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Megan Hilty Returning to Cafe Carlyle Next MonthMegan Hilty Returning to Cafe Carlyle Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Having garnered acclaim for performances on stage and screen, Megan Hilty makes her return to Cafe Carlyle in a two-week engagement, May 19-30. In Songs For My Daughter, Hilty will perform the classics that shaped her childhood and which she'll pass on to her recently-born daughter. Of her previous engagement at the Cafe, Stephen Holden of The New York Times exclaimed, 'Ms. Hilty projected the attitude of a frisky, fun-loving gal... she reveled in the pleasure of as big and loud a sound as she could muster.' Hilty will be joined by Music Director Matt Cusson on piano, Brian Gallagher on guitar, Ryan Hoagland on percussion and Dennis Keefe on bass. (more...)

Cherry Jones Named Guest of Honor at Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Fest's GalaCherry Jones Named Guest of Honor at Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Fest's Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, announced that multi-award winning stage and screen actor Cherry Jones will be the guest of honor of the Gala this year. In 2014, Jones was nominated for a Tony Award and won the Outer Critic's Circle award for her performance as Amanda Wingfield in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. . (more...)

Review Roundup: 39 STEPS Opens Off-BroadwayReview Roundup: 39 STEPS Opens Off-Broadway
by Review Roundups - Apr 13, 2015

The two-time Tony Award winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps opens tonight, April 13th at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Save over 30% on Tickets to ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURYSave over 30% on Tickets to ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
by Contests - Broadway - Apr 11, 2015

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a hilarious new production of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, the Tony-winning musical comedy from composer Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity), lyricist-librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Singin' in the Rain), Tony-winning choreographer Warren Carlyle (After Midnight, ...Drood) and Tony-nominated director Scott Ellis (You Can't Take It With You,...Drood). (more...)

Loudon Wainwright III, David Greenspan & More to Honor Talking Band This MonthLoudon Wainwright III, David Greenspan & More to Honor Talking Band This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

Talking Band, the seminal downtown New York City theater collective, continue their 40th anniversary celebration with a gala evening that will bring together many of the countless artists with whom they have collaborated since Paul Zimet, Ellen Maddow and Tina Shepard founded the company in 1974. The event will take place Monday, April 27 at the Ukrainian National Home Ballroom (140 Second Ave, between St. Mark's Place and East 9th Street) in the East Village. Proceeds will support the Talking Band's artistic programs. (more...)

The Wooster Group's EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS to Run 4/23-5/4The Wooster Group's EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS to Run 4/23-5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

St. Ann's Warehouse will present a strictly limited return engagement of The Wooster Group's Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation, April 23 - May 4. (more...)

92Y Welcomes ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY's Kristin Chenoweth & Peter Gallagher Tonight92Y Welcomes ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY's Kristin Chenoweth & Peter Gallagher Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Tony & Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and Golden Globe, SAG Award winner & Tony nominee Peter Gallagher, currently starring on Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, will participate in a 92Y Talks Lecture Series at 92nd Street Y tonight, April 6, 2015 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for April 6-12, Featuring Elizabeth Stanley, Andrew Rannells, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for April 6-12, Featuring Elizabeth Stanley, Andrew Rannells, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Apr 5, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Elizabeth Stanley in 'Carried Away' with Special Guest Andrew Rannells; Patti LuPone: The Lady with the Torch; Broadway Meets Classic Rock with the Hair Cast: A Benefit for Broadway Impact; Baldwin Wallace at 54 Below; Teal Wicks and Friends Sing Harold Arlen. (more...)

BWW Preview: The British Comedy COCK Opening at the Unicorn TheatreBWW Preview: The British Comedy COCK Opening at the Unicorn Theatre
by Steve Wilson - Apr 3, 2015

Jeff Church directs Cock opening April 25 on the stage of the Jerome Stage in the Unicorn Theatre at 3828 Main in Kansas City, Mo. Mike Bartlett, playwright of An Intervention, Chariots of Fire, and Earthquakes in London, wrote the British comedy about identity and sexuality. Due to adult subject matter and language, Cock is suggested for mature audiences. (more...)

The Adobe Theater to Present CURTAINS, 5/15-6/7The Adobe Theater to Present CURTAINS, 5/15-6/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

Curtains, written by Rupert Holmes (music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb) is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in Boston,MA, in 1959. Police Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (played by Adobe favorite Tim MacAlpine) is called to the theater to investigate the murder of the supremely untalented star of Robin' Hood of the Old West during her opening night curtain call. (more...)

Bobby Cannavale, Ethan Hawke, Wallace Shawn & More to Reunite in The New Group's HURLYBURLY Benefit Reading Next MonthBobby Cannavale, Ethan Hawke, Wallace Shawn & More to Reunite in The New Group's HURLYBURLY Benefit Reading Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

The New Group announces a one-night-only benefit reading of David Rabe's Hurlyburly, reuniting director Scott Elliott and original cast members from the company's critically-acclaimed 2005 hit revival: Bobby Cannavale, Josh Hamilton, Ethan Hawke, Parker Posey and Wallace Shawn, with additional casting to be announced. This special event within The New Group's current 20th Anniversary Season takes place Sunday, April 26 at The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street). (more...)

THE HOUSE OF YES to Run 5/9-6/14 at Zephyr TheatreTHE HOUSE OF YES to Run 5/9-6/14 at Zephyr Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Love, incest, mental illness and murder. Zephyr producing artistic director Lee Sankowich directs a 25th anniversary revival of the wickedly entertaining, exceedingly black comedy by Wendy MacLeod that became a cult classic indie film - and still lives up to its hype. The House of Yes opens May 9 at the Zephyr Theatre for a six-week run through June 14. (more...)

92Y to Welcome ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY's Kristin Chenoweth & Peter Gallagher92Y to Welcome ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY's Kristin Chenoweth & Peter Gallagher
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Tony & Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and Golden Globe, SAG Award winner & Tony nominee Peter Gallagher, currently starring on Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, will participate in a 92Y Talks Lecture Series at 92nd Street Y on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7:30pm. This one-night event will feature the stars in conversation, trading intimate stories of balancing their incredibly varied careers-in theater, film, TV and music-and their lives outside the limelight. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY & More  Set for Van Wezel's 2015-16 Broadway SeasonTHE BOOK OF MORMON, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY & More Set for Van Wezel's 2015-16 Broadway Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Coming off a record-setting year, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall's 2015-2016 Broadway Season continues to bring some of the most sought-after Broadway shows, as well as classic musicals that continue to excite and inspire generation after generation. (more...)

Elizabeth Stanley, Eliane Elias & More Set for Birdland, Week of 4/6Elizabeth Stanley, Eliane Elias & More Set for Birdland, Week of 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its chedule for April 6-12, including Eliane Elias, Elizabeth Stanley Celebrates Comden and Green featuring Andrew Rannells, Barbara Carroll, Jazz Party with Natalie Douglas and more! (more...)

The Coal Mine to Present August Strindberg's CREDITORSThe Coal Mine to Present August Strindberg's CREDITORS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

A modern melodrama of obsession, honour and revenge, CREDITORS is Strindberg's least produced play, but considered one of his most mature. With a new adaptation by Scottish playwright David Greig, CREDITORS was originally produced by Donmar Warehouse in London, 2008. The show, under the direction of Alan Rickman, transferred to New York in 2010 where Ben Brantley called it a 'thrilling new interpretation.' (more...)

Gerry Connolly Joins ANYTHING GOES as 'The Captain' in Melbourne and BrisbaneGerry Connolly Joins ANYTHING GOES as 'The Captain' in Melbourne and Brisbane
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost AM today announced that actor, comedian and impressionist Gerry Connolly would join the cast of their upcoming production of Anything Goes to play the Captain of the S.S. American during the Melbourne and Brisbane seasons. Due to his increased radio and television commitments, Alan Jones needs to remain located in Sydney so has had to withdraw from the Melbourne and Brisbane seasons, but will join the company to play the Captain during the Sydney Opera House season. (more...)

On the 20th Century opens on BroadwayOn the 20th Century opens on Broadway
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Mar 19, 2015

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Birdland Sets April 2015 Schedule: Sheila Jordan, Barbara Carroll & MoreBirdland Sets April 2015 Schedule: Sheila Jordan, Barbara Carroll & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its April 2015 schedule, featuring Sheila Jordan with the Steve Kuhn Trio, Ms. Lisa Fischer, Eliane Elias, James Carter Organ Trio, Barbara Carroll, The Beegie Adair Trio with Monica Ramey, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. (more...)

Park Square's 2015-16 Theatre Season Features Two World PremieresPark Square's 2015-16 Theatre Season Features Two World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Midway through its first season producing on two stages, Park Square Theatre shows no sign of slowing down with its 2015-2016 theatre season. In addition to a range of area and regional premieres, the company is commissioning two brand new works - one for each stage - from Joel Sass (Great Expectations) and Christina Ham and Regina Marie Williams (Nina Simone: Four Women). The line-up also includes the first Midwest licensed production of an ingenious miniature musical that will delight mystery lovers, two family-friendly holiday treats, and new productions by two of Park Square's Theatres in Residence, Sandbox Theatre and Theatre Pro Rata. The season will conclude with a flash of mature flesh as nine leading actresses bare all in Calendar Girls by Tom Firth. (more...)

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