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BWW Reviews: ARB at McCarter Theatre - A Perfect Showcase
by Patrick Kennedy - Mar 17, 2014

It's been a long, drowsy winter--though if you're a dance buff, the American Repertory Ballet has put together the perfect showcase to jolt you out of hibernation. Starting with the magnificent melodrama Firebird, and following up with the warm-season works Afternoon of a Faun and Rite of Spring, the troupe took the stage at Princeton's McCarter Theatre just this past week. The program was a celebration of dance both new and old--the world premiere of Douglas Martin's Firebird choreography, no less--a revisitation of the balletic past that was taut, nimble, and modern in about the right measure. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Danceworks' A SOLDIER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2014

DanceWorks, Toronto's longest-running contemporary dance series now in its 37th season, proudly presents the world premiere of A Soldier's Tale, a powerful dance theatre work choreographed and directed by Signal Theatre Artistic Director Michael Greyeyes that probes probes the effect of war. Scroll down for pictures from the production! (more...)

Photo Coverage: New 'Granny' Annie Potts Takes First Bow in PIPPIN!
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Jan 22, 2014

Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Annie Potts ('Designing Women,' God of Carnage) just assumed the role of 'Berthe' in the production yesterday, January 21, 2014. BroadwayWorld was there for her first official curtain call and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Annie Potts in PIPPIN on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Annie Potts ('Designing Women,' God of Carnage) will assume the role of 'Berthe' in the production beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2014 and we've got a first look at her in the show! (more...)

by Guest Blogger: Tony Isbell - Jan 19, 2014

Tech week. That point in rehearsal where all the "technical" elements are added on to the work the actors have been doing for weeks. Tech week. That point in rehearsal where the director's focus inevitably shifts from what is going on with the actors to what is going on around and above and behind them. (more...)

BWW Blog: Michael Milligan of Off-Broadway's MERCY KILLERS - Pinocchio on the Fringe
by Guest Blogger: Michael Milligan - Dec 16, 2013

Taking Mercy Killers to the Edinburgh Fringe was a last minute idea. I wanted to keep the show going and had been to the Fringe as a kid with the Columbus Children's Theater. It was a truly formative experience, and I always wanted to go back. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LUCE, a Compelling, Thought-Provoking Probe into Reality
by Roy Berko - Nov 11, 2013

Lincoln Center is the largest contiguous performing arts center in the United States. Included in the complex are concert, dance, education, commercial and theatre spaces. The newest venue is the Claire Tow Theatre, a two-story, 23,000 square-foot space built on the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The space includes the theatre, rehearsal and office space, and a lobby that opens onto an outdoor terrace surrounded by a new green roof with views of the rejuvenated Lincoln Center Plaza. (more...)

by Marina Kennedy - Sep 19, 2013

John Biguenet's wrote 'Rising Water Trilogy' based on his experience with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Metropolitan area audiences will share Biguenet's very personal understanding of the effect of natural disasters in these readings. (more...)

BWW Blog: Adam Brandner - Turning up the Spectacle: How to Dazzle on a Minimal Budget
by Guest Blogger: Adam Brandner - Sep 8, 2013

"No man is an island." John Donne is famous for this adage but unfortunately Mr. Donne clearly wasn't a theatre teacher. Drama directors can most definitely be islands. Most theatre directors do not just simply direct. As the theatre director at my campus in Houston, I am a one-man department. My job as director quickly morphs into artistic director, producer, light/set/sound/costume/make-up designer, construction guru, stage manager, and bookkeeper to name a few sub titles. I am very fortunate to have a very supportive administration and teaching staff that is willing to help out whenever asked, but not everyone has that. It can be hard, then, to put on a show high in spectacle when there are only 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. I feel very schizophrenic when the designers in me dissect a script and start planning big and then another voice in my head (The Bookkeeper) pulls me back down to earth and shows me my budget. I am lucky to have a very nice budget, but I would need thousands upon thousands to pull off my best-case scenario. I have to make smart, economical choices when planning my annual one act play for competition. However, I've learned you can sprinkle a little spectacle in small doses here and there to pump up your program. In this article, I'd like to explore ways to give the illusion of a big budget when you are working with little to nothing. There are ways to "give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle" without breaking the bank. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Pinter's NO MAN'S LAND Sublime at Berkeley Rep
by Linda Hodges - Aug 13, 2013

Berkeley Rep's discerning theatre patrons, long accustomed to high caliber performances and superior productions, were thoroughly beguiled and delighted with the special pre-Broadway presentation of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land. Starring renowned actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, anticipation was naturally high for their performances - not to mention those of Tony Award winners Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley - and no one left the theater disappointed. Ladies and gentlemen, Berkeley Rep has once again raised the bar. Playing for a limited engagement through August 31, No Man's Land is a formidable piece, rich with comedy while at the same time rife with menace and it is simply sublime. (more...)

BWW Interviews: James Rocco and the Ordway's BROADWAY SONGBOOK: Cole Porter
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Apr 26, 2013

James Rocco is the vice president of programming and producing artistic director of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minn. He is also the director, host and a performer in the Ordway's latest edition of BROADWAY SONGBOOK, this time, focusing on American musical theatre master, Cole Porter. I recently sat down to learn about James, the BROADWAY SONGBOOK: Cole Porter and what's next for the theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mesa Encore Theatre's NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2013

Mesa Encore Theatre presents its fourth show of the 76th season with the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL at the Mesa Arts Center, running now through February 3, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show in the photos below! (more...)

by Roy Berko - Dec 1, 2012

What does an airheaded, "good" girl from Beaverton Jesuit High School do when she wants to be a Dallas Cowgirl professional football team cheerleader, and she gets accepted, but doesn't have the money to get from Oklahoma to the big city? She and her cheerleading friends, of course, turn to prostitution. That, at least is the premise of the classic porn flick DEBBIE DOES DALLAS, as well as the musical based on that flick. The latter is now on stage at Blank Canvas. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Syracuse Stage's THE BROTHERS SIZE thru 5/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2012

Performances of The Brothers Size began April 18 and will continue through May 12 in the Storch Theatre at Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee Street. Tickets range $18-$50 and are available at the Syracuse Stage Box Office, 315-443-3275 or Check out photos from the production below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Red Branch Theatre Company's NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2012

Red Branch Theatre Company is the first organization in Columbia to premiere NEXT TO NORMAL. The show runs on select dates from April 6th through April 22nd at Drama Learning Center in Columbia. (more...)

Photo Flash: Workshop Theater and Foolish Theatre Present HA!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2012

HA! is a trio of Rich Orloff's one-act comedies. The three plays have had a total of over 300 productions in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Each of the three comedies has been published in the annual Best American Short Plays anthology. Check out the production photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: NYCDAF's Destiny Rising Benefit - Performance Shots!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2012

The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation (NYCDAF) celebrated its first anniversary at The Joyce Theater with a dazzling evening of dance artistry "Destiny Rising" featuring outstanding NYCDA alumni, the dynamic choreography of NYCDA faculty and special guest performances by stars of prominent dance companies all to benefit the NYCDAF College Scholarship Program. (more...)

Photo Flash: NYCDAF's Destiny Rising Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2012

The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation (NYCDAF) celebrated its first anniversary at The Joyce Theater with a dazzling evening of dance artistry "Destiny Rising" featuring outstanding NYCDA alumni, the dynamic choreography of NYCDA faculty and special guest performances by stars of prominent dance companies all to benefit the NYCDAF College Scholarship Program. (more...)

Photo Flash: CityRep presents NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) continues their Tenth Anniversary Season with the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL, with Music by Tom Kitt and Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey. (more...)

Photo Flash: Clowns Full-Tilt Plays La MaMa
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2011

La MaMa presents Clowns Ex Machina in the World Premiere of Clowns Full-Tilt: A Musing on Aesthetics, created and directed by Kendall Cornell. (more...)