The Playhouse News

Gulfshore Playhouse to Continue Book Club in 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

As a part of their Synergy Series, The Gulfshore Playhouse Book Club will continue in the 2014-2015 Season. The Book Club will focus on titles that relate to the themes being shown on the Gulfshore Playhouse stage throughout the season. From October 2014 to April 2015, he Gulfshore Playhouse will focus on 6 books, with one meeting to discuss each book. The genre of books will vary based on the play that is concurrently in production, and may include fiction, non-fiction, plays, and educational titles. (more...)

Totem Pole Playhouse to Round Out 2014 with GODSPELL, 8/8-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Totem Pole Playhouse, America's beloved summer theatre located between Chambersburg and Gettysburg, PA in Caledonia State Park, will close-out the 2014 summer season with Godspell, the Broadway musical based on the gospel of Matthew, to be staged as a celebration of the local community. In addition to a cast of ten professional actors from New York City, the production will utilize the musical talents of local children and area churchgoers and choir members. (more...)

BWW Spotlight: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
by Kelly Thompson - Jul 31, 2014

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's 2014-2015 season is just over a month away which made me think back on last season and how fantastic it was. Like any local theater company there are going to be hits and misses but when it comes to The Playhouse, their hits were grand slams and their misses are like a double. It was the most enjoyable season of all companies in Cincinnati because it offered a nice variety of big, elaborate productions to small, two person productions. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse Extends 'FIDDLER' Through 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Due to sell-out crowds, the Long Beach Playhouse is extending its production of Fiddler on the Roof for one additional weekend: August 22 and 23. 'The production has received outstanding reviews and audience response has been overwhelming,' said Andrew Vonderschmitt. 'The shows have sold out and this give people who want to see it but couldn't get tickets another chance.' (more...)

BWW Interviews: THE WHO'S TOMMY Comes to The Playhouse San Antonio
by Kathy Strain - Jul 31, 2014

The Playhouse San Antonio will begin its run of THE WHO'S TOMMY from August 1-24, 2014. The three actors who play Tommy at different stages took some time out of their busy rehearsals to sit down with BWW and share with us some of their feelings of playing the iconic role of Tommy. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Diana Huey, Eddie Egan, Mel Maghuyop and More in MISS SAIGON at Flat Rock Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Flat Rock Playhouse presents the Broadway and international hit musical, Miss Saigon, now through August 24 at The Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. As part of its 'Season of Laughter and Love' presented by the Cliffs Communities, The Playhouse is pleased to offer one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Ogunquit Playhouse Mourns the Loss of Henry J. Weller, Jr., Board of Directors Emeritus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

The Ogunquit Playhouse lost a dear friend when Henry J. Weller, Jr. passed away on June 25, 2014. Mr. Weller was the General Manager of the Ogunquit Playhouse from 1950 to 1997, and worked in partnership with John Lane from the beginning when John first purchased the theatre in 1950, during the heyday of the Summer Stock Circuit and the establishment of the Council of Summer Theatres (COST) that John Lane initiated. (more...)

Wooden Horse Productions in Association with Hayes Theatre Co Presents LOVEBITES, 10 September - 5 October
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

An exploration of one of life's toughest battles, romance, LOVEBiTES will playing at Hayes Theatre Co from Wednesday, 10 September 2014. From the writers of The Hatpin, LOVEBiTES is a series of short stories about falling in love, catching one half of each couple in the instant that love strikes and then hearing from the other half about how it ended up, giving us a unique, hilarious and moving insight into the separate perspective of the two individuals who share it. (more...)

Kate Blumberg, Todd Weeks & More to Lead La Jolla Playhouse's KINGDOM CITY this Fall; Jackson Gay to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its upcoming world-premiere production of Kingdom City, by Sheri Wilner, directed by Jackson Gay. The production runs September 4 - October 5 (press opening on Friday, September 12 at 8pm) in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, and tickets are available at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or by calling (858) 550-1010. (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse & Naples Performing Arts Center to Present STAR Academy Classes
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Gulfshore Playhouse and Naples Performing Arts Center have announced a partnership to present STAR Academy classes. For the fall session, Gulfshore Playhouse teaching artists will teach four classes at Naples Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse to Stage THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE, 8/19-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse will stage Alan Ayckbourn's romantic comedy, "Things We Do for Love," Tuesday, August 19 through Sunday, September 7, directed by Tony Award nominee John Tillinger, a veteran director of many Ayckbourn plays on Broadway and at The Playhouse. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Jonathan Epstein's Adaptation of HENRY IV at Shakespeare & Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

A sweeping spectacle of bawdy buffoonery and bloody rebellion, director Jonathan Epstein's razor sharp and condensed adaptation of Henry IV delivers both parts in one dynamic evening of theatre at Shakespeare & Company. Performances run in the Tina Packer Playhouse August 2 - August 31. Press Opening is Friday, August 7, at 7:00pm. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

DM Playhouse Announces Dionysos Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

The Des Moines Community Playhouse held the 2014 Dionysos Awards on Sunday, July 27. The theatre honored 18 backstage, front-of-house, and education volunteers, and announced 10 acting award winners. (more...)

Bianco Joins Cast Of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Transferring To Vaudeville Theatre From Sep 2014!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Following a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the theatre is delighted to announce its "breathtakingly funny" (Guardian) production of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY will transfer to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday 9th September - 22nd November, with press night on Monday 15th September at 7 pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Henson Alternative's PUPPET UP! UNCENSORED a Dandy Adult Treat
by Don Grigware - Jul 28, 2014

As part of their annual Summer at The Playhouse series in July, which this year also included Joey Luft and Mary Bridget Davies, Pasadena Playhouse hosted Henson Alternative's Puppet Up! Uncensored for 3 nights only. Music, Mayhem, Madness was promised and certainly delivered with six puppeteers, comic host Patrick Bristow - and at least 50 puppets centerstage. The show is audience friendly; in fact, in a couple of scenarios, audience members are invited on stage to participate in what appears to be a spontaneously imagined set. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Farcical BOEING BOEING Soars at Hendersonville's Playhouse Downtown
by Paul Hyde - Jul 25, 2014

For a witty summertime romp, it's hard to beat The Playhouse Downtown's production of "Boeing Boeing" in Hendersonville, North Carolina. (more...)

Adrienne Warren Joins Bucks County Playhouse's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Beginning Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Bucks County Playhouse is proud to welcome Adrienne Warren to the cast of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN, running August 14 through September 7, 2014. (more...)

RING OF FIRE to Open 7/30 at Saint Michael's Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced the opening of Richard Maltby, Jr.'s musical tribute to Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire (Wednesday, July 30 - Saturday, August 9, 2014). (more...)

Ivoryton Playhouse to Present LA CAGE AUX FOLLIES, 8/6 - 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

It's the dog days of summer but in Ivoryton, August is kicking its way through the heat in feathers, glitter and six inch heels! LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, the smash hit Broadway musical opens in Ivoryton on August 6th and runs through August 31st. Written by Harvey Fierstein, Jean Poiret and Jerry Herman, the original 1983 Broadway production received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. LA CAGE was later turned into a popular movie, The Birdcage, starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams. (more...)

Gemma Bodinetz to Direct Bristol Old Vic's JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz will direct Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock in a major co-production with Bristol Old Vic. The cast will be led by Niamh Cusack as the eponymous Juno and Des McAleer as her husband Jack Boyle. The production is at Bristol Old Vic from 5 to 27 September before moving to the Liverpool Playhouse from 1 to 18 October. (more...)

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