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BWW Review: Joe Morton Spectacular as Dick Gregory in Gretchen Law's Dynamic TURN ME LOOSEBWW Review: Joe Morton Spectacular as Dick Gregory in Gretchen Law's Dynamic TURN ME LOOSE
by Michael Dale - May 23, 2016

The actor convincingly recreates the finesse, the sublimated anger and the stinging wit of the comedy trailblazer and civil rights activist. (more...)

VIDEO: John Legend Talks New Off-Broadway Play TURN ME LOOSEVIDEO: John Legend Talks New Off-Broadway Play TURN ME LOOSE
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2016

Music superstar John Legend stopped by NBC's TODAY to talk about his new off-Broadway show TURN ME LOOSE, based on the life of 1960s comic Dick Gregory. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: SCANDAL's Joe Morton Talks Off-Broadway's TURN ME LOOSE on LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAELSTAGE TUBE: SCANDAL's Joe Morton Talks Off-Broadway's TURN ME LOOSE on LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL
by Stage Tube - May 13, 2016

John Legend and Mike Jackson present a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory - starring SCANDAL's Joe Morton - that shines a light on the first Black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Morton stopped by LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL earlier this week where he opened up about the production - check out a clip below! (more...)

Kathy Najimy, Rachel Dratch & Reg E. Cathey Join WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT LineupKathy Najimy, Rachel Dratch & Reg E. Cathey Join WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Maberry Theatricals have announced the next wave of stars and dates for the New York premiere of WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour. (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...)

Photo Flash: The Amazing Kreskin Visits, Gushes Over CAGNEY Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: The Amazing Kreskin Visits, Gushes Over CAGNEY Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

The Amazing Kreskin attended last evening's performance of Cagney off-Broadway and stopped backstage to visit with the company. Scroll down for his heartfelt note of praise following the show and a picture of him with the cast! (more...)

BWW Interview: Best Solo Show Nominee MIKE BIRBIGLIABWW Interview: Best Solo Show Nominee MIKE BIRBIGLIA
by Adrienne Onofri - May 4, 2016

Back at the theater where he broke out with 'Sleepwalk With Me', the actor and stand-up says thank God for jokes. (more...)

Burning Coal to Host Staged Reading of Jason Odell Williams' CHURCH & STATEBurning Coal to Host Staged Reading of Jason Odell Williams' CHURCH & STATE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Burning Coal Theatre Company will present a staged reading of Jason Odell Williams' new play CHURCH & STATE Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm at the Murphey School auditorium, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC.  The reading is free with a suggested $5 donation at the door. No reservations needed. For additional information, call 919.834.4001 or visit us at www.burningcoal.org. (more...)

National Jewish Theater Foundation to Bring 'CABARET IN CAPTIVITY' to York TheatreNational Jewish Theater Foundation to Bring 'CABARET IN CAPTIVITY' to York Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The National Jewish Theater Foundation, in association with The York Theatre Company, will present a special one-night only performance of CABARET IN CAPTIVITY: Songs and Sketches from Terezin/Theresienstadt, as part of the second annual Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings. The event will take place on Sunday evening, May 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse to Present THE WHO AND THE WHATGulfshore Playhouse to Present THE WHO AND THE WHAT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Gulfshore Playhouse (www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org) - Southwest Florida's premier professional theatre - is pleased to announce its upcoming production of The Who and the What, a poignant and funny play about identity, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar, scheduled for April 30 through May 15 at The Norris Center in Naples. (more...)

CAGNEY, Starring Robert Creighton, Extends Off-BroadwayCAGNEY, Starring Robert Creighton, Extends Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Due to popular demand and following the announcement of its three 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, including 'Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical,' a new block of tickets is now on sale through September 25, 2016 for the new hit Off-Broadway musical, CAGNEY with book by Peter Colley and music & lyrics by Robert Creighton and Christopher McGovern, at The Westside Theatre -Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street). In addition, beginning July 7, 2016, CAGNEY will play Thursday afternoon matinees at 2:00 p.m. (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...)

Segal Centre to Present I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, 5/8-29Segal Centre to Present I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, 5/8-29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

The Segal Centre proudly presents the incredibly popular musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change with book and lyrics by Tony Award-winning writer Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts. This hysterical exploration of love in all its many splendored forms is the second longest running off-Broadway show and will have its Montreal premiere at the Segal May 8 through May 29, 2016. (more...)

Will Swenson, Scarlett Strallen, Kyle Dean Massey & More Set for Barrington Stage Company's Summer Season!Will Swenson, Scarlett Strallen, Kyle Dean Massey & More Set for Barrington Stage Company's Summer Season!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, is proud to announce initial casting for the 2016 season. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 2-8THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 2-8
by Nora Dominick - Apr 8, 2016

Gearing up for Live #Ham4Ham to return? Didn't have time to check in on your favorite Broadway stars? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

Bobby Cannavale, David Hyde Pierce, Shohreh Agdashloo & George Takei Added to WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT LineupBobby Cannavale, David Hyde Pierce, Shohreh Agdashloo & George Takei Added to WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Maberry Theatricals have announced a new wave of stars and dates for the New York premiere of WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour. (more...)

Photo Coverage: CAGNEY Cast Celebrates Opening Night at the Westside Theatre!Photo Coverage: CAGNEY Cast Celebrates Opening Night at the Westside Theatre!
by Linda Lenzi - Apr 4, 2016

The new musical Cagney, with book by Peter Colley and music & lyrics by Robert Creighton andChristopher McGovern, received its New York premiere at The York Theatre Company last spring, where it played a limited five-week, sold-out engagement. The production just transferred off-Broadway at at The Westside Theatre - Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld was there for opening night and you can check out photos from the after party below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Robert Creighton & Company Take Bows in CAGNEYPhoto Coverage: Robert Creighton & Company Take Bows in CAGNEY
by Linda Lenzi - Apr 4, 2016

The new musical Cagney, with book by Peter Colley and music & lyrics by Robert Creighton and Christopher McGovern, received its New York premiere at The York Theatre Company last spring, where it played a limited five-week, sold-out engagement. The production just transferred off-Broadway at at The Westside Theatre - Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld was there for opening night and you can check out photos from the curtain call below! (more...)

BWW Review: Much-Improved Bio-Musical CAGNEY Returns Off-Broadway In A Flashy ProductonBWW Review: Much-Improved Bio-Musical CAGNEY Returns Off-Broadway In A Flashy Producton
by Michael Dale - Apr 3, 2016

It was ten months ago when composer/lyricist Robert Creighton buck and winged it to the York Theatre with a spirited and gutsy performance as the screen's greatest tough guy song and dance man, James Cagney. His pocket-sized musical vehicle, Cagney, while certainly rousing and entertaining, came off then as a promising work in progress; one that needed more heat to match the potential of its dramatic moments. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CAGNEY, Opening Today at the Westside Theatre!Photo Flash: First Look at CAGNEY, Opening Today at the Westside Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2016

Producer Riki Kane Larimer presents the new hit Off-Broadway musical, Cagney with book by Peter Colley and music & lyrics by Robert Creighton and Christopher McGovern.  Directed byBill Castellino, and with choreography by Joshua Bergasse, and music direction by Matt Perri, the six-member cast stars Broadway veteran and hoofer Robert Creighton as the legendary James Cagney, with Jeremy Benton, Danette Holden,Bruce Sabath, Josh Walden, and Ellen Zolezzi.   Performances began March 16, 2016 for an open-ended engagement at The Westside Theatre - Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street). Scroll down to see photos! (more...)

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