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BWW Interview:  Keith Lockhart Discusses the Boston Pops 2017 SeasonBWW Interview: Keith Lockhart Discusses the Boston Pops 2017 Season
by Joseph F. Panarello - May 16, 2017

Maestro Keith Lockhart talks about Sondheim, Latifah, John Williams and more! (more...)

BWW Interview: RKJB Entertainment - Making A Big Splash In The Austin Theatre SceneBWW Interview: RKJB Entertainment - Making A Big Splash In The Austin Theatre Scene
by Lynn Beaver - May 15, 2017

In February of this year, fledgling production company RKJB Entertainment burst onto the Austin stage with an original play with music, FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, the new work starred the amazing Jacqui Cross, who virtually transformed into the Gospel great. This month marks their second production MOAN THEM BLUES, a one woman show featuring legendary Blues pioneer, Bessie Smith (Sonia Moore). Moore's rendition of Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer stopped the show, I can scarcely wait to see a show that features such powerful talent. It's time our readers are introduced to Robert King, Jr and Jeremy Brown, the men behind these shows about such important icons of American culture. (more...)

Connecticut Premiere of TRAV'LIN Opens this WeekendConnecticut Premiere of TRAV'LIN Opens this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Connecticut premiere of Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical opens this weekend at Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre, following productions at Houston's Ensemble Theatre and Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, and development in Washington, D.C. and New York City, including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF).  Performances being Thursday, May 11, Official Opening is Saturday, May 13, and the show runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017. (more...)

Off Broadway Alliance to Host 'MAKING IT WORK' Seminar on Sharing TheatersOff Broadway Alliance to Host 'MAKING IT WORK' Seminar on Sharing Theaters
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series focused on the Off Broadway Producing Process on Saturday May 20th, 2017. (more...)

TRAV'LIN Musical to Make Connecticut Debut at Seven Angels TheatreTRAV'LIN Musical to Make Connecticut Debut at Seven Angels Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Following productions at Houston's Ensemble Theatre and Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, and development in New York City and Washington, D.C., including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical receives its Connecticut Premiere at Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre, beginning Thursday, May 11, 2017. Opening Night is Saturday, May 13, and the show runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017. (more...)

BWW Top Picks for Connecticut Theater May 2017BWW Top Picks for Connecticut Theater May 2017
by Lauren Yarger - May 2, 2017

Connecticut Shows Enjoying Awards Season on Broadway. Here's What's happening and Top Picks Coming Up in May. (more...)

FST Announces 2017 Summer Season!FST Announces 2017 Summer Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Florida Studio Theatre's Summer Mainstage and Cabaret Seasons kick off with music, mystery, and unforgettable characters.  The Mainstage Season opens on June 2 and runs through August 20 in the Keating and Gompertz Theatres. A subscription to all three shows can be purchased for as little as $39. The Cabaret Season opens on June 15 and runs through September 24 in the Court Cabaret. A subscription to all three shows can be purchased for as little as $39. All subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased at the FST Box Office in person or by calling (941) 366-9000 or online at www.FloridaStudioTheatre.org. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the legendary Summer of Love in San Francisco-coinciding with A.C.T.'s 50th anniversary-American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will close out its 2016-17 season with Broadway's critically acclaimed musical A Night with Janis Joplin (June 7-July 2, 2017). (more...)

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...)

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