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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 – 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.

BWW Interview: Central Florida Native Brent Wakelin Dishes About Enchanted Object Life in BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBWW Interview: Central Florida Native Brent Wakelin Dishes About Enchanted Object Life in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Kimberly Moy - May 8, 2015

Brent Wakelin is a Central Florida native and UCF graduate who is currently on tour in the ensemble with this production. Brent took a few moments between shows to answer a few of our questions. (more...)

Frist Fridays Summer Concert Series to Launch 6/26 with Al Green & The Hard TimesFrist Fridays Summer Concert Series to Launch 6/26 with Al Green & The Hard Times
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts' popular summer concert series Frist Fridays kicks off Friday, June 26, and will feature musical acts that celebrate personal style in conjunction with the summer exhibition Italian Style: Fashion since 1945. (more...)

Jason Bunting Launches New Marketing Push for Self-Help Poetry BookJason Bunting Launches New Marketing Push for Self-Help Poetry Book
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (more...)

MISS WILSON'S WATERLO Set for Finborough TheatreMISS WILSON'S WATERLO Set for Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Miss Wilson's Waterloo, a new play by Ellis Jones and Martin Wimbush, receives two afternoon staged readings at the Finborough Theatre on Wednesday, 10 and Thursday, 11 June 2015 (performances at 3.00pm) to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. (more...)

La Strada Ensemble Theater to Present MURDER ON THE PARADISE LINE, by Young Local PlaywrightLa Strada Ensemble Theater to Present MURDER ON THE PARADISE LINE, by Young Local Playwright
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2015

La Strada Ensemble Theater of Monmouth County (whose most recent festival, CHANCE, enjoyed great acclaim in Manhattan in March) is "all aboard" with their very first dinner theater experience… Murder on the Paradise Line. (more...)

Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Aaron Lazar & More Will Join Jonathan Groff in Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAINDan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Aaron Lazar & More Will Join Jonathan Groff in Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Jenni Barber, Quentin Earl Darrington, Bradley Dean, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Lamon, Aaron Lazar, Alyse Alan Louis and Rema Webb will join the previously announced Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, running June 24 - 27, 2015. The production will be directed by James Lapine, with choreography by Josh Prince. (more...)

BWW Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Sings a Beautiful, Hilarious Song of FriendshipBWW Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Sings a Beautiful, Hilarious Song of Friendship
by Matt Tamanini - May 15, 2015

Making a film sequel is difficult, especially when it doesn't involve a superhero cinematic universe. In the case of following up 2012's surprise musical success PITCH PERFECT, the task was especially daunting; how do you improve upon a low-budget sleeper hit that shattered any and all conceivable expectations? The original film found success by blending what audiences have always wanted from a college comedy (mildly crude humor and young people falling in love) with what they never knew they wanted from a college comedy (a cappella singing and projectile vomit). While there is none of the latter, PITCH PERFECT 2 has the former three in spades; and despite noticeable tonal differences, the sequel is a surprisingly touching, laugh-out-loud musical party that should more than live up to the sky-high expectations of the franchise's legions of fans. (more...)

David Engel, Jason Graae and More Set for Rubicon's RODGERS & HART & HAMMERSTEIN This WeekendDavid Engel, Jason Graae and More Set for Rubicon's RODGERS & HART & HAMMERSTEIN This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

The Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company continues with three concerts celebrating the genius of two of the most prolific and most important writing teams in musical theatre history in a show entitled RODGERS & HART & HAMMERSTEIN. (more...)

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

RICHMOND, Va. (more...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

Lillias White & Billy Stritch to Close Bay Area Cabaret Season at the Venetian Room, 5/31Lillias White & Billy Stritch to Close Bay Area Cabaret Season at the Venetian Room, 5/31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Bay Area Cabaret, the organization dedicated to presenting world renowned artists who expand the definition of cabaret, will conclude its season by welcoming Tony winner Lillias White with music director/performer Billy Stritch. (more...)

Tony Award Winner Billy Porter to Appear at SOPAC, 6/15Tony Award Winner Billy Porter to Appear at SOPAC, 6/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR), the ensemble-based theater company based in South Orange/Maplewood, NJ, announces A CONVERSATION WITH BILLY PORTER, on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in a one-night-only benefit appearance hosted by NY1's Budd Mishkin. (more...)

CBS to Premiere New Reality Series THE BRIEFCASE, 5/27CBS to Premiere New Reality Series THE BRIEFCASE, 5/27
by TV News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

The series premieres Wednesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (more...)

Joey Slotnick, Lauren Katz and Jim Dennen's New Improvised Show IN THE ROOM Set for Lookingglass This SpringJoey Slotnick, Lauren Katz and Jim Dennen's New Improvised Show IN THE ROOM Set for Lookingglass This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

Lookingglass Theatre Company presents In the Room, a special event developed by Lookingglass Ensemble member Joey Slotnick and artistic collaborators Lauren Katz and Jim Dennen.  In the Room will be presented for three nights only, April 30 - May 2, 2015 at 9:00pm at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. (more...)

Dianna Sak and Carmela Pina Mancini Announce BOOK NIGHTMARE MIRRORDianna Sak and Carmela Pina Mancini Announce BOOK NIGHTMARE MIRROR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

QUEBEC (more...)

Diane Lockward Launches New Book in ebook FormatDiane Lockward Launches New Book in ebook Format
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

West Caldwell, NJ (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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