Pasadena Playhouse News


by Charles Shubow - Jul 21, 2017

How else can one describe actor Edward Gero's incredible performance as the late Supreme Court Justice Antonia Scalia other than a 'tour de force' in the acclaimed play by John Strand and directed perfectly by Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Jade WheelerBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Jade Wheeler
by Elliot Lanes - Jul 20, 2017

Today's subject Jade Wheeler is currently living her theater life onstage at Arena Stage in the return engagement of The Originalist as Justice Antonin Scalia's clerk Cat. The show has been extended and now runs through August 6th. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tracy Nicole Chapman Rehearsing SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Interview: Tracy Nicole Chapman Rehearsing SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! at Pasadena Playhouse
by Don Grigware - Jul 19, 2017

Actress/singer Tracy Nicole Chapman is best known for originating the role of Shenzi in the Broadway production of The Lion King. She also appeared on Broadway in The Who's Tommy, Caroline, or Change and Cy Coleman's The Life. Other theatre credits include the Broadway revivals of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Music Man, and Into the Woods. She also toured with Jelly's Last Jam, Dreamgirls and Once on This Island. She is about to star in a world premiere musical Shout, Sister, Shout! about the life of gospel singer Rosetta Tharpe. Chapman took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about the musical and playing Rosetta Tharpe. (more...)

David Harrower's BLACKBIRD Flies Into GTC Burbank 8/19David Harrower's BLACKBIRD Flies Into GTC Burbank 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

??????? A new production of Blackbird by David Harrower has been announced for a limited run at GTC Burbank. Featuring Candace Hammer and Eric Larson and directed by Jeremy Adrianne Lelliott, the limited run opens August 19 and runs through September 17 only.  (more...)

Jamie Wollrab to Star in Tryptich Theatre Company's NOCTURNEJamie Wollrab to Star in Tryptich Theatre Company's NOCTURNE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Triptych Theatre Company will present the Pulitzer Prize nominated and award-winning play, NOCTURNE, written by Adam Rapp, co-directed by James Eckhouse ('Beverly Hills, 90210,' 'Avengers') and Richard Schiff ('The West Wing'), featuring Jamie Wollrab, Artistic Director of Triptych Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: THE ORIGINALIST Provokes at Arena StageBWW Review: THE ORIGINALIST Provokes at Arena Stage
by Pamela Roberts - Jul 14, 2017

THE ORIGINALIST at Arena Stage introduces Antonin Scalia as "the most polarizing figure in American civic life." When a liberal Harvard Law grad ("I fall in the flaming category") clerks for the justice, she encounters both maddening combatant and sage mentor. (more...)

Ayad Akhtar's JUNK Announces Stars Joining Steven Pasquale at Lincoln Center TheaterAyad Akhtar's JUNK Announces Stars Joining Steven Pasquale at Lincoln Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that Ito Aghayere, Phillip James Brannon, Tony Carlin, Caroline Hewitt, Rick Holmes, Ted Koch, Teresa Avia Lim, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Nate Miller, Ethan Phillips, Matthew Rauch, Matthew Saldivar, Michael Siberry, Miriam Silverman, Joey Slotnick, and Henry Stram will join Steven Pasquale to comprise the cast of its upcoming production of Junk, a new play by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Doug Hughes. (more...)

Immersive KPOP to Take Over A.R.T./New York Theatres This FallImmersive KPOP to Take Over A.R.T./New York Theatres This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

Ars Nova, in association with Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, presents the world premiere of KPOP, a high-octane immersive event that gives you a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory. (more...)

Photo Flash: American Blues Theater presents the Chicago Premiere of BEAUTY'S DAUGHTERPhoto Flash: American Blues Theater presents the Chicago Premiere of BEAUTY'S DAUGHTER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

American Blues Theater opens its 2017-2018 Season with the Chicago Premiere of Beauty's Daughter by Dael Orlandersmith, directed by Ron OJ Parson, and Artistic Affiliate Wandachristine. Beauty's Daughter runs July 7 - August 5, 2017 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.   (more...)

THE ORIGINALIST, About Justice Antonin Scalia, Adds Week of Shows at Arena StageTHE ORIGINALIST, About Justice Antonin Scalia, Adds Week of Shows at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

John Strand's critically-acclaimed political drama The Originalist, based on the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, will receive an additional week of performances during its summer return engagement at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

Triptych Theatre Company to Bring NOCTURNE to Vs. Theatre This SummerTriptych Theatre Company to Bring NOCTURNE to Vs. Theatre This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

Triptych Theatre Company will present the Pulitzer Prize nominated and award-winning play, NOCTURNE, written by Adam Rapp, co-directed by James Eckhouse ("Beverly Hills, 90210," "Avengers") and Richard Schiff ("The West Wing"), featuring Jamie Wollrab, Artistic Director of Triptych Theatre. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Awards Opera Medal to Head of Wardrobe Geoffry M. CraigSan Francisco Opera Awards Opera Medal to Head of Wardrobe Geoffry M. Craig
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

At the conclusion of last night's performance of Verdi's Rigoletto, San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock presented the Company's Head of Wardrobe, Geoffry M. Craig, with the San Francisco Opera Medal, the Company's highest honor. Craig joined the Wardrobe Department staff in 1981 as a dresser, became Head of Men's Wardrobe in 1986 and assumed his current position of Deparment Head in 1999. After 36 years of service, Craig will retire from San Francisco Opera at the end of the 2017 Summer Season. (more...)

Casting is Set for BECKY SHAW at Windy City PlayhouseCasting is Set for BECKY SHAW at Windy City Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park Road) announces the complete casting for Gina Gionfriddo's "Becky Shaw," the dark, "ferociously funny" (The New York Times) comedy. Jeff Award winner Scott Weinstein directs the final production in Windy City Playhouse's third season, starring Theo Allyn ("The Matchmaker" at Goodman Theatre) in the title role as Becky Shaw. (more...)

Yee-Haw! Bets Malone and Misty Cotton to Star in L.A. Premiere of Roger Bean's HONKY TONK LAUNDRYYee-Haw! Bets Malone and Misty Cotton to Star in L.A. Premiere of Roger Bean's HONKY TONK LAUNDRY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

YEE-HAW! Cazador Entertainment and Honky Tonk Productions present the Los Angeles premiere of HONKY TONK LAUNDRY, a new musical written and directed by Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes, Life Could Be A Dream, The Andrews Brothers), with choreography by James Vasquez. (more...)

Chautauqua Theater Company to Launch 34th Season with NOISES OFFChautauqua Theater Company to Launch 34th Season with NOISES OFF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the new Artistic Direction of Andrew Borba and continued leadership of Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, kicks off its 34th season with Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Borba. (more...)

VIDEO: Tracy Nicole Chapman to Star in SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! World Premiere at Pasadena Playhouse; Watch a Preview!VIDEO: Tracy Nicole Chapman to Star in SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! World Premiere at Pasadena Playhouse; Watch a Preview!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Pasadena Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for the world premiere musical SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! Created and directed by RAndy Johnson, who wrote and directed the hit Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin, with book by Cheryl West (Play On!). Click below for a sneak preview at the talented ensemble! (more...)

LAB Workshop Production of Ted Malawer's THE ANATOMY OF LOVE AnnouncedLAB Workshop Production of Ted Malawer's THE ANATOMY OF LOVE Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce a LAB workshop production of resident playwright Ted Malawer's new play, The Anatomy of Love. The play is being directed by Trevor Biship (Middletown, A Bright New Boise), and will run for only three performances -- Thursday, July 20; Saturday, July 22; and Sunday, July 23. (more...)

Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST, About Justice Antonin Scalia, Available On-DemandArena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST, About Justice Antonin Scalia, Available On-Demand
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Following a world-premiere televised broadcast on THIRTEEN's Theater Close-Up, John Strand's 'The Originalist', captured live on-stage from Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., is available to stream on-demand at vimeo.com/ondemand/TheOriginalist. (more...)

OUT ON A LIMB: New Plays From America's Finest City at SRT Opens 7/14OUT ON A LIMB: New Plays From America's Finest City at SRT Opens 7/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

Scripps Ranch Theatre, located on the campus of Alliant International University, presents their 6th Annual Out on a Limb - New Plays from America's Finest City. Scripps Ranch Theatre is a leader in the Southern California Arts Community in developing and producing new plays. The pieces are all new, world-premiere plays written by area playwrights, and have a common theme of having something to do with San Diego. This year, the festival will run for two weekends; July 14-16 & July 21-23, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. (more...)

Backstage Romance, Political Intrigue and Fast-Paced Fun Hits North Coast Rep in AT THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCEBackstage Romance, Political Intrigue and Fast-Paced Fun Hits North Coast Rep in AT THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

North Coast Repertory Theatre closes Season 35 with the San Diego premiere of AT THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE, an uproarious comedy about a bohemian theatre troupe appearing in an Eastern European police state. (more...)

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