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Based on the film Itís a Wonderful Life

BWW interview: Theatre Life with Tonya Beckman and Joe Brack
by Elliot Lanes - Nov 30, 2016

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South Street Headhouse District Rings in Holidays with Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

South Street Headhouse District kicks off the holidays with the South Street Christmas Parade and Headhouse Square Tree Lighting this Sunday, December 4, 2016. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Presents World Premiere of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Houston Grand Opera continues its cycle of holiday operas with the world premiere of IT'S A Wonderful Life. The timeless tale follows a troubled banker whose guardian angel shows him the lasting impact our lives can have on those around us. (more...)

Come HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Celebrate the wonder of the holiday season, as Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents Home for the Holidays Saturday, December 17th, at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 18th, at 2:00pm.  A special cast of RMRT alumni return to Grand Lake each year for this heartwarming, musical tradition.  This year Rocky Mountain Rep welcomes back Suzanna Champion, Cecilia Iole, Beth Lanza, Michael Martin and James Schoppe.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside the UK Premiere of ANOTHER NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Starring George Maguire and Rachael Wooding
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

The West End is coming to Bridge House Theatre this Christmas with the UK premiere of the festive musical Another Night Before Christmas. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Houston Regional Awards Update - Anthony Lee Medina, Shanae'a Moore Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 30, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Houston Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Chain Theatre to Stage IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Radio Show This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Adapted and directed by Chain Theatre's Managing Director Greg Cicchino, the holiday classic IT'S A Wonderful Life, RADIO SHOW, is staged in the style of a 1940s radio program. (more...)

The Orpheum to Screen Christmas Classic IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE to Benefit Mid-South Food Bank
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

The Orpheum Theatre Group is excited to join forces with the Memphis arts community in the inaugural Midsouth Arts Against Hunger food drive benefiting the Mid-South Food Bank. Patrons that donate at least one non-perishable item through the Orpheum Theatre or Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education will receive a voucher for free admission to see It's A Wonderful Life in the historic Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday, December 20th at 7:00 PM. (more...)

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS Open this Week at Theatre Unleashed
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

This holiday season, Theatre Unleashed is literally going to have something for everyone! From Nov. 30 to Dec. 18, TU will proudly present what it's dubbing the "Naughty and Nice" rep, which includes the return of two of the company's most popular holiday traditions; It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play and A Very Die Hard Christmas at The Belfry Stage in NoHo. (more...)

One-Man Staging of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Skyline Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Skyline Theatre Company, Bergen County's most established professional theatre company and in residence at the Fair Lawn Community Center in Bergen County's Fair Lawn, presents "This Wonderful Life" on Thursday, December 15 at 7:30pm. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Present West Coast Premiere of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Fall 2018
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

San Francisco Opera will present the West Coast premiere of It's A Wonderful Life, a new opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, during the 2018-19 Season at the War Memorial Opera House. An opera in two acts, It's A Wonderful Life is a co-commission and co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and is based on Frank Capra's beloved 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life, by permission of Paramount Licensing, Inc., and 'The Greatest Gift,' a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern. (more...)

Award-Winning Holiday Favorite IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY Presented at MTC MainStage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre company, continues its 30th Anniversary Season with a production of the holiday favorite It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The play will run December 9-18. Staged in a state-of-the-art 110-seat theatre, MTC's production of It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play presents Broadway actors in Connecticut's most intimate theatregoing experience. (more...)

CHRISTMAS INN at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

It's just days before Christmas and the Christmas Inn is a hive of activity. Two famous entertainers who split up their act return to the Inn--one to try out his new Christmas show and the other to see the place one last time before it is sold. Enjoy an evening of holiday music, laughter and a poignant story filled with Christmas magic as the supporting players and the families of the feuding stars try to get them to reunite and recreate the act which made them famous. The show features all your favorite Christmas songs including an old-fashioned sing-along. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to present IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE in Fall 2018
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

San Francisco Opera will present the West Coast premiere of It's A Wonderful Life, a new opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, during the 2018-19 Season at the War Memorial Opera House. An opera in two acts, It's A Wonderful Life is a co-commission and co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and is based on Frank Capra's beloved 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life, by permission of Paramount Licensing, Inc., and "The Greatest Gift," a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern. (more...)

Centaur Theatre Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Urban Tales with AN UNDEAD XMAS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Ghosts, goblins and ghastly yarns are the stuff of this year's Urban Tales, Centaur Theatre's annual antidote to the excessive warm-and-fuzzies usually associated with the holiday season. (more...)

QNEK Productions to Continue 24th Season with IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

QNEK Productions continues the celebration of it's 24th Season by presenting the holiday classic, It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry.  (more...)

Photo Flash: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Lakewood Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present the SECOND SHOW of our 78th SEASON: The American Holiday Classic - IT'S A Wonderful Life Adapted from the Film by Frank Capra.   (more...)

Second Performance Added: NJSO and NJPAC present HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey Performing Arts Center announce an additional performance of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 7 pm at NJPAC in Newark. Limited tickets are still available for the previously announced March 11 matinee at 2 pm. The NJSO will perform, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition while hearing the orchestra perform Oscar winner John Williams' unforgettable score. (more...)

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Opens November 30 at Mile Square Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County's leading professional theatre, presents the holiday favorite It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Transforming its new theatre space into a 1940's radio studio, the audience is transported to the golden age of radio, as cast members from radio station WMST perform Frank Capra's classic holiday tale of individualism, optimism and community. (more...)

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Presents HOLIDAY POPS!, 12/17
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

n Saturday, December 17, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Holiday POPS! Seasonal Delights concert embraces the spirit of the season with the Princeton High School Choir and New Jersey Tap Ensemble at 4 pm and 7 pm performances led by Music Director Rossen Milanov at Richardson Auditorium on Princeton University Campus. The festive program includes March of the Toys by Victor Herbert, "Christmas Concerto" by Arcangelo Corelli, selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, and Robert Shaw's The Many Moods of Christmas. Of course, no Holiday POPS! concert is complete without the tradition of the audience joining in on carols arranged by Leroy Anderson. (more...)

Theatre Unleashed to Stage 'NAUGHTY AND NICE' Rep for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

This holiday season, Theatre Unleashed is literally going to have something for everyone! From Nov. 30 to Dec. 18, TU will present what its dubbing the 'Naughty and Nice' rep, which includes the return of two of the company's most popular holiday traditions; It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play and A Very Die Hard Christmas at The Belfry Stage in NoHo. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Partner on Holiday Charity Drive
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera (HGO) are joining forces this holiday season to get books into the hands of Houston children who need them most. (more...)

Houston Symphony to Present IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE With Live Score
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

The Houston Symphony is bringing holiday cheer to movie buffs and fans of Frank Capra's great American Christmas classic IT'S A Wonderful Life with a screening of the film accompanied by the film's score performed live by the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. December 9. (more...)

Discover the Magic of 'It's A Wonderful Life' This Weekend!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Discover the Magic of 'It's A Wonderful Life' This Weekend! (more...)

TN Shakespeare to Stage Elegant MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South's professional, classical theatre, will perform William Shakespeare's elegant romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing from December 8-18, directed by founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary. (more...)

A WONDERFUL LIFE Plays the Candlelight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

The Candlelight Dinner Playhouse is proud to present A Wonderful Life, the Musical, by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo. (more...)

Whirlwind Holiday Adventure GREAT EXPECTATIONS Opens 11/30
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

TheatreSquared announced the full cast and creative team for its upcoming holiday feature, a world premiere stage adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. After a startling Christmas Eve encounter, Pip's life will never be the same. Plucked from poverty and thrust into the Victorian upper class, he strives to discover himself and find true love while untangling a web of secrets. Six actors portray more than 30 characters in this virtuosic retelling for the stage. Performances are scheduled for November 30 through New Year's Day, with tickets ($15-$45) available at theatre2.org or (479) 443-5600. (more...)

Photo Flash: American Blues Ensemble Presents IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, LIVE IN CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

For 15 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's A Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. (more...)

Liberty City Radio Returns with It'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Liberty City Radio Theatre is pleased to announce its special holiday production of "Live from WVL Radio Theatre, It's A Wonderful Life." Willie Repoley's stage adaptation of the classic Frank Capra film is delivered as a 1940's radio broadcast, recreating the old time nostalgia of a time before Netflix and iPhones.  (more...)

Luna Stage Presents THIS WONDERFUL LIFE: A New Twist on a Holiday Classic
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Luna Stage is proud to present THIS WONDERFUL LIFE, a solo tour de force performance of the iconic holiday film. In a feat of theatrical gymnastics, actress extraordinaire Erica Bradshaw plays George, Mary, Clarence and the whole Bedford Falls cast of characters in this fun and heartwarming adaptation by Steve Murray. (more...)

Washington Stage Guild Revives its Production of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

The Washington Stage Guild starts its 'Pearl Anniversary' season with a remount of one of America's favorite holiday stories in It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. It's Christmas Eve, 1946, and we are the studio audience for a local radio station as its cast of voice actors and one very busy sound effects man broadcast the beloved tale of George Bailey and his encounter with Clarence, his guardian angel. This 'radio play-within-a-play' re-imagines the familiar movie as it would have been heard in homes all over America in the late 40s, when just such a broadcast took place. Playwright (more...)

FAITHLESS Set for December at Boston Playwrights' Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) continues its 2016-17 season with Faithless by Andrew Joseph Clarke. Running from December 8-18, this new drama is directed by Stephen Pick. (more...)

Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS Heads to Ocean State Theatre for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its fifth season in its comfortable stadium-style theatre in Warwick, will present the family-friendly, holiday musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, which will run at Ocean State Theatre from November 30 - December 24. (more...)

Adam & Eve... and Steve at the King's Head Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Adam & Eve... and Steve is a brand new five star musical farce set in a newly created paradise, the Garden of Eden. (more...)

Center Stage to Present IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and A CHRISTMAS CAROL Radio Plays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center (25 Pond Lane, Southampton) presents Joe Landry's, It's A Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play and A Christmas Carol, A Live Radio Play. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Celebrates the Holiday Season with EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF is thrilled to present Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) from November 30 - December 30, 2016 in the Margeson Theater. Originally developed at Orlando Shakes' PlayFest, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) remains one of the Theater's most hilarious and successful holiday shows to date. Tickets are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

BACK TO THE FUTURE Party, '80s Fun, Kids Show and More Set for Christmas 2016 at HOME Manchester
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Christmas celebrations at HOME begin with a spectacular party with Back to the Future screening, Enchantment Under The Sea-inspired 50s to 80s disco and DJs, plus a very special visit from the DeLorean Time Machine, in partnership with First Street Manchester. (more...)

GOING TO SEE THE KID Is One-Of A Kind Red Sox Story For The Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

This holiday season, Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) presents the world premiere of the one-of-a-kind Christmas Red Sox play "Going to See the Kid." This latest offering from playwright Steven Drukman centers around two Boston Globe reporters on a journey to meet legendary ballplayer Ted Williams in 2001. With great humor and affection, "Going to See the Kid" takes a fresh look at a beloved Boston icon-and is filled with  holiday spirit to boot. MRT Director of New Play Development Alexander Greenfield directs. (more...)

The Holidays Are Bursting with Entertainment at Dino's Backstage in Keswick Village
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room, the restaurant/supper club that has become an instant success in Keswick Village in Glenside, PA, has music and special surprises planned throughout the holiday season. (more...)

Live Radio Theatre Rings In Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The COM Theatre Acting I-II-III classes will present a hilarious evening of comedy featuring actual classic sketches from the 1960s/1970s TV hit, "The Carol Burnett Show!"  The performance is free and donations to the Mark Adams Memorial Fund for Student Scholarships will be gladly accepted. (more...)

BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Mile Square Theatre
by Adam Cohen - Dec 2, 2016

Mile Square Theatre brilliantly gives life to a holiday classic. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Rhode Island Regional Awards Update - Matt Gibson, Megan Mahoney Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 2, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Rhode Island Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Regional Roundup: 'Tis the Season! Top 10 Holiday Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 12/2; BLACK NATIVITY in DC, A CHRISTMAS CAROL in Austin and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 2, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Washington, DC, Chicago, Orlando and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include THE SECRET GARDEN in DC, THE FUNDAMENTALS in Chicago, and PYGMALION in Orlando, just to name a few. (more...)

George Bailey Lassos Juneau This Winter!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Perseverance Theatre actor-in-residence James Sullivan loves It's A Wonderful Life so much he will do it all for you-every character and all your favorite scenes. It's one of those films that becomes a part of you. You watched it every year as a kid; lines bubble up when you least expect it-"Susu's petals," "no man is a failure who has friends," "Atta boy, Clarence!" Revel with your friends and neighbors in this generations-old story that magically remains part of our collective imagination.??????? (more...)

Photo Flash: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Mile Square Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County's leading professional theatre, presents the holiday favorite It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. (more...)

Performing Arts Shine in Downtown Lancaster this Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Downtown Lancaster Serves Up  Class and Variety This Holiday Season! Concerts at The Ware Center and The Trust Performing Arts Center bring something for everyone this holiday season. (more...)

For the Holidays, Stageworks Theatre Presents the Touching Story of OLIVER!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

How can one small boy defy cruel taskmasters, abusive authority figures, thieving friends, and even a heartless murderer? Join Stageworks for OLIVER!, now through December 18, to find out. (more...)

BWW Review: ANOTHER NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Bridge House Theatre, 30 November 2016
by Gary Naylor - Dec 1, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a magical Christmas show that sets up the festive season even for an old Bah Humbug! man like him. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Louisville Regional Awards Update - Eli Lucas, Lillie Weber Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 1, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Jacksonville Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Photo Flash: EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)' Opens at Orlando Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

What begins as an annual production of "A Christmas Carol," soon devolves into an irreverent look at numerous Holiday classics including "It's A Wonderful Life," "Frosty," "Rudolph," "Charlie Brown," and more. Three actors (with the help of Santa) send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in 90 minutes of high-octane jollity and frivolity. (more...)

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