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Strong Steps In For Callen in Covina's 'PIAZZA' 1/31Strong Steps In For Callen in Covina's 'PIAZZA' 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2009

The Covina Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to welcome Victoria Strong to the role of Margaret Johnson in The Light In The Piazza, beginning on Saturday, January 31, 2009 and continuing until the end of the scheduled run on February 15, 2009. Christopher Callen will play her final performance on Friday, January 30, 2009.Callen is leaving the production to join a major international tour of Menopause the Musical, the dates unfortunately conflict with the Piazza run, she will be leaving Piazza in the more than capable hands of Ms. Strong. (more...)

Franz, Bove, Middleton Lead The cast Of AVOW, Previews 2/19Franz, Bove, Middleton Lead The cast Of AVOW, Previews 2/19
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2009

The Cardinal Group (D.H. Johnson & Richard Pepenella) presents 'Avow' by Bill C. Davis, Off Broadway at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 West 45 Street. Previews begin Thursday, February 19, 2009 and the opening is Wednesday, February 25 at 8:00pm for the limited Off Broadway engagement which takes a timely and poignant look at contemporary religion's role in shaping social issues. The cast for this warm, insightful and balanced meditation about who we are in relationship to the vows we make to the people and institutions in our lives includes Joy Franz, Elizabeth Bove, Jaron Farnham, Christopher Graham, Kate Middleton, Timothy Sekk and Jeremiah Wiggins. It is directed by Jerry Less and the set design is by Stephanie Tucci, costumes by Emily Lippolis, lighting design by Chris Weston. The production is supervised by Mr. Davis. (more...)

Theresa Anne Swain Named LA's Next Great Stage Star 2009Theresa Anne Swain Named LA's Next Great Stage Star 2009
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2009

Upon the January 27th Finale of six, sold-out nights of competition among 18 contestants at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA, the vivacious Theresa Anne Swain was named LA's Next Great Stage Star 2009. The annual talent search has become the most high profile stage competition in Los Angeles since its inception in 2006. Ms. Swain was awarded a $1000 cash prize, an equally lucrative, paid headlining engagement at Sterling's Upstairs. As the event's Gold Sponsor, the Sheraton Universal Hotel, located adjacent to Universal Studios, will provide the talented redhead with dinner for two at the hotel's noted 'California's Restaurant,' and an overnight stay in a beautifully appointed suite to coincide with her return to Sterling's on a date to be announced prior to May, 2009. (more...)

Yale School of Drama to Present JELLY'S LAST JAM February 13-18Yale School of Drama to Present JELLY'S LAST JAM February 13-18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2009

YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA (James Bundy, Dean; Victoria Nolan, Deputy Dean) presents the musical JELLY'S LAST JAM, book by George C. Wolfe, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, music by Jelly Roll Morton and Luther Henderson, directed by Patricia McGregor, February 13-18 at the University Theatre (222 York Street, New Haven). (more...)

Strong Steps In For Callen in Covina's 'PIAZZA' 1/31Strong Steps In For Callen in Covina's 'PIAZZA' 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2009

The Covina Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to welcome Victoria Strong to the role of Margaret Johnson in The Light In The Piazza, beginning on Saturday, January 31, 2009 and continuing until the end of the scheduled run on February 15, 2009. Christopher Callen will play her final performance on Friday, January 30, 2009.Callen is leaving the production to join a major international tour of Menopause the Musical, the dates unfortunately conflict with the Piazza run, she will be leaving Piazza in the more than capable hands of Ms. Strong. (more...)

Women's Project And SITI Present Woolf's FRESHWATER 1/25Women's Project And SITI Present Woolf's FRESHWATER 1/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2009

Virginia Woolf wrote Freshwater in 1923. She returned to it again in 1935. It was performed as a much-needed, unbuttoned, laughing evening for her friends and family. (more...)

'THE PROTESTANTS' Opens At Brick Lane Theater 1/23/09'THE PROTESTANTS' Opens At Brick Lane Theater 1/23/09
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2009

The Brick Theater, Inc. and The Old Kent Road Theater present THE PROTESTANTS; A Southern Gothic Epic PERFORMANCES: Fri 1/23 through Sat 2/14, Thu-Sat, 8pm (w/matinee Sat 1/31, 2pm) - $18 PREVIEWS: Fri 1/16, Sat 1/17 & Thu 1/22 - $10 at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn one block from the Lorimer stop of the L train / Metropolitan stop of the G train. (more...)

The Artistic Home's Season Continues With MODIGLIANI 2/8-22The Artistic Home's Season Continues With MODIGLIANI 2/8-22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2009

The Artistic Home's 2008/2009 season continues its exploration of the artist in society with the rarely produced Modigliani by Dennis McIntyre. The second production in Artistic Home's Mainstage series, Modigliani will be directed by Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra and will feature Artistic Home co-founder and Associate Director, John Mossman in the title role. Modigliani opens February 8th and runs through March 22, 2009 at The Artistic Home's new residence, 3914 N. Clark Street in Chicago. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm. Previews are February 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th at 8:00pm. Single tickets are $25 on Fridays and Saturdays and $23 on Thursdays and Sundays. Preview tickets are $15. Student/Senior tickets are available for $20 on Thursdays and Sundays only, starting February 12th. For tickets, call 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.theartistichome.org. Set in the Left Bank of Paris, 1916, Modigliani chronicles a critical 72 hour period for an artistic genius on the verge of fame. A rival of Picasso, painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani turned Montparnasse upside down with his legendary excesses and talent, while spawning a circle of friends and lovers that worshipped him like a rock star. The Parisian posterchild for the free-wheeling lifestyle of 1900s Bohemia, Modi - as he was known to his friends - filled his days with drugs, liquor, sex, art and the company of his many colorful compatriots. Yet, as he began to feel the weight of his age and the increasing pressure to produce, Modi soon came face-to-face with the limits of his own mortality and the realities of living in a world where product holds more value than process and love can't hold a candle to the prospect of fame. (more...)

2009 Academy Award Nominations Announced - 5 Noms Each for Doubt, Frost/Nixon2009 Academy Award Nominations Announced - 5 Noms Each for Doubt, Frost/Nixon
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2009

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center?, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide. (more...)

Hartford & NY Signature to Team to Present Foote's 'Orphans' Home Cycle'Hartford & NY Signature to Team to Present Foote's 'Orphans' Home Cycle'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2009

THE ORPHANS' HOME CYCLE, a world premiere production of nine plays by Horton Foote that have been newly adapted by the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning playwright into a three-part theatrical event, will be co-produced in the 2009-2010 season by Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) and Hartford Stage (Michael Wilson, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director). The productions will be directed by Michael Wilson and performed at Hartford Stage from August 27, 2009 to October 17, 2009 and at Signature Theatre Company, from October 29, 2009 to April 11, 2010. Each part of the three part cycle will be staged individually as well as in repertory and one-day marathons. Audiences may choose to see the individual parts or the entire trilogy. THE ORPHANS' HOME CYCLE encompasses nine newly adapted plays by Mr. Foote, together for the first time. Mr. Foote, 92, is actively adapting each of the full-length plays, some previously produced and others never before seen, into one epic cycle. (more...)

SCR Revives INDIAN SUMMER Educational Touring Program SCR Revives INDIAN SUMMER Educational Touring Program
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2009

South Coast Repertory will revive the musical play Indian Summer, one of the theatre's most popular Educational Touring Productions, for travel to Southland elementary schools Jan. 21 - April 4, 2009. There will be a free public performance at SCR on Jan. 26. Set in the mid-19th century, Indian Summer is based on the true story of a young boy who grows up with a Native American tribe. The play directly supports California K-6 State Frameworks for History-Social Science, English-Language Arts and Visual and Performing Arts. John-David Keller directs the show written by Richard Hellesen with music and lyrics by Michael Silversher. Indian Summer features Matt Bartosch, Daniel Behnke, Eagle Young and Ellen D. Williams. Bartosch and Behnke are recent graduates of SCR's Professional Intensive Program. Sets and costumes are designed by Angela Balogh Calin. Kathleen Allison is stage manager. For over 40 years, SCR's Educational Touring Production has introduced children to theater by commissioning original musical plays which deal with important issues and making them available to Southern California elementary schools during the winter and spring. The tour reaches nearly 35,000 school children each year. Some of them will be experiencing live theater for the first time. Others will discover that their parents (or even their grandparents) saw the show when they were in elementary school. (more...)

Sarasota Actor Shot in Head On Stage and Survives!Sarasota Actor Shot in Head On Stage and Survives!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2009

An 81-year-old actor Fred Kellerman almost gave everything to the craft of acting. According to reports by MSNBC, 'The incident happened Sunday on the final practice run by a seniors theater group for their production of John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men.' One actor picked up a pistol he had borrowed from another cast member and fired it at the head of fellow actor Fred Kellerman, who was playing the character Lenny. At the end of the play, Lenny takes a fatal gunshot to the head.' The bullet grazed Fred Kellerman's scalp and he was rushed to hospital from the stage at the Manatee theatre on the west coast of the sunshine state. (more...)

Cutting Ball Extends Maria Irene Fornes' MUD Thru 2/15Cutting Ball Extends Maria Irene Fornes' MUD Thru 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2009

San Francisco's cutting-edge Cutting Ball Theater announces the extension of the company's current production of Mar?a Irene Forn?s's poetic and penetrating MUD. MUD will extend for an additional week of performance, playing now through February 15 at the Cutting Ball Theater in residence at Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor Street in San Francisco. For tickets ($15-30) and more information, the public may visit cuttingball.com or call 800-838-3006. It is 1973 and Mae has just begun to learn how to read; things finally seem to be taking a turn for the better. As she tries to rise above her humble Midwestern origins, Mae must keep the two men in her life, foster brother and former lover Lloyd, and new boyfriend Henry, from dragging her back down. Little does Mae know that the first strong decision she's ever made about her life may be the last decision she will ever make. 'After spending two weeks at the Dialog Festival in Wroclaw, Poland last year, I came back to San Francisco with a new idea about what really good and interesting theater ought to be,' said MUD director Paige Rogers. 'The sense of humanness I experienced, where the audience breathes along with the performance, is such an elemental aspect of theater and something I feel Cutting Ball can give its audience in its new performance space. I am directing Fornes' MUD with this idea, that less is more, and I believe that each audience member will take away something personal and different that will stay with them for a long time.' (more...)

UNCLE VANYA with O'Hare, Gyllenhaal & Sarsgaard Begins Previews 1/17UNCLE VANYA with O'Hare, Gyllenhaal & Sarsgaard Begins Previews 1/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2009

Classic Stage Company's new production of Anton Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA, starring Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare as Vanya, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Yelena and Peter Sarsgaard as Astrov, extended its limited engagement through Sunday, March 8, it was announced today by CSC Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Jessica R. Jenen. Directed by Austin Pendleton, UNCLE VANYA will begin previews on this Saturday, January 17 at Classic Stage Company at 136 East 13th Street, with an official opening set for Thursday, February 12. The cast of UNCLE VANYA also features Mamie Gummer (Sonya), Louis Zorich (Waffles), George Morfogen (Srebryakov), Delphi Harrington (Maria) and Cyrilla Baer (Marina). UNCLE VANYA will feature scenic design by Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto, who received wide acclaim last season at CSC for his design of The Seagull and who has designed numerous Chekhovian productions in his esteemed career including the famed Lincoln Center production of The Cherry Orchard in 1977. Costume design is by Suzy Benzinger, who also designed last season's The Seagull, and lighting design is by Jason Lyons. The play is translated by Carol Rocamora. O'Hare, who last performed at CSC in Yasmina Reza's A Spanish Play, stars as Vanya, the quintessential superfluous man, who wakes up one morning to discover he has wasted his life in the service of others, in Chekhov's tragicomic masterpiece of dashed dreams, thwarted love and eternal longing. The play was first performed at the legendary Moscow Art Theater in 1899, directed by Constantine Stanislavsky. (more...)

UNCLE VANYA Extends Its Limited Engagement Thru 3/8UNCLE VANYA Extends Its Limited Engagement Thru 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009

Due to very strong ticket sales, Classic Stage Company's new production of Anton Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA, starring Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare as Vanya, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Yelena and Peter Sarsgaard as Astrov, has extended its limited engagement through Sunday, March 8, it was announced today by CSC Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Jessica R. Jenen. Directed by Austin Pendleton, UNCLE VANYA will begin previews on this Saturday, January 17 at Classic Stage Company at 136 East 13th Street, with an official opening set for Thursday, February 12. The cast of UNCLE VANYA also features Mamie Gummer (Sonya), Louis Zorich (Waffles), George Morfogen (Srebryakov), Delphi Harrington (Maria) and Cyrilla Baer (Marina). UNCLE VANYA will feature scenic design by Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto, who received wide acclaim last season at CSC for his design of The Seagull and who has designed numerous Chekhovian productions in his esteemed career including the famed Lincoln Center production of The Cherry Orchard in 1977. Costume design is by Suzy Benzinger, who also designed last season's The Seagull, and lighting design is by Jason Lyons. The play is translated by Carol Rocamora. O'Hare, who last performed at CSC in Yasmina Reza's A Spanish Play, stars as Vanya, the quintessential superfluous man, who wakes up one morning to discover he has wasted his life in the service of others, in Chekhov's tragicomic masterpiece of dashed dreams, thwarted love and eternal longing. The play was first performed at the legendary Moscow Art Theater in 1899, directed by Constantine Stanislavsky. (more...)

CHESS in Concert with Menzel, Groban and Pascal Coming to PBS in 2009CHESS in Concert with Menzel, Groban and Pascal Coming to PBS in 2009
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009

Air dates have not yet been set, but Wicked's Idina Menzel and Rent's Adam Pascal will join Great Performances favorite Josh Groban in a spectacular London concert revival of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' 1986 cult musical Chess, this summer on Great Performances (check local listings). Presented by THIRTEEN in 5.1 digital surround sound on PBS HD, and featuring diamond-sharp lyrics by Tim Rice (Evita, The Lion King), the hit-filled production ('One Night in Bangkok,' 'I Know Him So Well,' 'The Anthem') was recorded in performance at Royal Albert Hall. 'A fantastic night' proclaimed musiccomh.com, while thestage.co asked 'Is there an original pop musical stuffed with better melodies?' neatly echoing Time's initial 1988 assessment: 'One of the best rock scores ever produced.' Adding to the excitement is the 50-piece City of London Philharmonic, led by David Firman, and the 100-voice West End Chorus. (more...)

Busch And Seldes Headline 'Love and Courage' Benefit 2/9Busch And Seldes Headline 'Love and Courage' Benefit 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2009

Theater for the New City presents LOVE 'N' COURAGE, the 6th annual benefit for Theater for the New City's Emerging Playwrights Program, it has been announced by Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director of Theater for the New City. Hosted by playwright and actor Charles Busch and featuring Tony Award-winning actress Marian Seldes, this year's benefit takes place at the beautiful National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South), on Monday, February 9, with cocktails beginning at 6:30pm, followed by dinner and performances. (more...)

TNC Honors Stritch at 'LOVE 'N' COURAGE' Benefit 2/9TNC Honors Stritch at 'LOVE 'N' COURAGE' Benefit 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2009

The Tony Award-winning actress ELAINE STRITCH will honored for her 'achievements and humanity' at Theater for the New City's 6th annual LOVE 'N' COURAGE benefit for the theater's Emerging Playwrights Program, it has been announced by Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director of Theater for the New City. Co-hosted by playwright and actor CHARLES BUSCH and actress JULIE HALSTON, this year's benefit will take place at the beautiful National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South), on Monday, February 9, with cocktails beginning at 6:30pm, followed by dinner and performances. (more...)

Elaine Stritch To Be Honored At LOVE N COURAGE Gala 2/9Elaine Stritch To Be Honored At LOVE N COURAGE Gala 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2009

Tony- and Emmy- winner Elaine Stritch will be honored for her 'many achievements and humanity' on Monday, February 9 at the 6th annual pre-Valentine's gala, LOVE 'N' COURAGE hosted by Betsy Von Furstenberg at The National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South) with cocktails at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm. Proceeds benefit the emerging playwrights' program at Theater for the New City, one of the last bastions for experimental and political theater in 21st century New York in the East Village. Joining the list of previously announced list of celebrities who will turn out to salute Ms. Stritch on Feb. 9 are Barbara Barrie, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, along with Hal and Judy Prince. (more...)

42nd Street Comes to Cabrillo Music Theatre March 27 - April 542nd Street Comes to Cabrillo Music Theatre March 27 - April 5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2009

Cabrillo Music Theatre continues its 2008-2009 season with the grandest and most spectacular musical of all, 42ND STREET. Directed and Choreographed by original Broadway cast member and Dance Captain, Jon Engstrom, 42ND STREET features a cast of 40, a full professional orchestra, and some of the greatest songs and dances ever to hit the great white way. (more...)

The Artistic Home's Season Continues With MODIGLIANI 2/8-22The Artistic Home's Season Continues With MODIGLIANI 2/8-22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2009

The Artistic Home's 2008/2009 season continues its exploration of the artist in society with the rarely produced Modigliani by Dennis McIntyre. The second production in Artistic Home's Mainstage series, Modigliani will be directed by Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra and will feature Artistic Home co-founder and Associate Director, John Mossman in the title role. Modigliani opens February 8th and runs through March 22, 2009 at The Artistic Home's new residence, 3914 N. Clark Street in Chicago. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm. Previews are February 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th at 8:00pm. Single tickets are $25 on Fridays and Saturdays and $23 on Thursdays and Sundays. Preview tickets are $15. Student/Senior tickets are available for $20 on Thursdays and Sundays only, starting February 12th. For tickets, call 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.theartistichome.org. Set in the Left Bank of Paris, 1916, Modigliani chronicles a critical 72 hour period for an artistic genius on the verge of fame. A rival of Picasso, painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani turned Montparnasse upside down with his legendary excesses and talent, while spawning a circle of friends and lovers that worshipped him like a rock star. The Parisian posterchild for the free-wheeling lifestyle of 1900s Bohemia, Modi - as he was known to his friends - filled his days with drugs, liquor, sex, art and the company of his many colorful compatriots. Yet, as he began to feel the weight of his age and the increasing pressure to produce, Modi soon came face-to-face with the limits of his own mortality and the realities of living in a world where product holds more value than process and love can't hold a candle to the prospect of fame. (more...)

2009 Writers Guild Awards Nominations Announced2009 Writers Guild Awards Nominations Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2009

The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East today announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2008 season to be honored at the upcoming 2009 Writers Guild Awards on February 7, 2009, in Los Angeles and New York. (more...)

'AVOW' Sets 2/25 Opening, Previews Begin 2/19 at 45th STREET Theatre'AVOW' Sets 2/25 Opening, Previews Begin 2/19 at 45th STREET Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2009

The Cardinal Group (D.H. Johnson & Richard Pepenella) presents Avow by Bill C. Davis, Off Broadway at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 West 45 Street. Previews begin Thursday, February 19, 2009 and the opening is Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00pm for the limited Off Broadway engagement which takes a timely and poignant look at contemporary religion's role in shaping social issues. The cast for this warm, insightful and balanced meditation about who we are in relationship to the vows we make to the people and institutions in our lives includes Joy Franz, Elizabeth Bove, Jaron Farnham, Christopher Graham, Kate Middleton, Timothy Sekk and Jeremiah Wiggins. It is directed by Jerry Less and the set design is by Stephanie Tucci, costumes by Emily Lippolis, lighting design by Chris Weston. The production is supervised by Mr. Davis. (more...)

Tickets Now On Sale For AVOW At 45th Street Theater Tickets Now On Sale For AVOW At 45th Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2009

TICKETS NOW ON SALE for 'AVOW' OFF BROADWAY at 45th STREET THEATRE Previews begin February 19 Opening Wednesday, February 25 The Cardinal Group (D.H. Johnson & Richard Pepenella) presents 'Avow' by Bill C. Davis, Off Broadway at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 West 45 Street. Previews begin Thursday, February 19, 2009 and the opening is Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00pm for the limited Off Broadway engagement which takes a timely and poignant look at contemporary religion's role in shaping social issues. The cast for this warm, insightful and balanced meditation about who we are in relationship to the vows we make to the people and institutions in our lives includes Joy Franz, Elizabeth Bove, Jaron Farnham, Christopher Graham, Kate Middleton, Timothy Sekk and Jeremiah Wiggins. It is directed by Jerry Less and the set design is by Stephanie Tucci, costumes by Emily Lippolis, lighting design by Chris Weston. The production is supervised by Mr. Davis. (more...)

GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS Extends Until 5/31GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS Extends Until 5/31
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2009

Rhoda Herrick has just announced that Garden of Earthly Delights will be extending its run for the second consecutive time, continuing through Sunday, May 31 at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane). The show, which opened to rave reviews on November 19, began previews on November 8 and was originally slated to run through January 18. The first extension would run through March 1 before the latest announcement today. Tickets for this extension are currently on sale through Ticketmaster; www.Ticketmaster.com or (212) 307-4100. Margaret Selby of CAMI Spectrum is booking an international tour for the 2009/2010 season. (more...)

40th Annual Drama Critics Circle Award Nominations Announced40th Annual Drama Critics Circle Award Nominations Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2009

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2008. The 40th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 16 at the El Portal Theatre, thanks to the generous donation of the El Portal's management. The theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood. Tickets are $40; $5 off if purchased in advance via PayPal. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a catered reception (with no-host bar) and silent auction. The show commences at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the Awards show can be reserved from the LADCC's website, at www.ladramacriticscircle.com (more...)

Elaine Stritch To Be Honored At LOVE N COURAGE Gala 2/9Elaine Stritch To Be Honored At LOVE N COURAGE Gala 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2009

Tony- and Emmy- winner Elaine Stritch will be honored for her 'many achievements and humanity' on Monday, February 9 at the 6th annual pre-Valentine's gala, LOVE 'N' COURAGE hosted by Betsy Von Furstenberg at The National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South) with cocktails at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm. Proceeds benefit the emerging playwrights' program at Theater for the New City, one of the last bastions for experimental and political theater in 21st century New York in the East Village. Joining the list of previously announced list of celebrities who will turn out to salute Ms. Stritch on Feb. 9 are Barbara Barrie, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, along with Hal and Judy Prince. (more...)

Goldberg, Busch, Lypsinka & Batt Bring Kirkwood's LEGENDS! to Life in One Night Only Benefit Reading 3/23Goldberg, Busch, Lypsinka & Batt Bring Kirkwood's LEGENDS! to Life in One Night Only Benefit Reading 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2009

Friends In Deed will present a legendary trio as Charles Busch, Whoopi Goldberg and Lypsinka star in the first-ever New York presentation of the infamous Broadway-play-that-wasn't, LEGENDS!. Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Kirkwood (A Chorus Line), the play will be presented in a special One Night Only staged reading benefit on Monday evening, March 23 at 8PM at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). (more...)

IT AIN'T NOTHING BUT THE BLUES Debuts At TheatreWorks 3/11IT AIN'T NOTHING BUT THE BLUES Debuts At TheatreWorks 3/11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2009

TheatreWorks, the nationally-acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley, continues its 39th season with the sizzling, red-hot Broadway hit IT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES, a foot-stomping, high-voltage journey in song. From African chants and Delta spirituals, to the urban electricity of a Chicago nightclub, IT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES is a stirring retrospective of blues classics. Told with historical sweep and irresistible energy, The New York Times calls this Tony Award nominee 'rich, evocative, rousing...more than a musical feast.' Directed by co-author and original director Randal Myler, this scorching songfest features celebrated blues artists 'Mississippi' Charles Bevel andChic Street Man, TheatreWorks veterans Alison Ewing, James Monroe Iglehart, Michelle E. Jordan, and C. Kelly Wright, and making his TheatreWorks debut, Tony Marcus. IT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES plays March 11-April 11, 2009 (press opening: March 14) at TheatreWorks at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. For tickets ($27-$65) and information, the public may call (650) 903-6000 or visit TheatreWorks.org (more...)

Long & Crowley Among 4 Recipients Of Irene Sharaff AwardsLong & Crowley Among 4 Recipients Of Irene Sharaff Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2009

Legendary designers WILLIAM IVEY LONG and BOB CROWLEY are among the four recipients of the 2009 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards. Five-time Tony Award winning costume designer William Ivey Long will receive the 2009 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for theatrical costume design, and, for his achievements as both a costume and scenic designer, Bob Crowley (also a five-time Tony Award winner) will receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards' special Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design at a ceremony on Friday, March 27, at the Hudson Theatre in New York City. (more...)

Famed Broadway Costumer Florence Klotz's Tony Award for Sale on eBayFamed Broadway Costumer Florence Klotz's Tony Award for Sale on eBay
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2009

The New York Times is reporting that famed Costume Designer Florence Klotz's Tony Award is for sale on eBay, the starting bid for the trophy at $10,000 (with an option to buy it outright for $20,000). But the Times has a huge inaccuracy in the piece, as they describe Ms. Klotz herself as posting the auction, which is fairly impossible as she sadly passed away in 2006. (more...)

Franz, Bove, Middleton Lead The cast Of AVOW, Previews 2/19Franz, Bove, Middleton Lead The cast Of AVOW, Previews 2/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2009

The Cardinal Group (D.H. Johnson & Richard Pepenella) presents 'Avow' by Bill C. Davis, Off Broadway at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 West 45 Street. Previews begin Thursday, February 19, 2009 and the opening is Wednesday, February 25 at 8:00pm for the limited Off Broadway engagement which takes a timely and poignant look at contemporary religion's role in shaping social issues. The cast for this warm, insightful and balanced meditation about who we are in relationship to the vows we make to the people and institutions in our lives includes Joy Franz, Elizabeth Bove, Jaron Farnham, Christopher Graham, Kate Middleton, Timothy Sekk and Jeremiah Wiggins. It is directed by Jerry Less and the set design is by Stephanie Tucci, costumes by Emily Lippolis, lighting design by Chris Weston. The production is supervised by Mr. Davis. (more...)

Tickets Now On Sale For AVOW At 45th Street Theater Tickets Now On Sale For AVOW At 45th Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2009

TICKETS NOW ON SALE for 'AVOW' OFF BROADWAY at 45th STREET THEATRE Previews begin February 19 Opening Wednesday, February 25 The Cardinal Group (D.H. Johnson & Richard Pepenella) presents 'Avow' by Bill C. Davis, Off Broadway at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 West 45 Street. Previews begin Thursday, February 19, 2009 and the opening is Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00pm for the limited Off Broadway engagement which takes a timely and poignant look at contemporary religion's role in shaping social issues. The cast for this warm, insightful and balanced meditation about who we are in relationship to the vows we make to the people and institutions in our lives includes Joy Franz, Elizabeth Bove, Jaron Farnham, Christopher Graham, Kate Middleton, Timothy Sekk and Jeremiah Wiggins. It is directed by Jerry Less and the set design is by Stephanie Tucci, costumes by Emily Lippolis, lighting design by Chris Weston. The production is supervised by Mr. Davis. (more...)

Frigid NY Presents Y MARILYN UNSTITCHED 2/25-3/8Frigid NY Presents Y MARILYN UNSTITCHED 2/25-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2009

FRIGID NEW YORK PRESENTS Y Marilyn Unstitched, created by Irene Glezos and Brad Calcaterra. Starring Irene Glezos and directed by Brad Calcaterra February 25-March 8 at UNDER ST. Marks/94 St. Marks Place, New York, New York 10009 Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 28, 2009 5:30 p.m. (more...)

Spanger & Carpinello Join Maroulis for ROCK OF AGES, Full Casting Announced, Previews Start at Atkinson 3/17Spanger & Carpinello Join Maroulis for ROCK OF AGES, Full Casting Announced, Previews Start at Atkinson 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2009

The producers of ROCK OF AGES announced the complete, awesome cast for Broadway's new, smash hit musical today. Constantine Maroulis, ('American Idol' Season 4, Broadway's The Wedding Singer, RENT) reprising his critically acclaimed role as 'Drew', is now joined by Broadway's best 1970's & 1980's period actors Amy Spanger (The Wedding Singer, Kiss Me Kate) as 'Sherrie' and James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever, VH1's 'So NoTORIous') as 'Stacee Jaxx'. (more...)

TIMES 365:24:7 to Run at The Brick Mar. 14 - Apr. 11TIMES 365:24:7 to Run at The Brick Mar. 14 - Apr. 11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2009

Times 365:24:7 is being developed in collaboration with David Giambusso, a freelance reporter for The New York Times and The New Jersey Star-Ledger. In addition, company members have interviewed and visited journalists at various news-making institutions, including The Financial Times, Dan Rather Reports, MSNBC, The New Yorker, Marie Claire and CNN. (more...)

WICKED, 'HEIGHTS', RENT & More Hits Featured in Broadway/San Diego's 2009-2010 SeasonWICKED, 'HEIGHTS', RENT & More Hits Featured in Broadway/San Diego's 2009-2010 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2009

Broadway/San Diego ~ A Nederlander Presentation, is announce its 33rd Season of great theatre. This year, more importantly than ever, theatre lives up to its promise to take us away and teach us about life, love and other cultures whether they are in Africa, uptown Manhattan, the Ivy League or fantastic & funny alternate realities! Take an ?Escapation/PLAYcation? with the entire family and discover the theatrical royalty the 2009-2010 Season offers. (more...)

Previews Of AVOW Begin 2/19Previews Of AVOW Begin 2/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2009

The Cardinal Group (D.H. Johnson & Richard Pepenella) presents 'Avow' by Bill C. Davis, Off Broadway at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 West 45 Street. Previews begin this Thursday, February 19, 2009 and the opening is Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00pm for the limited Off Broadway engagement. The play takes a timely and poignant look at contemporary religion's role in shaping social issues, especially with Proposition 8. The cast for this warm, insightful and balanced meditation about who we are in relationship to the vows we make to the people and institutions in our lives includes Joy Franz, Elizabeth Bove, Jaron Farnham, Christopher Graham, Kate Middleton, Timothy Sekk and Jeremiah Wiggins. It is directed by Jerry Less and the set design is by Stephanie Tucci, costumes by Emily Lippolis, lighting design by Chris Weston. The production is supervised by Mr. Davis. (more...)

33rd Annual Carbonell Award Nominees Announced, Awards Given Out 4/633rd Annual Carbonell Award Nominees Announced, Awards Given Out 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2009

At the end of last year, when the future of the Carbonell Awards seemed in doubt, the community rallied together to voice support for South Florida's oldest and most prestigious arts honors which applaud the best shows and performances in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. (more...)

Cutting Ball Extends Maria Irene Fornes' MUD Thru 2/15Cutting Ball Extends Maria Irene Fornes' MUD Thru 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2009

San Francisco's cutting-edge Cutting Ball Theater announces the extension of the company's current production of Mar?a Irene Forn?s's poetic and penetrating MUD. MUD will extend for an additional week of performance, playing now through February 15 at the Cutting Ball Theater in residence at Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor Street in San Francisco. For tickets ($15-30) and more information, the public may visit cuttingball.com or call 800-838-3006. It is 1973 and Mae has just begun to learn how to read; things finally seem to be taking a turn for the better. As she tries to rise above her humble Midwestern origins, Mae must keep the two men in her life, foster brother and former lover Lloyd, and new boyfriend Henry, from dragging her back down. Little does Mae know that the first strong decision she's ever made about her life may be the last decision she will ever make. 'After spending two weeks at the Dialog Festival in Wroclaw, Poland last year, I came back to San Francisco with a new idea about what really good and interesting theater ought to be,' said MUD director Paige Rogers. 'The sense of humanness I experienced, where the audience breathes along with the performance, is such an elemental aspect of theater and something I feel Cutting Ball can give its audience in its new performance space. I am directing Fornes' MUD with this idea, that less is more, and I believe that each audience member will take away something personal and different that will stay with them for a long time.' (more...)

Yale School of Drama to Present JELLY'S LAST JAM February 13-18Yale School of Drama to Present JELLY'S LAST JAM February 13-18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2009

YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA (James Bundy, Dean; Victoria Nolan, Deputy Dean) presents the musical JELLY'S LAST JAM, book by George C. Wolfe, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, music by Jelly Roll Morton and Luther Henderson, directed by Patricia McGregor, February 13-18 at the University Theatre (222 York Street, New Haven). (more...)

Complete Casting Announced for Pamela Myers & Harvey Evans HELLO DOLLY! in ConcertComplete Casting Announced for Pamela Myers & Harvey Evans HELLO DOLLY! in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2009

Join us on Valentine's Day as Theatre Jacksonville presents Broadway legends Pamela Myers and Harvey Evans in a full concert version of Hello, Dolly! sponsored by Pacer International. (more...)

Jenifer Lewis to Star in HELLO DOLLY! at Seattle's 5th AvenJenifer Lewis to Star in HELLO DOLLY! at Seattle's 5th Aven
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2009

The 5th Avenue presents the classic American Musical Hello Dolly!, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart, from the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder. Set in New York in the 1890s, the show tells the story of the irrepressible Dolly Levi, matchmaker and social phenomenon, who is employed by grumpy small-town merchant Horace Vandergelder to find him a wife. But instead of helping Horace, the formidable widow assists his two hapless clerks Barnaby and Cornelius to find love and adventure in New York, while setting her sights on Vandergelder herself! Brimming with exuberant songs like ?Put On Your Sunday Clothes,? ?Before the Parade Passes By,? ?It Only Takes a Moment,? and of course the title song, Hello Dolly! celebrates the exuberant philosophies of seizing the moment and spreading one?s wealth around. (more...)

'Immersion Into The Arts For Adventurous Adults'
by Beau Higgins - Feb 12, 2009

Backstage with Alan Campbell, offered on Thursday, February 12th 7:00-8:00pm, takes enrollees backstage with Alan Campbell, Tony-Nominated Actor, and star of 'Sunset Boulevard' on Broadway with Glenn Close, and the hit musical 'Contact' at Lincoln Center. Alan has numerous other stage and screen credits such as long-runs in TV's 'Jake and the Fat Man' and 'Three's a Crowd.' Alan will share his 'backstage Broadway stories,' helps us understand 'the business of show business,' and relate an insider's view on how a Big Broadway Musical gets from the first reading all the way to Opening Night. As an added bonus, Alan will give you a 'behind the scenes' look at the production of 'Doubt' that he's starring in for Gulfshore Playhouse. Enrollment is $20 per person and $10 for students. (more...)

UNCLE VANYA With Gyllenhaal, O'Hare and Sarsgaard Opens 2/12UNCLE VANYA With Gyllenhaal, O'Hare and Sarsgaard Opens 2/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2009

Classic Stage Company's upcoming new production of Anton Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA, starring Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare as Vanya, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Yelena and Peter Sarsgaard as Astrov, has set its official opening night for Thursday, February 12 at 7 pm, it was announced today by CSC Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Jessica R. Jenen. (more...)

24th Annual WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS To Be Given Out 3/224th Annual WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS To Be Given Out 3/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2009

24th Annual Women's Project 'Women of Achievement Awards' Gala to take place on 3/2/09 The Women's Project Theater is dedicated to producing and promoting theater created by women. (more...)

Casting Announced For THE LION KING In SeattleCasting Announced For THE LION KING In Seattle
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2009

Casting is announced today for the Seattle engagement of Disney's THE LION KING. Seattle's most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Paramount Theatre stage from Wednesday, February 11 through Sunday, March 15. The media opening night is Friday, February 13 at 8 pm. This Seattle engagement is one of seven current productions running worldwide along with New York, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Paris and Fukuoka. (more...)

BDC Presents A Class With David Marquez To Benefit BC/EFABDC Presents A Class With David Marquez To Benefit BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2009

Broadway Dance Center presents BDC Gives for the month of February- A special class with David Marquez. All proceeds for this new series of classes are donated to BC/EFA. Marquez's class will focus on Intermediate Theater and take place on February 27, 2009 from 10:30A.M. - Noon. Regular class rates apply, and additional donations are welcome. (more...)

Photo Coverage: LOVE 'N' COURAGE Benefit Honors Elaine StritchPhoto Coverage: LOVE 'N' COURAGE Benefit Honors Elaine Stritch
by Peter James Zielinski - Feb 11, 2009

The Tony Award-winning actress Elaine Stritch was honored for her 'achievements and humanity' at Theater for the New City's 6th annual LOVE 'N' COURAGE benefit for the theater's Emerging Playwrights Program. BroadwayWorld was there to cheer on the beloved icon on her special night. (more...)

THE NEW HOPEVILLE COMICS Begins Previews 3/10 At ATATHE NEW HOPEVILLE COMICS Begins Previews 3/10 At ATA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2009

Commander Squish Productions in association with Michael Roderick and Small Pond Entertainment, presents the Off-Broadway premiere of THE NEW HOPEVILLE COMICS beginning previews March 10 at American Theater of Actors. A hit at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival, this new musical features music and lyrics by Nate Weida and a book co-written by Weida and Sarah Donnell. Jim Wren directs a cast that features an ensemble of 20 actors backed by a 5 piece rock band. Opening night is slated for Saturday, March 14. (more...)

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