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BWW Preview: MAMMA MIA! Set to Play in Appleton Area
by Meredith Kreisa - May 9, 2017

MAMMA MIA! will play at Wausau's Grand Theater on May 11 and at Appleton's Fox Cities Performing Arts Center from May 12-14. (more...)

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO Comes to North Coast Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Award-winning actor/director Frank Ferrante re-creates his acclaimed New York and London stage portrayal celebrating America's greatest comedian - Groucho Marx.  You will feel as though Groucho is back, as Ferrante sings, dances and performs classic routines on the North Coast Rep stage, June 12 and 13th at 7:30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: 1,600 Words About Why You Should Go See SPAMALOT At Studio Tenn
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 8, 2017

Whether it's seeing Matt Logan as King Arthur galumphing around onstage, as if astride a horse with Garris Wimmer not far behind providing the necessary sound effects with two halves of one empty coconut shell, or watching Jake Speck, as a feckless wannabe Knight of the Round Table, crap his pants anytime he hears a threatening sound or encounters the menacing Black Knight (or anyone else who might say 'boo' to the goose who is Sir Robin), or any other manner of zany characters who find themselves right smack in the middle of the most ridiculous of situations - Monty Python's Spamalot, now in an altogether splendid production from Studio Tenn, will supply you with plenty of laughs and/or the fodder to keep you amusingly sated until the next time you need a good guffaw or two. (more...)

BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at The Village Players Of Birmingham is Fun, Laughs, and a Good Time!
by Katie Laban - May 20, 2017

Do you wanna have fun, fun, fun? How's about a few…laughs? Well, actually, The Village Players of Birmingham production of Sweet Charity gives the audience more than a few laughs, it keeps them entertained through entire show. The musical is a treat to watch from the moment it starts to the very last second that Charity steps off stage with its crowd-pleasing numbers and vibrant color schemes that it is one Michigan theatre-goers will truly enjoy and remember for years to come. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 19, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 19, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Down in the right-hand corner of my computer screen, it tells me that its Friday, May 19 - which means that Memorial Day Weekend is just a week away! - how in the world did we make it from New Year's Day to Memorial Day in what seems to me to be like 15 minutes? When you figure that out, please give me a heads-up so I can better prepare for Christmas shopping! And that, of course, has me wondering what shows we'll be seeing during the next holiday season which, in turn, prompts me to ask the musical question: What's your favorite Christmas or holiday-themed stage offering? (more...)

Hudson Warehouse to Launch 14th Season with THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Hudson Warehouse will open their 14th Season in Riverside Park with an exciting new production of Marivaux's classic farce, THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE, translated by Stephen Wadsworth. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 12, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 12, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Live life dramatically: It's Friday, May 12, 2017 - graduation day at Vanderbilt University - which prompts the musical question: 'Does it always have to rain on that day? This day, in particular?' Truly it's a FREAKY FRIDAY tradition, if the grads are donning caps and gowns at Vandy, chances are everyone else will be carrying their umbrellas with them in Music City. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAU JEST Is Back In Fine Form At Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 12, 2017

Funny and familiar, James Sherman's Beau Jest might well be considered perfect dinner theater fare: spread across two hours, the comedy is easily digested and the players - this time, the estimable ensemble assembled by director Martha Wilkinson for the latest incarnation at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - charming and likable. The plot remains relevant, even years after it was first produced, and the dialogue flows at an accessible pace, spoken by characters who are altogether believable. And while Beau Jest likely won't push any envelopes or venture outside anyone's pre-conceived creative box, it nonetheless seems current and up-to-date. (more...)

Bag&Baggage Announces Inaugural Season at New, Permanent Home
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

After a grueling $1.5 million, 18 month capital campaign, the sale and subsequent closure of The Venetian Theatre, moving one show to a library, canceling the largest show in the company's history, and seven months of construction, Bag&Baggage Productions has weathered the storm and proudly announces the inaugural season in their permanent new home. (more...)

Dazzling Classic GUYS AND DOLLS Hits the Stage at Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Roll the dice and fall in love with one of the greatest musicals of all time: Guys and Dolls! (more...)

CPCC Summer Theatre to Perform A COMEDY OF TENORS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

CPCC Summer Theatre is pleased to bring Ken Ludwig's "A Comedy of Tenors" (PG 13) to the Pease Auditorium stage during its 2017 theatre season. (more...)

Read an excerpt from new release THE CAJUN DOCTOR By Sandra Hill!
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Jun 7, 2017

Have you heard about the Sandra Hill's brand-new novel THE CAJUN DOCTOR yet? It just came out on May 30th from Avon // HarperCollins, and the publisher was nice enough to treat BroadwayWorld readers to a special excerpt! (more...)

BWW Review: THE COMPARABLES at Theatre [502]
by Keith Waits - Jun 7, 2017

Off The Shoulders Of Men (more...)

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Kentucky Shakespeare
by Keith Waits - Jun 7, 2017

Make 'Em Laugh (more...)

Shakespeare in High Park Celebrates 35 Years with KING LEAR and TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Canada's longest-running outdoor theatre experience Shakespeare in High Park will mark 35 years of staging accessible open-air theatre in Toronto with contemporary takes on two Shakespeare classics: King Lear and Twelfth Night, running in repertory from June 29 to September 3 at the High Park Amphitheatre. (more...)

IN THE HEIGHTS, GUYS & DOLLS and More Set for Musical Theatre West's 65th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Musical Theatre West celebrates its 65th Anniversary season with an outstanding line-up of classic and contemporary Broadway masterpieces. (more...)

A Cavalcade of Cutting Edge Comedies Kick-Off July at Ptown's Art House
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

Within the span of just the first two weeks of July, four cutting edge comedies will open at producer Mark Cortale's renowned Art House in Provincetown, hot on the heels of the just-opened new hit Varla Jean Merman show Bad Heroine.  First, Jinkx Monsoon and Peaches Christ bring their smash hit Return to Grey Gardens back to Ptown after a two-year hiatus for a summer long run from July 5 - September 7. Next, Jinkx Monsoon debuts her own new show The Ginger Snapped with cohort Major Scales at the piano, from July 8 through September 10. The next evening, super-duo Kitten n' Lou make their Art House debut with their new comedy "Holier Than Thou" - fresh from a critically-acclaimed, sold out smash run at Fringe World in Australia and Joe's Pub in NYC, from July 9 - 24. Following that, Varla Jean, Ryan Landry & Peaches Christ debut their new comedy 5 to 9 - a hilarious parody of the hit movie 9 to 5, set in our even MORE absurd Oval Office, running from July 14 - September 9.  For Tickets and information, visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006. (more...)

BWW Review: REALLY REALLY, Thought Provoking, Inciting, Well-Conceived at Beck Center for the Arts
by Roy Berko - Jun 3, 2017

"Really Really" is "murder" mystery without a dead body, but still asks, "Who did it?" It's a must see for anyone interested in thoughtful and well-conceived theater. (more...)

See What's On at the Wild Project Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

Find out what's happening at The Wild Project! (more...)

Shea's 710 Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

Shea's 710 Theatre is proud to announce the 2017 -18 Frey Electric Construction Co. Season. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company's Summer Program Soars with ALADDIN JR.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

'A Whole New World' kicks off the summer youth program with Aladdin JR., based on the iconic animated film and featuring an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Soar to new heights on a magical, flying carpet ride filled with romance, adventure and hilarious hijinks. When street urchin Aladdin vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more beloved characters come to life in this fantastical musical that celebrates the power of love and friendship. Aladdin JR. is directed and choreographed by Carolanne Marano, with Musical Direction by Miriam Arichea. The production opens July 7 and runs for 5 performances only through July 9. (more...)

Summer Season Announced at 18th & Union
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

18th & Union is back from Spring Break, and we're looking forward to warmer weather (although no worries, we have air conditioning!). We're welcoming these shows opening in June and running in rep throughout the month. (more...)

AN ACT OF GOD, HIR, AN OCTOROON and More Set for Stage West's 39th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

Stage West has announced the lineup for its 39th season! (more...)

BWW Review: So Good It's Addictive...ACT 1's REEFER MADNESS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 19, 2017

'Over-the-top' and 'larger-than-life' are but two of the descriptive phrases that may be used in reference to both director Jason Lewis and his latest theatrical project Reefer Madness the Musical - and, in both instances, they are equally justified. In all honesty, who else better than he to helm a production of the thoroughly madcap and deliciously campy musical now onstage at Darkhorse Theater through this weekend as the final show of ACT 1's 2016-17 season? (more...)

FRESH FRUIT At 15: the Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Established in 1991, All Out Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to bringing together the diverse artistic, organizational, political and financial resources of the LGBTQ community in order to fight intolerance. All Out Arts fulfills its mission by supporting arts organizations within the community through fiscal sponsorship, events, contests, collaborations, networking events for emerging artists, and by sponsoring productions, concerts and exhibitions of visual arts. We confront homophobia through the humanizing influence of the arts, and the Fresh Fruit Festival is the primary expression of the All Out Arts mission. (more...)

Final Show of SUMMERWORKS Announced at the Wild Project
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

The final show of SUMMERWORKS and Fresh Fruit Line Up Announced at the wild project. (more...)

Opera North Announces Key Cast and Creative Team for LA BELLE HELÈNE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

???????Opera North is pleased to announce the principal roles for La belle Helene, one of its three 2017 mainstage productions. Augusta Caso will sing the lead role of Helene, Peter Lake will play Paris and Eric Lindsey will sing Calchas. (more...)

Bell Shakespeare Returns to the Arts Centre Melbourne with THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

In her first production with Bell Shakespeare, acclaimed theatre director Anne Louise Sarks will present a new, contemporary production of the Shakespeare classic, The Merchant Of Venice. Starring Australian award-winning actors Mitchell Butel and Jessica Tovey, The Merchant Of Venice opens at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, from 19 July - 30 July 2017, followed by a national tour around Australia. (more...)

Review Roundup: ON THE TOWN at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
by Review Roundups - Jun 1, 2017

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's 2017 season opens with the musical On the Town, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie. With music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, including the hit song 'New York, New York', On the Town will be the biggest dance musical ever staged at the Open Air Theatre. (more...)

Lifeline Theatre to Premiere Stage Adaptation of Novel SYLVESTER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Lifeline Theatre presents Sylvester, adapted by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christina Calvit (five-time Jeff Award winner) and directed by Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Dorothy Milne (Jeff Award and After Dark Award winner), based on the novel Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer (licensed by arrangement with Heron Enterprises Ltd.). (more...)

BWW Review: HAIR at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts
by Jaime Zahl - Jul 5, 2017

The "summer of love" has officially dawned at The Merrick Theater as an energetic and inspired production of the tribal rock musical "Hair" plays until July 16. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: David Moscow Shares His Secrets From NEWSIES on Its 25th Anniversary! Read All About It!
by Wayman Wong - Jul 31, 2017

When David Moscow made his 'Big'-screen debut in 1988, it was huge. Penny Marshall had plucked this precocious, 11-year-old kid from the Bronx to play the younger version of Tom Hanks' character, Josh Baskin. This comic fantasy-fable about a boy who literally became 'Big' overnight, was a giant box-office hit. Moscow was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Comedy. And in that same season, another kid won for Best Young Actor in a Drama: Christian Bale for 'Empire of the Sun.' (more...)

BWW Sydney Interview: Michael Ball And Alfie Boe Ahead of Their Australian TOGETHER Concert Tour
by Jade Kops - Jul 25, 2017

BWW Sydney was thrilled to have the opportunity of interviewing two Musical Theatre legends, Michael Ball OBE and Alfie Boe, currently in Sydney promoting their upcoming TOGETHER tour. (more...)

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Creates Magic and Fun in the Forest
by Kristen Price - Jul 18, 2017

There are few things I love more than finding fun and new things to do outside in the dog days of summer. And lately, it seems that others have shared my love for all things sunshine by planning more and more of these events. One of these events is theatre outside, which may not be a new idea, but it seems more companies are participating in these types of shows. For instance, the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is performing A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM in the garden of the Evergreen Museum in Baltimore County. Don't get me wrong, I love this particular play in all forms, but there's something special about seeing it outdoors in a garden, seeing as that is the actual setting for the play. And while I've seen a few productions outdoors, I need to say that this particular production was probably the best I've ever seen. (more...)

BWW Review: Animal Crackers at Cygnet Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - Jul 14, 2017

ANIMAL CRACKERS is playing at the Cygnet Theater through August 13th. For tickets and show times go to www.cygnettheatre.com (more...)

GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE Returns to Bravo for Season Two, 8/17
by TV News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Bravo Media's first original scripted series GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE, from Universal Cable Productions (UCP), returns for season four on Thursday, August 17 at 10 pm ET/PT. Created and executive produced by Marti Noxon, the series follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein) as she continues to solidify her single status post-divorce with the help and hijinks of her girlfriends, Phoebe (Beau Garrett), Jo (Alanna Ubach), Delia (Necar Zadegan) and Barbara (Retta). (more...)

Huntington-Codman Summer Theatre Institute presents TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

Huntington Theatre Company's Department of Education and Community Programs and Dorchester's Codman Academy Charter Public School's collaboration, the Huntington-Codman Summer Theatre Institute, will culminate in two public performances of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28 at 7pm at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The public is invited to the free performances and encouraged to RSVP online. (more...)

Upcoming Events for THE FRESH FRUIT FESTIVAL Announced at the wild project
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

The 15th Anniversary festival of LGBT arts features two weeks of theater, dance, musicals, cabaret, art, and more!  (more...)

Millbrook Playhouse presents Ken Ludwig's A COMEDY OF TENORS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

The Board of Directors and Artistic Director, David Leidholdt, are excited to present Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors. (more...)

2017 National Arts Festival Honours Winners of Standard Bank Ovation Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

More than two hundred productions premiered on the Fringe at The National Arts Festival this year. With the latest edition of the Festival now complete, the names of the winners of the annual Standard Bank Ovation Awards have been announced. (more...)

BWW Review: Moliere's THE BUNGLER at STNJ is a Comedic Jewel
by Marina Kennedy - Jul 10, 2017

'The Bungler' is now onstage at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) through July 30th. This Moliere comedy, translated by Richard Wilbur, enjoys wonderful direction by Brian Crowe and features a cast that capture their roles. It is a perfect summer production, an appealing, laugh-out-loud show for people of all ages. (more...)

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM at STNJs Outdoor Stage is Totally Enchanting
by Marina Kennedy - Jul 1, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) is presenting an exciting, elaborate performance of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' on the Outdoor Stage located at the College of Saint Elizabeth. The theatre's Artistic Director, Bonnie J. Monte directs the show with her signature flair and has also designed the sound, costumes, props and set. (more...)

Uptown Players presents THE TRIBUTE ARTIST
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

Uptown Players closes its 2016-2017 season with the regional premiere of the new comedy by Charles Busch, The Tribute Artist, running August 25 through September 10, 2017, at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. (more...)

Lifeline Theatre presents SYLVESTER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

LifelineTheatre presents Sylvester, adapted by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christina Calvit (five-time Jeff Award winner) and directed by Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Dorothy Milne (Jeff Award and After Dark Award winner), based on the novel Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer (licensed by arrangement with Heron Enterprises Ltd.). Sylvester, Duke of Salford, was born with wealth and good looks, but a life of privilege has rendered him unfeeling towards others. Phoebe Marlow was graced with a sparkling wit and independent spirit, but languishes under the thumb of her domineering stepmother. When this mismatched couple is thrust together by their meddling families, both rebel and their tidy little worlds spin into chaos. Midnight flights, desperate sea voyages, and scathing society hijinks ensue as these unlikely lovers labor to avoid their fate. Grab the reins and charge headlong into a topsy-turvy tale of madcap romance in this world premiere comedy based on the 1957 novel by Georgette Heyer. The production runs approximately two hours with one intermission. The novel will be on sale in the lobby. (more...)

BWW Review: Roxy Regional's STEEL MAGNOLIAS Takes You Back Home
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 8, 2017

Nothing seems to spark so much debate among the theaterati than the announcement of an upcoming production of a show considered overdone, old-fashioned or somehow hackneyed and quasi-provincial. Take for example, Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias - the somewhat nostalgic and Southern-fried seriocomic tale of six women who gather every Saturday morning in a Louisiana beauty shop to have their bouffants teased, their shags trimmed, popular recipes swapped and the lives of their neighbors vivisected in the relative sanctity of a women-only establishment - that has been a part of contemporary literature since its 1987 premiere at off-Broadway's WPA Theatre 'up north' in New York. (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 Review: Springhouse Theatre's Winsome Staging of THE FANTASTICKS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 19, 2017

Sometimes even the loveliest and most appealing of musical theater scores can be forgotten, virtually erased from your memory. Unless, of course, you have your digital music system programmed to play a cavalcade of memorable showtunes, but even then, you're likely hear songs from the same ten shows on a continuous loop. (more...)

BWW Review: CFTA's Tuneful and Entertaining THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 14, 2017

Director Chris McLaurin makes a particularly auspicious debut at the helm of his rollicking - and beautifully sung and winningly staged - production of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic The Pirates of Penzance, now playing at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts through August 27. Charming and engaging, McLaurin's Pirates hews closely to the comic opera's original production (the only one of Gilbert and Sullivan's works to actually have its initial staging on Broadway - in 1879), testament to the libretto's timelessness and its refreshingly contemporary humor. (more...)

Social Spotlight: The Wacky and Wonderful Jessica Vosk Brings the Magic of WICKED on Tour to Instagram
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 11, 2017

Jessica Vosk's pathway to Wicked stardom has been anything but conventional. (more...)

LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME Opens 8/16 at Peninsula Players Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

???????Lord Arthur, a pillar of Victorian society, is about to marry the lovely Sybil Merton, his childhood sweetheart, and is deliriously happy at the start of Peninsula Players Theatre's forthcoming comedy, "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," by Constance Cox, based on a story by Oscar Wilde.  Laughter will fill the theater-in-a-garden August 16 through September 3 while Lord Arthur takes the stage with his muddled murder attempts.   (more...)

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