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PUSH Dance Company Launches PUSHFEST, 9/19-21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

PUSH Dance Company, under the direction of Raissa Simpson, announces the inaugural season of PUSHfest: a cross-genre (modern, ballet, hip-hop, ethnic, and multi-disciplinary) dance festival that situates 14 mid-career and emerging choreographers in two different programs at ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street, San Francisco, September 19-21, 2014. Tickets for the 2014 PUSHfestDance Festival are priced $30 general admission, $28 advance, $25 SeniorStudent, $50 festival pass for both programs, and may be purchased at http://odcdance.org/buytickets.php or visit www.pushdance.org for more information about PUSHfest or PUSH Dance Company. (more...)

PUSH Dance Company Announces the Inaugural Season of PUSHFEST, 9/19-21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

PUSH Dance Company, under the direction of Raissa Simpson, announces the inaugural season of PUSHfest: a cross-genre (modern, ballet, hip-hop, ethnic, and multi-disciplinary) dance festival that situates 15 mid-career and emerging choreographers in two different programs at ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street, San Francisco, September 19-21, 2014. Tickets for the 2014 PUSHfest Dance Festival are priced $30 general admission, $28 advance, $25 SeniorStudent, $50 festival pass for both programs, and may be purchased at http://odcdance.org/buytickets.php or visit www.pushdance.org for more information. (more...)

Liz McKendry Plays Broadway Legend Fay Templeton in One-Woman Comedy at Cape May Stage Today
by Stephen Hanks - Sep 01, 2013

New York cabaret performer and musical theater actress Liz McKendry (currently appearing the musical Boeing, Boeing at the Cape May Stage until September 13) has been cast to portray late 19th-early 20th-Century Theater legend Fay Templeton in Up in a Balloon, a one-woman comedy about Templeton's life and career, written by New York actress Karen McDonald. The show, which previously had successful workshops in New York and Toronto, will be performed today, September 1 at 3pm on the Cape May Stage at The Robert Shackleton Playhouse in Cape May, New Jersey. Admission is free. (Theater is located at 405 Lafayette Street.) (more...)

Liz McKendry to Play Broadway Legend Fay Templeton in One-Woman Comedy at Cape May Stage, 9/1
by Stephen Hanks - Aug 23, 2013

New York cabaret performer and musical theater actress Liz McKendry (currently appearing the musical Boeing, Boeing at the Cape May Stage until September 13) has been cast to portray late 19th-early 20th-century theater legend Fay Templeton in Up in a Balloon, a one-woman comedy about Templeton's life and career, written by New York actress Karen McDonald. The show will be performed on Sunday, September 1 at 3pm on the Cape May Stage at The Robert Shackleton Playhouse in Cape May, New Jersey. Admission is free. (Theater is located at 405 Lafayette Street.) (more...)

Bridge Rep of Boston Announces Their 2013-2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2013

Bridge Rep of Boston is pleased to announce their 2013-2014 season; the first for the new company. In March, Bridge Rep debuted with 'The Lover', by Harold Pinter, at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, to critical acclaim. Bridge Rep will continue their bold approach to theater and community driven productions with their first season, which will launch in September with 'The Libertine', a co-production with Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company, a New York City based company. (more...)

Suranne Jones, Zaraah Abrahams and More Set to Star in West End's BEAUTIFUL THING - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2013

The producers of the brand new 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's classic play, Beautiful Thing, are thrilled to announced full casting for the show, which will open at the Arts Theatre in the West End from 13 April - 25 May, followed by a short UK tour visiting Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton. Directed by Nikolai Foster, and designed by Colin Richmond, the production will star Suranne Jones as 'Sandra', Zaraah Abrahams as 'Leah', Oliver Farnworth as 'Tony and introducing Jake Davies as 'Jamie' and Danny-Boy Hatchard, making his professional debut as 'Ste'. Nancy Sullivan and Luke Baker will also join the company as understudy covers. (more...)

TOP GIRLS to Open 5 August at Trafalgar Studios
by BWW - Jul 12, 2011

Max Stafford-Clark's new production of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls is to transfer to the Trafalgar Studios following its critically acclaimed, sell-out run at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester. Top Girls, produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, will run at the Trafalgar Studios from 5 August - 15 October 2011 with press night on 16 August 2011. Designs are by Tim Shortall with lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Ian Dickinson and video design by Finn Ross. Stafford-Clark's Out of Joint/ Chichester Festival Theatre co-production reunites him with producer Sonia Friedman, with whom he co-founded Out of Joint Theatre Company in 1993. (more...)

GAN-e-meed Joins StageSource For Career Lab for Women in Theatre 7/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2011

GAN-e-meed Theatre Project and StageSource announce Perfecting Your Pitch, a workshop for performing artists and arts leaders. (more...)

GAN-e-meed Joins StageSource For Career Lab for Women in Theatre 7/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2011

GAN-e-meed Theatre Project and StageSource announce Perfecting Your Pitch, a workshop for performing artists and arts leaders. (more...)

Debbie Allen Presents 'The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker' at UCLA's Royce Hall, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2010

The lights have barely dimmed on Alliance Theater's production of Twist, Debbie Allen's New Orleans 1928 rendition of the Charles Dickens' classic, and the director/choreographer has already announced the Premier of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, her hilarious and culturally rich take on the perennial holiday classic. The show will run at UCLA's Royce Hall from December 9, 2010 to December 11, 2010, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the children of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (www.debbieallendanceacademy.com) and the greater Los Angeles community. (more...)

Debbie Allen Announces Creation of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker 12/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2010

The lights have barely dimmed on Alliance Theater's production of Twist, Debbie Allen's New Orleans 1928 rendition of the Charles Dickens' classic, and the director/choreographer has already announced the Premier of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, her hilarious and culturally rich take on the perennial holiday classic. (more...)

Debbie Allen Presents 'The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker' at UCLA's Royce Hall, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 08, 2010

The lights have barely dimmed on Alliance Theater's production of Twist, Debbie Allen's New Orleans 1928 rendition of the Charles Dickens' classic, and the director/choreographer has already announced the Premier of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, her hilarious and culturally rich take on the perennial holiday classic. The show will run at UCLA's Royce Hall from December 9, 2010 to December 11, 2010, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the children of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (www.debbieallendanceacademy.com) and the greater Los Angeles community. (more...)

Debbie Allen Announces Creation of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker 12/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 08, 2010

The lights have barely dimmed on Alliance Theater's production of Twist, Debbie Allen's New Orleans 1928 rendition of the Charles Dickens' classic, and the director/choreographer has already announced the Premier of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, her hilarious and culturally rich take on the perennial holiday classic. (more...)

New McCree Theatre Exec to Receive Award Among Other Upcoming Events
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2010

The New McCree Theatre recently announced upcoming events which will feature Charles H. Winfrey being awarded the 'Community Pioneer' award, a production of A TRIBUTE TO MOWTOWN: AN AMERICAN DREAM STORY, and the continuing radio program 'African American Inspiration.' (more...)

Abramovitz & Norman Led 'FUNNY GIRL' Begins Previews 3/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2009

Westchester Broadway Theatre production of FUNNY GIRL, which stars Jill Abramovitz as Fanny Brice and Grant Norman as the dashing, high flying gambler, Nicky Arnstein, begins previews tonight, March 26, 2009. The musical plays though to June 14, 2009 (more...)

Jill Abramovitz & Grant Norman to Star in Westchester FUNNY GIRL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 2009

The cast has been announced for the Westchester Broadway Theatre production of FUNNY GIRL, which runs from March 26, 2009 - June 14, 2009 with an official press opening on April 4, 2009. (more...)

LuPone, Gertner, Etc. Among IRNE Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2007

Patti LuPone and The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee stars Jared Gertner and Jenni Barber are among the nominees of the 2006 Independent Reviewers of New England's (IRNE) Awards. (more...)

Mays and Spamalot Among Elliot Norton Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2006

Jefferson Mays and Spamalot were among the winners of the 24th Annual Elliot Norton Awards, celebrating achievement in Boston-area theatre, on May 22nd (more...)

Boston's Elliot Norton Awards Nominations Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2006

Nominations for the 24th annual Elliot Norton Awards, recognizing excellence in Greater Boston theater, have been announced (more...)