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Black Broadway Creates A Music & Mental Health AlbumBlack Broadway Creates A Music & Mental Health Album
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2018

Singers from the Black Broadway community have joined together to create a music and mental health album of inspirational cover songs. In just two rehearsals, the Darkness RISING cast recorded an album intended for anyone who lives with anxiety, depression, bipolar, or other mental illnesses. Music has been proven be therapeutic and healing. It can provide emotional support, increase motivation, and offer an outlet for expression of feelings. (more...)

Review Roundup: HAIRSPRAY Comes to North Shore Music TheatreReview Roundup: HAIRSPRAY Comes to North Shore Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2018

HAIRSPRAY playing at North Shore Music Theatre thru November 11, 2018. Tickets for HAIRSPRAY priced starting from $59 - $84. Kids Save 50%. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visitwww.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.   (more...)

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at North Shore Music TheatreBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at North Shore Music Theatre
by David Tompkins - Nov 1, 2018

The 2003 Broadway Musical Hairspray, with a Tony Award-winning book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan and a Tony Award-winning score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman featuring the hit songs 'Welcome To The '60s,' 'You Can't Stop The Beat,' 'Mamma, I'm A Big Girl Now,' 'I Know Where I've Boon,' and many more is at running at North Shore Music Theatre through November 11, 2018. Don't miss this excellent production. (more...)

Photo Flash: HAIRSPRAY Comes to North Shore Music TheatrePhoto Flash: HAIRSPRAY Comes to North Shore Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018

HAIRSPRAY playing at North Shore Music Theatre thru November 11, 2018. Tickets for HAIRSPRAY priced starting from $59 - $84. Kids Save 50%. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visitwww.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.   (more...)

Get Ready For Something Big! NSMT Presents HAIRSPRAYGet Ready For Something Big! NSMT Presents HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) concludes the 2018 Subscription Season with Broadway's big, fat, hit musical, HAIRSPRAY, playing for two-weeks only from Tuesday, October 30 thru Sunday, November 11, 2018.  (more...)

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Starlight Theatre Kansas CityBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Starlight Theatre Kansas City
by Paul Bolton - Jul 28, 2018

Audience on a Hairspray High this summer at the Starlight in Kansas City. Hang onto your sandals - this show's gonna knock your socks off. Hairspray is showing at the Starlight Kansas City July 27 through Aug. 2nd, 2018 (more...)

BWW Review: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at Signature TheatreBWW Review: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at Signature Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - Jun 1, 2018

The topics of the distinguished Broadway writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb's musicals have never been light and frothy. Their first musical Flora the Red Menace deals with the red scare. Cabaret uses Nazi Germany as a backdrop. The Rink deals with family dysfunction in a dilapidated roller rink and, of course, there's Chicago with the shadiness of 1920s Chicago murderesses and the media that fueled them. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at SignaturePhoto Flash: First Look at THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at Signature
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2018

Signature Theatre presents the DC premiere of The Scottsboro Boys directed by Signature Theatre's Director of New Works Joe Calarco and choreographed by Jared Grimes. Get a first look at the production below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Commencing in Shirlington, Signature Theatre's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Shows an All Too Real Account of A Shameful Time in Our History Part 2BWW Interview: Commencing in Shirlington, Signature Theatre's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Shows an All Too Real Account of A Shameful Time in Our History Part 2
by Elliot Lanes - May 30, 2018

Last week, I introduced you to ten performers in Signature Theatre's current production of Kander and Ebb's final, complete collaboration, The Scottsboro Boys, which runs through July 1st. This included eight of the nine gentlemen who play the African American men who were falsely accused of raping two Caucasian women, as well as two others who play the minstrel characters known as Mr. Bones and Mr. Tambo. (more...)

Exclusive: First Look At Signature's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS in D.C.!Exclusive: First Look At Signature's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS in D.C.!
by Stage Tube - May 30, 2018

Get a first look at Signature Theatre's D.C. premiere of The Scottsboro Boys, directed by Signature Theatre's Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Signature's Jesus Christ Superstar, Gypsy) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Signature's Jelly's Last Jam). John Kander and Fred Ebb's final musical collaboration premiered on Broadway in 2010 and was heralded as 'an absolute marvel' by The Associated Press. (more...)


by Elliot Lanes - May 23, 2018

I always say the best kind of theater educates as well as entertains. If you walk out of the theater a little uncomfortable about what you just saw then a piece like The Scottsboro Boys has done its job in full. The final complete collaboration of Broadway's legendary writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb tells the story of nine young African American men falsely accused of raping two young Caucasian women in the 1930s. Signature Theatre is currently presenting this groundbreaking musical now through July 1st. (more...)

Black Broadway to Present a Mental Health Benefit ConcertBlack Broadway to Present a Mental Health Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2018

Singers and musicians from the Black Broadway community will sing inspirational cover songs from their upcoming album: Darkness RISING. The concert benefits BLK HLTH, an organization which focuses on the wellness of the Black community. The concert will be held at The Triad NYC on Monday, April 2nd at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at triadnyc.com. The Triad is located at 158 W. 72nd St. (2 drink minimum) (more...)

VTA to Open 2017-18 Broadway Series with Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTSVTA to Open 2017-18 Broadway Series with Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

Victoria Theatre Association opens the 2017-2018 Premier Health Broadway Series with Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical, IN THE HEIGHTS, Oct. 2-8 at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. (more...)

DORIAN'S CLOSET at Rep Stage - World Premiere Musical is Stunning!DORIAN'S CLOSET at Rep Stage - World Premiere Musical is Stunning!
by Charles Shubow - May 10, 2017

Directed by Co-Artistic Director Joseph Ritsch, with book and lyrics by Richard Mailman and music by Ryan Haase, DORIAN'S CLOSET is a fictionalized account of Buffalo native Dorian Corey who headed to New York City for a life as a 'female impersonator' and 'performer' and became a huge hit. One may think of such Broadway hits like LA CAGE AUX FOLLES or KINKY BOOTS which both deal with the life of male performers dressing as females. And as in those two monster hits, a musical to succeed needs one heck of a star and Director Ritsch has found such an individual in Stephen Scott Wormley who is absolutely astonishing in his role as 'Dorian' . I recall seeing his former performances in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Olney Theatre Center), HAIRSPRAY at Signature Theatre, and in the HAIRSPRAY concert version with the Baltimore Symphony where he excelled as 'Seaweed'. (more...)

Theatre Aspen Announces Casting for 2017 Summer Season, Featuring HAIRSPRAY and MoreTheatre Aspen Announces Casting for 2017 Summer Season, Featuring HAIRSPRAY and More
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Theatre Aspen announced casting for the organization's upcoming season of summer shows, which includes Hairspray, Sex with Strangers and The World According to Snoopy. (more...)

New Musical Based on Life of Dorian Corey DORIAN'S CLOSET Opens at Rep StageNew Musical Based on Life of Dorian Corey DORIAN'S CLOSET Opens at Rep Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, will premiere a new musical, 'Dorian's Closet,' based on the life of legendary female impersonator Dorian Corey. Directed by Co-Artistic Director Joseph Ritsch, with book and lyrics by Richard Mailman and music by Ryan Haase, 'Dorian's Closet' runs April 27-May 14, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN': THE FATS WALLER MUSICAL  is a Swinging Good Time at Syracuse StageBWW Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN': THE FATS WALLER MUSICAL is a Swinging Good Time at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - Mar 5, 2017

Syracuse Stage has almost turned into a 1940s jazz night club with Ain't Misbehavin,' a musical revue, named after the song of the same name by Fats Waller. The show features a book by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horowitz and musical adaptations and orchestrations by Luther Henderson. Directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris, the production easily transports the audience back to the Harlem Renaissance with its crazy good singers, skilled musicians, and, of course, swing dancing. It captures the mood of the era. (more...)

Rep Stage Announces Cast for World Premiere Musical, DORIAN'S CLOSETRep Stage Announces Cast for World Premiere Musical, DORIAN'S CLOSET
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Rep Stage, a regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, announces the full casting for its world premiere production of 'Dorian's Closet,' a new musical based on the life of legendary female impersonator Dorian Corey. Directed by Co-Artistic Director Joseph Ritsch, with book and lyrics by Richard Mailman and music by Ryan Haase, 'Dorian's Closet' runs April 26-May 14, 2017, with previews on the first two nights and opening night on April 28. (more...)

Rep Stage Announces Cast for World Premiere Musical DORIAN'S CLOSETRep Stage Announces Cast for World Premiere Musical DORIAN'S CLOSET
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Rep Stage, a regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, announces the full casting for its world premiere production of "Dorian's Closet," a new musical based on the life of legendary female impersonator Dorian Corey. Directed by Co-Artistic Director Joseph Ritsch, with book and lyrics by Richard Mailman and music by Ryan Haase, "Dorian's Closet" runs April 26-May 14, 2017, with previews on the first two nights and opening night on April 28. (more...)

Theatre LILA Begins its 2016-2017 Season With Musical, BIG FISHTheatre LILA Begins its 2016-2017 Season With Musical, BIG FISH
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Theatre LILA will collaborate with Four Seasons Theatre on the musical Big Fish, opening December 2nd and running through the 11th. Presented in the Playhouse at Overture Center, the musical explores the 'fish tales' that a father tells his son over the course of their lives, and the essential truths that lie under each of the stories. (more...)

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