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La Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment to Present SoCal Debut of BILLY ELLIOT This WinterLa Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment to Present SoCal Debut of BILLY ELLIOT This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT present pure 'electricity' with the third show in its 2014-2015 season, the Southern California Regional Premiere of the ten-time Tony Award-winning musical, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, musical direction by John Glaudini, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL will preview on Friday, January 16, 2015(with a press opening on Saturday, January 17) and run through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON Wraps Successful Run at Centre In The SquareTHE BOOK OF MORMON Wraps Successful Run at Centre In The Square
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Last week 14,437 people flocked to Centre In The Square to see the National Tour of The Book of Mormon which ran for eight performances December 9 to 14, 2014. Most performances were sold-out, with overall attendance for the one-week engagement at 97 percent. The show represents the highest attendance and financial impact from a weeklong production at The Centre in over 10 years. In addition, more than 38% percent of the audience were first-time visitors to The Centre. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: In Class with NTI - DrozninBWW Exclusive: In Class with NTI - Droznin
by National Theater Institute - Dec 15, 2014

Today, Risk Again! takes you into the classroom with an introduction to Droznin. This technique, which provides the actor with strength, flexibility, and courage, has been a cornerstone of the National Theater Institute's movement training for the last 15 years (more...)

South Bend Civic Theatre to Present LOST IN YONKERS in JanuarySouth Bend Civic Theatre to Present LOST IN YONKERS in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

South Bend Civic Theatre presents Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning comedy Lost in Yonkers January 9-25, 2015 in the Warner Theatre, 403 N Main Street in South Bend. Hailed as "the best play Neil Simon ever wrote" - New York Post, Lost in Yonkers tells the funny and poignant story of Jay and Arty, two teenage boys in 1942. When their recently widowed father has to take a travelling sales job, he leaves his sons to their Grandmother in Yonkers. The boys find life challenging and bewildering around their eccentric relatives: strict German immigrant Grandma Kurnitz, child-like Aunt Bella, and mobster Uncle Louie. Simon's play explores the hardship, pain, humor and love of these richly drawn characters. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Appoints Jaime Castaneda as Associate Artistic DirectorLa Jolla Playhouse Appoints Jaime Castaneda as Associate Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

La Jolla Playhouse announces the appointment of Jaime Castaņeda to the new position of Associate Artistic Director. In addition to joining the Playhouse's artistic team, Castaņeda will direct several projects, including the final subscription show for the 2015/16 season, to be announced shortly. (more...)

Performance Network Theatre to Offer Spring Term Class Demo, 12/15Performance Network Theatre to Offer Spring Term Class Demo, 12/15
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

On Monday, December 15, from 7:30pm to 9pm the Network will offer a FREE Spring Term Class Demo for young people and adults alike. (more...)

OSTC's Piano Bar Series to Continue with 'Holiday Gems,' 12/12OSTC's Piano Bar Series to Continue with 'Holiday Gems,' 12/12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its third season in its state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, has announced the continuation of their post-performance Piano Bar Series. "Holiday Gems" will be held following select Friday and Saturday evening performances of the company's current production, Meet Me in St. Louis. (more...)

THE GRIFT Will Be La Jolla Playhouse's Next 'Without Walls' Production; Plays the Lafayette Hotel This WinterTHE GRIFT Will Be La Jolla Playhouse's Next 'Without Walls' Production; Plays the Lafayette Hotel This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

La Jolla Playhouse announces the latest presentation in its acclaimed Without Walls (WoW) series, THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel, a world-premiere, immersive theatre piece, conceived, written and directed by Diabolical Muse's Tom Salamon, creator of the Playhouse's wildly-successful WoW production of Accomplice: San Diego. The show will run January 27 - February 22, 2015 at North Park's historic Lafayette Hotel. (more...)

HO HO HUMBUG World Premiere to Open 12/5 at Stark Naked TheatreHO HO HUMBUG World Premiere to Open 12/5 at Stark Naked Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Stark Naked Theatre Company presents its first-ever holiday production with the world premiere of Ho Ho Humbug - a hilarious Christmas-themed comedy produced in association with Third Coast Creative. Certain to become an annual holiday tradition for Houston theatre go-ers, Ho Ho Humbug opens on Friday, December 5th and runs through December 24th at Stark Naked's STUDIO 101. (more...)

PAJ Publications Releases Bonnie Marranca's CONVERSATIONS WITH MEREDITH MONKPAJ Publications Releases Bonnie Marranca's CONVERSATIONS WITH MEREDITH MONK
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the availability of Conversations with Meredith Monk, by Bonnie Marranca, published by PAJ Publications. (more...)

Ocean State Theatre Company to Present MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, 12/3-28Ocean State Theatre Company to Present MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, 12/3-28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its third season in its state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is proud to present the wonderful classic from the golden age of musical comedy, Meet Me in St. Louis. The popular family-friendly musical, with additional underwriting provided by Radisson Hotel Providence Airport, will run at Ocean State Theatre from December 3 - 28. (more...)

Regal Entertainment Group Announces Grand Opening Celebration for Regal Laurel Towne Centre 12Regal Entertainment Group Announces Grand Opening Celebration for Regal Laurel Towne Centre 12
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, is celebrating the grand opening of Laurel Towne Centre 12 in Laurel, Maryland. Activities include preview events Sunday, November 16 through Tuesday, November 18 with $3 movies, popcorn and soft drinks to benefit local charities. The official grand opening will be Thursday, November 20 with first-run feature films including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. Moviegoers who belong to the Regal Crown Club will also enjoy free popcorn and soft drinks with each paid admission Thursday, November 20, through Thursday, November 27. (more...)

Robert & Kristen Lopez's UP HERE, Phylicia Rashad-Helmed 'BLUEPRINTS' and More All-New Works Set for La Jolla Playhouse's 2015-16 SeasonRobert & Kristen Lopez's UP HERE, Phylicia Rashad-Helmed 'BLUEPRINTS' and More All-New Works Set for La Jolla Playhouse's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

La Jolla Playhouse announces five shows for its 2015/2016 season, featuring all new works, including the world-premiere musical Come from Away, featuring book, music and lyrics by acclaimed Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley; the world premiere of Indecent, co-created by director Rebecca Taichman (Playhouse's Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Milk Like Sugar), and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive), co-produced with Yale Repertory Theatre; and Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, by Michael Benjamin Washington (Memphis, The Wiz), directed by The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad, which had its first workshop during the Playhouse's 2014 DNA New Work Series. (more...)

New Worlds Theatre Project Presents English-Language Production of Peretz Hirshbein's Yiddish Play ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER Beginning 11/29New Worlds Theatre Project Presents English-Language Production of Peretz Hirshbein's Yiddish Play ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER Beginning 11/29
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

New Worlds Theatre Project (Ellen Perecman, Producing Artistic Director) has announced that it will present Peretz Hirshbein's Yiddish play, On the Other Side of the River, in a world premiere translation, beginning Saturday, November 29 at 7pm at HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue. The opening night is set for Thursday, December 4. On the Other Side of the River runs through Sunday, December 21. (more...)

OSTC's Piano Bar Series Continues with 'Music from Stage and Scream,' 11/7OSTC's Piano Bar Series Continues with 'Music from Stage and Scream,' 11/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its third season in its state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is proud to announce the continuation of their post-performance Piano Bar Series. "Music From Stage and Scream" will be held following select Friday and Saturday evening performances of the company's current production, Dial M for Murder. (more...)

And the Verdict Is... Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY!And the Verdict Is... Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY!
by Meet the Cast - Nov 2, 2014

The star-studded Broadway production of the backstage comedy It's Only A Play, by 4-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, opened on October 9, 2014, at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full cast and watch interviews with the company below! (more...)

Jordan's Furniture Named Community Outreach Partner for OSTC's 2014-15 Family Fun FestJordan's Furniture Named Community Outreach Partner for OSTC's 2014-15 Family Fun Fest
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which recently opened its third season in its state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is pleased to announce that Jordan's Furniture will be supporting OSTC's 2014-15 Family Fun Fest as a Community Outreach Partner. This partnership will help underserved and underprivileged children enjoy a shared family experience through underwritten ticket opportunities to performances of OSTC's popular children's series. (more...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Begins Tonight at La Jolla PlayhouseTHE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Begins Tonight at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2014

La Jolla Playhouse presents the U.S. premiere production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a score by the multiple Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning team of composer Alan Menken (Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), book by Peter Parnell (The West Wing, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) and direction by Scott Schwartz (Playhouse's Jane Eyre, Broadway's Golda's Balcony). Produced in association with Paper Mill Playhouse, by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, The Hunchback of Notre Dame begins tonight, October 26, and runs through December 14, 2014 in the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. (more...)

Alley Theatre Receives Houston Mod Preservation AwardAlley Theatre Receives Houston Mod Preservation Award
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

On October 16, 2014 the Alley Theatre was honored with the Houston Mod Preservation Award. The award, presented by Houston Mod, recognizes Alley Theatre for furthering the knowledge, appreciation and preservation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas. Houston Mod's president Steve Curry states that the Houston Mod Preservation Award 'is specifically intended to celebrate Alley Theatre's stewardship of this unique modern Houston landmark, especially appropriate now that the renovation is underway.' (more...)

SWAN LAKE to Swim Into Melbourne; Season Begins, 6/20/15SWAN LAKE to Swim Into Melbourne; Season Begins, 6/20/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

Hailed from London to Paris, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet will arrive in Melbourne in June 2015 to present their full-length classic production of the world's most loved ballet, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. (more...)

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