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Village Theatre Announces Director Lineup For 08-09
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2008

Village Theatre is pleased to announce its exciting director line-up for the 2008-2009 Mainstage Season. Andrea Dymond, Resident Director of Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, will direct the new musical and season opener, Saint Heaven. Dymond comments, 'I'd originally directed an earlier version of Saint Heaven in a developmental workshop production, about five years ago, at the Stages Festival at Theatre Building Chicago. That's when I got to know Marty [Martin Casella, book writer] and Keith [Keith Gordon, lyricist and composer] who are every bit as gorgeous to work with as is their musical. I think Saint Heaven is unique in the fullness of its telling, the richness of its characters, and the variety of forms of deeply American music it uses to engage us in the story.' At Victory Gardens Theater, Dymond has staged a wealth of productions such as Gloria Bond Clunie's Shoes (Best Director nomination, Black Theatre Alliance) and Charles Smith's Free Man of Color (winner of the Jeff award for Best New Work). Steve Tomkins, Artistic Director for Village Theatre is set to direct the charming Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. Tomkins gave his directorial debut at Village Theatre with the 1988 production of Gypsy. This upcoming season marks his sixteenth season as Artistic Director for Village Theatre. David Ira Goldstein will direct Oscar Wilde's classic play The Importance of Being Earnest. 'I have been eager to direct Wilde's greatest comedy ever since I directed his earlier play A Woman of No Importance for the University of Washington School of Drama in 1994. If any play can invoke a spirit of pure pleasure for two hours, it is certainly Wilde's Earnest,' Goldstein comments. As artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company (ATC), Goldstein has received the 2003 Governor's Arts Award as Individual Artist for his contributions to the arts in Arizona. He has directed over 30 mainstage productions for ATC and has been a guest director across the country. Before living in Arizona, he was the associate Artistic Director of A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle. Steve Tomkins will also take on the original work Stunt Girl this season. His last three new musical projects, which include Once Upon A Time in New Jersey (2006-2007), Girl of My Dreams (2005-2006), and The Ark (2002-2003), quickly became huge hits amongst Village Theatre audiences. Lastly, Village Theatre is thrilled to announce Jerry Dixon as the director of the musical masterpiece, Show Boat. Dixon began his career as an actor with original Broadway cast performances in Once On This Island and Five Guys Named Moe, with other original roles in Bright Lights, Big City, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, new yorkers, and tick, tick…BOOM!. Dixon's directing credits vary and include tick, tick…BOOM! (Korea and Singapore), Crowns (Kalamazoo Civic), and concerts and special events for Tony winner LaChanze, recording artist Raúl Midón, Carnegie Hall, and the Belgium National Symphony. Dixon's directorial work was last seen at Village Theatre in 2007, when he was brought from New York to direct the Village Originals production of Barnstormer.

Village Theatre Announces Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2008

Village Theatre announces its 2008-2009 Mainstage Season, comprised of five shows that explore the perils of young love and the thrill of a great story.

Dozens of Stars Participate in 19th NAMT New Musicals Fest
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2007

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) and Executive Director Kathy Evans announced the casts and directors of the eight musicals for its 19th Annual Festival of New Musicals to be held at New World Stages (340 West 50th St between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8, 2007.

Aldin's Comedy 'The Program' to Be Presented at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2007

The New York International Fringe Festival is presenting The Program, written by Michèle Aldin

Friends Like These Wins Blau Award; Reading Held 12/4
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2006

The first annual Howard L. Blau Award for a promising new work of musical theater was presented to Friends Like These, with music by John McMahon, lyrics by Jay Jeffries, and with book by Jeffries and McMahon.

Full New York Musical Theatre Festival Schedule Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2006

Complete scheduling information has been announced for the New York Musical Theatre Festival

TRU Voices Musical Reading Series Accepting Submissions
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2006

The TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series is currently accepting submissions from theatrical producers

Dear America, Play About Teen Terrorism, Plays FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2006

Lucky Pelican Productions will present Michèle Aldin's Dear America, as part of the 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival from August 12th through August 24th

Cooper & Gibson Star in CT World Premiere of Saint Heaven
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2006

Tony Award-winner Chuck Cooper will star with Deborah Gibson in Saint Heaven, a world premiere musical that will run from June 1st through 11th Stamford Center for the Arts' Rich Forum in Stamford, CT

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