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Tickets to Ayad Akhtar's THE INVISIBLE HAND at NYTW Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2014

Tickets for THE INVISIBLE HAND, the second production of the New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) 2014/15 Season, are now on sale at www.nytw.org. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) and directed by Obie Award-winning director Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls),THE INVISIBLE HAND begins previews on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 and officially opens on Monday, December 8, 2014 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003) for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 4, 2015. Cast and creative team will be announced shortly. (more...)

Ben Rimalower's New Solo Show BAD WITH MONEY Extends Run at The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2014

BAD WITH MONEY - Ben Rimalower's new play about spending beyond his means - has extended through December 2014 due to strong ticket sales. Previously scheduled to close on November 6, the show will be performed through December 18. Ben's addiction has driven him to extreme lengths all his life. In BAD WITH MONEY he charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem - or get rich trying. Written and performed by Ben Rimalower and directed by Aaron Mark, BAD WITH MONEY is being performed at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at Seventh Avenue) on Thursday nights at 9:30 PM. (more...)

City of Berkeley Proclaims September 30, 2014 'Tony Taccone Day' in Honor of Berkeley Rep's Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that the City of Berkeley has proclaimed Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tony Taccone Day. This day will honor Berkeley Rep's Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone as a pioneer in contemporary American theatre. Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates will host a ceremony to present Taccone an official proclamation between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM in the City Council Chambers at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The ceremony will be broadcast on local radio through KPFB Radio 89.3 and on television through Cable B-TV, Channel 33. (more...)

Sandra Tsing Loh, Leslie Kritzer and Mary Beth Peil Set for THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO Reading at 92Y Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

92Y presents Sandra Tsing Loh: A Work-In-Progress Staged Reading of The Madwoman in the Volvo, a co-production of 92Y and Sundance Institute Theatre Program, with Leslie Kritzer and Mary Beth Peil, directed by Lisa Peterson on Friday, October 10, 8:15 pm. (more...)

Encompass New Opera Theatre to Honor Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Today, Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director of Encompass New Opera Theatre and Gala Honorary Chairs Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Tony Kushner and Maury Yeston announced the October 26th star-studded musical salute honoring two luminaries of the American musical theater -- Tony and Academy Award-winning legend Joel Grey and celebrated, award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori. (more...)

Tennessee Williams Biographer John Lahr and Playwright Tony Kushner to Chat 'MAD PILGRIMAGE OF THE FLESH' at 92Y, 9/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

On Monday, September 29 at 8 pm at 92Y, biographer John Lahr and lauded playwright Tony Kushner will host a discussion titled 'Tennessee Williams-Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.' (more...)

STAGE TUBE Exclusive: First Look at Ben Rimalower's New Solo Show 'BAD WITH MONEY'
by Stage Tube - Sep 22, 2014

Ben Rimalower's addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life. In BAD WITH MONEY he charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem-or get rich trying. Written and performed by Ben Rimalower and directed by Aaron Mark, BAD WITH MONEY premieres at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at Seventh Avenue) through November 6. (more...)

Lisa Ramirez's TO THE BONE Opens Tonight at Cherry Lane
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

The legendary Cherry Lane Theatre - which this year will celebrate its 90th anniversary as one of the nation's most revered institutions for its commitment to producing new works for the stage - opens its 90th season with the world-premiere of Lisa Ramirez's play TO THE BONE directed by Lisa Peterson, set to open tonight, September 17 at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St. in Greenwich Village). The production runs through October 4. (more...)

Spartan Theatre Company Presents A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, 11/07-23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2014

Spartan Theatre Company presents Tony Kushner's early masterpiece A Bright Room Called Day, November 7-23. A group of friends in 1930s Germany are caught up in the rise of the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler's ascent to power. Meanwhile, an American woman in the 1980s shares a similar set of concerns during the Reagan administration. Directed by Laura Elleseg, this production looks at how history changes-and how it stays the same. (more...)

John Bolger, Patricia Conolly & David Schramm Join Cast of George Street Playhouse's OUTSIDE MULLINGAR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

George Street Playhouse and Artistic Director David Saint have completed casting for the 41-year-old Playhouse's 2014-15 Season Opener, Outside Mullingar. John Patrick Shanley's (Moonstruck, Doubt) recent Broadway hit, a nominee for the Tony Award for Best Play, will trod the boards in New Brunswick beginning October 7. Joining Ellen McLaughlin in the cast will be John Bolger, Patricia Conolly and David Schramm. Mr. Saint will helm the production, which runs through November 2. Opening night is set for Friday, October 10. (more...)

Lois Smith Leads MARJORIE PRIME, Beginning Tonight at CTG's Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

The world premiere of Jordan Harrison's 'Marjorie Prime' will open September 21, 2014, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Obie Award-winner Les Waters, the profound and engaging new play begins previews tonight, September 10 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Performances continue through October 19, 2014. (more...)

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Adriane Lenox and More Star in Huntington's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company welcomes Julia Duffy, Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, Boston favorite Will Lyman and Malcolm-Jamal Warner in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the opening production of the 2014 Best of Boston's 33rd season. This funny and poignant stage adaptation of the award-winning 1967 film opens tonight, September 10, 2014. (more...)

The Ringwald Offers ANGELS IN AMERICA VIP Theatre Lover's Package
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

The Ringwald Theatre in coordination with The Emory Restaurant announces a special VIP evening of great theatre and great food on one-night only, Saturday, September 27th! (more...)

Cherry Lane Begins 90th Season with Lisa Ramirez's TO THE BONE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

The legendary Cherry Lane Theatre - which this year will celebrate its 90th anniversary as one of the nation's most revered institutions for its commitment to producing new works for the stage - will begin its 90th season with the world-premiere of Lisa Ramirez's play TO THE BONE directed by Lisa Peterson, set to commence previews tonight, September 9 prior to an official opening night September 17 at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St. in Greenwich Village), it has been announced by Angelina Fiordellisi, the company's Founding Artistic Director. The production runs through October 4. (more...)

Keen Company's A WALK IN THE WOODS, Starring Kathleen Chalfant, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company kicks off their 2014 - '15 season with the first major New York revival of Lee Blessing's A Walk In The Woods, starring Kathleen Chalfant and Paul Niebanck, and directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. (more...)

Critic John Lahr to Talk Tennessee Williams Biography at The Players This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 08, 2014

The Shakespeare Guild's 2014-15 season will open with a conversation that will launch the U.S. author tour for a biography that actress Helen Mirren calls 'a masterpiece about a genius.' Only John Lahr, she says, 'with his perceptions about the theater, about writers, about poetry, and about people, could have written this book.' John Lahr will discuss his acclaimed biography of Tennessee Williams on Wednesday, September 24, at 6 p.m. at The Players. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Intiman's ANGELS IN AMERICA PT. 2 Lacks Punch
by Jay Irwin - Sep 08, 2014

If you remember, Dear Readers, three weeks ago I said that Intiman's production of Part 1 of Tony Kushner's masterpiece, "Angels in America" still resonated through Kushner's script but the show felt under done and lacked focus. But I hoped it would settle into itself over time. I also hoped that the settling in to the characters would affect the power of the second part, "Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika". Alas, it did not. While it's still, again, Kushner's beautiful script, the show lacks the heart, punch and commitment to the piece to make it truly great. And while you may think that now this one needs to settle in, I think it stems from a larger issue. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara & Steven Pasquale to Reunite for Ronald McDonald House Benefit Concert at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

On Monday, October 6, 2014 five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara and Drama Desk nominee Steven Pasquale will perform an intimate benefit concert titled Kelli O'Hara and Friends at 54 Below, located at 254 West 54th Street. The evening is a joint benefit in support of PopsEd Programs at Ronald McDonald House® New York, which provide creative outlets to the children and families in residence. Hosted by Steven Reineke, Music Director of The New York Pops, the evening will also feature performances by children participating in the PopsEd programs at Ronald McDonald House® New York, along with some special surprise guests. The benefit will start with a champagne reception at 5:30PM followed by dinner and a performance at 6:30PM. (more...)

Playhouse on Park to Open Season with ANGELS IN AMERICA, 10/1-19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

Resident co-founder/co-artistic director Sean Harris will be directing the American masterpiece Angels in America: Part 1: Millennium Approaches to kick off Playhouse on Park's sixth season. Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, the first part of Tony Kushner's epic depicts life in America during the 1980s. Touching upon the provocative topics of politics, religion, and the AIDS epidemic, Angels in America has been hailed as 'a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama' (New York Times) and 'the most ambitious American Play of our time' (Newsweek). This production is recommended for audiences sixteen and up. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE BOOK OF MORMON
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 30, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE BOOK OF MORMON below! (more...)

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