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BWW Review: HOW CAN I LOVE YOU at Ancient Lakes Theatre Festival Photo BWW Review: HOW CAN I LOVE YOU at Ancient Lakes Theatre Festival
by Jay Irwin - Jul 20, 2021

Dear Readers, as we inch back into the world of live theatrical experiences, the excitement to put out incredible art is palpable. And when you have a stunning outdoor venue such as the Cave B Winery Estates in George, WA, not to mention some of the A-listers of Seattle theater talent involved, that excitement can be overwhelming. But don‚Äôt let that excitement blind you to when a show just is not there, as was the case with ‚ÄúHow Can I Love You‚ÄĚ from Composer Rand Bellar and Playwright, Librettist, and Lyricist Vince Bryan.

2019 Gypsy Rose Lee Award Winners Announced Photo 2019 Gypsy Rose Lee Award Winners Announced
by Stephi Wild - Jan 31, 2020

Seattle Theater Writers Seattle's theater reviewers circle announces the Winners of Excellence in Seattle theatrical productions. Spanning dozens of theater companies and productions, from large and prominent to small and humble, the Gypsy Rose Lee Awards honor the excellence found across the area.

Nominees Announced for The 2020 GYPSY ROSE LEE AWARDS Photo Nominees Announced for The 2020 GYPSY ROSE LEE AWARDS
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 24, 2020

Seattle's critics' circle announces nominees for the 2020 Gypsy Rose Lee awards celebrating excellence in Seattle theatrical productions.

BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME at Village Theatre - The RomCom that Wouldn't (and Shouldn't Photo BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME at Village Theatre - The RomCom that Wouldn't (and Shouldn't) Quit
by Jay Irwin - Jan 20, 2020

Everyone loves a good Romantic Comedy, and when people find a good one, they latch onto it. Such a RomCom was the 1937 play a?oeParfumeriea?? by Miklos Laszlo. Now, if you're not familiar with that one maybe you're more familiar with some of the films that were based on it. There was the 1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullavan film a?oeThe Shop Around the Cornera??, or how about the 1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical version a?oeIn the Good Old Summertimea??. No? Well I'm sure you remember the 1998 Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature a?oeYou've Got Maila??. And beyond those, the play also spawned one of the most underrated and underappreciated shows in American Musical Theatre, a?oeShe Loves Mea?? by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick with a book by Joe Masteroff, currently playing at Village Theatre. a?oeShe Loves Mea?? has been revived on Broadway since it's 1963 beginnings twice, plus a concert version in 1977, but still there are too many people who don't know the glory of this show. Well, Dear Readers, let's try and change that.

BWW 2019 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks) Photo BWW 2019 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Jan 13, 2020

Oh my! What a year! We've seen bad-ass gospel singers, lost Jewish plays, mythical towns of excretion and even an octopus wrestler or two. No, those aren't allusions to the crazy theater going on in Washington D.C. but the crazy wonderful theater going on right here in the Seattle area. It was tough coming up with just one winner (or even just a few Honorable Mentions) but I managed to do it a?? for the most part. Plus, some shows that more of you should have seen. (Yes, that's me nagging you all, Dear Readers, to check out more of the smaller or obscure theaters around here.) But what it all comes down to is, we're blessed here in the Northwest with an over-abundance of theatrical riches and I'm so fortunate to be able to share some of my favorites of the year with you with the BWW 2019 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks). So, let's get started, shall we?

Final Week To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Photo Final Week To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards
by BWW - Dec 23, 2019

There's just one final week to submit votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

December 19th Update: MATILDA - Village Theatre Leads Best Musical Category in the BW Photo December 19th Update: MATILDA - Village Theatre Leads Best Musical Category in the BWW Seattle Awards Voting
by BWW Staff - Dec 19, 2019

We're heading into the final week of voting for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Photo Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards
by BWW - Dec 16, 2019

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

Musical That Inspired 'You've Got Mail' Kicks Off The New Year At Village Theatre Photo Musical That Inspired 'You've Got Mail' Kicks Off The New Year At Village Theatre
by Alexa Criscitiello - Dec 12, 2019

Called a?oethe most romantic of all Broadway musicalsa?? by The Wall Street Journal, Village Theatre is delighted to bring She Loves Me to the stage beginning this January. The charming musical, which inspired the hit film You've Got Mail, has been revered by critics and audiences alike since it first debuted on Broadway in 1963 a?' going on to be nominated for over 50 awards including the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier Awards. She Loves Me will run at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah January 16 a?' February 23, 2020 before moving to the Everett Performing Arts Center February 28 a?' March 22, 2020. 

BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update: MATILDA - Village Theatre Leads Best Musical@ Photo BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update: MATILDA - Village Theatre Leads Best Musical@
by BWW Staff - Dec 9, 2019

There's just a few weeks left to make your voice heard and submit your votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

December 2nd Update - Current Standings for the BWW Seattle Awards!  Photo December 2nd Update - Current Standings for the BWW Seattle Awards!
by BWW - Dec 2, 2019

It's December! Voting is now underway for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized. Check out the first set of stats below.

BWW Review: ArtsWest's HEAD OVER HEELS Certainly 'Got the Beat'! Photo BWW Review: ArtsWest's HEAD OVER HEELS Certainly 'Got the Beat'!
by Jay Irwin - Nov 25, 2019

Back in 2018, a little show came along to Broadway called a?oeHead Over Heelsa??. All I knew was that it was the story of Sir Philip Sydney's a?oeArcadiaa?? with the songs of the 80's pop group, The Go-Go's. OK, another jukebox musical, we'll see. Then I went to NY and it didn't quite make the list of shows I was seeing. But after I found out more about it, like it was touting having the first trans woman originating a principal role on Broadway. Cool. Maybe I'll see it next time. And then it closed. Well, now ArtsWest has picked it up for its Seattle Premiere and I find that the show itself also speaks to homosexuality and gender identities beyond the binary, but not in a documentary or preachy way. Plus, it's a ton of fun. All of which makes me kick myself for not seeing it when I had the chance. But it's here now and ArtsWest nails it!

First Standings - Voting Opens for the BWW Seattle Awards!  Photo First Standings - Voting Opens for the BWW Seattle Awards!
by BWW - Nov 25, 2019

Voting is NOW OPEN and the first votes are in for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The nominees are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized!

ArtsWest Announces Casting For HEAD OVER HEELS Photo ArtsWest Announces Casting For HEAD OVER HEELS
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 16, 2019

THEY GOT THE BEAT! Join us this holiday for a fairy-tale celebration of love and acceptance in this raucous royal family a?oevacation,a?? HEAD OVER HEELS. Venture to the forest with the royals of Arcadia on a quest to save their beloved kingdom after they learn of an Oracle's prophecy of doom, all while moovin' and groovin' to the music of The Go-Go's in this exuberant Elizabethan-inspired musical!

Premiere Recording Of THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES Now Available Photo Premiere Recording Of THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES Now Available
by Julie Musbach - Sep 13, 2019

Writing team Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond (Disney's a?oeVampirinaa??) released the world premiere recording of their musical The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes today, Friday, September 13, 2019.  The Fred Ebb Award and Jonathan Larson Grant winners return to their theatrical roots after completing three seasons of music for the hit Disney Junior series a?oeVampirina,a?? which airs in 115 countries to more than 100 million viewers. 

Kooman & Dimond Release World Premiere Recording Of THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BA Photo Kooman & Dimond Release World Premiere Recording Of THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 4, 2019

Writing team Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond (Disney's a?oeVampirinaa??) announced the world premiere recording of their musical The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes will be released on Friday, September 13, 2019. After completing three seasons of music for the hit Disney Junior series a?oeVampirina,a?? which airs in 115 countries to more than 100 million viewers, the Fred Ebb Award and Jonathan Larson Grant winners return to their theatrical roots with this album. To preorder the album, visit KoomanDimond.com/store. 

Casting Announced For Village Theatre's FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS Photo Casting Announced For Village Theatre's FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 6, 2019

With The 19th Annual Festival of New Musicals taking place this upcoming weekend, Village Theatre is excited to announce the casting for XY, an uplifting musical about identity and coming to terms with your past; Cold Turkey, a wild and funny satire; Modern, an inspiring tale about a group of Amish teenagers; Eastbound, an poignant story about Chinese brothers in search of a home they've never known; and Cowboy Bob, an adventurous rock musical about a bank-robbing woman. The Festival will take place in Issaquah August 9-11, 2019 and provides an essential platform for writers to develop new works. Past Festival shows include Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning shows such as Next to Normal and Million Dollar Quartet, as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway hits: It Shoulda Been You, Desperate Measures, Lizzie, and many more.

World Premiere Recording Of THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES Set for Release Photo World Premiere Recording Of THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES Set for Release
by Julie Musbach - Aug 5, 2019

Writing team Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond (Disney's a?oeVampirinaa??) announced the world premiere recording of their musical The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes will be released on Friday, September 13, 2019. 

Lineup Announced For The 19th Annual Festival Of New Musicals Photo Lineup Announced For The 19th Annual Festival Of New Musicals
by Stephi Wild - Jul 10, 2019

Village Theatre has announced the lineup for The 19th Annual Festival of New Musicals, a series of five staged readings of musicals currently in development. The Festival will take place in Issaquah August 9-11, 2019. Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals is the birthplace of Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning shows such as Next to Normal and Million Dollar Quartet, as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway hits: It Shoulda Been You, Desperate Measures, Lizzie, and many more.

BWW Review: Don't Be the Bunny, Go See URINETOWN at ACT Photo BWW Review: Don't Be the Bunny, Go See URINETOWN at ACT
by Jay Irwin - Apr 12, 2019

Since the joint production between the 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT of "Urinetown" was announced I heard far too often from people that they wouldn't want to see that. A stupid musical about pee? "I don't care for shows that are all bathroom humor," I would hear. And I'd have to defend this wonderful show explaining that it's a super funny, well written show, yes with peeing as the basic setting, but that it was so much more as it pokes fun at government corruption and is an homage to famous musicals who came before. I guess Little Sally from "Urinetown" was right that nothing can kill a show faster than bad subject matter or a bad title. But then her stating that is why this self-referential, meta show works so well. It knows it's ridiculous and it embraces it. And the same could be said for this wonderful production that went for every bad joke with brilliant comic timing and then some.

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