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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati to Open 29th Season with HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 9/2-21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati opens its 29th season with the regional premiere of Hands on a Hardbody, the thrilling, powerfully emotional new musical featuring a country-rock-pop score by Trey Anastasio (frontman for the rock band Phish) and Amanda Green (High Fidelity, Bring It On), and a script by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Doug Wright (Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife). The show, which features a full-size Nissan hardbody truck on stage alongside its cast of 15, plays September 2-21, 2014 and is directed by D. Lynn Meyers. (more...)

BWW Preview: HANDS ON A HARDBODY, Coming to the Newly Renamed Levin Stage
by Steve Wilson - Aug 20, 2014

Hand on a Hardbody opens the Unicorn Theatre's 41st season on September 3, on the newly renamed Levin Stage. In a ceremony on August 10 The Unicorn Theatre renamed the Main Stage to honor Producing Artistic Director Cynthia Levin. (more...)

Unicorn Theatre to Present HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 9/3-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Hands on a Hardbody is a new rock musical about 10 Texans whose new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end and armed with nothing but hope and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In this hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American dream. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Welcomes New Director of Marketing
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

After a national search, Playwrights Horizons announced today the appointment of Kyle Sircus as the institution's new Director of Marketing. Beginning Monday, September 22, Mr. Sircus will join the acclaimed theater company direct from Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, CA, where he currently serves as Marketing Manager, a position created especially for him in July 2012. Mr. Sircus will lead the theater company's seven-person Marketing Department. (more...)

GREY GARDENS, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE & More Set for Custom Made Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Custom Made Theatre announces its 2014-2015 season. The award-winning company will stage six exciting works, opening with the Bay Area premiere of Eric Simonson's adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse- Five, or The Children's Crusade and closing the season with Grey Gardens: The Musical. Two of the shows are Bay Area Premieres and one, Plautus's The Braggart Soldier, or Major Blowhard, adapted and directed by Evren Odcikin, is a World Premiere. (more...)

Original Casts to Record TRIBES, DIRTY BLONDE, I AM MY OWN WIFE and More for L.A. Theatre Works' 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 06, 2014

L.A. Theatre Works celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014-15 with a season of ten radio-theater productions, each recorded by a star-studded cast in front of a live audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. All performances take place at the 300-seat, acoustically vibrant James Bridges Theater located on the campus of UCLA in West Los Angeles. In addition, the company heads out on its 10th annual national tour. (more...)

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, with Klea Blackhurst and Bernard Dotson, Opens 8/13 at Sharon Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2014

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above, inTriArts Sharon Playhouse's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, running August 13-24. (more...)

BWW Reviews: North Carolina Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Jeffrey Karasarides - Jul 30, 2014

In my humble opinion, North Carolina Theatre's production of 'The Little Mermaid' is absolutely a delightful night out to the theatre! (more...)

Tickets to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's 2014-15 Season On Sale 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

All single tickets to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's exciting 2014-2015 Season go on sale Monday, August 4 at 10:00 am. Subscriptions are still available and come in a variety of packages, including the newly added Tuesday preview subscription option. (more...)

Signed Copies of Walter Newkirk's 'memoraBEALEia' Available Now
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

On Saturday, July 19 @ 7pm, The Staten Island GLBT Center on Victory Boulevard in Staten Island welcomed Walter Newkirk, founder of Walter Newkirk Public Relations LLC and author of memoraBEALEia : A Private Scrapbook about Edie Beale of Grey Gardens Mr. Newkirk's book is endorsed by Broadway veterans Scott Frankel, Michael Korie ,Doug Wright, and Christine Ebersole ; of the Tony award winning Grey Gardens musical , Bryan Batt, star of the AMC TV-series MAD MEN, and Tony nominated actress Sheryl Lee Ralph ( Dreamgirls, Thoroughly Modern Millie). (more...)

BWW REVIEW: THE LITTLE MERMAID IS IN FINE VOICE AT NSMT
by Jan Nargi - Jul 18, 2014

Charming performances, strong music, and inventive staging create an undersea paradise for Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. (more...)

Staten Island GLBTQ Center to Welcome Walter Newkirk for memoraBEALEia Book Signing and Screening of GREY GARDENS, 7/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

On Saturday, July 19 at 7pm, The Staten Island GLBTQ Center is featuring very special guest Walter Newkirk, founder of Walter Newkirk Public Relations LLC and author of memoraBEALEia : A Private Scrapbook about Edie Beale of Grey Gardens, as he takes you into the world of Grey Gardens. The event is free and open to the public. (more...)

CAUGHT and More Set for Sundance Institute's 2014 Theatre Lab, Now thru 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2014

Sundance Institute today announced the nine projects selected to participate in its 2014 Theatre Lab, July 7-27 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The Lab is the centerpiece of the Institute's year-round work with the theatre community and is one of 10 residential labs the Institute will host for artists this summer, collectively representing the most promising new independent theatre and film projects. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: HANDS ON A HARDBODY Gets Another Regional Staging at Albany's Park Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Jul 07, 2014

Albany's Park Playhouse posted a teaser video of their production of Hands on a Hardbody running from July 1 - July 26. Not only is Park Playhouse's production the Northeast Regional Premiere of the musical, but it is also the first regional production since the controversial TUTS version. Watch the preview video below! (more...)

The Nora Theatre Company produces Bryony Lavery's HER ACHING HEART, 7/10-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 05, 2014

The Nora Theatre Company is proud to present Bryony Lavery's Her Aching Heart. The production includes original music composed for this production by Veronica Barron. The piece will be the Boston directorial debut for Lee Mikeska Gardner who was appointed Artistic Director of The Nora Theatre Company in November 2013 following a national search. The press performance is Monday, July 14 at 7:30PM. (more...)

Lee Wilkof, Bobby Moreno and More Set for Playwrights Horizons' BOOTYCANDY and GRAND CONCOURSE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Playwrights Horizons has announced initial casting for its upcoming 2014/2015 Season. The announcement includes casting for the first two shows of the season: initial casting for BOOTYCANDY, the New York premiere of a new play written and directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara (In the Continuum, Antebellum, Insurrection: Holding History); and initial casting for GRAND CONCOURSE, the World Premiere of a new play by playwright and two-time Obie Award-winning actress Heidi Schreck (There Are No More Big Secrets, Creature), directed by Kip Fagan (The Revisionist, Asuncion). (more...)

HANDS ON A HARDBODY to Play Albany's Park Playhouse Begins Todat, 7/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Park Playhouse, The Capital Region of New York's free summer theatre, has announced the title that will open their upcoming 26th Season. The outdoor theatre in Albany's Washington Park will open their summer season with the Local Premiere of the new musical Hands on a Hardbody. The musical, which played a run on Broadway in 2013, will be appearing at a regional theatre in the Northeast for the first time during it's run at Park Playhouse from July 1-26, 2014. (more...)

Fountain Hills Theater Announces 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Fountain Hills Theater is proud to present its 2014-15 seasons for its three venues, Mainstage, Mainstage Too! and Youth Theater. For additional information call Patty Torrilhon at 480-837-9661 or email patty@fhtaz.org. (more...)

Maryland Ensemble Theatre Announces Summer Line-up
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) has a full slate of programming this summer including a handful of Ensemble Member produced shows, the annual community collaboration with Frederick Community College, and The Comedy Pigs' anniversary shows. In addition to those shows the MET is also offering four sessions of Fun Camp and The Ensemble Schoolis offering an adult acting class and an adult improv workshop series. (more...)

TUTS Releases Official Statement; Cancels Remaining HANDS ON A HARDBODY Shows
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

TUTS Undergound, an exciting new venture from Theatre Under the Stars, is currently presenting Houston audiences with the Texas Premiere of HANDS ON A HARDBODY. According to a recent blog by Howard Sherman, the production varies greatly from the show that ran on Broadway just last year, as director Bruce Lumpkin made significant changes to the show without first consulting the authors. (more...)

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