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Jonathan Church Named Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre CompanyJonathan Church Named Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

Jonathan Church will succeed Andrew Upton as Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company (STC), it was announced today, 25 August 2015. The British artist has been Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre since 2006 and is credited with completely transforming the much-loved UK institution. (more...)

BAT BOY Chicago Premiere & More Set for Griffin Theatre Company's 2015-16 SeasonBAT BOY Chicago Premiere & More Set for Griffin Theatre Company's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

 Griffin Theatre Company has announced its 28th Season, kicking off this fall with the Midwest premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's heartbreaking comedy POCATELLO, directed by ensemble member Jonathan Berry (Punk Rock, Balm in Gilead). Next winter, Griffin presents the Midwest premiere of British playwright John Van Druten's romantic drama LONDON WALL, directed by recent Jeff Award-winner and ensemble member Robin Witt (Men Should Weep, Flare Path). The season concludes next summer with the Chicago debut of the off-Broadway hit BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, direction by Scott Weinstein, who helmed Griffin's hit musical Titanic, and music direction by Ethan Deppe. (more...)

Download Jennifer Hudson's 'Too Beautiful for Words' from THE COLOR PURPLE; Tickets Now On Sale!Download Jennifer Hudson's 'Too Beautiful for Words' from THE COLOR PURPLE; Tickets Now On Sale!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

Produced by Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, and Tom Siracusa, The Color Purple will return to Broadway this fall in the acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production directed by Two-time Tony Award winner John Doyle. The highly anticipated staging will feature Grammy, Academy Award, and Golden Globe award winner JENNIFER HUDSON; CYNTHIA ERIVO, the breakout star from the London production; and Orange is the New Black's DANIELLE BROOKS. All three women will be making their Broadway debuts. Tickets are now available! Can't wait until the show returns to Broadway this fall? Get your Color Purple fix today with a free download of 'Too Beautiful for Words,' performed by Jennifer Hudson. CLICK HERE to download the song now! (more...)

Audience Rewards Pre-Sale for THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway Begins Next WeekAudience Rewards Pre-Sale for THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway Begins Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE will be available Monday, June 22, 2015, exclusively for Audience Rewards members, who get first access to tickets by visiting www.AudienceRewards.com. Single tickets go on-sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (more...)

Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster-Led 'STREETCAR' and More Set for St. Ann's Warehouse's First Season at New HomeGillian Anderson and Ben Foster-Led 'STREETCAR' and More Set for St. Ann's Warehouse's First Season at New Home
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

St. Ann's Warehouse, which for 36 years has enlivened New Yorkers with new works by the world's most vital music- and theater-makers, is about to open its first permanent home, a 25,000-sf theater at the breathtaking site of the Tobacco Warehouse, on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The organization will inaugurate its new building by presenting a 2015-16 season that epitomizes St. Ann's indispensable contribution to the global cultural landscape -- a series of international productions in which world-class artists reconfigure flexible, open space to realize their creative visions. (more...)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Danielle Brooks to Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jennifer Hudson & Cynthia Erivo in THE COLOR PURPLEORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Danielle Brooks to Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jennifer Hudson & Cynthia Erivo in THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

DANIELLE BROOKS, who plays 'Taystee' on the hit TV show, Orange Is the New Black, will make her Broadway debut as 'Sofia' in the upcoming Broadway musical revival of THE COLOR PURPLE. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Brooks joins the previously announced JENNIFER HUDSON and CYNTHIA ERIVO in the critically acclaimed staging from London's Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

Photo Flash: MY BOETIE SE BOETIE SE BOETIE SE BABA is On Its Way to the ABSA KKNKPhoto Flash: MY BOETIE SE BOETIE SE BOETIE SE BABA is On Its Way to the ABSA KKNK
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2015

Lefra Productions is already well known for the laugh-out-loud farces that they present each year. This year's brand new farce is MY BOETIE SE BOETIE SE BOETIE SE BABA, by Ray Cooney and his son, Michael, is one of London's West End's most successful farces. (more...)

First Look: Princess Diana's Brother & More Set for Next OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?First Look: Princess Diana's Brother & More Set for Next OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2015

In an all-new episode of the popular series, “Oprah: Where Are They Now?,” Oprah sits down with Charles Spencer to talk about what it's like being a real-life Earl and the enduring legacy of his sister, Princess Diana, airing Sunday, April 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. (more...)

CBS SUNDAY MORNING Posts Season-to-Date Gains with ViewersCBS SUNDAY MORNING Posts Season-to-Date Gains with Viewers
by TV News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD posted season-to-date gains in viewers and remained the #1 Sunday morning news program with viewers and adults 25-54, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for March 15. (more...)

OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK Announces April HighlightsOWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK Announces April Highlights
by TV News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK announces APRIL 2015 HIGHLIGHTS (more...)

Update: It's Official! Jennifer Hudson Will Make Broadway Debut Next Fall in Revival of THE COLOR PURPLE!Update: It's Official! Jennifer Hudson Will Make Broadway Debut Next Fall in Revival of THE COLOR PURPLE!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Following rumors earlier today that Jennifer Hudson would be making her Broadway debut in a revival of THE COLOR PURPLE, producers have now confirmed that the Oscar winner will indeed head to the Great White Way. Beginning next fall, John Doyle's critically acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production of The Color Purple, the landmark musical will come to Broadway with the Grammy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner in the role of Shug Avery, despite earlier reports that she'd be taking on the role of Celie. (more...)

Charles Spencer To Retire As Telegraph Theatre CriticCharles Spencer To Retire As Telegraph Theatre Critic
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2014

Charles Spencer, the Daily Telegraph's theatre critic, is taking early retirement after 25 years on the paper. (more...)

Review Roundup: Young Vic's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIREReview Roundup: Young Vic's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by Review Roundups - Jul 29, 2014

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE just opened at the Young Vic and is booking to Friday, September 19, 2014. Gillian Anderson is Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster is Stanley and Vanessa Kirby is Stella in Tennessee Williams' timeless masterpiece. As Blanche's fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace - but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics' Circle Award-winning Three Sisters. (more...)

Review Roundup: RICHARD III at Trafalgar TransformedReview Roundup: RICHARD III at Trafalgar Transformed
by Review Roundups - Jul 10, 2014

Gina McKee (Di & Viv & Rose, King Lear, Ivanov, Our Friends In The North, Notting Hill) plays Queen Elizabeth, alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman (Clybourne Park, The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo) as Richard III in Jamie Lloyd's first production of his second season at Trafalgar Transformed, Richard III, which had a press night on 8 July. The production runs through 27 September. (more...)

Review Roundup: DAYTONA at the Theatre Royal HaymarketReview Roundup: DAYTONA at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
by Review Roundups - Jul 8, 2014

Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer join Oliver Cotton in the West End transfer of his play, Daytona. Directed by David Grindley, Daytona opened performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 30 June and will complete its strictly limited 8 week run on 23 August 2014. Press night was 7 July 2014. (more...)

Review Roundup: THE CRUCIBLE at Old VicReview Roundup: THE CRUCIBLE at Old Vic
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2014

Yael Farber directs a visceral re-imagining of Arthur Miller's modern American masterpiece, The Crucible, at Old Vic, which began previews on June 24. Miller used his play about the Salem witch trials to draw parallels with his experience of McCarthy's anti-communist investigations in the 1950's. The Crucible tells the story of one man's fight to save his identity in a repressive Puritan community where intolerance collides with lust and superstition, fueling widespread hysteria with tragic results. (more...)

Review Roundup: FATHERS AND SONS at Donmar WarehouseReview Roundup: FATHERS AND SONS at Donmar Warehouse
by Review Roundups - Jun 11, 2014

Donmar Warehouse opened Lyndsey Turner's FATHERS AND SONS by Brian Friel, on 10 June. It stars Anthony Calf, Elaine Cassidy, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Susan Engel, David Fielder, Joshua James, Karl Johnson,Tim McMullan, Jack McMullen, Siobhan McSweeney, Seth Numrich, Phoebe Sparrow, and Lindy Whiteford. (more...)

Review Roundup: Kevin Spacey Stars in Old Vic's CLARENCE DARROWReview Roundup: Kevin Spacey Stars in Old Vic's CLARENCE DARROW
by Review Roundups - Jun 6, 2014

Let's see what the critics had to say below...Kevin Spacey returns to the role of pioneering lawyer Clarence Darrow after the critically acclaimed Old Vic Production of Inherit the Wind and the PBS film Darrow. (more...)

Third Rail Rep Presents THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, Now thru 6/22Third Rail Rep Presents THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, Now thru 6/22
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

The Third Rail Repertory Theatre Presents THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE by Martin McDonagh. The play will run from today, May 30th through June 22nd. The cast includes Damon Kupper*, Maureen Porter*, Jayne Taini, and Rolland Walsh. According to Charles Spencer of The Telegraph, '[McDonagh's writing] is the bastard offspring of JM Synge and Quentin Tarantino, with moments of extreme violence constantly juxtaposed with edgy, laugh-out-loud humour.' (more...)

Review Roundup: BAKERSFIELD MIST, Starring Kathleen TurnerReview Roundup: BAKERSFIELD MIST, Starring Kathleen Turner
by Review Roundups - May 28, 2014

Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid star in new play, Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs, directed by Polly Teale, which just opened at the Duchess Theatre on 27 May. Inspired by true events, this new play by Stephen Sachs asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. (more...)

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