Preview the music of EDDIE THE MARVELOUS, WHO WILL SAVE THE WORLD

Check out this gorgeous live rendition of “Make a Wish” by the Kilbanes with actor Reggie White from Eddie the Marvelous, Who will Save the World:

In this innovative new musical, Eddie the Marvelous fronts a band, struts the stage, saves the world. Eddie the Real can’t leave the house, can’t hold a job, can’t keep a friend. His mom makes every sacrifice, but when she finds a new man neither Eddie knows what to say or what to sing.

Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save the World will be a part of our 2016 New Works Festival, with a cast that includes White.

Reserve your tickets today!

Summer Studio @ TWSV Presents: THE FEATHERS!

The Feathers

All summer long, the teen students of our Summer Studio have been hard at work on The Feathers, an original play adapted from the classic Greek comedy The Birds…with a unique twist. Given the basic outline of the classic text, these students have written the remainder of the play themselves, including the addition of music and hip hop dance. We asked a few of our teen Lin-Manuel Mirandas to describe in one sentence why you should see The Feathers, and here’s what they had to say:

The Feathers Flyer

“Come see The Feathers because it is a whirlwind of witty humor and commentary and current events.” -Julia C Continue reading

Spotlight on Andrew Lippa

The Life of the Party celebrates the music of Andrew Lippa. Before you see the show, take a look back at a few highlights from his long career:

The Life of the Party performed at the Menier Chocolate Factory

 

Lippa wrote the music for John & Jen, a two-person musical which premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1993 and opened off-Broadway in 1995. For the show’s twentieth anniversary in 2015 it was revived off-Broadway in a production starring Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan.

Check out Lippa’s thoughts on the 2015 production and the 20th anniversary of the show:

 

In 1999, Lippa contributed three new songs to the Broadway revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, including “My New Philosophy” for star Kristin Chenoweth. They would continue their professional collaboration following the show, with Lippa serving as Chenoweth’s personal musical director.

Check out her Tony Awards performance:

 

Lippa wrote the music and lyrics for The Wild Party, a musical adaptation of Joseph Moncure March’s narrative poem of the same name. Perhaps the best known and most widely produced of Lippa’s works, The Wild Party opened in 2000 at the Manhattan Theatre Club with a cast that included Julia Murney, Brian D’Arcy James, Idina Menzel, and Taye Diggs.

In 2015, Encores! Off-Center! presented a staged concert version starring Sutton Foster as Queenie and Stephen Pasquale as Burrs. Here are a few highlights:

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MacKenzie Mauzy & Will Chase. Photo by David Allen.

 

In 2001, Lippa’s A Little Princess had its world premiere here at TheatreWorks.

 

 

Under the direction of Kaitlin Hopkins, the musical was revived in concert format at Texas State University in the fall of 2015. Check out “Live Out Loud” from the Texas State concert production:

 

The Addams Family, with music and lyrics by Lippa, opened on Broadway in 2010. Check out stars Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, and the original cast perform “When You’re an Addams” on The Late Show:

 

In 2013, Lippa’s Big Fish opened on Broadway. Check out Norbert Leo Butz and the original cast in this highlight reel:

 

I Am Harvey Milk, an choral oratorio on the life of Harvey Milk, premiered in San Francisco in a concert starring Lippa himself, Laura Benanti, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on June 26, 2013, the same day the Supreme Court declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

For more on Lippa’s inspiration behind I Am Harvey Milk:

 

In 2015, Lippa’s musical adaptation of Jules Feiffer’s memoir, The Man in the Ceiling, was a hit in our New Works Festival.

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Jonah Broscow & Andrew Lippa. Photo by Kevin Berne.

He recently reprised “I Do What I Do” in concert at Texas State University:

 

Reserve your seats today for The Life of the Party!

 

 

 

A sneak peek at GRAVITY

The excitement is building for Gravity, a new musical by writers Joel Chapman, Weston Gaylord, Matt Herrero, Jessia Hoffman, and Ken Savage, all current or former students at Stanford University.

Gravity Group Formal Photo

This special next-generation event will be a part of our 2016 New Works Festival! Take a sneak peek at the creative process and the music in this live performance from Stanford earlier this year:

We’re less than two weeks from our 2016 New Works Festival. Learn more about this year’s lineup!

 

 

The Menier Chocolate Factory: A slice of London’s finest fringe theatre in the Bay Area

 

“This partnership with the celebrated Chocolate Factory is a thrilling step forward for TheatreWorks,” says TW Artistic Director Robert Kelley. “We’re proud that our long and distinguished history with composer Andrew Lippa has led to this electrifying American Premiere.”

We are honored to be co-producing The Life of the Party this summer with The Menier Chocolate Factory, reuniting author and star Andrew Lippa with director David Babani. Built in 1870 to house a chocolate factory, this unique space now comprises a restaurant and bar, rehearsal room, and 150 seat theatre. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Babani, the Chocolate Factory has been producing musicals, plays, live music, and stand-up comedy and is considered one of London’s premiere off-West End companies.

The Chocolate Factory received great international acclaim when their 2005 production of Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway, receiving eight Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and acting nods for stars Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell.

Check out highlights from the Broadway production:

2010 proved to be a major year for Chocolate Factory productions on Broadway, with their revivals of La Cage aux Folles and A Little Night Music both picking up Tony nominations for Best Revival of a Musical. La Cage went on to win the award, providing Babani with his first Tony.

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The 64th Annual Tony Awards on June 13, 2010 in New York City.

Check out Hodge and the Broadway cast (including A.J. Shively from our 2014 production of Marry Me a Little) at the 2010 Tony Awards: Continue reading

The star-studded cast of THE LIFE OF THE PARTY!

See a cast of internally-acclaimed Broadway and West End veterans without leaving home in The Life of the Party! Our cast includes:

Damian Humbley

DAMIAN HUMBLEY is making his TheatreWorks debut. Mr. Humbley is well known in London for his work on Stephen Sondheim musicals, including the critically acclaimed production of Merrily We Roll Along (Charley Kringas), and the recent London production of Putting It Together. Other West End credits include Lend Me a Tenor (Max), The Woman In White (Walter Hartright), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Forbidden Broadway, and Dickens Abridged. Other London credits include the UK Premiere of The Last 5 Years, the Menier Chocolate Factory’s The Life of the Party, and most recently Songs for a New World at St. James Theatre. His recordings include Lend Me a Tenor (Original Cast Recording), Fiddler on the Roof (2009 London Cast Recording), The Symphony of Australia (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), and Merrily We Roll Along (DigitalTheatre.com). Continue reading

Introducing the 2016 TAEAs!

Say hello to our 2016 class of Artistic Engagement Apprentices! Launched in 2014, this unique program brings emerging theatre artists into our office and rehearsal space to observe and participate in a professional company. For ten weeks, this group will spend time with our Marketing, Development, Education, and Artistic departments working with TheatreWorks staff and other artists. Get to know this special group of artists:

KieranName: Kieran Beccia

Hometown: Santa Margarita, CA

Alma Mater: UC Santa Cruz

First theatre experience:  Starring debut in a stage version of Muppet Treasure Island in 4th grade with children instead of Muppets

Favorite actor/actress: Frances McDormand

Favorite play or musical: Miss Julie

What are you most looking forward to during your time at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley? I am thrilled to learn more about production and theatre management. Continue reading

Would You Rather? CONFEDERATES style

In Confederates, journalists Will and Stephanie face a difficult choice on the campaign trail. Is it better to honor one’s personal beliefs or journalistic integrity? As Will asks, “Is it better to be right or to be first?”

Imagine you are a journalist – which of these options would you choose?

Would you rather…

Follow the Clinton campaign or the Trump campaign?

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#TBT- Suzanne Bradbeer at the 2015 New Works Festival

As we prepare for Opening Night of Confederates next week, let’s take a look back at this interview with playwright Suzanne Bradbeer from last year’s New Works Festival! This high stakes political drama is the latest festival reading to come to life on our mainstage, following in the tradition of audience favorites such as Jane Austen’s EMMA, Memphis, The North Pool, last season’s Triangle and tokyo fish story, and many others.

Here, Bradbeer weighs in on the inspiration behind Confederates, the changing nature of political journalism, and her New Works Festival experience:

Reserve your seats for Confederates now!