Stephen Wallem News

VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Returns this Wednesday with Stephen Wallem, Lauren Molina and More!VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Returns this Wednesday with Stephen Wallem, Lauren Molina and More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

The summer fun continues this Wednesday night with Stephen Wallem, Lauren Molina, and more -- and it keeps getting funnier with Molly Ranson & Bernard Dotson (Aug 16), Brenda Braxton & Molly Pope (Aug 23), Billy Stritch & Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Aug 30), and dozens other fun folks, as the weekly series continues. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief July 11th, 2017 - 'MIDSUMMER' at the Delacorte and More!BWW Morning Brief July 11th, 2017 - 'MIDSUMMER' at the Delacorte and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 11, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM takes its first bow tonight at the Delacorte! (more...)

Broadway by the Beach: Chris Christie Makes Main Stem Photoshop DebutBroadway by the Beach: Chris Christie Makes Main Stem Photoshop Debut
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came under fire last week for photos depicting he and his family on a public beach during a government shutdown, the good folks of the Internet wasted no time in memeing the disgraced official into oblivion.  (more...)

BWW Recap: VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Makes a Macaron Murderer with ACLU BenefitBWW Recap: VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Makes a Macaron Murderer with ACLU Benefit
by Troy Frisby - Jun 9, 2017

What do you get when you cross Mad Libs with Clue, add a group of theatre vets, and sprinkle in a dash of philanthropy? Why, it must be VILLAIN: DEBLANKS! The comedy event, held at Feinstein's/54 Below, served as a benefit for the ACLU, with Billy Mitchell, who wrote the skeleton script for the show, serving as the night's emcee. (more...)

Photo Flash: VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Performs Encore Benefit for ACLUPhoto Flash: VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Performs Encore Benefit for ACLU
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

297965After a sold out performance in March, Villain: DeBlanks revisited Feinstein's/54 Below with an encore benefit to support the ACLU. Starring Bebe Neuwirth, Tony Sheldon, Brenda Braxton, Stephen Wallem, Dale Soules and Ben Rimalower, the event on May 31 was full of hijnks and shenanigans -- supporting a great cause. (more...)

Bebe Neuwirth, Tony Sheldon, Brenda Braxton Star in Comedy Benefit for ACLU at Feinstein's/54 BelowBebe Neuwirth, Tony Sheldon, Brenda Braxton Star in Comedy Benefit for ACLU at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

After a sold-out benefit performance in March, audience-favorite 'Villain: DeBlanks' is back for another round of shenanigans on May 31, with 100% of proceeds going to the ACLU!  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Producer Mike Isaacson Awarded Commercial Theatre Institute's Robert Whitehead AwardPhoto Coverage: Producer Mike Isaacson Awarded Commercial Theatre Institute's Robert Whitehead Award
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 10, 2017

This afternoon, Tony Award winning producer Mike Isaacson (The Humans, Fun Home, Bring it On The Musical, Red, Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change) received the Commercial Theatre Institute's Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatre Producing.  (more...)

We're Funny That Way Festival Returns Featuring Lea DeLaria, Stephen Wallem, and MoreWe're Funny That Way Festival Returns Featuring Lea DeLaria, Stephen Wallem, and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

After a 5-year hiatus, the WE'RE FUNNY THAT WAY Festival returns by popular demand! The legendary LGBTQ+ comedy festival and fundraiser will make its triumphant return on May 3 - 6, 2017 with a variety of comedy, music, and burlesque performances to benefit the We're Funny That Way Foundation. (more...)

POSTER BOY, Starring Taylor Trensch and More, Opens Tonight at Williamstown Theatre FestivalPOSTER BOY, Starring Taylor Trensch and More, Opens Tonight at Williamstown Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2016

Williamstown Theatre Festival hosts the opening night for the third Nikos Stage production of the 2016 Season tonight, July 30th at 8:00pm with the world premiere of POSTER BOY (July 27th-August 7th). (more...)

POSTER BOY, Starring Taylor Trensch and More, Opens This Weekend at Williamstown Theatre FestivalPOSTER BOY, Starring Taylor Trensch and More, Opens This Weekend at Williamstown Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Williamstown Theatre Festival hosts the opening night for the third Nikos Stage production of the 2016 Season Saturday, July 30th at 8:00pm with the world premiere of POSTER BOY (July 27th-August 7th). (more...)

Photo Flash: Follow the Yellow Brick Road Backstage to THE WIZARD OF OZ at The MunyPhoto Flash: Follow the Yellow Brick Road Backstage to THE WIZARD OF OZ at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

The Muny presents The Wizard of Oz, running now through June 22. The Wizard of Oz is directed by John Tartaglia, choreographed by Ralph Perkins, and music directed by Valerie Gebert. Scroll down for a behind-the-scenes look at the cast and crew during the June 16th performance of the show! (more...)

BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Wows at The MUNYBWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Wows at The MUNY
by Chris Gibson - Jun 17, 2016

THE WIZARD OF OZ opens The MUNY's 98th season this year, and it's a lively and colorful production that provides an enjoyable experience for kids of all ages. This is an excellent presentation of one of The MUNY's most beloved shows, filled with fine performances and enough action to keep even the tiniest of tykes fully engaged. Yes, I know the unseasonably hot weather we're currently experiencing is a consideration for a lot of patrons, but with the fans running at full blast, you'll find it's a lot more comfortable than you would expect. My son and I had a blast, and this is the fourth production of the musical he's seen, and as he said, easily the best. It's a perfect show to take the family to, and one I know that you'll have an absolutely wonderful time seeing. It's also a larger than life spectacle that fits the expansive MUNY stage like a glove. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Muny!BWW TV: Watch Highlights from THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Muny!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 15, 2016

The Muny is currently presenting its season opener, The Wizard of Oz, now through June 22. The Wizard of Oz is directed by John Tartaglia, choreographed by Ralph Perkins, and music directed by Valerie Gebert. Check out highlights from the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of THE WIZARD OF OZ Celebrates Opening Night at The Muny!Photo Flash: Cast of THE WIZARD OF OZ Celebrates Opening Night at The Muny!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

The Muny is currently presenting its season opener, The Wizard of Oz, now through June 22. The Wizard of Oz is directed by John Tartaglia, choreographed by Ralph Perkins, and music directed by Valerie Gebert. Go inside opening night with the cast below! (more...)

Photo Flash: THE WIZARD OF OZ Lands at The Muny; First Look at Danielle Bowen, Kevin Cahoon & More Onstage!Photo Flash: THE WIZARD OF OZ Lands at The Muny; First Look at Danielle Bowen, Kevin Cahoon & More Onstage!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

The Muny presents The Wizard of Oz now through June 22. The Wizard of Oz is directed by John Tartaglia, choreographed by Ralph Perkins, and music directed by Valerie Gebert. Check out a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for the 61st Annual Obie Awards!Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for the 61st Annual Obie Awards!
by Jennifer Broski - May 24, 2016

The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President) and The Village Voice (Peter Barbey, Owner) have announced the winners of the 61st Annual Obie Awards. Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj, produced by the Atlantic Theater Company, received the Obie AwardŽ for Best New American Play, which is accompanied by a $1,000 prize. Legendary actor/dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and renowned playwright A.R. Gurney each received a special Obie AwardŽ for Lifetime Achievement. Obie and Screen Actors GuildŽ Award-winning actress Lea DeLaria returned as host of this year's ceremony, which was held at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Hangin' with the Winners of the 61st Annual Obie Awards!Photo Coverage: Hangin' with the Winners of the 61st Annual Obie Awards!
by Jennifer Broski - May 24, 2016

The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President) and The Village Voice (Peter Barbey, Owner) have announced the winners of the 61st Annual Obie Awards. Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj, produced by the Atlantic Theater Company, received the Obie AwardŽ for Best New American Play, which is accompanied by a $1,000 prize. Legendary actor/dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and renowned playwright A.R. Gurney each received a special Obie AwardŽ for Lifetime Achievement. Obie and Screen Actors GuildŽ Award-winning actress Lea DeLaria returned as host of this year's ceremony, which was held at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). (more...)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN, GUARDS AT THE TAJ & More Win at the 61st Annual Obie Awards!DEAR EVAN HANSEN, GUARDS AT THE TAJ & More Win at the 61st Annual Obie Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President) and The Village Voice (Peter Barbey, Owner) are thrilled to announce the winners of the 61st Annual Obie Awards. Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj, produced by the Atlantic Theater Company, received the Obie AwardŽ for Best New American Play, which is accompanied by a $1,000 prize. Legendary actor/dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and renowned playwright A.R. Gurney each received a special Obie AwardŽ for Lifetime Achievement. Obie and Screen Actors GuildŽ Award-winning actress Lea DeLaria returned as host of this year's ceremony, which was held at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). A complete list of the awards is given below. (more...)

Muny Announces Full Cast For John Tartaglia-Directed THE WIZARD OF OZMuny Announces Full Cast For John Tartaglia-Directed THE WIZARD OF OZ
by Michael Dale - May 17, 2016

Dorothy's visit to The Land of Oz will kick off the summer season on June 13th. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Celebrates Opening Night with Christina Bianco and MorePhoto Flash: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Celebrates Opening Night with Christina Bianco and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

The Marvelous Wonderettes are back! The long-running Off-Broadway hit musical celebrated its opening night at New York's Theatre Row last night, April 28th. The show, featuring such classic fifties and sixties hits as 'Lollipop,' 'Dream Lover,' 'Stupid Cupid,' 'Son of a Preacher Man,' 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,' and 'It's My Party,' stars Christina Bianco as Missy, Kathy Brier as Suzy, Jenna Leigh Green as Cindy Lou, and Sally Schwab as Betty Jean. Laura Woyasz also stars as the 'Wonderstudy'. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below! Photos by Jason Russo (more...)

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