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Date of Birth: May 15, 1953 (62)
Birth Place: Knoxville, TN, USA
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WAKE UP with BWW 5/15/2015 - Drama League Awards, WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER and More!WAKE UP with BWW 5/15/2015 - Drama League Awards, WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER and More!
by Jessica Showers - May 15, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: The Drama League Awards luncheon is today, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM begins in London, and WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER opens off-Broadway on Sunday! (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Casey Nicholaw to Helm DREAMGIRLS in the West End; Open Casting Call in MaySOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Casey Nicholaw to Helm DREAMGIRLS in the West End; Open Casting Call in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

The Daily Mail writes that SOMETHING ROTTEN! director Casey Nicholaw will officially be directing DREAMGIRLS in its UK debut. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at AN ISSUE OF BLOOD at Victory GardensPhoto Flash: First Look at AN ISSUE OF BLOOD at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yewand Managing Director Chris Mannelli, presents the World Premiere of An Issue of Blood by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley, directed by Chay Yew. An Issue of Blood was penned by Gardley in response to recent events and social injustices. An Issue of Blood runs April 3 - May 3, 2015 with the press performance on Friday, April 10, 2015, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Victory Gardens Theater to Premiere AN ISSUE OF BLOOD, 4/3-5/3Victory Gardens Theater to Premiere AN ISSUE OF BLOOD, 4/3-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Chris Mannelli, presents the World Premiere of An Issue of Blood by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley, directed by Chay Yew. An Issue of Blood was penned by Gardley in response to recent events and social injustices. An Issue of Blood runs April 3 - May 3, 2015 with the press performance on Friday, April 10, 2015, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Sonia Friedman Bringing DREAMGIRLS to the West End; Casey Nicholaw to Direct?Sonia Friedman Bringing DREAMGIRLS to the West End; Casey Nicholaw to Direct?
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

DREAMGIRLS is headed to the West End! According to the Daily Mail, producer Sonia Friedman has the rights to tackle a full West End production, with BOOK OF MORMON and ALADDIN helmer Casey Nicholaw in talks for the director's chair. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Barrington Stage Company's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMESPhoto Flash: First Look at Barrington Stage Company's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab new workshop production of two-time Tony winner William Finn's acclaimed Romance in Hard Times, featuring a new book by Finn's Spelling Bee collaborator, Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

Barrington Stage's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES Features New Book; Opens TonightBarrington Stage's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES Features New Book; Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab new workshop production of two-time Tony winner William Finn's acclaimed Romance in Hard Times, featuring a new book by Finn's Spelling Bee collaborator, Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin. (more...)

Barrington Stage's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES to Feature New Book; Opens This WeekBarrington Stage's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES to Feature New Book; Opens This Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab new workshop production of two-time Tony winner William Finn's acclaimed Romance in Hard Times, featuring a new book by Finn's Spelling Bee collaborator, Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin. (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #5 - NINE Vs. DREAMGIRLS30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #5 - NINE Vs. DREAMGIRLS
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 4, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on one of the biggest battles for Best Musical with NINE versus DREAMGIRLS. (more...)

KISS ME KATE, BREAKING THE CODE & More Set for Barrington Stage's 20th Anniversary SeasonKISS ME KATE, BREAKING THE CODE & More Set for Barrington Stage's 20th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

At a press conference held at Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Artistic Director Julianne Boyd announced the theater's 20th Anniversary 2014 season of musicals and plays that will take place in downtown Pittsfield in the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, St. Germain Stage and Youth Theatre venues in 2014. (more...)

BWW Interviews:  BLACK ODYSSEY Star Cleavant Derricks Chats about Denver, Sliders and DreamgirlsBWW Interviews: BLACK ODYSSEY Star Cleavant Derricks Chats about Denver, Sliders and Dreamgirls
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 30, 2014

We speak with Broadway legend, Cleavant Derricks on his rich history in theatre; new, challenging role at the Denver Center; and love of sci-fi. (more...)

BWW TV: Cleavant Derricks, Larry Marshall and More in Highlights of Goodman Theatre's PULLMAN PORTER BLUESBWW TV: Cleavant Derricks, Larry Marshall and More in Highlights of Goodman Theatre's PULLMAN PORTER BLUES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 19, 2013

Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith presents the Chicago premiere production of Cheryl L. West's Pullman Porter Blues-a 2013 Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award nominee for Outstanding New Play/Musical. BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Cleavant Derricks, Larry Marshall and More in Goodman Theatre's PULLMAN PORTER BLUESPhoto Flash: First Look at Cleavant Derricks, Larry Marshall and More in Goodman Theatre's PULLMAN PORTER BLUES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2013

Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith presents the Chicago premiere production of Cheryl L. West's Pullman Porter Blues-a 2013 Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award nominee for Outstanding New Play/Musical. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 18th, 2013'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 18th, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Sep 18, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Three new works of music theater (at Victory Gardens, Writers' Theatre and the Goodman), Ben Vereen and Audra McDonald visit, plus 'Master Class,' a new cabaret revue, improvised Sondheim, a one-night 'Whistle' and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - In Rehearsal with Goodman Theatre's PULLMAN PORTER BLUESPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek - In Rehearsal with Goodman Theatre's PULLMAN PORTER BLUES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2013

Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith presents the Chicago premiere production of Cheryl L. West's Pullman Porter Blues-a 2013 Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award nominee for Outstanding New Play/Musical. This blues-infused 'glorious ride' (DCist) follows three generations of African American Pullman porters in the 1930s-an era that no longer enslaves them, but still exploits them-in an updated production especially for the city of Pullman's origin. Below, BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast and creative team in rehearsal! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 21st, 2013'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 21st, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 21, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Jungle Book' and 'Flashdance' depart, 'Pageant' and 'Ruthless!' appear, two musicals celebrating black music begin September 14 at BET and the Goodman, two Gary Griffin shows get their leading ladies, plus 'Hank Williams' and much more! (more...)

Larry Marshall, Cleavant Derricks & More to Lead Goodman Theatre's PULLMAN PORTER BLUES; Full Cast AnnouncedLarry Marshall, Cleavant Derricks & More to Lead Goodman Theatre's PULLMAN PORTER BLUES; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2013

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 9 for Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith's Chicago premiere production of Cheryl L. West's Pullman Porter Blues-a 2013 Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award nominee for Outstanding New Play/Musical. This blues-infused "glorious ride" (DCist) follows three generations of African American Pullman porters in the 1930s-an era that no longer enslaves them, but still exploits them-in an updated production especially for the city of Pullman's origin. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - 'Hispaniola' from TREASURE ISLAND ~ A NEW MUSICAL at Arkansas Rep!STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - 'Hispaniola' from TREASURE ISLAND ~ A NEW MUSICAL at Arkansas Rep!
by Stage Tube - Mar 13, 2013

TREASURE ISLAND ~ A NEW MUSICAL set to sail at Arkansas Rep on March 8, 2013. Featuring a book by Brett Smock and Carla Vitale and music and lyrics by Corinne Aquilina, the show is directed and choreographed by Brett Smock. Watch the video below as cast and crew replicate storms on the high seas in 'Hispaniola'! (more...)

Logan Rowland, Richard B. Watson to Lead TREASURE ISLAND Musical at Arkansas Rep, 3/8Logan Rowland, Richard B. Watson to Lead TREASURE ISLAND Musical at Arkansas Rep, 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

TREASURE ISLAND ~ A NEW MUSICAL will set to sail at Arkansas Rep on March 8. Featuring a book by Brett Smock and Carla Vitale and music and lyrics by Corinne Aquilina, the show will be directed and choreographed by Brett Smock. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PULLMAN PORTER BLUES at Arena Stage - Hop on BoardBWW Reviews: PULLMAN PORTER BLUES at Arena Stage - Hop on Board
by Charles Shubow - Dec 7, 2012

Head to Arena Stage for this new, challenging, and entertaining play with music. (more...)

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