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BWW Review: John Tartaglia Goes Puppet-Less And Tells Us All We BETTER GET TO LIVIN'  Photo BWW Review: John Tartaglia Goes Puppet-Less And Tells Us All We BETTER GET TO LIVIN' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Bobby Patrick - Jul 22, 2021

John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Shrek the Musical, Fraggle Rock, Sunday Funday On Broadway) returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below in a brand spanking new uplifting, uproarious (and maybe occasionally just a little bit inappropriate) show to celebrate 35 years of his eclectic career.

Jelani Remy, Beth Leavel, Christy Altomare and More to Perform At Feinstein's/54 Belo Photo Jelani Remy, Beth Leavel, Christy Altomare and More to Perform At Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 16, 2021

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.

Jason Robert Brown, Larry Owens, Lilli Cooper and More Take the Stage At Feinstein's/ Photo Jason Robert Brown, Larry Owens, Lilli Cooper and More Take the Stage At Feinstein's/54 Below This Month
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jul 1, 2021

This month, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.

MATILDA, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG and More Announced for Syracuse Stage 2021/22 Seaso Photo MATILDA, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG and More Announced for Syracuse Stage 2021/22 Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 17, 2021

Syracuse Stage today announced plans to resume live and in person performance in the 2021/2022 season.

BOOBS! THE MUSICAL Original Cast Reunion Will Stream on Richard Skipper Celebrates To Photo BOOBS! THE MUSICAL Original Cast Reunion Will Stream on Richard Skipper Celebrates Tomorrow
by Stephi Wild - May 20, 2021

Boobs! The Musical: The World According To Ruth Wallis is a musical revue based on the music and lyrics of 50's/60's star Ruth Wallis. Using 23 of her songs, Boobs! tells the story of Wallis' international career and struggles with performing her naughty songs.

BOOBS! THE MUSICAL 18th Anniversary Original Cast Reunion Announced Photo BOOBS! THE MUSICAL 18th Anniversary Original Cast Reunion Announced
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 11, 2021

Boobs! The Musical: The World According To Ruth Wallis is a musical revue based on the music and lyrics of 50's/60's star Ruth Wallis. Using 23 of her songs, Boobs! tells the story of Wallis' international career and struggles with performing her naughty songs.

VIDEO: Varla Jean Merman Talks Provincetown's Summer Season Photo VIDEO: Varla Jean Merman Talks Provincetown's Summer Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 2, 2020

Drag cabaret stalwart, Varla Jean Merman has a special message for fans waiting for news on the summer season in Provincetown.

Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, Stephanie J. Block and More Announced for Provinceto Photo Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, Stephanie J. Block and More Announced for Provincetown Art House Summer Season 2020
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 9, 2020

Provincetown's Art House theater has announced its upcoming music and comedy lineup. Returning center stage is the Broadway @ series first launched in 2011 by Producing Artistic Director Mark Cortale and Sirius XM radio star Seth Rudetsky, and now in more than a dozen major venues worldwide.

Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, Stephanie J. Block, and More Join the Summer 2020 Li Photo Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, Stephanie J. Block, and More Join the Summer 2020 Lineup at Provincetown Art House
by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2020

Many of Broadway's top stars are set to take the stage as part of Provincetown Art House's summer 2020 lineup. The lineup will include Kelli O'Hara, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephanie J. Block, Beth Leavel, Liz Callaway, Jenn Colella, Beth Malone, and many more!

Syracuse Stage's 48th Season to Present its Third World Premiere Photo Syracuse Stage's 48th Season to Present its Third World Premiere
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 5, 2020

Two Tony Award-winning musicals, an American classic, a smart new comedy, a haunting new adaptation of a literary masterpiece and a world premiere are at the heart of Syracuse Stage's 48th season. Artistic director Robert Hupp said the shows in the season all in some way address ideas of home 'in all its idealized, romanticized, messy and real manifestations.'

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by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 3, 2020

Westchester Broadway Theatre Will Present ALL SHOOK UP Photo Westchester Broadway Theatre Will Present ALL SHOOK UP
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 27, 2020

Set to the hits of the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley, this musical will have you dancing in your 'Blue Suede Shoes' all night long. Inspired by William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, the music is all Elvis, and the result is a night of hilarious and enchanting 1950s fun. When Chad, the mysterious motorcycle-riding, hip-swiveling roustabout rides into town, suddenly everyone's lip-curling and all shook up with secrets, music, and love. Lovers meet, woo, pursue and more, all in one zany night that will change the town forever. You'll be rocking in your seat to great tunes like 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Hound Dog', 'Devil in Disguise' and many more!

BWW Review: Syracuse Stage Presents an Enchanting BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Photo BWW Review: Syracuse Stage Presents an Enchanting BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Natasha Ashley - Dec 2, 2019

Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Department of Drama is now enchanting audiences with their production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The musical is under the always superb direction of Donna Drake and musical director Brian Cimmet, the creative team that brought the last two holiday favorites to Syracuse Stage. Like their past productions, Wizard of Oz and Elf their production of Beauty and the Beast kicks off the Holiday season with magical sets, costumes, and dazzling talent.

Syracuse Stage Celebrates The Holidays With Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Photo Syracuse Stage Celebrates The Holidays With Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 14, 2019

Syracuse Stage rings in the holiday season with the family musical a?oeDisney's Beauty and the Beast,a?? directed by Donna Drake and choreographed by Anthony Salatino with musical direction by Brian Cimmet. Preview performances begin Nov. 22. Opening night is Nov. 29, with performances scheduled through Jan. 5. Excellent seats remain for many performances and are available through the Box Office (315-443-3275) and at www.SyracuseStage.org.

BWW Interview: The Courage Within: David Girolmo in OZ Photo BWW Interview: The Courage Within: David Girolmo in OZ
by Carla Maria Verdino-S√ľllwold - Aug 5, 2019

a?oeIn the musical they all learn that the thing they believe is missing is already inside of them. We all have within us everything we think we are deficient in a?" everything we need to become the person we are supposed to be.a?? Actor David Girolmo is speaking of the lesson his character, the Cowardly Lion, learns in the stage version of L. Frank Baum's iconic classic THE WIZARD OF OZ, which runs from August 7-24 in a spectacularly fantastical production co-directed by narc Robin and Curt Dale Clark at Maine State Music Theatre.

BWW Interview: Risks, Adventures, and Second Chances: Exploring the Meaning of HELLO, Photo BWW Interview: Risks, Adventures, and Second Chances: Exploring the Meaning of HELLO, DOLLY!
by Carla Maria Verdino-S√ľllwold - Jul 26, 2019

a?oeHELLO, DOLLY! is the classic American musical,a?? affirms its star Charis Leos. And her colleagues and cast mates on the panel, Lauren Blackman, Matt Gibson, and Jason E. Simon, enthusiastically concur. Not only does it have a perfect score, a heartwarming book, colorful characters, and a healthy dose of irresistible comedy, but it is also infused with some messages of lasting significance. It is these takeaway meanings that these cast members are eager to discuss with BWW's Maine editor Carla Maria Verdino-S√ľllwold at MSMT's PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN on July 24 at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick.

BWW Review: 'Still Goin' Strong': MSMT's HELLO, DOLLY! Sparkles with Laughter, Love,  Photo BWW Review: 'Still Goin' Strong': MSMT's HELLO, DOLLY! Sparkles with Laughter, Love, and Life
by Carla Maria Verdino-S√ľllwold - Jul 19, 2019

Just as Dolly Gallagher Levi makes a stunning entrance to the unforgettable strains of her signature song, so MSMT's new production of the Jerry Herman classic HELLO, DOLLY! takes command of the Pickard stage with a joie de vivre and heartwarming tenderness and delivers an evening sparkling with laughter, love, and life. In a production directed by Donna Drake, choreographed by Rhonda Miller and performed by an ensemble of true stars, HELLO, DOLLY! offers the audience a magnificently memorable score, daring and dazzling dancing, and a cast of embraceable characters whose story unfailingly tugs at the heartstrings.

BWW Interview: Comedy That Is Kind: A Conversation with Matt Gibson Photo BWW Interview: Comedy That Is Kind: A Conversation with Matt Gibson
by Carla Maria Verdino-S√ľllwold - Jul 15, 2019

"There's a quote from Thornton Wilder that I love. He writes, 'Anyone can make a comedy which is cruel; it is very hard to make a comedy which is kind. To give a fellow feeling between young and old - that's art. HELLO, DOLLY! is one of those old gems. It has some of the best of the best material in all of musical theatre." Actor Matt Gibson is enthusing about his upcoming performances as Cornelius Hackl in Maine State Music Theatre's HELLO, DOLLY!, which runs from July 17 - August 3 at the Pickard Theater in Brunswick. "He might be my favorite character in the traditional canon," Gibson says of the innocent young man from Yonkers. Gibson has played the part twice before at the Virginia Music Theatre and Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatres, and he is thrilled to revisit the role in Maine, where he is just finishing a run of TREASURE ISLAND, playing the ill-fated sailor, Mr. O'Brien.

BWW Interview: A World Full of Wonderful Things: Lauren Blackman Photo BWW Interview: A World Full of Wonderful Things: Lauren Blackman
by Carla Maria Verdino-S√ľllwold - Jul 13, 2019

"My favorite line in musical theatre history is the one where Irene says, 'Dolly, the world is full of wonderful things!' When I said it in rehearsal the first time to Charis [Leos], I broke down in tears. It's a thought I repeat to myself if I am down. Irene is saying, 'Take risks, go enjoy this wonderful world!'" Actress Lauren Blackman is talking enthusiastically about her upcoming portrayal of Irene Malloy in Maine State Music Theatre's new production of HELLO, DOLLY!, which runs July 17 - August 3, 2019, at the Pickard Theater in Brunswick. Blackman returns not only to a beloved role, but also to friends and a theatre company and community she calls "home." Last season, she appeared briefly in the gala 60th Anniversary Concert, but it has been almost four years since she graced the stage in a major role - last in 2015 as Marion in THE MUSIC MAN and before that in 2013 in MARY POPPINS. Those intervening years have, indeed, been fruitful ones for Blackman - filled with all kinds of wonderful things!

Maine State Music Theatre Puts On Their Sunday Clothes With HELLO, DOLLY! Photo Maine State Music Theatre Puts On Their Sunday Clothes With HELLO, DOLLY!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jul 12, 2019

Maine State Music Theatre is going to Yonkers for its third show of the season, Hello, Dolly! from July 17 - August 3.

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