Charles Dickens News

Date Of Birth:
February 07, 1812
Date Of Death:
June 09, 1870 (58)
Birth Place:
Portsmouth, Hampshire, ENGLAND
Gender:
Male
2014 LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARDS Nominees Announced - Theatre at Boston Court Leads; Geffen, La Mirada Follow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Nominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on the evening of Monday, September 22 at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stunningly Staged EDWIN DROOD at Actors Coop
by Don Grigware - Sep 23, 2014

Charles Dickens' last novel, unfinished at the time of his death in 1870, supplied the story for the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood which won five Tony Awards when it first premiered in 1985. Although it won for Best Book and Best Score, I hardly find either completely satisfying. On the musical side, it's very much like operetta, with pretty singing, but with only one memorable song 'Don't Quit While You're Ahead'. As far as the book is concerned, it is a lengthy attempt to complete Dickens' story by allowing the audience to have its say...certainly a novel concept in 1985. Was he murdered? Was he in fact alive at the end? You decide! On the positive side, it is creative and very theatrical as a play within a play encouraging grande overplaying by the company of actors, and making it an assuredly fun entertainment. Despite mixed feelings about the play, I cannot but laud the current production at Actors Coop which is magnificently staged by director Stephen Van Dorn, wonderfully choreographed by Julie Hall and with an astounding ensemble... through October 26. (more...)

Theatre @ Boston Court, the Geffen and La Mirada Lead 2014 Ovation Award Nominations; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Nominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on the evening of Monday, September 22 at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland. (more...)

Carriageworks Theatre Presents GREAT EXPECTATIONS, 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Journey with Pip through a modern Dickensian England meeting some of the most elaborate characters in literature. (more...)

Unbound Productions Presents WICKED LIT 2014, 10/03-11/08
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2014

Unbound Productions Executive Director Jonathan Josephson, Artistic Director Paul Millet, and Producing Artistic Director Jeff G. Rack have announced details for WICKED LIT 2014, the 6th annual immersive theatre event that will take place at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, California. The production will run from October 3-November 8, 2014. (more...)

SCARY MUSICAL THE MUSICAL Asks Audiences to Tweet to Pick the Killer; Show Opens Tonight at NoHo Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Lexikat Artists and MB Artists in association with the multi-award-winning NoHo Arts Center Ensemble (NoHo ACE) are thrilled to announce that the world premiere musical, SCARY MUSICAL The Musical, book by Richard Hochberg, music and lyrics by Richard Hochberg and Michael Paternostro, musical direction by Brent Crayon, orchestrations by Kenny Seymour and directed and choreographed by James J. Mellon will let YOU choose the killer! With three different alternate endings, this is the first theatre production that asks you to TURN ON YOUR PHONES during the show to vote! (more...)

Emerson Theatre Collaborative to Present HOUR FARTHER, 10/3-4
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Emerson Theatre Collaborative (ETC), in association with Black Stars of the Great White Way - a Chapman Roberts and Richard Allen Center for Art & Culture, announces its production of the play, Hour Farther written by David Horace Greer, directed by Camilla Ross, and starring renowned stage and screen actor and singer, Kirk Taylor. Most recently, Mr. Taylor had the honor of working alongside the late Robin Williams and Mila Kunis in the film, The Angriest Man In Brooklyn directed by Phillip Alden Robinson. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/18- A TALE OF TWO CITIES
by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2014

Today in 2008, A Tale of Two Cities opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where it ran for 60 performances. A Tale of Two Cities is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Jill Santoriello based on the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens.The Broadway production featured James Barbour, Natalie Toro, Aaron Lazar, Gregg Edelman, and Brandi Burkhardt. (more...)

Larry Cedar, David Melville and Armin Shimerman to Star in 'THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO...' at the Geffen This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

The Geffen Playhouse announces its production of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord. Written by Scott Carter, executive producer and writer for Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect and Real Time, this whip-smart philosophical comedy features Larry Cedar (Deadwood, PBS's Square One TV), David Melville (Travel Channel Lawrence of America, film Ironclad) and Armin Shimerman (Quark on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Associate Artistic Director at The Antaeus Company) and will be again helmed by director, Matt August (Broadway How the Grinch Stole Christmas). Discord begins previews on October 7 with the press opening on October 15. The closing date is currently scheduled for November 16. (more...)

Alan Safier to Star in SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE at Queens Theatre, 9/27-28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Queens Theatre will present the Tony-nominated play Say Goodnight Gracie, starring Alan Safier as George Burns, written by Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and directed by Michael White. The show will be at Queens Theatre (14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park) on Saturday, September 27 at 2pm & 8pm and on Sunday, September 28 at 3pm. Join Rupert Holmes, Alan Safier, and Moderator WABC's Sandy Kenyon for a lively talk-back after the 3pm performance on Sunday, September 28. (more...)

All Puppet Players Launches Kickstarter Campaign, Looks for New Home
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Owner/Artistic Director Shaun Michael McNamara, has announced the All Puppet Players commitment to a permanent residence in Arizona with their new Kickstarter Campaign to procure the funding for a theatre HOME to call their very own. (more...)

Naked Girls Reading to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary with BOOKENDS, 10/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Celebrate five years of New York's 'Best Story Hour' (The Village Voice Best of NY) as Naked Girls Reading presents BOOKENDS. Join your favorite readers-in-the-buff to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the New York City branch of Naked Girls Reading at this very special literary event, as the Naked Girls share the first and last writings by their most beloved authors! (more...)

Trustus Theatre to Offer Talk-Backs Throughout 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Trustus Theatre is kicking off its thirtieth anniversary season with Christopher Durang's hilarious "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. The show runs through September 27th, with the first audience talk-back of the season following the matinee on September 21st. (more...)

A.C.T. to Stage Colm Tóibín's TESTAMENT, 10/29-11/23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) continues its 2014-15 season with Colm Toibin's fiercely lyrical solo play, Testament. Originally staged at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2011-and retitled for Broadway in 2013 as The Testament of Mary-Testament is an incisive, vivid, and deeply human work that recounts in riveting detail a defiant mother's story of her son, who has been taken from her by men she regards as fanatics. Directed by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff and starring Canadian leading actor, Seana McKenna (last seen in A.C.T.'s production of Napoli!), Testament has been hailed as 'beautiful and daring' by the New York Times and was a 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play. Testament will perform at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco) October 29-November 23, 2014. Press night for Testament will be on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Tickets ($20-$120) are available now and may be purchased online at act-sf.org or by calling 415.749.2228. (more...)

South Staffs Musical Theatre Company to Present OLIVER!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

South Staffs Musical Theatre Company (SSMTC), one of the Midlands best loved amateur companies return home to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre with their latest production, OLIVER! - the Lionel Bart musical based on the novel by Charles Dickens. (more...)

A.C.T. Extends OLD HATS Through 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 08, 2014

Due to overwhelming advance ticket sales, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has announced that an extra week of performances will be added to the current schedule of the West Coast premiere of the Signature Theatre production of Old Hats. Originally scheduled to close on Sunday, October 5, tickets are now on-sale through Sunday, October 12. Old Hats will perform at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco). Tickets ($20-$120) are on-sale now and may be purchased online at act-sf.org or by calling 415.749.2228. (more...)

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL Highlight Queens Theatre Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

Queens Theatre (QT) is pleased to announce an exciting and wildly entertaining line-up for the 2014-2015 season. The fun begins on with Alan Safier as George Burns in the Tony-nominated play Say Goodnight Gracie, a hilarious celebration of the life of George Burns, and continues all season long with an overflowing assortment of comedy, music and dance. (more...)

BWW Previews: Actors Theatre Raises Curtain on 2014-2015 Season
by Todd Zeigler - Sep 04, 2014

If you're looking for a common theme or idea around which Actors Theatre builds its season, you won't find one. At least not a conscious one, according to Artistic Director Les Waters. (more...)

Unbound Productions Announces Cast for WICKED LIT 2014, Running 10/3-11/8
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

Unbound Productions Executive Director Jonathan Josephson, Artistic Director Paul Millet, and Producing Artistic Director Jeff G. Rack have announced details for WICKED LIT 2014, the 6th annual immersive theatre event that will take place at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, California. (more...)

Live Source to Present Five Adaptations-in-Progress in SOURCED-OUT at La MaMa, 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Live Source will present an evening of adaptations in-progress, SOURCED-OUT, at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. The evening will feature excerpts from works by Micheline Auger (Donkey Punch), Jonathan Cottle, Katrina Day, Crystal Skillman (Wild) and Elizabeth Spano at La MaMa's The Club (74A East 4th Street, 2nd Floor) on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Doors will open at 8:00PM, with performances beginning at 8:30PM. (more...)

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