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BWW Review: Charming Yet Meaningful THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO From Paradox Players
by Frank Benge - Oct 24, 2016

Alfred Uhry's second play, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, is a Tony award winner for Best Play that is another exploration into the lives of Jewish southerners. Uhry first introduced this society in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy. The setting and plot was developed from his own experiences growing up in a southern Jewish family, as well as from stories he heard as a child. The Ballyhoo of the title is a sort of German-Jewish debutante ball. At heart a humorous look back at a time long gone, the play is also an exploration of Jewish identity and the power of prejudice inflicted on Jews by other Jews. Uhry has deftly interwoven this theme into his story of the privileged world of the Levy / Freitag families. The Levy / Freitag families live in a big home in one of Atlanta's finest neighborhoods. They belong to an elite country club. Their daughters attend prestigious private schools. Even a Christmas tree in their window, however, doesn't change the fact that they are Jews living in a mostly Christian society. German-Jews such as the Levys and Freitags look down on "the other kind", which are the Eastern European Jews. While exploring the self hatred and class consciousness of anti-Semitism, Uhry's serious message is beautifully wrapped in witty banter, comedic moments, and colorfully comedic characters and characterizations. (more...)

BWW Interview: Gillian Bevan On Playing The Title Role in CYMBELINE
by Marianka Swain - Oct 24, 2016

Gillian Bevan has done everything from Holby City and Teachers on TV to RSC productions and extensive musical theatre, including Into the Woods, Billy Elliot and Grand Hotel. She's currently starring in the RSC's Cymbeline - the first woman to play the title role for the company. The production comes to the Barbican next week. (more...)

BWW Review: DRACULA is a Jolly Good Old Thrill at Genesian Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Oct 24, 2016

Step back in time for a night of gothic sets, raving lunatics, heroes and heroines; And of course, you can Count on a vampire or two. Bram Stoker's Dracula receives a Rocky Horror refresh, in this latest season at the Genesian Theatre. Being a seminal classic, The Genesian Theatre stalls are the perfect location for this eerie and looming production that feels it may swallow you up at any moment. An evening equally spooky as entertaining, director Michael Heming has stayed true to the years of interpretations of the evil Count Dracula. Classical elements abound in the production and characterisation to make for a nostalgic night. (more...)

BWW Review: Nick Blaemire Leads Keen's Terrific Revival Of Jonathan Larson's Self-Portrait, TICK, TICK... BOOM!
by Michael Dale - Oct 24, 2016

While Jonathan Larson's RENT, his 1996 East Village adaptation of Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa's LA BOHEME, presents a romanticized look at bohemians living in poverty for the sake of their art, his TICK, TICK… BOOM!, now getting a superb Off-Broadway revival via Keen Company, is more of a reality check. (more...)

BWW Review: 10,000 THINGS Doesn't Add Up to Much at Wilbury Group
by Robert Barossi - Oct 24, 2016

There is certainly something worthwhile about theater that pushes boundaries, tries new things, experiments and offers unique way to tell a story. The art form, in general, benefit from that kind of work. It benefits from work that expands the minds of an audience and tells them a story in a way that challenges them. On the other hand, Wilbury Group's second show of the year, 10,000 Things by Erik Ehn, proves how this kind of theater can instead leave an audience bored, confused or both.  (more...)

BWW Review: Must See AN OCTOROON Will Confound and Maybe Frustrate Some at Dobama
by Roy Berko - Oct 24, 2016

Theater represents the era from which it comes! In 1859, when THE OCTOROON opened in New York, the United States was in racial chaos. The slaves of the South had been 'freed,' but, in reality, they weren't free from their years of enslavement. Yes, blacks, the only mass group of people who came to this country against their free will, were the center of much controversy. (more...)

BWW Interview: Joshua Bell - The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
by Kathryn Kitt - Oct 24, 2016

Joshua Bell is a classical superstar: violinist, cultural ambassador, and all-around inspiration. Musical Director of The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, television performer (Mozart in the Jungle!), and subway station busker-provocateur, he's a deep and unique talent. (more...)

BWW Review: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Trades Up And Pays Off
by Herbert Paine - Oct 24, 2016

Southwest Shakespeare Company's second offering of its 23rd Season is THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and it is, to use the Bard's words, a palpable hit. Contemporizing Shakespeare's plays isn't an original concept, but its application in the current production works especially well and reflects a series of astute decisions by director Kent Burnham that enhance the work's accessibility, relevance, and poignancy. (more...)

BWW Review: Spooky Action Theater Waxes Philosophical with RAMEAU'S NEPHEW
by Barbara Johnson - Oct 24, 2016

Spooky Action Theater opens its season with a cutting-edge play that covers politics, celebrity, and the nature of genius. RAMEAU'S NEPHEW, adapted from an 18th century work by Denis Diderot, is hardly new, but this 2016 incarnation is as timely and amusing as can be. Director Richard Henrich delivers a production with flashes of outright brilliance that compensate for a few (non-fatal) flaws. (more...)

BWW Review: A Rare and Topical Revival of ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS at CSC
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Oct 24, 2016

There are so many very Good dramatic treatments of the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn out there (A Man for All Seasons, Wolf Hall, and The Tudors, to name a few), it might prompt one to ask why Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has chosen to revive Maxwell Anderson's seldom-produced 1948 blank verse rendering of the tale. Lesley Malin, the company's managing director, perhaps anticipating that question, told the audience on press night that she had fallen in love with the show many years ago. (more...)

BWW Review: Come Stay In VERONICA'S ROOM if You Dare
by Marakay Rogers - Oct 24, 2016

Marc Robin directs Ira Levin's creepiest play at the Fulton. Come and sit in Veronica's room with her. If you can. (more...)

Mullvad (Amagicom AB): Mullvad sponsors OWASP security conference
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016


BWW Interview: Actor Marc Kudisch Talks About His Direction of the Just Closed Triumphant Joseph at 3-D Theatricals
by Don Grigware - Oct 24, 2016

Actor Marc Kudisch has been nominated for many Tony Awards, including Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Thoroughly Modern Millie and 9 to 5: The Musical. A first time director he has just completed an enormously successful engagement of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for 3-D Theatricals. In our brief  chat he ruminates about this success and relates the experience to other productions of Joseph in which he has performed. Marc, I understand that this is not your first association with Joseph. Tell us about your Broadway debut in the revival of the show in 1993/94. (more...)

BWW Review: AFTER THREE SISTERS, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 21 October 2016
by Gary Naylor - Oct 23, 2016

Gary Naylor sees an ambitious production that runs parallel storylines but doesn't solve the considerable problems so caused. (more...)

VIDEO: MOLASSES IN JANUARY Releases New Promo—Only Two Performances Left
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016

Molasses in January is a fun, new musical for all ages! Book, lyrics, and music by Francine Pellegrino, the recently workshopped show is being transferred to The Davenport Theatre Off Broadway. Director Whitney Stone will be returning to the production after directing it's two developmental workshops last fall at the Times Square Arts Center. Only two performances of the production remain: October 25th, and November 1st. (more...)

Theatre for the New City Adds Performance of LEMON TREE 10/23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016

LEMON TREE, a new play reminding audiences that romance can exist much later in life than Romeo and Juliet, has added a Manhattan performance at Theater for the New City on Oct. 23 following a standing ovation at its Long Island premiere. (more...)

Tony Kushner Sits Down with WNYC News to Discuss Roy Cohn, Donald Trump, and the 2016 Election
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016

Angels in America is considered by many to be the seminal play on America at the end of the twentieth century-not the least of which because it features the lawyer Roy Cohn. Cohn, who served as Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel during the Senator's Communist witch hunt that terrorized many in the artistic community and provided the inspiration for Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Cohn also served as the attorney for high-level members of the mafia, and, perhaps most relevant to today's current political environment, worked as Donald Trump's lawyer during the 1970s and 1980s.  (more...)

The Maltz Jupiter to Present THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016

For more than sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has held private weekly meetings with each Prime Minister, from Churchill to Cameron. In these intimate and sometimes explosive conversations, we see glimpses of the woman who wears the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. Go behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II for the audience in Peter Morgan's riveting new play that swept Broadway last season. Sponsored by the John McDonald Company. Learn More (more...)

BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Marakay Rogers - Oct 23, 2016

Most eighty-some-year-olds creak a bit, but others really get around, and that's the truth about ANYTHING GOES. Cole Porter is, of course, one of the great lyrical geniuses of history, which is a huge part of the reason, but there's another truth about it - heavily worked-over as the book was, and has been, it hasn't aged badly... possibly because it's purely frothy silliness, like GUYS AND DOLLS. In this day, however, the frothy silliness is almost realistic, since part of the plot revolves around hysterical celebrity-worship. Is that young man really Public Enemy Number One? Grab a selfie with him before the police get him! Wait, he's not a famous criminal? Well, then, get him out of our way! (more...)

BWW Recap: WESTWORLD Reveals What it All Means
by Jessica Naftaly - Oct 23, 2016

Guts, gore, heists, shoot outs, revelations, and one gnarly snake tattoo are just some of what you can find in the fourth and most explosively exciting episode of WESTWORLD to date. The episode, entitled “Dissonance Theory,” already starts laying the firm foundation for where the season is headed, while doing what WESTWORLD does best; satiates your appetite but with such incredible flavors that make you want to come back for more just to confirm its brilliance. “Dissonance Theory,” and what the concept of the title suggests, is that the human mind is constantly trying to find patterns amongst their cognitions and understanding (i.e. how your brain works and what it is understanding) but when a dissonance arrises, there is a need to take action to get rid of said dissonance to return to the peaceful equilibrium of before. As the hosts' world begins to unravel from inside out, and the inner workings of Westworld on every level start exposing their pure selfish corruption, dissonances are cropping up all around at a rate so quick, the possibility attaining pure and consistent cognitions is falling too far out of reach.  (more...)

BWW Review: New England Premiere of ABIGAIL/1702 Fits the Season
by Nancy Grossman - Oct 22, 2016

ABIGAIL/1702 is playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's exploration of the aftermath of the 1692 Salem witch trials. Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Director Tlaloc Rivas push all the right buttons to give the audience a scary ride. The outstanding design elements create an atmosphere that is spooky on many levels, and Rachel Napoleon is convincing as the troubled young accuser trying to escape her past. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Everybody Say Yeah! KINKY BOOTS Australia Releases New ANGELS Video
by Stage Tube - Oct 22, 2016

Just in time for the weekend, Kinky Boots Australia has released a new video titled 'Angels,' which features several of Lola's Angels and their respective drag names, all leading up to Lola herself. Scored by Little Mix's 'Salute,' it's sure to put you in a Good mood. Check out the video below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Tanya Manalang Talks TICK, TICK...BOOM!
by Jude Cartalaba - Oct 22, 2016

Fresh from her recent stint in the West End revival of 'Miss Saigon,' Tanya Manalang now plays Susan in 9 Works Theatrical's production of Jonathan Larson's TICK, TICK...BOOM! (more...)

Jason Kravits Returns to The Duplex with OFF THE TOP 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2016

Actor-writer-musical improviser Jason Kravits returns to his Village stomping grounds, The Duplex,on Oct. 27th at 7pm, with OFF The TOP. Jason is fresh from breaking in his act in Los Angeles this month at Rockwell, where he was joined by Gary Anthony Williams and Nicole Parker Redford in a 'reunion' of their 'long defunct folk/spoken word trio."   (more...)

BWW Interview: Chris Brubeck and THE BRUBECK SONGBOOK at NJPAC on 11/6
by Marina Kennedy - Oct 22, 2016 interviewed Chris Brubeck about his family, career and the upcoming show at NJPAC, 'The Brubeck Songbook' that will be performed on Sunday, November 6th. (more...)

BWW Review: Lake Worth Playhouse's URINETOWN a Rush of Wit
by Trevor Durham - Oct 22, 2016

Political humor and an abundance of urine aren't an obvious match for downtown Lake Worth's theatre scene. Artistic director Jodie Dixon-Mears and director Clayton Phillips decided, after many years of waiting, that the time was ripe to throw Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis' satirical masterpiece at the Palm Beaches. Boasting a cast of strong vocalists, and the comedic timing this show requires, Urinetown at the Lake Worth Playhouse is a strong stream of wit. (more...)

BWW Video Flash: Theatre Miniatures: A Series of Mini Video Profiles - No. 1: Curt Dale Clark
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Oct 22, 2016

When the now embattled Wells Fargo recently ran a series of ads suggesting that young people grow up and "out of careers in the arts" and into "mature choices of professions like the sciences and business," the implications of the spots seriously irritated and alarmed most of us in the theatre community. A dancer yesterday, an engineer today….what message is that sending to our young people, many of whom are already deprived of arts education in their schools? It was then that the idea occurred to me and our Broadway World editors that a series of short video profiles asking successful theatre people why they had chosen a life in performance and what the rewards have been for them might be just the antidote. (more...)

Icona Pop Release New Single 'Brightside'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt first became household names as Icona Pop since they hit the scene in 2012 with their triple platinum hit single, “ I Love It ft. Charli XCX . (more...)

BWW Review: DIE FLEDERMAUS (THE BAT) Brings The Comic Operetta By Strauss Up To Date
by Barry Lenny - Oct 21, 2016

Full of beautiful melodies that are impossible to resist, and a laugh a minute story line. (more...)

Emmy Rossum to Make Directorial Debut on Showtime's SHAMELESS, 10/23
by TV News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

SHAMELESS star Emmy Rossum will make her directorial debut in the momentous fourth episode of the seventh season this Sunday, October 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. (more...)

TRU and The Playroom Theatre to Host 'COME TO THE CABARET' Panel This Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the October panel Alternate Venues for Developing New Work: Come to the Cabaret, on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. (more...)

VIDEO: Actress Rachel McAdams Stops by ELLEN for Some Fun & Games!
by TV News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

On today's ELLEN, actress Rachel McAdams dished on her 'Dr. Strange' co-star's loyal fan following, and told Ellen all about her surprising stolen item! (more...)

Scoop: GOOD MORNING AMERICA 10/24 - 10/28 on ABC
by TV Scoop - Oct 21, 2016

Get all the scoop on Good MORNING AMERICA 10/24 - 10/28, airing on ABC (more...)

Blackberry Smoke Unveils Music Video for 'Sunrise in Texas'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Blackberry Smoke's 'Sunrise in Texas' music video is premiering exclusively today at CMT. Watch the full video below! (more...)

BWW Blog: Miranda Jackel - Broadway and Fitness Join Forces at Flywheel!
by Guest Blogger: Miranda Jackel - Oct 21, 2016

So, I like to eat. Like, a lot. Ok, actually, I'm not going to beat around the bush: I'M LITERALLY OBSESSED WITH FOOD...which means that I have to work out. (I swear this relates to theater, don't give up on me right away.) For years, I despised exercise, and I was absolutely horrible at it (not that I'm so great now, but I'm a lot better). After years of feeling a shiver down my spine at the thought of working out, I've finally started to enjoy it thanks to Flywheel Sports, an amazing chain of indoor cycling studios. Flywheel is the perfect place for theater geeks looking to break a sweat because almost all of the teachers there HAVE BACKGROUNDS IN THEATER!!! SQUAAADDD!!! (more...)

La Pêche 'Bright and Bending' EP Out TODAY,
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Having spent decades in groups spanning genres, Brooklyn quintet La Pêche have assembled to become your new favorite band with their latest EP Bright and Bending. (more...)

Ring in the Holidays with Megan Hilty at Feinstein's at the Nikko
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

After two previous sold-out engagements, Feinstein's at the Nikko welcomes the return of Tony Award nominee Megan Hilty for three performances only - Friday, December 16 (8 p.m.), Saturday, December 17 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, December 18 (3 p.m.). (more...)

Becky and Baldwin's OTHER PLAYS to Showcase Four Distinct Writers
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Theatre group, Becky and Baldwin, presents Other Plays, an evening of funny, strange and provocative new plays by Mari Assad, Mara De La Rosa, Rosie Narasaki and Nicholas Pilapil. Other Plays will be performed at the Collective Arts Incubator in Highland Park on Nov. 5. (more...)

'PINK HULK' One-Woman Show Coming to Charm City Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Award-winning The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within, written and starring professional actor and playwright Valerie David, will have performances Nov. 9, 11, 12 and 13 as part of the fifth annual Charm City Fringe Festival in Baltimore. (more...)

Aaron's Hosts Corporate Work Program For Atlanta Cristo Rey Students
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016


Walking Shadow Theatre to Stage Reading of 'HATCHET LADY' This Saturday
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Join Walking Shadow Theatre Company for a staged reading of its newest Commission Submission script: Hatchet Lady (or, Carrie Nation: Destroyer of Worlds), written by Savannah Reich and directed by John Heimbuch. (more...)

BWW Review: Cabaret Celebrates Stephen Sondheim in Night Two of the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention (10/19)
by Ashley Steves - Oct 21, 2016

Hold your hats and hallelujah. After an electrifying opening night, the Mabel Mercer Foundation's 27th Annual Cabaret Convention continued Wednesday night in a packed Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Hosted by Jeff Harnar and Andrea Marcovicci, the cabaret community gathered to salute the music of Stephen Sondheim, the EGOT-winning composer/lyricist whose oeuvre has been simultaneously catapulting and tripping up artists for decades. Despite 30 performances on the evening, you'd be hard-pressed to find a weak spot in Wednesday night's lineup, hosting what is arguably the best rotation of the four nights, featuring cabaret giants, up-and-comers, expert arrangers (plus the talents of Jered Egan on bass and Dan Gross on drums), and Sondheim role originators. (more...)

Dan Layus's Debut Solo Album DANGEROUS THINGS Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Dangerous Things, the debut solo album from Dan Layus, is available now via Plated Records. The new music is receiving critical acclaim with Rolling Stonehailing Layus as ' of Americana's most articulate newcomers,' while The Boot praises the album's 'from-the-heart lyrics with minimalist production' and The Alternate Root furthers it 'drifts a dreamy Americana on a western breeze.' He also recently performed a feature session for Daytrotter. (more...)

Fit Food Finds: ZONE MANHATTAN for Healthy and Convenient Meals Delivered
by Marina Kennedy - Oct 21, 2016

Zone Manhattan provides delicious, healthy meals delivered daily to your door. (more...)

We Buy Homes Is Now Making Offers to Buy Houses in Seven Minutes
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016


Wipro Limited Announces Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2016 under IFRS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016


Mike Ryan Releases Brand-New Single 'New Hometown'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Mike Ryan is poised to take his career to the next level with the release of his new song “New Hometown,” the lead single from his forthcoming new album, out today. (more...)

Photo Flash: NBC Reveals Final Poster Art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

NBC has today shared final poster art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE, featuring the star-studded cast. The broadcast airs live on Wednesday, December 7th at 8/7c. Check out the new poster art below! (more...)

New Jersey Ballet and Bergen Performing Arts Center to Present THE NUTCRACKER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents NJ Ballet's The Nutcracker, Saturday, December 3, 2016 and Sunday, December 4, 2016 AT 1PM & 4:30PM. Purchase tickets at or Box Office at 201.227.1030.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Rex Reed Hosts 27th New York Cabaret Convention Day Three
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 21, 2016

KT Sullivan made an astute call and turned over the creation of the third night of the Cabaret Convention to host Rex Reed.  If there is anyone in the world who symbolizes music sophistication with a flawless comprehension of what Good cabaret performance is about it is the elegant Mr. Reed. The Convention's final evening is yet to be heard (tonight), but last evening must have been one of the finest chapters in the long history of Donald Smith and the Mabel Mercer Foundation's twenty seven year old creation. The musicians, singers, and material, which honored the legendary cabaret performer Sylvia Syms truly represented the highest quality of cabaret performance. Rex also made an important artistic decision….he included himself as one of the vocalists.  Rex Reed was a participating member of the golden age of New York life and his unique ability to verbally convey it's history honored Sylvia Syms, who as Rex pointed out at the start of the evening…..died the way she wanted, singing in a  nightclub (Oak Room Algonquin)  to a standing ovation.  She collapsed into the arms of audience member Cy Coleman.   (more...)

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