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Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 20 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 20
by Audition Roundup on May 20, 2018 in Raleigh

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 20, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 5/20/2018 Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 5/20/2018
by BWW on May 20, 2018 in Raleigh

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/20/2018 for Raleigh (more...)
Eighth Annual Triangle Rising Stars Winners Announced At DPAC Eighth Annual Triangle Rising Stars Winners Announced At DPAC
by BWW News Desk on May 18, 2018 in Raleigh

Along with Marchael Bayne, Theatre in the Park, and ABC 11, DPAC hosted this year's Triangle Rising Stars Awards onstage on Tuesday evening, May 15.  The Triangle Rising Star Awards (TRS) is a program that brings together area high school musical theater students to perform together and compete against one another for educational scholarships. Last year's winners, Kaylee Terrell and Nicholas Kraft, presented the awards for Best Actress and Best Actor, while awards were also given for Best Ensemble and Best Musical. (more...)
BWW Interview: Days After NBC Cancels Rise, NRACT's Artistic Director Opens Up About SPRING AWAKENING BWW Interview: Days After NBC Cancels Rise, NRACT's Artistic Director Opens Up About SPRING AWAKENING
by Lauren Van Hemert on May 18, 2018 in Raleigh

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (NRACT) is closing out their 2017-2018 season with the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening. NRACT Artistic Director Tim Locklear says although the show is controversial and for mature audiences only, due to the subject matter and brief nudity, Spring Awakening is as relevant as ever. Spring Awakening was also the subject of this season's NBC series Rise. 'For people who watched the TV show and didn't know about the musical, it breathes new life into the show,' says Locklear. 'But Spring Awakening is one of those shows that has a following, along with shows like Rent and Hair.' Read more about what Locklear has to say about Spring Awakening and hear what the cast has to say about NRACT's upcoming production. (more...)
BWW Review: Theatre Raleigh's Sweet, Heartfelt DADDY LONG LEGS Transports Audience to a Simpler Time BWW Review: Theatre Raleigh's Sweet, Heartfelt DADDY LONG LEGS Transports Audience to a Simpler Time
by Lauren Van Hemert on May 18, 2018 in Raleigh

If it is the secret of happiness you seek, you might look no further than The Kennedy Theatre in Downtown Raleigh where Theatre Raleigh's production of 'Daddy Long Legs' opened last night. Based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster, the two-actor musical 'Daddy Long Legs' is the coming-of-age story of Jerusha Abbott, the oldest orphan in The John Grier Home. Jerusha's life is forever changed when a mysterious unknown benefactor, who calls himself Mr. Smith, decides to send her to college. His nine-point plan 'for the further education of Jerusha Abbott' includes she write him one letter every month, which he will not read nor respond to. Over the next four years, Jerusha finds her spirit, voice, happiness, and love in the arms of Jervis Pendleton, who may have a secret of his own. 'Daddy Long Legs' is a sweet, heartfelt love story in the spirit of Miklos Laszlo's 1937 play 'Parfumerie,' which inspired the movies 'The Shop Around the Corner' and 'You've Got Mail.' And who knows, perhaps Theatre Raleigh's production may even inspire you to pen a love letter of your own. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/18 - A CHORUS LINE, LES MIS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, And More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/18 - A CHORUS LINE, LES MIS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, And More!
by BWW Special on May 18, 2018 in Raleigh

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature A CHORUS LINE, LES MIS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, And More! (more...)
BWW Interview: Jennifer Leigh Warren Sings The Blues in North Carolina Theatre's A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN BWW Interview: Jennifer Leigh Warren Sings The Blues in North Carolina Theatre's A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
by Lauren Van Hemert on May 17, 2018 in Raleigh

Broadway Veteran Jennifer Leigh Warren is reprising her role as The Blues Singer in North Carolina Theatre's 'A Night With Janis Joplin.' She played the role in the first and second national tour and spoke to me about the blues, Janis Joplin, and what's next. 'A Night With Janis Joplin' runs through May 20th at The Fletcher Opera Theatre. For more information, visit www.nctheatre.com. (more...)
BWW Feature: TRIANGLE RISING STARS Award Winners Announced at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Feature: TRIANGLE RISING STARS Award Winners Announced at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Lauren Van Hemert on May 16, 2018 in Raleigh

If the Triangle Rising Stars showcase is any indication, the future of musical theater is bright. On Tuesday night, 20 students representing 13 high schools across the Triangle and beyond performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) as part of the 2018 Triangle Rising Stars program. compete at The Jimmy Awards. This year, Mya Ison won the award for Best Actress. Ison won for her portrayal of Sarah in Enloe High School's production of Ragtime. She is graduating this June and plans to attend Boston University in the fall. Sterling Jones won the award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Gaston in Broughton High School's production of Beauty and the Beast. Jones is a rising senior and plans to attend the University North Carolina School of the Arts next year. In addition to Ison and Jones, Cary High School won the Best Ensemble Award for their production of The Secret Garden. Enloe High School won the Marchael Bayne Award for Best Musical for their production of Ragtime. Both schools received $1000 for their drama programs. (more...)
Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons Comes To DPAC On September 30 Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons Comes To DPAC On September 30
by BWW News Desk on May 15, 2018 in Raleigh

'Oh, What a Night' it will be when Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons return to DPAC following their two sold out shows. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will be at DPAC on September 30, 2018. (more...)
BWW Review: BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME at Raleigh Little Theatre is One History Lesson Not to be Missed BWW Review: BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME at Raleigh Little Theatre is One History Lesson Not to be Missed
by Lauren Van Hemert on May 14, 2018 in Raleigh

Playwright and performer Taylor Mac once said: "Theater reminds an audience of the things they've forgotten, dismissed, or buried or that others have buried for them. It unearths. It brings the conversation you aren't having with yourself into the room." Such is the case with Raleigh Little Theatre's world premiere ensemble version of Blood Done Sign My Name. The play by Mike Wiley, adapted from the memoir by Timothy Tyson, looks the "brutal history" of Oxford, NC in the eye during a time when the quaint town became a battleground for racial equity and social justice. Just as Hamilton informed how people have come to understand American History, Wiley's Blood Done Sign My Name moves audiences to face North Carolina's past in a way that is palatable, accessible, and thought-provoking, which is good, because this is one history lesson you don't want to miss. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 13 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 13
by Audition Roundup on May 13, 2018 in Raleigh

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 13, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY Delivers Good Family Fare to Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY Delivers Good Family Fare to Durham Performing Arts Center
by Lauren Van Hemert on May 12, 2018 in Raleigh

Gone are the days of the magic wand, rabbit, and top hat. Instead, THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY delivers a balanced mix of mind readers, escape artists, sleight-of-hand and disappearing acts to the stage. The standout of the show is Forensic Mind Reader Colin Cloud (aka The Deductionist). Cloud opens the show and returns in the second act to deliver a mind-bending performance that mesmerizes the audience, just as he did the judges on last season's 'America's Got Talent.' The producers of 'The Illusionists' should give him more stage time, as his performance alone is worth the price of admission, cementing his place as the face of a 'new generation of magicians" (although he is more entertainer and comedian than a magician per se). (more...)
Cape Fear Regional Theatre To Host Ground-Breaking Playwright Regina Taylor Cape Fear Regional Theatre To Host Ground-Breaking Playwright Regina Taylor
by BWW News Desk on May 11, 2018 in Raleigh

The Gospel musical Crowns is one of the country's most produced musicals about women with courage, faith, and hats filled with joyful gospel music. Crowns is based on the beloved book by North Carolinians Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, which Regina Taylor adapted into the stage production. (more...)
Durham School Of The Arts Theatre Brings Timely Production Of ANNE FRANK To The Stage Durham School Of The Arts Theatre Brings Timely Production Of ANNE FRANK To The Stage
by BWW News Desk on May 12, 2018 in Raleigh

DSA Theatre Troupe 5765 brings one of the most powerful stories of the 20th century to their intimate Black Box Theatre. Wendy Kesselman's adaptation of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's The Diary of Anne Frank gives introspection into Anne Frank's daily life in the annex, her coming-of-age story, and blossoming relationship with housemate Peter Van Daan in her two-years of hiding. This is a dynamic exploration of the 'banality of evil' and the ever present flame of hope in the story of a Jewish girl in Amsterdam during World War II, and her family's desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world. Seven decades later, Anne Frank's message still resonates with young people around the world. (more...)
BWW Feature: Tony Award Winning Costume Designer William Ivey Long Talks New Monograph, His North Carolina Roots and Designing With Improbable Fabrics BWW Feature: Tony Award Winning Costume Designer William Ivey Long Talks New Monograph, His North Carolina Roots and Designing With Improbable Fabrics
by Lauren Van Hemert on May 11, 2018 in Raleigh

Six-Time Tony Award Winning Costume Designer William Ivey Long is a busy man. He's not only working on five shows simultaneously, including the movie-to-Broadway musicals of 'Beetlejuice' and 'Tootsie' but he is also celebrating the publication of two books. books. The first accompanies The Mint Museum exhibition, William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016, which runs through June 3rd in Charlotte, North Carolina. The second, The Designs of William Ivey Long, is a monograph by Bobbi Owen, chronicling Long's career over 350 shows. Next week, Long and Owen will be stopping by The North Carolina Museum of History to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The North Carolina Arts Council. They spoke to me to discuss Owen's book, Long's North Carolina roots and designing with improbable fabrics. (more...)
Sonorous Road Repertory Company Presents The Regional Premiere of DRY POWDER by Sarah Burgess Sonorous Road Repertory Company Presents The Regional Premiere of DRY POWDER by Sarah Burgess
by BWW News Desk on May 11, 2018 in Raleigh

Dry Powder refers to the capital available for investment.  But in Sarah Burgess' fast paced comedy drama, these characters must decide what they are willing to invest of themselves to achieve success in the high stakes world of finance as well as in their personal lives. Come look behind the curtain of Capitalism and see the real battle being waged between Main St. and Wall St in this financial thriller with whip-smart dialogue. (more...)
BWW Interview: Burning Coal's Artistic Director Jerome Davis Talks HAMILTUNES, Oakwood History, and Upcoming Season BWW Interview: Burning Coal's Artistic Director Jerome Davis Talks HAMILTUNES, Oakwood History, and Upcoming Season
by Lauren Van Hemert on May 10, 2018 in Raleigh

Can't wait for Hamilton to come to Durham next fall? This weekend, Raleigh theater lovers can enjoy the music of Hamilton at Burning Coal Theatre's songfest, Hamiltunes. Burning Coal's Artistic Director Jerome Davis sat down with me to discuss Hamiltunes, Oakwood history, and the theatre's upcoming season. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/11 - TONY DANZA, LES MISERABLES, THE WHO'S TOMMY, And More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/11 - TONY DANZA, LES MISERABLES, THE WHO'S TOMMY, And More!
by BWW Special on May 11, 2018 in Raleigh

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature TONY DANZA, LES MISERABLES, THE WHO'S TOMMY, And More! (more...)
HOUSINGFEST 2018 Featuring Buddy Guy & Mavis Staples At Ovens Auditorium Today HOUSINGFEST 2018 Featuring Buddy Guy & Mavis Staples At Ovens Auditorium Today
by BWW News Desk on May 10, 2018 in Raleigh

Ovens Auditorium will host HousingFest 2018: A Concert to End Homelessness in Charlotte featuring Buddy Guy & Mavis Staples on Today, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the Bojangles' Coliseum Box Office located at 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Tickets cost between $51.50 and $76.50 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change.   (more...)
BWW Interview: RALEIGH LITTLE THEATRE'S Artistic Director Patrick Torres Says BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME Speaks to National Experience Right Now BWW Interview: RALEIGH LITTLE THEATRE'S Artistic Director Patrick Torres Says BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME Speaks to National Experience Right Now
by Lauren Van Hemert on May 09, 2018 in Raleigh

Timothy Tyson's book, BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME, chronicles his family's journey living in Oxford, NC in 1970, just after Henry 'Dickie' Marrow, an African American Army vet, was shot, beaten, and killed by three white men. Raleigh Little Theatre's Artistic Director Patrick Torres says he hopes the world premiere of Mike Wiley's ensemble version of BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME, which opens this week, will move the dial towards racial reconciliation. (more...)
Durham School Of The Arts Theatre Brings Timely Production Of ANNE FRANK To The Stage Durham School Of The Arts Theatre Brings Timely Production Of ANNE FRANK To The Stage
by BWW News Desk on May 09, 2018 in Raleigh

DSA Theatre Troupe 5765 brings one of the most powerful stories of the 20th century to their intimate Black Box Theatre. Wendy Kesselman's adaptation of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's The Diary of Anne Frank gives introspection into Anne Frank's daily life in the annex, her coming-of-age story, and blossoming relationship with housemate Peter Van Daan in her two-years of hiding. This is a dynamic exploration of the 'banality of evil' and the ever present flame of hope in the story of a Jewish girl in Amsterdam during World War II, and her family's desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world. Seven decades later, Anne Frank's message still resonates with young people around the world. (more...)
Burning Coal Theatre Company Present Kidswrite 2018 Burning Coal Theatre Company Present Kidswrite 2018
by BWW News Desk on May 08, 2018 in Raleigh

Come join us at Burning Coal Theatre for our 10th annual KidsWrite! New Play Festival 2018, featuring works written by local students in 6th-12th grades. The festival will take place on May 25-26, 2018, with performances at 7:00 pm at Burning Coal (more...)
NRACT Presents SPRING AWAKENING NRACT Presents SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk on May 08, 2018 in Raleigh

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, 'the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade,' Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. (more...)
Burning Coal Theatre Company Presents OAKWOOD IN MAY – ONLY TIME WILL TELL Burning Coal Theatre Company Presents OAKWOOD IN MAY – ONLY TIME WILL TELL
by BWW News Desk on May 07, 2018 in Raleigh

History comes (back) to life in Downtown Raleigh with annual series of plays. Burning Coal Theatre Company partners with the historic Oakwood Cemetery to present another series of plays about the fascinating folks who came before. The 2018 series will run May 18, 19, and 20 at the Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh, NC. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 6:30 pm; Sunday performance begins at 2:00 pm. Tickets ($20/adults, $10/students) will be sold on the day of the performance or are available by phone (919-834-4001). Parking is available inside the cemetery. Additional information can be found at www.burningcoal.org. (more...)
BWW Interview: Megan McGinnis Talks About Making Her Directorial Debut in THEATRE RALEIGH'S Production of DADDY LONG LEGS BWW Interview: Megan McGinnis Talks About Making Her Directorial Debut in THEATRE RALEIGH'S Production of DADDY LONG LEGS
by Lauren Van Hemert on May 07, 2018 in Raleigh

Broadway veteran Megan McGinnis is no stranger to the musical Daddy Long Legs. In fact, she originated the role of the character Jerusha at the Rubicon Theatre in 2009, where the musical premiered. These days, however, she is reimagining the show as the director for Theatre Raleigh's production which opens next week. She sat down with me to discuss making her directorial debut, revisiting material that is near and dear to her heart, and what's next. Daddy Long Legs opens at The Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh on May 16th and runs through May 27th. For more information, visit, www.theatreraleigh.com. (more...)