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BWW Interview: Finding Authenticity in RunyonlandBWW Interview: Finding Authenticity in Runyonland
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 6, 2017

'It's a warhorse and has been a guaranteed sellout since 1950, but that doesn't mean a production doesn't need a little spark. DJ [Salisbury] did exactly what I asked him to do,' says Maine State Music Theatre's Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. 'I asked him not to reinvent the wheel, but to tweak the show with some new nuances.' Clark is talking about MSMT's new production of Guys and Dolls which opened last week to glowing reviews. Clark was part of the popular MSMT community series, PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN panel that also featured Guys and Dolls stars, James Beaman (Nathan Detroit), Kristen Hahn (Sarah Brown), and Stephen Mark Lukas (Sky Masterson), as well as Props Master Elizabeth Frino. Moderated by Broadway World's Maine editor Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold, the participants at the capacity-crowd event discussed the making of this exciting new production in Midcoast Maine. (more...)

BWW Review: Sassy, Sweet, Colorful, MSMT Launches Larger-Than-Life GUYS AND DOLLSBWW Review: Sassy, Sweet, Colorful, MSMT Launches Larger-Than-Life GUYS AND DOLLS
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 30, 2017

Part of the perennial appeal of Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls lies in the larger-than-life aura of its Damon Runyonesque roots - its fantasy land of gangsters and dolls, Broadway in the Prohibition era, and memorable characters who sing, dance, and deliver wise-cracks. Maine State Music Theatre's new production, the fifth in the company's history, brings this classic to life with a vivid freshness that embraces both the grand framework of the story and the intimacy of its essential heart. Sweet, sassy, and colorful, soaring and ambitious, MSMT's second show of the 2017 season is breathtakingly daring in the way it utilizes all the company's resources to their fullest, all the while that it demonstrates to a new generation why Guys and Dolls both invented and broke the mold for American musical theatre. (more...)

Fall In Love Under The Bright Lights Of Broadway With MSMT's GUYS AND DOLLSFall In Love Under The Bright Lights Of Broadway With MSMT's GUYS AND DOLLS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

Maine State Music Theatre presents Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love, Guys and Dolls. Considered by many to be the 'perfect musical comedy,' Guys and Dolls runs from June 28 - July 15. (more...)

BWW Interview: Twenty-six Roles and Counting: Charis Leos at Maine State Music TheatreBWW Interview: Twenty-six Roles and Counting: Charis Leos at Maine State Music Theatre
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 9, 2017

'I love it here! This Always, Patsy Cline will be the twenty-sixth production I've appeared in with MSMT, and by the end of this summer, the number will be twenty-nine.' Actress Charis Leos - a huge favorite with Maine audiences and critics alike - is reflecting on her long association with the Brunswick theatre and what the future holds for her here and in the other numerous regional theatres where she lights up the stage with her vibrant, inimitable gifts as a musical theatre performer. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/16/2017Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/16/2017
by BWW - Apr 16, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/16/2017 for Raleigh (more...)

Columbia Stages to Present Anne Carson's Translation of Euripides' ALKESTISColumbia Stages to Present Anne Carson's Translation of Euripides' ALKESTIS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Columbia Stages presents Ines Braun's (Columbia MFA Directing Candidate 2017) production of Alkestis. (more...)

Columbia Stages to Present Anne Carson's Translation of Euripides' ALKESTISColumbia Stages to Present Anne Carson's Translation of Euripides' ALKESTIS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Columbia Stages presents Ines Braun's (Columbia MFA Directing Candidate 2017) production of Alkestis. (more...)

The Metropolitan Room to Present LEE SQUARED: AN EVENING WITH LIBERACE AND MISS PEGGY LEE 11/25The Metropolitan Room to Present LEE SQUARED: AN EVENING WITH LIBERACE AND MISS PEGGY LEE 11/25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2016

After you've had enough turkey and family drama this Thanksgiving, why not join us for an evening of comedy, music and sequins! Liberace lived a life of flamboyance, sparkle, and lavish costumes. In this funny and touching tribute, the virtuoso musician gets one last chance to glitter and shine as he tickles the ivories through his favorite songs. Miss Peggy Lee is beyond description. (more...)

Find Your Grail! North Shore Music Theatre to Stage Monty Python's SPAMALOTFind Your Grail! North Shore Music Theatre to Stage Monty Python's SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

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The Metropolitan Room Present LEE SQUARED: AN EVENING WITH LIBERACE AND MISS PEGGY LEE 9/2The Metropolitan Room Present LEE SQUARED: AN EVENING WITH LIBERACE AND MISS PEGGY LEE 9/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2016

Liberace lived a life of flamboyance, sparkle, and lavish costumes. In this funny and touching tribute, the virtuoso musician gets one last chance to glitter and shine as he tickles the ivories through his favorite songs. Miss Peggy Lee is beyond description. New York City favorites David Maiocco and Chuck Sweeney will reprise their iconic performance as the legends who defined four decades of music and pop culture. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MTWichita's BEAUTY AND THE BEASTPhoto Flash: First Look at MTWichita's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Music Theatre Wichita continues its 45th summer season with a large-scale production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita, KS. As of Monday, June 27, six of the eight performances are sold out. (more...)

Clyde Alves, Anne Horak, and James Beaman Open Music Theatre Wichita 2016 Season in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET ITClyde Alves, Anne Horak, and James Beaman Open Music Theatre Wichita 2016 Season in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Music Theatre Wichita opens its 45th summer season June 15-19 with the first of its five large- scale productions, Nice Work If You Can Get It at Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita, KS. This marks the 29th season for producing artistic director Wayne Bryan. (more...)

Claybourne Elder, Clyde Alves & More Set for Music Theatre Wichita's 2016 SeasonClaybourne Elder, Clyde Alves & More Set for Music Theatre Wichita's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Casting is announced today for Music Theatre Wichita's 45th Season, which includes Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and the regional premieres of "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and "Mamma Mia!"   (more...)

Ogunquit Playhouse's NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Receives Three IRNE AwardsOgunquit Playhouse's NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Receives Three IRNE Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse received three Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards for the 2015 production of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at the April 11th ceremony held in Brookline, Massachusetts. (more...)

2016 IRNE Awards Winners Announced - THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, Jessie Mueller in WAITRESS, Abby Mueller in BEAUTIFUL and More!2016 IRNE Awards Winners Announced - THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, Jessie Mueller in WAITRESS, Abby Mueller in BEAUTIFUL and More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

The 20th Annual Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were held on April 11 at the Holiday Inn Boston/Brookline. Founded by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of the TheaterMirror in 1997, the IRNE Awards recognize the extraordinary wealth of talent in the Boston theatre community.  (more...)

Riverside Theatre Stages HELLO, DOLLY! TonightRiverside Theatre Stages HELLO, DOLLY! Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, present the enduring Broadway classic, HELLO, DOLLY!, which performs on the Stark Stage from tonight, March 8, to March 27, 2016. (more...)

20th Annual IRNE Awards Nominees Are Announced - A.R.T.'s THE GREAT COMET, NICE WORK at Ogunquit, BILLY ELLIOT at NSMT and More!20th Annual IRNE Awards Nominees Are Announced - A.R.T.'s THE GREAT COMET, NICE WORK at Ogunquit, BILLY ELLIOT at NSMT and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) today announced the nominees for the 20th Annual IRNE Awards, which honors the best of the previous year's actors, directors, choreographers, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, mid-size and fringe theater companies. (more...)

Riverside Theatre to Stage HELLO, DOLLY! This MarchRiverside Theatre to Stage HELLO, DOLLY! This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, present the enduring Broadway classic, HELLO, DOLLY!, which performs on the Stark Stage from March 8 to 27, 2016. (more...)

Peccadillo's A WILDER CHRISTMAS to Close This Sunday Off-BroadwayPeccadillo's A WILDER CHRISTMAS to Close This Sunday Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

A friendly reminder! The award-winning Peccadillo Theater Company's hit production of A WILDER CHRISTMAS, an evening of two rarely seen one-acts by Thornton Wilder, will conclude its extended engagement this Sunday, January 10th at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46 Street (between Ninth & Tenth Aves.) (more...)

A WILDER CHRISTMAS Enters Final Week Off-BroadwayA WILDER CHRISTMAS Enters Final Week Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

The award-winning Peccadillo Theater Company's hit production of A WILDER CHRISTMAS, an evening of two rarely seen one-acts by Thornton Wilder, will conclude its extended engagement this Sunday, January 10th at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46 Street (between Ninth & Tenth Aves.) A WILDER CHRISTMAS (comprised of Wilder's THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER and PULLMAN CAR HIAWATHA) opened on December 8th. (more...)

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