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Shubert Theatre (Broadway) (New York, NY)
225 West 44th St.

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Based on the 20th Century Fox motion picture, with a screenplay by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg

The 1987 hit movie featuring Tom Hanks bursts onstage in this vibrant, funny and touching musical. When frustrated adolescent Josh Baskin wishes he were "big" and wakes up the next morning a 30-year-old man, he discovers there's much more to being an adult than he's bargained for-and learns we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time. A witty, moving, insightful book and a dazzling, energetic, heartfelt, contemporary score make this already classic motion picture fantasy an unforgettable theatrical experience. 'Big' is satisfyingly good. The music of David Shire, the lyrics of Richard Maltby Jr., the book by Jerome Weidman and the choreography by Susan Stroman extol all the values of the grand tradition of musicals. At the Kentucky Center for the Arts.



BWW Interview: Internationally Famous Playwright Ken Ludwig Expounds Upon MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
by Don Grigware - Oct 16, 2018

Playwright Ken Ludwig has gained tremendous popularity over the last few decades. His hysterical Lend Me a Tenor is performed all over the world and translated into a multitude of languages.His stage adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express is about to open October 20 at the La Mirada Performing Arts Center in its West Coast premiere. Ludwig took time out of a super busy schedule to talk about the play and other highlights of his career. (more...)

Scoop: NBC Primetime Schedule - 10/15-11/11
by TV Scoop - Oct 16, 2018

Get all the scoop on NBC Primetime Schedule - 10/15-11/11! (more...)

THE VOICE Concludes Blind Auditions and the Battle Rounds Begin
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

The Blind Auditions conclude and the Battles Rounds begin last night on THE VOICE, on NBC. (more...)

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of A MILLION LITTLE THINGS on ABC - Wednesday, October 31, 2018
by TV Scoop - Oct 16, 2018

Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a New Episode of A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, airing on ABC on Wednesday, October 31, 2018! (more...)

International Contemporary Ensemble Performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir In New Release, AEQUA, On Sono Luminus
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

On Friday, November 16, 2018, Sono Luminus Records releases AEQUA, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)'s highly anticipated second portrait album of the music of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. (more...)

NBC Wins Monday Night with THE VOICE and MANIFEST
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

NBC ranks #1 for the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure, winning six of six half-hours among those nets in 18-49 and total viewers.   (more...)

Guest Blog: Jonny Woo On THE UN-ROYAL VARIETY at Hackney Empire
by Guest Blog: Jonny Woo - Oct 16, 2018

The Un-Royal Variety was originally intended just to be a showcase for the best of my contemporaries. To put on a Big show, in a wonderful venue, to which everyone would want to come, simply because of the line-up. (more...)

Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury Star in BUTTONS: A NEW MUSICAL FILM
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

From creator/director Tim Janis comes "Buttons: A New Musical Film." This heartwarming, family-friendly feature takes audiences on a journey to discover that sometimes believing can be the greatest adventure of all! (more...)

Constantine Maroulis & James Valenti Join ROCKTOPIA Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Tony Award Nominee and 'American Idol' finalist Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages, Jekyll & Hyde) and acclaimed Metropolitan Opera tenor James Valenti (Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Romeo and Juliet) will join previously announced rock icon and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider in this fall's national tour of ROCKTOPIA (more...)

EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR Comes To NJPAC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Recognized by the world by being the most ICONIC American rock guitarist ever- EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR is coming to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Friday, March 29, at 8 P.M. Celebrate the music and legacy of guitar great Jimi Hendrix as the Experience Hendrix tour heads out on the road, featuring Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys), Joe Satriani (Deep Purple), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Jonny Lang (The Big Bang), special guest Taj Mahal, and many others.The multi-artist lineup will be joined by Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doug Pinnick (King's X), Chris Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble), Mato Nanji (Indigenous), Kenny Aronoff, Slide Brothers, Henri Brown and Kevin McCormick. Additional special guests include David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas. (more...)

Scoop: Upcoming Guests on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON on NBC
by TV Scoop - Oct 16, 2018

Get all the scoop on Upcoming Guests on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, airing on NBC! (more...)

Johnny & Jaalene Release Rip Cat Records Debut
by Tory Gates - Oct 16, 2018

“I think we're the new, made from the old...we take everything that's soulful from the old, and we're trying to keep that alive in our music.' (more...)

Lineup Of Five Stars Set For The Cat Country 96 Jingle Jam
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Cat Country 96 presents the 2018 Jingle Jam at the historic State Theatre. It's an intimate evening of acoustic music with some of Nashville's hottest stars! The concert benefits the FREDDY© Awards program and takes place on Thursday, November 15, 2018! (more...)

Twain Debut New Song at NPR, Announce Double-EP Due January 25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Twain has released their first new music since 2017's critically-lauded Rare Feeling. Twain's singer and songwriter Mt. Davidson tells us 'This song is about the freedom-feeling of allowing Love its natural Death.' NPR All Songs Considered premiered 'Young God (gotta lotta feeling)' today, noting 'Twain songs retain a live energy with little editing. Like an old cassette, the sounds on these records are limited to a mild and pleasant midrange and swathed in a lisping hiss. Even as 'Young God' rises from its quiet, glimmering opening to a thumping, full band apotheosis, the coloring of that sound frames it like a photo in an album.'  (more...)

Animal Planet Launches New Global Brand Identity
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Today, Animal Planet Global President Susanna Dinnage announced that Animal Planet, one of Discovery, Inc's great global networks, has a new brand identity as part of a worldwide strategy to take the network forward as a global brand leader. With globally-appealing programming and talent faithful to new brand values, Animal Planet's mission is squarely centered around keeping the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. The Animal Planet global brand identity will provide a multi-platform experience for every member of the family and begins as a phased rollout on Oct. 28 in the U.S. and UK followed by all remaining countries and territories by the end of 1Q19 to create brand and content consistency across Animal Planet which is currently in 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories. (more...)

Netflix Orders New Series Based on Kirsten Smith's Young Adult Novel
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Netflix has ordered Trinkets, a new series based on the young adult novel by Kirsten 'Kiwi' Smith, who will serve as an executive producer. (more...)

BWW Review: Theater Uncorked Flies High With ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
by Nancy Grossman - Oct 16, 2018

Theater Uncorked returned to the First Church Cambridge this past weekend for two performances of a staged reading of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, a 1963 play by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel of the same name by Ken Kesey. Lest the inmates run the asylum, the strong directorial hand of Bobbi Steinbach kept the chaos under control, presumably in a kinder, gentler way than Nurse Ratched's managerial style. Her staging made it feel like so much more than a reading, especially in the group scenes, where the bonding and banter among the patients rang true. There was nary a weak link in the ensemble, and the leading players were so strong in their characterizations that my mind drew a blank when trying to imagine anyone else as Ratched (Kerry A. Dowling), Randle P. McMurphy (Gene Dante), or Chief Bromden (Pedro Figueroa). (more...)

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER on ABC - Thursday, November 1, 2018
by TV Scoop - Oct 16, 2018

Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a New Episode of HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, airing on ABC on Thursday, November 1, 2018! (more...)

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of SPEECHLESS on ABC - Friday, November 2, 2018
by TV Scoop - Oct 16, 2018

Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a New Episode of SPEECHLESS, airing on ABC on Friday, November 2, 2018! (more...)

Country Music Icon Martina McBride Comes to Food Network with New Show
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

As a music megastar, Martina McBride has entertained fans with her songs for years, becoming country music royalty. Now, she is giving Food Network viewers a glimpse of how she entertains at home, sharing her recipes and cooking tips that make her the queen of the kitchen on the new series Martina's Table, premiering on Sunday, November 18th at 12pm ET/PT. Outside the studio, Martina finds creative inspiration creating perfect menus and preparing meals for her family and close friends Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, and Little Big Town's  Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman. Whether it's a birthday celebration for one of her daughters or a buffet-style menu catered for her band and road crew, Martina's Table is a place where tasty memories are made. Martina's Table is produced by Nashville based company Heart Bridge Media. (more...)

LET IT BE Heads To Manchester Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Smash hit West End show LET IT BE arrives in Manchester next week, bringing its latest UK and Ireland Tour to an exciting close. (more...)

Five Independent Artists Bring Art and Science Together
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Sundance Institute, in collaboration with Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation, announced the inaugural five filmmakers and projects being supported by the Science Sandbox Nonfiction Initiative, a new program aiding innovative artists in creating science-focused works and in connecting those projects with audiences. The program aims to elevate the voices of independent artists who are working at the intersection of science and nonfiction storytelling, encourage critical thinking, promote educated discourse and highlight the overlap of science and art.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside the World Premiere of HAVANA MUSIC HALL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

The world premiere of the new musical HAVANA MUSICA HALL is now playing at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Miami, Florida. The exciting new show centers around the lives of Havana Music Hall's best-known musicians who are just about to get their Big break before Fidel Castro seizes power. (more...)

Stray Cats Mark Their 40th Anniversary With New Album and Tour in 2019
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

STRAY CATS will mark their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and tour. Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom--original founding members of the acclaimed American rock and roll trio--are heading into a studio in Nashville to record their first new album in 25 years. (more...)

Bruce Dern, Melissa Rauch and Horatio Sanz Join New Showtime Comedy Series BLACK MONDAY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

The new SHOWTIME comedy BLACK MONDAY is adding to its guest star lineup with Emmy®and two-time Oscar® nominee Bruce Dern (Big Love), Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) and Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live, Glow) signing on, along with Julie Hagerty (Airplane, Instant Family), Vanessa Bell Calloway (SHAMELESS, Saints & Sinners), Tim Russ (iCarly) and Jason Michael Snow (Book of Mormon). The 10-episode series is executive produced and stars Emmy® nominated and Golden Globe® winning actor Don Cheadle and stars two-time Tony® Award nominee and Grammy® winner Andrew Rannells (Girls) and Regina Hall (Girls Trip). Paul Scheer (The League) also stars. Creators David Caspe (Happy Endings)and Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend's Girl) serve as executive producers and showrunners. Emmy nominees Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Preacher, Superbad) are executive producers and directed the pilot. Currently in production, BLACK MONDAY will premiere in January. (more...)

Bergen County Players Presents The 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning Comedy YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Bergen County Players (BCP), one of America's longest-running little theater companies, is proud to present in its 86th season the 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, You Can't Take It With You. Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, You Can't Take It With You will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from October 20th through November 10th, 2018. (more...)

String Quartet Ethel Celebrates the Circus at BAM 11/14-17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

As part of the string quartet's 20th anniversary season, ETHEL returns to BAM with Circus: Wandering City, a multimedia musical journey into the history of the iconic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that explores and honors the complex relationship between circus troupes, their performers, and the audiences they inspired.  (more...)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Why Are Its PHANS So Obsessed With Andrew Lloyd Webber's Musical?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 16, 2018

What about the story keeps audiences coming back again and again to see The Phantom of the Opera? Is it the lushly romantic score composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber? Or could it be the costumes and scenery, so widely seen across the globe - and so easily identifiable as being from The Phantom - that they are considered iconic? Or could it be the mysteriously intriguing and sumptuously romantic Gaston Leroux story? (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage at the BEST IN SHOWS Benefit Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Oct 16, 2018

Last night was the annual Best in Shows benefit concert for the Humane Society. The show featured some of Broadway's best, with special guest appearances by adorable four-legged friends. 2018 Best in Shows, presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni, also honored Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky. (more...)

BWW Interview: Paul Rodriguez Transitions Easily From Playing Comedy Clubs to Playing God
by Gil Kaan - Oct 16, 2018

Stand-up comedy stalwart Paul Rodriguez will be taking on the role of God in the revival of Bruce Jay Friedman's cult-classic STEAMBATH opening October 20, 2018 at the Odyssey Theatre. I had the chance to illicit a few serious answers from this funny man amongst his very comical responses. (more...)

LOVE IS BLONDE Starts Fundraiser To Finance Industry Reading In Spring 2019
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

LOVE IS BLONDE is launching its 'Taking Marilyn's Untold Truth to Broadway' fundraiser Thursday, October 18th on www.womenyoushouldfund.com. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the Cast of SEUSSICAL at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

This November, Marc Pickering (Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Les Miserables, Universal Pictures; Sleepy Hollow, Paramount Pictures) will star as the mischievous Cat in the Hat in Immersion Theatre's larger-than-life musical extravaganza, Seussical the Musical. He is joined by Scott Paige (Eugenius, The Other Palace; The Addams Family, UK/Asia Tour; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, UK Tour/West Yorkshire Playhouse) as the warm-hearted Horton the Elephant and Amy Perry (Bananaman, Southwark Playhouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Adelphi Theatre; Sweet Charity, Cadogan Hall) as the humble Gertrude McFuzz in this high-energy production for 'thinkers' of all ages. (more...)

VIDEO: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Mario Lopez, and More Broadway Stars Urge People to Vote With 'Enough Already' Music Video
by Stage Tube - Oct 16, 2018

A music video has been released, featuring many Broadway favorites, urging people to get out and vote. Mario Lopez and Daphne Rubin-Vega lead the performers lending their voices to the song, called Enough Already. (more...)

MAMMA MIA!, JERSEY BOYS, and More Will Play the UK This Christmas Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Amanda Malpass PR has announced the shows it will be representing this upcoming holiday season. (more...)

Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley and Martina McBride to Honor Loretta Lynn at CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

CMT today revealed an all-star tribute to country legend and 2018 “Artist of a Lifetime” Award recipient, Loretta Lynn, featuring Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley and Martina McBride. The trio will perform LIVE from Nashville at the 9th annual “2018 CMT Artists of the Year” special on Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00pm ET/PT. Some of music's Biggest stars are set to present at the event, including Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Smokey Robinson, singer-songwriter Elle King, Hillary Scott, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, along with a special introduction by platinum-selling artist, Trisha Yearwood. They all join previously announced presenter Sissy Spacek. (more...)

Tiny Dynamite Announces 2018-19 Season Of Two World Premiere Productions
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Get ready for pizza, pints, and plays! Philadelphia's Tiny Dynamite returns in 2018-19 with two world premiere productions, both 'served up' with their signature 'brilliantly casual' style. Audiences will experience one-act plays, beverages, and pizza in a cabaret setting reminiscent of the great pub theatre offered extensively throughout London. (more...)

International Contemporary Ensemble Performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir In New Release, AEQUA, On Sono Luminus
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

On Friday, November 16, 2018, Sono Luminus Records releases AEQUA, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)'s highly anticipated second portrait album of the music of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. AEQUA features a varied constellation of recent chamber pieces including large ensemble works Aequilibria (2014) and Illumine (2016) led by conductor and longtime ICE collaborator Steven Schick; small chamber works Spectra (2017), Sequences (2016), Reflections (2016), and Fields (2016); and Scape (2011) for solo piano performed by champion of Anna's music, Cory Smythe. Physical package includes both CD and Pure Audio Blu- ray with 9.1 Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos 5.1.4, and 5.1 Surround Sound versions, as well as the mShuttle application containing FLAC, WAV, and MP3 audio files. (more...)

Pandora Productions Continues the 2018-2019 Season With MY BIG GAY ITALIAN CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Kick off the holidays with craziness! Continuing the series by Anthony Wilkinson, Pandora Productions proudly presents MY Big GAY ITALIAN CHRISTMAS. We've had a Wedding, a Funeral, a Mid-Life Crisis and now the insanity that is the Pinnunziato family comes a holiday installment. Pandora is thrilled to be the first theatre company in the country to present Mr. Wilkinson's work. Pandora will host the playwright during the run of his show in Louisville on Saturday, November 17th with a reception following the performance. (more...)

VIDEO: Meet The Cast Of ROCK OF AGES 10th Anniversary Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Leading the cast are Anthony Nuccio as 'Drew Boley,' Katie LaMark as 'Sherrie Christian,' John-Michael Breen as 'Lonny,' Sam Harvey as 'Stacee Jaxx,' Ryan M. Hunt as 'Dennis,' Chris Renalds as 'Franz,' Kristina Walz as 'Regina,' Kenya Hamilton as 'Justice,' and Andrew Tebo as 'Hertz.' The tour will also feature Michael Bojtos, Emily Croft, Kyle Jurassic, Mark LaDuke, Carlina Parker, Darrell Wayne Purcell, Stephen Rochet, Zoe Unkovich, and Brenna Wahl. (more...)

Birdland Announces November 2018 Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the following acts: (more...)

TOO HIP FOR THE ROOM Comes to Charm City Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Take a Swedish Band (that isn't technically a band) and a handful of brilliant Baltimore based improvisers, and what do you get? The Siegfried Olsson Band presents Too Hip for the Room, a sketch comedy show that combines the talents of YouTube sketch group, the Siegfried Olsson Band with members of the Baltimore Improv Group, and the Baltimore/DC area producer of Mortified.  (more...)

The Adrienne Arsht Center Launches 2018-19 JAZZ ROOTS Season with LEONARD BERNSTEIN 100 AND BEYOND
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

The Adrienne The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) proudly launches the 11th season of its internationally acclaimed JAZZ ROOTS series with LEONARD BERNSTEIN 100 AND BEYOND, a centennial celebration of one of America's greatest and best-loved music superstars, on Friday, November 9, 2018. The one-night-only tribute to the world-renowned composer, conductor and pianist features performances by vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway and Jon Secada, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, pianist Shelly Berg and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. (more...)

Wheelhouse Theater Company's Presents Limited Engagement Of HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Wheelhouse Theater Company's special return engagement of Kurt Vonnegut's rarely produced play HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE begins performances this week on, Thursday, October 18th at The Duke on 42nd Street, a NEW 42ND STREET project, 229 West 42nd Street in Manhattan. The New York Times Critics' Pick production, which garnered unanimous rave reviews this past Spring at the Gene Frankel Theatre, takes a searing look at toxic masculinity, gun violence, the relationship between men and women and cultural change. Jeffrey Wise directs the production that will run through Thursday, November 29th. The official opening is set for Tuesday, October 23rd.  For more information, visit http://www.wheelhousetheater.org (more...)

Flatiron Partnership and Van Alen Institute Unveil Winner of the 5th Annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute today unveiled the winner of the fifth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition-Happy by Studio Cadena-a temporary installation in the heart of the Flatiron District. Happy will be the centerpiece of the Partnership's seventh annual holiday program and a highly visible landmark in this thriving New York City neighborhood. (more...)

ORALTORIO: A THEATRICAL MIXTAPE Examines Society and Culture Through Black Music
by Isabella Perrone - Oct 15, 2018

Striking audio and powerful stories drive ORALTORIO: A THEATRICAL MIXTAPE as the lives of black women, never named yet eerily familiar, are brought to life in this new Soulpepper and Obsidian Theatre production, directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu.  (more...)

Trevor Noah Announces LOUD & CLEAR Tour 2019 Coming To Fox Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Trevor Noah is crossing North America on his first ever arena outing with the Loud & Clear Tour 2019. Kicking off January 11 in Toronto, the 28-city tour will visit cities including Tampa, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh and many more. The Daily Show host and celebrated comedian is known around the world for his insightful and authentic take on politics and current events. (more...)

Apollinaire Announces 2018/2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Apollinaire Theatre Company is thrilled to announce our 2018/2019 Season (more...)

Video: The Cast of 5-Star Theatricals SHREK THE MUSICAL Covers The Monkees, 'I'm A Believer'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

5-STAR THEATRICALS opens its 2018-2019 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of SHREK THE MUSICAL (more...)

Frigid New York Presents The Seventh Annual GOTHAM STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

FRIGID New York is hosting its 7th Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival! Aimed at providing a unique storytelling experience, Gotham welcomes talented performers from a myriad of backgrounds, creating a tapestry of weirdness that we're proud to exhibit. (more...)

BWW Review: SMT's LEGALLY BLONDE Could Be 'So Much Better'
by Jay Irwin - Oct 15, 2018

Recently (and I do mean recently) another company in town did a concert staging of "Legally Blonde" utilizing actors of color in roles that they might not normally be cast including an African American "Elle". So, I questioned the logic when I heard that Seattle Musical Theater was doing the same thing right on its heels. Sure, the other one was just a concert (although so well done that it felt like a full staging) and only for four performances so maybe they just want to capitalize on that momentum with a full staging with sets and costumes and everything. Unfortunately, the Seattle Musical Theatre production of "Legally Blonde" feels so misdirected, half-assed and underdone that the only similarities are the diversity in the casting and the name. (more...)

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