Vote For The 2018 BWW Columbus Awards; 42ND STREET Leads Best Musical!Vote For The 2018 BWW Columbus Awards; 42ND STREET Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Award; Weathervane Playhouse Leads Theatre of the Year!Vote For The 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Award; Weathervane Playhouse Leads Theatre of the Year!
by BWW Staff - Nov 26, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)


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BWW Reviews: HORROR SHOW Offers Both tricks and Treats for SNS audiencesBWW Reviews: HORROR SHOW Offers Both tricks and Treats for SNS audiences
by Paul Batterson - Oct 15, 2018

If you grew up in Columbus in the 80s, the movie THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Graceland Theatre was a teenage rite of passage, much like White Castle runs, midnight rounds of Putt-Putt and Little Kings Cream Ale. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Evolution Theatre Company's PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT the musicalPhoto Coverage: First look at Evolution Theatre Company's PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT the musical
by Jerri Shafer - Aug 22, 2018

Experience a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! As three friends, Tick (Jeb Bigelow), Bernadette (Doug Joseph) and Adam (Hunter Minor), a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio as they hop aboard a battered old bus to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Accompanying them on this wild, funny, musical trip is an outrageous cast of characters played by Shauna Davis, Tirzah Hawley, Elisabeth Tate, Will Macke, Amanda Cawthorne Short, Stephen R. Hanna, Denae Sullivan, Benjamin Hartwig, John Feather, Kara Hancock, Andrew Martin, Scott Raymond Clay, Carson Kittaka, Taryn Huffman, Anita McFarren Rhynes and Nick van Atta. Performances are August 22nd thru September 1st at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit: http://evolutiontheatre.org/ (more...)

Short North Stage Presents the Hilarious CLEOPATRA by Charles Busch
by Christopher Castanho - Jul 25, 2017

Ohio's very own Short North Stage will be hosting yet another Charles Busch play 'Cleopatra' July 27th - August 6th at the Garden Theater. Having produced other tear-jerking comedies by the 'campy playwright' in previous years, Short North Stage Fan favorites 'Psycho Beach Party', 'Die Mommy Die', and 'The Divine Sister' Artistic Director Edward Carignan is excited (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Short North Stage's FOLLIES TO FANTASTICKS: CELEBRATING 5 FABULOUS YEARS OF THEATER
by Jerri Shafer - Oct 9, 2016

Short North Stage's annual gala celebrated on October 7th, 2016 by starting with a cocktail hour where guests enjoyed a musical journey through the last five years of fabulous theatre with some of the favorite performers. Then the celebration continued on the main stage where they enjoyed an elegant three-course meal, catered by Carfagna's Kitchen, a Columbus favorite for the past 75 years. As an added pleasure, many of the performers joined each table on stage in costume and in character during the dinner. Throughout the evening they could bid on silent auction items with all kinds of great items to bid on including signed posters, a weekend getaway, and a couple of walk-on performances for shows in their upcoming season. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Short North Stage's PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
by Jerri Shafer - Aug 20, 2016

The hilarity returns! If you missed it on the Garden Stage in the chill of January 2015, escape the heat of August with this over-the-top comedy by Charles Busch (Die, Mommie, Die and The Divine Sister). An outrageous parody of the campy beach party movies of the 1960s, this revival of the Immersive Theater production reunites the original cast, include Doug Joseph and Nick Hardin. A BENEFIT FOR SHORT NORTH STAGE. (more...)

BWW Review: Short North Stage Puts New Spin on Old Favorite, THE FANTASTICKS
by Paul Batterson - Jul 22, 2016

In his Playbill notes for THE FANTASTICKS, Short North Stage director Jonathan Flom makes an unusual assumption of his audience. Flom writes: 'I think that the vast majority of avid theatergoers upwards of age 30 have some relationship with THE FANTASTICKS.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Short North Stage's DARK MONDAY
by Jerri Shafer - Jun 30, 2016

Seventeen local Columbus Theater's gathered on Monday June 27th, 2016 to perform and support a great cause-Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Along with production numbers from favorite companies the evening also featured a silent auction of Playbill merchandise and signed Broadway memorabilia from this Broadway season. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the Short North Stage's 1st Cabaret Contest Night!
by Jerri Shafer - Jun 19, 2016

Short North Stage held it's first Cabaret Contest Night on Wednesday June 15th in Ethel's Bar. All acts were welcome; singers, dancers, poets, comedians, improv troupes, burlesque- performers of any kind though most people gave vocal performances. Winner was determined based on the audience vote after the conclusion of all the performances. The winner received 50% of the entry fees collected with the balance along with spinning wheel games to raise additional funds for Short North Stage's 'Make Our Garden Grow' campaign working to raise $10,000 for bathroom renovations. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Imagine Productions' HEATHERS
by Jerri Shafer - May 18, 2016

Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place - six feet under. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Short North Stage's DIE, MOMMIE, DIE
by Jerri Shafer - Feb 19, 2016

Drag artist Charles Busch's outrageously funny melodrama about an aging Hollywood star and her twisted family relationships will bring howls of laughter to the dead of winter. This off-Broadway hit by the author of Psycho Beach Party, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and last year's smash hit The Divine Sister stars Doug Joseph as the irresistibly evil has-been heroine Angela. Cast also includes the struggling director Sol Sussman (Ralph E. Scott), his daughter (Erin Mellon), her brither Lance (Johnny Robison), former actor/country club tennis pro/humidor repairman/gigolo Tony Parker (Nick Lingofski), and keeping the house in order is Bootsie Carp (Josie Merkle) (more...)

BWW Review: Short North Stage's DIE, MOMMIE DIE! is a Must See
by Paul Batterson - Feb 6, 2016

Actor Doug Joseph has gone from playing Cecil B. DeMille in the Short North Stage's production of SUNSET BOULEVARD to playing the very Norma Desmond-esque Angela Arden in the theatre's production of DIE, MOMMIE DIE! (more...)

BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Goes a Long Way
by Paul Batterson - Oct 17, 2015

One of the dangers of hearing a great Broadway melody by itself is it loses its context. Such is the case with SEND IN THE CLOWNS. Everyone has covered the song from Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, from Judy Collins to Frank Sinatra to Krusty the Clown with the later one being my personal favorite. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Imagine Production's LET'S DUET AGAIN!
by Jerri Shafer - Aug 11, 2015

On Sunday August 9th, Imagine Productions presented a cabaret called Let's Duet Again! Featuring a night of pop duets and musical theatre. Directed by Ryan Stem and co-hosted by Doug Joseph and Nick Hardin. With performances featuring Alex Almeida, Caleb Baker, Corinne Buuk, Ed Eblin, Cassie Gress, Nick Hardin, Chris Johnson, Doug Joseph, Sharon Kibe, Jesika Lehner, Tahrea Maynard-Johnson, Chase McCants, Michael Quinichett, Elena Reinert, Keith Robinson, Ryan Stem, Steve Stumphauzer, Rachel Verdi, and Abby Zeszotek. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2015 JEBBY Awards
by Jerri Shafer - Mar 15, 2015

Local actor and theatre lover Jeb Bigelow hosted the biggest cast party in Columbus at the Bluestone on March 13, 2015. Check out an exclusive look at the red carpet and event below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Columbus Immersive Theater Heats Up with PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
by Amanda Etchison - Jan 20, 2015

With lazily leaning palm trees, fluffy beach towels and sunbathing teenagers in 1960s-era bikinis, the frigid stage of Columbus' Garden Theater is transformed into the sun-kissed surf and sand of a Malibu beach town in Charles Busch's "Psycho Beach Party." (more...)

BWW Reviews: SUNSET BOULEVARD Casts a Beautiful Shadow Over Short North Stage's Season Opener
by Paul Batterson - Oct 6, 2014

If 'Every Movie's a Circus,' as a song midway through the first act proclaims, the Short North Stage's season opening production of SUNSET BOULEVARD must be a very grand carnival. The theater group pulls out all the stops as far as color schemes and movie clips go but it is rock solid performances of stars Gina Handy and Chris Shea that brings the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to life. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Handy Takes 'Big' Role to a Small Stage in SUNSET BOULEVARD
by Paul Batterson - Sep 29, 2014

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