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BWW Review: Porchlight Music Theater's FAR FROM HEAVEN Presents A Woman's Melodic Journey Towards Self-Discovery In 1950s AmericaBWW Review: Porchlight Music Theater's FAR FROM HEAVEN Presents A Woman's Melodic Journey Towards Self-Discovery In 1950s America
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 12, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre's production of FAR FROM HEAVEN marks the musical's Chicago premiere--the show debuted Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2013 and takes the titular 2002 Todd Haynes-directed film as its source material. And while this musical from composer-lyricist team Scott Frankel and Michael Korie was written three years ago, FAR FROM HEAVEN touches on issues of gender, sexuality, and race in 1957 suburban Connecticut that poignantly resonant with the present moment. At the center of the musical is Cathy Whittaker (the superb and stunning Summer Naomi Smart), a 1950s housewife and mother--decked out in Bill Morey's outstanding period-authentic dresses and residing in Grant Sabin's charming set. At the top of the show, she catches her husband, Frank (Brandon Springman) cheating on her--with a man. Stunned by this secret, Cathy is forced to confront the reality of what happens when her life cannot conform to the societal pressures and ideals coming at her from both the media and friends--a matter which is further complicated when she strikes up an unexpected friendship with her black gardener, Raymond Deagan (Evan Tyrone Martin). (more...)

Austin Pendleton to Direct LUNA GALE at Cleveland Play HouseAustin Pendleton to Direct LUNA GALE at Cleveland Play House
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Cleveland Play House's (CPH) monumental 100th Season continues with the regional premiere of LUNA GALE. CPH welcomes back film and stage legend Austin Pendleton to direct this contemporary drama that begs the question 'To whom do you belong?' Written by Rebecca Gilman, recipient of the 2015 Roe Green Award, LUNA GALE runs February 27 - March 20 in the intimate Allen Theatre. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 2/12/2016 - Duncan in Neverland, Broadway in Oz and More!WAKE UP with BWW 2/12/2016 - Duncan in Neverland, Broadway in Oz and More!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 12, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: Sandy Duncan flies back to Neverland, big Broadway names head to Oz to celebrate Stephen Schwartz,†and more! (more...)

Lookingglass to Stage Federico Garcia Lorca's BLOOD WEDDING, 3/2-4/24Lookingglass to Stage Federico Garcia Lorca's BLOOD WEDDING, 3/2-4/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

?Lookingglass Theatre Company continues its 28th Season with Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, translated by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata, and directed by Ensemble Member Daniel Ostling. Blood Wedding runs March 2 - April 24, 2016 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. (more...)

Tony Winner Blair Brown Joins Cast of Tracy Letts' MARY PAGE MARLOWE at SteppenwolfTony Winner Blair Brown Joins Cast of Tracy Letts' MARY PAGE MARLOWE at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today acclaimed stage and screen actor Blair Brown will join the cast of Mary Page Marlowe as one of the seven actors sharing the role of Mary over the span of her life (more...)

THE WALKING DEAD Actress Danai Gurira Explains Her Passions as She Prepares for Her Broadway DebutTHE WALKING DEAD Actress Danai Gurira Explains Her Passions as She Prepares for Her Broadway Debut
by Marissa Sblendorio - Feb 10, 2016

Though fans might know her as katana wielding Michonne on THE WALKING DEAD, actress Danai Gurira is about to make her Brodway debut as the playwright this march with ECLIPSED, starring oscar winning actress†Lupita Nyong'o. All while that's going on, she also has an off broadway play, FAMILIAR, premiering soon, while simultaneously working on a pilot for HBO. It might seem like she's got too many things on her plate, but all of her projects stem from her passions.† (more...)

MEN ON BOATS Will Return this Summer in Clubbed Thumb and Playwrights Horizons Co-ProductionMEN ON BOATS Will Return this Summer in Clubbed Thumb and Playwrights Horizons Co-Production
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

MEN ON BOATS, the critically-acclaimed comedy which premiered at Clubbed Thumb's 2015 Summerworks Festival, will return this summer in a co-production by Playwrights Horizons†and Clubbed Thumb. (more...)

Full Cast Set for Mercury Theatre Colchester's UK Premiere of CLYBOURNE PARKFull Cast Set for Mercury Theatre Colchester's UK Premiere of CLYBOURNE PARK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

Artistic Director of Mercury Theatre Colchester†Daniel Buckroyd†today announces the full company for the UK regional premiere production of†Bruce Norris' acclaimed play†Clybourne Park†which opens at the company's home base ahead of a national tour -†Ben Deery†(Karl / Steve),†Dan Gaisford(Kenneth),†Rebecca Manley†(Bev / Kathy),†Rebecca Oldfield†(Betsey / Lindsey),†Gloria Onitiri†(Francine / Lena),†Wole Sawyerr†(Albert / Kevin),†William Troughton†(Jim / Tom) and†Mark Womack†(Dan / Russ). The production opens on 15 April as part of the†Made in Colchester Season, with previews from 8 April and runs until 23 April. It is the first time the production will be seen in the UK outside of London. (more...)

Bartlett Sher to Direct J.T. Rogers' OSLO Off-Broadway at Lincoln CenterBartlett Sher to Direct J.T. Rogers' OSLO Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater †will produce OSLO, a new play by J.T. Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher, beginning performances Thursday, June 16.†† Commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater, OSLO will open Monday, July 11 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

LaChanze & Lindsay Mendez Join INSPIRATIONAL BROADWAY Concert LineupLaChanze & Lindsay Mendez Join INSPIRATIONAL BROADWAY Concert Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Broadway leading ladies LaChanze (Tony Award winner for The Color Purple) and Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell) have been added to the all-star lineup of INSPIRATIONAL BROADWAY, a dynamic and soulful evening of music. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of ANTILA PNEUMATICA at Playwrights HorizonsPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of ANTILA PNEUMATICA at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Playwrights Horizons' world premiere production of ANTILA PNEUMATICA, a new play by Anne Washburn, directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll,†begins Friday, March 11 at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Opening Night is set for Monday, April 4 with a limited engagement through Sunday, April 24. The company just had its first rehearsal and BroadwayWorld has photos of the cast and creative team below! (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 2/6/2016
by - Feb 6, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 2/6/2016. (more...)

Learn to Love I HATE HAMLET at Playhouse on Park This SpringLearn to Love I HATE HAMLET at Playhouse on Park This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

I HATE HAMLET is next up in Playhouse on Park's Mainstage series. Opening night is Friday, February 26, at 8:00 pm with a wine and cheese reception to proceed the show. (more...)

Obie Winner Rob Campbell & More to Star in Anne Washburn's ANTLIA PNEUMATICA at Playwrights HorizonsObie Winner Rob Campbell & More to Star in Anne Washburn's ANTLIA PNEUMATICA at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

††††† Playwrights Horizons†has announced casting for ANTLIA PNEUMATICA, the world premiere of a new play by Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at PH; 10 Out of 12; Iphigenia at Aulis; The Internationalist), directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll (Iowa at PH, The Internationalist, The Invisible Hand, Red Dog Howls, Middletown, What Once We Felt).† Commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, the play is the fifth production of the theater company's 2015/2016 Season.††† (more...)

Rehearsals Begin Monday for Broadway's WAITRESS, Starring Jessie MuellerRehearsals Begin Monday for Broadway's WAITRESS, Starring Jessie Mueller
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Rehearsals begin Monday, February 8 for the spring Broadway production of Waitress, following its sold-out limited engagement at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.† (more...)

MCC's SMOKEFALL, Starring Zachary Quinto, Begins Tonight Off-BroadwayMCC's SMOKEFALL, Starring Zachary Quinto, Begins Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

MCC Theater welcomes film and television star Robin Tunney, making her stage debut opposite Zachary Quinto in the New York premiere of Smokefall†by Noah Haidle, directed by Anne Kauffman, who directed The Nether for MCC last season to great acclaim. Smokefall will play the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) with previews beginning tonight, February 4, 2016,†and an opening night set for February 22. It is scheduled through March 13. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Trailer, Go Behind-the-Scenes with Huntington's MILK LIKE SUGARSTAGE TUBE: Watch Trailer, Go Behind-the-Scenes with Huntington's MILK LIKE SUGAR
by Stage Tube - Feb 3, 2016

The†Huntington Theatre Company†presents the Obie Award-winning drama MILK LIKE SUGAR by Huntington Playwriting Fellow†Kirsten Greenidge†(Luck of the Irish) and directed by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O'Gara (Becoming Cuba). Performances continue now through February 27, 2016 in the Roberts†Studio Theatre†in the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Below, check out the trailer and go behind-the-scenes with the cast and creative team of MILK LIKE SUGAR! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jasmine Carmichael and More in Huntington's MILK LIKE SUGARPhoto Flash: First Look at Jasmine Carmichael and More in Huntington's MILK LIKE SUGAR
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The Huntington Theatre Company†presents the Obie Award-winning drama MILK LIKE SUGAR by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish) and directed by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O'Gara (Becoming Cuba). Performances†continue now through February 27, 2016 in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Dramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters Program Enlists Playwright Madeleine GeorgeDramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters Program Enlists Playwright Madeleine George
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The Dramatists Guild Fund (DGF) announces that playwright Madeleine George will conduct a master class with students and early career writers at the College of Charleston (66 George Street Charleston, South Carolina 29424) on February 5th at 4:00 PM, during the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival as part of the Traveling Masters Program. (more...)

Jack Willis to Lead Arena Stage's ALL THE WAYJack Willis to Lead Arena Stage's ALL THE WAY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award-winning drama All the Way, about President Lyndon Baines Johnson's impassioned struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, makes its Washington, D.C. debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Kyle Donnelly, who has directed more than 20 productions at Arena Stage, returns to helm this "sure-fire, action packed hit" (Huffington Post) about a country still reeling from the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the man tasked with calming the storm. Hailed as a "sensational night of theater" (NPR), All the Way runs April 1-May 8, 2016 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

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