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CHUCK Star Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez Set to Lead FIRST DATE on Broadway; Opens August 8
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2013

Tony Award-winning producer Junkyard Dog Productions (Memphis) has just announced that leading man Zachary Levi, star of TV's “Chuck,” Disney's feature film Tangled and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, will make his Broadway debut starring opposite Broadway and television ingénue Krysta Rodriguez (“Smash,” The Addams Family) in FIRST DATE, Broadway's new romantic musical comedy. With a book by Austin Winsberg (“Gossip Girl”), music and lyrics byAlan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed) and musical staging by Josh Rhodes (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella) FIRST DATE is directed by Bill Berry (Producing Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre). Featuring Sara Chase (“Arrested Development,” The Toxic Avenger), Kristoffer Cusick (Wicked, Rent), Blake Hammond (Sister Act, Billy Elliot) and Kate Loprest (“Boardwalk Empire,” Hairspray), the cast of FIRST DATE also includes Vicki Noon (Wicked, Mamma Mia!). FIRST DATE begins performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and opens Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Additional casting to be announced shortly. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the August Wilson Monologue Competition
by Jessica Gordon - May 08, 2013

Jujamcyn Theaters and True Colors Theatre Company (Kenny Leon, Co-Founding Artistic Director) have announced that Thembisile Gxuluwe from West Mifflin Area High School near Pittsburgh has won first place at the 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition held on Monday, May 6th at at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). Pablo Lopez from Los Angeles was the runner-up, and an honorable mention went to Branndin Phillips-Laramorefrom Chicago. The event, which was free and open to the public, featured high school students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle performing monologues by the late, legendary American playwright. (more...)

Winners Announced for 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2013

Jujamcyn Theaters and True Colors Theatre Company (Kenny Leon, Co-Founding Artistic Director) have announced that Thembisile Gxuluwe from West Mifflin Area High School near Pittsburgh has won first place at the 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition held on Monday, May 6th at at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). Pablo Lopez from Los Angeles was the runner-up, and an honorable mention went to Branndin Phillips-Laramorefrom Chicago. The event, which was free and open to the public, featured high school students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle performing monologues by the late, legendary American playwright. (more...)

Photo Flash: MEMPHIS Heads to Adrienne Arsht Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2013

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical opens in the Ziff Ballet Opera House of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County tonight, May 7 for a limited engagement as part of the Broadway in Miami 2012-2013 subscription season presented by Bank of America. Scroll below for a sneak peek at the touring cast in action! (more...)

The 5TH ANNUAL NATIONAL AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION Will Take Place 5/6
by BWW News Desk - May 03, 2013

Jujamcyn Theaters and True Colors Theatre Company (Kenny Leon, Co-Founding Artistic Director) have announced the 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). The event, which is free and open to the public, features high school students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle performing monologues by the late, legendary American playwright. (more...)

Crystal Dickinson, Brandon Dirden and More Set to Judge 5TH ANNUAL NATIONAL AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2013

Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth, President) and True Colors Theatre Company (Kenny Leon, Co-Founding Artistic Director) have announced the judges for the 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). The event, which is free and open to the public, features high school students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle performing monologues by the late, legendary American playwright. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - MEMPHIS Heads to Adrienne Arsht Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2013

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical opens in the Ziff Ballet Opera House of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on May 7 for a limited engagement as part of the Broadway in Miami 2012-2013 subscription season presented by Bank of America. Scroll below for a sneak peek at the touring cast in action! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's HEAD PASSES
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2013

Performances of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's highly anticipated world-premiere production of Head of Passes by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney began April 4. Inspired by the Biblical Book of Job, ensemble member Tina Landau directs following her acclaimed collaboration with McCraney for the The Brother/Sister Plays (2010), with a cast featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Jon Michael Hill (May 21 - June 9) and Tim Hopper with James T. Alfred, Kyle Beltran (April 4 - May 19), Chris Boykin, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Glenn Davis, Ron Cephas Jones and Jacqueline Williams. Head of Passes began previews April 4, 2013 (Opening Night is April 14, 2013; Press Performances are April 13 at 3pm and April 16 at 7:30pm) and runs through June 9, 2013 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE MOUNTAINTOP at TheaterWorks Hartford Recreates the Room and the Man
by Lauren Yarger - Apr 08, 2013

It's April 3, 1968 and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., arrives at a Memphis motel after delivering his 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' speech. There, a mysterious maid bringing him a cup of room service coffee causes him to reflect on his life and destiny in Katori Hall's Olivier-winning play THE MOUNTAINTOP, running at TheaterWorks in Hartford. (more...)

MEMPHIS Returns to the Orpheum, 4/23-28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2013

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, and the show that's currently blowing the roof off Broadway, opens at The Orpheum Theatre on April 23, 3013 for a limited, one week engagement. (more...)

MEMPHIS Tickets On Sale Now in Orlando
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2013

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, opens at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on May 14 for a limited one week engagement! Tickets go on sale Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. (more...)

MEMPHIS Opens 4/30 at the DuPont Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2013

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, and the show that's currently blowing the roof off Broadway, opens at the DuPont Theatre on April 30-May 5, 2013 for a limited engagement of eight performances only. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Steppenwolf Theatre's HEAD OF PASSES World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2013

Performances of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's highly anticipated world-premiere production of Head of Passes by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney begin April 4. Inspired by the Biblical Book of Job, ensemble member Tina Landau directs following her acclaimed collaboration with McCraney for the The Brother/Sister Plays (2010), with a cast featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Jon Michael Hill (May 21 - June 9) and Tim Hopper with James T. Alfred, Kyle Beltran (April 4 - May 19), Chris Boykin, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Glenn Davis, Ron Cephas Jones and Jacqueline Williams. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast and creative team in rehearsal below! (more...)

Steppenwolf Will Premiere Tarell Alvin McCraney's HEAD OF PASSES in April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2013

Performances of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's highly anticipated world-premiere production of Head of Passes by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney begin April 4. Inspired by the Biblical Book of Job, ensemble member Tina Landau directs following her acclaimed collaboration with McCraney for the The Brother/Sister Plays (2010), with a cast featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Jon Michael Hill (May 21 - June 9) and Tim Hopper with James T. Alfred, Kyle Beltran (April 4 - May 19), Chris Boykin, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Glenn Davis, Ron Cephas Jones and Jacqueline Williams. Head of Passes begins previews April 4, 2013 (Opening Night is April 14, 2013; Press Performances are April 13 at 3pm and April 16 at 7:30pm) and runs through June 9, 2013 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 - $78) are on sale now. (more...)

FIRST DATE Musical Heading to Broadway's Longacre Theatre This July!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2013

Tony Award-winning producer Junkyard Dog Productions (Memphis) has just announced FIRST DATE, Broadway's new musical comedy, has set the date to open at The Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), Sunday, August 4, 2013. With a book by Austin Winsberg (“Gossip Girl”), music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed), choreographed by Josh Rhodes (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella) and directed by Bill Berry (Producing Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre), FIRST DATE begins performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

MEMPHIS Set for Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall, 2/12-17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2013

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, opens at Bass Performance Hall on Feb. 12 for a limited, eight-performance engagement through Feb. 17. (more...)

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES to Open in Chicago This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2013

The hit off-Broadway show OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES takes up residence on the Main Stage of Chicago's Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, beginning performances Tuesday, September 24, and officially opening Wednesday, October 2, at 7:30p.m. (more...)

MEMPHIS Set for Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall, Now thru 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2013

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, opens at Bass Performance Hall tonight, Feb. 12 for a limited, eight-performance engagement through Feb. 17. The show is presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth, as part of its 2012-2013 Broadway at the Bass Supported by Sewell series. (more...)

MEMPHIS Comes to Detroit, 4/9-21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2013

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, opens at the Fisher Theatre on April 9 for a limited engagement! Tickets will go on sale Sunday, February 17 at 12 p.m. at the Fisher Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com. (more...)

MEMPHIS Set for Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall, 2/12-17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2013

MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, opens at Bass Performance Hall on Feb. 12 for a limited, eight-performance engagement through Feb. 17. (more...)

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