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Milburn, NJ 07041

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No Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera boasts as many walk-away tunes as The Pirates of Penzance, the only collaboration of the pair to premiere on Broadway, and not in England. Building on the success of the previous year’s H.M.S. Pinafore, but trading—as their principal “serious” focus—the rigors of naval discipline for the obligations of duty, G&S manage to burlesque their normal share of popular institutions, including the army, the police, and operatic sopranos. Pirate apprentice Frederic, at age 21, has faithfully served out his indentures and, replete with a sense of duty, joins the police force, determined to exterminate his old mates. He falls in love with Mabel, the first girl he sees, but the daughter of Major-General Stanley, who himself is the target of a pirate revenge plot. Plans go awry when it is revealed that, thanks to a leap-day birth, Frederic is really only five and one-quarter years old. The engaging musical score includes some of the catchiest music in the G&S canon: Mabel’s pyrotechnic “Poor, wandering one;” the tongue-twisting patter song “I am the very model of a modern major-general;” “A policeman’s lot;” “Climbing over rocky mountain”—a survivor from Thespis, G&S’s lost first stage work; and “With catlike tread,” which, more than a quarter-century later, was given new words as “Hail, hail, the gang’s all here.” At The Egyptian Theatre.


Andrew Samonsky, Hannah Elless and Bryce Pinkham to Star in BENNY & JOON Musical at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the first show of its 2017-2018 Season, the world premiere musical Benny & Joon, with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 9
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 9, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

BWW Review: COMPASS SOUTH by Hope Larson
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Aug 8, 2017

In high school, my favorite books were all by Tamora Pierce, beginning with her adventures about Alanna, the daring girl who switched places with her twin brother, disguised herself as a boy, and went off to learn how to be a knight while he went to the convent to study magic. Ever since, I've had a soft spot for books where the girl disguises herself as a boy and goes on to do great things. This past year at BEA, I was talking with the publicist at First Second Books, Macmillan's graphic novel arm. She told me about a really cool graphic novel series, Four Points by Hope Larson. I was sold when she mentioned pirate ships, twins, and a girl disguised as a boy! (more...)

Treat Williams and Stephen Adly Guirgis to Star in AMERICAN BUFFALO
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Dorset Theatre Festival capstones its 40th Anniversary Season with the Regional Revival of American Buffalo by David Mamet. American Buffalo, under the direction of John Gould Rubin (Artistic Director of The Private Theater), runs for a limited engagement of 11 performances between August 24 - September 2, 2017. All performances take place at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset. (more...)

Heidi Klum, Christian Siriano, Jason Wu, Isaac Mizrahi & More Join First-Ever Charitybuzz Fashion Auction
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Charitybuzz is changing online fundraising by design with the introduction of their first ever curated Fashion Auction, part of this year's successful Charitybuzz Curates program. (more...)

David Crosby, Craig Finn, Poco & More On-Sale at City Winery Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces singer-songwriter and social justice activist David Crosby on tour with his latest solo album, Craig Finn (of the Hold Steady) with John K. Samson (of the Weakerthans) and more. The following shows go on sale to the public on Thursday, August 10 at noon at citywinery.com/chicago. (more...)

Chicago Philharmonic Presents Phantoms, Fiends and Fairytales this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Two holiday-themed programs and a radio drama are among the treats for audiences when the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players return to City Winery Chicago to present the Fall Chamber Concert Series. With a wide variety of concerts, presented in the uniquely casual brunch setting of this West Loop winery and restaurant, this season's lineup promises a fun and entertaining series of classical music. (more...)

WaterTower Theatre Announces Details of the 2017 Community Cast Party
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

WaterTower Theatre is excited to be continuing one of our most talked about and anticipated traditions, the Community Cast Party!  CCP Co-Chairs Stan Graner, Corky Pledger, Deborah Staggs and Maureen Anderson today announced details for the 4th Annual Community Cast Party.  The party will be held on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at WaterTower 's home, the Addison Theatre Centre from 7 pm to 10 pm.  The Community Cast Party is designed to attract a wide audience of patrons, partiers, and food lovers who are interested in supporting WaterTower Theatre while enjoying an evening of entertainment with cuisine offered from many fine local restaurants.  Attendees will have a unique opportunity to mix and mingle with artists from the DFW theatre community at the "open house" style event, where everyone is welcome. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 7, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 7 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Hans Zimmer 'Live In Prague' on Multiple Formats 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

One of the most successful film music composers working today, Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) will be presented on multiple formats when Live In Prague is released on November 3 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. (more...)

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of August 6, 2017
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2017

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Photo Flash: The Broadway Experience Celebrates 10th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2017

The Broadway Experience celebrated its 10th Anniversary season with a culminating student performance alongside Broadway professionals this past Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the James & Martha Duffy Performance Space at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Carolyn Hennesy to Lead MASTER CLASS at the Garry Marshall Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2017

The Garry Marshall Theatre's first production of its Inaugural Season, Terrence McNally's Master Class, will star Emmy-winner Carolyn Hennesy as the legendary opera soprano Maria Callas and opens September 22. (more...)

LIZZIE Rock Musical to Make Chicago Premiere as Firebrand's Inaugural Show
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2017

Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to present its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden.  (more...)

Breon Arzell to Star in The Hypocrites' DRACULA at Mercury Theater Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue - will present The Hypocrites' production of DRACULA, directed by award-winner Sean Graney, from October 7th through November 5th, 2017. Press opening is Thursday, October 12th at 8pm.  (more...)

Casts Set for VILLAIN: DeBLANKS This Fall at The Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Upcoming casting has been announced for Brenda Braxton presents Billy Mitchell's Villain: DeBlanks, the uproarious improvisational comedy playing weekly at The Green Room 42 where 'Clue' meets adult 'Mad Libs' and audiences never see the same show twice. (more...)

DUKE ELLINGTON'S GREATEST HITS Coming to Music Theater Works
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

The music of American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington will be celebrated at Music Theater Works, October 6-15, 2017, at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

Skylight Music Theatre Presents HOT MIKADO
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Skylight Music Theatre opens the 2017-18 season with Hot Mikado, a swinging version of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic masterpiece The Mikado, running Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 in the Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee. (more...)

Starz Developing New 'Black Samaurai' Series Starring Common
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Starz announced today it is developing the action-drama series under the working title 'Black Samurai' with Jerry Bruckheimer Television starring Academy Award(R) winner Common (John Wick 2, Suicide Squad, Selma), who will also executive produce under his Freedom Road Productions banner. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA (Kill Bill 1 & 2, American Gangster, 'Gang Related') and Mitchell Diggs will also executive produce for Wu Films. (more...)

Photo Flash: Moonlit Wings-Winning Scripts Go from Page to Stage in DC-Area Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

"Free Art Friday" is back with three new shows at Moonlit Wings Productions (MWP) playing across the National Capital Area, see photos below! These scripts are winners of Moonlit Wings annual international playwriting contest with free admission for the public on certain Friday's this summer. (more...)

Menier Chocolate Factory Announces The First Major London Revival Of BARNUM
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announced the first major London revival of BARNUM. Gordon Greenberg's production opens on 5 December, with previews from 25 November, and runs until 3 March 2018. The production goes on sale to supporters of the Menier on 31 August, and to the general public on 11 September. (more...)

Global Maritime Anti-Piracy Systems Market 2017-2021 - Key Vendors are A.ST.I.M, CONTROP Precision Technologies, LRAD & SAFRAN Group - Research and Markets
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

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Berkeley Rep presents World Premiere of IMAGINARY COMFORTS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

???????Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit, written by Daniel Handler and directed by Tony Taccone. The new play begins previews on Thursday, October 5 and the show runs through Sunday, November 19. Individual tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone, 510 647-2949. Press night will be on Thursday, October 12. (more...)

Get Ready to 'Bikini Bottom Boogie' with the SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Original Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

The Original Cast Recording of SpongeBob SquarePants - The New Musical will be released September 22 by Masterworks Broadway. Available for preorder now, the album features a score of original songs unlike anything Broadway has ever heard and is produced by Scott Riesett and Tom Kitt, with executive producers Scott Farthing, Doug Cohn and Susan Vargo. (more...)

JACK Unveils Fall 2017 Season of Key Experimenting Artists in Theater, Dance & Music
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Recognized by The Village Voice as 'Best Scrappy Brooklyn Theater' in their Best of 2016 issue, JACK presents a flurry of some of today's key experimenting artists in theater, dance and music, with new work by playwrights Virginia Grise, Azure Osborne-Lee, nicHi douglas, Karma Mayetand Justin Kuritzkes, by choreographer Nicole Bindler, and by composer Justin Hicks with director Charlotte Brathwaite. (more...)

Maureen Nolan to Join Cast of PETER PAN at Blackpool Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Blackpool's own Maureen Nolan will join Jennifer Ellison, Jake Quickenden* and Scott Gallagher as Mrs Darling in the stellar line up for Blackpool Opera House's magical family Christmas adventure, Peter Pan (16 Dec - 07 Jan). (more...)

Thousand Foot Krutch Untraveled Roads Preorder Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Capturing these stadium-shaking hits on record, TFK releases its first live album in six years, Untraveled Roads, which is available for preorder from (more...)

Just Kidding Performance Season Announced at Symphony Space
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

Symphony Space announces the 2017-18 season launch of Just Kidding on Saturday, October 7  at 11 am and 2 pm with two sketch comedy performances by The Story Pirates, an uproarious experience for the whole family.  The troupe features actors who take original stories submitted by children and create outlandishly funny sketches and mini-musicals that leave kids and their parents howling in the aisles. (more...)

Tickets on Sale for Synetic Theater's Fall Run of PETER PAN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

Take flight to Neverland with Peter Pan, his Lost Boys and the Darling children! In this magical place filled with fairies, pirates, and mermaids, Peter Pan and crew will battle the delightfully sinister Captain Hook with acrobatics that will leave you on the edge of your seat! (more...)


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BWW Review: Dinner and a Show - Levoy's PETER PAN and the Old Oar House Irish Pub
by Pati Buehler - Aug 17, 2017

A Classic Peter Pan delights at the Classy Levoy Theatre in Millville NJ (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 18
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 16, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

THE MERRY WIDOW, ROCKING HORSE WINNER and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2018 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced that the company's 2018 Summer Festival will feature new productions of four operas at The Spa Little Theatre in Spa State Park, along with a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events from May 26 through July 15 at venues throughout the region. (more...)

ESPN to Provide Comprehensive Coverage of MLB Little League Classic
by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

ESPN will provide comprehensive coverage of the first-ever MLB Little League Classic on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, Aug. 20, from the renovated Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa. (more...)

ESPN's Extensive On-Site Coverage of Little League World Series Games Begins 8/17
by TV News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will once again combine to present all 32 games at the 71st Little League World Series presented by Dick's Sporting Goods from Williamsport Pa., August 17-27. (more...)

Michael McGrath, Michael Mastro, Leslie Kritzer and Laura Bell Bundy to Headline THE HONEYMOONERS at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn, has announced casting for the world-premiere production of the new musical comedy The Honeymooners, based on the CBS television series, with book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, music by Stephen Weiner, and lyrics by Peter Mills. (more...)

Theater Critic at Theater Camp: A Return Visit to French Woods
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

How do you take hundreds of kids (ages 7 to 17) and put up over a dozen shows (mostly musicals, plus a few plays) in as little as three weeks, with rehearsals limited to maybe just 12 or 13 days, with all or most of the cast rehearsing just slightly more than two hours each day, and many campers working on multiple shows at once? And I'm talking about completely staged shows with full production values, including sets, lighting, sound, costumes and live orchestras. Not only that, imagine repeating this same frenzied process four times over the course of a single summer. (more...)

Wu-Tang Clan Founders Relaunch Iconic Wu Wear Clothing Brand
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Robert Diggs (pka Rza) and Oliver Grant (pka Power), two of the original founders of the Wu-Tang Clan, announced today that they are partnering with Live Nation's Merchandise division to relaunch the hip-hop group's legendary Wu Wear clothing brand. (more...)

Lesli Margherita, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Tony Sheldon & More Join SUGAR: IN CONCERT at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Lesli Margherita, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Tony Sheldon, and Matt Hetherington have joined Feinstein's/54 Below's one night only concert of Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, and Peter Stone's Tony nominated musical SUGAR, on Tuesday, September 5th, at 7 pm and 9:30 pm. (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...)

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Comes to North Sydney
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2017

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney is coming to North Sydney in late September and early October with six performances of The Pirates of Penzance. (more...)

Carmen Borgia's SOUTH: A NAUTICAL MUSICAL Comes to Catskill
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2017

Avast, landlubbers! Climb aboard the 'Worthy Vessel' at Catskill's Bridge Street Theatre for a Concert Reading of "SOUTH: A Nautical Musical" on Sunday August 27 at 2:00 in the afternoon.  (more...)

FOOTLOOSE Boogies Into Sheffield This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

The smash hit production, Footloose: The Musical comes to the Lyceum Theatre stage from Tuesday 29 August - Saturday 2 September. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): Chris McLaurin and Mara Smotherman of PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 11, 2017

Chris McLaurin and one of his cast members, Mara Bloomfield Smotherman (who will be seen later this season in The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of South Pacific) take on our list of six questions for this latest version of Friday 5 (+1), offering insight into what makes them tick, what brought them to the theater in the first place and to suggest why you won't want to miss their show. (more...)

Charlotte Cooper, Will Jennings, and More Announced For THE NIGHT PIRATES at Rose Theatre Kingston
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Rose Theatre Kingston and Nick Brooke Productions Ltd today announce the cast for the world premiere of The Night Pirates, adapted from the best-selling children's book by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright. (more...)

Electric Cellist Tina Guo Shines in Hans Zimmer Concert
by Charles Shubow - Aug 11, 2017

Huge crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD appreciates film composer Hans Zimmer. (more...)

GYPSY to Open Next Weekend at Music Theater Works
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) presents GYPSY, the tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters' success, at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, August 19 through 27. A 25-piece orchestra accompanies such well-known songs as 'Everything's Coming Up Roses,' 'Let Me Entertain You' and 'Some People.' (more...)

15 Seconds of Fame and Detroit Tigers Announce Partnership to Deliver Videoboard Moments to Fans at Comerica Park
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

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Lyric Opera Announces its 2017-18 Resident Artists
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler has announced the selection of the artists for the Resident Artists Program for the 2017-2018 season. (more...)

ESPN to Present Reds v Brewers Doubleheader This Labor Day
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

ESPN will televise a Holiday Baseball presented by Land Rover afternoon doubleheader on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. At 1 p.m. ET, Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds will host Travis Shaw and the Milwaukee Brewers in a full national telecast from Great American Ball Park. (more...)

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