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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson takes us to the beginning of his 20th century cycle with this play set in 1904 Pittsburgh. When Citizen Barlow, in spiritual turmoil, arrives at Aunt Ester�s house claiming sanctuary from Caesar, the local constable, he sets into motion a series of events, including a journey to the City of Bones, which leads to startling discoveries and sets him on a course where duty leads to redemption.


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Bill Camp, Jim Norton, Tavi Gevinson and More Join Broadway's THE CRUCIBLE; Full Cast, Theater Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE will return to Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) this spring. Bill Camp (as Reverend John Hale), Jim Norton (as Giles Corey), Tavi Gevinson (as Mary Warren), and Jason Butler Harner (as Reverend Samuel Parris) are among those who will join previously announced stars Ben Whishaw (as John Proctor), Sophie Okonedo (as Elizabeth Proctor), Saoirse Ronan (as Abigail Williams), and Ciaran Hinds (as Deputy-Governor Danforth). (more...)

BWW Review: GEM OF THE OCEAN
by Linda Ann Watt - Sep 8, 2015

Tony Mullins captured the sentiment of Wilson's message beautifully. (more...)

FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, DISGRACED and More Slated for 2016 at CTG's Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2015

Powerful plays and playwrights dominate the Center Theatre Group's 49th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Michael Ritchie, CTG's Artistic Director, announced five important and involving plays, from celebrated new works to definitive productions of classics, for the theatre's 2016 season at the Los Angeles Music Center. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/06/2015
by BWW - Sep 6, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/06/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Public Theater's ECLIPSED, Starring Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2015

The Public Theater presents the American play Eclipsed, written by Danai Gurira. Directed by Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy and featuring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o in her New York stage debut, this powerful story of survival and resilience begins previews at The Public Theater tonight, September 29, and will now run an additional two weeks through Sunday, November 29 with an official press opening on Wednesday, October 14. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/27/2015
by BWW - Sep 27, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/27/2015 for Chicago (more...)

August Wilson's American Century Cycle, a Play-By-Play Review
by Michael Dale - Sep 23, 2015

A quick review of the 10 plays Denzel Washington will be producing for HBO. (more...)

BWW Flashback: Take a Look Back at Emmy-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage Career
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 21, 2015

Last night two-time Tony Award-winner Viola Davis made history as the first African-American to win an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. She was recognized for her role as the brilliant attorney and professor Annalise Keating on the Shonda Rhimes drama HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. In addition to her Emmy and Tonys, Davis has won three Drama Desks and three SAG Awards. During her acceptance speech, Davis quoted Harriet Tubman and talked about breaking boundaries and redefining what Hollywood thinks of as beautiful. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/20/2015
by BWW - Sep 20, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/20/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Photo Flash: GEM OF THE OCEAN Opens Tonight at the Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2015

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, presents August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. Gem of the Ocean will run now through October 11, 2015 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press opening is tonight, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a look at the cast in action below! (more...)

VIDEO: Denzel Washington to Produce All 10 August Wilson Plays For HBO
by Michael Dale - Sep 18, 2015

During a live stream interview conducted by Dr. Todd Boyd, Denzel Washington announced he'll be producing the entirety of August Wilson's 10-play American Century Cycle for HBO. (more...)

Public Theater Extends ECLIPSED, Starring Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o, for Final Time
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

The Public Theater announced a final extension today for the new American play ECLIPSED, written by Danai Gurira. Directed by Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy and featuring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o in her New York stage debut, this powerful story of survival and resilience begins previews at The Public Theater Tuesday, September 29 and was originally extended through Sunday, November 15. It will now run an additional two weeks through Sunday, November 29 with an official press opening on Wednesday, October 14. (more...)

Breaking: Stephen Bienskie, Donna McKechnie, Hayley Podschun and More to Star in Gattelli & Flaherty's IN YOUR ARMS at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

Among them, the company can claim 18 Tony Awards, 4 Pulitzer Prizes, 6 Pulitzer finalist distinctions, 3 Emmy Awards, and 2 Academy Awards; to list all their honors would take several pages. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at GEM OF THE OCEAN at the Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, presents August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. Gem of the Ocean will run now through October 11, 2015 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press opening is Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

AKEELAH AND THE BEE Stage Adaptation Coming to Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

Fresh off its world-premiere run in Minneapolis, where Star Tribune declared "Akeelah and the Bee triumphs," Children's Theatre Company's new production about an 11-year-old spelling prodigy comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The show is adapted for the stage by veteran playwright Cheryl L. West (Arena's Pullman Porter Blues, Jar the Floor), who partners with celebrated director Charles Randolph-Wright (director of Broadway's Motown and an inaugural resident playwright with Arena Stage, where he premiered his play Love in Afghanistan). Akeelah and the Bee runs November 13-December 27, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Gattelli & Flaherty's IN YOUR ARMS, Featuring 10 Dance Vignettes by Iconic Writers, Begins Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

The Old Globe opens its 2015-2016 Season with IN YOUR ARMS, a World Premiere dance-theatre musical featuring direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, Godspell, Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I and South Pacific) and original music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island; two-time Oscar nominee for Anastasia). The production begins tonight, September 16, with an opening slated for September 24, and runs through October 25, 2015. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/13/2015
by BWW - Sep 13, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/13/2015 for Chicago (more...)

The Public Theater Extends ECLIPSED, Starring Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015

The Public Theater has announced a one-week extension today for the New York premiere of ECLIPSED, written by Danai Gurira. Directed by Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy and featuring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o in her New York stage debut, this powerful story of survival and resilience begins previews at The Public Theater Tuesday, September 29 and was originally scheduled to run through Sunday, November 8. It will now run an additional week through Sunday, November 15 with an official press opening on Wednesday, October 14. (more...)

The Ensemble Theatre to Celebrate August Wilson with Series of Staged Readings
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

The Ensemble Theatre and Artistic Director Eileen J. Morris celebrate of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson's 10-play cycle with a series of staged readings beginning October 19, 2015 - July 18, 2016. (more...)

Robert O'Hara's BARBECUE Opens Tonight at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2015

The Public Theater presents the world premiere of BARBECUE, written by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara. Directed by Kent Gash, BARBECUE began previews on September 22 and runs through Sunday, November 1, with an official press opening tonight, October 8. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/04/2015
by BWW - Oct 4, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/04/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Stacey Sargeant Will Join ECLIPSED at the Public Before Broadway Transfer
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

The Public Theater announced today that Stacey Sargeant will join the cast of ECLIPSED as "Helena" beginning Tuesday, November 3. (more...)

Theatre School at DePaul University to Present JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

The Theatre School at DePaul University is pleased to present August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone on the Fullerton Stage at The Theatre School at DePaul University.  The production, directed by Phyllis E. Griffin, premieres on Friday, November 6, and runs through Sunday, November 15, 2015. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Previews are on November 4 and 5, at 7:30 PM.  (more...)

Cygnet Theatre to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2015

Cygnet Theatre will continue its nine-year tradition of presenting a holiday show suitable for all ages. This season welcomes the return of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Adapted by Sean Murray with original score by Billy Thompson, this production is a re-imagined take on the original holiday classic featuring lively music, unique puppets and live sound effects. The fully staged production runs November 27 - December 27 at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. Opening Night for Media is Saturday, December 5th at 8:00pm. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company's MY FAIR LADY Begins This Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

The director and designers behind Rubicon Theatre Company's acclaimed environmental productions ofFiddler on the Roof and Man of La Mancha have reunited on the two-piano chamber version of the legendary Lerner and Loewe's classic My Fair Lady. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, the musical tells the story of Professor Henry Higgins, an arrogant and attractive phonetician who makes a wager that he can transform a 'deliciously low' Cockney flower-seller (Eliza Doolittle) into an elegant lady by teaching her to speak more beautifully. The magnificent score includes 'I Could Have Danced All Night,' 'On the Street Where You Live,' 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly,' and 'I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face.' For Rubicon's production, Director James O'Neil returns to the source material to explore the Shavian themes of class struggle, social reform and women's rights. (more...)

Public Theater's ECLIPSED, Starring Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

The Public Theater presents the American play Eclipsed, written by Danai Gurira. Directed by Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy and featuring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o in her New York stage debut, this powerful story of survival and resilience opens at The Public Theater tonight, October 14, and will now run an additional two weeks through Sunday, November 29. (more...)

It's the 2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations! [TITLE OF SHOW] and DIRECT FROM DEATH ROW Lead the Field of 180 Nominees
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 9, 2015

It's the 2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations! [TITLE OF SHOW] and DIRECT FROM DEATH ROW... Lead the Field of 180 Nominees. 86 productions from 55 theaters receive nominations in 36 categories. Voting open through New Year's Eve! (more...)

Hartford Stage Presents THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN by Dan O'Brien with Michael Crane and Michael Cumpsty
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

Hartford Stage will present Dan O'Brien's bold, radically theatrical and poetic true story, The Body of an American, with direction by Jo Bonney and featuring Michael Crane and Michael Cumpsty, from January 7-31, 2016. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update 11/27 - Nicholas Dantes, Larry Yando and More Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 27, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company to Stage World Premiere Adaptation of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015

Rubicon Theatre celebrates the holidays with the company's first presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a World Premiere adaptation written by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed by Brian McDonald. Rubicon's A Christmas Carol features a 24-member cast (the largest ensemble since the company's production of Fiddler on the Roof and the largest ever for a play). (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Return to The Public in HEAD OF PASSES This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to report initial casting for The Public Theater's New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Phylicia Rashad returns to The Public to play 'Shelah' in this deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance, and the power of faith. Rashad last appeared at The Public in THE STORY by Tracey Scott Wilson in 2003. HEAD OF PASSES begins previews on Tuesday, March 15 in the Newman Theater with an official press opening on Monday, March 28. (more...)

WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN Extended Through 5/24 at Colony Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

The Colony Theatre has announced that the final production of its historic 40thAnniversary season, the critically-acclaimed, smash-hit, Los Angeles Premiere of WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN A Musical Play by Joseph Vass, directed by David Ellenstein, Musical Director Kevin Toney, Musical Arranger Joseph Vass will be EXTENDING through SUNDAY, MAY 24 at the Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third Street in Burbank. (more...)

INVISIBLE THREAD, Previously Titled WITNESS UGANDA, and Kenny Leon-Helmed SMART PEOPLE Set for Second Stage's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Second Stage Theatre has announced two New York Premiere productions for its upcoming 37th season.  The season will kick off in fall 2015 with the New York Premiere production of Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews' new musical, INVISIBLE THREAD (previously titled Witness Uganda), in association with American Repertory Theater, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin).  The season will continue in early 2016 with the New York premiere of Lydia R. Diamond's (Stick Fly) critically acclaimed play, SMART PEOPLE, directed by Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun, Stick Fly). Two additional productions remain to be announced.  (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare's GALA 2015 to Benefit Urban Initiatives, Honor Callow & Rashad, 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) celebrates the transformative power of Shakespeare with GALA 2015 on Monday, June 8 at the Theater's home on Navy Pier. (more...)

Playhouse on the Square to Present THE GOSPEL OF COLONUS
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Based on Sophocles' Greek myth Oedipus and set in a contemporary African-American gospel church service, this production will move and thrill you with electrifying vocals. Scorned and aged, Oedipus arrives at Colonus where he will die as fate foretold. But before his demise, he must tell his side of events. His journey toward truth, self-understanding, and forgiveness comes with soaring songs and an ending to lift the soul. (more...)

Playhouse on the Square to Present THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

Based on Sophocles' Greek myth Oedipus and set in a contemporary African-American gospel church service, this production will move and thrill you with electrifying vocals. Scorned and aged, Oedipus arrives at Colonus where he will die as fate foretold. But before his demise, he must tell his side of events. His journey toward truth, self-understanding, and forgiveness comes with soaring songs and an ending to lift the soul. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/19/2015 - Father's Day Weekend!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 19, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: Benefits, readings, concerts, and more, all in time for Father's Day! (more...)

Actress Ebony Jo-Ann to Release New CD 'Please Save Your Love for Me'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

Multiple award-winning theatre, film and television actress, Ebony Jo-Ann releases her new Blues CD, Please Save Your Love for Me on her independent label, Blackgold Production on Friday, September 18th. (more...)

August Wilson's Entire 10-Play Century Cycle Now Available In Full To Stream
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 28, 2015

Relive the epic cycle by August Wilson! (more...)

Theater Now New York Premieres WELCOME TO PARADISE at 2015 Thespis Theater Festival Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Theatre Now New York presents the world premier of Welcome to Paradise, an original play written by Julie Marino and selected for this summer's 2015 Thespis Theater Festival. (more...)

Theater Now New York to Premiere WELCOME TO PARADISE at 2015 Thespis Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

Theatre Now New York presents the world premier of Welcome to Paradise, an original play written by Julie Marino and selected for this summer's 2015 Thespis Theater Festival. (more...)

FENCES to Run 8/21-9/13 at ICT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

International City Theatre continues its 30th anniversary season with a production celebrating the 30th anniversary of a modern American classic: Fences by August Wilson. Gregg T. Daniel directs Wilson's powerful drama for an August 21 opening at International City Theatre's home in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Two low-priced previews are set for August 19 and 20. (more...)

Stockard Channing, Kenny Leon & More Join American Theatre Wing's Advisory Committee
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

The American Theatre Wing has just announced new appointments to its Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee, BroadwayWorld has learned. (more...)

Court Theatre to Open 2015-2016 Season with August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, presents August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. Gem of the Ocean will run September 10 - October 11, 2015 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. (more...)

FENCES Opens Tonight at ICT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2015

International City Theatre continues its 30th anniversary season with a production celebrating the 30th anniversary of a modern American classic: Fences by August Wilson. Gregg T. Daniel directs Wilson's powerful drama, opening tonight, August 21, at International City Theatre's home in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Full Cast Set for World Premiere of A WOLF IN SNAKESKIN SHOES at Tricycle Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

Tricycle Theatre Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announces the full cast for the world premiere of A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, by multi-award winning American playwright Marcus Gardley. Sharon D. Clarke and Lucian Msamati lead the company which also includes Adjoa Andoh, Ayesha Antoine, Michelle Bonnard,Wil Johnson, Karl Queensborough and Angela Wynter in the production which opens on 14 October, with previews from 8 October, and runs until 14 November.   (more...)

Breaking: Stephen Bienskie, Donna McKechnie, Hayley Podschun and More to Star in Gattelli & Flaherty's IN YOUR ARMS at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Among them, the company can claim 18 Tony Awards, 4 Pulitzer Prizes, 6 Pulitzer finalist distinctions, 3 Emmy Awards, and 2 Academy Awards; to list all their honors would take several pages. (more...)

Saycon Sengbloh & More Will Join Lupita Nyong'o in ECLIPSED at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of ECLIPSED, written by Danai Gurira. Directed by Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy and featuring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o in her New York stage debut, this powerful story of survival and resilience begins previews at The Public Theater Tuesday, September 29 and runs through Sunday, November 8, with an official press opening on Wednesday, October 14. (more...)

Premiere Stages at Kean University to Present THE PEOPLE BEFORE THE PARK, 9/3-20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

Premiere Stages at Kean University will present the winner of its 2015 Play Festival, The People Before the Park by Keith Josef Adkins, September 3 - 20 in Kean University's Zella Fry Theatre (Vaughn Eames Hall, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.). (more...)

Becky Ann Baker to Lead Robert O'Hara's BARBECUE at The Public; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the world premiere of BARBECUE, written by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara. Directed by Kent Gash, BARBECUE begins previews on Tuesday, September 22 and runs through Sunday, November 1, with an official press opening on Thursday, October 8. (more...)

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