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Cast, Creative Team Announced for La Jolla Playhouse's THE LAST TIGER IN HAITICast, Creative Team Announced for La Jolla Playhouse's THE LAST TIGER IN HAITI
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of The Last Tiger in Haiti, by UC San Diego MFA playwriting alumnus Jeff Augustin, directed by UC San Diego MFA directing alumnus Joshua Kahan Brody. A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Last Tiger in Haiti runs June 28 - July 24 (press opening: Friday, July 8 at 8:00pm). Tickets are available at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or by calling (858) 550-1010. (more...)

VIDEOS: Broadway Bound Musical COME FROM AWAY Releases Teaser For Ford's Theatre EngagementVIDEOS: Broadway Bound Musical COME FROM AWAY Releases Teaser For Ford's Theatre Engagement
by Michael Dale - May 17, 2016

The musical is based on a true story of a small Newfoundland town that came to the aid of thousands stranded on 9/11. (more...)

Photo Flash: Harriet Harris, Kate Rockwell & More Lead World Premiere of Joe DiPietro's HOLLYWOOD at La Jolla PlayhousePhoto Flash: Harriet Harris, Kate Rockwell & More Lead World Premiere of Joe DiPietro's HOLLYWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse presents the world premiere of HOLLYWOOD by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Chasing the Song) and directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Starring Harriet Harris, Patrick Kerr, Kate Rockwell and more, HOLLYWOOD runs through June 12 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre, with an official opening on May 18. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHEREd Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play (partly inspired by the theatricality of Nicholas Nickleby) that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. (more...)

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Makes Diversity & Inclusion StatementStage Directors and Choreographers Society Makes Diversity & Inclusion Statement
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society announced the release of a Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Commitment at Monday's semi-annual membership meeting. (more...)

Brave New World Rep to Premiere Charles L. Mee's THE IMMORTALS in BrooklynBrave New World Rep to Premiere Charles L. Mee's THE IMMORTALS in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Brooklyn's acclaimed Brave New World Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of THE IMMORTALS, a trilogy of one-act plays by legendary Brooklyn playwright Charles L. Mee, presented over three weeks, May 11-26 at Glasshouse, a unique art/performance space in Williamsburg, including five free performances open to the public. (more...)

Harriet Harris & Patrick Kerr to Lead World Premiere of Joe DiPietro's HOLLYWOOD at La Jolla PlayhouseHarriet Harris & Patrick Kerr to Lead World Premiere of Joe DiPietro's HOLLYWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of Hollywood, by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Chasing the Song) directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. (more...)

Stage and Screen Star Deborah S. Craig to Host Diversionary Theatre's 'DARING DECADENCE' GalaStage and Screen Star Deborah S. Craig to Host Diversionary Theatre's 'DARING DECADENCE' Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

The staff, board, and community of Diversionary Theatre, America's third oldest LGBT theatre, are hosting a very special Gala event, 'DARING DECADENCE: Celebrating 30 Years of Diversionary Theatre,' on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Shiley Suite at the San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/24/16- ALL SHOOK UP!STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/24/16- ALL SHOOK UP!
by Stage Tube - Mar 24, 2016

Today in 2005, All Shook Up opened at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 213 performances.All Shook Up is a jukebox musical with Elvis Presley music, with a book by Joe DiPietro. The story is based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Directed by Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Ken Roberson, the original Broadway cast included Cheyenne Jackson (Chad), Jenn Gambatese (Natalie Haller/'Ed'), and Jonathan Hadary (Jim Haller). (more...)

Monumental Musicals, Lapine Premiere with Debra Monk & More Slated for Signature Theatre's 2016-17 Season; Plus Previously Set FREAKY FRIDAY!Monumental Musicals, Lapine Premiere with Debra Monk & More Slated for Signature Theatre's 2016-17 Season; Plus Previously Set FREAKY FRIDAY!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland announce the full lineup for Signature Theatre's 2016/17 season, including the previously announced production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's FREAKY FRIDAY. (more...)

Cleveland Play House Reveals 2016-2017 SeasonCleveland Play House Reveals 2016-2017 Season
by Louisa Brady - Mar 20, 2016

After a landmark year which yielded an unprecedented Centennial Season and the coveted Regional Theatre Tony Award®, Cleveland Play House (CPH) is following up on the heels of the past year's success with a dynamic, stimulating and engaging 2016-17 Season.  CPH staff, led by Artistic Director Laura Kepley, announced the titles of the new season today on the Allen Theatre stage to a full house.  The theme of this season is "moving forward" and audiences will have plenty to look forward to with a season that encompasses history, mystery, comedy, drama and even a brand new Disney musical.  CPH's 101st Season would not be possible without CPH's generous sponsors, donors, patrons, and community partners. (more...)

Sky-Pony's Rock Fairy Tale 'THE WILDNESS' Opens Tonight at Ars NovaSky-Pony's Rock Fairy Tale 'THE WILDNESS' Opens Tonight at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

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, opens tonight, February 29, 2016. Presented by Ars Nova in collaboration with The Play Company, a limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through March 19. (more...)

'VIRGINIA WOOLF,' RAGTIME & More Set for Ford's Theatre's 2016-17 Season'VIRGINIA WOOLF,' RAGTIME & More Set for Ford's Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Ford's Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced the Ford's Theatre 2016-2017 season will begin with the new musical Come From Away directed by Christopher Ashley. Productions include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by Aaron Posner and featuring Holly Twyford as Martha; the musical Ragtime, directed by Peter Flynn and featuring an all-local cast including Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera and Nova Y. Payton; and the 35th-annual production of Washington's holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol. Political comedian Mark Russell will return for a one-night-only performance during the height of election season. (more...)

Mirvish Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season ft North American Premieres of 'STRICTLY BALLROOM' & 'MRS HENDERSON'Mirvish Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season ft North American Premieres of 'STRICTLY BALLROOM' & 'MRS HENDERSON'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

David Mirvish has announced today the 14 shows in the 2016 - 2017 Mirvish Theatre Season. There will be seven shows in the Mainstage Subscription Series, three in the Off-Mirvish Subscription Series, and four bonus shows not on subscription. (more...)

September 11th Musical COME FROM AWAY Will Take Broadway Bow in 2017 After Runs in DC and TorontoSeptember 11th Musical COME FROM AWAY Will Take Broadway Bow in 2017 After Runs in DC and Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Junkyard Dog Productions announced today that the new musical Come From Away will premiere on Broadway in the spring of 2017 at a theatre to be announced following productions at Washington DC's Ford's Theatre as part of their 2016-2017 season from Friday, September 2 - Sunday, October 9, 2016, and in Toronto as part of the Mirvish Theatre's 2016-2017 Subscription Series from Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017, at a Mirvish Theatre to be announced. (more...)

Beth Malone & More to Appear at Diversionary Theatre's 30th Anniversary GalaBeth Malone & More to Appear at Diversionary Theatre's 30th Anniversary Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

The staff, board, and community of Diversionary Theatre, America's third oldest LGBT theatre, are hosting a very special Gala event: Daring Decadence: Celebrating 30 Years of Diversionary Theatre on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Shiley Suite at the San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd). (more...)

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...)

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