Contemporary Stage News

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN to Play PACE CenterSINGIN' IN THE RAIN to Play PACE Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Singin' in the Rain is coming to the PACE Center Mainstage from September 25th through October 11th. This timeless classic is a show for the ages, and co-producers Parker Arts and Inspire Creative have kept the idea of time at the core of their production. (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group to Open 6th Season with ROMEO & JULIET and THE MANDRAKEQuintessence Theatre Group to Open 6th Season with ROMEO & JULIET and THE MANDRAKE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

Quintessence Theatre Group launches its sixth season of progressive classic theatre with Shakespeare's romantic tragedy ROMEO AND JULIET presented in rotating repertory with Wallace Shawn's celebrated translation of Machiavelli's sex comedy THE MANDRAKE. A nine actor repertory ensemble comprised of Quintessence's best and director Alexander Burns will continue to establish Quintessence's brand of full throttle epic classic theatre for today. ROMEO AND JULIET will begin previews on Wednesday, September 30 at 7pm and open on Saturday, October 3 at 8pm. †THE MANDRAKE will begin previews on Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm and open on Saturday, October 17 at 8pm. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

JoBeth Williams and Julian Sands to Star in DEAR ELIZABETH at LATW This MonthJoBeth Williams and Julian Sands to Star in DEAR ELIZABETH at LATW This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Three decades of an intimate letter-writing friendship between two of America's most celebrated poets, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, are brought to life by JoBeth Williams and Julian Sands. (more...)

ROMEO & JULIET, HANSEL & GRETEL, DOCTOR FAUSTUS and More Set for Quintessence's 2015-16 SeasonROMEO & JULIET, HANSEL & GRETEL, DOCTOR FAUSTUS and More Set for Quintessence's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Quintessence Theatre, Philadelphia's only all-classical repertory theatre, announces its sixth season of progressive classics. (more...)

L.A. Theatre Works' THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Wins 2015 Audie AwardL.A. Theatre Works' THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Wins 2015 Audie Award
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

L.A. Theatre Works' audio production of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' beat out four other finalists to capture the 2015 Audie Award in the Audio Drama category. The sixth winfor the Los Angeles group was announced by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) yesterday at its 20th Audie Awards Gala in New York City. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE LIAR in WestportBWW Reviews: THE LIAR in Westport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - May 13, 2015

David Ives meets Pierre Corneille, William Shakespeare and David Hirson (more...)

Heights Players to Present KISS ME, KATEHeights Players to Present KISS ME, KATE
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

The Heights Players wraps up its "Season of Firsts" by presenting the glorious musical that won the first-ever Tony awarded for Best Musical, Kiss Me, Kate.† Considered to be one of Broadway's treasures, this musical has wit, charm and true Broadway energy, with much of the credit going to the brilliant score by Cole Porter.† Kiss Me, Kate opens Friday, May 15th at the Heights Players and will run through Sunday, May 31st. (more...)

L.A. Theatre Works to Present YOU NEVER CAN TELLL.A. Theatre Works to Present YOU NEVER CAN TELL
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

A rare performance of George Bernard Shaw's, 'You Never Can Tell,' is presented by L.A. Theatre Works at UCLA'S James Bridges Theater in mid-May for five performances only. (more...)

Undermain Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Feature THE DROLL, THE NIGHT ALIVE & MoreUndermain Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Feature THE DROLL, THE NIGHT ALIVE & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Katherine Owens, Artistic Director of Undermain Theatre has released the season line-up for 2015-16 saying, †"We are now in our in 32nd year of exploring new writing and revisiting seminal modern works at the Undermain Theatre. Next season we will present a powerful season of premieres, monumental drama, and cutting edge performance with four mainstage productions, each a portrait of a family, bound by blood or by circumstance, confronting the forces of darkness. Two world-premieres bookend a regional premiere of one of the contemporary stage's leading theatrical voices and a masterwork of modern drama by a man some call the father of the American Theater." (more...)

Julie Atherton to Star as Janet in New ROCKY HORROR Sequel, SHOCK TREATMENTJulie Atherton to Star as Janet in New ROCKY HORROR Sequel, SHOCK TREATMENT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Avenue Q star Julie Atherton is to play Janet in the highly anticipated Rocky Horror sequel, a role previously played by Jessica Harper in the film and made famous by Susan Sarandon in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. As well as her roles as Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the original London cast of Avenue Q, Atherton also starred as Sister Mary Robert in the first UK tour of Sister Act: The Musical and recently won critical acclaim in the title role inTherese Raquin at the Finborough Theatre and the Park Theatre. Her third album, Rush of Life, was released at the end of 2014. (more...)

Jane Fonda and More Set for L.A. Theatre Works' 40th Anniversary Gala This MonthJane Fonda and More Set for L.A. Theatre Works' 40th Anniversary Gala This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

L.A. Theatre Works celebrates its 40th Anniversary and honors Geoffrey Cowan, President of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and University Professor at the University of Southern California and the L.A. Theatre Works Company of Artists. (more...)

Hang A Tale's Reimagined THE LITTLE PRINCE to Open Off-Broadway Next MonthHang A Tale's Reimagined THE LITTLE PRINCE to Open Off-Broadway Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Hang A Tale's Kim Martin-Cotten will direct The Little Prince at The Pearl Theatre running now through March 22nd. The cast is lead by Tarah Flanagan as The Prince and Christopher Gerson as the Aviator, while a mercurial ensemble (Kimiye Corwin, Michael Arden Larson, Jacques Roy, Jude Sandy and Paola Styron) shape-shifts its way through the host of beautiful, hilarious, and bizarre characters that surround them. With live musical performance by Alexander Sovronsky, puppets and masks created by Matt Cotten of Puppets Among Us, and space travel courtesy of Christopher Gersons's video design, Hang A Tale creates a theatrical landscape to match the magic, poignancy and humor of this beloved classic. For the open-hearted, aged six to a hundred and six. (more...)

Frick Offers Extras in Conjunction with COYPEL'S DON QUIXOTE TAPESTRIES ExhibitionFrick Offers Extras in Conjunction with COYPEL'S DON QUIXOTE TAPESTRIES Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

Few exhibitions call more persuasively for complementary programming than the Frick's upcoming Coypel's Don Quixote Tapestries: Illustrating a Spanish Novel in Eighteenth-Century France. (more...)

IN THE NEXT ROOM Begins 1/28 at Syracuse StageIN THE NEXT ROOM Begins 1/28 at Syracuse Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

In the Next Room, or the vibrator play is a fresh and funny new play about love, intimacy, and marriage. It's the 1880s and electricity is all the rage. In a quiet home office, a doctor experiments with a new instrument for treating 'hysteria.' The device? A vibrator. In this genuinely touching, original, and wickedly funny play, playwright Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House) explores relationships and sexual fulfillment while managing to stay discreetly beneath the crisp white sheets of Victorian propriety. (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group Continues Fifth Season with THE METAMORPHOSISQuintessence Theatre Group Continues Fifth Season with THE METAMORPHOSIS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2015

Quintessence Theatre Group continues its fifth season of progressive classic theatre with Franz Kafka's THE METAMORPHOSIS. As part of the centennial celebration of Kafka's groundbreaking masterpiece, Rebecca Wright directs Steven Berkoff's timeless stage adaptation. (more...)

CELEBRATING CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE Free Events at Theatre for a New Audience AddedCELEBRATING CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE Free Events at Theatre for a New Audience Added
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Theatre for a New Audience, which last week extended the run of Tamburlaine The Great, starring John Douglas Thompson, through January 4, has added four more events to 'Celebrating Christopher Marlowe' in conjunction with this epic production now on stage at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director, announced. (more...)

Quintessence Presents ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, Beginning TonightQuintessence Presents ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

Quintessence Theatre Group continues its fifth season of progressive classic theatre with Simon Reade's stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's ALICE's ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Last Christmas Quintessence took you on an adventure across the English countryside and into the wild wood. This year we will venture down the rabbit hole. A theatrical event for the whole family, Quintessence's special brand of imagination theatre will take you on a whirlwind adventure with Alice and allow you to escape the holiday madness in Wonderland. Bringing together the best professional actors and designers from Philadelphia and across the country, Artistic Director Alexander Burns leads this collective of artists on a mission to ignite the classics through visceral, actor-focused and text-driven productions. ALICE's ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND will begin previews today, December 10 at 7pm and open on Saturday, December 13 at 7pm. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets visit QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT Extends Through 1/4 at Theatre for a New AudienceTAMBURLAINE THE GREAT Extends Through 1/4 at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Tamburlaine the Great starring John Douglas Thompson, edited and directed by Olivier Award-winner Michael Boyd into one fast-moving three-hour event with choreography by Sam Pinkleton and music composed by Arthur Solari, extends its broadly-acclaimed run for an additional two weeks through January 4 at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Theatre for a New Audience Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz announced. The original closing date was December 21. (more...)

The O'Shaughnessy Presents TU Dance This WeekendThe O'Shaughnessy Presents TU Dance This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

The O'Shaughnessy presents TU Dance as the celebrated dance company opens its 11th performance season with a world premiere work by renowned Icelandic choreographer KatrŪn Hall, commissioned by The O'Shaughnessy. (more...)

Quintessence to Present ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, Begin. 12/10Quintessence to Present ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, Begin. 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Quintessence Theatre Group continues its fifth season of progressive classic theatre with Simon Reade's stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's ALICE's ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Last Christmas Quintessence took you on an adventure across the English countryside and into the wild wood. This year we will venture down the rabbit hole. A theatrical event for the whole family, Quintessence's special brand of imagination theatre will take you on a whirlwind adventure with Alice and allow you to escape the holiday madness in Wonderland. Bringing together the best professional actors and designers from Philadelphia and across the country, Artistic Director Alexander Burns leads this collective of artists on a mission to ignite the classics through visceral, actor-focused and text-driven productions. ALICE's ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND will begin previews on Wednesday, December 10 at 7pm and open on Saturday, December 13 at 7pm. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets visit QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

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