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Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Aug. 20 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Aug. 20
by Audition Roundup on August 20, 2017 in Des Moines

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, August 20, 2017 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Comedian Susan Rice Performs at Wesley Homes Des Moines Comedian Susan Rice Performs at Wesley Homes Des Moines
by BWW News Desk on August 18, 2017 in Des Moines

Wesley Homes retirement communities welcomes clean comedian Susan Rice to its Des Moines campus on Friday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. For reservations, call 206-824-5000. (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 Des Moines

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...)
Coralville Arts Commission Hosts Diversity Workshop Coralville Arts Commission Hosts Diversity Workshop
by BWW News Desk on August 11, 2017 in Des Moines

Local arts organizations and individuals are invited to Developing Diversity, Elevating Equity in an effort to expand our understanding and affect inclusive change. (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 Des Moines

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: UNNECESSARY FARCE at Ankeny Community Theatre BWW Review: UNNECESSARY FARCE at Ankeny Community Theatre
by Nolan Boggess on August 06, 2017 in Des Moines

What do you get when two undercover cops, a clueless mayor, his wife, a security guard, an accountant and the Scottish mob collide in two conjoining motel rooms set somewhere in the middle of America? The answer has to be a poorly thought out joke or the play Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith, which is the final show of Ankeny Community Theatre's 35th season. Luckily, the cast of Unnecessary Farce does great wonders with this complicated joke and provides a wild and farcical time while squeezing out every ounce of humor in this lackluster and predictable script. (more...)
Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Aug. 6 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Aug. 6
by Audition Roundup on August 06, 2017 in Des Moines

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, August 6, 2017 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Des Moines - Week of 8/06/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Des Moines - Week of 8/06/2017
by BWW on August 06, 2017 in Des Moines

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/06/2017 for Des Moines (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 Des Moines

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...)
BWW Review: THE AMEN CORNER at Pyramid Theatre Company BWW Review: THE AMEN CORNER at Pyramid Theatre Company
by Nolan Boggess on July 31, 2017 in Des Moines

Redemption is on the mind in Pyramid Theatre Company's The Amen Corner, the classic James Baldwin show that completes Pyramid's summer season. Baldwin's play often rests on questions concerning redemption, sacrifice, and spirituality making the show a fitting choice for Pyramid after two successful seasons in Des Moines. While this production is able to bring spirit and liveliness through its passionate performances, often times the delivery gets lost in Baldwin's layered script and comes across as plain confusing. (more...)
Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 30 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 30
by Audition Roundup on July 30, 2017 in Des Moines

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 30, 2017 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Des Moines - Week of 7/30/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Des Moines - Week of 7/30/2017
by BWW on July 30, 2017 in Des Moines

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/30/2017 for Des Moines (more...)
BWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS at Urbandale Community Theatre BWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS at Urbandale Community Theatre
by Nolan Boggess on July 30, 2017 in Des Moines

Although Urbandale Community Theatre's dedication to producing classic shows may be safer than putting on contemporary pieces, a classic must be done in a fresh way in order to convince the audience that the show must be seen. This production remains fresh enough to receive that seal of approval and entertains in spite of certain scenes that slow down the action. I will say that I wish Urbandale Community Theatre would sometimes be riskier in its selection of show, but Guys & Dolls convinces me enough that classics are here to stay. (more...)
BWW Review: MISSISSIPPI GODDAMN at Pyramid Theatre Company BWW Review: MISSISSIPPI GODDAMN at Pyramid Theatre Company
by Nolan Boggess on July 28, 2017 in Des Moines

In times of great distress, fear can make people do terrible things. It can push wives to turn on husbands, mothers to turn on children, and neighbors to turn on neighbors. This idea surrounds Mississippi Goddamn, a new play by Jonathan Norton that received its first official staging at Pyramid Theatre Company last night. Norton's new play is a force to be reckoned with, as he looks into the fear and actions of one family living next to Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers while investigating what acts of betrayal lie under one household. Although Mississippi Goddamn could benefit from slightly tightening technical and delivery aspects, Norton's story and sincere performances from the entire cast drive the idea of fear and betrayal home to create a wonderfully tense and exciting performance. (more...)
Des Moines Playhouse Performance Academy presents THE MUSIC MAN JR. Des Moines Playhouse Performance Academy presents THE MUSIC MAN JR.
by BWW News Desk on July 28, 2017 in Des Moines

The Des Moines Community Playhouse Performance Academy presents 'Meredith Willson's The Music Man Jr.,' July 28-29, 2017. Shows are today, July 28, at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, and on Saturday, July 29, at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Tickets are $10 all ages and can be purchased at dmplayhouse.com or at the Playhouse ticket office. (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 Des Moines

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...)
Des Moines Community Playhouse Throws the City a Summer Street Party Des Moines Community Playhouse Throws the City a Summer Street Party
by BWW News Desk on July 27, 2017 in Des Moines

The city is invited to a Summer Street Party, 5:00-8:30 PM, Thursday, August 3, 2017, on Rollins Avenue between 42nd Street and 41st Street. Hosted by #ShopRoosevelt, Roosevelt Cultural District, and the Des Moines Community Playhouse's Curtain Crowd, the block party features food trucks, live music, kids activities, and a live visual arts creation. (more...)
Des Moines Community Playhouse Announces 2017 Dionysos Awards Honorees Des Moines Community Playhouse Announces 2017 Dionysos Awards Honorees
by BWW News Desk on July 24, 2017 in Des Moines

The Des Moines Community Playhouse held the 2017 Dionysos Awards on Sunday, July 23. The theatre honored 21 backstage, front-of-house, and education volunteers, and announced 10 acting award winners. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Des Moines - Week of 7/23/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Des Moines - Week of 7/23/2017
by BWW on July 23, 2017 in Des Moines

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/23/2017 for Des Moines (more...)
BWW Previews: GUYS AND DOLLS at Urbandale Community Theatre BWW Previews: GUYS AND DOLLS at Urbandale Community Theatre
by Nolan Boggess on July 21, 2017 in Des Moines

For the past two decades, Urbandale Community Theatre has been entertaining the local community with an annual summer musical theatre production. This tradition continues this year with a new production of Guys and Dolls running July 21 - 30, 2017. Guys and Dolls, the 1950 Frank Loesser production that has been a staple of American musical theatre since its debut, also continues Urbandale Community Theatre's tradition of utilizing a volunteer cast, crew, and orchestra in combination with a professional production team to create a polished theatrical experience that reaches all areas of the Urbandale community. (more...)
DM Playhouse to Honor Acting Legends With Summer Reception DM Playhouse to Honor Acting Legends With Summer Reception
by BWW News Desk on July 22, 2017 in Des Moines

The Des Moines Community Playhouse honors legends Steve Berry, Gina Gedler, Linda Juckette, and Joe Tish today, July 22. (more...)
Des Moines Playhouse Performance Academy presents THE MUSIC MAN JR. Des Moines Playhouse Performance Academy presents THE MUSIC MAN JR.
by BWW News Desk on July 21, 2017 in Des Moines

The Des Moines Community Playhouse Performance Academy presents 'Meredith Willson's The Music Man Jr.,' July 28-29, 2017. Shows are on Friday, July 28, at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, and on Saturday, July 29, at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Tickets are $10 all ages and can be purchased at dmplayhouse.com or at the Playhouse ticket office. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/21 - NEWSIES, MAMMA MIA, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/21 - NEWSIES, MAMMA MIA, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on July 21, 2017 in Des Moines

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, Mamma Mia, and More! (more...)
BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors
by BWW News Desk on July 20, 2017 in Des Moines

BroadwayWorld is looking for performers, designers, directors, musicians and more to join our team as bloggers to give our readers a behind the scenes look at what goes into getting a production opening night ready! (more...)
DM Playhouse's Final Act Ensemble to Perform Evening of Radio Shows DM Playhouse's Final Act Ensemble to Perform Evening of Radio Shows
by BWW News Desk on July 18, 2017 in Des Moines

The Des Moines Community Playhouse's Final Act Ensemble presents their annual summer showcase, an evening of radio shows, Today, July 18, at 7:00 PM. (more...)