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Cherry Creek Theatre Company THE LAST ROMANCECherry Creek Theatre Company THE LAST ROMANCE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

A crush can make anyone feel young again - even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk…one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol's reticence - and his lonely sister's jealousy - Ralph embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost. The Last Romance is a heart-warming comedy about the transformational power of love. (more...)

George Street Playhouse Announces Casting for Season-Opening MAMA'S BOYGeorge Street Playhouse Announces Casting for Season-Opening MAMA'S BOY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

George Street Playhouse today announced the cast of Rob Urbinati's Mama's Boy, which runs October 18 through November 6 at the New Brunswick theatre. Betsy Aidem (Broadway's All the Way, GSP's God of Carnage) stars as Marguerite Oswald, the headstrong mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, played by Michael Goldsmith (TV's Doctor Who, Gotham).  (more...)

George Street Playhouse Hosts Season Preview Event September 27George Street Playhouse Hosts Season Preview Event September 27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

George Street Playhouse will host a special event to preview its groundbreaking 2016-17 season and celebrate the 20th anniversary of David Saint's tenure as artistic director on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 6 p.m.  The evening will be highlighted by a performance from members of the cast of Daddy Long Legs and a meet-and-greet with cast members from the season-opening Mama's Boy.  (more...)


by Jay Irwin - Sep 19, 2016

There's nothing wrong with a bit of mindless fun at the theater. Some of my happiest memories are sitting in a darkened theater laughing hysterically at Mormons or man eating plants or oversexed puppets. But while the fun in those instances may be base and mindless they were all still backed up by a well crafted and well put together show and that's where "The Toxic Avenger Musical", currently being offered from STAGEright, falls flat. Sure, it's goofy, in your face, over the top fun but appealing to our love of things a little bit gross and repeatedly calling someone a slut cannot replace good writing and pacing. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY Opens at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre This DecemberCOME FROM AWAY Opens at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre This December
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Junkyard Dog Productions announced today that the new musical COME FROM AWAY will begin performances on Broadway on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) and officially open Sunday, March 12, 2017, following productions at Washington DC's Ford's Theatre (Friday, September 2 - Sunday, October 16, 2016) and Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre (Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017), and two special benefit concert performances in Gander, Newfoundland (Saturday, October 29, 2016). (more...)

The Provocative F*CKING MEN Transfers to The Vaults for 5 WeeksThe Provocative F*CKING MEN Transfers to The Vaults for 5 Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Following three smash-hit, sell-out runs in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe, The King's Head Theatre production of F*cking Men  is to transfer to The Vaults Theatre in Waterloo for a 5-week run from Wednesday 2 November - Sunday 4 December. (more...)

14 Shows, 4 Subscription Series: FST Announces 16-17 Winter Season!14 Shows, 4 Subscription Series: FST Announces 16-17 Winter Season!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Florida Studio Theatre announces the Winter Season - the largest season in FST history. With FOUR subscription series to choose from, there is something for everyone. (more...)

TheatreWorks' Robert Kelley Receives Palo Alto HonorsTheatreWorks' Robert Kelley Receives Palo Alto Honors
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley was the star of the show for a change - receiving proclamations on Monday, August 22 from both the City of Palo Alto's Mayor Pat Burt, and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, acknowledging his significant contributions to the community. (more...)

BWW Review: Raleigh Little Theatre's MEMPHISBWW Review: Raleigh Little Theatre's MEMPHIS
by Jeffrey Kare - Aug 22, 2016

Loosely based on the life and career of Dewey Phillips, one of the first disc jockeys to have ever played black music on the radio in the 1950's, Memphis tells the story of a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black nightclub singer who is ready for her big break. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: F*CKING MEN, Assembly George Square Studios, 11 AugustEDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: F*CKING MEN, Assembly George Square Studios, 11 August
by Adam Robinson - Aug 21, 2016

Straight from selling out in London comes a King's Head Theatre play by Joe Dipietro. F*cking Men is a modern interpretation of Schnitzler's 19th-century play La Ronde.  A play which caused great controversy at the time now retold through the lives of men who have sex with other men. Gay, Straight, Married, and Escorts, all interlinking characters have one connecting trait, they all agree "Why does any dude have sex with strangers? Because it feels fanfuckingtastic" as one character puts it. Three actors play the multi-character script, switching between roles like a well-oiled machine. Each is skilled and versatile, even though some very unnecessary badly chosen accents can leave you distracted. (more...)

Robert Kelley to be Honored by City of Palo AltoRobert Kelley to be Honored by City of Palo Alto
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

The City of Palo Alto has announced that Monday, August 22nd, Mayor Pat Burt will honor TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley for his significant contributions to the community. (more...)

BWW Review: ALL SHOOK UP Lightens Up A Rainy AugustBWW Review: ALL SHOOK UP Lightens Up A Rainy August
by Joni Lorraine - Aug 18, 2016

ALL SHOOK UP is just the right antidote for all the rain, politicking and back to school mayhem at the moment. Go see. It's fun. (more...)

Photo Flash: texARTS Production of ALL SHOOK UPPhoto Flash: texARTS Production of ALL SHOOK UP
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

TexARTS' next production in its 2016-17 Professional Series will be a musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Starring Michael Carrasco (North American Tour, Grease!), Rachel Pallante (The Vortex, The Tempest), Polly Seale (Radio City Music National Tour, The Wizard of Oz), Michael Marchese (TexARTS' My Way A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra), Kami Smith (Austin Shakespeare, As You Like It), Kristi King (Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Reefer Madness), Curt Olson (TexARTS, Guys and Dolls), Russel Taylor (St. George's Theatre, London, Romeo and Juliet), Daniel Cline (Austin Theatre Project, The Rocky Horror Show), and Toni Baker. All Shook Up runs August 12 - 21 at the Kam and James Morris Theatre. (more...)

George Street Playhouse's 2016-17 Season Subscriptions on SaleGeorge Street Playhouse's 2016-17 Season Subscriptions on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Discount subscription plans are now on sale for George Street Playhouse's 2016-17 season featuring two off-Broadway hits, two thought-provoking new plays and a fifth show to be announced at a later date. (more...)

TexARTS Opening Friday with ALL SHOOK UPTexARTS Opening Friday with ALL SHOOK UP
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

TexARTS' next production in its 2016-17 Professional Series will be a musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Starring Michael Carrasco (North American Tour, Grease!), Rachel Pallante (The Vortex, The Tempest), Polly Seale (Radio City Music National Tour,The Wizard of Oz), Michael Marchese (TexARTS' My Way A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra), Kami Smith (Austin Shakespeare, As You Like It), Kristi King (Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Reefer Madness), Curt Olson (TexARTS, Guys and Dolls), and Toni Baker. All Shook Up runsAugust 12 - 21 at the Kam and James Morris Theatre. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

5th Wall Theatre, the award-winning professional theatre dedicated to breaking through boundaries, will open its third season this fall with a comedic examination of gender politics. "Rapture, Blister, Burn," by Gina Gionfriddo, which was hailed as "one of the top 10 plays of 2012," kicks off a three-show subscription season in September. (more...)

Opening Night 20 Years Ago: I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGEOpening Night 20 Years Ago: I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE opened at the Westside Theatre on August 1, 1996 and continued for a whopping 12 years making it the second longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history after THE FANTASTICKS. (more...)

BWW Review: I LOVE YOU: You're Privileged, Now ChangeBWW Review: I LOVE YOU: You're Privileged, Now Change
by David Fick - Jul 30, 2016

There is a meme making the rounds on Facebook at the moment. Above an image of the cast of the television series, FRIENDS, a caption reads: 'This documentary of White Privilege is kinda long and hard to watch, but DAMN. Really lays it all out there.' This revival of I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE offers the musical theatre equivalent of that perception. (more...)

Sharon Playhouse Presents I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGESharon Playhouse Presents I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, proudly presents the Off Broadway musical hit, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, with performances August 4 - 14 at Sharon Playhouse Stage 2 (Bok Gallery - 49 Amenia Road). Opening night is August 4 at 7pm. (more...)

Damian Humbley, Sally Ann Triplett and Teal Wicks to Join Andrew Lippa in THE LIFE OF THE PARTY at TheatreWorksDamian Humbley, Sally Ann Triplett and Teal Wicks to Join Andrew Lippa in THE LIFE OF THE PARTY at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 47th season will feature American Premiere of the surprise London hit, THE LIFE OF THE PARTY, running August 24 - September 18, starring Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa. (more...)

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