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BWW Review: A Place More Magical Than Dreams: MSMT's ALICE IN WONDERLAND Captivates Young and Old BWW Review: A Place More Magical Than Dreams: MSMT's ALICE IN WONDERLAND Captivates Young and Old
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on August 21, 2017 in Maine

In the opening scene of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's Alice in Wonderland, Alice sings of her notion of Wonderland - 'a place where nonsense fills the air, a place more magical than dreams' - and in MSMT's Theatre for Young Audiences' original musical version of this classic, witty nonsense is deliciously blended with flights of imagination to create the perfect fantasy that speaks to audiences of all ages. (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Cast Aside Productions BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Cast Aside Productions
by Elaine Bard on August 21, 2017 in Maine

Have you ever felt unheard or unloved? Then take a seat and allow the 'internationally ignored' rock star, Hedwig, take you on a journey you will never forget. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 8/20/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 8/20/2017
by BWW on August 20, 2017 in Maine

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/20/2017 for Maine (more...)
Snowlion Rep Starts Season with ANYTHING HELPS GOD BLESS Snowlion Rep Starts Season with ANYTHING HELPS GOD BLESS
by BWW News Desk on August 20, 2017 in Maine

Anything Helps God Bless received an immensely successful, and for some, life-changing workshop last December with two sold-out performances.  Audience response was so strong, with calls for the show to 'go national,' that Snowlion Rep will mount a full production of the show as the first offering of its upcoming season of plays that take place in Maine. (more...)
BWW Review: As Time Goes By: THE ALL NIGHT STRUT Revives Music and Memories BWW Review: As Time Goes By: THE ALL NIGHT STRUT Revives Music and Memories
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on August 19, 2017 in Maine

The memories are in the music, and Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage's latest co-production struts, sizzles smiles, and sparkles with energy and latent emotion. Classy, funny, lively, touching, vocally and instrumentally beautiful, this tightly constructed revue, The All Night Strut, offers a journey to an era where the world was in turmoil, time moved more slowly, hearts were worn on sleeves, and swing was the thing. Performed in a stylish production with a quartet of stunning soloists and a trio of fine musicians, this soundtrack of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s tells its story in song and dance and offers theatre-goers a wholly satisfying and warmly memorable experience. (more...)
BWW Interview: Megan Lione is Enlightened by RAGTIME at Ogunquit Playhouse BWW Interview: Megan Lione is Enlightened by RAGTIME at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Christopher Castanho on August 21, 2017 in Maine

Stephen Flaherty's catchy and powerful melodies and Lynn Ahren's poignant lyrics 'It was the music of something beginning, an era exploding, a century spinning. In riches and rags, and in rhythm and rhyme. The people called it Ragtime.' can be heard at Maine's very own Ogunquit Playhouse running now until August 26th. I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with ensemble member Megan Lione to talk about how the story of Ragtime is more important than ever, as it is a piece of theatre that discusses diversity, inclusion, and love. Lione says 'The cast is incredible, all ages and backgrounds. It's really amazing.' (more...)
Photo Coverage: First Look at THE ALL NIGHT STRUT in Portland Photo Coverage: First Look at THE ALL NIGHT STRUT in Portland
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on August 17, 2017 in Maine

Below, take a first look at Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage's 2017 co-production of THE ALL NIGHT STRUT, a musical revue of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, which opens Friday, August 18 in Portland, Maine! (more...)
BWW Interview: Coming Together to Bring Change, Panel Discusses NEWSIES BWW Interview: Coming Together to Bring Change, Panel Discusses NEWSIES
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on August 17, 2017 in Maine

"Newsies is a hit wherever you take it; it had a highly successful Broadway run and national tour and now in these first regional productions, it is the kind of show that brings people from all over to see it again and again. It reaches so many people with its great music and dance and inspiring story. It's a brilliant piece of theatre, and I am honored to be a part of it." (more...)
BWW Previews: THE BUTLER DID IT at Bangor Community Theatre BWW Previews: THE BUTLER DID IT at Bangor Community Theatre
by Elaine Bard on August 17, 2017 in Maine

As the oldest community theatre group in the Greater Bangor area, Bangor Community Theatre is offering up a delicious murder mystery as their first show of their 2017/2018 season. (more...)
Fascination and Fun Flourish in Theater at Monmouth's WHAT'S NEXT FEST Fascination and Fun Flourish in Theater at Monmouth's WHAT'S NEXT FEST
by BWW News Desk on August 17, 2017 in Maine

Theater at Monmouth closes its 48th Summer Repertory Season August 20th, but don't fret, TAM's not done just yet. Right when the curtain falls, TAM is back at it again with the 'What's Next Fest', making old things new and new things classic. Join TAM for their debut week-long celebration of Theatre after a summer of astonishing acts by the 2017 Summer Company. (more...)
Ogunquit Playhouse Cast Honored with Special Guests During HEARTBREAK HOTEL Rehearsal Ogunquit Playhouse Cast Honored with Special Guests During HEARTBREAK HOTEL Rehearsal
by BWW News Desk on August 16, 2017 in Maine

As the world turns its attention to Graceland this week to honor the 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's passing, the Authentic Brand Group/Elvis Presley Enterprises visited the cast of the Ogunquit Playhouse world premiere production of Heartbreak Hotel during rehearsal in New York City today. (more...)
A Fabulous Start to Penobscot Theatre Company's 44th Season Announced A Fabulous Start to Penobscot Theatre Company's 44th Season Announced
by BWW News Desk on August 16, 2017 in Maine

Penobscot Theatre Company kicks off its 2017-2018 Season with the Maine premiere of an a cappella play with music both traditional and timely. The Fabulous Lipitones tells the story of a contemporary barbershop quartet that loses its tenor to a strenuously high B-flat before a major national competition. A scramble ensues to find a suitable replacement, and the best candidate takes everyone by surprise. The production runs from September 7-24, beginning with two discounted previews on September 7-8. All performances will take place at the newly refurbished Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor.   (more...)
Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy to Stage SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy to Stage SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
by BWW News Desk on August 17, 2017 in Maine

Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy will stage Ray Bradbury's creepy classic, Something Wicked This Way Comes, August 17-19 at 7 pm and August 20 at 3:00 pm. All four performances will be at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School, 885 Broadway, Bangor. (more...)
Cast Aside to Bring HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH to Portland Cast Aside to Bring HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH to Portland
by BWW News Desk on August 17, 2017 in Maine

'Internationally ignored song stylist' Hedwig Robinson brings her fourth-wall-smashing rock'n'roll saga to Maine to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and that botched operation. (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 Maine

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...)
Opera House Arts Opens Shakespeare's Intimate Epic HENRY IV Parts 1 & 2 Opera House Arts Opens Shakespeare's Intimate Epic HENRY IV Parts 1 & 2
by BWW News Desk on August 16, 2017 in Maine

Performances begin this week for Henry IV, the final production of the Opera House Arts summer 2017 theatre season. (more...)
Video: THE ALL NIGHT STRUT in Portland
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on August 16, 2017 in Maine

Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage have joined forces for the second year to present a co-production at Portland Stage of THE ALL NIGHT STRUT.  This classy, swinging, moving soundtrack of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s offers a nostalgic step back into time with beloved songs of the Depression, WWII, and post war America, performed by Curt Dale Clark, Missy Dowse, Bryant Martin, and Esther Stilwell. Ed Reichert at the piano leads the band in this lively, warm, funny, and musically memorable evening. (more...)
USM Department of Theatre to present LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC 9/7-8 USM Department of Theatre to present LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC 9/7-8
by BWW News Desk on August 15, 2017 in Maine

USM Department of Theatre to present two nights of 'Last Train to Nibroc' Sept. 7-8 (more...)
ONE WAY TRIP TO MARS: A Rock Opera Makes its World Premiere at Waterville Opera House ONE WAY TRIP TO MARS: A Rock Opera Makes its World Premiere at Waterville Opera House
by BWW News Desk on August 15, 2017 in Maine

One Way Trip to Mars - A Rock Opera makes its world theatrical premiere at the Waterville Opera House August 24 through 27. One Way Trip to Mars is a Broadway bound spectacular, musical and cinematic production that takes audiences on a virtual journey into space and the surface of Mars. The story is told entirely through songs written by Maine musicians Peter Alexander and Johannah Harkness and is directed by Dennis St. Pierre. International recording sensation Fantine will star as "Casssandra," the lead female role and is joined on stage by a cast of professional New York actors, and supported by an 11-piece rock orchestra. For a complete list of performers, visit www.onewaytriptomars.org. (more...)
BWW Previews: LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at Winterport Open Stage BWW Previews: LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at Winterport Open Stage
by Elaine Bard on August 15, 2017 in Maine

Done entirely in monologue format, Love, Loss, and what I wore, deals with female relationships, while using their ever changing wardrobes as a metaphor for life and poignant memories. 28 stories weave together to create a tour de force play that captures female identity in a thought provoking way. (more...)
BWW Review: The Taffetas Sing the Soundtrack of a Sweeter, Kinder Time BWW Review: The Taffetas Sing the Soundtrack of a Sweeter, Kinder Time
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on August 14, 2017 in Maine

One of the many missions of theatre is to entertain, to provide a fantasy escape from the often harsh realities of our contemporary world, and given the horrifying headlines of late, the delightful confection that is The Taffetas offers a welcome retreat into nostalgia for an era that was - at least as we remember it - surely sweeter, simpler, gentler. Rick Lewis' revue imagines a quartet of winsome, homespun singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana, who take the audience on a musical journey through the 'fabulous fifties' at the same time that they offer a glimpse into the lives and dreams of four young women of the era. The result is a polished, stylish, tongue-in-cheek romp that leaves the audience joyful, amused, and more than a little envious of a time gone by. (more...)
BWW Review: RAGTIME Explodes in Rhythm and Rhyme BWW Review: RAGTIME Explodes in Rhythm and Rhyme
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold on August 14, 2017 in Maine

In a bold, beautiful, and powerful production of Ragtime, the Ogunquit Playhouse gives its audience a compelling reminder that, as E. I. Doctorow once said, 'history is the present.' The 1996 musical with book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lyn Ahrens resonates perhaps even more strongly today than it did then with its raw grappling with the issues of race, prejudice, hope and violence and the struggle to define and achieve the American dream. Set in the volatile melting pot of pre- World War I America with its booming industrialization, the influx of vast waves of immigrants, and the social norms challenged by tenuous race relations, Ragtime weaves together the stories of three very different families as each seeks to find his place in the American tapestry. (more...)
BWW Previews: 24 HOUR NEW PLAY FESTIVAL at Ten Bucks Theatre Company BWW Previews: 24 HOUR NEW PLAY FESTIVAL at Ten Bucks Theatre Company
by Elaine Bard on August 14, 2017 in Maine

What did Ten Bucks patrons, performers, and participants describe as 'an incredible experience,' 'beyond amazing,' 'a great joy,' and 'a great time'? (more...)
GUSTER ON THE OCEAN to Hit Portland, ME This August GUSTER ON THE OCEAN to Hit Portland, ME This August
by BWW News Desk on August 12, 2017 in Maine

Twenty-five years ago, a group of college students first performed onstage at Tufts University. In 2017, Guster is celebrating this 25th anniversary with a series of signature events and concerts. Following sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and a four-night run at Boston's Paradise Rock Club, the Guster 25 celebration moves to Portland, Maine in August, with a full weekend of activities, highlighted by an August 12 concert at Thompson's Point. (more...)
Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy to Stage SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy to Stage SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
by BWW News Desk on August 11, 2017 in Maine

Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy will stage Ray Bradbury's creepy classic, Something Wicked This Way Comes, August 17-19 at 7 pm and August 20 at 3:00 pm. All four performances will be at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School, 885 Broadway, Bangor. (more...)