The Saving Grace

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GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Angela Pupello of 'The Drowsy Chaperone'
by Adrienne Onofri - Sep 7, 2006

Back in NYC after doing sketch comedy and nonmusical theater in L.A., Angela will play the 'Drowsy' lead Janet for a week in September. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PHANTOM Lifts the Spirits at Hale Centre Theatre
by Herbert Paine - Sep 1, 2014

It's kind of gutsy to feature an alternative musical treatment of Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera when its iconic award-winning Andrew Lloyd Weber namesake is liable to overshadow any such effort, but that's what Hale Centre Theatre has done, and with great success, in its season opener, Phantom. (more...)

Good Egg - A Bit Cracked?
by Trish Vignola - Oct 31, 2010

The World Premiere of Dorothy Fortenberry's The Good Egg runs now through November 7, 2010 at the LABA Theatre at the 14th Street Y. Directed by Kel Haney and produced by The Red Fern Theatre Company, The Good Egg is a story about the limits of unconditional love. I know that statement seems a bit weird. How can love have limits if it's unconditional? (more...)

Esparza Hopeful to Bring LEAP OF FAITH to Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2010

In a wide-ranging interview with the LA Times, Raul Esparza talked about the future hopes for Leap of Faith, and the article says that: That intensity is The Saving Grace, literally, of 'Leap of Faith,' and in the closing days of the musical's first theatrical run the 39-year-old is in a reflective mood. He and the producers hope the show will move on to Broadway. 'I know that's the hope. I don't know how quickly that will happen,' he says. 'You don't want to lose momentum on this thing. There's a lot of money involved, a lot of people involved, a lot of word of mouth now. I hear buzz coming back from New York that it's good.' (more...)

Cincinnati Playhouse to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 11/27-12/29
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2013

The spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future converge on the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as U.S. Bank presents Charles Dickens' iconic holiday story, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The beloved tale of a miserly humbug's redemption, enjoyed each season by multiple generations of Cincinnatians, will be performed for its 23rd year in the Playhouse's Robert S. Marx Theatre from Nov. 27 through Dec. 29. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Emotionally Flat FLEAVEN Fizzles Instead of Pops
by David Clarke - Nov 3, 2012

It is the mission of The Catastrophic Theatre to destroy audiences with impressive and unique theatre. Unfortunately, the World Premiere of FLEAVEN only destroys audiences by sending them out into the world wondering what was missing. At 27 years old, I thought maybe it was not living through the Disco era that left me benumbed by the performance. However, it's disco era vibe pastiche is fleshed out with 90s inspired rap beats and cultural references from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Furthermore, my parents' eclectic tastes in everything pop-cultural ensured that I had a strong understanding of many things I did not live through. So, simply put, that wasn't it. The problem was that despite laughing out loud at a few outlandish and genuinely humorous moments, I simply was not moved in any emotionally tangible way. From beginning to end, I felt no emotional connection to this Grinchian tale? (Think of Grinchian as being similar to Faustian, but with Dr. Suess' Grinch.) (more...)

BWW Review: High Seas Highbrow For The Lowbrow
by Nancy Grossman - May 17, 2013

PIRATES OF PENZANCE at the American Repertory Theater's Loeb Drama Center is tantamount to a three-ring circus being held at a beach volleyball tournament. There are beach balls, kiddie pools, beach chairs, and a grass cocktail shack. The cast performs as roving troubadours, each proficiently playing an instrument. The singing voices are good across the board and the songs are delivered with brio. As an acting troupe, The Hypocrites fit nicely with the A.R.T. aesthetic, making a strong connection with the audience both physically and emotionally. Director Sean Graney's vision serves as an introduction to the great work of Gilbert and Sullivan, albeit equivalent to a 'Reader's Digest' abridgement, and one might hope that it would motivate the previously uninitiated to learn more about them. (more...)

DEBUT OF THE MONTH: GHOST's Richard Fleeshman
by Caryn Robbins - May 16, 2012

In a recent chat with BWW, Fleeshman spoke about his Broadway debut experience and how he literally makes magic happen every night on stage. (more...)

Seattle Review: Pippin
by Robbie Wachs - May 15, 2006

Though it features a solid Stephen Schwartz score, the principal success of Pippin was the dynamic staging provided by Bob Fosse. Fosse was able to elevate Roger O. Hirson's paper-thin book far above its mediocrity with inventive movement and a heavy dose of style. 5th Avenue Theatre's gaudy new staging, under the direction of David Armstrong, is further proof that Fosse shows are not to be tinkered with. Much like the recent revival of Sweet Charity, this production suffers greatly when Fosse's influence is removed. (more...)

Mike Zito & The Wheel Set for Bridge Street Live, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

Mike Zito & The Wheel will play Bridge Street Live on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $17 GA, $27 VIP, and available at (more...)

BWW Reviews: Wilma's UNDER THE WHALEBACK -Not Such a Great Catch
by Pati Buehler - Mar 18, 2013

Wilma's Under the Whaleback takes you by the scruff of the neck, shakes you round a bit and dumps you knowing a lot more about the subject than you ever knew or really wanted to know about. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE WEDDING SINGER Fizzles at Slow Burn Theatre
by Michelle Petrucci - Jun 24, 2013

It seems a wise and refreshing choice for a theatre company known for producing thought-provoking and challenging works to decidedly chill out over the summer. The Saving Grace of Slow Burn's production lies in the casting of Clay Cartland and Courtney Poston as lovers Robbie and Julia respectively. (more...)

Memphis Author Sends Prophetic Tweets
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2013

Author and domestic violence advocate Adonna Seals sent prophetic warnings via Twitter and her blog. The tweet links current events with end-time prophecy that is in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. (more...)

Review Roundup: Young Vic's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by Review Roundups - Jul 29, 2014

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE just opened at the Young Vic and is booking to Friday, September 19, 2014. Gillian Anderson is Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster is Stanley and Vanessa Kirby is Stella in Tennessee Williams' timeless masterpiece. As Blanche's fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace - but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics' Circle Award-winning Three Sisters. (more...)

Review: TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN, Comedy Theatre, Saturday 25th July 2009
by Carrie Dunn - Jul 26, 2009

A new turkey hits the West End. (more...)

'Down the Drain with Jane' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Pomona, Calif. (more...)

'Dreamgirls' Lacks Soul
by Jan Nargi - Feb 10, 2010

High-tech production values crush the heart of this national touring revival despite great voices and generally strong performances (more...)

Lyfe Jennings Releases I STILL BELIEVE 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2010

R&B/Soul singer, Lyfe Jennings, will release what he has called his 'final' studio album on August 31st via Jesus Swings/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records. (more...)

Lyfe Jennings Releases I STILL BELIEVE 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2010

R&B/Soul singer, Lyfe Jennings, will release what he has called his 'final' studio album on August 31st via Jesus Swings/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records. (more...)

Poetry Book "A Glimpse of Heaven" is Released
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Plano, Texas (more...)

Harvey's Broadway Blog: Previews Continue and I Need To Lie Down
by Harvey Fierstein - Apr 8, 2008

Harvey Returns! Welcome to The Return of special new series on - four time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein's personal MySpace blog of bringing his brand new musical, A Catered Affair to Broadway. We'll be exclusively picking up Harvey Fierstein's blog as he shares his first hand reports from rehearsals to Opening Night (and beyond). Check back for updates as rehearsals get underway! (more...)

by Juliana Adame - Apr 18, 2014

Charlie Polinger directs an attempted statement on several political and pop culture icons with the story of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera thrown in there. (more...)

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