Theatre + Broadway News
Peaceful Lion Productions to Bring LUDWIG LIVE! to Brighton Fringe, May 2-4; Leicester Square, May 7-9|
by BWW News Desk (UK Regional)
(3/27/2015) - Peaceful Lion Productions will present the European premiere of Ludwig Live! by Nancy Holson, directed by Ollie Fielding as part of this year's Brighton Fringe. Press Opening: 7th May, 9:15pm at the Leicester Square Theatre.
DISTORTED DIZNEE, SISSY, THE VAUDEVILLIANS and More Set for the Laurie Beechman's Spring/Summer 2015 Drag Lineup
by BWW News Desk (New York City)
(3/27/2015) - Over the past few years, The Laurie Beechman Theatre has become a mecca for fans of drag performance, presenting many of the best drag stars from across America and even internationally. The venue just announced its Spring and Summer 2015 drag performances.
Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre to Present 'HOLD THESE TRUTHS', 4/15-5/3
by BWW News Desk (Los Angeles)
(3/27/2015) - Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre (CVRep) concludes its 2014-2015 American Melting Pot-themed season with HOLD THESE TRUTHS, The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi, by Jeanne Sakata. The solo play stars Blake Kushi in a tour de force performance as Gordon Hirabayashi and multiple other roles.
Luiz de Moura Castro to Continue Solo Piano Series at The DiMenna Center, 4/11
by BWW News Desk (New York City)
(3/27/2015) - Brazilian pianist Luiz de Moura Castro will be in concert on Saturday, April 11, presenting Villa-Lobos, Liszt, Chopin and Mendelssohn as the fourth program of 5 @ 5 at DiMenna, a new solo piano performance series curated by Mirian Conti, at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street in Manhattan.
Dallas Theater Center to Present Rolling World Premiere of COLOSSAL, 4/2-5/3
by BWW News Desk (Dallas)
(3/27/2015) - ?Dallas Theater Center announced today complete details for the rolling world premiere of Colossal, a new play by Andrew Hinderaker. DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty directs the Kennedy Center Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award-winning play, which is choreographed by founder and artistic director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Joshua L. Peugh. Colossal begins with previews on Thursday, April 2 with a Pay-What-You-Can performance and runs through Sunday, May 3.
Photo Flash: Joey and the Cast of WAR HORSE Take Part in 'Wear a Hat' Day for Brain Tumour Research
by BWW News Desk (UK / West End)
(3/27/2015) - Joey the equine star of War Horse joined fellow cast members and thousands of people across the UK taking part in Wear A Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research. The touching tribute took place in memory of 60-year-old Victor 'Vic' Hamilton, a driver at the National Theatre, who lost his life to a brain tumour in March, National Brain Tumour Awareness month. Joey, currently on stage at the New London Theatre, attended a photocall in a striking pink top hat, designed exclusively for Brain Tumour Research by Lock & Co, the world's oldest hat shop in St James's Street, London. Scroll down for photos!
Photo Flash: Betty Buckley, Barbara Cook, Rex Smith and More Celebrate Shubert Theatre's 100th Anniversary in New Haven
by BWW News Desk
(3/27/2015) - In recognition of its 100th Anniversary, New Haven's historic Shubert Theatre celebrated with a Gala Benefit on Saturday, March 21. This exclusive evening included an elegant sit-down dinner on the legendary Shubert Stage, dancing, theatrical entertainment and a tribute to honored guest stars. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below!
Photo Flash: First Look at David O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's THE GOOD BOOK at Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk
(3/27/2015) - Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert present the World Premiere of The Good Book by Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson, directed by Lisa Peterson. The Good Book runs now through April 19, 2015 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
Photo Flash: First Look at Opening Night of Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST
by BWW News Desk (Washington, DC)
(3/27/2015) - Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero stars as one of America's most brilliant and polarizing figures-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia-in the world-premiere political drama The Originalist, byCharles MacArthur Award winner and Arena Stage resident playwright John Strand. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court? Artistic Director Molly Smith directs this daring new play, which offers a rare portrayal of a sitting Supreme Court justice, and for the first time the intimate Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle will be configured into a three-quarter thrust configuration. The Originalist runs March 6-April 26, 2015. Check out a first look at the opening night party below!
THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: March 21-27
by BWW Special Coverage
(3/27/2015) - Catch up on the week's biggest stories from Broadway and beyond in BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures,' featuring coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights, and more. Highlights this week include coverage of A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, the cast of LES MISERABLES celebrating one year on Broadway, a performance preview of THE VISIT, and more!
BWW Reviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, What's Going On?
by Christine Swerczek (Omaha)
(3/27/2015) - MOTOWN THE MUSICAL recently opened at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, taking the packed house captive for 2 hours and 45 minutes with nonstop songs covering 25 years of emerging superstars.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Addresses Bootleggers on Tumblr: 'We're going to make a really good recording of the show this summer'
by BWW News Desk
(3/27/2015) - Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda recently went to Tumblr to address buzz about bootlegs of the show. He writes:
BWW Interviews: Banks Brothers Productions' Vincent Victoria Talks BLACQUE TCHERIE
by Katricia Lang (Houston)
(3/27/2015) - I talk to Banks Brothers Productions' Vincent Victoria, the Houston playwright responsible for BLAQUE TCHERIE. BLAQUE TCHERIE chronicles the creation and launch of the first black 'girlie' magazine.
Rialto Chatter Exclusive: BAT OUT OF HELL Musical Aiming for 2016 Premiere; Rundgren Joins Team?
by Rialto Chatter
(3/27/2015) - First announced back in 2009, BroadwayWorld.com has learned some updates today about the long gestating Bat Out of Hell, the Musical.
BWW Personality Quiz: Are You Andrew Lloyd Webber or Stephen Sondheim?
by Louisa Brady
(3/27/2015) - This week's quiz will determine whether you are more of an Andrew Lloyd Webber or a Stephen Sondheim.
Legendary Sondheim Interpreter Kurt Peterson Inspires Tears & Cheers With Masterful Medley At 54 Below
by Pat Cerasaro
(3/27/2015) - A prime Sondheim interpreter shows off his skills!
Magical Realism on Stage
by Roundabout Theatre Company (Blogs)
(3/27/2015) - In Little Children Dream of God, playwright Jeff Augustin uses aspects of magical realism, a style that originated in literature and visual art. The framework of his play is apparently realistic, until elements of dream, magic, and supernatural phenomena are introduced.
Cape Rep Theatre's 30th Anniversary Season to Include EVITA, 'LA CAGE' & More
by BWW News Desk (Boston)
(3/27/2015) - Cape Rep Theatre is celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season with an exciting line up of plays and musicals, including a world premier and two regional premiers.
Chicago's BLUE MAN GROUP Sets New Summer Schedule
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)
(3/27/2015) - Blue Man Group the critically hailed theatrical phenomenon continuing its open run at Chicago's Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted Street), has announced the summer 2015 performance schedule in conjunction with new and exciting Chicago attraction packages. To further enrich the audience experience and kick-off summer in an unforgettable way, Blue Man Group has created a number of packages that combine their thrilling, multi-sensory, innovative, theatrical spectacle with one-of-a-kind experiences throughout the city. Chicago-area attractions packages are all available through the show's website www.blueman.com/chicago/about-show.
South Bend Civic Theatre's Education Classes Begin 4/13
by BWW News Desk (South Bend)
(3/27/2015) - South Bend Civic Theatre's Education program offers exciting and fun classes for youth and adults this spring. Starting the week of April 13, students will have the opportunity to engage with highly skilled and award-winning teachers to explore their creativity and talent in a variety of activities. Highlights of the session include: acting fundamentals for kindergarten through third grade, acting and musical theatre for fourth through eighth graders, playmaking and performance with an Emmy-award winning writer for high school age students, youth and adult improv with an instructor trained at Chicago's famed Second City troupe, and a performance intensive session for adults leading to a production of a one-act play or series of short plays.
Hershey Area Playhouse to Present LEND ME A TENOR
by BWW News Desk (Central Pennsylvania)
(3/27/2015) - Hershey Area Playhouse will present Lend Me A Tenor, a wacky comedy filled with misunderstandings, mixed signals and mistaken identity.
Photo Flash: First Look at Michael Patrick Thornton in TITLE AND DEED at Lookingglass Theatre
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)
(3/27/2015) - Continuing its 27th Season, Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the Midwest Premiere of Title and Deed, by Will Eno and directed by Marti Lyons. Title and Deed runs March 18 - May 3, 2015 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Openings are Friday, March 27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets can be purchased through the box office at (312) 337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org.
Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for the NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR!
by Walter McBride
(3/27/2015) - MSG Entertainment (MSGE) welcomes a brand new production at Radio City Music Hall, New York Spring Spectacular, presented by Chase. This awe-inspiring theatrical Spectacular, which is jointly produced by Madison Square Garden Entertainment and Weinstein Live Entertainment, has already captured the hearts of thousands in the first week of previews. The limited seven-week engagement opened last night, March 26, 2015 and runs through May 3, 2015. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the star-studded red carpet below!
Photo Flash: First Look at LEND ME A TENOR at Beck Center
by BWW News Desk (Cleveland)
(3/27/2015) - Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the classic farce, Lend Me a Tenor, March 27 through April 26, 2015 on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. There are no performances on April 4 and 5; an 8 p.m. performance has been added on Thursday, April 23. Tickets are now on sale.
VIDEO: Kenneth Branagh Ranks Disney Princesses on LATE NIGHT
by TV News Desk
(3/27/2015) - CINDERELLA director Kenneth Brangh stopped by NBC's LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS to offer his definitive ranking of Belle, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty and more Disney princesses.
THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- DISGRACED's Karen Pittman
by BWW Staff
(3/27/2015) - In this week's edition, we caught up with Karen Pittman, who most recently starred on Broadway in Disgraced, which recently closed at the Lyceum Theatre.
Gustavo Dudamel Extends Contract With the L.A. Philharmonic, Through 2021/22 Season
by BWW News Desk (Classical - Los Angeles)
(3/27/2015) - Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Board Chair Diane B. Paul and President/Chief Executive Officer Deborah Borda today announced a contract extension for Gustavo Dudamel through the 2021/22 season. In recognition of Dudamel's deepened commitment to the institution, Artistic Director is being added to his current title, making him Music Director & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, effective immediately.
Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry to Host Toy Theater Workshop, 4/25
by BWW News Desk (Connecticut)
(3/27/2015) - The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry presents a one-day toy theater workshop for all ages led by Toy Theater Professor Dr. John Bell on Saturday, April 25 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Create the grandest of tales with the simplest of means!
Winter Park Playhouse to Stage Sondheim's PUTTING IT TOGETHER, 4/17-5/9
by BWW News Desk (Orlando)
(3/27/2015) - The Winter Park Playhouse concludes its popular 2014-2015 series of professional musical theatre with the upcoming Mainstage production, Putting It Together, April 17 - May 9. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm. Additional matinee performances include Sunday, April 26 and May 3 at 2:00 pm, Friday April 24 and Wednesday May 6 at 2:00 pm. A special 'Third Thursday' performance is April 30 at 7:30 pm and the preview performance is Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 pm.
Photo Coverage: Inside the After Party of A TRIBUTE TO POLLY BERGEN
by Stephen Sorokoff
(3/27/2015) - Show business' brightest stars memorialized one of their own yesterday, at A Tribute to Polly Bergen, at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 42nd Street). An Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, Ms. Bergen's career spanned more than six decades in films, TV, Broadway musicals and concerts. She passed away from natural causes September 20 at age 84. A Tribute to Polly Bergen, produced by Rex Reed and Michael Alden with creative consultant Deborah Grace Winer, celebrated her life and career with a star studded lineup of participants. They included Christine Andreas, Harry Belafonte, Arlene Dahl, Raul Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Gregory Harrison, Judith Ivey, Chris Matthews, Phyllis Newman, Kelli O'Hara and cast members from the 2001 revival of Follies.
Photo Flash: First Look at Bedlam's TWELFTH NIGHT & WHAT YOU WILL, Opening This Weekend
by BWW News Desk (Off-Broadway)
(3/27/2015) - A first look at BEDLAM's productions of Shakespeare's classic comedy Twelfth Night in rotating repertory with itself: Twelfth Night (or What You Will) and What You Will (or Twelfth Night), have been revealed. Check them out below!
Metropolitan Playhouse's EAST SIDE STORIES Begins 4/14
by BWW News Desk (New York City)
(3/27/2015) - OBIE Award-winning theater company Metropolitan Playhouse will present the eleventh annual East Side Stories, a three-week celebration of the life and lore of the East Village featuring twelve new plays and solo performances chronicling such timely topics as real estate, rising development and the loss of old neighbors as well as historical events like the Astor Place and Tompkins Square Riots.
Photo Flash: First Look at SU Drama's MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by BWW News Desk (Central New York)
(3/27/2015) - Hypocrites, beware! Such is the matter of this profound and intriguing late comedy by Shakespeare. When Duke Vincentio of Vienna inexplicably hands over power to Lord Angelo, a man of self-professed puritanism, he lays a trap that ensnares the falsely virtuous and rewards the just and true. Like most Shakespearean comedies, the course to the truth is neither smooth nor easy, but it is filled with engaging characters and extraordinary events, and even concludes with multiple marriages-however unlikely that may sometimes seem.
Elizabeth Stanley, Eliane Elias & More Set for Birdland, Week of 4/6
by BWW News Desk (Cabaret)
(3/27/2015) - Birdland Jazz Club has announced its chedule for April 6-12, including Eliane Elias, Elizabeth Stanley Celebrates Comden and Green featuring Andrew Rannells, Barbara Carroll, Jazz Party with Natalie Douglas and more!
Gamut Theatre Group to Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday Next Month
by BWW News Desk (Central Pennsylvania)
(3/27/2015) - Gamut Theatre Group will host their annual celebration in honor of William Shakespeare's birthday on April 26, 2015 from 4-7 p.m. at Gamut Classic Theatre on the third floor of Strawberry Square. The event, sponsored by Lois Lehrman Grass and David and Katharine Newhouse, will feature delicious food and wine, as well as beer from the Appalachian Brewing Company. William Shakespeare, along with Queen Elizabeth will be present to mingle with guests. Entertainment will be provided by a trio from the Harrisburg Symphony, a performance from Gamut's Theatre School students, and a hilarious spoof on Macbeth by Gamut's core company actors.
SMTC to Present HECTOR CORIS: OUR OWN KIND OF UNIVERSE, 4/6
by BWW News Desk (Phoenix)
(3/27/2015) - One of fastest-growing theater companies in the Valley is kicking off a new Cabaret Series featuring multi-award winning vocalist HECTOR CORIS's new solo show Our Own Kind of Universe. The show will be musical directed by Curtis Moeller with a special appearance by Marina Blue Jarrette. The one-night-only performance will take place on Monday, April 6th at 7:30PM at Tempe Center for the Arts (Studio Theatre), 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281. Tickets are $20. Cocktail table seating will be available.
HBO Cancels LOOKING Led by Jonathan Groff; Movie Next!
VIDEO: Sean Hayes & Husband Scott Icenogle Lip Sync to Hudson's 'Trouble'!
Off-Broadway's THE FANTASTICKS to Close, 5/3
Audra McDonald in Talks to Join Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie!
BWW Exclusive: Richard Jay-Alexander Remembers Polly Bergen