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Jason Robert Brown, Phylicia Rashad, Betsy Wolfe and More Sign on for Theatre Forward's 2017 GalaJason Robert Brown, Phylicia Rashad, Betsy Wolfe and More Sign on for Theatre Forward's 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

As previously announced, Theatre Forward and Chairman James S. Turley will lead a celebration to support American theatre at the annual Chairman's Awards Gala on Monday, April 3rd, at The Pierre New York (2 East 61st Street at Fifth Avenue). (more...)

Bengali Playwright Badal Sircar Influences Global Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Bengali playwright Badal Sircar has not only influenced Indian theatre, but also has had a global reach.  Examples are Madeeha Gauhar's Ajoka Theatre in Lahore, Asesh Malla's Sarwanam Theatre in Kathmandu and Teesri Duniya Theatre at Montreal. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Sailing to Haiti to Find Broadway Lead; Dates Set!ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Sailing to Haiti to Find Broadway Lead; Dates Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Producers Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold have announced that Once On This Island, the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Musical, is returning to Broadway this fall. (more...)

Off-Broadway's NewYorkRep and The Telling Company Join ForcesOff-Broadway's NewYorkRep and The Telling Company Join Forces
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

NewYorkRep and The Telling Company have joined forces, now to be known as the 'new' NewYorkRep. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Markus Potter and Executive Director Gayle Damiano Waxenberg, NewYorkRep produces new plays and musicals that inspire and compel social change by telling stories that expose the travesty and beauty of our humanity. (more...)

Get to Know the Cast of SWEAT on Broadway- Opens Tonight!Get to Know the Cast of SWEAT on Broadway- Opens Tonight!
by Stephanie Wild - Mar 26, 2017

Sweat, the new Broadway play opens today at Studio 54. The critically acclaimed new play from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lynn Nottage, comes to Broadway following its sold-out run at The Public Theater. Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. Get to know the company before they take their opening bows! (more...)

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC presents RABBIT HOLEPhoto Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC presents RABBIT HOLE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

The Theatre Group at SBCC will present RABBIT HOLE, David Lindsay-Abaire's touching play, as the final play in the 16/17 season.  Directed by Katie Laris, performances will be April 12-29 in the intimate Jurkowitz Theatre. (more...)

Lynn Nottage's SWEAT Opens Sunday on BroadwayLynn Nottage's SWEAT Opens Sunday on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

A friendly reminder! Sweat, the acclaimed new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, directed by Kate Whoriskey will open on Broadway this Sunday, March 26, at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 3/24 - CALENDAR GIRLS and More!Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 3/24 - CALENDAR GIRLS and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Check out the top stories from Dallas you might have missed this week and more! Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 3/24 - CALENDAR GIRLS and More! (more...)

1812 Productions to Present Marc Camoletti's HAPPY BIRTHDAY Farce1812 Productions to Present Marc Camoletti's HAPPY BIRTHDAY Farce
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

1812 Productions, Philadelphia's all comedy theatre company, will present the Philadelphia premiere of Marc Camoletti's raucous farce Happy Birthday. (more...)

Photo Flash: BY THE WATER Opens Tonight at NorthlightPhoto Flash: BY THE WATER Opens Tonight at Northlight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the Midwest Premiere of By the Water, written by Sharyn Rothstein and directed by Cody Estle.  By the Water runs March 16 - April 23, 2017 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is scheduled for Friday, March 24 at 8pm.  (more...)

The Heat Is On! Meet the Full Company of MISS SAIGON, Opening Tonight on BroadwayThe Heat Is On! Meet the Full Company of MISS SAIGON, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Mar 23, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical Miss Saigon opens tonight, March 23rd, at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway), where the original production of Miss Saigon opened on April 11, 1991. Miss Saigon will play a limited engagement through January 13, 2018, before launching a North American tour. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch interviews with the cast! (more...)

Portland-Based Rock Band Blitzen Trapper to Make Their Theatrical Debut with WILD AND RECKLESS at The ArmoryPortland-Based Rock Band Blitzen Trapper to Make Their Theatrical Debut with WILD AND RECKLESS at The Armory
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Acclaimed Portland-based rock band Blitzen Trapper will make their foray into the world of theater with Wild and Reckless, a new concert event written and performed by the band that will have its world premiere at The Armory. The band has already recorded a limited-edition LP soundtrack for Wild and Reckless that will be available exclusively at performances. Entertainment Weekly premiered the song "Love Live On," which can be heard HERE. Co-directed by The Armory's Associate Artistic Director Rose Riordan and Production Manager Liam Kaas-Lentz, Wild and Reckless will run on the U.S. Bank Main Stage for 28 performances. Preview performances begin March 16; the opening night/press night is March 24; and regular performances run through April 30. The band will be joined on stage by New York-based actor Laura Carbonell (originally from Portland), making her debut at The Armory, and Portland-favorite Leif Norby. (more...)

Theatre Three presents the Classic American Comedy-Drama SUSAN AND GODTheatre Three presents the Classic American Comedy-Drama SUSAN AND GOD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Rachel Crothers' 1937 play-famously adapted into a 1940 film starring Joan Crawford-will receive a new production at Theatre Three beginning in April. The play follows Susan, a young wealthy New York socialite who lives only for Susan. When she discovers a new religious cult, she dives head first into her latest fad. Eager to spread the word of her transformation, Susan goes straight to her closest friends, who are, as usual, less than enthusiastic about her newest pastime.  (more...)

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center presents ROUGH DRAFT FESTIVAL: A WINDOW INTO NEW YORKLaGuardia Performing Arts Center presents ROUGH DRAFT FESTIVAL: A WINDOW INTO NEW YORK
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

This year's Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts features six new plays that are in the pre-production stage of development. Each of the plays has gone through readings and workshops in the past and the writers Melis Aker, Scott Barrow, Leila Buck, Kevin Doyle, Joey Merlo, Kyoung Park and their plays are ready for the next step. (more...)

Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY Musical to Headline Cleveland Play House's 2017 New Ground Theatre FestivalDisney's FREAKY FRIDAY Musical to Headline Cleveland Play House's 2017 New Ground Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Cleveland Play House (CPH) will debut four inventive and bold new works during their 2017 New Ground Theatre Festival. This year's New Ground will run from May 11-20. (more...)

BWW Interview: Holding a Mirror Up to the Audience: Director Stacey Koloski Discusses THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOTBWW Interview: Holding a Mirror Up to the Audience: Director Stacey Koloski Discusses THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Mar 22, 2017

"Superficially the play is a courtroom drama with judge, jury, and attorneys, but really it is a universal exploration of the themes of forgiveness, self-forgiveness, and the willingness to accept others." Portland-based theatre artist Stacey Koloski is talking about her latest project, directing Stephen Adly Guirgis's play, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Mad Horse Theatre in South Portland. The drama with a cast of sixteen comprised of company regulars and guest artists opens Friday, March 24. (more...)

Photo Flash: T Schreiber Studio/Theatre Presents the Second Full Length Play of their 48th Season LOOSE ENDSPhoto Flash: T Schreiber Studio/Theatre Presents the Second Full Length Play of their 48th Season LOOSE ENDS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Michael Weller's comedy Loose Ends, opened on March 15th at T. Schreiber Studio (TSS). The play runs through April 15th at the award-winning T. Schreiber Studio located at 151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor (between 6th & 7th Ave.), New York. (more...)

Latino Theater Company's RULES OF SECONDS Launches Temblors Playwriting Collective at the LATCLatino Theater Company's RULES OF SECONDS Launches Temblors Playwriting Collective at the LATC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Honor! Madness! Blood! Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney directs the world premiere of an edgy, intense and darkly comic new play by John Pollono (Small Engine Repair, Lost Girls) in a Latino Theater Company production presented in association with The Temblors, a unique new collective of seven Los Angeles-based playwrights. Rules of Seconds opens March 23 at The Los Angeles Theater Center, with low-priced previews beginning March 16.  (more...)

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Announces Casting for the World Premiere of THE FIREBIRDS TAKE THE FIELDRivendell Theatre Ensemble Announces Casting for the World Premiere of THE FIREBIRDS TAKE THE FIELD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, announces the world premiere of The Firebirds Take the Field by Lynn Rosen and directed by Jessica Fisch. The Firebirds Take the Fieldruns April 15 - May 20, 2017, at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago.The Firebirds Take the Field is produced with support from the Alfred P. Sloane Foundation and Ensemble Studio Theater and is the second production of RTE's 2017 Season 'Exploring the Mind/Body Connection.' (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Colin HovdeBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Colin Hovde
by Elliot Lanes - Mar 21, 2017

Today's subject Colin Hovde is living his theatre life in two very different ways. He is currently in his fifth season as the Producing Artistic Director of Theater Alliance which performs at the Anacostia Playhouse. Their current production Mnemonic runs through April 9th. The show is directed by Hovde. (more...)

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