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SCR Kicks Off Season With 'Italian Straw Hat'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2008

South Coast Repertory kicks off the 2008-09 Season with the World Premiere of its first commissioned musical: An Italian Straw Hat: A Vaudeville. (more...)

Shanley and Krieger Get 'Romantic' at MTC Starting TONIGHT, 9/30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2008

Manhattan Theatre Club will present the upcoming world premiere of ROMANTIC POETRY, a new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger. (more...)

Matt Bogart To Replace Spencer in 'Jersey Boys' on 9/30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2008

Matt Bogart will join the Broadway cast of JERSEY BOYS, the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning smash hit musical, in the role of Nick Massi on Tuesday, September 30. J. Robert Spencer, who originated the role at La Jolla Playhouse and on Broadway, will play his final performance on Sunday, September 14. In the interim, the role of Nick Massi will be played by John Leone. (more...)

Single Tickets for MTC's New York City Center Productions Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2008

Single tickets for Manhattan Theatre Club's productions at New York City Center, including the announced productions of ROMANTIC POETRY, RUINED, and BACK BACK BACK, are on sale now. (more...)

Photo Flash: World Premiere of Shanley and Krieger's 'Romantic Poetry' at MTC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2008

Manhattan Theatre Club will present the upcoming world premiere of ROMANTIC POETRY, a new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger. (more...)

Cudia, Ford & Mills Headline 'Phantom' Chicago Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2007

The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, returns to Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited ten-week holiday engagement running Wednesday, October 31 through Saturday, January 5, 2008. Starring John Cudia (Phantom), Sara Jean Ford (Christine), Greg Mills (Raoul). (more...)

Hernandez Replaces Moses as El Gallo in 'Fantasticks' 9/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2007

Ivan Hernandez will assume the role of 'El Gallo' in the new production of The Fantasticks Monday, September 17. (more...)

Bonney Directs Weller's 'Beast' At NYTW 9/15, Marshall-Green Stars
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2008

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo have announced that Beast, written by Michael Weller and directed by Jo Bonney, will begin performances Friday, August 29 at 8pm, at NYTW, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery. Opening night is scheduled for Monday, September 15 at 7pm. The production will run through Sunday, October 12. (more...)

'Spaghetti & Matzo Balls!' Returns for 5 Weeks at Triad
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2007

Rena Strober's hit show Spaghetti & Matzo Balls! returns to New York for a 5 week engagement. Performances will begin on Sunday, October 7 at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street (between Broadway & Columbus Avenue). (more...)

Photo Flash: 'Romantic Poetry' at Manhattan Theater Club
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2008

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of ROMANTIC POETRY, a new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger, is currently in previews at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street) in preparation for a Tuesday, October 28 opening. (more...)

Oliver Platt to Star in GUYS AND DOLLS; Begins Previews February 2009
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2008

A new production of GUYS AND DOLLS, directed by Tony-winner Des McAnuff will begin previews on February 3, 2009 at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre. Opening Night is March 1. (more...)

Mary Zimmerman Returns to Berkley Rep With 'Arabian Nights'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2008

Next month, Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman returns to Berkeley Repertory Theatre with an alluring adaptation of The Arabian Nights. This is Zimmerman's sixth trip to Berkeley Rep, and for the first time she works her magic on the intimate Thrust Stage. The Arabian Nights runs from November 13 through January 4 with the official press night on November 19. (more...)

Broadway in Chicago to Present World Premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2008

Broadway In Chicago will host the world premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, beginning performances Friday, November 13, 2009 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St., Chicago). (more...)

Photo Coverage: ROMANTIC POETRY Celebrates Opening Night
by Pablo Pimienta - Oct 30, 2008

The limited engagement of ROMANTIC POETRY celebrated opening night on Tuesday, October 28. Performances began September 30th 2008 at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street). (more...)

Tommy Tune's 'Turn:' It's Good and Could Be Great!
by Paul W. Thompson - Oct 3, 2008

Where to begin? I have so many things to say about the world premiere production of the musical 'Turn of the Century' at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, a show with more than a dash of incisive sophistication, that I hardly know how to start this review. I'll just say that it is an extraordinarily beautiful production, (more...)

Gilmore Girl's Lauren Graham to Star as Miss Adelaide in GUYS & DOLLS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2008

LAUREN GRAHAM (Golden Globe Award nominee for 'Gilmore Girls') will appear as 'Miss Adelaide' opposite Oliver Platt's 'Nathan Detroit' in the new Broadway production of GUYS AND DOLLS. (more...)

Shanley and Krieger's ROMANTIC POETRY Opens Tonight, 10/28 at MTC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2008

Manhattan Theatre Club will present the upcoming world premiere of ROMANTIC POETRY, a new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger. (more...)

'The Oedipus Cycle' Begins Previews Oct. 14 at The Pearl Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2008

THE PEARL THEATRE COMPANY (Shepard Sobel, Artistic Director; Shira Beckerman, Managing Director) is pleased to announce the inaugural production of its 2008/2009 Silver Anniversary Season, a world premiere translation of Sophocles' The Oedipus Cycle by two time PEN Literary Award finalist Peter Constantine. (more...)

'The Oedipus Cycle' Begins Previews Oct. 14 at The Pearl Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2008

THE PEARL THEATRE COMPANY (Shepard Sobel, Artistic Director; Shira Beckerman, Managing Director) is pleased to announce the inaugural production of its 2008/2009 Silver Anniversary Season, a world premiere translation of Sophocles' The Oedipus Cycle by two time PEN Literary Award finalist Peter Constantine. (more...)

Tom Lucca to Replace Jerry Dixon in ROMANTIC POETRY 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2008

It has been announced that Tom Lucca will be replacing actor Jerry Dickstein in Romantic Poetry on November 18th, 2008 as 'Frankie' (more...)

Mary Zimmerman Returns to Berkley Rep With 'Arabian Nights'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2008

Next month, Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman returns to Berkeley Repertory Theatre with an alluring adaptation of The Arabian Nights. This is Zimmerman's sixth trip to Berkeley Rep, and for the first time she works her magic on the intimate Thrust Stage. The Arabian Nights runs from November 13 through January 4 with the official press night on November 19. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Presents Woodard's 'The Night Watcher'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2008

La Jolla Playhouse is proud to welcome back Charlayne Woodard with a moving new one-woman play 'The Night Watcher' directed by Robert Egan. (more...)

Mary Louise Wilson to Depart Grey Gardens July 29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2007

Producers of the hit musical Grey Gardens announced today that the opportunity for theater-goers to see the two most acclaimed performances of the 2006-2007 Broadway season - those of Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, who both won Tony Awards for their work in the musical - will be through Sunday, July 29th only. On that date, Wilson will give her final performance as 'Edith Bouvier Beale' in the acclaimed musical at The Walter Kerr Theatre (more...)

Photo Flash: Mays and Connolly Visit Grey Gardens
by Mark Rupp - Jun 21, 2007

Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays and actress Patricia Connolly recently visited with Tony Award-winning Grey Gardens stars Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson backstage at the hit musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: Xanthe Elbrick Visits Grey Gardens
by Mark Rupp - Jun 20, 2007

Tony Award-nominee Xanthe Elbrick, who was recently featured in Broadway's Coram Boy, recently visited with Tony Award-winning Grey Gardens stars Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson backstage at the hit musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer at Grey Gardens
by Mark Rupp - Jun 16, 2007

Tony Award-winning director Mike Nichols (Spamalot, The Real Thing) and his wife, journalist Diane Sawyer, recently visited with Tony Award-winning Grey Gardens stars Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson backstage at the hit musical. (more...)

'New Voices,' with Thoms and Simon, Set for June 18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2007

The third season of the acclaimed Monday Nights, New Voices series continues June 18 at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre (more...)

Photo Flash: Amy Tan Visits Grey Gardens
by Mark Rupp - Jul 4, 2007

Acclaimed The Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan recently visited with Tony Award-winning Grey Gardens stars Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson backstage at the hit musical. (more...)

McAnuff To Direct 'Guys and Dolls' On Broadway In Spring '09
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2008

Today it was announced that GUYS AND DOLLS will open on Broadway for the first time in 17 years in the spring of 2009 at a Nederlander Theatre to be announced. With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, this production is the first joint Broadway project by director Des McAnuff and Sergio Trujillo since Jersey Boys. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Presents 'Peter and Starcatchers' This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2008

La Jolla Playhouse will present Peter and the Starcatchers, a new play, as part of its Page to Stage program in the Winter of 2009, by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions. (more...)

Azaria & Simpson Set for Farnsworth Invention; Opens 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2007

Tony Award-nominee Hank Azaria stars as David Sarnoff, and Jimmi Simpson as Philo T. Farnsworth in Aaron Sorkin 's new American play about the advent of television, The Farnsworth Invention, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, opening on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 with previews beginning on Monday, October 15, 2007. (more...)

MTC Announces New Plays By Nottage, Shanley and Krieger.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2008

Manhattan Theatre Club announced casting for two of its upcoming productions: ROMANTIC POETRY, the world premiere musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger, and RUINED, a world premiere play by Lynn Nottage. (more...)

Grey Gardens to Close at the Walter Kerr on July 29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2007

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Grey Gardens will play its final performance on Sunday, July 29, 2007 (more...)

Bonney Directs Weller's 'Beast' At NYTW 9/15, Marshall-Green Stars
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2008

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo have announced that Beast, written by Michael Weller and directed by Jo Bonney, will begin performances Friday, August 29 at 8pm, at NYTW, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery. Opening night is scheduled for Monday, September 15 at 7pm. The production will run through Sunday, October 12. (more...)

Scott Frankel to Conduct 7/18 Performance of 'Gardens'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2007

Producers of the acclaimed Broadway musical Grey Gardens announced today that the show's composer, Tony Award nominee Scott Frankel, will conduct the Wednesday evening, July 18 performance at 8PM at The Walter Kerr Theatre (more...)

Lincoln Center Announces 08-09 Newhouse Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2008

Lincoln Center Theater has announced its 2008-2009 Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater season. (more...)

Applegate, Moye, Arcelus Join The Cast Of LCT's HAPPINESS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2009

LCT's production of HAPPINESS has announced partial casting. HAPPINESS, is a new musical about a disparate group of New Yorkers caught on a subway train under unusual circumstances. It was commissioned and developed by Lincoln Center Theater. The production will reunite director-choreographer Susan Stroman and book writer John Weidman, whose last LCT collaboration was the Tony Award winning Best Musical Contact and will mark the LCT debuts of composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie. (more...)

Nicholas J. Coleman Creates a Special Kind of Silence
by Joseph F. Panarello - Jan 27, 2008

When an audience is sitting in an intimate theater and watching a two-character play, the only way to gauge their appreciation is by the quality of the silence between the bon mots that are scattered throughout the text. Such is the case at New York's Theater For A New City, where Matt Morillo's new play All Aboard The Marriage Hearse is the current attraction. (more...)

Tickets are Now on Sale for LCT's HAPPINESS Starring Gleason, Foster & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2009

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that Fred Applegate. Sebastian Arcelus, Miguel Cervantes, Hunter Foster, Joanna Gleason, Ken Page, Robert Petkoff, Jenny Powers, Phyllis Somerville and Pearl Sun will be featured in its upcoming production of the new musical HAPPINESS. (more...)

Cast and Creative Team Announced for South Coast Rep's NOISES OFF
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2009

South Coast Repertory today announced the cast and creative team for Michael Frayn's ingenious comedic masterpiece, Noises Off. Directed by Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award winner Art Manke, Noises Off will run from Feb. 6 through March 8 on the Segerstrom Stage. Low-priced previews are available from Feb. 6 through Feb. 12. Opening night is Feb. 13. Press night is Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to Noises Off may be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or in person at the SCR box office. Noises Off follows the on-and off-stage antics of an inept acting troupe as they stumble from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. Everything that can go wrong does, as actors desperately try to hang on to their lines, their performances and the furniture. Add a slippery plate of sardines and many slamming doors, and you have the most hilarious backstage farce ever written. Art Manke received his fifth Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for directing SCR's West Coast premiere of Bach at Leipzig in 2006. Other work with SCR includes last season's Taking Steps, the world premiere musical version of The Wind in the Willows and choreography for numerous productions. Elsewhere in Southern California, Manke has directed The Constant Wife, Private Lives and the American premiere of Noel Coward's Star Quality for Pasadena Playhouse and the world premiere of The Ice-Breaker at Laguna Playhouse. Manke was a co-founder and artistic director (1991-2001) of A Noise Within where he directed the works of Shakespeare, Moli?re, Wilde, Coward and Sophocles. Other credits include work with Denver Center Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, American Players Theatre, among others. The cast features Nancy Bell (Belinda Blair), Bill Brochtrup (Garry Lejeune), Kandis Chappell (Dotty Otley), Winslow Corbett (Poppy Norton-Taylor), Kaleo Griffith (Lloyd Dallas), Brian Hostenske (Tim Allgood), Timothy Landfield (Frederick Fellows), Jennifer Lyon (Brooke Ashton) and Nick Ullett (Selsdon Mowbray). The creative team for Noises Off includes John Iacvelli (Set Design), Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Design), York Kennedy (Lighting Design), Vincent Olivieri (Sound Design), Ken Merckx (Movement Consultant), David Newell (Dialect Coach), Linda Sullivan Baity (Dramaturg) and Jamie Tucker (Stage Manager). Dee and Larry Higby are the Honorary Producers of Noises Off. OC Metro is the Media Partner. Associated events taking place during the run of Noises Off include: POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS Wednesday, Feb. 18 & Tuesday, Feb. 24 Discuss the play with members of the Noises Off cast during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory's literary team after the 7:30 p.m. performances on Feb. 18 and Feb. 24. INSIDE THE SEASON: Noises Off Saturday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $12 Inside the Season is a series of interactive classes that provide a comprehensive inside look at the theatrical production process. Each two-hour class is led by School and Community Programs Director Linda Sullivan Baity and features creative personnel from South Coast Repertory's current production. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (714) 708-5555. (Tickets to Noises Off are sold separately.) TICKETS to Noises Off can be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances begin on Feb. 6 and continue through March 8. Ticket prices range from $20 to $64. Low-priced preview performances are available from Feb. 6 to Feb. 12. Performance times: Previews: Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 8, Tuesday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 12 at 8:00pm. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.; and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, educators, seniors and groups of 15 or more. There will be a 'Pay-What-You-Will' performance on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2:30 p.m. ($10 Minimum) and an ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. (more...)

Casting Complete for LCT's HAPPINESS, Hunter Foster Joins, Previews Begin 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2009

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that Fred Applegate. Sebastian Arcelus, Miguel Cervantes, Hunter Foster, Joanna Gleason, Ken Page, Robert Petkoff, Jenny Powers, Phyllis Somerville and Pearl Sun will be featured in its upcoming production of the new musical HAPPINESS. (more...)

Applegate, Moye, Arcelus Join The Cast Of LCT's HAPPINESS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2008

LCT's production of HAPPINESS has announced partial casting. HAPPINESS, is a new musical about a disparate group of New Yorkers caught on a subway train under unusual circumstances. It was commissioned and developed by Lincoln Center Theater. The production will reunite director-choreographer Susan Stroman and book writer John Weidman, whose last LCT collaboration was the Tony Award winning Best Musical Contact and will mark the LCT debuts of composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie. (more...)

Craig Bierko and Kate Jennings Grant Join GUYS & DOLLS Cast
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2008

Producer Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and co-producers Tulchin/Bartner/Jenkins, Bill Kenwright, Darren Bagert, and Tom Gregory announced today that Craig Bierko (Tony Award nominee for The Music Man; Scary Movie 4) will star as 'Sky Masterson' and Kate Jennings Grant (Proof) will also star as 'Sarah Brown' in the new Broadway production of the greatest musical comedy GUYS AND DOLLS. (more...)

ROCK OF AGES To Offer 'On the Rocks' On Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2008

The producers of ROCK OF AGES announced yesterday that after an extremely successful off Broadway run and the sale of the film rights to New Line Cinema, the new, smash hit musical will transfer to Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th Street, and open on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Previews begin on Friday, March 20, 2009. Variety is reporting that they might be offering in-seating cocktail service to allow the party feel of the show to truly come alive uptown. (more...)

ROCK OF AGES Storms To Broadway 4/7, Previews Begin 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2008

The producers of ROCK OF AGES announced today that after an extremely successful off Broadway run and the sale of the film rights to New Line Cinema, the new, smash hit musical will transfer to Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th Street, and open on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Previews begin on Friday, March 20, 2009. (more...)

Testa, Burgess, Fleshler, LeFevre, Ortlieb, Rosen & More Join GUYS & DOLLS Cast
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2008

Producer Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and co-producers Tulchin/Bartner/Jenkins, Bill Kenwright, Northwater Entertainment, Darren Bagert, and Tom Gregory announced the complete cast and design team for the new Broadway production of the greatest musical comedy GUYS AND DOLLS. The first joint Broadway project by two-time Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo since their collaboration on the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, GUYS AND DOLLS will begin previews on February 3, 2009 at Broadway's newly refurbished Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). Opening Night is March 1, 2009. (more...)

Trujillo Choreographs 'Saved;' More Creative Team Set
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2007

Playwrights Horizons (Artistic Director, Tim Sanford; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced additional creative team members for the World Premiere of the new musical Saved, which will be the sixth and final production of its upcoming 2007/2008 Season. (more...)

'Grey Gardens: Complete Book & Lyrics' Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2007

The new book, Grey Gardens: The Complete Book and Lyrics, is available now from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. (more...)

Brown, Dixon, and Swallow Added to 'Romantic Poetry' Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2008

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is pleased to announce full casting for the upcoming world premiere of ROMANTIC POETRY, a new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger. (more...)

SCR Kicks Off Season With 'Italian Straw Hat'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2008

South Coast Repertory kicks off the 2008-09 Season with the World Premiere of its first commissioned musical: An Italian Straw Hat: A Vaudeville. (more...)

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