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THE COLOR PURPLE Revival Reviews

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The reviews are in and the word is out! See what the critics had to say about the 2015 revival of THE COLOR PURPLE.

 

“The current version is a slim, fleet-footed beauty, simply attired and beguilingly modest. Don’t be deceived, though, by its air of humility. There’s a deep wealth of power within its restraint.” – The New York Times

 

“To those who question why a revival of “The Color Purple” is back on Broadway after its predecessor closed there only in 2008, the answer is two words, and it may not be the two words you expect…Cynthia Erivo.” – The Associated Press

 

“Its pop-inflected score…has surprising staying power.” – The New York Post

 

“For the first time in its long history of dramatization, “The Color Purple” has been afforded an incarnation fully in sync with one crucial aspect of Walker’s original authorial intent — that the audience must participate in the imaginative act in order to comprehend its richness of theme and story. And, in this production, first seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, so they do. Willingly. Delightedly. When they are not rising to their feet to stop the show.” – Chicago Tribune

 

“The ecstatic noise emanating from West 45th Street may just have enough seismic force to shake foundations all the way to West 145th. It’s the strength, collective and individual, of the 17 extraordinary vocal performances of “The Color Purple” — doubtless the best version of this 2005 musical you are ever going to hear.” – Washington Post

 

 

Check out more below.

Time Out New York

USA Today

Entertainment Weekly

Deadline

Variety

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New Collection Debuts in January 2016, featuring Young@Part™ Editions of ALL SHOOK UP, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT and CURTAINS

 

TRW (Theatrical Rights Worldwide) is proud to announce the January 2016 release of our much-anticipated Young@Part™ series of Broadway showsScreen Shot 2015-11-05 at 8.04.35 AM adapted for elementary and middle school aged kids. The first two titles, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, and ALL SHOOK UP, have been in development over the last 24 months, going through a series of pilot productions and innovations with in-house experts and community partners.

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The Company of All Shook Up Young@Part Workshop, 2014

TRW President & CEO Steve Spiegel announced: “Our entry into the junior musical theatre market has been a cornerstone of our planning since I started TRW. Our commitment to providing young people and theatre educators around the world with top-quality editions of contemporary Broadway shows will be realized in January with the release of the first three Young at Part shows. The entire TRW Team is excited to be able to offer SPAMALOT and ALL SHOOK UP to our thousands of elementary and middle school and youth theatre partners everywhere. And our future release schedule will ensure that the Young at Part collection will continue to grow and innovate in the junior musical marketplace.”

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Team TRW with Cast of Spamalot Young@Part Workshop 2014

Spiegel was the creator of the junior theatre phenomenon, and his pioneering vision lead the way for development of the first edited for kids versions of Broadway shows, in the 1980’s and 1990’s. “The release of the first three shows in this collection is only the beginning of what will be a very large part of what we do at TRW,” Spiegel said. “This is a labor of love for us, as we know the history of what an adaptation of a Broadway show for kids can do for the authors of the shows and for the whole theatre community. The world of contemporary Broadway now becomes a part of the classic landscape of musical theatre, and I’m proud to have TRW at the forefront of this exciting new format for kid’s musicals.”

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TRW President & CEO Steve Spiegel (Photo by Claire Buffie)

The Young@Part™ collection titles feature a break-through innovation, a new option that will allow customers to order their show materials digitally with TRW’s ShowfilesNOW, or though the traditional, show-in-a-box format, with scripts, scores, CD of accompaniment and example vocal tracks. For the first time ever, world-class Broadway titles edited for young people to perform, will be made available for instant download to theatre educators everywhere. “Secure digital access to educational theatre musicals is a must and TRW is again leading the way here for the industry,” Spiegel said. TRW was the first to offer a digital perusal service for Broadway musicals, PersualsNOW, in 2008.

“We’ve prepared for the long-term protection and promotion of our authors’ work by embracing the digital distribution of licensed IP in the Grand Rights arena,” Spiegel said. “As we move to a digital environment for the industry, we’re pleased to open this vital window to schools and youth theatres to give them instant access to rehearsal materials for their classrooms and performance spaces, wherever they may be around the globe.”

The Young@Part™ Collection will be available for licensing beginning in January 2016. For more information, follow TRW on Facebook and Twitter.

And coming soon…we will announce the release of Queen’s SCHOOLS WILL ROCK YOU and TRW’s School Editions!

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Coming soon from TRW!

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All photos by Claire Buffie

Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) hosted 175 regional theatre managers and creatives for a celebration of our 10th year representing Broadway, Off Broadway and theatre for young audience shows. The invitation-only dinner and concert event was held Oct 15, aboard the luxury yacht Atlantica, setting sail from Pier 61 at 7pm, providing breathtaking views of New York City.

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Tony Award winning MEMPHIS composer David Bryan

The three-hour event featured special concert performances from Bobby Steggert, reprising his show-stopping “Stranger,” from BIG FISH. Michelle Ragusa beautifully delivered the title song from TRW’s newly acquired TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL. Ben Clark and Kate Steinberg performed a haunting, searing “Here Right Now,” from GHOST THE MUSICAL, then GLEE’s Jenna Ushkowitz brought her trademark star power to “Without the Guy,” from DISENCHANTED! Next up from TRW’s new edition of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER THE MUSICAL was the uber-talented Natalie Weiss with a stunning rendition of a seductive “Nights On Broadway.” In a surprise finale, Tony Award winning composer David Bryan, of Bon Jovi fame, took the stage and brought down the house, playing a brilliant medley of songs from his 2010 Best Musical MEMPHIS. Accompaniment and music direction for the concert was provided by Jeff Theiss.

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The one and only Natalie Weiss singing “Nights on Broadway” from the new Saturday Night Fever.

Opening with a cocktail reception, TRW’s founder, owner and CEO Steve Spiegel welcomed the group of key professional theatre programmers with remarks focusing on the close business and personal relationships he has cultivated with attendees during his 36 years licensing musical theatre around the world. “Each of you here this evening are a vital part of the musical theatre world. A world of creativity, invention and wonder that brings incredible beauty to the world’s artistic landscape. We thank you and honor your continuing commitment to nurturing musical theatre,” Spiegel said.

Emcee for the evening, TRW VP Sean Cercone

Emcee for the evening, TRW VP Sean Cercone

TRW’s Vice President Sean Cercone emceed the event, marking the company’s first decade with opening comments before the concert. “Each and every day, the TRW staff members sitting among you inspire groups to produce the shows we represent, but more significantly they authentically engage each producer, artistic director, community theatre director and most importantly, teachers in all levels of our school systems,” Cercone said.  “We try to help these organizations in any way we can to exceed their own expectations, because we know a stronger, more vibrant American theatre is better for all of us.  That’s how this team approaches its day, that’s the kind of culture Steve Spiegel fosters and that’s what it means to work for TRW.”

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TRW President & CEO Steve Spiegel

TRW was created by Spiegel in 2006. The agency represents JERSEY BOYS, GREASE MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, MEMPHIS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE COLOR PURPLE, ALL SHOOK UP, GHOST THE MUSICAL, BIG FISH, RING OF FIRE, CURTAINS, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET,  and a select group of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and Off Broadway and Regional Theatre musicals.

All photos by Claire Buffie

(L to R) Russ Spiegel (A&E), David Bryan and the lovely Amy Spiegel

(L to R) Russ Spiegel (A&E), David Bryan and the always and ever lovely Amy Spiegel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spencer Liff and Relevant Theatrical's Emily Stromberg

Spencer Liff and Relevant Theatrical’s Emily Stromberg

 

TRW's Staff, (back row L to R) Gabriel Rodriguez, Ken Dingledine, Dyan Flores, David Abbinanti, Fred Stuart, Steve Spiegel, Larry Rosman, Jim Hoare, Max Spiegel. (front row L to R) Sean Cercone, Charisse Hardy, Erin Betman, Laurie Rosman, Alison Verderber, and Shaziena Ibrahim.

TRW’s Staff, (back row L to R) Gabriel Rodriguez, Ken Dingledine, Dyan Flores, David Abbinanti, Fred Stuart, Steve Spiegel, Larry Rosman, Jim Hoare, Max Spiegel. (front row L to R) Sean Cercone, Charisse Hardy, Erin Betman, Laurie Rosman, Alison Verderber, and Shaziena Ibrahim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRW Assistant VP of Music & Creative David Abbinanti (Saturday Night Fever, The Perfect Dog) and his enchanting wife Vicki enjoy the evening on the deck of the Atlantis.

TRW Assistant VP of Music & Creative David Abbinanti (Saturday Night Fever, The Perfect Dog) and his enchanting wife Vicki enjoy the evening on the deck of the Atlantis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz delivered a show-stopping "Without the Guy," from Disenchanted.

Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz delivered a show-stopping “Without the Guy,” from Disenchanted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L to R) Tenderly authors Mark Friedman, Janet Yates Vogt, with Girl in the Frame's Jeremy Desmon

(L to R) Tenderly authors Mark Friedman, Janet Yates Vogt, with Girl in the Frame’s Jeremy Desmon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L to R) Jenna Ushkowitz, Director Barry Ivan, Sean and Hallie Cercone

(L to R) Jenna Ushkowitz, Director Barry Ivan, Sean and Hallie Cercone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L to R) TRW's VP of Licensing Jim Hoare, VP Sean Cercone, CEO Steve Spiegel and CMO Fred Stuart

(L to R) TRW’s VP of Licensing Jim Hoare, VP Sean Cercone, CEO Steve Spiegel and CMO Fred Stuart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Ragusa singing the title song from Tenderly the Rosemary Clooney Musical

Michelle Ragusa singing the title song from Tenderly the Rosemary Clooney Musical

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L to R): Polo Chen, Raymond Chu, Ramy Inocencio, TRW VP of Global Operations Ken Dingledine and Sophie Qi

(L to R): Polo Chen, Raymond Chu, Ramy Inocencio, TRW VP of Global Operations Ken Dingledine and Sophie Qi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L to R) TRW Manager of Licensing & Accounts Charisse Hardy and Director of Professional & International Licensing Dyan Flores

(L to R) TRW Manager of Licensing & Accounts Charisse Hardy and Director of Professional & International Licensing Dyan Flores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team TRW: "Oh, what a night!"

Team TRW: “Oh, what a night!”

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The Name Game

The Name Game

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(Don’t) Judge a Show by its Poster

Our 10 Favorite Original Show Posters

 

We know you’re not supposed to judge a show by its poster, but it’s about time the graphic designers got some credit. Below are 10 of our favorite original show posters from the TRW catalog, in no particular order. We feel these convey the essence of each show with an original perspective.

Virginia Rep

Virginia Rep

WolfPac

WolfPac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Chicago Production

Original Chicago Production

Hale Center

Hale Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Center Rep

Center Rep

Franklin W. Olin Players

Franklin W. Olin Players

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arkansas Rep

Arkansas Rep

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Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre

Players Club of Swarthmore

Players Club of Swarthmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you think your production has a wonderful poster? Send an email to glennh@theatricalrights.com with an image and you might see it on our blog!

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Theatre Superstitions Debunked

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imageIf there is one superstition that holds true for all in the theatre, it is that of… Macbeth.  In case you weren’t aware, it is horrible luck to say “Macbeth” in a theater.  While there is no confirmed origin to its infamy, it is speculated to be caused by many mysterious deaths that took place during productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Apparently, and I had no clue this existed, there is a cure for uttering the word that shant be spoken:  Exit the theater, spin three times, spit, and utter a Shakespearean insult. Random Fact: President Lincoln read Macbeth days before his assassination, allegedly.

 

The Ghost Light

Nearly every theatre turns on a ghost light at night, one single light bulb standing in the middle of the stage.  Many speculate this tradition began to ward off the evil spirits.  I say, “That’s baloney!”  I think there is a ghost light so the first person to get to the theatre can see where to go to turn the lights on.  But believing in ghosts is a lot more fun.  Remind me to tell you about the time I sat in a dark theatre with “real” ghost hunters and all their supernatural gear looking for ghosts.  According to the experts, the theatre was very haunted.  Again, I say, “That’s baloney!”

 

Break-a-Leg

il_fullxfull.810782376_f8mlThere are many theories about where the ‘break-a-leg’ superstition came from.  We never say, ‘good luck’ in the theatre, it’s ‘break-a-leg!’ My favorite, and most believable theory of its start, comes from the days of Vaudeville.  During this time, theatres would book more performers than necessary in the case that someone got hurt, or didn’t show up.  One catch, they would only pay the acts that performed for the audience.  Thus, performers would hope that they would break the view of the side curtain, aka the leg, and get to perform.  Makes sense to me.

 

Whistling

Unbeknownst to me, whistling is bad luck in a theater.  After taking a poll around the office, this is more widely known than I expected.  This superstition dates back to the original stage hands, who were sailors.  They used the same whistling codes for theatrical rigging as they did for ship rigging.  So, if “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” was sung back in the day, the rigging would be going crazy!

 

“Making Your Nut”

pageant wagonNow this is not really a superstition, but rather a great history lesson.  This phrase dates back to the 16th century and refers mostly to the producer side of theatre.  “Making Your Nut” is to break even.  Back in the days of Shakespeare, Pageant Wagons would come to town to perform and the authorities would remove the wheels (or nuts) until the performers had settled all debts owed. Once they’d paid up, the the owner…or bar owner as the case may be, would return their wheels (aka nuts) and they’d be on their way.

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Review Roundup – III

BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY A NEW MUSICAL is Creepy Funny at the New Theatre in Overland Park

By Steve Wilson | July 19, 2015

All things ghoulish, macabre, ghastly, and a little bit frightening are alive and well living within the walls of the Addams Family home. The only place to see this outrageous musical comedy is at the New Theatre in Overland Park.Richard Carrothers directs The Addams Family a New Musical running through September 20 at the dinner theater. Daniel Doss provides musical direction and Katelin Zelon the choreography for the delightful yet maybe a little bizarre musical.

The musical based on the characters in gag cartoons created by Charles Addams with book by Marshall Brickmanand Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa opened on Friday July 16. The production opened on Broadway in April of 2010, running until December 31, 2011. The original Broadway production received two Tony Award nominations and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design, the Drama League Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre and Distinguished Performance, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Set Design.  [MORE]

Click HERE for more information on THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

PHIL POTEMPA: Theatre at the Center has Elvis energy with fun run of ‘All Shook Up’

By Phil Potempa | July 21, 2015

When my editor caught the run dates for Theatre at the Center‘s new production of “All Shook Up,” the Elvis Presley inspired stage musical, she drew my attention to the closing show date — Aug. 16.

As she pointed out, it’s the same fateful date of the anniversary of Presley’s death at age 42 in 1977.

Even for those who are not a fan of The King, there’s no denying his lasting impact and impression on others.

Actor David Sajewich gives Elvis his due, and then some, starring as the lead for this polished run of “All Shook Up,” which is the perfect example of summer stage musical fun.

It runs just slightly more than two hours, including one intermission and Sajewich is cast as the Elvis-tribute lead character “Chad,” a musical rebel with likeable qualities who manages to cast a spell over an entire small town.

All of the greatest hits from the Presley music library are showcased, woven with nostalgic rock n’ roll highlights, romance and silly mix-ups with Theatre at the Center Artistic Director Bill Pullinsi and Jeff Award-winning choreographer Danny Herman co-directing. The musical features the book by Tony Award-winning Joe DiPietro.

What makes this musical so charming is it doesn’t attempt to be serious or life-changing. Instead, it embraces an almost cartoon quality to entertain and leave audiences smiling. [MORE]

Click HERE for more information on ALL SHOOK UP.

‘Spamalot’ light on nutritional value but laughably easy to digest

By Don McLeese | July 20, 2015

By the middle of the curtain-call reprise of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” it was hard to tell who was having more fun: the standing, clapping and singing audience at the Des Moines Community Playhouse or the dancing, clowning, and mugging troupe onstage.

Through two hours of “Spamalot” — songs and swords, punchlines and blackouts, Finland and flatulence, flying cows and a decapitating attack by a vicious rabbit — the anything-goes comedic farce had once again demonstrated its durability.

Many in the audience weren’t even born when some of these bits were fresh, after the 1975 film “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” became a cult favorite, twisting the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table into a slapstick quest. Thirty years later, Python’s Eric Idle reshaped the material into a Tony-celebrated Broadway musical, a play that stretched the plot even thinner with one of the silliest scores on record. [MORE]

Click HERE for more information on SPAMALOT.

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Review Roundup – II

Perry Players’ “Addams Family Musical” is frightfully funny

By Angela Woolen | July 15, 2015

Duh, duh, duh, duh. Snap, snap.

If the familiar phrasing brings to mind creepy, kooky, mysterious and ooky, then the “Addams Family Musical,” which starts Thursday, is a must see at the Perry Players.

The cast transforms into the characters of Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandma. Lurch and ghosts of ancestor Addams with costumes that are quite elaborate.

It takes the actors and actresses two and a half hours to get into makeup and costume, director Hunter Hufnagel said.

The outfits took a team of four costume designers 10 weeks to perfect. [MORE]

Click HERE for more information on THE ADDAMS FAMILY.


Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ provides rollicking comedy for relaxing summer fun

By Jessica Voorhees | July 9, 2015

Audience members are gathered with friends, laughing as they relax on picnic blankets and lawn chairs; the MoonDance Amphitheater is ablaze in stage lights for the night’s open-air performance.

That’s the way Summerfest Executive Director Wesley Nelson envisions it.

Summerfest kicks off its 30th month-long season with Monty Python’s Spamalot, a musical comedy inspired by 1975’s film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

“A lot of people think of going to theater as a chore sometimes,” says Nelson. “We like to think that Summerfest is more of an experience. You’re not going into a dark theater and sitting in a tight seat where you can’t move.

“Out here we have no roof; you’re lying under the stars on a blanket, having some food and wine and a great time.” [MORE]

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Going to the Theatre – As Explained in GIFS

When you find out your favorite musical is being performed near you.

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When the orchestra starts to warm up and the person next to you is on their phone.

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When you have the perfect seat and someone is seated in the middle of a song.

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When a fellow audience member is still on their phone halfway through act 1.

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When you want to beat the intermission rush to the bathroom.

At the end of Act 1 you’re like…

When curtain drops on the final act of your favorite show.

‘Cause you don’t care what other people think, you’re like…

When someone asks what you thought.

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When you wait by the stage door and the star comes out.

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When people ask why you love musicals.

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