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Photo Coverage: Sutton Foster Performs at Mahaiwe Performing Arts CenterPhoto Coverage: Sutton Foster Performs at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 15, 2017

Somewhere In Time, after another century of marvelous concerts at the MAHAIWE I'm sure Great Barrington audiences will be pointing out that the extraordinarily gifted Broadway star Sutton Foster sang here.  But as they gaze at the historic entertainment photos displayed on the walls of it's lower lobby they will only be able to imagine the heavenly sounds of Sutton Foster's voice.  They will not be able to experience how Sutton held an audience spell bound with singing that makes you want to cheer after every selection, except for the fact that you don't want to interrupt the exceptional musical moment.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Company Celebrates Opening Night of COMPANY with Aaron Tveit!Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Company Celebrates Opening Night of COMPANY with Aaron Tveit!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 14, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (recently voted Best of The Berkshires) set a new record at the opening night of Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY last night. There appeared to be more selfie photos attempted of Aaron Tveit the show's star and cast leaving the stage door of the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage than happen by the ever present throngs in Broadway's Shubert Alley a show. Aaron, who was Bobby in the extraordinary production directed by BSC's founder and artistic director Julianne Boyd, was mobbed by  what seemed like the entire audience asTveit and the cast tried exit the stage door and continue on to the after party at the home of BSC Chair, Minky and Bruno Quinson.  (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director; David McCoy, Chairman of the Board), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, as part of its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series, will present the staged reading of OMG...BROADWAY! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! Hysterically Celebrates 25th Anniversary at Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! Hysterically Celebrates 25th Anniversary at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 25, 2017

It was an evening of hilarity last night at Feinstein's/54 Below as the original cast of Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! celebrated it's 25th Anniversary.   (more...)

BWW Review:  Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary InfluenceBWW Review: Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary Influence
by Michael Dale - Jul 23, 2017

Even if you've never heard a note sung by Ella Fitzgerald (and if that's the case, you should stop reading this review immediately and look up some of her recordings on YouTube) Andrea Frierson's duo-bio solo show, ME & ELLA, can be related to by anyone whose life was influenced by a popular artist they've never met. (more...)

Photo Coverage: ME & ELLA Opens at The York Theatre CompanyPhoto Coverage: ME & ELLA Opens at The York Theatre Company
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 17, 2017

The York Theatre Company's 2017 summer New2NY Series presentation of the new musical Me & Ella, written and performed by Andrea Frierson (Once on This Island, The Lion King), direction by the Tony Award-winning team of Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel (Jay Johnson: The Two and Only), with music direction and arrangements by Ron Abel (Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, 'Happily Divorced') opened last night, July 16. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at ME & ELLA at the York Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: First Look at ME & ELLA at the York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2017

Set against the restless backdrop of the 20th Century and the lush serenity of the Ella Fitzgerald songbook, Broadway veteran Andrea Frierson's Me & Ella is a valentine to the "First Lady of Song." (more...)

York Theatre Company's ME & ELLA Begins Performances TomorrowYork Theatre Company's ME & ELLA Begins Performances Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, presents the 2017 summer New2NY Series presentation of the new musical Me & Ella (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast, Creatives of ME & ELLA at York Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast, Creatives of ME & ELLA at York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Below, meet the cast and creative team of the York Theatre Company's 2017 summer New2NY Series presentation of the new musical Me & Ella, written and performed by Andrea Frierson (Once on This Island, The Lion King), direction by the Tony Award-winning team of Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel (Jay Johnson: The Two and Only), with music direction and arrangements by Ron Abel (Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, 'Happily Divorced')! (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/8/2017
by - Jul 8, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/8/2017. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Gov. Cuomo, Harry Belafonte, and Others Join Friars In Saluting Mayor David Dinkins on His 90thPhoto Coverage: Gov. Cuomo, Harry Belafonte, and Others Join Friars In Saluting Mayor David Dinkins on His 90th
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 30, 2017

The security was tight in the Monastery last night as politicians, tennis legends, celebrities and Friars gathered in the Frank Sinatra Dining Room to pay tribute to David Dinkins on his 90th birthday.   The security protection wasn't good enough however to stop one of the greatest comedians on the planet, Dean Emeritus Freddie Roman (MC) to have some fun with the former Mayor.  As a matter of fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who made a special trip down from Albany to be at the Friars got some laughs himself during his heartfelt tribute to Mr. Dinkins.  There was much love, laughter, joy, and a few tears in the club during the evening, as there always is in the Friars Club.  I couldn't help thinking as I watched all the Democrats and  Republicans in the room enjoying each others camaraderie, how great it would be if all our representatives in Washington would become Friars, meet in The Monastery, feel the love, and solve the nations problems.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 25, 2017

Union Street in Pittsfield MA had all the excitement of a Broadway Opening as the Tony Award Winning Ragtime opened on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage of Barrington Stage Co. and Broadway and lyricist Lynn Ahrens were there.   (more...)

Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA, Valentine to the 'First Lady of Song', Set for Summer at YorkAndrea Frierson's ME & ELLA, Valentine to the 'First Lady of Song', Set for Summer at York
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced the 2017 summer New2NY Series presentation of the new musical Me & Ella, written and performed by Andrea Frierson (Once on This Island, The Lion King), direction by the Tony Award-winning team of Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel (Jay Johnson: The Two and Only), with music direction and arrangements by Ron Abel (Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, 'Happily Divorced'). (more...)

Meghan Murphy Brings THE BIG RED SHOW to Feinstein's/54 BelowMeghan Murphy Brings THE BIG RED SHOW to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Meghan Murphy in The BIG RED Show on July 19th, 2017 at 9:30pm. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Nicole Henry Swings At Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Nicole Henry Swings At Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 15, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below is a a chameleon of a performance space because of the eclectic mix of entertainment that perform on it's stage. Broadway is the main theme but sometimes it becomes one of the great nightclubs of the 50's & 60's like Basin Street East, The Embers, The Persian Room etc.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Danza Headlines Friars 100th Birthday Party for Dean MartinPhoto Coverage: Tony Danza Headlines Friars 100th Birthday Party for Dean Martin
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 8, 2017

Everybody Loved Somebody at The Friars Club last night as Dean Martin was celebrated in song and toasted by his fellow Friars.  (more...)

Aaron Tveit to Star in Barrington Stage Company's COMPANY; Initial Season Casting AnnouncedAaron Tveit to Star in Barrington Stage Company's COMPANY; Initial Season Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Michele Weathers, is proud to announce initial casting for the 2017 season. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Mandy Gonzalez & Paulo Szot Join Jamie deRoy & Friends Tony Show at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Mandy Gonzalez & Paulo Szot Join Jamie deRoy & Friends Tony Show at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 8, 2017

 Broadway Producer and three time Tony Award winner Jamie deRoy held her annual Jamie deRoy & friends Tony Award show last night and the Red Carpet was rolled out at Birdland for the star studded event.  Jamie's fans and friends had their cell phone cameras at the ready as one by one Jamie introduced her award-winning cast which included, Chuck Cooper (The Life) Penny Fuller (Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In the Heights), Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) with special guest, Patti Cohenour (War Paint, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet, In the Heights) and Paulo Szot (South Pacific) with Billy Stritch.   (more...)

Joao Bosco, Rolando Morales-Matos and More Set for 1st Week of May at BirdlandJoao Bosco, Rolando Morales-Matos and More Set for 1st Week of May at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for May 1-May 7, featuring Joćo Bosco, Rolando Morales-Matos and his Jazz' Y Mambo Band, Arianna Neikrug, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Chita Rivera Attends Friars Salute To Bobby ShortPhoto Coverage: Chita Rivera Attends Friars Salute To Bobby Short
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 20, 2017

Yankee Stadium has it's 'Legends Seats' and Monuments prominently displayed in the 'House That Ruth Built'.  Then the current team takes the field and future legends start to play ball.  In the Friars Club show biz past and present are always in the house.  Their photos are on the wall and names are engraved on the chairs in the Frank Sinatra Dining Room.  Then as so often happens an 'insiders' great show is produced for the members and those legends current and future entertain their fellow Friars.  So it happened last night as the Friars Club honored Bobby Short, the legendary cabaret singer/pianist who was best known for his three decade plus music residency at Cafe Carlyle in New York City.  The music of Bobby Short was brought to life by some current Cafe Carlye and Bemelmans Bar stars in a spectacular evening produced and hosted by Friar Jeff Leibowitz and Co-Produced by Friar Will Friedwald. (more...)

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