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BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home'BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home'
by Joseph Baker - May 9, 2016

When Director and Co-Choreographer Jordan Nichols first saw and enjoyed MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL, he knew that he just had to stage a production in the city itself; as polished and entertaining as it was, it needed just a little something . . . 'an infusion of Memphis grit.' In Playhouse on the Square's powerful, pulsating production of the musical, he has achieved just that. Memphians are very proud and protective of their musical heritage, and though originators Joe DiPietro and David Bryan have not attempted to portray real persons and events, their knowledge of the early 'rock and roll' era and its personalities has resulted in a satisfying approximation. Having few musical gifts outside a kazoo, I could nonetheless play 'Six Degrees of Elvis Presley' with some confidence: My third cousin was Bill Black, bassist for Elvis Presley in those early days; and my first cousin's brother-in-law was cult rockabilly musician Charlie Feathers ('Tongue-tied Jill'). I remember enjoying disc jockey Dewey Phillips (on whom MEMPHIS protagonist 'Huey Calhoun' is based) and his outsized personality, and anyone with any knowledge of Sun Studios and the early careers of Jerry Lee Lewis (who shocked an older generation with his marriage to a younger cousin), Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley know that these artists came from humble ('cracker,' in the play) beginnings. These icons always acknowledged their debt to black gospel and blues musicians. All of that, together with racism and interracial relationships, surfaces in MEMPHIS. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Trailer for THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark PlayhouseSTAGE TUBE: New Trailer for THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark Playhouse
by Stage Tube - May 5, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James and Szpiezak Productions presents the European premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER, directed by Benji Sperring with musical director Alex Beetschen. Performances run now through Saturday 21 May 2016. Click below for a new trailer featuring highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James and Szpiezak Productions presents the European premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER, directed by Benji Sperring with musical director Alex Beetschen. Press night was last night 26 April at 7.30pm, and performances run through Saturday 21 May 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: MEMPHIS at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: MEMPHIS at Theatre Three
by Kyle Christopher West - May 4, 2016

By 2009, when the musical MEMPHIS opened on Broadway, America had nearly 60 years since the Civil Rights Movement began in the 1950s. But, despite significant progress, headlines even today continue to affirm our society's failings in the areas of discrimination and prejudice. Monday night, when the house lights faded for opening night of MEMPHIS at Theatre Three, the crowd cheered. Although I was just as eager to support the company's newest production, I'd not considered how moved I would be by the historic, but still timely themes. (more...)

Good People Theater Company to Bring THE TOXIC AVENGER to 2016 Hollywood Fringe FestivalGood People Theater Company to Bring THE TOXIC AVENGER to 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Good People Theater Company and Producer Alejandro Patiño announced the first Hollywood Fringe Festival production of THE TOXIC AVENGER MUSICAL, 2009's winner of the Outer Critics Circle's award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. (more...)

DADDY LONG LEGS Competition Winner Performs at Davenport Theatre TonightDADDY LONG LEGS Competition Winner Performs at Davenport Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Ken Davenport and Michael Jackowitz, the producers of the new Off-Broadway musical DADDY LONG LEGS, have announced that the winner of the "Give A Girl Her Chance" contest will perform live tonight at the Davenport Theatre.  Una Morrison of Derry City, Ireland will take the stage for her Off-Broadway debut after tonight's 7pm performance of DADDY LONG LEGS.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MEMPHIS at Theatre Three, Now in Performances!Photo Flash: First Look at MEMPHIS at Theatre Three, Now in Performances!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2016

Memphis is set in the 1950s where rock 'n' roll was born: the seedy underground nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original book and score by David Bryan (keyboard player, songwriter and founding member of Bon Jovi) and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and All Shook Up!), it tells the fictional story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black club singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey's close-minded mama and Felicia's cautious brother, a club owner), they embark on a dangerous affair. Filled with high-octane dancing, songs that perfectly capture the era, and an absorbing tale of fame and forbidden love, the show offers soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Southwark Playhouse's THE TOXIC AVENGER Opening Night After-PartyPhoto Flash: Inside Southwark Playhouse's THE TOXIC AVENGER Opening Night After-Party
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James and Szpiezak Productions presents the European premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER. It runs through 21 May 2016. The production just officially opened, and BroadwayWorld brings you a look inside the after-party! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of MEMPHIS at Theatre ThreePhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of MEMPHIS at Theatre Three
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Theatre Three presents the Tony Award-winning rock 'n' roll musical MEMPHIS by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, running April 28 - May 22, 2016, with opening night set for May 2. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: European Premiere Of THE TOXIC AVENGER!Photo Coverage: European Premiere Of THE TOXIC AVENGER!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero! (more...)

Photo Flash: Pacific Coast Rep's ENCHANTED APRIL Begins TonightPhoto Flash: Pacific Coast Rep's ENCHANTED APRIL Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2016

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (PCRT) will be presenting the World Premiere of ENCHANTED APRIL, A New Musical Romance at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

THE TOXIC AVENGER Makes European Premiere at Southwark Playhouse, TodayTHE TOXIC AVENGER Makes European Premiere at Southwark Playhouse, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero!  (more...)

BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at The Woodlawn TheatreBWW Reviews: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at The Woodlawn Theatre
by Kathy Strain - Apr 16, 2016

The Tony winning musical takes you on a journey of life, prejudices and racism that existed in Memphis in the 1950's. Loosely based on the true life story of Memphis DJ Dewy Phillips and written by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book), the raw emotions of the storyline are felt strongly by the audience as portrayed by this outstanding cast. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of MEMPHIS at Theatre ThreePhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of MEMPHIS at Theatre Three
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Theatre Three presents the Tony Award-winning rock 'n' roll musical MEMPHIS by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, running April 28 - May 22, 2016, with opening night set for May 2. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE TOXIC AVENGER - In Rehearsal!Photo Coverage: THE TOXIC AVENGER - In Rehearsal!
by Liza Maria Dawson - Apr 9, 2016

The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero. (more...)

18-Year-Old Wins DADDY LONG LEGS 'Give A Girl Her Chance' Contest18-Year-Old Wins DADDY LONG LEGS 'Give A Girl Her Chance' Contest
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Ken Davenport and Michael Jackowitz, the producers of the new Off-Broadway musical Daddy Long Legs, are pleased to announce the winner of the 'Give A Girl Her Chance' contest, which will gift an Off-Broadway debut to one talented young woman. (more...)

BWW Review: MEMPHIS at the EngemanBWW Review: MEMPHIS at the Engeman
by Melissa Giordano - Apr 6, 2016

The Spring season is officially underway with the start of Memphis at the John W. Engeman Theatre of Northport, Long Island. The multi Tony award winner, directed excellently by Igor Goldin, runs at the gorgeous venue through May 8th and I cannot say enough about this brilliant production. The cast, the passion, the creative team… everything is just top-notch. (more...)

BWW Review: Short North Stage's THE FULL MONTY Delivers the GoodsBWW Review: Short North Stage's THE FULL MONTY Delivers the Goods
by Paul Batterson - Apr 2, 2016

THE FULL MONTY: THE MUSICAL has some pretty unlikely ingredients for musical comedy: divorce, unemployment, degradation, custody battles, suicide, alienation and Buffalo, New York in the economically depressed 2000. Yet somehow, Short North Stage director Edward Carignan makes all those ingredients work while bringing Terrence McNally's script and David Yazbeck's lyrics to life. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Pacific Coast Rep's ENCHANTED APRIL PremierePhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Pacific Coast Rep's ENCHANTED APRIL Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (PCRT) will be presenting the World Premiere of ENCHANTED APRIL, A New Musical Romance at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

Harriet Harris & Patrick Kerr to Lead World Premiere of Joe DiPietro's HOLLYWOOD at La Jolla PlayhouseHarriet Harris & Patrick Kerr to Lead World Premiere of Joe DiPietro's HOLLYWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of Hollywood, by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Chasing the Song) directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. (more...)

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