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Photo Flash: The Dog Days of Summer Arrive Early in SYLVIAPhoto Flash: The Dog Days of Summer Arrive Early in SYLVIA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2017

The dog days of summer arrive early this year, as Rubicon Theatre Company presents a spring production of A.R. Gurney's howlingly funny canine comedy SYLVIA, a love story about empty nesters Greg and Kate, and an irrepressible mutt named Sylvia. Written by Drama Desk, Obie and Lortel Award-winning playwright A.R. Gurney (also known for Love Letters and The Dining Room), the plot follows what happens after a man going through a midlife crisis finds a dog in Central Park and brings her home without consulting his wife. (more...)

Ian Carlyle, Enyonam Gbesemete, and More in 30th Anniversary Production of BLUES IN THE NIGHTIan Carlyle, Enyonam Gbesemete, and More in 30th Anniversary Production of BLUES IN THE NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

BLUES IN THE NIGHT at The Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square will be performed by Ian Carlyle, Enyonam Gbesemete, Cleo Higgins & Bleu Woodward; with a live blues band for two performances only to celebrate the shows 30th Anniversary. (more...)

Michael Shannon-Led SIMPATICO, Christopher Durang Debut and More Set for McCarter in 2017-18Michael Shannon-Led SIMPATICO, Christopher Durang Debut and More Set for McCarter in 2017-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

McCarter Theatre Center Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann is pleased to announce the lineup for the upcoming 2017-2018 Theater Series. (more...)

Agape Theatre Announces Cast for BONHOEFFER'S COSTAgape Theatre Announces Cast for BONHOEFFER'S COST
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

BONHOEFFER'S COST stars Agape newcomers Cory Grabenstein as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Keoni Ramo as prison guard Klaus Klopstock, Frank Benge as the evil Judge Advocate Rott, Rachel Bremer as Bonhoeffer's fiancee Maria, and TJ Condit as Bonhoeffer's brother-in-law Hans Dohnanyi.  Agape Theatre alum Zach Bond rounds out the cast as Bonhoeffer's brother Klaus. (more...)

Tony Winner Linda Hopkins Passes Away at 92Tony Winner Linda Hopkins Passes Away at 92
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

BroadwayWord is saddened to report that Linda Hopkins, who won a Tony Award for her performance in Inner City, passed away on April 10. She was 92 years old. (more...)

BWW Review: Art and Business Clash in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOMBWW Review: Art and Business Clash in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by Perry Tannenbaum - Apr 7, 2017

The ugly spectacle of art being turned into money is very much at the heart of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, but there's also an upstairs-downstairs conflict brewing. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 4/7; NEXT TO NORMAL in Connecticut, I AM MY OWN WIFE in Oklahoma and More!Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 4/7; NEXT TO NORMAL in Connecticut, I AM MY OWN WIFE in Oklahoma and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 7, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature NEXT TO NORMAL in Connecticut, I AM MY OWN WIFE in Oklahoma, and RULES OF SECONDS in Los Angeles, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)

Signature to Stage Works by Suzan-Lori Parks, Dominique Morisseau, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Edward Albee in 2017-18Signature to Stage Works by Suzan-Lori Parks, Dominique Morisseau, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Edward Albee in 2017-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

The 2017-18 Signature Theatre Season will feature plays by three Pulitzer Prize-winners and the New York premiere of a play by one of its new Residency Five playwrights, the company announced today. (more...)

The Dog Days of Summer Arrive Early with A.R. Gurney's Comedy SYLVIAThe Dog Days of Summer Arrive Early with A.R. Gurney's Comedy SYLVIA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

The dog days of summer arrive early this year, as Rubicon Theatre Company presents a spring production of A.R. Gurney's howlingly funny canine comedy SYLVIA, a love story about empty nesters Greg and Kate, and an irrepressible mutt named Sylvia. Written by Drama Desk, Obie and Lortel Award-winning playwright A.R. Gurney (also known for Love Letters and The Dining Room), the plot follows what happens after a man going through a midlife crisis finds a dog in Central Park and brings her home without consulting his wife. (more...)

Photo Flash: BEYOND CARING Comes to Lookingglass Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: BEYOND CARING Comes to Lookingglass Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company, in association with Dark Harbor Stories, present the U.S. Premiere of Beyond Caring, written and directed by Alexander Zeldin. Beyond Caring runs March 22 - May 7, 2017 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Zonya Love - From Bessie to Celie to EffieBWW Interview: Zonya Love - From Bessie to Celie to Effie
by Natalie de la Garza - Mar 29, 2017

The much-beloved musical DREAMGIRLS, which delves into the backstage drama of fictional girl group The Dreams, is coming to the Hobby, with Zonya Love tackling the role of Effie White, this April. (more...)

Mosaic Theater Company Announces 2017-18 Season Three LineupMosaic Theater Company Announces 2017-18 Season Three Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Mosaic Theater Company of DC announces its most ambitious and theatrically varied lineup to date with its 2017-18 season. Compelled to respond to changing and challenging times in our country, Season Three grapples with our current political climate, celebrating outspoken heroines (of fluid gender and sexuality) in two new musicals, while embracing documentary inspired reportage, sharp political and social satire, and stirring family drama.  (more...)

Announcing the Winners of Synchronicity Theatre's New Arts Incubator Project, STRIPPED BAREAnnouncing the Winners of Synchronicity Theatre's New Arts Incubator Project, STRIPPED BARE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

On January 30, 2017, Atlanta's Synchronicity Theatre launched a test-run of Stripped Bare, a new arts incubator project that gives artists a space to create and produce new work. Designed for early-career artists, Stripped Bare focuses on projects that emphasize words and ideas, with minimal technical elements. For this first year, the program was available by invitation only. Invitations were sent to Atlanta-based artists who had at least one paid professional credit, but had not originated or created more than five professional projects. They were asked to submit proposals. Two winning projects were selected: (more...)

Joe Brancato Starts Fifth Decade as Penguin Rep Artistic DirectorJoe Brancato Starts Fifth Decade as Penguin Rep Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Joe Brancato was a high school English and drama teacher in 1977 when he peered into an abandoned 1880's hay barn in Stony Point, New York, and visualized his future: a theatre of his own. (more...)

Imelda Staunton-Led WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? to Hit Cinemas This SpringImelda Staunton-Led WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? to Hit Cinemas This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

Following the enormously successful opening of James Macdonald's new production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway, producers today announced the forthcoming live broadcast of the play to cinemas throughout the UK and beyond as part of National Theatre Live. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY and More Slated for Laguna Playhouse's 2017-18 SeasonHAIRSPRAY and More Slated for Laguna Playhouse's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

Laguna Playhouse has announced its 2017-2018 season of shows. (more...)

Opera Exposures to Present THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR GREENFIELD STORYOpera Exposures to Present THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR GREENFIELD STORY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

As part of the Women's History Month Celebration, OPERA EXPOSURES, the not-for-profit opera company founded by Edna Greenwich in 2004, will present The Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield Story, a Memorial Concert in honor of America's premier female vocalist in opera and contemporary music in the 19th century, on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 3:00 PM at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, 131 East 10th Street at Second Avenue. (more...)

Alexander Zeldin's BEYOND CARING to Make U.S. Premiere at Lookingglass Theatre CompanyAlexander Zeldin's BEYOND CARING to Make U.S. Premiere at Lookingglass Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company, in association with Dark Harbor Stories, present the U.S. Premiere of Beyond Caring, written and directed by Alexander Zeldin. (more...)

Baby Jane Dexter Resurrects BODY AND SOUL at Metropolitan RoomBaby Jane Dexter Resurrects BODY AND SOUL at Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

???????The indomitable Baby Jane Dexter continues to march to her own drummer as she resurrects her critically acclaimed "Body & Soul" for three encore performances at the Metropolitan Room in March and April. (more...)

The City Of Las Vegas to Welcome Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition MobThe City Of Las Vegas to Welcome Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

The City Of Las Vegas presents ROBERTA DONNAY & the Prohibition Mob. (more...)

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