BWW Review: Stunning TWILIGHT OF THE GODS at the Washington National Opera
by Andrew White - May 9, 2016

Director Francesca Zambello's Gotterdammerung is truly awesome-in both the original and contemporary senses of the word.  The conclusion of a four-part epic, this six-hour installment depicts the final struggle for ownership of a magical ring whose owner might rule the world-but which also holds a dire curse for all who come into contact with it. Through unforgettable projections, beautifully-executed music and stunning vocal performances, this is a once-in-a-lifetime artistic event.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Kevin Oliver Jones & Leanne Jarvis on SENSATION - A CONCERT CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF THE WHO
by Jenny Ell - May 5, 2016

Celebrating the music of The Who, one of the most iconic bands of all time, Sensation is about to embark on a UK tour featuring fantastic singers and a live band. In the midst of rehearsals, BWW:UK speaks to Musical Director Kevin Oliver Jones and vocalist Leanne Jarvis who was a finalist on Season 2 of BBC's The Voice. (more...)

BWW Review: The Guthrie Theater's Production of the 60-Year-Old Play TROUBLE IN MIND Starts an Important Conversation that's Still Relevant Today
by Jill Schafer - May 26, 2016

Friends, something exciting is going on at the Guthrie Theater. In the wake of (not unjustified) criticism about their lack of diversity onstage and backstage, they are currently presenting a 60-year-old play written by Alice Childress, one of the most important female African-American playwrights of the 20th Century, and directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, the first African-American woman to ever direct on a Guthrie mainstage. And I'm happy to report that TROUBLE IN MIND succeeds on so many levels. First of all, it's hilarious, engaging, and entertaining, and offers a behind the scenes look at the theater world we love so well. But more importantly, it talks about racism, sexism, classism, ageism in a smart and nuanced way that has as much resonance in today's world as it did in the 1950s NYC theater world depicted in the play. I was fortunate enough to attend on a night when there was a post-show discussion with the cast, which just made the experience that much richer. The best and most important work of theater is to start conversations about the world we live in, give voice to everyone's stories, and in doing so help us to better understand our fellow human beings. Trouble in Mind, and the conversations it will hopefully spark amongst its audience, is a fantastic example of that. (more...)

BWW Review: Seize the Stage! Rousing NEWSIES Leaps Over to OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - May 24, 2016

Now after more than a year, NEWSIES' North American First National Tour is nearing its conclusion, finally stopping at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through May 29 (the musical will motor down to San Diego the following week). After seeing the original Broadway production in NYC and then seeing its Los Angeles debut at the Pantages Theatre last year, experiencing this exuberant, high-energy, smile-inducing crowd-pleaser again here in my own home turf felt like a special gift. NEWSIES is a fun, uplifting night at the theater... and continues to be in subsequent, multiple viewings. With its winning combination of incredibly acrobatic dancing, family-friendly comedy, engaging story, awesome singing, and dazzling showmanship, there is a lot to love with this show---whether you're 5 or 95. Heck, it certainly made a #Fansie out of me. (more...)

BWW Review: Gripping, Compelling and Explosive - HOSTAGES Explores The Heart of Darkness
by Herbert Paine - May 23, 2016

Todd Michael Isaac and Mike Traylor deliver riveting and captivating performances as two hostages, isolated in a sterile cell and united only by their shared Kafkaesque despair, in iTheatre Collaborative's gripping and compelling production of Yussef El Guindi's HOSTAGES. (more...)

BWW Interview: Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director of The Powerhouse Theater
by Kathryn Kitt - May 2, 2016

Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced a few of the projects tapped for the upcoming 32nd Powerhouse Season, the annual summer season which stages full productions of new plays, workshop presentations of new plays and musicals, and readings of other works in progress, among other developmental programming. (more...)

Don Howard Releases WAIPUNA
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Author Don Woodward wanted to write a simple book based in the area he grew up with and the result of which is 'Waipuna,' (published by Xlibris NZ) a fictional romantic adventure novel set in the breathtaking Manawatu-Wanganui region in New Zealand. (more...)

Broadway by the Way to Present OKLAHOMA!, 6/3-19
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The musical OKLAHOMA! runs from June 3rd through June 19th at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City (2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA). (more...)

Novum Deploys Patton VoIP CPE in BroadSoft-Based NBN Solution for Business
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

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BWW Review: LONDON HAS FALLEN is Xenophobic and Mindless - A Terrible Combination
by Natalie de la Garza - Mar 4, 2016

While it's fun to see a non-American city get destroyed every once in awhile, LONDON HAS FALLEN is no more than terrorsploitation, xenophobic destruction porn that tugs on all the right strings. Unfortunately, those strings are attached to the lowest common (American) denominator. (more...)

New Young Adult Novel by C.A. Lockwood is Released
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

In 'Christian Marlowe and the Fabergé Egg' (published by Lulu), adventure starts with a boring family trip to London. When Welsh teen Christian (or Kit, as he's known to family, friends and enemies) Marlowe's family disappears on a holiday, he discovers that his parents have been keeping secrets from him. (more...)

Video Flashback: Take Trip Down Memory Lane with the FALSETTOS Trio!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

To celebrate the news, we're flashing back to some of our favorite past performances from the trio! (more...)

Breaking News: Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, and Andrew Rannells to Lead FALSETTOS Broadway Revival!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

            Lincoln Center Theater, in association with Jujamcyn Theaters, has announced that Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, and Andrew Rannells will head the cast of its new production of William Finn and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical FALSETTOS.  FALSETTOS  begins previews Thursday, September 29, and opens on Thursday, October 27 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48 Street). (more...)

Second Thought Theatre to Stage THE GREAT GOD PAN This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Second Thought Theatre follows acclaimed production of Martyr with THE GREAT GOD PAN as the second show of its 2016 season. (more...)

BWW Interview: Wife Swap! Rebecca Luker Gets Ready to Take Residence at FUN HOME
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 30, 2016

Four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn will temporarily depart FUN HOME this spring to undergo hip surgery, and it's Rebecca Luker to the rescue! On April 5, the three-time Tony Award nominee will take over as the Bechdel family matriarch in the groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning Best Musical. Luker adds FUN HOME to her long list of Broadway credits, which already includes THE SECRET GARDEN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE MUSIC MAN, MARY POPPINS, CINDERELLA, and many more. Now as she prepares for her latest role, she's checking in with BroadwayWorld to update us on the process so far! (more...)

KC Rep Announces Cast of THE FANTASTICKS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Kansas City Repertory Theatre will continue its 2015-16 season with The Fantasticks, directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Producing Director Jerry Genochio. (more...)

BWW Review: Coyote Stageworks' Production of ART, at the Annenberg Theater, is Superbly Acted and Directed and Loaded with Dark Humor
by Audrey Liebross - Mar 28, 2016

In Coyote Stageworks' superb production of ART, a plain white painting that contains a bit of texture, and possibly, a few almost invisible tints, serves as the catalyst for three middle-aged men to examine their friendship.The expressions of emotion, whether through the writer's words or through the actors' inflections, body-language, physical altercations, and yelling back and forth, are so natural that I forgot that these gentlemen were acting. They are so convincing that it is almost painful in spots to watch them attempt to destroy each other. (more...)

BWW Review: Hysterically Funny BACH AT LEIPZIG at Group rep
by Don Grigware - Mar 22, 2016

Musical geniuses of yesteryear like Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart or Bach ... ah, a chosen few who left an unparalleled legacy...but not without bitter resentment and treachery from rivals, some talented, some not... Remember Amadeus by Peter Schaeffer? Salieri stopped at nothing to thwart Mozart's success. Well, now Itamar Moses pits not one, but seven musicians against one another for the coveted position of choirmaster/organist after Johann Kunau dies literally at the organ at Thomaskirche, Leipzig in 1722. There's a flurry of fanciful farce amongst the competitiveness currently onstage in Moses's Bach at Leipzig at Group rep, directed by the brilliant Calvin Remsberg and boasting a devilishly versatile cast, through May 1. (more...)

Contra Costa Civic Theatre to Present THE MOUNTAINTOP,4 4/15-5/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) continues its 56th season with The Mountaintop, Katori Hall's daring reimagining of a seminal event in American history, directed by CCCT Artistic Director Marilyn Langbehn. The Mountaintop plays from April 15 through May 8- performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm at the theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lupita Nyong'o & More Featured in 'Wild' JUNGLE BOOK Photo Shoot
by Movies News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Walt Disney Studios has shared brand new special shoot images featuring the cast of Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK.  (more...)

Elite Media Communications Sets Sights on Explosive Second Quarter Following Best First Quarter Ever
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

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BWW Interview: The Actors' Gang's Cynthia Ettinger's Reflections on Her Latest Directorial Project and Social Responsibility
by Gil Kaan - Mar 20, 2016

Cynthia Ettinger has been a member The Actors' Gang for over 30 years  and currently serves as the company's Co-Artistic Director and Master Teacher. Cynthia managed to squeeze some spare moments amidst her directing duties of THE EXONERATED to speak to us. (more...)

Seattle Men's Chorus & Seattle Women's Chorus Welcomes New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

Flying House Productions (FHP) the parent organization for Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, isthrilled to announce that Paul Caldwell will be named the new artistic director, effective August 1, 2016. The organization has flourished under the 35-year artistic leadership of Dennis Coleman, whose retirement was announced in February 2015. Immediately theFHP board of directors began an extensive nationwide search for Coleman's successor; work is currently underway with the Board of Directors, executive director Steven Smith, and Coleman for a smooth transition process. In the coming months Caldwell is expected to relocate from his Chicago-area home where he has worked as artistic director for the Youth Choral Theatre of Chicago, Windy City Gay Chorus, and Windy City Treble Quire. (more...)

Lynn Nottage, Young Jean Lee, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Receive 2016 PEN Literary Awards
by Michael Dale - Mar 2, 2016

The advocacy organization grants awards for Master American Dramatist, American Playwright in Mid-Career and Emerging American Playwright. (more...)

Everyman Theatre to Present 'SALESMAN' & 'STREETCAR' in Rep
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

The culmination of Everyman Theatre's 25th Anniversary begins this spring with the highly anticipated 'Great American Rep.' The Rep unites two iconic masterpieces and marks the first time Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire have ever been produced as a rotating rep, where one virtuosic cast featuring 8 resident company members performs multiple roles and transform night after night. (more...)

BWW Review: I SEE YOU, Royal Court Theatre, March 5 2016
by Laura Jones - Mar 16, 2016

It's been an exciting few months for Noma Dumezweni. At the end of last year she stepped into the lead role of Linda at the last minute, replacing Kim Cattrell, it was announced that she would be playing the role of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opening this summer and in I See You she makes her directorial debut. In the intimate setting of the Jerwood Theatre upstairs in the Royal Court Theatre, a gripping play by South African writer Mongiwekhaya. (more...)

Monolith's AssureNow Wins Best Network Operation Initiative at the World Communications Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

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At LES MIS, Best Seats Are Orchestra Center, Premium Gold (A Reserve)-Technical Director
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 12, 2016

When it comes to the best seat of the house at LES MISERABLES (LES MIS), which currently plays The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, Technical Director Cameron Flint ('Wicked,' 'Once') says all the seats in the house are the best seats because the stage design was built for the apprecation of the audience from all angles. However, personally, Mr Flint will sit in the front row or middle rows of the Orchestra Center (VIP) or in the center of the Premium Gold (A Reserve) section. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Announces THE 39 STEPS Cast, Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast and creative team of THE 39 STEPS, May 19-August 14 at the CLO Cabaret.  Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have THE 39 STEPS, a fast-paced whodunit with a riotous blend of virtuoso performances by an incredible cast and wildly inventive stagecraft, including an on-stage plane crash! (more...)

Emmy Winner Mia Michaels to Direct, Choreograph NEW YORK SPECTACULAR at Radio City; Creative Team Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) announced today that three-time Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels will serve as director and choreographer of the New York Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes, presented by Chase. Michaels will be joined by Drama Desk Award-winner Douglas Carter Beane as the show's writer, Alain Lortie as lighting designer, and multi-media and entertainment studio, Moment Factory, as video designer. Returning from 2015's successful inaugural production of the then called New York Spring Spectacular are set designer Patrick Fahey and costume designer Emilio Sosa, and from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, sound designer Steve Canyon Kennedy. (more...)

FRIEND ART and ENGAGEMENTS Slated for Second Stage Uptown Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Second Stage Theatre will present the world premiere of Sofia Alvarez's FRIEND ART, directed by Portia Krieger, and the New York premiere of Lucy Teitler's ENGAGEMENTS as part of the company's fourteenth annual SECOND STAGE THEATRE UPTOWN SERIES this summer. (more...)

BWW Recap: Spy in the House of Love on THE GOOD WIFE
by Jacqueline Bublitz - Feb 22, 2016

We were right there when the lights went off, when the skirt went up and the lights went down. We were right there - all the way - until the camera panned out and effectively told us to mind our own business while Alicia got down to hers. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sacha Pfeiffer on Real-Life Power of SPOTLIGHT
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 22, 2016

At first blush, the idea to dramatize the investigation into the Catholic Church's widespread sexual abuse scandal in Boston seems like a daunting, unpleasant proposition; and while the subject matter is both frustrating and sickening, the final product, the Academy Award-nominated SPOTLIGHT, has become a reminder for many of the importance of a very specific type of journalism. (more...)

Point Park University's The REP Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

The 2016-2017 season of The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, will include regional premieres and shows written by some of the best contemporary playwrights. (more...)

BWW Recap: 'Mr. Solomon' is THE BLACKLIST's 'Red Wedding' Episode
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 8, 2016

Can Liz Keen marry her ex-husband Tom without a nuclear emergency, the return of Mr. Solomon, Red Reddington discovering a devious plot, and more deaths than GAME OF THRONES? Of course not. (more...)

Hannover Marketing & Tourismus: Welcome to Hannover, Mr. President!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Trade Fair Hub & attractive Destination (more...)

BWW Interview: Tim Robbins' Improving the World - One Play at a Time
by Gil Kaan - Apr 5, 2016

Tim Robbins truly relishes the value and reach of theatre; and he persistently works to disseminate it throughout the world. We got a chance to talk with Tim, co-founder of The Actors' Gang and its current Artistic Director, the day after his latest directorial project ORWELL'S 1984 opened. See any of the productions Tim has directed and be challenged only not to be entertained, but thinking about what the play is saying. (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ultimately Grabs The Heart
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Apr 29, 2016

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Goes Beyond Skin Deep (more...)

BWW Review: MARIE ANTOINETTE - History with a Modern Twist and Potential Relevance at Dobama
by Roy Berko - Apr 27, 2016

The subject of David Adjmi's play, MARIE ANTOINETTE, was a delicate beauty, with gray-blue eyes and ash-blond hair, who following the Seven Years War, was used by her scheming mother, Empress Maria Theresa, to cement an alliance between Austria and France by arranging a marriage to Louis-Auguste. (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play (partly inspired by the theatricality of Nicholas Nickleby) that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. (more...)

BWW Interview: Playwright WILLARD MANUS Discusses His New Play About MM
by Don Grigware - Apr 22, 2016

Local Playwright Willard Manus' Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story, a new play about the troubled relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, debuts this Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm, runs April 23 - May 22, produced by John Lant and Anne Mesa, directed by T.J. Castronovo and starring Rico Simonini and Emily Alicia Low, produced by Write Act Rep@TheBrickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. The play was developed at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit (West Coast), where Manus and Castronovo are fellow-members. He shared with us a bit about the play and quite a bit about his life. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Close Out Café Concertos at Café Ludwig, 5/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Orange County, Calif.—April 18, 2016—So civilized! Sip coffee or tea and sample sweet treats in a coffeehouse-style setting, while enjoying the aural beauty composed by four masters of classical music—Vivaldi, Bach, Holst and Mozart—during Pacific Symphony's final Café Ludwig chamber concert of the 2015-16 season. “Café Concertos,” hosted by the incomparable pianist Orli Shaham, offers the perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day—with a delightful program of concerted works performed as intimate chamber music. Opening with the great composers Bach and Vivaldi followed by works of Mozart and the 20th-century composer Gustav Holst, who were admirers of the Baroque masters, this program spotlights the talent of an impressive cast of Symphony musicians: Jessica Pearlman-Fields, oboe; Ted Sugata, oboe; Benjamin Smolen, flute; Raymond Kobler, violin; Paul Manaster, violin; Nancy Eldridge, violin; Bridget Dolkas, violin; Robert Becker, viola; Timothy Landauer, cello; and Steven Edelman, bass. (more...)

Bid on Items from David Bowie, Lady Gaga & More in Julien's Auctions 'Music Icons' Event
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Julien's Auctions, the world record breaking auction house to the stars, has announced its highly anticipated Music Icons auction event to take place at the Hard Rock Café New York on Saturday, May 21, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: GROUNDED Is Taut And Focused At The Alley Theatre
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Apr 2, 2016

BWW Review: GROUNDED Honors The Humanity In All Of Us At The Alley Theatre (more...)

BWW Review: Theater Works Presents VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by Herbert Paine - Apr 19, 2016

The exceptional and distinctively comedic performances of Cathy Dresbach as Sonia and Bruce Laks as Vanya are the highlights of Theater Works' otherwise uneven production of Christopher Durang's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. (more...)

Goodman Theatre to Host Citywide Lorraine Hansberry Celebration This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

In conjunction with a production of playwright Lorraine Hansberry's final work, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Goodman Theatre presents a Lorraine Hansberry Celebration (April 30 - June 5), curated by Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith. (more...)

BWW Review: DIAL M FOR MURDER at Olney Theatre Center - It's Like 'CSI' In Person
by Charles Shubow - Apr 18, 2016

Olney Theatre Center Associate Artistic Director Jason King Jones directs an enticing psychological thriller. (more...)

60 MINUTES to Examine Insurance Companies Not Paying Benefits, 4/17
by TV News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Thirty-five companies still haven't settled and remain under investigation. Stahl's report will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, April 17 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (more...)

Will It Remain Quiet Uptown After HAMILTON-Inspired Real Estate Boon?
by Michael Dale - Apr 13, 2016

Real estate agents and local businesses and attractions are noticing a sharp increase in interest in the past year. (more...)

ESPN Films' 30 FOR 30 Shorts Continues With Slate of Five New Films
by TV News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

ESPN Films' award-winning 30 for 30 Shorts documentary series returns with a spring lineup of five new short films debuting every Tuesday (with the exception of April 26) over the next six weeks. (more...)

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