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Michael Cerveris, Richard Maltby Jr. and More to Honor John Weidman with Signature's 2016 Stephen Sondheim AwardMichael Cerveris, Richard Maltby Jr. and More to Honor John Weidman with Signature's 2016 Stephen Sondheim Award
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Just announced, Virginia's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre will honor Broadway librettist John Weidman (ASSASSINS, PACIFIC OVERTURES, ROAD SHOW) with the company's seventh Stephen Sondheim Award on April 4, 2016. (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...)

Signature Theatre Announces Cast for Regional Premiere of THE FLICKSignature Theatre Announces Cast for Regional Premiere of THE FLICK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of The Flick directed by Joe Calarco (Signature's Cake Off, Shakespeare's R&J). The Flick follows the story of three 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 will receive its DC area premiere in Signature Theatre's intimate ARK Theatre, March 1 - April 17. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Alex Brightman, Cynthia Erivo, Lena Hall, Adam Kantor, Bebe Neuwirth and More Celebrate Drama League's 100th BirthdayPhoto Coverage: Alex Brightman, Cynthia Erivo, Lena Hall, Adam Kantor, Bebe Neuwirth and More Celebrate Drama League's 100th Birthday
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Jan 13, 2016

The Drama League of New York just celebrated a major milestone few organizations have achieved -- its 100th birthday! The 100th Birthday Party was held on January 11, 2016, at Feinstein's/54 Below, featuring cocktails, dinner, and a one-night-only concert celebrating The Drama League and 100 years of service to the American Theatre. BroadwayWorld has photos from the evening below! (more...)

Breaking News: Kitt & Yorkey's FREAKY FRIDAY to Make World Premiere at D.C's Signature TheatreBreaking News: Kitt & Yorkey's FREAKY FRIDAY to Make World Premiere at D.C's Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Get ready for a supernatural mother-daughter body swap -- onstage! BroadwayWorld is excited to report that D.C.'s Signature Theatre will present the world-premiere production of the new musical FREAKY FRIDAY. (more...)

Josh Lamon & Noah Racey to Lead ROAD SHOW at Signature TheatreJosh Lamon & Noah Racey to Lead ROAD SHOW at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Road Show directed by Gary Griffin (Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas, Signature's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical, about the real-life Mizner brothers and their quest for the ever elusive American dream, was praised as 'fierce, funny, lean and heartbreaking' by the Chicago Sun-Times when Griffin's production premiered at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2014. Road Show will run from February 16 - March 13 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE Breaks the Fourth Wall at Signature TheatreBWW Review: GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE Breaks the Fourth Wall at Signature Theatre
by Hannah Wing - Jan 12, 2016

Signature Theatre's world premiere production of Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, directed by Eric Schaeffer and written by Ed Dixon, is a powerful and passionate production that isn't the typical story of a mentor and mentee. (more...)

Lena Hall, Alex Brightman & More Will Celebrate the Drama League's 100th Birthday Tonight at Feinstein's/54 BelowLena Hall, Alex Brightman & More Will Celebrate the Drama League's 100th Birthday Tonight at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

The Drama League will celebrate a major milestone tonight that few organizations have achieved…its 100th year of service to the American theatre community. The 100th Birthday Party will be held tonight,January 11, 2016 at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street, Cellar).  The sold-out celebration will include cocktails, dinner, speeches and musical performances recognizing the history, achievements, and future of the award-winning arts education organization.   (more...)

Photo Flash: First Promo Shot for Signature Theatre's GEORGIE, Starring Ed DixonPhoto Flash: First Promo Shot for Signature Theatre's GEORGIE, Starring Ed Dixon
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

 In a special limited engagement, Signature Theatre presents the world premiere production ofGeorgie: My Adventures with George Rose written and performed by Broadway veteran Ed Dixon (Broadway's Anything Goes, Signature's Sunset Boulevard). Directed by Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Gigi, Follies, and Million Dollar Quartet), this one-man play chronicles Dixon's relationship with his friend and mentor, the Tony-award winning character actor George Rose (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, My Fair Lady, Pirates of Penzance). Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose will play in Signature's ARK Theatre from January 8 - February 7, 2016. Check out a just-released promotional shot for the production below! (more...)

Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year, BroadwayWorld! As we eagerly anticipate the amazing musicals and plays coming up in 2016, we're taking a moment to look back at the significant Broadway closings of 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Signature Theatre is Just Plain ExtraordinaryBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Signature Theatre is Just Plain Extraordinary
by Charles Shubow - Dec 21, 2015

By popular demand, WEST SIDE STORY has been extended to January 31, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMASPhoto Flash: First Look at Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's live rendition of everyone's favorite holiday special. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS! Don't let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down - Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what's most important during this Yuletide season. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, December 4 through December 13. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: Mime and Music Enchant Audiences at First Stage's A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMASBWW Review: Mime and Music Enchant Audiences at First Stage's A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Dec 2, 2015

In the 50th anniversary year of the award winning, animated television special, the live production A Charlie Brown Christmas captured the imagination of Milwaukee audiences this past weekend. First Stage presents a theatrical interpretation of the beloved holiday classic, adapted by Eric Schaeffer and overflowing with young voices, which continues to light up the hearts and laughter in Peanuts' fans since 1965. (more...)

Million Dollar Quartet to Celebrate 3,000th Performance in ChicagoMillion Dollar Quartet to Celebrate 3,000th Performance in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2015

Million Dollar Quartet runs through January 17, 2016. The Tony Award-winning rock 'n' roll musical has been breaking box office records at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. where it will be running for eight more weeks only. (more...)

BWW Review: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at The CoterieBWW Review: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at The Coterie
by Alan Portner - Nov 24, 2015

Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang delight young audience. (more...)

BWW Review: A Heartfelt, Nostalgic A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMASBWW Review: A Heartfelt, Nostalgic A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
by Misha Davenport - Nov 23, 2015

Emerald City's holiday production of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is a treat for young and old alike. As television holiday classics go, you can't get much better thant 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' and Eric Schaeffer's stage adaptation offers up a sweet, live action version that that is itself an instant holiday classic. (more...)

BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at the Olney Theatre Center - You Can Bet on Having a Great TimeBWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at the Olney Theatre Center - You Can Bet on Having a Great Time
by Charles Shubow - Nov 19, 2015

Frank Loesser musical is sure to entertain. (more...)

Heidi Blickenstaff Featured on Latest Episode of THE SET LIST PodcastHeidi Blickenstaff Featured on Latest Episode of THE SET LIST Podcast
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

On episode 9 of 'The Set List' podcast, Broadway's Heidi Blickenstaff (Something Rotten!, [title of show]) sits down with Victor Legra to talk about the PBS special FIRST YOU DREAM- The Songs of Kander & Ebb.  (more...)

Millbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble to Present A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMASMillbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble to Present A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Millbrook Playhouse (David E. Leidholdt-Producing Artistic Director, and the Board of Directors) is proud to present A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS to be performed by the Millbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble (MPYE). (more...)

Broadway Rock 'n' Roll on the Small Screen! MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Series Headed to CMTBroadway Rock 'n' Roll on the Small Screen! MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Series Headed to CMT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

According to a casting notice, the Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is being adapted into an 8-episode CMT series centered on rock 'n' roll pioneer Sam Phillips.  (more...)

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