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BWW Exclusive: August Wilson in Waterford
by National Theater Institute - March 02, 2015

Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson developed six plays the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Seven Guitars, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Two Trains Running. In celebration of the PBS American Masters documentary 'August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand', RISK AGAIN! shares excerpts from The O'Neill: Transformation of Modern American Theater. (more...)


Old Times starring Clive Owen will open our 50th Anniversary Season
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 02, 2015

I am thrilled to share the news of another exciting production for our 50th Anniversary Season. It is my pleasure to announce that Clive Owen will be making his Broadway debut in Harold Pinter's Old Times, in a production directed by Douglas Hodge. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jake Winn of Signature's KID VICTORY - And We Made Them All Up
by Jake Winn - March 01, 2015

'And We Made Them All Up' (more...)


Profile on Composer: Cy Coleman
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 24, 2015

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BWW Exclusive: Seven Off-Broadway Premieres for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
by National Theater Institute - February 23, 2015

Hailed as the launchpad of the American theater, the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is responsible for developing more than 1,100 new works for the stage. Each summer, the O'Neill is home to a series of national conferences ushering in new voices in playwriting, musical theater, cabaret, puppetry, and criticism. NTI's Theatermakers Summer Intensive provides young artists the opportunity to train alongside these professional conferences and see new American plays before they hit the big stage. Plays developed during summers at the O'Neill now abound off-Broadway, as major New York theaters premiere work from the National Playwrights Conference (NPC). (more...)


On The 20th Century: Read, Watch, Do
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 20, 2015

Immerse yourself in the world of the madcap musical, On the Twentieth Century, with our recommended listening, reading and doing lists! (more...)


Into the Woods: Designer Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 17, 2015

With only 10 actors, one piano and boundless imagination, this witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is Into the Woods like you've never seen it before! The creative team share their vision for the musical below. (more...)


BWW Exclusive: Visiting London and NYC with National Theater Institute Alumni
by National Theater Institute - February 16, 2015

The National Theater Institute is committed to diverse theatrical and educational experiences. Therefore, two weeks of each semester are spent in-residence in one of the world's most prominent theater capitals -- the NTI Semester and NTI-Advanced Programs study in London -- while the National Music Theater Institute train in New York City. In both cities, students met with alumni of the National Theater Institute who shared their theatrical experience, NTI stories, professional advice, and insight into the various ways to make a life in the theater. Today, RISK AGAIN! introduces them to you! (more...)


Little Children Dream of God: Haitian Vodou
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 13, 2015

In Little Children Dream of God, as Sula begins her new life in America, she is haunted by memories about her past in Haiti. These include her connection to, and possible misuse of, Vodou practices. Sula is the daughter of a Manbo (a female Vodou priest) and is able to talk to spirits. Today, Haitian Vodou is practiced by millions of people, both within and outside of Haiti, yet it is widely misunderstood by outsiders. (more...)


BWW Blog: Karl Kenzler of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - Gwyn & Tonic
by Karl Kenzler - February 12, 2015

You've already seen that a number of our cast members have hidden talents. Austin Durant is no exception. The fashion and beauty magazines that are lying around the green room have sparked a deep passion in him. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jake Winn of Signature's KID VICTORY - Finding My Voice
by Jake Winn - February 11, 2015

'Finding My Voice' 'I still can't hear you' echoed in my head as I left rehearsal the other day. 'I still can't hear you.' Among the notes from Liesl after our first stumble-through were the repeated reminders about my volume and size. 'You're not in an independent film,' she said. Despite doing my homework, tightening my objectives, and warming up my voice: three weeks in and they still can't hear me. (more...)


Interview with Actress Kristin Chenoweth
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 10, 2015

Education Dramaturg Ted Sod interviews Kristin Chenoweth about her role in On the 20th Century. (more...)


Interview with Director Scott Ellis
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 10, 2015

Ted Sod: Can you tell us about your role as Associate Artistic Director and how that manifests itself at Roundabout? (more...)


BWW Exclusive: NTI Changed My Life - Jennifer Garner
by National Theater Institute - February 09, 2015

The National Theater Institute includes a vibrant community of over 3,500 alumni. The many talents of these actors, writers, directors, and designers can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in films, television, London's West End, and at every major regional theater in the U.S. Today, in an excerpt from The O'Neill: Transformation of Modern American Theater, we hear from Golden Globe Award-winning actress Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club, Alias, Juno, 13 Going on 30) about why she calls her 14 weeks at NTI 'integral to the growth of what I could do, what I could learn, what I could pursue, and what I was interested in. It was the most defining semester for me in college.' Plus, scroll down for photos of Garner in the program! (more...)


Ensemble-Based Theatre Companies
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 09, 2015

Ensemble-based theatre cannot be cleanly defined. For some companies, the ensemble of artists may change from production to production; for others, a core group of collaborators may always remain the same. Some ensemble companies create work based around a consistent theme, or directed towards a consistent demographic, or told through a consistent set of storytelling mechanisms or aesthetic principles. Some companies devise work from scratch, though the concept of "devised" work is as difficult to define as the concept of ensemble theatre. Some companies create work based on an established text. And some companies (like Fiasco Theater) create work that retains all of the original text but reinterprets its style of presentation. (more...)


BWW Blog: Karl Kenzler of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - Assault & Peppers
by Karl Kenzler - February 09, 2015

Things can get a little crazy backstage in a long-running show. And I can say with confidence that we have gone round the bend at the Longacre. This latest #ImASycamore post is about just that. Somewhere in the middle of act two, we discovered that some fresh produce had been brought in by stage management. So Flynn Earl Jones and Austin Durant decided to put it to use. Enjoy! (more...)


Sondheim on Creating Into the Woods
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 06, 2015

The following is an excerpt from Stephen Sondheim's Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981 - 2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. Thank you to Alfred A. Knopf for allowing us to share the author's insights with our audience. (more...)


From the Artistic Director: On the 20th Century
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 05, 2015

Previews begin February 12th for the musical On the Twentieth Century, featuring music by Cy Coleman, with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, directed by Roundabout's Associate Artistic Director, Scott Ellis, at the American Airlines Theatre. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jake Winn of Signature Theatre's KID VICTORY - Eye Contact
by Jake Winn - February 05, 2015

The other day, during a ten-minute break, several of us were talking about the importance of eye contact. Someone talked about an actor who chose not to make eye contact with other actors while he was performing. Instead, this actor would look at the forehead of his scene partner. When the break was over, and we delved back into the world of Kid Victory, I couldn't help but linger on that story. The story became a tale of warning about being an actor who acts in a void. (more...)


BWW Blog: Meet Jake Winn of KID VICTORY - Floating State
by Jake Winn - February 02, 2015

There was a moment today, during our musical rehearsal, when John Kander stood from his seat behind the writers' table. With his first step, the room fell silent. Each subsequent step brought actors further and further towards the edge of their seats as hands of stage managers' discretely turned their phones to camera mode. When he sat down, behind the old, upright rehearsal piano, the focus in the room was unparalleled. His fingers stroked the keys and a brand new version of the verse in question flowed through the chamber of the piano and into the room. No one breathed. Unsure of whether to clap, nod, or cry, we all sat motionless. Jeff Denman, who was sitting next to me, raised his hands in the air and pronounced "John Kander, everybody," and the silence broke in stunned laughter, headshakes, and stifled amen's. It was at that point, sitting around the piano with some of the most talented artists that I've ever had the privilege of meeting, it hit me how surreal this experience was. (more...)


BWW Blog: Karl Kenzler of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - I'm A Sycamore
by Karl Kenzler - February 02, 2015

The latest #ImASycamore short film is, admittedly, my most personal. I, too, have a secret that makes me eligible for membership in the Sycamore family. I won't bother to explain… My silence speaks volumes. Enjoy! (more...)


BWW Blog: Karl Kenzler of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - Serenading Rose
by Karl Kenzler - January 29, 2015

Doing a big play like YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU is a lot like doing a musical. Large choreographed sections, lots of entrances and exits - we even have dance numbers and xylophone solos. So, it shouldn't surprise you that our cast loves to sing! Just last week, stage management had to scold us in the middle of act two. Apparently, our impromptu greenroom rendition of Funkytown was so loud it could be heard stage right. The exact quote was, "Seriously, guys, I love you. But it's just too loud." Anyway, I hope you enjoy this short film in which the cast serenades Rose Byrne with our arrangement of the Hall & Oates classic, Sara Smile. (more...)


BWW Blog: Karl Kenzler of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - I'm A Sycamore: Julie Halston
by Karl Kenzler - January 28, 2015

Julie Halston stops the show with her inspired drunkwalk in Act Two of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU. But she has greater aspirations than simply comedy. As the result of a lifelong obsession that dates back to her childhood, Julie is doing her part to keep New Yorkers safe. Check it out! And don't do the crime if you can't do the time. (more...)


BWW Blog: Karl Kenzler of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - I'm A Sycamore Episode 4: Patrick Kerr
by Karl Kenzler - January 26, 2015

Hey, friends! We're winding down over at the Longacre as we settle into our last few weeks of the run. Closing a show is always bittersweet. Excitement about what lies ahead, but always a little sadness saying goodbye. So these short films are a nice reminder of the fun we have. (more...)


Just Announced: UGLY LIES THE BONE
by Roundabout Theatre Company - January 23, 2015

It is my great pleasure to announce that the ninth season of Roundabout Underground will begin with the world premiere of Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino, under the direction of Patricia McGregor. The production will begin previews on September 10, 2015 at the Black Box Theatre and marks the tenth premiere we've produced in that space. The play was first heard at Roundabout as part of the Underground Reading Series in February 2014. (more...)