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The Kennedy Center to Host 10th Annual MFA Playwrights' Workshop This SummerThe Kennedy Center to Host 10th Annual MFA Playwrights' Workshop This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

The Kennedy Center, in association with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, the National New Play Network (NNPN)-the country's alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays-and with Stanford University's National Center for New Plays, will host more than 50 playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs from July 25 to August 2, 2015 as part of the 10th annual weeklong MFA Playwrights' Workshop featuring new works by MFA students from Columbia University, Northwestern University, Fordham University, Yale School of Drama, the Juilliard School, New York University-Tisch School of the Arts, University of California-San Diego, and the Juilliard School. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Lorna Luft & More Coming to 54 Below in Coming WeeksChristine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Lorna Luft & More Coming to 54 Below in Coming Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

This July and August, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

NYMF's Jen Bender Featured on Latest Episode of SOMETHING NEW PodcastNYMF's Jen Bender Featured on Latest Episode of SOMETHING NEW Podcast
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

In anticipation of his concert at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival, award-winning musical theatre writer Joel B. New sat down with Jen Bender, NYMF's Director of Programming and Artists Services. (more...)

Ojai Playwrights Conference to Host 2015 New Works Festival, 8/2-9Ojai Playwrights Conference to Host 2015 New Works Festival, 8/2-9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC), one of the most acclaimed new play developmental programs in the country, announces its 18th season with an extraordinary program of playwrights, new play workshops and special performance events from August 2 through 9, 2015 in Ojai, California. (more...)

MOLLY POPE LIKES YOUR STATUS to Return 7/10 for Monthly Concert at the DuplexMOLLY POPE LIKES YOUR STATUS to Return 7/10 for Monthly Concert at the Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

MOLLY POPE -- brassy belter/whiskey guzzler/benevolent lunatic -- will continue her acclaimed concert series on Friday, July 10, following her recent acclaimed Off Broadway performances in Found at the Atlantic Theater Company and Horseplay, or the Fickle Mistress at La MaMa ETC / Theatre Askew. (more...)

deVaron Lerangis Family Band to Perform at Caffe Vivaldi, 7/9deVaron Lerangis Family Band to Perform at Caffe Vivaldi, 7/9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

The deVaron Lerangis Family Band (singer/composer/pianist Tina deVaron, and her sons, singer/composer/producer Nick Lerangis of the band, Evening Darling, and teacher/musician/historian Joe Lerangis of the American School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) will perform one show at Caffe Vivaldi on July 9th from 7-8pm. Caffe Vivaldi is in Greenwich Village at 32 Jones St, between West 4th and Bleecker. Call (212) 691-7538 for more information. This is a very special event, and advance planning is highly recommended, as the room is small. (more...)

38th Bay Area Playwrights Festival to Showcase 7 New Theatrical Works, 7/17-2638th Bay Area Playwrights Festival to Showcase 7 New Theatrical Works, 7/17-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The Playwrights Foundation's 38th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF) runs July 17-26, 2015 at the Tides Theatre in San Francisco. BAPF 2015 builds on the festival's historic legacy of innovation in theater that then moves to theaters across the country. (more...)

Ben Rimalower and Dorinda Medley Join 'LOVE ME: DOWNTOWN AND DOWNUNDER' Pride Celebration at Birdland, 6/28Ben Rimalower and Dorinda Medley Join 'LOVE ME: DOWNTOWN AND DOWNUNDER' Pride Celebration at Birdland, 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series, in association with Jacob Langfelder, is excited to announce that "Love Me: Downtown and Downunder - A Pride Celebration" will take place on the historic music stage on this Sunday, June 28 at 10:30pm. (more...)

Premiere Stages at Kean University to Present BY THE WATER, 7/16-8/2Premiere Stages at Kean University to Present BY THE WATER, 7/16-8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Premiere Stages at Kean University will present the New Jersey Premiere of Sharyn Rothstein's Off-Broadway hit By the Water from July 16th through August 2nd in the Zella Fry Theatre. In this moving new play directed by Adam Immerwahr, Hurricane Sandy wields its force upon the home of Marty and Mary Murphy, threatening to destroy not only the life they have built together but the neighborhood they grew up in. Will Marty manage to save his neighborhood and his home, or are the secrets unearthed by the storm too powerful to overcome? Described by The New York Times as 'drawn with acute sympathy and in gritty detail," this gripping and affecting play will feature actors Damian Buzzerio, Mike DiSalvo, Billy Finn, Deanna McGovern, Brian O'Neill, Sheila Stasack and Jo Twiss. (more...)

Jessie Mueller-Led WAITRESS Premiere Kicks Off Rehearsals at A.R.T.; Full Cast Announced!Jessie Mueller-Led WAITRESS Premiere Kicks Off Rehearsals at A.R.T.; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, began rehearsals today (pictured, left) for the world premiere musical Waitress. Based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly the new musical has a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, direction by Diane Paulus, and choreography by Chase Brock. (more...)

THE KILROYS Reveal 2015's 'THE LIST'THE KILROYS Reveal 2015's 'THE LIST'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Following a record-breaking year of success for female and trans* playwrights, LA-based playwright/producer collective THE KILROYS has released its second annual LIST of industry-recommended new plays. (more...)

Works by James Lapine, Tom Kitt, Rachel Chavkin, Dave Malloy & More Set for Vineyard Arts Project's 2015 SeasonWorks by James Lapine, Tom Kitt, Rachel Chavkin, Dave Malloy & More Set for Vineyard Arts Project's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

Vineyard Arts Project, a nonprofit performing arts residency center on Martha's Vineyard, has announced its artist lineup for the 2015 season. (more...)

NNPN Announces Over $125K in Grants for 2015-16NNPN Announces Over $125K in Grants for 2015-16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

The National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announced its 2015-16 grant recipients, including the Smith Prize for Political Theatre, the 2015 Annual Commission, two Playwright Residencies, five Producer Residencies, and two Collaboration Fund awards that will support partnership between eight of its members on two productions. In all, NNPN committed over $125,000 to fourteen Core Member Theaters and nine Affiliated Artists. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

 Jewish Plays Project (JPP), a development organization committed to putting bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages, continues its annual Open: Festival of play readings and workshops at the 14th Street Y including four new full-length plays and one new musical by Margot Connolly, Sarah Gancher, Gary Jaffe, David Hein & Irene Sankoff, and Sam Lahne. (more...)

Karen Pittman, Michael Cullen & More to Star in KING LIZ at Second Stage UptownKaren Pittman, Michael Cullen & More to Star in KING LIZ at Second Stage Uptown
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Second Stage Theatre  continues the 2015 Uptown Series with the World Premiere of KING LIZ, written by Fernanda Coppel (Chimichangas and Zoloft) and directed by Lisa Peterson.  KING LIZ will feature MICHAEL CULLEN, JEREMIE HARRIS, RUSSELL G. JONES, CAROLINE LAGERFELT, IRENE SOFIA LUCIO, and KAREN PITTMAN.  Previews begin Monday, July 13th and opening night is Monday, July 27th. (more...)

Tammy Blanchard, John Benjamin Hickey & More to Star in Lincoln Center Theater's DADA WOOF PAPA HOTTammy Blanchard, John Benjamin Hickey & More to Star in Lincoln Center Theater's DADA WOOF PAPA HOT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that Tammy Blanchard, Patrick Breen, John Benjamin Hickey, Alex Hurt, Kellie Overbey, John Pankow, and Stephen Plunkett will comprise the cast of its upcoming production of  DADA WOOF PAPA HOT, a new play by Peter Parnell, to be directed by Scott Ellis.  DADA WOOF PAPA HOT begins performances Thursday, October 15 and opens on Monday, November 9 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

Nikki M. James & More Lead LCT3's New Musical PRELUDES, Opening TonightNikki M. James & More Lead LCT3's New Musical PRELUDES, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Eisa Davis, Gabriel Ebert, Nikki M. James, Joseph Keckler, Chris Sarandon, and Or Matias, on piano, lead LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production of PRELUDES, a new musical by Dave Malloy, inspired by the music of Sergei Rachmaninov, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin. PRELUDES, a world premiere and the first musical to be produced by LCT3 in the Claire Tow Theater, began performances on May 23 and opens tonight, June 15, running through Sunday, July 19 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65th Street). (more...)

Kyle Dean Massey to Teach Exclusive Masterclass in MontrealKyle Dean Massey to Teach Exclusive Masterclass in Montreal
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2015

Broadway star (Pippin, Wicked, Next to Normal, Xanadu), passionate masterclass instructor and co-star on the hit TV series Nashville, Kyle Dean Massey will hold an exclusive masterclass for local performers. (more...)

Salty Brine to Debut New Cabaret Inspired by DIRTY DANCING Soundtrack in JulySalty Brine to Debut New Cabaret Inspired by DIRTY DANCING Soundtrack in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

Salty Brine announces the premiere of a new cabaret, I Carried a Watermelon, as the next installment in his series, Salty Brine's Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret.  Salty Brine's Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret, which performs on Wednesdays as part of Brine's residency at The Red Room (85 E. 4th St.), explores a different iconic album each month in a live cabaret setting.  I Carried a Watermelon, inspired by the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing, will run on July 8, 15, 22 and 29 with doors opening at 7:30pm and shows beginning at 8:00pm. (more...)

THE MEETING, Hosted by Justin Sayre, to Return to OASIS, 8/1THE MEETING, Hosted by Justin Sayre, to Return to OASIS, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2015

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to OASIS (298 Eleventh Street, San Francisco CA) on Saturday, August 1 at 7:00 PM after a sold out debut show in April. (more...)

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