They've got 7500+ miles between them, but Seattle and Australia are united this morning here on BroadwayWorld - as both regions have officially opened BWW Awards Voting!
Click Here for the BWW Australia Awards!
Click Here for the BWW Seattle Awards!
Posted on: Monday, November 07, 2011 @ 08:56 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond
Voting Opens for BWW Regional Awards x5!
Voting is now open for 5 of BroadwayWorld.com's 2011 Regional Awards with another 20 on the way over the next 2 weeks... First open are: Nashville, Philippines, Spain, Tennessee and of course the West End which closes later this month!
Posted on: Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 11:23 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
NEW - Simplified Pick a Show!
Ok, so it's possible that our "Pick a Show" features got a little complicated as we kept adding functionality to them (sometimes we can't help ourselves) so I'm happy to announce that we've now greatly simplified the layout.
We now have three handy buttons when you visit our Help, Pick Me a Show page - one of which lets you 'Ask Our Experts' by providing a little information about what sort of show you're looking for and when, and we help with the rest. Next, if you want to do it yourself, 'Find a Broadway Show' lets you browse through a handy series of questions to find the perfect show for you. And finally, want to 'Find A Show Near You' - lets you browse our regional show listings by zip code, or by clicking on a snazzy new map.
More to come!
Posted on: Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 10:45 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
Special Report: MEMPHIS 2nd Year Anniversary - Still Wows!
"HOCKADOO!" Last night, October 19th, the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical MEMPHIS, celebrated its Second Anniversary on Broadway, in style, and it was a night to remember!
We started the evening off, appropriately enough, at the recently-opened (and Justin Timberlake owned) Southern Hospitality restaurant. It came as a suggestion from one of BroadwayWorld's secret weapons, our 'concierge' who definitely knows the way around town - 'restaurantally' speaking. The midtown theatre district is littered with barbecue joints, but this one is a welcome addition, in Hell's Kitchen, at the corner of 9th Avenue and 45th street.
One of the key decisions when making theatre plans, is to dine in close proximity to where your show is. Since MEMPHIS, at the Shubert Theater, was only a couple of blocks away, our 'concierge' scored an A+ last night.
Now, about the food - 'OMG!' doesn't even begin to cover it. Every single entree and side were ridiculously good and I imagine that part of that has to do with the authenticity of Timberlake's Memphis roots. (The frozen lime margaritas weren't bad either) and the portions are huge, so the value is good if you're travelling in a pack.
As a sidebar, Justin Timberlake, who is rapidly becoming a mogul in all media and can seem to do no wrong, saw the hit musical back in 2010 with another BroadwayWorld favorite, girlfriend Jessica Biel, spurring rumors of possibly being interested in starring in a film version of the musical. Another name being bandied about as attached to the project, has been film legend Oliver Stone at the helm.
So, with stomachs happily full, we headed over to the Shubert Theater on a rainy night. The mood in the lobby and the audience was fantastically upbeat for this beloved show. I'm happy to report that MEMPHIS, which I originally saw in previews, is in great shape, with performances, choreography, scenic elements, lighting and costumes in as sharp of shape as any show on Broadway could ever hope to be. Also, it's always nice to be in a theatre when a standing ovation happens spontaneously.
From the theater we headed over to a Second Anniversary celebration for cast, family, friends and everyone associated with the production, which was held a few blocks away, at another great space that you may or may not know about called Glass House Tavern. The party was multi-tiered, very classy, with plenty of food and drink and 'celebration' in the air. It was a party full of smiles and pride at an achievement that seems to have no end in sight. The other thing that I must say, that I observed, is that this entire cast genuinely seems to love and adore each other and get along really well both onstage and off. So, I'm going to coin a phrase here, and say that's 'very MEMPHIS'.
Interestingly enough, the U.S. National Touring Production of MEMPHIS opened just days before at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, TN. (Click here to check out BWW TV coverage of the cast visiting Elvis Presley's legendary home, Graceland). For more information on the Broadway and Tour productions, visit www.MemphisTheMusical.com.
And, what's up next up for the Broadway show? Adam Pascal(RENT, AIDA, CABARET) officially starts performances on Tuesday night, October 25th taking over the role of Huey Calhoun, originated by Chad Kimball. Kimball will be missed by fans of the show, but Pascal is a really smart and perfect fit in the casting department. And, of course, BroadwayWorld will be there to report on Pascal and the show.
MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.
Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro), and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan andDaryl Waters). MEMPHIS won four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Montego Glover), Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and Outstanding Orchestration (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS has also won four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro), Outstanding Actress (Montego Glover) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).
MEMPHIS features a Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member/keyboardistDavid Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Tony-winner Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical's book. MEMPHIS is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).
Tickets range from $41.50 to $131.50 (including a $1.50 facility fee). The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday - Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm, and Sundays at 3pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.Telecharge.comor call 212.239.6200.
For more information visit www.MemphisTheMusical.com
Posted on: Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 12:26 PM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
Trevor Nunn vs. Mark Rylance on Shakespeare
Well, director Trevor Nunn believes that Shakespeare wrote all of his own plays, while Mark Rylance is taking the stance that there might indeed be other candidates (also the subject of the upcoming film ANONYMOUS in which he stars)... The Guardian was there as they each made their case, and you can click here to see what they had to say.
Posted on: Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 02:30 PM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
New Regional BWW Listings; Awards; Kudos to THE PRODUCERS at Rhode Island's Stadium Theatre
As we officially announced a few weeks back, we're heavily ramping up our regional offerings, including full and complete show listings for all 130 of our markets by the end of the year. With 15,000+ listings already, we are completely on track with that goal.
One of the reasons that we're doing this is because we've been hearing from theatres across the country and around the world who in this challenging economy (and always) are looking for as many ways to get the word out about their productions as possible. Well, we're here to help.
Yesterday, we went one step further, unveiling a new feature that allows regional productions to get 'enhanced' listings on the site - adding in photos, cast lists, videos, links and more. Productions that take advantage of this will receive highlights on our listing pages, extra editorial mentions and more. Before we even had a chance to announce it, I got an alert this morning about the first production was already using it. So, I'm tipping my cap to the fine folks from the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, where you can catch THE PRODUCERS from October 14-16, 2011.
Also, we now have award nominations open for BWW 2011 Regional Awards in 3 times as many markets as last year. Nominations are open through the end of the month for:
More to Come!
Posted on: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 11:09 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
Charles Isherwood's Yogurt Shop?
Just spotted this hilarious new blog via Jennifer Tepper's Twitter.
Charles Isherwood's Yogurt Shop is a new Tumblr, evidently in reaction to his very odd Theater Talkback column on NYTimes.com in which he suggests that he should stop reviewing Adam Rapp's plays because, well, he's just never liked them.
For a more intellectual response, Howard Sherman has written a great piece over @ 2amtheatre.com so it's worth checking that out too to balance out the yogurt with something a little more meaty...
Should Isherwood open a yogurt shop instead of reviewing theatre? Hmmmn.
Posted on: Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 12:17 PM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
You Asked For It! New Easier to Read Audition Listings....
Delving into our suggestion box, we pushed live this morning not one, but two major updates to our popular Audition Listings display...
Click here to view our new standard listing display, now grouped by date
Click here to view our new, snazzy chart view.
Posted on: Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 10:57 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
Just One Week Left to Catch the 'Must-See' ARIAS WITH A TWIST!
It takes a lot to get me to go below 42nd Street, but this weekend, the trek down to the Abrons Arts Center was worth it - and then some! Our evening began with one of the best New York City meals that I've ever had, at the uber-hipBeauty & Essex on the Lower East Side with amazing sharing plates of delicious food prepared by chef Chris Santos (also of the equally wonderful Stanton Social restaurant). The cocktails weren't bad either. After being extremely well fed, with spot-on service and unexpected glamour we made our way on over to the Abrons Arts Center, just a few blocks away, for a night to remember.
This was my first experience with the multi-talented Joey Arias, but like a true convert, I can't wait to go back and catch this show again before it concludes its New York run, as well as to see what wonders he and the amazing Basil Twist will surely come up with next.
With equal parts of humor, spectacle, talent and wonder, each item in Arias' sketch filled show topped the last, combining the wizardry of Basil Twist's direction and design, with some of the most talented puppeteers in the world and a star like none other. Having been 'liberated' back to New York after 5 years of starring in the Las Vegas hit ZUMANITY, performance art was brought to exciting and unexpected heights.
Abrons Arts Center and Barbara Busackino have brought the critical and popular hit ARIAS WITH A TWIST back to New York City for a limited encore engagement that runs through Saturday, October 15. This bigger-than-life cabinet of curiosities was created by seductive songstress Joey Arias, who stars, and Basil Twist, who directs and designs. Tickets range from $25- $65 and are available online at www.AbronsArtsCenter.org, or by phoning (212) 352-3101 Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, between Pitt Street and Bialystoker Street on New York City's Lower East Side.
Arias with a Twist had its world premiere at HERE Arts Center on June 19, 2008 and played an 8-month, critically-acclaimed, extended, sold-out run. Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, "Eat your heart out, Madonna. The chanteuses who play Madison Square Garden and football stadiums have never experienced the imaginative heights of spectacle with which Basil Twist surrounds Joey Arias." The show then played an international tour including stops in Los Angeles, Stockholm & Paris.
This updated version of the original deliriously madcap fantasy once again features the soaring song stylings of demented diva Joey Arias surrounded by an eye-popping theatrical extravaganza conjured by a team of puppeteers under the direction of Basil Twist. Channeling lurid celluloid dreams, macabre nightmares and bizarre premonitions, the adventure begins with an alien abduction and concludes with a stupendous Busby Berkeley-esque finale. Along the way, the throaty chanteuse belts out pop, rock and jazz standards - in addition to some original tunes by Alex Gifford - as Twist and company work their magic with vintage marionettes, anatomically correct puppets and fantastical scenic elements.
Arias with a Twist features costumes designed by renowned fashion and fragrance designer Thierry Manfred Mugler, and costume execution by Chris March of "Project Runway" fame. The lighting design is by Ayumu "Poe" Saegusa, sound design is by Greg Duffin and video design is by Daniel Brodie. Arias with a Twist combines projected animation, exquisite puppetry and ingenious stagecraft for an exhilarating and unprecedented theatrical spectacle not to be missed.
For more information, please visit www.AriasWithATwist.com and for an all-to-brief video glimpse, click below to play.
Posted on: Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 12:44 PM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
The Changing Off-Broadway Landscape
There's a great roundup in today's NY Daily News by Joe Dziemianowicz about the changing landscape of Off-Broadway, namely the multiple venues that have recently been, or are in the process of being built and/or refurbished.
As he writes "Bottom line: The notion of "Off-Broadway" as dingy, broken-down theaters in crumbling buildings has been - and is being - rewritten and revamped all over town".
Posted on: Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 10:54 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback
And the Longest Stage Career Is....
83 years! Yes, you read that right -- 83 years. And who is the longest working performer according to the Guinness Book of World Records? Israeli actress Hanna Maron, who is 87 years old and began her stage career at age 4. Known as the 'first lady of Israeli theater', she immigrated to the country in 1933 (before it was a country) and is onstage now in the Cameri Theater production of 'The Baggage Packer'.
Click here for the jweekly.com story on her and for her current production, here. Wow!
Posted on: Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:46 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond | Leave Feedback