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BWW Review: Beautifully Sung Revival of THE COLOR PURPLE Enraptures OC BWW Review: Beautifully Sung Revival of THE COLOR PURPLE Enraptures OC
by Michael Quintos on June 22, 2018 in Costa Mesa

While its original production, as most Broadway shows go, offered the expected big sets, first-rate costumes, and impressive production values, the 2015 Tony Award-winning revival production of THE COLOR PUPLE---currently slaying audiences for a week-long stop at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through June 24---is decidedly more subdued and scaled-down by comparison, allowing the songs, the story, and the cast performances to shine on their own merits instead. The resulting show is a powerful, uplifting one, bathed in a loving, spiritual embrace that shines a light on the struggles, the insecurities, the passions, and the tenacity of African-American women living in the early decades of the 20th Century. I can say without hesitation that this revival production is an excellent way to experience this beautiful, touching, and ultimately triumphant musical. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/22 - IN THE HEIGHTS, HUNCHBACK, GUYS AND DOLLS and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/22 - IN THE HEIGHTS, HUNCHBACK, GUYS AND DOLLS and More!
by BWW Special on June 22, 2018 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 IN THE HEIGHTS, HUNCHBACK, GUYS AND DOLLS and More! (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 6/20/2018 Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 6/20/2018
by BWW on June 20, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/20/2018 for Costa Mesa (more...)
OCPA Presents DISCOVERIES at Newport Theatre Arts Center OCPA Presents DISCOVERIES at Newport Theatre Arts Center
by BWW News Desk on June 19, 2018 in Costa Mesa

The Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA) presents its summer 2018 event: staged readings of two one-act plays by Lynn Wells Nelson and George Bardin Rothman. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jun. 17 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jun. 17
by Audition Roundup on June 17, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, June 17, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/15 - HALF TIME, THE KING AND I, ON YOUR FEET, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/15 - HALF TIME, THE KING AND I, ON YOUR FEET, and More!
by BWW Special on June 15, 2018 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 A CHORUS LINE, BEAUTIFUL, and More! (more...)
Open Position: Digital Marketing / Junior Sales Associate Open Position: Digital Marketing / Junior Sales Associate
by BWW News Desk on June 13, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Want to join the BroadwayWorld.com team for a great, full-time opportunity? We're seeking an eager and ambitious individual to cooperate with the site's sales and marketing team on a variety of special projects. (more...)
Catch LUCIE ARNAZ AWARD Winners Garrett Hoy And Marisa Moenho As The Jimmy's Steam LIVE On Facebook Catch LUCIE ARNAZ AWARD Winners Garrett Hoy And Marisa Moenho As The Jimmy's Steam LIVE On Facebook
by David Green on June 12, 2018 in Costa Mesa

The Broadway League has announced that the 10th annual Jimmy® Awards ceremony will be streamed Live in its entirety on Facebook. The Jimmy Awards will take place on Monday, June 25th at 7:30PM ET at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan, and will be hosted by Tony Award Winner® Laura Benanti. LUCIE ARNAZ AWARD WINNERS Garrett Hoy from Rancho Mirage High School and Marisa Moenho of Murrieta Valley High School will be among the eight talented young performers from across the nation competing for the honor of Best High School Actor and Actress in America.  (more...)
BWW Interview: CHICO'S ANGELS Turn The Heat Up At Oscars Cafe And Bar In Palm Springs BWW Interview: CHICO'S ANGELS Turn The Heat Up At Oscars Cafe And Bar In Palm Springs
by David Green on June 12, 2018 in Costa Mesa

The south of the border hotties, Chico's Angels, will make their Palm Springs debut with their hour-long variety show VIVA LAS CHICAS!: Chico's Angels Variety Hour. The show stars the heavenly trio Kay Sedia, Frieda Laye, Chita Parol & Bossman. VIVA LAS CHICAS opens tonight, June 12, and runs for three very special performances only (through the 14th) at Oscar's Cafe & Bar in downtown Palm Springs. VIVA LAS CHICAS is a flashback and flashforward variety show, featuring the Angels performing sketches and beloved musical numbers. 'The combined talents of these three Angels will capture the audience and take them on a tour across the border they will not soon forget!' I had the chance to chat with the ANGELS on their road trip to the desert as they were winging their way toward tonight's important desert debut. Here are a few excerpts from the conversation: (more...)
Dezart Performs Announces Exciting New Eleventh Season Offerings Including WHITE GUY ON A BUS and MAYTAG VIRGIN Dezart Performs Announces Exciting New Eleventh Season Offerings Including WHITE GUY ON A BUS and MAYTAG VIRGIN
by David Green on June 11, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Dezart Performs will kick of it's eleventh award winning theatrical season this fall and, due to critical and box office successes, will expand its offerings to four MainStage shows (instead of three) and, for the first time, will offer "all-reserved" seating. Artistic director Michael Shaw recently announced the non-profit theatre company's 2018/19 Season, which begins November 9. The Season will include 'Church And State', 'Perfect Arrangement', 'White Guy On A Bus' and 'Maytag Virgin'. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jun. 10 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jun. 10
by Audition Roundup on June 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, June 10, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
New Voices Playwrights To Present SUMMER VOICES 2018 New Voices Playwrights To Present SUMMER VOICES 2018
by BWW News Desk on June 09, 2018 in Costa Mesa

New Voices Playwrights Theatre presents the following one-act plays for their Summer Voices 2018 production (more...)
The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with THE COLOR PURPLE's Gabrielle Reid and Clyde Voce The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with THE COLOR PURPLE's Gabrielle Reid and Clyde Voce
by West of Broadway on June 06, 2018 in Costa Mesa

In this episode of West of Broadway will and Lara are at the Pantages theater celebrating the opening night of the Color Purple National Tour. Listen to Will and Lara discuss their excitement before they enter the theater and their recaps of the first and second acts.  You'll also get to hear Will talk backstage with two of the performers from the production. Gabrielle Reid and Clyde Voce discuss what it's like to tour with this remarkable production and the timeless message that seems more relevant today than ever before.  (more...)
BWW Review: Lively New Production of NEWSIES Carries the Banner in La Mirada BWW Review: Lively New Production of NEWSIES Carries the Banner in La Mirada
by Michael Quintos on June 05, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Admirably directed and choreographed by Richard J. Hinds, La Mirada Theatre's NEWSIES aims to be an amiable hybrid between the popularly-received original show and a new iteration that feels fresh for us Fansies forever obsessed with the earlier Disney-backed production that played Broadway and went on tour for a few years. Filled with high-energy music and dancing and a lively, eager-to-please spirit embedded in its DNA, this brand-new Southern California regional theater production of NEWSIES---which continues performances at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts through June 24---is a wonderfully caffeinated jolt of a stage show, highlighted by a remarkably talented and athletically-blessed ensemble that leaps and belts one show stopping number after another. What a treat for every Fansie! (more...)
BWW Interview: THE SHOW GOES ON! Broadway,Television And Screen Icon Kaye Ballard Talks About Her New Documentary Film And More BWW Interview: THE SHOW GOES ON! Broadway,Television And Screen Icon Kaye Ballard Talks About Her New Documentary Film And More
by David Green on June 04, 2018 in Costa Mesa

On May 20, The Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs previewed an incredible new documentary, 'The Show Goes On', about the life and career of Broadway, Film and Television Icon Kaye Ballard to a 'more than full house'. In fact, two theatres were opened for the screening since demand far exceeded the number of seats in the main house. With her typically self-deprecating humor, Ms. Ballard proclaims herself 'The Greatest Star You Hardly Knew', and the beautifully constructed 90 minute film details her extraordinary accomplishments from Broadway's 'Carnival', 'The Golden Apple', 'Molly' and 'Pirates Of Penzance' to her stellar nightclub, film and television career including 'The Doris Day Show' and the beloved and  iconic 'Mother's In Law' with Eve Arden. It highlights the extraordinary talents of Ms. Ballard and doesn't shy away from the disappointments and challenges along the way, featuring interviews with Woody Allen, Carol Channing, Hal Prince, Carol Burnett, Michael Feinstein, Joy Behar and more. Hal Prince boldly states 'if Kaye Ballard had been cast as the mother in 'Gypsy,' 'she would have made history.' I had the chance to visit with Ms. Ballard at her home on 'Kaye Ballard Lane' in Rancho Mirage (the home formerly owned by her friend and TV director, Desi Arnaz) to talk about the film and more. Here are a few excerpts from the conversation: (more...)
Costa Mesa Playhouse Announces Its 54th Season Costa Mesa Playhouse Announces Its 54th Season
by BWW News Desk on June 03, 2018 in Costa Mesa

The Costa Mesa Playhouse announces its 54th season, which include two Pulitzer Prize winners, two Tony Award winners, an Orange County premiere, and a world premiere. The Costa Mesa Playhouse has been staging quality, affordable theater in Orange County for 54 years, located for the first twenty years on the Orange County Fairgrounds, and for the past 34 years at its present location. (more...)
Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jun. 3 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jun. 3
by Audition Roundup on June 03, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, June 3, 2018 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jun. 3 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jun. 3
by Audition Roundup on June 03, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, June 3, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/31 - A CHORUS LINE, BEAUTIFUL, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/31 - A CHORUS LINE, BEAUTIFUL, and More!
by BWW Special on June 01, 2018 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 A CHORUS LINE, BEAUTIFUL, and More! (more...)
Photo Flash: Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Photo Flash: Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk on May 30, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Sierra Repertory Theatre will delight audiences of all ages this summer with Disney's Beauty and the Beast, one of modern musical theatre's biggest hits. Based on the classic 1991 Disney animated film, this theatrical telling celebrates the Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and is expanded with soaring new melodies that enchants audiences of all ages. It's everything to love about the film and more in a stage spectacular. The independent Belle, trapped in her provincial town, finds her life turned upside down as she takes her father's place as a captive in an enchanted castle ruled by an angry Beast. With help from the creatures in the castle and her own kindheartedness, Belle finds the prince inside the Beast and works to break the magic that permeates the mysterious castle and all of its inhabitants. A fantastically enjoyable adventure, this classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters and dazzling production numbers, including: "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. (more...)
Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 27 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 27
by Audition Roundup on May 27, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 27, 2018 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Breath Of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble Celebrates Its Quincenera With A New Play Festival Breath Of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble Celebrates Its Quincenera With A New Play Festival
by BWW News Desk on May 26, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble presents, '15 Stories Celebrating 15 Years - A New Works Festival' today, May 26 @ 2:00 PM presented at Grand Central Arts Center Theater in downtown Santa Ana. There will be a small reception to follow. (more...)
BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Revisits Wendy Wasserstein's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Revisits Wendy Wasserstein's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG
by Michael Quintos on May 25, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Despite being birthed in the early 1990's, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG-the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Wendy Wasserstein's acerbically witty and vibrantly poignant play about a trio of fascinating, strong-willed Jewish-American sisters-has a remarkably timeless, relatable quality, evidenced by South Coast Repertory's delightful and beautifully-acted OC revival production now continuing performances in Costa Mesa through June 2. Thanks to its naturally appealing characters that don't feel like stock archetypes trapped in a retro bubble, the play-under the keen direction of Casey Stangl-comes across as a contemporary-leaning, very thoughtful theatrical piece populated by strong, three-dimensional female characters. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/25 - SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, CABARET, ON YOUR FEET, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/25 - SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, CABARET, ON YOUR FEET, and More!
by BWW Special on May 25, 2018 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 SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, CABARET, ON YOUR FEET, and More! (more...)
CHICO'S ANGELS Bring The Heat To Palm Springs In Their Big Debut Perfomance At Oscars In The Desert CHICO'S ANGELS Bring The Heat To Palm Springs In Their Big Debut Perfomance At Oscars In The Desert
by David Green on May 22, 2018 in Costa Mesa

The south of the border hotties, Chico's Angels, will make their Palm Springs debut with their hour-long variety show VIVA LAS CHICAS!: Chico's Angels Variety Hour. The show stars the heavenly trio Kay Sedia, Frieda Laye, Chita Parol & Bossman. VIVA LAS CHICAS opens on Tuesday, June 12-14, 2018 for 3 performances at Oscar's Cafe & Bar in downtown Palm Springs. (more...)