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Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On Norm Lewis, Jessie Mueller, and Rosie O'Donnell in THE MUSIC MANReview Roundup: Critics Weigh In On Norm Lewis, Jessie Mueller, and Rosie O'Donnell in THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Broadway Center Stage production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man starring Tony Award® nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) as Harold Hill, Tony Award®-winning actress Jessie Mueller (Waitress, Carousel, Beautiful) as Marian Paroo, and Broadway, film, and television star Rosie O'Donnell as Mrs. Paroo. The semi-staged concert production is directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful, Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed...) with choreography by Chris Bailey (Jerry Springer: The Opera, The New Yorkers at Encores!) and music direction by James Moore (Miss Saigon, the Kennedy Center's Follies and Ragtime). (more...)

BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at the Kennedy Center is a Sheer DelightBWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at the Kennedy Center is a Sheer Delight
by Charles Shubow - Feb 8, 2019

Norm Lewish, Jessie Muehller, and Rosie O'Connell star in a semi-staged production. (more...)

Sky One Commissions Two More Seasons of THE RUSSELL HOWARD HOURSky One Commissions Two More Seasons of THE RUSSELL HOWARD HOUR
by TV News Desk - Jan 24, 2019

The Russell Howard Hour has been commissioned for a further series three and four whist the second series is currently on air until Thursday 28th February on Sky One. The first series of the topical entertainment show, which sees Russell Howard offer his unique and acclaimed perspective on news and current affairs, was the most successful new non-scripted entertainment series to launch on the channel since 2010 and had over 100 million views across social media. The third, fourteen-part series (14 x 60') will go into production in autumn 2019. (more...)

Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse To Become Launching Pad For Innovative Plays And MusicalsPoint Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse To Become Launching Pad For Innovative Plays And Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018

Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse announced today its innovative new collaboration with award-winning entertainment production company RWS Entertainment Group (RWS) to produce compelling entertainment. (more...)

THE RUSSELL HOWARD HOUR Returns to Sky One This NovemberTHE RUSSELL HOWARD HOUR Returns to Sky One This November
by TV News Desk - Oct 17, 2018

Russell Howard returns to our screens to offer his unique and acclaimed perspective on news and current affairs with a highly anticipated second series of The Russell Howard Hour on Thursday 8th November at 10pm on Sky One. The last series of the Sky original and Avalon production was the most successful new entertainment series to launch on the channel since 2010 and had over 100 million views across social media as a result of multiple segments going viral such as: a passionate backing of the British police (10 million views),  a dive in to the insanity of our housing crisis (9 million views) and an insight in to the impact of social media on teenage girls (7 million views). (more...)

BWW Interview: Patrick Cassidy of 5-Star TheatricalsBWW Interview: Patrick Cassidy of 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - Oct 9, 2018

Newly appointed artistic director Patrick Cassidy, son of Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy, puts a lifetime of theatrical experience to work as he begins his first season helming 5-Star Theatricals' musical theatre program in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

Linda Purl, Ken Fallin And Sarah Boone To Headline Theatre Jacksonville BenefitLinda Purl, Ken Fallin And Sarah Boone To Headline Theatre Jacksonville Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

1 DAY... 1 STAGE...3 SHOWS!To Benefit Theatre Jacksonville, Saturday, October 13 (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1) Returns on Tuesday: MARY POPPINS' Crystal KurekFRIDAY 5 (+1) Returns on Tuesday: MARY POPPINS' Crystal Kurek
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 11, 2018

Actress Crystal Kurek returns to a role some contend she was destined from birth to play, as she stars as the eponymous "practically perfect" nanny in Disney and Cameron Macintosh's Mary Poppins, opening this Friday night at Springhouse Theater in Smyrna. And who better than Crystal to help us bring another season of the Friday 5(+1) series back to BroadwayWorld Nashville? (more...)

Patrick Cassidy to Perform At Inland Pacific Ballet's SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGPatrick Cassidy to Perform At Inland Pacific Ballet's SOME ENCHANTED EVENING
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2018

Actor Patrick Cassidy, best known for his roles in musical theatre and television, headlines Some Enchanted Evening ~ A Night of Broadway Song & Dance to benefit Inland Pacific Ballet, the professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire. This 2nd annual intimate cabaret evening features song and dance by Inland Pacific Ballet dancers and Academy students, cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, dessert, silent/live auction, and is hosted by IPB Associate Director Jonathan Sharp (The Red Shoes, Carousel, The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires, Fiddler on the Roof). Some Enchanted Evening takes place on Saturday, September 22 at 6 p.m., at Inland Pacific Ballet located at 9061 Central Avenue, Montclair, 91763. (more...)

Photo Flash: LES MISERABLES National Tour Cast Performs with Sing For Your Seniors in DenverPhoto Flash: LES MISERABLES National Tour Cast Performs with Sing For Your Seniors in Denver
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2018

On August 2, 2018, Sing For Your Seniors (SFYS) hosted the latest in its series of Broadway Sessions with cast members from the National Tour of 'Les Miserables' for the residents of Briarwood Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Denver while on their stop at the Denver Center of the Performing Arts. SFYS partnered with Denver nonprofit Bessie's Hope, an organization that enhances the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living elders through volunteer opportunities for youth, families, and organizations. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with John Leslie WolfeBWW Interview: Theatre Life with John Leslie Wolfe
by Elliot Lanes - Aug 3, 2018

Today's subject, John Leslie Wolfe, has been living his theater life to the fullest for many years now. His credits include Broadway, national tours, television, and film. Local theatergoers might remember him from his performances at Signature Theatre in Titanic, The Threepenny Opera, and West Side Story or in 1776 or Ragtime at Ford's Theatre. Currently, John is back at Signature Theatre in rehearsal for the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Passion directed by Signature Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. Performances begin on August 14th in Signature's MAX Theatre space. The production runs through September 23rd. (more...)

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Opens AT Pittsburgh CLO TodayDisney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Opens AT Pittsburgh CLO Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2018

Pittsburgh CLO will fill the Benedum Center with magic and wonder fit for all ages with Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, July 27 - August 5. Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ran for a staggering 13 years and over 5,000 performances on Broadway. Now, Pittsburgh CLO brings this treasured story to life for a new generation, continuing the organization's commitment to providing young patrons the opportunity to enjoy live musical theater at home in Pittsburgh. Tickets are now available by phone at 412-456-6666, online at pittsburghCLO.org or by visiting the Box Office at Theater Square. Select half-price tickets for children 3-14 are sponsored by Giant Eagle, offering an affordable option for families to enjoy this timeless tale together. (more...)

BWW Interview: Be My Guest As Choreographer Cheryl Baxter Opines On Choreographing The Classic Disney Musical Beauty & The Beast at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts PlazaBWW Interview: Be My Guest As Choreographer Cheryl Baxter Opines On Choreographing The Classic Disney Musical Beauty & The Beast at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Jul 24, 2018

Disney's Classic Film and subsequent Broadway Musical are not easy to recreate and to do justice to as well, both to the animated film version and the original stage production. Five Star Theatricals has opened this past weekend at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/Kavli Theatre with a most lavish, charming and authentic version! I had the opportunity to speak with the Choreographer, Cheryl Baxter, of this delightful musical, and learned what it takes to be able to tackle this type of exciting but daunting project. I was not at all surprised to learn that it takes a careers'-worth of experience and dedication to be at this level. (more...)

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Opens AT Pittsburgh CLO 7/27Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Opens AT Pittsburgh CLO 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Pittsburgh CLO will fill the Benedum Center with magic and wonder fit for all ages with Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, July 27 - August 5. Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ran for a staggering 13 years and over 5,000 performances on Broadway. Now, Pittsburgh CLO brings this treasured story to life for a new generation, continuing the organization's commitment to providing young patrons the opportunity to enjoy live musical theater at home in Pittsburgh. Tickets are now available by phone at 412-456-6666, online at pittsburghCLO.org or by visiting the Box Office at Theater Square. Select half-price tickets for children 3-14 are sponsored by Giant Eagle, offering an affordable option for families to enjoy this timeless tale together. (more...)

Oklahoma Governor Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of OKLAHOMA! Cast Album's RIAA Gold Album AwardOklahoma Governor Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of OKLAHOMA! Cast Album's RIAA Gold Album Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Governor Mary Fallin today issued a state proclamation celebrating an Oklahoma-inspired musical treasure and its major milestone in music history: the 60th anniversary of the first Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)-certified gold album. (more...)

Head to the Highlands with Pittsburgh CLO's BRIGADOON Opening July 17Head to the Highlands with Pittsburgh CLO's BRIGADOON Opening July 17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2018

Pittsburgh CLO is proud to bring Lerner and Loewe's BRIGADOON from the Scottish Highlands to the Benedum Center stage July 17 - 22. As part of its ongoing mission to celebrate musical theater, Pittsburgh CLO often revives classics, thus introducing new audiences to the masterpieces of Broadway's golden age. (more...)

BWW Interview: Oh, What a Beautiful Feeling: Stephen Mark Lukas and Taylor Quick in Ogunquit's OKLAHOMABWW Interview: Oh, What a Beautiful Feeling: Stephen Mark Lukas and Taylor Quick in Ogunquit's OKLAHOMA
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 25, 2018

'There is something so simple, so wholesome about the story and the characters. When Curly made his entrance on opening night at the St. James Theatre in 1943 and sang 'Oh, what a beautiful morning,' the whole audience took a huge sigh of relief. There in the midst of war was a breath of optimism and that beautiful music.' And, indeed, when the speaker, actor Stephen Mark Lukas makes the same entrance seventy-five years later on the stage of the Ogunquit Playhouse in the company's new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic Oklahoma, the entire audience reacts in exactly same way. With a smile as expansive as the territory and a voice as luminous as the bright morning about which he sings, Lukas establishes immediate affection and rapport for the character of Curly, as does his co-star, the lovely, radiant Taylor Quick. (more...)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Starring Susan Egan Begins July 20thBEAUTY AND THE BEAST Starring Susan Egan Begins July 20th
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2018

5-STAR THEATRICALS (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) is thrilled to announce that Broadway's original "Belle" SUSAN EGAN, will reprise her iconic performance once again (for one last time!) in its final show of its 2017-2018 season, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (more...)

Inwood Art Works Presents ALEXA At Culture HubInwood Art Works Presents ALEXA At Culture Hub
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2018

A brand-new dance narrative Alexa is coming alive at Inwood Art Works' Culture Hub on Friday, June 29th at 9pm, at 440 W. 202nd Street in Northern Manhattan. Alexa , a site-specific show based on the Amazon device, closes out the month-long programming at Culture Hub, a pop-up community arts center that is part of a vacant space activation program by Inwood Art Works. The Culture Hub is 'Inwood's Creative Space' for the entire month of June, with the hope to eventually create a permanent space for arts and culture in the Inwood community. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL at Long Wharf TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL at Long Wharf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

GFour Productions, winner of 44 Tony Awards and 54 Drama Desk Awards, proudly brings the international hit show Menopause The Musical® to Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Drive) in New Haven, Conn., for a limited engagement Friday, June 15 through Sunday, July 1. Tickets are on sale now and available at the Long Wharf Theatre Box Office, www.longwharf.org, or by calling (203) 787-4282. Greater discounts for groups of 10+ available by calling (203) 772-8202. (more...)

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