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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare Competition Sets Attendance Milestone and Awards $15,000 in College Scholarships
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's annual high school Shakespeare Competition celebrates its 9th year with milestone attendance-more than 100 students representing fourteen counties, across four states. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL DORN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF will host renowned film, television, and stage actor, Michael Dorn for a one-night special event, "An Evening with Michael Dorn" on Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Margeson Theater. Dorn will share stories from his illustrious career in an "Inside the Actor's Studio" format hosted by Jim Helsinger, Artistic Director at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. After the discussion, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a brief question and answer session. Tickets ($30 - $60) are available now through www.orlandoshakes.org, by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). A limited number of $250 VIP tickets are available which include a private, post-event reception with Mr. Dorn and complimentary drink vouchers during the event. For more information, please call 407-447-1700 ext. 1. (more...)

Bush Theatre Announces Casting for WHILE WE'RE HERE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Bush Theatre has announced today for While We're Here, a new play by acclaimed writer Barney Norris (Visitors, Bush Theatre; Eventide, Arcola Theatre). Alice Hamilton will direct Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses, BBC; Beacons, Park Theatre) and Andrew French (The Iphigenia Quartet, Gate Theatre; Boi, Boi is Dead, West Yorkshire Playhouse) in this world premiere which opens the Bush Theatre's brand new 60 seat Studio.    (more...)

Artists Rep & Isinglass Partner to Host Summer Theatre Leadership Academy for High School Students
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Artists Repertory Theatre is partnering with local arts advocacy non-profit Isinglass to offer Egg, the organization's three year-old summer theatre leadership academy. Egg is an intensive seven-week program that teaches high school students the art and business of producing their own theatrical production. This summer 2017 program concludes with a week-long planning session for students to develop theatre and arts advocacy projects which they implement in their own schools during the following school year. (more...)

Goodman Theatre Sets Cast for World Premiere of OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR By Charles Smith
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

The cast and creative team is complete for Objects in the Mirror, a Goodman Theatre-commissioned world premiere by Charles Smith. Directed by Resident Director Chuck Smith, Objects in the Mirror is inspired by the playwright's real-life friendship with a Liberian refugee-turned-actor, Shedrick Yarkpai-portrayed by Daniel Kyri, in his Goodman debut. The production was developed through the 2015 New Stages festival and features a 5-member cast who brings to life the gripping account of one Liberian refugee's attempts to find peace by exposing a potentially dangerous lifelong secret. Objects in the Mirror appears April 29 through June 4 (opening night is May 8) in the Albert Theatre. Tickets ($20-$75; subject to change) are now on sale and available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Objects, the box office (170 N. Dearborn) or by phone at 312.443.3800. (more...)

Casting Announced for the World Premiere of the Stage Adaptation of Emma Donoghue's ROOM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Theatre Royal Stratford East and Abbey Theatre Dublin have announced casting for the world premiere of Emma Donoghue's bestselling novel Room. (more...)

Classical Theatre Company presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Most everyone is familiar with the opera The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, but few know that the opera is based on the 1775 play by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. In fact, the play has never before been professionally produced in Houston's long history. Beaumarchais' play is the origin for such iconic characters as Count Almaviva, Bartholo, Rosine, and of course, Figaro. 'This piece of theatre is so ripe with comedy that it directly spawned two operas, three plays, and a comic strip,' says director John Johnston. 'I'm thrilled to be able to produce Barber. It's one of those forgotten scripts that I've been champing at the bit to direct.' The hilarious love story of the dashing Count Almaviva as he woos the sweet and beautiful Rosine, all the while facilitated by the clown Figaro is sure to have audiences rolling in the aisles. 'And the chance to bring it to our Houston audiences, who will have never seen it before, particularly excites me.' (more...)

Stephen Casey and Cast Announced for the World Premiere of the Stage Adaptation of ROOM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

???????Theatre Royal Stratford East and Abbey Theatre Dublin today announces the full cast for the world premiere of Emma Donoghue's bestselling novel Room. Previously adapted by Donoghue for the screen, winning multiple awards, she now brings the story to the stage featuring songs by Scottish songwriter Kathryn Joseph and Cora Bissett. (more...)

Reboot Theatre Company Casts Diverse PRIVATE LIVES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Reboot Theatre Company aims to charm and beguile Seattle audiences this spring with a new imagining of Noel Coward's highly acclaimed comedic masterpiece PRIVATE LIVES. (more...)

Wooden O Free Shakespeare Planned for Summer 2017
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

With spring just around the corner, it means the summer isn't too far behind. And with summer comes free Shakespeare in the parks. Seattle Shakespeare Company's free Wooden O productions for summer 2017 will be Much Ado About Nothing and Pericles. Both shows will start performances on July 6 and will perform in park venues throughout the region through August 6.  The full schedule of venues, dates, and performance times is located on Seattle Shakespeare Company's website. (more...)

The Watermill Theatre Announces Cast of TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Artistic and Executive Director, Paul Hart today announces the company for his new production of Twelfth Night continuing The Watermill Theatre's bold, ensemble driven approach to Shakespeare. Twelfth Night runs from 6 April to 6 May and in repertoire with Hart's 2016 production of Romeo + Juliet from 18 to 22 July. Both productions will tour nationally from Tuesday 16 May to Thursday 3 August (more...)

THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, Directed by Estelle Parsons, Starts This Week Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is receiving a rare New York revival this spring at The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa (66 East 4th Street) with previews beginning this Thursday, March 9th, 2017 for a limited Off-Broadway engagement through March 26th. Opening Night is set for Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7pm. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for Defibrillator's Major New Revival of A LIE OF THE MIND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

With their critically acclaimed production of Stephen Karam's Speech & Debate running at the Trafalgar Studios, Defibrillator Artistic Director James Hillier today announces the full casting for their production of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind. (more...)

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Opens 2017 Season with ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF), working closely with world-renowned dialect and original pronunciation (OP) expert Paul Meier, will open its 2017 season with an historic production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, March 31 through April 23 at The Great Hall at St. Mary's Community Center. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jimmy Buffett Takes a Break from Margaritaville to See COME FROM AWAY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

COME FROM AWAY opened earlier this month on Broadway, officially sharing the tale of a remarkable little town in Newfoundland with theatergoers. Jimmy Buffett - the inspiration for the new musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE - stopped by the show last night. Scroll down for photos of him with the cast and creative team! (more...)

THE CARDINAL Finds Full Company at Southwark Payhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

Natalie Simpson (Royal Shakespeare Company's recent productions of King Lear, Hamlet and Cymbeline) joins an eleven-strong cast to play Duchess Rosaura alongside the previously announced Stephen Boxer in THE CARDINAL at Southwark Playhouse. James Shirley's tragic masterpiece, directed by Justin Audibert, plays from 26 April - 27 May with a press performance on 28 April. (more...)

Review Roundup: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS London Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

The critically acclaimed and multi award-winning new musical An American in Paris had its official London premiere last night, Tuesday 21 March, at the beautifully restored Dominion Theatre. Christopher Wheeldon's stunning reinvention of the Oscar-winning film (that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) features the sublime music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a new book by Craig Lucas.  (more...)

Second Thought Theatre Opens Area Premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Second Thought Theatre continues its 2017 season of change with the area premiere of Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee. Local director/actor Christie Vela returns to direct for the company after making her acting debut for Second Thought last summer in A Kid Like Jake. Straight White Men begins with previews on Wednesday, April 12 and runs through Saturday, May 6. All performances of Straight White Men will take place at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Campus, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets to Straight White Men can be purchased online at 2TT.co. (more...)

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center presents ROUGH DRAFT FESTIVAL: A WINDOW INTO NEW YORK
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

This year's Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts features six new plays that are in the pre-production stage of development. Each of the plays has gone through readings and workshops in the past and the writers Melis Aker, Scott Barrow, Leila Buck, Kevin Doyle, Joey Merlo, Kyoung Park and their plays are ready for the next step. (more...)

Reboot Theatre Company presents PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Reboot Theatre Company aims to charm and beguile Seattle audiences this spring with a new imagining of Noel Coward's highly acclaimed comedic masterpiece PRIVATE LIVES. Producing Artistic Director Jasmine Joshua directs this theatrical jewel, running May 5-20, 2017 at Slate Theater (815 Seattle Blvd S). Tickets ($15-$20) are now on sale. For more information, visit www.reboottheatre.org (more...)

SHE LOVES ME Will Waft Into The Marriott Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

???????Set against the lavish backdrop of a 1930s Hungarian perfume shop, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy gem, SHE LOVES ME, continues The Marriott Theatre's 2017 Season, running April 26 through June 18, 2017 with a press opening on Wednesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (more...)

THE FLICK, THE TEMPEST, 1984 Among Jobsite Theater's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Jobsite Theater has announces the 2017-18 season, our 15th as resident theater company of the Straz Center in downtown Tampa. (more...)


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Photo Flash: Urgent Call to Action BUILDING THE WALL will Premiere at Fountain Theatre, Roll Across US
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2017

A new play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), written in direct response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, reveals how those policies might lead to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion.Building the Wall opens at the Fountain Theatre onMarch 18, the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. (more...)

Imelda Staunton-Led WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? to Hit Cinemas This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

Following the enormously successful opening of James Macdonald's new production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway, producers today announced the forthcoming live broadcast of the play to cinemas throughout the UK and beyond as part of National Theatre Live. (more...)

Saint Sebastian Players Conclude Season with ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) conclude the company's 36th season with an absurd twist on Shakespeare, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Performances run April 28-May 21, 2017 at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey (enter on Marshfield), Chicago. (more...)

Tonye Patano to Star in Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau. The Globe is the first regional theatre in the country to mount the play, which was presented here as a reading in the 2014 Powers New Voices Festival before an acclaimed Off Broadway run. San Diego director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg makes her Globe debut to helm the award-winning drama, which is presented in association with San Diego's MOXIE Theatre, where Turner Sonnenberg is Founding Artistic Director. (more...)

VIDEO: Tom Brokaw Examines Real-Life Inspiration Behind Broadway's COME FROM AWAY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Today, NBC special correspondent Tom Brokaw joined TODAY to reveal the real-life incidents that inspired the show and examines how a small Canadian town opened its heart to stranded Americans in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. (more...)

Cardboard Citizens Announce Casting For HOME TRUTHS: A Season Of Nine Brand New Plays Exploring The History Of Housing
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

The award-winning theatre company Cardboard Citizens has today announced casting for its season of new work at The Bunker in London this April. Celebrating 25 years of making work with and for homeless people, the company will continue its exploration of the state of housing in nine new plays commissioned by Cardboard Citizens from some of the UK's most exciting playwrights. (more...)

Photo Flash: Court Theatre presents THE HARD PROBLEM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces casting for the Chicago premiere of The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard, directed by Charles Newell. The Hard Problem runs March 9 - April 9, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

'Star Trek' Actor and Seasoned Stage Actress to Lead the Cast of Orlando Shakespeare Theater's ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF is thrilled to present William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra featuring Michael Dorn as Antony and Caralyn Kozlowski as Cleopatra. (more...)

Joshua Jackson, Stephen Spinella, John McGinty and Lauren Ridloff to Lead BTG's CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, Helmed by Kenny Leon; Summer Casting Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Berkshire Theatre Group announces the final production of its upcoming 2017 Summer Season will be Mark Medoff's Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award-winning play, Children of a Lesser God, which will begin performances on Thursday, June 22 at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Opening night is set for Saturday, June 24 at 8pm. (more...)

Full Casting Announced For Nicholas De Jongh's New Play PRICKED OUT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

???????Full cast is announced today for the upcoming premiere of Nicholas De Jongh's new play Pricked Out. Matthew Gould directs Sebastian Carrington-Howell (Seb), Chris Clynes (Will), Sean Delaney (Barnfield), Daniel Donskoy (Harry), Felicity Jolly (Viola), Peter Land (Mal), Paul Lavers (Sir Vane) and Rebecca Tanwen (Olive) in the production without decor which runs at the Kings Head Theatre from 25-29 March. (more...)

META AWARDS Gala Night in India
by Zofeen Maqsood - Mar 14, 2017

The red carpet was rolled and the spotlight was on. The 12th edition of the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards Festival (META) concluded with an awards night on March 10, at the ritzy, Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Announces MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater  (CST) continues its summer tradition of vibrant family programming with Madagascar - A Musical Adventure, directed and choreographed by Matt Raftery at the Theater's home on Navy Pier, July 13-August 27, 2017. Based on the DreamWorks Animation motion picture, this wild and wacky new musical is written by Emmy Award-winner Kevin Del Aguila with original music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan. (more...)

Florida Studio Theatre to Stage Regional Premiere of RICH GIRL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

Florida Studio Theatre's Mainstage season concludes with the romantic and clever Rich Girl by Victoria Stewart. Based off of Henry James' classic novel Washington Square, this REGIONAL PREMIERE runs from April 5 to May 26 in the Gompertz Theatre. (more...)

Red Carpet Roundup: Richard Ridge Chats Up the Stars at Opening Night of COME FROM AWAY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

COME FROM AWAY opened last night on Broadway, officially sharing the tale of a remarkable little town in Newfoundland with theatre goers. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was live on the red carpet last night chatting with the stars and also some Ganderites at opening night. Check out all the action below! (more...)

Chicago Premiere of David Adjmi's 3C to Play A Red Orchid Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

???????A Red Orchid Theatre concludes its 2016-2017 Season with the Chicago premiere of 3C, written by David Adjmi and directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray. The production runs April 20 - June 4, 2017, at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. The press opening is Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW TV: Newfoundland Meets Broadway on Opening Night of COME FROM AWAY!
by TV - Opening Night Special - Mar 13, 2017

COME FROM AWAY opened last night on Broadway, officially sharing the tale of a remarkable little town in Newfoundland with theatre goers. Come From Away features Petrina Bromley (Stratford's As You Like It); Geno Carr (The Old Globe's Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas); Jenn Colella(If/Then); Joel Hatch (Annie); Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys); Kendra Kassebaum (Wicked); Tony Award nominee Chad Kimball(Memphis); Lee MacDougall (Stratford's The Music Man); Caesar Samayoa(Sister Act); Q. Smith (Mary Poppins); Astrid Van Wieren (North American premiere of Mamma Mia!); Sharon Wheatley (Avenue Q); Josh Breckenridge (The Scottsboro Boys); Susan Dunstan (The Lion King US National Tour); Tamika Lawrence (If/Then) and Tony LePage (Rock of Ages). (more...)

DVR Alert - Cast of Broadway's COME FROM AWAY to Visit NBC's 'Today'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

The cast of the new Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY will appear on NBC's TODAY ON Thursday, March 16th. (more...)

Photo Coverage: COME FROM AWAY Takes Opening Night Bows!
by Walter McBride - Mar 13, 2017

COME FROM AWAY opened last night on Broadway, officially sharing the tale of a remarkable little town in Newfoundland with theatre goers. See the cast take their opening night bows below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of COME FROM AWAY!
by Walter McBride - Mar 13, 2017

COME FROM AWAY opened last night on Broadway, officially sharing the tale of a remarkable little town in Newfoundland with theatre goers. Check out all the arrivals on the red carpet below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Cast of COME FROM AWAY Celebrates Opening Night!
by Walter McBride - Mar 13, 2017

COME FROM AWAY opened last night on Broadway, officially sharing the tale of a remarkable little town in Newfoundland with theatre goers. Check out the cast at the opening night party below! (more...)

Welcome to Their Rock- Meet the Cast of COME FROM AWAY!
by Stephanie Wild - Mar 12, 2017

Come From Away, the new musical based on the stories of those left stranded on airplanes during 9/11, opens tonight at the Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre. Get to know the cast before they take their opening bows. (more...)

Review Roundup: COME FROM AWAY Lands on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Mar 12, 2017

COME FROM AWAY opens tonight on Broadway, officially sharing the tale of a remarkable little town in Newfoundland with theatre goers. (more...)

New Rep and Boston Theatre Center presents SINNERS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

New Repertory Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance present Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency/Mirror Theater's Sinners by Joshua Sobol, March 23-April 2, 2017 in the TheatreLab@855, Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA. Tickets are $20-$35 and may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org. (more...)

SMOTHER Opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

Following the sellout success last year at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 201 Dance Company and Patrick Collier Production Company are embarking on the premiere UK tour of SMOTHER from April - June 2017. Challenging the the taboo that persists in urban dance around presenting stories of homosexuality, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of seven in a fast-paced, intimate performance about relationships. (more...)

BWW TV: Fly to the Middle of Nowhere with Highlights from COME FROM AWAY on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 10, 2017

The new Broadway musical Come From Away is currently in previews at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and officially opens Sunday, March 12, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Casting Update Announced for Defibrillator's Major New Revival of A LIE OF THE MIND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

With their critically acclaimed production of Stephen Karam's Speech and Debate running at the Trafalgar Studios, Defibrillator Artistic Director James Hillier today announces a casting update for their production of Sam Shepherd's A Lie of the Mind. (more...)

The Semitic Root presents THE STRANGEST
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

The Strangest invites audiences into an immersive theatrical experience in which they enter a traditional Arab storytelling cafe, where for centuries masters of the oral tradition wove tales of intrigue. The Strangest is an absurdist murder mystery loosely inspired by the unnamed Arab killed in Albert Camus' classic novel, The Stranger. Experience French Algiers on the brink of revolution, and witness three Arab brothers vie for the love of the same woman. Their bitter rivalry ends only when one is gunned down by a French stranger.Written by Betty Shamieh ( The Black Eyed, Roar, Fit for a Queen) and directed by May Adrales ( Vietgone, Luce).  (more...)

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