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Garden Rose Theater to Present I AM MY OWN WIFE, 2/18-3/6Garden Rose Theater to Present I AM MY OWN WIFE, 2/18-3/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Garden Rose Theater will present Doug Wright's riveting masterpiece I AM MY OWN WIFE directed by Nick Hrutkay and starring Benjamin James Michael from Thursday, February 18 through March 6, 2016 at Central Square Theater. (more...)

BWW Preview: I AM MY OWN WIFE Presents the Struggle for Identity and SurvivalBWW Preview: I AM MY OWN WIFE Presents the Struggle for Identity and Survival
by Maggie Yates - Feb 4, 2016

Based on the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (born Lothar Berfelde), I Am My Own Wife is the Pulitzer and Tony-winning production of a transvestite of renown in the chaos of wartime and post-war Germany. (more...)

BWW Review: High-Energy HANDS ON A HARDBODY is Enjoyable, but Uneven at the Garden TheatreBWW Review: High-Energy HANDS ON A HARDBODY is Enjoyable, but Uneven at the Garden Theatre
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 4, 2016

Let's get this out of the way first, the 'hardbody' in the title is a truck, a Nissan pickup truck to be exact; and while the name of the musical, HANDS ON A HARDBODY, might sound a teensy bit risque, it is filled with encouraging messages and life-affirming themes set to a high energy modern score. Presented by TheatreWorks Florida, the musical runs through February 21st at the Garden Theatre, and features an extremely game and talented cast, who unfortunately is not used in a way that comes close to maximizing their immense collective talent. The musical by Doug Wright (book), Amanda Green (music and lyrics), and Trey Anastasio of the band Phish (music) is based on a 1997 documentary of the same name about a Texas contest in which the person who keeps his or her hand on a truck the longest, wins it. While the show's ensemble construction gives nearly every cast-member multiple moments to vocally shine, it seems like a substantial amount of them have been shoehorned into roles that don't exactly match up with their particular vocal ranges, resulting in fairly regular pitch issues. That not-so minor issue aside, the show is a joyous, toe-tapping celebration of all the things, good and bad, that make people special. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Hunter Foster and Paul Gordon About SLEEPY HOLLOWBWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Hunter Foster and Paul Gordon About SLEEPY HOLLOW
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Feb 2, 2016

New Musicals at 54 is a series produced by Feinstein's/ 54 Below Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Some of the 10 new and diverse musicals by a selection of today's most talented writers have had out-of-town productions, some have had workshops... now's your chance to be first to see them in NYC! Join us at New Musicals at 54 for one-night-only concerts celebrating each new show with songs, behind-the-scenes stories, and all-star casts! (more...)

Sundance Institute Names Artists for 2016 Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross FoundationSundance Institute Names Artists for 2016 Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Sundance Institute today announced the seven artists selected for the 2016 Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, February 2-20. The retreat is one of the 25 residency Labs the Institute hosts each year for independent artists in theatre, film, new media and episodic content, and is made possible through the generosity of the Ucross Foundation. Over 90 Sundance artists have benefitted from time at Ucross Foundation including Charlayne Woodard, Jeanine Tesori, Doug Wright, Annie Baker, Adam Guettel, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Tanya Saracho. (more...)

Palo Alto Players Sets 2016-17 SeasonPalo Alto Players Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Palo Alto Players, the Peninsula's first theatre company, announces its 86th season - 'From Stage to Screen and Back Again' - featuring a collection of plays and musicals whose time-honored stories have been theatrical hits both on stage and in film. The 2016-17 line-up, beginning September 2016, was unveiled Saturday, January 30 by Artistic Director Patrick Klein and Managing Director Diana Lynn Berenstein at the company's annual Season Announcement Party and includes Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID; THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK; A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE; Monty Python's SPAMALOT and THE GRADUATE. All performances are held at the Lucie Stern Theater located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Subscriptions are on sale now online at www.paplayers.org or by phone at 650.329.0891. Individual tickets for the September show go on sale in August and for the remaining season beginning in October. (more...)

BWW Review: CVRep's A CLASS ACT is Enjoyable Musical TheatreBWW Review: CVRep's A CLASS ACT is Enjoyable Musical Theatre
by Audrey Liebross - Jan 25, 2016

CVRep has undertaken something new -- a medium-sized musical comedy with a four-piece orchestra. The result of its production of A CLASS ACT, the story of A CHORUS LINE's lyricist, is an enjoyable evening of theatre, with fabulous dancing. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Alison Woods and More in Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID in SacramentoPhoto Flash: First Look at Alison Woods and More in Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID in Sacramento
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Take a trip under the sea with Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID. This fun-filled, timeless tale makes its Broadway Sacramento debut in a limited engagement at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Feb. 2-7. Directed by CMT Artistic Director Glenn Casale, the show features Alison Woods as Ariel, along with several Music Circus Alums, including Eric Kunze as Prince Eric. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Full Cast Set for NYTW's RED SPEEDOFull Cast Set for NYTW's RED SPEEDO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) is proud to announce casting for RED SPEEDO, written by Lucas Hnath (The Christians) and directed by NYTW Usual Suspect Lileana Blain-Cruz (Hollow Gates). RED SPEEDO begins previews on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, and officially opens Thursday, March 3, 2016 for a limited run through Sunday, March 27, 2016. Single tickets to RED SPEEDO are now on sale. (more...)

Garden Theatre to Present HANDS ON A HARDBODY Central Florida Regional PremiereGarden Theatre to Present HANDS ON A HARDBODY Central Florida Regional Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

The Garden Theatre is proud to present TheatreWorks Florida's production of Hands on a Hardbody showing January 29 - February 21, 2016. Hands on a Hardbody is sponsored by Joe Worsham and Becky Worsham Farrant at Pacific Global Investment Management Company, Insight Credit Union and Toole's Ace Hardware. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 1/9-1/10/2016Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 1/9-1/10/2016
by - Jan 10, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, January 10, 2016 - Sunday, January 10, 2016. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/10/16- THE LITTLE MERMAIDSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/10/16- THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Stage Tube - Jan 10, 2016

Today in 2008, The Little Mermaid opened at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre, where it ran for 685 performances. The Little Mermaid is based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. The musical's book is by Doug Wright, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman (written for the film) and new lyrics by Glenn Slater. The musical had a pre-Broadway tryout in Denver, Colorado in July through early September 2007. The original cast featured Sierra Boggess in the title role of Ariel, Sean Palmer as Prince Eric, Brian D'Addario and Trevor Braun alternate as Flounder, Norm Lewis as King Triton, Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, Tyler Maynard as Flotsam, Derrick Baskin as Jetsam, Jonathan Freeman as Grimsby, and John Treacy Egan as Chef Louis. (more...)

GREY GARDENS, Starring Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell, Opens Tonight at Southwark PlayhouseGREY GARDENS, Starring Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell, Opens Tonight at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

The eagerly awaited European premiere of the Broadway musical GREY GARDENS, based on an iconic 1975 documentary, tells the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale. The production began a 6-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from on 2 January and officially opens tonight 7 January 2016. (more...)

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre to Stage THE LITTLE MERMAID at Firehouse Arts CenterPacific Coast Repertory Theatre to Stage THE LITTLE MERMAID at Firehouse Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre is proud to present Disney's The Little Mermaid with Book by Doug Wright, Music by  Alan Menken, and Lyrics by  Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. (more...)

Bowie & Walsh's Off-Broadway Hit LAZARUS Switches to Digital LotteryBowie & Walsh's Off-Broadway Hit LAZARUS Switches to Digital Lottery
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) and TodayTix, the theater ticket app, announced today a CheapTix mobile lottery for Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh (Once, Tony Award), BroadwayWorld has learned. To increase access to tickets, this TodayTix program will replace the previously announced in-person lottery and will offer $25 tickets to the fastest selling show in NYTW history. (more...)

BWW TV: Around the World - Inside Rehearsals for GREY GARDENS' European Premiere with Sheila Hancock & Jenna RussellBWW TV: Around the World - Inside Rehearsals for GREY GARDENS' European Premiere with Sheila Hancock & Jenna Russell
by Tyler Peterson - Dec 18, 2015

Olivier Award-winning West End stars Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell will soon lead the European premiere of the Tony-nominated musical GREY GARDENS - in anticipation, BroadwayWorld brings you footage of the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Celebration Theatre to Stage L.A. Premiere of DREAM BOYCelebration Theatre to Stage L.A. Premiere of DREAM BOY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

Celebration Theatre at the Lex presents its second play in its new home, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, the Los Angeles premiere of DREAM BOY by Eric Rosen, based on the novel by Jim Grimsley and directed by Ovation Award-winner Michael Matthews (The Color Purple, Failure: A Love Story). (more...)

NYU Tisch to Honor Tisch Family at 50th Anniversary GalaNYU Tisch to Honor Tisch Family at 50th Anniversary Gala
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

December 15, 2015: NYU Tisch School of the Arts today announced its 50th Anniversary Gala, Celebrating the Past/Creating the Future, to be held on Monday, April 4, 2016, at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. The event will be hosted by alumni Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee and will honor the contributions of the Tisch family. All proceeds from the gala will go towards scholarship funds to support talented students for the next half century. (more...)

Lois Smith Leads MARJORIE PRIME, Opening Tonight at Playwrights HorizonsLois Smith Leads MARJORIE PRIME, Opening Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist Marjorie Prime, a new play by Jordan Harrison (Maple and Vine, Doris to Darlene at PH; Amazons and Their Men; Kid-Simple; 'Orange is the New Black'). Commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Detroit, Maple and Vine, Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra at PH; Belleville; This Wide Night; The Thugs), the play is the third production of the theater company's 2015/2016 Season. The production opens tonight, December 14, at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street), and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 3. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jenna Russell and Sheila Hancock in West End's GREY GARDENSPhoto Flash: First Look at Jenna Russell and Sheila Hancock in West End's GREY GARDENS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

Photos have been released this morning  of Sheila Hancock as Edith 'Big Edie' Ewing Bouvier Beale and Jenna Russell as Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale in the eagerly awaited European premiere of Grey Gardens.  Check out a first look below! (more...)

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