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TDF to Host Special Performance of THE HEIDI CHRONICLES to Benefit Open DoorsTDF to Host Special Performance of THE HEIDI CHRONICLES to Benefit Open Doors
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

On Saturday, April 18th, TDF will host a special reception and performance of The Heidi Chronicles to celebrate the show's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, and to raise funds for the arts education program she co-founded, TDF's Open Doors. Open Doors, now in its 17th year, is the first arts education program to be awarded a special Tony Honor for 'Excellence in the Theatre.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: CABARET's Sienna Miller Gets Immortalized with a Sardi's Caricature!Photo Coverage: CABARET's Sienna Miller Gets Immortalized with a Sardi's Caricature!
by Walter McBride - Mar 30, 2015

Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony-winning musical production of Cabaret starring Alan Cumming and Sienna Miller, concluded its acclaimed run yesterday, having played 35 preview performances and 388 regular performances. Before the curtain went down, Miller was honored with her own caricature at Sardis, and BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the special event below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Fran Drescher and More Celebrate CINDERELLA's Opening at the AhmansonSTAGE TUBE: Fran Drescher and More Celebrate CINDERELLA's Opening at the Ahmanson
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2015

Two-time Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominee Fran Drescher joined the cast of 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella' for the Los Angeles engagement of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Drescher reprises the role of the wicked stepmother, 'Madame', a role she played in 2014, making her Broadway debut. At the opening night performance, Drescher and the company took time to celebrate the show's LA opening! Click below to watch interviews, footage and opening night festivites! (more...)

BWW Reviews: New CINDERELLA Dreams the Impossible at AhmansonBWW Reviews: New CINDERELLA Dreams the Impossible at Ahmanson
by Don Grigware - Mar 25, 2015

Broadway's Tony Award-winning production of Cinderella (2013) has a brand new book by Douglas Carter Beane and an expanded score of the glorious music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. As the musical based on the fairy tale possesses a more contemporary storyline, both Cinderella (Paige Faure) and Prince Topher (Andy Huntington Jones) are different - they are orphans, whose similarities in character make them a perfect match. No more losing her Venetian glass slipper at the first act curtain, this Cinderella, with much help, love, support and encouragement from her fairy godmother (Kecia Lewis) is in control and journeys into the second act with a mission to make the 'Impossible' truly 'Possible'. (more...)

Photo Flash: Fran Drescher & 'Nanny' Cast Mates Reunite at CINDERELLA Opening NightPhoto Flash: Fran Drescher & 'Nanny' Cast Mates Reunite at CINDERELLA Opening Night
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 19, 2015

At the opening night performance, Drescher reunited with her 'Nanny' cast mates, Charles Shaughnessy and Renee Taylor. Check out photos below! (more...)

Nick Payne's INCOGNITO & Nick Jones' IMPORTANT HATS Added to MTC's 2015-16 SeasonNick Payne's INCOGNITO & Nick Jones' IMPORTANT HATS Added to MTC's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) just announced two productions for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming 2015-2016 theatrical season. MTC's Off-Broadway season at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street) will feature the American premiere of Incognito by Nick Payne, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes and Important Hats of the Twentieth Century, the world premiere comedy by Nick Jones, directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SWITZERLAND Moves Chillingly to the GeffenBWW Reviews: SWITZERLAND Moves Chillingly to the Geffen
by Don Grigware - Mar 16, 2015

Switzerland/written by Joanna Murray-Smith/directed by Mark Brokaw/Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse/co-world premiere with the Sydney Theatre Company/through April 19 (more...)

Heartbeat Opera Presents the ONE ACT FESTIVAL, 3/18-22Heartbeat Opera Presents the ONE ACT FESTIVAL, 3/18-22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Heartbeat Opera is a new company intent upon re-imagining opera in intimate spaces for a new generation. Employing a minimalism that allows the emotional integrity of the music to shine through, the company's work focuses on the body of the singer and the visceral power of the music. Co-Artistic Directors Louisa Proske and Ethan Heard, who trained together in the Directing program at the Yale School of Drama, are committed to nurturing the actor in every singer they work with. The company creates productions of classics and new pieces that are daring and visceral—productions that manifest the emotional grandeur and theatrical power of opera with minimal means. Heartbeat's one-act festival presentation of György Kurtág's Kafka-Fragments, directed by Heard, and the New York premiere of Jacques Offenbach's Daphnis & Chloé, in a new English translation directed by Proske, marks this young company's debut. Heartbeat Opera's resident music ensemble Cantata Profana, described by The New York Times as “a stylish early music ensemble,” will provide musical accompaniment. (more...)

Fran Drescher to Reprise Role in CINDERELLA at the Ahmanson This MonthFran Drescher to Reprise Role in CINDERELLA at the Ahmanson This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Two-time Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Fran Drescher joins the cast of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" for the Los Angeles engagement of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Drescher will reprise the role of the wicked stepmother, 'Madame', a role she played in 2014, making her Broadway debut. (more...)

Wharton Center to Welcome CINDERELLA as First Broadway Show of the 2015-16 SeasonWharton Center to Welcome CINDERELLA as First Broadway Show of the 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony Award winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, is the first MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center show of the 2015-2016 season. The show opens September 22-27, 2015. (more...)

Mirvish Announces 2015-16 Season - MATILDA, GENTLEMEN'S GUIDE, Bonus Shows and More!Mirvish Announces 2015-16 Season - MATILDA, GENTLEMEN'S GUIDE, Bonus Shows and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

In the 2015-16 season, David Mirvish will present 14 shows in Toronto, consisting of seven shows in the Mainstage Subscription Series, three in the Off-Mirvish Subscription Series and four shows off-subscription. (more...)

Mary-Louise Parker & Kenneth Welsh Set to Star in Simon Stephens' HEISENBERG at MTCMary-Louise Parker & Kenneth Welsh Set to Star in Simon Stephens' HEISENBERG at MTC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) just announced Manhattan Theatre Club will produce the world premiere of Heisenberg, the new play by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Harper Regan), directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, How I Learned to Drive) starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Mary-Louise Parker (Proof, 'Weeds') and Emmy Award nominee Kenneth Welsh (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at MTC, The Aviator). (more...)

Sienna Miller Joins CABARET as 'Sally Bowles' TonightSienna Miller Joins CABARET as 'Sally Bowles' Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Beginning tonight, February 17, Sienna Miller ('American Sniper,' After Miss Julie) will take over the role of 'Sally Bowles' opposite Alan Cumming in Broadway's Cabaret at Studio 54. Cabaret is playing a limited engagement through March 29, 2015 at the Kit Kat Klub at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street). (more...)

2015 LPTW Awards to Honor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Kathleen Chalfant, Donyale Werle and More Next Month2015 LPTW Awards to Honor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Kathleen Chalfant, Donyale Werle and More Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

On Monday, March 16, 2015, the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre, is pleased to recognize the talents of five outstanding women: Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Kathleen Chalfant, Sandra A. Daley-Sharif, Rachel Dickstein, and Donyale Werle. (more...)

Photo Flash: Paige Faure and Andy Jones Lead CINDERELLA, Coming to the Ahmanson Next MonthPhoto Flash: Paige Faure and Andy Jones Lead CINDERELLA, Coming to the Ahmanson Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

The cast for the Los Angeles engagement of 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella,' the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of 'South Pacific' and 'The Sound of Music,' has been confirmed. 'Cinderella' begins previews March 17, opens March 18 and continues through April 26, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in action! (more...)

Heartbeat Opera's One Act Festival Set for 3/18-22Heartbeat Opera's One Act Festival Set for 3/18-22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Heartbeat Opera is a new company intent upon re-imagining opera in intimate spaces for a new generation. Employing a minimalism that allows the emotional integrity of the music to shine through, the company's work focuses on the body of the singer and the visceral power of the music. (more...)

Heartbeat Opera Launches ONE ACT FESTIVAL Featuring New Works, 3/18Heartbeat Opera Launches ONE ACT FESTIVAL Featuring New Works, 3/18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Heartbeat Opera is a new company intent upon re-imagining opera in intimate spaces for a new generation. Employing a minimalism that allows the emotional integrity of the music to shine through, the company's work focuses on the body of the singer and the visceral power of the music. Co-Artistic Directors Louisa Proske andEthan Heard, who trained together in the Directing program at the Yale School of Drama, are committed to nurturing the actor in every singer they work with. The company creates productions of classics and new pieces that are daring and visceral—productions that manifest the emotional grandeur and theatrical power of opera with minimal means. Heartbeat's one-act festival presentation of György Kurtág's Kafka-Fragments, directed by Heard, and the New York premiere of Jacques Offenbach's Daphnis & Chloé, in a new English translation directed by Proske, marks this young company's debut. Heartbeat Opera's resident music ensemble Cantata Profana, described by The New York Times as “a stylish early music ensemble,” will provide musical accompaniment. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Encores! Mounts LADY, BE GOOD! With Style and PanacheBWW Reviews: Encores! Mounts LADY, BE GOOD! With Style and Panache
by Michael Dale - Feb 7, 2015

Tommy Tune returns to the New York stage in a splendid concert production. (more...)

Review Roundup: Encores! LADY, BE GOOD Opens at the City CenterReview Roundup: Encores! LADY, BE GOOD Opens at the City Center
by Review Roundups - Feb 5, 2015

Tommy Tune, Colin Donnell, Danny Gardner, Jeff Hiller, Erin Mackey, Patti Murin, Douglas Sills,Jennifer Laura Thompson and Kirsten Wyatt star in George and Ira Gershwin's Lady, Be Good, the opening production of New York City Center's 2015 Encores! season, running for seven performances, last night, February 4, through February 8, 2015. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Meet Broadway Love Birds Patti Murin and Colin Donnell!Exclusive Photo Coverage: Meet Broadway Love Birds Patti Murin and Colin Donnell!
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Feb 4, 2015

Murin and Donnell, who star opposite each other as Susie Trevor and Jack Robinson in the show, also happen to be one of Broadway's cutest couples. Below, check out photos from their photo shoot at City Center with BroadwayWorld's own Kevin Thomas Garcia and CLICK HERE for our full interview with the du (more...)

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