BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Goodspeed Opera House BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Goodspeed Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - May 12, 2019

There are some musicals that simply epitomize the genre. You know the ones - the shows where you have lost count how many times you have seen them, either on Broadway, on tour, or at your local theatre. They are like a part of the family - the favorite uncle or aunt that you are happy to see whenever you are together. One of these shows for me is Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN, the classic that serves as a near-perfect representation of American Musical Theatre. So, it is with excitement, and a bit of trepidation (how will this production fare with all the others in my memory?) that I went to see Goodspeed Musicals latest production. I am thrilled to say that the play feels as fresh as the day it premiered, is as lovely as the "bells on the hill" that feature in one of its most iconic songs, and serves as a brilliant opening to the new season at the Goodspeed Opera House. (more...)

Ken Page and More Join The Muny's GUYS AND DOLLS Ken Page and More Join The Muny's GUYS AND DOLLS
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2019

BroadwayWorld has learned today the complete cast, design and production team for Guys and Dolls, the first show of its second century, June 10 - 16. (more...)

Signature Theatre Announces Casting And Creative Team For BLACKBEARD Signature Theatre Announces Casting And Creative Team For BLACKBEARD
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2019

Signature Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for Blackbeard with book & lyrics by John Dempsey (Signature's The Witches of Eastwick, The Fix) and music by Dana P. Rowe (Signature's The Witches of Eastwick, The Fix) and directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Gigi, Follies, and Signature's Titanic). The world premiere musical commissioned by Signature Theatre sets sail with the most infamous pirate of all time. After learning he's a wanted man by the British army, Blackbeard and his merry crew of maritime marauders embark on a fantastical journey across the globe to raise an undead pirate army from the depths of the sea. Blackbeard will run from June 18 - July 14, 2019 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

Photo Coverage: GRAND HOTEL Takes Bows at Signature Theatre Photo Coverage: GRAND HOTEL Takes Bows at Signature Theatre
by Walter McBride - Apr 29, 2019

Signature Theatre presents Grand Hotel, the Musical directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Gigi, Follies, and Signature's Titanic) and choreographed by Kelly Crandall d'Amboise (Signature's Light Years). Set in 1928 Berlin, a series of eclectic guests and staff including a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist and an ailing bookkeeper collide at the bustling Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel the Musical runs through May 19, 2019 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WHO'S TOMMY at the Kennedy Center BWW Review: THE WHO'S TOMMY at the Kennedy Center
by Charles Shubow - Apr 26, 2019

From the beginning strumming of the electric guitars (Manny Moreira, Jim Roberts and Paul Henry) from the fabulous Kennedy Center Orchestra's 8-piece orchestra (Joe Mowart on Drums, Geoffrey Pilkington on Horn, and on Keyboards Michael Gacetta, Anthony Nalker, and Alex Tang) I was hooked. I had a perpetual smile on my face watching this spectacular production under the Direction of Josh Rhodes who also did the superb Choreography. (more...)

BWW Review: GRAND HOTEL at Signature Theatre - A Lush Presentation BWW Review: GRAND HOTEL at Signature Theatre - A Lush Presentation
by Charles Shubow - Apr 25, 2019

I recall seeing GRAND HOTEL in its pre-Broadway incarnation at the Colonial Theatre in Boston in 1989. I took my mother and a niece. I do not have much recollection of whether I enjoyed it or not. But I do remember the late Michael Jeter's performance from the Tony Awards in 1990. He was terrific. Tommy Tune directed (more...)

BWW Review: GRAND HOTEL at Signature Theatre BWW Review: GRAND HOTEL at Signature Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - Apr 11, 2019

There are certain things that really bother me in theater.  One of the biggest is when a theater company that is capable of brilliance presents a show that should be a perfect fit – and unfortunately ultimately delivers a final product that does not meet my expectations. (more...)

VIDEO: Take a Peek Inside Signature's GRAND HOTEL VIDEO: Take a Peek Inside Signature's GRAND HOTEL
by Stage Tube - Apr 10, 2019

Signature Theatre presents Grand Hotel, the Musical directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Gigi, Follies, and Signature's Titanic) and choreographed by Kelly Crandall D'Amboise(Signature's Light Years). Set in 1928 Berlin, a series of eclectic guests and staff including a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist and an ailing bookkeeper collide at the bustling Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel the Musical runs from April 2, 2019 - May 19, 2019 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Signature's GRAND HOTEL Photo Flash: First Look at Signature's GRAND HOTEL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2019

Signature Theatre presents Grand Hotel, the Musical directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and choreographed by Kelly Crandall D'Amboise. Set in 1928 Berlin, a series of eclectic guests and staff including a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist and an ailing bookkeeper collide at the bustling Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel the Musical runs from April 2, 2019 - May 19, 2019 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Bobby Smith, Natascia Diaz, Nicki Elledge, and More in Signature Theatre's GRAND HOTEL VIDEO: Get A First Look At Bobby Smith, Natascia Diaz, Nicki Elledge, and More in Signature Theatre's GRAND HOTEL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019

Signature Theatre's Grand Hotel, the Musical directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Gigi, Follies, and Signature's Titanic) and choreographed by Kelly Crandall d'Amboise (Signature's Light Years) is now on stage. Set in 1928 Berlin, a series of eclectic guests and staff including a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist and an ailing bookkeeper collide at the bustling Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel the Musical will run from April 2, 2019 - May 19, 2019 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. Get a first look at the production below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Kelly Crandall d'Amboise Sets Signature's GRAND HOTEL in Motion BWW Interview: Kelly Crandall d'Amboise Sets Signature's GRAND HOTEL in Motion
by Benjamin Tomchik - Apr 3, 2019

With 'velvet stairs, easy chairs, and perfumed air gently blowing,' the Grand Hotel Berlin may not be a character in the traditional meaning of the word, however, it is the catalyst which sets in motion the fate of every guest who walks through its opulent revolving doors. For choreographer Kelly Crandall d'Amboise, it is her job to provide that motion as the production begins performances this week at Signature Theatre. (more...)

2019 Cape Playhouse Creatives Include Hunter Foster, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Matt Lenz And More 2019 Cape Playhouse Creatives Include Hunter Foster, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Matt Lenz And More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2019

Michael Rader, Producing Artistic Director of The Cape Playhouse, today announced the creative teams for the 2019 summer season. The six-play season features three plays and three musicals- and includes directors Hunter Foster, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Matt Lenz, Joyce Chittick and more. (more...)

Atlanta Lyric Theatre Presents SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Atlanta Lyric Theatre Presents SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2019

Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents this stunning classic April 12-28, 2019.  The "Greatest Movie Musical of All Time" is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in SINGIN' in the RAIN. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm and three Broadway alums! SINGIN' in the RAIN performs at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (548 South Marietta Pkwy., Marietta). (more...)

Edward Watts and Ellie Fishman Lead Goodspeed's THE MUSIC MAN Edward Watts and Ellie Fishman Lead Goodspeed's THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019

River City's about to get the last thing they expected ? and the very thing they need ? in The Music Man. Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2019 season with the rip-roarin' dance-filled classic running April 12 - June 20 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. [Official Press Opening will be May 1, 2019]. (more...)

Bobby Smith, Natascia Diaz, Nicki Elledge, and More Cast in Signature Theatre's GRAND HOTEL Bobby Smith, Natascia Diaz, Nicki Elledge, and More Cast in Signature Theatre's GRAND HOTEL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019

Signature Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for Grand Hotel, the Musical directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Gigi, Follies, and Signature's Titanic) and choreographed by Kelly Crandall D'Amboise (Signature's Light Years). Set in 1928 Berlin, a series of eclectic guests and staff including a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist and an ailing bookkeeper collide at the bustling Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel the Musical will run from April 2, 2019 - May 19, 2019 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: Philadelphia Theater Company's BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY BWW Review: Philadelphia Theater Company's BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by Pati Buehler - Feb 22, 2019

Deep in the heart of Iowa sits Francesca, a lonely young woman who long ago left Italy with the young American GI finding herself supposedly content until she realizes she's really accepted the hopeless acceptance of captivity. (more...)

BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Kennedy Center BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - Feb 8, 2019

There are certain performances from Broadway history that can never be replicated, one of which is Robert Preston's star turn as the flimflamming boys band sales man Harold Hill in the 1958 Tony Award winning musical The Music Man. It was a bit of a shock when it won best musical that year because it beat out the revolutionary West Side Story. Ah well, commercialism nearly always wins. (more...)

Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On Norm Lewis, Jessie Mueller, and Rosie O'Donnell in THE MUSIC MAN Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On Norm Lewis, Jessie Mueller, and Rosie O'Donnell in THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Broadway Center Stage production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man starring Tony Award® nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) as Harold Hill, Tony Award®-winning actress Jessie Mueller (Waitress, Carousel, Beautiful) as Marian Paroo, and Broadway, film, and television star Rosie O'Donnell as Mrs. Paroo. The semi-staged concert production is directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful, Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed...) with choreography by Chris Bailey (Jerry Springer: The Opera, The New Yorkers at Encores!) and music direction by James Moore (Miss Saigon, the Kennedy Center's Follies and Ragtime). (more...)

BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at the Kennedy Center is a Sheer Delight BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at the Kennedy Center is a Sheer Delight
by Charles Shubow - Feb 8, 2019

Norm Lewish, Jessie Muehller, and Rosie O'Connell star in a semi-staged production. (more...)

Riverside Theatre Stages Classic MY FAIR LADY Riverside Theatre Stages Classic MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, present one of Broadway's great musicals and the Lerner and Loewe classic, My Fair Lady. Sponsored by Bill & Laura Frick and Riverside Theatre's Patron Producers Group, My Fair Lady performs on the Stark Stage from March 12-31, 2019 (more...)

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