Will Frears News

Disney Launches THE PRINCESS BRIDE Stage Musical Website
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 08, 2014

A new website has been launched for an upcoming stage version of the beloved family-friendly adventure/romance THE PRINCESS BRIDE offering fans the chance to be provided with updates on the new project's development as it plays out. (more...)

Second Stage Theatre Announces 2013 Uptown Summer Season: THE TUTORS and MURDER FOR TWO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2013

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced a world premiere play along with a New York premiere new musical which will be presented as part of the company's eleventh annual Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series this summer: Erica Lipez's The Tutors, directed by Thomas Kail and Murder For Two with Book and Music by Joe Kinosian and Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair. (more...)

BWW's Best of 2012: InDepth InterViews!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 31, 2012

Over the course of 2012, BroadwayWorld's Pat Cerasaro interviewed many among the best and brightest of stage and screen. Whether you missed an interview the first time around or just want to look back at some of the stars' insights, take a look back at 2012's InDepth InterViews below! (more...)

Exclusive InDepth InterView: William Goldman & Will Frears Discuss MISERY Onstage - Is Broadway Next?
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 26, 2012

One of the most terrifying and tremendous thrillers of the 1990s, Rob Reiner's film adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling semi-roman a clef novelistic ode to psychotic fans, MISERY, has always seemed somehow destined for the stage, and, now, thanks to two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Goldman, responsible for the original film's screenplay as well as many films, books, plays and musicals of his own, and director Will Frears, the nightmare is coming all too harrowingly, hobbling-ly real, live onstage at the Bucks County Playhouse for a special limited engagement November 24 through December 8. In this detailed discussion, Goldman, Frears and I dissect the finer points of the characters, story, themes and narrative ideas that flow through the original King novel and the Reiner film as well as outline what the new stage adaptation sets out to do insofar as intensifying, clarifying and maximizing the terrific potential inherent to the dynamic and compelling material. Plus, Goldman offers his erudite insight into the creation of the original screenplay and his feelings on King's work in general, as well as offers his characteristic wit in detailing his past theatrical endeavors thus far - including a Broadway musical with John Kander, A FAMILY AFFAIR, as well as the never-filmed original film musical written in collaboration with Stephen Sondheim, SINGING OUT LOUD. Additionally, Frears gives us an update on his latest film project, a film centered on two friends in the 1960s. All of that, the most thorough analysis of Annie Wilkes outside of an insane asylum (or horror fan club, perhaps) and much, much more! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Johanna Day and Daniel Gerroll in MISERY at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2012

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Castle Rock Entertainment and Playhouse Productions present the world premiere of MISERY at Bucks County Playhouse. Tony Award nominee JohAnna Day (Proof, August: Osage County) stars as writer Paul Sheldon's number-one fan, 'Annie Wilkes' alongside Daniel Gerroll (Enchanted April, High Society) as 'Paul Sheldon' and James Demarse (The Orphans' Home Cycle, Dividing the Estate) as 'Buster.' BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below. (more...)

Stage Adaptation of Stephen King's MISERY Premieres at Bucks County Playhouse, Now thru 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2012

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Castle Rock Entertainment and Playhouse Productions present the world premiere of MISERY at Bucks County Playhouse (70 South Main Street, New Hope PA) this fall. Written by two-time Academy Award-winner William Goldman (who wrote the screenplay for Misery as well as The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), based on the acclaimed novel by Stephen King and directed by Will Frears (Coach, Year Zero), MISERY will play a limited developmental engagement of 11 performances only, tonight, November 24th through December 8th. (more...)

Johanna Day & Daniel Gerroll to Lead Premiere of MISERY at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2012

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Castle Rock Entertainment and Playhouse Productions announced today complete casting for the world premiere of MISERY at Bucks County Playhouse (70 South Main Street, New Hope PA). Tony Award nominee Johanna Day (Proof, August: Osage County) will star as writer Paul Sheldon's number-one fan, 'Annie Wilkes' alongside Daniel Gerroll (Enchanted April, High Society) as 'Paul Sheldon' and James DeMarse (The Orphans' Home Cycle, Dividing the Estate) as 'Buster.' (more...)

Thomas Sadoski Joins Geffen Playhouse's BUILD World Premiere, Beg. Previews 10/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 09, 2012

Thomas Sadoski, a Tony nominee for his work in reasons to be pretty and who currently stars in HBO's The Newsroom, is set to appear in the world premiere production of Michael Golamco's Build in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse. (more...)

Stage Adaptation of Stephen King's MISERY to Premiere at Bucks County Playhouse, 11/24-12/8!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2012

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Castle Rock Entertainment and Playhouse Productions announced today that they will present the world premiere of MISERY at Bucks County Playhouse (70 South Main Street, New Hope PA) this fall. Written by two-time Academy Award-winner William Goldman (who wrote the screenplay for Misery as well as The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), based on the acclaimed novel by Stephen King and directed by Will Frears (Coach, Year Zero), MISERY will play a limited developmental engagement of 11 performances only, November 24th through December 8th. (more...)

Thomas Sadoski Joins Geffen Playhouse's BUILD World Premiere Cast
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2012

Thomas Sadoski, a Tony nominee for his work in reasons to be pretty and who currently stars in HBO's The Newsroom, is set to appear in the world premiere production of Michael Golamco's Build in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse. (more...)

Michael Braun et al. Star in Second Stage Theatre's THE BAD GUYS, Opening Tonight, 6/4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2012

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) kicks off the 10th anniversary of its Uptown Series with the world premiere of The Bad Guys, written by Alena Smith and directed by Hal Brooks. The Bad Guys will feature Michael Braun (War Horse), Roe Hartrampf (Unnatural Acts), James McMenamin (Suicide, Incorporated), Tobias Segal (The Miracle Worker) and Raviv Ullman (Russian Transport). Opening night is tonight, June 4th. (more...)

Michael Braun, Roe Hartrampf et al. to Star in Second Stage Theatre's THE BAD GUYS, 6/4; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2012

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) kicks off the 10th anniversary of its Uptown Series with the world premiere of The Bad Guys, written by Alena Smith and directed by Hal Brooks. The Bad Guys will feature Michael Braun (War Horse), Roe Hartrampf (Unnatural Acts), James McMenamin (Suicide, Incorporated), Tobias Segal (The Miracle Worker) and Raviv Ullman (Russian Transport). Previews begin on May 22nd and opening night is Monday, June 4th. (more...)

Brooke Berman's CASUAL ENCOUNTERS Plays at Rising Phoenix Rep, 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2012

Following the sold out performances and overflow crowds for its first year and a half of Cino Nights presentations (including new plays by Gary Sunshine, Mando Alvarado, Courtney Baron, Florencia Lozano,Kristen Palmer, Emily DeVoti, Lucy Thurber, Jessica Dickey, Adam Szymkowicz, Laura Eason, Daniel Reitz, Megan Mostyn-Brown, Dael Orlandersmith, Keith Reddin, Crystal Skillman, and Charlotte Miller), Rising Phoenix Rep continues the series on April 22nd at 7 p.m. with Casual Encountersby Brooke Berman. (more...)

Brooke Berman's CASUAL ENCOUNTERS Plays at Rising Phoenix Rep, 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2012

Following the sold out performances and overflow crowds for its first year and a half of Cino Nights presentations (including new plays by Gary Sunshine, Mando Alvarado, Courtney Baron, Florencia Lozano,Kristen Palmer, Emily DeVoti, Lucy Thurber, Jessica Dickey, Adam Szymkowicz, Laura Eason, Daniel Reitz, Megan Mostyn-Brown, Dael Orlandersmith, Keith Reddin, Crystal Skillman, and Charlotte Miller), Rising Phoenix Rep continues the series on April 22nd at 7 p.m. with Casual Encountersby Brooke Berman. (more...)

Geffen Playhouse to Feature THE GIFT, AMERICAN BUFFALO, et al. in 2012-13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2012

The Geffen Playhouse announces an unprecedented eight plays - five in the Gil Cates Theater and three in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater - for its 2012/2013 season. With an ongoing focus on introducing audiences to new plays, reimagined classics and emerging voices, the Geffen's season features three world premieres - including a commission by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies (Coney Island Christmas), a classic adaptation by Tony Award nominee Neil LaBute (August Strindberg's Miss Julie) and a new work by Michael Golamco (Build); two American premieres - one marking the return of Olivier Award nominee Joanna Murray-Smith (The Gift) and the other a riotous British import by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn (Yes, Prime Minister); two West Coast premieres - including Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's new work (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark) and comedienne Judy Gold's acclaimed off-Broadway memoir (The Judy Show); and a brand new production of David Mamet's defining work American Buffalo helmed by Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney. (more...)

Geffen Playhouse's Upcoming Season Will Include New Work from Donald Margulies and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2012

The Geffen Playhouse announces an unprecedented eight plays - five in the Gil Cates Theater and three in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater - for its 2012/2013 season. With an ongoing focus on introducing audiences to new plays, reimagined classics and emerging voices, the Geffen's season features three world premieres - including a commission by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies (Coney Island Christmas), a classic adaptation by Tony Award nominee Neil LaBute (August Strindberg's Miss Julie) and a new work byMichael Golamco (Build). (more...)

Summer Uptown Series Announced for Second Stage Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 09, 2012

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced the two world premiere plays which will be presented as part of the company's tenth annual Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series this summer: Alena Smtih's The Bad Guys, and Kenneth Lin's Warrior Class, directed by Evan Cabnet. (more...)

BWW's BEST OF 2011 Video Flashback - The Top 50!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 27, 2011

2012 is quickly approaching, and in celebration of the new year, BroadwayWorld will celebrate 2011 with lists of our biggest features of the year! Below are BroadwayWorld.com's most popular videos from 2011 (in no particular order)! Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from the past year on BroadwayWorld.com! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: SOME LOVERS Premieres at the Old Globe
by Sally Henry - Dec 12, 2011

In the video below, various production shots from The Old Globe's premiere production of SOME LOVERS are set to the musical's song, 'Every Other Hour.' (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: November 26- December 2
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 02, 2011

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week, or you're just in the mood for a recap of everything theatre, BroadwayWorld's feature, 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end of the week fix. Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to the West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more! (more...)

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