Mark Taper Forum News

Andrew Garman to Star in THE CHRISTIANS at the Taper This Winter; Cast Announced!Andrew Garman to Star in THE CHRISTIANS at the Taper This Winter; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Center Theatre Group and Playwrights Horizons have announced casting for "The Christians," a new play written by Lucas Hnath ("A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney," "Isaac's Eye," "Death Tax").  (more...)

Richard Gere Says Playing Gay in Original BENT on Broadway 'Was Not Dangerous at All'Richard Gere Says Playing Gay in Original BENT on Broadway 'Was Not Dangerous at All'
by Sally Henry - Aug 2, 2015

Gay roles on Broadway may be more than acceptable in 2015, but what kind of judgement was passed on such roles in the '70s? Regardless, Richard Gere didn't feel unsafe when he played gay in the original Broadway production of BENT in 1979. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of CTG's BENTSTAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of CTG's BENT
by Stage Tube - Jul 31, 2015

Just in to BroadwayWorld! Martin Sherman's BENT, a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, will be directed by Moisés Kaufman, began previews on July 15 and opens July 26 for a run through August 23, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. BroadwayWorld has a stunning first look at highlights below! (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/31; Ogunquit's NICE WORK, a 'Brilliant' BENT at CTG, LIZA and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/31; Ogunquit's NICE WORK, a 'Brilliant' BENT at CTG, LIZA and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 31, 2015

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Chicago, Maine, New Orleans and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include Ogunquit's NICE WORK, DAMES AT SEA at The Winter Playhouse, and LIZA in New Orleans, just to name a few. (more...)

Breaking News: Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus & 20 Broadway Newcomers Will Star in Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING RevivalBreaking News: Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus & 20 Broadway Newcomers Will Star in Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING Revival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

Ken Davenport, Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold and Deaf West Theatre (Artistic Director David J. Kurs) have announced that the rebellious students from the acclaimed Deaf West production of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's Spring Awakening, directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff, will transfer with the musical to Broadway. Four new swings join the Broadway company. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Brilliant BENT Revival at TaperBWW Reviews: Brilliant BENT Revival at Taper
by Don Grigware - Jul 30, 2015

When Bent first premiered in 1979 its persecution of gays in Nazi Germany was a real eye opener. This was before the onset of AIDS...in the first scene, the depiction of Max's (Patrick Heusinger)one night stand and his gay relationship with a dancer could have been taken right out of contemporary West Hollywood were it not for the fact that we are told up front that the play takes place in 1934-36. The violence against gays that follows is staggering and horrifying. Deep down we knew that being homosexual had built-in problems and tensions, but did we really think about it so seriously? Did we really know how ugly it all was back then? And what about now? In spite of marriage equality in the US, in Kenya and in other areas of the world, the struggle for sexual freedom unbelievably goes on...to this very day. In a rare revival, Moises Kaufman brilliantly directs this new production of Bent at the Mark Taper Forum, and you'd be a fool to miss it. The cast is extraordinary, and Martin Sherman's poignant lyricism is simultaneously funny, touching and thoroughly riveting from moment to moment. (more...)

LEND ME A TENOR Opens Tonight at Peninsula PlayersLEND ME A TENOR Opens Tonight at Peninsula Players
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theater and Door County's theatrical icon, continues its 80th season tonight, July 29, through August 16 when it presents Ken Ludwig's hilarious comedy, 'Lend Me A Tenor.' (more...)

Review Roundup: BENT, Starring Patrick Heusinger, Jake Shears and Andy Mientus, Opens in Los AngelesReview Roundup: BENT, Starring Patrick Heusinger, Jake Shears and Andy Mientus, Opens in Los Angeles
by Review Roundups - Jul 28, 2015

Martin Sherman's BENT, a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, opened at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum last Sunday, July 26, 2015. Directed by Moises Kaufman, performances for BENT will continue through August 23.  Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes of CTG's BENT with Jake Shears, Andy Mientus & More!STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes of CTG's BENT with Jake Shears, Andy Mientus & More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 28, 2015

Martin Sherman's 'Bent,' a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, opened on July 26 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Moises Kaufman, performances for 'Bent' will continue through August 23. (Previews started on July 15.) Check out a behind-the-scenes look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere of A.R. Gurney's LOVE & MONEY, Now Playing at Westport Country PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at World Premiere of A.R. Gurney's LOVE & MONEY, Now Playing at Westport Country Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Westport Country Playhouse will stage the world premiere previews of A. R. Gurney's 'Love and Money,' a new comedy exploring the trials of class, family, legacy, and race, directed by Mark Lamos, from July 21 through August 8. A co-production with New York's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, it will officially open there in late August.  (more...)

BWW Interviews: Bent's MARTIN SHERMAN Talks About The Play and the Taper's ProductionBWW Interviews: Bent's MARTIN SHERMAN Talks About The Play and the Taper's Production
by Don Grigware - Jul 28, 2015

Playwright Martin Sherman, most famous for his Pulitzer and Tony-nominated play Bent is in town for the Mark Taper Forum's revival of  the classic directed by Moises Kaufman. We sat down at Vespaio at the after party Sunday July 26 and chatted briefly about the play and this production. What research you did originally on the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany? (more...)

Nicholas Rodriguez to Lead All-Latino Cast of Karen Zacarias' DESTINY OF DESIRE at Arena StageNicholas Rodriguez to Lead All-Latino Cast of Karen Zacarias' DESTINY OF DESIRE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Karen Zacarias' new telenovela-inspired comedy Destiny of Desire receives its world premiere at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, kicking off the company's 66th season with dramatic storytelling and comic flair. Zacarias, an inaugural resident playwright of the theater's American Voices New Play Institute whose previous credits include The Book Club Play and Legacy of Light, collaborates with renowned director Jose Luis Valenzuela, Artistic Director of the Latino Theater Company, to bring the Latin-American telenovela genre to life on stage. Destiny of Desire runs September 11-October 18, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' APPROPRIATE to Make West Coast Premiere at the Taper This FallBranden Jacobs-Jenkins' APPROPRIATE to Make West Coast Premiere at the Taper This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

"Appropriate" by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Eric Ting, will make its West Coast premiere at Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum, beginning previews September 23 for an October 4 opening. The production will play through November 1, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Opening Night of CTG's BENT with Jake Shears, Andy Mientus & More!Photo Flash: Go Inside Opening Night of CTG's BENT with Jake Shears, Andy Mientus & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Martin Sherman's 'Bent,' a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, opened last night, July 26 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Moises Kaufman, performances for 'Bent' will continue through August 23. (Previews started on July 15.) Check out a look inside opening night below! (more...)

Emily Donahoe, Andrew Garman & More Will Star in Playwrights Horizons' THE CHRISTIANSEmily Donahoe, Andrew Garman & More Will Star in Playwrights Horizons' THE CHRISTIANS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Playwrights Horizons and Center Theatre Group have announced casting for THE CHRISTIANS, the New York premiere of a new play by Lucas Hnath (A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac's Eye, Death Tax).  Directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters (Doris to Darlene at PH; the recent 10 Out of 12; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; Big Love; eurydice), the play is the opening production of the theater company's 2015/2016 Season.  (more...)

Karen Pittman and More Lead KING LIZ, Opening Tonight at Second Stage UptownKaren Pittman and More Lead KING LIZ, Opening Tonight at Second Stage Uptown
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Second Stage Theatre continues the 2015 Uptown Series with the World Premiere of King Liz, written by Fernanda Coppel (Chimichangas and Zoloft) and directed by Lisa Peterson. King Liz will feature MICHAEL CULLEN, JEREMIE HARRIS, RUSSELL G. JONES, CAROLINE LAGERFELT, IRENE SOFIA LUCIO, and KAREN PITTMAN. Previews began Monday, July 13th, for opening night tonight, July 27th, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look- THE LAST 5 YEARS at The Barn Stage CompanyPhoto Flash: First Look- THE LAST 5 YEARS at The Barn Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2015

Cabaret at The Merc's Summer Series returns for its 2nd year with an incredibly moving and intimate production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last 5 Years, starring Allen Everman and Lisa Livesay. Directed by Susan Jordan DeLeon who starred last year in their sold out production of Next To Normal, this beautiful piece of theater follows two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Check out the first production shots below! (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/25/2015
by - Jul 25, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/25/2015. (more...)

The Barn Stage Company Presents THE LAST 5 YEARSThe Barn Stage Company Presents THE LAST 5 YEARS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2015

Presented by The Barn Stage Company, Cabaret at The Merc's Summer Series returns for its 2nd year with an incredibly moving and intimate production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last 5 Years, starring Allen Everman and Lisa Livesay. (more...)

Redhouse Arts Center to Present Jason Robert Brown's 13Redhouse Arts Center to Present Jason Robert Brown's 13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Red House Arts Center presents 13: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, playing in its MainStage theatre from July 30th through August 8th. In this production, following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents' divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. 13: the Musical focuses on the fun-filled adventure of navigating through a world of cool kids & nerds, jocks & cheerleaders, first kisses & heartbreak. Will Evan come to understand how to survive the school year, not to mention, the rest of his life?  (more...)

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