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Natalie Birriel's SPEAK! Set for Rough Draft Festival, 3/28Natalie Birriel's SPEAK! Set for Rough Draft Festival, 3/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Natalie Birriel is proud to announce a performance of her autobiographical solo show Speak! at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center on March 28th at 7:30 pm. Directed by Andreas Robertz, Speak! is a 90's music driven show about Natalie's journey from being a stutterer who couldn't say her own name to not being able to shut up! Speak! is a heartbreakingly funny and inspirational tale for anyone who has ever felt held back from saying what they truly wanted to say! This special performance is part of the Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Rounds Out 2015-16 Season with GUARDS AT THE TAJLa Jolla Playhouse Rounds Out 2015-16 Season with GUARDS AT THE TAJ
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse announces its final subscription show for the 2015/2016 season: Guards at the Taj, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), marking newly-appointed Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castaņeda's directorial debut at the Playhouse. The production will run February 2 - 28, 2016 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. (more...)

MEMPHIS to Play Morris Center, 3/20-21MEMPHIS to Play Morris Center, 3/20-21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, is playing at The Morris Performing Arts Center March 20 and 21. (more...)

THE DARRELL HAMMOND PROJECT, Written by SNL Alum, Makes World Premiere Tonight at La Jolla PlayhouseTHE DARRELL HAMMOND PROJECT, Written by SNL Alum, Makes World Premiere Tonight at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse presents The Darrell Hammond Project, written by Saturday Night Live star Darrell Hammond and Elizabeth Stein, and directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Performed by Hammond, this world-premiere, one-man show will runs now through March 8, 2015 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. The production opens tonight, February 8, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere of THE DARRELL HAMMOND PROJECT at La Jolla PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at World Premiere of THE DARRELL HAMMOND PROJECT at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse presents the world premiere of The Darrell Hammond Project, written by Saturday Night Live star Darrell Hammond and Elizabeth Stein and directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Performed by Hammond, this world-premiere, one-man show will run February 6 - March 8, 2015 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 2/5/2015 - Off-Broadway Extravaganza - TEXAS IN PARIS, 'LOVE & SEX', 'KILL ME' and More!WAKE UP with BWW 2/5/2015 - Off-Broadway Extravaganza - TEXAS IN PARIS, 'LOVE & SEX', 'KILL ME' and More!
by Jessica Showers - Feb 5, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Off-Broadway is teeming with new shows, including TEXAS IN PARIS, THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX, KILL ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT and more! (more...)

Christopher Ashley Set to Helm Developmental Lab of Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey's FREAKY FRIDAY MusicalChristopher Ashley Set to Helm Developmental Lab of Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey's FREAKY FRIDAY Musical
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

According to an Equity casting notice, Disney Theatrical Productions will soon hold a developmental lab for a musical version of Freaky Friday. Christopher Ashley will helm the project, which will feature music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (If/Then, Next to Normal) and a book by Bridget Carpenter. The lab will take place March 31 through April 10, 2015. (more...)

Alan Cumming, Tyne Daly, Jefferson Mays, Phylicia Rashad, Cast of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU and More Set for Drama League's 2015 Gala TonightAlan Cumming, Tyne Daly, Jefferson Mays, Phylicia Rashad, Cast of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU and More Set for Drama League's 2015 Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

The Drama League welcomes a roster of special guest performers for the 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring the legendary Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award (EGOT) winner James Earl Jones to be held this evening, February 2, 2015 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at La Jolla Playhouse's THE GRIFT at the Lafayette HotelPhoto Flash: First Look at La Jolla Playhouse's THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse announces the latest presentation in its acclaimed Without Walls (WoW) series, THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel, a world-premiere, immersive theatre piece, conceived, written and directed by Diabolical Muse's Tom Salamon, creator of the Playhouse's wildly-successful WoW production of Accomplice: San Diego. The show will run January 27 - February 22, 2015 at North Park's historic Lafayette Hotel. (more...)

Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renee and More to Return in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Paper Mill This Spring; Full Cast Announced!Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renee and More to Return in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Paper Mill This Spring; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the full cast for its production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (which first played to rave reviews in La Jolla). Inspired by the classic Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has a book by Peter Parnell, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is directed by Scott Schwartz and choreographed by Chase Brock. (more...)

Beverley Knight Extends Run in West End's MEMPHISBeverley Knight Extends Run in West End's MEMPHIS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Producers of Memphis THE MUSICAL, which recently celebrated its 100th performance at the Shaftesbury Theatre, are delighted to announce that the Original London Cast Album is now available to purchase online for download. The CD will be available from 9 February at the Shaftesbury Theatre and via First Night Records. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next MonthLa Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to bring back its acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, a two-week run of workshops and readings of new works, taking place February 16 - March 1, 2015. (more...)

Tony Winner BD Wong Named Artist-in-Residence at La Jolla PlayhouseTony Winner BD Wong Named Artist-in-Residence at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse announces that Tony Award-winning actor BD Wong has been named the theatre's latest Artist-in-Residence beginning January, 2015. (more...)

Alan Cumming, Tyne Daly, Jefferson Mays, Phylicia Rashad, Cast of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU and More Set for Drama League's 2015 GalaAlan Cumming, Tyne Daly, Jefferson Mays, Phylicia Rashad, Cast of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU and More Set for Drama League's 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

The Drama League has announced the roster of special guest performers for the 31ST Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring the legendary Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award (EGOT) winner James Earl Jones to be held on Monday evening, February 2, 2015 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). (more...)

Over 30 Additional Artistic Directors Sign Open Letter in Support of Ari RothOver 30 Additional Artistic Directors Sign Open Letter in Support of Ari Roth
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

In a continued outpouring of solidarity among a giant consortium of the American theater's artistic directors, more than 30 additional artistic directors have signed the open letter that was issued yesterday in support of Ari Roth, following his recent dismissal from the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C., where he has served as Artistic Director of Theater J for the past 18 years. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Appoints Jaime Castaneda as Associate Artistic DirectorLa Jolla Playhouse Appoints Jaime Castaneda as Associate Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

La Jolla Playhouse announces the appointment of Jaime Castaņeda to the new position of Associate Artistic Director. In addition to joining the Playhouse's artistic team, Castaņeda will direct several projects, including the final subscription show for the 2015/16 season, to be announced shortly. (more...)

THE GRIFT Will Be La Jolla Playhouse's Next 'Without Walls' Production; Plays the Lafayette Hotel This WinterTHE GRIFT Will Be La Jolla Playhouse's Next 'Without Walls' Production; Plays the Lafayette Hotel This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

La Jolla Playhouse announces the latest presentation in its acclaimed Without Walls (WoW) series, THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel, a world-premiere, immersive theatre piece, conceived, written and directed by Diabolical Muse's Tom Salamon, creator of the Playhouse's wildly-successful WoW production of Accomplice: San Diego. The show will run January 27 - February 22, 2015 at North Park's historic Lafayette Hotel. (more...)

SDC Reveals Executive Board Election ResultsSDC Reveals Executive Board Election Results
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

On November 17, at the Annual Membership Meeting in New York City, SDC announced the results of the 2014 Executive Board Elections. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Raul Esparza Stars on NBC's LAW & ORDER: SVUVIDEO: Sneak Peek - Raul Esparza Stars on NBC's LAW & ORDER: SVU
by TV News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

On the next episode of NBC's LAW & ORDER: SVU titled 'Spousal Privilege,' Detective Tutuola (Ice-T) comes across leaked security footage of a violent domestic dispute in a parking garage (more...)

Robert & Kristen Lopez's UP HERE, Phylicia Rashad-Helmed 'BLUEPRINTS' and More All-New Works Set for La Jolla Playhouse's 2015-16 SeasonRobert & Kristen Lopez's UP HERE, Phylicia Rashad-Helmed 'BLUEPRINTS' and More All-New Works Set for La Jolla Playhouse's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

La Jolla Playhouse announces five shows for its 2015/2016 season, featuring all new works, including the world-premiere musical Come from Away, featuring book, music and lyrics by acclaimed Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley; the world premiere of Indecent, co-created by director Rebecca Taichman (Playhouse's Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Milk Like Sugar), and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive), co-produced with Yale Repertory Theatre; and Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, by Michael Benjamin Washington (Memphis, The Wiz), directed by The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad, which had its first workshop during the Playhouse's 2014 DNA New Work Series. (more...)

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