American Blues Theater Welcomes New Member, Artistic Affiliates
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

American Blues Theater announces the addition of a new Ensemble member and three new Artistic Affiliates. (more...)

Intelligence Community Faces a Future of Increasing Complexity
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016


The Factory Theater Announces Opening Night for ZOMBIE BROADS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

This Fall, The Factory Theater will open its second season at its home in Rogers Park with the world premiere comedy Zombie Broads. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

The new hour-long show, The Beatles Present "The Lord of the Rings: The Musical" will be performing from Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 10, 2016 at THE BRICK (579 Metropolitan Avenue) in Brooklyn for four shows only! (more...)

BWW Interview: The Original Tom Jones Still Improving on His THE FANTASTICKS 50+ Years Later
by Gil Kaan - Sep 7, 2016

The latest production of the classic THE FANTASTICKS arrived at The Pasadena Playhouse September 6, 2016, directed by Seema Sueko. With the book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, THE FANTASTICKS was awarded the Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 1991, in its 33rd year of its 42-year Off-Broadway run (17,162 performances!). (more...)

BWW Review: No Ifs and Buts in OR, - A Masterpiece Is On Stage at Southwest Shakespeare Company
by Herbert Paine - Sep 6, 2016

The creative mind of Liz Duffy Adams seems to know no bounds, her works a diverse and intriguing whirlpool of theatrical concepts. OR, is no exception. It is in the telling of Aphra Behn's story, witty, sexy, and sophisticated, provocative and light-hearted, elevating the power of the word. It is a masterpiece, honored now by Southwest Shakespeare Company and featuring a superlative ensemble. (more...)

Unicorn Theatre Presents HAND TO GOD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2016

In Robert Askins' Hand to God, when sock puppet, Tyrone, takes on a wickedly funny and shockingly dangerous personality all his own, the introverted teenager, Jason, who created him finds his world turned inside out. Crude, lewd Tyrone has a knack for telling the truth Jason never could and his small Texas town and Christian puppet club will never be the same in this riotous Broadway hit comedy... Warning: Graphic puppet sex and devilish behavior (so leave the kids at home). (more...)

BWW Blog: Sarah Kleist - HEATHERS the (Feminist) Musical
by Guest Blogger: WPPAC's HEATHERS - Sep 29, 2016

In recent years, theatre has seen a resurgence of musicals that align with some of the ideals of third wave feminism; HEATHERS by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy is one of those musicals. I love this show for many reasons; the catchy music, not to mention the hilarious book-but what I love most about this show is its progressive representation of femininity and sexuality. In an era where Donald Trump is the Republican candidate, this show is extremely important.  (more...)

BWW Interview - DWTS' Maks Chmerkovskiy Talks Season 23, Return to Broadway & More
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 29, 2016

Fan favorite champion ballroom dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Maksim Chmerkovskiy returned to ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS for the show's 23rd Season. Chmerkovskiy partners with model and actress Amber Rose as he attempts to reclaim the coveted mirror ball trophy. (more...)

Welcome to Falsettoland! Meet the Full Company of FALSETTOS, Beginning Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Sep 29, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater's new production of William Finn and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos begins previews tonight, September 29, and runs for 14 weeks only at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48 Street). Opening night will be Thursday, October 27. Scroll down to learn more about the cast, plus watch the full company in rehearsal! (more...)

DISGRACED to Spark Debate at McCarter This October; Ayad Akhtar Set for Dialogue During Run
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize winning Disgraced has become a flashpoint of conversation. Critically-acclaimed and Tony-nominated on Broadway, produced around the world, Disgraced is about to spark debate on McCarter's Matthews Stage this October. (more...)

Tony Award Winner Reed Birney Will Star in Second Stage Theatre's MAN FROM NEBRASKA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director, Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that Tony Award winner Reed Birney (The Humans) will star in the leading role of Ken Carpenter in the upcoming New York premiere production of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Lett's 2003 play, MAN FROM NEBRASKA, directed by David Cromer. Mr. Birney has previously appeared in three Second Stage productions - The Family of Mann, Loose Knit, and Winterplay. (more...)

BWW Review: 'John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known As Lypsinka' is a Toned Down, Engaging Look Into the Performer
by Karis Rogerson - Sep 2, 2016

In his new solo show at Joe's Pub, John Epperson, the adored drag artist widely known as his character Lypsinka, sits at the piano dressed conservatively in a green blazer, a rarity for him--- no flashy dresses, wigs, or makeup. For this show, he's performing not as Lypsinka but as himself. But the performance itself is far from conservative. John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known As Lypsinka, which debuted on August 15, is billed as a 'personal musical memoir,' but in many ways it's a tribute show--- specifically, a tribute to the women who shaped his life. (more...)

by Guest Blogger: Jonathan Maitland - Sep 2, 2016


Guest Blog: Lady Thatcher On Brexit and the DEAD SHEEP National Tour
by Guest Blog: Jonathan Maitland - Sep 2, 2016

Lady Thatcher on Brexit and Dead Sheep (more...)

BWW Blog: Casey Hebbel - Gala Celebration Rehearsals
by Guest Blogger: Casey Hebbel - Sep 2, 2016

Gala Celebration rehearsals are in full swing here at Transcendence! We are gearing up for our end of season celebration and fundraiser. Transcendence Artist Casey Hebbel gives blog readers a sneak peek at how it's all going!! (more...)

BWW Interview: Colman Domingo on His Intervening BARBECUE, Hollywood & Controversies
by Gil Kaan - Sep 19, 2016

Playwright Robert O'Hara's BARBECUE deservedly earned a rousing reception (and standing ovation) from The Geffen Playhouse's enthusiastic opening night audience September 14.  BroadwayWorld and I had a chance to chat with O'Hara's frequent collaborator, actor/playwright/director Colman Domingo a few days after his directorial success. (more...)

Lynn Nottage's SWEAT Rounds Out Cast at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of SWEAT by Lynn Nottage. (more...)

BWW Review: Cultural Fusion's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL is Smooth as Silk
by Libby Champion - Sep 12, 2016

Perfectly encapsulating the great singer Billie Holiday is no easy feat. The legendary jazz singer with a career spanning over thirty years was a mystery to many people - she was beautiful and talented but her personal life was shrouded in drug and alcohol addiction and a myriad of abusive relationships. On paper, it's easy to leave it at that and move on - another celebrity sob story. But in Cultural Fusion's production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, words normally associated with Holiday such as 'revered', 'pain' and 'soulful' take on a whole new meaning, and Holiday's story is so much more than that.   (more...)

BWW Interview: Scott Graham and Geordie Brookman on THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE
by Marianka Swain - Sep 12, 2016

Andrew Bovell's Things I Know To Be True, a Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia co-production, opened earlier this year in Adelaide and is now playing at London's Lyric Hammersmith, led by Imogen Stubbs. Scott Graham, co-founder of Frantic Assembly, and Geordie Brookman, artistic director of State Theatre Company, discuss collaborating on this unique project. (more...)

BWW Interview: Mark Cortale, with Seth Rudetsky, Presents Judy Kuhn in 'Broadway In New Orleans' Concert at NOCCA
by Heidi Scheuermann - Oct 6, 2016

Lucky for all of us here in New Orleans, Mark Cortale is again bringing his Broadway in New Orleans series to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) beginning tonight at 7:30pm.  The first concert of the 2016-2017 series features an actor/singer who you may know from any number of Broadway shows such as LES MISERABLES, SHE LOVES ME, and most recently FUN HOME.  Or, if you grew up in the 90s like me, you may know her as the barefoot running, Native American, Disney princess Pocahontas.  Is "Colors of the Wind" anyone else's go-to road trip jam? (more...)

AtNetPlus Honored With Ninth Cascade Capital Business Growth Award
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016


Helios Collective Presents DIDO King's College London
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

To bring fresh new meaning to a play is a virtue, to do it to a musical score is sacrilege.  But why? Why shouldn't musicians be as creative as actors?  As part of PLAY, the 2016 Arts & Humanities Festival at King's College London, Helios Collective present a reimagined reading of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas as Dido & …. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Edward Gero
by Elliot Lanes - Oct 4, 2016


Scoop: 60 MINUTES SPORTS on Showtime - Tuesday, October 4, 2016
by TV Scoop - Oct 4, 2016

Get all the scoop on 60 MINUTES SPORTS on Showtime, airing on Tuesday, October 4, 2016! (more...)

WaterTower Theatre Announces Casting, Creative Team for PARADE IN CONCERT Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

???????WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Greg Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced casting and creative team details for Parade in Concert, Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi, with Musical Direction by Scott Eckert. With Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a Book by Alfred Uhry, Parade will play a special one-night only performance on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. (more...)

Fallbrook Locksmith Company Featured in Businessing Magazine
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016


BWW Interview: Joshua Bell - The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
by Kathryn Kitt - Oct 24, 2016

Joshua Bell is a classical superstar: violinist, cultural ambassador, and all-around inspiration. Musical Director of The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, television performer (Mozart in the Jungle!), and subway station busker-provocateur, he's a deep and unique talent. (more...)

BWW Interview: MFAH Film Curator Marian Luntz Talks Martial Arts and WUXIA WONDERS Film Series
by Katricia Lang - Oct 21, 2016

Marian Luntz, curator of film and video at the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston gives us some insight into the MFAH Film Series WUXIA WONDERS: MARTIAL ARTS ON SCREEN, including why it kicks so much ass! (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

John Waddell marks his debut in the publishing scene with this book which follows 'An Atheist's Adventures with God' (published by Xlibris AU). Enthralling, eye-opening and evocative, this narrative charts the remarkable journey of how a total non-believer turned right around to become an author for God. (more...)

BWW Interview: Derrick Davis of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Bass Performance Hall
by Sarah Comley Caldwell - Oct 18, 2016

If you ask a musical theatre lover to name one of their favorite shows, there's a high likelihood they will mention Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic, The Phantom of the Opera, a staple on Broadway, around the world and on tour. I was honored and thrilled to chat with actor Derrick Davis, who is in rehearsal for the national tour and will step into the role of the Phantom in Fort Worth, TX at the Bass Performance Hall, beginning October 20th. We discussed his historic ascent into the role {as only the third African-American to star as the Phantom and the first to star in the national tour}, his dream roles, tricks of the trade and, of course, his favorite flavor of cake - check out our conversation below! (more...)

Citizens Theatre Presents THE GORBALS VAMPIRE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Over 50 community performers will take to the Citizens Theatre's stage on 28 and 29 October to perform The Gorbals Vampire, a new play by Johnny McKnight inspired by extraordinary real-life events which took place in the Gorbals over 60 years ago. The performances are the culmination of a 10-month long project which has involved local people, school children and the general public in a range of workshops, exhibitions and creative writing competitions inspired by the story. (more...)

BWW Interview: The Many Faces of TODD PONDER
by Marietta Lunceford - Aug 31, 2016

The first time I met Todd Ponder was my very first audition after graduating from college in 2013. I could tell immediately that he was a nice guy and he helped to calm my nerves. Since then I have seen Todd Ponder in many roles on stage: the tough guy, the soft hearted, the scary guy, the every man. He can change his persona in an instant and has a wide range of voices and accents. He also sings! (more...)

BWW Review: The Play EL CHE Begs The Question, Porque Che?
by Herbert Paine - Aug 31, 2016

In the wake of an otherwise amateurish production of Marcelino Quiñonez's homage to Che Guevara, two questions beg for answers: Why Che? And, to what end? If the play is a work in progress, with aspirations for a larger stage, it might be helpful to ponder the riddles. (more...)

Maria Dizzia to Replace Annie Parisse in Second Stage Theatre's THE LAYOVER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Second Stage Theatre just announced Maria Dizzia will assume the role of Shellie in the world premiere production of THE LAYOVER, written by Leslye Headland and directed by Trip Cullman, on Tuesday, September 6. She returns to Second Stage Theatre after her acclaimed performance in the title role of Eurydice, during the company's 28th season. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Barbra Streisand Gets Candid in New Interview with EXTRA
by Stage Tube - Aug 29, 2016

Legendary singer, actress, and director Barbra Streisand sat down with "Extra's' Mario Lopez, getting candid about her marriage and her politics. She also revealed which celebrity impressed her the most while making her new album 'Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway"… and what she thinks about the Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga remake of "A Star is Born"! (more...)

Request Tunes in Real Time at Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch's Online Concert This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

On Sunday, August 28 at 7pm, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch will perform an in-home online live concert. (more...)

ZOMBIE BROADS and More Slated for The Factory Theater's Season 24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

This Fall, The Factory Theater will open its second season at its home in Rogers Park. The company will produce three plays, each of which will feature a female artist as either writer or director. (more...)

BWW Review: Another Resoundingly Special EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY
by Don Grigware - Aug 24, 2016

On Monday evening August 22 An Evening of Classic Broadway returned to Rockwell Table and Stage for another resoundingly superb and downright mirthful show. Headed by Brad Ellis and Dianne Fraser, this show really grows on you. I love talent, and you can definitely find it here in abundance. On the bill this time around were of course ringmaster Ellis, ingenious as always with his delicious banter at the piano, and Fraser, who manages to do it all, even adjusting microphones and assisting with the props. She's amazing! Guest singers included Joshua Finkel, Zachary Ford, Susan Edwards Martin, Barrett Foa, Christina Saffran and daughter Emma Ashford and last but never least the inimitable Julie Garnye. (more...)

Point Park University's REP Professional Theatre to Present WIG OUT!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The REP Professional Theatre Company will be opening the 2016-2017 season with the Pittsburgh premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out!. (more...)

BWW Interview: Leslye Headland's LAYOVER Plans Run Amok
by Naomi Serviss - Aug 19, 2016

Strangers on a plane embrace in a cat-and-mouse game with no rules. An exploration in the nature of truth and intimacy ensues. (more...)

BWW Review: The Landing Theatre Company's GAMBRELS OF THE SKY Dwells in Possibility
by Natalie de la Garza - Aug 19, 2016

Described as an 'urban biblical fairy tale,' GAMBRELS OF THE SKY, the Landing Theatre Company's current production, catches us up with Eve (I did say biblical, didn't I?), six thousand years removed from the garden. She now works in a high-rise, specializing in office-based hedonism, with Rose, the second, and September, a former accountant who went looking for trouble and found it. (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson, Kate Winslet & More Team for WE Pledge Video
by TV News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Today, WE Day released its WE Pledge Video that features Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Hudson, Common and Orlando Bloom. Check it out below! (more...)

Lynn Nottage's SWEAT Adds Another Week at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that the New York Premiere of SWEAT by Lynn Nottage has been extended one week. (more...)

Eye Zen to Celebrate the Life of Remy Charlip in RAINBOW LOGIC Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

On the cusp of its 10-year anniversary, Eye Zen Presents is proud to announce the world premiere of Rainbow Logic: Arm in Arm with Remy Charlip, celebrating the life and legacy of dancer, choreographer, children's book author and illustrator Remy Charlip (1929-2012). (more...)

BWW Interview: Tom Jacobson Waxes Poetic on Theatre, Church & Playwriting
by Gil Kaan - Aug 15, 2016

Prolific playwright Tom Jacobson will have the world premiere of his latest theatrical work CAPTAIN OF THE BIBLE QUIZ TEAM opening August 27, 2016  (weekends only) through October 3, 2016.  This immersive piece (with the audience as the congregation) will be presented at venues to include the Lutheran Church of the Master, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church and Hollywood Lutheran Church.   (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the cast & creative team for COMPANY, with Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and Book by GEORGE FURTH. Directed by Spiro Veloudos with music director Catherine Stornetta and choreography & musical staging by Rachel Bertone, COMPANY will run September 2 - October 9, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Complexity and Cunning Appear in APT's Extraordinary ARCADIA
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Aug 15, 2016

Could life be portrayed similar to a steaming cup of tea that eventually grows cool, and finally stone cold? That premise represents one possible physical property of energy, specifically heat, in Tom Stoppard's 1993 play titled Arcadia. At American Players Theatre (APT) Up the Hill stage, Stoppard's contemporary, complex and cunning production poses the duality to life and questions theoretical polar opposites such as order versus chaos. In this absorbing and provocative play where the heat of romantic love interferes with life's scientifically charted course, where the unpredictable and predetermined meet, this APT cast features excellent poetic form when playing what Stoppard also contemplated: 'It is a defect of God's humour that he directs our hearts everywhere but to those who have a right to them.' (more...)

Anna Deavere Smith's 'NOTES FROM THE FIELD' Sets Opening at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Just announced, Second Stage Theatre's New York Premiere production of NOTES FROM THE FIELD: DOING TIME IN EDUCATION, the latest work created, written and performed by groundbreaking theatre artist Anna Deavere Smith with music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby and directed by Leonard Foglia, will open on November 2, 2016 at the Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). Previews will begin on October 15. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016 - Guest Blog: Kasia Lech of BUBBLE REVOLUTION
by Guest Blogger: Kasia Lech - Aug 14, 2016

Kasia Lech of Bubble Revolution guest blogs for BroadwayWorld about her Edinburgh Fringe experience so far. (more...)

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