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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 Castañeda to the new position of Associate Artistic Director. In addition to joining the Playhouse's artistic team, Castañeda 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...)

Playwrights Realm to Stage Anton Dudley's CITY OF; Performances Begin January 2015Playwrights Realm to Stage Anton Dudley's CITY OF; Performances Begin January 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

The Playwrights Realm will present the world premiere of City Of by Anton Dudley, directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer & Cellar). The production runs January 26 through February 21, 2015 with a February 5 opening at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 W. 42nd Street, NYC). Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning December 29th, 2014. (more...)

UK's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Extends Booking Into 2015UK's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Extends Booking Into 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL has today announced that 320,000 tickets are being put on sale as booking extends to 31st October 2015. The additional tickets will be available through the Box Office and all ticket agents from this Friday 7th November at 9am. Opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre to public and critical acclaim last month, David Bryan and Joe DiPietro's new musical, winner of four Tony® Awards including Best Musical, has been heralded as the West End's newest hit show (more...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Begins Tonight at La Jolla PlayhouseTHE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Begins Tonight at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2014

La Jolla Playhouse presents the U.S. premiere production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a score by the multiple Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning team of composer Alan Menken (Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), book by Peter Parnell (The West Wing, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) and direction by Scott Schwartz (Playhouse's Jane Eyre, Broadway's Golda's Balcony). Produced in association with Paper Mill Playhouse, by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, The Hunchback of Notre Dame begins tonight, October 26, and runs through December 14, 2014 in the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 10/24- Raul EsparzaSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 10/24- Raul Esparza
by Stage Tube - Oct 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Raul Esparza! Since making his Broadway debut, Esparza has become only the second actor to receive Tony nominations in all four eligible acting categories. Most recently he took on the role of con artist Jonas Nightingale in the Broadway musical adaptation of Leap of Faith directed by Christopher Ashley. Additional Broadway credits include The Rocky Horror Show, Taboo, Company, Arcadia, and more! (more...)

Review Roundup: MEMPHIS Opens in the West EndReview Roundup: MEMPHIS Opens in the West End
by Review Roundups - Oct 23, 2014

The West End production of hit Broadway musical Memphis, directed by Christopher Ashley, opens tonight, October 23, 2014, at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Memphis has an Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights from MEMPHIS in the West End!STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights from MEMPHIS in the West End!
by Stage Tube - Oct 21, 2014

The West End production of hit Broadway musical Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre has its Opening Night on 23 October 2014. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Memphis has an Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Beverley Knight, Killian Donnelly & More in West End's MEMPHISPhoto Flash: First Look at Beverley Knight, Killian Donnelly & More in West End's MEMPHIS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

The West End production of hit Broadway musical MEMPHIS at the Shaftesbury Theatre has its Opening Night on 23 October 2014. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, MEMPHIS has an Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Christopher Ashley On Directing LUCKY STIFF MovieChristopher Ashley On Directing LUCKY STIFF Movie
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 16, 2014

Director Christopher Ashley talks helming LUCKY STIFF! (more...)

LES MISERABLES' Nikki M. James to Attend LUCKY STIFF Screening at Hollywood Film Festival Next FridayLES MISERABLES' Nikki M. James to Attend LUCKY STIFF Screening at Hollywood Film Festival Next Friday
by Movies News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

Nikki M. James, Tony-winner for Book of Mormon and currently starring in Les Miserables on Broadway, will get the night off to attend the screening of her film Lucky Stiffat the Hollywood Film Festival on October 17, flying back to New York the next morning for her Saturday performance. (more...)

Nikki M. James Out from LES MIS 10/17 to Attend 'Lucky Stiff' L.A. ScreeningNikki M. James Out from LES MIS 10/17 to Attend 'Lucky Stiff' L.A. Screening
by Movies News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

Nikki M. James, Tony® winner for Book of Mormon and currently starring in Les Miserables on Broadway, will get the night off to attend the screening of her film Lucky Stiff at the Hollywood Film Festival on October 17, flying back to New York the next morning for her Saturday performance. (more...)

BWW TV: Memphis Lives in Them! In Rehearsal with the West End Company of MEMPHISBWW TV: Memphis Lives in Them! In Rehearsal with the West End Company of MEMPHIS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 8, 2014

Preview performances commence TOMORROW for the West End production of hit Broadway musical MEMPHIS and to celebrate, BroadwayWorld takes you inside the rehearsal room to meet the cast! (more...)

Drama League Will Honor James Earl Jones at 2015 Gala- MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAYDrama League Will Honor James Earl Jones at 2015 Gala- MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

The Drama League (Executive Director Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth) announced today they will honor the legendary Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Award (EGOT) winner James Earl Jones at the 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, to be held onMonday evening, February 2, 2015 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). The black-tie gala, which features dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only musical tribute inspired by Mr. Jones' career in theater, film and television, supports The Drama League's educational initiatives for promising young artists. Tickets are available by calling (212) 244-9494. (more...)

Patrick Page Talks Creating 'Frollo' Onstage in 'HUNCHBACK' at La JollaPatrick Page Talks Creating 'Frollo' Onstage in 'HUNCHBACK' at La Jolla
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

D23 spoke with star of La Jolla Playhouse's upcoming produciton of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, Patrick Page, about why he was drawn to the project and the role of 'Frollo' and what to expect from the premiere. Scroll down for some excerpts from the interview! (more...)

LUCKY STIFF Adaptation to Have West Coast Premiere at Hollywood Film FestivalLUCKY STIFF Adaptation to Have West Coast Premiere at Hollywood Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

The West Coast premiere of the film adaptation LUCKY STIFF will take place at the Hollywood Film Festival on October 17 at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome. The film, based on an off-Broadway show from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ('Ragtime'), stars Jason Alexander ('Seinfeld'), British stage actor Dominic Marsh, Tony winner Nikki M. James ('Book of Mormon,' 'Les Miserables'), Pamela Shaw (recreating the character she portrayed on the stage) and the late Dennis Farina ('Get Shorty', 'Saving Private Ryan'). (more...)

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