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BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME Charms at AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE Photo BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME Charms at AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE
by Joni Lorraine - Nov 29, 2019

SHE LOVES ME is a rare gem in the 21st century. 

SHE LOVES ME Now Running At Austin Playhouse Through December 21 Photo SHE LOVES ME Now Running At Austin Playhouse Through December 21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2019

Austin Playhouse is celebrating the holiday season with the romantic musical comedy, She Loves Me. She Loves Me is a charming story set in the 1930's about two feuding shop clerks, Amalia and Georg. By Day, the two sparring co-workers can't seem to find common ground, but by night write beautiful love letters to their a?oesecret admirersa??. The unlikely romance unfolds as Georg and Amalia discover the truth that the anonymous pen pals they are falling for happen to be each other! But will their love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? Musical favorites include, a?oeVanilla Ice Creama??, and a?oeShe Loves Mea??. She loves me is a musical adaption of the 1937 play Parfumerie. The story has also been adapted into the popular films The Shop around the Corner (1949) and You've Got Mail (1998).  

BWW Review: Recommended Viewing (and reading): THE BOOK OF WILL Delights at Austin Pl Photo BWW Review: Recommended Viewing (and reading): THE BOOK OF WILL Delights at Austin Playhouse
by Madelyn Geyer - Jun 17, 2019

You can't write about a work of Shakespeare or about a work about Shakespeare without quoting one of his most famous (and theatrically appropriate) lines: "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." But on the stage of the Austin Playhouse, the men and women aren't merely players. They are the driving force behind bringing THE BOOK OF WILL to life with vivacious enthusiasm and well-honed skill.

BWW Review: XANADU Hysterically Cruises from California to Lakeway TX Photo BWW Review: XANADU Hysterically Cruises from California to Lakeway TX
by Amy Tarver - Feb 20, 2019

Bringing the muses off mount Olympus to beachside California, XANADU is as wacky as its namesake would suggest. Following their mystical purpose, the greek muses find a struggling artist to inspire and guide on their journey to creation. Muse Clio (played by Mandy Foster) discovers bright-eyed Sonny (played by Daniel Drewes) and decides to transform herself into a skating Australian beauty name Kira, to help light his way. With the muse and artist in tow, they set out to create a roller-disco. With their vision blocked by the fantasy of rollerskates and sequins, fellow muses Melpomene (played by Megan Richards Wright) and Calliope (played by Amy Nichols) hatch a plan to thwart their sister Clio from falling in love with Sonny. This poses a serious problem for Clio, as her Father Zeus forbids muses to love or create art themselves. Navigating their attraction and the giant task of procuring and opening a roller disco, Kira and Sonny continue their plight challenging landlord Danny Maguire (played by Huck Huckaby) to grant them a space for their dancing dreams.

Photo Flash: Photo First Look at TexARTS XANADU Photo Photo Flash: Photo First Look at TexARTS XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2019

TexARTS closes its 2018-'19 season with the Broadway hit musical Xanadu, based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly cult classic film. This hilarious story is very simple; a muse comes to Earth and inspires an artist to open a roller disco!  Featuring the music of the Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John, Xanadu is one of the giddiest, silliest, sweetest stage musicals you could ever hope to see.  Xanadu plays on stage February 15 - March 3 at the Kam & James Morris Theatre in Lakeway.

TexARTS Professional Series presents XANADU Photo TexARTS Professional Series presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

The TexARTS Professional Series presents the Broadway hit musical Xanadu, based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly cult classic film. This hilarious story is very simple; a muse comes to Earth and inspires an artist to open a roller disco! Seriously. Featuring a cast of lunatics and the music of the Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John, Xanadu is one of the giddiest, silliest, sweetest stage musicals you could ever hope to see. Xanadu opens February 15 and runs through March 3, 2019 at the Kam & James Morris Theatre in Lakeway.

TexARTS' XANADU Opens Feb. 15th Photo TexARTS' XANADU Opens Feb. 15th
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2019

The TexARTS Professional Series presents the Broadway hit musical Xanadu, based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly cult classic film. This hilarious story is very simple; a muse comes to Earth and inspires an artist to open a roller disco! Seriously.

TexARTS Professional Series presents XANADU Photo TexARTS Professional Series presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

The TexARTS Professional Series presents the Broadway hit musical Xanadu, based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly cult classic film. This hilarious story is very simple; a muse comes to Earth and inspires an artist to open a roller disco! Seriously. Featuring a cast of lunatics and the music of the Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John, Xanadu is one of the giddiest, silliest, sweetest stage musicals you could ever hope to see. Xanadu opens February 15 and runs through March 3, 2019 at the Kam & James Morris Theatre in Lakeway.

BWW Review: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Misses a Lot of Opportunities But Still Highly Photo BWW Review: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Misses a Lot of Opportunities But Still Highly Entertaining
by Frank Benge - Dec 6, 2018

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (or, as it is sometimes called, the much shorter, 'Drood') is a 1985 musical based on Charles Dickens unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Written entirely by Rupert Holmes, it was the first Broadway musical with multiple endings determined by the audience. Holmes received Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Original Score. The production won five Tony Awards out of eleven nominations, including Best Musical. The musical is derived from both Dickens' final unfinished novel and British pantomime and music hall traditions that reached the height of their popularity in the years following Dickens' death. Produced originally by Austin Playhouse in 2005, it was nominated for six B. Iden Payne awards including the winner of Best Director for Musical Theatre (Don Toner). Jill Blackwood, Rick Roemer, and Jacqui Cross reprise their roles from that 2005 production.

BWW Review: MONROE A Work of Great Heart With An Important Message Photo BWW Review: MONROE A Work of Great Heart With An Important Message
by Frank Benge - Sep 10, 2018

MONROE, a world premiere production, directed by Lara Toner Haddock, is the latest play by Lisa B. Thompson. The script is a heart warming and funny look at a Southern family. What makes it a remarkable evening of theatre is that it also shows how racial terror affects the minds and lives of these African Americans and their great strength that allows them to maintain their faith in a better tomorrow.Thompson has created some wonderful characters in this new play and shows that she has a deft hand at creating dialogue that leaps off the page. There's great wit here as well as heart. The scenes between the three women in the cast are absolutely delightful and the three actresses wring every possible laugh out of the audience with ease. MONROE reveals Thompson be a writer of great range as this new work is worlds away from her award winning play Underground, which won the 2017 Austin Critics' Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award.

Austin Playhouse Presents World Premiere Of MONROE Photo Austin Playhouse Presents World Premiere Of MONROE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

Austin Playhouse is thrilled to open its 2018 - 2019 season with the world premiere of Monroe by local playwright Dr. Lisa B. Thompson. The play was a winner of the Austin Playhouse Festival of New Texas Plays, receiving a staged reading in April 2018.

BWW Review: Festival of New Texas Plays at Austin Playhouse Photo BWW Review: Festival of New Texas Plays at Austin Playhouse
by Frank Benge - May 2, 2018

Austin Playhouse recently produced staged readings of the three winning plays from their Festival of New Texas Plays. EIDOPHUSIKON by Reina Hardy kicked off the festival on Friday, April 27, NUTSHELL by C. Denby Swanson was on Saturday, April 28, and MONROE by Lisa B. Thompson concluded the lineup on Sunday, April 29. Along with the professional staged reading, which featured Austin Playhouse directors and company members, each of the winning playwrights received a $500 prize.

BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE A Love Letter to Theatre Photo BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE A Love Letter to Theatre
by Frank Benge - Mar 26, 2018

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE is a 2014 stage adaptation by Lee Hall of the 1998 Academy Award winning film by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard of the same name. It was first created under the auspices of Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions. The story concerns an imaginary love affair involving Viola de Lesseps (Claire Grasso) and playwright William Shakespeare (Stephen Mercantel) while he was writing Romeo and Juliet. Many of the characters are based on historical figures, and many of the characters, lines, and plot devices allude to Shakespeare's plays. The production, now playing at Austin Playhouse, is one of their biggest productions to date. This script has become one of the most produced plays in America this season, and rightfully so, as it as entertaining as the 1998 film was.

BWW Review: THE IMMIGRANT is a Touching and Timely Piece of Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE IMMIGRANT is a Touching and Timely Piece of Theatre
by Frank Benge - Jan 8, 2018

Director Don Toner first directed Mark Harelik's THE IMMIGRANT 28 years ago. Happily for Austin, he and Austin Playhouse have decided to restage this charming, inspiring and touching tale for a new generation. THE IMMIGRANT is based on the true story of Harelik's grandfather, a young Russian-Jewish man who entered America through the port of Galveston. Set in Hamilton, Texas (a tiny town with a population of 1,203, no Jews) Haskell Harelik (Joseph Garlock) begins life in America with only a hand pushed fruit cart and a mere smattering of English words at his disposal. It is his gentle spirit and hard work that touches the heart of the local banker and his wife to win him a helping hand. Milton (Huck Huckaby) and Ima Perry (Cyndi Williams) offer him a place to live and eventually, financial help from Milton. With their help, Haskell finally saves up enough money to open a store and send for his wife, Leah (Estrella Saldana). Since the original World Premiere production, directed here in Austin by Toner, Harelik has also adapted the show into a chamber musical.

BWW Review: BLOOMSDAY Reminisces with Audiences in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - Jan 20, 2017

Currently playing at The Austin Playhouse, BLOOMSDAY is story of love oddly intertwined with the James Joyce's novel, Ulysses. Written by the University of Texas Faculty member Steven Dietz, the play's experimental style and arc is reminiscent of Tony Kushner's fabulously entertaining Angels in America. Taking place over the course of 35 years, Robert and Caithleen meet as fleeting youngsters looking for purpose. The purpose of their meeting is that of the title, BLOOMSDAY. For audience members ignorant to the reference, BLOOMSDAY takes place on June 16th as a day of celebration for acclaimed Irish author, James Joyce. It is observed annually in Dublin, where fans and drunkards alike, traditionally dressed in early 1900s garb, march through Dublin following the events and more specifically the scenes of the famous book, Ulysses. The play BLOOMSDAY however, tells the story of young Robbie (played by Aaron Johnson) and Caithleen (played by Claire Grasso) meeting on a tour during the march of Bloomsday. With time itself being the 5th character of the show, Robert (played by Huck Huckaby) scolds his younger self, while Cait (played by Cindy Williams) wrestles with her slipping mind and preparing her younger self for what is to come. The subtle quips and honest reflections from the future selves make for hilarious interactions on stage. Taking place over 35 years, but set within actual two scenes, the arc of the characters and exquisite writing by Steven Dietz, displays a realistic love story forcing introspection.

BWW Review: SILENCE! THE MUSICAL is an Outrageously Funny Musical Parody
by Frank Benge - Aug 22, 2016

SILENCE! THE MUSICAL is a 2005 musical created by Jon and Al Kaplan and Hunter Bell as a parody of the 1991 Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. The project began in 2003 as an internet musical made up of nine songs that retold the entire story. The audio tracks became so popular that a stage production was conceived and mounted. The show has received awards and accolades including Outstanding Musical (New York International Fringe Festival), Best New Musical (Off Broadway Alliance), and Top Ten Plays and Musicals (Time Magazine). This production from Doctuh Mistuh Productions is a remount of their 2014 B. Iden Payne award winning Best Musical production. It also won B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Actress and Best Director

Doctuh Mistuh Productions Brings Back SILENCE THE MUSICAL
by Frank Benge - Jul 7, 2016

After its successful run in 2014, Doctuh Mistuh Productions will be bringing SILENCE! THE MUSICAL back to Austin, Texas for a three week run, August 18 through September 4. DMP will be remounting the revival at Austin Playhouse in Highland Mall. Amy Downing will be reprising her award-winning performance as Clarice Starling. She will be joined by original cast members Huck Huckaby (Hannibal), David Ponton (Buffalo Bill), Libby Dees Detling (Catherine & Senator Martin), and Matt Connely (Papa Schtarling). New cast members include Andrew Cannata (Dr. Chilton), Scott Shipman (Jack Crawford), Jessica O'Brien (Ardelia Mapp), Kathryn Lane (Dream Clarice) and Brian DeFilippo (Dream Hannibal). The production will be stage and music directed by DMP Artistic Director Michael McKelvey.

BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is Superb, Sublime Sondheim
by Frank Benge - Jun 19, 2016

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of several couples. Since its original 1973 Broadway production, the musical has been produced in the West End, by opera companies, and in a 2009 Broadway revival. It was adapted for film in 1977. It received Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score.

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Austin Playhouse's THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

Austin Playhouse presents THE PHILADELPHIA STORY by Philip Barry, November 20 - December 20, 2015 at Austin Playhouse at ACC's Highland Campus. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below!

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Austin Playhouse's THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

Austin Playhouse presents THE PHILADELPHIA STORY by Philip Barry, November 20 - December 20, 2015 at Austin Playhouse at ACC's Highland Campus. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below!

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