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Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then heís offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.

Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama.

Killing my enemies is easy. The challenge is to change the way they think, to control their minds. And I think I controlled yours pretty well. In years to come, Iíll be able to say: Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody. Itís man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.

John Hodgeís blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny.

Following its successful run in the Cottesloe Theatre, Collaborators is transferring to the Olivier Theatre on April 30 for a limited run.

BWW Review: Powerful HOLY CONTRACT Reminds Us That We Can Stop, Even as It Encourages Us to Go
by David Fick - Oct 8, 2016

HOLY CONTRACT ends with a brief but powerful statement that compels us to reflect on our personal, social, political or artistic narratives. Sometimes it is essential to remember that we can stop, be present and decide whether we want to swim upstream or not, and HOLY CONTRACT is a potent reminder of our power as individual human beings. (more...)

Bergen Performing Arts Center Presents LINDA EDER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Linda Eder-Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at or Box Office at 201.227.1030. (more...)

The 5th Avenue Theatre's Second Annual NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals Launches This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Some of Seattle's most talented actors will be hard at work in collaboration with writers from around the country in the rehearsal halls of The 5th Avenue Theatre this month as the company's NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals launches its three week intensive development cycle this weekend. (more...)

Ryan Conarro Performs SAINTS OF FAILURE, 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Interdisciplinary theatre maker Ryan Conarro, who came to Gainesville from New York to direct the first show on GTA's Discovery Series last month, is completing his residency at GTA with a performance of a one-man show he has been developing: SAINTS OF FAILURE which will perform without charge for audiences Oct. 13-15 at UNG-Gainesville's Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood. (more...)

BWW Interview: Mark Cortale, with Seth Rudetsky, Presents Judy Kuhn in 'Broadway In New Orleans' Concert at NOCCA
by Heidi Scheuermann - Oct 6, 2016

Lucky for all of us here in New Orleans, Mark Cortale is again bringing his Broadway in New Orleans series to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) beginning tonight at 7:30pm.  The first concert of the 2016-2017 series features an actor/singer who you may know from any number of Broadway shows such as LES MISERABLES, SHE LOVES ME, and most recently FUN HOME.  Or, if you grew up in the 90s like me, you may know her as the barefoot running, Native American, Disney princess Pocahontas.  Is "Colors of the Wind" anyone else's go-to road trip jam? (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Georgica Pond, the highly anticipated new album from JOHNNYSWIM is exclusively streaming in full as part of NPR Music's First Listen series. (more...)

Get Creative This Columbus Day Weekend with Free ArtWeek Events
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

ArtWeek, an award-winning creative festival, kicked off its fall lineup on September 30 with more than 180 creative events happening now through October 9, including many free and affordable events over Columbus Day weekend. ArtWeek events can be found in more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. (more...)

Apply for The Drama League's 2017 Artist Residency Programs; Deadline Next Month!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

The Drama League today announced the launch of their 2017 Artist Residency Programs, opening applications to theatre directors and their Collaborators to create new plays, musicals, performance pieces, hybrid works, and devised theatre projects. (more...)

PBS's AMERICAN MASTERS Present Documentary 'Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You', 10/25
by TV News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Largely responsible for the explosion of bold American television in the 1970s, writer/producer Norman Lear's name is synonymous with the sitcom. (more...)

DANDY DARKLY'S MYTH MOUTH to Close London Horror Festival This October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

'New York City's King of Halloween' (Out Magazine) makes his London Horror Festival debut with his latest sinisterly sassy storytelling show fresh from a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Announcing the London premiere of Dandy Darkly's Myth Mouth! (more...)

Chuck Murphy releases 'Peace Be With You' EP & Joins Ultimate Vocal Music Summit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Having just released his 'Peace Be With You' EP, Chuck Murphy ( is teaming up with the Ultimate Vocal Music Summit ( to pay it forward with young aspiring musicians through education. (more...)

Theatre Professor Wins Embassy Grant to Produce Play on Violence in Pakistan
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Ithaca College Theatre Professor Kathleen has been awarded her second grant from the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan to produce a play that addresses the issue of violence in public spaces in Pakistan. Mulligan and her Collaborators will travel to Pakistan and work with a local theatre group, Theatre Wallay, to develop the play. The play will then be performed in both Pakistan and the U.S. While in the U.S., Theatre Wallay actors will gather information on Americans feelings' about violence in public spaces that will later be incorporated into the play. (more...)

BAM to Present Howard Fishman's A STAR HAS BURNT MY EYE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

A play with music, A Star Has Burnt My Eye is inspired by the extraordinary true story of Connie Converse. An unknown musician living in Greenwich Village in the early 1950s, Converse wrote and self-recorded original music-by turns beautiful, poetic, funny, and haunting-that was far ahead of its time. A quarter of a century later, long despairing of finding an audience for her art, Converse left goodbye letters that weren't quite suicide notes, and vanished. (more...)

Arcola Theatre Announces Winter Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

The Arcola Theatre today announced its Winter Season, with new plays by David Greig, Ron Hutchinson, Christina Lamb, Belarus Free Theatre, Christine Bacon, Sergio Blanco and Henry Naylor. (more...)

Annual PlayLabs Festival Runs October 17¬Ė23 at the Playwrights' Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

The Playwrights' Center's 45th anniversary season kicks off October 17 with PlayLabs, a week-long new play festival featuring Core Writers Christina Ham ('West of Central'), Susan Soon He Stanton ('we, the invisibles') and Ken Urban ('The Remains'). Tickets are free and can be reserved at (more...)

Akoustis Chief Materials Scientist to Present at IWN 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016


PREMIERES' INNER VOICES 2016 Will Be Filmed for NYPL for the Performing Arts Archive
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

PREMIERES, the New York-based music theater organization whose mission is 'to bring new music theater to light,' is sharing the success of this season's Inner Voices, the biannual series of solo works featuring new teams of playwrights and composers, now playing through October 29th at The TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street - between 8th & 9th Avenues). Recently announced as a Critic's Pick by The New York Times, this year's program will be filmed by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Theatre on Film and Tape Archive on Monday, October 24th. (more...)

Santa Barbara Symphony to Present Piano Masterpieces
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will perform two of the world's most cherished piano masterworks with the help of German-born virtuoso Markus Groh at the Granada Theatre on November 19 and 20. Mr. Groh will join Symphony Principal Natasha Kislenko for Mozart's exquisite Concerto for Two Pianos before tackling Tchaikovsky's famed Piano Concerto No 1. Ms. Kislenko will be the featured soloist for Manuel de Falla's lush and arresting Nights in the Gardens of Spain to open both concerts. Performances will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, November 19, and at 3 pm on Sunday, November 20. Tickets are now available.  (more...)

BWW Review: HAMILTON'S AMERICA is a Brilliant Film Worthy of its Subject
by Matt Tamanini - Oct 21, 2016

For nearly two years, all theatre lovers the world over, whether they'd seen the show or not, have understood that Hamilton is a deeply affecting, intelligently written, and surprisingly personal musical. Now, for fans who have seen Lin-Manuel Miranda's masterpiece, and for those who know it only through the cast recording, television appearances, and 'Hamilton: The Revolution,' PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES has delivered a documentary that is as affecting, intelligent, and personal as its subject. (more...)

UMass Amherst Launches Institute for Applied Life Sciences
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016


City Theatre to Host Playwright Steven Dietz in Mini-Residency
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

City Theatre is excited to welcome playwright Steven Dietz for a writing residency October 31-November 1, 2016. (more...)

Mad Jenny's LOVE UND GREED Returns to Pangea for One Night! 10/24
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Mad Jenny reprises 'Love und Greed' at Pangea on Monday October 24th at 9:30PM after a successful spring run. Mad Jenny's show is a richly appointed theatrical Weimar vaudeville filled with decadent enjoyment for the ears and eyes, shot with strong doses of fear, ennui and protest perfect for these times, called: (more...)

yMusic Performs World Premieres at Carnegie Hall This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

The six-member New York City-based ensemble yMusic, which has shown incredible virtuosity and versatility through genre-bending collaborations with both classical and mainstream artists, plays in Zankel Hall on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. Alongside works by alternative style pop musicians like Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens, and indie classical composers like Andrew Norman, Judd Greenstein, and Timo Andres, yMusic gives the world premiere performance of two works by MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its 125 Commissions Project. The group's program also includes the US premiere of Missy Mazzoli's new work, Ecstatic Science. (more...)

Inis Nua Theatre Revives Dublin by LAMPLIGHT by Michael West from November 9-20, 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Inis Nua Theatre Company will team up with Drexel University's Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP) to present a revival of Dublin by Lamplight by Michael West. Inis Nua's breakout hit from 2011 will be remounted with some familiar names, a grand two-level stage, and the talents of co-op students working side-by-side with the professional actors. Using commedia dell'arte make-up stylings and Storytellers theatre, the cast of six will portray 40 different characters in the fast-paced tale about the launch of the Irish National Theatre. Dublin by Lamplight runs November 9 to 20th at Drexel's Mandell Theater (3201 Chestnut Street). (more...)

BWW Interview: Playwright Howard Brenton On MAGNIFICENCE
by Marianka Swain - Oct 20, 2016

Renowned playwright Howard Brenton's work ranges from The Romans in Britain and Pravda to 55 Days and Drawing the Line. Now, his eerily resonant 1973 play Magnificence - featuring idealistic squatters, police brutality, slippery politicians and radicalisation - is being revived at Finborough Theatre, previewing from 25 October. (more...)

Cherry Jones to Make West End Debut in John Tiffany's THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Michael Esper, Brian J. Smith, and Kate O'Flynn
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

John Tiffany returns to the West End for the first time since the international critical hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, to bring his acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie to the Duke of York's Theatre for a limited season. (more...)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to Reunite with Pianist & Composer Fazil Say at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reunites with Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, following a highly successful collaborative New York and European tour in 2015. (more...)

Telemundo's SUELTA LA SOPA to Celebrate 3-Year Anniversary Week Beg. 10/24
by TV News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

TELEMUNDO's entertainment program SUELTA LA SOPA, which airs weekdays at 2pm/1c, celebrates its third anniversary on U.S. Hispanic television beginning Monday, October 24. (more...)

The Tapes Premiere New Single 'You Know It's Real'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Following their debut single 'At All' clocking almost 2 million plays, The Tapes share new single 'You Know It's Real' after premiering this week on triple j. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016


USC School of Dramatic Arts Announces New Musical Development Program
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

The USC School of Dramatic Arts and its dean, David Bridel, announce LiveRead@SDA, a new program created to cultivate and provide critical support for the creation of innovative and contemporary new musicals for the American theatre. (more...)

BWW TV: Betsy Morgan and Nicholas Rodriguez Sing 'If I Loved You' and More in Rehearsal for CAROUSEL at Arena Stage
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 19, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents Carousel, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Featuring Musical Direction by Paul Sportelli and Choreography by Parker Esse, Carousel runs October 28-December 24 in the iconic in-the-round Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has highlights of the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

Median Movement to Premiere FOR NORTH at CPR This December
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Center for Performance Research (CPR), an artist-driven organization co- founded by Jonah Bokaer Choreography and John Jasperse & Thin Man Dance, Inc. to support the development of new works in contemporary dance, will present for North, a new work by the Median Movement, from December 1-3, 2016. (more...)

Broadway Performers Experiment on FRANKENSTEIN This Halloween
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Smith Street Stage, the NYIT Award-Winning theatre company, is presenting The Frankenstein Project, an evening of experimental, collaborative, and original adaptations of Mary Shelley's classic novel. A group of actors, directors, and designers will use segments of the Frankenstein story as inspiration in initiating an original, short piece of theater. These individual pieces will be brought together by Smith Street Stage to render a new creation, our own Frankenstein's monster, in the form of a daring and artist-driven reinterpretation of the classic horror tale. (more...)

The Museum of Jewish Heritage Announces Winter Programming
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

The November through January 1 programming schedule at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust has been announced. Highlights are: (more...)

SeqLL Launches Early Access Program for New true Single Molecule Sequencing (tSMS) Benchtop System
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016


High Concept Labs Calls for Artists for Spring 2017
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

High Concept Labs (HCL) announces a call for artists and collectives to take part in its Sponsored Artist Program during HCL's Spring 2017 Season, March 1 through June 30, 2017. (more...)

Brooklyn Ballet Presents THE BROOKLYN NUTCRACKER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Brooklyn Ballet, a unique and interdisciplinary dance company rooted in the classical idiom, presents the premiere of The Brooklyn Nutcracker, December 7-9 and 11 at the Brooklyn Museum. A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today's audience. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. (more...)

Vancouver DanceWorks Kicks Off 39th Season With MADE IN CHINA, 10/21-10/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

DanceWorks, Toronto's longest running contemporary dance series, proudly kicks off the first show of its 39th Season with the return of Vancouver's Wen Wei Dance. The company brings the Toronto premiere of their latest acclaimed interdisciplinary work, Made in China, to Harbourfront Centre Theatre as part of the NextSteps series. The performance runs for two nights only: Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22, at8pm. Tickets are now on sale. (more...)

New York Live Arts to Present Latest Piece by Gillian Walsh
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

New York Live Arts presents choreographer Gillian Walsh and her latest piece xgzdiiiiiicdiirrwjfffffffff (pronounced grief), commissioned by New York Live Arts and presented through its Live Feed creative residency program. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - Nicholas Rodriguez and Betsy Morgan in Costume for CAROUSEL at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents Carousel, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Featuring Musical Direction by Paul Sportelli and Choreography by Parker Esse, Carousel runs October 28-December 24 in the iconic in-the-round Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the leading couple in costume below! (more...)

Emily Skinner to Star in Reimagined INTO THE WOODS at TUTS; Robert Longbottom to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

In a monumental move, Tony Award nominee Robert Longbottom will serve as director and choreographer for a newly conceptualized production of Into The Woods at Theatre Under The Stars this holiday season. (more...)

JOHNNYSWIM's GEORGICA POND Debuts at No. 5 on iTunes Top Albums Chart
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Georgica Pond, the latest album from beloved singing-songwriting duo JOHNNYSWIM, is out today via Big Picnic Records. The album, which debuts at #5 on Top Albums and #1 on Singer-Songwriter iTunes charts, is receiving widespread critical acclaim. (more...)

Complete Book and Lyrics for David Bowie's LAZARUS to be Published Alongside London Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Leading theatre publisher Nick Hern Books is to publish the complete book and lyrics to Lazarus, the stunning musical by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, alongside its London premiere. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016


11th Annual Rough Readings Series Launches With ALL FALL DOWN by Lisa Ramirez
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Playwrights Foundation and the National Center for New Plays at Stanford begin the 2016/17 Rough Reading Series on October 24 & 25 with early draft  readings of ALL FALL DOWN by Lisa Ramirez (PF Resident Playwright), on Monday, Monday, October 24 - 7:30 pm at Stanford and Tuesday, October 25 - 2:00 pm at Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco. (more...)

The Living Earth Show to Return to New York City After Three Years
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

The Living Earth Show - a Bay Area new music initiative comprised of electric guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson - will release its sophomore album Dance Music October 28 on New Amsterdam Records.  To celebrate the album, the group will perform in New York City on October 21 at National Sawdust. (more...)

Tom Hanks to Receive 'Hollywood Actor Award' at 20th Annual HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS
by Movies News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks will be honored with the 'Hollywood Actor Award' for his performance in critically acclaimed 'Sully' at the 20th Annual 'Hollywood Film Awards.' (more...)

BWW Review: Alan Menken Debuts Fresh Retrospective Concert at Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 10, 2016

The prolific eight-time Academy Award-winning composer---perhaps best known for his decades of unforgettable work in several landmark Disney animated musicals---was on hand to unveil a world premiere concert entitled 'A WHOLE NEW WORLD WITH ALAN MENKEN' on September 30, 2016 at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Part cabaret concert, part one-man retrospective story time/show-and-tell, this 'trial' showcase, he hoped, would serve as the springboard for what is to become a series of similar concerts celebrating his enviable career thus far. (more...)

POLICA and s t a r g a z e to Continue Liquid Music Series in Saint Paul
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

On Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:00pm at The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series and The Current present POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e: Music for the Long Emergency, the culmination of Liquid Music's first Virtual Residency. (more...)

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