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World Premiere of PARALLEL WORLDS: A NEW ROCK MUSIC EXPERIENCE at Club ParallelWorld Premiere of PARALLEL WORLDS: A NEW ROCK MUSIC EXPERIENCE at Club Parallel
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2016

Parrot Poet Productions presents the world premiere of PARALLEL WORLDS: A NEW ROCK MUSIC EXPERIENCE throughout all four weekends in June. Created by Brandon Beckner with stage direction by Matthew McCray, attendees can expect a powerful live rock concert, a bold theatrical stage play, and an epic big-screen love story, all harmoniously blended with one another to take its audience on a mind-bending, musical journey through Parallel Worlds. It has been described as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Pink Floyd's The Wall."  (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda, HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE & More  Win Big at the 2016 Drama League Awards!Lin-Manuel Miranda, HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Win Big at the 2016 Drama League Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Shelian-Shanks) gathers today for the 82nd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony, hosted by 2016 Tony® Award-nominees, Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) and Megan Hilty (Noises Off), in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway).  (more...)

CTG to Honor 2015-16 Student Ambassador Program ParticipantsCTG to Honor 2015-16 Student Ambassador Program Participants
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Center Theatre Group honors 24 high school students for participating in the 2015- 2016 Student Ambassador Program, a six-month program that allows students to build leadership and teamwork skills in a creative environment that promotes the arts. (more...)

Warehouse Theatre to Present Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICAWarehouse Theatre to Present Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Warehouse Theatre is pleased to announce the next production in its 2016 Season, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner and directed by Kristofer Green. (more...)

14 Southern California Teens Named Grand Prize Finalists in The Music Center's Spotlight Program14 Southern California Teens Named Grand Prize Finalists in The Music Center's Spotlight Program
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

The Music Center named 14 outstanding Southern California high school students as Grand Prize Finalists in the 28th annual The Music Center's Spotlight (Spotlight), a free nationally recognized scholarship and arts training program for teens. (more...)

Richard Montoya and Roger Guenveur Smith to Chat 'American Venice' at the DouglasRichard Montoya and Roger Guenveur Smith to Chat 'American Venice' at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Award-winning Los Angeles writer-performers Richard Montoya ("Chavez Ravine" and "Water & Power") and Roger Guenveur Smith ("Rodney King" and "The Watts Tower Project") will take part in a DouglasPlus: Conversations event, "Excavating Venice of America," on Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m., at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre.          (more...)

Starry Lineup Set for ALL THE DAYS McCarter In Conversation PanelStarry Lineup Set for ALL THE DAYS McCarter In Conversation Panel
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

McCarter In Conversation events feature a discussion among artists, scholars, and other public figures that foster the exploration of big questions and concepts in the plays presented on the McCarter stage. (more...)

2016 Ice Factory Festival to Present Seven New Works at New Ohio Theatre2016 Ice Factory Festival to Present Seven New Works at New Ohio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Artistic Director Robert Lyons presents the 23rd annual OBIE Award-winning Ice Factory Festival. Ice Factory 2016 takes place at New Ohio Theatre, located at 154 Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets in New York City. Ice Factory 2016 will present seven new works over seven weeks, running from June 29 - August 13, 2016. (more...)

Theater Schmeater to Present Heidi Schreck's CREATURE, Opening 5/27Theater Schmeater to Present Heidi Schreck's CREATURE, Opening 5/27
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Theater Schmeater is pleased to present Heidi Schreck's enigmatic play Creature, opening on Friday May 27th, and running on Thursday Fridays and Saturdays until June 25th. A Seattle native, Ms. Schreck has found success on the East Coast as a playwright, and this early play is the first of her work to be produced in NYC. (more...)

Chalk Rep to Bring Site-Specific Play IN CASE OF EMERGENCY to Local Homes This SummerChalk Rep to Bring Site-Specific Play IN CASE OF EMERGENCY to Local Homes This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

The garage door of an actual private home becomes a curtain, rising on Meredith, a single woman who has filled her garage with supplies for any emergency. (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Announces Cast of THISWindy City Playhouse Announces Cast of THIS
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated new theater, presents the off-Broadway hit This, a tart 'melanchomedy' centering on four educated, artistically inclined thirtysomething New Yorkers whose longtime friendship is tested by an act of infidelity. Writer, director and playwright Carl Menninger (a former Deerfield native) returns home from Washington, D.C. to direct this piercing, beautifully crafted new play for lovers of language by Melissa James Gibson. Previews for This begin Wednesday, June 15 at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park. (more...)

Photo Flash: ENDGAME Celebrates Opening Night at the DouglasPhoto Flash: ENDGAME Celebrates Opening Night at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Samuel Beckett's classic ENDGAME opened last night, May 1, 2016, at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Alan Mandell, performances for 'Endgame' will continue through May 22. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

BWW Review: Beckett's ENDGAME Brings the Absurdist's World to the Kirk Douglas TheatreBWW Review: Beckett's ENDGAME Brings the Absurdist's World to the Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Shari Barrett - May 2, 2016

Every director has their bucket list of plays they wish to direct or perhaps even appear in someday. Director Alan Mandell has long been enamored with the work of Samuel Beckett and has toured with original productions of Waiting for Godot and Endgame directed by Beckett. With his 80-year career in theatre and innate understanding of the absurdist's work, Mandell has now directed Endgame at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, starring in the production with Barry McGovern. This is the second Beckett play in which the two actors have appeared together, the first being Waiting for Godot in 2012 at the Mark Taper Forum. And their stage camaraderie is a wonder to behold. (more...)

Who's Winning at the 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards? Updating Live!Who's Winning at the 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards? Updating Live!
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2016

The Off-Broadway League tonight presents the 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway at NYU Skirball Center. BroadwayWorld will be bringing you the full list of winners below. Stay tuned to find out who will win big! (more...)

Photo Flash: The Road Theatre Company Presents World Premiere of BIRDERPhoto Flash: The Road Theatre Company Presents World Premiere of BIRDER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2016

Two exceptional plays, one extraordinary playwright, THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, in association with CENTER THEATRE GROUP announce the fourth show of its 2015-2016 - 25th Anniversary Season, the World Premiere of BIRDER, written by Julie Marie Myatt and directed by Dan Bonnell.  BIRDER will run in repertory with JOHN IS A FATHER, also by Julie Marie Myatt.  BIRDER began previews on Monday, April 25 at 8pm; opened on Friday, April 29 at 8pm and will run through Sunday, June 19 at the Road on Lankershim, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. (more...)

Hari Dhillon to Lead DISGRACED at the Taper; Cast Announced!Hari Dhillon to Lead DISGRACED at the Taper; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Center Theatre Group has announced casting for Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning play DISGRACED, which begins previews June 8, opens June 19 and continues through July 17, 2016, at the Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Kimberly Senior, the cast features J Anthony Crane, Behzad Dabu, Hari Dhillon, Karen Pittman and Emily Swallow. (more...)

Desean Terry Steps Into FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS at CTG/Mark Taper ForumDesean Terry Steps Into FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS at CTG/Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Actor Desean Terry will step into the starring role 'Hero' in Suzan-Lori Parks' powerful drama, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum beginning May 3 until closing on May 15, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at ENDGAME, Opening This Weekend at Kirk Douglas TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at ENDGAME, Opening This Weekend at Kirk Douglas Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Samuel Beckett's classic ENDGAME opens Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Alan Mandell, performances for 'Endgame' will continue through May 22. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Being That Sixth Person-Talking with Director Timothy Douglas about DISGRACED at Arena StageBWW Interview: Being That Sixth Person-Talking with Director Timothy Douglas about DISGRACED at Arena Stage
by Ellen Burns - Apr 26, 2016

Lest you might think careers are well-planned, organized endeavors, take a lesson from director Timothy Douglas, who is gracing Washington in a return visit to Arena Stage (last season's King Hedley II was his Arena Stage debut) with his work with Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, a play about being Muslim or, perhaps more importantly, being perceived as Muslim, in America in current times. 'I tripped into directing,' says Timothy, 'I went to LA as an actor, but found I didn't have the skin for it, so I stepped back and thought I'd be a career teacher, but through some dumb luck, I directed a show, and some people liked what they saw, and I ended up with the Center Theatre Group in LA, as a director. When I finally stopped resisting the path, it started to work.' 'It seems every good thing,' he laughingly reflects, 'has happened as I was being dragged through the back door kicking and screaming.' So, it seems, tripping doesn't always mean falling. (more...)

Chalk Rep to Transform Garages for Site-Specific IN CASE OF EMERGENCYChalk Rep to Transform Garages for Site-Specific IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The garage door of an actual private home becomes a curtain, rising on Meredith, a single woman who has filled her garage with supplies for any emergency. It's gotten a little out of hand, which is why she's hired Alex from 'Ready, Set, Go' to help her get organized. But neither the supplies nor the prepping expert can prepare her for the personal disasters that her younger sister brings home, on a day when the city seems set to go up in flames. (more...)

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