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BWW Review: Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM is a Stylish and Swanky AffairBWW Review: Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM is a Stylish and Swanky Affair
by Benjamin Tomchik - Aug 12, 2016

Signature Theatre's Jelly's Last Jam is a stylish and swanky affair that radiates with soulful energy. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mark G Meadows, Cleavant Derricks and More in JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at Mark G Meadows, Cleavant Derricks and More in JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs now through September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Let's Roll! Watch Highlights from JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature TheatreSTAGE TUBE: Let's Roll! Watch Highlights from JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 9, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed byJared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs now through September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes with JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature TheatreSTAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes with JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 3, 2016

Below, check out the cast of Jelly's Last Jam in the rehearsal room, plus watch Signature's talented, hardworking tech crew transform the MAX Theatre from a drag club on the French Riviera in La Cage aux Folles to the Jungle Inn, a 1920s jazz club, for Jelly's Last Jam! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Trailer for JELLY'S LAST JAM, Starring Mark G Meadows and Cleavant Derricks at Signature TheatreSTAGE TUBE: New Trailer for JELLY'S LAST JAM, Starring Mark G Meadows and Cleavant Derricks at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jul 21, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs August 2 - September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch a teaser for the show! (more...)

Felicia Boswell, Mark G. Meadows & Cleavant Derricks to Lead JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature TheatreFelicia Boswell, Mark G. Meadows & Cleavant Derricks to Lead JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Jelly's Last Jam directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight). The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson featuring the music of Jelly Roll Morton runs August 2 - September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is Gaudy and Grand at Signature TheatreBWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is Gaudy and Grand at Signature Theatre
by Barbara Johnson - Jun 13, 2016

"Life's not worth a damn 'til you can say, 'Hey world, I am what I am!'" In a world where so many are still struggling to be who they are, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, as well as its iconic anthem of authenticity "I Am What I Am," is as relevant today as it was on Broadway in 1983. It's a gift that Matthew Gardiner is directing Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman's award-winning musical as Signature Theatre's season finale. (more...)


by Jeffrey Walker - Jun 9, 2016

Warmer temperatures, longer days, vacations and stay-cations - it must be summer time. The summer months offer many options for live theatre and entertainment for the entire family. Here are our top picks for the hottest performances in the DMV. Musicals, literary classics, family fare and Fringe are all lighting up the stages in the DC-Metro area. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Bobby Smith, Brent Barrett & More in Signature Theatre's LA CAGE AUX FOLLESPhoto Flash: First Look at Bobby Smith, Brent Barrett & More in Signature Theatre's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Signature Theatre presents La Cage aux Folles, directed and choreographed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George). With an iconic score by Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly; Mame), featuring 'I Am What I Am' and 'The Best of Times,' and a book by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies), this musical comedy runs through July 10 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. Check out a first look below! (more...)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN and SALOME Win Big at the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards, Complete List of Winners!DEAR EVAN HANSEN and SALOME Win Big at the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards, Complete List of Winners!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Tonight, before a gathering of theatre artists and patrons, theatreWashington announced the winners of the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards, drawn from 202 eligible productions presented in the 2015 calendar year. Scroll down for the full list of nominees and winners! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Bobby Smith Transform Into Zaza for Signature Theatre's LA CAGE AUX FOLLESSTAGE TUBE: Watch Bobby Smith Transform Into Zaza for Signature Theatre's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2016

Signature Theatre will soon stage La Cage aux Folles, directed and choreographed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. With an iconic score by Jerry Herman(Hello, Dolly; Mame), featuring 'I Am What I Am' and 'The Best of Times,' and a book by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies), this musical comedy will run from May 31 - July 10 inSignature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

Bobby Smith & Brent Barrett to Lead Signature Theatre's LA CAGE AUX FOLLESBobby Smith & Brent Barrett to Lead Signature Theatre's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of La Cage aux Folles directed and choreographed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. (more...)

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim GalaPhoto Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

On April 4, 2016, Virginia's Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre honored the Broadway librettist John Weidman(Assassins, Pacific Overtures, Road Show) with the company's seventh Stephen Sondheim Award. The award, established in 2009 in honor of America's most influential musical theater writer and composer, was presented at a black-tie Gala Benefit at the Embassy of Italy. The Sondheim Award Gala benefited Signature Theatre's artistic, education, and community programs. Check out photos below! (more...)

2016 National Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Begins Next Week2016 National Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Begins Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts more than 150 outstanding theater students from colleges and universities across the nation as part of the 48th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), which runs April 12-16, 2016 in multiple locations throughout the Center. Thousands of student artists from eight regions across the country presented their work at regional festivals from January 5 through February 27, 2016 and more than 150 were selected to travel to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for an all-expenses-paid trip to participate in the national festival. (more...)

Monumental Musicals, Lapine Premiere with Debra Monk & More Slated for Signature Theatre's 2016-17 Season; Plus Previously Set FREAKY FRIDAY!Monumental Musicals, Lapine Premiere with Debra Monk & More Slated for Signature Theatre's 2016-17 Season; Plus Previously Set FREAKY FRIDAY!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland announce the full lineup for Signature Theatre's 2016/17 season, including the previously announced production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's FREAKY FRIDAY. (more...)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN, WEST SIDE STORY and More Among 2016 Helen Hayes Award Nominees; Full List!DEAR EVAN HANSEN, WEST SIDE STORY and More Among 2016 Helen Hayes Award Nominees; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Tonight, before a gathering of theatre artists and patrons, theatreWashington announced the nominees for the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards, drawn from 202 eligible productions presented in the 2015 calendar year. Scroll down for the full list of nominees! (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Votes For Both Jets and Sharks at Signature's WEST SIDE STORYPHOTO FLASH: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Votes For Both Jets and Sharks at Signature's WEST SIDE STORY
by Michael Dale - Jan 9, 2016

The justice nicknamed by her admirers as 'The Notorious R.B.G.' poses with the hit production's full cast. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards - Last Week to Vote!2015 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards - Last Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2015

Happy Holidays! It's the last week to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

Review Roundup: Signature Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY!Review Roundup: Signature Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY!
by Review Roundups - Dec 22, 2015

Signature Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret), has just announced a one-week extension through January 31, 2016.  (more...)

Signature Theatre Extends Starry WEST SIDE STORY Through Jan 31Signature Theatre Extends Starry WEST SIDE STORY Through Jan 31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2015

Signature Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret), has just announced a one-week extension through January 31, 2016.  (more...)

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