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Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Announces Creative Teams for 2015 SeasonFinger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Announces Creative Teams for 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2015

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival 2015 season will feature a slate of top-notch directors, choreographers, musical directors and designers. The flagship theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, will house West Side Story, The Light in the Piazza (Regional Premiere), Saturday Night Fever (US Regional Premiere), Sweeney Todd, the all new The Calamari Sisters' Big Fat Italian Wedding, and the first ever holiday show at the Playhouse -- Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. The season also brings the hilarious comedy, Late Nite Catechism, downtown to Auburn Public Theater. And for the fourth consecutive year, the new-works series, The PiTCH, returns with new writing teams from all over the country presenting their new musicals in development. The PiTCH will run from June 11 - August 1. (more...)

Lynn Nottage's RUINED to Play Everyman Theatre, 2/4-3/8Lynn Nottage's RUINED to Play Everyman Theatre, 2/4-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize winning drama Ruined by Lynn Nottage makes its Baltimore premiere at Everyman Theatre this winter. The epic play features a cast of 17, led by Everyman Resident Company Member Dawn Ursula, who was seen last season as Vera Stark in Nottage's comedic drama By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. The production is directed by internationally acclaimed director Tazewell Thompson and will run from February 4th through March 8th. (more...)

Photo Flash: Ken Ludwig's 'BASKERVILLE' Celebrates Opening at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Ken Ludwig's 'BASKERVILLE' Celebrates Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

A co-production with McCarter Theatre Center, Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery runs now through February 22, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. The production just opened, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Arena Stage's Witty BASKERVILLE is a Thoroughly Enjoyable WhodunitBWW Reviews: Arena Stage's Witty BASKERVILLE is a Thoroughly Enjoyable Whodunit
by Benjamin Tomchik - Jan 23, 2015

By dispensing with British formality, Ken Ludwig has given us a play that is ingeniously funny and will keep you guessing until the curtain call. (more...)

A.R.T. & Carr Center to Present 'FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM', 2/8A.R.T. & Carr Center to Present 'FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM', 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, presents "Fighting For Freedom: The Civil War and its Legacies" - with Timothy Patrick McCarthy in conversation with Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3); Henry Louis Gates, Jr., AlphonseUniversity Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University; and Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. (more...)

Staged Reading of Lou Diamond Phillips' BURNING DESIRE Set for Actors Chapel, 1/28Staged Reading of Lou Diamond Phillips' BURNING DESIRE Set for Actors Chapel, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

BURNING DESIRE, a modern parable written by Lou Diamond Phillips will be presented as a staged reading in New York City at St. Malachy's Church at The Actors Chapel, on Wednesday, January 28th at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Ron Canada, Luke Forbes and Adam Gerber Star in George Street's THE WHIPPING MAN, Opening TonightRon Canada, Luke Forbes and Adam Gerber Star in George Street's THE WHIPPING MAN, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez opens tonight, January 23, 2015 at George Street Playhouse. The production runs through February 15, 2015 Directed by Seret Scott, the cast features Ron Canada, Luke Forbes and Adam Gerber. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at 'BASKERVILLE' World Premiere at Arena StagePhoto Flash: First Look at 'BASKERVILLE' World Premiere at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

The play's afoot! Sherlock Holmes battles one of his greatest mysteries to date at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a world-premiere adaptation from Tony Award-winning playwright Ludwig (Broadway's Lend Me a Tenor). Adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved The Hound of the Baskervilles, this fast-paced comedic tale of murder, intrigue and a wild hound is directed by Amanda Dehnert (Arena Stage's The Fantasticks) as part of Arena Stage's 65th anniversary season. A co-production with McCarter Theatre Center, Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery runs now through February 22, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Leigh Silverman to Helm WP Theater's World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE at New York City CenterLeigh Silverman to Helm WP Theater's World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Women's Project Theater, under the leadership of newly-appointed Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty, is pleased to present the World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE - a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Tanya Barfield and directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman - in a five-week limited engagement at New York City Center Stage II (131 W. 55th Street) from Tuesday, February 17 to March 22, 2015. Opening night is set for Wednesday, February 25. (more...)

Columbia Stages to Present David Eldridge's FESTEN, 1/28-31Columbia Stages to Present David Eldridge's FESTEN, 1/28-31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

Columbia Stages is proud to present FESTEN, a dark comedy by British playwright David Eldridge. Adapted from the 1998 Danish film of the same name, FESTEN depicts the story of a family ravaged by secrets, twisted accusations, and unbearable wounds. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley Talk HONEYMOON IN VEGASBWW Interviews: Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley Talk HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 18, 2015

Today, McClure and O'Malley speak exclusively with BWW about these well-intentioned characters who are thrust into the most extraordinary circumstances, yet still find a way to make true love prevail. (more...)

Bessie's Blues Returns After 20 years MetroStage Celebrates Return with Original Cast Members Bernardine Mitchell and Roz White Jan 22-Mar 15, 2015Bessie's Blues Returns After 20 years MetroStage Celebrates Return with Original Cast Members Bernardine Mitchell and Roz White Jan 22-Mar 15, 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2015

Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin has announced that the award-winning musical by Thomas W. Jones II Bessie's Blues will be on stage at MetroStage beginning Jan. 22, 2015. Thomas W. Jones II will direct and choreograph, and William Knowles will music direct. A musical odyssey of African American people in the 20th century, it was ground-breaking in 1994 and is a perfect production for our stage as we celebrate our first 30 years. (more...)

Theatre Exile to Present Philadelphia Premiere of THE WHALE, 2/5-3/1Theatre Exile to Present Philadelphia Premiere of THE WHALE, 2/5-3/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

Following a sold-out and critically acclaimed start to their 18th season, Theatre Exile returns to present the Philadelphia premiere of The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter from February 5 to March 1, 2015 at Theatre Exile's Studio X, 1340 S. 13th Street (13th and Reed Street) (more...)

Wild Root Company's Interactive Arena Stage Workshop Begins TodayWild Root Company's Interactive Arena Stage Workshop Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

New York City-based production company The Wild Root Company announced today that it will launch an interactive workshop experience for ticketed audiences who attend the company's first look presentations of Rocco Natale's new play ROOM AT THE END OF THE HALL, part of Arena Stage's Kogod Cradle Series. (more...)

Gregory Wooddell, Lucas Hall & More Star in Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, Premiering Tonight at Arena StageGregory Wooddell, Lucas Hall & More Star in Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, Premiering Tonight at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

The play's afoot! Sherlock Holmes battles one of his greatest mysteries to date at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a world-premiere adaptation from Tony Award-winning playwright Ludwig (Broadway's Lend Me a Tenor). Adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved The Hound of the Baskervilles, this fast-paced comedic tale of murder, intrigue and a wild hound is directed by Amanda Dehnert (Arena Stage's The Fantasticks) as part of Arena Stage's 65th anniversary season. A co-production with McCarter Theatre Center, Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery runs tonight, January 16, through February 22, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

What Happens in Vegas... Meet the Full Cast of HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, Opening Tonight on Broadway!What Happens in Vegas... Meet the Full Cast of HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Jan 15, 2015

Honeymoon in Vegas, the eagerly anticipated new musical comedy with book by Blazing Saddles and Fletch writer Andrew Bergman and score by three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, opens tonight, January 15, at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast and watch interviews with the stars! (more...)

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields and More in Rehearsal for KING HEDLEY II at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Andre De Shields and More in Rehearsal for KING HEDLEY II at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

BWW TV: BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE with Robert Hartwell and HONEYMOON IN VEGAS' Tony Danza!BWW TV: BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE with Robert Hartwell and HONEYMOON IN VEGAS' Tony Danza!
by Broadway Quick Change - Jan 14, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com, the most visited theatre site on the net, presents its newest, exclusive TV series - BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE. This newly minted series follows Broadway phenom Robert Hartwell on inspirational shopping outings, then into the dressing rooms of Broadway's hottest stars, where wielding his interior design chops, and extraordinary taste, transforms their home away from home, from the Drab to the Fab, the Blah to the Ahhhh! In this latest episode, watch Robert as he stops by HONEYMOON IN VEGAS to help out Tony Danza! (more...)

Poetic Theater Productions to Present PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHE, Begin. 2/5Poetic Theater Productions to Present PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHE, Begin. 2/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Poetic Theater Productions has announced the world premiere production of PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHE, written by Craig 'muMs' Grant and directed by Reginald L. Douglas, part of POETIC LICENSE 2015: subconscious. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Sets Cast for 10X10 New Play Festival, Running 2/12-3/1Barrington Stage Company Sets Cast for 10X10 New Play Festival, Running 2/12-3/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, has announced casting for the 10-minute plays for the 4th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival, with performances February 12 through March 1, as part of the 2015 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival. (more...)

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