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BWW Feature: The Washington Chorus Celebrates Choral Excellence with a WEST SIDE STORY BALL BWW Feature: The Washington Chorus Celebrates Choral Excellence with a WEST SIDE STORY BALL
by Sam Abney on May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC

The Washington Chorus sure knows how to throw a party. Capping off their 2017-18 season, the organization's recent West Side Story Ball allowed the organization to showcase their strong vocalists while celebrating famed composer Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. A festive evening such as this also underscored the importance of choral performances in classical spaces like churches: it makes the performance ten times better. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/20/2018 Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/20/2018
by BWW on May 20, 2018 in Washington, DC

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/20/2018 for Washington, DC (more...)
BROADWAY AT W Launches Hit Series At W Washington D.C. BROADWAY AT W Launches Hit Series At W Washington D.C.
by BWW News Desk on May 18, 2018 in Washington, DC

This coming Monday, May 21st, the hit acoustic concert series BROADWAY AT W launches in the nation's capital at W WASHINGTON D.C. Overlooking the White House and the National Mall, this marks the fifth location of BROADWAY AT W after previous launches in W New York- Times Square, W Hollywood, W Chicago-City Center, and W Leicester Square (London). (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS Comes to the National Theatre BWW Review: WAITRESS Comes to the National Theatre
by Jennifer Perry on May 18, 2018 in Washington, DC

The musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's screenplay WAITRESS made history on Broadway when it came in with the first all-female creative team led by Director Diane Paulus. However, it's noteworthy for another reason - Sara Bareilles' varied, character-driven music and lyrics that would, in any other year, probably have won the Tony Award. These are not the only selling points for the current national tour though. Some strong casting, a fierce band fully integrated into the diner setting (led by DC's own tremendously talented Jenny Cartney), and female characters you want to root for in Jessie Nelson's book make this one to see. (more...)
BWW Review: Folger's Intimate and Informal SAINT JOAN BWW Review: Folger's Intimate and Informal SAINT JOAN
by Benjamin Tomchik on May 18, 2018 in Washington, DC

Watching Saint Joan, something seems missing in Bedlam's informal and intimate production. Maybe it is the grandeur of Europe's royal and religious court or the dazzling array of characters being brought vividly to life. Whatever it is, this production seems under produced, and that, when involving the great George Bernard Shaw is a cardinal sin. (more...)
BWW Review:  Havana's Teatro El Publico Takes a Fassbinder Homage, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, and Fascinates BWW Review: Havana's Teatro El Publico Takes a Fassbinder Homage, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, and Fascinates
by Andrew White on May 18, 2018 in Washington, DC

Teatro El Publico's production of Petra von Kant, which regrettably only saw two performances at the Kennedy Center's Family Theatre, is both a thoughtful exploration of humanity and a classic actor's vehicle. Featuring leggy poseurs, lavish costumes, wild hairstyles (thanks to a small vault's worth of wigs), the show is a fascinating character study, and a showcase for some of Cuba's most brilliant theatrical talent. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/18 - A CHORUS LINE, LES MIS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, And More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 5/18 - A CHORUS LINE, LES MIS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, And More!
by BWW Special on May 18, 2018 in Washington, DC

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 A CHORUS LINE, LES MIS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, And More! (more...)
Sara Bareilles to Host WAITRESS CAST ALBUM KARAOKE Sara Bareilles to Host WAITRESS CAST ALBUM KARAOKE
by BWW News Desk on May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC

Breaking news from the diner! Six-time Grammy nominee and composer of WAITRESS, Sara Bareilles will be at the National Theatre to host "Cast Album Karaoke" following the 8pm show this Saturday, May 19. Limited seats for that performance remain. Interested audience members at that show will be chosen at random for the chance to sing any song from WAITRESS on the National Theatre's historic stage accompanied by the show's band. (more...)
Department For Professional Employees, AFL-CIO Lauds Senate Vote To Protect Net Neutrality Department For Professional Employees, AFL-CIO Lauds Senate Vote To Protect Net Neutrality
by BWW News Desk on May 16, 2018 in Washington, DC

???????Today the U.S. Senate voted 52-47 to adopt S. J. Res. 52, the Net Neutrality Resolution of Disapproval. This joint resolution would rescind the FCC's 2017 order on "Restoring Internet Freedom," maintaining the net neutrality rules adopted by the FCC in 2015.  Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) President Paul E. Almeida issued the following statement on the joint resolution: (more...)
Deviated Theatre Celebrates 10 Years and Premieres New Work Deviated Theatre Celebrates 10 Years and Premieres New Work
by BWW News Desk on May 16, 2018 in Washington, DC

DEVIATED THEATRE, whose mesmerizing dance operas are heralded for their spellbindingly compelling choreography, celebrates its 10thAnniversary performance with the world premiere of Beyond, presented by Dance Place (DC) on July 7th and 8th, 2018. With an all-heroine cast, Beyond follows Luna the astronaut on a journey with an interplanetary reach that takes her to the very edge of life. (more...)
BWW Feature: 2018 HELEN HAYES AWARDS at Theatre Washington BWW Feature: 2018 HELEN HAYES AWARDS at Theatre Washington
by Hope Villanueva on May 15, 2018 in Washington, DC

The DC theatre community hurried along the waterfront on Monday night, attempting to beat the looming, black storm clouds that threatened, but this could not dampen the vibrant crowds as they entered the recently opened Anthem for this year's Helen Hayes Awards. This stunning, modern space will be greeting the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Janelle Monae, and Nine Inch Nails in the coming months, and on this evening, theatre creative showed off their finest. (more...)
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Washington National Opera's CANDIDE Starring Alek Shrader and Emily Pogorelc VIDEO: Get A First Look At Washington National Opera's CANDIDE Starring Alek Shrader and Emily Pogorelc
by BWW News Desk on May 15, 2018 in Washington, DC

Washington National Opera concludes its 2017-2018 season with the company premiere of Leonard Bernstein's biting satire Candide, running now through May 26, 2018, in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Check out photos of the production below! (more...)
Emmy Award Winner Sally Struthers Returns To Riverside Emmy Award Winner Sally Struthers Returns To Riverside
by BWW News Desk on May 16, 2018 in Washington, DC

Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers returns for her fifth engagement at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia as Louise Seger in Always Patsy Cline opening on May 16th. She will be joined by Broadway veteran, Carter Calvert starring as Patsy Cline. Both ladies are no strangers to these roles and most recently performed in the show together at the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh. Located at 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, performances will run until July 15th. (more...)
Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony To Perform All-American Concert 'Coast To Coast!' At Strathmore Arts Center Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony To Perform All-American Concert 'Coast To Coast!' At Strathmore Arts Center
by BWW News Desk on May 15, 2018 in Washington, DC

The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (AYWS), the premier honor wind ensemble for high school youth in the Atlanta metropolitan area, will perform a special concert on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md. (more...)
MEAN GIRLS and More Take Home 2018 Helen Hayes Awards! MEAN GIRLS and More Take Home 2018 Helen Hayes Awards!
by BWW News Desk on May 14, 2018 in Washington, DC

This evening, the 34th Annual Helen Hayes Awards celebrated Washington's diverse and vital theatre community with a gala event at The Anthem, recognizing 258 Helen Hayes Award nominees and 48 award recipients drawn from 202 eligible productions presented at 64 theatres in 2017. GALA Hispanic Theatre's Spanish-language production of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes' In The Heights received nine awards, putting them at the top of a list of 20 theatres receiving Helen Hayes Awards this year. (more...)
BWW Review: PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT stumbles in Her High Heels at Kensington Arts Theatre BWW Review: PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT stumbles in Her High Heels at Kensington Arts Theatre
by Hannah Wing on May 14, 2018 in Washington, DC

A musical like Priscilla is a big endeavor for any theatre company to take on due to its well-known songs and extravagant costumes. Kensington Arts Theatre's (KAT) production, directed by John Nunemaker, fell short of reaching diva status due to its poor production quality. Despite all of this, KAT manages to pull off an entertaining second half. (more...)
WEST SIDE STORY Marks Biggest Production In Highwood History WEST SIDE STORY Marks Biggest Production In Highwood History
by BWW News Desk on May 14, 2018 in Washington, DC

???????As the capstone of its first-ever 'Year-Long Production,' The Highwood Theatre is honored to bring the landmark musical, WEST SIDE STORY, to the stage in downtown Silver Spring.  The production - the biggest in Highwood history - will feature a cast of 25 exceptionally talented students in grades 7 through 12, backed up by a full orchestra of 25 student musicians from local high schools and colleges. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Theatre's SAINT JOAN Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Theatre's SAINT JOAN
by BWW News Desk on May 14, 2018 in Washington, DC

Folger Theatre concludes its 2017/18 season with a special engagement of George Bernard Shaw's epic portrait of Saint Joan, presented by the acclaimed New York-based Bedlam theater company. Saint Joan will be directed by Bedlam's Artistic Director Eric Tucker (the award-winning director of Sense and Sensibility at Folger Theatre) and features a cast of four, including Tucker, playing over 25 parts. Aundria Brown is the martyred heroine of France, Joan of Arc. (more...)
VIDEO: Signature Theatre Teases THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS In New Trailer VIDEO: Signature Theatre Teases THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS In New Trailer
by BWW News Desk on May 14, 2018 in Washington, DC

Signature Theatre announces the full cast and creative team for the DC premiere of The Scottsboro Boys directed by Signature Theatre's Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Signature's Jesus Christ Superstar, Gypsy) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Signature's Jelly's Last Jam). John Kander and Fred Ebb's final musical collaboration premiered on Broadway in 2010 and was heralded as 'an absolute marvel' by The Associated Press. The Scottsboro Boys is centered around nine young African-American teenagers who were ripped off a train in 1931, falsely accused of a crime, hastily tried and sentenced to death in an outrageous disregard of due process. The Scottsboro Boys will run from May 22 - July 1 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt
by Elliot Lanes on May 14, 2018 in Washington, DC

Today's subjects Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt are currently living their theatre lives as the composers (Banghert and Stitt) and lyricist (Stitt) of what I consider to be one of the best new musicals I've seen in a good long while. I am referring to the Alaska-based world premiere musical Snow Child, now running through May 20th at Arena Stage. (more...)
Complete Casting Announced for Skylar Astin, Betsy Wolfe, and Michael Urie Led HOW TO SUCCEED at the Kennedy Center Complete Casting Announced for Skylar Astin, Betsy Wolfe, and Michael Urie Led HOW TO SUCCEED at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk on May 14, 2018 in Washington, DC

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces complete cast for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, presented as a part of Broadway Center Stage-a Kennedy Center-produced series of musicals in semi-staged concerts, conceived and executive produced by Jeffrey Finn. (more...)
BWW Review: Thought-Provoking, Site-Specific THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT at Solas Nua BWW Review: Thought-Provoking, Site-Specific THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT at Solas Nua
by Pamela Roberts on May 14, 2018 in Washington, DC

THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT is an innovative and ambitious world premiere musical commissioned by Solas Nua. The production blends two fresh and significant dramatic voices, each with a unique perspective on the same time and themes. Staged on a pier jutting into the Anacostia River, the production gains added resonance in the shadow of Douglass' historic home at Cedar Hill and the bridge that bears his name. The site-specific staging heightens the drama and creates a memorable theater experience. (more...)
BWW Feature: VIETGONE at Studio Theatre, a Play for This Moment BWW Feature: VIETGONE at Studio Theatre, a Play for This Moment
by Hope Villanueva on May 14, 2018 in Washington, DC

The preshow speech of VIETGONE is spoken by the playwright, in which we learn that the play is a love story of how Mom and Dad got together. We also learn that the Vietnamese characters will speak like action heroes/Joss Whedon archetypes and that the Americans will speak... Well, some of it will be words. As Marc de la Cruz, who plays Quang, the playwright's father, says, 'The characters speak and relate to each other as many young Americans today despite the fact that they are Vietnamese and it's 1975... Also, the play is hilarious in an 'omigosh I can't believe they went there' kind of way.' Instantly, we are aware that the universe of VIETGONE is a one of a kind place. Director, Natsu Onoda Power, elaborates: '...it allows audience to perceive 'Vietnamese' characters NOT as the 'other'; it is so rare. (In this play, 'American' is the other).' Regina Aquino, who plays Tong, the playwright's mother, adds, 'From the very first page I was immediately impressed by Qui's flipping of the stereotype script... doing to the Americans what is done to Asian characters in film/tv/theatre all the time. It was shocking and I was totally in love with how subversively clever the writing was throughout the entire play.' (more...)
Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 13 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 13
by Audition Roundup on May 13, 2018 in Washington, DC

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 13, 2018 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 13 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 13
by Audition Roundup on May 13, 2018 in Washington, DC

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 13, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)