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Broadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT Tonight at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Evelyn must follow her dreams ... by leaving her family. Come down for some hot times with THE JOINT at Theatre for The New City's Dream Up Festival this September. (more...)

TNC's 2016 Dream Up Festival to Present THE JOINT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival presents 'The Joint'. (more...)

MOTHER EMANUEL Returns 9/9, in the Fringe Encore Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2016

Mother Emanuel, the winner of FringeNYC's Overall Excellence Award: Musical, will return to the Soho Playhouse as part of the Fringe Encore Series starting September 9th. (more...)

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE to Open Crossroads Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Single Black Female, Lisa B. Thompson's two-woman comedy exploring the lives of 30-something middle-class African American women in urban America, will open Crossroads Theatre Company's 2016-17 season, Oct. 6-23. (more...)

DISGRACED to Spark Debate at McCarter This October; Ayad Akhtar Set for Dialogue During Run
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize winning Disgraced has become a flashpoint of conversation. Critically-acclaimed and Tony-nominated on Broadway, produced around the world, Disgraced is about to spark debate on McCarter's Matthews Stage this October. (more...)

Pegasus Theatre Announces World Premiere of Charles Johnson's RUTHERFORD'S TRAVELS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Chicago -Pegasus Theatre Chicago announces the world premiere of Rutherford's Travels, the adaptation of Charles Johnson's beloved National Book Award-winning novel, "Middle Passage," November 2 - December 4 at Pegasus's resident home Chicago Dramatists, 773 N. Aberdeen. Rutherford's Travels is co-adapted and directed by Pegasus Theatre Producing Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan and co-adapted by David Barr, III, music directed and composed by Shawn Wallace and choreographed by Nicole Clarke-Springer. (more...)

Cast Complete for JAG Productions & ArtisTree's CHOIR BOY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The complete cast is set for the upcoming Vermont Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's CHOIR BOY, a gospel-infused play that will run at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT. The show, directed by Jarvis Antonio Green, begins previews on November 3 and opens on November 5. (more...)

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE to Open Crossroads Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Single Black Female, Lisa B. Thompson's two-woman comedy exploring the lives of 30-something middle-class African American women in urban America, will open Crossroads Theatre Company's 2016-17 season, Oct. 6-23. (more...)

BLACK NATIVITY to Return to Marcus Center This December
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes will open December 1st and debut an all new Black Nativity 2016 for its second season at Wilson Theater in Vogel Hall. This year's run will take place over two weekends and features new Director, Malkia Stampley. Black Nativity by Langston Hughes is produced by Black Arts MKE (formerly Black Arts Think Tank) with the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

New Freedom Theatre's 50th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

New Freedom Theatre celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season with three mainstage productions including a return of its annual holiday favorite Black Nativity: An African Holiday Musical Play, the Philadelphia premiere of Mother Emanuel: An American Musical Play, and the Tony Award-winning blockbuster Dreamgirls.  (more...)

Theatre Philadelphia Celebrates Philadelphia Theatre Community with 2016 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

This evening, in a celebration attended by approximately 900 theatre artists, staff, critics, and friends, Theatre Philadelphia distributed 27 awards at the 2016 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, including the first-ever Victory Foundation Award for Outstanding Theatre Education Program. (more...)

DISGRACED to Spark Debate at McCarter This October; Ayad Akhtar Set for Dialogue During Run
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize winning Disgraced has become a flashpoint of conversation. Critically-acclaimed and Tony-nominated on Broadway, produced around the world, Disgraced is about to spark debate on McCarter's Matthews Stage this October. (more...)

BWW Review: SINGLE BLACK FEMALE at Crossroads is a Theatrical Gem
by Marina Kennedy - Oct 13, 2016

'Single Black Female' is now on the Crossroads Theatre company Stage through October 23rd. Written by Lisa B. Thompson and directed by Shirley Jo Finney, this play is a theatrical gem. (more...)

DISGRACED to Spark Debate at McCarter This October; Ayad Akhtar Set for Dialogue During Run
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize winning Disgraced has become a flashpoint of conversation. Critically-acclaimed and Tony-nominated on Broadway, produced around the world, Disgraced is about to spark debate on McCarter's Matthews Stage this October. (more...)

New Freedom Theatre Celebrates Holiday Season with the Return of Black Nativity
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

New Freedom Theatre opens its 50th Anniversary season with the annual holiday favorite Black Nativity: An African Musical Play, running November 30-December 18 at Freedom Theatre (Broad and Master Streets).  (more...)

Cast Complete for JAG Productions & ArtisTree's CHOIR BOY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

The complete cast is set for the upcoming Vermont Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's CHOIR BOY, a gospel-infused play that will run at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT. The show, directed by Jarvis Antonio Green, begins previews on November 3 and opens on November 5. (more...)

BLACK NATIVITY to Open This December at Crossroads Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Langston Hughes' soaring music- and poetry-infused retelling of the birth of Jesus comes to the Crossroads Theatre Company for the holiday season in a new production of  the late writer's classic work, Black Nativity. (more...)

BWW Review: BLACK NATIVITY at Theater Alliance
by Andrew Burrill - Nov 30, 2016

Langston Hughes' "Gospel Song-Play" chronicles and celebrates the birth of Jesus and the unique cultural identity and heritage of Black Americans. This joyous musical compels us to look inward and find the wonder in life. This performance is recommended for audiences of all ages. (more...)

Cast Complete for JAG Productions & ArtisTree's CHOIR BOY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

The complete cast is set for the upcoming Vermont Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's CHOIR BOY, a gospel-infused play that will run at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT. The show, directed by Jarvis Antonio Green, begins previews on November 3 and opens on November 5. (more...)

Cast Announced for Theater Alliance of Washington DC's BLACK NATIVITY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Announcing the cast of this year's Black Nativity! (more...)

Support Biship Arts Theatre Center this Giving Tuesday
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Did you know the Bishop Arts Theatre Center impacts thousands of children each year through year round arts education programs? (more...)

Black Theatre Troupe to Present Musical Celebration BLACK NATIVITY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

One of the most renowned musicals of the holiday season, returns to Black Theatre Troupe. December 2 - 18, 2016. (more...)

13th Annual Mayor's Holiday Special to Celebrate Seasonal Spirit in Boston
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of the 13th Annual Mayor's Holiday Special presented by the Highland Street Foundation, produced by ArtsBoston and created in partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. (more...)

Pegasus Theatre Announces World Premiere of Charles Johnson's RUTHERFORD'S TRAVELS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

Chicago -Pegasus Theatre Chicago announces the world premiere of Rutherford's Travels, the adaptation of Charles Johnson's beloved National Book Award-winning novel, "Middle Passage," November 2 - December 4 at Pegasus's resident home Chicago Dramatists, 773 N. Aberdeen. Rutherford's Travels is co-adapted and directed by Pegasus Theatre Producing Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan and co-adapted by David Barr, III, music directed and composed by Shawn Wallace and choreographed by Nicole Clarke-Springer. (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group Continues Tradition of Holiday Classics for the Whole Family with WILDE TALES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Quintessence Theatre Group continues it's tradition of holiday classics for the whole family with Oscar Wilde's Wilde Tales. Celebrated up-and-coming experimental director Jeremy Bloom adapts and directs this amalgamation of short stories. Wilde Tales begins performances on Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm and opens on Saturday, December 10 at 7pm.  All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave. in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119.  To purchase tickets visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

BLACK NATIVITY Comes to Phoenix this December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

One of the most renowned musicals of the holiday season returns to Black Theatre Troupe, Black Nativity on December 2 - 18, 2016 at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034.   (more...)

Crossroads Theatre Company to Bring Langston Hughes' 'Black Nativity' To Its Stage for the Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

"Black Nativity," Langston Hughes' retelling of the classic Nativity story with a black cast, featuring traditional Christmas carols and original music in gospel style. (more...)

Erik Altemus and More to Join American Pops Orchestra in 'MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY' This May
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Maestro Luke Frazier and The American Pops Orchestra - Washington, DC's innovative hometown orchestra - are proud to present the closing concert of their successful inaugural season. MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY: A 60s Cocktail Party will debut at the George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium today, May 6th at 8:00 PM. (more...)

Stage & Screen Star Christine Baranski Speaks at Juilliard Commencement; Cicely Tyson Among Honorees
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

The Juilliard School will confer honorary doctorates on five remarkable artists during its 111th Commencement Ceremony today, May 20, 2016, at 11 a.m. in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (Broadway at 65th Street, New York City). (more...)

Martha Plimpton & More to be Honored at Women of Achievement Awards; Lisa Lampanelli to Host
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Women's Project Theater (WP Theater), under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Maureen Moynihan, has announced the 31st ANNUAL WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA. (more...)

World Premiere of AND STILL YOU MUST SWING to Premiere at Jacob's Pillow Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival presents the world premiere engagement of And Still You Must Swing with three of the world's most celebrated tap dance luminaries—Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, and Derick K. Grant—July    6-10 in the intimate Doris Duke Theatre. The program embraces masterful technique, musicality, and improvisation including a live onstage band and a star-studded cast with critically-acclaimed guest artist and 2016 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient Camille A. Brown. (more...)

Oscar Winner & COLOR PURPLE Star Jennifer Hudson Signs with Epic Records
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Jennifer Hudson, who recently made her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning revival of THE COLOR PURPLE, has signed an exclusive contract with Epic Records. The news was announced by Epic Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid. (more...)

We Happy Few Opens CHALK Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

We Happy Few productions, named by DCist as one of the Best Small Theatre Companies of 2015, delves into this moral conundrum with CHALK presented at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, June 22 - July 9. (more...)

MOTHER EMANUEL Opening at SoHo Playhouse August 13th as Part of FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

MOTHER EMANUEL An American Musical Play Opens at FringeNYC 8/13   Rebel Theater in association with The Present Company presents MOTHER EMANUEL, an American Musical Play conceived by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj and co-written by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, Adam Mace and Christian Lee Branch starting Saturday August 13 at Soho Playhouse as part of the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. (more...)

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company Announces it's 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company announces its 2016- 2017 Season, The Comfort of Faith. The company's thirty-eighth season will feature three mainstage productions that examine the role faith plays in finding strength and solace when confronted by illness: The Sting of White Roses by Angelica Cheri, The Right Reverend Dupree in Exile by Jackie Alexander, Maid's Door by Cheryl Davis, along with NCBRC's celebrated annual Christmas production of Black Nativity. (more...)

Here They Come! Meet the Cast of MOTOWN, Returning to Broadway Tonight
by Meet the Cast - Jul 12, 2016

Motown the Musical returns to Broadway tonight, Tuesday, July 12 at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41Street) for a strictly limited 18-week-only engagement through Sunday, November 13, 2016. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch highlights from the original production below! (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Arena Stage announces the full cast and creative team for BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY, the heartwarming true story of six-time Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans' journey to fame. (more...)

BWW Review: Langston Hughes' BLACK NATIVITY Portrays Christmas Gospel through Poetry and Soul
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Dec 8, 2016

Black Arts MKE presents their joyous and triumphant 2nd annual version of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity first produced in 1961. Numerous theaters throughout America remount the production every year to celebrate the holiday season with an all African American cast. At Wilson Theater in Vogel Hall, Malkia Stampley directs an all star cast of 18 members including charming children and professional actors accompanied by live musicians under the music direction of Antoine Reynolds, along with drummer Taurus Adams and bass player Afton Johnson, while they dance to  Marvette Knight's rousing choreography. (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...)

TNC's 2016 Dream Up Festival to Present THE JOINT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival presents 'The Joint'. (more...)

Theatre Philadelphia Announces 2016 Barrymore Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Theatre Philadelphia has announced the nominees for the 2016 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. (more...)

Broadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Evelyn must follow her dreams ... by leaving her family. Come down for some hot times with THE JOINT at Theatre for The New City's Dream Up Festival this September. (more...)

BWW Preview: 2016-2017 Theatre Season Guide - Full of Promise - We Review, You Decide!
by Herbert Paine - Aug 15, 2016

A full and diverse menu of theatrical offerings for young and old and every persuasion is on tap for the 2016-2017 Season in the Phoenix region. It is reflective of the evolution of the performing arts in the Valley of the Sun. Lots ~ old and new, comforting and provocative, comedy and drama ~ for the savvy theatre-goer to see and assess. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Aug. 14
by Audition Roundup - Aug 14, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, August 14, 2016 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

Crossroads Theatre Company Announces 2016-17 season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

Crossroads Theatre Company will pay homage to the power, glory and struggles of women both famous and not in its upcoming 2016-17 season announced by Producing Artistic Director Marshall Jones III. (more...)

EDWIN, THE STORY OF EDWIN BOOTH to Bring Stage History Off-Broadway This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

For their inaugural offering, Great Circle Productions will present the world premiere of EDWIN, The Story of Edwin Booth, a dramatic musical that commemorates the 150th Anniversary (1866-2016) of the legendary actor's return to the stage, as well as the 400th Anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, with music by Marianna Rosett, and book & lyrics by Eric Swanson. (more...)

Azuka Theatre's Philadelphia Premiere of MOTH to Open in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

One night can change everything. Azuka Theatre's 16th season concludes with the Philadelphia Premiere of Declan Greene's Moth. Preview performances begin Wednesday, May 4th, with Opening Night on Saturday, May 7th at 7:00pm. (more...)

Stage & Screen Star Christine Baranski to Speak at Juilliard Commencement; Cicely Tyson Among Honorees
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

The Juilliard School will confer honorary doctorates on five remarkable artists during its 111th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 11 a.m. in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (Broadway at 65th Street, New York City). Christine Baranski will give Juilliard's Commencement Address. (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Recalls Her Disney Cruise Days with Performance of 'Circle of Life'
by TV News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Jennifer Hudson stopped by last night's DAILY SHOW to talk about taking on powerful female roles in the Broadway musical THE COLOR PURPLE and in the upcoming Clarence Thomas TV biopic CONFIRMATION. (more...)

Stew & Heidi Rodewald to Appear on Stage at The Public in Their New Musical THE TOTAL BENT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that Stew and Heidi Rodewald will perform live with the on-stage band for THE TOTAL BENT, playing the guitar and bass, respectively. With text by Stew and music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the team behind the Tony Award-wining musical Passing Strange, which premiered at The Public in 2003, this world premiere musical is directed by Joanna Settle. Performances begin Tuesday, May 10 and continue through Sunday, June 12, with an official press opening on Wednesday, May 25. (more...)

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