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American Blues Theater Extends LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSAmerican Blues Theater Extends LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Due to early ticket demand, American Blues Theater announces the extension of Little Shop of Horrors, the comedic rock musical with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, directed by Jonathan Berry, and music direction by Ensemble member Austin Cook. Little Shop of Horrors now runs April 29 - June 26, 2016 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER, SMART PEOPLE & More Set for Long Wharf Theatre's 2016-17 SeasonSteve Martin's METEOR SHOWER, SMART PEOPLE & More Set for Long Wharf Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Long Wharf Theatre  announces its 52nd season: a mix of new plays, a world premiere musical, a contemporary comedy, and a classic. (more...)

Brian Dennehy to be Honored at Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival GalaBrian Dennehy to be Honored at Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival (TWP Fest) announced that the outstanding multi-award-winning actor Brian Dennehy, recognized for his interpretation of many of Eugene O'Neill's complex characters, will be the guest of honor at their annual dinner on June 4. The gala is to support this fall's 11th festival, Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams: Beyond Success with performances from theaters around the world throughout the charming seaside town from Sept 22 - 25, 2016. (more...)

Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis to Run 5/11-15Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis to Run 5/11-15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

In May, the city of St. Louis will pay homage to the city's favorite playwright - Tennessee Williams  - with an annual Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis (TWFSTL).  This inaugural celebration kicks off May 11th and runs through the 15th on a variety of both conventional and unexpected stages in the Grand Center and Central West End areas. Highlights from this first festival include a Hirschfeld Exhibition Unveiling and An Evening with Olympia Dukakis.  With a focus on St. Louis, the TWFSTL will offer something for all tastes - theatrical productions, movies, a visual art exhibition, readings, panel discussions, a tour, and live music.   Tickets will be available through Metrotix.  (more...)

American Blues Theater to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 4/29-5/29American Blues Theater to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 4/29-5/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

American Blues Theater continues its 30th Anniversary Season - "Seeing is Believing" - with the comedic rock musical Little Shop of Horrors, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, directed by Jonathan Berry, and music direction by Ensemble member Austin Cook. Little Shop of Horrors runs April 29 - May 29, 2016 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.  (more...)

Rare Revival of ORPHEUS DESCENDING to Open at St. John's Lutheran Church This SpringRare Revival of ORPHEUS DESCENDING to Open at St. John's Lutheran Church This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

A rare revival of Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams will run for a limited engagement, April 23-May 14, at St. John's Lutheran Church, one of the oldest buildings in Greenwich Village. Directed by Austin Pendleton, the production features a 16-person cast lead by Irene Glezos, Thomas Beaudoin and Beth Bartley. Williams's modern version of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice opened on Broadway in 1957 and was revived in 1989 in a celebrated production directed by Sir Peter Hall and starring Vanessa Redgrave. It has rarely, if ever, been produced in New York since. (more...)

TOTC to Present OTHER LETTERS, 2/7-29TOTC to Present OTHER LETTERS, 2/7-29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

The Other Theatre Company (TOTC) and Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis are proud to present the next show in the company's 2015-2016 season Other Letters, written by Bryan Renaud and Carin Silkaitis, and directed by Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis, February 7 - 29, with opening night Sunday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at Side Project, 1439 W Jarvis Ave. The regular run schedule is Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. $25 tickets. Tickets may be purchased at www.buzzonstage.com/theatres/other-theatre-company. For more information, please visit theothertheatrecompany.com.  (more...)

Brandon Ivie to Direct UW Musical Theater Program's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEEBrandon Ivie to Direct UW Musical Theater Program's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2015

University of Washington alum Brandon Ivie will direct the second annual production of the newly established Musical Theater Program at the University of Washington. The production, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, will unite working professionals like Ivie and musical director Jordyn Meeker with undergraduates enrolled in the program. (more...)

John Waters' Film Star Mink Stole Joins Tenn @ Town Hall in Provincetown This WeekendJohn Waters' Film Star Mink Stole Joins Tenn @ Town Hall in Provincetown This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2015

Mink Stole, popular actress in John Waters' movies, is also joining Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon and the line-up of stars returning to the Festival to be part of Tenn @ Town Hall.  (more...)

John Waters' Film Star Mink Stole Joins Tenn @ Town Hall in Provincetown This WeekJohn Waters' Film Star Mink Stole Joins Tenn @ Town Hall in Provincetown This Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2015

Mink Stole, popular actress in John Waters' movies, is also joining Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon and the line-up of stars returning to the Festival to be part of Tenn @ Town Hall.  (more...)

Michael Thomas Holmes Stars as 'Tevye' in PTC's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Starting TonightMichael Thomas Holmes Stars as 'Tevye' in PTC's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF tonight, September 18 through October 3, 2015. (more...)

Keir Dullea & Mia Dillon Plan Tennessee Williams Theater Fest ReturnKeir Dullea & Mia Dillon Plan Tennessee Williams Theater Fest Return
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2015

In YEAR TENN: A Decade of Tennessee Williams in Provincetown, the TW Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary in grand style by bringing back popular Festival actors to take part in a special reading of excerpts from the 11 Tennessee Williams' premieres presented over the last decade. (more...)

Mercer Forms Strategic Alliance with Livongo Health to Provide Employers and Their Employees Better Solutions to Manage DiabetesMercer Forms Strategic Alliance with Livongo Health to Provide Employers and Their Employees Better Solutions to Manage Diabetes
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2015

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Michael Thomas Holmes to Star as 'Tevye' in PTC's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF This FallMichael Thomas Holmes to Star as 'Tevye' in PTC's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF September 18 through October 3, 2015. (more...)

Armando Arrocha Sings Canciones de Tennessee WilliamsArmando Arrocha Sings Canciones de Tennessee Williams
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2015

The popular singing/acting star of musicals in Mexico, Armando Arrocha will perform songs that highlight Williams' dramatic use of Mexican music in his plays. Arrocha had his first professional theater debut on stage in 'Les Miserables.' Afterwards, he participated in the Mexican edition of other Broadway shows such as 'Fiddler on the Roof', 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'MAMMA MIA!.' (more...)

New John Guare Play to Debut at Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in ProvincetownNew John Guare Play to Debut at Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

 TW Fest Curator David Kaplan said, "This year, we are thrilled to have one of today's great American playwright with us -- John Guare.   Guare, the world-renown author of Six Degrees of Separation and The House of Blue Leaves, is bringing a staged reading of his new laugh out-loud-play, More Stars Than There Are in Heaven, to our 10th Anniversary celebration of the life and work of Tennessee Williams." (more...)

Michael Harp, Philip Earl Johnson and More to Lead A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL at the Paramount This WinterMichael Harp, Philip Earl Johnson and More to Lead A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL at the Paramount This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Families, set your holiday entertainment dials for excitement, because Chicago musical theater powerhouse, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, is turning one of the most iconic holiday movies ever made into a larger-than-life musical blockbuster, November 25-January 3. (more...)

Yashi to Host Local Video Summit at the TimesCenter in New York CityYashi to Host Local Video Summit at the TimesCenter in New York City
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

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Provincetown's Tennessee Williams Fest to Feature International Productions & MoreProvincetown's Tennessee Williams Fest to Feature International Productions & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Every September, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival (TW Fest) draws theater-lovers from around the globe to celebrate the life, work, and enduring relevance of America's great playwright in performances of his classics, his daring experimental works, and new works Williams has inspired. Since its founding in 2006, the TW Festival has presented 58 plays by Williams, including ten world premieres. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 9, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Beaches,' 'Kinky Boots' and 'Gotta Dance' show how a pre-Broadway tryout is done, while 'Fancy Nancy,' 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Pinocchio' go for a younger demographic. Meanwhile, Ravinia, Grant Park and Three Oaks (MI) do summer concerts, and The Music Theatre Company announces its own surprise demise. (more...)

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