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BWW Review: Signature's SILVER BELLES Is More Nice than Naughty
by Benjamin Tomchik - Nov 30, 2016

With a 75 minute runtime, the show never becomes cloyingly sweet or as indigestible as a fruit cake, as happens with too many holiday specials. The musical has all the makings of a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie, with just a touch of tongue-and-cheek humor to give it a little zing. (more...)

Photo Flash: Connecticut Repertory Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for AN ABSOLUTE TURKEY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces the cast of Georges Feydeau's 'An Absolute Turkey', adapted from Le Dindon by Nicki Frei and Peter Hall. Paul Mullins will direct. Performances will be held in the Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre from December 1st through December 10th, 2016. For tickets and information please visit crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486-2113. (more...)

TAKE A SEAT at The Butterfly Club this January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Take A Seat invites audiences into the underbelly of The Butterfly Club, where they will sit amongst the dead, waiting for an off-stage arbiter to decide their fate. The one-act play features seven characters from all walks of life, including a Muslim refugee, an ignorant American soldier swamped with self-hatred, a lonely grandmother, a dancer with depression, and a father and son trying to forgive each other before it's too late. They are as individual in perspective as they are united by their experience of death. (more...)

BWW Feature: Sheri Sanders Rocks In Musical Workshop of CHIX 6
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2016

Sheri Sanders is not only a trailblazing educator when employing pop/rock music in Musical Theatre, but she has also been surviving death-defying acts as the 'Company Cover' in the workshop of a new Broadway-bound musical 'Chix 6'. While Sanders is about to launch exciting things in January for her online training program 'Rock The Audition', she's been embodying a plethora of comic book superheroes by day. (more...)

BWW Dance Review: FJK DANCE Presents 'Mundo'
by Wesley Doucette - Nov 21, 2016

Wesley Doucette on FJK DANCE's 'Mundo' (more...)

LIFE WITH FATHER Opens this December at The Sherman Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

On Friday, December 2, The Sherman Playhouse will debut Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse's classic family portrait Life with Father.  (more...)

Cortland Repertory Theatre Announces 2017 SUMMER Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

Cortland Repertory Theatre, one of New York State's longest running professional summer theatres, is announcing their 46th annual season for the summer of 2017. (more...)

Maxine Peake, Gemma Jones and Martha Goober to Perform in The Old Vic's Inaugural ONE VOICE Event
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

The Old Vic today announces the full programme for the inaugural One Voice performance on Saturday 26 November. (more...)

FAITHLESS Set for December at Boston Playwrights' Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) continues its 2016-17 season with Faithless by Andrew Joseph Clarke. Running from December 8-18, this new drama is directed by Stephen Pick. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kimberly Kiley of RAGTIME at Actors' Repertory Theatre Of Simi
by Cary Ginell - Nov 16, 2016

Everyone knows that the director is the person responsible for the look and content of a musical or play, but once the cast has been selected, sets and props are delivered, and all the technical elements are in place, who puts it all together? The week prior to a show's opening is called 'Tech Week,' a four or five-day period during which all the elements of a production are assembled on stage for the first time. Tech Week marks the transition period between The Rehearsal stage and the performance stage of a production. Once the show is underway, it is the job of the stage manager to supervise, coordinate, and maintain all of the sundry elements that make up a production, from lighting, sound, and sets to costume changes, blocking, and all the performers' backstage activity. As we found out, it takes a particular kind of person to become a stage manager. He or she has to be detail oriented, disciplined, unflappable, and resourceful. Kimberly Kiley, who is currently serving as stage manager for the Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi's production of Ragtime, has all of these attributes and more. We visited her before a performance last weekend and were introduced to the new staging area at the theater where Kiley is stationed during a show. (more...)

BWW Interview: Actor Jeremy Irvine Talks BURIED CHILD
by Marianka Swain - Nov 16, 2016

Actor Jeremy Irvine got his big break as the lead in Steven Spielberg's film version of War Horse. His other screen credits include Great Expectations, The Railway Man and Stonewall, but he's now back on stage alongside Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Charlotte Hope in Sam Shepard's Buried Child, currently in previews at Trafalgar Studios. (more...)

Sneak Peek - Adrienne Houghton's Honeymoon Suite Surprise on Today's THE REAL
by TV News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

On Tuesday, November 15, The Real introduces Mr. and Mrs. Israel Houghton in their first sit down interview together as a married couple. (more...)

BWW Interview: Group Rep's Doug Engalla
by Don Grigware - Nov 15, 2016

Playwright Phil Olson that same year. Since then, Doug co-produced Olson's A Nice Family Gathering in 2000, and has been involved in most of the Don't Hug Me World Premiere productions, including directing three of its five world premieres, A Don't Hug Me County Fair; Don't Hug Me, I'm Pregnant; and Don't Hug Me, We're Married. This year, he directed the Group Rep's second revival of A Nice Family Gathering, with an African-American cast. During the day, Doug works for Walt Disney Animation Studios as a custodian of the Studio's animation art legacy, and as an observer of Disney (more...)

Announcing a Holiday Cabaret on the Hertz Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

The Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce its holiday production on the Hertz Stage, Courtenay's Cabaret: Home for the Holidays.  Based on her popular one-woman cabaret show, Courtenay Collins, with director Susan V. Booth, has created a new holiday cabaret that will include music, stories, surprises, cookies, crafts, and Courtenay's signature charm and good humor.  Courtenay's Cabaret: Home for the Holidays will run on the Hertz Stage from December 2 - 24, 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Susannah Jones of A CHRISTMAS STORY at Waterbury's Palace Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - Nov 14, 2016

If the word Fragile (pronounced Frah-GEE-lay) or the phrase "You'll shoot your eye out, kid" bring a smile to your face, then you are likely one of the many people who love A CHRISTMAS STORY, the classic 1983 movie that has become required viewing for many families each Christmas season. And, while you may know the story by heart, you have likely never seen it told the way you will if you check out A CHRISTMAS STORY the musical on stage at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, CT for just two performances on November 18th and 19th. Told with the flair only a musical can bring, A CHRISTMAS STORY puts an unfamiliar twist on the familiar classic. I caught up with Susannah Jones who plays the role of Ralphie's mother, and discussed her experience with the show, life on tour, and even her childhood equivalent to Ralphie's Red Ryder BB Gun. (more...)

Broadway Vet James Ludwig to Star in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at NewArts
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

NewArts, a nonprofit organization based in Newtown, CT, is producing its first winter production - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - in partnership with Walnut Hill Community Church. (more...)

BWW Feature: 8 Questions with LADY DAY at Emerson's Bar and Grill's Diedrie Henry at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Taylor Clemons - Jan 3, 2017

The lovely Diedrie Henry who will be playing the iconic Billie Holiday in Actors Theatre's production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL took the time to answer a few questions about the show, herself, and her incredibly diverse career! (more...)

BWW Interview: Louis Farber of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Brelby Theatre Company
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Jan 3, 2017

I was attracted to Peter and the Starcatcher because of the script. It is an extremely well-crafted and an exceptionally inventive grown-up's prequel to Peter Pan where twelve actors play over 100 assorted characters, through the use animated characterization and the boundless limits of imagination. The actors enter a sparse stage and create a world for us where we face high adventure, big dreams, tough choices and flying; and the audience is asked to employ their imaginations immediately. The script is smart, tight, heartwarming and hilarious. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jason Graae and Company Bring JERRY HERMAN LEGACY CONCERT to Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Jan 16, 2017

Broadway vet and musical comedy genius Jason Graae will be one of several incredible performers that will be presenting JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts from January 19 - 21, 2017. For three performances at the Center's Samueli Theater---the campus' intimate cabaret space---Graae and five other artists will be taking the stage to pay tribute to Jerry Herman's musical legacy, highlighted by musical numbers from his many classic shows that include MAME, MACK AND MABEL, HELLO, DOLLY!, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. (more...)

BWW Interview: Embracing the Face to Face: A Conversation with Mad Horse Theatre's Christine Louise Marshall
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jan 16, 2017

'It's so wonderful to hear a playwright's voice and think 'I have never heard that said in that way. It's a lovely thing!' The Artistic Director of South Portland's Mad Horse Theatre Company is talking about the theatre's upcoming Maine premiere of Jennifer Haley's dark and riveting drama, The Nether, which opens Thursday, January 19, 2017. Marshall, who has also directed the play and created the props and costumes, is undaunted by the disturbing themes of Jennifer Haley's sci-fi thriller which raises provocative moral issues, because she says, ' Despite the gravity of the situations it deals with, it is a beautiful piece that I find absolutely bewitching.' (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Check Out New Rehearsal Footage from World Premiere of BAT OUT OF HELL
by Stage Tube - Jan 14, 2017

The world premiere of the long-awaited Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell - The Musical will take place in London's West End at the London Coliseum, opening on Tuesday 20 June 2017, following previews from 5 June, for a limited season until 22 July 2017. This follows previews at Manchester Opera House from 17 February to 8 April 2017. (more...)

Brent Barrett to Perform at Garner Performing Arts Center Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Brent Barrett, who will be in concert Saturday at the Garner Performing Arts Center, is a prime illustration of how Broadway extends beyond countries' borders. (more...)

Life Is Beautiful! Roundabout's CABARET to Play the Princess of Wales Theatre This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

David Mirvish will present the national tour of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET. CABARET will play a strictly one-week engagement, February 14 - 19 at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (more...)

Fabrizio Bosso and Julian Oliver Mazzariello to Appear as Part of Hot Jazz Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Fabrizio Bosso, one of today's most moving trumpet players in Italy, intriguing, exciting, has an eclectic taste and a unique and personal touch, will perform as part of the 'Hot Jazz' series along with the wonderful Italian-English pianist Julian Oliver Mazzariello in a virtuoso duet for trumpet and piano of Duke Ellington's compositions – a must watch for all jazz fans! (more...)

Cast Announced For Rose Theatre Kingston's Adaptation Of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Rose Theatre Kingston today announces the cast for the world premiere of My Brilliant Friend, a two-part adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet of novels which have become a global literary sensation.  (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre to Kick Off Annual SPARK Program with NAPOLI, BROOKLYN Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

The process of creating a new play begins with an initial moment of creation - an instant, an event, a word, image or emotion that ignites a playwright's journey towards a compelling story. The quest for that creative spark is a fascinating one. (more...)

Youngsters Wanted for World Premiere of NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL at Birmingham Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Christmas may be over for another year, but Birmingham Repertory Theatre is already on the lookout for young actors to star in the forthcoming world premiere production of NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL, which opens in Birmingham later this year, before touring around the country. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Go Inside the Rehearsal Room for West End's BAT OUT OF HELL
by Stage Tube - Jan 10, 2017

The world premiere of the long-awaited Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell - The Musical will take place in London's West End at the London Coliseum, opening on Tuesday 20 June 2017, following previews from 5 June, for a limited season until 22 July 2017. This follows previews at Manchester Opera House from 17 February to 8 April 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: Renowned Actress SALOME JENS Talks About Doing WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at Group rep
by Don Grigware - Jan 10, 2017

Actress Salome Jens certainly needs no introduction. She has starred on Broadway, in film and on television over the years creating a mystique that is original and totally alluring. The very sound of her voice holds me captive. She will open at Group rep in NoHo on January 27 in the classic Witness for the Prosecution. I caught up with her during her busy schedule, and here's what she had to say about the play and the new production. (more...)

BWW Invite: Learn the Secrets of Live TV Musicals at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Panel
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Marrying the most thrilling aspects of stage and screen, the recent resurgence of networks broadcasting live musicals has invigorated prime time "appointment viewing" or "event television."   (more...)

BWW Interview: Ready to Blow Us All Away- Meet HAMILTON's Newest Star, Jordan Fisher!
by Nicole Rosky - Dec 8, 2016

Just under a year ago, Jordan Fisher was melting the hearts of millions from behind the television screen. Now he's doing it live, eight times a week from the Richard Rodgers Theatre. (more...)

Bunker Theatre's Inaugural Season Closes with the World Premiere of ABIGAIL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

The world premiere of Abigail by Papatango award-winning playwright Fiona Doyle will close The Bunker's highly-acclaimed inaugural season. Abigail will be directed by The Bunker's Artistic Director, Joshua McTaggart. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Sarah Anne Sillers
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 7, 2016

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BWW Review: THEBES LAND, Arcola Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Dec 6, 2016

Gary Naylor sees an innovative and thought-provoking play from South America that has plenty to say about fathers, and about theatre too. (more...)

Dallas Black Dance Theatre to Return to NYC for American Dance Platform
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) returns to New York City for a sixth consecutive year. During its 40th anniversary season, Dallas Black Dance Theatre is among eight dance companies invited to take part in the American Dance Platform at The Joyce Theater in Chelsea. DBDT takes center stage January 6-7, 2017. (more...)

BWW Blog: Sebastian Trevino - Swing Life
by Guest Blogger: Sebastian Trevino - Dec 5, 2016

Mexican musical theatre, unlike the US', hasn't been around all that long. It's not just another theatre genre for you guys; it has actually helped shape and influence your pop culture! I mean, you guys blasted Age of Aquarius on your 1969 Ford Mustang radios when it was peaking five consecutive weeks on the US billboard charts even if you weren't a musical junkie. Fred Astaire was one of your biggest movie stars and heartthrobs. A leading man tap dancer on all the biggest tabloid magazines? That would've been unthinkable in machista Mexico. Fortunately though, American pop culture is so powerful, that it permeates the rest of the World's. So yeah, we've had a glimpse of all that musical theatre flare in our lives in someway or another, but since it's still a pretty undeveloped industry (compared to yours) in the southern neighboring country, it's not surprising my mom's reaction to me getting the male swing part in Rent Mx 2016 went something like this: 'Oh my god Sebastian, that's amazing! I'm so proud.' (Long pause) 'Swing. That's an interesting name for a character'… FML.  (more...)

Curtain Up! BWW Looks Back on 2016's Memorable Broadway Debuts
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 27, 2016

From a 14-year-old up and comer to a DANCING WITH THE STARS' mirrorball champion, 2016 has been a year filled with noteworthy debuts on the Great White Way. Below, BWW looks back on the talented actors who were profiled in this year's 'Debut of the Month' column. (more...)

BWW Interview: Spencer S Lawson is Haunting in Hartford Stage's A Christmas Carol
by Christopher Castanho - Dec 26, 2016

Currently spooking audiences as a ghostly apparition and other ensemble roles is performer Spencer S Lawson. Being in his senior year at The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, Spencer joins fellow Hartt students in the production as well as veteran ensemble members, many of whom have been performing in the annual production since its conception in 1998. While donning his Hartford Stage 'A Christmas Carol' apparel and flashing a charming smile, Lawson expressed his sadness that the run is coming to an end, but also thankful that he was able to be a part of it. (more...)

BWW Interview: Felicity Jones Latta of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Winspear Opera House
by Jared West - Dec 23, 2016

Yesterday, I had a chance to speak with Felicity Jones Latta, who is currently playing Judy (the mother) in the national tour of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. She was in Chicago getting ready for a packed day. (more...)

BWW Interview: Shelby Maticic of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Brelby Theatre Company
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Dec 22, 2016

Molly is fierce. She's a brassy know-it-all, but she's always fighting for the greater good. She lost a parental figure at a very young age, and it's shaped her into a different person than she might have been otherwise. She's also at a turning point in her life during the course of this play. She's learning about what it means to be an adult, and to make the difficult decisions, even if you don't feel ready to. She has some of the wittiest lines in the show, and gets to be unapologetically confident. Especially when it comes to putting boys in their place. (more...)

Loudon Wainwright III to Perform at People's Light This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

People's Light presents the regional premiere of Loudon Wainwright III's Surviving Twin. Created and performed by the Grammy Award-winner as a 'posthumous collaboration' with his late father, an esteemed writer and Life Magazine columnist, the production serves as both a moving homage, and 'a pointed musical meditation on the complexities of familial relationships' (Hollywood Reporter). (more...)

Canal Café Theatre and Russell Lucas Present THE UNDERSTUDY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Originally a smash Off-Broadway hit, the UK premiere of Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck's The Understudy, directed by Russell Lucas, now comes to Canal Cafe Theatre. For the first time, the theatre will be transformed to the round. (more...)

Stella Adler Studio Awarded Grant to Create Bob Hope Scholars Program
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has been awarded $150,000 by the prestigious Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation to create the Bob Hope Scholars Program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. (more...)

BWW Interview: Katie Davis Shines as 'Star To Be' in ANNIE Tour
by Christopher Castanho - Dec 13, 2016

Katie Davis, a recent graduate from Belmont University's Musical Theatre program, is portraying the featured ensemble member 'Star To Be', a young and optimistic actress who just moved to the dazzling 'NYC'. Davis has been noted as being a 'standout' ensemble member from the Chicago Theatre Review. I was lucky enough to sit down and check in with Katie on how her experience being on the Annie National Tour is going. (more...)

Photos and Video: Sneak Peek - Garth Drabinsky's Broadway-Bound SOUSATZKA Hits the Rehearsal Studio in Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Keith Tomasek, a blogger from Ontario, Canada, was recently invited to an open rehearsal for Garth Drabinsky's Broadway-bound SOUSATZKA, where he captured some great backstage moments and previews from the event. (more...)

California Symphony To Present Three Upcoming Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Music Director Donato Cabrera leads the California Symphony in the Orchestra's first performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 by Romanian-Austrian pianist Maria Radutu, who is making her West Coast orchestral debut as soloist, Sunday, January 22 at 4 pm at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.  (more...)

MOONLIGHT Among Film Comment's 2016 Best-of-Year Lists
by Movies News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Film Comment's annual end-of-year survey was released today with Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann, Barry Jenkins's Moonlight, and Paul Verhoeven's Elle taking the top spots among films released in 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Eleanor Holdridge
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 12, 2016

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BWW Feature: Dancing Full Circle with Alexandra Pernice of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
by Kimberly Moy - Dec 12, 2016

At some point in life you've probably pondered a career in the performing arts. For some that dream dies early, but for others they can turn their talent into a career. Orlando local Alexandra Pernice spent some time growing up here and learning how to be a professional performer. She now returns to Orlando with the national tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS this week. (more...)

BWW Preview: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SCROOGE AND MARLEY at Old Opera House
by Johnna Leary - Dec 1, 2016

Just in time for Christmas, the Old Opera House presents the timeless classic A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, with some unique updates and an unexpected character in this version taking on the role of the narrator. (more...)

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