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Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Announce New SeasonKenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Announce New Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company are proud to announce their 2017-2018 15th anniversary season of 'Truth & Clarity.'  The season of award winning plays and Atlanta premieres, opens in September 2017 with the Regional Premiere of the Broadway musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me featuring music by Tupac Shakur, written by Todd Kriedler, and directed by Kenny Leon. In February 2018, True Colors will produce the Tony Award winning drama King Hedley II by August Wilson directed by Jamil Jude. The season will close in July with the Southeastern premiere of the critically acclaimed play Dot by Colman Domingo, directed by Kenny Leon.  (more...)

Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Tackles Public School Closures in New PlayKenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Tackles Public School Closures in New Play
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company presents the Southeastern premiere of Exit Strategy written by Ike Holter and directed by John Dillon, running February 21 - March 19, 2017 at Fulton County's Southwest Arts Center's Performance Theater.   (more...)

Center Theatre Group Announces Judges for 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional FinalsCenter Theatre Group Announces Judges for 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional Finals
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Center Theatre Group is announcing five judges from varying professions that will participate in the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) Regional Finals taking place at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, February 27. (more...)

John Stamos, Neil Meron & Craig Zadan, Robert Greenblatt to Chair 2017 Mr. Abbott Award Gala Honoring Kenny LeonJohn Stamos, Neil Meron & Craig Zadan, Robert Greenblatt to Chair 2017 Mr. Abbott Award Gala Honoring Kenny Leon
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDC Foundation), the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), announces Robert Greenblatt, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning producer and Chairman of NBC Entertainment (The Wiz LIVE! and Hairpsray LIVE!), and John Stamos, star of stage and screen (Full House), as honorary co-chairs, and Neil Meron and Craig Zadan of Storyline Entertainment - Zadan/Meron Productions (Chicago, Hairpsray LIVE!) as co-chairs of the 2017 'Mr. Abbott' Award Gala honoring Kenny Leon. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Second Stage Celebrates Opening Night of MAN FROM NEBRASKAPhoto Coverage: Second Stage Celebrates Opening Night of MAN FROM NEBRASKA
by Walter McBride - Feb 16, 2017

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Laury Teneus Tops 2017 Boston August Wilson Monologue CompetitionLaury Teneus Tops 2017 Boston August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Laury Teneus of Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers took first place on Monday, January 30, 2017 with her performance as Black Mary from Gem of the Ocean at the Boston Regional Finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, held for the seventh year by the Education Department of the Huntington Theatre Company, the playwright's longtime artistic home.  (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

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TV One to Celebrate Black History Month with Launch of CREATORS OF COOLTV One to Celebrate Black History Month with Launch of CREATORS OF COOL
by TV News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Kicking-off during Black History Month, TV One will recognize African Americans' contributions to the world with a CREATORS OF COOL campaign throughout February, featuring commentary from the cast of TV One's original movie, MEDIA. (more...)

Huntington to Host 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Boston Regional FinalsHuntington to Host 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Boston Regional Finals
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Huntington Theatre Company's Department of Education presents the 7th annual Boston regional finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, celebrating the writing of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the 12 Finalists for CTG's 2017 August Wilson Monologue CompetitionPhoto Flash: Meet the 12 Finalists for CTG's 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Center Theatre Group has selected 12 local high school students to participate in the regional finals for the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) to be held at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, February 27. Scroll down to meet the finalists! (more...)

Jireh Breon Holder's Civil Rights Work TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET Gets Rolling World Premiere with RoundaboutJireh Breon Holder's Civil Rights Work TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET Gets Rolling World Premiere with Roundabout
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

The Trustees of The Laurents / Hatcher Foundation, Inc. have announced that Too Heavy For Your Pocket by JIREH BREON HOLDER is recipient of the Laurents / Hatcher Foundation Award. (more...)

Alliance Theatre Showcases Emerging American Playwrights with National Graduate Playwrighting CompetitionAlliance Theatre Showcases Emerging American Playwrights with National Graduate Playwrighting Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition continues to spotlight the best emerging playwrights with a full production for the competition winner and staged readings for four competition finalists.  Too Heavy for your Pocket, the 13th competition winner, will have its world premiere on the Hertz Stage February 4 - 26, 2017.  Opening night is Thursday, February 9, 2017.  (more...)

HAIRSPRAY's Kenny Leon, GREASE's Thomas Kail Among Directors Guild Award Nominees; Full ListHAIRSPRAY's Kenny Leon, GREASE's Thomas Kail Among Directors Guild Award Nominees; Full List
by TV News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

The Directors Guild of America has today announced the nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in TV , Commercials and Documentary Films for its 69th annual DGA Awards. The guild's feature film nominees will be announced tomorrow, January 12th. (more...)

Laura Bell Bundy, Leslie Kritzer, Krysta Rodriguez and Matthew Scott Set for The LEX's CONCERT WITH THE STARSLaura Bell Bundy, Leslie Kritzer, Krysta Rodriguez and Matthew Scott Set for The LEX's CONCERT WITH THE STARS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2016

The LEXington Theatre Company has announced that Laura Bell Bundy (TONY Nominee - Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Television's Fuller House, Anger Management), Leslie Kritzer (Something Rotten, A Catered Affair, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening, The Addams Family, First Date, Television's Smash) and Matthew Scott (An American in Paris, Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim) will be joining this year's line-up of Broadway Vets for "Concert With The Stars," on Sunday, January 8 at 3:00pm, at The Lexington Opera House (Lexington, KY.) (more...)

Encore Telecast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Delivers 2.5 Million Viewers OverallEncore Telecast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Delivers 2.5 Million Viewers Overall
by TV News Desk - Dec 27, 2016

Last night, NBC aired an encore telecast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The broadcast delivered a 0.5/2 rating in the 18-49 demographic as well as 2.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET. (more...)

BWW Interview: Mykelti Williamson Says 'It's An Honor' to Star in New FENCES FilmBWW Interview: Mykelti Williamson Says 'It's An Honor' to Star in New FENCES Film
by Leigh Scheps - Dec 21, 2016

The inspiration behind the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company says he's never actually eaten there. Mykelti Williamson, the actor who played Forrest Gump's best friend Bubba in the 1994 Academy Award-winning film, admits he's never been to the restaurant featuring his character's name, despite performing only a few blocks away from its Times Square location. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 12/6/2016 - 12/13/2016Hottest Articles on BWW 12/6/2016 - 12/13/2016
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NEWSIES Live Performance Film Premiere to Headline 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater FestivalNEWSIES Live Performance Film Premiere to Headline 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Thomas Schumacher, Jeff Calhoun, Christopher Gattelli, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler, Arielle Jacobs, Curt Hansen, Luca Padovan, and New York Times best-selling authors Jodi Picoult and Mary Pope Osborne are some of the talent confirmed for the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta (#JTF17, #JTFATL) happening January 13-15, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jennifer Hudson and HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Say 'Thank You' to ProducersPhoto Flash: Jennifer Hudson and HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Say 'Thank You' to Producers
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2016

The gratitude and nostalgia run deep for the cast of Hairspray Live!, who are continuing to share their thoughts about the special experience on social media. Today, Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle) posted an Instagram of her with the live musical's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, thanking them for believing in her and giving her an opportunity to be a part of Hairspray Live! On the heels of her post, we received a mega thank you photo of the entire cast and members of the creative team. One thing's for sure: we'll be feeling the beat from Hairspray Live! for some time to come! (more...)

Photo Flash: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Members Share Photos of Memories and Life After HAIRSPRAYPhoto Flash: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Members Share Photos of Memories and Life After HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2016

It's only been three days since NBC's latest installment in their series of annual live musical events, Hairspray Live!, but the stars of the production are already being hit hard with nostalgia! Several members of the cast, including Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed), Ariana Grande (Penny), and Tracy herself, Maddie Baillio, have taken to Instagram to express their post-Hairspray feelings. BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the most adorable posts below-let us know which ones we missed, and fingers crossed Ephraim keeps his promise to flood our timelines with more precious behind-the-scenes memories! (more...)

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