Philadelphia Theatre Company News

I LOVED LUCY to Transfer to London's Arts Theatre for 7 WeeksI LOVED LUCY to Transfer to London's Arts Theatre for 7 Weeks
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Showered with rave reviews and following two sold-out runs in 2016, Lee Tannen's incredibly personal, funny, bitter-sweet play "I Loved Lucy" about his 10-year relationship with TV comedy legend Lucille Ball is to transfer to London's Arts Theatre for a strictly limited 7-week season from Wednesday 19 July. (more...)

Lantern Theater Company Presents the Philadelphia Premiere of THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORDLantern Theater Company Presents the Philadelphia Premiere of THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Lantern Theater Company concludes its record-breaking 2016/17 season with the regional premiere of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, an uproarious, razor-sharp exploration of legacy and faith from playwright, former stand-up comedian, and longtime Real Time with Bill Maher writer and executive producer Scott Carter. (more...)

Jacqueline Goldfinger's THE ARSONISTS to Launch NNPN Rolling World Premiere in PhiladelphiaJacqueline Goldfinger's THE ARSONISTS to Launch NNPN Rolling World Premiere in Philadelphia
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, celebrates the opening of The Arsonists by Jacqueline Goldfinger, its 67th Rolling World Premiere. (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group presents UNCLE VANYAQuintessence Theatre Group presents UNCLE VANYA
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Quintessence Theatre Group concludes its 7th season of progressive classic theatre with Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in the Philadelphia premiere of a new version by Annie Baker.  All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, 19119.  To purchase tickets, visit www.Quintessencetheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

Theatre Horizon Extends World Premiere of James Ijames' WHITETheatre Horizon Extends World Premiere of James Ijames' WHITE
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Theatre Horizon opened the World Premiere of James Ijames' smart and hilarious WHITE. On the evening of its official opening, the theatre is excited to announce that WHITE will now have an extension week and close Sunday, May 28. Winner of the 2015 Terrence McNally New Play Award, WHITE already had sold out performances. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Sherri Edelen and Thomas Adrian SimpsonBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Sherri Edelen and Thomas Adrian Simpson
by Elliot Lanes - May 5, 2017

Today's subjects, Sherri Edelen and Thomas Adrian Simpson, are currently living their theatre lives in tech for Jesus Christ Superstar at Signature Theatre. Thomas is playing the high priest Caiaphas and Sheri, in a brilliant turn of non-traditional casting, will be playing King Herod. The production runs from May 9th to July 2nd. (more...)

GREY'S ANATOMY's Kelly McCreary to Star in INTIMATE APPAREL at Bay Street TheaterGREY'S ANATOMY's Kelly McCreary to Star in INTIMATE APPAREL at Bay Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Bay Street Theater has announced the cast and creative team of INTIMATE APPAREL by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Bay Street Theater Artistic Director Scott Schwartz. Kelly McCreary, currently one of the stars of Grey's Anatomy on ABC, will star as Esther Mills. (more...)

Ally to Welcome MIZ WASHINGTON Playwright James IjamesAlly to Welcome MIZ WASHINGTON Playwright James Ijames
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Ally is thrilled to welcome Miz Washington playwright and 2017 Whiting Award Winner, James Ijames to the show on Sunday, April 30th. James will participate in a post-show talkback with the cast after the 3PM Matinee. (more...)

Martin Zimmerman's SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Starts Tonight at Rattlestick Playwrights TheaterMartin Zimmerman's SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Starts Tonight at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in collaboration with The Sol Project presents 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...)

Elena Shaddow and Mark Evans to Lead MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill; Cast Complete!Elena Shaddow and Mark Evans to Lead MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced casting for the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Bank of America is the Major Sponsor of Mary Poppins. (more...)

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...)

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