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BWW Review: GODSPELL REIMAGINED Revives The Classic Rock Opera For A New GenerationBWW Review: GODSPELL REIMAGINED Revives The Classic Rock Opera For A New Generation
by Jade Kops - Feb 10, 2016

Stephen Schwartz (Music and Lyrics) and John-Michael Tebelak's (Book) popular 70's Rock Opera is refreshed and revived in 2015 with GODSPELL REIMAGINED. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Matthew Perry, Jennifer Mudge & More in THE END OF LONGINGPhoto Flash: First Look at Matthew Perry, Jennifer Mudge & More in THE END OF LONGING
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Christina Cole (The Magistrate, The Lightening Play), Jennifer Mudge (Into The Woods, Dutchman) and Lloyd Owen(Good People, The Bodyguard) join internationally acclaimed actor Matthew Perry (Friends, The Odd Couple) to complete the cast in the World Premiere of his playwriting debut, The End of Longing, at the Playhouse Theatre, London, from 2 February - 14 May 2016. Design is by the 2015 Evening Standard award-winner, Anna Fleischle(Hangmen), with lighting by Lucy Carter and composition and sound by Isobel Waller-Bridge. Check out a first look below! (more...)

BWW Review: Run and Tell That HAIRSPRAY is a HitBWW Review: Run and Tell That HAIRSPRAY is a Hit
by Harmony Wheeler - Feb 9, 2016

Friday's opening night audience enjoyed the Playhouse Merced production of 'Hairspray' - perhaps a little too much. The promise of community favorite Jim Kocher in drag and of soulful tunes to show off fantastic vocal talents were more than enough to match the audience energy with that of the cast. And the ensemble did prove itself with consistent, strong harmonies in an exciting and colorful show. (more...)

Omaha Community Playhouse Welcomes New Artistic DirectorOmaha Community Playhouse Welcomes New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

The Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP) is pleased to announce that Kimberly Faith Hickman has accepted the position of artistic director of the Playhouse. Hickman will begin at OCP full time on June 1, 2016 and is filling the position upon the dismissal of OCP's most recent Artistic Director Hilary Adams. Susan Baer Collins, former OCP associate artistic director, has been acting as interim artistic director since last December and she will work with Hickman in the transition. (more...)

Cincinnati Playhouse to Present TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRDCincinnati Playhouse to Present TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, one of the most popular and best-loved stories in American literature, returns to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for the first time in more than 20 years in a thought-provoking and visually exciting new production. Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's coming-of-age story will be introduced to a new generation on the Playhouse's Robert S. Marx Theatre stage from March 5 through April 3, 2016. The innovative production of the classic story, which is both timeless and timely, features the Playhouse debut of Obie Award-winning director and Associate Artist Eric Ting. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/8/16Nashville Theater Calendar 2/8/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 8, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

George Street Playhouse Partners with American Repertory Ballet for Pre-Show Talk at NUREYEV'S EYESGeorge Street Playhouse Partners with American Repertory Ballet for Pre-Show Talk at NUREYEV'S EYES
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

George Street Playhouse and American Repertory Ballet will co-host a discussion on the late ballet and film legend, Rudolf Nureyev, led by Princeton Ballet School Director Mary Pat Robertson, on Friday, February 19, 2016. The discussion -- free and open to the public -- will take place at 7 p.m. at George Street Playhouse (9 Livingston Avenue) prior to that evening's 8 p.m. performance of NUREYEV'S EYES, on stage at GSP now through February 21. (more...)

THE MIRACLE WORKER Opening Soon at CSU FullertonTHE MIRACLE WORKER Opening Soon at CSU Fullerton
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Cal State Fullerton is opening the Tony Award-winning THE MIRACLE WORKER by William Gibson on February 19 (running through March 13) in the Hallberg Theatre on the CSUF campus. Directed by Dr. Joseph Arnold, the docudrama touches on the volatile relationship between the blind, deaf and mute Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. (more...)

MAMMA MIA Returning to Playhouse Square, 3/8-13MAMMA MIA Returning to Playhouse Square, 3/8-13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Playhouse Square, March 8-13, 2016. Performances begin on Tuesday, March 8, and run through Sunday, March 13, at the Connor Palace - Tickets on sale now! (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse to Host Benefit Reading of New Play by Lisa LampanelliWestport Country Playhouse to Host Benefit Reading of New Play by Lisa Lampanelli
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

'Fat Girls, Interrupted,' a hilarious yet heartfelt new play by two-time Grammy-nominated comedian/author Lisa Lampanelli, will receive a reading on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m., at Westport Country Playhouse. Lampanelli has requested that proceeds benefit The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport, CT. (more...)

Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Double Platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner joins the cast of Green Day's explosive Tony Award ® winning musical, American Idiot, on it's UK Tour. Newton will be taking on the role of Johnny from May 2016 after Matt Thorpe, who will open the role from 19 March at the Curve Theatre, Leicester until 7 May at the New Theatre, Oxford.  One of the UK's finest contemporary singer-songwriters, Newton's unique style of guitar playing and soaring vocals have made him a worldwide success since he burst onto the music scene back in 2007.  (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse to Welcome Sandra Tsing Loh's THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVOPasadena Playhouse to Welcome Sandra Tsing Loh's THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

The Pasadena Playhouse presents South Coast Repertory's production of THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO written by and starring Sandra Tsing Loh and directed by Lisa Peterson as the final production of the 2015-2016 season. (more...)

QUEEN: A NIGHT IN BOHEMIA Set for Ridgefield Playhouse, 3/8QUEEN: A NIGHT IN BOHEMIA Set for Ridgefield Playhouse, 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

The Ridgefield playhouse is offering rock fans a rare opportunity to witness the 1975 Queen: A Night in Bohemia concert, which debuts the first ever live recording of the Queen's monumental classic "Bohemian Rhapsody."   (more...)

NT Live's HANGMEN to Screen at Ridgefield Playhouse, 3/3NT Live's HANGMEN to Screen at Ridgefield Playhouse, 3/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

  You don't have to fly to England to get a front row seat at a live performance coming straight from the stage of London's West End to the BIG Screen in Ridgefield.  Following a sell-out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) returns with Matthew Dunster's award-winning production of his intensely funny new play Hangmen.  Broadcast live to select cinemas by National Theatre Live,  AAA Northeast at The Playhouse:  Live in HD will present this live screening on Thursday, March 3 at 2 p.m.  Time Out calls it 'the funniest and most entertaining play in London right now."  In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey - The Walking Dead, State of Play) is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging?  Amongst the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd (Andy Nyman - Peaky Blinders, Death at a Funeral) and the peculiar Mooney (Johnny Flynn - Clouds of Sils Maria) lurk with very different motives for the visit.  AAA Northeast at The Playhouse Live in HD Series is underwritten by Lori and John Berisford, Jeanne Cook, Anita and Nicholas Donofrio, Liz and Steven Goldstone, Sabina and Walter Slavin.  With Support from The Ridgefield Press and Whistle Stop Bakery. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen Met Opera Live's MANON LESCAUT, 3/5Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen Met Opera Live's MANON LESCAUT, 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

 The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini's obsessive love story.  (more...)

'LADY DAY' & More Set for Dorset Theatre Festival's Summer 2016 Season'LADY DAY' & More Set for Dorset Theatre Festival's Summer 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Building upon their continued reputation as a theatre where audiences can expect the unexpected, Dorset Theatre Festival's 2016 summer season will feature a historic collaboration with Vermont's Weston Playhouse and Northern Stage, a World Premiere by acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck, a Regional Premiere by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, and an exciting revival of Broadway's recent Tony Award-winner Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, featuring the life and music of jazz-icon Billie Holiday. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse and Held2gether to Present IN SKETCH WE TRUSTLong Beach Playhouse and Held2gether to Present IN SKETCH WE TRUST
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Held2gether, Improv for Life is presenting its latest celebration of sketch comedy, IN SKETCH WE TRUST, at the Long Beach Playhouse on February 19 and 20 at 8:00pm. (more...)

George Street Playhouse to Honor The Actors FundGeorge Street Playhouse to Honor The Actors Fund
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

? New Brunswick's George Street Playhouse celebrates the end of another successful season on Sunday, May 22, with its Annual Gala Benefit.  As part of the celebration, the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award will be conferred upon The Actors Fund and its President and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph P. Benincasa, by the former Governor himself.  The inaugural award was given to Governor Kean in 1990 and was named in his honor to pay tribute to an individual, corporation or foundation whose dedication to the arts enhances the cultural life of the citizens of New Jersey. (more...)

BWW Interview: Cody Daigle-Orians and THE BOOK OF D at The Growing StageBWW Interview: Cody Daigle-Orians and THE BOOK OF D at The Growing Stage
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 2, 2016

'The Book of D' will have a World Premiere at The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey' from February 12th through February 21st. Broadwayworld.com interviewed playwright, Cody Daigle-Orians about his career and the show. (more...)

DM Playhouse to Host Teen Improv Night, 2/13DM Playhouse to Host Teen Improv Night, 2/13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

The Des Moines Community Playhouse is the home for Second Saturday, 7:30-10:00 PM, Saturday, Feb. 13. Second Saturday is an alternative Saturday night entertainment for young people in grades 6-12. Cost is $9. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, and is available online at dmplayhouse.com. (more...)

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