THE 24 HOUR MUSICALS Debuts In Minnesota This MonthTHE 24 HOUR MUSICALS Debuts In Minnesota This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2019

Actors, directors, writers, composers, choreographers and a live band combine to create four brand new musicals in a single day. Extraordinary artists from across the Twin Cities theater community join forces for an unmissable gala event to benefit musical theater scholarships for UMD Theatre and Spotlight Education. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) School of Fine Arts partner to present a unique, engaging theatrical experience for our community a?" the inaugural performance of The 24 Hour Musicals in the Twin Cities on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7:30pm on CDT's Main Stage. (Ticket information below.) (more...)

Photo Flash: Teal Wicks, Bonnie Milligan & More Sing in NYMF's INTERSECTING CHORDSPhoto Flash: Teal Wicks, Bonnie Milligan & More Sing in NYMF's INTERSECTING CHORDS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2019

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) just presented Intersecting Chords, the annual NYMF concert that celebrates female, trans, and non-binary songwriters who are changing the landscape of musical theatre. Intersecting Chords was directed by Shelley Butler, music directed by Charity Wicks, and produced by Hannah Lang. (more...)

THE 24 HOUR MUSICALS Debuts In Minnesota, August 19THE 24 HOUR MUSICALS Debuts In Minnesota, August 19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2019

Actors, directors, writers, composers, choreographers and a live band combine to create four brand new musicals in a single day. Extraordinary artists from across the Twin Cities theater community join forces for an unmissable gala event to benefit musical theater scholarships for UMD Theatre and Spotlight Education. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) School of Fine Arts partner to present a unique, engaging theatrical experience for our community a?" the inaugural performance of The 24 Hour Musicals in the Twin Cities on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7:30pm on CDT's Main Stage. (Ticket information below.) (more...)

Johnson And Cronin Give Sneak Peek Of New Musical TILL SOON, ANNEJohnson And Cronin Give Sneak Peek Of New Musical TILL SOON, ANNE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2018

An invitation-only sneak peak of TILL SOON, ANNE (book and lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson, music by Bobby Cronin) will take place as part of the Dramatists Guild's 'Today Night Footlights' series on January 5, 2018 in New York City. Johnson and Cronin, along with Wade McCollum (ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES YOU), Jaygee Macapugay (SCHOOL OF ROCK), Devin Ilaw (MISS SAIGON), Lauren Elder (SIDE SHOW), Cat Brindisi (THE PASSAGE) and David Darrow (book/music/lyrics writer of THE PASSAGE) will be singing songs from the show with William Demaniow at the piano and David Darrow on guitar. (more...)

Johnson And Cronin Give Sneak Peek Of New Musical TILL SOON, ANNEJohnson And Cronin Give Sneak Peek Of New Musical TILL SOON, ANNE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2017

An invitation-only sneak peak of TILL SOON, ANNE (book and lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson, music by Bobby Cronin) will take place as part of the Dramatists Guild's 'Friday Night Footlights' series on January 5, 2018 in New York City. Johnson and Cronin, along with Wade McCollum (ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES YOU), Jaygee Macapugay (SCHOOL OF ROCK), Devin Ilaw (MISS SAIGON), Lauren Elder (SIDE SHOW), Cat Brindisi (THE PASSAGE) and David Darrow (book/music/lyrics writer of THE PASSAGE) will be singing songs from the show with William Demaniow at the piano and David Darrow on guitar. (more...)

Photo Flash:  Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Returns to the Ordway for the HolidaysPhoto Flash: Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Returns to the Ordway for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2017

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents one of the best-loved musicals of all time, Annie, directed by the Twin Cities' own Austene Van. Full of holiday spirit and family fun, this new Ordway Original production will be on stage December 7-31. (more...)

Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Will Return to the Ordway for the HolidaysLeapin' Lizards! ANNIE Will Return to the Ordway for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2017

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents one of the best-loved musicals of all time, Annie, directed by the Twin Cities' own Austene Van. Full of holiday spirit and family fun, this new Ordway Original production will be on stage December 7-31. (more...)

Broadway Veteran Michele Ragusa Stars as 'Miss Hannigan' in ANNIE, Opening Tonight at the OrdwayBroadway Veteran Michele Ragusa Stars as 'Miss Hannigan' in ANNIE, Opening Tonight at the Ordway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2017

Following a critically acclaimed performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy at the John W. Engeman Theatre in New York this past month, Michele Ragusa comes to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to play Miss Hannigan in Annie. (more...)

Broadway Veteran Michele Ragusa To Star As Miss Hannigan In Ordway's ANNIEBroadway Veteran Michele Ragusa To Star As Miss Hannigan In Ordway's ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2017

Following a critically acclaimed performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy at the John W. Engeman Theatre in New York this past month, Michele Ragusa comes to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to play Miss Hannigan in Annie. Ms. Ragusa is best known for her Broadway performances in A Class Act, Titanic, Ragtime and taking over for Megan Mullally in Young Frankenstein. She has also performed with some of the top Symphonies in the country including: Detroit Symphony, Oklahoma City Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and The Kennedy Center Holiday Pops with Marvin Hamlisch. (more...)

Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Will Return to the Ordway for the HolidaysLeapin' Lizards! ANNIE Will Return to the Ordway for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2017

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents one of the best-loved musicals of all time, Annie, directed by the Twin Cities' own Austene Van. Full of holiday spirit and family fun, this new Ordway Original production will be on stage December 7-31. (more...)

NAMT's 2017 Festival of New Musicals Launches TodayNAMT's 2017 Festival of New Musicals Launches Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

National Alliance for Musical Theatre presents its 29th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, set for today, October 19, and tomorrow, October 20, 2017 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival kicked off yesterday, October 18, with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute. (more...)

Chilina Kennedy, Jenna Ushkowitz and More to Star in NAMT's 2017 Festival of New MusicalsChilina Kennedy, Jenna Ushkowitz and More to Star in NAMT's 2017 Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017

National Alliance for Musical Theatre announces additional casting for the 29th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2017 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, October 18 with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute. (more...)

Erin Mackey and Wade McCollum to Lead Private Reading of TILL SOON, ANNEErin Mackey and Wade McCollum to Lead Private Reading of TILL SOON, ANNE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

Erin Mackey (IN TRANSIT, WICKED) and Wade McCollum (ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME) will lead a private reading of TILL SOON, ANNE, a new musical with book and lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson and music by Bobby Cronin on Friday, October 6. (more...)

Randy Harrison and Erin Mackey to Paint a Picture in Guthrie's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

The Guthrie Theater has announced casting for the theater's summer musical, Sunday in the Park with George. Leading the cast will be Randy Harrison (Guthrie: The Glass Menagerie) who will play French pointillist painter George Seurat, a role originated by Mandy Patinkin in the 1984 Broadway production, and Erin Mackey (Guthrie: South Pacific) who will play Seurat's lover and model, Dot, a role originated by Bernadette Peters. (more...)

Meet the Cast of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS - Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced that celebrated actors Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield have joined the cast of the Minnesota premiere of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS® on Monday, March 13 at 8 p.m. at the historic Pantages Theatre (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis). This one-night-only event brings together the extraordinary talent of local and nationally-known artists to create six new theatrical plays within 24 hours. (more...)

Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield Join THE 24 HOUR PLAYS at the Pantages
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that celebrated actors MELISSA GILBERT and TIMOTHY BUSFIELD are joining the cast of the Minnesota premiere of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS® on Monday, March 13 at 8 p.m. at the historic Pantages Theatre (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis). This one-night-only event brings together the extraordinary talent of local and nationally-known artists to create six new theatrical plays within 24 hours. (more...)

Justin Kirk, Devin Kelley, Joel McKinnon Miller, Ryan McCartan and More Set for THE 24 HOUR PLAYS in Minneapolis
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

In celebration of the historic Pantages Theatre's 100th anniversary, Hennepin Theatre Trust and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) School of Fine Arts are partnering to support emerging musical theatre talent in Minnesota by presenting the premiere of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS. (more...)

BWW Review: 7th House Theater's Pop-Up Production of RHINOCEROS is Wholly Entertaining, Eerily Relevant, and Exactly the Kind of Art We Need
by Jill Schafer - Jan 26, 2017

There have been various responses to the new presidency and the current political climate, including Facebook groups, letter writing and calling campaigns, petitions, and a nation-wide women's march. But what do artists do in response to injustice? They make art. Last weekend 7th House Theater opened a short run of what they call a 'pop up production' of the 1959 play RHINOCEROS, written by Eugene Ionesco as a response to the rise in Fascism in pre-WWII Europe. As company member David Darrow explained before the show, their new original musicals take about a year to plan, write, create, and produce, which makes it challenging to stay current. But with this piece, 7th House is presenting 'a specific work at a specific time in history.' After just ten days of rehearsal, they very intentionally opened on the night of the inauguration, a work presented in what David called 'a mostly sort of way.' While the staging is minimal and actors have scripts in their hands, Rhinoceros is a work that is wholly entertaining, eerily relevant, and exactly what we need right now. (more...)

BWW Review: 7th House Theater's New Original Musical THE PASSAGE, OR WHAT COMES OF SEARCHING IN THE DARK is Funny, Poignant, and Modern
by Jill Schafer - Nov 22, 2016

Musical theater is my favorite art form, and new original musicals are my favorite things in the world. I love seeing how music and theater can combine to tell a story in interesting forward-thinking ways. After re-imagining a couple of classic musicals (and one play), newish theater company 7th House Theater has turned to producing new original musicals. THE PASSAGE, OR WHAT COMES OF SEARCHING IN THE DARK, is the third such creation to be presented in the Guthrie Theater Studio. I've loved all of their work, but this one feels more personal and more modern and forward-thinking than what they've done before. THE PASSAGE feels like it's continuing along the trajectory of modern musicals like NEXT TO NORMAL and FUN HOME - an intimate family story told with a small cast and modern inventive staging. And the result is truly something special. (more...)

BWW Review: Theater Latte Da and Hennpin Theatre Trust Deliver an Authentic and Moving Reimagined Production of the Classic Musical GYPSY
by Jill Schafer - Feb 22, 2016

2016 is the fourth year of Broadway Reimagined, the partnership that combines the resources of Hennepin Theatre Trust with the innovation of Theater Latte Da to create a new interpretation of a familiar Broadway musical. This year's selection is a beloved classic of the American musical theater canon, the 1959 Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents creation GYPSY, based on the memoir of burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee. Theater Latte Da did this musical almost ten years ago in their old home The Loring Playhouse. Even though two actors reprise their roles, as do the director, music director, and choreographer, this is a different show in a bigger venue. And I'm convinced there is no better venue for this show in the Twin Cities than the beautifully restored Vaudeville theater that is the Pantages, where the historical characters in the play very likely performed nearly 100 years ago. There's a sense of history in this show which, along with Theater Latte Da's usual attention to detail in every aspect of the production, creates a beautiful, realistic, moving look into the world of show business and the quintessential stage mother/daughter relationship. As the song says, let Theater Latte Da entertain you, you will have a real good time, yes sir! (more...)

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