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Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then heís offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.

Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama.

Killing my enemies is easy. The challenge is to change the way they think, to control their minds. And I think I controlled yours pretty well. In years to come, Iíll be able to say: Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody. Itís man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.

John Hodgeís blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny.

Following its successful run in the Cottesloe Theatre, Collaborators is transferring to the Olivier Theatre on April 30 for a limited run.

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Cygnet Commits to New Play Development with New Commissioning Program
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Cygnet Theatre will launch the Bill and Judy Garrett Finish Line Commission sponsored by long time Cygnet Theatre supporters Bill and Judy Garrett. Led by Associate Artistic Director Rob Lutfy, the program reinforces the 14 year-old theatre's commitment to new work and discovering new, diverse voices. For two years, Cygnet partnered with the Playwrights Project to present Playwrights in Process which included a multi-day festival including readings, workshops and a reception. This new program has a deeper commitment to helping a playwright finish a work and move toward a possible full production. In addition, Cygnet Theatre will become an associate member of the National New Play Network - a coalition of nonprofit theatres around the country committed to new work. (more...)

Jean-Michel Jarre Announces Brand New Studio Album OXYGENE 3
by TV News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Jean-Michel Jarre is an artist like no other. Over the last 40 years he has composed, recorded and produced timeless and unique music that has inspired and enthralled listeners the world over. It all started four decades ago with the French release of his debut OXYGENE, the landmark-album that launched his career. (more...)

Frist Center to Present Ragnar Kjartansson's Video Installation THE VISITORS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors, a hypnotic and immersive multichannel video installation of musicians performing in a historic mansion in New York's Hudson River Valley. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Nicholas Rodriguez, Betsy Morgan and More for CAROUSEL at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents Carousel, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Featuring Musical Direction by Paul Sportelli and Choreography by Parker Esse, Carousel runs October 28-December 24 in the iconic in-the-round Fichandler Stage. The company just had their first rehearsal and BroadwayWorld has photos below! (more...)

Loreena McKennitt to Perform at the Palace This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Celebrating three decades as Canada's foremost groundbreaking independent artist, Grammy-nominated Loreena McKennitt brings her rare and intimate A Trio Performance to Columbus, featuring two of her long-time musical Collaborators-guitarist Brian Hughes and cellist Caroline Lavelle. (more...)

Evan Harrington to Bring Meat Loaf to 54 Below with BAT OUT OF HELL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Evan Harrington: 'BAT OUT OF HELL' -LIVE. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz, Joe Mantello and WICKED Cast Talk London 10th Anniversary, Movie & More
by Marianka Swain - Sep 28, 2016

Wicked held a special gala performance last night at the Apollo Victoria Theatre to mark 10 years in the West End - a milestone guaranteed to make many in the industry green with envy. Current stars Rachel Tucker, Suzie Mathers, Anita Dobson, Oliver Savile and Mark Curry performed for an audience packed with past Elphabas and Glindas, as well as the original creative team, including composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (more...)

Three-Time Grammy Winner Tom Petty to Be Honored as 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation (more...)

Playwrights Foundation Announces the 11th Annual Rough Readings Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Playwrights Foundation (PF) is pleased to announce the line-up of playwrights for the 2016-2017 Rough Readings Series in partnership with the National Center for New Plays at Stanford University, now in its 11th year. Beginning October 24th and 25th with workshop early draft  readings of ALL FALL DOWN by Lisa Ramirez (PF Resident Playwright), the series continues monthly December 2016 through May 2017 with seven exceptional new works that are pushing into new theatrical territory, challenging assumptions, and presenting deeply felt dilemmas within our culture and world society. (more...)

French Institute Alliance Française and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Present Artists Talk BRIDGING
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

As part of the tenth edition of its celebrated contemporary arts festival Crossing the Line, the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations are thrilled to launch BRIDGING: A French-American Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts, a new initiative exploring issues of cultural equity in the US and France. (more...)

by Victoria Noe - Sep 27, 2016

Hamilton: The Revolution is not just a book: it's a whole shelf in a library or bookstore. (more...)

Andrew Bird to Tour with The Lumineers; Performs with Fiona Apple
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Following his performance at New York City's Carnegie Hall on December 12, Andrew Bird returns to the road this winter for a run of dates with The Lumineers. See below for a complete list of dates. (more...)

BWW Review: Chris Dwan Channels His Inner Child in WASTE OF SPACE at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Troy Frisby - Sep 27, 2016

At one point during WASTE OF SPACE, Chris Dwan began singing the lyric 'We're connected in our own sort of universe' again and again. That line came from an original track, 'All I Know,' co-written with Ross Baum. Making his New York City solo concert debut at Feinstein's/54 Below on September 6, Dwan did create his own sort of the universe, but the connections remained a bit unclear. (more...)

Playwrights Foundation Announces the 11th Annual Rough Readings Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Playwrights Foundation (PF) is pleased to announce the line-up of playwrights for the 2016-2017 Rough Readings Series in partnership with the National Center for New Plays at Stanford University, now in its 11th year. Beginning October 24th and 25th with workshop early draft  readings of ALL FALL DOWN by Lisa Ramirez (PF Resident Playwright), the series continues monthly December 2016 through May 2017 with seven exceptional new works that are pushing into new theatrical territory, challenging assumptions, and presenting deeply felt dilemmas within our culture and world society. (more...)

Toronto Dance Theatre to Launch 2016-17 Season with ANIMATED; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) announces the details of its 2016-2017 season, kicking off on November 1, 2016 at the Fleck Dance Theatre with Animated, a mixed program of works by Artistic Director Christopher House that showcase three distinct stages of his repertoire. (more...)

Harlem Quartet with Pianist Aldo López-Gavilán Perform Jazz at WSU's Schaver Recital Hall This October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

The Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet teams up with Cuban piano virtuoso and composer Aldo Lopez-Gavilan Friday, October 21, 8 PM for a program of jazz standards plus original jazz compositions by Aldo Lopez-Gavilan.  The concert takes place at Wayne State University's Schaver Music Recital Hall, located at 480 W. Hancock (between Cass & Second Avenues) on the campus of Wayne State University.  Tickets, priced at $30 for adults and $15 for students, are available online or by phone at 248-855-6070. (more...)

Celebrate the Fall Harvest Season During ArtWeek 2016
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

ArtWeek, an award-winning creative festival, will host more than 180 events this season, including many celebrating the fall harvest season. (more...)

DanceWorks Launches 39th Season with Wen Wei Dance, Oct. 21-22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

DanceWorks, Toronto's longest running contemporary dance series, proudly kicks off the first show of its 39th Season with the return of Vancouver's Wen Wei Dance. The company brings the Toronto premiere of their latest acclaimed interdisciplinary work, Made in China, to Harbourfront Centre Theatre as part of the NextSteps series. The performance runs for two nights only: Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22, at 8pm. Tickets are now on sale. (more...)

Marin Theatre Company Announces Laura Brueckner as New Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Marin Theatre Company is proud to welcome Laura Brueckner as its new Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg. She most recently served as the Editor for Theatre Bay Area and as a Resident Dramaturg for Crowded Fire Theatre Company. Ms. Brueckner's hiring not only enhances MTC's position as one of the leading incubators of new plays in the United States, but her long-time Bay Area residency will further strengthen MTC's collaborative efforts with local theatrical organizations and artists. (more...)

Susan Graham Sings Octavian with BSO, New Dead Man Walking, Met Gala & More in 2016-17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Following her summer role debut in Santa Fe as Clairon in Richard Strauss's Capriccio, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham - hailed by Gramophone as 'America's favorite mezzo' - launched the 2016-17 season with Renée Fleming and Michael Tilson Thomas performing Rossini songs in the San Francisco Symphony's opening night gala. (more...)

'PHANTASMAGORIA' to Premiere at La MaMa This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

La MaMa presents the world premiere of Phantasmagoria; or, Let Us Seek Death!, conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Randolph Curtis Rand, written by Chana Porter and puppetry by Benjamin Stuber. (more...)

BWW Profile: Courtney Lomelo Wears Many Hats in THE MOTHERF*#KER WITH THE HAT
by Katricia Lang - Sep 23, 2016

This is the first installment of a two-part profile on actress, producer, director, and filmmaker Courtney Lomelo. (more...)

Opera Parallele Announces New Children's Opera 'Xochitl and the Flowers', 11/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

As part of its unique annual Hands-on-Opera education and youth performance program, Opera Parallele (OP) will present the world premiere of Xochitl and the Flowers, by OP composer-in-residence Christopher Pratorius. Based on the children's book of the same name by Jorge Argueta and with a libretto by Opera Parallele's Roma Olvera, three free performances will be presented November 17 and 19 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. The fully staged and costumed production will be developed during an innovative eight-week residency with third grade students of the Alvarado Elementary School Spanish Immersion Program in San Francisco, assisted by the Opera Parallele creative team and professional singers. Performances will be given Thursday, November 17, at 6 pm and Saturday, November 19, at 11 am and 1 pm at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street in San Francisco. Admission is free, but past Hands-on-Opera performances have filled up quickly, so audience members are encouraged to arrive early. For more information, . (more...)

Nancy Karp and Dancers Premiere MEMORY PLACE This February
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Next year Nancy Karp + Dancers returns to ODC with the world premiere of MEMORY/PLACE. Inspired by the current era of human mass migration, Artistic Director Nancy Karp has made a work in three parts, the first two movements set to newly commissioned scores by Kui Dong and Robert Honstein, respectively, and the third to the late Lou Harrison's almost 30-year-old Grand Duo for piano and violin. (more...)

Biotheranostics & Syapse Collaborate to Integrate Genomics-Based Molecular Diagnostics for Cancer into the Syapse Precision Medicine Platform
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016


Camden People's Theatre Plays ALL THE RIGHT NOTES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Camden People'sTheatre 's brand new festival All the Right Notes brings together trailblazing work from the place where theatre and live music meet: it's a festival featuring not only theatre-makers whose work is driven by live music, but music acts whose work is audaciously theatrical, programmed in partnership with DJ and journalist Joe Muggs. They meet in the middle, splicing for your delight the hothouse thrill of live music and the buzz of inventive contemporary theatre. (more...)

Casting Complete for THE CHRISTIANS and STRAIGHT WHITE MEN at Steppenwolf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces complete casting for two upcoming Chicago premiere productions: Lucas Hnath's The Christians directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman (December 1, 2016 - January 29, 2017) in the Downstairs Theatre; and Straight White Men written and directed by Young Jean Lee (February 2, 2016 - March 19, 2017) in the Upstairs Theatre. (more...)

DOWNTON ABBEY's Robert Bathurst to Star in KING CHARLES III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the cast and creative team for the Chicago premiere of Mike Bartlett's new West End and Broadway sensation King Charles III, directed by Gary Griffin as part of the Theater's 30th Anniversary Season. (more...)

ArtWeek Boston 2016 Announces Talkbacks, Forums, Sneak Peeks and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

ArtWeek, an award-winning creative festival, will host more than 180 events this season, including many partnering with local theater companies. ArtWeek will run from September 30 - October 9 in more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. (more...)

Brooklyn Arts Exchange to Present SUBMERGE 2016: WILL YOU? This November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange presents A Helix Queer Performance Network Event: SUBMERGE 2016: will you? curated by Naimonu James, November 6 - 13, 2016. Tickets: $16, $10, $5 (pay what you will). (more...)

RI Philharmonic and Providence Singers Present Mozart's REQUIEM with Guest Conductor Bramwell Tovey, 10/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Bramwell Tovey to the podium on October 15, with a concert featuring Mozart's Requiem with Providence Singers. The program also features Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini. The concert is Saturday, October 15, at 8:00pm, with a Rush Hour concert Friday, October 14 at 6:30pm. For the first time ever, hear the RI Philharmonic and Providence Singers proclaim the genius of Mozart's deathbed composition, Requiem, as it develops swiftly and vanishes all too soon. You won't want to miss it! (more...)

BWW Takes a Closer Look at Harry Enfield's Upcoming Project with the Young Vic, ONCE IN A LIFETIME
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Harry Enfield will play studio boss Herman Glogauer in Christopher Hart's adaptation of Kaufman and Hart's classic Hollywood comedy, Once in a Lifetime. Enfield is joined in the cast of Richard Jones' production by John Marquez as George and Claudie Blakley as May, with further casting still to be announced. (more...)

Alicia Keys and Anthony Hamilton Open Up About Their Lives & Art On NPR Music
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

In two new installments of the Noteworthy video documentary series, NPR Music takes an intimate look at how artists Alicia Keys and Anthony Hamilton make music that millions of fans love. (more...)

UMe to Reissue Beck's Entire DGC/Geffen/Interscope Catalog on Vinyl
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Since introducing himself to the world in 1994 with his genre-defying, multi-platinum debut, Mellow Gold, Beck has blazed a path into the future while simultaneously foraging through the past. (more...)

Theater Mitu's JUAREZ Explores Stories of the US/Mexico Border at The LATC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Internationally renowned, New York City-based experimental theater company Theater Mitu explores the history, contradictions and mythology of the ever-complicated landscape of the US/Mexico border in a uniquely theatrical multi-media event. Led by Juarez born-and-raised artistic director Ruben Polendo, the company brings Juarez: A Documentary Mythology to The Los Angeles Theatre Center as part of the Latino Theater Company's 30th anniversary season. The limited 3-week engagement takes place Oct. 27 through Nov. 13. (more...)

Blue Note Hawaii Presents October 2016 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

October promises to be one of the biggest yet at Blue Note Hawaii, the state's premier venue for the world's most celebrated artists. The month kicks off with architects of the Jamaican sound, Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang and the first time Hoku Award-winners Amy Hanaiali'i and Willie K will perform together in the showroom. (more...)

Politics, Current Events Take Center Stage During Artweek
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

ArtWeek,¬†an award-winning creative festival, will host more than 180 events this season, including many drawing inspiration from politics and current events. ArtWeek will run from September 30 ¬Ė October 9 in more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. (more...)

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Will Premiere New Series at Long Dormant Chinatown theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will premiere new series at long dormant Chinatown theater Company's new work asks the question: "What does it mean to be King?" (more...)

BWW Review: Wilbury Group Starts the Season With Exciting UI [OO-EY]
by Robert Barossi - Sep 20, 2016

There is a current trend in Hollywood to combine movies in a way that creates a 'cinematic universe.' This allows studios to create a number of movies that are all connected and can be tied together, usually because of a shared world of characters, think Marvel superheroes or the famous Universal Studios movie monsters. In an ingenious sort of experiment, Wilbury Group is kicking off its season with a production that creates a kind of 'theatrical universe,' by linking together three plays that would otherwise be thought of us very different and entirely separate. With masterful execution, Wilbury manages to create a fascinating and frightening world in which we can really believe these three disparate works might coexists. (more...)

Metropolis Ensemble to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with 'Musicircus' Inspired Party
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Grammy Award-nominated Metropolis Ensemble celebrates its 10th anniversary on September 27th with a multi-sensory party and festive concert experience throughout the Angel Orensanz Center. (more...)

Liverpool Psych Festival to Feature Pure Phase Ensemble
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

This coming weekend, Liverpool hosts the fifth installment of the city's International Festival Of Psychedelia (a.k.a. Liverpool Psych Fest orPZYK), hosting over 100 live acts and DJs across its four stages for two straight days - Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th.  (more...)

New York Phil to Stream First-Ever Live Concert on Facebook for Season Opener, 9/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

The New York Philharmonic will present its first-ever live concert broadcast on Facebook with the 2016-17 season Opening Gala Concert, Wednesday, September 21, 2016, launching its 175th anniversary season and The New World Initiative, a season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvo?ak's Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and its theme of "home." Throughout the 2016-17 season, The New World Initiative will explore the New World Symphony through performances, community outreach, and education projects on the occasion of the Philharmonic's 175th anniversary season, honoring the Orchestra's hometown and its role as an adopted home for many. (more...)

TREMOR - Ashley Dyer, Multi-Artform Practitioner, Exhibits at the Art House
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Sound creates movement - movement creates sound When the resonant frequency is reached - it sings in sympathy.When the amplitude is too great - it breaks. Created by Ashley Dyer, Tremor is a multi-artform performance that examines the movement associated with vibration and the relationship between a build up of pressure on the body and the planet. (more...)

BWW Interview: Colman Domingo on His Intervening BARBECUE, Hollywood & Controversies
by Gil Kaan - Sep 19, 2016

Playwright Robert O'Hara's BARBECUE deservedly earned a rousing reception (and standing ovation) from The Geffen Playhouse's enthusiastic opening night audience September 14.  BroadwayWorld and I had a chance to chat with O'Hara's frequent collaborator, actor/playwright/director Colman Domingo a few days after his directorial success. (more...)

RISING STAR COMPETITION Reaches Week 8 and Features Natalie Joy Johnson, Paul Canaan and Joey Taranto
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016


Cincinnati Symphony Continues PELLEAS TRILOGY with James Darrah
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Music Director Louis Langree are pleased to announce details of the second installment of a three-year exploration of Maurice Maeterlinck's 1893 symbolist play, Pelleas et Melisande, a collaboration with director, production designer and visual artist James Darrah. This artistic undertaking utilizes groundbreaking visual elements, complementing orchestral works by Schoenberg, Faure and Debussy, performed by the CSO. (more...)

Chicago Dramatists Presents DEAD CHILDREN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

After 24 years of marriage, Tom and Renata call it quits so that each can unpack a complicated past, and arrive at an even more complicated future, in this alternatingly harrowing and comedic ensemble drama opening September 25 at Chicago Dramatists. Previews begin September 23, at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. (more...)

Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, 6 GUITARS and More Slated for Lott Entertainment Presents' 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Lott Entertainment Presents' second season begins with a new home and a slew of new works guaranteed to raise the bar-and some eyebrows-in Houston's performing arts scene. Founders Kathryn Lott and Allison Lott have formed a unique alliance with the Alley Theatre, which allows them to present their entire second season in the Alley's Neuhaus Theatre. (more...)

Moving Image to Screen Complete Kieslowski Retrospective This Fall
by Movies News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Museum of the Moving Image will present the most comprehensive U.S. retrospective of all of the Polish director's features, short films, early documentary work, and a marathon viewing of the Dekalog, from October 7 through November 6, 2016. The series will also include four posthumous works based on Kieslowski's unproduced screenplays. (more...)

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Out Today
by Movies News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of The Magnificent Seven (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music by James Horner and Simon Franglen. (more...)

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