Vanessa Carlton channels Carole King on Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) — Over the years, the Broadway show about singer-songwriter Carole King has starred powerful singers in the title role. But until now it hasn't had one thing — a...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Ethan Kelso was a young child, he and his sister used to sing alone in an apartment with no electricity.
But on June 24, he stood on a Broadway stage in New York...
NEW YORK (AP) — Ali Stroker booked her first musical theater gig at the tender age of 7. She was cast as the title role in "Annie" in a friend's backyard production in a New Jersey beach...
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Iconis seems to have all the normal influences expected from a young musical theater composer.
The "Be More Chill" songsmith cites Stephen Sondheim, the songwriting team...
Lin-Manuel Miranda calls ‘Mary Poppins’ sequel role a dream
NEW YORK (AP) — Working on "Mary Poppins Returns" put Lin-Manuel Miranda in a comfort zone, sort of.
The theater actor, composer and creator of the Broadway smash "Hamilton" knew the film's director, Rob Marshall, from such stage and screen credits as "Cabaret" and "Chicago." And he knew the work of the composers, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman of "Hairspray" fame.
But there was one thing that didn't come naturally to Miranda, even if he's known as a musical theater pioneer — the choreography.
Local singer, performer and artistic director Evynne Hollens is bringing her Broadway experience to Eugene audiences when “Real Broadway” takes the stage this weekend.
Hollens is showcasing “the best works on Broadway” in the fifth edition of her Contemporary Songbook Project at The Shedd Institute for the Arts.
Veteran actor, performing arts enthusiast and Greensburg attorney John Noble always has a new idea for taking his beloved showcase of musical theater, "John Noble's Westmoreland Night of the Stars," to the next level.
Last year he expanded the show to two nights to accommodate the growing number of participating schools and capacity crowds at The Palace Theatre.
GREENWICH — The Cat in the Hat is coming to Greenwich — and he’s bringing along Horton the Elephant, all the Who’s in Whoville and many other classic Dr. Seuss characters — for a musical production of “Seussical Jr.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich’s theater program will be performing the musical on the club’s main stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
If you want to know how the world sees you in the most crassly superficial way, be an actor. Step into audition room after audition room, and you’ll likely realize directors and agents see people as types — “urban,” “ingénue,” “sidekick” and so on. And therefore actors are constantly told they don’t fit into the mold of a character. They’re too black, too Asian, not ethnic enough. It’s why you always see a lot of white people in “Guys and Dolls.”
“What’s your favorite Broadway musical?”
My wife asks that question of every stranger she meets. She only judges those who have no answer at all, and also those who respond with insincerity.
For years, I claimed my favorite musical was “Elephant!” — a fictional London theater piece about the life of John Merrick included in the movie “The Tall Guy.” The film’s songs were amusing yet memorable and catchy. “Elephant!” also featured tap-dancing men in elephant masks.
SCOTTSBLUFF — Theatre West will be having an open audition for its upcoming musicals, “9 To 5” and “Footloose.” The audition will be held on April 15 at Tabor Dance Academy located at 510 Broadway in Scottsbluff 1-4 p.m. Men and women 16 years and older should prepare an up-tempo musical theater song. Bring legible sheet music. A pianist will be available for those auditioning. Dance callbacks will start at 5 p.m.
Arts San Antonio’s 2018-’19 season is pretty piano-intensive.
It starts with jazz pianist Fred Hersch and includes a Van Cliburn Piano Competition silver medalist, jazz pianist Chucho Valdez and the 5 Browns, the well-regarded sibling ensemble.
“Maybe this is the year of the piano,” said John Toohey, president and executive director of Arts San Antonio.
The season also includes plenty of dance, some classical music and even a little musical theater. Here’s what’s ahead:
Thespians at several Bay Area high schools are basking in the spotlight of awards for achievements in drama and musical theater.
Dickinson High School advanced to the Region III 6A finals in University Interscholastic League one-act-play competition, to be held April 14 at San Jacinto College's central campus in Pasadena.
Springdale High School ready to play ‘The Pajama Game’ at this year’s musical
Springdale High School returns to the 1950s, selecting "The Pajama Game" as its 2018 spring musical.
The 1954 show, based on labor-management relations that result in a union strike at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, generates heat in this comedic love story.
"The Pajama Game" won the 1955 Tony for Best Musical.
Since its inception in 2004, Celtic Woman has sold millions of albums globally and raised boatloads of cash for PBS during the network's annual fundraising drives.
For vocalist Susan McFadden, who replaced founding member Lisa Kelly in 2012, the success of the group was rather eye-opening when she first joined. Up to that point, she'd been performing in revivals of "Grease," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Legally Blonde" on London's West End.
Local schools receive Shuler nominations: GCHS Performing Arts nominated for 4 Shuler Awards
Gordon County Schools offers congratulations to Gordon Central High School Performing Arts as their “110 in the Shade” has been nominated for multiple Shuler Awards.
The 10th annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards-also known as the Shuler Hensley Awards, will air on Thursday, April 19, on Georgia Public Broadcasting. The awards were created in the same vein as Broadway’s Tony Awards, celebrating excellence in high school musical theater.
‘Rent’ 20th anniversary tour lacks the heat and heart of Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking epic (review)
'Rent' 20th anniversary tour lacks the heat and heart of Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking epic (review)
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Before Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" changed our perception of what a Broadway musical could be, Jonathan Larson did the same with "Rent."
- Wisconsin State JournalMusical theater all about distorting -- Gary L. KriewaldApril 5, 2019
- Star-HeraldLocal teacher among the performers readying for the Broadway in the Bluffs spotlightJanuary 23, 2019
- Houston ChronicleLocal thespians snare votes for regional honorsDecember 19, 2018
- Connecticut Post‘A Chorus Line’: For everyone who’s ever had a dream, and tried to make it come trueJuly 24, 2018
'Rent' opens Tuesday at Playhouse Square: Is the show still relevent?
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Musical theater fans have strong opinions about "Rent:" declarations of how the characters' struggles transcend decades or a critique of how they should all just get a job.
With a premiere in 1994, "Rent" is now on its 20th anniversary tour and opens in Cleveland Tuesday. Do you think the show is still relevant?
Young performers from Purple Box Theater in Friendswood won top group and individual honors at the 2018 Junior Theater Festival, an international event held recently in Atlanta, Georgia.
"JTF is the world's biggest and best celebration of young people performing musical theater," said Cathy Holbrook, the founding artistic director and owner of Purple Box Theater.
The country is not what it was, sings a character in Assassins, and whos going to argue with him, even if he is a homicidal maniac?
Betty Buckley to lead US national tour of ‘Hello, Dolly!’
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley has been tapped to lead the national tour of the latest exuberant Broadway production of "Hello, Dolly!" a gig she calls "such a gift."
"I'm just so happy to take such a happy show all around America. It's like 'Make America Happy Again,'" Buckley told The Associated Press on Monday. "It's like an antidote."
Penguin Project helps Wisconsin kids with special needs
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — Penguins are a noteworthy bird in Sun Prairie.
They aren't a rival for the Sun Prairie Cardinals, but they do compete for the spotlight come June when penguins of all kinds take the stage at the theater. Penguins don't always get the chance to shine, so it's a welcome opportunity.
Avon Lake High School graduate Tuck Sweeney on 'Law & Order: SVU'
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Class of 2013 Avon Lake High School graduate Tuck Sweeney will guest star as a character named Henry Anderson in the upcoming episode of NBC's long-running "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Titled "Info Wars," the episode airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, on WKYC Channel 3.
Lights, camera, action.
There’s a new musical theater opportunity for high school students in Teton County — public, private and home-schooled.
A production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" aims to be the next highlight in a long tradition of musicals at Friendswood High School, which was named the 2017-18 Performing Arts High School in the United States by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
A weeklong musical theater camp for youngsters ages 6-16 in the Bay Area will culminate in a cabaret-style performance Jan. 6 on the stage at Franca's Italian Restaurant, said Shannon Nichols, the production designer of Pitch Me This Productions in Houston.
"The students will be accompanied by the PMT Band as they showcase their work from throughout the week," she said. The band will include the camp's accompanist, Friendswood pianist Jacob VonDeylen, as well as a drummer and bass player.
Theater Spotlight: Scrooge, George Bailey, Ralphie and the Grinch on stage
"A Musical Christmas Carol": Through Dec. 23, Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. $16.75-$60.75 and half price for kids 3 to 14. 412-456-6666 or pittsburghclo.org
Theatre Factory's "A Christmas Story": Dec. 7-17, Trafford. $20, $18 senior and students, $15 on Thursdays. 412-374-9200 or thetheatrefactory.org
"It's a Wonderful Life": Dec. 14-16, Geyer Performing Arts Center, Scottdale. $12. geyerpac.com
Pittsburgh Symphony's "Legend of Zelda," Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org
Jeffrey Osborne, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh. 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org
"It's a Wonderful Life," Dec. 14-16, Geyer Performing Arts Center, Scottdale. geyerpac.com
Ken Gargaro's "A Lyrical Christmas Carol," presented by Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Dec. 14-17, New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh's North Side. 412-539-0900 or pittsburghmusicals.com
This December, the Stamford All-School Musical — an after-school musical theater program sponsored by Stamford Public Schools — will perform "The Wizard of Oz.”
This year’s production features a cast, crew and pit of more than 120 Stamford students in grades 5 through 12 from 23 area schools, as well as a professional orchestra, sets and costumes.
The show is recommended for children ages 4 and older.
FITCHBURG -- The curtain rises on Professor Richard McElvain's final production at Fitchburg State University next week, and the accomplished actor and director is going out with a flourish.
Chat with...Stephen Stout and David Hoffman, director and lead for Greens Farms’‘Guys & Dolls’
WESTPORT — Greens Farms Academy junior and Westport resident David Hoffman has been performing since he was little.
He has performed with the Musical Theater of Connecticut, Center Stage Theater Company, Applause New York and at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
In countless shows he has sang and acted, one of which was “Guys and Dolls.” In it, the then seventh-grader starred as the high-rolling Sky Masterson.
On a recent Wednesday night, roughly 70 students filled a practice room at Pittsburgh Musical Theater on the West Side and watched as their fellow cast members rehearsed a scene from "Beauty and the Beast" in which Belle and the Beast are attacked by wolves.
One of those wolves, Pine-Richland High School senior Aubrie Knapp, crouched, leapt and circled the Beast before simulating taking a bite out of his leg.
Patrick Newell, and his wife Lauren Newell, eagerly accept new positions this year at Western Nebraska Community College as vocal music instructors.
With years of experience directing both theater and vocal productions, Patrick said he aspires to familiarize vocal students with musical theater styles while maintaining the classically-oriented traditional college choir repertoire.
Program helps foster, adoptive kids adapt through music
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who spent much of her childhood bouncing from one foster home to another is now helping foster and adopted children adjust through musical experiences.
Melanie Barrier is founder of Music That Reclaims, which takes children across the country to concerts and musical theater, even providing backstage tours and meetings with the stars.
A woman found out about her husband’s love affair in front of roughly 350 students Tuesday.
Cast members from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln opera program brought “The Ballad of Baby Doe” to life for the students, who came from 10 area schools. The American opera follows the story of Horace Tabor; his first wife, Augusta; and his second marriage to Elizabeth “Baby” Doe.
The Woodlawn Theatre’s 2018 season goes heavy on musical theater classics with a focus on family-friendly favorites.
“People love seeing them,” said Christopher Rodriguez, executive and artistic director. “They’re real staples of musical theater.”
In addition to audience appeal, the shows create opportunities for young performers enrolled in the theater’s academy.
‘I hope I live up to the hype’: Jason Mraz to go to Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) — When he was still a teenager, Jason Mraz considered musical theater as a career option but feared he'd end up frustrated and as a waiter. Now the singer-songwriter is ready to make that jump and he's picked an appropriately titled show — "Waitress."
The two-time Grammy Award-winning troubadour whose hits include "I'm Yours" and "I Won't Give Up" will make his Broadway debut in the hit musical starting Nov. 3.
British acting school has 1 percent acceptance rate - and Clear Springs grad made it
Stephen Louis spoke in a British accent when he made his acting debut four years ago at Clear Springs High School.
Last month, on the day before he turned 21, Louis left Texas to live among the Brits as a musical theater student in the world-renowned Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an institution that dates to 1906 at the University of London.
‘Nurse Jackie’s’ Stephen Wallem leads cast of ‘I Hate Musicals’ at Ivoryton
Musical theater veteran Stephen Wallem admits to being a “die-hard” fan of the long-running animated series, “The Simpsons” — from “the very, very beginning.”
When the opportunity arose to work with playwright Mike Reiss, who has served as writer and producer for “The Simpsons,” he was elated.
Principal dancer of New York City Ballet to leave company
NEW YORK (AP) — A principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, who was also a 2015 Tony Award nominee for his role in the Broadway musical "An American in Paris," has announced he will leave the ballet company at the end of the season.
Robert Fairchild's departure was announced Monday by the company. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/2jlMU2W ) his final performance will be on Oct. 15 in George Balanchine's "Duo Concertant."
Summertime musical theater returned to Umpqua Community College this weekend in a big, big way.
When curtains closed on the popular Oregon Musical Theatre Festival two years ago, local theatergoers lost the pageantry of midsummer juggernauts like “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Oliver” and “Fiddler on the Roof.
Gone were the elaborate sets, intricately choreographed musical numbers, casts that ran into the dozens, and live orchestras — all performed on our grandest of local stages, the Jacoby Auditorium.
BETHEL — A new theater company will say “Good Morning, Bethel” when it debuts with its production of “Hairspray” this weekend.
A cast and crew of 45 local young people will perform the 2002 Broadway musical Friday and Saturday at Bethel High School as part of a new theater program through the Parks and Recreation Department.
Aurora Fox isn’t stopping the music in its 33rd season — fall line-up includes ‘Company,’ ‘Hedwig’ and ‘Real Women’
AURORA| After a season of successes, challenges and its longtime executive producer departing unexpectedly, the Aurora Fox Arts Center is set to enter its 33rd season this fall with a lineup of shows that reflect the artistic goals of the theater’s entire staff.
The Lakeside Civic Players will debut [title of show] on August 11, 2017. “[title of show] is a musical about two nobodies named Hunter and Jeff who decide to write a completely original musical starring themselves and their attractive and talented ladyfriends, Susan and Heidi. Their musical, [title of show], gets into the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and becomes a hit. [title of show] is above all a love letter to the musical theatre — a uniquely American art form — and to the joy of collaboration," said director of the show AJ Guertin. “We are excited to bring high caliber musical theater back to the LACA stage! A talented and powerful cast including Michelle Kiessel, Sean Gilbert, and Kendra Carr, also featuring an amazing piano player in Jailynn Petrie, has been amassed for your musical theatre enjoyment." Performances will be August 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. Show times are 7:00 p.m. with Sunday matinees beginning at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.
Typically, actors in musical theater production commit to learning a set amount of lines and songs on top of their choreography. Once they learn their parts, the cast presents from the same set script for each individual showing.
The actors' jobs in the next Aiken Community Playhouse musical aren't so straightforward.
The musical is "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel of the same title.
Back for its 16th year comes Madison Opera’s Opera in the Park, which offers the public a glimpse of operatic beauty — at no charge.
Throughout the evening, performers will be “singing things from the upcoming season,” said Kathryn Smith, general director of Madison Opera.
“From ‘Carmen’ to ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’ and ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ and then they’ll be singing other opera things, musical theater or operetta things. The audience might know or might not know them.”
KALAHEO — Tickets are on sale for “Honk, Jr.” which opens 7 p.m. Friday at Kalaheo Elementary School.
The musical presentation is the story of the Ugly Duckling by the Kalaheo School Drama Club directed by Marly Madayag.
“These student actors — 38 for Honk, Jr. — are dedicated, hard-working, and passionate about musical theater,” Madayag said. “They come during recess, after school, and on weekends — to work.”