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Photo Flash: First Look at Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Adriane Lenox and More in Huntington's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNERPhoto Flash: First Look at Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Adriane Lenox and More in Huntington's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company welcomes Julia Duffy, Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, and Boston favorite Will Lyman alongside Malcolm-Jamal Warner in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the opening production of the 2014 Best of Boston's 33rd season. Adapted for the stage from the William Rose's Academy Award-winning screenplay by Todd Kreidler (Holler If Ya Hear Me on Broadway, August Wilson's longtime dramaturg) and directed by David Esbjornson (All My Sons at the Huntington and Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway), this funny and poignant stage adaptation of the award-winning 1967 film began on September 5. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Huntington's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNERSTAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Huntington's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
by Stage Tube - Sep 9, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company welcomes Julia Duffy, Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, and Boston favorite Will Lyman alongside Malcolm-Jamal Warner in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the opening production of the 2014 Best of Boston's 33rd season. Adapted for the stage from the William Rose's Academy Award-winning screenplay by Todd Kreidler (Holler If Ya Hear Me on Broadway, August Wilson's longtime dramaturg) and directed by David Esbjornson (All My Sons at the Huntington and Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway), this funny and poignant stage adaptation of the award-winning 1967 film opens tomorrow, September 10. Click below to go behind the scenes with the cast and creative team, plus watch an invite from Warner to see the show! (more...)

PARADE to Open SU Drama's 2014-15 Season, 10/10-19PARADE to Open SU Drama's 2014-15 Season, 10/10-19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Daring, innovative, and bold, Parade won two well-earned Tony Awards in 2000. The tragic, true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man wrongly accused of murder in 1913 Georgia, serves as the basis for a tender love story. As Frank seethes with the injustice of his conviction, his wife Lucille finds untapped reserves of love and strength to become his greatest champion. Parade is a passionate and powerful work of musical theater. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Welcomes New Director of DevelopmentPlaywrights Horizons Welcomes New Director of Development
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Playwrights Horizons announced the appointment of Liz Fallon Culp as the institution's new Director of Development. Ms. Culp joins the acclaimed theater company direct from New York Public Radio (WNYC/WQXR), where she served as the Senior Director of Major Gifts and Legacy Giving. She began with the theater company this month, leading its seven-person Development department. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director CHRISTIAN LEBANO Discusses His New Vision for Sierra Madre Playhouse as Artistic DirectorBWW Interview: Director CHRISTIAN LEBANO Discusses His New Vision for Sierra Madre Playhouse as Artistic Director
by Don Grigware - Sep 3, 2014

New artistic director of Sierra Madre Playhouse Christian Lebano is busy as director rehearsing 4000 Miles for its opening at Sierra Madre Playhouse September 26. Lebano talks about this play, this season at Sierra Madre and his role as artistic director, including his plans for the playhouse. What is your background at Sierra Madre Playhouse? (more...)

BWW Exclusive: ALL EYES ON ANGELA LANSBURY; Richard Jay-Alexander Talks to the Accomplished StarBWW Exclusive: ALL EYES ON ANGELA LANSBURY; Richard Jay-Alexander Talks to the Accomplished Star
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Sep 29, 2014

Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury. I saw her in Mame, my first Broadway show seen ON BROADWAY at The Winter Garden Theatre from the front row of the mezzanine in seats my dad bought from a scalper because he knew I wanted to see it so badly. I would never recover from the splashy front of The Winter Garden Theatre. (more...)

BWW Features: Music Theatre of Connecticut - Thinking Outside the Black BoxBWW Features: Music Theatre of Connecticut - Thinking Outside the Black Box
by Melinda Zupaniotis - Sep 26, 2014

Back in 2008, when I moved from my small New York City apartment to my 3 bedroom house on a half-acre in Norwalk, CT, I was both 'excited AND scared', to quote Little Red from Into the Woods. I was excited for the change, for the possibilities, and for the extra space, yet scared for the unknown, the new responsibilities, and the financial undertaking. I'm sure 'excited AND scared' sums up the feelings held by Kevin Connors and Jim Schilling when faced with their latest venture - moving Music Theatre of Connecticut from its quaint and cozy home in the basement of a Westport strip mall to the spacious and state-of-the-art surroundings at the Company's new location at 509 Westport Avenue in Norwalk, CT. However, 'excited' might be the dominant emotion. (more...)

Joel Ferrell to Direct DTC's DRIVING MISS DAISY; Cast and Creative Team SetJoel Ferrell to Direct DTC's DRIVING MISS DAISY; Cast and Creative Team Set
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Rehearsals are underway for Driving Miss Daisy, the second show of Dallas Theater Center's 2014-15 season. Joel Ferrell, director and choreographer of DTC's hot-ticket production of The Rocky Horror Show, directs Driving Miss Daisy, which marks DTC's return to the historic Kalita Humphreys Theater for the first time in one and a half years. Driving Miss Daisy begins previews on Thursday, October 16 with a Pay-What-You-Can performance and runs through Sunday, November 16. Tickets to Driving Miss Daisy are on sale now at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org and by phone at (214) 880-0202. (more...)

Performance Network to Offer Two-For-One Tickets to Opening Weekend of DRIVING MISS DAISYPerformance Network to Offer Two-For-One Tickets to Opening Weekend of DRIVING MISS DAISY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

For anyone still thinking about attending the opening weekend performances of "Driving Miss Daisy" at Performance Network Theatre, a special two-for-one ticket offer is now in place for Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28. (more...)

OSH's DRIVING MISS DAISY to Open 10/3OSH's DRIVING MISS DAISY to Open 10/3
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Open Stage of Harrisburg (OSH) presents Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Driving Miss Daisy, October 3-19, 2014. OSH co-founder and Education Director Anne Alsedek will perform the title role. (more...)

2014 IVEY AWARDS Honor Illusion Theater Directors, Tyler Michaels and More2014 IVEY AWARDS Honor Illusion Theater Directors, Tyler Michaels and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

For the first time in the Iveys' 10-year history, two people will share the Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris, co-producing directors of Illusion Theater, were honored at the celebration of Twin Cities theater on September 22 at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. Versatile actor-singer-dancer-improviser Tyler Michaels received the Emerging Artist Award. (more...)

Angela Lansbury to Star in BLITHE SPIRIT at the Ahmanson, Beginning December 9Angela Lansbury to Star in BLITHE SPIRIT at the Ahmanson, Beginning December 9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and in London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in Noel Coward's smash-hit comedic play 'Blithe Spirit' in an exciting North American tour to be launched at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre. (more...)

Tickets to Performance Network Theatre's DRIVING MISS DAISY Now On SaleTickets to Performance Network Theatre's DRIVING MISS DAISY Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

Single tickets are on sale now for the ever popular "Driving Miss Daisy," directed by 2014 Pulsar Award winner for Best Director and three time 2014 Wilde Award nominee John Manfredi. Tickets range in price from $25-$41 and may be purchased online at www.pntheatre.org or by calling the box office at 734-663-0681. "Driving Miss Daisy" will begin its run at Performance Network Theatre on September 25, 2014. The project reunites Manfredi and Bowen last seen together at the Network in the critically acclaimed "K2". (more...)

June Squibb Exits DTC's DRIVING MISS DAISY; Annalee Jefferies Steps inJune Squibb Exits DTC's DRIVING MISS DAISY; Annalee Jefferies Steps in
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

Dallas Theater Center announced today that Annalee Jefferies will replace June Squibb in the theater's upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy. Jefferies, a Texas native, returns to DTC for the first time since her performance in The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Squibb is leaving the production due to professional conflicts. (more...)

Cinnabar's DRIVING MISS DAISY Begins 10/17Cinnabar's DRIVING MISS DAISY Begins 10/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Following five straight shows that extended their engagements, Cinnabar Theater proudly announces its next presentation: Driving Miss Daisy begins its run at Sonoma County's beloved professional theater on Friday, October 17 and is scheduled to close on Sunday, November 2. Come for a ride with Cinnabar to see the heartwarming and humorous show that has delighted millions of people around the world. (more...)

Open Stage of Harrisburg's DRIVING MISS DAISY to Run 10/3-19Open Stage of Harrisburg's DRIVING MISS DAISY to Run 10/3-19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Open Stage of Harrisburg (OSH) presents Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Driving Miss Daisy, October 3-19, 2014. OSH co-founder and Education Director Anne Alsedek will perform the title role (more...)

Patti LuPone to Premiere FAR AWAY PLACES Follow-Up at 54 Below in NovemberPatti LuPone to Premiere FAR AWAY PLACES Follow-Up at 54 Below in November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone in 'Far Away Places - Part Two' November 3 -15. In an evening conceived and directed by Tony Award winner Scott Wittman, LuPone returns with Part Two of the show which she premiered to critical acclaim when 54 Below opened in June 2012. In this continuation of the show (which will include a few encores from the landmark Part One) she further explores her wanderlust, performing songs by an eclectic group of songwriters including Irving Caesar, Billy Joel, David Yazbek, Johnny Mercer and Kris Kristofferson. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Jobsite Theater's THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO at the ShimbergBWW Reviews: Jobsite Theater's THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO at the Shimberg
by Peter Nason - Sep 15, 2014

Jobsite's first play of the season is a winner; if this is any indication of the shows to come, it's going to be quite an exciting year of theater. (more...)

Photo Flash: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER Celebrates Opening at HuntingtonPhoto Flash: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER Celebrates Opening at Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company welcomes Julia Duffy, Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, Boston favorite Will Lyman and Malcolm-Jamal Warner in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the opening production of the 2014 Best of Boston's 33rd season. The show opened last night, September 10, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Morgan Freeman Heads to BEN-HUR RemakeMorgan Freeman Heads to BEN-HUR Remake
by Movies News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Deadline writes that Morgan Freeman is the latest star to board MGM and Paramount's BEN-HUR reboot. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) directs the project, based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. (more...)

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Adriane Lenox and More Star in Huntington's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, Opening TonightMalcolm-Jamal Warner, Adriane Lenox and More Star in Huntington's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company welcomes Julia Duffy, Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, Boston favorite Will Lyman and Malcolm-Jamal Warner in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the opening production of the 2014 Best of Boston's 33rd season. This funny and poignant stage adaptation of the award-winning 1967 film opens tonight, September 10, 2014. (more...)

Morgan Freeman Joins Cast of TED 2Morgan Freeman Joins Cast of TED 2
by Movies News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan Freeman has signed on for Seth MacFarlane's sequel to 2011's TED, joining Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried. (more...)

Sheldon Henry, Kevin McAllister & More to Star in FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Arena StageSheldon Henry, Kevin McAllister & More to Star in FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Come and dance the blues away with Five Guys Named Moe! Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara (Bootcandy, director of The Mountaintop at Arena Stage) returns to Arena Stage to direct an explosive, reimagined tribute to the 'King of the Jukebox'-legendary composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan. This modernized production features new orchestrations for classic songs, including 'Let the Good Times Roll' and 'Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby,' and a contemporary twist on the five Moes, now a hit boy band set in 2014. This dynamic musical revue features musical direction by Darryl G. Ivey (assistant music director for original Broadway production of Five Guys Named Moe) and choreography by Byron Easley (off-Broadway's Langston in Harlem). A co-production with Cleveland Play House, Five Guys Named Moe runs November 14-December 28, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Drama League Will Honor James Earl Jones at 2015 Gala- MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAYDrama League Will Honor James Earl Jones at 2015 Gala- MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

The Drama League (Executive Director Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth) announced today they will honor the legendary Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Award (EGOT) winner James Earl Jones at the 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, to be held onMonday evening, February 2, 2015 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). The black-tie gala, which features dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only musical tribute inspired by Mr. Jones' career in theater, film and television, supports The Drama League's educational initiatives for promising young artists. Tickets are available by calling (212) 244-9494. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th JubileePhoto Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

ROLEX presented NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town -- Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th & 7th Aves.), NYC followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Angela Lansbury received the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. James Earl Jones, Ms. Lansbury's Driving Miss Daisy co-star, presented her with the award. The 2014 Career Transition For Dancers Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance Awards honorees went to Janice Galli Becker, Fe Saracino Fendi, and Joe Tremaine & Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions. Scroll down for photos of the performances and starry attendees! (more...)

STICKBOY to Open in Vancouver, 10/23STICKBOY to Open in Vancouver, 10/23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

Vancouver, BC ~ The cultural event of the fall season hits Vancouver on October 23: the world premiere of Vancouver Opera's revolutionary new opera, Stickboy, composed by Neil Weisensel with libretto by world-renowned spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan. This beautiful, courageous and visually stunning opera explores the inner life of a young boy transformed by bullying. (more...)

Cinnabar Presents DRIVING MISS DAISY Today, Thru 11/02Cinnabar Presents DRIVING MISS DAISY Today, Thru 11/02
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2014

Cinnabar opens its next production: Driving Miss Daisy runs, tonight at Sonoma County's beloved professional theater through November 2. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: All Hail Dame Angela Lansbury! A Happy Birthday BonanzaFLASH FRIDAY: All Hail Dame Angela Lansbury! A Happy Birthday Bonanza
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 17, 2014

Today we are saluting one of the most adored and respected stars of the stage and screen in acknowledging her 89th birthday this week, Dame Angela Lansbury! (more...)

GRAND CONCOURSE Begins Previews Tomorrow at Playwrights HorizonsGRAND CONCOURSE Begins Previews Tomorrow at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

Previews begin tomorrow, Friday, October 17 at 7:30 PM for the Playwrights Horizons' world premiere production of GRAND CONCOURSE, a new play by playwright and two-time Obie Award-winning actress Heidi Schreck (author of There Are No More Big Secrets, Creature, Showtime's 'Nurse Jackie'). Directed by Kip Fagan (The Revisionist, Asuncion), the play is the second production of the acclaimed theater company's 2014/2015 Season. It follows the critically-acclaimed Bootycandy, a new play written and directed by Robert O'Hara, which concludes its extended run this Sunday evening on the Mainstage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DRIVING MISS DAISY Is a Powerful Season OpenerBWW Reviews: DRIVING MISS DAISY Is a Powerful Season Opener
by Marakay Rogers - Oct 16, 2014

Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy comes to vivid life at Open Stage of Harrisburg (more...)

Tony Winner Patti LuPone Coming to The Wallis in February 2015Tony Winner Patti LuPone Coming to The Wallis in February 2015
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

Wallis Center for the Performing Arts (aka "The Wallis") announces Patti LuPone Coulda Woulda Shoulda … played that part for a single performance on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. Coulda Woulda Shoulda is conceived and directed by Scott Wittman with musical arrangements by Dick Gallagher; the musical director is Joseph Thalken. (more...)

Winners of the 18th Annual GRAND RAPIDS GRAND AWARDS Announced!Winners of the 18th Annual GRAND RAPIDS GRAND AWARDS Announced!
by Cassandra Sandros - Oct 14, 2014

The Grand Rapids Grand Awards are West Michigan's theatre awards ceremonies, which celebrate local theatre and present special recognition to the outstanding artists in Grand Rapids' community and college theatres. (more...)

Karen Carpenter to Direct HANDLE WITH CARE at the Colony Theatre, 11/5-12/14Karen Carpenter to Direct HANDLE WITH CARE at the Colony Theatre, 11/5-12/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

The Colony Theatre will present the third production of its historic 40thAnniversary season, the West Coast Premiere of HANDLE WITH CARE by Jason Odell Williams, directed by Karen Carpenter. HANDLE WITH CARE will preview on Wednesday, November 5; Thursday, November 6; andFriday, November 7 at 8:00pm. It will open on Saturday, November 8 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, December 14, with no performances Thanksgiving week. (more...)

18th Annual GRAND RAPIDS GRAND AWARDS Are Announced18th Annual GRAND RAPIDS GRAND AWARDS Are Announced
by Cassandra Sandros - Oct 13, 2014

The Grand Rapids Grand Awards are West Michigan's theatre awards ceremonies, which celebrate local theatre and present special recognition to the outstanding artists in Grand Rapids' community and college theatres. The awards raise money and awareness for the Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SU Drama's PARADE, Opening TonightPhoto Flash: First Look at SU Drama's PARADE, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

Presented by the Department of Drama in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU Drama), Parade performs tonight, October 10 through October 19 in the Storch Theater at the Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 East Genesee Street. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Free Story Time, AN ILIAD Reading and More Set for Performance Network Theatre This MonthFree Story Time, AN ILIAD Reading and More Set for Performance Network Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Having begun a successful run of "Driving Miss Daisy", the Network is shifting some of its focus to additional programming. Every Saturday, beginning October 4, the Network will host a free Story Time at 11 a.m. for children ages 3-8 where a staff member will read from popular children's books. The following week the Network's Wednesday Night Concert Series begins with a concert reading of "An Iliad" performed by John Manfredi on Wednesday, October 8 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

LATW's IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT to Launch National Tour Next MonthLATW's IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT to Launch National Tour Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

It's 1962. A white man has been murdered on a hot August night in a small town in the deep South, and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. L.A. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Ford's Theatre Production of DRIVING MISS DAISY is Anything But TiredBWW Reviews: Ford's Theatre Production of DRIVING MISS DAISY is Anything But Tired
by Jennifer Perry - Oct 1, 2014

Turns out, the decision Ford's Theatre Society made to present this award-winning work might not have only been a good idea in theory, but also in execution. (more...)

DRIVING MISS DAISY to Begin 9/26 at Ford's TheatreDRIVING MISS DAISY to Begin 9/26 at Ford's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

The Ford's Theatre Society 2014-2015 season begins with Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Driving Miss Daisy," directed by Jennifer L. Nelson, September 26 through October 26, 2014, at Ford's Theatre (511 Tenth Street NW, Washington, D.C.). The cast also includes Ron Heneghan as Boolie Werthan. (more...)

PNT's DRIVING MISS DAISY to Reunite Manfredi and Bowen, Begin. 9/25PNT's DRIVING MISS DAISY to Reunite Manfredi and Bowen, Begin. 9/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

The popular "Driving Miss Daisy," directed by 2014 Pulsar Award winner for Best Director and three time 2014 Wilde Award nominee John Manfredi, will begin its run at Performance Network Theatre on September 25, 2014. The project reunites Manfredi and Bowen last seen together at the Network in the critically acclaimed "K2". Tickets are on sale now at www.pntheatre.org and by calling the box office at 734-663-0681. (more...)

The Future of Independent Trek: Star Trek: Axanar Raises More Than $650,000 Through KickstarterThe Future of Independent Trek: Star Trek: Axanar Raises More Than $650,000 Through Kickstarter
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Star Trek fans worldwide made their voices heard by donating over $650,000 on Kickstarter and through PayPal to finance the independent film Star Trek: Axanar (follow-up to the highly-successful - and Kickstarter-funded - short, Prelude to Axanar). The viral marketing campaign stands as a prime example of the power of grassroots social media efforts, and was capped by actor George Takei, Star Trek's original Sulu, taking to Facebook and Twitter to promote the project, boosting its final tally by 50-percent on its last day. Spearheaded by producer/writer Alec Peters and writer/director Christian Gossett, creator of the critically acclaimed graphic novel The Red Star, Star Trek: Axanar is the story of Captain Kirk's hero, Garth of Izar, a character only seen in one episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar focuses on Garth and his crew during the Four Years War with the Klingon Empire, twenty-one years before the original Star Trek - a war that almost tore apart the Federation and set the stage for Star Trek mythology as we know it. Peters, who wrote the original fan fiction twenty years ago, partnered with Gossett to turn the story into a screenplay worthy of inclusion in the Trek universe. The duo worked hard to show that Axanar would distinguish itself from other fan-based Star Trek productions by bringing in acting (and science fiction) legends Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, Richard Hatch, Gary Graham, and J.G. Hertzler to play the key roles, and an award-winning crew including Oscar-winning sound designer Frank Serafine (The Hunt for Red October), and makeup artist Kevin Haney (Driving Miss Daisy). They are complemented by visual-effects magician Tobias Richter, whose work has been used in the remastered Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays. 'There is no difference between this and any other terrifically managed and organized independent production I've ever been a part of - this is much better than almost all of them,' says actor J.G. Hertzler, who portrays Starfleet Admiral Samuel Travis. An initial successful Kickstarter campaign in March 2014 raised over $100,000 to produce Prelude to Axanar; a 20-minute short film modeled after the PBS documentaries of Ken Burns and the Sir Laurence Olivier-narrated The World at War. The short gives the viewer a look at the events leading up to the Battle of Axanar and presents both a historical and personal account of the war. In addition, it allowed the cast and crew to prove their ability to deliver a professional-quality Star Trek production. 'In twenty minutes, Prelude gave us new Star Trek characters and situations and proved that it was worthy of the name Star Trek,' said Robert Meyer-Burnett, award-winning writer and director of the film Free Enterprise and many other Star Trek productions. So what made this crowdfunding campaign so successful? 'The most important part was Prelude itself,' said Peters, 'because it gave us enormous credibility. Combine that with an amazingly-loyal and passionate group of donors from our first Kickstarter, who tirelessly evangelized for us, and the aid of the geek media, which got behind the project after seeing our first trailer, and there was no stopping the momentum we'd built up.' About Star Trek: Axanar Star Trek: Axanar is a not-for-profit film project produced by Axanar Productions, Inc. Axanar uses the intellectual property of CBS, Star Trek rights holder, under the provision that Axanar is completely non-commercial. Axanar is being funded entirely through donations from fans. In March 2014, the short film Prelude to Axanar executed a successful fundraiser that totaled over $100,000. Prelude was filmed in May and premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on July 26, 2014, launching the feature-length film's Kickstarter campaign that raised over $650,000 on Kickstarter and PayPal. Axanar begins pre-production in September with production scheduled to begin early 2015. Additional information can be found at www.startrekaxanar.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StarTrekAxanar Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/194429923/star-trek-axanar Twitter: https://twitter.com/startrekaxanar Please note: STAR TREK and all related marks, logos and characters are owned by CBS Studios, Inc. This film, the promotion thereof and/or any exhibition of? material created by the filmmakers are not endorsed or sponsored by or affiliated with CBS/Paramount Pictures or the STAR TREK franchise. (more...)

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre to Present THE GOOD FATHER, 9/17-10/12Milwaukee Chamber Theatre to Present THE GOOD FATHER, 9/17-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the Midwest premiere of THE GOOD FATHER by Christian O'Reilly. This contemporary Irish love story features local artists - and real-life married couple - Laura Gray and Jonathan Wainwright. THE GOOD FATHER performs in the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. The show runs September 17 - October 12, 2014. (more...)

BoHo Theatre to Close Season with PARADE, 1019-11/16BoHo Theatre to Close Season with PARADE, 1019-11/16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

BoHo Theatre closes out its milestone 10th anniversary season with the stirring musical Parade, directed by Linda Fortunato (Jeff-Award winner for Choreography for BoHo's Kiss of the Spider Woman) with music direction by Matt Deitchman. Opening in October at Theater Wit, Parade tells the story of the trial of Leo Frank, a northern Jew accused of the murder of a teenage worker in his Southern factory. This Tony Award-winning musical by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and composer Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) shines a revealing light on the intolerance and racial tension that continues to haunt America, as well as the endurance of love and hope against all odds. Parade represents the Bohemian Pillar of Love in BoHo's 2013/2014 Season. (more...)

Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2014, Fall Edition!Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2014, Fall Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 26, 2014

In the coming months, Broadway will welcome a fresh crop of productions- many of which will mark the Broadway debuts for a slew of talented actors. Whether they are fresh faces or established stars, these Broadway babies will soon take their very first bows on the grandest stages in the world. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

Seanachai Theatre Changes Name to Irish Theatre of Chicago; 20th Anniversary Season Announced!Seanachai Theatre Changes Name to Irish Theatre of Chicago; 20th Anniversary Season Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Seanachai Theatre Company is pleased to celebrate its 20th anniversary season with an official name change to Irish Theatre of Chicago. The 2014-15 Season will include Conor McPherson's haunting drama SHINING CITY directed by ensemble member Jeff Christian and the world premiere drama THE WHITE ROAD by founding ensemble member Karen Tarjan, directed by ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric. (more...)

L. Scott Caldwell to Star in Colony Theatre's WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS This FallL. Scott Caldwell to Star in Colony Theatre's WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The Colony Theatre will present the second production of its historic 40th Anniversary season, the West Coast Premiere of WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS by Pearl Cleage. The production stars Tony winner L. Scott Caldwell, and is directed by Saundra McClain. WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS will preview on Wednesday, September 3; Thursday, September 4; andFriday, September 5 at 8:00pm. It will open on Saturday, September 6 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, October 5 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street in Burbank. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Experience the Nostalgic Majesty that is ON GOLDEN POND at the Barth Hotel Benefiting Senior Housing Options!BWW Reviews: Experience the Nostalgic Majesty that is ON GOLDEN POND at the Barth Hotel Benefiting Senior Housing Options!
by Michael Mulhern - Aug 25, 2014

What I truly appreciated most about this exceptional production was the sheer simplicity of it making the main focus the amazing performances! (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Welcomes New Director of MarketingPlaywrights Horizons Welcomes New Director of Marketing
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

After a national search, Playwrights Horizons announced today the appointment of Kyle Sircus as the institution's new Director of Marketing. Beginning Monday, September 22, Mr. Sircus will join the acclaimed theater company direct from Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, CA, where he currently serves as Marketing Manager, a position created especially for him in July 2012. Mr. Sircus will lead the theater company's seven-person Marketing Department. (more...)

Olympia Entertainment Announces 2014-2015 Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre SeriesOlympia Entertainment Announces 2014-2015 Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Olympia Entertainment is excited to announce a variety of theatrical and musical experiences to headline the 2014-2015 Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series; featuring some of musical theater's most enduring titles, as well as new favorites. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - CHICAGO!Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - CHICAGO!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 10, 2014

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