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Breaking News: Billy Porter, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Join Audra McDonald in Musical Revival SHUFFLE ALONGBreaking News: Billy Porter, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Join Audra McDonald in Musical Revival SHUFFLE ALONG
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2015

Next spring, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Joshua Henry will star in SHUFFLE ALONG Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, a striking new production that presents both the 1921 musical itself, and additionally details the events that catalyzed the songwriting team of Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and librettists F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles to create this ground-breaking work. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Suddenly Seymour! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS ReturnsTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Suddenly Seymour! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Returns
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 2, 2015

This week's column salutes tonight's special concert event showcasing the New York return of a fan-favorite cult musical. (more...)

The League of Professional Theatre Women to Advocate for Equality with 6/9 ParadeThe League of Professional Theatre Women to Advocate for Equality with 6/9 Parade
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

On Tuesday, June 9th, at 6:00 pm Broadway theatregoers will see 200 women parading and advocating for equal representation in theatre. (more...)

Otherworld Theatre to Stage Midwest Premiere of Charles Busch's QUEEN AMARANTHA, 6/6-28Otherworld Theatre to Stage Midwest Premiere of Charles Busch's QUEEN AMARANTHA, 6/6-28
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

Queen Amarantha will perform at City Lit Theatre from June 6th through June 28th. This play is directed by Otherworld Theatre's Artistic Director Tiffany Keane* andassistant directed by company member Bennett Bottero*. (more...)

Collaborative Artists Ensemble to Stage West Coast Premiere of LOST GENERATION, 5/8-31Collaborative Artists Ensemble to Stage West Coast Premiere of LOST GENERATION, 5/8-31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2015

In the West Coast premiere of 'Lost Generation' the complex and dangerous friendship of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald with Ernest Hemingway is traced in this funny, surreal and dark play which presents their evolving attractions, entanglements, jealousies, conflicts, and madness. (more...)

OLD FLAME to Place TNC, 4/24-5/17OLD FLAME to Place TNC, 4/24-5/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

An old love can be an irresistible force, especially for people in their autumn years. Is marriage an immoveable object? 'Old Flame,' a new play by Richard Ploetz, weighs the force of an old romance against the strength of a 50-year marriage, examining our vulnerability to rediscovered passion, no matter what our age. Theater for the New City will present the piece April 24 to May 17, directed by James Glossman. (more...)

Charles Busch to Make 92Y 'Lyrics & Lyricists' Debut with HERE'S TO THE GIRLS!, 2/7-9Charles Busch to Make 92Y 'Lyrics & Lyricists' Debut with HERE'S TO THE GIRLS!, 2/7-9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Artistic director Charles Busch -- in his Lyrics & Lyricists debut -- serves up a cavalcade of stories and songs about the legendary women of Hollywood's movie musical Golden Age in 'Here's to the Girls!' on February 7, 8 and 9, 2015 at 92Y. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Long Island Theatre's STAR Shines BrightBWW Interviews: Long Island Theatre's STAR Shines Bright
by Brian Rivera - Jan 12, 2015

Companies like STAR find themselves drowning in a sea of a million and one LI amateur productions thrown together to make a quick buck. In contrast, STAR is adamant in their goal of being innovative with their respective approach to each show, while also creating an aesthetically pleasing theatrical escape for their spectators. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Emily Skinner and More in Virginia Rep's MAMEPhoto Flash: First Look at Emily Skinner and More in Virginia Rep's MAME
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

Virginia Repertory Theatre presents the award-winning musical, Mame, at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street, running through January 11, 2014. Mame is based on the novel, Auntie Mame, by Patrick Dennis with a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee and unforgettable music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The show originally opened on Broadway in 1966 and starred Angela Lansbury and Beatrice Arthur. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME! to Play T.Schreiber Theatre, 10/15-11/22PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME! to Play T.Schreiber Theatre, 10/15-11/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

A young man looks toward the future even as he finds himself remembering the past in Brian Friel's comedic drama Philadelphia, Here I Come!, presented by T. Schreiber Theatre at 151 West 26th Street on the 7th floor. Directed by Jake Turner, Philadelphia, Here I Come! will run from October 15 through November 22 with performances Wednesday-Today at 8pm. (more...)

Tony Nominee Emily Skinner Stars in Virginia Rep's MAME, Beginning TonightTony Nominee Emily Skinner Stars in Virginia Rep's MAME, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of the award-winning musical, Mame, at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street on Friday, November 21 with a preview tonight, November 20. The show runs through January 11, 2014. (more...)

Tony Nominee Emily Skinner to Star in Virginia Rep's MAME This WinterTony Nominee Emily Skinner to Star in Virginia Rep's MAME This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of the award-winning musical, Mame, at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street on Friday, November 21 with a Preview on Thursday, November 20. The show runs through January 11, 2014. (more...)

Kate Baldwin, Jason Danieley, Heidi Blickenstaff & More Set for 92Y's LYRICS & LYRICISTS 2015Kate Baldwin, Jason Danieley, Heidi Blickenstaff & More Set for 92Y's LYRICS & LYRICISTS 2015
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

2Y announces casting for Lyrics & Lyricists 2015, the 45th season of the acclaimed American Songbook series. Cady Huffman, Liz Callaway, Kate Baldwin, Peter Cincotti and Jason Danieley are among the performers interpreting the works of Stephen Sondheim; Irving Berlin; Sheldon Harnick; and such songwriters as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein, who so eloquently illuminated New York City's essence in song. Mitzi Gaynor makes a special guest appearance for the show on Hollywood's Leading Ladies - only the fourth time the legendary entertainer has performed in New York City. (more...)

PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME! Plays the T.Schreiber Theatre, Now thru 11/22PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME! Plays the T.Schreiber Theatre, Now thru 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

A young man looks toward the future even as he finds himself remembering the past in Brian Friel's comedic drama Philadelphia, Here I Come!, presented by T. Schreiber Theatre at 151 West 26th Street on the 7th floor. Directed by Jake Turner, Philadelphia, Here I Come! will run from today, October 15 through November 22 with performances Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Emily Skinner and More in 42nd Street Moon's DO I HEAR A WALTZ?Photo Flash: First Look at Emily Skinner and More in 42nd Street Moon's DO I HEAR A WALTZ?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

42nd Street Moon kicks off its 22nd season with the rarely seen Richard Rodgers-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents collaboration DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, starring Broadway's Tony nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show, The Full Monty, Billy Elliot). Based on Arthur Laurents' 1952 play The Time of the Cuckoo, which inspired the Katharine Hepburn movie Summertime, the wistful story follows a lonely American tourist as she finds romance under the enchantment of mid-1960s Venice. DO I HEAR A WALTZ? plays now through October 19 at The Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME! to Play T.Schreiber Theatre, 10/15-11/22PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME! to Play T.Schreiber Theatre, 10/15-11/22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

A young man looks toward the future even as he finds himself remembering the past in Brian Friel's comedic drama Philadelphia, Here I Come!, presented by T. Schreiber Theatre at 151 West 26th Street on the 7th floor. Directed by Jake Turner, Philadelphia, Here I Come! will run from October 15 through November 22 with performances Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm. (more...)

Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, Now thru 9/7Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, Now thru 9/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

The 'Alley Theatre @ UH' season begins with Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox in award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote's The Old Friends, a Southwestern premiere. (more...)

Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, 8/15-9/7Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, 8/15-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The 'Alley Theatre @ UH' season begins with Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox in award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote's The Old Friends, a Southwestern premiere. (more...)

Katie Rose Clarke and Adam Halpin Star in Long Wharf Theatre's THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Running Now thru 6/1Katie Rose Clarke and Adam Halpin Star in Long Wharf Theatre's THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Running Now thru 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Long Wharf Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, will present The Last Five Years, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, from tonight, May 7 through June 1, 2014 on the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre. (more...)

Lexy Fridell, Steven Weber and More Star in THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN at the Wallis This WeekendLexy Fridell, Steven Weber and More Star in THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN at the Wallis This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2014

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents The Trumpet of the Swan, A Novel Symphony for Actors and Orchestra, adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman from E.B. White's timeless children's novel, with music by Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown. Norman and Brown are also currently represented on Broadway with the new musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County. (more...)

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