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by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018
The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) opens its 2018-19 season to Once Upon a Mattress, with performances running September 13-30, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017
Theatre Aspen announced today that beginning immediately, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, performing arts center executive, and arts education advocate, Jed Bernstein will be its new Producing Director.
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 27, 2014
The life of Mary Rodgers Guettel, composer and children's book author, will be remembered and honored in a memorial celebration on Monday, November 3 at Town Hall. Mary was best known for her musical Once Upon a Mattress, and her novel Freaky Friday. She passed away in June at her home in New York City. She was 83 years old.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 21, 2020
The Wick Theatre is bringing back live entertainment with a wonderful series of Supper Club events, concerts and theatrical productions.  All safety and social distancing procedures are being followed. For more information and tickets, please visit www.thewick.org or call the box office at 561-995-2333.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2015
The 8th Annual Fire Island Pines Literary and Theater Weekend will feature two-time Tony and Emmy Award-winner Andrea Martin (slated for Broadway's upcoming produection of NOISES OFF) and Emmy nominee and theatre multihyphenate Seth Rudetsky, in performance and signing copies of their latest publications: ANDREA MARTIN'S LADY PARTS, a memoir by Ms. Martin, and THE RISE AND FALL OF A THEATER GEEK, Mr. Rudetsky's latest young adult novel.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014
Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2014-2015 season with a Broadway-bound, world-class revival of Can-Can starring Kate Baldwin as Pistache and Jason Danieley as Aristide. Can-Can will play the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from tonight, October 1 through October 26, 2014. The official press opening night is Sunday, October 5, at 7:00pm.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 6, 2020
The Wick Theatre has been keeping audiences entertained for months now with their dynamic Supper Club Cabarets, which take place in the grand lobby, but now the time has come to open the doors to the main theatre! The first show will be appropriately, Back Home Again, a John Denver tribute by Tom Becker and his band, who have been featured on PBS.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014
The life of Mary Rodgers Guettel, composer and children's book author, will be remembered and honored in a memorial celebration tonight, November 3 at Town Hall. Mary was best known for her musical Once Upon a Mattress, and her novel Freaky Friday. She passed away in June at her home in New York City. She was 83 years old.
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017
Theatre Aspen announced casting for the organization's upcoming season of summer shows, which includes Hairspray, Sex with Strangers and The World According to Snoopy.
by Tyler Peterson - May 27, 2014
The York Theatre Company celebrates the great American lyricist Marshall Barer (Once Upon a Mattress) with a special concert event, The Marshall Barer Project, a musical tour through the life, career and mind of a man whose songs are shimmering jewels from the American Songbook. Starring BJ Ward with special guest Michael Feinstein. Directed by Gordon Hunt, The Marshall Barer Project will play two performances only on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).
by Julie Musbach - May 18, 2018
The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) announces 18 awards granted from their National Fund for New Musicals, and five awards granted from their Innovation & Exploration Grant program. The National Fund for New Musicals (NFNM) is a major funding program to support NAMT member not-for-profit theatres in their collaborations with writers to create, develop and produce new musicals. Now in its tenth year, this year the Fund is providing grants totaling $58,000 to organizations across the country.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2014
Theatre Jacksonville celebrates Stephen Sondheim's birthday with two performances of the musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim today, March 22 at 2pm and 8pm as its annual fundraiser.
by Peter Nason - Mar 18, 2021
BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the 91 greatest Sondheim songs. See if your favorites made the cut! What's at #1?
by Julie Musbach - Mar 1, 2018
Complete casting has been announced for Charles Busch's return to Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director) in his uproarious new comedy The Confession of Lily Dare, directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister).
by Alix Cohen - Jun 9, 2015
Linda Lavin's most recent show at 54 Below (which had a three-night run between June 4-6), Starting Over--"Because that's what I've done all my life"--illuminates a succession of chapters in her career. The show bears more than a little resemblance to a 2012 appearance at the same venue. There are repeated numbers, excessive, though entertaining anecdotes, and a feel I now find formulaic.
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 27, 2014
Today we are saluting a versatile and unique figure in theatre history who grew up as the daughter of one of the most important composers in musical theatre and contributed recognizable and fondly remembered works of her own, as well - Mary Rodgers Guettel.
by Walter McBride - Jun 27, 2014
As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, Mary Rodgers Guettel died at her home in Manhattan yesterday morning after a long illness, according to her son Alec Guettel. She was 83 years old. We remember the Broadway legend below.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014
The Broadway community mourns the loss of accomplished author, screenwriter and composer, Mary Rodgers Guettel, who passed away on Thursday at age 83. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory Saturday, June 28th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 26, 2014
Mary Rodgers Guettel died at her home in Manhattan this morning after a long illness, according to her son Alec Guettel. She was 83 years old.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015
Today Glenn Adamson, the Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, announced the Museum's upcoming program for Fall 2015 and Winter 2016, featuring a diverse set of exhibitions.
by Peter Nason - Jun 24, 2020
Happy Gay Pride! BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the 101 greatest LGBTQ songs and anthems from 1920-2020. See if your favorite songs or artists made the grade!
by Courtnie Mele - Jun 20, 2014
About Face Theatre, in association with Justin Brill, is pleased to launch its 2014-15 season with Methtacular!, written and performed by Steven Stafford and directed by Adam Fitzgerald. In this Chicago premiere, Strafford shares his brutally honest and often comedic story of survival in the underground world of Chicago's crystal meth scene. Methtacular! plays August 21 - September 28, 2014 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at www.aboufacetheatre.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Sunday, August 24 at 4 pm.
by Courtnie Mele - Jun 15, 2014
Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents KRITZERLAND GOES OFF-BROADWAY!
by Julie Musbach - Jun 14, 2018
On Wednesday, June 27th from 3:45-5:15 pm, the Aspen Ideas Festival and Theatre Aspen will collaborate for the first time ever on a combination live performance and panel discussion event at the Aspen Music Festival's Benedict Music Tent. The session will examine the historical and social impact that iconic theatre pieces have had in highlighting important social issues such as race, gender and social justice. The panel discussions will be moderated by the renown theatre critic of the Washington Post, Peter Marks, and will feature such participants as David Brooks and Katie Couric.
by Tyler Peterson - Jun 13, 2016
Tony Award-winning actor-singer-director Paul Sand will remount his hit show, "Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel," in July in Santa Monica - which will also launch his newly formed Santa Monica Public Theatre.
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 30, 2020
Check out a few of the more obscure tidbits on the life and career of the great Stephen Sondheim as he becomes the first subject of our new series 10 Things You Might Not Know About...
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017
Pantry Boys, a new play by Daniel Sauermilch, directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister), and featuring Pico Alexander (Punk Rock at MCC, upcoming feature film "Home Again"), Jared Zirilli (Romance Language, Pretty Filthy with The Civilians) and Nick Imperato (Antony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives) will be included as part of the Potomac Theater Project's (PTP/NYC) After Dark Series.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017
Light the Candles! Get the Ice Out! Blow the Bugle! The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced Tony Award-nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Christine Pedi (NEWSical the Musical), and Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime) will lead the parade of the special Summer 2017 Musicals in Mufti presentation of the hit Broadway revue Jerry's Girls.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 5, 2021
World-renowned singers are coming to The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton to perform at the Wick Supper Club. Nicolas King, Billy Strich, Anthony Nunziata and Christine Pedi are kicking off the new year with spectacular dinner and show events.
by Ben Rimalower - Jan 20, 2020
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to actor, singer, and drag legend Jeffery Roberson (aka Varla Jean Merman) about the 1966 cast recording of 'The Mad Show.' They also discuss Coco Peru, Frank DeCaro, Heklina, Joanne Worley, Linda Lavin, 'The First Wives Club,' Carol Burnett, Sandy Duncan, Barbra Streisand, Ann Reinking, Leslie Jordan, Marisol Montalvo, and Charles Busch. Varla talks about performing the role of Mary Sunshine in 'Chicago' on Broadway, and shares stories about working in Provincetown with queens such as Jinkx Monsoon, Peaches Christ, Liza Lott, and BenDeLaCreme. In addition to her hilarious onstage performances, Varla is also known for her work in Richard Day's beloved 2003 comedy film 'Girls Will Be Girls.'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015
Artistic director Charles Busch -- in his Lyrics & Lyricists debut -- serves up a cavalcade of stories and songs about the legendary women of Hollywood's movie musical Golden Age in 'Here's to the Girls!' on February 7, 8 and 9, 2015 at 92Y.
by Lauren Yarger - Jan 18, 2017
Monthly column featuring women in theater and upcoming opportunities.
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 13, 2016
Comedic character actor Richard Libertini passed away on Thursday, January 7th following a 2-year battle with cancer. He was 82.
by Walter McBride - Jan 1, 2015
Broadway fans had plenty of reasons to celebrate this year, with dozens of shows having opened since January, hundreds of actors having made their debuts, and many more having returned to the stage for critically acclaimed performances. Not all news was good though, as we also suffered a loss of an incredible amount of talent. Below, BroadwayWorld sends a fond farewell to those who passed away in 2014.
by Julie Musbach - Feb 7, 2019
Pear Theatre is proud to announce its 18th season, a signature mix of classic works and stunning contemporary pieces. All performances are held at the Pear Theatre's performance space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. Each show offers a preview performance on the first Thursday, followed by Press/Opening Night on Friday.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2015
Artistic director Charles Busch -- in his Lyrics & Lyricists debut -- serves up a cavalcade of stories and songs about the legendary women of Hollywood's movie musical Golden Age in 'Here's to the Girls!' this weekend, February 7, 8 and 9, 2015 at 92Y.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 3, 2016
Charles Busch will return to Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director) this spring with his new comedy Charles Busch's CLEOPATRA for a limited premiere showcase engagement at Theater for the New City'sCommunity Theater (155 First Avenue). The premiere production, directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister) will play a limited engagement of 22 performances fromFriday, March 25 through April 17, 2016.
by Rebecca Russo - Feb 24, 2017
RESONANCE WORKS presents Side by Side by Sondheim on Saturday March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday March 5 at 3:00 p.m. in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom congregation in Shadyside. The evening is a celebration of the wit and genius of musical theater's most influential artist of the last half-century - Stephen Sondheim. This Tony-nominated revue features music from his early work including selections from Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Anyone Can Whistle and Pacific Overtures, plus his collaborations with musical legends Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers.
by Student Blogger: Drew Eldridge - Feb 19, 2021
There are few performers who can be declared a “triple threat” talent. Ivy Austin is undoubtedly one of them. Austin is a star of stage, radio, and the recording studio, and has been involved with smash hits including “Grease 2,”“A Prairie Home Companion,” and “Sesame Street” where she has recorded with The Muppets since the show’s inception!
by Julie Musbach - Feb 14, 2018
Charles Busch will return to Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director) this spring in his uproarious new comedy The Confession of Lily Dare for a limited premiere showcase engagement. Directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister), The Confession of Lily Dare will play a limited engagement of 24 performances from Wednesday, April 4 to Sunday, April 29 at Theater for the New City's Johnson Theater (155 First Avenue).
by Tyler Peterson - Dec 3, 2014
This December, Signature Theatre invites you and the family to ring in the holiday season with two limited-run shows.
by Michael Dale - Dec 28, 2015
The first two months of the year are traditionally a bit slow on Broadway, but we've got four big shows coming in this year.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2017
Light the Candles! Get the Ice Out! Blow the Bugle! The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced Tony Award-nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Christine Pedi (NEWSical the Musical), and Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime) will lead the parade of the special Summer 2017 Musicals in Mufti presentation of the hit Broadway revue Jerry's Girls.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017
Producers, Theatreworks USA, Martian Entertainment, Greg Schaffert Productions and Lang Entertainment Group have partnered with The Road Company (trc.nyc) to bring Drama Desk Nominated Best Musical, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical around the country beginning fall of 2018.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 28, 2018
The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) opens its 2018-19 season to Once Upon a Mattress, with performances running September 13-30, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017
Theatre Aspen has announced a partnership with The Wheeler Opera House for the fourth annual Aspen Theatre Festival. The collaboration will support a developmental production of THE MAD SHOW, created from the twisted minds of 'the Usual Gang of Idiots' behind MAD Magazine. Beginning September 12th, the work will culminate in two presentations at the Wheeler Opera House.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015
The 8th Annual Fire Island Pines Literary and Theater Weekend will feature two-time Tony and Emmy Award-winner Andrea Martin (slated for Broadway's upcoming produection of NOISES OFF) and Emmy nominee and theatre multihyphenate Seth Rudetsky, in performance and signing copies of their latest publications: ANDREA MARTIN'S LADY PARTS, a memoir by Ms. Martin, and THE RISE AND FALL OF A THEATER GEEK, Mr. Rudetsky's latest young adult novel.
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 13, 2014
Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is proud to open its 2014-2015 season with a Broadway-bound, world-class revival of Can-Can starring Kate Baldwin as Pistache and Jason Danieley as Aristide.
by Roy Berko - Apr 24, 2017
If you go to the theater for enjoyment, Cleveland Play House's "Freaky Friday" is your thing. If you go to the theater to see marvelous talent, in a well-directed, well-conceived show, "Freaky Friday" is your thing. If you don't go to theater but have always wondered what a Broadway show is like, "Freaky Friday" is your thing. Yes, if you don't go see "Freaky Friday" you are going to miss out on a special event!