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Jimmy Buffett Musical Will Debut at La Jolla Playhouse in 2017; Christopher Ashley to DirectJimmy Buffett Musical Will Debut at La Jolla Playhouse in 2017; Christopher Ashley to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman, and Beth Williams announced today that the new musical featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, with an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley, will have its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California. Directed by Tony Award® nominee and Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the strictly limited engagement will kick off the Playhouse's 2017/2018 season, with performances beginning on May 16, 2017, an official opening night of May 28, and will play through June 25, 2017. Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley will direct the production, which will open on May 16, 2017. (more...)

The Fifth Annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Winners Are Announced - COME FROM AWAY, LIZARD BOY and More!The Fifth Annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Winners Are Announced - COME FROM AWAY, LIZARD BOY and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Broadway-bound new musical, Come From Away, presented by Seattle Repertory Theatre, wins four Gypsys, tying with another new musical, Lizard Boy, also produced by Seattle Repertory Theatreand also with four Gypsys, a company that has been known for years as a powerhouse dramatic straight-play playhouse!  (more...)

FREAKY FRIDAY Musical to Follow in 'HUNCHBACK' Footsteps with MTI LicensingFREAKY FRIDAY Musical to Follow in 'HUNCHBACK' Footsteps with MTI Licensing
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

On the heels of the news that Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's new musical adaptation of FREAKY FRIDAY will hit the stage in Washington, D.C. this fall, theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) just announced it has secured worldwide licensing rights for the show and will allow professional -- and eventually amateur theatres -- to produce the musical after its debut. (more...)

Breaking News: Kitt & Yorkey's FREAKY FRIDAY to Make World Premiere at D.C's Signature TheatreBreaking News: Kitt & Yorkey's FREAKY FRIDAY to Make World Premiere at D.C's Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Get ready for a supernatural mother-daughter body swap -- onstage! BroadwayWorld is excited to report that D.C.'s Signature Theatre will present the world-premiere production of the new musical FREAKY FRIDAY. (more...)

Nominees for Seattle's 5th Annual 2015 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Are Announced!Nominees for Seattle's 5th Annual 2015 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Are Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Seattle Theater Writers critics' circle is pleased to present the nomination slate of the fifth annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards, theater awards devoted to recognizing excellence across the economic spectrum of professional Seattle theaters in the prior calendar year. (more...)

Lilli Cooper, Kyle Jarrow, Lauren Worsham and More to Lead Sky-Pony's 'THE WILDNESS' at Ars NovaLilli Cooper, Kyle Jarrow, Lauren Worsham and More to Lead Sky-Pony's 'THE WILDNESS' at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report the full cast for the world premiere of THE WILDNESS: SKY-PONY'S ROCK FAIRY TALE, with text by Obie Award winner Kyle Jarrow and Lauren Worsham and songs by Kyle Jarrow.  (more...)

BWW 2015 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)BWW 2015 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Jan 4, 2016

Dear Readers, I hope you've all fared well over the holidays and had a good time with your families. It's been a tumultuous year with lots of great theater for us to take in. And so I'm pleased to share with you some of the best things I saw this past year and the ones that I felt worthy of getting my Critic's Choice Awards for 2015. So settle in and allow me to expound on all the amazing I saw over the year. The envelope please. (more...)

San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Names 2015 Craig Noel Award NomineesSan Diego Theatre Critics Circle Names 2015 Craig Noel Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2016

More than 100 local and national theatre artists representing nearly than 60 San Diego theatrical productions will compete for the 2015 Craig Noel Awards, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle announced today. (more...)

New Musical Featuring Life & Music of Jimmy Buffett in Development; Tony Nominee Christopher Ashley to Direct!New Musical Featuring Life & Music of Jimmy Buffett in Development; Tony Nominee Christopher Ashley to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman, and Beth Williams are currently developing a new musical featuring the music and lifestyle of legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, with an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley, BroadwayWorld has learned. (more...)

September 11th Musical COME FROM AWAY Coming to Broadway Next?September 11th Musical COME FROM AWAY Coming to Broadway Next?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Seattle Repertory Theatre is currently presenting the runaway hit musical COME FROM AWAY, which earlier this month officially became the highest grossing show in the history of Seattle Repertory Theatre. COME FROM AWAY also posted the largest single ticket sales day in the history of Seattle Rep on November 20, a record the show has broken nine times since. According to the Toronto Star, the show might get a chance to break records on Broadway as well.  (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Announced for La Jolla Playhouse's GUARDS AT THE TAJCast, Creative Team Announced for La Jolla Playhouse's GUARDS AT THE TAJ
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for Guards at the Taj, the final production of the 2015/2016 season. Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), the show marks Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda's directorial debut at the Playhouse. The production will run February 2 - 28, 2016 (press opening: Wednesday, February 10) in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. Tickets go on sale Sunday, December 6 at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or by calling (858) 550-1010. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY Breaks All Box Office Records at Seattle RepCOME FROM AWAY Breaks All Box Office Records at Seattle Rep
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

Seattle Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce that the runaway hit musical COME FROM AWAY has officially become the highest grossing show in the history of Seattle Repertory Theatre. (more...)

INSTAGRAM CHECK: Michael Urie, Annaleigh Ashford, Robin de Jesus, More in Recent Reading of Paul Rudnick's JEFFREYINSTAGRAM CHECK: Michael Urie, Annaleigh Ashford, Robin de Jesus, More in Recent Reading of Paul Rudnick's JEFFREY
by Michael Dale - Dec 2, 2015

Robin de Jesus posts program from Manhattan Theatre Club reading. (more...)

Seattle Rep Extends COME FROM AWAYSeattle Rep Extends COME FROM AWAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

Seattle Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce that, due to overwhelming popular demand, the runaway hit musical Come From Away will be extended with nine additional performances, running through December 20.  Ticket are available now at www.seattlerep.org, (206) 443-2222 and the Seattle Rep box office. Tickets for the extension dates will go on sale Monday, November 30 at 10 a.m. (more...)

BWW Review: Emotionally Transcendent COME FROM AWAY at Seattle RepBWW Review: Emotionally Transcendent COME FROM AWAY at Seattle Rep
by Jay Irwin - Nov 19, 2015

Dear Readers, for those that may only read the beginnings of my reviews, I must start off this by telling you to stop reading this right now and go get tickets to the new musical "Come From Away" currently at the Seattle Rep. After you have done that you can come back and read the rest of this. I'll wait. Done? OK now that you've done that I can tell you that what you will be seeing is the best musical I've seen all year and possibly ever. At least it will rank in my top 10 of shows that have affected me so much with its sheer brilliant storytelling and heart. This one CANNOT be missed! (more...)

SDSU and La Jolla Playhouse Collaborate on New Musical ON THE EVE; Reading Set for TodaySDSU and La Jolla Playhouse Collaborate on New Musical ON THE EVE; Reading Set for Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

The MFA Musical Theatre Program at San Diego State University is once again teaming up with La Jolla Playhouse to develop a new musical, following up on their collaboration on the reading of BD Wong's new musical MR. DOCTOR last February. This year, after a competitive selection process, the musical ON THE EVE has been chosen for a public staged reading at SDSU tonight, November 19, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Experimental Theatre. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY, with Jenn Colella, Chad Kimball and More, Opens Tonight at Seattle RepCOME FROM AWAY, with Jenn Colella, Chad Kimball and More, Opens Tonight at Seattle Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

World-premiere musical COME FROM AWAY comes to Seattle Rep now through December 13 in the Bagley Wright Theatre. A co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, COME FROM AWAY is the first musical to be on the main stage of the Rep in over 15 years. It opens tonight, November 18, 2015. Featuring book, music and lyrics by the Canadian husband-and-wife team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding), the production is directed by La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. (more...)

Jo Bonney, Rachel Chavkin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Kathleen Marshall Join SDC Executive BoardJo Bonney, Rachel Chavkin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Kathleen Marshall Join SDC Executive Board
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

On November 16, 2015, at the Annual Membership Meeting in New York City, SDC announced the results of the 2015 Executive Board Elections. (more...)

World Premieres from Tony & Pulitzer Prize Winners on Tap for La Jolla Playhouse's 2016-17 SeasonWorld Premieres from Tony & Pulitzer Prize Winners on Tap for La Jolla Playhouse's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse, nationally-renowned for its development of new work, has announced four world-premiere productions for the 2016/2017 season, including works by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, Pulitzer Prize winners Quiara Alegria Hudes and Ayad Akhtar, and 2014 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award winner Jeff Augustin. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Seattle - Week of 11/15/2015Now Playing Onstage in Seattle - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for Seattle (more...)

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