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Strategy, Love & Politics: UCI Drama presents a Concert Staging of CHESS Strategy, Love & Politics: UCI Drama presents a Concert Staging of CHESS
by BWW News Desk on October 16, 2017 in Costa Mesa

UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama opens its 2017 18 season with a concert staging of the musical Chess, a complex exploration of strategy and love set at the intersection of US Russia political relations. With music by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bj rn Ulvaeus and lyrics by Tim Rice, Chess premiered in 1986 telling the story of a match between an American Grandmaster (loosely based on the life of Bobby Fischer) and his Soviet rival, and was generally seen as a metaphor for the Cold War politics of the day. This is the first show in a season themed The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business, which takes a look at the shady underbelly of capitalism. (more...)
BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Presents Engaging World Premiere Play CURVE OF DEPARTURE BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Presents Engaging World Premiere Play CURVE OF DEPARTURE
by Michael Quintos on October 16, 2017 in Costa Mesa

In Rachel Bonds' beautifully-acted and cleverly written new play CURVE OF DEPARTURE---now finishing up its too-brief World Premiere run at Orange County's South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through October 15---characters are confronted with unexpected events that forces them to make such choices for themselves that affect not only their own lives but the lives of those intimately tethered to theirs. As they each grapple with potentially life-altering decisions, we as audience members---in the span of 80 mesmerizing, uninterrupted minutes---grow to care about these fictional (but wonderfully realistic) people and, therefore, empathize and feel their struggle alongside them as they try to make reasonable pro-and-con arguments. We become so invested in what each person is dealing with that we're all hoping that ultimately every single one of them will end up satisfied and, at least, a little bit content with their respective decisions no matter which path(s) they choose to follow. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Oct. 15 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Oct. 15
by Audition Roundup on October 15, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, October 15, 2017 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
ALICE IN WONDERLAND to Dance Into Orange County with Festival Ballet Theatre ALICE IN WONDERLAND to Dance Into Orange County with Festival Ballet Theatre
by BWW News Desk on October 14, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Festival Ballet Theatre will present Lewis Carroll's classic tale Alice In Wonderland at Irvine Barclay Theatre on October 14-15, 2017. (more...)
BWW Interview: Robin S Opens Up About Her Music Career And Her Headlining Engagement At Halloween Palm Springs BWW Interview: Robin S Opens Up About Her Music Career And Her Headlining Engagement At Halloween Palm Springs
by David Green on October 12, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Robin S, one of the most prolific dance artists of our time and Billboard Dance Chart Topper known for her mega hits 'Show Me Love' and 'Luv 4 Luv' will headline Halloween Palm Springs on Arenas Road Tuesday, October 31 from 5:00-10:00p.m. I had the chance to catch up with Robin to talk about her upcoming appearance in the desert, and all things Robin. Here are a few excerpts from that conversation: (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 10/13 - ONCE, FUN HOME, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 10/13 - ONCE, FUN HOME, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY and More!
by BWW Special on October 13, 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 ONCE, FUN HOME, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY and More! (more...)
Santa Ana College Theatre Arts Presents HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL Santa Ana College Theatre Arts Presents HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk on October 12, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Santa Ana College Department of Theatre Arts (SACTA) presents the first production of its 2017/2018 season, Heathers: The Musical by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, directed by Chris Cannon. (more...)
Disney Legend Richard Sherman to Perform for OCSA Students This Fall Disney Legend Richard Sherman to Perform for OCSA Students This Fall
by BWW News Desk on October 11, 2017 in Costa Mesa

On Today, October 11, 2017, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) students from the Musical Theater, Integrated Arts, Production & Design and Classical Voice conservatories as well as MONTAGE! have the unique opportunity to watch legendary songwriter Richard Sherman perform some of his notable music, and hear anecdotes about his time working with Walt Disney. (more...)
Exclusive: Get A First Look At THE PRINCE OF EGYPT Musical at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Exclusive: Get A First Look At THE PRINCE OF EGYPT Musical at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
by Alan Henry on October 10, 2017 in Costa Mesa

The first stage production of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, based on the Dreamworks animated feature, is now on stage at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at the production! (more...)
BWW Review: OC's Chance Theater presents Thought-Provoking Play TRIBES BWW Review: OC's Chance Theater presents Thought-Provoking Play TRIBES
by Michael Quintos on October 09, 2017 in Costa Mesa

In its admirable Orange County premiere production directed by Marya Mazor, Chance Theater presents an intimately-staged version of Nina Raine's thoughtful, award-winning 2010 play TRIBES, now playing through October 22, 2017. This comedic drama which centers around a young deaf man caught between his hearing family and a new hearing impaired girlfriend asks: is it possible to choose one tribe over another, knowing what each brings to the table? (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Oct. 8 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Oct. 8
by Audition Roundup on October 08, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, October 8, 2017 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
National Geographic's JANE Gets World Premiere featuring Live Orchestra National Geographic's JANE Gets World Premiere featuring Live Orchestra
by BWW News Desk on October 05, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Directed by Brett Morgen, JANE recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Our LA Premiere will be held October 9th at the Hollywood Bowl and be accompanied by a live orchestra performing Phillip Glass's enchanting original score. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 10/6 - HAIR, BILLY ELLIOT, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 10/6 - HAIR, BILLY ELLIOT, and More!
by BWW Special on October 06, 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 HAIR, BILLY ELLIOT, and More! (more...)
Theatre in Historic Places: No Rest for the Wicked in WICKED LIT at Mountain View Mausoleum Theatre in Historic Places: No Rest for the Wicked in WICKED LIT at Mountain View Mausoleum
by Ellen Dostal on October 05, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Thousands of souls have their final resting place in Altadena's Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery but, once a year in the fall, the living invade the domain of the dead. That's when Unbound Productions' WICKED LIT takes over the grounds and creates a site-specific theatrical experience based on classic and original horror stories. It is unlike any other kind of theatre or Halloween event you've ever seen and it is seriously the coolest thing you can do in Southern California. Ask anyone who's done it. (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 October 05, 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...)
Ann Hampton Callaway, Laura Osnes, Tony Yazbeck and More Slated for Segerstrom Center's 2017-18 Cabaret Series Ann Hampton Callaway, Laura Osnes, Tony Yazbeck and More Slated for Segerstrom Center's 2017-18 Cabaret Series
by BWW News Desk on October 05, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2017 - 2018 Cabaret Series celebrates the power of music and words to touch our lives and hearts. Broadway stars and today's leading vocalists and club performers will perform many of the greatest and most memorable songs composed by music legends and icons. (more...)
Jonah Platt Will Star in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE in Pasadena Jonah Platt Will Star in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE in Pasadena
by BWW News Desk on October 04, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP), in association with Pasadena Playhouse have announced casting for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE. Jonah Platt (Broadway's Wicked) will star as The Beast; Gedde Watanabe (Broadway's Pacific Overtures, John Hughes' Sixteen Candles) as Maurice; Jared Gertner (Broadway's The Book Of Mormon) as Pierre; and John Tartaglia (Broadway's Shrek The Musical), and as Bistro. (more...)
Santa Ana College Theatre Arts Presents HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL Santa Ana College Theatre Arts Presents HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk on October 01, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Santa Ana College Department of Theatre Arts (SACTA) presents the first production of its 2017/2018 season, Heathers: The Musical by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, directed by Chris Cannon. (more...)
South Coast Repertory Announces Events from October 2017-January 2018 South Coast Repertory Announces Events from October 2017-January 2018
by BWW News Desk on September 29, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Here is the performance schedule for South Coast Repertory for the four-month period of October 2017-January 2018. (more...)
Children of Rock to Hit the Road on SCHOOL OF ROCK National Tour; Dates Announced! Children of Rock to Hit the Road on SCHOOL OF ROCK National Tour; Dates Announced!
by BWW News Desk on September 30, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced his high-octane Broadway and West End hit School of Rock - The Musical will launch a US National Tour in Rochester, NY, at RBTL's Auditorium Theatre in September 2017. (more...)
ALICE IN WONDERLAND to Dance Into Orange County with Festival Ballet Theatre ALICE IN WONDERLAND to Dance Into Orange County with Festival Ballet Theatre
by BWW News Desk on September 29, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Festival Ballet Theatre will present Lewis Carroll's classic tale Alice In Wonderland at Irvine Barclay Theatre on October 14-15, 2017. (more...)
BWW Feature: BANGING LANIE's Allison Powell Goes Live Tonight  on Facebook BWW Feature: BANGING LANIE's Allison Powell Goes Live Tonight on Facebook
by Ellen Dostal on September 29, 2017 in Costa Mesa

BANGING LANIE is a 21st century John Hughes-style comedy starring Allison Powell that explores what happens when a girl takes her virginity into her own hands. The film is currently raising funds on Kickstarter and tonight at 7pm PST/10pm EST, Powell will go LIVE on Facebook in what promises to be a hilarious and eye-opening conversation. (more...)
The Hilarious Varla Jean Merman Headlines The Copa Palm Springs In BAD HEROINE The Hilarious Varla Jean Merman Headlines The Copa Palm Springs In BAD HEROINE
by David Green on September 29, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Varla Jean Merman brings her newest acclaimed show, 'Varla Jean Merman: Bad Heroine' to The Copa Room in Palm Springs for two standing room only performances in October. Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman (who boasts that Ernest Borgnine is her father and Ethel Merman is her mother) is perhaps best known for her role in the 2003 independent film Girls will be Girls. (more...)
Dezart Performs Kicks Off  10th Anniversary Season With Off-Broadway Hit Comedy THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE Dezart Performs Kicks Off 10th Anniversary Season With Off-Broadway Hit Comedy THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
by David Green on September 29, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Dezart Performs will begin its milestone 10th Anniversary Season on November 3rd with THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, an outrageously funny comedy that premiered Off-Broadway in 2015 and drew critical raves. The nonprofit theater company will present eight performances (November 3-12) of THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, a heartwarming gender-bending comedy which is an official Pride Week event. THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE was a New York Times Critic's Pick: A stitch-in-your-side new comedy full of sass and good spirits! (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/29 - BRIDGES, A CHORUS LINE, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 9/29 - BRIDGES, A CHORUS LINE, and More!
by BWW Special on September 29, 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 BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, A CHORUS LINE, and More! (more...)