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VIDEO: Pulitzer Finalist Jordan Harrison on Artificial Intelligence and MARJORIE PRIMEVIDEO: Pulitzer Finalist Jordan Harrison on Artificial Intelligence and MARJORIE PRIME
by Michael Dale - Dec 10, 2015

A widow's favorite companion is an artificial intelligence remake of her late husband. (more...)

BWW Review: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Takes In-Depth Look at Importance of Unconditional LoveBWW Review: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Takes In-Depth Look at Importance of Unconditional Love
by Shari Barrett - Dec 9, 2015

Ed and his three adult sons have gotten together to celebrate Christmas. They enjoy cheerful trash-talking, brotherly pranks and takeout Chinese, but find themselves confronting a problem that even being a happy family can't solve when youngest brother Matt seems upset about something he cannot share with his family. Their unconditional love is what matters when identity and privilege are problematic, for what is the value of being a straight white man if you have no real purpose or goals in life? (more...)

Deaf West to Take Broadway's SPRING AWAKENING on Tour in 2017!Deaf West to Take Broadway's SPRING AWAKENING on Tour in 2017!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that Deaf West Theatre's acclaimed Broadway production of Spring Awakening has just announced plans for a national tour to begin in 2017. (more...)

Temple University's Department of Theater Establishes Playwright Residency ProgramTemple University's Department of Theater Establishes Playwright Residency Program
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Temple University's Department of Theater is excited to announce the Playwright Residency Program, which is generously supported by David G. Steele (FOX '91). The first recipient of this award is playwright, activist and educator Kristoffer Diaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Diaz has been commissioned to write a full-length play, which will receive a full production during the 2016-2017 season. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Andrew Samonsky Perform 'Wondering' in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour!BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Andrew Samonsky Perform 'Wondering' in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 7, 2015

The first national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY opens later this week at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, but you need not wait that long for a sneak peek. BroadwayWorld is very excited to bring you premiere footage from the show three days before its LA debut! Below, watch as Andrew Samonsky performs Jason Robert Brown's beautiful ballad- 'Wondering.' (more...)

Breaking News: Chuck Cooper, LaChanze, Norm Lewis & More to Lead Encores! CABIN IN THE SKY; 1776, DO I HEAR A WALTZ? Creative Teams SetBreaking News: Chuck Cooper, LaChanze, Norm Lewis & More to Lead Encores! CABIN IN THE SKY; 1776, DO I HEAR A WALTZ? Creative Teams Set
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel today announced the creative teams for New York City Center's 2016 Encores! season. J. Bernard Calloway, Chuck Cooper, Marva Hicks, Carly Hughes, LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Forrest McClendon, and J.D. Webster will star in Vernon Duke and John Latouche's jazz?filled fable Cabin in the Sky, running for seven performances at City Center from February 10-14. The 1940 musical will be directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago?Hudson with choreography by Camille A. Brown. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Update - John Lloyd Young, John Rubinstein Lead!2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Update - John Lloyd Young, John Rubinstein Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Elizabeth Stanley & Andrew Samonsky in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour!Photo Flash: First Look at Elizabeth Stanley & Andrew Samonsky in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

The first national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY opens at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on December 10, 2015, and playing through January 17, 2016. (Previews on December 8 and 9.) Check out photos of the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Andrew Garman and More in THE CHRISTIANS at the TaperPhoto Flash: First Look at Andrew Garman and More in THE CHRISTIANS at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

THE CHRISTIANS, a new play written by Lucas Hnath, will open at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at 7 p.m. CTG and Playwrights Horizons are presenting performances of the Actors Theatre of Louisville production through January 10, 2016. Previews are currently underway, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lois Smith in Pulitzer Prize Finalist MARJORIE PRIME Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: First Look at Lois Smith in Pulitzer Prize Finalist MARJORIE PRIME Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist Marjorie Prime, a new play by Jordan Harrison(Maple and Vine, Doris to Darlene at PH; Amazons and Their Men; Kid-Simple; 'Orange is the New Black'). Commissioned byPlaywrights Horizons and directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Detroit, Maple and Vine, Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra at PH; Belleville; This Wide Night; The Thugs), the play is the third production of the theater company's 2015/2016 Season. Previews began November 20 at 8PM at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The production has an Opening Night set for Monday, December 14 and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 3. (more...)

Zach Reiner-Harris Joins THE GAY CAMP CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR at The DuplexZach Reiner-Harris Joins THE GAY CAMP CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR at The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

The creators of the hit comedy show GAY CAMP are returning with a one-night-only cabaret titled THE GAY CAMP CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, playing at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre on Friday, December 11 at 7pm. (more...)

Multimedia Artist Miwa Matreyek Selected For 2016 Richard E. Sherwood AwardMultimedia Artist Miwa Matreyek Selected For 2016 Richard E. Sherwood Award
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Animator, designer and multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek has been selected as the recipient of Center Theatre Group's 2016 Richard E. Sherwood Award. (more...)

Auditions Announced for 10 Year Anniversary of LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR, 12/13Auditions Announced for 10 Year Anniversary of LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Executive Producers Michael Sterling of Michael Sterling Publicity and Production (www.msapr.net). and Barbara Van Orden (www.barbaravanorden.com) have announced that vocal auditions for the 10 year Anniversary of LA's Next Great Stage Star® will be held Sunday, December 13, 2015.  'Our annual auditions in search of 10 men and 10 women between 18 and 32 years of age, is highly anticipated by the hierarchy of those associated with the business of presenting Broadway musical theatre in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California said Sterling.  'We couldn't be more grateful to our professional colleagues and select corporate entities for their consistent support of Stage Star since its inception,' added Van Orden  (more...)

Jason Robert Brown and More Talk BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY National TourJason Robert Brown and More Talk BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2015

The first national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY opens at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on December 10, 2015, and playing through January 17, 2016. (Previews on December 8 and 9.) (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Update 11/27 - Audra McDonald, Jerry Mitchell and More Lead!2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Update 11/27 - Audra McDonald, Jerry Mitchell and More Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 27, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Choir Set for THE CHRISTIANS at Mark Taper Forum This WinterChoir Set for THE CHRISTIANS at Mark Taper Forum This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2015

Center Theatre Group has selected singers from across the greater Los Angeles area to perform as members of the church choir in the West Coast premiere of THE CHRISTIANS written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters. THE CHRISTIANS is presented by CTG and Playwrights Horizons at the Mark Taper Forum, December 2, 2015, through January 10, 2016. The opening is set for December 13. (more...)

Ten Finalists Selected for First Annual Humanitas/CTG Playwriting PrizeTen Finalists Selected for First Annual Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

After reviewing over 230 play submissions, Center Theatre Group announced today that 10 finalists have been chosen for the first annual Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize. The award will be given to the best new, unproduced play written by a Southern California playwright. (more...)

The Civilians' LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU Set for Joe's Pub, 12/8The Civilians' LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU Set for Joe's Pub, 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

The Civilians (Steve Cosson, Artistic Director), the award-winning New York-based theater company, presents Let Me Ascertain You: War on Christmas on December 8, 2015, at Joe's Pub. Curated by current Civilians R&D Group members Suzanne Agins and Benjamin Kamine with the support of the Civilians Field Research Team, Let Me Ascertain You: War On Christmas is a one- night-only performance, giving voice to diverse cultural and religious minorities in America focusing on their experiences with the commercialization of Christmas. The evening will feature original songs written by established and emerging musical theater talents, created from the company's interviews with real people. (more...)

Photo Flash: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Celebrates Opening Night at the DouglasPhoto Flash: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Celebrates Opening Night at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN written and directed by Young Jean Lee, opened last Sunday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre. The West Coast premiere of the production, presented in collaboration with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, will run through December 20, 2015. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Montego Glover, Clarke Peters & More to Lead LCT's THE ROYALE Off-BroadwayMontego Glover, Clarke Peters & More to Lead LCT's THE ROYALE Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

   Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Andre Bishop) has announced that McKinley Belcher III, Khris Davis, Montego Glover, John Lavelle, and Clarke Peters will be featured in its upcoming production of THE ROYALE, a new play by Marco Ramirez, directed by Rachel Chavkin, which begins performances Thursday, February 11 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).   Opening night is Monday, March 7.  (more...)

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