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BWW Review: Jennifer Coy Jennings Dazzles in WILD HORSES BWW Review: Jennifer Coy Jennings Dazzles in WILD HORSES
by Frank Benge on November 19, 2017 in Austin

Allison Gregory's WILD HORSES is a wickedly funny examination of the heady early teenage years. It is a stunning one woman monologue about the struggle for identity, independence and authenticity. It delves deeply into youth's search to find where and how you fit in a complicated world. Set in the 70's, the play is about one summer that forever alters an adolescent girl, as related by her grown-up self. This is related as a complex bar story and yet is essentially timeless. WILD HORSES is a coming-of-age story for all genders and generations. This production is the 72nd Rolling World Premiere of the National New Play Network, an alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. WILD HORSES has already been produced in West Virginia and New York and will finish in New Jersey after the Austin production. (more...)
BWW Review: THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Celebrates the Songs of Kander and Ebb BWW Review: THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Celebrates the Songs of Kander and Ebb
by Frank Benge on November 18, 2017 in Austin

THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND is an award winning musical revue showcasing the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. It won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue. The revue takes its title from a tune the songwriting team wrote for Liza Minnelli to sing in the film New York, New York. The revue features a combination of upbeat, unfamiliar songs from the team's lesser known musicals: The Happy Time, The Rink, The Act, Flora the Red Menace, Kiss of the Spider Woman, 70 Girls 70, and others as well as their two blockbuster hits Cabaret and Chicago. The show is an eclectic collection of love songs, ballads, and witty comedic numbers. (more...)
BWW Review: CARMEN - Austin Opera's Stunning Masterpiece BWW Review: CARMEN - Austin Opera's Stunning Masterpiece
by Lynn Beaver on November 18, 2017 in Austin

Austin Opera continues its tradition of masterfully recreating classic operas with Bizet's CARMEN currently playing at The Long Center. (more...)
Excelsior! Comic Book Legend Stan Lee to Appear at Three Wizard World Comic Cons Excelsior! Comic Book Legend Stan Lee to Appear at Three Wizard World Comic Cons
by BWW News Desk on November 18, 2017 in Austin

Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher, today announced that he will make single-day, Today-only appearances at three Wizard World Comic Con events in the coming months. (more...)
Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards; Palace Playhouse Leads Theatre of the Year! Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards; Palace Playhouse Leads Theatre of the Year!
by BWW News Desk on November 17, 2017 in Austin

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)
Tickets Now On Sale for A DON'T HUG ME CHRISTMAS CAROL Tickets Now On Sale for A DON'T HUG ME CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk on November 16, 2017 in Austin

Tickets are now on sale for the musical comedy A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol , presented by the Hill Country Community Theatre. Reservations can be made by calling (830) 798-8944, online at www.theHCCT.org, or at the box office. (more...)
The Different Stages Season Begins with THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING The Different Stages Season Begins with THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING
by BWW News Desk on November 16, 2017 in Austin

It's 1945 in rural Georgia and the story follows Frankie Addams: a gangly tomboy suffering from pubescent yearnings and a sense of fretful isolation. Ignored by her widower father and excluded by the local girls, Frankie's only real friendships are with the family's maid, (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 11/17 - MARGARITAVILLE, LES MIS, WAITRESS and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 11/17 - MARGARITAVILLE, LES MIS, WAITRESS and More!
by BWW Special on November 17, 2017 in Austin

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature BIG FISH, SISTER ACT, HAND TO GOD and more! (more...)
BWW Review: UT Department of Theatre and Dance Casts A Spell with THE CRUCIBLE BWW Review: UT Department of Theatre and Dance Casts A Spell with THE CRUCIBLE
by Joni Lorraine on November 16, 2017 in Austin

Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE is powerful, infuriating and heartbreaking, and the UT Department of Theatre and Dance does a mighty job of doing his script justice. (more...)
BWW Review: ANON(YMOUS) but not unknown now playing at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX BWW Review: ANON(YMOUS) but not unknown now playing at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley on November 15, 2017 in Austin

Creating a show as captivating as Homer's Odyssey is no easy task. Playwright Naomi Lizuka attempts to capture the adventure and concept of home, while reimagining the long journey home as told in Homer's Odyssey. ANON(YMOUS), now playing at St. Edward's Mary Moody Theatre, is inspired by this ancient Greek work of art than it is an accurate retelling. As in the original epic poem, Odysseus travels far, clashing with many monsters and adversaries along the way. Anon, a young refugee also searching for his home, represents Odysseus in Lizuka's fresh take on this long journey. There are stark differences between the classic and this new version. A few obvious changes involve a swap for a mother to son relationship versus the classic loving wife relationship in the original story. The timeline in Homer's Odyssey is not relative in Lizuka's new telling. Years passing add more passion and drive to Odysseus' journey as he makes his way back to his wife, Penelope. Anon, however, passes through scenes, and different characters pay homage to the monsters originally faced but with a more relatable modern twist. For example, the seductress is a bartender with patrons whom oink like pigs. This is a clear reference to the original telling, but as quickly as Anon enters this scene, he runs away as fast as he can - apparently, he did not want to dance. In the original story, Odysseus spends much more time being tempted. As the similarities occur to the audience during the show, the difference in relative subject matter makes the connection to the audience more powerful. Tackling immigration, cultural diversity and sorrow, much more meaning is added, and people can relate to and learn something from the story. (more...)
CHRISTMAS BELLES, A Texas-Sized Holiday Comedy Opens in December CHRISTMAS BELLES, A Texas-Sized Holiday Comedy Opens in December
by BWW News Desk on November 14, 2017 in Austin

December in the Lone Star State the holiday treat Christmas Belles comes to Austin for The City Theatre Company's 2017 holiday season. When a church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control, there will be plenty of laughs in the soon to be classic southern comedy, authored by America's favorite writing trio Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. (more...)
BWW Review: I HATE HAMLET is Great Escapist Fun BWW Review: I HATE HAMLET is Great Escapist Fun
by Frank Benge on November 12, 2017 in Austin

I HATE HAMLET is a 1991 comedy by Paul Rudnick, who is best known as the author of Jeffrey and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. It is a supernatural fantasy inspired by the time when the playwright was living in an apartment in New York that was John Barrymore's old apartment. The play is a throwback to those classic fantasy comedies like Arsenic and Old Lace, Goodbye Charlie and Bell, Book and Candle. There's no real deep message here, just witty and fun escapist entertainment. (more...)
Hill Country Community Theatre Presents A DON'T HUG ME CHRISTMAS CAROL Hill Country Community Theatre Presents A DON'T HUG ME CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk on November 11, 2017 in Austin

A familiar cast of characters returns to the Hill Country Community Theatre. After last year's smash hit show, Don't Hug Me, the inhabitants of Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, will appear once more in the sequel, A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol, book and lyrics by playwright Phil Olson, music by Paul Olson. (more...)
BWW Review: ACT ONE An Epic Theatre Tale Beautifully Told BWW Review: ACT ONE An Epic Theatre Tale Beautifully Told
by Frank Benge on November 10, 2017 in Austin

ACT ONE is the story of famed playwright-director Moss Hart, from his poor Bronx beginnings to his first Broadway hit Once in a Lifetime. Hart's autobiography, considered by many to be the best book ever written about show business, has been stylishly adapted for the stage by James Lapine, Tony Award winning writer and director of Sondheim on Sondheim, Into The Woods and Falsettos, among others. Lapine has done a beautiful job translating Hart's sprawling book into a taut and entertaining evening of theatre...that is all about the theatre. This stage work has a great big heart and is ultimately funny, informative and touching. ACT ONE premiered on Broadway in 2014. (more...)
A MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Live Radio Show to Return to Round Rock Stage A MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Live Radio Show to Return to Round Rock Stage
by BWW News Desk on November 09, 2017 in Austin

Penfold Theatre Company presents A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast November 30 - December 23 at Old Settlers Hall, next door to Round Rock's 'Christmas Towne.' (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 11/10 - BIG FISH, SISTER ACT, HAND TO GOD and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 11/10 - BIG FISH, SISTER ACT, HAND TO GOD and More!
by BWW Special on November 10, 2017 in Austin

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature BIG FISH, SISTER ACT, HAND TO GOD and more! (more...)
BWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be BWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be
by Gil Kaan on November 09, 2017 in Austin

Conductor extraordinaire John Mauceri, at 72 years young, has the memory of a straight-A college kid vividly recalling detailed facts of incidents long ago right off the top of his head. The go-to expert on all subjects Leonard Bernstein, John will be conducting BERNSTEIN ON STAGE at the Valley Performing Arts Center (The Soraya) November 17, 2017. John most graciously chatted on the phone with me for an hour from his New York home after just returning from Mexico. (more...)
Cast Announced for ZACH Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Cast Announced for ZACH Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk on November 08, 2017 in Austin

Austin's most rockin' holiday tradition is back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row. A Christmas Carol plays on stage in the Topfer Theatre November 22 December 31, 2017 with HARVEY GUION returning to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. ZACH Theatre's A Christmas Carol combines new hit songs and reimagined carols with traditional Victorian setting and costumes. (more...)
BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Makes A Brief Appearance in Lakeway, TX. BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Makes A Brief Appearance in Lakeway, TX.
by Amy Bradley on November 08, 2017 in Austin

Lakeway Activity Center plays host to Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's fantastic musical comedy INTO THE WOODs. Beginning with the words, Once upon a time , the combination of twisted fairytales that follow, present moral lessons for all ages to enjoy. Pulling premises from the stories of Rapunzel, Jack and the Bean Stock, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella, our characters collide in the woods attempting to fulfill their dreams, or more specifically, their wish. The wish of the village's baker and his wife tie these tales together. Years before our story begins, the bakers neighbor, The Witch, placed a curse on the baker's family to always be a barren one leaving the baker and his wife unable to have children. (more...)
Texas State Production of 'WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT...' to Examine African Genocide Texas State Production of 'WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT...' to Examine African Genocide
by BWW News Desk on November 09, 2017 in Austin

Texas State University's Department of Theatre and Dance will stage We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German S dwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915, running Today, November 9, through Sunday, November 12. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at THE SEAFARER at The City Theatre Austin Photo Flash: First Look at THE SEAFARER at The City Theatre Austin
by BWW News Desk on November 08, 2017 in Austin

Continuing the fall 2017 season, City Theatre Austin presents the Austin premiere play THE SEAFAER, written by celebrated playwright Conor McPherson. The production runs three weeks at City Theatre, November 8th 26th. City Theatre will also be presenting FREE NIGHT OF THEATRE with the Wednesday, November 15th performance. The show information and dates are below. (more...)
Voting Now Open For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards! Voting Now Open For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards!
by BWW News Desk on November 07, 2017 in Austin

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)
Theatre Synesthesia to Present New Play THE BRUTES by Casey Wimpee Theatre Synesthesia to Present New Play THE BRUTES by Casey Wimpee
by BWW News Desk on November 07, 2017 in Austin

Theatre Synesthesia presents the world premiere of Casey Wimpee's new play, 'The Brutes.' (more...)
Evergreen Bellamy Brothers Hit 'Let Your Love Flow' Featured in Tom Cruise Film Evergreen Bellamy Brothers Hit 'Let Your Love Flow' Featured in Tom Cruise Film
by BWW News Desk on November 07, 2017 in Austin

The evergreen Bellamy Brothers hit song, 'Let Your Love Flow,' written by Larry Wilson, was featured in AMERICAN MADE, a major release from Universal Pictures this year, with the duo taking their eponymously titled tour to Africa later this month. (more...)
Broadway's Leading Lady Mamie Parris Inspires Thousands to Follow Their Dreams Broadway's Leading Lady Mamie Parris Inspires Thousands to Follow Their Dreams
by Kyle Christopher West on November 06, 2017 in Austin

Broadway's Leading Lady, Mamie Parris will teach and perform with top theatre students in the state of Texas during the annual Texas Thespians State Festival in November. Nearly 8,000 high school theatre students will emerge on Dallas, Texas to attend the Festival. The festival is currently the second largest state gathering of high school theatre students in the United States. (more...)