April 23, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Playwright Ruben Santiago-Hudson and musician Bill Sims Jr. perform live at WBGO and talk with Michael Bourne about their new original play, "Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine." The play is at the Two River Theater in Red Bank through May 3. Enjoy!
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February 5, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.
Join WBGO Travel & Events for a matinee performance of Meredith Willson’s beloved Broadway musical, The Music Man in concert on Saturday, March 15, 3pm at Two River Theater Company, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. A special private pre-show reception for WBGO guests is at 2pm.
Isaiah Johnson will play Harold Hill and Stephanie Umoh will play Marian Paroo. Johnson has appeared on Broadway in Peter and the Starcatcher and The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino. Umoh played Sarah in the 2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime. The show is directed by NAACP and Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara with music direction by Kenny Seymour (Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis) and is a collaboration between New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Two River Theater Company.
The Broadway classic (winner of Best Musical at the 1957 Tony Awards) is re-imagined with an African-American cast and tells the story of con man Harold Hill, who falls for piano teacher in the summer of 1912 as he bamboozles the townsfolk of River City, Iowa into financing a marching band. It is based on historical accounts of black communities established by former slaves after the Civil War and features a live six-piece on-stage band.
Enjoy this "behind-the-scenes" trailer with the cast leads Isiah Johnson and Stephanie Umoh. )
Prior to the 3pm performance, WBGO hosts a private reception for our guests in the theater's brand new Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library, a space that is normally reserved exclusively for theater members. Enjoy a special peek behind-the-scenes at the reception, along with music, and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Cheese Cave and Siam Garden.
John Dias, Artistic Director of Two River Theater, says "Robert O'Hara brings to life the too-often-untold stories of African Americans in ways that are dynamic and highly theatrical. We are excited to see this great American classic through his inimitable lens."
Come and enjoy this special musical performance at one of the best regional theaters in New Jersey and in the country. Two River Theater Company is wheelchair accessible.
Tickets are $75 for WBGO members and $95 for non-members. Participation is limited so purchase your tickets today. For more information, call 973-624-8880 extension. 283 or email at email@example.com
Book your Tickets:
WBGO Member price per person: $75
Non-Member price per person: $95
All tickets will be picked up at the theater.
For questions or reservations call 973-624-8880 x283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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WBGO Travel & Events presents “What’s It All About: Bacharach Reimagined” at New York Theatre Workshop
December 2, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO Travel & Events invites you for a festive evening to enjoy a brand new musical based on the classic and enduring music of Burt Bacharach on Wednesday, December 18. What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined gives the music of Bacharach “new life as musician and actor Kyle Riabko performs his unique, soulful arrangements of the Bacharach songbook with an eclectic group of young musicians and performers”. Riabko is a singer, guitarist, composer and actor who starred on Broadway in both Spring Awakening and Hair. He spent his teen years touring as an opening act for a wide range of artists, including: BB King, James Brown, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, and others. NYTW originated in 1982 and has been the birthplace of Broadway musical hits such as Rent and Once.
Prior to the 7pm performance, WBGO will host a private reception at the NYTW 4th Street Theatre, located in the heart of the East Village, where guests can mingle and enjoy wine, holiday hors d'oeuvres and great company directly on one of the NYTW performance stages. Then we will walk next door to the NYTW Main Stage and view the new musical What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined. Immediately following the 80 minute performance, guests will be treated to a talk-back with the cast, allowing audience members an inside look at the process of creating the show.
This event embraces the holiday spirit and showcases New York City’s greatest attributes, music, creativity and performance.
Tickets are $95 for WBGO members and $125 for non-members. Seats are limited so purchase your tickets today.
Celebrate NYC, celebrate Bacharach and celebrate the holidays with WBGO.
Purchase your tickets here:
For questions or reservations call 973-624-8880 x269 or email email@example.com. All tickets will be picked up on Wednesday, December 18 at the theater. Please note that the venue for the reception prior to the performance is not wheelchair accessible. The Mainstage theater is wheelchair accessible.
© 2013 WBGO
April 20, 2009. Posted by Andrew Meyer.
You never know what might serve as the inspiration for the next big musical in New York!
The Toxic Avenger, a B-movie from the 80's with a tremendous cult following has found its way to Off-Broadway as The Toxic Avenger Musical following a successful run at the George Street Playhouse. One of the stars of the show, Nancy Opel stopped by our studios recently to talk about "Toxie" with our resident theater guru, Michael Bourne. Listen in to this web exclusive as they talk about the new show as well as some of Nancy's past appearances on Broadway!
© 2009 WBGO
November 14, 2008. Posted by Michael Bourne.
The Town Hall was built in the 1920's for orators, and musicians also discovered that the acoustics are superb. None of today's audio tech existed back then, but no mics are ever needed there. "Broadway Unplugged" is an annual concert that gathers some of Broadway's best singers performing without mics and sounding that much more real. I've attended the last two years and I've been thrilled hearing (and feeling) all these beautiful voices, not amplified through speakers, but directly from the throats (and the hearts) of the singers.
Scott Siegel is the producer and host. In this interview, we talked about the upcoming 5th annual "Broadway Unplugged" -- Monday the 17th at 8 at Town Hall -- for tonight's WBGO Journal. And we kept on talking, including listening to highlights from last year's show: Max von Essen and Sarah Jane McMahon singing "Tonight" from West Side Story, Lorinda Lisitza singing a heartbreaking "Surabaya Johnny" from Happy End, Marc Kudisch singing "I'm Still Here" from The Glorious Ones, and Bill Daugherty singing a show-stopping "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" from Guys and Dolls.
© 2008 WBGO