BWW Review: MOTHER FREAKING HOOD! is Mother Freaking Funny in Kansas CityBWW Review: MOTHER FREAKING HOOD! is Mother Freaking Funny in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - May 31, 2015

Mother Freaking Hood! is not a play anyone should see once, because that is not near enough times to catch all the humor that causes the audience to erupt with laughter throughout the two-act play. Mother Freaking Hood! opened on Saturday May 30 at the Goppert Theatre inside Avila College in Kansas City, Missouri to roars of laughter. The Moonshine Variety Company production is without a doubt the funniest musical comedy of the theater season in Kansas City. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 31Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 31
by - May 31, 2015

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 31, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Unique and Amusing Take on THE BARBER OF SEVILLEBWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Unique and Amusing Take on THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by Chris Gibson - May 28, 2015

I think I bring this up every time I write about an opera, but it's just so funny to me that most of my early exposure to the medium came through films that I saw on TV when I was kid. Whether it was an Our Gang short (the one where Alfalfa wants to give up crooning to become an opera singer), a Bugs Bunny cartoon (Carl Stallings frequently drew from famous classical works), or even something from Tom and Jerry, I was privy to melodies that would eventually work their way into my musical subconscious. That's just one of the reasons I found the Opera Theatre of St. Louis' production of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE so engaging. Add to that the fact that the brilliant, sexy, funny, and colorful films of Pedro Almodovar provided the inspiration for the look and feel of this particular presentation, and you have a match made in heaven. You should make it a point to catch all of the Opera Theatre's productions, because they're always innovative, and I especially recommend the wacky comic delights of composer Giochino Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. (more...)

BWW Reviews: With It's Delicious 25th Anniversary Tribute to GRAND HOTEL, '54 Below Sings' Raises the Bar On Cabaret Concert RevuesBWW Reviews: With It's Delicious 25th Anniversary Tribute to GRAND HOTEL, '54 Below Sings' Raises the Bar On Cabaret Concert Revues
by Alix Cohen - May 26, 2015

On Sunday evening, 54 Below celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the musical Grand Hotel on Broadway in high style with two performances crackling with energy and featuring a talented roster of performers including 13 from the original cast. Splendidly Directed (and Written) by Walter Willison, with Musical Direction by Alex Rybeck, Bass Accompaniment from Ray Kiddain, and Dance Supervision by Yvonne Marceau, the delicious production (one really can't call it a concert despite lack of dialogue) was fluid, polished, and imaginative in its use of the room. From leads to the chorus, voices were strong, commitment thorough. In the audience, Tommy Tune must've had a helluva time. We did. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Los Angeles Premiere of VIOLET Provides an Unparalleled Spiritual Journey of Great Depth by Kelrik ProductionsBWW Reviews: Los Angeles Premiere of VIOLET Provides an Unparalleled Spiritual Journey of Great Depth by Kelrik Productions
by Don Grigware - May 26, 2015

When Violet first premiered off-Broadway in 1997, it created a stir winning two prizes for Best Musical but didn't make waves until 2014 when it transferred to Broadway in an all new production starring Sutton Foster. It heartfully tells the story of a disfigured girl from Spruce Pine, North Carolina Violet Karl who makes a journey to Tulsa, Oklahoma in the hopes of being physically transformed by a faith healer. An accident occurred when she was a teen - a blade that her father was using cut her face, leaving an ugly scar - and Violet always blamed her father proclaiming that he did not want her to be pretty. She would have no male prospects and be forced to stay on to live with him on their small farm. The scar runs deep - 'it reaches to your heart' new acquaintances tell her, so the journey to find a brand new 'glamorized' look means everything to Violet who will sacrifice just about anything to have it all. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 24Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 24
by - May 24, 2015

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 24, 2015. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 17Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 17
by - May 17, 2015

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 17, 2015. (more...)

This Weeks New Movies - 5/15/2015 - 5/15/2015This Weeks New Movies - 5/15/2015 - 5/15/2015
by BWW - May 10, 2015

Information, posters, descriptions of all the upcoming movies being released from 5/15/2015 - 5/15/2015! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Group rep Hits the Mark with TIGER BY THE TAILBWW Reviews: Group rep Hits the Mark with TIGER BY THE TAIL
by Don Grigware - Mar 9, 2015

One faces an undeniably horrendous situation that will only get worse before it gets better...and the clincher?... it is fueled by love. That's the trap created by Frawley Becker in his play Tiger by the Tail now playing at Group rep in Noho through April 19. The tender theme is made sweeter by smooth direction and a terribly appealing cast. For those who are not afraid to follow their feelings of romance and take the plunge into the realm of the unknown, Tiger by the Tail is most worthwhile. (more...)

Monique Edwards and Laura Ceron Join MY CHILD - MOTHERS OF WAR 4/26 at The Hudson Backstage TheatreMonique Edwards and Laura Ceron Join MY CHILD - MOTHERS OF WAR 4/26 at The Hudson Backstage Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Human Revolution Entertainment are thrilled to announce, the addition of Monique Edwards and Laura Ceron, to the phenomenal cast of MY CHILD - MOTHERS OF WAR at The Hudson Backstage Theatre. (more...)

BWW Recap: Sutton Foster 'Embraces Her Inner 26-Year-Old' on New Dramedy, YOUNGERBWW Recap: Sutton Foster 'Embraces Her Inner 26-Year-Old' on New Dramedy, YOUNGER
by Matt Smith - Mar 31, 2015

Hey, all you Broadway buffs! Guess what, guess what, guess what?! Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster (ANYTHING GOES, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, SHREK, LITTLE WOMEN, DROWSY CHAPERONE, etc.), most recently seen on television in ABC Family's BUNHEADS, is back on the small screen! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Portland Players Gives Sensitive Reading of BOYS NEXT DOORBWW Reviews: Portland Players Gives Sensitive Reading of BOYS NEXT DOOR
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Mar 30, 2015

Portland Players has mounted a sensitive and thought-provoking production of Tom Griffin's 1988 play, Boys Next Door, about four colorful residents of a group communal home and their social worker. Griffin's work deals perceptively and sympathetically with the limitations and hopes of his characters, their skewed realities and their often hilarious interactions. In the person of Jack, the burned-out, yet compassionate counselor, the playwright is able to help the audience gain insight into the world of these mentally challenged adults and to appreciate their humanity. (more...)

BWW My Two Cents: No Paddle Needed, SCHITT'S CREEK is the Place to BeBWW My Two Cents: No Paddle Needed, SCHITT'S CREEK is the Place to Be
by Jennifer McHugh - Mar 26, 2015

Are you watching this show? If your answer is no, then I question your life choices. This is comedy at its best. Canada has rewarded us with this comedy gem that makes us almost want to forgive them for Bieber. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ONCE Offers Bittersweet Love Story at SaengerBWW Reviews: ONCE Offers Bittersweet Love Story at Saenger
by Tara Bennett - Mar 20, 2015

To view 'Once' at the Saenger Theatre for St. Patrick's Day was a great decision. (more...)

O'NEILL'S GHOSTS Begins This Week at TBG TheaterO'NEILL'S GHOSTS Begins This Week at TBG Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

John Stark Productions will present the New York Premiere of Jovanka Bach's O'NEILL'S GHOSTS, a new drama about the troubled life of the playwright and his family. Directed by John Stark and starring John DiFusco, previews begin March 5 at TBG Theater with opening slated for March 7. (more...)

NJCU to Present SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, Begin. 3/20NJCU to Present SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, Begin. 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

The New Jersey City University Caroline L. Guarini Department of Music, Dance and Theatre will present 'Smokey Joe's Cafe,' Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22 and Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28, in Margaret Williams Theatre of Hepburn Hall, on the University campus at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. (more...)

Keith Pinto to Lead COMPANY at San Francisco Playhouse; Cast Announced!Keith Pinto to Lead COMPANY at San Francisco Playhouse; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

San Francisco Playhouse will complete its twelfth season with Stephen Sondheim's trailblazing musical comedy, Company, directed by Susi Damilano. The play will feature a cast of local favorites, with Keith Pinto (Into the Woods) starring as Robert, along with Teresa Attridge, Velina Brown*, Morgan Dayley, Michelle Drexler, Ryan Drummond*, Richard Frederick*, John Paul Gonzalez, Monique Hafen*, Stephanie Prentice*, Chris Reber*, Abby Sammons, Nicole Weber and Michael Scott Wells. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre Says 'Hallelujah' With SISTER ACT, Running 6/24-7/11Maine State Music Theatre Says 'Hallelujah' With SISTER ACT, Running 6/24-7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) is proud to be one of the first regional theatres to present the feel-amazing musical comedy smash SISTER ACT, running June 24 - July 11, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  A Mesmerizing, Memorable TRAP At Ambassador TheaterBWW Reviews: A Mesmerizing, Memorable TRAP At Ambassador Theater
by Andrew White - Jun 8, 2015

Ambassador Theater, with their production of Polish poet Tadeusz Rózewicz's masterpiece The Trap, introduces Washington audiences to a theatrical genius of Samuel Beckett's stature. The Trap traces key elements in Franz Kafka's life, and Rózewicz's masterstroke is to weave the much darker future-the rise of Nazism, the death of Kafka's sisters' in the Holocaust, and the long Soviet occupation-with the troubled 'present' of Kafka's time. (more...)

BWW Review: Weathervane Not Afraid of Finding Alternate Ways to Pay RENTBWW Review: Weathervane Not Afraid of Finding Alternate Ways to Pay RENT
by Paul Batterson - Jun 7, 2015

How do you write a song when the chords sound wrong Though they once sounded right and rare? When the notes are sour Where is the power you once had to ignite the air? (more...)

MSMT Presents SISTER ACTMSMT Presents SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2015

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) is proud to be one of the first regional theatres to present the feel-amazing musical comedy smash SISTER ACT, running June 24 - July 11, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Lively and Fun HOLIDAY INN at The MunyBWW Reviews: Lively and Fun HOLIDAY INN at The Muny
by Chris Gibson - Jul 7, 2015

I remember as a kid always getting the movie HOLIDAYINN confused with the movie White Christmas, usually because they played them back to back, and of course, both feature the tuneful music of Irving Berlin, as well as a splendid performance by Bing Crosby. A few years back, when I first started reviewing theatre I covered The MUNY's early production of the stage version of White Christmas, and here I am years later taking in only the second presentation of HOLIDAYINN. I think this is a terrific show filled with eye-popping choreography, big splashy numbers, and enough romantic entanglements to please any fan of the original film. If you're looking for a perfect example of how an old wartime flick can be transformed into a lively and fun stage musical, then look no further, the MUNY has you covered with their highly enjoyable production of Holiday Inn. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre's THE MUSIC MAN Opens 7/15Maine State Music Theatre's THE MUSIC MAN Opens 7/15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) presents Meredith Willson's beloved all-American classic THE MUSIC MAN. This six-time TONY Award-winning musical has been entertaining audiences since 1957. THE MUSIC MAN runs July 15 - August 1, 2015. (more...)


by Jade Kops - Jul 24, 2015

HEATHERS – THE MUSICAL blends the spirit of the dark and disturbed cult movie with fabulous music and an amazing Australian cast resulting in a must see show. Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy's (Book, Music and Lyrics) adaptation has been bought to the Sydney stage by theatre favourite Trevor Ashley in his directorial debut. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ALL SHOOK UP at Chaffin's BarnBWW Reviews: ALL SHOOK UP at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 24, 2015

Elvis Presley – aka “The King,” Tupelo's most famous favorite son and Memphis' most revered musical icon – sure had a lot of music in his catalogue of hits, and it seems that almost  all of it is included in the score of All Shook Up, the jukebox musical now onstage at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre through August 30. There are so many songs, in fact, that opening night may have run longer than anticipated, yet those songs are so entertainingly performed and the show is so full of heart that you can't help but stick around until the end. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MOUNTAIN VIEW Offers a Pleasing EscapeBWW Reviews: MOUNTAIN VIEW Offers a Pleasing Escape
by Joseph Baker - Jul 20, 2015

It's hard to reconcile the name of the title character in MOUNTAIN VIEW with that of its author. 'Jocate' seems a variation on Dolly Parton's 'Jolene' (when will Appalachian characters have names like 'Sue' or 'Nancy'?), while author 'Teri Feigelson' suggests a world entirely alien to cabins and mountain ledges. Yet, everything seems to come together in Playhouse on the Square's production of the winner of the 2013 NewWorks Playwriting Competition, currently being staged at TheatreWorks. In fact, with its gentle, wistful tone and incorporation of original, tonally related songs, MOUNTAIN VIEW evokes a film from some years ago, the little-seen but much-lauded SONGCATCHER, with turn-of-the-century musicologist Janet McTeer finding substance and artistry in Appalachian music (along with a romantic interlude with a hirsute Aidan Quinn in one of his last leading man roles). It even reminded me of (now nearly forgotten) Bobbie Gentry's concept album DELTA SWEETE, with the artist's songs depicting the characters and area she knew as a girl. (more...)

BWW Review: MACBETH Unleashed by the Creative Mind of Michael Keith Allen at the Art of Acting StudioBWW Review: MACBETH Unleashed by the Creative Mind of Michael Keith Allen at the Art of Acting Studio
by Shari Barrett - Jul 2, 2015

The brilliantly creative mind of Michael Keith Allen has worked wonders with a new re-telling of Shakespeare's MACBETH at the Art of Acting Studio by setting the tragedy in a postmodern Scotland where street thugs battle for leadership as well as territory, while cutting the run time to 90 minutes and allowing the actors to speak without heavy accents, making it easy to understand the dialogue and follow the plot and character development. It is definitely the best rendition of the classic I have ever seen. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of MSMT's THE MUSIC MANSTAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of MSMT's THE MUSIC MAN
by Stage Tube - Jul 19, 2015

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) presents Meredith Willson's beloved all-American classic THE MUSIC MAN. This six-time TONY Award-winning musical has been entertaining audiences since 1957. THE MUSIC MAN runs tonight, July 15, through August 1, 2015. Check out a first look below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: MSMT Makes MUSIC MAN an Irresistible ValentineBWW Reviews: MSMT Makes MUSIC MAN an Irresistible Valentine
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 17, 2015

Who doesn't love Meredith Willson's classic musical, Music Man, with its thrilling score, its witty humor, its irresistible combination of bravura and unabashed romanticism?. Generations have grown up on movie versions and memories of the big Broadway productions. So when a company undertakes a revival of such a classic, they risk the inevitable comparisons. Undaunted, Maine State Music Theatre has mounted a grand, original, and compelling look at this cornerstone of American musical theatre. The new production, directed by Marc Robin, starring Curt Dale Clark and Lauren Blackman, which opened at Brunswick's Pickard Theatre on July 16, skillfully fuses the familiar and the fresh into an evening of absolute delight. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Curt Dale Clark, Lauren Blackman and More in MSMT's THE MUSIC MANPhoto Flash: First Look at Curt Dale Clark, Lauren Blackman and More in MSMT's THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) presents Meredith Willson's beloved all-American classic THE MUSIC MAN. This six-time TONY Award-winning musical has been entertaining audiences since 1957. THE MUSIC MAN runs tonight, July 15, through August 1, 2015. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Curt Dale Clark, Lauren Blackman and More in MSMT's THE MUSIC MANPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Curt Dale Clark, Lauren Blackman and More in MSMT's THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) presents Meredith Willson's beloved all-American classic THE MUSIC MAN. This six-time TONY Award-winning musical has been entertaining audiences since 1957. THE MUSIC MAN runs tonight, July 15, through August 1, 2015.  Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: GYPSY Brings Soap-Opera Sheen to Classic Musical at CLOBWW Reviews: GYPSY Brings Soap-Opera Sheen to Classic Musical at CLO
by Greg Kerestan - Jul 13, 2015

CLO's production of the classic musical has star power and a spectacular score, but could use a little energy. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BRING IT ON, THE MUSICAL at Arts Center of Cannon CountyBWW Reviews: BRING IT ON, THE MUSICAL at Arts Center of Cannon County
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 13, 2015

Truth be told, one of my favorite movies is Bring It On, the story of competitive cheerleading starring Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford and Gabrielle Union - and if I had a dollar for every time I've uttered the phrase 'Brrr…it's cold in here, there must be some Toros in the atmosphere' to my dog following a particularly frigid winter stroll at nighttime...well, I'd be rich. That should give you some indication of how much I love the movie, which has gone on to inspire several sequels and one Broadway musical. (more...)

O'NEILL'S GHOSTS Begins 3/4 at TBG TheaterO'NEILL'S GHOSTS Begins 3/4 at TBG Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

John Stark Productions will present the New York Premiere of Jovanka Bach's O'NEILL'S GHOSTS, a new drama about the troubled life of the playwright and his family. Directed by John Stark and starring John DiFusco, previews begin March 4 at TBG Theater with opening slated for March 7. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Variations on a Theme - Three Musicals, THE COLOR PURPLE, CALVIN BERGER, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, All Speak to Beauty and Self-WorthBWW Reviews: Variations on a Theme - Three Musicals, THE COLOR PURPLE, CALVIN BERGER, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, All Speak to Beauty and Self-Worth
by Jill Schafer - Jan 27, 2015

At first glance, the musicals THE COLOR PURPLE, CALVIN BERGER, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES may not seem to have much in common. The settings couldn't be more different - the rural South in the early 20th century, a modern day high school, and a drag club in 1970s France. But since I happened to see them all on the same weekend, I couldn't help but draw parallels between them. All three musicals all speak to themes of beauty, identity, self-worth, and having the courage to be who you really are, despite what the world is telling you. In THE COLOR PURPLE, a young, poor, black woman is told that she's ugly and worthless, but after a lifelong journey she arrives at a place of strength and self-love. CALVIN BERGER sets the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac in a modern high school, where a young man feels that his large nose prevents him from getting what he wants in life and chooses to hide behind the handsome popular guy, both of whom eventually learn it's better to be loved for who you are. Finally, in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, a middle aged man who feels more comfortable dressed as a woman is asked by his own son to hide who he is, but confidently declares 'I am who I am!' Another thing these three musicals have in common is that they can all currently be seen on Twin Cities stages featuring talented local casts. Read on for more details on each, pick one that suits your fancy, and go see a local musical that just may inspire you to love you you really are! (more...)

BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Builds to a Grand Finale at the Benedum CenterBWW Reviews: PIPPIN Builds to a Grand Finale at the Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - Jan 24, 2015

Watch out, musical fans... this crowd-pleaser has teeth. (more...)

BWW Reviews: STRICTLY BALLROOM The MusicalBWW Reviews: STRICTLY BALLROOM The Musical
by Tim Carney - Jan 19, 2015

Baz Luhrman's Strictly Ballroom 'The Musical' opened in Melbourne last night to great fanfare. Based on Luhrman's 1992 iconic Australian film, and Presented by Global Creatures, the team behind the musical King Kong, there is only one word that can describe this show...boring. It's long, drawn out and uneventful sequences result in an underwhelming piece of theatre. It is a stretch to call this show a musical, in fact you can't. Though originally written as a play by Luhrman this production is a re-working of a film for the stage. The show pastiches cliched classics from varied eras and combines them with a smattering of original songs resulting in a score that is flavorless and unmemorable. The action never reaches the heightened state it needs to in order to warrant a song, leaving the show brimming full of unfulfilled moments that cheat the public out of anything that could be deemed a real or satisfying moment. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Taffety Punk's TEMPEST Another Triumph For the 'Riot Grrrls'BWW Reviews: Taffety Punk's TEMPEST Another Triumph For the 'Riot Grrrls'
by Andrew White - Feb 9, 2015

Taffety Punk's current production of The Tempest demonstrates how Shakespeare's work is infinitely elastic in terms of creativity and casting. Riot Grrrls, a faction of Taffety Punk Theatre Company dedicated to all-female productions of the Bard's works, has come up with a low-tech, low-cost, intimate staging that is as finely tuned as anything you'd pay big bucks for uptown. (more...)

BWW Reviews: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, February 4 2015BWW Reviews: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, February 4 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Feb 4, 2015

Set in the Deep South, Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sees racial injustice envelop a small-town community. Through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth, and his feisty daughter, Scout - a young girl on the cusp of adulthood - brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil. (more...)

Cast Set To Join Tom Hanks In 'Inferno' Directed by Ron HowardCast Set To Join Tom Hanks In 'Inferno' Directed by Ron Howard
by Movies News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced The Supporting Cast set to join Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon in Ron Howard's 'Inferno' which begins filming at the end of April. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS at Fox PAC has Great Singing and Dancing but Something is MissingBWW Reviews: MEMPHIS at Fox PAC has Great Singing and Dancing but Something is Missing
by Audrey Liebross - Feb 17, 2015

The national tour of MEMPHIS features superb choreography and musical direction, as well as top-notch singing, dancing, and acting by the supporting case. However, despite the show's considerable strengths, the lead actors turn in mediocre performances, reducing the touring version's overall appeal. (more...)

BWW Review: BLITHE SPIRIT, Starring Angela Lansbury, is PerfectionBWW Review: BLITHE SPIRIT, Starring Angela Lansbury, is Perfection
by Alan Henry - Feb 13, 2015

Last night, Blithe Spirit, starring Angela Lansbury opened in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Noel Coward's witty and charming play has stood the test of time and had the opening night audience laughing out loud at the brilliant performances on stage. (more...)

Author Raymond Benson Wins  2015 Lovey Award for Best Suspense Novel of 2014 for THE BLACK STILETTO: SECRETS & LIESAuthor Raymond Benson Wins 2015 Lovey Award for Best Suspense Novel of 2014 for THE BLACK STILETTO: SECRETS & LIES
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

Raymond Benson, best known as the official author of the James Bond novels from 1996 to 2002, received the prestigious 2015 Lovey Award: Best Suspense Novel of 2014 for The Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies. The novel is the fourth title in the popular Black Stiletto series which chronicles the adventures of the masked vigilante. While Benson does not give his Black Stiletto heroine 'super' powers, she is expertly trained in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and possesses heightened senses. The author expertly moves between past and present, covering 1958 through 1962 referencing the heroine's diaries, to today, where Judy Talbot née Cooper AKA The Black Stiletto, diagnosed with Alzheimer's, resides in a nursing facility. Her son, Martin has stumbled upon the five diaries, and learns of his mother's past. He must now protect his mother while he assimilates the new information, and search for the father he has never known. (more...)

Drag Comedy FIRST PERIOD Coming to VOD and DVD, 4/21Drag Comedy FIRST PERIOD Coming to VOD and DVD, 4/21
by Movies News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Falling Anvil Productions and Screen Media have announced that LGBT festival hit First Period is now available on digital platforms, and coming to DVD April 21st. (more...)

James Gunn Says GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 Officially in Progress; Karen Gillian to Return!James Gunn Says GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 Officially in Progress; Karen Gillian to Return!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2015

The superhero movie of last summer will officially continue. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DOGFIGHT at Green Valley TheatreBWW Reviews: DOGFIGHT at Green Valley Theatre
by Meg Masterson - Apr 27, 2015

Dogfight, playing now through May 17 at Green Valley Theatre Company, definitely fits into the 'Something Else' category of the company's slogan: Classics. Comedy. And Something Else. (more...)

BWW Reiews: Lyric Music Theater Delivers Laughs on Way to ForumBWW Reiews: Lyric Music Theater Delivers Laughs on Way to Forum
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Apr 21, 2015

Lyric Music Theater of South Portland presents a rollicking production of Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, enlivened by the excellent performances of its leads, the cheeky choreography of Victoria Perreault, and the fast-paced direction of Mary Meserve and John Blanchette. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Supercalifragilistic MARY POPPINS Flies Into CabrilloBWW Reviews: Supercalifragilistic MARY POPPINS Flies Into Cabrillo
by Don Grigware - Apr 21, 2015

Mary Poppins/book by Julian Fellowes/music by The Sherman Brothers/new songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe/directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld/choreographed by Cheryl Baxter/Cabrillo Music Theatre at the Fred Kavli Theatre of the Thousand Oakes Civic Arts Plaza/through April 26 only (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kelrik's SWEENEY TODD a Dynamite Hit at the El PortalBWW Reviews: Kelrik's SWEENEY TODD a Dynamite Hit at the El Portal
by Don Grigware - Apr 14, 2015

Sweeney Todd first bowed on Broadway in late 1979. Fortunately, I was in New York to witness the brilliant achievement of Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim, Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou and the entire creative team. Kelrik Productions is presenting the masterwork for the first time, hardly an easy task in a small intimate theatre space such as the Monroe Forum Theatre of the El Portal. Well, let me tell you, they may be exceedingly proud of this production, as it replicates just about everything that the original achieved, minus a full orchestra. Every detail, every move and every musical beat are in line with wonderful musical director Joe Lawrence at the piano. With a perfect cast and brilliantly inventive direction and staging from Kristin Towers-Rowles, this Sweeney Todd could not be better. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GOD'S EAR: Cries and WhispersBWW Reviews: GOD'S EAR: Cries and Whispers
by Nancy Grossman - Apr 1, 2015

Actors' Shakespeare Project takes a break from the Bard to stage the first Boston area production of Jenny Schwartz's linguistically-rich play GOD'S EAR. Thomas Derrah directs and draws authentic, heartbreaking performances from Tamara Hickey and Gabriel Kuttner as a married couple grieving the tragic loss of their son. Humor and hope rise to the surface from the depths of their suffering. (more...)

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