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Martha Banta Productions

[Broadway, 2001]
Resident Director
[Broadway, 1996]
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THE KING'S WIFE A New Musical Begins Next Week At Adirondack Theatre Festival

Adirondack Theatre Festival has announced starry casting for its concert presentation of the new musical, The King's Wife, as part of its 30th Anniversary Season. The presentation of the new musical runs July 19 - 21.
Chester Theatre Company Announces Full Casting for 35th Season

Full casting has been announced for Chester Theatre Company's 2024 season. 
Review: TICK, TICK...BOOM Explodes Onstage at Pittsburgh CLO

Read the review of the explosive onstage performance of TICK, TICK...BOOM at Pittsburgh CLO. Find out why this show might be even better than Jonathan Larson's famous musical RENT. Running at Pittsburgh CLO.
Pittsburgh CLO Announces The Cast Of TICK, TICK...BOOM!

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the smash hit tick, tick… BOOM! will be the first show to light up the stage at the renovated, new-look Greer Cabaret Theater, Sept. 22-Oct. 22. The Pittsburgh CLO has announced casting for this exclusive engagement, which also marks the return of the Kara Cabaret Series.

Hero Theatre presents the world premiere of Rise: An Immersive Exploration of Gun Violence in Schools, an immersive, site-specific piece devised and directed by Director and Game Designer Jack McCarthy. 
Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces New Producing Artistic Director, Miriam Weisfeld

Miriam Weisfeld most recently served as Director of Artistic Development for the Tony-winning Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. She assumes the position on Sept. 1, 2021 but is in Glens Falls Aug. 1-15 observing production of ATF's final show of the season, 'Traffic and Weather,' which opens Aug. 5.
Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces 2021 Production Lineup

Interim Producing Artistic Director Martha Banta announces Adirondack Theatre Festival is returning to the Charles R. Wood Theater for its 27th season.
NYTW Gala Celebrating the 25th Anniversary Of RENT Premieres Tonight with Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, and More!

New York Theatre Workshop's 2021 Annual Gala, celebrating the Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent, premieres tonight, Tuesday March 2, 2021 at 8PM EST and will remain available to stream through March 6, 2021 at 8PM EST.
Virtual Theatre Today: Tuesday, March 2- with a RENT Reunion and More!

Today (March 2) in live streaming: a Rent reunion, and more!

A quarter century ago, Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking musical, RENT, opened at New York Theatre Workshop. From its humble beginnings at NYTW, this rock musical went on to shape a generation. What began in the East Village traveled to Broadway, across the nation and around the world. While we await showtime, check out a trailer for the big event!
Jesse L. Martin, Fredi Walker-Browne and Kristen Lee Kelly Join RENT 25th Anniversary Gala

New York Theatre Workshop announced today additional performers and presenters for the NYTW 2021 Annual Gala celebrating the Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT. The Gala will be held virtually on Tuesday March 2, 2021 at 8PM EST and will remain available to stream through March 6, 2021 at 8PM EST.
Ordway's Free Virtual Series Is An Invitation To 'Meet The Artists'

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has announced several new guest artists who will appear in the Ordway's 'Meet the Artists,' a series of free livestreamed conversations with performers, directors, designers and more.
NYTW Gala To Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of RENT Featuring Original Cast Members Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, and More!

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of RENT's first performance at New York Theatre Workshop. The NYTW has announced that its 2021 Annual Gala will celebrate the Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. The Gala will be held virtually on Tuesday March 2, 2021 at 8PM EST and will remain available to stream through March 6, 2021 at 8PM EST.
United Solo Announces THE BEST OF Category, Celebrating Artistic Achievement

There has never been a lack of extraordinary talent at United Solo. Year by year, audiences have witnessed some of the most amazing solo artists from all over the world share their talents and stories. Some of these artists have made a particularly incredible mark on the audience's hearts through their performances on the United Solo stage at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in Manhattan. Therefore, during the first two weeks of the 10th anniversary season of United Solo, nearly thirty award-winning performers will be gracing the stage once again in THE BEST OF category.
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Still Rockin' and Rollin' at Wolf Trap

Rock of Ages, directed by Martha Banta and choreographed by Janet Rothermel, is still as Poison coons 'nothin' but a good time.' The cast of Rock of Ages brings concert level energy to the musical. It's contagious and infectious from glam metal songs to the soft rock ballads.
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Lights Up the Landmark Theatre

For one night only, the 10th anniversary touring production of Rock of Ages rocked out at Syracuse's Landmark Theatre. The jukebox musical featuring strobe lights, fog effects, classic '80s hits certainly got the crowd going as the cheesy, yet amusing story of love, hope, and dreams played out. It was 'nothing but a good time' as the energetic rock musical came to life under the direction of Martha Banta featuring powerhouse vocals, spot on '80s costume designs by Cynthia Nordstrom, and out of this world lighting by Mike Baldassari.
Theater Masters Presents TAKE TEN 2019

An evening of stellar 10-minute plays from some of the top MFA playwrights in the country, Theater Masters Take Ten 2019 is an exciting presentation of new short plays from the next generation of American Playwrights. This year's Take Ten features 10-min plays by 6 stellar playwrights from some of the best MFA programs in the country. Presented in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
ROCK OF AGES Digital Lottery And Rush Ticket Policy Announced

Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce there will be a digital lottery and rush tickets for ROCK OF AGES, which will play for a limited one-week engagement at Broadway In Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre (24 W. Randolph) from April 23-28, 2019.
A Life in the Theater: ROCK OF AGES' Katie LaMark Heads Back to Music City

Last time we had the opportunity to talk to Katie LaMark she was on tour with the 20th Anniversary production of Rent, which at the time was heading to Music City for a stand at Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The time was October, 2016, and we were immediately taken by her easy manner, her obvious charm and her appreciation for where she found herself in her career. Now she's back on-tour, playing the role of Sherrie in the 10th anniversary national tour of Rock of Ages, heading back to Nashville this weekend for a three-performance run at TPAC this Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13. And we're happy to report, she's just as great an interview as ever!
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Tenth Anniversary Tour is Ridiculously Rad

If you're a Gen-Xer and/or you've ever belted every totally awesome lyric of a Journey song from the confines of your car and/or you've ever chased a bitchin' dream, you won't want to miss Rock of Ages' one-weekend run at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Plotted around songs by Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, Europe, Bon Jovi, Pat Benetar, and many, many other familiar favorites, this over-the-top, bad-to-the-bone jukebox musical has no problem poking fun at the time period and at itself.

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