BWW Reviews: Trouble Puppet's CRUEL CIRCUS is Cruelly Entertaining
(5/18/2013) - Hurry, hurry! Step right up! The circus has come to Austin, and it's not to be missed. Filled with imagination, whimsy, and charm, The Cruel Circus, now playing the Salvage Vanguard Theatre thru May 25th, is an absolute delight and a feast for the eyes.
Street Corner to Arts Opens GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES Tonight
(5/17/2013) - Street Corner Arts is delighted to announce for release the details of their upcoming production, GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES by Rajiv Joseph. This stunningly beautiful script will be brought to life by two of Austin's most talented actors - Benjamin Summers & Molly Karrasch. Featuring choreography by A. Skola Summers, costume design by Glenda Barnes, and video/audio design by Jim Hickcox.. Set and musical elements have been contributed by Austin's own creative community.
BWW Reviews: Haves and Have Nots Square off in Last Act's HAPPY COUPLE
(5/16/2013) - No story is completely original. It's all been done before. Surely we've seen shows that involve a crumbling marriage or others that involve class struggle, but rarely are those themes seamlessly interwoven as they are in James Venhaus's daring play The Happy Couple, currently playing The White House Ranch in Austin thru May 25th. This remarkably bold production by Austin's Last Act Theater Company, while highly entertaining and at times laugh-out-loud funny, will leave you a bit uneasy, and that's precisely the point.
Martin Burke Stars in Pulitzer Prize-Winning HARVEY at Topfer Theatre Now thru 6/16
(5/15/2013) - In the first season on the Karen Kuykendall Stage in the new Topfer Theatre, ZACH Theatre presents Harvey. Previews are tonight, May 15-22, with opening set for May 23 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception with the stars of show. Performances continue through June 16, 2013 every Wednesday - Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Street Corner to Arts to Open GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, 5/17
(5/10/2013) - Street Corner Arts is delighted to announce for release the details of their upcoming production, GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES by Rajiv Joseph. This stunningly beautiful script will be brought to life by two of Austin's most talented actors - Benjamin Summers & Molly Karrasch. Featuring choreography by A. Skola Summers, costume design by Glenda Barnes, and video/audio design by Jim Hickcox.. Set and musical elements have been contributed by Austin's own creative community.
THE SECRET GARDEN Opens Sam Bass Community Theatre Tonight
(5/10/2013) - 'The Secret Garden' Adapted by Pamela Sterling and 'The Yellow Boat' by David Saar opens tonight, May 10th at Sam Bass Community Theatre. 'The Secret Garden' is directed by Laura Vohs. 'The Yellow Boat' is directed by Ashley Zeh.
BWW Interviews: Jeffrey Eckstein Discusses Conducting Ballet Austin's GISELLE
(5/8/2013) - This Mother's Day weekend, Ballet Austin will present Giselle, the classic and beloved ballet of love, heartbreak and madness. Giselle is among ballet's great classics, with a lead role so challenging it has been known to make and break careers. Theophile Gautier-the influential French poet, author, critic and champion of the Romantic ballet-conceived Giselle in honor of ballerina Carlotta Grisi. With love, betrayal, heartbreak and forgiveness, Giselle brings a romantic close to the season.
Giselle features choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Music by Adolphe Adam. The score will be performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
BroadwayWorld had a chance to discuss the ballet with Maestro Jeffrey Eckstein who will be conducting the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
BWW Reviews: Half & Half's PASSING STRANGE is a Funky, Fun Inaugural Production
(5/8/2013) - There's a song titled "It's Alright" that comes up time and time again in Passing Strange, the rock musical serving as Half & Half Productions' inaugural production. The words "It's Alright" don't come close to describing this high octane show. While the content in Passing Strange may be a bit bizarre and occasionally jarring, this production is a rousing, thrilling introduction to a newer, little-known musical and to Austin's newest theater company.
AVENUE Q to Play Austin Theatre Project, Beg. 5/30
(5/6/2013) - Every few years or so a show comes to Broadway that takes the world by storm. Even rarer... when that show wins the coveted Tony Award 'triple crown!' Avenue Q shocked the theatre world when it walked away with Best Show, Best Book, and Best Score - defeating Wicked, the odds-on favorite to sweep the awards that season.
Austin Theatre Project to Present AVENUE Q, 5/30-6/16
(5/6/2013) - Joining the Avenue Q cast is Michelle Alexander (Gary Coleman), Isaac Arrieta (Princeton), Matthew Charles Burnett (Rod/Bad Idea Bear), RMichael Clinkscales (Brian), Marett Hanes (Kate Monster) Rachel Hoovler (Mrs. Thistletwat/Bad Idea Bear), June Julian (Christmas Eve), Ashley Laverty (Lucy T. Slut), and Eric Meo (Nicky/Trekkie Monster).
BWW Reviews: A Chick and A Dude Productions Revives Dark Drama HIT
(5/6/2013) - In the second act of Hit, currently playing at Hyde Park Theatre and produced by A Chick and A Dude Productions, the tough, dangerous Asher states that the identity of the hit man has changed over the years. No longer are hit men Italian goons who kowtow to an old guy by kissing his ring or conniving thugs making offers no one can refuse. That idea of the true identity of a hit man is the clear focus of Hit, the gritty, daring drama written by and starring Shanon Weaver, Co-Artistic Director of A Chick and A Dude. Hit effortlessly goes underneath the tough guy exterior and reminds us that even killers-for-hire have a heart and a moral compass. They too can feel love and compassion, and they too have families. They're just like us, and the notion that these sinister characters are human after all makes Hit all the more stimulating.
Bradley Campbell, Liz Mikel and More Set for WaterTower Theatre's XANADU
(5/2/2013) - WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin announced today the cast forXanadu, running July 26 - August 18, 2013 at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast includes Brittany Danielle (Kira), Sean McGee (Sonny), Bradley Campbell (Danny), Liz Mikel (Melpomene) and Stacia Goad-Malone(Calliope). The Chorus includes Jessi Little, Mallory Michaellann, Thomas Renner and Darius-Anthony Robinson.
PASSING STRANGE Makes Texas Premiere with Half & Half Productions, Now thru 5/12
(5/2/2013) - Following nearly a decade of acclaimed works, big and small, with the students of McCallum Fine Arts Academy, Zilker Theatre Productions, Second Youth Family Theatre, and others, Co-Directors M. Scott Tatum and Julianna Elizabeth Wright bring to Austin the Texas Premiere of the groundbreaking, genre smashing, rock'n'roll performance art piece cum musical PASSING STRANGE.
a chick & a dude productions Remounts HIT, Now thru 5/18
(5/2/2013) - In celebration of its tenth anniversary, a chick & a dude productions has announced the remount of its very first show, HIT. by Co-Artistic Director Shanon Weaver. This award winning show will return to Hyde Park Theatre (511 W. 43rd Street,) Thursdays through Saturdays, tonight, May 2-18 at 8 PM.
Mary Moody Northen Theatre Opens THE SECRET GARDEN, 6/13
(5/1/2013) - Mary Moody Northen Theatre, the award-winning producing arm of the St. Edward's University professional theatre training program, concludes its 40th anniversary season with The Secret Garden, music by Lucy Simon, book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Broadway veteran Robert Westenberg, running June 13 - 30, 2013.