Philadelphia Theatre Company News

Philadelphia Performers Celebrate Broadway in ManayunkPhiladelphia Performers Celebrate Broadway in Manayunk
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2017

Some of Philadelphia's biggest musical theater stars are teaming up for a one-night only salute to the Great White Way. The Summer Club Salutes Broadway will feature a 17-piece live big band performing hits from Jersey Boys, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, and more at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center (7 Lock Street, Philadelphia) at 8PM on May 1. (more...)

Racial & Sexual Tensions Ignite in Theatre Exile's Premiere of BUZZERRacial & Sexual Tensions Ignite in Theatre Exile's Premiere of BUZZER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

After a sold-out run for Lost Girls, Theatre Exile closes their 20th anniversary season with Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson. Gentrification comes to a head as the thought-provoking social drama fans the flames of love, race, class and privilege. (more...)

New Leadership Takes a Bold New Look at Philadelphia Theatre CompanyNew Leadership Takes a Bold New Look at Philadelphia Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Philadelphia Theatre Company today announced a plan for the 2017-2018 season that departs from the organization's traditional schedule of producing a five-play series. Under the leadership of Paige Price, PTC's new Producing Artistic Director, Philadelphia Theatre Company will offer a season of presented and curated activities in the theater, as the new leadership uses this period to re-focus, re-build, and re-launch. (more...)

National Black Theatre Closes Season with the Provocative KILL MOVE PARADISENational Black Theatre Closes Season with the Provocative KILL MOVE PARADISE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Ryan Jamaal Swain, Donnell E. Smith, Clinton Lowe and Sidiki Fofana will star in the award-winning playwright James Ijames' "Kill Move Paradise," opening at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT) this spring. The world premiere production is also the New York City debut of Ijames, a Whiting Award winner. Saheem Ali ("Nollywood," "The Booty Call," and "The Erlkings") will direct. The provocative production closes the historic theater's 48th season, "In Pursuit of Black Joy," and runs from May 31 through June 25. (more...)

BWW Interview: Martin Zimmerman and SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick Playwrights TheaterBWW Interview: Martin Zimmerman and SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 19, 2017

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in collaboration with The Sol Project Latinx theater company will present the New York premiere of Martin Zimmerman's meditation on mourning, redemption and revenge, 'Seven Spots On The Sun,' directed by Ethiopian-Canadian 2016 Dora Award winner Weyni Mengesha. The six week engagement runs from April 26th to June 10th. (more...)

Broadway Gets Diplomatic- Meet the Cast of OSLO!Broadway Gets Diplomatic- Meet the Cast of OSLO!
by Marissa Sblendorio - Apr 13, 2017

Following its sold-out Off-Broadway run, OSLO is finally opening on Broadway tonight, April 13th, so it's time to meet the cast! (more...)

April Entertainment Continues at Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity RoomApril Entertainment Continues at Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

Spring has sprung at Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room with April's lively entertainment lineup! This month's performances (in order of appearance) include Jonathan Karrant, Courtney Day, Paula Johns "Happy Birthday Ella", Bob Egan (for his Singer's Showcase), Michael Richard Kelly with a special birthday celebration weekend for Dino Kelly-Cataldi and, the last weekend in April features Jeffrey Coon. Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room - the unique dining and entertainment experience reminiscent of the sophisticated supper clubs of the 40s and 50s - is located at 287 Keswick Avenue in Glenside, PA. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Extends Zayd Dohrn's THE PROFANEPlaywrights Horizons Extends Zayd Dohrn's THE PROFANE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

Playwrights Horizons has announced, following critical acclaim and popular demand, a one-week extension for The Profane, the world premiere of a new play by Horton Foote Prize winner Zayd Dohrn (Sick, Reborning) and directed by Kip Fagan (Grand Concourse at Playwrights, Exit Strategy). (more...)

Ian Merrill Peakes to Take on Title Role in TIMON OF ATHENS at Folger TheatreIan Merrill Peakes to Take on Title Role in TIMON OF ATHENS at Folger Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Folger Theatre concludes its very successful 25th anniversary season this spring with Shakespeare's gripping tragedy Timon of Athens. (more...)

Signature Theatre Announces Full Cast for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARSignature Theatre Announces Full Cast for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

Signature Theatre is proud to announce full casting for Jesus Christ Superstar directed by Signature Theatre Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Gypsy, The Flick). (more...)

Thrilling New Mystery HOLMES AND WATSON to Premiere at Arizona Theatre CompanyThrilling New Mystery HOLMES AND WATSON to Premiere at Arizona Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Even after his supposed "death" at Reichenbach Falls, the great detective kept his hold on the world through the frauds, fakes and charlatans claiming to be him, forcing the loyal Dr. Watson to find the truth in Arizona Theatre Company's world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Holmes and Watson. (more...)

April Entertainment at Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room AnnouncedApril Entertainment at Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

pring has sprung at Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room with April's lively entertainment lineup! This month's performances (in order of appearance) include Jonathan Karrant, Courtney Day, Paula Johns "Happy Birthday Ella", Bob Egan (for his Singer's Showcase), Michael Richard Kelly with a special birthday celebration weekend for Dino Kelly-Cataldi and, the last weekend in April features Jeffrey Coon. Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room - the unique dining and entertainment experience reminiscent of the sophisticated supper clubs of the 40s and 50s - is located at 287 Keswick Avenue in Glenside, PA. There is Saturday and SundayBrunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 with a new and exciting bar menu. and soon dining al fresco with outdoor bar and lounge area will be open. See www.dinosbackstage.com or call 215-884-2000 for more information, including specific music charges and minimums in The Celebrity Room. (more...)

FIELD GUIDE Premiere, 'FATHER COMES HOME' and More on Tap for Yale Rep's 2017-18 SeasonFIELD GUIDE Premiere, 'FATHER COMES HOME' and More on Tap for Yale Rep's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Yale Repertory Theatre, the multiple Tony Award-winning theatre dedicated to the production of new plays and bold interpretations of classic works, has announced its 2017-18 Season. (more...)

Tour De Force Performance by James Lecesne in THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEYTour De Force Performance by James Lecesne in THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Philadelphia Theatre Company concludes its 2016-2017 season with the May 17-June 4 run of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written and performed by James Lecesne, and directed by Tony Speciale with original music by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).  (more...)

Martin Zimmerman's SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN to Make New York Premiere at RattlestickMartin Zimmerman's SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN to Make New York Premiere at Rattlestick
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in collaboration with The Sol Project will present the New York premiere of Martin Zimmerman's meditation on mourning, redemption and revenge, Seven Spots On The Sun, directed by 2016 Dora Award winner Weyni Mengesha, starring Flora Diaz (The Eyes of My Mother, Fox's 'Gotham'), Peter Jay Fernandez (Broadway: All the Way, Cyrano de Bergerac) and Flor De Liz Perez (CBS's 'The Good Wife,' West End: The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Dolphins and Sharks). (more...)

Veanne Cox, Gregory Wooddell and Rachel Zampelli to Lead David Ives's Revamped SCHOOL FOR LIES at STCVeanne Cox, Gregory Wooddell and Rachel Zampelli to Lead David Ives's Revamped SCHOOL FOR LIES at STC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

Tony Award-nominee David Ives and STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn, the team that created the award-winning French 'trilogy' of The Liar, The Heir Apparent and The Metromaniacs, will unite once more to present a newly revamped version of Ives' The School For Lies at the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW) from May 30-July 2, 2017. (more...)

Broadwaysted Celebrates the Game Master's Wedding with Betrothed Broadway Stars Whitney Bashor & Jared ZirilliBroadwaysted Celebrates the Game Master's Wedding with Betrothed Broadway Stars Whitney Bashor & Jared Zirilli
by Broadwaysted - Mar 26, 2017

It's finally here, folks. Game Master Kimberly's wedding to #EnemyoftheShow Jay Schmidt (yes, we now have our own red-headed Kimmy Schmidt!) was yesterday! To celebrate the upcoming special day, the Broadwaysted Crew is chatting bout love with talented real-life Broadway couple Whitney Bashor and Jared Zirilli. It's an open bar for this 'Wedding' themed episode as Whitney dishes about her experience with THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY and Jared talks touring with WICKED and WE WILL ROCK YOU. (more...)

1812 Productions to Present Marc Camoletti's HAPPY BIRTHDAY Farce1812 Productions to Present Marc Camoletti's HAPPY BIRTHDAY Farce
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

1812 Productions, Philadelphia's all comedy theatre company, will present the Philadelphia premiere of Marc Camoletti's raucous farce Happy Birthday. (more...)

Tonye Patano to Star in Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!Tonye Patano to Star in Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau. The Globe is the first regional theatre in the country to mount the play, which was presented here as a reading in the 2014 Powers New Voices Festival before an acclaimed Off Broadway run. San Diego director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg makes her Globe debut to helm the award-winning drama, which is presented in association with San Diego's MOXIE Theatre, where Turner Sonnenberg is Founding Artistic Director. (more...)

Theatre Horizon Concludes 12th Season with World Premiere of James Ijames' WHITE, 4/27- 5/21Theatre Horizon Concludes 12th Season with World Premiere of James Ijames' WHITE, 4/27- 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Theatre Horizon's 12th season concludes with a World Premiere by a Philadelphia favorite. The theatre is presenting the World Premiere of James Ijames' smart and hilarious WHITE. Winner of the 2015 Terrence McNally New Play Award, WHITE runs April 27-May 21. Opening Night is Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20-$35. Theatre Horizon is located at 401 DeKalb Street. Tickets and more information are available online at www.theatrehorizon.org or by phone at 610-283-2230. (more...)

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