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Hardscrabble Theater presents ARSENIC AND OLD LACEHardscrabble Theater presents ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2017

Farmingdale's new year-round theater opened last weekend with 'Arsenic and Old Lace' to great excitement! The Village of Farmingdale now has something it has wanted for some time: a year-round theater. (more...)

Watch Award-Winning Shows on BroadwayHD and Vote for the Theater Fans' Choice AwardsWatch Award-Winning Shows on BroadwayHD and Vote for the Theater Fans' Choice Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - May 26, 2017

As the Tony Awards approach, and New York's other prestigious awards are being handed out, what better time to dive into some of Broadway's best productions ever captured on film. In BroadwayHD's vast library, they have countless award-winning productions ready to stream.  We have pulled together some of our favorites below. Check them out and don't forget to vote in the 15th Annual Theater Fans' Choice Awards. After you have voted for your favorite shows, designs, and performances of the season, you will receive a code for one free month of BroadwayHD as a thank you.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Get A First Look at MAMMA MIA! at The Ogunquit PlayhousePhoto Flash: Get A First Look at MAMMA MIA! at The Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

The Ogunquit Playhouse kicks off its 85th Anniversary Season with the international smash hit Mamma Mia!, dazzling audiences on stage from May 17 to July 1. (more...)

Stephane Duret and Will Van Dyke to Perform at TDF's Open Doors GraduationStephane Duret and Will Van Dyke to Perform at TDF's Open Doors Graduation
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Over 400 guests including current and past New York City high school students and the performing arts professional mentors who have participated in TDF's award-winning Open Doors, the theatre arts mentoring program that TDF founded in 1998 with playwright Wendy Wasserstein, will attend this year's graduation at 5:30pm on Monday, June 5 at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 West 59th Street, NYC).   (more...)

BWW Interview: Valerie Vigoda Is Exploring Unknown Musical Terrain in ERNEST SHACKLTON LOVES MEBWW Interview: Valerie Vigoda Is Exploring Unknown Musical Terrain in ERNEST SHACKLTON LOVES ME
by Nicole Rosky - May 21, 2017

ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME is the epic musical adventure starring GrooveLily's fierce and funny electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda (Striking 12), and the courageous and charismatic Wade McCollum (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). This innovative, high-tech adventure tells the story of a sleep-deprived single mom who struggles to work as a video game music composer. Unexpectedly, she is contacted across time by the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey with her in video and song. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other. (more...)

Haedscrabble Theater Brings Murder, Madness and Merriment to Farmingdale!Haedscrabble Theater Brings Murder, Madness and Merriment to Farmingdale!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Farmingdale residents Joe DiPietro and Eva Dolan are collaborating with St Thomas Episcopal Church to bring back live theater to Farmingdale, NY. Their first production, which is scheduled to open May 26th, will be the timeless comedy, 'Arsenic and Old Lace' by Joseph Kesselring. (more...)

BWW Review: Polar Opposites Explore Romance In ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES MEBWW Review: Polar Opposites Explore Romance In ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME
by Michael Dale - May 19, 2017

Kat, the woman who's at the center of the wildly fun and unpredictable new two-person musical comedy Ernest Shackleton Loves me, is not exactly in a good emotional place when the show begins. (more...)

BWW Review: There's Plenty of Broadway Bravura in Theatre Charlotte's MEMPHISBWW Review: There's Plenty of Broadway Bravura in Theatre Charlotte's MEMPHIS
by Perry Tannenbaum - May 18, 2017

Under the direction of Corey Mitchell, Theatre Charlotte delivers one of their best productions in the past 30, with Joe McCourt delivering a Broadway-caliber performance as Huey Calhoun, the heart of MEMPHIS. (more...)

CREATING CLAIRE Opens this Weekend at Carpenter Square TheatreCREATING CLAIRE Opens this Weekend at Carpenter Square Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

From the Tony Award-winning writer of "Memphis," the popular "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," and the beloved "Over the River and Through the Woods," comes a very different story by Joe DiPietro. (more...)

TheatreWorks Announces Retirement of Robert Kelley After 50th SeasonTheatreWorks Announces Retirement of Robert Kelley After 50th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Ending one of the longest tenures in American theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announced today that Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley will retire at the conclusion of the company's 50th season, 2019/2020. (more...)

FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON and More Coming to Pleasance This August!FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON and More Coming to Pleasance This August!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre hosts the spectacular Cirque Eloize alongside Festival favourite Nina Conti and contemporary dance show Requiem for Aleppo as part of the Pleasance's Edinburgh Fringe programme this August. This programme marks the launch of a brand new partnership between the two venues. (more...)

John Addison and Arvid Larsen to Lead The Heather Brothers' HOLY CRAP at King's Head TheatreJohn Addison and Arvid Larsen to Lead The Heather Brothers' HOLY CRAP at King's Head Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

King's Head Theatre has announced the cast of Holy Crap, headed up by West End performers John Addison and Arvid Larsen. (more...)

Hardscrabble's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE to Bring Live Theater Back to FarmingdaleHardscrabble's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE to Bring Live Theater Back to Farmingdale
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Farmingdale residents Joe DiPietro and Eva Dolan are collaborating with St Thomas Episcopal Church to bring back live theater to Farmingdale, NY. Their first production, which is scheduled to open May 26th, will be the timeless comedy, 'Arsenic and Old Lace' by Joseph Kesselring. (more...)

Updated 'I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT', ACT OF GOD and More Set for George Street in 2017-18 at Interim VenueUpdated 'I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT', ACT OF GOD and More Set for George Street in 2017-18 at Interim Venue
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

George Street Playhouse announced today it will present its 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons at 103 College Farm Road, just off of Route 1 in New Brunswick -- 2 miles from its current home on Livingston Avenue.  Formerly known as the Agricultural Museum of New Jersey, and now owned by Rutgers University, the site will serve as the interim location of the Playhouse for two years as its future home -- the recently announced state-of-the-art performing arts center -- is built on Livingston Avenue. (more...)

Centenary Stage Company presents YPW Spring Festival of ShowsCentenary Stage Company presents YPW Spring Festival of Shows
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Centenary Stage Company's Young Performers work tirelessly to perfect their dance moves, learn all of their lines, and get their vocal harmonies just right for the culmination of their training session and this spring is no exception. These talented young thespians between the ages of 8 and 18 fill the Little Theater with musical theatre favorites for their annual Spring Festival of Shows May 26 through June 4.   Hailed as a "state treasure" by Peter Filichia of the Star Ledger and bringing in youth from Morris, Warren, Hunterdon and Sussex counties, Centenary Stage Company's Young Performance Workshop is one of the few young actor training programs in the country that combines formal training with practical application. (more...)

Photo Coverage: ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME Celebrates Opening Night!Photo Coverage: ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME Celebrates Opening Night!
by Linda Lenzi - May 8, 2017

After critically acclaimed and award winning productions in Seattle, New Jersey and Boston the new musical, Ernest Shackleton Loves me, officially opened last night, May 7, 2017 at Off-Broadway's Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rdStreet). This strictly limited engagement will play through Sunday, June 11th only. (more...)

Cast Announced for THE TOXIC AVENGER Musical at San Jose StageCast Announced for THE TOXIC AVENGER Musical at San Jose Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2017

San Jose Stage Company is proud to wrap its culturally diverse 34th season with the award winning Off-Broadway hit musical The Toxic Avenger.   (more...)

THE TOXIC AVENGER the Musical Comes to San Jose StageTHE TOXIC AVENGER the Musical Comes to San Jose Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

=San Jose Stage Company is proud to wrap its culturally diverse 34th season with the award winning Off-Broadway hit musical The Toxic Avenger.    (more...)

I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE and More Set for Theatre Too's 2017-18 Season at Theatre ThreeI LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE and More Set for Theatre Too's 2017-18 Season at Theatre Three
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Theatre Three Artistic Director Jeffrey Schmidt has announced the full production calendar for its downstairs Theatre Too studio space, including three new works from local playwrights and the final run of the annual musical comedy 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.' (more...)

Patrick Cassidy to Headline Ogunquit Playhouse's Season Opener MAMMA MIA!Patrick Cassidy to Headline Ogunquit Playhouse's Season Opener MAMMA MIA!
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

The Ogunquit Playhouse kicks off its 85th Anniversary Season with the international smash hit Mamma Mia!, dazzling audiences on stage from May 17 to July 1. (more...)

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