Arena Stage News

Theatre Three Presents Regional Premiere of PASSING STRANGETheatre Three Presents Regional Premiere of PASSING STRANGE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

A fresh and exciting 2008 Tony Award winner from singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew, Passing Strange embarks on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. The musical tells the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for 'the real' through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Infectious, exhilarating, deeply spiritual and emotional, audiences will never forget Passing Strange! (more...)

Dawn Ursula to Return to Arena Stage in A RAISIN IN THE SUN This SpringDawn Ursula to Return to Arena Stage in A RAISIN IN THE SUN This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

D.C.-based powerhouse actress and two-time Helen Hayes Award winner Dawn Ursula, last seen at Arena Stage in Love in Afghanistan, will return to play Ruth Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun under the direction of Tazewell Thompson. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at the Hippodrome Theatre Hosts 'The Farewell Tour' ImpressivelyBWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at the Hippodrome Theatre Hosts 'The Farewell Tour' Impressively
by Charles Shubow - Jan 18, 2017

ABBA musical hits the right notes and audiences continue to love it!!!! (more...)

Stephen Schnetzer Joins Mint Theater's YOURS UNFAITHFULLY World PremiereStephen Schnetzer Joins Mint Theater's YOURS UNFAITHFULLY World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Mint Artistic Director Jonathan Bank today announced that Stephen Schnetzer will join Todd Cerveris (South Pacific, Twentieth Century - Broadway), Mikaela Izquierdo (Cyrano de Bergerac­ - Broadway; The New York Idea, Gabriel - Atlantic Theater), Elisabeth Gray ('Understudies,' Breakfast at Tiffany's - Broadway), and 2015 Tony & Drama Desk Award nominee, Max von Essen (An American In Paris). (more...)

Cast Set for U.S. Premiere of BEYOND CARING, Return of MOBY DICK at Lookingglass TheatreCast Set for U.S. Premiere of BEYOND CARING, Return of MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company announces casting for the final two shows of its 2016-2017 season, including the U.S. Premiere of Beyond Caring, written and directed by Alexander Zeldin in association with Dark Harbor Stories, a company led by Ensemble Member David Schwimmer and Tom Hodges, as well as the remount of the Jeff Award-winning Moby Dick, adapted from the novel by Herman Melville and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin. (more...)

Over 500 Organizations Join THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT; Broadway Stars Will Gather in Times Square!Over 500 Organizations Join THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT; Broadway Stars Will Gather in Times Square!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

As previously announced, at 5:30pm on January 19, 2017, at sunset the eve of the Inauguration, more than 500 theaters, ensembles and companies, high school and university theater programs will gather across the country to light a light and make a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone - regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (more...)

New Adaptation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS Heads to Everyman Theatre's StageNew Adaptation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS Heads to Everyman Theatre's Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Everyman Theatre brings Charles Dickens' classic novel to the stage in a dynamic adaptation by Gale Childs Daly. Hailed as "tight and suspenseful" by the Chicago Tribune, Daly's adaptation of Great Expectations masterfully condenses Dickens 500-page novel into a high-spirited play where only six actors portray more than 35 characters. The show is currently in rehearsal and runs from February 1 through March 5, 2017. (more...)

E. Faye Butler to Headline One Night Community Event SHOWTUNES AND COCKTAILSE. Faye Butler to Headline One Night Community Event SHOWTUNES AND COCKTAILS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2017

Spend an evening at the Beacon Bar & Grill, sipping on cocktails and singing your favorite tunes at theatreWashington's monthly showTunes & Cocktails. Featuring Maestro Glenn Pearson and Guest Artist, two-time Helen Hayes Award recipient E. Faye Butler, fresh off of Arena Stage's Carousel and next appearing as Mrs. Lovett in Olney Theatre Center's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street starting February 1. (more...)

San Jose Stage Co Presents Pulitzer Prize-winning DISGRACEDSan Jose Stage Co Presents Pulitzer Prize-winning DISGRACED
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

San Jose Stage Company presents Pulitzer Prize winning Drama Disgraced as part of its culturally diverse 34th season.    (more...)

Berkeley Rep Looks at the Years Following Roe v. Wade in ROE World PremiereBerkeley Rep Looks at the Years Following Roe v. Wade in ROE World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the world premiere production of Roe written by Lisa Loomer and directed by Bill Rauch. Roe is a co-production with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage. (more...)

SWEAT, INDECENT and VIETGONE Among Finalists for 2017 Edward M. Kennedy PrizeSWEAT, INDECENT and VIETGONE Among Finalists for 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Columbia University Libraries, on behalf of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, has announced the five finalist works for the 2017 award: (more...)

Michelle Wilson, Johanna Day & More Will Return for SWEAT on BroadwayMichelle Wilson, Johanna Day & More Will Return for SWEAT on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Producers Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund just announced casting for the Broadway production of the searing new play Sweat. Direct from the critically acclaimed Public Theater engagement is Carlo Alban (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Johanna Day (Tracey), John Earl Jelks (Brucie), Will Pullen (Jason), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), Michelle Wilson (Cynthia). (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Set for NAPOLI, BROOKLYN Premiere at Long Wharf TheatreCast, Creative Team Set for NAPOLI, BROOKLYN Premiere at Long Wharf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Long Wharf Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, present the world premiere of Napoli, Brooklyn by Meghan Kennedy, directed by Edelstein. (more...)

Swing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTANDSwing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The producers of the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, have just announced compete casting and an award-winning design team. (more...)

Native Voices at the Autry Presents FAIRLY TRACEABLENative Voices at the Autry Presents FAIRLY TRACEABLE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

The only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing and producing new work by Native American artists, Native Voices presents the world premiere of Fairly Traceable by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee). This production is presented as part of Native Voices' 2016-17 season, themed "Take Back the Land."   (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

The Prototype: Opera/Theater/Now festival and The French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), New York's premiere French cultural center, present Silent Voices on Saturday, January 14 and Sunday January 15 at FIAF's Florence Gould Hall.  (more...)

Hannah Yelland to Star in World Premiere of INTELLIGENCE at Arena Stage; Cast Set!Hannah Yelland to Star in World Premiere of INTELLIGENCE at Arena Stage; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Jacqueline E. Lawton's new political thriller Intelligence makes its world premiere at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Under the direction of Daniella Topol (Round House's Ironbound), Intelligence explores the cost of deception and the consequences of speaking truth to power. Due to popular demand, the production has been extended for one week with eight additional performances and will run February 24-April 9, 2017 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. (more...)

Patrick Page and More to Lead Shakespeare Workshop at Red Bull TheaterPatrick Page and More to Lead Shakespeare Workshop at Red Bull Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

These master instructors and top working professionals will take you from voice and text work to on-your-feet scene study and help you discover how to make Shakespeare's verse soar! (more...)

Bon Jovi Announces Opening Act Contest for Upcoming TourBon Jovi Announces Opening Act Contest for Upcoming Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

As one of Rock's biggest bands, Bon Jovi's legacy is as much about giving back as it is about anthemic performances and box-office-smashing tours. (more...)

Drury Lane Announces Complete Casting for SATURDAY NIGHT FEVERDrury Lane Announces Complete Casting for SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Drury Lane Theatre announces complete casting for disco musical Saturday Night Fever, rewritten for the Drury Lane stage, featuring music and lyrics by The Bee Gees, based on the smash-hit Paramount/RSO Film and the story by Nik Cohn, and adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks. This North American version was written by Sean Cercone and David Abbinantiand is helmed by Tony-nominated director and choreographer Dan Knechtges. Saturday Night Fever runs January 19 - March 19, 2017 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. A portion of the opening night tickets sales will be donated to ArtReach, a nonprofit providing access to the arts to underserved communities in the Chicago area. (more...)

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