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Based upon the play Irene O'Dare by James Montgomery

Road Theatre to Open 2015-16 Season with World Premiere of HOMEFREE This FallRoad Theatre to Open 2015-16 Season with World Premiere of HOMEFREE This Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

The Road Theatre Company and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, are thrilled to announce the first show of its 2015-2016 - 25th Anniversary Season, the World Premiere of HOMEFREE, written by Lisa Loomer and directed by Ovation Award-winner Michael Matthews. HOMEFREE will open on Friday, September 18 at 8pm and run through Sunday, November 8th at the Road Theatre Company's second home, the Road on Magnolia, located in The NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. (more...)

Peter Eyre Replaces Paul Jesson as 'Cardinal Wolsey' in WOLF HALL: PARTS 1 & 2Peter Eyre Replaces Paul Jesson as 'Cardinal Wolsey' in WOLF HALL: PARTS 1 & 2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

Broadway veteran Peter Eyre steps into papal shoes of Cardinal Wolsey in the eight-time Tony Nominated production of Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2. (more...)

Renee Fleming Stars in THE MERRY WIDOW, Directed by Susan Stroman, Airing on ThirteenRenee Fleming Stars in THE MERRY WIDOW, Directed by Susan Stroman, Airing on Thirteen
by TV News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers, makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehar's effervescent operetta The Merry Widow (more...)

Patti LuPone Talks SHOWS FOR DAYS, Favorite Performers & MorePatti LuPone Talks SHOWS FOR DAYS, Favorite Performers & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 9, 2015

Patti LuPone is back on Broadway! (more...)

POTS@TheWorks to Present World Premiere of MOUNTAIN VIEWPOTS@TheWorks to Present World Premiere of MOUNTAIN VIEW
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

When her father leaves unexpectedly, Jokate must take care of her younger brother while navigating the minefield of her mother's grief. Both independent and fiercely loyal, she tells the story of her kinfolk and her survival in the mountains of Appalachia. Mountain View is a world premier production and a winner of the 2013 Playhouse on the Square NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition and is written by local Memphian, Teri Feigelson. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at COME FROM AWAY at La Jolla PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at COME FROM AWAY at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse recently announced a second week-long extension for its season opener, Come from Away, a world-premiere musical featuring book, music and lyrics by award-winning husband-and-wife team David Hein and Irene Sankoff, and directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. The production runs now through July 12 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross to Host BET AWARDS 2015Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross to Host BET AWARDS 2015
by TV News Desk - Jun 4, 2015

BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (VIAB, VIA), today revealed Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as hosts for this year's 'BET Awards' 2015 airing live on Sunday, June 28 at 8pm/ET on BET from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CASA VALENTINA at GableStageBWW Reviews: CASA VALENTINA at GableStage
by Roger Martin - Jun 4, 2015

...where the tough guys cater to their girls within (more...)

Chicago Duo Piano Festival Sets 27th SeasonChicago Duo Piano Festival Sets 27th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2015

The Music Institute of Chicago presents its 27th annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival July 10-19. In addition to offering students coaching, lectures, master classes, and recitals, the Festival includes five public events at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, in Evanston, featuring guest duo Chie Tsuyuki and Michael Rosenboom, Festival Founders/Directors Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, and Music Institute piano faculty, all performing duo piano repertoire. (more...)

INTAR to Stage Workshop of Migdalia Cruz's SATYRICONOINTAR to Stage Workshop of Migdalia Cruz's SATYRICONO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2015

INTAR continues its acclaimed 2014 - '15 season with SATYRICOÑO by Migdalia Cruz, a workshop presentation of a new play in development with actors from INTAR's UNIT 52 project, as well as guest artists Annie Henk, David Anzuelo, Bobby Plasencia, and Lisa Ramirez. There will be only three performances, which are open to the public: Friday, June 19th, Saturday June 20th, and Sunday June 21st. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Beane's Fizzy SHOWS FOR DAYS Recalls The Drama of Community TheatreBWW Reviews: Beane's Fizzy SHOWS FOR DAYS Recalls The Drama of Community Theatre
by Michael Dale - Jun 30, 2015

Douglas Carter Bean's funny and sentimental new comedy has Patti LuPone as an amateur playhouse diva. (more...)

Lincoln Center Theater's SHOWS FOR DAYS, Starring Patti LuPone, Michael Urie and More, Opens TonightLincoln Center Theater's SHOWS FOR DAYS, Starring Patti LuPone, Michael Urie and More, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater presents Patti LuPone, Dale Soules, Michael Urie, Jordan Dean, Lance Coadie Williams, and Zoe Winters in Shows For Days, a new play by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Jerry Zaks. The production will open tonight, June 29 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

Review Roundup: SHOWS FOR DAYS, Starring Michael Urie and Patti LuPone, Opens Off-BroadwayReview Roundup: SHOWS FOR DAYS, Starring Michael Urie and Patti LuPone, Opens Off-Broadway
by Review Roundups - Jun 29, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater presents Patti LuPone, Dale Soules, Michael Urie, Jordan Dean, Lance Coadie Williams, and Zoe Winters in Shows For Days, a new play by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Jerry Zaks. The production opens tonight, June 29 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Lynn Cohen to Lead Barrington Stage Company's LOST IN YONKERSLynn Cohen to Lead Barrington Stage Company's LOST IN YONKERS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

 Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, will present Neil Simon's award-winning comedy Lost in Yonkers from July 16 to August 1.  The press opening is Sunday, July 19 at 5pm. (more...)

MOUNTAIN VIEW to Run 7/10-8/2 at TheatreWorksMOUNTAIN VIEW to Run 7/10-8/2 at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

When her father leaves unexpectedly, Jokate must take care of her younger brother while navigating the minefield of her mother's grief. Both independent and fiercely loyal, she tells the story of her kinfolk and her survival in the mountains of Appalachia. Mountain View is a world premier production and a winner of the 2013 Playhouse on the Square NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition and is written by local Memphian, Teri Feigelson. (more...)

Rossini's La Donna del Lago to Air on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met, 8/2Rossini's La Donna del Lago to Air on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met, 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flrez headline Rossini's bel canto tour-de-force La Donna del Lago on THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Sunday, August 2 at 12 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter. (more...)

Meet Playwright Joan Cushing the Cast of MISS NELSON IS MISSING! 7/16 at MalapropsMeet Playwright Joan Cushing the Cast of MISS NELSON IS MISSING! 7/16 at Malaprops
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

?Co-Founders Abby Felder and Robbie Jaeger announce an opportunity to meet the playwright/composer and select cast members of Asheville Creative Arts' (ACA) upcoming production of MISS NELSON IS MISSING! with book, music, and lyrics by Joan Cushing, based upon the book MISS NELSON IS MISSING! And MISS NELSON IS BACK! By Harry Allard, to be directed and choreographed by Robbie Jaeger with music direction by Jonesalee's Gina Jones and Brenda Lee Gambill.   (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Ken Fallin Illustrates- SHOWS FOR DAYS!BWW Exclusive: Ken Fallin Illustrates- SHOWS FOR DAYS!
by Ken Fallin - Jun 23, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to announce a new partnership with renowned caricature artist Ken Fallin. A life-long theater enthusiast, Ken has drawn many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and will now regularly contribute to Broadway World.com. Be sure to check back reguarly for more of Ken's art. Below, check out his illustration of Patti LuPone and Michael Urie in SHOWS FOR DAYS! (more...)

VI Costa Contemporanea vuelve del 2 al 6 de septiembre de 2015VI Costa Contemporanea vuelve del 2 al 6 de septiembre de 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

La sexta edicion de Costa Contemporanea, Encuentro de Danza y Artes Escenicas del Cabo de Gata-Nijar, vuelve del 2 al 6 de septiembre de 2015 a llenar de danza los incomparables parajes del Parque Natural. Este festival se presenta un año mas como unas vacaciones culturales originales en las que se auna lo mejor de la costa almeriense con formacion y espectaculos de calidad.    (more...)

Costabaja Resort & Spa Announces Two Fall Fitness and Wellness Retreats at the Sea of CortezCostabaja Resort & Spa Announces Two Fall Fitness and Wellness Retreats at the Sea of Cortez
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Costabaja Resort & Spa will premier two exciting new autumn fitness retreats featuring top instructors “Fit Queen Irene” Pappas and “Action Jacquelyn” Umof. The events are among the first of a series of all-inclusive wellness retreats to be offered at this 5-star, beachfront resort overlooking a scenic mountain range and the crystal-clear Sea of Cortez—known as the “Aquarium of the World” for its rich biodiversity. (more...)

Izzie Steele Joins Signature's WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER Tonight!Izzie Steele Joins Signature's WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Signature Theatre's What I Did Last Summer, written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Jim Simpson, will welcome Izzie Steele (The Heart of Robin Hood) in the role of 'Elsie' (previously played by Kate McGonigle) beginning tonight, June 2nd. The production runs through June 7 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). (more...)

Reagle Music Theatre's Summer Season Continues with KISS ME, KATEReagle Music Theatre's Summer Season Continues with KISS ME, KATE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston continues its 47th consecutive summer season with the hilariously entertaining Kiss Me, Kate, from July 9-19, 2015 at the Robinson Theatre (617 Lexington St. Waltham, MA, 02452). Starring Broadway couple Sarah Pfisterer as Lilli Vanessi/Kate (The Phantom of the Opera, Reagle's My Fair Lady) and Rick Hilsabeck as Fred Graham/Petruchio (Billy Elliot, Reagle's My Fair Lady), Cole Porter's hilarious musical recounts the madcap backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a production of The Taming of the Shrew. Reagle will close out its summer season from August 6-16 with Wonderful Town, starring Katie Anne Clarke and Jennifer Ellis. Individual tickets range from $35 to $63; season subscriptions and group tickets are available at a discount. Tickets can be purchased at www.reaglemusictheatre.com, by calling 781-891-5600, or at the theater box office. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

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Christopher Abbott, Georgia Engel & More to Lead Annie Baker's JOHN at Signature TheatreChristopher Abbott, Georgia Engel & More to Lead Annie Baker's JOHN at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Signature Theatre has announced casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of John, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker (The Flick) and directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold (Fun Home). (more...)

See Patti LuPone, Michael Urie in SHOWS FOR DAYS for Only $59See Patti LuPone, Michael Urie in SHOWS FOR DAYS for Only $59
by Contests - Broadway - Jun 17, 2015

Two-time Tony Award® winner Patti LuPone returns to the spotlight in Shows For Days, a new semi-autobiographical comedy by Douglas Carter Beane (The Nance, The Little Dog Laughed). (more...)

BootStrap Theater to Premiere 'ARCTIC REQUIEM' at Z Below This FallBootStrap Theater to Premiere 'ARCTIC REQUIEM' at Z Below This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

BootStrap Theater Foundation is pleased to announce the creative team and dates for the world premiere of "Arctic Requiem: The Story of Luke Cole and Kivalina" created by  Sharmon J. Hilfinger and Joan McMillen, directed by Tracy Ward. This multifaceted  theatrical production will run October 23 - November 15 at San Francisco's Z Below Theater 450 Florida Street with an Opening Night on Sunday, October 25, 5 p.m. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

 Jewish Plays Project (JPP), a development organization committed to putting bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages, continues its annual Open: Festival of play readings and workshops at the 14th Street Y including four new full-length plays and one new musical by Margot Connolly, Sarah Gancher, Gary Jaffe, David Hein & Irene Sankoff, and Sam Lahne. (more...)

Natalie Portman to Host GREAT PERFORMANCES John Williams Celebration, 7/24Natalie Portman to Host GREAT PERFORMANCES John Williams Celebration, 7/24
by TV News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

This gala opening night performance, hosted by Natalie Portman and featuring Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, airs on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, Friday, July 24 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) (more...)

GREAT PERFORMANCES to Broadcast JOHN WILLIAMS CELEBRATION with LA Philharmonic, 7/24GREAT PERFORMANCES to Broadcast JOHN WILLIAMS CELEBRATION with LA Philharmonic, 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

By any standard, John Williams is one of the greatest film composers of all time; his 49 Academy Award nominations are second only to Walt Disney himself.  And Williams and Walt Disney Concert Hall have gone hand in hand since Williams opened the Hall's inaugural gala in 2003 with the world premiere of his concert work 'Soundings.'   (more...)

Review Roundup: Hein & Sankoff's COME FROM AWAY at La Jolla PlayhouseReview Roundup: Hein & Sankoff's COME FROM AWAY at La Jolla Playhouse
by Review Roundups - Jun 15, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse's season opener, COME FROM AWAY, is a world-premiere musical featuring book, music and lyrics by award-winning husband-and-wife team David Hein andIrene Sankoff, directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. The production runs now through July 12 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

BWW Reviews: Oh, It's Time to Start Living! PIPPIN Dances in to Fisher Theatre Thru June 21BWW Reviews: Oh, It's Time to Start Living! PIPPIN Dances in to Fisher Theatre Thru June 21
by Anton Anderssen - Jun 15, 2015

'What is my purpose in life?' is a question asked by many people as they ponder the reasons for their existence. Finding one's raison d'etre could be the ever-elusive challenge, and should you never discover it, you are in good company. It is an existential question that lingers eternally for people who really want to have a life that matters. Now on stage at The Fisher Theatre is the musical PIPPIN, the tale of existential woe. (more...)

Karen Pittman, Michael Cullen & More to Star in KING LIZ at Second Stage UptownKaren Pittman, Michael Cullen & More to Star in KING LIZ at Second Stage Uptown
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Second Stage Theatre  continues the 2015 Uptown Series with the World Premiere of KING LIZ, written by Fernanda Coppel (Chimichangas and Zoloft) and directed by Lisa Peterson.  KING LIZ will feature MICHAEL CULLEN, JEREMIE HARRIS, RUSSELL G. JONES, CAROLINE LAGERFELT, Irene SOFIA LUCIO, and KAREN PITTMAN.  Previews begin Monday, July 13th and opening night is Monday, July 27th. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: THE LION KING Companies from Around the World Celebrate 80 Million Audience MembersSTAGE TUBE: THE LION KING Companies from Around the World Celebrate 80 Million Audience Members
by Stage Tube - Jun 15, 2015

In a just-released video, The Lion King companies from around the world celebrate having reached attendance of 80 million audience members worldwide - check it out below! (more...)

TCG to Honor Lear deBessonet, Rhodessa Jones and James Houghton at 25th National ConferenceTCG to Honor Lear deBessonet, Rhodessa Jones and James Houghton at 25th National Conference
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announces that at the 25th TCG National Conference: Game Change in Cleveland from June 18-20, the following awards will be presented. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Great Lyric Cast Charms in LIGHT UP THE SKYBWW REVIEW: Great Lyric Cast Charms in LIGHT UP THE SKY
by Jan Nargi - Jun 13, 2015

Boston theatrical royalty brightens Lyric Stage Company's LIGHT UP THE SKY, Moss Hart's classic comic valentine to the divos and divas of the stage. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/12/15- PIPPINSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/12/15- PIPPIN
by Stage Tube - Jun 12, 2015

Today in 1977, Pippin closed at the Minskoff Theatre, after having played 1944 performances. Pippin is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The musical uses the premise of a mysterious acting troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance. The original cast included: Eric Berry, Jill Clayburgh, Leland Palmer, Irene Ryan, Ben Vereen, and John Rubinstein. (more...)

Rattlestick's AFGHANISTAN, ZIMBABWE, AMERICA, KUWAIT to Host Panel, 6/16Rattlestick's AFGHANISTAN, ZIMBABWE, AMERICA, KUWAIT to Host Panel, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productions have announced that the The Reverend Micah Bucey will moderate a post-show panel discussion following the performance of the world premiere play Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait, written and directed by Daniel Talbott, on Tuesday, June 16, at The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street. The panelists will include Greg Grandin, Morgan Jenness, and Michael Ratner. (more...)

Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Bluebeard's Castle by Bart Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES, 7/12Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Bluebeard's Castle by Bart Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES, 7/12
by TV News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Acclaimed Polish film director Mariusz Treliski makes his highly anticipated Met debut with the Metropolitan Opera's new production, inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s, bringing together two rarely performed one-acts (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES June 6-12THIS WEEK IN PICTURES June 6-12
by Nora Dominick - Jun 12, 2015

Still reeling from the 2015 Tony Awards? Can't get 'Ring of Keys' and 'Shall We Dance?' out of your head? Didn't have time check in on all of the latest Broadway news? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Well, Did You Evah?! Cole Porter's 124th Birthday Clip ExtravaganzaFLASH FRIDAY: Well, Did You Evah?! Cole Porter's 124th Birthday Clip Extravaganza
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 12, 2015

Today we salute the man behind the music and lyrics of many of the most popular songs of the 20th century, Cole Porter. (more...)

Germantown Community Theatre to Offer Sensory Friendly Performance of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, 6/17Germantown Community Theatre to Offer Sensory Friendly Performance of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, 6/17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

Germantown Community Theatre is proud to partner with Full Spectrum Theatre Initiative to present a sensory friendly performance of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. (more...)

Angela Lansbury & James Earl Jones Star in DRIVING ME DAISY on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, 7/17Angela Lansbury & James Earl Jones Star in DRIVING ME DAISY on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, 7/17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

Directed for the stage by David Esbjornson, Driving Miss Daisyairs on THIRTEEN's Great Performances Friday, July 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Michael Urie, Patti LuPone & More in SHOWS FOR DAYSPhoto Flash: First Look at Michael Urie, Patti LuPone & More in SHOWS FOR DAYS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater presents  Patti LuPone, Dale Soules, Michael Urie, Jordan Dean, Lance Coadie Williams, and Zoe Winters in Shows For Days, a new play by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Jerry Zaks. The production will open on Monday, June 29 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). Check out photos of the cast in action below! (more...)

5th Annual Elly Awards to Honor Tina Brown & Emily Rafferty, 6/225th Annual Elly Awards to Honor Tina Brown & Emily Rafferty, 6/22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2015

The Women's Forum of New York will present The 5th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women's Forum on Monday, June 22nd at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for the Women's Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women leaders. (more...)

Government Contract Registry, Inc. Announces, Flags Galore & More Gets Approved as an Economically-Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)Government Contract Registry, Inc. Announces, Flags Galore & More Gets Approved as an Economically-Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

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Summer Stages:  Dancing in the Streets and Dancing and More in the Theatres in MemphisSummer Stages: Dancing in the Streets and Dancing and More in the Theatres in Memphis
by Joseph Baker - Jun 1, 2015

Now that Memphis in May has finally bid adieu to the Sunset Symphony, crowned the winners of the barbecue contest,and trod well the welcome mat to the magnficent new Bass Pro Shop, Memphians can look to its theatres, old and new, for diversions of a histrionic nature. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Circuit's SEMINAR Should Be Required ViewingBWW Reviews: Circuit's SEMINAR Should Be Required Viewing
by Joseph Baker - Jun 1, 2015

There's something intrinsically dramatic about a formidable artist/instructor who, because of whatever circumstances, finds that he or she has to step down a rung on the ladder of fame in order not to slip from that ladder altogether. It isn't necessarily a new theme that Theresa Rebeck tackles in the acid-etched comedy SEMINAR, directed by Irene Crist and currently running at Circuit Playhouse. While watching it, I was reminded of other works dealing with artists who, out of necessity, must share their genius (and sharpen their verbal talons) on eager, ambitious upstarts. Not too long ago, there was a production of John Logan's RED, about the artist Mark Rothko and his fictional assistant. Nor should we forget Terrence McNally's MASTER CLASS, with diva Maria Callas holding a voice master class with students trembling under her aura. Other, similar (if fictional) titles leap to mind: Consider that holy terror from THE PAPER CHASE, 'Professor Kingsfield' (John Houseman), intimidating Timothy Bottoms' frustrated law student. To these master instructors we can now add the imperious 'Leonard' (deliciously played by Michael Detroit, who, as a real-life instructor, has an innate understanding of the interplay between teacher and student), a famous novelist who has been to the well of inspiration once too often and is now (for $5000 per student) reluctantly willing to train his weary eyes on material that more often than not elicits blistering barbs of criticism; and a varied and pretentious lot they are - the affluent 'Kate' (whose spacious and expensive apartment furnishes the setting for the seminar meetings, and whose six-year struggle with a story is rather like a plane that bumps along a runway and can't quite take flight); the name-dropping 'Douglas,' who has written something fit for THE NEW YORKER (ordinarily an impressive feat - except when Leonard derides its 'detached intelligence'); the opportunistic 'Izzy,' who isn't beyond parlaying her particular affinity for sex into a form of self-promotion; and, finally, the disproving 'Martin,' whose intellectual probity causes him to roll his eyes at the pretentiousness of people like Douglas. (more...)

Who Will Win at the CFDA Awards?Who Will Win at the CFDA Awards?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

There is much anticipation of tonight's 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall. Who will win?  Who will wear the most daring dress?  Kim Kardashian, who just announced she is expecting baby number two with husband Kanye West, will probably pull out all the stops. Kardashion is presenting Kevin Systrom with the Media Award for Instagram. (more...)

Year TENN, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival Sets 2015 ProgramYear TENN, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival Sets 2015 Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

Announcing the program for Year TENN, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival (TW Fest), Co-founder and Curator David Kaplan said, "This year's festival celebrates what happened to Tennessee Williams in Provincetown during the last ten years: his plays got performed here. We've rethought his classics, and rethought the plays he wrote that had been ignored or dismissed. The mantra that Williams had lost his mojo was replaced with cheers at the world premieres in P'town of The Remarkable Rooming-House of Madame LeMonde (TW Fest 2009) and The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (TW Fest 2013). So we're bringing those two productions back for our audiences to cheer in 2015, along with eight other hits and variations." (more...)

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