BWW Interview: Jason Robert Brown Reflects on His Music, Working with Lauren Kennedy, and More in Advance of Theatre Raleigh's Upcoming ConcertBWW Interview: Jason Robert Brown Reflects on His Music, Working with Lauren Kennedy, and More in Advance of Theatre Raleigh's Upcoming Concert
by Lauren Van Hemert - Apr 22, 2019

Jason Robert Brown has been hailed as one of Broadway's smartest and most sophisticated songwriters. In fact, The Chicago Tribune referred to his work as 'extraordinary, jubilant theater music.' But Brown, who wrote the book and score for THE LAST FIVE YEARS and the music and lyrics for the stage adaptation of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, as well as the music and lyrics for PARADE for which he won the 1999 Tony Award, isn't one to pontificate. In fact, he says, it's all about looking ahead. 'I think I'm just running forward,' he says. 'There's more work to do.' (more...)

Portland Stage Presents THE LAST FIVE YEARS By Jason Robert BrownPortland Stage Presents THE LAST FIVE YEARS By Jason Robert Brown
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2019

Portland Stage presents The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown April 30 through May 19. This hit musical by Tony Award-winning lyricist Jason Robert Brown deconstructs a love affair and marriage between an aspiring novelist and a struggling actress over five years. Told almost entirely through song, this piece moves backward and forward through time weaving the beginning and end of a love affair. (more...)

BEEHIVE: THE 60'S MUSICAL At Theatre RaleighBEEHIVE: THE 60'S MUSICAL At Theatre Raleigh
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2019

Theatre Raleigh presents the first show in its 2019 Summer Series, Beehive: the 60's musical . Beehive is the ultimate celebration of 1960's female empowerment, all accomplished by a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era. (more...)

BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's MAMMA MIA!BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's MAMMA MIA!
by Jeffrey Kare - Feb 13, 2019

Based on the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! is set on a Greek Island where a young woman named Sophie Sheridan is about to get married, and she wants her birth father to give her away. Yet, she has no idea who it is, so she invites three men who were romantically involved with her mother 20 years ago to the wedding. When they arrive to the island, Sophie's mother, Donna Sheridan, is brought back memories of love and heartbreak. (more...)

NC Natives Bring MAMMA MIA! To The NC Theatre StageNC Natives Bring MAMMA MIA! To The NC Theatre Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019

North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional theatre, is proud to announce Broadway star and Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy will star in the February production of Mamma Mia!. Directing the musical, playing February 12-17 at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, is another North Carolina native, NC Theatre's new producing artistic director, Eric Woodall. (more...)

BWW Interview: Mary Mattison of North Carolina Theatre's MAMMA MIA!BWW Interview: Mary Mattison of North Carolina Theatre's MAMMA MIA!
by Jeffrey Kare - Feb 5, 2019

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NC Theatre Announces Full Casting For MAMMA MIA!NC Theatre Announces Full Casting For MAMMA MIA!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2019

North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional theatre, is proud to announce casting for its upcoming production of Mamma Mia!, playing February 12-17 at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. (more...)

NC Natives Bring MAMMA MIA! To The NC Theatre StageNC Natives Bring MAMMA MIA! To The NC Theatre Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2018

North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional theatre, is proud to announce Broadway star and Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy will star in the February production of Mamma Mia!. Directing the musical, playing February 12-17 at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, is another North Carolina native, NC Theatre's new producing artistic director, Eric Woodall. (more...)

Piano Men Concert Ushers in Lancaster's New TheaterPiano Men Concert Ushers in Lancaster's New Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

An energetic Piano Men concert opens the new 200-seat downtown Lancaster theater with free on-site parking. (more...)

CATS Directed By Renee Chambers-Liciaga Comes to SALT Performing ArtsCATS Directed By Renee Chambers-Liciaga Comes to SALT Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

SALT Performing Arts presents  the Tony Award winning CATS, based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats  with a  magnificent musical score composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber.  (more...)

Judy McLane to Star in Theatre Raleigh's MASTER CLASSJudy McLane to Star in Theatre Raleigh's MASTER CLASS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2018

Inspired by world-renowned opera singer Maria Callas' magnificent Juilliard master class series, the Tony Award-winning play Master Class spotlights the tour-de-force artist and vulnerable woman known as La Divina. Join Callas as she relentlessly coaxes, prods, and edifies her young students, motivating them to give the performances of their lives, while revealing her humor, her demons, and her genius. Master Class runs August 8 through 19 at the Kennedy Theatre. (more...)

Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On BIG FISH at Kennedy TheatreReview Roundup: Critics Weigh In On BIG FISH at Kennedy Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2018

Based on the book by North Carolina's own Daniel Wallace and the hit movie - Big Fish tells the story of a father with incredible, larger-than-life stories and his son who is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BIG FISH at Kennedy TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at BIG FISH at Kennedy Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2018

Based on the book by North Carolina's own Daniel Wallace and the hit movie - Big Fish tells the story of a father with incredible, larger-than-life stories and his son who is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales. (more...)

BWW Review: Theatre Raleigh's Inventive, Heartfelt BIG FISH Transports Audience to a Simpler TimeBWW Review: Theatre Raleigh's Inventive, Heartfelt BIG FISH Transports Audience to a Simpler Time
by Lauren Van Hemert - Jul 12, 2018

Theatre Raleigh's BIG FISH transports audiences to a simpler time, before the age of social media and the insatiable need to curate personal stories on small screens. This is the stuff of pure imagination. Based on Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel, BIG FISH centers around the character of Edward Bloom (Timothy Gulan), a traveling salesman who spins some tall tales about mermaids, giants, witches, and werewolves to his son Will (Chris Dwan). But Will, who is getting ready to start a family of his own, isn't buying the stories his dad is telling and is running out of time to reconcile the metaphorical river between them. Gulan's charismatic Bloom exudes a boyish charm and energy that makes it easy to buy the bill of goods he is selling. Lauren Kennedy's winsome performance as Bloom's wife Sandra is enchanting and heartfelt and reminds us that beyond her role as Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Raleigh, she is a Broadway star in her own right. Dwan, as Will, holds his own against the veteran leads and sings with a clarity that resonates throughout The Kennedy Theatre. And the strong supporting ensemble cast sing and stomp their way through Andrew Lippa's perky score and Abbey O'Brien's choreography with an eagerness that is infectious. (more...)

Adirondack Theatre Festival's 24th Summer Season to Include CALLING ALL KATESAdirondack Theatre Festival's 24th Summer Season to Include CALLING ALL KATES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

The 24th season of the Adirondack Theatre Festival will feature the concert reading of the hilarious romantic comedy Calling All Kates. The show will open at the Charles R. Wood Theater, located at 207 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls, and run July 22nd and 23rd. Performances will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at ATFestival.org, or by calling (518) 480-4878. (more...)

BIG FISH Comes To Downtown RaleighBIG FISH Comes To Downtown Raleigh
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Based on the book by North Carolina's own Daniel Wallace and the hit movie - Big Fish tells the story of a father with incredible, larger-than-life stories and his son who is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales. (more...)

Photo Flash: North Carolina Theatre Stages PIPPINPhoto Flash: North Carolina Theatre Stages PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2018

North Carolina Theatre Conservatory, North Carolina Theatre's flagship training program offering professional instruction in acting, voice and dance for ages three to adult, is excited to bring to the stage its production of Pippin, July 6-8 at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Raleigh's Lauren Kennedy And Eric Woodall Talk BIG FISH, Southern Roots, and FamilyBWW Interview: Theatre Raleigh's Lauren Kennedy And Eric Woodall Talk BIG FISH, Southern Roots, and Family
by Lauren Van Hemert - Jul 7, 2018

Director Eric Woodall is no stranger to the musical, BIG FISH. In fact, he was the casting director for the Broadway musical version which opened in 2013. Now he is bringing his experience with the production to Theatre Raleigh. The show, which opens next week, features Theatre Raleigh's Artistic Director, Lauren Kennedy as Sandra. Woodall and Kennedy sat down with me to discuss BIG FISH, their Southern roots, and family. BIG FISH runs July 11 - 22nd at The Kennedy Theatre at The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, with a special post-show talk-back with Daniel Wallace, author of BIG FISH, July 19th and July 22nd (sold out). For more information visit, www.theatreraleigh.com. (more...)

BIG FISH Comes To Downtown RaleighBIG FISH Comes To Downtown Raleigh
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2018

Based on the book by North Carolina's own Daniel Wallace and the hit movie - Big Fish tells the story of a father with incredible, larger-than-life stories and his son who is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales. (more...)

THE LAST 5 YEARS Thrills Audiences at the Eagle TheatreTHE LAST 5 YEARS Thrills Audiences at the Eagle Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2018

Eagle Theatre's production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years has received its share of critical acclaim and standing ovations, with audiences hailing from all over the Delaware Valley and beyond. (more...)

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