Andrea Stephenson

Andrea Stephenson


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BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Open Stage Of HarrisburgBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
Posted: Dec. 2, 2018


BWW Review: Gettysburg Community Theatre Penguin Project's THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Eichelberger Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: Gettysburg Community Theatre Penguin Project's THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center
Posted: Nov. 18, 2018


BWW Review: BITE SIZE: AN EVENING OF MINIATURE THEATRE at The Trick 'R TreatersBWW Review: BITE SIZE: AN EVENING OF MINIATURE THEATRE at The Trick 'R Treaters
Posted: Nov. 17, 2018


BWW Review: EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) at Gamut Theatre GroupBWW Review: EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) at Gamut Theatre Group
Posted: Dec. 8, 2018


BWW Interview: Chad-Alan Carr, Natalie Hurwitch, Maddie Greco, Ella Scott, Leah Watson, And TJ Williams of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Gettysburg Community TheatreBWW Interview: Chad-Alan Carr, Natalie Hurwitch, Maddie Greco, Ella Scott, Leah Watson, And TJ Williams of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Gettysburg Community Theatre
Posted: Nov. 12, 2018


BWW Interview: Theresa Walker, Timothe Bittle, And Alicia McGinty of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Dutch Apple Dinner TheatreBWW Interview: Theresa Walker, Timothe Bittle, And Alicia McGinty of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Posted: Nov. 14, 2018


BWW Feature: Photos of PERICLES PRINCE OF TYRE at Gamut Theatre GroupBWW Feature: Photos of PERICLES PRINCE OF TYRE at Gamut Theatre Group
Posted: Nov. 15, 2018


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


BWW Review: CARRIE THE MUSICAL at Open Stage Of HarrisburgBWW Review: CARRIE THE MUSICAL at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
Posted: Sep. 30, 2018


BWW Review: NEWSIES at Theatre HarrisburgBWW Review: NEWSIES at Theatre Harrisburg
Posted: Nov. 3, 2018


BWW Review: KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Theatre HarrisburgBWW Review: KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Theatre Harrisburg
Posted: Sep. 9, 2018


BWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE at Theatre HarrisburgBWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE at Theatre Harrisburg
Posted: Jan. 20, 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 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: EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) at Gamut Theatre GroupBWW Review: EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) at Gamut Theatre Group
December 8, 2018

The 2007 play Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, John K. Alvarez, and James FitzGerald takes the audience on a high energy romp through a variety of Christmas traditions, beloved holiday classics (BHCs as they're referred to in the show), and holiday songs. In the midst of this Christmas chaos, one character tries desperately to get the rest of the cast on board to perform A Christmas Carol (which they've been rehearsing for weeks) because everyone always does A Christmas Carol at Christmas. Not only is Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!) a fun reminder of some holiday traditions, but it's also an exploration of tradition in general and how traditions come to be repeated year after year and generation after generation.

BWW Feature: EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) at Gamut Theatre GroupBWW Feature: EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) at Gamut Theatre Group
December 5, 2018

If you love humor and the holidays, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some) just may be the perfect show for you. This show by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, and John K. Alvarez features three actors-one of whom is set on performing A Christmas Carol, while the other two try to derail all efforts to do A Christmas Carol. The result is a fun romp through numerous Christmas tales, carols, and songs from the past and the present with various references to pop culture and holiday traditions.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Open Stage Of HarrisburgBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
December 2, 2018

The 1843 Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol is a familiar tale. Each holiday season A Christmas Carol can be found in one of its over 130 adaptations on the screen or on the stage. As the stress of the holiday season grows, it is not unusual to hear someone utter the words made famous by Ebenezer Scrooge-Bah! Humbug! No matter what version of the classic tale we see, however, the story reminds us that the true spirit of the holiday season is one of compassion, kindness, forgiveness, charity, love, and hope. A Christmas Carol opened for the 19th year at Open Stage of Harrisburg on December 1st.

BWW Review: Gettysburg Community Theatre Penguin Project's THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Eichelberger Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: Gettysburg Community Theatre Penguin Project's THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center
November 18, 2018

It's an unique experience to be a reviewer. We're tasked with having an understanding of theatre and performance and to be able to express what we experience at a variety of different shows to an audience of readers who may have seen the show or may be deciding whether or not to see the show. As a reviewer for many community theatres in the area, I see my role as many-faceted. On one hand, I'm a reviewer, and a review, to be a true review, necessarily includes some level of critique. I feel a responsibility to my readers to give them an idea of what they might expect if they see the show. On the other hand, as a supporter of the arts and a frequent director and performer myself, my personal goal is to promote the arts, to promote the theatres in our area, to lift up the many volunteers who do such amazing work. So, I try to frame my writing from these various points of view.

BWW Review: BITE SIZE: AN EVENING OF MINIATURE THEATRE at The Trick 'R TreatersBWW Review: BITE SIZE: AN EVENING OF MINIATURE THEATRE at The Trick 'R Treaters
November 17, 2018

BroadwayWorld is thrilled to introduce you to a new performing group out of York, PA. The Trick 'R Treaters specialize in shows that fall into the genres of fantasy, sci fi, horror, and gothic. Their inaugural performance was Friday, November 16th at the Wyndham Garden, York. I had a chance to talk with Jessica Crowe, who is the founder, one of the directors for the evening, and the owner of Alba Rosa Cat Parlour, which sponsors the Trick 'R Treaters. Continue reading to learn more about this brand-new group promoting the arts in York County and to get a sneak peek into their world.

BWW Feature: Photos of PERICLES PRINCE OF TYRE at Gamut Theatre GroupBWW Feature: Photos of PERICLES PRINCE OF TYRE at Gamut Theatre Group
November 15, 2018

Gamut Theatre Group's performance of Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a show you won't want to miss. It will be in production for two more weekends, running through November 25th. Pericles, directed by Thomas Weaver, is a beautiful production that draws you in from the first moment with wonderfully crafted sound, lights, props, costumes, and movement.

BWW Interview: Theresa Walker, Timothe Bittle, And Alicia McGinty of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Dutch Apple Dinner TheatreBWW Interview: Theresa Walker, Timothe Bittle, And Alicia McGinty of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
November 14, 2018

The classic novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a holiday favorite. Whether in book form, as a film, or on the stage, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit never fails to tug at the heart-strings and remind us about the things that are really important. Scrooge is helped along his journey from heartless miser to a kind and generous man by the ghosts of Christmas present, past, and future. A Christmas Carol opens at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre on November 15th, and we had a chance to hear about the production from Theresa Walker, Timothe Bittle, and Alicia McGinty, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, respectively.

BWW Interview: Chad-Alan Carr, Natalie Hurwitch, Maddie Greco, Ella Scott, Leah Watson, And TJ Williams of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Gettysburg Community TheatreBWW Interview: Chad-Alan Carr, Natalie Hurwitch, Maddie Greco, Ella Scott, Leah Watson, And TJ Williams of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Gettysburg Community Theatre
November 12, 2018

The Wizard of Oz has been delighting audiences since it first appeared as a 1939 movie starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. The story, first created by L. Frank Baum in 1900, has inspired a number of adaptations, and the most popular stage version frequently finds its way to the stage at high schools and community theatres. Even though many of you have probably seen The Wizard of Oz, you've likely never seen a production of it like the one that will open at The Eichelberger Performing Arts Center on November 16th. Why is this production so unique? Because it is being performed by actors from The Penguin Project of Gettysburg Community Theatre. This program gives youth with special needs an opportunity to perform with other youth, both with and without special needs, giving them a chance to focus on their abilities rather than their challenges. BroadwayWorld had an opportunity to hear from Gettysburg Community Theatre's Executive Director, Chad-Alan Carr, as well as from five of the actors who will be performing-Natalie Hurwitch and Maddie Greco, two of the peer mentors; Ella Scott, the actor playing Dorothy; Leah Watson, who portrays Glinda the Good Witch of the North; and TJ Williams, who plays the Wizard of Oz-about their experiences with this production of The Wizard of Oz.

BWW Review: PERICLES PRINCE OF TYRE at Gamut Theatre GroupBWW Review: PERICLES PRINCE OF TYRE at Gamut Theatre Group
November 4, 2018

Pericles, Prince of Tyre is widely regarded as being the product of a collaboration between Shakespeare and George Wilkins. Scholars theorize that the first two acts, recounting the various travels of Pericles, may have been written by Wilkins, while the final acts were pure Shakespeare. It is estimated that the play was written around 1607. One of the most interesting aspects of Pericles is that it doesn't fit a typical Shakespearean genre. What seems like a tragedy ends with a beautiful and romantic reunion. Not only that, but it is filled with surprising and delightful elements of comedy. This was easily one of my favorite Shakespeare plays to watch, and it can be seen at Gamut Theatre from November 3rd-25th.

BWW Feature: Holiday Favorite, A Christmas Carol, Opens at Open Stage of Harrisburg on December 1stBWW Feature: Holiday Favorite, A Christmas Carol, Opens at Open Stage of Harrisburg on December 1st
November 3, 2018

From Mickey's Christmas Carol with Scrooge McDuck to the Muppet Christmas Carol, the 1843 Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol has been adapted over 130 times. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser who seems to have a heart of stone, has captured the imaginations of generations of book readers, movie-goers, and theatre-lovers. This beloved classic criticizes a society that condemns and ignores the poor. As Scrooge is confronted with images of his life and the life of his employee Bob Cratchit through the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, he comes to see the error of his ways. In the end, Scrooge becomes a kinder, more generous, and more compassionate man.

Holiday Favorite, A Christmas Carol, Opens at Open Stage of Harrisburg on December 1stHoliday Favorite, A Christmas Carol, Opens at Open Stage of Harrisburg on December 1st
November 9, 2018

From Mickey's Christmas Carol with Scrooge McDuck to the Muppet Christmas Carol, the 1843 Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol has been adapted over 130 times. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser who seems to have a heart of stone, has captured the imaginations of generations of book readers, movie-goers, and theatre-lovers. This beloved classic criticizes a society that condemns and ignores the poor. As Scrooge is confronted with images of his life and the life of his employee Bob Cratchit through the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, he comes to see the error of his ways. In the end, Scrooge becomes a kinder, more generous, and more compassionate man.

BWW Review: NEWSIES at Theatre HarrisburgBWW Review: NEWSIES at Theatre Harrisburg
November 3, 2018

While the 1992 movie Newsies received mixed reviews and did not perform well in movie theaters, it developed quite a following as a home movie. The inspirational movie, based loosely on the historical newsboys' strike of 1899, starred Christian Bale as Jack Kelly and David Moscow as David Jacobs. In 2011 Disney Theatrical Productions adapted Newsies for the stage, and it opened on Broadway in 2012, earning eight Tony Award nominations. Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein, has found its way onto stages in many schools and community theatres, building up a new generation of Newsies fans. With its rousing musical numbers and high-energy dancing, Newsies is sure to bring audiences to their feet. Under the direction of Adam Gustafson and Kyle Weary, Theatre Harrisburg's Newsies opened at the Whitaker Center on November 2nd, when I had the opportunity to view this delightful show.

BWW Interview: Ryan Boyles, Lindsay Bretz, Mamie Covell, And Brian Viera of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Harrisburg Midtown Arts CenterBWW Interview: Ryan Boyles, Lindsay Bretz, Mamie Covell, And Brian Viera of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
October 30, 2018


BWW Interview: THE RIVALS at Bristol Riverside TheatreBWW Interview: THE RIVALS at Bristol Riverside Theatre
October 28, 2018

Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals, a comedy of manners, did not receive a warm welcome in it's first performance at Covent Garden Theatre in 1775. After a rewrite, however, it captured the audience's hearts and funny bones, and has been delighting audiences ever since. A new musical version of The Rivals, with book and lyrics by Richard Kellogg and music by Stephen Weiner, will hit the stage at the Bristol Riverside Theatre October 30th under the direction of Eric Tucker. The Rivals is the story of a wealthy young woman, Lydia Languish, who will lose a portion of her wealth if she does not marry someone of whom her guardian, Mrs. Malaprop, approves. Between mistaken identities, scheming servants, and unintentionally misused words, The Rivals is sure to have audiences laughing. The all-star cast includes Harriet Harris, who has portrayed Bebe Glazer in Frazier, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Felicia Tilman in Desperate Housewives, among many other roles. BroadwayWorld recently had the opportunity to speak with Harris about her experience with The Rivals.

BWW Review: CARRIE THE MUSICAL at Open Stage Of HarrisburgBWW Review: CARRIE THE MUSICAL at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
September 30, 2018


BWW Interview: Lindsay Bretz And Michael Zorger of CABARET at Harrisburg Midtown Arts CenterBWW Interview: Lindsay Bretz And Michael Zorger of CABARET at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
September 23, 2018

The musical Cabaret is a show that has truly stood the test of time. Based on the short novel Goodbye to Berlin and the play I Am A Camera, Cabaret has captured the attention of audiences through its show-stopping musical numbers, complex characters, complicated relationships, and intense emotions. Cabaret will be returning to Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC) on October 5th, and Broadway World had a chance to talk with Lindsay Bretz, who will be portraying Sally Bowles, and Michael Zorger, who will be taking the stage as the Emcee.

BWW Review: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE at Oyster Mill PlayhouseBWW Review: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE at Oyster Mill Playhouse
September 22, 2018


BWW Review: KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Theatre HarrisburgBWW Review: KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Theatre Harrisburg
September 9, 2018

Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Ken Ludwig's 2015 adaptation, Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: a Sherlock Holmes Mystery, follows Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they attempt to save Sir Henry Baskerville from a rumored family curse. This is one of the most self-aware shows this writer has seen from Ludwig, and the fast-paced humor-both verbal and physical-makes it intelligent and entertaining.

BWW Interview: Megan Opalinski of SISTER ACT at Dutch Apple Dinner TheatreBWW Interview: Megan Opalinski of SISTER ACT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
September 8, 2018

Sister Act lights up the stage at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre starting on September 20th. Broadway World had an opportunity to get the inside scoop from actress Megan Opalinski, who can be seen portraying the rapping sister, Sister Mary Lazarus.

BWW Review: I HATE HAMLET at Oyster Mill PlayhouseBWW Review: I HATE HAMLET at Oyster Mill Playhouse
August 18, 2018

I Hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick, first hit the stage in 1991. Set in actor John Barrymore's apartment, the play introduces the audience to Andrew Rally, a television actor considering an attempt at playing Hamlet. The characters, which include a television star, a Hollywood director, an agent, a realtor, John Barrymore himself, and a theatre-obsessed virgin girlfriend, are delightful, and the show is packed with humor. The Broadway run of the show was cut short when one of the actors was intentionally injured on stage. I Hate Hamlet opened at Oyster Mill Playhouse on Friday, August 17th.



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