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Playwrights Horizons (New York, NY)
416 West 42nd St.(between 9th & 10th Aves)

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Based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.

The anachronistic show explores the lives of the nine presidential assassins and would-be assassins, weaving together fictional scenes where the characters interact among each other with real-life events.


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THE BIG BANG Returns to Philadelphia, Closes 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2011

The Big Bang, starring award-winning actors Tony Braithwaite and Ben Dibble, will close at the Kimmel Center stage October 30. (more...)

Pit Stop Players Present DARK SIDE OF THE TUNE Concert, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2011

The Pit Stop Players, a thirteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will kick off their third season with a concert at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm. The critically acclaimed group will offer creepy-themed music the night before Halloween, in a program titled 'Dark Side of the Tune.' (more...)

Hartt Theatre Students Perform PIPPIN in Lincoln Theatre, 10/27-30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2011

The Hartt School's Music Theatre students present Pippin, the tale of the son of King Charlemagne and his search for personal significance, Thursday, October 27, Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, October 30, at 3:00 PM. (more...)

Photo Flash: Musical Theatre West Opens HAIRSPRAY!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2011

HAIRSPRAY opened in 2002 on Broadway and had 2,642 performances at the Neil Simon Theatre. With music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Williams and book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, HAIRSPRAY and its feel-good, upbeat score includes the songs 'Good Morning Baltimore,' 'Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now' and 'You Can't Stop the Beat.' (more...)

New Repertory Theater Presents COLLECTED STORIES 10/9-30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2011

New Repertory Theatre, in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts has announced Collected Stories by 2000 Pulitzer Prize playwright Donald Margulies. (more...)

Tickets for EVITA Revival Go on Sale 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2011

The new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's landmark musical EVITA will open on Broadway Thursday, April 5, 2012 at The Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway), previews begin Monday, March 12, 2012 and tickets go on sale today, Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM via www.ticketmaster.com / 1-800-745-3000. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Comes To Musical Theatre West, Previews 10/28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2011

Musical Theatre West is set to announce that it will open its 59th Season with the mega-hit HAIRSPRAY at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. (more...)

SOUTHERN COMFORT Extends At CAP21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2011

CAP 21 Theatre Company announces a one-week extension of the hit new musical SOUTHERN COMFORT, by Dan Collins (book and lyrics) and Julianne Wick Davis (music), based on Kate Davis' 2001 Sundance award-winning documentary about transgender friends in rural Georgia. (more...)

Mario Cantone Marries Longtime Partner Jerry Dixon
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2011

According to published reports, stage and screen star Mario Cantone married his longtime partner and theatre director Jerry Dixon. Cantone said on the View: 'We're older now. We've been together 20 years. After 20 years you're like, 'Thanks for the anti-climactic honeymoon government!' ' (more...)

Cast Announced for Musical Theatre West's HAIRSPRAY, 10/28 - 11/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2011

Musical Theatre West is proud to announce that it will open its 59th Season with the mega-hit HAIRSPRAY at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. HAIRSPRAY previews October 28 and runs for fourteen performances through November 13, 2011 (more...)

Musical Theatre West's Hairspray Opens Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2011

Musical Theatre West has announced that it will open its 59th Season with the mega-hit HAIRSPRAY at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. (more...)

Photo Flash: Chaz Bono Visits CAP21's SOUTHERN COMFORT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2011

On Thursday, Chaz Bono ('Dancing with the Stars') visited with the company of SOUTHERN COMFORT, the new hit musical about transgender friends in rural Georgia, at CAP21 (18 West 18th Street, 5th floor). Based on Kate Davis' award-winning documentary, the musical has recently been extended through November 5. (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...)

Photo Flash: First Look at EVITA's Stars - Ricky Martin, Elena Roger & Michael Cerveris; Previews Start March 12
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 27, 2011

Producers Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders announced today the official opening night and first preview dates as well as the public on-sale date for the new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's landmark musical EVITA. The show will open on Broadway Thursday, April 5, 2012 at The Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway), previews begin Monday, March 12, 2012 and tickets go on sale this Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM via www.ticketmaster.com / 1-800-745-3000. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ASSASSINS at Smithtown PAC Shoots From the Hip - and Mostly Hits
by Estelle Hallick - Oct 27, 2011

In the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical, Assassins, this is just the beginning of the mayhem audiences will experience in the 90-minute, one-act 'revusical' directed by Smithtown PAC's Artistic Director, Kenneth Washington. (more...)

Artists Rep Presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2011

Literature's favorite quirky inquisitor is infused with the spirit of a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in an unusual holiday show crafted by Seattle veteran playwright John Longenbaugh. (more...)

Hartt Theatre Students Perform PIPPIN in Lincoln Theatre, 10/27-30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

The Hartt School's Music Theatre students present Pippin, the tale of the son of King Charlemagne and his search for personal significance, Thursday, October 27, Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, October 30, at 3:00 PM. (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...)

Tickets For Broadway Sacramento's WICKED Go On Sale December 3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

WICKED, the most anticipated musical production of the 2011 - 2012 Broadway Sacramento season will go on sale to the public on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 a.m. exclusively in person at the Community Center Theater Box Office, 1301 L Street, in Sacramento. (more...)

WICKED Announces Ticket Lottery For $25 Seats
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held daily for WICKED, which will be performing from November 2 - 26 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. (more...)

SIMPLY STREISAND Extends At Laurie Beechman Thru 11/2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

SIMPLY STREISAND, a celebration of Ms. Barbra Streisand, her legendary career and the music she made famous, will continue at The Laurie Beechman Theatre for one additional performance, following four critically acclaimed previous performances. SIMPLY STREISAND will continue on Wednesday, November 2 @ 7pm (more...)

Michael Cerveris, Phoebe Strole, et al. Set for SCHOOLED Reading, 11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

The New Ohio Theatre presents an industry reading of the new play Schooled, written by Lisa Lewis and directed by Oliver Butler, starring Michael Cerveris, Phoebe Strole, James Kautz and Mara Davi, with dramaturgy by Matthew Schneider. The reading will take place on Tuesday, November 15 at 8pm at the New Ohio Theatre, located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets in New York City. (more...)

Alley Theatre Presents THE SANTALAND DIARIES. Previews 11/25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2011

This season, along with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas, which runs on the Hubbard Stage, the Alley Theatre will once again present a second holiday production, David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries on the Neuhaus Stage. (more...)

Broadway's Marc Kudisch and Shannon Lewis Get Married!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2011

Broadway couple Marc Kudisch and Shannon Lewis just tied the knot yesterday, October 24 in Key West, Florida. Congratulations to the happy couple! (more...)

David Garrison To Lead SILENCE! The Musical
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2011

Full casting has been announced for SILENCE! The Musical, the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell ([title of show]), music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific, Newsies). (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Comes To Musical Theatre West, Previews 10/28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2011

Musical Theatre West is set to announce that it will open its 59th Season with the mega-hit HAIRSPRAY at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. (more...)

Photo Flash: Trustus Theatre Presents AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2011

When Trustus Co-Founder Jim Thigpen directed the first Trustus show Luv in 1985, he did not know what to expect for the future of the company. Twenty-seven years later, Trustus Theatre is not only still in existence, but has grown into an institution of professional and provocative entertainment in the Midlands. In his last season as Artistic Director, Thigpen wanted his 'Swan Song' to be the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning August: Osage County - a show that many theatre fans call one of the most breathtaking evenings they have experienced in the last 5 years. August: Osage County opens on the Trustus Main Stage at 8:00pm on Friday, October 21st. (more...)

West Coast Enseble Discontinues Membership
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2011

West Coast Ensemble is saddened to announce that after 30 years as a membership company, it is discontinuing its membership component effective November 1. (more...)

Mesa Community College Opens A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2011

Mesa Community College's Act I Musical Productions to open its 12th season with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, opening on October 20th in Mesa, AZ. (more...)

Tony Yazbeck, Jill Paice & More Join Lorna Luft in Paper Mill's WHITE CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2011

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee- Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) today announced the cast and creative team for its holiday musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Irving Berlin's White Christmas will be directed by Marc Bruni, with choreography by Randy Skinner and musical direction by Steven Freeman. The cast features: James Clow (Bob Wallace), Tony Yazbeck (Phil Davis), Jill Paice (Betty Haynes), Meredith Patterson (Judy Haynes), Edward James Hyland (General Waverly) and Lorna Luft (Martha Watson). (more...)

Photo Flash: STORIES ON 5 STORIES: Dirty Laundry
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2011

Acclaimed theater company Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced the line-up of performers participating in the return of its popular benefit evening STORIES ON 5 STORIES: Dirty Laundry on Monday evening, October 17. (more...)

WICKED Returns To Nashville 10/19-11/6
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2011

After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2009, WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster will return to Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center, October 19 through November 6. (more...)

Chichester Festival Theatre's SWEENEY TODD to Transfer to Adelphi Theatre?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2011

Chichester's Festival 2011 closes with Sweeney Todd, the musical commonly acknowledged to be Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece, in a cast led by distinguished musical performer Michael Ball and Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton. (more...)

FALSETTOS Extends At Third Street Theater Thru 11/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2011

Third Street Theatre has announced that its first production in L.A.'s newest 99-seat Equity Waiver house; their critically-acclaimed (LA Times CRITICS' CHOICE, LA Weekly GO!, Backstage CRITIC'S PICK, Ovation Recommended!) smash-hit production of the Tony award-winning musical FALSETTOS, with book by James Lapine and William Finn, music and lyrics by William Finn, choreography by John Todd, musical direction by Greg Nabours and directed by Richard Israel is EXTENDING AGAIN - through Sunday, November 13 at the THIRD STREET THEATRE, 8115 W. Third Street in West Hollywood! (more...)

QUEEN OF THE MIST Plays The Gym At Judson
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2011

Queen of the Mist is a world premiere musical with words and music by 5-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party,Marie Christine, Hello Again). (more...)

SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED's Final Performance Will Be 11/28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2011

Following eighteen sold out shows, the hit cabaret series, SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, will continue for an nineteenth installment, Sunday, October 30 at 7pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Sondheim Unplugged is currently celebrating the second year of it's smash run, having begun this journey of celebrating Sondheim in July of 2010. The series will close, following an unprecedented 17 month run, with it's 20th performance on Monday, November 28 @ 7pm. (more...)

Musical Theatre West's Hairspray Opens Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2011

Musical Theatre West has announced that it will open its 59th Season with the mega-hit HAIRSPRAY at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Interview: Michael Patrick Walker
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 5, 2011

Today we are talking to the songwriter responsible for the new collection of songs culled from his many musical theatre ventures, both new and old - oh-so-appropriately titled OUT OF CONTEXT - who perhaps is best known to Broadway babies as the composer/lyricist of the mid-00s Off-Broadway smash boy-band spoof musical ALTAR BOYZ - the versatile and fiercely committed Michael Patrick Walker. Talking all aspects of OUT OF CONTEXT - including working with the tremendous talent featured on the multi-faceted and highly entertaining album (many of whom are also InDepth InterView participants themselves), such as Cheyenne Jackson, Kelli O'Hara, Lisa Howard and many more - as well as describing the shows from whence these songs derived (such as THE DISTANT BELLS, which recently was work-shopped starring Chita Rivera and Ana Gasteyer, among others) Walker and I attempt to paint a picture of the career of a rising star composer such as himself and what we can look forward to from him in the future, near and far - and, of course, what is in the ether for the release party performance concert at Birdland on Monday night featuring Ann Harada, Lauren Kennedy, Peter Friedman, Kenita Miller, John Tartaglia, Julie Foldesi, Noah Galvin, Andy Karl, Tyler Maynard, Andy Mientus, Jim Stanek and Betsy Wolfe. Additionally, he shares his experiences working on screen-to-stage adaptations of KINKY BOOTS and SOAPDISH, as well as shares news of his upcoming musical with Rick Ellis of JERSEY BOYS fame and the Rockettes musical number that will be premiering this season at the annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas spectacular. Plus, we also discuss his compositional and lyrical inspirations, favorite scores and composers, thoughts on GLEE and much, much more! (more...)

SOUTHERN COMFORT Extends At CAP21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2011

CAP 21 Theatre Company announces a one-week extension of the hit new musical SOUTHERN COMFORT, by Dan Collins (book and lyrics) and Julianne Wick Davis (music), based on Kate Davis' 2001 Sundance award-winning documentary about transgender friends in rural Georgia. (more...)

OTHER DESERT CITIES Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2011

Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway production of Jon Robin Baitz's OTHER DESERT CITIES, starring Stacy Keach, Stockard Channing and Judith Light. OTHER DESERT CITIES will begin preview performances Oct. 12 at the Booth Theatre and will open Thursday, November 3. (more...)

James Barbour's BRING ME GIANTS Album Released
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2011

Broadway veteran James Barbour has just released a solo album, titled 'Bring Me Giants.' Click here to purchase the album on the Dress Circle website. The full track list is as follows: (more...)

Michael Ball & Imelda Staunton Led SWEENEY TODD Headed to West End & Broadway?
by BWW - Nov 3, 2011

Baz Bamigboye reports in today's UK Daily Mail that the hit production of the Chichester Festival Theatre's SWEENEY TODD, starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton will indeed, as rumored, transfer to the West End's Adelphi Theatre, beginning on March 10, 1012. The transfer is said to have been approved by Stephen Sondheim who saw the show last week, and delayed a return trip home to see the production a second time. The paper notes that 'he considers the Chichester Sweeney to be a landmark production and would like it, and its two stars, to go to New York.' (more...)

WICKED Comes To The Aronoff Center 11/2-26
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2011

After breaking box office records during its last visit to the Aronoff Center, WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to Cincinnati, November 2-26 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati 11/12 Season. (more...)

Jennifer Werner, James Cunningham Lead Engeman's A WONDERFUL LIFE; John Simpkins to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2011

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is set to announce its holiday show A WONDERFUL LIFE. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at at Mary Testa, et al. in Transport Group's QUEEN OF THE MIST
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2011

Transport Group's Queen of the Mist is a world premiere musical with words and music by 5-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Hello Again). Based on an astounding, outrageous, and haunting true story, two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa (Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, 42nd Street) stars as Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901, set out to be the first woman to shoot Niagara Falls, in a barrel of her own design. Check out production shots from the show below! (more...)

WICKED Flies Back Into Des Moines Next Week 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2011

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held daily for WICKED, performing from Wednesday, November 9 through Sunday, December 4 at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. (more...)

WICKED Announces Ticket Lottery For $25 Seats
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2011

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held daily for WICKED, which will be performing from November 2 - 26 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. (more...)

SIMPLY STREISAND Extends At Laurie Beechman Thru 11/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2011

SIMPLY STREISAND, a celebration of Ms. Barbra Streisand, her legendary career and the music she made famous, will continue at The Laurie Beechman Theatre for one additional performance, following four critically acclaimed previous performances. SIMPLY STREISAND will continue on Wednesday, November 2 @ 7pm (more...)

West Coast Enseble Discontinues Membership
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2011

West Coast Ensemble is saddened to announce that after 30 years as a membership company, it is discontinuing its membership component effective November 1. (more...)

FAC Presents A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, Dec. 1-23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2011

The Fine Arts Center's Theatre Company is proud to present the Tony-nominated holiday musical comedy, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, from Dec. 1-23 in the historic SaGaJi Theatre. (more...)

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