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Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. It has become best known through the film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra.


Lindsey Ferrentino Receives 2016 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting for UGLY LIES THE BONE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

The 2016 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting - given annually by the National Arts Club to an outstanding new playwright on the verge of national recognition - will be presented this year to Lindsey Ferrentino for her play UGLY LIES THE BONE, it has been announced by the Kesselring Prize committee. (more...)

Ferrentino Wins $25,000 Kesselring Prize for UGLY LIES THE BONE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

The 2016 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting - given annually by the National Arts Club to an outstanding new playwright on the verge of national recognition - will be presented this year to Lindsey Ferrentino for her play UGLY LIES THE BONE, it has been announced by the Kesselring Prize committee. (more...)

ADDAMS FAMILY & MARY POPPINS Top List of Most Performed High School Shows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

The Addams Family topped the list for the most-produced high school musical for the second consecutive year, and Mary Poppins made its list debut at second place, in an annual survey conducted by the Educational Theatre Association's flagship Dramatics magazine. (more...)


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Bristol Riverside Theatre Gets WORKING, November 1-20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents WORKING based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book and featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked), and James Taylor running November 1-20.  Directed by Keith Baker, the ensemble cast features Demetria Joyce Bailey, Philip Chaffin, Laura Giknis, Tamar Greene, Jenny Lee Stern, and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton. (more...)

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Next Up As ACT 1's 2016-17 Season Officially Opens
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 28, 2016

ACT 1's 2016-17 season officially opens with the Daniel DeVault-directed production of Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, playing Nashville's Darkhorse Theatre October 7-22, and starring Debbie Kraski and Linda Speir as the daffy yet dastardly Brewster sisters. (more...)

Andrew Samonksy, Jason Graae, Beverly Ward and More to Star in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Concert at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The 2015-16 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company concludes with a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC Continues 2016/17 Season with OTHER DESERT CITIES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The Theatre Group at SBCC will continue the 16/17 season with the compelling drama, OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by R. Michael Gros, October 12-29, 2016 in the Garvin Theatre (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Presents THE OTHER PLACE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre's 2016-2017 Independence Studio on 3 season opens with Broadway's thrilling new mystery, THE OTHER PLACE. Written by Sharr White and directed by Dan Olmstead, the production begins with previews onOctober 4th, opens October 6th and continues through October 30th. (more...)

The Circuit Presents SISTERS OF SWING: THE STORY OF THE ANDREWS SISTERS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The Andrews Sisters are coming to The Circuit Playhouse! Sisters of Swing brings to the stage the story of LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty Andrews, better known to the world as one of the first best-selling "girl groups," The Andrews Sisters. From their meteoric rise to the top to their bittersweet demise, Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters explores the fascinating lives of these American icons all set to the music of some of their biggest hits like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree." (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Opens 208th Season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 208th season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning romantic musical, SOUTH PACIFIC. Directed by Charles Abbott, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this production begins previews on September 6th, opens on September 14th and runs through October 23rd on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

London Classic Theatre Brings Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY to Belgrade Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

Following successful tours of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in 2015, London Classic Theatre return to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, with their new production of Harold Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY from Tues 14 to Sat 18 June. It's directed by Michael Cabot, with design by Bek Palmer and lighting by Andy Grange. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/30/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 31, 2016

Summertime is here, what with Memorial Day and all that it encompasses, and we can think of no better seasonal activity than taking in some local theater. No matter where you are in the Volunteer State, Tennessee theater companies are ready and willing to help transport you to a different world, another time and place where your life can be is transformed magically on a stage very near you! (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/23/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 23, 2016

'Spring is here! Why doesn't my heart go dancing?' - or at least to the theater to be transported to a different world, another time and place where life is transformed and magic happens before your very eyes... (more...)

The Candlelight Theatre to Present ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

This wildly popular comedic farce written by Joseph Kesselring revoles around two elderly sisters who are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity but are as crazy as loons. Mix in a dollop of Teddy Roosevelt, a dash of Albert Einstein, and stir with an assortment of quirky characters and you get a lethal cocktail of murder, mayhem, and laughter. Come see what the N.Y. Times called 'a play so funny you will never forget it.' (more...)

STAGES St. Louis to Open 30th Season with Midwestern Premiere of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Direct from Broadway and in its Mid-Western premiere, the refreshingly modern romantic comedy, It Shoulda Been You launches STAGES St. Louis' celebratory 30th Anniversary Season. This hilarious and heartwarming new musical about a madcap wedding celebration will run June 3rd - July 3rd at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/16/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 16, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/10/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 10, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Beacon Arts Centre Announce June-October 2016 Season
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jun 7, 2016

Greenock's Beacon Arts Centre announces its June-October 2016 season. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 6/6/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 6, 2016

Summertime is here, what with Memorial Day and all that it encompasses, and we can think of no better seasonal activity than taking in some local theater. No matter where you are in the Volunteer State, Tennessee theater companies are ready and willing to help transport you to a different world, another time and place where your life can be is transformed magically on a stage very near you! (more...)

Saint Michael's Playhouse to Open BASKERVILLE This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced the July 6th opening of the Vermont Premiere of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, at Saint Michael's Playhouse (July 6 - 16). (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 6/25-6/26/2016
by - Jun 26, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, June 26, 2016 - Sunday, June 26, 2016. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/26/16- ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Stage Tube - Jun 26, 2016

Today in 1986, Arsenic and Old Lace opened at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rogers Theatre) where it ran for 221 performances. Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. It has become best known through the film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra. The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. (more...)

Tony Winner Betty Buckley Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko in October
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Following two previous sold-out engagements, Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only of her brand-new show, Story Songs - Friday, October 21 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, October 22 (7 p.m.).  (more...)

Candice van Litsenborgh's COURT. Coming to Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Court., written by Candice van Litsenborgh and performed by Candice van Litsenborgh and Claire-Louise Worby, is headed to Alexander Upstairs, directed by Richard Wright-Firth. (more...)

'The Nanny' Star & Broadway Veteran Ann Morgan Guilbert Dies at 87
by TV News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Ann Morgan Guilbert, perhaps best known for her role as 'Grandma Yetta Rosenberg' on ABC's THE NANNY, died of cancer on Tuesday, June 14th in Los Angeles, California at the age of 87. (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...)

BWW Interview: KATIE MILLIGAN Displays Great Diversity
by Marietta Lunceford - Jul 3, 2016

There are those people that just get your attention when they are on stage. Katie Milligan has done that every time I have seen her perform. (more...)

Segerstrom Center's Cabaret Series Opens with Broadway's Leading Lady Betty Buckley
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with her new show, Story Songs, October 27 - 29 in Samueli Theater. A renowned interpreter with an eclectic taste for songs from all genres, Buckley will share a collection of tunes by Radiohead as well as theater greats Stephen Schwartz and Jason Robert Brown. The evening will also include works by members of the new generation of exciting young theater composers, Joe Iconis and Ben Toth. Buckley will be joined by her long time Musical Director and arranger, jazz pianist Christian Jacob. (more...)

Opening of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Terrace Plaza Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The hysterical old favorite Arsenic and Old Lace is opening August 12th! This delightful comedy is set to be performed August 12th  - September 17th, Monday, Fridayand Saturday nights at 7:30pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Terrace Plaza Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The hysterical old favorite Arsenic and Old Lace is opening August 12th! This delightful comedy is set to be performed August 12th  - September 17th, Monday, Fridayand Saturday nights at 7:30pm. (more...)

Meet the Cast of East Lynne Theater Company's DRACULA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

For those who didn't have the opportunity to meet the cast and crew of East Lynne Theater Company's "Dracula" at the after-show party at Pier House Restaurant on July 27, another chance is to be had on Friday, August 5 at an after-show Q&A.  (more...)

Meet the Cast of Little Radical Theatrics' OLIVER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2016

Don't miss those seen here and the rest of the superbly gifted multi-generational cast of Oliver! in this unique production. Oliver! runs from July 21st-July 24th at the Grinton I Will Library, located at 1500 Central Ave Yonkers NY. This is a truly special take on this beloved classic show.  (more...)

Terri Mateer to Bring A KIND SHOT to Bridge Street Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

?Whether working the court or navigating life itself, former pro basketball player Terri Mateer has taken plenty of hits - but that hasn't diminished her drive to score. "A Kind Shot", the one-woman show she's created out of her experiences, will be performed by Ms. Mateer herself July 22-24 at Bridge Street Theatre's intimate Speakeasy in Catskill. (more...)

East Lynne Theater Company to Present DRACULA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

The quiet English countryside changed with the arrival of its newest neighbor, Count Dracula. Even Lucy Seward, the daughter of the psychiatrist in charge of the local sanitorium, is behaving strangely. Her mysterious oddities are noticed by Jonathan Harker, the man who loves her, and her father who sends for Dr. Van Helsing. Van Helsing believes Lucy might be a victim of a ghost that sucks blood at night from its victims. (more...)

Betty Buckley to Bring STORY SONGS to Joe's Pub Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley will return to Joe's Pub at The Public with her new show, Story Songs for an exclusive seven-show engagement from September 22 to September 25. (more...)

SARTA Announces 2016 Elly Nominees!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

More than 410 Elly nominees for the 2015-16 season were announced at an informal nomination reception on Sunday, August 7, 2016 beginning at 7pm. More than 100 actors, directors, technicians, and producers were on hand to listen excitedly for their names to be called.  This year's theme is Some Enchanted Ellys.  (more...)

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE to Open Bristol Riverside Theatre's 30th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Bristol Riverside Theatre opens its 30th Anniversary Season with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline by Dean Regan on September 27-October 16. (more...)

Betty Buckley Chats Joe's Pub Show, Playing 'Women on the Edge' and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

From Grizabella (CATS) and Norma Desmond (SUNSET BOULEVARD) to Edith Beale (GREY GARDENS) and Mama Rose (GYPSY), Tony winner Betty Buckley has a specialty for tackling what she calls 'women on the edge.' (more...)

Analisa Leaming and Nathaniel Hackmann to Star in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Pull up your boots and hold onto your hats when this all-dancing, all-singing, all-new production of the rip-roarin' musical comedy classic bursts onto the Ogunquit Playhouse stage September 7 to October 1. (more...)

BWW Review: Welk Resort Presents Sturdy ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Don Grigware - Aug 22, 2016

Joseph Kesselring's dark comedy farce Arsenic and Old Lace dates back to 1941 and was made into one hilarious film starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra in 1944. Nevertheless, the comedy is timeless, so it still holds up quite deliciously in 2016. One never tires of murder especially when it's played out in a spooky old Brooklyn mansion adjacent to a cemetery...and most of the Brewster family who inhabit it are most definitely certifiable. Elderly Abby Brewster (Robin LaValley) and her sister Martha (Eliane Weidauer) dispose of over the hill lodgers all alone in the world - to bring them peace and eternal happiness. They offer homemade Eldeberry wine laced with arsenic and think they're doing the old codgers a favor. It seems perfectly harmless to them. In fact, they already have 11 bodies buried in the cellar and are about to embark on a funeral service for number 12 who is resting comfortably in the window seat of their living room. It helps when their nephew Teddy (Robin Thompson) - who thinks he's Theodore Roosevelt - carries out their orders and buries the bodies, convinced that he's digging locks of the Panama Canal. When brother Mortimer (Tim Benson) - a drama critic for a local paper - discovers the body by accident, he automatically assumes it's Teddy who has killed the man, never dreaming that his sweet aunts are responsible. (more...)

BWW Interview: Northwest High School Welcomes New Drama Teacher Zoe Burke
by Alison Bridget Chambers - Aug 17, 2016

BWW Interviews: Northwest High School Welcomes New Drama Teacher (more...)

Tony Winner Betty Buckley Coming to Ridgefield Playhouse, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

  The Ridgefield Playhouse and Ridgefield Magazine Broadway and Cabaret Series bring Tony Award winner Betty Buckley - Live in Concert on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. in a special one night only performance!  (more...)

Canned Rice Productions Brings VACANCY to the Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Canned Rice Productions will debut a new romantic tragicomedy, VACANCY, a 50-minute physical theatre piece created by and starring real-life couple Richard Wright-Firth and Candice van Litsenborgh. (more...)

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL: What's This Week's Gossip?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 26, 2016

At long last, Music City Confidential is back to help you get caught back on the talk of the town - all the news that's fit to print about the Nashville theater community - and to immerse you in the minutiae of life in Theater City (a term we've been trying to copyright since we were in junior high with Thespis, Aristophanes and Martha Wilkinson). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jonah Weston in Action Talks Productions' THE DEVIL AND BILLY MARKHAM
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Action Talks Productions in association with Post Five Theatre Co. present a limited engagement of the shockingly funny, wryly disturbing larger-than-life tale of THE DEVIL AND BILLY MARKHAM for two shows, April 29th and 30th at 7:30pm. Visit www.jonahweston.com for more information. (more...)

Shel Silverstein's THE DEVIL AND BILLY MARKHAM Comes to the Stage in Portland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Action Talks Productions in association with Post Five Theatre Co. present a limited engagement of the shockingly funny, wryly disturbing larger-than-life tale of THE DEVIL AND BILLY MARKHAM for two shows, April 29th and 30th at 7:30pm. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Announced for SOUPS, STEWS, AND CASSEROLES: 1976 at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

On the heels of their critically acclaimed world premiere of Luna Gale, playwright Rebecca Gilman and Artistic Director Robert Falls again join forces for her newest drama, Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976. Change is coming to a small Wisconsin town when a corporation acquires a local cheese manufacturer, which employs the majority of the town's working class citizens. For the Durst family, the merger presents newfound opportunity-and a moral dilemma. The Chicago premiere, which marks the play's second production following its 2014 world premiere at The Repertory of St. Louis, features Cliff Chamberlain as longtime factory employee Kim Durst; Cora Vander Broek as his wife Kat; Lindsay Stock as their daughter, Kelly. Rounding out the cast are Ty Olwin (Kyle), Angela Reed (Elaine) and Ann Whitney (JoAnne). The creative team includes Kevin Depinet (set), Richard Woodbury (sound), Jenny Mannis (costumes) and Jesse Klug (lights). Kimberly Osgood is the production stage manager. Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 appears May 21 - June 19 in the Owen Theatre (opening night is Monday, May 31). Tickets ($10 - $40; subject to change) are on sale now at GoodmanTheatre.org/Soups, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mayer Brown LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner. (more...)

2016 CAPA Summer Movie Series Lineup Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

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STAGES St. Louis to Welcome Local, NYC Stars for 30th Season; Casting Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Following its recent 2016 Arts Organization Award from the Missouri Arts Council and five St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, STAGES St. Louis has announced casting for its celebratory 30th Anniversary Season: It Shoulda Been You, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Sister Act. (more...)

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