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Alan Gilbert Conducts Final Weeks with the NY PhilharmonicAlan Gilbert Conducts Final Weeks with the NY Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Music Director Alan Gilbert begins his final weeks by leading the New York Philharmonic in Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The program juxtaposes the tragedy and optimism of human experience through Schoenberg's depiction of the horror of the Holocaust and the message of hope, brotherhood, and joy in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw will feature Gabriel Ebert as narrator (in his Philharmonic debut) and the men of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, directed by Joe Miller. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony will feature soprano Camilla Tilling, mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack (debut), tenor Joseph Kaiser (debut), bass-baritone Eric Owens, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, directed by Joe Miller. The performances will take place Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. The program will be presented without intermission. (more...)

BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Taut and Intense NEVER THE SINNERBWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Taut and Intense NEVER THE SINNER
by Chris Gibson - Mar 18, 2017

Like a lot of writer John Logan's works NEVER THE SINNER explores the darker side of humanity. It was his first play, but you wouldn't know it by the intensity it spawns as its tale unfolds. The New Jewish Theatre is presenting a taut production of this piece which focuses our attention on Leopold and Loeb, the teenage purveyors of the 'crime of the century' in the early 1920's. It's a well crafted and dramatic show that only breaks the palpable tension that's been building in the air for an intermission about half way through it. What makes this story particularly timely, in my estimation, is that these two 'kids' became enamored with Nietzche's idea of there being 'supermen' who are above the law due to their supposed superiority. That's a drastic simplification of the concept as a whole, but the point is that we can still see this type of thinking in the current world we live in. This is a show that's definitely worthy of your time and attention. (more...)

Victory Gardens to Present World Premiere of QUEEN by Madhuri ShekarVictory Gardens to Present World Premiere of QUEEN by Madhuri Shekar
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the World Premiere of Queen, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Joanie Schultz. (more...)

FUN HOME, MIES JULIE and More Lead Victory Gardens 2017-18 SeasonFUN HOME, MIES JULIE and More Lead Victory Gardens 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announces the lineup for its 2017-2018 Season. Victory Gardens' 43rd Season will include the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron; the Chicago premieres of Fade, a co-production with Teatro Vista, by Tanya Saracho, and Mies Julie, a contemporary reworking of August Strindberg's classic Miss Julie by Yael Farber, as well as the world premieres of Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate by Antoinette Nwandu and Doing It by Boo Killebrew. (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY to Hit the Stage at the Ordway This SpringWEST SIDE STORY to Hit the Stage at the Ordway This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present West Side Story, April 4-16. (more...)

A WONDER IN MY SOUL World Premiere Extends at Victory GardensA WONDER IN MY SOUL World Premiere Extends at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels announce a one-week extension to the World Premiere, hit production of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Chay Yew, with music direction by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul will now run through March 19, 2017 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at I'LL EAT YOU LAST at MTC MainStage!Photo Flash: First Look at I'LL EAT YOU LAST at MTC MainStage!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Jodi Stevens (Broadway's 'Urban Cowboy' and 'Jekyll and Hyde') stars as Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers in the hit comedy, 'I'll Eat You Last,' now playing at MTC MainStage in Norwalk, CT.  (more...)

Madhuri Shekar's QUEEN to Make World Premiere at Victory Gardens TheaterMadhuri Shekar's QUEEN to Make World Premiere at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the World Premiere of Queen, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Joanie Schultz. Queen runs April 14 - May 14, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Ron Fassler and Joanna Gleason are UP IN THE CHEAP SEATS at Drama Book ShopRon Fassler and Joanna Gleason are UP IN THE CHEAP SEATS at Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome actor-writer Ron Fassler for the launching of his new book Up in the Cheap Seats: A Historical Memoir of Broadway, February 27th at 5:00pm. The event is free to the public and will be followed by a signing. He will be joined by Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods) for a discussion. Copies of the book, published by Griffith Moon Publishing, will be available for purchase ($29.95).  (more...)

Little Theatre of Manchester to Present A Reading of NEVER THE SINNERLittle Theatre of Manchester to Present A Reading of NEVER THE SINNER
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Little Theatre of Manchester's popular script-in-hand play-reading series, begins on March 14, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. with a reading of John Logan's dramatization of the 1920's Leopold and Loeb crime and trial, NEVER THE SINNER. (more...)

Daly Siblings to Make First Stage Appearance in DOWNSTAIRS at Dorset Theatre FestivalDaly Siblings to Make First Stage Appearance in DOWNSTAIRS at Dorset Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Dorset Theatre Festival opens its 40th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Downstairs, starring brother and sister Tim Daly and Tyne Daly, who will be appearing together for the first time on the stage.  (more...)

NJT Stages 1924's 'Crime of the Century' NEVER THE SINNERNJT Stages 1924's 'Crime of the Century' NEVER THE SINNER
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

As the New Jewish Theatre continues its 20th Season with John Logan's Never the Sinner fromMarch 16 - April 2, we bring to the stage a uniquely chilling love story between two brilliant and privileged young men as they are tried for what became known in 1924 as the "crime of the century."  This exquisite Off Broadway hit explores the complex relationship between these two who longed to create a private world of fevered intellect and romantic passion. (more...)

UNCLE VANYA Opens Tonight for Now-Extended Run at the GoodmanUNCLE VANYA Opens Tonight for Now-Extended Run at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls marks his 30th anniversary season with the Chicago premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker's (The Flick) adaptation of Uncle Vanya. Uncle Vanya opens tonight and appears for a now-extended run through March 19 in the Owen Theatre. (more...)

Stacy Keach to Return as Ernest Hemingway in PAMPLONA at the GoodmanStacy Keach to Return as Ernest Hemingway in PAMPLONA at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Ten years after their critically acclaimed collaboration on King Lear, Artistic Director Robert Falls and stage and screen star Stacy Keach-both 2015 Theater Hall of Fame inductees-reunite for the world premiere of Pamplona by Jim McGrath. (more...)

FREAKY FRIDAY Musical Extends Again at La Jolla PlayhouseFREAKY FRIDAY Musical Extends Again at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Due to overwhelming demand, La Jolla Playhouse is adding a seventh week of performances for Disney's Freaky Friday.  The show will extend its run through March 19.  (more...)

Ron Fassler to Celebrate Book Launch with Joanna Gleason at Drama Book ShopRon Fassler to Celebrate Book Launch with Joanna Gleason at Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

The Drama Book Shop will welcome actor-writer Ron Fassler for the launching of his new book Up in the Cheap Seats: A Historical Memoir of Broadway, February 27th at 5:00pm. (more...)

Jaw-Dropping Comedy 'I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers' at MTC MainStageJaw-Dropping Comedy 'I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers' at MTC MainStage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre company, continues its 30th Anniversary Season with John Logan's comedy I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. (more...)

Fulton Theatre Announces 2017/2018 SeasonFulton Theatre Announces 2017/2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is thrilled to announce the 2017/2018 Season which includes the Premiere Mainstage Series, The Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series in the Tell Studio Theatre, and the Eichmann Family Series. The season will follow an unprecedented season of record-breaking productions. Next season will continue to welcome returning and new audiences to distinctive high-caliber productions that continue the Fulton tradition of "Engaging Life Through Art." (more...)

MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL to Receive New York Staged ReadingMOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL to Receive New York Staged Reading
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 3, 2017

A new casting notice from Actors Equity has revealed that a spring staged reading is of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge is currently in the works.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton in FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical at La Jolla PlayhousePhoto Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton in FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

La Jolla Playhouse presents Freaky Friday, book by Bridget Carpenter (TV's 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Parenthood'), music and lyrics by the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then), based on the novel 'Freaky Friday' by Mary Rodgers and the Walt Disney motion pictures, to be directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, running tonight, January 31 , through March 12, 2017 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. (more...)

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