Hard Times

Theatre
Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II (New York, NY)
131 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10036
Running Time
3 hours, with one intermission
Schedule
Tuesday through Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:30pm
Price
$30 - $90
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From childhood, Louisa and Tom Gradgrind were trained to shun emotion, imagination, passion – 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 – has something inside her been maimed? In Stephen Jeffreys’ whirlwind adaptation of Dickens’ saga – crowded with eccentric circus performers, shrewd businessmen, cunning widows, and downtrodden workers – we find that even in the darkest industrial landscape, honesty, loyalty, joy, and love abound…and the human heart will not be silenced forever.

THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE to Play Special Performance to Benefit Stonewall, June 15
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

European Arts Company in association with Greenwich Theatre are delighted to announce a special charity performance of European Arts Company's critically acclaimed production of The Trials of Oscar Wilde in aid of the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall. (more...)

WHITE CHRISTMAS with Aled Jones & Tom Chambers to Play Dominion Theatre, Begin. 12 November
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Aled Jones and Tom Chambers will be starring as Bob Wallace and Phil Davis in the West End premiere of Irving Berlin's much-loved musical WHITE CHRISTMAS, which will open at London's newly refurbished Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 12 November for a strictly limited eight-week season, ending on 3 January 2015 (previewing from 8 November). (more...)

New Rep Adds Two Performances of IMAGINING MADOFF, Running thru June 3
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

New Repertory Theatre announces an encore presentation of Deborah Margolin's IMAGINING MADOFF, May 28 through June 3, 2014 at the Boston University Theatre Lane-Comley Studio 210. Nominated for two 2014 Elliot Norton Awards (Outstanding Production; Outstanding Actor, Jeremiah Kissel), IMAGINING MADOFF is co-presented with Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) and is directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue. (more...)

New Rep Presents Encore Presentation of IMAGINING MADOFF, Now thru 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

New Repertory Theatre proudly announces an encore presentation of Deborah Margolin's Imagining Madoff, today, May 28 through June 1, 2014 at the Boston University Theatre Lane-Comley Studio 210. (more...)

Community Bible Church Launches First Faith-Based Channel for Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

The CBC channel's features include: (more...)

New Rep Announces Encore Run of IMAGINING MADOFF, 5/28-6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Due to critical acclaim and audience response, including 16 sold-out performances in Watertown, New Repertory Theatre announces an encore presentation of Deborah Margolin's IMAGINING MADOFF, May 28 through June 1, 2014. (more...)

Destination America Announces Winners of 'Red White and You' Contest
by TV News Desk - May 27, 2014

Destination America, a Discovery Communications network, and the only television network that celebrates the people, places, and stories of the U.S., along with national weekly magazine USA WEEKEND announce the winners of their second annual RED, WHITE AND YOU contest (more...)

BWW Interviews: TUTS Underground Cast Members Talk Texas Premiere of HANDS ON A HARDBODY
by David Clarke & Kristina Nungaray - Jun 9, 2014

TUTS Undergound is gearing up to bring Houston audiences the Texas Premiere of HANDS ON A HARDBODY. Recently, at a rehearsal for the production, we sat down with Julia Krohn, Kevin Cooney, Theresa Nelson, and Donnie Hammond to discuss what Houston audiences can expect from the show. (more...)

JAPAN CUTS New York Festival Announces 2014 Lineup
by Movies News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

North America's largest showcase of Japanese film and “One of the loopiest… and least predictable of New York's film festivals” (New York Magazine), JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema returns for its eighth annual installment. (more...)

Christopher Hunter, Tom Mothersdale and Melody Grove to Star in Spellbound Productions' IN LAMBETH at Southwark Playhouse, July 10-Aug 2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

Spellbound Productions present IN LAMBETH, written by Jack Shepherd, directed by Michael Kingsbury and designed by Ruth Sutcliffe. Opening night is slated for Friday, 11 July 2014 at 7.30pm, with the regular run continuing through Saturday 2 August 2014 (one preview 10 July). (more...)

BWW Blog:Alex Urdiales SISTER ACT Top Notch
by Guest Blogger: Alex Urdiales - Jun 30, 2014

Oh SISTER ACT you were a lot more fun then I wanted to admit. So I must be honest I've never seen the first SISTER ACT movie but I did watch the 2nd one a ton in grade school it was always something that was put on during movie days. So I walked into the Majestic Theatre where SISTER ACT was playing knowing very little. I knew that the main character, Deloris, beautifully played by Ta'rea Campbell, wants nothing more than to be disco singer looking up to the queen of disco, Donna Summers. But of course, in a very 70's disco matter, she falls in with a nightclub owner/mobster, Curtis, which of course as nightclub owner/mobsters often do, Curtis kills the one of his men labeled a rat and either by destiny or dumb luck or maybe both, Deloris walks out and sees the murder. (more...)

Scoop: Primetime Programming on CNBC - July 26-27, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jun 30, 2014

Get all the scoop on Primetime Programming, airing on CNBC on July 26-27, 2014! (more...)

Hannah Elless and More Set for NYMF Readings of New Musical FOR TONIGHT, 7/9 & 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

For Tonight, a new original musical, by creators Shenelle Williams, Spencer Williams and Whitney Rhodes is headed to New York City to participate in The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) as a developmental reading. For Tonight's story is inspired by the life of the writer's great-great-great-grandfather in the 1830's in Northern Wales/Liverpool. With its indie-rock inspired score and a completely original book, this story focuses on the universal themes of love, family and acceptance. The show will have three performances at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row in July 2014. (more...)

Shakespeare's Globe to Bring HAMLET to Folger Theatre, July 25-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The London-based Shakespeare's Globe will bring their global touring production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet to Folger Theatre for three performances only on July 25 and 26, 2014, making it the only east coast stop for the company in the United States. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, the production is a fresh, pared-down version of the classic tragedy of deferred revenge. (more...)

BWW Reviews: West Coast Premiere of THE NAVIGATOR Takes You for Quite a Ride!
by Shari Barrett - Jun 26, 2014

Your GPS tells you how to get where you're going, but what if it could tell you more? Such is the inventive premise of THE NAVIGATOR, enjoying its West Coast premiere during Fringe. Written by Eddie Antar and directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby for Burning Clown Productions, this show was nominated for 2 Drama Desk Awards and 8 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, all well deserved. (more...)

Maura M. Knowles, LaDonna Burns & More to Lead INSULT TO INJURY Private Reading, 7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

A private industry reading of Insult to Injury will take place on Friday, July 11 in Manhattan. Insult to Injury has book and lyrics by Maura M. Knowles and music by Nathania Wibowo. The reading will be directed by Joe Barros (Artistic Director of New York Theatre Barn, New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee for Hard Times). (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - Berkshire Region
by Larry Murray - Jun 2, 2014

No rural area has as many summer stages as the Berkshires of Massachusetts whose offerings overflow its borders. (more...)

Matthew LaBanca to star in United Solo Theatre Festival's Bestseller GOOD ENOUGH, 9/22-10/7
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Good Enough comes to NYC's Theatre Row for two performances this fall: September 22 and October 7. Written and performed by Broadway actor Matthew LaBanca, and directed by Kira Simring, Good Enough is the current Bestseller in the United Solo Theatre Festival. (more...)

Matthew LaBanca to Star in United Solo Theatre Festival's GOOD ENOUGH, 9/22 & 10/7
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Good Enough comes to NYC's Theatre Row for two performances this fall: September 22 and October 7. Written and performed by Broadway actor Matthew LaBanca, and directed by Kira Simring, Good Enough is the current Bestseller in the United Solo Theatre Festival. (more...)

Andy Garcia, Scott Bakula & More Come Out for SAG Foundation Annual Golf Charity Tournament
by Movies News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation hosted the 5th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic benefiting its Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs for SAG-AFTRA performers and their families (more...)

Elizabeth Stanley and Paul Anthony Stewart Star in Barrington Stage's KISS ME, KATE, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presents the company's 20th Anniversary Season opener - Kiss Me, Kate, to be presented today, June 11 through July 12 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). (more...)

East Lynne Theater Company presents the world premiere ZORRO!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company's next production is a swashbuckler: the world premiere of 'Zorro!' based on Johnston McCulley's 'The Curse of Capistrano' (1919) adapted by James Rana. Spanish for 'fox,' Zorro fought the oppressive colonial government in Spanish California with a quick sword and wit. Wearing a mask, he kept his identity secret, even to the woman he loved. In 1939, Bob Kane and Bill Finger gave credit to McCulley's masked avenger, with his dual identity, as their inspiration for 'Batman.' Like Bruce Wayne and Batman, Don Diego and Zorro are never seen together at the same time. (more...)

Intel, Vera Bradley, Fox Factory Holding, Cooper Tire & Rubber and Magna International highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

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Evanston's Next Theatre Company Faces Eviction
by Jillian Gaier - Jul 7, 2014

Due to its failure to keep up with rent payments for the past two years, Evanston's Next Theatre will be forced to relinquish its space in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. Since the theatre is indebted for over $76,000, city officials will be holding a meeting today to 'authorize enforcement' of the collection of the deficit. The council will also discuss plans to decline renewal of the theatre lease when expires in May 2015. (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre, Frontera Grill and Silverguy Entertainment Extend CASCABEL Through 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Lookingglass Theatre, Frontera Grill and Silverguy Entertainment announce an extension to the wildly popular return of Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner - Daring - Desire, the unforgettable theatrical adventure featuring a sumptuous feast, world-class circus acts, and a tantalizing love story starring celebrity chef Rick Bayless that had Chicago audiences spellbound when it premiered in spring 2012. The extremely limited engagement is co-created by Rick Bayless, Lookingglass Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman (Hephaestus, The Brothers Karamazov, Hard Times), and Artistic Associate and founder of Silverguy Entertainment Tony Hernandez (Hephaestus, Lookingglass Alice). Cascabel runs at the Goodman Theatre's Owen Bruner Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, now playing July 30 -August 31, 2014. (more...)

Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless Stars in Theatrical Feast CASCABEL, Opening Tonight at Lookingglass Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Lookingglass Theatre, Frontera Grill and Silverguy Entertainment present the return of Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner - Daring - Desire, the unforgettable theatrical adventure featuring a sumptuous feast, world-class circus acts, and a tantalizing love story starring celebrity chef Rick Bayless that had Chicago audiences spellbound when it premiered in spring 2012. The extremely limited engagement is co-created by Rick Bayless, Artistic Associate and founder of Silverguy Entertainment Tony Hernandez (Hephaestus, Lookingglass Alice), and Lookingglass Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman (Hephaestus, The Brothers Karamazov, Hard Times). The culinary and theatrical experience of the year runs at the Goodman Theatre's Owen Bruner Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, for four weeks only, today, July 30, through August 24, 2014. (more...)

Fulfillment Fund To Honor Ryan Kavanaugh, Founder And CEO Of Relativity, At The 20th Anniversary Of The Stars Benefit Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ The Fulfillment Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Los Angeles students overcome obstacles to achieve a college education, will honor Ryan Kavanaugh, Founder and CEO of Relativity, with the Tom Sherak Award at the Stars 2014 Benefit Gala on October 14 th at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. (more...)

Theatrical Outfit to Stage THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, 8/21-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Theatrical Outfit begins its Season of Compassion with the dramatic comedy The Savannah Disputation, written by Georgia-born playwright Evan Smith and, he says, inspired by today's politics and his Savannah grandmother. The show will run August 21 - September 7, 2014. The show will feature Alex Bond, Lane Carlock, Shannon Eubanks and Mark Kincaid. This is the 38th season for Theatrical Outfit, the second-oldest professional theater company in Atlanta, and the home of stories that stir the soul. (more...)

CAUSE CELEB- An Indoor Picnic and Cabaret Celebrating 70 Years of the Actors' Benevolent Fund, Sept 7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

Get together a group, bring a picnic basket and join many of the entertainment industry's finest for a sparkling night of cabaret at Cause Celeb - An Indoor Picnic and Cabaret on Sunday, 7 September at The Opera Centre, Surry Hills. (more...)

Community Bible Church Introduces Innovative Program to Develop New Online Churches
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

CBC has partnered with a number of other churches across the country - including LifeChurch.tv, Saddleback, Seacoast and Lake Pointe - to develop the 10-session online program: (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kristin Chenoweth Wows London in a One-Night-Only Concert
by Iris Moebius - Jul 15, 2014

It had been three years in the making when Kristin Chenoweth took the stage at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday for her one night only concert. She was welcomed by thunderous applause, was visibly moved and happy to be there. Over the next 2 hours she took us on a journey through different musical genres, including musical theatre, country, gospel and pop. Miss Chenoweth wowed the audience with her versatility and the effortlessness with which she moved through this eclectic program, but also with the raw emotion palpable in each song. (more...)

FOR TONIGHT to Play Special Concert at NYMF, 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

For Tonight, by creators Shenelle Williams, Spencer Williams and Whitney Rhodes, has extended its run at The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). This will be the first time in the history of the festival that a reading will add an additional performance to its run. They will be performing a concert version of this new original musical on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 9pm at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036). (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre to Present DEATH TAX, 9/2-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

Kicking off its 27th Season, Lookingglass Theatre Company presents Death Tax, by Lucas Hnath, and directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman. Death Tax runs September 2, 2014 - October 12, 2014 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.. (more...)

New Book 'Memories of the Heart' is Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

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Seamus Scanlon's THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY Comes to the cell, 9/11-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

the cell, A Twenty-First Century Salon, along with the 1st Irish Theatre Festival, A Celebration of the Best of Irish Theatre presented by Origin Theatre Company, presents THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY, a series of one-act plays by award-winning writer Seamus Scanlon. Directed by Kira Simring, Artistic Director of the cell, THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY will play a strictly-limited engagement from September 11th - October 5th at the cell (338 West 23rd Street). The press opening is Saturday, September 13, 2014. (more...)

Theatre Off Jackson Presents THE BUNNER SISTERS 9/18-10/05
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2014

Athena Theatre Project and Theatre Off Jackson present THE BUNNER SISTERS from the novella by Edith Wharton adapted and directed by Julie Beckman, September 18-October 5. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Months
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

This September and October 54 BELOW presents a lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

Celtic Tenors to Open CSO's 2014-15 Pops Season, 10/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

The Celtic Tenors have captivated audiences throughout the UK, Europe, and US since their arrival on the music scene in 2000. What began as three very talented friends gathering on the operatic stage has since exploded into an international recording and touring phenomenon that transcends the trio's classical roots and embraces folk, pop, and various other dimensions of the musical spectrum. An evening with The Celtic Tenors guarantees a professional, sparkling, and good-humored performance featuring gorgeous Celtic songs like the haunting "Danny Boy" and exhilarating classics like "Nessun Dorma." (more...)

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 10 to Bring Closure to Meshach Taylor Storyline
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

According to EW, CBS's Criminal Minds will be putting a bow on a storyline Meshach Taylor (Designing Women) began in Season 8 of the drama. The actor passed away in June at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Barrington Stage Company's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab new workshop production of two-time Tony winner William Finn's acclaimed Romance in Hard Times, featuring a new book by Finn's Spelling Bee collaborator, Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

Innovative Promotional Company, True Vision Enterprises Makes Plans to Expand Into Numerous New Territories in the Fourth Quarter of 2014
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

ORANGE, CA - Learning to endure the ups and downs of a struggling economy is a skill that most businesses have been forced to acquire over the past few years. Not only has True Vision Enterprises Inc. mastered the art of navigating and adapting through these economic Hard Times, but this company has continued to flourish and expand in a market that seems to be endlessly downsizing. As one of the largest and fastest growing promotional agencies in the Orange County area, True Vision Enterprises has lead the direct marketing field in areas such as customer service, product branding, sales and the acquisition of new clientele. (more...)

Watch What Happens- NEWSIES From Screen to Stage!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 20, 2014

In honor of the beloved show entering its final week of performances, BWW is taking a look back at some of the biggest changes made from screen to stage. (more...)

Tribeca Film Acquires Chris Lowell's BESIDES STILL WATERS
by Movies News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

It was announced today that Chris Lowell's Beside Still Waters will be theatrically released this fall, beginning on November 14, 2014 with cable/telco and satellite video-on-demand and digital platforms on November 18, 2014 via Tribeca Film. (more...)

Shirley McLain Pens 'Riveting' Tribute to Great Grandfather
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

SAPULPA, Okla. After hearing stories about her great grandfather, author Shirley McLain felt compelled to share the courage and strength of the man who was the family's foundation. 'Dobyns Chronicles' (published by Xlibris) is a powerful story that follows the life of a young man who never let life's avalanche of trials and struggles bring him defeat. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 17, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Michael Wilson Directs THE OLD FRIENDS at the Alley Theatre
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Aug 13, 2014

BWW Interviews: Director Michael Wilson at The Alley Theatre (more...)

Fox Valley Rep to Present BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, 8/28-10/19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Fox Valley Repertory continues their 2014 theater series with Neil Simon's heart-warming family comedy, Brighton Beach Memoirs. This coming-of-age memoir, directed by Ronan Marra, will take place at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage August 28 - October 19, 2014 (4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL; box office 630-584-6342). (more...)

Barrington Stage's ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES to Feature New Book; Opens This Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab new workshop production of two-time Tony winner William Finn's acclaimed Romance in Hard Times, featuring a new book by Finn's Spelling Bee collaborator, Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin. (more...)

East Lynne Theater Company to Offer ASL Performance of ZORRO, 8/22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

On Friday, August 22 at 8:30p.m., there will be an American Sign Language Interpretation of 'Zorro!' produced by the award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rick Bayless and More in CASCABEL at Lookingglass Theatre; Show Extends thru Aug 31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

Lookingglass Theatre, Frontera Grill and Silverguy Entertainment announce an extension to the wildly popular return of Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner -- Daring -- Desire, the unforgettable theatrical adventure featuring a sumptuous feast, world-class circus acts, and a tantalizing love story starring celebrity chef Rick Bayless that had Chicago audiences spellbound when it premiered in spring 2012. The extremely limited engagement is co-created by Rick Bayless, Lookingglass Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman (Hephaestus, The Brothers Karamazov, Hard Times), and Artistic Associate and founder of Silverguy Entertainment Tony Hernandez (Hephaestus, Lookingglass Alice). Cascabel runs at the Goodman Theatre's Owen Bruner Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, now playing through August 31, 2014. Scroll down for a first look at the show! (more...)

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