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|BWW Reviews: HAIRSPRAY, Birmingham Hippodrome, May 22 2013|
by Jenny Antill - May 23, 2013
The roof got lifted off the Birmingham Hippodrome last night with the rapturous audience reaction to Stage Entertainment's UK touring production of Hairspray. With big hair and fun aplenty, you will not find a show with so much energy and attack as this one. With wide appeal across the board due to the 2007 film starring John Travolta as the loveable Edna Turnblad, Hairspray has something for everyone. It is great to see a younger audience drawn to the theatre; very few shows these days have such power. Hairspray is topical, has good morals, catchy music by Marc Shaiman and brilliantly choreographed dance routines by Jerry Mitchell - the show has everything! (more...)
|Jesse Tyler Ferguson's TIE THE KNOT Creates Special Tony Awards Bow Tie!|
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2013
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and partner, Justin Mikita, have created an exclusive special edition bow tie by 'Tie The Knot' for the 2013 Tony Awards. This stylish black textured silk necktie with subtle silver and royal blue stripes is formal enough for black tie affairs such as the Tonys, or for just hanging out on a Saturday in Central Park. 'Tie The Knot' was founded to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of marriage equality. All proceeds benefit United States organizations fighting on behalf of LGBT Civil Rights. This exclusive, limited edition Tony bow tie is available for purchase at www.TheTieBar.com. for $25. (more...)
|Photo Coverage: Drama Desk Nominees Take Shelter from the Rain!|
by Walter McBride - May 20, 2013
The 58th Annual Drama Desk took place last night, May 19th at Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street), and miserable rain didn't stop the festivities. Some of the stars skipped the red carpet to avoid the weather and took shelter under the marquee of Town Hall. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the dry attendees below! (more...)
|Photo Coverage: Rain + Stars = The 2013 Drama Desk Awards Arrivals!|
by Linda Lenzi - May 20, 2013
Miserable rain didn't stop the red carpet last night at the 58th Annual Drama Desks, because neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these performers (or our photographer) from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Check out photos below from the rainy red carpet! (more...)
|InDepth InterView: Susan Stroman Talks PBS Mel Brooks Doc, BIG FISH, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, SCOTTSBORO BOYS In LA/UK, BLAZING SADDLES & More|
by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2013
Today we are talking to a five-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer celebrated for her stupendous work on CRAZY FOR YOU, THE PRODUCERS, CONTACT, THE FROGS, THOU SHALT NOT, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and many more - the master musicals director Susan Stroman. In discussing a vast array of topics, Stroman and I touch upon many of her past projects as well as look ahead to her current and future endeavors - that is: the forthcoming Broadway bow of the new musical BIG FISH, starring Norbert Leo Butz, as well as the world premiere of Ahrens & Flaherty's LITTLE DANCER next year. Most importantly, Stroman shines a light on her enduring artistic partnership with Mel Brooks in bringing to life the screen-to-stage musical adaptations of both THE PRODUCERS and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, with BLAZING SADDLES on the way - their rich collaboration also being highlighted in this week's AMERICAN MASTERS tribute to Mel Brooks on PBS. Additionally, Stroman reflects on some of her lesser-known entities and casts a light on some of her foremost influences as well as candidly discusses her specialty work for a bevy of major stars - such as at SONDHEIM: A CELEBRATION AT CARNEGIE HALL in 1992 - and the finer points of working with Stephen Sondheim and Nathan Lane on Sondheim's most recent original Broadway musical, THE FROGS. Plus, Stroman shares first details of her upcoming collaboration with comedy master Woody Allen on the musical stage adaptation of Allen's Academy Award-winning BULLETS OVER BROADWAY and also offers the 411 on the upcoming Los Angeles and West End productions of Kander & Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS - including the real-life role the musical has played in the pardoning of the originally accused nine just last month. Stroman also comments on her work with Hal Prince on the career revue PRINCE OF BROADWAY, opening in Japan in 2015, and also touches upon her ongoing desire to pursue a film adaptation of her multi-Tony Award-winning and genre-redefining 2000 Best Musical, CONTACT. All of that and much, much awaits in this wide-ranging conversation! (more...)
|BWW Awards Update 5/17 - 13 Days to Go!|
by BWW Special Coverage - May 17, 2013
Voting opened on May 2, 2013 and runs through May 31, 2013 for the 11th Annual BroadwayWorld.com Awards! Here are the current standings as of 5/17 with just 13 days to go in voting! (more...)
|BWW Review: LOOPED Tour Banks on Stefanie Powers|
by Nancy Grossman - May 02, 2013
Stefanie Powers is a trouper who stepped into the role of Tallulah Bankhead, which was originated by Valerie Harper, when Harper's untimely diagnosis of brain cancer forced her to withdraw from the national tour of LOOPED. Although the circumstances are bittersweet, Powers' performance is informed by her working and personal relationship with the film legend. Playwright Matthew Lombardo goes to great lengths to show and tell as much detail about Bankhead as possible in the limited span of this one long afternoon in the waning months of her life. (more...)
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| Photo Coverage: IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Tony Nominee Shalita Grant|
Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, May 25 - Cast of KINKY BOOTS Braves the Rain, Holland Taylor, & More!
STAGE TUBE: On This Day 5/25- Leslie Uggams
BWW TV: Chatting with the Cast of MURDER BALLAD on Opening Night; Conlee, Jones, Levy, and Swenson!
Photo Coverage: York Theatre Presents NEO 9, Feat. Brescia, Burgess & More
Jacqueline Brookes Memorial to be Held at Circle in the Square Theatre, 6/4
BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER - Vivino, Krop, Daniel & Trumble Sing Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell's 'Ordinary Day'
POLL: Which SMASH Show Should Win the Tony on the Series Finale?