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Lillias White to Star in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Directed by Phylicia Rashad in Los AngelesLillias White to Star in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Directed by Phylicia Rashad in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Center Theatre Group has announced the casting for August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' which begins previews August 31, opens September 11 and continues through October 16, 2016, at the Mark Taper Forum. (more...)

World Premieres by Rajiv Joseph & David Henry Hwang, Phylicia Rashad in HEAD OF PASSES Highlight CTG's 50th Season at Mark Taper ForumWorld Premieres by Rajiv Joseph & David Henry Hwang, Phylicia Rashad in HEAD OF PASSES Highlight CTG's 50th Season at Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Center Theatre Group celebrates 50 years in the iconic Mark Taper Forum with the 2017-2018 season announced today by Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. The new season features five plays that represent the past, present and future of the theatre, plus a special immersive event on the streets of Los Angeles. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Stu James and More in RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD at the DouglasPhoto Flash: First Look at Stu James and More in RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Veteran Broadway actor Stu James (Benny in RENT, national tour of The Color Purple) will reprise the role of black entrepreneur and music mogul John Dolphin when last season's smash hit musical RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD gets an all-new production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Previews began July 8, with the press opening was held on July 16. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: Smoothly Revised RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns to LA at Kirk Douglas TheatreBWW Review: Smoothly Revised RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns to LA at Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Don Grigware - Jul 18, 2016

The name of the game in show biz is never to settle for greatness, but rather to go that extra mile and make it better. Such is the case with Recorded in Hollywood. In its transferal from a smaller Hollywood space to the Kirk Douglas Theatre,  the show provides a book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin that opens up even more than before to tell the true story of record producer John Dolphin. The story takes place from 1948 to 1958 in South Central, Los Angeles, when blacks were arrested for the slightest infractions of the law. Since I did not see the initial production, I am basing my opinions on this newer version. It is slick, a very slick show with a dynamic, triple threat ensemble headed by Stu James, directed superbly by Denise Dowse and choreographed to the max by Cassie Crump. The bad feature is that it only runs through August 7. (more...)

Social News: SummerTini Tasting on Third Wednesdays in Downtown Culver CitySocial News: SummerTini Tasting on Third Wednesdays in Downtown Culver City
by Shari Barrett - Jul 8, 2016

Downtown Culver City invites you to escape the summer heat with a neighborhood-wide 'SummerTini Tasting' on the Third Wednesday of July, August and September. Check in at any participating business in Culver City's downtown area to pick up your 'Third Wednesday Passport,' then get it stamped each time you cool off with a SummerTini (virgin 'SummerTea-ni' available for the under-21 set). At the end of the night, make your way over to the Kirk Douglas Theatre, where you can turn in your passport and be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes (no purchase necessary). (more...)

Center Theatre Group in L.A. Welcomes New Directors of Marketing & CommunicationsCenter Theatre Group in L.A. Welcomes New Directors of Marketing & Communications
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Deborah Warren has been named the new Director of Marketing and James Sims the new Director of Communications at Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, one of the largest and most active nonprofit theatre companies in the country, it was announced today by Stephen D. Rountree, Center Theatre Group's Managing Director. (more...)

Tribeca PAC Sets 2016-17 Season; Tickets Now on SaleTribeca PAC Sets 2016-17 Season; Tickets Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, proudly presents Azul Dance Theatre, performing on Friday and Saturday November 11 and 12 at 7:30pm, A Musical History of the Lower East Side, performing on Friday, November 18 at 8:00pm,  Michael "Big Mike" Lynch (American Idol), performing Friday, January 6 at 8pm, Tiempo Libre performing Saturday, February 11 at 8pm, and more! We also continue to present a diverse slate of Family programming, free film retrospectives, and a variety of dance,  comedy, and special events., and more!  All 20164-2015 7 events are listed below with more information. (more...)

BWW Interview: Creative Team of RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Talk New Changes at the Kirk DouglasBWW Interview: Creative Team of RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Talk New Changes at the Kirk Douglas
by Don Grigware - Jun 29, 2016

We sat down with Jamelle Dolphin and Lou Spisto, producers of the returning RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD as they prepare for the upcoming run at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City. Both men talk about going deeper into John Dolphin's character and adding new material to create the perfect show, which begins previews July 8. (more...)

Kim Davies' STET Adds Another Week at Abingdon TheatreKim Davies' STET Adds Another Week at Abingdon Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company, in association The Muse Project, announces a week-long extension of STET, with Off-Broadway performances now running through July 10. (more...)

Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble to Present AJAX IN IRAQ, 7/15-8/14Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble to Present AJAX IN IRAQ, 7/15-8/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

? Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble with new Co-Artistic Directors Jones Welsh,  Aaron Hendry and Laura Covelli, in association with the Greenway Arts Alliance and Producer Jason Bruffy, present the revival of their thrilling production of Ajax in Iraq, Ellen McLaughlin's edgy action drama set in U.S. occupied Iraq, as the first Resident Company production at the Greenway Court Theatre, opening on July 15 for a five-week run. (more...)

Take Back the Night Founder Set for STET Talkback at Abingdon Theatre CompanyTake Back the Night Founder Set for STET Talkback at Abingdon Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

?Abingdon Theatre Company, in association with The Muse Project, announces talkbacks following the performances of STET on Sunday, June 26 at 2pm; Tuesday, June 28 at 7pm; and Thursday, June 30 at 7pm. Written by Kim Davies and developed by Kim Davies, Jocelyn Kuritsky and Tony Speciale, STET is a new play inspired by the Rolling Stone article 'A Rape on Campus.' Artistic Director Tony Speciale directs the world premiere, marking his first programming as Artistic Director. (more...)

RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD to Run This Summer at Kirk Douglas TheatreRECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD to Run This Summer at Kirk Douglas Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

Veteran Broadway actor Stu James (Benny in RENT, national tour of The Color Purple) will reprise the role of black entrepreneur and music mogul John Dolphin when last season's smash hit musical Recorded in Hollywood gets an all-new production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Previews begin July 8, with the press opening set for July 16. (more...)

Applications Now Available for CTG's Block Party at the DouglasApplications Now Available for CTG's Block Party at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Applications are now available for Center Theatre Group's inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre, which will highlight some of the remarkable work being done on other stages throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions. (more...)

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Woodstock Opera House Marks Comeback for Actor Battling Mental IllnessONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Woodstock Opera House Marks Comeback for Actor Battling Mental Illness
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2016

When the stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest opens June 17 at the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock, IL, it marks not only a staging of one of the true classics in American theatre but also the triumph of one man's personal battle with mental illness. (more...)

Works by Lucy Alibar, Lauren Yee & More Set for CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2016-17 SeasonWorks by Lucy Alibar, Lauren Yee & More Set for CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie has set the 2016-2017 season at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. (more...)

Richard Montoya and Roger Guenveur Smith to Chat 'American Venice' at the DouglasRichard Montoya and Roger Guenveur Smith to Chat 'American Venice' at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Award-winning Los Angeles writer-performers Richard Montoya ("Chavez Ravine" and "Water & Power") and Roger Guenveur Smith ("Rodney King" and "The Watts Tower Project") will take part in a DouglasPlus: Conversations event, "Excavating Venice of America," on Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m., at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre.          (more...)

Kim Davies' STET to Open Off-Broadway at Abingdon Theatre Company in JuneKim Davies' STET to Open Off-Broadway at Abingdon Theatre Company in June
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company, in association with The Muse Project, will present STET, a new play inspired by true events, written by Kim Davies and developed by Kim Davies, Jocelyn Kuritsky and Artistic Director Tony Speciale. A limited Off-Broadway engagement will begin previews on June 11, as part of Abingdon's 2015-2016 Season, with an official press opening scheduled for June 23. Tickets are now on sale through July 3. Tony Speciale is set to direct the world-premiere production, which marks his inaugural programming as Artistic Director. (more...)

BWW Review: Gritty, Solid CUCKOO'S NEST at York Little TheatreBWW Review: Gritty, Solid CUCKOO'S NEST at York Little Theatre
by Marakay Rogers - May 7, 2016

It's not a pretty show but it's one of the most compelling in theatre, and solid direction and casting make it a thought-provoking drama. York Little Theatre does it right. (more...)

THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN to Open in June at TheatreWorksTHE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN to Open in June at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley closes its 2015/2016 season with the explosive new dramatic comedy, The Velocity of Autumn. This tender-hearted play by Eric Coble centers on an elderly artist locked in a volatile showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years. In a wry, spirited quest to 'not go gently' into a retirement home, Alexandra barricades herself in her brownstone with enough homemade Molotov cocktails to blow the entire block sky-high as she negotiates the terms of her future with a long-estranged son who has battles of his own. The Velocity of Autumn was declared 'Wickedly funny and wonderfully touching' by Broadway World and 'A tale that could resonate with a broad range of audiences as it touches on a sobering dilemma faced by families every day' by Variety. This production will be directed by Giovanna Sardelli with performances June 1-June 26 (press opening: June 4) at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. For tickets ($19-$80) and information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

Photo Flash: ENDGAME Celebrates Opening Night at the DouglasPhoto Flash: ENDGAME Celebrates Opening Night at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Samuel Beckett's classic ENDGAME opened last night, May 1, 2016, at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Alan Mandell, performances for 'Endgame' will continue through May 22. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

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