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BWW Review: Multiple Fantastic Performances by Just Two Actors Highlight the Return of The Jungle Theater's Hit THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP
by Jill Schafer - Sep 8, 2014

Vampires, werewolves, Egyptian mummies, English moors, haunted portraits, a sophisticated Lord and Lady, an Irish maid, a Scottish stable hand, and a euphonium. Mix it all up and you have the ridiculous and hugely entertaining farce that is THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP. This 2010 Jungle hit is back again this year with the same director/scenic designer, Joel Sass, and one of its stars, Bradley Greenwald (proving once again there truly is nothing he can't do). The role(s) previously played by Stephen Epp is played by another Stephen, Cartmell, and he brings his own kind of brilliance to the show. Watching these two actors fully commit to the distinct outrageousness of multiple characters is a joy. (more...)

BWW Recap: BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Flashbacks, Chain Gangs, and Cuba, Oh My!
by Jessica Naftaly - Sep 8, 2014

Okay so here we are! Episode one of the final season of Boardwalk Empire entitled 'Golden Days for Boys and Girls'! It kicked off in an interesting and beautifully visual fashion as we are met with an opening shot of boys diving for coins underwater. The cinematography in that scene, and in the entire episode is notably gorgeous. Voicing over this stunning imagery is a poem read aloud by a female voice. “Be honest and true, boys! /Whatever you do, boys /Let this be your motto through life.” This poem bookends the episode as it's featured during the flashbacks (yes flashbacks!) of young Nucky Thompson throughout the episode. (more...)

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS Monologue Highlights -9/4
by TV News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

Below, check out highlights from NBC's 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' monologue from the September 4th broadcast! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Direct From Signature with Matthew Gardiner
by Ellen Burns - Sep 8, 2014

The soul of an artist is on full display in Signature Theatre's 14-15 season-opening production of Sunday in the Park with George, and you'll find the artist's soul behind the scenes in Matthew Gardiner, Associate Artistic Director of Signature Theatre, and the show's director. (more...)

Alliance Theatre, Actor's Express, Serenbe's OKLAHOMA! and More Among 2013-14 Suzi Bass Award Nominees; Ceremony Set for 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

The Suzi Bass Awards, Inc. revealed nominations for the 2013-2014 Atlanta professional theatrical season this evening to theatre patrons and industry artists. The Suzi Nomination Party, which rotates venues, was hosted this year by Actor's Express in the King Plow Arts Center of Atlanta. Guest announcers included performers Christy Baggett, Laura Cole, Danielle Deadwyler, and Tess Malis Kincaid. (more...)

InDepth InterView Flashback 2013: Joan Rivers Talks JOAN & MELISSA: JOAN KNOWS BEST?, FASHION POLICE, SALLY MARR Revival & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 7, 2014

Today we remember stage and screen icon Joan Rivers in honor of her death this week at the age of 81 with this InDepth InterView originally presented in 2013. (more...)

InDepth InterView Flashback 2011: Joan Rivers Talks Broadway, Hollywood, Reality TV & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 6, 2014

Today we remember stage and screen icon Joan Rivers in honor of her death this week at the age of 81 with this 2011 InDepth InterView. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stunning SITI Company Presents Aeschylus' PERSIANS
by Don Grigware - Sep 5, 2014

Since high school I have found Greek tragedy a repetitious, tedious bore - lots of emoting with zero action and no laughs. As I watched the magnificent SITI Company from New York perform Aeschylus' very first tragedy Persians at the Getty Villa in Malibu, things took a different turn, I somehow became fascinated ... primarily by Anne Bogart's fluid staging and the company of 9 impeccably disciplined and graceful actors. (more...)

BWW Reviews: YENTL Steps Boldly into World of Men in New Musical Adaptation at Theater J
by Jeffrey Walker - Sep 5, 2014

Washington DC's highly engaging Theater J has brought Yentl back but this time in a musical form. The beauty and impact of YENTL is that the gender-bender central role is not just a plot device to have reverse drag be the knee-slapping gimmick of the moment. Yentl has no other choice but to live her life as a man, in the time and place in which the story unfolds. Theater J knows how to pick pieces with bold themes and this is no exception. (more...)

VENUS IN FUR to Open Rep Stage's 2014-15 Season, 10/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

Rep Stage, the regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), opens its 22nd season with David Ives' "Venus in Fur", directed by Joseph Ritsch, Rep Stage's co-producing artistic director. (more...)

Steve Buscemi to Discuss Firefighting & More on CBS SUNDAY MORNING, 9/7
by TV News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Celebrated actor Steve Buscemi spent four years as a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department before becoming an actor full-time. (more...)

BWW Recap: BLACKLIST Asks If Your Money's Safe at the Bank
by Marakay Rogers - Sep 30, 2014

We learn several things in the course of BLACKIST's 'Monarch Douglas Bank'. The three most important: Red's daughter's name is Jennifer, the US marshals lost track of her seven years ago (so she's not the girl in The Stewmaker's file, folks), and Mr. Kaplan's first name is Kate! Knowledge is power and don't forget it. Also, Red has a hot Latina manicurist, but that may not be news. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Top-Notch Performances Elevate Brilliant GOOD PEOPLE in La Mirada
by Michael L. Quintos - Sep 30, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's thoughtful, riveting character study GOOD PEOPLE continues at the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts through October 12. Buoyed by impressive performances, this excellent regional production of the Tony Award-winning play shines the spotlight on the class divide and examines the lengths some go to for self-preservation. (more...)

MGH-Set Medical Thriller ETHER DOME to Begin Oct 17 at the Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company continues its 2014-2015 Season with Ether Dome, "an essential story" (Hartford Courant) by Elizabeth Egloff about the advent of ether as an anesthetic and the resulting revolutionary impact on the medical profession. T (more...)

Soho Rep & PlayCo to Present GENERATIONS, 9/30-10/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2014

Soho Rep. and The Play Company, in association with John Adrian Selzer, announce casting and the creative team for the U.S. premiere of debbie tucker green's generations. The production, September 30-October 26, reunites the playwright with director Leah C. Gardiner, who worked together on the OBIE Award-winning 2011 production of born bad. generations features a 12-person community chorus led by music director Bongi Duma (The Lion King). The cast includes Shyko Amos (An Octoroon), Mamoudou Athie, Khail Toi Bryant (The Lion King), Ntombikhona Dlamini (Sarafina!), Thuli Dumakude (The Lion King, Poppie Nongena), Jonathan Peck (The Lion in Winter) and Michael Rogers (born bad, Breakfast With Mugabe). (more...)

Keith Josef Adkins' PITBULLS to Begin Performances in November at Rattlestick
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long have announced that Pitbulls, written by Keith Josef Adkinsand directed by Leah Gardiner, will begin previews Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 8pm at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, west of Seventh Avenue South. Opening night is set for Thursday, November 20 at 8pm. Pitbulls plays through Saturday, December 13. (more...)

Former President George W. Bush Pranks SCANDAL Consultant & Former Adviser
by TV News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Former President George W. Bush recently pulled one over on his former adviser-turned SCANDAL consultant, Judy Smith. (more...)

Katie Brayben to Star in West End's BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, February
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Katie Brayben will play the title role in the West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musicalopening at the Aldwych Theatre in February next year. Alan Morrissey will play King's husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, with Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King's mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. London previews beginning on 10 February 2015 and with the show currently booking to 13 June 2015. Press night will now take place on 24 February at 7pm. Final casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

60-Year-Old Makes History with Run From NY to LA in 46 Days
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Can you imagine running 50-70 miles in one day? What about doing that for 46 straight days across the USA? Most of us probably have images of a long bearded Tom Hanks from the movie 'Forrest Gump' run through our minds when we think of running that far and for that long, while others may just have images of swollen ankles, throbbing knees, and broken toenails. (more...)

BWW Recap: SURVIVOR- BLOOD VS WATER Premiere 9/24; Full Results!
by Kara McCoy - Sep 24, 2014

It's a big night on CBS. Before a winner can be crowned on BIG BROTHER 16, SURVIVOR's gotta make a comeback, coming in hot with its 29th season premiere. And I mean hot. Like really hot. I've never been to San Juan del Sur, but a preliminary Google search tells me that the humidity can get up to 100%. Phew. (more...)

ASK A HEALTH COACH: 'Aren't Diet And Exercise Enough?'
by Melissa Muguruza - Sep 23, 2014

There are so many things people are telling me to do these days to 'get healthy'. Aren't diet and exercise enough? What can I do to make a big impact on my over all health and well-being? (more...)

BWW Recap: 'Jesus Was Wrong' in This Week's BOARDWALK EMPIRE
by Jessica Naftaly - Sep 22, 2014

There's forgiveness for everyone. That's what Jesus said,” utters Fern. “Baby girl,” Chalky informs her, “Jesus was wrong.” This episode wasn't the most faced paced, informative episode. In fact, we really didn't learn much, but there were a lot of great character moments and set ups for what is sure to be an incredible next few episodes. This episode revolved around two things: forgiveness and the mistreatment of women (mistreatment being neglect, abuse or crimes against women). (more...)

MORE TRAVELS ON GRACE STREET is Released
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

COVINGTON, Ga. (more...)

CHILDREN ARE FOREVER Performance Added 10/04
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2014

United Solo Theatre has added another performance of CHILDREN ARE FOREVER on October 4, 2014 at 2pm. In CHILDREN ARE FOREVER, Julia never bought a baby before. Okay, she's adopting, but the agency sure makes her feel like she's buying a baby. Couples competing in the free market of love. Bad ovaries but good credit? Step right up! Did you know some kids are discounted? A black baby--which is what Julia and her wife are seeking?costs 1/2 of a white baby. Almost makes Julia and Amy want to run out and start a chapter of the Black Panthers - and Amy's white! (more...)

BWW Catch Up: Shots, Shots, Shots! Slow-Watching Episode 7 of OITNB
by Colleen Maus - Sep 2, 2014

And we're back! Episode seven, “Comic Sans” shows us Black Cindy's past, the result of Jimmy's escape and a horrible hook-up between two equally horrible people. Let's dive right in. (more...)

BWW Preview: BOARDWALK EMPIRE Final Season: 'No One Goes Quietly'
by Jessica Naftaly - Sep 2, 2014

It's almost time for the newest and final season of “Boardwalk Empire” to premiere on September 7th on HBO. While no one wants to see it go, we all wait in baited breaths for what is sure to be a killer finale (both literally and figuratively knowing this show!). So while we all say “too soon, too soon” at the shows upcoming eight episode series finale, we'll raise our glasses “to the lost” in Jimmy Darmody style and watch it go out with a bang. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 9/19/14 - HOLIDAY INN, PIPPIN's New 'Player', ON THE TOWN, Flea Market and More!
by Jessica Showers - Sep 19, 2014

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: Goodspeed's HOLIDAY INN begins performances in Connecticut tonight, PIPPIN welcomes a new 'Leading Player', ON THE TOWN starts previews on Saturday, and the Broadway Flea Market is Sunday! (more...)

Court Theatre & American Blues Theater Extend NATIVE SON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Due to early ticket demand, Court Theatre and American Blues Theater announce an extension to the world premiere of American Blues Ensemble Member Nambi E. Kelley's new adaptation of Richard Wright's classic novel, Native Son, directed by Seret Scott. Native Son will now run September 11 - October 19, 2014 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. (more...)

Indiana Regional MLS Completes Consolidation of 13 MLS Systems Into Single Source of Real Estate Data
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Together, the Indiana Regional Multiple Listing Service (IRMLS) and the MLS Solutions division of Black Knight Financial Services announced today the completion of the Paragon MLS rollout to all 13 of IRMLS' founding member boards. The transition is the result of an extensive two-year effort to implement a regional MLS platform that makes it easier and less expensive for IRMLS members brokers, agents and appraisers to conduct business and realize greater revenue. With the Paragon MLS platform, IRMLS is helping ensure that all of its nearly 6,000 members can benefit from the cost savings associated with bulk technology purchase agreements, while being able to collaborate and share information and services across the state. (more...)

BWW Reviews: South Coast Rep Triumphs with Enchanting New Vision of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST
by Michael L. Quintos - Sep 15, 2014

Something completely enchanting is happening right now on a stage in Costa Mesa. Kicking off its 51st season, South Coast Repertory---in association with the American Repertory Theatre and the Smith Center---is currently staging the remarkable, re-envisioned new take on William Shakespeare's classic play THE TEMPEST created by Aaron Posner and magician Teller. The visually-stunning, wonderfully magical production continues its Southern California premiere performances through September 28. (more...)

BWW Reviews: STC's BLOOD RELATIONS Is Overly Complicated
by Jay Irwin - Sep 14, 2014

Many have attempted to fictionalize the tale of Lizzie Borden. Hell, there's even a rock musical version of the story (that is awesome, By the Way). Why? Because we all love a scandal. If this had happened today it'd be all over the news-tainment channels and internet for days (until the next scandal comes along). So authors and producers keep coming back to it especially since she got away with it, assuming she really did it at all. No one really knows for sure. And while the tale still lends some fascination, the current retelling in Sound Theatre Company's production of "Blood Relations" manages to get unnecessarily complicated while not really conveying much that's interesting or enlightening about the story. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Jane Lynch On UPRISING OF LOVE Charity Event, GLEE Final Season, ANNIE On Broadway, HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT Emmy Win, Upcoming Projects & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 12, 2014

Today we are talking to a two-time Emmy Award-winning stage and screen star who counts a modern-day TV icon among her most memorable roles, none other than nefarious and outrageous Sue Sylvester on FOX's hit musical dramedy series GLEE, the versatile Jane Lynch. Shedding light on her hosting duties for the upcoming GLBT equality charity event UPRISING OF LOVE, set to star Sting, Billy Porter and Patti LuPone, Lynch opens up about the importance of the cause and why she was drawn to participating in the show next week. Additionally, Lynch shares stories from her early theatre days - including performing in an amateur production of UPRISING OF LOVE co-producer Stephen Schwartz's own musical GODSPELL. Plus, Lynch recounts her experiences performing material from beloved family-friendly musical ANNIE on GLEE - with the world premiere of "Little Girls" having been hosted right here on BroadwayWorld - as well as her reflections on starring as Miss Hannigan in the most recent Broadway revival of the popular show. Of course, Lynch shares a brief but tantalizing preview of what viewers and gleeks alike can expect from the final season of GLEE, now back where it all began at McKinley High in Lima, Ohio. All of that, new information on her upcoming onscreen reunion with GLEE co-star Matthew Morrison and much, much more! (more...)

BY THE WAY, I LOVE YOU Shares Stories of Abusive Life and Transformation
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

TORONTO (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sassy, Sexy, WITCHES OF EASTWICK at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Dan Marois - Sep 11, 2014

There are hot, sassy witches flying about the Ogunquit Playhouse in a production of The Witches of Eastwick, a musical comedy that has some memorable characters, high energy music and a fabulous set design. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis Nudges Us to Buy Halloween Candy Early with THE ADDAMS FAMILY
by Joseph Baker - Sep 1, 2014

There's Nothing Dead About Theatre Memphis' Ghoulishly Delightful Production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at The REP's SOUVENIR, Now Playing Through 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

The REP presents SOUVENIR, by Stephen Temperley and directed by Tome Cousin, through Oct. 12 at Studio Theatre. Check out a first look below! (more...)

MoMA to Open 'UNEVEN GROWTH' Megacities Exhibition, 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, a 14-month initiative to examine new architectural possibilities that address the rapid and uneven growth of six global metropolises -- Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro -- culminates in an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art from November 22, 2014, through May 10, 2015. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE BOOK OF MORMON
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 30, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE BOOK OF MORMON below! (more...)

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind: A Surveillance Solution to Protect our Country's Wind Farms
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Clean, renewable energy By the Way of wind farms have been gaining popularity in the US recently, a trend that was effectively reinforced after last month's announcement from Renewable Energy Systems Americas who closed on two different construction loans for large wind farm projects to be completed next year in North Dakota and Minnesota. In addition to providing the palpable environmental advantages, it is estimated the 150 MW Border Winds Project and the 200 MW Pleasant Valley Wind Project will reduce customer energy costs by millions of dollars over the projects' lifetimes. As Dave Sparby, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co. Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company-who will own and operate the plants upon completion-stated, “These projects will add 750 megawatts of clean wind energy to our system and demonstrate that we can achieve both environmental and economic benefits for our customers” (http://domesticfuel.com/2014/07/01/res-americas-border-winds-project-blows-ahead/). (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 27th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 27, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Equity Jeff Award nominations are out, and 'On The Town' is open. Peck and Lindley, Jessie Mueller and more are set for concerts here, and 'I Love Lucy' and the Grinch will return. Plus Theo Ubique's Andrews Sisters and Kurt Weill in rep, 'Titanic' and 'In The Heights' prepare, Munster announces 2015, and NBC flies its 'Peter Pan' cast. Ahh!! (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Interview Billie Allen at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The League of Professional Theatre Women is pleased to present Actor/Director/Philanthropist BILLIE ALLEN for the next Oral History interview. ALLEN will sit down with Tony Award-Winning Actress PHYLICIA RASHAD to discuss her fascinating work as a theatre artist. The event will be Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on 65th Street & Amsterdam Avenue. Admission is free, but seats will be on a first-come-first-seated basis. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK Reveals A Stark Reality
by Herbert Paine - Aug 25, 2014

In By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, acclaimed dramatist Lynn Nottage (winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Ruined), has illuminated the irony and hurtful absurdity of the Black struggle in Depression-era Hollywood to break the chains of racial stereotyping and to land good roles with good lines. iTheatre Collaborative, a gem of a company in the heart of Phoenix boldly stages this play under the direction of Charles St. Clair and with a cast that artfully commands the stage. Nicole Belit is exquisite, endowing Vera with elegance, grace, and the self-assurance that was required to leap from handmaiden to film star. (more...)

GENERATIONS, WASHETERIA and More Set for Soho Rep.'s 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Sarah Benson and Executive Director Cynthia Flowers, Soho Rep. has continually produced work by bold artists who harness the intimate power of a 73-seat black box theater to create transformative experiences. Soho Rep.'s 2014-15 season, announced today, comprises three new works that each speak to the civic power of theater through their own distinctive form. (more...)

THE SHAME GAME Storytelling Show to Return 9/6 at This Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The Shame Game returns on September 6th at This Theater. (more...)

MOTOWN the MUSICAL is a Huge Hit: Now thru Sep 28!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Aug 23, 2014

Hodges & Hodges grooved their way down to the Orpheum Theatre to dance the night away at MOTOWN the Musical! The hit record company defined the sound of the sixties and seventies, breaking down racial barriers with a signature soul/pop sound that cut across the black/white divide at a time when segregation was still the law of the land. Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations were just a few of the artists that made up the hit parade at Motown. (more...)

Madame Tussauds San Francisco to Display Wax Figure of Pro Basketball Player Jeremy Lin
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Today, newly traded Los Angeles Lakers player and Palo Alto native, Jeremy Lin, unveiled his first ever wax figure at the city's newest wax attraction, Madame Tussauds San Francisco. The renowned athlete will start as point guard for the Lakers in the spring of 2015. (more...)

Lynn Nottage's INTIMATE APPAREL to Open Artists Rep's 2014-15 Season, Begin. 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Artists Rep will kick off its 2014/15 season with the Portland premiere of Intimate Apparel by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Artists Rep Artistic Associate and Resident Artist Michael Mendelson will direct this award-winning, Off-Broadway and regional theatre sensation. (more...)

In Performance Video: Anna Gunn & Billy Magnussen in SEX WITH STRANGERS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

This week's New York Times In Performance video features Emmy Award-winning actress Anna Gunn and Tony-nominated actor Billy Magnussen in a scene from Laura Eason's play SEX WITH STRANGERS. (more...)

BWW Interviews: BUYER & CELLAR'S Michael Urie
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Aug 19, 2014

This month, San Francisco is in for a scrumptious theatrical treat called Buyer & Cellar, which is touring the country after rave reviews Off-Broadway in New York. (more...)

Unicorn Theatre to Present HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 9/3-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Hands on a Hardbody is a new rock musical about 10 Texans whose new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end and armed with nothing but hope and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In this hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American dream. (more...)

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