DANCER TAKES ON THE CHALLENGE OF HER CAREER FOR WEST SIDE STORY
Lisa Stevens loves to tackle big choreography, but West Side Story was just about the most daunting challenge she has faced in her career. "You have to listen to the instrumentation," said Stevens, "You have to make friends with the music...To choreograph something like that is very exciting." Stevens said the production has a lot of depth, in the music and the storyline. "It tugs at the heartstrings and it opens conversations," she said. "It's unforgettable, the music is sweeping and epic."
By popular demand GREASE returns to the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre! April 30th 2018 to Sept 2018. Lisa Stevens takes the helm as Resident Director on this remount of the original sold-out production!
LISA STEVENS WINS WINNIPEG THEATER AWARD: OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY (MAMMA MIA)
Lisa Stevens has won the OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY award at the Winnipeg Theater Awards for her work on MAMMA MIA, besting other prominent nominees Winnipeg Studio Theatre's "American Idiot"; the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "Hand to God"; and the Manitoba Theatre for Young People's "The Jungle Book." The complete winners list can be found here: winnipegtheatreawards.com/current-season-eligible-shows/
TUNE IN: DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS – A MUSICAL SPECIAL THAT CHEEKILY EXAMINES HOW JEWISH TUNESMITHS SHAPED THE YULETIDE
Directed by Larry Weinstein and choreographed by Lisa Stevens; featuring performances by: Kevin Breit, Aviva Chernick, Justin Gray, The Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Steven Page, Dione Taylor, David Wall, and Tom Wilson.
BWW BLOG: NAOMI MELVIN'S Q & A WITH LISA STEVENS (NAOMI MELVIN, BROADWAYWORLD.COM)
"Recently I sat down with our director and co-choreographer, Lisa Stevens, to chat about our version of Footloose and her personal process in relation to building theatre..." Read more on Randolph Academy's production of Footloose, at Naomi Melvin's BroadwayWorld.com blog:
THE LITTLE PRINCE RECEIVES FIVE 2016 CRITTERS AWARD NOMS, INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL
The Calgary Theatre Critics have selected their nominees for this year's Calgary Theatre Critics' Awards, the Critters. Theatre Calgary's production of Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid's adaptation of Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince garnered five nominations: Best Production of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical (Dennis Garnhum), Best Technical Design (Sean Nieuwenhuis), Best Actor in a Musical (Adam Brazier), and Best Support Actress in a Musical (Louise Pitre). Congratulations to all of the nominees! Winners will be announced at a public awards ceremony later this year. Click for more information:
BWW BLOG: A FIRST LOOK AT RANDOLPH ACADEMY'S FOOTLOOSE (NAOMI MELVIN, BROADWAYWORLD.COM)
"[Director] Lisa [Stevens] is so attuned to detail, to impulse, to storytelling and began to cultivate character with every cast member in the audition. She has already set the standard of collaboration with the motto, "best idea wins". We are lucky."
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THE LITTLE PRINCE HAS ITS CONCERT DEBUT IN ABU DHABI, NARRATED BY HUGH GRANT
An exceptional orchestra and an outstanding company of singers give a concert performance of the musical version of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, created by Nick Lloyd Webber and James D Reid, narrated by Hugh Grant. Click for more information:
THEATRE CALGARY'S THE LITTLE PRINCE OPENS 19 JANUARY 2016
Theatre Calgary's World Premiere production of Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid's adaptation of Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince runs form 19 January through 28 February 2016 athe Max Bell Theatre, with Lisa Stevens as choreographer. Theatre Calgary's Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum will direct the new musical, which features Sara Caraher in the title role, Adam Brazier as The Pilot, Mamma Mia's Louise Pitre as The Snake, and Elicia MacKenzie as The Rose. Musical direction is by Elizabeth Baird. After an inaugural staging at the Lyric Theatre (Belfast) in 2011, The Little Prince adapters Lloyd Webber and Reid significantly developed and expanded the musical. Click for more information:
Louise Pitre, Sarah Caraher & More Will Lead Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid's THE LITTLE PRINCE at Theatre Calgary
After a spring audition tour across the country to see hundreds of Canada's most exciting musical theatre performers, Theatre Calgary just announced the cast for the world premiere of The Little Prince - The Musical by Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid.
The Little Prince - The Musical will feature Sarah Caraher in the title role of the Little Prince, Adam Brazier as The Pilot, Louise Pitre as The Snake, and Elicia MacKenzie as The Rose.
The auditions, seeking out bold and original performers, were held across Canada with the production's creative team, consisting of Theatre Calgary's Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum, along with creators Lloyd Webber and Reid, musical supervisor Simon Lee, musical director Elizabeth Baird and choreographer Lisa Stevens. Click for more information:
LISA STEVENS JOINS VANCOUVER ART CLUB THEATRE'S IN THE HEIGHTS
Lisa Stevens will choreograph and serve as Associate Director for In The Heights, running from 30 April through 7 June 2015 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of Vancouver Arts Club. Set in New York City's vibrant and tough Washington Heights neighbourhood, this electrifying Tony Awardwinning musical tells the universal story of finding one's place in life. Meet Usnavi, Vanessa, Abuela Claudia, Nina, Benny, Graffiti Pete, and many others, and experience the joys, struggles, and sounds of this tight-knit community. Pulsing with a variety of musical styles, In the Heights is a heartfelt, contemporary crowd-pleaser. Click for more information:
Congratulations to Lisa Stevens for being nominated for a Broadway World Award for The Witches Of Eastwick!
LISA STEVENS CHOREOGRAPHING CALGARY THEATRE'S THE LITTLE PRINCE
"Written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1943, The Little Prince is one of the most beloved books in history. After an inaugural staging at the Lyric Theatre (Belfast) in 2011, The Little Prince adapters Lloyd Webber and Reid have significantly developed and expanded the musical, with this new version to receive its world premiere at Theatre Calgary." Production opens in January 2016. Click for more information:
BROADWAY AND TOUR STARS FLY TO MARY POPPINS AT OGUNQUIT
"Mary Poppins will fly into the Ogunquit Playhouse with a cast including Gail Bennett who will reprise the title role and Tony Mansker who will play Ber starting July 30...The production is directed by Shaun Kerrison and choreographed by Lisa Stevens." Click to read more:
The Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee is pleased to announce nominations for the 2014 Betty Mitchell Awards, celebrating outstanding achievement in professional theatre in Calgary. The 2013/2014 professional theatre season brought to the stage 52 shows eligible for Betty Mitchell Award nominations. Lisa Stevens is nominated for Outstanding Fight Direction and Choreography for her work on Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins at Theatre Calgary. Cast and crew of Poppins are nominated for eight more awards, giving the show a total of nine nominations. Click to read more:
LISA STEVENS TO CHOREOGRAPH 'THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK' FOR OGUNQUIT THEATER
Lisa will be choreographing the US premier of Cameron Macintosh's THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, showing at the Ogunquit Theater from August 4th.The Witches of Eastwick are the original "desperate housewives!" The Ogunquit Playhouse is proud to have been selected by Cameron Mackintosh to present the American Northeast premiere of his hit stage adaptation of The Witches of Eastwick, the sexy new musical comedy based on the Warner Brothers hit motion picture starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher. Brewing and stewing about their dull lives, three small town New England women wish for the man of their dreams...and get far more than they bargained for when all hell breaks loose and the devil incarnate, Darryl Van Horne, arrives to liven things up! Come on over to the dark side with this hysterical and devilish show, with its beautiful original score that was declared "musical comedy heaven" by London's Daily Mail. Three sexy witches and one lucky devil will leave you asking the question: "Trick or treat?"
MARY POPPINS TEAM RECIPIENTS OF SEVERAL CANADIAN THEATER AWARDS
Congratulations to Lisa Stevens and the team that made MARY POPPINS a Canadian sensation. The show has been nominated for 9 Sterling Awards and 7 Theater Critic Awards including Best Choreography! Congratulations and good luck!
2014 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards Nominees
Timothy Ryan Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical
Outstanding Director: Michael Shamata
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Blythe Wilson
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Andrew MacDonald Smith
Outstanding Set Design: Cory Sincennes
Outstanding Costume Design: Gillian Gallow
Outstanding Lighting Design: Michael Walton
Outstanding Musical Director: Don Horsburgh
Outstanding Choreography or Fight Direction: Lisa Stevens
2014 Critter Award Nominees (Calgary Theatre Critics Association)
Best Actress in a Musical: Blythe Wilson
Featured Actress in a Musical: Susan Gilmour
Featured Actor in a Musical: Andrew Macdonald-Smith
Featured Actor in a Musical: Jack Forestier
Best Set Design: Cory Sincennes
Best Director Musical: Michael Shamata
LISA STEVENS UP FOR 'BEST ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY' IN 2013 BROADWAYWORLD TORONTO AWARDS
Congratulations to Lisa Stevens who has been nominated for her original choreography of SPAMALOT for a BroadwayWorld Award. Lisa is very excited to be in the company of West End and Broadway choreographers Kathleen Marshall and Arlene Phillips. Good luck Lisa!
Voting will run through Dec. 31, 2013. You can only vote once, so make your vote count! Winners will be announced in early January. BoradwayWorld.com wants your favorite stars and shows to get the recognition they deserve!
Four Betty Mitchell Award nominations go to ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
The Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee is pleased to announce nominations for the 16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards, celebrating outstanding achievement in professional theatre in Canada. Congratulations to the cast and crew of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES for their 4 Nominations: Outstanding Choreography (Lisa Stevens), Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Performance By An Actress in a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design, and Most Outstanding Musical Production.
TACKLING ROMEO Film gets NYC Screening at Dolby 88 Theater, June 14th 2013: Stage Musical in Development
TACKLING ROMEO will receive a NYC screening on Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Dolby 88 Theater. The current creative team attached to the US remake already consists of Academy, Tony, and Olivier Award winners and nominees...[including] Lisa Stevens, Associate Producer and Stage Choreographer. In an attempt to challenge the current business model, where a decade or more can elapse between movie premiere and opening night, the stage musical will be developed concurrently with the film's production to capitalize on Tackling Romeo's theatrical run. This Director's Cut of the original Australian film serves as the source material for the new U.S. feature remake and the succeeding stage musical. movies.broadwayworld.com/article/TACKLING-ROMEO-Film-Gets-NYC-Screening-at-Dolby-88-Theater-614-Stage-Musical-in-Development-20130529
Lisa Stevens inducted into UNESCO's International Dance Council
Congratulations to Lisa Stevens, who has been inducted into the International Dance Council / Conseil International de Dance (CID) UNESCO, the highest body for dance. President of the Dance Council in Paris, France nominated Ms. Stevens who was officially welcomed this month.
CID is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. CID is recognized by UNESCO, national and local governments, international organizations and institutions. It brings together the most important international, national and local organizations, as well as select individuals active in dance. CID is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based. Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals in 155 countries.
GLEEK ALERT: LISA STEVENS ADJUDICATES 2013 SHOW CHOIR CANADA
Listen up all you GLEEKS! Lisa Stevens will be adjudicating the 2013 National Show Choir Competition taking place in Toronto on April 20th and 21st 2013.
The competition will feature awards and prizes for the top choirs and outstanding individual performers. SCC is presented by leaders in the performing arts industry; The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, which trains Canada's Triple Threat talent, and da Costa Talent Management, which represents some of Canada's leading actors, dancers, singers, and world-class choreographers.
SCC invites all students, teachers and families to come cheer on their favourite choirs at the 2013 National Championships! Ticket information is available online at showchoircanada.com and through Ticketmaster.
If you represent a show choir or if you're interested in starting a show choir in your school, please contact Lauren Randolph via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-90GLEEK ext 227 to get more information and resources.
Congratulations to Lisa Stevens, who has been nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Choreography In A Musical for her work on XANADU! The choreography involved several hours a day learning to roller-skate, and devising dances for the cast on wheels. Look out for the results on January 27th!
9 TO 5 in the UK
Look out London! Lisa Stevens, and the creative team from Dolly Parton's 9 to 5! Jeff Calhoun (Tony nomination for NEWSIES) and Stephen Oremus (Tony winner for WICKED, BOOK OF MORMON) will be heading to London to start rehearsals for an all U.K. cast this September. The show opens October 17th 2012...and incidentally, Lisa's birthday!
Lisa Stevens gets 2012 Betty Mitchell Award nod
Congratulations to Lisa Stevens who has been nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY OF A PRODUCTION! Lisa re-invented the choreography of T.S. Elliot, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS, resulting in a fresh and exciting version of this production. Winners will be announced August 2012!
9 TO 5 Gets Picked Up For a UK Tour, and Possible West End Run!
"The UK Daily Mail reports that Dolly Parton will take her musical 9 to 5 on tour in the UK, kicking off October 12 at the Manchester Opera House. Based on the 1980 film, which starred Dolly Parton along with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, 9 to 5: The Musical currently has 10 theaters lined up for the tour. The musical follows three women that decide to take control after their sexist boss goes too far. Parton wrote the music and lyrics, which include the orginal title song from the movie, 9 to 5. Jeff Calhoun directs." Click to read more:
CUCCIOLI & GRANT TO STAR IN BOXING MUSICAL CUTMAN AT GOODSPEED
"Goodspeed Musicals, the first two-time Tony Award winning theatre in the country, is pumped to announce the cast of Cutman: a boxing musical. The brand new spring production will kick off a three show season at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. This striking musical will run from May 12 through June 5, 2011. The cast will train with the pros at the legendary Lion's Den in Middletown, Conn...Lisa Stevens will be the show's choreographer. Ms. Stevens was Associate Choreographer for Broadway's Bombay Dreams and Choreographer for the National Tours of 9 to 5, The Musical; Bombay Dreams; and High School Musical." Click to read more:
ROBERT CUCCIOLI, LAURA DEAN, CORY GRANT, ET AL. SET FOR GOODSPEED'S CUTMAN: A BOXING MUSICAL
"Goodspeed Musicals has announced casting for Cutman: a boxing musical, to run May 13 - June 5 at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT. Bookwriter Jared Michael Coseglia will direct the production, which will feature choreography by Lisa Stevens and music direction by Andrew Sotomayor." Click to read more:
CORY GRANT WILL PLAY BOXER IN GOODSPEED MUSICAL CUTMAN: A BOXING MUSICAL WITH ROBERT CUCCIOLI AS DAD
"Goodspeed Musicals' spring production of Cutman: a boxing musical, the story of a young Jewish boxer pulled between faith and stardom in the ring, will feature Jersey Boys veteran Cory Grant as the pugilist, with Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli as his father...Performances will play May 12-June 5 at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT...Lisa Stevens, who was choreographer for the national tours of 9 to 5, Bombay Dreams and High School Musical, is the choreographer." Click to read more:
ROBERT CUCCIOLI IN CUTMAN: A BOXING MUSICAL; A GOODSPEED WORKSHOP
"Tony nominated actor Robert Cuccioli ("Jekyll & Hyde," "Les Misérables ") will be featured in the workshop of "Cutman: a boxing musical" that will kick off a three-show season at Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre in Chester...Lisa Stevens choreographs." Click to read more:
Lisa is currently in pre-production for a new musical based in and around the world of boxing. CUTMAN opens at Goodspeed Theater in CT on May 12th 2011. For more information:
LISA STEVENS NOMINATED FOR 2010 BETTY MITCHELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Lisa Stevens has been nominated for a 2010 Betty Mitchell award for Outstanding Choreography for her work on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Theatre Calgary. The Betty Mitchell Awards, named for a pioneer of Calgary's theatrical community, Dr. Betty Mitchell, were started in 1998 to celebrate and honour outstanding achievement in Calgary's professional theatre community. The BEE also has been nominated for Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actor, and Outstanding Musical Direction.
THE NATIONAL TOUR OF 9 TO 5 TO BE CHOREOGRAPHED BY LISA STEVENS!
The High School Musical team comes together once again to take on Dolly Parton's baby 9 to 5!
Director: Jeff Calhoun
Choreographer: Lisa Stevens
Costumes: William Ivy Long
Light Design: Ken Billington
Set Design: Ken Foy
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE YUKON URBAN DANCE ENSEMBLE FOR THEIR GREAT PERFORMANCES
AT THE VANCOUVER 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS!
The Yukon Urban Dance Ensemble presented a 30-minute live/video event at THE VANCOUVER 2010 VICTORY CEREMONIES, choreographed by LISA STEVENS.
The showcase included performances by Michelle Fisher, Valerie Herdes, Jessica Hickman, Mellisa Kwok, Tellyse Parent, Jada Powell, Jordan Reti, George Rivard, Alex Robinson, Ben Robinson, Nick Robinson, Grace Simpson-Fowler, and Riley Simpson-Fowler.
YUKON URBAN DANCE ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT THE VANCOUVER 2010 VICTORY CEREMONIES
UP AND COMING SHOWS FOR LISA: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
When a group of young spellers compete for top prize at the annual spelling bee, the tension mounts as the contestants cope with fanatical parents, dastardly sabotage attempts, teenage crushes and the horrors of puberty! The New York Times called this musical "irresistible and entirely lovable and riotously funny." You'll be "cachinnating" all the way down to your "sesamoids." Each performance features special guest spellers, so the madness is different every time.
LISA STEVENS NOMINATED FOR 2009 BETTY MITCHELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Lisa Stevens has been nominated for a 2009 Betty Mitchell award for Outstanding Choreography for her work on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Theatre Calgary. The Betty Mitchell Awards, named for a pioneer of Calgary's theatrical community, Dr. Betty Mitchell, were started in 1998 to celebrate and honour outstanding achievement in Calgary's professional theatre community. The winners for 2009 will be announced at the gala ceremony on Monday, August 24, 2009 at the Max Bell Theatre (home to Theatre Calgary) in the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 Set for UK TV Reality Search for 'Troy Bolton' Lead
"Director Jeff Calhoun and choreographer Lisa Stevens will return to Atlanta's Theater of the Stars to stage the premiere of Disney's High School Musical 2. Running Nov. 6-16, High School Musical 2 follows in the footsteps of its wildly successful predecessor, High School Musical, which made its stage premiere at the Theater of the Stars in 2007..."
Lisa Stevens and Travis Wall (So You Think You Can Dance) just finished teaching a Broadway workshop in Charlotte Town, PEI for BROADWAY BOUND! www.thatdanceshow.com
Broadway Bound summer intensive is the most elite workshop of its kind ever to be offered on PEI. This "triple threat" intensive gives performers a glimpse into the professional entertainment scene, and the caliber of training and commitment necessary to become an elite and competitive force in the industry. intensive gives performers a glimpse into the professional entertainment scene, and the caliber of training and commitment necessary to become an elite and competitive force in the industry."
Broadway Artists Alliance provides professional level training in the musical theatre arts for promising young artists by affording them the opportunity to study with current Broadway performers and directors who will challenge their development. Broadway Artists Alliance is designed to develop the triple threat performer.
"Proving that lightning can and does strike twice, High School Musical 2 actually surpasses the first movie..." Variety
What time is it? Summer time! School's out‹and the Wildcats are back for an all new adventure. Join Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan and the rest of the East High gang as they dive into the enchanted world of Lava Springs Country Club and put their talent to the ultimate test!
Theater of the Stars is proud to follow up the astonishing success of our production of Disney's High School Musical last January with the Professional Premiere of the highly anticipated sequel Disney's High School Musical 2.
DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL BOUND FOR AUSTRALIA!
A spectacular full-scale Australian production of Disney's High School Musical live on stage! will open in Sydney at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday, 20 December, 2008. A national tour of eight cities will follow.
Steve Fickinger, Vice President, Disney Theatrical Productions from New York says, "The new stage version of High School Musical has been delighting audiences around the world, and we are thrilled to bring this spectacular production to Australia. This is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to come together and spend time with Troy, Gabriella, and all their favorite Wildcats. This wonderful stage show has all the songs, all the humor, all the heart...and a few new surprises."
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek
Directed by Dennis Garnhum
Choreography by Lisa Stevens
Musical Direction by Elizabeth Baird
Based on the popular film, this Tony-award winning new Broadway musical is so much fun it's almost criminal. Set on the French Riviera, sophisticated con-man Lawrence Jameson makes his living by deceiving wealthy women. When small-time crook Freddy Benson arrives on the scene, a hilarious "battle of the cons" ensues. With side-splitting lyrics, and superbly catchy songs, this modern take on the old-fashioned musical is sure to take you in.
CANADA WINTER GAMES National Artist's Program (NAP)
The National Artists Program exemplified the vision of the Canada Winter Games. The highly successful program selected four artists from each Province and Territory to collaborate in an interdisciplinary, creative residency program culminating in an awe-inspiring performance.