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The Theatre Group at SBCC Presents GROUND, 4/23-510
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

The Theatre Group at SBCC presents a touching new play, GROUND by Lisa Dillman, as the final offering in the 2013-2014 SeasonFor its final offering in the 2013/2014 season, The Theatre Group at SBCC will present the West Coast Premiere of the new play GROUND by Lisa Dillman, directed by R. Michael Gros, in the Jurkowitz Theatre, April 23-May 10, 2014. (more...)

We Remember Nicholas Martin
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 8, 2014

In honor of the late Nicholas Martin and his accomplished stage career, we take a look back at his directorial work with us through the years. (more...)

Candy Buckley, Marcia DeBonis, Martin Moran & More to Lead The Old Globe's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the cast of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning farce Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which will include Candy Buckley as Masha, Marcia DeBonis as Sonia, Tyler Lansing Weaks as Spike, Allison Layman as Nina, Martin Moran as Vanya, and Haneefah Wood as Cassandra. (more...)

Penguin Rep Theatre Begins Season with THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, 5/16-6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2014

Penguin Rep Theatre's 2014 season officially begins May 16, 2013, with The Savannah Disputation, written by Evan Smith and directed by Mark Shanahan. (more...)

Caroline Langrishe, Sara Bahadori & More Join Arcola Theatre's THE NIGHTMARES OF CARLOS FUENTES
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

The full cast for The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes are Caroline Langrishe (Lydia King), Sara Bahadori (Case Worker/Sahar Husain) and Selva Rasalingam (Kevin/Khaled Al Hamrani) who join the previously announced Nabil Elouahabi (Carlos Fuentes). (more...)

GERTRUDE: THE CRY and PENTECOST Set for PTP/NYC's 28th Season at Atlantic Stage 2
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in association with Middlebury College, presents its 28th repertory season, its 8th consecutive in New York, running from July 8 - August 10, 2014 in a limited 5-week Off-Broadway engagement at The Atlantic Stage 2, located at 330 West 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues in New York City. (more...)

Douglas Carter Beane's THE NANCE, Starring Nathan Lane Heading to U.S. Theaters This June
by Movies News Desk - May 28, 2014

Douglas Carter Beane's 2013 drama The Nance, headlined by two-time Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane, comes to more than 300 movie theatres in the U.S. and Canada for a limited run beginning June 23, 2014 (more...)

MAMA WON'T FLY to Open 6/20 at Little Fish Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Little Fish Theatre today announced the opening of the next show of its thirteenth season, road trip comedy, MAMA WON'T FLY. Written by three of the most produced playwrights in America, Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, MAMA WON'T FLY is the third Jones Hope Wooten play to be produced at Little Fish, following THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB and THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Jersey - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for New Jersey (more...)

Alexander Sharp & More to Star in CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME on Broadway; Full Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Casting has been announced for the National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (more...)

Photo Flashback: Remembering Nicholas Martin
by Walter McBride - May 2, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported yeaterday, Tony Award-nominated director Nicholas Martin passed away on April 30th at the age of seventy-five. Most recently, Martin directed the critically acclaimedChristopher Durang play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which opened on Broadway last March. For this production, Martin was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Director and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director. Martin also directed the Off-Broadway production of the play in 2012. BroadwayWorld remembers the legendary director below. (more...)

Stark Naked Theatre Rounds Out Third Season with Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE, Now thru 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Stark Naked Theatre Company concludes its third season with a compelling production of one of William Shakespeare's most fascinating plays, The Winter's Tale. Directed by acclaimed Houston actor/director Philip Lehl, The Winter's Tale opens tonight, May 2nd and runs through May 16th at STUDIO 101. (more...)

Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, Deborah M. Dryden and More Receive 2014 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Scenic designer, writer and professor, MARJORIE BRADLEY KELLOGG, and costume designer DEBORAH M. DRYDEN are among the 2014 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards recipients. The awards will be presented at a ceremony tonight, May 2, at 6:30pm, at the Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th Street). (more...)

Broadway to Dim Lights in Honor of Nicholas Martin Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

The Broadway community mourns the loss of celebrated theatre director and actor Nicholas Martin, who passed away on Tuesday at age 75. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory tonight, Friday May 2nd, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute. (more...)

The Old Globe's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Begins Performances Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2014

The Old Globe presents Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning farce Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which will include Candy Buckley as Masha, Marcia DeBonis as Sonia, Tyler Lansing Weaks as Spike, Allison Layman as Nina, Martin Moran as Vanya, and Haneefah Wood as Cassandra. Jessica Stone will direct, based on the Tony-nominated Broadway direction of Old Globe Associate Artist Nicholas Martin, whose loss on April 30 devastated the theatre world*. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will run today, May 17 - June 22, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run tonight, May 17 through the 21st. Opening night is May 22 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Penguin Rep Theatre Begins Season with THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Penguin Rep Theatre's 2014 season officially begins tonight, May 16, 2013, with The Savannah Disputation, written by Evan Smith and directed by Mark Shanahan. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse to Open 2014 Season with A SONG AT TWILIGHT, 4/29-5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse will open its 2014 Season with Noel Coward's witty and poignant tale, 'A Song at Twilight,' directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, April 29 - May 17, a co-production with Hartford Stage where it ran earlier this year. Celebrating its 84th season, Westport Country Playhouse was recently named Theater Company of the Year by The Wall Street Journal. (more...)

Harriet Harris, Bill Irwin, Kirsten Wyatt & John Bolton to Star in San Francisco Opera's SHOW BOAT; Performances Begin 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat opens San Francisco Opera's Summer Season on June 1 with nine subsequent performances through July 2, 2014. A watershed of American musical theater, Show Boat receives its Company premiere in director Francesca Zambello's new grand-scale "beautifully sung, smartly staged and handsomely designed (Chicago Tribune)" production. A beloved story of life on the Mississippi in the 1880s, Show Boat is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of America's bitter legacy of racism. The score is filled with unforgettable songs such as "Ol' Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and the dazzling production features large, colorful sets, sumptuous costumes and exhilarating dance numbers. Of recent performances at Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Chronicle wrote "[This is] a towering work. . . there's a magnificence in its music, its narrative sweep, its deep awareness of something bigger than ourselves." (more...)

FIRST LOOK at BLOOD RELATIONS, a Lizzie Borden Psychological Murder Mystery, Opening 5/16
by Shari Barrett - May 13, 2014

On August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother were found bludgeoned in their family home. Lizzie was arrested for murder and the trial date set for June 5, 1893. The trial lasted 14 days and caused a national sensation as it was the first public trial in the United States to be covered extensively by the media. Although Lizzie Borden was acquitted, the question still remains: "Did she or didn't she?" We challenge you to make your own decision after seeing BLOOD RELATIONS. (more...)

Amphibian Stage Announces Cast for 'THE NOSEMAKER'S APPRENTICE', Running 7/10-8/10
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Amphibian Stage Productions today announced casting for its third main stage production of the 2014 season, The Nosemaker's Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon. Jay Duffer, John Forkner, Alexandra Lawrence, Brandon Murphy and Scott Zenreich will star in this comedy, running Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, August 10 at Amphibian's Berlene T. & Jarrell R. Milburn Theatre at 120 S. Main Street. David A. Miller will direct the production. (more...)

Huntington Mourns the Passing of Former Artistic Director Nicholas Martin
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company leadership, staff, Board of Trustees, and Council of Overseers were saddened to learn that former Artistic Director Nicholas Martin died last night, April 30, at age 75 in New York after battling a long illness. (more...)

Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane to Reunite in IT'S ONLY A PLAY on Broadway This Fall; Jack O'Brien to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

The New York Times reports that THE PRODUCERS stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane will reunite in a new version of Terrence McNally's IT'S ONLY A PLAY, directed by Jack O'Brien and opening on Broadway in September 2014. No word yet on where the show will run. (more...)

Tony Nominated Director Nicholas Martin Passes Away at Age 75
by Louisa Brady - May 1, 2014

BroadwayWorld is sad to report that according to multiple sources, Tony Award-nominated director Nicholas Martin passed away yesterday, April 30th at the age of seventy-five. (more...)

Noel Coward Comedy Delivers Social Snobbery Satire, 7/11-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2014

SOCIAL snobbery in all its guises comes to the fore in Melville Theatre's latest production, as old views of British society clash with contemporary attitudes of American culture. (more...)

Fairchild, Cope, Cox, Paice, Uranowitz & von Essen to Star in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS!; Plays Winter in Paris, Spring 2015 on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Principal casting has been announced for the upcoming world premiere production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. The cast will include Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan, Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin, Veanne Cox as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz as Adam Hochberg, and Max Von Essen as Henri Baurel. (more...)

Gloucester Stage to Open Jack Neary's AULD LANG SYNE, 7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Gloucester Stage Company continues the 35th Anniversary Season on July 11 with the Boston Area Premiere of Jack Neary's newest work, Auld Lang Syne featuring GSC favorites and real life husband and wife Richard Snee and Paula Plum directed by Douglas Lockwood. The comedy thriller runs from July 11 through July 27. (more...)

Shakespeare's Globe to Bring HAMLET to Folger Theatre, July 25-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The London-based Shakespeare's Globe will bring their global touring production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet to Folger Theatre for three performances only on July 25 and 26, 2014, making it the only east coast stop for the company in the United States. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, the production is a fresh, pared-down version of the classic tragedy of deferred revenge. (more...)

THIS WAS A MAN to Play Finborough Theatre, Begin. 15 July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Banned by the Lord Chamberlain for its facetious and irreverent treatment of adultery, This Was A Man, a previously unseen play by Noel Coward, directed by actress Belinda Lang, opens for its long overdue UK professional premiere in a strictly limited three week season at the Finborough Theatre on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Douglas Carter Beane's THE NANCE, Starring Nathan Lane Hits to U.S. Theaters Today!
by Movies News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Douglas Carter Beane's 2013 drama The Nance, produced by Lincoln Center Theater and headlined by two-time Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane, comes to more than 300 movie theatres in the U.S. and Canada for a limited run beginning today, June 23, 2014, during Gay Pride Week in many cities. In The Nance, celebrated playwright Douglas Carter Beane tells the story of Chauncey Miles (Nathan Lane), a headline nance performer in the twilight of New York burlesque's era. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Beane paints the portrait of a homosexual man living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930's New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his messy offstage life. This presentation is made possible by Screenvision, a leading innovator in cinema advertising, and Lincoln Center, the world's leading performing arts center. (more...)

SpeakEasy Adds MOTHERS AND SONS to its 14-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

Terrence McNally's recent Tony-nominated play MOTHERS AND SONS will be the final show in SpeakEasy Stage Company's 24th Season, the theatre's Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault announced today. MOTHERS AND SONS will play for five weeks, May 8 - June 6, 2015, in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. (more...)

Lysette Anthony to Star in NATURAL AFFECTION at Jermyn Street Theatre, July 15 to August 9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

House on The Hill Productions in association with Jermyn Street Theatre presents NATURAL AFFECTION by William Inge, directed by Grace Wessels, set design by Victoria Johnstone, costume design by Emily Stuart, and lighting by Steve Lowe. (more...)

Cast Announced for Noel Coward's THIS WAS A MAN at Finborough Theatre from July 15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Banned by the Lord Chamberlain for its facetious and irreverent treatment of adultery, This Was A Man, a previously unseen play by Noel Coward, directed by actress Belinda Lang, opens for its long overdue UK professional premiere in a strictly limited three week season at the Finborough Theatre on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Amphibian Stage Productions Announces Opening of THE NOSEMAKER'S APPRENTICE, 7/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Amphibian Stage Productions opens its third main stage production of the 2014 season, The Nosemaker's Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon by Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert, July 10, kicking off a five-week run of the play. Jay Duffer, John Forkner, Alexandra Lawrence, Brandon Murphy and Scott Zenreich star in this infectious comedy running Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, August 10 at the Berlene T. and Jarrell R. Milburn Theatre at Amphibian Stage Productions (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at PTP/NYC's GERTRUDE: THE CRY and PENTECOST
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in association with Middlebury College, presents its 28th repertory season, its 8th consecutive in New York, running from July 8 - August 10, 2014 in a limited 5-week Off-Broadway engagement at The Atlantic Stage 2, located at 330 West 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues in New York City. This season's line-up includes the U.S. Premiere of Howard Barker's Gertrude: The Cry, directed by PTP's Co-Artistic Director Richard Romagnoli, and a revival of David Edgar's Pentecost, directed by PTP's Co-Artistic Director Cheryl Faraone. Previews begin on July 8 and openings begin on July 15. Scroll down for a first look at both shows! (more...)

Potomac Theatre Project Kicks Off 28th Anniversary Season Tonight with GERTRUDE - THE CRY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in association with Middlebury College, presents its 28th repertory season, its 8th consecutive in New York, running now through August 10, 2014 in a limited 5-week Off-Broadway engagement at The Atlantic Stage 2, located at 330 West 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues in New York City. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Jersey - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for New Jersey (more...)

Two River Theater Announces 2014-15 Season, Featuring New Play Written and Helmed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the lineup of productions for its 2014/15 Season. The year will include world-premiere plays and musicals that have been developed at the theater, including Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine, a new play written and directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson; and Be More Chill, a musical by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, adapted from the novel by Ned Vizzini and directed by Scott Ellis. The season will also include a range of world masterpieces and American classics, and work for audiences ages three and up (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse Opens 2014 Season with A SONG AT TWILIGHT, Now thru 5/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse will open its 2014 Season with Noel Coward's witty and poignant tale, 'A Song at Twilight,' directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, tonight, April 29 - May 17, a co-production with Hartford Stage where it ran earlier this year. (more...)

The Theatre Group at SBCC Presents GROUND, Now thru 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Theatre Group at SBCC presents a touching new play, GROUND by Lisa Dillman, as the final offering in the 2013-2014 SeasonFor its final offering in the 2013/2014 season, The Theatre Group at SBCC will present the West Coast Premiere of the new play GROUND by Lisa Dillman, directed by R. Michael Gros, in the Jurkowitz Theatre, today, April 23-May 10, 2014. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Jersey - Week of 4/20/2014
by BWW - Apr 20, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2014 for New Jersey (more...)

Flat Rock Playhouse Present LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, 4/3-19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

Flat Rock Playhouse presents the classic Neil Simon comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, from April 3-19 at The Clyde and Nina Allen Mainstage. (more...)

First Look: BLOOD RELATIONS Asks Did She or Didn't She? A Psychological Murder Mystery About Lizzie Borden
by Shari Barrett - Apr 18, 2014

On August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother were found bludgeoned in their family home. Lizzie was arrested for murder and the trial date set for June 5, 1893. The trial lasted fourteen days, and caused a national sensation as it was the first public trial in the United States to be covered extensively by the media. Popular opinion was split on her innocence or guilt. Did she or didn't she do it? See BLOOD RELATIONS and decide for yourself. (more...)

Calf, Cassidy and More Announced For Turner's FATHERS AND SONS At Donmar, June 2014
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Today the Donmar Warehouse announced the full cast of Fathers and Sons, by Brian Friel, after the novel by Ivan Turgenev. Directed by Olivier Award-winner Lyndsey Turner - who returns to the Donmar having previously directed Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come! in 2012 - Turgenev's masterpiece reveals a new world in conflict with the old, the uneasiness of clashing generations and the difficulty of staying radical as you move through life. (more...)

Seth Numrich, Anthony Calf and More Set for FATHERS AND SONS at Donmar Warehouse - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Donmar Warehouse presents FATHERS AND SONS By Brian Friel, After the novel by Ivan Turgenev, Directed by Lyndsey Turner, 05 June - 26 July 2014. PRESS NIGHT: Tuesday 10 June (more...)

Les Waters Replaces Pam MacKinnon as MARJORIE PRIME Director; Show Runs 9/10-10/19 at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Obie Award-winner Les Waters will direct the world premiere of Jordan Harrison's profound and engaging "Marjorie Prime" at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum, September 10 through October 19, 2014. The opening is set for September 21. (more...)

Caroline Aaron Stars in LA Debut of BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW at NoHo Arts Center, Now thru 5/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

49TH Parallel in association the multi-award-winning NoHo Arts Center Ensemble (NoHo ACE), are thrilled to present the Los Angeles premiere of a new play, BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW, written by Bekah Brunstetter (OOHRAH!) and directed by Sara Botsford. BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW will preview tonight, April 17 at 8pm and will open on Friday, April 18 at 8pm and run for six weeks through Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Jersey - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for New Jersey (more...)

Pioneer Theatre Company to Stage DEATHTRAP, 3/28-4/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Written in 1978, Deathtrap still holds the record for longest-running comedy thriller on Broadway. Sidney Bruhl is a playwright desperately in need of a hit. Just in time, a former student sends him the manuscript of his first play, a murder mystery called Deathtrap. Sidney smells a hit, but he's never been that fond of sharing credit. TIME Magazine said, 'If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try Deathtrap.' (more...)

Allan Hawco Returns To Theatre: The 'Republic of Doyle' Star Says He's 'Having a Blast' Being Back On Stage
by Catherine Kustanczy - Apr 11, 2014

Allan Hawco has been putting in long days in the lead-up to his onstage appearance in Belleville, a play about a dysfunctional couple, on now through May 4 at Toronto's Berkeley Street Theatre. (more...)

The Theatre Group at SBCC Presents GROUND, 4/23-510
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Theatre Group at SBCC presents a touching new play, GROUND by Lisa Dillman, as the final offering in the 2013-2014 SeasonFor its final offering in the 2013/2014 season, The Theatre Group at SBCC will present the West Coast Premiere of the new play GROUND by Lisa Dillman, directed by R. Michael Gros, in the Jurkowitz Theatre, April 23-May 10, 2014. (more...)

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