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Shakespeare Preview: What to See in 2016Shakespeare Preview: What to See in 2016
by Ellen Dostal - Jan 13, 2016

Happy New Year and welcome back Shakespeare lovers! 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death (April 23, 1564 - April 23, 1616) and that means it's another big year ahead honoring one of the greatest writers of all time. Here's a look at what's coming so get out your calendars and make note. (more...)

Ensemble Theatre to Present GROUNDED, 1/26-2/14Ensemble Theatre to Present GROUNDED, 1/26-2/14
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

The second half of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's 30th Anniversary Season soars to new heights with the regional premiere of the captivating drama Grounded by George Brant. This gripping and powerful story is experienced through the fierce eyes of a female fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy changes the course of her career in the sky. Brace yourself for this award-winning, one-woman thriller, playing January 26-February 14, 2016. Directed by Michael Evan Haney. Premiere Sponsor is LPK. (more...)

James Murray Jackson, Jr. Reprises Role in Chicago Premiere of UNSPEAKABLE, Beginning TonightJames Murray Jackson, Jr. Reprises Role in Chicago Premiere of UNSPEAKABLE, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2015

Broadway In Chicago presents the Chicago premiere of UNSPEAKABLE, a dramatic fantasia inspired by the life of comedic legend Richard Pryor. UNSPEAKABLE features a cast of many prominent Chicago performers and will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St.) for a limited five-week engagement tonight, Oct. 6 through Nov. 8, 2015. (more...)

AS YOU LIKE IT Runs 6/7-9/26 at TheatricumAS YOU LIKE IT Runs 6/7-9/26 at Theatricum
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2015

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum kicks off its 2015 'Americana' season with an all-American staging of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, re-set in the divided South of the post-Civil War era and featuring traditional American folk music and dance from that period. As You Like It opens on Sunday, June 7 at 3:30 p.m. (more...)

GREEN GROW THE LILACS to Run 7/11-9/26 at Theatricum BotanicumGREEN GROW THE LILACS to Run 7/11-9/26 at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2015

The final entry in Theatricum Botanicum's 2015 'Americana' repertory season, Green Grow the Lilacs by Native American playwright Lynn Riggs is the rarely produced 1931 play that vied for the Pulitzer Prize and inspired the first mega-musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. A rough-and-tumble love story with singing cowboys and classic folk music of the pioneering era, Green Grow the Lilacs will be directed by Ellen Geer for a July 11 opening. (more...)

Live Music Lineup Set for UNDER THE OAKS at Theatricum Botanicum, 8/20-9/17Live Music Lineup Set for UNDER THE OAKS at Theatricum Botanicum, 8/20-9/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

Theatricum's 'Under the Oaks' series brings performance and live music to the Topanga woods in the intimate S. Mark Taper Pavilion at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum. (more...)

James Murray Jackson, Jr. to Reprise Role in Chicago Premiere of UNSPEAKABLE; Cast Announced!James Murray Jackson, Jr. to Reprise Role in Chicago Premiere of UNSPEAKABLE; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2015

Broadway In Chicago has announced full casting for the Chicago premiere of UNSPEAKABLE, a dramatic fantasia inspired by the life of comedic legend Richard Pryor.  (more...)

UNDER THE OAKS Begins Today Theatricum BotanicumUNDER THE OAKS Begins Today Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

Theatricum's 'Under the Oaks' series brings performance and live music to the Topanga woods in the intimate S. Mark Taper Pavilion at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum Hosts A WALTONS WEEKEND This WeekendTheatricum Botanicum Hosts A WALTONS WEEKEND This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum will host a gathering of cast members from the long-running TV series The Waltons - in which Theatricum founder Will Geer starred as Grandpa Walton from 1972 until his death in 1978 - for a three-day weekend of tribute and reminiscence this weekend, August 7-9. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GREEN GROW THE LILACS at Will Geer's Botanicum TheatricumBWW Reviews: GREEN GROW THE LILACS at Will Geer's Botanicum Theatricum
by Cary Ginell - Aug 5, 2015

In Scene Two of Lynn Riggs' play, Green Grow the Lilacs, farm girl Laurey Williams speaks passionately to her Aunt Eller about the ranch where she grew up: (more...)

Live Music Lineup Set for UNDER THE OAKS at Theatricum Botanicum, 8/20-9/17Live Music Lineup Set for UNDER THE OAKS at Theatricum Botanicum, 8/20-9/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Theatricum's 'Under the Oaks' series brings performance and live music to the Topanga woods in the intimate S. Mark Taper Pavilion at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum. (more...)

Photo Flash: GREEN GROW THE LILACS at TheatricumPhoto Flash: GREEN GROW THE LILACS at Theatricum
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2015

The final entry in Theatricum Botanicum's 2015 "Americana" repertory season, Green Grow the Lilacs by Native American playwrightLynn Riggs is the rarely produced 1931 play that vied for the Pulitzer Prize and inspired the first mega-musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. A rough-and-tumble love story with singing cowboys and classic folk music of the pioneering era, Green Grow the Lilacs will be directed byEllen Geer for a July 11 opening. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

GREEN GROW THE LILACS Runs Now thru 9/26 at Theatricum BotanicumGREEN GROW THE LILACS Runs Now thru 9/26 at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2015

The final entry in Theatricum Botanicum's 2015 'Americana' repertory season, Green Grow the Lilacs by Native American playwright Lynn Riggs is the rarely produced 1931 play that vied for the Pulitzer Prize and inspired the first mega-musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. A rough-and-tumble love story with singing cowboys and classic folk music of the pioneering era, Green Grow the Lilacs will be directed by Ellen Geer for tonight's (July 11) opening. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/10; DEAR EVAN HANSEN in DC, VANYA in Chicago & More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/10; DEAR EVAN HANSEN in DC, VANYA in Chicago & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 10, 2015

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Washington, DC, Chicago, St. Louis, Vancouver, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include DEAR EVAN HANSEN in DC, VANYA AND SONIA in Chicago, and The Muny's HOLIDAY INN, just to name a few. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Americana-Inspired AS YOU LIKE IT is Full of Homespun CharmBWW Reviews: Americana-Inspired AS YOU LIKE IT is Full of Homespun Charm
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 8, 2015

Seeing a play where Shakespeare's unfortunate characters escape the city and seek refuge in the Forest of Arden is even more enjoyable when experienced in the idyllic setting of Theatricum Botanicum's natural outdoor theater. Every time I go, I am reminded what an oasis it is in a city overwhelmed with urban sprawl. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum to Host A WALTONS WEEKEND, 8/7-9Theatricum Botanicum to Host A WALTONS WEEKEND, 8/7-9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum will host a gathering of cast members from the long-running TV series The Waltons - in which Theatricum founder Will Geer starred as Grandpa Walton from 1972 until his death in 1978 - for a three-day weekend of tribute and reminiscence August 7-9. All proceeds from A Waltons Weekend will benefit Theatricum, a critically acclaimed Topanga-based non-profit organization that is renowned for its summer seasons of outdoor theater and music as well as for its educational programming. (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE, Starting Tonight at The Old GlobeDarko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE, Starting Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter, begins tonight, July 1, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter. (more...)

GREEN GROW THE LILACS to Run 7/11-9/26 at Theatricum BotanicumGREEN GROW THE LILACS to Run 7/11-9/26 at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

The final entry in Theatricum Botanicum's 2015 'Americana' repertory season, Green Grow the Lilacs by Native American playwright Lynn Riggs is the rarely produced 1931 play that vied for the Pulitzer Prize and inspired the first mega-musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. A rough-and-tumble love story with singing cowboys and classic folk music of the pioneering era, Green Grow the Lilacs will be directed by Ellen Geer for a July 11 opening. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Theatricum BotanicumPhoto Flash: First Look at AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum continues its 2015 "Americana" season with August: Osage County, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts that unflinchingly - and uproariously - exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Mary Jo DuPrey directs for a June 20 opening. (more...)

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