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Goodspeed Opera House (East Haddam, CT)
PO Box A, 6 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423

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From his beginning as a struggling carnival magician, Harry Houdini emerged as a legendary escape artist whose death-defying feats captivated the world. Houdini portrays the loves and obsessions of a man whose family relationships are as complex as his mystical illusions.

Scoop: HOUDINI & DOYLE on FOX - Monday, May 9, 2016
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Scoop: HOUDINI & DOYLE on FOX - Saturday, May 14, 2016
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THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- A BETTER PLACE's Michael Satow
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

In this week's edition, we caught up with Michael Satow, who stars as 'Broker/Concierge' in A BETTER PLACE, currently in previews at The Duke on 42nd Street. (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Announces Cast of THIS
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated new theater, presents the off-Broadway hit This, a tart 'melanchomedy' centering on four educated, artistically inclined thirtysomething New Yorkers whose longtime friendship is tested by an act of infidelity. Writer, director and playwright Carl Menninger (a former Deerfield native) returns home from Washington, D.C. to direct this piercing, beautifully crafted new play for lovers of language by Melissa James Gibson. Previews for This begin Wednesday, June 15 at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park. (more...)

Lauren Stanford to Bring MORE THAN YOU KNOW to The Triad, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Lauren Stanford portrays Helen Morgan in More Than You Know on May 22nd and June 5th, 2016 at 7:00pm at The Triad, 158 W 72nd Street. (more...)

Michael Onabanjo-Whittaker and Sara Rajeswaran Lead Staged Concert of RAGTIME at Bishopsgate Institute
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Under amateur licence from Josef Weinberger Ltd., Bishopsgate Institute and Centre Stage London will perform a staged concert of Ahrens and Flaherty's Ragtime - The Musical for six performances only in June 2016. Ragtime - The Musical  is based on the 1975 novel Ragtime by E L Doctorow and features music by Stephen Flaherty,  lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally - all of which won Tony Awards in 1998. This production will run at the Bishopsgate Institute in the heart of the City of London from 14 to 19 June. (more...)

Scoop: HOUDINI & DOYLE on FOX - Monday, May 23, 2016
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Scoop: HOUDINI & DOYLE on FOX - Monday, May 2, 2016
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Scoop: HOUDINI & DOYLE on FOX - Saturday, May 7, 2016
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Janet Dacal, George Merrick, Donna English and More to Lead Goodspeed's Fresh Take on BYE BYE BIRDIE This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

The exuberant cast of BYE BYE BIRDIE will 'spread sunshine all over the place' in this summertime sensation directed by Jenn Thompson. (more...)

Lauren Stanford to Bring MORE THAN YOU KNOW to The Triad
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

MORE THAN YOU KNOW is a dramatic recreation of Helen Morgan's final night in residency at New York City's Simplon Club in 1932. Written and performed by Lauren Stanford, the play contains songs the chanteuse made famous, including Jerome Kern's 'Bill' and 'Why Was I Born. (more...)

ROOTS Event Series Kicks Off HISTORY's Summer Original Programming Lineup
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2016

Kicking off with the premiere of the highly anticipated event series 'ROOTS,' HISTORY is unveiling the most robust summer of original programming in the 21 year history of the network. (more...)

ROOTS Cast & Producers to Visit White House for Screening & Panel
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2016

The event includes a sneak peek screening of the four-night, eight-hour event series before it premieres on HISTORY on Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m. (more...)

Scoop: HOUDINI & DOYLE on FOX - Monday, May 16, 2016
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Solo Show A Regular Little Houdini Comes to Hollywood Fringe This June
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2016

Set in the sprawling urban slums of the South Wales docklands at the turn of the last century; a coming of age story about a young boy from the docks who idolises Houdini and commits himself to a life of magic, but the harsh reality of working-class life in Edwardian Britain gets in the way. A tenacious dreamer, he trains himself to emulate his hero's escapology amongst the mud and rust of his industrial surroundings, charming those hard-working realists around him but putting himself and others in danger as he becomes more dettached from reality. His parents struggle to come to terms with their son's eccentricity and our boy struggles in the mud and the filth to, not only achieve his dream of becoming an escapologist, but to survive, in a ruthless Edwardian dock town. As he grows our boy finds himself an integral part of the most terrifying events of British industrial history and his personal journey even intersects with the world's greatest showman himself. A connection which will influence both characters till the end of their days. With his hero's guidance, he battles against the irrepressible tide of responsibility, to balance childhood folly and humanity with the cynicism of adulthood. (more...)

CELEBRITY SPIES E-book Series is Released
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Eye Spy Publishing Ltd, has released the first e-book in a new series featuring true stories about 'real-life' spies. 'Celebrity Spies' covers forty-three professions and industries whose famous members 'spied for the side' and include fascinating trivia and hundreds of images. Book 1, Hollywood Actors, features over 50 celebrities. Did you know? Cary Grant was a spy hunter. Frank Sinatra lent the CIA his jet for rendition flights. Marilyn Monroe assembled drones during WWII. Dr. Seuss produced instructional cartoons for the US Army Signal Corps. Lucky Luciano, head of the mafia crime family, worked with the CIA. The US Secret Service and hired Harry Houdini to train agents in escapology. Alfred Hitchcock was an MI6 contact man. Walt Disney became an undercover spy for the FBI. Miles Copeland Jr's father worked for the CIA. The brother of the Dalai Lama worked for the CIA? 'We are excited about the new series and although a departure from the sobering material in Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine, we hope our readers will enjoy it.' - Mark Birdsall / Managing Editor In the series: Actors, Actresses, Adventurers, Archaeologists, Artists, Astronauts, Astronomers, Authors, Businessman, Cartoons, Chefs, Clergy, Cowboys and Indians, Criminals, Dancers, Directors, Engineers, Entertainers, Explorers, Fashion, Groups, Historians, Inventors, Journalists, Movie Producers, Musicians, Mystics, Naturalists, Patriots, Photographers, Physicians, Playwrights, Poets, Politicians, Producers, Royalty, Scholars, Scientists, Sculptors, Singers, Sons and Daughters, Sportsman and 'The Watched'. Book I - Actors. Features over fifty actors who actively participated in or with the intelligence services. (more...)

Danny Lee Wynter, Tom Varey & Joseph Quinn Lead Jean Genet's DEATHWATCH at the Print Room
by Marianka Swain - Mar 9, 2016

The full cast is announced for the final production in the Coronet's spring season, DEATHWATCH, from April 11 to May 7. This new Print Room production of Jean Genet's powerful and provocative first play, in a translation by David Rudkin, marks its first major revival in almost 30 years. Deathwatch stars Danny Lee Wynter, Joseph Quinn, Tom Varey and Emma Naomi, and is directed by Geraldine Alexander, who received critical acclaim for the direction of her own play, Amygdala, at The Print Room's former space in 2013. The Coronet is also working with playwright David Rudkin on complementary activity around the production. (more...)

Kumu Kahua Theatre Sets PlayFestival 2016
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Kumu Kahua Theatre presents, as part of its Dark Night Series, The PlayFestival 2016, an annual event organized by PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company.   (more...)

BWW Review: FAST COMPANY: The Art of the Con
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 8, 2016

Described as a theatrical crime caper, FAST COMPANY explores a major con gone wrong and digs into the dynamics of the family Kwan. It's a fun ride when the game is being plotted and executed, but slows considerably when the focus is on the family. The actors do what they can to get inside their characters, but they're written a little flat and the relationships are less than compelling. (more...)

Cast Announced for Frontier Theatre Productions' THE LOVERS OF VIORNE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Today Frontier Theatre Productions announces the full cast for its first production of Marguerite Duras' The Lovers of Viorne in a translation by Barbara Bray, opening on 4 May, with a preview on 3 May, and running until 21 May.  James Roose-Evans directs Charlotte Cornwell (Claire), Kevin Trainor (Interrogator) and Martin Turner (Pierre Lannes). (more...)

THE ILLUSIONISTS to Bring Magic and Mystery to Portland Ovations
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

On the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, Portland Ovations is proud to announce it is bringing the world's best-selling touring magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY to Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME on April 15th and 16th as part of a 45 city U.S. tour. (more...)

EgoPo's MACHINAL Opens 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

On April 22, EgoPo presents the opening of Sophie Treadwell's expressionist masterpiece, Machinal. Machinal is directed by Brenna Geffers, whose most recent work with EgoPo includes Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape, and Henrik Ibsen's Lady from the Sea and A Doll's House. (more...)

BWW Reviews: RAGTIME at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
by Cary Ginell - Mar 25, 2016

At the beginning of Act II of Ragtime, Terrence McNally's masterful musical adaptation of E. L. Doctorow's novel, journeyman pianist Coalhouse Walker Jr., decimated by the murder of his beloved Sarah, sings, 'Say goodbye to music / Say goodbye to light.' This sums up my feelings about Theater League's production of Ragtime, which arrived for a brief four-day stay at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Thursday night. The original 1998 Broadway production won a Tony Award for Best Score, but many patrons who packed the Fred Kavli Theatre on opening night were dismayed to discover that Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's sumptuous, moving songs were being played from pre-recorded synthesized music tracks. Despite superb performances from the entire cast, Theater League's Ragtime suffers greatly from this omission, which was apparently a decision of Phoenix Entertainment, the independent theatrical producing and management enterprise in charge of producing the show. (more...)

BWW Review: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at The Fulton - The Truth Is, You'll Laugh
by Marakay Rogers - Mar 21, 2016

The touching love story of a boy and his cow, with a Mysterious Man, a Giant, Ogra the Giant's wife, and more jokes than legally allowed. The fun? You can't handle the fun. (more...)

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by BWW - Mar 20, 2016

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Third Annual Dreamer Dinner Set for This Sunday at Skirball Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

On Sunday, March 20, the third annual "Dreamer Dinner" will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center to benefit "I Have a Dream" Foundation Los Angeles' (IHADLA) ongoing efforts to provide educational support for local at-risk youth. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Announced for WaterTower's BRIGHT HALF LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced casting and creative team details for Bright Half Life (May 21 - June 12, 2016) which will be produced as part of the Discover Series in The Studio Theatre. Bright Half Life, a romantic drama by Pulitzer Prize nominee Tanya Barfield, will be directed by Garret Storms and will co-star Kelsey Leigh Ervi and Kenneisha Thompson who will both make their WaterTower Theatre debuts. The production previews May 21 and 22 and opens May 23 running for 16 performances through June 12, 2016. (more...)

New Book Shares True Story of Arthur Conan Doyle and the Paranormal
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

A new book documenting the extraordinary true story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's belief in spirits is released by publisher Life Is Amazing this month to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creator of Sherlock Holmes going public about his interest in the paranormal. 'Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light, 1887-1920' written by Matt Wingett traces the author's story from his earliest psychic experiments while working as a young doctor in Southsea, Portsmouth, to his dedication of the final decade of his life to Spiritualist missionary work, during which he became world leader of the Spiritualist movement. 'The new tv series, Houdini & Doyle, is great fiction,' says author Matt Wingett, 'but the truth in the book is far stranger - and more moving.' The book, the first of three on the subject projected by Life Is Amazing, reveals how Conan Doyle was fascinated by psychic phenomena throughout his life. He declared himself a Spiritualist as early as 1887, but didn't fully commit to the religion at this time. In the following years, he founded the Hampshire Psychical Society, investigated poltergeist activity, attended séances and was approached to join the mystical cult The Golden Dawn, of which 'the wickedest man in the world' Aleister Crowley was a member. Though Conan Doyle eventually declined this offer, he continued his psychic investigations. In 1916, after a series of inexplicable psychic events, Conan Doyle finally became convinced of the 'undeniable truth' of Spiritualism and began his missionary phase. 'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle travelled the country tirelessly, addressing hundreds of thousands of people,' says author Matt Wingett. 'He believed that Spiritualism was a new revelation, sent by God to console the bereaved who were experiencing the terrible grief that swept Europe during World War One. He published books on the subject and because of his great fame, caused deep controversy in the Church, in the Press and among scientists.' His dedication to the cause reached new heights after the death of his son Kingsley in 1918, whose spirit Conan Doyle was convinced spoke to him at a séance in Southsea in 1919. 'That was the moment he lost his objectivity,' says Matt Wingett. 'It left him open to hoaxers and frauds.' Though Harry Houdini later became good friends with Doyle, in the period the book covers, Conan Doyle would have been aware of the controversy around the great escapologist. 'Houdini started out as a fake medium,' says Matt Wingett. 'His fake séances were so convincing that many were adamant he must have real psychic powers. Think of the mystique of Derren Brown today. Their friendship was a double-edged sword to Conan Doyle, who sought to prove to Houdini that though he had faked some spiritual phenomena, not all such phenomena were fake.' 'Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light, 1887-1920,' is published by Life Is Amazing on 11th March, 100 years from the date of publication of Conan Doyle's letter that commenced his Spiritualist missionary phase. It is available direct from the publisher at www.lifeisamazing.co.uk, Waterstone's and through Amazon. The hardback is £25, paperback £12.99 Further Press contacts: Matt Wingett, matt@lifeisamazing.co.uk (more...)

BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS Bring Their Magic Skills from B'way to Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 6, 2016

Filled with eye-popping visuals, optical trickery, risky stunts, hilarious audience participation, and lots of hammy showmanship (complete with Solid Gold-style background dancers-slash-magicians' assistants), THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY is a supremely entertaining if occasionally cheesy stage show that's like several caffeinated Vegas magic shows on steroids all mashed together. The first stop of this new leg of the post-Broadway national tour is Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, where it will attempt to wow local audiences for a strictly one-week engagement until February 7. (more...)

Production Underway for Lifetime's THE REAL MVP, Based on Life of Kevin Durant's Mother
by TV News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Lifetime continues its partnership with Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe, Grammy, SAG and Emmy Award winner Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and their Flavor Unit team to bring the inspiring true story of Wanda Pratt (more...)

House Theatre of Chicago to Host 4th Annual Secret Soiree Fundraiser, 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

?The House Theatre of Chicago's Board of Directors announce the 4th annual incarnation of The Secret Soiree, which celebrates the company's continuing commitment to amazing feats of storytelling with a one-night-only stage magic performance from Company Member Dennis Watkins (The Magic Parlour, Death & Harry Houdini). This year, the gala is hosted by Peter Sagal of NPR's Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me!. The Secret Soiree will be held Saturday, March 5 at 7:30pm at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel's Red Lacquer Room, 17 E. Monroe St.  The Secret Soiree Event Sponsorships, Event Supporter packages, group tickets and individual tickets may be purchased through The House Theatre of Chicago at 773-769-3832 or online at theHouseTheatre.com. (more...)

Super Channel Original Series SLASHER to Premiere 4/1
by TV News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Super Channel, Canada's only national English pay television network, is pleased to announce that SLASHER, an eight-episode psychological thriller from Shaftesbury, will tear up Canadian television screens, on Friday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET (SC4). (more...)

BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS: Taking Your Breath Away One Illusion at a Time
by Ellen Dostal - Feb 25, 2016

Dazzling originality and elegant artistry blend together in the spectacular show, THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY, now playing at the Hollywood Pantages. Much more than a magic show, the artists who make up this 'Magnificent Seven' exhibit a stunning array of feats that will constantly leave you saying, 'How'd they do that?!' (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - FOX's New Adventure Drama HOUDINI & DOYLE
by TV News Desk - Feb 25, 2016

From “House” creator and executive producer David Shore, the new mystery adventure drama series Houdini & DOYLE, starring Michael Weston (more...)

WaterTower Theatre Announces 2016 Studio Theatre Discover Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

?WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the line up for the 2016 Studio Theatre Discover Series.  WaterTower Theatre will produce two plays in the series:  The Realistic Joneses (March 19 - April 10, 2016) and Bright Half Life (May 21 - June 12, 2016). (more...)

WaterTower Theatre Sets 2016 Studio Theatre Discover Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the line up for the 2016 Studio Theatre Discover Series.  WaterTower Theatre will produce two plays in the series:  The Realistic Joneses (March 19 - April 10, 2016) and Bright Half Life (May 21 - June 12, 2016). (more...)

BWW Review: IMPOSSIBLE, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, February 16 2016
by Jenny Ell - Feb 17, 2016

Fresh from its hugely successful run in the West End, Impossible is a brand new stage spectacle featuring six of the best magicians and illusionists that this country has to offer. From death-defying stunts to close-up magic, the show manages to strike the perfect balance in scale and has the audiences enchanted and on the edge of their seats for the whole two and a half hour show. (more...)

EgoPo's THE WOMEN to Open 3/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

On March 4, EgoPo presents the opening of Clare Boothe Luce's comic masterpiece, The Women with an all-female cast of 19. (more...)

BWW Review: RAGTIME Brings History to Life at SDMT
by E.H. Reiter - Feb 11, 2016

RAGTIME at San Diego Musical Theatre brings a revival of a poignant time in US History to life at the Spreckels Theatre through February 21st. (more...)

BWW Review: Hershey Theatre RAGTIME is All Too Timely
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 28, 2016

The rich versus the working class. Immigrant crises. Police clashing with rioting African-Americans. Women discovering their independence. Celebrities in your face. Is it 2016 or 1916, and how do you know? (more...)

'MARLOWE', WAR PAINT, JERUSALEM, TWELFTH NIGHT and More Among Summer Theatre Highlights in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The Chicago theater community will present a wide variety of plays and musicals, as well as dance and concert offerings this summer. In support, the League of Chicago Theatres will once again create a comprehensive Summer Theater Guide that will be available at hotels, theaters, events, and destinations across the Chicago area. (more...)

Madison Square Park Conservancy to Host Dreaming Public Art Symposium, 5/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 7:30PM to 10:00PM, Madison Square Park Conservancy and School of Visual Arts will host Dreaming Public Art, a free symposium featuring a keynote conversation with artist Martin Puryear and Columbia University art historian Dr. Kellie Jones. Martin Puryear's Big Bling will be on view in Madison Square Park from May 16, 2016 through January 8, 2017. (more...)

VIDEO: Check Out a First Look at New FOX Series HOUDINI & DOYLE
by TV News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

In one week, a world-famous magician and a legendary detective writer team up to solve the caes no one else can. “Houdini & DOYLE” premieres Monday, May 2 at 9/8c on FOX. (more...)

MAGIC MONDAY Returns This May at Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Experience the thrill of magic and spellbinding illusions with a rotating cast of master magicians every week in the Magic Monday cabaret at the Santa Monica Playhouse from May 2 through June 27.  (more...)

Lifetime to Premiere Original Movie THE REAL MVP: THE WANDA DURANT STORY, 5/7
by TV News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Durant's moving story of a mother's love, tenacity and sacrifice unfolds on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT in THE REAL MVP: THE WANDA DURANT STORY, just in time for Mother's Day. (more...)

The House Theatre to Present DEATH & HARRY HOUDINI, 5/12-7/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

The House Theatre of Chicago is proud to announce the return of the first play to ever grace its stage, the magic-filled thrill show and crowd favorite Death & Harry Houdini, written and directed by The House Theatre of Chicago Artistic Director Nathan Allen and starring Company Member and professional magician Dennis Watkins as Harry Houdini. Filled with stunning magic, poignant dialogue and original music, Death & Harry Houdini presents the story of history's most famous magician and his life-long war against Death. The production runs from May 12 - July 24 at the Chopin Theatre's Upstairs Theater, 1543 W. Division St. (more...)

Memorial Players' RAGTIME Opens This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

?The story of Memorial Players' spring musical this year is almost prescient in its relevance to Baltimore (and the country) in 2016 - wealth inequality, abuse of power, corruption, the struggles of immigrants, collectivist organizing, cults of celebrity, the American dream lost and then found. What is almost more amazing is that it was selected by our Theater Committee more than two years ago. (more...)

BWW Review: Resplendent RAGTIME Brings Elite Syncopations to Providence Performing Arts Center
by Veronica Bruscini - Apr 10, 2016

Rhode Island audiences, prepare to be dazzled. RAGTIME is - deservedly - one of the most highly acclaimed musicals of the last two decades and the touring production now playing the Providence Performing Arts Center does the show's rich legacy proud. (more...)

Hit Series UnREAL, DEVIOUS MAIDS to Return to Lifetime 6/6
by TV News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

This summer, the heat is on Monday nights, beginning June 6 when stacked premieres of Devious Maids at 9pm ET/PT, followed by the critically acclaimed series, UnREAL at 10pm ET/PT will debut. Ten episodes of each series have been ordered. (more...)

BWW Reviews: RAGTIME THE MUSICAL at Lakewood Cultural Center
by colin roybal - Apr 1, 2016

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