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BWW Interview: Christopher Rose, Director of Centre Stage's Streaming Variety Show ME Photo BWW Interview: Christopher Rose, Director of Centre Stage's Streaming Variety Show MERRY & BRIGHT
by Neil Shurley - Dec 17, 2020

'Merry and Bright is a holiday show with a little something for everyone.'

9 to 5 is Coming to Centre Stage Photo 9 to 5 is Coming to Centre Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2020

Based on the beloved movie of the same name, 9 to 5: The Musical, follows Judy, Doralee, and Violet, three downtrodden working women at the mercy of manipulative misogynist boss Franklin Hart Jr., who is better at sexually harassing his secretary than running a business. Seeking revenge they concoct a plan to kidnap him and hold him hostage uniting them and discovering the beauty of friendship! 9 to 5 features a book by Patricia Resnick and music by the country queen herself, Dolly Parton! Pour yourself a cup of ambition, and join us for the musical event of the season!

BWW Feature: From Page to Stage - The Story Behind ROCK AND ROLL MAN: THE ALAN FREED  Photo BWW Feature: From Page to Stage - The Story Behind ROCK AND ROLL MAN: THE ALAN FREED STORY at Berkshire Theatre Group.
by Marc Savitt - Jul 14, 2019

The impetus behind ROCK AND ROLL MAN: THE ALAN FREED STORY was not the Freed family. Gary Kupper was approached by Larry Marshak, with whom he had worked for many years, about a third party's desire to do a story about Alan Freed as a 'jukebox musical'. The intention was that Kupper might be able to write a couple of songs for the piece. Kupper realized that Freed's story is a classic one. A rise and fall and then redemption story that can't be told as a jukebox musical because Alan Freed wasn't a singer. He feels that a jukebox musical would have cheated the story. This is the story of this man, and the story of Rock-and-Roll. That notion gave birth to the 'book musical'. In 2011, Kupper started writing original songs and sometime later, the team started writing the script. Freed's son, Lance, stepped-in and helped to secure the rights to the Rock-and-Roll classics. They have combined the music of the era with storytelling. They admit it's both risky and tricky and has never really been done to the extent that it is in this show. Thirty to thirty-five original songs were written, most of which were thrown out. A little more than a dozen are in the current iteration of the show.

BWW Review: ROCK AND ROLL MAN: THE ALAN FREED STORY at Berkshire Theatre Group Puts A Photo BWW Review: ROCK AND ROLL MAN: THE ALAN FREED STORY at Berkshire Theatre Group Puts A Spell On The Berkshires.
by Marc Savitt - Jul 9, 2019

There is a lot to like packed into this production directed by Randal Myler. The action is well paced and well-staged. The use of turntables, tiering, and scrims are particularly effective elements of the scenic design by Tim Mackabee. The choreography by Brian Reeder, and costumes designed by Leon Dobkowski present a feast for the eyes. The entire 19-members of the cast deliver in acting, singing, and dancing. It would be an oversight not to call out the performance of Richard Crandle. His portrayal of Little Richard is brassy, sassy, and all kinds of Woooooooo. The audience is noticeably energized when Crandle is on stage and few wish he would 'shet-up' as if that were even remotely possible.

Alan Campbell & George Wendt Star in BTG's ROCK AND ROLL MAN; Plus Whitney Bashor, Ja Photo Alan Campbell & George Wendt Star in BTG's ROCK AND ROLL MAN; Plus Whitney Bashor, Jared Zirilli, and More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2019

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield

Photo: ROCK AND ROLL MAN: THE ALAN FREED STORY Holds First Read Through Photo Photo: ROCK AND ROLL MAN: THE ALAN FREED STORY Holds First Read Through
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019

The Berkshire Theatre Group cast of Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story had their first read through earlier this week in New York City! Rock and Roll Man is being presented by Berkshire Theatre Group, in association with five-time Tony Award-Winning Caiola Productions (Once on this Island, Dear Evan Hansen, The Color Purple, All The Way, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf). Rock and Roll Man has a book by Gary Kupper, Larry Marshak and Rose Caiola, with original music and lyrics by Gary Kupper.

Centre Stage Announces LAUGHING ALL THE WAY Photo Centre Stage Announces LAUGHING ALL THE WAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

Saturday Night Live meets Lawrence Welk meets The Carol Burnett Show, bringing you the ultimate feel good Christmas variety show. Filled with hilarious Christmas sketches, timeless classic Christmas tunes, and celebrated sacred songs, our Christmas event will put you right in the Holiday spirit.

BWW Review: SWEAT brings heat to Warehouse Theatre Photo BWW Review: SWEAT brings heat to Warehouse Theatre
by Neil Shurley - Oct 16, 2018

It's a compelling production that mixes warmth, humor, and camaraderie with vivid characters and bone-shivering relevance.

BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at Centre Stage Photo BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at Centre Stage
by Neil Shurley - Sep 17, 2018

The power of the production lies in the layered, very human performances undergirding the beautifully emotive vocals.

ARTS46/4 Continues In May With Dance Featuring Helen Hansen French Photo ARTS46/4 Continues In May With Dance Featuring Helen Hansen French
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

First Unity continues the launch of ARTS46/4 with the second of five special events: MOVEMENTS OF MOTHERHOOD, a Mother's Day afternoon of dance, with dessert provided by Village Inn, happening Sunday, May 13th at 1:30pm.   

First Unity Launches ARTS46/4 with a Five Month Arts Initiative Photo First Unity Launches ARTS46/4 with a Five Month Arts Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2018

First Unity announces the launch of ARTS46/4. Named for First Unity's location on 46th Avenue and 4th Street North in St. Petersburg, ARTS46/4 is an independent-yet-integrated venue / producing partner to bridge the Arts community with First Unity Spiritual Campus.  In April, ARTS46/4 will kick-off with a five month arts initiative, which includes both a dedicated Arts component in all the Sunday services, and producing a series of public special events featuring well-known members of Tampa Bay's thriving Arts community.      

BWW Interview: Christopher Rose, director of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Mill Town Playe Photo BWW Interview: Christopher Rose, director of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Mill Town Players
by Neil Shurley - Mar 20, 2018

'I hope audiences will walk away realizing more fully that fear builds walls instead of bridges and that this will make them strive to see the perspectives of others who may be different, but who in reality as people are very much the same.'

Centre Stage to Present GHOST THE MUSICAL this Fall Photo Centre Stage to Present GHOST THE MUSICAL this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin Ghost: The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.

Photo Flash: Bucks County Playhouse Previews ROCK AND ROLL MAN: THE ALAN FREED STORY Photo Photo Flash: Bucks County Playhouse Previews ROCK AND ROLL MAN: THE ALAN FREED STORY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

On September 6, members of the cast of 'Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story' held a special preview for the press at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below!

TITUS ANDRONICUS Opens In Falls Park
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

Matching the earlier comedy of this summer's A Midsummer Night's Dream, John Fagan and his band of performers brings Shakespeare's bloody tale of war and family mayhem to Falls Park on the Reedy  on Thursday, July 13th with Titus Andronicus.

Eglevsky Ballet Announces Summer Intensive Classes
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

In 2015, the Eglevsky Ballet engaged Maurice B. Curry as its new Executive Artistic Director. In two years, the Eglevsky Ballet has doubled the enrollment in its dance academy and now boasts ten educators and a resident artist. A full slate of year-round ballet classes and workshops are offered for students ranging from three years of age to 20 years old.

BWW Review: SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL Brings Music and Laughs to Centre Stage
by Neil Shurley - Mar 20, 2017

It opens in a seedy disco and closes at a papal mass. In between, there's music, mayhem, and, just maybe, a little divine intervention.

Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory Presents IMPACT at Warner Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory will present IMPACT 2017, March 25 and 26 in the Warner's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. Watch in wonder as the dancers of The Nutmeg Ballet enthrall you with a mixed repertoire of classical ballet and original contemporary works. Excerpts from two full length ballets, "Giselle" and "Coppelia," alongside new creations by guest choreographers Kinsun Chan, Brian Reeder and Kate St. Amand, will be featured.  

BalaSole Dance Co. to Bring MIXTUS to Ailey Theater This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

ROBERTO VILLANUEVA, Executive & Artistic Director and Founder of BalaSole Dance Company, presents the 6th Year Anniversary and 17th NYC concert season of BalaSole in 'MIXTUS,' a new program of solos in a broad range of dance styles, music choices and artistic voices, on August 13 & 14, 8PM, at Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55 Street.

Dance Against Cancer Raises $250,000 for American Cancer Society
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

The Sixth Annual Dance Against Cancer was held on Monday, April 25, 2016.  The event had over 500 guests in attendance and raised more than $250,000 for the American Cancer Society, which will fund lifesaving cancer research and support patient and family service programs like Hope Lodge New York City.

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