Berkeley Repertory Theatre News

Photo Flash: First Look at Samantha Barks and More in the World Premiere of AMELIE at Berkeley RepPhoto Flash: First Look at Samantha Barks and More in the World Premiere of AMELIE at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

Just in to BroadwayWorld! Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents award-winning British actress Samantha Barks starring in the world premiere of AMELIE, A NEW MUSICAL directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?). Barks, who is best known for her stand-out performance as Eponine in the film adaptation of LES MISERABLES, portrays the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie. Her most recent theatre credits include City of Angels, Cabaret, and Oliver! in London's West End, and Chicago at The Hollywood Bowl. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

FIRST DATE, Starring Marc Ginsburg and Erica Lustig, Comes to La Mirada This FallFIRST DATE, Starring Marc Ginsburg and Erica Lustig, Comes to La Mirada This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment announce the first show of their 2015-2016 season, FIRST DATE, music & lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, book by Austin Winsberg, musical direction by Brent Crayon, choreography by Lee Martino and directed by Nick DeGruccio. (more...)

Samantha Barks Talks Finding Her Inner Child, Honing Her Vocal Skills, and More in AMELIESamantha Barks Talks Finding Her Inner Child, Honing Her Vocal Skills, and More in AMELIE
by Sally Henry - Aug 30, 2015

Samantha Barks has returned to the musical stage in a role that has taught her about her voice and helped her to explore her childish side. (more...)

Samantha Barks-Led Musical AMELIE Begins Performances at Berkeley Rep TodaySamantha Barks-Led Musical AMELIE Begins Performances at Berkeley Rep Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2015

Berkeley Rep presents its 2015-16 season opener, the theatrical world premiere presentation of AMELIE, A NEW MUSICAL, starring LES MISERABLES' Samantha Barks, begins previews today, August 29 and opens on Friday, September 11. It runs through Sunday, October 4, 2015. (more...)

Broadway Veterans Round Out Cast of Arena Stage's Reimagined OLIVER!Broadway Veterans Round Out Cast of Arena Stage's Reimagined OLIVER!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Molly Smith directs her 30th production as Artistic Director of Arena Stage with a gritty and relevant take on the Tony Award-winning musical Oliver!, blending the chaotic worlds of 19th-century Victorian London with 2015 London. Smith's new in-the-round staging infuses a modern edge to the classic musical about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and conmen, highlighting the disparity between classes and dangerous life on London's streets today. Featuring a remarkable score including 'You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,' 'Consider Yourself,' 'Where is Love?' and 'Food, Glorious Food,' Oliver! runs October 30, 2015-January 3, 2016 in the Fichandler Stage at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker Passes AwayA.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Carey Perloff released the following statement on the passing of A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker: (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to Stage Bill Cain's EQUIVOCATIONShakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to Stage Bill Cain's EQUIVOCATION
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

Next up on the Main Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present the New Jersey premiere of Bill Cain's Equivocation. When the Bard and his troupe of players receive a royal commission to dramatize the events surrounding the infamous Gunpowder Plot, the artist must confront the demons of his past, his present, and his obligations to the truth and artistic integrity. Equivocation was described in Variety as "one of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade." (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at World Premiere of Berkeley Rep's AMELIE, A NEW MUSICAL Featuring Samantha BarksSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at World Premiere of Berkeley Rep's AMELIE, A NEW MUSICAL Featuring Samantha Barks
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has announced that award-winning British actress Samantha Barks will star in the world premiere of AMELIE, A NEW MUSICAL directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Barks, who is best known for her stand-out performance as Eponine in the film adaptation of LES MISERABLES, will portray the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amelie. Her most recent theatre credits include City of Angels, Cabaret, and Oliver! in London's West End, and Chicago at The Hollywood Bowl. She will be joined by Randy Blair (Hipolito), Adam Chanler-Berat (Nino), Alison Cimmet(Amandine/Philomene), Carla Duren (Gina),John Hickok (Raphael/Bretodeaux), Alyse Alan Louis (Georgette/Fluffy/Sylvie), and Paul Whitty (Joseph).   (more...)

SESAC Signs Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Green DaySESAC Signs Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Green Day
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

Grammy Award-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Green Day has signed with SESAC for representation. (more...)

Photo Flash: Samantha Barks Poses for AMELIE Promotional Pic!Photo Flash: Samantha Barks Poses for AMELIE Promotional Pic!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2015

Berkeley Rep will soon present its 2015-16 season opener Amelie, A New Musical, starring award-winning actress Samantha Barks. Below, check out a just-released promotional image of Barks as the title character!  (more...)

Tony Sheldon and More Join World Premiere of AMELIE at Berkeley Rep; Full Cast Announced!Tony Sheldon and More Join World Premiere of AMELIE at Berkeley Rep; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

Berkeley Rep has announced the full company for its 2015-16 season opener Amelie, A New Musical, starring award-winning actress Samantha Barks. (more...)

Cast Announced for Lyric Stage's MY FAIR LADYCast Announced for Lyric Stage's MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

As the Lyric Stage has shown with Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Big River, and more, our forte is turning a grand musical into a completely thrilling event in our uniquely intimate space. Now, director Scott Edmiston will re-fashion My Fair Lady, the delightful story of a down-on-her- luck London flower girl taken on as an 'experiment' by a chauvinistic speech therapist, into another Lyric Stage winner. Based on George Bernard Shaw's beloved play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady introduced the world to a treasure trove of classic tunes including 'I Could Have Danced All Night,' 'On the Street Where You Live,' 'The Rain in Spain,' and 'I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face.' (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Tour Anna Deavere Smith's 'NOTES FROM THE FIELD'Berkeley Rep to Tour Anna Deavere Smith's 'NOTES FROM THE FIELD'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

 Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announces that it will present a three-city Northern California tour of Anna Deavere Smith's Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, a one-woman show about the school-to-prison pipeline. Following a critically acclaimed three-week run at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre, Smith will return to communities she visited during her research for the Pipeline Project to present excerpts of monologues from Notes from the Field. She will share her learnings and encourage dialogue and action to address the school-to-prison pipeline. The tour will also serve as an opportunity to spur youth within those communities to take action around racial inequities in the school system. (more...)

UK's AMERICAN IDIOT Will Extend into November 2015UK's AMERICAN IDIOT Will Extend into November 2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

Following on from its hugely successful opening in July and due to popular demand, the critically acclaimed production of Green Day's explosive award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot will be extending its run at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square and is now booking until 22 November 2015.  (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre Company Sets Cast for World Premiere of Mary Zimmerman's TREASURE ISLANDLookingglass Theatre Company Sets Cast for World Premiere of Mary Zimmerman's TREASURE ISLAND
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

Opening its 28th Season, Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Treasure Island, adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson in a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Treasure Island runs October 7, 2015 - January 31, 2016 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.  The Press Opening is Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Single tickets to Treasure Island go on sale to the general public on August 12, 2015. (more...)

Los Altos Stage Company to Present DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONELos Altos Stage Company to Present DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

Los Altos Stage Company opens its 20th Anniversary Season with a surrealistic comedy that confronts our assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl opens on September 3rd and runs through September 27th at the Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos. (more...)

Aurora Theatre to Present Bay Area Debut of MUD BLUE SKY, 8/28-9/27Aurora Theatre to Present Bay Area Debut of MUD BLUE SKY, 8/28-9/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

Aurora Theatre Company opens its 24th season with the Bay Area Premiere of award-winning playwright Marisa Wegrzyn's (Hickorydickory, The Butcher of Baraboo) MUD BLUE SKY. (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Producer Tara Smith Joins DCPA Board of TrusteesAN AMERICAN IN PARIS Producer Tara Smith Joins DCPA Board of Trustees
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

At its recent June Board meeting, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' (DCPA) appointed Broadway producer Tara Smith as an incoming Trustee. (more...)

AMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Opens Tonight in the West EndAMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Opens Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Green Day's explosive award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot blasts into the UK, opening tonight 22 July at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Aaron Sidwell, Luke Baker, Amelia Lily and More in West End's AMERICAN IDIOTPhoto Flash: First Look at Aaron Sidwell, Luke Baker, Amelia Lily and More in West End's AMERICAN IDIOT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Full casting is announced for Green Day's explosive award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot as it blasts into the UK from 17 July, at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square.  Check out a first look below! (more...)

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