Charles Durning News

Date Of Birth:
February 28, 1923
Date Of Death:
December 24, 2012 (89)
Birth Place:
Highland Falls, NY, USA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Hop a box car through the Dustbowl with Woody Guthrie and commune with the spirit, stories and songs of America's iconic folksinger, saint-of-the-workingman and poet-of-the-people as he plays for a union meeting of striking mineworkers in Oklahoma on the verge of vigilante violence. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Dan Lauria on DINNER WITH THE BOYS at NJ Rep
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 03, 2014

'Dinner With The Boys' will be at NJ Rep from September 11th through October 5th. Dan Lauria wrote this World Premiere comedy and also stars in the play. This show should not be missed by metropolitan area audiences. (more...)

by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 15, 2014

Today we are kickin' up our heels for the just announced 2015 Broadway return of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director, and The After Dinner Opera Company present two new American operatic musical adaptations from classical works, Seymour Barab's operatic parody Out the Window based upon Georges Feydeux's farce 'Par La Fenetre;' and Rappaccini's Daughter, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's gothic short story, with libretto by Linsey Abrams and music by Michael Cohen. Lissa Moira directs. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present 'MOTORCITY MAGIC', 8/13-24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse is going to continue its Rock 'N Roll Summer by presenting the musical sounds of Motown in MOTORCITY MAGIC - A Musical Journey Through the Motown Years, directed by Michael Yorkell! MOTORCITY MAGIC will perform two weeks only - Wednesday, August 13 through Sunday, August 24 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 N. Laguna Canyon Rd. in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Breaking: Brand-New Production of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Coming to Broadway; Rob Ashford to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2014

Those foot-stopping aggies, those friendly ladies of the night (and day), Miss Mona, Sherriff Ed Earl Dodd, the side-stepping Governor, and master media manipulator Melvin P. Thorpe will populate Broadway in the brand-new production of the Larry L. King - Pete Masterson - Carol Hall musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse to Stage THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE, 8/19-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse will stage Alan Ayckbourn's romantic comedy, "Things We Do for Love," Tuesday, August 19 through Sunday, September 7, directed by Tony Award nominee John Tillinger, a veteran director of many Ayckbourn plays on Broadway and at the Playhouse. (more...)

NJ Rep Presents LUCKY ME by Robert Caisley, 7/31-8/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Lucky Me by Robert Caisley, directed by SuzAnne Barabas and starring Dan Grimaldi, Wendy Peace, Michael Irvin Pollard and Mark Light-Orr. (more...)

Photo Flash: Chester Theatre Company Presents MADAGASCAR, Now Through 7/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

Chester Theatre Company will open its 25th Anniversary Season with J.T. Rogers' haunting mystery MADAGASCAR. The production, which runs from June 25th through July 6th at the Chester Town Hall in Chester, MA, will feature CTC favorites Debra Jo Rupp (A Body of Water) and Kim Stauffer (Crime and Punishment). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at TONY Award Party - Barbara Cook, Florence Henderson, Constantine Maroulis and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

There may not have been 76 trombones, but Florence Henderson and Constantine Maroulis did excellent impersonations of librarian Marian Paroo and Harold Hill of 'The Music Man' fame, as they lead a 28 piece marching Broadway band into the Skirball Cultural Center in the new Guerin Pavilion/Herscher Hall to begin an evening of co-hosting for the Actors Fund's 18th Annual Tony Awards® Party. Check out the photos below! (more...)

The Actors Fund to Honor Barbara Cook with Julie Harris Award at 2014 Tony Awards Viewing Party, 6/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 08, 2014

Broadway legend, Barbara Cook, will be honored with The Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement at The Actors Fund's 18th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party on June 8th, 2014. (more...)

HARD TRAVELIN' WITH WOODY Coming to Hollywood Fringe, 6/20-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2014

HARD TRAVELIN' WITH WOODY, the critically acclaimed multimedia solo show with the music and artworks of Woody Guthrie, written and performed by Randy Noojin, will perform as part of Hollywood Fringe at Theatre Asylum's Elephant Studio, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd, 90038 on Friday, June 20 @ 10pm, Saturday, June 21 @ 4pm, Monday, June 23 @ 8:30pm, Thursday, June 26th @ 10pm, Saturday, June 28 @ 5:30pm. Tickets are $15 or pay-what-you-can and can be purchased at, or at the door. (more...)

Douglas Lyons, Amber Iman and More Set for Queens Theatre's 25th Anniversary Gala, 6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Queens Theatre (QT) is celebrating its 25th Anniverary with a Gala on June 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Queens Theatre (14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368). The gala will honor Euripides Pelekanos who is the co-founder and CEO of Queens favorite burger spot, Bareburger. (more...)

Florence Henderson and Constantine Maroulis to Co-Host the Actors Fund's 2014 Tony Awards Party in LA, 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Join co-hosts Florence Henderson and Constantine Maroulis as Broadway legend, Barbara Cook, receives The Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement at The Actors Fund's 18th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party on June 8th, 2014. Wells Fargo will sponsor the event, directed, produced and written by Luke Yankee. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - May 05, 2014

Stage and screen star Leslie Caron speaks about her long and illustrious career in an intimate conversation at The Laguna Playhouse. Ms. Caron will be hosted by her longtime friend and producer Vincent Curcio in a question-and-answer format similar to "Inside the Actors' Studio." The conversation will be followed by an opportunity to meet Ms. Caron and purchase her memoir, "Thank Heaven." Ms. Caron will be signing books in the lobby. As a special bonus in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 26th Academy Awards (March 25, 1954) in which Ms. Caron was honored as a Best Actress nominee for her performance in "Lili" (1953), The Playhouse will be showing a free screening of the film at 7 pm. Concessions will be available. The perfect gift for Mother's Day, and a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear from this living legend! (more...)

'BUDDY', MURDER FOR TWO, Ed Asner in FDR and More Set for Laguna Playhouse's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 05, 2014

THE LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE invites you to enjoy music, memories, midnight, mystery & murder in its 2014-2015 season of shows! The season starts out rockin' with BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY; followed by Linda Purl starring in Joan Didion's play about the triumph of the human spirit in THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING; then the holiday season will ring in the musical STRIKING TWELVE; followed by the songs of one the greatest musical writers of all time - HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN; plus enjoy the smash-hit, Off-Broadway musical whodunit MURDER FOR TWO; and a 'To Be Announced' production; add in two bonus options for our audiences and subscribers including the MAGIC OF MOTOWN and Emmy Award-winner Ed Asner starring as FDR for a year of engaging music, memories and more! (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Presents Leslie Caron & David Engel in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, Now thru 6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present screen legend Leslie Caron, in her first Southern California theatrical performance in over 25 years! SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, written by Richard Alfieri, with choreography by Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and directed by Michael Arabian (Waiting for Godot). SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will also feature 6-time Ovation Award-winning actor David Engel. 'What an honor to have on our stage the incomparable Leslie Caron and the multi-talented David Engel,' remarks Wood. 'It's a dream cast and a dream come true. With Michael Arabian and Donna McKechnie directing and choreographing, this has to be one of the most anticipated productions in the Playhouse's storied history,' adds Wareham. SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will begin previews tonight, April 26 and will open on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

A COUPLE OF BLAGUARDS Plays Harris Center, Now thru 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes, and bestseller Tis, Frank McCourt, and his brother Malachy, also a successful author, joined talents to write an autobiographical account of their years growing up in poverty in Ireland, A Couple of Blaguards. Though times were tough in Limerick, the tales spun by the brothers McCourt simmer with bittersweet recollections, ferocious humor and a parade of colorful characters from the priest who warns of sinners' eyeballs exploding in hell to the McCourt grandmother who spits on Franks unruly Presbyterian hair to tame it. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present AN EVENING WITH RITA RUDNER AND HER NEW DRESS, 5/31-6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Laguna Playhouse will present the return of Rita Rudner who will be performing her award-winning solo comedy, AN EVENING WITH RITA RUDNER and her new dress, for two performances only, Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Debra Jo Rupp Joins the Parker Playhouse WinterStage Series in Mark St. Germain's BECOMING DR. RUTH, Now thru 4/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Matthew Lombardo present the Barrington Stage production of Becoming Dr. Ruth with Debra Jo Rupp as Dr. Ruth Westheimer at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale from tonight, April 16 through Sunday, April 20. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 31for the acclaimed Mark St. Germain play, which is directed by Julianne Boyd and is part of the WinterStage Series at the Parker Playhouse. The production comes direct from New York and will be produced by Michael Alden, Stefany Bergson and Rodger Hess. (more...)

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