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HUGH JACKMAN, BACK ON BROADWAY Breaks Broadhurst Box Office Record!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2011

Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway broke The Broadhurst Theatre box office record last week with a gross of $1,210,974. Previous members of the Broadhurst's million dollar club are: 700 Sundays starring Billy Crystal (week ending 5/22/05): $1.061 million; Hamlet starring Jude Law week (week ending 12/6/09): $1.000 million; The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (week ending 1/2/11): $1.175 million. (more...)

Tony Kushner to Host SONGS FOR FREEDOM at Joe's Pub, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2011

Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre announced today an evening of song, video and performance on October 30th, 2011 at 7:00pm to benefit the Freedom Theatre. Tickets are $100 and the event is hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner and featuring Academy Award-winner David Byrne, Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks, Grammy-winners Aimee Mann and Angelique Kidjo, Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, Palestinian hip-hop group DAM, as well as a special performance by the acting company of The Freedom Theatre. The entire evening is directed by Jo Bonney. (more...)

Spotlight On ANONYMOUS: Shakespeare's Top 5 Moments
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 29, 2011

Today we continue our special series consisting of five entries total, each of which highlight a different facet of the rich and wonderful world of William Shakespeare and all with a particular emphasis on the controversial new feature film that explores the time, place, politics and goings-on of the Elizabethan era and focuses on the possibility that the true author of the esteemed plays we now know may very well have been someone else entirely - Edward de Vere - and how the question of the canon's true creation then comes into play - ANONYMOUS. "All the world's a stage," after all, so it should come as no surprise that acts of lust, bloodshed and betrayal would exist in the actual life - or even the supposed one - of the man who created the most bloody and thought-provoking tragedies in the history of literature - whoever he may have actually been. Perhaps some brief analysis of the finest leading players, most memorable lines and moments, as well as an exploration of other notable acts of grand betrayal in Shakespeare's plays will aid us on the journey to understanding the thesis of ANONYMOUS and bring us into a closer relationship with the individual who penned the greatest plays in the English language. Now that we have already analyzed the top ten male and female Shakespearean performers of the last few decades, as well as the most memorable lines, today we are going to take a look at some of the most famous scenes and noted moments from Shakespeare's plays - by both laymen and scholars - and some of the best audiovisual examples of these in their dramatic context - including clips from MACBETH, THE WINTER'S TALE, The Merchant of Venice, KING LEAR and more! (more...)

Rochester Community Players Announces 2011-2012 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2011

The Rochester Community Players has announced its 88th Season. Four productions are planned for this year, three indoor performances at MuCCC and our annual free Shakespeare at the Highland Park Bowl. (more...)

CoActive Content Presents THE KING OF THE DESERT 10/28-12/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2011

CoActive Content, Stacey Martino, Founder/Artistic Director, and American Latino Theatre Company, David Llauger-Meiselman, Artistic Director, will present a new co-production of the critically acclaimed play, 'The King of the Desert,' written by Stacey Martino, performed by René Rivera, and helmed by award-winning director, Sal Romeo, all Studio Lifetime Members of The Actors Studio. (more...)

The Public Theater Announces Post-Show Discussions For LOVE¬'S LABOR¬'S LOST
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2011

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Interim Executive Director Joey Parnes) will present post-show discussions following select performances of the Public Lab production, LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST, directed by Karin Coonrod. The Public Lab Thursday Night Speaker Series for LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST will be held following the Thursday, October 27 and Thursday, November 3 performances and consist of engaging conversations with notable panelists. Tickets are $15 for all performances of LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST and include free admission to the post-show discussions. (more...)

SEMINAR Begins Previews Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2011

Previews begin this tonight at 8PM at The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) for two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Private Lives, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Harry Potter franchise) making his eagerly-anticipated return to Broadway starring in the World Premiere of SEMINAR, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, The Understudy, Omnium Gatherum, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, NBC's upcoming 'Smash'). (more...)

The Civilians Occupy Wall Street Plays A Cabaret Night at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2011

The Civilians (Steven Cosson, Artistic Director), the award-winning New York-based theatre company known for projects investigating real life topics, presents Let Me Ascertain You: Occupy Wall Street. (more...)

Plan B's LADY MACBETH Runs 10/27-11/6
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2011

A Shakespearean mash-up of comic proportions! Playwright Aden Ross (2006's sold-out run of AMERIKA) has thrown tidbits of MACBETH, TWELFTH NIGHT, OTHELLO, HAMLET, KING LEAR and The Merchant of Venice into a theatrical blender. Lady Macbeth and her sister, Queen Gertrude of Denmark, have both been widowed recently under suspicious circumstances. (more...)

Public Theater Receives $2 Million Grant From Ford Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2011

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Interim Executive Director Joey Parnes) announced today that the Ford Foundation has generously awarded The Public Theater a $2 million grant to support The Public's GOING PUBLIC capital campaign. The largest campaign gift to date after the City's substantial commitment of $28 million, the Ford Foundation will be recognized for this significant grant with the renovated Public Theater lobby being renamed the 'Ford Foundation Lobby.' The $40 million renovation of The Public's long-time home on Lafayette Street is expected to be completed by summer 2012 with a grand reopening in fall 2012. (more...)

Danny Scheie, Nancy Robinette to Lead Arena Stage's YOU, NERO
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2011

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has just announced the full company of You, Nero by American Voices New Play Institute resident playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Freed. This is the second project of a resident playwright to be produced at Arena Stage as part of the three-year residencies through the Institute. Making his Arena Stage debut is director Nicholas Martin (Broadway's Present Laughter, Butley). You, Nero runs November 25, 2011-January 1, 2012 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: I AM THEATRE Project - Curt Columbus
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 27, 2011

BroadwayWorld.com is excited to share a new weekly series developed by the Theatre Communications Group! This week actor and director Curt Columbus shares pivotal moments in his theatre career and why the arts matter to him! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kilne, et al. Celebrate Public Theater Grant
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2011

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Interim Executive Director Joey Parnes) announced today that the Ford Foundation has generously awarded The Public Theater a $2 million grant to support The Public's GOING PUBLIC capital campaign. The largest campaign gift to date after the City's substantial commitment of $28 million, the Ford Foundation will be recognized for this significant grant with the renovated Public Theater lobby being renamed the 'Ford Foundation Lobby.' The $40 million renovation of The Public's long-time home on Lafayette Street is expected to be completed by summer 2012 with a grand reopening in fall 2012. (more...)

WARNING: EXPLICIT MATERIAL Opens At Ensemble Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

WARNING: EXPLICIT MATERIAL- A play in one act by Geoffrey Atherden comes to The Ensemble Theater. (more...)

Nancy Robinette, Laurence O¬'Dwyer Lead Arena Stage's YOU, NERO
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company of You, Nero by American Voices New Play Institute resident playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Freed. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company Produces Much Ado About Nothing 11/25-1/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

The Shakespeare Theatre Company continues its 2011-2012 Season with the return of Ethan McSweeny (The Merchant of Venice, The Persians, Ion, Major Barbara) directing Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse Stages Shakespeare¬'s TWELFTH NIGHT Thru 11/5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2011

Westport Country Playhouse will stage Shakespeare's beguiling comic masterpiece, 'Twelfth Night, or What You Will,' directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, playing through November 5. Laughter and melancholy, gorgeous poetry and song, and endlessly delightful romantic entanglements abound in this fresh and inventive production of a timeless classic. It is the fifth of five productions in the historic theater's 80th year. (more...)

Trinity Rep Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL 11/18-12/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2011

Trinity Rep is celebrating its 35th year of presenting Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted by Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming, presented by Cardi's Furniture with supporting sponsor Amica Insurance. (more...)

Actors' Shakespeare Project Features TWELFTH NIGHT, MEDEA, et al. This Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2011

Actors' Shakespeare Project is pleased to announce its 2011 - 2012 Season. This will be the eighth season for the roving Shakespeare company, who work throughout Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and are based at the Somerville Armory. Artistic Director Allyn Burrows has just announced that ASP will cast off with a journey to IIlyria with Shakespeare's wonderfully lyrical comedy of yearning and mistaken identity, Twelfth Night (or What You Will), directed by Melia Bensussen (who previously directed ASP's The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice). (more...)

THE JUDY SHOW Extends At DR2 Theatre 10/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2011

The Judy Show - My Life As A Sitcom, the new comedy starring Judy Gold, will extend its previously announced limited engagement at Off-Broadway's DR 2 Theatre (103 E 15th Street). (more...)

Public Theater Extends THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS Through December 4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2011

Due to extraordinary demand, The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Interim Executive Director Joey Parnes) announced today that it would extend the critically acclaimed THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS by three weeks through Sunday, December 4. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lauren Ambrose, Joan Allen, et al. in DAUGHTER OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA Reading
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2011

Fountain House, an internationally recognized organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental illness, last night hosted a staged reading of Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, headlining celebrated actresses Joan Allen and Lauren Ambrose, with appearances by noted actor and screenwriter Dan Futterman and theatre, film and television actor David AaRon Baker. The one-night-only performance, based upon the acclaimed memoir by NPR'sJacki Lyden that recounts her experience growing up with a colorful and dramatic mother living with manic depression, drew a full house to the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, located at 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues in New York City. Lyden served as Narrator of the performance, which employed slides to illustrate the action. The evening benefitted Fountain House, with support from NPR. Check out a photo from the event below! (more...)

Theatre for a New Audience and Baryshnikov Arts Center Present Fragments
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2011

Following acclaimed performances internationally, Theatre for a New Audience, in association with Baryshnikov Arts Center, will present the New York premiere of C.I.C.T. / Th√©√Ętre des Bouffes du Nord's Fragments from the texts by Samuel Beckett for only 29 performances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street. (more...)

Oregon Shakespeare Fest's EQUIVOCATION Comes To Arena Stage 11/18-1/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2011

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is set to present Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Bill Cain's Equivocation in the first collaboration between Arena Stage and OSF. (more...)

Joey Parnes Launches Broadway Production Company
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2011

Joey Parnes, the veteran Broadway producer and general manager who will end his stint as Interim Executive Director of the Public Theater this month, announced today the formation of Joey Parnes Productions. (more...)

Trinity Rep's Young Actor's Studio & Adult Ed Winter Offerings Now Enrolling
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2011

Trinity Rep's Education Department is pleased to announce that spaces are still available for its winter classes. This session includes classes for grades 4-12, as well as offerings for lifelong learners. (more...)

THE JUDY SHOW: MY LIFE AS A SITCOM Ends Extended Engagement 11/27
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2011

The Judy Show - My Life As A Sitcom, the new comedy starring Judy Gold, will end it's extended limited engagement at Off-Broadway's DR2 Theatre (103 E 15th Street) on November 27th. (more...)

Dugald Bruce-Lockhart To Lead Propeller's HENRY V
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2011

The full company for Propeller's 2011-12 international touring productions of Henry V and The Winter's Tale were announced today. (more...)

Theatre for a New Audience and Baryshnikov Arts Center Present Fragments
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2011

Following acclaimed performances internationally, Theatre for a New Audience, in association with Baryshnikov Arts Center, will present the New York premiere of C.I.C.T. / Th√©√Ętre des Bouffes du Nord's Fragments from the texts by Samuel Beckett for only 29 performances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rumble Productions' Presentation of Snowman
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2011

Rumble Productions is set to present Greg MacArthur's Snowman. Denver and Marjorie are drifters who have found a routine: find a town, find an apartment, get jobs, walk around, make friends, and stay for a month or a year before packing up and moving on. (more...)

Shlemiel the First Plays Jack H. Skirball Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2011

The acclaimed 1994 world premiere of the Klezmer musical Shlemiel the First, was at Boston's American Repertory Theater (ART). (more...)

Patrick Willingham to Take Over as Public Theater's Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2011

The Public Theater announced today that Patrick Willingham, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Blue Man Productions, has been appointed the new Executive Director of The Public Theater, beginning November 28, 2011. After a thorough nationwide search, led by Chairman of the Board Warren Spector, Board Member Andi Bernstein, and Albert Hall and Associates, Willingham will join Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in running the award-winning Public Theater. The new partnership will focus on continuing the mission and extensive programming of The Public Theater while strengthening the organization for sustainability and future growth. (more...)

Plan B's LADY MACBETH Closes 11/6
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2011

A Shakespearean mash-up of comic proportions! Playwright Aden Ross (2006's sold-out run of AMERIKA) has thrown tidbits of MACBETH, TWELFTH NIGHT, OTHELLO, HAMLET, KING LEAR and The Merchant of Venice into a theatrical blender. Lady Macbeth and her sister, Queen Gertrude of Denmark, have both been widowed recently under suspicious circumstances. (more...)

Frog & Peach Theatre Co. Present TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, Closes 11/6
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2011

Comedy, romance, and music save the day in TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. Proteus and Valentine, lifelong friends, are about to embark on youthful adventures: for Valentine, and his witty servant Speed, it's off to the Court of Milan to make his fortune. Proteus would rather stay home in Verona to pursue amorous adventures with the radiant Julia, but soon he too is bound for Milan, with his trusty servant, Launce, and his faithful dog Crab. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse Stages Shakespeare¬'s TWELFTH NIGHT Thru 11/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2011

Westport Country Playhouse will stage Shakespeare's beguiling comic masterpiece, 'Twelfth Night, or What You Will,' directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, playing through November 5. Laughter and melancholy, gorgeous poetry and song, and endlessly delightful romantic entanglements abound in this fresh and inventive production of a timeless classic. It is the fifth of five productions in the historic theater's 80th year. (more...)

Kirsty Besterman, Tom Byam Shaw Lead Foxfinder At Finborough Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2011

Papatango have teamed up with one of London's leading new writing venues, the Finborough Theatre to present the winning entries in the 2011 Papatango Playwriting Competition 2011, featuring this year's winning play Foxfinder by Dawn King which will play for a four week limited season from 29 November (Press Night: Thursday, 1 December 2011 at 8.30pm). (more...)

Full Casting Announced for Theatre Royal Haymarket's LION IN WINTER
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2011

Full casting has been announced for Trevor Nunn's Royal Theatre's Haymarket production of James Goldman's Lion in Winter. (more...)

La MaMa Presents OYSTERS ORGASMS OBITUARIES, Begins 12/1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2011

La MaMa has announced that the world premiere of Oysters Orgasms Obituaries, written and performed by Ra√Įna von Waldenburg, and designed and directed by Zishan Ugurlu, will begin performances Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm, with a press opening set for Sunday, December 4, at 3pm, in La MaMa's First Floor Theatre, 74A East 4 Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue. Oysters Orgasms Obituaries is part of La MaMa's 50th anniversary season. (more...)

WARNING: EXPLICIT MATERIAL Opens At Ensemble Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2011

WARNING: EXPLICIT MATERIAL- A play in one act by Geoffrey Atherden comes to The Ensemble Theater. (more...)

Robert Lindsay & Joanna Lumley to Star in THE LION IN WINTER in UK
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2011

Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley will lead the cast in Trevor Nunn's production of James Goldman's The Lion in Winter. The Lion in Winter will run from 4 November - 28 January, with press night on 15 November 2011. The Lion in Winter is produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company. Further casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Trevor Nunn To Direct Robert Lindsay, Joanna Lumley In THE LION IN WINTER
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2011

Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley will lead the cast in Trevor Nunn's production of James Goldman's The Lion in Winter. (more...)

La MaMa Presents the World Premiere of OYSTERS ORGASMS OBITUARIES Beginning 12/1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2011

La MaMa has announced that the world premiere of Oysters Orgasms Obituaries, written and performed by Ra√Įna von Waldenburg, and designed and directed by Zishan Ugurlu, will begin performances Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm, with a press opening set for Sunday, December 4, at 3pm, in La MaMa's First Floor Theatre, 74A East 4 Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue. Oysters Orgasms Obituaries is part of La MaMa's 50th anniversary season. (more...)

Jay O. Sanders to Lead Public Theater's TITUS ANDRONICUS; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2011

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Interim Executive Director Joey Parnes) announced complete casting today for William Shakespeare's TITUS ANDRONICUS, the third Public Lab production of the fall season. Directed by Michael Sexton, TITUS ANDRONICUS runs Tuesday, November 29 through Sunday, December 18 at The Public Theater, with an official press opening on Tuesday, December 13. Tickets for TITUS ANDRONICUS are on sale now; all tickets for Public Lab productions are $15. (more...)

BWW Boston Awards Update 11/14 - Vote Now!
by BWW - Nov 14, 2011

Voting is now open for the 2011 Boston Awards! Now it's time for you to get out and vote for your favorites in the hopes that they will be the recipients of a 2011 BroadwayWorld Boston Award. No time to waste, click on the voting link and make your opinion count! Below are the stats so far as of Monday November 14, 2011. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Alan Rickman in Broadway's SEMINAR!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2011

Two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Private Lives, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Harry Potter franchise) is making his eagerly-anticipated return to Broadway starring in the World Premiere of SEMINAR, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, The Understudy, Omnium Gatherum, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, NBC's upcoming 'Smash'). (more...)

Theatre for a New Audience and Baryshnikov Arts Center Present Fragments
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2011

Following acclaimed performances internationally, Theatre for a New Audience, in association with Baryshnikov Arts Center, will present the New York premiere of C.I.C.T. / Th√©√Ętre des Bouffes du Nord's Fragments from the texts by Samuel Beckett for only 29 performances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street. (more...)

Trinity Rep¬'s Christmas Carol Opens With Pay-What-You-Can Performance
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2011

Trinity Rep is celebrating its 35th year of presenting Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted by Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming, presented by Cardi's Furniture with supporting sponsor Amica Insurance. (more...)

A Theatre Lover's Guide to DC/Capital Area Theatres - November 2011 Offerings
by Joel Markowitz - Nov 10, 2011

November has over 60 more openings in the professional, community, universities, and children's theaters in the DC/MD/VA area. A week has already passed in November and over 20 new productions have opened. To read reviews of these shows, go to Maryland Theatre Guide, where I am the Editor and a columnist. A recent back surgery kept me from posting this earlier, so we have some catching up to do. (more...)

Photo Flash: Joanna Lumley, Robert Lindsay in THE LION IN WINTER
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2011

Joining Robert Lindsay (Henry II) and Joanna Lumley (Eleanor of Aquitane) in Trevor Nunn's production of James Goldman's The Lion in Winter are Tom Bateman (Richard), Sonya Cassidy (Alais), Joseph Drake (John), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Philip) and James Norton (Geoffrey). The Lion in Winter, produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, runs from 5 November 2011 - 28 January 2012, with press night on 15 November 2011. Set and costume designs are by Stephen Brimson Lewis with music by Steven Edis, sound by Paul Groothuis and video design by Ian William Galloway. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look - Trailer for LUCK Coming to HBO 12/11
by TV News Desk - Nov 1, 2011

HBO has announced that it will debut the highly anticipated pilot to its new series LUCK behind the BOARDWALK EMPIRE finale on December 11th. (more...)

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