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Austin Pendleton to Direct Mint Theater's A DAY BY THE SEA at Theatre RowAustin Pendleton to Direct Mint Theater's A DAY BY THE SEA at Theatre Row
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Coming up next for Mint Theater Company (Jonathan Bank, Producing Artistic Director; Jen Soloway, Managing Director) will be the first ever New York revival of A Day by the Sea by N.C. Hunter, directed by Austin Pendleton. This will be the Mint's first production as a resident theater company at Theatre Row. Performances will begin July 22nd and continue through September 24th at their new home at the Beckett Theater at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and Dyer Avenues). Opening Night is set for August 25th. (more...)

Save $20 on Roundabout's Revival of THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOMSave $20 on Roundabout's Revival of THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM
by Contests - Broadway - May 24, 2016

Based on the short story by beloved writer Eudora Welty, The Robber Bridegroom is the Southern-fried Robin Hood tale of Jamie Lockhart (Steven Pasquale, The Bridges of Madison County), a dangerous, handsome, backwoods rogue who's a gentleman by day and bandit by night. When he falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world and code of ethics are turned upside down. This inventive new production is filled with raucous comic performances and features an irresistibly catchy bluegrass score. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hampton Theatre's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE In RehearsalsPhoto Flash: Hampton Theatre's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE In Rehearsals
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2016

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," the Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning comedy by Christopher Durang that NY Times critic Ben Brantley called "a loving rejection of pretty much everything," will be the fourth and final play of the Hampton Theatre Company's 2015-2016 season, opening on May 26, at the Quogue Community Hall and running through June 12. Check out photos of the cast in rehearsals below! (more...)

Bedlam to Return to Cambridge with Two Versions of TWELFTH NIGHTBedlam to Return to Cambridge with Two Versions of TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

The Nora Theatre Company is proud to present Bedlam performing their two version of TWELFTH NIGHT: TWELFTH NIGHT (or WHAT YOU WILL) and WHAT YOU WILL (or TWELFTH NIGHT). Both plays are the text of TWELFTH NIGHT written by William Shakespeare. (more...)

Review Roundup: THE RUINS OF CIVILIZATION Opens at Manhattan Theatre ClubReview Roundup: THE RUINS OF CIVILIZATION Opens at Manhattan Theatre Club
by Review Roundups - May 18, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of THE RUINS OF CIVILIZATION, the new play by award-winning playwright Penelope Skinner (The Village Bike), directed by Obie Award winner Leah C. Gardiner (Born Bad), opens tonight, May 18, at The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center - Stage II. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Fiasco Theater's INTO THE WOODS Headed to Menier Chocolate FactoryFiasco Theater's INTO THE WOODS Headed to Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Following great critical success in New York, innovative and ground breaking theatre company Fiasco bring their enchanting reinvention of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's masterpiece Into The Woods to the Chocolate Factory this Summer. The production opens on 12 July, with previews from 1 July, and runs until 17 September. (more...)

SHINING CITY, Starring Matthew Broderick, Starts Tonight at Irish RepSHINING CITY, Starring Matthew Broderick, Starts Tonight at Irish Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

A friendly reminder! Previews begin tonight for Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Conor McPherson's acclaimed play SHINING CITY, starring two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick. Directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, SHINING CITY also features Billy Carter (The Weir, Port Authority), Lisa Dwan (the acclaimed Beckett Trilogy), and James Russell (Port Authority, Juno and the Paycock). (more...)

The Flea Extends Adam Rapp's WOLF IN THE RIVERThe Flea Extends Adam Rapp's WOLF IN THE RIVER
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

The Flea Thetaer announces a 2nd extension of WOLF IN THE RIVER, an impressionistic glimpse into the poetry of broken people. Written and directed by Adam Rapp and featuring members of The Bats, The Flea's resident acting company, performances will now run through June 6. (more...)

Got a Tonys Prediction? Find Out How the New York Times Critics FareGot a Tonys Prediction? Find Out How the New York Times Critics Fare
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

As theatre critics for the New York Times, Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood are perhaps the most influential voices when it comes to Broadway. Every awards season the pair comes up with a list of Tony nominees who they think will win and should win the coveted prize in June. Click here to check out their predictions for this year. But the real question is... how have they done in predicting Tony winners in years past? Check out how they fared last year. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: What Do the Critics Think of Social Media? Matt Windman Finds Out in Excerpt from THE CRITICS SAY...BWW Exclusive: What Do the Critics Think of Social Media? Matt Windman Finds Out in Excerpt from THE CRITICS SAY...
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

In The Critics Say...: 57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future, Matt Windman, theater critic of the newspaper amNewYork, interviews dozens of other theater critics about their backgrounds, how they go about evaluating different kinds of shows, and the enormous challenges that threaten the future of professional theater criticism. (more...)

Save Up to $50 on Roundabout's Star-Studded LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHTSave Up to $50 on Roundabout's Star-Studded LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
by Contests - Broadway - May 9, 2016

Save over $30 on Long Day's Journey into Night! An American masterpiece. An award-winning cast. An unmissable Broadway event. Previews begin April 3. Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jessica Lange, Tony nominee Gabriel Byrne, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon and Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr. star in a stunning new Broadway production of four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical masterwork. (more...)

AUDIO Exclusive: Jose Llana Sings 'Hero and Leander' from His New Album; Release Set for May 13!AUDIO Exclusive: Jose Llana Sings 'Hero and Leander' from His New Album; Release Set for May 13!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 6, 2016

Below, BroadwayWorld is excited to premiere an exclusive track from the album- 'Hero and Leander,'  from Adam Guettel's Saturn Returns: A Concert. (more...)

The Pearl Theatre Company Sets 2016-17 SeasonThe Pearl Theatre Company Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

The Pearl Theatre Company has announced programming for the 2016-17 season. All four productions will take place at The Pearl Theater (555 West 42nd Street.) (more...)

Fiddlehead Sets 'PRISCILLA' & CARNIVAL for 2016-17 SeasonFiddlehead Sets 'PRISCILLA' & CARNIVAL for 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, Producing Artistic Directors of Fiddlehead Theatre Company, announced today that the Boston-based professional theater company will stage two full-scale musical productions at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre for their 23rd Anniversary season, in partnership with the Citi Performing Arts Center and Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO. (more...)

THE MAIDS, DRY LAND & More Set for Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company's 2016-17 SeasonTHE MAIDS, DRY LAND & More Set for Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

 Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company today announced that its 2016-2017 season will feature a world premiere, as well as the regional premiere of a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist.   (more...)

Review Roundup: St. Ann's Warehouse's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, with Gillian Anderson & Ben FosterReview Roundup: St. Ann's Warehouse's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, with Gillian Anderson & Ben Foster
by Review Roundups - May 1, 2016

Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Jack Black Visits Cast Members Backstage at SCHOOL OF ROCKJack Black Visits Cast Members Backstage at SCHOOL OF ROCK
by Louisa Brady - May 1, 2016

SCHOOL OF ROCK cast members Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess took to Instagram today to celebrate their latest backstage visitor: the original Dewey Finn, Jack Black himself! Check out their posts below! (more...)

Target Margin Theater to Present Reimagining of THE ICEMAN COMETH at HERETarget Margin Theater to Present Reimagining of THE ICEMAN COMETH at HERE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Target Margin Theater presents The ICEMAN Lab, a radical new reimaging of The Iceman Cometh, with four diverse theater artists each tackling a separate act of the play. This fresh take on O'Neill's classic will give audiences the opportunity to see each act as a separate experiment or all together in a single sitting. The four acts of The ICEMAN Lab will play a varied schedule at the HERE Arts Center (145 6th Avenue) from June 2 through June 25, with special marathon performances on June 11 and June 18. (more...)

Soho Rep Once More Extends REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN.Soho Rep Once More Extends REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

In response to popular and critical acclaim, Soho Rep., in association with John Adrian Selzer, announces a second and final extension of the U.S. premiere of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. to May 22. (more...)

See 'Show of the Season' SHE LOVES ME for Just $50See 'Show of the Season' SHE LOVES ME for Just $50
by Contests - Broadway - Apr 28, 2016

In celebration of Roundabout Theatre Company's 50th anniversary, She Loves Me returns to Broadway for the first time since it triumphantly launched Roundabout's musical theatre initiative over 20 years ago. Based on the same story that inspired the hit movie You've Got Mail, this romantic musical comedy stars Tony® winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, 'Nashville'), Zachary Levi (First Date, 'Heroes Reborn'), Tony winner and Emmy® nominee Jane Krakowski (Nine, '30 Rock'), Tony nominee Gavin Creel (Hair), and Byron Jennings (You Can't Take It With You). (more...)

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