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Skyline Theatre Company Presents LAUGHING WILD Photo Skyline Theatre Company Presents LAUGHING WILD
by Stephi Wild - Apr 2, 2021

Skyline Theatre Company, Bergen County’s most established professional theatre company, presents a weekend of livestreaming of “Laughing Wild.'

Photo Flash: New Images From CHICAGO National Tour Photo Photo Flash: New Images From CHICAGO National Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 11, 2020

CHICAGO is BACK ON TOUR and its PURE ENTERTAINMENT!  With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history -- and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down!

BWW Review: Dolls Steal The Show In GUYS AND DOLLS at Arizona Broadway Theatre Photo BWW Review: Dolls Steal The Show In GUYS AND DOLLS at Arizona Broadway Theatre
by Seth Tucker - May 7, 2019

'Guys And Dolls' at Arizona Broadway Theatre is a perfect sendup to golden ages musicals offering an evening full of highlights you're unlikely to find anywhere else in The Valley.

Photo Flash: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents GUYS AND DOLLS Photo Photo Flash: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents GUYS AND DOLLS
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 3, 2019

The Oldest Established Crap Game! Grab your fedora and join Nathan Detroit as he tries to establish the biggest craps game in town, deal with his long-time girlfriend's desire for marriage (Adelaide's Lament), and convince fellow gambler Sky Masterson to finance his venture (Luck Be a Lady).

GUYS & DOLLS Comes to Arizona Broadway Theatre Photo GUYS & DOLLS Comes to Arizona Broadway Theatre
by Julie Musbach - Apr 11, 2019

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), Arizona's leader in Musical Theatre, begins the second half of its 14th Season with the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls, onstage May 3 - 26, 2019.

BWW Interview: 6 Questions and a Plug with ELF THE MUSICAL's Buddy, Sam Hartley Photo BWW Interview: 6 Questions and a Plug with ELF THE MUSICAL's Buddy, Sam Hartley
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Dec 13, 2018

ELF THE MUSICAL will bring back the wonder and delight of Christmas to even the grouchiest of winter workdays; Sam Hartley leads a cast who are full of the Christmas spirit and will make a Santa Claus believer out of you.

BWW Interview: LEGALLY BLONDE at The Pinewood Bowl In Lincoln Photo BWW Interview: LEGALLY BLONDE at The Pinewood Bowl In Lincoln
by Christine Swerczek - Jul 10, 2018

I have never been to the Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln, Nebraska. Lincoln, our neighbor to the west, is a short 40 minute drive from Omaha on a good day. When the Huskers are playing, that is another story.

Danny Gardner And Emily Behny To Headline Industry Reading Of A THOUSAND FACES Photo Danny Gardner And Emily Behny To Headline Industry Reading Of A THOUSAND FACES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2018

Lon Chaney, the 'Man of A Thousand Faces', story comes to life in new musical titled A Thousand Faces. The musical takes us from Lon's childhood as the son of deaf parents, through his stage career and tumultuous life with songstress wife Cleva who attempts suicide backstage which drives Lon to try the new industry of movies where he rises to fame as the pioneering silent film star of the original PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Sam Scalamoni (Elf, Disney's Beauty and the Beast) directs.

Danny Gardner And Emily Behny To Headline Industry Reading Of A THOUSAND FACES Photo Danny Gardner And Emily Behny To Headline Industry Reading Of A THOUSAND FACES
by Stephi Wild - Jun 25, 2018

Lon Chaney, the 'Man of A Thousand Faces', story comes to life in new musical titled A Thousand Faces. The musical takes us from Lon's childhood as the son of deaf parents, through his stage career and tumultuous life with songstress wife Cleva who attempts suicide backstage which drives Lon to try the new industry of movies where he rises to fame as the pioneering silent film star of the original PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Sam Scalamoni (Elf, Disney's Beauty and the Beast) directs.

BWW Review: Touring ELF: THE MUSICAL at The Paramount Looks the Part but Lacks the He Photo BWW Review: Touring ELF: THE MUSICAL at The Paramount Looks the Part but Lacks the Heart
by Amelia Reynolds - Dec 7, 2017

A musical adaptation of the 2003 Christmas movie 'Elf' makes a lot of sense: the movie has all of the joy, sweetness, glitz, slapstick, and happily-ever-after for a crowd-pleasing production. This adaptation, now performing for a brief stint at The Paramount Theatre, stays loyal to the vast majority of the content in the movie. Many of the lines are verbatim. Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin's adaptation has tweaks here and there to leave room for elaborate musical numbers (many of which have some fun choreography), but the premise is the same: Buddy is on a quest to find his dad, reconnect with him, and, in the process, revive New York City's (and, indirectly, the world's) lost Christmas spirit.

BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL Brings Christmas Cheer to the Eccles Photo BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL Brings Christmas Cheer to the Eccles
by Tyler Hinton - Nov 25, 2017

The national tour of ELF THE MUSICAL, with its delightful story and score, brings Christmas cheer to the Eccles Theater.

BWW Review: RAGTIME Explodes in Rhythm and Rhyme Photo BWW Review: RAGTIME Explodes in Rhythm and Rhyme
by Carla Maria Verdino-S√ľllwold - Aug 14, 2017

In a bold, beautiful, and powerful production of Ragtime, the Ogunquit Playhouse gives its audience a compelling reminder that, as E. I. Doctorow once said, 'history is the present.' The 1996 musical with book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lyn Ahrens resonates perhaps even more strongly today than it did then with its raw grappling with the issues of race, prejudice, hope and violence and the struggle to define and achieve the American dream. Set in the volatile melting pot of pre- World War I America with its booming industrialization, the influx of vast waves of immigrants, and the social norms challenged by tenuous race relations, Ragtime weaves together the stories of three very different families as each seeks to find his place in the American tapestry.

54 SINGS 1776, Kyle Dean Massey, Samantha Barks and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

This July, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.

BWW Interview: Matt Redmond Directs 54 SINGS 1776
by Christopher Castanho - Jun 29, 2017

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents '54 Sings 1776' on July 3 and July 4, 2017. The Fourth of July meets Broadway in the fourth annual concert staging of the beloved musical, 1776, at Feinstein's/54 Below.   Featuring Broadway stars like Carrie St. Louis (Wicked/Rock of Ages) and Kyle Scatliffe (Les Miserables/The Color Purple) you're sure to feel patriotic watching this beautifully staged concert.

54 SINGS 1776 Offering $17.76 Ticket Deal This Fourth of July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Carrie St. Louis and Kyle Scatliffe in "54 Sings 1776" on July 3 and July 4, 2017.

Carrie St. Louis and Kyle Scatliffe to Star in 54 SINGS 1776
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 6, 2017

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Carrie St. Louis and Kyle Scatliffe in "54 Sings 1776" on July 3 and July 4, 2017. The Fourth of July meets Broadway in the fourth annual concert staging of the beloved musical, 1776, at Feinstein's/54 Below. Showcase your patriotism with some of Broadway's brightest stars singing numbers such as "Sit Down, John," "He Plays The Violin," "Molasses To Rum," and more as we celebrate the great sacrifices our friends, family, and founding fathers have made to shape our nation.

BWW Review: ELF - THE MUSICAL Jingles into OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Dec 26, 2016

Upon learning that part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' holiday programming this season was to finally bring a national tour production of ELF - THE MUSICAL---the 2010 Broadway stage musical adaptation of the popular Will Ferrell holiday movie---to its stage, I was pretty ecstatic. For the most part, ELF---which performs at SCFTA through January 1, 2017---delivers enjoyable laughs sprinkled here and there throughout its two acts, and even offers up a non-equity cast equipped with lovely singing voices. But while ELF - THE MUSICAL is certainly festive and has lots of smile-inducing moments, overall, I felt the presented production felt surprisingly subdued. While, sure, it had plenty of genuinely funny and heart-warming moments, many aspects of the NETworks Presentations production needed to be much more over-the-top, manic, and downright silly.

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/8; DAMN YANKEES in Pittsburgh, WEST SIDE STORY in Portland and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 8, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Pittsburgh, Portland, Orlando and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include DAMN YANKEES at Pittsburgh CLO, WEST SIDE STORY in Portland, and THE BROTHERS SIZE in Orlando, just to name a few.

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at the Orpheum Now Thru July 10
by Linda Hodges - Jul 5, 2016

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at the Orpheum Now Thru July 10!

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Winspear Opera House
by Aaron Zilbermann - Jun 27, 2016

The 1991 Disney film Beauty and the Beast is a spectacular work of animated musical storytelling. Belle, a type of feminist in a sense (at least within the context of Disney, especially when compared to Ariel, who taught millions of young girls just two years earlier that it is important to change who you are for a man), is an independent, intelligent, and beautiful young woman who reads and finds pleasure in the pursuit of knowledge. She has found her voice and she demands to be heard. So naturally, the whole town thinks she is crazy. A heroine of this caliber is a lot to live up to in any fairy tale and such a fanciful, witty and heartfelt presentation seems impossible to duplicate, but that's what I expect from a Broadway production. I expect seats that can cost a good $120 to rival the magic created by the brilliant animators working with Disney in the early part of that transitional decade. Unfortunately, the touring Broadway musical produced by NETworks Presentations does not live up to this expectation. In fact it falls quite short of perpetuating the wonder and depth established in the original film. I brought my twin 6-year-old daughters to the show and they loved it. Certainly it was quality enough to entertain a kindergartener, but is that really what Dallas should grow to accept as quality theatrical art. We have a booming and continuously growing art scene and so-called 'Broadway' productions such as this should not be tolerated in our community. Broadway is supposed to be a leader in the creation of quality art, not the preservation of an industry that overcharges audiences, underpays artists, undermines unions, and whose primary mission is not artistic success but financial success.

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