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Cast Announced For DREAMGIRLS At Mill Mountain Theatre Photo Cast Announced For DREAMGIRLS At Mill Mountain Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 25, 2020

The complete cast is set for Mill Mountain Theatre's upcoming Spring Musical: Dreamgirls, running March 25 - April 11 on the Trinkle MainStage. A dazzling journey through 20th-century American popular music, Dreamgirls follows the rising stardom of The Dreamettes, an all-girl Motown group from Chicago. Known for its 2006 feature film adaptation starring Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls is filled with show-stopping musical numbers from the genres of gospel, R&B, smooth pop, disco, and more.

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents MAJOR BARBARA Photo Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents MAJOR BARBARA
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 21, 2020

Gingold Theatrical Group commences the 15th Season of Project Shaw, a special series of evenings of plays that embrace human rights and free speech. All of GTG's programming, inspired by the works of George Bernard Shaw, are designed to provoke peaceful discussion and activism. This series is presented monthly at Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).

BWW Review: BAROQUE CAROLS, AND HUNGER FOR THE CROWN, IS THE ORIGIN STORY OF CHRISTMA Photo BWW Review: BAROQUE CAROLS, AND HUNGER FOR THE CROWN, IS THE ORIGIN STORY OF CHRISTMASES OF YESTERYEAR IN THE LION IN WINTER at FreeFall Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - Nov 25, 2019

Upon entering the space the audience is immediately surrounded by the dwellings of a castle. The beautiful set design by Tom Hansen lent itself well to this harkened tale of Christmas in England. Henry II, King of England and his ward Alais are seen talking about their love and the King donning a Blood Red Crown that has been exquisitely crafted to the finest detail. Soon we meet the three sons of King Henry, Richard Lionheart, John and Geoffrey. All three are bastards in the eyes of King Henry and all three feel their stake at the Crown is higher, and more deserving than the others. Whether written into the script or a Directors choice, the use of Christmas carols, both modern and Baroque was a nice touch and lent itself well to the story and made scene changes seamless. A nice touch from the set design was having the pieces of the King's table fly in from up above and added nicely to the set. The texture of having the candles on every inch of the set, gave the castle a warm feeling and made it also feel very elegant and regal.

Photo Flash: THE LION IN WINTER at FreeFALL Theatre Photo Photo Flash: THE LION IN WINTER at FreeFALL Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 14, 2019

freeFall Theatre cordially invites you to spend the holidays with the Royal Family. The Lion in Winter plays from November 23 through December 22. Best known for the 1968 film adaptation starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn, this viciously funny drama is a high-stakes chess game where the pieces constantly change sides, and no one is spared the sword. 

FreeFall Theatre Will Bring THE LION IN WINTER to the Stage Photo FreeFall Theatre Will Bring THE LION IN WINTER to the Stage
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 13, 2019

freeFall Theatre cordially invites you to spend the holidays with the Royal Family. The Lion in Winter plays from November 23 through December 22. Best known for the 1968 film adaptation starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn, this viciously funny drama is a high-stakes chess game where the pieces constantly change sides, and no one is spared the sword.

Prospect Premieres 8 New Mini-Musicals This Weekend Photo Prospect Premieres 8 New Mini-Musicals This Weekend
by Stephi Wild - May 31, 2019

This weekend, Prospect Theater Company, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Cara Reichel and Managing Director Melissa Huber, presents Message In A Bottle, a collection of original mini-musicals in concert, the culmination of Prospect's annual musical theater lab process. Message In A Bottle, the company's 13th lab production, will be presented on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 2 at 2:00pm at The A.R.T. / New York Theatres (502 West 53rd St, NYC). The lab will feature performances by an ensemble of Prospect alumni artists, and newcomers: Joanna Carpenter, Christopher Cherry, Diego Diaz, Ellis Gage, Alyssa Gomez, Sevan Greene, Jiho Kang, Patty Nieman, Allison Posner, Alicia Thomas, and Jeff Williams.

BWW Review: RACISM, THE 1950'S,AND STRONG LIFE LESSONS ARE THE ROOT OF LYNNE NOTTAGE' Photo BWW Review: RACISM, THE 1950'S,AND STRONG LIFE LESSONS ARE THE ROOT OF LYNNE NOTTAGE'S POWERFUL CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY. at FreeFall Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - Apr 16, 2019

The setting strikes a chord with the audience upon entering the space. Hardwood floors, a simple flat set to the backdrop of the Brooklyn Skyline. The time is the 1950's the season, fall. Five actors/actresses tell the plight of this family in a struggling neighborhood in Brooklyn, and the events that envelope them truly show the heart, and passion inside each and every one of its' centralized characters.

Photo Flash: First Look at freeFall's CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY Photo Photo Flash: First Look at freeFall's CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY
by Stephi Wild - Mar 25, 2019

This Tampa Bay professional theatre premiere is now playing through April 14. Crumbs from the Table of Joy stars Alicia Thomas (Ernestine), Rae Davis (Ermina), and Michael J. Kinsey (Godfrey) as the Crump family. This break out play of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) is the coming of age story of a young African American girl whose family is finding their way through 1950's Brooklyn, as she teeters between filtering her life experiences through the fantasy of movies and learning the real poetry and pain of the world. Crumbs from the Table of Joy also stars freeFall favorites Trenell Mooring (freeFall's Our Town and The Little Prince) and Emilee Dupre (Broadway's Chaplin and freeFall's smash hit Cabaret.

Lynn Nottage's CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY Comes To FreeFall In St. Petersburg Photo Lynn Nottage's CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY Comes To FreeFall In St. Petersburg
by Stephi Wild - Mar 14, 2019

Rehearsals are underway for freeFall's production of Lynn Nottage's Crumbs from the Table of Joy. This Tampa Bay professional theatre premiere opens March 23 and runs through April 14. Crumbs from the Table of Joy stars Alicia Thomas (Ernestine), Rae Davis (Ermina), and Michael J. Kinsey (Godfrey) as the Crump family. This break out play for two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) is the coming of age story of a young African American girl whose family is finding their way through 1950's Brooklyn, as she teeters between filtering her life experiences through the fantasy of movies and learning the real poetry and pain of the world. Crumbs from the Table of Joy also stars freeFall favorites Trenell Mooring (freeFall's Our Town and The Little Prince) and Emilee Dupre (Broadway's Chaplin and freeFall's smash hit Cabaret).

Cast Announced For FreeFall's CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY Photo Cast Announced For FreeFall's CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY
by Stephi Wild - Mar 7, 2019

Rehearsals are already underway for freeFall's next production of Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright Lynn Nottage's Crumbs from the Table of Joy. This Tampa Bay professional theatre premiere opens March 23 and runs through April 14. Crumbs from the Table of Joy stars Alicia Thomas (Ernestine), Rae Davis (Ermina) and Michael Kinsey (Godfrey) as the Crumb family. This break out play by Lynn Nottage is the coming of age story of a young African American girl whose family is finding its way through 1950's Brooklyn, as she teeters between filtering her life experiences through the fantasy of movies and learning the real poetry and pain of the world. Crumbs from the Table of Joy also stars freeFall favorites Trenell Mooring (freeFall's Our Town & The Little Prince) and Emilee Dupre (Broadway's Chaplin, freeFall's smash hit Cabaret).

Band And Special Guests Revealed For Greg Driscoll's Cabaret: Making Lemonade Photo Band And Special Guests Revealed For Greg Driscoll's Cabaret: Making Lemonade
by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2018

'Take the sourest lemons that life has to offer and try to turn it into something resembling lemonade.' Dr. K in NBCs This Is Us.

Photo Flash: First Look at HEIST! at the Players Theatre Photo Photo Flash: First Look at HEIST! at the Players Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Jul 27, 2018

HEIST! is a new musical comedy about an enterprising team of thieves who attempt the biggest con Broadway has ever seen, will make its world premiere this summer, in a limited pre-Off Broadway engagement on Thursday, August 9th through Sunday, September 2nd at the Players Theatre, 115 McDougal Street (between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets). Directed by James Will McBride, the production features a book and lyrics by Alex Koceja, music by Michael Uselmann and choreography by Jenna Haimes.

New Musical Comedy HEIST! Announces Special Preview Photo New Musical Comedy HEIST! Announces Special Preview
by Julie Musbach - Jul 18, 2018

HEIST!, the new musical comedy about an enterprising team of thieves who attempt the biggest con Broadway has ever seen, will make its world premiere this summer, in a limited sneak peek preview engagement beginning Thursday, August 9th and continuing through Sunday, September 2nd only

Photo Flash: Photo Flash: American Stage Presents THE PRODUCERS Photo Photo Flash: Photo Flash: American Stage Presents THE PRODUCERS
by Julie Musbach - May 8, 2018

American Stage in the Park brings Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy to Demens Landing! Winner of a record twelve Tony Awards including 'Best Musical', The Producers sets the standard for modern, outrageous humor. The story centers around down-on-his-luck Broadway producer, Max Bialystock (Matthew McGee), and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom (James LaRosa), who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an 'equal opportunity offender!' Contains some mature content. Parental guidance is suggested.

BWW Review: Matthew McGee Showcases His Immense Talent in American Stage in the Park' Photo BWW Review: Matthew McGee Showcases His Immense Talent in American Stage in the Park's Winning THE PRODUCERS
by Peter Nason - Apr 26, 2018

It's been a long time since I've had this much fun at any show.

Matthew McGee And James LaRosa To Star In THE PRODUCERS At American Stage Photo Matthew McGee And James LaRosa To Star In THE PRODUCERS At American Stage
by Stephi Wild - Apr 10, 2018

American Stage in the Park brings Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy to Demens Landing! Winner of a record twelve Tony Awards including 'Best Musical', The Producers sets the standard for modern, outrageous humor. The story centers around down-on-his-luck Broadway producer, Max Bialystock (Matthew McGee), and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom (James LaRosa), who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an 'equal opportunity offender!' Contains some mature content. Parental guidance is suggested.

Nominees Announced for the 2017 Innovative Theatre Awards; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

On Monday, July 24, 2017, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 13 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2017 nominees at its annual event, The IT Party.

BWW REVIEW: APAC Presents A Lively and Long Overdue Revival of the 1974 Tony-Winning Musical, Raisin
by Victoria Ordin - May 11, 2017

'There was a musical version of Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun?': this has been universal response of friends who knew I reviewing RAISIN. Even Dev Bondarin, the artistic director of APAC (Astoria Performing Arts Center) who directed the current production, only became aware of the show in college, during an historical survey of musical theater. I will leave it to others to speculate why a musical nominated for nine Tony awards--including Best Original Score, Best Choreography, Best Book--and the winner of two statues (best musical and Best Leading Actress) has all but vanished from theatrical memory. But one hopes that Bondarin's production will restore Raisin to its rightful place in the musical theater canon, not because it takes up relevant social and political topics (which it does), but because it's a fine show with compelling music and lyrics by Judd Woldin and Robert Brittan and sharp, elegant by Hansberry's ex-husband and literary executor, Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zalztberg. (The cast album also won a Grammy in 1975.)

RAISIN Musical to Return to NYC After 42-Year Hiatus This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

The award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) will present a limited engagement of the critically acclaimed musical Raisin this Spring. Winner of the 1974 Tony Award for Best Musical and based on Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play, this timeless musical will return to New York City after a 42-year hiatus, May 4 - 27, 2017, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (at 30th Road), Astoria, NY 11102.