Date of Birth: November 18, 1969 (48)
Birth Place: Daly City, California, USA
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BWW Review: Just When We Need it Most, Shoot the Glass Theater Brings Us a Beautifully Staged SPRING AWAKENING with a Fantastic Young CastBWW Review: Just When We Need it Most, Shoot the Glass Theater Brings Us a Beautifully Staged SPRING AWAKENING with a Fantastic Young Cast
by Jill Schafer - Sep 21, 2018

I love SPRING AWAKENING so much that after seeing the eight time Tony winner on Broadway (with most of the original cast), I named the next kitten I adopted Moritz Stiefel, after my favorite character. Nine years and three bladder surgeries later, my sweet Moritz is still with me, and so is my love for SPRING AWAKENING. Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), the themes of the late 19th Century German play, as seen through a rock musical, are still relevant today. Suicide rates are on the rise, there are some very real threats to abortion rights in this country, exposure and intolerance of sexual abuse and harassment is at an all time high, and 21st Century technology is making it harder to be a teenager than perhaps it's ever been. You think Wendla and Melchi had it rough? At least they never had their most embarrassing moment go viral for the entire world to bully them! For all of these reasons I'm grateful to Shoot the Glass Theater for bringing SPRING AWAKENING to us now, in a beautifully staged production featuring a super talented cast of young and unknown actors. I found myself falling in love with this story and these characters all over again. (more...)

Review Roundup: Blank Theatre Company's SPRING AWAKENINGReview Roundup: Blank Theatre Company's SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2018

SPRING AWAKENING is currently on stage at Blank Theatre Company! SPRING AWAKENING features music by Duncan Sheik, book & lyrics by Steven Sater, based on the play by Frank Wedekind, orchestrations by Alan Stevens Hewitt, vocal arrangements by AnnMarie Milazzo, and string orchestrations by Simon Hale. (more...)

Johanna Pfaelzer Named Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory TheatreJohanna Pfaelzer Named Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2018

New York Stage and Film announced today that Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer will be stepping down from her longtime leadership position with the organization to become the new Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre beginning September 1, 2019. (more...)

Brief 8/29: MRS. DOUBTFIRE Musical, Patti LuPone in COMPANY Rehearsal, and More!Brief 8/29: MRS. DOUBTFIRE Musical, Patti LuPone in COMPANY Rehearsal, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Aug 29, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: a Mrs. Doubtfire musical is coming, go inside rehearsal for Patti LuPone-led Company, and more! (more...)

BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at The Lounge Theatre is Exactly What America Needs Right NowBWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at The Lounge Theatre is Exactly What America Needs Right Now
by Christopher Castanho - Aug 25, 2018

Spring Awakening opened to a sold-out crowd last night in West Hollywood's The Lounge Theatre, this being the premiere project for Me + You Productions. The rock musical, known for being groundbreaking on Broadway in 2006, is looked at through a new lens in this production: Gun Saftey. With 100% of proceeds going to Everytown for Gun Saftey, Me + You Productions find the intricate balance of connecting current struggles and honoring the original story. (more...)

Totally F*CK*N* AmazingTotally F*CK*N* Amazing
by Virag Dombay - Aug 25, 2018

I am speechless. Awe-struck. At a loss of words. What an astounding production. I don't know how I'll fit all of my thoughts in one review. But I'll give it my best shot. (more...)

BWW Feature: Me + You Productions Presents SPRING AWAKENING at The Lounge Theater: Aug 24 - Sept 9thBWW Feature: Me + You Productions Presents SPRING AWAKENING at The Lounge Theater: Aug 24 - Sept 9th
by Christopher Castanho - Aug 19, 2018

Me+You Productions is gearing up for their Los Angeles production of the Tony-Award winning musical Spring Awakening. The show will begin its three-week run at The Lounge Theatre in West Hollywood, California, opening on August 24th and closing September 9th. 100% of ticket proceeds from this production will benefit Everytown for Gun Safety, an American nonprofit organization whose aim is to reduce gun deaths in the wake of increased mass shootings. (more...)

Photo Flash: The British Theatre Academy Presents SPRING AWAKENINGPhoto Flash: The British Theatre Academy Presents SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

After two years in summer residence at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End, The British Theatre Academy are to present the acclaimed Broadway musical Spring Awakening, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book and Score and 4 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, at Stockwell Playhouse from Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 August.  (more...)

BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING, Stockwell PlayhouseBWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING, Stockwell Playhouse
by Nicole Ackman - Aug 16, 2018

Who better to perform a musical about a group of angsty German teens than an actual group of young people? Spring Awakening joins Bring It On and Goodnight Mr Tom as the British Theatre Academy's third show of the summer. This rock musical is beautifully designed and staged and features many talented young performers. (more...)


by Sara Crescente - Aug 14, 2018

Dal 7 settembre sara possibile vedere, per la prima volta in italiano, su Premium Stories la non tanto fortunata serie televisiva RISE. Debutto il 13 marzo sul canale della NBC, la nota azienda televisiva che l'ha prodotta, ma venne tristemente cancellata dopo la prima stagione l'11 maggio. Un vero peccato perche la serie, seppur con pochi ascolti, aveva conquistato il cuore del pubblico con la sua trama drammatica e attuale. (more...)

ONCE UPON A RHYME To Be Presented as Part of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 2018 New Works FestivalONCE UPON A RHYME To Be Presented as Part of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 2018 New Works Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2018

Once Upon a Rhyme: A Musical Tale (formerly iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical), with book, music, and lyrics by Ronve O'Daniel and music, orchestrations, and arrangements by Jevares C. Myrick will be presented as part of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 2018 New Works Festival. (more...)

Casting Announced For MAKE BELIEVE at Hartford StageCasting Announced For MAKE BELIEVE at Hartford Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2018

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts today announced the cast and creative team for Make Believe, written by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award-winning playwright Bess Wohl. The world premiere play will perform Thursday, September 6, through Sunday, September 30, to open the Tony Award-winning regional theatre's 55th season. Jackson Gay will direct. (more...)

Megan Byrne, Chris Ghaffari, and More to Lead World Premiere of MAKE BELIEVE at Hartford StageMegan Byrne, Chris Ghaffari, and More to Lead World Premiere of MAKE BELIEVE at Hartford Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2018

Hartford Stage today announced the cast and creative team for Make Believe, written by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award-winning playwright Bess Wohl. The world premiere play will perform Thursday, September 6, through Sunday, September 30, to open the Tony Award-winning regional theatre's 55thseason. Jackson Gay will direct. (more...)

BWW Review: Topically Important SPRING AWAKENING Impressively Staged at Near West TheatreBWW Review: Topically Important SPRING AWAKENING Impressively Staged at Near West Theatre
by Roy Berko - Aug 7, 2018

This past season, NBC aired 'Rise.' The television show spotlighted a high school in a conservative working class neighborhood. The school's new drama teacher, portrayed by Josh Rado, decided rather than staging a traditional, escapist musical, that the students and community would grow from doing 'Spring Awakening,' an exploration of 'young people navigating a world full of pain, frustration, growing up and peopled with not only teens, but adults who often don't have the best intentions.' (more...)

BWW Review: WHISPER HOUSE Opens Season 21 'FEAR ITSELF'  at Know TheatreBWW Review: WHISPER HOUSE Opens Season 21 'FEAR ITSELF' at Know Theatre
by Abby Rowold - Aug 5, 2018

Whisper House, directed by Dan R. Winters, was written in 2010 by Kyle Jarrow with music by Duncan Sheik. (more...)

Photo Flash: Staged! Presents the Tony Award-Winning Musical SPRING AWAKENING.Photo Flash: Staged! Presents the Tony Award-Winning Musical SPRING AWAKENING.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2018

Staged! presents an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll in SPRING AWAKENING. (more...)

Soluna Studio To Produce SPRING AWAKENINGSoluna Studio To Produce SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2018

SoLuna Studio will produce the Tony Award winning musical SPRING AWAKENING as a part their professional mainstage season, with performances running August 3rd-12th. Performances will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets purchased in advance at www.SoLunaStudioNY.eventbrite.com are $20. At the door, all tickets are $25. Group rates are also available. For more information about the show and tickets, please visit SoLuna Studio's website at www.solunastudiony.com. Pictures and other promotional material from the show can be found on Instagram @SoLunaStudio and on Twitter @SoLunaStudioNY (more...)

Michael Lee Brown of DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Make Feinstein's/54 Below DebutMichael Lee Brown of DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Make Feinstein's/54 Below Debut
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2018

Michael Lee Brown of Dear Evan Hansen will make his Feinstein's/54 Below debut in his solo show 'Way It Used To Be' on September 30th, 2018 at 9:45PM! (more...)

San Francisco Playhouse Presents WASHED UP ON THE POTOMACSan Francisco Playhouse Presents WASHED UP ON THE POTOMAC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2018

San Francisco Playhouse (Artistic Director Bill English; Producing Director Susi Damilano) announced casting for the final show of its 2017-18 Sandbox Series-the world premiere of Washed Up on the Potomac, written by Lynn Rosen. Jose Zayas will direct. (more...)

Iconotheatrix Brings SPRING AWAKENING To The Stage This SummerIconotheatrix Brings SPRING AWAKENING To The Stage This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2018

Iconotheatrix presents their final show of the season, Spring Awakening, July 26-August 5, 2018 at Obsidian Theater. In Spring Awakening it's 1891, and grown-ups hold all the cards. Headstrong Melchior (Alex Kerry) and naive Wendla (Lauren Weinberger) stumble into each others' arms, passionate and curious, while anxious Moritz (Justin Vrana) struggles to live up to the stringent expectations of society. With only each other for guidance, this group of young men and women travel the fraught and rocky path of adolescence, discovering their bodies, their minds, and themselves along the way. An electric, vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion, Spring Awakening fuses issues of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll into a story that packs a powerful emotional punch. (more...)

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