by Stage Tube - Jul 9, 2016

Today in 1981, the second Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof opened at the New York State Theatre, where it ran for 53 performances. Featuring music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, the story centers on Tevye, the father of five Daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. It spawned four Broadway revivals, a successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF DARK ALLEY at Le Petit Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2016

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, in partnership with Jackie Alexander Productions, presents the regional premiere of The High Priestess of Dark Alley, now through July 24, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

D. Y. Gilbert Releases 'Napoleon's History of Australia'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Researching her family genealogy and finding her father's diary led author D. Y. Gilbert to write 'Napoleon's History of Australia' (published by Xlibris AU). This book reveals history seen through the eyes of five generations. (more...)

BWW Interviews: A Chat With Bay Street Theatre's Scott Schwartz
by Melissa Giordano - Jul 7, 2016


Diane Arbus Exhibit to Feature More Than 100 Photographs of Most Influential Artists of the 20th Century at The Met Breuer, 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

As part of the inaugural season at The Met Breuer, diane arbus: in the beginning will open on July 12, featuring more than 100 photographs that together will redefine one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. This landmark exhibition will highlight never-before-seen early work of Diane Arbus (1923-71), focusing on the first seven years of her career, from 1956 to 1962-the period in which she developed the idiosyncratic style and approach for which she has been recognized, praised, criticized, and copied the world over. (more...)

New Shows, New Stars Get Cooking at Food Network
by TV News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Food Network's development and production team is in full gear this summer with a slew of new series and specials making their way on air and into production and dozens of pilots and new faces in development. (more...)

ONE SLIGHT HITCH Set to Open at Totem Pole Playhouse 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania's premiere summer theatre located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, presents the local premiere of a new stage comedy from the comedic mind of Lewis Black, One Slight Hitch, running from July 9 through July 24. (more...)

Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival Sets 2016 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

 Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival (PWTF) announces the lineup for the second annual festival which includes staged readings, presented works, devised theatre, cabaret and comedy. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO Opens at Bay Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Bay Street Theater's THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, the Tony Award-winning play by Alfred Uhry, directed by Will Pomerantz, opened this past week. Bay Street Theater has also announced a special talkback on Tuesday, July 19, with guest speaker -- Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman of The Jewish Center of the Hamptons. The production runs now through July 24.  (more...)

CPT Announces New Fall Season - GROWN UP, MERRYVILLE and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

CPT heralds the arrival of a new season with a jam-packed line up designed to satiate all your innovative theatrical desires. With theatre/gig mash ups, MP rap battles, valiant attempts to smash the patriarchy, solve the housing crisis & sort out Europe, plus kids taking over the stage to lay down how it really is, this Autumn you won't want to be anywhere else. (more...)

VIDEO: So You Think You Can Bottle Dance? Take FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Tutorial
by Michael Dale - Jul 6, 2016

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's bottle dance during the first act's climactic wedding scene has become one of Broadway's most iconic dance moments. (more...)

Huntington Theatre Company's Annual Workshop Readings Set for 7/23-24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

The Huntington Theatre Company's annual Summer Workshop will start rehearsals on July 12 and conclude in public readings of three new plays on July 23 and 24, 2016. The workshop allows selected members of the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program two weeks to focus on developing new plays. The workshop and public readings will take place in the South End at the Huntington's Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. (more...)

Reuben Sparks Announces ONE COWRIE SHELL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

What can someone do when a loved one is sold to the highest bidder? How far can an ordinary person go to save them? In 'One Cowrie Shell,' retired Air Force veteran Reuben Sparks shares the story of a young African tribesman who fights his way to America to free the woman he loves from the grips of slavery - all while challenging the status quo of African tribal culture. (more...)

AMERICAN HORROR STORY to Return for 6th Installment on FX, 9/14
by TV News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

FX has set the premiere dates for two of the year's most anticipated new comedy series, ATLANTA and BETTER THINGS, as well as the return of the acclaimed and award-winning AMERICAN HORROR STORY for its sixth installment (more...)

LUCILLE BALL COMEDY FESTIVAL Celebrates 25th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

National Comedy Center, Inc., the cultural institution developing the first national visitor experience dedicated entirely to the celebration of comedy, celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, August 4th -7th, in Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, NY. (more...)

BWW Review: MSMT's FIDDLER Weaves a Rich Tapestry of Tradition, Tears, and Joy
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jul 22, 2016

Maine State Music Theatre's third 2016 main stage production is a cause for celebration! After twenty-one years, the beloved Bock-Harnick musical, Fiddler on the Roof returns to the Pickard stage in a monumental production directed and choreographed by Gary John LaRosa, that stunningly weaves a rich and joyous tapestry of laughter, tears, and joy. Maintaining its perfect dramatic and emotional equipoise, this Fiddler on the Roof travels between tradition and change, monumental events and mastery of detail. (more...)

Photo Flash: Australian Ballet Presents CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

The world's favourite fairy-tale is brought to life by The Australian Ballet in acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky's energetic production, bubbling with humour and set to Prokofiev's divinely romantic score. (more...)

Fall in Love with the Award Winning Musical, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA in Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Winner of six TONY Awards including Best Original Score, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA is set to romance Melbourne audiences this year when it opens at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse for 2 weeks only from 28th October. Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster on Thursday 28th July. (more...)

TV One Greenlights Third Season of Hit Docu-Series RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

TV One has announced the third season renewal of the heartwarming comedic docu-series RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL. (more...)

BWW Blog: Michael Hartung - Photos Make Tech Week Look So Glamorous
by Guest Blogger: Michael Hartung - Jul 20, 2016

You guys. Today our day off. I don't know if I've ever been more thankful to not have to set an alarm in the morning. Granted, I'll be honest in saying that's not the first time I've ever uttered those words, but it's been a long week of tech and previews here at PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Barrington Stage. As I write this, I am sitting outside in a rocking chair (how Berkshires of me, I know), sucking on a Manuka honey lozenge (my dressing-room-mate, Alex Gibson turned me on to them...he's so fancy) and sipping on a nice glass of water. That is how long of a week it's been! So long that I'm drinking water instead of whiskey and about to make myself an Epsom salt bath.  (more...)

Starz Greenlights Fourth and Final Season of BLACK SAILS
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Starz announced today that the fourth season of the Emmy®-winning Original series BLACK SAILS will bring fans to the heroic conclusion of the Treasure Island prequel. (more...)

Erasing the Distance presents THROUGH MY DAUGHTER'S EYES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Erasing the Distance continues its 2016 PopUp Series with: The world premiere of THROUGH MY DAUGHTER'S EYES, THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY! Friday, August 19 at 8:00pm and Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm and 8:00pm. Mankind Project, 1900 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door. To purchase tickets, visit (more...)

THE BARDY BUNCH Announces Cast for Chicago Run at the Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, is excited to announce casting for its limited engagement in Chicago, September 15 through November 27, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. (more...)

Lewis Black's ONE SLIGHT HITCH Onstage Now at Totem Pole Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania's premiere summer theatre located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, presents the local premiere of a new stage comedy from the comedic mind of Lewis Black, One Slight Hitch, running now through July 24. (more...)

by TV News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

BGC looks to social media divas for its newest crop of Bad Girls as these insta-famous ladies move into the mansion on BAD GIRLS CLUB: SOCIAL DISRUPTION premiering Tuesday, September 20 at 8PM ET/PT on Oxygen. (more...)

Breaking News: Sunrise, Sunset... FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Sets Winter Closing on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has just announced that it will play its final performance on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. At the time of closing, Fiddler on the Roof will have played a total of 464 performances. (more...)

freeFall Theatre Presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (in space)!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

 freeFall once again brings Gilbert and Sullivan to Tampa Bay audiences with a hilarious new adaptation of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE openingAugust 6 and running through September 4. (more...)

The Yard Presents Sandglass Theater; Family Friendly Matinee of PUNSCHI
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Two second generation performers and puppeteers present their children's entertainment program, Punschi, featuring hand puppets, a miniature circus, and music that is fun for the whole family. The performance consists of two pieces originally conceived by Ines Zeller Bass, Co-founder of Sandglass Theater, now performed by her Daughters, Jana Zeller and Shoshana Bass. (more...)

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Makes True Love Merry at Door Shakespeare
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jul 18, 2016

'The course of true love never did run smooth' quotes William Shakespeare in his popular comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Door Shakespeare heightens that famous line in this rousing, high energy romp at Bjorklunden Garden in Baileys Harbor this summer. Former Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director and Door County resident Joseph Hanreddy personally stamps Shakespeare's forest fairies and lover's magic with an inventive blend of mayhem that includes some countryfied music for the audience's pleasure. (more...)

Suzanne Clement Stars in EDGE OF MARLENE, On DVD/VOD 9/20
by Movies News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Breaking Glass Pictures will release the Canadian dark comedy EDGE OF MARLENE to U.S. audiences on September 20. (more...)

Johnroy Messick Releases STOP THE FUELISHNESS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The United States is the world's largest consumer of fossil fuels, and at the world's current usage rates, fossil fuels will not last for the coming generations. (more...)

Country Music Hall of Fame Member Bonnie Brown Dies at 77
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2016

Bonnie Brown Ring, one-third of one of Country Music's most enduring family groups as a member of The Browns, passed away on July 16th at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas following complications from lung cancer. (more...)

BWW Interview: Growth, Change, and Empathy: Bill Nolte Muses on FIDDLER and Art
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jul 15, 2016

'It's all about growing and being willing to change…about people finding a way to look at things from both sides and learn to empathize.' The soft-spoken man sitting opposite me thoughtfully answers my question about the universality of the musical theatre piece in which he stars, Fiddler on the Roof. There is a gentle, heartfelt quality to all his comments, and one understands immediately why Bill Nolte makes an ideal Tevye. The Broadway actor, singer, and visual artist makes his Maine State Music Theatre debut on July 20 in a part he has played twice before, and he waxes eloquent about the experience in Maine and his reunion with director/choreographer Gary John LaRosa and many of the veteran cast members. (more...)

Paines Plough Announces the Return of its Earlier/Later Roundabout Programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016


Breaking News: Heidi Blickenstaff & Emma Hunton Will Lead FREAKY FRIDAY at DC's Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Heidi Blickenstaff (Broadway's Something Rotten!) and Emma Hunton (Broadway's Spring Awakening) are set to star as mother and daughter in the world premiere production of the new musical Freaky Friday at Signature Theatre. The musical, based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films and developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres, features a book byBridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. This premiere production will be directed byChristopher Ashley with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Freaky Friday will run from October 4 - November 13 in Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre. Further casting and creative team members will be announced in the coming months. (more...)

VIDEO: A Certain Seawitch Lurks in DESCENDANTS 2 Teaser!
by TV News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

The imaginative story about the teenage sons and Daughters of Disney's infamous villains will continue in DESCENDANTS 2, a Disney Channel Original Movie set to begin production this summer for a 2017 premiere. Get a look at the first teaser for the project below! (more...)

MITF 2016 to Kick Off with Two Dozen Plays in Two Days
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The Midtown International Theatre Festival 2016 will open with two dozen plays in two days in the MITF Short Play Lab, culminating with the opening of Midtown Variety Jewel Box, 312 W. 36th Street. (more...)

Terlato Wines Pops the Top on Seven Daughters Wines in Cans
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Terlato Wines today announced the launch of two of its Seven Daughters wines in fun, portable, pop-top cans. This represents a major growth opportunity for the popular Millennial female-focused brand in a category dominated by value-priced wines. (more...)

New Cookbook Shares Recipes from the Speed Family of Farmington
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

How hot is a 'low oven'? How much butter is 'the size of a walnut?' Several members of the Corn Island Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) found out when they transformed a stack of heritage recipes into a new cookbook to benefit Farmington Historic Plantation in Louisville. The recipes-many of them well over 100 years old-were collected by Nell Speed Ream, the great-granddaughter of John Speed, who built Farmington. (The plantation is best known for Abraham Lincoln's three-week visit in 1841.) One of Nell Speed Ream's descendants recently offered use of the recipes to Farmington. Corn Island NSDAR, which had selected Farmington as a historic preservation project, offered to create a cookbook. A committee was formed to head the project; volunteers tested and updated the recipes; a local print-on-demand publisher offered her expertise to design the book; local publisher R. C. Linnell Publishing provided book design services and a local graphic designer developed the cover pro bono-it was a true community effort. Readers of Speed Family Heritage Recipes will find recipes for salt-rising bread, transparent pie, fritters, and eggnog served by James Speed during his term as attorney general in Lincoln's second administration. The book also includes a short history of Farmington and brief profiles of the women who developed and served these dishes so long ago. Heritage Recipes is currently available on About Corn Island NSDAR: Corn Island NSDAR, organized in 2012, is the city's newest chapter. The chapter's missions are historic preservation, veterans' issues, women's issues, and genealogy. About Farmington Historic Plantation: John and Lucy Fry Speed founded Farmington, a hemp plantation, in 1816. Farmington, with its connection to Lincoln and its 14-room Federal-style brick home, is a popular attraction in the city. It is now part of Historic Homes of Louisville. Members of the cookbook committee are available for media interviews. (more...)

New Book Shares 'Napoleon's History of Australia'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Researching her family genealogy and finding her father's diary led author D. Y. Gilbert to write 'Napoleon's History of Australia' (published by Xlibris AU). This book reveals history seen through the eyes of five generations. (more...)

Kretzer Piano Music Foundation Announces PHYSICIANS TALENT SHOWCASE, 8/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

West Palm Beach, FL – July 7, 2016)  The Kretzer Piano Music Foundation today announced the Talent Roster for the 5th annual PHYSICIANS TALENT SHOWCASE (PTS) that will be held at The Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Obsidian Theater to Present EL NOGALAR
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

A bold reimagining of Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, EL NOGALAR explores social class, family, identity and the choice between adapting to a changing world or getting left behind. (more...)

Chris Tomlin & Pat Barrett Pen First Children's Book, GOOD GOOD FATHER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Chris Tomlin, Christian worship leader and Grammy and Dove award-winning music artist, has written songs that are sung by more people on a weekly basis than any other songwriter in the world. Now, his most recent single and K-LOVE 'Song of the Year,' Good Good Father (written by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown), lends inspiration to the children's picture book of the same name, available Oct. 4, 2016. This delightful story is Tomlin's first book for children, co-written with Pat Barrett, and will leave little ones with a greater understanding of who God is and of who they are because they are loved by Him. Good Good Father will be published in partnership between Tommy Nelson and Passion Publishing. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Playlab NYC is proud to present Humorously Horrendous Haunted Hideaway as part of the 20th Annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC.  We are thrilled that this will be our fifth presentation at FringeNYC, and Playlab NYC will bring back our love of puppetry and puns.  Haunted Hideaway is created for anyone who adores classic children's television and local Shock Theater horror hosts.   (more...)

Photo Flash: ALL SHOOK UP Celebrates Sold-Out Opening Night Gala at Laguna Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Subscribers, donors, supporters and celebrities attended the standing room only Opening Night Gala of the Laguna Playhouse's first show of its 2016-2017 Season, ALL SHOOK UP. This perfect family summertime, fun-time musical features a book by Joe DiPietro, musical direction by Jeff Biering, choreography by Paula Hammons Sloan and is directed by Steve Steiner. ALL SHOOK UP presents the fabulous music of Elvis Presley, along a story inspired by William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Scroll down for photos from the opening festivities! (more...)

BWW Review: Comparing Small Things To Great: NOT MEDEA at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jul 12, 2016

The great legends and myths have their roots in common human experience. Yet it is not always obvious which experience gives rise to them. Take the myth of Medea, the sorceress who aided the hero Jason and who, when Jason cast her aside to make a politically expedient marriage, murdered their two sons. Only part of the story is commonplace: the part about Medea being cast aside. We all know (if we are not ourselves) women (and men) whose spouses have deserted them and left them heartbroken. Few of us, however, know parents, and especially mothers, who have murdered their children for that reason. Nor is it fair to trace the roots of the myth to occasional feelings of 'wanting to kill' Junior; those feelings are seldom serious to begin with, and almost always transient. (more...)

BWW Review: RING OF FIRE, Johnny Cash Jukebox Musical, Delights at Porthouse
by Roy Berko - Jul 11, 2016

Johnny Cash, 'The Man in Black,' was noted as a somber singer of such songs as 'I Walk the Line,' 'If I Were a Carpenter,' and 'Ring of Fire.' The latter was chosen as the title for Richard Maltby, Jr.'s jukebox musical, now on stage at Porthouse Theatre, which loosely centers on the trials and tribulations of Cash's life. While not autobiographical, per se, there is enough of the tale of the man to gain an understanding of Cash, his music, his strong belief in social causes, and his personal problems. (more...)

Elizabeth Berg to Launch Raue Center's 2016-17 'Artful Women' Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Raue Center For The Arts is excited to announce the 2016/2017 Season of Artful Women. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tradition, Tradition . . . and Innovation: Gary John La Rosa Directs FIDDLER at MSMT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jul 11, 2016

'This is like a real homecoming. The last time I worked at Maine State Music Theatre was in 1995, and it was also Fiddler on the Roof,' says nationally acclaimed director-choreographer Gary John LaRosa. La Rosa, who is widely considered one of the reigning authorities on the beloved 1964 Bock-Harnick bitter-sweet musical about Russian Jews confronting a changing world, has in his own words, 'literally done dozens' of Fiddler productions throughout his vibrant, busy career. 'I've actually stopped counting,' he says with a smile, though we note that among all these, he staged the 50th anniversary Fiddler gala on Broadway, as well as at least four of these won prestigious theatre awards and nominations. This month he finds himself in Brunswick, Maine, directing a thirty-six person cast in MSMT's third main stage show of the 2016 season. (more...)

Sharon Hendrix Releases Her Retro-Summertime Fun 'Frazzelmatic' Video
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

After years of working just 20 feet from stardom Sharon “Muffy” Hendrix has stepped into the spotlight. (more...)

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