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Focus Features Nabs Rights to Jason Bateman's BAD WORDS
by Movies News Desk - Sep 7, 2013

Variety reports that Focus Features has nabbed worldwide distribution rights to Jason Bateman's directorial debut BAD WORDS, with plans to release the dark comedy film next year. (more...)

The Eagle Theatre Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 10/5-20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2012

The Eagle Theatre, located at 208 Vine Street in Hammonton, NJ, will present the Tony® Award winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from October 5 to October 20. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE 25TH ANNUAL SPELLING BEE e-n-t-e-r-t-a-i-n-s at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
by Josh Austin - Sep 16, 2012

Watching six kids all vying for a spelling bee championship title will make the audience realize that they are indeed, not smarter than a fifth grader. (more...)

ASF Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 8/10-9/2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2012

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival will complete its 2011-12 season with the Tony Award-winning hit musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, August 10 through September 2. (more...)

The Eagle Theatre Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL...SPELLING BEE, Now thru 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2012

The Eagle Theatre, located at 208 Vine Street in Hammonton, NJ, will present the Tony® Award winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from tonight, October 5 to October 20. (more...)

The Eagle Theatre Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 10/5-20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2012

The Eagle Theatre, located at 208 Vine Street in Hammonton, NJ, will present the Tony® Award winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from October 5 to October 20. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Interview: Michael Patrick Walker
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 5, 2011

Today we are talking to the songwriter responsible for the new collection of songs culled from his many musical theatre ventures, both new and old - oh-so-appropriately titled OUT OF CONTEXT - who perhaps is best known to Broadway babies as the composer/lyricist of the mid-00s Off-Broadway smash boy-band spoof musical ALTAR BOYZ - the versatile and fiercely committed Michael Patrick Walker. Talking all aspects of OUT OF CONTEXT - including working with the tremendous talent featured on the multi-faceted and highly entertaining album (many of whom are also InDepth InterView participants themselves), such as Cheyenne Jackson, Kelli O'Hara, Lisa Howard and many more - as well as describing the shows from whence these songs derived (such as THE DISTANT BELLS, which recently was work-shopped starring Chita Rivera and Ana Gasteyer, among others) Walker and I attempt to paint a picture of the career of a rising star composer such as himself and what we can look forward to from him in the future, near and far - and, of course, what is in the ether for the release party performance concert at Birdland on Monday night featuring Ann Harada, Lauren Kennedy, Peter Friedman, Kenita Miller, John Tartaglia, Julie Foldesi, Noah Galvin, Andy Karl, Tyler Maynard, Andy Mientus, Jim Stanek and Betsy Wolfe. Additionally, he shares his experiences working on screen-to-stage adaptations of KINKY BOOTS and SOAPDISH, as well as shares news of his upcoming musical with Rick Ellis of JERSEY BOYS fame and the Rockettes musical number that will be premiering this season at the annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas spectacular. Plus, we also discuss his compositional and lyrical inspirations, favorite scores and composers, thoughts on GLEE and much, much more! (more...)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Musical Comedy Presented By TheatreZone
by Beau Higgins - Nov 27, 2011

'Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime,' explains TheatreZone founder and artistic director Mark Danni. (more...)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Musical Comedy Presented By TheatreZone
by Beau Higgins - Nov 24, 2011

'Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime,' explains TheatreZone founder and artistic director Mark Danni. (more...)

Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall Set for Jason Bateman's BAD WORDS
by Movies News Desk - Nov 2, 2012

As first reported by Deadline, Allison Janney and Phillip Baker Hall have officially signed on for Jason Bateman's upcoming directorial debut, BAD WORDS. The dark comedy is set to begin filming this week in LA. (more...)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Musical Comedy Presented By TheatreZone
by Beau Higgins - Nov 17, 2011

'Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime,' explains TheatreZone founder and artistic director Mark Danni. (more...)

Scoop: SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER on ABC FAMILY - Today, May 6, 2013
by TV Scoop - May 6, 2013

Get all the scoop on SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER, airing on ABC FAMILY today, May 6, 2013! (more...)

The Waterfront Playhouse Presents THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Beau Higgins - Mar 5, 2012

The Waterfront Playhouse will open the Broadway musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on Thursday, March 8th. This Tony Award-winning musical is the jubilant and touching story of a group of prepubescent overachievers who are pitted against one another in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. The New York Times raved that "Spelling Bee" is "irresistible, riotously funny and remarkably ingenious - gold stars all around!" (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ford's Theatre Spells Out S-U-C-C-E-S-S with 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by G. Blaise Hoeler - Mar 31, 2014

The Spelling Bee is as American as Abraham Lincoln. Its cultural and historical significance for the legions of American students who participate in them each year makes the Ford's Theatre an incredibly fitting venue for the much beloved musical, 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.' (more...)

Danny Weinkauf to Release First Solo Family Music Album, NO SCHOOL TODAY, 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Danny Weinkauf, longtime bassist with They Might Be Giants, whose song 'I Am a Paleontologist' became the anthem for young scientists everywhere, will release his first solo family music album, No School Today, on April 29th (Idlewild). (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE to Open at Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, 6/15
by Johnna Leary - Jun 7, 2013

In "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", set to open June 15 at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater in Hagerstown, Maryland, all of the hilarious and heartwarming events you wish had happened at your own childhood spelling bee actually occur, and they are turned into musical numbers! (more...)

2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Becomes Most-Watched Ever on Cable TV
by TV News Desk - Jun 2, 2012

Thursday night's Scripps National Spelling Bee Final on ESPN, won by 14 year-old Snigdha Nandipati from San Diego, was seen by an average audience of 1.06 million viewers, based on a 0.8 rating (802,000 household impressions), making it the most-watched Spelling Bee Final ever on cable television, according to the Nielsen Company. (more...)

Putnam County's 25th Annual Spelling Bee comes to the Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2011

The hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, comes to the Seacoast Repertory Theatre this summer, so prepare yourself to feel the angst of fidgety adolescents who prove that the only thing worse than being 13, is being 13 while attempting to correctly spell words that most adults have probably never heard before. (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Opens at Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
by Johnna Leary - Jun 15, 2013

In 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee', set to open today, June 15 at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater in Hagerstown, Maryland, all of the hilarious and heartwarming events you wish had happened at your own childhood spelling bee actually occur, and they are turned into musical numbers! (more...)

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Nutley Little Theatre's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Oliver Oliveros - Jun 14, 2011

Nutley Little Theatre's red barn, which is nestled in the heart of Nutley in North NJ, saw the theater company's humble beginnings as a parish-based arts ministry in 1934 and its first regular season plays directed by Robert Winternitz in 1934 to 1935. That same iconic red barn also serves as the performance venue in NLT's current season -- 76 seasons and counting -- that closes with William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee from June 10 to June 25. (more...)

Alfonso Ribeiro Named Host of ABC Family's New Series SPELL-MAGEDDON
by TV News Desk - Jun 12, 2013

Alfonso Ribeiro has been named host of ABC Family's new series SPELL-MAGEDDON. The one hour game show puts a fresh spin on The Spelling Bee, where contestants take on hilarious distractions while spelling increasingly challenging words. (more...)

Alfonso Ribeiro to Host ABC Family's SPELL-MAGEDDON, Premiering 7/24
by TV News Desk - Jul 9, 2013

ABC Family debuts the series “Spell-Mageddon” on Wednesday, July 24 (9:00PM – 10:00 PM ET/PT). Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, the one hour game show puts a fresh spin on The Spelling Bee, where contestants take on hilarious distractions while spelling increasingly challenging words. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Tuacahn's SPELLING BEE is a Hidden Gem
by Tyler Hinton - Jul 31, 2012

Much fanfare has been made of Tuacahn's production of Disney's Aladdin this year, and understandably so, but its production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hidden gem not to be missed. (more...)

Woodlawn Theatre Opens ...SPELLING BEE, 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2012

'Spelling Bee' is a one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin, and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. (more...)

Alfonso Ribeiro Hosts ABC Family's SPELL-MAGEDDON, Premiering Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jul 24, 2013

ABC Family debuts the series 'Spell-Mageddon' tonight,, July 24 (9:00PM - 10:00 PM ET/PT). Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, the one hour game show puts a fresh spin on The Spelling Bee, where contestants take on hilarious distractions while spelling increasingly challenging words. The show will join ABC Family's Wednesday night comedy line-up tonight, July 24th at 9pm ET/PT following 'Melissa and Joey' and 'Baby Daddy.' (more...)

BWW Interviews: Alfonso Ribeiro Talks New ABC Family Game Show SPELL-MAGEDDON
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 24, 2013

Alfonso Ribeiro spoke exclusively to BWW about his exciting and innovative new game show SPELL-MAGEDDON and reveals exactly how he came up with that iconic 'Carlton' dance! (more...)

ABC Family's Alfonso Ribeiro Set for Live Twitter Chat, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2013

On Today, July 24th, fans can participate in a live Twitter chat with host Alfonso Ribeiro during the East Coast broadcast of ABC Family's new original game show, “Spell-Mageddon.” (more...)

ABC Family's Alfonso Ribeiro Set for Live Twitter Chat, Today
by TV News Desk - Jul 23, 2013

On today, July 24th, fans can participate in a live Twitter chat with host Alfonso Ribeiro during the East Coast broadcast of ABC Family's new original game show, “Spell-Mageddon.” (more...)

Boiler Room Theatre Presents SPELLING BEE, 8/12 - 9/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2011

The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT), Williamson County's original and longest-running professional theatre company, continues its 11th season with the recent Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opening August 12 (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 17th, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 17, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Spelling Bee,' 'The Bee Gees,' 'The Jungle Book' and 'Phantom' extend, 'Cabaret,' 'Uptown Opera' the Aguilars in 'Double Trouble,' 'Elf' and more! (more...)

ASF Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 8/10-9/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2012

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival will complete its 2011-12 season with the Tony Award-winning hit musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, August 10 through September 2. (more...)

Putnam County's 25th Annual Spelling Bee comes to the Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2011

The hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, comes to the Seacoast Repertory Theatre this summer, so prepare yourself to feel the angst of fidgety adolescents who prove that the only thing worse than being 13, is being 13 while attempting to correctly spell words that most adults have probably never heard before. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Hawaii - Week of 1/05/2014
by BWW - Jan 5, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/05/2014 for Hawaii (more...)

St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook Presents 'SPELLING BEE' thru Feb 1
by Anton Anderssen - Jan 29, 2014

St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook is one of the oldest extant community theatres around and has been performing in its current theater since 1932. The group stays rigorously current, however, and this weekend will be offering a production of the Broadway favorite, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (more...)

Teaching Young Actors Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Now thru 1/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Drama Learning Center in Columbia. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centers around a fictional spelling bee in Putnam Valley Middle School. Quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by equally quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards, and won two, including Best Book. As with the original Broadway production, this iteration will also involve audience participation. Select audience members will be brought up on stage to round out the cast as spellers each performance. (more...)

The Waterfront Playhouse Presents THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Beau Higgins - Feb 27, 2012

The Waterfront Playhouse will open the Broadway musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on Thursday, March 8th. This Tony Award-winning musical is the jubilant and touching story of a group of prepubescent overachievers who are pitted against one another in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. The New York Times raved that "Spelling Bee" is "irresistible, riotously funny and remarkably ingenious - gold stars all around!" (more...)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Musical Comedy Presented By TheatreZone
by Beau Higgins - Dec 9, 2011

'Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime,' explains TheatreZone founder and artistic director Mark Danni. (more...)

Teaching Young Actors Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 1/17-25
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Drama Learning Center in Columbia. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centers around a fictional spelling bee in Putnam Valley Middle School. Quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by equally quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards, and won two, including Best Book. As with the original Broadway production, this iteration will also involve audience participation. Select audience members will be brought up on stage to round out the cast as spellers each performance. (more...)

Sierra Kay Releases Second Suspense Novel 'From Behind the Curtain'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2013

Author Sierra Kay, a Nuyorican Poets Café Short Story Slam winner, releases her new suspense novel, 'From Behind the Curtain' (ISBN: 978-0-9848477-2-3), a follow-up to her first novel, the suspense thriller, 'Unhinged.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE spells a great big hit for BRT
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 18, 2011

Directed with a palpable sense of style and tongue-in-cheek respect for the musical's unique cast of characters by Brandy Austin, with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Boiler Room Theatre delivers yet another musical theater classic to the stage, reaffirming the company's dominance in that particular theatrical genre. You have a musical you want to see onstage? Tell the BRT folks and they'll deliver the kind of production you have dreamed about and longed for - and they'll do it with a cast of local performers who are guaranteed to knock your socks off! And with music direction by Jamey Green and choreography by Lauri Gregoire, both of whom are BRT resident artists, you'll be assured of a huge hit. (more...)

Sierra Kay Pens Suspense Novel 'From Behind the Curtain'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2013

Author Sierra Kay [www.sierrakay.com], a Nuyorican Poets Cafe Short Story Slam winner's new suspense novel, 'From Behind the Curtain' (ISBN: 978-0-9848477-2-3) has released this month. (more...)

Hershey Area Playhouse Announces Directors and Updated Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2013

Hershey Area Playhouse announces an update and its directors for the 2014 season. The theatre was originally scheduled to open the season with the musical The Fantasticks, but due to a national tour now coming through the area at the same, the rights are no longer available. Instead, the Playhouse artistic committee is excited to feature the musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (more...)

Boiler Room Theatre Presents SPELLING BEE, 8/12 - 9/10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2011

The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT), Williamson County's original and longest-running professional theatre company, continues its 11th season with the recent Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opening August 12 (more...)

ASF Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 8/10-9/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2012

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival will complete its 2011-12 season with the Tony Award-winning hit musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, August 10 through September 2. (more...)

Scoop: SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER on ABC FAMILY - Monday, May 6, 2013
by - Apr 22, 2013

Get all the scoop on SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER, airing on ABC FAMILY on Monday, May 6, 2013! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Shepherd University Scene Stealers Talk THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2013

Student-Run Musical Theater Group at Shepherd University to Perform 'Hillarious and Heartwarming Musical' April 18-21 (more...)

BWW Interviews: Shepherd University Scene Stealers Talk THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2013

Student-Run Musical Theater Group at Shepherd University to Perform 'Hillarious and Heartwarming Musical' April 18-21 (more...)

BWW Interviews: Shepherd University Scene Stealers Talk THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Johnna Leary - Apr 15, 2013

Student-Run Musical Theater Group at Shepherd University to Perform 'Hillarious and Heartwarming Musical' April 18-21 (more...)

BWW Reviews: SPELLING BEE is Musical Theatre Candy at Its Absolute Best
by David Clarke - Apr 14, 2013

After riveting audiences with an emotionally raw and intellectual inaugural production of Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS, MJR Theatricals/Music Box Musicals is serving up a wondrously side-splitting, laugh-a-minute presentation of the Tony-award winning musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. The clever and hilarious musical is based on Rebecca Feldman's C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E improvisation performed by The Farm, with music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin. It treats the audience as if they are really at the fictional spelling bee, and the cast gleefully breaks the fourth wall to interact with members of the audience. The musical follows six quirky kids (played by adults) through The Spelling Bee, and introduces the audience to three adults that are just as peculiar as the kids. (more...)

LRT's 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Runs 4/25-27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a tuneful, clever, heartwarming, and hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show which was nominated for and won several Tony Awards including Best Supporting Actor, and Best Book also features audience volunteers as spellers in The Spelling Bee. (more...)

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