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Cabrillo Music Theatre's OKLAHOMA! Coming to TOPAC This JulyCabrillo Music Theatre's OKLAHOMA! Coming to TOPAC This July
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

OKLAHOMA! opens on Friday, July 17th , 2015, playing until Sunday, July 26th , and features an added mid-week matinee on July 22nd , at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.  (more...)

Ryder Bach and Curt Hansen to Reprise Roles in GIRLFRIEND at the Douglas This SummerRyder Bach and Curt Hansen to Reprise Roles in GIRLFRIEND at the Douglas This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Casting is set for "Girlfriend," which will begin previews at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre on July 12 with the opening slated for July 19. Featuring a book by Todd Almond and music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet, the rock musical about first love will continue through August 9. (more...)

Amy Madigan to Helm West Coast Premiere of OFF THE KING'S ROADAmy Madigan to Helm West Coast Premiere of OFF THE KING'S ROAD
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Golden Globe Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Madigan directs the West Coast premiere of a new play by former publicist/talent manager/producer-turned-playwright Neil Koenigsberg. Off the King's Road opens June 27 as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre. (more...)

Rutina Wesley to Lead The Old Globe's TWELFTH NIGHT; Cast, Creatives Set!Rutina Wesley to Lead The Old Globe's TWELFTH NIGHT; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe production of William Shakespeare's delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Rebecca Taichman, whose production of the time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct the first show of the 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on June 21 and run through July 26, 2015, with opening night on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m., in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. (more...)

PBS to Air Encore of Anna Deavere Smith's TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 6/12PBS to Air Encore of Anna Deavere Smith's TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 6/12
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2015

When Anna Deavere Smith's drama Twilight: Los Angeles premiered in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum, it made national news for its unique and unflinching look at the fallout from the 1992 Los Angeles riots. (more...)

Tickets to DIRTY DANCING National Tour at Smith Center on Sale 5/22Tickets to DIRTY DANCING National Tour at Smith Center on Sale 5/22
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The Smith Center announced today that individual tickets for the Las Vegas premiere of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage will go on sale Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at The Smith Center Box Office, located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, by phone at 702-749-2000 or 808-326-6868 (TTY) and online at www.TheSmithCenter.com. For preferred seating and special rates for groups of 10 or more, contact 702-749-2348. The staged musical of this worldwide smash-hit film will play Reynolds Hall July 14-19, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Incredible Paul Potenza & Angela Bond in Jobsite's ANNAPURNABWW Reviews: Incredible Paul Potenza & Angela Bond in Jobsite's ANNAPURNA
by Peter Nason - May 19, 2015

Only four chances left to see this Jobsite winner which showcases the finest local performances of the year thus far. (more...)

DTC Welcomes Jeffrey Woodward as New Managing DirectorDTC Welcomes Jeffrey Woodward as New Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

The Dallas Theater Center Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Jeffrey Woodward as managing director of the 56-year-old organization. Woodward's experience includes Syracuse Stage and 17 years at McCarter Theatre Center. The appointment follows the departure of Heather M. Kitchen, who announced her retirement in September 2014. Woodward will formally assume his post in mid-July. (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Lillias White Talks THE SONGS OF CY COLEMAN, THE LIFE & MoreBWW EXCLUSIVE: Lillias White Talks THE SONGS OF CY COLEMAN, THE LIFE & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 16, 2015

Today we are talking to a Tony Award-winning Broadway leading lady noted for her affinity and affection for the music of legendary songwriter Cy Coleman, the utterly divine Lillias White. Discussing her long-standing relationship and memorable musical collaborations with Coleman himself and recounting tales from their time shared together on the original Broadway production of THE LIFE, for which White took home a Best Featured Actress In A Musical Tony Award back in 1997, White also opens up about her participation in a lesser-known Coleman property titled LIKE JAZZ and acting as a replacement performer in the original Broadway production of Coleman's circus-themed hit BARNUM. Additionally, White sheds some light on the unique 54 Below show celebrating Coleman's career kicking off this weekend at the NYC cabaret hotspot co-starring two other recognizable Tony Award winners, Randy Graff and Cady Huffman, titled OUR GUY CY: THE MUSIC OF CY COLEMAN. All of that and much more with one of Broadway's biggest divas! (more...)

Gotham Chamber Opera Names New Executive DirectorGotham Chamber Opera Names New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera announces Edward Barnes as the company's new Executive Director, effective June 1, 2015. Mr. Barnes will succeed Gotham's previous executive director, David Bennett, who will become general director of the San Diego Opera. In addition, David Rubeo has been promoted to Associate Director. (more...)

West End's MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Sets Dates & TheaterWest End's MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Sets Dates & Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Tickets for the West End production of Motown the Musical, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016, are released for sale today (15 May 2015).  With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.  London previews will begin on 11 February 2016 with press night on 8 March 2016 with the show booking to 22 October 2016.  Casting and further information about Motown the Musical will be released shortly. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from IMMEDIATE FAMILY, Directed by Phylicia Rashad at the TaperSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from IMMEDIATE FAMILY, Directed by Phylicia Rashad at the Taper
by Stage Tube - May 14, 2015

'Immediate Family,' a biting new comedy written by Paul Oakley Stovall and directed by Phylicia Rashad, opened at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on Sunday, May 3. Performances continue through June 7, 2015. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Full Cast Set for UK Premiere of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' ONE ARM, Adapted by Moises KaufmanFull Cast Set for UK Premiere of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' ONE ARM, Adapted by Moises Kaufman
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Alex Turner Productions today announces the full cast for the UK premiere of Tennessee Williams' One Arm adapted for the stage by Moises Kaufman. Josh Seymour directs Joe Jameson (The Divinity Student), Georgia Kerr (The Girl in the French Quarter), Peter Hannah (The Guard), James Tucker (Lester) and Tom Varey (Ollie Olsen). The company members play multiple roles around the central character of Ollie Olsen - characters weaving through the complex tapestry of his life. The production opens at Southwark Playhouse on 12 June, with previews from 10 June, and runs until 4 July. (more...)

TOKIO CONFIDENTIAL Recording, Featuring Jill Paice & Telly Leung, Released TodayTOKIO CONFIDENTIAL Recording, Featuring Jill Paice & Telly Leung, Released Today
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

The recording of TOKIO CONFIDENTIAL, a new musical with words and music by Eric Schorr that had its Off-Broadway world premiere in 2012, will be released by Broadway Records and is now available for pre-order on the Broadway Records website at www.broadwayrecords.com/cds/tokio-confidential and select retailers. The album will be released on CD and digitally today, May 12, 2015. (more...)

Valerie Hager's NAKED IN ALASKA Heads to Rome This MonthValerie Hager's NAKED IN ALASKA Heads to Rome This Month
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Award-winning actress / writer movement artist Valerie Hager also writer and performer of NAKED IN ALASKA is being brought out as guest of honor to Rome, Italy to headline the 2015 Genderotica Festival May 22nd at 9:30pm at NUOVO CINEMA PALAZZO produced by Eyes Wild Drag. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with IMMEDIATE FAMILY, Helmed by Phylicia Rashad at the TaperSTAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with IMMEDIATE FAMILY, Helmed by Phylicia Rashad at the Taper
by Stage Tube - May 6, 2015

'Immediate Family,' a biting new comedy written by Paul Oakley Stovall and directed by Phylicia Rashad, opened at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on Sunday, May 3. Performances continue through June 7, 2015. Click below to go behind the scenes with the cast and creative team! (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: 5 SONGS BY... Jason Robert Brown on THE LAST FIVE YEARS, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, PARADE, 13 and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTYBWW EXCLUSIVE: 5 SONGS BY... Jason Robert Brown on THE LAST FIVE YEARS, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, PARADE, 13 and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by Pat Cerasaro - May 5, 2015

Today, we begin the 5 SONGS BY... series with multiple Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist and orchestrator Jason Robert Brown who discusses his work on the fan favorite two-character musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS which was recently translated into a successful movie musical iteration earlier this year and is now available on DVD and Blu-ray as well as comments on selections from his stage musicals SONGS FROM A NEW WORLD, PARADE, 13 and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. (more...)

BWW Reviews: IMMEDIATE FAMILY Rises Above Sitcom at the TaperBWW Reviews: IMMEDIATE FAMILY Rises Above Sitcom at the Taper
by Don Grigware - May 5, 2015

It is rich yet rare to find a new American play that is at once terribly funny, terribly real and utterly demanding of one's attention. Immediate Family is such a play; it's fiercely original way at looking at an American black dysfunctional family is both heartwarming and completely enjoyable. In fact, I found myself looking at this black family and listening to playwright Paul Oakley Stovall's jokes about being from a black family and found myself, although white, identifying thoroughly with the issues at play. The family is black - and much of the humor is unmistakably black - but the conflicts are universal. Under Phylicia Rashad's steady hand, Immediate Family in its West Coast premiere at the Taper is one great big hit. (more...)

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad and the Cast of IMMEDIATE FAMILY Celebrate Opening Night at the TaperPhoto Flash: Phylicia Rashad and the Cast of IMMEDIATE FAMILY Celebrate Opening Night at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

'Immediate Family,' a biting new comedy written by Paul Oakley Stovall and directed by Phylicia Rashad, opened at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on Sunday, May 3. Performances continue through June 7, 2015. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below! (more...)

Ron Sossi to Direct OEDIPUS MACHINA for Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 5/30-7/26Ron Sossi to Direct OEDIPUS MACHINA for Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 5/30-7/26
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

Director Ron Sossi puts a unique stamp on Ellen McLaughlin's acclaimed adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus in a new production from Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and KOAN. Oedipus Machina opens on May 30 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. (more...)

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