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John Van Druten News

Date of Birth: June 01, 1901
Date of Death: December 19, 1957 (56)
Birth Place: London, ENGLAND
Gender: Male
THE MUSIC MAN & More Set for Cape Playhouse's 90th Anniversary SeasonTHE MUSIC MAN & More Set for Cape Playhouse's 90th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Cape Playhouse Producer, Mark Cuddy, announced the entire 2016 season repertory to a hundred donors at a Celebration Party on Sunday night. It is the first time in its history that the full slate has been revealed during the previous season. (more...)

BAT BOY Chicago Premiere & More Set for Griffin Theatre Company's 2015-16 SeasonBAT BOY Chicago Premiere & More Set for Griffin Theatre Company's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

 Griffin Theatre Company has announced its 28th Season, kicking off this fall with the Midwest premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's heartbreaking comedy POCATELLO, directed by ensemble member Jonathan Berry (Punk Rock, Balm in Gilead). Next winter, Griffin presents the Midwest premiere of British playwright John Van Druten's romantic drama LONDON WALL, directed by recent Jeff Award-winner and ensemble member Robin Witt (Men Should Weep, Flare Path). The season concludes next summer with the Chicago debut of the off-Broadway hit BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, direction by Scott Weinstein, who helmed Griffin's hit musical Titanic, and music direction by Ethan Deppe. (more...)

Transport Group Sets THREE DAYS TO SEE Special EventsTransport Group Sets THREE DAYS TO SEE Special Events
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

Transport Group's current production, Three Days to See, an intimate portrait of Helen Keller, will offer a number of events surrounding the disabled community. Included is an audio described performance on July 29 for the visually impaired, an open captioned performance for the hearing impaired on August 5, and talkbacks with author Dr. Beth A. Haller (July 31) and Maricar Marquez of the Helen Keller National Center (August 4). (more...)

Jermyn Street's 'American Season' to Start with LaChiusa's SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE; Full Lineup!Jermyn Street's 'American Season' to Start with LaChiusa's SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE; Full Lineup!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

Continuing its 21st anniversary year, Jermyn Street Theatre today announces an autumn season of American work. (more...)

CABARET National Tour Adds New Dates in the Carolinas, San FranciscoCABARET National Tour Adds New Dates in the Carolinas, San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

The musical masterpiece returns, direct from Broadway! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company just announced that the national tour of SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL'S (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET, will premiere in Providence, RI at the Providence Performing Arts Center with performances beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 31 and an official opening on Thursday, Jan. 28 2016. This tour ofCABARET marks Roundabout Theatre Company's third production on the road, having previously produced the critically acclaimed tours of Twelve Angry Men and Anything Goes. (more...)

Transport Group to Present Helen Keller-Inspired THREE DAYS TO SEETransport Group to Present Helen Keller-Inspired THREE DAYS TO SEE
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Transport Group, the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and OBIE Award-winning theatre company, has announced its 2015 summer production Three Days To See, a performance piece conceived and directed by Jack Cummings III, slated to run July 12 - August 16 at Theatre 79. The cast includes Ito Aghayere (Orange is the New Black, The Liquid Plain), Patrick Boll (Mamma Mia, All the Way Home), Marc De La Cruz (If/Then, Allegiance), Theresa McCarthy (Queen of the Mist, Floyd Collins), Chinaza Uche (Bintou, The Day On Which a Man Dies), Barbara Walsh (Company, Falsettos), and Zoe Wilson. Transport Group's 2015 season will also include the previously announced revival of Once Upon a Mattress starring John 'Lypsinka' Epperson and Jackie Hoffman, slated for the fall. The previously announced musical, The Blonde Streak, has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts. (more...)


by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - May 18, 2015

Las audiciones de 'Cabaret', que regresa de la mano de SOM Produce, continuan. La productora busca interpretes femeninos para la banda del famoso musical de Kander y Ebb. (more...)

'FORUM,' 'WILD THINGS' & More Set for Two River Theater's 2015-16 Season'FORUM,' 'WILD THINGS' & More Set for Two River Theater's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the lineup of productions for its 2015/16 Season. The season will launch in September with August Wilson's Seven Guitars, directed by Brandon J. Dirden and will include the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, directed by Jessica Stone; a new music-theater production of Shakespeare's Pericles created by Rinde Eckert and David Schweizer; and the Transport Group's critically acclaimed production of I Remember Mama, directed by Jack Cummings III. (more...)

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE to Run 5/15-6/21 at Stage Door TheatreBELL, BOOK AND CANDLE to Run 5/15-6/21 at Stage Door Theatre
by Carol Kassie - May 5, 2015

Gillian Holroyd is a witch.  She can cast spells and perform feats of magic, but she can't fall in love.  And when she casts a spell over her attractive neighbor - partly to keep him away from an old rival, and partly because she is attracted to him - this slight 'imperfection' leads to a number of unintended and somewhat tricky situations.  Although when John Van Druten's supernatural hit, Bell, Book and Candle debuted on Broadway in 1951 it was billed as, and thought of as a light comedy, it delivers a message that is still relevant today.  The play touches on the importance of appearances, on the dynamics of a close circle of friends, on pretending and secrets, and on passing as something one is not.  Bell, Book and Candle will open at Stage Door Theatre on May 15th, and run through June 21st. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Theatre Memphis' RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN - 'Blistered Sisters'BWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis' RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN - 'Blistered Sisters'
by Joseph Baker - Apr 13, 2015

While watching the Next Stage production of Gina Gionfriddo's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Theatre Memphis, I was reminded of John Van Druten's screenplay for the 1943 Warner Brothers film OLD ACQUAINTANCE. It was one of those 'women pictures' which provided thespic opportunities for the likes of actresses like Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins, who, in fact, were the lead players in this particular film. In their youth, the two women had been friends, but as their paths parted in life, the Davis character, brittle and alone, became a critically acclaimed (if financially challenged) author, while the Hopkins character, finally penning a bestseller (trash that it is, it rakes in the 'big bucks'), jealously desires what Davis has. I couldn't help thinking, if Gionfriddo's RAPTURE had fallen into the hands of a director like Vincent Sherman, I could see Davis as the 'Catherine Croll' character, who, despite national recognition and an evidently fulfilling career, begins to have doubts about her life choices. (If you've ever seen the famous car scene in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's ALL ABOUT EVE, also starring Davis, you'll hear the character of stage actress 'Margo Channing' lament what a woman gives up when she devotes herself entirely to a career: I wonder if this very scene influenced Ms. Gionfriddo in her characterizations.) The other character, 'Gwen,' would obviously have been given over to Hopkins, who would have shone as the once promising woman who jettisoned her own burgeoning promise to marry 'Don Harper,' who once had been Catherine's intended (George Brent, anyone?). (more...)

VIDEO: Alan Cumming Talks End of CABARET: 'It's Like the End of An Era for Me'VIDEO: Alan Cumming Talks End of CABARET: 'It's Like the End of An Era for Me'
by TV News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Alan Cumming stopped by last night's TONIGHT SHOW to talk about starring in Broadway's CABARET, which ends its run this Sunday. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PASSION PLAY presented by Forum TheatreBWW Reviews: PASSION PLAY presented by Forum Theatre
by Keith Tittermary - Mar 25, 2015

When Sarah Ruhl was a student at Brown University, she embarked on a journey that would culminate in her sprawling epic, Passion Play, which was first performed at Arena Stage in 2005. Her three act tome tells the story of a group of actors performing the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each act is set in a different time frame, yet what happens off-stage, which vaguely mirrors the actions on stage, is the heart of the story. (more...)

CABARET National Tour Will Launch from Providence in 2016; Full Schedule Announced!CABARET National Tour Will Launch from Providence in 2016; Full Schedule Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

The musical masterpiece returns, direct from Broadway! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company just announced that the national tour of SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL'S (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET, will premiere in Providence, RI at the Providence Performing Arts Center with performances beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 31 and an official opening on Thursday, Jan. 28 2016. This tour ofCABARET marks Roundabout Theatre Company's third production on the road, having previously produced the critically acclaimed tours of Twelve Angry Men and Anything Goes. (more...)

CABARET Enters Final Two Weeks of Performances on BroadwayCABARET Enters Final Two Weeks of Performances on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony-winning musical production of Cabaret starring Alan Cumming and Sienna Miller, will conclude its acclaimed run on March 29, 2015. Directed by Sam Mendes and co-directed/choreographed by Rob Marshall. (more...)

Less Than Two Weeks Left to See CABARET, Save Over 25% on TicketsLess Than Two Weeks Left to See CABARET, Save Over 25% on Tickets
by Contests - Broadway - Mar 10, 2015

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS LEFT BEFORE THE KIT KAT KLUB CLOSES ITS DOORS! FINAL PERFORMANCE WILL BE ON MARCH 29. Don't miss your chance to see ALAN CUMMING and SIENNA MILLER in CABARET. (more...)

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Se convocan audiciones para el musical 'Cabaret'Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Se convocan audiciones para el musical 'Cabaret'
by Roberto Rodríguez - Mar 5, 2015

La productora SOM PRODUCE, responsable del éxito de 'Priscilla' en Madrid, ha convocado audiciones para el regreso a España del famoso musical de John Kander y Fred Ebb. (more...)

West End's THE HEART OF THINGS Announces Full Cast, Including Ralph WatsonWest End's THE HEART OF THINGS Announces Full Cast, Including Ralph Watson
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

Ralph Watson, Nick Waring and Patience Tomlinson lead the cast of the The Heart of Things by Giles Cole, which premieres at Jermyn Street Theatre this Spring. Giles is joined by director Knight Mantell, to reform the team that created the hugely acclaimed The Art of Concealment about the life of Terence Rattigan, which was staged at the same theatre in 2012. With impeccable timing, as the 2015 election campaign goes into overdrive and the political parties are once again at each other's throats, Close Quarter Productions presents this poignant and gripping family drama set against the background of the 2010 general election. The production runs from March 10 to April 4 as part of the theatre's twenty-first anniversary year. (more...)

VIDEO: CABARET's Alan Cumming Talks 50th Birthday Celebration & More on CBSVIDEO: CABARET's Alan Cumming Talks 50th Birthday Celebration & More on CBS
by TV News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

CABARET's Alan Cumming stopped by last night's THE LATE LATE SHOW, hosted by Whitney Cummings. (more...)

Bergen County Players to Stage BELL, BOOK AND CANDLEBergen County Players to Stage BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Celebrating 82 Years, The Bergen County Players (BCP) presents Bell, Book and Candle. In a nutshell: Girl meets Boy. Girl loses Boy. Girl gets Boy. Sure, that's a classic plot device, but what's so special about it? Well, how about because the girl is a witch and the boy is a mortal? Sound familiar? It should, because this magical rom-com, which originally starred Rex Harrison on Broadway and then Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in the popular film, eventually became the genesis of television's memorable comedy "Bewitched". (more...)

CABARET Opens 1/23 at Broward Stage Door TheatreCABARET Opens 1/23 at Broward Stage Door Theatre
by Carol Kassie - Jan 13, 2015

One of Broadway's most beloved musicals will open at the Broward Stage Door Theatre on January 23rd. Cabaret, the Kander and Ebb classic will run at the Coral Springs theatre through March 15th. (more...)

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