Bill Irwin, Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Paulo Szot and More Set for New 42 Follies
By Dan Bacalzo
Bill Irwin (© Tristan Fuge) Tony Award winner Bill Irwin will host the third annual New 42 Follies, to be presented on May 11. The evening will begin at
Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone's Mahagonny to Receive Radio Airings
Audra McDonald and Anthony Dean Griffey inThe Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (©Robert Millard) The L.A. Opera's production of Kurt Weill and Bert
Seattle Kids Spotlight: May '09
Lots of fun choices open for children this month, as Seattle Children's Theatre debuts their 101st world premiere, I Was A Rat! (May 1-June 7), where Roger the rat is thrown in jail for being a sewer monster and saved by the Princess and the Cobbler. Rapunzel lets down her hair at SecondStory Repertory (May 8-24). Thistle Theatre wonders if you should help the grocer or help the poet in The Goblin and the Poet (May 13-June 7). Heidi comes down from the Swiss Alps to Tacoma Musical Playhouse (May 23-31) and The Little Mermaid comes out of the sea at Moonpaper Tent (May 1-16).
Philadelphia Kids Spotlight: May '09
By Cooper Robb
One of the area's most respected presenters of children's shows, People's Light & Theatre Company, presents the world premiere of talented playwright Y. York's Eggs (through May 24). Based on local author Jerry Spinelli's novel, Eggs is the magical story of two unhappy children and their relationship with an unusually adventurous refrigerator repairman.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Kids Spotlight: May '09
SteppingStone Theatre continues to present excellent and locally-inspired children's theater with their newest work (and fifth collaboration with Mu Performing Arts) Tiger Tales: Hmong Folktales (May 1-23), about Hmong children struggling to adapt to life in St. Paul, but encouraged by their grandmother's traditional Hmong tiger stories. Meanwhile, Target Center hosts Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town (May 2 & 3) and Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys comes to the Stage Theatre (May 15-17).
Fantasia Set for Los Angeles Engagement of Color Purple; Broadway/L.A. Season Announced
By Dan Bacalzo
Fantasia in The Color Purple (© Paul Kolnik) Singer Fantasia Barrino -- who has previously been announced to reprise the role of Celie in the national to
LA Kids Spotlight: May '09
By Les Spindle
Family fare this month includes Beyond the Beanstalk (The Jack Tales), presented by New York's Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theater (Orange County Performing Arts Center, May1-3), expands upon the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. Santa Monica Playhouse offers Mother's Day Enchanted Lunchtime Theatre on May 5, including ensemble play development for youngsters, as well as a lunchtime meal.
Mark Lawson to Join Nick Adams, Leslie Kritzer, Mo Rocca, Kate Shindle, and More for Broadway Loves the 80's
Mark Lawson (© ABC) Mark Lawson, who stars as Brody on One Life to Live, has joined the cast of Broadway Loves the 80s Volume 5: The Movie Edition!!
Florida Kids Spotlight: May '09
By Tristan Fuge
For Ruby Slipper loving little ones, The Wizard of Oz (May 12-17) is at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and Stuart Little (May 29-31) will make an appearance at The Atlantic Theater on his journey to find his long lost friend Margalo, the bird who has been scared away by Snowbell the cat.