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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 he’s 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, I’ll be able to say: Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody. It’s man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.

John Hodge’s 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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Graduates from Acclaimed Contemporary Theatre Course Bring Debut Show ATTIC to the King's Head
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

A company of five graduates from the well-reputed 'Acting and Contemporary Theatre' course at East 15 Acting School, led by emerging writer Meriel Hinsching and director Ed Theakston, are bringing a brand new play, Attic to the King's Head Theatre in Islington for six dates this summer. (more...)

40th Anniversary BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL to be presented 7/13 – 23
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Playwrights Foundation, one of the West Coast's premiere launchpads for exceptional emerging playwrights, is thrilled to announce the lineup for the 40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF), featuring playwrights Hilary Bettis, Clarence Coo, Bennett Fisher, Lauren Gunderson, Nilan Johnson, and Mona Mansour. The 40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival runs July 13 - 23, 2017 at Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street in the heart of San Francisco's Theater District.  In addition to twelve staged readings, the Festival will offer a Theater Professionals weekend 7/21-23, special events and an anniversary celebration 7/13.  Tickets on sale June 1st at (more...)

The Capitol Theatre Presents Peter White And Euge Groove 8/25; Tickets on Sale This Saturday!
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

The Capitol Theatre presents Peter White and Euge Groove on Saturday, May 13 at 10 am. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 25 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Z Living Renews First Original Series and Greenlights New Development
by TV News Desk - May 8, 2017

Leading health-entertainment network Z Living announced today it has picked up second seasons of original series Altar'd and Finding Fido, Z Living's first-ever original primetime series which premiered in January. (more...)

Philly Playwright Wins Yale Prize and Programs Summer of Writing Classes
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

PlayPenn, Philadelphia's artist-driven organization dedicated to improving the way in which new plays are developed, has announced their Summer 2017 education offerings, including several opportunities to 'binge learn' during curated packages created especially for ambitious students. (more...)

Doc 'n Roll Film Festival Comes to Hull this Week
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Doc´n Roll Film Festival, the UK´s acclaimed music documentary festival, brings its rich and innovative programming to Hull this week, working with Hull Independent Cinema and supported by the BFI. (more...)

VIDEO: Get A First Look at FREAKY FRIDAY at Cleveland Playhouse
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 8, 2017

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the Cleveland Playhouse production of Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY! Check out a preview below! The body-swapping duo in Cleveland Play House's (CPH) musical production of Disney's Freaky Friday are played by Heidi Blickenstaff (Broadway's Something Rotten!) and Emma Hunton (Broadway's Spring Awakening). Blickenstaff and Hunton reprise their roles as Katherine Blake (mother) and Ellie Blake (daughter) from La Jolla Playhouse's production, which launched a three-theatre co-production that will move to Cleveland Play House and conclude with a run at Houston's Alley Theatre. Get a sneak peek at them in action at La Jolla Playhouse before they hit Cleveland! (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Adds Two New Opportunities to Experience Trisha Brown Dance Company
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival has added two more opportunities for audiences to experience Trisha Brown Dance Company. Originally a five-performance run, August 16-19 in the Ted Shawn Theatre, the Pillow has added a Thursday matinee to the company's schedule. Members of Trisha Brown Dance Company will also perform the site-specific work Trisha Brown: In Plain Site at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, August 13, a co-presentation of Jacob's Pillow Dance and the Clark. An icon of American dance with extensive Jacob's Pillow connections spanning more than 30 years, choreographer Trisha Brown died March 18, 2017. In a New York Times obituary, chief dance critic Alastair Macaulay wrote “Few dance inventors have so combined the cerebral and sensuous sides of dance as Ms. Brown did, and few have been as influential. Her choreography…helped shape generations of modern dance creators into the 21st century.” (more...)

SERIOUSLY ENTERTAINING, Meaghan Burke, THE MEETING* and More Coming Up at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its lineup of nightly performances, May 10-21, 2017. Scroll down for details! (more...)

VIDEO: AMELIE and WAR PAINT Get Feedback When The Skivvies Improv a Song from Audience Member's Text Messages
by Stage Tube - May 7, 2017

Everyone knows to expect the unexpected at one of The Skivvies sets, and this time they've involved the audience. Taking a cellphone from an unsuspecting audience member, Lauren Molina decided to improv a song based on a text message thread. Watch the hilarious video below! (more...)

BWW Review: PLACES PLEASE! Teases & Delights at Joe's Pub
by Christina Pandolfi - May 7, 2017

As audience members, we're often not privy to dress rehearsals. We don't get to travel behind the scenes and see the inside of a dancer's psyche. But “Places Please!” commissioned by DANCE NOW, broke traditional boundaries in both environment and format. Shown at the legendary Joe's Pub, longtime Collaborators Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott treated us all as friends, bringing us into the intimacy and anxiety that drives the creative process. And oh, what fun we all had! (more...)

Theatre Horizon Extends World Premiere of James Ijames' WHITE
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Theatre Horizon opened the World Premiere of James Ijames' smart and hilarious WHITE. On the evening of its official opening, the theatre is excited to announce that WHITE will now have an extension week and close Sunday, May 28. Winner of the 2015 Terrence McNally New Play Award, WHITE already had sold out performances. (more...)

THE SKIVVIES to Perform Live at B Street
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, singer/actor/musicians performing stripped down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals. Not only is the music stripped down - cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica - but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. (more...)

Monte Johnston Has Been Recognized as a Lifetime VIP Member of Strathmore's Who's Who Based on His Ongoing Success in the Fields of Auto-Finance, Musical Production and
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017


Call For Artists: HCL Fall 2017 Sponsored Artist Program Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

High Concept Labs (HCL) announces a call for artists and collectives to take part in its Sponsored Artist Program during HCL's Fall 2017 Season, August 15 through December 15, 2017. HCL is an arts service organization dedicated to supporting working artists and engaging the Chicago community with arts and culture. HCL fulfills its mission through the Sponsored Artist Program. The Fall 2017 Sponsored Artist Application is due by 11:59 PM CST on Thursday, June 15, 2016. Applications may be accessed at (more...)

No Second Season for NBC's Midseason Drama EMERALD CITY
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2017

EMERALD CITY executive producers David Schulner and Shaun Cassidy took to Twitter yesterday to share the sad news that their midseason drama series will not be returning to NBC for a second season. (more...)

Taylor Mac's HIR Gets Chicago Premiere This Summer at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of Hir, a subversive comedy by celebrated playwright, actor, singer-songwriter and performance artist Taylor Mac. Directed by Steppenwolf Artistic Producer Hallie Gordon, the cast features ensemble members Francis Guinan (Arnold) and Amy Morton (Paige) with Em Grosland (Max) and Michael Holding (Isaac). (more...)

Lindsey Luff Releases 'Until It's True'; Self-titled LP Out 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Now in Brooklyn by way of Memphis, singer and songwriter Lindsey Luff tenderly combines Americana and folk-pop for a bright yet nuanced sound. (more...)

Texas Performing Arts Announces The 2017-18 Essential Series
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

]Texas Performing Arts continues to present world-class performances to The University of Texas at Austin and Central Texas audiences with the unveiling of the 2017-18 Essential Series. (more...)

Photo Flash: First-Look at OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR World Premiere at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

'It was in the 'hell' of a refugee camp in the African republic of Guinea that Shedrick Yarkpai first dreamed about a career as an actor' (The Australian) - a path that eventually acquainted him with Chicago native playwright Charles Smith, who has now chronicled the Liberian refugee's gripping story in his newest play, Objects in the Mirror. The world premiere of Objects in the Mirror, which was developed through the Goodman's New Stages Festival, appears now through June 4 (opening night is May 8) in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR at Goodman Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 4, 2017

The world premiere of Objects in the Mirror, which was developed through the Goodman's New Stages Festival, appears now through June 4 (opening night is May 8) in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. Click below to watch highlights from the production! (more...)

Bang on a Can to Present Two-Day Tribute to Robert Rauschenberg at MoMA
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

In conjunction with The Museum of Modern Art's exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends (May 21-September 17, 2017), Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang and the music collective Bang on a Can will present a pair of concerts on Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24 at 7pm at the museum's T1 (Titus 1) Theater (11 W 53rd St.), featuring commentary exploring these artistic exchanges and their legacy for contemporary music. (more...)

WE'RE GONNA BE OKAY, DIAGRAM OF A PAPER AIRPLANE and More Set for American Theater Co's 33rd Season
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

American Theater Company (ATC) is proud to announce its Season 33, which kicks off this October with the world premiere of Janine Nabers' Welcome to Jesus, directed by Artistic Director Will Davis, October 26-December 3, 2017. (more...)

KCRep Congratulates Collaborators on Tony Nominations
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Kansas City Repertory Theatre is proud to congratulate What Would Crazy Horse Do? Director, Sam Pinkleton on his Tony Award Nomination Best Choreography for his work on this season's Broadway hit musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which led the field with 12 nominations, including Best Musical. Pinkleton previously choreographed KCRep's 2015 acclaimed production of Hair: Retrospection. (more...)

HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC and More Slated for Steppenwolf's LookOut Series 2017 Summer Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Steppenwolf's LookOut Series has announced their summer lineup, which will feature a three week run of the acclaimed solo play, How To Be A Rock Critic (Based on the Writings of Lester Bangs) by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, the award-winning writers of The Exonerated and Aftermath. The show will run July 6 - July 22 in Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre (1700 N Halsted St); the press performance is Friday, July 7 at 8pm. (more...)

Good Guys Win: Apache Spot (Incubating) Team Collaborates on Machine Learning Approach to Cybersecurity, Earns Bronze Edison Award
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017


True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters Announce Winners of 9th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

True Colors Theatre Company (Kenny Leon, Co-Founding Artistic Director) and Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth, President) are proud to announce the winners of the 9th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition that was held last night, on Monday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street).  (more...)

VANTIQ Recruits Miguel Nhuch to Lead Business Development
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017


2017 Tony Awards - The Nominees React - UPDATING LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

We've caught Tony fever here at BroadwayWorld, and it's spreading! Follow us on BWW throughout the day, as we'll bring you Tony nominee reactions, exclusive reports, surprises, behind the scenes coverage and oh, so much more! (more...)

DANCE FOR LIFE 2017 Companies Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

The 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago will exemplify Chicago's versatile and virtuoso dance community with the eight companies that are performing August 19 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Chicago Dancers United (CDU), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance, which is preceded by a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago. (more...)

Honors' Acclaimed Song 'Over; Out Now; Confirm Headlining Dates
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Emerging Toronto-based band Honors' song “Over” is out now and continues to receive critical praise—HillyDilly calls it, “colossal-sounding,” (more...)

Alan Gilbert Leads SALONEN New York Premiere
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic (photo: Chris Lee) In 2009, the year Alan Gilbert took over as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Alex Ross wrote in the New Yorker: “Simply put, the orchestra is playing better than it has in the seventeen years that I've been a critic in New York.” The intervening years have seen Gilbert go from strength to strength, with critics and audiences alike responding with generous enthusiasm to the superb quality of the performances and to the new initiatives that transformed the orchestra into “a force of permanent revolution” (New York magazine). (more...)

The Music Center Announces Program for 2017/2018 Dance Season
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Los Angeles audiences will discover a new perspective on many timeless classics interpreted through a contemporary lens as they journey through The Music Center's dance season and uncover themes of conflict between female strength and societal expectations.  The 2017/2018 Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center (Dance at The Music Center) season is replete with powerful characters, riveting storylines, modern choreography and theatrics that take the traditional narrative ballet to a new level.  Audiences are invited to venture into the world of dance and experience realms of expression beyond expectation.  The coming season opens with the U.S. premiere of Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes (September 15-October 1, 2017), a beloved fairytale and Hollywood classic where life imitates art, presented by Dance at The Music Center and Center Theatre Group.  (more...)

2017 LA MAMA MOVES! Dance Festival to Feature World Premieres and More This Spring
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

The welcome mat for artists from the four corners of the globe has shone brightly at La MaMa's theater entryway for 55 years, and for the past 12, the welcome has been extended to choreographers and dancers participating in the La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, which this season includes 17 dance companies and artists whose work asks important questions about the conditions of the world in which we are now living. The 2017 festival runs May 18-June 4. (more...)

OSF-Commissions SWEAT and iNDECENT Earn Tony Award Nominations for Best Play
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

The American Theatre Wing nominated two plays commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 2017 Tony Awards today, including Best Play. Commissioned through OSF's American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle, Sweat by Lynn Nottage and Indecent by Paula Vogel each received three nominations. (more...)

VIDEO: Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori Talk Storytelling Through Song for DGF's 'The Legacy Project'
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

The announcement of today's Tony Award nominations marks this as a week for celebration and reaffirms the commitment of organizations that protect the survival of the arts. For those organizations, like the Dramatists Guild Fund (DGF), that commitment likely means shouldering a larger burden of funding and support. Today's celebration also coincides with the launch of the latest installment of 'The Legacy Project: Volume III' from DGF, featuring one of Broadway's best known and loved composers/lyricists, Stephen Schwartz, chatting with Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home) about storytelling through song. Watch the interview below! (more...)

Amazon Original Kids Series DINO DANA Premieres on Prime Video in the US and UK 5/26
by TV News Desk - May 2, 2017

Amazon today announced its brand-new Amazon Original Kids Series, DINO DANA, is scheduled to premiere on Friday, May 26 on Prime Video in the US and UK. (more...)

Scoop: QUANTICO on ABC - Monday, May 1, 2017
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Get all the scoop on QUANTICO, airing on ABC on Monday, May 1, 2017! (more...)

10 Hairy Legs Debuts 5th Consecutive New York Season at BAM
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

10 Hairy Legs, the all-male repertory dance company, debuts at BAM for its fifth consecutive New York Season for four performances June 8-11. Continuing to showcase the company's extensive repertory and aggressive commissioning of World Premiere Commissions, our New York Season features 2 World Premieres to bring the number of exclusive works to 14 and 4 musical scores since its founding in 2012. (more...)

Scoop: QUANTICO on ABC - Monday, May 15, 2017
by - May 1, 2017

Get all the scoop on QUANTICO, airing on ABC on Monday, May 15, 2017! (more...)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Announces 2017 Free Summer Concerts
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Boston Landmarks Orchestra (LO) under the direction of Music Director Christopher Wilkins, and Executive Director Jo Frances Meyer,  announces its 2017 season of free concerts at the DCR's Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade. Concerts will be held every Wednesday evening (7 p.m.) from July 19 through August 23, 2017. For more information visit (more...)

San Francisco International Arts Festival Announces Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

SFIAF 2017 has announced its performance listings. The full Festival lineup with project descriptions is as follows (projects listed chronologically by discipline: dance, music, theatre/ performance art). An online calendar is available here. (more...)

Batton and Broadway Present ONE AND THE OTHER
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

One and the Other tells the story of Sue Broadway and her not so helpful assistant Debra Batton. These circus luminaries combine classic stunts, acerbic truths, and audacious acts in a wonderfully exposing and messy celebration of the glories of aging disgracefully.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Actress Dawn Sievewright Talks OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
by Marianka Swain - Apr 30, 2017

Lee Hall's Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of Alan Warner's novel The Sopranos, about a raucous group of teenage girls in Edinburgh for a choir competition, arrives in the West End following an acclaimed Traverse Theatre premiere and UK tour (read our review). Dawn Sievewright, who plays outwardly confident leader Fionnula and a host of other characters, shares her experience. (more...)

BWW Interview: Brian Watkins of GENERAL STORE at Creede Repertory Theatre
by Jessica Kahkoska - Apr 29, 2017

Creede Repertory Theatre spoke with playwright Brian Watkins about his upcoming world premiere of 'General Store.' (more...)

Scoop: QUANTICO on ABC - Monday, May 1, 2017
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Get all the scoop on QUANTICO, airing on ABC on Monday, May 1, 2017! (more...)

Dandy Darkly Makes Florida Debut!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Dandy Darkly is New York City's cult, cabaret sensation; a painted and pontificating performance artist with a masterful and mesmerizing style of immersive storytelling that has astounded critics and delighted audiences at Fringe festivals and theaters across the globe. Dandy's thrilled to mark his Florida debut with back-to-back performances of his critically acclaimed solo show, Dandy Darkly's Myth Mouth!, at the Tampa International Fringe Festival (May 12-14) and the Orlando Fringe Festival (May 18-28). (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat presents First Reading of BHANGIN' IT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is presenting the first reading of the new musical, BHANGIN' IT, book by Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew and music and lyrics by Sam Willmott, on May 1 in New York City for an invited industry audience. The reading includes actors Shoba Narayan (Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet), Tony Sheldon (Amelie), Dan Rosales (Spamilton), Angel Desai (Company), and Salena Qureshi.  The reading is directed by David Ruttura (School of Rock) and music directed by James Dobinson (The View UpStairs). (more...)

Ozzy Osbourne And Zakk Wylde Reunite for 2017 Tour
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

For the first time in more than a decade, OZZY OSBOURNE and Zakk Wylde are together again. (more...)

BWW Interview: Playwright/Lyricist Laurie Flanigan-Hegge Discusses SWEET LAND THE MUSICAL, Based on the Minnesota-Made Movie, Opening at History Theatre this Weekend
by Jill Schafer - Apr 28, 2017

A (mostly) local team has been in the process of adapting the 2005 Minnesota-made movie SWEET LAND into a musical for years, and their hard work is finally coming to fruition when SWEET LAND, THE MUSICAL opens at the History Theatre this weekend. I've seen several readings of the work in progress, and I've been so pleased how the creators have held true to the beautiful heart of the movie while adding music that feels organic to the story and only serves to enhance the storytelling. One of the creators, Twin Cities theater artist Laurie Flanigan-Hegge, answered a few of my questions about SWEET LAND, THE MUSICAL, the development process of a new work, and the importance of supporting women playwrights and composers. (more...)

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