BWW Interview: Enchanting the Young at Heart: MSMT Panel Examines the Enduring Appeal of THE WIZARD OF OZBWW Interview: Enchanting the Young at Heart: MSMT Panel Examines the Enduring Appeal of THE WIZARD OF OZ
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 15, 2019

a?oeFor nearly forty years this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart; and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashiona??..a?? These words from L. Frank Baum dance across the screen during the overture of MSMT's stunning new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ, reminding the audience of the perennial appeal of this beloved story. And as the curtain goes up, the audience is treated to arguably the largest, most lavish production in MSMT history with a cast of fifty (that includes twenty children and a dog), dazzling technical elements, staging and choreography to blow one away, and performances to melt the heart. a?oea??When I saw Marc Robin's production at the Fulton in 2016, I said, a?oeWe have to do this at MSMT. THE WIZARD OF OZ had not been on this stage since 1961, and it was time to give it a new life,a?? says Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. Clark is one of the large panel, which also includes Marc Robin, Travis M. Grant, Carolyn Anne Miller, Susan Cella, Ian Knauer, and David Girolmo, who have come together in conversation with BWW's Maine Editor Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold in MSMT and BWW's final season collaboration of PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN at the Curtis Memorial Library on August 14th. (more...)

BWW Review: The Magic of OZ; The Miracle of MSMTBWW Review: The Magic of OZ; The Miracle of MSMT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 9, 2019

To stage the beloved cultural icon that is THE WIZARD OF OZ offers any theatre company a herculean challenge: one which requires stretching the imagination to the limits to create a universe where reality is redefined and fantasy is fulfilled. In short, it demands stunning stagecraft and brilliant artistic vision. And it is just that kind of theatrical magic which Maine State Music Theatre's new production co- directed by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark boldly and beautifully realizes. (more...)

BWW Interview: The Courage Within: David Girolmo in OZBWW Interview: The Courage Within: David Girolmo in OZ
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 5, 2019

a?oeIn the musical they all learn that the thing they believe is missing is already inside of them. We all have within us everything we think we are deficient in a?" everything we need to become the person we are supposed to be.a?? Actor David Girolmo is speaking of the lesson his character, the Cowardly Lion, learns in the stage version of L. Frank Baum's iconic classic THE WIZARD OF OZ, which runs from August 7-24 in a spectacularly fantastical production co-directed by narc Robin and Curt Dale Clark at Maine State Music Theatre. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Closes Youth Program With INTO THE WOODSRubicon Theatre Company Closes Youth Program With INTO THE WOODS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2019

Rubicon Theatre Company closes the 2019 Jackie Oakie Summer Youth Program with the Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods. Twenty-seven young performers tell the story of how to get your a?oehappily ever aftera?? -- and what happens once you have it. Into the Woods is one of Sondheim's most highly regarded shows with a remarkable score. (more...)

BWW Interview: Not in Kansas Anymore: Carolyn Anne Miller Makes MSMT DebutBWW Interview: Not in Kansas Anymore: Carolyn Anne Miller Makes MSMT Debut
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 3, 2019

When actress Carolyn Anne Miller utters that iconic line on the Pickard Stage next week a?" a?oeToto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore,a?? it will have an added resonance for the Midwestern native, who makes her Maine State Music debut in THE WIZARD OF OZ. The Chicago born and educated Miller cut her professional teeth at, among other theatres, Music Theatre Wichita, before moving to New York City and on to star as Dorothy in MSMT's fantastical new production of the stage version of that perennial classic based on L. Frank Baum's stories, directed and choreographed by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark. (more...)

IAMA/Latino Theater Company Presents the World Premiere Of Jonathan Caren's CANYONIAMA/Latino Theater Company Presents the World Premiere Of Jonathan Caren's CANYON
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2019

This land was made for you and me" - Woody Guthrie. IAMA Theatre Company partners with the Latino Theater Company to bring the world premiere of Canyon by Jonathan Caren (The Recommendation, Need To Know) to The Los Angeles Theatre Center. Previews begin Feb. 22, with the press opening scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 and performances continuing through March 24. (more...)

The Shrill Collective Presents The First Annual ShrillFestThe Shrill Collective Presents The First Annual ShrillFest
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2018

The Shrill Collective presents THE FIRST ANNUAL SHRILLFEST. (more...)

The Shrill Collective Presents The First Annual ShrillFestThe Shrill Collective Presents The First Annual ShrillFest
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2018

The Shrill Collective presents THE FIRST ANNUAL SHRILLFEST. (more...)

THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: NATIONALS Find Their 2018 CompanyTHE 24 HOUR PLAYS: NATIONALS Find Their 2018 Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2018

Today, The 24 Hour Plays, in partnership with The New School for Drama, announced the company for The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals.  (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Presents KING LEAR Starring George BallRubicon Theatre Presents KING LEAR Starring George Ball
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2018

Rubicon Theatre presents a timely and trenchant production of Shakespeare's tragedy KING LEAR as the centerpiece of the company's 20th Anniversary Season. Directed by Co-Founder James O'Neil, the production features a 20-member cast led by acclaimed actor and company memberGeorge Ball, who has starred in previous Rubicon productions of All My Sons, Man of La Mancha, and Jacques Brel… (New York, L.A., and international companies of the latter). (more...)

Playwrights Guild of Canada Announces 2017 Tom Hendry Awards Short ListPlaywrights Guild of Canada Announces 2017 Tom Hendry Awards Short List
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2017

Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) proudly announces the shortlists for its 2017 Tom Hendry Awards. The shortlists for the Carol Bolt Award, the RBC Emerging Playwright Award, the Robert Beardsley Award as well as the Stage West Pechet Comedy & Musical Awards have been released by their respective juries. (more...)

Ari Edelson, John Cariani, Andrea Frierson and More Join DLDF's 'BANNED TOGETHER'Ari Edelson, John Cariani, Andrea Frierson and More Join DLDF's 'BANNED TOGETHER'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret welcomes director, Ari Edelson (Building the Wall, 24 Hour Plays) and writer/performers John Cariani (Something Rotten, Author of Almost, Maine), Andrea Frierson (Me & Ella (author & star); Once on this Island- original Broadway cast) and Christine Toy Johnson (The Americans, The Music Man - Broadway revival). (more...)

Raul Esparza, Zainab Jah, Daniel Jenkins, & Lisa Kron Join BANNED TOGETHER At Joe's PubRaul Esparza, Zainab Jah, Daniel Jenkins, & Lisa Kron Join BANNED TOGETHER At Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

Dramatists Legal Defense Fund's Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret welcomes Ra l Esparza (Law & Order: SVU), Zainab Jah (Broadway's Eclipsed), Daniel Jenkins (Oslo, Billy Elliot) and Lisa Kron (book/lyrics for Broadway's Fun Home). (more...)

Ari Edelson, John Cariani, Andrea Frierson and More Join DLDF's 'BANNED TOGETHER'Ari Edelson, John Cariani, Andrea Frierson and More Join DLDF's 'BANNED TOGETHER'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret welcomes director, Ari Edelson (Building the Wall, 24 Hour Plays) and writer/performers John Cariani (Something Rotten, Author of Almost, Maine), Andrea Frierson (Me & Ella (author & star); Once on this Island- original Broadway cast) and Christine Toy Johnson (The Americans, The Music Man - Broadway revival). (more...)

SISTER ACT Opens at Artisan Center TheaterSISTER ACT Opens at Artisan Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

SISTER ACT opens at Artisan Center Theater on Friday, August 25, 2017 and runs through Saturday, September 23, 2017.  (more...)

The 24 Hour Plays and The New School for Drama Present THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: NATIONALSThe 24 Hour Plays and The New School for Drama Present THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: NATIONALS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

The 24 Hour Plays has announced their annual production of The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, at The New School for Drama on Monday, August 14th at 8:00 PM. (more...)

Pulse Theatre's A FLEA IN HER EAR to Play Toronto Fringe This July
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Pulse Theatre is bringing A Flea in Her Ear, the most famous play by the greatest vaudeville maestro, Georges Feydeau, translated by Mladen Obradovic, to Toronto Fringe 2017 (July 5-16). (more...)

Pulse Theatre's A FLEA IN HER EAR to Play Toronto Fringe This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

Pulse Theatre is bringing A Flea in Her Ear, the most famous play by the greatest vaudeville maestro, Georges Feydeau, translated by Mladen Obradovic, to Toronto Fringe 2017 (July 5-16). (more...)

Jason Graae, Harley Jay and Rebecca Ann Johnson to Star in RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company has announced the complete cast of RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, a fabulously campy send up of 'Forbidden Planet' and other sci-fi film and TV shows of the 1950s which melds plot elements from The Tempest with language from multiple plays by Shakespeare. (more...)

Jason Graae and More Lead RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, Beginning Tonight at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company presents RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, a fabulously campy send up of 'Forbidden Planet' and other sci-fi film and TV shows of the 1950s which melds plot elements from The Tempest with language from multiple plays by Shakespeare. (more...)

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