Tony Speciale News

THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY to Play Purchase CollegeTHE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY to Play Purchase College
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

One of the greatest storytellers of his generation, James Lecesne (the writer of the Academy Award-Winning film Trevor), portrays every character in a small Jersey Shore town as they unravel the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant 14-year-old boy. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of Abingdon Theatre Company's  CHESS MATCH NO. 5Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of Abingdon Theatre Company's CHESS MATCH NO. 5
by Linda Lenzi - Mar 20, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Tony Speciale, presents the world premiere of CHESS MATCH NO. 5, conceived and directed by Anne Bogart, with text arranged by Jocelyn Clarke from the words of John Cage. Created by Siti Company, CHESS MATCH NO. 5 began previews March 9, and opened officially last night, March 19, in Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/18/2017
by - Mar 18, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 3/18/2017. (more...)

Anne Bogart and More Set for CHESS MATCH NO. 5 Talkbacks at AbingdonAnne Bogart and More Set for CHESS MATCH NO. 5 Talkbacks at Abingdon
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company, under the Artistic Direction of Tony Speciale, offers talkbacks following performances of SITI Company's world premiere CHESS MATCH NO. 5 on March 21 and 22 at 7:00PM with co-stars Will Bond (Bob) and Ellen Lauren (Room); and on March 30 at 7:00PM and March 31 at 8:00PM with director Anne Bogart at Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). (more...)

Hartford Stage to Present James Lecesne's Critically-Acclaimed Solo Show THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEYHartford Stage to Present James Lecesne's Critically-Acclaimed Solo Show THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

After a critically-acclaimed sell-out run in New York City, playwright,  performer and activist James Lecesne will bring his inspirational solo show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, to Hartford Stage from Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 23.  The play deftly navigates the effects of bullying and the search for identity while telling an uplifting story about love, overcoming prejudices, and being true to one's self. (more...)

Photo Flash: John Cage's Words Come to Life in CHESS MATCH NO. 5Photo Flash: John Cage's Words Come to Life in CHESS MATCH NO. 5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Tony Speciale, presents the world premiere of CHESS MATCH NO. 5, conceived and directed by Anne Bogart, with text arranged by Jocelyn Clarke from the words of John Cage. Created by SITI Company, CHESS MATCH NO. 5 began previews March 9, with an official press opening March 19, in Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). (more...)

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater Announces its 2017 Theater SeasonWellfleet Harbor Actors Theater Announces its 2017 Theater Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is proud to announce its 33rd season of live theater, the 2017 Summer Concert Series, and a few very special events. Jeffry George, Executive Artistic Director, and Christopher Ostrom, Managing Director and Artistic Associate, stated that in times of transition it's important to reflect on the power of healing through relationships. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/4/2017
by - Mar 4, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 3/4/2017. (more...)

Deidre Goodwin, Kevin Duda and More to Host Audition Master Classes at AbingdonDeidre Goodwin, Kevin Duda and More to Host Audition Master Classes at Abingdon
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Tony Speciale, continues its Studio Series with four Monday night classes on Audition prep for Actors Singers and Dancers. (more...)

James Lecesne, Tony Speciale & CaringKind VP Set for THE MOTHER OF INVENTION Talkback at AbingdonJames Lecesne, Tony Speciale & CaringKind VP Set for THE MOTHER OF INVENTION Talkback at Abingdon
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company will offer a talkback on Thursday, February 23 following the 7:30pm performance of THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, a new play about how one family deals with the effects of Alzheimer's. (more...)

Philadelphia Theatre Company Shines a Light on THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEYPhiladelphia Theatre Company Shines a Light on THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Philadelphia Theatre Company will close its season on May 17-June 4 with The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written and performed by James Lecesne, and directed by Tony Speciale with original music by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).  This production replaces the world premiere of American Canvas by Bill Cain, the winner of PTC's Terrence McNally New Play Award.  American Canvasimagines an ambitious portrait of Thomas Eakins,  Philadelphia's most brilliant and controversial artist. (more...)

MATILDA's Alexa Shae Niziak Joins THE MOTHER OF INVENTION at AbingdonMATILDA's Alexa Shae Niziak Joins THE MOTHER OF INVENTION at Abingdon
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company welcomes Alexa Shae Niziak (Matilda, A Christmas Story) to the cast of THE MOTHER OF INVENTION on Tuesday, February 21. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Scenes from James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION at AbingdonSTAGE TUBE: Watch Scenes from James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION at Abingdon
by Stage Tube - Feb 13, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company presents a world-premiere play from author James Lecesne (Trevor) and director Tony Speciale - the playwright and director of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey - in the June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Off-Broadway performances run through February 26. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: Eve Ensler, Michael Urie and More Celebrate James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION on Opening NightPhoto Flash: Eve Ensler, Michael Urie and More Celebrate James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION on Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

On Thursday, Abingdon Theatre Company celebrated the opening night of THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, a new play written by James Lecesne about how one family deals with the effects of Alzheimer's. Directed by Tony Speciale, the company includes Concetta Tomei, James Davis, Dan Domingues, Angela Reed, Isabella Russo and Dale Soules, with performances set to run through February 26. Scroll down for photos from the festivities! (more...)

SITI Company's John Cage-Inspired Play CHESS MATCH NO. 5 Headed to Abingdon This SpringSITI Company's John Cage-Inspired Play CHESS MATCH NO. 5 Headed to Abingdon This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Tony Speciale, presents the world premiere of CHESS MATCH NO. 5, conceived and directed by Anne Bogart, with text arranged by Jocelyn Clarke from the words of John Cage. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 2/4/2017
by - Feb 4, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 2/4/2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION at AbingdonPhoto Flash: First Look at James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION at Abingdon
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company presents a world-premiere play from author James Lecesne (Trevor) and director Tony Speciale - the playwright and director of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey - in the June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Off-Broadway performances run through February 26, with official press opening set for February 9. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Dale Soules Returns to James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION with Third SAG AwardDale Soules Returns to James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION with Third SAG Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Broadway veteran Dale Soules has returned to New York with her third consecutive Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy for her work on the smash-hit Netflix series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Dale plays no-nonsense inmate Frieda Berlin who boasts neck tattoos and knows a lot about murder. She just wrapped shooting Season 5 of the award-winning series. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 1/28/2017
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 1/28/2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION at AbingdonPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of James Lecesne's THE MOTHER OF INVENTION at Abingdon
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company presents a world-premiere play from author James Lecesne (Trevor) and director Tony Speciale - the playwright and director of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey - starting Saturday, January 28 in the June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Off-Broadway performances run through February 26, with official press opening set for February 9. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

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