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BWW Review: Encore Theatre District's BEYOND THERAPY is a Fine Production. BWW Review: Encore Theatre District's BEYOND THERAPY is a Fine Production.
by Audrey Liebross on May 22, 2018 in Palm Springs

Encore Theatre District is providing a welcome addition to the Coachella Valley theatre scene. The cast of its current play, Durang's BEYOND THERAPY, is filled with talented performers who all do a fine job with their roles and who provide a great deal of laughs. Director Tiffanie Patscheck has the actors engage in some very funny visual business, much of it involving glasses of water and a yoga-obsessed therapist, which alone are worth seeing.  (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 Palm Springs

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...)
THE LUCIE ARNAZ AWARDS In California Announce Their Winners For The 2018 NHSMTA THE LUCIE ARNAZ AWARDS In California Announce Their Winners For The 2018 NHSMTA
by David Green on May 22, 2018 in Palm Springs

On Sunday, May 20, at The Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs Marisa Moehno of Murrietta Valley High School and Garrett Hoy of Musical Theatre University were named the LucieA Award Winners for Outstanding Actress and Actor, respectively, at the Lucie Arnaz Awards for High School Musical Theatre. The Lucie Arnaz Awards were created and founded by David Green, who's Broadway alumni include Tony nominees Stephanie Block, Susan Egan, Lindsay Mendez and Matthew Morrison, to name a few, in collaboration with Ms Arnaz in an effort to support, sustain, grow and inspire quality performing arts experiences for young people in The Inland Empire. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Palm Springs - Week of 5/20/2018 Now Playing Onstage in Palm Springs - Week of 5/20/2018
by BWW on May 20, 2018 in Palm Springs

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/20/2018 for Palm Springs (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/18 - A CHORUS LINE, LES MIS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, And More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/18 - A CHORUS LINE, LES MIS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, And More!
by BWW Special on May 18, 2018 in Palm Springs

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, LES MIS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, And More! (more...)
PSYCHO THE MUSICAL Returns To Palm Springs PSYCHO THE MUSICAL Returns To Palm Springs
by BWW News Desk on May 17, 2018 in Palm Springs

'Psycho the Musical' returns to Palm Springs for a limited engagement Memorial Day weekend- one year after it's incredible sold out run. (more...)
BWW Review: GYPSY at Palm Canyon Theatre BWW Review: GYPSY at Palm Canyon Theatre
by Stan Jenson on May 14, 2018 in Palm Springs

Since its Broadway debut in 1959, Gypsy has been revered as one of the finest American musicals ever written. The touching - and sometimes horrifying - story of the quintessential stage mother bulldozing her two daughters into Vaudeville is based on Gypsy Rose Lee's autobiography, but focuses on Rose, her mother. The show either succeeds or fails based on the performance of Rose, and Palm Canyon Theatre's current production succeeds in trumps with the powerhouse delivery of Jaci Davis. Her voice fills every ounce of the theatre, and her energy in speaking, moving and singing never flags during an almost-three-hour performance! (more...)
BWW Previews: THE 39 STEPS at Desert Theatreworks BWW Previews: THE 39 STEPS at Desert Theatreworks
by Stan Jenson on May 13, 2018 in Palm Springs

Hitchcock has never been funnier! This summer, Desert Theatreworks is presenting a stage adaptation of Hitchcock's film classic, The 39 Steps, but the suspenseful drama becomes a side-splitting comedy when the entire story involving dozens of characters is presented with only four actors, a handful of chairs, and couple of boxes. The mix of melodrama, action and lots of quick-change costuming all takes place in just 100 minutes. The results are hilarious! (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/11 - TONY DANZA, LES MISERABLES, THE WHO'S TOMMY, And More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/11 - TONY DANZA, LES MISERABLES, THE WHO'S TOMMY, And More!
by BWW Special on May 11, 2018 in Palm Springs

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 TONY DANZA, LES MISERABLES, THE WHO'S TOMMY, And More! (more...)
BWW Interview: Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Is LIVE AT THE MCCALLUM With The Coachella Valley Symphony BWW Interview: Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Is LIVE AT THE MCCALLUM With The Coachella Valley Symphony
by David Green on May 03, 2018 in Palm Springs

Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Joins The Coachella Valley Symphony for a very special 'one night only' concert that will feature her greatest hits and more on Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 pm at The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. Ms. Manchester may be best known for her hits 'Midnight Blue', 'Whenever I Call You Friend' and 'Don't Cry Out Loud' but her illustrious career also includes work on stage, in film and television. I had the opportunity to catch up with Ms. Manchester as she was preparing for her upcoming concert in the desert. Here are a few excerpts from that interview. (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at College Of The Desert BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at College Of The Desert
by Stan Jenson on May 04, 2018 in Palm Springs

Who says lightning can't strike twice? Last summer, Palm Canyon Theatre staged In the Heights, the first Broadway smash hit by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton). Their houses were filled, their audiences thrilled, and young viewers arrived in droves to hear music that actually spoke to them. College of the Desert had a brainstorm and asked the same artistic team to re-stage the show as COD's spring musical, supplying them with a professional orchestra, the Valley's finest performing arts center, and professional stage technicians. The resulting new production of In the Heights, appearing this weekend only at The McCallum Theatre, is hands-down the most energetic and talented production I have ever seen a college deliver! It felt like a regional workshop of a production had been moved to Broadway, and the resulting production was a thrill! (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/4 - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RAGTIME, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/4 - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RAGTIME, and More!
by BWW Special on May 04, 2018 in Palm Springs

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 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RAGTIME, and More! (more...)
Spend An Elegant Afternoon Local Valley Favorite, Keisha D Spend An Elegant Afternoon Local Valley Favorite, Keisha D
by BWW News Desk on April 30, 2018 in Palm Springs

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, popular local singer Keisha D will make her 5th appearance at the Arthur Newman Theater in 'An Elegant Afternoon With Keisha D'. The show is part of the Cabaret On Sundays Series, now in it's 8th season. Her musical director and pianist will be Alex Danson, and on Guitar will be Jim Moraco. (more...)
Desert Ensemble Theatre Announces New Season, New Leadership Desert Ensemble Theatre Announces New Season, New Leadership
by BWW News Desk on April 30, 2018 in Palm Springs

???????Desert Ensemble Theatre Company (DETC) has announced its 2018-19 season, including the musical revue Double Time as its Eighth Season Opening Gala; For a Reason, a new drama by Palm Springs' acclaimed playwright Tony Padilla; Proof, the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Drama; and Graceland/Asleep on the Wind, a pair of intimate, one-act dramedies. (more...)
BWW Review: 2 ACROSS at Coachella Valley Repertory BWW Review: 2 ACROSS at Coachella Valley Repertory
by Stan Jenson on April 30, 2018 in Palm Springs

Coachella Valley Repertory's 2017-2018 season theme is "Romance: Real or Imagined." As with a fine meal, they are wrapping up their season with a frothy dessert, 2 Across. This charming comedy about two people who meet on a train is as light as a souffle, and just as delicious. Like any fine dish, it relies on top ingredients and the cast, direction, and technical details all are delivered at that highly professional level we have grown to expect from CV Rep. (more...)
BWW Preview: May the Fourth Fest Returns to Riverside BWW Preview: May the Fourth Fest Returns to Riverside
by Audrey Liebross on April 27, 2018 in Palm Springs

Riverside's May the 4th Fest - the annual unofficial party for 'Star Wars' fans - returns, when else, on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium 3485 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA. (more...)
The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre Presents 2 ACROSS The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre Presents 2 ACROSS
by BWW News Desk on April 27, 2018 in Palm Springs

The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre (CVRep) has announced it will present hit TV Writer/Producer Jerry Mayer's delightful two-person play, 2 ACROSS. In keeping with this season's CVRep theme of ROMANCE, REAL OR IMAGINED, 2 ACROSS is Jerry Mayer's smash hit comedy of crosswords and romance that asks the burning question, 'Can a crossword puzzle change your life?' Jerry Mayer is a playwright with several decades' worth of television comedy credits. An executive producer for 'The Facts of Life,' he wrote for 'Bewitched,' 'The Bob Newhart Show,' 'M*A*S*H*', 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', and 'All InThe Family.' (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/27 - THE LION KING, SCHOOL OF ROCK, SISTER ACT and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/27 - THE LION KING, SCHOOL OF ROCK, SISTER ACT and More!
by BWW Special on April 27, 2018 in Palm Springs

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 BRIGHT STAR, ALADDIN, THE MUSIC MAN and More! (more...)
Chico's Angels Are Back With VIVA LAS CHICAS In Los Angeles & Palm Springs! Chico's Angels Are Back With VIVA LAS CHICAS In Los Angeles & Palm Springs!
by BWW News Desk on April 25, 2018 in Palm Springs

The south of the border hotties, Chico's Angels are proud to announce the return of their sold out one hour variety show: VIVA LAS CHICAS! Chico's Angels Variety Hour will entertain the audience with songs, dance and comedy in Los Angeles & Palm Springs!  The show stars Kay Sedia, Frieda Laye, Chita Parol & Bossman. (more...)
SONGS OF SARAH to Tribute Sarah Vaughan Starring Rose Mallett SONGS OF SARAH to Tribute Sarah Vaughan Starring Rose Mallett
by BWW News Desk on April 24, 2018 in Palm Springs

Local singer Rose Mallett will present her new one-woman tribute to Sarah Vaughan, 'Songs of Sarah' at 2 PM on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Arthur Newman Theater in Palm Desert. Joining Ms. Mallett will be musicians: David Ring, Danny Flahive, and Tim Pleasant. Tickets for this one performance only are $15 cash at the box office that opens at 1 PM. (more...)
Photo Flash: Pop Star Debbie Gibson Honored with Palm Springs Walk of Fame Star Photo Flash: Pop Star Debbie Gibson Honored with Palm Springs Walk of Fame Star
by BWW News Desk on April 23, 2018 in Palm Springs

On Friday, April 20, 2018, Chico's Angels were among the presenters for music icon, Debbie Gibson, who received her Star in Palm Springs, California.   Gibson  was honored with the 425th Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, located at:130 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. (more...)
No Longer ONLY IN MY DREAMS! Debbie Gibson Receives A Star On The Palm Springs Walk Of Stars No Longer ONLY IN MY DREAMS! Debbie Gibson Receives A Star On The Palm Springs Walk Of Stars
by David Green on April 23, 2018 in Palm Springs

On Friday, April 20, 2018, Chico's Angels were among the presenters for music icon, Debbie Gibson, who received her Star in Palm Springs, California. Gibson  was honored with the 425th Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, located at:130 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. For 30 years, Debbie Gibson has proven she's an entertainer of immeasurable talent. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, she embodies what it truly means to be an entertainer. A music prodigy, Gibson burst on the Billboard Pop Charts at the tender age of 16 with the self-penned 'Only In My Dreams.' (more...)
Palm Springs Opera Guild Brings Opera Outreach To Over 15,000 Children In The Palm Springs Unified School District Palm Springs Opera Guild Brings Opera Outreach To Over 15,000 Children In The Palm Springs Unified School District
by David Green on April 23, 2018 in Palm Springs

Palm Springs Opera Guild, one of the longest-standing cultural institutions in the Coachella Valley, will conduct its annual Opera in Schools outreach program at eighteen Palm Springs Unified School District schools across the Coachella Valley. This innovative program, which runs May 16 - June 1 and will celebrate its 14th year, demystifies opera as an art form and positively inspires students by demonstrating that opera is an accessible, entertaining medium. Since 2005 the Opera Guild has made a positive impact on local students. Last year, the two-week program impacted more than 15,000 students grades K-12. While primarily directed at children, the program also educates teachers, administrators, and student's families.  (more...)
BWW Review: JEWTOPIA at Desert Theatreworks BWW Review: JEWTOPIA at Desert Theatreworks
by Stan Jenson on April 22, 2018 in Palm Springs

Desert Theatreworks is finishing their season with a bang - a top-notch production of the truly smart and hilarious comedy, Jewtopia. Two friends, one Jewish and one Gentile, are looking for girls to date. The Gentile wants a Jewish girl so he will never have to make another decision in his life, the Jew wants a Gentile girl who can cook, join him in sports, and take care of repairs around the house. Their search pokes gentle fun at stereotypes, particularly those assigned to Jews, but the writing is extremely funny, and DTW's delivery under director Lance Phillips-Martinez is top notch! (more...)
BWW Review: DARE at Desert Rose Playhouse BWW Review: DARE at Desert Rose Playhouse
by Stan Jenson on April 22, 2018 in Palm Springs

'Message Plays' are a difficult breed. When they hammer you with their themes, they are more painful than an over-long sermon on a hot Sunday morning. However, when they click, as Desert Rose's production of Dare does on all cylinders, they deliver one of the highest functions of theatre: entertainment that educates. An outstanding company of actors, under the direction of Jim Strait, bring Texas playwright Allan Baker's new script to life, and our 'lessons' are eagerly lapped up! (more...)