BWW Review: Hippodrome Hosts HAMILTONBWW Review: Hippodrome Hosts HAMILTON
by Daniel Collins - Jun 28, 2019

Unless you've been living under a (Plymouth?) rock, chances are you are acquainted with the Tony Award winning Broadway phenomenon known as 'HAMILTON,' the innovative, ground-breaking musical written and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda masterfully blends hip hop, blues, jazz, and R&B in telling the tale of one of our nation's most intriguing founding fathers, George Washington's 'right hand man,' first Secretary of the Treasury and loser of one of the world's most infamous duels, Alexander Hamilton. (more...)

BWW Review: HAMILTON at Broadway In LouisvilleBWW Review: HAMILTON at Broadway In Louisville
by Keith Waits - Jun 10, 2019

Hamilton is a show whose impact extended well beyond the Great White Way and into the larger culture almost immediately; you have to have literally lived under a rock to have escaped awareness of this revisionist take on early United States history. In 2016, Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, won 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (more...)

Review Roundup: HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL on Tour, What Did Critics Think?Review Roundup: HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL on Tour, What Did Critics Think?
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2019

Broadway blockbuster, 'Hamilton: An American Musical' now has multiple companies entertaining audiences across the U.S. Check out what the critics have to say about the productions in cities such as San Francisco, Orlando, Cincinnati and more in the reviews below. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HAMILTON Lives Up to the Hype and Then SomeBWW Reviews: HAMILTON Lives Up to the Hype and Then Some
by Paul Batterson - Feb 1, 2019

Once in every decade or so, a musical is created that redefines the genre. Lin-Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON joins that elite Parthenon of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISERABLE and RENT. The two-act musical rolled into the Ohio Theatre (39 East State Street in downtown Columbus) on Jan. 29 pulling a 400-boxcar train of hype it couldn't possibly live up to. (more...)

BWW Review: HAMILTON in Pittsburgh Is Everything You Hoped It Would BeBWW Review: HAMILTON in Pittsburgh Is Everything You Hoped It Would Be
by Greg Kerestan - Jan 4, 2019

What do you want me to say? HAMILTON is in Pittsburgh. If that doesn't sell you already, you already knew you weren't interested. (more...)

BWW Review: HAMILTON Delivers the Unimaginable in PittsburghBWW Review: HAMILTON Delivers the Unimaginable in Pittsburgh
by Dylan Shaffer - Jan 4, 2019

The most anticipated arrival in Pittsburgh since Le'Veon's vanishing...Hamilton, the Broadway musical, has taken up shop at the Benedum Center through January 27. The musical, nominated for a record number of Tony Awards and winning 11, recounts the life of Alexander Hamilton and the birth of our nation through hip-hop and song. With lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamiltonastonishes. To quote the author, 'There are moments that words don't reach' - and Hamilton is embodies them. (more...)

BWW Review: HAMILTON at The BushnellBWW Review: HAMILTON at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - Dec 15, 2018

Every so often the musical theatre landscape experiences a swell of enthusiasm and excitement for a fresh, new and engaging play. Theatre fans (and casual viewers) alike can recall the hype when THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA or LES MISERABLES first opened (and went on tour). More recently the WICKED phenomenon brought young and old alike out to experience the magic and electricity that only a live performance can elicit. Today, the show that everyone is talking about (and obsessing over) is Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony winning musical HAMILTON. Like its popular predecessors, it has recently begun touring around the country - riding the wave of enthusiasm and further cementing its place as a true pop-culture phenomenon. But unlike its flashy, big budget predecessors, HAMILTON, in many ways, lives in its own category. It is a show that is modern, fresh, and that pushes boundaries and delivers in two and a half hours an experience unlike anything this reviewer has experienced before. I am thrilled to say, in the production that has now arrived at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT - HAMILTON shines brilliantly, delivering in every way (and beyond) on the hype that precedes it. (more...)

BWW Review: HAMILTON at Shea's Buffalo TheatreBWW Review: HAMILTON at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Nov 23, 2018

It's not often that a Broadway musical creates so much press and hype that almost every US citizen has heard of the phenomenon that is HAMILTON. The show that got it's start off Broadway at NY's Public Theatre has taken the country by storm. Still the hottest ticket on Broadway 3 years after it has opened, the touring production has been anticipated in almost every US National tour market for a full two years prior to it actually surfacing. This has created record breaking subscription ticket sales just so everyone could be guaranteed a seat for HAMILTON. (more...)

BWW Review:  HAMILTON Proves it's Worth the Wait at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: HAMILTON Proves it's Worth the Wait at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - Jun 18, 2018

If the rousing and prolonged applause and immediate standing ovation is any indication, this show is going to wow local audiences all throughout the summer. (more...)

BWW Review: HAMILTON ~ Spectacular! The National Tour Keeps The Flame AliveBWW Review: HAMILTON ~ Spectacular! The National Tour Keeps The Flame Alive
by Herbert Paine - Feb 1, 2018

The National Tour of HAMILTON is now at ASU Gammage in Tempe through February 25th. What more can be said about a production that, since its opening three years ago, has already received the ultimate in honors and plaudits and for which the best adjectives have already been used? Yes, awesome, glorious, uplifting! All of that and more! Outstanding performances all around. In its unique form as a history lesson, HAMILTON is a hymn to the revolutionary spirit and the insatiable desire to fulfill possibility. (more...)

Uzo Aduba to Lead SECRET LIFE OF BEES Musical Workshop; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK star Uzo Aduba will lead the cast of a musical workshop production of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (more...)

BWW Interviews: FULL MONTY Team Lets It Go!
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 12, 2015

In a lively, funny, often piquant conversation cast and creative team members from Maine State Music Theatre's The Full Monty convened on June 10 to talk with Broadway World in the first of this summer's highly successful talkback series, A Peek Behind the Curtain. The audience was delighted to have the opportunity to meet director, Donna Drake, stars Peter Matthew Smith, Amanda Rose, MSMT Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark and Outreach Sales Manager Katie White. The discussion focused on the show's appeal, its message, and, of course, on the show stopping strip finale. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE FULL MONTY Builds to a Crescendo of Laughter and Heart
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 5, 2015

The Full Monty, which opened Maine State Music Theatre's fifty-seventh season, has all the makings of a new hit for the company! The rollicking, sometimes raucous story of unemployed Buffalo steel workers who create a male strip act to make money has characters to embrace and identify with, clever and provocative dance numbers, music which underscores advances the dramatic development of the script, and one of the most anticipated final numbers in all of Broadway musicals. In addition, at MSMT in a shared production with Lancaster's Fulton Theatre, the David Yazbek -Terrence McNally show is blessed with a stunning ensemble and witty, heartfelt direction and choreography by Donna Drake. (more...)

BWW Interviews: What We Do: A Conversation with Peter Matthew Smith
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 3, 2015

“This show is such a great ride for the cast and the audience!” the actor says enthusiastically. Peter Matthew Smith is referring to his latest gig as Jerry Lukowski in back-to-back runs of the musical, The Full Monty, which opens Maine State Music Theatre's fifty-seventh season on June 4, after closing at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster. It is Smith's first visit to Maine and his second essay of the part of the unemployed Buffalo steel worker who organizes a male strip tease act to raise money for his child support payments. (more...)

VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 5 - Harvey, Shoshana, Jackie + HAIRSPRAY + Disney + Dreidel!
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Dec 17, 2014

So .... this is sort of a 'mash-up' of mediums and a fun 'take' on a traditional Hanukkah song, bolstered by the additional creative forces of Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman. It also boasts the talents of Harvey Fierstein, Jackie Hoffman, Peter Matthew Smith, Shoshana Bean, Clarke Thorell, Jenn Gambatese, Michael Longoria, Rashad Naylor, Tracy Jai Edwards, Chester Gregory II, Dick Latessa and others from the Broadway cast of HAIRSPRAY. The year was 2003, and HAIRSPRAY, pretty much, owned Broadway. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO to Present Kopit & Yeston's PHANTOM, 6/21-30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2013

Audiences will be mesmerized by the classic score in Kopit & Yeston's Phantom June 21- 30 at the Benedum Center. Phantom is back by popular demand and will feature an incredible cast comprised of Broadway stars and Pittsburgh CLO veterans. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Presents Kopit & Yeston's PHANTOM, Now thru 6/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2013

Audiences will be mesmerized by the classic score in Kopit & Yeston's Phantom tonight, June 21- 30 at the Benedum Center. Phantom is back by popular demand and will feature an incredible cast comprised of Broadway stars and Pittsburgh CLO veterans. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at George Dvorsky, Mamie Parris and More in Highlights of SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
by Stage Tube - Jun 14, 2013

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a love-struck comedy taking the Benedum stage tonight, June 11-16, 2013. Audiences are sure to be delighted by the antics of seven brothers and 'wannabe' brides living under one roof in 19th century Oregon. Noted Broadway performers including Pittsburgh CLO alumni George Dvorsky and Mamie Parris will take the lead as Adam and Milly, along with an incredibly talented Pittsburgh CLO cast. BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO to Present Kopit & Yeston's PHANTOM, 6/21-30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2013

Audiences will be mesmerized by the classic score in Kopit & Yeston's Phantom June 21- 30 at the Benedum Center. Phantom is back by popular demand and will feature an incredible cast comprised of Broadway stars and Pittsburgh CLO veterans. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mamie Parris, George Dvorsky and More in Pittsburgh CLO's SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2013

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a love-struck comedy taking the Benedum stage tonight, June 11-16, 2013. Audiences are sure to be delighted by the antics of seven brothers and 'wannabe' brides living under one roof in 19th century Oregon. Noted Broadway performers including Pittsburgh CLO alumni George Dvorsky and Mamie Parris will take the lead as Adam and Milly, along with an incredibly talented Pittsburgh CLO cast. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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