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Bio:
Broadway: Be More Chill (Lyceum Theater). Off-Broadway: Be More Chill (Signature and Two River Theaters), The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Theaterworks USA/National Tour), Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick and Barrow Street Theaters/National Tour/London’s Menier Chocolate Factory), The ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Broadway: Be More Chill (Lyceum Theater). Off-Broadway: Be More Chill (Signature and Two River Theaters), The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Theaterworks USA/National Tour), Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick and Barrow Street Theaters/National Tour/London’s Menier Chocolate Factory), The ... (read complete bio)
AS STRANGE LOOP IN CONCERT Announced At Joe's Pub Photo AS STRANGE LOOP IN CONCERT Announced At Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2019

A Strange Loop in Concert, a performance celebrating the release of the original cast recording of Michael R. Jackson's immensely acclaimed musical, will come to Joe's Pub at the Public on Monday, October 14.

BWW Review: FALL SPRINGS at Barrington Stage Company Proves that Environmental Consci Photo BWW Review: FALL SPRINGS at Barrington Stage Company Proves that Environmental Consciousness Can Be FUN
by Marc Savitt - Aug 20, 2019

One should plant their tongue firmly in cheek for this one. It is over-the-top, exaggerated, and farcical in the way of Urinetown, The Book of Mormon, and Something Rotten. The original music is quite good and rather entertaining. The content seems to be split between two camps some directed at the a?oeadult generationa?? of baby boomers, and some at their a?oemillenniala?? offspring. Not that the two can't or don't overlap. Several common stereotypes and clichés are targeted as the butt of many jokes so there is pretty much something that works for just about everyone. There are some fun moments that require thinking: a?oethat Greek figure of a daughter of yoursa??, a?oelet's light a match behind this cowa??; and some that are just plain in your face: a?oemaybe the earth doesn't like an enemaa??. Some, I really just did not understand: a?oejust because you have the same feet doesn't mean you have the same legsa??, nor why it is supposed to be funny. That's when I realized it was best to simply let go and enjoy the silliness that abounds.

Breaking: Chris McCarrell, Jorrel Javier & Kristin Stokes Will Lead THE LIGHTNING THI Photo Breaking: Chris McCarrell, Jorrel Javier & Kristin Stokes Will Lead THE LIGHTNING THIEF on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019

Happy belated birthday, Percy Jackson! Following the beloved fantasy hero's August 18th birth date, TheaterWorksUSA and Martian Entertainment are pleased to announce the ten actors who will bring The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical to Broadway this fall, beginning performances Friday, September 20 ahead of a Wednesday, October 16 opening night at the Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street) in a strictly limited 16-week holiday engagement.

Everything You Need to Know About THE LIGHTNING THIEF! Photo Everything You Need to Know About THE LIGHTNING THIEF!
by Linnae Medeiros - Aug 14, 2019

Get ready to head to Camp Halfblood because the demigods of The Lightning Thief are coming to Broadway this fall! Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and more are coming to the Longacre Theatre, starting previews on September 20th and opening on October 16th for a limited run through January 5th. To prepare you to bring on the monsters, we've gathered all the info you need to know about the show, from the show's journey to a sneak peek at its score. Check it all out!

Breaking: THE LIGHTNING THIEF Will Play Limited Engagement on Broadway This Fall Photo Breaking: THE LIGHTNING THIEF Will Play Limited Engagement on Broadway This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2019

Bring on the monsters! TheaterWorksUSA and Martian Entertainment have just announce that The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, the original musical adaption of Rick Riordan's New York Times best-selling novel, will arrive on Broadway this fall for a strictly limited 16-week holiday engagement at the Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street) following the recent successful conclusion of its 32-city North American First National Tour which has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike.

VIDEO: Final BE MORE CHILL Curtain Call - Joe Iconis Gives a Speech and the Cast Sing Photo VIDEO: Final BE MORE CHILL Curtain Call - Joe Iconis Gives a Speech and the Cast Sings 'The Goodbye Song'
by Stage Tube - Aug 12, 2019

Following last night's final performance of Be More Chill, composer Joe Iconis took to the stage to give a speech. After his speech, the cast was joined on stage by family and friends to perform The Goodbye Song.

BWW Flashback: BE MORE CHILL Plays Final Broadway Performance Photo BWW Flashback: BE MORE CHILL Plays Final Broadway Performance
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2019

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Be More Chill will play its final Broadway performance today, August 11th following 30 previews and 177 performances.

Barrington Stage Company Presents The World Premiere Musical FALL SPRINGS Photo Barrington Stage Company Presents The World Premiere Musical FALL SPRINGS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2019

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is proud to present the world premiere musical Fall Springs. Previews begin August 9, with an official Opening Night on August 14, with performances through August 31 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street).

VIDEO: Andrew Keenan-Bolger Performs at BE MORE CHILL's Post-Show Hang Photo VIDEO: Andrew Keenan-Bolger Performs at BE MORE CHILL's Post-Show Hang
by Stage Tube - Aug 2, 2019

We're getting an upgrade thanks to Andrew Keenan-Bolger's performance at Be More Chill's final post-show hang! Check out the video to see the Broadway favorite sing 'Blue Hair' alongside the show's Tony-nominated composer Joe Iconis!

New York Youth Symphony Announces Its 57th Season Of Concerts And Venues Photo New York Youth Symphony Announces Its 57th Season Of Concerts And Venues
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2019

New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), is proud to continue its mission of educating and inspiring young musicians through its Orchestra, Jazz, Chamber Music, Composition, Musical Theater Composition, Apprenticeship Conducting, and First Music commissioning programs. This season includes seven world premieres of new works commissioned through the First Music program, composed for the Orchestra, Jazz, and Chamber Music ensembles. The season also features renowned and up-and-coming soloists including prodigy pianist Harmony Zhu, 2019 Sphinx Competition winner cellist Sterling Elliott, and leading young pianist Michelle Cann in the Carnegie Hall premiere of Florence Price's recently re-discovered Piano Concerto in One Movement with NYYS Orchestra, as well as in-demand drummer Matt Wilson, celebrated saxophonist Steve Wilson, and trombone virtuoso Wycliffe Gordon with NYYS Jazz. The complete NYYS 2019-2020 concert calendar follows at the end of this press release.

Musical Theater Today Publishes New Book Of A STRANGE LOOP Interviews Photo Musical Theater Today Publishes New Book Of A STRANGE LOOP Interviews
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2019

Yonkers International Press and Musical Theater Today have released A Strange Loop: A Musical Theater Today In-Depth Production Feature.

BWW Review: THE LIGHTNING THIEF MISFIRES DESPITE ITS PROMISE at Huntington Theatre Co Photo BWW Review: THE LIGHTNING THIEF MISFIRES DESPITE ITS PROMISE at Huntington Theatre Company
by Jan Nargi - Jul 20, 2019

How much one enjoys THE LIGHTNING THIEF, The Percy Jackson Musical, currently at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston through July 28, may correlate directly with one's familiarity with the source material. On opening night, the large number of teens and tweens in the audience - who were clearly anticipating the appearance of every monster, plot twist and special effect - were laughing, cheering and clapping with unbridled vigor. However, the adults whom I queried at intermission, who had no such prior exposure to the immensely popular Rick Riordan children's book series that mashes up teen angst with Greek mythology, were considerably less enthralled.

BE MORE CHILL Cast Recording Two Disc CD Set Available Now Photo BE MORE CHILL Cast Recording Two Disc CD Set Available Now
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2019

The Be More Chill: Original Broadway Cast Recording two-disc CD set is available online and in stores today, Friday, July 19. It was released for digital download and streaming earlier this year, with a vinyl release planned for later this year.

Barrington Stage Presents the World Premiere of FALL SPRINGS Photo Barrington Stage Presents the World Premiere of FALL SPRINGS
by Sarah Hookey - Jul 16, 2019

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is presenting the world premiere musical Fall Springs.

Ethan Slater, Gizel Jimenez, Lena Hall, and More Will Lead REEFER MADNESS Workshop Photo Ethan Slater, Gizel Jimenez, Lena Hall, and More Will Lead REEFER MADNESS Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2019

A workshop production of Reefer Madness The Musical will be held on Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12, 2019.

BE MORE CHILL Original Broadway Cast Recording Two Disc CD Set is Now Available For P Photo BE MORE CHILL Original Broadway Cast Recording Two Disc CD Set is Now Available For Pre-Order
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2019

Be More Chill: Original Broadway Cast Recording is now available for CD pre-order and the two-disc set will be released online and in stores on Friday, July 19.

BWW Contest: Win Two Tickets to BE MORE CHILL on Broadway! Photo BWW Contest: Win Two Tickets to BE MORE CHILL on Broadway!
by BWW Contests - Jul 1, 2019

C-c-c'mon! We're giving you the chance to win tickets to see Be More Chill on Broadway! The winner will receive two tickets to a performance of their choosing*. The contest will run now through July 7th, at 11:59 PM EST. The voices in our heads are telling us that you should enter for your chance to win TODAY!

VIDEO: BE MORE CHILL Performs at NPR's Tiny Desk Photo VIDEO: BE MORE CHILL Performs at NPR's Tiny Desk
by Stage Tube - Jul 1, 2019

Cast members from Be More Chill recently stopped by NPR's Tiny Desk for a performance! The cast performed the songs 'The Pants Song,' 'A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into,' 'Michael in the Bathroom,' and 'Voices in My Head.'

Breaking: BE MORE CHILL Announces Summer Closing Date; Joe Iconis Performs At Tonight Photo Breaking: BE MORE CHILL Announces Summer Closing Date; Joe Iconis Performs At Tonight's Curtain Call
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2019

Joe Iconis announced following tonight's performance of Be More Chill from the stage that the Broadway production of the social media phenomenon musical will close on August 11th following 30 previews and 177 performances

Michael R. Jackson, Billy Porter Lead Discussion On LGBTQ Themes In A STRANGE LOOP Photo Michael R. Jackson, Billy Porter Lead Discussion On LGBTQ Themes In A STRANGE LOOP
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2019

Ucross, a prestigious artist residency program and creative laboratory for the arts in northeast Wyoming, premiered its "Ucross Spotlight" series on Wednesday, June 19, with a bold, intimate conversation between playwright alums Michael R. Jackson, Billy Porter, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, as well as choreographer Raja Feather Kelly on the themes present in Jackson's provocative new musical A Strange Loop. The panel took place at the world-famous Playwrights Horizons theater following a performance of the show, with major themes of the conversation including reconciling with religion as a member of the LGBTQ community and "watering down" queer art for straight audiences. It is the first of many planned Ucross Spotlight events, which will celebrate its alumni's art and offer a first-hand look at their creative process.

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