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UPDATE: Joan Rivers Stops Breathing During Throat Surgery; Currently in Stable ConditionUPDATE: Joan Rivers Stops Breathing During Throat Surgery; Currently in Stable Condition
by BWW News Desk

(8/28/2014) - According to a recent report from TMZ, stage and screen star Joan Rivers was recently rushed to New York City's Mount Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing during a minor throat operation. The 81 year-old comedienne was having surgery on her vocal chords. UPDATE: E! now reports that Rivers has officially been upgraded from critical to stable condition. A source told E!: 'They were putting a scope down her throat to check her vocal cords. She stopped breathing.'


Original Ford Strikers Visit MADE IN DAGENHAM RehearsalsOriginal Ford Strikers Visit MADE IN DAGENHAM Rehearsals
by BWW News Desk (UK / West End)

(8/28/2014) - Rehearsals for the forthcoming West End musical Made In Dagenham are now underway, ahead of the show beginning previews on Thursday 9 October, with press night on Wednesday 5 November. The company, led by Gemma Arterton, Adrian Der Gregorian and Isla Blair were recently visited by three of the original Ford Dagenham strikers, whose heart-warming and inspiring story provides the backdrop for the new musical, with book by Richard Bean, music by David Arnold and lyrics by Richard Thomas.


Full Cast Announced For Gregory Doran's THE WITCH OF EDMONTON at Swan TheatreFull Cast Announced For Gregory Doran's THE WITCH OF EDMONTON at Swan Theatre
by BWW News Desk (UK Regional)

(8/28/2014) - Full casting is announced for Gregory Doran's new production of the rarely-performed Jacobean domestic tragedy by Dekker, Ford and Rowley, The Witch of Edmonton. As previously announced Eileen Atkins returns to the RSC in the title role of Elizabeth Sawyer as the RSC continues to stage the plays of Shakespeare's contemporaries in the Swan Theatre. The Witch of Edmonton opens for previews on the 23 October 2014 and will play in repertoire with an extended run of The White Devil until the 29 November 2014.


Marilyn Maye, Christian McBride Trio & More Set for Birdland, 9/8-14Marilyn Maye, Christian McBride Trio & More Set for Birdland, 9/8-14
by BWW News Desk (Cabaret)

(8/28/2014) - Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for September 8 - September 14, featuring Marilyn Maye, Christian McBride Trio, Jane Monheit's Jazz Party, Natalie Douglas, and more!


BWW Exclusive: Elementary! Sherlock Holmes on His Way Back to the Broadway Stage?BWW Exclusive: Elementary! Sherlock Holmes on His Way Back to the Broadway Stage?
by BWW News Desk

(8/28/2014) - BroadwayWorld.com has exclusively learned that Sherlock Holmes may be headed to the stage in the coming Broadway seasons. Tony Award Nominated producer Antonio R. Marion (Big Fish, Evita) is said to be sheparding the project that is currently in the developmental stages. The production is set to be a brand new version of the beloved stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that will be presented in the format of a play while a live orchestra underscores the drama and action.


Davidson Community Players' Connie Company to Present TWELFTH NIGHTDavidson Community Players' Connie Company to Present TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk (Charlotte)

(8/28/2014) - Illusion, deception, disguises and a shipwreck, these are all part of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, Twelfth Night. Davidson Community Players' The Connie Company returns to the stage with this is a hilarious story of identical twins and mistaken identity.


BWW Blog: Abigail Shapiro - Adventures in Connecticut - Hosting and JudgingBWW Blog: Abigail Shapiro - Adventures in Connecticut - Hosting and Judging
by Guest Blogger: Abigail Shapiro (Connecticut)

(8/28/2014) - Today is the day of our show! Both Milly and I are beyond excited to be returning to 54 BELOW, and both of us can't wait to perform all of the new pieces to the show.


Walter Mosley's LIFT Set for 59E59 Theaters' Inaugural 5A SeasonWalter Mosley's LIFT Set for 59E59 Theaters' Inaugural 5A Season
by BWW News Desk (New York City)

(8/28/2014) - 59E59 Theaters will host the New York premiere of acclaimed novelist Walter Mosley's first full length play LIFT, directed by Marshall Jones, III. Produced by Crossroads Theatre, LIFT begins performances on Friday, October 17 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 30. Opening Night is Tuesday, October 28 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. Single tickets are $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org.


Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen to Star in Workshop of Timothy Knapman's New Musical BEFORE AFTER at St. James StudioHadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen to Star in Workshop of Timothy Knapman's New Musical BEFORE AFTER at St. James Studio
by BWW News Desk (UK / West End)

(8/28/2014) - West End stars Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen are to feature in the world premiere of Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman's new romantic musical, Before After, at St. James Studio.


The Sweat Girls to Debut New Show at Heartland Studio, 9/26-10/12The Sweat Girls to Debut New Show at Heartland Studio, 9/26-10/12
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(8/28/2014) - Solo-performance group Sweat Girls have announced their latest stand-alone production, The Sweat Girls are ...21 and Finally Legal!, playing at the Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., September 26 - October 12. Celebrating their 21st solo-performance anniversary, the Sweat Girls consist of writer-performers Caroline Andres, Cindy Hanson, Dorothy Milne, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders and Pamela Webster. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 630.414.3939 or e-mailing tickets@sweatgirls.org. For more information, please visit www.sweatgirls.org.


Western River Expeditions Debunks Rafting MythsWestern River Expeditions Debunks Rafting Myths
by BWW News Desk (Travel)

(8/28/2014) - In Huckleberry Finn the author posits the protagonist on a raft on the Mississippi River as a means of escaping civilization's wiles.


Pinnacle Vodka's New Web Site Serves Up Cocktail Inspiration and Ideas Pinnacle Vodka's New Web Site Serves Up Cocktail Inspiration and Ideas
by BWW News Desk (Food + Wine)

(8/28/2014) - Pinnacle Vodka, a leading imported premium vodka brand, has announced the launch of its redesigned website: www.pinnaclevodka.com.


Pernod Ricard' USA Announces Ketchum Sports & Entertainment As Entertainment Marketing Agency Of RecordPernod Ricard' USA Announces Ketchum Sports & Entertainment As Entertainment Marketing Agency Of Record
by BWW News Desk (Food + Wine)

(8/28/2014) - Pernod Ricard USA, the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., has appointed Ketchum Sports & Entertainment (KSE), a division of leading global communications firm Ketchum, as the company's entertainment marketing agency of record for its vast portfolio of brands.


Etta James Tribute 'AT LAST' Opens 10/5 at Black EnsembleEtta James Tribute 'AT LAST' Opens 10/5 at Black Ensemble
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(8/28/2014) - Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the return of the Black Ensemble classic At Last: A Tribute to Etta James written and directed by Jackie Taylor and co-directed by Daryl D. Brooks. At Last: A Tribute to Etta James will be presented at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, September 27-December 28, 2014. The official press opening is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00PM. Tickets available online at www.blackensemble.org or call (773) 769-4451.


Kathryn Rossetter to Join Adam LeFevre in MR. LANDING TAKES A FALL, Begin. 9/12Kathryn Rossetter to Join Adam LeFevre in MR. LANDING TAKES A FALL, Begin. 9/12
by BWW News Desk (Off-Broadway)

(8/28/2014) - Kathryn Rossetter, who appeared on Broadway opposite Dustin Hoffman in Death Of a Salesman and is currently head of the MFA Acting Program at the New School for Drama, will join Adam LeFevre (Broadway's Footloose, Mamma Mia, Guys and Dolls) in the World Premiere of MR. LANDING TAKES A FALL, an absurdist comedy by Sari Caine. Inspired by Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the play was a PlayPenn 2013 semi-finalist and short-listed for both the 24/7 (UK) and the Ronald Duncan Award (UK). It is produced by Slightly Altered States Theater Company and directed by Sherri Eden Barber. Previews begin September 12 at The Flea Theater with opening slated for Monday, September 22.


Registration for Imagination Stage's Fall Semester Now OpenRegistration for Imagination Stage's Fall Semester Now Open
by BWW News Desk (Baltimore)

(8/28/2014) - For 35 years, Imagination Stage has not only educated thousands of students in theatre arts skills, but has also engaged students in the world of arts education, unleashing their individual creativity. This philosophy extends beyond the classroom, promoting life-long skills necessary in their future, regardless of what that future holds. The Fall 2014 course schedule continues to pursue this mission with classes beginning September 13.


Twitter Watch: Hunter Bell & Lee Overtree's FOUND Sets Up at Atlantic Theater Company, Joins TwitterTwitter Watch: Hunter Bell & Lee Overtree's FOUND Sets Up at Atlantic Theater Company, Joins Twitter
by BWW News Desk

(8/28/2014) - BroadwayWorld.com presents Twitter Watch, which brings you only the best and most interesting reports straight from the mouths of Broadway stars, shows and more on the hot social networking service - Twitter!


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, CUNY Dance Initiative Announce Brooklyn College ResidenciesBrooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, CUNY Dance Initiative Announce Brooklyn College Residencies
by BWW News Desk (Dance - New York City)

(8/28/2014) - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents two residencies as part of CUNY Dance Initiative. The first residency of Maria Bauman/MBDance will runfrom September 4-October 10, 2014. The second residency of Renegade Performance Group/Andre M. Zachery will run from October 24-December 19, 2014.


Ute Lemper, Ben Platt, Telly Leung & More Coming to 54 Below Next WeekUte Lemper, Ben Platt, Telly Leung & More Coming to 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk (Cabaret)

(8/28/2014) - Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.


BoHo Theatre to Close Season with PARADE, 1019-11/16BoHo Theatre to Close Season with PARADE, 1019-11/16
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(8/28/2014) - BoHo Theatre closes out its milestone 10th anniversary season with the stirring musical Parade, directed by Linda Fortunato (Jeff-Award winner for Choreography for BoHo's Kiss of the Spider Woman) with music direction by Matt Deitchman. Opening in October at Theater Wit, Parade tells the story of the trial of Leo Frank, a northern Jew accused of the murder of a teenage worker in his Southern factory. This Tony Award-winning musical by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and composer Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) shines a revealing light on the intolerance and racial tension that continues to haunt America, as well as the endurance of love and hope against all odds. Parade represents the Bohemian Pillar of Love in BoHo's 2013/2014 Season.


Varla Jean Mermant to Peform at 54 Below, 9/3-4Varla Jean Mermant to Peform at 54 Below, 9/3-4
by BWW News Desk (Cabaret)

(8/28/2014) - Varla Jean Merman is the purported love child of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine. Returning to 54 Below on September 3 & 4 by popular demand, Varla Jean, aka Jeffery Roberson, unveils a show of hilarious songs, videos and fabulous costumes, featuring Tom Judson at the piano. For Tickets please visit 54 Below online at http://54below.com/artist/varla-jean-merman/ or call 646 476-3551.


The Petersons to Play 54 Below, 9/27The Petersons to Play 54 Below, 9/27
by BWW News Desk (Cabaret)

(8/28/2014) - 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents The Petersons in "Oh, my God! It's The Petersons!" on Saturday, September 27th at 930pm. The Petersons are a five piece contemporary music ensemble comprised of five accomplished actors, writers, and comedians who play original rock tunes and present a continuing serial comedy about a misfit band from upstate New York who still want to make it big. Having performed more than 40 of these episodes around New York City at Joe's Pub, Caroline's on Broadway, The Bottom Line and many other venues, the band returns to the scene with their first performance in several years. But don't call it a comeback!


 Naked Girls Reading to Present WORLD MYTHOLOGY at DC Arts Center, 9/20 Naked Girls Reading to Present WORLD MYTHOLOGY at DC Arts Center, 9/20
by BWW News Desk (Washington, DC)

(8/28/2014) - Beloved by Seshat, blessed by Aphrodite, and drinking buddies with Anansi, Naked Girls Reading DC is pleased to take you back to a time of myth and legend for Naked Girls Reading Presents: "World Mythology!" Cherokee Rose is delighted to return to the DC Arts Center with Gigi Holiday, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and special guest Kate Fatale to pass down ancient and awesome tales of fairies, heroes, and the occasional trickster on September 20, 2014 at 10 pm.


Photo Flash: First Look at Sasha Allen & Kyle Selig in PIPPIN National Tour!Photo Flash: First Look at Sasha Allen & Kyle Selig in PIPPIN National Tour!
by BWW News Desk

(8/28/2014) - Sasha Allen and Kyle Selig lead the new national touring production of PIPPIN, launching next week on Sept. 6 in Denver. Check out a first look at the pair in just-released publicity images, via the Denver Center below!


A Red Orchid Theatre's Incubator Series to Present Harold Pinter's A NIGHT OUT, 8/31-9/22A Red Orchid Theatre's Incubator Series to Present Harold Pinter's A NIGHT OUT, 8/31-9/22
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(8/28/2014) - A Red Orchid Theatre's Incubator (an off & late night series dedicated to getting to know new and/or up-and-coming theatre artists in Chicago) presents A Night Out by Harold Pinter, directed by Dado. The production features 11 actors who are new to the AROT stage and runs Sunday and Monday nights August 31 - September 22 at 7:30pm at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells.


York Theatre Company to Present Larry Gilbert Tribute THE GIFT OF MUSIC, 9/6-7York Theatre Company to Present Larry Gilbert Tribute THE GIFT OF MUSIC, 9/6-7
by BWW News Desk (Off-Broadway)

(8/28/2014) - The York Theatre Company presents a special event, The Gift of Music, a father's legacy, a concert tribute to cantor and Broadway performer Larry Gilbert, written by Stephen Cole, directed by Pamela Hunt with music direction by Michael Rice. The cast features George Dvorsky, Marcie Henderson and Quinn Lemley. Two performances only on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at The York Theatre Company's home at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue.)


Broadway's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Sets Student Rush PolicyBroadway's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Sets Student Rush Policy
by BWW News Desk

(8/28/2014) - The producers of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy You Can't Take It With You announce a student rush policy. A limited number of student rush tickets, which are subject to availability, can be purchased with a valid student ID at the box office of The Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) when the box office opens for the day of the performance on a first come first served basis. The box office of opens at 10am Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. Student rush tickets are $30 each (includes facilities fee) and are limited to one (1) ticket per valid student ID.


Amy Jo Jackson & 'Smashed Up' Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next WeekAmy Jo Jackson & 'Smashed Up' Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk (Cabaret)

(8/28/2014) - Craving a show after the show? 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is expanding its popular late-night series with fresh faces and hot new performances to keep the party buzzing into the wee hours. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. 54 BELOW welcomes you to loosen your tie and embrace the night at its upcoming events:


Update: Industry Professionals Speak Out Against South Williamsport High School's Cancelled SPAMALOTUpdate: Industry Professionals Speak Out Against South Williamsport High School's Cancelled SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk

(8/28/2014) - As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this Summer. South Williamsport, a high school in Lycoming County, PA, had been forced to cancel their spring production of Monty Python's Spamalot due to 'controversial content,' which includes a homosexual marriage. According to WNEP, the school administrators thought that the musical's subject matter was too inappropriate for students.


MONEY GRUBBIN' WHORES to Play Limited Engagement Off-Broadway, Begin. 9/25MONEY GRUBBIN' WHORES to Play Limited Engagement Off-Broadway, Begin. 9/25
by BWW News Desk (Off-Broadway)

(8/28/2014) - Producers announced today that the new dark comedy, MONEY GRUBBIN' WHORES, written by Sean J. Quinn and directed by Brian Cichocki will make its world premiere in a four-week limited engagement at Off-Broadway's The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Previews begin on Thursday, September 25, 2014 and opening night is set for Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com/1-800-447-7400.


Way Off Broadway to Stage Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, 9/13-11/8Way Off Broadway to Stage Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, 9/13-11/8
by BWW News Desk (Baltimore)

(8/28/2014) - Since Way Off Broadway's producers began revamping its Children's Theatre seasons in 2011 and 2012, some of the most popular productions have been those which have come straight from the Disney Vault. Over the last several season, the Children's Theatre at Way Off Broadway has produced productions of some of Disney's most popular movie titles including 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, Aladdin, and, most recently, Peter Pan. This fall, Alice and all of her friends from Wonderland will find a home at Way Off Broadway when the theatre produces and area premier of Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr.


Porchlight Music Theatre Welcomes First Executive DirectorPorchlight Music Theatre Welcomes First Executive Director
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(8/28/2014) - Porchlight Music Theatre has announced the appointment of Jeannie Lukow as the organization's first executive director, effective September 2. Lukow, a founding member of Porchlight Music Theatre's Board of Directors and its president for the past six years, was co-owner of Bespoke Cuisine for the last 12 years after transitioning from a 15-year career in marketing communications and association management.


Casting Announced for Bob Eaton's THREE MINUTE HEROES; Performances Begin 4 Sept. at B2Casting Announced for Bob Eaton's THREE MINUTE HEROES; Performances Begin 4 Sept. at B2
by BWW News Desk (UK Regional)

(8/28/2014) - The Belgrade Theatre has announced casting for Bob Eaton's 2 Tone musical Three Minute Heroes which makes its long-awaited return to Coventry for three weeks this Autumn. The smash-hit production will play on the Belgrade's B2 stage from Sat 4 - Sat 25 October.


TWELFTH NIGHT to Play Crucible Stage Prior to National Tour; 18 Sept - 18 OctTWELFTH NIGHT to Play Crucible Stage Prior to National Tour; 18 Sept - 18 Oct
by BWW News Desk (UK Regional)

(8/28/2014) - Rehearsals are now underway for Sheffield Theatres' and English Touring Theatre's co-production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which takes to the Crucible stage from Thursday 18 September to Saturday 18 October, prior to a six-date national tour.


Jake Canuso, James Dreyfuss, Matt Evers & More Set for  West End Bares 2014 Fundraiser 'Nudedunnit?!Jake Canuso, James Dreyfuss, Matt Evers & More Set for West End Bares 2014 Fundraiser 'Nudedunnit?!
by BWW News Desk (UK / West End)

(8/28/2014) - Stars of stage and screen Jake Canuso, James Dreyfuss, Matt Evers, Jill Halfpenny, Helen Lederer, Harriet Thorpe are amongst the special guest presenters to be announced* for this year's West End Bares 'Nudedunnit?!' gala performances at Cafe de Paris in London's West End on Sunday 7 September (*further names to be announced shortly). Tickets are available from www.westendbares.com.


Original Vincent's Restaurant to Celebrate 110th AnniversaryOriginal Vincent's Restaurant to Celebrate 110th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk (Food + Wine)

(8/28/2014) - Original Vincent's, one of the oldest family-owned Italian Restaurants in New York City, will celebrate its 110th Anniversary on Thursday, September 4, 2014, with a reception from 6 to 10 PM. at the restaurant at 119 Mott Street, corner of Mott and Hester Streets.


Runaway Stage Productions to Present BONNIE & CLYDE, 9/5-29Runaway Stage Productions to Present BONNIE & CLYDE, 9/5-29
by BWW News Desk (Sacramento)

(8/28/2014) - Runaway Stage Productions presents the Sacramento Regional Premier of the new musical based on the legendary outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde. Bob Baxter directs the production, playing September 5 through 29 at the Sierra 2 Center 24th Street Theatre in downtown Sacramento. Tickets are available online at www.runawaystage.com or through the Box Office at 916-207-1226.


IT'S ONLY A PLAY, Starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, Begins Previews Tonight; Student Rush Policy AnnouncedIT'S ONLY A PLAY, Starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, Begins Previews Tonight; Student Rush Policy Announced
by BWW News Desk

(8/28/2014) - Broadway's backstage comedy It's Only A Play, by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, will play a limited 18-week engagement at Broadway'sGerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) with previews beginning tonight, August 28, 2014 and an opening night set for Thursday, October 9, 2014.