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by - Sep 9, 2012

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, September 9, 2012 - Sunday, September 9, 2012. (more...)

BWW Flashback: Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN Ends Broadway Run Today, September 9
by BWW Special Coverage - Sep 9, 2012

The limited engagement of the Tony-nominated revival of Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN gave its final performance today, Sunday, September 9, 2012 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN began previews on Broadway on March 6, 2012, and opened on April 1, 2012. Upon closing, the show will have played 209 performances. The critically-acclaimed revival about Dirty Tricks and double-dealing at a political convention recouped its investment just as the 2012 Republican National Convention began. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a flashback of images, video and important moments from THE BEST MAN's run on Broadway! (more...)

DirecTV and Brainstorm Media Partner on 'Something to Talk About' Documentary Series, Beg. Oct 2012
by TV News Desk - Sep 6, 2012

DirecTV's Audience Network, known for its daring entertainment programming, will take viewers a step further into the realm of the deeply provocative with the premiere of Something to Talk About, a series of socially and culturally relevant documentaries presented in association with Brainstorm Media, beginning in October exclusively on DirecTV. In certain cities, the films will be screened in theaters starting in late September and, in select locations, will include live discussions following the screenings. (more...)

Spy Thriller CIPHERS Premiers at Off-Broad Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Inis Nua Theatre Company presents the American premiere of Ciphers by Dawn King, running October 8-26, 2014 at the Off-Broad Street Theatre in the First Baptist Church (1636 Sansom Street). This British espionage tale opens on Friday, October 10 at 8pm, with previews on Wednesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 9 at 7pm. (more...)

Calstage Announces ATWATER: FIXIN' TO DIE, Plays 10/9-11/8 In The Three Penny Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2009

California Stage will open its 2009-2010 Season with 'Atwater: Fixin' to Die' by Robert Myers. This acclaimed one-man play explores the strategems, cynicism and passion brought to politics by Lee Atwater, self-styled master of negative campaigning and the fun-lovin' Dixie dude equally at home in the world of delta blues and 'Dirty Tricks' political strategists. (more...)

Theatre503 Presents Gabriel Bisset-Smith's THE CHARMING MAN, 10/19-11/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2010

Theatre503 presents The Charming Man, a political satire by Gabriel Bisset-Smith, directed by Paul Robinson. The Charming Man will run from October 19 to November 13, 2010. Press Night is Friday, October 22 at 7:45 p.m. (more...)

Storm Theatre Company to Open Fall Season with THE BELIEVERS, Begin. 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

The acclaimed Storm Theatre Company best known for revisiting and discovering classic plays has announced that it will open their Fall, 2014 season with the New York premiere of The Believers , a new play by Robert Carroll. Previews will start on September 26th with an opening night set for October 11th. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: September 8 - 14
by BWW Special Coverage - Sep 14, 2012

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: CHAPLIN opens on Broadway, Kathie Lee Gifford hosts Broadway on Broadway, New World Stages' long-running production of RENT takes a final bow and so much more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE BEST MAN Plays Final Performance!
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 10, 2012

Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN, the critically-acclaimed revival about Dirty Tricks and double-dealing at a political convention, concluded its limited engagement at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) lats night, September 9, 2012. BroadwayWorld was there last night for the show's final curtain call and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Calstage Announces ATWATER: FIXIN' TO DIE, Plays 10/9-11/8 In The Three Penny Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2009

California Stage will open its 2009-2010 Season with 'Atwater: Fixin' to Die' by Robert Myers. This acclaimed one-man play explores the strategems, cynicism and passion brought to politics by Lee Atwater, self-styled master of negative campaigning and the fun-lovin' Dixie dude equally at home in the world of delta blues and 'Dirty Tricks' political strategists. (more...)

Tony-Winning 'Virginia Woolf' Star Arthur Hill Dies at 84
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2006

Arthur Hill, who created the role of George in the original Broadway production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has passed away at the age of 84 (more...)

Felciano Cast in 'Darfur Play;' Talkbacks Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2006

Post-show discussions have been announced for the New Work Now! play 'Untitled Darfur Play,' featuring Manoel Felciano (more...)

DirecTV and Brainstorm Media Partner on 'Something to Talk About' Documentary Series, Beg. 10/20
by TV News Desk - Oct 20, 2012

DirecTV's Audience Network, known for its daring entertainment programming, will take viewers a step further into the realm of the deeply provocative with the premiere of Something to Talk About, a series of socially and culturally relevant documentaries presented in association with Brainstorm Media, beginning in October exclusively on DirecTV. In certain cities, the films will be screened in theaters starting in late September and, in select locations, will include live discussions following the screenings. (more...)

Theatre503 Presents Gabriel Bisset-Smith's THE CHARMING MAN, 10/19-11/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2010

Theatre503 presents The Charming Man, a political satire by Gabriel Bisset-Smith, directed by Paul Robinson. The Charming Man will run from October 19 to November 13, 2010. Press Night is Friday, October 22 at 7:45 p.m. (more...)

The First Time's the Charm
by Adrienne Onofri - Oct 19, 2005

John Jeter's first play 'Dirty Tricks,' airing this week on BBC Radio, will become a movie starring Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow and Annette Bening. (more...)

DiCaprio to Star in Movie-Adaptation of 'Farragut North'?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2007

Variety reports Leonardo DiCaprio may star in a Warner Bros. movie adaptation of Farragut North, based on the political drama stage-play written by Beau Willimon, with George Clooney rumored to direct. (more...)

Hawke, Gurney, Etc. Take Part in Public's 'New Work Now!'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2006

The Public Theater has announced the fall line-up for 'New Work Now!,' a nationally recognized festival of free play readings that showcases a new generation of artists for the American Theater (more...)

Scott McKenzie To Play Title Role In West End BILLY ELLIOT, Steps In Nov 29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2010

From 29 November 2010, 13 year old Scott McKenzie from Dumbarton, Scotland, the twenty fourth boy to play the iconic role of Billy Elliot in the West End, 12 year old Aaron Watson from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, 13 year old Dean Charles-Chapman from Romford, Essex and 12 year old Rhys Yeomans from Oldham, Lancashire, will be joined by principal cast members Genevieve Lemon (Mrs. Wilkinson), Martin Marquez (Dad), Tom Lorcan (Tony), Diane Langton (Grandma), Chris McGlade (George), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Kevin Patricks (Mr. Braithwaite) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy) in Billy Elliot The Musical. (more...)

Calstage Announces ATWATER: FIXIN' TO DIE, Plays 10/9-11/8 In The Three Penny Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2009

California Stage will open its 2009-2010 Season with 'Atwater: Fixin' to Die' by Robert Myers. This acclaimed one-man play explores the strategems, cynicism and passion brought to politics by Lee Atwater, self-styled master of negative campaigning and the fun-lovin' Dixie dude equally at home in the world of delta blues and 'Dirty Tricks' political strategists. (more...)

Scott McKenzie To Play Title Role In West End BILLY ELLIOT, Steps In Nov 29
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2010

From 29 November 2010, 13 year old Scott McKenzie from Dumbarton, Scotland, the twenty fourth boy to play the iconic role of Billy Elliot in the West End, 12 year old Aaron Watson from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, 13 year old Dean Charles-Chapman from Romford, Essex and 12 year old Rhys Yeomans from Oldham, Lancashire, will be joined by principal cast members Genevieve Lemon (Mrs. Wilkinson), Martin Marquez (Dad), Tom Lorcan (Tony), Diane Langton (Grandma), Chris McGlade (George), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Kevin Patricks (Mr. Braithwaite) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy) in Billy Elliot The Musical. (more...)

Alan Franks' A WORLD ELSEWHERE to Premiere at Theatre503, 21 Jan
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2013

Former Times journalist, playwright and author of the recently acclaimed novel The Notes of Doctor Newgate, Alan Franks, will premiere his new play A WORLD ELSEWHERE at Battersea's Theatre503. Set in an Oxford College in 1968, where Alan once studied alongside former US President Bill Clinton, A WORLD ELSEWHERE is a searing examination of the world on the brink of yet another war and the institutional politics of one of England's oldest universities. The production is directed by Sally Knyvette, director of Judgement at Nuremberg at the Tricycle Theatre, and will run from Tuesday 21 January 2014. (more...)

Theatre For The New City Presents ENEMY OF THE GOOD 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2010

There will be a special staged reading of the new play, "Enemy Of The Good" by John Henry Davis this coming Monday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm at Theatre For The New City, 115 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th street). (more...)

Theatre For The New City Presents ENEMY OF THE GOOD 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2010

There will be a special staged reading of the new play, "Enemy Of The Good" by John Henry Davis this coming Monday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm at Theatre For The New City, 115 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th street). (more...)

Theatre503 Closes Gabriel Bisset-Smith's THE CHARMING MAN, 11/13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2010

Theatre503 presents The Charming Man, a political satire by Gabriel Bisset-Smith, directed by Paul Robinson. The Charming Man will run from October 19 to November 13, 2010. Press Night is Friday, October 22 at 7:45 p.m. (more...)

Paul Swenson Releases SLAPPED! Based on a True Story
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2013

'SLAPPED!' is a new novel about free speech by author Paul Swenson and coauthor Jessica Tobler. (more...)

2004-5 Drama League Award Winners Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2005

Doubt, Twelve Angry Men, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, La Cage and Norbert Leo Butz take home awards. (more...)

Loyola Theatre Ends Season With ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, 3/16-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2012

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Loyola University New Orleans ends the season with William Shakespeare's classic play, "All's Well That Ends Well," in Loyola's Marquette Theater on March 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m. and March 18 at 2 p.m. (more...)

NY is the 'Fugue' State for Judith Ivey
by TJ Fitzgerald - Mar 23, 2007

Director/Actress Judith Ivey Talks about her latest project. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Stage & Screen Star Judith Ivey
by Adrienne Onofri - Mar 22, 2010

The 'Glass Menagerie' star talks about acting and her newer profession, directing, in the first part of our Women's History Month series. (more...)

Primary Stages Announces Spring 2010 Master Class Series with Gleason, Ivey 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2010

The Primary Stages School of Theater (PSST) has announcedthe addition of its popular Master Class Series that was created to provide students the chance togain rare insight and experience from some of the finest working professionals in thetheater. Special guests for the spring series include, Judith Ivey, Judith Light and Craig Lucas.Master Classes are open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. (more...)

THE VOICE to Go Head-to-Head with IDOL This Spring
by TV News Desk - Mar 19, 2013

Singing contestants won't be the only ones battling it out for a spot at the top. According to TVLine.com, NBC is planning to go head-to-head with juggernaut American Idol this Spring. (more...)

Primary Stages Announces Spring 2010 Master Class Series with Gleason, Ivey 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2010

The Primary Stages School of Theater (PSST) has announcedthe addition of its popular Master Class Series that was created to provide students the chance togain rare insight and experience from some of the finest working professionals in thetheater. Special guests for the spring series include, Judith Ivey, Judith Light and Craig Lucas.Master Classes are open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. (more...)

Loyola Theatre Ends Season With ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, 3/16-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2012

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Loyola University New Orleans ends the season with William Shakespeare's classic play, "All's Well That Ends Well," in Loyola's Marquette Theater on March 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m. and March 18 at 2 p.m. (more...)

2014 Hawaii Shakespeare Festival Announces Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The Hawaii Shakespeare Festival (HSF) returns to The ARTS at Marks Garage in the center of the vibrant downtown arts district for its thirteenth season. After completing the canon (all 38 of Shakespeare's plays in twelve years), HSF stretches out in new directions with classics from other playwrights, apocrypha and experimental work. (more...)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Go to Farragut North for Bway Debut?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2007

Oscar-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal is considering making his Broadway debut in Farragut North, a political drama by Beau Willimon. (more...)

New Book Series, THE GOLD HOUSE, is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2013

It was the 4th of July in 1948 when Doc Noss and a close friend stood in front of a drug store in Hot Springs, New Mexico to pose for a photograph. Nine months later an April 6, 1949 Las Cruces Sun-News article confirmed Doc was slain by his business partner, Charley Ryan, over a fortune in gold bars he and Ryan had planned to sell in Mexico. The gold came from a vast treasure trove Doc and Ova Noss had discovered on November 7, 1937. Authors John Clarence and Tom Whittle's painstaking research has captured the historic background of this amazing saga, a true story that has been featured in over 9,000 newspapers and other media coverage worldwide. (more...)

Magician Pete Firman to Bring New Show TRICKSTER to Swindon, Begin. 13 Sept
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

You've seen him on TV, now prepare to 'ooohhh', 'aaahhh' and wonder how on earth he did that, as Pete Firman embarks on a national tour from 13th September 2014 with his new show Trickster. (more...)

Bush II, Part II: What's the Theater to Do?
by Adrienne Onofri - Jan 19, 2005

Tony Kushner, Karen Finley, 'Urinetown' creator Greg Kotis and others speak with BWW as George W. Bush is re-inaugurated. (more...)

Loyola Theatre Ends Season With ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, 3/16-24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2012

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Loyola University New Orleans ends the season with William Shakespeare's classic play, "All's Well That Ends Well," in Loyola's Marquette Theater on March 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m. and March 18 at 2 p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE KENNEDY HALF-CENTURY Sums Things Up Nicely
by John Walker Ross - Feb 20, 2014

The fiftieth anniversary of John Kennedy's assassination last November turned up an avalanche of books seeking to present new angles or re-hash old ones. Larry Sabato's The Kennedy Half-Century does a bit of both. Those who read Kennedy literature basically break down in three camps: obsessives (about the presidency, the assassination or both), neophytes (looking to get a handle on the basics) and tweeners (interested and reasonably astute about those basics but not on the verge of giving up their day jobs to learn more). I count myself a member of the third category. While I can't speak for how it would strike those who are a great deal more knowledgeable about the subject, for me, this was an easy and reasonably rewarding read. The book is broken down into three parts: Kennedy's life and presidency; his assassination; and his legacy. I'm not sure much new could be said on the first two matters and, for the most part–excepting a few tidbits on the assassination that amount to debunking-of-previous-debunkings-of-previous-debunkings and so on–Sabato makes no real attempt to give any substantially new perspectives or draw any rare conclusions. However, within the bounds of what he clearly did set out to do–i.e., give a summation of those aspects of Kennedy's life and death that would hold the attention of the general interest reader and provide an easy-access overview for at least some newcomers–he delivers very nicely. The really interesting and, I think, valuable part of the book is the last: a long and fairly detailed look at the effect Kennedy's legacy has had on his nine successors. This is still relatively fertile ground and, here, Sabato does come to some surprising conclusions and offers solid evidence to back his thesis. If you want to know why and how a conservative Republican like Ronald Reagan was able to channel Kennedy's aura and style more effectively than Lyndon Johnson (who was Kennedy's own vice-president), then this is a good primer on the subject. Same if you want to know how a good-old-boy policy wonk like Bill Clinton could effectively utilize the Kennedy brand–both as campaign style and governing substance–without having much of JFK's rhetorical wit (Kennedy was not exactly long-winded) or having overly warm relations with Senator Ted Kennedy, who was long-established as the family patriarch by the time Clinton reached the presidency. In addition, Sabato does a fine job of treading on some tricky ground regarding the “real” JFK who actually governed the country for two and half years, and the mythical JFK, whose shadow hung over subsequent issues from Viet Nam to Civil Rights to the Space Program to the basic arguments over the tax code. Turns out, virtually every president since 1963 has tried in some form or fashion to use the aura of the Kennedy mythology–and, in some cases, the assassination mythology as well–to advance his agenda. While some have been far better at it than others, Sabato makes it clear that none have turned down the opportunity to exploit the legacy when the opportunity arose. The books final third really turns on personalities then, but it avoids most of the common traps. I don't think there is anything here that strains credibility and that's a relief. The tendency to over-reach is all but endemic in the approach Sabato chooses, but–based on interviews I've seen with him and on the even more compelling evidence of the book itself–he seems to be inclined to stick to the facts. For instance, although Sabato seems to side with elite political and historical opinion which consistently tells us that the Bay of Pigs invasion was an unmitigated disaster, he also reminds us that the poll taken immediately after the event gave Kennedy's performance an eighty percent approval rating. It might seem a small thing, but plenty of historians would choose to leave out a little remembered fact that raises questions about their own conclusions. It's to the author's credit that he provides this kind of exemplary even-handedness throughout. The happy result is a book where Kennedy's real accomplishments are acknowledged, as are the (mostly successful and highly self-conscious) efforts at hagiography carried on by his surviving family (especially his widow) and many of the political allies who served under him. By the same token, Kennedy's almost incredibly reckless personal behavior is explained without being either rationalized away or reduced to the usual morality lessons. Sabato eschews peep-show licentiousness as deftly as he avoids preaching. I didn't come away thinking either Kennedy's sexual peccadilloes or his often seedy political tactics (this book does not shy away from reminding us that the main difference between Nixon's operatives and Kennedy's where Dirty Tricks were concerned in the 1960 campaign was that the Kennedy ops were better at it) were less than unsavory–frankly, the man was no saint. But I didn't feel like taking a bath either. Frankly, the man was a pretty effective president for all his faults and–even more frankly–we're all sinners. It's a rare Kennedy book that doesn't make me feel like I'm being snowed just a little so I especially appreciated this book's lack of agendas. In Sabato's hands a simple recitation of the facts makes for a good read. I think it's safe to say that most people will find it satisfying–just so long as they aren't after feeding an obsession! (more...)

THE BEST MAN Recoups on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2012

Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN, the critically-acclaimed revival about Dirty Tricks and double-dealing at a political convention, recoups its investment just as the 2012 Republican National Convention begins. The play will conclude its limited engagement at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) right after the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Sunday, September 9, 2012. (more...)

NASTY HABITS Now Available On DVD
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 24, 2014

The film adaptation of hit stage comedy NASTY HABITS is now available for the first time on DVD, starring Glenda Jackson, Geraldine Page, Sandy Dennis and more. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE SHADOW OF THE HUMMINGBIRD in New Haven
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - Apr 8, 2014

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FANUTS - Cheat Your Way to the World Cup
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2014

MOSCOW, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ (more...)

2004-5 Drama League Award Nominees Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2005

The Drama League is pleased to announce the nominees for The 71st Annual Drama League Awards, which will be presented at its annual luncheon and ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2005. (more...)

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