 2013

That Roberto Bolle is the body beautiful, not to mention gorgeous, extraordinaire, beyond belief, is not to be questioned. If he took just one step to the right, you might call it exploitation or something closely resembling that. Mr. Bolle, wisely, did not take that slippery path. He remained an amiable, charming and silent host to the evening that bore his name, Roberto Bolle and Friends Gala. So, if he did take every opportunity to present his buff technique, there was nothing to do but sit back and enjoy it, or carp frequently at what was going on. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Orlando Bloom Performs the Balcony Scene from ROMEO AND JULIET
by Stage Tube - Oct 5, 2013

The new Broadway production of Shakespeare's timeless love story Romeo and Juliet starring international film star Orlando Bloom, making his Broadway debut opposite two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad, officially opened on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The New York Times has created a bare-bones recording of Bloom performing the famous Balcony Scene from the play. Watch below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Ballet Memphis's Dorothy Gunther Pugh
by Barnett Serchuk - Oct 26, 2015

Ballet Memphis, under the artistic direction of Dorothy Gunther Pugh, will return to New York City's Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue) for the first time since 2007 for a limited run this October. Performances begin Tuesday,October27th and run through Sunday, November 1st. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ten Thousand Things' Minimalist Production of ROMEO AND JULIET Brings the Classic Story to Life in a Unique Way
by Jill Schafer - Oct 19, 2014

No one does Shakespeare like Ten Thousand Things. They manage to boil the text down to its bare essentials, and convey the heart of the story in a way that feels fresh and modern. This season they bring their unique Shakespeare style to perhaps his most well-know play, the story of star-crossed lovers that inspired all others, Romeo and Juliet. In the typically minimalist production (since TTT performs on location at prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers, the paid public performances are also in a small, fully lit room with little in the way of sets and costumes), director Peter Rothstein and his fantastic cast of eight playing multiple characters bring this familiar story to life in a unique way. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cancellations Galore Don't Put a Damper on the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 17, 2014

Soprano Anna Netrebko was AWOL. Tenor Marcello Giordani wasn't there. Mezzo Isabel Leonard didn't make it either. At least tenor Richard Tucker (1913-1975) had the best excuse for not being at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday evening. But, as they say “the show must go on”--and the annual gala of The Richard Tucker Foundation certainly did, despite all the cancellations. Celebrating the famed singer, as well as showcasing the newly anointed winner of its top award, tenor Michael Fabiano, the evening was filled with many pleasures. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Not in Kansas Anymore: Inge's BUS STOP at Center Stage
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Nov 30, 2012

Here in Baltimore, it seems to be Bus Stop season. It's been less than a month since I reviewed the Spotlighters' community theater production of the William Inge 1955 classic; now it's Center Stage's turn. And of course Center Stage (or is it Centerstage these days?) gives it a full-dress professional staging. The difference is surprisingly great. (more...)

Sunday Special: From the Screen to the Boards - This Season's Movie Stars on Broadway
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 16, 2014

From Broadway debuts to stage veterans, this season is swarming with big screen stars. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you the backstory on this year's film-to-stage transplants. Scroll down to learn more, and be sure to let us who you're most excited to see on the Great White Way, plus which actors you'd like to make the leap! (more...)

COLLEGIATE THEATRICS: Lipscomb University's Lacy Hartselle
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 5, 2015

Last fall, when we started this series - COLLEGIATE THEATRICS - we were talking to college students across the country about what lay ahead of them during the academic year and now we find ourselves at graduation time for the class of 2015, today represented by the beautiful, ethereal and brilliant Lacy Hartselle. Mere hours after her graduation from Nashville's Lipscomb University on Saturday, she reflected on our five questions to give us an intimate look into how her life was changed during her college career. (more...)

Review Roundup: Kenneth Branagh's ROMEO AND JULIET
by Review Roundups - May 26, 2016

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company presents Romeo and Juliet, the fifth production in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season. The cast features Lily James (Juliet), Richard Madden (Romeo), Derek Jacobi (Mercutio), Meera Syal as the Nurse. Romeo and Juliet opened at the Garrick Theatre on 12 May until 13 August.  Press night was 25 May. The production will be broadcast live to cinemas on 7 July. (more...)

BWW Review: Dance Sampled, IDFB, Birmingham Hippodrome, May 2016
by Emma Cann - May 19, 2016

International Dance Festival Birmingham has always strived to open up the world of dance to new and diverse audiences, and no show tackles this mission more directly than Dance: Sampled. Curated by Sadler's Wells, Dance: Sampled is designed to introduce different audiences to dance styles they might not usually have the chance to see, with a high quality mixed bill featuring artists from all over the world. (more...)

NYMF Announces Special Events and Concerts, Including Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live, Natalie Joy Johnson and More
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2013

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced the lineup of special events, concerts, student productions, and free developmental readings for its 10th annual festival. The festival also announced three additional full productions. This year's Festival will begin July 8th and continue through July 28th. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ROMEO AND JULIET Is a Triumph and a Rare Chance to See it in Period Costume
by Barry Lenny - May 11, 2014

They do say that, when you are on a good thing, stick to it, and the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild is doing just that, inviting Megan Dansie to direct William Shakespeare's tragic love story, (more...)

Ailyn Pérez & Stephen Costello Release "Love Duets"
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

After debuting at number three on the UK Classical Chart last month, Love Duets is due for U.S. digital release today (Tuesday, June 3), with the CD release to follow on June 10. (more...)

BWW Dance Review: Alessandra Ferri Melts Our Hearts in ROMEO AND JULIET
by Juan Michael Porter II - Jun 24, 2016

Halfway through the bedroom scene (Act III, Scene I) I thought to myself, 'They're playing the music too quickly!' I was wrong. The tempo was fine; it simply felt faster than normal because the dancing was so wonderful. It's to be expected. Alessandra Ferri was guest starring in American Ballet Theatre's production of Kenneth MacMillan's 'Romeo and Juliet' nine years after she'd retired from the company in the same role. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Misty Copeland is American Ballet Theatre's Newest Juliet
by Rose Marija - Jun 24, 2015

On June 16, 2015, I was privileged to be in attendance at the Metropolitan Opera House for Misty Copeland's debut performance of Juliet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, set to Sergei Prokofiev's exciting score. This ballet has been in ABT's repertory since 1985, with scenery and costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis and lighting by Thomas Skelton. It was first performed by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in London in 1965. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of SEARCHING FOR ROMEO, Heading to NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

The 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) presents SEARCHING FOR ROMEO, a new musical with a retro-pop score, featuring Book, Music and Lyrics by Brian Sutton. Directed by Laura Josepher with a cast including Zal Owen ("Fiddler on the Roof"), Natalie Newman ("Grease"), and Justine Magnusson ("Whistle Down the Wind"), the world premiere will be presented as an official selection of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival at the PTC Performance Space (555 West 42nd Street, New York, NY) for a limited five performances on: Tuesday, July 8 at 8:00pm; Thursday, July 10 at 5:00pm; Friday, July 11 at 9:00pm; Saturday, July 12 at 5:00pm; and Sunday, July 13 at 12:00pm. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

Musicals About Clinton, Oprah, Wikipedia, Zombies and More at the Center of NYMF 2014, Running 7/7-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced the full lineup of productions, concerts, readings and special events for its 11th annual festival. This year's Festival will begin July 7th and continue through July 27th. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 6/02/2013
by BWW - Jun 2, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/02/2013 for Central Pennsylvania (more...)

World Premiere New Musical SEARCHING FOR ROMEO Set for 2014 NYMF, 7/8-13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

The world premiere, new musical SEARCHING FOR ROMEO - book, music and lyrics by Brian Sutton, directed by Laura Josepher, musical direction by David Sisco - will be presented as an official selection of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. (more...)

The Drilling Co. Brings ROMEO AND JULIET to Bryant Park, 7/17-8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' exquisitely pleads for similar and neighboring peoples to stop killing each other for reasons they no longer remember. In The Drilling Company's production for Bryant Park Shakespeare, to be presented July 17 to August 2, the play will be set in a modern city which is divided by wealth and class. Directed by David Marantz, it aims to send a clear message about the violence that can result from social division and corporate greed. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Grab Your Coffee at the BUS STOP at Oyster Mill Playhouse
by Marakay Rogers - Jun 1, 2015

Director Lewis Silverman and a great cast put on William Inge's Tony-nominated Fifties classic in a diner set that will make you hungry for more (more...)

BWW Interviews: Fringe Spotlight: STAR CROSS'D Brings Romeo & Juliet To Life With Movement
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 1, 2014

To some, Romeo & Juliet is a story of two teenagers blinded by lust and driven to unspeakable acts, yet at its heart, it is a love story that transcends age and time. In Half Shadow Players' production of STAR CROSS'D, directors Lizzy Ferdinandi and Jessica Gaupel (who also co-founded the company) combine haunting contemporary music with Shakespeare's text to create a 50-minute movement-oriented retelling of the classic love story. (more...)

World Premiere New Musical SEARCHING FOR ROMEO Set for 2014 NYMF, Now thru 7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

The world premiere, new musical SEARCHING FOR ROMEO - book, music and lyrics by Brian Sutton, directed by Laura Josepher, musical direction by David Sisco - will be presented as an official selection of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - SEARCHING FOR ROMEO Opens Tonight at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

The 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) presents SEARCHING FOR ROMEO, a new musical with a retro-pop score, featuring Book, Music and Lyrics by Brian Sutton. Directed by Laura Josepher with a cast including Zal Owen ('Fiddler on the Roof'), Natalie Newman ('Grease'), and Justine Magnusson ('Whistle Down the Wind'), the world premiere will be presented as an official selection of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival at the PTC Performance Space (555 West 42nd Street, New York, NY) for a limited five performances on: Tonight, July 8 at 8:00pm; Thursday, July 10 at 5:00pm; Friday, July 11 at 9:00pm; Saturday, July 12 at 5:00pm; and Sunday, July 13 at 12:00pm. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

BWW Review: EVITA at Olney Theatre Center - Stunning and Innovative
by Charles Shubow - Jul 5, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's flashy musical gets a different take. (more...)

BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Through the Lens of the Middle East by Way of Topanga Canyon
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 5, 2016

Not even a wall can keep these lovers apart. This particular wall happens to be in modern-day East Jerusalem and as Theatricum Botanicum's production of ROMEO AND JULIET commences, chaos ignites at a checkpoint that divides Israel and Palestine. It is a city that has seen struggle for thousands of years and for one Muslim boy named Romeo and one Jewish girl named Juliet, not even their innocence can change the course of this story. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NOËL AND GERTIE Bring Style and Elegance to the Adelaide Stage
by Barry Lenny - Jul 25, 2013

Noel and Gertie is filled with humour, wit, and occasionally poignant moments, songs, dances, and excerpts from his plays, with all of the sparkling dialogue that that entails. (more...)

The Drilling Co. Brings ROMEO AND JULIET to Bryant Park Starting Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' exquisitely pleads for similar and neighboring peoples to stop killing each other for reasons they no longer remember. In The Drilling Company's production for Bryant Park Shakespeare, beginning tonight, July 17, and continuting to August 2, the play will be set in a modern city which is divided by wealth and class. Directed by David Marantz, it aims to send a clear message about the violence that can result from social division and corporate greed. (more...)

The Drilling Co. Brings ROMEO AND JULIET to Bryant Park Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' exquisitely pleads for similar and neighboring peoples to stop killing each other for reasons they no longer remember. In The Drilling Company's production for Bryant Park Shakespeare, presented today, July 17, to August 2, the play will be set in a modern city which is divided by wealth and class. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LOVERS and Love Scenes by California Shakespeare Ensemble
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 15, 2013

California Shakespeare Ensemble, in partnership with L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation, staged a light evening of Shakespearean love scenes this past weekend in Altadena's Farnsworth Park. The event was an encore performance of a program the company presented at Descanso Gardens earlier this summer and consisted of familiar and lesser known scenes from Shakespeare's plays that explore love in its various stages. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Laughs Come Easily in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
by Larry Murray - Jul 13, 2014

The idea behind this show - which is pretty much a guaranteed hit wherever it has been produced - is to condense many of Shakespeare's masterworks into a two hour orgy of down to earth humor and outright fun. Opening with ROMEO AND JULIET and closing with HAMLET the trio led us on a merry chase through the classics, poking fun as they go. (more...)

Stephen Costello Makes Austin Opera Debut This Weekend in ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2015

Stephen Costello scored a knockout in the title role of Romeo et Juliette at San Diego Opera five years ago. Now the Tucker Award-winner makes his Austin Opera house debut starting this Today with a reprise of his “electrifying” portrayal (San Diego News Network) in the same Doug Scholz-Carlson production of Gounod's Shakespearean masterpiece. Austin's three-performance run also stars Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury as Juliette and bass Peter Volpe as Friar Laurence, with Austin's Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Richard Buckley on the podium (Jan 24 & 29; Feb 1). (more...)

Stephen Costello to Make Austin Opera Debut This Weekend in ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Stephen Costello scored a knockout in the title role of Romeo et Juliette at San Diego Opera five years ago. Now the Tucker Award-winner makes his Austin Opera house debut starting this Saturday with a reprise of his “electrifying” portrayal (San Diego News Network) in the same Doug Scholz-Carlson production of Gounod's Shakespearean masterpiece. Austin's three-performance run also stars Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury as Juliette and bass Peter Volpe as Friar Laurence, with Austin's Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Richard Buckley on the podium (Jan 24 & 29; Feb 1). (more...)

Cal Shakes and Intersection for the Arts Announce Selections for Triangle Lab's Artist-Investigator Project
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2013

California Shakespeare Theater and Intersection for the Arts today announced the Triangle Lab's selections for its Artist-Investigator project, a series of ten experiments to develop new models of theater making. The Artist-Investigator project seeks to support artists from a variety of disciplines-theater, dance, performance and visual art, multidisciplinary artists, and those exploring social practice-who are curious to invent, discover, or refine a particular way of working. (more...)

2014 NYMF Announces Next Link Project Selections
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

The 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) today announced the Next Link Project musical selections. The 10 musicals were announced as part of the 11th edition of the Festival, which will take place from July 7 to July 27 at locations around midtown Manhattan in New York City, including The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Denver Center Theatre Company Creates a Classic Masterpiece with ROMEO & JULIET
by Michael Mulhern - Feb 19, 2013

The actors comfortable interpretation of this verse, along with fantastic staging and great sword play made this show truly exceptional evening of theater. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Pacific Northwest Ballet's ROMEO ET JULIETTE
by Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn - Feb 19, 2013

Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romeo et Juliette, presented by Peter Boal's dynamic Pacific Northwest Ballet at City Center, is a cinematic ballet that is mostly faithful to the original and yet original in its own right. (more...)

Shakespeare Uncovered Preview: ROMEO AND JULIET with Joseph Fiennes
by Ellen Dostal - Feb 10, 2015

In the final episode of Shakespeare Uncovered - Series II, Joseph Fiennes takes a look at Shakespeare's most often performed play, Romeo and Juliet, and the relevance it has in our world today. It is the story of two teenagers whose deep, profound love heals a deeply pathetic hatred between warring families and leaves the audience with a puzzling redemption. Love and death, conflict and pride, this play has it all. (more...)

THE SNOW QUEEN and SEARCHING FOR ROMEO Win 2014 Stage Rights/NYMF Publishing Award
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Steele Spring Stage Rights announced today that two new musicals are the recipients of the 2014 Stage Rights/NYMF Publishing Award: "The Snow Queen" and "Searching For Romeo." (more...)

Review Roundup: Signature Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY!
by Review Roundups - Dec 22, 2015

Signature Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret), has just announced a one-week extension through January 31, 2016.  (more...)

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Signature Theatre is Just Plain Extraordinary
by Charles Shubow - Dec 21, 2015

By popular demand, WEST SIDE STORY has been extended to January 31, 2016. (more...)

Orlando Bloom Muses On Romance & ROMEO & JULIET
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 18, 2013

Popular screen performer and Broadway newcomer Orlando Bloom takes on the hallowed male title role in the most recent Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's classic romantic tragedy ROMEO & JULIET and the star opens up about his own romantic experiences and the play itself as part of a new interview. (more...)

BWW Preview: LOUISVILLE BALLET - Shakespeare in Dance
by Keith Waits - Aug 9, 2016

Collaboration continues to be in the air in the Louisville arts community. This time around it's not just that Kentucky Shakespeare's community weeks embrace both a musical and ballet, but that the Louisville Ballet week features a brand new work, William's Folly, which brings together a selection of Shakespeare's sonnets, original live music and new choreography. What a combination! (more...)

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY Makes Phenomenal Opening at the Arts Asylum in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - Aug 24, 2015

Gang violence erupts at the Arts Asylum in Kansas City and the audience erupts with a thunderous standing ovation for WEST SIDE STORY on opening night Saturday August 22. Michael Grayman and Andrew Parkhurst direct WEST SIDE STORY, which opens the fifth season of Spinning Tree Theatre, recreating the choreography of Jerome Robbins who directed and choreographed the entire original production. (more...)

Nashville Shakespeare Festival celebrates The Bard's birthday with April 21 celebration at Cumberland Park
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 3, 2013

Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents Bardaroo!, a free musical birthday celebration for the Bard April 21 at Cumberland Park. The event, which takes place from 2 to 6 p.m., marks William Shakespeare's 449th birthday. It's also part of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's year-long silver anniversary festivities. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by Kathryn Kitt - Apr 27, 2015

One of the greatest shows in the history of American musical theatre, West Side Story, has made a triumphant return at The Westchester Broadway Theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ROMEO & JULIET Is a Comedy?
by Jeff Davis - Apr 25, 2014

To Austin area High School English teachers, I sincerely apologize if any of your students see The Baron's Men's current production of Romeo and Juliet. If they do, they may enter your class with the false belief that Shakespeare's play about impulsive, horny, and eventually suicidal teens is meant to be a comedy. It's not. The words 'A Tragedy' sometimes even accompany the title. The only tragedies of this production are the over three hour running time, the direction that plays the majority of the story for laughs, and the fact that The Baron's Men, while claiming to have great reverence for the Bard, would do this to one of Shakespeare's greatest works. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: What's Happening in Tennessee This Weekend?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 24, 2015

Looking for something fun to do in Nashville - say, in the next few days or so? That doesn't involve running in the Country Music Marathon? Have no fear, gentle BWW Nashville readers, our team of writers have done the necessary legwork - we're all about saving you time, keeping you out of the marathon traffic and helping you make informed decisions about how to spend your entertainment dollar, after all - and we are delighted to present you with our very first, official Critic's Choice column, filled to the veritable brim with suggestions for great stuff going on around our fair state. (more...)

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