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Slip on your ruby slippers and follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy. Itís an exciting, musical adventure as Dorothy and Toto take advice from the Good Witch, wander through Munchkin land and try to outrun the Wicked Witch on their way to find the Wizard of Oz. Help the Scarecrow get his brain, the Tin Man have a heart, the Cowardly Lion find some courage and get Dorothy back home to Kansas in this classic family story.

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL: Inquiring Minds Want to Know the ScoopMUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL: Inquiring Minds Want to Know the Scoop
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 3, 2016

Hear ye, hear ye¬ÖMusic City Confidential is back! Which means, of course, that I've heard an awful lot of scuttlebutt since last week's column went live on the interwebs - or, more likely, that I am trying to avoid boring and mundane stuff like packing - I'll let you decide what my motivation truly is... (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 1, 2016BWW's On This Day - May 1, 2016
by - May 1, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 1 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE TOXIC AVENGER - In Rehearsal!Photo Coverage: THE TOXIC AVENGER - In Rehearsal!
by Liza Maria Dawson - Apr 9, 2016

The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero. (more...)

PANTOMIME Returns to the London Palladium With CINDERELLA, Dec. 9PANTOMIME Returns to the London Palladium With CINDERELLA, Dec. 9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Qdos Entertainment, the world's biggest pantomime producer, today announces that for the first time in nearly three decades they are bringing pantomime 'home' to the magnificent London Palladium in the very heart of Theatreland. A magical production of the classic rags-to-riches tale Cinderella will be transformed into a breath-taking family extravaganza with glittering sets made especially for this iconic West End stage. The production will run from Friday 9 December 2016 until Sunday 15 January 2017. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ at SHEA'S BUFFALO TheatreBWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Apr 6, 2016

Escaping to Oz may be the fate for Dorothy, but her glorious adventure had patrons at Shea's Buffalo Theatre delighted to follow her down that infamous  yellow brick road. The lavish new production of The Wizard of Oz opened last night and had the audience enraptured with the familiar story. The classic MGM musical has been lovingly adapted to the stage by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Jeremy Sams, with some new songs by Weber and Tim Rice, who previously collaborated on Jesus Christ Superstar. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at YPT's THE WIZARD OF OZPhoto Flash: First Look at YPT's THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

The 50th Anniversary Season at Young People's Theatre (YPT) reaches a crescendo with The Wizard of Oz, one of the most beloved musicals of the twentieth century. Filled with all the magic and wonder of L. Frank Baum's masterpiece, YPT will offer a refreshing new take on the classic musical, including a number that was cut from the original movie. The Wizard of Oz will be presented on the Mainstage now through May 15. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Rain Showers and Digital Magic Set for Garden Theatre's SINGIN' IN THE RAINRain Showers and Digital Magic Set for Garden Theatre's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

The Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street) is proud to present the beloved musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN showing April 29 - May 29, 2016. (more...)

New Repertory Theatre to Stage FREUD'S LAST SESSION This SpringNew Repertory Theatre to Stage FREUD'S LAST SESSION This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

New Repertory Theatre announces FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain, April 30-May 22, 2016 in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

Tom Wopat to Lead Industry Readings of Bob Stewart's AMERICAN INHERITANCETom Wopat to Lead Industry Readings of Bob Stewart's AMERICAN INHERITANCE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Tony Award nominated actor Tom Wopat (A Catered Affair, Annie Get Your Gun) will lead the cast for industry readings of AMERICAN INHERITANCE, a new play by Bob Stewart. (more...)

Chicagoland Kids to Join Kate Baldwin & Paolo Montalban in Lyric Opera's THE KING AND IChicagoland Kids to Join Kate Baldwin & Paolo Montalban in Lyric Opera's THE KING AND I
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today an all-Chicagoland children's ensemble for its grand-scale production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, featuring Broadway stars Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban as Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam. (more...)

Songwriters Eyles And Gould To Present A Concert, AS LONG AS I HAVE MUSIC, At The  Pheasantry, June 12Songwriters Eyles And Gould To Present A Concert, AS LONG AS I HAVE MUSIC, At The Pheasantry, June 12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2016

BWW reports on the upciming cacaret/concert of songs by musical theatre songwriters Eyles and Gould at The Pheasantry on June 12. (more...)

Judy Garland Will Return to the Stage Via Hologram!Judy Garland Will Return to the Stage Via Hologram!
by TV News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Hologram USA and Royal Rainbow Productions announced the launch of a touring stage show featuring Judy Garland faithfully recreated and singing her most famous songs. (more...)

BWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Sterling Masters of Broadway's WICKEDBWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Sterling Masters of Broadway's WICKED
by Bob Rizzo - Apr 28, 2016

Sterling Masters hails from Charlotte, NC and is currently appearing in Wicked on Broadway. Long before she made her Broadway debut in the show she grew up dancing in her mom's dance studio. She competed in dance competitions and still holds the record for being the first and only dancer to hold all four titles for Carolina Dance Masters. After a brief stint at Florida State, Sterling was cast in the national tour of Fosse and never looked back. She went on to perform (and dance captain) national tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Wicked, to name a few. (more...)

Ben Lewis to Join Australia's Witches of Wicked in Performance with Sydney Symphony OrchestraBen Lewis to Join Australia's Witches of Wicked in Performance with Sydney Symphony Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

It was announced today that leading Australian musical theatre performer Ben Lewis will return from London to join Australia's very own Witches of Wicked and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Witches in July. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James and Szpiezak Productions presents the European premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER, directed by Benji Sperring with musical director Alex Beetschen. Press night was last night 26 April at 7.30pm, and performances run through Saturday 21 May 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

10 on Tuesday...with Matt Crowle10 on Tuesday...with Matt Crowle
by Misha Davenport - Apr 26, 2016

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Castle Craig Players to Stage THE WIZARD OF OZCastle Craig Players to Stage THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The merry old land of Oz comes to downtown Meriden May 13-22 as the Castle Craig Players presents The Wizard of Oz. Join Dorothy as she's swept away from farmland Kansas and enters a world of color. Dance and sing along the yellow brick road with her companions, Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion. And click your heels together as you rediscover the real story of OZ in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family! (more...)

Photo Coverage: European Premiere Of THE TOXIC AVENGER!Photo Coverage: European Premiere Of THE TOXIC AVENGER!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero! (more...)

BWW Review: WICKED at The Music Hall at Fair ParkBWW Review: WICKED at The Music Hall at Fair Park
by Kyle Christopher West - Apr 26, 2016

The Broadway blockbuster WICKED is easily one of the most popular musicals of the past several decades, and I write that without any pun intended. (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHEREd Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play (partly inspired by the theatricality of Nicholas Nickleby) that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. (more...)

BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - FLHS Stageplayers Travel to OZ and the Jungle of Nool, Never Missing a BeatBWW Blog: Christopher Panella - FLHS Stageplayers Travel to OZ and the Jungle of Nool, Never Missing a Beat
by Guest Blogger: Christopher Panella - Apr 25, 2016

It has been quite a stellar theatre season for the Ft. Lauderdale High School Stageplayers, who took creativity to a new level with two of the most vibrant musicals available. FLHS Drama has put itself on the map in the past in the ever-growing South Florida theatre community; the Stageplayers received the Southeast Regional High School Theatre Honors Program Award in 2015. Despite the accolade, FLHS Drama refused to take a breather. The club buckled itself into the driver's seat of South Florida high school theatre, speeding to new intersections of artistry and charisma.  (more...)

Birmingham Stage Company to Present HORRIBLE HISTORIES - THE BEST OF BARMY BRITAIN!Birmingham Stage Company to Present HORRIBLE HISTORIES - THE BEST OF BARMY BRITAIN!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Ahead of their 25th anniversary next year, Birmingham Stage Company today announces Horrible Histories - The Best of Barmy Britain! This special production marks Barmy Britain's 5th anniversary in the West End, holding its position as the longest running children's show in West End history. This special instalment of Barmy Britain follows the sell-out successes of Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Parts One, Two and Three and will feature the horribly best bits from all three productions. (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse to Present THE WHO AND THE WHATGulfshore Playhouse to Present THE WHO AND THE WHAT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Gulfshore Playhouse (www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org) - Southwest Florida's premier professional theatre - is pleased to announce its upcoming production of The Who and the What, a poignant and funny play about identity, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar, scheduled for April 30 through May 15 at The Norris Center in Naples. (more...)

Nadim Naaman Announces New Album 'Sides', Released JuneNadim Naaman Announces New Album 'Sides', Released June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

West End performer Nadim Naaman, currently filling the boots of Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, will be releasing his second album Sides with independent label Auburn Jam Records on June 20th , with an album launch gig at The Hippodrome, London on Sunday June 19th at 3pm. (more...)

Enrollment Now Open for Light Opera Works' 2016 Summer WorkshopEnrollment Now Open for Light Opera Works' 2016 Summer Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Light Opera Works is now accepting enrollments for the 2016 Musical Theater Summer Workshop. Young people ages 8 to 13 will learn singing, dancing and acting in preparation for a free public performance, where family and friends are invited to watch them perform a mini-musical. No experience or audition required, and everyone gets a part. (more...)

BWW Interview: HFAC to Announce Name Change at DAMN YANKEESBWW Interview: HFAC to Announce Name Change at DAMN YANKEES
by Alexander Garza - Apr 22, 2016

Michael Mongtomery and Julie Montgomery discuss the name change announcement for HFAC and the opening of DAMN YANKEES in Houston, TX (more...)

Photo Coverage: Feinstein's/54 Below Celebrates The Colonial TheatrePhoto Coverage: Feinstein's/54 Below Celebrates The Colonial Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 21, 2016

Anything Goes. Oklahoma. Follies. La Cage Aux Folles. Those four musicals, plus many others, all got their start at Boston's important Colonial Theatre. Now, as the Colonial is in danger of shutting it doors, Feinstein's/54 Below celebrated the famed venue with an evening of songs and stories last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

SISTER ACT, WEST SIDE STORY & More Set for Theatre By The Sea's Summer 2016 SeasonSISTER ACT, WEST SIDE STORY & More Set for Theatre By The Sea's Summer 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

 Bill Hanney is pleased to announce the full lineup for the 2016 Summer Season at the historic Theatre By The Sea (TBTS). (more...)

BWW Invite: Attend SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversation with the Cast of SHE LOVES MEBWW Invite: Attend SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversation with the Cast of SHE LOVES ME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

On Tuesday, April 26 (1pm), join us for a Career Conversations with Danielle Brooks currently starring in The Color Purple, moderated by BroadwayWorld.com's Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge!' The event will take place at The New School - University Center (63 Fifth Avenue). (more...)

Marty Thomas Presents DIVA to Feature JERSEY BOYS' Michael Longoria Next WeekMarty Thomas Presents DIVA to Feature JERSEY BOYS' Michael Longoria Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Marty Thomas Presents DIVA is in its 4th strong year of residency at Industry Bar in midtown Manhattan. It's the CATS of NYC nightlife, come see why! There's a brand new live vocal concert every Monday at 11, never a cover charge. This week's cast features Samia Mounts, Brie Cassil and Samantha Duvall. (more...)

Westchester Broadway Theatre to Present HAPPY DAYSWestchester Broadway Theatre to Present HAPPY DAYS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

The hit musical, Happy Days, is based on the Paramount Pictures' television series. The series' original creator Garry Marshall wrote the book.  Happy Days features 21 songs, including the series' iconic theme song, by Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning songwriter Paul Williams, with orchestrator and arranger, John McDaniel. (more...)

Photo Flash: Exclusive First Look at Liz Shivener, Gregg Goodbrod and More in New Immersive GHOST THE MUSICALPhoto Flash: Exclusive First Look at Liz Shivener, Gregg Goodbrod and More in New Immersive GHOST THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

The 'nationally regarded' Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, 'Unchained Melody,' 'Here Right Now,'  'Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life,' and more!   BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look below! (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Rubin, Robin and the Cast on the New Production of GHOSTBWW EXCLUSIVE: Rubin, Robin and the Cast on the New Production of GHOST
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 19, 2016

GHOST author Bruce Joel Rubin and director Marc Robin are unveiling a new, leaner, tighter version of GHOST: THE MUSICAL. They and leads Gregg Goodbrod and Liz Shivener speak out on re-recreating a classic story. (more...)

2016 CAPA Summer Movie Series Lineup Revealed2016 CAPA Summer Movie Series Lineup Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

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Emily Skinner, Kyle Taylor Parker & More Set for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's 2016 Summer SeasonEmily Skinner, Kyle Taylor Parker & More Set for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's 2016 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma announces casting and production teams for its annual summer shows, featuring new and returning national talent, including Emily Skinner, Adam Heller, Sandra Mae Frank, Trista Dollison, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jerry Jay Cranford, Martin Burke, David Coffee, Kristina Love, Monte Riegel Wheeler, Casey Elizabeth Gill, and more. All four productions- DREAMGIRLS, The Wizard of Oz, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - will perform at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. (more...)

STAGES St. Louis to Welcome Local, NYC Stars for 30th Season; Casting Set!STAGES St. Louis to Welcome Local, NYC Stars for 30th Season; Casting Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Following its recent 2016 Arts Organization Award from the Missouri Arts Council and five St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, STAGES St. Louis has announced casting for its celebratory 30th Anniversary Season: It Shoulda Been You, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Sister Act. (more...)

Blumenthal Performing Arts Announces 2016-2017 PNC Broadway Lights SeasonBlumenthal Performing Arts Announces 2016-2017 PNC Broadway Lights Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2016

Blumenthal brings the largest Broadway season yet, with more than 20 shows on tap in the 2016-2017 PNC Broadway Lights and Broadway Extras lineup.  A season filled with award-winning titles, show fans can be sure Broadway's latest and greatest are headed to Charlotte. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for April 18-24, Featuring Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for April 18-24, Featuring Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Apr 17, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Bright Star Sings Jeff Blumenkrantz; The Legend of New York By Salzman & Cunningham Featuring Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes; Donna McKechnie: A Visit with Kander & Ebb; 54 Celebrates The Colonial Theatre; and The Girls in White: Songs from the Show. (more...)

Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes in THE LEGEND OF NEW YORK and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next WeekDonna McKechnie, Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes in THE LEGEND OF NEW YORK and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

 The "nationally regarded" Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, "Unchained Melody," "Here Right Now,"  "Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life," and more! (more...)

Issy Van Randwick, Stuart Ward & Gemma Sutton Will Join Michael Crawford in West End's THE GO-BETWEEN; Full Cast AnnouncedIssy Van Randwick, Stuart Ward & Gemma Sutton Will Join Michael Crawford in West End's THE GO-BETWEEN; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Michael Crawford will return to the London Stage in a new musical, based on the famed novel The Go-Between this spring. (more...)

DANCE ANIMAL: TORONTO Set for Toronto Fringe FestivalDANCE ANIMAL: TORONTO Set for Toronto Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Robin Henderson and Derrick Chua are thrilled to announce the cast of DANCE ANIMAL: TORONTO, which will premiere at the Toronto Fringe Festival, June 29 to July 10, 2016, at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace. Specific show times to be announced in May. (more...)

Move Over Barbie! EMPIRE Doll Line Debuting This FallMove Over Barbie! EMPIRE Doll Line Debuting This Fall
by TV News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Emerging doll company, Tonner-One World today announced that it has entered into a two year licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to create a line of collector dolls based on the beloved characters of critically-acclaimed, hit television series, EMPIRE. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Michael R. Jackson About A STRANGE LOOPBWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Michael R. Jackson About A STRANGE LOOP
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Apr 13, 2016

New Musicals at 54 is a series produced by Feinstein's/ 54 Below Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Some of the 10 new and diverse musicals by a selection of today's most talented writers have had out-of-town productions, some have had workshops... now's your chance to be first to see them in NYC! Join us at New Musicals at 54 for one-night-only concerts celebrating each new show with songs, behind-the-scenes stories, and all-star casts! (more...)

Jen Cody, Hunter Foster, Josh Grisetti, Ann Harada, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Julia Murney, Ken Page and More Headed to The Muny's 98th SeasonJen Cody, Hunter Foster, Josh Grisetti, Ann Harada, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Julia Murney, Ken Page and More Headed to The Muny's 98th Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that The Muny has announced a star-stuffed first round of principal cast members for its spectacular 98th season! (more...)

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts to Present Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOTLa Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts to Present Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS presents the fourth production in its innovative and award-winning ONSTAGE Series with the Tony award-winning rock musical, AMERICAN IDIOT, music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, musical direction by David O, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. AMERICAN IDIOT will preview on Friday, April 29 (with a press opening on Saturday, April 30 at 8pm) and will run through Sunday, May 15 - ONSTAGE at LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Releases Schedule for Upcoming Pops! SeasonPacific Symphony Releases Schedule for Upcoming Pops! Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Orange County, Calif.¬óApril 11, 2016¬óThe stars come out for seven sensational concerts showcasing major names, top talent and a plethora of indelible music for Pacific Symphony's 2016-17 Pops season! Led for the 26th year by acclaimed Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the lighter side of the Symphony opens with the return of multiple Grammy Award-winner Amy Grant. Then, sit back and enjoy some good-natured hilarity when the hit movie ¬ďHome Alone¬Ē returns to the screen with the Symphony performing the score live! For the holidays, share the spirit of the season with The Ten Tenors, and spend Valentine's Day weekend with Michael Bolton. Get an early jump on summer with The Beach Boys, before being treated to the unique humor and talent of Jason Alexander, best known for his role in ¬ďSeinfeld.¬Ē Finally, a tribute to the legend responsible for so many unforgettable movie tunes¬óJohn Williams¬ófinishes out this incredible season. (more...)

BWW Review: Let the Youth Be Told in APA's New Hit SOCIAL SECURITYBWW Review: Let the Youth Be Told in APA's New Hit SOCIAL SECURITY
by Kristen Morale - Apr 11, 2016

There are quite a few advantages of getting old, despite what many people may believe: the well-worn worries of youth are whisked away in the leveled way more mature people live their lives, self-dictated rules and personal boundaries are set as people come into their own and emotions are at bay as people gradually accept and even embrace the monotone way in which their lives are lived. Youth can still be kept alive and may even be sought after, but that shouldn't be too strenuous a task, right? Ha, no. After seeing the workings of the Academy of Performing Art's newest production of Social Security, where insecurities run rampant, youth is a perpetual theme in hilarious unforeseen ways and basically nothing is secure, the irony of this show's title alone is bound to excite and surprise anyone one believes that youth cannot be rekindled in the old at heart. (more...)

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry to Present THE WIZARD OF OZThe Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present The Wizard of Oz by the ever-popular Stevens Puppets of Indiana on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1 & 3 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Natalia Vivino & Ryan Driscoll of CHILDREN OF EDEN at Cabrillo Music TheatreBWW Interviews: Natalia Vivino & Ryan Driscoll of CHILDREN OF EDEN at Cabrillo Music Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Apr 10, 2016

Last night's opening of Cabrillo Music Theatre's Children of Eden was every bit as enchanting and magical as anticipated. After the debacle of Theater League's Ragtime, in which two synthesizer players were hidden back stage, out of sight of the audience, it was a pleasure to hear a sumptuous orchestra of musicians playing real instruments in the Kavli orchestra pit once again. My review of the show will be in this coming Thursday's Acorn, but today, we conclude our visit with Natalia Vivino, who plays the role of Yonah, and Ryan Driscoll, who plays Cain and Act I and Japheth in Act II. Natalia, Ryan, and the rest of the cast of Children of Eden had to conduct rehearsals for the show while Cabrillo was going through the turmoil of deciding its own future. The stress and emotional levels were high during this process, but there was a tremendous sigh of relief when the recent news that Cabrillo had once again been saved was announced to the cast. Opening night was an artistic triumph for Cabrillo, with the roller coaster of emotions regarding its viability hopefully receding into the past for the time being. As our interview continues, Natalia and Ryan talked about their characters and the motivations behind them. (more...)

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