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East Lynne to Present RODGERS' ROMANCE, 6/15-7/23
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company presents the New Jersey premiere of "Rodgers' Romance" from June 15 - July 23. (more...)

BWW Review: CABARET at Winspear Opera House
by Kyle Christopher West - May 29, 2016

I can't be the only theatregoer who found the tour of CABARET chilling. During an election year where fear mongering and racial intolerance are sitting center ring, the story of pre-Holocaust Germany seems especially relevant and cautionary. But that doesn't mean the musical, which just arrived at the Winspear Opear House, isn't equally thrilling and heartfelt. (more...)

BWW Review: Irondale Ensemble Powers Through 4 Shakespeare Greats in 1599
by Charles Quittner - May 26, 2016

Irondale Ensemble's 1599 tackles one of William Shakespeare's finest years with incredibly acted hour long adaptations of Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like it, and Hamlet. (more...)

BWW Review: THE OTHER PLACE Incites Heart Ache
by Katherine Waddell - May 23, 2016

Anyone who has ever cared deeply for someone and subsequently feared for the worst, when it comes to their well-being, will have all of those intense emotions called forth when seeing Sharr White's The Other Place at the South Bend Civic Theatre. The Other Place, which opened May 13th, will utterly devastate you not only with White's deeply emotional script, but with the astonishing production put on by SBCT and director Aaron Nichols. (more...)

BWW Review: Opulent AMADEUS Revival Fancies Up South Coast Rep Stage
by Michael L. Quintos - May 23, 2016

To close out its current season, Orange County's Tony-winning regional theater South Coast Repertory has chosen to mount an opulent, high-caliber revival of Peter Shaffer's 1979 play AMADEUS, which continues performances in Costa Mesa through June 5, 2016. The recipient of the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play, AMADEUS most notably became the basis for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning (and, yes, arguably, much more readily known) 1984 film of the same name. For SCR's season-ender---engagingly directed by Kent Nicholson---the rather lengthy play is presented with much of the visual grandness one expects from an antiquated period piece, particularly from this particular theater company. And as an added bonus, the play is performed by a cast of incredible, seasoned actors that winningly transports its audience to a time and place centuries ago. So is it worth revisiting the tug-of-war between Salieri and Mozart? If it is South Coast Rep's visually-stunning production, then the answer is an enthusiastic 'yes.' (more...)

BWW Review: Towne Centre Theatre's PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 2, 2016

Will Miranne and Daniel Morgan give top-notch performances, playing Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in soon-to-be Lipscomb University theater grad Jonah Jackson's production of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, now onstage at Brentwood's Towne Centre Theatre through May 7. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KABUKI SLEEPING BEAUTY Brings to Light Japanese Traditional Theater, Caters to Children
by Hannah Herner - May 15, 2016

CATCO is Kid's final production of the season brought the far east to Central Ohio with a new take on the classic story of sleeping beauty. (more...)

BWW Review: Theatre Project Welcomes Back Happenstance With BROUHAHA
by Cybele Pomeroy - May 10, 2016

The performers of Happenstance Theater engage, intrigue, cavort, emote and display both physical precision and a remarkable range of organically produced sound effects. BROUHAHA's story, insofar as there is a story, lies in the development of the relationship between this cadre of classical clowns and the newcomers- that is to say, us, the audience. We become conspirators in the greatest of comi-tragic secrets: even in the direst of times, there is yet opportunity for playfulness and joy. (more...)

National Theatre Explores Virtual Reality and 306 Films with New Immersive Storytelling Studio
by Marianka Swain - Jun 9, 2016

The National Theatre today announces the establishment of an 'Immersive Storytelling Studio', which will form part of the National Theatre's New Work Department, in collaboration with the NT's Digital Development Team. The studio will examine how Virtual Reality and 360 films can widen and enhance the National's remit to be a pioneer of dramatic storytelling, to 'place their audiences in the shoes of another'. (more...)

BWW Review: OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS a Sweet Look at the People You Can't Believe You're Related To
by Frank Benge - Jun 7, 2016

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS by Joe DiPietro, opened Off-Broadway in 1998 and ran for over 800 performances during the original two year run. Audiences may be more familiar with DiPietro as the author of the long-running musical revue I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. It is easy to see why the show was a long running success. It is a script full of warmth, wit and familial truth that speaks directly to the generation gap experienced by Baby Boomers. (more...)

BWW Review: The Band Is Where It's At In ROCK OF AGES
by Herbert Paine - Jun 6, 2016

The band is the essential heartbeat of rock & roll! In Arizona Broadway Theatre's current production of ROCK OF AGES, Mark Foreman (keyboards), Daniel Stotz (bass), Douglas Ramlow (percussion), and Andrew Hake and Jeff Lauffer (guitars) prove the point with an explosive and electrifying nonstop performance that plays true to the distinctive attributes of glam metal. ROCK OF AGES is a totally amped-up and vigorous medley of '80's hits wrapped around Chris D'Arienzo's otherwise very conventional and 'irrepressible love story.' (more...)

NBCUniversal Teams with Sabra to Take Viewers from 'Pan to the Pan Up'
by TV News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

The NBCU Content Studio and Sabra® Dipping Company today announced a cross-portfolio partnership to launch a satirical campaign inspired by popular culinary how-to videos. (more...)

The Friday 5: PATSY CLINE's Savanah Gannon and Mary Ellen Smith
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 3, 2016

Savannah Gannon and Mary Ellen Smith star in Arts Center of Cannon County's Always Patsy Cline, the award-winning play by Nashville's own Ted Swindley, opening tonight and running through June 18 in Woodbury. The show's a favorite among Tennessee theater-goers, and now's your chance to get to know director Matt Smith's two-woman cast who bring the show to life… (more...)

BWW Review: THE WHITEHEADED BOY is Spoiled at The Adobe
by Devon Hoffman - Jun 23, 2016

The Whiteheaded Boy drags along the bottom of the Adobe stage with poor pace and too many clumsy performances. The energy picks up, eventually-the second act has a good clip to it, but much too late. Already the Stage Manager, sitting uselessly to the side of the stage, has introduced to every character in the large ensemble (multiple times, for whatever reason). And already, each of these introductions has failed to contribute much more dynamism than the furniture could. (more...)

Prospect Theatre to Premiere ROMEO & JULIET: LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD VOLUME 2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Hollywood's newest venue, Prospect Theatre, will revive Hollywood with an avant-garde take on theatre, music and fine-dining. ABC's 'The Fosters' Creator Bradley Bredeweg will premier his revamped rock musical, 'Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Battlefield Volume 2' and Executive Chef Kyle Schutte will kick-off opening weekend on Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m. at 1643 Cosmo St. (more...)

New ROMEO & JULIET Rock Musical to Open in July at Prospect Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Hollywood's newest venue, Prospect Theatre, will revive Hollywood with an avant-garde take on theatre, music and fine-dining. ABC's "The Fosters" Creator Bradley Bredeweg will premier his dynamic rock musical, "Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Battlefield Volume 2" and Executive Chef Kyle Schutte will kick-off opening weekend on Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. at 1643 Cosmo St. (more...)

BWW Review: The Bible Preaches, But GODSPELL Asks
by BWW Staff - Jun 22, 2016

If you're expecting to find your corner of the sky, you will not. Just because this is a Stephen Schwartz musical does not mean there will be someone painting with all the colors of the wind, nor will there be any gravity-defying witches, nor a hunchback. Yes, this is a Bible story, but do not expect Moses to be there even if you believe. And yes, there could be ever, ever after but there are no singing animals present. This is simply MusicArtes Inc.'s production of GODSPELL. (more...)

BWW Review: Orlando Shakespeare Theater's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a Must-see for Kids of All Ages
by Danielle Ashley - Jun 20, 2016

After a week a heartache and pain in The City Beautiful, going to the theatre to see a whimsical show is exactly what the doctor ordered. (more...)

BWW Review: A Delightful Dive into THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL
by Misha Davenport - Jun 20, 2016

Ethan Slater offers a star-making turn as everyone's favorite Sponge. (more...)

Studio Theatre Long Island to Stage New Play About Tennessee & Rose Williams
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

When David Dubin decided to direct a new play about Tennessee Williams and his sister Rose at Studio Theatre Long Island, he didn't have to look far to find a style. (more...)

BWW Review: M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa's Edgy CABARET Is More Pertinent Now Than Ever
by Peter Nason - Jun 19, 2016

Aaron Castle as the Emcee and Lauren Buglioli as Sally Bowles shine in this memorable, devastating show. (more...)

THE 39 STEPS Opens Today at Carrollwood Players Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Opening today at Carrollwood Players Theatre is The 39 Steps, a madcap spy spoof based on the 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock.  Part spy novel, part comedy, The 39 Steps relies on just four actors to play over 150 roles in the whirlwind adventure. (more...)

BWW Interview: David Langham, New Thenardier in LES MISERABLES!
by Carrie Dunn - Jun 14, 2016

David Langham has just started his run as Thenardier in Les Miserables, currently at the Queens Theatre. We caught up with him... (more...)

Montalvo Arts Center to Present Interactive ROMEO & JULIET AT VILLA MONTALVO This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Montalvo Arts Center presents a one-of-a-kind, interactive theater experience this fall when it hosts We Players, presenting Romeo & Juliet at Villa Montalvo. In this site-integrated production audiences will be on their feet, following the action to various locations throughout Montalvo's grounds-including its illustrious Mediterranean-style Villa-as they viscerally experience the timeless drama of feuding families and star-crossed lovers. Recognized by SF Weekly for creating "spectacular, immersive experiences for audience members unlike anything you'll see on Broadway," We Players' stunning production will provide patrons an entirely new, thoroughly immersive theatrical experience in one of the South Bay's most beautiful settings. Romeo & Juliet at Villa Montalvo will be performed seven times only: Thursdays, Oct. 6 & 13 (5pm); Friday, Oct. 5 (5pm), and Sundays, Oct. 9 & 16 (noon & 5pm) at Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, CA. For tickets ($60-$80 general; $40 students) or more information the public may visit montalvoarts.org/weplayers or call (408) 961-5858.  (more...)

BWW Review: ISAAC'S EYE Enthralls Audiences at TAP with Science and Sensuality
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jul 7, 2016

On any given Sunday afternoon or weekday evening, Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) presents enthralling theatrical happenings that make audiences crave indoor (and air conditioned) time and space, that relates to the Newtonian.. This July, Sturgeon Bay's year round performing arts center presents a fairly new and contemporary play titled Isaac's Eye that subtly asks the question: "Would you rather be famous for centuries and die alone or have someone who loved you say "I'm happy that you lived?" by delving into the life of Sir Isaac Newton. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Broadway Wants You - No, Really, It Wants You
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Jul 20, 2016

Whip out every drop of skill acquired from those Reading Comprehension lessons in Lit Class, my friends. I want to ask you to analyze the words of the title. (more...)

BWW Review: 'DA KINK IN MY HAIR Uplifts Atlanta
by Courtnee Miles - Jul 18, 2016

As I'm conditioning my hair and applying every essential oil known to man on my scalp, I am reflecting on the production I saw yesterday evening. I had the pleasure of seeing 'da Kink in My Hair at the Horizon Theatre in Atlanta. The play was nothing short of amazing. (more...)

BWW Review: HARRIET TUBMAN Comes to Life at The Evergreen Theatre
by Caroline Sposto - Jul 16, 2016

In 1849, a twenty-eight year-old former slave named Harriet Tubman risked her life to lead a group of other slaves to freedom. Over the course of ten years, she made an additional nineteen trips. She didn't lose any of her three hundred 'passengers' on The Underground Railroad. They called her 'Moses.' (more...)

YEAR OF THE IGUANA to Explore Tennessee Williams' Life at Studio Theatre Long Island
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Tennessee Williams was larger than life. So maybe it's only logical that two actors would play him in the new play Studio Theatre Long Island is presenting about his life. (more...)

BWW Review: Comparing Small Things To Great: NOT MEDEA at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jul 12, 2016

The great legends and myths have their roots in common human experience. Yet it is not always obvious which experience gives rise to them. Take the myth of Medea, the sorceress who aided the hero Jason and who, when Jason cast her aside to make a politically expedient marriage, murdered their two sons. Only part of the story is commonplace: the part about Medea being cast aside. We all know (if we are not ourselves) women (and men) whose spouses have deserted them and left them heartbroken. Few of us, however, know parents, and especially mothers, who have murdered their children for that reason. Nor is it fair to trace the roots of the myth to occasional feelings of 'wanting to kill' Junior; those feelings are seldom serious to begin with, and almost always transient. (more...)

BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Captivates Sydney With A High Energy Explosion of Color And Copious Amounts Of Rain
by Jade Kops - Jul 11, 2016

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is a marvellous blend of singing, dancing, celluloid snippets and 12,000 litres of recycled water. (more...)

BWW Review: Off The Wall Theatre Revisits the Human Condition in Wilder's THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jul 1, 2016

Long ago and far away in an ice age near the fictional town of Excelsior, New Jersey, playwright Thornton Wilder placed the supposedly All American Antrobus family-two adults, two children and their luscious looking maid. They survive dinosaurs and disasters in The Skin of Our Teeth, Wilder's Pulitzer Prize Winning 1942 play at Off the Wall Theater (OTW) through July 3. Artistic Director Dale Gutzman assembles an eclectic, extensive cast transcending the floods, hurricanes, war and 5000 years of marriage, a true miracle, to relate Wilder's menagerie of time frames and philosophical journeys on how the human species copes over centuries. (more...)

Premiere Interactive Theater Event DELUSION Announces Return to Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

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BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN SPRING VERSION, Ambassador's Theatre, 3 August 2016
by Gary Naylor - Aug 4, 2016

Gary Naylor sees young people perform an adaptation of the Tony Award show that's aimed at young people but can be enjoyed by all. (more...)

BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Brings Down the House
by Guest Blogger: Gary Laird - Aug 24, 2016

Janis Joplin was a force of nature. She was a candle in the wind. She was brash, vulgar, hard-drinking, hard-drugging, hard-living and fatally flawed. (more...)

Kim Rubinstein to Direct A TASTE OF HONEY at Odyssey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Kim Rubinstein, director of last season's award-winning revival of Anna Christie, returns to the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at the helm of one of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s. A Taste of Honey is set to open on Sept. 24 starring Eric Hunicutt, Gerard Joseph, Kestrel Leah, Leland Montgomery and Sarah Underwood Saviano. (more...)

BWW Review: Wish, Wish, Wish: The Magic of MSMT's ALADDIN
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Aug 22, 2016

The young and young at heart were treated to a day of enchantment at Maine State Music Theatre today, when the company presented four performances of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's delightful musical retelling of Aladdin, directed and choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont. Presented in a fully staged production, this timeless tale conjures up the magic of wish making, the power of love to transform, and the importance of believing in one's self. In the past few seasons, MSMT has made a concerted effort to expand and enhance their Young Audiences series by offering original musicals based on traditional children's literature and packaged in sophisticated productions with elaborate costumes, imaginative scenery and stagecraft. Moreover, these hour-long performances are entirely created by MSMT's young professional artists- interns, apprentices, and local actors – thereby offering these artists a chance to gain valuable experience. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Disney's ALADDIN Brings The Animated Movie Favourite To Life With Wondrous Colour, Comedy And Classic Broadway Musical Style.
by Jade Kops - Aug 13, 2016

Sydney has been mesmerised by the stunning stage adaptation of Disney's ALADDIN which opened to multiple standing ovations. (more...)

BWW Review: THE SUITCASE Centers on a Dream Held by Many Holocaust Survivors
by Shari Barrett - Aug 11, 2016

Written by one of Poland's foremost contemporary playwrights, THE SUITCASE at first seems to be nothing more than a fluff piece with things such as balloons being popped and silly songs being sung. But it will surprise you when the story takes hold with the rather comical singing Narrator (Jeff Alan-Lee) and Jackleen (Claire Kaplan) sharing the tale of Franswa Jackoh (Vincent Catellanos) who, while in the process of figuring out his life, wanders into a cafe and meets The Poet (Sigute Miller) who in turn guides him to a Holocaust Museum to seek the truth. There he meets a rather miserable Tour Guide (Alexandra Freeman) who begrudgingly points out a suitcase retrieved from one of the German "work camps." Her tune changes when Jackoh realizes the name on the case is that of his own father from whom he was separated during the Holocaust. (more...)

BWW Interview: Alysha Umphress Talks Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 6, 2016

Alysha Umphress will star as Rhetta in Paper Mill Playhouse's spring musical, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES. She speaks exclusively with BWW about why her character Rhetta is a kick in the pants! (more...)

BWW Review: M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa Presents the Quirky [TITLE OF SHOW] at the Shimberg
by Peter Nason - Apr 4, 2016

M.A.D. likes to push the envelope, and with Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell's humorous cult classic, they have gleefully ripped up that envelope and stomped it to the ground. (more...)

BWW Review: SH*T-FACED SHAKESPEARE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Leicester Square Theatre, April 26 2016
by Gary Naylor - Apr 27, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a show that places an actor who is somewhat the worse for wear into Shakespeare's most loved play and then sees what comes of it - the title admirably clear! (more...)

BWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Southwark Playhouse, April 26 2016
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 26, 2016

The citizens of suffering, stinking Tromaville need someone to stop toxic waste being dumped in their town - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist. A mayor on the make sets her goons on him, and after a semantic mix-up they end up chucking him into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero... (more...)

BWW Interview: Pat Hazell of THE WONDER BREAD YEARS at The McDavid Studio At Bass Performance Hall
by Kyle Christopher West - Apr 25, 2016

This week, BroadwayWorld guest writer Sarah Comley-Caldwell had the privilege of chatting with the playwright and star of THE WONDER BREAD YEARS, Pat Hazell. With his background as a Seinfeld and sitcom writer, commercial director and actor, Hazell brings wit, warmth and nostalgia to his one man show-a self described hybrid of theatre, stand up comedy and communal laughter. (more...)

Full 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Know Theatre of Cincinnati wants you take a chance by picking a show, any show, at the 13th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, running May 31-June 11, 2016. With 12 days full of of opportunities to catch 50 live productions, Visual Fringe art projects, musical guests, and the nightly Fringe Bar Series at Know Theatre (Fringe Headquarters), you'll find yourself lucky to have more to experience at Fringe this year than ever before. (more...)

BWW Review: ANYTHING SERIOUS: Seriously Good Entertainment
by Gil Kaan - Apr 16, 2016

Above the Curve Theatre successfully mounts Francisco Castro's ANYTHING SERIOUS. Its two perfectly cast leads, and the five strong players supporting them, winningly perform Castro's smart, witty script. Joe Lorenzo sure-handedly directs his talented troupe at a fast clip, making sure all receive their deserved moments on stage to shine. (more...)

BWW Review: ACT's Funny STUPID F**KING BIRD Gets Too Deconstructed
by Jay Irwin - Apr 15, 2016

I'm perfectly fine when a play chooses to break The Fourth Wall and become self-referential. The ability for anything to be able to point out its own shortcomings is a sign of self-actualization. But when a play repeatedly does so and then pats itself on the back for its cleverness of doing so as does Aaron Posner's "Stupid F**king Bird", currently playing at ACT, then it becomes wearing almost to the point of insulting. And while Posner's play certainly has its funny moments, those repeated exposes onto itself started to feel like the play was flipping the audience the bird (and I don't mean a Seagull). (more...)

BWW Review: STUPID F*#%ING BIRD - Start the Effing Play
by Keith Waits - Apr 15, 2016

REVIEW: Stupid F*#%ing Bird - Start the Effing Play (more...)

BWW Review: Charming and Familiar ARNIE LOUIS AND BOB
by Andria Tieman - Apr 12, 2016

Trinity Rep's world premiere of Katie Pearl's ARNIE LOUIS AND BOB is a charming take on getting older, family and whether or not men ever really grow out of being a lost boy.  By shattering The Fourth Wall and actually having the author of the play become one of the characters, the play manages to comment upon itself and inject laugh upon laugh into an increasingly absurd situation that's set in what looks like Grandma's house.  Exceptional performances all around and unexpected characters and twist come together to create a lovely story with plenty of heart and humor. (more...)

BWW Review: Elephant and Piggie's WE ARE IN A PLAY!'Brings Favorite Children's Book to Life at Orlando Shakes
by Kimberly Moy - Apr 11, 2016

As a kid I was obsessed with elephants and if you took a look at my desk today, you would think that I still am. I wish that the 'Elephant and Piggie' books were around when I was a kid, but alas, author Mo Willems didn't create them until 2007. Since then, these books have been a hit with kids because of their humor and easy to read comic book style writing. Now Elephant and Piggie have left the page for the stage in Orlando Shakespeare's production of ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE 'WE ARE IN A PLAY!' (more...)

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