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THE SPHERES, THE BITTER GAME, HEAVEN ON EARTH and More Join 2015 Without Walls Festival LineupTHE SPHERES, THE BITTER GAME, HEAVEN ON EARTH and More Join 2015 Without Walls Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse announces additional projects for its second Without Walls (WoW) Festival on October 9 - 11, featuring more than 20 immersive and site-based works taking place simultaneously in and around the Playhouse Theatre District, UC San Diego campus and the surrounding neighborhood. (more...)

BWW Interview: Pamela Shaw Talks Working With Jason Alexander, Bringing LUCKY STIFF to the Screen, and MoreBWW Interview: Pamela Shaw Talks Working With Jason Alexander, Bringing LUCKY STIFF to the Screen, and More
by Sally Henry - Aug 4, 2015

Not many actors get to revisit a role they played in the past, much less reprise it on the big screen, but Pamela Shaw is the exception. (more...)

BWW TV: Christopher Ashley, Nikki M. James & Pamela Shaw Talk LUCKY STIFF!BWW TV: Christopher Ashley, Nikki M. James & Pamela Shaw Talk LUCKY STIFF!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 3, 2015

With a screenplay by Ahrens, and directed by Christopher Ashley, the new movie version of the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical LUCKY STIFF is now in theaters and On Demand. This hysterical musical comedy with a romantic heart stars Tony Award-winners Jason Alexander (JEROME ROBBINS BROADWAY, FISH IN THE DARK) and Nikki M. James (THE BOOK OF MORMON, PRELUDES), along with newly elected Equity president Kate Shindle (LEGALLY BLONDE, WONDERLAND), Dennis Farina, Pamela Shaw, and Dominic Marsh.  Below, watch as Ashley, James and Shaw chat with BroadwayWorld about the new film! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY at NYMFPhoto Flash: First Look at MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Winner of the 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading Series, this Latin infused American musical is inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergrad who was an undocumented child immigrant from the Dominican Republic. When Manuel gets a scholarship to study at Oxford, he's faced with the realization that he can't leave the USA. He takes on The Statue of Liberty in the fight of a lifetime; the high-stakes boxing match that is immigration today. Is Manuel worthy? No one is spared in this political comedy that pulls no punches about immigration reform and the American Dream. (more...)

Bo Roddie, Mandi Masden & More to Lead BLUEPRINTS TO FREEDOM at La Jolla, KC RepBo Roddie, Mandi Masden & More to Lead BLUEPRINTS TO FREEDOM at La Jolla, KC Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse and Kansas City Repertory Theatre announce the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, by Michael Benjamin Washington, directed by Lucie Tiberghien (Blood and Gifts). (more...)

Betsy Wolfe & Matt Bittner to Lead World Premiere of New Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez Musical UP HERE at La Jolla Playhouse, Opening Tonight!Betsy Wolfe & Matt Bittner to Lead World Premiere of New Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez Musical UP HERE at La Jolla Playhouse, Opening Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse opens its world premiere of Up Here, a new musical comedy featuring book, music and lyrics by the husband-and-wife composing team of Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit), recipients of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Song for their hit song, 'Let It Go,' from the Disney animated film Frozen. Up Here is directed by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Broadway's Rocky, Off-Broadway's Here Lies Love, Playhouse's Peter and the Starcatcher) and will run July 28 - September 6 in the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. Up Here is being presented by special arrangement with Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions, along with Victor Alvarez, Warner/Chappell Music, Sally Horchow International Productions, Caiola Productions, Dominion Pictures. (more...)

Christopher Ashley On Bringing LUCKY STIFF From Stage To Screen & MoreChristopher Ashley On Bringing LUCKY STIFF From Stage To Screen & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 23, 2015

LUCKY STIFF is coming to NYC and VOD this weekend and the director reveals all in a new chat! (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Whole Lotta Theatre Goin' OnCRITICS' CHOICE: Whole Lotta Theatre Goin' On
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 23, 2015

Theater in Tennessee has never been busier nor has it been more diverse than what you'll find onstage this weekend throughout the Volunteer State. From frothy and fun summer musicals that are sure to make you think - like All Shook Up at Chaffin's Barn and A Chorus Line at Cumberland County Playhouse - to new plays from Shawn Whitsell (his latest, Songs For Our Sons, premieres at Darkhorse Theatre on Friday night) and emerging playwright Che Pieper (his new script based on the book The Man With the Light in His Window debuts at The Theater Bug this weekend)…the magic of live theater is all around you…even in this heat and humidity! So pull your seersucker suits and sundresses out of the closet, get all gussied up and make your way to the relative cool of a darkened theater for some midsummer magic! (more...)

The ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: Hurtling Toward Opening NightThe ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: Hurtling Toward Opening Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 21, 2015

Rehearsals  are drawing to a close as the bright lights of opening night begin to heat up at Nashville's Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, where the cast and crew of the company's big summer musical, All Shook Up, get ready for their big debut on Thursday. With a cast of Nashville theater veterans – joined by some of the region's brightest up-and-comers – it promises to be a grand theatrical affair. We've been sharing some of the backstage gossip for the past couple of weeks and as our preview coverage concludes, we share a special “by the numbers” look at the show, courtesy of Christen Heilman Runyon… (more...)

NYMF's MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY Gets ExtensionNYMF's MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY Gets Extension
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2015

Mannyville LLC, Dramatic Question Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival are proud to announce the extension of the musical Manuel versus The Statue of Liberty which will begin performances this Tuesday, July 21. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Matt Cardle and Beverley Knight in UK's MEMPHIS - New Shots!Photo Flash: First Look at Matt Cardle and Beverley Knight in UK's MEMPHIS - New Shots!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

New production images for MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL have been released, now featuring multi-platinum selling recording artist and songwriter Matt Cardle as radio DJ 'Huey Calhoun' and Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight as 'Felicia Farrell', the role she originated in the West End.  Check them out below! (more...)

K. Todd Freeman, Glenn Davis, Samantha Soule and More Round Out Casting for Cape Cod Theatre Project's 2015 SeasonK. Todd Freeman, Glenn Davis, Samantha Soule and More Round Out Casting for Cape Cod Theatre Project's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Artistic Director Hal Brooks announced that casting is now complete for the 2015 season of Cape Cod Theatre Project, featuring new works by Lucas Hnath, Laura Jacqmin, Kevin Armento and Ryan King each weekend in July. Two-time Tony Award nominee K. Todd Freeman will be joined by Broadway veterans Glenn Davis, Samantha Soule, and Obie winner Marc Damon Johnson to complete the casting of staged readings in Falmouth, MA.  (more...)

The ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: It's A Busy Weekend for the CastThe ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: It's A Busy Weekend for the Cast
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 13, 2015

Rehearsals got under way last week for Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre's big musical for the summer of 2015: All Shook Up. With a cast of Nashville theater veterans - joined by some of the region's brightest up-and-comers - you can rest assured that the rehearsal process will be just as much fun as the show itself. Throughout the next couple of weeks we'll be sharing 'diaries' from members of the cast and crew in anticipation of opening night on July 23. (more...)

Independent Shakespeare Co.'s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Opens 8/8Independent Shakespeare Co.'s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Opens 8/8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

This summer, visit the idyllic Mediterranean countryside as INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE CO. brings you to the end of WWII as it presents its take one of Shakespeare's most loved comedies, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jeffrey Wienckowski. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING will begin previews at THE GRIFFITH PARK FREE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL on Thursday, July 30 at 7pm and will open on Saturday, August 8 at 7:00pm and perform through Sunday, August 30 at Old Zoo in Griffith Park. All ISC Summer Shakespeare productions are FREE to the public! MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING will follow ROMEO & JULIET, currently playing through July 26. ISC is the 2015 recipient of the LA Drama Critics Circle's highest honor, the Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater, and a 2015 recipient of a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Clip of Jayne Houdyshell, Jason Alexander, Nikki M. James & More in LUCKY STIFF!BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Clip of Jayne Houdyshell, Jason Alexander, Nikki M. James & More in LUCKY STIFF!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 9, 2015

With a screenplay by Ahrens, and directed by Christopher Ashley, the new movie version of the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical LUCKY STIFF hits theaters and On Demand on July 24th. Below, check out an exclusive clip of the all-star cast in action! (more...)

The ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: Harley Seger and Daron Bruce ReportThe ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: Harley Seger and Daron Bruce Report
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 9, 2015

Rehearsals got under way this week for Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre's big musical for the summer of 2015: All Shook Up. With a cast of Nashville theater veterans -- joined by some of the region's brightest up-and-comers -- you can rest assured that the rehearsal process will be just as much fun as the show itself. Throughout the next couple of weeks we'll be sharing 'diaries' from members of the cast and crew in anticipation of opening night on July 23. Today, 2015 First Night Most Promising Actor Harley Seger (a rising senior at Christ Presbyterian Academy) and 2014 First Night Honoree Daron Bruce bring us up to speed... (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter. (more...)

BWW TV: Full Trailer of Ahrens & Flaherty's LUCKY STIFF, Starring Alexander, James, Shindle & More!BWW TV: Full Trailer of Ahrens & Flaherty's LUCKY STIFF, Starring Alexander, James, Shindle & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 23, 2015

Yesterday, BroadwayWorld debuted an exclusive look at the new movie version of the  Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical LUCKY STIFF. Today, you can check out the film's full trailer (more...)

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Sneak Peek of LUCKY STIFF, Starring Jason Alexander, Nikki M. James, Kate ShindleBWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Sneak Peek of LUCKY STIFF, Starring Jason Alexander, Nikki M. James, Kate Shindle
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 22, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you an exclusive sneak peek of the new film adaptation of the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical LUCKY STIFF. This hysterical musical comedy with a romantic heart stars Tony Award Winners Jason Alexander (JEROME ROBBINS BROADWAY, FISH IN THE DARK) and Nikki M. James (THE BOOK OF MORMON, PRELUDES), and Kate Shindle (LEGALLY BLONDE, WONDERLAND), Dennis Farina, Pamela Shaw, and Dominic Marsh (more...)

Review Roundup: Hein & Sankoff's COME FROM AWAY at La Jolla PlayhouseReview Roundup: Hein & Sankoff's COME FROM AWAY at La Jolla Playhouse
by Review Roundups - Jun 15, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse's season opener, COME FROM AWAY, is a world-premiere musical featuring book, music and lyrics by award-winning husband-and-wife team David Hein andIrene Sankoff, directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. The production runs now through July 12 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

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