Ira Levin News

Date of Birth: August 27, 1929
Date of Death: November 12, 2007 (78)
Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Gender: Male
MARY POPPINS, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' & More on Tap for Syracuse Stage's 2016-17 SeasonMARY POPPINS, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' & More on Tap for Syracuse Stage's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Two musicals, two searing dramas, a renowned classic, and an all-time favorite comedy-thriller make up the 2016/2017 Syracuse Stage season. (more...)

BWW Review: DIAL M FOR MURDER at Olney Theatre Center - It's Like 'CSI' In PersonBWW Review: DIAL M FOR MURDER at Olney Theatre Center - It's Like 'CSI' In Person
by Charles Shubow - Apr 18, 2016

Olney Theatre Center Associate Artistic Director Jason King Jones directs an enticing psychological thriller. (more...)

BWW Review: Let the Youth Be Told in APA's New Hit SOCIAL SECURITYBWW Review: Let the Youth Be Told in APA's New Hit SOCIAL SECURITY
by Kristen Morale - Apr 11, 2016

There are quite a few advantages of getting old, despite what many people may believe: the well-worn worries of youth are whisked away in the leveled way more mature people live their lives, self-dictated rules and personal boundaries are set as people come into their own and emotions are at bay as people gradually accept and even embrace the monotone way in which their lives are lived. Youth can still be kept alive and may even be sought after, but that shouldn't be too strenuous a task, right? Ha, no. After seeing the workings of the Academy of Performing Art's newest production of Social Security, where insecurities run rampant, youth is a perpetual theme in hilarious unforeseen ways and basically nothing is secure, the irony of this show's title alone is bound to excite and surprise anyone one believes that youth cannot be rekindled in the old at heart. (more...)

Drury Lane Presents the World Premiere of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICADrury Lane Presents the World Premiere of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel runs March 31 - May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

The Fulton Theatre Sets 2016-17 SeasonThe Fulton Theatre Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The Fulton Theatre is thrilled to announce a season bursting with dance, iconic musical theatre heroes, and a music legend in its mainstage offering! The Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series, now in its third season, will offer three selections, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. The popular family series again will offer four shows that are ideal for the entire family. The 2016/2017 season kicks off with the mainstage series on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, with the triumphant Billy Elliot.  (more...)

Clear Space's DEATHTRAP, Starring Andrew Criss, Begins TonightClear Space's DEATHTRAP, Starring Andrew Criss, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Equity actor Andrew Criss, who appeared in the Clear Space Theatre Company fall production of LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART, will return to Clear Space to star in its latest show DEATHTRAP, a mystery play by Ira Levin. (more...)

Photo Flash: BYE BYE BIRDIE Opening Night at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Flash: BYE BYE BIRDIE Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

On January 21, guests gathered at Drury Lane Theatre for the Opening Night of their newest production, Bye Bye Birdie, directed and choreographed by Tammy Mader. With a cast led by Michelle Aravena as Rosie, Matt Crowle as Conrad's agent, Albert, and Jason Michael Evans as Conrad Birdie, audiences were treated to a throwback of the classic 1950's musical, brought to life again by this energetic and lively ensemble of 31. Check out photos from opening night, below! (more...)

BWW Review: Sierra Madre Playhouse Stages DEATHTRAPBWW Review: Sierra Madre Playhouse Stages DEATHTRAP
by Don Grigware - Jan 19, 2016

Broadway had one of its greatest commercial hits and the longest running comedy-thriller with Ira Levin's Deathtrap in 1978, and it was later on film in 1982 with Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve. Like Sleuth  before it, Deathtrap makes a game out of murder with plot twists too numerable to mention, and adds just a small amount of comedy to make it all palatable. It's a play within a play, making it doubly intriguing to watch. Now on stage at Sierra Madre Playhouse, this new production of the classic is solid with fine direction from Christian Lebano and a resilient cast. (more...)

BWW Review: A Bit of Comedy and Conniving Seizes Audiences with DEATHTRAP at APABWW Review: A Bit of Comedy and Conniving Seizes Audiences with DEATHTRAP at APA
by Kristen Morale - Jan 16, 2016

Directed by Rich McKey, who brings his creative vision of what kind of world Levin's five characters should inhabit as they simultaneously create and avoid their own demise, Deathtrap is a joyride into the minds of maniacal people who think that their plans and intentions will be brought about not only because of the sheer brilliance they believe themselves to have, but also because everyone else is not thinking along the same lines. From playwrights to psychics, to the innocent wife who sits on a couch and merely wants a part in the unfolding plot she knows nothing about, everyone in this show wants to be included in some way, shape or form; although this is human nature to some extent, what people will do to see their vision become a reality is nothing short of something out of a book…and that is exactly what makes this play so damn fascinating. (more...)

BWW Preview: Living Dangerously Brings Fame to Players in APA's DEATHTRAPBWW Preview: Living Dangerously Brings Fame to Players in APA's DEATHTRAP
by Kristen Morale - Jan 14, 2016

The Academy Playhouse, a theater that has brought Cape Cod audiences an eclectic mix of productions that are always of the upmost professional quality, is taking a slight tangent from its recently closed holiday presentation of Sounds of the Season and delving into a play of a more murderous nature, also chock full of just enough laughs to make audiences question whether or not they should, in fact, notice the play's comedic side in the circumstances presented. Written by Ira Levin, Deathtrap makes its way to the Academy stage and from the start captures audiences with the extreme witticism of its characters and the brooding sense of mystery and danger which the title of the play alone implies. (more...)

BWW Interview: DEATHTRAP to Open 2016 Season at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interview: DEATHTRAP to Open 2016 Season at Washington County Playhouse
by Johnna Leary - Jan 13, 2016

With the cold weather just beginning, the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater will present the chilling thriller Deathtrap for the first show of their 2016 season. (more...)

The Adobe to Open 2016 with Ira Levin's DEATHTRAP, 1/8The Adobe to Open 2016 with Ira Levin's DEATHTRAP, 1/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

A wickedly funny comedy thriller -- DEATHTRAP by Ira Levin -- opens January 8th at The Adobe Theater. (more...)

BYE BYE BIRDIE Begins Performances in January at Drury Lane TheatreBYE BYE BIRDIE Begins Performances in January at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

Bye Bye Birdie, the four-time Tony Award-winning musical, begins performances at Drury Lane on January 14 to conclude the 2015 - 2016 Season. The funny, irreverent musical takes audiences back to 1959 in quiet Sweet Apple, OH, where rock star Conrad Birdie shakes things up when he arrives to give one lucky teenage girl a special goodbye kiss. With a cast led by 2015 Jeff Award Best Supporting Actor winners Michelle Aravena as Rosie and Matt Crowle as Conrad's agent, Albert, Bye Bye Birdie is directed and choreographed by multiple Jeff Award winner Tammy Mader. Featuring musical theater classics such as "Kids," "Put on a Happy Face," and "A Lot of Livin' to Do," the inspired cast and creative team promise to bring a decidedly fresh touch to the timeless story.  (more...)

Review Roundup: Bruce Willis-Led MISERY Officially Creeps Onto BroadwayReview Roundup: Bruce Willis-Led MISERY Officially Creeps Onto Broadway
by Review Roundups - Nov 15, 2015

Broadway's new suspense thriller Misery, starring two-time Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe Award winner Bruce Willis and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf and written by two-time Academy Award winner William Goldman, opens tonight, Sunday, November 15, 2015, in a strictly limited 16-week engagement. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 11/08/2015Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 11/08/2015
by BWW - Nov 8, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/08/2015 for West Virginia (more...)

BWW Review: DEATHTRAP Ensnares with Wit and Style at NextStop Theatre CompanyBWW Review: DEATHTRAP Ensnares with Wit and Style at NextStop Theatre Company
by Jeffrey Walker - Nov 4, 2015

DEATHTRAP is an old fashioned, twisty thrill ride. NextStop Theatre Company puts the thrill back in thriller with a briskly directed, well cast production of the venerable potboiler. If we gave out ratings at Broadway World, I would offer NextStop four big ones for a production that crackles with wit and delivers a bloody good time. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 11/01/2015Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 11/01/2015
by BWW - Nov 1, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/01/2015 for West Virginia (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DEATHTRAP at NextStop TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at DEATHTRAP at NextStop Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

DEATHTRAP by Ira Levin, plays Thursdays through Sundays through November 22, 2015 at NextStop Theatre Company, in Herndon, Virginia. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Josh Bergasse to Direct & Choreograph HAZEL at Drury Lane; Is B'way Next?Josh Bergasse to Direct & Choreograph HAZEL at Drury Lane; Is B'way Next?
by TV News Desk - Oct 26, 2015

The Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace will present HAZEL, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip, and the 1960's TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 10/25/2015Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 10/25/2015
by BWW - Oct 25, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/25/2015 for West Virginia (more...)

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