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Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of THE GRAVEDIGGER at First Folio TheatrePhoto Flash: Inside Opening Night of THE GRAVEDIGGER at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

To kick off its 19th season, First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the World Premiere of the gothic drama THE GRAVEDIGGER, which opened October 4 and will run through November 2, 2014. The production is written by First Folio Artistic Associate Joseph Zettelmaier, who recently opened the World Premiere of his play Salvage at First Folio Theatre to sold-out audiences. Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely (First Folio's A Moon for the Misbegotten) will direct. The cast is led by Craig Spidle (Brigadoon at The Goodman Theatre, Twelfth Night at First Folio Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof at Drury Lane Theatre) as "Kurt" (The Gravedigger), Joshua Caroll as "Anton" (The Monster), Simina Contras as "Nadya" (A Gypsy), and Doug MacKechnie as "Victor" (The Creator). (more...)

Dan O'Brien and Suzan-Lori Parks Receive 2014 Horton Foote Prize TonightDan O'Brien and Suzan-Lori Parks Receive 2014 Horton Foote Prize Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

The 2014 recipients of the Horton Foote Prize, named in honor of the legendary writer, to award excellence in American Theater, are presented biennially. The 2014 Prize for the 2012-13/2013-14 seasons' Outstanding New American Play is awarded to The Body of an American by Dan O'Brien. The 2014 Prize for Promising New American Play is awarded to Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE GRAVEDIGGER, Opening Tomorrow at First Folio TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at THE GRAVEDIGGER, Opening Tomorrow at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

To kick off its 19th season, First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) is proud to present the World Premiere of the gothic drama THE GRAVEDIGGER, opening October 4 and running through November 2, 2014. The production is written by First Folio Artistic Associate Joseph Zettelmaier, who recently opened the World Premiere of his play Salvage at First Folio Theatre to sold-out audiences. Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely (First Folio's A Moon for the Misbegotten) will direct. The cast is led by Craig Spidle (Brigadoon at The Goodman Theatre, Twelfth Night at First Folio Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof at Drury Lane Theatre) as "Kurt" (The Gravedigger), Joshua Caroll as "Anton" (The Monster), Simina Contras as "Nadya" (A Gypsy), and Doug MacKechnie as "Victor" (The Creator). (more...)

Fred Barton Orchestra, Terri White, Sam Harri & More Set for AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS at Schimmel CenterFred Barton Orchestra, Terri White, Sam Harri & More Set for AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS at Schimmel Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

On Saturday, October 18, noted arranger Fred Barton will bring the music of Broadway and the American Songbook showmanship to the Schimmel Center at Pace University in American Showstoppers: An Evening of Cy Coleman. (more...)

Tennessee Williams Biographer John Lahr Coming to Steppenwolf, 10/13Tennessee Williams Biographer John Lahr Coming to Steppenwolf, 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Martha Lavey engages in conversation with John Lahr about his latest book, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh in a special one-night-only event, Monday, October 13 at 7pm in the Downstairs Theatre. Lahr, who served as senior drama critic for The New Yorker for more than two decades, recently released his twentieth book, an authoritative, extraordinary biography on Tennessee Williams that invites intimate access into the mind of a playwright whose work reshaped the American theater. The conversation will include a Q&A, followed by a book signing in the lobby. Tickets are $10 and are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted), at 312-335-1650 or at steppenwolf.org. (more...)

Broadway-Bound CAN-CAN Begins Tonight at Paper MillBroadway-Bound CAN-CAN Begins Tonight at Paper Mill
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2014-2015 season with a Broadway-bound, world-class revival of Can-Can starring Kate Baldwin as Pistache and Jason Danieley as Aristide. Can-Can will play the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from tonight, October 1 through October 26, 2014. The official press opening night is Sunday, October 5, at 7:00pm. (more...)

Howard McGillin, Corey Cott, Steffanie Leigh & More Join Vanessa Hudgens in Broadway-Bound GIGIHoward McGillin, Corey Cott, Steffanie Leigh & More Join Vanessa Hudgens in Broadway-Bound GIGI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Additional casting has been announced for the new Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, Gigi. Joining the previously announced Vanessa Hudgens in the title role will be two-time Tony Award-nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera) as Honore Lachaille, Corey Cott (Newsies) as Gaston Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh(Mary Poppins) as Liane d'Exelmans. Casting for the roles of Madame Alvarez and Aunt Alicia will be announced soon. (more...)

MGH-Set Medical Thriller ETHER DOME to Begin Oct 17 at the HuntingtonMGH-Set Medical Thriller ETHER DOME to Begin Oct 17 at the Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company continues its 2014-2015 Season with Ether Dome, "an essential story" (Hartford Courant) by Elizabeth Egloff about the advent of ether as an anesthetic and the resulting revolutionary impact on the medical profession. T (more...)

BWW Reviews: SMOKEFALL at Goodman TheatreBWW Reviews: SMOKEFALL at Goodman Theatre
by M. William Panek - Sep 30, 2014

SMOKEFALL, currently occupying the Goodman's Albert stage following last year's successful run, is absolutely stunning. (more...)

Goodman Theatre's SMOKEFALL Opens TonightGoodman Theatre's SMOKEFALL Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Goodman Theatre begins its landmark 90th season with an All-New Fall, two months of new American plays, each of which was developed in the theater's new play programs. Tonight, Smokefall -- playwright Noah Haidle's box office record-breaker that debuted last year in the Goodman's smaller Owen Theatre to enormous critical and popular acclaim -- opens on the Albert Theatre mainstage, directed by Anne Kauffman with original company intact, and runs through October 26. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at The Lyric Opera of Chicago's DON GIOVANNIPhoto Flash: First Look at The Lyric Opera of Chicago's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th anniversary starts in style with a brand-new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric's music director, and staged by director Robert Falls, artistic director of Chicago's Goodman Theatre. It opens on Saturday, September 27 with 10 performances through Wednesday, October 29. Performance dates are Sept. 27, 30, Oct. 11, 14, 17, and 29 at 7:30pm; Oct. 2, 5, 8, and 24 at 2pm. (more...)

DON GIOVANNI Opens Lyric's 60th Anniversary Season TodayDON GIOVANNI Opens Lyric's 60th Anniversary Season Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th anniversary starts in style with a brand-new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric's music director, and staged by director Robert Falls, artistic director of Chicago's Goodman Theatre. It opens on Saturday, September 27 with 10 performances through Wednesday, October 29. Performance dates are Sept. 27, 30, Oct. 11, 14, 17, and 29 at 7:30pm; Oct. 2, 5, 8, and 24 at 2pm. (more...)

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs to Present CYMBELINE & HAMLET this FallBrown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs to Present CYMBELINE & HAMLET this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs open their season with two of Shakespeare's finest, most dynamic works. Cymbeline, under the direction of Caitlin Ryan O'Connell ('16), opens October 16 and Hamlet, directed by James D Palmer ('16) opens October 29, 2014. Cymbeline, a romantic comedy that focuses on rebellion, justice and reconciliation runs October 16-19. Next up, Hamlet, running October 29-November 2, follows a young man searching for truth while avenging his father's mysterious death. All performances take place at the Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire Street, Downtown Providence. General admission $10 with a discounted price of $5 for students and seniors. Tickets on sale now at Trinity Rep's box office, by phone (401) 351-4242, or online at www.trinityrep.com. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents DON GIOVANNI: Past to Present Exhibit at Civic Opera House, 9/27Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents DON GIOVANNI: Past to Present Exhibit at Civic Opera House, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago is proud to present the all-new exhibition DON GIOVANNI: Past to Present at the Civic Opera House. The exhibit will open onSaturday, September 27, coinciding with opening night of Lyric's new production ofDon Giovanni, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric's music director, and directed by Robert Falls, artistic director of the Goodman Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's THE NIGHT ALIVEPhoto Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's THE NIGHT ALIVE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company launches its 2014/15 Subscription Season with the Chicago premiere production of The Night Alive by celebrated playwright Conor McPherson. Henry Wishcamper directs a cast featuring ensemble members Francis Guinan and Tim Hopper with Helen Sadler, Dan Waller and M. Emmet Walsh. The world premiere of The Night Alive was produced at London's Donmar Warehouse in 2013. The Night Alive began previews September 18, 2014 (opening night is September 28; press performances are September 27 at 3pm and September 30 at 7:30pm) and runs through November 16, 2014 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER Returns to Ensemble Studio Theatre, 10/1WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER Returns to Ensemble Studio Theatre, 10/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Cori Thomas's critically acclaimed raw, edgy and funny play about the many flavors of desire, When January Feels Like Summer, directed by Daniella Topol, returns Wednesday, October 1 for a month-long run presented by the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Women's Project Theater at Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Goodman Theatre's SMOKEFALL Encore ProductionPhoto Flash: First Look at Goodman Theatre's SMOKEFALL Encore Production
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Exactly one year after its world premiere in the Owen Theatre, Noah Haidle's Smokefall, directed by Anne Kauffman, makes its Albert Theatre debut-becoming the third production in Goodman Theatre's 90-year history to transfer from the theater's smaller stage to the mainstage in order for more audiences to experience an acclaimed new play. An exploration of the power and fragility of love through three generations of family life, Smokefall in its debut set the record of highest number of individual tickets sold in Owen Theatre history, and the production topped the 'Best of 2013' lists among major Chicago media. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

Clarence Brown Theatre to Present THE MIRACLE WORKER, 10/2-19Clarence Brown Theatre to Present THE MIRACLE WORKER, 10/2-19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Few stories are as timeless -- or reveal the courage and resilience of the human spirit -- as 'The Miracle Worker,' which will run on the Clarence Brown Theatre mainstage October 2 - 19, 2014. (more...)

JULIUS CAESAR, Starring Anthony Cochrane, Maurice Jones and More, to Open 2014-15 Season at the Folger TheatreJULIUS CAESAR, Starring Anthony Cochrane, Maurice Jones and More, to Open 2014-15 Season at the Folger Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Folger Theatre launches its 2014/15 season in Rome with William Shakespeare's enduring political tragedy, Julius Caesar from October 28 - December 7, 2014. Robert Richmond (Richard III and Henry V at Folger) directs the epic portrait of the battle between ambition and honor, conspiracy and loyalty, leading an outstanding ensemble including Anthony Cochrane (Broadway's War Horse and Folger's Henry VIII) as the honorable Marcus Brutus, and Maurice Jones, making his Folger Theatre debut as Caesar's closest ally, Mark Antony. (more...)

Court Theatre & American Blues Theater Extend NATIVE SONCourt Theatre & American Blues Theater Extend NATIVE SON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Due to early ticket demand, Court Theatre and American Blues Theater announce an extension to the world premiere of American Blues Ensemble Member Nambi E. Kelley's new adaptation of Richard Wright's classic novel, Native Son, directed by Seret Scott. Native Son will now run September 11 - October 19, 2014 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. (more...)

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