Photo Flash: First Look at TONI STONE Off-Broadway Photo Photo Flash: First Look at TONI STONE Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2019

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the world-premiere production of Toni Stone, by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon.

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal With Roundabout's TONI STONE Photo Photo Flash: In Rehearsal With Roundabout's TONI STONE
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2019

Roundabout Theatre Company will soon present the world-premiere of Toni Stone, written by Lydia R. Diamond and directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon. Toni Stone will be led by April Matthis, with Eric Berryman (Elzie), Harvy Blanks (Alberga), Phillip James Brannon (King Tut), Daniel J. Bryant(Spec), Jonathan Burke (Stretch), Toney Goins (Jimmy), Kenn E. Head (Millie), Ezra Knight (Woody).

Young Jewish Professionals (YJP) Holds 40 Under 40 Winter Gala In New York City Photo Young Jewish Professionals (YJP) Holds 40 Under 40 Winter Gala In New York City
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

Young Jewish Professionals (YJP) recently held its 40 Under 40 Winter Gala, honoring 40 CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, and rising corporate talent in the Jewish community. The annual event took place on January 27th, at Espace New York City, with over 1,000 members of the tri-state area's business class in attendance.

Critic's Choice Best of Maine Theatre 2017 Photo Critic's Choice Best of Maine Theatre 2017
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Nov 26, 2017

Maine boasts a vibrant, varied theatrical landscape, is home to a significant local community of fine artists, and plays host each year to artists from New York, Chicago, and all the leading regional theatres in the country. Moreover, Maine can be proud of its sophisticated, loyal, and warm-hearted audiences, who appreciate thoroughly the dedication and creativity that goes into producing professional and community theatre and who are generous with their support and acclaim. I am honored to continue to serve as Broadway World's Maine editor, and I remain excited and energized by the richness of the state's theatre scene. As we come to the end of another year, here are my personal choices of the 2017 best in Maine, grouped by theatre and show.

The Wooster Group Stages 'THE B-SIDE' Starting Tonight Photo The Wooster Group Stages 'THE B-SIDE' Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2017

The Wooster Group presents the premiere of its newest work, THE B-SIDE: 'Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons' A Record Album Interpretation this month, followed by a limited return engagement of the Group's 2014 piece, EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS: A Record Album Interpretation in December.

CPT Presents Original Play GOLDEN Created And Performed By Formerly Homeless Men In R Photo CPT Presents Original Play GOLDEN Created And Performed By Formerly Homeless Men In Recovery
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2017

Cleveland Public Theatre's Education Department and the Cleveland YMCA's Y-Haven Program present Golden, the 2017 CPT/Y-Haven Theatre Project.

The Wooster Group to Stage 'THE B-SIDE' and EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS Photo The Wooster Group to Stage 'THE B-SIDE' and EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

The Wooster Group will present the premiere of its newest work, THE B-SIDE: Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons A Record Album Interpretation in October, followed by a limited return engagement of the Group's 2014 piece, EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS: A Record Album Interpretation in December.

BWW Review: As Time Goes By: THE ALL NIGHT STRUT Revives Music and Memories Photo BWW Review: As Time Goes By: THE ALL NIGHT STRUT Revives Music and Memories
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 19, 2017

The memories are in the music, and Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage's latest co-production struts, sizzles smiles, and sparkles with energy and latent emotion. Classy, funny, lively, touching, vocally and instrumentally beautiful, this tightly constructed revue, The All Night Strut, offers a journey to an era where the world was in turmoil, time moved more slowly, hearts were worn on sleeves, and swing was the thing. Performed in a stylish production with a quartet of stunning soloists and a trio of fine musicians, this soundtrack of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s tells its story in song and dance and offers theatre-goers a wholly satisfying and warmly memorable experience.

Photo Coverage: MSMT's The Who's TOMMY
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 1, 2017

Maine State Music Theatre presented two sold-out performances of The Who's Tommy, the rock musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, on July 31, 2017, at Brunswick's Pickard Theater.

BWW Review: An Amazing Journey: MSMT's Riveting and Revelatory TOMMY
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 1, 2017

Midway through the first act of The Who's Tommy, the young protagonist invites his mates and listeners to ride together on his amazing journey. And truly, Maine State Music Theatre's production of the Pete Townshend/DesMcAnuff musical, seen for two performances only at the Pickard Theater July 31 offers its audience just that - a riveting, often raw, perennially relevant, piercingly beautiful account of a boy's painful but ultimately uplifting journey through the darker side of human experience and into the light. The rarely staged 1992 musical version based on the 1969 concept album and rock opera with its sung-through score, narrative told largely in dance, and its sometimes disturbing material poses significant challenges to any company, but MSMT once again proves its artistic mettle. Under the inspired direction of Curt Dale Clark, with the complex choreography of Raymond Marc Dumont and the rousing musical direction of Patrick Fanning, this company of young artists marshals its considerable talents to tackle the ambitious project with energy, passion, and complete professionalism.

Maine State Music Theatre Presents The Who's TOMMY 7/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Maine State Music Theatre presents The Who's Tommy for one day only on Monday, July 31 with shows at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.

BWW Review: Live in Living Color: Vibrant CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Closes Lyric Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 5, 2017

It's hard to imagine why this gem of a show had such a short Broadway run, but it is finding new life in regional productions, not the least of which opened here at South Portland's Lyric Music Theater this past weekend. Directed by Mary Meserve with sparkling choreography by Raymond Marc Dumont and featuring a large cast with strong vocal-dramatic abilities, anchored by Eric Berry-Sandelin's charismatic performance as Frank Abagnale, Jr., this is a delight not to be missed!

NOISES OFF at Everyman Theatre - You Will Laugh Until It Hurts!!
by Charles Shubow - May 30, 2017

It truly is one of the funniest plays I've ever seen.

BWW Review: Everyman Makes A Ruckus With NOISES OFF
by Cybele Pomeroy - May 26, 2017

Everyman Theatre pays exquisite attention to detail and creates an astounding feat of comedy in its production of NOISES OFF. The cast demonstrates comedic chops and executes pratfalls and buffoonery with commitment and perfect timing. Do yourself, your lungs and your liver a favor and laugh at the raucous riot. Don't be surprised if you find yourself craving sardines afterwards.

Famed Farce NOISES OFF to Receive Revival at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Everyman Theatre's Resident Company of actors transforms into a British company of actors during the 1970s in this hotly anticipated revival of Tony Award-Winner Michael Frayn's side-splitting farce to end all farces, Noises Off, directed by Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi and running from May 17 through June 18, 2017.

National Theatre of Parramatta Association with Griffin Theatre Co. presents Two Tribes Meet Head on in SMURF IN WANDERLAND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Smurf in Wanderland is one man's insightful and hilarious examination of football, tribalism, belonging and identity. David Williams - acclaimed documentary theatre maker, writer and football fanatic - is the 'Smurf'.

BWW Review: Brave, Bold, and Beautiful SPRING AWAKENING at Lyric Music Theater
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Mar 20, 2017

South Portland's Lyric Music Theater is taking a bold and daring step in presenting the 2006 musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 provocative play, Spring Awakening. The wrenching musical drama explores with a piercing honesty the lives of teenagers and their adult authority figures locked in a lethal struggle as the young men and women search for freedom of expression, sexual liberation and fulfillment, and the embrace of their true identities in a dark, corseted world of repression and convention. The issues raised by Frank Wedekind's play remain as potent and relevant today as they did in the late 19th century, and the Steven Sater book and lyrics and Duncan Sheik music remain true to the essence of the piece. Wedekind's world - the world of Freud and nascent psychology - is a bleak place where adults abuse their children psychologically and physically, where creativity is stifled, and love - as a total expression of body and soul - is forbidden. In this dark universe, the young villagers long in secret and search for a path through the pain.

BWW Interview: A-Five, Six, Seven, Eight: MSMT Local Auditions Sparkle
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Mar 6, 2017

The hallways are jammed with bright, expectant, luminous faces wearing their most eye-catching outfits, laden with dance bags, juggling binders with music and resumes, scanning their ever present iPhones, and searching for a place to sit or stretch or warm-up as they await the call. The energy is palpable and the spirits high. Many have come together in groups and chat excitedly, while others search for a quiet corner to gather their thoughts. Some 300 actors ranging in age from children to seasoned adults have checked into Maine State Music Theatre's offices and rehearsal studios at 22 Elm Street on February 25, 2017, to try their luck at the company's annual open call local auditions for the 2017 season which opens June 7.

Oakland Raiders Visit Kansas City Chiefs in First-Place Showdown on NBC's THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

The only network with two primetime NFL packages, NBC continues its coverage of Today Night Football this Today, December 8, with an AFC West first-place showdown, when Derek Carr and the AFC-leading Oakland Raiders (10-2) host Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in Kansas City on NBC.

Oakland Raiders Visit Kansas City Chiefs in First-Place Showdown on NBC's THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
by TV News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

The only network with two primetime NFL packages, NBC continues its coverage of Thursday Night Football this Thursday, December 8, with an AFC West first-place showdown, when Derek Carr and the AFC-leading Oakland Raiders (10-2) host Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in Kansas City on NBC.

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