Show Spotlight

Entertainment Weekly recently released a special issue of The 100 All-Time Greatest in Movies, TV, Music, Books and Plays.  This issue included a Top 10 Greatest Musicals List.  Of the top ten listed, four of the musicals were MTI titles – including RENT, WEST SIDE STORY, SWEENEY TODD and the number one musical, GUYS AND [...]

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Next up in our series highlighting MTI Shows In Literature is DESSA ROSE. The Shows in Literature series features musicals based on classic works – including novels, plays and children’s books. Based on Shirley Anne Williams’ novel of the same name, DESSA ROSE has book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. [...]

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In continuing with a series we’ve been doing that highlights MTI shows which are based on classic literature – including novels, plays and children’s books – today we’re featuring LUCKY STIFF. LUCKY STIFF was the now famous writing team (Stephen) Flaherty and (Lynn) Ahrens' (RAGTIME, DESSA ROSE*, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND) first produced musical. This [...]

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The following is a review of a production of FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL which took place in November at the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Illinois written by Thom White for the River City Reader.  Here's an excerpt: The Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse and director Kimberly Furness have done it again, crafting a family production [...]

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It’s a privilege to…see young performers tackle sophisticated and edgy material with unparalleled commitment, talent and passion.  And that’s just what the members of Rockland County’s The New Generation Theatre (NGT) did this past weekend with a stellar production of URINETOWN.  Now in its second year, The New Generation Theatre (NGT) is an immersive summer [...]

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THE BURNT PART BOYS, book by Mariana Elder, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and music by Chris Miller, is the newest addition to MTI’s Theatre on the Edge collection. Theatre on The Edge shows are marked by the fact that they have garnered a disproportionate share of awards and acclaim; they stimulate discussion and generate phenomenal [...]

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Last summer, Des Moines Community Playhouse, a community theater in Des Moines, Iowa, did something they had never done before – a main stage production of a musical running in repertory with a full-blown kids’ musical. The shows? HAIRSPRAY and a pilot production of HAIRSPRAY, JR. (score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (SMASH), book [...]

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“I’m proud to be one of the people to share this with new generations and maintain the flame.” The voice of Gary John La Rosa, renowned director, resonates from the speakerphone. Our topic of conversation is one of which his knowledge knows no limits and his passion oozes from every syllable he utters. “[FIDDLER ON [...]

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During the month of June, The Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, Missouri will feel less like a theatre, and more like a Harlem jazz club in the 1930′s, when STAGES ST. LOUIS presents the Tony award winning musical revue, Ain’t Misbehavin. The musical anthology of Thomas “Fats” Waller, is a tribute to the musicians [...]

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The final round of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee airs tonight, May 31st, at 8pm on ESPN. Six-year-old contestant Lori Anne Madison has made history by becoming the youngest person to qualify for the Bee. Unfortunately, Lori Anne misspelled the word ‘ingluvies’ during semifinals and did not qualify for the final round. To any [...]

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