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  • A CHORUS LINE, HELLO, DOLLY!, STUPID F**KING BIRD, BOOK OF MORMON, Rachel York and More Top 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards in D.C. - All the Winners!
    by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 21, 2014

    Washington theatre celebrated its highest honors for achievement at the 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards tonight, April 21, 2014 at the National Building Museum. Scroll down for the full list of winners! (more...)

    MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET National Tour to Play DuPont Theatre, 5/27-6/1
    by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

    The national tour of the Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, inspired by the electrifying true story, will appear at the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware for eight (8) performances only, from May 27 through June 1, 2014. (more...)

    Jonathan Tunick Recipient of Signature Theatre's Sondheim Award
    by Charles Shubow - Apr 13, 2014

    Famed orchestrator honored at fund-raiser at the Embassy of Italy. (more...)

    Pioneer Theatre Company to Stage DEATHTRAP, 3/28-4/12
    by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

    Written in 1978, Deathtrap still holds the record for longest-running comedy thriller on Broadway. Sidney Bruhl is a playwright desperately in need of a hit. Just in time, a former student sends him the manuscript of his first play, a murder mystery called Deathtrap. Sidney smells a hit, but he's never been that fond of sharing credit. TIME Magazine said, 'If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try Deathtrap.' (more...)

    Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff, Pamela Myers & More Honor Jonathan Tunick at Signature Theatre's 2014 Sondheim Awards Gala
    by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

    Broadway stars Heidi Blickenstaff, Pamela Myers, and John Leslie Wolfe performed alongside an 18-piece orchestra as Virginia's Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre honored renowned orchestrator and longtime Stephen Sondheim collaborator, Jonathan Tunick on April 7 - check out a look back below! (more...)

    Heidi Thomas's CALL THE MIDWIFE Kicks Off Third Season on PBS; Next Project Will Be Broadway-Bound GIGI
    by TV News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

    'Call the Midwife,' the acclaimed BBC/PBS series by Emmy-nominated screenwriter and playwright Heidi Thomas, began airing its third season on March 30, 2014 on PBS in the US and continues through May 18, 2014. The period drama, which follows the midwives and nuns of a convent in the poor East End of London in the 1950s, first premiered to record ratings on BBC One in the UK in January, 2012 and began airing in the US in fall of 2012 on PBS, earning ecstatic reviews from television writers. It is currently the BBC's top-rated drama, earning 10.5 million viewers per episode and has been sold to 197 territories worldwide. 'Call the Midwife' is produced by Neal Street Productions, a film, television and stage production company, founded and run by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling. (more...)

    MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Comes to the Van Wezel Tonight
    by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

    The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Million Dollar Quartet, will light up the stage of the, Van Wezel tonight and tomorrow, April 8 and April 9, 2014. Inspired by an electrifying true story, Million Dollar Quartet brings a piece of rock-and-roll history to life. The New York Times Describes it as 'A buoyant new musical that whips the crowd into a frenzy with blast after blast of explosive vitality!' (more...)

    Heidi Blickenstaff, Pamela Myers & Ron Raines Set for Signature Theatre's Sondheim Gala Honoring Jonathan Tunick, 4/7
    by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

    On April 7, 2014, Broadway stars Heidi Blickenstaff, Pamela Myers, and Ron Raines will perform alongside an 18-piece orchestra as Virginia's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre honors renowned orchestrator and longtime Stephen Sondheim collaborator, Jonathan Tunick. (more...)

    Mitchell Jarvis and Natascia Diaz to Star in Signature Theatre's THE THREEPENNY OPERA, Running 4/22-6/1
    by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

    Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre announces the cast for The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's cutting and enduring critique of capitalism and corruption. Directed by Signature Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Tender Napalm, Dreamgirls, Really Really), the production stars Mitchell Jarvis (Broadway's Rock of Ages) as the charismatic Macheath, known to popular culture as Mack the Knife. (more...)

    Pioneer Theatre Company Stages DEATHTRAP, Now thru 4/12
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

    Pioneer Theatre Company presents the comedy-thriller Deathtrap by Ira Levin, today, March 28 through April 12, 2014. (more...)

    MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Coming to Van Wezel, 4/8-9
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

    The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Million Dollar Quartet, will light up the stage of the, Van Wezel on April 8 and April 9, 2014. Inspired by an electrifying true story, Million Dollar Quartet brings a piece of rock-and-roll history to life. The New York Times Describes it as 'A buoyant new musical that whips the crowd into a frenzy with blast after blast of explosive vitality!' (more...)

    DINER, KID VICTORY, SIMPLY SONDHEIM World Premieres, Plus CABARET, 'SUNDAY IN THE PARK' and More Set for Signature Theatre's 25th Anniversary Season
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

    Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre announces its 25th Anniversary season, illustrating its commitment to provide theater artists a home to create, explore and reinvent new works. (more...)

    Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 3/16/2014
    by BWW - Mar 16, 2014

    Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/16/2014 for Norfolk (more...)

    MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Plays the Morris Performing Arts Center This Weekend
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

    The national tour of the Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, inspired by the electrifying true story, makes its South Bend premiere today, March 14-15, 2014 at The Morris Performing Arts Center as part of the 2013-14 Broadway In South Bend Series. (more...)

    Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 3/09/2014
    by BWW - Mar 09, 2014

    Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/09/2014 for Norfolk (more...)

    Pioneer Theatre Company to Stage DEATHTRAP, 3/28-4/12
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

    Written in 1978, Deathtrap still holds the record for longest-running comedy thriller on Broadway. Sidney Bruhl is a playwright desperately in need of a hit. Just in time, a former student sends him the manuscript of his first play, a murder mystery called Deathtrap. Sidney smells a hit, but he's never been that fond of sharing credit. TIME Magazine said, 'If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try Deathtrap.' (more...)

    BWW Reviews: BEACHES - World Premiere Musical Shines at the Signature Theatre
    by Charles Shubow - Mar 07, 2014

    Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer once again demonstrates his success with new musicals. (more...)

    Pre-Broadway Run of GIGI, World Premiere of Susan Stroman-Helmed LITTLE DANCER & More Set for Kennedy Center's 2014-15 Season
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced its 2014- 2015 theater season today, including the pre-Broadway engagement of Gigi featuring a re-envisioned book by Heidi Thomas with direction by Eric Schaeffer. The Kennedy Center will also produce the world premiere musical Little Dancer with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman; touring productions of Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Once; and back by popular demand following its record-breaking six week engagement in 2013, the multi-Tony Award®-winning musical from the creators of South Park, The Book of Mormon, will return for a limited engagement. The season also brings the eighth season of Barbara Cook's Spotlight series, individually showcasing five Broadway performers in a cabaret setting. From March 2 - 24, Iberian Suite: arts remix across continents will bring a multitude of theatrical offerings to the Kennedy Center. As part of the Center's efforts to support the creation of new works, the Kennedy Center will host the 13th annual Page-to-Stage new play festival and the 47th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. (more...)

    Mara Davi & Alysha Umphress-Led BEACHES Opens at Signature Theatre Tonight
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

    Virginia's Signature Theatre presents the world premiere musical Beaches, opening tonight, March 4, 2014, and playing through March 30. Adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches is directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). This heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women stars Mara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie and Alysha Umphress (Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. (more...)

    Accenture Completes Acquisition of Businesses from evopro group, Strengthens Industrial and Embedded Software Capabilities
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

    The acquisition, announced on November 28, 2013, will enhance Accenture's ability to help industrial companies maximize the return on their investment in industrial software and automation by strengthening Accenture's software development skills. The acquisition will also support Accenture's digital initiatives. (more...)

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