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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...)

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...)

Year TENN, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival Sets 2015 ProgramYear TENN, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival Sets 2015 Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

Announcing the program for Year TENN, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival (TW Fest),Co-founder and Curator David Kaplansaid,"This year's festival celebrates what happened to Tennessee Williams in Provincetown during the last ten years: his plays got performed here. We've rethought his classics, and rethought the plays he wrote that had been ignored or dismissed. The mantra that Williams had lost his mojo was replaced with cheers at the world premieres in P'town ofThe Remarkable Rooming-House of Madame LeMonde(TW Fest 2009) andThe Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore(TW Fest 2013). So we're bringing those two productions back for our audiences to cheer in 2015, along with eight other hits and variations." (more...)

Photo Flash: ANYTHING GOES Celebrates Opening Night at The MarriottPhoto Flash: ANYTHING GOES Celebrates Opening Night at The Marriott
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

One of musical theater's biggest hits, Anything Goes, the irresistible musical filled with unforgettable music and dazzling dance numbers, continues The Marriott Theatre's spectacular 40th anniversary season. The production opened on April 15 and runs through May 31 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Cherry Jones Named Guest of Honor at Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Fest's GalaCherry Jones Named Guest of Honor at Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Fest's Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, announced that multi-award winning stage and screen actor Cherry Jones will be the guest of honor of the Gala this year. In 2014, Jones was nominated for a Tony Award and won the Outer Critic's Circle award for her performance as Amanda Wingfield in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. . (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Stephanie Binetti and More in ANYTHING GOES at The MarriottPhoto Flash: First Look at Stephanie Binetti and More in ANYTHING GOES at The Marriott
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

One of musical theater's biggest hits, Anything Goes, the irresistible musical filled with unforgettable music and dazzling dance numbers, continues The Marriott Theatre's spectacular 40th anniversary season. 15-time Jeff Award-winner Marc Robin will bring his signature high-watt energy to the stage to direct and choreograph the toe-tapping musical comedy which is currently in previews and opens tomorrow, April 15 and runs through May 31 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Robin is joined by Music Director Jeff Award-nominee Ryan T. Nelson. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

The Marriott Theatre to Continue Season with ANYTHING GOESThe Marriott Theatre to Continue Season with ANYTHING GOES
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

One of musical theater's biggest hits, Anything Goes, the irresistible musical filled with unforgettable music and dazzling dance numbers, continues The Marriott Theatre's spectacular 40th anniversary season. Anything Goes features an unparalleled score by the legendary Cole Porter with a virtual hit parade of songs ("De-lovely," "Friendship," 'You're the Top,' "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," 'I Get a Kick Out of You"). 15-time Jeff Award-winner Marc Robin will bring his signature high-watt energy to the stage to direct and choreograph the toe-tapping musical comedy which previews April 8, opens April 15 and runs through May 31 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Robin is joined by Music Director Jeff Award-nominee Ryan T. Nelson. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 1st, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 1st, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 1, 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. 'Anything Goes,' 'A Funny Thing...' and 'Billy Elliot' prepare to open, 'Les Mis' racks up the raves, season announcements from the Paramount, Kokandy, The Hypocrites and Chicago Shakes, plus another Austen adaptation, and legs for Ethel Merman. Enjoy the warmth! (more...)

Stephanie Binetti to Lead ANYTHING GOES at The Marriott Theatre; Cast Set!Stephanie Binetti to Lead ANYTHING GOES at The Marriott Theatre; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

One of musical theater's biggest hits, Anything Goes, the irresistible musical filled with unforgettable music and dazzling dance numbers, continues The Marriott Theatre's spectacular 40th anniversary season. Anything Goes features an unparalleled score by the legendary Cole Porter with a virtual hit parade of songs ('De-lovely,' 'Friendship,' 'You're the Top,' 'Blow, Gabriel, Blow,' 'I Get a Kick Out of You'). 15-time Jeff Award-winner Marc Robin will bring his signature high-watt energy to the stage to direct and choreograph the toe-tapping musical comedy which previews April 8, opens April 15 and runs through May 31 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Robin is joined by Music Director Jeff Award-nominee Ryan T. Nelson. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 11th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 11th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 11, 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. Ravinia's summer season announced, plus the 'Mormon' and 'Merman' rivalry/revelry. 'The Addams Family' and 'Mr. Burns' extend, 'That's Weird' goes musical, Annaleigh Ashford and 'Tyler's Songs' bow on March 21, and Joan Curto and 'Finishing The Birthday Hat' honor Sondheim's 85th birthday! (more...)

Chicago Theaters Will Unite for Gilda's Club & Sondheim's 85th Birthday at Stage 773, 3/22Chicago Theaters Will Unite for Gilda's Club & Sondheim's 85th Birthday at Stage 773, 3/22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

On Sunday, March 22nd, a very special performance honoring Stephen Sondheim with proceeds to Gilda's Club Chicago will take place at Stage 773 in Chicago. Improvised Sondheim Project, along with Jeff Award Nominees Option Up, and special guests The Hypocrites and Kokandy Productions, will unite for an evening of entertainment on the occasion of Sondheim's 85th birthday. (more...)

Olympia Dukakis, Estelle Parsons and More Set for ASPHODEL Reading at 92Y Next WeekOlympia Dukakis, Estelle Parsons and More Set for ASPHODEL Reading at 92Y Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

In advance of the inaugural Eudora Welty Biennial, which opens in Jackson, Mississippi, 92Y's Unterberg Poetry Center presents a dramatic reading of Asphodel, a story of three women visiting a country estate in memory of an eccentric friend who recently passed away. The production features actresses Olympia Dukakis, Estelle Parsons and Brenda Currin; David Kaplan is the director. (more...)

Tennessee Williams Theater Fest Brings HOTEL PLAYS to NOLA & Hermann-Grima in New OrleansTennessee Williams Theater Fest Brings HOTEL PLAYS to NOLA & Hermann-Grima in New Orleans
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

As part of the 29th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in New Orleans from March 25th through 29th, the rooms of the historic Hermann-Grima House Museum will echo with performances of plays by Tennessee Williams written and set in the French Quarter. (more...)

John Patrick Shanley, John Lahr and More to Headline 2015 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 3/25-29John Patrick Shanley, John Lahr and More to Headline 2015 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 3/25-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Theater luminaries John Patrick Shanley, Keir Dullea, Mia Dillon, Martin Sherman, Brenda Currin, John Lahr, John Waters, Bryan Batt and Joel Vig are just a few of the illustrious headliners who will participate in the 29th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, March 25-29, 2015. (more...)

OPTION UP! to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary 2/8 at Stage 773OPTION UP! to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary 2/8 at Stage 773
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Option Up!, the acclaimed musical theater cabaret and talk-show, celebrates its one-year anniversary on Sunday, February 8, 2015 in The Cab at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago. Featuring Aaron Benham and Christopher Pazdernik, Option Up! runs the second Sunday of each month through May 10 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Holiday Drive at Syracuse Stage Raises Over $29,000 for BC/EFAHoliday Drive at Syracuse Stage Raises Over $29,000 for BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

This past holiday season, Syracuse Stage patrons donated over $29,000 for organizations providing support for people living with HIV or AIDS. This marks a record-breaking figure for the annual campaign in Syracuse, an effort coordinated by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at theatres across the nation. In 21 years of the campaign at Syracuse Stage, audience members have donated over $337,000 for this cause. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Syracuse Stage's HAIRSPRAYPhoto Flash: First Look at Syracuse Stage's HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Bubbling with joy and 60s era music and dance, Hairspray is the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. Tracy Turnblad is a teen whose life revolves around dancing on the Corny Collins TV show. Who knew that a teenybopper TV show could be a catalyst for integration? You can't stop the beat, and truth be told, you won't want to once the all-singing and dancing cast takes the stage. (more...)

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