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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.

T-Wayne Debuts 'Double Standards' Video
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

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

Photo Flash: Starz Releases First Look Image from Limited Series HOWARDS END
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2017

Starz, with the BBC, today released the first image from the limited series HOWARDS END,  based on the classic E.M. Forster novel. The photo features Hayley Atwell (Margaret Schlegel) and Matthew Macfadyen (Henry Wilcox) at Simpson's-in-the-Strand restaurant. (more...)

BWW Review: A KINKY Revolution in Richmond
by Jeremy Bustin - May 31, 2017

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, KINKY BOOTS runs at the Altria Theater through Sunday, June 4. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 31, 2017
by - May 31, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 31 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Act II Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Act II Playhouse in Ambler presents Neil Simon's masterpiece Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by William Roudebush, on stage now through June 18, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Jimmy Wayne Releases Children's Book This November
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

When Ruby, an adorable mixed-breed puppy with an underbite, gets mixed up in a daring attempt to help foster kids, she learns that love can overcome any obstacle¬Öeven a broken heart. Abandoned in a shelter as a puppy, Ruby wonders if she'll ever be adopted by a family. (more...)

Paramore Announce North American 'Tour Two,' Launching This September
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore is celebrating the release of their acclaimed fifth studio album with a wide-ranging storm of international activity. (more...)

Winners Announced for Inaugural Acting For Others' Presidential Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

The winners were today announced for theatrical charity Acting For Others' inaugural Presidential Awards.  The awards celebrate the most supportive and successful fundraisers who have helped the charity raise £380,000 over the previous twelve months.  (more...)

Diane Lane Underwrites The Ziegfeld Club's Liz Swados Inspiration Grant for Female Music Educators
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

The Ziegfeld Club, one of the first New York City performing arts charities to benefit women, has announced the second Liz Swados Inspiration Grant to honor an influential female music educator in New York City. (more...)

WEST END BAKE OFF Announces Arlene Phillips, Dame Barbara Windsor, and Janie Dee as Judges
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Today, West End Bake Off, in aid of theatrical charity Acting for Others, announces Dame Barbara Windsor will return to the judging panel for a third year alongside first time Bake Off judges Arlene Phillips and Janie Dee. The third annual West End Bake Off will take place at The Actor's Church St Pauls on Saturday 20 May. (more...)

U.S. Pavilion Opens With Mark Bradford's Tomorrow Is Another Day
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Tomorrow  Is Another Day, featuring new work by Mark Bradford, is presented by the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, at La Biennale di Venezia 57th International Art Exhibition. (more...)

State Farm Agent Meridth Lamas Helping Empower Women Via Purses
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017


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

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

by Barry Lenny - Mar 9, 2017

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

Brain Meets Brawn in SAM & DEDE, OR MY DINNER WITH ANDRE THE GIANT, Beginning Tonight at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Dominion Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Mar 21, 2017

It's 1945, and Paris is shakily emerging from Nazi occupation - celebrating, yes, with soldiers returning and families reuniting, but also confronting collaborators in their midst and post-war deprivation. Amidst this turmoil, two future lovers meet: an encounter of seismic power. (more...)

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

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

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

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

BWW Interview: Guy Davis Forges Path Through Music, Theater & Beyond
by Tory Gates - Jun 5, 2017

'I think entertaining is what I do, that is what my spirit is called to do, and the blues is kind of like my salvation. It was a form of music that I felt like it was in me. It is in me to communicate.' (more...)

Casting Announced For James Bridie's MR. GILLIE at Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre and continuing their rediscovery of James Bridie, one of the West End's most successful dramatists of the 1930s and 1940s, the first London production since its 1950 premiere of Mr Gillie runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 25 June 2017 (Press Night: Monday, 26 June 2017 at 7.30pm). (more...)

BWW Interview: Ebi Shankara of TROPICANA at Capitol Theatre
by Mathilda Chua - Jun 26, 2017

Ebi Shankara is an actor, host and all around Arts advocate based in Singapore. Ebi holds both a diploma in Theatre and a First Class BA (Hons) in theatre arts from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), the latter was which obtained in NAFA's partnership with East-15 Acting School at the University of Essex. Besides being a familiar face on local television, along with his numerous hosting gigs, Ebi is also the artistic director of the Ravindran Drama Group Company, a local Theatre company that specializes in creating unique and dynamic Indian Theatre. He recently closed a successful run of Tropicana, a musical about nightlife in 1960s Singapore. (more...)

UD Summer Stage to Open 42nd Season with ANNIE, JR.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Audiences are invited to join Annie and her friends as Upper Darby Summer stage opens its 42nd season during Independence Day week with 'Annie, Jr.' (more...)

First Look: THE HERO WITHIN Brings Veterans' Personal Stories to Life, Extended July 7-8-9 in Santa Monica
by Shari Barrett - Jun 22, 2017

After a sold-out and critically-acclaimed run at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in April 2017, CRE Outreach, in partnership with the Veterans Empowerment Theatre, is pleased to announce a one-weekend extension of THE HERO WITHIN, the powerful play which brings 7 local veterans' personal stories to life through an artistic journey that gives voice to the difficulty of transitioning from the war zone back into society as they search for the hero within themselves. The show includes both lighthearted comedy and dramatic moments that will leave audiences on the edge of their seat. (more...)

Georgia Engel and Lillias White to Take the Court in Paper Mill's HALF TIME Next Year
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced early casting for Half Time, a new musical, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Five-time Emmy nominee Georgia Engel (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony and Emmy Award winner Lillias White (The Life, Sesame Street) will lead the cast in this uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. (more...)

Youth Festival Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Middle & High School Filmmakers
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Big Dreams & Silver Screens Youth Festival (formerly the Rahway Film Festival Jr), is now moving into its second season. (more...)

Scoop: ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING on THE CW - Saturday, July 1, 2017
by - Jun 15, 2017

Get all the scoop on ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING, airing on THE CW on Saturday, July 1, 2017! (more...)

Paramore's Parahoy! Festival At Sea Now Sells Out in Record Time
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

PARAMORE's one-of-a-kind vacation experience, set to sail April 6 ¬Ė 10, 2018, with the band's third installment of the massively popular PARAHOY! has sold out in record time for the second consecutive year (more...)

David Guetta Produced & Poo Bear Written 'Forever Is Over' Released Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

Singer and songwriter Elvana has released a new music video for her crossover hit 'Forever Is Over' , the first song she has released in English. (more...)

BWW TV: The Way They Got By... Tony Nominees Reveal Their Worst Survival Jobs!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 11, 2017

They may be Tony nominated now, but they've seen Hard Times just like the rest of us. BroadwayWorld caught up with some of this year's nominees to find out where they worked before making it on the Great White Way. (more...)

Edmund Gaynes to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2017 Valley Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Producer/theater owner/multi-hypenate Edmund Gaynes will be awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Valley Theatre Awards in North Hollywood, California in Monday, June 5th.  (more...)

New Jersey Veteran Rocker, Wayne Olivieri, Unveils Video for 'I'm A Music Man', the First Single From Debut Solo Album 'Eclectic Mind'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

By the age of 17, New Jersey veteran rocker, Wayne Olivieri, was already performing fulltime in iconic clubs like CBGB's, Max's Kansas City, The Limelight, The Village Gate and more, with his band Rockids, playing on the same bill as unsigned young bands such as The Ramones, The Talking Heads, Blondie, and a plethora of others. (more...)

VIDEO: Jill Martin Tackles Messy Spaces on New TLC Series HIDDEN MONEY MAKEOVER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Innovative Securities: Trump Remained a Promise
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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