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2014 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards Update - Victoria Mayo, Emily Townley Lead!2014 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards Update - Victoria Mayo, Emily Townley Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 25, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 25th. (more...)

Photo Flash: Clarke Peters and More Attend Arena Stage's FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE OpeningPhoto Flash: Clarke Peters and More Attend Arena Stage's FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Opening
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Come and dance the blues away with Five Guys Named Moe! Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara (Bootcandy, director of The Mountaintop at Arena Stage) returns to Arena Stage to direct an explosive, reimagined tribute to the 'King of the Jukebox'-legendary composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan. A co-production with Cleveland Play House, the show opened last night, November 20, in the Kreeger Theater and continues through December 28, 2014. Below, BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities, featuring book writer Clarke Peters! (more...)

Tonya Pinkins, Trezana Beverley & More Star Yale Rep's WAR, Beginning TonightTonya Pinkins, Trezana Beverley & More Star Yale Rep's WAR, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Yale Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of WAR by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, running tonight, November 21, through December 13 at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). (more...)

BWW Interviews: Talking with Tevye, Jonathan Hadary of Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOFBWW Interviews: Talking with Tevye, Jonathan Hadary of Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by Jeffrey Walker - Nov 20, 2014

As the landmark American musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF celebrates its 50th anniversary, Arena Stage is bringing the show to audiences new and old in production on the intimate and iconic Fichlander Stage. Arena's artistic director Molly Smith directs the production which features the original Jerome Robbins choreography adapted and restaged by Parker Esse. Jeffrey Walker of BroadwayWorld-DC caught up with actors Ann Arvia and Jonathan Hadary who play Golde and Tevye in the new production which is wowing audiences and dazzling critics each night. Hadary and Arvia make their Arena Stage debut performances in Bock, Harnick, Stein's musical masterpiece. This is part two: Jeffrey Walker's interview with Jonathan Hadary. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Golde Speaks! Ann Arvia Talks Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOFBWW Interviews: Golde Speaks! Ann Arvia Talks Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by Jeffrey Walker - Nov 19, 2014

Jeffrey Walker of BroadwayWorld-DC caught up with two of Anatevka's most prominent citizens, Golde and Tevye. Actually, we spoke to actors Ann Arvia and Jonathan Hadary who are bringing these characters to life in the new and exciting production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF wowing audiences on the iconic Fichlander Stage. Artistic director Molly Smith directs the production which features the original Jerome Robbins choreography adapted and restaged by Parker Esse. FIDDLER celebrates its 50 anniversary this year and Washington audiences can see this classic show newly minted. Hadary and Arvia make their Arena Stage debut performances in the Bock, Harnick, Stein musical masterpiece. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Starring Ann Arvia, Jonathan Hadary and More!Photo Flash: First Look at the Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Starring Ann Arvia, Jonathan Hadary and More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production this fall, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater mounts a new staging of Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic musical that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Helmed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, the production features choreography by Arena favoriteParker Esse, who adapts the original Jerome Robbins choreography for an in-the-round staging, and a 10-piece orchestra led by Musical Director Paul Sportelli (Arena's My Fair Lady, Light in the Piazza). The production celebrated its opening on November 12 with Sheldon Harnick and more, and BroadwayWorld has photos below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Arena Stage - The Tradition Lives OnBWW Reviews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Arena Stage - The Tradition Lives On
by Charles Shubow - Nov 18, 2014

Arena Stage honors librettist Sheldon Harnick celebrating FIDDLER'S 50TH Anniversary. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2014

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production this fall, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater mounts a new staging of Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic musical that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Helmed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, the production features choreography by Arena favorite Parker Esse, who adapts the original Jerome Robbins choreography for an in-the-round staging, and a 10-piece orchestra led by Musical Director Paul Sportelli (Arena's My Fair Lady, Light in the Piazza). The production celebrated its opening on November 12 with Sheldon Harnick and more, and BroadwayWorld has photos below! (more...)

Arena Stage Sets 2014-15 Kogod Cradle Series LineupArena Stage Sets 2014-15 Kogod Cradle Series Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces three projects that have been selected for the 2014/15 Kogod Cradle Series as part of the American Voices New Play Institute. Focused on the development of new and emerging work by artists from throughout Greater Washington and around the country, this series of readings and workshops invites artists and audiences to actively explore the development process. (more...)

Jonathan Hadary Stars in Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Beginning TonightJonathan Hadary Stars in Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production this fall, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater mounts a new staging of Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic musical that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Helmed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, the production features choreography by Arena favorite Parker Esse, who adapts the original Jerome Robbins choreography for an in-the-round staging, and a 10-piece orchestra led by Musical Director Paul Sportelli (Arena's My Fair Lady, Light in the Piazza). The theatrical masterpiece, which garnered nine Tony Awards for its 1964 debut, weaves together a portrait of family, community and life's unexpected miracles, large and small, and showcases a jubilant and beloved score, including 'If I Were a Rich Man,' 'Sunrise, Sunset,' 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker' and 'Tradition.' Featuring a book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and based on Sholem Aleichem stories, Fiddler on the Roof runs tonight, October 31, 2014-January 4, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Arena Stage to Host Fourth Annual Military Thanksgiving, 11/28Arena Stage to Host Fourth Annual Military Thanksgiving, 11/28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

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 is inviting wounded warriors, service men and women and their families to a complimentary dinner and performance of Fiddler on the Roof at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St., SW) on Friday, November 28. Arena Stage is working primarily through the USO-Metro to distribute the tickets irrespective of rank. Additional tickets are distributed through the Washington DC-Virginia Medical Center Caregiver Support Program and the Southeast Veterans Service Center. It is anticipated that about 200 service men and women and their families will experience this special evening. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of OUR WAR at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Inside Opening Night of OUR WAR at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

In a bold undertaking as part of the company's involvement with the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War Project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has commissioned Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event and collection of short stories that explores-through diverse perspectives-the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. The series launched on October 21 and continues through November 9, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a first look at opening night below! (more...)

Annie MacRae Named New Associate Artistic Director of Atlantic Theater CompanyAnnie MacRae Named New Associate Artistic Director of Atlantic Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

Atlantic Theater Company has announced that Annie MacRae has been appointed the company's Associate Artistic Director. (more...)

Tonya Pinkins, Trezana Beverley & More to Star in Yale Rep's WAR; Cast Announced!Tonya Pinkins, Trezana Beverley & More to Star in Yale Rep's WAR; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE presents the world premiere of WAR by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, November 21–December 13 at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). The company opening is scheduled for Friday, November 28. The official press opening will follow on Saturday, November 29. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Arena Stage's FIVE GUYS NAMED MOEPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Arena Stage's FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

Come and dance the blues away with Five Guys Named Moe! Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara (Bootcandy, director of The Mountaintop at Arena Stage) returns to Arena Stage to direct an explosive, reimagined tribute to the 'King of the Jukebox'-legendary composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan. Check out phtoos from the cast meet and greet below! (more...)

Arena Stage to Honor Sheldon Harnick and Sen. Tim Kaine at FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening, 11/12Arena Stage to Honor Sheldon Harnick and Sen. Tim Kaine at FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening, 11/12
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

As part of the opening night celebration for Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic musical that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide for the past 50 years, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will present the American Artist Award to lyricist Sheldon Harnick and the American Voice Award to Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. (more...)

Sheldon Henry, Kevin McAllister & More to Star in FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Arena StageSheldon Henry, Kevin McAllister & More to Star in FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Come and dance the blues away with Five Guys Named Moe! Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara (Bootcandy, director of The Mountaintop at Arena Stage) returns to Arena Stage to direct an explosive, reimagined tribute to the 'King of the Jukebox'-legendary composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan. This modernized production features new orchestrations for classic songs, including 'Let the Good Times Roll' and 'Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby,' and a contemporary twist on the five Moes, now a hit boy band set in 2014. This dynamic musical revue features musical direction by Darryl G. Ivey (assistant music director for original Broadway production of Five Guys Named Moe) and choreography by Byron Easley (off-Broadway's Langston in Harlem). A co-production with Cleveland Play House, Five Guys Named Moe runs November 14-December 28, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Hilary Swank to Host THE GREAT AMERICAN DOG-A-THON on FOX, 11/27Hilary Swank to Host THE GREAT AMERICAN DOG-A-THON on FOX, 11/27
by TV News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Actress, producer and animal advocate Hilary Swank and executive producer Michael Levitt partner with FOX to bring viewers a television first this Thanksgiving! THE GREAT AMERICAN DOG-A-THON, a one-of-a-kind event celebrating man's best friend, airs Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (more...)

Eleven Ensembles Set for Arena Stage's 2014-15 'Voices of Now' ProgramEleven Ensembles Set for Arena Stage's 2014-15 'Voices of Now' Program
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces 11 ensembles set for the 2014/15 Voices of Now season, including seven returning ensembles, two new community-partnership ensembles and two opportunities for young D.C.-area artists to become participants of the internationally recognized devised theater program. (more...)

Photo Flash: Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Meets the PressPhoto Flash: Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Meets the Press
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production this fall, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater mounts a new staging of Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic musical that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Featuring a book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and based on Sholem Aleichem stories, Fiddler on the Roof runs October 31, 2014-January 4, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. The company just met the press and BroadwayWorld has photos below! (more...)

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