BWW Review: BWW Critic's Choices: Best in Maine 2019 BWW Review: BWW Critic's Choices: Best in Maine 2019
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Nov 26, 2019

As evidenced by the breadth of nominations for Broadway World's Annual Audience Choice Awards, Maine's theatrical landscape seems to grow and flourish with each new season. For a state as remote as we are, we boast two prestigious regional theatres now in their second half centuries a?" Maine State Music Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse a?" which are leaders on the national regional scene and which have become destinations for travellers from far flung places. Add to these an array of countless other companies of every size and philosophic bent, and you have a colorful, rich artistic arena that grows more interesting each year. I am privileged to get to sample these performances as Broadway World's Maine editor and to be able to compare many of them favorably with shows I see across the country, in New York and London. These are my personal choices of the best in Maine for 2019, grouped by theatre company and show. (more...)

Maren Morris Tops List of Nominees for the CMA AWARDS - See Full List! Maren Morris Tops List of Nominees for the CMA AWARDS - See Full List!
by TV News Desk - Aug 28, 2019

The Country Music Association has announced the final nominees for a?oeThe 53rd Annual CMA Awards,a?? as Maren Morris tops the list of finalists with six nominations. Brothers Osborne receives four nominations, the second most nominations this year, while 11 garner three nominations eacha?"Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Scott Hendricks, Dann Huff, Greg Kurstin, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood. For the night's highest honor, reigning Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban is nominated again in the category alongside Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Underwood.  (more...)

BWW Review: BEN BUTLER: Gloucester General's Pivotal Role in the Civil War BWW Review: BEN BUTLER: Gloucester General's Pivotal Role in the Civil War
by Nancy Grossman - Aug 7, 2019

Gloucester Stage Company presents the Boston area premiere of Richard Strand's BEN BUTLER, a Union army general who was a settler of Gloucester's Bayview neighborhood, a presidential candidate, and the 33rd Governor of Massachusetts. Those achievements came after he retired from the military, where he forged a reputation as a champion of the causes of labor, abolition of slavery, and naturalized citizens. In the play, set in the middle of the Civil War in 1861, Butler faces a moral dilemma, forced to choose between adhering strictly to the law or daring to make a bold move that holds the promise of changing history. (more...)

BEN BUTLER Will Premiere At Gloucester Stage BEN BUTLER Will Premiere At Gloucester Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2019

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 40th Anniversary Season of professional theater with the Boston area premiere of Richard Strand's Ben Butler from August 2 through August 25 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Richard Strand's Ben Butler, a smart and funny discourse on race, protocol and our sense of humanity garnered high critical acclaim during its Off Broadway run in 2016. New York's Joseph Discher who helmed the show's world premiere production in 2014 and the Off Broadway production in 2016, makes his GSC debut directing Ben Butler. Actors Ames Adamson as General Benjamin Butler and Shane Taylor as escaped slave Shepard Mallory make their GSC debut in Ben Butler. GSC veterans Doug Bowen-Flynn as Lieutenant Kelly and David DeBeck as Confederate Major Cary complete the cast. Richard Strand's Ben Butler, runs from August 2 through August 25. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. (more...)

Shubert Foundation Awards Peninsula Players $20,000 Grant Shubert Foundation Awards Peninsula Players $20,000 Grant
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2019

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theater and Door County's theatrical icon, is proud to announce it has received a $20,000 award from The Shubert Foundation. The Shubert Foundation has awarded a record total of $30 million to 533 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the United States since its inception. This marks the 38th consecutive year that the Foundation has increased its giving, including an additional $5,000 to Peninsula Players. (more...)

Cast Announced For MY NAME IS ASHER LEV At Playhouse On Park Cast Announced For MY NAME IS ASHER LEV At Playhouse On Park
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2019

Playhouse on Park has announced the cast for its next Main Stage Series production, My Name is Asher Lev. (more...)

Rachael Sage Releases New Acoustic Album Today Rachael Sage Releases New Acoustic Album Today
by TV News Desk - Mar 22, 2019

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Rachael Sage has released her new acoustic album PseudoMyopia, today via MPress Records/ILS/Universal. Purchase PseudoMyopia here.  Sage will support the album with a full schedule of performances throughout the year, including an official album release launch at NYC's prestigious Joe's Pub, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary season. See below for the list of tour dates. (more...)

First Presbyterian Theater'S BEN BUTLER To Open April 18 First Presbyterian Theater'S BEN BUTLER To Open April 18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2019

General Butler is faced with a moral dilemma when escaped slaves request sanctuary at Fort Monroe.  Not following the letter of the law will alter the course of U.S. History. Based on actual events in 1861, this play is clever without being glib, meaningful without being pretentious, and side-splittingly funny.  It's a timeless exploration of social conscience and individual responsibility. (more...)

WE CHOSE TO GO TO THE MOON Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Moon Landing This July WE CHOSE TO GO TO THE MOON Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Moon Landing This July
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2019

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Carnegie Hall presents two performances of We Chose to Go to the Moon—a music and multimedia presentation that reignites the unforgettable moments of the historic mission—on Tuesday evening, July 16 and Saturday evening, July 20 in Zankel Hall, created and narrated by historian John Monsky. (more...)

Rachael Sage Celebrates International Women's Day with Song Releases Today Rachael Sage Celebrates International Women's Day with Song Releases Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019

In celebration of International Women's Day, Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Rachael Sage has released the acoustic version of her longtime fan favorite “Sistersong” along with a fan-sourced video for her song “Spark” via Popmatters. Both songs appear on her forthcoming album PseudoMyopia, out March 22 via MPress Records/ILS/Universal. (more...)

Mark Jacoby To Lead The World Premiere Of VILNA By Ira Fuchs Mark Jacoby To Lead The World Premiere Of VILNA By Ira Fuchs
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

Vilna, a new play by Ira Fuchs directed by Joseph Discher, will begin its limited Off-Broadway World Premiere engagement at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street, between Ninth & Tenth Avenues) on Monday March 11th. Opening Night is set for Wednesday March 20th (7pm). This limited Off-Broadway engagement continues through Sunday April 14th only. (more...)

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL Comes To First Stage This Holiday Season THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL Comes To First Stage This Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 26, 2018

A fun, new musical adaptation of an audience favorite comes to First Stage this holiday season. Created by the talented husband/wife team of Jahnna Beecham (Playwright/Lyricist) and Malcolm Hillgartner (Composer/Lyricist) and based on the play by Barbara Robinson, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL is filled with catchy,'60s-inspired original music and a delightful story that both young and old will enjoy. The horrible Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. The entire town panics when these rowdy six siblings are cast in the church's annual Christmas pageant. It's up to good-hearted Mrs. Bradley to help the Herdmans - and the rest of the town - discover the true meaning of Christmas before it's too late. Silent night? Not a chance, but sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. Sponsored by Associated Bank and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren. (more...)

Gloucester Stage Company Announces 40th Anniversary Season Gloucester Stage Company Announces 40th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2018

Gloucester Stage Company Artistic Director Robert Walsh and Interim Managing Director Christopher Griffith, are proud to announce the 2019 slate for Gloucester Stage's 40th Anniversary Season of professional theater on Boston's Northshore. (more...)

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL Comes To First Stage This Holiday Season THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL Comes To First Stage This Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2018

A fun, new musical adaptation of an audience favorite comes to First Stage this holiday season. Created by the talented husband/wife team of Jahnna Beecham (Playwright/Lyricist) and Malcolm Hillgartner (Composer/Lyricist) and based on the play by Barbara Robinson, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL is filled with catchy,'60s-inspired original music and a delightful story that both young and old will enjoy. The horrible Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. The entire town panics when these rowdy six siblings are cast in the church's annual Christmas pageant. It's up to good-hearted Mrs. Bradley to help the Herdmans - and the rest of the town - discover the true meaning of Christmas before it's too late. Silent night? Not a chance, but sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. Sponsored by Associated Bank and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren. (more...)

Firehouse Theater's THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Opens This Weekend Firehouse Theater's THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Opens This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018

Firehouse Theater Company presents The Christmas Spirit. Performances will be November 24 through December 22, 2018 with shows Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM, plus Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $23 for adults/$20 for students, seniors and military or $18 for groups of 10 or more. (more...)

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL Comes To First Stage This Holiday Season THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL Comes To First Stage This Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

A fun, new musical adaptation of an audience favorite comes to First Stage this holiday season. Created by the talented husband/wife team of Jahnna Beecham (Playwright/Lyricist) and Malcolm Hillgartner (Composer/Lyricist) and based on the play by Barbara Robinson, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL is filled with catchy,'60s-inspired original music and a delightful story that both young and old will enjoy. The horrible Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. The entire town panics when these rowdy six siblings are cast in the church's annual Christmas pageant. It's up to good-hearted Mrs. Bradley to help the Herdmans - and the rest of the town - discover the true meaning of Christmas before it's too late. Silent night? Not a chance, but sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. Sponsored by Associated Bank and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren. (more...)

Firehouse Theater Company Presents THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Firehouse Theater Company Presents THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

Firehouse Theater Company is thrilled to present The Christmas Spirit. Performances will be November 24 through December 22, 2018 with shows Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM, plus Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $23 for adults/$20 for students, seniors and military or $18 for groups of 10 or more. (more...)

BWW Review: Portland Stage Opens 45th Season with BEN BUTLER BWW Review: Portland Stage Opens 45th Season with BEN BUTLER
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Sep 30, 2018

Marking its 45th season Portland Stage opened with Richard Strand's 2014 drama about the Union General Benjamin Butler's unintentional, but heartwarming sheltering of fugitive slaves during his command of Fort Monroe, Virginia, at the start of the Civil War. In a well-cast, elegantly produced staging the company offers a quirky, witty, often whimsical look at four characters who cross ideological swords and skirmish for high stakes not on the battleground but with a war of words, cleverly turned logic, solipsisms, and wittybadinage - all of which result in a remarkable turn of events that defies stereotypes, race, and convention. (more...)

BEN BUTLER By Richard Strand Comes To Portland Stage BEN BUTLER By Richard Strand Comes To Portland Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2018

BEN BUTLER by Richard Strand begins Sep 25 through Oct 21, opens for reviewers Friday September 28, 2018. When a runaway slave demands sanctuary at a Union Army garrison, the General in charge is faced with moral quandary: follow the letter of the law, or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of US history? "…Part comedy, part historical drama and part biography… by turns sarcastic, droll and witty." NY Times (more...)

Portland Stage Reimagines The Page To Stage Series Portland Stage Reimagines The Page To Stage Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2018

Portland Stage and the Portland Public Library announce that the Page to Stage discussion series will be reimagined for Portland Stage's 45th Anniversary. All participants in the discussions will be entered to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming Mainstage Season Production at Portland Stage. (more...)

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