BWW Review: Kicking at the Hippodrome: Nearly Perfect KINKY BOOTS
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Sep 30, 2015

That you're going to have a wonderful time at Kinky Boots is something I don't have to tell you. If you're a theatergoer with a pulse, you'll have heard about the musical's great success (six Tonys, two-and-a-half years on Broadway). And you'll probably know that it was crafted from a movie that was itself all but a perfect musical, but for the absence of dedicated songs. You'll also know that Kinky Boots' book is by Harvey Fierstein and the songs by Cyndi Lauper. With credentials like that, it would be inconceivable that the result could be other than bliss. All the rest is simply a bunch of details. (more...)

STRAIGHT SHOOTING, THE GENERAL and More Set for Music Box's Silent Cinema Series, Fall 2013
by Movies News Desk - Sep 3, 2013

This fall, Music Box Theatre's monthly Second Saturday Silent Cinema series screens a trio of excellent matinées. John Ford's remarkable first picture Straight Shooting - a Western, naturally - bows September 14, followed by Buster Keaton's must-see masterpiece The General on October 12 and the stop-motion sci-fi classic The Lost World on November 9. Named by Chicago magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011 and hailed by the Chicago Reader's J.R. Jones as one of the best movie matinée series in the city, the Silent Cinema Series is presented the second Saturday of each month at noon. All films are shown authentically in 35mm at proper silent film speed and aspect ratio with live accompaniment by Dennis Scott at the Music Box theatre organ. (more...)

STRAIGHT SHOOTING, THE GENERAL and More Set for Music Box's Silent Cinema Series, Fall 2013
by Movies News Desk - Sep 14, 2013

This fall, Music Box Theatre's monthly Second Saturday Silent Cinema series screens a trio of excellent matinees. John Ford's remarkable first picture Straight Shooting - a Western, naturally - bows today, September 14, followed by Buster Keaton's must-see masterpiece The General on October 12 and the stop-motion sci-fi classic The Lost World on November 9. Named by Chicago magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011 and hailed by the Chicago Reader's J.R. Jones as one of the best movie matinee series in the city, the Silent Cinema Series is presented the second Saturday of each month at noon. All films are shown authentically in 35mm at proper silent film speed and aspect ratio with live accompaniment by Dennis Scott at the Music Box theatre organ. (more...)

DON'T HUG ME, WE'RE MARRIED Begins Tomorrow at Lonny Chapman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

The Group Rep presents the world premiere musical comedy Don't Hug Me, We're Married with book and lyrics by Phil Olson, music by Paul Olson, directed by Doug Engalla, choreography by Stan Mazin, and produced by Laura Coker for the Group Rep. The fifth in the popular Don't Hug Me series of musicals is set for a limited run, October 3rd through November 15th, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in the NoHo Theatre and Arts District - North Hollywood, CA. (more...)

Interview: Charlotte Wakefield On 2015's S&S Award Gala!
by Carrie Dunn - Oct 19, 2015

Olivier award winners Nigel Harman, Janie Dee and nominee Charlotte Wakefield will take leading roles in this year's glittering S&S Award Gala, an annual celebration of new musical theatre, at St James Theatre on Sunday 15th November at 5.30pm. (more...)

STRAIGHT SHOOTING, THE GENERAL and More Set for Music Box's Silent Cinema Series, Fall 2013
by Movies News Desk - Oct 12, 2013

This fall, Music Box Theatre's monthly Second Saturday Silent Cinema series screens a trio of excellent matinees. John Ford's remarkable first picture Straight Shooting - a Western, naturally - bows September 14, followed by Buster Keaton's must-see masterpiece The General today, October 12 and the stop-motion sci-fi classic The Lost World on November 9. (more...)

Taylor Mac's HIR Extends Again at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2015

Due to critical acclaim and popular demand, Playwrights Horizons has announced a second extension of their New York premiere production of HIR, a new play by Obie Award-winning theater artist Taylor Mac (A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, The Lily's Revenge, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac, The Young Ladies Of). (more...)

STRAIGHT SHOOTING, THE GENERAL and More Set for Music Box's Silent Cinema Series, Fall 2013
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2013

This fall, Music Box Theatre's monthly Second Today Silent Cinema series screens a trio of excellent matinées. John Ford's remarkable first picture Straight Shooting - a Western, naturally - bows September 14, followed by Buster Keaton's must-see masterpiece The General on October 12 and the stop-motion sci-fi classic The Lost World on November 9. Named by Chicago magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011 and hailed by the Chicago Reader's J.R. Jones as one of the best movie matinée series in the city, the Silent Cinema Series is presented the second Today of each month at noon. All films are shown authentically in 35mm at proper silent film speed and aspect ratio with live accompaniment by Dennis Scott at the Music Box theatre organ. (more...)

Confirmed: BLITHE SPIRIT To Star Lansbury, Dee and Edwards
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

Returning to the London stage for the first time in nearly 40 years the inimitable Angela Lansbury reunites with acclaimed director Michael Blakemore to reprise her Tony award-winning Broadway performance as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Opening at the Gielgud Theatre on 18 March 2014, with previews from 1 March, this new production of Noel Coward's sharp comedy of social mores will also star Janie Dee and Charles Edwards. (more...)

Janie Dee, Helen Lederer and More Sit 'In Front of the Mirror' with Tim McArthur on THE CURTAIN UP SHOW, Nov 16-Dec 7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2012

Following on from the success of the second series of The Curtain Up Show on Resonance 104.4fm, Tim McArthur will be joined in the studio over the next four weeks by four stars of stage and screen for a revealing discussion about their career to date. (more...)

BWW Review: Pain and Humor in SONS OF THE PROPHET at Theater J
by Roger Catlin - Nov 24, 2015

It's not easy to maintain a balance in dark comedy. (more...)

Harry Melling, Janie Dee & More to Lead HAND TO GOD in the West End; Opening Night Set!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

After its phenomenal run on and off Broadway, the critically acclaimed five times Tony award nominated play 'Hand to God' (including Best New Play and Best Director) is making its way to London's West End and will open at the Vaudeville Theatre in early 2016.  Previews start on 5 February, press night is 15 February. (more...)

Rebecca Benson, Cristian Ortega & More to Star in LET THE RIGHT ONE IN at St. Ann's Warehouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

St. Ann's Warehouse has announced the cast of the upcoming American Premiere of the National Theatre of Scotland's Let the Right One In, adapted by Jack Thorne from John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel and screenplay, and helmed by Director John Tiffany and Associate Director/Movement Steven Hoggett. Rebecca Benson will return to the role of the vampire girl next door, which she originated in Dundee and then played at the Royal Court and on the West End to critical acclaim. Cristian Ortega will play opposite her as Oskar, the bullied boy Eli befriends. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Prepare Ye for GODSPELL in Fox Chapel
by Greg Kerestan - May 8, 2015

What better show for a community theatre than a show about theatre... and community? (more...)

BWW Reviews: Dramatic License Production's Funny Presentation of THE NERD
by Chris Gibson - May 13, 2014

I would've written about Dramatic License Production's presentation of playwright Larry Shue's THE NERD sooner, but my computer crashed. Not once, but twice. It's fixed with the help of some technical assistance, but some things got lost in the process. Kind of like how I've generally felt about most productions of THE NERD that I've seen. The number is astounding since it's a community theatre staple, and yet none have really made me laugh. That's what makes DLP's staging so intriguing and entertaining. I'm finally seeing the play done justice by a sharp cast and finely tuned direction that allows the humor to shine through. So, this is another one of those times where my opinion is that you may have thought you'd seen the play before, but you really haven't. (more...)

Theatre Under The Trees to Bring TWELFTH NIGHT to Local Parks
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Theatre Under The Trees is turning back time to the early 1920s with this year's show.  William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is a play that mixes mirth and merriment in near perfect proportions, so setting it in the lull after World War I and before the Roaring 20s seems a good fit. (more...)

Open Air Theatre's THE SEAGULL Announces Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced full casting for Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, which begins rehearsals today, Monday 11 May. Celebrated as one of the most important plays of the nineteenth century, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre have commissioned a new version by Torben Betts to mark the 120th Anniversary of Chekhov's original play. The Seagull will run at the iconic theatre from 19 June - 11 July. (more...)

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Announces Cast of THE SEAGULL
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced full casting for Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, which begins rehearsals today, Monday 11 May. Celebrated as one of the most important plays of the nineteenth century, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre have commissioned a new version by Torben Betts to mark the 120th Anniversary of Chekhov's original play. The Seagull will run at the iconic theatre from 19 June - 11 July. (more...)

The Human Race Theatre Announces the Lineup for the 2013 Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2013

The Human Race Theatre Company's commitment to the creation of new works takes center stage with its summer Festival of New Musicals. Producing Artistic Director Kevin Moore has selected two works by artists familiar to Human Race audiences to headline the sixth annual event-The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes and Guarding Gold Street. The productions perform in The Loft Theatre over the course of the three-day festival, the culmination of a two-week-long workshop process in which writers get the chance to further develop their musicals with the help of professional actors, then see the shows performed in staged readings. (more...)

MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS & More Set for Theatre Royal Bath's 2015 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

The Theatre Royal Bath has announced its 2015 Summer Season, 1st July - 5th September, comprising three productions and starring Anita Dobson, Stephanie Cole and Janie Dee. (more...)

Meet the Full Cast of Larry David's FISH IN THE DARK, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 5, 2015

FISH IN THE DARK, the new comedy written by and starring Larry David, is running for an 18-week limited engagement through Sunday, June 7 at the Cort Theatre. Opening night is tonight, March 5. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch highlights from the play! (more...)

Second Thought Theatre to Stage THE GREAT GOD PAN This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Second Thought Theatre follows acclaimed production of Martyr with THE GREAT GOD PAN as the second show of its 2016 season. (more...)

Bergen County Players to Present ENCHANTED APRIL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Bergen County Players, NJACT's 2015 Community Theatre of the Year, continues its 83rd season with Matthew Barber's Enchanted April. Directed by longtime member, Iris Weinhouse of Hillsdale, this romantic comedy will run from March 19, 2016 through April 16, 2016 at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell. Show times are 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $21 for evening performances and $17 for matinees. (more...)

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Mike Leigh's Biopic of Artist JMW Turner
by Movies News Desk - Mar 19, 2013

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to Mike Leigh's currently untitled biopic on the life of JMW Turner, often considered England's most renown artist. (more...)

Angela Lansbury, Janie Dee, and Charles Edwards Star in the Gielgud Theatre's BLITHE SPIRIT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Jemima Rooper, Sandra Dickinson, Simon Jones and Patsy Ferran join Janie Dee, Charles Edwards and Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, directed by Michael Blakemore. This new production of Noël Coward's sharp comedy of social mores opens at the Gielgud Theatre on 18 March 2014, with previews from 1 March. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, Opening Todayth
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Jemima Rooper, Sandra Dickinson, Simon Jones and Patsy Ferran join Janie Dee, Charles Edwards and Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, directed by Michael Blakemore. This new production of Noël Coward's sharp comedy of social mores opens at the Gielgud Theatre on 18 March 2014, with previews from 1 March. (more...)

Photo Flash: More Photos from Bay Street Theater's TRAVESTIES Released, Now Through 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2014

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce that the Tony award-winning comedy TRAVESTIES, by Tom Stoppard, is now on stage through July 20. The production is directed by Gregory Boyd. Tickets can be purchased online now at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500, 11 am to Showtime. For more information about Bay Street Theater log on to www.baystreet.org. (more...)

Drew Gasparini, Jeff LeBlanc & More Set for Joe's Pub this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2013

This week at Joe's Pub at the Public, July 29-August 4, the lineup will feature: Adam Matta, Drew Gasparini, River Whyless, Amy G and more! Details below! (more...)

Group Rep's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Begins 7/25
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

The Group Rep presents as their first production of their 41st Season Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire directed by L. Flint Esquerra, produced by Kellie Brook Malone for the Group Rep. This Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Considered to be one of the most remarkable plays of our time, the play solidified Tennessee Williams' position as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation. (more...)

Theatre Under The Trees to Present TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Theatre Under The Trees is turning back time to the early 1920's with this year's show. William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is a play that mixes mirth and merriment in near perfect proportions so setting it in the lull after World War I and before the Roaring 20's seems to be a good fit. (more...)

Riley Productions' THE REAL THING to Open 2/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

Riley Productions presents Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THING directed by Linda Alznauer at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City. In this witty take on love and marriage, Henry, a famous playwright, finds himself the star of his own real-life drama. He discovers that what he has written in his latest play seems to be happening in real life and is turning his world upside down. (more...)

UCSB Theater/Dance to Present THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, 2/13-21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

The Department of Theater/Dance at UC Santa Barbara and director Simon Williams presents a fresh take on Oscar Wilde's famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Among the funniest plays ever written, The Importance of Being Earnest is a heady cocktail of mistaken identity, young lovers, hilariously dated elders, high style and pithy social commentary - all reimagined for this production in the 1930s. The Importance of Being Earnest runs February 13 - 21, 2015 in the Performing Arts Theater on the UC Santa Barbara campus. (more...)

2013 IN PREVIEW: West End Stars' Theatre Tips, Part Two!
by BWW - Jan 2, 2013

We've asked some of our favourite West End stars what they're most looking forward to seeing in 2013! (more...)

Nicole Ferraro Brings Solo Show WHY SO MUCH SHAME? to FRIGID New York Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2016

WHY SO MUCH SHAME? a new solo show by Nicole Ferraro, will play five performances at Under St. Marks Theater as part of the FRIGID New York Festival. Through vivid storytelling, Nicole explores losing her father at six, trying to still get his attention, and how everything changed nearly 20 years later when she learned the truth about his death. (more...)

Clare Calbraith, Navin Chowdhry & More to Star in MULTITUDES at Tricycle Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announces the cast for her production of the world premiere of John Hollingworth's Multitudes - Clare Calbraith (Natalie), Navin Chowdhry (Kash), Salma Hoque (Khadira), Asif Khan (Julian/Shabir/Shafiq), Jacqueline King (Lyn), and Maya Sondhi(Rukhsana/Sam/Harpreet). (more...)

Harry Melling Leads HAND TO GOD, Beginning Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

After its phenomenal run on and off Broadway, the critically acclaimed five times Tony Award nominated play HAND TO GOD (including Best New Play and Best Director) is making its way to London's West End and will open at the Vaudeville Theatre beginning tonight 5 February, with press night set for 15 February 2016. (more...)

Janie Dee, Martin Marquez, George MacKay and More to Star in AH, WILDERNESS! at the Young Vic This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

According to the Daily Mail, Eugene O'Neill's AH, WILDERNESS! is coming to the Young Vic this spring, running April 12 through May 23, 2015. (more...)

Suzanne Bertish, Carson Elrod, Claire Karpen & More to Lead CSC's THE HEIR APPARENT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, will present David Ives' THE HEIR APPARENT, adapted from the play by Jean-Francois Regnard, beginning performances Friday, March 28 at CSC (136 East 13th Street). Directed by John Rando, THE HEIR APPARENT will feature Suzanne Bertish (Madame Argante), Carson Elrod (Crispin), Claire Karpen (Lisette), Amelia Pedlow (Isabelle), David Pittu (Scruple), Dave Quay (Eraste) and Paxton Whitehead (Geronte). The official press opening for THE HEIR APPARENT is Wednesday, April 9. The production will play at limited engagement through Sunday, May 4. (more...)

HAND TO GOD, Starring Harry Melling and Out-of-Control Puppet Tyrone, Opens Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

After its phenomenal run on and off Broadway, the critically acclaimed five times Tony Award nominated play HAND TO GOD (including Best New Play and Best Director) makes its way to London's West End officially opens at the Vaudeville Theatre tonight 15 February 2016. (more...)

UCSB Theater/Dance Present THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Now thru 2/21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

The Department of Theater/Dance at UC Santa Barbara and director Simon Williams presents a fresh take on Oscar Wilde's famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Among the funniest plays ever written, The Importance of Being Earnest is a heady cocktail of mistaken identity, young lovers, hilariously dated elders, high style and pithy social commentary - all reimagined for this production in the 1930s. The Importance of Being Earnest runs tonight, February 13 - 21, 2015 in the Performing Arts Theater on the UC Santa Barbara campus. (more...)

Janie Dee, Helen Lederer and More Sit 'In Front of the Mirror' with Tim McArthur on THE CURTAIN UP SHOW, Nov 16-Dec 7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2012

Following on from the success of the second series of The Curtain Up Show on Resonance 104.4fm, Tim McArthur will be joined in the studio over the next four weeks by four stars of stage and screen for a revealing discussion about their career to date. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: THE PANTO, The Cockpit Theatre, December 16 2013
by Alice Chappell - Dec 27, 2013

So it turns out that the remedy to the hideous tradition of pantomime is Jane Austen. While Austen's characteristically subtle repartee was replaced with camp, raucous humour, there was a sense of ironic wit throughout - and some universally understood 'in' jokes for any lit geek to revel in. (more...)

Review Roundup: Kid-Friendly Comedy NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3: THE SECRET OF THE TOMB Opens Today
by Movies News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

All of our favorite exhibits return in NIGHT AT THE MUSUEM 3: THE SECRET OF THE TOMB. (more...)

THE GAME'S AFOOT Set for Peninsula Players, 8/14-9/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2013

'The Game's Afoot,' a hilarious new whodunit from the master of comedy Ken Ludwig, begins performances August 14, 2013 at Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theater and Door County, Wisconsin's theatrical icon. 'The Game's Afoot,' has a three- week run with performances Tuesday through Sunday through Sept. 1, 2013. (more...)

THE GAME'S AFOOT Set for Peninsula Players, Now thru 9/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2013

'The Game's Afoot,' a hilarious new whodunit from the master of comedy Ken Ludwig, begins performances tonight, August 14, 2013 at Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theater and Door County, Wisconsin's theatrical icon. 'The Game's Afoot,' has a three- week run with performances Tuesday through Sunday through Sept. 1, 2013. (more...)

BWW Reviews: West End Player's Guild's Amusing Production of RX
by Chris Gibson - Apr 9, 2014

There's always a risk involved in becoming a test subject for a new drug. It's a necessary process for the pharmaceutical companies since it reveals the benefits and detriments of their latest discovery. But, the people who undertake these studies are often desperate for something that will help them, and there's a definite drive to see them succeed. But, at what costs? That's one of the questions playwright Kate Fodor explores in RX, a kind of romantic comedy that also touches on a serious subject matter. Though it remains a bit uneven in tone, it's likable and engaging as well. The current production by the West End Players Guild is certainly worth checking out, and provides plenty of food for thought. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Fusion Theatre Co. Presents HUMBLE BOY
by Anya Sebastian - Apr 29, 2013

I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the Fusion Theatre Company. Their productions are highly professional, well produced and consistently deliver good, solid theatrical entertainment. So it pains me considerably to have to say that HUMBLE BOY, which opened at the Cell Theatre on April 25, falls disappointingly short of the mark. (more...)

Tony Nominee Jennifer Westfeldt Joins MTC's THE EXPLORERS CLUB; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2013

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director), Barry Grove (Executive Producer), and Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) have announced full casting for the world premiere of THE EXPLORERS CLUB, the new play by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin, directed by Marc Bruni. (more...)

Hadley Fraser, Anna O'Byrne and More Set for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Concert This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2013

Alex Parker brings the award-winning and critically acclaimed Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC to the Yvonne Arnaud, in a special concert reading of the show on June 16. (more...)

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Announces Casting for PETER PAN, THE SEAGULL and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Casting for Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's 2015 production of J.M Barrie's Peter Pan has today been announced, with lead casting for The Seagull and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers also confirmed. The season opens for previews on 15 May. (more...)

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