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Michele Lee, John Lloyd Young and More Slated for Barbara Cook's Spotlight Series in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned the lineup for Barbara Cook's Spotlight series, ready for its ninth season at the Kennedy Center this year.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Folio Theatre's 'THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE' Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2015

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY, an original play by Executive Director David Rice. This critically acclaimed production first premiered in 2006 and has sold out all four of its previous productions. The riveting tale of life and death, love and heartbreak opened on September 26 and runs through November 1, 2015. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY Opens Tonight at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2015

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY, an original play by Executive Director David Rice. This critically acclaimed production first premiered in 2006 and has sold out all four of its previous productions. The riveting tale of life and death, love and heartbreak opens tonight, September 26 through November 1, 2015. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLEN POE: A LOVE STORY to Open 9/26 at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2015

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY, an original play by Executive Director David Rice. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2015

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY, an original play by Executive Director David Rice. This critically acclaimed production first premiered in 2006 and has sold out all four of its previous productions. The riveting tale of life and death, love and heartbreak begins previews tonight, September 23, for a regular run September 26 through November 1, 2015. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks Mounts a Brilliant, Must-See Production of DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE
by Audrey Liebross - Sep 21, 2015

Palm Desert's Desert Theatreworks has mounted a must-see production of Sarah Ruhl's edgy, comedic, metaphysical play, DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE.The director has created such a visual and musical feast that it doesn't matter if anyone understands the story, any more than it does with a ballet. (more...)

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Returns to Seacoast Repertory Theater, 10/2-25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2015

Theater audiences have an extra reason to see the Seacoast Repertory Theater's upcoming production of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.' They chose the play. (more...)

Farah Alvin and Jarrod Spector Will Lead Reading of DATE OF A LIFETIME Musical
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

Producers Michael Alden, George DeMarco, Frank Evans and Jack Lechner announced today that they will present a private reading of the new musical DATE OF A LIFETIME on Thursday, September 17th. Four time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls) serves as Creative Consultant. Date of a Lifetime features a book and lyrics by Carl Kissin and music by Rob Baumgartner, Jr. (more...)

BWW Preview: Desert Theatreworks Will Present the Madcap Dark Comedy DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE
by Audrey Liebross - Sep 15, 2015

Desert Theatreworks (DTW) is presenting Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl's dark, but madcap, romantic comedy, DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE. The play will run from September 18th through the 26th, 2015, at the Arthur Newman Theatre, in the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for PTC's Will-Swenson-Led ROCKY HORROR SHOW Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2015

Pioneer Theatre Company reprises its successful concert series for a limited run. Richard O'Brien's raucous musical THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is being offered as a special event, for four performances only, in a script-in-hand, singing-and-dancing concert-style presentation on Thursday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m. andSaturday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (more...)

PTC's Will Swenson-Led ROCKY HORROR SHOW Concert Set for This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2015

Pioneer Theatre Company reprises its successful concert series for a limited run. Richard O'Brien's raucous musical THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is being offered as a special event, for four performances only, in a script-in-hand, singing-and-dancing concert-style presentation tonight, October 22, at 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m. andSaturday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (more...)

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Returns to Seacoast Repertory Theater Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2015

Theater audiences have an extra reason to see the Seacoast Repertory Theater's upcoming production of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.' They chose the play. (more...)

Terri White Launches Barbara Cook's Spotlight Series in D.C. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Barbara Cook's Spotlight series, in its ninth season at the Kennedy Center this year, features Terri White tonight, October 16, 2015; Randy Graff on October 30, 2015; Michele Lee on November 6, 2015; John Lloyd Young on November 20, 2015; and Frances Ruffelle on March 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Terrace Theater. (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre to Present MOUNTAIN, 11/3-22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

From the rights of the individual against government and corporate power, to advocacy for First Amendment rights, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas scaled great heights on behalf of the individual and the natural environment.  Bristol Riverside Theatre continues its Mainstage Season with Mountain: The Journey of Justice Douglas by Douglas Scott about this judicial giant running November 3-22.  Directed by Susan D. Atkinson, the cast features Keith Baker as Douglas with Kenneth Boys and Sandy York playing multiple supporting characters. (more...)

BWW Preview: Palm Desert's Desert Theatreworks Will Present STEEL MAGNOLIAS
by Audrey Liebross - Oct 14, 2015

esert Theatreworks, Palm Desert's acclaimed 501(c)(3) community theatre, will present STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Robert Harling's 1987 off-Broadway sensation, which subsequently became a hit motion picture. STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the story of the outspoken clientele of Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre Presents MOUNTAIN, Now thru 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

From the rights of the individual against government and corporate power, to advocacy for First Amendment rights, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas scaled great heights on behalf of the individual and the natural environment. Bristol Riverside Theatre continues its Mainstage Season with Mountain: The Journey of Justice Douglas by Douglas Scott about this judicial giant running tonight, November 3, through November 22. Directed by Susan D. Atkinson, the cast features Keith Baker as Douglas with Kenneth Boys and Sandy York playing multiple supporting characters. (more...)

Oscar-Winner JK Simmons to Star in Comedy Drama THE BACHELORS
by Movies News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

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BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks Presents a Top-Notch Production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS
by Audrey Liebross - Nov 2, 2015

Desert Theatreworks, in Palm Desert California, has mounted a top-notch production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS. The acting is Broadway-quality, and the sets and costuming are also superb. (more...)

Unicorn Theatre to Present MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY, 12/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play asks us to imagine what will happen to humanity after the apocalypse. This imaginative dark comedy follows a new civilization of survivors as they band together to build a community from the rubble of the world we now know. Jump into a wild future where The Simpsonsand the pop culture of today becomes the mythology of tomorrow in this unexpected, musical love-letter to the power of live theatre. (more...)

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY to Play the Unicorn This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY by Anne Washburn, featuring a score by Michael Friedman with lyrics by Anne Washburn, will be directed by Theodore Swetz and co-produced with UMKC Theatre at Unicorn Theatre this December. (more...)

GYPSY Opens Tonight at Ocean State Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which recently completed its third season in its state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is proud to continue its summer season with the Tony Award-winning classic American musical, Gypsy. (more...)

Amiee Turner and Chris Swan to Star in OSTC's GYPSY This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

Ocean State Theatre Company's Producing Artistic Director, Amiee Turner, who made her Ocean State Theatre debut as the lone female writer, Carol Wyman, in last season's production of the Neil Simon comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and audience favorite Christopher Swan, who received rave reviews for his portrayal as the King in OSTC's Inaugural production of The King and I, will be starring opposite one another as Rose and Herbie in OSTC's upcoming summer production of the Tony Award-winning classic American musical, Gypsy. (more...)

New WWII Drama THE REPORT to Open Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

A haunting new world premiere drama, THE REPORT, will be presented August 15 - 28 in the New York International Fringe Festival. Based on the novel by Jessica Francis Kane, THE REPORT is adapted by Martin Casella, whose THE IRISH CURSE earned the Outstanding Playwriting Award in the 2005 FringeNYC and went on to a highly acclaimed Off-Broadway run. The director is Alan Muraoka, whose credits include FALSETTOLAND (NAATCO), KARAOKE STORIES and 'Sesame Street.' (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 7/26/2015
by BWW - Jul 26, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/26/2015 for West Virginia (more...)

1812 Productions to Present THE SHOPLIFTERS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

1812 Productions is pleased to begin its 2015-2016 season with Morris Panych's newest comedy, The Shoplifters. The Shoplifters premiered at Arena Stage in 2014. This Philadelphia premiere will be produced as part of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 7/19/2015
by BWW - Jul 19, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/19/2015 for West Virginia (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look- Ocean State Theatre's GYPSY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2015

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which recently completed its third season in its state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is proud to continue its summer season with the Tony Award-winning classic American musical, Gypsy. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

Chautauqua Theater Company Announces New Play Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch and Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, presents Jason Wells's The Engine of Our Ruin for two Signature Staged Readings on July 17 and 18 on the Bratton Stage. (more...)

BOARDWALK EMPIRE's Michael Countryman to Lead THE REPORT at NYC Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

Barry Goralnick, Sarahbeth Grossman, Craig Zehms in association with Cutting Hedge Productions will present a haunting new world premiere drama, THE REPORT, August 15 - 28 in the New York International Fringe Festival. Based on the novel by Jessica Francis Kane, THE REPORT was adapted by Martin Casella, whose THE IRISH CURSE earned the Outstanding Playwriting Award in the 2005 FringeNYC and went on to a highly acclaimed Off-Broadway run. The show's director is Alan Muraoka whose credits include FALSETTOLAND, KARAOKE STORIES and "Sesame Street." (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 7/12/2015
by BWW - Jul 12, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/12/2015 for West Virginia (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Will Present THE WIZARD OF OZ, SOUTH PACIFIC & More in 208th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre, America's oldest theatre and a National Historic Landmark, just announced its landmark 208th season of live entertainment and its 34th season as a not-for-profit producing theatre company. The line-up includes three dazzling musicals, a side-splitting comedy, and Oscar Wilde's most enduring classic hit. As a self-producing regional theatre, the Walnut has become not only the most popular theatre company in Philadelphia, but also the most subscribed theatre company in the world, boasting over 50,000 subscribers. (more...)

WAITING FOR GODOT to Play White Box Live Arts, 3/25-4/10
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

The waiting is over! After 16 years of waiting in the wings, Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett's absurdist masterpiece WAITING FOR GODOT returns to San Diego stages with the fruitlessmoon theatreworks 2016 production at White Box Live Arts. Godot was presented at the Lyceum Theatre in 2000 and produced by The Renaissance Theatre Company. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at JEEVES AT SEA at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the Chicago premiere of the witty comedy JEEVES AT SEA, opening Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., and running through February 28, 2016 with previews January 27- 29. Directed by Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely (First Folio's Winter's Tale and The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe), the stars of First Folio's productions of Jeeves in Bloom and Jeeves Takes a Bow, will reprise their roles in JEEVES AT SEA, with Jim McCance as "Jeeves" and Christian Gray (The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe and Winter's Tale at First Folio Theatre, The Glass Menagerie at Oak Park Festival Theatre) as "Bertie." (more...)

Seacoast Repertory Theatre Receives New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Grants
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Seacoast Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce that it has been awarded two equal grants, totaling $10,000, from the the Thoresen and Werner Families Fund and the Geoffrey E. Clark and Martha Fuller Clark Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. (more...)

Wow, Wow, Wow Fellas! Meet the Creative Team of Broadway-Bound HELLO, DOLLY!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported this morning, Bette Midler will indeed return to Broadway in one of the most cherished shows in musical theater history when she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!. Directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances on Broadway on March 13, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017. Rehearsals begin one year from today. This new production of Hello, Dolly!, the first new production of this classic musical to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, will have at its helm Jerry Zaks as its director, and will feature choreography by Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle. The new Dolly! will pay tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Below, reacquaint yourself with the creative team, old and new! (more...)

BREAKING LEGS Opens 1/27 at Ocean State Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its fourth season in its state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick is proud to present Tom Dulack's hilarious comedy, Breaking Legs from January 27 - February 14. (more...)

BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks's Presentation of Neil Simon's Comedy LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR is Side-Splitting.
by Audrey Liebross - Feb 1, 2016

Neil Simon's autobiographical play, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, as presented by Desert Theatreworks (DTW), provides a side-splitting few hours of theatre. The play is based on the mayhem in the writers' room of Sid Caesar's YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS. Director Lance Phillips-Martinez does a fine job of directing an excellent cast. (more...)

PTC to Continue Play-By-Play Series with TWO HENRYS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company presents Two Henrys, the second installment of PTC's play reading series called Play-By-Play. Two Henrys by Kenneth Jones runs February 5 and 6, 2016. PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg directs the production. (more...)

Welcome to Anatevka! Meet the Full Cast of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Dec 20, 2015

The Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF officially opens tonight, December 20, at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). Scroll down to learn more about the cast, plus watch interviews with the company! (more...)

Nathan Lane Joins Bel Powley in Film Adaptation of CARRIE PILBY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

Stage legend Nathan Lane has signed on for the film adaptation of Caren Lissner's 2003 novel CARRIE PILBY, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (more...)

BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks' New Version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a Joy to Watch
by Audrey Liebross - Dec 14, 2015

Desert Theatreworks's new version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is touching and funny. Director Lance Phillips-Martinez adapted the Charles Dickens novella by using Dickens' words for narration and dialog. He also selected period Christmas carols, sung primarily by the chorus,The clever staging, the use of a combination musical chorus and Greek chorus (the latter narrates early parts of the story), the costumes, the make-up, the imaginative sound and lighting, the elements of humor, and, of course, the acting all contribute to the success of this top-notch production. (more...)

First Folio Theatre to Stage Chicago Premiere of JEEVES AT SEA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the Chicago premiere of the witty comedy JEEVES AT SEA, opening Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., and running through February 28, 2016 with previews January 27- 29. Directed by Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely (First Folio's Winter's Tale and The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe), the stars of First Folio's productions of Jeeves in Bloom and Jeeves Takes a Bow, will reprise their roles in JEEVES AT SEA, with Jim McCance as "Jeeves" and Christian Gray (The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe and Winter's Tale at First Folio Theatre, The Glass Menagerie at Oak Park Festival Theatre) as "Bertie." (more...)

THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLEN POE: A LOVE STORY to Open 9/26 at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY, an original play by Executive Director David Rice. (more...)

Haunting New Drama THE REPORT to Conclude FringeNYC Run Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

THE REPORT, a haunting new drama, will conclude its FringeNYC engagement tomorrow (Friday, August 28). The play opened at the New York International Fringe Festival on August 15th.  (more...)

Rob McClure and More to Star in Ken Ludwig's A COMEDY OF TENORS Premiere at Cleveland Play House; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

CPH's historic 100th Season will open on an operatic note, with the world premiere of Ken Ludwig's A COMEDY OF TENORS. BroadwayWorld has just confirmed the full cast -- featuring several Broadway vets. Scroll down for the complete list of stars! (more...)

Martin Casella's Haunting Drama THE REPORT Plays NY International Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2015

THE REPORT is set to open today (Saturday) in the New York International Fringe Festival. Based on the novel by Jessica Francis Kane, THE REPORT is adapted by Martin Casella, author of The Irish Curse which earned the Outstanding Playwriting Award in the 2005 FringeNYC and went on to a highly acclaimed Off-Broadway run. The director is Alan Muraoka, whose credits include FALSETTOLAND (NAATCO), KARAOKE STORIES and "Sesame Street." (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/13/2015 - SPEED-THE-PLOW in Puerto Rico and More!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 13, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: JALA-LA-PALA -- aka SPEED-THE-PLOW -- starts in the Caribbean! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE REPORT as Part of FringeNYC
by Nora Dominick - Aug 13, 2015

THE REPORT is set to begin performances this Saturday, August 15th at the New York International Fringe Festival. Based on the novel by Jessica Francis Kane, THE REPORT is adapted by Martin Casella, author of THE IRISH CURSE which earned the Outstanding Playwriting Award in the 2005 FringeNYC and went on to a highly acclaimed Off-Broadway run. The director is Alan Muraoka, whose credits include FALSETTOLAND (NAATCO), KARAOKE STORIES and 'Sesame Street.' (more...)

Nathan Lane and Debra Messing to Lead Benefit Readings of Short Plays by Wesley Taylor This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

Stage stars Tony winner Nathan Lane and Emmy winner Debra Messing -- an odd pair but a fun choice -- are teaming up for BRIDGING THE GAP AND OTHER SHORT PLAYS BY WESLEY TAYLOR to benefit The Actors Fund. (more...)

FringeNYC's THE REPORT Set for WBAI's ARTS EXPRESS This Thursday
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

WBAI Radio's 'Arts Express' will feature a special interview with Martin Casella, author of the upcoming Off-Broadway play THE REPORT, this Thursday, August 13th between 2 & 3 PM. The broadcast can be heard on 99.5 FM or online at www.wbai.org. THE REPORT is being presented August 15 - 28 in the New York International Fringe Festival. Based on the novel by Jessica Francis Kane, THE REPORT is adapted by Casella, whose The Irish Curse earned the Outstanding Playwriting Award in the 2005 FringeNYC and went on to a highly acclaimed Off-Broadway run. The director is Alan Muraoka, whose credits include Falsettoland (NAATCO), Karaoke Stories and "Sesame Street." (more...)

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