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Date of Birth: June 21, 1963 (54)
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BWW Review: Brilliantly Funny SOMETHING ROTTEN! at The Fox TheatreBWW Review: Brilliantly Funny SOMETHING ROTTEN! at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Feb 11, 2017

I know that some critics will probably refer to Monty Python's Flying Circus or the work of Mel Brooks when they try to explain the appeal of SOMETHING ROTTEN!. There are some similarities to both, but the fact is, this show (book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell with Music and Lyrics by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick) is actually something uniquely original. Sure a lot of contemporary musicals have taken the opportunity to crack wise while parodying musical theatre tropes before, but never as thoroughly and hilariously. The current touring show at The Fox Theatre is just great fun, and I highly recommend that you attend! (more...)

Photo Flash: Hitting the Road with an Exclamation Point! First Look at SOMETHING ROTTEN! on TourPhoto Flash: Hitting the Road with an Exclamation Point! First Look at SOMETHING ROTTEN! on Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The completely original new musical Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, launched its National Tour on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Boston Opera House. See the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW TV: The Renaissance Hits the Road! Watch Adam Pascal, Rob McClure & More in SOMETHING ROTTEN! on TourBWW TV: The Renaissance Hits the Road! Watch Adam Pascal, Rob McClure & More in SOMETHING ROTTEN! on Tour
by TV - On the Road - Jan 26, 2017

The completely original new musical Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, launched its National Tour on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Boston Opera House.  (more...)

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour Starts Here!BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour Starts Here!
by Nancy Grossman - Jan 23, 2017

With nine Tony Award nominations under its belt, SOMETHING ROTTEN! closed on Broadway on January 1, 2017, and barely took a breather before hitting the road with three of its principal players reprising their roles. Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw brings Rob McClure, Adam Pascal, and Josh Grisetti on the National Tour that launches in Boston at the Opera House. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rob McClure, Adam Pascal, Josh Grisetti and More Celebrate SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Tour Launch in BostonPhoto Flash: Rob McClure, Adam Pascal, Josh Grisetti and More Celebrate SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Tour Launch in Boston
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

The completely original new musical Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, launched its National Tour on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Boston Opera House. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below! (more...)

The Bard Hits Boston! SOMETHING ROTTEN! Launches National Tour TonightThe Bard Hits Boston! SOMETHING ROTTEN! Launches National Tour Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Something Rotten!, the ten-time Tony-Award nominated smash hit musical comedy, launches its national tour at the Boston Opera House tonight, January 17, through January 29, 2017, following a preview period at Proctors in Schenectady, NY. (more...)

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: Flashback to SOMETHING ROTTEN'S Broadway Run!Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: Flashback to SOMETHING ROTTEN'S Broadway Run!
by Nora Dominick - Jan 1, 2017

Before we bid farewell to Something Rotten! BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of our favorite videos from its magical and hilarious run. Check them out below! (more...)

Rob McClure, Adam Pascal and Josh Grisetti Will Tour the Country with SOMETHING ROTTEN!Rob McClure, Adam Pascal and Josh Grisetti Will Tour the Country with SOMETHING ROTTEN!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Producer Kevin McCollum  just announced casting for the National Tour of Something Rotten!, the ten-time Tony-Award nominated smash hit musical comedy. Three of the current Broadway principals will be reprising their roles on tour: Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom. (more...)

Breaking News: Full Cast Announced for Bette Midler-Led HELLO, DOLLY! on Broadway!Breaking News: Full Cast Announced for Bette Midler-Led HELLO, DOLLY! on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Producer Scott Rudin announced that, with the addition to the company of Beanie Feldstein, in the role of 'Minnie Fay,' principal casting is now complete for the upcoming Broadway revival of Michael Stewart (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) Hello, Dolly!, starring the legendary Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winnerWarren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017. (more...)

Breaking: Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! Announces Cast, Creative and Design Teams!Breaking: Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! Announces Cast, Creative and Design Teams!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Producer Scott Rudin announced the much anticipated Broadway revival of Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece Hello, Dolly!, starring legendary performer Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017.  Tickets go on sale, via Telecharge.com, tomorrow, Saturday, September 17, at 10:00 A.M. (EST). (more...)

IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL Opens Tomorrow at The Smith CenterIDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL Opens Tomorrow at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Get ready to mash things up! In celebration of the opening night performance of IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL this Saturday, July 9, Mayor Carolyn Goodman has proclaimed July 9, 2016 "IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL DAY" in Las Vegas. A proclamation ceremony will take place in Symphony Park at 6 p.m. that evening, which is open to the public, and will be followed by the opening night performance at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. The proclamation ceremony will take place in front of an epic 18-wheel, 6-ton Big Idaho Potato Truck, which will remain on display in Symphony Park through Tuesday, July 12. Tickets to this 'spudtacular' production are still available, and include admission to the Ida-Ho-Down after-party on Saturday night. For more information, please visit TheSmithCenter.com. (more...)

Jen Perry, Robbie Roby & More to Star in IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL at Smith Center; Full Cast Set!Jen Perry, Robbie Roby & More to Star in IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL at Smith Center; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Celebrated for its roster of unparalleled musical theatre offerings, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts announces the complete cast for its debut of IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL, exclusively at Reynolds Hall this July. Written by Buddy Sheffield with music by Sheffield and Keith Thompson, preview performances will be held July 6 - 8, followed by the official opening night on July 9 and additional performances July 10 - 17. This limited engagement will offer patrons the rare opportunity to see the show as it is being developed. (more...)

BWW Review: Fall Head-Over-Glass-Heels in Love with CINDERELLA at Segerstrom CenterBWW Review: Fall Head-Over-Glass-Heels in Love with CINDERELLA at Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 27, 2016

Adorable, utterly romantic, and thoroughly winsome, this stage adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is, admittedly, a wonderful surprise---filled with dazzling stage ingenuity; a dreamy, sweeping classic score by two legendary titans of musical theater; a revised, 21st-Century-tinged new book by playwright Douglas Carter Beane; magical Tony Award-winning costumes from the great William Ivey Long that will have you wondering 'how'd they do that?' and, lastly, an ensemble cast of terrific actor-singers that will have you cheering its inevitable happy-ever-after. And, if you're anything like me, you too will be easily swept up by its visual and musical loveliness and its endearing, sweet love story.The Broadway musical's Equity National Tour---now in its last weeks---has finally winded itself back to So. Cal., this time for a two-week stay at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through May 1, 2016 (the tour then moves on from here to its final scheduled week-long stop at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre through May 8). (more...)

Full Cast Announced for RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at SegerstromFull Cast Announced for RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at Segerstrom
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, will play Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a limited engagement running April 19 - May 1, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: Original Broadway Godmother Victoria Clark Visits CINDERELLA TourPhoto Flash: Original Broadway Godmother Victoria Clark Visits CINDERELLA Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Broadway sensation and the originator of the 'Marie/Fairy Godmother' role in Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Victoria Clark visited the national tour of CINDERELLA in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Thursday, January 7, 2016. Scroll down for photos!  (more...)

BWW Discussion: BWW Orlando Editors Discuss Beautiful CINDERELLA at Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Discussion: BWW Orlando Editors Discuss Beautiful CINDERELLA at Dr. Phillips Center
by Matt Tamanini - Nov 12, 2015

On Tuesday night, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA opened a week-long run at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Running through Sunday, I was fortunate enough to attend the tour stop's opening night, as was fellow BWW Orlando editor Kimberly Moy. As we did when we discussed THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, first show of the 2014-2015 Orlando Broadway Series, we had a back-and-forth conversation about CINDERELLA. While I tend to look at things from a more historical and critical point of view, Kim is an admitted fan girl. (more...)

BWW Review: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA is Fantastic Mix of Fresh and Familiar at Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA is Fantastic Mix of Fresh and Familiar at Dr. Phillips Center
by Matt Tamanini - Nov 11, 2015

The 2015-2016 Orlando Broadway Series kicked off in royal style last night as the wonderful RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA set up shop at downtown's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This reimagined take on the classic musical will be in town through Sunday, November 15th, and is a gloriously entertaining spectacle that has as many colorful costumes as it does characters. With a fantastic, first-rate cast, the enjoyable family-friendly musical combines the comfortingly nostalgic Rodgers and Hammerstein score with a brand-new, empowering book. R&H's CINDERELLA is an inspiring, must-see hit for theatre fans of all ages. (more...)

BWW Interview: CINDERELLA National Tour's Blake HammondBWW Interview: CINDERELLA National Tour's Blake Hammond
by Heidi Scheuermann - Oct 27, 2015

Whether it's Disney's Cinderella, A Cinderella Story, Ella Enchanted, Ever After, or some other variation, you know the story.  This classic fairy tale has been told time and time again.  It just never gets old!  And now, to make things even better, the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is making its way to the Saenger Theatre tonight!  That's right, you and yours have the chance to experience the most magical evening of all during the most enchanted week of the year (of course, I'm referring to Halloween). (more...)

CINDERELLA Tour Coming to National Theatre Next Month; Cast Announced!CINDERELLA Tour Coming to National Theatre Next Month; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, announces casting for its Washington-area debut at the National Theatre for a limited engagement from November 18 - 29, 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: CINDERELLA Captivates in Music City DebutBWW Review: CINDERELLA Captivates in Music City Debut
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 21, 2015

Sumptuously designed, beautifully staged and wonderfully sung, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella isn't the same show you may recall from childhood hours spent in front of a television or from scores of regional theater productions since, but with a new and refreshingly timely book by Douglas Carter Beane, along with the interpolation of four 'new' songs from the R+H canon, the elaborate new production that's fresh off its first-ever Broadway run seems the ideal interpretation for the 21st century. (more...)

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