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City Theatre presents Molière's TARTUFFE This Spring City Theatre presents Molière's TARTUFFE This Spring
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in Austin

If it's hypocrisy, greed, and seduction you're looking for this spring, look no further than Moliere's outrageous farce, Tartuffe. Under the religious cloak of piety, the lecherous, menacing, arch-hypocrite title character schemes to marry his benefactor's daughter, seduce his wife, then defraud him of all he possesses. Does the scoundrel succeed? Take your seat and find out in this exciting 42% irreverent adaptation of one of the world's greatest comedies. (more...)
SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, Red Carpet Premiere Movie LIFE SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, Red Carpet Premiere Movie LIFE
by Kathy Strain on March 27, 2017 in Austin

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds the latest Sci Fi/Thriller LIFE (more...)
David Blaine to Take His Magic On The Road in First-Ever North American Tour David Blaine to Take His Magic On The Road in First-Ever North American Tour
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in Austin

Having revolutionized modern magic and mesmerized audiences unlike any performer in history, magician, illusionist, and stunt artist David Blaine will embark on his first-ever North American tour, announced today.  (more...)
iHeartMedia Announces The Daytime Village At The iHeartCountry Festival iHeartMedia Announces The Daytime Village At The iHeartCountry Festival
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in Austin

iHeartMedia announced today the lineup for the Daytime Village at the iHeartCountry Festival, a Music Experience by AT&T on Saturday, May 6 from 2:30-6 p.m. CT at Frank Erwin Center's North Box Office Plaza in Austin, Texas. The free daytime event will feature live performances by Jon Pardi, Lindsay Ell, Kane Brown, Tucker Beathard, Chris Janson and Kip Moore. The Daytime Village will also feature fan zones and interactive experiences by iHeartRadio's brand partners. (more...)
2017 iHeartCountry Festival Announces Daytime Village Lineup, Bobby Bones to Host 2017 iHeartCountry Festival Announces Daytime Village Lineup, Bobby Bones to Host
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in Austin

iHeartMedia announced today the lineup for the Daytime Village at the iHeartCountry Festival, a Music Experience by AT&T on Saturday, May 6 from 2:30-6 p.m. CT at Frank Erwin Center's North Box Office Plaza in Austin, Texas. (more...)
BWW Review: UNDERGROUND a Taut Psychological Political Thriller BWW Review: UNDERGROUND a Taut Psychological Political Thriller
by Frank Benge on March 27, 2017 in Austin

UNDERGROUND, a taut new psychological and political thriller by Lisa B. Thompson, is currently in its World Premiere production at The VORTEX. UNDERGROUND examines African American activists, artists, and intellectuals and how they have responded from the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond. The play takes a head-on look at where we are in the long fight for equality in our current political climate and what survival may look like over the next four years and beyond. This is an unflinching look at the possible aftermath of the appointment of white supremacists to high-ranking positions in the executive branch. This two person drama is set in the very near future and flashes backto their first encounter. At the core, UNDERGROUND asks the question: how far would you go to protect your people? (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 3/26/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW on March 26, 2017 in Austin

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/26/2017 for Austin (more...)
BWW Review: MRS. MANNERLY is a Sweetly Comic Story of Youth BWW Review: MRS. MANNERLY is a Sweetly Comic Story of Youth
by Frank Benge on March 27, 2017 in Austin

MRS. MANNERLY, a memory play by Jeffrey Hatcher, takes inspiration from the playwright's memories of a childhood etiquette class that he took at the tender young age of ten. Walking with an etiquette book balanced on your head, learning complex table settings with a confounding array of flatware and stemware, and dropping a quarter in a jar each time you interrupt...those were the ways of Mrs. Mannerly's classes in 1967. Mrs. Mannerly (Jennifer Underwood) has high standards; so high, in fact, that not one student in her thirty-six years of teaching proper deportment has ever achieved perfection. Young Jeffrey (Suzanne Balling) wants to be the first and he has a trick up his sleeve that he thinks makes him a shoe-in to achieve that sought after goal... he has discovered Mrs. Mannerly has a secret past. (more...)
BWW Feature: Broadway Couple Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard Launch MARRIED TO BROADWAY Masterclass Tour BWW Feature: Broadway Couple Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard Launch MARRIED TO BROADWAY Masterclass Tour
by Kyle Christopher West on March 25, 2017 in Austin

Between their two lofty resumes, Broadway husband-and-wife duo Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard have a grand total of 15 Broadway credits to their names. Adding in their multiple film/TV credits and cast recordings, the phrase 'triple threat' couldn't be a better fit to define their talents. And with the skills they've honed on 'the boards,' the couple is eager to support the next generation of Broadway gypsies through their new training program: 'Married to Broadway.' (more...)
SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: Bands Everywhere SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: Bands Everywhere
by Kathy Strain on March 24, 2017 in Austin

So many performers took to the stages all over Austin to show off their many talents and SXSW attendees were thrilled with the opportunity to discover so much new and not so new talent. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on March 24, 2017 in Austin

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte, and BUS STOP in Denver, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Is A Stylish Evening of Wit and Musical Memories BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Is A Stylish Evening of Wit and Musical Memories
by Frank Benge on March 23, 2017 in Austin

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is a jukebox musical that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King with a book by Douglas McGrath, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector and others. The original production received its world premiere in San Francisco in October of 2013, and made its Broadway debut at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January 2014. This U.S. touring production now at Bass Concert Hall launched in September 2015. (more...)
TexARTS Teen Musical Theatre Academy Presents CHICAGO TexARTS Teen Musical Theatre Academy Presents CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk on March 22, 2017 in Austin

TexARTS' Teen Musical Theatre Academy is jazzed to present Kander & Ebb's blockbuster hit Chicago. The production will run April 1 - 9 at the Kam & James Morris Theatre at TexARTS.    (more...)
SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: AVETT BROTHERS and Documentary MAY IT LAST SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: AVETT BROTHERS and Documentary MAY IT LAST
by Kathy Strain on March 21, 2017 in Austin

SXSW saw a lot of opportunities for new films and documentaries to be premiered. One in particular was a documentary called MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS that explored the Avett Brothers' journey into making their latest album that was recently released called “True Sadness.” In creating this documentary, directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio wanted to share all aspects of the lives' of the Avett Brothers and their band. (more...)
Austin Film Fest Announces ON STORY Season 7 Lineup & Air Date Austin Film Fest Announces ON STORY Season 7 Lineup & Air Date
by TV News Desk on March 21, 2017 in Austin

Today Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced its lineup and air dates for Season 7 of its original series, Austin Film Festival's ON STORY, airing on public television stations nationwide this April. (more...)
BWW Interview: Ben Fankhauser as Barry Mann in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL on Tour BWW Interview: Ben Fankhauser as Barry Mann in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL on Tour
by Kathy Strain on March 20, 2017 in Austin

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the true story of King's rise to fame as being part of a songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin. With such hits as 'The Locomotion,' 'Up on the Roof,' '(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,' and 'I Feel the Earth Move,' BEAUTIFUL blends King's life with the music that helped define a generation. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 3/19/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 3/19/2017
by BWW on March 19, 2017 in Austin

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/19/2017 for Austin (more...)
BWW Review: HAMLET - Redux In Rep With Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead At City Theatre BWW Review: HAMLET - Redux In Rep With Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead At City Theatre
by Lynn Beaver on March 17, 2017 in Austin

William Shakespeare's HAMLET is arguably one of the most universally popular plays ever written, but it's only one half of Redux in Rep at City Theatre. Along with ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard, a play that comically deconstructs the iconic tragedy, the combination of the two shows give us a deeper look at the characters, motivations and plot of the famous tragedy. (more...)
BWW Review: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD - Redux In Rep With Hamlet At City Theatre BWW Review: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD - Redux In Rep With Hamlet At City Theatre
by Lynn Beaver on March 17, 2017 in Austin

Tom Stoppard's ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD opened last week at City Theatre alongside Shakespeare's HAMLET in REDUX IN REP, both shows with the same cast on alternate nights. (more...)
Cast Announced for MURDER WEAPON at the Hill Country Community Theatre Cast Announced for MURDER WEAPON at the Hill Country Community Theatre
by BWW News Desk on March 17, 2017 in Austin

The Hill Country Community Theatre announces the cast of its spring production, the thriller "Murder Weapon" running for three weeks, April 20 through May 7, under the direction of Laura Gisi. (more...)
BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S OVO at HEB Center In Cedar Park is Family Friendly Thrills and Laughs BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S OVO at HEB Center In Cedar Park is Family Friendly Thrills and Laughs
by Frank Benge on March 17, 2017 in Austin

Cirque du Soleil's OVO, currently playing at the HEB Center in Cedar Park is an immersive family friendly evening of acrobatic thrills wrapped up is a sweet and funny clown bug love story. The show is a look at an insect ecosystem teeming with life. The acrobats are dressed as insects and the acts, which are tied together by the clowns storylines of looking for the egg and the lady bug's suitors, results in a non-stop story of insects working, playing, fighting and looking for love. Among the exciting visuals in this fast paced dazzler of an entertainment are foot jugglers who, as ants, juggle gigantic kiwi fruit and ears of corn; trampoline artists dressed crickets leaping off and on a high wall; a silk artist who uses the silks to show a butterfly transforming from cocoon state and trapeze artists in a stunning aerial act. Along the way is also a beautiful and graceful dragonfly hand balancing act and a hilarious moment with a caterpillar. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/17; RAGTIME in D.C., HAMILTON Parody in Chicago, SWSX and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/17; RAGTIME in D.C., HAMILTON Parody in Chicago, SWSX and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on March 17, 2017 in Austin

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre, SPAMILTON in Chicago, SWSX coverage in Austin and more. Check out our top features below! (more...)
SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: Nile Rogers, Frank Oz and More! SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: Nile Rogers, Frank Oz and More!
by Kathy Strain on March 15, 2017 in Austin

How can one cover all the events of SXSW and keep up the schedule for an entire week? It's impossible to see everything. You are bound to miss things you wished you could have seen. And sleep, don't even worry about that. You can sleep when it's all over. (more...)
City Theatre Austin Presents Redux in Rep: HAMLET WITH ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD City Theatre Austin Presents Redux in Rep: HAMLET WITH ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
by BWW News Desk on March 14, 2017 in Austin

Both famous in classic tragedy and modern comedy, two classics of the theatre performed in a full repertory production, and rotating each night with the same company portraying the same cast of characters. (more...)
Photo Flash: The City Theatre Austin presents Redux in Rep: HAMLET WITH ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDSTERN ARE DEAD Photo Flash: The City Theatre Austin presents Redux in Rep: HAMLET WITH ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDSTERN ARE DEAD
by BWW News Desk on March 13, 2017 in Austin

Both famous in classic tragedy and modern comedy, two classics of the theatre performed in a full repertory production, and rotating each night with the same company portraying the same cast of characters. A murdered king. A usurped prince. A promise of revenge. Hamlet is William Shakespeare's greatest tragedy of passion, corruption, and revenge that has captivated audiences for over four hundred years. Playwright Tom Stoppard is the theatrical genius behind Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in his award-winning wild comedy that turns Shakespeare's greatest tragedy Hamlet upside down.  (more...)