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BWW Review: Go INTO THE WOODS at the Belmont Theatre BWW Review: Go INTO THE WOODS at the Belmont Theatre
by Marakay Rogers on February 24, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

The Sondheim send-up of fairy tales takes on new life at the Belmont, with an evil witch that's a delight to meet. (more...)
BWW Interview: Caitlin Graci of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Theatre Harrisburg BWW Interview: Caitlin Graci of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Theatre Harrisburg
by Andrea Stephenson on February 22, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

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. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/23 - THE LION KING, FINDING NEVERLAND, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/23 - THE LION KING, FINDING NEVERLAND, and More!
by BWW Special on February 23, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

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 The Lion King, Finding Neverland, The Crucible, and more! (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 2/20/2018 Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 2/20/2018
by BWW on February 20, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/20/2018 for Central Pennsylvania (more...)
Experience The Newbery Award-Winning Story THE GIVER At DreamWrights Experience The Newbery Award-Winning Story THE GIVER At DreamWrights
by BWW News Desk on February 20, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

DreamWrights Center for Community Arts will stage a live production of Newbery Award-winning story, The Giver. Adapted by Eric Coble from the novel by Lois Lowry, the performance promises to be less of a show and more of an experience. Guest Director, Philip Rooney explains, "We've placed the audience right at the center of the action and at times they may feel like they're playing a participatory role in the community of the play. Many important moments in the play are not the action itself, but rather distant memories of history which the audience will get to experience along with the main character, Jonas." (more...)
ActorsNET Announces RED VELVET ActorsNET Announces RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk on February 19, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

Lolita Chakrabarti's award-winning play is based on the life of the Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who had an international career in the 1800s. (more...)
BWW Review: OUR TOWN Is a Lot Like Us, At Gamut BWW Review: OUR TOWN Is a Lot Like Us, At Gamut
by Marakay Rogers on February 18, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

Tom Weaver brings a witty, properly non-styled production of Wilder's classic play to the Gamut stage. (more...)
BWW Interview: Director, Ben Hodge of BEAUTY & THE BEAST at Central York High Performing Arts Program BWW Interview: Director, Ben Hodge of BEAUTY & THE BEAST at Central York High Performing Arts Program
by Rich Mehrenberg on February 17, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Central York High School's performing arts program experienced a change in leadership. Bringing both veteran and new staff members together, the program is now poised for growth in the coming years. Broadway World sits down with Ben Hodge, who has been teaching Performing Arts at Central for 15 years, and is now director for the school's plays and musicals. (more...)
BWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Open Stage Of Harrisburg BWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
by Andrea Stephenson on February 17, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

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.' (more...)
Hershey Area Playhouse Announces a Change to the Season Hershey Area Playhouse Announces a Change to the Season
by BWW News Desk on February 16, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

Hershey Area Playhouse is delighted to announce that we were able to get the rights to do a popular revival of a 60's farce- Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti, Beverly Cross and Francis Evans, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French. This classic fast paced comedy will be performed in our April slot in place of Italian American Reconciliation, bringing close calls, slamming doors and lots of physical comedy to light up the stage. Auditions will be held on Friday, February 23rd from 6 - 8 PM in the theatre. Please come with a prepared monologue. You may also be asked to read cuttings from the script. Callbacks will be by appointment only. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Joe Iconis' LOVE IN HATE NATION at Penn State Photo Flash: First Look at Joe Iconis' LOVE IN HATE NATION at Penn State
by BWW News Desk on February 16, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Penn State Centre Stage premiere production of the musical Love in Hate Nation, February 13-24, in the Playhouse Theatre, University Park. With Music, lyrics, and book by Joe Iconis, Love in Hate Nation was commissioned by Penn State Musical Theatre as part of their New Works Initiative. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/16 - HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/16 - HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More!
by BWW Special on February 16, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

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 HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More! (more...)
York Symphony Orchestra Presents CELTIC CELEBRATION York Symphony Orchestra Presents CELTIC CELEBRATION
by BWW News Desk on February 14, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

The York Symphony Orchestra will present Celtic Celebration on Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts in York. The performance will feature special guest soloist, Jerry O'Sullivan, who is widely hailed as America's premier uilleann piper. Single tickets starting at $9 for adults and $5 for students are available online at www.YorkSymphony.org and by calling 717-846-1111. (more...)
Photo Flash: Frank Ferrante Visits Former Home of George S. Kaufman in Bucks County as preview to AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO Photo Flash: Frank Ferrante Visits Former Home of George S. Kaufman in Bucks County as preview to AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO
by BWW News Desk on February 13, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

The quick-witted American actor and icon, Groucho Marx was a frequent visitor to New Hope and Bucks County. Now nearly 41 years after his death, Groucho makes a hilarious return to Bucks - this time in the form of award-winning actor Frank Ferrante in the global comedy hit, "An Evening with Groucho." The show is presented February 14 - 25 at Bucks County Playhouse as part of the 2018 Visiting Artists Series. (more...)
DreamWrights StAGEs Theatre Arts Program For Older Adults DreamWrights StAGEs Theatre Arts Program For Older Adults
by BWW News Desk on February 13, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

???????There's something funny going on at DreamWrights. StAGEs, an award-winning theater arts program designed specifically for the over 50 crowd is entertaining, challenging, and intriguing participants. Designed to support older adults' healthy and positive aging, StAGEs engages participants through theatre arts. Among the program's goals are skill mastery and social engagement - fundamental components that encourage learning and build keen wit. (more...)
Gettysburg Community Theatre Presents GODSPELL Gettysburg Community Theatre Presents GODSPELL
by BWW News Desk on February 13, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Community Theatre (GCT) the not-for-profit 501c3 community theatre located at 49 York Street in historic downtown Gettysburg, will present the international hit musical GODSPELL 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm Sundays March 2-18, 2018. GCT's Founding Executive/Artistic Director Chad-Alan Carr is directing and choreographing and this production marks the 7th time he has done Godspell in his career and the second time at GCT. This being the 10th year of GCT, Carr has selected productions from GCT's history to revive. The last time Godspell was produced at GCT was 2012 right after a successful broadway revival had premiered in NYC. One member of GCT's original 2012 cast, Kevin Foster, is again in this 2018 revival production at GCT. (more...)
Styx And Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Are Coming To Hershey Styx And Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Are Coming To Hershey
by BWW News Desk on February 13, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

Styx, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Tesla are coming to Giant Center Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7 PM. Tickets for this show start at $32.35, $52.35, $72.35, $102.35, $152.35 & $352.85 (processing fees apply), and are available at Giant Center Box Office. They can be charged by phone at 717-534-3911 or 800-745-3000, and online at www.HersheyEntertainment.com or www.TicketMaster.com. (more...)
DreamWrights To Host OpinioNation Trivia Night DreamWrights To Host OpinioNation Trivia Night
by BWW News Desk on February 11, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

DreamWrights will host its first OpinioNation Trivia Night on February 17. BrainBlast Entertainment will provide a high-energy, fast-paced, multi-topic OpinioNation game show where teams compete to win based on the popularity of answers to survey polls. Upbeat music of diverse genres will set the stage for a high-energy, sing-a-long type atmosphere. (more...)
BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson on February 11, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

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. (more...)
Elizabethtown College Math Professor Leads Cryptology Talk Elizabethtown College Math Professor Leads Cryptology Talk
by BWW News Desk on February 08, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

Elizabethtown College continues its Presidential Community Enrichment Series, which offers lifelong learning opportunities to members of the community . The discussions cover a variety of topics to engage and educate the audience.The lectures take place from noon to 2 p.m. on select days in February, March and April in the Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall at Elizabethtown College. (more...)
Elizabethtown College's Young Center Presents Annual Lectures On Brethren, Amish Culture Elizabethtown College's Young Center Presents Annual Lectures On Brethren, Amish Culture
by BWW News Desk on February 08, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

This spring semester, the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College holds its annual lecture series focusing on the culture of the Amish, Mennonites and Church of the Brethren. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/9 - DOGFIGHT, MOTOWN, WAITRESS and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/9 - DOGFIGHT, MOTOWN, WAITRESS and More!
by BWW Special on February 09, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

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 DOGFIGHT, MOTOWN, WAITRESS and More! (more...)
BWW Review: Media's BWW Review: Media's "NEXT TO NORMAL" is Next to Perfect!
by Pati Buehler on February 07, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

Director/Choreographer Geoffrey Goldberg returns to the Media after his wonderful work on Media's Billy Elliot to take the helm of this award winning emotionally charged production. Surrounded by an outstanding principle cast led by Philly area favorites Krissy Fraelich and Ben Dibble (Diana & Dan), this brave production unfolds. Far from a 'feel good' show and more of a 'feel everything' experience, Next is To Normal the musical is the portrait of a manic-depressive mother, the people she loves and the pain that cripples her and prevents a typical suburban family from living a 'normal' life. (more...)
DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE Comes to Tempest Theatre Stage At Elizabethtown College DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE Comes to Tempest Theatre Stage At Elizabethtown College
by BWW News Desk on February 05, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

In celebration of Black History Month, co-producers Megan Smith and Alphonso Walker Jr. present a fresh revival of Dutchman by Amiri Baraka, an emotionally charged and highly symbolic version of the Adam and Eve story. Directed by Broadway performer and director, DeMone, this production has an immersive concept, leading the audience into a recreation of the subway atmosphere and seating audience directly in the train car. The play runs February 8-11, 2018 at The Secret Theatre; tickets on sale now. (more...)
BWW Interview: Cast Members - Allison Fund & Justin Droegemueller of RING OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater BWW Interview: Cast Members - Allison Fund & Justin Droegemueller of RING OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
by Rich Mehrenberg on February 05, 2018 in Central Pennsylvania

Allison Fund & Justin Droegemueller are fellow cast members in Dutch Apple Theater's production of Ring of Fire and newlyweds in real life. (more...)