WAKE UP with BWW 9/16/14 - Barbra's PARTNERS, Betty's GHOSTLIGHT, EVITA in the West End, TALK RADIO and More!
by Jessica Showers - Sep 16, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Barbra and Betty release their new albums today, EVITA opens at the Dominion, TALK RADIO opens at the Chain, and stars take to regional stages across the U.S. tonight! (more...)

Tyne Daly, Chita Rivera and Jerry Mitchell Set for GMHC's A PART OF OUR WORLD Cabaret Honoring Terrence McNally, 9/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) will honor Tony and Emmy Award-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally, whose art and activism have profoundly affected the visibility and understanding of HIV/AIDS. McNally will receive the 2014 Howard Ashman Award, named for the Grammy and Academy Award-winning lyricist, who passed away in 1991 due to complications from AIDS. The Howard Ashman award is given annually to honor theater professionals who have made a difference in the fight to end the epidemic. (more...)

Barbra Streisand Takes IT'S ONLY A PLAY Zinger In Stride
by Movies News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Audience member Barbra Streisand proved to be a good sport when an on-stage zinger about her was spoken at Thursday night's performance of Terrence McNally's IT'S ONLY A PLAY. (more...)

CORPUS CHRISTI Documentary Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 10/14
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 12, 2014

A new documentary tracing the history and production of Terrence McNally's highly controversial all-gay dramatic reworking of the story of Jesus Christ titled CORPUS CHRISTI is now available to pre-order, subtitled CORPUS CHRISTI: PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista Rolls Out Red Carpet for CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
by Don Grigware - Sep 12, 2014

It used to be, in days gone by, that hit Broadway shows would be made into movies; now, it's the reverse. With a dearth of ideas for Broadway musicals, the trend lately has been to turn to the big screen and revamp a popular film for the stage, adding song and dance. Such was the case with 9 to 5 and later Legally Blonde engendering quite a bit of success. Those two had female stars at the core, so it's high time a male got some attention. Voila! Catch Me If You Can has a quirky real-life story about an anti-hero Frank Abagnale Jr. (Jacob Haren) who in the 60s was called the Johnny Appleseed of fraud. The outstanding creative team of book writer Terrence McNally and musical wizards Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman took an old idea and created an entertainingly fresh showcase around it. The resultant Catch Me If You Can which received several Tony Award nominations in 2012 - one win for Norbert Leo Butz as Best Featured Actor playing Agent Carl Hanratty - is now playing in its West Coast regional premiere in Vista at the Moonlight Amphitheatre with Josh Adamson essaying Hanratty. (more...)

Opera Parallèle Announces 2014-2015 Season, Featuring DEAD MAN WALKING and HEART OF DARKNESS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Founder and Artistic Director Nicole Paiement has announced details of Opera Parallèle's 2014--2015 season, which will feature the premiere of a new production of Jake Heggie's acclaimed Dead Man Walking--marking the 15th anniversary of one of the most widely performed operas of the 21st century--and the U.S. premiere of vibrant composer Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness. Both operas, based on significant literary works, plumb the depths of human emotion, resilience, fortitude, hope and redemption, making them ideal subjects for the operatic stage and for Opera Parallèle's brand of story-telling and rich exploration of the human experience in provocative and intense stagings. Both original Opera Parallèle productions will be led by Paiement on the podium, with production design and direction by Opera Parallèle Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel and members of the creative team responsible for OP's acclaimed productions of Orphée, The Great Gatsby, Ainadamar, and Trouble in Tahiti. (more...)

Marin Mazzie Joins 'GETTING TO KNOW YOU' Benefit at Bucks County Playhouse This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Bucks County Playhouse Producers Robyn Goodman and Alexander Fraser are thrilled to welcome the addition of Broadway's beloved Marin Mazzie to the cast of GETTING TO KNOW YOU: An Enchanted Evening of Oscar Hammerstein II, the Saturday night benefit concert of the inaugural Oscar Hammerstein Festival. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Moonlight Stage's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Now Playing Through 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Moonlight Stage Productions' 34th summer season comes to a triumphant close with the Southern California Regional Premiere of the Tony Award-nominated musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, based on the hit film of the same name that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Performances are September 10 to 27. (more...)

Photo Flash: Gossip Columnist Liz Smith Visits Stars of IT'S ONLY A PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

Legendary gossip columnist Liz Smith attended a performance of Terrence McNally's IT'S ONLY A PLAY, currently in previews at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Smith visited with the star-studded cast, including F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally and Micah Stock, after the show. Scroll down to see a photo from the evening! (more...)

Holly Twyford and Luigi Sottile to Star in Signature Theatre's SEX WITH STRANGERS This Fall in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

This fall, Signature Theatre continues its commitment to presenting bold new contemporary plays with the DC area premiere of Sex with Strangers by Laura Eason. After its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre this summer, Signature is proud to introduce this play to DC audiences. Running October 14 - December 7, Sex with Strangers will be presented in Signature's intimate 110-seat ARK Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Signature Theatre Releases 25th Anniversary Mini-Documentary Series
by Stage Tube - Sep 04, 2014

Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre has released the first in a series of mini-documentaries exploring Signature's 25 year history. Each month throughout the 2014/2015 season, Signature Theatre will release in-depth interviews with artists that helped bring Signature Theatre to the forefront of the American theatre. Check out the first installment below! (more...)

Signature Theatre Launches 25th Anniversary Mini-Documentary Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre has released the first in a series of mini-documentaries exploring Signature's 25 year history. Each month throughout the 2014/2015 season, Signature Theatre will release in-depth interviews with artists that helped bring Signature Theatre to the forefront of the American theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/4- CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
by Stage Tube - Sep 04, 2014

Today in 2011, Catch Me If You Can closed at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 166 performances. Catch Me If You Can is a musical with a libretto by Terrence McNally and a theatrical score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. It follows the story of con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr. A majority of the plot is borrowed from the 2002 film of the same name, which in turn was based on Abagnale's 1980 autobiography. The production received four Tony Awards nominations, including one for Best Musical, winning Best Actor in a Musical for Norbert Leo Butz. (more...)

Proscenium Journal Will Present Debut Issue, 9/8
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

Proscenium Journal (prosceniumjournal.com), the first literary journal exclusively dedicated to publishing plays, will publish its first issue on September 8, 2014. Proscenium has selected five plays for publication from 211 submissions from around the world. They are: Looking for the Pony (NEA Outstanding New American Play Award Finalist) by Andrea Lepcio Black Coffee Green Tea, by Damon Chua (Public Theatre Emerging Writer) Kissing Che (Terrence McNally Award Finalist) by Augusto Frederico Amado Ski Lift (Grand Prize, Theatre Oxford 10-Minute Play Competition) by Chris Holbrook Mai Dang Lao (2013 Portland JAW Festival) by David Jacobi (more...)

GIRLSPEAK and More Among Bucks County Playhouse's Fall 2014 Programs
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Upon re-opening in 2012, a commitment was made by Bucks County Playhouse: to create and grow a home to inspire artists of all ages and backgrounds through a robust education program. Now, Bucks County Playhouse is delighted to announce an innovative program titled 'Girlspeak', designed with 13-18 year olds in mind, addresses young women's contemporary concerns, including body image, cyber-bullying and media pressure. (more...)

PFP to Stage Jeff Talbott's THE SUBMISSION, 10/12-11/25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Pride Films and Plays will follow up its sold-out Jeff Recommended run of Terrence McNally's Some Men with the Chicago premiere of The Submission by Jeff Talbott, winner of the 2011 Laurent's/Hatcher Award and the Outer Circle's John Gassner Award for Best New Play in 2012. The dynamic new work runs October 12 through November 25 at the Apollo Studio Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln. (more...)

Terrence McNally's CORPUS CHRISTI Featured in New Documentary Coming to DVD
by Movies News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Breaking Glass Pictures will release the documentary on DVD and VOD (iTunes, Comcast, Vubiquity) on October 14, 2014. (more...)

Stages St. Louis Sets 2015 Season: ANYTHING GOES, THE FULL MONTY & More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

STAGES St. Louis announces its exhilarating 29th season, a celebration of diversity, friendship, and community! The 2015 season launches with the Grammy award-winning sensation SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, a rousing homage to classic rock 'n' roll, and the celebrated song catalog of Leiber and Stoller. We continue with the tap happy Broadway classic ANYTHING GOES, a chic and sophisticated voyage across the Atlantic featuring the witty and romantic songs of Cole Porter. One of Broadway's recent hits, THE FULL MONTY, caps off the season with its powerful message of family, friendship, and community. The fun begins May 29 and continues through October 4, 2015. In addition, the 2015 season Theatre for Young Audiences production will feature Disney's THE ARISTOCATS, beginning June 17. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: August 23-29
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 29, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'this week in pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include Milly and Abigail Shapiro at 54 Below, the red carpet at the Emmy Awards, NEWSIES final curtain call, and more! (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre to Open 28th Season with THE 39 STEPS, 9/30-10/26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, the hilarious whodonit opening Bristol Riverside Theatre's season on September 30-October 26. Directed by Gus Kaikkonen, the ensemble cast features Dan Hodge, Matt Leisy, Karen Peakes, and Adam Sowers. (more...)

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