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Genesis Theatrical Productions Presents THICKER THAN WATERGenesis Theatrical Productions Presents THICKER THAN WATER
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Playwright Douglas Parker is known for his plays BESSIE:  The Life and Music of Bessie Smith, Life on the Mississippi, a play about young Samuel Clemens and Declarations, a one act play drawn from the letters of John and Abigail Adams.Thicker Than Water looks at the tragic case of Andrea Yates who admitted to drowning her 5 children in the bathtub.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Introducing George and Martha from WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? - Conleth Hill and Imelda StauntonPhoto Flash: Introducing George and Martha from WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? - Conleth Hill and Imelda Staunton
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill will star in a new production of multi Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by James Macdonald. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT at The Grand 1894 Opera HouseBWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT at The Grand 1894 Opera House
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Sep 23, 2016

There's not much one can say when you look at the resume of Ben Vereen. I have to admit I thought the email to interview Mr. Vereen was a hoax or a vile trick someone was playing on me. Now the reason I say this is because he is one of my idols and reasons I studied musical theatre in college and left to go to NYC to work professionally. We are familiar with his work with Bob Fosse as the Leading Player in PIPPIN and as Judas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR but Mr. Vereen still continues to give us the ole razzle dazzle on the stage and on the screen. He's starred in 9 Broadway shows, has received the coveted Antionette Perry Award (The Tony), a Drama Desk Award, and a Prism Award. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, starred in 30 plus movies and television shows, and has a huge crossover career. Ben Vereen hit the scene in Martha Graham's PRODIGAL SON in 1965 and he's been working ever since. I had the esteemed pleasure to sit and talk about his illustrious career and the current projects he's working on currently. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Remembering the Life and Career of Legendary Playwright, Edward AlbeePhoto Coverage: Remembering the Life and Career of Legendary Playwright, Edward Albee
by Walter McBride - Sep 23, 2016

Last week, legendary playwright Edward Albee passed away in his sleep at his home in Montauk, LI at the age of 88.  See photos of the Albee throughout his distinguished career as BroadwayWorld remembers the life and works of the theatre's most revered figures.  (more...)

Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill to star in Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill to star in Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

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Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill Star in West End WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill Star in West End WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
by Marianka Swain - Sep 23, 2016

Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill will star in a new production of multi Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? directed by James Macdonald. (more...)

Off Broadway Theatres Across NYC Will Dim Their Lights to Honor Late Playwright Edward AlbeeOff Broadway Theatres Across NYC Will Dim Their Lights to Honor Late Playwright Edward Albee
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Following the loss of three-time Tony Award and three-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, producer and director Edward Albee, Off Broadway theatres across NYC will dim their lights on Wednesday, September 21st at 7:45PM for exactly one minute, the Off Broadway League has announced. Widely considered one of the greatest American playwrights of his generation and of the 20th Century, Mr. Albee passed away at age 88 on Friday, September 17, 2016. (more...)

Dramatists Guild of America Remembers Edward Albee's 'Fiercely Witty Plays', 'Ferocious' Support of WritersDramatists Guild of America Remembers Edward Albee's 'Fiercely Witty Plays', 'Ferocious' Support of Writers
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

As reported over the weekend, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Edward Albee, passed away at the age of 88. The revered playwright died in his sleep at his home in Montauk, Long Island. The Dramatists Guild has just released a thoughtful, heartfelt a statement on Albee; read it in full below! (more...)

Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright, Edward Albee, Passes Away at 88Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright, Edward Albee, Passes Away at 88
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

It was reported this afternoon, that Pulitzer Prize- winning playwright, Edward Albee, has passed away at the age of 88.  The revered playwright died in his sleep at his home in Montauk, LI. (more...)

BWW Review: Cultural Fusion's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL is Smooth as SilkBWW Review: Cultural Fusion's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL is Smooth as Silk
by Libby Champion - Sep 12, 2016

Perfectly encapsulating the great singer Billie Holiday is no easy feat. The legendary jazz singer with a career spanning over thirty years was a mystery to many people - she was beautiful and talented but her personal life was shrouded in drug and alcohol addiction and a myriad of abusive relationships. On paper, it's easy to leave it at that and move on - another celebrity sob story. But in Cultural Fusion's production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, words normally associated with Holiday such as 'revered', 'pain' and 'soulful' take on a whole new meaning, and Holiday's story is so much more than that.   (more...)

Penguin Rep Closes Season With Award-Winning DANIEL'S HUSBANDPenguin Rep Closes Season With Award-Winning DANIEL'S HUSBAND
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning theatre in Stony Point, New York, under the leadership of Artistic Director Joe Brancato and Executive Director Andrew M. Horn, closes its 2016 season with the New York premiere of Daniel's Husband by Michael McKeever from September 23 through October 16, 2016. In Daniel's Husband, Mitchell and Daniel are the ideal couple, everything but married. Mitchell does not believe in marriage; Daniel does. "When their life together takes a shocking and unexpected turn," says Mr. Brancato, who will stage the production at Penguin Rep, "we learn about the power and pain of love in this breathtaking new play." (more...)

Pennsylvania Blues Festival Celebrates 25 Years in the Poconos, 9/16-18Pennsylvania Blues Festival Celebrates 25 Years in the Poconos, 9/16-18
by Tory Gates - Sep 10, 2016

'I just tell people to keep an open mind and it's a great environment and it's definitely something for everybody in all ages.' (more...)

GRANNY'S BLUE-MERS to Premiere at The Duplex This OctoberGRANNY'S BLUE-MERS to Premiere at The Duplex This October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Join Rev. Mary, Courteney, and Liz ... and Dan for a night of Raunchy, Naughty, Saucy, Bawdy Blues from 'back in the day' with GRANNY'S BLUE-MERS World Premiere at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street @ 7th Avenue) in the heart of Greenwich Village! (more...)

Arts Garage Kicks Off Theatre Season with MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEXArts Garage Kicks Off Theatre Season with MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

Arts Garage's first play of the season puts a new spin on family drama bringing together a collection of characters rarely combined before.  The story introduces us to Charlotte, who is now in college, and whose relationship with her childhood best friend is raising red flags with her parents.  She's Jewish, he's black. So her parents have to scramble to keep up as Charlotte and Jonny's sexual desires complicate everyone's relationships in surprising, compulsive ways. (more...)

BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Brings Down the HouseBWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Brings Down the House
by Guest Blogger: Gary Laird - Aug 24, 2016

Janis Joplin was a force of nature. She was a candle in the wind. She was brash, vulgar, hard-drinking, hard-drugging, hard-living and fatally flawed. (more...)

BWW Preview: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Worships at the Altar of a Rock-And-Roll GoddessBWW Preview: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Worships at the Altar of a Rock-And-Roll Goddess
by Katricia Lang - Aug 19, 2016

The Alley Theatre brings Tony Award-nominated musical A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to its Hubbard stage. (more...)

BWW Interview: Julie Charnet in DECADES: THE LADIES OF JAZZ at the Ethical Society of PhiladelphiaBWW Interview: Julie Charnet in DECADES: THE LADIES OF JAZZ at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia
by Donna Marie Nowak - Aug 18, 2016

Philadelphia chanteuse Julie Charnet brings her blend of jazz and swing to the Ethical Society of Philadelphia and other venues. (more...)

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Tickets for 25th Anniversary Season On Sale September 9thKravis Center for the Performing Arts Tickets for 25th Anniversary Season On Sale September 9th
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

While tickets to many of the major shows and concerts during the Kravis Center's 25th anniversary season go on public sale on October 1, eager entertainment fans can start buying tickets to 13 of the Center's earliest presentations starting onSeptember 9 at 10 am. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre of Ventura Announces the Company's 2016 -2017 Mainstage Season STORIES THAT MATTERRubicon Theatre of Ventura Announces the Company's 2016 -2017 Mainstage Season STORIES THAT MATTER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company's 2016-2017 Season was publicly announced today at a special event hosted by Joe Spano(Emmy Award and L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award-winning veteran of stage and screen) and Peter Van Norden (whose numerous credits include five Broadway shows, regional theatre, film and television). The two actors star as Marley and Scrooge, respectively, in the company's adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which was a Critic's Choice in the L.A. Times and will be reprised this December under the direction of Brian McDonald. The season also features the third play in Arlene Hutton's celebrated Nibroc Trilogy, Gulf View Drive, helmed by London-based director Katharine Farmer; Miche Braden reprising her Off-Broadway performance in The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith written by Angelo Parra and directed by Joe Brancato of Penguin Rep; the return of the most popular comedy in Rubicon history, A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, directed by Stephanie A. Coltrin; direct from Off-Broadway, The Other Mozart written by and starring Silvia Milo and directed by Isaac Byrne, about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's equally remarkable sister Nannerl; Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Frank McGuinness' riveting tale based on a true story about three hostages held in Beirut in1986, directed by Katharine Farmer; and King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by James O'Neil. (more...)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY to Open Folger Theatre's 2016-17 SeasonSENSE AND SENSIBILITY to Open Folger Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Folger Theatre's 2016/17 season kicks off with an inspired stage adaptation of one of literature's most cherished novels, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. (more...)

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