Andrea Stephenson

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BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On HerrBWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On Herr
Posted: May. 26, 2018


BWW Interview: Ashleigh Thompson And Emily Perzan of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Dutch Apple Dinner TheatreBWW Interview: Ashleigh Thompson And Emily Perzan of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Posted: Jun. 19, 2018


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BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Theatre HarrisburgBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Theatre Harrisburg
Posted: Apr. 27, 2018


BWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE at Theatre HarrisburgBWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE at Theatre Harrisburg
Posted: Jan. 20, 2018


BWW Interview: Chad-Alan Carr And Lindsay Bretz-Morgan of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On HerrBWW Interview: Chad-Alan Carr And Lindsay Bretz-Morgan of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On Herr
Posted: May. 22, 2018


BWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Open Stage Of HarrisburgBWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
Posted: Feb. 17, 2018


BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner TheatreBWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Posted: Feb. 11, 2018


BWW Interview: Andrea Unger, Lydia McCleary, Sara Youcheff, Jessica Crowe of JANE EYRE at DreamWrights Center For Community ArtsBWW Interview: Andrea Unger, Lydia McCleary, Sara Youcheff, Jessica Crowe of JANE EYRE at DreamWrights Center For Community Arts
Posted: Feb. 3, 2018


BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On HerrBWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On Herr
Posted: May. 26, 2018


BWW Interview: Ashleigh Thompson And Emily Perzan of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Dutch Apple Dinner TheatreBWW Interview: Ashleigh Thompson And Emily Perzan of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
June 19, 2018


BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On HerrBWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On Herr
May 26, 2018

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, takes audiences on a journey. It's a journey of love, loss, betrayal, and acceptance. There is no such thing as the fourth wall in this show-this rock musical's audience is also the audience for the band Hedwig and the Angry Inch. As Hedwig performs she shares her story through word and song. After having the opportunity to hear from Chad-Alan Carr and Lindsay Bretz-Morgan about their experience performing Hedwig and the Angry Inch at HMAC, I had the chance to actually experience it for myself. And what an experience it is.

BWW Interview: Chad-Alan Carr And Lindsay Bretz-Morgan of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On HerrBWW Interview: Chad-Alan Carr And Lindsay Bretz-Morgan of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On Herr
May 22, 2018

If you're looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend, check out Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This rock musical tells a story written by John Cameron Mitchell through the lyrics and music of Stephen Trask. Originally performed off-Broadway, the story touches on a wide range of themes and emotions to engage and challenge the audience. Hedwig and the Angry Inch comes to Harrisburg this Memorial Day weekend. Put together a live band, amazing acting, and breath-taking vocals, and this will be a show you do not want to miss. This production, at HMAC Stage on Herr stars Chad-Alan Carr as Hedwig and Lindsay Bretz-Morgan as Yitzhak.

BWW Interview: Bruce Moore of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. at Gettysburg Community TheatreBWW Interview: Bruce Moore of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. at Gettysburg Community Theatre
May 7, 2018

Beauty and the Beast, Jr. opened at Gettysburg Community Theatre on April 27th with a wonderfully talented cast of children and teens. With just one weekend left to see this family-friendly show, Broadway World had an opportunity to gain some perspective on this production from director Bruce Moore.

BWW Interview: Kathleen Carter of GREASE at Dutch Apple Dinner TheatreBWW Interview: Kathleen Carter of GREASE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
May 2, 2018

The film version of Grease celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and many of us probably still picture John Travolta and Olivia Newton John when we think about this show. First appearing on stage in 1971, Grease enjoyed an eight-year run on Broadway, two revivals, and of course many community theatre and school performances over the years. I even performed in Grease at my high school during my junior year. This iconic musical, which follows the lives, loves, and heartbreaks of a group of high school students in the 1950s, takes the stage at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre May 3-June 17. Kathleen Carter, who portrays Rizzo, took a few moments to give us some insight into the production.

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Theatre HarrisburgBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Theatre Harrisburg
April 27, 2018

Hairspray originally opened on Broadway in 2002. The stage musical by Marc Shaiman, Mark O'Donnell, Thomas Meehan, and Scott Whittman, is based on the 1988 film written and directed by John Waters. The show takes place in 1962 in Baltimore and follows the story of teenager Tracy Turnblad. In many ways, Tracy is a typical teenager-longing for fame, wanting to be accepted, falling in love. But Hairspray is about more than teenage drama. It explores racism, segregation, integration, fat shaming, standards of beauty, and controversial relationships. Theatre Harrisburg's Hairspray opened at the Whitaker Center on April 26, 2018.

BWW Review: CURTAINS at Oyster Mill PlayhouseBWW Review: CURTAINS at Oyster Mill Playhouse
April 22, 2018

Curtains by John Kander, Fred Ebb, Rupert Holmes, and Peter Stone is a murder mystery wrapped up in the trappings of a romantic comedy. When it premiered at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, Curtains received mixed reviews. However, in 2007 the show opened on Broadway and received eight Tony Award nominations. Curtains presents the audience with a show within a show. This musical whodunit explores the lives, loves, and lies of the cast and crew of a musical called 'Robbin' Hood' who find themselves suspects in a murder investigation when their leading lady is killed backstage. The curtains opened on Curtains at Oyster Mill Playhouse on April 20, 2018.

BWW Interview: Kevin Alvarnaz of BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA at DreamWrightsBWW Interview: Kevin Alvarnaz of BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA at DreamWrights
April 10, 2018

I remember reading Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson in fifth grade. It was one of my favorite Newbery Award winning books because of its themes of friendship and acceptance and its very real exploration of loss and grief. The book was published in 1977 and won the Newbery Award in 1978. Over the years the book has been plagued by censorship for a number of reasons-promoting secular humanism, questioning Christianity, using borderline offensive language, and portraying the death of a child. In the story, two children, Jesse and Leslie, become friends after Jesse loses a race to Leslie. Leslie loves to read, and Jesse loves to draw. Together they create an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia where they can be themselves and escape from the bullies at school and the tediousness of chores.

BWW Interview: Cast And Director of COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES at Open Stage Of HarrisburgBWW Interview: Cast And Director of COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
April 9, 2018

Karen, Ruch, director of Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties at Open Stage Harrisburg, comments, 'It's interesting that the Urban Dictionary explains that 'a betty epitomizes a modern day queen, commonly associated with increased levels of self-worth (because she continues to create it). She has the power and agency to be irresistibly sexy and feminine minutes after effortlessly emasculating a mere dozen men with her intellect and ability to deliver. She is educated, deep, witty, simple and young-hearted. She is naturally beautiful, honest, brave, loyal and nurturing. She is the whole package; balanced, quirky, open-minded, complex and flawed. She can be raw with her words, and gentle with her touch. She is soulful, connected and driven. A modern day triple-threat, go-getter. Most commonly found being creative. An entrepreneur, wife, mother, daughter, sister, girlfriend.'

BWW Interview: Jaci Keagy of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at The Belmont TheatreBWW Interview: Jaci Keagy of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at The Belmont Theatre
April 6, 2018


BWW Interview: Stuart Landon of THE FLICK at Open Stage Of HarrisburgBWW Interview: Stuart Landon of THE FLICK at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
March 19, 2018

Technology and our experience of entertainment go hand-in-hand. I remember watching movies on VHS tapes, seeing actual slides in classes in school, and saving computer documents on floppy disks. The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama, The Flick by Annie Baker, is set in a movie theatre that is one of the last that still shows 35mm films. Being born in 1980, I fall into the last year of Generation X-part of that weird gap in between Gen X and Millennials that some have called Xennial. I learned how to type on a typewriter in high school, I know how exciting it was to hear 'you've got mail' and the frustration of waiting for a dial-up modem (not to mention the fact that if someone wanted to make a phone call you couldn't be on-line). Our phones had cords and you actually talked into them. And if you wanted to watch a movie at home you rented a VHS tape from Blockbuster. Many of us have experienced the transitions brought about by changes in technology. This is just one of the real-life themes that The Flick explores. This show will be performed by Open Stage Harrisburg at Midtown Cinema. Broadway World spoke with the director, Stuart Landon to learn more about this award-winning play.

BWW Interview: Kira Galindo of SHOW BOAT at Dutch Apple Dinner TheatreBWW Interview: Kira Galindo of SHOW BOAT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
March 16, 2018

Show Boat was first performed on Broadway in 1927 at the Ziegfield Theatre. The musical is based on a novel by Edna Ferber. Show boats, boats that traveled up and down rivers to perform at different towns along the river, are a real part of Americana from the 1800s and early 1900s, but they went out of fashion with the growth of the film industry. Ferber actually spent several days on a show boat in 1924 where she compiled research for her book. At the time, the most popular performing arts pieces were light comedies by vaudeville writers. Show Boat broke the mold with its focus on historical accuracy, realism, and foray into social issues. Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre will be bringing Show Boat to Central PA, and Broadway World had the opportunity to interview Kira Galindo, who will be performing the role of Julie.

BWW Interview: Caitlin Graci of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Theatre HarrisburgBWW Interview: Caitlin Graci of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Theatre Harrisburg
February 22, 2018

A modern take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, I Love You Because first opened in 2006. What started as a grad project at NYU became a hit off-Broadway, and it is now about to open on the Krevsky Center stage at Theatre Harrisburg. With music by Joshua Salzman and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham, this musical explores relationships from breakups to rebounds, from friends to lovers and the many foibles that we often experience in the modern dating world. Broadway World had the opportunity to sit down with Caitlin Graci, director of I Love You Because at Theatre Harrisburg, and to take a sneak peek at their upcoming production.

BWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Open Stage Of HarrisburgBWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
February 17, 2018

Akeelah and the Bee was first seen on the big screen in 2006. Written and directed by Doug Atchison, the film follows the journey of a young girl, Akeelah Anderson, who overcomes a variety of challenges to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The film was adapted for the stage by playwright Cheryl West and first appeared on stage in 2015. This inspiring, family-friendly show is directed by Sharia Benn and Stuart Landon and produced in partnership with Sankofa African American Theatre Company at Open Stage Harrisburg. In a fitting introduction not only to Sankofa African American Theatre Company but also to Akeelah and the Bee, Sharia Benn stated that our community, our nation, and our world need opportunities like the ones presented by theatre to 'understand that even though we are different, we are so much the same.'

BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner TheatreBWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
February 11, 2018

In 2006, Ring of Fire, conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby, Jr. appeared for the first time on Broadway. Its Broadway run was short-lived, but a revised version of it has found popularity in the theatre world, particularly in an intimate setting where the audience can find themselves swept up in the story told by Cash's music.

BWW Interview: Andrea Unger, Lydia McCleary, Sara Youcheff, Jessica Crowe of JANE EYRE at DreamWrights Center For Community ArtsBWW Interview: Andrea Unger, Lydia McCleary, Sara Youcheff, Jessica Crowe of JANE EYRE at DreamWrights Center For Community Arts
February 3, 2018

Free and self-reliant, the title character of Jane Eyre has been studied in English and Literature classes for many years. Charlotte Bronte's novel was published in 1847 and, with its elements of social critique, explorations of morality and classism, and hints toward modern feminism, Jane Eyre has found its rightful place in the canon of classic literature. Today you can find adaptations of the classic novel on the screen and stage. At DreamWrights Center for Community Arts in York, Jane Eyre comes to life on the main stage. As one of the cast members noted, 'It's definitely different from the book and any of the movies.' I had the opportunity to speak with three of the actors and the guest director prior to seeing the show. Keep reading to get a behind-the-scenes look at Jane Eyre from the perspective of these actors as well as some tidbits from my experience of opening night.

BWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE at Theatre HarrisburgBWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE at Theatre Harrisburg
January 20, 2018

God of Carnage sounds like it could be the next Quentin Tarantino film. While there is a lack of actual physical carnage, Yasmina Reza's satire peels back the layers of forced civility, conventions of politeness, and good intentions. Underneath these layers God of Carnage illuminates humanity's constant struggle against baser instincts. This 2009 Tony Award winning play was described by the New York Times as 'a study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct.'