BWW Review: HAMILTON Lives Up To The Hype The Straz Center For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: HAMILTON Lives Up To The Hype The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Feb 14, 2019

What more can be said about the juggernaut "Hamilton" that hasn't already been written? An ornate, elaborate leveled wooden backdrop and mobile staircases with minimal, simple set pieces and turntables floors showcased the exquisitely and insanely-talented lead actors and the equally-matched ensemble that brought each note to vivid life. The superb music - a blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, and traditional Broadway tunes - was complemented by nearly nonstop, furiously-paced choreography. (more...)

BWW Review: HAMILTON Is Here and Meets the Hype at Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: HAMILTON Is Here and Meets the Hype at Dr. Phillips Center
by Aaron Wallace - Jan 25, 2019

Not since Sondheim have we had a musical so complex in lyrics, so layered in rhetoric, so rich in motif, and so conscious of characters' competing perspectives on one another. It is a concert of overlap, interplay, meta-reference, and occasionally even time travel... (more...)

BWW Review: The National Tour of HAMILTON, the Quintessential American Story Told through the Quintessential American Art Form, Finally Arrives in MinnesotaBWW Review: The National Tour of HAMILTON, the Quintessential American Story Told through the Quintessential American Art Form, Finally Arrives in Minnesota
by Jill Schafer - Sep 9, 2018

That's right, #TCTheater friends, music-theater's favorite founding father has finally arrived in Minneapolis, along with all of this friends. Three years after opening on Broadway and becoming the biggest theater sensation in years, maybe even decades, the second national tour is playing at the Opheum Theatre for a six-week run. I'm lucky enough to have seen it four times now, and it's still just as epic and thrilling, if not quite as mind-blowing as the first time. HAMILTON is the rare thing that not only lives up to the hype, it exceeds it. In fact it's not really about the hype at all, the 'all the cool people are seeing HAMILTON so I guess I should see it too.' You shouldn't go see HAMILTON so you can impress your friends and neighbors, you should go see HAMILTON because it's the quintessential American story told through the quintessential American art form - musical theater. It's one of those ground-breaking milestone events in the history of theater that has forever changed it. And it's also three jam-packed hours of music, dance, stories, entertainment, and inspiration. If you don't already have your tickets don't despair. There are tickets still available through the official channels, and you can enter a daily lottery in which 40 lucky people win the chance to buy tickets for $10. I don't think I need to try to convince anyone to go see it, or tell you how incredibly amazing it is. You already know that, the rest is up to you. (more...)

BWW Interview: Paul Panico, Erik Sternad, Joelle Vessels of NEXT TO NORMAL at Panic! ProductionsBWW Interview: Paul Panico, Erik Sternad, Joelle Vessels of NEXT TO NORMAL at Panic! Productions
by Cary Ginell - Jun 12, 2018

An interview with mental health professionals Erik Sternad and Joelle Vessels of Interface Children & Family Services and Panic! Productions co-executive director Paul Panico about the mental illness displayed in its recent production of 'Next to Normal.' (more...)

BWW Review: OC's Segerstrom Center Finally Becomes the Room Where HAMILTON HappensBWW Review: OC's Segerstrom Center Finally Becomes the Room Where HAMILTON Happens
by Michael Quintos - May 15, 2018

For three years, I have obsessed over the Original Broadway Cast Album of Lin-Manuel Miranda's ingeniously constructed, powerfully-rendered musical masterpiece HAMILTON, mostly because it just wasn't possible for me to see the show at its home at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. Fast forward to Fall of 2017 and the show finally makes its long stop in Los Angeles. I snagged a ticket and it was transcendent. Fast forward again to now May 2018, and the show's second national tour has finally arrived in my back yard at OC's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa for a three-week run through May 27. This production not only successfully reignited my love for this show, but it has also promptly solidified it as, in my humble opinion, one of the best musicals of all time. Apart from being one of the most undeniably creative stage shows ever produced for the American theater, HAMILTON is also one of the most deeply moving and shrewdly intelligent stage musicals I have ever experienced---made even better thanks to an insanely talented ensemble cast that raps, sings, and acts their way into this gripping, very American story. All that hype? Completely justified. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HAMILTON Ignites the Eccles TheaterBWW Reviews: HAMILTON Ignites the Eccles Theater
by Tyler Hinton - Apr 13, 2018

The national tour of the smash hit musical HAMILTON ignites the Eccles Theater in its long-awaited Utah debut. HAMILTON will be remembered throughout the annals of musical theatre as a show that changed the trajectory of the art form.  If you are one of the lucky ones with a ticket to see this phenomenal production, you will always remember that you had a seat in the room where it happened. (more...)

BWW Feature: 2800 Students in the Room Where It Happens, and Then SomeBWW Feature: 2800 Students in the Room Where It Happens, and Then Some
by Jay Irwin - Mar 9, 2018

If downtown Seattle was feeling a little more electric, a little more amped up this afternoon maybe that's because 2800 students from around the northwest got the chance to take in the hottest theatrical commodity. I refer, of course, to 'Hamilton' currently at the Paramount Theatre. But this was so much more than a simple school outing as the students were given an opportunity to really dive into the subject and for some, that meant their own moment to shine. (more...)

Photos: Get A First Look At The 2nd National Tour of HAMILTONPhotos: Get A First Look At The 2nd National Tour of HAMILTON
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the 2nd National Tour of HAMILTON, lead by  Joseph Morales and Nik Walker as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/16 - HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More!Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/16 - HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More!
by BWW Special - Feb 16, 2018

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More! (more...)

BWW Review: HAMILTON at the Paramount Does Not Throw Away Its ShotBWW Review: HAMILTON at the Paramount Does Not Throw Away Its Shot
by Jay Irwin - Feb 15, 2018

Yes, it's true. The undeniable juggernaut that is the multiple Tony Award winner, including for Best Musical, 'Hamilton' has descended upon Seattle. Just like in New York for so long, theatergoers here will now be uttering the same query to each other, 'Have you seen 'Hamilton' yet?' And if you were lucky enough to snag some tickets through a Season subscription, the general sale or maybe the daily 'Hamilton' lottery you'll be able to answer with a resounding 'YES, and it was AMAZING!' But why is it amazing and how does this one stack up to the original cast with which most are so familiar? Well, Dear Readers, let's talk. (more...)

2018 Dates Shared for 20-City HAMILTON National Tour2018 Dates Shared for 20-City HAMILTON National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter to share the locations of the national tour of Hamilton for 2018. The tour kicks off in San Diego on January 6th, and will perform in 20 cities around the country including Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, London, Houston, Salt Lake City and many more. (more...)

Your Obedient Servants: Meet the New HAMILTON Tour Stars, Joseph Morales and Nik WalkerYour Obedient Servants: Meet the New HAMILTON Tour Stars, Joseph Morales and Nik Walker
by Alexa Criscitiello - Dec 14, 2017

Producer Jeffrey Seller has announced that JOSEPH MORALES and NIK WALKER will lead the second national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively. (more...)

Second National Tour of HAMILTON Finds Its 'Hamilton' and 'Burr'Second National Tour of HAMILTON Finds Its 'Hamilton' and 'Burr'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2017

Producer Jeffrey Seller has announced that JOSEPH MORALES and NIK WALKER will lead the second national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively. (more...)

BWW Review: A Dark LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS on Top of an Even Darker Hill
by George Brietigam - Jun 5, 2017

Panic! Productions staged the darkest rendition of Little Shop of Horrors I have ever seen. (more...)

Panic! Productions presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

            Panic! Productions closes its 2016-2017 season with a fresh take on the crowd-pleasing musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," June 2 through 18, at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. The Alan Menken-Harold Ashman ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid") musical will be directed by J. Bailey Burcham, with choreography by Tyler Matthew Burk, and musical direction by Josh Bednarsky.             (more...)

Panic! Brings Tony-Nominated BRING IT ON to Thousand Oaks
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Panic! Productions brings the Lin-Manuel Miranda-Tom Kitt musical, "Bring it On," to the Scherr Forum Theatre in Thousand Oaks October 6 through 16. Directed by Nicolas Womack, and choreographed by Keenon Hooks, this Tony Award-nominated musical was adapted for Broadway from the hit film of the same title and explores the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading and the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance. (more...)

Panic! Brings Tony-Nominated BRING IT ON to Thousand Oaks
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Panic! Productions brings the Lin-Manuel Miranda-Tom Kitt musical, "Bring it On," to the Scherr Forum Theatre in Thousand Oaks October 6 through 16. Directed by Nicolas Womack, and choreographed by Keenon Hooks, this Tony Award-nominated musical was adapted for Broadway from the hit film of the same title and explores the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading and the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance. (more...)