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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: Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden Perform WEST SIDE STORY's Balcony Scene on BBC Proms 2012!
by Stage Tube - Sep 10, 2012

In the video below, Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden perform The Balcony Scene from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story as part of BBC Proms 2012 from the Royal Albert Hall, London. Watch below! (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 Reviews: PELLEAS AND MELISANDE Delivers a Modern and Artistic Masterpiece Now Through Nov 27
by Harmony Wheeler - Oct 31, 2011

An artistic masterpiece in every way, Cutting Ball Theatre's modern interpretation of the classic, yet rarely staged, Pelleas and Melisande, conquers a small theater with feats of innovative staging and energetic acting. (more...)

GOTTA DANCE! A Dance Tribute to Hollywood
by Lilian Barbuti - Oct 28, 2003

Last night, October 27, Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD) presented its 9th Annual Gala - GOTTA DANCE! A Dance Tribute to Hollywood at City Center. BroadwayWorld attended the gala as well as the dress rehearsal earlier in the day. The nostalgic evening honored and paid tribute to that wonderful era when some of the most superb in dance and choreography was immortalized on film. (more...)

Spotlight On ANONYMOUS: Shakespeare's Top 5 Lines
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 27, 2011

Today we continue our special series consisting of five entries total, each of which highlight a different facet of the rich and wonderful world of William Shakespeare and all with a particular emphasis on the controversial new feature film that explores the time, place, politics and goings-on of the Elizabethan era and focuses on the possibility that the true author of the esteemed plays we now know may very well have been someone else entirely - Edward de Vere - and how the question of the canon's true creation then comes into play - ANONYMOUS. "All the world's a stage," after all, so it should come as no surprise that acts of lust, bloodshed and betrayal would exist in the actual life - or even the supposed one - of the man who created the most bloody and thought-provoking tragedies in the history of literature - whoever he may have actually been. Perhaps some brief analysis of the finest leading players, most memorable lines and moments, as well as an exploration of other notable acts of grand betrayal in Shakespeare's plays will aid us on the journey to understanding the thesis of ANONYMOUS and bring us into a closer relationship with the individual who penned the greatest plays in the English language. Since we have now analyzed the top ten male and female Shakespearean performers of the last few decades, today we are going to take a look at some of the most famous lines from Shakespeare's plays and some of the best audiovisual examples of them given full weight in their dramatic context - ROMEO & JULIET, AS YOU LIKE IT, RICHARD III included - with leading players as iconic as Marlon Brando, Kevin Kline, Sir Ian McKellen, Kenneth Branagh and Leonardo Dicaprio! (more...)

Encore Dinner Theatre Opens Its Doors in Tustin
by Don Grigware - Oct 2, 2012

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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...)

A Prince of a Fella
by Jena Tesse Fox - May 9, 2005

The New York Festival of Song saluted legendary director Harold Prince in a musical gala with Broadway and Cabaret stars. (more...)

Westport Community Theatre Presents Staged Reading of THE BALCONY SCENE, May 4
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2012

Westport Community Theatre presents a free ETC Staged Reading of Wil Calhoun's The Balcony Scene, directed by Tom Rushen, Friday, May 4 at 8:00 PM (more...)

BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY National Tour at Bushnell Has it Both Ways
by Jacques Lamarre - May 25, 2011

Book writer Laurents' final revival of this classic musical manages to be faithful and flawed. (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...)

BWW Reviews: THE GLORIOUS ONES at The Landor Theatre, March 11 2012
by Gary Naylor - Mar 13, 2012

Gary Naylor sees the genesis of many comic characters still with us today. (more...)

Mazzie and Danieley Add Voice to Pops
by Jan Nargi - Jun 30, 2007

Broadway's very own musical sweethearts Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley are bringing a bit of Hollywood and the Great White Way to Beantown this weekend as special guests of the Boston Pops (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...)

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...)

WEST SIDE STORY at Contra Costa Civic Theatre Opens 7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2012

Contra Costa Civic Theatre's West Side Story, opening July 13, boasts the largest orchestra in the company's 52-year history, 26 actors making their CCCT debut, and the first collaboration of Artistic Director Derrick J. Silva (Choreographer), and Managing Director Daren A.C. Carollo (Director). (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...)

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...)

Ballet Manila To Tour Ireland
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2011

Four Venues in the Island of Ireland are set to welcome one of the most exotic and stunning productions this year when Ballet Manila tours the country with their new production 'Philippine Ballet Gala Concert/East Meets West'. (more...)

Ballet Manila To Tour Ireland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2011

Four Venues in the Island of Ireland are set to welcome one of the most exotic and stunning productions this year when Ballet Manila tours the country with their new production 'Philippine Ballet Gala Concert/East Meets West'. (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...)

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...)

WEST SIDE STORY at Contra Costa Civic Theatre Opens Tonight, 7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2012

Contra Costa Civic Theatre's West Side Story, opening tonight, July 13, boasts the largest orchestra in the company's 52-year history, 26 actors making their CCCT debut, and the first collaboration of Artistic Director Derrick J. Silva (Choreographer), and Managing Director Daren A.C. Carollo (Director). (more...)

InDepth InterView: Matt Doyle On PRIVATE ROMEO, SPRING AWAKENING, GIANT, New Solo EP & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 27, 2012

One of the top-tier performers of a promising new generation of young stars on Broadway, Matt Doyle has appeared in both dramatic musicals and plays in establishing a versatile stage and screen career ranging from a multi-episode arc on GOSSIP GIRL to starring in SPRING AWAKENING on Broadway, as well as the recent revival of BYE BYE BIRDIE, in addition to his most recent New York credit, the highly acclaimed WAR HORSE at Lincoln Center. Equally at home in musicals and straight drama, Doyle's most recently released film venture is an intriguing and compelling independent feature showcasing his WAR HORSE co-star and fellow InDepth InterView participant Seth Numrich with a stylish and intense military school-set adaptation of ROMEO & JULIET titled PRIVATE ROMEO that, fortunately for all of us, also allows Doyle the chance to sing. Having studied at the Royal Academy in London, Doyle was perfectly prepared for his Shakespearean role in PRIVATE ROMEO and that training was also was influential to his success in the aforementioned musicals and plays he has starred in, as he generously fills us in on many memorable moments in his career to date and even shares his most recent experiences doing Michael John LaChiusa's GIANT. Exciting projects coming up next include a sequel to his 2011 EP, DAYLIGHT, titled - appropriately enough - SUNSET, as well as roles in theatre pieces currently in development. Plus, Doyle and I discuss sharing the stage with the starry original cast of SPRING AWAKENING such as GLEE stars Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff and much, much more! (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...)

Greg Jbara Pulls the Plug on Scoundrels Webcam on July 23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2006

Gregory Jbara informs BROADWAYWORLD.COM that his 'curiously popular' live dressing room cam, which has broadcast on Wednesdays and Saturdays for almost a year, will draw to a close at the end of July. (more...)

What's the Most Romantic Broadway Love Song Ever? Over 85 of Your Favorites Tell Us...
by BWW - Feb 13, 2005

We spoke to your favorites to find out what they thought was the most romantic Broadway love song. (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...)

Porter's Sondheim Revue Being Alive Begins in CT 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2007

Westport Country Playhouse will bring the legendary talents of Stephen Sondheim to its stage with Being Alive, a world premiere musical revue, August 24 through September 9. Sondheim served as an apprentice at the Playhouse in 1950. (more...)

NY Musical Theatre Festival Announces 2007 Partner Events
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2007

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) announced today the 2007 NYMF Partner Events (more...)

A.S.P. produces a Shakespeare Birthday Celebration in Cambridge/South End 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2010

Actors' Shakespeare Project, in collaboration with the Harvard Square Business Association, is producing a birthday extravaganza for Mr. William Shakespeare on Saturday April 17th in Winthrop Park (Harvard Square) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. (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: 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...)

Nashville Shakespeare Festival Celebrates The Bard's 448th Birthday on Sunday, April 22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2012

Pizza and birthday cupcakes will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic fare and, after the completion of The Balcony Scene, to stay on for free family entertainment from various local performers. In keeping with Elizabethan tradition, all dogs are welcome. (more...)

Nashville Shakespeare Festival Celebrates The Bard's 448th Birthday on Sunday, April 22
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 2, 2012

Pizza and birthday cupcakes will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic fare and, after the completion of The Balcony Scene, to stay on for free family entertainment from various local performers. In keeping with Elizabethan tradition, all dogs are welcome. (more...)

Nashville Shakespeare Festival Celebrates Shakespeare's Birthday, 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2012

Calling all would-be Romeos and Juliets to Centennial Park Sunday, April 22, for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's celebration of William Shakespeare's 448th birthday. For the third year in a row, Denice Hicks, the festival's executive artistic director, will stage the "Biggest Balcony Scene Ever" at Centennial Park. The party starts at 3 p.m. at the park's bandshell. (more...)

Meryl Streep & Kevin Kline Reunite in ROMEO & JULIET for The Public Theater's 50th Anniversary Gala, 6/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2012

In honor and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater, The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) will hold a special one-night-only gala event on Monday, June 18, featuring Kevin Kline as Romeo and Meryl Streep as Juliet in a star-studded staged reading of ROMEO AND JULIET, directed by Daniel Sullivan. For information on tickets for The Public Theater's Anniversary Gala, please call (212) 539-8547 or visit www.shakespeareinthepark.org. (more...)

A.S.P. produces a Shakespeare Birthday Celebration in Cambridge/South End 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2010

Actors' Shakespeare Project, in collaboration with the Harvard Square Business Association, is producing a birthday extravaganza for Mr. William Shakespeare on Saturday April 17th in Winthrop Park (Harvard Square) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. (more...)

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