BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Dark and Outstanding HEATHERS
by Chris Gibson - Oct 7, 2015

The 1980's were an interesting time for movies with teen comedy/dramas seemingly appearing everywhere, and one of the most intriguing aspects of these pictures was the absence of many adult characters. The late John Hughes was responsible for several "brat pack" films that established a distinct tone for this genre, but it was near the end of this cycle that director Michael Lehmann and screenwriter Daniel Waters put together something that took those established tropes in an entirely different, and decidedly dark, direction with the movie HEATHERS. The musical version had a run Off-Broadway in 2014, and now you can see it in all its pitch black glory with New Line Theatre's amazing production, which opens their 25th season. Not only is it a fantastic and edgy show, but it also marks their first presentation in their new venue, the Marcelle Theater (lovingly designed by Rob Lippert). This is a dazzling and intense show that features a smartly crafted book and score, courtesy of Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, as well as an excellent cast and expert direction. This is beyond must-see entertainment. This is an accomplishment you absolutely have to check out. You'll be dazzled by its brilliance, and completely floored by the wonderful performances you'll be witness to. (more...)

BWW Review: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at The New Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas
by Steve Wilson - Oct 4, 2015

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU is the current production running at The New Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas. Dennis D. Hennessy directs the comedic play written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. James A. Misenheimer provides a fantastic set for the cast to operate in and Treva Farrell designed the choreography mainly performed by Katie Karel as Essie Carmichael. (more...)

Laurel Little Theatre Presents JEKYLL & HYDE This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2015

LLT opens its 'Fifty-Fifth & Fabulous' Season with the musical thriller 'JEKYLL & HYDE' for a Halloween week run this weekend, October 29th - November 1st.  (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Hampshire - Week of 10/25/2015
by BWW - Oct 25, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/25/2015 for New Hampshire (more...)

Laurel Little Theatre to Present JEKYLL & HYDE, 10/29-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2015

LLT opens its 'Fifty-Fifth & Fabulous' Season with the musical thriller 'JEKYLL & HYDE' for a Halloween week run October 29th - November 1st.  (more...)

BWW Review: Stray Dog Theatre's Touching and Affecting DOGFIGHT
by Chris Gibson - Oct 16, 2015

I remember when the film version of DOGFIGHT was release, and how I was initially repelled by the very concept, but then I saw the film, and I understood. You'll understand even more when you take in Stray Dog Theatre's local premiere presentation of the musical version of DOGFIGHT, and it's and absolute must see! This is truly a revelatory experience, with a smart book by Peter Duchan, and wonderfully arranged music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. It's a cool score that lifts the action in an even more affecting manner than the movie does. It's the intimacy we experience when we see something live unfold before our eyes. This is a truly wondrous production that will move you, and that's what theatre is all about. (more...)

BWW Review: ANITA & ME, Birmingham Rep, October 2015
by Emma Cann - Oct 16, 2015

Meera Syal's debut novel, Anita & Me, receives its world stage premiere at the Birmingham Rep this month. Famously autobiographical, this coming of age tale follows Meena, a 13 year old 'naff and uncool' daughter of the only Punjabi family in the mining village of Tollington. As the summer holidays begin, Meena becomes friends with the feisty Anita, envying her long blonde hair, her popularity and her freedom. However, as two cultures collide, Meena's world turns upside down and her outlook on life changes forever. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPPIN is an Average Circus
by Kelly Thompson - Oct 15, 2015

Pippin brings the audience into a traveling circus who are performing a tale of Pippen a prince of a land who is struggling with finding himself. Pippen believes he is extraordinary and wants an extraordinary life but find out that an ordinary life may actually be the thing he has been looking for. The same can be said for this production. Pippin the musical really wants to be extraordinary when in fact it is just ordinary. The plot is just so so and none of the musical numbers are catching. There was one very big bright spot however and that was the circus acts. (more...)

VIOLET to Run 11/6-15 at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

It's a story about the amazing things that can happen on the way to somewhere else, as an emotionally and physically scarred young woman sets out to change her life. The Pennington Players present "Violet - The Musical" at Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) Kelsey Theatre.  Dates and show times for this transformative tale are: Fridays, Nov. 6 and 13 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 7 and 14 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Nov. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Nov. 6. (more...)

BWW Review: Keeton Theatre's THE MUSIC MAN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 11, 2015

If you were to ask me to list my five favorite musicals (or even my top ten), there is a very good chance I would not include Meredith Willson's The Music Man among my chosen favorites. But then I see another production of that particular Willson tribute to Americana that features a fast-talking salesman and a beautiful young librarian named Marian and I am suddenly reminded that I absolutely adore The Music Man and all 76 of its trombones - and I feel remiss in not listing it among the shows I love. (more...)

BWW Review: The Diva Out-Divas the Diva in the Met's TOSCA
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 9, 2015

The title character in Puccini's TOSCA is the quintessential diva--a grand performer ('goddess' in Italian) who thinks the world revolves around her, particularly when it comers to her lover, painter Mario Cavaradossi. The same might be said for soprano Angela Gheorghiu, who used to be a top attraction at the Met, until cancellations and other prima donna-ish actions saw her fall from favor, despite her fine singing and acting skills. Well, she came back for two performances of her well-traveled (and -received) Floria Tosca and the result was, well, disappointing. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Hampshire - Week of 11/08/2015
by BWW - Nov 8, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/08/2015 for New Hampshire (more...)

BWW Reviews: GOOD PEOPLE at Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack
by Peter Danish - Nov 27, 2015

Elmwood's new production of GOOD PEOPLE is a wonderful evening of provocative questions about our class system, about the role that luck plays in our successes, and ultimately how much choice we all really have in our lives. (more...)

BWW Review: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES Weighs in at Boston's Huntington Theatre
by Jan Nargi - Nov 20, 2015

Jeffrey Hatcher's stage adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A CONFERERACY OF DUNCES, now in its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, feels like a lost opportunity. Much like its obnoxious and oversized central character Ignatius J. Reilly, a slovenly, unemployed 30-year-old still living with and supported by his sweetly doting mother, the play is a lumbering behemoth that is often equal parts boring and boorish. (more...)

Telemundo Adds to LA QUERIDA DEL CENTAURO Cast
by TV News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

Following the announcement of Humberto Zurita, Ludwika Paleta and Michel Brown as the stars of the upcoming Super Series 'La Querida del Centauro,' Telemundo names The Supporting Cast for the production slated to premiere in 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA at the Broad Brook Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - Nov 16, 2015

It's always a thrill to make your first visit to see a new theatre company. A lack of context creates a blank slate with limitless possibilities. That was my experience when I attend my first production by the Opera House Players at the lovely Broad Brook Opera House in Broad Brook, CT. Situated a bit off the beaten path, it is not the type of place you would simply stumble upon, but upon arrival I could immediately tell this place was certainly something special to the community. This feeling was further validated by the faithful theater-goers in attendance on opening night of The Opera House Players' current production of MAN OF LA MANCHA. The first thing I noticed was the excitement in the air from the audience. The packed house (which, by the way, is always a good sign, especially on opening night) was abuzz in anticipation of the show. The theater itself is set on the top floor of the former Broad Brook Woolen Company building which was built in 1892. With a long history of being a gathering place for the town, the theater obviously holds a special place in people's hearts. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Hampshire - Week of 11/01/2015
by BWW - Nov 1, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/01/2015 for New Hampshire (more...)

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Revival Makes For A New Kind Of Magic
by Jacqueline Bublitz - May 8, 2016

Murderous plants. Demented dentists. Lee Lee Chin. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS hardly your regular musical - and yet. With a memorable, '60's inspired score, a super-talented cast, and just enough wink at the audience, this new touring production of the cult classic is everything that makes musical theatre great. (more...)

FOOL FOR LOVE's Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell to Reunite for Animated Film
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Augenblick Studios (Ugly Americans, Wonder Showzen, Superjail) is turning to Indiegogo to raise funds for production of the animated feature film THE ADVENTURES OF DRUNKY. The R-rated comedy stars Nina Arianda as Fancy, the love interest to Drunky played by Arianda's FOOL FOR LOVE co-star Sam Rockwell. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THROUGH THE MILL at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Skye Crawford presents THROUGH THE MILL, written and directed by Ray Rackham, with musical supervision and arrangement by Simon Holt, musical direction by Jordan Li Smith, choreography by Chris Whittaker, set design by Justin Williams Design, and sound by Ed Shaw. The production runs Wednesday 6 July through Saturday 30 July 2016, with press opening slated for 8 July 2016 at 7:30pm. BroadwayWorld has a peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

BWW Review: Back to School with TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING and STONE SOUP at Playhouse Jr.
by Greg Kerestan - May 25, 2016

The acclaimed university's children's theatre double feature explores the wide variety of possibilities for family entertainment. (more...)

PBS to Present Puccini's TURANDOT Starring Nina Stemme on 'Great Performances at the Met,' 6/12
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2016

Puccini's final opera, Turandot, which is one of the most spectacular productions in the Met repertory, comes to THIRTEEN'S GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET Sunday, June 12 at 12 p.m. on PBS. (more...)

Richard Madden and Lily James's ROMEO AND JULIET Leads May's Top 10 New London Shows
by Marianka Swain - May 2, 2016

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From two buzzy Shakespeare productions and satirical opera to dance at the Old Vic, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews… (more...)

Julie Halston, Paul Reiser & More Set for Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts' Summer 2016 Comedy Club
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced the July, August, and September lineup for the 2016 Comedy Club. Monday nights at 8 pm. All dates are available online at or calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500. All comedy performances are suggested for ages 17 and up. Comedy Club is sponsored by Saunders & Associates and The Friars Foundation. Media sponsor is Beach Magazine. (more...)

*Photos & Video* BWW Sydney Gets A Preview of XANADU THE MUSICAL At Hayes Theatre
by Jade Kops - May 13, 2016

*Photos & Video* BWW Sydney Gets A Preview of XANADU THE MUSICAL (more...)

Review Roundup: Stephen King's THE SHINING Opera at Minnesota Opera
by Review Roundups - May 10, 2016

The highly anticipated world premiere of The Shining - a new opera based on Stephen King's 1977 best-selling novel - by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell, was presented by the Minnesota Opera on May 7th, at the Music Theater at the Ordway in St. Paul, Minnesota.  (more...)

BWW Review: END OF THE RAINBOW at Stages Repertory Theatre
by Brett Cullum - Mar 6, 2016

Like Garland herself, the show is obsessed with high energy musical uppers contrasted with dark dramatic downers in between. It's a roller coaster ride of songs mixed with self destruction as we watch a star orchestrate her own death. (more...)

BWW Review: THE GRADUATE Goes Singularly Deep at Aux Dog Nob Hill
by Devon Hoffman - Mar 30, 2016

The ensemble of the Aux Dog's Graduate --especially the leads--so thoroughly possessed their characters that I soon forgot entirely 'how Hoffman, et al did it in the movie.' But they went further, delving through the expansive script with raw and ruthless energy so not only did I stop comparing to the film, I stopped comparing to reality--this performance was singular. (more...)

Talk Is Free Theatre Announces DARLING OF THE DAY Cast
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Talk Is Free Theatre has announced today the cast for the final production of the season, the musical Darling of the Day.  (more...)

HBO to Bring Back Emmy-Winning Series THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW
by TV News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

A spokesperson for HBO has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the cable network will bring back the Emmy-winning series THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW, following news of the death of the show's star Garry Shandling. (more...)

BWW Review: WELLESLEY GIRL at the Humana Festival
by Keith Waits - Mar 23, 2016

United States In Disarray: Wellesley Girl at the Humana Festival (more...)

BWW Review: Uneven but Tuneful IF/THEN at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Mar 17, 2016

It's interesting to me that IF/THEN is billed as 'a new musical'. It's the use of the word 'new' that I find puzzling. The concept certainly isn't an original one, having been explored on the big screen in the films Blind Chance (1981) and its sort-of remake, Sliding Doors (1998). And, even though neither of those movies were musicals, they both featured the idea of having their lead traverse optional story lines, with Blind Chance even offering up three different scenarios for its protagonist to experience. But, this show is new in the sense that it explores contemporary trends, with the caveat that some audiences may not find much to identify with, and it features a wonderfully fresh and tuneful score (music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey). All of that just might be enough to make this show worth seeing. Because it does feature a talented cast who have the ability to pull off these roles and the memorable songs provided with considerable conviction. But, the trickery seems a bit cloying at times, and the show does seem to drag at over 2 ½ hours. I guess, like our heroine, Elizabeth, I'm straddling the fence too, at least when it comes to my opinion. (more...)

World Premiere of 80 MINUTES NO INTERVAL Set for Old Fitz Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Thread Entertainment in association with Red Line Productions is pleased to present the World Premiere of Travis Cotton's 80 Minutes No Interval, a short and sharp black comedy with a big impact and a running time only as long as the title suggests. (more...)

BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! Delights at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
by Felicia Tassone - Jan 25, 2016

There are a few shows that one can say the title of, and even a random person off the street who knows nothing about theatre would say 'I have heard of that.' Hello, Dolly! is one of those shows. (more...)

XANADU THE MUSICAL Skates into Sydney
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2016

?Matthew Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co today announced the cast of the smash-hit Broadway musical comedy XANADU, based on the 1980s classic cult movie, which plays in Sydney from Thursday 12 May 2016 for a strictly limited season. (more...)

Southern Rep Theatre to Stage ORPHEUS DESCENDING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce details for its upcoming production of ORPHEUS DESCENDING by Tennessee Williams, opening March 12, directed by Jef Hall-Flavin and featuring Irene Glezos, Thomas Beaudoin, Beth Bartley, and Brenda Currin. This production is presented in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in collaboration with Beth Bartley/Irene Glezos Productions. (more...)

BWW Review: I HATE HAMLET at Playhouse On Park
by Joseph Harrison - Feb 29, 2016

If you ask the average theater-goer their opinion of Shakespeare, you are bound to get a variety of answers. Some will immediately begin gushing about which of the bard's plays they have seen, which they like the best, or which they don't care for. Others will pretend to be fans, but make excuses anytime they are invited to one of his plays. But some will just say outright, 'I hate Shakespeare', or in the case of Andrew Rally the television star who finds himself in the middle of a surreal, and altogether paranormal situation, 'I Hate Hamlet!' That, however, is soon to change. (more...)

BWW Review: THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Delights Austin
by Amy Bradley - Feb 1, 2016

Given the politically correct societal norms of the current day, it is refreshing to see Tom Griffin's THE BOYS NEXT DOOR come to life. Making their directorial debut during The City Theatre's 10th anniversary season, co-directors Lacey Cannon Gonzales and husband Carl Gonzales capture the highs and lows experienced by a collection of lively characters with intellectual disabilities. The love between this group of misfits is unseen by most audiences. With the honesty presented regarding the character's disabilities, one could potentially feel uncomfortable. No such feeling is present during this rendition. The care and love the company took in presenting this piece in a raw and honest way was highly impressive. By allowing us to peek into the lives of Arnold (Heath Thompson), Norman (R. Michael Clinkscales), Lucien (McArthur Moore) and Barry (Tony Salinas), the characters impediments bring a roller coaster of heart-warming laughter and heart-breaking sighs, letting you laugh without guilt, and cry without pity. (more...)

Artscape to Revive Fred Abrahamse's OTHELLO Production at Maynardville in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Having staged Shakespeare's plays for over a decade, Artscape has selected to revive 2015 production of OTHELLO, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, only the second time in Maynardville's 60 year history that a production has been revived. (more...)

CP Kazor Launches Kickstarter Campaign Ahead of New Book Series Launch
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2015

This afternoon, CP Kazor, a previously published author of 'Back Home to Vegas' and 'Civil War Battle Born,' unveiled a unique idea to fund the proofreading, editing and promotion of his upcoming book 'The Mystery Trust,' slated to come out November 2016. Kazor explained, 'You can Immortalize a loved one, a friend, or even yourself, by making them a character in a book.' (more...)

BWW Review: PIAF, Charing Cross Theatre, December 4 2015
by Gary Naylor - Dec 5, 2015

Gary Naylor sees a tremendous performance that brings a French cultural icon back to life at a time when Paris needs its history and its narrative of pleasure amidst the pain. (more...)

Laurel Little Theatre to Continue Season with ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

LLT continues its 'Fifty-Fifth & Fabulous' Season with the classic comedy chiller ARSENIC AND OLD LACE directed by Lacy Cockrell. (more...)

BWW Review: FAC's Dream of a WHITE CHRISTMAS
by Christi Esterle - Dec 14, 2015

Christmas is tailor-made for nostalgia--all those ornaments passed down through the years, all those familiar songs and television specials--and it doesn't get more nostalgic than White Christmas, a show that calls up memories not only of the timeless Irving Berlin song and the 1954 film built around it but of old-fashioned musicals in general, down to the 'let's put on a show in the old barn' angle. The production now playing at the Fine Arts Center embraces that nostalgia from the first sing-along of the title standard, and the holiday crowd was quite content to be carried along with the sentiment. (more...)

BWW Review: National Tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Bows Gracefully at the Ahmanson
by Don Grigware - Dec 14, 2015

The Bridges of Madison County was a hit film in 1995 for Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. The 2014 Broadway musical version with a gorgeous operatic score by Jason Robert Brown and stellar book by Marsha Norman is now playing at the Ahmanson downtown through January 17. When you look closely, there's so much to praise that it makes no sense whatsoever that the show closed early on Broadway and won only one Tony for Brown's music. It should have played on and on and walked away with a slew of awards. (more...)

BWW Review: The First International Production of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - Dec 13, 2015

Discovering just how the commercial and critical reception of the stage or film adaptation of any bestselling book would pan out (regardless of whether it was first adapted into a film before it became a stage musical or vice versa) will most likely never be boiled down to an exact science. (more...)

LGBT Teen Cult Film BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER Heading to Broadway?
by TV News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER, the 1999 cult LGBT teen cult film may be heading to the Broadway stage. In an interview with Same Same, the film's director Jamie Babbit revealed that she is interested in making a musical version of the original teen flick. (more...)

Kit Harington, Glenn Close and Timothy Spall Lead April's Top 10 New London Shows
by Marianka Swain - Apr 5, 2016

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From Kit Harington's Faustus and Glenn Close's Norma Desmond to Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winner and a heist farce, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews… (more...)

BWW Review: More Lovelier Than Ever, MY FAIR LADY Blossoms at Riverside
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 18, 2016

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's near masterpiece of a musical MY FAIR LADY took Broadway by storm 60 years ago this year and has become a 20th century classic. I am happy to report the plucky flower girl from the mean streets of London who gets molded into a proper lady is as lovely as ever as presented by Riverside Performing Arts Center. The sparkling wit, unrequited romance, musical hall turns and lush music are all performed with love and panache in director Patrick A'Hearn's production, featuring well-known DC actor Thomas Adrian Simpson as Henry Higgins and Riverside veteran Quinn Vogt-Welch in the title role. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at The Woodlawn Theatre
by Kathy Strain - Apr 16, 2016

The Tony winning musical takes you on a journey of life, prejudices and racism that existed in Memphis in the 1950's. Loosely based on the true life story of Memphis DJ Dewy Phillips and written by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book), the raw emotions of the storyline are felt strongly by the audience as portrayed by this outstanding cast. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan Set for BETH AND CHARLY Premiere This Month at Beautique
by TV News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

The Brand new web series, BETH AND CHARLY, will premiere April 27th at 7pm at the popular event space Beautique (more...)

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