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BWW Opinion: How Do You React To Psychological Cruelty Shown On Stage?BWW Opinion: How Do You React To Psychological Cruelty Shown On Stage?
by Gary Naylor - Jan 9, 2016

Gary Naylor questions whether how we should react to the portrayal of mental suffering on stage and whether the time has come to consider it as the equivalent of the infliction of physical suffering. (more...)

Photo Coverage: From Field to Stage- CHICAGO's New Leading Man, Eddie George, Meets the Press!Photo Coverage: From Field to Stage- CHICAGO's New Leading Man, Eddie George, Meets the Press!
by Walter McBride - Jan 8, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, NFL legend, Heisman Trophy winner and Nashville actor Eddie George will make his Broadway debut next week, taking on the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Tony Award-winning musical Chicago.  George will succeed Broadway veteran Jason Danieley in the role of Billy Flynn. Danieley has a strong Nashville connection, as well, having performed at the city's late and lamentable Opryland USA theme park during its heyday. He just met the press and we've got photos from the big day. Check out complete coverage below! (more...)

South African Debut for Mike Bartlett's CONTRACTIONS at Alexander Bar Upstairs TheatreSouth African Debut for Mike Bartlett's CONTRACTIONS at Alexander Bar Upstairs Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Mike Bartlett's 2008 satire CONTRACTIONS will have its South African premiere at the Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre this month. Directed by Greg Karvellas, the hour-long play will be performed by Emily Child and Janna Ramos-Violante. (more...)

VIDEO: NFL's Eddie George Talks Taking on Billy Flynn in Broadway's CHICAGOVIDEO: NFL's Eddie George Talks Taking on Billy Flynn in Broadway's CHICAGO
by TV News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

The football star stopped by this morning's GMA to talk about portraying the fast-talking lawyer in the long-running Broadway musical. (more...)

Rose Theatre Kingston to Stage London Premiere of BERYLRose Theatre Kingston to Stage London Premiere of BERYL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Today Rose Theatre Kingston in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse announces the London premiere of BERYL, Maxine Peake's critically-acclaimed play celebrating the life of sporting legend Beryl Burton - the greatest woman on two wheels. BERYL was nominated for best new play at the Manchester Theatre Awards today. (more...)

Full Cast, Creative Teams for Jackalope's ROLLING and PROWESS SetFull Cast, Creative Teams for Jackalope's ROLLING and PROWESS Set
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Jackalope's 8th season continues with the world premieres of Rolling, written by Calamity West, directed by Nate Silver, and Prowess, written by Ike Holter, directed by Marti Lyons, with the full casts and production teams announced below. (more...)

Time Zone Theatre to Host Young Actor ProgrammeTime Zone Theatre to Host Young Actor Programme
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

The Time Zone Theatre Young Actor Programme, supported by MMBF Trust, launches on 6th/7th February 2016 at So & So Arts Club. (more...)

Gamut Theatre's Harrisburg Shakespeare Company to Stage RED VELVET This WinterGamut Theatre's Harrisburg Shakespeare Company to Stage RED VELVET This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Gamut Theatre Group's Harrisburg Shakespeare Company (HSC) opens Lolita Chakrabarti's RED VELVET on January 23, 2016 on the Select Medical Mainstage at the New Gamut Theatre located at 15 N. 4th Street in downtown Harrisburg. (more...)

Photo Flash: Razzle Dazzle 'Em! First Look at NFL Legend Eddie George in Broadway's CHICAGOPhoto Flash: Razzle Dazzle 'Em! First Look at NFL Legend Eddie George in Broadway's CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, NFL legend, Heisman Trophy winner and Nashville actor Eddie George will make his Broadway debut next week, taking on the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Tony Award-winning musical Chicago. Check out a first look below! (more...)

California Shakespeare Theater to Close 2016 Main Stage Season with OTHELLOCalifornia Shakespeare Theater to Close 2016 Main Stage Season with OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

California Shakespeare Theater announced today the final production selected to complete its 42nd season. Artistic Director Eric Ting will make his Cal Shakes debut with Shakespeare's Othello from September 14 through October 9 at the Bruns Amphitheater. (more...)

MERCHANT OF VENICE, Featuring Jewish Ladino Score, to Open Off-Broadway This MonthMERCHANT OF VENICE, Featuring Jewish Ladino Score, to Open Off-Broadway This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

A Sephardic-themed production of Shakespeare's MERCHANT OF VENICE -- with an added score of Jewish ladino songs -- debuts this month at the Center for Jewish History (15 W. 16 St.) in New York City.  MERCHANT is the first of three professional productions with Sephardic themes to be presented by American Sephardi Federation; subsequent productions include NABUCCO in April and Othello in June. (more...)

BWW 2015 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)BWW 2015 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Jan 4, 2016

Dear Readers, I hope you've all fared well over the holidays and had a good time with your families. It's been a tumultuous year with lots of great theater for us to take in. And so I'm pleased to share with you some of the best things I saw this past year and the ones that I felt worthy of getting my Critic's Choice Awards for 2015. So settle in and allow me to expound on all the amazing I saw over the year. The envelope please. (more...)

Up on the Marquee: Eddie George Gets a Times Square Billboard for His CHICAGO Debut!Up on the Marquee: Eddie George Gets a Times Square Billboard for His CHICAGO Debut!
by Walter McBride - Jan 4, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, NFL legend, Heisman Trophy winner and Nashville actor Eddie George will make his Broadway debut in January, taking on the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Tony Award-winning musical Chicago. (more...)

Maurice Hines, Diane Paulus, Jeff Calhoun, and More Lead NAACP Theatre Award Nominees- Full List AnnouncedMaurice Hines, Diane Paulus, Jeff Calhoun, and More Lead NAACP Theatre Award Nominees- Full List Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2016

The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch's Theatre Viewing Committee announces nominations for the 25th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards include 32 categories, which encompass local and equity nominations. Winners will be announced in the first quarter of 2016. (more...)

Torben Betts's INVINCIBLE To Tour the UK, March 30Torben Betts's INVINCIBLE To Tour the UK, March 30
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

The Original Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds will present the first national tour of Torben Betts's INVINCIBLE, directed by Christopher Harper. The tour will begin at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on 30 March. (more...)

Folger Shakespeare Library's Season Of Wonder Commemorates The 400th Anniversary of The Bard's PassingFolger Shakespeare Library's Season Of Wonder Commemorates The 400th Anniversary of The Bard's Passing
by Michael Dale - Jan 11, 2016

Special performances, a touring exhibit and educational services are all featured in 2016. (more...)

Royal Shakespeare Company Sets Winter 2016 Season, Celebrating The Bard's 400th AnniversaryRoyal Shakespeare Company Sets Winter 2016 Season, Celebrating The Bard's 400th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

The RSC brings Shakespeare's 400th anniversary year in Stratford to a close with a powerful programme, matching two major Shakespeare titles with two irreverent Jacobean comedies and a new play from Anders Lustgarten, which plays out across 400 years between Caravaggio's Naples and the housing estates of Bootle. (more...)

BWW TV: CHICAGO's Newest Billy Flynn, Eddie George Talks Stepping into the Role on BroadwayBWW TV: CHICAGO's Newest Billy Flynn, Eddie George Talks Stepping into the Role on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 10, 2016

Below, watch Eddie George and Barry Weisman talk about George's audition process, CHICAGO's upcoming 20th anniversary, and more! (more...)

Artscape to Revive Fred Abrahamse's OTHELLO Production at Maynardville in 2016Artscape to Revive Fred Abrahamse's OTHELLO Production at Maynardville in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Having staged Shakespeare's plays for over a decade, Artscape has selected to revive 2015 production of Othello, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, only the second time in Maynardville's 60 year history that a production has been revived. (more...)

Photo Flashback: A Fond Farewell to Those We Lost in 2015Photo Flashback: A Fond Farewell to Those We Lost in 2015
by Walter McBride - Dec 31, 2015

Below, BroadwayWorld sends a fond farewell to those who passed away in 2015. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 31, 2015BWW's On This Day - December 31, 2015
by - Dec 31, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 31 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Present THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLESOrlando Shakespeare Theater to Present THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents a modern verse translation of The Adventures of Pericles from February 24 - March 26, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Pirates and shipwrecks, combat tournaments, and murder plots set the stage for Shakespeare's romantic adventure, Pericles. Tickets to The Adventures of Pericles are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/28/2015 - GOTTA DANCE Opens in Chicago!WAKE UP with BWW 12/28/2015 - GOTTA DANCE Opens in Chicago!
by Jessica Khan - Dec 28, 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: GOTTA DANCE opens in the Windy City and Linda Lavin returns to Broadway! (more...)

James Vincent Meredith to Star in OTHELLO at Chicago Shakespeare; Cast Announced!James Vincent Meredith to Star in OTHELLO at Chicago Shakespeare; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the full cast and creative team for Shakespeare's intimate tragedy of heartbreak and revenge, Othello. (more...)

Ephie Aardema, Corey Allen, Lesley Fera and Mark Zimmerman to Star in PTC's TWO DOLLAR BILL PremiereEphie Aardema, Corey Allen, Lesley Fera and Mark Zimmerman to Star in PTC's TWO DOLLAR BILL Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2015

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the world premiere play TWO DOLLAR BILL, January 15 through January 30, 2016. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards - Last Week to Vote!2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards - Last Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2015

Happy Holidays! It's the last week to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

David Tennant-Led HAMLET and More Set for Barbican's 'RSC Shakespeare on Screen' Film SeriesDavid Tennant-Led HAMLET and More Set for Barbican's 'RSC Shakespeare on Screen' Film Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that London's Barbican Centre has just announced the full lineup for its 'RSC Shakespeare on Screen' film series this January. (more...)

VIDEO: Tom Hiddleston Stars in Hank Williams Biopic I SAW THE LIGHTVIDEO: Tom Hiddleston Stars in Hank Williams Biopic I SAW THE LIGHT
by TV News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

A new international trailer for the Hank Williams biopic, I SAW THE LIGHT, starring Tom Hiddleston has arrived. The film hits theaters in March 2016. (more...)

Bush Theatre Sets PINK MIST CastBush Theatre Sets PINK MIST Cast
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Casting has been announced for award-winning writer Owen Sheers' acclaimed play Pink Mist, about the mental and physical scars of war, which opens at the Bush Theatre in January 2016 before a run at the Bristol Old Vic. (more...)

MERCHANT, OTHELLO, NABUCCO Set for Center for Jewish History in 2016MERCHANT, OTHELLO, NABUCCO Set for Center for Jewish History in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Three Sephardic-themed productions -- two Shakespeare classics and a Verdi opera -- will be presented in early 2016 Off-Broadway in the theater located at the Center for Jewish History (15 W. 16 St.) in New York City, starting with MERCHANT OF VENICE January 13-21, followed by NABUCCO April 6-17 and Othello June 16-30. (more...)

Wilner, Jordan & Gwon's CAKE OFF Musical Among Lineup for The Old Globe's 2016 New Voices FestivalWilner, Jordan & Gwon's CAKE OFF Musical Among Lineup for The Old Globe's 2016 New Voices Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

The Old Globe today announced it will present the Third Annual New Voices Festival, a weekend of readings of new American plays by professional playwrights, January 15 - 17, 2016. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update - Quinn Mattfeld Leads!2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update - Quinn Mattfeld Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 18, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

LES PECHEURS DE PERLES to Return to the Met Stage for the First Time Since 1916LES PECHEURS DE PERLES to Return to the Met Stage for the First Time Since 1916
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

A new production of Bizet's LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (The Pearl Fishers), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been seen at the Met in nearly a century, opens in a new production this New Year's Eve. (more...)

CoHo to Present New Adaptation of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER This WinterCoHo to Present New Adaptation of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

CoHo Productions' 20th Season continues with a new stage adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, one of the most important American short stories of the 19th century. This world premiere production will integrate expressionistic audio, visual and movement interludes with the haunting literary text. Sue Mach's adaptation, conceived by Grace Carter and directed by Philip Cuomo, features Carter, Chris Harder and Christy Bigelow. The production runs January 13 - February 6, 2016. (more...)

New Dates Announced for Return of FINDING NEVERLAND's Kelsey Grammer!New Dates Announced for Return of FINDING NEVERLAND's Kelsey Grammer!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

New dates have been announced for Emmy-winner and Tony-nominee Kelsey Grammer's return to the hit Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND. (more...)

Local Playwright Kirsten Greenidge's MILK LIKE SUGAR to Begin Next Month at HuntingtonLocal Playwright Kirsten Greenidge's MILK LIKE SUGAR to Begin Next Month at Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

The Huntington Theatre Company will present the Obie Award-winning drama MILK LIKE SUGAR by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish) and directed by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O'Gara (Becoming Cuba). Performances begin Friday, January 29 and continue through February 27, 2016 in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. (more...)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Catherine Curtin to Join Gabriel Barre in Resonance Ensemble's 11th SeasonORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Catherine Curtin to Join Gabriel Barre in Resonance Ensemble's 11th Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

Celebrating classic plays and the new works they inspire, Resonance Ensemble (Eric Parness, Artistic Director; Rachel Reiner, Managing Director) is proud to announce this season's cast for both productions. (more...)

American Repertory Theater to Stage New Play NICE FISHAmerican Repertory Theater to Stage New Play NICE FISH
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, is pleased to present the new American play Nice Fish, conceived, written, and adapted by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins, and directed by Claire van Kampen. (more...)

Pear Theatre to Open THE MOUNTAINTOP in JanuaryPear Theatre to Open THE MOUNTAINTOP in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Pear Theatre continues its 2015/2016 season with the two-person, Olivier Award-winning play from Katori Hall, THE MOUNTAINTOP. Deeply moving, THE MOUNTAINTOP creatively imagines the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, set in Memphis in April, 1968. King meets the attractive, spunky motel maid Camae, who arrives to provide room service - but we soon discover she is no ordinary chambermaid. The production features Michael Wayne Rice as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nathalie Autumn Bennett as Camae. Preview night is January 14th; Press and Opening Night is January 15th, with a champagne gala following the show. The run continues through January 31. All performances are held at the Pear Theatre's new space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. For tickets ($10-$35) and information the public may visit www.thepear.org or call (650) 254-1148. (more...)

Billie Joe Armstrong's THESE PAPER BULLETS Opens Tonight Off-BroadwayBillie Joe Armstrong's THESE PAPER BULLETS Opens Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

The New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy Award nominated writer Rolin Jones and Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winning Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong's new play with music THESE PAPER BULLETS!, directed by Jackson Gay, opens tonight, December 15, at Atlantic Theater Company. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: The Q Brothers Take on Christmas Freestyle Challenge at Chicago ShakespeareSTAGE TUBE: The Q Brothers Take on Christmas Freestyle Challenge at Chicago Shakespeare
by Stage Tube - Dec 14, 2015

This week's Showcase features a Christmas freestyle challenge with the Q Brothers at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.Showcased this week on the Chicago Tribune is a Christmas freestyle challenge with The Q Brothers at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Check it out below! (more...)


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VIDEO: New Billy Flynn, Football Great Eddie George, Comes To CHICAGO With Serious Acting BackgroundVIDEO: New Billy Flynn, Football Great Eddie George, Comes To CHICAGO With Serious Acting Background
by Michael Dale - Dec 14, 2015

Before coming to Broadway, George appeared regionally in contemporary drama and Shakespeare (more...)

Theatre for a New Audience Receives $50K NEA Grant to Support Two DramasTheatre for a New Audience Receives $50K NEA Grant to Support Two Dramas
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

On December 8, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $50,000 to Theatre for a New Audience in support of two landmark dramas produced in repertory, both dealing with life-shattering spousal conflict. (more...)

Christian Conn and More to Lead Michael Kahn-Helmed THE METROMANIACS at The Old Globe; Cast Set!Christian Conn and More to Lead Michael Kahn-Helmed THE METROMANIACS at The Old Globe; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of THE METROMANIACS by supremely clever playwright David Ives (All in the Timing, Time Flies). This uproarious new 'translaptation' of a classic French farce, Alexis Piron's La Metromanie, will be directed by one of America's most renowned stage directors, Michael Kahn, presented in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update - Amelia Meckler, Eric Jensen Tied!2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards Update - Amelia Meckler, Eric Jensen Tied!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 11, 2015

Voting is fully underway for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 11. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

BWW Interview: Spotlight on Cash on Delivery's SAM MEADERBWW Interview: Spotlight on Cash on Delivery's SAM MEADER
by Don Grigware - Dec 11, 2015

Where are you from? I was born in the Isle of Man, which is an island in between England and Ireland. I've kind of lived in a couple of places in the UK, but I basically grew up in a place called Guernsey which is a Channel Island. It has a lot of history - being occupied by the Nazis during WWII.  It was a great place to grow up. It was great for me as a creative because it's a small island but has a large population. They really support creativity there. If you want to do it, there's some great venues you can explore. Were your parents supportive of you? (more...)

ASC to Present SHAKESPEARE'S BEST BITSASC to Present SHAKESPEARE'S BEST BITS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Australia's largest independent theatre company the Australian Shakespeare Company (ASC) is thrilled to announce the hilarious hit production Shakespeare's Best Bits. 'Pantaloon-meets-Python slapstick, song, dance and parodies LOADS OF FUN.' - The Age From 18 December 2015 until 12 March 2016, Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens will transform into a Shakespearian festival of laughs. Watch a sizzle reel of the show here. (more...)

Official: Jessica Brown Findlay, Vanessa Kirby & More to Join Paul Rhys in UNCLE VANYA at Almeida TheatreOfficial: Jessica Brown Findlay, Vanessa Kirby & More to Join Paul Rhys in UNCLE VANYA at Almeida Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Jessica Brown Findlay (Sonya), Vanessa Kirby (Elena), Richard Lumsden (Telegin), Hilton McRae (Serebryakov), Tobias Menzies (Astrov) and Ann Queensberry (Nanny) join the previously announced Paul Rhys (Vanya) in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, a new version created by and directed by Associate Director, Robert Icke, at the Almeida Theatre. Running from 5 February until 26 March 2016, with press night on 12 February, Uncle Vanya is Icke's next production following the critically acclaimed Oresteia, which ran at the Almeida Theatre, transferred to the West End, and recently won him the Evening Standard Award for Best Director. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/10/2015 - THE COLOR PURPLE Opens and More!WAKE UP with BWW 12/10/2015 - THE COLOR PURPLE Opens and More!
by Jessica Khan - Dec 10, 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: THE COLOR PURPLE returns to the Great White Way with an all-star cast! (more...)

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