A Man of No Importance

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Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre (New York, NY)
150 West 65th St. at Broadway
New York, NY
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Based on the film "A Man Of No Importance".

Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the second work by the Tony Award winners of RAGTIME.

The tender and beautifully woven tale of love, friendship and coming to terms with one’s identity takes place in Dublin in 1964. Alfie Byrne, a middle-aged bachelor living a quiet life with his spinster sister, spends his days as a bus conductor and his nights as a community theater impresario dedicated to the plays of his hero, Oscar Wilde. A modest and quiet man, Alfie has always found his greatest satisfaction as the artistic director of the St. Imelda's Players, an amateur theatrical group housed in the local church. When Alfie declares that, instead of their usual production of The Importance of Being Earnest, the troupe will next present Wilde's provocative Salome, the church authorities balk at the play's "immodest dancing" and his safe little world begins to crumble. At the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre.


European Premiere of Award-Winning Musical DOGFIGHT to Open at Southwark Playhouse, 8/8-9/13
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

November 21, 1963. On the night before their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, the unassuming and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet, she rewrites the rules of the game and opens his eyes to what really matters in life. (more...)

Gina McKee & More Join Cast of Trafalgar Transformed's RICHARD III
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Gina McKee (Di & Viv & Rose, King Lear, Ivanov, Our Friends In The North, Notting Hill) will play Queen Elizabeth, alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman (more...)

Gina McKee Joins Martin Freeman In Cast Of RICHARD III
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Gina McKee (Di & Viv & Rose, King Lear, Ivanov, Our Friends In The North, Notting Hill) will play Queen Elizabeth, alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman (Clybourne Park, The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo) as Richard III in Jamie Lloyd's first production of his second season at Trafalgar Transformed, Richard III, running from 1 July to 27 September, with press night on 8 July. (more...)

European Arts Company Launches UK Tour of THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2014

European Arts Company is set to tour to 43 venues in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a new show about the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde. The Trials of Oscar Wilde has been co-written with Merlin Holland who is Oscar Wilde's grandson and author of 'Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde'. (more...)

THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE to Play Special Performance to Benefit Stonewall, June 15
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

European Arts Company in association with Greenwich Theatre are delighted to announce a special charity performance of European Arts Company's critically acclaimed production of The Trials of Oscar Wilde in aid of the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Colleen Zandbergen - The Divine...
by Jeanmarie Simpson - May 28, 2014

My mom said I stuck out like a sore thumb from the time I first started singing and acting. I have always been loud and obnoxious. (more...)

Terrence McNally's LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART and Neil LaBute's THE WAY WE GET BY Set for Second Stage's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced two productions for its upcoming 36th season: the first New York production in 23 years of Terrence McNally's acclaimed play, LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART, directed by Peter DuBois, and the world premiere of Neil LaBute's dark comedy, THE WAY WE GET BY. (more...)

Steven Pasquale & Chloe Sevigny Join Netflix's Psychological Thriller from DAMAGES Creators
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2014

According to Deadline, Broadway's Steven Pasquale and Chloe Sevigny have joined the cast of Netflix's untitled psychological thriller from the creators of DAMAGES, Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Fringe Spotlight: Good People Theater Company's THE FANTASTICKS
by Ellen Dostal - May 13, 2014

Following a very successful inaugural production of A Man of No Importance at last year's Hollywood Fringe Festival, Good People Theater Company returns with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's beloved musical, THE FANTASTICKS, directed by Janet Miller and featuring musical direction by Corey Hirsch. (more...)

At the Helm! BWW Rounds Up This Season's Broadway Directors
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 9, 2014

Broadway stars might boast the biggest fan-bases, but without their directors, the vehicle driving their talents could easily swerve off the tracks. Keeping the runaway train at bay are season's bold Broadway 'conductors'. Scroll down to learn more about this season's intrepid and imaginative leaders! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 3/09/2014
by BWW - Mar 9, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/09/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 3/30/2014
by BWW - Mar 30, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/30/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

New York Philharmonic to Return to Bravo! Vail for 12th Annual Summer Residency, 7/18-25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail in Colorado for the Orchestra's 12th- annual summer residency there, performing six concerts July 18-25, 2014. Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct three programs, July 18-20, featuring works by composers for whom he has advocated during his tenure, ranging from Nielsen to The Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in- Residence Christopher Rouse. The other Philharmonic concerts will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey (July 23 and 25) and Ted Sperling (July 24), and will feature works by Copland, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Loesser, among others. (more...)

Meet the Cast of West End's MISS SAIGON; Returns May 3, 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Miss Saigon, currently booking for performances through to Saturday 25th October 2014, will make its highly anticipated return to the West End on Saturday 3 May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre, in the musical's 25th anniversary year. Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's epic musical has played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world since the sensational record-breaking run at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago. This epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI Chris--but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Meet the full company below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 3/23/2014
by BWW - Mar 23, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/23/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

Acting Up Stage Culminates 10th Anniversary Season With ELEGIES: A SONG CYCLE, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Acting Up Stage Company, Toronto's premiere not-for-profit musical theatre, culminates their 10th Anniversary Season with a reimagined production of William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle. Director Lezlie Wade will remount her 2007 sold-out, smash hit production (which also launched Acting Up Stage as Toronto's go-to company for contemporary musical theatre) alongside an entirely new design team while reuniting most of the performers from this landmark production. (more...)

SAG Foundation & BWW Host An Evening with Kelli O'Hara & Steven Pasquale at The New School Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

This Today, The New School for Drama, SAG Foundation, and BroadwayWorld.com will present a 90-minute career Conversations with Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, starring together in Broadway's The Bridges of Madison County. Moderated by BroadwayWorld.com's Richard Ridge, O'Hara and Pasquale will share experiences from their careers on stage and screen and their current collaboration with a packed house of more than 400 union actors and drama students at The New School's John L. Tishman Auditorium. (more...)

Welcome Moss Hart Back to Broadway - Meet the Full Cast of Lincoln Center's ACT ONE, Beginning Tomorrow!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 19, 2014

Lincoln Center Theater presents Act One, a play written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart. The production is scheduled to begin previews tomorrow night, March 20 and will open on Thursday, April 17 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus check out the latest TV spot for the production! (more...)

L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards Announced - THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, THE NORMAL HEART & More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2013. The 45th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony took place Monday, March 17 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, and was hosted by Nicole Parker. (more...)

SAG Foundation & BWW to Host An Evening with Kelli O'Hara & Steven Pasquale at The New School, 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

This Thursday, The New School for Drama, SAG Foundation, and BroadwayWorld.com will present a 90-minute career Conversations with Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, starring together in Broadway's The Bridges of Madison County. Moderated by BroadwayWorld.com's Richard Ridge, O'Hara and Pasquale will share experiences from their careers on stage and screen and their current collaboration with a packed house of more than 400 union actors and drama students at The New School's John L. Tishman Auditorium. (more...)

BWW Invite: Attend SAG Foundation Career Conversations with THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY's Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. An upcoming installment will feature Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale - currently starring on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County - and moderated by Broadway World's Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge!' on March 20 (3:15PM). The event will take place at The John L. Tishman Auditorium at the University Center 63 Fifth Avenue (between 13th & 14th Street). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 3/16/2014
by BWW - Mar 16, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/16/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

Acting Up Stage Culminates 10th Anniversary Season With ELEGIES: A SONG CYCLE, 3/21-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Acting Up Stage Company, Toronto's premiere not-for-profit musical theatre, culminates their 10th Anniversary Season with a reimagined production of William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle. Director Lezlie Wade will remount her 2007 sold-out, smash hit production (which also launched Acting Up Stage as Toronto's go-to company for contemporary musical theatre) alongside an entirely new design team while reuniting most of the performers from this landmark production. (more...)

Redhouse Arts Center Sets 10th Season: TARZAN, CAROUSEL, GODSPELL & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

The upcoming year at Redhouse Arts Center is a big one as they gear up to celebrate their 10th anniversary season! Starting this summer, Redhouse Arts Center will bring an exciting variety of performances to the Central NY area. (more...)

BWW Invite: Attend SAG Foundation Career Conversations with THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY's Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. An upcoming installment will feature Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale - currently starring on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County - and moderated by Broadway World's Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge!' on March 20 (3:15PM). The event will take place at The John L. Tishman Auditorium at the University Center 63 Fifth Avenue (between 13th & 14th Street). (more...)

Life Is a Cabaret at Cain Park, June 19-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2014

June is bustin' out all over with a series of four special cabaret concerts taking place in the intimate Alma Theater nestled in the heart of Cain Park. The concert dates for the series are June 19, 21, 26 and 28. All Cabaret Series concerts begin at 7:00 PM, and are made possible with support from WCPN 90.3 FM. (more...)

Avon Players Announces its 2014-2015 Season
by Anton Anderssen - Jun 25, 2014

Avon Players continues its sixty-seven year tradition of offering high quality productions at affordable prices with a season that will delight audiences of all tastes and may evoke some fond memories of favorites from the silver screen. (more...)

DESSA ROSE to Make European Premiere at Trafalgar Studios, July 29-Aug 30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

This July, the European premiere of the uniquely stirring musical drama Dessa Rose is coming to London's West End. Dessa Rose is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical and Rocky The Musical) who have won Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards and been nominated for Grammys, Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. (more...)

Bailey and Pitt-Pulford To Star In MARRY ME A LITTLE, July-Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Casting is announced today for Stephen Sondheim's Marry Me A Little, which returns to the London stage for the first time in 17 years in a brand new production at St. James Studio for 16 performances only from Tuesday 29 July. (more...)

McNally, Ahrens & Flaherty's ANASTASIA Musical Gets Developmental Lab in NYC, August 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

According to an Equity casting notice, a developmental lab of the new musical version of ANASTASIA -- featuring book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens -- will be held at Pearl Studios this August. Darko Tresnjak is set to direct the project from Stage Entertainment USA, along with musical director Tom Murray. (more...)

SpeakEasy Adds MOTHERS AND SONS to its 14-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

Terrence McNally's recent Tony-nominated play MOTHERS AND SONS will be the final show in SpeakEasy Stage Company's 24th Season, the theatre's Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault announced today. MOTHERS AND SONS will play for five weeks, May 8 - June 6, 2015, in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. (more...)

'Music at the Mansion' Monthly Concert Series to Continue 6/22 at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

NiCori Studios and Productions in association with the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center announces a new installment of the monthly concert series, 'Music at the Mansion', on Sunday, June 22, at 3pm. Performers include Eric Yves Garcia, 4th Wall Theatre and Carole J. Bufford. The featured performer in the 'Young Musician Moment' will be Samy Cordero. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' AHRENS & FLAHERTY: NICE FIGHTING YOU (A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW) is Festive and Fun
by David Clarke - Jul 6, 2014

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have had an extensive career, composing music for the stage and screen over the last thirty years. As a team, they captured us with their enchanting work on Anastasia. On Broadway, people clamored for RAGTIME and SEUSSICAL. Now fans of Ahrens & Flaherty have a beautifully produced retrospective of their work so far with Broadway Records' release of the fascinating NICE FIGHTING YOU. (more...)

MOTHER'S DAY Set for FringeNYC, 8/12-24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

MOTHER'S DAY, a dark comedy/family drama by Colin Drucker, will make its world premiere this August at The Players Theatre as part of the 18th Annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. (more...)

Steven Pasquale Set for Recurring Role on CBS's THE GOOD WIFE
by TV News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Steven Pasquale has signed on for the upcoming sixth season of the hit CBS drama THE GOOD WIFE. (more...)

Public Theater's A SECOND CHANCE Original Cast Recording Out Online, In Stores Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording of The Public Theater's production of A SECOND CHANCE online and in stores August 5. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Dennis Tamblyn - Pushing the Limits
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Jul 11, 2014

I've seen too many times people go through a tragedy and that tragedy defines them. My dad and sister would be so angry with me if I used their deaths as an excuse to be a negative or bitter person. They both were wonderful, positive people and I feel that it is my duty to carry on their legacy as people and as musicians. (more...)

A COUPLE OF BLAGUARDS to Play Harris Center, 4/24-27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes, and bestseller Tis, Frank McCourt, and his brother Malachy, also a successful author, joined talents to write an autobiographical account of their years growing up in poverty in Ireland, A Couple of Blaguards. Though times were tough in Limerick, the tales spun by the brothers McCourt simmer with bittersweet recollections, ferocious humor and a parade of colorful characters from the priest who warns of sinners' eyeballs exploding in hell to the McCourt grandmother who spits on Franks unruly Presbyterian hair to tame it. (more...)

New York Stage And Film, Vassar Set 30th Anniversary Season: 'BABYLON LINE,' THE LISTENER & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2014

New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, this summer celebrating the 30th year of their Powerhouse Theater collaboration, are pleased to announce the three new works that will be featured on the Mainstage during the 2014 Powerhouse Theater Season, running from June 20 to July 27 at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, New York). Subscriptions go on sale May 7; full programming and ticket sale information will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 6, 2014

With Broadway's 2014 season now in full swing, there's a solid group of performers making their Broadway debuts this Spring. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge- SAG Foundation Conversations Series with BRIDGES' O'Hara & Pasquale
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Apr 6, 2014

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured stars of The Bridges of Madison County- Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

BWW Reviews: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Olney Theatre Center is Just Plain Exceptional
by Charles Shubow - Apr 25, 2014

Ahrens/Flaherty Musical is a must see for families. (more...)

A COUPLE OF BLAGUARDS Plays Harris Center, Now thru 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes, and bestseller Tis, Frank McCourt, and his brother Malachy, also a successful author, joined talents to write an autobiographical account of their years growing up in poverty in Ireland, A Couple of Blaguards. Though times were tough in Limerick, the tales spun by the brothers McCourt simmer with bittersweet recollections, ferocious humor and a parade of colorful characters from the priest who warns of sinners' eyeballs exploding in hell to the McCourt grandmother who spits on Franks unruly Presbyterian hair to tame it. (more...)

MEMPHIS, HARVEY & More Set for Arvada Center's 2014-15 Theater Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Arvada Center has announced its six-play season, an impressive line-up of plays and musicals that span a range of human experiences including self-discovery, romance, humor, imagination and intrigue. The three musical, three play package is filled with popular titles and includes two regional premieres and an ongoing collaboration with Creede Repertory Theatre. Subscription packages range in price from $99 to $440 and are now on sale to Arvada Center subscribers and the general public. Single tickets for the 2014-2015 theater season go on sale Monday, August 4. Subscribing donors giving at the $150 level or above by June 2 will receive a free guest voucher for each subscription. These vouchers can be used for theater performances in the 2014-15 season. Orders can be made by phone at (720) 898-7200, in person at the Arvada Center box office or online beginning April 28, at https://arvadacenter.org/on-stage/subscribe-or-renew-2014-15. (more...)

European Arts Company to Launch UK Tour of THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE from May 3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

European Arts Company is set to tour to 43 venues in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a new show about the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde. The Trials of Oscar Wilde has been co-written with Merlin Holland who is Oscar Wilde's grandson and author of 'Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde'. (more...)

Tade Biesinger, Emily Skinner, Daniel Oreskes & More to Lead BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL at The MUNY; Performances Begin 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

The Muny announced principal casting for the first show of its spectacular 96th season, Billy Elliot the Musical, directed by Steven Minning, choreographed by Alison Levenberg, with music direction by Colin Welford. Billy Elliot the Musical is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank. (more...)

SpeakEasy's Paul Daigneault to Receive 2014 Norton Award for Sustained Excellence
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

SpeakEasy Stage Company Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault has been named the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) announced today. (more...)

Ahrens and Flaherty Set to Release Live at 54 Below Album NICE FIGHTING YOU on 6/3
by Louisa Brady - Apr 17, 2014

Ahrens and Flaherty's 'Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live At 54 BELOW' will be released on June 3rd, 2014. The double CD set is now available for pre-order at http://amzn.com/B00JPWSJOI. This star-studded double album features performances by (in alphabetical order): Lynn Ahrens, Annaleigh Ashford, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Kevin Chamberlin, Quentin Earl Darrington, Stephen Flaherty, Lewis Grosso, Julie Halston, Jeremy Jordan, LaChanze, Kecia Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Sean McCourt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessica Molaskey, Bobby Steggert and Mary Testa. (more...)

ALL THE WAY, Bryan Cranston, THE FLICK, ONCE, Andre De Shields and More Among 2014 Elliot Norton Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) has announced over 25 nominations of actors, directors, designers and ensembles to be presented at 32nd Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday May 19 at The Wheelock Family Theatre. (more...)

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