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Rhinebeck Writers Retreat to Host 17 Writers, Featuring Obie, Larson & Kleban Award WinnersRhinebeck Writers Retreat to Host 17 Writers, Featuring Obie, Larson & Kleban Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, announced the 17 writers and 8 new musicals selected for the fifth summer of weeklong retreats. For eight consecutive weeks beginning July 5th, each writing team will have a residency in Rhinebeck, New York. Writers are provided a private home, transportation, food, and a $400 stipend. This year's writers include Obie winner Kirsten Childs, Tony nominee Elizabeth Davis, and 2015 Jonathan Larson award-winners Charlie Sohne, Tim Rosser, and Sam Willmott, who also just won the Kleban Prize.  (more...)

Chita Rivera & Daryl Roth to be Honored at Lilly Awards Ceremony; Lisa D'Amour, Shakina Nayfack Among WinnersChita Rivera & Daryl Roth to be Honored at Lilly Awards Ceremony; Lisa D'Amour, Shakina Nayfack Among Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The 2015 winners of the Lilly Awards, celebrating and honoring women of distinction in American theater, were announced today by The Lilly Awards Foundation.  The winners will be celebrated at the 6th Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 1, 2015 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd Street) and hosted by double 2015 Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron (Fun Home).  The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Lilly Awards website (www.thelillyawards.org) and HowlRound TV (www.Howlround.com/tv). #lillyawards #howlround (more...)

National Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces 2015-16 Grant RecipientsNational Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces 2015-16 Grant Recipients
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) announces nine awards granted from their National Fund for New Musicals, a major funding program to support NAMT member not-for-profit theatres in their collaborations with writers to create, develop and produce new musicals. Now in its seventh year, the Fund will provide grants totaling $46,000 to ten organizations across the country. (more...)

Breaking News: Taye Diggs Will Return to the Stage as Broadway's Newest HEDWIG!Breaking News: Taye Diggs Will Return to the Stage as Broadway's Newest HEDWIG!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Taye Diggs will return to Broadway this summer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the 2014 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival. Diggs will play the title role in the acclaimed musical for a limited 12-week engagement starting Wednesday, July 22 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). (more...)

Jim Parsons Talks Playing 'God' in New Broadway PlayJim Parsons Talks Playing 'God' in New Broadway Play
by TV News Desk - May 8, 2015

Jim Parsons stopped by this morning's TODAY to talk about playing the title role in the new Broadway comedy AN ACT OF GOD. (more...)

Jim Parsons Stars in AN ACT OF GOD, Beginning Tonight on BroadwayJim Parsons Stars in AN ACT OF GOD, Beginning Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

The new Broadway comedy An Act of God, starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jim Parsons, begins performances tonight, May 7, and officially opens on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). (more...)

Rachel Bay Jones, Laura Dreyfuss & More to Join Ben Platt in New Pasek & Paul Musical at Arena StageRachel Bay Jones, Laura Dreyfuss & More to Join Ben Platt in New Pasek & Paul Musical at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie, announces the full cast and creative team for Dear Evan Hansen. (more...)

Darren Criss Steps Into HEDWIG's Stilettos on Broadway TonightDarren Criss Steps Into HEDWIG's Stilettos on Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

As BWW previously reported, Darren Criss will return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, for a limited 12-week engagement starting tonight, April 29 at the Belasco Theatre. (more...)

6th Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony to be Held at Playwrights Horizons in June6th Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony to be Held at Playwrights Horizons in June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

The 6th Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony will be presented Monday, June 1, 2015 beginning at 5 p.m. at Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd Street) and hosted by writer and performer, Lisa Kron. (more...)

Rebecca Naomi Jones Joins HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH as 'Yitzhak' TonightRebecca Naomi Jones Joins HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH as 'Yitzhak' Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch welcomes Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange) in the role of Yitzhak beginning tonight, April 14 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). (more...)

God Finds His Angels! Christopher Fitzgerald & Tim Kazurinsky Join Jim Parsons in AN ACT OF GODGod Finds His Angels! Christopher Fitzgerald & Tim Kazurinsky Join Jim Parsons in AN ACT OF GOD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

God has chosen His Angels! Casting is now complete for the new Broadway comedy An Act of God starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jim Parsons. Joining Parsons will be two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Finian's Rainbow, Young Frankenstein) as 'Michael' & Tim Kazurinsky ('SNL', Police Academy) as 'Gabriel'. An Act of God is written by God, transcribed by 13-time Emmy® Award winner David Javerbaum and directed by Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello. (more...)

Fernanda Coppel, Halley Feiffer and Benjamin Scheuer to Launch Williamstown Theatre Festival's New Play, Musical Commissioning ProgramsFernanda Coppel, Halley Feiffer and Benjamin Scheuer to Launch Williamstown Theatre Festival's New Play, Musical Commissioning Programs
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced a New Play Commissioning Program and New Musical Commissioning Program, through which the Festival will commission and develop three to five projects annually from playwrights, composers and collaborative devisers from across the career spectrum. The program launches with inaugural artists Fernanda Coppel (whose new play King Liz premieres this summer at Second Stage), Halley Feiffer (I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard, which just finished an acclaimed run at the Atlantic Theater Company), and Benjamin Scheuer (creator of the current Off Broadway hit The Lion). Each commission also includes a writing residency at Williamstown Theatre Festival. (more...)

THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Cast Recording Released TodayTHE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Cast Recording Released Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Ghostlight Records releases the original cast album of the world premiere musical THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE today, March 24. (more...)

Benjamin Scheuer Receives ASCAP Foundation Jamie Deroy & Friends Songwriting AwardBenjamin Scheuer Receives ASCAP Foundation Jamie Deroy & Friends Songwriting Award
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Producer Eva Price has announced that Benjamin Scheuer, writer and performer of the gripping, highly acclaimed autobiographical solo show The Lion, has been awarded the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy & friends Songwriting Award. He will receive a grant of $1,250, which will be presented on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. (more...)

Original Cast Members to Celebrate Release of THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Album at Joe's Pub, 4/13Original Cast Members to Celebrate Release of THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Album at Joe's Pub, 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Joe's Pub at The Public Theater will celebrate the original cast album of the world premiere musical THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE on Monday, April 13 at 9:30 PM. (more...)

Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION to Launch National Tour This FallBenjamin Scheuer's THE LION to Launch National Tour This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

Producer Eva Price is proud to announce that The Lion, the gripping, highly acclaimed autobiographical solo show written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, will play the Portland Center Stage (128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209) from May 2 through June 14, 2015, with the national tour officially launching on August 22, 2015 at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Massachusetts (50 East Merrimack Street). (more...)

Breaking News: Rebecca Naomi Jones Will Succeed Lena Hall in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on Broadway!Breaking News: Rebecca Naomi Jones Will Succeed Lena Hall in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch has announced that Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange), will join the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, in the role of Yitzhak, beginning Tuesday April 14 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). (more...)

Anthony Rapp Would Reprise His Role in HEDWIG 'in a Millisecond'Anthony Rapp Would Reprise His Role in HEDWIG 'in a Millisecond'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2015

A Twitter fan recently asked Anthony Rapp if he would consider reprising his role in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and he gave an enthusiastically affirmative answer. (more...)

Tony Winner Lena Hall Will Depart HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH This SpringTony Winner Lena Hall Will Depart HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Hedwig and the Angry Inch's Tony Award winner Lena Hall will play her final performance as Yitzhak on Saturday, April 4. Hall created the role of Yitzhak at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street) earning rave reviews for her performance being called 'excellent,' (New York Times), 'dazzling' (Harper's Bazaar), 'magnificent' (The Chicago Tribune), and 'simply wonderful' (The Hollywood Reporter). (more...)

THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Cast Recording Set for Release Next Month; Cover Art, Track List Revealed!THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Cast Recording Set for Release Next Month; Cover Art, Track List Revealed!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast album of the world premiere musical THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE on March 24. (more...)

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