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San Diego Musical Theatre Presents Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Now thru 5/25
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

San Diego Musical Theatre announces Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, (press opening on Saturday, May 10) at the North Park Theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BRASSED OFF, Lyceum, Sheffield, 7 May 2014
by Ruth Deller - May 8, 2014

30 years since the miners' strikes, this touring production of Brassed Off offers the audience much to laugh at, much to ponder and a good dollop of brass band music. (more...)

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Presents the Annual Celebration of Music Education at Kleinhans Music Hall, 5/10
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Saturday, May 10, will mark the annual Celebration of Music Education at Kleinhans Music Hall, presented by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and sponsored by BOCES of Western New York. A reception and awards ceremony open to honorees, music educators, administrators and supporters of music education will be catered by Oliver's and take place at 6:30 p.m. At the beginning of the 8 p.m. concert, honorees will be recognized in front of the BPO audience. (more...)

New YA Suspenseful Fiction Novel, 'New Age Lamians' is Released
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2014

Have your heart drop to The Pit of your stomach, only to bounce back up and out of your chest in excitement. Dive fearlessly into the first novel of an unforgettable SiFi trilogy. Enter the mind of a hero as he suffers infliction and rises above the ashes in a world of mystery, horror, and destruction. Download: 'New Age Lamians,' by Didi Oviatt, to your Kindle now for an unbelievably low price. Discover a fantasy that will take hold of your core and squeeze until what feels like the last breath escapes you. (Also available as a soft copy exclusively on Amazon.) Description of book follows: Young Jackson Bellony is scarcely a man when a rain of lightning heralds the end of the world. The Company is just a mysterious group that drops care packages into his village and harnesses the technology that others lack. Soon an enigmatic drifter wanders into Jackson's village and warns that The Company isn't to be trusted. But before any decisions can be made, Jackson is taken away by The Company, after being told he has what it takes to be a super-warrior. The enemy, they say, is the Lamia: a creature that's half woman, half snake. The apocalyptic storm killed much of mankind but awoke the Lamia, which now endangers those who weren't killed by the century of destruction. It's a monster, and The Company needs Jackson and his superior comrades to defeat it. But, is Jackson really the one who can save the world? Author Didi Oviatt presents an adrenaline-fueled, young adult sci-fi thriller in 'New Age Lamians,' a novel that will consume your attention. It's full of intrigue, heartache, war, love, and adventure, a combination that will keep young men and women reading through to its climactic conclusion. www.amazon.com/New-Lamians-Lamian-Trilogy-Volume/dp/1497305543/ref=sr_1_1 (more...)

BWW Reviews: DiPietro Throws Changeup at DAMN YANKEES with Red Sox Taking the Plate at Goodspeed
by Lauren Yarger (@LaurenYarger) - May 5, 2014

Strong performances highlight this production. Beach, who created the role of Henry in The Great American Mousical at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in 2012 is a comic genius (loved him in the original Urinetown on Broadway). He's sleazy enough to be believable as the devil, yet sarcastic enough to be likable. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WNO's Eye-Popping MAGIC FLUTE Casts a Musical Spell
by Jeffrey Walker - May 4, 2014

A winner from start to finish, THE MAGIC FLUTE features Mozart's score, a delightful new translation, superb casting, and the stunning design work of Jun Kaneko. Perfect for fans and novices, this MAGIC FLUTE is a must see. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ONCE at the Paramount - Touching and Simple Storytelling
by Jay Irwin - May 28, 2014

We all know the annoying trend of turning every well-regarded or sellable movie into a Broadway Musical. Do we really need a stage version of the popular film especially when that film is pretty much a musical already such as with the indie sleeper hit "Once"? Well, I don't know if we need it but in this case I'm actually glad we have it as they have taken this lovely romance and just simply let it be told through it's gorgeous music and some very simple staging and the result is a great big sigh (and maybe even a few tears) at the end of a truly entertaining evening. (more...)

Douglas Lyons, Amber Iman and More Set for Queens Theatre's 25th Anniversary Gala, 6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Queens Theatre (QT) is celebrating its 25th Anniverary with a Gala on June 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Queens Theatre (14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368). The gala will honor Euripides Pelekanos who is the co-founder and CEO of Queens favorite burger spot, Bareburger. (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Announces 26 Writers of 9 New Musicals Selected for This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2014

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director, announced the nine musicals and twenty-six writers selected for the 2014 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, its fourth year of providing working retreats for musical theatre writers. For nine consecutive weeks beginning June 29th, each writing team will have an individual weeklong residency in Rhinebeck, New York to write their musical. They are provided with a private home, transportation, food, and a stipend. All costs are fully funded by donors including The ASCAP Foundation, The Dramatists Guild Fund, and The Noel Coward Foundation. Writers participating this year include Broadway's Mindi Dickstein (Little Women), this year's Kleban Prize winner Nathan Tysen (Burnt Part Boys), and Peter Mills, past winner of the Kleban, Fred Ebb Award, and Richard Rodgers prize. The musicals' subjects cover 19th century nautical mysteries, 20th century fairy tales, a 1970's gay bar, and modern-day meth addicts. Every score is original and styles include 16th century Renaissance, big band, folk, rock, and electronic music. (more...)

North Coast to Start Weekly Run at The Peoples Improv Theater Next Month
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

North Coast, New York City's Premiere Hip­Hop Long­Form Improv show will be starting a weekly run at The Peoples Improv Theater starting June 2014. Formed in February 2009, North Coast weaves Long­Form Improvisation and the elements of Hip­Hop together to form an energetic and dynamic show. They have performed all over the country at festivals, colleges, theaters, corporations, and private events. (more...)

Horse Trade Theater Group to Present TEN-FOOT RAT CABARET at UNDER St. Marks, 6/12
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret is Gotham's Premiere Variety Show hosted by Canadian import Jillian Thomas; featuring Bill Chambers and Gregory Levine with a rotating cast of the entertainment cream of NYC, America, and Canada. (more...)

Zebra Technologies Partners with Michael Waltrip Racing to Deploy the Zebra MotionWorks'' Motor Sports Solution
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Zebra Technologies Corporation (ZBRA), a recognized global leader in products and solutions that extend real-time visibility into business operations, today announced it has entered into an agreement to partner with Michael Waltrip Racing, a leading NASCAR training development facility, to deploy a first-of-its-kind pit crew evaluation system. Combining the racing expertise of the Michael Waltrip team and the real-time locating systems (RTLS) technology expertise of Zebra, the application will be using the Zebra MotionWorks Motor Sports Solution, a next-generation motor sports statistics, event and visualization platform. (more...)

Outrage Ensues Over Critics' Attacks on Opera Singer's Physique
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Outrage is ensuing as theatre critics walk a fine line between critique and insult. Comments over a young woman's physique in Glyndebourne's 'Der Rosenkavalier' opera has been the topic of criticism to many reviewers. (more...)

PIT Announces Membership Discount
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

FPInnovations' Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) group, a not-for-profit engineering and research group for the North American trucking industry, today announced it is offering a 20% discount to fleets that join PIT before the end of June 2014. (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, 5/10, Part 2- MORMON Leaves Mark in LA, Max von Essen SIPs, and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2014

BroadwayWorld collected as many of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics as we could to bring you Part 2 of our May 10th SIP round-up! Check out part one HERE. (more...)

All For One Offers Course on Story Structure For Storytellers and Solo Show Writers Today
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2014

As a part of All For One's new expanded programming in 2014 we are expanding our educational offerings to cover a broad spectrum of courses throughout the year. Kicking off our new education programming is David Crabb's one day intensive on story structure. (more...)

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Presents the Annual Celebration of Music Education at Kleinhans Music Hall Today
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2014

Today, May 10, will mark the annual Celebration of Music Education at Kleinhans Music Hall, presented by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and sponsored by BOCES of Western New York. A reception and awards ceremony open to honorees, music educators, administrators and supporters of music education will be catered by Oliver's and take place at 6:30 p.m. At the beginning of the 8 p.m. concert, honorees will be recognized in front of the BPO audience. (more...)

BWW Reviews: AVENUE Q at 4th Wall Theatre
by Gregory G. Allen - Jun 8, 2014

4th Wall Theatre closes season with the hilarious and non-reverent Avenue Q for a two weekend run. (more...)

Molotov Theatre's 2014-15 Season to Feature 'NIGHTFALL,' THE MARGINS & 'NEIGHBORHOOD 3'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Molotov Theatre Group, Washington DC's only horror- and suspense-based theatre company, is issuing a call for directors for its 2014/2015 season, which includes "Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe," "The Margins" and "Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom." Interested directors are encouraged to submit their credentials for any of the shows of the season. (more...)

BWW CD Review: San Francisco Symphony's WEST SIDE STORY is a Triumph
by David Clarke - Jun 23, 2014

When it comes to contemporary classics in American musical theatre, just the sheer mention of Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY is enough to get any fan of the medium listening. His clever orchestrations, drive and ambition, and unique construction made the show a hallmark of the genre that is still adored and studied today. (more...)

SIDE SHOW at Kennedy Center is Simply Spectacular
by Charles Shubow - Jun 23, 2014

Director Bill Condon envisions a new and exciting SIDE SHOW that includes new music. (more...)

BACH AT LEIPZIG to Open 7/9 at People's Light & Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

People's Light & Theatre presents the regional premiere of Itamar Moses' acclaimed comedy Bach at Leipzig running July 9-August 10, 2014 on the Steinbright Stage. Associate Artistic Director Pete Pryor directs. People's Light & Theatre is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355. (more...)

Photo Flash: SCERA Presents Utah Valley Premiere of LES MISERABLES, 7/3-19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Jeremy Showgren might be a popular SCERA director and music director today, but his ties to SCERA and "Les Mis" go back 17 years ago when SCERA got permission to perform the concert version of the epic drama - it was Showgren's very first SCERA show and he played keyboard in The Pit orchestra. (more...)

Mazeppa Productions to Stage XANADU, 7/9-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Lace up your skates and join Mazeppa this summer at Xanadu, the hit musical comedy about believing in magic and following your dreams. Xanadu's opening on July 10, 2014, will mark the official start of Mazeppa's fourth season of musical theatre and its third season at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Xanadu runs July 9-26, 2014, at Christ Church Neighborhood House, located at 20 North American Street (off 2nd Street between Market and Arch Streets) in the Old City section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (more...)

MY BIG GAY 'GAY CAMP' TALENT SHOW to Headline at the Duplex for Pride Week, 6/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

The creators of the hit comedy show Gay Camp are returning with a one-night-only cabaret titled My Big Gay 'Gay Camp' Talent Show, playing at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre on Monday, June 23 at 7pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mazeppa Productions' XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Lace up your skates and join Mazeppa this summer at Xanadu, the hit musical comedy about believing in magic and following your dreams. Xanadu's opening tomorrow, July 10, 2014, will mark the official start of Mazeppa's fourth season of musical theatre and its third season at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Xanadu runs now thorugh July 26, 2014, at Christ Church Neighborhood House, located at 20 North American Street (off 2nd Street between Market and Arch Streets) in the Old City section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Scroll down for a first look at the cast onstage! (more...)

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 2014 Week Three to Feature Beethoven, Gluck, Handel, Mozart and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

The third week of this summer's Mostly Mozart Festival, New York's acclaimed annual summer celebration of classical music, kicks off with a pair of all-Beethoven concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra leading one of the great works in the classical repertoire, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, August 12 and 13, at Avery Fisher Hall. Conducting this large-scale choral work is Gianandrea Noseda, featured at Mostly Mozart for a second consecutive summer following his debut last summer leading Rossini's Stabat mater. Singers for the performance include soprano Erika Grimaldi (U.S. debut), mezzo-sopranoAnna Maria Chiuri (Mostly Mozart debut), tenor Gregory Kunde, and bass Ildar Abdrazakov (Mostly Mozart debut). TheConcert Chorale of New York, directed by James Bagwell, will accompany the Festival Orchestra and soloists. The Festival Orchestra will also perform Beethoven's Overture to The Consecration of the House, Op. 124, to open the concerts. Additionally, the Amphion String Quartet will perform Barber's String Quartet, No. 11 in a pre-concert recital. (more...)


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BWW Reviews: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Soars at Berkshire Theatre Group
by Larry Murray - Jul 6, 2014

When it comes to works by Stephen Sondheim, the music is everything, and the Berkshire Theatre Group does not let us down. (more...)

Cast Announced for Noel Coward's THIS WAS A MAN at Finborough Theatre from July 15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Banned by the Lord Chamberlain for its facetious and irreverent treatment of adultery, This Was A Man, a previously unseen play by Noel Coward, directed by actress Belinda Lang, opens for its long overdue UK professional premiere in a strictly limited three week season at the Finborough Theatre on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Director David McVicar Claims Sydney Opera House Conditions are 'Extreme' to Stage DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

David McVicar, who is directing a new staging of Don Giovanni, says that the Sydney Opera House's main theatre is inadequate to rehearse. He said: “I think they thought about the outside before they thought about the inside. The problems of the Joan Sutherland [Opera Theatre] are extreme. It's a very quirky space, it is inadequate for opera, it just simply is.” (more...)

Charlotte Student Named Male Finalist at National High School Musical Theater Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

Mekhai Lee, named Best Actor in the 2014 Blumey Awards, was one of the top three male finalists in the Best Actor category at the 2014 National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City on June 30, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Toe-Tapping, Tap-Dancing 42ND STREET at Allenberry Playhouse
by Marakay Rogers - Jul 10, 2014

Director Ryan Gibbs and choreographer Dann Dunn put the tapping feet of 42ND STREET on the Allenberry stage. (more...)

It's Official! HERE LIES LOVE to Play London's New Dorfman Theatre; Runs Sept 30-Jan 8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

The award-winning New York production of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's musical Here Lies Love will open the new Dorfman Theatre (formerly the Cottesloe), following its complete refurbishment as part of the NT Future project. Here Lies Love plays from 30 September to 8 January, with a press night on 13 October. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 30th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 30, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'The Sound Of Music' and 'The Wizard Of Oz' live, a local 'Ragtime' and 'Avenue Q,' premieres of 'Juno' and 'The Next Thing,' 'Hit The Wall' and 'Waa-Mu' return, CCT announces two world premieres, and Illinois has its high school musical theater champs--plus even more! (more...)

COJONES Wraps Run at The Pit Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Singers who want to twerk. Dancers who want to juggle daggers. Comics who dare to get serious. Perhaps some X-rated ventriloquism. The monthly variety showcase called COJONES invites performers to try something onstage they've always wanted to do but didn't have the you-know-whats to try. (more...)

THE MEL & EL SHOW Returns to Stage 72 Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Hilarious music duo MEL & EL are back with a brand new edition of their long- running monthly comedy show. THE MEL & EL SHOW returns to NYC at Stage 72, 158 W. 72 Street, tonight, April 25th at 7:00PM. (more...)

All For One to Offer Course on Story Structure For Storytellers and Solo Show Writers, 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

As a part of All For One's new expanded programming in 2014 we are expanding our educational offerings to cover a broad spectrum of courses throughout the year. Kicking off our new education programming is David Crabb's one day intensive on story structure. (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL Recap: It's Time For America To Pull The Plug (Updated w/ Pictures)
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 24, 2014

On this week's Top-6 edition of AMERICAN IDOL Season XIII, we were “treated” to not one, but two, songs by each competitor. The theme, “A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll” gave the contestants an opportunity to channel their inner Donnys and Maries. Speaking of the beloved Osmond sibs, nothing about them screams either Country or Rock 'n Roll to me. But I digress; in most cases tonight, the double your pleasure set-up resulted in an extra helping of awesome, but (as is expected from this season) there was one singer whose combined performances resulted in confusion with a side of frustration. (more...)

Ryann Weir and Annie Tippe's DEBUTANTE. World Premiere Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Tonight, April 24, 2014, producer Robb Nanus (Andrew Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk) announces the opening of DEBUTANTE., a new play written by Ryann Weir and created and directed by Annie Tippe. (more...)

APAC's Artistic Director Tom Wojtunik to Step Down
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) announced today that Artistic Director Tom Wojtunik will be stepping down from his position as Artistic Director on June 30th, 2014. During Wojtunik's six years as Artistic Director, he successfully raised the company's artistic profile and solidified APAC's place as a respected developer and producer of new works. For his final production, he will direct Rodgers & Hammerstein's rarely seen Allegro, opening May 1st, 2014. (Critics are invited to all performances.) (more...)

DEBUTANTE. Makes World Premiere at the Bernie Wohl Center, Now thru 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

After a sold out presentation at Ars Nova's ANT Fest last June, DEBUTANTE. returns to New York City for its world premiere production. Written by Ryann Weir, created & directed by Annie Tippe and produced by Robb Nanus (Andrew Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk), the production will be staged at the Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Avenue). (more...)

Elizabeth Alderfer, Eshan Bay and More Join Cast of DEBUTANTE. World Premiere, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Producer Robb Nanus (Andrew Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk) presents the world-premiere production of DEBUTANTE., written by Ryann Weir and directed/created by Annie Tippe. After a sold out presentation at Ars Nova's ANT Fest last June, DEBUTANTE. returns to New York City this spring at the Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Avenue) starting tonight, April 23. (more...)

San Diego Musical Theatre to Present Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, 5/9-25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

San Diego Musical Theatre announces Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, (press opening on Saturday, May 10) at the North Park Theatre. (more...)

All-Star Students Put Their STEM Prowess on Display During Action-Packed VEX Robotics World Championship
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

Each year, VEX reaches more than half a million students across the world in the classroom and through after-school competitions, turning robotics into a captivating hands-on sport that challenges both students' brainpower and teamwork skills. Competitors at this level make up the world's sharpest, most ambitious, technology-focused elementary school, middle school, high school, and university students. These young prodigies have committed their time and energy throughout the season designing, building, programming, and developing their own unique competition strategies at more than 750 local, regional and national tournaments. Of the more than 10,000 VEX Robotics teams that exist in the world, the top 760 teams have earned the right to travel to Anaheim, California where they will form strategic alliances with other teams and challenge competitors at the 2013-2014 season games: VEX Toss Up and VEX Add It Up. (more...)

Nat Geo Wild Premieres New Special CESAR MILLAN: LOVE MY PIT BULL Tonight
by TV News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

In Cesar Millan: Love My Pit Bull, Millan and his current pit bull companion, Junior, make the case that it's not just pit bulls - but also humans - that need to be trained. (more...)

TSU Theatre Stages DREAMGIRLS This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

It has been twenty years since TSU Theatre which is a unit under the Visual & Performing Arts Department produced the musical Dreamgirls but now a modern audience is in for a treat with a brand new re-mounting of the musical that is sure to please and delight. Filled with R&B and gospel tinged tunes, energetic choreography, and stunning vocals the production promises to be exciting and memorable. It performs for only 3 shows. Today, April 18th, 19th at 8pm and April 20th at 4pm. (more...)

COJONES to Wrap Run at The Pit on 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Singers who want to twerk. Dancers who want to juggle daggers. Comics who dare to get serious. Perhaps some X-rated ventriloquism. The monthly variety showcase called COJONES invites performers to try something onstage they've always wanted to do but didn't have the you-know-whats to try. (more...)

CAPA and Shadowbox Live to Present Original Rock Ballet THE MASQUE, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Presented by CAPA and Shadowbox Live, The Masque is a full-length, original rock ballet that weaves dance and music together to bring to life seven works from Edgar Allan Poe inside the over-arching storyline of his short story "The Masque of the Red Death." Performed live on stage with the dancers of Cleveland's Verb Ballets, the performers and musicians of Shadowbox Live intertwine contemporary rock-and-roll with classical works from Beethoven, Schoenberg, Ruggles, and Ives in this unconventional and stunning production. (more...)

Andy Hardy Grows Up- Mickey Rooney in SUGAR BABIES
by BWW Staff - Apr 10, 2014

Sugar Babies wasn't supposed to be a hit. The 1979 Broadway insiders 'knew' no one wanted to see two has-been movie stars doing hokey jokes from a long-dead low-brow genre. Yet, it was, a big, fat, lines-around-the-box-office smash. And why? Two words: Mickey Rooney. (more...)

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