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


Finborough to Present RACHEL, First Play By An African American Woman Ever Produced, This AutumnFinborough to Present RACHEL, First Play By An African American Woman Ever Produced, This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Rediscovered by Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson, Rachel is a genuinely lost landmark of American theatre -- the first play by an African American woman ever produced professionally. Directed by exciting young director Ola Ince, as part of Black History Month, the European premiere of Rachel opens at the multi award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 2 October at 7.30pm). (more...)

Daniel Boys, David Burt, Eve Polycarpou and Gina Beck to Star in 'JACQUES BREL' at Charing Cross This AutumnDaniel Boys, David Burt, Eve Polycarpou and Gina Beck to Star in 'JACQUES BREL' at Charing Cross This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

This October 2014, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opens at the Charing Cross Theatre for a strictly limited six-week run from 16 October to 22 November 2014. Press night is set for Saturday 18 October at 7.45pm. Directed by multi-award-winning director Andrew Keates, the production features an all-star cast of Daniel Boys (Avenue Q, Spamalot, Love Story - also well-known from BBC's Any Dream Will Do, 2007), David Burt (The Merchant of Venice, The Beggars People, Plague Over England), Eve Polycarpou (In The Heights, Mother Courage, Jacques Brel - National Theatre, 1970s) and Gina Beck (Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mise?rables). (more...)

Gregory Haney, Marc Kudisch, Telly Leung & More to Workshop New Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL in NYC Next MonthGregory Haney, Marc Kudisch, Telly Leung & More to Workshop New Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL in NYC Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

?The new musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL is currently undergoing a New York workshop, concluding with invited rehearsals for industry members on November 6 and 7. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS at Charing Cross TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS at Charing Cross Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

West End stars Gina Beck, Daniel Boys, David Burt and Eve Polycarpou are starring in a major new production of the hit revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Charing Cross Theatre for a strictly limited season from Thursday 16 October - Saturday 22 November. (more...)

Simon Bailey, Cynthia Erivo, Eva Noblezada and More to Join Georgia Stitt in MY LIFELONG LOVE at the Garrick Theatre, Oct 26Simon Bailey, Cynthia Erivo, Eva Noblezada and More to Join Georgia Stitt in MY LIFELONG LOVE at the Garrick Theatre, Oct 26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

US composer and lyricist Georgia Stitt is to make her West End debut in a welcome return to London following her sell-out concerts at St Paul's Church in 2007 and The Hippodrome in 2012. (more...)

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Cast of ANYTHING GOES: IN CONCERT, 5/9-10Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Cast of ANYTHING GOES: IN CONCERT, 5/9-10
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

Since its highly successful Broadway debut 80 years ago, Anything Goes has been revived multiple times and now receives a world premiere symphonic version with Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) and an all-star Broadway cast, Today, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, as part of the ISO's Printing Partners Pops Series at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. (more...)

Norm Lewis to Host STARS IN THE ALLEY Outdoor Concert, 5/21Norm Lewis to Host STARS IN THE ALLEY Outdoor Concert, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, will be hosted by star of stage and screen Norm Lewis, who takes over the legendary title role in Broadway's record-breaking The Phantom of the Opera beginning May 12th. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 28th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 28th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - May 28, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Jeff Awards, Tony Tunes and our very own Tony Award Viewing Party are upon us! Plus 'Carrie' and 'Godspell,' the new musicals 'Days Like Today,' 'Saudade' and 'Flux Capacitor,' news from Annoyance Theatre, Movies In the Parks and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!Photo Flash: First Look at Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA just revealed production photos featuring its new leads Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis on Facebook. Scroll down for a first look at the stars in action! (more...)

BWW TV: Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Jeremy Hays Sing from PHANTOM at STARS IN THE ALLEYBWW TV: Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Jeremy Hays Sing from PHANTOM at STARS IN THE ALLEY
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 21, 2014

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines and hosted by Norm Lewis, brought the best of Broadway to Shubert Alley this morning, featuring numbers from nearly 25 shows, which were accompanied by a live 12-piece orchestra. BroadwayWorld was on the scene to capture the alley-shaking performances, including Sierra Boggess and Jeremy Hays performing 'All I Ask of You' and Lewis singing 'Music of the Night'. Below is our first footage of Boggess and Lewis singing songs from the show! (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Benefit TONY TUNES Set for 6/3Pride Films and Plays Benefit TONY TUNES Set for 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Broadway musicals take center stage at Pride Films and Plays' 2014 spirited benefit Tony Tunes on Tuesday, June 3, at Sidetrack, 3349 North Halsted. (more...)

VIDEO: Tony Winner LaChanze Dedicates 'Amazing Grace' to Her Late Husband at Today's 9/11 MemorialVIDEO: Tony Winner LaChanze Dedicates 'Amazing Grace' to Her Late Husband at Today's 9/11 Memorial
by Stage Tube - May 15, 2014

Broadway's LaChanze, a Tony Award-winner, performer whose husband Calvin Joseph Gooding perished in the September 11, 2001 attacks, performed a stunning a cappella version of "Amazing Grace" (more...)

Tony Winner LaChanze Dedicates 'Amazing Grace' to Her Late Husband at Today's 9/11 Dedication CeremonyTony Winner LaChanze Dedicates 'Amazing Grace' to Her Late Husband at Today's 9/11 Dedication Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Broadway's LaChanze, a Tony Award-winner whose husband Calvin Joseph Gooding perished in the September 11, 2001 attacks, performed a stunning a cappella version of 'Amazing Grace' during this morning's dedication of the 9/11 Museum in New York City. (more...)

Norm Lewis, Linda Eder & More Set for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's 2014-15 Cabaret SeriesNorm Lewis, Linda Eder & More Set for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's 2014-15 Cabaret Series
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the third season for the 2014-2015 TRUST Cabaret Series. Enjoy the rare opportunity to experience the finest cabaret artists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The 2014-2015 TRUST Cabaret Series will showcase performers Linda Eder, Brian D'Arcy James, Norm Lewis, Ann Hampton Callaway & Broadway Showstoppers. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Best Pals and New PHANTOM Stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess!BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Best Pals and New PHANTOM Stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 12, 2014

Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. Tonight, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, welcomes Norm Lewis (who will become the first African-American performer to star as The Phantom in the New York production) and Sierra Boggess to the cast. In the special interview below, the best Broaday buddies chat about reuniting on stage, what it means to them to join (and rejoin) the cast, and so much more . Check out the full interview below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 3/30/2014Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 3/30/2014
by BWW - Mar 30, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/30/2014 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 3/23/2014Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 3/23/2014
by BWW - Mar 23, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/23/2014 for Chicago (more...)

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Cast of ANYTHING GOES: IN CONCERT, 5/9-10Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Cast of ANYTHING GOES: IN CONCERT, 5/9-10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Since its highly successful Broadway debut 80 years ago, Anything Goes has been revived multiple times and now receives a world premiere symphonic version with Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) and an all-star Broadway cast, Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, as part of the ISO's Printing Partners Pops Series at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. (more...)

Breaking News: Broadway Stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess to Take Over in PHANTOM This May!Breaking News: Broadway Stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess to Take Over in PHANTOM This May!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

This just in! Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group just announced that THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will welcome a starry leading combination beginning Monday, May 12. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 19th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 19th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 19, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Passion,' 'Road Show' and 'Into The Woods' celebrate Sondheim's birthday, 'Dessa Rose' and 'Rent' rake in the reviews, Black Ensemble and Bailiwick announce spring shows, new musicals from Writers Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare, plus Ravinia and Court plan summers 2014 and 2015 and more.... (more...)

Photo Flash: Bailiwick Chicago's DESSA ROSE, Now Playing Through 4/5Photo Flash: Bailiwick Chicago's DESSA ROSE, Now Playing Through 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Bailiwick Chicago launched its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of the thrilling musical drama Dessa Rose by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning team behind Ragtime, Once on This Island and Seussical!, directed by Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown with music direction by Collective Member James Morehead. Dessa Rose plays through April 5, 2014 at the Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are available at www.victorygardens.org, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in-person at the Victory Gardens Box Office. Check out a first look beow! (more...)

Richard Maltby, Jr. to Direct Star-Studded Cast for DTC's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', 4/2-27Richard Maltby, Jr. to Direct Star-Studded Cast for DTC's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', 4/2-27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Delaware Theatre Company will close its 35th season with the 35th anniversary of the hit musical AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz. Delaware Theatre Company's production will be directed by original Broadway director and co-creator Richard Maltby, Jr. and feature his own handpicked cast alongside the original designs from the 1978 Tony Award-winning production. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 3/16/2014Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 3/16/2014
by BWW - Mar 16, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/16/2014 for Chicago (more...)

Photo Flash: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Welcomes Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess- More Photos!Photo Flash: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Welcomes Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess- More Photos!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2014

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA just released new production photos featuring its new leads Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis. BroadwayWorld brings you even more photos of the new cast in action below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 4th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 4th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 4, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Jeff Awards, Theo Ubique's future plans, Jennifer Hudson performs, 'Damn Yankees' at LOW, 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' 'Coraline,' 'The Last Ship' and the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival debut, 'Spelling Bee' starts, 'Avenue Q' extends and BroadwayWorld Chicago hosts a Tony Party! (more...)

Oracle Productions, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Win Big at 41st Annual Non-Equity Jeff AwardsOracle Productions, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Win Big at 41st Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

"The Mother," a stage tale of class warfare, and "Passion," a musical of love and obsession, took home top honors for Oracle Productions and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre respectively Monday, June 2, at Park West during the 41st Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing excellence in non-union Chicago theatre. Oracle, with five awards, and Theo Ubique, with four awards, garnered the most honors at Monday night's ceremony. (more...)

Marilyn Maye, Whitney Bashor, Kate Shindle and More Set for 54 Below This WeekMarilyn Maye, Whitney Bashor, Kate Shindle and More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. (more...)

DESSA ROSE to Make European Premiere at Trafalgar Studios, July 29-Aug 30DESSA ROSE to Make European Premiere at Trafalgar Studios, July 29-Aug 30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

This July, the European premiere of the uniquely stirring musical drama Dessa Rose is coming to London's West End. Dessa Rose is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical and Rocky The Musical) who have won Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards and been nominated for Grammys, Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. (more...)

Broadway's Kenita Miller and More to Star in PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL at NYMF, 7/23-27Broadway's Kenita Miller and More to Star in PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL at NYMF, 7/23-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

The 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) presents Propaganda! The Musical a world premiere musical Book, Music, and Lyrics by Taylor Ferrera & Matt Webster. Nathan Brewer directs a cast of 10, including MaryJoanna Grisso (Nat. Tour: West Side Story), Nick Mason, Kenita Miller* (Bway: Xanadu, The Color Purple), Kenny Morris* (Bway: Hairspray, Les Miserables), Benjiman Dallas Redding (Nat. Tour: West Side Story), Shaun Repito (Nat. Tour: West Side Story), Dale Sampson*, Beth Cheryl Tarnow*, and Jillian Wallach (Nat. Tour: Legally Blonde). Propaganda! The Musical is being staged at PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street (bet. 9th & 10th Avenues) in NYC for five performances from Wednesday, July 23 through Sunday, July 27, 2014. (more...)

Late Night at 54 Below to Feature Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, and MoreLate Night at 54 Below to Feature Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, and More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Craving a show after the show? 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is expanding its popular late-night series with fresh faces and hot new performances to keep the party buzzing into the wee hours. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

McNally, Ahrens & Flaherty's ANASTASIA Musical Gets Developmental Lab in NYC, August 2014McNally, Ahrens & Flaherty's ANASTASIA Musical Gets Developmental Lab in NYC, August 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

According to an Equity casting notice, a developmental lab of the new musical version of ANASTASIA -- featuring book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens -- will be held at Pearl Studios this August. Darko Tresnjak is set to direct the project from Stage Entertainment USA, along with musical director Tom Murray. (more...)

Virginia Repertory Theatre Presents THE COLOR PURPLE, Begin. 6/19Virginia Repertory Theatre Presents THE COLOR PURPLE, Begin. 6/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of The Color Purple at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street on Friday, June 20, 2014 with a Preview on Thursday, June 19. The show runs through August 3, 2014. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, this joyful musical and epic story follows the life and personal awakening of Celie, a downtrodden young African American woman. With a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, the uplifting score features jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues. The Broadway production earned eleven Tony nominations. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/4/14 - A Star-Spangled, Spectacular Broadway Weekend!WAKE UP with BWW 7/4/14 - A Star-Spangled, Spectacular Broadway Weekend!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 4, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: It's the Fourth of July (yay!) and PBS's A CAPITOL FOURTH and NBC's MACY'S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR round up some of the hottest talent from Broadway and the music scene tonight, THEATER TALK remembers 1776's Peter Stone, and Center Stage's digital project MY AMERICA launches on Fandor! (more...)

Cynthia Erivo and Cassidy Janson to Star in Ahrens & Flaherty's DESSA ROSE European Debut; Show Runs July 29-Aug 30 at Trafalgar StudiosCynthia Erivo and Cassidy Janson to Star in Ahrens & Flaherty's DESSA ROSE European Debut; Show Runs July 29-Aug 30 at Trafalgar Studios
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Cynthia Erivo (I Can't Sing!, The Color Purple) returns to the West End alongside Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q, Wicked, Candide) in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Dessa Rose, running at Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2), Tuesday 29th July - Saturday 30th August 2014. Press night is Thursday, 31st July, 7pm. (more...)

Photo Coverage: DESSA ROSE, Starring Erivo, Janson And More!Photo Coverage: DESSA ROSE, Starring Erivo, Janson And More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2014

Dessa Rose is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical and Rocky The Musical). As multiple award winners, and with nominations for Grammys, Academy Awards, and a Golden Globe, this musical collaboration is spectacular. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/7- Rachel YorkSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/7- Rachel York
by Stage Tube - Aug 7, 2014

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...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, 8/30 - 50 SHADES is 'Too Darn Hot,' THE FANTASTICKS Stretches, and MorePhoto Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, 8/30 - 50 SHADES is 'Too Darn Hot,' THE FANTASTICKS Stretches, and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2014

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERAMeet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 17, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA below! (more...)

Jade Anouka, Clare Dunne & More Join Cast of Phyllida Lloyd's All-Female HENRY IV at DonmarJade Anouka, Clare Dunne & More Join Cast of Phyllida Lloyd's All-Female HENRY IV at Donmar
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

In 2012, Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse placed the play in a women's prison. It stunned audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and challenged the idea of 'who owns Shakespeare?' In one of the schools workshops around the production, teachers heard one of their students, a girl, speak in public for the first time. It couldn't end there. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 9th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 9th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 9, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Hold onto your hats! Shows beginning in late April include 'Avenue Q,' 'Ragtime,' 'Juno,' 'Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical!,' 'How To Succeed...,' 'Hair,' 'The Sound Of Music,' 'Motown' and 'The Wizard Of Oz!' AMAZING! Plus news from The Second City, the Goodman, that JCS arena tour, a 2015 'Little Shop' and the return of the Mormons! Whew! (more...)

New York Stage And Film, Vassar Set 30th Anniversary Season: 'BABYLON LINE,' THE LISTENER & MoreNew York Stage And Film, Vassar Set 30th Anniversary Season: 'BABYLON LINE,' THE LISTENER & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2014

New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, this summer celebrating the 30th year of their Powerhouse Theater collaboration, are pleased to announce the three new works that will be featured on the Mainstage during the 2014 Powerhouse Theater Season, running from June 20 to July 27 at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, New York). Subscriptions go on sale May 7; full programming and ticket sale information will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Cleveland Play House's INFORMED CONSENT Takes to the Second Stage, 4/23-5/18Cleveland Play House's INFORMED CONSENT Takes to the Second Stage, 4/23-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

The 2013-2014 season at Cleveland Play House (CPH) continues with the compelling world premiere production of Deborah Zoe Laufer's Informed Consent. Co-produced with Geva Theatre Center, this incredibly thought-provoking production is inspired by the real life court case between the Havasupai Indian tribe and Arizona State University, and sparks an intriguing debate on both ethicality and morality. Directed by Sean Daniels and Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth, Informed Consent will serve as the centerpiece to CPH's 2014 New Ground Theatre Festival and will run from April 23 - May 18 in the Second Stage. (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago to Stage DESSA ROSE at Victory Gardens, 3/6-4/5Bailiwick Chicago to Stage DESSA ROSE at Victory Gardens, 3/6-4/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

Bailiwick Chicago will launch its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of the thrilling musical drama Dessa Rose by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning team behind Ragtime, Once on This Island and Seussical!, directed by Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown with music direction by Collective Member James Morehead. Dessa Rose plays March 6 - April 5, 2014 at the Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are available at www.victorygardens.org, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in-person at the Victory Gardens Box Office. The press performance is Sunday, March 9 at 7 pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Olney Theatre Center is Just Plain ExceptionalBWW Reviews: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Olney Theatre Center is Just Plain Exceptional
by Charles Shubow - Apr 25, 2014

Ahrens/Flaherty Musical is a must see for families. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 23rd, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 23rd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 23, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The latest Jeff Award nominations, 'Brigadoon' gets cast, 'The Sound Of Music' and 'Motown' light up the Loop, new musicals from Writers Theatre and American Theater Company, 'Nunsense,' 'The Wild Party,' a new web series to support and more! (more...)

Cleveland Play House's INFORMED CONSENT Takes to the Second Stage, Now thru 5/18Cleveland Play House's INFORMED CONSENT Takes to the Second Stage, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The 2013-2014 season at Cleveland Play House (CPH) continues with the compelling world premiere production of Deborah Zoe Laufer's Informed Consent. Co-produced with Geva Theatre Center, this incredibly thought-provoking production is inspired by the real life court case between the Havasupai Indian tribe and Arizona State University, and sparks an intriguing debate on both ethicality and morality. Directed by Sean Daniels and Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth, Informed Consent will serve as the centerpiece to CPH's 2014 New Ground Theatre Festival and will run from today, April 23 - May 18 in the Second Stage. (more...)

Non-Equity Jeff Awards are AnnouncedNon-Equity Jeff Awards are Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 128 nominations in 24 categories of Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 147 productions offered by 65 Non-Equity producing organizations. The judges recommended 66 of those shows, making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Thirty theatre companies received nominations. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 2nd, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 2nd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 2, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Peter' plays Monroe Street, new musicals try out in Wicker Park and Bucktown, 'Evita' lights up Cicero, 'Hot Mikado' jazzes up Rogers Park, The Hypocrites announce a trilogy, three Tony winners start rehearsal here and Las Vegas calls on the Windy City's finest! (more...)

Richard Maltby, Jr. Directs Star-Studded Cast for DTC's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Now thru 4/27Richard Maltby, Jr. Directs Star-Studded Cast for DTC's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Now thru 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

Delaware Theatre Company will close its 35th season with the 35th anniversary of the hit musical AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz. Delaware Theatre Company's production will be directed by original Broadway director and co-creator Richard Maltby, Jr. and feature his own handpicked cast alongside the original designs from the 1978 Tony Award-winning production. (more...)

Ahrens and Flaherty Set to Release Live at 54 Below Album NICE FIGHTING YOU on 6/3Ahrens and Flaherty Set to Release Live at 54 Below Album NICE FIGHTING YOU on 6/3
by Louisa Brady - Apr 17, 2014

Ahrens and Flaherty's 'Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live At 54 BELOW' will be released on June 3rd, 2014. The double CD set is now available for pre-order at http://amzn.com/B00JPWSJOI. This star-studded double album features performances by (in alphabetical order): Lynn Ahrens, Annaleigh Ashford, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Kevin Chamberlin, Quentin Earl Darrington, Stephen Flaherty, Lewis Grosso, Julie Halston, Jeremy Jordan, LaChanze, Kecia Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Sean McCourt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessica Molaskey, Bobby Steggert and Mary Testa. (more...)

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