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THE NIGHT ALIVE, SUNSET BABY and SEX WITH STRANGERS to Kick Off City Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonTHE NIGHT ALIVE, SUNSET BABY and SEX WITH STRANGERS to Kick Off City Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden has announced the first three plays of the 2015-2016 season, scheduled to kick off October 10, 2015. City's 41st season will feature six exciting new works as well as one special event. (more...)

Eric Hissom, Grace Gonglewski & More to Star in Arena Stage's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKEEric Hissom, Grace Gonglewski & More to Star in Arena Stage's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for the Washington, D.C. premiere of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. (more...)

World Premiere of Tanya Barfield's BRIGHT HALF LIFE Opens Tonight at New York City CenterWorld Premiere of Tanya Barfield's BRIGHT HALF LIFE Opens Tonight at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Women's Project Theater, under the leadership of newly-appointed Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty, is pleased to present the World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE - a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Tanya Barfield and directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman - in a five-week limited engagement at New York City Center Stage II (131 W. 55th Street) through March 22, 2015. Opening night is set for tonight, February 25. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Andre De Shields, E. Faye Butler and More at Opening Night of Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY IIPhoto Flash: First Look at Andre De Shields, E. Faye Butler and More at Opening Night of Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY II
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past. The drama is directed by Timothy Douglas, who worked with the late playwright on the world premiere of Radio Golf and has directed eight plays out of Wilson's 10-play cycle. King Hedley II runs February 6-March 8, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the opening night photos below! (more...)

Arena Stage Announces 2015/16 Season Including Pasek & Paul's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OLIVER!, World Premiere Plays & MoreArena Stage Announces 2015/16 Season Including Pasek & Paul's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OLIVER!, World Premiere Plays & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Artistic Director Molly Smith has announced the 2015/16 season lineup for the 66th season at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Matt Bogart Talks 54 SINGS CHESS, Plus 2000+ JERSEY BOYS Broadway Performances, AIDA Memories, Solo Album News & MoreInDepth InterView: Matt Bogart Talks 54 SINGS CHESS, Plus 2000+ JERSEY BOYS Broadway Performances, AIDA Memories, Solo Album News & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 11, 2015

Today we are talking to one of Broadway's best baritones all about his accomplished career in musical theatre that began nearly 20 years ago with a memorable turn in MISS SAIGON, the thoughtful and debonair Matt Bogart. In addition to looking back at his arrival on Broadway during the mega-musical era, Bogart also comments on subsequent starring roles in Broadway productions ranging from Elton John and Tim Rice's Tony Award-winning AIDA to Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy's THE CIVIL WAR and far beyond. Additionally, Bogart sheds considerable light on projects he has participated in over the years in regional productions and workshops, including THE BAKER'S WIFE, CAMELOT, ACE and more. Most importantly, Bogart offers the full 411 on this weekend's hotly anticipated evening of music from famous rock concept musical CHESS and clues us in on what we can expect from the starry evening, directed by Scott Coulter. Furthermore, Bogart shares stories from the set of SMASH, outlines some of his favorite musical theatre songs to date and details the process in bringing his previous solo albums to fruition along with JAY Records executive producer John Yap, looking ahead to the release of a brand new release set for later this year. All of that, a thorough analysis of participating in 2500 performances of long-running Tony Award-winning Broadway super smash JERSEY BOYS, appearing in the international broadcast and DVD edition of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, memories of the legendary 2002 Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration and much, much more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of the World-Premiere of THE ORIGINALIST at the Arena Stage!Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of the World-Premiere of THE ORIGINALIST at the Arena Stage!
by Danielle Ashley Dias - Feb 5, 2015

BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the meet and greet after the world-premiere on February 3 below! (more...)

Kerry Warren & Harlan Work to Join Edward Gero in Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALISTKerry Warren & Harlan Work to Join Edward Gero in Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero stars as one of America's most brilliant and polarizing figures-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia-in the world-premiere political drama The Originalist, by Charles MacArthur Award winner and Arena Stage resident playwright John Strand. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court? Artistic Director Molly Smith directs this daring new play, which offers a rare portrayal of a sitting Supreme Court justice, and for the first time the intimate Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle will be configured into a three-quarter thrust configuration. The Originalist runs March 6-April 26, 2015. (more...)

City Theatre to Present Molly Smith Metzler's ELEMENO PEA, 2/28-3/22City Theatre to Present Molly Smith Metzler's ELEMENO PEA, 2/28-3/22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2015

City Theatre continues its 40th anniversary season with a witty "have and have-nots" comedy. Elemeno Pea, by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, will run on the Mainstage February 28 - March 22, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Edward Gero as Justice Scalia in Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALISTPhoto Flash: First Look at Edward Gero as Justice Scalia in Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at Gero below! (more...)

ELEMENO PEA to Play Theatre School at DePaul University Next MonthELEMENO PEA to Play Theatre School at DePaul University Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

The Theatre School at DePaul University is pleased to present Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler in the Sondra and Denis Healy Theatre, located in The Theatre School building at Racine and Fullerton. The production is directed by Brian Balcom, MFA Directing candidate, Class of 2016. Opening Night is Friday, February 13, and the production will run through Sunday February 22, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: Ken Ludwig's 'BASKERVILLE' Celebrates Opening at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Ken Ludwig's 'BASKERVILLE' Celebrates Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

A co-production with McCarter Theatre Center, Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery runs now through February 22, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. The production just opened, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)

Leigh Silverman to Helm WP Theater's World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE at New York City CenterLeigh Silverman to Helm WP Theater's World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Women's Project Theater, under the leadership of newly-appointed Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty, is pleased to present the World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE - a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Tanya Barfield and directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman - in a five-week limited engagement at New York City Center Stage II (131 W. 55th Street) from Tuesday, February 17 to March 22, 2015. Opening night is set for Wednesday, February 25. (more...)

Gregory Wooddell, Lucas Hall & More Star in Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, Premiering Tonight at Arena StageGregory Wooddell, Lucas Hall & More Star in Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, Premiering Tonight at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

The play's afoot! Sherlock Holmes battles one of his greatest mysteries to date at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a world-premiere adaptation from Tony Award-winning playwright Ludwig (Broadway's Lend Me a Tenor). Adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved The Hound of the Baskervilles, this fast-paced comedic tale of murder, intrigue and a wild hound is directed by Amanda Dehnert (Arena Stage's The Fantasticks) as part of Arena Stage's 65th anniversary season. A co-production with McCarter Theatre Center, Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery runs tonight, January 16, through February 22, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields and More in Rehearsal for KING HEDLEY II at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Andre De Shields and More in Rehearsal for KING HEDLEY II at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

E. Faye Butler & KenYatta Rogers Join Bowman Wright in Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY IIE. Faye Butler & KenYatta Rogers Join Bowman Wright in Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY II
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past. The drama is directed by Timothy Douglas, who worked with the late playwright on the world premiere of Radio Golf and has directed eight plays out of Wilson's 10-play cycle. King Hedley II runs February 6-March 8, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Breaks Box Office RecordsArena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Breaks Box Office Records
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2014

The iconic musical Fiddler on the Roof, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in a new in-the-round staging directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, becomes the highest-grossing production in Arena Stage's 65-year history, shattering the record previously held by the summer 2011 return engagement of Oklahoma!. (more...)

Last Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Washington, DC AwardsLast Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2014

It's your last week to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 26th. Voting closes at the end of the year, in under one week! (more...)

Lawrence Wright's THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER Among NY Times Top 10 Books in 2014Lawrence Wright's THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER Among NY Times Top 10 Books in 2014
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

Pulitzer Prize winning author, screenwriter and journalist Lawrence Wright's latest book, Thirteen Days in September, has been named one of the "Top 10 Books of 2014" by The New York Times, is #5 on Amazon.com's Editors' List of the Best Books of 2014, made NPR's list of "2014's Great Reads," as well as Entertainment Weekly's "10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2014" and Publisher's Weekly "10 Best Books of 2014." (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Washington, DC AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

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