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BWW Review: The African Company Presents RICHARD III Timidly Important work.BWW Review: The African Company Presents RICHARD III Timidly Important work.
by Scott Rawson - Sep 20, 2016

Did you know that there was an African Theater Company in 1821? We learn during American Players Theater production of 'THE AFRICAN THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III, that 6 years before New York abolished slavery and 20 years before the beginning of the Civil War, this company existed. (more...)

BWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 15, 2016

Though only 38 years old, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has already amassed an impressive list of credits on stage, on television, and on the big screen. Though he has yet to grace a Broadway stage, I have a feeling that that is just an eventuality as his popularity continues to skyrocket on this side of the Atlantic. Today we are taking a look at his career from the British stage in 'Hedda Gabler,' 'After the Dance,' and 'Frankenstein' to his work on film in '12 Years a Slave,' 'August: Osage County,' and 'Star Trek: Into Darkness,' to his iconic work on TV as the 'high-functioning sociopath' titular character on the BBC's 'Sherlock,' for which he is nominated a second time, in addition to his 2013 nomination for HBO's 'Parade's End.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kerrigan & Lowdermilk's Immersive THE BAD YEARS in Brooklyn!Photo Flash: First Look at Kerrigan & Lowdermilk's Immersive THE BAD YEARS in Brooklyn!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Broadway storytelling meets immersive spectacle in the workshop of the innovative house party musical THE BAD YEARS by Kerrigan & Lowdermilk. THE BAD YEARS returns to Brooklyn after a sold-out 2015 run at Loft 172. The new workshop, directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar) and choreographed by Jennifer Jancuska (BC Beat), follows sixteen twenty-somethings as they flirt, fight, and flip cup their way into adulthood. (more...)

Johnny Lee, Collin Raye, Charley Pride, Janie Fricke, Mark Chesnutt Set for September Episodes of REFLECTIONSJohnny Lee, Collin Raye, Charley Pride, Janie Fricke, Mark Chesnutt Set for September Episodes of REFLECTIONS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

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Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's THE BAD YEARS Gets Immersive Workshop in BrooklynKerrigan-Lowdermilk's THE BAD YEARS Gets Immersive Workshop in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Broadway storytelling meets immersive spectacle in the workshop of the innovative house party musical THE BAD YEARS by Kerrigan & Lowdermilk. THE BAD YEARS returns to Brooklyn after a sold-out 2015 run at Loft 172. (more...)

BWW Interview: Julie Charnet in DECADES: THE LADIES OF JAZZ at the Ethical Society of PhiladelphiaBWW Interview: Julie Charnet in DECADES: THE LADIES OF JAZZ at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia
by Donna Marie Nowak - Aug 18, 2016

Philadelphia chanteuse Julie Charnet brings her blend of jazz and swing to the Ethical Society of Philadelphia and other venues. (more...)

Spotify's New Traditions/Country Heroes Playlist To Launch With Five Tracks From Dolly Parton's PURE AND SIMPLESpotify's New Traditions/Country Heroes Playlist To Launch With Five Tracks From Dolly Parton's PURE AND SIMPLE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Country music fans rejoice! Spotify is unveiling its newest playlist, New Traditions/Country Heroes, dedicated to spotlighting the latest music from some of country's most iconic artists including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, George Strait and more. (more...)

LARRY'S COUNTRY DINER to Feature Darrell McCall, The Dillards and More This MonthLARRY'S COUNTRY DINER to Feature Darrell McCall, The Dillards and More This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

The national hit television series, "Larry's Country Diner," will continue to entertain audiences in August with re-airing of popular episodes featuring guest stars Darrell McCall, Doyle Dykes, Johnny Lee, and The Dillards. (more...)

Tanya Tucker, Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Wills & More Headline Benefit Concert To Support Dallas Police Association FoundationTanya Tucker, Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Wills & More Headline Benefit Concert To Support Dallas Police Association Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Country music superstars didn't hesitate to come together for STARS BEHIND THE STARS to support the families of slain Dallas police officers. In light of the tragedy, more than fourteen artists, including Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Wills, Collin Raye, Janie Fricke, T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang, The Bellamy Brothers, T. Graham Brown, Johnny Lee, Gene Watson, John Conlee, Ronnie McDowell, Mickey Gilley and Moe Bandy, will travel from Nashville and beyond to perform during a benefit concert at the world-famous Billy Bob's Texas Wednesday, July 27. (more...)

COUNTRY'S FAMILY REUNION to Bring NASHVILLE to Fans Next Month on RFD-TVCOUNTRY'S FAMILY REUNION to Bring NASHVILLE to Fans Next Month on RFD-TV
by TV News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

The popular “Country's Family Reunion” television series will bring the “Nashville” episode series to fans in July, airing nationally on Friday at 7 pm CST on RFD-TV. (more...)

BWW Review: APT'S DEATH OF A SALESMAN Foreshadows Demise of the American DreamBWW Review: APT'S DEATH OF A SALESMAN Foreshadows Demise of the American Dream
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jun 20, 2016

Arthur Miller's 1949 Pulitzer Prize winning play Death of a Salesman might be considered by critics the most influential play of the 20th century. American Players Theatre presents a visceral, gut-wrenching production at the Up the Hill Theatre, the scenery drenched in depression glass colored green.: A green bedspread on a tarnished brass bed, a green ice box stands behind a humble green table and four chairs. Envisioned by Scenic Designer Michael Ganio, did he and veteran Director Kenneth Albers infer Willy Loman suffer from depression, was green with envy for his his brother Ben and friend Charley? Or did this particular hue represent the institutional green characterizing hospitals and mental asylums in the '40's and '50's symbolizing the breakdown between a person's memory and reality that Willy and his family struggle with? (more...)

BWW Review: APT'S Touchstone Theatre Reveals Shakespeare's Colored Past in Historical Play THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD IIIBWW Review: APT'S Touchstone Theatre Reveals Shakespeare's Colored Past in Historical Play THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jun 20, 2016

Outside the Touchstone Theatre in Spring Green, American Players Theatre (APT) stages an exuberant African Dance accompanied by the thunder of drums and keyboard. The impromptu performance celebrates the legacy of color about to be admired on stage in a production of Carlyle Brown's The African Company Presents Richard III. Set in 1821 New York, the play focuses on actual historical events where a small African-American theater company produced their production of Shakespeare's Richard III on the exact same night  the famous Park Theatre owned by Daniel Price opened their production featuring English actor Julius Booth as the deformed king. (more...)

Gloucester Stage Company to Open 37th Season with LETTICE AND LOVAGEGloucester Stage Company to Open 37th Season with LETTICE AND LOVAGE
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company kicks off the 37th season of producing professional theater on Cape Ann with Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage opening on May 19 and running through June 11 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. (more...)

BWW Review: BOOTYCANDY: Shock TherapyBWW Review: BOOTYCANDY: Shock Therapy
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 18, 2016

The New England premiere of Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDY at SpeakEasy Stage Company is based on the author's own experiences of growing up black and gay in America. Similar in structure and tone to THE COLORED MUSEUM, it is a series of loosely connected vignettes that rely on humor and satire to confront racial, sexual, and cultural stereotypes. Summer L. Williams directs an outstanding cast of five actors who portray nearly two dozen characters. (more...)

Broadway 'Motel' Austin Pendleton to Helm FIDDLER for New Rep's 2016-17 SeasonBroadway 'Motel' Austin Pendleton to Helm FIDDLER for New Rep's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

Featuring seven productions, New Rep's 2016-2017 season includes Regular Singing, the fourth and final play in Richard Nelson's Apple Family series, presented in collaboration with Stoneham Theatre; Good, CP Taylor's historical, political drama; Fiddler on the Roof, a revival of the Tony award- winning musical, featuring Jeremiah Kissel as Tevye and directed by original Broadway cast member Austin Pendleton; Thurgood, a one-man play featuring Johnny Lee Davenport as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; Brecht on Brecht, a play with music based on the collective works of Bertolt Brecht; Golda's Balcony, a one-woman play featuring Bobbie Steinbach as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir; and The Gift Horse, a sharp comedy by nationally-acclaimed local playwright Lydia R. Diamond in a Boston-area premiere. (more...)

20th Annual IRNE Awards Nominees Are Announced - A.R.T.'s THE GREAT COMET, NICE WORK at Ogunquit, BILLY ELLIOT at NSMT and More!20th Annual IRNE Awards Nominees Are Announced - A.R.T.'s THE GREAT COMET, NICE WORK at Ogunquit, BILLY ELLIOT at NSMT and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) today announced the nominees for the 20th Annual IRNE Awards, which honors the best of the previous year's actors, directors, choreographers, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, mid-size and fringe theater companies. (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage to Present New England Premiere of BOOTYCANDYSpeakEasy Stage to Present New England Premiere of BOOTYCANDY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

From March 12 to April 9, 2016, SpeakEasy Stage Company will present the New England Premiere of BOOTYCANDY, a shockingly funny and saucy spin on race, sex, and sexuality, written by award-winning playwright and director Robert O'Hara. (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage Company to Present New England Premiere of Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDYSpeakEasy Stage Company to Present New England Premiere of Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

Named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2014 by The New York Times, BOOTYCANDY is based on the author's own experiences growing up black and gay. The play unfolds in a series of loosely linked vignettes that take no prisoners when confronting racial, sexual, and cultural stereotypes. With outrageous humor and real heart, O'Hara tests how we talk about our bodies at home, in church, and in the theatre.   (Please note that BOOTYCANDY contains strong language, adult content, and nudity).  (more...)

Staceyanne Burrell Wins Boston August Wilson Monologue Competition 2016 FinalsStaceyanne Burrell Wins Boston August Wilson Monologue Competition 2016 Finals
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Staceyanne Burrell of Boston Arts Academy took first place on Monday, February 1, 2016 with her performance as Tonya from King Hedley II at the Boston Regional Finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, held for the sixth year by the Huntington Theatre Company, the playwright's longtime artistic home.  (more...)

Chicago Directors Set for American Players Theatre's 37th Summer Festival SeasonChicago Directors Set for American Players Theatre's 37th Summer Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

American Players Theatre (APT) announces its 37th Summer Festival Season, June 3 - October 16, 2016, a diverse lineup of eight classical and contemporary plays in repertory that includes the return and work of two visiting Chicago directors: Derrick Sanders, founding Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre Company directing The African Company Presents Richard III by Carlyle Brown in APT's intimate 200-seat Touchstone Theatre; and Jeff Award winner William Brown taking on William Shakespeare's King Lear in APT's flagship 1140-seat outdoor amphitheater on the Hill. (more...)

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