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243 West 47th St.

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Based on the book The Inner City Mother Goose by Eve Merriam


Theater For The New City To Present THE FACULTY ROOM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Baby Boomers had nuclear air raid drills in school that stamped their souls with the realization that death is always close by.  Their children now have lockdown drills, rehearsing what to do when a shooter is on the loose in the school.  A nuclear attack never materialized (at least, not yet), but the present generation has Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech and a host of other massacres to remind them of their own mortality. The hard lockdown--when an imminent danger is known--is an unforgettable rite of passage for many people, and it is the setting of 'The Faculty Room,' the newest play by William Electric Black that is the fourth in his GUNPLAYS series.  Theater for the New City will present its world premiere run April 13 to 30, directed by the author. (more...)

BWW Review: HANDBAGGED, Jack Studio Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Mar 8, 2017

Handbagged imagines what was said by Mrs Thatcher and The Queen in their weekly meetings to hilarious effect in Moira Buffini's award-winning satire. (more...)

Adventure Stage Remounts SIX STORIES TALL, Tour to Follow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), a program of Northwestern Settlement (the Settlement), presents the touring version of 2012's Six Stories Tall, written by Marco Ramirez and directed by ASC Producing Artistic Director Tom Arvetis. The production includes performances in Chicago (March 21 - April 29), the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN (March 29 - 31), and The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College in New York (May 5). (more...)

16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Announces Lineup - 57 World Premieres, 40% Women Directed, Sports Themes and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today announced its lineup of 57 thought-provoking and diverse short films in competition, including 36 world premieres. The selected shorts, 40% of which were directed by women, and include filmmakers from every corner of the globe, were curated from a record 4,385 submissions. They will be presented in 10 distinct competition programs, consisting of five narrative, four documentary, and, for the second year, one animated program. In addition, there is the Sports Shorts program as part of the 11th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, sponsored by Mohegan Sun. The Shorts program, sponsored by Nutella Originals, is a part of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 19-30. (more...)

Raul Castillo, Billy Crudup, Nancy Giles and More to Star in Plays by 10-Year-Olds in ALL TOGETHER NOW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

The 52nd Street Project makes a difference in the lives of countless Hell's Kitchen (Clinton) kids by pairing them with theater professionals who mentor them through the creation of original theater. Perhaps the most poignant presentations made by the Project are those in its semi-annual Playmaking series, which features the Project's youngest Hell's Kitchen menses - 9- and 10-year-olds who have just begun their theatrical education - writing for accomplished professional actors and revealing their work to a public audience for the first time.  (more...)

ZACH'S CEREMONY Releases Nationally March 30th
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

The award-winning film ZACH'S CEREMONY will open across Australia from Thursday 30 March. Directed by Aaron Petersen and featuring Alec Doomadgee and his son Zachariah, ZACH'S CEREMONY is an extraordinary, feature-length documentary captured over ten years. The film shows one boy's journey to manhood in a complex, emotionally driven story that explores the fascinating and unique question of what it means to be a modern man belonging to the oldest living culture on earth. (more...)

San Diego Musical Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for San Diego Regional Premiere of FIRST DATE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) announced today the complete cast and creative team for the San Diego Regional Premiere of First Date. This musical comedy includes music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, with a book by Austin Winsberg. First Date marks the opening of SDMT's 2017 Off Broadway Series and features direction by J. Scott Lapp, music direction by Jon Lorenz, and choreography by Allison Spratt Pearce. Performances run from March 31 - May 7, 2017 at the Horton Grand Theatre. Press opening is Saturday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Stefan Lanfer's PRUDENCE Gets Staged Reading with Emerson Theater Collaborative
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

The Emerson Theatre Collaborative (ETC) and Otis Library announce a staged reading of Stefan Lanfer's new play, Prudence on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room of Otis Library, 261 Main Street, Norwich, CT. (more...)

Lea DeLaria and Allan Neuwirth Join Stella Adler Studio's Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting announced today four new appointments to its board of directors. (more...)

Promethean Theatre's 2017-18 Season to Feature World Premiere, Plus Plays by Rivera, Girardoux
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Social commentary and satire with parallels to today, told through fantasy or absurdism, will be the focus of Promethean Theatre Ensemble's 2017-18 season. (more...)

BWW Interview: Robert Cuccioli Is the Mysterious WHITE GUY ON THE BUS
by Naomi Serviss - Mar 29, 2017

The Broadway veteran stars in a play that questions perceptions of race and economic disparity and pushes people's buttons in this volatile time. (more...)

Ardea Arts Receives Audience Development Grant from OPERA America for BOUNCE The Basketball Opera
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Ardea Arts is proud to announce that it has been awarded The Opera Fund: Audience Development Grant from OPERA America for BOUNCE The Basketball Opera (in partnership with University of Kentucky Opera Theatre), composed by Glen Roven, Tomas Doncker and Ansel Elgort, written by Charles R. Smith Jr., concept and direction by Grethe Barrett Holby. (more...)

Award-winning Director Kate Gaul Takes On Patrick White's Dark Classic THE HAM FUNERAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Following on from the recent critical acclaim of her direction of The Trouble with Harry at The Seymour Centre, the unstoppable, multi-award winning Kate Gaul is next turning her hand to direct Patrick White's gothic comedy, The Ham Funeral - one of the most challenging and legendary plays in Australia's theatrical history!  (more...)

World-Class Jazz Saxophonist Chris Potter Heads For Warrington
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

???????World-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. (more...)

Shakespeare in the Park Moves Downtown to the Marcus Center's Peck Pavilion
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

 In a bold move to discover what they "may be," Shakespeare in the Park, Milwaukee's free outdoor summer theater, is moving to the Peck Pavilion at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

BWW Review: Circle Players' Provocative and Compelling CLYBOURNE PARK
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 18, 2017

Daniel DeVault's taut, focused direction and consistent performances from his ensemble of actors are the hallmarks of Circle Players' latest show in their 2016-17 season - Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park - now onstage, appropriately and significantly at the Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, named for one of Nashville's most venerated civil rights leaders through April 2. (more...)

BWW Review: WHITE GUY ON THE BUS at 59E59 is a Must-See Drama
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 16, 2017

White Guy on the Bus is now being performed at 59e59 Theaters through April 16th. Written by Bruce Graham, directed by Bud Martin and featuring an outstanding cast, this is a brilliant, poignant production. (more...)

ASC Announces New Commission and Focus of New Play Creation Process
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), the participatory arts program of Northwestern Settlement (the Settlement), announces a commissioned play by Lucas Baisch to premiere during its 2017-2018 season, part of the company's drive to formalize its new play creation process and align its mission to Settlement objectives. ASC creates and tells heroic stories about young people in order to engage the community and inspire everyone to be a hero in their own lives. Northwestern Settlement nurtures, educates, and inspires community in order to disrupt generational poverty in West Town and Chicago. (more...)

Russell Simmons' All Def Digital to Create Documentary THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF HIP HOP
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Russell Simmons' All Def Digital, the fastest growing platform in hip hop and urban youth culture and Emmy award winning producers Stephen David Entertainment announced today a partnership with GroupM Entertainment, a global content investment and rights management company, to develop and produce THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF HIP HOP (more...)

Artist Set to Hit World Stage at Cannes Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2017

Canadian born business woman, Lisa Levasseur began painting in 2010 and quickly emerged an Artist. She is the creator of PaletteArt a new art form using 100% acrylic recycled paint to sculpt unique 3D one of a kind paintings. Now featured as a Modern Art & International Contemporary Master in magazines, books & exhibitions all over the world. Her work hangs in private & museum collections next to the likes of Picasso, Renoir & Dali. (more...)

Huntington Theatre Co Announces Special Events In Conjunction With TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

In conjunction with its upcoming production of Topdog/Underdog the Huntington Theatre Company will host a number of special events and post-show conversations. Admission to onsite post-show events is free with a ticket to Topdog/Underdog, available at huntingtontheatre.org/topdog by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the BU Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) box offices. Tickets start at $25. Performances begin Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre. (more...)

BWW Blog: Brynn Bonne - Accessibility In Professional Theatre
by Guest Blogger: Brynn Bonne - Mar 1, 2017

Theatre is one of the most magical and inspirational things from the creation of the classic 'Show Boat' to the modern and groundbreaking 'Hamilton' or 'Dear Evan Hansen', but there are so many other groundbreaking places and people changing the world of theatre. One thing that has defiantly changed in the professional theatre business is not just the incorporation of rap lyrics and computerized graphics, but the opportunities and people promoting more accessible and accepting theatre for all. (more...)

Singer/Songwriter Omeri Announces Debut Release 'Day Dream'n'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

Three 2 Go Music is proud to introduce singer/songwriter Omeri and his debut album Day Dream'n, set to be released in stores and online worldwide on March 24, 2017. (more...)

Hunter Opera Theater to Present World Theater Premiere of FIREWORKS at The Kaye Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

Ardea Arts has announced that Hunter Opera Theater (HOT) will present the New York Theater Premiere of Fireworks, an American opera buffa by composer Kitty Brazelton and writer-librettist Billy Aronson, commissioned and developed by Family Opera Initiative. (more...)

MUSIC FOR THE MIND Series to Present Violinist Gareth Johnson and Pianist Dr. Robin Arrigo
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

The Kretzer Piano Music Foundation's popular MUSIC FOR THE MIND concert series will return next month with From Baroque to Bruno Mars performed by acclaimed violinist Gareth Johnson. Dr. Robin Arrigo will accompany him on the piano for an unforgettable night of music performed by two charismatic and energetic musicians. (more...)

15 Virginia Nonprofits Awarded $150,000 from Cox Charities To Support Youth Education Initiatives in Virginia
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

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Inspired by Chekhov, World Premiere of Dorothy Fortenberry's SPECIES NATIVE TO CALIFORNIA Hits Home in Trump's America
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

Everyone's a part of the family - until they're not. IAMA Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a deceptively gentle comedy about family, land, labor and loss. Eli Gonda directs Species Native to California by Dorothy Fortenberry for a May 13 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: Lady Rizo Salutes the RED, WHITE AND INDIGO at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - Apr 3, 2017

In her new show, RED, WHITE AND INDIGO, Lady Rizo is all about coming to terms with that "very bad boyfriend" she calls America. "I think he reads my email," she joked with a wry smile, during her first show of a three-night run at Joe's Pub on March 23. "And I know he's f**king with my birth control." And while getting into a relationship thinking you can change somebody is never the best idea, she still had to try. Standing tall in front of a room divider paneled with an upside-down American flag, Lady Rizo was dead-set on reclaiming the idea of patriotism. (more...)

Karen Pittman to Lead Dominique Morisseau's PIPELINE at Lincoln Center Theater; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez will be featured in its upcoming production of PIPELINE, a new play by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, which begins performances Thursday, June 15 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).  Opening night is Monday, July 10. (more...)

Stella Adler Studio to Honor Late Student at Cherry Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting announced today a benefit in honor of late student Sean Harrington-Gaffney, to be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan. (more...)

Concord & Rhino Announce Campaign Celebrating Stax Records' 60th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment, Warner Music Group's catalog division, are proud to announce a joint campaign celebrating the 60th anniversary of iconic soul label, Stax Records. (more...)

Adventure Stage Chicago's Young Playwright for Change Finalist Honored with National Prize & Readings
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), the participatory arts program of Northwestern Settlement (the Settlement), announces Midwest regional finalist Fletcher Fraher's The Principle as the national winner of the 4th Annual Young Playwrights for Change competition, presented by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA) and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). (more...)

Reema Major Releases New Single 'AK47' Off Her Forthcoming Album LegenDiary
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Starting from the bottom, there's only one way to go: up. Like a triumphant phoenix rising from the ashes, Toronto based hip hop artist Reema Major has utilized her humble beginnings as a Sudanese refugee to propel her along an impressive journey (more...)

Sundial Brands Honors Tina Knowles Lawson With The Inaugural Community Commerce Impact Award, Presented By SheaMoisture
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

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Celebration Theatre Present the Third and Final Show in its 2016-2017 Season! CABARET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Celebration Theatre presents under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, the third and final show in its 2016-2017 season, CABARET, book by Joe Masteroff  (based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood), music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Anthony Zediker and directed by Michael Matthews.  CABARET will begin previews on Friday, May 26 at 8pm; will open on Friday, June 2 at 8pm and perform through Sunday, July 2 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

SevenDays Announces Youth Winners of Act of Kindness Writing Competitions
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Area high school students are playing a prominent role with 2017 SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World that begins Tuesday, April 18 and continues through Monday, April 24. (more...)

Chess in the Schools to Host 30th Anniversary Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Chess in the Schools, the nonprofit educational organization empowering New York City's inner-city students through chess,will host its 30th Anniversary Benefit Celebration Monday, May 8 at Guastavino's (409 E 59th Street, NYC). (more...)

Adventure Stage Chicago's Trailblazers to Present Youth-Led TURN THE PAGE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), the participatory arts program of Northwestern Settlement (the Settlement), announces the premiere of Turn the Page, an original piece devised by the ASC Trailblazers, a free mentoring program placing young people (ages 9-16) with mentors who are professional theatre artists. (more...)

Author Patricia McKissack Dies at Age 72
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Author Patricia McKissack, who produced children's books about black history with her husband, passed away on April 7th at the age of 72.  According to her son, Fredrick L. McKissack Jr., the cause was cardiorespiratory arrest. (more...)

Sculptor Soraya Nazaria Receives Shamsi Hekmat Achievement Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

The Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, which is dedicated to the promotion of education as the most important catalyst for societal change, today announced that its co-founder and acclaimed sculptor, Soraya Nazarian, received the Shamsi Hekmat Achievement Award, 2017 from the Iranian Jewish Women's Organization of Southern California. Nazarian was honored for her philanthropy during a gala luncheon held on March 30, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. (more...)

Tony Winner Linda Hopkins Passes Away at 92
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

BroadwayWord is saddened to report that Linda Hopkins, who won a Tony Award for her performance in Inner City, passed away on April 10. She was 92 years old. (more...)

Cast & Creatives Set for WHY DREAM IN INGLEWOOD? Project
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

An artistic director, experienced actors, enthusiastic neophytes and even a violinist...these are the diverse players assembled for Why Dream in Inglewood?, a City of Inglewood Inglewood Growing Artists Performed Projects (IGAPP) initiative awarded to playwright Henry Ong. The IGAPP exposes Inglewood audiences to the practices of contemporary artists and supports the work and growth of artists. Ong's six-hour adaptation of the Chinese classic, 'Dream of the Red Chamber,' debuts Acts I & II on Saturday, April 22 at 10:30 am at the Edward Vincent Jr Park Amphitheater, 714 Warren Lane in Inglewood. Performances are free. (more...)

Court Theatre's Spotlight Reading Series Presents ROOSTERS at the National Museum of Mexican Art
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

Under the leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director and Stephen J. Albert. Executive Director, Court Theatre continues its Spotlight Reading Series, with a free, public reading of Roosters by Milcha Sanchez-Scott and directed by Ricardo Cutierrez, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th Street, on Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. (more...)

G. Love Brings His Fusion of Hip-Hop and Blues to The Cutting Room NYC for National Nonprofit Little Kids Rock's 3rd Annual Spring Jam Concert Supporting School Music Pr
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

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Hunter College Opera Theater Presents World Premiere of FIREWORKS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Ardea Arts is pleased to announce that Hunter Opera Theater (HOT) will present the New York Theater Premiere of Fireworks, an American opera buffa by composer Kitty Brazelton and writer-librettist Billy Aronson, commissioned and developed by Family Opera Initiative. (more...)

Watts Village Theatre Artistic Director Bruce Lemon, Jr. Joins WHY DREAM IN INGLEWOOD? Theatre Project
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

Bruce Lemon, Jr. Artistic Director of Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC), joins the Why Dream in Inglewood? project, taking on the pivotal role of Chia Yu-tsun and others in Henry Ong's epic six-hour stage adaptation of the Chinese beloved classic, 'Dream of the Red Chamber.' The play will be performed at the Inglewood Amphitheater in Edward Vincent Jr Park, behind the Agree Playhouse, 714 Warren Land, Inglewood, in April and May. The project is made possible by the City of Inglewood and its Growing Artists Performed Projects (IGAPP) Initiative that exposes Inglewood audiences to the practices of contemporary artists and supports the work and growth of artists. (more...)

Playtex Sport and Gold Medalist Aly Raisman Launch 'Try It. Trust It' Video
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

SHELTON, Conn., April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Whether you're hoping to make the high school basketball team or competing for a spot to represent your country, tryouts are a stressful experience. In fact, the top two things Gen Z girls feel are most likely to ruin a sports tryout are being overly nervous or self-conscious (36%) and being on her period (33%)*. (more...)

'Out of the Ashes Came Hope' Memoir is Released
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

With over 50 years of service to the community, Monsignor William J. Linder presents his memoir 'Out of the Ashes Came Hope,' which details his experiences as a rebel of the Catholic Church who worked tirelessly and founded New Community Corporation following the 1967 summer riots in Newark, New Jersey. (more...)

Photo Flash: San Diego Musical Theatre presents FIRST DATE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

You go on a blind date organized by your sister's husband or a work colleague, and you meet a complete stranger in a busy, inner-city cafe; What could possibly go wrong - apart from everything? Opposites attract in this uproarious romantic musical comedy about the chances we take to find love. When blind date newbie Aaron meets serial dater Casey, a first date turns into a hilarious high stakes dinner. In an unexpected twist, Aaron and Casey's inner critics' transform restaurant patrons into scheming exes, overbearing parents, and supportive best friends who sing and dance them through their date. Will Aaron and Casey be able to turn this disastrous date around before the check arrives? (more...)

Mariah Carey Forms 'Butterfly MC Records' as Exclusive Joint Venture With Epic Records
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

Multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time with18 Hot 100 #1 hits, inks an exclusive joint partnership of Butterfly MC Records and Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment (more...)

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