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Festival Ballet Theatre Announces Rare and Rousing Performances at GALA OF THE STARS Festival Ballet Theatre Announces Rare and Rousing Performances at GALA OF THE STARS
by BWW News Desk on August 18, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Festival Ballet Theatre Announces Rare and Rousing Performances From World-Renowned Ballet Dancers at the 10th Anniversary GALA OF THE STARS (more...)
New Art Book COLA 20 Celebrates Twenty Years of Artistic Achievement New Art Book COLA 20 Celebrates Twenty Years of Artistic Achievement
by Ellen Dostal on August 17, 2017 in Costa Mesa

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs celebrates the release of its gorgeous new hardbound art book, COLA 20, this Saturday night (August 19) with the help of Daedelus and friends at LA's downtown Grand Performances. The one-night-only community event is part of Grand Performances' free outdoor summer concert series on the California Plaza and will feature music by Deejay Daedelus and guests Sara Gazarek, Baths, Natasha Agrama, Mousey McGlynn, MariGo and more, reinventing electronic music live. But the real star of the show is LA's flourishing art scene, captured in the pages of COLA 20.   (more...)
Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with Wendy Rosoff and Will Collyer about SOME LIKE IT HOT Musical, SUGAR in LA 9/24 Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with Wendy Rosoff and Will Collyer about SOME LIKE IT HOT Musical, SUGAR in LA 9/24
by West of Broadway on August 17, 2017 in Costa Mesa

On this episode of West of Broadway, Lara Scott and Will Armstrong are back from break and sitting down with Musical Theatre Guild members Will Collyer & Wendy Rosoff to discuss this remarkable organization and the work that goes behind producing their one night only musicals. (more...)
OC-Centric New Play Festival to Open in Orange with FAIR and More OC-Centric New Play Festival to Open in Orange with FAIR and More
by BWW News Desk on August 17, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Orange County's New Play Festival returns for a seventh year August 17-27 with three superb new plays written and directed by women. This event - which has been named Orange County's 'Best New Play Festival' by the OC WEEKLY - is the lone theatre festival fully producing new work from dramatists who live in or hail from Orange County. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/18 - EVITA, SOMETHING ROTTEN, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/18 - EVITA, SOMETHING ROTTEN, and More!
by BWW Special on August 18, 2017 in Costa Mesa

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 Evita, Something Rotten, and more! (more...)
THE JUDY SHOW At Michael Holmes Purple Room Kicks Off Dezart Performs Season With A Special One Night Only Benefit! THE JUDY SHOW At Michael Holmes Purple Room Kicks Off Dezart Performs Season With A Special One Night Only Benefit!
by David Green on August 15, 2017 in Costa Mesa

A special benefit performance of the hugely popular "The Judy Show" at Michael Holmes' Purple Room will kick off an exciting 10th Anniversary season of Dezart Performs. A busy season of Dezart Performs events and provocative cutting-edge productions will begin with a one-night-only dinner show performance of "The Judy Show" at Michael Holmes' Purple Room on Sunday, September 17 at 5 p.m. for dinner, show at 7 p.m.  This show benefits Dezart Performs, a nonprofit theater company which brings many new and never-before-seen productions to the Coachella Valley. Michael Holmes' Purple Room is donating 100% of ticket sales to Dezart Performs and has arranged 100% matching funds for food and beverage for the evening.  (more...)
Theatre Conservatory Students present INTO THE WOODS Theatre Conservatory Students present INTO THE WOODS
by BWW News Desk on August 12, 2017 in Costa Mesa

South Coast Repertory's Summer Players will present the award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods on the Julianne Argyros stage, directed by Hisa Takakuwa, with musical direction by Erin McNally. Performances by SCR's Theatre Conservatory students run Aug. 12-20; tickets are on sale now at www.scr.org.  (more...)
BWW Feature: Strong Women Get Their Due on Stage in August BWW Feature: Strong Women Get Their Due on Stage in August
by Ellen Dostal on August 11, 2017 in Costa Mesa

If you were captivated by the film Hidden Figures and its story of the women known as 'human computers' who saved John Glenn's NASA space mission, get ready for Lauren Gunderson's play SILENT SKY, opening this month at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/11 - CHICAGO, KILL LOCAL, 42ND STREET, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/11 - CHICAGO, KILL LOCAL, 42ND STREET, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on August 11, 2017 in Costa Mesa

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 Chicago, Kill Local, 42nd Street, and More! (more...)
BWW Review: Beautifully Poignant FUN HOME Tour Moves Into OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: Beautifully Poignant FUN HOME Tour Moves Into OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos on August 04, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Riveting, powerful and beautifully poignant at every step, FUN HOME—the Tony Award-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel's 2006 autobiographical graphic memoir—is one of those rare, great stage musicals that represents an astonishingly unique point-of-view that is somehow miraculously universal and inclusive at the same time. Armed with a moving, deeply personal story that's filled with heartache and heartbreak, yet with still plenty of room to be profoundly heartwarming, the musical's truly excellent national tour production continues performances at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through August 6. (more...)
Multi-Award-Winning Musical ONCE Opens South Coast Repertory 54th Season Multi-Award-Winning Musical ONCE Opens South Coast Repertory 54th Season
by BWW News Desk on August 04, 2017 in Costa Mesa

A testament to the transcendent power of love and music takes center stage as South Coast Repertory opens its 2017-18 season with the multi-award-winning Once. The musical-book by Enda Walsh; music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova-is based on John Carney's Academy Award-winning indie film of the same name. Kent Nicholson will direct Once on the Segerstrom Stage, Sept. 2-30, 2017. Tickets are available online at www.scr.org. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/4 - NEWSIES, A CHORUS LINE, SPRING AWAKENING, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/4 - NEWSIES, A CHORUS LINE, SPRING AWAKENING, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on August 04, 2017 in Costa Mesa

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 NEWSIES, A CHORUS LINE, SPRING AWAKENING, and More! (more...)
South Coast Repertory Announces August-November Line Up South Coast Repertory Announces August-November Line Up
by BWW News Desk on August 03, 2017 in Costa Mesa

South Coast Repertory lays out the performance schedule for South Coast Repertory for the four-month period of August-November 2017. (more...)
Woolly Mammoth's 38th Season Kicks Off with THE ARSONISTS Woolly Mammoth's 38th Season Kicks Off with THE ARSONISTS
by BWW News Desk on August 01, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company announces the first production of its 2017-2018 season, The Arsonists by Swiss playwright Max Frisch, in a new translation by Alistair Beaton, directed by Michael John Garces. The Arsonists will run from September 5 to October 8, 2017. The Arsonists is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. (more...)
Festival Ballet Theatre Announces Rare and Rousing Performances at GALA OF THE STARS Festival Ballet Theatre Announces Rare and Rousing Performances at GALA OF THE STARS
by BWW News Desk on August 01, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Festival Ballet Theatre Announces Rare and Rousing Performances From World-Renowned Ballet Dancers at the 10th Anniversary GALA OF THE STARS (more...)
BWW Interview: Kate Shindle Talks Tour Life with FUN HOME The Musical BWW Interview: Kate Shindle Talks Tour Life with FUN HOME The Musical
by Michael Quintos on August 01, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Broadway's Kate Shindle---currently traveling the country playing Allison Bechdel in the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical FUN HOME---is not only an accomplished singer, actor and dancer, she is also a published author and an outspoken activist. In 2015, Shindle was also elected president of Actors' Equity Association. But before FUN HOME makes its OC debut August 1 - 6 at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Shindle chatted with BroadwayWorld's Michael L. Quintos about her role in this groundbreaking musical, being AEA President, and what her life has been like on the road! (more...)
BWW Review: Backstage Antics Abound in Indie Film OPENING NIGHT BWW Review: Backstage Antics Abound in Indie Film OPENING NIGHT
by Ellen Dostal on July 30, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Every theatre production comes with its share of backstage drama. One Hit Wonderland, the Broadway musical comedy depicted in Gary De Leon and Greg Lisi's indie film OPENING NIGHT is no exception. Sex, drugs, and crazy characters collide in this rousing tongue-in-cheek comedy full of splashy production numbers and entertainment in-jokes. It's a movie for, and about, theatre people - their quirks, their insecurities, and above all, their passions. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 30 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 30
by Audition Roundup on July 30, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 30, 2017 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 7/30/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 7/30/2017
by BWW on July 30, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/30/2017 for Costa Mesa (more...)
BWW Review: Nettles and Cameron Lead an Exuberant MAMMA MIA! at the Hollywood Bowl BWW Review: Nettles and Cameron Lead an Exuberant MAMMA MIA! at the Hollywood Bowl
by Michael Quintos on July 29, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Arguably one of musical theater's more enjoyable jukebox musicals, the crowd-pleasing, ABBA-centric musical MAMMA MIA! aims to entertain its audience, all while trying to provide a much more interesting way to experience the ubiquitous pop catalog of one of the most successful pop music groups of the previous century. That is certainly the feeling you get from the brand new, all-star concert iteration now at the Hollywood Bowl through Sunday, July 30. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, this year's annual celebrity stunt-casted summer musical is a joyfully bubbly production, bursting with silliness, sass, and even a little heart. And most significant of all, the production's assembled big-name cast are all pretty terrific in their respective roles, and a select few even stepped up with some amazing vocal performances throughout that will keep you enchanted from song to song. (more...)
OC-Centric New Play Festival to Open in Orange with FAIR and More OC-Centric New Play Festival to Open in Orange with FAIR and More
by BWW News Desk on July 28, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Orange County's New Play Festival returns for a seventh year August 17-27 with three superb new plays written and directed by women. This event - which has been named Orange County's 'Best New Play Festival' by the OC WEEKLY - is the lone theatre festival fully producing new work from dramatists who live in or hail from Orange County. (more...)
BWW Review: Laguna Playhouse Welcomes Adorably Plucky HAIRSPRAY BWW Review: Laguna Playhouse Welcomes Adorably Plucky HAIRSPRAY
by Michael Quintos on July 28, 2017 in Costa Mesa

To open its historic 97th season, Orange County's Laguna Playhouse is presenting an admirable new production of the Tony Award-winning 2002 hit musical comedy HAIRSPRAY, which via popular demand has now been extended through August 5. Filled with spirited performances, memorably cheeky songs, and an undeniably infectious story, this stage musical adaptation of John Waters' 1988 cult movie classic---even here in Laguna Beach's scaled-down regional production---still manages to be just as likable as it would be seeing it in a larger theater. (more...)
Regional Roundup 7/28: WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre, MAMMA MIA! at The Gateway, and SOMETHING ROTTEN in Kansas City! Regional Roundup 7/28: WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre, MAMMA MIA! at The Gateway, and SOMETHING ROTTEN in Kansas City!
by BWW Special Coverage on July 28, 2017 in Costa Mesa

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 West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Something Rotten, and More! (more...)
Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway to Kick Off Segerstrom Center's 2017-18 Cabaret Series Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway to Kick Off Segerstrom Center's 2017-18 Cabaret Series
by BWW News Desk on July 24, 2017 in Costa Mesa

One word most wonderfully describes this extraordinary evening featuring two of the cabaret world's leading singers and songwriters: Divalicious. Segerstrom Center welcomes music divas Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway as they help kick off the 2017-18 Cabaret Series celebrating classics from the Great American Songbook and also entertaining audiences with their own works. Pianist and acclaimed songwriter Michele Brourman accompanies the duo in these stunning nights of song and storytelling, October 5 - 7 in Samueli Theater. (more...)
BWW Review: Chance Theater presents Emotional, Intimate Staging of PARADE BWW Review: Chance Theater presents Emotional, Intimate Staging of PARADE
by Michael Quintos on July 24, 2017 in Costa Mesa

It is nearly impossible not to be emotionally affected by the events depicted in PARADE, the stirring, Tony Award-winning 1998 musical inspired by shocking actual events surrounding the trial of a man accused of raping and murdering a 13-year-old girl. It's certainly a heavy, morose subject to wrap an entire musical around, which is probably why PARADE is so rarely produced, despite its high-caliber book by Alfred Uhry and gorgeous music by Jason Robert Brown. But when the material is executed with emotional heft and interesting staging---as it mostly is in Chance Theater's latest production---the results can be powerful, gut-wrenching, and, most importantly, thought-provoking. (more...)