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Brandon Victor Dixon, Taran Killam, Karen Olivo and More to Lead Musical Version of THE ODYSSEY at The PublicBrandon Victor Dixon, Taran Killam, Karen Olivo and More to Lead Musical Version of THE ODYSSEY at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

The Public Theater will kick off the 2015-16 season in September with a free Public Works musical adaptation of Homer's THE ODYSSEY, conceived and directed by Public Works Director Lear deBessonet, with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond. THE ODYSSEY will once again feature over 200 actors and community members alongside five equity actors, including this year Brandon Victor Dixon as Odysseus, Karen Olivo as Penelope and Taran Killam as Cyclops. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SERIAL Goes Live at Wolf TrapBWW Reviews: SERIAL Goes Live at Wolf Trap
by Roger Catlin - Jun 7, 2015

How would they turn iTunes most downloaded podcast "Serial" into a stage show? "All Things Considered" or "60 Minutes" never went on the road quite like this. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow to Kick Off 2015 Festival with Performances, Classes, Exhibits, & More, 6/13Jacob's Pillow to Kick Off 2015 Festival with Performances, Classes, Exhibits, & More, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

May 26, 2015 - (Becket, MA) Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking attendance of Festival 2014, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival opens its 2015 season in June. Highlights of Festival 2015 include Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a special dance and radio stage production starring Ira Glass, host of This American Life; the return of Nederlands Dans Theater 2; the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin's INTENSIO; Cuban contemporary ensemble Malpaso Dance Company, performing with GRAMMY Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble; and the launch of Martha Graham Dance Company's 90th Anniversary, including a world premiere by eminent choreographer Mats Ek.  (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2015 Announces Full Free LineupJacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2015 Announces Full Free Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking attendance of Festival 2014, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival opens its 2015 season in June. (more...)

Ira Glass Set for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, 6/13-14Ira Glass Set for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, 6/13-14
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

This June, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival presents Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a special pre-Festival performance starring Ira Glass, the host and executive producer of the famed public radio program This American Life. 'The Tina Fey of dance' (Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post) Monica Bill Barnes and fellow dancer and collaborator Anna Bass perform with Glass, bringing the unlikely art forms of talk radio and dance together for a production that is 'unapologetically human and refreshingly relatable' (Brian Schaefer, The New York Times). This limited engagement will be presented in the Ted Shawn Theatre for two performances only, June 13 at 8pm and June 14 at 2pm. (more...)

SERIAL's Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder Coming to Kimmel Center, 5/14SERIAL's Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder Coming to Kimmel Center, 5/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Pop culture sensation Serial is ripped from the headlines when Binge-Worthy Journalism: An Evening With SERIAL Creators Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder comes to the Merriam Theater on Thursday, May 14 at 8p.m. Presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, this live presentation allows Koenig and Snyder to take the audience backstage in the creation of this cultural phenomenon. Using some of their favorite tape, they'll tell personal behind-the-scenes stories, explain how they constructed certain episodes and allow the audience to follow the ups and downs of creating a new form of modern journalism that has captured the attention of a nation. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside FUN HOME's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals!Photo Coverage: Inside FUN HOME's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals!
by Walter McBride - Apr 20, 2015

Fun Home, the highly-anticipated, Award-winning American musical opened last night, April 19. With music by four-time Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori, a book and lyrics by Tony Award nomineeLisa Kron and direction by Drama Desk nominee Sam Gold, Fun Home started previews on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street), on March 27. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the red carpet theatre arrivals! (more...)

Hell in a Handbag to Stage Midwest Premiere of MIRACLE!, 5/14-7/10Hell in a Handbag to Stage Midwest Premiere of MIRACLE!, 5/14-7/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to kick-off its 2015-16 season with the Midwest premiere of MIRACLE!, the wickedly funny parody of The Miracle Worker as reimagined by Dan Savage, one of the country's leading writers/speakers/podcasters on sex, sexuality and GLBTQ issues, and directed by Derek Van Barham. MIRACLE! will play May 14 - July 10, 2015 at the newly-remodeled Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. (more...)

Ira Glass to Bring 'REINVENTING RADIO' to MPAC, 5/5Ira Glass to Bring 'REINVENTING RADIO' to MPAC, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Ira Glass, host of public radio's This American Life and editorial advisor for Serial, talks about pushing broadcast journalism to do things it normally doesn't do when he speaks at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8 pm. Tickets for Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass are $29-69. (more...)

Monica Bill Barnes & Company to Bring HAPPY HOUR to Velocity, 4/16Monica Bill Barnes & Company to Bring HAPPY HOUR to Velocity, 4/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

For one night only -- the hilarious and affecting Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass (NYC) trade their signature sequins and feather headdresses for a pair of everyday men's suits in Happy Hour, the world's first-ever cocktail party dance show. (more...)

Daniel C. Levine Joins Ridgefield Playhouse's Artistic BoardDaniel C. Levine Joins Ridgefield Playhouse's Artistic Board
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

?The Ridgefield Playhouse has announced the addition of Daniel C. Levine to its Artistic Advisory Board. (more...)

CLOSING THE GAP to Feature Songs by Levinson & Weingarten at Joe's Pub, 2/16CLOSING THE GAP to Feature Songs by Levinson & Weingarten at Joe's Pub, 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

Closing the Gap - A Benefit Concert - A special One Night Only Concert featuring the songs of Dramatist Guild Fellows Dana Levinson and Stacey Weingarten. Inspired by an Ira Glass quote, musical theater writing team Levinson and Weingarten air their dirty laundry and reveal the sometimes painful but often hilarious process of closing the gap between artistic taste and ability. All profits from this concert will go to the Levels Teen Center at the Great Neck Library. (more...)

Celebrating 30th Anniversary, THE BREAKFAST CLUB to Hit Select U.S. Theaters This MarchCelebrating 30th Anniversary, THE BREAKFAST CLUB to Hit Select U.S. Theaters This March
by Movies News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

The Brat Pack returns to the big screen March 26 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. local time with “The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary,” presented by Fathom Events, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and BY Experience. (more...)

PHILADELPHIA AND OTHER STORIES to Play Walkerspace, 2/11-21PHILADELPHIA AND OTHER STORIES to Play Walkerspace, 2/11-21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at The Bushwick Starr, writer Paul Rome and composer Roarke Menzies present 'Philadelphia and Other Stories' at Walkerspace, Wednesdays - Saturdays, February 11-21 at 8pm. (more...)

CLOSING THE GAP: THE MUSICALS OF LEVINSON AND WEINGARTEN to Honor Jackie Hoffman at Joe's PubCLOSING THE GAP: THE MUSICALS OF LEVINSON AND WEINGARTEN to Honor Jackie Hoffman at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Closing the Gap - A Benefit Concert - A special One Night Only Concert featuring the songs of Dramatist Guild Fellows Dana Levinson and Stacey Weingarten. (more...)

TV/Radio Pioneer Joe Franklin Has Died at 88TV/Radio Pioneer Joe Franklin Has Died at 88
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2015

New York's treasured radio and TV host Joe Franklin died on Saturday, Jan. 24, from prostate cancer. He was 88. (more...)

HERE LIES LOVE's David Byrne to Showcase Color Guard Teams in CONTEMPORARY COLORHERE LIES LOVE's David Byrne to Showcase Color Guard Teams in CONTEMPORARY COLOR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

BAM and Barclays Center present Contemporary Color, a performance event created by music icon David Byrne, co-commissioned by BAM and Toronto's Luminato Festival, and inspired by the high school phenomenon of color guard, known as 'the sport of the arts.' (more...)

Molly Ryan, Kat Edmonson & More Join Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks for Winter Variety Show TonightMolly Ryan, Kat Edmonson & More Join Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks for Winter Variety Show Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Join The Town Hall for our second annual winter variety show as an all-star lineup of musicians, dancers and singers perform modern takes on classic holiday songs from the early twentieth century, alongside exciting collaborations in the fields of dance, storytelling and comedy. (more...)

PHILADELPHIA AND OTHER STORIES Plays The Bushwick Starr This WeekendPHILADELPHIA AND OTHER STORIES Plays The Bushwick Starr This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Writer Paul Rome and composer Roarke Menzies present a new work of performance literature about road trips, relationships and an irritating rash. A disgruntled writer grapples with the existential angst brought on by the appearance of a mysterious skin condition. A casual New Year's Eve hook-up turns into a spur-of-the-moment day trip to the City of Brotherly Love, complete with the songs-Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Drake, Talking Heads-and memories encountered on the car ride there and back. A young musician revisits an ex-lover, while a young American recalls her time spent living in France post-college. (more...)

The Bushwick Starr to Present PHILADELPHIA AND OTHER STORIES, 12/18-20The Bushwick Starr to Present PHILADELPHIA AND OTHER STORIES, 12/18-20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Writer Paul Rome and composer Roarke Menzies present a new work of performance literature about road trips, relationships and an irritating rash. A disgruntled writer grapples with the existential angst brought on by the appearance of a mysterious skin condition. A casual New Year's Eve hook-up turns into a spur-of-the-moment day trip to the City of Brotherly Love, complete with the songs-Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Drake, Talking Heads-and memories encountered on the car ride there and back. A young musician revisits an ex-lover, while a young American recalls her time spent living in France post-college. (more...)

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