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DRUNKEN SHAKESPEARE is Back to Haunt Bar 9!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

Drunken Shakespeare is the only free event of its kind that invites you to get rowdy with rogues and strut your Stratfordian swagger! Got an audition piece you've been dying to show off? Want to give that Soliloquy from your high school English class a try? From professional actors to professional fans, Drunken Shakespeare is the judgment-free and admission-free way to spend a Monday night! (more...)

Harvey Granat and Will Friedwald to Showcase the Great American Songbook at 92Y This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Harvey Granat is a cabaret performer, Broadway producer and historian of the American popular song. Will Friedwald is a critic, music historian and author of eight books, including the upcoming The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums (Pantheon Books, October 24). (more...)

Stage Actress and Recording Artist Rebecca Spencer to Release STILL, STILL, STILL Album
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Backstage Bistro Award-winning recording artist and Broadway actress Rebecca Spencer (JEKYLL AND HYDE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) has announced a September 22, 2017 release date for her third recording on the LML Music label, entitled STILL, STILL, STILL. (more...)

Union Avenue Opera Prepares for 23rd Festival Season, Featuring ALBERT HERRING, CAROUSEL & HANSEL UND GRETEL
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Over 30 artists will make their Union Avenue Opera [UAO] debut during its 23rd Festival Season this summer. (more...)

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? DRUNKEN SHAKESPEARE to Return in June
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Just in time to turn up the summer heat, Drunken Shakespeare is here to help you chill out with a frosty drink and a bit of the blazing-hot Bard! (more...)

BWW Review: Drink to Love and Love to Drink at The Musical Stage Company's ONEGIN
by Taylor Long - May 18, 2017

You don't always get a second chance at love. The Musical Stage Company's ONEGIN presents this cautionary moral tale in 120 minutes of energetic, interactive musical theatre. A mix of old and new, Pushkin's famous poem and Tchaikovsky's renowned opera meet music and lyrics by creators Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone. (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 Interview: IN TRANSIT's James Snyder Discusses Singing and His Upcoming Green Room Concert
by Joseph F. Panarello - May 10, 2017

Singing techniques, Green Room concert and IN TRANSIT are topics James Snyder likes to talk about. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/31; THE LAST FIVE YEARS in Omaha, CAROUSEL in L.A. and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 31, 2017

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 THE LAST FIVE YEARS in Omaha, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES in Tampa, and CAROUSEL in Los Angeles, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)

BWW Review: Musical Theatre West Mounts a Quintessential CAROUSEL
by Don Grigware - Mar 27, 2017

Carousel is Rodgers and Hammerstein's favorite musical. Produced on Broadway in 1945 with John Raitt and Jan Clayton in the roles of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, it was R & H's second hit in a row, Oklahoma! being the first, with a string of others to follow. Any Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is among the very best there is in the annals of musical theatre history. The incredibly beautiful music alone is enough to keep an audience riveted, but Hammerstein's books were also laden with topical themes and much food for thought, as with Carousel that becomes a sort of parable for love, forgiveness and redemption. In their current beautifully mounted revival of Carousel, MTW may be assured of a gigantic hit. (more...)

The Skivvies, Alice Ripley, GREAT COMET Cast and More Slated for Spring at The Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

The Green Room 42, Broadway's newest, funkiest, and most spacious club located on 42nd street and Tenth Ave inside YOTEL announces an all-star lineup for the spring. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Slow Burn's BIG RIVER is A Joyous Musical Ride
by Trevor Durham - Mar 19, 2017

Fitzwater has finally gotten his chance to deliver Big River, a production dazzling in its music and performances, showcasing a wild range of talents that give this American musical the most American feel a show could hope for. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Laura Osnes, Telly Leung & More Sings For The Oscar Hammerstein Museum
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 14, 2017

Broadway sang at The Players Club last night for the Benefit of The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

BWW Review: Cherry Hill East High School RAGTIME:THE MUSICAL School Edition
by Pati Buehler - Mar 14, 2017

Surrounded by a barrage of local and regional media attention Cherry Hill East High School decides to "Make Them Hear You". (more...)

BWW Review: OVERTURE LIVE - THE MUSIC OF DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS, The Hippodrome
by Gary Naylor - Mar 13, 2017

Daniel and Laura Curtis showcase their current album, Overture, and give us a glimpse or two of emerging work, the songs belted out by A list West End performers. (more...)

Drunken Shakespeare Returns on a Midsummer's Night
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2017

The days are hot, but Drunken Shakespeare is here to keep you cool with a frosty drink and a bit of the blazing-hot Bard! (more...)

BWW Review: Riverside Center Presents Tuneful SOME ENCHANTED EVENING of Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites
by Jeffrey Walker - Jun 14, 2017

A starry night, with a huge moon looking down, is the perfect setting for an evening of songs that have become part of musical theatre history. This is the look and the sound of SOME ENCHANTED EVENING, now running through July 16, 2017, at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, just south of DC off of I-95. (more...)

BWW Interview: Killian Donnelly On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLES
by Marianka Swain - Jun 12, 2017

Killian Donnelly's stellar musical career includes Kinky Boots, Memphis, The Commitments, Billy Elliot and The Phantom of the Opera. From tonight, he becomes the new West End Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. (more...)

James Snyder and More to Highlight Chris Isaacson Presents' Summer Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced a full slate of summer entertainment, beginning with Chris Mann (star of NBC-TV's The Voice), and continuing with Broadway leading man James Snyder, Electro Jazz and pop chanteuse Maya, Joey Arias: Still Misbehavin', and Grammy Award-winning Motown legend Thelma Houston. (more...)

BWW Review: A Truly ENCHANTED EVENING at Winter Park Playhouse
by Kimberly Moy - Jul 30, 2017

If you took almost all your favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs and put them together into one two hour playlist you'd have SOME ENCHANTED EVENING at Winter Park Playhouse. This combination of hit songs performed by some of Orlando's best voices make for a thoroughly enjoyable night. It's like a Rodgers and Hammerstein playlist without commercials. (more...)

Photo Flash: James Snyder Brings SOLILOQUY to Catalina Bar & Grill
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Broadway leading man James Snyder (If/Then) brought his new show Soliloquy to Los Angeles. (more...)

BWW Review:Broadway's James Snyder Performs Engaging SOLILOQUY
by Don Grigware - Jul 24, 2017

Actor/singer James Snyder premiered his touring cabaret show Soliloquy at the Catalina Jazz Club under the prolific banner Chris Isaacson Presents Thursday July 20. Snyder is one of those handsome Broadway leading men whose magnetic appeal is greatly assisted not only by boyish charm but more importantly by an infectiously off beat sense of humor, unpredictability...and... he has one of the most beautifully powerhouse tenor/baritone voices onstage anywhere. I can only think of one or two others who fill the bill as completely well as Snyder. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- Macblair
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 17, 2017

BWW speaks to Charlie Dupre about 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (more...)

BWW Reviews: Fresh SWEENEY TODD Reinvents Darkness
by Trevor Durham - Jul 17, 2017

Clive Cholerton takes the demon barber's ballads into new dimensions of cruelty and possibility. (more...)

BWW Review: Will Albert Herring ever shed his innocence?
by Steve Callahan - Jul 11, 2017

Union Avenue Opera mounts a delightful production of 'Albert Herring,' Benjamin Britten's only comic opera. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Hampshire - Week of 1/08/2017
by BWW - Jan 8, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/08/2017 for New Hampshire (more...)

Larry Marshall Performs A Lincoln Portrait with Downtown Music Productions 2/12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Downtown Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mimi Stern-Wolfe, presents, on the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, a performance of Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait, with Broadway's Larry Marshall as narrator; Creation du Monde by Darius Milhaud, and Flower of the Mountain by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Stephen Albert, inspired by the writings of James Joyce, with Alissa Grimaldi, soprano.    Sunday February 12, 3:30 PM at St. Mark's in the Bowery, 131 West 10th Street (Second Avenue). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 1/29/2017
by BWW - Jan 29, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/29/2017 for Miami (more...)

BWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare Company's HAMLET Breaks The Mold ~ A Unique and Imaginative Interpretation!
by Herbert Paine - Jan 24, 2017

William Wilson delivers an electrifying portrayal of the aggrieved prince that gives depth, weight and nuance to Southwest Shakespeare Company's extraordinary production of HAMLET, directed by David Barker. (more...)

Drunken Shakespeare Returns with Drunken Love Edition
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Mark your calendars: Drunken Shakespeare is back to revel and get 'Drunk in Love,' just in time for Valentine's Day! (more...)

BWW Review: SUNSET BABY at TheaterWorks
by Joseph Harrison - Feb 6, 2017

How do you build a world and a home at the same time? What gets lost in the struggle? How can a generation be so brilliant and so self-destructive at the same time? These are the questions that playwright Dominique Morisseau notes are what spark and guide her play SUNSET BABY, currently in its Connecticut premiere at TheaterWorks in Hartford. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 2/05/2017
by BWW - Feb 5, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/05/2017 for Miami (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 2/19/2017
by BWW - Feb 19, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/19/2017 for Miami (more...)

Gorilla Tango Originals Produces Wacky, Gender-Bending, Family-Friendly Spin on JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Gorilla Tango Originals proudly presents a new take on an old story: "Jack and the Beanstalk: A Panto Adventure" by Jason Peck and directed by Drew Alexander Echales. "Jack and the Beanstalk: A Panto Adventure" is family friendly (best for ages 5 and up), and performs Saturdays at 1pm, March 4-April 22, 2017, at Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647). Tickets are $15; lap children (i.e. ages 1 and under) free. Please visit www.gorillatango.com or call 773-598-4549 for tickets and more information. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 2/12/2017
by BWW - Feb 12, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/12/2017 for Miami (more...)

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Rings Out at PMT
by Greg Kerestan - Feb 1, 2017

After a two-decade wait, Disney's cult animated musical finally comes to the stage, in an all too timely production. (more...)

BWW Review: KNIVES IN HENS, Donmar Warehouse
by Rona Kelly - Aug 24, 2017

'I must look close enough to discover what it is'. Uttered by one of the characters in Knives in Hens, the same could be said of the play itself. Obscuring and drawn out at points, an impressive cast and some illuminating lighting shine through, rediscovering this classic in the Donmar Warehouse's revival. (more...)

Princess Nokia Announces '1992 Deluxe' Release This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Since she self-released her mixtape 1992 last year, Princess Nokia (Destiny Frasqueri) has been busy touring the world, recording new tracks, and working to develop a community and fan base that embraces her message of self-love and mutual respect. Today, she announces she will release 1992 Deluxe on September 8th via Rough Trade. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2017- A Day At The Fringe- Joe Sellman-Leava
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Aug 17, 2017

Edinburgh Festival Fringe performer Joe Sellman-Leava blogs for BWW to give us an insight into a typical day for him at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)

BWW Review: Bay Street Theatre's AS YOU LIKE IT with Ellen Burstyn, Andre De Shields, et. al.
by Melissa Giordano - Aug 16, 2017

Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre closes out their spectacular 26th season with a fun production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. This incarnation, running through September 3rd, features a stellar cast of favorites including Tony, Oscar, and Emmy winner Ellen Burstyn, Andre De Shields, Kyle Scatliffe, and more. Bay Street's boffo showing is in conjunction with New York City's Classic Stage Company and is excellently directed by CSCs Artistic Director John Doyle. In fact, once the run at Bay Street ends, this production will be opening at CSC on September 13th. (more...)

Sarah Kane's CLEANSED to Hit Sydney Independent Stage for First Time
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Montague Basement will present Sarah Kane's Cleansed at the Sydney Fringe - the first time this controversial and shocking work has been presented in Sydney outside of an educational institution. (more...)

Drunken Shakespeare to Return with Stratfordian Swagger This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

You may be swapping out shorts for scarves as the seasons change, but at Drunken Shakespeare the Bard is always the fashion! (more...)

BWW Interview: Maria-Christina Oliveras Talks WE'RE GONNA DIE, Her Unlikely Career Path and the Subversiveness of Presence
by Matthew Blank - Aug 12, 2017

We catch up with the often-employed Maria-Christina Oliveras, who is taking on Young Jean Lee's solo piece WE'RE GONNA DIE at Ancram Opera House. (more...)

BWW Review: CAROUSEL at Union Avenue Opera
by Steve Callahan - Aug 10, 2017

The Union Avenue Opera is so good at fulfilling our expectations - our expectations of really fine traditional opera. But once in a while they enjoy surprising us, jerking us out of that normal path. For instance, with 'Trouble in Tahiti' several years ago the orchestra was a jazz trio. Now this splendid little company surprises us again with a lovely production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1945 Broadway classic, Carousel. It's the familiar story of a young mill-worker who makes the tragic mistake of falling in love with a rough but beautiful carnival barker. (more...)

BWW Review: An Alluring Journey with ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Orlando Shakes
by Kimberly Moy - Apr 4, 2017

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA is one of those mandatory high school reading Shakespeare classics that never gets old. Though it is a tragedy, Orlando Shakes production is glamorous, entertaining and extremely palatable. Casting, costumes, and classic story come together to make ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA the crown jewel of the season. (more...)

Revel in the Rites of Spring with DRUNKEN SHAKESPEARE at Bar 9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

Mark your calendar - Drunken Shakespeare is back and wants you to help revel in some rites of Spring! (more...)

Jackie Adams Relases DOGGERAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

Jackie Adams has completed his new book 'Doggeral (Urban Ballads)': a gripping collection of urban ballads, which are art songs and poems that hint at oppression, bewilderment, and hate. (more...)

Doug Elkins Returns To PEAK PERFORMANCES To Show Two New Works, 4/20-23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2017

Peak Performances is pleased to welcome back Doug Elkins, whom The New York Times calls "one of the most witty, musical and inventive choreographers of his generation," and his company, doug elkins choreography, etc., in an evening-length program of new and acclaimed works, April 20-23 at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. (more...)

Shakespeare Festival Comes to the PACE Center Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Hoist thine noble banner and may ye heralding trumpets sound! On Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, Parker Arts will present its first annual Shakespeare Festival, a theatrical competition for Parker middle schools and high schools. (more...)

Breaking: Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renée Fleming to Star in CAROUSEL on Broadway
by Alan Henry - Apr 16, 2017

The New York Times reports that producers Scott Rudin and Roy Furman will revive CAROUSEL on Broadway next spring with Jesse Mueller as Julie Jordan, Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow, and Renee Fleming as Nettie Fowler. (more...)

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