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VIDEO: YouTube's Jon Cozart, Stage Vet Barry Bostwick in Musical Episode of INSIDE THE EXTRAS STUDIOVIDEO: YouTube's Jon Cozart, Stage Vet Barry Bostwick in Musical Episode of INSIDE THE EXTRAS STUDIO
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2016

YouTube star Jon Cozart (Paint - creator of viral hits like Disney parody, 'After Ever After') brings his considerable talents to this week's INSIDE THE EXTRAS STUDIO, a musical episode in which he sings alongside Tony Award-winning actor Barry Bostwick (Scandal, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Mary Kate Wiles (The Lizzie Bennett Diaries). The song comes from Kenny Wood and Kahle McCann, the multi-award-winning songwriting duo behind short musical SUDDEN DEATH! and the musical episode of RESEARCH. Watch the episode below! (more...)

Farm Theatre to Present Padraic Lillis' HOPE YOU GET TO ELEVEN, 6/23-7/3Farm Theatre to Present Padraic Lillis' HOPE YOU GET TO ELEVEN, 6/23-7/3
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

This summer The Farm Theater is pleased to present Padraic Lillis' solo show, Hope You Get to Eleven, or What Are We Going to Do About Sally?, directed byScott Illingworth and presented as part of the 8th Annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Performances will be on June 23 at 7:30pm, June 25 at 5pm, June 29 at 7:30pm, and July 3 at 4:30pm at The Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). Tickets ($18) are available online atwww.planetconnections.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Proceeds from the show will benefit the National Suicide Prevention Network. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at UP Theater's AN AMERICAN DRUM CIRCLEPhoto Flash: First Look at UP Theater's AN AMERICAN DRUM CIRCLE
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Northern Manhattan's UP Theater Company celebrates its sixth season with, AN AMERICAN DRUM CIRCLE written by Washington Heights playwright, Vanessa Shealy. Vanessa's previous plays include Tea in the Afternoon (Theatre Row), One, Two, Whatever you do... (FringeNYC) and Inside Information (co-written by Rick Younger) which was just accepted to the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

bergenPAC to Present CHAZZ PALMINTERI: A BRONX TALE This JunebergenPAC to Present CHAZZ PALMINTERI: A BRONX TALE This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents CHAZZ PALMINTERI: A BRONX TALE on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 8PM. (more...)

Liz Callaway Set for Rubicon Theatre Company's Broadway Musical Concert SeriesLiz Callaway Set for Rubicon Theatre Company's Broadway Musical Concert Series
by Adam Jay - Apr 27, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company is pleased to present the sensational Broadway icon LIZ CALLAWAY in her stellar cabaret act as the third offering in the annual Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series. A Tony® Nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, LIZ CALLAWAY's cabaret features her favorite Broadway show tunes, songs from movie musicals and pop hits from the 1960s. Having performed to rave reviews at venues from New York's Rainbow & Stars and Metropolitan Room, to the Donmar Warehouse in London, LIZ CALLAWAY brings her crystal-clear Broadway belt to Ventura for three performances only, Saturday,May 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interview: Playwright WILLARD MANUS Discusses His New Play About MMBWW Interview: Playwright WILLARD MANUS Discusses His New Play About MM
by Don Grigware - Apr 22, 2016

Local Playwright Willard Manus' Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story, a new play about the troubled relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, debuts this Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm, runs April 23 - May 22, produced by John Lant and Anne Mesa, directed by T.J. Castronovo and starring Rico Simonini and Emily Alicia Low, produced by Write Act Rep@TheBrickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. The play was developed at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit (West Coast), where Manus and Castronovo are fellow-members. He shared with us a bit about the play and quite a bit about his life. (more...)

UP Theater to Present AN AMERICAN DRUM CIRCLEUP Theater to Present AN AMERICAN DRUM CIRCLE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Northern Manhattan's UP Theater Company celebrates its sixth season with, An American Drum Circle written by Washington Heights playwright, Vanessa Shealy. Vanessa's previous plays include Tea in the Afternoon (Theatre Row), One, Two, Whatever you do… (FringeNYC) and Inside Information (co-written by Rick Younger) which was just accepted to the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. Melissa Attebery, who has directed for Primary Stages, The Abingdon, and Queens Theatre in the Park, directs. Vanessa and Melissa have collaborated on various projects since they met at the Actors Studio Playwright and Director Workshop over ten years ago. (more...)

Write Act Rep to Premiere JOE & MARILYN: A LOVE STORY This SpringWrite Act Rep to Premiere JOE & MARILYN: A LOVE STORY This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Write Act Repertory presents the world premiere of JOE & MARILYN: A Love Story written by Willard Manus, directed by T.J. Castronovo. (more...)

Full 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Lineup Announced!Full 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Know Theatre of Cincinnati wants you take a chance by picking a show, any show, at the 13th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, running May 31-June 11, 2016. With 12 days full of of opportunities to catch 50 live productions, Visual Fringe art projects, musical guests, and the nightly Fringe Bar Series at Know Theatre (Fringe Headquarters), you'll find yourself lucky to have more to experience at Fringe this year than ever before. (more...)

A STEADY RAIN and More Slated for Spring at Hudson Theatre WorksA STEADY RAIN and More Slated for Spring at Hudson Theatre Works
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Hudson Theatre Works, North Jersey's most innovative professional theater company, announces its upcoming spring production and its slate for Playworks, its annual new play reading series. (more...)

TALLEY'S FOLLY Opens at Actors' Summit Theater on 4/15TALLEY'S FOLLY Opens at Actors' Summit Theater on 4/15
by Louisa Brady - Apr 9, 2016

Actors' Summit   Akron's Professional theater is pleased to announce the opening of the  1980 Pulitzer Prize winning play Talley's Folly, by Lanford Wilson. The show will have a preview performance on Thursday April 14 at  8 p.m. The opening night show is scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2016.  A dessert reception with the director and cast follows the performance on opening night. The show runs until May 1.  (more...)

Road Theatre Company to Premiere JOHN IS A FATHER, Starring Sam AndersonRoad Theatre Company to Premiere JOHN IS A FATHER, Starring Sam Anderson
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Two exceptional plays, one extraordinary playwright, THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, announce the fifth show of its 2015-2016 - 25th Anniversary Season, the World Premiere of JOHN IS A FATHER, written by Julie Marie Myatt and directed by Dan Bonnell. JOHN IS A FATHER will run in repertory with BIRDER, also by Julie Marie Myatt. JOHN IS A FATHER will begin previews on Monday, May 9 at 8pm; will open on Thursday, May 12 at 8pm and run through Sunday, July 3 at the Road on Lankershim, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. (more...)

Zach Grenier, Austin Pendleton, Peter Gerety Set for Frog & Peach's SHAKESPEARE NOIR Benefit ReadingZach Grenier, Austin Pendleton, Peter Gerety Set for Frog & Peach's SHAKESPEARE NOIR Benefit Reading
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Frog & Peach Theatre Co., Inc will present an all-star benefit reading honoring Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer May 2 at The Greenwich House School of Music with a cast including Zach Grenier ('The Good Wife,' 'Deadwood'), Austin Pendleton ('Straight White Men,' My Cousin Vinnie'), and Peter Gerety ('Mercy Street,' The Wire') who will be reading from Shakespeare's darkest works. (more...)

Road Theatre Company & Center Theatre Group to Premiere BIRDERRoad Theatre Company & Center Theatre Group to Premiere BIRDER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Two exceptional plays, one extraordinary playwright, THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, in association with CENTER THEATRE GROUP announce the fourth show of its 2015-2016 - 25th Anniversary Season, the World Premiere of BIRDER, written by Julie Marie Myatt and directed by Dan Bonnell.  BIRDER will run in repertory withJOHN IS A FATHER, also by Julie Marie Myatt.  BIRDER will begin previews on Monday, April 25 at 8pm; will open on Friday, April 29 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 19 at the Road on Lankershim, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. (more...)

WICKED Stars Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, and Kara Lindsay Reunite for An Evening with Stephen Schwartz TonightWICKED Stars Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, and Kara Lindsay Reunite for An Evening with Stephen Schwartz Tonight
by Louisa Brady - Apr 2, 2016

WICKED alums Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, and Kara Lindsay will join together tonight at Connecticut's Ridgefield Playhouse for An Evening with Stephen Schwartz. Their performances will be interwoven throughout the evening, which will consist primarily of an interview between Michael Kerker and Stephen Schwartz himself. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz, Michael Gennaro & Geoffrey Walsky Set for STATE OF THE ARTS on WPKN This WeekStephen Schwartz, Michael Gennaro & Geoffrey Walsky Set for STATE OF THE ARTS on WPKN This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Stephen Schwartz, Michael Gennaro and Geoffrey Walsky will headline this week's (April 1) State of the ARTS, heard LIVE every Friday from 12noon to 1pm on WPKN-FM (89.5) in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Co-hosts of the weekly arts & entertainment show are Richard Pheneger and Peggy Nelson. (more...)

Stage & Screen Actor Shawn Elliott Passes Away at 79Stage & Screen Actor Shawn Elliott Passes Away at 79
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

Shawn Elliott, a dynamic actor and singer on stage, film, and TV for nearly 60 years, passed away on March 11 at his home in New York City, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 79. (more...)

Christopher Meloni Set for Bravo's INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIOChristopher Meloni Set for Bravo's INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO
by TV News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

Bravo Media's Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton welcomes Christopher Meloni to the stage onThursday, March 31st at 8pm ET/PT. (more...)

Cast Announced for IN THE SECRET SEA Off-Broadway, Directed by Martin CharninCast Announced for IN THE SECRET SEA Off-Broadway, Directed by Martin Charnin
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Full casting was announced today for In The Secret Sea, a new American play by Cate Ryan (The Picture Box) and directed by Tony Award© winner Martin Charnin (Annie). The cast will feature Shelly Burch (original company of Nine, 'One Life to Live'), Paul Carlin (Temporal Powers at the Mint), Malachy Cleary (The Field at Irish Repertory Theatre), Glynnis O'Connor (TV's Our Town, 'The Boy in the Plastic Bubble'), and Adam Petherbridge (Da at Irish Repertory Theatre). (more...)

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Presents A PIECE OF MY HEART, Opening May 6Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Presents A PIECE OF MY HEART, Opening May 6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2016

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) concludes its 15th season dedicated to the woman's voice, and its ongoing mission of "performance with a purpose," with Shirley Lauro's A Piece of My Heart, directed by CDE fellow Victoria Alvarez-Chacon, and described by the Association of Vietnam Veterans of America as "the most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation."  A Piece of My Heart follows tells the true experiences of six women working in Vietnam during wartime. The powerful accounts of these women - five nurses and one country western singer - take place before, during and after Vietnam, and each story concludes with a personal token left at the memorial wall in Washington.  (more...)

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