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BWW Review: Broads' Word Ensemble's THE LADY WAS A GENTLEMAN Comically Examines Love, Identity, Race, and GenderBWW Review: Broads' Word Ensemble's THE LADY WAS A GENTLEMAN Comically Examines Love, Identity, Race, and Gender
by Shari Barrett - Apr 26, 2017

During the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, I discovered the all-female theatre troupe Broads' Word Ensemble when my love of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shew and being a fan of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy led me to the group's first production, Fifty Shades of Shrew. After being exquisitely entertained by the show, I vowed to follow the group in their future endeavors, whether at Fringe or not. So when I heard about their current production of The Lady Was a Gentleman, a screwball comedy of seduction, mistaken identity, and all the fun you can get away with when you're famous, I was more than ready to see what this inspirational group of women were presenting as a pure theatrical confection. And delicious it was! (more...)

BWW Interview: Gerald Thomson of UNEXPECTED at Brelby Theatre CompanyBWW Interview: Gerald Thomson of UNEXPECTED at Brelby Theatre Company
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Apr 3, 2017

I am most concerned with what the audience sees, as they are the viewers/hearers of our story, so what they gather from our performance must be paramount. I come in with a strong image of what I want the show to look like. I then block the show right away to get it on its feet. I call this building the skeleton. The rest of the rehearsal process is about fleshing out that skeleton. I do not have the actors wander the stage looking for what feels right for them. It may end up being more “true to life” by letting two people do what comes naturally, but that does not make for a good presentational performance. I block to keep things visually interesting and I work to use the entire stage. (more...)

BWW Review: You Will Want to Take a Shower After Seeing DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Theatre 68BWW Review: You Will Want to Take a Shower After Seeing DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Theatre 68
by George Brietigam - Mar 27, 2017

Anyone who is a fan of creepy stuff will love this show. (more...)

BWW Review: NAPOLI, BROOKLYN at Long WharfBWW Review: NAPOLI, BROOKLYN at Long Wharf
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - Feb 28, 2017

A taste of Italian life via Brooklyn. (more...)

BWW Review: Challenging A Society That Has Become Accustomed To A Fear Of Terrorism, OSAMA THE HERO Reminds Us Facts Are Important And Vigilante Justice Is UnjustifiedBWW Review: Challenging A Society That Has Become Accustomed To A Fear Of Terrorism, OSAMA THE HERO Reminds Us Facts Are Important And Vigilante Justice Is Unjustified
by Jade Kops - Jan 28, 2017

Dennis Kelly's work with a confronting title, OSAMA THE HERO, is presented with a raw honesty under the direction of Richard Hilliar at Kings Cross Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY at GableStageBWW Review: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY at GableStage
by Roger Martin - Jan 25, 2017

I don't know how many orgasm induced straddle sex heart attacks you might have seen, In Real Life or otherwise, but I guarantee this is the funniest. (more...)

BWW Interview: SOUND OF MUSIC's Charlotte MaltbyBWW Interview: SOUND OF MUSIC's Charlotte Maltby
by Christine Swerczek - Jan 19, 2017

Charlotte Maltby recently took over the leading role of Maria Von Trapp in the national tour of Rogers and Hammerstein's SOUND OF MUSIC. Under the direction of triple Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, the production opens Tuesday, January 24th, at Omaha's Orpheum Theater. I had the opportunity to speak with Charlotte by phone yesterday. (more...)

BWW Review: Funny, Competing THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX Opens New Season at DobamaBWW Review: Funny, Competing THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX Opens New Season at Dobama
by Roy Berko - Sep 6, 2016

Bathsheba Doran, author of The Mystery of Love and Sex now on stage at Dobama Theatre, stated of the script, 'I had no plans for subject matter. I never do when I begin. As my play stormed out of me, unstoppable and violent, I was horrified. The experience was deeply unpleasant, emotionally. I was the most embarrassing of writers in the cafe where I worked: tears streamed down my face as I stabbed out the dialogue on my keyboard. I looked up once, just in time to see a nearby guy whisper amusedly to a girl: 'Whoa, she's really into it.' (more...)

Photo Flash: 1776 at Lakewood Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: 1776 at Lakewood Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

In a year with a rollicking presidential election, and the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, it seems fitting for Lakewood Theatre Company to present 1776, the Tony Award-winning musical about how the founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence and gave birth to a new nation. Political maneuvering provides the heart and soul of 1776; the road to accord seems as fraught with obstacles as any in Congress today. It is a show that will remind us how far America has come and how little we've changed. (more...)

BWW Review: DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY Offers Look at TV Pilots That Never AiredBWW Review: DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY Offers Look at TV Pilots That Never Aired
by Shari Barrett - Apr 27, 2016

Every year, Hollywood studios spend millions upon millions of dollars on TV pilots, the “test shows” that networks order before deciding which shows should become full-fledged series or wind up being locked away in a vault never to be seen again. For every pilot that eventually airs, there are three that never will see daylight, even though there are thousands of hopeful writers, directors and actors in our town that work around-the-clock during “pilot season,” hoping their work will be picked up and make them a lot of money as a hit TV series. (more...)

BWW Interview:  Playwright Victor L. Cahn and VILLAINOUS COMPANY at NJ RepBWW Interview: Playwright Victor L. Cahn and VILLAINOUS COMPANY at NJ Rep
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 25, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed playwright Victor L. Cahn about his fascinating career and his upcoming show at New Jersey Repertory Company, VILLAINOUS COMPANY that will be on the Long Branch stage from May 5th to June 5th. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Norbert Leo Butz & More in BLOODLINE Season 2Photo Flash: First Look at Norbert Leo Butz & More in BLOODLINE Season 2
by TV News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

BLOODLINE, the unmissable thriller from the creators of Damages returns to the scene of the crime for a second season this May. (more...)

BWW Interview: Catching up with Kristen Beth WilliamsBWW Interview: Catching up with Kristen Beth Williams
by Caroline Sposto - Feb 11, 2016

The wildly popular musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will be at The Memphis Orpheum February 9 - 14th. This daring, dark comedy hails from Roy Horniman's 1907 novel, Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal, told through the eyes of a man who bumps off the aristocrats standing in the way of his title. In 1949, the book was loosely adapted into the movie, 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' which starred Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson, and Alec Guinness. In 2014, Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak set the story to music. It has been nabbing awards and slaying audiences ever since. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at 'BEANSTALK', 'ERRORS' & 'LITTLE SHOP', Set for Studio East/StoryBook This YearPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at 'BEANSTALK', 'ERRORS' & 'LITTLE SHOP', Set for Studio East/StoryBook This Year
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Studio East and StoryBook Theater have four shows sure to delight a variety of theater goers this winter. The youngest audiences, and their parents, will enjoy a touring production of StoryBook Theater's 55-minute fun and colorful musical, JACK & THE BEANSTALK. Studio East presents to our older audiences the heroic adventure, THE ODYSSEY, Shakespeare's COMEDY OF ERRORS, and the tongue-in-cheek rock musical, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. A love of theater can never be started too early or nurtured enough - scroll down for a sneak peek at the shows! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jackie Hoffman, Stephanie J. Block, and More Perform for Release of SETH'S BROADWAY DIARY VOL. 2Photo Coverage: Jackie Hoffman, Stephanie J. Block, and More Perform for Release of SETH'S BROADWAY DIARY VOL. 2
by Walter McBride - Oct 31, 2015

A special event was held earlier this week, October 28 at 5:30 PM at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street) to celebrate the release of Seth Rudetsky's new book, SETH'S BROADWAY DIARY, VOLUME 2. In addition to Seth, the event featured Stephanie J. Block, Andrea Burns,Ana Gasteyer, Mandy Gonzales and Jackie Hoffman, who performed excerpts and some of Seth's favorite songs. Below, go inside the event with BroadwayWorld! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Poignant Palmers Ace The Gin GameBWW Reviews: Poignant Palmers Ace The Gin Game
by Caroline Sposto - Sep 28, 2015

Two lonely people find each other in a nursing home, they hit it off, and a congenial conversation leads to a series of card games. But in that sequestered and artificial world, low stakes become high. When one's life is over, without being over, what else could happen? Both characters are complex, vulnerable, and proud. With each hand, their regrets and hostilities rise to the surface. (more...)

BWW Interview: Of Monsters, Mad Scientists, and Mel BrooksBWW Interview: Of Monsters, Mad Scientists, and Mel Brooks
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 14, 2015

'Mel Brooks' genius lies not only in that he has created these incredibly hilarious films, but he has written the musical scores as well.' The speaker is Jeremiah James, one of the stars of Young Frankenstein, the blockbuster fourth mainstage show of Maine State Music Theatre's 2015 season, which comes to a close n August 22. James, as well as his colleagues, Missy Dowse (Inga), Dance Captain Buddy Reeder, Music Director Samuel Thorne Bagala, and MSMT's Director of Development Barbara Whidden are talking with BWW's Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold to a standing-room-only crowd in the last of the summer's Peek Behind the Curtain interview series on August 12 at Brunswick's Curtis Memorial Library. The lively panel is eloquent about Young Frankenstein and about their summer experience at MSMT. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon & Selma Blair Attend CRUEL INTENTIONS Musical Parody in L.A.Photo Flash: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon & Selma Blair Attend CRUEL INTENTIONS Musical Parody in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

Cast members from Rockwell Table & Stage's Unauthorized Musical Parody of CRUEL INTENTIONS met their muses In Real Life when stars of the original film - Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair - attended this hit stage comedy and greeted the cast backstage after the show. Check out a look back below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE WINSLOW BOY in StratfordBWW Reviews: THE WINSLOW BOY in Stratford
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - May 26, 2015

Not about justice, but about doing right. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Three-Show Day with Kim Rogers at the Beautiful Soup Plays FestivalPhoto Flash: A Three-Show Day with Kim Rogers at the Beautiful Soup Plays Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Following critically acclaimed workshop presentations, Steven Carl McCasland's plays return to NYC in a month-long festival celebrating the young playwright. Together with The Clarion Theatre, they are presenting five plays (which started May 6th, 2015) with a company of actors performing in repertory. Actress Kim Rogers, who tackles roles in 3 of the 5 plays, kept a photo journal of her first three-show day. Scroll down to check it out! (more...)