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BWW Blog: Molly Garner of BIG FISH - One Final NoteBWW Blog: Molly Garner of BIG FISH - One Final Note
by Guest Blogger: Molly Garner - Nov 3, 2014

Big Fish officially opens this Saturday, November 1st. I'm surprised to find myself both happy and sad. I'm thrilled that we're opening, of course. The show is terrific, and I can't wait for audiences to see it. Very few people know Big Fish, so we get to perform for people who have no preconceptions of the show. They have a wonderful surprise awaiting them. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: NTI Alumni Company - The Debate SocietyBWW Exclusive: NTI Alumni Company - The Debate Society
by National Theater Institute - Nov 3, 2014

These are just some of the ways NTI students have responded to working with our alumni company, The Debate Society. The Debate Society is an Obie Award winning, Brooklyn based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos (writer/performer/NTI Fall '98), Paul Thureen (writer/performer/ NTI Fall '98/ MATS '00), and Oliver Butler (director/developer). The company specializes unexpected stories set in supremely intricate, vividly theatrical worlds. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jon Drake of DIRTY DANCING National Tour - Busy WeekBWW Blog: Jon Drake of DIRTY DANCING National Tour - Busy Week
by Guest Blogger: Jon Drake - Oct 2, 2014

Hi all! (more...)

BWW Reviews: No Bombs Greet This Version of HAIR - Just Heat and a Simulation of the EraBWW Reviews: No Bombs Greet This Version of HAIR - Just Heat and a Simulation of the Era
by Roy Berko - Sep 8, 2014

Theatre is representative of the era from which it comes. Seeing a play that reflects a specific time period can reveal the cultural attitudes of the people and society of that period. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The 2014 FIESTA MELODRAMA Delivers Good, Old-Fashioned FunBWW Reviews: The 2014 FIESTA MELODRAMA Delivers Good, Old-Fashioned Fun
by Anya Sebastian - Aug 26, 2014

The Santa Fe Playhouse is the oldest, continuously running community theater west of the Mississippi and summer would not be complete without its production of the FIESTA MELODRAMA. First performed in 1919 and reinvented each year by an anonymous group of local writers, the melodrama has established itself as a good natured, satirical send-up of some of the most noteworthy personalities, eccentricities and scandals in the City Different during the previous twelve months. (more...)

BWW Reviews: It's a Choppy RIDE with Some Interesting People at None Too FragileBWW Reviews: It's a Choppy RIDE with Some Interesting People at None Too Fragile
by Roy Berko - Aug 19, 2014

Eric Lane is a prolific and prize winning playwright. His plays include 'Times of War,' 'Filming O'Keefe,' 'Floating,' and 'Dancing on Checkers' Grave.' Never heard of them? You are not alone. In spite of his recognition for writing some episodes for TV's 'Ryan's Hope,' his scripts are not on the list of the most published plays. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Promises Comedy Tonight and Delivers it Full ForceBWW Reviews: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Promises Comedy Tonight and Delivers it Full Force
by Shari Barrett - Jul 25, 2014

When I heard The Aerospace Players were going to present A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, I almost decided not to see it as I have seen it twice before and never really understood why the show was just not as funny as it ought to be. Now I know why - those other shows did not have Darrell Clark playing Pseudolus and he made all the difference! Clark's abundant physicality added so much more to the crazy humor of the show that even the silliest jokes seemed new and fresh, generating lots of laughs and when appropriate, sufficient groans. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Lots of Versatility, and a Dash of Controversy, in SIGMAR POLKE: ALIBISBWW Reviews: Lots of Versatility, and a Dash of Controversy, in SIGMAR POLKE: ALIBIS
by Patrick Kennedy - Jun 30, 2014

In a major retrospective, the Museum of Modern Art examines the career of Sigmar Polke, a German artist who worked in breathtakingly different mediums and styles. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Grand and Glorious CHAMBERLAIN Stirs the HeartBWW Reviews: Grand and Glorious CHAMBERLAIN Stirs the Heart
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 27, 2014

Maine State Music Theatre's second production of the season, a revival of the Knapp-Alper 1996 musical Chamberlain A Civil War Romance, proves to be a grand and glorious theatrical experience, an endeavor of epic proportions that delivers spectacle, emotion, and inspiration in equal measure. Spanning more than fifty years in the life of Brunswick's legendary Civil War hero, Maine governor, and Bowdoin college president, Joshua L. Chamberlain, and focusing on his relationship with his passionate, mercurial wife, Fannie Adams, the musical, in this brilliantly executed new production, directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, offers both epic sweep and touching intimacy. Large in musical and dramatic scale, lavish in production values, and cast with a first rate ensemble of singing-actors, Chamberlain dazzles the ear and eye and warms the heart. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Sarah Knapp and Steven M. Alper Revisit ChamberlainBWW Interviews: Sarah Knapp and Steven M. Alper Revisit Chamberlain
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 23, 2014

I sat there alone on the storied crest, till the sun went down as it did before over the misty hills, and the darkness crept up the slopes, till from all earthly sight I was buried as with those before. But oh, what radiant companionship rose around, what steadfast ranks of power, what bearing of heroic souls. Oh, the glory that beamed through those days and nights. Nobody will ever know it here! - I am Sorry most of all for that! The proud young valor that rose above the mortal, and then at last was mortal after all.... When she read these lines written by Civil War hero and Maine Legend Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain more than eighteen years ago, lyricist/ book writer Sarah Knapp became convinced that she and her husband composer Steven M. Alper had to write their 'memory play.' The musical, commissioned by Charles Abbott, then Artistic Director of Maine State Music Theatre, became one of the greatest successes in the company's history, selling out before it even opened - ('it was the only show where they were scalping tickets on the lawn,' Knapp recalls). Now almost two decades later, Chamberlain A Civil War Romance will receive its first new production since that world premiere in 1996, once again at the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, the hometown of Chamberlain and his wife Fannie. Speaking with the composer and writer just days before the opening, they shared their palpable excitement at the prospect of this revival. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A MAP OF VIRTUE Confounds at Convergence ContinuumBWW Reviews: A MAP OF VIRTUE Confounds at Convergence Continuum
by Roy Berko - Jun 23, 2014

Every once in a while a theatrical production results in a 'what is going on?' and 'why is time and energy being wasted on this?' reaction. Such is the case with 'A Map of Virtue' now on stage at convergence continuum. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WOMEN Lovingly Blends and Mashes Alcott's LITTLE WOMEN and HBO's GIRLSBWW Reviews: WOMEN Lovingly Blends and Mashes Alcott's LITTLE WOMEN and HBO's GIRLS
by Shari Barrett - Jun 11, 2014

Jo March really thinks she could be the voice of her generation….or at least, a voice of a generation in WOMEN, the record-breaking hit from #Serials @ The Flea Theater, fresh off its sold out run in NYC, which is now at The Hollywood Fringe Festival, directed by Stephanie Ward. This fast-paced comedy is a mash up of Louisa May Alcott's classic, 'Little Women' and HBO's critically acclaimed 'Girls' delivering a smartly crafted and hilarious 55 minute show. (more...)

BWW Blog: Sean Patrick Doyle of Paper Mill's GREASE - Astaire AwardsBWW Blog: Sean Patrick Doyle of Paper Mill's GREASE - Astaire Awards
by Guest Blogger: Sean Patrick Doyle - Jun 10, 2014

Less than twenty four hours after celebrating the opening of Grease at Paper Mill, we found ourselves back in tech! This time, our sleepy cast was standing on the deck of the sparkling Skirball Center, preparing to honor Pat Birch at this year's Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. Birch is, of course, the five-time Tony Award nominee and two-time Emmy Award-winning choreographer who staged the musical numbers for original Broadway production of Grease, and both subsequent films. At the Astaire Awards, she was being honored with the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Jewish Museum Revisits Post-Modern Breakthroughs with OTHER PRIMARY STRUCTURESBWW Reviews: The Jewish Museum Revisits Post-Modern Breakthroughs with OTHER PRIMARY STRUCTURES
by Patrick Kennedy - May 5, 2014

An 'exhibition about an exhibition,' OTHER PRIMARY STRUCTURES both puts a new spin on a defining moment in modern sculpture and achieves entertaining experiences all its own. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE GOOD BODY is Girl Talk with a MessageBWW Reviews: THE GOOD BODY is Girl Talk with a Message
by Anya Sebastian - Apr 28, 2014

THE GOOD BODY, performed for one night only at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, is Eve Ensler's younger, less well-known companion piece to THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. It follows a similar format - a series of monologues told by a cast of women from a representative cross section of races, backgrounds and nationalities. But this time, rather than focusing on just one (previously taboo) part of the female anatomy, Ensler has broadened her scope to take on the entire female form. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Chekhov Meets Fellini in WHITE MARRIAGE at The OdysseyBWW Reviews: Chekhov Meets Fellini in WHITE MARRIAGE at The Odyssey
by Shari Barrett - Apr 13, 2014

Set in Poland circa 1890, WHITE MARRIAGE is a surreal and erotic coming-of-age fairytale that follows a young girl's poignant emergence into womanhood and frightened resistance to her impending marriage. Two sisters, sensitive Bianca (Kate Dalton) and precocious Pauline (Emily Goss), are on the verge of adulthood. Bianca is betrothed to Benjamin (Austin Rogers) and the preparations for her imminent wedding send the girls into a flurry of excitement and confusion. (more...)

FIRST LOOK: Bailey Mason Journeys From Sex Worker to Healer in HOOKED, Opening 4/27FIRST LOOK: Bailey Mason Journeys From Sex Worker to Healer in HOOKED, Opening 4/27
by Shari Barrett - Apr 11, 2014

Every once in a while an extraordinary story and performer comes along where we can explore the human condition from a new perspective. Such a performer is Bailey Mason and such a show is !HOOKED which blends wacky yet real comedy with episodes of somber events from Bailey's life. She is a strong person who has experienced more than she would have wanted, but came out better for it in the end. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with THESE APRIL FOOLISH THINGSBWW Reviews: Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with THESE APRIL FOOLISH THINGS
by Shari Barrett - Apr 7, 2014

On the first Sunday of each month, Bruce Kimmel's Kritzerland Records' presents a supper club musical cabaret at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal in NoHo. Sunday, April 6, 2014, the group celebrated its two-year anniversary with THESE APRIL FOOLISH THINGS with not only foolish songs but ones having to do with Spring or the month of April in general. (more...)

BWW Blog: Sherz Aletaha of Off-Broadway's DISASTER! - Come Play With Us!BWW Blog: Sherz Aletaha of Off-Broadway's DISASTER! - Come Play With Us!
by Guest Blogger: Sherz Aletaha - Feb 10, 2014

BroadwayWorld, so much to tell you! First, I'll start with what's happening this week. On Thursday, 2/13, the cast is heading to Broadway Sessions. Yippee hooray! 'What's Broadway Sessions?' Thanks for asking, friend. Let me tell you all about it. The wonderfully talented, Ben Cameron, hosts a variety hour/open mic on Thursday evenings at the Laurie Beechman. It usually features certain performers from the musical theatre world and this week, we're up! The 'Disaster!' cast will be there after our show, and we hope you'll come hang out with us (and even get in on the fun and sing too!). Head towww.broadwaysessions.net for all of the info. If you really love us, you'll come to Disaster! at 7pm and then continue the fun by heading down the street to the Beechman. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PORGY AND BESS Enthralls at the PalaceBWW Reviews: PORGY AND BESS Enthralls at the Palace
by Roy Berko - Feb 6, 2014

It might surprise many to find that the original 1935 Broadway production of 'PORGY AND BESS' ran only 124 performances. The reasons were many including the all Black cast, some of the overtones of the script were perceived by some to be 'too Negro,' the opera format was considered 'not Broadway,' while some railed that it 'had racial overtones.' Other suppositions were that the heavy dependence of a strong story line was not a familiar format during the era of escapist comedies, follies and vaudeville. Not to be overlooked was the fact that the production lasted four hours, with two intermissions. (more...)

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