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BWW Interview: Composer Lucy Simon Preps for an Epic Broadway Return with DOCTOR ZHIVAGO!BWW Interview: Composer Lucy Simon Preps for an Epic Broadway Return with DOCTOR ZHIVAGO!
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 1, 2015

As the company prepares for rehearsals to begin, Simon chatted with BroadwayWorld about her sweeping score, choosing the new cast, and so much more! Check out the full interview below! (more...)

Up on the Marquee: DOCTOR ZHIVAGOUp on the Marquee: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
by Walter McBride - Jan 30, 2015

Broadway's Doctor Zhivago is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), with a book by Academy Award nominee Michael Weller (Ragtime), music by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden), lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Emmy Award nominee Amy Powers (Ella Enchanted), and choreography by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky). DOCTOR ZHIVAGO will begin performances on Friday, March 27, 2015, and open on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:30pm, at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the marquee below! (more...)

THE OTHER PLACE to Make Chicago Premiere at Profiles Theatre, 2/13-4/5THE OTHER PLACE to Make Chicago Premiere at Profiles Theatre, 2/13-4/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

Profiles Theatre continues its 26th Season with the Chicago premiere of The Other Place by Sharr White, directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus. The production runs February 13 - April 5, 2015 at Profiles Theatre's The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. The press opening is Thursday, February 19 at 8pm. (more...)

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' IGNITE! FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS Set for MarchRepertory Theatre of St. Louis' IGNITE! FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS Set for March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) continues the Ignite! Festival of New Plays. Taking place in March, the festival will include commissions of nationally recognized playwrights, culminating with three public readings including This Thing of Ours by Caridad Svich and directed by Emily Mendelsohn; The Full Catastrophe by Michael Weller, based on the novel by David Carkeet and directed by Seth Gordon; and Molly's Hammer by Tammy Ryan, based on the book Hammer of Justice by Liane Ellison Norman and directed by Seth Gordon. The festival productions will take place in the Sally S. Levy Opera Center, located at 210 Hazel Avenue, directly behind the Loretto-Hilton Center. (more...)

Jamie Jackson, Sophia Gennusa & More Round Out Cast of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO on Broadway; Complete Company Set!Jamie Jackson, Sophia Gennusa & More Round Out Cast of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO on Broadway; Complete Company Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO will begin performances on Friday, March 27, 2015, and open on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:30pm, at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), with a book by Academy Award nominee Michael Weller (Ragtime), music by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden), lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Emmy Award nominee Amy Powers (Ella Enchanted), and choreography by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky). (more...)

Jeanine Tesori, Annie Baker Win Dramatists Guild of America Honors; A.R. Gurney to Receive Lifetime Achievement AwardJeanine Tesori, Annie Baker Win Dramatists Guild of America Honors; A.R. Gurney to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

The Dramatists Guild of America has announced the recipients of their annual awards, which will be presented at an awards ceremony hosted by David Henry Hwang on Monday, February 23, 2015, at The Harvard Club in New York. (more...)

Photos: Tam Mutu And Kelli Barrett At London Showcase Of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO!Photos: Tam Mutu And Kelli Barrett At London Showcase Of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO!
by Jamie Scott-Smith - Jan 8, 2015

See the first pics of Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett performing songs from Doctor Zhivago, hitting Broadway very soon! (more...)

Tony Winner Edward Herrmann Dies at 71Tony Winner Edward Herrmann Dies at 71
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2014

Tony winner Edward Herrmann died today at age 71. The star had been battling brain cancer, and had been in the ICU according to TMZ, who broke the news. (more...)

SMOKE AND MIRRORS Opens Next Month at The OdysseySMOKE AND MIRRORS Opens Next Month at The Odyssey
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

The magic continues when one of L.A.'s most beloved and longest running shows, Smoke and Mirrors moves to the Odyssey Theatre on Jan. 17 through March 15. Created by and starring noted actor and lifetime member of the Magic Castle, Albie Selznick and co-produced with Ron Sossi, artistic director of the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, the L.A. Times Critic's Choice smash hit directed by David Schweizer makes its debut in West L.A. (more...)

Lora Lee Gayer & More Join Broadway-Bound DOCTOR ZHIVAGO; Complete Cast Announced!Lora Lee Gayer & More Join Broadway-Bound DOCTOR ZHIVAGO; Complete Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Tam Mutu, who is making his Broadway debut as the passionate Doctor and poet Yurii Zhivago, Kelli Barrett (Wicked), Tony Award nomineeTom Hewitt (Rocky Horror Show), and Paul Nolan (Jesus Chris Superstar) will be joined by Lora Lee Gayer as Tonia Gromeko, Zhivago's devoted wife, in the new Broadway musical DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. Based on Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century epic Russian masterpiece, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO will feature Jacqueline Antaramian and Jamie Jackson, with Heather Botts, Wendi Bergamini, Melody Butiu, Josh Canfield, Julian Cihi, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Bradley Dean, Michael Brian Dunn, Drew Foster, Kira Guloien, Robert Hager, Ericka Hunter, Denis Lambert, David McDonald, Joseph Medeiros, Pilar Millhollen, Gary Milner, Spencer Moses, Julius Sermonia, Jacob L. Smith and Jesse Wildman in a cast of 32. (more...)

SURVIVOR Star Josh Canfield Joins Cast of Broadway-Bound DOCTOR ZHIVAGOSURVIVOR Star Josh Canfield Joins Cast of Broadway-Bound DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

The new Broadway musical DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, based on Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century epic Russian masterpiece, will star Tam Mutu making his Broadway debut as the passionate Doctor and poet Yurii Zhivago, Kelli Barrett (Wicked) as the alluring Lara Guishar, Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt (Rocky Horror Show) as the cynical bourgeois magistrate Viktor Komarovsky, and Paul Nolan (Jesus Chris Superstar) as political radical Pasha Antipov. Full casting to be announced soon. (more...)

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE With Gillian Anderson Headed to Broadway in 2016?A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE With Gillian Anderson Headed to Broadway in 2016?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

The Daily Mail reports that the Young Vic's recent production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, starring Gillian Anderson as 'Blanche DuBois', is hunting for a New York theatre. Benedict Andrews' production of the Tennessee Williams play is allegedly aiming for a Broadway bow in 2016. (more...)

Meet the Doctor! Stars Announced for Broadway-Bound DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - Mutu, Hewitt, Nolan & Barrett!Meet the Doctor! Stars Announced for Broadway-Bound DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - Mutu, Hewitt, Nolan & Barrett!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

The new Broadway musical DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, based on Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century epic Russian masterpiece, will star Tam Mutu making his Broadway debut as the passionate Doctor and poet Yurii Zhivago, Kelli Barrett (Wicked) as the alluring Lara Guishar, Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt (Rocky Horror Show) as the cynical bourgeois magistrate Viktor Komarovsky, and Paul Nolan (Jesus Chris Superstar) as political radical Pasha Antipov. Full casting to be announced soon. (more...)

BWW Preview: A Celebration of TheatreBooksBWW Preview: A Celebration of TheatreBooks
by Dennis Kucherawy - Nov 30, 2014

Many people in Toronto's arts communities, especially theatre, are still grieving the loss of TheatreBooks after the venerable bookstore closed its doors forever this July after 39 years. Now, many are lost when needing scripts or monologues for auditions. And others feel the same who just love to read about the performing arts. (more...)

In the Spotlight Series: THE COUNTRY HOUSE's David RascheIn the Spotlight Series: THE COUNTRY HOUSE's David Rasche
by Walter McBride - Nov 22, 2014

BroadwayWorld brings you photos of Rasche in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride! (more...)

Public Theater Extends Suzan-Lori Parks' FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARSPublic Theater Extends Suzan-Lori Parks' FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

The Public Theater announced a second extension for the critically acclaimed FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3), a world premiere play written by Public Theater Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks. Directed by Jo Bonney, FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) will now run through Sunday, December 7. It was originally scheduled to close on November 16 and extended the first time through November 30. (more...)

Audience Rewards Pre-Sale for DOCTOR ZHIVAGO on Broadway Begins Next WeekAudience Rewards Pre-Sale for DOCTOR ZHIVAGO on Broadway Begins Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2014

Tickets for the new Broadway musical DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, based on Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century epic Russian masterpiece, will be available Monday, November 17, for Audience Rewards members who get first exclusive access to tickets now through November 30, via www.AudienceRewards.com . (more...)

Public Theater Extends Suzan-Lori Parks' FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARSPublic Theater Extends Suzan-Lori Parks' FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

The Public Theater announced a two-week extension today for the critically acclaimed FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3), a world premiere play written by Public Theater Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks. Directed by Jo Bonney, FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) began previews on Tuesday, October 14 in the Anspacher Theater and was originally scheduled to close on Sunday, November 16. It will now run an additional two weeks through Sunday, November 30. (more...)

Drama in the Berkshires - Meet the Full Cast of THE COUNTRY HOUSE!Drama in the Berkshires - Meet the Full Cast of THE COUNTRY HOUSE!
by Meet the Cast - Oct 25, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere co-production of The Country House, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, opened on October 2 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full cast and watch interviews with the company below! (more...)

Elaine Bromka Stars in TEA FOR THREE at Smothers Theatre TonightElaine Bromka Stars in TEA FOR THREE at Smothers Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty humanizes the political scene with a whimsical and deeply moving performance at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre at 7:30 p.m. tonight, October 9. (more...)

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