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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aasif Mandvi, Marisa Tomei and More Set for THE PEOPLE SPEAK at BAMMaggie Gyllenhaal, Aasif Mandvi, Marisa Tomei and More Set for THE PEOPLE SPEAK at BAM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

BAM presents two stimulating evenings of history and ideas in March that focus on traditionally marginalized voices. (more...)

Photo Flash: Obsidian Theatre's PASSING STRANGE Rocks the StagePhoto Flash: Obsidian Theatre's PASSING STRANGE Rocks the Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Obsidian Theater in association with SRO Productions will stage the Tony and Drama Desk award-winning Broadway rock musical PASSING STRANGE for 14 performances  - February 9 though March 4.   Written by Stew and with music by Heidi Rodewald and Stew, PASSING STRANGE is a comedy-drama rock musical about a young black man's journey of self-discovery about family, cultures, spirituality, love, drugs, sex and music. (more...)

It's Opening Night for PASSING STRANGE!It's Opening Night for PASSING STRANGE!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Obsidian Theater (The Motherf***** With the Hat) in association with SRO Productions (Green Day's American Idiot) will open the Tony and Drama Desk award-winning Broadway rock musical PASSING STRANGE TONIGHT at Obsidian Theater. (more...)

Photo Flash: Obsidian Theater Presents PASSING STRANGEPhoto Flash: Obsidian Theater Presents PASSING STRANGE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

A young black man leaves his California home to find his art and what is real in Europe. (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Accepting Applications for Summer 2017Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Accepting Applications for Summer 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, announced that applications are open to all musical theatre writers for this summer's retreats. Rhinebeck Writers Retreat will host 9 musical theatre writing teams for 9 consecutive weeklong residencies in the Hudson Valley, New York. (more...)

OPERA America to Highlight Five Works in NEW OPERA SHOWCASE at Town HallOPERA America to Highlight Five Works in NEW OPERA SHOWCASE at Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, announces the details for the New Opera Showcase, taking place on Friday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m. at historic Town Hall in the heart of New York City's Times Square. (more...)

How is HAMILTON Revenue Helping the Public Theater? Oskar Eustis ExplainsHow is HAMILTON Revenue Helping the Public Theater? Oskar Eustis Explains
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

In a recent interview with News Chief, Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis explains that he has a different economic philosophy from the Public's founder Joe Papp. The non-profit has a 10% stake in mega-hit Hamilton, though only a small portion goes into the theatre's operating budget. Noting that the Hamilton revenue 'won't be around forever,' he explains that only $250,000 goes into the Public's operating budget an the rest is placed in cash reserves for 'artistic programs, acquisition of space, raising payments for artists.' (more...)

McCarter to Present 'Lab Spotlight' Production of Heather Raffo's NOURAMcCarter to Present 'Lab Spotlight' Production of Heather Raffo's NOURA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Award-winning Iraqi-American playwright and performer Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire) teams up with director Joanna Settle to examine the issue of fractured American identity in this timely re-imagining of Ibsen's iconic A Doll's House. (more...)

Obsidian Theater to Open 2017 Season with PASSING STRANGEObsidian Theater to Open 2017 Season with PASSING STRANGE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2016

Theater in association with SRO Productions will stage the Tony and Drama Desk Award winning Broadway musical PASSING STRANGE for 14 performances at Theater - Feb 9 though March 4. Written by Stew and with music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, PASSING STRANGE is a comedy-drama rock musical about a young black man's journey of self-discovery about family, cultures, spirituality, love, drugs, sex and music. (more...)

String Quartet ETHEL Sets Winter/Spring 2017 Season with Stops at National Sawdust and MoreString Quartet ETHEL Sets Winter/Spring 2017 Season with Stops at National Sawdust and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

ETHEL, the musically omnivorous string quartet The New York Times has described as "indefatigable and eclectic" and The Village Voice called "a genre unto itself," announces its upcoming winter/spring 2017 season, building on the group's artistry and collaborative vision. (more...)

Stew & Heidi Rodewald Bring NOTES OF A NATIVE SONG at the Contemporary Art CenterStew & Heidi Rodewald Bring NOTES OF A NATIVE SONG at the Contemporary Art Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) is pleased to announce Notes of a Native Song, a musical collaboration by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, will be presented December 9-10, 2016 in the CAC's Freeport-McMoRan Theater at 7:30pm. A genre-melding, blues-rock song cycle, the performance celebrates James Baldwin, a leading African American writer and activist of the mid-20th century, whose work explored the inherent complexities of Western racial, sexual, and class distinctions. (more...)

Accepting Submissions for 2017 National Music Theater ConferenceAccepting Submissions for 2017 National Music Theater Conference
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, a two-time Tony Award winner and latest recipient of the National Medal of Arts, is now accepting projects for development during the 2017 National Music Theater Conference. Applicants may submit music theater works for consideration through Friday, November 18th, 2016. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 9/04/2016Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 9/04/2016
by BWW - Sep 4, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/04/2016 for Philadelphia (more...)

Hoi Polloi Stages Toshiki Okada's QUIET, COMFORT, Beginning TonightHoi Polloi Stages Toshiki Okada's QUIET, COMFORT, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

OBIE-winning theater company Hoi Polloi (Three Pianos, Shadows) presents Quiet, Comfort, a newly-commissioned text by Japanese phenomenon playwright Toshiki Okada. (more...)

Hoi Polloi to Stage Toshiki Okada's QUIET, COMFORT This AugustHoi Polloi to Stage Toshiki Okada's QUIET, COMFORT This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

OBIE-winning theater company Hoi Polloi (Three Pianos, Shadows) presents Quiet, Comfort, a newly-commissioned text by Japanese phenomenon playwright Toshiki Okada. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/20/16- PASSING STRANGESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/20/16- PASSING STRANGE
by Stage Tube - Jul 20, 2016

Today in 2008, Passing Strange closed at the Belasco Theatre, where it ran for 165 performances. Passing Strange is a rock musical about a young African American's artistic journey of self-discovery in Europe, drawing on heavy elements of existentialism, metafictional comedy, and the Kunstlerroman. The musical's lyrics and book are by Stew with music and orchestrations by Heidi Rodewald and Stew. It was created in collaboration with director Annie Dorsen. The musical was developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in 2004 and 2005, one of the only works there ever to be invited back for a second round of development. It had productions in Berkeley, California and Off-Broadway before opening on Broadway in 2008, garnering strong reviews and several awards. Spike Lee filmed the musical on Broadway as a documentary, premiering the film in 2009. (more...)

SHIP OF FOOLS, DARK CIRCUS, PROTOTYPE and More Set for HERE's 2016-17 SeasonSHIP OF FOOLS, DARK CIRCUS, PROTOTYPE and More Set for HERE's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

HERE has announced its 2016-2017 producing season, featuring three HERE Resident Artist world premieres, two international presentations from HERE's renowned Dream Music Puppetry Program, the fifth annual PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now festival, and HERE's yearly CULTUREMART festival, where HERE serves up a first look at new work in process from artists in the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). (more...)

THE WEDDING SINGER, Two Premieres and More Set for Theatre Three's 2016-17 SeasonTHE WEDDING SINGER, Two Premieres and More Set for Theatre Three's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Theatre Three unmasked seven productions, plus a curtain raiser, to be produced as part of the 2016-17 "Season of Masquerade" via video announcement on social media platforms at noon today, March 21. (more...)

Wilma Theater Adds Blanka Zizka's ADAPT! to 2016-17 SeasonWilma Theater Adds Blanka Zizka's ADAPT! to 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

The Wilma Theater has announced its final production of the 2016/17 Season, the world premiere of Blanka Zizka's Adapt!. Launching off of Wilma Artistic Director Blanka Zizka's recent receipt of the Vilcek Prize in Theatre-which recognizes immigrants who have made lasting artistic contributions to American society-this world premiere project examines the process of assimilation and adaptation. It also showcases artists from the recently launched Wilma HotHouse resident acting company, who have been developing the piece with Zizka during their weekly training sessions, alongside an exciting collection of international artists including composer Mariana Sadovska, Czech actor Aneta Kernova, and Greek actor and singer Aneza Papadopoulou. The creative team includes Set Designer Matt Saunders, Costume Designer Oana Botez, Lighting Designer Thom Weaver, and Sound Designer Daniel Perelstein. Major Support for Adapt! has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. (more...)

The Public Theater Extends Stew & Heidi Rodewald's New Musical THE TOTAL BENTThe Public Theater Extends Stew & Heidi Rodewald's New Musical THE TOTAL BENT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that THE TOTAL BENT will extend an additional week through Sunday, June 26. With text by Stew and music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the team behind the Tony Award-wining musical Passing Strange, which premiered at The Public in 2003, this world premiere musical is directed by Joanna Settle. THE TOTAL BENT officially opened on Wednesday, May 25 and was originally extended to Sunday, June 19. It has now been extended an additional week to Sunday, June 26. (more...)

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