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BWW REVIEW: COSI Is A Heartwarming And Hilarious Tribute To Theatre While Being A Timely Reminder That Love Should Be More Important Than Prejudice And Fear
by Jade Kops - Nov 7, 2019
Louis Nowra's semi-autobiographical comedy COSI delights Sydney audiences with its hilarious and heartwarming exploration of combining the creation of theatre with love and community to bring together an unusual group of people.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2019
Penguin Rep Theatre, under the leadership of founding artistic director Joe Brancato and executive director Andrew M. Horn, presents the New York premiere of Mr. Parker, a new play by Michael McKeever, directed by Mr. Brancato, beginning Friday, September 13 in Stony Point, New York.
BWW Review: LUMINARIO SHINES BRIGHTLY IN CHOOSE YOUR IDENTITY & A BELLA LEWITZKY/RUDI GERNREICH PRESENTATION at Fais Do Do & Skirball Cultural Center
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Jun 30, 2019
Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles is a very unique and valuable, strong and powerful Dance Company. They offered up two fantastic evenings of Dance, Song, Music and a Q&A, last weekend at Club Fais Do Do, and this past weekend at the Skirball Center, in conjunction with a Fashion Exhibit of Rudy Gernreich's '60s fashions that tied in perfectly with the 2nd dance piece presented that evening. The costumes used in 'Inscape,' were originally created by Rudi Gernreich at the same time the piece was set, in 1976. 'Choose Your Identity' June 16, 2019 The evening began with singer Tawny Ellis and her band, performing several selections from her new upcoming album release 'Love Life.' Dressed in a beautiful, flowing, lacy white dress, she looked like an angel and sang like one, playing her matching white Lap Steel and omni chord instruments with a passionate, down-to-earth country sound that was soothingly sultry, with lyrics that commanded your attention. She and her talented band played selections from her upcoming release; one of them being 'Pretend Love,' which was accompanied by a beautiful dance, choreographed by the Artistic Director, Judith FLEX Helle, performed by the incredible Kelly Vittetoe, an extraordinary soloist, en pointe, accompanied by David Tai Kim and Cory Goel. The strongest ballerina I have ever seen, (Ms. Vittetoe) that up-close; performing magnificently, with one of the most beautiful bodies, face and feet, ever. She is exquisite, and her two partners were also equally impressive. The exactness of technique performed by all three dancers was just heavenly. Up close and personal. What a treat!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2019
Shakespeare in the Park in Bergen County is back for a second year! Black Box Studios initiated free performances of Shakespeare's works in 2018, with rotating performances of Twelfth Night and Macbeth. This summer, the team will return to the stage with Romeo & Juliet and Othello!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2019
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, based on the comic stripÂ PeanutsÂ by Charles M. Schulz and book, music, and lyrics by Clark Gesner, additional dialogue by Michael Mayer, and additional music & lyrics by Andrew Lippa, will be presented at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre from May 18 through June 2, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. Tickets are $14/adults, $12/children 12 and under. Tickets are available online at www.morgan-wixson.org, by phone at 310-828-7519, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2019
GFour Productions,Â producers of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL and Tony-nominated FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, recently presented a limited engagement ofÂ the play MIDDLETOWN by Dan Clancy, at Bucks County Playhouse. Featuring an all-star cast, MIDDLETOWN is described as "an exhilarating and universal depiction of love, life and friendship, and how each endures through the roller coaster of life."
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2019
1984. Manhattan. "In the beginning there was Beard," said Julia Child of the first TV chef whose charisma transformed him from aspiring actor to culinary expert. A flamboyant yet introverted gastronomist, James Beard was his own greatest promoter and harshest critic.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2019
A young Classics professor puts her career-and her love life-in peril, and calls on the gods of Ancient Greece to save her. Things don't go according to plan when the gods who show up are The Gods of Comedy!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2019
Porchlight Music Theatre continues its "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits Can-Can, music and lyrics by Cole Porter and book by Abe Burrows with direction by Adrian Abel Azevedo, musical direction by Linda Madonia and choreography by Shanna VanDerwerker.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2019
Porchlight Music Theatre continues its "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits Can-Can, music and lyrics by Cole Porter and book by Abe Burrows with direction by Adrian Abel Azevedo, musical direction by Linda Madonia and choreography by Shanna VanDerwerker. Porchlight Revisits Can-Can is presented for three performances-only Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Single tickets for $37 are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office at 773.777.9884.
Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of The York Theatre Company Musicals in Mufti NY Premiere of LOLITA MY LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2019
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, continues the 25th Anniversary of its acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series celebrating the work of the legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, whose hundredth birthday was August 31, 2018. The series honors one of the creators behind such classics as Brigadoon, Camelot, Love Life, and My Fair Lady.
by Amanda Prahl - Jan 24, 2019
It is a truth universally acknowledged that there can never be enough Jane Austen adaptations - at least not for Austenites like me. Coincidentally, the theatre world is newly home to not one, but two works based on Austen's masterpiece Emma:Â Paul Gordon's musical adaptation, a regional staple for years, has finally received a cast recording.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019
The University of Hawai'i at M?noa's Department of Theatre and Dance presentsÂ A Midsummer Night's Bollywood DreamÂ on February 1, 2, 8, and 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and February 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. on the Kennedy Theatre mainstage.Â Shakespeare's most popular comedy meets the high-energy song and dance of Bollywood as magic rules the forest and the mischievous creatures play havoc with everyone's love life.Â The play is co-directed by UHM Professor,Â Paul Mitri, andÂ Dr. Sai Bhatawadekar, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for South Asian Studies. Original music and lyrics are composed byÂ Ike WebsterÂ andÂ Bhatawadekar, who is also the production's dance choreographer. Free pre-show chats will take place at 6:45 p.m. preceding the performances on February 2 and 9. February 2 is also the 'Throwback Saturday' performance featuring prices from the 'good old days' of $5-$15. Regularly priced tickets are $8-$25.
by Shari Barrett - Nov 6, 2018
The 1936 Hungarian play PARFUMERIE by Miklos Laszlo has the humble distinction of living in the shadow of the more famous movies (and Broadway musical) that it inspired. In fact, Hollywood has cashed in on the play not once but three times - the first adaptation was the 1940 Ernst Lubitsch romantic comedy 'The Shop Around the Corner,' starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, which was followed by the 1949 screen musical version 'In the Good Old Summertime,' starring Judy Garland, and much later by the 1998 Nora Ephron movie 'You've Got Mail,' with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. And of course, the Broadway musical 'She Loves Me' - adapted from the play by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff - opened in New York in 1963 and is now one of the most beloved (and revived) musicals during the Christmas season each year. All I can say is for those who enjoy this story of mistaken identity between pen-pal lovers should see one of those versions
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018
Mile Square Theatre continues its 2018 season withÂ Christopher Durang's hilarious comedy about love, life and family, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Durang drops a mixed bag of Chekhovian characters in contemporary Bucks County in this comic tour-de-force. Relentlessly silly and smart, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike deservedly won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2018
Rosalie Craig, the star of Marianne Elliott's highly anticipated new production of COMPANY by George Furth and Stephen Sondheim, popped into the Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue today to launch a special all-day birthday party at the cafe surrounded by 88 bright blue balloons. Â The celebrations were hosted in conjunction with COMPANY to mark the composer's 88th birthday on Thursday 22 March 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2018
City Theatre's season of bold new work progresses with the world premiere ofÂ Citizens MarketÂ byÂ Cori Thomas,Â which explores the lives andÂ complications of a group of immigrants as they find their footing in America. Thomas's work was last seen at City Theatre with the world premiere ofÂ When January Feels Like Summer, winner of the 2011 Osborne New Play Award. Directed byÂ Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas,Â Citizens MarketÂ runs on theÂ Main Stage March 3 -Â 25, 2018. Tickets are on sale now.
Review: Katherine Parr, THE LAST WIFE of King Henry VIII, Revealed as an Early Supporter of Women's Equality
by Shari Barrett - Jan 20, 2018
By now, we all know that new laws have been enacted which allow the first born, whether male or female, of the reigning heir to the British monarchy to be named that person's successor. This new move to equality of the sexes when it comes to being named the crown was perhaps initially started by Katherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII, who he made Queen Regent when he went off to war (allowing her to rule in his place). Parr then took it upon herself to have his daughters Mary and Elizabeth (Bess) added to the line of succession should their younger half-brother and heir apparent, Edward, die without any legal heirs to assume the crown. That move led to advancing their status as women of royal privilege as more than just a piece of property to be used as a bargaining chip for royal alliances through marriage.
by Jade Kops - Jan 15, 2018
Written and performed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs, this 60 minute two hander presents and interesting insight into young men trying to navigate, love, life, and friendship in a world of expectations, technology and what would otherwise be seen as a comfortable life.
BWW REVIEW: Misfit Music Nerds And Misguided Understanding Of Love And Life Come Together In HIGH FIDELITY.
by Jade Kops - Nov 25, 2017
David Lindsay-Abaire (Book), Amanda Green (lyrics) and Tom Kitt's(Music) rock musical HIGH FIDELITY based on Nick Hornby's novel and the movie of the same name takes the audience on a thirtysomething's journey of self discovery as he finally understands that relationships take commitment, loyalty and being completely present in the partnership.