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Peter Sarsgaard Leads CSC's HAMLET, Beginning TonightPeter Sarsgaard Leads CSC's HAMLET, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Classic Stage Company presents William Shakespeare's HAMLET, starring acclaimed actor Peter Sarsgaard as Hamlet, and directed by Austin Pendleton. (more...)

Echo Theater Company to Stage Pair of L.A. Premieres in Rep, 4/25-5/31Echo Theater Company to Stage Pair of L.A. Premieres in Rep, 4/25-5/31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

The multiple award-winning Echo Theater Company, named "Best Bet for Ballsy Original Plays" by the LA Weekly, continues its 2015 season with two Los Angeles premieres scheduled to run in repertory. Row After Row by Jessica Dickey (The Amish Project) opens on April 25 at 5 p.m., with A Small Fire by Obie Award-winner Adam Bock (The Drunken City, The Receptionist) opening that same evening at 8 p.m. The two plays will continue to run in tandem every weekend through May 31 at the Echo's home in Atwater Village Theatre. For a complete schedule of performances, scroll to the end of this release or check online at www.EchoTheaterCompany.com. (more...)

Pacific Northwest Ballet to Present SWAN LAKE, 4/10Pacific Northwest Ballet to Present SWAN LAKE, 4/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

SEATTLE, WA - Pacific Northwest Ballet's Swan Lake, choreographed by Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell, returns to the McCaw Hall stage as the fifth offering of PNB's 2014-15 season. This beloved story ballet, revered by audiences and dancers alike, is classical ballet at its very best. Sumptuous scenery, costumes, and lighting, and an achingly beautiful Tchaikovsky score, set the stage for the ethereal corps de ballet and the ultimate challenge for ballerinas all over the world—the dual role of Odette, trapped in the body of a white swan until the oath of her true love sets her free; and Odile, the “Black Swan” temptress. With an added performance on opening weekend, Swan Lake runs for nine performances only, from April 10 through 19 at Seattle Center's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $30. For more information, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at 301 Mercer Street, or online at PNB.org. (more...)

Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2015, Spring Edition!Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2015, Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 22, 2015

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 some of the grandest stages in the world. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jonathan Groff Duets with Mary-Mitchell Campbell for International Day of Happiness!STAGE TUBE: Jonathan Groff Duets with Mary-Mitchell Campbell for International Day of Happiness!
by Stage Tube - Mar 20, 2015

In celebration of the third annual International Day of Happiness at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the NGO Relations and Advocacy Section of DPI held an expert global panel yesterday, exploring scientifically proven data that demonstrates the inverse relationship that wealth (both national and personal) can have on happiness. Broadway Conductor and Composer Mary-Mitchell Campbell, currently serving as musical director of Finding Neverland, and Founder of Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) served as the event's Moderator. Campbell called upon her friend Jonathan Groff, who is currently appearing onstage in Hamilton, to celebrate the special occasion on Good Day New York. Below, watch as they perform 'Happy Days are Here Again' and 'Get Happy.' (more...)

INDECENT, PEERLESS, THE MOORS World Premieres, Dianne Wiest Set for Yale Rep's 2015-16 SeasonINDECENT, PEERLESS, THE MOORS World Premieres, Dianne Wiest Set for Yale Rep's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Yale Repertory Theatre announces its 2015-16 Season, which will include three world premieres and two classics. (more...)

Peter Parnell's DADA WOOF PAPA HOT to Kick Off Lincoln Center Theater's 2015-16 SeasonPeter Parnell's DADA WOOF PAPA HOT to Kick Off Lincoln Center Theater's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater has announced the first two productions of its 2015-2016 season: DADA WOOF PAPA HOT, a new play by Peter Parnell, to be directed by Scott Ellis, beginning performances Thursday, October 15 and opening Monday, November 9 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater; and the LCT3 world premiere production of KILL FLOOR, a new play by Abe Koogler, to be directed by Lila Neugebauer, which will begin performances Saturday, October 3, open on Monday, October 19, and run through Sunday, November 15 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

Women's Project Theater's THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW Begins TonightWomen's Project Theater's THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Women's Project Theater present the world premiere of The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, written by Laura Eason (S e x with Strangers,'House of Cards') and directed by Kirsten Kelly (Slipping), beginning tonight, March 19 at 7pm at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, west of Seventh Avenue South. Opening night is set for Thursday, April 2 at 7pm. The production is set to run through Saturday, May 2. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with THE PRICE's Kate Burton and More at Mark Taper ForumSTAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with THE PRICE's Kate Burton and More at Mark Taper Forum
by Stage Tube - Mar 18, 2015

The Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum production of 'The Price' by Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and National Medal of Honor-winner Arthur Miller, is a penetrating family drama by one of America's greatest dramatists. The play open the Mark Taper Forum's new season now through March 22, 2015. Click below to watch interviews with the cast and creative team, plus highlights from the show! (more...)

INTAR to Stage Off-Broadway Premiere of SE LLAMA CRISTINAINTAR to Stage Off-Broadway Premiere of SE LLAMA CRISTINA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

INTAR continues its acclaimed 2014 - '15 season with the Off-Broadway premiere of Se Llama Cristina by Octavio Solis, beginning April 3rd and continuing through May 3rd only. Opening Night is set for Monday, April 13th. (more...)

LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

On March 16, 2015, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced its winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura County theater in the year 2014. Announcements were made at a ceremony held at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale, hosted by Dixie Longate (Dixie's Tupperware Party) with musical direction by Corey B. Hirsch (LADCC award winner for A Man of No Importance in 2014). (more...)

BWW Interviews: Tony Award Winning Actor Scott Waara from the National Tour of ONCEBWW Interviews: Tony Award Winning Actor Scott Waara from the National Tour of ONCE
by Heidi Scheuermann - Mar 17, 2015

So here's the thing… The first time I heard of/saw ONCE was back in college. A group of friends were squishing into a tiny living room in an on-campus apartment (I think there were probably 10-15 of us), and one of the crew decided we were going to watch this totally awesome movie called "Once." So we squished, we sat, we watched. I remember thinking, "Ok, the movie was cute, but man… the music!" There's no mistaking the magic that is Glen Hansard's and Marketa Irglova's music, including their incredibly beautiful, Academy Award Winning song "Falling Slowly." (more...)

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Robert Brown at Work on A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Musical?!EXCLUSIVE: Jason Robert Brown at Work on A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Musical?!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2015

Jason Robert Brown revealed in concert on Friday night at SubCulture in New York City that he is at work on a new musical adaptation of the 1992 Tom Hanks film, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. No word yet as to when we may hear the Tony Award-winner's score or who else is on the creative team. (more...)

BAM to Present Daniel Beaty's THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST Next WeekendBAM to Present Daniel Beaty's THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST Next Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Daniel Beaty gives a tour-de-force performance, playing up to 40 characters in The Tallest Tree in the Forest, a solo play, which he also wrote. It tells the life story of Paul Robeson, a towering figure among our nation's prominent African-Americans. Renowned director Moises Kaufman returns to BAM (The Laramie Project, 2013 Winter/Spring) to direct this show which has delighted and enlightened audiences from Kansas City, to LA, La Jolla, and Washington, DC. The show runs Mar 22-29, 2015. (more...)

T.R. Knight to Replace Maulik Pancholy in Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAYT.R. Knight to Replace Maulik Pancholy in Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that T.R. Knight, Emmy Award nominated actor, will join the cast of Broadway's smash hit comedy It's Only a Play in the role of 'Frank Finger' on March 31, 2015, on the same day that 2-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane returns to the cast in the role of 'James Wicker', as previously announced. Both will continue with the production through its scheduled closing date of June 7, 2015. (more...)

Jonathan Groff Set to Lead HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Concert in LondonJonathan Groff Set to Lead HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Concert in London
by Danielle Ashley Dias - Mar 13, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, as part of a new series of musical concert performances at the Royal Festival Hall, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING makes its London concert debut on May 19. Now according to Whatsonstage, Jonathan Groff, Hannah Waddingham and Clive Rowe are set to lead the concert, as J. Pierrepont Finch, Hedy La Rue and Twimble respectively. (more...)

SUNSET BABY Opens 4/18 at Odyssey TheatreSUNSET BABY Opens 4/18 at Odyssey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

A secret cache of letters brings together a former Black Power leader, his estranged daughter and her drug-dealing boyfriend in a powerful story of family and activism, revolution and estrangement. The West Coast premiere of Dominique Morisseau's explosive, uncensored Sunset Baby opens on April 18 at the Odyssey Theatre. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Stage the West Coast Premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, 4/10-5/24Berkeley Rep to Stage the West Coast Premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, 4/10-5/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney for the West Coast premiere of Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic story about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting mouth of the Mississippi, Shelah's family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday -- bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah's convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by Tina Landau, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its critically lauded world premiere in Chicago. Head of Passes is a co-production with the Public Theater in New York. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, April 10, opens on Friday, April 17, and runs through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Press night for Head of Passes will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015. (more...)

The Independent Eye to Present KING LEAR, 4/10-26The Independent Eye to Present KING LEAR, 4/10-26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

The Independent Eye presents an inspired two-person take on William Shakespeare's KING LEAR. Played out within the confines of an aluminum cage, King Lear and The Fool are accompanied by nearly 30 life-sized, hand, and finger puppets operated by actors and master puppeteers Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller. KING LEAR plays April 10 through 26 (Press opening: April 10) at The Emerald Tablet (80 Fresno Street) in San Francisco. For tickets ($20, 25) and more information, the public may visit brownpapertickets.com. (more...)

New Jazz Musical FOR THE LAST TIME to Receive Industry Reading This WeekNew Jazz Musical FOR THE LAST TIME to Receive Industry Reading This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

FOR THE LAST TIME is a new jazz musical by celebrated writer/composer Nancy Harrow (Maya The Bee, This Side of Paradise), directed by Will Pomerantz (The Blue Flower) with music direction by Cody Owen Stine, will get an invite-only industry reading on March 13, 2015. (more...)

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