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Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II (New York, NY)
131 West 55th Street

Schedule

3 hours, with one intermission

Tuesday through Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:30pm

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From childhood, Louisa and Tom Gradgrind were trained to shun emotion, imagination, passion Ė to put their trust in Cold Hard Facts. Now faced with a loveless marriage and a life devoid of dreams, Louisa has begun to wonder Ė has something inside her been maimed? In Stephen Jeffreysí whirlwind adaptation of Dickensí saga Ė crowded with eccentric circus performers, shrewd businessmen, cunning widows, and downtrodden workers Ė we find that even in the darkest industrial landscape, honesty, loyalty, joy, and love aboundÖand the human heart will not be silenced forever.


Mardi Gras Comes to Flushing Town Hall with Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys on Friday, 3/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

One of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern Zydeco music, Jeffery Broussard continues to be one of the genre's most dynamic performers. He has continually been an innovator, beginning his career with traditional Creole Zydeco music playing drums in his father's band, Delton Broussard & The Lawtell Playboys, then moving on to develop the nouveau Zydeco sound in Zydeco Force, now returning to the more traditional Zydeco sound with his own band, Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys. (more...)

BWW Review: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2017: A REGULAR LITTLE HOUDINI at Bakehouse Theatre
by Barry Lenny - Mar 9, 2017

Llewelyn-Williams is captivating, and a great storyteller. (more...)

Irish Repertory Theatre Announces Extension of the Cell's CRACKSKULL ROW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Irish Repertory Theatre (Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director and Ciaran O'Reilly, Producing Director) announced today an extension of the cell's (Nancy Manocherian, Founding Artistic Director and Kira Simring, Artistic Director) acclaimed production of CRACKSKULL ROW, by Honor Molloy. Directed by Kira Simring (Hard Times: An American Musical), CRACKSKULL ROW began previews on February 3, 2017 and officially opened February 10 at Irish Rep Theatre (132 West 22nd Street) in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre. CRACKSKULL ROW will now run through March 26, 2017. (more...)

Custom Made Theatre Co. Sends Premiere Production of SAM AND DEDE, OR MY DINNER WITH ANDRE THE GIANT to New York
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Produced by The Custom Made Theatre Co., Inc., of San Francisco with Executive Producers William and Ruth Isenberg, SAM & DEDE, OR MY DINNER WITH ANDRE THE GIANT begins performances on Thursday, March 9 for a limited engagement through Saturday, April 1 at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues) in Manhattan. Press opening is Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Virginia Arts Festival Presents Urban Bush Women in the World Premiere Performance of HAIR AND OTHER STORIES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

The Virginia Arts Festival presents Brooklyn-based dance company Urban Bush Women (UBW) in the world premiere of Hair and Other Stories on Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia. Tickets are $20-$35, available online at vafest.org, by phone at 757-282-2822 or at the Virginia Arts Festival box, 440 Bank St., Norfolk (10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday). (more...)

Jermyn Street Theatre Announces Anthony Biggs' Final Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Following the announcement that Anthony Biggs will be standing down from his role as Artistic Director this summer, Jermyn Street Theatre announces his final season from April to July 2017. (more...)

Musical Theatre West Brings Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL To the Carpenter Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

 Musical Theatre West presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical masterpiece Carousel March 24 - April 9 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.  Voted 'the greatest musical of the twentieth century' by TIME magazine, Carousel explores the timeless message of message of love, hope, forgiveness, and redemption.   (more...)

'The Journeyman's Journey' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

In Dr. Melvin Bullock's new book, The Journeyman's Journey ($25.99, hardcover, 9781498482080; $15.99, paperback, 9781498482073; $7.99, eBook, 9781498482097), he shares some of the lessons taught to him by his many experiences while growing up in an isolated community and township near the John Kerr Lake. The mission of this book is to share the value of experiences, which never cease to be only experienced, but extend beyond him or herself, and become valuable life lessons. (more...)

Lauren Baker Pens 'God's Girl: Living for A Purpose'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

'Living for A Purpose': a powerful example of how to overcome adversity. 'Living for A Purpose' is the creation of published author, Lauren Baker, resident of Askewville, North Carolina and daughter of Neil and Pamela Baker. Born on July 9, 2001, Lauren attends Lawrence Academy in Merry Hill, NC where she is active in the Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students Against Drunk Driving; she also plays varsity basketball and softball. She is an active member of Askewville Assembly of God, her youth group, and her community. (more...)

Award Winning Blues-Rock Guitarist Andrew Scotchie to Tour In Support of New Music
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats formed in Asheville NC as a street busking project in late 2011. (more...)

Angie Salamah Releases 'After the Tumbles and Tangles'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Angie Salamah's willingness to help people through Hard Times prompted her to write her book titled 'After the Tumbles and Tangles: A Guide to Good Thoughts' (published by Balboa Press AU) which shows readers how to change the undeniable relationship between their thoughts and the lives they create for themselves does not have to be difficult. (more...)

T-Wayne Debuts 'Fell In Love' + Announces Mixtape 'Forever Rickey'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Early on, T-Wayne realized that the key to unlocking his dreams was simple. He just had to grind harder than literally everybody else. (more...)

Brian Mulay's THE LOVE CURRICULUM Cabaret Musical Headed to Dixon Place
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Mulay Initiatives presents The Love Curriculum, an entertaining evening of song and dance exploring our universal journey in the pursuit of love, written and performed by Brian Mulay (Yank, A New Musical).   (more...)

Review Roundup: American Ballet Theater's WHIPPED CREAM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

American Ballet Theatre presented the World Premiere of an all-new production of Whipped Cream, a two-act ballet choreographed by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, with sets and costumes by artist Mark Ryden. It opened on March 15, 2017 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. (more...)

Paula R. Courtright Shares 'The Adventures of Jake The Labrador Retriever: Jake Finds A Home'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

'The Adventures of Jake The Labrador Retriever: Jake Finds A Home': a gentle story told from the sweet perspective of an innocent puppy. 'The Adventures of Jake The Labrador Retriever: Jake Finds A Home' is the creation of published author Paula R. Courtright, who is Jake's real-life rescuer and who writes in his voice to tell his story. (more...)

Horse Thief's 'Little One' Debuts Today, Trials And Truths Out 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

¬ďLittle One,¬Ē the newest single from Oklahoma quintet Horse Thief's forthcoming new album Trials And Truths, debuts today¬ólisten here. Trials And Truths is set for release January 27 on Bella Union. Preorder the album here. (more...)

New Musicals QUESTION 1 and DUMB LUCK Get Readings with TRU Voices
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, on January 23 & 30 at 7pm at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th Street, NYC 10036. A 'Dollars and Sense' talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. (more...)

RECO'S MAGIC Short to Debut at the 2017 California Women's Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Reco's Magic, a comedy short that tells the story of a middle class family that has fallen on Hard Times and how the entrepreneurial spirit of the children comes to the rescue. (more...)

Comedy Short RECO'S MAGIC to Debut at the 2017 California Women's Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

RECO'S MAGIC, a comedy short that tells the story of a middle class family that has fallen on Hard Times and how the entrepreneurial spirit of the children comes to the rescue. (more...)

U.S. Pavilion Features New Work by Mark Bradford and Collaboration with Rio Terà dei Pensieri
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, will present Mark Bradford as the representative for the United States at La Biennale di Venezia 57th International Art Exhibition, on view from May 13 to November 26, 2017. Los Angeles-based Bradford, a leading light in contemporary art, will create new works in a variety of media-presented alongside existing work-for Tomorrow Is Another Day, co-curated by Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director and commissioner for the project; and Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Programming and Research Curator. (more...)

Illumination and Universal Pictures Announce Sequel to Hit Animated Film SING
by Movies News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

Illumination and Universal Pictures officially announced this week that a sequel to the hit animated film SING is in the works and will hit theaters on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2020. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 1/20; New 'Women in Theater' Column, Robyn Spangler in Los Angeles and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 20, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature 'Women in Theater' feature in Connecticut, a spotlight on Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre's 50th Anniversary in Nashville, Robyn Spangler in Los Angeles and more. Check out our top features below! (more...)

BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera House
by Anton Anderssen - Jan 19, 2017

Are you ready for a new and improved version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? I love the original, which I first saw in California, when Robert Guillaume (star of Benson) played the role. Of course, I saw it in London's West End and on Broadway, but it's really fun to see the new version right here in Detroit. I know it's hard to believe that PHANTOM could ever be improved upon, but they've worked some magic. The chandelier is more spooky, the catacombs look more like a person actually lives there, the costumes are different, especially the stairway costume in part two - but in this version there is no grand staircase. This phantom uses a lot of pyrotechnics to accompany his magic. You will like the way they descend into the Phantom's lair; that bridge scene what shifted like a teeter totter has been replaced by really cool steps that protrude from dungeon walls. And the best part is at the very end, when the phantom vanishes; it's in a very different way, and I have no idea how he pulled it off. (more...)

Social Distortion to Bring Rock 'n' Roll to the Boulder Theater This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Social Distortion is bringing their brand of rock 'n' roll for one night to the Boulder Theater on March 29, 2017. (more...)

LOVE AIN'T NEVER GONNA Sets Theme, Guests for February Show at Annoyance
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Love Ain't Never Gonna, the love-themed recurring comedy show performed at Williamsburg's Annoyance Theatre NY, has announced that their February performance, 'Mischief,' will feature Jo Firestone ('The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon') and Brett Davis ('The Special Without Brett Davis'). February's performance will be on Saturday the 4th at 11:30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: Theatre In the Round's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE is a Well-Directed, -Acted, and -Designed Production of a Classic American Tragedy
by Jill Schafer - Jan 17, 2017

If you're a fan of American theater classics, get yourself to Theatre in the Round in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis. Their excellent production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge features strong performances from the whole cast (particularly the leads), a really cool set with vintage props, and great staging in their intimate in-the-round setting. This completely engrossing and tragic story of flawed and very real characters navigating Hard Times and tricky family relations in 1950s working class Brooklyn will get under your skin. It's one of those experiences that makes you feel like you've been on a journey with these characters, one that's hard to shake when you leave the theater. It's probably the second best play I've seen at TRP. Don't let this one fly under your radar. (more...)

Wild Swan Theater to Stage JACK AND THE BEANSTALK This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Wild Swan Theater presents Jack and the Beanstalk, March 22-25 at Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College. (more...)

BWW Review: A Practically Perfect TWELFTH NIGHT at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - Feb 9, 2017

Shakespeare's remix of his own work gets masterfully refitted as full-on farce in Ted Pappas's production. (more...)

SEX WITH STRANGERS, SHEAR MADNESS and More Set for Good Theater's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Good Theater the professional theater in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Centers has announced its 16th season opening in the fall of 2017.  This will be the biggest season the company has produced yet. (more...)

SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL Comes to Sonora This Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 38th season with the feel-good musical comedy Sister Act. Based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film, the show features music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors). (more...)

Award-Winning Multimedia Solo Show, HARD TRAVELIN' Performs at Kerr Cultural Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

HARD TRAVELIN' WITH WOODY, the critically acclaimed multimedia solo show with the music and artworks of Woody Guthrie, written and performed by ASU theatre alum, Randy Noojin, will be presented at ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, on Friday, February 17 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $33 premium, $28 reserve, $25 general admission, $21 for faculty/staff and students of ASU at the door. Tickets at www.asukerr.com, or call box office: 480.596.2660. Visit show site at www.HardTravelinShow.com (more...)

David Schwimmer to Helm PLANTATION! Premiere as Part of Lookingglass Theatre's 30th Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company has announced its complete 2017-2018 season lineup. (more...)

THE HOBBIT, CRENSHAW, MADAGASCAR - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. and More Set for Stages Theatre Company's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

As Stages Theatre Company (STC) unveils our 34th season, we continue our commitment providing high-quality, accessible theatre for young audiences. Join us as we journey into the heart of imagination, which serves as a canvas for you and your community to explore the world. (more...)

Larry Kirwan's New Musical IRELAND - A HISTORY IN SONG Headed to NJ
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

On Thursday, March 30 at 7:30pm, Peter LeDonne, the Director of Community and Cultural Affairs at Bergen Community College (400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ), will present as part of the Ciccone Theatre's Distinguished Artist Series the World Premiere of music legend Larry Kirwan's highly anticipated musical voyage and masterful tribute to Ireland and its centuries of musical genius, IRELAND-A History In Song. (more...)

BWW Review: EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE, Crucible, Sheffield
by Ruth Deller - Feb 15, 2017

This new musical from Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae fizzes with energy and warmth - a must-see! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 14, 2017
by - Feb 14, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 14 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: BLUES IN THE NIGHT Smolders at Creative Cauldron
by Barbara Johnson - Feb 13, 2017

Creative Cauldron's production of BLUES IN THE NIGHT, directed by Matt Conner, spotlights a strong four-person cast that delivers 26 songs by Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, and other early jazz legends. Backed by a live band led by Walter 'Bobby' McCoy and surrounded with a sultry set, these singers enthrall. (more...)

Brain Meets Brawn in SAM & DEDE, OR MY DINNER WITH ANDRE THE GIANT at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

59E59 Theaters will host the East Coast premiere of SAM & DEDE, OR MY DINNER WITH ANDRE THE GIANT, written by Gino DiIorio and directed by Leah S. Abrams. (more...)

TRU to Host 'RAISING MONEY FOR THEATER' Producer Boot Camp
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU Producer Boot Camp Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask, on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10am - 6pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. (more...)

Serena Brown Releases Children's Book Series, 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

'Perfect Penny is assisting me in helping spread positivity into the lives of children and adults. You'll love the tenacity of Perfect Penny. We can all learn from her!' Les Brown (more...)

VIDEO: Jill Martin Tackles Messy Spaces on New TLC Series HIDDEN MONEY MAKEOVER
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

There is hidden value in every household mess, and all that clutter that looks like junk could be worth thousands of dollars. Fashion guru, design expert and makeover maven Jill Martin sets out to turn messy spaces into thousand-dollar renovations on TLC's HIDDEN MONEY MAKEOVER (more...)

Veteran New Jersey Rocker, Wayne Olivieri Returns with Debut Solo Album
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

When asked about New Jersey rock veteran Wayne Olivieri, The Rascals' Eddie Brigati said, 'He's one of the most charismatic singer/frontman I've seen in a LONG time.....when he's on stage he doesn't let you NOT pay attention'. (more...)

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Picks Standout Theatrical Moments of the Year!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

On Monday night, April 24th, at its semi-annual Membership meeting, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national theatrical union representing stage directors and choreographers across the United States, announced the 2016-2017 Top Ten "Standout Moments." (more...)

Paul Iacono's PSYCHEDELIC PLAYHOUSE To Premiere at The Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2017

Star of Mercury Fur, G.B.F., and MTV's The Hard Times Of RJ Berger, Paul Iacono stars along with the underground personalities of Downtown New York in the world premiere of his musical-cabaret epic, PSYCHEDELIC PLAYHOUSE at The Green Room 42 , Thursday, May 4th & Friday, May 5th 8:00pm. (more...)

First Look: Kentwood Players Opens GOOD PEOPLE, a Dramedy by David Lindsay-Abaire, on 5/12/17
by Shari Barrett - Apr 23, 2017

GOOD PEOPLE centers on life in South Boston, a working-class neighborhood on Hard Times, which is no joke for single mother Margaret Walsh. Fired from her job, facing eviction and with nowhere to turn, she and her grown, disabled daughter, represent a large portion of today's society. Will she get a break from her young manager at the Dollar Store or the landlady with a craft business selling googly-eyed rabbits, or the man from her past, now a successful doctor, who left town at a crucial moment long ago? With cutting humor and amazing realism, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsey-Abaire creates a loving portrait of his hometown and a relatable story of socioeconomic struggle. (more...)

VIDEO: Paramore Releases Music Video for New Song 'Hard Times'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Paramore has released the new music video for 'Hard Times' from the upcoming album, After Laughter - available May 12th on Fueled By Ramen.  (more...)

Cast Announced for SIREN'S DEN: A ROCK MUSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Casting for 'Siren's Den: A New Rock Musical' is complete!  The cast stars *Lindsey Lake (Rent Tour) as rockstar, Skylar Cole, Andrea Leach (Beauty and the Beast Int'l Tour) as Jessie, *Chris Gleim (Jesus Christ Superstar Tour) as Logan, *Adam R. Kaster (The Golden Bride) as Garrett, and *Alan Gillespie (Miss Saigon Tour) as Bar Manager/Kurtis Katz.  The show's creator, Rori Nogee (Showgirls, the Musical!) will play Remy Morgan.  The Vultures will be played by Lauren Chastain, Jonte Culpepper (Bayside, the Musical!), Musa Hitomi, Frankie Shin, Erin Ullman and Corbin Williams (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas). (more...)

Guest Blog: Sarah Emmott Talks ADHD And New Show DECLARATION
by Guest Blog: Sarah Emmott - Apr 13, 2017

Declaration is a curious, colourful and candid autobiographical exploration of my own journey to an ADHD diagnosis, which is both personal and political. The decision to make Declaration came from feeling powerless, vulnerable and misunderstood, feelings I know now are shared by lots of adults struggling with their mental health. (more...)

Act II Playhouse in Ambler to Present Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Act II Playhouse in Ambler presents Neil Simon's masterpiece Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by William Roudebush, on stage May 16-June 18, 2017. (more...)

Memoir 'Insight from My Life to Your Life' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Hoping to encourage readers to confront and overcome their own obstacles, Smokin Joe reflects upon his own life experiences from a biblical perspective in his new book, 'Insight from My Life to Your Life' (published by iUniverse) to encourage readers to confront and overcome their own obstacles. (more...)

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