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Trinacria Theatre Company Presents Inaugural Production, LA STORIA DI COLAPESCETrinacria Theatre Company Presents Inaugural Production, LA STORIA DI COLAPESCE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2016

Trinacria Theatre Company presents its inaugural theatrical production, La Storia di Colapesce at INTAR Theatre. The production is an original piece created and devised by the company during a 4-week residency in Sicily, at the Istituto San Placido Calonero in the Messina region of Sicily. The cast of La Storia di Colapesce is comprised of an ensemble of eight American theatre artists. The Trinacria Theatre Company's mission is to use theatre as a tool to promote Sicilian history, heritage, and culture at home and abroad. (more...)

Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia to Star in WONDERFUL TOWN at Goodman Theatre; Cast, Creatives Set!Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia to Star in WONDERFUL TOWN at Goodman Theatre; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The cast and creative team is set for Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of WONDERFUL TOWN - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical that with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

TEENAGE DICK, BOOK OF WILL and More Set for HVSF2 SeriesTEENAGE DICK, BOOK OF WILL and More Set for HVSF2 Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has announced the lineup for its popular new works series, HVSF2. (more...)

Thomas A. Glessner Launches First Book, CREATED EQUAL: REFLECTIONS ON THE INALIENABLE RIGHT TO LIFEThomas A. Glessner Launches First Book, CREATED EQUAL: REFLECTIONS ON THE INALIENABLE RIGHT TO LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Attorney and women's health advocate Thomas A. Glessner will debut his newest book, 'Created Equal: Reflections on the Inalienable Right to Life,' on Monday, July 25. (more...)

Plans Reveal Redevelopment Of DoubleTree Hotel Site Surrounding Palace TheatrePlans Reveal Redevelopment Of DoubleTree Hotel Site Surrounding Palace Theatre
by Michael Dale - Jul 11, 2016

Aside from the previously announced plan to lift the theatre 29 feet to provide retail space, a large LED screen will wrap around the surrounding hotel. (more...)

BWW Interview: A SHINING Hour for Mark Campbell and the Art of Libretto-WritingBWW Interview: A SHINING Hour for Mark Campbell and the Art of Libretto-Writing
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 22, 2016

Do you remember that cataclysmal moment in the Stanley Kubrick film of Stephen King's “The Shining,” when Jack Nicholson axes his way through the bathroom door and says, wild-eyed, “Here's Johnny!” Well, you won't find it in King's book--or in Mark Campbell's libretto for THE SHINING, the new opera written with composer Paul Moravec and directed by Eric Simonson, opening May 7 at the Minnesota Opera as part of its New Works Initiative. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 19th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 19th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 19, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Monday's trifecta of showtune events, including Jackie Burns following Idina, and 'Boy From Oz.' 'Mormon' and 'Dancing' return, and 'Gentleman's Guide' prepares. That 'October Sky' and 'Starcatcher' are set to open, but a lot of shows are closing. Not 'Ring Of Fire!' Concerts are on tap, too, including Seth McFarlane! (more...)

All-Chicago Cast Set for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Drury Lane TheatreAll-Chicago Cast Set for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

Drury Lane has announced the cast and creative team for the regional premiere of the Tony-nominated Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by Jeff Award-winner and Drury Lane Artistic Director William Osetek. Hailed as "astonishing" (The New Yorker) and "an absurdly funny fantastical journey," (Entertainment Weekly), Peter and the Starcatcher answers the question of how Peter Pan became "The Boy Who Never Grew Up." Complete with an all-Chicago cast, a company of twelve actors portray over one hundred characters throughout this captivating coming-of-age tale of one of literature's most beloved stories. Peter and the Starcatcher, with a book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and based on the 2004 play by Rick Elice, runs August 27 - October 18, 2015. Opening Night is set for Thursday, September 3 at 8pm. (more...)

Loretta Wade Releases 5th Novel WHERE THE WILLOWS WEEPLoretta Wade Releases 5th Novel WHERE THE WILLOWS WEEP
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2015

Alabama's own Loretta Wade has just released her 5th novel. 'Where The Willows Weep' is a sentimental journey that is sure to captivate any reader. The story is told in Loretta's signature southern style and it centers around a caretaker's struggle to help her patient fight through his serious illness. Now available on Amazon, 'Where The Willows Weep' is the summer read you have been waiting for. Loretta Wade was raised as a farm girl in rural North Alabama where she learned a true understanding of the simple life. Her parents, James and Ora Freeman May, gave her a carefree country childhood in the Thompson Falls community of Marshall County, Alabama which is still listed by its old name on the county map as Ben Johnson Ridge. She continues to enjoy country living on the acreage where she grew up, gardening, canning and preserving, drying laundry on a line, and raising farm fresh eggs. She uses many sources to draw the inspiration for her novels and her library contains many of today's Modern Day Classic genres including: Fiction, Biography, Supernatural, and Inspirational. Loretta's novels have achieved international notoriety for her expertise in introducing Southern American life to her readers through the lens of her own life experience. Loretta's first novel 'Walking in Slippery Places' was re-released in 2015 and is a supernatural thriller that tells of of a close encounter with the occult. Answering some questions that came from 'Walking in Slippery Places' Loretta moved into the inspirational supernatural genre with her next novel 'When the Rainbow Comes' a gripping story that wrestles with some of the deepest question about life, death, and the hereafter. A biography came next. 'Single Handed - The Story of Keith Maze and His Dog Wishbone' is an inspirational biography of Keith Maze and his battle with cancer and how his dog Wishbone helped to show him that life can go on even after terrible tragedy. In 2014, the southern saga 'The Late Night Side of Morning' was released as a free E-novel and was received with rave reviews. This novel was inspired by her ancestor (Dr. 'Doc' William May) who suffered death at the hands of his forty-year-old suitor's (Andrew Sheffield) father, Col. James L. Sheffield in 1890. Andrew Sheffield's story is written in John S. Hughes 'The Letters of a Victorian Madwoman.' Loretta's fifth novel 'Where the Willows Weep' draws heavily on her own personal experiences and is written as an expression of her sentiment for patients fighting debilitating disease and loyal love of pets. You can find out more about Loretta wade by visiting her website at: http://www.lorettawade.com Or see her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/lorettawadebooks (more...)

Moving Image Presents 20-Film Retrospective THE ESSENTIAL JOHN FORD, Now thru 8/2Moving Image Presents 20-Film Retrospective THE ESSENTIAL JOHN FORD, Now thru 8/2
by Movies News Desk - Jul 3, 2015

Starting fittingly on July Fourth weekend, Museum of the Moving Image will present The Essential John Ford, a tribute to the consummate American filmmaker. Ford made his reputation on westerns, but worked in many genres, creating films of depth, beauty, and ambiguity. From today, July 3 through August 2, the Museum will present 20 movies directed by Ford-all on film, with some restored archival prints-including his masterpieces Young Mr. Lincoln, My Darling Clementine, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. (more...)

Moving Image to Present 20-Film Retrospective THE ESSENTIAL JOHN FORD, 7/3-8/2Moving Image to Present 20-Film Retrospective THE ESSENTIAL JOHN FORD, 7/3-8/2
by Movies News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Starting fittingly on July Fourth weekend, Museum of the Moving Image will present The Essential John Ford, a tribute to the consummate American filmmaker. Ford made his reputation on westerns, but worked in many genres, creating films of depth, beauty, and ambiguity. From July 3 through August 2, the Museum will present 20 movies directed by Ford-all on film, with some restored archival prints-including his masterpieces Young Mr. Lincoln, My Darling Clementine, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. (more...)

The John Wayne Film Collection Heads to Blu-ray TodayThe John Wayne Film Collection Heads to Blu-ray Today
by Movies News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Today, June 2, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection - featuring five classic films on Digital HD and Blu-ray from the larger-than-life American hero - just in time for Father's Day. (more...)

Trustpilot Closes $73.5 Million Series D Round, Becomes the Standard for Trust OnlineTrustpilot Closes $73.5 Million Series D Round, Becomes the Standard for Trust Online
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2015

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The John Wayne Film Collection Heads to Blu-ray 6/2The John Wayne Film Collection Heads to Blu-ray 6/2
by Movies News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

On June 2, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection – featuring five classic films on Digital HD and Blu-ray from the larger-than-life American hero – just in time for Father's Day. (more...)

STAGE KISS, DOGFIGHT & More Set for San Francisco Playhouse's 2015-16 SeasonSTAGE KISS, DOGFIGHT & More Set for San Francisco Playhouse's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

San Francisco Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English and Producing Director Susi Damilano announced selections today for the 2015-2016 Mainstage season. Three additional world premieres will be announced soon as part of their Sandbox Series of new plays. (more...)

Brandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning TonightBrandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels is presented for two-nights-only tonight, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim (February 6 - March 15) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 21st, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 21st, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 22, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Paramount's 'Tommy,' Drury Lane's 'West Side' and the Marriott's 'La Cage.' Plus 'Stomp' puts its foot down, 'Gent's Guide' books the fall, new shows in development and rewrite, plus 'Louis And Keely' at the Royal George, 'Titanic' at Northwestern and 'Grease' on FOX! (more...)

The Community Players' SLY FOX Begins TodayThe Community Players' SLY FOX Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

The Community Players, Rhode Island's oldest community theatre, proudly present Larry Gelbart's hilarious comedy Sly Fox onstage today, January 9-11 and 16-18. Taking inspiration from Ben Johnson's Volpone, the play is a riotous romp about greed, lust and the art of the con from the author of M*A*S*H, Tootsie and Oh God! (more...)

Brandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More to Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELSBrandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More to Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels is presented for two-nights-only Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim (February 6 - March 15) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

The Community Players; SLY FOX Begins 1/9The Community Players; SLY FOX Begins 1/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

The Community Players, Rhode Island's oldest community theatre, proudly present Larry Gelbart's hilarious comedy Sly Fox onstage January 9-11 and 16-18. Taking inspiration from Ben Johnson's Volpone, the play is a riotous romp about greed, lust and the art of the con from the author of M*A*S*H, Tootsie and Oh God! (more...)

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