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


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.

BWW Interview: The World According to Sue Fink and Angel City Chorale
by Ellen Dostal - May 31, 2016

For 23 years, Angel City Chorale and Artistic Director Sue Fink have been bringing people together with their community-building world music concerts. Celebrating the spirit of diversity they make music in a wide variety of musical styles and for all people to enjoy. Up next for the illustrious group is Rhythm Planet, featuring the music of two-time Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin and other world composers. These two family-friendly evenings (June 4 & 5 at 7pm) will feature 150 voices in a grand collaboration that celebrates the Earth's rich cultures and beauty. I asked Sue to share her thoughts about working with Christopher Tin on Rhythm Planet and what is in store for audiences this weekend. (more...)

10th Anniversary: PENETRON on the Mediterranean
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2016


Fashion Musical SHOES AND BAGGAGE Begins Previews This Week Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Nancy Manocherian's the cell presents the World Premiere of SHOES & BAGGAGE, a one-woman musical about the "high of the buy." It is written and performed by Broadway veteran Cheryl Stern (La Cage Aux Folles, The Women) with music by Drama Desk nominee Tom Kochan (Almost, Maine). Directed by Joe Barros , previews begin May 5 at the cell with opening slated for Thursday, May 12. (more...)

Park Square to Conclude Season with CALENDAR GIRLS
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Park Square concludes its 2016-2017 season with the area premiere of Tim Firth's hilarious and heartfelt comedy Calendar Girls. Based on the hit 2003 film, the play explores loss, friendship, and baring it all as a group of women pose in the buff to benefit a local charity. The ensuing media firestorm puts the women's friendship to the test and reveals the love shared by an extraordinary group of women. (more...)

BWW Review: Quiara Alegria Hudes' Warm and Inviting DAPHNE'S DIVE Is Worth A Visit
by Michael Dale - May 16, 2016

The Pulitzer-winner's new play takes on the familiar scenario of bar regulars forming a family. (more...)

IRVING BERLIN: IN PERSON Cast Album To Be Released on 6/3
by Louisa Brady - May 14, 2016

The premiere recording of ASCAP award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa's musical play 'Irving Berlin: In Person,' which was developed at the 13th Street Theater in New York City, will be released June 3rd.  Jed Peterson, who's starred Off-Broadway in such shows as 'Hard Times' and 'Nevsky Prospect,' and has been featured on television's  'Madame Secretary,' stars as Mr. Berlin.  Richard Danley is musical director.  Choreography and tap-dancing are by Rayna Hirt.  Hawkins Gardow is special guest artist. Music preparation is by Donald Brown.   Peter Charney and Matthew Nardozzi are assistants to the producers.  The CD, being distributed exclusively in the United States via CDBaby, will be available on,, iTunes, Footlight Records, Google Music, etc. (more...)

Katie Rose Clarke, Ryan Andes & More Set for Boomerang's LOVELESS TEXAS Workshop
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Boomerang Theatre Company will present the development workshop of LOVELESS TEXAS, the new musical from Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan and composer Henry Aronson. Boomerang Theatre Company continues as producer on the project, following up on the 2010 industry reading at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater. (more...)

Theresa Kloos Coming to Metropolitan Room, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Back with her brand new one woman show, comedian Theresa Kloos returns to the Metropolitan Room with her comedy cabaret 'Reasons To Be Unsuccessful' at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, on June 5th at 9:30pm. (more...)

Gavin Lynch aka Matador Releases New LP 'Ructions'
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Gavin Lynch aka Matador is proud to announce the arrival of his debut full length album, Ructions, on his own Ruckus label. (more...)

New One-Woman Musical SHOES AND BAGGAGE to Open Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Nancy Manocherian's the cell presents the World Premiere of SHOES & BAGGAGE, a one-woman musical about the "high of the buy." Written and performed by Broadway veteran Cheryl Stern (La Cage Aux Folles, The Women), it is directed by Joe Barros with music by Emmy Award-winning composer Tom Kochan. Previews begin May 5 at the cell with opening slated for Thursday, May 12. NOTE: this limited engagement is produced on an Off-Broadway contract. (more...)

Breaking News: Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, and Andrew Rannells to Lead FALSETTOS Broadway Revival!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

            Lincoln Center Theater, in association with Jujamcyn Theaters, has announced that Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, and Andrew Rannells will head the cast of its new production of William Finn and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical FALSETTOS.  FALSETTOS  begins previews Thursday, September 29, and opens on Thursday, October 27 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48 Street). (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

The award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, with music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional material by Jay Reiss, choreographed by Misha Shields, music directed by Michael Ferrara, directed by Artistic Director Dev Bondarin. (more...)

BWW Interview: Brilliant Scientist/Artist ANA ISABEL O Publishes New Childrens Books
by Don Grigware - Mar 2, 2016

Internationally known biologist and writer Dr. Ana Isabel O is constantly embarking on new projects. Educated in Europe and a self-taught Victorian patchwork maker since the early 90s, Ordonez has presented her work in France and Luxembourg. As a scientist she holds Masters and PhDs in Genetics, Forestry and Animal Biology and has lectured extensively throughout Europe, Africa, Japan, China, New Zealand and South America on insect-plant pathology and biological control research. She has also written several articles on the value of nature. Ordonez, however, has not confined her interests to the world of science. A true Renaissance woman, she is also a reputed jazz editor, independent filmmaker, music/art promoter and producer. In 2012 she contributed tirelessly to the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial tribute with Christopher Kennedy Lawford, because she believes in her heart that true valuable art of any kind must never be forgotten.  (more...)

Which Tony-Winning Actor is Heading to THE BIG BANG THEORY?
by TV News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

BIG BANG THEORY showrunner Steven Molaro revealed at last night's PaleyFest in L.A. that fans will finally get to meet Leornard Hofstadter's dad on the long running CBS comedy series. (more...)

Mosaic Theater to Stage World Premiere of Motti Lerner's AFTER THE WAR
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Mosaic Theater Company of DC's Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival continues this month with the world premiere of Motti Lerner's powerful new family drama, AFTER THE WAR, under the direction of his longtime collaborator Sinai Peter. (more...)

Dale Noelle and TRUE MODEL MANAGEMENT Celebrates Success and Diversity
by Marina Kennedy - Jan 28, 2016

Dale Noelle and TRUE Model Management held a 'Winter Warm Up' to celebrate the company's successes. (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre Company Names New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

? Lookingglass Theatre Company announces the election of its newest Artistic Director, Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman. Stillman has served as Artistic Director of New Work since 2004 and replaces current Artistic Director, Ensemble Member Andrew White. White, who has held the post since 2010, will serve as the company's first Connectivity and Engagement Director. Ensemble Member Philip R. Smith remains on the artistic leadership team in his role as Producing Director. In this spirit of ensemble and collaboration, Lookingglass Ensemble members routinely vote on the position of artistic director every three years. Elections are then ratified by the Lookingglass Board of Directors, and this artistic transition is effective immediately. (more...)

Theater Resources Unlimited to Host TRU PRODUCER BOOT CAMP, 2/6
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents their annual and extremely popular Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask' workshop, on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 from 10am to 6pm at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 11th floor, NYC. (more...)

NBA Superstar LeBron James Set for New CNBC Unscripted Series CLEVELAND HUSTLES
by TV News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

After eight consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth among P25-54 in primetime-the only cable network to deliver such significant gains- CNBC today announced the network is teaming up with NBA superstar LeBron James' and Maverick Carter's production company, SpringHill Entertainment, and Magical Elves for a new unscripted series set in Cleveland, Ohio. (more...)

BWW Review: Cleveland's 'Daddy Warbucks' Comes Home in ANNIE Tour at Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - Jan 14, 2016


THE WIZ LIVE's Kenny Leon, Matthew Diamond Receive Directors Guild Nominations; Full List
by TV News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

THE WIZ LIVE's Kenny Leon (Director) and Matthew Diamond (Live Television Direction) were nominated in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series. (more...)

BIG GIGANTIC Releases Entire Music Catalogue for Free with 'A Big Gigantic Bundle'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Coming off a massive 2015, BIG GIGANTIC is set to take the New Year by storm. With plans for tons of new music to come in 2016, the duo is taking a look back at all they've done to this point by partnering with BitTorrent, one of the leading peer-to-peer file distribution companies. Today (January 12), BIG GIGANTIC is offering the biggest and most gigantic collection of their music ever released, via BitTorrent's Bundle program.   (more...)

BWW Review: SEE ROCK CITY at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Feb 5, 2016

'A person's got to have something to do,' newlywed May Brummett says to her husband Raleigh, in a scene from the Rubicon Theatre Company's evocative drama, See Rock City. That statement sums up the theme in this second installment in Arlene Hutton's trilogy dealing with a young Kentucky couple trying to make a life for themselves during the waning years of World War II. Last year, the Rubicon staged Last Train to Nibroc, the first in the series, in which we were introduced to May and Raleigh, who happen upon one another while retreating homeward after both suffered personal setbacks. In See Rock City, we find the couple returning to their Kentucky home after their honeymoon, which saw them make a forced detour from their original destination of Rock City, a local tourist destination in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and instead, coming by way of Cincinnati. (more...)

Steven L. Dickerson Sr. Releases IMAGINE THIS...
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

'Imagine This...: Expanded Edition' (published by Archway Publishing) gives readers bite-sized pieces of information to improve their quality of life, include God actively in their days and overcome any obstacle. (more...)

Broadway Revival of Tony-Winning Musical FALSETTOS Will Bow This Fall; James Lapine on Board to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2016

This fall, Lincoln Center Theater will join forces with Jujamcyn Theaters to bring William Finn and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos back to Broadway, it was announced today. Falsettos will begin previews Thursday, September 29 and open on Thursday, October 27 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48 Street). Lapine will return to helm the production. (more...)

BWW Review: Colman Domingo's DOT Mixes Broad Comedy With Family Drama
by Michael Dale - Feb 25, 2016

Marjorie Johnson leads a solid cast in a play about dealing with a mother's dementia. (more...)

Origin Theatre Company to Stage North American Premiere of THE HUNDRED WE ARE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2016

Origin Theatre Company presents the North American premiere of the internationally acclaimed Swedish novelist and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri's "The Hundred We Are."  The fascinatingly timely memory play's limited Off-Broadway engagement performs at the cell, 338 West 23rd Street, from Wednesday March 16 to Friday April 8, with an Off-Broadway opening on Monday March 21 at 8pm. (more...)

York Theater Company to Host Staged Reading of Erik Ransom's MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director of York Theater Company has announced that as part of its Developmental Reading Series, it will present Erik Ransom's 'More Than All the World' an epic musical inspired by Christopher Marlowe's 'Edward II' directed by Rachel Klein ('Around the World in 80 Days', 'The Anthem') with music direction and arrangements by Andy Peterson ('Atomic'). The reading will take place on March 15th at 2PM. (more...)

Esquire Network's FRIDAY NIGHT TYKES to Explore Youth Football, 3/22
by TV News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

FRIDAY NIGHT TYKES: STEEL COUNTRY premiering Tuesday, March 22 at 10/9c will dig deep into the birthplace of football legends. (more...)

New Memoir LIGHT OF HER CHILDREN is Released
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Ronald James Newton's new memoir revisits crucial periods of the past, Hard Times that tested the will of the people and family bonds, adversities that had to be endured through strength, grit and cooperation. The 'Light of Her Children' (published by Xlibris) shows the path taken by his family just as countless other Americans made their way through those difficult but defining moments. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly & More Star in Animated Musical Comedy SING
by Movies News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters for the holiday season on December 21, 2016. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 14, 2016
by - Feb 14, 2016

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...)

Gillian Anderson, James Dornan in THE FALL, Series 1 & 2 Debuting on DVD
by TV News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Heralded as ¬ďone of the best BBC dramas in years¬Ē (The Guardian), THE FALL SERIES 1debuts on Blu-ray on March 1, 2016 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc (more...)

Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims Shares ONE PEANUT AT A TIME
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

'One Peanut at a Time' (published by Xlibris) is the story of Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims, an educator, political activist and CEO of the Cleaster Mims College Prep and International Boarding Schools. The new memoir chronicles her life journey, spanning from her youth in a sharecropper family to her successful efforts at African-American empowerment, likening her experiences to long-distance running and conveying to readers how she planned and reached one goal after the next through Hard Times. (more...)

Carrie Moyer Presents SIRENS Exhibition at DC Moore Gallery
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

Sirens marks Carrie Moyer's first exhibition with DC Moore Gallery. Moyer's sumptuous paintings on canvas explore and extend the legacy of American Abstraction while paying homage to many of its seminal female figures among them Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Murray, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Rife with visual precedents, Moyer's compositions reference Color Field, Pop Art and 1970s Feminist art - while proposing a new approach to fusing history, research and experimentation in painting. An exhibition catalogue, with a conversation between the artist and Katy Siegel, will be available. (more...)

Lookingglass to Stage Federico Garcia Lorca's BLOOD WEDDING, 3/2-4/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

?Lookingglass Theatre Company continues its 28th Season with Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, translated by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata, and directed by Ensemble Member Daniel Ostling. Blood Wedding runs March 2 - April 24, 2016 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. (more...)

1812 Productions to Present Joan Rivers Tribute, Tony Braithwaite Comedy
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

1812 Productions continues its 19th season with two limited engagement special events. Created by 1812 Productions' Producing Artistic Director, Jennifer Childs, and Emily Kleimo, A Tribute to Joan Rivers will be followed by a special addition to our season, Tony Braithwaite's one-man comedy Didn't Your Father Have This Talk With You?. (more...)

Tony Roberts Boards ABC's DIRTY DANCING Remake
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Katey Sagal is the latest actor to sign on to ABC's upcoming three-hour reboot of DIRTY DANCING. (more...)

San Jose Bounce House Rentals Award Winner of 'Best of the Bay' Announces New Jumper Rental Deals
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016


Photo Coverage: Craig Lucas Honored with Dramatists Guild Fund's Sidney Kingsley Award
by Walter McBride - Apr 5, 2016

The Dramatists Guild Fund presented their Madge Evans and Sidney Kingsley Award to actress Audra McDonald and playwright Craig Lucas just last night. McDonalad was unable to attend the event due to her SHUFFLE ALONG schedule, but the show went on and BroadwayWorld was also there for the festivities. Check out photos below! (more...)

Jay Armstrong Johnson to Make Feinstein's/54 Below Debut This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Jay Armstrong Johnson, currently starring on ABC's smash-hit drama 'Quantico' and recent star of Broadway's acclaimed 2014 revival of On The Town, will make his Feinstein's / 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) solo debut on April 27, 29 and 30. Singing everything from Sondheim to Dixie Chicks, Johnson will be joined all three nights by a full eight-piece all star-band and special guests Billy Lewis Jr. ('Glee') and Lindsay Mendez (Wicked). On April 30th only, Todrick Hall (MTV's 'Todrick') will be guest-starring alongside Lewis Jr. and Mendez. Tickets are on sale now at (more...)

Alhambra to Present BLITHE SPIRIT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

The story line of Blithe Spirit could be anyone's fantasy: return to life as a ghost and haunt your former spouse and newly betrothed partner. Such is the premise of Noel Coward's comedy opening May 4 at the Alhambra Theater & Dining for a four-week run. Blithe Spirit has been heralded as one of three jewels in Coward's crown. It's most recent Broadway and touring revival from starred Angela Lansbury received rave reviews around the country. The Alhambra performances will feature Lisa Valdini-Booth in the lead role of medium, Madame Arcati, who leads the seance that brings back the ghost of Charles Condomine's wife. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for April 25-May 1, Featuring Jay Armstrong Johnson, The Skivvies, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Apr 24, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Something Really Rotten: Cut Songs From the Show with the Original Cast; Jay Armstrong Johnson at 54 Below; The Skivvies; The Tyler Mount Vlog Live! with Matt Doyle, Lesli Margherita & Kara Lindsay; and Broadway Acts for Women, with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lena Hall, and more.  (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

AT&T AUDIENCE Network to Air 'Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone 'Mike Ness' Special
by TV News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Tune in to AT&T AUDIENCE Network for: 'Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone 'Mike Ness' on Friday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m. PM ET/PT (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114). Watch as renowned guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer Mike Ness sits down for the new documentary series. (more...)

Drag, Shakespeare and More Slated for CoHo's Summerfest 2016; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

CoHo has announced its Summerfest 2016 lineup. Four shows in four weekends will feature an unknown drag legend, a masked Shakespearean fanfic, an acrobatic Downton Abbey, and laughable panic attacks. (more...)

WEST END BAKE OFF 2016 to be Held in July
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

On Saturday 16 July visitors to London's West End will once again be able to indulge in mouth-watering cakes and teatime treats baked by teams from some of the capital's biggest stage hits. As the tasty goodies are all being sold for a good cause, they will be guilt free. (more...)

Theatre In The Park to Offer Benefit Performace of THE ELEPHANT MAN, 4/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Jesse Gephart has been a beloved member of the theatre community here at Theatre In The Park for many years. Among his many roles, he has delighted audiences year after year as Crumpet the Elf in the hilariously funny one-man production of The Santaland Diaries, bringing joy and happiness to many, particularly those enduring Hard Times during the holiday season. (more...)

THIRTEEN's Great Performances to Present 'Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration,' 5/6
by TV News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday on Saturday, January 27 at New York's historic Beacon Theatre. The special event honored her legendary 50 plus years in music with an intimate, career-spanning live performance. (more...)

Sonny Bennett Shares CANCER: 3 DAYS TO LIVE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Sonny Bennett, a Veteran and beloved Father, has completed his book 'Cancer: 3 Days to Live': a gripping and potent work that explains the author's life encounter with cancer and his last years of life. (more...)

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