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Tony Kushner, Michael Frayn and Beth Steel Announced for Hampstead Theatre Autumn SeasonTony Kushner, Michael Frayn and Beth Steel Announced for Hampstead Theatre Autumn Season
by Marianka Swain - May 27, 2016

The Hampstead Theatre has announced its Autumn season 2016 for the Main Stage. Leading off in September is the world premiere of Beth Steel's compelling new thriller LABYRINTH, directed by Anna Ledwich. (more...)

The Public & International Rescue Committee to Host WELCOME HOME: A CELEBRATION OF WORLD REFUGEE DAYThe Public & International Rescue Committee to Host WELCOME HOME: A CELEBRATION OF WORLD REFUGEE DAY
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

The Public Theater and International Rescue Committee announced today that a special free one-night-only Public Forum event, WELCOME HOME: A CELEBRATION OF WORLD REFUGEE DAY, will take place on Monday, June 20 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free Public Forum tickets will be distributed, two per person (age 5+), at the Delacorte Theater beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the Forum. (more...)

Jeff Daniels, Sharif El-Gamal, Nancy Malone & Winette Jackson to be Honored at 2016 Stella by Starlight GalaJeff Daniels, Sharif El-Gamal, Nancy Malone & Winette Jackson to be Honored at 2016 Stella by Starlight Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting announced today that the 11th Annual Stella by Starlight Benefit Gala will be held on June 13 at The Prince George Ballroom in New York City. This year's honorees include actor Jeff Daniels (Group Theater Award), the late director Nancy Malone (The Stella Adler Leading Lady Award), real estate developer Sharif El-Gamal (Stella Adler Corporate Award) and New York City Department of Correction Deputy Commissioner of Youthful Offender and Young Adult Programming Winette Jackson (Harold Clurman Spirit Award). (more...)

New York City Opera Will Include Hal Prince's CANDIDE and ANGELS IN AMERICA in 2016-17 SeasonNew York City Opera Will Include Hal Prince's CANDIDE and ANGELS IN AMERICA in 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

New York City Opera General Director Michael Capasso today announced the 2016-17 season of City Opera, a full season of new productions, concerts, and presentations for the "people's opera." New York City Opera will offer five operas (including a double bill) at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater; two chamber operas, including a Spanish baroque work at Harlem Stage as part of its O?pera en Espan?ol series, and New York City Opera Concerts at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. New York City Opera Orchestra will be featured in every opera and concert. (more...)

Creative Team Announced for WAR PAINT Starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole - Michael Korie, Scott Frankel and More; 6/28Creative Team Announced for WAR PAINT Starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole - Michael Korie, Scott Frankel and More; 6/28
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Goodman Theatre announces Broadway stars John Dossett and Douglas Sills will join the cast of War Paint, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively. Dossett will portray Tommy Lewis, Miss Arden's husband and chief marketing officer, and Sills will portray the ambitious Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein's clubby confidante and faithful ally. (more...)

Warehouse Theatre to Present Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICAWarehouse Theatre to Present Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Warehouse Theatre is pleased to announce the next production in its 2016 Season, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner and directed by Kristofer Green. (more...)

TALES OF A CITY BY THE SEA Tours to the Bakehouse This JuneTALES OF A CITY BY THE SEA Tours to the Bakehouse This June
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

TALES OF A CITY BY THE SEA tours to The Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide between June 8-18 following its sold-0ut premiere Melbourne season in 2014. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Honors George C. Wolfe with Monte Cristo Award!Photo Coverage: Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Honors George C. Wolfe with Monte Cristo Award!
by Walter McBride - May 10, 2016

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center celebrated the 16th annual MonteCristo Award ceremony with a presentation of the honor to award-winning stage and film director, playwright, and actor George C. Wolfe on Monday night at the Edison Ballroom. The O'Neill annually bestows its Monte Cristo Award on a prominent theater artist whose lifetime work has had an extraordinary impact on American theater. The gala event supports the Center's commitment to developing new work and new artists for the stage.  (more...)

BWW Review: Iyona Blake Shines in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Creative CauldronBWW Review: Iyona Blake Shines in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Creative Cauldron
by Barbara Johnson - May 9, 2016

Change takes many forms in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE: dramatic historical change, personal change, pocket change. The word itself is used frequently in Tony Kushner's Tony-nominated musical, which takes place in 1963 amidst the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Matt Conner directs Creative Cauldron's production, an apt choice given the piece's enduring thematic significance and a phenomenal turn by Iyona Blake as the unflappable Caroline Thibodeaux. (more...)

Tony Kushner Calls Toronto UJA's Disassociation With His Appearance 'McCarthyism'Tony Kushner Calls Toronto UJA's Disassociation With His Appearance 'McCarthyism'
by Michael Dale - May 9, 2016

Though he opposes the policy, Kushner serves on the board of an organization that supports sanctions against Israel. (more...)

New York Theatre Workshop Names 2050 Fellows for 2016-17 SeasonNew York Theatre Workshop Names 2050 Fellows for 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

New York Theatre Workshop has announced the playwrights and directors selected for the 2016/17 Season 2050 Fellowship. The playwrights are Beto O'Byrne, Ming Peiffer, and Francis Weiss Rabkin and the directors are Danny Sharron, Stevie Walker-Webb, and Mo Zhou. (more...)

Road Less Traveled Productions Welcomes New Associate Artistic DirectorRoad Less Traveled Productions Welcomes New Associate Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Road Less Traveled Productions (RLTP) has announced the hiring of a third full-time staff member.  (more...)

NINE, MAJOR BARBARA, Kurt Weill Show and More Set for SU Drama's 2016-17 SeasonNINE, MAJOR BARBARA, Kurt Weill Show and More Set for SU Drama's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

The Syracuse University Department of Drama packs three musicals, a wild comedy, a classic Shaw, and a never-before-produced contemporary comedy into a season full of surprises and infrequently performed theatrical gems. Beginning with the musical Nine, the 2016/2017 season includes Laura and the Sea, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins (co-produced with Syracuse Stage), The King Stag, Major Barbara, and From Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill: A Musical Voyage.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Kathryn Hunter, Julie Taymor, Jonathan Cake and More Attend Theatre for a New Audience's Shakespeare GalaPhoto Flash: Kathryn Hunter, Julie Taymor, Jonathan Cake and More Attend Theatre for a New Audience's Shakespeare Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Acclaimed classical actor Kathryn Hunter received the Samuel H. Scripps Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Promoting the Power of Language in Classical and Contemporary Theatre at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring Gala Celebrating Shakespeare's 452nd Birthday, last night at Capitale on the Lower East Side. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir to Receive 2016 Edwin Booth AwardReverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir to Receive 2016 Edwin Booth Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir is the winner of the 2016 Edwin Booth Award. The Award ceremony will take place Monday, May 9, 2016 beginning at 6:30pm in The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street. Admission is FREE but seating is limited. Reservations: awalls@gradcenter.cuny.edu (more...)

Kathryn Hunter Receives Samuel H. Scripps Award at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring GalaKathryn Hunter Receives Samuel H. Scripps Award at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Acclaimed classical actor Kathryn Hunter received the Samuel H. Scripps Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Promoting the Power of Language in Classical and Contemporary Theatre at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring Gala Celebrating Shakespeare's 452nd Birthday, last night at Capitale on the Lower East Side. (more...)

Ain Gordon World Premiere Set for Painted Bride Arts CenterAin Gordon World Premiere Set for Painted Bride Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

1972: Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: 'I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.' The latest work by renowned theatre artist Ain Gordon, 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous, is a new play drawn from the 217 boxes of archive materials from national LGBT activist of Dr. John Fryer discovered by Ain Gordon during his two-year embedded artist status at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP). This new work is set to run, May 5-7, at the Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine Street. All performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Painted Bride and Historical Society of Pennsylvania members can save $5. Tickets and more information are available online at www.paintedbride.org or by phone at 215.925.9914. (more...)

NYTW's 2016-17 Season Will Include Daniel Craig & David Oyelowo-Led OTHELLO & More!NYTW's 2016-17 Season Will Include Daniel Craig & David Oyelowo-Led OTHELLO & More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) has just announced its complete 2016/17 Season. The season will kick-off in Fall 2016 with NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM by NYTW 2050 Fellow Nathan Alan Davis(Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea), directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian (The Convert). It is followed by the previously announced production of William Shakespeare's OTHELLO, directed by NYTW Usual Suspect and Tony Award winner Sam Gold (Fun Home) and featuring David Oyelowo (Royal Shakespeare Company's The Histories, Selma) in the title role and Daniel Craig (Betrayal, Spectre) as 'Iago', in Winter 2016. Spring 2017 will bring THE OBJECT LESSON, by Geoff Sobelle (all wear bowlers), directed by NYTW Usual Suspect David Neumann (Restless Eye), with scenic installation by Steven Dufala. The season will conclude with NYTW Usual Suspect Mfoniso Udofia's SOJOURNERS and HER PORTMANTEAU, presented in repertory, directed by NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Ed Sylvanus Iskandar (The Mysteries). Performance schedules, casting and full creative teams will be announced at a later date. (more...)

ANGELS IN AMERICA Begins Performances Next Month at Heath Ledger TheatreANGELS IN AMERICA Begins Performances Next Month at Heath Ledger Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Black Swan State Theatre Company are proud to present the WA Premiere of one of the most successful plays of the modern era,  Angels in America, Part I Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner in the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA from Saturday 28 May to Sunday 19 June 2016. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Tony-Winning Producer Jack Viertel's Book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICALBWW Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Tony-Winning Producer Jack Viertel's Book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 19, 2016

In THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, Jack Viertel takes about musicals, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love with the art form all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next-by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion from OKLAHOMA! to HAMILTON and onward. (more...)

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