La Jolla Playhouse News

Will Chilina Kennedy Be Broadway's Next 'Carole King'? Jessie Mueller to Lead BEAUTIFUL National Tour?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

According to the Toronto Star, Chilna Kennedy, who made her Broadway debut in 2012's Jesus Christ Superstar, will soon be filling Tony winner Jessie Mueller's shoes. The Toronto-based actress will reportedly join the Broadway production of BEAUTIFUL as 'Carole King' in early 2015, when current star Mueller leaves to lead the national tour. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/2- Chad Kimball
by Stage Tube - Sep 02, 2014

Happy Birthday, Chad Kimball! After moving to New York, he was hired for the Broadway musical, The Civil War, joining the show 3 weeks before it closed. He was in the Off-Broadway revival of Godspell (2000) and the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (2002) as Milky-White the cow. He appeared in the Broadway musicals Lennon and Good Vibrations in 2005. Kimball originated 'Huey' in the musical Memphis at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2008, starred in the Broadway production, and earned a Tony nomination for his performance. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 9/2/14 - Andrea Martin Returns to PIPPIN, 'NICE WORK' on Tour and More!
by Jessica Showers - Sep 02, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Andrea Martin returns to PIPPIN, and 'NICE WORK' and DIRTY DANCING head out on tour! (more...)

Photo Flash: Publicity Shots for A Contemporary Theatre's THE INVISIBLE HAND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

A Contemporary Theatre announces the west coast premiere of writer/actor Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand, about an American investor kidnapped by a militant group in Pakistan. Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for his play Disgraced, which opens on Broadway this fall. The Invisible Hand premiered at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis studio series in 2012. Since then, Akhtar has continued development on the script, added a character, and he will participate in the creative process as the show develops in Seattle, spending time in the rehearsal room and audience preview process. (more...)

SoLuna Studio to Present BONNIE & CLYDE, 9/13-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

SoLuna Studio will produce the musical BONNIE & CLYDE as a part their professional mainstage season, with performances running September 13th-28th. (more...)

2014 SOLO COLLECTIVE to Feature THE STORYTELLER and More; Runs 9/7-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

After a wildly successful first year, Paul Stein and THE SOLO COLLECTIVE (L.A.'s only Solo Collective company) in residence at VS. THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce its second annual SOLO COLLECTIVE, with three solo shows performing this Fall: Opening with the World Premiere of Antonio Sacre's THE STORYTELLER; a special return engagement of Drew Droege's BRIGHT PATTERNS AND BOLD COLORS and closing with the world premiere of Carla Cackowski's GAL INVINCIBLE. Antonio Sacre in THE STORYTELLER, directed by Paul Stein, will preview on Sunday, September 7 and will open on Friday, September 12 at 8pm and run through Sunday, September 28 at the new home of VS. Theatre Company, 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2014, Fall Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 26, 2014

In the coming months, Broadway will welcome a fresh crop of productions- many of which will mark the Broadway debuts for a slew of talented actors. Whether they are fresh faces or established stars, these Broadway babies will soon take their very first bows on the grandest stages in the world. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

GENERATIONS, WASHETERIA and More Set for Soho Rep.'s 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Sarah Benson and Executive Director Cynthia Flowers, Soho Rep. has continually produced work by bold artists who harness the intimate power of a 73-seat black box theater to create transformative experiences. Soho Rep.'s 2014-15 season, announced today, comprises three new works that each speak to the civic power of theater through their own distinctive form. (more...)

Jim Ireland, Tina Ivlev, Alice Kremelberg & More to Star in New York Run of Ruby Rae Spiegel's DRY LAND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Dry Land, written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, is a haunting new play about female friendships and abortion-a hilarious, savage, and deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes, and friendships of teenage girls. It is as gut-wrenching as it is funny, and while the play's characters may be young, the challenges facing them are ageless. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Shows - MOTOWN
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 24, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters. BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MOTOWN below! (more...)

'The World Will Know!' The Original Cast of NEWSIES - Where Are They Now?
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 23, 2014

In honor of the beloved show's final week of performances, BWW is taking a look at where the original NEWSIES principal cast members and creative team have landed after carrying the banner for a final time! (more...)

BWW Profile: Kate Mulgrew Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
by Scott Fullerton - Aug 22, 2014

Kate Mulgrew is a celebrated actress of stage, screen and television; from Broadway shows including EQUUS, MARY STUART, and TEA AT FIVE; to films like A STRANGER IS WATCHING, THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, and STAR TREK NEMISIS, to her most famous roles in RYAN'S HOPE, MRS. COLUMBO, and STAR TREK VOYAGER. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast and Creative Team of Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

The Old Globe presents World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will run September 13 - November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 13 - September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast and creative team below! (more...)

LOVEBIRDS Coming to Marsh Berkeley this September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

LOVEBIRDS, fresh from its New York City premiere at La MaMa Theater, moves to The Marsh Berkeley. A rollicking tale of incurable romantics from GLAAD award-winning solo theater artist and comedian Marga Gomez, LOVEBIRDS enjoyed a critically acclaimed six-month original run at The Marsh San Francisco as well as a tour to the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. Directed by David Schweizer in his sixth collaboration with Gomez, LOVEBIRDS will transfer to The Marsh Berkeley (2120 Allston Way) with performances Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8:30pm. For tickets ($20-$35, $50-$100 reserved), the public may visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 between 1 - 4pm, Monday through Friday. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits -MAMMA MIA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 20, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MAMMA MIA! below! (more...)

UNCANNY VALLEY to Make New York Premiere at 59E59 Theaters this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

59E59 Theaters welcomes Contemporary American Theater Festival with the New York premiere of UNCANNY VALLEY, written Thomas Gibbons and directed by Tom Dugdale. UNCANNY VALLEY begins performances on Thursday, October 2 for a limited engagement through Sunday, October 26. Press opening is Wednesday, October 8 at 7:15 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM & 7:15 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org. (more...)

People's Light & Theatre to Open 40th Season with August Wilson's FENCES, 9/10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

People's Light & Theatre opens its 40th Anniversary Season with August Wilson's Fences running September 10-October 5, 2014 on the Leonard C. Haas Stage. Kamilah Forbes directs. People's Light & Theatre is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355. (more...)

Unicorn Theatre to Present HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 9/3-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Hands on a Hardbody is a new rock musical about 10 Texans whose new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end and armed with nothing but hope and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In this hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American dream. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Director, Jeremy Scott Lapp
by Bartley Stratton - Aug 19, 2014

Jeremy Scott Lapp has been working in the theatre business for over 27 years performing in over 100 shows in and around San Diego County. He is an alumnus of the 2009 Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab West, a proud member of the SDC and a 2011 SDC Emerging Artist. In addition, he is a recipient of Noel Craig, PAMTA, Inland Theatre League, Patte, National Youth Theatre, Billy & Director's Choice awards. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits- KINKY BOOTS!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 15, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's KINKY BOOTS below! (more...)

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