The Playhouse News

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...)

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company to Stage A CHORUS LINE, 7/31-8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company continues its summer of quality theatre with the eagerly anticipated production of the legendary Broadway show A Chorus Line. This iconic American musical won nine Tonys, a Pulitzer Prize for drama, and ran for 15 years on Broadway. It runs on The Playhouse MainStage from July 31 to August 23. (more...)

THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK Set for DM Playhouse's Play Reading Series, 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

The Des Moines Community Playhouse play reading series presents Naomi Wallace's 'The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek,' 7:00 PM, Monday, Aug. 4. The evening is free; beverages will be available for purchase. (more...)

Daniel Betts, Zackary Momoh and More Star in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Casting for Regent Park Open Air Theatre's production of To Kill A Mockingbird was announced today. Daniel Betts will play Atticus Finch alongside Zackary Momoh as Tom Robinson, Christopher Akrill as Boo Radley. Original cast member and composer Phil King will reprise his role. (more...)

Tickets to Cincinnati Playhouse's 2014-15 Season Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Single tickets for all 2014-15 season shows at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will go on sale Monday, Aug. 4. This includes tickets for The Playhouse's beloved annual holiday classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL, presented by U.S. Bank. (more...)

Theatre at the Center to Present WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, 9/11-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

In its first professional production since its Broadway debut, the musical comedy WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN makes its Chicago area premiere in a brand new production at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, September 11 through October 12, with a press opening on September 14. With an irresistible Latin-infused score by Tony Award-nominated David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane (the team behind past Theatre at the Center hit DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN is a touching and hilarious story of a group of women whose relationships with men lead to a whirlwind of emotions- love as they find them, confusion as they lose them and passion when they need them. This regional premiere is directed by William Pullinsi with Choreography by Danny Herman and Musical Direction and Orchestrations by William Underwood. (more...)

Shakespeare & Company's 'VANYA & SONIA' to Begin 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

With a healthy dose of hilarity, heart and humility Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike joins the Bernstein repertory with director Matthew Penn at the helm. Christopher Durang's Tony-award winning homage to Chekhov leaves no stone unturned when it comes to family dynamics, sibling rivalries, love, lust, hopes and dreams in this razor sharp comedy. The stalwart cast includes audience favorites Tod Randolph and Elizabeth Aspenlieder, and S&Co. newcomers Jim Frangione, Angel Moore, Mat Leonard and Olivia Saccomanno. Performances run in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre August 6 - September 14. Press Opening is Friday, August 15 at 8:00pm. To RSVP or for interview opportunities contact Communications & Press Director Elizabeth Aspenlieder: aspenlieder@shakespeare.org. (more...)

BWW Previews: Shows for Kids by Kids at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Dan Marois - Jul 21, 2014

Through the efforts of the Ogunquit Playhouse Children's Theater Camp, there's a good chance you'll see a future star of the theater in one of the upcoming summer performances produced for younger audiences. (more...)

Joe Pasquale, Bonnie Langford & Todd Carty to Lead SPAMALOT UK Tour, Beginning January 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Following the Pythons' incredible 10 night sell-out run at London's O2 Arena, it is announced today that Monty Python's Spamalot will gallop back out on tour from January next year, to bring the West End production to theatres across the land (to the sound of banging coconut shells). Joe Pasquale will reprise his much loved role of King Arthur alongside Bonnie Langford as The Lady of The Lake and Todd Carty as Patsy, (making up the Spamalot Dream Team)**. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Offers More Than Just a Traditional Story About Freedom of Choice
by Shari Barrett - Jul 20, 2014

Each year, Long Beach Playhouse closes its Mainstage Season with a musical. This year it's presenting the popular classic, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein. When it opened on Broadway 50 years ago in 1964, the musical was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won nine. In 1971, it was made into a movie, produced and directed by Norman Jewison, starring Chaim Topol who was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Tevye the Milkman. (more...)

Cumberland County Playhouse Adds Three Performances to FRONT PAGE NEWS, Now Through 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2014

Cumberland County Playhouse and its producing partner The SCOPES FESTIVAL, in Dayton, TN, have added three more performances of FRONT PAGE NEWS, the newly adapted, historically accurate play with music, opening Friday July 18 in the historic "monkey trial" courtroom in Dayton's Rhea County Courthouse. Additional shows of the new work are on Saturday, July 26 at 2:30 and 7:30pm, and the final show on Sunday, July 27 at 2:30 pm (All times are EDT). "Tickets for opening weekend are going fast, with a few good seats still open, especially on Saturday night at 7:30" says MainStreet Dayton director Anna Tromanhouser of the Festival Committee. "But call now!" (more...)

Coronado Playhouse Presents DEARLY BELOVED to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of San Diego, 8/15-9/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2014

Love isn't always peaceful or perfect, but it is definitely hilarious and heart-warming in this down home southern comedy about a wedding day disaster with the most unlikely happy ending. Dearly Beloved by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, is the story of a completely dysfunctional but loveable Texas family caught in a whirlwind of gossip, god and gunfire. (more...)

Buck Creek Players to Present Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Junior, 8/1-10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Buck Creek Players will close their 40th Anniversary Season, 'Fabulous at 40,' with The Playhouse Players Youth Production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast Junior, August 1-10. (more...)

DM Playhouse Final Act Ensemble to Present ENTERTAINING THE TROOPS, 1943 on 7/29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Des Moines Community Playhouse's Final Act Ensemble presents the radio play 'Entertaining the Troops, 1943,' 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 29, in the Mainstage auditorium. Tickets are $5 for all ages and available at the door or in advance at The Playhouse ticket office, 515-277-6261. (more...)

Winter Park Playhouse to Present BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS, 8/1-23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Winter Park Playhouse presents the Central Florida Premiere of Backwards In High Heels August 1-23, 2014. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, Saturday and select Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm and select Wednesday, Thursday and Friday matinees at 2:00 pm. A special 'Third Thursday' performance is August 14 at 7:30 pm. The preview performance is Thursday July 31at 7:30 pm. (more...)

BUNNICULA Returns to Millbrook Playhouse Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Board of Directors and Artistic Director David Leidholdt have announced the opening of Millbrook Playhouse's final Summer Saturday Kids Show as a part of The Playhouse's 2014 Season. Bunnicula (Story by Deborah and James Howe, Adapted for the Stage by Jon Klein, Music by Chris Jeffries) will be the next installment in MPH's children's programming on the Ryan Main Stage this coming Saturday, July 19th at 10am. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen Gounod's ROMEO ET JULIETTE Live in HD, 8/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

When the pavement is sizzling, The Ridgefield Playhouse provides a cool respite to enjoy a show that has music, drama and romance -- Gounod's Romeo et Juliette starring acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Robert Alagna, from the Met Live in HD on Saturday, August 16, at 6 p.m. To make the evening even more special, Bernard's (20 West Lane, Ridgefield) is offering a special $45 prix-fixe menu, or a free glass of wine with dinner, the night of this event when tickets are presented; reservations suggested. The Met series is underwritten by Jeanne Cook, Anita and Nicholas Donofrio, Liz and Steven Goldstone, Marilyn and Joe Kreitz, Joanne and John Patrick, Starbucks Coffee, Sabina and Walter Slavin, Taylor Zemo Foundation, The Ridgefield Press and Whistle Stop Bakery with media sponsor WSHU Public Radio Group. (more...)

Christopher Durang Stars in His Own Play VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, Opening Tonight at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Playwright Christopher Durang - who won his first Tony Award in 2013 for his comedy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE on Broadway - will make his debut in the role of Vanya when the play is presented at Bucks County Playhouse (70 S. Main St) in New Hope, PA, from tonight, July 17, to August 10. (more...)

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