The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd
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Social norms and qualms are thrown out the window in The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd, a musical about 1960s London, where two gentlemen of different classes are always trying to get the best of each other and neither truly win. This comic musical premiered on Broadway in 1965 and includes the standards "Feeling Good" and "Who Can I Turn To?"

PARADE To Be Revived at The Vault at Southwark Playhouse, Opens Aug 10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2011

Parade, the acclaimed Broadway musical by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry and award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, was nominated for nine Tony Awards on its premiere in 1998 - winning Best Book and Best?Score - and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best New Musical. (more...)

Bob O'Hare to Bring RECOVERY to Don't Tell Mama, 11/11-22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2013

Bob O'Hare made his cabaret debut in May of 2009 with 'Home: A Musical Journey.' It was a wonderful way to kick off his summer. It was well-received, with Sandi Durell lauding its 'carefully chosen songs cleverly intertwined' and 'truly realized' performances. (more...)

Eric Michael Gillett and The Tom Nelson Trio Present New Bob O'Hare Cabaret RECOVERY: A SHOW ABOUT GETTING BETTER, 11/11-22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2013

Bob O'Hare made his cabaret debut in May of 2009 with 'Home: A Musical Journey.' It was a wonderful way to kick off his summer. It was well-received, with Sandi Durell lauding its 'carefully chosen songs cleverly intertwined' and 'truly realized' performances. (more...)

MEMPHIS National Tour Kicks Off in Memphis, 10/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2011

The national touring production of MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, will kick off on October 16, 2011 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN (203 South Main Street) where it will play through October 23. (more...)

Cast Announced for MEMPHIS National Tour; Fenkart & Boswell to Lead!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2011

The 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical MEMPHIS announced casting today for the U.S. national tour of the critically acclaimed production. The national tour of MEMPHIS will star Bryan Fenkart (Huey) and Felicia Boswell (Felicia) with Quentin Earl Darrington (Delray), Rhett George (Gator), Julie Johnson (Mama), Will Mann (Bobby), and William Parry (Mr. Simmons). (more...)

Jeanna de Waal, Ben Thompson and More Join Marin Mazzie & Molly Ranson in New CARRIE Musical! Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2011

MCC Theater has announced the complete cast for the newly reworked and fully re-imagined production of Carrie, the musical. Carrie features music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford (Academy Award winning composer and lyricist for the original film Fame) and a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (who also adapted the 1974 novel by Stephen King for the 1976 Brian DePalma film). Directed by Stafford Arima, performances for Carrie begin January 31, 2012, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC). The official opening night is set for March 1, 2012. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Roar of Kritzerland as They Salute Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse
by Don Grigware - May 6, 2013

I can't help but borrow from the genius of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse when I affirm it was The Roar of Kritzerland, The Smell of the burgers at the Federal on Sunday May 5 - Cinco de Mayo, no less - as Kritzerland presented its 33rd show in its current home at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal, entitled Once in a Lifetime: The Songs of Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse. And it was a lollapalooza of an evening! (more...)

Oyster Mill Playhouse's THE ROAR OF GREASEPAINT... Opens 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2013

Oyster Mill Playhouse in Camp Hill announces its first musical and fourth production for its 2013 season, The Roar Of The Greasepaint, The Smell Of The Crowd. It is produced by special arrangement with Tams Witmark. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Oyster Mill Playhouse's 'THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT'
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2013

Oyster Mill Playhouse in Camp Hill will present its first musical and fourth production for its 2013 season, The Roar Of The Greasepaint, The Smell Of The Crowd. It is produced by special arrangement with Tams Witmark. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

SLEEPING CUTIE: A FRACTURED FAIRY TALE MUSICAL to Make World Premiere at Thick House, 4/17-5/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

Sleeping Cutie: A Fractured Fairy Tale Musical with Music by Doug Katsaros and Lyrics / Book by Diane Sampson will have its world premiere in this exclusive Off a Cliff / PlayGround co-production in San Francisco for a limited engagement, running four weeks only. (more...)

THERESE RAQUIN Opens at Finborough Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Following the sell-out success of its workshop as part of Vibrant 2012 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and as part of the Finborough Theatre's acclaimed Celebrating British Music Theatre series, the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of the classic French novel Therese Raquin opens at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four week run, opening tonight, 25 March 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 7.30pm), starring Julie Atherton and Olivier Award nominee Tara Hugo. (more...)

Review - It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman: High Flying, Adored
by Michael Dale - Mar 24, 2013

The shorthand response for why the original production of It's a Bird… It's a Plane… It's Superman only managed to eke out a three and a half month run on Broadway has traditionally been that the show opened during a newspaper strike. (more...)

Review - Cirque du Soleil's Totem & The Broadway Musicals of 1961
by Michael Dale - Mar 22, 2013

A human ball of silver glitter hanging from a cord is lowered above what looks like a bungalow-sized muffin top.  (It's supposed to represent a turtle shell.)  Before the glitter ball makes its landing the cover is removed to reveal what looks like a tribe of humanish amphibians bouncing on trampolines and twirling on the muffin/turtle's frame.  Shortly after, a sleazy-looking clown in a tropical shirt tosses a condom to a woman in the front row and says, 'Call me!'  Yes, dear readers, Cirque du Soleil is back in town. (more...)

Finborough Theater Presents THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2011

The long overdue London premiere of the Broadway musical The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd, directed by acclaimed West End and RSC director Ian Judge, and designed by three time Olivier Award winner Tim Goodchild, opens for a four week limited season at the Finborough Theatre on Tuesday, 7 June 2011 (Press Night: Thursday, 9 June 2011 at 7.30pm). (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT Calls Out at Oyster Mill
by Marakay Rogers - Jun 3, 2013

Some shows are iconic, known by everyone - that would be LES MISERABLES. Others are iconic and not known, best identified by individual songs that everyone knows by heart, while many people know the songs and have no clue that they are show tunes. That would be THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT, THE SMELL OF THE CROWD. Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley wanted to recreate their success in STOP THE WORLD - I WANT TO GET OFF, and the result was the show that gave us 'Who Can I Turn To?' Opening in England in 1964, the show was slight enough not to open in the West End, but David Merrick decided to give it a chance on Broadway. (more...)

Jekyll & Hyde Returns to Pittsburgh CLO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2011

Audiences will be captivated by this heart-wrenching tale of good intentions gone awry in Pittsburgh CLO's production of Jekyll & Hyde, June 14-26 at the Benedum Center. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT - THE SMELL OF THE CROWD, Finborough Theatre, June 22, 2011
by Robert Gould - Jun 23, 2011

Robert Gould reviews Ian Judge's London premiere of Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's 1965 Broadway musical. (more...)

ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Set for Berkeley 7/14-8/19 Starring Vernon Bush
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2012

Berkeley Playhouse closes its 2011-12 main stage season with a delicious adaptation of ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Berkeley Playhouse founding Artistic Director Elizabeth McKoy helms this musical treat, based on Roald Dahl's stylish children's story about the world famous candy man, starring noted Bay Area singer/songwriter, musician, and recording artist Vernon Bush in the title role. ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY plays July 14 through August 19 at the Julia Morgan Theatre in Berkeley. (more...)

Jekyll & Hyde Returns to Pittsburgh CLO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2011

Audiences will be captivated by this heart-wrenching tale of good intentions gone awry in Pittsburgh CLO's production of Jekyll & Hyde, June 14-26 at the Benedum Center. (more...)

Broadway Records to Record New Concept Album of JEKYLL & HYDE; BWW to Host Liner Notes Essay Contest!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2012

BroadwayWorld.com and Broadway Records are co-sponsoring a liner notes essay contest for the new Jekyll & Hyde studio concept recording. Fans will have the opportunity to submit a 250 to 500 word essay for consideration. Five finalists will be chosen by the staff of BroadwayWorld.com in consultation with Broadway Records. Frank Wildhorn, Constantine Maroulis and Broadway Records will select the Grand Prize Winner who will have his or her liner notes essay will be included in the upcoming recording. (more...)

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Plays Berkeley Playhouse, Now thru 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2012

Berkeley Playhouse closes its 2011-12 main stage season with a delicious adaptation of Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Berkeley Playhouse founding Artistic Director Elizabeth McKoy helms this musical treat, based on Roald Dahl's stylish children's story about the world famous candy man, starring noted Bay Area singer/songwriter, musician, and recording artist Vernon Bush in the title role. Roald Dahl'S WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY plays tonight, July 14 through August 19 at the Julia Morgan Theatre in Berkeley. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Jim Brochu's CHARACTER MAN is a Triumphant, Tour de Force Tribute To Iconic Musical Theater Stars
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 12, 2013

About halfway through Jim Brochu's Saturday, June 29 performance at the Metropolitan Room of his new show Character Man, I realized I was witnessing what was probably the best cabaret show I'd seen this year, and perhaps was one of the best in my almost three years of reviewing cabaret. By the time the show ended, I had changed my mind. Not because the show fell apart in the second half, but because what Jim Brochu had created (and is opening tonight at the Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs, Florida, where it will be performed until August 11) was more than a cabaret show. Character Man is a delightful, extremely well-crafted Off-Broadway theater piece that is destined for a run that might rival his critically-acclaimed one-man Zero Mostel tribute show, Zero Hour, which played throughout the country between 2006-2012 and earned Brochu 2010 Drama Desk and Helen Hayes Awards. (more...)

Roberta Flack Performs With the Pacific Symphony, 2/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2012

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Pacific Symphony fills the hall with love songs featuring legendary vocalist Roberta Flack singing sweet and sultry ballads from her chart-topping career. Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of her generation, Flack effortlessly traverses a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz. One of only two artists to win back-to-back Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Flack has immortalized the songs, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly with His Song," which she performs along with such hits as "Where Is the Love," "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" and more. (more...)

BREAKING NEWS: Constantine Maroulis to Star in Broadway-Bound Jeff Calhoun Helmed JEKYLL & HYDE Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2012

Nederlander Presentations, Inc. has announced that the JEKYLL & HYDE will return to Broadway in Spring 2013 following a 25-week National Tour starring Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis in the dual title role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. The tour will launch at San Diego's Civic Theatre in San Diego, California on October 2, 2012. (more...)

Louise Pitre is MAME at Goodspeed Starting April 20th
by BWW - Jan 24, 2012

Goodspeed Musicals has announced that Tony Award nominee Louise Pitre, known as Canada's "first lady of musical theatre," will take on the coveted role of Mame Dennis in Mame at the Goodspeed Opera House beginning April 20th. (more...)

Louise Pitre Takes On MAME At Goodspeed Opera House 4/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2012

Goodspeed Musicals has announced that Tony Award nominee Louise Pitre, known as Canada's "first lady of musical theatre," will take on the coveted role of Mame Dennis in Mame at the Goodspeed Opera House beginning April 20th. (more...)

Bob O'Hare Sets 2014 Encore Dates at
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

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The Finborough Theatre to Present VALLEY OF SONG Starting January 12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2014

The Finborough Theatre's acclaimed Celebrating British Music Theatre series returns with Ivor Novello's very last musical, Valley of Song, playing a a two week run from Sunday, 12 January 2014. (Press Night: Tuesday, 14 January 2014 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Roberta Flack Performs With the Pacific Symphony, 2/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2012

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Pacific Symphony fills the hall with love songs featuring legendary vocalist Roberta Flack singing sweet and sultry ballads from her chart-topping career. Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of her generation, Flack effortlessly traverses a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz. One of only two artists to win back-to-back Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Flack has immortalized the songs, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly with His Song," which she performs along with such hits as "Where Is the Love," "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" and more. (more...)

BWW Interviews: The First Lady Of The British Theatre, Elaine Paige, Graces The McCallum Theatre Stage 2/27
by David Green - Feb 27, 2013

The incredible Elaine Page brings her one woman concert to the McCallum Theatre tonight for a one-night-only, intimate look into her life and her career, singing the songs and recreating the magical moments from her many hit shows on Broadway and the West End. I had the opportunity to catch up with Ms. Paige as she was preparing for her concert this evening at The McCallum Theatre. Here are a few highlights from that conversation. (more...)

Bob O'Hare Announces 'One Last Show' for Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2014

Therefore, Bob O'Hare's Recovery at Don't Tell Mama on the evening of November 17th may well be one of the greatest surprises beheld in many a moon....It's not simply the fact that O'Hare's truly-lovely voice emerges as never over-coached and with a really terrific natural sound. It's not simply that he's made truly impeccable choices in terms of material, both for not being terribly precocious but also very carefully selected. It is, in point of fact, that this really is what an act is supposed to represent both as what cabaret was in its heyday and what the art form is supposed to be from this point on....The evening's first true high-point rears its head with 'One Step' by Malby and Shire, featuring a spectacular patter sequence, followed shortly thereafter by 'Journey to the Past' by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Award-winning director Eric Michael Gillett once again proves himself as a master of the genre here...O'Hare emerges as triumphant at every turn. The guy has very simply been through hell and back, and it never shows. He couldn't be more quick with a smile or generosity of spirit, and it's truly one of the feel-good evenings of this or any other of the several last cabaret seasons. Should Bob O'Hare and Recovery return, please visit the process. It couldn't possibly be more worth visiting.' - Andrew Martin, NiteLifeExchange (more...)

Photo Flash: Costume Sketches from Goodspeed's MAME!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2012

Goodspeed Musicals will soon feature Tony Award nominee Louise Pitre, in the coveted role of Mame Dennis in Mame at the Goodspeed Opera House beginning April 20th, and she will be well-dressed in the role. Check out sketches, as featured on the Goodspeed Facebook page, from costume designer Gregg Barnes below! (more...)

THERESE RAQUIN to Open at Finborough Theatre, March 25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

Following the sell-out success of its workshop as part of Vibrant 2012 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and as part of the Finborough Theatre's acclaimed Celebrating British Music Theatre series, the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of the classic French novel Therese Raquin opens at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four week run, opening Tuesday, 25 March 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 7.30pm), starring Julie Atherton and Olivier Award nominee Tara Hugo. (more...)

Roberta Flack Performs With the Pacific Symphony, 2/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2012

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Pacific Symphony fills the hall with love songs featuring legendary vocalist Roberta Flack singing sweet and sultry ballads from her chart-topping career. Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of her generation, Flack effortlessly traverses a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz. One of only two artists to win back-to-back Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Flack has immortalized the songs, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly with His Song," which she performs along with such hits as "Where Is the Love," "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" and more. (more...)

Bob O'Hare's Encore Presentation of ONE NIGHT ONLY Set for Don't Tell Mama, 12/22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2013

ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT will present BOB O'HARE in an encore performance of Recovery: A Show About Getting Better on December 22, 7pm with with the Tom Nelson Trio (Tom Nelson, Musical Director and Piano; Tom Kirchmer, Bass; Peter Grant, Drums) at Don't Tell Mama. Tickets are $20 music charge with 2 drink minimum ($15 for members of MAC and Cabaret Hotline Online) - no credit cards. Reservations (212) 757-0788 (after 4 p.m.) (more...)

Cleveland POPS Orchestra Welcomes 2014 with 18th Annual New Year's Eve Concert and Dance Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2013

Cleveland, Ohio, December 12, 2013 --The Cleveland POPS Orchestra with Carl Topilow will welcome 2014 with their 18th annual concert and dance at Severance Hall. The two-hour concert starts at 9:00 p.m. and consists of an exciting and wildly popular evening of Broadway favorites performed this year by identical twins and fresh, up-and-coming musical theater headliners Will and Anthony Nunziata. The knockout singers and Hollywood-handsome duo are bringing their show titled "Broadway Nites Revue" to Cleveland POPS' New Year's Eve audience. (more...)

Jessica Rush, Keith Kupferer & More Join Louise Pitre in Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's GYPSY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2013

According to the Chicago Tribune, Broadway veteran Louise Pitre will lead GYPSY when it plays Chicago Shakespeare Theatre next year. Directed by Gary Griffin, the production will run at Chicago Shakespeare's Courtyard Theater, February 6- March 23. (more...)

Cast Announced for Finborough's VALLEY OF SONG, Running Jan 5-25
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

The Finborough Theatre's acclaimed Celebrating British Music Theatre series returns with Ivor Novello's very last musical, Valley of Song, playing a week of Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances from Sunday, 5 January 2014 (Press Night: Monday, 6 January 2014 at 7.30pm), followed by a two week run from Sunday, 12 January 2014. (more...)

Bob O'Hare's Encore Presentation of RECOVERY Adds Additional Shows at Don't Tell Mama, 1/26 & 2/10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2013

ERIC Michael GillETT will present BOB O'HARE in an encore performance of Recovery: A Show About Getting Better on December 22, 7pm with with the Tom Nelson Trio (Tom Nelson, Musical Director and Piano; Tom Kirchmer, Bass;Peter Grant, Drums) at Don't Tell Mama. Today, it was announced that additional performances have been added for Jan. 26 and Feb. 10. Tickets are $20 music charge with 2 drink minimum ($15 for members of MAC and Cabaret Hotline Online) - no credit cards. Reservations(212) 757-0788 (after 4 p.m.) (more...)

The Cleveland POPS Orchestra Welcomes 2014 with 18th Annual New Year's Eve Concert and Dance, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

Cleveland, Ohio, December 12, 2013 --The Cleveland POPS Orchestra with Carl Topilow will welcome 2014 with their 18th annual concert and dance at Severance Hall. The two-hour concert starts at 9:00 p.m. and consists of an exciting and wildly popular evening of Broadway favorites performed this year by identical twins and fresh, up-and-coming musical theater headliners Will and Anthony Nunziata. The knockout singers and Hollywood-handsome duo are bringing their show titled “Broadway Nites Revue” to Cleveland POPS' New Year's Eve audience. (more...)

BWW Reviews: This Lady Really Sings the Blues - Lauren Robert Rocks the Iridium
by Stephen Hanks - Aug 8, 2012

It was a soulful force of nature that shook the music memorabilia on the walls of the Iridium on the night of August 7. From her opening number-a song from her recently released debut CD 'Listen, I Mean It'-veteran R&B singer Lauren Robert gave her musical testimony through her intense interpretation of blues, gospel and rock songs. She meant it. And everyone gladly listened. (more...)

Cast Announced for MEMPHIS National Tour; Fenkart & Boswell to Lead!
by BWW - Aug 4, 2011

The 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical MEMPHIS announced casting today for the U.S. national tour of the critically acclaimed production. The national tour of MEMPHIS will star Bryan Fenkart (Huey) and Felicia Boswell (Felicia) with Quentin Earl Darrington (Delray), Rhett George (Gator), Julie Johnson (Mama), Will Mann (Bobby), and William Parry (Mr. Simmons). (more...)

ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Set for Berkeley 7/14-8/19 Starring Vernon Bush
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2012

Berkeley Playhouse closes its 2011-12 main stage season with a delicious adaptation of ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Berkeley Playhouse founding Artistic Director Elizabeth McKoy helms this musical treat, based on Roald Dahl's stylish children's story about the world famous candy man, starring noted Bay Area singer/songwriter, musician, and recording artist Vernon Bush in the title role. ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY plays July 14 through August 19 at the Julia Morgan Theatre in Berkeley. (more...)

Louise Pitre to Lead GYPSY at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in February 2014
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2013

According to the Chicago Tribune, Broadway veteran Louise Pitre will lead GYPSY when it plays Chicago Shakespeare Theatre next year. Directed by Gary Griffin, the production will run at Chicago Shakespeare's Courtyard Theater, February 6- March 23. (more...)

BWW Recap: SYTYCD All-Stars Join Top-10
by Matthew Allen - Aug 14, 2013

For many 'So You Think You Can Dance' fans, this week's addition of All-Stars was a boost of excitement to an otherwise impressive, but not always remarkable, season. (more...)

PARADE To Be Revived at The Vault at Southwark Playhouse, Opens Aug 10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2011

Parade, the acclaimed Broadway musical by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry and award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, was nominated for nine Tony Awards on its premiere in 1998 - winning Best Book and Best?Score - and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best New Musical. (more...)

Finborough Theatre Announces Cast for PERCHANCE TO DREAM
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2011

Part of the Finborough Theatre's Celebrating British Music Theatre series Blue Shale Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre by arrangement with Samuel French Limited presents PERCHANCE TO DREAM 'A Musical Romance' Devised, Written and Composed by Ivor Novello. Directed by Max Pappenheim. Musical Direction by Ross Leadbeater. Designed by Gregor Donnelly. Sound by Edward Lewis. Cast: Taube Brahms. Michael Burgen. Clare Louise Connolly. Laura Hanna. Amanda Hootman. Annabel Leventon. James Marchant. Rachael McCormick. Martin Milnes. Kelly Price. Claire Redcliffe. Robert Rees. James Russell. Gemma Sandzer. Katy Treharne. Details of the cast for PERCHANCE TO DREAM are below. Please also note the correct date for the press night of LULLABIES OF BROADMOOR which also plays during September. The press night is Venus At Broadmoor and The Demon Box - FRIDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2011 AT 3.00PM The Murder Club and Wilderness - FRIDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2011 AT 7.30PM and not Friday 1st September as previously stated. The Finborough Theatre's acclaimed 'Celebrating British Music Theatre' series continues with Ivor Novello's most romantic musical, Perchance to Dream, opening at the Finborough Theatre for a limited run of eight Sunday and Monday performances on Sunday, 4 September 2011 (Press Night: Monday, 5 September 2011 at 7.30pm). This rediscovery is the first professional London production in more than 25 years, and also commemorates the 60th anniversary of the death of composer Ivor Novello. Spanning the Regency, Victorian and post-war eras, and featuring a score filled with some of Novello's most ravishing songs including Love is My Reason, When I Curtsied to the King, A Woman's Heart and the classic We'll Gather Lilacs, Perchance to Dream is a classic Novello musical - an escapist 'musical romance' whose original 1945 run in the West End played for 1,022 performances. In 1818, Sir Graham Rodney, an impoverished womaniser, is the owner of Huntersmoon, a magnificent old country house, but seeks relief from his life of leisure by masquerading as the dread highwayman "Frenchy". Just at the moment when he finally finds love, the law runs him to ground with tragic results. A generation later, his estate has passed to the wrong side of the family and tragedy strikes a second time. More than a century must go by before the ghosts of Huntersmoon can finally be laid to rest... Welsh-born composer, author and actor Ivor Novello (1893-1951) was one of the most eminent British entertainers of the 20th century. As a composer, he trained in Cardiff, Gloucester (alongside eminent British composers - Ivor Gurney and Herbert Howells) and at Magdalen College School, Oxford. His musicals include Glamorous Night, Careless Rapture, Crest of the Wave, The Dancing Years, Gay's the Word and King's Rhapsody; his more than 250 songs include Keep the Home Fires Burning, I Can Give You the Starlight, Waltz of My Heart, And Her Mother Came Too, The Land of Might-Have-Been, Why Isn't It You and Primrose. His plays include Symphony in Two Flats, I Lived With You and The Truth Game. As an actor, he was one of Britain's first major film stars, appearing in over twenty films including The Call of the Blood and playing the title role in the original silent version of Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger; while his long stage career included many of his own plays and musicals. Novello's musical legacy is commemorated in the Ivor Novello Awards, established in 1955 to honour excellence in British music writing. This production commemorates the 60th anniversary of his death. Director Max Pappenheim recently assisted on Beating Heart Cadaver and The Goodnight Bird at the Finborough Theatre. Directing includes The Charmed Life (King's Head Theatre), An Evening With Opera (Southwark Cathedral), Arcadia and Sweeney Todd (Rugby School), and, as Musical Director for Open Door Opera, The Enchanted Child (Edinburgh Festival and St John's, Smith Square). The cast includes Taube Brahms Kindertransport, The Way Of The World, Redemption Over Hammersmith Broadway, A Woman Of No Importance (LAMDA); Michael Burgen All Male Iolanthe (Union Theatre and Wilton's Music Hall), Alice in Wonderland (Erasmus International Theatre), Zaide (Sadler's Wells), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (New Vic Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Union Theatre); Clare Louise Connolly Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Next Door's Baby (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Six Characters In Search Of An Author (Headlong), The Crimson Petal And The White; Laura Hanna A Short History of the Royal Court (Royal Court Theatre), Into the Woods, Hedda Gabler, Romeo and Juliet (LAMDA); Amanda Hootman Epsom Downs, Her Naked Skin (Guildford School of Acting); Annabel Leventon The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company), Pillars Of The Community (National Theatre), Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (Old Vic and Apollo Theatre), New Tricks; James Marchant The Same...But Different (Pleasance Islington), The Straits (Paines Plough), Waking The Dead (BBC); Rachael McCormick Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Martin Milnes Utopia Limited (Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Festival, Buxton), The Yeoman Of The Guard (Tower of London), Promises And Lies (Birmingham Rep), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC); Kelly Price Zack (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), The Misanthrope (Ambassadors Theatre), A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory and Garrick Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Donmar Warehouse and Piccadilly Theatre), Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello Theatre), Waterloo Road, Doctors; Claire Redcliffe When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre), Great Expectations, Tom's Midnight Garden (Library Theatre, Manchester), Question Time (Arcola Theatre), EastEnders (BBC); Robert Rees Peter Pan (New Wimbledon Theatre), All the Fun of the Fair (Garrick Theatre), State Fair (Finborough Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), Shakespeare Sonnet Walk (Shakespeare's Globe); James Russell Namaskar, Quality Street, Miss Lily Gets Boned (Finborough Theatre), Lewis (ITV); Gemma Sandzer Les Miserables (Palace Theatre), HMS Pinafore (King's Head Theatre), Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone; Katy Treharne The Phantom Of The Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre). The Celebrating British Music Theatre series at the Finborough Theatre In 2006, the Finborough Theatre began the Celebrating British Music Theatre series with a sell-out production of Leslie Stuart's Florodora. Productions since then have included sell-our rediscoveries of Lionel Monckton's Our Miss Gibbs, Harold Fraser-Simson's operetta The Maid of the Mountains, A 'Gilbert and Sullivan' Double Bill featuring Gilbert's play Sweethearts and Sullivan's opera The Zoo, Dame Ethel Smyth's opera The Boatswain's Mate, Sandy Wilson's The Buccaneer, Oscar Asche's Chu Chin Chow, and Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd. (more...)

Louise Pitre is MAME at Goodspeed Starting Tonight
by BWW - Apr 20, 2012

Goodspeed Musicals previously announced that Tony Award nominee Louise Pitre, known as Canada's "first lady of musical theatre," will take on the coveted role of Mame Dennis in Mame at the Goodspeed Opera House beginning April 20th. (more...)

Louise Pitre Takes On MAME At Goodspeed Opera House 4/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2012

Goodspeed Musicals has announced that Tony Award nominee Louise Pitre, known as Canada's "first lady of musical theatre," will take on the coveted role of Mame Dennis in Mame at the Goodspeed Opera House beginning April 20th. (more...)

SLEEPING CUTIE: A FRACTURED FAIRY TALE MUSICAL Makes World Premiere at Thick House, Now thru 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Sleeping Cutie: A Fractured Fairy Tale Musical with Music by Doug Katsaros and Lyrics / Book by Diane Sampson will have its world premiere in this exclusive Off a Cliff / PlayGround co-production in San Francisco for a limited engagement, running four weeks only. (more...)

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