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BWW Reviews: Broadway Sacramento Goes WICKEDBWW Reviews: Broadway Sacramento Goes WICKED
by Harmony Wheeler - May 27, 2012

Seven is the perfect number. Thursday night marked my seventh time seeing the hit musical "Wicked." Here's the countdown: Twice in San Francisco in high school, once in New York as a high school graduation present, three times in Chicago to see a family friend in the cast, and, now, once in Sacramento where the mind blowing show - as so many have called it - plays through June 17 at the Community Center Theater. (more...)

BWW Interviews: POTTED POTTER's Dan Clarkson & Jeff TurnerBWW Interviews: POTTED POTTER's Dan Clarkson & Jeff Turner
by Caryn Robbins - May 25, 2012

The hilarious duo chat with BWW about saving a nightly theater seat for JK Rowling and the pressures of performing a Harry Potter piece in front of some of the world's most obsessive fans. (more...)

InDepth InterView Tony Awards Edition: Jeff Calhoun - Part 2: NEWSIES & What's NextInDepth InterView Tony Awards Edition: Jeff Calhoun - Part 2: NEWSIES & What's Next
by Pat Cerasaro - May 25, 2012

Today we are kicking off the 2012 InDepth InterView Tony Awards Series with the director/choreographer of the hottest hit of the 2011-2012 theatrical season, NEWSIES, that was recently awarded with a boatload of Tony Award nominations, in addition to a short-running show that has a very vocal group of advocates and supporters that also received a handful of Tony noms, BONNIE & CLYDE - the passionate and visionary Jeff Calhoun. Discussing all aspects of his mega-hit with Disney's NEWSIES and his success d'estime with Frank Wildhorn's BONNIE & CLYDE, as well as all about his years spent developing both, Calhoun illustrates his process and sheds some light on many aspects of the creation of the wildly different vehicles, as well as his opinions on the theatrical environment of today. Additionally, Calhoun outlines his experiences working with NEWIES and BONNIE & CLYDE breakout stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes - both Tony nominees - as well as his many years spent as an associate choreographer for legendary Tony-winning master director Tommy Tune creating many remarkable musicals such as GRAND HOTEL and THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES. Plus, Calhoun conveys his infectious enthusiasm for his craft and discusses what drives him to create while also sharing his humbled appreciation for the recognition of both his new musicals this season by the Tony Award committee and reflecting on his vast multitude of experiences in the theatre so far in his career - everything from starring in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and MY ONE & ONLY on Broadway to choreographing THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES and BUSKER ALLEY with Tommy Tune and transitioning into directing/choreographing with the hit revivals of GREASE, BIG RIVER, PIPPIN, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (with Graciele Daniele), BELLS ARE RINGING, as well as GREY GARDENS and the rest. All of that and much, much more in this career-spanning conversation with one of Broadway's best! (more...)

THE LAST SALOON, PSA: THE BUDGET SHOW and More Continue Bats Theatre's Comedy Festival thru May 19THE LAST SALOON, PSA: THE BUDGET SHOW and More Continue Bats Theatre's Comedy Festival thru May 19
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2012

BATS Theatre is in the final week of its International Comedy Festival. Hayley Sproull and her piano are currently tuning up in the theatre for the opening of Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues. Also opening this week is WIT returning with their crazy new improvised Western The Last Saloon and the return of 2010 favourites Public Service Announcements with a brand new show satirising all things political. I had a sneak peek at rehearsals last week and (just like In Real Life) Winston is back. (more...)

THE MAKING OF A WOMAN Comes to Brighton Fringe, May 5-23THE MAKING OF A WOMAN Comes to Brighton Fringe, May 5-23
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2012

THE MAKING OF A WOMAN, created and perfomed by Grégoire Aubert and accompanied by Ellen Campbell, will play at the Iambic Arts Theatre, 38 Regent Street, from May 5 to 23 as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. (more...)

Theatre de la Ville-Paris to Launch RHINOCEROS US Tour - LA, Berkeley, Ann Arbor - this FallTheatre de la Ville-Paris to Launch RHINOCEROS US Tour - LA, Berkeley, Ann Arbor - this Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2012

David Eden Productions has announced initial details of a major US tour, presenting on September 21 and 22, 2012 the American premiere engagement of the Theatre de la Ville-Paris production of Rhinoceros, by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, in Los Angeles at Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA), with subsequent presentations to follow in Berkeley at Cal Performances on September 27, 28, and 29 (matinee), and in Ann Arbor at University Musical Society (UMS) on October 11, 12, and 13. (more...)

David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan Team Up for Playwrights Horizon's DETROIT this FallDavid Schwimmer and Amy Ryan Team Up for Playwrights Horizon's DETROIT this Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2012

Lisa D'Amour's play Detroit premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010, directed by Austin Pendleton, and was scheduled to open on Broadway in the 2011/12 season. (more...)

THE LAST SALOON, PSA: THE BUDGET SHOW and More Continue Bats Theatre's Comedy Festival thru May 19THE LAST SALOON, PSA: THE BUDGET SHOW and More Continue Bats Theatre's Comedy Festival thru May 19
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2012

BATS Theatre is in the final week of its International Comedy Festival. Hayley Sproull and her piano are currently tuning up in the theatre for the opening of Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues. Also opening this week is WIT returning with their crazy new improvised Western The Last Saloon and the return of 2010 favourites Public Service Announcements with a brand new show satirising all things political. I had a sneak peek at rehearsals last week and (just like In Real Life) Winston is back. (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars to Present YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, 7/17-22Theatre Under The Stars to Present YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, 7/17-22
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars will continue its tradition of performing free to the public each summer with its presentation of Yankee Doodle Dandy. The production recounts the life of showman George M. Cohan, the first giant of American musical theatre, as he experiences the trials and tribulations of the entertainment industry. (more...)

Henry Winkler to Star in Broadway Porn Comedy Opposite Cheyenne Jackson?Henry Winkler to Star in Broadway Porn Comedy Opposite Cheyenne Jackson?
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2012

The actor Henry Winkler, best known as the Fonz from Happy Days, may star opposite Cheyenne Jackson as an ageing porn star in THE PERFORMERS, a new comedy about the porn industry by David West Read. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Matthew Morrison on His New Movie, Snuggies, Breakdancing, and More!STAGE TUBE: Matthew Morrison on His New Movie, Snuggies, Breakdancing, and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2012

Matthew Morrison recently sat down with Nikki Novak from Young Hollywood to talk about his upcoming star-studded movie with Cameron Diaz, What to Expect When You're Expecting (opening Friday, May 18). He also discussed accents, being in a gang when he was younger, bowling, and he answers questions from Twitter fans. (more...)

NBC Reveals Its 2012-13 Primetime ScheduleNBC Reveals Its 2012-13 Primetime Schedule
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2012

NBC announced today an ambitious new primetime lineup for the 2012-13 primetime season that combines one of the top-quality returning lineups on television with a new fall edition of the red-hot musical competition 'The Voice' and a crop of six new scripted series in the fall and four at mid-season. (more...)

THE LAST SALOON, PSA: THE BUDGET SHOW and More Continue Bats Theatre's Comedy Festival thru May 19THE LAST SALOON, PSA: THE BUDGET SHOW and More Continue Bats Theatre's Comedy Festival thru May 19
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2012

BATS Theatre is in the final week of its International Comedy Festival. Hayley Sproull and her piano are currently tuning up in the theatre for the opening of Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues. Also opening this week is WIT returning with their crazy new improvised Western The Last Saloon and the return of 2010 favourites Public Service Announcements with a brand new show satirising all things political. I had a sneak peek at rehearsals last week and (just like In Real Life) Winston is back. (more...)

WELL DoneWELL Done
by Brent Englar - Jun 7, 2012

Rain Pryor, the new artistic director at Baltimore's Strand Theater, directs a moving production of Lisa Kron's WELL. (more...)

The Brick Theater, Inc., Presents FOURTH ANNUAL GAME PLAY, 7/6-28The Brick Theater, Inc., Presents FOURTH ANNUAL GAME PLAY, 7/6-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2012

The Brick Theater, Inc. will present their fourth annual GAME PLAY festival. Performances run in repertory schedule from July 6 through July 28 at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (more...)

Discovery Channel Premieres New Interactive Series HEAD GAMES Tonight, 6/3Discovery Channel Premieres New Interactive Series HEAD GAMES Tonight, 6/3
by TV News Desk - Jun 3, 2012

Have you ever wondered what exactly it is that makes us human? Discovery Channel invites you to find out in the new interactive series HEAD GAMES where both viewers and on-screen subjects are challenged with brain games, mind puzzles and social experiments. The new three-part series is slated to air Sundays at 10PM ET/PT beginning tonight, June 3, 2012. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Macha Monkey's SWEET NOTHING is Fringe Theater at its BestBWW Reviews: Macha Monkey's SWEET NOTHING is Fringe Theater at its Best
by Jay Irwin - Jun 3, 2012

I have to say I love it when a playwright takes a genre and turns it on its head. Even more so when they have an amazing gift for words and storytelling as is very evident in Stephanie Timm's "Sweet Nothing, a (grim) fairytale" currently having its Northwest premiere at Annex Theatre from Macha Monkey Productions. With the sweetness of a fairly tale combined with the stark coldness of reality, Timm manages a haunting sensuality wrapped up in a thoroughly engaging story of lost innocence. (more...)

Huntington Theatre Company Presents KNOW THE LAW!, 6/29 & 30Huntington Theatre Company Presents KNOW THE LAW!, 6/29 & 30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2012

The Huntington Theatre Company presents Know the Law!, a play by and about urban youth performed by Boston teenagers, at Dorchester's Kroc Center Friday, June 29 at 7pm and June 30 at 2pm. (more...)

Melinda Cowan, Cynthia Ferrer, et al. to Star in TUTS' YANKEE DOODLE DANDYMelinda Cowan, Cynthia Ferrer, et al. to Star in TUTS' YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is excited to announce the cast for the high-stepping musical Yankee Doodle Dandy, running from July 17 - 22, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. each night. This production recounts the life of the first giant of American musical theatre, George M. Cohan, and marks TUTS' 45th summer of free musicals at Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Drive). A dynamic showbiz saga, Yankee Doodle Dandy offers an intimate portrayal of the trials and tribulations of "the man who owned Broadway." (more...)

Dane Cook to Play Franz Liebkind in THE PRODUCERS at The Hollywood Bowl, July 27-29Dane Cook to Play Franz Liebkind in THE PRODUCERS at The Hollywood Bowl, July 27-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

The casting for the Hollywood Bowl's production of THE PRODUCERS is complete with the announcement of Dane Cook - one of the country's most popular comedians - as Franz Liebkind. Cook joins previously announced cast members Richard Kind as Max Bialystock, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Leo Bloom, Roger Bart as Carmen Ghia, Gary Beach as Roger De Bris, and Rebecca Romijn as Ulla. (more...)

Huntington Theatre Company Presents KNOW THE LAW!, 6/29 & 30Huntington Theatre Company Presents KNOW THE LAW!, 6/29 & 30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2012

The Huntington Theatre Company presents Know the Law!, a play by and about urban youth performed by Boston teenagers, at Dorchester's Kroc Center Friday, June 29 at 7pm and June 30 at 2pm. (more...)

Polly Draper Talks MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE at Bay Street TheatrePolly Draper Talks MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE at Bay Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2012

This summer, Bay Street Theatre had the pleasure to open its 2012 Mainstage season with Polly Draper starring in My Brilliant Divorce by Geraldine Aron. Audiences may remember Draper from her hit show "thirtysomething" which ran in the late 1980s into the early 1990s. Since her stint as Ellen on the groundbreaking show for which she received an Emmy nomination, Draper has maintained a busy life in the entertainment world. (more...)

CONFIRMED: Al Pacino-Led GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS Revival to Play Schoenfeld Theatre; Opening Set for Nov. 11CONFIRMED: Al Pacino-Led GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS Revival to Play Schoenfeld Theatre; Opening Set for Nov. 11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2012

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this week, David Mamet's 1984 play Glengarry Glen Ross is heading back to Broadway, this time starring Al Pacino as leading man, 'Shelly "The Machine" Levene.' Pacino previously played 'Richard Roma' the the 1992 film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Daniel Sullivan is attached to direct the project. The New York Times has confirmed that the show will begin previews on October 16 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. Opening night is set for November 11. (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars Will Present YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, 7/17-22Theatre Under The Stars Will Present YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, 7/17-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will present the high-stepping musical Yankee Doodle Dandy from July 17 - 22, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. each night. This production recounts the life of the first giant of American musical theatre, George M. Cohan, and marks TUTS' 45th summer of free musicals at Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Drive). A dynamic showbiz saga, Yankee Doodle Dandy offers an intimate portrayal of the trials and tribulations of "the man who owned Broadway." (more...)

InDepth InterView Tony Awards Edition: Joe DiPietro - Part 2: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, THE TOXIC AVENGER & What's NextInDepth InterView Tony Awards Edition: Joe DiPietro - Part 2: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, THE TOXIC AVENGER & What's Next
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 1, 2012

Today we are talking to a two-time Tony Award winning lyricist and book writer who was responsible for the 2010 Best Musical winner, MEMPHIS, and who has since written the libretto of the Gershwin revue NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET and received a well-earned Tony nomination for his efforts; one of the show's ten nods - Joe DiPietro. In this concluding portion of our conversation, DiPietro and I break down the process of creating NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT and he comments on the starry cast - including Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kaye and Estelle Parsons - and the process of collaboration in bringing the 2012 Tony Awards top nominee to the Broadway stage. Additionally, DiPietro fills us in on the future for THE TOXIC AVENGER and its tentative Broadway plans, as well as the upcoming West End mountings of MEMPHIS and, hopefully, NICE WORK - and, a look ahead to his next David Bryan collaboration, CHASING THE SONG, as well. Plus, a glance back at his work on I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE, F*CKING MEN and ALLEGRO and his favorite current pop acts. (more...)

The Brick Theater, Inc., Presents 4th Annual GAME PLAY Festival, Now thru 7/28The Brick Theater, Inc., Presents 4th Annual GAME PLAY Festival, Now thru 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2012

The Brick Theater, Inc. presents its fourth annual GAME PLAY festival. Performances run in repertory schedule from tonight, July 6 through July 28 at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (more...)

VH1's POP UP VIDEO to Return 8/6VH1's POP UP VIDEO to Return 8/6
by TV News Desk - Jul 30, 2012

VH1's beloved Emmy Award-nominated music video franchise POP UP VIDEO returns this summer with more of the musical wit, insight and snark that has cemented the series' status as a perennial fan favorite. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: LEGALLY BLONDE Castmates Get Engaged on Stage!STAGE TUBE: LEGALLY BLONDE Castmates Get Engaged on Stage!
by Stage Tube - Jul 30, 2012

Audience members got an extra surprise at after a recent regional production of LEGALLY BLONDE. The Youtube description reads: 'My friends are both actors for the local theatre group, and the show was Legally Blonde. Chris plays the UPS guy, and his girlfriend plays Paulette. Chris plays his part while proposing to his girlfriend by 'delivering a package' after the show ends. They get married in the show, and then engaged In Real Life!' Check out the adorable proposal below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: James Snyder in Goodspeed's CAROUSELBWW Interviews: James Snyder in Goodspeed's CAROUSEL
by Joseph F. Panarello - Jul 30, 2012

There's a moment in the current production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL at Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House where James Snyder steps onto the dock which is constructed over the orchestra pit to deliver Billy Bigelow's famous "Soliloquy" that absolutely electrifies the audience. Snyder's strong stage presence and powerful singing voice had enraptured the crowd for most of the first act. Now he was literally in their laps singing of his character's concerns regarding impeding fatherhood. The moment has them sharing his outpouring of emotion. (more...)

Cortland Rep Presents CATS, 7/11-28Cortland Rep Presents CATS, 7/11-28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2012

For the third production in their 41st annual summer season, Cortland Repertory Theatre will present the magical mystical musical "Cats", based on the poetry of T. S. Eliot with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. (more...)

The Brick Theater, Inc., Presents FOURTH ANNUAL GAME PLAY, 7/6-28The Brick Theater, Inc., Presents FOURTH ANNUAL GAME PLAY, 7/6-28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2012

The Brick Theater, Inc. will present their fourth annual GAME PLAY festival. Performances run in repertory schedule from July 6 through July 28 at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (more...)

Ojai Playwrights Conference Presents 2012 Summer New Works Festival, 8/8-12Ojai Playwrights Conference Presents 2012 Summer New Works Festival, 8/8-12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2012

THE OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE (OPC), one of the most prestigious and acclaimed new play development programs in the United States, will celebrate its 15th Anniversary Season with a stellar program of playwrights, new play workshops, special performance events and guest artists during its Summer New Works Festival from August 8-12, 2012 in Ojai. (more...)

Save 20% on Select Seats to THE PRODUCERS at the Hollywood Bowl!Save 20% on Select Seats to THE PRODUCERS at the Hollywood Bowl!
by Contests - Jul 23, 2012

Presented by the LA Philharmonic, a sensational cast from Broadway, TV and film brings it to life in a riotous production tailored specifically for the Hollywood Bowl by the original creative team. Buy now and save 20% on select seats! (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars Will Present YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, 7/17-22Theatre Under The Stars Will Present YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, 7/17-22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will present the high-stepping musical Yankee Doodle Dandy from July 17 - 22, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. each night. This production recounts the life of the first giant of American musical theatre, George M. Cohan, and marks TUTS' 45th summer of free musicals at Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Drive). A dynamic showbiz saga, Yankee Doodle Dandy offers an intimate portrayal of the trials and tribulations of "the man who owned Broadway." (more...)

Sonnet Repertory Theatre Presents THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, Beginning 8/9Sonnet Repertory Theatre Presents THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, Beginning 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2012

Sonnet Repertory Theatre celebrates a decade of producing classic theatre for the modern planet with a world-premiere adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Michael Raver, directed by Quin Gordon. The Picture of Dorian Gray will begin performances on Thursday, August 9, with an official opening slated for Friday, August 10, at The Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. (more...)

Melinda Cowan, Cynthia Ferrer and More Star in TUTS' YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, Now thru 7/22Melinda Cowan, Cynthia Ferrer and More Star in TUTS' YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, Now thru 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents the high-stepping musical Yankee Doodle Dandy, running from tonight, July 17 - July 22, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. each night. (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars Presents YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, Now thru 8/22Theatre Under The Stars Presents YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, Now thru 8/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars continues its tradition of performing free to the public each summer with its presentation of Yankee Doodle Dandy. The production recounts the life of showman George M. Cohan, the first giant of American musical theatre, as he experiences the trials and tribulations of the entertainment industry. (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars Will Present YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, 7/17-22Theatre Under The Stars Will Present YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, 7/17-22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will present the high-stepping musical Yankee Doodle Dandy from July 17 - 22, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. each night. This production recounts the life of the first giant of American musical theatre, George M. Cohan, and marks TUTS' 45th summer of free musicals at Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Drive). A dynamic showbiz saga, Yankee Doodle Dandy offers an intimate portrayal of the trials and tribulations of "the man who owned Broadway." (more...)

BWW Reviews: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's CANDIDE Ends SummerFest on a High NoteBWW Reviews: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's CANDIDE Ends SummerFest on a High Note
by Alexandra Strycula - Jul 16, 2012

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's SummerFest ended on a high note this Sunday with the festival's pitch-perfect final showing of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. Based on Voltaire's Candide ou L'Optimisme, the comic operetta follows Candide, a wide-eyed optimist who, once banished from his homeland of Westphalia for "canoodling" with his beloved Cunegonde, travels the world over with a bevy of inimitable companions. The two lovers are eventually reunited and set off on a journey to the New World, satiated by hope and advice from the seemingly wise and all-knowing Dr. Pangloss. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cortland Repertory Theatre's CATS Opens Tonight, 7/11Photo Flash: Cortland Repertory Theatre's CATS Opens Tonight, 7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2012

For the third production in their 41st annual summer season, Cortland Repertory Theatre presents the magical mystical musical "Cats", based on the poetry of T. S. Eliot with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show runs tonight, July 11 through July 28, 2012. Preview the production in the photos below! (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: A Nora Ephron RemembranceFLASH SPECIAL: A Nora Ephron Remembrance
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 1, 2012

In light of this week's news of the passing of noted author, playwright, producer and director Nora Ephron, today we are highlighting some of the most memorable moments from her accomplished and versatile career onscreen and onstage. Ephron's artistic output consisted of collections of essays, memoirs, novels, screenplays, feature films, plays and producing duties on projects close to her heart, as well as a considerable amount of awareness raising for women's causes and general charitable work for the arts. While perhaps best known for her much-loved trio of romantic comedies WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and YOU'VE GOT MAIL, Ephron also penned the screenplay for the Mike Nichols biopic SILKWOOD about whistleblower Karen Silkwood, as well as wrote and directed the recent hit comedy JULIE & JULIA, re-teaming with her friend and consistent collaborator, three-time Oscar-winner Meryl Streep. Incidentally, Streep actually played Ephron - or at least a thinly-veiled version of her - in the 1986 Mike Nichols film HEARTBURN, based on her novel of the same name. While BEWITCHED, LUCKY NUMBERS and HANGING UP may have failed to ignite, Ephron created fine films with the angelically-themed John Travolta starrer MICHAEL and the Julie Kavner vehicle THIS IS YOUR LIFE, as well as crafted indelible characters in screenplays such as COOKIE, MIXED NUTS and MY BLUE HEAVEN. Closing out her career, Ephron showcased Streep once again and rising star Amy Adams shone brightly in the fun and frothy JULIE & JULIA, ending Ephron's film output with a hit to go along with her successful early beginnings as an essayist, humorist and cultural commentator - having penned essay collections in the 1970s such as WALLFLOWER AT THE ORGY, CRAZY SALAD: SOME THINGS ABOUT WOMEN, SCRIBBLE, SCRIBBLE: NOTES ON THE MEDIA, and, more recently, I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK: AND OTHER THOUGHTS ON BEING A WOMAN and I REMEMBER NOTHING: AND OTHER REFLECTIONS - who famously parlayed those skills into TV writing, and, then, her Oscar-nominated work on SILKWOOD - arguably her finest dramatic work of all in film. As far as Ephron's stage ventures are concerned, besides the forthcoming musical adaptation of SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE currently being developed under director Lonny Price and her writing of next season's purportedly Tom Hanks-headlining Broadway bow in LUCKY GUY, Ephron penned the 2002 Jack O'Brien play with music (by no less than Marvin Hamlisch and Craig Carnelia) IMAGINARY FRIENDS, starring Cherry Jones and Swoozie Kurtz, as well as the recently-closed Off Broadway smash, LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, co-written with her sister, Delia Ephron. JFK White House intern to New York Post columnist to celebrated essayist to Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director and producer, Ephron left a significant mark on society and also crafted some heartwarming - or, should that be: heartburning - stories along the way. (more...)

Sonnet Repertory Theatre Presents THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, Beg. Tonight, 8/9Sonnet Repertory Theatre Presents THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, Beg. Tonight, 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2012

Sonnet Repertory Theatre celebrates a decade of producing classic theatre for the modern planet with a world-premiere adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Michael Raver, directed by Quin Gordon. The Picture of Dorian Gray will begin performances tonight, August 9, with an official opening slated for Friday, August 10, at The Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. (more...)

Norbert Leo Butz Set to Join Katie Holmes in Theresa Rebeck's DEAD ACCOUNTS; Opens 11/28 at Music Box TheatreNorbert Leo Butz Set to Join Katie Holmes in Theresa Rebeck's DEAD ACCOUNTS; Opens 11/28 at Music Box Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2012

Two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz will join Katie Holmes on Broadway this fall in DEAD ACCOUNTS, the new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien. This limited engagement of DEAD ACCOUNTS, produced by Jeffrey Finn, John N. Hart Jr., David Mirvish, and The Shubert Organization, will begin previews on Saturday, November 3 and open Wednesday, November 28 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

Ojai Playwrights Conference Presents 2012 Summer New Works Festival, Now thru 8/12Ojai Playwrights Conference Presents 2012 Summer New Works Festival, Now thru 8/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2012

THE OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE (OPC), one of the most prestigious and acclaimed new play development programs in the United States, will celebrate its 15th Anniversary Season with a stellar program of playwrights, new play workshops, special performance events and guest artists during its Summer New Works Festival from tonight, August 8-August 12, 2012 in Ojai. (more...)

VH1's POP UP VIDEO Returns Today, 8/6VH1's POP UP VIDEO Returns Today, 8/6
by TV News Desk - Aug 6, 2012

VH1's beloved Emmy Award-nominated music video franchise POP UP VIDEO returns this summer with more of the musical wit, insight and snark that has cemented the series' status as a perennial fan favorite. (more...)

Barbra Streisand, Carol Channing, Rip Taylor, and More Remember Phyllis DillerBarbra Streisand, Carol Channing, Rip Taylor, and More Remember Phyllis Diller
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2012

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, comedian and Broadway veteran Phyllis Diller passed away this morning in her Los Angeles home. She was 95 years old. Some of her friends & colleagues remember the funny lady below: (more...)

Matt Ashford Among Hosts of ID's DAYS OF OUR KNIVES, Premiering Today, 8/20Matt Ashford Among Hosts of ID's DAYS OF OUR KNIVES, Premiering Today, 8/20
by TV News Desk - Aug 20, 2012

Dishing out the drama of blindsided betrayals, mistaken identities, and deadly deceptions, ID is staking its claim on real-life soap operas with the launch of daytime programming block DAYS OF OUR KNIVES today, August 20 from 1-4 PM E/P. (more...)

Matt Ashford Among Hosts of ID's DAYS OF OUR KNIVES, Premiering 8/20Matt Ashford Among Hosts of ID's DAYS OF OUR KNIVES, Premiering 8/20
by TV News Desk - Aug 2, 2012

Dishing out the drama of blindsided betrayals, mistaken identities, and deadly deceptions, ID is staking its claim on real-life soap operas with the launch of daytime programming block DAYS OF OUR KNIVES on Monday, August 20 from 1-4 PM E/P. (more...)

Susan Lucci to Host ID's DEADLY AFFAIRS, Premiering 9/8Susan Lucci to Host ID's DEADLY AFFAIRS, Premiering 9/8
by TV News Desk - Aug 2, 2012

No stranger to steamy scandals and deadly dalliances, Emmy Award-winning actress and queen of daytime soap Susan Lucci hosts DEADLY AFFAIRS, premiering Saturday, September 8 at 10 PM E/T on Investigation Discovery. (more...)

Ojai Playwrights Conference Presents 2012 Summer New Works Festival, 8/8-12Ojai Playwrights Conference Presents 2012 Summer New Works Festival, 8/8-12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2012

THE OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE (OPC), one of the most prestigious and acclaimed new play development programs in the United States, will celebrate its 15th Anniversary Season with a stellar program of playwrights, new play workshops, special performance events and guest artists during its Summer New Works Festival from August 8-12, 2012 in Ojai. (more...)

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