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BWW Review: Gentlemen Prefer Booty in Kirsten Childs' BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALEBWW Review: Gentlemen Prefer Booty in Kirsten Childs' BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE
by Michael Dale - Jun 24, 2017

The recent Signature Theatre revival of Suzan Lori-Parks' VENUS, based on the true story of Saartjie Baartman, depicted a 19th Century African woman who was subjected to exploitation because of white people's fascination with her prominent posterior.  But the mood is considerably lighter over at Playwrights Horizons these days, where the title character of Kirsten Childs' joyfully old-fashioned, but sneakily subversive new musical, BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE, is a 19th Century African-American woman who celebrates the attention her queenly derriere receives and uses it as a source of empowerment. (more...)

BroadwayHD Will Record Broadway's PRESENT LAUGHTER, Starring Kevin Kline, TonightBroadwayHD Will Record Broadway's PRESENT LAUGHTER, Starring Kevin Kline, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

Can't travel to New York? No problem! BroadwayHD has just announced it will record tonight's performance of PRESENT LAUGHTER, starring Academy Award and two-time Tony Award winner Kevin Kline in his triumphant return to Broadway, for on-demand viewing on BroadwayHD.com later this year. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Autism Is Metaphor In THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ~ A Work Of Astonishing MagnitudeBWW REVIEW: Autism Is Metaphor In THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ~ A Work Of Astonishing Magnitude
by Herbert Paine - Jun 21, 2017

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is a landmark piece of theatre, melding acting and technology with a result that is astonishing and riveting ~ a spectacle that is spectacular, requiring the directorial brilliance of Marianne Elliott, and featuring the tour de force performance of Adam Langdon in the National Theatre's tour production at ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ. (more...)

BWW Review:  Martyna Majok's Bittersweet and Humorous COST OF LIVING Explores The Mending of Various WoundsBWW Review: Martyna Majok's Bittersweet and Humorous COST OF LIVING Explores The Mending of Various Wounds
by Michael Dale - Jun 21, 2017

Though the lonely, out-of-work truck driver Eddie continued to text love notes to his estranged wife's cell phone number long after her death, he never expect to get an answer. (more...)

BWW Review:  HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Rocks the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Rocks the Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - Jun 18, 2017

Simply put, get thee to the Kennedy Center to experience it for yourself. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kally Duling of FUN HOME at The BushnellBWW Interview: Kally Duling of FUN HOME at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - Jun 17, 2017

Looking back at one's childhood with grown-up eyes can be revealing in many ways. Sometimes we understand better the sacrifices our parents made to give us the things they never had. And sometimes, exploring the past helps us find closure, clarity, and a sense of peace. In the Tony Award winning musical, FUN HOME, the character of Alison does just this - peers back at her life and reveals the joy and pain hidden in the past. Based on the acclaimed, autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, FUN HOME arrives in Hartford at The Bushnell June 20 - 25. I had the pleasure of catching up with Kally Duling who plays the character of Joan, and who shared her insights on the show and its important message. (more...)

BWW Review:  Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello Make For A Meatier SWEENEY TODDBWW Review: Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello Make For A Meatier SWEENEY TODD
by Michael Dale - Jun 17, 2017

The new Off-Broadway production of SWEENEY TODD just got a whole lot meatier.  No, the chef hasn't been adding more filling to the tasty meat pies audience members can enjoy before the performance.  The new reason for checking into the Barrow Street Theater is a chance to see two top shelf singer/actors, Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello, transform a production that opened in March as an amusing Grand Guignol melodrama into a deeply moving and gorgeously sung evening of thrilling musical theatre. (more...)

DVR Alert - SWEENEY TODD's Carolee Carmello and Norm Lewis to Perform on TODAYDVR Alert - SWEENEY TODD's Carolee Carmello and Norm Lewis to Perform on TODAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

BWW has learned that on Tuesday, June 27th, the Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will perform on the morning show. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor and Celia Weston in MARVIN'S ROOMPhoto Flash: First Look at Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor and Celia Weston in MARVIN'S ROOM
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Broadway premiere of Marvin's Room, by Scott McPherson, directed by Obie Award-winning director, Anne Kauffman (Detroit) making her Broadway debut. Janeane Garofalo will star as 'Lee' in her Broadway debut; Lili Taylor will star as 'Bessie' and Celia Weston will star as 'Ruth.' BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Morning Brief June 15th, 2017 - Kevin Spacey in CLARENCE DARROW and More!BWW Morning Brief June 15th, 2017 - Kevin Spacey in CLARENCE DARROW and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 15, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: Tonys host Kevin Spacey stars in CLARENCE DARROW in Flushing tonight! (more...)

Donald Trump Jr. Tweet Ties  JULIUS CAESAR Controversy to Virginia ShootingDonald Trump Jr. Tweet Ties JULIUS CAESAR Controversy to Virginia Shooting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

Earlier this week, news broke that two major sponsors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America, had pulled financial support for The Public Theater in response to their Donald Trump-Themed Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR. Now Donald Trump, Jr. is trying to draw a connection between the production and this morning's shooting at a congressional baseball practice. (more...)

BWW Review: Tarnished CABARET at Paramount Shows How Good This Classic Can BeBWW Review: Tarnished CABARET at Paramount Shows How Good This Classic Can Be
by Jay Irwin - Jun 14, 2017

The 1998 Sam Mendes staging of Kander and Ebb's classic "Cabaret" has come through the Paramount several times. And why not? It's a great show and a big crowd pleaser. But it requires a cast that gets the show and the tone to be done right. Fortunately for us the current tour at the Paramount is a shiny (or rather intentionally not shiny) example of how good this show can be and why it's still an enduring classic. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at NAPOLI, BROOKLYN Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: First Look at NAPOLI, BROOKLYN Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Meghan Kennedy's (Too Much, Too Much, Too Many) new play Napoli, Brooklyn, commissioned by Roundabout, directed by Gordon Edelstein. Napoli, Brooklyn is currently in previews for an official opening on June 27 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street). This is a limited engagement Off-Broadway through September 3, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Katrina Lenk, Will Pullen, Barbara Barrie and Anthony Chisholm Honored by Actors' Equity FoundationKatrina Lenk, Will Pullen, Barbara Barrie and Anthony Chisholm Honored by Actors' Equity Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Today, the Actors' Equity Foundation honored Katrina Lenk for her work in The Band's Visit and Indecent as well as Will Pullen from Sweat with the 2017 Clarence Derwent Award. In addition, the annual Actors' Equity Foundation Award honored union members Barbara Barrie for her work in Broadway's Significant Other and Anthony Chisholm for his work in this past season's riveting Jitney. (more...)

WAITRESS to Waft Fresh Baked Goodness Into the Cadillac Palace Theatre Next SummerWAITRESS to Waft Fresh Baked Goodness Into the Cadillac Palace Theatre Next Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Broadway In Chicago has announced WAITRESS will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) for a limited three-week engagement July 3 - 22, 2018. (more...)

Breaking: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Will Conclude Broadway Run EarlyBreaking: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Will Conclude Broadway Run Early
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, directed by Trip Cullman and starring seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney, Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey and Tony Award nominee Corey Hawkins, will close on Sunday, June 18, 2017. It will have played 21 previews and 63 regular performances. The production began previews Wednesday, April 5 and opened Tuesday, April 25 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). (more...)

BWW Review: Black Roman Lives Matter in Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARBWW Review: Black Roman Lives Matter in Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
by Michael Dale - Jun 13, 2017

For the past 400+ years, the title character in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has been traditionally regarded as one of the good guys. Oh sure, there was that time back in '37 when Orson Welles staged a production that had the Roman ruler interpreted as a stand-in for Mussolini, but The Bard's text is generally taken as a case where a powerful, but ultimately benevolent leader is assassinated by a group of questionably motivated, dagger-wielding senators who paint him as an ambitious populist seeking absolute power. (more...)

Oskar Eustis Delivers Statement Before Tonight's Performance of JULIUS CAESAROskar Eustis Delivers Statement Before Tonight's Performance of JULIUS CAESAR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

Following news that two major sponsors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America had pulled financial support for The Public Theater in response to their Donald Trump-Themed Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR, the Public Theater has released a statement. (more...)

Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Releases Statement on Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARDramatists Legal Defense Fund Releases Statement on Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

Following news that two major sponsors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America had pulled financial support for The Public Theater in response to their Donald Trump-Themed Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR, the Public Theater has released a statement. (more...)

NEA Confirms It Did Not Fund The Public's Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARNEA Confirms It Did Not Fund The Public's Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

Following news that two major sponsors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America, had pulled financial support for The Public Theater in response to their Donald Trump-themed Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR, the National Endowment for the Arts has clarified in a statement that none of its funds have been used to support the show. (more...)

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