Acclaimed Stage Play SISTER CITIES to Make Television World Premiere on Lifetime
by TV News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Based on the internationally-acclaimed stage play of the same name written by Colette Freedman, SISTER CITIES will make its television world premiere Saturday, September 17 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. (more...)

Production of Season Two of TLC's OUTDAUGHTERED Now Underway
by TV News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

After welcoming home the only all-female set of quintuplets in the country and adjusting to their new normal, Danielle and Adam Busby are returning to TLC for a second season of OUTDAUGHTERED, slated to premiere in November. (more...)

The Center Announces NY Times Bestselling Author Ann Patchett and Emmy Award-Winning Chef Mario Batali for Book Discussion, 9/22 and 10/27; Pops Season Also Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Today, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (The Center) announced the addition of two exciting literary events for this Fall in partnership with Copperfield's Books.  On Thursday September 22, 2016 at 7 p.m., the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author behind “Bel Canto,” Ann Patchett, comes to Santa Rosa for an intimate evening to discuss her latest novel, “Commonwealth.” On Thursday October 27, 2016 at 7 p.m., award-winning chef and Emmy Award-winning host of ABC's “The Chew”,Mario Batali, joins audiences at The Center to discuss his latest and most ambitious cookbook to date, “Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA.”The Center also announced today that single tickets for the previously announced 2016-2017 Symphony Pops Series and Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series will be available on Friday, August 12 at noon. (more...)

BLOC Productions Presents FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Rehearsals are once again well underway for Bristol's own multi award-winning production company, BLOC Productions, as they get ready to perform the inspiring musical Fiddler on the Roof at The Bristol Hippodrome this October. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FRACTURE Keeps Us Guessing in Bathroom Drama at Old Fitz Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Aug 8, 2016

Something terrible has happened. By the time you realise it's still happening, you will be too drawn into what seems like the closest thing to normal each of three housemates can enjoy. In Lucy Clements' quick-and-the-dead script, secure comprehension is slippery in the audience's grasp, which her doubling as director continually turns the tables through the latest late show at Old Fitz. Dark yet endearing, Fracture fits splendidly, although surreptitiously, into their edgy canon of Australian stories. (more...)

Wall Productions Presents Third and Final Run of MOTHER LODE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

?After staging the  in-repertory production of the World Premiere of Mother Lode by Artistic Director Virginia Wall Gruenert (Shaken & Stirred, Without Ruth) in January of 2016, off the WALL productions now is presenting the third and final run. (more...)

DAUGHTERS OF TROY to Mix Theatre and Visual Art on Governors Island
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Daughters of Troy was granted a week long residency on Governors Island in New York through Barton Booth's MAKE ROOM initiative. (more...)

Scoop: 20/20 on ABC - Friday, August 5, 2016
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MTC Kicks Off 50th Season with AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

Marin Theatre Company opens its 50th Anniversary Season with Tracy Letts' August: Osage County. The play debuted at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, IL, moving directly to Broadway in 2007. (more...)

BWW Review: The MUNY's Wonderfully Special Production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by Chris Gibson - Aug 4, 2016

Set during a period of great turmoil just prior to the Russian revolution (1905), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a joyous celebration of life in times of uncertainty. Most versions I've seen have been scaled down considerably, focusing on the more intimate scenes. That's certainly not the case here. The MUNY's spectacular production gives us the full breadth and scope of Joseph Stein, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock's thoughtful and heart warming take on themes of family and tradition. Anchored by a particularly strong cast and top notch staging this, is quite simply, perfection! (more...)

Playwright Philip Dawkins' Family History Brought to Life in THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH at Greenhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave ) and Sideshow Theatre Company present the world premiere of "The Happiest Place on Earth," written by and starring Joseph Jefferson Award-winning playwright and Sideshow Artistic Associate Philip Dawkins and directed by Sideshow Artistic Director Jonathan L. Green.  The show runs Sept. 17 - Oct. 23 with the press opening on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.  (more...)

GYPSY to Open MTC MainStage's 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre company, will open its 30th Anniversary Season with a revamped production of "Gypsy." The season-opener will run September 9-25. (more...)

Popular TV Personality Carolina Sandoval Returns to Telemundo's SUELTA LA SOPA, 8/29
by TV News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Carolina Sandoval returns to Telemundo's SUELTA LA SOPA beginning Monday, August 29 at 2 pm/1c. (more...)

Melissa Errico to Return to Feinstein's/54 Below with FUNNY! I'M A WOMAN WITH CHILDREN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Tony Award-nominated singer & actress Melissa Errico (Amour, White Christmas, My Fair Lady, High Society), who is set to star in Irish Repertory Theatre's fall production of Finian's Rainbow from October 26-December 18, will return to Feinstein's/54 Below (254 W. 54th St.) September 20-24, following a sold-out run at the venue this past April. (more...)

CMT Announces Premiere Dates for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, NASHVILLE & More
by TV News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

CMT today revealed the premiere dates for its 2017 scripted series including "Nashville," "Million Dollar Quartet" (working title) and "Still The King," marking the biggest scripted slate in the network's history. (more...)

The Jewish Museum Announces Fall 2016 Family Programs
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2016 season of family programs in September with a lively array of concerts, art workshops, and more.  The line-up includes Sunday concerts by The FunkeyMonkeys on September 25, Josh and the Jamtones on October 9, Gustafer Yellowgold on October 16, Alex & the Kaleidoscope on November 20, and Oran Etkin on December 25.  Also on the schedule are: the annual Hanukkah Family Day on December 18; holiday and vacation week drop-in art workshops October 20 and 21 and December 26, 27, 29 & 30; and family art activities every Sunday starting September 11. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Welcomes Staff Additions
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Maestro Victor DeRenzi and Executive Director Richard Russell are proud to announce new additions to both the artistic and administrative staff at Sarasota Opera effective immediately. (more...)

Israeli Stage Announces Seventh Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Israeli Stage, sharing the diversity and vitality of Israeli culture through theatre, is proud to announce Season 7! The season will feature two plays presented as Staged Reading in Fall 2016, Olivier Award Nominee Joshua Sobol: In Residence at Israeli Stage in March/April of 2017 and Israeli Stage's Third Full Theatrical Production, Days of Atonement by former Playwright-in-Residence Hanna Azoulay-Hasfari. Dialogue Reflections led by local thinkers, authors and artist will follow all performances. (more...)

dollpARTS Presents BATTLERS AND DREAMERS at Sydney Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2016

Get set for the most pleasurably indulgent soak in a soapy TV nostalgia bath ever, when BATTLERS AND DREAMERS gushes into town for the Sydney Fringe! This original musical comedy - by heirs of TV soap royalty, Romy Bartz & Erin Brookhouse - makes its world premiere at The Midnight Shift and Giant Dwarf from 1 to 11 September. (more...)

LETV Membership Cooperate with Viacom to Launch 820 Super Parent-child Day Event
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2016


ID to Premiere Sixth Season of Hit Series HOMICIDE HUNTER: LT. JOE KENDA, 8/24
by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Investigation Discovery (ID) will premiere the sixth season of its franchise hit series, HOMICIDE HUNTER: LT. JOE KENDA on Wednesday, August 24 at 10/9c. (more...)

New Seasons of DANCE MOMS, PROJECT RUNWAY Highlight Lifetime's September Programming
by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Lifetime's September to remember will includes all-new seasons of 'DANCE MOMS' and 'PROJECT RUNWAY'and brand new movies 'GIRL IN THE BOX' and 'SISTER CITIES'. (more...)

BAD JEWS to Launch 2016-17 at BBPAC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Black Box Studios presents the first fully­produced show of the 2016­-17 season, Black Box Studios' inaugural season of professional theatre: a new production of Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon (B'way 2016-­17 season: Significant Other), directed by Black Box Performing Arts Center's Artistic Director, Matt Okin. (more...)

BWW Review: Cygnet Theatre's GYPSY is Coming Up Roses
by E.H. Reiter - Aug 19, 2016

Cygnet Theatre brings GYPSY to stage through September 4th. (more...)

BronzeLens Hosts Atlanta Premiere of Issa Rae's HBO Series INSECURE, Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey's OWN Series Queen Sugar and Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016


VIDEO: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Classical Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins Releasing 'The Fiddler: Expanding Tradition'
by Michael Dale - Aug 18, 2016

Two new videos preview her upcoming album, which will feature new solo music by Hall-Tompkins and the current FIDDLER ON THE ROOF revival's arranger Oran Eldor and music director/orchestrator Ted Sperling. (more...)

Michael Bolton, Lorrie Morgan, Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Coming to King Center This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Multiple Grammy Award-winner, Michael Bolton; Country artist, Lorrie Morgan and the longest touring laser show in history, Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular have all been added to the King Center's amazing lineup.  (more...)

BWW Review: APT'S Gritty KING LEAR Grapples with 21st Century Reality
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Aug 17, 2016

When the audience arrives at American Players (APT) Up the Hill Theatre for the opening of William Shakespeare's King Lear, they might believe a presidential press conference will be staged. Green lawn expands into the audience, actors place contemporary white chairs in a distinct pattern and a glass podium greets the audience--and plenty of paparazzi appear to capture the King, the Duke of Gloucester and Duchess of Kent, and Lear's three Daughters entering the lawn party. At night under the stars, the royal staging opens when the King appears announcing his 'retirement,' dividing his kingdom to his three progeny. Two dutiful Daughters ascend to the podium pronouncing their love, while Cordelia speaks from the back row of chairs, the front of the Up The Hill Theatre. Goneril, Regan and Cordelia were 'dressed to kill', so to speak in sophisticated, fashion worthy coats and the appropriate fascinators, for English royalty, as were the men.This beginning places the audience firmly in a King Lear crafted for the current day, up to the very minute audiences. (more...)

ART, MURDER FOR TWO and More Coming to Cape Playhouse in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Michael Rader, Artistic Director of The Cape Playhouse, today announced the 2017 summer line-up for the historic Playhouse's 91st season.  (more...)

MAMMA MIA! to Return to the Wharton Center This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Wharton Center on Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16 as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series. (more...)

BWW Review: A True King Rises with KING LEAR at Elements Theatre
by Kristen Morale - Aug 17, 2016

The truth be told, I have neither read nor seen performed Shakespeare's King Lear, and was therefore as unfamiliar with the plot and its characters as basically anyone can possibly be; I suppose it wasn't mandatory reading when I went to school, for what reason I cannot possibly imagine. Although, I have always loved a good play or musical with traces of a tragic story at its core - a plot that is both trying on the actors and audience and therefore simply beautiful in how you are compelled to react to something with so much depth and significance. Having just seen King Lear at the Elements Theatre Company, not only was I introduced to a new theater in addition to a play I always wished to learn more about, but in such a way that created both a wonderful first impression of and precedent for this - nay, any - future Shakespearean production I plan to see. Even though this show is one of the more tragic ones you are ever bound to see, it really is a true king of a performance to behold. (more...)

FACTORY Announces 2016-2017 SEASON
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Following the strong success of the critically-acclaimed and multi-award winning NAKED season, Factory continues its commitment to producing 100% Canadian content with the announcement of the 2016-2017 season. Six distinctive productions; three world premieres, one Toronto premiere, and two return engagements, explore universal themes of family and identity from a broad range of cultural perspectives. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
by Marianka Swain - Aug 17, 2016

Following sell-out performances in 2013, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's acclaimed production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, returns this year to close the 2016 Summer Season ahead of a major UK Tour in September. Opening at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, the tour will then visit Norwich, Cambridge, Salford, Leicester, Woking, Truro, Birmingham and Richmond, with further dates in 2017. (more...)

The Smash Hit Musical MAMMA MIA! Returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

rn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts November 22 - 27, 2016. (more...)

The Cape Playhouse Announces 2016/2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016


I DO TODAY to Continue 'Solo Celebration!' at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

The World Premiere of "I Do Today" will run at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave) Sept. 2 - Oct. 9. Co-produced with The Other Theatre Company, written by Sarah Myers and starring Carin Silkaitis, "I Do Today" will be directed by Greenhouse's Artistic Director Jacob Harvey, making his Chicago directorial debut.   The press opening will be on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Martin Drapkin Launches New Book, THE CAT TENDER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Maggie Mullen likes nothing better than following the cozy bedtime routine that she and her beloved cat, Lucy, have created, and listening to the dulcet tones of Frank Sinatra (and having romantic Frank fantasies). There's just one problem: Maggie said yes when her younger sister, Mindy, asked her to be her maid of honor. A new novel released by Dog Ear follows the ups and downs of that sisterly commitment. Maggie, 27, loves the simple life she leads, watching over other people's cats; checking out reality televisions shows featuring stories of births, including births by women who didn't know they were pregnant, or Jackson Galaxy fixing problem cats; fantasizing about how her clients met or live their lives; and spending time with her own precious feline while taking her nightly bath. Of course, sometimes she wishes she had someone special to be with on Valentine's Day besides the cats she cares for, but she keeps busy watching over her charges. 'The Cat Tender' shares how the duties of being a maid of honor bring all kinds of unwelcome obligations: spending money she doesn't have on a dress two sizes too big (with matching shoes and a special bra that come with equally high price tags), coming up with a loving toast and organizing a bachelorette party. Can Maggie step out of her comfort zone do this for her pretty sister or will the event forever change how she looks at life? This is the third published book by Drapkin, who has written and published nonfiction books and articles on county jail operations. His previous books are 'Now and at the Hour' in 2009 and 'Ten Nobodies (and Their Somebodies)' in 2012. As a photographer, Drapkin specializes in black-and-white portraits of mothers and their Daughters, as well as taking street photographs. He and his wife, Erica, have a daughter and two grandsons. They live in Cross Plains, Wis., with several neurotic cats and dogs. For additional information, please visit The Cat Tender Martin Drapkin Dog Ear Publishing ISBN: 978-1-4575-4776-8 188 pages $15.95 US Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere. About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Dog Ear Publishing reviews services and other book marketing services are available to connect great content with interested readers. Self-publishing services are available globally at and from our offices in Indianapolis. Dog Ear Publishing - self-publishing that actually makes sense. (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale Next Week for MAMMA MIA! at the Broward Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Fort Lauderdale in May 2017. Performances begin on May 19 and run through May 21 at the The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

VIDEO: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Vacationing Alexandra Silber Holds a Tzeitel Tzeremony For Her Understudies
by Michael Dale - Aug 16, 2016

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a musical about traditions, but Silber's way of handing her role over may be completely new. (more...)

Chickenshed Set to Present KINDERTRANSPORT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

?Chickenshed is delighted to announce that Michelle Collins will be taking a leading role in their new moving and thought-provoking play, Kindertransport. (more...)

The Alden Sets 2016-17 McLean Kids Performance Series with THE GIVER and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Alden in McLean's 2016-2017 McLean Kids Performance Series includes an eclectic mix of performances designed for the enjoyment and entertainment budgets of families with young children. (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the cast & creative team for COMPANY, with Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and Book by GEORGE FURTH. Directed by Spiro Veloudos with music director Catherine Stornetta and choreography & musical staging by Rachel Bertone, COMPANY will run September 2 - October 9, 2016. (more...)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY to Open Folger Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Folger Theatre's 2016/17 season kicks off with an inspired stage adaptation of one of literature's most cherished novels, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. (more...)

We're So in Love! Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase to Star in Roundabout's KISS ME, KATE Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced a one-night only Benefit Concert Reading of Kiss Me, Kate by Sam and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, starring Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase. (more...)

Broadway's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Welcomes New 'Fruma-Sarah' Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Fiddler on the Roof's Jessica Vosk haunted Tevye's last dream on August 7th, and Wicked's, Dee Roscioli assumes the role of Fruma-Sarah beginning tonight, August 11th at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway, at 53rd Street). (more...)

Peter Pastreich Named Interim Executive Director at American Conservatory Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

American Conservatory Theater Board of Trustees-led by Chair Nancy Livingston-announced today the appointment of Peter Pastreich as interim executive director of American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). (more...)

BWW Review: Norbert Leo Butz Does His 'Girls, Girls, Girls' Proud at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Troy Frisby - Aug 10, 2016

'I hope you're not here to be entertained.' Norbert Leo Butz was all about managing expectations as he kicked off his week-long stint at Feinstein's/54 Below on August 5, though he had no reason to be worried. The two-time Tony Award winner (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) has already done the hard part: The first incarnation of his show Girls, Girls, Girls was such a success, three years later he's back for more, coinciding with the release of an album of the same name via Broadway Records. Motley Crue reference aside, the title actually stems from the fact that Butz is constantly surrounded by women in his life, from his wife and three Daughters, to his manager, to his 17 nieces. (more...)

Lucille Ball Comedy Festival Draws Attendees from 41 States to National Comedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

National Comedy Center, Inc., the cultural institution developing the first national visitor experience dedicated entirely to the celebration of comedy, drew attendance from 41 states to Jamestown for its 2016 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival this past weekend, August 4th - 7th. (more...)

ESPN Commentator John Saunders Passes Away at Age 61
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

John Saunders, one of ESPN's most visible and versatile commentators and a founding member of the board of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, has passed away. He was 61. (more...)

Gregory Linington and Isabel Keating Join Marg Helgenberger in THE LITTLE FOXES at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

There are people who eat and there are those who get eaten. This fall, Arena Stage serves up Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, a delicious drama about family greed and betrayal. Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Marg Helgenberger, known for her 12 seasons as Catherine Willows on CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, stars as Regina Giddens under veteran director Kyle Donnelly, who has directed more than 20 productions at Arena Stage. The Little Foxesruns September 23-October 30, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

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