EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Life According To Saki
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 29, 2016

BWW speaks to Jessica Lazar director of Life According to Saki ahead of its run at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Roshunda Jones Talks the Joys and Pains of Bringing 'LADY DAY' to Life
by Katricia Lang - Jul 29, 2016

Billie Holiday knew what a little moonlight can do. Do you? Allow The Bayou Theatre Company to enlighten you with its production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL. (more...)

David Heron Takes on Shakespeare in the Park - Jamaican Style!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Audiences attending the New York Classical Theatre's current production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale in Manhattan's Battery Park are experiencing a rare treat- the words of the Bard being spoken in lilting Jamaican 'patois'- or dialect- by award winning actor David Heron, who appears as King Polixenes of Bohemia in the show. (more...)

BWW Interview: MSMT Panel Examines the Enduring Appeal of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - Jul 28, 2016

One week into the virtually sold-out run of MSMT's Fiddler on the Roof, cast members, Bill Nolte, Susan Cella, Erick Devine, and Rachel Rhodes-Devey, together with MSMT's Managing Director Stephanie Dupal convened in the third Peek Behind the Curtain panel discussion at the Curtis Memorial Library on July 27, 2016, to examine the phenomenon of the show that continues to mesmerize audiences fifty-two years after its Broadway debut. In response to moderator Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold's observation that Fiddler is a show which - like its characters - survives, the participants discussed their individual perspectives on the show, their characters, and the universal themes that continue to speak powerfully to audiences. (more...)

BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - East Meets West-4 Directors Talk About Directing Kids and Teens
by Guest Blogger: Paisley Haddad - Jul 27, 2016

Directing Kids and Teens sounds like a very difficult job, but for these 4 directors, the task is very easy. Cheryl Baxter-Ratliff  (Los Angeles), Joel & Christine Seger (Massachusetts), and Kelley Manson (Massachusetts) have had their fair share of young adult productions to be proud of.  No matter what coast they are from, they all can agree that kids and teens are "sponges" that can soak up information and that they do not have any bad habits they need to break on stage. They also talk about their beginnings in directing kids and teens, memorable moments thus far in their directing, and more. Read my Q&A below to see what they said.  (more...)

NewArts Announces Its Summer 2016 Season: Featuring Nearly 200 Newtown Area Children
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

NewArts, a nonprofit theatrical production organization in Newtown, CT, is producing its sixth and seventh shows for its summer, 2016 season incorporating nearly 200 children from the Newtown area onstage, backstage and in the orchestra as a continuation of its mission to use the performing arts to promote healing and strength. NewArts was founded by local parent, Michael Baroody, M.D. and brings in a talented team of nearly 20 theatre professionals including Broadway-level directors, choreographers, music directors, designers, producers, and technicians to guide the children in this endeavor of creativity, collaboration and community. (more...)

BWW Interview: Debut of the Month - THE LION KING's Newest 'Nala' Adrienne Walker
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 27, 2016

Today, Adrienne Walker speaks exclusively to BWW about making her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning show and explains why her casting 'just kind of swept me off my feet!' (more...)

BWW Blog: Naomi Melvin - Somebody's Eyes: Q&A with Lisa Stevens!
by Guest Blogger: Naomi Melvin - Jul 25, 2016

Recently I sat down with our director and co-choreographer, Lisa Stevens, to chat about our version of Footloose and her personal process in relation to building theatre. As I've said before, we are lucky. As someone who has intensively observed The Rehearsal process (I love rehearsal), I have sat in awe of Lisa's direction. Specifically, I find her vocabulary lends itself beautifully to moving the work in a forward direction. Her style is streamlined along with plenty of room to play. And Lisa is so underneath each character and their relationships that, with her guidance, there's a stronger connection between the actor and his or her role. With her list of credits and accolades, Lisa has brought the know-how of the business to rehearsal, imparting on us indispensable tools essential to the artist's working life. As the cast filtered out for lunch, I joined Lisa behind the creative team's table and opened our discussion.  (more...)

This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 7/25/2016
by - Jul 25, 2016

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 7/25/2016. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Milk
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 25, 2016

We speak to Ross Dunsmore, writer of Milk which is part of TravFest at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival. (more...)

Louisville Repertory Company to Present SMOKE & MIRRORS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Smoke & Mirrors by WILL OSBORNE & ANTHONY HERRERA directed by GEORGE ROBERT BAILEY presented by Louisville Repertory Company will run August 5-14, 2016 at The Bard's Town Theatre, 1801 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205. (more...)

BWW Interview: It's a Party!: Cory Jeacoma Debuts in MAMMA MIA!
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - Aug 8, 2016

It's a party -under the blue skies and Mediterranean sun of a Greek island - or at least an evocation of that paradise on the stage of Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. "It's a party and a great story, and I am so very excited to be part of it! I look forward to revisiting the ABBA music and to encouraging the audience to get up and dance and sing with us." Cory Jeacoma is talking about the anticipation swirling around this week's opening of MSMT fourth main stage production, Mamma Mia, in which he makes his MSMT debut in the leading role of Sky. The vibrant young actor, who just four months ago was graduated from Pace University's musical theatre program, has been working steadily for some years now and is already on his way to making his name and talents known. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek of The Muny's AIDA, Starring Michelle Williams
by Stage Tube - Aug 7, 2016

Returning to a role she played on Broadway, Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams stars in The Muny's 2016 season closer, AIDA. BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peek of The Rehearsal process for the production that Muny audiences are sure to fall in love with all over again! (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 8/6-8/7/2016
by - Aug 7, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, August 7, 2016 - Sunday, August 7, 2016. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 8/23/2016 - 8/30/2016
by - Aug 30, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 8/23/2016 - 8/30/2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Catching up with Christian Struppeck, Book Writer of New Stephen Schwartz Musical SCHIKANEDER
by Iris Moebius - Aug 30, 2016

Behind the scenes of the Raimund Theater in Vienna, Austria everybody is working in high gear at the newest in-house production of the Vereinigte Buhnen Wien: SCHIKANEDER - the turbulent love story behind The Magic Flute. The new musical by Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics), Christian Struppeck (book) and Sir Trevor Nunn (director) will have its world premiere on September 30th in Vienna. Just a little over a year after our last interview with Christian Struppeck, shortly after the musical SCHIKANEDER was announced, we got to catch up with him again to find out how the show has developed since then and how things are going in The Rehearsal room. (more...)

Bid To Meet Kristin Chenoweth, Support Artists Striving to End Poverty
by Michael Dale - Aug 30, 2016

Charitybuzz's new online auction offers a chance to see Kristin Chenoweth in concert and meet her backstage. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes with JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 3, 2016

Below, check out the cast of Jelly's Last Jam in The Rehearsal room, plus watch Signature's talented, hardworking tech crew transform the MAX Theatre from a drag club on the French Riviera in La Cage aux Folles to the Jungle Inn, a 1920s jazz club, for Jelly's Last Jam! (more...)

Tony-Winning CABARET Comes to Atlanta's Fox Theatre This Fall; Tickets on Sale This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta announced today that individual tickets for the Atlanta engagement of Roundabout Theatre Company's CABARET will go on sale Sunday, August 28 at 10 a.m. (more...)

The Doo Wop Project, Dance Fest and More Coming Up This Season at Centenary Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Centenary Stage Company's 2016-17 season is fast approaching and in addition to its theatrical productions CSC will be hosting a season bursting with music, dance and special events for all ages and tastes. (more...)


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LET THERE BE LIGHT: Lighting Designer Neil Austin On Collaboration, Storytelling and CURSED CHILD
by Marianka Swain - Aug 28, 2016

The second instalment of LET THERE BE LIGHT, our new series showcasing some of Britain's best theatrical lighting designers, focuses on Neil Austin. His diverse body of work ranges from productions at National Theatre and collaborations with directors like Howard Davies and Michael Grandage to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (more...)

BWW Interview: Lauren Samuels On Sisterhood, Sexual Liberation and VANITIES
by Marianka Swain - Aug 27, 2016

Lauren Samuels became a household name thanks to BBC reality show Over the Rainbow, and has since had starring roles in Bend It Like Beckham, Grease and We Will Rock You in the West End and The Last Five Years at Tabard Theatre. Now, she's joining Ashleigh Gray and Lizzy Connolly in the European debut of American show Vanities: The Musical at Trafalgar Studios, directed and choreographed by Racky Plews. It follows the travails of three friends as they go from from cheerleading and sororities to jobs, families and hard-won wisdom. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Janet Morris of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Mind's Eye Theatre Company
by Taylor Clemons - Aug 26, 2016

Director Janet Morris takes a minute to discuss Louisville's first community theater production of the Peter Pan prequel! (more...)

BWW Preview: Desert Theatreworks Discusses Its 2016-17 Season
by Audrey Liebross - Aug 25, 2016

Desert Theatreworks (DTW), Palm Desert's 501(c)(3) community theatre, has received 64 nominations for the Desert Theatre League's 2016 Desert Star awards, the most of any company. Lance and Ron Phillips-Martinez, the spouses who serve as DTW's artistic director and executive director, respectively, sat down with Broadway World to discuss the company's nominations and its upcoming season. The 2016-17 season consists of two comedies, a murder mystery, two musicals, and a holiday revue featuring Frank Sinatra's songs: The Realistic Joneses, A Murder is Announced, Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Next to Normal. (more...)

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: DREAM ON Extends at Stages Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: DREAM ON, written and created by Roger Bean has extended its World Premiere, running now through October 16, 2016 at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, TX, directed and choreographed by Melissa Rain Anderson, with musical direction by Kevin David Thomas. (more...)

BWW TV: RENT Turns 20 and Hits the Road! Watch Performances from the Cast of the National Tour
by TV - On the Road - Aug 25, 2016

Need a little more RENT in your Thursday? Below, go inside The Rehearsal room to check out a sneak peek with the cast! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lauren Molina, Bri Sudia and More in Rehearsal for Goodman Theatre's WONDERFUL TOWN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

The cast and creative team is set for Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of WONDERFUL TOWN - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical that with lyrics by Betty Comdenand Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fieldsand Jerome Chodorov. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at The Rehearsal photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal With BURNING BRIDGES at Theatre 503
by Nora Dominick - Aug 23, 2016

Rehearsals are underway for Sally Knyvette and Theatre 503's production of BURNING BRIDGES, and BroadwayWorld has your first look! Check out all the photos from inside The Rehearsal room below! (more...)

The Barn Theatre School to Stage RED, WHITE AND TUNA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Get ready for a side-splitting, patriotic laugh riot starring two Barn favorites, Joe Aiello and Scott Burkell! The Barn Theatre School presents RED, WHITE AND TUNA, a comedy by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard playing ONE WEEK August 30 - September 4. (more...)

BWW Flashback: FINDING NEVERLAND Flies Away from Broadway Today!
by Marissa Sblendorio - Aug 21, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, after a year and a half of performances, Broadway's FINDING NEVERLAND will play its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater today, August 21, 2016. The production will have played 33 previews and 565 performances and will transfer to London's West End to open in the spring of 2017.  (more...)

Legendary Singer/Songwriter Barry Gibb to Release First Solo Album 'In The Now' ft New Material, 10/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Columbia Records has announced legendary Grammy award winning singer/songwriter/producer Barry Gibb will release his first solo album involving new material, In The Now, on October 7. (more...)

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: ZUCCOTTI PARK Opening at The New York International Fringe Festival
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Aug 18, 2016

Directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado, (In The Heights, Rocky and currently in On Your Feet), Zuccotti Park, A Musical About the Human Side of economics opened this past Wednesday, August 17th as part of the 20 year anniversary of The New York International Fringe Festival. (more...)

Martha Graham Dance Company's GrahamDeconstructed to Present DARK MEADOW, 9/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

New York, NY, August 8, 2016 ¬Ė The GrahamDeconstructed series brings audiences behind the scenes for an intimate view of Martha Graham's masterworks. On¬†September 13 and 14, the Martha Graham Dance Company will present a rehearsal showing of¬†Dark Meadow Suite, an arrangement of highlights from¬†Dark Meadow¬†(1946).¬† (more...)

The Spunky Ballerina Recommends - Rolling Out
by Emily Ramirez - Aug 16, 2016

One way dancers are keeping flexible and aiding in muscle recovery is by rolling out. Read on to learn about how you can keep your body perpetually show-ready! (more...)

Irish Arts Center to Present Comedy HOW TO KEEP AN ALIEN This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Irish Arts Center (IAC), the arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, is pleased to present the U.S. premiere of Rough Magic's How to Keep an Alien (Sep 15-Oct 1), written by and starring Sonya Kelly. Directed by Gina Moxley, How to Keep an Alien is a story about falling in love and having to prove it to the government. (more...)

Guest Blog: The Faction's Rachel Valentine Smith On Staging Shakespeare In Selfridges
by Guest Blogger: The Faction - Aug 16, 2016

Shakespeare captures all facets of the human experience. It's this universality that is appealing to The Faction, and part of why his global playwright status is being so widely celebrated across the world with Shakespeare400: as a revolutionary with unending spirit and appeal; as a writer of mischief, mayhem and madness; as an artist with revolutionary ideas. (more...)

BWW Interview: Eduardo Guzman and Cara Shanks Talk MIDTOWN: LIVE!
by Alexander Garza - Aug 16, 2016

Pitch Me This (PMT) Productions has partnered with Juxtapose Arts Collective to bring back its third annual production of MIDTOWN: LIVE! This year's show will be performed at the MATCH, and features some of Houston's finest local talent performing engaging pop music and high energy dance and movement. This past Sunday, I drove to the MATCH, and got the opportunity to sit down and talk with Director Eduardo Guzman and Choreographer Cara Shanks about this year's unique production. (more...)

BWW Interview: Harrison Meloeny & Michelle Lane of NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico Playhouse
by Cary Ginell - Aug 15, 2016

Occasionally we venture out of the sanctity of Ventura County to see how some of our locally raised theatricians are faring in their acting careers. Today we visit with Harrison Meloeny and Michelle Lane, two performers familiar to Cabrillo Music Theatre audiences (both were in Mary Poppins last year) about a fabulous opportunity to appear in the Pico Playhouse's new production of the Tony Award-winning smash, Next to Normal, in which Michelle will play Diana and Harrison will play Gabe. The show opens August 19 and plays through September 25. (more...)

VIDEOS: A Look Back at Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD and MILK AND HONEY, Next In The York's MUFTI Series
by Michael Dale - Aug 15, 2016

Two Jerry Herman musicals will be presented in concert as part of The York's acclaimed series. (more...)

Cast Announced For IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT at Theatre N16
by Marianka Swain - Aug 15, 2016

What A Nice Production has announced the cast for the London professional premiere of IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT, which will be performed at Theatre N16, Balham, in November. (more...)

Berkshire Playwrights Lab's Inaugural Inaugural Radius Playwrights Festival Calling for Submissions!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Berkshire Playwrights Lab (BPL), in association with Saint James Place, invites submissions for the first-ever Radius Playwrights Festival. The Radius Playwrights Festival features new short plays created by local talent-anyone within a 50-miles radius of Saint James Place may submit. BPL will present fully staged readings of the five selected plays. This will be the FIRST theatrical presentation in the much-anticipated performance space at Saint James Place in downtown Great Barrington. (more...)

DICK WHITTINGTON Pantomime to Play the Marlowe This Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

It may be August, but the cast of this year's Marlowe Theatre pantomime have already started work. (more...)

BWW Interview: OSLO's Jennifer Ehle and the Mission Possible
by Naomi Serviss - Aug 15, 2016

The Lincoln Center drama is a riveting depiction of a historical moment in diplomacy, leavened with whisky, waffles and a lot of furniture moving. (more...)

BWW Interview: Matthew Lewis Talks Sex, Intimacy and UNFAITHFUL
by Marianka Swain - Aug 12, 2016

Matthew Lewis is beloved by millions as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, but since his wizarding days he's taken on a range of projects, including Ripper Street and Happy Valley on TV, Me Before You on the big screen, and Our Boys in the West End. He's currently in rehearsal for Owen McCafferty's Unfaithful, which also features Sean Campion, Niamh Cusask and Ruta Gedmintas. The play has its London premiere at pop-up venue Found111 on 25 August, running until 8 October. (more...)

California Symphony to Kick Off 30th Season, 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

WALNUT CREEK, CA (August 9, 2016)¬†¬Ė¬†The¬†California Symphony¬†and Music Director Donato Cabrera open the Orchestra's 30th¬†season on¬†Sunday, September 18 at 4 pm¬†at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, with an early work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts, written when he was a Young American Composer-in-Residence there, a performance of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, and flutist Annie Wu, an East Bay native and SF Symphony Youth Orchestra alumna, as soloist in Mozart's Flute Concerto in G.¬† (more...)

Evolution Dance Theatre Starts Rehearsals Next Week for World Premiere of FOLLOW YOUR HEART
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Evolution Dance Theatre (EDT) starts rehearsals next week for the world premiere of Follow Your Heart, a heart-stopping universal love story and multi-disciplinary spectacle that brings together diverse cultures through theatre, dance and live music, featuring over 45 performers on stage. This captivating dance-drama, rooted in the rich traditions of the Middle East, is conceived, written and directed by EDT founder and artistic director Armineh Keshishian. A truly unique, cross-cultural event, it runs September 22-25 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.Tickets are on sale now by visiting EvolutionDanceTheatre.com or calling the box office at 905-787-8811. (more...)

Joffrey Ballet To Livestream THE NUTCRACKER, 9/8
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

The Joffrey Ballet¬†will offer the public a rare glimpse into The Rehearsal studio when it streams a live, first look of the highly anticipated world premiere production of¬†The Nutcracker¬†by¬†Christopher Wheeldon,¬†winner of the 2015 Tony Award¬ģ¬†for Best Choreography for the Broadway hit,¬†An American in Paris. Seeing the master at work and watching the impeccably trained dancers of The Joffrey Ballet is a one-day-only opportunity,Thursday, September 8, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (CT)¬†and is accessible via the Joffrey's online¬†YouTube channel. (more...)

The Joffrey Ballet to Stream from Rehearsal of Christopher Wheeldon's THE NUTCRACKER Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

The Joffrey Ballet will offer the public a rare glimpse into The Rehearsal studio when it streams a live, first look of the highly anticipated world premiere production of The Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon, winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography for the Broadway hit, An American in Paris. Seeing the master at work and watching the impeccably trained dancers of The Joffrey Ballet is a one-day-only opportunity, Thursday, September 8, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (CT) and is accessible via the Joffrey's online YouTube channel. (more...)

BWW Interview: Let the Sun Shine In: Mark Martino Directs MAMMA MIA at MSMT
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - Aug 1, 2016

"We are excited to have the audience open its eyes to some sunshine. [Artistic Director] Curt Dale Clark and I were just saying this morning that this has been an intense season so far, and Fiddler on the Roof and Evita cannot let in much sun. But we stream that light in Mamma Mia, and we hope it will provide a chance to breathe in the joy of the Greek Isles. If we do it right, we will all feel an uplift." Director/choreographer Mark Martino is waxing eloquent about his latest project and one which constitutes his Maine State Music Theatre debut: a new production of the 2001 Broadway smash it musical Mamma Mia, based on the songs of ABBA. Martino has what he calls "a very short history" with the show, having mounted a production for the first time in June of this year at the Theatre Aspen. "The two will be staged very differently," he explains. "Aspen is a 200-seat thrust stage, and here they have a 600-seat proscenium theatre. The Pickard Theater gives me an opportunity to expand the show. Our cast at MSMT is about one third larger than in Colorado - some twenty-seven actors - which is even a bit larger than the twenty-four in the original Broadway production. The production values are going to be large and lavish, and the cast has a huge amount of energy, so for me it is an opportunity to revisit the show and make different pictures and entirely different choreography." (more...)

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