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Center Stage to Premiere New Bob Marley Musical in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland, announced today that it will produce the world premiere of Marley, the first original musical based on both the life and music of cultural icon Bob Marley. With a book and direction by Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, Marley will run from May 6 to June 14, 2015 to close Center Stage's 2014/15 season. (more...)

Kelly Renee Armstrong, Ricardo Frederick Evans, John Lescault & More Set for Arena Stage's OUR WAR
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

In a bold undertaking as part of the company's involvement with the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War Project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has commissioned Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event and collection of short stories that explores-through diverse perspectives-the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. (more...)

Center Stage Announces Cast of the Season's First Production AMADEUS, 9/10 - 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Rehearsals begin Tuesday for Amadeus, the first show in Center Stage's 2014/15 Season. Helmed by Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, the production begins previews Sept. 10 and runs until Oct. 12. (more...)

BULRUSHER OPENS 8/23-24 at Skylight Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 08, 2014

Skylight Theatre Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble present the Los Angeles Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Bulrusher, written by Eisa Davis and directed by Nataki Garrett. The show opens on 8pm on August 23rd and 3pm August 24th. RECEPTION TO FOLLOW BOTH PERFORMANCES. Runs 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm Sundays through September 28, 2014 at the Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N. Vermont, LA, 90027 (more...)

LAKE UNTERSEE, SKIN DEEP SEA and More Set for Workhaus Playwrights Collective's 8th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Workhaus Playwrights Collective announces its 8th season featuring world premiere productions of LAKE UNTERSEE, by Joe Waechter (September, 2014), SKIN DEEP SEA, by Stanton Wood (February, 2015), and THE REAGAN YEARS, by Dominic Orlando (April, 2015). (more...)

Center Stage's Digital Theater Project MY AMERICA to Screen as Feature Length Film on Fandor, 7/4; Hits IFC Center, 7/9
by Movies News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

Center Stage previously announced that its acclaimed digital theater project My America has become a feature length film that will premiere on July 4, 2014, exclusively through streaming service Fandor, followed by a special July 9 screening at the IFC center in New York City. (more...)

Center Stage's MY AMERICA to Premiere 7/4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Center Stage announced this week that its acclaimed digital theater project My America has become a feature length film that will premiere world-wide on July 4, 2014, exclusively through streaming service Fandor, followed by a special July 9 screening at the IFC center in New York City. (more...)

WILD WITH HAPPY - Center Stage Ends the Season with a 'Smiley Face'
by Charles Shubow - Jun 17, 2014

Let your imagination take over in this wonderful comedy by Colman Domingo. (more...)

WILD WITH HAPPY Winning Rave Reviews at Center Stage, Closes June 29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Wild with Happy is the joyous new comedy by Tony nominee Colman Domingo that is currently kicking off summer and the end of Season 51 at Center Stage. Now playing through June 29, the production is earning strong reviews from critics and audiences. The Baltimore Sun says the show is "priceless," "dynamic," an "endearing comedy…spiced with sharp humor," while Maryland Theatre Guide calls it "a perfect show." (more...)

Photo Flash: HEALING WARS Opens at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

A pioneer in the world of contemporary dance, MacArthur 'Genius Grant' recipient Liz Lerman's new theatrical dance piece Healing Wars examines healing in wartime, the nature of damage that continues when battles are over and the question of how individuals and societies absorb the pain and impact of war. The production features a company of performers in multiple roles, including Marjani Forte, George Hirsch, Tamara Hurwitz Pullman, Ted Johnson, Alli Ross, Samantha Speis, Keith A. Thompson, renowned stage and film actor Bill Pullman and a combat veteran to be announced at a later date. The limited engagement, world-premiere production of Healing Wars running through June 29 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Check out photos from the opening night below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Opening Night of Arena Stage's HEALING WARS Featuring Bill Pullman
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

A pioneer in the world of contemporary dance, MacArthur 'Genius Grant' recipient Liz Lerman's new theatrical dance piece Healing Wars examines healing in wartime, the nature of damage that continues when battles are over and the question of how individuals and societies absorb the pain and impact of war. The production features a company of performers in multiple roles, including Marjani Forte, George Hirsch, Tamara Hurwitz Pullman, Ted Johnson, Alli Ross, Samantha Speis, Keith A. Thompson, renowned stage and film actor Bill Pullman and a combat veteran to be announced at a later date. The limited engagement, world-premiere production of Healing Wars running through June 29 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Check out a first look at opening night below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: WILD WITH HAPPY Will Make You, Well, Wild With Happy
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jun 08, 2014

Eventually Gil wins the struggle for the right to define his mother's obsequies. He is handed the urn with her ashes. He has sole custody. But then what? While Gil doesn't have the answer, Mo does. It involves a car chase down I-95 and the Cinderella Castle Suite at Disneyland, and a vision of Adelaide dancing in a magical white dress, and fireworks. (more...)

BWW TV: 2014 Lilly Awards Celebrate Kelli O'Hara, Winnie Holzman, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 03, 2014

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on the red carpet to chat with the recipients and some of the guests about the big night! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Mary Mitchell Campbell, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More Honored with 2014 Lilly Awards
by Jennifer Broski - Jun 03, 2014

Just last night, the Lilly Awards celebrated women of distinction in musical theater at Playwrights Horizons. As previously announced, the 2014 Lilly Award winners include Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Susan Bernfield, Johanna Day, Winnie Holzman, Joyce Ketay, Mary Mitchell Campbell, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Dominique Morrisseau, Kelli O'Hara, Jen Silverman, Jeanine Tesori and Liesl Tommy. The 2014 Lilly Award presenters include Neena Beber, John Doyle, Branden Jacobs Jenkins, Julia Jordan, Anne Kaufman, Lisa Kron, Tony Kushner, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Justin Levine, Audra McDonald, Marsha Norman, Steven Pasquale, Stephen Schwartz and Stacey Mindich. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the red carpet below! (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Rebecca Luker, Jason Robert Brown & More to Perform at 2014 Lilly Awards, 6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

This year the Lilly Awards will celebrate women of distinction in musical theater in a special cabaret at West Bank Cafe (407 W 42nd Street, NYC), following the awards ceremony, which is set for Monday, June 2, at Playwrights Horizons. The cabaret will feature Kelli O'Hara, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Rebecca Luker, Kate Baldwin, Kenita Miller, The Broadway Boys, Graham Rowat, Katie Thompson, Lauren Pritchard, Taylor Noble, Jay Armstrong Jonson, The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley) and Jason Robert Brown. (more...)

Forrest McClendon, Stephanie Berry & More Set for Center Stage's WILD WITH HAPPY, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Center Stage presents the exciting new comedy Wild with Happy by Colman Domingo. This heartwarming adventure through love and loss begins tonight, May 28, and runs through June 29, under the direction of Jeremy B. Cohen. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Jeanine Tesori, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & More Win 2014 Lilly Awards; Ceremony Set for 6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

The 2014 winners of the Lilly Awards, honoring women of distinction in American theater, were announced today by the Lilly Awards Foundation. The winners will be celebrated at the 5th Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony set for Monday, June 2, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. at Playwrights Horizons (416 W 42nd Street, NYC). (more...)

BWW Reviews: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Center Stage - What a Hoot!
by Charles Shubow - May 05, 2014

Christopher Durang won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play with this hilarious comedy. (more...)

Center Stage to Celebrate 2014 Young Playwrights Festival on May 5
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2014

On Monday, May 5, Center Stage celebrates the 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival with live performances of honored plays, an awards ceremony for the recognized playwrights, and the world premiere of six new My America/My Baltimore filmed monologues. The festival takes place Monday, May 5, at 7 pm. (more...)

Forrest McClendon, Stephanie Berry & More Set for Center Stage's WILD WITH HAPPY, Begin. 5/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2014

Leading the cast is Forrest McClendon as the grief-stricken Gil, a young man dealing with both heartbreak and his mother's death. Mr. McClendon has appeared in numerous regional productions, and was a Tony Award nominee for his role in The Scottsboro Boys, opposite playwright Colman Domingo. (more...)

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