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Photo Flash: More WEST END BARES 2016Photo Flash: More WEST END BARES 2016
by Jamie Scott-Smith - Sep 29, 2016

Graham Norton, Samantha Bond, Michelle Visage and David Bedella alongside a host of performers took to the stage of the Novello Theatre on 25 September for the seventh annual West End Bares, raising money for MAD Trust. (more...)

Musical Theatre West Opens 2016-17 Season with Four-Time Tony Award-Winning Musical MEMPHISMusical Theatre West Opens 2016-17 Season with Four-Time Tony Award-Winning Musical MEMPHIS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Musical Theatre West (MTW) opens its 2016-2017 season with Broadway's smash hit musical Memphis, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center October 21 - November 6.  The winner of four Tony Awards, including 'Best Musical,' 'Best Original Score,' 'Best Book' and 'Best Orchestrations,'  is filled with roof-raising Rock & Roll, high-octane dancing, and an extraordinary tale of fame and forbidden love that sparked a cultural revolution.   (more...)

Photo Flash: THE BARDY BUNCH Celebrates Opening Night at Mercury TheaterPhoto Flash: THE BARDY BUNCH Celebrates Opening Night at Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, runs in a limited engagement in Chicago, September 16 through November 20, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. The show's all-star cast will portray the Brady and Partridge families, just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles in 1974, in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Dick King-Smith's BABE, THE SHEEP-PIG Returns to the StageDick King-Smith's BABE, THE SHEEP-PIG Returns to the Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Adapted from Dick King-Smith's much-loved children's novel which inspired the Oscar-winning 1995 film, Babe, The Sheep-Pig will be brought to life on stage in an enchanting new production, embarking on a major UK Tour in 2017 following a Christmas season at Polka Theatre. Featuring stunning puppetry, an original score and an utterly charming 'baa-ber sheep' quartet, the tour will launch from West Yorkshire Playhouse on Monday 13 February and run until September 2017. Full tour schedule attached; further dates to be announced.   (more...)

Photo Flash: The Bardy Bunch at The Mercury TheaterPhoto Flash: The Bardy Bunch at The Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, is excited to announce casting for its limited engagement in Chicago, September 16 through November 27, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. The show's all-star cast will portray the Brady and Partridge families, just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles in 1974, in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions. (more...)

Photo Flash: WEST END BARES Is 'Bigger and Barer Than Ever Before'Photo Flash: WEST END BARES Is 'Bigger and Barer Than Ever Before'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Graham Norton, Samantha Bond, Michelle Visage and David Bedella alongside a host of performers took to the stage of the Novello Theatre last night for the seventh annual West End Bares, raising money for MAD Trust. (more...)

New Hampshire Theatre Project Begins 28th Season in 'New' HomeNew Hampshire Theatre Project Begins 28th Season in 'New' Home
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

New Hampshire Theatre Project (NHTP) is launching its 28th season at the West End Studio Theatre (WEST) on 959 Islington Street-its "new" home. While NHTP has been a resident company at WEST since 1984, only as of this July 1 has it become the sole tenant of the space. (more...)

Cheryl Fergison and Maureen Nolan Lead Cast of Comedy MENOPAUSE THE MUSICALCheryl Fergison and Maureen Nolan Lead Cast of Comedy MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Casting has been announced for a 2017 tour of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL, the all-singing, all-dancing comedy at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for one night only on Thursday 9 March 2017. (more...)

Edinburgh Fringe B-Movie Apocalypse Musical to Transfer to the Arts TheatreEdinburgh Fringe B-Movie Apocalypse Musical to Transfer to the Arts Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Hot on the heels of a critically acclaimed sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run and smash-hit Vampire Hospital Waiting Room, which garnered rave reviews and an off-West End transfer, Beach Comet return to London with their new comedy B-musical Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair, complete with original songs, a live band and the end of the world. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Announces Five Finalists in the 2016 LezPlay ContestPride Films and Plays Announces Five Finalists in the 2016 LezPlay Contest
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our 2016 LezPlay Contest. From nearly three dozen entries, five finalists have been selected to receive staged readings of their scripts during LezPlay Weekend, which runs October 7-9 at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted in Chicago. (more...)

NCTC to Stage Regional Premiere of Pulitzer Finalist SONS OF THE PROPHETNCTC to Stage Regional Premiere of Pulitzer Finalist SONS OF THE PROPHET
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

In November, New Conservatory Theatre Center presents the regional premiere of Stephen Karam's Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Sons of the Prophet, to be directed by NCTC Artistic Associate Ben Randle. (more...)

BWW Review: Former US Army Captain Laura Westley's WAR VIRGIN: MY JOURNEY OF REPRESSION, TEMPTATION AND LIBERATIONBWW Review: Former US Army Captain Laura Westley's WAR VIRGIN: MY JOURNEY OF REPRESSION, TEMPTATION AND LIBERATION
by Peter Nason - Sep 20, 2016

It's 'Spring Awakening' meets 'The Hurt Locker,' with 'South Park'-like humor thrown in for good measure. (more...)

Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION Sets Full Team for Run at The Old GlobeBenjamin Scheuer's THE LION Sets Full Team for Run at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and complete creative team for the highly acclaimed musical memoir The Lion, written and performed by award-winning songwriter Benjamin Scheuer and directed by Sean Daniels. (more...)

RAGTIME Releases Its First Picture  - Meet Coalhouse Walker Jr.RAGTIME Releases Its First Picture - Meet Coalhouse Walker Jr.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Ako Mitchell stars as Harlem musician Coalhouse Walker Jr., one of the central characters in the musical 'Ragtime'. This stunning new actor-musician version, with a cast led by West End and Broadway stars EARL CARPENTER and  ANITA LOUISE COMB, will follow critically acclaimed 'Titanic' as the second in-house production at Charing Cross Theatre. (more...)

UK Tour and NY Dates Announced for MR POPPER'S PENGUINSUK Tour and NY Dates Announced for MR POPPER'S PENGUINS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment today announced Mr Popper's Penguins will be visiting 6 venues in the UK from the 27 September to 11 December prior to a West End Christmas season. The Penguins will also be sailing across the Atlantic for their US premiere at New York's renowned New Victory Theatre this autumn.  (more...)

Cast Complete for Bush Theatre's THIS PLACE WE KNOWCast Complete for Bush Theatre's THIS PLACE WE KNOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Full casting for the Bush Theatre's programme of six new, commissioned plays This Place We Know has been announced today. Residents of the local community are also now invited to submit photography celebrating W12, to be in with a chance of having their work displayed as part of WeAreW12, a free photography exhibition curated by photographer Eileen Perrier. (more...)

IT IS EASY TO BE DEAD to Transfer to Trafalgar Studios This AutumnIT IS EASY TO BE DEAD to Transfer to Trafalgar Studios This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Transferring from its critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre earlier this year where it was nominated for seven OffWestEnd Awards including Best New Play, Best Male Performance, and Best Director, the world premiere production of It Is Easy To Be Dead by Neil McPherson opens at Trafalgar Studio 2, for a strictly limited four week limited season. (more...)

Katherine Parkinson, Steve Pemberton and Ralf Little Lead DEAD FUNNY Revival at Vaudeville TheatreKatherine Parkinson, Steve Pemberton and Ralf Little Lead DEAD FUNNY Revival at Vaudeville Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Sep 9, 2016

Terry Johnson's "Painfully funny and funnily painful" (The Times) comedy, DEAD FUNNY, returns for a strictly limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre this autumn with Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, In The Club, Humans), Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentleman, Benidorm, Whitechapel), Ralf Little (The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, The Cafe), Emily Berrington (The Inbetweeners 2, Humans, 24) and Rufus Jones (W1A, Hunderby, The Casual Vacancy).  (more...)

THE LAST 5 YEARS Receives Its Frankfurt Premiere, 1 Oct 2016THE LAST 5 YEARS Receives Its Frankfurt Premiere, 1 Oct 2016
by Jenny Ell - Sep 9, 2016

TMS The Musical Season UG present the Frankfurt premiere of the smash ­hit Off­-Broadway musical, The Last 5 Years, opening at Kulturhaus Frankfurt on 1 October 2016. (more...)

Lyric Hammersmith Announces its FANTASTIC MR FOX Will Tour UKLyric Hammersmith Announces its FANTASTIC MR FOX Will Tour UK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

In celebration of Roald Dahl Day, which will mark Roald Dahl's 100th birthday on 13 September, producing partners Nuffield and Curve in association with Lyric Hammersmith, today announced a major UK tour of Roald Dahl's FANTASTIC MR FOX, in a brand new musical adaptation for the stage. Following its world premiere at Nuffield Southampton Theatres this Christmas (22 Nov - 8 Jan. National Press Night: Wed 30 November, 7pm), FANTASTIC MR FOX will transfer to the Lyric Hammersmith for a 4-week run (25 Jan - 19 Feb) and will then tour to a further 16 venues nationwide, including Curve (3 - 9 April). This brand new family show is a playful re-telling of Roald Dahl's much-loved book; a brilliantly witty tale of the clever Mr Fox outfoxing three greedy farmers, brought to life on stage with live music and songs. Tickets are now on sale. (more...)

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