Peninsula Players Theatre Names Artistic Company for 81st Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre and Door County's theatrical icon, announces company members for its 81st season, running June 14 through October 16, 2016. The mix of plays include a late-in-life romance, an intriguing whodunit, a raucous pop-rock musical, an engaging Midwest premiere and a wildly comic thriller. (more...)

Company of Fools to Open 21st Season with GREY GARDENS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

?Company of Fools (COF) opens its 21st season with the haunting and often hilarious  musical, Grey Gardens, with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. Performances run June 28-July 20 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. When it premiered on Broadway in 2006, Grey Gardens was hailed as Time magazine's number one show of the year and garnered 10 Tony Award nominations. (more...)

Arena Stage Now Seeking Participants for 2016-17 Kogod Cradle Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is seeking proposals from theater companies, ensembles and individual artists interested in participating in the 2016/17 Kogod Cradle Series as part of the American Voices New Play Institute. Now in its fifth season, the Kogod Cradle Series supports the exploration and development of new and emerging work in the theater's intimate 200-seat Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. (more...)

Annual SoLow Festival Kicks Off 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

SoLow Festival is an annual event for solo performance held in Philadelphia, PA with the mission of inspiring individuals to make and produce art that would otherwise never be created. During the first weekend of the festival (June 16 - 19), new work by six SoLow artists will be presented at Plays and Players Theater (1714 Delancey St.) in the venue's Skinner Studio on the 3rd Floor. This incredible roster of Philadelphia theatre artists includes Chris Davis, Bradley Wrenn, Corinna Burns, Terry Brennan, Nicole Quenelle, and James Haro. All performances are Pay What You Can with suggested donations of $5 or more. Please visit for more details, showtimes, and to see the full SoLow Fest line up! (more...)

Jackalope Theatre Company Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

Jackalope Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Gus Menary and Managing Director Nate Silver, announces its 2016/17 season. The company's 9th season features three productions: a world premiere, a U.S premiere, and a Midwest premiere. The season begins with the U.S premiere of Octagon by Kristiana Rae Colon, directed by Tara Branham, continues with the world premiere of The Snare by Samantha Beach, directed by Jackalope Associated Producer Elana Boulos, and concludes with the Midwest premiere of Ideation by Aaron Loeb, directed by Jackalope Artistic Director Gus Menary. (more...)

BWW News: Los Angeles Editors Pick SUMMER STAGES
by Don Grigware - Jun 6, 2016

Grey Gardens/Ahmanson Theatre/July 6 - August 14, 2016 Based on the 1975 documentary of the same name, the story recounts the fall from uppercrust society of mother and daughter Edith Bouvier Beale, eccentric cousins of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lived in poverty in East Hampton, New York. This is the long-awaited west coast premiere of the Tony winning musical, and it will star Rachel York as 'Little Edie' and Betty Buckley as 'Big Edie'. Beautiful - The Carole King Musical/Pantages Theatre/June 22 - July 17, 2 (more...)

Victory Gardens Theater to Offer Series of Free Play Readings This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces the June lineup for The VG Reading Series. This regularly scheduled program of play readings provides playwrights a platform to develop their plays-in-progress, and will give audiences opportunities to experience exciting new work throughout the year. The Reading Series adds to VG's current programming of world premieres and new plays and the IGNITION Festival of New Plays. (more...)

UK Tour of SHADOWLANDS Coming to Theatre Royal in Portsmouth
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

The 2016 national tour of William Nicholson's SHADOWLANDS, directed by Alastair Whatley, is coming to New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth on Thursday 16th - Saturday 18th June 2016. (more...)

Becca McCoy and La Lucha: Rosemary Clooney Tribute to Play Palladium Side Door
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

On Friday, July 15th at 8pm, AN EVENING OF ROSEMARY CLOONEY, a new musical program created and performed by Becca McCoy and La Lucha, premieres at the Palladium Side Door to kick off the Summer Jazz Series. (more...)

Four Clowns' Artistic Director Jeremy Aluma Steps Down
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Jeremy Aluma, the Founder and Artistic Director of Four Clowns for the past seven seasons is stepping down as Artistic Director. Aluma will be moving to Chicago this summer to pursue his MFA in Directing at DePaul University. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE TEMPEST at Royal & Derngate
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Royal & Derngate's fourth tribute to William Shakespeare is his last masterpiece THE TEMPEST, in a vibrant new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Oscar and BAFTA winning Ida; Her Naked Skin, National Theatre). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Daniel Nils Roberts
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jun 27, 2016

BWW speaks to Daniel Nils Roberts about his 2016 Edinburgh Fringe comedy show 'Honey'. (more...)

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST to Bring Love and Lust to Theater at Monmouth
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Shakespeare's Battle of the Sexes comedy, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, opens at Theater at Monmouth Friday, July 8th at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theresa Stroll Brings MY BIG FAT BLONDE MUSICAL to Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Theresa Stroll is proud to present My Big Fat Blonde Musical, playing at the Sacred Fools Theater Black Box as part of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Scroll down for a look at Stroll in action! (more...)

Marx Brothers Musical Revival I'LL SAY SHE IS Extends Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

After selling out its initial run, I'LL SAY SHE IS, the legendary musical comedy that was the Broadway debut of the Marx Brothers, will extend its historic revival at The Connelly Theater through July 3. (more...)

SQUEEZE MY CANS Set for Greenhouse Theater's Solo Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Greenhouse Theater's 'Solo Celebration!' continues with 'Squeeze My Cans,' a limited engagement autobiographical solo-play written and performed by Cathy Schenkelberg and directed by Shirley Anderson. Making its Chicago premiere, Schenkelberg shares a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of Scientology in this strangely hilarious and unbelievable story of resilience, loss, and extraterrestrials. 'Squeeze My Cans' runs July 14 - July 24 at The Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N Lincoln Avenue); the press performance is July 14 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Celebration Theatre Extends THE BOY FROM OZ
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Celebration Theatre at the Lex and Bruce W. Zisterer in association with Nicholas Caprio, Michael C. Kricfalusi, Todd Milliner and Jack Morrissey presents, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, and thrilled to announce that their critically-acclaimed (LA Times Critic's Choice) Smash-Hit, West Coast premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ, music and lyrics by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman, original book by Nick Enright, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Bryan Blaskie, produced by Andrew Carlberg and directed by Celebration Theatre co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd is EXTENDING through SUNDAY, JULY 31 at the Celebration Theatre's new home, Celebration at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

PORN ROCK: AN UNINTENTIONAL COMEDY Set for Hollywood Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

The controversial and unintentionally hilarious hearing, engineered by Tipper Gore of the Parents' Music Resource Center, comes to HFF in an intentionally hilarious re-staging at the Sacred Fools Main Stage for 5 shows only in June. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

In the second installment of its 2016 OCPA Presents... series of staged readings of full-length plays, the Orange County Playwrights Alliance presents Bad Moon Rising, a finely written new drama from Huntington Beach playwright Karen JP Howes. Directed by Jaye Austin Williams (CSULB), this event features a cast of veteran theatre, film and TV actors ... Haskell V. Anderson III, Warren Davis, Emily Goss, McKerrin Kelly, Jennifer Schoch, Brian Tichnell, Jilon VanOver and Sarah Yarkin. (more...)

BWW Review: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2016: THE WHARF REVUE Lampoons Politics' Sacred Cows
by Barry Lenny - Jun 19, 2016

The wit is sharp and the production is polished. (more...)

Imogen Stubbs & Natalie Casey to Star in Frantic Assembly's THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Full casting has been announced for Andrew Bovell's Things I Know To Be True, an exciting international co-production between Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia. Matthew Barker, Natalie Casey, Richard Mylan, Kirsty Oswald, Ewan Stewart and Imogen Stubbs will star in the play's UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith from 10th September until 1st October 2016 before embarking upon a UK tour. (more...)

Lehigh University Faculty Announces Summer Reading Picks
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

BETHLEHEM, Pa., June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ A diverse group of faculty members from all four of Lehigh University's colleges in departments from Theatre to Entrepreneurship to Chemical Engineering share their picks for summer reading below following the lead of Lehigh President John D. Simon who discussed the impact of a recent read in the May 27 th issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. (more...)

30 New Shows at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

?30 new shows form a new season of entertainment at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre featuring Sir Roger Moore, Lesley Garrett, Brendan Cole, the return of The Fizzogs, Meera Syal's new production of ANITA & ME, David Walliams' acclaimed GANGSTA GRANNY and the West End celebration of Michael Jackson - THRILLER LIVE. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

Award-winning actress Dipti Mehta's new solo-show, HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan comes to The 20th Annual New York Fringe Festival in August. Dipti, who was born and raised in Mumbai and currently resides in New Jersey, also stars in the show. She has numerous film and television credits including The Blacklist (NBC), and The Golden Boy (CBS). In addition acting and writing, she also holds a Ph. D in Molecular and Cellular Biology and works at Sloan Kettering in cancer research. The play is directed and dramaturged by Mark Cirnigliaro who has worked extensively in theatre for the past 16 years. Recent directing credits include the World Premiere of The Hounds of War by Bill Holland which Broadway World called, 'A must see,' and the critically acclaimed production of The Judgment of Fools by Bernardo Cubria for INTAR Theatre. (more...)

Aretha Franklin to Perform at NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER on June 16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is offering a limited number of seats to see the Queen of Soul - ARETHA FRANKLIN on Thursday, June 16th at 7:30pm at a special price of $49.00 for the concert-only portion of the Musical Moments for Multiple Sclerosis Gala. (more...)

Applications Now Available for CTG's Block Party at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Applications are now available for Center Theatre Group's inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre, which will highlight some of the remarkable work being done on other stages throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions. (more...)

BWW Review: Some Win, Some Lose in WAR STORIES
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 13, 2016

In Sarah Kelly's new play, WAR STORIES, we meet four of them: Chelsea (Sarah Schreiber), an actress constantly attracted to catastrophe; Sam (Clayton McInerney), a writer whose motto is 'never fall in love with an actress'; Jen (Sarah Kelly) a therapist, and sucker for a good love story; and Jake (Brian Guest), an intense actor convinced that love is the worst. Four people. Four separate issues. All of them call LA home. (more...)

Works by Lucy Alibar, Lauren Yee & More Set for CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie has set the 2016-2017 season at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - The Fool
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 8, 2016

BWW speaks to director Rao Xiao Zhi about 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show The Fool. (more...)

Hollywood Fringe Encore! Producers' Awards Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

The Encore! Producers' Awards returns for the seventh year with extended runs of the best of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, running July 8 through August 20, 2016 at ten Hollywood venues. Produced by Combined Artform, this year's extensions feature an exciting selection of exceptional ensemble and solo work at Actors Company, Asylum @ Studio C, Asylum @ McCadden Place Theatre, Asylum @ 6470, Lounge Theatre, Los Angeles LGBT Center, The MET Theatre, Sacred Fools Theatre, The Complex and Three Clubs. With multiple shows per venue each weekend and the special deals and gatherings at Three Clubs bar, the action-packed atmosphere of the Hollywood Fringe Festival vibe will continue through August. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company to Present THE TEMPEST as 2016 Free For All Event
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Kicking off its 30th Anniversary Season, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) will present William Shakespeare's The Tempest as the 2016 Free For All event. Directed by STC favorite and internationally-acclaimed director, Ethan McSweeny, The Tempest will feature STC Affiliated Artist and Broadway veteran Patrick Page as Prospero. STC will also welcome back Sara Topham as Ariel, last seen as Hippolyta/Titania in McSweeny's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Affiliated Artist Edward Gero as Alonso, King Of Naples. (more...)

Unexpected Stage Company's 8 STOPS to Benefit Red Wiggler Community Farm
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Unexpected Stage Company's Friday, July 29 performance (7:30p) of 8 STOPS will benefit Red Wiggler Community Farm, with half of all ticket sales for that evening going to support this local non-profit. (more...)

The Brelby Theatre Company to Present THE OZ CHRONICLES This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Brelby Theatre Company located in Historic Downtown Glendale, is excited to produce the third installment of their 2016 Mainstage Season. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Sarah Callaghan
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 28, 2016

BWW speaks to Sarah Callaghan ahead of her Edinburgh Fringe 2016 show 24. (more...)

Potter Parody PUFFS to Apparate Off-Broadway This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Tilted Windmill Theatricals will present PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic - the sold-out sensation running in New York since December 2015 - as it transfers Off-Broadway to The Elektra Theater (300 West 43rd Street). (more...)

2016 MFA Playwrights' Workshop to Develop Eight New Works at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, is pleased to co-present the 11th annual MFA Playwright's Workshop (MFAPW) in association with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and Stanford University's National Center for New Plays. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Table 8 Productions and Artifice is excited to present the first show in their Best of Hollywood series, 'Mr. Mark Twain Answers All Your Questions!' (more...)

New Children's Theatre Launch BEYOND IMAGINATION
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Imagine Project, a brand new children's theatre company focusing on gender equity, diversity, and inclusion, will launch its new company with Beyond Imagination, a gala event on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Colony Theatre Company in Burbank, CA. Imagine Project will be the only union theatre company in Los Angeles dedicated solely to children's programming. The event is free and open to the public but RSVP registration is required at The evening will feature complimentary food, wine, live entertainment, and an auction. Dress code is 'cocktail swanky.' Actor Jeffrey Landman, best known as Billy Hill in the Halloween film franchise, will serve as MC for the gala. John Achorn, Karl Ramsey, and Juliette Storace, of the Commedia dell'Arte Studio Zanni, will also perform. The launch event will serve as a fundraiser for the new theatre company. Proceeds will be used to fund production costs for The Tale of Turandot by Armina LaManna, Imagine Project's inaugural production slated for early 2017. (more...)

Amanda Horvath and Courtney Mack to Star in Underscore Theatre's TONYA AND NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Underscore Theatre Company, in association with Harborside Films, is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of TONYA AND NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA, a dark musical comedy based on the infamous 1990's Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan 'knee whack' ice skating scandal. (more...)

Longest Running Broadway Revue to Open at Alhambra
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Nominated for eight Tony® Awards, Smokey Joe's Cafe is a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards from the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's, including rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The Original Broadway cast recording, Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller, won a Grammy Award in 1996. After a Los Angeles tryout, the revue opened on Broadway in 1995, running for 2,036 performances, making it the longest -running musical revue in Broadway history. It also had a London run in 1996. The show will open at Jacksonville's Alhambra Theatre & Dining on August 3, 2016. (more...)

WICKED LIT 2016 Season Announced for the Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

From Beyond, Anansi and the Demons and The Shadowy Third, are the 28th, 29th and 30th  plays to receive their world premiere from Unbound Productions. Several of these plays have been produced by schools and theatre companies across the country and around the world including England, Scotland and Cameroon.October 1 - November 12, 2016, Limited engagement! (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Onyx Theatre is excited to present the first show in their Best of Hollywood series, "Mr. Mark Twain Answers All Your Questions!" Performances are Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, July 31. Tickets are $20 for General Admission, and $15 for Students, Seniors, Military and Nerds. Tickets may be purchased at or at the box office an hour before performances. The Onyx is located at 953 E. Sahara Ave., #16B. (more...)

A HISTORY OF SERVITUDE at Fringe Al Fresco for Free!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Department of Fools, a New York based Commedia dell'Arte troupe in association with The Present Company present "A History of Servitude"as part of Fringe Al Fresco,a series of free outdoor special events sponsored by the 20th AnnualNew York International Fringe Festival startingSunday August 14 at 6 & B Community Garden. The international cast includes Yair Ben-Dor (ABC's Quantico), Jessenia Cuestra, Juan Espinal,Joesph Blute, Matthew A.J. Gregory (Power of Darkness at The Mint), Thais Kirby, Radhika Mehorta, Oren Oettinger, Brandon Salerno, Alec Seymore Abhinav Sharma and Anna Tempte. (more...)

Company of Fools Artist John Glenn Receives Excellence in the Arts Governor's Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Company of Fools and Sun Valley Center for the Arts are pleased to announce that Core Company Artist John Glenn is among the 2016 recipients of the Governor's Awards in the Arts. Governor C. L. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter announced this year's honorees in August.  Glenn received the Excellence in the Arts distinction.  This is the third award from Idaho's Governors in Company of Fools' 21 year history - Denise Simone, Core Company Artist, received the 2014 Excellence in the Arts and in 2004 Company of Fools was awarded the same distinction. (more...)

Company of Fools Will Present ART
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

?This summer Company of Fools (COF) will present the chic, short, and wickedly funny comedy ART by award-winning playwright Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. The play, which won both the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, will run August 9-13 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. (more...)

SHIP OF FOOLS, DARK CIRCUS, PROTOTYPE and More Set for HERE's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

HERE has announced its 2016-2017 producing season, featuring three HERE Resident Artist world premieres, two international presentations from HERE's renowned Dream Music Puppetry Program, the fifth annual PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now festival, and HERE's yearly CULTUREMART festival, where HERE serves up a first look at new work in process from artists in the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). (more...)

STAR TREK with the NSO, Tony Bennett and More Coming Up at Wolf Trap This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Some highlights of what's coming up this summer at Wolf Trap include: The Firebird (July 23); Star Trek Into Darkness with the NSO - and a pre-show Trek talk with Adam Nimoy (Leonard's son), Dave Zappone (For the Love of Spock), and Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) along with several NASA staff (July 30); and the National Park Service Centennial celebration weekend, which features performances by Ricky Martin (August 24+25), Aretha Franklin (August 26), and Bonnie Raitt (Augsut 27). Scroll down for details!  (more...)

Rob Nagle, Deborah Puette to Lead PLEASE DON'T ASK ABOUT BECKET at Sacred Fools Theater Black Box
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

It's been years since he disappeared, but Emily Diamond is still haunted by dreams of her twin brother, Becket. Kiff Scholl directs the world premiere of Please Don't Ask About Becket, an enthralling family drama by Wendy Graf (All American Girl, No Word In Guyanese for Me) opening August 20 in an Electric Footlights production at the Sacred Fools Theater Black Box. (more...)

LEGENDS IN CONCERT Coming to Fox Theatre, 10/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

'Legends in Concert", the original and world's greatest live celebrity tribute show, kicks off its first national performing arts center tour beginning October 2016. "Legends in Concert" will be presented for the very first time in Detroit at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

M.L. Parker, a Veteran, Christian, hard-worker, devoted writer, and author, has completed his new book 'The Missionary and the Mississippi Spook': a gripping and potent journey of secrecy, mystery and manipulation with several unexpected moments until readers arrive at a predetermined destination. (more...)

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