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Penguin Rep Theatre Opens 40th Season with TRAYF
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning professional Equity theatre under the leadership of founding artistic director Joe Brancato and executive director Andrew M. Horn, opens its 40th season with Trayf, a new play by Lindsay Joelle. (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed 5/26 - Vote in the BWW Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed 5/26 - Vote in the BWW Awards! (more...)

Firebrand Theatre Announces Casting for the Chicago Premiere of LIZZIE
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to announce casting for its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. LIZZIE will play November 11 - December 17, 2017 at The Den Theatre's Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Single tickets for LIZZIE are currently on sale at firebrandtheatre.org. Season subscriptions (including 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL) are currently available. The press opening is Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

CAGNEY Tap Dances Into Final Week Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Cagney, the hit musical about Hollywood's tough guy in tap shoes, will conclude its celebrated run at The Westside Theatre on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Cagney began performances at The Westside Theatre March 16, 2016, prior to an official opening on April 3, 2016. When Cagney takes its final curtain call at The Westside Theatre, the production will have played a total of 502 performances (including 21previews). (more...)

Casting Announced for Firebrand Theatre's Inaugural Production LIZZIE
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to announce casting for its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. LIZZIE will play November 11 - December 17, 2017 at The Den Theatre's Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Single tickets for LIZZIE are currently on sale at firebrandtheatre.org. Season subscriptions (including 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL) are currently available.  (more...)

TRAYF Opens Penguin's 2017 Season this Friday
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning professional Equity theatre under the leadership of founding artistic director Joe Brancato and executive director Andrew M. Horn, opens its 40th season with Trayf, a new play by Lindsay Joelle. (more...)

BWW Review: LIZZIE, the grizzly musical, rocks the Ohio
by Roy Berko - May 1, 2017

"Lizzie," the rock musical, based on the Lizzie Borden murder mystery, is as much rock concert as theatre, represents the movement in musicals to take on modern trends in music, e.g., rock and rap, and appeal to a younger, modish audience. (more...)

Boston Lyric Opera Announces 2017/18 Season - Elena Stikhina in TOSCA, World Premiere of THE NEFARIOUS and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Boston Lyric Opera's Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson announced today an eclectic 2017/18 Season designed to please die-hard opera fans as well as newcomers to the art form.  Each of the Company's productions will be presented on a different area stage, starting October 13-22, 2017 with a new production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca featuring the American debut of award-winning rising global star Elena Stikhina in the title role. The World Premiere of The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare (a.k.a. Burke & Hare) by composer Julian Grant and librettist Mark Campbell follows November 8-12, 2017.  From March 16-25, 2018, BLO presents Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's pivotal early-20th century work The Threepenny Opera.  BLO closes its Season in May with Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, paired with his Arias and Barcarolles, to mark the Lawrence, Mass.-born composer's centennial. (more...)

CAGNEY to Conclude its Celebrated Run this May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Cagney, the hit musical about Hollywood's tough guy in tap shoes,will conclude its celebrated run atThe Westside Theatre on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Cagney began performances at The Westside Theatre March 16, 2016, prior to an official opening on April 3, 2016. When Cagney takes its final curtain call at The Westside Theatre, the production will have played a total of 502 performances (including 21 previews).   (more...)

Christiane Noll to Play the Metropolitan Room this May and June
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

New York born, New Jersey raised actress Christiane Noll starred on Broadway in the Kennedy Center Revival of RAGTIME, receiving TONY and Drama Desk Award nominations and winning a Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Mother. She made her Broadway debut creating the role of Emma in JEKYLL & HYDE, receiving a FANY award for Best actress in a musical. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - March 25, 2017
by - Mar 25, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on March 25 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Newport Beach Film Festival presents World Premiere of SEEING IS BELIEVING: WOMEN DIRECT 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Emmy winning actress-turned-director Cady McClain's Seeing is Believing: Women Direct will make its World Premiere and is an Official Selection of the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival. The first episode in the series will screen as part of the program 'Short Femme Factor' on April 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Island Cinema 6 in Newport Beach. Seeing is Believing: Women Direct is a documentary series, directed, executive produced, written and edited by Cady McClain, about women directors who are on the front lines of the field: from major award winners and those in the vanguard of television and feature films, to graduated students and frustrated auteurs. (more...)

New Rochelle Opera To Honor Maestro Anton Coppola
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

New Rochelle Opera, celebrating 32 years of bringing quality opera to Westchester County, will honor Maestro Anton Coppola at its Annual Spring Gala on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm at The Fountainhead, located at 55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY. The annual event is the Company's largest fundraiser. (more...)

100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

 March 21, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of Maestro Anton Coppola, the conductor and composer whose career has spanned from singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus for the American premiere of Puccini's Turandot at age 9 to - 91 years later - conducting his own an alternate ending for Puccini's unfinished masterpiece, one of two new works to be premiered on March 25th at Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young. This concert will be presented by Opera Tampa, the company for which Coppola was the founding Artistic Director. (more...)

CAGNEY Goes on Tonight, Offers $25 Rush Tickets
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

Outside there is snow, but on with the show! Now is the time to grab your tickets to see hit musical Cagney. $25 rush tickets are available for tonight's performance, Tuesday, March 14, at 7PM. (more...)

Dee Roscioli and Paulo Szot to Open Record-Breaking EVITA at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's highly anticipated production of Evita will open with record-breaking ticket sales at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. (more...)

Dee Roscioli and Paulo Szot Open EVITA at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's highly anticipated production of Evita will open with record-breaking ticket sales at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. (more...)

Casting Announced for New Line Theatre's 27th Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," announces its 27th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, including the St. Louis premiere of the four-woman rock opera LIZZIE, a very different take on the Lizzie Borden legend, running Sept. 28-Oct. 21, 2017; followed by Cole Porter's satiric masterpiece ANYTHING GOES, running March 1-24, 2018; and the St. Louis premiere of the world's first bio-historical musical comedy, YEAST NATION, written by the Urinetown team, running May 31-June 23, 2018. All New Line's mainstage shows will be in the company's home, the Marcelle Theater, in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

Betty Who Joins RESIST. INSIST. PERSIST. Benefit Concert at Rockwell Table & Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Bradley Bredeweg, Ryan Bernard Tymensky & Kate Pazakis Present a resistance benefit concert and fundraiser called "Resist. Insist. Persist." at Rockwell Table and Stage on Monday July 17th. This is a benefit for ONWARD TOGETHER in partnership with GLAAD. (more...)

Penguin Rep Presents Lee Blessing's COBB
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning professional Equity theatre under the leadership of founding artistic director Joe Brancato and executive director Andrew M. Horn, follows up its sold-out 40th season-opener, Trayf, with Cobb, a powerful play by Lee Blessing about the legendary baseball player, beginning Friday, June 30. (more...)

New Line Announcs 27th Season of Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," announces its 27th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, including the St. Louis premiere of the four-woman rock opera LIZZIE, a very different take on the Lizzie Borden legend, running Sept. 28-Oct. 21, 2017; followed by Cole Porter's satiric masterpiece ANYTHING GOES, running March 1-24, 2018; and the St. Louis premiere of the world's first bio-historical musical comedy, YEAST NATION, written by the Urinetown team, running May 31-June 23, 2018. All New Line's mainstage shows will be in the company's home, the Marcelle Theater, in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

SUMMER SERENADE is a Musical Tribute to the 1930s, 40s & 50s
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2017

Thinking Cap Theatre at The Vanguard is excited to present SUMMER SERENADE, a ONE NIGHT ONLY engagement featuring music of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, performed by four of South Florida's finest musical artists. The two-act concert will run 90-minutes with a 10-minute intermission. (more...)

Jeremy Benton Returning to Off-Broadway's CAGNEY This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Cagney, the hit musical about Hollywood's tough guy in tap shoes, welcomes back Broadway's Jeremy Benton (42nd Street, national tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas) to the company beginning Wednesday, January 11th. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Photos Just Released for LIZZIE at Greenwich Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie's trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend. (more...)

Christiane Noll and David Harris to Star in NEXT TO NORMAL at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

TheaterWorks (Rob Ruggiero, Producing Artistic Director) announced exciting casting news today for the theater's upcoming production of NEXT TO NORMAL. Tony nominated Christiane Noll will play Diana and David Harris will play Dan in the Pulitzer Prize winning drama (Music by Tom Kitt / Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey). Rob Ruggiero will direct. (more...)

The 2017 FRIGID Festival Presents THE LOVE SONG OF TONYA HARDING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

It's been twenty years since the attack on Nancy Kerrigan, and Tonya Harding needs some cash. At a bar to emcee an Olympic viewing party, Tonya traces her journey from trailer park to international punch line. Told with a darkly comic voice, this solo show explores one of sport's most notorious figures and her quest for redemption. (more...)

BWW Review: Pinky Swear's LIZZIE Rocks the Revenge Musical
by Andrew White - Jan 16, 2017

Just in time for those winter, presidential inaugural blues, Pinky Swear Productions comes along offering the ultimate rock-scream therapy session with Lizzie, a musical dedicated to America's most famous real-life axe-murderer. Not for the faint-of heart, this is a musical that by rights should be featured in this Saturday's women's march, a reminder that women are perfectly capable of getting in their digs (or whacks, as the case may be) when pushed to the edge. (more...)

BWW Audio: 'King of Voice-Overs' Joe Sirola Records TV Spot for Off-Broadway's CAGNEY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Joe Sirola, who has been called the 'King of Voice-Overs' - having been heard or seen in over 10,000 commercials throughout his long and fun career - co-starred with the great Jimmy Cagney in his last film (Terrible Joe Moran). Lately, Joe has turned his talents to the New York stage as a producer, and one of his shows is the current off-Broadway hit, CAGNEY. Today, Joe recorded the new radio advertisement for his, and Jimmy's, musical. Below, listen to a clip from Joe's radio spot for CAGNEY! (more...)

11th Hour Theatre Company to Kick Off 2017 with Philadelphia Premiere of Rock Musical LIZZIE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

11th Hour Theatre Company brings 2017 in with a rock 'n roll bang. Three years ago, 11th Hour Company introduced audiences to LIZZIE in its Next Step Concert Series. (more...)

Jeremy Benton Returns to CAGNEY Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Cagney, the hit musical about Hollywood's tough guy in tap shoes, welcomes back Broadway's Jeremy Benton (42nd Street, national tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas) to the company beginning tonight, January 11th. (more...)

Snow Day Deal! Get $25 Rush Tickets to CAGNEY Off-Broadway Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Today's forecast... flurries with a chance of Cagney! The show must go on folks, and now is the time to grab your tickets to see hit musical Cagney. $25 rush tickets are available for the 2PM matinee today, Thursday, February 9. (more...)

Boston Lyric Opera's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Brings Stravinsky Back to Boston
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Boston Lyric Opera's (BLO) production of The Rake's Progress, which opens March 12 for a four-performance run at Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre, brings to life the traditional story of a young man seduced by monetary and carnal pleasures at the hand of a devilish valet.  The work hasn't been presented in a fully staged professional production since BLO produced it in 1987.  A professional concert version and several conservatories have been staged, but productions in Boston are infrequent. (more...)


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York Theatre to Present Off-Broadway Premiere of MARRY HARRY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2017

The York Theatre Company, announces the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical Marry Harry, with book by Jennifer Robbins (Hudson River Blues) and music and lyrics by Dan Martin and Michael Biello (In My Body, The Cousins Grimm). Directed and choreographed by York favorite Bill Castellino (Cagney, Storyville), performances are set to begin Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 21, 2017 (more...)

Josh Davis Joins Billie Wildrick in THE PAJAMA GAME, Opening Tonight at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

This winter, The 5th Avenue Theatre will have Seattle adjusting its radiators with a steaming hot new production of the Richard Adler and Jerry Ross musical theater hit, The Pajama Game. With direction by 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, this sultry stunner features Bob Fosse-inspired choreography by Bob Richard and music direction by Joel Fram. (more...)

Firebrand Theatre Announces Inaugural Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to announce its inaugural season, featuring two fully-produced musicals. Firebrand's 2017-18 season kicks off this fall with the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, a rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murdereress Lizzie Borden. Directed by Victoria Bussert with music direction by Andra Velis-Simon, LIZZIE feature music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, lyrics by Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner and book by Tim Maner. (more...)

Star-Studded PAJAMA GAME Starts Tonight at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

This winter, The 5th Avenue Theatre will have Seattle adjusting its radiators with a steaming hot new production of the Richard Adler and Jerry Ross musical theater hit, The Pajama Game. With direction by 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, this sultry stunner features Bob Fosse-inspired choreography by Bob Richard and music direction by Joel Fram. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Carrie Manolakos Covers Beatles Classic 'Let It Be' for New Album
by Stage Tube - Feb 10, 2017

Carrie Manolakos has just unveiled a new music video featuring her rendition of the Beatles classic 'Let It Be,' featured on her upcoming album THE 44TH CHORD. Check it out below! (more...)

Photo Flash: CAGNEY, THE MUSICAL Company Toasts to One Year Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

The company of Cagney, the hit musical about Hollywood's tough guy in tap shoes, celebrated one year of performances at The Westside Theatre with a champagne toast onstage, last night, April 4. Scroll down for photos from the festivities! (more...)

NEXT TO NORMAL, Starring Christiane Noll, Extends Again at TheaterWorks
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

TheaterWorks announced today that NEXT TO NORMAL will extend again through May 14, 2017. (more...)

CAGNEY Marks One Year Off-Broadway This Week; Broadway Run in the Works
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

The company of Cagney, the hit musical about Hollywood's tough guy in tap shoes, will celebrate one year of performances at The Westside Theatre on Tuesday, April 4. (more...)

Nashville Ballet Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2017

Nashville Ballet steps into its future with a bold 2017-2018 performance season that showcases the full spectrum of the art, from the pinnacle of classical ballet to fearless contemporary works. (more...)

Cast Announced for SIREN'S DEN: A ROCK MUSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Casting for 'Siren's Den: A New Rock Musical' is complete!  The cast stars *Lindsey Lake (Rent Tour) as rockstar, Skylar Cole, Andrea Leach (Beauty and the Beast Int'l Tour) as Jessie, *Chris Gleim (Jesus Christ Superstar Tour) as Logan, *Adam R. Kaster (The Golden Bride) as Garrett, and *Alan Gillespie (Miss Saigon Tour) as Bar Manager/Kurtis Katz.  The show's creator, Rori Nogee (Showgirls, the Musical!) will play Remy Morgan.  The Vultures will be played by Lauren Chastain, Jonte Culpepper (Bayside, the Musical!), Musa Hitomi, Frankie Shin, Erin Ullman and Corbin Williams (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas). (more...)

Musical Comedy GIOVANNI THE FEARLESS Comes to Theater for the New City
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director, presents Giovanni The Fearless, a new commedia dell'arte folk opera ideal for all audiences, including grandparents, parents and their kids. (more...)

Christiane Noll to Make Met Room Debut with THE IRA GERSHWIN ALBUM
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Chiristiane Noll will make her Metropolitan Room debut with 'The Ira Gershwin Album' on May 24th and June 7th at 7 p.m. (more...)

Penguin Rep Theatre Announces its 40th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning professional Equity theatre in Stony Point (Rockland County), New York under the leadership of founding artistic director Joe Brancato and executive director Andrew M. Horn, announces its 40th anniversary season. (more...)

Baldwin Wallace University and Playhouse Square Resurrect Lizzie Borden Musical for 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their collaboration, Playhouse Square and Baldwin Wallace University will once again join to present the return of the crowd favorite, American rock musical, LIZZIE to Playhouse Square's Ohio Theatre. Performances will be held Friday, April 28, through Sunday, April 30. Tickets are just $25 and are available by calling 216-241-6000 or visiting playhousesquare.org. (more...)

Nashville Ballet Unveils 'Bold' 2017-18 Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 1, 2017

Nashville Ballet boldly steps into the future with a 2017-2018 performance season that promises to showcase the full spectrum of the art, from the pinnacle of classical ballet to fearless contemporary works. The upcoming season will be rounded out by the return of highly anticipated fan favorites and the 10th year of Nashville's Nutcracker. (more...)

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