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BWW Review: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at KarmaBWW Review: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at Karma
by Roy Berko - Apr 24, 2017

During the late 1920s and into the 1940s, the United States went through the great depression. Unemployment in the U. S. rose to 25%. These were drab times and, as is the case, since the arts represent the era from which they come, the theatre of that time period represented two extremes: heavy drama reflecting the negative mood of the nation and escapism to make people feel better by hiding from their angst-filled reality. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Concludes Season with MARRY ME A LITTLEPhoto Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Concludes Season with MARRY ME A LITTLE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final mainstage production it its 2016 - 2017 season Marry Me a Little starring Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and originally conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with direction by Jess McLeod and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Cook. Previews are Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with an added matinee performance Thursday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. NOTE There are no 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday, April 20 and  May 11 and no 4 p.m. performance  Saturday, April 22. Tickets to Marry Me a Little are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MARRY ME A LITTLE, Opening Tonight at Porchlight Music TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at MARRY ME A LITTLE, Opening Tonight at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre presents the final mainstage production in its 2016 - 2017 season, Marry Me a Little, starring Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheimand originally conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with direction by Jess McLeod and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Cook. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the duo onstage in honor of tonight's opening! (more...)

BWW Review: HOUSTON BALLET Resets CINDERELLA at Wortham Theater CenterBWW Review: HOUSTON BALLET Resets CINDERELLA at Wortham Theater Center
by Gary Laird - Mar 6, 2017

In this retelling of the beloved fairy tale, pretty much everything is thrown out the window for a darker, edgier story of an independent woman fighting against her circumstances for a chance at a better life. (more...)

BWW Interview: John Perovich on NEW WORKS at Metropolitan Arts Institute And BrelbyBWW Interview: John Perovich on NEW WORKS at Metropolitan Arts Institute And Brelby
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Feb 10, 2017

We're excited for the New Works Festival! The plays were written by Metro students, predominately from my beginning and advanced theatre classes. Once completed, the plays were read by a group of 9 readers. The readers consisted of one of my advanced theatre students and a group of artists from Brelby (including Brian and Shelby). The plays were selected, began rehearsing in January, and will premiere at Metropolitan Arts Institute at the end of the month. (more...)

BWW Review: Innovative INTO THE WOODS Examines 'Happily Ever After' at Connor PalaceBWW Review: Innovative INTO THE WOODS Examines 'Happily Ever After' at Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - Jan 16, 2017

Contemporary musical theater and jazz, are two major contributions to the arts of the world that have come from the United States. Originally filled with escapist reviews and song and dance shows, with no story or purpose other than to entertain, the American musical has evolved into a format to tell tales of importance (HAMILTON), highlight sociological and societal changes (HAIR) and make pleas for understanding (RENT). (more...)

Photo Flash: Central Florida Vocal Arts Presents GRIMMLY EVER AFTERPhoto Flash: Central Florida Vocal Arts Presents GRIMMLY EVER AFTER
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

Join us for an evening of opera and musical theater as we explore the dark side of the forest in our original piece, Grimmly Ever After. Experience a story of sinister betrayal, unfulfilled prophecies and a good dose of love twisted together in this operatic fairytale, featuring the characters you know - Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel & Gretel and The Evil Queen - in a way you've never seen them, accompanied by with the music of Lawrence & Fain, Schubert and Humperdinck, among many others.    (more...)

BWW Review: Compelling, Well-Written and Performed SEX WITH STRANGERS at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: Compelling, Well-Written and Performed SEX WITH STRANGERS at Cleveland Play House
by Roy Berko - Oct 31, 2016

As the lights come up on the thrust stage in Cleveland Play House's Outcalt Theatre, revealed was a large comfortable room, and a woman snuggled up on a chair by a free-standing fireplace, reading a book. Outside a large span of windows, snow could be seen cascading down. Suddenly a car is heard and headlights glared through the window. Pounding is heard at the door. Who is there? What's going on? Sounds like the opening scene of a mystery. But, no, this is the start of Laura Eason's SEX WITH STRANGERS, a charming and intriguing play of 'lust, love and the complex nature of identity in our digital-dominated era.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Adam Jacobs, Derek Klena and More Hold Court at THE BROADWAY PRINCE PARTY at Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Flash: Adam Jacobs, Derek Klena and More Hold Court at THE BROADWAY PRINCE PARTY at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

After six sold-out 'Broadway Princess Parties,' the time has come for Broadway's favorite leading men to stand in the spotlight in The Broadway Prince Party at Feinstein's/54 Below. Hosted by Aladdin's Adam Jacobs, Anastasia's Derek Klena and produced by The Broadway Princess Party's Laura Osnes and music director Benjamin Rauhala, the very first BROADWAY PRINCE PARTY was an unforgettable manly evening of heroism, bravura, and macho magic. The all-star cast sang the most beloved 'prince' songs of stage and screen.  (more...)

Photo Flash: New Promo Shots for The Hypocrites' CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOESPhoto Flash: New Promo Shots for The Hypocrites' CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, The Hypocrites presents the second play of its 20th Anniversary Season, the world premiere of CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOES. Experience the classic fairy-tale heroine, Cinderella, in a completely new light in Andra Velis Simon's brand new musical adaptation, based on the opera Cendrillon and other compositions by Pauline Viardot-Garcia and directed by Artistic Director Sean Graney. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the star below!  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich Bring Their Show To Mr. Finn's CabaretPhoto Coverage: Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich Bring Their Show To Mr. Finn's Cabaret
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 29, 2016

Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company presented The Marcy & Zina show last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH & I'M IN THERAPYPhoto Flash: First Look at MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH & I'M IN THERAPY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

The international hit comedy MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH & I'M IN THERAPY! opens tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, NY for four weeks only through September 4th. BroadwayWorld has a first look at star Peter J. Fogel in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: They've Got Rhythm! First Look at CRAZY FOR YOU at Finger LakesPhoto Flash: They've Got Rhythm! First Look at CRAZY FOR YOU at Finger Lakes
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival presents the classic Gershwin musical comedy CRAZY FOR YOU. Performances run from tonight, July 27, through August 17 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lynne Wintersteller, Stuart Marland, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan and More in Music Circus's HELLO, DOLLYPhoto Flash: First Look at Lynne Wintersteller, Stuart Marland, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan and More in Music Circus's HELLO, DOLLY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduing musical Hello, Dolly!,Jerry Herman's award-winning tale of vivacious matchmaker Dolly Levi. Performances began last night, June 28 through Sunday, July 3 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Laura Osnes, Zachary Levi, Jeremy Jordan & More Bring THE BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY Back to Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Flash: Laura Osnes, Zachary Levi, Jeremy Jordan & More Bring THE BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY Back to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

On June 20th, Broadway's Cinderella, Tony nominee Laura Osnes and music director Benjamin Rauhala hosted the third installment of THE BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY at Feinstein's/54 Below, featuring Adrienne Warren, Taylor Louderman, Zachary Levi, Jeremy Jordan, and and over a dozen more princesses and special guests. Check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CONSTELLATIONS at SteppenwolfPhoto Flash: First Look at CONSTELLATIONS at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Rehearsals are underway for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Chicago premiere production of Constellations, the 80-minute, award-winning hit by British playwright Nick Payne. Directed here by prolific Chicago director and Steppenwolf artistic producer Jonathan Berry, Constellations premiered at the Royal Court in London to rave reviews before transferring to the West End and Broadway. The romantic two-hander stars ensemble member Jon Michael Hill as Roland (CBS-TV's Elementary, Steppenwolf's Superior Donuts) and Jessie Fisher as Marianne (Once on Broadway, Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Othello). Constellations begins previews May 26, 2016 (Press/Opening night is Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30pm) and runs through July 3, 2016 in the Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. Tickets ($20 - $89; $35 tickets offered every Tuesday with code 'TUESDAYS') are available through Audience Services at 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's CONSTELLATIONSPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's CONSTELLATIONS
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Rehearsals are underway for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Chicago premiere production of CONSTELLATIONS, the 80-minute, award-winning hit by British playwright Nick Payne. Directed here by prolific Chicago director and Steppenwolf artistic producer Jonathan Berry, Constellations premiered at the Royal Court in London to rave reviews before transferring to the West End and Broadway. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

BWW Review: MATILDA, Not Everything It is Cracked Up To Be at State TheatreBWW Review: MATILDA, Not Everything It is Cracked Up To Be at State Theatre
by Roy Berko - May 9, 2016

Matilda Wormwood is a precocious five-year old who loves to read and has the ability to perform telekinesis. She also likes to meet life's obstacles. She comes from a family in which her father wanted a male child, so he calls her 'boy,' has a mother who didn't know she was pregnant and when Matilda came along was irritated because it interfered with Mrs. Wormwood entering dancing competitions and carrying on an affair with her dance instructor, and whose fellow students think she is odd because she likes school and knows all the answers. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THROUGH THE MILL at Southwark PlayhousePhoto 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...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Rossini's madcap comedy is guaranteed to send you out laughing and humming a tune. Count Almaviva is in love with the beautiful Rosina. Rosina is essentially being held captive by the slimy Bartolo, who wants to marry her himself. With the help of the barber Figaro, Almaviva and Rosina attempt to outwit Bartolo and live happily Ever After.  THE BARBER OF SEVILLE is the perfect introductory opera. It features recognizable music, comedic staging, fun costumes and a happy ending. You will love the amazing ensemble cast – which includes two former Resident Artists with tremendous personalities, Kevin Glavin and Jonathan Beyer – and the Pittsburgh debut of Michele Angelini, who has received superlative reviews around the world in his role. Antony Walker conducts. (more...)