One of the most acclaimed international productions closes on March 31st. Produced by TEC Entertainment and directed by Paul Eenens, the Dutch premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY has been taking the Netherlands by storm for the past five months. The production started picking up leads of five star reviews from severally leading publications including De Volkskrant, heralded as the paper of record in the Netherlands. The show was described as love letter to all things Addams Family and the Dutch theatrical community offered gifts of their love, including 11 Dutch Musical nominations (the country’s equivalent of the Tonys® or Oliviers®). Six of the nominations were for the performances alone with 5 additional nominations for design, translation, direction, and Best Musical.
WE WILL ROCK YOU Gives Students and School Rock Star Chance
It’s been a long road for Hammond Academy of the Performing Arts in Hammond, Indiana. The Academy was established in 2010 as part of Morton High School. In the 1980s, Greg Easton, the current principal of Morton, teamed with various neighboring teachers and administrators to start a performing arts school in Hammond. Among the schools in the town, Morton was chosen because it had the best facility to house such an arts program but that didn’t mean the plan would be without pitfalls. Morton High School is a Title-1 school, meaning many of the students receive free or reduced lunch and services and face socio-economic challenges.
While teacher salaries are paid for by the district, the program itself must be self-sufficient. “Everything we spend, we make,” explains Easton.
High School Musicals That Deliver!
Originating on Broadway and the West End, TRW School Editions keep the magic of the original material in an adaptation expertly crafted to suit the school producing environment. TRW has a school edition to perfectly showcase your theatre department. TRW School Editions are musicals you’ll love with Production Resources that will get you and your students ready for opening night! You’ll receive brand-new pristine materials, authorized logo art, stellar customer service and expert guidance each step of the way from the most experienced and dedicated team of theatre educators and professionals. With most titles, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art resources and tools featuring ShowReady™ Rehearsal Tracks, StageTracks™ Performance Tracks, ProductionPro digital production notebook…
54 Sings Memphis
Last night we returned to Feinsteins/54 Below for 54 Sings Memphis and what an absolute treat it was. Several original Broadway cast members returned with some new talent and what transpired was nothing short of a celebration. This Tony Award®-winning Best Musical remains poignant today, as we follow the cultural friction of Memphis’ underground dance clubs in the 1950’s as radio jockey Huey Calhoun falls for singer Felicia Farrell in a time when their interracial relationship was hardly celebrated. Tony nominee Chad Kimball returned to the role he created and Huey still fits like a glove. Felicia Boswell, who starred in the First National Tour, was Felicia Farrell and original Broadway cast member Cass Morgan brought Mama back to life.
TRW’s 2018-2019 Season Planner
We’re here to help you every step of the way in choosing your next show with the best collection of contemporary Broadway and West End musicals in the business. From our New York City Headquarters to our London Office to every corner of the world, TRW’s knowledgeable and friendly licensing agents are ready to serve your production needs.
Our catalogue of major musicals continued to grow with the addition of several blockbusters in 2017. New titles will be announced throughout 2018, along with the lifting of restrictions on some titles. New for 2018-19 are BRIGHT STAR, a new Tony Award-winning edition of THE COLOR PURPLE, FLASHDANCE, and the West End’s THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. For the U.K., GREASE has been released from restrictions and is now fully available!
Favorite “Pulled” Performances
Who doesn’t love Wednesday Addams? I was smitten from the moment she ruined the summer camp play in Addams Family Values. When the Addams clan made the jump to the theatrical stage, Andrew Lippa’s song of teenage emotional blossoming rocketed from Chicago, to Broadway, to any mix-belters’ repertoire book you could find in any audition holding room. “Pulled” is a very difficult song to sing. I think much of the role is difficult to sing, but that’s exactly what makes a great performance all the more delicious. The most climatic moments of the song lie right on the female passaggio (or break between chest voice/head voice) which means it takes not only a brassy belt or a gorgeous head voice but a marriage of the two. But musicals are about so much more than a great voice singing a song on stage.
The Showtunes of Love
It’s that magical time of year when we have to find just the right gift for our special someone for Valentine’s Day or you celebrate the 15th of February and treat yourself to bags and bags of clearance candy. No matter which day you choose to celebrate, both days are about that one special word: Love. Those of us that have a fondness for musical theatre know there’s no shortage of romantic songs that grace our stages. Here’s a little sampling of some favorites that leave us with the warm and fuzzies.
The Making of Young@Part®
The Young@Part® collection is comprised of 45 to 75 minute adaptations of popular musicals from the TRW catalogue designed to provide a rich dramatic and musical experience for elementary and middle-school aged kids. On the verge of launching two new Young@Part® titles, we sat down with Fred Stuart, Chief Creative Officer at TRW, to learn about the thoughtful development process that goes into each carefully crafted show.
BIG FISH at #ThesFest16
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.
Check out photos from the Texas All State production at the 2016 International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE. Photos by R. Bruhn.
THE COLOR PURPLE Revival Reviews
The reviews are in and the word is out! See what the critics had to say about the 2015 revival of THE COLOR PURPLE.
“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 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