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Asolo Rep Announces Panelists for First IllumiNation Event of the 2016-17 SeasonAsolo Rep Announces Panelists for First IllumiNation Event of the 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

On Tuesday, January 24, Asolo Repertory Theatre kicks off the second season of its IllumiNation Series, connecting the social issues presented on stage with the local community. Each of the four events includes a pre-performance reception on the mezzanine, a ticket to the performance, and a moderated post-show discussion where audience members can further explore the topics they have just seen played out on stage. (more...)

Dawn Ursula to Return to Arena Stage in A RAISIN IN THE SUN This SpringDawn Ursula to Return to Arena Stage in A RAISIN IN THE SUN This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

D.C.-based powerhouse actress and two-time Helen Hayes Award winner Dawn Ursula, last seen at Arena Stage in Love in Afghanistan, will return to play Ruth Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun under the direction of Tazewell Thompson. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Hannah Yelland to Star in World Premiere of INTELLIGENCE at Arena Stage; Cast Set!Hannah Yelland to Star in World Premiere of INTELLIGENCE at Arena Stage; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Jacqueline E. Lawton's new political thriller Intelligence makes its world premiere at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Under the direction of Daniella Topol (Round House's Ironbound), Intelligence explores the cost of deception and the consequences of speaking truth to power. Due to popular demand, the production has been extended for one week with eight additional performances and will run February 24-April 9, 2017 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. (more...)

Good Theater Presents 33 Days of Continuous TheaterGood Theater Presents 33 Days of Continuous Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Good Theater the professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland, will open its next main stage production, THE MAY QUEEN on January 25.  In addition the company will present three performances per week of A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS.  From January 25-February 26, the company will offer 33 days of continuous theater giving nine performances per week. (more...)

Hit Comedy ELEMENO PEA to Open This Winter at Citadel TheatreHit Comedy ELEMENO PEA to Open This Winter at Citadel Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Citadel Theatre's 2016-17 season continues with Molly Smith Metzler's Elemeno Pea, a comedy about social class and sibling rivalry that premiered at the 2011 Humana Festival of New Plays and has since enjoyed productions across the country in prestigious theaters like South Coast Repertory in southern California, Pittsburgh's City Theatre and Atlanta's Horizon Theatre.  (more...)

Asolo Rep Presents THE ORIGINALIST Opening on Inauguration DayAsolo Rep Presents THE ORIGINALIST Opening on Inauguration Day
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Asolo Rep continues its winter rep season and the fifth and final year of its American Character Project with THE ORIGINALIST, Charles MacArthur Award-winner John Strand's gripping political masterpiece that spotlights the late polarizing judicial titan, Justice Antonin Scalia. (more...)

Marsha Mason to Star in Lillian Hellman's WATCH ON THE RHINE at Arena Stage; Cast Complete!Marsha Mason to Star in Lillian Hellman's WATCH ON THE RHINE at Arena Stage; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Arena Stage announces full casting for Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine, winner of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. (more...)

Broadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Launch Digital Lottery TomorrowBroadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Launch Digital Lottery Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Producer Stacey Mindich announced today that beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7, Dear Evan Hansen will launch a digital lottery, which will allow users to enter the lottery for a chance to purchase specially-priced tickets to that day's performance. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for DEAR EVAN HANSENPhoto Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for DEAR EVAN HANSEN
by Walter McBride - Dec 6, 2016

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BWW Review: MOBY DICK at Arena Stage - Take a Dip Into the Ocean for An Adventure to RememberBWW Review: MOBY DICK at Arena Stage - Take a Dip Into the Ocean for An Adventure to Remember
by Charles Shubow - Dec 6, 2016

Herman Melville's classic noved written in 1851 is transformed into an astonishing production. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: BWW Takes You On the Red Carpet at the Premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSENSTAGE TUBE: BWW Takes You On the Red Carpet at the Premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN
by Stage Tube - Dec 5, 2016

BroadwayWorld was live on Facebook last night catching up with all the stars on the red carpet at the premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. See who we got to talk to, including Aaron Tveit, Darren Criss, Terrence Mann, and more! (more...)

Join BWW on Facebook Live For The DEAR EVAN HANSEN Red Carpet Beginning at 6PM ESTJoin BWW on Facebook Live For The DEAR EVAN HANSEN Red Carpet Beginning at 6PM EST
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2016

BroadwayWorld will be streaming LIVE from the red carpet of the opening night of Dear Evan Hansen beginning around 6PM EST. Tune in at Facebook.com/BroadwayWorld to see your favorite stars walk the red carpet! (more...)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN Cast Recording Available for Pre-Order Today; Full Tracklist!DEAR EVAN HANSEN Cast Recording Available for Pre-Order Today; Full Tracklist!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of the new musical Dear Evan Hansen, released on Atlantic Records, is available for pre-order today, Friday, December 2 at all DSPs here. (more...)

Photo Flash: Arena Stage Hosts 6th Annual Military ThanksgivingPhoto Flash: Arena Stage Hosts 6th Annual Military Thanksgiving
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Every year hundreds of D.C.-area military families must spend the Thanksgiving holiday away from loved ones. In gratitude for their service, Arena Stage invited wounded warriors, service men and women and their families to a complimentary dinner and performance of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St., SW) on Friday, November 25. Since the first Military Thanksgiving in 2011, Arena Stage has served more than 1,000 military members and their families with the annual event. Scroll down for photos from this year's celebration! (more...)

New Power Plays Initiative Announced at Arena StageNew Power Plays Initiative Announced at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater launches Power Plays, an ambitious initiative commissioning and developing 25 new plays and musicals from 25 writers over the course of the next 10 years. With Power Plays, Arena Stage focuses Washington, D.C.'s unique theatrical voice on politics and power, amplifying the theater's role as a national center dedicated to American voices and artists, located in the heart of the nation's capital. (more...)

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Bebe Neuwirth Headlines Benefit at Arena StageONE NIGHT ONLY! Bebe Neuwirth Headlines Benefit at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie are pleased to announce that two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth will headline the theater's 2017 exclusive benefit on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St., SW). (more...)

Casting Announced for D.C. Premiere of ROE by Lisa LoomerCasting Announced for D.C. Premiere of ROE by Lisa Loomer
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Following an acclaimed run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lisa Loomer's world-premiere drama Roe makes its D.C. debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

PlayMakers Rep to Present Regional Premiere of THE MAY QUEEN This FallPlayMakers Rep to Present Regional Premiere of THE MAY QUEEN This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of "The May Queen" an acclaimed original comedy by Molly Smith Metzler. Directed by Vivienne Benesch, "The May Queen" is the story of Jen Nash, former high school 'May Queen' who returns to her hometown as an office temp. What happens when she meets up with her former classmates? It's a mixed-up mash-up of high school reunion meets The Office. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Opening Night of CAROUSEL at Arena Stage - Nicholas Rodriguez, Betsy Morgan and More!Photo Flash: First Look at Opening Night of CAROUSEL at Arena Stage - Nicholas Rodriguez, Betsy Morgan and More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents Carousel, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Featuring Musical Direction by Paul Sportelli and Choreography by Parker Esse, Carousel runs October 28-December 24 in the iconic in-the-round Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the opening night pics below! (more...)

Lionsgate Announces Two Major Film Deals for German-Speaking MarketLionsgate Announces Two Major Film Deals for German-Speaking Market
by Movies News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, today announced that it has reached major deals with two leading distributors for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. (more...)

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