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Kristen Johnston Will Co-Host The 2009 Lucille Lortel AwardsKristen Johnston Will Co-Host The 2009 Lucille Lortel Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2009

Kristen Johnston will co-host the 2009 Lucille Lortel Awards, trade paper Variety reports. Presenters at the ceremony will include Jeremy Irons, Parker Posey, Kerry Butler, John Glover, Marsha Mason and Phyllis Newman, amongst others. (more...)

NCTF Holds Annual Chairman's Awards Gala On 4/20 Honors Jane Fonda, John BreglioNCTF Holds Annual Chairman's Awards Gala On 4/20 Honors Jane Fonda, John Breglio
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2009

National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF) will hold its Annual Chairman's Awards Gala and benefit on Monday, April 20 at New York's Cipriani's Pegasus (30 Rockefeller Plaza). This year, NCTF Chairman James S. Turley, Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young, will honor Jane Fonda (returning to Broadway this season in 33 Variations), producer John Breglio (the recent revival of A Chorus Line) and USA TODAY. (more...)

Baccarin, Kreisler & More Star In Playwright Horizon's OUR HOUSE Previewing 5/15Baccarin, Kreisler & More Star In Playwright Horizon's OUR HOUSE Previewing 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2009

Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) concludes its 2008/2009 Season with the New York premiere of OUR HOUSE, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck (The Butterfly Collection and Bad Dates at Playwrights Horizons, Broadway's Mauritius, co-author of Omnium Gatherum). (more...)

Lane, Burstyn, Gummer, Birbiglia Among 2009 Lucille Lortel Award NomineesLane, Burstyn, Gummer, Birbiglia Among 2009 Lucille Lortel Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2009

Nominations in 14 categories and 2 special awards are nnounced by the Off-Broadway League for the Lucille Lortel Awards recognizing Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. This year's ceremony will benefit The Actors Fund. (more...)

Photo Flash: 2009 Irene Sharaff AwardsPhoto Flash: 2009 Irene Sharaff Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2009

Legendary designers William Ivey Long and Bob Crowley were among the four recipients of the 2009 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards. Five-time Tony Award winning costume designer William Ivey Long will receive the 2009 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for theatrical costume design, and, for his achievements as both a costume and scenic designer, Bob Crowley (also a five-time Tony Award winner) received the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards' special Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design at a ceremony on Friday, March 27, at the Hudson Theatre in New York City. (more...)

Crowley, Long Receive TDF/Irene Sharaff Award 3/27 Crowley, Long Receive TDF/Irene Sharaff Award 3/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2009

Legendary designers WILLIAM IVEY LONG and BOB CROWLEY are among the four recipients of 2009 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards to be presented at a ceremony this Friday, March 27 at 6:30pm, at the Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th Street). Five-time Tony Award winning costume designer William Ivey Long will receive the 2009 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for theatrical costume design, and, for his achievements as both a costume and scenic designer, Bob Crowley (also a five-time Tony Award winner) will receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards' special Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design. (more...)

TDF.org Goes Live With New FeaturesTDF.org Goes Live With New Features
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2009

The Theatre Development Fund has redesigned it's website to spotlight the many live-performance resources that are available for theatregoers. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Dori Berinstein Receives CTI's Robert Whitehead AwardPhoto Coverage: Dori Berinstein Receives CTI's Robert Whitehead Award
by Walter McBride - Mar 11, 2009

Dori Berinstein, three-time Tony award-winning Broadway producer and award-winning producer, director, and writer of film and television, was presented with The Commercial Theater Institute's Robert Whitehead Award for 'outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing' at a reception at Sardi's Restaurant on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009. (more...)

BROADWAY LEAGUE  Awards New York Education Grants to American Plan and 9 to 5: The MusicalBROADWAY LEAGUE Awards New York Education Grants to American Plan and 9 to 5: The Musical
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2009

The Broadway League has awarded coveted New York Education Grants to the Broadway productions of Manhattan Theatre Club?s The American Plan, by Richard Greenberg, and to 9 to 5: The Musical. Each production receives a $5,000 grant towards its 2009 educational initiatives. The grants are important to the growth and development of theatre education and audience development in the city as they encourage theatres to create more opportunities for young people and to exchange ideas about live performance. (more...)

CTI Produces Readings, Workshops and Showcases Seminar March 6CTI Produces Readings, Workshops and Showcases Seminar March 6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2009

This one day seminar focuses on prodviding a practical approach to developing new work through readings, workshops and showcases. (more...)

THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION Premieres 3/3, Runs Through 3/15THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION Premieres 3/3, Runs Through 3/15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2009

Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) begins 2009 with the New York premiere of THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, a new play by Evan Smith (Psych and The Uneasy Chair at Playwrights Horizons, Remedial English for the Young Playwrights Festival at Playwrights Horizons, Servicemen at The New Group). This will be Mr. Smith's fourth collaboration with the theater company. (more...)

KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY Celebrates 3/3-3/4 KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY Celebrates 3/3-3/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2009

March will be yet another great month on Broadway for theatre-loving kids as KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY (KidsNightonBroadway.com) continues its year-round program where kids ages 6-18 can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month. (more...)

TAP Announces Upcoming Open Caption Performances For Spring TAP Announces Upcoming Open Caption Performances For Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2009

TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), which have been instrumental in expanding open captioning on and Off Broadway, and regionally across the United States, announce the schedule of performances which will feature the service on Broadway this spring.Open captioning, which TDF introduced on Broadway in 1997, is more inclusive of all hard-of-hearing audiences than traditional sign language interpretation. Through open captioning, an electronic text display, placed on the side of the stage, shows what the actors are saying or singing and describes sound effects on stage in real time.To date, TAP has organized more than 350 open-captioned performances of more than 250 different Broadway, Off Broadway and regional productions. (more...)

Mayor Bloomberg Plans 'Broadway' Walkway, Sets More Block ClosingsMayor Bloomberg Plans 'Broadway' Walkway, Sets More Block Closings
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2009

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to reduce traffic congestion in Midtown will be taking another big step as he plans to close several blocks of Broadway to vehicle traffic through Times Square and Herald Square, a project that would turn sections of the Great White Way into wide reaching pedestrian malls. (more...)

New TKTS Booth and Revitalized Father Duffy Square Garners Design Awards New TKTS Booth and Revitalized Father Duffy Square Garners Design Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2009

The enlarged and enhanced Father Duffy Square, featuring Theatre Development Fund's striking new TKTS booth under glowing glass steps, has just won two prestigious awards: Travel + Leisure Magazine's 2009 Design Award as 'Best Public Space,' which was announced in their March issue and just last night won a 2009 Design Award by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY). (more...)

Baltimore/Washington Backstage - February 20, 2009Baltimore/Washington Backstage - February 20, 2009
by Charles Shubow - Feb 21, 2009

Theater News from Broadway and the Baltimore/Washington Area (more...)

CTI Produces Readings, Workshops and Showcases Seminar March 6CTI Produces Readings, Workshops and Showcases Seminar March 6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2009

This one day seminar focuses on prodviding a practical approach to developing new work through readings, workshops and showcases. (more...)

Broadway League's 2007-2008 Demographics Report Revealed, Youth & Online Show Big GrowthBroadway League's 2007-2008 Demographics Report Revealed, Youth & Online Show Big Growth
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2009

The Broadway League's 11th annual demographics report, The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2007-2008, reveals who attends theatre in New York City. It includes highlights on the demographics of the audience and their ticket purchasing habits. The report is part of an ongoing series that profiles Broadway theatergoers each season. The comparison of current theatergoing habits to previous seasons aids in predicting trends for the future. The analysis is based on extensive survey data gleaned from audience questionnaires distributed throughout the 2007-2008 Broadway season in New York City. (more...)

TKTS Booth Lands T&L Magazine's Best Public Space AwardTKTS Booth Lands T&L Magazine's Best Public Space Award
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2009

Travel and Leisure Magazine just anounced their 2009 Design Awards. Among them, Theatre Development Fund's new TKTS Booth in Times Square has received the award for 'Best Public Space.' Michel Bierut, a member of the award jury stated that 'The TKTS booth invents public space where there was none before.' Perkins Eastman created an icon for the city of New York-the sculptural centerpiece of a major urban renewal project transforming Times Square. The design, based on a competition-winning concept drawing by Choi Ropiha, raises the profile of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF), which operates the booth to provide a discount outlet for tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATIONPhoto Flash: THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2009

Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) continues its 2008/2009 Season with the New York premiere of THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, a new play by Evan Smith (Psych and The Uneasy Chair at Playwrights Horizons, Remedial English for the Young Playwrights Festival at Playwrights Horizons, Servicemen at The New Group). This will be Mr. Smith's fourth collaboration with the theater company. Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago, New Jerusalem), in his Playwrights Horizons debut, the production will began previews on Friday, February 6, 2009 with an Opening Night set for Tuesday, March 3 at 7PM. The limited engagement will run through Sunday, March 15 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). (more...)

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