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DOUBT, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and More Set for The Sauk's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

The Sauk, Hillsdale County's community theatre, has announced their ambitious 2017 season of plays and musicals. (more...)

MTH Theater at Crown Center Announces 2017 A NIGHT ON THE TOWN Performance Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

In its third year, MTH expands the A Night on the Town performance series for 2017. The first edition is schedule for January 26-28 and will feature Kansas City Soprano Alison Sneegas Borberg. (more...)

An American in Paris's Matthew Scott to Headline The Black Box BROADWAY SERIES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2017

Broadway's Matthew Scott performs a one-night-only show at THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin's theater, music and event venue, on Saturday, January 21. Beginning at 8 p.m., the event is the second in THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series, sponsored by Childs Engineering. The series, new this season, kicked off in November with Tony Award winner Beth Leavel.   (more...)

LUMBERJACKS IN LOVE Offers Romance in the Rough for February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Penobscot Theatre Company is making the most of the shortest month of the year, preparing a musical comedy that is long on laughs. Lumberjacks in Love, a Maine premiere, will open in previews February 2 and run through February 19, with 15 performances at the Bangor Opera House including a specially scheduled show for Valentines Day. With book and lyrics by Fred Alley and music by James Kaplan, the creative team behind the theatre's 2014 hit Guys on Ice, Lumberjacks is the perfect antidote for the winter doldrums. (more...)

AS YOU LIKE IT, Featuring Original Music by Obie Winner Heather Christian, to Launch New Year at Folger Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Folger Theatre continues its celebrated 25th anniversary season with As You Like It, one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, this classic tale filled with love, laughter, and mistaken identity features original songs composed by Heather Christian and dances by Alexandra Beller. As You Like It is on stage from January 24 through March 5, 2017. (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs February 10 - March 12, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Presents World Premiere Of SOME LIGHT EMERGES, 3/16-17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present the world premiere of Some Light Emerges, a chamber opera created by the acclaimed team of composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, on March 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., at the Ballroom at Bayou Place. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Extends Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Due to popular pre-sale demand, Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional week of performances for THE REAL THING, Tom Stoppard's (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) timeless comedy about an all-too-witty playwright who succumbs to the emotional ravages he puts his characters through. Timothy Near ("Master Harold"…and the boys) returns to Aurora to helm this Tony Award-winner for Best Play (1984) and Best Revival of a Play (2000), featuring Elijah Alexander, Liz Sklar, Carrie Paff (This Is How It Goes, A Delicate Balance, Collapse),Tommy Gorrebeeck (The Monster-Builder, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale), Seann Gallagher, and Emily Radosevich. THE REAL THING now plays through March 5th (added performances: Tuesday, February 28, 7pm; Wednesday, March 1, 8pm; Thursday, March 2, 8pm; Friday, March 3, 8pm; Saturday, March 4, 8pm; Sunday, March 5, 2pm, 7pm) at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Announces Its 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey announces its 2017 lineup after completing an immensely successful 2016 season that was repeatedly featured in "Top Ten Productions of 2016" listings, such as The Star-Ledger, The Wall Street Journal, and NJ Arts. The 2017 season promises to be a thrilling one, featuring beloved classics, as well as an epic new work. The Theatre is especially proud to be the first theatre in the Northeast to present Shakespeare in Love by Lee Hall, the new play based on the Academy Award-winning film by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard with music by Paddy Cunneen. The new stage adaptation is one of five plays to appear on STNJ's Main Stage in 2017 and will be accompanied with works by Moliere, Shakespeare and Joe Orton.  (more...)

BrightSide Theatre's Youth Project Presents THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, JR.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

BrightSide Theatre, Naperville's only professional theatre performing in the historic downtown district, is pleased to announce its fifth production of the BrightSide Theatre Youth Project with the musical -Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.  Directed by BrightSide Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and playing March 11-19, 2017 at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Street in Naperville, tickets are on sale now atwww.BrightSideTheatre.com or by calling 630-447-TIXS (8497).  (more...)

BRECHT ON BRECHT to Celebrate the Legendary Dramatist at New Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

New Repertory Theatre presents Brecht on Brecht, February 4-March 5, 2017 in the Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

Grand Rapids Pops Announces 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The Grand Rapids Pops will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert with three performances Jan. 27-28 in DeVos Performance Hall as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature the Grand Rapids Symphony performing, 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 on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams' unforgettable score. (more...)

Virginia Rep Announces the Opening of AIRLINE HIGHWAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of the Tony-nominated play Airline Highway, by playwright Lisa D'Amour on Friday, January 27 on the Arenstein Stage at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street.  The play runs through February 12 with preview performances on Wednesday and Thursday, January 25 and 26.  Set in post-Katrina New Orleans and echoing the spontaneity and rich texture of jazz,  this gritty comedy celebrates the colorful, fractured characters that define the city's spirit. D'Amour, a fifth-generation New Orleans native, was a Pulitzer finalist for her work on Detroit.  She was commissioned to write Airline Highway in 2014 for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The show made its Broadway debut in 2015 and earned four Tony Nominations. (more...)

Swing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The producers of the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, have just announced compete casting and an award-winning design team. (more...)

Theatre Nova to Stage POPCORN FALLS by James Hindman This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Theatre NOVA, an Ann Arbor nonprofit company that focuses exclusively on new and recent plays, presents the brand new 'Popcorn Falls' by James Hindman. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera's 2017¬Ė18 Season Features Long-Awaited Return of Strauss's Elektra and Bellini's Norma
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Houston Grand Opera expands its commitment to broadening the audience for opera with a 2017-18 season that includes the first presentations of Leonard Bernstein's classic musical West Side Story by a major American opera house and the world premiere of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek's holiday opera The House without a Christmas Tree. HGO will present its first performances in a quarter century of two iconic works: Richard Strauss's revenge-filled Elektra with virtuoso sopranoChristine Goerke in the tempestuous title role and 2016 Richard Tucker Award-winner and HGO Studio alumna Tamara Wilson in her role debut as Chrysothemis, under the baton of HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers; and Bellini's grand-scale tragedy Norma showcasing the debut of stellar dramatic soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the notoriously difficult title role, with 2015 Tucker winner and HGO Studio alumna Jamie Barton as Adalgisa. (more...)

Mile Square Theatre Presents YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County's leading professional theatre, presents the popular family musical comedy You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Opening MST's 2nd season in its new space, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown maintains MST's high standards for quality family theatre, and kicks off an eclectic season with a classic musical. (more...)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM to Take the Stage in 80's Fashion at Trinity Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

One of William Shakespeare's most produced plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream, takes the stage at Trinity Repertory Company and continues the 53rd season, Ghosts of the Past, Dreams of the Future from February 9 - March 24, 2017 in the Chace Theater. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Rhode Island Awards Winners Announced - Ocean State Theatre Wins Big With 17 Awards!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 10, 2017

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 75 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2016 Rhode Island winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

Scoop: TODAY 12/12 - 12/23 on NBC
by TV Scoop - Dec 9, 2016

Get all the scoop on TODAY 12/12 - 12/23, airing on NBC (more...)

Minnesota Symphony Orchestra Performs Live to Film Scores
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

The Minnesota Symphony is moving toward featuring live soundtracks to popular films, which has been a big draw for audiences.  This season, they are performing live to five films, among some are 'It's A Wonderful Life', 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone', 'Disney-Pixar's Ratatouille', and 'ET'. (more...)


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Laura Bell Bundy, Leslie Kritzer, Krysta Rodriguez and Matthew Scott Set for The LEX's CONCERT WITH THE STARS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2016

The LEXington Theatre Company has announced that Laura Bell Bundy (TONY Nominee - Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Television's Fuller House, Anger Management), Leslie Kritzer (Something Rotten, A Catered Affair, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening, The Addams Family, First Date, Television's Smash) and Matthew Scott (An American in Paris, Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim) will be joining this year's line-up of Broadway Vets for "Concert With The Stars," on Sunday, January 8 at 3:00pm, at The Lexington Opera House (Lexington, KY.) (more...)

NBC Ratings: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Jumps 25%
by TV News Desk - Dec 26, 2016

¬†A Christmas Eve encore of ¬ďIt's A Wonderful Life¬Ē (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall from¬†8-11 p.m. ET)¬†jumped¬†+67%¬†versus the movie's earlier telecast this season in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.6 on Saturday, Dec. 3) and¬†+22%in total viewers (4.492 million vs. 3.676 million). The telecast¬†grew +25%¬†versus the year-ago Christmas Eve telecast in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.8 on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015) and+18%¬†in total viewers (4.492 million vs. 3.805 million), and increased¬†by +50%¬†from its first half-hour to its sixth in adults 18-49 (0.8 to 1.2),¬†+70% in adults 25-54¬†(1.0 to 1.7) and¬†+53%¬†or¬†more than 1.8 million persons¬†in total viewers (3.6 million to 5.4 million).¬†Ranks #2 for the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and most other key measures and is¬†#1 in women 25-54.¬†This was NBC's 42nd¬†primetime telecast of 'It's A Wonderful Life,' directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart, since the movie was brought to broadcast network television in 1994. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Utah Symphony Performing HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
by Stage Tube - Dec 23, 2016

The Utah Symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone tonight, December 23 and 24, 2016 at Abravanel Hall as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series.  Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

BWW Review: The Kinsey Sicks Bring Bawdy Humor to Theater J with OY VEY IN A MANGER
by Benjamin Tomchik - Dec 22, 2016

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza or Festivus, Oy Vey In Manager taps into your naughtier side, making sense of the craziness that often fills December (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at the Cast of Orlando Shakespeare Theater's BLACKBERRY WINTER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF presents Steve Yockey's Blackberry Winter. Yockey's new play tells the story of a daughter doing her best to shepherd her mother in safety and comfort through the memory loss and dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease. Blackberry Winter appears from January 4 - February 5, 2017 in the Goldman Theater. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in character below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Cindy Williams in MOM'S GIFT at Meadow Brook Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

'Mom's Gift,' written by Phil Olson, runs January 4 through January 29, 2017, at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at Williams and co-star Dani Cochrane in character below! (more...)

Johann Strauss Operetta DIE FLEDERMAUS to Play Light Opera Works This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Light Opera Works presents the Johann Strauss operetta DIE FLEDERMAUS (in English) with a 30-piece orchestra, December 26, 2016- January 1, 2017, at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 12/16; THE CRUCIBLE in Minneapolis, ANNIE in Memphis and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 16, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Minneapolis, Memphis, Portland and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include THE CRUCIBLE in Minneapolis, ANNIE in Memphis and IRVING BERLIN in Portland, just to name a few. (more...)

QNEK Productions to Continue 24th Season with IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 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...)

Scoop: TODAY 12/19 - 12/30 on NBC
by TV Scoop - Dec 16, 2016

Get all the scoop on TODAY 12/19 - 12/30, airing on NBC (more...)

THURGOOD to Bring History to New Repertory Theatre This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

New Repertory Theatre presents Thurgood, January 7-February 5, 2017 in the Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

CIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL to Continue Solo Celebration! at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to conclude its Solo Celebration! Series with the Chicago premiere of John Walch's savagely funny one-man show CIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL, directed by Artistic Director Jacob Harvey and starring Will Allan. CIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL will play January 13 - February 12, 2017 at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

WONDERFUL LIFE Opens Tomorrow for 5 Performances Only!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

A virtuosic twist on a holiday classic! (more...)

Jeff Coon to Bring Summer Club to Venice Island Performing Arts Center in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Get ready to kick off your Monday nights with the sounds of some of the region's most popular musical theater stars, accompanied by a 17-piece big band orchestra. Philly's favorite musical theater star Jeff Coon is bringing his Summer Club to Manayunk's Venice Island Performing Arts Center for a series of swinging shows throughout 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: THIS WONDERFUL LIFE at Act II Playhouse is a Heartwarming Delight
by Kelli Curtin - Dec 14, 2016

Frank Capra's holiday classic, IT'S A Wonderful Life, is a movie that brings to mind so many cherished memories of the holiday season. People always seems to have a story about the first time they saw the movie, or how it is a holiday tradition. Currently at Act II Playhouse is the show THIS WONDERFUL LIFE written by Steve Murray, a one man show, which is the stage version of IT'S A Wonderful Life, but with a twist. The twist is that all the roles are played by just one actor, the talented Tony Braithwaite. Braithwaite brings all the things people love about the film to the stage, and his performance is precise and heartwarmingly captures the emotional impact of the film. (more...)

Joe Wilson, Jr. to Play Dr. King in THE MOUNTAINTOP at Trinity Rep
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play, The Mountaintop, kicks off 2017 at Trinity Repertory Company and continues the 53rd season, Ghosts of the Past, Dreams of the Future. (more...)

TCL Chinese Theatre is Giving Back To The Community; Hosts Free Screening of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

One of Hollywood's most treasured holiday films, "It's A Wonderful Life," gets a fancy Hollywood send up Saturday. (more...)

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Rocky Mountain Rep!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

For the first time ever, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre wants to invite you to spend a portion of your New Year's Eve with them!  Direct from Broadway, RMRT alum Joe Carroll returns for a one-night-only performance.  RMRT audiences will remember Joe from the 2011 season when he played Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Sky in Guys and Dolls, and Anatoly in Chess.  His New York and on Broadway credits include Prince Topher in Cinderella,  Once (Tony Award winner for Best Musical), Romeo and Juliet, and Joe will be back on Broadway this spring starring in a new musical The Bandstand.  (more...)

BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Rings in Christmas Spirit
by Katherine Waddell - Dec 12, 2016

The South Bend Civic Theatre recently opened their new show, It's A Wonderful Life, for the holiday season under the direction of Jewel Abram-Copenhaver. Being one of the most classic stories of all time, SBCT really put on all the bells and whistles to make this show a spectacular piece of Christmas theatre. There were a few details that were outstandingly done in this rendition of an ageless show; these few things really made SBCT's version of It's A Wonderful Life one of the better ones I've seen. (more...)

14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival Returns to ACT Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

The 14/48 Projects is very pleased to bring 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival, its 'punishing artistic exercise in speed and endurance' (The Stranger), back to ACT Theatre for two weekends in January as a partner of ACTLab. (more...)

The HARRY POTTER FILM CONCERT SERIES Makes Its Columbus Debut at the Ohio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

As part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, the Ohio Theatre will host the Columbus premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone In Concert on Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26. (more...)

BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara's Versatility Shines In OKC Philharmonic's THE CHRISTMAS SHOW
by Ronn Burton - Dec 12, 2016

An annual holiday tradition, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's CHRISTMAS SHOW is beloved by many in the Oklahoma City metro area. This year's guest artist, Kelli O'Hara, takes the show to new heights-her voice enveloping the audience like a warm blanket by the fireplace on Christmas Eve. (more...)

BWW Review: CHRISTMAS IN COLUMBUS Tries to Raise the Cheer-o-Meter
by Paul Batterson - Dec 11, 2016

Full disclosure here: It's probably not the wisest advice to trust a review of Christmas show from someone who records HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and leaves off the last five minutes so the Whos down on Whoville don't get their toys back. (more...)

BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is Heartwarming at Central New York Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - Dec 11, 2016

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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 12/10/2016
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BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 12/10/2016. (more...)

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