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

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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 – 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.

Cast of SIDE SHOW, Maureen McGovern & More Set for 54 Below This WeekCast of SIDE SHOW, Maureen McGovern & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Derby Dinner Goes Big With BONNIE & CLYDEBWW Reviews: Derby Dinner Goes Big With BONNIE & CLYDE
by Todd Zeigler - Mar 7, 2015

"We're fairly sure they didn't say 'Darn.'" (more...)

Veteran Stage Actor Evan Thompson Dies at 83Veteran Stage Actor Evan Thompson Dies at 83
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

Evan Thompson, a New York City-based theatre actor whose long and eclectic career included work in cabaret, children's shows, summer stock, regional theatre, and on and off Broadway, died Feb. 28, 2015, in Brooklyn, NY, at the Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare following a long respiratory illness. He was 83 years old. (more...)

RING OF FIRE Returning to CC Playhouse, Begin. 3/27RING OF FIRE Returning to CC Playhouse, Begin. 3/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash returns to the Adventure Theater from March 27 through June 9, 2015. "The show was a huge hit for us in 2013," said director Bryce McDonald, "and since it closed we've had many people ask us to bring it back." Producing Director Jim Crabtree concurred, adding, "It's a wonderful production, full of heart, joy and great music. And we're fortunate to again have Kellye Cash in the show. As Johnny's niece, her perspective and her recollections of him make our production truly special." (more...)

Heather Smith Releases EXTRAVAGANT LOVEHeather Smith Releases EXTRAVAGANT LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

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STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Lyric Opera of Chicago's CAROUSELSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Lyric Opera of Chicago's CAROUSEL
by Stage Tube - Mar 18, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents CAROUSEL, opening April 10. Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

Eric Clapton to Release 3-Disc 'Best Of' Compilation, 'Forever Man,' 4/28Eric Clapton to Release 3-Disc 'Best Of' Compilation, 'Forever Man,' 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Legendary songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and 19-time Grammy Award-winner Eric Clapton will release a brand-new 'Best Of' compilation, entitled Forever Man, via Reprise Records on April 28th in the U.S. (more...)

NBCUniversal to Launch Comedic Half-Hour Program CRAZY TALK This FallNBCUniversal to Launch Comedic Half-Hour Program CRAZY TALK This Fall
by TV News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution will launch Crazy Talk, a daily, first-run comedic half-hour syndicated program debuting in Fall 2015. (more...)

Ben Vereen, Tony Yazbeck & More Set for 54 Below This WeekBen Vereen, Tony Yazbeck & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Scoop: BLACK-ISH on ABC - Tuesday, January 20, 2015Scoop: BLACK-ISH on ABC - Tuesday, January 20, 2015
by - Jan 9, 2015

Get all the scoop on BLACK-ISH, airing on ABC on Tuesday, January 20, 2015! (more...)

Billy Porter-Helmed HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR Begins Tonight at Ars NovaBilly Porter-Helmed HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR Begins Tonight at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

HAM: A Musical Memoir, a new theatrical event based on Sam Harris' book, HAM: Slices of a Life (a collection of stories and essays published by Simon & Schuster) begins previews tonight, January 8 at Theater 511 at Ars Nova. (more...)

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra to Play MPAC, 1/30Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra to Play MPAC, 1/30
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

In early 1994, Valery Gergiev and his friend, pianist Alexander Slobodyanik, then a resident of Morristown, New Jersey, entered a shuttered up old single-screen movie theatre known as The Community Theatre. (more...)

Billy Porter-Helmed HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR Begins Tomorrow at Ars NovaBilly Porter-Helmed HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR Begins Tomorrow at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

HAM: A Musical Memoir, a new theatrical event based on Sam Harris' book, HAM: Slices of a Life (a collection of stories and essays published by Simon & Schuster) begins previews tomorrow night Thursday, January 8 at Theater 511 at Ars Nova. (more...)

Tony Winner Billy Porter to Perform at Feinstein's at the Nikko, 1/30-2/1Tony Winner Billy Porter to Perform at Feinstein's at the Nikko, 1/30-2/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein are honored to welcome Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, actor, playwright and director Billy Porter to Feinstein's at the Nikko for three performances only - Friday, January 30 (8 p.m.); Saturday, January 31 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, February 1 (7 p.m.). Porter will perform songs from his new critically acclaimed album, "Billy's Back on Broadway," as well some of his other favorites! (more...)

WE tv to Premiere New Docu-Drama LOVE THY SISTER, 1/8WE tv to Premiere New Docu-Drama LOVE THY SISTER, 1/8
by TV News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

WE tv starts the new year with some good ol' southern charm…some sugar and some spice, but not everything is nice. “LOVE THY SISTER”, premiering Thursday, January 8 (more...)

BWW Interviews: One Legend Tackles Another in Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY IIBWW Interviews: One Legend Tackles Another in Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY II
by Benjamin Tomchik - Jan 30, 2015

When Andre De Shields steps onto the stage next week in Arena Stage's revival of August Wilson's King Hedley II, it will mark another in a series of firsts in a remarkable career. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth's COMING HOME DVD Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 2/3Kristin Chenoweth's COMING HOME DVD Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 2/3
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 27, 2015

Reserve your copy Kristin Chenoweth's new concert DVD, COMING HOME! (more...)

BWW Reviews: TUTS Underground Presents WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPPBWW Reviews: TUTS Underground Presents WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPP
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Jan 26, 2015

BWW Reviews: WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPP At TUTS Underground (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Kristin Chenoweth Sing 'Hard Times Come Again No More' from COMING HOME DVDBWW TV Exclusive: Watch Kristin Chenoweth Sing 'Hard Times Come Again No More' from COMING HOME DVD
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 22, 2015

Below, we are excited to bring you a world premiere exclusive of Chenoweth singing Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More". Check out the full performance below! (more...)

Full Transcript - President Obama's 2015 State of the Union AddressFull Transcript - President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address
by TV News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

President Barack Obama delivered his sixth STATE OF THE UNION address this evening, January 20, 2015. Watch the live stream here, and scroll down for the full transcript. (more...)

First Listen - Hunter Siegel's 'Let Me Love You Right Feat. Kai' (Club Mix)First Listen - Hunter Siegel's 'Let Me Love You Right Feat. Kai' (Club Mix)
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Toronto-based artist Hunter Siegel plans to heat up the dancefloor with his latest track “Let Me Love You Right Feat. Kai,” (Club Mix) out exclusively on Beatport January 26th and all other digital retailers February 10th via Big Beat Records. Listen to the track below! (more...)

Village Players of Birmingham to Stage BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, 1/16-2/1Village Players of Birmingham to Stage BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, 1/16-2/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

The New Year is often a time of reflection and remembrance. It's timely then that the Village Players of Birmingham presents Brighton Beach Memoirs, a memory play that is reflective of young Neil Simon's own life. Playing Jan.16 - Feb. 1, 2015. (more...)

PETER PAN LIVE, TONYS Earn Glenn Weiss DGA AWARD Nomination; Full ListPETER PAN LIVE, TONYS Earn Glenn Weiss DGA AWARD Nomination; Full List
by TV News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary for 2014. (more...)

Delta Rae Set to Release Album 'After It All' 4/7, Spring Tour Dates AnnouncedDelta Rae Set to Release Album 'After It All' 4/7, Spring Tour Dates Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Delta Rae, the six-piece band from Durham, North Carolina, is excited to announce the release of their second studio album, After It All, for April 7 via Sire/Warner Bros. Records. (more...)

HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR, Directed by Billy Porter, Opens Tonight at Theater 511 at Ars NovaHAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR, Directed by Billy Porter, Opens Tonight at Theater 511 at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

HAM: A Musical Memoir, a new theatrical event based on Sam Harris' book, HAM: Slices of a Life (a collection of stories and essays published by Simon & Schuster) is an innovative and exciting hybrid theatrical concept and the culmination of Harris' successful 30 year career as actor, vocalist and, now, author. HAM: A Musical Memoir will play a limited engagement, with an opening night set for tonight, January 12, 2015 at Theater 511 at Ars Nova. (more...)

67th Annual Directors Guild Awards Set for Tonight; PETER PAN LIVE!, TONYS Among Nominees67th Annual Directors Guild Awards Set for Tonight; PETER PAN LIVE!, TONYS Among Nominees
by TV News Desk - Feb 7, 2015

The winners of the 67th Annual DGA Awards will be announced today, Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, hosted by actor Jane Lynch. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth's COMING HOME DVD Now AvailableKristin Chenoweth's COMING HOME DVD Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 3, 2015

Grab your copy Kristin Chenoweth's new concert DVD, COMING HOME! (more...)

Paul Iacono to Make 54 Below Debut in MarchPaul Iacono to Make 54 Below Debut in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2015

Star of G.B.F., FAME, and MTV's The Hard Times Of RJ Berger, Paul Iacono returns to the New York nightclub scene in his debut musical memoir, WHERE'S THE FUCKING KID ? for two performances only at 54 Below, March 11th and 18th at 9:30pm. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth Muses On Fate Of GLEE's April Rhodes In Reddit Q&AKristin Chenoweth Muses On Fate Of GLEE's April Rhodes In Reddit Q&A
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 3, 2015

Kristin Chenoweth muses on the fate of one of her most beloved characters! (more...)

Casts of THE LAST SHIP and SIDE SHOW, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester & More Set for 54 Below Next MonthCasts of THE LAST SHIP and SIDE SHOW, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester & More Set for 54 Below Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

This March, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. Below, find the schedule for upcoming events over the next month. (more...)

Larry Marshall, Michael James Leslie & More Set for KC Rep's HAIR: Retrospective, 3/20-4/12Larry Marshall, Michael James Leslie & More Set for KC Rep's HAIR: Retrospective, 3/20-4/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Eric Rosen announced today the casting for HAIR: Retrospection, under his direction. (more...)

Canine Comedy THE BISCUIT CLUB to Begin 4/4 at the cellCanine Comedy THE BISCUIT CLUB to Begin 4/4 at the cell
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

the cell will present the World Premiere of THE BISCUIT CLUB, Marianne Driscoll's canine comedy inspired by The Breakfast Club. Directed by Kira Simring, previews begin April 4 with opening slated for Thursday, April 9. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5th Avenue's CAROUSEL Lacks Emotion, Needs More SnowBWW Reviews: 5th Avenue's CAROUSEL Lacks Emotion, Needs More Snow
by Jay Irwin - Feb 23, 2015

If you read my previous review, Dear Readers, of SMT's production of "Sweet Charity" you'll know that I already had the occasion this weekend of a show where the leading lady just didn't connect for me. Well, that seems to be a trend as the 5th Avenue Theatre's current production of "Carousel" also had a leading lady who was lacking. There's plenty of good things happening in the show but their Julie Jordan (Laura Griffith) came across as emotionless and stone faced making me wonder why or even if she was falling in love. (more...)

Craig Hella Johnson to Guest Conduct St. Charles Singers, 3/7-8Craig Hella Johnson to Guest Conduct St. Charles Singers, 3/7-8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Grammy Award-winning choral director Craig Hella Johnson will guest conduct the St. Charles Singers in a concert program titled “Inspired” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth Talks PUSHING DAISIES: THE MUSICAL In New Reddit Q&AKristin Chenoweth Talks PUSHING DAISIES: THE MUSICAL In New Reddit Q&A
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 2, 2015

Ask Kristin Chenoweth anything! (more...)

Production Underway for Third Season of Syfy's DEFIANCEProduction Underway for Third Season of Syfy's DEFIANCE
by TV News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

Production has commenced in Toronto, ON for the 13-episode third season of Syfy's highly-rated Defiance (more...)

Theater Resources Unlimited & The Players Theatre to Host March TRU Producer Boot Camp, 3/1Theater Resources Unlimited & The Players Theatre to Host March TRU Producer Boot Camp, 3/1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the March Producer Boot Camp, Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask, on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 10:00am-6:00pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor Loft Theatre, NYC. (more...)

BWW Previews:  HANK V by Three Day Hangover Premieres at Stumble Inn on TodayBWW Previews: HANK V by Three Day Hangover Premieres at Stumble Inn on Today
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 17, 2015

'Hank V' by Three Day Hangover will be at Stumble Inn on the Upper East Side from February 18th to February 20th and February 26th to March 1st. Directed by Beth Gardiner and Lori Wolter Hudson, the show stars Christopher Ryan Grant and David Hudson. (more...)

Rosa Mae Carrier Releases PATHWAYS TO FIGHT OR FLIGHTRosa Mae Carrier Releases PATHWAYS TO FIGHT OR FLIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (more...)

Slipstream Theatre Initiative to Present A DOLL'S HOUSESlipstream Theatre Initiative to Present A DOLL'S HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2015

Slipstream Theatre Initiative presents their third show, Henrik Ibsen's classic A Doll's House. (more...)

Montego Glover, Michael Potts, & More Celebrate Black History Month with Actors' Equity AssociationMontego Glover, Michael Potts, & More Celebrate Black History Month with Actors' Equity Association
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

When asked how she keeps moving forward through the Hard Times this industry undoubtedly possesses, Montego Glover remembered how she got through her Broadway debut. (more...)

Interview with Actress Kristin ChenowethInterview with Actress Kristin Chenoweth
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Feb 10, 2015

Education Dramaturg Ted Sod interviews Kristin Chenoweth about her role in On the 20th Century. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Steve Schalchlin's 'New World Waking' Is a Spiritual & Political Wake-Up Call for Non-Violent Social Action and a Case for the Healing Power of MusicCABARET LIFE NYC: Steve Schalchlin's 'New World Waking' Is a Spiritual & Political Wake-Up Call for Non-Violent Social Action and a Case for the Healing Power of Music
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 29, 2014

In my recent very extended assessment of cabaret shows I never reviewed during the second half of 2014, there were two significant omissions. I didn't leave these out of my critical mix because they weren't strikingly significant. In fact, it was just the opposite. The new variety game show, Tune In Time, which dubs itself the “Musical Theater Olympics,” and the musical theater piece/song cycle, New World Waking, were among the most original and entertaining productions I witnessed this year and deserved more of a feature treatment than a quickie review. My take on Tune In Time (which will begin a new monthly run at the York Theatre on January 5) should beat the clock before the next show. So by simple process of elimination, this commentary will be on New World Waking, which when performed on December 6 was one of the highlights of the recent annual 12-day, 20-show Winter Rhythms Festival at Urban Stages. (more...)

Metropolitan Klezmer Releases 'Guys and Dolls and Bagels' for HanukahMetropolitan Klezmer Releases 'Guys and Dolls and Bagels' for Hanukah
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2014

METROPOLITAN KLEZMER – hailed as “one of the finest American Klezmer Bands” by Songlines Magazine – continues to celebrate the holiday with the release of their fifth CD MAZEL MEANS GOOD LUCK. The record features the special Hanukah-inspired track “Guys & Dolls & Bagels”: an inspired klezmer medley from the classic musical. (more...)

Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana Set for A BROADWAY ROMANCE Valentine's Day Concert with New York PhilharmonicLaura Osnes & Santino Fontana Set for A BROADWAY ROMANCE Valentine's Day Concert with New York Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Ted Sperling will conduct the New York Philharmonic and vocalists Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana in A Broadway Romance, a one-night-only Valentine's Day concert, Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. The program will feature songs from popular musicals ranging from Bernstein's West Side Story and Gershwin's Girl Crazy to Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel and Stephen Sondheim's Company, woven together to tell a unified narrative of a romance from beginning to end, from meeting to first date to falling in love to marriage. (more...)

Scoop: BLACK-ISH on ABC - Wednesday, December 17, 2014Scoop: BLACK-ISH on ABC - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
by TV Scoop - Dec 17, 2014

Get all the scoop on BLACK-ISH, airing on ABC on Wednesday, December 17, 2014! (more...)

Jessica D. Stafford Releases MemoirJessica D. Stafford Releases Memoir
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (more...)

Award Winning Writer Michael Stephen Daigle Releases THE SWAMPS OF JERSEYAward Winning Writer Michael Stephen Daigle Releases THE SWAMPS OF JERSEY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Award winning writer, Michael Stephen Daigle publishes his first novel, a political thriller entitled, 'The Swamps of Jersey,' with Imzadi Publishing. Wrapped in the shell of a police procedural 'The Swamps of Jersey,' a literary political mystery, is a story of ideas, a tale of human nature: love, trust, deceit, crime, politics, social change and redemption. At the center is Detective Frank Nagler, whose personal past haunts the story. Ironton, New Jersey has seen Hard Times before. Deserted factories and empty stores reflect the decades-long decline, that even Mayor Gabriel Richman, scion of one of the city's leading political families, cannot seem to rectify. Now families are living on the street or in the shells of the old factories. A week-long tropical storm floods the depressed city bringing more devastation as well as a new misery: The headless, handless body of a young woman in the Old Iron Bog. Between the gruesome murder and an old factory suspiciously burning down, Detective Frank Nagler begins to believe that incarcerated Charlie Adams, the city's famous serial killer, may have fostered a copycat killer. Determined to find the truth, he follows the case that leads into unexpected places. 'The Swamps of Jersey' is available in print and ebook formats. Book Details: 'The Swamps of Jersey' By Michael Stephen Daigle Publisher: Imzadi Publishing Published: November 2014 ISBN: 978-0990846512 ASIN: B00P2XO98Y Pages: 236 Genre: Political Thriller About The Author: Michael Stephen Daigle is a writer and journalist who lives in New Jersey with his family. He had an award-winning career in journalism including time at newspapers in Massachusetts, Maine and New Jersey. He has published an electronic collection of stories, 'The Resurrection of Leo,' and a single story about baseball and teen-agers, 'The Summer of the Homerun.' He publishes commentary, fiction samples and poetry at www.michaelstephendaigle.com. For review copies, author interviews, or more information please contact: Michael Stephen Daigle Email: michaelstephendaigle (at) hotmail.com Website: http://www.michaelstephendaigle.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelstephendaigle Twitter: https://twitter.com/50eagle50 (more...)

President Obama Celebrates National Poetry MonthPresident Obama Celebrates National Poetry Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2015

President Obama celebrated National Poetry Month in the State Dining Room at the White House, hailing the art for its contributions to the world. (more...)

Ty Pennington, Amanda Freitag Set for New Food Network Series AMERICAN DINER REVIVALTy Pennington, Amanda Freitag Set for New Food Network Series AMERICAN DINER REVIVAL
by TV News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Ty Pennington and Amanda Freitag are on a mission to help classic American diners across the country in American Diner Revival, premiering Friday, May 22nd at 10:30pm ET/PT on Food Network. (more...)

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