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TELUS Supports B.C. and Alberta Productions With More Than $3.2 Million in Grants
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

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BWW Review: MTG Provides a Lilting Rendition of PROMISES PROMISES
by Don Grigware - Sep 27, 2016

In 1968 Promises, Promises, based on 1960's hit film The Apartment, opened on Broadway to great critical and popular acclaim. It was the first collaboration between Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and the resultant score was - and still is - regarded as one of the most gloriously upbeat musicals to grace a stage. Throw in Neil Simon, who wrote the book, and how can you miss having a hit? Promises2 was nominated for 8 Tony Awards and won 2 for Jerry Orbach and Marion Mercer. The show was successfully revived in 2010 in New York starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth, but did not receive nearly the same praise from audience or critics. (more...)

Disney Channel to Premiere Music-Filled Mystery Drama THE LODGE, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Tapping into its worldwide creative resources to deliver engaging stories and characters for kids and families, Disney Channel will have a multi-region premiere for its music-filled DISNEY'S THE LODGE, a serialized mystery/drama inspired by the popular Disney Channel Israel series 'North Star' (more...)

BWW Review: Former US Army Captain Laura Westley's WAR VIRGIN: MY JOURNEY OF REPRESSION, TEMPTATION AND LIBERATION
by Peter Nason - Sep 20, 2016

It's 'Spring Awakening' meets 'The Hurt Locker,' with 'South Park'-like humor thrown in for good measure. (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the cast & creative team for COMPANY, with Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and Book by GEORGE FURTH. Directed by Spiro Veloudos with music director Catherine Stornetta and choreography & musical staging by Rachel Bertone, COMPANY will run September 2 - October 9, 2016. (more...)

Official Trailer for CHRISTINE Starring Rebecca Hall Now Available
by Movies News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

The Orchard is proud to present the official trailer for Antonio Campos' CHRISTINE, featuring a critically-acclaimed performance by Rebecca Hall as TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck. (more...)

Necessary Productions Releases New Webseries, HISTORY, for Free Online Streaming
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2016

'History', a new LGBTQIA, NYC-based web series, is now free to stream at HistoryWebSeries.com All six episodes of “History”--a new scripted web series that explores the relationships, friendships and the sexual and gender politics of young gay men in New York City--is now free to stream at www.historywebseries.com via YouTube and Vimeo.   (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Kerrie Anne Greenland and Laura Bunting Sing 'I Will Never Leave You' from SIDE SHOW
by Stage Tube - Oct 5, 2016

Side Show is currently playing at Hayes Theatre Co and audiences and critics have been unanimous in their praise for leading ladies Kerrie Anne Greenland (Helpmann Award winner for Les Miserables) and Laura Bunting (Elphaba in Wicked, Maureen in Rent) who portray real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. (more...)

BWW Review: SISTER ACT, King's Theatre, Glasgow, 3 October 2016
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Oct 4, 2016

Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. (more...)

BWW Review: TOMMY Brings Sound and Fury at Pittsburgh Playhouse
by Greg Kerestan - Oct 27, 2016

Director/choreographer Zeva Barzell stages a flashy and energetic show, despite not having the strongest material to work with. (more...)

BWW Review: ROCKY HORROR SHOW is Absolute Pleasure
by Trevor Durham - Oct 21, 2016

Director Jilian Wesolowski has perfected the Rocky Horror Show. (more...)

BWW Review: A PACIFIST'S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER, National Theatre, 19 October 2016
by Marianka Swain - Oct 20, 2016

How do you make a musical about cancer? This latest work from Bryony Kimmings isn't just theatre, but metatheatre. Her voiceovers and the emails published in the programme detail the at times highly personal development process, and a gut punch of a last 15 minutes strip away the comfort of fictional distance. It could be self-indulgent; instead, it becomes an effective method for making us confront that other, bigger question: how do we talk about, prepare for and deal with illness? (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL at the Paramount Lives Up to Its Name
by Jay Irwin - Oct 20, 2016

The major problem I have seen with jukebox musicals is they may have the music to entertain with a nostalgic value but not the book. Then there's the pitfall of the music itself being so focused on one artist that, unless you're a die-hard fan, you can get bored ('Jersey Boys' falls into both traps for me). But sometimes there are shows like 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' currently performing at the Paramount Theatre that manage to hurtle both obstacles with seeming ease. Yes, the songs are all there but as we're looking at the career of a songwriter as well as performer we get a very diverse sound. Plus the book goes well beyond 'and then I did this song, and then I did that song' with a thoroughly engaging story making this one of those rare jukebox musicals that works on every level. (more...)

Hayes Theatre Company Announces Cast for MACK AND MABEL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Working Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co is thrilled to announce the cast of Jerry Herman's MACK AND MABEL, which will play a strictly limited season at Hayes Theatre Co from November 18. A dazzling musical comedy that is both a poignant love story and a joyous celebration of Hollywood's golden age, MACK AND MABEL is based on the real-life tumultuous romantic relationship between early 1900s legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and accidental starlet Mabel Normand. (more...)

BWW Review: OIL, Almeida Theatre, 14 October 2016
by Marianka Swain - Oct 17, 2016

You have to admire the grand scope of Ella Hickson's long-gestating new play, which grapples with urgent ideas about this vital but declining resource amidst audacious magic realist time travel. Stretching from 19th-century Cornwall to a dystopian future, it's DH Lawrence meets Black Mirror, by way of David Hare - anchored by insightful deconstruction of the mother/daughter relationship. If it becomes unwieldy in places, it's still a rich and absorbing piece of work, and an all-too-rare female odyssey. (more...)

Wayne Brady, Whitney Bashor, Saycon Sengbloh and More Tapped for Michael Arden's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at the Wallis; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Legendary American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim's masterwork Merrily We Roll Along is revisited in a new production under the direction of Tony Award nominee Michael Arden (Spring Awakening) set for the Bram Goldsmith Theater stage at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts from November 23 through December 18. (more...)

BWW Interview: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE Solves a Mystery at the Old Opera House
by Johnna Leary - Oct 14, 2016

It is "Elementary, my dear Watson" if you are looking for an entertainment option this weekend to attend Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at the Old Opera House. (more...)

BWW Review: FIRST DATE BROADWAY MUSICAL at Booth Playhouse
by Linda Ann Watt - Oct 12, 2016

FIRST DATE Broadway Musical is a musical with a book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Based around the concept of a blind date, these first daters bring tons of baggage, which gets kicked around metaphorically onstage with truly funny and witty words and song. (more...)

BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Celebrates 'The Devil's Music'
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Oct 10, 2016

Ogunquit Playhouse's revival this season of last year's popular success, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, continues to add luster to this thoroughly enjoyable juke box musical about the historic meeting at Sun Records of four of rock n' roll legends, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The show using music by these icons of pop music with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux ensnares its audience in what the Jerry Lee Lewis character aptly terms the "devil's music" - capturing the full revolutionary force of early Rock and the originality of these musicians. (more...)

BWW Review: MACBETH at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - Oct 10, 2016

Actors Theatre's current staging of Macbeth is loud, bloody, and glorious. It's far from a definitive take on one of the Bard's finest tragedies, and no doubt some purists will wince at the modern dress and liberties taken with the script-gone is 'double, double, toil and trouble' as well as the entire porter scene- but for this horror movie fan and Halloween junkie, it's hard to imagine a better production. (more...)

BWW Review: ZOMBIE PROM A MUSICAL at Unexpected Stage Company
by Jenny Minich - Oct 10, 2016

Never heard of ZOMBIE PROM until today? Me neither! Unexpected Stage Company did some digging, found a gem and dusted it off just in time for the 2016 Halloween season. Set in the hallways and classrooms of Enrico Fermi High in the nuclear fifties, ZOMBIE PROM is an old-fashioned love story with a zombie twist. (more...)

BWW Review: Synchronicity Theatre's ANNE BOLEYN Brings New Life to an Infamous Queen
by Sally Henry - Oct 1, 2016

With a tiny black box space, this hole-in-the-wall theatre is easy to overlook, but the same cannot be said for the magnitude of its production, directed by Richard Garner. (more...)

David Bowie's LAZARUS Leads November's Top 10 New London Shows
by Marianka Swain - Nov 3, 2016

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From Bowie's Lazarus and Glenda Jackson's King Lear to Mark Rylance's return, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews… (more...)

DREAMGIRLS Leads December's Top 10 New London Shows
by Marianka Swain - Nov 29, 2016

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a big musical revival to starry panto and Matthew Bourne's latest, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews… (more...)

BWW Review: ONCE will make you walk on moonbeams at The National Theatre
by Heather Hill - Nov 29, 2016

This is the sort of production you can slip into easily; find yourself there in the story. It's an ordinary story about an extraordinary thing-yet another reason to love it. The Girl reignites the music in the Guy; she takes him in hand (and hoover) to fall slowly back into song, back into hope, and back into love. (more...)

BWW Review: Skylight's Glittering LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Lavishes Joie de Vivre for Family
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Nov 23, 2016

What defines a family--those people who love by sacrificing their own life for someone else? In a lavish production where Chris March's luscious costumes touch the senses, Skylight Music Theater stages the 1983 Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles. Scenic Designer Liliana Duque Piñeiro complements March's fabulous costumes by hanging a serpentine curtain of reflective silver strips across the stage that sparkles when Lighting Designer Noele Stollmack illuminates the fluid curtain with a rainbow of colors throughout the production Originally written by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, this musical based on a French play by Jean Poirot, won multiple awards in its production year and also in several later revivals.  (more...)

BWW Review: ALL MY SONS at Elite Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Nov 2, 2016

The title of All My Sons, Arthur Miller's riveting play of guilt, heartbreak, and tragedy, refers to 21 young World War II combat pilots, who were needlessly killed when cracked cylinder heads were unknowingly installed in their airplanes. The blame for this lays at the feet of Joe Keller, a successful manufacturer who decided that since there was so much pressure on him to produce much needed airplane parts, that he decided to push the faulty heads through, instructing his factory manager, Steve Deever, to paint over the cracks and ship them out anyway. But Joe allowed Steve to accept the blame after the tragedies and is now languishing in prison while Joe has gotten off scot-free. (more...)

BWW Review: TCC's Uncut THE CRUCIBLE Is a Powerful Classic
by Trevor Durham - Nov 17, 2016

Director Matthew Watson presents an unabridged production of Miller's classic, with strong performers and supporting tech. (more...)

BWW Review: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Kentucky Shakespeare
by Keith Waits - Jan 5, 2017

Watching the current production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead from Kentucky Shakespeare was like seeing it for the first time, it's that fresh and smart. Tom Stoppard's post-modern masterpiece is absurdist and existential; catnip for academics in search of thesis projects concerning mid-Twentieth Century theatre, and director Amy Attaway's production is all of that, but also a deeply satisfying entertainment. You'll laugh a lot while you're in the theatre, and be thinking about the play long after you have left. (more...)

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Bass Concert Hall
by Joni Lorraine - Jan 30, 2017

Mamma Mia is not Les Miserables, but it's loads of fun, and who cares, because: Abba! (more...)

BWW Review: SEND ME NO FLOWERS Lulls Audiences in Leander, TX
by Amy Bradley - Jan 27, 2017

Now playing at Way Off Broadway Community Players Theatre, SEND ME NO FLOWERS is the third show in this community theatre's platinum season. Twenty years ago, with the spark of a Library fundraiser in mind, a cast of community players came together in Leander Texas to perform for the betterment of their community. Now celebrating their 20th season, their longevity is an artistic feat their passionate contributors take pride in. SEND ME NO FLOWERS, mostly known for its cinematic success starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson, was first performed on stage in 1960. Writers Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore received modest reviews along with this shows initial 40 performances. Their hilarious story of the Kimball's did not see major success until the cinematic rendition by Julius J Epstein, brought this American comedy to the big screen. George Kimball (locally played by Bill Craig) is the picture of health to anyone you ask, except him. Living day to day as a functioning hypochondriac, George lives happily with his wife Judy Kimball (played by Tracy Cathey) in their quant 1950's neighborhood in Westchester New York. In a scene of happenstance, George overhears his physician speaking about a fatally ill patient, and in this misunderstanding, believes the sick party to be himself. The story of the Kimball's navigating this hilarious premiss continues over three acts, with the choices and stakes trading between Mr. and Mrs. Kimball scene to scene.  (more...)

BWW Review: CRIMES OF THE HEART Enjoyably Revisits Beth Henley's 1981 Classic
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - Jan 25, 2017

CRIMES OF THE HEART, produced by City Theatre, is the Pulitzer prize-winning comedy by Beth Henley. Originally premiering in 1979, the show ran on Broadway in 1981 and garnered a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play. In 1986, a film adaptation starring Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton, and Sissy Spacek was released. The film received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay. In recent history, the play was revived and presented at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2007, directed by Kathleen Turner. The revival also enjoyed a brief off-Broadway run in 2008 with Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, and Jennifer Dundas in the starring roles. (more...)

THE JUDAS KISS at Old Fitz Theatre for Mardi Gras
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Red Line Productions is pleased to be partnering with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras again to present a new production of David Hare's acclaimed play The Judas Kiss from February 15 for a limited four-week season. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse Announces Comedy THE SUPPORTING CAST
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of the comedy, "The Supporting Cast" by George Furth, on Monday, February 6, at 7 p.m.  The reading will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the playreading series. Tickets are $20 each.  (more...)

The Poignant and Timely TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Continues The Rep's 50th season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

When President Barack Obama gave his farewell address earlier this month, he chose to quote a great literary character: To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch. (more...)

BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Compelling ALL MY SONS
by Chris Gibson - Jan 17, 2017

It's hard to believe that award-winning playwright Arthur Miller crafted ALL MY SONS as a last ditch effort to produce a commercially successful work after his initial offering failed after less than a week of performances. Based upon a true story, Miller's work is a compelling story that succeeded and sent him on his way to writing some of the most powerful plays of the twentieth century. For the second half of their 50th anniversary season, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis produces an excellent rendering that features stellar direction and an excellent cast. I highly recommend this show. (more...)

BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Makes You Want to Fly
by Trevor Durham - Jan 13, 2017

A two and a half hour marathon of absurdism, clever dancing around endless prop pieces, Peter and the Starcatcher is the most intriguing theatrical experiment an audience could have ever envisioned from such a colorful flight to Neverland. (more...)

BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Presents Inspired Production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Chris Gibson - Feb 16, 2017

The Repertory Theatre of St Louis is presenting Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and it's a stunning production that is sure to be a smash hit. The addition of a representative group of African Americans referenced in the program as 'The Community' improves the experience immeasurably. The play itself has only a couple of characters of color, and in previous productions I've seen this presented a problem for me, given that the story is about injustice. This seemed to me to be a sort of injustice in and of itself. The basic story was there, of course, but something was missing that would further enhance a clearer understanding of the atmosphere and period. Now I can't imagine a staging that shouldn't follow this lead. This is a powerful and timely show that qualifies impressively as must-see entertainment. (more...)

BWW Review: EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE, Crucible, Sheffield
by Ruth Deller - Feb 15, 2017

This new musical from Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae fizzes with energy and warmth - a must-see! (more...)

BWW Review: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by Met's New RUSALKA
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 10, 2017

Anyone arriving at a performance of the Met's new RUSALKA, in Mary Zimmerman's production, thinking that there's going to be an evening of Disney-type fun from this distant cousin of THE LITTLE MERMAID, will be in for a big disappointment. But for those seeking beautiful music (including one of opera's great arias), a game cast and good singing, RUSALKA, with soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role, offers a musically satisfying evening. (more...)

Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT Reimagined Underneath an African Sky for Local Audiences
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Artscape Theatre in association with The Maynardville Theatre Trust and The City of Cape Town will present an adaptation of the romantic Shakespearean comedy, TWELFTH NIGHT, at the Maynardville's Open Air Theatre in 2017. Starring David Johnson and Elizabeth Akudugu, this uniquely African-inspired version is directed by Geoffrey Hyland. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 12/23; TITANIC in DC, AMELIE in LA and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 23, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Washington, DC, St. Louis, Los Angeles and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include TITANIC at Signature Theatre, AMELIE in Los Angeles, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL in St. Louis, just to name a few. (more...)

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Lyceum Theatre
by Andrew Tomlins - Dec 22, 2016

Despite being a decade-long tradition in New York, Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens' musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol had never previously been staged in London. Based on Charles Dickens' classic novella, the story we all know and love is brought to life with a thrilling score. This week LMTO brought the musical to the Lyceum Theatre (home of the West End production of The Lion King) for a one-night-only concert staging. (more...)

BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Timeless Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Chris Gibson - Dec 16, 2016

Perhaps the best way to approach Dickens' venerable A CHRISTMAS CAROL is straight-forward, with a generous helping of music, sterling performances, and some cool effects to liven up the proceedings. After all, the story, which dates from 1843, has been reworked, parodied, and used as a device by nearly every sitcom and animated show ever made. So, what's old seems new again in The Repertory of St. Louis' current presentation for the holidays. And, what a treat it is. David H. Bell's adaptation is faithful to the spirit and language of the story, which occurs when the industrial revolution has wreaked havoc on the lives of both the old and young. Filled with energy and enthusiasm, this is an absolute must-see for the Christmas season! (more...)

BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is Heartwarming at Central New York Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - Dec 11, 2016

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Disney Channel to Premiere Music-Filled Mystery Drama THE LODGE, 9/23
by TV News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Tapping into its worldwide creative resources to deliver engaging stories and characters for kids and families, Disney Channel will have a multi-region premiere for its music-filled DISNEY'S THE LODGE, a serialized mystery/drama inspired by the popular Disney Channel Israel series 'North Star' (more...)

BWW Review: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA haunts the Buell Theatre
by Felicia Tassone - Aug 29, 2016

Do you remember what were you doing on September 27th, 1986?  That is how long Phantom of the Opera has been on stage.  Thirty years of audiences enjoying Sir Andrew Lloyd Webbers masterpiece.  On top of the longest running production on both the West End and Broadway, there is also currently a US touring production which has landed here in Denver. (more...)

ELATE Announces Season Ticket Holder Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2016

A moving, yet humorous one-person, autobiographical show about a woman dealing with Brittle Bone Disease and a rollicking quartet of lively and entertaining one-act plays proved to be the big winners Saturday Evening August 13th during the 2015 / 2016 ELATE SEASON TICKET HOLDER AWARDS held at the lovely and charming Bratcher House in Northridge. (more...)

BWW Review: Tallahassee's AVENUE Q is Game-Changer
by Trevor Durham - Aug 19, 2016

JC Carr leads a cast into new territory (more...)

BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE Hits Close to Home at St Vincent
by Greg Kerestan - Aug 16, 2016

From this famous play sprung the modern sitcom fully-formed, but it's a little darker than you might remember. (more...)

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