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BWW Review: RAGTIME, PlayMakers Repertory Company Photo BWW Review: RAGTIME, PlayMakers Repertory Company
by Nicole Ackman - Dec 6, 2019

RAGTIME is a musical that is as relevant now as it was in 1998 when it premiered and the production currently on at PlayMakers Repertory Company makes that abundantly clear. While the show might be set in the state of New York in 1906, it makes statements about immigration, race relations, corrupt justice, and women's rights that continue to ring true today. Director Zi Alikhan stages the show as you've never seen before, cutting away the period clothing and elaborate setting to focus on its brilliant music and lyrics and the poignant themes it explores. The new 360 degree theatre layout puts the audience firmly into the action, letting them get even closer to the characters than in a normal show. 

REVIVAL: THE RESURRECTION OF SON HOUSE at Geva Theatre Photo REVIVAL: THE RESURRECTION OF SON HOUSE at Geva Theatre
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - May 5, 2019

To close out their 2018-2019 season Rochester's Geva Theatre chose a piece with deep historical, musical, and local significance. Revival: The Resurrection of Son House was commissioned by Geva in 2015 and received a staged reading that year at their festival 'Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.' The fully-staged production is now getting its world premiere, and it's the perfect capstone to a season rich with history, diverse voices, and new works.

Photo Flash: First Look at REVIVAL: THE RESURRECTION OF SON HOUSE at Geva Theatre Cen Photo Photo Flash: First Look at REVIVAL: THE RESURRECTION OF SON HOUSE at Geva Theatre Center
by Julie Musbach - May 2, 2019

Geva Theatre Center's 46th Season concludes with the world premiere of Revival: The Resurrection of Son House, written and directed by Keith Glover, with music by Son House, Billy Thompson and Keith Glover, musical direction by Billy Thompson and choreography by Norwood Pennewell, in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from May 1 through June 2, 2019.

Geva Theatre Center Presents The World Premiere Of REVIVAL Photo Geva Theatre Center Presents The World Premiere Of REVIVAL
by Stephi Wild - Apr 10, 2019

Geva Theatre Center's 46th Season concludes with the world premiere of Revival: The Resurrection of Son House, written and directed by Keith Glover, with music by Son House, Billy Thompson and Keith Glover, musical direction by Billy Thompson and choreography by Norwood Pennewell, in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from May 1 through June 2, 2019.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival To Present New Production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Photo Alabama Shakespeare Festival To Present New Production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 26, 2018

Alabama Shakespeare Festival will present a new production of The Sound of Music beginning November 15, 2018, directed by ASF Artistic Director Rick Dildine. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp.)

BWW Review: SONATA 1962 at NYMF is Real, Relatable and Heart-Wrenching Photo BWW Review: SONATA 1962 at NYMF is Real, Relatable and Heart-Wrenching
by Stephi Wild - Aug 5, 2018

Let me preface this by saying, when I reserved my tickets for Sonata 1962, I read the show's synopsis and decided it was something I would be interested in. I then promptly forgot what the show was about in the two months leading up to the performance I was attending. I highly recommend viewing the show that way. Or better yet, don't read the synopsis at all. This review will include spoilers, just be warned.

Original LGBTQ Musical SONATA 1962 To Star Five-Time NYMF Favorite Erin Leigh Peck Photo Original LGBTQ Musical SONATA 1962 To Star Five-Time NYMF Favorite Erin Leigh Peck
by Julie Musbach - Jul 10, 2018

Award-winning playwright Patricia Loughrey and composer Thomas Hodges announce that five-time NYMF alum Erin Leigh Peck (Motherfreakinghood, Grease! on Broadway) will step into the lead role of Margaret Evans in their original LGBTQ musical Sonata 1962.The production, which will make its Off-Broadway debut this August as part of the 2018 New York Musical Festival's Next Link Project, was originally slated to star Becca Ayers who has had to step out of the show due to booking a Broadway contract.

Photo Coverage: NYMF Previews New 2018 Shows Photo Photo Coverage: NYMF Previews New 2018 Shows
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 27, 2018

Yesterday, New York Musical Festival held a special, behind-the-scenes look at six brand new musicals. Join the cast and creative teams of EMOJILAND, INTERSTATE, THE GUNFIGHTER MEETS HIS MATCH, SONATA 1962, WHAT'S YOUR WISH?, and PEDRO PAN for a sneak peek at these New York Musical Festival productions in the photos below!

Original LGBTQ Musical SONATA 1962 Will Make Off-Broadway Debut At NYMF 2018 Photo Original LGBTQ Musical SONATA 1962 Will Make Off-Broadway Debut At NYMF 2018
by Julie Musbach - Jun 15, 2018

Award-winning playwright Patricia Loughrey and composer Thomas Hodges, whose critically acclaimed play Dear Harvey has been making waves across the nation since its debut in 2010, are thrilled to announce their original LGBTQ musical Sonata 1962 will making its Off-Broadway debut this August as part of the 2018 New York Musical Festival's (NYMF) Next Link Project.

WP Theater's PIPELINE FESTIVAL Begins, Full Casting Announced Photo WP Theater's PIPELINE FESTIVAL Begins, Full Casting Announced
by Julie Musbach - Mar 29, 2018

Casting is announced for WP Theater's second biennial Pipeline Festival, which begins performances today, Thursday March 29. The festival, which showcases the work of the celebrated WP Lab residency for playwrights, directors and producers, runs through April 28 at WP Theater (2162 Broadway & 76th Street).

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards; Just One Week Left! Photo Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards; Just One Week Left!
by Alan Henry - Dec 22, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors.

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards; Just Two Weeks Left! Photo Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards; Just Two Weeks Left!
by Alan Henry - Dec 15, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors.

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards; NEWSIES Leads Best Musical! Photo Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards; NEWSIES Leads Best Musical!
by Alan Henry - Dec 8, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors.

PHOTO: Composer Charles Strouse Visits ANNIE At Paper Mill Playhouse Photo PHOTO: Composer Charles Strouse Visits ANNIE At Paper Mill Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Dec 5, 2017

Annie composer Charles Strouse recently visited the production currently running at Paper Mill Playhouse! Check out the photo.

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards; NEWSIES Leads Best Musical! Photo Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Wichita Awards; NEWSIES Leads Best Musical!
by Alan Henry - Dec 1, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors.

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Beth Leavel and Company Perform 'Easy Street' from ANNIE at P Photo BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Beth Leavel and Company Perform 'Easy Street' from ANNIE at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 28, 2017

Watch a new, exclusive clip of Tony Award winner Beth Leavel and company performing 'Easy Street' below!

VIDEO: Check Out the New Trailer for ANNIE at Paper Mill Playhouse Photo VIDEO: Check Out the New Trailer for ANNIE at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Nov 28, 2017

A new trailer has been released for Annie at Paper Mill Playhouse. Watch the cast performing iconic hits like 'Tomorrow' and 'It's The Hard Knock Life' below!

BWW Review:  ANNIE at Paper Mill Playhouse has Exquisite Holiday Charm and So Much Mo Photo BWW Review: ANNIE at Paper Mill Playhouse has Exquisite Holiday Charm and So Much More
by Marina Kennedy - Nov 27, 2017

Everybody's favorite redhead returns to Paper Mill Playhouse to delight metro area audiences this holiday season. A marvelous production of Annie is now on the Millburn stage through December 31. Directed by the Playhouse's Producing Artistic Director, Mark S. Hoebee, choreographed by Joann M. Hunter, with music supervision and direction by Jeffrey Saver, it features a brilliant cast.

Photo Coverage: The Cast of Paper Mill Playhouse's ANNIE Celebrate Opening Night Photo Photo Coverage: The Cast of Paper Mill Playhouse's ANNIE Celebrate Opening Night
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 27, 2017

It's the hard-knock life! Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents the hit Broadway Tony Award-winning musical Annie, based on 'Little Orphan Annie,' with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin, directed by Paper Mill's Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and musical direction by Jeffrey Saver. BroadwayWorld attended opening night and you can check out photos from the cast's opening night party below!

Photo Coverage: The Cast of ANNIE at Paper Mill Take Opening Night Bows Photo Photo Coverage: The Cast of ANNIE at Paper Mill Take Opening Night Bows
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 27, 2017

It's the hard-knock life! Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents the hit Broadway Tony Award-winning musical Annie, based on 'Little Orphan Annie,' with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin, directed by Paper Mill's Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and musical direction by Jeffrey Saver. BroadwayWorld attended opening night and you can check out photos of the cast's opening bows below!

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