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Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter. (more...)

Dorset Theatre Festival to Stage Katie Forgette's SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILYDorset Theatre Festival to Stage Katie Forgette's SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Dorset Theatre Festival will stage Katie Forgette's Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, a delightfully funny and exciting take on the famous detective story that weaves together threads of history and literature including the great Sherlock Holmes himself, his trusted friend Watson, the sinister Moriarty, the glamorous Lillie Langtry, and even Oscar Wilde. The production will be directed by Margarett Perry and will run from July 9th through the 25th. 'There is a reason that Sherlock is such a popular figure in literature as well as on stage and in film,' says Artistic Director Dina Janis. 'These mysteries are engaging throughout and always very satisfying. This piece in particular is so clever and entertaining.' The Case of the Jersey Lily places literature's favorite genius detective right in the middle of a blackmail scheme that connects the famous actress Lillie Langtry, celebrated playwright Oscar Wilde (just finishing work on his new play, The Importance of Being Forthright), criminal mastermind James Moriarty and Queen Victoria herself. (more...)

Fox Valley Rep Announces 2015 GOT TALENT? WinnersFox Valley Rep Announces 2015 GOT TALENT? Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

Over 20 talented youth and their friends/families filled the Pheasant Run Mainstage Theater for Fox Valley Rep's 3rd Annual GOT TALENT? Contest on Saturday, June 13, 2015.  It was an afternoon of acoustic guitar, original rap music, classic musical theater renditions, and an abundance of energy from participants between the ages of 8 and 18. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater GALA 2015 Raises $1.2 MillionChicago Shakespeare Theater GALA 2015 Raises $1.2 Million
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) celebrated Shakespeare's vibrant legacy with GALA 2015 on Monday, June 8 at the Theater's home on Navy Pier, raising $1.2 million for Chicago Shakespeare in Urban Communities initiatives. Three hundred and fifty of Chicago's civic, corporate and cultural leaders attended the event benefiting CST's award-winning engagement programs including Team Shakespeare education initiatives and Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the fifth annual Spirit of Shakespeare Awards to this year's Civic Honoree, Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and ITW Vice Chairman David Parry and his wife Ros Parry, and Artistic Honorees, Simon Callow and Phylicia Rash?d. (more...)

Actors Theatre of Louisville Receives Grant from The Roy Cockrum FoundationActors Theatre of Louisville Receives Grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Actors Theatre of Louisville's Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein announce that the theatre is the recipient of a major grant awarded from The Roy Cockrum Foundation in support of the theatre's prestigious Apprentice/Intern Company. The award will support grants over the next ten years for each apprentice and intern during the nine-month program, and provides year-round employment for the program's leadership. The Apprentice/Intern Company offers total immersion into the world of a major American regional theatre and a unique combination of performance, training, observation and networking. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2015

California Shakespeare Theater continues its 2015 season with Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz's powerfully-penned adaptation of Life Is a Dream, Pedro Calderon de la Barca's epic tale of love, power, and destiny, Life Is a Dream. Directed by Magic Theatre's Artistic Director Loretta Greco in her Cal Shakes debut, Life Is a Dream plays at the Bruns Amphitheater from July 8 through August 2. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Returns Next Month; Updated Performance Schedule!Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Returns Next Month; Updated Performance Schedule!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

Back by citywide demand! Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks returns this summer and brings a brand-new production of Shakespeare's Greatest Hits to 18 neighborhood parks throughout the city, FREE FOR ALL, July 17-August 16, 2015. Scroll down for an updated performance schedule! (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO, Starring Original NY Cast, Extends Through Aug 2 at the GeffenMURDER FOR TWO, Starring Original NY Cast, Extends Through Aug 2 at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

The Off-Broadway hit Murder for Two opens tonight (June 3) in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.  The production has now been extended through Sunday, August 2. (more...)

Theatre at the Center to Present ALL SHOOK UP, 7/16-8/16Theatre at the Center to Present ALL SHOOK UP, 7/16-8/16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

Overflowing with Rock n' Roll, romance, and mistaken identities, the Elvis fueled Broadway Musical, ALL SHOOK UP, rides into Theatre at the Center, July 16th through August 16th with a press opening on Sunday July 19th at 7 p.m. at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, IN. Jeff Award-winning Artistic Director Bill Pullinsi joins forces with Jeff Award-winning Choreographer Danny Herman to co-direct the well-tuned, hot-rod musical, which continues Theatre at the Center's spectacular 25th Anniversary 2015 season. With a book by Tony Award-winning Joe DiPietro, nostalgic songs and sensational dance numbers, the hilarious musical will have audiences of all ages jumpin' out of their blue suede shoes! (more...)

Twenty-One Illinois Theaters Donate Tickets as Prizes for BroadwayWorld Chicago's 2015 Tony Awards Viewing Party: You're Invited!Twenty-One Illinois Theaters Donate Tickets as Prizes for BroadwayWorld Chicago's 2015 Tony Awards Viewing Party: You're Invited!
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 2, 2015

Here's an Updated List of the Twenty-One Illinois Theaters Donating Tickets as Prizes for BroadwayWorld Chicago's 2015 Tony Awards Viewing Party. And You're Invited! (more...)

N.C. Symphony Summerfest to Continue with TOTALLY 80'S, 6/6N.C. Symphony Summerfest to Continue with TOTALLY 80'S, 6/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

The North Carolina Symphony, led by conductor Stuart Chafetz, will perform some of the greatest hits from the 1980s as part of its 2015 Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. Joining Chafetz will be vocalists Joe Cassidy and Nicole Parker. (more...)

MATILDA THE MUSICAL Launches National Tour in Los Angeles TonightMATILDA THE MUSICAL Launches National Tour in Los Angeles Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

The First National Tour of Matilda the Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, launches tonight, May 29, with an official tour opening set for June 7, 2015 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. (more...)

Peninsula Players Theatre Announces 80th Season Company; Kicks Off 6/16Peninsula Players Theatre Announces 80th Season Company; Kicks Off 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre and Door County's theatrical icon, announces company members for its 80th season, running June 16 through October 18, 2015. The mix of plays includes a world premiere comedy, a classic thriller, a madcap comedy, a sweet and prickly Irish love story and a nun habit-forming musical comedy.       (more...)

Rutina Wesley to Lead The Old Globe's TWELFTH NIGHT; Cast, Creatives Set!Rutina Wesley to Lead The Old Globe's TWELFTH NIGHT; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe production of William Shakespeare's delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Rebecca Taichman, whose production of the time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct the first show of the 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on June 21 and run through July 26, 2015, with opening night on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m., in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2015 Lineup AnnouncedChicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2015 Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. This summer, 24 performances of Shakespeare's Greatest Hits travel to 17 neighborhood parks across Chicago, FREE FOR ALL, July 19-August 16, 2015. Shakespeare's memorable characters come to life in a unique and surprising mash-up of scenes from his most celebrated plays. From Hamilton Park and Garfield Park Conservatory to Washington Park and Gage Park, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks is the single largest professional urban tour of a Shakespearean production, activating communities and giving Chicagoans direct access to their City's cultural treasures. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare's GALA 2015 to Benefit Urban Initiatives, Honor Callow & Rashad, 6/8Chicago Shakespeare's GALA 2015 to Benefit Urban Initiatives, Honor Callow & Rashad, 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) celebrates the transformative power of Shakespeare with GALA 2015 on Monday, June 8 at the Theater's home on Navy Pier. (more...)

George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky to Lead FUNNYMAN at NorthlightGeorge Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky to Lead FUNNYMAN at Northlight
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces the cast for the World Premiere of Bruce Graham's Funnyman, kicking off Northlight's 41st Season. The cast includes George Wendt, Tim Kazurinsky, Amanda Drinkall, Steve Haggard, Rob Lindley and an additional role to be announced. Funnyman, directed by BJ Jones and developed through Northlight's Interplay series, runs September 11-October 18, 2015 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. (more...)

Die Laughing at Philadelphia Theatre Company's MURDER FOR TWO, 6/6-28Die Laughing at Philadelphia Theatre Company's MURDER FOR TWO, 6/6-28
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Murder, musical mayhem and a madcap mystery will be on stage when Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the killer musical MURDER FOR TWO, running June 6-28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets).  With book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, and direction by Scott Schwartz, the hilarious whodunit features a two-man cast, with one actor investigating the crime and the other playing all the suspects -- and both playing the piano.  (more...)

Cast Announced for BODY & BLOOD at The Gift Theatre, 6/11-8/9Cast Announced for BODY & BLOOD at The Gift Theatre, 6/11-8/9
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

The Gift Theatre artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton announces the cast for the World Premiere of Body & Blood, the smart, exhilarating new play by Gift Co-Founder and playwright William Nedved, directed by Marti Lyons, who recently directed Thornton in Lookingglass' Title and Deed. Body & Blood features The Gift ensemble members Lynda Newton (The Royal Society of Antarctica) and Gabriel Franken (Thinner Than Water) with guest artists Cyd Blakewell (Griffin Theatre Company's Balm in Gilead), Stephen Spencer (Remy Bumppo's Our Class) and Nicholas Harazin (Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Macbeth). Body & Blood runs June 11 - August 9 at The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Press opening is Monday, June 15 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Sideshow Theatre Company Sets Full 2015-16 SeasonSideshow Theatre Company Sets Full 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce its full 2015/16 Season, beginning this fall with the world premiere of Hansol Jung's surreal and mischievous new comedy NO MORE SAD THINGS, directed by Elly Green. Next winter, the season continues with another world premiere, David Jacobi's chilling new drama MAI DANG LAO directed by artistic associate Marti Lyons. The season concludes next spring with CAUGHT, a new, head-spinning collaboration with playwright Christopher Chen, Chicago's Xiong Art Gallery and director Seth Bockley. All three productions will be presented at Chicago's Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., where Sideshow continues its multi-year residency. For additional information and updates, visit www.sideshowtheatre.org. (more...)

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