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New Musicals CAKE OFF and GIRLSTAR Will Premiere at Signature Theatre; Full 2015-16 Season Announced!New Musicals CAKE OFF and GIRLSTAR Will Premiere at Signature Theatre; Full 2015-16 Season Announced!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 30, 2015

Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland announce the full lineup for Signature Theatre's 2015/16 season. “Signature's 26th season continues our commitment to presenting new works and reinventing great American musicals. We're proud that this season also highlights daring new plays by female playwrights,” stated Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. “I'm excited to work with so many talented artists in the coming year.” (more...)

World Premiere of BODY & BLOOD Set for Gift Theatre, 6/18-8/9World Premiere of BODY & BLOOD Set for Gift Theatre, 6/18-8/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

The Gift Theatre artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton announces the world premiere of smart, exhilarating new play Body & Blood by Gift Co-Founder and playwright, William Nedved and directed by Marti Lyons, who previously directed Bethany last season and recently directed Thornton in Lookingglass' Title and Deed. Body & Blood features Gift ensemble members Lynda Newton (The Royal Society of Antarctica) and Gabe 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). (more...)

LITTLE MERMAID, TUG OF WAR Cycle, MADSUMMER Premiere and More Set for Chicago Shakespeare's 2015-16 SeasonLITTLE MERMAID, TUG OF WAR Cycle, MADSUMMER Premiere and More Set for Chicago Shakespeare's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

?Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson announce today the line-up of the 2015/16 Season, including innovative reimaginings of the classical canon, new work developed at CST and the first installment of Gaines' ambitious Shakespeare history cycle. Anticipating Shakespeare 400, the international celebration of the playwright's four-hundred-year legacy in 2016, the season honors Shakespeare's spirit of inventiveness and audacity. (more...)

Women's Project Theater's THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW Begins TonightWomen's Project Theater's THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Women's Project Theater present the world premiere of The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, written by Laura Eason (S e x with Strangers,'House of Cards') and directed by Kirsten Kelly (Slipping), beginning tonight, March 19 at 7pm at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, west of Seventh Avenue South. Opening night is set for Thursday, April 2 at 7pm. The production is set to run through Saturday, May 2. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Stage the West Coast Premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, 4/10-5/24Berkeley Rep to Stage the West Coast Premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, 4/10-5/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney for the West Coast premiere of Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic story about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting mouth of the Mississippi, Shelah's family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday -- bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah's convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by Tina Landau, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its critically lauded world premiere in Chicago. Head of Passes is a co-production with the Public Theater in New York. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, April 10, opens on Friday, April 17, and runs through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Press night for Head of Passes will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Red Bull's 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE, Running This SpringFull Cast Announced for Red Bull's 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE, Running This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

This season's mainstage production, John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, directed by Red Bull Artistic Director Jesse Berger, will begin a limited Off-Broadway engagement April 14th at The Duke on 42nd Street. Opening Night is set for Sunday April 26th. Performances continue through May 16th. (more...)

Brandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning TonightBrandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels is presented for two-nights-only tonight, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim (February 6 - March 15) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Photo Flash: ON GOLDEN POND Celebrates Opening at Theatre at the CenterPhoto Flash: ON GOLDEN POND Celebrates Opening at Theatre at the Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Considered one of the Midwest's leading, professional equity theaters that presents both regional and world premieres featuring the area's finest artists, Theatre at the Center kicks off its 25th Anniversary 2015 season with the beloved classic, Ernest Thompson's ON GOLDEN POND. The touching, funny, and warmly insightful story, which went from a Tony Award-winning play on Broadway to an Oscar winning film starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda, runs now through March 29, with a press opening on Sunday, March 1. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look- ON GOLDEN POND at Theatre at the CenterPhoto Flash: First Look- ON GOLDEN POND at Theatre at the Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Considered one of the Midwest's leading, professional equity theaters that presents both regional and world premieres featuring the area's finest artists, Theatre at the Center kicks off its 25th Anniversary 2015 season with the beloved classic, Ernest Thompson's ON GOLDEN POND. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the show below! (more...)

Theatre at the Center Presents ON GOLDEN POND, Thru 3/29Theatre at the Center Presents ON GOLDEN POND, Thru 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Considered one of the Midwest's leading, professional equity theaters that presents both regional and world premieres featuring the area's finest artists, Theatre at the Center kicks off its 25th Anniversary 2015 season with the beloved classic, Ernest Thompson's ON GOLDEN POND. (more...)

Amy Kim Waschke to Lead THE WHITE SNAKE, Directed by Mary Zimmerman at The Old GlobeAmy Kim Waschke to Lead THE WHITE SNAKE, Directed by Mary Zimmerman at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

The Old Globe is delighted to welcome one of the true geniuses of the American theatre, Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, who makes her long-awaited San Diego directing debut with an enchanting theatrical spectacle with live music and sumptuous visuals, The White Snake, continuing the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. The Southern California Premiere of The White Snake, written and directed by Zimmerman, will run March 21 through April 26 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run March 21 through 25. Opening night is Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

The Hypocrites to Present Chicago Premiere of AMERICAN IDIOT This FallThe Hypocrites to Present Chicago Premiere of AMERICAN IDIOT This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

The Hypocrites are thrilled to launch their 2015-16 season this fall with the Chicago premiere of the smash Broadway musical AMERICAN IDIOT, featuring music by Grammy Award-winning punk rock band Green Day. (more...)

Ana Gasteyer to Join Seth Rudetsky for Broadway @ NOCCA in MarchAna Gasteyer to Join Seth Rudetsky for Broadway @ NOCCA in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

Ana Gasteyer is best known for her incomparable work on "Saturday Night Live." During her six year stint, she created some of the most famous SNL characters including middle school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp, NPR radio host Margaret Jo, Lilith Fair poetess Cinder Calhoun, as well as spot-on impressions of Martha Stewart, Celine Dion and Hillary Rodham Clinton. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 2/20/2015 - PLACEBO, HOME STREET HOME at Z Space and More!WAKE UP with BWW 2/20/2015 - PLACEBO, HOME STREET HOME at Z Space and More!
by Jessica Showers - Feb 20, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: PLACEBO begins off-Broadway, HOME STREET HOME starts in LA, Claybourne Elder stars in ANGELS IN AMERICA in KC, IOWA meets the press and three Broadway shows end this weekend! (more...)

New Random Acts Theatre Company to Launch With ALL OUR TWILIGHT, 3/7-29New Random Acts Theatre Company to Launch With ALL OUR TWILIGHT, 3/7-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Artistic Director Bryan Renaud is proud to announce the launch of Random Acts Theatre Company and its debut production of All Our Twilight, a world premiere written by Renaud and Emily Schmidt. The musical parody, directed by Renaud, will play at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N Milwaukee Ave, March 7th, 14th, 22nd, 29th all at 7:00PM. (more...)

Rattlestick & Women's Project's THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW Begins Next MonthRattlestick & Women's Project's THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW Begins Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Women's Project Theater will present the world premiere of The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, written by Laura Eason (S e x with Strangers,'House of Cards') and directed by Kirsten Kelly (Slipping), beginning Thursday, March 19 at 7pm at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, west of Seventh Avenue South. Opening night is set for Thursday, April 2 at 7pm. The production is set to run through Saturday, May 2. (more...)

Arden Theatre Company's MACBETH Begins 3/5Arden Theatre Company's MACBETH Begins 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

Arden Theatre Company continues its 27th season of great stories with Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Alexander Burns directs. Macbeth runs from March 5, 2015 - April 19, 2015, on the Arden's F. Otto Haas Stage at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia. (more...)

Karen Ziemba, Brent Barrett & More Set for AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS at Schimmel Center, 3/6Karen Ziemba, Brent Barrett & More Set for AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS at Schimmel Center, 3/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

On Friday, March 6, noted arranger Fred Barton will bring the music of Broadway and the American Songbook showmanship to the Schimmel Center at Pace University in American Showstoppers: An Evening of Irving Berlin. Hailed by George Gershwin as 'the greatest songwriter that has ever lived,' the legendary Irving Berlin composed some of the most influential and widely-known songs ever written, many of which have come to form the Great American Songbook. Fred Barton now brings the power of Berlin's Broadway sound front and center, with a hot 14-piece orchestra and a cast of 17 Broadway singers and dancers, and direction and choreography by Jason Wise. (more...)

THE KING AND I, Renee Fleming & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2015-16 SeasonTHE KING AND I, Renee Fleming & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago will begin a new chapter in its history with its 61st season - the first to be fully planned by general director Anthony Freud and music director Sir Andrew Davis. Lyric's two artistic leaders announced the repertoire and casting for the 2015-16 season today. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Present THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 2/24-6/28Writers Theatre to Present THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 2/24-6/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

Writers Theatre presents The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman and directed by Kimberly Senior. The show runs February 24 - June 28, 2015 at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe. The Press Openings are Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5, 2015. (more...)

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