Full Cast and Creative Team Announced For THE BODYGUARD at NSMTFull Cast and Creative Team Announced For THE BODYGUARD at NSMT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) is thrilled to announce complete casting and creative team details for the upcoming production of, THE BODYGUARD, starring the previously announced Cheaza Figueroa and Judson Mills in the roles made famous by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in the smash hit 1992 movie. The Boston area Premiere of THE BODYGUARD plays from Tuesday, October 29 a?" November 10, 2019. (more...)

Photo Flash: Alice Ripley Stars In SUNSET BOULEVARD At North Shore Music Theatre - Meet The Cast!Photo Flash: Alice Ripley Stars In SUNSET BOULEVARD At North Shore Music Theatre - Meet The Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019

Meet the cast of SUNSET BOULEVARD at North Shore Music Theatre, which stars Alice Ripley as the fading Hollywood star, Norma Desmond (more...)

BWW Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD: Alice Ripley Puts Her Stamp on Norma DesmondBWW Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD: Alice Ripley Puts Her Stamp on Norma Desmond
by Nancy Grossman - Sep 30, 2019

In the annals of musical theater, Norma Desmond is one of those larger than life characters, like Mame Dennis, Dolly Levi, and Eva Peron, who cries out for an actor with a specific and rare combination of skills to play the role. Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley ascends to playing the faded silent-screen star in the North Shore Music Theatre production of SUNSET BOULEVARD, after originating the role of Betty Schaefer in the 1994 original Broadway cast which starred Glenn Close. In so doing, Ripley joins the pantheon of singular talents who have put their personal stamp on the musical iteration of Norma, stepping out of the shadow of the indelible mark Gloria Swanson made on celluloid in Billy Wilder's 1950 film. (more...)

BWW Review: CHOIR BOY IS PITCH PERFECT at SpeakEasy Stage In BostonBWW Review: CHOIR BOY IS PITCH PERFECT at SpeakEasy Stage In Boston
by Jan Nargi - Sep 23, 2019

Just as the centuries-old spirituals sung by American slaves created community and gave voice to the thoughts and emotions they were forced to repress, so too the music in CHOIR BOY serves to give hope and healing to the young men struggling to find and express their true identities at a boarding school designed to shape them into society's culturally approved version of a?oestrong, ethical black men.a?? As classroom students, they must live up to the high standards set by the Headmaster and a strict 50-year honor code. As members of the school's acclaimed choir, they are set free when they sing. (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage Company Extends CHOIR BOYSpeakEasy Stage Company Extends CHOIR BOY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2019

Due to overwhelming demand, SpeakEasy Stage Company has added an additional week of performances of its acclaimed production of the hit Broadway play CHOIR BOY. The show will now run thru Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (more...)

Full Casting Announced For SUNSET BOULEVARD At North Shore Music Theatre, Starring Alice RipleyFull Casting Announced For SUNSET BOULEVARD At North Shore Music Theatre, Starring Alice Ripley
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019

North Shore Music Theatre has announced complete casting for the upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterwork, SUNSET BOULEVARD, which will star the previously announced Alice Ripley as the fading Hollywood star, Norma Desmond. (more...)

CHOIR BOY Comes to SpeakEasy StageCHOIR BOY Comes to SpeakEasy Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019

From September 13 to October 12, 2019, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the New England premiere of the acclaimed Broadway musical drama CHOIR BOY. (more...)

BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at North Shore Music TheatreBWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at North Shore Music Theatre
by David Tompkins - Aug 9, 2019

Jersey Boys opened this week to one of the most enthusiastic welcomes I have ever witnessed at NSMT. The show stopping ovations were so heartfelt & sustained that the actors literally had to stop, numerous times, to wait for the applause to finish before continuing, and the show deserved the adoration, it is simply terrific. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At JERSEY BOYS At North Shore Music TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look At JERSEY BOYS At North Shore Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2019

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) continues the 2019 Musical Season with JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This special extended engagement plays for four week starting Tuesday, August 6 and playing thru Sunday, September 1, 2019. JERSEY BOYS is sponsored by Abiomed. (more...)

North Shore Music Theatre Presents JERSEY BOYSNorth Shore Music Theatre Presents JERSEY BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2019

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) continues the 2019 Musical Season with JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This special extended engagement plays for four week starting Tuesday, August 6 and playing thru Sunday, September 1, 2019. JERSEY BOYS is sponsored by Abiomed. (more...)

BWW Review: FREAKY FRIDAY at North Shore Music TheatreBWW Review: FREAKY FRIDAY at North Shore Music Theatre
by David Tompkins - Jul 11, 2019

Disney's Freaky Friday just opened at North Shore Music Theatre. Based on the 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers. It was then made into a movie by Disney in 1976 staring Jody Foster and Barbara Harris, with a less memorable movie remake in 2018. It is now a newly created, fun family musical with all the bells and whistles. (more...)

North Shore Music Theatre Mixes Things Up With Disney's FREAKY FRIDAYNorth Shore Music Theatre Mixes Things Up With Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2019

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) continues the 2019 Musical Season with Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY, a brand-new motherdaughter body swap musical playing for two-weeks only from Tuesday, July 9 thru Sunday, July 21, 2019. Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY is sponsored by Big Jim's Auto Body. (more...)

BWW Review: A Nimble BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Gloucester Stage CompanyBWW Review: A Nimble BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Gloucester Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - Jun 18, 2019

Gloucester Stage Company opens its 40th Anniversary Season with a nostalgic romp in the park, specifically Neil Simon's 1963 hit play, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. Pairing McCaela Donovan and Joe Short (who are married in real life) as the young newlyweds moving from their blissful six-day honeymoon into a Manhattan sixth-floor walk up is a stroke of luck for Director Shana Gozansky. Making her GSC debut, she didn't have to worry about establishing trust and comfort in the romantic aspects of the characters' relationship. Not only do Donovan (Corie) and Short (Paul) fit together hand in glove, but Paula Plum and Richard Snee, another offstage married couple, complete the cast and contribute immeasurably to the hilarity. (more...)

BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at North Shore Music TheatreBWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at North Shore Music Theatre
by David Tompkins - Jun 6, 2019

Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in farm country outside the town of Claremore, Indian Territory, in 1906, it tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLaine and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancee, Ado Annie. (more...)

North Shore Music Theatre Opens 2019 Musical Season With OKLAHOMA!North Shore Music Theatre Opens 2019 Musical Season With OKLAHOMA!
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2019

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) kicks off the 64th Annual Season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA!, one of the greatest classic musicals of all time, playing for two-weeks only from Tuesday, June 4 thru Sunday, June 16, 2019. OKLAHOMA! is sponsored by Beverly Bank. (more...)

BWW Review: ONCE: Guy and Girl Extend Their Stay at SpeakEasy StageBWW Review: ONCE: Guy and Girl Extend Their Stay at SpeakEasy Stage
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 7, 2019

Once upon a time, a guy and a girl meet on the streets of Dublin, bond over their shared passion for music, enrich each other's lives, and find the way forward to the separate paths that their lives were meant to follow. With its current homegrown production of ONCE, SpeakEasy Stage Company demonstrates once again its penchant for capturing the essence of an award-winning musical and successfully molding it to fit the expectations of their audience and the parameters of the Roberts Studio Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. It was announced today that the run is extended for an additional week due to overwhelming demand. (more...)

SpeakEasy Extends Its Production Of ONCE Through April 7SpeakEasy Extends Its Production Of ONCE Through April 7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2019

Due to overwhelming demand, SpeakEasy Stage Company has added seven more performances of its acclaimed production of the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE.  The show will now play through Sunday, April 7, 2019.   (more...)

Tony Award-Winning Musical ONCE Announced At SpeakEasy StageTony Award-Winning Musical ONCE Announced At SpeakEasy Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2019

SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the Boston Regional Theatre Premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE. (more...)

Tony Award-Winning Musical ONCE Announced At SpeakEasy StageTony Award-Winning Musical ONCE Announced At SpeakEasy Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2019

SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the Boston Regional Theatre Premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE. (more...)

BWW Review: 1776: A Musical For The AgesBWW Review: 1776: A Musical For The Ages
by Nancy Grossman - Dec 6, 2018

1776 is a show that appreciates in value and import when viewed in the context of its time. It opened on Broadway in 1969 when Richard Nixon was president, the controversial war in Vietnam raged on, and civil unrest was the domestic order of the day. With that backdrop, it's popularity was unexpected, yet it ran for 1,217 performances and won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Seems like an ideal time for a remount of the story of our Founding Fathers, and the New Repertory Theatre production has found a formula to make it fresh, exhilarating, and inclusive. (more...)

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