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BWW Interviews: Adam Pascal Hosts Master Class on the Basics of Auditioning in Musical Theatre
by Jay Prock - Aug 22, 2014

Straight from New York is bringing Adam Pascal to a city near you for a Master's Class this fall. As of now, master's classes are booked in Charlotte, NC (Sept. 16 - 17), Oklahoma City, OK (Sept. 18-19) and Austin, TX (Sept. 20). Straight from New York provides educational opportunities for performing arts students to work with top Broadway artists in cities around the country. www.straightfromnewyork.com Adam Pascal is an actor, singer, and musician known for his portrayal of Roger Davis in the original cast of Jonathan Larson's musical RENT as well as the movie version. He is also known for originating the role of Radames in the Elton John/Tim Rice Aida. He was also in the revival of Cabaret as well as Huey Calhoun in the Broadway Company of Memphis. When you work with students, what is your approach to teaching? A: I approach students from an existential place. I don't have any formal training. My training is practical from all my experience. I listen to what students are doing and offer them practical instructions on how to make it better. Tyce Green, the artistic director of Straight from New York, brings the technical experience. Together it is a great combination. Where did you go to school? What did you study? Where I grew up, everyone went to college. In my family, you just did it. I attended the University of South Florida for my freshman year. I then transferred to the NY Institute of Technology and got a degree in communications. I didn't necessarily want to go into that field but I knew I needed a degree. What is your favorite role you've played? Emcee in Cabaret Have you ever done any classical Musical Theatre roles and are there any roles in classical Musical Theatre you'd like to tackle? I would love to play roles from classical musical theatre but have not had the opportunity. I find many of the roles to be outside the box what people are used to seeing me play. These roles are out of my comfort zone but I look forward to the challenge. I think I'd like to play the role of Curly in Oklahoma! How did you feel taking over the role in Memphis and how was it taking over from the man who originated the role (Chad Kimball) They always allowed me to play the character and develop him on my own. I was never asked to play it like anyone else. They wanted me to bring my own personality to the role. What is your favorite musical you've never done? Les Miserables, Hedwig and the Angry Itch, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeny Todd For the young performer who wants to pursue musical theatre as a career, what advice would you give them? 1. There is no other reason to do musical theatre other than the love of it. Don't do this to be a star! Pursue this because you love it. 2. Have something else in your life that brings you happiness. The majority of this business is not getting the job. If you are only happy getting the role, then you will live perpetually unhappy. As a teacher, it's frustrating to hear kids say, 'my life is RENT.' As well all know there could not be anything further from the truth. When you teach your seminars, how do you convey there is more to Musical Theatre than RENT and Les Miserables? I tell kids to have a career in theatre, you have to be as versatile as you can be. If you sell yourself as only one thing, you will be handicapped in this business. To have a long career you need to be able to sing and do anything. It goes for people who are classically trained as well. You must know all aspects of this business and learn to do as many as you can. What is the focus of your seminars? We focus on the audition process. We want our students to learn to be comfortable performing under pressure in any situation. There is no other situation with as much pressure as an audition. We focus on technique, relaxation methods, choices in an audition, what to wear, and what to expect in any audition situation. We are extremely honest with addressing the pros and cons of choices made by students who attend our seminar. We try to bring each student as much practical information as we can. Why should someone take your seminar? Only take this seminar if you interested in learning honest information on the world of performing. This seminar will be full of information and advice you can't get anywhere else. To sign up for Adam Pascal's master class in your city, visit: www.straightfromnewyork.com (more...)


Photo Flash: First Look at Boomerang Theatre's LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at Bryant Park
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

The award-winning Boomerang Theatre Company and Artistic Director Tim Errickson, in association with Bryant Park Shakespeare, present LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST by William Shakespeare, directed by Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan. LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST will be presented at Bryant Park (Upper Terrace Steps, 42nd Street and 6th Avenue), now through Saturday, August 30, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below! (more...)


Photo Flash: Tori Kelly and Alex & Sierra Perform at Arizona Jean Co. Event in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Last night, Arizona Jean Co. hosted a VIP event in Brooklyn, featuring performances by pop artist Tori Kelly and X-Factor winning duo, Alex & Sierra. Scroll down for photos! (more...)


Photo Flash: First Look at Beef & Boards' OKLAHOMA!, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

An enduring all-American musical brings many fresh faces to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre this August as it presents Oklahoma!, the very first collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. This high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys in Western Indian territory at the turn of the century is now on stage through Oct. 5. Below, BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action! (more...)


Photo and Video Flash: Behind the Scenes at a Master Class with Beth Leavel
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Broadway legend and Tony Award Winner Beth Leavel prepared five talented performers -- Kristen DelBosque, Mark Jammal, Priscilla Milliner, Lauren Santana, and Laurel Smalley -- for careers in theatre in a special Straight From New York documentary. Watch the video below, plus scroll down for photos from the workshop! (more...)


Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Cake Productions' THIS LINGERING LIFE at HERE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Cake Productions presents the New York premiere of This Lingering Life, an epic comedy with grave tragedies by Chiori Miyagawa. The play enjoyed its world premiere at Z Space in San Francisco in June. Directed by Cat Miller, this is the inaugural production of the company's 5th anniversary season. Performances will begin on Friday, September 12th with an official opening set for Thursday, September 18th at HERE. The production is scheduled to run through Saturday, October 4th. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)


Photo Flash: Michael Flatley's LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES Meets the Press at the Palladium
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games -- a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece -- has its West End premiere at the legendary London Palladium with an exclusive and limited run starting on 1st September 2014 - featuring Michael Flatley in his final West End performances. The show just had its press launch, and you can check out photos below! (more...)


Photo Flash: Meet the Cast and Creative Team of Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

The Old Globe presents World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will run September 13 - November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 13 - September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast and creative team below! (more...)


Photo Flash: First Look at Strawdog Theater's THE ARSONISTS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland have announced the first production of their 2014 - 2015 season, Max Frisch's The Arsonists through September 27, direction by Matt Hawkins and adapted by Alistair Beaton, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. The opening night performance is Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. Single tickets are currently on sale for $15 for preview performances, $50 for the Board Preview performance that includes appetizers, open bar and a reception immediately following the production, and $28 for the regular run. Subscriptions, group, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. (more...)


Photo Flash: First Look at Barrington Stage Company's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab new workshop production of two-time Tony winner William Finn's acclaimed Romance in Hard Times, featuring a new book by Finn's Spelling Bee collaborator, Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)


Photo Flash: First Look - Westport Country Playhouse's THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse stages Alan Ayckbourn's romantic comedy, 'Things We Do for Love,' through Sunday, September 7, directed by Tony Award nominee John Tillinger, a veteran director of many Ayckbourn plays on Broadway and at the Playhouse. Check out a first look below! (more...)


Photo Coverage: Let Them Raise You Up- KINKY BOOTS Tour Cast Gives Performance Preview!
by Walter McBride - Aug 21, 2014

Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, lead producers of Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony® Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), will soon present the upcoming first national tour. Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots, In the Heights national tour), one of the Angels in the original Broadway company, will strut his stuff as Lola - something he has done to great acclaim on several occasions in New York as the Lola understudy. Steven Booth (Avenue Q, Glory Days, Dogfight) will star as shoe factory owner Charlie Price. Parker and Booth will be joined by Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Lysistrata Jones) as Lauren, Joe Coots (TV's 'Inside Amy Schumer,' Full Monty national tour) as Don, Craig Waletzko (Guys & Dolls, Young Frankenstein) as George and Grace Stockdale in her touring debut as Nicola. The company met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld was on hand of all of the festivities. Below, check out photos from the performance preview! (more...)


Photo Flash: First Look at Sideshow Theatre's STUPID F***ING BIRD, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Sideshow Theatre Company launches its 2014/15 season with the Midwest premiere of STUPID FUCKING BIRD, Aaron Posner's comic spin on Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Artistic Director Jonathan L. Green, playing through September 21, 2014 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are available at www.victorygardens.org, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in person at the Victory Gardens Box Office. The press opening is tonight, Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 pm. (more...)


Photo Flash: CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY Welcomes Karen Ziemba, Santino Fontana, Gina Gershon & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

New York's funniest show Celebrity Autobiography welcomed to its cast stars of stage & screen Gina Gershon & Mario Cantone (Sex and the City), Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba (Bullets Over Broadway), Tony-nominated actor Santino Fontana (Act One, Cinderella), actress Lucy DeVito (star of HULU's 'Deadbeat' series) & Drama Desk-winners Eugene Pack & Dayle Reyfel for its August show in NYC on Monday, August 18 at 7pm at Stage 72 (158 West 72nd Street). (more...)


BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Music of the Night
by Guest Blogger: Libby Servais - Aug 21, 2014

After Ben Vereen's legendary show here at Transcendence Theatre Company, we TTC artists are continuously reflecting on the cherished wisdom and inspiration that Ben has left deeply rooted into our hearts. One moment in particular that I continue to think about is when I asked Ben if he was excited for his show and he replied with a gigantic grin and both hands in the air, 'I wake up excited! Everyday!' I also surrendered my hands into the air and said 'Me too!' And then I realized that I was standing outside a vineyard of grapes, giggling with Ben Vereen about how we must live each day to the fullest... Later he also shared with our company, 'Don't knock em' dead. They're already dead, knock em' into life!' Those epic words will stick with me forever. Basically, when I grow up, I want to be like Ben Vereen! (more...)


BWW Interviews: MSMT Talks FOOTLOOSE and 2014 Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 21, 2014

In the last of its 'Peek Behind the Curtain' series, Maine State Music Theatre presented a lively talkback which highlighted the company's final production of Footloose, as well as touching on the intern program, a review of the 2014 season and a preview of the coming 2015 lineup. Broadway World local editor Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold interviewed Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark, Audience Services Manager Susie Sharp, Resident Sound Designer Colin Whitely, Footloose principal David Ruprecht, and MSMT 'Angels' Judie Lemons and Bill Heaphy. (more...)


Photo Flash: Inside Segerstrom Center's Season Preview with the Touring Casts of MOTOWN, PIPPIN & More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

On Monday, August 18, Segerstrom Center hosted its 2014-15 Season Preview event, cohosted by EVP Judy Morr and Broadway Across America's Bob Bucci, drawing nearly 900 for the center's Broadway, Cabaret, Jazz, Dance, Chamber and Family Series offerings. (more...)


Photo Coverage: In Rehearsal with the Cast of FABULOUS! THE QUEEN OF NEW MUSICAL COMEDIES
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 21, 2014

After receiving popular acclaim from a limited sold-out off-off Broadway run last season, Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies a high seas musical romp will tap into the newly built Write Act Repertory Theatre at the Times Square Arts Center (300 West 43rd Street) opening Monday, September 8th (7:30PM) with previews beginning Saturday, August 23rd (3PM). Produced by Roy Nevans, John Lant and FABCO Productions in association with Write Act Repertory and Tamra Pica, Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies features a book and lyrics by Dan Derby, music by Michael Rheault and is directed by Rick Hamilton with choreography byMary Lauren along with musical direction by Mr. Rheault. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside rehearsal below! (more...)


Photo Coverage: Just Be! Meet the Company of the KINKY BOOTS National Tour
by Walter McBride - Aug 21, 2014

Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, lead producers of Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony® Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), will soon present the upcoming first national tour. Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots, In the Heights national tour), one of the Angels in the original Broadway company, will strut his stuff as Lola - something he has done to great acclaim on several occasions in New York as the Lola understudy. Steven Booth (Avenue Q, Glory Days, Dogfight) will star as shoe factory owner Charlie Price. Parker and Booth will be joined by Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Lysistrata Jones) as Lauren, Joe Coots (TV's 'Inside Amy Schumer,' Full Monty national tour) as Don, Craig Waletzko (Guys & Dolls, Young Frankenstein) as George and Grace Stockdale in her touring debut as Nicola. The company met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld was on hand of all of the festivities. Below, check out photos from inside the event! (more...)


Photo Flash: New Images of Daniel Radcliffe in Supernatural Thriller HORNS
by Movies News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe will star in the supernatural thriller HORNS from Red Granite Pictures. The film, co-starring James Remor, David Morse, Max Minghella and Joe Anderson, will hit theaters on October 31. (more...)


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