Tony Speciale News

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for Kim Davies' STET at Abingdon Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for Kim Davies' STET at Abingdon Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Rehearsals have begun for STET, a new play inspired by true events, by Kim Davies (author of Smoke) and directed by Artistic Director Tony Speciale (director of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey). Check out photos below! (more...)

92Y to Host One-Night-Only Performance of THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY92Y to Host One-Night-Only Performance of THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

In honor of NYC Pride 2016, 92Y presents a one-night-only performance of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, the award-winning play written and performed by James Lecesne, directed by Tony Speciale, with original music by Spring Awakening's Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik. The play has scenic design by Jo Winiarski, lighting design by Matt Richards, sound design by Christian Frederickson, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, original animation & photography by Matthew Sandager, and costumes by Paul Marlow. (more...)

Kim Davies' STET to Open Off-Broadway at Abingdon Theatre Company in JuneKim Davies' STET to Open Off-Broadway at Abingdon Theatre Company in June
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company, in association with The Muse Project, will present STET, a new play inspired by true events, written by Kim Davies and developed by Kim Davies, Jocelyn Kuritsky and Artistic Director Tony Speciale. A limited Off-Broadway engagement will begin previews on June 11, as part of Abingdon's 2015-2016 Season, with an official press opening scheduled for June 23. Tickets are now on sale through July 3. Tony Speciale is set to direct the world-premiere production, which marks his inaugural programming as Artistic Director. (more...)

Performers Announced for Bay STreet's Annual Spring Benefit CURTAIN UPPerformers Announced for Bay STreet's Annual Spring Benefit CURTAIN UP
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the artist lineup for Curtain Up!, Bay Street's 5th Annual Spring Benefit honoring Ana R. Daniel at Joe's Pub in New York City on Monday, May 9. Curtain Up! will be hosted by Bay Street's Artistic Director, Scott Schwartz. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 4/23/2016
by - Apr 23, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 4/23/2016. (more...)

THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Among 2016-17 Lineup at Hartford StageTHE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Among 2016-17 Lineup at Hartford Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts announced today that Hartford Stage's 2016-17 season will include Queens for a Year by T.D. Mitchell, The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare and The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne. (more...)

James Lecesne's THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Coming to Bay Street This SummerJames Lecesne's THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Coming to Bay Street This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Bay Street Theater will welcome THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY as a Special Mainstage Bonus Production this summer. The one-man play will run one week only from July 18 through July 24. (more...)

Diversionary Theatre Presents World Premiere of THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR This MayDiversionary Theatre Presents World Premiere of THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2016

Diversionary Theatre, under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow, presents the daring new musical The Boy Who Danced On Air with Book and Lyrics by Charlie Sohne, Music by Tim Rosser, featuring direction by Tony Speciale, choreography by Nejla Yatkin, and musical direction by Cris O' Bryon.   (more...)

Linda Lavin to Lead Benefit Reading of James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTIONLinda Lavin to Lead Benefit Reading of James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Actor/Playwright James Lecesne will be presenting a reading of his new play THE MOTHER OF INVENTION in a benefit reading to support the work of The Alzheimer's Family Support Center of Cape Cod. Directed by Tony Speciale, the reading will take place on April 25, 2016 at 7 p.m. at The Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, NYC), featuring Linda Lavin, Susie Pourfar, Alfredo Narciso, Isabella Russo and Dale Soules. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Sets 2016-17 SeasonLaguna Playhouse Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is thrilled to announce its 2016-2017 season of shows! Comments Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, 'It's truly one of our most diverse, wildly entertaining and thrilling seasons ever. Our subscribers and audiences are going to love each of these theatrical journeys.' This summer is going to jailhouse rock as you dance to your favorite Elvis songs in ALL SHOOK UP, you can't help falling in love with this jukebox musical; followed by BILLY & RAY which tells the behind the scenes story of Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder as they nearly kill each other making 'Double Indemnity', directed by Michael Matthews; the new year starts with the unexpected love storyCHAPATTI; Hershey Felder returns as master pianist TCHAIKOVSKY; then another musical genius hits our stage with the world premiere musical KING OF THE ROAD: THE ROGER MILLER STORY, directed by Andrew Barnicle; and we complete our season with the extraordinary THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY. Add in a special engagement from Lythgoe Family Productions of SLEEPING BEAUTY and her WINTER KNIGHT Panto and you have one of the finest seasons in our nearly 100 year history! (more...)

Abingdon Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director Steps DownAbingdon Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director Steps Down
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company, located in Manhattan's Garment District, announces that Associate Artistic Director Kim T. Sharp is departing after a 16-year association with the company. Sharp will pursue theatre projects he has nurtured and explore further literary and management opportunities. (more...)

Photo Flash: Patti LuPone, Victoria Clark, Marin Mazzie & More Celebrate Sondheim at Classic Stage Company GalaPhoto Flash: Patti LuPone, Victoria Clark, Marin Mazzie & More Celebrate Sondheim at Classic Stage Company Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

The women took the center stage last night at The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim- a gala benefit for Off-Broadway's esteemed Classic Stage Company. The evening was and directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, who will become the company's new Artistic Director in July.  The evening included performances from Sondheim's canon by Patti LuPone (Gypsy), Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), Joaquina Kalukango (The Color Purple), Judy Kuhn (Fun Home, CSC's Passion), Marin Mazzie (Kiss Me, Kate) and Alexandra Silber(Fiddler on the Roof). Check out photos from the epic night below! (more...)

Patti LuPone & More Slated for CSC's Star-Studded THE LADIES WHO SING SONDHEIM Gala TonightPatti LuPone & More Slated for CSC's Star-Studded THE LADIES WHO SING SONDHEIM Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone is among the star-studded Broadway roster for The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim, a gala benefit for Off-Broadway's esteemed Classic Stage Company tonight, March 14 at Alice Tully Hall (1941 Broadway), hosted and directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, who will become the company's new Artistic Director in July. (more...)

Breaking News: John Doyle to Direct DEAD POETS SOCIETY Premiere & PACIFIC OVERTURES as Part of Classic Stage's 2016-17 SeasonBreaking News: John Doyle to Direct DEAD POETS SOCIETY Premiere & PACIFIC OVERTURES as Part of Classic Stage's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Off-Broadway's acclaimed Classic Stage Company today announced plans for its 2016-17 season, led by incoming Artistic Director John Doyle and Managing Director Jeff Griffin. Doyle, a Tony Award winner for Sweeney Todd and the director of Broadway's highly-praised new production of The Color Purple, assumes the artistic leadership of CSC beginning in July, succeeding Brian Kulick, who has led the company since 2003. For CSC, Doyle has directed Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro, and later this season will direct Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Abingdon Theatre Company Celebrates Opening Night of A ROOM OF MY OWNPhoto Coverage: Abingdon Theatre Company Celebrates Opening Night of A ROOM OF MY OWN
by Linda Lenzi - Feb 26, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tony Speciale, presents the world-premiere run of A Room of My Own. Written and Directed by Charles Messina, Off-Broadway performances conclude March 13 at Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). The cast features Tony Award-nominee Mario Cantone (Sex and the City, Laugh Whore, Steve) and Ralph Macchio (Dancing with the Stars, The Karate Kid, My Cousin Vinny). Check out photos from opening night below! (more...)

Abingdon Theatre Company's A ROOM OF MY OWN Opens TonightAbingdon Theatre Company's A ROOM OF MY OWN Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tony Speciale, presents the world-premiere run of A Room of My Own. Written and Directed by Charles Messina, the new play has sold-out its run prior to opening tonight, February 25. (more...)

Abingdon Theatre Company's A ROOM OF MY OWN Adds Extra MatineeAbingdon Theatre Company's A ROOM OF MY OWN Adds Extra Matinee
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tony Speciale, has added a matinee performance to its world-premiere run of A Room of My Own on Friday, March 4 at 3pm. Written and Directed by Charles Messina, the new play has sold-out its run prior to opening on Thursday, February 25. Off-Broadway performances conclude March 13 at Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street), featuring Tony Award-nominee Mario Cantone (Sex and the City, Laugh Whore, Steve) and Ralph Macchio (Dancing with the Stars, The Karate Kid, My Cousin Vinny). (more...)

Two-Time Tony Winner Patti LuPone Joins CSC's Star-Studded THE LADIES WHO SING SONDHEIM GalaTwo-Time Tony Winner Patti LuPone Joins CSC's Star-Studded THE LADIES WHO SING SONDHEIM Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone has joined the star-studded Broadway roster for The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim, a gala benefit for Off-Broadway's esteemed Classic Stage Company on Monday, March 14 at Alice Tully Hall (1941 Broadway) hosted and directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, who will become the company's new Artistic Director in July.  In addition to LuPone, the evening will include performances from Sondheim's canon by Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), Joaquina Kalukango (The Color Purple), Judy Kuhn (Fun Home, CSC's Passion), Marin Mazzie (Kiss Me, Kate) and Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof).  (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company continues its Master Class Series with THE STORY WORKSHOP, a three-day intensive workshop with award-winning  writer and actor James Lecesne, whose work includes the Off-Broadway hits The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey and Word of Mouth. The master class is set for March 18-20 at Abingdon Theatre Company (312 West 36th Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A ROOM OF MY OWN Off-Broadway with Mario Cantone & Ralph MacchioPhoto Flash: First Look at A ROOM OF MY OWN Off-Broadway with Mario Cantone & Ralph Macchio
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tony Speciale, presents the world premiere of A ROOM OF MY OWN, written and and directed by Charles Messina. Currently in previews, and set to open Thursday, February 25 in Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street), this new comedy features Mario Cantone and Ralph Macchio, with Nico Bustamante, Kendra Jain, Johnny Tammaro, Joli Trubuzio and Liza Vann. Off-Broadway performances continue through March 13. Check out a first look below! (more...)

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