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Big House Wine Company Re-Imagines Its Next Exciting Phase With New Prohibition Message And Package
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Big House Wine Company announces the next exciting chapter for the iconic brand with all-new packaging and design, launching on May 9 th, 2016. The new look reflects the California brand's "big, bold and rebellious" heritage and style by celebrating the personalities and figures of the Prohibition era a time when the boundaries between outlaw and common citizen were blurred. Each historic character Bent the rules to supply every-day people with a drink, and each paid the price in prison, otherwise known as the "big house." (more...)

2016 Ice Factory Festival to Present Seven New Works at New Ohio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Artistic Director Robert Lyons presents the 23rd annual OBIE Award-winning Ice Factory Festival. Ice Factory 2016 takes place at New Ohio Theatre, located at 154 Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets in New York City. Ice Factory 2016 will present seven new works over seven weeks, running from June 29 - August 13, 2016. (more...)

Karen Malpede's THE BEEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER Set for TNC, 6/2-26
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

In 'The Beekeeper's Daughter' by Karen Malpede, a pregnant Muslim refugee from Bosnia is embraced by an eccentric American family on an island in the Adriatic.  The island is a sanctuary, but it is only a short distance from the region's genocidal civil war. What happens between them turns everyone's life inside out and upside down yet results in a healing journey.  Theater for the New City (TNC) and Theater Three Collaborative will present the piece June 2 to 26, directed by the author, in TNC's Cino Theater. (more...)

TNT, Channel 4 Announce New Comedic Drama FOREIGN BODIES
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2016

TNT, a division of Turner, today announced a new series with Channel 4 titled FOREIGN BODIES, a comedic drama about a group of young adults venturing across China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. (more...)

Perseverance Theatre to Present SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Come watch Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett slice their way through Stephen Sondheim's incomparable score while serving up meat pies full of revenge. With beautiful music and unforgettable characters, Sweeney Todd is not to be missed!    (more...)

The Habitat to Present HARRY & THE THIEF at the Robert Moss Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

The Habitat presents HARRY & THE THIEF, written by Sigrid Gilmer and directed by Katie Lindsay, running May 19 - June 4 at the Robert Moss Theater. Travel back in time. Find Harriet Tubman. Don't fuck it up. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Extends David Ives' THE HEIR APPARENT
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional 5 performances of David Ives' THE HEIR APPARENT, a masterful reinvigoration of Jean-Francois Regnard's 1708 comedy about greed, love, and intrigue. Josh Costello (Detroit, Wittenberg) helms THE HEIR APPARENT, featuring Julian Lopez-Morillas, Kenny Toll, Patrick Kelly Jones, Elizabeth Carter, Lawrence Radecker, Khalia Davis, and Katie Rubin. THE HEIR APPARENT now plays through May 22nd (added performances: Tuesday, May 17, 7pm; Thursday, May 19, 8pm; Friday, May 20, 8pm; Saturday, May 21, 8pm; Sunday, May 22, 2pm) at the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley For tickets ($32-50) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

Getting to Know...JEREMY BENTON Again After His Astaire Award Nomination
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 3, 2016

Hard to believe, but it's been four years since we sat down with Jeremy Benton, whom we've since referred to as Broadway's Best Tap Dancer every chance we've had, and now it seems as that title has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Just yesterday, Benton - a native of Springfield, Tennessee - was honored with a nomination for a Fred and Adele Astaire Award in the category for best off-Broadway male dancer, heralding his critically acclaimed role in Cagney, the Musical. (more...)

BWW Review: WET's Creepy and Sometimes Confusing THE THINGS ARE AGAINST US
by Jay Irwin - May 2, 2016

Most often when you go see a play there is a very plain narrative, a beginning, a middle and an end to convey your story. Some plays out there, however, make you work a little harder either with non-linear structure or an existential Bent. And then there are some plays that go so far that you walk out of them thinking "What the hell did I just see?" Well Washington Ensemble Theatre's creepy and surreal "The Things Are Against Us", currently playing at 12th Avenue Arts, is firmly footed in that second camp but often dipped its toe into the third which resulted in a show that was creepy and fun but left my theater companion and me with a car ride home filled with statements like, "Well, I think this is what happened." (more...)

BWW Opera Review: MASTERVOICES Strikes a Masterful Chord with Dido and Aeneas
by Christina Pandolfi - May 2, 2016

A heavenly aura flooded through the regal New York City Center this past Thursday night at the MasterVoices premiere of Henry Purcell & Nahum Tate's baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas. With a full orchestra, the MasterVoices choir, and the Doug Varone and Dancers company, this unique production created a majestic escape of light, sound, and movement for audience-goers. But the crème de la crème was the other-worldly talents of lead vocalists Kelli O' Hara & Victoria Clark, both geniuses in their own right, as they created the perfect balance of good and evil, sweet and sinful through every note. (more...)

Tom Berklund to Lead NEXT FALL at MACHA THEATRE/FILMS
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

MACHA Theatre Co. and Treehouse Productions present the Tony Nominated and awarding winning Broadway play NEXT FALL in its 2015-1016 season. Written by Geoffrey Nauffts. NEXT FALL is about two gay men in a committed relationship with a twist, with one, Luke, being devoutly religious and the other, Adam, an atheist. The play revolves around their five-year relationship and how they make it work despite their differences. However, an accident changes everything. NEXT FALL paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment, love, and faith. Directed by Robin Long. (more...)

THE FABULOUS LIPITONES to Launch FST's Summer 2016 Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Florida Studio Theatre's Summer Mainstage Season kicks off with the culture clash comedy, The Fabulous Lipitones, the touching and funny production of The Roommate, and the courageous journey of self-discovery in The God of Isaac. The season opens on June 1 and plays through August 21 in the Keating and Gompertz Theatres. (more...)

See Serenbe Playhouse's CHARLOTTE'S WEB Surrounded by Animals
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

On Serenbe's vibrant farm, bustling with life, growth and enduring love, what more natural tale to tell than that of CHARLOTTE'S WEB adapted from E.B. White's classic children's book. (more...)

Fiddler, Vocalist Maarja Nuut to Release IN THE HOLD OF A DREAM Album This June
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Estonian fiddler and vocalist Maarja Nuut's 12-track full-length album In the Hold of a Dream arrives June 3, 2016, leading listeners into an ambient, looping electronic retelling of the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe. (more...)

BWW Recap: GAME OF THRONES Raises Some Eyebrows in 'Book of the Stranger'
by Jessica Naftaly - May 16, 2016

This week's episode of Game of Thrones just aired, entitled “Book of the Stranger,” a title that had little to do with the episode besides a not so subtle namedrop halfway through. This episode delivered more of what Thrones is seemingly becoming more about; shocks, deaths, quips and nudity, and less of what it originally was; a human and complex drama. Despite Game of Thrones insistence that this year, women will be “on top,” we were once again force fed faux-feminism doubling as “empowerment,” while it double downed on it's misogyny, racism, and plain nonsensical storytelling. (more...)

Patti LuPone, Jon Hamm and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its nightly performances running May 18-29. Scroll down for details, or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows. (more...)

Bent Knee Unleash 'Black Tar Water' w/ Boston Globe, 'Say So' Out 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

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CONSTELLATIONS, NOTES OF A NATIVE SONG & More Set for Wilma Theater's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

The Wilma Theater has announced a combination of produced and presented works that comprise the five productions of the upcoming 2016/17 Season. (more...)

The Public Theater Extends Stew & Heidi Rodewald's New Musical THE TOTAL BENT
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that THE TOTAL Bent will extend one week through Sunday, June 19. With text by Stew and music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the team behind the Tony Award-wining musical Passing Strange, which premiered at The Public in 2003, this world premiere musical is directed by Joanna Settle. Performances begin today, Tuesday, May 10 with an official press opening on Wednesday, May 25. (more...)

Shoreline Community College Musical Theater Program Presents 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' This May
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2016

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show, based on Charles Dickens' unfinished novel of the same name, was the creation of composer lyricist Rupert Holmes. In small town of Chesterham, England, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. But by whom? (more...)

BWW Review: HEATHERS rules at TUTS Underground
by Brett Cullum - Apr 29, 2016

HEATHERS the musical at TUTS Underground is very very. It's full of Swatch dogs, Diet Cokeheads, and teenage angst that comes with a body count... backed up by buoyant songs about being popular and pretty. (more...)

Museum of Arts and Design to Present Two Exhibitions on Harry Bertoia, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

From May 3 to September 25, 2016, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents two exhibitions focused on prolific artist, designer, and sculptor Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) that highlight the distinct practices that bookended his illustrious career. Atmosphere for Enjoyment: Harry Bertoia's Environment for Sound explores the sounding sculptures collectively referred to as Sonambient, their installation in Bertoia's stone barn, and their legacy as sound art, while Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia introduces the lesser-known jewelry works that, in many ways, are the predecessors of his internationally acclaimed sculpture and furniture designs. (more...)

Comedian Dino Archie to Release New Album, 5/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Comedian Dino Archie is back at it again with the release of his next comedy album Settling Old Scores May 1st. This is the comedian's second album since the release of his 2015 album Choosy Lover. Settling Old Scores will be available to purchase for $5.00 on www.dinoarchie.com. (more...)

Target Margin Theater to Present Reimagining of THE ICEMAN COMETH at HERE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Target Margin Theater presents The ICEMAN Lab, a radical new reimaging of The Iceman Cometh, with four diverse theater artists each tackling a separate act of the play. This fresh take on O'Neill's classic will give audiences the opportunity to see each act as a separate experiment or all together in a single sitting. The four acts of The ICEMAN Lab will play a varied schedule at the HERE Arts Center (145 6th Avenue) from June 2 through June 25, with special marathon performances on June 11 and June 18. (more...)

Damien Molony Joins Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in NO MAN'S LAND - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

It is announced today that Damien Molony, best known for his roles in BBC's Being Human and Ripper Street, will play the role of 'Foster' in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, completing casting for the play. Molony joins the previously announced Ian McKellen as 'Spooner', Patrick Stewart as 'Hirst' and Owen Teale as 'Briggs' in Sean Mathias' production, which will tour venues across the UK from 3 August prior to a limited engagement at London's Wyndham's Theatre from 8 September. (more...)

Broadway's Discoettes to Debut Sunday, May 1 Singing Disco Hits at Carson Kressley Hosted Benefit
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 27, 2016

This coming Sunday, May 1, 2016, will mark the debut of Broadway's Discoettes, a group made up of theater favorites Carmen Ruby Floyd, Harriett D. Foy and Laiona Michelle. The group will strut their stuff, and sing some great disco hits, at the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation (ADRLF) Disco Bowl Spring Fling Benefit. The event, hosted by Emmy Award-winning television personality, Carson Kressley (Dancing with the Stars, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), will feature hours of bowling, free sangria, beer and bites, before the fabulous concert. (more...)

Ana de La Reguera & More Join Cast of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN Season 3
by TV News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

MIRAMAX(R) and El Rey Network announced today four new cast additions to Albuquerque-based production of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES, set to return for a third season later this year. (more...)

WGN America Gives Season 2 Order to Underground Railroad Thriller UNDERGROUND
by TV News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

WGN America's Underground Railroad thriller UNDERGROUND, among the most widely praised series of the year and the network's most-watched original program ever, has been renewed for a second season (more...)

Lance Horne & Drew Brody to Celebrate Launch of New EP With Beth Malone at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present two of musical theater's most exciting young composers LANCE HORNE and DREW BRODY in a special evening on Wednesday, May 11 at 9:30 PM with special guest Beth Malone, the Tony Award-nominated star of Broadway's Fun Home. (more...)

The New Group's THE SENSUALITY PARTY Begins Performances Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Performances begin tonight for The Sensuality Party, a new play by Justin Kuritzkes, presented by The New Group as part of the company's 2015-2016 season. This New York premiere, directed by Danya Taymor, features Catherine Combs, Jeff Cuttler, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Jake Horowitz, Layla Khoshnoudi and Rowan Vickers. (more...)

WGN America Renews UNDERGROUND for Second Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

WGN America's Underground Railroad thriller 'Underground,' among the most widely praised series of the year and the network's most-watched original program ever, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios. The breakout hit series, created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, draws 3 million Total Viewers on Wednesday nights season-to-date in Live + 7 delivery, lifting an average of +131% in time-shifted viewing among Adults 25-54, and is the #6 highest-rated scripted series premiere of any cable drama this season. 'Underground' was the #1 original scripted series on cable last Wednesday night across all key demos in Live + 3 ratings. (more...)

Lancaster British Brass Band Presents: The Beatles Go Brass
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2016

Lancaster British Brass Band presents Beatles Go Brass Sunday, May 1 at 3:00 PM  & Friday, May 6 at 7:30 PM at Ware Center, Lancaster. (more...)

BWW Interview: Santiago Sosa Talks Nashville Shakes' Apprentice Company
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 23, 2016

Since coming to Nashville two years ago, actor/director/teacher Santiago Sosa has found his new theater home to be 'very welcoming and warm' as he's been graciously accepted into the family of artists who make Music City their home. And now, with auditions for Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Apprentice Company on the horizon (April 28 and 29), he's anxious to himself welcome new folks into the ever-growing family of theater types who are Bent on improving their skills, expanding their understanding of all things Shakespeare and adding to their own personal bags of theatrical tricks - all while establishing roots in Tennessee. (more...)

Tribeca New Music to Welcome Ashley Bathgate to the cell, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Tribeca New Music continues its 2016 season with celebrated cellist Ashley Bathgate (Bang on a Can All-Star) performing works from her new CD, Stories for Ocean Shells, a collaboration with composer Kate Moore. (more...)

BWW Review: The Marriott Lincolnshire Takes EVITA To An Intimate Stage
by Kailey Hansen - Apr 22, 2016

Capturing the renowned musical retelling of Eva Peron-Argentinian fashion icon, pop culture staple and political powerhouse-is no small task for any theater. Combine that with the incomparable music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the deeply dynamic lyrics of Tim Rice and you've got Broadway-sized shoes to fill. This season, the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater decided to take on this challenging show, setting the classic rock opera 'in the round'; and it was well-worth it. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL Strikes a Boomer Chord
by Perry Tannenbaum - Apr 21, 2016

With two Broadway-calibre voices hitting the hits out of the park, BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is pure gold (more...)

Fitness News: Lard Butt 1K Comes to Seattle, 6/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Lard Butt LLC (www.lardbutt.com), an apparel and lifestyle company dedicated to below-average athletes and weekend warriors, today announced that the first annual Lard Butt 1K (yes, that is a 1K) is set for Saturday, June 11 at Seattle's Magnuson Park. Instead of traditional water stations, the Lard Butt 1K will feature donut stations every 250 meters, replace timing chips with chocolate chips and host a well-stocked beer garden before and after. Along with a canned-food drive for the University District Food Bank, there will be a 'Spirit of Lard Butt' costume contest and Health & Fatness Expo. (more...)

A.C.T.'s 2016 SUPERGALA! Raises Over $500K with Help from Jeremy Jordan
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

With the help of Tony and Grammy Award nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies on Broadway, NBC's Smash, CBS's Supergirl, and films The Last Five Years and Joyful Noise), and students from A.C.T.'s Master of Fine Arts Program and Young Conservatory, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) raised over $500,000 at its 2016 Season Gala, SUPERGALA!, which took place on Thursday, April 14 at the historic Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. (more...)

History Has Its Eyes on HAMILTON, Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Raise a glass! It was just announced by Pulitzer Prize administrator Mike Pride that HAMILTON has officially won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (more...)

La Mama to Present COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #134 with Gabriel Berry, 4/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

LA MAMA presents COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #134 "GABRIEL BERRY" - Saturday, APRIL 23, 2016 at 3:00pm - 5:00pm?-- Located at, La MaMa, Downstairs (66 East 4th Street, NYC). (more...)

2016 Pulitzer Prizes Will Be Announced This Afternoon; Watch the Live Stream at 3pm!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Today's the day! The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Nominated Finalists will be announced on today, April 18 at 3pm eastern daylight time via live-stream on pulitzer.org. (more...)

Sony/ATV Extends Worldwide Agreement with Rob Thomas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has extended its worldwide deal with multiple Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist Rob Thomas. (more...)

Ballet Tech's KIDS DANCE Set for Joyce Theater, 6/9-12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

KIDS DANCE is back! Ballet Tech's remarkably poised, scrupulously schooled and impeccably rehearsed whiz-kid dancers are busting at the seams to dance for you.  Eliot Feld's A Yankee Doodle comes to town, with a feather in its cap.Dotty Polkas bounces off the walls and across the stage, and both Quickstep and UPSIDE D?N?E return to the repertory, June 9-12 at the Joyce Theater. (more...)

Who Will Win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama? Tune In to the Live Stream at 3pm!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Today's the day! The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Nominated Finalists will be announced in just minutes- April 18 at 3pm eastern daylight time via live-stream on pulitzer.org. (more...)

BWW Review: ACT's Funny STUPID F**KING BIRD Gets Too Deconstructed
by Jay Irwin - Apr 15, 2016

I'm perfectly fine when a play chooses to break the fourth wall and become self-referential. The ability for anything to be able to point out its own shortcomings is a sign of self-actualization. But when a play repeatedly does so and then pats itself on the back for its cleverness of doing so as does Aaron Posner's "Stupid F**king Bird", currently playing at ACT, then it becomes wearing almost to the point of insulting. And while Posner's play certainly has its funny moments, those repeated exposes onto itself started to feel like the play was flipping the audience the bird (and I don't mean a Seagull). (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Stars of The Drilling Company's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

The Drilling Company's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot ensemble opens the third season of Shakespeare performances in Bryant Park with MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING set in the Post World War I Suffragette movement. This free production, directed by Hamilton Clancy, is one of three plays that is included in Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare and is offered from May 19 to June 4 on the Upper Terrace of Bryant Park, behind the New York Public Library. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the stars in costume! (more...)

The Drilling Company to Present MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in Bryant Park, 5/19-6/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

The Drilling Company's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot ensemble opens the third season of Shakespeare performances in Bryant Park with 'Much Ado about Nothing' set in the Post World War I Suffragette movement. This free production, directed by Hamilton Clancy, is one of three plays that is included in Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare and is offered from May 19 to June 4 on the Upper Terrace of Bryant Park, behind the New York Public Library. (more...)

BWW Review: MR. BURNS...Static Electricity
by Nancy Grossman - Apr 14, 2016

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY defends the thesis that storytelling and making theater may be of great value in times of crisis, but goes awry with its repetitious retelling of an episode of THE SIMPSONS. Director A. Nora Long, a creative design team, and strong acting performances are not enough to put a charge in playwright Anne Washburn's work. (more...)

Carmen Ruby Floyd, Harriett D. Foy & Laiona Michelle Will Take Part in ADRLF DISCO BOWL SPRING FLING
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

On Sunday May 1, 2016, to kick off National Hepatitis Awareness month, the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation (ADRLF) will host The Disco Bowl Spring Fling Benefit. The event will be hosted by the Emmy Award-winning television personality, Carson Kressley (Dancing with the Stars, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy); and will feature a disco-inspired musical performance by Broadway's sizzling Discoettes: After Midnight's Carmen Ruby Floyd, Amazing Grace's Harriett D. Foy, and Amazing Grace's Laiona Michelle. The Total Bent's Kenny Brawner will also perform with the Discoettes, including taking the lead on "YMCA." (more...)

Artes de la Rosa Announces Cast of WELCOME TO ARROYO'S
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

?Artes de la Rosa is proud to announce principle casting for the Artes de la Rosa Regional Premiere production of Welcome To Arroyo's by Pulitzer Prize Nominee Kristoffer Diaz. In it, two DJ's emcee four lives looping together for an entertaining mix tape in this thinking man's romantic comedy that explores family identity through a hip hop kaleidoscope. (more...)

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