AUGUST RUSH to Make World Premiere in Chicago; Creative Includes John Doyle, Glen Berger, Mark Mancina, and more AUGUST RUSH to Make World Premiere in Chicago; Creative Includes John Doyle, Glen Berger, Mark Mancina, and more
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2019

Chicago audiences will be the first to see August Rush: The Musical, a world premiere musical crafted by some of the top creative artists working in American theater today, based on the Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film about a musically gifted orphan and the search for his birth parents. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: MOULIN ROUGE Spins Wildly At Boston's Restored Emerson Colonial BWW REVIEW: MOULIN ROUGE Spins Wildly At Boston's Restored Emerson Colonial
by Jan Nargi - Aug 5, 2018

The opulent, newly restored Emerson Colonial, the historic crown jewel among Boston's glittering theatrical houses, is the perfect setting for the equally opulent but imperfect stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's anachronistic 2001 movie musical MOULIN ROUGE. Originally opened in 1900, the ornately adorned gilt and red velvet theater is now celebrating its grand re-opening with a glitzy, gaudy pre-Broadway tryout of a mash-up of 1900 Bohemian Paris and a contemporary jukebox of pop rock, techno, disco and punk music. The result is a whirling dervish of sights and sounds designed more for effect than affect. The audience, obviously familiar with and adoring of the original movie, rapturously cheers on cue. But for those seeking a more nostalgic emotional connection to the material, this MOULIN ROUGE may seem more rock concert than musical theater. (more...)

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at Casa Manana
by Kyle Christopher West - Jun 7, 2017

When ROCK OF AGES (the stage musical…not the dreadful movie) debuted on Broadway in 2014, they were 'Living on a Prayer' that they'd find enough middle-aged former frat guys and metal heads willing to rock out on The Great White Way, but after 2,328 New York performances of people saying 'I Wanna Rock' at the box office, it was clear that they'd gotten 'High Enough' to be a bonafide Broadway hit. [If this is too many 80's puns for you, then ROCK OF AGES probably isn't up your alley, dude.] Now appearing in regional theaters across the country, the musical is nice break from safer titles like JOSEPH, GUYS AND DOLLS or THE MUSIC MAN, which have overly peppered each season at [fill in the blank theatre company]. And although those more familiar shows might find greater success in the Fort Worth dome, this exceptional approach by Casa Manana is a great effort that should be applauded and rewarded by people wanting to see something other than SOUND OF MUSIC. (more...)

DEE SNIDER'S ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE Coming to Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

Starvox Entertainment announced yesterday that iconic rocker Dee Snider is coming to Toronto with a rocking new musical this holiday season. Written by and starring the infamous Twisted Sister frontman, Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale is directed by Adam John Hunter. Produced by John Yonover and Revonoy Productions and presented by Corey Ross and Starvox Entertainment the musical is on stage at the Winter Garden Theatre (189 Yonge St) Nov. 17, 2015 running through the holidays. (more...)

Photo Flash: DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE Celebrates Opening Night in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

The world premiere of DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, written by and starring iconic rocker Dee Snider, directed by Adam John Hunter and produced by John B. Yonover in association with Vicki and Bob Liggett, Charles Brennan and Mary and John Cooper, plays the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) now through Jan. 4, 2015. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Tickets to DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE On Sale 8/22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced individual tickets for the world premiere of DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, written by and starring iconic rocker Dee Snider, directed by Adam John Hunter and produced by John B. Yonover in association with Vicki and Bob Liggett, Charles Brennan and Mary and John Cooper go on sale to the public this Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 AM. DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) Nov. 4, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015. (more...)

Chicagoans Bill McGough, Adam Michaels, Christina Nieves & More to Join Dee Snider in 'ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE' at the Broadway Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced the casting and creative team for the world premiere of DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, written by and starring iconic rocker Dee Snider, directed by Adam John Hunter and produced by John B. Yonover in association with Vicki and Bob Liggett, Charles Brennan and Mary and John Cooper. DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) Nov. 4, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ROCK OF AGES at Bank of America Theatre ... Well, Rocks
by Cara Winter - Mar 12, 2014

ROCK OF AGES at the Bank of America Theatre opened last night to an enthusiastic, packed house. (more...)

DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE to Play Chicago's Broadway Playhouse, Beginning Nov. 2014
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2013

Broadway In Chicago has announce that DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, starring and written by iconic rocker Dee Snider, directed by Adam John Hunter and produced by John B. Yonover, will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) Nov. 4, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015. DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE will be part of the Broadway In Chicago 2014 Fall Season. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Touring Cast of ROCK OF AGES Ignites Audience at Wolf Trap's Filene Center
by Jennifer Perry - Jun 8, 2013

Thanks to a triple threat cast with energy to spare, this silly show is one to see! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Over the Top Production of ROCK OF AGES at the Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Feb 8, 2012

A certain generation (namely, my own) is going to really get a kick out of ROCK OF AGES. Those younger than me will still be amused by its wildly over the top antics, but those that are older may be a bit befuddled by the constant barrage of cultural references from the late 1980's, and probably have no familiarity at all with most of the music that's from that era. I think ROCK OF AGES is a gloriously hilarious and completely ridiculous homage to the big hair, hard rock anthem bands that ruled MTV and the radio at that time. This was cruising music when I was in my late teens and early twenties, so I instantly identified with the attitudes presented, and the music that accompanies each melodramatic moment. (more...)

Photo Flash: NYMF's THE HAPPY EMBALMER Rehearsals
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2009

THE HAPPY EMBALMER -- a World-Premiere new musical with book, music and lyrics by Mark Noonan and Nick Oddy, directed and choreographed by Kelly Devine -- is presented by The New York Musical Theatre Festival, starting October 6, 2009 at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, btw 9th and 10th Avenues) in New York City. (more...)

Sweeney Todd: A Tale Worth Attending
by Jan Nargi - Nov 8, 2007

National tour achieves all the darkness and light of John Doyle's 2005 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival (more...)