BWW Review: ASSASSINS Musically Explores the Minds of Those Who Attempted to Assassinate the President of the United States
by Shari Barrett - Sep 28, 2016

The great genius of contemporary musical theater, creator of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Company, Stephen Sondheim leads audiences on a tuneful revue of presidential assassins and would-be killers from John Wilkes Booth to John Hinckley. The performance is guided by the Proprietor (brilliantly portrayed by Will Shure) who takes you through a most unusual musical history lesson in the form of a carnival game called "Shoot the Prez - Win a Prize" during which the sounds of each era accompany riveting portrayals of history's most impassioned and deranged. Thought-provoking and darkly delightful, ASSASSINS won five Tony Awards in its first revival on Broadway and remains one of the most controversial Broadway musicals ever written. (more...)

Georgia History Professor to Chat Edgar Allan Poe at Marquette
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

???????Stephen Berry, a University of Georgia history professor, will discuss Edgar Allan Poe at the annual Frank L. Klement Lecture on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Beamier Suites BC of the Raynor Memorial Library. (more...)

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Watches Debate With Abraham Lincoln's Ghost!
by TV News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Presidential politics may have changed since Honest Abe's day, but the debates are still as vicious as ever! In the clip below, LATE SHOW host Stephen Colbert watches the debate with the ghost of Abraham Lincoln! (more...)

NBC Thrilling Dramas TIMELESS, EMERALD CITY & More Heading to New York Comic Con
by TV News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

NBC and Universal Television will be heading to the Javits Center for New York Comic Con with three thrilling dramas: “Timeless,” which premieres Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m.; “Emerald City,” which launches with a special two-hour event at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6; and “Midnight, Texas,” which will begin later in midseason. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY Extends in D.C. Before Broadway Run
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Ford's Theatre Society announced today that the new Irene Sankoff and David Hein musical 'Come From Away,' based on the heart-warming true story of how a small Canadian town cared for 6,579 airline passengers stranded in Newfoundland after 9/11, has extended due to popular demand. (more...)

Silicon Valley Forum Presents the 19th Annual Visionary Awards Honoring Silicon Valley Innovators Jennifer Pahlka of Code for America, Tom Wheeler of FCC, Carl Bass of Au
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

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Theatricum Botanicum to Stage World Premiere Adaptation of UNCLE TOM'S CABIN
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum presents TOM, a world premiere stage adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' that offers a new look at the power of Stowe's most famous novel and at the true grit of its title character. Written by artistic director Ellen Geer and featuring folk music of the period, TOM joins the repertory season at Theatricum's spectacular outdoor amphitheatre in Topanga on June 18. (more...)

BWW Recap: GAME OF THRONES Raises Some Eyebrows in 'Book of the Stranger'
by Jessica Naftaly - May 16, 2016

This week's episode of Game of Thrones just aired, entitled “Book of the Stranger,” a title that had little to do with the episode besides a not so subtle namedrop halfway through. This episode delivered more of what Thrones is seemingly becoming more about; shocks, deaths, quips and nudity, and less of what it originally was; a human and complex drama. Despite Game of Thrones insistence that this year, women will be “on top,” we were once again force fed faux-feminism doubling as “empowerment,” while it double downed on it's misogyny, racism, and plain nonsensical storytelling. (more...)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Announces New Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles To Be Released June 7
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

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Photo Exclusive: Character Portraits of Ford's Theatre's 110 IN THE SHADE
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The Ford's Theatre 2015-2016 season continues with the musical 110 IN THE SHADE, directed and choreographed by Tony-Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge, now through May 14, 2016. BroadwayWorld has an exclusive look at character portraits by Michael Yeshion.  Check them out below! (more...)

Joy Elan Releases LIFE IS A CANVAS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Bay Area author and poetess Joy Elan has resided all of her life in Oakland and Berkeley, CA. In her younger years-after having earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University-she was an avid keeper of personal journals. After later publishing three well-received books of poetry, Elan began referring back to diaries that she recorded as long as ten years ago. She decided to share her personal life, dreams and life's lessons in a new biographical novel titled 'Life Is A Canvas.' Elan commented, 'Writing this book involved me going back in time and recreating some things that occurred in my life during 2005 and 2006.' (more...)

Best-selling Author Brad Meltzer Launches Campaign to Bring Amelia Earhart Playset to Lego
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2016

NY Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer has launched a campaign to bring an Amelia Earhart playset to the Lego company.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at 110 IN THE SHADE at Ford's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

The Ford's Theatre 2015-2016 season continues with the musical 110 IN THE SHADE, directed and choreographed by Tony-Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge, now through May 14, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Medium James Van Praagh Comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center, March 31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

James Van Praagh, one of the most celebrated, respected and influential Mediums in the world, takes you on a very special spiritual journey at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 8 pm. (more...)

Criminal Minds Actor Bill Oberst Jr To Play Jesus On Atlanta Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2016

Bill Oberst Jr, known to TV viewers as a serial killer on the CBS series Criminal Minds and to movie viewers as a zombie-fighting Abraham Lincoln, is coming to the Atlanta area to play Jesus onstage. (more...)

BWW Review: Killer Talent in 5th Ave/ACT's ASSASSINS
by Jay Irwin - Mar 11, 2016

Only the incredible Stephen Sondheim could make a musical about Presidential assassins and make it work. It's a dark subject that you think wouldn't be sung about. But Sondheim shows off his storytelling prowess by creating a sort of club or group therapy aspect to the group of killers as they attempt to tie all their works together with the act of their most famous member. And while the cast of the current joint production from the 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT certainly has the talent to pull off this demanding show, they don't always feel cohesive or in the same club but hopefully as they settle in that will come. (more...)

Peter Moore, Travis Coe and Dana Black to Lead THE FEW at Steep Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

Steep Theatre Company continues its fifteenth season with the Chicago premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's THE FEW, directed by Steep ensemble member Brad Akin, running April 14 - May 21, 2016. (more...)

Mahaut to Release Debut Album This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Legendary Grammy and BRITs award-winning artist and producer DAVE STEWART has teamed with French artist MAHAUT for her debut album PARDON MY FRENCH, set for release this Fall. The album's first single'Summertime' was released earlier this week, with its music video having just premiered on Konbini in France and Vice/Noisey here in the U.S. (more...)

AMERICAN PSYCHO's Benjamin Walker & Wife Kaya Scodelario Expecting 2nd Child
by TV News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

AMERICAN PSYCHO's Benjamin Walker took to Instagram today to announce the joyful news that he and wife Kaya Scodelario ('Skins') are expecting a second child. (more...)

Jackalope Theatre Company Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

Jackalope Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Gus Menary and Managing Director Nate Silver, announces its 2016/17 season. The company's 9th season features three productions: a world premiere, a U.S premiere, and a Midwest premiere. The season begins with the U.S premiere of Octagon by Kristiana Rae Colon, directed by Tara Branham, continues with the world premiere of The Snare by Samantha Beach, directed by Jackalope Associated Producer Elana Boulos, and concludes with the Midwest premiere of Ideation by Aaron Loeb, directed by Jackalope Artistic Director Gus Menary. (more...)

VIDEO: Samuel Jackson & Stephen Colbert Ponder the Big Questions on LATE SHOW
by TV News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

On last night's LATE SHOW, Samuel L. Jackson joined Stephen under a starry night sky as they pondered life's deepest mysteries. (more...)

BWW Review: The Second City's ALMOST ACCURATE GUIDE TO AMERICA at the Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - Jun 27, 2016

Love it or hate it, the whodunit farce Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center represented D.C. theater for busloads of high school students for nearly 30 years. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 6/21/2016 - Broadway Supports Orlando and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 21, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Broadway's best will perform on NBC's MAYA & MARTY to support Orlando's LGBT community! (more...)

Adirondack Theatre Festival's 22nd Summer Season to Continue with THE UNCIVIL WAR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Adirondack Theatre Festival's (ATF) 22nd summer season continues with its CABARET SERIES featuring the return of THE UNCIVIL WAR in a special concert performance. This special event will feature an updated script and score, with changes made based on reactions of ATF audiences from last summer's performance, complete with multiple new songs and scenes. Performances will be held at the Charles R. Wood Theater (207 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls) on the mainstage at 7:30pm. Tickets are $26-$32 and are available at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at ATFestival.org, or by calling (518) 480-4878. Discount season flex passes are available for the full seven show line-up. (more...)

About Face Theatre to Present I AM MY OWN WIFE and More During 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

About Face Theatre is pleased to announce its 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall/winter with a reimagining of I AM MY OWN WIFE, Doug Wright's Tony, Pulitzer Prize and Lambda Literary Award-winning play first developed at About Face in 2003.  (more...)

Edsel & Eleanor Ford's Legacy of Love Cast in Bronze
by Anton Anderssen - Jun 16, 2016

The love story endures, even after 100 years, and patrons of the Detroit Symphony who come to enjoy concerts on the lawn at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Mansion are in for a special this year. In honor of their 100th wedding anniversary, the love between Edsel and Eleanor Ford has been forever captured in bronze with the unveiling of a new sculpture at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House ; the unveiling occurred June 13. A tribute to the Fords' legacy, the life-sized sculpture of the pair walking arm-in-arm was placed in the estate's garden where Edsel and Eleanor enjoyed spending time together. (more...)

Saint Michael's Playhouse's SISTER ACT Opens This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

Saint Michael's Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced the June 21 opening of the Playhouse's 2016 summer theater season with the five-time Tony-nominated musical Sister Act, the sparkling smash hit musical comedy that the New York Post called 'ridiculously fun.' (more...)

ONE SLIGHT HITCH Set to Open at Totem Pole Playhouse 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania's premiere summer theatre located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, presents the local premiere of a new stage comedy from the comedic mind of Lewis Black, One Slight Hitch, running from July 9 through July 24. (more...)

Write Out Loud to Host 7th Annual TwainFest, 8/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

WRITE OUT LOUD, an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience  - announces the 7th Annual TwainFest to take place on Saturday, August 20th from 11am - 5pm in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego. TwainFest is produced by Write Out Loud and sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes in association with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. (more...)

KARTEMQUIN AT 50 to Celebrate Docs Exploring Social Justice at Moving Image
by TV News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Museum of the Moving Image will present Kartemquin at 50, a major retrospective devoted to the not-for-profit documentary collective Kartemquin Films, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. (more...)

Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

VIDEO: John Hinckley Jr., Portrayed in Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS, Soon To Be Freed From Psychiatric Hospital
by Michael Dale - Jul 27, 2016

In 1981, Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan, saying it was to get the attention of actress Jodie Foster. (more...)

Lewis Black's ONE SLIGHT HITCH Onstage Now at Totem Pole Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania's premiere summer theatre located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, presents the local premiere of a new stage comedy from the comedic mind of Lewis Black, One Slight Hitch, running now through July 24. (more...)

New Cookbook Shares Recipes from the Speed Family of Farmington
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

How hot is a 'low oven'? How much butter is 'the size of a walnut?' Several members of the Corn Island Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) found out when they transformed a stack of heritage recipes into a new cookbook to benefit Farmington Historic Plantation in Louisville. The recipes-many of them well over 100 years old-were collected by Nell Speed Ream, the great-granddaughter of John Speed, who built Farmington. (The plantation is best known for Abraham Lincoln's three-week visit in 1841.) One of Nell Speed Ream's descendants recently offered use of the recipes to Farmington. Corn Island NSDAR, which had selected Farmington as a historic preservation project, offered to create a cookbook. A committee was formed to head the project; volunteers tested and updated the recipes; a local print-on-demand publisher offered her expertise to design the book; local publisher R. C. Linnell Publishing provided book design services and a local graphic designer developed the cover pro bono-it was a true community effort. Readers of Speed Family Heritage Recipes will find recipes for salt-rising bread, transparent pie, fritters, and eggnog served by James Speed during his term as attorney general in Lincoln's second administration. The book also includes a short history of Farmington and brief profiles of the women who developed and served these dishes so long ago. Heritage Recipes is currently available on Amazon.com. About Corn Island NSDAR: Corn Island NSDAR, organized in 2012, is the city's newest chapter. The chapter's missions are historic preservation, veterans' issues, women's issues, and genealogy. About Farmington Historic Plantation: John and Lucy Fry Speed founded Farmington, a hemp plantation, in 1816. Farmington, with its connection to Lincoln and its 14-room Federal-style brick home, is a popular attraction in the city. It is now part of Historic Homes of Louisville. Members of the cookbook committee are available for media interviews. (more...)

ELTC to Host MR. LINCOLN Student Matinee, 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

On Wednesday, May 11, there will be a 2:00 p.m. matinee of "Mr. Lincoln," primarily scheduled for school groups. This one-person play about the 16th President had such a successful run for the Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company last summer, that the company is bringing it back for a full two-week run before taking the show to Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.   (more...)

ACT Presents THE DREAM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2016

ACT is collaborating with Shiloh Community Development, Inc to celebrate Black History Month this February. One of the many events happening is a co-production of The Dream - an original play by ACT Outreach Coordinator Matt Fernandez. (more...)

BWW Review: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Falls Flat
by Natalie de la Garza - Feb 5, 2016

Its separate, incongruous elements should make a mash-up like Austen and zombies fun. Unfortunately, the keyword there is should. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is decidedly lacking in the fun department. (more...)

Met Museum to Present Premiere Inspired by Its Percussion Collection Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Next week at the Metropolitan Museum will be a premiere inspired by the Met's Percussion Collection, and a performance of Lincoln's Favorite Shakespeare. (more...)

Stranger Than Fiction to Bring DEAD PRESIDENTS to Seacoast Rep
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

Ever wondered who would win in a fight between Abraham Lincoln and Harry S. Truman? Stranger Than Fiction is offering Seacoast audiences a chance to find out. The troupe will present an improv comedy show at Seacoast Rep on Tuesday, March 1, at 8pm, that includes a comedy battle of theatrical might starring dead presidents. (more...)

The Adobe Theater to Premiere Rich Rubin's CAESAR'S BLOOD This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

Playwright Rich Rubin's newest play, CAESAR'S BLOOD will have its world premiere at The Adobe Theater from March 25th through April 17th, 2016. (more...)

'VIRGINIA WOOLF,' RAGTIME & More Set for Ford's Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Ford's Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced the Ford's Theatre 2016-2017 season will begin with the new musical Come From Away directed by Christopher Ashley. Productions include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by Aaron Posner and featuring Holly Twyford as Martha; the musical Ragtime, directed by Peter Flynn and featuring an all-local cast including Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera and Nova Y. Payton; and the 35th-annual production of Washington's holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol. Political comedian Mark Russell will return for a one-night-only performance during the height of election season. (more...)

Brave New World Rep to Bring Full Production of THE PLANTATION to Governors Island
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Brooklyn's acclaimed Brave New World Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of The Plantation, a bold new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard set in 1870 Virginia after emancipation and the civil war, but before the onset of Jim Crow. (more...)

About Face Theatre's Reimagined I AM MY OWN WIFE Comes to Theater Wit This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

About Face Theatre will launch its 2016-17 Season with a reimagining of Doug Wright's I AM MY OWN WIFE, the Tony, Pulitzer Prize and Lambda Literary Award-winning play first developed at AFT back in 2003. (more...)

Ford's to Offer Free First Preview for COME FROM AWAY and More This Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Ford's Theatre Society announced it is partnering with TodayTix on a new Free First Preview initiative that will give away tickets to the first preview performance for all mainstage productions. (more...)

The Kennedy Center Sets 15th Annual PAGE TO STAGE New Play Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The Kennedy Center hosts its 15th annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival from Saturday, September 3 to Monday, September 5, 2016, featuring more than 50 theaters from the D.C. metropolitan area, all with a mission to produce and support new work. (more...)

New CuriosityStream JFK Documentary Exposes Secrets Behind the Camelot Legend & Birth of the Modern Presidency
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY to Open Folger Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Folger Theatre's 2016/17 season kicks off with an inspired stage adaptation of one of literature's most cherished novels, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. (more...)

Everybody Wants to Rule the World! Meet the Full Cast of AMERICAN PSYCHO, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 21, 2016

AMERICAN PSYCHO, the American premiere of a new musical based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis -- which celebrates the 25th anniversary of its publication this March -- began performances on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Opening night is tonight, April 21, 2016. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch highlights from the show! (more...)

LINCOLN'S BODYGUARD Now Available in Trade Paper
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

The Story: In Lincoln's Bodyguard, an alternative version of American history, President Lincoln is saved from assassination. Though he prophesied his own death-the only way he believed the South would truly surrender-Lincoln never accounted for the heroics of his bodyguard, Joseph Foster. A biracial mix of white and Miami Indian, Joseph makes an enemy of the South by killing John Wilkes Booth and preventing the death of the president. His wife is murdered and his daughter kidnapped, sending Joseph on a revenge-fueled rampage to recover his daughter. When his search fails, he disappears as the nation falls into a simmering insurgency instead of an end to the War. Years later, Joseph is still running from his past when he receives a letter from Lincoln pleading for help. The President has a secret mission. Pursued from the outset, Joseph turns to the only person who might help, the woman he abandoned years earlier. If he can win Molly over, he might just fulfill the President's urgent request, find his daughter, and maybe even hasten the end of the War. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steep Theatre's Midwest Premiere of THE FEW
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Four years ago, Bryan walked away from his life, his lover, and his labor of love -- a magazine for long distance truckers. Now, he's back, without explanation and without answers, looking to finish what he couldn't on the road. In an anonymous highway town, THE FEW pulls together the pieces of lives filled with loss. Steep Theatre Company continues its fifteenth season with the Chicago premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's THE FEW, directed by Steep ensemble member Brad Akin, running April 14 - May 21, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

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