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BWW Review: Porchlight Music Theater's FAR FROM HEAVEN Presents A Woman's Melodic Journey Towards Self-Discovery In 1950s AmericaBWW Review: Porchlight Music Theater's FAR FROM HEAVEN Presents A Woman's Melodic Journey Towards Self-Discovery In 1950s America
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 12, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre's production of FAR FROM HEAVEN marks the musical's Chicago premiere--the show debuted Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2013 and takes the titular 2002 Todd Haynes-directed film as its source material. And while this musical from composer-lyricist team Scott Frankel and Michael Korie was written three years ago, FAR FROM HEAVEN touches on issues of gender, sexuality, and race in 1957 suburban Connecticut that poignantly resonant with the present moment. At the center of the musical is Cathy Whittaker (the superb and stunning Summer Naomi Smart), a 1950s housewife and mother--decked out in Bill Morey's outstanding period-authentic dresses and residing in Grant Sabin's charming set. At the top of the show, she catches her husband, Frank (Brandon Springman) cheating on her--with a man. Stunned by this secret, Cathy is forced to confront the reality of what happens when her life cannot conform to the societal pressures and ideals coming at her from both the media and friends--a matter which is further complicated when she strikes up an unexpected friendship with her black gardener, Raymond Deagan (Evan Tyrone Martin). (more...)

Applications Now Available for 2016-17 Dramatists Guild Fellows ProgramApplications Now Available for 2016-17 Dramatists Guild Fellows Program
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

The Dramatists Guild Fund, Dramatists Guild of America, and Program Chairs Michael Korie, Laurence O'Keefe, and Diana Son announce applications for the 2016-17 Dramatists Guild Fellows Program are now open and encourage playwrights, composers and lyricists to apply. (more...)

Stacey Luftig and Daniel Goldstein Honored with 2016 Kleban Prize TodayStacey Luftig and Daniel Goldstein Honored with 2016 Kleban Prize Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

The Kleban Foundation recently announced the winners of its 26th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist --†Stacey Luftig†-- and its 26th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist --†Daniel Goldstein. The 2016 prizes will be presented today, February 8, 2016, in a private ceremony (by invitation only) hosted by ASCAP and BMI at ASCAP. (more...)

Michael Cerveris, Richard Maltby Jr. and More to Honor John Weidman with Signature's 2016 Stephen Sondheim AwardMichael Cerveris, Richard Maltby Jr. and More to Honor John Weidman with Signature's 2016 Stephen Sondheim Award
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Just announced, Virginia's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre will honor Broadway librettist John Weidman (ASSASSINS, PACIFIC OVERTURES, ROAD SHOW) with the company's seventh Stephen Sondheim Award on April 4, 2016. (more...)

BREAKING: 2016 Kleban Prize Recipients Announced!BREAKING: 2016 Kleban Prize Recipients Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

The Kleban Foundation is pleased to announce that the 26th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist has been awarded to†Stacey Luftig†and the 26th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to†Daniel Goldstein. (more...)

Mary Poppins bis Hamilton - Neue Cast Recordings in 2015Mary Poppins bis Hamilton - Neue Cast Recordings in 2015
by Iris Moebius - Jan 11, 2016

Wir haben hier einen ‹berblick uber Neuerscheinungen aus dem letzten Jahr zusammengestellt. Bei den Broadway - und West End CDs haben wir uns auf diejenigen beschrankt, die in Deutschland uber amazon oder iTunes verfugbar sind, was leider nicht immer der Fall ist (auch wenn fast alle neuen Produktionen auf CD verewigt werden). (more...)

GREY GARDENS, Starring Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell, Opens Tonight at Southwark PlayhouseGREY GARDENS, Starring Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell, Opens Tonight at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

The eagerly awaited European premiere of the Broadway musical GREY GARDENS, based on an iconic 1975 documentary, tells the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale. The production began†a 6-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from on 2 January and officially opens tonight 7 January 2016. (more...)

Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year, BroadwayWorld! As we eagerly anticipate the amazing musicals and plays coming up in 2016, we're taking a moment to look back at the significant Broadway closings of 2015. (more...)

NY Public Library's Doug Reside on Billy Rose Theatre Division's Year in AcquisitionsNY Public Library's Doug Reside on Billy Rose Theatre Division's Year in Acquisitions
by NYPL for the Performing Arts - Dec 30, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com continues our exclusive content series, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which delves into the library's unparalleled archives, and resources. Below, check out a piece by Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Billy Rose Theatre Division at the The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts! (more...)

BWW TV: Around the World - Inside Rehearsals for GREY GARDENS' European Premiere with Sheila Hancock & Jenna RussellBWW TV: Around the World - Inside Rehearsals for GREY GARDENS' European Premiere with Sheila Hancock & Jenna Russell
by Tyler Peterson - Dec 18, 2015

Olivier Award-winning West End stars Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell†will soon lead the European premiere of the Tony-nominated musical GREY GARDENS - in anticipation, BroadwayWorld brings you footage of the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Lois Smith Leads MARJORIE PRIME, Opening Tonight at Playwrights HorizonsLois Smith Leads MARJORIE PRIME, Opening Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist Marjorie Prime, a new play by Jordan Harrison (Maple and Vine, Doris to Darlene at PH; Amazons and Their Men; Kid-Simple; 'Orange is the New Black'). Commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Detroit, Maple and Vine, Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra at PH; Belleville; This Wide Night; The Thugs), the play is the third production of the theater company's 2015/2016 Season. The production opens tonight, December 14, at†Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street), and†will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 3. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jenna Russell and Sheila Hancock in West End's GREY GARDENSPhoto Flash: First Look at Jenna Russell and Sheila Hancock in West End's GREY GARDENS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

Photos have been released this morning† of†Sheila Hancock†as Edith 'Big Edie' Ewing Bouvier Beale and Jenna Russell as†Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale in the†eagerly awaited European premiere of†Grey†Gardens. †Check out a first look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for GREY GARDENS European Premiere with Jenna Russell & Sheila HancockPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for GREY GARDENS European Premiere with Jenna Russell & Sheila Hancock
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

Rehearsal photographs are released today showing Olivier Award-winning West End stars Sheila Hancock†and†Jenna Russell,†the rest of the cast and the creative team at work on the European premiere of†Grey Gardens. Check them out below! (more...)

Cast Announced for FAR FROM HEAVEN Chicago PremiereCast Announced for FAR FROM HEAVEN Chicago Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to present the Chicago premiere of Far From Heaven, book by Richard Greenberg, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie and starring multi-Jeff Award-winner Summer Naomi Smart with Brandon Springman and Evan Tyrone Martin. The production is directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley, music directed by Chuck Larkin and choreographed by William Carlos Angulo, February 5 - March 13, 2016. Previews are Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and opening night is Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The regular performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with the exception of no performances February 11 or March 3 and an added performance Thursday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. Single tickets may be purchased at porchlightmusictheatre.org or 773.327.5252. Groups of ten or more may receive discounts on tickets purchased via Group Theater Tix at 312.423.6612 or grouptheatertix.com. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jenna Russell Sings 'Another Winter In A Summer Town' From GREY GARDENSSTAGE TUBE: Jenna Russell Sings 'Another Winter In A Summer Town' From GREY GARDENS
by Stage Tube - Dec 7, 2015

A first video is released today from the eagely anticipated European premiere of the Broadway musical Grey Gardens. (more...)

BWW Review:  GREY GARDENS Is A Musical Look At The Curious Life Of The East Hampton's Ultimate Crazy Cat Ladies.BWW Review: GREY GARDENS Is A Musical Look At The Curious Life Of The East Hampton's Ultimate Crazy Cat Ladies.
by Jade Kops - Nov 21, 2015

GREY GARDENS brings the story of the reclusive Bouvier Beale's, made famous in the 1975 documentary/movie of the same name, to the stage for an entertaining look into a very bizarre world. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for European Premiere of GREY GARDENSFull Cast Announced for European Premiere of GREY GARDENS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

Final casting and the full creative team are announced today for the eagerly awaited European premiere of the Broadway musical Grey Gardens, based on an iconic 1975 documentary, telling the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale. (more...)

Lois Smith Leads MARJORIE PRIME, Beginning Tonight at Playwrights HorizonsLois Smith Leads MARJORIE PRIME, Beginning Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

Playwrights Horizons†presents the New York premiere of 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist Marjorie Prime, a new play by Jordan Harrison (Maple and Vine, Doris to Darlene at PH; Amazons and Their Men; Kid-Simple; 'Orange is the New Black'). Commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Detroit, Maple and Vine, Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra at PH; Belleville; This Wide Night; The Thugs), the play is the third production of the theater company's 2015/2016 Season. The first preview is tonight, November 20 at 8PM at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The production has an Opening Night set for Monday, December 14 and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 3. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for November 18th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for November 18th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 18, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Goodman Theatre makes two big announcements, and two theaters produce 'It's A Wonderful Life.' Chicago originals 'Kokandy Christmas,' 'Barney The Elf' and 'Santaland Nut-Cracking...' open soon, and 'Ain't Misbehavin',' 'Rent' and 'Gypsy' bring the holiday alternatives. And Chicagoans on Broadway, Part ???! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Carolina - Week of 11/15/2015Now Playing Onstage in South Carolina - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for South Carolina (more...)

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