Rachel Rockwell’s Legacy Lives In The Actors She Influenced

By: Michael J. Roberts

Feature Photo: Rachel Rockwell in rehearsal for “Shakespeare in Love” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Photo by Joe Mazza)

Upon hearing the news last month of Rachel Rockwell’s untimely passing on May 28th, I was about to report what most other publications posted.  A fact formatted biography of what was arguably, Chicago most influential director/choreographer.   Read more

MTI’s Broadway Junior’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Kicks-off at the Junior Theater Festival!

unnamed (6)This past weekend over 5,800 students and teachers from 115 musical theatre groups representing 28 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New Zealand, South Korea and Australia came together for the annual Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA.

It was a star-studded affair featuring performances of upcoming Broadway Junior™ musicals, a marquee performance by Darren Criss and much, much more.  Here are some highlights…

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TRW Announces the Acquisition and Release of DISENCHANTED!

unnamed (19)Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that ís anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical cleverly reveals what really happened ‘ever after’! DISENCHANTED is now available for productions throughout North America, subject to approval. After sold-out engagements nationwide and Off Broadway in NYC, theatres across the continent can now apply for production rights exclusively from TRW!
The rave reviews for the show tell the story: A “girls-night-out rebellion” (The New York Times) that’s “funny and a touch wicked, with a pop score that delivers to great comic effect,” (The Huffington Post), DISENCHANTED is the not-for-children musical revue that re-invents Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and other fairy-tale princesses. NBC New York hailed the show’s “funny, irreverent, seriously talented cast of strong, hysterical women who give fairytales a new meaning,” and Broadway Box raved, “Think ‘Bridesmaids’ for Disney Princesses!”.
Casting: 6-10 Women

MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL’S JOHN PRIGNANO APPOINTED TO THE EDUCATIONAL THEATRE ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

200x200x27ED3590A-A1BF-69F9-72452C85D91D2372.jpg.pagespeed.ic._n6ByweCYDyK2lK7cqFZJohn Prignano, senior operations officer for theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) http://www.mtishows.com has been appointed to the Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors (EdTA) http://www.schooltheatre.org, a professional organization with approximately 100,000 members nationwide with the mission of shaping lives through theatre education.  Read more

MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL SECURES RIGHTS TO LICENSE TONY AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL KINKY BOOTS

download (1)Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) http://www.mtishows.com, has secured worldwide licensing rights to the Tony Award® winning, Broadway musical sensation KINKY BOOTS.

In KINKY BOOTS, Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax motion picture written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, KINKY BOOTS features a warm and witty book by Harvey Fierstein and a richly diverse musical score from Cyndi Lauper, in her stunning theatrical debut. Jerry Mitchell has crafted a production bound to move, inspire and set audience’s feet dancing.

“KINKY BOOTS is a one-of-a-kind musical filled with incredible energy, and an extremely powerful message,” according to Drew Cohen, President of MTI.  “’Being who you want to be’ resonates with people everywhere and is made palpable through Cyndi Lauper’s infectious score and Harvey Fierstein’s hilarious and insightful book.  The show provides so many opportunities for creative choreography and actors will love bringing these characters to life on their stages across the country.”

The original production of KINKY BOOTS premiered in Chicago in October 2012, with both direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, and starring Stark Sands and Billy Porter as Charlie and Lola, respectively. It made its Broadway debut at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 4, 2013.

The production earned a season-high 13 nominations and 6 Tony wins, including Best Musical and Best Score for Lauper in her first outing as a Broadway composer, making her the first woman to win alone in that category. The musical’s cast album premiered at number one on the Billboard Cast Albums Chart and number fifty-one on the Billboard 200 chart.

The National Tour kicked off in Las Vegas on September 4th, 2014.

For more information about MTI and licensing, please call (212) 541-4684 or email licensing@mtishows.com

About Music Theatre International

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond.  MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.