BWW Review: The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Celebrates 50 Years with Jason Robert Brown, Lindsay Mendez, and MoreBWW Review: The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Celebrates 50 Years with Jason Robert Brown, Lindsay Mendez, and More
by Jennifer Perry - Apr 20, 2019

The future of musical theater is looking pretty bright. (more...)

 BWW Review: WINNIE THE POOH at Adventure Theatre BWW Review: WINNIE THE POOH at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - Apr 8, 2019

Oh bother! Adventure Theatre is currently presenting a hunny of a show with Le Clanché du Rand's delightful stage adaptation of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh.  Under the fine direction of Shirley Serotsky, Milne's 100 Acre Wood and its inhabitants magically come to life with a story of lost tales, huffalumps, and much more. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Stage Presents BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINNPhoto Flash: First Stage Presents BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2019

Adapted for family audiences from the Tony Award- winning Broadway musical, BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn tells the story of Huck and his friend Jim, a slave, as they travel along the mighty Mississippi River. Huck tries to help Jim escape to freedom and reunite with his family. Their shared journey of discovery proves humorous, suspenseful and heartwarming. Mark Twain's timeless classic comes alive on stage at First Stage in this coming-of-age musical which features live bluegrass music with fiddles, guitar, harmonica, piano and more. (more...)

BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN Comes To Milwaukee's First StageBIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN Comes To Milwaukee's First Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2019

Adapted for family audiences from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn tells the story of Huck and his friend Jim, a slave, as they travel along the mighty Mississippi River. Huck tries to help Jim escape to freedom and reunite with his family. (more...)

BWW Review: HUCKLEBERRY FINN'S BIG RIVER at Adventure TheatreBWW Review: HUCKLEBERRY FINN'S BIG RIVER at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - Feb 15, 2019

The 1985 Broadway season might have been one of the weakest on record for musicals; in fact, only three shows were nominated for Best Musical at the Tony Awards that year. We had an Ellie Greenwich jukebox musical (Leader of the Pack), one of Harold Prince's big budget disasters (Grind), and a musical based on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Big River). Needless to say, at least in my opinion, Big River won the Tony Award for Best Musical and several other awards in part due to a lack of competition. Despite some catchy songs by Roger “King of the Road” Miller the show suffered, in my opinion anyhow, from there simply being too much of it. William Hauptman's book tried to focus on multiple stories as opposed to having Huck and his relationship with runaway slave Jim be the true heart. (more...)

Adventure Collaborates With Black Community For Huckleberry Finn's BIG RIVERAdventure Collaborates With Black Community For Huckleberry Finn's BIG RIVER
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2019

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recent recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation, takes a mighty leap down the Mississippi River with Huckleberry Finn's Big River, revised from Tony Award winning musical Big River, adapted from the classic Mark Twain book. With the support of over 100 consensus organizers (individuals and organizations serving the black community), this revision uses the original music and lyrics by Roger Miller with new arrangements and orchestrations by William Yanesh. Additionally, this revision, expands the role of Jim, now the same age as Huckleberry, and removes offensive language. (more...)

BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL Extends For One Final WeekendBLUEBERRIES FOR SAL Extends For One Final Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recent recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation, brings to the stage the world premiere musical, Blueberries for Sal, written by Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Nominated playwrights Michael J. Bobbitt and Sandra Eskin and featuring new music and lyrics by William Yanesh (Caps for Sale, Winnie the Pooh). Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the book by Robert McCloskey, this female helmed musical is recommended for all ages and closes October 28, 2018. (more...)

BWW Review: ATMTC Thrills with BLUEBERRIES FOR SALBWW Review: ATMTC Thrills with BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL
by Keith Tittermary - Sep 26, 2018

Fats Domino once sang, 'I found my thrill, on Blueberry Hill.' He might have been channeling little Sal, the central character in Robert McCloskey's 1948 picture book, Blueberries for Sal. The book which in its almost 70 year existence, has been cited in many best of lists and was an award a Caldecott Honor in 1949. And finally, Adventure Theatre MTC has turned it into a delightful stage adaptation which is now playing through October 21, 2018 at Glen Echo Park. (more...)

ATMTC's Presents World Premiere Musical BLUEBERRIES FOR SALATMTC's Presents World Premiere Musical BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2018

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recent recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation, brings to the stage the world premiere musical, Blueberries for Sal, written by Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Nominated playwrights Michael J. Bobbitt and Sandra Eskin and featuring new music and lyrics by William Yanesh (Caps for Sale). Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the book by Robert McCloskey, this female helmed musical is recommended for all ages and opens September 21, 2018. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org or by calling 301-634-2270. (more...)

Stephen DeRosa, Lisa Tejero, and More Join Arena Stage's ANYTHING GOESStephen DeRosa, Lisa Tejero, and More Join Arena Stage's ANYTHING GOES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

Arena Stage announces casting for Cole Porter's madcap seafaring musical, Anything Goes (more...)

PASSION at Signature Theatre - A Musical About Obsession and RomancePASSION at Signature Theatre - A Musical About Obsession and Romance
by Charles Shubow - Aug 28, 2018

Signature's 29th season begins with record-breaking 29th Sondheim production! (more...)

Adventure Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Professional SeasonAdventure Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Professional Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2018

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recipient of 8 Helen Hayes awards, including its most recent win for Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation, 2018, brings to the stage familiar friends, new and old, as they learn to navigate the world in its action-packed 67th season. A season of classic and beloved stories featuring the wonderful imaginations of children, this season promises to be one of Adventure Theatre MTC's biggest adventures yet. (more...)

BWW Review: SNOW CHILD at Arena Stage - A Magical Delight of a MusicalBWW Review: SNOW CHILD at Arena Stage - A Magical Delight of a Musical
by Charles Shubow - May 8, 2018

It is always exciting when you sit in a theater to see the world premiere of a new musical. The Arena Stage's Kreeger Theater was a buzz in anticipation of SNOW CHILD which is a co-production with Alaska's Perseverance Theatre. Why Perseverance? Well, Arena Stage's Artistic Director Molly Smith actually grew up in Alaska, returned there after schooling and founded the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau. She served as Artistic Director there for 19 years before coming to Arena Stage. Four years ago, Smith and Perseverance Artistic Director Art Rotch discussed the idea for an adaptation for SNOW CHILD. (more...)

BWW Review:  The Hauntingly Beautiful Musical SNOW CHILD Premieres at Arena StageBWW Review: The Hauntingly Beautiful Musical SNOW CHILD Premieres at Arena Stage
by Jennifer Perry - Apr 28, 2018

While the musical is not quite perfect, it's the strongest one I've seen this season in the DC area. I hope it has a future life beyond the production in Juneau later this year. It deserves it. (more...)

Matt Bogart, Christiane Noll, and More Lead Cast of SNOW CHILDMatt Bogart, Christiane Noll, and More Lead Cast of SNOW CHILD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2018

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full cast and creative team for the world-premiere musical Snow Child, based on Eowyn Ivey's Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel. Infused with a score that combines Alaskan string band-traditions with contemporary musical theater, Snow Child follows a couple rebuilding their lives in the Alaskan wilderness when they meet a magical and mysterious snow child who transforms them. (more...)

BWW Review: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at Adventure TheatreBWW Review: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - Feb 20, 2018

We all have bad days; it's inevitable. Something happens to us every once in a while that turns our day from good to bad. However, nothing can top the day that twelve-year-old Alexander has in Adventure Theatre's latest offering, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (more...)

Adventure Presents ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Opening February 9thAdventure Presents ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Opening February 9th
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2017

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recent recipient of three 2017 Helen Hayes Awards, brings to the stage the musical version of a day gone wrong in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, directed by Cara Gabriel. Based on the popular book by Judith Viorst, this production is recommended for all ages and opens February 9, 2018. Tickets are $19.50 each and can be purchased online at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org or by calling 301-634-2270. (more...)


by Elliot Lanes - Nov 21, 2017

What happens when the cr me de la cr me of the DC theater community come together to create a brand-new theater for young audiences musical at the Kennedy Center? The answer is theatrical magic, that's what. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek at 'Animals, Animals' from New Musical 'ME... JANE' at The Kennedy CenterVIDEO: Sneak Peek at 'Animals, Animals' from New Musical 'ME... JANE' at The Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Click below to go inside rehearsals and see the company perform 'Animals, Animals' from the world premiere Kennedy Center commission, Me... Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall, a new musical based on Patrick McDonnell's Caldecott Honor Book! (more...)

Kennedy Center Announces World Premiere Jane Goodall Musical ME...JANEKennedy Center Announces World Premiere Jane Goodall Musical ME...JANE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents a world premiere Kennedy Center commission, Me Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall, a new musical based on Patrick McDonnell's Caldecott Honor Book. (more...)

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