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Photo Flash: NIGHT SKY At Baruch Performing Arts CenterPhoto Flash: NIGHT SKY At Baruch Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2009

NIGHT SKY, a play by Susan Yankowitz, will be presented Off-Broadway this spring with previews beginning May 22 prior to its official opening June 2 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Ave.) in Manhattan. (more...)

Baltimore/Washington Backstage - March 6, 2009Baltimore/Washington Backstage - March 6, 2009
by Charles Shubow - Mar 6, 2009

Theater News from Broadway and the Baltimore/Washington Area (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Joins Broadway Cast of August: Osage County in MayPhylicia Rashad Joins Broadway Cast of August: Osage County in May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2009

Phylicia Rashad has been announced to step into the role of Violet Weston in the Broadway production of August: Osage County. Rashad will follow Deanna Dunagan and Estelle Parsons in the part and will join the show on May 26. (more...)

Blake, Coleman, Ellis & More Cast In JOE TURNER Opens 4/16Blake, Coleman, Ellis & More Cast In JOE TURNER Opens 4/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2009

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that Marsha Stephanie Blake, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cummings, Aunjanue Ellis, Danai Gurira, Andre Holland, Arliss Howard, Ernie Hudson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Amari Rose Leigh and Roger Robinson will be featured in the cast of its upcoming production of August Wilson's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, to be directed by Bartlett Sher. The production, which will be presented on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44 Street) while LCT's award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific continues its run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, begins performances Thursday, March 19 at 8pm and opens on Thursday, April 16 at 6:45pm. (more...)

MEMPHIS to Open on Broadway Fall 2009MEMPHIS to Open on Broadway Fall 2009
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2009

It was announced today that MEMPHIS, a new musical about the birth of rock 'n' roll in the turbulent 50s which recently played a critically acclaimed and sold-out engagement at Seattle?s 5th Avenue Theatre, is aiming to open on Broadway in the fall of 2009. Based on a concept by George W. George (producer of the Tony nominated Bedroom Farce & film: My Dinner With Andre), MEMPHIS features a book & lyrics by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), and music & lyrics by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan, in his Broadway debut. The new musical is directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). (more...)

THE ACCOMPLICES Comes To The Fountain Theater This AprilTHE ACCOMPLICES Comes To The Fountain Theater This April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2009

This April, the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning Fountain Theatre brings back last season's sold-out production of The Accomplices by former New York Times political reporter Bernard Weinraub. The true story of firebrand Peter Bergson, who shook up the U.S. State Department and the American Jewish establishment in his fight to rescue European Jews from the Nazis, is back with Steven Schub heading the cast ('a dynamic, impassioned portrayal' - Buzzine) and director Deborah LaVine at the helm ('Lavine skillfully melds a fine cast into a gripping production' - LA Weekly). (more...)

RIALTO CHATTER: Riedel 'Spins' on SPIDER-MAN, Carney Set to Play Webslinger?RIALTO CHATTER: Riedel 'Spins' on SPIDER-MAN, Carney Set to Play Webslinger?
by Rialto Chatter - Mar 27, 2009

It became official when, SPIDER-MAN, Turn Off the Dark, was announced to open on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Broadway's Hilton Theatre, 213 West 42nd Street (preview performances will begin Saturday, January 16, 2010). Directed by Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor with 22-time Grammy Award-winning Bono and The Edge creating new music and lyrics, SPIDER-MAN will be written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger. Well 'True Believers', since that official statement, the 'webslinging' work has heated up, and the creative process is in full 'swing' (forgive us the pun, but c'mon...). (more...)

RIALTO CHATTER: Spidey's 'Web Side Story' Sneak PeekRIALTO CHATTER: Spidey's 'Web Side Story' Sneak Peek
by Rialto Chatter - Mar 26, 2009

It became official when, SPIDER-MAN, Turn Off the Dark, was announced to open on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Broadway's Hilton Theatre, 213 West 42nd Street (preview performances will begin Saturday, January 16, 2010). Directed by Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor with 22-time Grammy Award-winning Bono and The Edge creating new music and lyrics, SPIDER-MAN will be written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger. Well 'True Believers', since that official statement, the 'webslinging' work has heated up, and the creative process is in full 'swing' (forgive us the pun, but c'mon...). (more...)

Goodman Theater's MAGNOLIA Opens 3/23Goodman Theater's MAGNOLIA Opens 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2009

Magnolia, Artistic Associate ReGina Taylor's world premiere about possibility in the face of seismic social change, takes root at the Goodman with an official opening tonight, March 23rd, Magnolia runs through April 19, 2009. (more...)

Radio Golf, A Prayer For Owen Meany Come To Denver Center CoRadio Golf, A Prayer For Owen Meany Come To Denver Center Co
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2009

This spring, the Denver Center Theatre Company will complete an extraordinary journey through the decades of the Twentieth Century with director Israel Hicks and August Wilson's Radio Golf, remember the story of faith in a stage adaptation of John Irving's sweeping novel in A Prayer for Owen Meany, and laugh with the Serrano family in the world premiere of Sunsets and Margaritas. (more...)

Ziegler's PHOTOGRAPH 51 Comes To The Fountain 3/21Ziegler's PHOTOGRAPH 51 Comes To The Fountain 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2009

Simon Levy directs the West Coast premiere of the original drama about scientific intrigue and competition - and a woman's life in a man's world. Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler opens on March 21 at The Fountain Theatre for a seven-week run through May 3. (more...)

CRT Rstarts Nutmeg Summer Series With CROWNS 6/11-21CRT Rstarts Nutmeg Summer Series With CROWNS 6/11-21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2009

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) will restart its summer theatre, the Nutmeg Summer Series, by presenting the hit musical show Crowns June 11 - 21 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre, Storrs. Tickets go on sale March 30. For tickets and information, call 860-486-4226 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu. (more...)

Sher to Direct Revival of Wilson's 'JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE' For Lincoln Center in '09Sher to Direct Revival of Wilson's 'JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE' For Lincoln Center in '09
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2009

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that it will present a new production of August Wilson's award-winning play Joe Turner's Come And Gone, to be directed by Bartlett Sher this spring , while its production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific continues its run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. (more...)

Hudson, Coleman, Blake and More Complete Lincoln Center 'JOE TURNER'S' CastingHudson, Coleman, Blake and More Complete Lincoln Center 'JOE TURNER'S' Casting
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2009

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that Marsha Stephanie Blake, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cummings, Aunjanue Ellis, Danai Gurira, Andre Holland, Arliss Howard, Ernie Hudson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Amari Rose Leigh and Roger Robinson will be featured in the cast of its upcoming production of August Wilson's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, to be directed by Bartlett Sher. The production, which will be presented on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44 Street) while LCT's award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific continues its run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, begins performances Thursday, March 19 at 8pm and opens on Thursday, April 16 at 6:45pm. (more...)

Sher to Direct Revival of Wilson's 'JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE' For Lincoln Center in '09Sher to Direct Revival of Wilson's 'JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE' For Lincoln Center in '09
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2009

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that it will present a new production of August Wilson's award-winning play Joe Turner's Come And Gone, to be directed by Bartlett Sher this spring , while its production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific continues its run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. (more...)

Hudson, Coleman, Blake and More Complete Lincoln Center 'JOE TURNER'S' CastingHudson, Coleman, Blake and More Complete Lincoln Center 'JOE TURNER'S' Casting
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2009

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that Marsha Stephanie Blake, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cummings, Aunjanue Ellis, Danai Gurira, Andre Holland, Arliss Howard, Ernie Hudson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Amari Rose Leigh and Roger Robinson will be featured in the cast of its upcoming production of August Wilson's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, to be directed by Bartlett Sher. The production, which will be presented on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44 Street) while LCT's award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific continues its run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, begins performances Thursday, March 19 at 8pm and opens on Thursday, April 16 at 6:45pm. (more...)

Sher to Direct Revival of Wilson's 'JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE' For Lincoln Center in '09Sher to Direct Revival of Wilson's 'JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE' For Lincoln Center in '09
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2009

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that it will present a new production of August Wilson's award-winning play Joe Turner's Come And Gone, to be directed by Bartlett Sher this spring , while its production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific continues its run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. (more...)

Hudson, Coleman, Blake and More Complete Lincoln Center 'JOE TURNER'S' CastingHudson, Coleman, Blake and More Complete Lincoln Center 'JOE TURNER'S' Casting
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2009

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that Marsha Stephanie Blake, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cummings, Aunjanue Ellis, Danai Gurira, Andre Holland, Arliss Howard, Ernie Hudson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Amari Rose Leigh and Roger Robinson will be featured in the cast of its upcoming production of August Wilson's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, to be directed by Bartlett Sher. The production, which will be presented on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44 Street) while LCT's award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific continues its run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, begins performances Thursday, March 19 at 8pm and opens on Thursday, April 16 at 6:45pm. (more...)

Parton, Kaye & Glover Among LADCC Award WinnersParton, Kaye & Glover Among LADCC Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2009

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2008. The 40th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony took place Monday, March 16 at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, and was co-hosted by Vicki Lewis and Wenzel Jones. (more...)

Fountain Theatre Wins 4 LA Drama Critics Circle AwardsFountain Theatre Wins 4 LA Drama Critics Circle Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2009

Fountain Theatre wins at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. (more...)

MAGNOLIA Takes Root At Goodman Theater 3/14-4/19MAGNOLIA Takes Root At Goodman Theater 3/14-4/19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2009

Magnolia, Artistic Associate Regina Taylor's world premiere about possibility in the face of seismic social change, takes root at the Goodman this spring, March 14 - April 19, 2009. Directing for the first time at the Goodman, Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro helms a cast of 12 led by Academy Award nominee Annette O'Toole (Smallville, A Mighty Wind, 48 Hours) and Tony Award nominee John Earl Jelks (August Wilson's Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean) in the leading roles of Lily and Thomas. Tickets to Magnolia are $25 - $70. A complete performance schedule including dates, times and ticket prices appears at the end of this release. Target is the lead Corporate Sponsor Partner of Magnolia and Lead Diversity Night Sponsor. (more...)

Fountain Presents West Coast Premiere of PHOTOGRAPH 51 Starting 3/14Fountain Presents West Coast Premiere of PHOTOGRAPH 51 Starting 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2009

Simon Levy directs the West Coast premiere of the original drama about scientific intrigue and competition - and a woman's life in a man's world. Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler opens on March 21 at The Fountain Theatre for a seven-week run through May 3. Low-priced previews begin March 14. (more...)

Cast Announced for Tony Kushner Celebration at the Guthrie TheaterCast Announced for Tony Kushner Celebration at the Guthrie Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2009

Guthrie Director Joe Dowling today announced casting for the three productions slated to headline the theater?s Tony Kushner Celebration. A company of more than 25 Minneapolis and New York actors will come together at the Guthrie from April through June to participate in a one-of-a-kind celebration the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright?s work. More information on the Kushner Celebration can be found at www.CelebrateKushner.com. (more...)

Bertish, Chadwick Join The Cast Of 'MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION'Bertish, Chadwick Join The Cast Of 'MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2009

McCarter Theatre Center announces the complete cast of George Bernard Shaw's still provocative Mrs. Warren's Profession, the third show of the theater's 2008-2009 season. Directed by McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann, the production will feature Suzanne Bertish, Robin Chadwick, Edward Hibbert, Madeleine Hutchins, Michael Izquierdo, and Rocco Sisto. Mrs. Warren's Profession begins performances in the Berlind Theatre on Friday, January 9 and runs through February 15. (Press opening Friday, January 16). (more...)

TOUGH TITTY Marks 3rd Play Of Magic Theater's 2008/9 SeasonTOUGH TITTY Marks 3rd Play Of Magic Theater's 2008/9 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2009

Loretta Greco has chosen Tough Titty to start off the new year, a dynamically theatrical and surprisingly funny odyssey through one woman's battle with breast cancer. Tough Titty, written by Oni Faida Lampley and directed by Robert O'Hara, marks the third play of Magic Theatre's 2008/09 season. In Tough Titty, when Angela's routine cannot keep breast cancer at bay, she must learn to face the disease, her family, and her community with equal doses of tenacity and humor. Richly emotional, Tough Titty is a boisterous exploration of one woman's willful search for grace. (more...)

McCarter Theatre Names Shields New Managing DirectorMcCarter Theatre Names Shields New Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2009

McCarter Theatre is pleased to welcome its new Managing Director, Timothy J. Shields. Mr. Shields, a nationally recognized theater executive, was appointed Managing Director by the McCarter Theatre Board of Trustees in September and began work at McCarter on January 5, 2009. 'My acceptance of the position at McCarter Theatre represents something of a homecoming, as I worked at McCarter from 1983 to 1992, and most of my family is on the East Coast,' said Shields. 'The opportunity to become Managing Director of a Tony Award-winning regional theater with such a great reputation was simply too hard to pass up.' He added, 'The unbelievably high level of the productions and presentations that McCarter does for its audiences is work that any arts professional would be pleased to be associated with, and everyone strives to make the work even better. Any organization that has that sort of ambition is one that I'm proud to lead.' Mr. Shields comes to McCarter from Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where he has served as Managing Director since 1998. During his tenure, The Rep's operating budget more than doubled, ticket sales and contributed income reached record levels, and statewide tours of Rep productions in 2006, 2007, and 2008 were re-established. (more...)

Leon Earns DGA Nomination for 'RAISIN'Leon Earns DGA Nomination for 'RAISIN'
by Eddie Varley - Jan 13, 2009

The Directors Guild of America announced the Guild's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Documentaries and Commercials for the year 2008. Kenny Leon, received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Miniseries nomination for the TV version of A Raisin in the Sun. (more...)

Theater Of Harlem Presents 'THREE SISTERS,' Opens 2/18 Theater Of Harlem Presents 'THREE SISTERS,' Opens 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2009

The OBIE, Drama Desk and Lortel Award-winning Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) will begin their 10th Anniversary Season with a new production of Anton Chekhov's classic THREE SISTERS, directed by CTH Co-Founder Christopher McElroen (The Cherry Orchard). Performances will be at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, and will begin on Thursday, February 5th. Opening night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 18th and the show will run through Sunday, March 8th. (more...)

The Shows Will Go On at Black RepThe Shows Will Go On at Black Rep
by Randy Rice - Jan 10, 2009

The Providence Black Repertory Company has reinstated their 2008-2009 season, starting with 'A Time of Fire', beginning February 5th (more...)

40th Annual Drama Critics Circle Award Nominations Announced40th Annual Drama Critics Circle Award Nominations Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2009

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2008. The 40th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 16 at the El Portal Theatre, thanks to the generous donation of the El Portal's management. The theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood. Tickets are $40; $5 off if purchased in advance via PayPal. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a catered reception (with no-host bar) and silent auction. The show commences at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the Awards show can be reserved from the LADCC's website, at www.ladramacriticscircle.com (more...)

Brownell's SMART COOKIE Opens At Hertz Stage 2/4Brownell's SMART COOKIE Opens At Hertz Stage 2/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2009

Playwright Julia Brownell's Smart Cookie is a wickedly funny comedy about how a shocking surprise helps a wealthy Manhattan socialite become the woman she never realized she wanted to be. The clear favorite of the 2008 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition judges, this World Premiere play combines laugh-out-loud humor with a provocative story about social image and the powers that can change a person's attitudes. (more...)

Fountain Presents West Coast Premiere of PHOTOGRAPH 51 Starting 3/14Fountain Presents West Coast Premiere of PHOTOGRAPH 51 Starting 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2009

Simon Levy directs the West Coast premiere of the original drama about scientific intrigue and competition - and a woman's life in a man's world. Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler opens on March 21 at The Fountain Theatre for a seven-week run through May 3. Low-priced previews begin March 14. (more...)

'SPIDER-MAN, Turn Off the Dark' Swings to Bdwy's Hilton Theatre Feb. 2010, Previews Begin 1/16'SPIDER-MAN, Turn Off the Dark' Swings to Bdwy's Hilton Theatre Feb. 2010, Previews Begin 1/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2009

SPIDER-MAN, Turn Off the Dark, will open on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Broadway's Hilton Theatre, 213 West 42nd Street (preview performances will begin Saturday, January 16, 2010). (more...)

Cox, Innvar & More Join The Cast Of TWELFTH NIGHT 3/10-29Cox, Innvar & More Join The Cast Of TWELFTH NIGHT 3/10-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2009

McCarter Theatre Center announces the complete cast of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by Rebecca Taichman. A co-production with Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre Company, Twelfth Night begins performances in the Matthews Theatre on Tuesday, March 10 and runs until March 29. (Press opening Friday, March 13). Shipwrecked in a foreign land without family, friends or possessions-what's a girl to do? Identity is under siege in the labyrinth of misconceptions that is Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's bewitching comedy of unquenchable desire, self-deception and misdirected love. This fantastical, timeless production-helmed by rising-star director Rebecca Taichman-is a real sensualist's delight: full of longing 'all as hungry as the sea' and awash in ethereal charm. (more...)

Guthrie's Tours And HENRY V Production Brings Big Success Guthrie's Tours And HENRY V Production Brings Big Success
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2009

The Acting Company and Guthrie Theater production of Shakespeare's Henry V ended its hugely successful run in the Dowling Studio this past Sunday, having played to a stunning 95% of capacity during the 26 performance engagement. Henry V marks another triumph in the long line of successful Guthrie presentations and collaborations in both the Dowling Studio and on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. The Guthrie began presenting the work of smaller theater companies in 2006 as part of the first season in its three-stage complex. The presentations proved so successful for both the Guthrie and the producing companies that many of these productions have become highlights of the Twin Cities theater season and insure future artistic collaborations at the Guthrie. (more...)

MAGNOLIA Takes Root At Goodman Theater 3/14-4/19MAGNOLIA Takes Root At Goodman Theater 3/14-4/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2009

Magnolia, Artistic Associate Regina Taylor's world premiere about possibility in the face of seismic social change, takes root at the Goodman this spring, March 14 - April 19, 2009. Directing for the first time at the Goodman, Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro helms a cast of 12 led by Academy Award nominee Annette O'Toole (Smallville, A Mighty Wind, 48 Hours) and Tony Award nominee John Earl Jelks (August Wilson's Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean) in the leading roles of Lily and Thomas. Tickets to Magnolia are $25 - $70. A complete performance schedule including dates, times and ticket prices appears at the end of this release. Target is the lead Corporate Sponsor Partner of Magnolia and Lead Diversity Night Sponsor. (more...)

Theater Of Harlem Presents 'THREE SISTERS,' Opens 2/18 Theater Of Harlem Presents 'THREE SISTERS,' Opens 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2009

The OBIE, Drama Desk and Lortel Award-winning Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) will begin their 10th Anniversary Season with a new production of Anton Chekhov's classic THREE SISTERS, directed by CTH Co-Founder Christopher McElroen (The Cherry Orchard). Performances will be at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, and will begin on Thursday, February 5th. Opening night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 18th and the show will run through Sunday, March 8th. (more...)

The Human Race Theater Opens HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW The Human Race Theater Opens HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2009

The Human Race Theatre Company will bring a new musical about the rags-to-riches life of one of the 20th century's most acclaimed performers to The Loft Theatre in June. Ethel Waters: His Eye Is On The Sparrow tells Waters' story, from birth to a 13-year old mother in a Philadelphia slum, through massive trials and travails, to becoming a star of nightclubs, recordings, Broadway, film and the Billy Graham Crusade. While His Eye Is On The Sparrow presents a happy opportunity for local audiences to see a fine new work, one that includes such massive hits for Waters as the title song and 'Stormy Weather,' the event that led to its selection is a sad one. August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, part of the late playwright's famed Pittsburgh Cycle, had been scheduled for June, but will not be performed. (more...)

Guy, Carson, And Lee Star In MISS EVERS' BOYS At SouthwestGuy, Carson, And Lee Star In MISS EVERS' BOYS At Southwest
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2009

Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company is proud to announce its production of Miss Evers' Boys by David Feldshuh, directed by Kenny Leon, featuring Jasmine Guy, TC Carson and Eugene Lee. Performances will take place at Fulton County's Southwest Arts Center, March 4 - 21, 2009; performance times vary and are listed on the True Colors website, truecolorstheatre.org. Cast also includes Bart Hansard, Eric Little, Enoch King and E. Roger Mitchell. (more...)

Hudson, Coleman, Blake and More Complete Lincoln Center 'JOE TURNER'S' CastingHudson, Coleman, Blake and More Complete Lincoln Center 'JOE TURNER'S' Casting
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2009

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that Marsha Stephanie Blake, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cummings, Aunjanue Ellis, Danai Gurira, Andre Holland, Arliss Howard, Ernie Hudson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Amari Rose Leigh and Roger Robinson will be featured in the cast of its upcoming production of August Wilson's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, to be directed by Bartlett Sher. The production, which will be presented on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44 Street) while LCT's award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific continues its run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, begins performances Thursday, March 19 at 8pm and opens on Thursday, April 16 at 6:45pm. (more...)

Dori Berinstein to Be Presented with Commercial Theater Institute's Robert Whitehead Award for Oustanding AchievementDori Berinstein to Be Presented with Commercial Theater Institute's Robert Whitehead Award for Oustanding Achievement
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2009

Dori Berinstein, three-time Tony? award-winning Broadway producer and award-winning producer, director, and writer of film and television, will be presented The Commercial Theater Institute?s Robert Whitehead Award for ?outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing? at a reception at Sardi's Restaurant on Tuesday, March 10th. (more...)

Fountain Theater Announces Its 2009 Season Of New PlaysFountain Theater Announces Its 2009 Season Of New Plays
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2009

The multiple award-winning Fountain Theatre is excited to announce its 2009 Season of new plays. Following on the heels of the critically acclaimed, twice-extended run of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, just nominated for 8 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards and continuing through February 22, will be three new plays, including two West Coast premieres and a Los Angeles premiere: Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler (March 21-May 3); Coming Home by Athol Fugard (Summer, 2009); and Shining City by Conor McPherson (Fall, 2009). In addition, The Fountain's popular Forever Flamenco! dance series, which continues on the first, third and occasional fifth Sunday of every month at the intimate Fountain venue, has been selected by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to present an all-star Forever Flamenco! extravaganza at the Ford Amphitheatre on August 1; and The Fountain will re-mount last season's successful The Accomplices by Bernard Weinraub for an eight-week run at the Odyssey Theatre (April 25-June 14) (more...)

New Episode Of Working In Theater, 'CRAFTING WORLDS: THEATRICAL DESIGN' To Air 4/12New Episode Of Working In Theater, 'CRAFTING WORLDS: THEATRICAL DESIGN' To Air 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2009

The American Theatre Wing has announced its newest episode of the popular 'Working in the Theater' series: 'Crafting Worlds: Theatrical Design.' The episode features scenic designer David Gallo, sound designer John Gromada, costume designer Susan Hilferty and lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski. The program, moderated by Variety theater reporter Gordon Cox, will air on CUNY TV beginning Sunday, April 12, at 5:00 pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: McCarter Theatre Center Announces Casting For THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, 4/24 - 6/21Photo Flash: McCarter Theatre Center Announces Casting For THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, 4/24 - 6/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2009

The Tony AwardŽ -winning McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ, has announced the complete cast for the world premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's landmark trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays. Presented in two parts, the production will be presented with a single cast and performed in repertory in McCarter's Berlind Theatre. The Brother/Sister Plays is co-produced with New York's Public Theater. (more...)

FENCES, STICK FLY Set For Huntington Theater's 2009-2010 SeasonFENCES, STICK FLY Set For Huntington Theater's 2009-2010 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2009

The Huntington Theatre Company announces today its 2009-2010 Season. The bold, diverse, and entertaining lineup includes the return of August Wilson's voice to his artistic home at the Huntington with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning 'Fences.' It will be coupled with a spring production of Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond's groundbreaking new play 'Stick Fly,' uniting the great African-American voice of the Huntington and American theatre's past with a thrilling and incisive new voice. (more...)

New York Theatre Workshops Presents THINGS OF DRY HOURS 6/8-6/28New York Theatre Workshops Presents THINGS OF DRY HOURS 6/8-6/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2009

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo have announced that Things of Dry Hours, written by Naomi Wallace and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, will begin performances Friday, May 22, at NYTW, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery. Opening night is scheduled for Monday, June 8 at 7:00pm. The production will run through Sunday, June 28. (more...)

PURE CONFIDENCE Races Into 59E59 Theaters For The Americas Off Broadway Festival, Previews Begin 5/22PURE CONFIDENCE Races Into 59E59 Theaters For The Americas Off Broadway Festival, Previews Begin 5/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2009

59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) is thrilled to welcome Tony Award-nominee Marion McClinton and Carlyle Brown, one of this country?s most prolific playwrights, to 59E59 Theaters and Americas Off Broadway. The NYC premiere of Mr. Brown?s playPure Confidence, directed by Mr. McClinton and from Minneapolis? Mixed Blood Theatre, begins previews on Friday, May 22 for a limited engagement through Friday, July 3. Opening Night is Wednesday, May 27 at 8 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday ? Friday at 8:00 PM; Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. There is an added matinee performance on Wednesday, July 1 at 2 PM. The regular ticket price is $45 ($31.50 for 59E59 Members). A 5-StarCard (one ticket to each show in the festival) is available for $100 ($85 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com. For more information visit www.59E59.org. (more...)

Yankowitz's NIGHT SKY Previews Off-Broadway 5/22 At Baruch PACYankowitz's NIGHT SKY Previews Off-Broadway 5/22 At Baruch PAC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2009

NIGHT SKY, a play by Susan Yankowitz about a brilliant astronomer who loses her ability to speak, will be presented Off-Broadway this spring with previews beginning May 22 prior to its official opening June 2 in the Rose Nagelberg Theatre at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Ave.) in Manhattan. (more...)

NOT GOD Set For Luna Stage As Final Show In 08-09 Season, Previews 4/16-23NOT GOD Set For Luna Stage As Final Show In 08-09 Season, Previews 4/16-23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2009

Luna Stage announces the final production of the 2008-2009 season - the World Premiere of Not God, a play in verse by Marc J. Straus. Previews are April 16-23, with the opening performances on April 24 and 25. The production runs through May 17, 2009. (more...)

Court Theater Presents Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON 5/5-6/7Court Theater Presents Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON 5/5-6/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2009

Court Theatre concludes its 54th season with August Wilson's beloved classic The Piano Lesson, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. The fourth play in Wilson's Century Cycle will run at Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Avenue, May 5 - June 7, 2009. The press opening is Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

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