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Danielle Wade, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, Cedric Smith to Lead THE WIZARD OF OZ North American Tour; Full Cast Announced!Danielle Wade, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, Cedric Smith to Lead THE WIZARD OF OZ North American Tour; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2013

Producers Bill Kenwright, The Really Useful Group, David Mirvish, Troika Entertainment & Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures just announced that casting is complete for the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ, which will commence on September 10, 2013 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, NV. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WIZARD OF OZ Takes Music Circus Down Yellow Brick RoadBWW Reviews: WIZARD OF OZ Takes Music Circus Down Yellow Brick Road
by Harmony Wheeler - Jun 24, 2013

As much as the Judy Garland film version of 'The Wizard of Oz' upholds its status as a classic, there's something about seeing the joyous musical live that makes it immensely more enjoyable. As performed in the round at Music Circus, glorious orchestrations (led by conductor and music director Jeff Rizzo) and ethereal, surround-sound vocals from ensemble members enhance the magic, taking audiences somewhere over the rainbow as Dorothy awakes in a new land with Munchkins, ruby slippers, witches and more. (more...)

Phillip Boykin, Jennifer Hope Wills, Tom Hewitt and More Cast in Music Circus' 2013 Season!Phillip Boykin, Jennifer Hope Wills, Tom Hewitt and More Cast in Music Circus' 2013 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2013

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre Artistic Director Glenn Casale has announced casting for the 63rd Music Circus season, including Broadway veterans, Tony nominees and audience favorites from previous Music Circus seasons. The five-show season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion includes The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, Sugar, The King and I and the Music Circus premiere of Chicago. (more...)

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Performs at California Musical Theatre's LES MIZ Gala TonightJacquelyn Piro Donovan Performs at California Musical Theatre's LES MIZ Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2013

California Musical Theatre's Les Miz Gala takes place tonight, May 4, starting at 6:00 p.m., at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street in Sacramento. Memorial Auditorium will be elegantly decorated for the evening with a French theme, celebrating the hit Broadway show Les Miserables, opening at Community Center Theater on May 29. (more...)

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan to Perform at California Musical Theatre's LES MIZ Gala, 5/4Jacquelyn Piro Donovan to Perform at California Musical Theatre's LES MIZ Gala, 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2013

California Musical Theatre's Les Miz Gala takes place on Saturday, May 4, starting at 6:00 p.m., at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street in Sacramento. Memorial Auditorium will be elegantly decorated for the evening with a French theme, celebrating the hit Broadway show Les Miserables, opening at Community Center Theater on May 29. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Eric Schaeffer's 50th Birthday Concert at the Kennedy CenterBWW Reviews: Eric Schaeffer's 50th Birthday Concert at the Kennedy Center
by Charles Shubow - Nov 27, 2012

Apotpourri of performers present a musical tribute to the Signature Theatre's Artistic Director. (more...)

Marya Grandy Joins Cast of York Theatre Company's CLOSER THAN EVER, 10/13-11/4Marya Grandy Joins Cast of York Theatre Company's CLOSER THAN EVER, 10/13-11/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2012

The York Theatre Company in association with Edward Negley, Neil Berg and Adam Friedson, welcomes Marya Grandy (Les Miserables, Damn Yankees) to the cast of Closer Than Ever with Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Music by David Shire, filling in for Jacquelyn Piro Donovan from October 13 - November 4, due to a prior commitment. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of York's CLOSER THAN EVER Celebrates 'Miss Byrd's Red Velvet D-Lite' Dessert at Tasti D-LitePhoto Flash: Cast of York's CLOSER THAN EVER Celebrates 'Miss Byrd's Red Velvet D-Lite' Dessert at Tasti D-Lite
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2012

Tasti D-Lite has named a new flavor, "MISS BYRD'S RED VELVET D-LITE," to honor one of the best reviewed Off-Broadway shows of the year, Closer Than Ever, with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and music by David Shire. Current cast members of The York Theatre Company production, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, Anika Larsen, and James Moye, were on hand on October 4th at Tasti D-Lite Times Square to introduce the world to the deliciously decadent new treat. This exciting new flavor will be available exclusively at the Times Square location for the entire month of October. Check out photos from the unveiling below! (more...)

York Theatre's CLOSER THAN EVER Unveils 'Miss Byrd's Red Velvet D-Lite' Flavor at Tasti D-LiteYork Theatre's CLOSER THAN EVER Unveils 'Miss Byrd's Red Velvet D-Lite' Flavor at Tasti D-Lite
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2012

Tasti D-Lite has named a new flavor, "MISS BYRD'S RED VELVET D-LITE," to honor one of the best reviewed Off-Broadway shows of the year, Closer Than Ever with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and music by David Shire. Current cast members of The York Theatre Company production, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, Anika Larsen, James Moye, and Sal Viviano, will be on hand on Thursday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m. at the Times Square Tasti D-Lite (1588 Broadway between 47th & 48th St) to introduce the world to the deliciously decadent new treat. There will also be an in-store raffle to win two tickets to Closer Than Ever and a $25 Tasti Treat Card. (more...)

York Theatre Company Announces MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF Concerts, 10/1 & 2York Theatre Company Announces MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF Concerts, 10/1 & 2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2012

Continuing their "Celebration of Off-Broadway,' The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director), will present a staged concert production - similar in style to their acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series - of the 1966 musical Man with a Load of Mischief, with music by John Clifton, lyrics by Clifton and Ben Tarver, and book by Tarver. Directed by Jenn Thompson with music direction by Bryan Wade, Man with a Load of Mischief will play three performances only, Monday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. at The York Theatre at Saint Peter's. Casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

York Theatre Company Hosts MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF Concerts, 10/1 & 2York Theatre Company Hosts MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF Concerts, 10/1 & 2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2012

Continuing their "Celebration of Off-Broadway,' The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director), will present a staged concert production - similar in style to their acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series - of the 1966 musical Man with a Load of Mischief, with music by John Clifton, lyrics by Clifton and Ben Tarver, and book by Tarver. Directed by Jenn Thompson with music direction by Bryan Wade, Man with a Load of Mischief will play three performances only, today, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. at The York Theatre at Saint Peter's. Casting will be announced shortly (more...)

York Theatre's CLOSER THAN EVER Ends Extended Run Today, Sept 30York Theatre's CLOSER THAN EVER Ends Extended Run Today, Sept 30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2012

The York Theatre Company in association with Edward Negley, Neil Berg and Adam Friedson, closes its show CLOSER THAN EVER today, September 30th. The show features Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Music by David Shire. (more...)

P.J. Benjamin, Rachel de Benedet and More Set for York's MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEFP.J. Benjamin, Rachel de Benedet and More Set for York's MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2012

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director), has announced full casting for a staged concert production - similar in style to their acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series - of the 1966 musical Man with a Load of Mischief, with music by John Clifton, lyrics by Clifton and Ben Tarver, and book by Tarver. Directed by Jenn Thompson with music direction by Bryan L. Wade, the cast will feature P.J. Benjamin (Wicked), Naomi Brockwell, Stephen R. Buntrock (A Little Night Music), Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me If You Can), Nancy Johnston (Elf) and Robert Petkoff (Anything Goes). (more...)

James Moye, Rita Harvey and More to Join CLOSER THAN EVERJames Moye, Rita Harvey and More to Join CLOSER THAN EVER
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2012

The York Theatre Company in association with Edward Negley, Neil Berg and Adam Friedson, will welcome James Moye (Dogfight, Million Dollar Quartet) to the cast of Closer Than Ever with Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Music by David Shire, filling in for George Dvorsky from September 25 - October 7, due to a prior commitment. (more...)

Photo Flash: York Theatre's CLOSER THAN EVER Celebrates 100th Performance!Photo Flash: York Theatre's CLOSER THAN EVER Celebrates 100th Performance!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2012

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) in association with Edward Negley, Neil Berg and Adam Friedson, celebrated the 100th performance on September 11th for one of the best reviewed Off-Broadway shows of the year, Closer Than Ever with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and music by David Shire. Check out photos of the company at the celebration below! (more...)

York Theatre Company Announces MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF Concerts, 10/1 & 2York Theatre Company Announces MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF Concerts, 10/1 & 2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2012

Continuing their "Celebration of Off-Broadway,' The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director), will present a staged concert production - similar in style to their acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series - of the 1966 musical Man with a Load of Mischief, with music by John Clifton, lyrics by Clifton and Ben Tarver, and book by Tarver. Directed by Jenn Thompson with music direction by Bryan Wade, Man with a Load of Mischief will play three performances only, Monday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. at The York Theatre at Saint Peter's. Casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

York's CLOSER THAN EVER Now On Sale Through 11/25York's CLOSER THAN EVER Now On Sale Through 11/25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2012

A new block of tickets are now on sale for one of the best reviewed Off-Broadway shows of the year, Closer Than Ever with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and music by David Shire. Tickets are now on sale through Novembefr 18, 2012 at The York Theatre at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). (more...)

Anika Larsen Joins Cast of CLOSER THAN EVER TonightAnika Larsen Joins Cast of CLOSER THAN EVER Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2012

Anika Larsen joins the cast of The York Theatre Company's Closer Than Ever with Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Music by David Shire beginning tonight, August 28, 2012. With direction by Mr. Maltby, associate direction and choreography by Kurt Stamm and music direction by Andrew Gerle, the cast also features Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), George Dvorsky (The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Sal Viviano (The Full Monty). Now in performance through September 30th at The York Theatre at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). (more...)

Anika Larsen Joins CLOSER THAN EVER, Replacing Leslie Kritzer, 8/28Anika Larsen Joins CLOSER THAN EVER, Replacing Leslie Kritzer, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2012

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) in association with Edward Negley, Neil Berg and Adam Friedson, has announced Anika Larsen (Xanadu, All Shook Up, Avenue Q) will join the cast of Closer Than Ever with Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Music by David Shire beginning August 28, 2012, replacing previously announced Leslie Kritzer who departed due to a scheduling conflict. (more...)

Anika Larsen Joins CLOSER THAN EVER, Replacing Leslie Kritzer, 8/28Anika Larsen Joins CLOSER THAN EVER, Replacing Leslie Kritzer, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2012

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) in association with Edward Negley, Neil Berg and Adam Friedson, has announced Anika Larsen (Xanadu, All Shook Up, Avenue Q) will join the cast of Closer Than Ever with Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Music by David Shire beginning August 28, 2012, replacing previously announced Leslie Kritzer who departed due to a scheduling conflict. (more...)

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