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Based on the novel by Sherley Anne Williams

Set in the 1800s, the story concerns two historical women: A runaway slave and a woman who helps her to freedom.



THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST to Open Birmingham Rep's Autumn 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

A brand new production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest launches Birmingham Repertory Theatre's exciting 2016 Autumn season. (more...)

Encompass New Opera Theatre to Honor ANASTASIA Writing Team with Musical Salute
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Encompass New Opera Theatre and Gala Honorary Chairs Zoe Caldwell, Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, and Maury Yeston will honor legendary songwriting team LYNN AHRENS and STEPHEN FLAHERTY and playwright TERRENCE MCNALLY (Ragtime, Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life, A Man of No Importance, and their upcoming Broadway musical, Anastasia) with a star-studded musical salute on Sunday, October 23. (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 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...)

MARIE AND ROSETTA Extends by Two Weeks Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company has announced that the world premiere production of George Brant's play with music, Marie and Rosetta, starring Kecia Lewis (Mother Courage, Once on This Island) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe, has been extended an additional two weeks due to popular demand following opening last night to positive reviews. (more...)

Tune in Alert: Norm Lewis to Sing National Anthem at US Open at 4pm on ESPN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2016

Today at 4pm on ESPN, Norm Lewis will perform the 'Star Spangled-Banner' ahead of the US Open men's final. He also will be joined by the United States Marine Corps for the traditional unfurling of the court-sized flag during the performance. Broadway is all over the sports world this weekend, with a performance yesterday by Renee Elise Goldsberry, and also today by Kristin Chenoweth on Sunday Night Football. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Norm Lewis Sings National Anthem at US Open!
by Stage Tube - Sep 11, 2016

Today Norm Lewis, joined by the US Marine Corps performed the 'Star Spangled-Banner' ahead of the US Open men's final and we've got the video!.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jason Robert Brown Shares THE LAST FIVE YEARS Orchestra Rehearsal Video
by Stage Tube - Sep 10, 2016

It just might be the most anticipated concert event of the year; the tickets for Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo and two-time Tony Nominee Joshua Henry's one-night-only performance of The Last Five Years sold out in less than an hour on the first day of the evening's pre-sale. With the concert, which will be performed at Town Hall, only two days away, the entire team is hard at work perfecting the piece before sharing it with the lucky few who nabbed tickets. This afternoon, Jason Robert Brown, the composer of The Last Five Years, took to Facebook to share a sneak peak of one of the orchestra's final rehearsals before the big night. Check it out below! (more...)

BWW Review: BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE at Dallas Theater Center
by Kyle Christopher West - Oct 6, 2016

There are few things in the world as thrilling as seeing a new work come to life on stage, especially when that stage is the Dallas Theater Center's Wyly Theatre, our local answer to Broadway-caliber theatre. The anticipation and possibility of being the first one to discover a new hit is so exciting - but it is balanced by the opportunity for a show to be unexceptional or 'not ready for primetime.' BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE, in this writer's opinion, falls into the latter category. (more...)

Steve Furst's One-Man-Show IN CHARACTER Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Steve Furst (Little Britain, The Wright Stuff, Matilda, Orange Cinema Ads, Toast of London) will be presenting his new one-man-show, Steve Furst - In Character at the Museum of Comedy, this week, 5 - 7 October 2016 for only three performances. (more...)

Firebrand Theatre to Host NO ONE HERE BUT US WITCHES: Halloween Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

???????Start your Halloween off right and join the coven! Due to popular demand, Firebrand Theatre presents the return of its hauntingly popular witch-themed cabaret NO ONE HERE BUT US WITCHES on Monday, October 31 at 7 pm at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway in Chicago. (more...)

Casting Announced for Kokandy Productions' THE WIZ at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Kokandy Productions has announced casting for its upcoming revival of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical THE WIZ, directed by guest director Lili-Anne Brown with music direction by Jimmy Morehead and choreography by Breon Arzell, playing March 5 - April 16, 2017 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Track THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo During This Weekend's New York City Marathon!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Over the spring, Cynthia Erivo ran a half-marathon on a two-show day of Broadway's THE COLOR PURPLE. Now the super-fit Tony winner is back at it for this weekend's New York City Marathon, and she's inviting fans to track her throughout the run! (more...)

LaChanze to Launch FEELING GOOD Tour at The Highline Ballroom This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

LaChanze - the Tony Award winning actress and concert star of The Color Purple, If/Then, Once on This Island and more - will introduce New York to an electric new concert 'Feeling Good' at The Highline Ballroom on Monday, February 27, 2017 in anticipation of an upcoming national tour. (more...)

Rachel York Launches 10-City Concert Tour
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Drama Desk Award-winning actress and singer Rachel York (Disaster!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Victor/Victoria) embarks on a 10-city concert tour from December, 2016 through April, 2017 beginning with Michael Feinstein's American Songbook at NJPAC! December 1. York joins Feinstein, Andrea McArdle, Jared Grimes, and Youth Songbook Ambassador Julia Goodwin at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for a cabaret and Q&A featuring favorite American standards. The program will be filmed before a live audience for future broadcast on NJTV, WNET, and WLIW21. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway Dreams Gala Honors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
by Jennifer Broski - Nov 22, 2016

Broadway Dreams just held its annual Night of Dreams Gala, honoring Tony Award-winning lyricist and composer Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty with the inaugural Arts Advancement Award. Point Park University was the leading education sponsor of the event. (more...)

Choreographer Graciela Daniele Reflects on SOUSATZKA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Earlier this week, ten time Tony Award nominee, Graciela Daniele took to the SOUSATZKA THE MUSICAL Official Facebook page to explain what attracted her to the project. She writes: (more...)

Cynthia Erivo to Join Viola Davis in Steve McQueen Thriller, WIDOWS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

 Tony Award- winner and breakout star of Broadway's 'The Color Purple', Cynthia Erivo, will join Viola Davis in a brand new heist thriller 'Widows.'   (more...)

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty to Be Feted at Broadway Dreams Gala; ANASTASIA Stars to Perform!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Broadway Dreams has announced that its annual Night of Dreams Gala, to be held on Monday, November 21, 2016, will honor Tony Award-winning lyricist and composer Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty with the inaugural Arts Advancement Award. Point Park University is the leading education sponsor of the event. (more...)

Rachel York and Betty Buckley Star in GREY GARDENS, Beginning Tonight at the Ahmanson
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

'Grey Gardens' The Musical begins previews tonight, July 6, at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre. Directed by Michael Wilson, 'Grey Gardens' The Musical will open July 13, 2016. Performances continue through August 14. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension to Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show, originally slated to run through July 31, 2016, will add an additional week, through August 7, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

Kokandy Productions Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Kokandy Productions is pleased to celebrate its fifth anniversary with an expanded season featuring four fully produced musicals, including two Chicago premieres and two guest directors. The 2017/18 Season will also include numerous readings and workshops - adding fresh voices to Kokandy's "New Works Initiative" and emphasizing the company's commitment to becoming an increasingly relevant part of Chicagoland's musical theater and new work development communities. The new season also marks Kokandy's transition to a not-for-profit organization. (more...)

Rachel York and Betty Buckley Set for Stage Talks at Ahmanson's GREY GARDENS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

A series of Stage Talks have been set for 'Grey Gardens' The Musical at CTG/Ahmanson, to take place following the performance todays, July 26, August 2 and 9. Cast members Rachel York and Betty Buckley will comment on the production and answer questions from audience members. (more...)

Rachel York and Betty Buckley Set for Stage Talks at Ahmanson's GREY GARDENS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

A series of Stage Talks have been set for 'Grey Gardens' The Musical at CTG/Ahmanson, to take place following the performance on Tuesdays, July 26, August 2 and 9. Cast members Rachel York and Betty Buckley will comment on the production and answer questions from audience members. (more...)

ALADDIN's Adam Jacobs, Don Darryl Rivera, and Joshua Dela Cruz Join Tribute Concert to Ahrens & Flaherty
by Oliver Oliveros - Jul 19, 2016

Adam Jacobs, Don Darryl Rivera, and Joshua Dela Cruz, current cast members of the Broadway smash musical Disney's ALADDIN, are joining the cast of Broadway Barkada's tribute concert to Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty titled 'Make Them Hear You: The Songs of Ahrens & Flaherty' on Sunday, July 24, 7 p.m. at the Cutting Room (44 East 32nd St., between Park and Madison). (more...)

Kecia Lewis & Rebecca Naomi Jones Will Lead MARIE AND ROSETTA at Atlantic Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce that Kecia Lewis (Mother Courage, Once on This Island) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will star in the world premiere production of George Brant's play with music, Marie and Rosetta, directed by Atlantic Artistic DirectorNeil Pepe this fall. (more...)

Megan McGinnis Stars in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, Opening Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. (more...)

VIDEO: Misty Copeland Dances To THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo's 'Summertime'
by Michael Dale - Jul 13, 2016

A sumptuous combination of artistry to the tune of George and Ira Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS classic. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo Unveils Her New Portrait at Sardi's!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Jul 13, 2016

There's a new Broadway star on the rise. Just yesterday, The Color Purple's Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo was joined by some of her Broadway friends as Sardi's unveiled her caricature, which joins the historic collection on the restaurant's walls, honoring Broadway's finest for over 85 years. (more...)

Josh Young, Bryan Batt Join Rachel York and Betty Buckley in GREY GARDENS at the Ahmanson; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

The cast is set for 'Grey Gardens' The Musical at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre. Directed by Michael Wilson, 'Grey Gardens' The Musical will begin previews on July 6, with the opening set for July 13, 2016. Performances continue through August 14. (more...)

David Rasche and Kecia Lewis to Lead THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience has announced the performance schedule, cast and creative team for director Arin Arbus's new staging of Thornton Wilder's comic masterpiece The Skin of Our Teeth, the first major New York production since 1998. (more...)

James Anthony Tyler's Timely Comedy DOLPHINS AND SHARKS to Debut at Labyrinth Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Labyrinth Theater Company presents the world premiere of the witty and socially poignant production of Dolphins and Sharks by upcoming playwright James Anthony Tyler. The production, which marks Tyler's professional debut, is scheduled for February 9 - March 19 and is directed by Charlotte Brathwaite. (more...)

Valentine's-Weekend NJSO Pops Concerts Feature Song-and-Dance Standards from Hollywood's Golden Age
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents song-and-dance standards from the golden age of Hollywood musicals in a Valentine's-weekend pops program, February 10-12 in Red Bank, Newark and New Brunswick. Broadway veterans Joan Hess and Kirby Ward join the Orchestra and guest conductor Gemma New, performing classics inspired by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Eleanor Powell. (more...)

Kokandy Productions to Ease on Down the Road with THE WIZ Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Kokandy Productions will launch its fifth anniversary season with a revival of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical THE WIZ, with book by William F. Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, directed by guest director Lili-Anne Brown, music direction by Jimmy Morehead and choreography by Breon Arzell.  (more...)

Cynthia Erivo Will Not Reprise Her Role in THE COLOR PURPLE On Tour or in the West End
by Alan Henry - Dec 7, 2016

Cynthia Erivo took to Twitter today to confirm that after THE COLOR PURPLE closes on Broadway on January 8th she will not be reprising her role of Celie either on Tour or in the West End. (more...)

BoHo Announces Directors for 2017 Season, Featuring URINETOWN and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

BoHo Theatre is excited to announce directors for its upcoming 2017 season. BoHo is focused on bringing people together through an eclectic mix of musicals, dramas, and classic plays, inspiring its community to make caring, thoughtful relationships the highest priority. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Norm Lewis Will Be Home for Christmas at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Walter McBride - Dec 16, 2016

Norm Lewis begins his 2nd Holiday Residency at Feinstein's/54 Below on December 19th, for SIX performances, through Christmas Eve. This year, he's calling it I'll Be Home For Christmas. Like last year, he will be joined by a special guest each night, and it promises to be the hottest holiday bash in the  heart of Manhattan. Norm will be singing holiday favorites, putting his unique spin on material and doing some career favorites that have come to make him one of the most sought-after leading men on Broadway. Come celebrate with Norm and his talented friends. We've got a swingin' band, led by Joseph Joubert and the party, once again, is directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. Just like last year … there will be plenty of surprises! (more...)

Tunes from Highline Ballroom Concert Featured on LaChanze's FEELING GOOD EP
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

LaCHANZE - the Tony Award-winning actress and concert star of The Color Purple, If/Then, Once on This Island and more - has announced plans to record a special EP "Feeling Good" to feature musical highlights of her electric new concert of the same name at The Highline Ballroom. (more...)

Jeff Coon to Bring Summer Club to Venice Island Performing Arts Center in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Get ready to kick off your Monday nights with the sounds of some of the region's most popular musical theater stars, accompanied by a 17-piece big band orchestra. Philly's favorite musical theater star Jeff Coon is bringing his Summer Club to Manayunk's Venice Island Performing Arts Center for a series of swinging shows throughout 2017. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/7/16- Rachel York
by Stage Tube - Aug 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Rachel York! York has appeared on Broadway as Fantine in Les Miserables; Norma in Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award) with Julie Andrews; Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel; Miss Fancy in Sly Fox with Richard Dreyfuss; and Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrelswith Jonathan Pryce. She appeared off-Broadway opposite Julie Andrews in Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together and in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Dessa Rose. Most recently, Rachel was seen in The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman and created the role of Cruella de Vil in The 101 Dalmatians Musical directed by Jerry Zaks. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 8/6-8/7/2016
by - Aug 7, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, August 7, 2016 - Sunday, August 7, 2016. (more...)

Angela Robinson and Kenita Miller Set for BROADWAY DOWNLOAD This Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Angela Robinson and Kenita Miller will appear on Trent Armand Kendall's BROADWAY DOWNLOAD radio show tomorrow, August 31. (more...)

VIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo Goes Classical With Schubert's 'Ave Maria'
by Michael Dale - Aug 26, 2016

'My learning never stops,' THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Ervio tells her Facebook followers. So even with all the awards and accolades, the West End and Broadway star takes her voice lessons every Friday. (more...)

Steve Furst to Present One-Man-Show IN CHARACTER at Museum of Comedy This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Steve Furst (Little Britain, The Wright Stuff, Matilda, Orange Cinema Ads, Toast of London) will be presenting his new one-man-show, Steve Furst - In Character at the Museum of Comedy, 5 - 7 October 2016 for only three performances. (more...)

VIDEOS: THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo, A Champ On Stage, In The Gym and At The Makeup Table
by Michael Dale - Aug 24, 2016

Starring on Broadway as the determined survivor Celie in the hit revival of THE COLOR PURPLE eight times a week just isn't enough of a workout for Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo. (more...)

Tony Award Winner LaChanze set for Trent Armand Kendall Broadway Download 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2016

Rhonda LaChanze Sapp, better known by her stage name LaChanze (Creole: the charmed one), taken from her grandmother, was born in St Augustine, Florida. Grew up in Connecticut, her parents nurtured her love for performing by enrolling her in high schools for the performing arts. After high school, LaChanze studied Drama at Morgan State University, before transferring to the University of the Arts, she studied Theatre and Dance. Her first Summer job was as a tap dancer in the ensemble of out of town tryout of 'Uptown...It's Hot!.' She made her Broadway debut in the same show in 1986. (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...)

Cynthia Erivo and Joshua Henry to Star in Benefit Performance of THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

 It was announced today Tony Award-Winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry will star in a special one-night-only benefit concert version of Jason Robert Brown's seminal musical, The Last Five Years, with the composer himself leading the orchestra. Produced by SubCulture and Jason Robert Brown, the evening will take place at Town Hall (123 West 43rd St), and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Brady Center, the national organization determined to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. (more...)

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST to Open Birmingham Rep's Autumn 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

A brand new production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest launches Birmingham Repertory Theatre's exciting 2016 Autumn season. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Cynthia Erivo Sings Beyonce at #Ham4Ham!
by Stage Tube - Aug 10, 2016

What happens when you mix Broadway's hottest new star with pop music's reigning queen? Something like what went down at #Ham4Ham today, as Rory O'Malley welcomed Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, who performed 'Sandcastles' from Beyonce's Lemonade.  Check it out below! (more...)

VIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Cynthia Erivo Shows Her Gymnastic Skills On Rings
by Michael Dale - Aug 10, 2016

The Tony-winner not only excels on stage but in the gym as well. (more...)

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