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Off-Broadway's CHURCHILL Enters Final Weeks at New World StagesOff-Broadway's CHURCHILL Enters Final Weeks at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Off-Broadway's hit play CHURCHILL is set to reopen where it began its phenomenal journey, with performances beginning July 17th at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. The show will conclude its current smash engagement at New World Stages July 12th, where it opened on February 18th. Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

Off-Broadway's CHURCHILL Sets July 4th ScheduleOff-Broadway's CHURCHILL Sets July 4th Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Off-Broadway's hit play CHURCHILL will play a special 4th of July schedule next week at New World Stages. There will be no evening performance on Saturday the 4th and a special holiday matinee has been added on Friday, July 3rd at 2:30 PM. (more...)

BLIND CREST Staged Reading Set for Planet Connections Theatre FestivityBLIND CREST Staged Reading Set for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The Other Mirror is pleased to present a staged reading of BLIND CREST by Monet Hurst-Mendoza and directed by Katherine M. Carter, as part of the 6th Annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. The Festivity will take place June 15th through July 12th at the Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street). (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: 5 SONGS BY... Paul Gordon On DADDY LONG LEGS, JANE EYRE & MoreBWW EXCLUSIVE: 5 SONGS BY... Paul Gordon On DADDY LONG LEGS, JANE EYRE & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 23, 2015

Today we are continuing the 5 SONGS BY... series by talking to a Tony Award nominated composer and lyricist all about his many mainstage musicals, the accomplished Paul Gordon. Sharing insights on his rapturous scores for the period-set classic literature adaptations of JANE EYRE, SENSE & SENSIBILITY and EMMA, Gordon also offers thoughts on his brand new musical ANALOG & VINYL, planned for an Off-Broadway run next year, and also previews his forthcoming Off-Broadway musical adaptation of DADDY LONG LEGS, set to be directed by his JANE EYRE collaborator John Caird and winner of the 2010 Ovation Award for Best Score, beginning performances in September. Also, don't miss THE MUSIC OF PAUL GORDON at 54 Below tonight. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Ann Hampton Callaway & More Set for 54 Below This WeekJeremy Jordan, Ann Hampton Callaway & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

This week at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

VIDEO: JANE EYRE Composer Pulls 'I Am Alive' Pop Video from the VaultsVIDEO: JANE EYRE Composer Pulls 'I Am Alive' Pop Video from the Vaults
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

In celebration of Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon's recent relocation from Los Angles to New York City, Paul has released an archived and unknown video from his time as a pop Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter in the 1990s. Co-written with former rock band TOTO frontman, Joseph Williams, (and recorded with much of the TOTO band), the song 'I Am Alive', features Paul's rocking vocals and brilliant writing. Click below to watch the music video! (more...)

CHURCHILL to End Off-Broadway Run in JulyCHURCHILL to End Off-Broadway Run in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Off-Broadway's hit play CHURCHILL is set to reopen where it began its phenomenal journey, with performances beginning July 17th at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. The show will conclude its current smash engagement at New World Stages July 12th, where it opened on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by CBS Radio which declared, 'Ronald Keaton evokes a transcendent greatness that was Winston Churchill!' The production recently recouped its entire investment well before completing its New York run. Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

Jeffrey Bean to Star in Alley Theatre's THE FOREIGNER; Cast & Creatives Announced!Jeffrey Bean to Star in Alley Theatre's THE FOREIGNER; Cast & Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announced the cast and creative team for The Foreigner, the last play in the "Alley Theatre @ UH" season. Alley Resident Company member Jeffrey Bean returns to one of his signature roles as Charlie Baker. (more...)

Photo Flash: Nicolas King Brings SHAKIN' THE BLUES AWAY to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Nicolas King Brings SHAKIN' THE BLUES AWAY to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present singer Nicolas King in concert on Sunday, June 14. Nicolas performed 'Shakin' the Blues Away!' - a collection of 'feel good' songs from the worlds of Jazz, Pop and Broadway. The show was under the baton of musical director Mike Renzi and his trio, Ray Marchica on drums and Tom Hubbard on bass. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

Becca McCoy to Bring THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER to Lobby Cabaret, 8/14-15Becca McCoy to Bring THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER to Lobby Cabaret, 8/14-15
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Becca McCoy went from being a working actor in Chicago to a stay at home mom in Palatka, Florida, and lived to tell the tale, as a cabaret. The award-winning national performer, a native of St. Petersburg, crafted a taut hour-long solo-show giving the universal story of 'blooming where you're planted' a fresh and engaging treatment in THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER, whose title comes from Palatka's wildly popular and best-known attraction: a mudbog.  (more...)

10th Anniversary Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Set for Northwestern10th Anniversary Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Set for Northwestern
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

The American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University and The Johnny Mercer Foundation will celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project with 15 emerging professional songwriters from across the country, three award-winning master teachers and Mercer Songwriters Project alumni guests. (more...)

Photo: CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton Appears at Harvard ClubPhoto: CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton Appears at Harvard Club
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

The Harvard Club of New York presented a very special event on May 26th featuring a performance and conversation with Ronald Keaton, star and author of the smash hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL. The evening was moderated by CHURCHILL's assistant director Tricia McDermott and culminated in a stimulating Q&A with the audience. Based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century, CHURCHILL opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by CBS Radio which declared, 'Ronald Keaton evokes a transcendent greatness that was Winston Churchill!' In this highly charged new play directed by Kurt Johns, Churchill discusses his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain's finest hour. (more...)

All His Heavenly Hosts! Meet the Full Cast of AN ACT OF GOD, Opening Tonight on BroadwayAll His Heavenly Hosts! Meet the Full Cast of AN ACT OF GOD, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - May 28, 2015

The new Broadway comedy An Act of God, starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jim Parsons, began performances on May 7 and officially opens tonight, May 28, 2015 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch interviews with Parsons and the team! (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Linda Lavin and More Set for 54 Below This JuneJeremy Jordan, Linda Lavin and More Set for 54 Below This June
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

This June, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Door Shakespeare Sets Casting for 2015 SeasonDoor Shakespeare Sets Casting for 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

? Door Shakespeare has announced play selections and casting for the 2015 summer season. (more...)

Photo Flash: Winston Churchill's Granddaughter Visits CHURCHILL Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: Winston Churchill's Granddaughter Visits CHURCHILL Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

The hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL offered a special performance to benefit The Actors Fund on May 17th. Among the attendees was the internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by The Wall Street Journal which declared, "Fifty years after his death, Winston Churchill has emerged as a star!" Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Due to overwhelming demand, the show's producers recently put a new block of seats on sale through September 13th. (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat to Host 17 Writers, Featuring Obie, Larson & Kleban Award WinnersRhinebeck Writers Retreat to Host 17 Writers, Featuring Obie, Larson & Kleban Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, announced the 17 writers and 8 new musicals selected for the fifth summer of weeklong retreats. For eight consecutive weeks beginning July 5th, each writing team will have a residency in Rhinebeck, New York. Writers are provided a private home, transportation, food, and a $400 stipend. This year's writers include Obie winner Kirsten Childs, Tony nominee Elizabeth Davis, and 2015 Jonathan Larson award-winners Charlie Sohne, Tim Rosser, and Sam Willmott, who also just won the Kleban Prize.  (more...)

CHURCHILL'S Ronald Keaton to Appear at Stamford's Palace Theatre TonightCHURCHILL'S Ronald Keaton to Appear at Stamford's Palace Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Ronald Keaton, star of the smash hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL, will appear along with the show's assistant director Tricia McDermott at the next 'Talk Series' event at The Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT tonight (Tuesday). The 'Talk Series' is a unique collaboration of The Palace Theatre, JCC Stamford and the 92nd Street Y. The discussion will begin at 7:30 PM and $25 tickets may be purchased through www.palacestamford.org. CHURCHILL, adapted and performed by Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by CBS Radio which declared, 'Ronald Keaton evokes a transcendent greatness that was Winston Churchill! It's a one-man show that flies by!' Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Due to overwhelming demand, the show's producers recently put a new block of seats on sale through September 13th. (more...)

CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton to Guest on THE ARTSY FARTSY SHOW TomorrowCHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton to Guest on THE ARTSY FARTSY SHOW Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Ronald Keaton, star of the smash hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL, will be this week's special guest on WBAI Radio's 'The Artsy Farty Show' tomorrow (Tuesday) between 2 & 4 PM. The popular arts program, hosted by Barika Edwards, can be heard on 99.5 FM or online at www.wbai.org. CHURCHILL, adapted and performed by Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by The Wall Street Journal which declared, 'Fifty years after his death, Winston Churchill has emerged as a star!' Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Due to overwhelming demand, the show's producers recently put a new block of seats on sale through September 13th. (more...)

CHURCHILL to Offer Actors Fund Benefit Performance TonightCHURCHILL to Offer Actors Fund Benefit Performance Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2015

The hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL will offer a special performance to benefit The Actors Fund this evening, May 17 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

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