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Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Announces 2014-15 Committee for Joe A. Callaway Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) has announced the 2014-2015 Committee for the Joe A. Callaway Award, the only peer-given award for excellence in direction and choreography. The Committee, which will oversee the award for the theatre season, is Sue Lawless, William Martin, Barry McNabb, Leslie (Hoban) Blake, Linda Burson, Jonathan Cerullo, Edie Cowan, Clinton Turner Davis, John Going, Richard Hamburger, Bruce Heath, Michael Montel, DJ Salisbury, and Amy Saltz. Sue Lawless will serve as Committee Chair. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Among Nominees for 24th Annual NAACP THEATRE AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

This year's show will be hosted by Kym Whitley, star of the humorous and poignant docu-series "Raising Whitley" on Oprah Winfrey's The OWN Network. (more...)

The Pasadena Playhouse Presents Meet the Chairs Celebration, 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) announces MEET THE CHAIRS, an invitation only event to be held Monday, September 15 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in celebration of new Board Chair David DiCristofaro, new Vice-Chair Brad King, and the theatre's long anticipated new chairs and carpeting. (more...)

Sharon Leal, Angela Lin, Brandon Scott and More to Star in Pasadena Playhouse's STOP KISS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announces the cast of STOP KISS, the second production of its 2014-2015 Season. Written by Diana Son and directed by Pasadena Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Seema Sueko, STOP KISS stars Sharon Leal (Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, Fox's "Boston Public," and Lionsgate's Addicted), Angela Lin (Broadway's Chinglish), John Sloan (Fox's "Happy Hour"), Brandon Scott (ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"), Amanda Carlin (Liar Liar), and Jeff De Serrano (A&E's "Longmire"). The production is performed November 4 - 30, 2014 with the official press night on Wednesday, November 9, 2014. (more...)

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boon Isaacs Joins Chapman's Dodge College
by Movies News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President and respected veteran motion picture marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been named the Fall 2014 O.L. Halsell Filmmaker-in-Residence at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States. The announcement was made today by Dodge College Dean Bob Bassett. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse to Honor Diahann Carroll with 2014 Diversity Award
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that trailblazing actress Diahann Carroll will be the 2014 Diversity Award Honoree at the 8th Annual Pasadena Playhouse Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project fundraising event on Sunday, September 21, 2014. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse Announces New Board Chairman and Vice-Chairman
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that David DiCristofaro, currently serving as the Board's Vice-Chairman, will be taking on the role of Board Chairman as of September 1, 2014. Board member Brad King will fill DiCristofaro's position as Vice-Chairman. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse Presents KISS ME, KATE, 9/16-10/12, Save 20% on Tickets
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2014

Pasadena Playhouse presents Kiss Me, Kate from Sept. 16 to Oct. 12. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Bella and Samuel Spewack, and directed by Sheldon Epps. (more...)

Emmy Winner Wayne Brady to Star Opposite Merle Dandridge in KISS ME, KATE at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that Wayne Brady will star as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE. The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17. Epps will direct the 2014-2015 Season opener, which will run from September 16- October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway's Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate. (more...)

New Musicals Inc. Announces Broadway Producers as Conference Panelists, 7/18-20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

New Musicals Inc. announces the line-up of panelists for the fifth biennial BIZ OF THE MUSICAL THEATRE BIZ CONFERENCE, set for July 18-20 in North Hollywood. (more...)

The Pasadena Playhouse Announces Three Exciting Productions
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse presents SUMMER AT THE PLAYHOUSE - Music, Mayhem and Madness, three exciting productions playing this July. A Judy Garland Concert with Joey Luft features Judy Garland's son Joey Luft making a rare public appearance (July 10-13) followed by PLAYHOUSE ROCKS! with Tony Nominee Powerhouse MARY BRIDGET DAVIES, a Tony Award nominee for A Night With Janis Joplin which was presented last season at The Pasadena Playhouse and was the venue's highest grossing show in its history (July 17-20). The month will end with Henson Alternative's PUPPET UP! - UNCENSORED created by award-winning director, producer, and writer Brian Henson and actor and improvisational guru Patrick Bristow with The Jim Henson Company's renowned puppeteers (July 24-26). The Playhouse continues its tradition of distinctive and entertaining summer programming. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse to Welcome Mary Bridget Davies, Joey Luft & Henson Alternative's PUPPET UP! for SUMMER AT THE PLAYHOUSE, 7/10-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse presents SUMMER AT THE PLAYHOUSE - Music, Mayhem and Madness, three exciting productions playing this July. (more...)

The Pasadena Playhouse Celebrates 'Pasadena Day' with STONEFACE, 6/26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director), celebrates "Pasadena Day" with a performance of Vanessa Claire Stewart's STONEFACE, the fifth production of the 2013-2014 season. (more...)

SDCF Hires Megan E. Carter as New Director
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Laura Penn, Executive Director of Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation (SDCF), announced today that Megan E. Carter will be its new Director as of June 30. Founded in 1965, SDCF is the nation's only organization dedicated to training, nurturing, and supporting theatre directors and choreographers and advancing the crafts of stage direction and choreography. (more...)

ENTERSHAMEMENT Runs at Pasadena Playhouse, Now thru 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse has updated the performance schedule for two unusual one-person shows - Amy G in Entershamement and Joe Orrach in In My Corner - to reopen the newly re-designed Carrie Hamilton Theatre. Entershamement has a limited run of five performances, while In My Corner runs for one night only. With these shows, that perform today, May 22 to May 31, The Playhouse is relighting the refurbished Carrie Hamilton Theatre, which has been changed from a proscenium theatre to a black box, and can be configured to accommodate many different kinds of productions. (more...)

Vanessa Bell Calloway Stars in LETTERS FROM ZORA at Pasadena Playhouse, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that they will present the hit production of Gabrielle Pina's LETTERS FROM ZORA, in association with One Pearl and a Sphinx. The production, which returns by poplular demand, will play a limited engagement of eight performances and stars Vanessa Bell Calloway. LETTERS FROM ZORA is directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks with original music composed by Ron McCurdy. Performances run today, May 10 - 18, 2014 with a press opening on Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. (more...)

ENTERSHAMEMENT to Run at Pasadena Playhouse, 5/22-30; IN MY CORNER Set for 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse has updated the performance schedule for two unusual one-person shows - Amy G in Entershamement and Joe Orrach in In My Corner - to reopen the newly re-designed Carrie Hamilton Theatre. Entershamement has a limited run of five performances, while In My Corner runs for one night only. With these shows, that perform May 22 to May 31, The Playhouse is relighting the refurbished Carrie Hamilton Theatre, which has been changed from a proscenium theatre to a black box, and can be configured to accommodate many different kinds of productions. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BLUES IN THE NIGHT, Hackney Empire, April 25 2014
by Gary Naylor - Apr 26, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a show filled with songs from some of the last century's greatest singers - given full due by some of the West End's finest vocalists. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse to Host PREMIERE GALA - TAKE THE LEAD AT THE PLAYHOUSE, 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today the planning and honorary gala committee members leading the best party in Pasadena annual fundraiser entitled PREMIERE GALA -TAKE THE LEAD AT THE PLAYHOUSE. The Pasadena Playhouse's gala will be held on the stage of The Pasadena Playhouse on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 5:30p.m. (more...)

KISS ME, KATE Completes Pasadena Playhouse's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced that the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE, directed by Epps, will open the 2014 - 2015 Season and run from September 16 - October 12, 2014. (more...)

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