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Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Will Premiere at Fountain Theatre, Roll Across U.S.Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Will Premiere at Fountain Theatre, Roll Across U.S.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

A new play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), written in direct response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, reveals how those policies might lead to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion. Building the Wall opens at the Fountain Theatre on March 18, the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. (more...)

Okieriete Onaodowan Will Host 'GREAT COMET' Night at W Times SquareOkieriete Onaodowan Will Host 'GREAT COMET' Night at W Times Square
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Come catch an exciting glimpse this Sunday, February 19th, 2017, of upcoming star of NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 as he joins his future cast members for an incredible night of song, acoustic music, and laughs. (more...)

Court Theatre Presents Tom Stoppard's THE HARD PROBLEMCourt Theatre Presents Tom Stoppard's THE HARD PROBLEM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces casting for the Chicago premiere of The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard, directed by Charles Newell. The Hard Problemruns March 9 - April 9, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago.  (more...)

John Leguizamo's LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS to Bow at The Public This MonthJohn Leguizamo's LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS to Bow at The Public This Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Previews for the New York premiere of Latin History for Morons will begin on Friday, February 24 at The Public Theater. (more...)

Cast Complete for A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Starring Will Cobbs and Dawn Ursula, at Arena StageCast Complete for A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Starring Will Cobbs and Dawn Ursula, at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The 'play that changed American theater forever' (New York Times) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater for the first time ever this spring. (more...)

'GREAT COMET' to Welcome HAMILTON Star as Josh Groban's Summer Successor'GREAT COMET' to Welcome HAMILTON Star as Josh Groban's Summer Successor
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan, best known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton, will join the cast of the new Broadway musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 as 'Pierre' beginning July 3, 2017, starring alongside Denée Benton as 'Natasha.' Click below to watch a fun video introducing the new star! (more...)

Live Arts Bard Presents WE'RE WATCHING, An Exhibition Of New Performance Works About SurveillanceLive Arts Bard Presents WE'RE WATCHING, An Exhibition Of New Performance Works About Surveillance
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Live Arts Bard (LAB), the residency and commissioning program of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, is pleased to present WE'RE WATCHING, the first major survey of performances by contemporary American artists exploring surveillance and its impact on our identities. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHRubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues." (more...)

Court Theatre Extends Pearl Cleage's BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKYCourt Theatre Extends Pearl Cleage's BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces the extension of Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage, directed by Ron OJ Parson. Blues for an Alabama Sky now runs through February 19, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

BWW Review:  Mosaic Theatre's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES a Compelling Journey of IdentityBWW Review: Mosaic Theatre's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES a Compelling Journey of Identity
by Andrew White - Feb 2, 2017

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's new play Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies, receiving its world premiere with Mosaic Theatre Company, examines the dangers of identity, prejudice and identity politics from a variety of angles. This is an unforgettable, complex study in identity that for all of its tricks and turns is one of the more psychologically, spiritually rich plays you are likely to see on the stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jacqueline B. Arnold in AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: First Look at Jacqueline B. Arnold in AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN, a world premiere musical the creators of the Broadway bound musical Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, will play the final performances of its limited engagement this weekend, with shows on Saturday, February 4 at 8 pm and Sunday February 5 at 2 & 7 PM. AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN is performed at The Actor's Temple Theatre (339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Scroll down for a first look at Jacqueline B. Arnold onstage! (more...)

Hot 8 Brass Band Announces New Album and TourHot 8 Brass Band Announces New Album and Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

GRAMMY nominated Hot 8 Brass Band is set to release their fifth album, On The Spot out March 31 on Tru Thoughts, and embark on an extensive world tour including select markets in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Australasia. (more...)

MTV Live Setlist, Front and Center and More This Year The Iridium!MTV Live Setlist, Front and Center and More This Year The Iridium!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

2017 is shaping up to be an eventful year at The Iridium as we continue to host MTV Live Setlist (the episode featuring 'dark girl pop' band MUNA airs this Saturday, February 4 at 9pm ET), and the acclaimed live public television series Front and Center (season 6 airing now at various dates/times across the country)!  (more...)

NYU Tisch School of the Arts Announces 2017 GalaNYU Tisch School of the Arts Announces 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

NYU Tisch School of the Arts today announced its 2017 gala, to be held on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Cipriani 42nd Street. The 2017 gala, themed Aspire, Inspire will feature performances by current and former students of the iconic arts institution, which is celebrating over 50 years of excellence in the arts. (more...)

Stars Set for Billy Porter-Helmed TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at the HuntingtonStars Set for Billy Porter-Helmed TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at the Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

The Huntington Theatre Company presents the explosive Pulitzer Prize winner Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Award winner Billy Porter (The Colored Museum at the Huntington and Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway). Performances run March 10 - April 9, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. (more...)

Bob Saget Has Been Added To The All-star Lineup Of Garden Of LaughsBob Saget Has Been Added To The All-star Lineup Of Garden Of Laughs
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE: MSG) and The Garden of Dreams Foundation is pleased to announce that Grammy Award-nominated comedian and the star of two of the most successful network TV shows ever produced, Bob Saget, has joined the Garden of Laughs presented by Delta Air Lines. (more...)

1100 Students Will Gather for 49th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival1100 Students Will Gather for 49th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Western Connecticut State University will host 1,100 students and faculty from colleges and universities in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts at the Region One festival of the 49th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), January 31-February 4, 2017. This is the fourth of eight weekly celebrations of excellence and achievement of theater in higher education. Individual participants and full-scale productions are eligible for awards recognizing excellence in the art and craft of theater. Individual awardees and representatives from selected productions will be brought to Washington, D.C., for an expenses-paid trip to the national festival, April 18-22, 2017 at the Kennedy Center. A comprehensive listing of awardees will be announced in mid-March 2017. (more...)

Theo Croker, Matt Doyle, Toshi Reagon and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's PubTheo Croker, Matt Doyle, Toshi Reagon and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances from January 18-29, 2017. Scroll down for more information, and visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

MIGHTY REAL Creators' AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN Adds Weekend Off-BroadwayMIGHTY REAL Creators' AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN Adds Weekend Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN, a world premiere musical the creators of the Broadway bound musical Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, has added an additional three-performance weekend to the previously announced performances due to popular demand. (more...)

Michael Feinstein, Bruce Hornsby to Perform at Sedona International Film Festival; Tickets on Sale MondayMichael Feinstein, Bruce Hornsby to Perform at Sedona International Film Festival; Tickets on Sale Monday
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Tickets for three-time Grammy Award-winner Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemaker's Sedona International Film Festival opening concert on Saturday, Feb. 18 and five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein's performance of the Great American Songbook on Friday, Feb. 24 go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16.  (more...)

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