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Maria Rizzo and Rachel Zampelli to Star in THE GULF World Premiere This Fall at Signature TheatreMaria Rizzo and Rachel Zampelli to Star in THE GULF World Premiere This Fall at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of The Gulf by DC playwright Audrey Cefaly. Directed by Signature's Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Signature Theatre's The Flick, Gypsy), The Gulfcontinues Signature Theatre's commitment to producing regional and local premieres of important new plays. The production stars Maria Rizzo (Signature's Gypsy, West Side Story) and Rachel Zampelli (Signature's The Fix, Dying City), and runs September 13 - November 6 in Signature Theatre's intimate ARK Theatre. (more...)

CHICK FLICK THE MUSICAL to Premiere This Fall in ChicagoCHICK FLICK THE MUSICAL to Premiere This Fall in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Grab your friends and head out for an evening of humor, heart, and harmony as Chick Flick the Musical comes to The Royal George Theatre Cabaret, 1641 N. Halsted Street in Chicago. This uniquely female-positive new musical begins previews November 1, and opens November 10 for an open run. (more...)

World Premiere of FREAKY FRIDAY will Land at Signature Theatre this OctoberWorld Premiere of FREAKY FRIDAY will Land at Signature Theatre this October
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Signature Theatre is proud to announce the world premiere production of the new musical Freaky Friday. The musical, based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films and developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres, features a book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. This premiere production will be directed by Christopher Ashley with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Freaky Friday will run from October 4 - November 13 in Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre. (more...)

Signature Theatre to Host 'Signature Voice' Competition This MonthSignature Theatre to Host 'Signature Voice' Competition This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Are you the next Broadway or pop sensation? The Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA is hosting the 'Signature Voice' competition on July 23rd during the theater's annual Open House. Held in Signature's MAX Theatre, the competition will host a panel of three celebrity judges in search of the best undiscovered singers in the DC region. (more...)

Felicia Boswell, Mark G. Meadows & Cleavant Derricks to Lead JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature TheatreFelicia Boswell, Mark G. Meadows & Cleavant Derricks to Lead JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Jelly's Last Jam directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight). The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson featuring the music of Jelly Roll Morton runs August 2 - September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer Directs SWEENEY TODD in South Korea - First Look!Photo Flash: Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer Directs SWEENEY TODD in South Korea - First Look!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer just returned from Seoul, South Korea where he directed a new production of Sweeney Todd at Theater Charlotte. (more...)

Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey Honored At 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards In New YorkRobert De Niro, Mariah Carey Honored At 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards In New York
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2016

GLAAD, the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, honored Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey, and the best in film, television, and journalism at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York on Saturday. Jennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari, Connie Britton, Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, Tamron Hall, Noah Galvin, Andrew Rannells, Andreja Peji?, and Jason Biggs were among the special guests. Recording artists Alex Newell and Bebe Rexha, as well as the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fun Home performed at the event hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Laverne Cox. The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo. (more...)

Victoria Clark, Michael John LaChiusa, Chuck Cooper & More Set for Symphony Space's Spring 2016 GalaVictoria Clark, Michael John LaChiusa, Chuck Cooper & More Set for Symphony Space's Spring 2016 Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Symphony Space will honor philanthropists Ted and Mary Jo Shen at their 2016 Spring Gala on May 9th. Hosted by James Naughton, the evening will feature performances by Victoria Clark, Lilli Cooper, Chuck Cooper, Ricky Ian Gordon, Michael John LaChiusa, Ted Sperling, Katie Thompson and many others. Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director at The Public Theater, will present the award to the Shens. (more...)

Bobby Smith & Brent Barrett to Lead Signature Theatre's LA CAGE AUX FOLLESBobby Smith & Brent Barrett to Lead Signature Theatre's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of La Cage aux Folles directed and choreographed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. (more...)

Symphony Space to Honor Ted & Mary Jo Shen at 2016 Spring GalaSymphony Space to Honor Ted & Mary Jo Shen at 2016 Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Symphony Space, the performing arts center known for its innovative music, film, dance, and literary programs, will honor Ted and Mary Jo Shen at the 2016 Spring Gala at Gotham Hall on Monday, May 9, 2016. (more...)

Many Manufacturers Not Prepared to Harness Benefits of Digital Technologies Despite Plans to Invest Heavily in AI and Related Technologies, According to Accenture ReportMany Manufacturers Not Prepared to Harness Benefits of Digital Technologies Despite Plans to Invest Heavily in AI and Related Technologies, According to Accenture Report
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

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New Musicals SKIN & BONES and U.G.L.Y. Set for SigWorks: Musical Theater LabNew Musicals SKIN & BONES and U.G.L.Y. Set for SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

The Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre has announced the two musicals that have been chosen for the SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab, a new developmental workshop for musical theater writers - SKIN & BONES by Ben Clark and Andrew Kramer and U.G.L.Y. by Darius Smith. (more...)

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim GalaPhoto Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

On April 4, 2016, Virginia's Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre honored the Broadway librettist John Weidman(Assassins, Pacific Overtures, Road Show) with the company's seventh Stephen Sondheim Award. The award, established in 2009 in honor of America's most influential musical theater writer and composer, was presented at a black-tie Gala Benefit at the Embassy of Italy. The Sondheim Award Gala benefited Signature Theatre's artistic, education, and community programs. Check out photos below! (more...)

Ed Dixon's GEORGIE to Receive Workshop in NYC Next WeekEd Dixon's GEORGIE to Receive Workshop in NYC Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Martin Platt and David Elliott (Perry Street Theatricals) announce a workshop presentation of Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, directed by Eric Schaeffer and written by and starring Ed Dixon, on April 11, 2016. The presentation will run 90 minutes, with no intermission. (more...)

Dana P. Rowe Chats with Cameron Mackintosh, Bob Avian & Albert Poland in First Epsiodes of New Podcast- TAKE IT FROM THE TOPDana P. Rowe Chats with Cameron Mackintosh, Bob Avian & Albert Poland in First Epsiodes of New Podcast- TAKE IT FROM THE TOP
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

American composer Dana P. Rowe announced today the launch of his new podcast series TAKE IT FROM THE TOP: Life-Lessons from Creative Maestros to Awaken Your Artistic Soul. The first three episodes of TAKE IT FROM THE TOP are available for download on iTunes or at tiftt.com. (more...)

Monumental Musicals, Lapine Premiere with Debra Monk & More Slated for Signature Theatre's 2016-17 Season; Plus Previously Set FREAKY FRIDAY!Monumental Musicals, Lapine Premiere with Debra Monk & More Slated for Signature Theatre's 2016-17 Season; Plus Previously Set FREAKY FRIDAY!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland announce the full lineup for Signature Theatre's 2016/17 season, including the previously announced production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's FREAKY FRIDAY. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Olivera and Dodge Revive a Classic with Ford's 110 IN THE SHADEBWW Interviews: Olivera and Dodge Revive a Classic with Ford's 110 IN THE SHADE
by Benjamin Tomchik - Mar 21, 2016

Combined together, the resumes of actress Tracy Lynn Olivera and director/choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge feature just about every great musical from the golden age of Broadway, except one. (more...)

Signature Theatre Extends Annie Baker's THE FLICK Through 4/24Signature Theatre Extends Annie Baker's THE FLICK Through 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Due to popular demand Virginia's Signature Theatre announces that Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick is now extended through April 24, 2016. The Flick follows the story of three minimum wage employees at a crumbling Massachusetts movie theatre and was called "the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater' by New York Magazine. Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, directed by Joe Calarco, runs in Signature Theatre's intimate ARK Theatre, March 1 - April 24. (more...)

Signature Theatre's Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation Goes to William YaneshSignature Theatre's Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation Goes to William Yanesh
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

William Yanesh, a Washington DC-based composer (Adventure Theatre MTC's CAPS FOR SALE), orchestrator (Shakespeare Theatre's MAN OF LA MANCHA) and musical director (Signature's THE LAST FIVE YEARS) will be honored with the Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation. (more...)

INTO THE WOODS, THE GLASS MENAGERIE & More Set for Garden Theatre's 2016-17 SeasonINTO THE WOODS, THE GLASS MENAGERIE & More Set for Garden Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

The Garden Theatre, located at 160 West Plant Street in historic Winter Garden, is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 Theatre Season, running from September 2016 - May 2017.  In addition to the six full-length theatrical presentations, the season will be dotted with weekend events such as music and dance concerts, as well as movies and holiday offerings. Subscriptions will go on sale April 1 for current subscribers, April 15 for new subscribers, and May 1 for single tickets at gardentheatre.org or by calling the Garden Theatre Box Office at 407-877-GRDN (4736). (more...)

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