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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...)

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 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...)

BWW Review: YEARS OF SUNLIGHT, Theatre503
by Gary Naylor - Jan 31, 2017

Gary Naylor sees a play that examines the failures of the social experiment of Skelmersdale, a 60s council mega estate stuck between Liverpool and Wigan (more...)

Urban Movie Channel's February Slate Features Exclusive Streaming Premieres
by TV News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

A celebration of black history and romance, Urban Movie Channel (UMC) presents two new exclusive streaming premieres fitting for both Black History Month and Valentine's Day. (more...)

Mile Square Theatre Launches New Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

???????Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County's leading professional theatre, launches the MST Playground Reading Series as part of a collaboration with Writers Theatre of NJ and its New Plays New Jersey concert reading series. (more...)

Marcus Hiles - Calls On Renter Flexibility to Achieve Lower Rent Fees
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017


2017 Sundance Film Festival Awards Celebrate Global Independent Creative
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2017

After 10 days, 119 feature films and three feet of snow, an evening of humor and humanity marked the 2017 Sundance Film Festival's Awards Ceremony, with host Jessica Williams emceeing and jurors presenting 27 prizes for feature filmmaking in Park City, Utah. Honorees, named in total below, range from sharp comedies to provocative and timely documentaries and represent new achievements in global independent storytelling. Human stories prevailed across categories, with Grand Jury Prizes awarded to Dina (U.S. Documentary), Last Men in Aleppo (World Documentary), I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (U.S. Dramatic) and The Nile Hilton Incident (World Dramatic). Chasing Coral, showcased in the Festival's environmental program The New Climate, won an Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary category. (more...)

Marcus Hiles - Provides Fully Paid Private Healthcare to All Western Rim Employees
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017


Playwrights of Color to Take the Spotlight in 2017 Readings at Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces the 2017 lineup for the Spotlight Reading Series, a multi-year community outreach initiative that aims to expose communities beyond Hyde Park to theatre arts, focusing specifically on works from outside of the canon of classic theater. (more...)

Lula Washington Dance Theatre Comes to Schimmel Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

On Friday, February 24 at 7:30 PM, the Schimmel Center presents an evening with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Founded in 1980 in Inner City Los Angeles by Lula Washington and her husband, Erwin Washington, this vibrant troupe is known for powerful, high-energy performances, unique choreography, and works that are rooted in African-American culture and history. (more...)

Showtime to Premiere LEGACY: BOB HURLEY Exclusively on Digital Platforms 2/20
by TV News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The potential final season for a Hall of Fame coach and a national basketball institution will be chronicled in a SHOWTIME Sports digital documentary titled LEGACY: BOB HURLEY. (more...)

Musical Adaptation of THE TEMPEST to be Inaugural Production of Public Works Dallas
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The Tempest will run for four performances from Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. (more...)

Ardea Arts and The Garden State Philharmonic Present ANIMAL TALES, 3/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

Ardea Arts in partnership with The Garden State Philharmonic presents the World Concert Premiere of ANIMAL TALES at The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College (1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754) on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7pm. For more information, visit: (more...)

ASC Announces Revival and Tour of Hit Production SIX STORIES TALL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 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).  As a participatory arts company, ASC productions feature multiple options for audience engagement. (more...)

BWW Review: WHITE GUY ON THE BUS at Delaware Theatre Company
by Rosanne DellAversano - Feb 9, 2017

A perspective on White privilege and racism unfolded - WHITE GUY ON THE BUS by Bruce Graham. (more...)

277 Dance Project presents CARDBOARD STAGE A World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

A multidisciplinary performance collective  277 Dance Project (Nicole Philippidis, Artistic Director) is proud to present their newest work Cardboard Stage, opening on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002). The piece, conceived and choreographed by Nicole Philippidis in collaboration with the designer/filmmaker Jennifer Klein and award-winning musician Johnny Philippidis, will be on view for a limited three-night engagement. Tickets are $20 and can be purhased online or at the door. (more...)

Nick Tarabay, Elisa Bocanegra, Nick Caballero, and More Announced for Hero Theatre's CONDUCT OF LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

???????Hero Theatre announced full casting for its upcoming production of The Conduct of Life by famed Cuban-American playwright, Maria Irene Fornes. The production will star Nick Tarabay (Syfy's The Expanse, Castle, Spartacus), and will be directed by the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Jose Luis Valenzuela. (more...)

'The Rendezvous' Announces Updated Edition
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ The novel that inspired The Rendezvous action-adventure film starring Stana Katic (Castle) and Raza Jaffrey (Code Black) will be published on Feb. 15, 2017 by New Song, LLC with an updated edition. Originally published in 2011 under the title 'A New Song,' the book has been revisited by the author Sarah Isaias, MD with a new title 'The Rendezvous: A Novel' andnew cover to reflect the exciting major motion picture film set for distribution in 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: RUN THE BEAST DOWN, Finborough Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Feb 8, 2017

Run The Beast Down creates a world collapsing psychologically and socially as the foxes, real and metaphorical, close in on Charlie. (more...)

Scania Starts Trials of Battery Electric Buses
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017


BWW Review: SCHOOL PLAY, Southwark Playhouse
by Gary Naylor - Feb 7, 2017

Contemporary and hard-hitting, Alex MacKeith's debut, School Play, doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts. (more...)

Universal Music Group Joins Russell Simmons to Produce THE SCENARIO; NYC Premiere & North American Tour in 2017-18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced a partnership with hip-hop pioneer and multi-hyphenate entrepreneur Russell Simmons to become a lead producer of THE SCENARIO, a new stage musical with an original story set to the greatest hits from a three-decade span of hip-hop. (more...)

Kate Mulgrew of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and Stella Adler Studio Participate in Ghostlight Project for Inclusion
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

On January 19, Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director of The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, along with students of the Studio and actress Kate Mulgrew, participated in the first event of The Ghostlight Project, an initiative launched by members of the theater community to create a "light" in dark times. (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...)

Best-Selling Author Jamie Ford Mocked by High Schoolers in Dallas
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Best-selling author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, Jamie Ford, visited students at Highland Park High School in Dallas on Thursday for a literary event.  The students began mocking and trolling Ford. (more...)

Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Announce New Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company are proud to announce their 2017-2018 15th anniversary season of 'Truth & Clarity.'  The season of award winning plays and Atlanta premieres, opens in September 2017 with the Regional Premiere of the Broadway musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me featuring music by Tupac Shakur, written by Todd Kriedler, and directed by Kenny Leon. In February 2018, True Colors will produce the Tony Award winning drama King Hedley II by August Wilson directed by Jamil Jude. The season will close in July with the Southeastern premiere of the critically acclaimed play Dot by Colman Domingo, directed by Kenny Leon.  (more...)

BWW Review: N.E. Premiere of Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY: This is Not a Drill
by Nancy Grossman - Feb 22, 2017

Zeitgeist Stage Company joins the ranks of prescient Boston theater companies with Ike Holter's EXIT STRATEGY, a play about the impending closing of a failing inner-city Chicago school, how it impacts the faculty and students, and the measures they take to fight back. (more...)

New York Theaters and New York University to Present FESTIVAL IRENE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Hero Theatre announced today that the company's program Festival Irene: Celebrating the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes, will transfer to NYC this fall after a successful run in Los Angeles. The festival of plays, presented as staged readings, includes some of Fornes' most celebrated works, in addition to featuring plays written by her award-winning students. (more...)

Inner-City Pastor Shares THE PIPE AND THE PULPIT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 22 million Americans suffer from substance abuse. Its staggering reach is proof that addiction is an unprejudiced disease capable of touching anyone, even those in a position of power and privilege. (more...)

Ardea Arts With Garden State Philharmonic Presents ANIMAL TALES, 3/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Ardea Arts in partnership with The Garden State Philharmonic presents the World Concert Premiere of ANIMAL TALES at The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College (1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754) on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7pm. (more...)

Marcus Hiles - On the Value of Charity and Giving Back to the Community
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2017


Inis Nua Theatre to Present American Debut of Pub Play LEPER + CHIP
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Inis Nua Theatre Company jumps into 2017 with the raucous, fast-paced and heartful Leper + Chip, an American premiere by Lee Coffey at the Louis Bluver Theater at The Drake (203 South Hicks Street). (more...)

ArtsWest Announces MILK LIKE SUGAR
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

ArtsWest has just announced MILK LIKE SUGAR, Kirsten Greenidge's award-winning play about about young women and the intersection of class, race and opportunity. MILK LIKE SUGAR opens at the ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery on March 2, performing Thursday through Sunday until March 25.   (more...)

The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre Join Forces Once Again for EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Deaf West Theatre (DWT), the performing arts organizations behind the Tony Award-nominated and Ovation Award-winning revival of Spring Awakening, reunite to bring multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo to life in an innovative and new production. Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo begins previews on March 7 and will open in the Lovelace Studio Theater at The Wallis on Friday, March 10. It will run through March 26. This production is made possible by the generous support of Meeghan and Michael Nemeroff. (more...)

Morgan Freeman Receives AARP's Movies For Grownups Career Achievement Award
by TV News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

At age 79, Morgan Freeman continues to draw the attention of audiences around the world with his radiant voice, gifted performances and unparalleled talent (more...)

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