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by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2018
Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin is pleased to announce that Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush 2018 will be returning to MetroStage (Nov 29-Dec 30). The play, written and directed by Catherine Flye, had an acclaimed six year run at the Old Vat Room at Arena Stage (1997-2003) before debuting at MetroStage last season. Two members of the original Bull and Bush cast will be joined by some new members of a very eccentric British troupe to entertain audiences for the holidays.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 28, 2018
Over the past hundred years the theater community has celebrated some of the most notable events in Broadway's history at the Friars Club.   Last night the Barrington Stage Co. the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, Ma. under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd held their New York City Benefit in the legendary building where so many legends of the theater community have socialized and entertained each other.   John Rando the famed director was celebrated for his extraordinary talent and his contributions to BSC.  John has directed two of the most popular musicals in BSC history, The Pirates of Penzance and On the Town, which transferred to Broadway and received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Director.  At BSC John also directed The Royal Family of Broadway and Guys and Dolls and on Broadway, he won a Tony Award for his direction of Urinetown, The Musical.  
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2018
To celebrate the founding of Amore Opera in 2009, Artistic Director Nathan Hull has programmed six main-stage opera productions this season. Over the past decade, Amore has created a niche for itself in New York City's cultural realm, offering lively stagings of opera classics, neglected gems of the repertoire, appealing children's fare, and ever-popular Gilbert & Sullivan presentations in the well- appointed and intimate 200-seat Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, (near 121st Street,) New York, NY 10027.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018
Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin is pleased to announce that Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush 2018 will be returning to MetroStage (Nov 29-Dec 30). The play, written and directed by Catherine Flye, had an acclaimed six year run at the Old Vat Room at Arena Stage (1997-2003) before debuting at MetroStage last season. Two members of the original Bull and Bush cast will be joined by some new members of a very eccentric British troupe to entertain audiences for the holidays.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018
To celebrate the founding of Amore Opera in 2009, Artistic Director Nathan Hull has programmed six main-stage opera productions this season. Over the past decade, Amore has created a niche for itself in New York City's cultural realm, offering lively stagings of opera classics, neglected gems of the repertoire, appealing children's fare, and ever-popular Gilbert & Sullivan presentations in the well-appointed and intimate 200-seat Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, (near 121st Street,) New York, NY 10027.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces Miracolo by Jarlath Barsanti-Jacobs and Emilio Solla as part of the 2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series on Monday evening January 14, 2019 at 7pm at the Actors Temple, 339 West 47th Street, New York, NY. The reading is produced by Harold Heno in association with R.K. Greene, and will be directed by Fred Mann III. It is free but reservations are required: please email name and number of tickets requested to TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com, or use the bright red ticketing box at https://truonline.org/events/miracolo/.
by Audition Roundup - Jan 6, 2019
Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 6, 2019 for productions in your area and around the country.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2019
Opera Memphis brings to the stage Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. A rollicking, time-tested delight, this opera is packed with endearing characters, memorable tunes, and a hilariously topsy-turvy ending the whole family will enjoy. Performances are February 8 & 9 at 7:30 PM with a Sunday matinee on February 10 at 3:00 PM. All performances take place at Germantown Performing Arts Center. For tickets or more information please visit www.operamemphis.org or call 901.257.3100.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019
The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced that Mickey Thomas, the lead singer of Starship (formerly Jefferson Starship), will star as Dennis in its sensational new production of Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is the '80s rock ballad blast that features the music of Styx, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, and more. With Mickey Thomas as lead vocalist, Starship produced hits including "We Built This City" (which appears in the production), "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," and "Sara."
by Pati Buehler - Jan 29, 2019
Tis' always a glorious thing to "See" A Pirate King as The Sketch Club Players take on the huge task of staging a high energy production.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2019
The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been leading the gender parity conversation and championing women in the professional theatre for over 35 years, will present the 2019 Theatre Women Awards at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012) on Monday, March 25 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm). For more information on the 2019 Theatre Women Awards, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.theatrewomen.org. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2019
Does the singular act of donating a kidney make you a hero? Amanda has a certificate dedicated to her heroism but she's uncomfortable with that label. On the other hand! She loves the attention being a hero provides her so she wrote a solo show about all the containers of pee she had to carry on the subway. I'm Just Kidneying takes a whimsical look into the process of living kidney donation and pokes holes into the idea of what it takes to be "hero material." 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2019
The New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concerts (VYPCs), for children ages three to six, will begin its 14th season Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Monday, February 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street. The program, titled "Allegro and Adagio," is the first installment in Philharmonic Playground, the season's theme that imagines the Orchestra as a playground.
by Don Grigware - Jan 24, 2019
Actress/producer Dianne Fraser is a well known and much beloved gal  in and around the LA cabaret scene. She is executive producer of the popular An Evening of Classic Broadway that performs five/six times a year at Rockwell Table and Stage. She recently sat down for a look back at 2018 and to discuss her plans for 2019 for the show and for her own career as actress/singer. Sum up, if you would, the progress of An Evening of Classic Broadway in 2018. An Evening of Classic Broadway hit its stride in 2018. Brad Ellis and I celebrated a milestone with out 25th performance and have been sellin
by Walter McBride - Jan 23, 2019
Today, we're bringing you back to 1981 with this flashback photo from our archives of Gary Sandy, following a performance of Pirates of Penzance!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2019
Tickets are now on sale for the McGill Savoy Society's upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan's RUDDIGORE, or The Witch's Curse: An Entirely Original Supernatural Opera!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2019
Fraser Entertainment Group's An Evening of Classic Broadway, a recent nominee for BWW.com's Los Angeles Regional Award for Best Special Theatre Event, makes a return engagement at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles. The show tune songfest will take place on Tuesday, January 29th at 8PM (doors open at 6:30).
by BWW - Jan 20, 2019
Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/20/2019 for New Jersey
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2019
A drama about an acting troupe performing a controversial play and a world premiere musical about life in Cuba past and present garnered the most nominations for the 43rd annual Carbonell Awards, which honor excellence in theater in South Florida.  Indecent, produced by Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach, earned nine nominations, and Havana Music Hall, produced by Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, earned seven.
by Stage Tube - Jan 16, 2019
The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced that Mickey Thomas, the lead singer of Starship stars as Dennis in its sensational new production of Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is the '80s rock ballad blast that features the music of Styx, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, and more. With Mickey Thomas as lead vocalist, Starship produced hits including 'We Built This City' (which appears in the production), 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,' and 'Sara.'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019
Opera Memphis brings to the stage Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. A rollicking, time-tested delight, this opera is packed with endearing characters, memorable tunes, and a hilariously topsy-turvy ending the whole family will enjoy.
by Audition Roundup - Jan 13, 2019
Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 13, 2019 for productions in your area and around the country.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2019
New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' has announced a free public reading of Gilbert and Sullivan's BLOODY KING OEDIPUS, Monday night, Jan. 6, 2020, at 7:00 pm at the Marcelle Theater, in the Grad Center Arts District.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2019
Opera Memphis brings to the stage Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. A rollicking, time-tested delight, this opera is packed with endearing characters, memorable tunes, and a hilariously topsy-turvy ending the whole family will enjoy. Performances are February 8 & 9 at 7:30 PM with a Sunday matinee on February 10 at 3:00 PM. All performances take place at Germantown Performing Arts Center. For tickets or more information please visit www.operamemphis.org or call 901.257.3100.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2019
Opera Memphis brings to the stage Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. A rollicking, time-tested delight, this opera is packed with endearing characters, memorable tunes, and a hilariously topsy-turvy ending the whole family will enjoy.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2019
BroadwayWorld has a first look at The 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is the '80s rock ballad blast that features the music of Styx, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, and more. With Mickey Thomas as lead vocalist, Starship produced hits including 'We Built This City' (which appears in the production), 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,' and 'Sara.'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019
On Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 7:30pm, Toronto Musical Concerts (TMC) presents a professional staged reading of Jason Robert Brown's PARADE In Concert at the Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre - 750 Spadina Ave).
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019
BroadwayWorld has a first look at The 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is the '80s rock ballad blast that features the music of Styx, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, and more. With Mickey Thomas as lead vocalist, Starship produced hits including 'We Built This City' (which appears in the production), 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,' and 'Sara.'
by Student Blogger: Kelsie Davis - Feb 5, 2019
Over the past decade, theatre has continually challenged me. There are always the inner challenges of trusting my instincts, being open to express myself, and working through failures. I am currently in my senior year of college, and in the past four years, I have also been challenged in new positions within the theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2019
After a nine-year hiatus, the Tony-winning Pippin is back with a new production by Landmark Musicals (which presented that 2010 production) in eight performances beginning March 16 at the Rodey Theatre on the University of New Mexico campus.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2019
The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been leading the gender parity conversation and championing women in the professional theatre for over 35 years, will present the 2019 Theatre Women Awards at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012) on Monday, March 25 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm). For more information on the 2019 TheatreWomen Awards, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.theatrewomen.org.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019
On Thursday, March 21st and Today, March 22nd, 2019 at 7:30pm, Toronto Musical Concerts (TMC) presents a professional staged reading of Jason Robert Brown's PARADE In Concert at the Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre - 750 Spadina Ave).
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019
BroadwayWorld has a first look at The 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is the '80s rock ballad blast that features the music of Styx, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, and more. With Mickey Thomas as lead vocalist, Starship produced hits including 'We Built This City' (which appears in the production), 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,' and 'Sara.'
by Elliot Lanes - Feb 19, 2019
Today's subject disproves the theory that you can't be good at everything. Kevin Laughon is the Production Associate at Theater J, but his long career of working in the theatre has taken him on both sides of the footlights.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2019
Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 2018-2019 season with Mozart's sophisticated comedy Cosi fan tutte March 16, 20, 22 and 24 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2019
The Outre Theatre Company and the City of Pompano Beach are pleased to announce Outre's next production, Gregory Naufft's award-winning play Next Fall. Winner of the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New American Play, Next Fall is a witty, provocative examination of what sustains us, and what it means to love unconditionally. March 8-March 31, 2019. Tickets from $19-$39 available at www.ccpompano.org or by calling (954) 545-7800.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019
Bring a valentine to enjoy the production of Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" with the Utah Symphony playing the exquisite musical score in Abravanel Hall on February 15 & 16 7:30 PM. This classic Broadway hit will be performed by Broadway singers in period costumes and the Utah Symphony will play under the direction of Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Conner Gray Covington. Tickets, priced from $18 to $69 ($10 for students), are available for purchase through www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 355-2787.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC), which presented its first awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Ventura County a half-century ago, has begun the gala celebration of its 50th anniversary by announcing its nominations for the year 2018 (Dec. 1, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2018).
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019
Complementing performances of Tony Award-winning actress and director Victoria Clark's production of Conor McPherson's new version of Strindberg's The Dance of Death, Classic Stage Company (CSC; Artistic Director, John Doyle) presents the second installment of its new Classic Conversations series. The series began with acclaimed actor Raul Esparza on the occasion of his "blisteringly good" (New York magazine) turn in Bertolt Brecht's Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui; another conversation will be announced this spring. The March 5 at 7pm event will serve as a rare, intimate, and engaging distillation of Clark's life in theater through conversation-with CSC Artistic Director John Doyle and celebrated music director Ted Sperling-and song. Sperling, who memorably worked with Clark on The Light in the Piazza, for which they both received Tony Awards, will also accompany Clark on piano for the musical portion of the evening. This one-night-only engagement takes place Tues, March 5 at 7pm at Classic Stage Company (136 E 13th Street, New York); tickets are $100-$150 and can be purchased at classicstage.org or 212-352-3101 (or toll free 866-811-411). The Dance of Death runs in repertory with director Shariffa Ali's staging of Yael Farber's Mies Julie through March 10.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2019
The winners of the American Vocal Arts 2019 International Collegiate Singing ChampionshipTM have been announced! The winners have been chosen from all over the world. The competition, sponsored by American Vocal Arts, emphasizes competitive collegiate singing that spans across borders. The goal of the competition is to award the best singers from around the world who are currently enrolled or have recently graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program in music. The winners were selected based on talent, potential, and overall presentation.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019
A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is sure to resonate with modern audiences, in light of today's far-right extremist groups and recent anti-Semitic attacks.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019
BroadwayWorld has a first look at The 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is the '80s rock ballad blast that features the music of Styx, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, and more. With Mickey Thomas as lead vocalist, Starship produced hits including 'We Built This City' (which appears in the production), 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,' and 'Sara.'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019
Bring a valentine to enjoy the production of Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" with the Utah Symphony playing the exquisite musical score in Abravanel Hall on February 15 & 16 7:30 PM. This classic Broadway hit will be performed by Broadway singers in period costumes and the Utah Symphony will play under the direction of Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Conner Gray Covington. Tickets, priced from $18 to $69 ($10 for students), are available for purchase through www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 355-2787.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) continues its 44th season beginning Thursday, December 27 with five performances of The Pirates of Penzance at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (E. 68th Street Between Park and Lexington Avenues).
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2018
freeFall celebrates the holiday season with a hilarious mash up of your favorite Christmas stories and carols. If you loved freeFall's The Musical of Musicals, you must get your tickets to see Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some).
by Michael Dale - Dec 30, 2018
Though there's nary a mention of snowfall or jingle bells in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, the abundance of joy and good clean humor, not to mention some terrific voices, in the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players' frothily charming production of G&S's 1879 romantic romp makes it a grand choice for holiday entertainment.
by Charles Shubow - Dec 26, 2018
I have been a huge fan of both Wil Love and Carl Schurr for many years. They are currently both performing in Everyman Theatre's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST which ends its run Dec. 30, 2018. They have become two patriarchs of the Baltimore theatre scene. Since their meeting at Center Stage in 1971, they have performed, produced, and adapted hundreds of performances both regionally and nationally. Now in their 10th year as Resident Company Members at Everyman Theatre, Wil and Carl have plenty of war stories and advice to share. I connected with these two venerable performances to learn more about their story.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2018
New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," opened its 28th season of adult, alternative musical theatre in October with the critically acclaimed world premiere of THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE, Gilbert & Sullivan's comic-horror 'operatic abomination,' in its world premiere, with new text by Scott Miller and music adaptation and orchestration by John Gerdes. And now, the show's script, full piano-vocal score, and a live cast recording are all available on Amazon.com.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2018
freeFall celebrates the holiday season with a hilarious mash up of your favorite Christmas stories and carols. If you loved freeFall's The Musical of Musicals, you must get your tickets to see Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some).