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BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN's Sentimental Journey at Chaffin's BarnBWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN's Sentimental Journey at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 8, 2017

Theater's power to transform and transport is astonishing and the capability of artists to create a sense of time and place, with words and music and theatrical wizardry to lend a tangible feeling to the experience can leave you breathless. Who'd have ever thought that such thrilling artistry, the very magic of make believe, could be so vividly expressed, so awesomely felt in two hours spent in a backwoods Southern church on a Saturday night in 1938? But that's exactly what happens in Smoke on the Mountain, Connie Ray and Alan Bailey's evocative, down-home musical that lovingly takes its audiences back home again in ways not even Thomas Wolfe may ever have imagined. (more...)

BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN at Marietta's New Theatre In The SquareBWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN at Marietta's New Theatre In The Square
by Amy Zipperer - Mar 20, 2017

Smoke on the Mountain, a homespun musical conceived by Alan Bailey with a book by Connie Ray and musical arrangements by Mike Carver and Mark Hardwick, has enjoyed long runs in numerous theatres worldwide since its premiere in 1988.  And it's also racked up some fairly significant critical praise.  While both of these facts should be surprising given that the dental floss-thin plot and the Southern caricature-characters are nothing more than conduits for the long catalogue of gospel hymns that make up the bulk of the show, there's something infectious about it that leaves us willing to tap our toes and clap our hands.  That's certainly true for the audience at Marietta's New Theatre in the Square on Saturday evening where patrons clapped, shouted, and offered up eager, full-bodied 'Amens' in response to Emil Thomas's lively and earnest staging of the musical.  (more...)

Cumberland County Playhouse Announces 2017 SeasonCumberland County Playhouse Announces 2017 Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 3, 2016

'Something that's sure to please everyone in 2017,' is the promise of Cumberland County Playhouse producing director Bryce McDonald while announcing the upcoming season at the award-winning theatrical venue located in the hill of Tennessee. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 9/18/2016Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 9/18/2016
by BWW - Sep 18, 2016

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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 9/11/2016Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 9/11/2016
by BWW - Sep 11, 2016

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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 9/04/2016Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 9/04/2016
by BWW - Sep 4, 2016

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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 8/21/2016Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 8/21/2016
by BWW - Aug 21, 2016

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Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - HoustonSummer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - Houston
by Natalie de la Garza - Jun 15, 2016

Another summer, another year of looking for excuses to stay indoors. Luckily for you, the Houston theatre scene's got you covered. From new works to wholesome classics, swing dancing to demented puppets, there's something for everyone this year. So make plans to stay inside and consider some of the BWW Houston editors' picks for the upcoming summer season. (more...)

Millbrook Playhouse to Open 2016 Season with SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAINMillbrook Playhouse to Open 2016 Season with SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

The Board of Directors and Artistic Director, David Leidholdt, have announced Millbrook's 2016 season opener, Smoke on the Mountain. (more...)

Kate Walsh, Lindsay Mendez, Justin Long, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More Board Williamstown Theatre Festival's Summer 2016 SeasonKate Walsh, Lindsay Mendez, Justin Long, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More Board Williamstown Theatre Festival's Summer 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

rtistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced additional casting for the upcoming Williamstown Theatre Festival 2016 Summer Season kicking off June 28 and running through August 21, 2016. (more...)

The Millbrook Playhouse Sets 53rd SeasonThe Millbrook Playhouse Sets 53rd Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

The Board of Directors and Producing Artistic Director, David E. Leidholdt, are proud to announce the 2016 Season of extraordinary plays and musicals. The 53rd season will feature five Millbrook premieres, including the sequel to last years sold out run The Marvelous Wonderettes, a classic family musical, Disney's Little Mermaid and for the grown-ups, Rock of Ages. The festivities will commence with a special One Night Only benefit concert Broadway ShowStoppers that will help raise funds for Millbrook's youth programs. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 12/20/2015Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 12/20/2015
by BWW - Dec 20, 2015

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Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 12/13/2015Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 12/13/2015
by BWW - Dec 13, 2015

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Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 12/06/2015Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 12/06/2015
by BWW - Dec 6, 2015

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Nashville Theater Calendar 11/30/15Nashville Theater Calendar 11/30/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 30, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 11/29/2015Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 11/29/2015
by BWW - Nov 29, 2015

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Nashville Theater Calendar 11/23/15Nashville Theater Calendar 11/23/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 23, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 11/22/2015Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 11/22/2015
by BWW - Nov 22, 2015

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Nashville Theater Calendar 11/16/15Nashville Theater Calendar 11/16/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 16, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 11/15/2015Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

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